Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lawnscape Texture Challenge

Whew, what a whirl wind few days! Glad the holidays are almost over...I'm wore out! I did take a little time out this morning to put together a little card for the challenge over at Lawnscape. I got one of those hand held  roller thingys that makes the paper look corrugated in my stocking and just had to try it out...perfect timing for this challenge! Also, I though that there was no time like the present to get started on my Valentines Day cards....
 I started with a chocolate card and added the cream layer that I tore and inked the edges of. I then ran a piece of orangey-brown thru the roller thingy and tore the edges. I added a tag (popped up on foam tape) with a little stamping and a fussy cut pine tree (ran through the corrugated roller) and log. I finished it all off with a little twine, wire and bling.

Hope ya liked it and don't forget to check out the other entries over on the Lawnscaping blog!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mimi's shopping trip

Whew, it's been hectic around here...between work, Christmas preparations and baby shower hosting, I'm BEAT!! But, in true Tina fashion, I have risen to the occasion and even pushed harder by entering a couple of hops and this awesomely fun challenge over at DeNami Designs...

This is my 2nd entry actually, hope you like it :)

Can you see the versa marked polka dots on the die cut under Mimi?? I just LOVE me some yummy polka dots!!! I'm really loving her red heels too ;)  I poped her up on foam dots as you can see from the side views to give her lots of deminsion, and did you notice the santa hat on top of her packages? I really enjoyed pulling out one of very my favorite color combos and turning it into a Christmas card...Don't get me wrong, I love a traditional Christmas color theme, but I also like to challenge myself to be different :)

K69 Mimi's Shopping Spree
PF13 Ho-Ho-Holidays stamp set
N133 Polka Dot Background
RB-7313 Lime Grosgrain Ribbon (3/8")
BT09 Bubblegum Boutique Buttons

Have a WONDERFUL Holiday!!!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This blog hop is all "wrapped" up....

*pssst, if you are looking for my Lawnscaping it's all about red blog hop that started Friday 12/9, it's one post down. THANKS!!!!

Paulina is trying to kill me, last hop she had me following Wendy Elliot, and as if that wasn't bad enough, now I'm following HER! Holy cow, how am I to function under this kind of pressure??? People like me shouldn't follow such amazing talent...it makes us look even worse! ;)

If you didn't arrive here from Paulina's blog just head on back to DeNami Design's blog ta get back on track. Don't forget to leave those comments gals...DeNami Design is giving away two $20 gift certificates to two randomly picked people that have left comments along the hop, you have till December 12th @ 11:59pm PST!! So be sure to leave everyone a little love….we bloggers live for your comments and besides, who wouldn’t be excited about the possibility of winning a DeNami Design gift certificate??

When this hop theme was announced, I thought it couldn't have worked out better for me! I was stoked. If any of you follow me on the DeNami Addict blog that I co-host with Wendy H., you know that I'm hosting a baby shower. On my list of goodies to make for the shower was gift bags for the game prizes. I've never really done bags...once a long time ago, but it's easier to go to the dollar store...just sayin'. I'm truly lazy and I know it, lol! I wanted to make as many handmade items as possiable for this shower...I want it to be super special and filled with love, so I decided to try and make the bags....
I used a ton of different stamps for these little guys. This project was so much fun, can't wait to make a few more!

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner?? Paulina keeps throwing in reminders here and there to let us know just how behind we are lol! Just this past Monday she took away my warm and toasty feeling by letting me know we only have 20 days till Christmas....ugggg, so much to get accomplished yet! As a teaser for a certain pink feathered BFF, I thought I'd try out a couple of Christmas themed wrappings that are being sent her way. Now don't go feeling sorry for her because I'm teasing her with her Christmas goodies...she did it to me in the last hop. Paybacks are a ...well, ya'll know ;)  What are friends for...muwahahahahaha
 For the swag on the small panel, I used the medium pine tree and stamped it end to end, then carried the theme to the large panel using the sprig from the classic Christmas set
I stamped the candy trifle all over and added stickles to all of them for LOTS of bling...wish pictures could capture it better. I also made the "ribbon" and "bow" using border punches

Well that's it for me. Now off you go to visit with Ruza Rebel. I can't wait to go there myself to see what she has for us!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's all about red....

Ohhh my gosh, I'm so excited...have you seen the list of participents...so many well known names and amazing talent in this hop. I'm having a Wayne and Garth not worthy moment lol!! I just LOVE a good blog hop...all the eye candy and ideas really get my MOJO kicked into high gear! Enough of all this prattle, hopefully you're not too over loaded yet....let's get to the good stuff shall we?

Here's the 4-1-1;
When: Dec. 9th 12:01 AM, EST.  You have until Sunday, December 11, 2011, 11:59 pm EST, to leave comments on all the blogs to be eligible for a prize! The winners will be announced on Monday, Sept. 12th on the Lawnscaping blog.

Prizes: Lawn Fawn, Mold Muse and Whiskers Graphics are sponsoring! One will go to a random hop participant and THREE will go to random commenters! Not only will you be inspired, you have lots of chances to win!
You should have arrived here from Debs blog. If not, head on back to the Lawnscaping Blog to get back on track.  Ready to see what I came up with??

A little side view...

I deffinately used red! Not a color I reach for usually, but I really love how it turns out when I'm forced to...why is that? I used the dress from Sew Lovely and all the flourishes and flowers are from the petiete floral set. To make a pot / vase for the flowers, I simply turned one of the flags from the bannerific set upside down. I wrapped the "dress panel" a couple of times in a sheer white ribbon then popped it up slightly with foam tape and I added red rhinestones from The Paper Studio for a little bling. Hope you liked it!
 Now off you go to visit with Nettie...I'm sure she has something extra special for you! Don't forget to leave comments along the way!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I almost missed it....

Whew...I almost missed posting for this little challenge over at Lawnscaping! I got so caught up in making 30 baby shower invitations that I completely ran out of time!! I finally set that stuff aside and came up with a design last night...slept on it, still loved it and put it together at 5 o'clock this morning...

I just LOVE the colors in this picture, so that's what I based my card on. I've been feelin' the red & chocolate color combo ever since a little Thanksgiving card I made for a friend a couple of weeks ago...so happy I have a reason to put them together again!
I opted to leave the bike uncolored, I originally colored it in and had to peel it back off the card. WOO-HOO for removable tape runners!! It was just to distracting colored in. I just love the rich velvety glitter ribbon...YUM!

Hope you like it and don't forget to check out the other cards in the challenge!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Embossed Christmas Holly

I'm sure that by now ya'll know about this little DeNami sketch challenge....

As I said in my other post, I actually created not one card, not two cards, but 4...That just had to be whittled down! After a lot of thinking and changing my mind every five minutes I decided to do what any normal sane person would do...eenie meenie miney moe!

Here's the second card...
I stamped the large holly using a pretty green ink by Memento then traced it with my versa mark pen, clear embossed it and colored it in.Since I didn't have any rhinestones that matched, I made my own using crystal lacquer and cranberry glitter.

N95 large holly
PF02 classic christmas stamp set
PF37 elegant leaf stamp set
N26 Christmas script
SS12 cranberry glitter
CL01 crystal lacquer

elegent purple flower...

We all know how much I LOVE me some DeNami stamps...Throw in a sketch challenge and I'm bouncing off the walls happy!! WOOT!

One of the uber talented DT gals, Amber, came up with this sketch for us. Ohhh the possibilities!!
I actually came up with 4 cards...UGGGG decisions decisions! I finally narrowed it down to 2. here's my first submission.
I heart purple and kraft together. I think it's probably my favorite color combo.
I really wanted the border, flower and bow to take center stage so I used a super pale purple ink for the stamping and added glossy accents to the flower after I colored it in. The little strip of ribbon peeking out from under the flower panel actually peeks out from the top too, but the bow is hiding it. I had intended for the bow to go at the top of the panel with the ribbon showing...like a hanging picture, but you know me...in the end I just had to place it like this!

Hope you liked it and thanks for dropping by!

Friends Warm My Heart...

If you read my blog, then you know that Cath over Moxie Fab World is celebrating the new 365 Cards publication with some AWESOME challenges. This one is for the Pay It Forward challenge.

This little card was a challenge in itself...the whole thing is paper pieced right down to the tiny scarf on the little bird and the snowman's stick arms!!

I wanted this card to have a lot of dimension....
You can't really see it, but there are silver snowflakes on the banner and the sky & snow have an iridescent sheen. I ran the "snow" through a cuttlebug before I spritzed it with a shimmer spray then free hand cut the snow drifts. I added foam tape here and there under the snow and under the head of the larger snowman so it wouldn't lay too flat.

Say Cheese...

Moxie Fab is truly celebrating the new 365 Cards publication in style...Cath has given us challenge after challenge...WHAT FUN!!!! This one, or two in this case is "Celebrating Hobbies" and the "Celebrating Relationships" challenges.

Lawn Fawn has the cutest camera / Polaroid stamp...I just knew it would be perfect.
I really do take TONS of pictures of Moe...he's such a ham and will actually pose!
I wanted to keep the background simple and decided on some simple paper strips in a subtle color. I carried the patterned paper over to the camera by paper piecing the 2 bottom panels and the little strip where the picture shoots out. I added some glossy accents to the flash and camera lens for a glass effect. I used a cream cardstock for the Polaroid then distressed it with vintage sepia ink and added a sentiment. Hope you liked it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A lawnscape thanks

Ohh my gosh...down to the wire on submitting for this Lawnscaping challenge. I've had the card made since Sunday...just not enough hours in my day!!
This time around we say a big thanks to someone in our life...there are several people I can think of that I'd like to send a big thanks to. I wanted to make a little scene of a friend helping out another friend....in this case the bigger snowman is helping the little one off the log. It brings to mind how my hubby would hold our sons hand while he hoped up on stuff and jumped off....*sigh* missing those innocent days of his youth...now he's all grown up and I wish I could still hold his hand! Guess as a parent, we never get over that.

I used a white card base and layered it with a shimmery light blue then another white panel on top. I added chalk for the blue sky and pieced in the snowmen that I added a shimmer to.

Hope you liked it :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DeNami Anything But A Card Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the most interesting blog hop I've ever seen / been in...Anything But A Card!!! Ohhh my gosh...I simply can not wait to hop along and see what everyone has done!! Seriously...could this theme be any more awesome??? And as a bonus...I can get ideas for handmade Christmas presents...WOOT!

You should have arrived here from Wendy Elliot's blog...If you didn't, just head on back to DeNami Design's blog ta get back on track. Don't forget to leave those comments gals...DeNami Design is giving away two $20 gift certificates to two randomly picked people that have left comments along the hop, you have till November 14th @ 11:59pm PST!! So be sure to leave everyone a little love….we bloggers live for your comments and besides, who wouldn’t be excited about the possibility of winning a DeNami Design gift certificate??

I can't believe Paulina has me following Wendy Elliot of all people...PRESSURE!!! Gosh I really admire everything she's done and know that what she's created for this hop will be over the top...let's just pretend that I'm not following someone as awesome as her shall we??? Ackkkk!

I had such a hard time deciding what to make...there are so many ideas I have and want to try out!! In the end I decided to do a little redecorating in my bedroom and here's what I came up with....
(Pay no attention to Raggedy Ann, my aunt made her when I was little, she's just hanging out on the quilt rack staying outta trouble ;)) I'm sure ya'll have heard of the "I spy" games, let's play a round...how many DeNami products can you find??

Here's the answer....

I just L O V E those fancy boxes you see every where, but have you seen what their going for...it's insane, that would cut into my DeNami stamp budget and we can't have that!

White Box: The white box was a little slick and was tough to stamp. It doesn't show in the picture, but I stamped the large dot swirl in light pink all over then stamped the leaf vine over it.

Round Kraft Box: The round craft box is my favorite. I started out with white cardstock and since I love the purple / kraft color combo I cut my papers a little smaller than the box and even edge punched the bands around the lid and bottom.

Candle Set: I made this set using my favorite floral collection (unfortunately the hydrangea background stamp isn't available on the DeNami site anymore )

Wooden Tissue Box: this was an unfinished wooden tissue box holder from the craft store...I painted it white and stamped my "go to" lilac stamp then simply colored it in like I normaly would.

Now off you go to visit with Rochelle Washington. I was just there the other day and WOW, her style is awesome...such pretty cards!! I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for us!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pretty Pink Roses

Here's my second submission for the sketch challenge over at Lilly Pad Cards. I wanted a feminine / Victorian look. Hubby took one look at it and said it looked...how did he put it, trying to remember his exact words...old wall paper and too girly. I guess that means what I was going for was achieved??
I wanted the stamps and bow to stand out as my focal point so I used pink on pink for the sentiment and to tone down the white panel I stamped on, I brushed it with the same light pink chalk I dusted the Prima rose with. Hope you liked it!

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Purple Hydrangea

So there's this sketch challenge and a totally awesome texture challenge going on over at Lilly Pad Cards. And if you know me, you know that I'm a sucker for a good sketch and I love layers and texture! I only managed to make 2 cards for the sketch challenge thanks to me just not having any time...ugggg, story of my life these days and it's just gonna get worse with the holidays right around the corner!  Maybe if I gave up sleep...it's over rated...right??
Well, here's the first one I did, it's actually for both challenges. I hope to get more made up for the texture challenge before it's deadline (fingers are crossed lol)!
I wanted to keep it kinda simple so the embossed background would stand out. I added glitter to the flower petals and leaves then added a pearl pen to the flowers to give them a raised shiny center.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Autum Wood...Tuesday Trigger

Ohh what fantablous colors fall brings us...warm rich tones of greens, golds, reds, oranges and browns...I could go on forever...but I won't ;) You can thank me later! *insert giggles*

This weeks Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World is showcasing those wonderful colors using this amazing stained wood post wall thing...it truly is lovely!

Well, here's what I came up with...
I had a terriable time getting a picture of this card! My camera isn't working so I had to use my phone and it just won't capture the copper glitter and warmness of all the colors I used. No mater what I did, the yellow looks bright, but in reality it's a lovely orange-ish yellow..sigh.

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Cruising by" Lawn Fawn style

I felt like I was on a roll with this little challenge and the whole CAS thing so I just kept on truckin and made a 2nd card....
Have you ever fell in love with a set of stamps, but just wasn't sure how to use them? This would be one of those sets...I just LOVE it, and I've had it for a while, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. The entire (center) bicycle is paper pieced with the exception of the spokes inside the tires and the chain. The handlebars, pedal assembly & wheel hubs are out of silver paper, the tires out of black cardstock, handle grips, seat & basket are out of a yellow plaid paper and the bike frame from a red paper with yellow flowers. The other two bicycles are just stamped directly to the card and colored in. Here's an up close look... 

Sorry, not sure who the patterned paper is by.
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Snowmen melt my heart....

The wonderful gals over at Lawnscaping have come up with a great challenge...
Sounds like fun doesn't it?? I couldn't wait to get started!! My only issue was ..which stamps to use, I wanted to play with all of them. Lawn Fawn stamps are great to paper piece with!

I decided I should push my luck on making CAS cards (see this post), so I put on some 80's jams, cranked up the volume & started singing at the top of my lungs and came up with this little guy.
I was feelin that little pop of red thanks to Nena's 99 red balloons lol! Here's a little different look...
I stamped and cut out the large snowman, scarf and heart. Then traced the snowman onto the back side of the shimmery blue cardstock and cut it out a little larger than the actual snowman. I dry embossed the snowman and background cardstock with a snowflake folder and popped up the snowman with a little foam tape. I opted for no sentiment on the front, I just didn't want to take away from the snowman at all and that little red heart just felt right...hope you like it!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Tuesday Trigger...finesse the dress

Cath over at Moxie Fab World has given us another wonderful Tuesday Trigger item to inspire us!Isn't this dress adorable...It's flirty and sophisticated all in one.
 Funny how you start a card how you think you want it, that it turns out so differently. I had envisioned heat embossing...glitter...something sorta sassy maybe. Well, I ended up with simple...elegant...timeless. You just go where the card takes you ;)

No matter how I took the picture, you couldn't get the true effect of the papers I used. All the papers came from DeNami Design. The black is a true deep black and the silver & aquamarine colored cardstocks have a slight shimmer to them. I wish you could see it in real life...the effect is great. Of course I had to finish it all up with a yummy sheer iridescent ribbon and bow :)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Embellish Magazine Color Trend & Buttons

The wonderfully talented folks over at Embellish magazine have brought us another WONDERFUL color palette and design element challenge. I'm pretty giddy over this one because it calls for BUTTONS! Ohh how I heart buttons!! I would use them on every card if I thought I could get away with it ;)
For my focal point I actually wanted the flowers heat embossed. I ended up having to stamp them in the colored ink then re-stamped them in versa-mark and used clear embossing powder. A little extra work especially since the flowers were masked off, but so worth the effort (as I'm writting this, I had an "ohh Duh!" moment. I not only have a Versa-Mark pen, but a regular embossing ink pen as well...would have been SO much easier!!) For my back ground I used a distress ink and randomly stamped buttons all over. I finished off my card by adding the buttons to the flower centers and dotting the "i" in my sentiment.

Can you see the stamped buttons on the pretty yellow back ground...here's a closer look

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DeNami Design color challenge #8 (card #2)

*I originally had both cards in one post, but I couldn't link the pictures of both cards...had to separate the posts*

Dang that Paulina is a quick one! She already left a comment before I could get the posts separated. ;) So, here's the other card I made:

I just got a new edge punch and just had to give it a try the second I got home...decided to make another card for the DeNami color challenge. if you read my other post you will know that the card I made was totally out of the norm for me. This one, let's just say...definitely more my style and inside my glitter filled box for sure!
I feel so much more at home with every inch being stamped, all my fussy punched layers, ribbon and yummy bow...back in my toasty warm comfort zone ;)

Don't forget to head on over to the challenge on the DeNami blog and see what everyone's doing!

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