No - this is not my house . . .

This photo was part of a creativity exercise I did a while ago which was a study of light, shadow and textures. This is one of a group of rental cottages in Truro, MA which is here on Cape Cod. Check out the slide show for more pics.

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22 December 2010

Plein d'air (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

So much to do and art class too! 42000 Teapotters in an art studio all trying to pull something over on the teacher while they get their blank canvas covered. Confused? Amused? Check out this week's Teapot Tuesday Challenge: WATER COLORS, OILS AND CHALK! HEY, WHAT'S THAT UNDER YOUR SMOCK?

So here is my story:

I tried - I really tried - to stay in the studio with 42000 wild and whirly teapot party artists, but it just got too crazed so I threw on my coat, grabbed my portable easel and went out to paint a landscape of the village - Plein d'air they call it. We have had a major snow storm here on the Cape so every thing is covered with almost a foot of snow. It all looked so lovely but my water for my watercolors - water soluble crayons actually - kept freezing. Maybe I should have throw a little alcohol into the water :-) Finally its done and now I can go get a hot cup of tea and some cookies and warm up while I watch the rest of the teapotters trying to hid stamps and embossing folders and everything else under their smocks!

I needed one more special holiday card and this blank canvas idea was perfect. It is also a perfect time to wish all of you "Peace on Earth"! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Image - I have no idea. I received this stamped image in a swap a few years ago and I just uncovered it from where it was stashed - water colored with water soluble crayons and then a little stickles on the snow in the foreground to bling it up; sentiment is Anna Griffin 3-D Christmas stickers; DP is our girl MS.

15 December 2010

Kenny K "Xmas Shopping" Re-deux

Did you miss me? Been decking the halls and finishing the shopping. Sometimes the crafts just have to wait. Of course I made some cards for a secret elf swap but I can’t show those LOL.
 So today’s card is for two challenges. First, it is for Kenny K’s Krafty Girlz challenge #23 “Let it snow” which wanted anything snow related. I think I got that covered! The second challenge is for Teapot Tuesday challenge MMTPT124 “Boisterous Bree, You're the Next Star of Glee! Now Be Done With this Shopping Spree!” This card is for a very special young lady, Abby, who is 15 ½ years old and has a rare tumor in her lower back. She will be our special project for the next year, which will be the duration of her chemo. If you are a SCS who got here through the KennyK challenge or are a follower, please go read the Destination Station#124 about her and consider making her your special project too (or contact me and I'll pass the information on to you).

Now Bree is the next star of Glee, but she is stuck in a shopping spree. She is just a shopping fend – know what I mean? She has the mall cop Hank following her and her choreographer Paul too (trying to keep an eye on her and figure out what to do) . . . So picture this: Bree walking around the mall loaded down with 42,000 packages and Hank and Paul following her around hoping she would just sit down!

So here’s the deal, Neal! Neal is Bree’s voice coach and he is anxious for his protégée to become a big star – quite a feather in his cap. He always is wearing some stupid cap so he is well known at the local cap store. That is where he met Shelly. Now Shelly is a professional personal shopper. She shops all the hot spots and gets the best deals. So Neal’s idea is to hire Shelly to do all the shopping that Bree needs getting Bree (and Paul) back to rehearsal where they belong. Now Shelly has donned her Santa hat, her pink Uggs (shoes were always Shelly’s one weakness until she found her Uggs – now she has 42,000 pairs of boots and forget about those shoes!), and is ready to get Bree everything for under the Christmas tree and a few things to make any girl’s heart sing! So now Bree is ready to be the big new star of Glee thanks to Shelly.

Okay teapotters – did you find the bonus phrase?

Image: Kenny K “Xmas Shopping” colored with copics sakura glaze gel pens and glittered up with stickles (I know I just used her last Kenny K challenge but she was so perfect for the Teapot Tuesday challenge). DP is Martha Stewart, as are the snowflake border punch and snow flake punch. Half pearls are Queen & Co.

29 November 2010

Been up to a lot of stuff!

Wanted to share with you what I have been making this past week.  I am hard on to the scrapbook projects for my two goddaughters and I have a page to share with you.  I also have done a couple of card challenges that were fun.  First, we have this week's KennyK  Krafty Girlz challenge "Think Pink" and I decided to make a predominantly pink Christmas card.

Image:  KennyK Downloads "Xmas Shopping" colored with copics and then lips and earring done with sakura glaze gel pens and glittered up with stickles and elmers 3D glitter glue;  SU embossing folder using Bazzill basics pink CS and glammed up with Queen & Co pink gems, popped up punched out snow flakes MS punch and then glittered up with icicles stickles and pink elmers 3D glitter glue.

Then I never got around to posting last Tuesdays Teapot Tuesdays challenge.  So . .  . We’re off to London! Where’s my passport? Where are my tickets for the Queen Mary? We must be ready to meet the queen! I suppose we need an umbrella . . . ummmmm . . . what? Not THAT London?!?!? But we were suppose to play golf on the Scottish links. I know they said Tee Time . . . ohhhh . . . TEA time. Well all this confusion must mean its Teapot Tuesday and a new story: THIS BRIDGE IS A LEANIN' THE TOWNFOLK ARE STEAMIN'! MMTPT121.

Now Bonnie MacDonald (not those McDonald’s) some guys named Brice and Bricke tried to warn her not to cross but nothing would keep Bonnie from a nice round of golf). Imagine her surprise when she arrives, ready to play, and discovers that they said TEA time! Oh well at least she has on a lovely hat! Where are the cookies? (We have to give Pete a few treats - right?)
I started off with a frilly Victorian image and then when I came up with a caption of "Did someone say Tea time?" I remembered my image from Digital Two for Tuesday of the lady golfer and I KNEW what I had to do. Image is colored with Copics; sentiment is computer generated (as is the inside that says "Oh Dear, you said TEA time"), paper is from stash.
Finally, as promised is the page I did for the oldest goddaughter's christening page (so little here and yet she is a sophomore in high school now going to her first semi-formal this coming weekend).

I used a MS punch for the gold doily border and computer generated the title/description one the strips around the edge.  DP is also from our girl MS.

19 November 2010

The Big Poppy?????

This is for this week's Teapot Tuesday MMTPT120 "Route 66 is over-rated! 88 is completely shaded" where we are bringing birthday wishes to Evelyn who is turning 88. See here for the whole story.

Now Miss Evelyn is from my neck of the woods and is a citizen of the Red Sox Nation (as well as a citizen of MA). So I stopped to pick up a card for her at the Spoil An 88 Year Old Grandma For Her Birthday Shoppe where they had 42,000 different cards. I said I wanted one for a Red Sox fan maybe something with a picture of The Big Papi on it (David Ortiz). I think the shop owner was so confused after having been visited by 42,000 cannoli eating, espresso and tea drinking teapot partiers (oh and one cow trying to sell signs to her) that she thought I wanted a card with a big poppy on it. So Miss Evelyn, Happy Birthday from "The Big Poppy!"

Image: Scroll Works - Poppy stamped with Tuxedo Black Mementos ink and water colored with water soluble crayons; Sentiment: Inkadinkado Garden Flower set; DP is DCWV and ribbon is SU.

14 November 2010

I promised you scrapbook pictures and . . .

. . . scrapbook pictures you are going to get!  I have completed more then these pages but these are the ones I have taken photos of so far.  I have never done scrap booking before but I wanted to be able to document my goddaughters' lives so this will be one of their Christmas presents (they are both now old enough that these are presents that will be appreciated).  Their mom (my BFF Trisha) has raised them to make hand crafted items for one part of their presents every year - soaps, candies, pot holders, ornaments, etc. - so they expect and appreciate the hand crafted gifts they get from their grandma and from me.  I think in part because they understand the work that goes into making a gift verses just buying stuff.

This first set of pictures is part of the pages I have made for the youngest - Kate.  I used my SCAL a lot as well as some standard cricut cartridges.  The paper of choice was mostly DCWV as they have a female children's block DP set that had lots of orange and Katie LOVES orange and absolutely HATES pink!  Wish you could see the double layering on her name - one in orange shimmer paper from Bazzil and the shadow layer in orange CS.  Butterflies are all MS punches and border punches.  Kate is much older then this picture but this is my favorite of her and as Auntie Gale is making the book then Auntie Gale gets to pick the feature photo for the opening page!

These are most all of her school photos including nursery school (1 year was missing which Mom has now finally found so I will add that to the set in the upper left corner).  The title is a free download SVG file from SVGCuts on my SCAL using Bazzil shimmer and basic papers for a paper piecing title image.

I created the titles for the troop numbers in SCAL.  The flower is an awesome 3D flower from SVGCuts Fall Flower kit.  Florishes are a part of Prima Marketing "Say It with Pearls" Swirls Fimo Brown.

08 November 2010

Don't be square . . .

We are 9 followers away from the first Blog Candy give away - yummy spools of ribbon (including some Christmas ribbon).  If you aren't a follower yet, come and join us, and if you are then tell your friends.

I have been busy as a bee but only this one card to show you - for now.  I have been working on scrapbooks for my goddaughters.  I have never scrapbooked before but I figured it was like a cross between altered books and card making.  I have used SCS's scrapbook gallery as inspiration and so far things are going pretty well.  I will have pictures as soon as I am SURE the girls do not read my blog - I think they are too busy with their own lives to worry about what Auntie Gale does.

So today's card is for two challenges: Kenny K's Krafty Girlz "Anything But a Square" to make a card that is not square or traditional card shaped; and Teapot Tuesday's Challenge #119 "Daisy, Lou and the Blue Canoe". 

So here is my story:  This is Daisy's friend Delilah who made up the story about Daisy's lovely boat and a lovely trip by the water.  Delilah meant no harm in lying to us all, it is just Daisy is so good to her and Lou and she had to do something special for Daisy.  See Daisy is feeling as blue as her canoe because she is in love with Lou but he never notices her and all he ever wants to do is go cruising around on his barge and catch piranhas - yuck!  Delilah figures if Daisy has a beautiful canoe then Lou might notice her while he is out on his dingy old barge.  Now we just got to forgive her, right?  I mean all IS fair in love and war they say . . . Delilah's contribution to this whole flower power canoe deal is this lovely pink shasta daisy she found growing all by itself on the side of the Amazon river.  Who'd of thunk?

Image: Kenny K's Queens Cutie colored with copics with white gel pen and sukra glaze pink gel pen for her lips (hey a girl needs her lip gloss right?); DP is DCWV, CS is Bazzill (pink) and from stash; Daisy is SVGCuts 3D Mums and Fall flowers Black-eyed Susan using SCAL for cricut machines with a center of Basic Grey glazed brad (so is her earring).  Sentiment is a free font cut with SCAL on cricut.

01 November 2010

Lovely challenges

Its been fun to have challenges where I just got to create pretty cards.  Here are two recent creations for challenges over at SCS.  The first is a new challenge in town and I thought I would check it out Weekly Occasion Challenge.
The idea is to read her story and pick an occasion to match with the story and make a card. For this story Guava's best friend Ronnie just moved and is having a party which Guava wants to bring a card to . . . so I thought house and thank you and created a thank you card with a lovely home theme to it.

Image is Digital Two for Tuesday water colored with water soluble crayons; Ribbon is American Crafts; Sentiment is savvystamps.

The second challenge is this week's Teapot Tuesday challenge MMTPT118 ~ That's Not Hodge Podge, Rauge! Get Back to the Taj Ma Lodge!  We were to bring cards in black and white. I sort of pushed the envelope and brought grey (well that is black and white mixed together).

DP is Me & My Big Ideas "Black and White"; Image and sentiment is Inkadinkado's "Garden Flower" stamp set by Brenda Walter; Pearl flourishes by Zva Creative and black pearls by Queen & Co, Ribbon from SU 

24 October 2010

Clean and Simple challenge and more

So I got to sit down tonight and try something new - the sad thing is I can not get the camera to pick it up right.  I tried a technique from this week's technique challenge over at SCS - "Make it Shimmer" which combined water soluble crayons with "perfect pearls" which gives a wash of shimmer to the water coloring (so picture a pretty copper color wash over the leaves).  I combined this with the sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Fall to Sketch #113.  I have learned that these simple layouts work best with CS that has texture to add interest.

Images: This is an old JudiKins cube stamp called "Pressed Leaves" that has 4 different leaves on the cube - these were stamped with Tuxedo Black Mementos ink and colored with Cran D'ache water soluble crayons with a wash of blush perfect pearls.  Sentiment is Hero Arts with same ink. Paper is Bazzil Basic and Bazzil Texture "Bling".  It did not look balanced so I added Studio 18 Strass rhinestones.

Friday, I finally was able to sit down and do another Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at SCS that Cindy (aka Mothermark) was hosting "Thank Heavens for Little Girls"  We were challenged to create a pink card inspired by the song from "Gigi"; or photos of these cute little girls in a room full of all of their pink stiff; or our memories of pink stuff we owned as a child; or the women at MD Anderson Cancer center.
While I love, love, love "Gigi" and this song, I went with a childhood memory. When I started 1st grade, my mom bought me a pink umbrella and I thought I was "it". Turns out no one else was using umbrellas (they were all into rain slickers) but I loved my umbrella so I used it any way. So here is my nod to my old umbrella. Of course as this was a mothermark challenge I did have to use lots of polka dots!

Digi image: Precious Moments on Arthur's Free Clip Art colored with copics; DP - DCWV; ribbon - celebrate it basic; bow - offray finishing touch; pink pearls - Zva Creative; MS corner punch.

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19 October 2010

'Tis The Season

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Its getting to be that time when we start shopping until we drop, although this year most of my gifts will be hand-crafted.  I created this card for two challenges - SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge 17 "Pop It Out" which requires popping up the main image and Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge 15 which is a sketch challenge.  I made another easel card - they look so cool and are so easy to do.

This Kenny K image is so fun and I just had to put her in pink Uggs, right?  The image is popped up, the flowers are popped up and the sentiment I computer generated is popped up too.  The back ground paper is distressed gold metallic but you can't see the shine very well in the photo.

Image: KennyK Xmas Shopping colored with copics and her hat was sparkled up with stickles; red oval is DCWV Mi Casa;  I added a little dimension and shine  to the image in the holly on her hat, her earring and her lipstick with Sukura Gelly Roll Glaze pens; Flowers are red velveteen from Offray Stylish Accents; Red gems from Queen & Co.; oval nestiblities

15 October 2010

Hope You Can Cling To - Don't Be a Square challenge

It has taken me two days to get one card done because I have been ill - but this card was so stuck in my head I had to get it done!  This is for one of the daily challenges in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges Split Coast Stampers (SCS) is doing this month.  For details about this great challenge, click on the blinkie to the right.  The challenge I am doing is Don't Be a Square because I have really gotten into round cards now that I have the SVG file set up for the card.

She is such a cutie from Mo's Digital Pencil.  Doesn't she just scream "Autumn"?  This is my first time using these miniature paper roses.  There is a hint of sparkle in her top skirt (Elmer's Glitter Glue) - you can only see it when you click on the photo to see a larger view.

Image: Apple Girl Mo's Digital Pencil colored with copics; Direct to paper ink on edge of circle: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Stain, Paper roses: Recollections 

11 October 2010

Challenges all over the place!

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Today there is three cards to share with you for three different challenges.  The first card is for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge HYCCT09 "Lets Dabble in Some Scrabble" hosted by Mothermark which had us working in squares including a square card (just like a scrabble board).  If you want to read about the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges over on SCS, click on the blinkie badge on the right.  I made an easel card with a featured sentiment I love from Inkadinkdo that I have owned for years (back when they were a local MA company).
Main sentiment and "dream": Inkadinkado; DP - Me and My Big Ideas; Pink pearls - e., MS butterfly punch.

Next is another Teapot Tuesday Challenge MMTPT115 “It’s a Disaster for Casper . . .” and poor little Mitsey Bitsey the spider has snagged Casper in her web hoping to bring him to her Halloween party but now doesn’t know what to do with him.  Confused?  Intrigued?  Go here.  Our destination this week is  little 5 year old Jacob, grandson of fellow SCSer, who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
So what’s the story, Glory?  Glory is a sweet little witch who loves Halloween – not because she likes to scare people, she is too sweet for that – but because she loves to go to parties and go house to house trick or treating.  She heard about Mitsey’s dilemma and decided she needed to fly over to help.  She grabbed her pumpkin shaped bucket filled with candy so she could calm Casper down by giving him all these sweets.  Then Mitsey can have the Halloween party of her dreams!  Her kitty named Kat wanted to go too but never expected that Glory would be flying at lightning speed so now Kat is hanging on for dear life so as to not fall into the pit of skulls they are flying over to get to Mitsey’s party.  Glory and Kit were glad to see the pumpkins, who are friends of  Dunkin, and the Happy Halloween sign because they know they are almost to the party.  Fun, fun, fun!

Image: Mo’s Digital Pencil Halloween Witch colored with copics; Happy Halloween digital image: free giveaway from Paper Craft Magazine – I cut out an extra set of pumpkins and put Elmers 3-D glitter glue on them and then popped them up; DP: Recollections “Ravenhead Manor”
Finally, I have another card for the Kenny K Krafty Girlz challenges.  This week is "Make It Christmas" which is in honor of Kenny K's new Christmas digis. Yikes!  Christmas is just a little over 2 months away.
This card could almost be called all digi all the time.  The image is Kenny K's digi  "Misteltoe" colored with copics and glittered up with stickles; The "Naughty or Nice" image is from PC Crafters Naughty or Nice digi collection.  DP is also from the PC Crafters Naughty or Nice digi collection.  Also used MS snowflake around the punch, ribbon SU and velvet flowers from Offray Stylish Accents.

10 October 2010

Blog Candy! Wooo Hooo!

So the day is here for Dreams on the Coast's blog candy announcement.  There will be 3 give aways which will be triggered by the number of followers for this blog.  Currently there are 20 followers but data for blog visits shows that a lot more people come visit here regularly.  Also, you all have friends that love to craft and make cards so if you tell them about Dreams on the Coast and the blog candy give away  you can help increase the number of followers, getting us to the trigger number of followers to activate the drawings much faster.
So here's the plan.  When we get to 35 followers I will do a random number drawing of all the followers at that point and here's what you will win:
This is over 129 feet of yummy new ribbon plus a fun embellishment that is mini spools of ribbon and some matching loose ribbon to go with the spools.  The ribbon includes 15 yards of SU 5/8" satin ribbon in Certainly Celery.  Wowza!
The next prize award will be awarded when we reach 65 followers.  Again, all followers (except the person who won the ribbon in the first drawing) will be eligible for this drawing.  That means if you are follower number 22 you will be eligible for the ribbon drawing and for . . . are you ready?
This is a new package of Cricut Primary Color markers.  Wow!  How exciting is this!  I have these in two different color sets and they are "wicked cool".
The third prize to be awarded will happen when we get to 100 followers.  Yup, I am aiming for 100 and I know you all can help me do it.  What am I giving away when Dreams on the Coast gets to 100 followers?  Check this out!

This is an Imaginisce i-Top tool, i-Top Brad Daddies in small and medium and an i-Top template for use with paper and material.  I won this in a contest and I have opened the package and used it twice - but I don't use brads very often so after thinking about selling it on eBay, I instead decided to give it to you all!  It comes with directions and a step by step demo DVD.  There is also an additional partial package of small Brad Daddies besides the new package shown here.
So how exciting is this?   Leave me a comment to let me know what you think and which give away would make you the happiest.  Yippeeeeeee!!!!!

08 October 2010


Well as much as I don't want to admit it to myself, Fall is really here.  The nights are chilly, the cranberries are being harvested, the price of gas here on the Cape has gone up one last time for Columbus Day weekend (yup - its magic that the price went up $0.10 in one week) and I have had to turn the heat on in the house.
So in honor of fall I have made some cards for the season.  My first card is a play on words "Fall!" and is for three challenges - KennyK's Krafty Girlz - Bling It On!, Digital Tuesday Challenge - Ribbons, Buttons, Bling and the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #74.

Image: KennyK Downloads free image for October "Skate Chick" colored with copics, DP is Recollections (Ravenhead Manor) and DCWV (Mi Casa) - wish you could see that this is "blingier"then it appears as the floral paper is all glittered, Scalloped Circle is a SCAL with cricut (I believe this is one of the freebies from SVG Cuts), Dotted bow is Offray The Finishing Touch, Ribbon is American Crafts, and the pink gems are Queen & Co.

The second is a Halloween card I made for a friend.  I love this cute little cat from Mo's Digital Pencil!

Image: Mo's Digital Pencil "Bat Cat" colored with copics, Cloud/Bat and additional pumpkins from free SVG files cut on cricut with SCAL.  Sentiment (that you can barely see in this photo) is Studio G.

Don't for get Sunday 10/10/10 - The blog candy is coming!  The sooner you become a follower, the more drawings you have a chance to win.  The more friends you tell about this blog and get to follow the sooner we get to give away each level of blog candy!  Yummy!

06 October 2010

Oh my - I'm so excited!

Whoot!  I got my very first blog award thanks to the sweet and talented Judi (aka Jovialjudi) of Paper Rose Petals.  Judi is amazingly talented and does some of the most beautiful water color cards you have ever seen.  Her other paper craft cards are fun, funny, cute and charming (often all at the same time).  You have to go check out her blog, then come back here to see who I am nominating!

So now it is my turn to pass on the fun to some of my favorite blogs that appear to have not already received this award.  If you are one of my nominated blogs and you elect not to do this blog award, I am perfectly okay with that - at least you will know how much I like your blog.

Inka - Altered Artifacts:  I have know Inka via the Internet and the stamping world for about 10 years.  She does the most amazing art using paper crafting and other related stuff.  If you love collage art, altered books, ATC, and such then you will love her blog (and she has some free stuff she gives away for use in your own work).
Babs - Buttons N Bows: I found her blog only recently and love her site.  Her cards are sweet and pretty and her blog does a lovely mix of paper crafting and personal.  She has a lot of great links to learn how to make things and videos too.
Grace - Th-Ink-ing of you:  Be prepared to have your breath taken away.  I have never seen more beautifully executed cards in my life.  Lots of embellishments and such, her cards are religious based and inspiring.  Just go and listen to her music and look at her creations when you need to recharge and regroup.
Joani - Cards Made By Hand: Talent, talent, talent!  Really fun paper crafts - I get a lot of good ideas from her.  She also is a great place to go see who is giving away blog candy and what challenges are out there to play.  And after you check her out don't tell me you don't have a craving for cupcakes!
Lora - Loras Cards: Lora is a fellow StampPatcher and is mega talented.  She is (and was) on several design and challenge teams.  She is is a great gal and I enjoy her blog and all the fun challenge cards.
Sherry - Heart2Heart Inklings: Sherry is getting this as my own personal new blogger award.  Sherry just became an SU demonstrator earlier this year and is doing a great job blogging about all the new stuff she is learning and sharing in her fun!

Go check out all of these talented ladies and leave them a comment or two (maybe even become a follower).  Blogger love is always appreciated!

Also, just a reminder that The Blog Candy is coming!

05 October 2010

This week's Teapot Tuesday and a preview for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

So it’s another Teapot Tuesday challenge: MMTPT114 Turn off the computer! Here comes the recruiter! Our destination recipient is a Marine (son of a fellow SCSer) stationed in Afghanistan, He’s a software specialist for the Marines so our theme today is all about computers and cupcakes and a meek boy named Deke who needs to be a geek! Read all about it at This is My Story.
We got cupcakes to take “bytes” out of and streamers to “stream” data over. We have mega “bits” of confetti and balloons to make one “gig”gle. But most importantly we have our lap top loaded up with skype to stream a live feed of Deke's little brother in his Marine “cover” sending a salute to Kyler to thank him for his service and tell him he's the best!!!!

Image: Mo’s Digital Pencil “Support the Troops” colored with copics; laptop: free clip art from Internet; balloons and streamer stamp: Anita’s Back Street Inks in memento’s tuxedo black and colored with copics; sentiment: Fiskar’s All Year Greetings in memento’s blue. Cupcakes are Cricut cartridge Home Décor.

So now you want to know about this BIG Announcement?  Here's a great big hint:

That's right my friends - Blog Candy for Dreams on the Coast is coming!  Sunday there will be pictures and details.  There will be 3 sets of blog candy which will be awarded based on getting a certain number of followers.  As we hit preset marks on number of followers, a different set of blog candy will be awarded with the value of the prizes increasing with each level.  All followers will be eligible for the blog candy drawings - so the sooner you join as a follower the more drawings you will be entered into.  Don't forget to stop back Sunday to see all the details!

02 October 2010

Happy World Card Making Day

So sit down and make a card!  Even if you are not into paper crafts why not make a computer generated card or have your kids or grand kids sit down and make some cards to send to the troops or to the local senior center.

So far I only have 1 card photographed which is for a swap in Yahoo (had to make 2 of everything to send with the card)
The haunted house is from SVGCuts as a FREEBIE!!  The spooky clouds and bats was another free download but I forgot to note from where - sorry**.  The cute little witch is a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil Shop colored with copics and the "wicked" is from Studio G ( had to buy the little $1 set just because of this stamp - yes "Wicked" is a musical but here in MA "wicked" is a stand alone adjective and adverb meaning cool, neat, awesome etc. - as in "that new coat of yours is wicked"  or "The band here tonight is wicked cool".)  So here is hoping you have a wicked WCMD!

** 10/12/10 I found it!  The bat cloud SVG is from "My Cricut Scrapbooking"

27 September 2010

A lovely update . . .

I wanted to share with you all the wonderful update the Teapotters received about Miss Eula, our 108 year old card recipient.  See my earlier post for a reminder 108th birthday.  Cindy (Mothermark received and update on our birthday girl) and you can read about her on Cindy's line This is My Story: Mission Accomplished!  My card is on the bulletin board second row between the yellow roses card and the red flowers card.

Here is the last verse of the poem Miss Eula references (Thanatopsis by: William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878)

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged by his dungeon; but, sustain'd and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

18 September 2010

Clean and simple (CAS) circle card

In looking at some other blogs by SCSers I was directed at one of them to this great blog called Clean & Simple Stamping and I decided to join in this week's sketch challenge which was a circle card.  I have never done a circle card before and had to do a little bit of work in my SCAL to get a circle card shape which met on top for the fold (most of what was out on the net was just a cicle shape.  I will says that while I loved this sketch challenge there was nothing "simple" about the part where the sentiment goes - not easy to create a layered band across a circle!  Special note: the image I used is from my StampPatch sister Jacque's company Scrolls Work which has a blend of lovely images like these, wonderful realistic photo images and steampunk to make any steampunkers heart sing!

Image is "Kelly & Trina" by Scrolls Work stamped with Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink Tea Dye and colored lightly with copics for the hand colored vintage photo feel; Sentiment from All Night Media; DP is DCWV (of course!) and all those circles and scalloped circle are free SVGs using SCAL on my cricut.  Red pearls (it needed a little bit of bling for color balance) are Queen & Co.

17 September 2010

Late (really late) summer thank you card

I created a card (Hot Diggity Dog) for last week's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge over at prisillastyles blog for the very first time - and got picked by the random number generator to win their bonus prize of a $25 coupon from McMahon Five Designs - woooooo hooooooo!  I picked out a bunch of yummy embellishments.

So the moment I saw this week's sketch challenge MMSC71, I knew I HAD to play again as it featured a large flower type element in the design.  In my never ending quest for inexpensive ways to use my Cricut with the SCAL software, I found this amazing site, SVG Cuts, where they sell awesome SVG files to use with the SCAL for not a whole lot of money.  They have these whole sets of 3-D realistic flowers that I fell in love with and so I got the Fall Flower kit.  Easy to use and they even have a video you can view on the web on how to make each flower.  Just took me minutes to create - love it!

While the center of the actual flower file is realistic looking, because the sketch seemed to show a button in the center of the flower, I opted to go with one of the new brads I got when I won a give away over at Paper Craft Magazine.  The brad is from Basic Grey "Stitched" (think covered button meets brad - yummy).  The pearl and fimo flower flourishes are what was left from Prima Marketing "Say It with Pearls" Swirls Fimo Brown that I used on an earlier card.  The green paper lace ribbon is Basic Grey "Ribbon doilies"  (also part of that prize package).  The sentiment label is from Cricut cartridge Accent Essentials.  Sentiment is Inkadinkado "Just Saying" and DP is DCWV.

15 September 2010

It's Moxie Fab . . .

. . . that it's my birthday and Moxie Fab World is having a Jolly Holly Greetings Challenge as part of their launch of their Holiday Cards and More release. This challenge is for holiday greeting cards. So if you are a long time reader of this blog (that would be about 4 of you LOL) then you know I created my prototype cards for this Christmas in July as part of a Christmas in July challenge over in my yahoo group. As I know I have lots of new readers I am going to re-post one of the favorites I created and I'll give you a link to the initial post.

So here is my moxie fab Christmas card - it has been a favorite over in SCS:

Here is the original post:  . . . and Christmas in July Part 3

Check out the other July posts for the rest of the cards.  I can report that my snow man cards are almost complete - I have completed the whole front panel for all the cards and have stamped the inside sentiment to the card base and adhered the front panels to about half of them.  For the card above I was missing something for it but I have now gotten that item so once the snowmen are done its on to this card - maybe my cards will be done before Thanksgiving?!?!?!?

On a different note:  Today would have also been my Mom's 87th birthday.  Bea is where I get about 85% of my artistic and creative talent from.  When she was 70 years old she went back to school to take painting classes after having only done pastel work occasional for the previous 50 years.  She studied water color, acrylics and even Japanese bamboo painting!  I have her still lifes hanging in my dining area.  I still get angry when I think about how she was taken from me only a few years after that because of a hospital mistake, but most of the time I just miss her - she'd have been ALL OVER this card stamping and papercrafting.

Mom and me c. 1964 at Sterling Forest Gardens in Tuxedo, NY (this beautiful place opened only a few years before this picture and closed in 1976)

Mom, my late brother David and me at my high school graduation.  David had not let any one take his picture during his college graduation the previous year so Mom convinced him to put on the cap and gown he still (mysteriously) had and pose for this picture.  I am so glad he did!

Beatrice Rockwell (1923 - 1998)  I love you Mom!  Happy Birthday to us!!!

13 September 2010

Triple Challenge - Hot Diggity Dog!

Today's card was for three challenges: This week’s KennyK’s Krafty Girlz Challenge #10 to use embossing (dry or heat) ; Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #70 (Just managing to squeak this one in); and of course Teapot Tuesday’s Challenge MMTPT111 “It's the Fast and the Furriest! Aren't You Just A Tad Bit Curious?” where we are handling car racing dogs and all the support team that goes with racing cars fast (go fast, turn left).

Image: KennyK Downloads (this was July’s free image) colored with copics and highlighted with white gel pen; Cuttlebug swiss dot EF; DP is DCWV; Pearls are Queen & Co. Leaves are free wingding cut with SCAL on cricut. MS border punch. Tea cup and flowers were from my stash. I used a tiny bit of green Elmer’s 3D glue with glitter for the relish on the hot dog.  Sentiments were computer generated.

Here is "my" story:
Danny Dogvito is a dashing daschette hound with brains and wit. He heard the word about the race and decided that with all those dogs and teapot partying ladies coming, they were going to be looking for fast food to go with their fast cars! Danny dug up an old hot dog cart (he’s so smart) and after prepping and cleaning it (no dirty water dogs for this wiener), Danny ordered up 42,000 cases of frankfurters, 42,000 cases of buns and a whole bunch of mustard and relish! His sign on his cart reads “Teapot Tuesday’s Race Day Dogs”! Now someone suggested he get one of those bun costumes to wear for advertising his wares, but he said no way Jose! Jose, is his cousin who was the understudy for the Taco Bell dog and Jose suggested that the best advertising was showing a happy customer eating a hot dog, hoping Danny would pick him and he would get another shot at fame. But Danny is no dumb dog, and following in the footsteps of marketing greats like Frank Perdue, Col. Sanders and Orville Redenbacher, Danny set up his own shot for his Teapot Tuesday’s Race Day Dogs with the slogan “Hot Diggity Dog! It’s Teapot Tuesday (relish the fun)!”

08 September 2010

Challenges and a case of a cased card

I created a couple of cards for some SCS challenges and I also made a birthday card that was a case of an earlier card I made which was a case of someone else's card (sounds like an old Nancy Drew novel "The Case of the Cased Card").
The first card was for the SCS Featured Stamper for this week: Emily (Stampingout).  She has a very Clean and Simple (CAS) style which always comes out elegant.  A card that got cased a lot was called Music of my Heart.  I wanted to create a card featuring the Music embossing folder I got this summer and this seemed like a perfect card for that.

Song in the Heart of a Friend
Punch is MS and sentiment is Serendipity Stamps. Glad I found a reason to use that music charm I have had for ages!  I will say it did not seem to have a lot of appeal for the group participating in the FS challenge - but then a lot of cards in that challenge barely got viewed or commented on.

Of course the next card was for Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday Challenge.  This week we had big doings in the butterfly world: Look at Us Fly! We're So High! Time to Try a Fly-by!
We needed to bring some well behaved butterflies to the tea party to get Turbo and Tucker back in line instead of acting like Top Gun butterfly “fly boys”.
So here is my story: Wanda Wings was the winner of last year’s Butterfly Festival bringing awards in for appearance, grace and use of air thermals for flying. She would have been to this year’s festival but her application was misdirected (we suspect Turbo and Tucker were behind this sad state of affairs). Wanda spent time instead with the synchronized butterfly flight team, working on their new routine. There is hope that they will make this an event in the summer Olympics – but they need 42,000 signatures on the petition just to be considered. It was while Wanda was developing a pattern of hundreds of circling butterflies - see all the butterflies behind her - when she received a call from Tilly and Emma asking for her help. Their thinking is if Turbo and Tucker learn they can go to the Olympics by flying beautifully then they will put this top gun nonsense out of their heads.

This is a tilt card so the butterfly actually moves back and forth (see inset on the photo of the butterfly facing the other direction). I found the instructions here: Oodabug Alley.  Butterfly was sent to me in a swap as an image (no idea whose – wish I did). I colored with copics and then used Elmer’s 3D glitter glue in pink and clear. DP are DCWV and sentiment is MSE with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink.

The final card for this post is a birthday card for my Aunt Vi (one of my Dad's many siblings), who will be 87 years old later this month - she is only a few days younger then my mom who would have been 87 on September 15.  They are having a family gathering later in the month at the farm in Kinderhook, NY but its a 4 hour drive each way and staying overnight is not in my budget right now so I wanted to send her a special card.  This is a case of the first card showing one of my previous blog postings Playing in some fun challenges which was a case of a featured stamper.  I changed this one out by changing the orientation from landscape to portrait and changing the shape of the main image to an oval.

Image is Sarah Kay's "Isabella with puppy coco" colored with copic ciaos and cut out with nestiblities oval.  DP is DCWV and EF is Victorian from Sizzix.  Used MS border punch.  Leaves are a free dingbat download cut with my cricut with SCAL.

04 September 2010

How I spent my time waiting for "Earl"

After moving things inside, tying down garbage cans and stacking the heavy outdoor stuff there was nothing left to do except hang out and watch the Weather Channel.  So I printed off a bunch of my digi stamps - not knowing if we were going to lose power.  This way I could color during the day today if I was waiting around for electricity.  But the good news was Earl got downgraded to a tropical storm before he got to us - so he was all bluster and no bite!
Last night as Earl came along, I saw the Ways to Use It challenge over at SCS, which was to create a card using 1 sheet of CS, and I was intrigued by the comment that you could layer as long as it was from that one sheet.  So I printed off another digi image (in keeping with the 1 CS sheet theme) and here is what I came up with:

The digi image "Violet Elizabeth" from marjoriesmalarkies is on white CS. I colored the image with copics and fussy cut it. Then I stamped the teddy bear (PSX) several times with tuxedo black mementos on a 1/4 of the CS, cut that out with the nestiblites oval and sponged Tim Holtz's Tea Dye Distressed Ink on it. The remaining 1/2 sheet became the card - used Dotted Swiss EF on about 4/5th of the front of the card. I cut a strip of teddy bears from the left overs after I cut the oval out and sponged that with the same TH ink. Brown ribbon from American Crafts and dotted bow from Offray. Pink gems are from a Hero Art set. Sentiment is Inkadinkado. After I put it all together with Violet popped up - it still needed something . . . I took a scrap of CS left from fussy cutting Violet and stamped the Teddy Bear again and colored him with Copics and adhered him hanging off the edge of the oval.  Some how that seemed to make things balance better.

30 August 2010

A 108th Birthday!!!

Well this week at Teapot Tuesday, we are off to St. Lucia . . . or maybe it’s Philadelphia . . . with two parrots, a 108 year old spitfire of a woman (Miss Eula) and a whole limo filled with flowers. To read the whole story of what is really going on check out This is My Story - Twinkle twinkle little parrot . . .
So here is my story:
Ode to Miss Eula

Beaufer and Starlet are in such a whirl
As the limos wheels start to rumble and twirl.
They are looking for flowers – roses preferred
The party is a surprise . . . shhhhhh, don’t say a word!

Miss Eula loves her parrot and Star loves her back
But if you give Starlet a carrot, she gets all off track.
So its roses and parrots that we plan to bring
(Oh gosh, oh golly do you think Starlet will sing?)

Starlet and Beaufer have two very dear friends
They are Scarlet Macaws (much prettier than last week’s hens!)
Molly and Morton Macaw have flown from Brazil
Carrying 42,000 roses they hope not to spill.

The only problem these two Ara Macaos can see
Is that Starlet and Beaufer forgot to tell them where to be.
So they flew to St. Lucia to join the surprise
To discover it was Philadelphia (for cheese steaks and fries?)

So now it’s off to Philly, PA for these two rose toting birds
Who want to be able to say a few words.
On to Miss Eula’s party hoping not to be late
After all it’s not often you turn 108!

I really wanted something with both parrots and roses, so in looking online for a bit of inspiration I found this poster of an old vintage post card that was a birthday greeting – here: Birthday Greetings Parrot and Roses

The parrots are from one of the online coloring books printed out and then colored with copics and highlighted with a white gel pen. The roses are the old PSX Hybrid Roses stamp, which I masked and stamped several times with tuxedo black Mementos ink. I colored then with copics and then added a little Elmer’s 3D glitter glue to some of the petals. I “fussy cut” the parrots and the roses and layered them onto designer paper (DCWV) that had lots of colorful flowers and a little glitter. That was layered onto coral CS. Sentiment is from Inkadinkado’s Garden Flower set.

29 August 2010

Caterpillar to a butterfly

Well the yard work took longer and more out of me then I expected - probably because half way through mowing my lawn I discovered yellow jackets (aka wasps for those of you from the UK) starting to build a nest inside of the OFF! bug lantern right where Chauncey hangs out when he is on his cable chilling out.  After some high power water spray and a trip to the hardware store for wasp spray - because of course I was out - the nest is dead, and the lamp and pole are dumped in the woods to be picked up after the first frost (note: picture me with my best Scottish battle cry grabbing the thing out of the ground and running it into the woods - should have had a video camera).  There are still some scattered yj's hanging around so I sprayed a lot of the surrounding stuff including my adirondack chairs which they seem to be fascinated by.  Hmmmmmmm, bees and such seem to be a theme for me this weekend.

So I never got back to the SCS VSN until almost midnight.  That's when I saw the second to last challenge by Pam "Its all about butterflies".  I had just resurrected this great sentiment stamp that I had wanted to create a card around and I had been given some lovely butterfly images in a swap I was part of this summer (mind you we have a 45 min limit of creating the card as part of the VSN challenge so anything I did not have to stamp myself or dig out of my pile of stamps were going to be a plus).  We were suppose to incorporate flowers into the card too which I noticed after the card was almost done; however the good news was there were flowers in the little frame around the sentiment.  The sentiment says "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly" - Anonymous.

The butterfly DP is from two different paper blocks which I think are both DCWV but not 100% on that.  They both have a little sparkle - the circling butterflies all sparkle and the other butterflies has sweeps of sparkle through out the paper.  I colored the butterfly image with copics and then used Elmer's 3D glue with sparkles in it on the butterfly wings - pink on the edges and clear on the main body.  The sparkles are light and not sure how well they will show up in the photo - I tried to pick the one that showed the sparkles on all of the card the best (click on the photo to enlarge and you will see some of the sparkle).  I popped the butterfly up with an extra thick dimensional. Sentiment is from Outlines Rubber Stamp Co. using Tim Holtz's distress ink - tea dyed.

28 August 2010

Virtual Stamp Night over at SCS!

Split Coast Stampers is having one of their Virtual Stamp Nights Friday and Saturday.  Think a stampers party where every one is playing at home and is connected by their computer to other stampers.  A challenge is posted at 1 hour interval and you have 45 mins to complete your card.  Its an honor system so if you join the VSN late you can still play.  It was fun to try to do the challenges as they were posted - I did the first, second and fourth challenges.  I am hoping to do challenge 5 tomorrow morning.  They will be picking up with challenges as of noon but as I have to get some yard work done I will probably join them again tomorrow night.

So the first challenge was hosted by my fellow blogger Judi who writes Paper Rose Petals.  She is a wonderful water colorist and I encourage you to go check out her cards.  The VSN theme was Summertime in the Land I love and Judi's theme was Food - anything that reminded you of summer foods.  If you go look at her card you will see that she did honey because of time on her grandparents farm.  Her card just set me off in a flash because I had been out searching for local honey today at the Osterville's farmers market to replace the one I bought at the Marstons Mills winter farmers market (I will be off on Tuesday to continue this search as the lone offering there was not as good as the one I got this spring).  So here's my honey themed card:

My stamps are old MSE when Alesa Baker designed for them colored with Copic Ciaos. DP is from DCWV

The next challenge was based on Summer breezes and had us making a card that either had a window image or had a card window (which I went for).  I love nothing better then sitting in my backyard and watching the tons of different butterflies that come by this time of year floating on the slightest breeze that stirs.  So here is my little offering:

Image - Inkadinkado Garden Flowers by Brenda Walten; Sentiment from MSE; Butterfly and border punches MS, Nesiblities oval, Recollections adhesive gems and Elmers 3D sparkle glue. Blue memories ink.  I have never done an offset sentiment like this - but card is smaller then standard envelope so it will work out okay.

The third challenge I chose to skip and spend time looking and commenting on the cards posted from the other challenges.  I then joined the fourth challenge which was "Let's go Camping".  As my Dad was not into all that stuff (he liked old cars and trains), I don't have much on that line although nature was an acceptable way to go with the cards.  Hmmmmm well this card turned into a true challenge.  I was going to go with my cricut and SCAL - but half way through my card I had a major malfunction of the card (not the cricut or SCAL but rather the image I thought I could cut did not work in a small scale and completely started coming apart - NOT pretty. So I decided to challenge myself to make a card in the time remaining - about 20 mins. I had this great owl stamp from Inkadinkdo Florishes (nothing more unnerving then laying in your sleeping bag and hearing whhooo whooot whhooo whooot) and I just started sponging a circle I already had in my stash that also had a matching frame circle in brown with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Grabbed some lovely DP (I think its DCWV but not sure) and brown ribbon and a card was born!

 This just proves you can make a decent card in under a half hour - need to remember that!