Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Work of Art

Hello Stampers!

Well I got cards made for the next 2 days as well as cleaned my bathroom and we went grocery shopping.  We crammed a lot in in the afternoon but it needed to be done.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week our picture was chosen by Amanda.














Stampin' Up colors to use















These were great colors.  I saw an idea on Pinterest that I have been dying to try.  Someone had used the Work of Art stamp set to make a sailboat.  I thought it was so cute and I had wanted to see if I could do my version.  I thought these colors would be perfect for this idea.  Here is my version.


























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I love the idea for using this set.  I have to work on my sails though. 

Now it is time to hop on down the lines.  Amanda is the next stop on the hop.  Head on over to her blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she did with these colors.  I am sure you will enjoy seeing her creation.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working my design team commitments today as I will have the house to myself.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Spooky Halloween

Good Morning Ladies!

Well I think I have finally had so much going on that I messed up.  I totally missed an appointment I had yesterday.  I was upset as I really needed to keep that appointment.  I was so upset I could not even begin to think about rescheduling it.  I will call later this week and see what I can work out.

My card today is the the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments    














I thought this sketch would be a good one to use some of my new Halloween items.  I did move the scallop element to the middle between the 2 sections.  I also moved the flower element to the middle also.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.


























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I just love the Motley Monsters ds paper.  Do you see the eyes peeking out under that ribbon at the bottom.  I just thought it was such a cool idea. 

Now you need to hop on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other design team members created.  Then grab your supplies and show us your interpretation of our sketch.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping today will be a better day.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, August 25, 2014

Distressed Sketch

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

Wow I can't believe we are at the end of August.  Where has the year gone?  I have so much to get done before Michaela and Josh come in November.  I really need to hit my stamp room.  I have to finish my design team commitment first.

My card today is for the the challenge at Late Night Stampers.  This week we were to use distressing.  There are a couple of ways you can distress.  You can apply color to the edge of your shape using a dauber or sponge.  You can also use a tool or the edge of your scissors and rough up the edge of the shape.  My favorite way to distress it to apply ink to the edge of your shape.  That is the one I used for this challenge.

Monday is the day for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Mary Jo always has a great sketch for us to use and this week is no exception.  Here is her sketch for this week.



I wanted to play some more with my new Fall items.  You only have to wait until the end of the week and you can get your hand on some of these fabulous items.  I love the colors in the new Color Me Autumn ds paper.  I used those colors with the new stamp set For All Things on my card today.  Here is my creation.







   


















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I guess I was a little light handed with my distressing as it is hard to see in the photo.  I will have to watch that next time.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I think this week will be busy with design commitments and making my cards for my blog posts.  What will you be doing?  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Halloween Swap

Good Morning Ladies!

Well yesterday was a fun day.  We had several very good speakers.  It was fun to make some new friends and I won a prize patrol also.  The make-n-takes were very cute.  And Shannon West from the Home Office was there and brought each of us a Paper Pumpkin!!!!!!!!!!! 

My card today was the Halloween swap I signed up for yesterday.  I used several new items from the upcoming Holiday Mini.  I like the way this turned in and I think the way I used this piece of the Motley Monsters ds paper was a great idea.  This sheet is one of those that you don't know what to do with.  Here is the card I swapped yesterday.


























I just love this saying in the Mingle All the Way stamp set.  As the same as yesterday this was a swap so I did not do the inside nor an envelope.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be relaxing as well as working on some cards for this week and at least 1 design team commitment.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NoVa Regional Fall Swap

Hello Everyone!

Today I am on my way to a Regional a local demonstrator is putting on.  We saw the advertisement and decided to give it a try.  We will have Make-n-Takes and swaps.  I will share my things with you.

One of the organized swaps I signed up for was the Fall/Autumn swap.  We were to use items from the upcoming mini if we had them.  I did and I love the For All Things stamp set so I decided to see what I could do with it.

I ran across a sketch challenge at Creative Challenge Club that I thought would be perfect for the set.  I pulled out some of the Color Me Autumn ds paper to use on this also.  I wanted some more texture on my card so I used the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  I did some sponging on the leaves then cut them out.  All I needed to do then was to put the card together.  Here is my creation.

  
























Since this is a swap I do not decorate the inside nor do an envelope.

Thanks for visiting me today.  It will be a long day for me but I am looking forward to it.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Motley Monsters

Happy Friday Stampers!

I spent some time at the yarn store yesterday.  I am working on a Family Tree shawl where the yarn represents myself and my girls.  I have only worked on the first clue.  The second clue is being released tomorrow so I want to be ready for it.  I will share clue one with your tomorrow.

My card today is one that used some more new items from the upcoming Holiday Mini.  I just love the new Motley Monsters ds paper.  It is so fun.  I paired it with the Project Live Holiday Cheer and Holiday Invitation stamp set. 

I wanted to add some ribbon to hide the side of the designer series paper.  I did not have any thin current Tangerine Tango ribbon so I pulled out some Whisper White cotton ribbon and dyed it.  Here is what the final card looked like.





















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Today is a busy day as I have to get my final cards made for tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I can't wait for the new mini to go live!  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zoie's Punch Art - Raccoon

Hello Everyone!

Well I think I am finished until Saturday when I have the NoVa Regional.  That will be a fun day for me!  I am looking forward to it.

My card today is the punch art card  I do for Zoie.  Last week I did a skunk as we have had several around and she has been talking about them a lot.  I found some ideas on Debbie Henderson's blog.   She had a cute idea.  I also found another idea I will do at a later date.  Here is my version of her raccoon.


























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Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be taking the next 2 days to finishing making my swaps for Saturday.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Swallowtail

Hello Stampers!

Well I am on the run again today.  I will get Jess set up this morning and then I have to take my sister to Baltimore for her check up.  I am so hoping the end of the week is better.  I do have a Regional to go to on Saturday so I am hoping that I will be ready to have some creative time!

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I am the start of the hop.  This week our picture was chosen by Carol.















Here are the colors from the picture.








I thought I would use the purples for the Swallowtail stamp.  I have not used the stamp in a while.  I sponged on the color and after I stamped it I realized it is hard to see the difference in the colors.  I then wanted to add some flowers so I used the Wetlands grasses as the stems.  I then punched the flowers using Itty Bitty Accents pinch pack.  All I needed to do then as add the rhinestone centers.  Here is my interpretation of the colors.





















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Are you ready to see what the other ladies created using these colors?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she has to share with us.  Make sure you check out everyone's blog and leave them some love!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I would love to see what you can create using these colors.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie     

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello Fall!

Hello My Friends!

Well Jess is back home and she is still on crutches.  I will be helping out until she is able to put weight on her foot.  I imagine I am going to be kept very busy.

Today I wanted to play with some on my things from the upcoming mini.  I also wanted to work on my cards for my September workshop so they can play with some of the new things.

I saw a sketch challenge at Around the World Stampin' Up Challenges    














I ran across this challenge blog and I thought this sketch would be a good one for a Fall card for my workshop using the new For All Things stamp set.  I also used some of the new Color Me Autumn ds paper on this one.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.






















inside of card and envelope















I moved the text to the top of the card as I liked the focus higher.

The founder of Stampin' Up - Shelli Gardner - has a challenge for us.  We are to use any of the items from the upcoming mini to make a project.  She will choose winners to get a free stamp set.  I am going to enter this one.

Thanks for visiting me today!  I am hoping to play some more this week so I can finish up some more projects.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lots of patterns

Good Morning Everyone!

Well I have a very busy week ahead of me.  Jess comes home tonight.  She has been in Texas.  While there she fell and sprained her ankle.  She is unable to put weight on it so she is on crutches.  We had arranged for my sister to pick her up at the airport but since she is having to use crutches I may be going to help get her and her luggage.  I will know later today.

I then have my Retirement Village ladies on Tuesday.  On Wednesday I have take my sister back to Baltimore  for a check up.  I think by Thursday it will settle down - unless Jess is not able to walk on her own by then and then I will be just as busy as I will have to help out with Zoie.

My card today is for Mary Jo's Technostamper Monday Lunch Time Sketch Challenge.  Mary Jo gave us an interesting sketch for this week.



I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this sketch.  I did not want to use stars or flowers as the element on my card.  I thought about using a sentiment in the center and then a shape on each side.  I went looking at my punches and felt I needed to give the Curly Label punch some use.  I went looking through my stamps and found one I could use with the punch.  Then I added some butterflies on each side.  Here is my finished card.

    


















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Wish me luck this week as I have a feeling I am going to need it!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on working on some cards to post this week as I will be home alone most of the day.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eclectic Sweet Friend

Hello Everyone!

Well the wedding was nice.  I was not thrilled with the drive.  Traffic was heavy and at times I was only going about 20 miles per hour.  I had a 2 1/2 hour drive and thought I was going to be late.  Then after the reception I had a 2 1/2 hour drive back home.  I will be relaxing today!

My card today was the result of 2 challenges.  I found one where you were to use washi tape at  Just Us Girls.   




Then I found a sketch challenge at CAS - Colors and Sketches














I was drawn to the angled layer on the sketch and thought it would be fun to add some washi tape in an upper corner.  I chose the colors to use from my washi tape.  Here is my creation for the 2 challenges.


























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I will be spending some time playing again today since I need cards to post this week.  Hope you have some time to play also.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Wish me luck with getting done all I want to today.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie







Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Wedding card

Hello Stampers!

Yesterday I spent 3 hours at Chick-fil-et with Zoie.  She played in the playground and I worked on my Christmas card swap for the NOVA Regional I am going to next weekend.  She had a great time and I managed to get all of my cards made.  It was a win - win for both of us.

Today I am headed for Frederick, MD.  My sister is getting married this afternoon.  It should be a fun afternoon.

I needed a card for her gift and decided to see if I could use her invitation and CASE it as much as I could.  Here is her invitation (the blank spot in the center is where I blocked out the names).

















I saw the 2 hearts with the red ribbon and decided to try and use those elements.  I also saw the gold around the hearts so I used my heart punch and brushed gold paper then white and created the hearts.  I decided to use a retired embossing plate that had swirls to emboss the background then added the ribbon and hearts.  Here is my version of the invitation.



























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The ribbon is the new sheer linen ribbon in the upcoming holiday mini.  I think I did pretty good at CASEing the invitation.  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you take some time for family today.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, August 15, 2014

Eclectic Flower

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I was able to play some yesterday.  I managed to get 3 cards made for posting this weekend in about 2 hours.  I was really hopping so that I could get them done as I was not certain how I would find time in the next 2 days to do anything.  Jess left for a visit with a friend in Texas and I have Zoie for a few days as well as my sister's wedding on Saturday. 

When I got home yesterday and while I was eating my lunch, I did some checking of my challenge blogs.  I ran across a color challenge at Pal Paper Arts that I liked the colors they were using.


I decided to use the dots from Kinda Eclectic along with the new Flower Frenzy die to create a flower spray.  Then I just needed to add some ribbon and it was done.  Here is what I created using these colors.


























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I used some retired ds paper and my envelope punch board to create an envelope for the card.  Had not used the the board in a while.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have some fun plans with Zoie for today.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zoie's Punch Art - skunk

Hello Stampers!

Well I was scrambling last night to get my card made for today.  I did get it done and I think one of the reasons I was getting it done at the last minute is because I did not know what I wanted to do.  I remembered that lately she has been fascinated with skunks and raccoons.  We recently had a skunk go through our yard and I think that is what started the whole interest.

I decided to go with the skunk idea and found a great tutorial on Susan Campfield's blog that I used to make my card today.  Here is my creation.

    
























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Isn't this skunk the cutest!  I am sure Zoie will love it.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be scrambling again today as I have to work this morning and later today I am taking Jess to the airport.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Too Much Happy

Good Morning Everyone!

We got some rain yesterday but not as much as we need.  North of us got more than we did. 

I did take some time to make a card for today.

Wednesday is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I am the start of the blog hop.

This week Liz picked our picture for our colors.













Here are the best matches for colors we could find.







When I looked at this I was immediately drawn to the Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss, and Mossy Meadow.  I did some thinking about these colors and decided to try something I saw on the internet.

I chose to use the Hexagon embossing folder and ink up one side then  use it like a stamp on my paper.  I originally stamped it on a Whisper White cardstock but did not like it.  So I decided to stamp it on the Mossy Meadow cardstock instead.

After I stamped it I then decided to use the Six Sided Sampler set to make some hexagons to punch out.  Then I just had to put my card together.  Here is my creation.







  


















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Want to see what the other ladies created for our blog hop?  Head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she created.  I am sure she has something awesome for you to see.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I need to find some punch art for Zoie's card tomorrow so I will be doing some research.  Wish me luck!  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie    

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fabulous You

Hello Stampers!

Well we had our recognition ceremony last night.  It was fun as the group that I taught the first class they took graduated.  I have decided to not teach in the program any more as I needed to free up some of my time.  Jess needs some help with Zoie and she will need more in about 6 months as she is pregnant again.  I figured I can continue to coordinate the program but I will not teach in it.  It was great to see the group at the ceremony.  They were a fun group and no other group was like them.

Today is our Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge.



I saw these colors and immediately thought of a card I had recently seen on my surfing the internet.  I decided I wanted to see if I could do the same thing but with these colors.  I stamped my image on Baked Brown Sugar with Whisper White and embossed it with white.  I then used a blender pen and colored in the image using the white ink.  I allowed it to dry really well and then using my markers I colored in the image.  I think I might try this again but to color it in with blender pens and ink in the lid and then use the marker to add highlights.  Here is my creation.


























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The flower really is red but my camera had a hard time capturing the true color with the Cherry cardstock base. 

I hope you will head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other ladies on the design team created.

Thanks for visiting me today.  We would love to have you play along with our challenge.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie   

Monday, August 11, 2014

Circle Flower!

Hello Ladies!

Well I got my flower bed weeded and dug a hole for the grass.  I could not dig up the grass though so I will have the guys who are coming to finish up the stones do it.  I just hope I can catch them before they spray the ground to kill the plants.

Today at Late Night Stampers our challenge is to use circles.  I love circles and they are fun to include in your creation.

Mary Jo at Technostamper gave us a great sketch this week.



 I thought it would be fun to use circles for the strip down the left side.  I also had not used Strawberry Slush in a while so I wanted to use it.  I went to my handy color website and found some other colors that would go with it.  Here is what I did with both of the challenges.


























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We would love to have you play along with our circle challenge at Late Night Stampers.   

Make sure you head on over to Mary Jo's blog - Technostamper and see what the other design team members created and then then join us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  We have a graduation ceremony tonight so I will be busy.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie    

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fall is coming!

Good Morning Everyone!

Well I did get some time to play yesterday even though I had Zoie.  She took a nap in the afternoon so I was able to create a little.  I made today's card as well as one for my design team post on Tuesday.

I ran across an idea in my perusing of the internet that I wanted to try.  They talked about using a paper clip to hang a banner/tag from.  I thought it would be fun to play with that idea.  I created my tag and then wrapped it around the bottom rung of the paper clip.  I used our new mini stapler to staple it to the paper clip.  I then needed to clip it to my card.  After that I just needed to finish my card.   Here is what I created.


























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I am hoping to spend a little time maintaining my flower beds today as well as moving a grass plant to a new bed.  Hopefully it won't be too hot!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have to get working on my contributions for the upcoming Stamp Academy session.  We are focusing on the upcoming mini.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Robbie