Saturday, April 12, 2014

SCACD Planet Transport

Hey, I am back today with another guest post for SCACD. This time I have made a card using one of the fabulous digital images that Susana carries in her shop HERE, for USA and international customers. I believe that Carmen Medlin is the artist of all the digis, and a very talented artist she is! Love her different types of images--they run from gorgeous to outright quirky. And I picked one of the quirky ones to show you today.

I printed SCACD Planet Transport on X-Press It CS, and colored it with my Copics:

YR30, YR31, E42, E43, E44, R81, R83, R85, T0, T1, T2, T4, T6, T8

Then I added some Spica Silver to the chains and some Spica Clear to the metal on the basket. My finishes on the image panel were Silver Pearl Pen and Distress Ink Antique Linen.

My DP is from the Glitz All Dolled Up collection. I roughened my DP edges and image panel with my Zutter. My die cuts were made with SCACD Alice's Clock Statement Corner. Then I added a bit of ribbon, lace, and pearl trim to the card. I finished the design with the fun sentiment that comes with Planet Transport. That about does it for this post.

I loved working with Susana and her DT! And I always love to shop at SCACD, don't you? Go ahead, you know you want to...


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers Keep Calm and ... Challenge/Angela's Mother's Day Card

To mark National Stress Awareness Month, we are creating projects that include something relaxing. I chose a mermaid in a bubble bath, because you can't relax much more than that! Before I get to my card, I want to mention that our sponsor this month is the fabulous Make It Crafty, a shop with a wonderful collection of digital images. I believe I misspoke last week about the prize situation. Here are the deets: one randomly-selected participant will win a $10 gift certificate. And this month there is a special bonus prize: if you use a Make It Crafty image for your creation, you will be entered into a second drawing for another $10 GC. OK, so that should clean up my mess from last week--sorry about that! Anyway, I wish I could enter, because I love Zoe's images!


I will be using my MIC image later in the month. Today my image is Art by Miran Mermaid, which I printed on X-Press It CS. (I made a CAS card this week, as I kind of overbooked myself for the week: card-making, parties, shopping, and spending time with hubby.) I colored the mermaid with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E53, E35, E37, E57
Scarf: RV91, RV63, RV66
Tail: BG10, BG11, BG13
Duck: Y32, Y35, Y38
Bubbles: BG0000, BG10
Shadow/Tub: C00, C0
Tub Trim: Spica Pink

I finished my card with dies from the Memory Box Script Lowercase alphabet. Voila! My card for Angela's Mother's Day is finished. (Sorry, don't know how to add the ` over the "a". If you do, please let me know. My public thanks you, as do I.)

Before I go, I want to mention that Gary went on Verizon when he retired. I am still stuck with T-NotMobile for almost another year. However, Gary checked into it, and realized that it would be the same cost for us to pay the T-Mobile cancellation fees as it would be to have me on T-Mobile and him on Verizon. So he said I could sign up for Verizon, too. OMG! I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am about that! Imagine, I'll be able to use my phone in my back yard if I wish. Amazing! (My WiFi is too far away for my phone to work outside. And WiFi is the only way I can use my phone at home.) 

Well, anyway, we went to Verizon yesterday to get me signed up and guess what? My T-Mobile Samsung SGIII will not work with Verizon. Oops! Guess I have to get a new phone. And Samsung is coming out with their SG5 today--imagine that! I'll get a giant leap in technology from my 'III', and good service to boot. Woohoooo! Oh, and the new phone has a 16MP camera--my current phone is 8MP. Looks like I won't need to take my big, heavy Canon on trips now, since it is only 10MP. Can't say that upsets me in the least! 

I am off to play Bunco tonight--never played, so this should be interesting. It's a girls' night out--hilarious, because I am nowhere near being a girl--so Gary has to fend for himself. Tomorrow we go to a DBacks game, and Sunday we are off to a party my niece is throwing for pre-Easter. Hope you have a fun weekend, too--it could be more relaxing than mine, for sure.

Speaking of relaxing, be sure to check out the fabulous creations HERE by my teammates, Carla, Dawn, Linda, and Kathi! Every week they outdo themselves, don't they? Then get out your alcohol markers and color up an image for your creation--we are looking forward to seeing them! 

Have a great weekend!

  

Monday, April 7, 2014

SCACD ELEMENTS RUBBER STAMP BLOG HOP!!!

Hey there! Imagine me posting on a Monday! Well, there is a very good reason for this! I was invited to be a guest designer for an SCACD release blog hop--what an honor! Here is what Susana had to say about this new release:

"SCACD is releasing four rubber stamps which are collectively called The Elements Collection. The inspiration for them is by all that is going on in nature at the moment. Thoughts of water, wind, fire and earth so powerful in nature captured in these women thru collaboration with SCACD Artist, Carmen Medlin.

The fab SCACD Design Team, along with amazing Guest Designers, has created an inspiring hop showcasing the new SCACD rubber stamps. If you missed part of the hop list then check out all the details at the Store Blog today!

Now available in the USA are the SCACD April 7th rubber stamp release HERE. SCACD Digital images for USA and International can always be found HERE.

For locating SCACD rubber stamps, including the New Release, our International Friends please check out Quixotic Paperie HERE!!!"

You should have arrived at my post from Elaine's blog, where you saw a fantastic creation!

I am so happy to present my project for this hop. My beautiful image for this card is called Fire. I stamped her on X-Press It CS with Memento ink and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR12, YR15, R81, R83, R85
Cactus: BG93, BG96, BG99
Sun: YR12, YR15, YR30, YR31
Eagle: E41, E43, E44, YR12, YR31
Desert: YR30, YR31

My beautiful DP is from the Glitz All Dolled Up collection. I Zutterized each sheet that I used, as well as my image. I added some lovely laces from my stash, and then finished the card with several die cuts, using the following dies:


To finish my card I added a line from the song "Light My Fire". (It was a song of my youth. Very, very long ago, in a land far, far away.)

I want to thank the entire SCACD group, most especially Susana, for this opportunity! And now I will send you on to your next stop, Kathi's blog, where you will find another of her fabulous projects!

Should you get lost anywhere on the hop, just visit Follow Your Heart, SCACD's store blog, for the complete hop list. Thank you for visiting my blog!


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers Spring Has Sprung Challenge - Jared's Easter Card

Yes, it is still Friday. And this is my second, (but last, lucky for you), post. Our challenge this week is to show us something that looks like spring. And, no, that does not mean snow for those of you who are still experiencing it. (It should make you feel a little better just to create something with a spring theme, right?) Remember to use any brand of alcohol markers in your creations.

This is a new month, which means we have a new sponsor. And, lucky for you, that sponsor is Make It Crafty! I love the collection of images that Zoe has on her website! The randomly-selected participant will win a $10 GC, unless a MIC image is used--then there will be an additional $10 GC! How's that for a prize? Wow, huh? Wish I could enter!!!


OK, so I told you I would give you an update on Gary's first week as a retired person. Of course, on Monday he had his exit interview. And then he went to the eye doctor. And then he came home and got me and we went to downtown Phoenix to see the home-opening loss to the San Francisco Giants by our Arizona Diamondbacks. Well, just wonderful. I really thought we were going to win that game, since we were up 7-3. But, no. Sigh....and their saga continues...

Anyway, that was his first day. On Tuesday, which was my brother's birthday, Gary went to the gym in the a.m. And then he drove to Mesa to have lunch with our friend, Bob, and to hit golf balls at the driving range. He texted me that his driving range experience was "ugly". Which I guess meant he was really rusty. He hasn't golfed for a very long time, due to his wrist injury and subsequent surgery. The good news is that he did not hurt his wrist hitting golf balls.

On Wednesday Gary went to the gym again, (this is not unusual, btw, he goes almost every day), and then drove to Phoenix for a massage. A massage? I know, right? He was getting them fairly regularly for a back problem he had been having. To my knowledge that back problem is gone, but has now been replaced by a new one--sciatica. It's always sumpin'. Oh, and fyi, I do not get massages. Just so you know who the real prima donna is in the family.

Well, apparently the massage helped because he then went bowling. Yup. Testing his wrist, (and his back). Seems he had a game over 200, so he was a happy camper. And his wrist is OK, which is really good--because he was bowling last year when he hurt it badly enough to need the surgery.

And yesterday he went to the gym and then to lunch with another friend, Parham, who he hadn't seen for months. And also went bowling again to keep testing his wrist. So he has been gadding about, leaving me to work on my cards, thank goodness! So far, I have not been needed for constant supervision attention.

Today we are going out to breakfast, then up to Scottsdale to find a new office chair and possibly new dining chairs. And out for a late lunch/early dinner with my sister, Merrilyn, and BIL, Ron. So it ought to be a fun day for both of us, though I really should be here crafting. I have much to do over the next few weeks. And, if this week was any indication, I will get no interference from my retired spouse. He is too busy having fun without me. Wait--whaaaat?????

Oh, well. Guess it's time to get to my card for the week. I needed to make another Easter card, this time for my nephew's son, Jared. My nephew and his wife & son are visiting in another week, and my niece is throwing a party for them. So I needed to get my Easter cards done ahead of schedule. No problem, as this fits right in with a spring theme.

I used a cute image from Bugaboo, Wee Ones Big Egg. I printed the image on X-Press It CS and colored it with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E000, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Bunny Suit: E11, E13, E15, E17, R000, R20

The egg was printed on a sheet from my DP selection, Basic Grey Picadilly, shaded with W0 and W1, and then I added Pearl Pen to it before adhering it to my image. The rest of my DP was Zutterized and paired with Stampin' Up CS. I finished the card with a couple of die cuts using Cheery Lynn "Happy", "Easter", and Lace Corner Deco B. (I based the design on the current Friday Sketch, though didn't follow it completely--see previous post today for that info.)

That's it. Now do check out the inspiration by my talented teammates, Carla, Dawn, Linda, and Kathi. And then get out your alcohol markers and color up an image for your creation. Looking forward to seeing them!

Oh, forgot to mention that our trip to Binkley's last weekend was a roaring success, as usual. Will try to remember the deets on a future post. Lucky us, we get to go back in May for Restaurant Week! So worth the trip up to Cave Creek!  

And have a great weekend! (Yeah, that's an order!)


Friday Sketch #66 Challenge Reminder - Tristan's Easter Card

Yup, it is time to remind you of the Friday Sketch #66 Challenge. And here is our sketch for this fortnight by Alison:


Our sponsor is Polka Doodles and the prize is a gift voucher worth 5 British Pound Sterling, or approximately 8 US dollars. 

 

I needed a card for my niece's son, Tristan, for this Easter. And saw this darling image at LaLa Land Crafts, Easter Bunny Luka. Had to get him, doncha know. I printed him on X-Press It CS and colored him with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E30, YR31, E33, E35
Bunny Suit: E40, E42, E43, R20, YG21, YG23, YG25
Hat/Vest: Y13, Y15, Y18
Egg: E43, E44, E47, E49, YG21, YG25, Y13, Y15, Y18
Bunny: E43, E44, E47
Shoes: E43, E47, E49

I used a Pearl Pen to dot the bunny's eye. My DP is from the Bo Bunny C'est La Vie collection; it was Zutterized and paired with Bazzill Kraft CS. I added some die cuts using the following dies:

Memory Box Filigree Egg
Cheery Lynn Bunny
Cheery Lynn "Happy" & "Easter"

Please join us this next week and use the above sketch. Be sure to check out the beautiful designs by my talented teammates!

(If you are looking for an update about Gary and his "retirement", check out my next blog post today. That's all I'm sayin'.)


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers Anything Goes/Christmas Twist Challenge

Yay, I got another Christmas card done! But before I go into the card details I need to mention that our sponsor this month is Elisabeth Bell, with her fab digis!


Our randomly-selected participant will win these darling images:


And I have really big news! Life-changing news. For me. And for Gary. And this is good news. He got laid-off on Tuesday. (Yes, I did say that this is good news. Because it is!) His last day will be next Monday, the 31st. And then he will be officially retired! Yay! About time, huh? He is getting a great severance package, with extra money for medical insurance to bridge me to July, when I can get Medicare. That's actually the only reason he was planning to work until July 1st. To keep me on his medical insurance at work--because he can get Medicare now. But I am just a spring chicken and cannot get it until July when I turn the big 6-5. Remember, I am much younger than he is...

I am really relieved for Gary. He has been stressed in his job for years. And was counting the days until retirement. I was worried he would start counting the hours, and then the minutes. (He would have driven me crazy with that. Now he can drive me crazy being at home instead.) And when we go on our vacation to Kauai, he can really relax knowing he doesn't have to go back to work when the vacation is over. Now he just needs to find a hobby. Or two. Something to keep him occupied so I can still make my cards. KWIM?

So my life will look very different starting next Tuesday. Gary will be here full-time, and I will no longer be free-wheeling with his money! Good thing I stocked up on dies, stamps, and paper, huh? I have enough materials to keep me busy for the rest of my life probably. He says I could open up a store with all the craft things I have. Too true.

But before Tuesday we have a lot to do. I am having lunch with my sister, Merrilyn, today. Then tomorrow Gary and I are going to Binkley's with Bob and Connie for Gary's birthday dinner celebration--our last hurrah at a mega-expensive restaurant I would imagine! And Sunday we go to Gertrude's at the Botanical Gardens for brunch with our dinner-club group. (Yeah, for one week it is a breakfast club group.) And then Monday night, after Gary is all finished with his career, we are headed to the opening game of the Arizona Diamondbacks. That's enough to make my head spin. Somehow we have to find the time to sign me up for medical insurance before Tuesday, too. Interesting....

OK, on to my card for the week. I chose another Jellypark image, Snowball Girl, for my Christmas card this month. I think she is too stinkin' cute! I printed her on X-Press It CS and colored her with my Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E18
Coat: YG93, YG95, YG99
Hat/Mittens/Boots: BG11, BG13, BG15
Scarf: BG11, BG15, YG93, YG99

My die cuts were made with the Cheery Lynn "Corner", "Merry", and "Christmas" dies. I added a Stampin' Up jewel and some Frantage. And that's it. Another Christmas card done! I am slowly working up a batch for this next Christmas. I hope I don't run out of cards again this year!

Be sure to check out the fabulous inspirations by Carla, Dawn, Linda, and Kathi--and then join us this week. It's an easy challenge, right? Just be sure to color your image with alcohol markers--any brand is fine. 

Have a great weekend!!


Jellypark Friends For the Ladies in Your Life Challenge

This challenge can be a Mother's Day card, which is celebrated in the UK before the US, or you can make a card for a female friend in your life. Or an imaginary female friend. Like I did. Because surely I do not have a real female friend that drinks too much, swears too much, or has questionable morals. Or do I????? Hmmm????

I love this JP image and sentiment. You Drink Too Much just cracks me up. I colored her up and did a fairly CAS design with my card. I printed her on X-Press It and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E31, E35, E39, E59, E49
Dress: E40, E41, E42
Flowers/Beads RV52, RV55
Sweater/Boots: YR21, YR23, YR27

Then I added a bit of twine, printed the sentiment on Stampin' Up CS, and added a Memory Box Tessatina Border die cut. Done!

Do check out the fab inspiration by my talented teammates at JP! And then join us this fortnight! Looking forward to your creations!