Sunday, September 27, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge #52

The House Mouse Monday Challenge has gone to an every other Monday format and even though I had two weeks to participate, here I am posting the last Sunday night. Challenge #52 is to select your favorite challenge from the past year. I decided on two: the sketch from #48 and embossing from #19.

The House Mouse image is "In A Nutshell" and Maxwell is colored with Copics (E00, E33, E29, B02, Y21, YR61, YR68, YG23, C1). "Happy Birthday" is Endless Creations. I used Cuttlebug's "Floral Fantasy" embossing folder and two sizes of Nestabilities square dies. All the paper is DCWV. There are Dew Drops, Diamond Stickles and the ribbon is from stash.

I'm going to send this off to my girlfriend Barbi in San Diego. Her birthday's October 1 and I never get cards to her on time. She'd probably have a coronary if it actually arrived on her birthday. It might actually make it this year!

Cheers, Judi

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #67 (and #66)

This week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge #67 is to use lace and pearls. Boy is that right up my alley! I'm not sure what happened last week but I didn't get the challenge done. It was a wonderful sketch, so I decided to use it this week.

Both the image and the sentiment are from PB's "the Wonder" transparent set. The image is colored with Copics (E00, YR00, E29, E37, C1, R02) and Tombows (155, 177) and the sentiment is stamped with Deep Green Chalk ink. All the paper (except the white) is from the "Greetings of the Season" paper pack from Hobby Lobby. The rectangles are cut using Nestabilities large and small deckle dies and the two circles are cut using the Creative Memories custom cutting system (I think this is the first time I've actually used the system). The snowflakes are punched with an Emagination punch and gold charms from stash have been added to each. The pearls are Hero Arts and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. "Old Gold" glitter from Art Institute is on the star and a touch of Polar White Flower Soft and Crystal glitter is snow.

Back to work tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers, Judi

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More Blog Candy

I'm a regular visitor to Debby's blog and she is celebrating 500 followers by giving away some wonderful candy.

Check out
Debby's blog. Her cards are wonderful and truly inspirational. She does some pretty amazing things with paper, rubber stamps, ink and embellishments. Love her flowers and that 3D effect!!

Cheers, Judi

Whiff of Joy Candy

Bev R. has some wonderful Whiff of Joy Candy on her blog. Check it out, it looks scrumptious.

Cheers, Judi

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Whiff Of Joy/Friday Sketchers/Stamp Something

I think I've missed Whiff of Joy Challenge #47 (which was to use teal and orange) but since I've completed the card, I'm going to post it anyway. I've also used the sketch from Friday Sketchers #69 and I've used a few of my favorite embellishments (pearls and ribbon) for the Stamp Something challenge.

The Whiff of Joy stamp is "Willow Kneeling", which I've colored with Copic Markers (YR12, YR15, YR18, BG10, BG13, BG18, E00, E02, R02, E37, E57). I finally broke out my new MME "Bloom & Grow" paper, along with Core'dinations cardstock. The ribbon is from a QVC ribbon pack and the pearls are from Hero Arts. I used the Nestabilities' standard and scallop circle dies and a "Family Treasures" butterfly punch.

Thanks for visiting. Comments are always welcome.

Cheers, Judi

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mojo Monday 103 - Contest

Nothing like waiting til the last moment to finish a card. Mojo Monday 103 closes Sunday at 8:00 p.m. MT (I'm presuming that's Mountain Time) and it's 6:00 p.m. ET right now. That's cutting it pretty close, even for me. But I loved this sketch so definitely wanted to give it a try.

The stamp is from Endless Creations. I colored right on the stamp with Tombow Markers and then added a touch of Violet Flower Soft mixed with Eggplant Ultra Fine glitter from Art Institute. The CS is Bazzill and the DP is "Violet Dahlias" by Chatter Box. The ribbon and flower are from Joann's and I also used a Nestabilities' scallop oval.

As I look at the picture I just downloaded, I realize I didn't put on the three pearls which I planned to add on the purple paper below the image. Oh well, I'll have to add them before I actually send the card to someone.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Monday's come so soon.

Cheers, Judi

Monday, September 7, 2009

Penny Black #64 & Friday Sketchers #68

Over the last several weeks, I have finally felt like life was getting back to normal. My sister, Sue, was progressing very nicely from her two hip replacement surgeries and she was starting to get around some without her walker. We actually were doing things outside of the house again.

But, I got a call Tuesday afternoon at work..... she was pruning some plants in our backyard and had tried to throw herself down the small hill that we have. I guess the grass was wet, her feet slipped and she went down on her knees. She had to crawl back into the house to get to the phone. I called her hip doctor and made an appointment for the next morning. Fortunately, she did not damage her hips but ended up cracking the bone around her left knee (which had also been replaced 5 or 6 years ago). She's now in an immobilizer for a minimum of two weeks (when we go back to the doctor) and is back sleeping in my bedroom. I'm getting pretty used to the spare bedroom.

Barb and I did spend a fun Saturday shopping. We met at Stamp On It about 10:30 a.m. It was make-n-take Saturday, along with a huge sale. We played with Flower Soft for the make-n-take and I managed to pick out a couple more colors to add to my Flower Soft collection. I also found several stamps and a couple of Spellbinder dies. I needed to pick up some cat food at Pet Supply Plus and then we were off to lunch at Culver's. After lunch, we found our way to both Hobby Lobby and Joann's. We had coupons, we had to use them!! All in all, we had a very nice day.

Anyway, I'm back finally to do a couple of challenges. "Hearts Desire" is the Penny Black Saturday Challenge #65 and Heidi has created a great sketch for Friday Sketcher's #68.

This cute puppy is from the PB transparent set "Critter Party". I colored him with Prismacolor colored pencils and gamsol. The DP is from the "Love You" collection by Daisy Bucket Designs and the CS is Bazzill and Stampin' Up. I used three sizes of Nestabilities Labels One dies, as well as the standard and scallop oval dies. "Love You" was from a Will'n Way transparent stamp set and the flower is Spare Parts from the Paper Studio.

Looking forward to things getting back to normal.... again (which I hope means more challenges this week). Thanks for visiting. Hope you come back again.

Cheers, Judi