July 14, 2011

Last Minute

Dear Reader,

You thought you were done with me today.  After all, I posted a card today, but just in the last half hour or so I made another card for this week's color challenge. 

I have a slew of border stamps from Studio Calico which I adore (I have a slew of Studio Calico stamps period).  Actually to say I adore them is too pallid of a statement.  They are simply glorious because they are simple, clean, graphic and usually work for any number of applications.  I decided to make a background using them along with one border stamp that I also adore from Hero Arts: international skyline.    Additionally, I happen to be a nut for travel themes.  I can't get enough of them for whatever reason and it is nearly compulsive.  It's something similar to when there is a song that I really like and I listen to it over and over again.  When I love something it sticks with me. 

Back to the point, I thought all of these disparate images could come together under the sentiment from Papertrey Ink, "adventure awaits".  I love this sentiment because it is so full of promise and I recently used it on graduation cards I made because of this.  Add a airplane punch and I am happy.

Now to the card:

By the way, did you hear the sensational news that Hero Arts is now working with Studio Calico to produce stamps? Check out either Hero Arts' blog or Studio Calico's blog for more information, sneak peaks and a blog hop with chances to win said stamps and also paper from upcoming releases from Studio Calico. 

Thank you for visiting the Hall again!

I hope adventure awaits you,

Adventure Awaits Card
Stamps: all border stamps except international skyline and overlapping circles (which is Studio Calico + Hero Arts), Studio Calico; international skyline (H5470), Hero Arts; adventure awaits from Road Trip set, Papertrey Ink
Ink: vintage photo, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
Cardstock: sand, Neenah Papers; white, Georgia-Pacific; red from stash
Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin
Punches: airplane, EK Success; circle, Martha Stewart Crafts
Pen: memory markers in chestnut, American Crafts
Other: dimensional adhesive by American Crafts and Scotch

On the Town

Dear Reader,

I return with a card for Week 3 of the Summer Card Camp 2011 online class.  This one is completely out of character meaning it is clean and simple.  I admire cardmakers like Maile Belles who pull these cards off over and over with panache.  I am not one of them, but a girl can try can't she? 

I had a concept in mind using some lovely Hero Arts stamps I had bought, but sadly not used yet.  I broke them out and liberated them.  Hopefully they will enjoy much more inky happiness in their future.  I thought the lovely ladies from Three Silhouettes along with the Cityscape were perfect for a Girls' Night Out card.  I am not a girls' night out type of person...I am a true homebody, but I like the idea of ladies that party until they drop in killer dresses and more lethal heels.   I am happy the option is out there and some partake. 

Here's the card:

Thank you so much for visiting the Hall!

Hoping some of you have lethal heels,

Girls' Night Out Card
Stamps: Three Silhouettes (LP195) and Cityscape (K5325), Hero Arts
Ink: malted milk and brown sugar, Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Cardstock: earthstone, Neenah Papers; white, Georgia-Pacific
Pen: memory marker in chestnut, American Crafts
Other: red emboidery floss, DMC and Crop A Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers

July 8, 2011

Ticket to Fly

Dear Reader,

Do you love the little art known as Artist Trading Cards (ATC) as much as I do?  I have been participating in a monthly local trade for nearly 8 years now.  Each month we have two themes to choose from (or for the ambitious they can do both themes).  In January the theme I chose to sign up for was Make-Your-Own-Background.  I *love* making backgrounds.  I find it very therapeutic and calming as the mind wanders and the fingers do their magic.  I had no real idea of what I was doing for my background although I thought I could use a copy of two masterboards I made using some Hero Arts stamps, crayons and Adirondack Color Washes a while back. 

Here are the masterboards (it is a fun crayon resist):

That was when things got a bit crazy. 

I sprayed some of my Studio Calico Mister Huey's on the copy to mute the vibrant greens, oranges and yellows a bit (and to just play with them because they are fun!).  I added a strip of orange electrical tape bought at Home Depot last fall (with Halloween in mind).  Then I thought why not pull out one of my old Scarlet Lime kits and play with some of the cool elements I had in it?  So then I placed some alphabet stickers from Prima randomly all over each of the backgrounds.  Then I added a glittery lacy sticker border in the middle over the electrical tape.  Add some Glimmer Misted and stamped tickets (love, love my House of 3/Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology stamp set.  My recommendation: if you find this stamp set, snap it up!) attached with Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher, misted bird punch mixed in with patterned paper punched pieces, a bling eye from Prima and there's the card.

Thanks for stopping by the Hall!

Happy creating,

Alphabet Soup ATCs
Stamps: tree, bird & flourish in masterboards from Tree, Birds & Messages set (CL182), Hero Arts and damask and postal cancellation from Parisian Anthology set, House of Three/Pink Paislee;
Ink: chipped sapphire, Tim Holtz's Distress Inks by Ranger
Cardstock: white, Georgia-Pacific; golden orange scraps
Patterned Paper: GCD Studios
Punch: bird & twig, Stampin' Up!
Sprays: Mister Huey's Calico White, Studio Calico; denium blue glimmer mist, Tattered Angels; lettuce, Tim Holtz's Adriondack Color Wash by Ranger
Other: yellow alphabet stickers, Prima; green glitter paper lace; orange electrical tape; tiny attacher, Tim Holtz; clear jewel, Prima; tickets; crayons, Crayola; Crop A Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers 

July 7, 2011

Week 2: Summer Card Camp 2011

Dear Reader,

It has been far too long and I have missed writing to you during my period of inactivity.  Today I have a card for you that I made for an online class I am participating in: Summer Card Camp with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  Like my blog writing, I am truant with Week 1's card assignment.  Despite that I am going to forge ahead with Week 2.  I am a bit overwhelmed with the talent and copious amounts of cards in the student gallery.  I always find myself hesitant to participate when I feel myself at a severe disadvantage, but I am trying to be less of a wimp.  I am using my friend, Julie, as an inspiration to post.  Check out her cards (3 of them which makes her an overachiever in my book) on her blog--awesome!

I recently bought some Lawn Fawn stamps that I had been ogling for a while.  Lawn Fawn have impossibly adorable images that were calling to me to play with especially after watching countless charming videos by sunny and bright Kelly Marie Alvarez.  My card doesn't do the stamps justice...I simply adore the Ferris wheel and ticket especially when you fill it in with one of the phrases designed to fit perfectly in it.  For better examples go to Kelly Marie Alvarez's blog.

So here's my card without further ado:

Thanks for stopping by the Hall! 

You are welcome to visit any time,


Admit One Birthday Card
Stamps: ticket, admit one & Ferris wheel from Admit One and happy birthday from Sophie's Sentiments, Lawn Fawn
Inks: Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Black Soot: Tim Holtz Distress Inks for Ranger
Cardstock: white, Georgia-Pacific
Patterned Paper: yellow sunshine and orange, Cosmo Cricket and red stripe, DCWV (old!)
Copics: R20 Blush & R27 Cadmium Red 
Border Punch: postage stamp, EK Success
Other: white gen pen, Uniball Signo; paper star circle, sassafras; Crop A Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; orange jewels, Michael's


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