Friday, October 28, 2011

Passing the Torch

Today, I pass the ORANGE torch to Debra Miller.  You are going to be BLOWN AWAY by her amazing creations!  Good luck, Debra, and enjoy the ride! I know you will, and I can't wait to see what you create!!  A word of warning, Debra - don't blink!  The month will fly right by!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wrap Up

Today is my final AmberInk post... oh, where did the month go?! Seriously, did we HAVE 4 weeks in this month????  Check in tomorrow to see who will be carrying the Orange torch!
Here's a recap of my AmberInk projects... OH how I LOVE those iPapers!
It's Thursday, so that ALSO means there's a NEW WTUI challenge!  I wasn't able to play last week because I was playing the good daughter visiting my father after emergency surgery.  I still need to try that technique!
Today, Hannah has challenged us to use Leaves.  I couldn't decide which leaves I was going to use, so I used them ALL! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Pink

Over on SCS, we are still making cards for UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Have you made your cards yet?  Just one card is enough.  Today's card is for Jessica's pink ribbon challenge.  I used MORE iPapers, as well as a sentiment, from AmberInk.
Hope you'll have a chance to make a few cards to bring smiles to those who could use them!  I used the FABULOUS FTL163 layout for this one.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Use Your Happy Place

Today is my turn to hostess for Hope You Can Cling To on SCS.  In the wise words of the movie, Happy Gilmore, I'm asking you to use your Happy Place as inspiration for your creation.
Here is my happy place:
This was taken on the beach at Turks & Caicos.  I have this hanging at my desk at work, so whenever those clients get me, I can escape to my island oasis. :)
And here's what I was inspired to create with it:
The Medallion is stamped in paint, then left to dry for a LOONG time.  I left it for 2 days, but I'm pretty sure it was ready sooner than that.  I just colored over it with distress inks, buffed the image with a baby wipe, and added some pearls.  SUPER EASY, but I think the results are pretty stunning.  I hope you will be able to play along with the challenges and support the worthy cause.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick or Treat?

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop!!  I'm hop # 22, so you are cruising right along.  I won't keep you with too much yapping today.
I used the Trick or Sweet II set... this was the VERY first Cuppie set I ever bought, and I've used it a TON!  This little froggie is my favorite.  Unfortunately, I realized I'm out of googlie eyes.  Guess I need to do some shopping... oh darn! :)  This card is 4"x4", and will be part of a set I make for my little cousins for Halloween... think I'm going to make Cuppie orange in the others, but who knows :)
Your next stop on the hop is another coffee lover - the UBER-talented Jodi Collins.
Here's today's full hop for your viewing pleasure... HAVE FUN!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Make it P.I.N.K.

This weekend, Patricia told us to think P.I.N.K., which means to use items that began with those letters.  Well, here you go...
Here are my "lettered" objects:
P = pug puppy (my Latte, of course, which I drew :D), pink pearls, pink paper
I = icing on the cake, indigo ribbon
N = notebook paper (that one was HARD!)
K = kraft card stock (of course!)

The pink paper is another iPaper from AmberInk.  How fun is that paper?!  I think my little Latte is just perfect for this paper.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Feelin' Scrappy

So, I'm feelin' a little scrappy today.  Maybe it's because Pixels by Jen has a NEW fabulous kit today that's part of the DSA Fix and Enabler Magazine.  It won't be available until November at Ginger Scraps, but here's a little peak for ya... 

This photo is my sewing area of my revitalized stamp room.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Butterflies

Welcome to a butterfly day!  It's Thursday, so you know what that means - of course, a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  In honor of the month-long Hope You Can Cling To challenge, Toni has challenged us to use that pink.  As we check into the HYCCT challenge forum, Wendy is challenging us to use Butterflies.  Um, OK!  I printed some iPaper from Amber's Think Pink Collection on kraft card stock. I love how subtle the kraft makes it! I cut the butterflies with Die-Namics (duh!) from MFT.
I colored some sticky-back canvas with Distress Stains, spritzed them with Pearlized Water, added a rosette, some Smooch for good luck (right, Lydia?), and call it DONE!
Hopefully, you'll get to play along with challenges this month to make some cards for this fabulous cause!

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Were Found

Today, in the US, we are celebrating Columbus Day, which marks the wonderful discovery of our great nation.  I'm SO glad that Christopher Columbus found America, and our Founding Fathers fought to keep it free.  During the month of October, across the country we bring notice to another form of oppression - cancer.  I hope you will take a few minutes to make a card to send to some hospital to bring a smile to those who may not have something to smile about every day.  Over on SCS, there challenges to get your creative juice flowing.  Today's challenge is about girl friends.
Here is my simple card made with iPapers and a digi sentiment from AmberInk.

It doesn't have to be anything fussy to bring a smile, just something heart-felt, like this sentiment.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Another Card for Texas

Today begins a long weekend for me, so I'm *hoping* to be able to have some play time.  I also hope that I'm still asleep when this post goes live. :)  I do have quite a few things to do today, like get ready for the much-needed garage sale, but I will try to sleep in.  In any event, here is the card I made for Lori's Hope You Can Cling To challenge to use green and yellow with brown thrown in.  My yellow is tough to see, but it's there, I promise!

I embossed the acetate on top... little tough to see, but here's the rest of what I used:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pass Me a Hot Beverage

Those of you who know me know that I simply CANNOT live without my coffee.  This post is pretty hard for me right now because I'm out of milk at the house, so I'm having to get by with a Coke Zero.  I had to get my Ways to Use It challenge up before folks started to call me out for being late. :)  Today's challenge, I have asked you to pass me a hot beverage, preferably coffee this morning, but any hot beverage will do. :)
Here is my card with LOTS of new goodies...

And did you SEE the digi paper in the background??? I made that! *beaming*  To celebrate my accomplishment, I'm sharing this with you today.  Here you go...
Just click on the image above to make it larger, then right-click to save as onto your computer.  Have fun!

Here are the other things I used:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hope You Can Cling To

It's that time of year AGAIN!!!!  I hope you had fun hopping this weekend for Operation Write Home.  If you haven't already, scroll down so you can - there is a TON of holiday eye candy (and some blog candy) to be had!  Saturday also began the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS.
My cards are a little out of order, but I'm SUPER excited about my FIRST post for AmberInk!

I used the FABULOUS iPaper with Ladybugs, and the super adorable ladybug with heart image.  This card is for Lee's challenge to find inspiration from the cupcakes.  I used the right-hand cupcake where I took the colors and the little lace.
Here's a close-up of the ladybug... I added Distress Stickles to it, and it looks SO fun in real life!  Lee said we had to have pink, so the hearts are colored in pink, although it's tough to see after the Stickles were added.
Isn't it TOO CUTE?!

My next card uses MORE Distress Stains.  I swear I'm addicted to these things!  This is for Lydia's challenge to use a pink critter.  This makes me think of a whale just cruising around at sunset enjoying the gorgeous view.  A little digi paper resized to my liking and some corregated card board rounds it out.

Last, but certainly not least, is my entry for Dina's challenge where we are to create a masculine card and put pink on it.  Immediately I thought of this ADORABLE LOTV image.  What guy doesn't love a good BBQ?  My pink is subtle, but it's there... on the stripes of the apron, the hot dogs, and the noses of both the bear and the dog.  I also have 2 pink pearls in the bottom right corner.
This one took a few Copics to make happen.  In any event, I hope you'll play along with the Hope You Can Cling To challenges, or just make a few cards to send to this FABULOUS cause.


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