Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BFF fun and Sassy Chic Camp Card`

Over this long weekend Sabrina and I took a little road trip to Colorado Springs and Southwest Denver. We had a fantastic day of touring the wonders of Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs and then we paid a visit to Stamping to See You and did we ever luck out!!! Bonnie was having a class using stamps from Holly Berry House (we tried to visit there when we were in the Springs but there was some kind of humongous street fair and we couldn't even get close). Here's the card I made in the class:


Such fun!!!! Lots of stamping, embossing, painting and cutting but oh my .... I love the end result! The lack of sunlight really does not do justice to this card as it is very sparkly and vibrant irl. Maybe I'll try to get a better picture when the sun comes out and stays out!

I will be at the Sassy Chic stamp camp in Longmont on June 4 (if you want details, just email me). This will be the card you will make at my table:


I guess I'm officially obsessed with butterflies this year! Card base is white with dp from two retired dsp packs. The middle butterflies are die cut with the Big Shot and the outer two are punched from white cardstock put through the dotted swiss embossing folder. The two strips of purple were cut with the trim die on the Big Shot.

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chris

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Sentimental Sunday and Kaboodle Doodles

In an attempt to get a little caught up, I am combining these two challenge posts. The first card, is not a card but a bookmark! The challenge this week on Sentimental Sundays is Anything BUT a Card. Please be sure to stop by and check out the marvelous creations of the design team and meet all our new design team members while you are there!!!


The butterfly image is from a new (to me) digital company called Digi Design House. They have some wonderful images and I am having fun coloring them up. You'll be seeing much more from them here in the future. I colored the image with Copics and then covered it with Glossy Accents. It's mounted on a lacey scallop oval nestie in Lavender Lace (SU) and that is mounted on an oval of Cameo Coral (SU). I attached a white satin ribbon and stamped the sentiment using a little dollar alphabet set I got at Mikes.

This is my entry for this week's Kaboodle Doodles challenge which is to Show us Your Colors! I made this card in honor of Memorial Day which is the day every year when Americans remember all those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.


This image is from this week's sponsor on Kaboodle Doodles - The Paper Shelter. It is colored with a combination of digital coloring and Copics and is mounted on some scraps of blue and white. The card base is Cherry Cobbler (SU) and the sentiment is one I generated on my computer.

Well the sun is out (no telling how long it will last) and I am going to try to get a bunch of pictures taken while it does!

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chris

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get ....

Playing a bit of catch up today as I have tons to post but no time to post them. I'll start with my Sentimental Sundays card for this week's challenge - Single Layer Cards!


In conjunction with this card which utilizes a beautiful image from Heart Song Designs, I have an announcement - I've been invited to be a guest designer for Heart Songs Designs! Starting in June, Heart Song Designs will be hosting a challenge every Monday. Look to see the challenges and my projects on the Heart Song Inspirations blog as well as here on my blog.


I have lots of things to share and hopefully over the next few days I'll get it together and get some pictures. We have had rain and clouds for weeks and it's hard to get a good picture sometimes, but I'll give it a shot!

DH is busy working on the boat. This year's project is to replace the balsa core in the foredeck which got wet and rotted and made for a spongy surface to walk on on the bow. Not a good thing! The plan is to have it replaced and fixed up so that Belmira can launch in early June! If you want to follow his progress, he's blogging at: Sailing Belmira - go visit and check out his adventures!

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chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sentimental Sunday - in more ways than one!

Well it's time for another challenge on the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog. This week we are challenging you to make some flowers! Here's my card:


I saw these flowers on the Spellbinders blog and just had to give them a try. I think they came out pretty nice!

I also want to announce the winner from last week's Anniversary celebration blog hop at Sentimental Sundays: #15 is Curt!


Curt if you read this, send an email to: sentimentalsundays@raindropecho.com and let Ann know that you are the winner from my blog and she will get your prize to you!

It's also a bit sentimental because dh is heading east tomorrow for the summer! The family is coming today for a bbq to send him off on his journey. I'll be joining him in July this year instead of August though so it won't be quite so long till I see him again. You can follow his journeys on his sailing blog: Sailing Belmira. He should be at the boat by next weekend and hopes to have her in the water in a couple weeks.

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chris

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monday Night Stamping on Wednesday!

Well it's Wednesday and it can't decide if it wants to rain or snow so it's just making a big mess! I can't complain as we really need the moisture, but ....

Monday Night Stamping was a blast as usual. Sabrina was in rare form:


Isn't this gorgeous? We've been talking about playing with these inchie stamps forever and she finally made a few. I'll get there! ETA-can someone please tell me the name of this dsp from SU? I had a few stray sheets and was trying to look it up in my dsp coordinating color excel worksheet and cannot remember what it's called?

I've been coloring though:


This is the current freebie from Designed 2 Delight and it was really fun to color but I kept making the blanket too bright. I think this one works well though don't you?

I also colored up this great image from Firecracker Designs. The dsp is from PTI and the ribbon was on one of my beautiful Mother's Day gifts - a beautiful hand made tote bag and sleep mask and my card was made using the fabric from the bag. Thanks Autumn! I also got a wonderful card and beautiful flowers and chocolate with a note on the card that had me crying remembering the day I found out that I was going to be a grandma for the first time
(thanks Lorena)!



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chris

Design Team Coordinator:
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Kaboodle Doodles

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge #66 - Lots of Layers

Well it's Monday and time for another challenge on the Kaboodle Doodles challenge blog. This week the challenge is to create a project using lots of layers! Here's mine:


You can't see it very clearly in this photo, but the raindrops are stickles and this is very sparkly irl. Be sure to stop by the blog and check out the projects by all the other talented design team members! Our sponsor this week is StampFairy and this is one of their images that I picked up a while ago. There are lots of fun images on the StampFairy site and you could be the lucky one to win some of them!

ETA - Thanks Pauline! - I've entered this card in the challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog - this is a new challenge blog and it looks to be lots of fun so be sure to stop over and check it out.

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chris

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Kaboodle Doodles

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Sentimental Mother's Day

I want to wish all my friends who are mothers a very, very Happy Mother's Day!


It's also Sunday so that means a new challenge on the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog and there's lots happening over there! It's our 1 year anniversary and Ann has some wonderful ways of saying thank you to all who have been so supportive and made our blog such a success. We also have a design team call out so be sure to stop over and check out all the great news at Sentimental Sundays! Here's my card for this week's challenge - Anything Goes!


Don't you just love this cute snail from Heart Song Designs?

I'm thinking it's going to be a nice quiet day here at the old homestead. Stamp camp yesterday was a blast and a big thank you to all the gals who came and got creative with us! DH is busy getting all his ducks in a row for his scheduled departure on the 15th. I'm going to putter ... one of my favorite things to do!

Hope you all have a wonderful day today!
Thanks for visiting!

chris

Design Team Coordinator:
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Kaboodle Doodles

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Take a peek ...

Hop on over to the Let's Ink It Up blog and see who's there today! Thanks to all the folks over there for featuring me on their blog today.

I think I mentioned that I have a stamp camp coming up on Saturday. Here's what we will be making at my station:



I think the final version will also feature some paper piercing, but I didn't get a pix of that version yet. This is a SUO card. Card base is Crumb Cake (fomerly Kraft) and is layered with some Cajun Craize and Paisley Petals dsp. I layered the image on River Rock and it is stamped in Soft Suede on some watercolor paper - both these layers are sponged and distressed. The image is colored with re-inkers - Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue. I also added some highlights to the jar with shimmer paint, but you can't see it very well in this picture. The gals will have a choice to make this as a Mother's Day card or a birthday card.

DH is putting the final touches on his boat trip preparation. Scheduled departure date is May 15 and he should be at the boat by May 18-19. Hopefully he won't have as much to do to get her in the water this year and he'll be off sailing in short order.

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chris

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge - "B" stuff!

This week our challenge over on Kaboodle Doodles has the kaboodlers making projects using embellishments that start with "B" - brads, buttons, bows, bling - you get the idea! They have done a bang up job of it too, so be sure to stop over and check out their creations. Here's mine:



Our sponsor this week is Di's Digis and they gave the team some fun images to work with. I pulled this cutie from my stash and went to town. Card base is Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft)
(SU) and I stamped on it in CC (SU) ink using my unmounted paws wheel (SU). DH so very kindly and skillfully made me some acrylic blocks that fit my unmounted standard and jumbo wheels just perfectly. One of these days I'll put up a little tutorial on how that is accomplished if you all are interested. The image was colored with Copics and cut out using a lace edge nestie square. It's mounted on a square of Daffodil Delight (SU) that I rounded the corners on. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU) and punched and layered on a nestie label.

Okay, now for the first garden pix of the season.






The daffodils succumbed to the cold and I fear that the tulips might have been done in by it as well. We'll see. The allium however are undaunted and growing like crazy!! The hyacinth was just gorgeous, but alas as with most spring bulbs, it didn't hang around very long either. DH has been working in the yard like crazy building frames and mulching and getting everything looking so pretty before he leaves for the boat. I am going to be moving the veggie gardening to the front porch this year in the hope that I can handle it better by myself. DH is the true gardener in the family but I still would like to have a little home grown produce to snack on this summer. We have drip irrigation on the porch and it gets great sun all through the morning so it should be a good place for some tomatoes, lettuce and maybe even some peppers.

I'll have my Sassy Chic Stamp Camp card to share with you later (thanks so much to bff Sabrina for helping me come up with the design) and also a couple more Wax Fruit Company cards. I can't stop playing with Arielle's images - so very much fun to color!

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chris

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Kaboodle Doodles

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sentimental Sunday!

Well the gals over at Sentimental Sundays have a very fun and special challenge this week. Be sure to stop over and check out all the wonderful cards - there's three very special ones from some very special kids too! The challenge this week is to honor the special women/woman in your life. Be that your mom, grandma, niece, sister - whoever. Here's my card:


Deedee's Digis is our sponsor this week and this is one of her images. Deedee is closing her store on May 14, so if you want to get some images you better get over there and get shopping! There are incredible deals to be had so be sure to check it out.

I've also been coloring up a storm. Here's a card I made for this week's Tiddly Inks challenge:


This is another card featuring a Tiddly Inks image.


More later and also some garden pix - first of the year!

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chris

Design Team Coordinator:
Sentimental Sundays
Kaboodle Doodles

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