Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tim Holtz Aug Tag 2012

Okay here is the final project for the 12 Tags of 2012 Tim Holtz Challenge. Details about the design is in the previous blog. Only extra I added was the words, ribbon, clip, and a bottle cap. The bottle cap I put a piece of vintage cardstock, added a sepia tone glaze, then topped it with the crackle medium which cracked the sepia glaze and it looks pretty neat in person. Silhouette was created with the Bliss Some Odd Girl Stamps. Oh I also used distress stickles on the nestebilities frame. Click the link to the right to see his original tag. :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012 "preview"

So I am working on the Tag for August and I am pretty low on supplies that match Tim's. :( But I made do. I used my Bliss set from Some Odd Girl and colored her in for the silhouette image. Here is a link to Tim's blog about this Month's Tag so you can see the differences.

Here is a little "tutorial" on my silhouette stamp technique:

The best way for me to color around the edges is to turn the paper so I could angle it better. Next I did some aging to the paper. I dry embossed it with one of my stampin up texture folders. I also have yet to get any 3D flower die day maybe. In the meantime, useing the same concept as the die cuts, I just hand cut a scallop punch to make it by hand. It is more difficult as the cuts aren't symmetrical but the end results aren't too bad IMO.

So not too bad. I am still adding some finishing touches so I will post the completed tag in another post, but all in all I hope you learned some new techniques here..or at least inspired by Tim's design as I was. The silhouette was my favorite. I am hoping to get some more of the distress supplies soon but it is hard when I need $$. Here is a picture of  before and after where the Tag is almost completed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Simple Nature Card

First of all, Thank you to all those that showed some love on the last DeNami blog hop! I appreciate all the comments and am happy you liked the card. Please stop by and comment on some of my others posts as well! :)

Next, this last week I was on a vacation in the mountains, up by Priest Lake, Id. I have very little internet connection so I was unable to visit anyone's blog this past week. I will get back to that here now that I am home.

Since we flew to Idaho, it is not easy to bring along all my fun crafting supplies but I had to bring something since a week with no crafting can drive me insane! SO I brought along my favorite Some Odd Girl clear stamps, a blender pen, water color pencils, some cardstock, acrylic block, and 2 SU stamps pads: basic black and chocolate chip.

So I set to making a few cards while I was up there. The first one I made was my favorite! I stamped the Royal SOG and then drew the trees around her, inspired by the view from the Cabin's deck.
I am not a very good artist but I thought the background came out pretty good for me.

As all I brought was my Some Odd Girl, girl stamps, it turned out to be my Uncle's birthday. As his room in the cabin is in the Moose theme, I hand drew a moose and gave him that card for his birthday. This card will REALLY demonstrate my lack of artistic talent, but hey I tried.

Lastly, I am one of the biggest Huckleberry fans out there, those berries are just amazingly delicious! And this was the first time after many years of being up in Idaho that I got to pick some! My Uncle made the most amazing sauce with them! So in honor of the berries I made a "Huckleberry Mermaid" card. :) I forgot to take a picture of that one but in the mean time here are some huckleberry pictures I took. :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DeNami August Blog Hop!!

Well it is that wonderful time again-a DeNami Blog Hop!! BOLD, Bright and Beautiful! You should be hopping here from the 
spectacular Linda Monroe's blog )!!
If for some reason you started here at my blog, hop on over to the DeNami website to start from the beginning! Whoop whoop!!

Boy but I didn't know where to start with this blog hop, as I am a more neutral kinda coloring girl. SO I just grabbed my yellow paper and some old bright paper scraps I had tucked away in my drawer and started piecing. I first envisioned a more fruity card and my idea turned into something else completely! I used the Surfer Mimi stamp that I got at the Carson Convention last time and the little fruit petites along with the grapes. And the "Sending you Sunshine" Stamp that is one of my favorite sentiments of all time!

I cut the patterned paper to size then used the scallop border on the end to accent the purple color more. I hand cut a "Polaroid" box and then masked off the "picture" part. Stamped Mimi, then used a dauber for the sky. Colored her with some bright colored Stampin Up In Colors (from 2 years ago, my favorites!) Removed the masks and popped her up. Then I cut out the fruits and popped them up with dimensionals. Added stickles where I thought they would go and some crystal effects to accent the other. Then used a scrap piece of twinery Ocean color that I had left on the desk from a different project and tied a bow. VOILA!

I actually was going to use the latest DeNami challenge for this one but that card didn't really come out as I had in mind. So, I started with the Mimi card and I really liked how this one came out!

SO there ya have it! I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far! NEXT stop is the super awesome 


Make sure to leave a comment here about my blog then Hop on over to Pam's blog and leave her a comment!! YAY for Blog Hopping! I always learn and get inspired! 

Here are the official details!

When: The blog hop starts on August 12th at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until August 13, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!
Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Good News and a Beautiful Card!

So my good, no, AWESOME news today is that after 3 and 1/2 months of the Herbalife program and a mildly vigorous exercise program, my body fat percentage is down 8% and I've lost 18lbs! Sure it isn't a huge amount but it is a manageable amount that is not only starting to slim me down but I haven't felt this good in ages! SO, go me!

Now to the crafty stuff. Since finding Some Odd Girl I have become a complete fan and my favorite SOGgy so far is the Tropical Mae. I just can't get enough of coloring her and adding her to a card with total beachy decor! So when asked to make a card for my friends wife (who has loved my cards from the beginning and even gets teary eyed!) I knew I needed to make a gorgeous card with my favorite Mae. So here ya have it. This card is so special because it was so loved by the earth, it quaked in excitement! (4.4 magnitude and a jumper!)

So this Tropical Mae was made with some decorative beach paper (I think DCW...I'll update the blog later tonight when I confirm). I used Stampin Up cardstock and the Fancy Flower stamp set from Stampin Up and using the Easel Card technique. I colored Mae with Copics (I am starting to improve a tad on coloring, IMO) and added stickles to the colors of the flowers and a gold brad for the middle. The shells on the bottom are genuine common shells found along Huntington Beach, CA. If anyone knows that beach then they probably know that the shells aren't all that pretty. But for me, they fancy up right away when you paint liquid pearls on them! Wow but do they shimmer! The picture doesn't do it justice but there ya have it.