Saturday, October 29, 2011


Hi there, blog friends!  I hope you all enjoyed the StampTV CSS Alumni sketch blog hop this weekend.  Melissa Cash created a really fun and not too difficult sketch for us all to create with.  I loved seeing all the fabulous interpretations and gathered tons of inspiration (as I always do) from this phenomenal group of ladies.  

Today, I'd like to show you some ATC cards I created for a project my crafty friend and neighbor (she only lives a few miles down the road) Penny Bennington  is doing.  She has invited some of her friends to create 5 ATC's, no theme or "collection" needed, just make what you like, send them to her and she will assemble them in a book for each person who plays along.  I'm super excited to see what the final books Penny is making will look like.  She's an uber talent (muti-published and a DT for Gingersnaps Creations, Oxford Impressions, and many others) and has created some awesome art pieces - do check out her blog.  Penny and I became friends when we took an altered book class together - and what a treat to sit beside her in a class....inspiration at my elbow!  BUT, enough about Penny.....LOL....I want to show you my ATC's.

I love, love, love, making ATC's, I've made many over the years, mostly for my own pleasure.  I love working on their tiny canvas, they're a creative challenge for me.  For these cards, I used various bg techniques I've either learned or developed using various mediums I had on hand.   My inspiration in making my ATC's is usually to create a visual around a quote or sentiment I've heard or seen.  I have an entire notebook of quotes/sentiments I've collected and at some point I will create an ATC around each one.  

I don't know who will be receiving these ATC's - only my friend Penny does.  I hope they like them.  I can't wait to see those that I get, I understand several ladies from other countries are part of this swap - how exciting it will be to see/receive their creations.  
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment.  I'd love to know what you think about ATC's.


Friday, October 28, 2011

CSS Alumni Sketch Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to another StampTV CSS Alumni blog hop!  This one is a sketch hop based on a sketch designed by our own Melissa Cash.  If you've come here from the extremely talented Deb Felt's blog  then you're in the right place.  If not, you may want to go back at the beginning of the hop and catch each piece of inspiration from this very talented group. 

Here is Melissa's sketch and my card

I've been trying to make a few Christmas cards lately and Melissa's sketch gave me some inspiration.  

Details:  CS - GKD Pure Luxury White and All Spruced up.  Stamps:  Showtime Stamp Kit "Holiday Cheer" (one of my very favorites) and "The Magic of Christmas" (sentiment) (another favorite) by Rupa Shevde.
Other:  MS pine tree border punch, Nestabilities lables 18, CuttleBug folder "Musical Flouish", Metalic Rub-ons (you can get them at GKD) the Christmas color pack.   
Thanks for stopping by, now please hop on over to the fabulously talented Carolina's blog but before you go, please leave a comment here and on each blog along the hop for a chance to win one of Gina's fantastic stamp sets - even one of those that I've used (up to a $24.95 value) because on Tuesday morning (November 1), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and your comment might be the one.   How cool would that be???? 

And don't forget to create your own project using Melissa's sketch and post it to the forum link so we can all see it.  We love it when you all play along with us.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Favorite Ghoulfriend

Hi Blog Friends!

It's getting close to trick or treat time!  The weather here in Maine is getting colder and we've even had a touch of snow....(yikes!).

I made this card for my grandchildren and then when I saw this sketch over at Card Positioning Systems, I thought they'd read my mind...or maybe were looking over my shoulder (LOL) - my sketch and CPS #241 were a perfect match!  Wow!    Spooky!!!! 

Stamps: "Boo" designed by Asela Hopkins for GKD.  CS:  GKD Pure Luxury. DP:  Basic Grey "Eerie".  Other: Versafine Black ink, Creative Inspirations paint,  Nestabilities, gold beads, and ribbon from my stash.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please stop by this weekend for a sketch CSS Alumni blog hop!  We'll have lots of great inspiration for you.  


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Beautiful Sunset

Hi blog friends!  
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and for stopping by on the CSS Alumni blog hop card drive for kids with spina bifida.  I hope you all had a chance to participate in the drive - and it's not too late - there are some great prizes being awarded and some extra special kids to send cards to.  

Today I'm posting a card I made for a challenge over at Color Throw Down #164   using these colors 
The background of my card is where these colors come together.  For the background, I used Distress Inks, direct to paper.  There is no way of knowing when you begin this technique what the results will be - to me, it's part of the fun.  I liked the results of the background and I decided to use the cone flowers from Theresa Momber's "Heartfelt" stamp set as a focal image.   (I was so honored to be asked to be Theresa's guest designer in the release of these stamps).  

Here's my card: 

Background was created using Distress Inks "Ripe Persimmon", "Peeled Paint" and "Dusty Concord".  The stamps:  "Heartfelt", "By the Sea" by Theresa Momberand  and "Hugs and Prayers"  by Nina Brackett, all for Gina K. Designs.  Cone Flowers were colored with image with Copic Markers.  I used a Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura for the centers of the flowers and it created the light flashes and what looks like white spots on them.  

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!


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