Friday, October 17, 2014

Galaxy Greetings...

Today I have another fun card for you!  It's totally different than my last post, but I think it's pretty cool.  Since it's Friday you know it's a part of the Friday Mashup.  This week Holly has challenged us with a new to me technique called the Galaxy Technique.  Boy did I have fun playing around with it!  So here's the challenge...


Create a project with the "Galaxy Technique".   Links to technique HERE &HERE.
Create a project for "A Friend". 
or Mash it Up! and create a "Project for a friend using the Galaxy Technique".


I did create this card for a friend, actually a coworker.  It ended up being a "thinking of you" because he lost his beloved little doggy Honey Bunny.  It was not a good day last Friday!  Let's hope today is much better. :)  He really liked his card too and that's a compliment from someone who is very artistic!


Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup HERE to see all the other cards by the designers...yup, love them!  If you have the time, try and play along with us, but watch the videos Holly has linked for you and use your imagination.  I had to use the supplies that I had on hand, so I used reinkers on very wet naturals white paper, dried it with my heat tool, then ran it through my Big Shot between two cutting pads and under an embossing folder.  Straightened that warped thing like you wouldn't believe! lol


I put in a couple more pics so you can see how a card's looks can be affected by different lighting.  I was trying to get the dark of the galaxy to really stand out and not the trees.  I did stamp the trees in white, but the white absorbed the colors from the galaxy so they were actually darker like in the first picture.  The last two pics were definitely brighter than the card, especially the trees.  Plus I embossed the sentiment in white so it stood out a little more.




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Supplies use on this card:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Delightful Dahlia

Today I have a lovey card to share with you.  The sketch is from this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge #189.  It was a fun sketch to work with, but I have to admit I twisted the "Autumn Splendor" just a bit.  I'll explain how I came up with this flower.  There's a young girl at our church the spends a lot of her summer growing, picking and putting flower arrangements together to sell.  She then uses the money to go out and buy Christmas gifts for those who can't afford them.  She grows a lot of Dahlias and gave me a couple last week, and shared quite a few of them with a lot of other people that work in AWANA at our church...that's where the flower card comes in.  I wanted to thank her with a flower like she gave me.  Plus this is the last week she's going to be able to sell since they need to dig everything up so they can replant next spring.   Anyway I think all the flowers she walked in were showing some of the fall splendor, it's not just in the leaves of trees. :)


We're also playing another game at Try Stampin' on Tuesday this week.  Since it's October and Halloween is at the end of the month we thought it would be fun to have a word scramble for everyone to join in.  All you need to do is unscramble the two words on my blog SMKA  RSYAC  and the other designers' blogs and you'll be entered in a drawing.  If you need more info head over to Try Stampin' on Tuesday HERE to see what it's all about.  Make sure you play along with our sketch too.  We'd love to see what you create!





Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Wonderful Christmas

Wow, I can't believe it's Friday already!  Where did this week go?  I don't know, but I won't complain either. :)  Since it's Friday I have another project for you. Yup, a project, not a card.  That's pretty unusual for me, but that's what this week's Friday Mashup is all about.  This week our challenge is from Cindy, and here's the fun challenge she has for us...

Create a "Tag for a Bottle, Box or Bag". 
Create a project with "Bling". 
or Mash it Up! and create a "Tag with Bling".

For once I got a little bit ahead with all my challenges because I was up north last weekend...yea!  Since I had a bottle of sparkling red grape juice I decided to make a tag for a bottle.


It calls for bling so I went with a little bit of gold embossed leaves and pearls on the ribbon and wreath.  Not what I'd normally use for bling, but since I didn't have my whole stamping stash with me I used what I did have...and I'm happy with how it turned out. :)  Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup HERE to see the other great projects from the design team.  If you get a chance play along too.  We'd love to see what you create!


I had to add a little something else to the back and decided to use a few snowflakes and the "to" and "from" stamps.  Hey they have to know who the gift is from right? lol


Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Supplies used for my tag:

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christmas Blessings

How are your Christmas cards coming?  Hopefully you all have a good stash going.  Here are four more that I've made with 'Tis the Season's sketch challenge #27.  Not sure how many cards I have yet, but I know I'm close...whew! :)  I have to admit I've really enjoyed making different ones throughout the year instead of coming up with one design and working like crazy in October and November to get them done.  I also like the fact that I can buy more than one or two Christmas sets too.  So many Christmas or winter cards that I can make now!


Make sure you stop by 'Tis the Season HERE to check out the other great Christmas cards and to play along too.




Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Supplies used on this card:

Retired Christmas sentiment set and embossing folder

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thank You with An Open Heart

Today I have a pretty thank you card to show you.  This card is inspired by this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge #27.  I've had this set for a month and finally had a chance to ink it up a bit because I went away for the weekend to see a bit of fall colors (and that's all it was...a bit!).  I also brought a bunch of my stamping supplies too. :)  Yup, I get to see the fall colors and stamp all weekend.


Because there was a turkey on the sketch I thought I'd stick with the bird theme.  I stamped the branches and bird with black Memento ink, then colors them in with Blendabilities.  


Make sure you stop by Try Stampin' on Tuesday HERE to see the other fun cards using this sketch and play along too!  We'd love to see what you create. :)




Here are a few pics I was able to get this past weekend.  The first picture is one I take every year because of the location.  I have no idea where the rest are taken.  We just drove around until I found some color that I liked and took a few pics. :)







Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Supplies used on this card:

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Marbled Sea

It's Friday and I'm excited because I'm enjoying a weekend away for a bit of a fall color tour.  Could be why my post for the Friday Mashup is late!  I totally forgot to get it ready since I was so focused on packing and leaving! lol  This week's mashup from Lynda is a fun one!  I love the sketch and this technique is new to me too.  Well, kind of new...I've seen it before, just never tried it.  It's a good thing we have these challenges because it pushes me to do techniques that I normally wouldn't bother to try.  Here's the mashup for challenge #180...

Create a project with "the Sketch". 
Create a project with the "Marble Rolling Technique".  Link to technique HERE.
or Mash it Up! and create a "Project using the Marble Rolling Technique & Sketch". 

I decided I was going to use The Open Sea set with this sketch, and have white card stock for my background.  I thought the blue marbling on the white kind of looked like a map.  However when I tried to put all of my white circles on the white card stock it just didn't look very good.  So I decided to do blue and white marbling on blue card stock.  I love how it turned out too!


Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup HERE to see all the other great cards made using this technique and sketch, and play along too if you have time.  We'd love to see what you create!






Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Supplies used: 
 Marbles (in my case beads since I don't have any marbles! lol)
small plastic container 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

By the Tide Birthday

It's Friday!  That means the weekend is beginning, and I'm definitely ready for that! :)  I've also been enjoying the warm weather we've been having here in Michigan.  I hope it will be nice and stick around for a few more weeks since I'd like to enjoy Art Prize in some mild weather.  Here's hoping it's warm toward the end of it when there won't be as many people around (I hope!)  Since it's Friday I also have another card to show you for the Friday Mashup challenge.  This week's fun challenge is from Avery...

Create a project with "Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Basic Black". 

Create a project with the "Ink Blowing Technique".  Link to technique here.
or Mash it Up! and create a "Project using the colors above & the Ink Blowing Technique".


I'd say everyone went a little more modern with their cards that I did, but I don't have any stamps to do that.  Instead I pulled out By the Sea and decided to "color" my fish using the blowing technique and put it in the background too.  I did have to put some Crushed Curry behind my fish to make him stand out just a little bit since my colors are kind of dark.  I was happy with how it turned out since I wasn't sure I'd get anything I liked at all! lol

Make sure you head on over to the Friday Mashup HERE to check out the other neat cards for this week's mashup.


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

Supplies used for this card:

Straw :)

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