SC303: beauty of fall

hi all!

whew friday!  where did my week go????  i am planning a birthday party for Pezza and hit a bit of a disaster.  we booked a party for her at a local place with a bunch of those big blow up bouncy things.  wellllllll i got back from my mom’s and got an invitation for her at school – one of her friends is having a party at the same time.  well i called to see what times we could change hers too and we are now stuck with a party at 6:30 on a saturday night UGH!  i hate the whole kids bday circuit, it’s just wrought with peril!  i SO hope some kids will come…

ok on to my project for today!

i used this weeks sketch over on Splitcoast:

i used two images from Autumn’s Flowers - a mini set from Artful Inkables (and it’s ON SALE right now!)

the papers are from Basic Grey’s Indian Summer.  i inked the Nestibilities cut out before removing the die.  then i accented with pale yellow viva decor pearl pen.  i love these – i don’t have to worry about how many pearls i add because they last so much longer than the ready made self adhesive pearls!

i colored my images using copics.  i added some Autumn Flower Soft for a bit of dimension.

there are SO MANY fantastic stamp sets at Artful Inkables - if you have not checked them out you should! and rumo rhas it Kristin has something awesome up her sleeve for next month – i for one can’t wait!

now i am off to get dinner together!  i hope you have a fun weekend planned!

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Aurora is out to play today

hi everyone!

Yay for thursday! almost to the weekend!  i have a busy one of working planned but i don’t mind because i like the feeling of getting things accomplished KWIM???

before we get to my post i want to let you all know that you will NOT want to miss tomorrow’s post – especially if you enjoy shopping!  it is BIG sort of sad sort of not news. 

but for today i have a fun post for my good friend susana at susana’s custom art & card design – her store is full of an incredible array of goodies to meet the whims of lots of different papercrafting folks!  check her out!!!
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this week we have all been using flower soft along with some of the latest Aurora stamps by victoria case – you can ONLY get them from Susana!!

i used Aurora – Berry Nice:
I started with a patterned paper from the 6×6 Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue collection of papers. my bow is done with the bow easy - it really does make it easy to whip up a little bow accent!


i stamped my little aurora with mementos and colored her with copics. i wanted to give her some magical sparkle so i went over some spots with the super sparkly Viva Decor Hologram Glitter Liner. I mixed several colors of green Flowersoft and sprinkled it around her feet to add some interest to the grassy area where she is sitting. i considered adding flower soft to her berries and turning them into flower bunches but Pez was supervising and had a fit SOOOO they are berries :)
I finished things off with some PERFECT pearl droplets of Viva Decor Yellow Pearl Pen at the top of Aurora’s panel as well as down the punched border.
Susana has added SO MANY exciting things to the store recently – i encourage you all to go explore a little bit!!!
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TIOT: movie time

WHEW!  i have a long one for ya today – makin’ me tired just thinkin’ about it!  OOOORRRR it could be the time change!  it is STILL raining here…..and with all the snow that just finished melting there is really no where for the rain to go.  we’re going to float away!  however it is supposed to stop today and then get SUPER nice out.  me n pezzy will be out planting all the pansies she talked me into at Home Depot (her fave store) and blowing lots of bubbles with the new bubble gear we got!  now let’s get this show on the road!

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New goodies in at SCACD! – TWO of the new Basic Grey collection have arrived on the scene – Kioshi and Green – Susana has the perfectly sized 6×6 pads (makes it alot easier to get them ALL) plus the coordinating doily ribbon and glazed brads.  There are also some VERY cute new Lockhart Stamps up as well!

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Have you gotten your subscription in for the NEW mini magazine Through the Craft Room Door? They have really been pouring in and i am excited about the things i have been working on for the first issue and the introduction of the exclusive website! you can get all of the info >>HERE<<

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IN ADDITION to the magazine Suzanne Dean has started a private online classroom called Color Me Creative and is offering some insanely extensive copics classes. if you want to learn the basics or your looking to become an expert there is a class for you and everything in between. I will also be adding some classes in the future too! for info on the classroom >>CLICK HERE

The CMC classroom site went live yesterday and i managed to catch the tail end of the live chat with Suzanne and it was HOPPIN’ in there!

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Artful INKables is 2 years old this week!
To celebrate their birthday, they are offering you a sweet deal on any order you place this week. Enter Code AIBDAY2 into the coupon field when you check out to get 15% off a $35 order. This coupon is only good until next Sunday so be quick like a bunny to take advantage of this SALE!

Also be sure to check the AI blog today for the next Think INK challenge and to see who won the last challenge. And mark your calendars for NEXT MONDAY because they will be having their NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP featuring all of the new, uber-talented INK girls (including me tee heee) and FOUR new stamps sets you will surely LOVE!

And finally, if you are located in the Salt Lake City area of Utah, be sure to come visit their booth at the SCRAPBOOK USA expo in Sandy on March 26th and 27th.

I will be playing along with the current challenge ASAP as my stamps arrived yesterday YAY!!

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and YES i have my TIOT project for you today too!
Suzanne’s Challenge for us this week really had me stumped for a bit – use one of the new Victoria Case stamps for a movie inspired project. Then it came to me – i really LOVE the Little Carolyn in the flowery swing and she would be perfect playing in……

The Secret Garden! i LOVE gardening and am very excited to see spring coming.

In addition i used the following challenges:

Pagemaps March sketches
Pile It On – Pastels
Cupcake Craft – Going Green
Ooh La La – Anything Goes
Paper Cutz – Anything Goes
Secret Crafter – Anything Goes
Lots To Do – Distressing
Pollycraft – Distressing
Rosie D’s – Think Spring
La La Land Crafts – Pastels
Creative Card Crew – Celebration
Cute Card Thursday – Celebration

and here she is:

I thought these patterned papers from Basic Grey’s Lilly Kate paper pad worked perfectly for a secret garden. I have really been using that pad up – it has wonderful colors and patterns! Susana just got the newest ones in – Green and Kioshi along with the coordinating paper doillie ribbons and glazed brads – really beautiful.

i stamped my main image with memento black ink of course and colored her with copics. i colored the flowers on her dress and swing ropes with spica glitter pens and then added some of the fantastic new super fine flower soft in Raspberry Fizz along the vines on the rope. (you can get all 8 for the price of 7 right now – good deal!) i cut the cute little tree branch with the bird using my cricut and then highlighted the leaves with Glass Effects Gel by Viva Decor. i brushed just a bit of distress ink in Vistorian Velvet (one of my new fave colors) on my white prima flower and stamped my sentiment with a tiny studio G stamp.

I hope you have a fantastic week!  Be sure and head over to the SCACD store blog to see what movies the other girls chose!

hugs
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SFYTT: falling for you

well i finally have my laptop back!!!!  YAYAY!!!  now if only i could get a delivery of time to go with it!

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today’s card uses Jen’s SFYTT – MORE CIRCLES – ACK!!  but i went ahead and did it:

 

 

 

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I did this card and yesterday’s card at the same time so they are very similar as far as paper and materials. 

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i did my coloring with prismas (no gamsol as i thought the *textured* look was nice for clothing).

the sentiment is a studio g (of course) and i stamped it with the studio g metallic ink which i LOVE!

all of the little cricut cuts are popped up on foam dots.

 

 

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the cricut cuts on yesterday’s card were too big for this one but i didn’t want them to go to waste!

i just love this little collection of cuts.  i am certainly going to use my cricut more!!

and die cuts in general – i have some boss kuts itching to make an appearance as well as some sizzix holiday dies i got incredibly cheap when there was a sale on their site – 7 dies for $26!!!!!  the only way to go for felt, grungeboard and fabric!!

 well i am off – pnutty and i both need a shower before i get her off to school today.  poor thing is all a mess today.  hubby has been working hideous hours and commuting into DC to boot so she hasn’t really seen him much and she is really missing him :(  neither have i really – he has been gone 18+ hours a day lately – YUCK!  SO grateful tomorrow is friday!!

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stamps: MFT – falling for you; Studio G

Ink: memento tuxedo black, rich cocoa; studio G metallic yellow

Paper: All SU scraps and DCWV fall glitter stack from last year

The Rest: Prisma pencils, Cricut doodlecharms, autumn flower soft

Featured Stamper :) & order updates

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First up – biz-ness – i have some backorders and all outs to tell you about:

  • Skittle Ladybug & Bee beads – early October
  • Skittle Caterpillar 7 Butterfly Scallop stamps – late September
  • Rock Candy Distress Stickles & Crackle Paint – 9/7
  • Tim Holtz Ideology new releases – no date yet
  • Studio G series 37 – Christmas – COMPLETELY OUT – Hampton Art does not have any more to order at all so i will NOT get any more of these in
  • Studio G orders – I am still waiting on some items for the last few SG orders – i am really trying to be able to consolidate shipping but i KNOW y’all are tired of waiting so i might be sending them out in separate shipments.  I truly aappreciate your patience as the Studio G orders can be incredibly difficult to get straight and get them outta here!

NOW for the FUN stuff!

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i am so excited to be the feature stamper over at Tuesday Morning Sketches! 

My Sketch 13

Melissa has this fun sketch up for this week and as always – there is a prize up for grabs from Lindsay at Sassy Studio Designs!!

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I had SO many ideas for this I may just have to make another one if I get time this week!

Here is mine:

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This was SUCH a fun little card to do!  the patterned paper is one of my MOST favorite ones from SU.  I decided this was a perfect sketch to break out a just rite stamper set from my friend terri at Stampsalive – she always has great prices if you are looking for anything just rite, cuttlebug, cricut or spellbinders!  so on the top circle i used a border and a center sentiment piece.  then on the bottom circle i just used the border piece to frame my birds a bit.  i thought the side pieces would be great for little cricut border cuts – i edge my cuts with an ink blending foam tool – makes it quick and easy.  

tuesAM close upthe larger bird is grungepaper – cuts nicely in the Cricut with the deep cut blade!  i embossed the grungepaper, painted it with a paint dabber, sanded lightly, rubbed on distress ink – ink only sticks where the paints is rubbed off by the sanding.  i gave them a little flower soft *dirt* to stand in and finished off with a machine stitched edging (thanks to DH for fixing my machine for me – he’s awesome!) and a row of glittered skittles where melissa had brad – looking things on her sketch – i gotta say the skittles really MADE the card.  wish i had taken before and after pics!

i SO need to use my cricut more like i used to!!  much cheaper addiction than stamping!

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Stamps: Just Rite (not sure the name – can’t find it…)

Ink: Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap

Paper: SU – Bella Bleu DSP, Kraft, Whisper White, Ballet Blue 

The Rest: Glittered Skittles, Cricut – Storybook, Wild Card; Flower Soft - Nut Brown, Stickles – Black Diamond; Foam ink blending tool, Grungepaper, Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue, Sanding block

FLOWER SOFT NEWS!!!

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the moment i  know I have been waiting for – after LOTS of trying Flower Soft has finally created a WHITE flower soft!!!!  Bubble Baths, he foam on waves and YES SNOW!!!!  they also have a whole slew of pre-printed christmas images too!  All of these items are up for pre-order on my site already and will ship in early august after CHA.

ALSO IN the next line up of Pezadoodle exclusive stamps!!!  i have been so busy i have not even opened the box but IT’S HERE!  we will be planning release festivities very soon….

big busy hugs to you all!
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flower soft friends!

we had a baby shower of one of the ladies in Pezzy’s playgroup (more are pregnant than not right now in that group) and so of course i made a bag for our gift! and Julee’s Mojo sketch was perfect for some thing big – lots of fun layers and things going on!!

i decided to experiment a bit with an idea i had for the flower soft and i am quite pleased! FUZZY ADORABLE LITTLE BABY ANIMALS!!!
the paper is from DCWV – nana’s nursery baby boy stack and SU Rainbow Sherbet and solids are SU. i punched the border design with one of my new EK success slimline punches – OH what a dream! not onle are they cute and not only do they store flat they punch SUPER easy too.
The baby buggy is one of my first stamp sets and is from doodlebug and the buttons are SEI.

i cut these little cuties out using the new arrival cricut cart that i just HAD to have and have not used. the first thing i learned is that it works ALOT better to do the pearl accents first – i used liquid pearls and dimensional pearls – and let them dry. next i just covered them in flower soft glue (not over the pearls of course) and then dumped on the flower soft and tapped it gently into the glue.
LOVE them!!
i used colors from the pastel flower soft kit for these.
what do y’all think????

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