Friday, August 31, 2012

Scooter Tilda Birthday card

I took yesterday off from all the canning and freezing I've been doing!!  I really needed to rest :D
So I made a birthday card for Deby, our Stampin' Up! demonstrator and pastor's wife.

The Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge this month was "Autumn Splendor".  I love fall and the gorgeous colors when the trees change and the weather begins to cool down from the 90 and 100 degree days.  It also means canning and freezing time.  This provides much of our food stock for the winter.

Here is my offering for the challenge this month.

All the papers are from Stampin' Up! Regals collection.  The image panel is Naturals White.
I sponged the background with SU Marina Mist and Old Olive.
The images were colored with Copic Sketch markers.  The Naturals White paper is more like watercolor paper and it was nearly impossible to blend the colors.
Tilda was stamped on Cryogen white and it blends beautifully.
The flowers and leaves were from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The pearls from my stash.

This is an easel card, so here is the open view.

The designer paper was from DCWV The Fall Mat Stack purchased several years ago.  It is just perfect with the brown, deep gold and dusty red flowers.
The sentiment panel was cut using Nestabilities Labels Ten.  The green label was cut in half and glued under the red panel.
The gold ribbon was a freebie from Ellen Hutson's store.
The pearls were from the stash.

That's all for today.  Tomorrow I will be doing tomatoes again.

I will be entering this card in the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

I've been busy!!

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted anything.  I have been very busy working on preserving my garden produce.  The cucumbers and peppers have been producing in very great abundance. 

Here's what I've been doing --

August 23rd - started batch #1 of sweet chunk pickles which take about 3 weeks to finish - no picture

August 23 - 14 quarts of Kosher Dill pickles

August 24 - 14 pints of sweet pickle relish


August 25 - 12 quarts of tomato chunks

August 26 - 12 zucchini muffins and 1 loaf of zucchini bread - forgot to take a picture

August 27 - 10 pints of Bread and Butter pickles - also forgot to take a picture

I was not idle though!  I worked on getting more peppers cleaned and chopped for the freezer.  Those I will use up in the spaghetti sauce that will be starting next week - just waiting for the Roma tomatoes to ripen. And I spent a couple days getting caught up on laundry and some cleaning.
Earlier today I started a second batch of sweet chunk pickles.

About three weeks ago I did up stuffed green peppers and froze them along with a dozen empty pepper shells.

Thanks for stopping by!! Me thinks it's time for a nap ;D


Friday, August 17, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge #94 - Anything Goes

Good morning world!!  I had a terrible time waking up this morning.  It was dreary and rainy.  My body kept saying "it isn't morning yet; my alarm went off at the wrong time".  I wish that had been the case.

I have another card for one of my Cardio Rehab nurses.  This one is a birthday card for her 9-year old son.  She LOVED it and said her son would too!  My instructions were "He loves dogs.  His favorite color is green."

Here is what I came up with:

The designer paper is from DCWV The Pets Stack.
The grass was cut with Doohickey die "Grass".  The doghouse, Rufus, the bees and bird are all Magnolia stamps.
The ribbon is from Michaels or AC Moore.
The images were all colored with Copic Sketch markers.

This is an easel card - of course!

The sentiment panel was cut with Die-namics die Textile Rectangle.
The bone paper clip was from my stash purchased somewhere on-line a long time ago.
The paw print ribbon was from Michaels or AC Moore.
The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampin' Up!

This is my card for the Inventory Reduction Challenge - Anything Goes this week.

Now I have to stop playing and get back to freezing the peppers from our garden.  Cucumbers and tomatoes will not be far behind.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you again soon!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Last two cards for Diana's contest!

Now I have finished all my cards for Diana's Stamp Club Summer Memories contest.  Of course I left the most difficult ones for last just waiting for some inspiration!

The first card uses Pearl Tilda and Oyster with Pearl background.  I made Tilda sitting on the edge of the oyster shell.  I wanted the shell edge to stand out so I added some 3-D Scribbles Iridescent White Mist paint.  I had a terrible time trying to get the edges even.  Fortunately I could position Tilda so she covered up much of the unevenness.

I found a piece of old lace that looked like shells and added that across the top. Stamped seaweed from the Bon Voyage collection filled in a lot of the "empty space".

The images were colored with Copic markers.  The flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The designer paper is from Magnolia and looks like an underwater scene.  The flowers are water lilies from Hooked on Crafts.  The tag was cut using the Doohickey die Romantic Tag.  The sentiment is another Magnolia stamp.

The last card for the contest was the most difficult.  I just could not figure out what to do with that darned bear!! He is so different from the rest of the stamps.

So here is what I came up with!!

Tilda was enjoying a relaxing moment at home with her teddy bear.  She had no worries, but that was all about to change!  Can you imagine her surprise when she glanced sideways and saw Hobbie peeking over the corner of her couch!?  YIKES!

The window was die cut with the Poppystamps Small Madison Window and mounted over a cutout so you could see to the outside.  The ball fringe is from my stash - the window was too plain without it.  The flowers are from my stash, as are the papers.

I stamped the Barbed Wire Background twice, covering the post on the second image.  It was colored with Copic markers.  The clouds were cut with Memorybox Puffy Clouds and Marshmallow Clouds.  The sentiment panel was done with Nesties Petite Scalloped Ovals.

I think perhaps Hobbie was lonely and decide Tilda looked like a great playmate!

Thanks for stopping by and having a laugh with Tilda and Hobbie!


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Tilda's Town - Vintage & Inventory Reduction #93 Monochromatic

Good Morning All!! I was up until 12:30 am working feverishly on finishing up my card for today's Tilda's Town Challenge and the Inventory Reduction Challenge for tomorrow.  A couple weeks ago I did a blueberry colored card which could have been monochromatic.  Mono isn't one of my favorite color schemes and I find it difficult, I do like how this turned out.

Here is my card for this week.

It looks a little plain to me.  Any suggestions to "dress it up a bit" would be appreciated.

The vintage coloring of Tilda is the first time I have tried this technique.  I watched Suzanne Dean's Copic class video and this is my "practice" image.

Here is the open view.

I find that I really like using flowers or some decorative element to stand the easel upright.

All the cardstock is from Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa (retired), Creamy Caramel (retired), and Naturals Ivory.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The image was colored with Copics.  The die cuts were done using Spellbinders Petite Ovals and Petite Scalloped Ovals.  The ribbon is from my stash.

And for a close up of Tilda.

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

             Tilda's Town Challenge - Vintage
              Inventory Reduction Challenge - Monochromatic


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Tilda's Town Name Your Technique

It took no time at all to decide what I would do this week.  The challenge was to Name Your Technique at Tilda's Town and the Inventory Reduction Challenge was Vintage with Lace and Pearls.  If you've followed my blog for very long, you know that I love easel cards and lots of flowers.  And I use lace and pearls sometimes.

Here is my interpretation of vintage with lace and pearls.

I found this designer paper in K & Company's Classic pad.  The lace on this paper is just perfect for the vintage look.  Just for good measure I added the crocheted lace that I got from Magnolia-licious.
The oval Tilda is mounted on was cut using Spellbinders Floral Oval die.
All the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The pearls were in my stash.
Tilda is colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Her headband and dress trim are colored with Gelly Roll Clear Star pen.

This is an easel card and here is the open version.

The oval was inked with SU's Pacific Point ink.  The sentiment is from Magnolia.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tilda's Town Challenge #11 - Name Your Technique
Inventory Reduction Challenge  #92 - Vintage with Lace and Pearls

Many thanks for stopping by and taking a look!