Monday, November 30, 2009

Back with the Mojo

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend. My whole week was great with my mom visiting us. Thanksgiving was low stress, just the family at home. We were able to do some Black Friday shopping and we got the Christmas decorations up as well.
Anyhow, I'm back to blogging this week starting with today's Mojo Monday. I'm going to be working fast and furiously on Christmas cards this week, as I am sure that most of you will be as well. Today's card came together really quickly because I elected to use some pattern paper as my main image in the circle instead of a stamp. I started with a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 Tempting TQ base and then added a layer of Ruby Red cut to 4x4 that I ran through the CB with Swiss Dots embossing folder. I used my Petite Scallop Circle Nestabilities to cut the TQ circle and the Garden Green circle. The pattern paper is from American Crafts "Merrymint" collection. I added the dots around the edges of the scallop circles with my white gel pen. The sentiment is from SU's "Fundamental Phrases" and I used SU's "Lots of Tags" dies for the Going Grey label behind it. Easy Peasy for today. I hope you like it. Have a great day and I hope you get time to find your Mojo!

Friday, November 20, 2009

WSC 107


Hi Everyone!

Have you missed me?! It's rare that I take a day off from blogging, let alone three! I've just been so busy with various projects that I haven't had a chance to post anything. Before I get to my card for today, I just want to say a big thank you to all the cards and wonderful birthday wishes I got from everyone!
My card today is for Beate's WSC. I don't normally do the smaller 4 1/4 square cards. However, I have a friend that wants me to make a set of cards this size for her, so I figured, why not adapt the sketch to what I need.
The card is fairly straight forward and once again, I'm off and busy with other things for the weekend. My mom is coming to visit and I am so excited! I've not seen her since June when we moved from South Carolina to Rhode Island. On that note, I want to let you know that I won't be posting next week. Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday, everyone!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

News for GH fans!

Hi Everyone!

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to be a contributing blogger for GHOFS.net. This is an awesome General Hospital website and I feel honored that Robin has accepted my offer to help. There are many other fabulous ladies that will be contributing as well. New updates and info are already posted, including my first post recapping yesterday's episode. I hope you have time to visit and let us all know what you think!

P.S. I did post a card for today...scroll down for my Mojo Monday post!

Lovely as a Tree Mojo


Hi Everyone!

Here is my card for yesterday's Mojo Monday sketch. I started with a standard size Not Quite Navy base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and added a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Really Rust that I stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds. Next I stamped a a 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Sage Shadow with the "Prints Pattern" background stamp. The Sahara Sand layer is 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 and I sponged the edges of it with "Weathered Wood" Distress ink by Tim Holtz and also ran the edges along my SU Really Rust Ink pad. Next I added the smaller square of Not Quite Navy which measures 3 5/8x 3 1/8. I stamped the tree from Lovely as a Tree in Rust ink on to a 1 7/8x 3 3/8 piece of white cardstock. I sponged the edges with the Weathered Wood ink again and the center around the tree with Sage Shadow and then layered it onto a piece of Sahara Sand that measures 2 1/8 x 3 1/2.
The sentiment is from the retired SU set "Riveting " and I stamped it on Sahara paper in Not Quite Navy before cutting it out and adhering it with foam dimensionals.
Ok, so that's all for me today. Very quick post, I know. I do have some exciting news to share with you if you are a General Hospital fan, so be sure to check out this post if you can! Have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Catching up....


Hi Everyone!

Sorry about being MIA for the last couple of days. I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was great! Saturday night, DH and I attended the USMC Birthday Ball and it was a blast. General Cartwright, who is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was our guest speaker and imagine our surprise when we figured out that the head table was right beside ours. Trust me, there is something very humbling about sitting 10 feet away from someone who wears 4 stars on his shoulder and is definitely someone who does a lot of "behind the scenes" stuff for a lot of current issues....but I digress!
I was able to do some crafting; but it wasn't blogging crafting unfortunately, so I tried to play catch up today with the WSC from Beate.
I started with a standard size card base in Brocade Blue and then I added a small layer of Artichoke Print Pattern paper from SU. I added a piece of Bravo Burgundy which I punched the bottom of with my EK Success threading waters punch. Next I ran a piece of Blush Blossom through my CB with the embossing folder. I used my 1 inch square punch for the Brocade Blue squares at the bottom and then added 7/8 squares in the Artichoke Prints Pattern on top of them. I added each one of those squares to the strip of Bravo Burgundy at the bottom. The sentiment is from SU's "Best Yet" stamp set. I used SU's "Lots of Tags" Sizzix four pack of dies for the label behind it. I know that normally I try to take measurements and I did in the beginning and I even wrote them down; but then I changed them and didn't write down the new ones!
Anyhow, that's all for me today. Have a great evening!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Congratulations" SCS Challenges.

Good Morning!

Well, I didn't think I would have anything to share with you today; but I was able to do a bit of stamping last night while I was watching a movie with DH. So, here is my card for yesteday's SCS sketch challenge. I also combined it with this week's color challenge to use Bravo Burgundy, Kraft and Vanilla. This is a gorgeous color combo and I'm glad I was able to do it. I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Bravo Burgundy that I folded in half. Next I added a 4 x 5 1/2 piece of kraft. The two burgundy squares are both 2 1/2 x 2 1/2. I stamped a piece of Vanilla card stock with go to "Fine Lace" background stamp in Bravo Burgundy ink and then cut into two 2" in squares to layer on the Burgundy squares. Next I added a 2 x 4 1/2 piece of Kraft card stock with foam dimensionals to the center of the card. The main floral image in then center is from SU's retired hostess set "Echoes of Kindness" I stamped it in Bravo Burgundy ink and then used my aqua painters and the ink pad to color it in. The "Congratulations" on the side is also from SU and I stamped it, along with the sentiment at the bottom with Basic Brown ink. Finally, of course, I added the faux white stitching lines around the edges of the Kraft pieces. I've been doing that a lot lately, I know; but what can I say, I just really like it!
Ok, that's all for me. I hope you like it and I'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MMSC Fruit Stand Flower


Good Morning!

I have not participated in the MMSC in a couple of weeks. To be honest, the last few sketches have scared the bejeebers out of me! I really thought there was no way to compete with the talent I was seeing on Priscilla's blog. That is a seriously awe-inspiring DT over there! I know that it's not a competition; but we all know that we judge our own creativity even if no one else does. There were just so many different elements and layers to the sketches that I just didn't feel like I could make anything that would do the sketch justice. I took a gander again this week and decided that this one seemed challenging but at least doable for me, so I decided to take a stab at it. There were a lot of layers with this one as well; but they were easy layers to work with; and truthfully I probably added more than the sketch called for...how's that for irony! Since there were so many layers this time, I didn't measure each of them. I can still give a general breakdown of the card however. I started with a standard size Close to Cocoa base. Next, I added a layer of Blush Blossom which I ran through the CB with the Swiss Dots folder. The two purple colors in the card are Perfect Plum and Pale Plum and the last color I used was Not Quite Navy. The Blush Blossom piece in the center behind the image is actually stamped with my favorite background stamp, "Fine Lace"; but it's hard to see in the photo. I stamped the main flower image, which is from SU's retired "Fruit Stand" in Cocoa ink and then used my blender pens with Stampin' Pastels to color it in. I added the buttons and the prima flower as the final decoration to finish the card. I know the orginal sketch calls for an additional element in the lower left corner; but I just couldn't make it work for my card, so I opted to leave it out.
So, there were are. I was pretty pleased with how it all turned out. I hope you like it as well. Since today is a holiday, there'll be no crafting for me as I intend to spend the day with family and friends. Therefore, I won't have anything to share again until Friday. Until then, have a great day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mojo Monday Fall Card

Good Morning!

So, here is my card for yesterday's Mojo Monday. I have to say, this is definitely not one of my favorites. I don't know why. I liked all the individual elements of the card; but somehow when they all came together it just lost something. Still, I don't have time to do another one, so this is just going to have to do!
I started with a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Really Rust card base. Then I added a layer of pattern paper. Sorry, don't know where it came from, it was just in my stash. I added a strip of Kiwi Kiss at the bottom and layered that with some So Saffron. I stamped the images from Pocket Silhouettes with Really Rust Ink. I cut another strip of So Saffron and layered Kiwi Kiss on top this time and added the "be happy" sentiment from Little Yellow Bicycle "Zinnia" set. I used my scallop circle punch for the Bravo Burgundy scallop circle and then cut a 1 1/2 inch Rust circle. The scallop stamp around the olive flower is also from the Zinnia collection and so is the flower.
So, as I said. Not the best; but I hope you like it anyhow! Have a great day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

"Happy Hello" WSC

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Ours was unusually warm, so we were able to get outside and play for a while yesterday, which was nice. I got a lot of crafting done as well. So all in all it was a good weekend.
Here is the card I did for Friday's WSC from Beate. I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Ruby Red card stock which I folded in half and then I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Groovy Guava. The green pattern paper blocks on the front are from an old package of SU saleabration paper. The blue is a scrap piece of Baja Breeze. Sorry, I didn't take those measurements. I used my small petite scallop circle nestabilities for the Ruby Red circle in the middle. The flower in the middle is actually one whole piece and it's from as set of K &Co flowers called "Wild Saffron", as are the two smaller flowers in the corners. The sentiment from SU "Lots of Thought" was stamped in Ruby Red ink. Finally, I added the white gel pen around the edge of the Ruby Red front and the scallop circle. Easy peasy really. Have great day everyone!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Get Sketchy 13 Flowers


Good Morning!

I hope you are all off to a fabulous weekend so far. It is chilly fall day here in RI and I am busy crafting for my church bazaar. Here is my card for yesterday's "Get Sketchy 13" challenge. When I first saw the sketch, I thought there's no way I can do this, that's just too many squares and layers to try to figure out how to put on the front of a card. Still, I decided in the end that that's the point of a challenge, right? To try something outside your comfort zone. So, this is what I came up with. I started with a 5x 10 piece of Bermuda Bay which I folded in half. I then used different pattern pieces from my Prima Marketing Sasha Paper Collection. No, I didn't take measurements this time for you! Like I said, lots of squares and pieces. The other solid pieces are Melon Mambo and Dusty Durango which I ran through my cuttlebug to go along with the extra challenge for dry embossing. The flower in the center is from Recollections and I mounted that onto a piece of Bermuda Bay. I rounded the corners before adding it to the center with foam dimensionals. The sentiment is from SU's "Sweet Little Sentiments" which I stamped in Razzleberry ink. Finally I added the white gel pen faux stitching lines, which I know have been a staple for me lately; but I just really like the look of it!
So that's all for me today. I'll be back on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 6, 2009

"Forever Friend"

Hello!

Sorry I didn't get a chance to come back and post this card yesterday. If you didn't read yesterday's post, check it out here. I am selling some of my old and some current Stampin Up sets if any one is interested. I spent the rest of the day working on some other projects for our upcoming church bazaar. A lot of which are 3D objects that are hard for me to photograph.

This is my card for this week's SCS sketch challenge. It was a very easy sketch to work with and honestly it all came together quite quickly. I started with a standard 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 Basic Grey card base. I added a 5 1/4 x 4 layer of Real Red, which I ran through my cuttlebug with the circles folder. The black piece is 3 7/8 x 3 3/8 with a layer of Basic Grey measuring 3 1/2 x 3 on top of it. Next, I added a piece of 3 1/8 x 4 1/4 Blue Bayou card stock in the middle. I made the floral image in the middle by stamping the "Floral" Background stamp from SU in Real Red ink on Glossy white cardstock. I made sure to let it dry before trimming it to 2 7/8 x 4 3/8.
The triangles on each side were made from a 1 1/2 inch black square and 1 1/4 Blue Bayou square which I cut in half to make into triangles. The "Forever Friend" sentiment is two words from SU's "Fundamental Phrases" set, which I stamped in black ink and matted with Real Red and Basic Grey. Finally, I added some white stitching lines around the card to complete it.
So, there you have it. I was pleased with the way it turned out. I'd love to know what you think, though. Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Out with the Old...

Good Morning!

I am happy to report that Tyler was able to return to school today and everyone else in the house seems to be fairly healthy as well. I do have a card to share today and I will post it in a little while. First, however I wanted to take a bit of time this morning and talk about some other things. I've never really made a big deal about being a SU demo, simply because my blog is not an SU only blog and I tried to keep the two separate. Now, as many of you know SU recently came out with a new demo agreement that they wanted demos to sign. If you are a demo, you already know the particulars of that agreement. If you are not, then it doesn't really matter. Suffice it to say that I have decided not to sign the new IDA. I had been actually thinking of not continuing being a demo anyhow for a variety of other personal reasons and this just made the decision that much easier.
As such I am now going to sell some of my SU stamp sets that I no longer use or have an interest in. There is so much other merchandise from other manufacturers that I would like to have; but I really need to clear some space in my craft room. So far I am only listing stamp sets; but I may decided to add some accessories and paper later. If you are interested in purchasing any of these sets that I have listed, please send me an email at jdshelton3@yahoo.com and let me know the set(s) you would like. If you need to see a picture of the set, let me know and I will get one to you via email. I will accept paypal or personal check. Payments must be received before I send the merchandise. All packages will be sent in flat rate envelopes or boxes through USPS. If you purchase $25 or more, I will pay the postage fee.

Thanks Everyone!

$5.00 sets:

"A Little Yummy"
"Polka Dot Punches"
"Echoes of Kindness"
"Terrific Tags" (remounted on cling foam)
"Kanji" (remounted on cling foam)
"Noteworthy" (remounted on cling foam)
"Little Notes" (remounted on cling foam)
"Delightful Doodles" (remounted on cling foam)
"Gently Falling" (remounted on cling foam)
"Around the Block" (remounted on cling foam)
"Flowers of Gratitude" (remounted on cling foam"
"Birthday Whimsy"

$7.00 sets

"Smorgasborders" (remounted on Cling Foam)
"Fine Print" (remounted on Cling Foam)
"Best Blossoms" (remounted on cling foam)
"Sweet and Sassy" (remounted on cling foam)
"Darling Dots"

$10.00 sets

"Puns from the Past"
"Sip by Sip"
"Heartfelt Thanks"


$12.00 sets

"Simply Said"
"Priceless"


Background Stamps: $13.50 each

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Crosshatch

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quick post



Hi Everyone!

I'm here to just post my card for yesterday's Mojo Monday. Sorry I don't have time to post the details. I've got a sick child home today (swine flu...ugh).Busy washing and cleaning and medicating. So, I'm going to spend the day giving lots of hugs. I probably won't post again until Thursday or Friday depending on how Tyler is feeling. Have a great day everyone!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Great Reasons for No Stamping.



Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was so wonderful and so busy. So busy that I didn't have time to do any stamping or creating this weekend, so therefore I don't have anything creative to share with you. I thought, however that I would post a couple of pictures of the events that took place this weekend. I even added a video for you!
We did, of course, go trick or treating on Saturday; but I've not uploaded those yet. First, as you know from Friday's post, it was Jonathan's birthday and we just had a small family celebration here at home. He got to celebrate in preschool as well, though. He loved his presents and spent the majority of the weekend totally entranced with them.
Then it was off to Providence for Reagan and I where I took her to see her very first concert. Demi Lovato and David Archuleta. It totally rocked, I have to say. Yes, I managed to get there and back despite my trepidation for driving in downtown Providence!
So, that's all for me today. I hope you like this rare glimpse into my family...I know I don't post too often about them. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

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