Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hello, Friends. It is another I Brake for Stamps Tuesday DT card. This one features a background stamp called “Fashion Background.” This makes such a  sweet girly card. 
I heat embossed the stamp in black embossing powder on white cardstock. Then I used my Tim Holtz sponge pads with Tattered Rose and Weathered Wood Distress ink to give it a little color.
My cute little dress form die is from Whimsy Stamps and I cut it from black cardstock and Kaiser Krafts pattern paper. Then I added some Viva D├ęcor Pearl Pen for the belt. My sentiment was created on my PC and I added some sheer polka dot ribbon to finish the card.
Here’s the rest of the sentiment on the inside of my card.

You can get this stamp and so many others at I Brake for Stamps. Use my coupon code SAVE10CATHY for 10% off your purchase.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Hugz,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Challenge 103 at Craft Your Passion

Hello, Friends and Happy Monday. I am going to make my post very short today as I am really busy. We are definitely feeling like spring in Colorado with the old familiar birdsong that only sounds here at this time of year.

Our new challenge is up at Craft Your Passion and this week our theme is “Monochromatic.” Our wonderful sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles. Check out their store as they have so many awesome choices for all occasions.
For my card this week I used Leaping Dolphins.
I had originally planned to color them with Copics to make them really stand out but they do so on their own.
Here is a peek at the inside of my card.

I’m entering this card in the following Challenges:

Make It Monday – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by to have a look. I hope you have a great week!

Hugz,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Brake for Stamps - Dainty Fairy

Hello, Friends. I’m back again today for I Brake for Stamps Tuesday’s DT card. This one features “Dainty Fairy” a sweet image that makes a great focal point for a Birthday card.

My fairy is colored with Copics and I added Stardust stickles to her wings and black stickles to her wand. My DPs are from Echo Park’s new Graceful collection and cardstock is Bazzill. I used die cuts from Spellbinders and Memory Box.


I created the sentiments on my PC, added flowers and seam binding ribbon from WOC and pearls from Recollections.



Here’s a shot of the inside of the card.


And the Copics I used to color my fairy.

There are so many awesome products to choose from at I Brake for Stamps and you can save 10% just by using my coupon code SAVE10CATHY.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Hugz,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Challenge #102 for CYP

Hello, Friends and Happy Monday. We are looking a lot like Spring here on the ranch in Colorado. Lots of gorgeous weather with temps in the 70s. My flower gardens are looking quite green and after hubby spent some time on it this weekend clearing dead leaves and debris we are seeing lots of early spring flowers breaking ground and a couple of Crocus and violets already flowered. I believe I have a bunch of Daffodils in the garden as well and when we bought the ranch last summer I had mentioned to the previous owners that I'm allergic to these gorgeous yellow beauties. So I hoped that they would remove them but I’m not sure as the green stemming looks to me like something that will make me turn into a plump red strawberry if I touch them. And itch, OMG, itch until I’m purple. So I will be watching and hubby will be digging if that is what they are. I was never allergic to these until about 8 years ago. When we (and by we I mean I) age our bodies change and with that change comes CIAOS!!! J

"Craft Your Passion - Challenge #102"
Our new challenge is up at Craft Your Passion and this week our theme is “No image, but make your sentiment the focal point.” Our wonderful sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. They have so many awesome products in the store. So stop over and check them out.
For my card this week I used a new technique I learned from an Archiver’s card making class I took a few weeks ago featuring the Tim Holtz Distress Ink  Stains. First I stamped a Hero Arts background stamp with Versamark ink, covered it with Seafoam embossing powder and heat set the image. Then I used the Distress Ink stains to color in the areas left from the embossed image. The colors I used were Pealed Paint, Scattered Straw and Victorian Velvet. This created my background paper for the card.
I also used some new embossing powders to create a blended effect for my Stampendous sentiment. The embossing colors are Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Lettuce from Adirondack. My lace trim is from Martha Stewart and I also stained it with Scattered Straw before gathering and adhering it to the card. My die cuts are from Spellbinders and the flowers are Hero Arts also stained with the Distress Ink colors. To finish the card I used some Hero Arts pearls and gems to match my color theme on my flowers and randomly around the card.

I’m entering this card in the following Challenges:

Make It Monday – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by to have a look. I hope you have a great week!

Hugz,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Easter Candy

Hi, Friends. It’s time to draw for my Easter Candy winner. So I took all the entries and put them in my little Easter Basket and did a blind draw…

Congratulations, Lisa M. from You Made Me Ink. Contact me at my email address on the sidebar so I can arrange to send you a gift certificate to “I Brake for Stamps.”

Thanks to everyone who played.
Hugz,

I Brake for Stamps - Tina Mae

Hi, Friends. I have another card for I Brake for Stamps and I’ve used an adorable stamp by the name of “Tina Mae.”
She reminds me of a pet cow I had as a child when I lived on a farm in Illinois, or maybe it was Missouri, or maybe I’m getting too old to remember. Anyway, I do remember this…I was about 3 years old and I had a Holstein cow named Suki. He wasn’t the only cow in the barn but I remember my mother running after him with a broom violently swinging it back and forth at that cow when he got in her garden. I would cry buckets because I was afraid Mom would hurt him. I just thought she was a crazy woman and my family laughed about that for years.
So I had to have this stamp because it reminded me of Suki and that was probably one of my earliest memories. 
Here's a close up of my Easel card and the supplies I used.

DPs & Cardstock: Bazzill, Rhonna Farrer Digi Kit
Bakers twine: Doodlebug Designs
Flowers: Hero Arts and Recollections
Sentiment: Hero Arts
These are the Copics I used to color Tina Mae.

I will be drawing the winner for my IBFS candy later today so come back to check to see if you are the lucky one.

And don’t forget…you can save 10% at I Brake for Stamps just by using my coupon code SAVE10CATHY.

Thanks for letting me share my project with you today; have a wonderful week.

Hugz,

Monday, March 12, 2012

CYP Challenge 101 - Easel Card


Hello, Friends and Happy Monday. Wow, what a nice weekend it was here. We enjoyed warm sunny spring weather all weekend and loved it. Most of the snow has now melted; believe it or not we still have some snow on the ground mostly around the pond. A majority of the wild Mallards and Wood Ducks are beginning to fly back north and we are seeing some of our fair weather birds return to the ranch. That is a good sign and always means the seasons are changing. I got a few photos of a Black-billed Magpie busy gathering brush, twigs and stray duck feathers around the pond and a Tree Swallow searching for nesting areas. And our ducks, French Rouen Clairs, did some pond diving today which means the water is warming up. I got some video of them while they were swimming. But I’ll have to work on dubbing the sound because I can’t go in the pond area without my African Geese honking and hollering and talking to me cause they think I’m going to feed them. They are so spoiled.

I spent some time searching the web for horses this weekend as well. My hubby wants a Gypsy Vanner so I am in the market as it were. There are lots out there, I just have to do my due diligence and find the right one for us. Ok, so enough of the home and family life thing. I only write these passages for my loved ones who want to know what we’re up to on the ranch.

"Challenge 101 at Craft Your Passion"
Our new challenge is up at CraftYour Passion and this week our theme is “Easel Card.” Our lovely sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter. I just love their awesome digi stamps. So get out those supplies, join us for the fun and build an Easel Card for a chance to win a prize. Oh, and don’t forget to stop and check out the lovely Design Team creations too.
For my card I used the adorable “Let’s make a Picnic” digi for my focal image. She was so fun to color.
I also want to share my draft image that I colored in  grays to show you how I kept my focus on my light source.
I don’t always color a draft image but sometimes I tend to forget about my light source when I’m coloring especially when the image has a lot of detail. So I colored a draft using my cool gray Copics as there’s a lot of elements in this image. I got the idea from Zoe at Make It Crafty. She is an awesome artist and I adore her work. She publishes some wonderful ideas and helpful hints on her blog and in Magnolia Ink Magazine. So drop over and check out this talented lady's artwork.
Supplies Used:
DPs and Cardstock: BoBunny and Bazzill
Dies: Memory Box, Magnolia, Spellbinders
Stamps: Paper Shelter, Hero Arts
Flowers, Trim & Twine: WOC
These are the Copics I used to color my image.

I’m entering this card in the following Challenges:
Make It Monday – Anything Goes
Dies to Die For - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow as I’ll have a new project to share with you and I’m announcing my candy winner from last Tuesday’s post.

Hugz,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Brake for Easter Baskets

Hi, everyone. Tuesdays will be never be the same for my blog. That’s because I have joined I Brake for Stamps Design Team as of last week. So I will be posting a weekly project with awesome products from the store here as well as projects for our monthly challenge blog here. So with that, my first project is for our Challenge that officially begins tomorrow. Our theme this month is Easter.
I created a cute little mini Easter basket. These make great favors for friends or your children’s friends. My basket is a simple angled box frame. You can download my template here. I used strips of cardstock to make a weave pattern design for the box exterior. For the handle I used an EK Success punch and added some pink grosgrain ribbon. I would suggest using brads to attach your handle for a strong hold if you plan are filling it with Easter goodies. I adhered mine with ScorTape.
I used a Magnolia die cut for the tag and stamped my sweet “Bunny Tail End” image and colored him with Copics. Isn't he adorable? I distressed the edges around my tag with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. Finally, I took the scraps of cardstock I used for my weave paper and ran it through my Fiskars Crimper then shredded it with my Martha Stewart Fringe scissors to make the basket grass.
These are the Copics I used to color my image.

I’m entering this project in Make It Monday – Anything Goes Linky Party.

OK…now I know you’ve been waiting for the most exciting part of this post and that is Candy time. What’s your favorite childhood Easter Holiday memory? Leave me a comment and I will put your name in a hat and let my hubby draw a winner next week. I’ll announce the winner before my next post on Tuesday. You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the I Brake for Stamps store.

And don’t forget…you can save 10% at I Brake for Stamps just by using my coupon code SAVE10CATHY.

Thanks for letting me share my project with you today and have a wonderful week.

Hugz,

Monday, March 5, 2012

Craft Your Passion Challenge 100

Hello, Friends and Happy Monday. This weekend was pretty quiet around here. I did get a taste of Spring weather with the temps rising toward the 60s today. But I’m not holding my breath because March is our snowiest month. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I spent a lot of time in my craft room this weekend working on some projects and getting ready for some Happy Easter fun. Stop over tomorrow as I am going to post CANDY on my blog.

Our new challenge is up at Craft Your Passion and this week our theme is “Anything Goes” in celebration of our 100th Challenge. That is the easiest challenge ever so come join us with a project for a chance to win some great prizes. We have 8 sponsors this week which is so awesome. So head over to CYP and checkout the lovely Design Team creations and we also have some special guests joining us for the celebration.

For my project I created a corner bookmark for my granddaughter. My image is Hootie Pie Clown from Pink Cat Studio which is one of our sponsors this week. He’s so whimsically cute and I know Isabel will love it. I’m also sending her a Smash book that I made for her; it’s very girly.
All of the elements I used for this card where from my  scrap stash. I did not open one package of new product for this one.
These are the Copics I used to color Hootie.

I’m entering this project in Make It Monday – Anything Goes Linky Party.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow as I have a new project to share with you and a chance to win some Candy.

Hugz,

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