Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blue Eyed Beauty

I know this is a day late, but that is what happens when you are on vacation, and forget to schedule the post!

So, hopefully you will all forgive me and check out this challenge from 365 Cards anyways!

The prompt for today (yesterday) is I've Been Framed!
Create a frame for your card, but not just any frame. This one should have a lot of embellishments in two of the corners.

I happened to use a digital stamp, Ankhi, from our sponsor this week, My Paper Pretties.


The flowers were just plain white ones from Prima, but I used my Copics to color them to match the rest of the card. The bling is from Michaels' Reflections line and I just cut them up and placed them where I wanted them. The buttons are from my stash, and the cardstock is from Core'dinations. The lighter purple was embossed with an embossing folder, and I just happened to like the back side of it for this project better.

I hope to see you back later this week. I have actually made a scrapbook page that I would like to share {it's been forever since I made one!} and there will be sneak peeks from Peachy Keen Stamps' newest release coming up too!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Congratulations!

Hello! Just popping in with a real quick post today. The family and I have a million and one things going on today {including soccer tournament, double graduation party, and a wedding!}, so it is rush, rush, rush for us!

The challenge for the 365 Cards blog today is Opposites:
Use something soft and something hard on your card.

I chose to so with a nice, soft, sweet lace and cold, hard, cool metal brads.


I gotta quick skeedattle out of here, but I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Distress Ink Tutorial with Market Street Stamps

Hello! I have a great little tutorial to share with you. I have been using the June release of stamps from Market Street Stamps like crazy since we received them, and I just keep coming up with more and more ideas.

Today, I will show you one of the newest techniques that I have using on cards a lot lately. {You can see a couple more cards that have used this technique here and here.}

For this particular technique I used:
Market Street Stamps {Candy Stripe and Grow}
Inkssentials Specialty Stamping Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Stains
Ranger Archival Ink
Ranger Heat It Tool


I chose Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint to make a variegated look on the paper.

First, I used the Mustard Seed Distress Stain and rubbed it on the specialty paper. {I started with the lightest color and worked my way to the darkest.} You will want to get it good and covered because the stain really soaks into the paper.


Then I used the Heat It tool to dry a good portion of the stain.


Since the stain will pool in some areas, I used a paper towel to blot off the excess, and then went back and used the Heat It tool again, making sure that most of the ink was dry.


I repeated the above steps two more times, first staining, then partially drying, then blotting and back to drying. I used only three colors here, but have used more than that on other cards and ended up with wonderful results. 


Here is the look after all three colors are dry.


Next, I used Black Archival Ink on my the Candy Stripe background and stamped it onto the variegated paper.



I then cut down the paper for what I wanted to use it for and added the rest of the items for my card. I added on to it with the Grow set, also released last month from Market Street Stamps.


I hope that you have found this technique useful! I will be back soon to share how I also used the Stains to color in the Grow image.



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happiness

Hello! What a beautiful day we are having here so far. Made a quick jaunt out to the Farmer's Market this morning. The hubby and I met my mother-in-law there so they could pick out some pickling cucs to start the pickling process today. I grabbed a Double Chocolaty Chip Frap from Starbucks and picked out some gorgeous flowers and a couple of tomatoes. Yup, it's tomatoes sandwich season!!

Well, today is a brand new Saturday challenge over at 365 Cards. Today's prompt is Roll the Dice.
Pick up a pair of dice and roll them to see how many embellies you get to put on your card! Stamped images and patterned paper do not count.

I happened to roll the ol' snake eyes. I decided to make my own 3d embellishment with some patterned paper, punches and a button, then also added on the wooden Happiness flag.


The cardstock happens to be some from the Core'dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress collection. I used my Tim Holtz Bubble embossing folder with it and then sanded the bumps.

The Paper smooches stamps were inked up with Momento Ink on X-press paper then colored in with Copics.

Make sure to stop by the 365 Cards blog and check out what all of the other design team ladies have made this week!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend! I can't wait to go see some friends I haven't seen in a long time this evening.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peachy Keen Friday Challenge

Hello, hello, hello! Today is a brand new challenge day over on the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog!

This week's 3D Object challenge is Gift Bags. I used the current Peachy Picks kit in order to make mine! The ribbon, flower, and patterned paper is all from the kit and the stamps are from the newly released Funny Farm set.


Here is a closer look at the ribbon pleating that I attached with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.


Make sure to head on over to the blog to check out what some of the design team girls did for their projects! You can even try your hand at entering the challenge!

Also, today Peachy Keen Stamps is having a Finally Friday sale you don't want to miss out on. Head on over to their page to check out the deal!!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

You are Loved!


Here is one heck of a gorgeous palette that Angelica has whipped up for us.

Make sure to join in the fun for your chance to win a fabulous prize!!


Here is my card, featuring the newly released Doily stamp.


Hope you have a great day!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Market Mini Blog Hop


Hello!! You should have made your way here from Brenda's blog. {If you have just stumbled upon us, you can find a complete list of the hop at the end of this post.} Today we are hop, hop, hopping along to help celebrate that we have some terrific new Market Minis from Market Street Stamps! If these happen to look familiar to you, they were previously only available in the Market Fresh Kits.

For this card I am using Bright Side along with some scraps that I had laying around.


Make sure to hop along with the rest of the girls and leave comments along the way for your chance to win some of these minis for your very own! You will now make your way over to Stephanie's for her amazing project!



DoBea Alberts {you are here!}


Sunday, July 8, 2012

July Market Street Stamps Block Party

Just in case you didn't know, tonight is the last night {until 11:59 pm cdt} for you to enter to win with the
Market Street Stamps Block Party. There are two great prizes to win! One will be randomly drawn to win a prize pack of stamps and accessories, and the other will become next month's Guest Designer. Wouldn't you love a chance for some of their awesome stamps, or a chance to showcase your work on their blog?

All you have to do is go on over and link up any project using Market Street Stamps and it could be you!

So, here is my card! I used my Distress Stains {Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, and Tea Dye} again along with the Life is Beautiful stamp set released last month, and some cotton tape.


Have a great end to your weekend!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer Bliss!

Hello all! Hope your week was a great one. We have been having some way above average temps up here in Ol' Wisconsin. I have been avoiding going outside as much as possible and hunkering down in the basement with my craft room and some Netflix.

So today is a brand new challenge over at 365 Cards and it fits perfectly with the kind of weather we are having.
The prompt is Fun in the Sun.
Use 3 images, words or items on your card that remind you of summer and all the fun that comes with it.

I chose the bright, glorious sun, rolling green hills and sweet fragrant blossoms. All of those combine into some pretty awesome summer bliss for me!


Don't forget to give the challenges this week a shot! Have a great weekend!!


Bliss
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Here Comes the Sun, Simple Joys}, Peachy Keen Stamps {Funny Farm}
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Crate Paper

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Peachy Sneak Peeks for July!!

Did you know that tomorrow night at 6 pm is the release of the latest Stamp of the Month and Peachy Picks kits from Peachy Keen Stamps?!?

Yes, I know I repeat myself every month, but oh my GOSH, Kathy just keeps batting these stamps out of the park each and every time. And of course I am loving the new Peachy Picks kit, why wouldn't I? ;-)

So, onto my sneaks that I am going to share. Usually I only do one or two, but once I started going, I had a hard time stopping! All of the cards contain elements from the Peachy Picks kit, but not all elements are in the kit.





Monday, July 2, 2012

Getting back into the Groove!

So, today was my first day back at work, and I am so glad to be back! I am so extremely lucky to have a great group of girls to work with who always keep things entertaining! I am busy plugging away at getting next month's Peachy Picks Kit together, and I think this will for surely be my favorite so far. I can't give away any details yet, but gosh, these are gorgeous colors!!

Besides work, our oldest started her fitness program today for the sports season coming up at school. She missed the first three weeks because of our vacation, and boy, I don't think she was ready for what they put her through!!

Okay, on to some more pictures from our vacay!



As we sat and waited for Mt. Rushmore to be lighted at night, they had a wonderful program that honored all of the veterans and current military soldiers that were visiting the park at the time. There were well over 100 men and women who stood on that stage as well as one veteran from World War II. It was extremely touching and I was so glad that my family was able to be there for that.




And finally a picture from a long day of driving. I sleep most of the time in the car when we are on trips {I get very car sick, yuck!} and rarely get pictures along the way.



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Vacation? What vacation??

It is so wonderful to be home! For the last three weeks, my family and I have been on a whirlwind trip out west. Don't get me wrong! I love vacation and spending that time with my family, but to be able to take a shower in something other than a two foot square box, that's amazing. Or, to be further than eight feet away from two bickering girls who have grown tired of each other on the third day of the trip, THAT is amazing!

But other than the little things that make you miss home, it was such a wonderful and beautiful trip! I saw things that are so utterly breathtaking and did things that are sooooooooo out of my comfort level {and am completely proud of myself for doing them.} I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl, and I spent just about all of the time outdoors.

I took so many pictures and couldn't even come close to sharing them all, but over the next week I will share my favorites in between the crafty posts.

But now, I get to go back to a regular routine {not really regular, cause we have a couple of great new things going on with the people in our house right now} and I get to go back to work {have I every told you how much I love my work? I know, I have, but it is such an awesome place with some pretty awesome people!}

For now, I will leave you with the first couple of pics:

Blue Earth, Minnesota

Mitchell, South Dakota


 The Badlands {South Dakota}

 
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