Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Mums...

Quick post. 
This card has been completed and ready to post for 2 days now 
~~~
just too darn tired in the evening to do it, so let's try an early morning post!

Challenges entered in...
Allsorts Challenge - Keep it simple
Crazy 4 Challenges - fall theme
Designed 2 Delight - freebie "Autumn Mums" Progressive Challenge
Fussy and Fancy - new technique - lacquer finish on vase
Paper Play Challenge - fall leaves
Truly Scrumptious Challenge - Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by - HI-HO it's off to work I go!

SAM

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Summer Vacation - Christmas Countdown!


Awesome group, Straight, No Chaser to get you in the Christmas spirit!

I don't make many masculine cards, but 365 Cards Challenge to make a 
masculine card with the theme of summer vacation,
 just spurred my imagination to highlight the hardest male worker of all - 
SANTA! 
Can't imagine how tired he is after flying around the world with
 a bunch of reindeer in front of him after who knows what they ate!

This is my card/scrapbook page of Santa's Hawaiian vacation!
"91 days, 17 hours, 28 minutes, But Who's Counting?"
OK, I typed that yesterday so Christmas is really closer than you think!


Challenges Santa is entered in:
365 Cards, Day 205 - Summer Vacation, Masculine Sytle
Anything Goes Challenge - where...anything goes!
Corrosive Challenge - Punches and/or dies
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Around the World I went to Hawaii!
Crazy Challenge - Men Only (Santa is THE MAN!)
Digital Tuesday Challenge - People images
I Did It Creations - At the Beach
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of layers
One Stop Craft Challenge - Easel Card
Our Creative Corner - Numbers (mine are small but they're on there!)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - dies or punches
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturday - favorite color - BLUE
Pile it On - Fancy folds
Tuesday Morning Sketch - sketch below
 


I certainly hope he enjoys his Hawaiian vacation.
Just wonder where Mrs. Claus is - at home working???
SAM

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Just a "Spoonful of Love" Note...

Quick CAS card
A Love note!
Awe, how sweet it is!

Challenges entered in...
Creative Craft Challenge - Buttons and bling
CropStop - Button Up Ladies
Alphabet Challenge - Quick and Simple
Totally Paper Crafts - Clean and Simple
Designed 2 Delight - Free image "Happiness Blooms"
 CES Challenge - at least 4 different embellishments 
(Buttons, Charm, Ribbon, Flower)
Case Study Challenge - 2nd entry - Really love the Kraft/black combo
Craft Your Passion - Scrappy "F" words mine is FLOWERS
Creatalicious Challenge - Everything goes
City Crafter - I "Heart" You
365 Cards, Day 198 - Standout Sentiment

Note: I printed the digi and sentiment on a piece of transparency 
and layered it over the sheet music DP.
Thanks for coming by ~
SAM

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gratitude that I can Read!

As an educator/counselor, I see miracles happen everyday.
I can't even begin to explain how I elated I am
when
I see that 'light bulb' turn on over a child's head.
The excitement they have when they
suddenly realize ~
"I am a Reader!"
Challenges:
Bee-Crafty - Beautiful Borders
 Craft Us Crazy - Back to School
Cupcake Craft - Back to School
Desert Island Crafts - Pick 3 of 10 items [books, pencils, apple for the teacher]
I Did It Creations - anything goes and the image is a freebie I picked this week!
If the Shoe Fits, Scrap It! - Back to School
Lollipop Crafts - eyelets or brads; I used both
Paper Issues - Learning Curve
Party Time Tuesdays - Ribbon, Trim & Fiber...Oh My!
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes


That is what gets me up in the mornings.
The Gratitude I feel for being a small part of their learning process.

Challenges:
Case Study - be inspired by September Muse Julie Lacey
Crazy 4 Challenges - colors: orange, Olive Green, Yellow, Brown
Designed 2 Delight - progressive challenge - free digi
Digital Tuesday - celebrate any season "Fall"
Lexi's Creations - Autumn theme
Sentimental Sundays - Autumn theme
The Kraft Journal - use a sketch

Take time to read to a child...
SAM

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Le Romantique!

Finally used the Graphics 45 paper I won almost a year ago! Never could figure out what to do with it and today I decided it was the day to put my fears aside, grab the paper by the tail (or ribbon) and conquer all!
 I am entering this card in the following challenges:
365 Cards, Day 191 - So Not Me - or - do something different than usual.
Ribbon Carousel  - anything goes with ribbons
This Week's Sketch #235
Anything Goes Challenge -Vintage Shabby-Chic
The Shabby Tearoom - wedding and color scheme
Do You Stack Up - Texture (ribbon, embossed butterflies, crochet flower)
Color Create Challenge - pink, brown, cream, white
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - punch
Pile It On! - Layer It!
Thanks for stopping by - till next time...
SAM

Monday, September 5, 2011

What's New Pussycat? Whoa-Whoa...

OK, love Tom Jones and now I can't get this song out of my head!!!
 Found a You Tube video with him singing it and it is sooooo funny! 
He is so young (saw a picture of him the other day, sure looks old)  
 :(



OK, now on to my little Pussy Cat which I'm sure is the one Tom Jones was singing about...
Sure had trouble getting this card where I wanted it to be, but I'm pretty pleased with the end result. I layered the free image from Faith at Designed 2 Delight (hurry, you have until Thursday to grab it too!) over the gate image from Inktegrity. Not too happy with my copic coloring but did try a technique that my mentor Shirley showed me a couple weeks ago to add texture. Using a swatch of blue jean fabric I inked it with the black marker and dabbed it on the stonework. Then I added glitz  with yellow stickles on the moon and a big orange bow for the cat! 
 [Now I'm listening to it's Not Unusual by Tom Jones, now a duet with Stevie Wonder] 

How about a few challenges?
Craft Us Crazy - fall colors and favorite embellishments [stickles and bling]
Saturday Challenge - Colors of autumn
Stamp Something - September digi challenge
[now it's Tom Jones and Marie Osmond, uhhhh?]
Designed 2 Delight - free Falloween image

If you'll excuse me, I need to do some dancing around the room now!
SAM


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hello Doily!

New gear from the new Stampin' Up! catalog! 
Love the huge doily stamp and the new border punch. 
Oh yeah, sentiment is from a new hostess set 
"Happiest Birthday Wishes"


It's late, way past my bed time or at least the time that I pass out on the couch. 
Awe, somebody in this family has to hold it down so it doesn't float away!
So on the the challenges:

365 Cards, Day 184 - Sketch, white space challenge


4 Craft Chicks - Helping the Chicks to celebrate!
Fussy and Fancy Friday - month long celebration and optional color challenge
Top Chef at Catered Crop - recipe challenge, I used the following ingredients:
   Soft pastel colors technique of embossing, and Shabby Chic style
Crafty Creations - use 3 or more dies/punches 
   (2-border punches, scallop punch, flower punch)
Craft Your Days Away - make your own flowers
Creative Card Crew- anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - at least one punch
Desert Island Crafts Challenge - pick at least 3 
   (flowers,sentiment, wet embossing)
Little Red Wagon - border punches
Moving Along with the Times - Handmade flowers
Paper Play Challenge - Make your own flowers
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Pile It On Challenge - B is for Brads (or anything that starts with B)
Stamptacular Sunday - the sky's the limit!
Top Tip Tuesday - What is Shabby Chic?
Alphabet Challenge - Pretty pastels

Happy Labor Day and don't work too hard!
SAM