Friday, July 30, 2010

*tweet* hello *tweet*

Today it's Friday! Time to gear up for another jam packed summer weekend. My card today was super easy and fun! I love the bright colors, they scream summer-time to me. I think I see more chipboard stickers in my future after playing with some Basic Grey ones I found in my stuff (it pays to tidy up every now and then, you find treasures that way!). I stamped "hello" then added some bling to jazz it up a bit.

Card Stock: White
Patterned Paper: Henry's Brilliance
Ink: Memento Ink~Cocoa Brown
Accessories: Blue Rhinestone (Kaiser Craft), Scallop Edge punch, Chipboard sticker (Basic Grey)

Friday, July 23, 2010

alcohol ink emboss resist

Happy Friday! Today I have a card that features a cute image from the Unity Store KOTM (past kit). I stamped it on glossy paper then embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then applied alcohol inks to the paper to make the plaid background. I rubbed the image clean with a bit of blending solution (use a q-tip or rag). To check out more blogs on the Friends with Flair hop, check out the Unity Blog!

Supplies used: Unity Store KOTM, Alcohol Ink (I used Farmers Market), blending solution, Alcohol Ink applicator, bling, twill tape (recycled from packaging), ticket corner punch

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

scrappy happy birthday

Just a quick card to showcase using up some scraps that my friend Katy sent me. The button is a chipboard one covered in matching paper and threaded with hemp twine. I love adding twine to my cards, it's so cheap...I mean affordable!

Friday, July 16, 2010

recycled paper scraps and flowers

Happy Friday! Today I have a card that features some scraps of Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper on a 4x4 card. I used some repurposed flowers for the center. I took apart some flower stems and just used the petals. The twill tape was also recycled, it originally was wrapped around some pajamas I purchased.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

daydream ~ emboss resist

Today's card features the emboss resist technique. It also highlights some inks, and powders (perfect pearls) on sale at Paper Maniac right now! For a step by step tutorial, check it out on the Paper Maniac home page. It will only be available for 1 week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ 140 and counting!

It's been a few weeks since I have posted a house project update. Our weekends have been packed full of projects. Attending neglected landscaping, removing sheetrock in the shop to prep it for new wiring, some re-organization in the garage and a HUGE basement clean up.

Here you can see my Begonias are super happy on the front step.

Here is what the front looks like. We just weeded again this weekend (it was really bad). Now it's all set for a bit more dirt to be brought in to level it out. Then we'll lay landscape fabric and some edger bricks.

Tomatoes and peppers are finally growing.

The playground is complete! (well almost, on the backside there is an opening for another climber, but we are going to wall it off and then attach the steering wheel, telescope and add a pulley and bucket for the girls to play with)

And here is the sight the yard waste pick up man has seen for the past 7 weeks. 20 bundles of branches from the yard. We are at 140 and counting for the season. In addition to that, the 96 gallon cart has been full every week. The previous owners were elderly and were lucky to get the lawn mowed according to the neighbors, so tree trimming and general landscape maintenance was non-existent.

Backyard trees.

Trees in the front yard. That pine will come down because it's too close to the maple tree, but in the meantime, it got a straight line trim so the maple would get sun.

Trees on the other side of the driveway in the front yard. The neighbors are noticing and liking what they see. It's nice to know the hard work is appreciated.

And then there is the massive bush in the corner of the backyard. We started cutting into it and bundling it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

playing with paint!

Today's card is one that stretched me a bit. The challenge was to use paint on the card. After a few failed attempts at stamping with paint, I chose to paint some chipboard letters. I am really wishing I had some of the Ranger paint dabbers, as I had to do things the old fashioned way and use a paintbrush. I used some DP by Daisy Bucket and some silver string from my stash to tie everything together.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Freedom tag FWF

Woot, I love Friday! Especially when it falls before a long weekend! Today I made a patriotic tag that could get attached to a scrap page, used as a bookmark or on a card. I used Cosmo Cricket DP and distressed it with my distressing tool and added Tea Dye Distress Ink. "Freedom" was stamped using an alphabet by Unity Stamp Company (Just my Type). The "USA" canvas twill was repurposed from a clothing tag. And, lastly, I punched out stars, added Distress Ink to them and added red and ivory pearls (check them out...they are on sale this week). The red I had was too bright so I muted the tone by coloring it with a brown sharpie so it matched the paper better. Check out the Unity Blog today for a complete list of FWF participants!

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