Tuesday, June 21, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - June

My tag was inspired by a long overdue visit to the optometrist this month. I must say I feel rather guilty about waiting so long to have my eyes checked and only finally went because my eyesight seemed to be getting so much worse the past few months.

Tissue Wrap Collage and Stencil Plaid

I did purchase some of the Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap Plain to try stamping on and layering with collage medium, but I didn't have the Tim Holtz Stencil Stripes so I used an old striped stamp to make my plaid with Pumice Stone and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I thought about using my burlap stencil but in the end liked the look of the striped/plaid.

...Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 - June

Stamp: Tim Holtz Visual Artistry City Central
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Steampunk
Embellishments: Typed Tokens, Mini Gears

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In all things of nature...

The current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie is Let The Words Do The Talking.

I have always loved the font on this stamp from Sheena Easton, but I've never had occasion to use it. The limited space on this Frame makes it a little difficult to get too Frilly or Funkie and still have room for the image and the sentiment, but what can I say, I was running out of time once again.

Actually, the project I made for the previous challenge, Oh The Places You'll Go (the beach), would have worked well for this one as well, since the sentiment is one of my favorite quotes...and I missed the posting by one minute!  That's what I get for waiting till the last minute. 

I've been busy working on a fundraiser for 'Blogs 4 Boobies' to raise money for The Susan G. Komen Foundation, and have put most of my creative efforts into that...along with a baby shower gift bag and tag.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Last Day to Bid on Day 5 - Blogs 4 Boobies - 2016

Welcome to Day 5 of Blogs 4 Boobies!

Skipping Stones Design has organized this fantastic auction to raise money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research. 

Over 60 talented designers have created cards to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and will be showcased for 7 fantastic days.  All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Komen Foundation.

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. While going through treatment there were many amazing friends and family members who were a wonderful support, so my initial thought was to make a set of Thank You cards to auction off...but then again, when going through something like that, a card of encouragement was very special as well. 

So, for the auction I got a little carried away and made

 5 Thank You cards 


5 Encouragement cards

Bras - Volume 2

Cancer Schmancer


 Victorian Summer

 Breathtaking Butterflies, Sentiment - Cancer Schmancer

Everyday Blessings



I tried to stay close to the colors in the Breast Cancer Research postage stamps* (see note below).  Envelopes are included.

If you are a crafter and enjoy these cute images, be sure to check out Skipping Stones Design-Stamp Store.  They have some great new sets and a portion of all sales for the months of May and June will be donated to the Komen Foundation. I am especially fond of a couple of the original sets, You Know You're Gettin' Old-Birthday and  Margarita Birthday

Bid Process~Very easy!
To make a bid, if you're not used to navigating a blog, find the comment section at the end of this blog post. (Click on the '5 Comments' for example Bidding starts at $5.  *If the bid is over $20 I will throw in 10 Breast Cancer Research postage stamps!  Put your email address next to the amount you wish to bid as a way of "signing it" or authenticating the bid. If you have trouble leaving a comment, send me an email at barbsboys123@gmail.com
Winner Process~
The winning bidder will receive a paypal invoice from Skipping Stones Designs aka Heather Engebretson and she will collect the money, all of which will be donated on July 1, 2016. to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Shipping Process~
Once the winning bidder pays via PayPal  and I receive notice from Skipping Stones Design, I will ship your Card Set  to you.

To continue with the blog hop, here is the line up!  Enjoy!

To enjoy the creations from the other days go to the Skipping Stones Design Blog.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Breathe in the sea...

This is inspired from two challenges:
Frilly and Funkie - Oh the places you'll go
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monochrome

I am hurrying to get it submitted before the deadline, so I'll add more details later!

12 Tags of 2016-May

So, I've been busy making cards for a fundraiser auction so I really cut this one down to the wire.  This is my take on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 - May Challenge.

The challenge was to use Tissue Tape Resist and Tattered Florals techniques.  I didn't have any Tissue Tape so I made my own using Paper Tape from the bandage aisle since I'm allergic to adhesive tape and had some paper tape on hand...it worked okay, but I wish I'd had the real thing since it took a while for the ink to dry.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Green Caffeine

Frilly and Funkie - It's Not Easy Being Green!
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Show Us Your Metal
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

 So, for the challenge at Frilly and Funkie to up-cycle or recycle something on your project, I thought I would recycle a cardboard box by decorating it to hold my K-cups...thus the coffee references!

I got to use my brand new 'Crazy Birds' set, Thinlits Mixed Media dies, and some stencils and stamps from Tim Holtz, some very old scrapbook paper and some great 'gears'.

I've been wanting to try the 'rusted metal' look on grunge board for ages! And, I love my new Thinlits dies, Handwritten Love. The 'rusted metal' technique didn't work as well on the Stampendous Clock Works stamp (I probably didn't heat it long enough), but I did like the way it showed through in the background.

I love my new Thinlits Mixed Media dies layered on top of the text background! I've also wanted to try stamping with paint resist technique, and was able to use the Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon which I've had for a couple of years!

I 'up-cycled' this card from a challenge a few weeks ago and added a couple of doilies and some white paint because the sentiment was just too perfect for this project and I couldn't figure out who to send the card to! These images and the sentiments are from Skipping Stones Design - Funny Coffee

My son gave me a Keurig Coffee Maker for Christmas...which seems a little counter-intuitive to being 'green' with all the little plastic containers to throw away, but I do try to use my ' 100% Biodegradable Disposable Filters' with the EZ-Cup and my own ground coffee to help offset some of the guilt!  That being said, I only have two of the refillable pods so I do like to keep some of the others on hand for when I have company.  I haven't found a favorite yet so I keep experimenting with different brands...

The little boxes they come in are a pain...thus my new decorated box...and it fits perfectly under the counter or has four different 'views' if I want to leave it on the counter!

Fun project, and I was able to use some new goodies as well as some older ones which had been neglected!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-April

This is my version of the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016-April challenge.  I must admit I struggled with this one a bit.  I thought I'd be able to buy the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock locally, but I couldn't find it.  But, it was an opportunity to learn a new technique with the mosaic look.  Anxious to see what the May challenge will be!

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