Sunday, May 1, 2016

Green Caffeine


Challenges:
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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Monday, April 18, 2016

Very, happy, birthday...


The current challenge at Frilly and Funkie is Boy oh Boy...in other words, create a masculine themed project. Having three adult sons, I do enjoy making cards for them with a more masculine theme in mind.  My middle son likes sports, but the oldest and youngest are more into the 'Steampunk' style.  The first two are big fans of cats (especially the oldest), so I chose this little image for a card for him.  The cat seems so studious I thought the dictionary words and text background would fit well.

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Like a fine wine...


My new neighbor and I enjoy a nice glass of wine and her birthday is coming up this week.  'Like a fine wine we get better with age', the sentiment inside says 'or rather, we feel better about our age with lots of wine!'.

I enjoyed the challenge of matching the inspiration piece from Skipping Stones Design as well as the Wednesday Challenge from Simon Says Stamp - Let's Polka.





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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

All you need is love



One more submission for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge-Hip to be square.

I grew up in the Bay Area during the sixties and was able to go to lots of concerts during that time, like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Quicksilver Messenger Service... I was even lucky enough to see The Beatles at Candlestick Park in San Francisco when I was a Teeny Bopper.  Many memories... so all of these songs have been buzzing around in my head ever since the current challenge!  And, I also drove a little turquoise Volkswagen Bug.  I remember in 10th grade we got 10 people in that little thing just to see if we could!

I used my new Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies to cut out the 'love' and my Ranger Mini Distress Pads to ink up the background.  I also ran across a Tim Holtz Mini Mask set purchased a long time ago and never used!

There are always lots of submissions for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes, but since they are featuring Ranger products this week I thought I would add to their collection of entries.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hip to be square...


The inspiration for this card came from The Frilly and Funkie Challenge-Hip to be square.  I may just have to try my hand at another project since this theme brought back so many memories from my teenage years in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late sixties. My brother listened to Motown, but I was always the 'little hippie'.

I also added some Glossy Accents to the 'rose colored glasses' which qualifies this for the Monday Challenge 'We can see clearly' at Simon Says Stamp. And it's 'Anything Goes' at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

This was a lot of fun, there are still a few days to join in for this fun theme!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Sending you sunshine...


This little card is going in the mail tomorrow to my aunt in California who is convalescing.  I don't know if you can tell, the green layer is grosgrain ribbon threaded through a slit in each side of the cardstock...the ultra thin glue dots I used to anchor the ribbon left a trace of the circle, so I had to add a couple of green leaves to camouflage...oops!  I bought several of the Tim Holtz stencils recently, but this one by far gets the most use.

Perfect sentiment to go with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Come Rain or Shine.

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