Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tim Holtz Tags 2012–May

Hey folks, I’m definitely a last minute louie on this one, but eked out May’s tag just in the nick of time.  Don’t forget to check out Tim’s tag, and check out my April tag too!

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As per usual, no buying anything new for Timmie’s tags. (Although no rules against lusting after new products!)  This tag started out similar – I actually broke into a sewing pattern I have (yes I have sewing patterns but don’t know how to sew, come on, I’m sure some of you can relate!) and glued on the background.  I don’t have any other shade of Archival Ink, so I used Jenni Bowlin ink in Spice Tin for the pattern stamp, and Cough Syrup for the thread top stamps.  You might notice a size difference in stamps, as his are the original woodblock ones, and mine are the cling rubber Stampers Anonymous.

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The edges are frayed the same and also inked in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I didn’t have any measuring tape on hand and nor could I sew it on, so instead I stamped a ruler on to some sticky back canvas and adhered to the tag.  I managed to convince my hubby to saw a wooden spool in half, and instead of twine or jute I chose some aqua thread (and tied the top in aqua too to pull it together).

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I don’t have any little flowers like he used, and I also don’t have any UTEE or the Ranger Melting Pot, so I used some little doo-dads I got from an estate sale and shoved them in the spool with a glue gun.  I don’t have any of Tim’s Idea-ology line, so that little hanger I actually made myself with round and flat jewelry pliers.  Honestly that was probably the most frustrating part of the whole thing!!  I looped on some spare jewelry parts, stuck an excess piece of the sticky back canvas with the ruler stamped on it, and then dabbed some Glossy Accents on top instead of an epoxy sticker.  One minor addition that isn’t on Tim’s tags are the vintage buttons that my friend Autumn mailed me for Christmas – they’re a perfect fit if I do say myself!

Are you playing along for May – and do you think I’ll have my act together for June’s tag?  Stand by to find out!

Delaware Sunshine Card

I made this card with two things in mind – the YCU Challenge #10 – Flowers and my friend Katie.  Her birthday was Wednesday, and I wanted to make a special card for her.

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She’s from Delaware and she loves the beach, so I wanted to create a paper pieced scene. I took so paper from an Echo Park collection and a Bo Bunny collection, and layered them over each other to create the main part of the card.  I inked up the back layer of water in Broken China Distress Ink to give it more dimension.  Speaking of dimension, I popped up that lighthouse on foam tape to make it stand out. 

To give even more dimension, I added those beautiful florals from a Prima collection.  I learned that Delaware’s state flower is the peach blossom, as they were once known for their prized peach orchards.  I added the centers from a McGill punch, and put a touch of bling with Victorian Velvet and Mustard Seed Distress Stickles. 

The sentiment is by Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday – quickly becoming my new favorite (one of the few sets in my collection that I’ve ever paid full price for!!)  It comes up a little light here in the photo, but reads ‘Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”.  Even though not a typical sentiment for a birthday card, I thought this was the perfect phrase to tie the card together, as well as describe a sunny disposition Katie has!  She seriously makes me crack up all day, one of those people that are just pure fun to be around – we have an absolute riot when we’re together!

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Since the challenge is ‘flowers’ is a close-up of all the decadent sweet blossoms.

If this is your first time here, stick around and stay awhile!  Thanks so much for visiting me, stand by for June – it’s about to be totally insane around here!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ahoy!

You may have noticed I’ve been in a week-long food coma from Biscuit Fest, but today I’m back with a fun nautical-themed masculine card.  Just the ticket for Simon Says Stamp challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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I had quite a bit of fun with this card.  I started out with my latest obsession – that Hero Arts Studio Calico lattice background.  The rest of the stamps are My Cute Stamps.  I added 3 lifesaver rings and a little anchor on the right side of the card.  I stamped a sailboat and colored with Copics, and stamped Ahoy to tie them together.  For some extra whimsy, I cut out 1x1 squares, popped them up on foam tape over aqua twine and colored them – they actually say A-H-O-Y in International Maritime Signal Flags!

I hope you enjoyed your visit, thanks for stopping by to see me!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Biscuit Fest 2012

Biscuit Fest.  Simply another reason why I can’t move back home up north in MI.  I LOVE this great ol’ state of Tennessee!  My friend Katie and I were totally stoked about Biscuit Fest in Knoxville, talking about it for days previous.  We love going to all the festivals, fairs, and shows here in Knoxville – and believe me, Biscuit Fest was no exception.  Join me on pretty much one of the best concepts for a festival ever – and try to NOT drool on your keyboard okay?

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‘Okay, so you’re pretty excited about some flour, lard, and buttermilk…but really what is Biscuit Fest all about?’  I know that’s what you’re thinking, and I’m so glad you asked!  The International Biscuit Festival as it’s more formally known is a weekend of southern culinary delight.  It encompasses several events, including the Biscuit Breakfast, Blackberry Farm Biscuit Brunch, Biscuit Bazaar, Biscuit Bake Off, Miss and Mr. Biscuit Pageant and more.  For this post, I will focus on the event that my broke decidedly frugal self attended – Biscuit Boulevard.  Biscuit Boulevard runs along Market Street, just south of Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

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This festival starts early, folks.  This is just after 8:30 AM – just look at that crowd!  We are all waiting for 9AM, when the biscuit eating frenzy will begin.  This is how it works:  you buy a ticket for $5 (YAY!), and you get to eat 5 biscuits from your choice of around 15 vendors with red and white striped tents.  My friend Katie and I are pure geniuses; we bought two tickets, split the biscuits we sampled, and were able to taste test 10 BISCUITS!!

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This is the first place we tried, The Plaid Apron.  A kind gentleman next to us told us it’s a great local place located in Sequoyah Hills (just a bit west of downtown, a very nice ‘old-money’ type of area).  We went with dessert first so to speak, as these biscuits were filled with smoked chocolate.  I’d say reminiscent of a pudding flavor – scrumptious!

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Katie and me getting our biscuit on.  The nice gentleman we were talking to in line offered to take our picture.  Katie and I are both from the north (Delaware and Michigan) and we laughed, because no one up north would ask if they could take your picture for you.  If they did, it’s because they were going to steal it from you.

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This gentleman was at the Nashville Urban Gardens tent.  Just look at that presentation – judges give 10 points!

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This was Capitol Grille’s booth – they’re from Nashville.  I hear their food is amazing, but haven’t tried it yet to give a full review.

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The line sure was long for the Oodles Uncorked booth.  The picture below might say why!

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Chocolate biscuit with balsamic strawberries and whipped cream.  Get out, I know.  See the ticket in the background?  Only 2 biscuits left! Surprised smile

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Here’s CafĂ© 4’s booth – I like how they clearly described their biscuit.  Maybe why they won this year!  Congrats!

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Katie, me, and the ‘Biscuit Lady’.  I don’t know if that is her actual title, nor if she was officially affiliated with the festival.  Oh well, she was fun anyway!  Ignore my cheesy smile, I think I was worried about biscuits in my teeth…

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In addition to the biscuit taste testing, the festival had other booths with food to try, booths selling biscuit related items (we even got a free sample flour pack from Southern Biscuit!), as well as the Farmer’s Market produce and arts & crafts booths that are there on Saturdays from May until November.  Here is Mast General Store, an icon in downtown Knoxville providing their own taste test of jams.  Yum!

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This is the Strawberry Field’s Market, another staple in the Bearden area of Knoxville (just a bit more more west of the Sequoyah Hills area I mentioned earlier).  They have lots of specialty products; here was lots of jams and butters to sample.  More yum!

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Honeyberry Farm and Sweetwater Valley Farm.  Excellent honey and cheese, that’s all you need to know.

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Lusty Monk Mustard.  So controversial with those thongs hanging above their booth, but bottom line (no pun intended) is they have fab gourmet mustard to try.  With names like “Original Sin – Original Mustard”, “Altar Boy – Honey Mustard”, and “Burn in Hell – Chipotle Mustard”; you’ll be sure not to forget them!

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Willa’s Shortbread had a booth – and I had no idea that shortbread came in so many flavors.  Cheese, mocha, chocolate, key lime and more – even more yum, can you believe it?

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Benton’s Bacon.  For people in this region, it needs no explanation.  It is crazy smoky, and crazy delicious.  I just had a peek on their website, and their products are in such high demand that there is a note of potential delay of shipment.  Worth waiting for.

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Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!  I picked Applewood Farms.  So good I forgot to take a picture of their booth.  If you are good at the maths, you may have noticed that I didn’t have photos of 10 total booths.  At some point I forgot I was going to blog about it and just went with the biscuit frenzy.  I took shots of 6 booths.  I missed Latitude 35, Applewood Farms, Tupelo Honey’s (which is soon to come to Market Square I hear).  The Oodles Uncorked chocolate/strawberry/whipped cream biscuit I am totally embarrassed unashamed to admit Katie and I each had one, sacrificing an extra spot.  SO GOOD!

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We saw this sign on the way out of the festival.  Had to give The French Market a plug – they are my favorite spot downtown to take the dogs, eat a Nutella and banana crepe, and be lazy on a Saturday.

Hope you enjoyed the Biscuit Festival from my point of view – it was fantastic and I will definitely be back!  If you haven’t gone, put it on your must-do list for next year!  If you went this year, which biscuit did you vote for??

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Seahorse Card

Today’s card was actually inspired by my first card for this challenge.  I loved it and the stamp set I used, and just couldn’t stop!  Check out the first card, then check out the second below!

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Entering in:

Simon Says Stamp & Show          A Blog Named Hero Challenge

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I started with that same super awesome lattice background – easily my new fave stamp right now.  I had so much fun with the background; I watercolored all the blue Distress Inks, then misted some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on top for a really cool watery look.  I tried to make the bottom darker and fade lighter toward the top, I think it’s a fantastic effect!

I stamped the water roses (or whatever they are!?) in Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Jenni Bowlin Ink in Lemon Drops.  I cut out some random little star-like shapes out, and put varying colors of Stickles on top.  Don’t you love that little seahorse?  Isn’t he cute?  He’s inked in Dried Marigold Distress Ink, and I gave him some little water drops for air bubbles.  An HA sentiment finishes it off and ties it all together.

So what do you think, do you like the first card or today’s card better?  I think the first is more clean cut with simple design, and today’s is more ‘artsy’.  Which style is more ‘you’??

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Live in the Sunshine

Today’s post is inspired by A Blog Named Hero Challenge #4.

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I love challenges like this, I find them really inspiring – really get the mojo going.  The card I created for this I think is now one of my top all time favorites!

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Even though this Hero Arts/Studio Calico lattice background is relatively new, I’ve been hoarding it for 2 months now – silly, I know!  I just wanted to use it in the perfect scenario, and I believe I’ve found it.  I was going for a nautical scene with my favorite colors – aqua and coral.  This allowed me to use the lattice background as a ‘net’ to ground the card, inked in most beautiful HA Soft Pool Shadow Ink.

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To me, this didn’t really ‘count’ as dusting something off, so I found a Hero Arts set CL451 – which I swear I have never seen used in any challenge – ever!  I stamped over the lattice background with two of the stamps in Ripe Persimmon, one of the Fall 2011 Distress Inks.

On top of a popped up rounded piece of cardstock, I stamped an oh-so-perfect sentiment from an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday set in Broken China Distress Ink.  A splattering of pearls finishes it off.

I love love love this card.  I think I just might have to dust off some other stamps from this set.  Thanks for the inspiration, A Blog Named Hero!

- Also entering Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog – Anything Goes! -

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New York 4th of July Card

I know it’s a bit early for 4th of July (or maybe this means I’m totally organized and ahead of the curve?) but I wanted to enter in the Fashionable Stamping Challenges #21 – Cities of the World so this is what I came up with.  I was tempted to do London or Paris, but it seems like everyone would do those, as there’s tons of Eiffel Tower stamps and Union Jack flags floating about.  So I wanted to do something different.  Digging through my stash I found this 4th of July set by Stampers Anonymous with Lady Liberty.  I grabbed several Distress Inks and made quick work of this card!

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Distress Inks – Barn Door, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce.  I cut a mask of the lady and inked all the words on the large 4th of July stamp.  The bandana paper is from Basic Grey, Lauderdale 6x6 pad.

Below is the inside top:

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You may notice this does not look like ‘my style’.  (Kudos to you if you actually know what ‘my style’ is, and thanks for sticking around to find out!)  I normally have lots of bling and glittery bits and random doo-dads and whatever else I can find on my cards.  But I thought it would be better to keep it simple – as this can now be used to send a thank you to a serviceman/woman overseas.  I know there are rules about what can and cannot be sent to them (no glitter – sob!), so I thought it’d be best to let the image do the talking.

By the way, I managed to score in the top three on a previous Fashionable Stamping Challenge #19 – Nautical, I’d love it if you checked out my card here!

Hope you enjoyed – have any of you sent cards overseas through organizations such as Operation Write Home?  I’ve never done it before, but now I think I’ll start! Smile

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day–Day 2

Hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day!  Today I wanted to share some cards I made for my own mom.  Similar to yesterday, I wanted to make her a set of some useful cards.  I got some photorealistic stamps by Inkadinkado on the 75% off page of Two Peas In A Bucket, so I wanted to use these.  I tried using the Jenni Bowlin inks but they made terrible impressions for some reason.  Then I tried my ever faithful Distress Inks and they did the trick.  I only had three of those, so to complete the floral set I used my favorite dogwood flower stamp that my parents got me for Christmas, and also a new Hero Arts one that I bought from my trip up north.

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Here’s that fave dogwood flower stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Inks.  It’s popped up on top of the Hero Arts woodgrain.  I love that fun paper with 6 different colors of liquid pearls to match. 

Do you guys make sets like this too?  What did you get for your mom on Mother’s Day??

Hope everyone has a great week! Smile

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic moms out there!  I made a set of 5 cards for my mother in law, who I am very blessed to have.  Many wives do not get along with their mother in law, but mine is great!  I made her a set of cards, hope she and y’all enjoy!

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I used: papers from 6x6 sets by Basic Grey, Authentique, and Bo Bunny; Liquid Pearls; Hero Arts Sentiments.

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This is the actual Mother’s Day card Jeff and I are giving her.  She loves seashells and I hadn’t used this stamp that I found at a garage sale last summer so I wanted to play with some Perfect Pearls on dark cardstock.  It’s hard to pick up on camera, but it shimmers nicely when catching the light.

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Here’s a better close-up to see the detail of the shell shapes.  I’m thinking it would have been better on non-textured cardstock, but I still like how it turned out.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!