Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keeping it Simple!

I am not really good at CAS {Clean-and-Simple} style cards, but decided to have a go.  I was feeling inspired from Stampin’ Sisters in Christ new challenge – #149 {Matthew 11:30} and came up with two I like!

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I started with a sheet of Authentique paper from the Gathering collection, and decided to run with the colors.  I’m still not sure why I bought that 6x6 paper set, because overall it’s not something I gravitate to.  But now seeing this particular paper with those shells – it’s a perfect sort of beachy scene!  The shell is actually one mounted rubber stamp, inked in HA Soft Pool, and Jenni Bowlin in Brown Sugar and Chicken Feed.  I layered the sentiment with all three ink colors which is something I never do but enjoy how it turned out.

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Haha sorry to torture you guys – there’s that HA/SC stamp again!  I was inspired from the card on Monday, so I water colored these with a drop of Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Re-inker.  I tried making this card with just the four main panels on white, and didn’t like it.  I know so many who are successful with lots of white space, but it just isn’t me.  Then I added the squares (from Bo-Bunny Ambrosia 6x6 collection) and popped up my originals on them.  Still simple-esque, no?

You know what time it is – vote for your fave!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge #16

I love everything about today’s photo from Runway Inspired Challenge (#16) – the colors, the style – all of it!

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As you can see, I took the photo rather literally!  I tried to mimic all that geographic pattern, and some random Inkadinkado set helped me with that.  The Beach Babe came from We R Memory Keepers.  I love the brads at the top – don’t they look exactly like her sunglasses?  A bit of gold glitter in the form of Glitz Stickles in Champagne finish the sides.

This geometric look isn’t normally my style, but how chic!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Inspiration from Hero Arts Artists!

Today’s cards come by way of A Blog Named Hero – Challenge #8.  The theme is choose a Hero Artist and get inspired!  My two favorites are Shari Carroll, and Jennifer McGuire.  I swear these two are some of the most talented on the planet, and I love everything they create.

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Shari Carroll is known for warm creamy colors, use of pearls and buttons to simulate shapes (especially Christmas trees), and her overall elegant style.  I decided to work with this concept - I love how it turned out Smile

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You know those papers that you hoard for months?  This glitter paper is such – but it works perfectly here!

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Jennifer McGuire is known for her great use of color, banners with sentiments, and wood veneer pieces (often covered in black enamel).  This card is an example of all three.  You guys know I love that Hero Arts/Studio Calico stamp, it is probably one of the most versatile in my collection.

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I don’t have all the Distress Markers to color the way Jennifer did in her card.  I improvised by water coloring with a drop of Tumbled Glass Distress Re-inker, and Broken China and Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain.  A few spritzes of Glimmer Mist help bring out the shine.  I also have no wood veneers – another missing hole in my stash – so I again improvised, cutting Grungeboard into hearts and covering with black enamel.

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So what do you guys think, did I do them justice or did I succeed in embarrassing myself? 

Hope you enjoyed – vote for your fave!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Color Challenge + Sketch Challenge = Easy Inspiration

You guys know I love a Mojo Monday Sketch – join the fun with #250!  It doesn’t hurt to go all the way with some color ideas, especially when they aren’t colors I normally gravitate towards.  These colors came by way of ColorQ #146.  This card also fits the colors from Color Throwdown #201.

If you’re looking for my other favorite card – check it out here Smile

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Papers are Echo Park This & That, Bo Bunny Alora, and the kraft paper is actually a cut up grocery bag!

Thanks for visiting, if this is your first time here I’d love if you stuck around and stayed awhile. 

If you like what you see, consider a follow - I’d love to share my creations with you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I LOVE SUMMER

Today I am excited to show you my new favorite card <3

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I started with watercolor paper for my base, as I knew it would have to withstand some heavy ink.  I stamped a script stamp by Hero Arts, and then a couple times with those Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous dots.  Then the inky fun – 3 different colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

This super cute bicycle stamp with ‘I love summer’ is from a mini set by We R Memory Keepers.  I stamped them in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.  Look how cute it matches the background – I didn’t even plan that!

Here are some close-ups for your viewing pleasure In love

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Entering this in Fashionable Stamping Challenges #26 – Get Inky!

Hope you have time to get inky this week Smile

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place” Sweepstakes

As most of your know I live in an apartment for now (although that will soon change!), and apartment living has its own set of challenges.  Most apartment dwellers don’t have a garage to DIY in, a yard to fill with pretty flowers, and don’t get me started on how difficult it is to see all the beautifully decorated mantels on Pinterest when I don’t have one myself!  I think many renters don’t know that they don’t have to live with ‘apartment-wall white’, or are too timid to hang up some artwork.

Maybe you have some ideas on how to make your place your own – maybe hoping for some cash to help?Apartment Guide is here to help with “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes!

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About the Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes
Is your place in need of a style update?  Apartment Guide has partnered with TV host and design expert Kim Myles for the second annual Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes.  From now until August 14, visit YourPicksYourPlace.com to vote once per day for your preferred room design showcasing furniture and home décor items selected by featured bloggers. 

The site will feature 4 different room designs every 2 weeks. By voting, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or one of eight $250 weekly prizes to go towards your own selections for your home.

Did you guys hear that!?  $10,000 chance for your own home!?

After you’ve prayed to the sweepstakes gods voted, stick around the site and you can find design and décor tips from Kim Myles, Apartment Guide and featured bloggers to help you design a room that works for you!


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Friday, July 13, 2012

Experimentation with Ink

Today I had a bit of fun experimenting with 3 different kinds of ink: Tim Holtz Distress Re-inkers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  Just playing around and letting creativity take over!

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I really wanted to crack open my new set of Graphic 45 stamps, from their Winter CHA collection called Old Curiosity Shoppe.  I really like these cling stamps because those labels are interchangeable; you can stamp the bottle then stamp whatever label you want inside.  Or you can stamp the bottle, and leave it blank, or write whatever you want with other stamps or your own handwriting inside.  And the labels can of course be used on other stamps – all in all, a very versatile set!

I put a couple drops of Tim Holtz Distress Re-Inker in Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed.  Never would have guessed those colors, wouldja?  Simply add a drop of water to a brush (or use a water-brush), and paint away!  Love the water coloring, so relaxing to do and such an attractive look.

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Here’s a close-up of all that fun ink, check out the water flick spots above.

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This was done with a quick emboss of a Hero Arts stamp, then all types of inky fun took place.  Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Dusty Concord.  Whew!

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I spritzed a quick bit of gold iridescent Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist over top – the shimmer is incredible!

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This card was so quick and easy!  Several spritzes of Tattered Angels for the base, then a collection of summery images from a Stampin’ Up! set colored in Copics pull it together.

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Look how all those colors merge together to create a really cool background!

Leave me a comment, and vote for your favorite!  Have a great weekend friends! Smile

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stretch Your Stamps!

A Blog Named Hero has a current challenge going on:

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Sponsored by your favorite online stamping product company with the best logo ever (I may be partial as it has a naughty Boston Terrier in it, but nevermind that):

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All Hero Arts stamps of course, and I just got the Tim Holtz Summer Distress Ink colors and wanted to play!

Both cards feature my favorite HA/Studio Calico Lattice Background, as well as set CL129.

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I kept the color palette clean, using only the Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn.  Kind of a Lilly Pullitzer look, no?  That flower is HA CG194.  A bit of Liquid Pearls scattered about to finish.

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For this card I took the same lattic background and used it as water with the Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  The frame around the sentiment and the fish are both from HA CL451 (which I still haven’t seen in any other challenge).  The yellow fish in the middle is popped on foam – he’s designed to stick out against the crowd!  More Liquid Pearls for the fishes’ air bubbles to finish.

Thanks for popping by, I appreciate the visit!  Stick around, stay awhile – if you like these cards you might like these cards made with the same stamp sets: Live in Sunshine and Seahorse Card.

Which of these is your favorite?  I can’t decide!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Weekend Trip to Asheville

Last weekend me, my husband Jeff, and our friends Katie and her husband Justin went on a weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  I love being so central to so many new cities – only a 2 hour drive from Knoxville!  It was so fun, I can’t wait to go back - - preferably when it’s not 100+ degrees outside! 

Let me take you on a quick detour and show you around Smile

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Living in Knoxville now, I do get to see the mountains in the distance – but I never get tired of seeing them.

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A trip to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Biltmore.  It was so freakin hot but so amazing!

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Due to the sensitive nature of the furnishings, photography is not allowed inside.

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Earlier in the morning, we had taken advantage of the relative cooler temperatures and wandered around downtown.  The first shop that caught our eye was The Spice and Tea Exchange.  They had such a marvelous selection!  Katie loves to host tea parties, so she picked up some exotic blends for her next soiree.

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All types of sugar one could imagine, from Madagascar, Tahiti, Mexico and more.  Several types of salt from around the world were also available.  I wished I could have bought one of everything!

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Hard to find beans and rice varieties here, as well as a wall of custom spice blends.  We ended up with some jars of Jamaican Jerk and Tuscan Herb.

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Peppers on display here, from just a hint of heat to douse-me-with-a-fire-hose-hot!  The pic on the right is especially pleasing, who doesn’t love the start of a good bromance!?  “Here dude, smell this one.”  Ha!

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Now you know we’re about to get into trouble here – a store called The Chocolate Fetish!

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Do your best not to drool on the keyboard!  Check out the confections on the right – you know you’re in the South when you can sample “Sweet Tea” truffles!  I bought one, and by golly it did taste like sweet tea!

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Across the street, we stopped at The Open Door boutique.  Check out that stash of incense…very Asheville-y.

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Lots of neo-hippie attire to be found here.  Enough tie-dye and patchwork to shake a stick at!

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Speaking of dyed items, the store next door Earth Guild, specializes in traditional craft supplies for the modern artist.  On the left are a series of looms, and on the right are dyed wools and felts.

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On the left are reeds and other materials for basket weaving, and on the right are candle making supplies.  The store also carries items for book arts, polymer clay, and several other traditional crafts.

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If beading and jewelry making is more your thing, Beads and Beyond is the store for you.  From crystals to natural gems, this store seemed to have it all.  Definitely worth a look, it’s always nice to order from a local store and be able to check out your merchandise in person.  Most crafts are so visual, so tactile – I hope shops like this stay in business and do well for their local community of customers.

Twisted Crepe

For those who know me, know I’m practically obsessed with crepes.  Anywhere I go I try to find a creperie, and I found one in Asheville – Twisted Crepe.  It was very good, even if I am biased toward my local one in Knoxville – The French Market.  All things considered (location, service, atmosphere, crepe itself), I’d give it a 8.5!

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Even when I travel, my two naughty Boston terriers are always on my mind.  In our wanderings I saw this trio of art prints.  Similar to Knoxville’s dog friendliness, I saw several stores with water bowls to refresh a thirsty pooch.

A weekend really isn’t enough time to explore a city like Asheville, especially if you’re artsy fartsy and/or love the outdoors.  I think we will plan to go in the fall, maybe catch the change in season.  Or maybe Christmas – I just know the Biltmore will be decked out to the nines.

Have you been to Asheville?  What’s your favorite store/restaurant/activity to do there?  I’ll be sure to put it on my list for next time; I can’t wait to go back!