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The Show Goes On

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I recently went through some of my stamps and decided to sell a few sets that I didn’t use much anymore. My collection of stamps includes about 100 sets which is not a huge number in the stamping world but, I like to keep my possessions to a minimum. And don’t like the idea of things just “hanging around” if I don’t plan to use them in the near future. So I sifted through my collection and sold off 8 or 9 sets and I have another half dozen or so that didn’t sell, so I will use them as gifts for my crafty friends.

One of the sets I sold is from Stampin Up and it’s called Under the Big Top. It is now available as a digital stamp set, so I decided to let the rubber set go in exchange for the digital set. This way I don’t have to store the set in my craft room and the digital version can be easily sized up or down depending on my project. And my sister was happy to add a new set to her stash at a bargain price.

Here are two older cards that I had made with this set but never showcased on the blog.

Circus card

 

This bear could have just been a ballerina but, by adding the balls she became a juggling ballerina. Very talented, bear!

Under the Big Top Stampin Up

 

I love this Strong Man character but, he is so darn tiny. So I look forward to using the digital version which I can print out much larger than the 1″ 1/2 that he stands at now. It will be a lot easier to color him at a larger size too! I am fighting off the need for reading glasses now that I am over 40 and bigger stamps mean I can put off the “Granny Glasses” ¬†for a little longer. ūüėČ

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

Color Me a Hero, Card

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I used my Hero Arts Woodland Critters clear stamp set for this card. The challenge was to use the colors from¬† A Blog Named Hero’s logo. I decided to go all Andy Warhol on this! I am entering this card into Challenge #5 Color Me a Hero at A Blog Named Hero.

I have definitely caught Challenge fever. This is my 3rd or 4th challenge entry this week! After I won the Let’s Celebrate challenge at Digi Darla’s and the Stitched Rose challenge at Birdie Brown, back to back, I kinda lost my mind. I am convinced that I will win every challenge I ever enter!!!! (As you can tell I can get a little over excited at times. I’m like a 5 year old who is all hopped up on Halloween candy right now)

Happy Stamping,

Mo

One Good Thing Leads to Another

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I won this adorable snail from one of Birdie Brown’s Blog Challenges. He comes as part of a set called Spring Bugs. In a effort to create something fun and whimsical I colored his shell in a rainbow pattern.¬† The rainbow colors made me think of Peace, Love and Harmony a’la 1970’s hippie tie dye! And that led me to this sentiment from the Pursuit of Happiness collection from Stampin’ Up.

After I pierced the holes around the snail the card still looked a little plain and I was stumped as to what I wanted to add. Then I looked at this week’s Put a Bling on It challenge over at CAS-ual Friday’s and I knew just what to do. I think the rainbow colored jewels are the perfect addition for this card.

I will be entering this card in the following challenge: CAS-ual Friday’s Put a Bling on It CFC55

Here is a closer look at my groovy sentiment.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Stitched Rose

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Hopefully I can get this card entered into Torico’s Sitched Rose challenge in time. I think Japan is a day ahead of us but, that would make it the 30th and I would still be in time. A few months back I bought some digital images from Torico’s Etsy site and I got all impatient when they weren’t emailed right away. (I am American afterall and I need instant gratification at all times.) So I shot an email over to Torico expressing my worries about my digi order. She emailed me a few hours later and kindly explained to me that I bought my digis at 2am Japanese time and she was sorry about the delay. I felt like a big dope and told her that I would take the time lapse into consideration in the future.

In honor of Memorial Day I went all out with patriotic colors. The stars on the card were embossed with my Cuttlebug folder and my big shot machine. (That I bought with my craft show earnings! Woot, Woot!) I cut the petals out and painted them with watercolors but, I really concentrated the color to make the red and blue stand out against the white. When the paint dried I covered the petals with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. To create the stripes on the leaves I used my copic markers and then I covered the leaves in Smooch Spritz too. The ribbon is a bargain grab that I found at Walmart a few months back and the bronze frame is from Stampin’ Up.

Thanks again to Torico for sharing her gift with all of her reader’s this month.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Birdie Brown’s Blooms

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Torico shared this great digital image of a Stitched Rose on her blog. She is sponsoring a challenge that features this image. You have a chance to win one of her adorable digital images too!

I used water colors to paint the petals and the leaves. After I printed the image out 4 times I cut out the layers of petals to give it a little more dimension. For the leaves and the card I used my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and bone folder to create the embossed features. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up set called Pursuit of Happiness. And lastly I used my Smooch Spritz in color vanilla to coat the petals and leaves in a sparkly blanket. However, I can’t get the darn thing to spray well so I squirt some on my plastic table and then paint it on with a brush ūüôā

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Card Making Mamas: Challenge #45- May Flowers

Birdie Brown’s Stitched Rose Freebie Challenge

and Lawnscaping’s Embossing Heat or Dry #34 challenge

Man, I’m getting all competitive this week! It’s good to be in the craft room again after taking a few weeks off due to my Mom’s broken hip. I just didn’t feel very creative for a while there but, my mother is home and doing well in her recovery, so I feel like making cards again.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

A Blog Named Hero Card

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I created this card before I left for work this morning for the Dust ‘Em Off challenge being held at a Blog Named Hero. I don’t have a lot of Hero Arts stamps but, I had recently purchased this stamp and thought it would be perfect. It is called Woodland Critters and this is the first card I have made with this stamp set so be on the lookout for more to come!

I used Prisma Colored pencils and Gamsol blending solution to color the stamps. The background is sponged using Tempting Turquoise from Stampin’ Up and I cut a scrap of green paper to make the fringed grass at the bottom of the card. I’m not sure if you can see it in the pictures but, the butterflies are sparkly and the mushrooms have dimensional spots!

The challenge ends on May 25th USA time so get your entries in soon.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

 

Ladybug Party Tower Birthday Card

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Recently I purchased a new digital image from Pink Cat Studio called Ladybug Party Tower. I loved the expression on their little Ladybug faces and I thought they would be even cuter with googly eyes. Everything is cuter with googly eyes!

¬† These guys remind me of the circus bugs from the movie A Bug’s Life.

This is real 3 ring Flea Circus kind of acrobatics here!

I made two versions of this card last night. One for my father -in-law¬† who is turning 69 this Saturday and one for¬† my former father-in-law (and children’s grandfather) who is turning 80 on Friday .¬† I’m not sure that they are really into ladybugs but let’s face it, they’re guys, the barely look at their birthday cards anyway.

I am entering this card at CAS-ual Fridays for their first birthday challenge, at Lawnscaping for their Clean and Simple challenge and at Simon Says Stamp for their 3rd birthday challenge.

https://cardsbymo.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/cleansimple.jpg?w=200Happy Stamping,  Mo

Magic Window Card Monkey

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 I made this card for my mother Janet, who is in a physical rehabilitation center for the next week or two.

The past two weeks have been very hectic for me and my family. My mother fell and broke her hip on Sunday April 22nd. Mom is only 74 but she has brittle bones and fast walking feet. It rained that Sunday and as my mother scurried into the daycare hall of her church, she forgot that wet shoes and shiny vinyl floors don’t mix.

Although,I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers I am the only sibling who lives close to my mother and father. So I had a lot of phone calls to make that day. I tried to keep the worry out of my voice as I passed along the bad news. My mother made that easy for me because, she had such a good attitude about her accident. I was able to tell my siblings that Mom was really impressed “how cute and buff the EMT’s were”. But she was also miffed because they had to cut off her her pants and she “only has two pair of pants good enough for church!” That little bit of mom-isms told my brothers and sisters everything they needed to know…That mom was hurting but, she was still her indomitable, unflappable self.

I wanted to make something that would make my mother smile but, also let her know, that she really was a strong woman whom I admire. So I tried my hand at my very first Magic Window card.

       

The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment that reads “Everything will be fine in the end. If it isn’t fine, it isn’t the end”.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Sail Away With Me

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I hosted a Stampin’ Up workshop at my house last Saturday and it was a lot of fun! It was funny to watch all of the newbies using stamps and punches for the first time. Two of my friends kept saying “This is really stressful” but, in the end, they enjoyed themselves. My friend Penny (one of the stressed out stampers) even ordered a set of stamps and markers.

Now that my workshop order has been processed I am obsessed with tracking it on UPS. The packaged has moved from Utah to Colorado in 12 hrs and it won’t be here for another 96 hours!

On the other hand, my digital stamp order came 30 seconds after I purchased it and I have already made some cards with one. I used the Sail Away digital brush stamp to make some masculine  birthday cards. The Define Your Life digital set came in handy too, for a great sentiment.

I printed the sailboat and “happy” sentiment on heavyweight card stock. Then I used Stampin’ Up ink to sponge the sky and water as well as the sails. The background flags are just hand cut from colored card stock with a small pearl embellishment glued to each one. Viola! A card for your man or for a female marine biologist.

Mo

Inspiration From Across the Ocean

A beautiful card by Carolyn Bennie Ink

 

I found a new blog today that is chocked full of ideas. The blogger is a Stampin’ Up consultant and she has some really beautiful cards on her blog.

The one that drew me onto her site was an adorable card with two little girls hugging. The special part about it was that it was stamped on top of newsprint. This technique really lent a distressed and antiqued look to the image. I can’t wait to try it out this weekend with my Greeting Card Kids stamps from Stampin Up.

If you want to see Carolyn’s gorgeous cards click here¬† http://carolynbennieink.wordpress.com/?s=newsprint

I hope you enjoy looking at her cards as much as I did.

Mo

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