Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Restful Mermaid Birthday

There are lots of March Birthdays in my family, this one is for my sister-in-law, who is from Australia.  She is a photographer who lives in L.A., but still has an amazing accent, I could listen to her talk all day.  I am a sucker for an accent of any kind!  This precious little mermaid is from A Day For Daisies, and is available as a Freebie with any $16 purchase.  I colored her with Copics and added some Eucalyptus Stickles.  Mermaids must sparkle, of course!  I also sponged around her first with "Stream" Adirondack Ink then "Snowflake" Martha Stewart ink over that.   Sketch was # 190 from Sketch Saturday, I veered off course a little, which is rare for me to do, but I felt  it just needed lots of embellishments.   

Papers:  "Blue/Newsprint" by Simple Basics, Year.o.graphy Collection;  crate paper "Friendship" from Paper Heart Collection.
Embellishments:  Pearl Swirls, Flower and Brads by Recollections from Michaels, Ticket from Tim Holtz Adage Ticket book (a new purchase SO excited to have these), Charm by Blue Moon purchased at Jo-Ann in the Jewelry Dept, ribbon and hemp from stash.

I am pretty excited to A.)  Finish a card other than for my design duties, and B.) actually do a post other than for the design team!  I don't know how some of you Crafters out there manage to squeeze in family, work and several new projects and posts a week.  Kudos to you!!

Happy Hump Day!  And stay safe tomorrow in the snow if you live in New England.  Doesn't it just figure, the one snow storm we do get this year is going to be the worst during the evening commute.  Sigh.  I guess I can't complain too much with the winter we've had, we have been very lucky.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jazzy T

I am entering:
Divas by Design - Spots and/or Stripes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Little Bugg

Good morning peeps!  Here is my 2nd entry for my design team assignment at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.  This challenge was "Another Dimension", requirements were to add depth and dimension using foam squares, etc.  The sponsor is the wonderful Tiddly Inks again.  This time I chose a super cute image called "Little Bugg", isn't she adorable?  I decided to turn her into a lady bugg by coloring her red, and adding some black spots.  I needed a card for the equally adorable daughter of my friend and neighbor who will be turning one in the Spring.  It seems like just yesterday that we would meet at the fence and try to guess when little Abby would make her appearance in the world!  Her room is decorated with Ladybugs and I helped make some Ladybug pictures for her room, so I thought this was just perfect.

I probably could have used a little MORE dimension in hindsight, but I tried :-)  The ladybug dimensional stickers are from EK Success, actually picked out by my son as a reward when he was potty training.  (Shhh don't tell him I took them).  The polka dot paper is from the "Lady Couture" stack by DCWV, the red checked paper was part of a much larger stack that was a generous gift from my neighbor, we love each other!  The flower buttons were a gift from my mom for Christmas, I tried to pop them up a bit too.  It's a little hard to tell but the image and sentiment are popped up using some foam squares.  Ribbon was actually saved from a gift from my mom who likes to use real ribbon for wrapping instead of the curly or plastic kind.  (It's quite a nice touch, and I totally stole the idea from her for my gift giving...I don't think she minds, lol)  I also end up with lots of re-usable bits and pieces for my crafting, win/win!

Anywho!  Enough rambling for now.  I am still very grateful for the chance to be part of the Corrosive design team, all of the ladies have been so welcoming and gracious so far, and the quality of their work is really inspiring me to try to step up my game.  Have a great weekend!

Jazzy T

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For the Hubby

So, I feel like the blog was getting a little lifeless.  I haven't made any new cards other than for the design team, but I decided to organize my very haphazard crafting space a little tonight by putting some of the cards I've made into a binder.  It's pretty neat to actually see the progression made from some of the first cards I've made to now, and I hope to just keep learning and getting better.  These are an assortment of cards I made for my handsome, sweet Hubby from 2011, I'll do my best to at least remember where the images came from!

 This was my Christmas card, image is Mrs. Claus, by Kenny K.  Background paper was from an older Valentine Stampin' Up package.  The border punch is the Parisian Edger by EK Success purchased from Michaels. 
 This was just a random fall card made with a sweet Sassy Studios retired image called Candy Apple that was offered as a freebie to followers on Paper Craft Planet.  I knew I had the apple paper, and the sentiment, so I really didn't have a choice but to make a card combining all 3.
 Father's Day card, unfortunately I don't know where I got this adorable guy from, he was a freebie most likely found on Free Digital Stamps, this is a great source of images/sentiments/ideas.
 Another super cute Sassy Studios image, available here Little Honey's - Army Honey for our anniversary.  My husband is in the Army (He spent a year in Iraq but very very gratefully returned home safe and sound), this Little Honey was perfect to show him how much love and respect I have for him.  I used the Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder on the yellow paper, and Diecut using Spellbinders Label 8.  I had FINALLY got a Cuttlebug machine and was excited to start using it, it really allows for so many more options.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love At First Bite

It's a miracle!  My first official entry for my first design team challenge.  After many many many questions to poor Regan, I think I finally get how it all works!  Phew.  This is for the "Love Bites" challenge on the Corrosive Challenge Blog, sponsored by Tiddly Inks.  I ended up interpreting the subject matter quite literally (I have a hard time thinking out of the box at times), so I chose an image called "Vamp Me".  The Tiddly Inks images are such a fun mix of either super adorable, or with a little bit of a dark side.  The paper is from the Downtown Loft stack again (bought on sale at JoAnn), and I was happy to find a use for the red sparkly mesh trim, also purchased on sale after Christmas.  You just never know when something may come in handy, right?  I had a lot of fun doing my first challenge, and am already looking forward to the next!

Jazzy T

ETA - I found a Challenge to enter at a new site called Poisoned Peas, it is the first challenge, simply "Freesyle", posting an "alternative" project.  This looks like it will be an interesting Challenge Blog to follow.