Sunday, April 29, 2012

Corrosive Challenge # 148 - The Man, the Myth, the Legend - Tim Holtz

Another Sunday, time for another Corrosive Challenge!  This week and for the month of May we have a new sponsor the awesome Tickled Pink Stamps.  These images are so versatile, they range from vintage to romantic to funky to just super sweet.  The challenge for this week is to use Tim Holtz products on your card, which probably won't be too difficult, since I suspect most of us probably have something in our stash from "The Man".  I opted for using one of the Idea-ology Adage Tickets, I love these things!  The image is Easter Pinkette Daisy August, she is just so stinkin' cute.  My niece Samantha will be turning 7 (what!) in May, so I thought this would be perfect for her.  She is very smart, and began reading at a very young age, she reads at a far more advanced level than most of her peers.  She can be a girly girl too so I decided to go totally pink and girly for the card.  The sketch is an older one # 171 from Sketch Saturday:
I knew I had the banner sticker on hand (a Recollections dimensional sticker), so this was perfect!  The image is colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped up with foam squares.  She is mounted on squares with corners rounded off using a punch, and those are placed on a "Lacy Square" cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities die cut.  The leaves for the flower are also from a punch.  The paper is from stash, and didn't have the name on it, it's just a cute pink gingham pattern. 
Other Embellishments:  Martha Stewart Quilled Butterfly sticker, Recollections pearl flourish, Polka dot flower - Recollections floral embellishment, and the cloth brad from stash (I think I found them at Big Lots).
Thanks so much for stopping by, and come on and play with us over at The Corrosive Challenge Blog!  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

And because I can't resist (lol), I'll enter in the Dilly Beans - Pastel Pallette challenge.

Jazzy T

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

OMG UR 16!

I really really cannot believe it, but my stepson is turning 16! today.  I have known him since he was 6 years old, when I first met him and his dad (the hubby).  It's so crazy that we have gone from giving him stuffed animals and board games to having to think about ipods and a car.  He is a good "kid", although we do hope that we all make it through this teen phase in one piece.  There are definitely challenges for both teens and their parents that nothing can really prepare you for!  He is an amazing artist, his passion at the moment is drawing Manga characters, and he loves all things related to Japan.  He also has his own blog on Tumblr, though I don't quite "get" the whole Tumblr thing admittedly.
I wanted to make him a special card for his big day, and ended up picking the image Paul Texting from Mo's Digital Pencil shop.  He is never without his phone, and is always typing away with someone.  Mo's images are just so well done, I really love her work.

Sketch: #97 from Tuesday Morning Sketches by Melissa Craig

Papers:  Map paper by Paper Pizazz, background is Cosmo Cricket, "Twist & Shout", B+W stripes are from the Lady Couture stack.
Embellishments:  Ribbon, brad & pearls from stash.  The charm was actually from a pair of Converse recently purchased.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a perfect addition to this card!

It's so very cliche, but it truly is amazing how quickly time flies by, and how fast your kids grow up, especially the older you get.  Definitely treasure every day!  Turning 16 always makes me think of a lyric from a Joni Mitchell song called the Circle Game (you must listen to it if you've never heard it). 

"Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now,
  Cartwheels turn to carwheels through the town
  And they tell him, "Take your time.  It won't be long now.
  Til' you drag your feet to slow the circles down."

Sorry if I am waxing philosophic too much!  Have a wonderful day.

Jazzy T

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For Abby

Sadly this is another loss of pet card :-(  My parents had to put their companion Abby down last Friday.  She had cancer and had hung on for awhile, but it was just her time.  She was a rescue dog from the pound, and lived a long, happy, spoiled and full life, always by my stepmother's side.  I know she and my father are heartbroken.  It's always so noticeable when a pet is gone, you get so used to them always being there that their absence is palpable when they aren't around anymore.  Sigh.  Hopefully this will be the last of these kind of cards for a long while!
The image is "Quiet Fairy" from A day for daisies.  She is colored with Copics, with some Icicle Stickles added to her wings, fussy cut and popped up with foam squares.  She is mounted on a "Lacey Circle" using Spellbinders die cut, and the "leaves" are from "Pine" punch by McGill.  Sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts called "Petite Messages".  Sketch is # 95 this week at Stamps & Fun = Creativity, which I will be entering for the challenge.

The rest:
Papers:  My Mind's Eye - "Miss Caroline", Crate Paper - Pretty Party "Stitch", and card stock from stash.
Embellishments:  Martha Stewart Quilled Butterflies, BBP Twisted Flowers, Wild Orchid roses, Queen & Co Pearls.

Give your fuzzy friends an extra EXTRA snuggle.

Hope everyone is having a great week, almost the weekend now, phew.

Jazzy T

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Corrosive Challenge # 147 - Hit the Bottle

     Good {hiccup} morn{hiccup}ing everyone.  Please excuse the hiccups, I took this challenge a bit too literal and started hitting the bottle before posting.  Kidding!  Although I do like to partake in some adult beverages sometimes while I am making my cards, it helps loosen me up a little :-)  This week's challenge is to "Hit the Bottle" by incorporating something from a bottle in your project...Stickles, liquid applique, glaze, crackle finish, liquid pearls, etc.  I went with the Stickles since that's all I have at the moment.  The image is from our sponsor Dilly Beans, she can be found here #335 Girl & butterflies.  One of the things I think is so neat about these digis is that many of them are re-created from an original painting.
Papers:  My Mind's Eye - Bohemia, Bella "the Little Moments", Dots/Light Blue and American Crafts, Grape: Damask
Embellishments:  BBP Twisted flowers, small roses from Wild Orchid.  Recollections pearls and Brads, Tim Holtz idea-ology Adage Ticket.
Sketch:  #199 from Sketch Saturday
 I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and can't wait to see what you come up with while hitting the bottle!  Please join us over at The Corrosive Challenge Blog to share your creations.

Jazzy T

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dilly Beans Easter/Spring Challenge

Welp, just took an hour writing a post and the whole darn thing deleted on me so this is going to be short and sweet.  Looking forward to Easter this weekend, and also an actual adult only Bruins game with the Hubby tomorrow.  Very grateful to my dad and step mom to watching my son for us.
I have had this image #237 Rosie for a few weeks and decided to use her for a Mother's Day card.  Since Mother's Day is in the spring, and I wanted to use lots of flowers I thought she would be a good fit for this Friday's Dilly Beans Challenge for Easter/Spring cards.
Onto the details:
Papers:  Crate Paper, "Pretty Party", and 2 from the Lady Couture stack.
Embellishments:  Recollections and Wild Orchid roses, Studio G epoxy brad, Recollections faux pearl flourish, Darice self-stick gems.
Sketch # 143 from Sweet Stop Sketches
Have a fantastic weekend.  Hope the Easter Bunny is good to everyone!

Jazzy T

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Heartfelt Sympathy

Most cards I make are for joyous or fun celebrations or occasions.  Sadly this card was made for the loss of a beloved dog.  My stepbrother and his wife lost their little Pomeranian Luna on Monday.  She was 8 years old, and it was rather sudden, needless to say they are both heartbroken.  She was a smart, adorable, fluffy love and companion to them both.  I am so very sorry for their loss.  Here is Luna:
Isn't she just the cutest?  I have a 13 year old Cocker Spaniel, Snickers who is definitely showing signs of aging, and I know it is only a matter of time now before he passes on.  Sometimes something sad like this is a good reminder to treasure all the moments we have together. 

At first I was thinking of using a dog image for the card, then I starting thinking of angels, and I found this lovely little "peace angel" sitting on a moon over at A Day for Daisies.  She is colored with Copics, and I added some Icicle Stickles on her wings, and Eucalyptus Stickles on her dress.  I sponged a little Studio G "Chalks" yellow around the image after cutting with a circle die cut.  I embossed the pink paper using a swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder to give it some texture.  Sentiment is computer generated.  I found the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and will enter for the challenge.

The rest of the details:
Papers:  Crate Paper, Paper Heart Collection, "Love Letter", and card stock from Stampin' Up
Embellishments:  Studio G Epoxy Brad (purchased at Walmart!), ribbon and pink & brown brads from stash.

Almost the weekend, that's always a plus.  Go and give your furry friends an extra pet and snuggle.

Jazzy T

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Loving Thoughts - Heavy Metal

Good morning Blogland!  Welcome to our latest challenge over at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.  We are super excited to have Dilly Beans as our sponsor for April.  I have already expressed my affection for Megan Suarez's images in a previous post :-) The challenge this week is "Heavy Metal" use at least one metal embellishment on your project.  I used image #264 two hearts girl from our sponsor.  The sentiment is computer generated using "Freeze!" font downloaded at Free Scrapbook Fonts.  As I was coloring the hearts the color started to bleed a little, and I was irritated at first, but then I thought it looked kind of cool like tie dye, so I actually used my blender to make it spread a little more.  I added some "deconstructed doodling" to the edges around the image and sentiment, trying for a faux stitching effect, not sure how well it worked, but worth a shot.  I had the heart charm on hand, and thought it worked perfectly with the hearts in her hair.  Did a little sponging and distressing on the edges of the papers.  As for the rest of the details:

Papers:  Butterfly paper by SEI (not sure of the actual name), Striped and "grungy" paper from The Rockstar Mat Stack by DCWV.
Embellishments:  Recollections Rhinestones, silver charm by Blue Moon, brads and ribbon from stash.
Sketch #SSS69 from Sweet Stop Sketches 
I still can't get over how amazingly awesome the weather has been lately.  I have a desk job, but there is a good walking route right down the road so I try to get out for a walk in the sun and the fresh air when I can.  Hopefully we don't get a blizzard in April as punishment!  LOL.  Is that a New England thing to always fear the worst from the weather, especially if it's almost too nice?  Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful creations on the Corrosive blog.  Maybe blast a little Guns n' Roses or Metallica to get you in the Heavy Metal mood.  Rock on!!

Jazzy T