Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dilly Beans - Pink & Orange

I was super excited to have both an occasion and a challenge to use a newly acquired Dilly Beans image for.  My Aunt's birthday is just around the corner, and we'll be having a little get together with her and my mom who will be up visiting from Florida (yay!) it's her Birthday in August too!  I have been wanting to use this adorable mermaid since I got her (I have a thing for mermaids).  I saw that the challenge over at Dilly Beans Challenge Blog was Pink and Orange, definitely not a color combo I would have thought of for this but I thought I would give it a go!  This is my first foray coloring hair something other than "natural" colors, and I love the way it turned out.  This is a super fun color combo, and was a ton of fun to make. 
Mermaid is colored with Copics, with glitter pen and glossy accents added to her eyes, a few highlights with a white Gelly Roll pen, and some eucalyptus stickles added to her tail.
Sketch came from #212 Sketch Saturday

Papers:  Recollections "Cupcake Cuties" cardstock
Embellies:  Genevieve Gail Felt Stickers Boho Collection "Flowers", Making Memories Trims - Animal Crackers/Jack, Darice Gems "Earth".
That's about all, folks.  Almost the weekend, just a few more days to get through.  Now off to bed with me before I turn into a pumpkin!  (or just a crankypants).  G'Nite!

Jazzy T

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cousin Party

This past weekend the fam and I went to a pool party that was also a birthday part for all 10 of the younger cousins in my Hubby's family.  Like an insane person, I decided I needed to make cards for them all (except for my kids, and my niece who I already made one for in May).  One of them was my Surf's Up card featured in a previous post.  Another will be coming at the end of August, as I made it in conjunction with a Corrosive Challenge that I don't want to give away yet.  These are the remaining ones I did, all for kids aged around 3-5 so I kept them pretty simple.  Definitely not my finest work I suppose but I was happy I did them,  and they seemed well received.

For Bubba, age 3

 For Nick, age 4

For Audrey, age 3?  (I start to lose track!)

 For Giulio, Age 5

It was a ton of fun seeing all the kids together, they had a blast.  My husband's family is very close, and they try to get together fairly often.  It's very nice, and I think the kids will all treasure the times together as they get older.
I'm far too lazy to post all the details!  But if anyone really needed to know something just ask :-)  I do know all the images were freebies I have collected at some point.
Hope every one's Monday is as good as a Monday can be!

Jazzy T

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Corrosive Challenge # 154 - Cheeky, Saucy, Sassy

This week at the Corrosive Challenge we are looking for your cheeky, saucy and sassy creations. Our sponsor this month is Graphicat Designs, who offer a wide range of stamps, digis, embellies and papers. Some of their sentiments are just absolutely hysterical, and are definitely cheeky, saucy and sassy!  I decided to come up with my own for this card for my hubby. It's a very hockey-themed month for me, LOL.  My husband is a huge hockey fan, and also enjoys getting on the ice when he can. His dad plays as well (he's a goalie), and his sister is a figure skater and coach. I think skating must just run in his family's blood!
The image is Hockey Girl from Kenny K . I love how she's cute and tough all at once. She is colored with Copics. Sketch is #53 from Sketches By Carly, she is only 13! What an amazing talent at such a young age. The layout was always the hardest part of a card for me until I discovered sketches.
Hockey Girl is popped up with foam squares, and the paper behind her I embossed with "Stars" embossing folder by Cuttlebug, and sponged it a little with Studio G white ink.

Papers: The striped paper is from the Tahiti Beach Stack by Premium Stacks (snagged at Big Lots), the Hockey paper is by Me & My Big Ideas
Embellies: Making Memories Badge Brads "Just Chillin", ribbon is Making Memories Animal Crackers "Jack", Queen & Co black pearls.

Really looking forward to some fun, and funny projects for this one, come on over and join us at The Corrosive Challenge, and if you need any help getting your sass on, definitely check out our sponsor for some ideas.  They also have another fabulous sketch for their new challenge.  I didn't use it only because my two July cards were prepared in advance so I could get ahead a little, but you should definitely play along with the Graphicat Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by.
Jazzy T

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Surf's Up!

Good morning peeps!  Hope everyone is well and staying cool, it has been hot hot hot here in Mass lately.  They are saying the heat may break today after some thunderstorms (which I hate, somewhere along the way I have developed a totally irrational fear of lightning).  I am lucky enough to work in a nice air conditioned office, but we have some employees that are out there working in the heat.  Poor guys!  We do buy them some cold drinks, and ice cream sandwiches for a treat on hot days like we have been having.
This card is for my Hubby's, cousin's son (did you follow that one?  LOL)  Lifeguard Christian was part of a Limited Release at Simply Betty Stamps that I was lucky to snag.  He's not available anymore at the moment, but there are TONS of awesome images to pick from!  I saw that the new challenge over at Simply Challenged Challenges is Summer Fun, so this was perfect.  I started out with Sketch # 108 at Stamps & Fun = Creativity.
I veered off course a little with it, but it was a good starting point.  Christian is colored with Copics, and I popped the panel up with foam squares.  He looks a lot like the recipient, he is a cutie pie.  Ribbon and brads both from stash.
Papers:  My Mind's Eye - Blue Waves and Creative Imaginations - Signature collection
I'm so glad I was finally able to use a Simply Betty digi, I have quite a few now but just haven't had a chance to use them.
My Time to Craft  - Make it Wet
Oozak - Bright Colors  
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Sizzlin' Summer Colors and Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope everyone is having an amazing summer so far!

Jazzy T

Monday, July 9, 2012

40th Anniversary

Recently, my in-laws celebrated their 40th Anniversary!  We had a little mini surprise celebration for them at a 4th of July BBQ.  They are an amazing couple, they are very loving, doting grandparents, and are very good to their children and our families as well.  I hope that the hubby and I can make it that long (although we will be old farts by then, lol!).  I was more than happy to make a card for this wonderful occasion, and knew it had to be very special.  I chose Tom and Tilly from Mo's Digital Pencil to work with.  Mo's images are so well done, you really can't go wrong.
Of course, I made an easel card, my new go-to for when I can't  work in the sentiment on the front.  I may need an easel card intervention soon!  I colored with Copics, and kept the design simple except for the big bunch of flowers.  I was going to use a big doily die cut in the background, but I was having the hardest time getting it to work, it just wouldn't cut all the way through the paper.  I finally decided to return it, and felt a little better when no one in the store could get it to work either.  At least it wasn't just me!  They seemed to really like it, and the little surprise party.  Hopefully they will celebrate many more :-). 
Papers:  My Mind's Eye - 29th Street Market, Lovely Lines/Very Violet
Embellies:  W.O.C. cherry blossoms and roses.
Challenges:  Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Craft a Scene - In The Garden
Fussy and Fancy  - Fancy Folds
Bronte and Bella's Challenge - Anything Goes

Hope everyone's having a wonderful Monday (as wonderful as a Monday can be anyways!)

Jazzy T

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Corrosive Challenge #153 - Sentimentally Yours

This week at the Corrosive Challenge we are looking for a sentiment on the front of your card.  A lot of times I either run out of room on my card, or feel it just looks too cluttered with a sentiment.  But sometimes, the sentiment can make the card.  Our sponsor this month is Graphicat Designs, who offer a wide range of stamps, digis, embellies and papers.  Most of the digis are sentiments that are very diverse, and many of them are quite funny.  I decided to use this Hockey themed one for a card for my hockey-loving hubby. He loves following the Bruins (I think he may be just starting to get over them not making it past the 1st round of playoffs this year), and he also plays on a mens league one night a week (although I think he would play every night if he could!).  Here is a closeup of the sentiment.
The image is Hockey from Kenny K, I love their images, so fun and definitely some sexy ones too.  He is colored with copics, and popped up with foam dots.  I added some Inkssentials Glossy Accents to his helmet and the band-aid.  I also thought it was appropriate to incorporate a bottle cap, because really, what's a hockey game without beer?
Sketch # 162 The Sweet Stop

Come on over and join us at The Corrosive Challenge, and if you need any help coming up with a sentiment, be sure to check out our sponsor for some inspiration!  They also have some awesome sketches to play along with at the Graphicat Designs Challenges.  I was trying to get a little ahead, so didn't use it, but check it out, it's a good one that I will definitely keep on file for future use.

Jazzy T

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New Baby

This is a card I made for some friends who recently had their 2nd baby boy.  He is super cute, (no really, he is a cutie, not all newborns are).  I was so excited to have been the winner of 3 new Dilly Beans images as challenge winner recently.  One of the ones I picked is #421 Hooter Framed.  I just love owls, and Megan's are totally adorable and fun.  The new momma like birds a lot too, so this was perfect!  I kept this relatively simple.  I did try to mimic some of Megan's recent owl paintings, which is where the stamp originated.  He is colored with Copics, with glossy accents added to his eyes, and some Eucalyptus Stickles added to his spots.  I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add some highlights, and a touch of a glitter pen here and there. 
Paper:  Recollections - Bright Lights Big City "Marque".
Embellies:  Michaels ribbon, Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers "Felt Acorns", Queen & Co black pearls.
I am going to enter in the new Dilly Beans challenge for this week "Fabric and Fibers"
Seeing a newborn makes me realize how fast time has gone since my little guy was a baby.  It is so much fun when they are older and able to communicate and interact, but I do so miss the days of long, quiet, blissful snuggles together. 
Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! 

Jazzy T