Sunday, June 15, 2008

More A*MuseA*Palooza Challenges

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Here are a couple cards I made for the current challenges on the amuseapalooza site.

The first challenge was an inspiration challenge using a vera bradley handbag. I personally had never heard of vera but I rose to the challenge. I used the colors of the bag for inspiration instead of the design. The drum set seemed to pop in my head when I saw the bag. I used basic grey boxer dp to bring out the red, white, and blue. I don't know if I'm feeling the love with the finished result but it will do.

I enjoyed the second challenge from amy rysavy (last year's amuseapalooza ambassador). The layout challenge was to create a card with 4 circles. Since I'm longing for summer weather, the surf shorts stamp seemed perfect for the challenge. I used the swiss dots embossing folder to make the overall card 'pop'. I love how this card turned out!

Hope everyone has a good week! I'm very excited for this coming Wednesday. I'm taking a copic certification class and can't wait to learn everything I can about using these awesome pens. Should be lots o' fun!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Christmas in July ATC Swap

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I can't believe I signed up for a scs atc swap while I'm trying to get all my convention swaps going! I couldn't resist...I love making christmas cards and LOVE making atcs. I HAD to join!

I bought a few of the snowmen lockhart stamps when rubber soul in redmond had their store closing sale. I used basic grey fruitcake dp (love that stuff) and some non-su cardstock I picked up from a clearance bin. The sentiment is from the a muse holiday greetings clear stamp set, the snowflake is from the su short and sweet set.

These atcs got me excited about making christmas cards! maybe I'll start on them after convention!

Countdown to Amuseapalooza 2008

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The summer time is almost here and that means it's time for ice cream! Although, if you live in Seattle, it looks like summer is passing us by. Last week it was 50 degrees, rainy, windy and cold...sounds like football season to me! Regardless, when the first design challenge for 'countdown to amuseapalooza' came out, the purple passion, cabana blue, and chocolate colors reminded me of ice cream...don't ask me why, just did.

I used my new copic markers on the truck and added a little sunshine in the corner.

I found some sun charms I forgot I had and tied to the ribbon with purple wire.

Hope all of you are enjoying sunshine in your part of the world!

paper - amuse notecards, whisper white; stamps - a muse ice cream truck, dot bl, and sentiment; ink - stazon jet black; accessories - copics, sunshine charm, ribbon, fiskars scallop rotary wheel

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shoebox Project ~ Sweet Dreams

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Here's another shoebox swap for my monthly upline meeting. I've had this set for awhile and thought it was time to use it. I've got way too many sets still sitting around!

Since my brain is swirling with ideas for convention swaps, I couldn't come up with something on my own and case'd this card on splitcoast. I decided to keep it more simple and not emboss the layer or add brads. The ribbon is from the theater ribbon originals, dp is fall flowers, and the sentiment is from 'short and sweet'.

This month is going to be muy loco for me! I haven't started my convention swaps and I've foolishly signed up for a couple organized swaps...I'm a sucker for atcs! I'm so glad su decided to come out with the retired list June 12!

paper - soft sky, old olive, fall flowers dp; stamps - sweet dreams, short & sweet; ink - chocolate chip & blue brocade markers; accessories - pretties kit, theater ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, June 2, 2008

Happy Birthday and Happy Graduation Erikabella

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My step niece was the focus of attention this past weekend. She turned 18 and is graduating from high school! My sister had a big party for her with family and friends. It was a lot fun, food, and libations (for the adults of course)!

I wanted to use my new bella for the birthday girl. I colored in the cupcake and added quickie glue and glitter along the lines of the cupcake. The dress and the bottom of the cupcake are paper pieced with 'confetti' from basic grey. The middle of the flower is a build-a-brad...first time I've used one!

I case'd the second card from the a muse weekly newsletter (thanks Geeta)! I used the birthday builder set for the '2008' and the grad cap is from the retired SU 'graduation' set. Instead of a gift card I folded up a $20 bill. Erika loved the pullout (aside from the cash )...she thought it looked like a diploma.