Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sunny Spring Flowers

The thumbnail image shows Wednesday's Sketch Challenge. Right away I went to the Pink Flamingo Designer Paper....and ended up with a monochromatic card - but I like monochromatic.

I embossed the outline of the flower with black and for the Summer Sun layer I used a white gel pen to highlight the petals. It doesn't "shine" as much in the photo - I like it better "in person".

I hope everyone is enjoying the sun.
Thanks for dropping by - JOAN

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

B is for Baby

Good Wednesday Morning - the sparrows are chirping away!
Well, my girl is home safe and sound and brought me a some chocolate and a number of "Mozart" items....he's my fave for classical music. She attended a concert at a building where he performed....I can't even imagine!!!!!

Anyway - yesterday's Colour Challenge was Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and So Saffron. There are some fabulous cards in the gallery on Splitcoast so be sure to check them out.

I meant to put some Crystal Effects on this little ducks beak and feet - I think I still was late last night when I finished him and I just plain forgot.

I hope you have a fantabulous day!!! Thanks for stopping by - JOAN

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Venetian Expressions

Good Morning:
I know that I won't get a chance to stamp today - it's a full school day and we have to be at the airport to pick up Allison at 5:00. So....

Here is another of the cards I created for the Mini VSN a couple of weekends ago. The theme was the Venetian in Las Vegas. Venice made me think of Vivaldi (being the elementary music teacher that I am...) and Vivaldi made me think of out came this stamp. The colours were taken from the scheme at the Venetian, but I'm not that happy with my burgundy violin. It looks more pink. Sometimes the things we have in out heads don't get down on paper!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. JOAN

Monday, April 6, 2009

Finally Finished

Allison gets home from her Europe trip tomorrow afternoon...and I finished the project for her birthday today after school.
She turns 18 on Thursday and hoped her card would be: "good and purple and glittery". Well, I don't know about the "good" but it sure is glittery!!! This was fun to make mainly because I came across stuff that I forgot I even had!!!!! I was also able to make a few trips to a scrapbooking store and I'm sure I bought everything purple that they had.
When I finished the project and was ready to begin the cover, I realized that I didn't give myself any space to write any sort of birthday I only tacked down three sides of the fabulous glittery balloon paper so that I could insert a message in the "pocket". My husband and I came up with 18 adjectives to describe Allison.

Here is a shot of the entire thing opened up. I used three sheets of 12x12 paper layered on top of one another.

I've warned her, in the note, that not all of the adjectives are positive....but they are all her. However, I guess "picky" "spoiled" and "stubborn" aren't the worst words you could use to describe anyone.

I think that my favorite section is "creative" mainly because I came across some paper that she had painted in art class when she was in elementary school, so I used a bit of it for the background.

I had a blast creating this and I can't wait to give it to her!!!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you are enjoying sunshine in your little part of the world. JOAN

Saturday, April 4, 2009

3 Circles...3 Flowers...

Today's Inspiration Challenge came from the Frenchbull Store....what wild houseware! Awesome colours and combos. I chose a more tame plate - which is show in the thumbnail - I liked the blues together.
I thought that I could add some pink to my card, but when I tried it didn't seem to work, so I left it as is.

I also worked on a page for His Holy Name - I have a couple more to do to be "caught up". For my Creator page I've used some of the goodies I received from my Divine Secret Big Sister from the first round this year on Splitcoast. The darker flowers are a wonderful colour in person and "go" better with the circles I've added behind the letters.

Our driveway is nearly clear of snow now that we've had some wonderful sunshiney days. We should have complete pavement tomorrow. The sun has also made me feel like digging out my more colourful clothes - I'm a bit tired of sweaters and slacks!!!! I much prefer dresses!!!

Hope your day has been sunny too - thanks for stopping by - JOAN

Friday, April 3, 2009

Bellagio Flowers

I've been a bit lazy today - worked on Allison's project but never got around to making a thought I would share another of the Las Vegas VSN cards from last weekend.

The challenge for this card was to use a transparency and the inspiration was to come from the floral ceiling at the Bellagio. The flowers I created are "floating" on the outside of the card and the "for you" section is on the inside. This is only the second time I've used a transparency to make a card - I'm still trying to get my head around. it.
I hope you had a great day - thanks for stopping by - JOAN

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Three Pieces

Well, it's been a busy stamping morning.....
My Birthday card is using two challenges...The Colour Throwdown this week is

What fun colours!!!! I'm also using the sketch challenge set today over at Cindy Haffner's Corner.

The next two projects are for His Holy Name weekly challenge which started 6 weeks ago. I've made two 6x6 pages for this weeks' and last weeks names for God.
I've been listening to the sparrows outside this week, flitting about and enjoying the sun...getting ready to take up residence in the bird house the scripture verses I selected which had the word "Almighty" in it were suitable.

"King" was my first page, which I made a few days ago - I think if I ever come across a little crown charm I will pick it up and add it. It is missing something to my mind, but I don't have that something in my stamping room right now.

I am enjoying this challenge set by Patter Cross over at Triple the Scraps.

I'm off to eat lunch, work on Allison's Birthday present....5 more panels to do, go to choir (I can now sing Good Friday's Anthem without crying!!!!) and then get ready to watch Grant's band, BLUSH CONNECTION, at a battle of the bands tonight. Woo Hoo!!!

Have a wonderful day - Thanks for stopping by - JOAN

Blog Hop by Squigglefly

Okay - I've never done a blog hop before...I do a lot of my own blog hopping but this should be fun!

This bloghop started yesterday - April 1, but it goes until April 5!!! You can win a prize at each of the designer team's blogs and finally from Squigglefly! All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and post the hop on your own.

The Blog hop starts at Squigglefly DT member Anitas blog and ends on the Squigglefly blog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thanks a Bunch

Happy Wednesday!
Here is the sketch challenge for today on Splitcoast.
I don't think I've ever just coloured the sock monkey before! Not sure that Summer Sun is the right colour for the body, but I sure do like the colour combo itself. It's central to the Pink Flamingo Designer paper.

Hope you're having a great day - Happy Stampin'! - JOAN

May God Bless You

- Here is the card I made for Tuesday's Colour Challenge - Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette.

I also used the sketch from over at The Sweetest Thing
The thumbnail of the sketch is shown below. I haven't made a card this shape for quite a while so it was nice. Instead of shaped brads along the bottom I punched circles out of the dove's belly
and added a brown jumbo brad.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by - JOAN