Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flight of Challenge (SFYTT Mar 28)

This week I didn't get distracted by the blinding "star" in the Sketch for You to Try at iheart2stamp.com.  I laid an egg instead!

Credits:  Stamps:  Hummingbird collage - Magenta, Birthday wishes - Inque Boutique, Egg - Carmen's Veranda
Papers:  Wausau Papers, Embossing Arts (before purchase by Auntie Amy)- blue fiber, card in a package of pre scored cards from Peterson-Arne
Ribbon - Making Memories
Ink - Tim Holtz Antique Photo Distress Ink
Other - Asst. Prismacolor pencils, paper stump, Gamsol

Monday, March 30, 2009

Flight of Challenge (Paper Craft Planet SK032809)

Here is my version on Paper Craft Planet's Sketch Challenge of the week.  It is an Easter card as the blossoms have been stamped with "Happy Easter" over and over.  You probably can't see it in the photo, but it is visible in person.  I didn't have a flower embellishment in this color so I tore apart an artificial carnation and used two of the petal pieces with a pom-pom cut from a pom-pom trim for the center.  The flower foliage and stem was made by cutting parts off  fern punched pieces.


Stamps- "Happy Easter" - Jim Stephan (milk carton set), Blessing and flower - Heidi Grace (Fiskars) We are family set.
Die- Smallest circle in the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small set
Carnation petals - Walter Trading Co.
Pom-pom - Making Memories trim
Ink - Ancient Page Sunburst
Punch - Fern from Make an Impression
Paper - White glossy - Xerox, Yellow and green - Wausau Papers
Polka- Dot adhesive border strips - Unknown - Came is a grab bag I won at Craft Warehouse

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Flight of Challenge (Rubbernecker Wacky Wed. #4)

The Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday challenge was to make an Easter card suitable for a child.
I'm sure children of all ages would be amused by bunny bottoms and anything that uses stickers.  I took piano lessons for ages and gave piano lessons for several years and I still haven't outgrown my love of stickers.  (For those who never took piano lessons it is quite common to put a sticker on the page when you "passed" a particular piece of music.)

Stamp - Rubbernecker Grand Bunny Bottoms
Paper - Wausau Papers, DCWV and Making Memories (eyelet pattern paper)
Paper Frills - Doodlebug designs (pink paper rick rack)
Buttons - Favorite Findings by Blumenthal Lansing Co.
Scrapper's Floss - Karen Foster
Ribbon - Making Memories
Stickers - American Greetings
Felt Easter Scatter - World Market Cost Plus

Flight of Challenge (SFYTT Mar 21)

This week's Sketch For You To Try on the i{heart}2stamp blog involved a star so it immediately set me to thinking about the stars in a box of Christmas chipboard shapes I have gathering dust.  Then I got the words to the song "The Flower That Shattered the Stone" that John Denver sang and Joe Henry wrote stuck in my head so I typed them and printed them on a transparency.  Naturally, since I taught Earth Science for years I can't think of that song without thinking about the weathering process of root pry (when the roots of a plant grow into tiny cracks in a rock and proceed to crack it apart).  That of course brought me to the flower tamp with the roots below the bulb.  The flower is a Camas or Wild Hyacinth (Family Liliaceae, Genus Camassia) which happens to be one of my favorite wild flowers. (BTW, the bulbs of this flower were an important food source for the Native Americans and each year I see fewer and fewer of them as the highway department "clears" the roadsides.)  I f I hadn't got stuck with that song in my head and wanting to illustrate the words of the song I wouldn't have had to make such a giant card to fit in the flower and I think I would have liked the sketch better!

Stamps: Stars and children - Magenta, Scene- PSX, Flower - Above the Mark
Circle punch - Family Treasures
Chipboard - Scrapworks
Paper - Wausau Papers
Other - Memories ink, Prismacolor pencils, Office Depot Inkjet Transparency, rainbow embossing powder from a company that went out of business years ago!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Flight of Nonsense

No card finished today because I went grocery shopping, watched Dr. OZ on Oprah tell us how to live to 125 and then watched Mr. President.  This picture is in honor of the eruption of Mt. Redoubt in Alaska.  I have never been to Alaska and I have no idea what mountain this is, but I do know it is in Alaska because I took the picture out of the plane window on the way to China.
Other things worth mentioning include the broken right collarbone of Lance Armstrong (shucks) and the marriage of David Letterman ('bout time).  Other things not worth mentioning (but I will anyway) was the crochet artist yesterday on MARTHA who had crocheted a urinal to hang on the wall.  I briefly turned that show on today to see one of her worker bees eating a sandwich she had just made and declaring that he had never had butter on a sandwich before. I then turned it off.  With any luck tomorrow Tiptoe the Birthday Elf will make my dreams come true.  Now isn't this what a blog is all about, no paragraphs and a bit of nonsense? 

Monday, March 23, 2009

Flight of Challenge (Card Positioning System 108)

I managed to complete CPS 108 without using a rubber stamp.  How on Earth did that happen?


Papers - Wausau paper - white, Chiyogami 495c - gold, Paper Parachute - blue
Ink - Ancient Page - Cobalt Blue
Sizzix die - Bird with leaves and flower
Cuttlebug embossing folder - D'vine Swirl
And of course felt from the fabric store.

Flight of Challenge (Rubbernecker Wacky Wed. #3)

Here is my version of the Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday #3 challenge.

Stamps - Clock Collage- Rubbernecker
Papers - Pink - Fraser Papers, Brown - French Ppaers, White Glossy (card) - Xerox
Inks - Memories - Black, Ancient Page - Pink Pizzaz
Transparencies and sticker - Making Memories
Rub on Letters - Zip a Tone (TIMELESS)
Circle punch (to punch round elements from another copy of the clock collage) - Combined Resources International

Friday, March 20, 2009

Flight of Challenge (Card Positioning System 107)

WooHoo!  Spring is only a few hours old and I'm already in the spring creation mode.  Here is my entry for Card Positioning Systems Sketch 107.

Credits -  Papers - Best Creation Inc., Wausau papers, DCWV
Stamp - The Stamp Barn
Butterflies - Spellbinders die, Fiskars punch, Emaginations punch
Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug
Ink - Memories
Ribbon - ??? I bought it by the yard in a scrapbook store.

Flight of Celebration

Happy Spring!  How about a Spring FLING?  Put your party hat on and celebrate the day.

Credits:  Stamps - Hero Arts -Woodgrain background, decorative birds
 Stamp Camp - Tree and leaves
 Flowers - Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Ribbons - Making Memories
Punch - EK Success
Papers - Wausau Papers, Worldwin, Best Creation Inc. (party hat is actually part of a kite!), card itself?? from a package of prefolded cards
Inks:  Memories, Clearsnap, Fluid chalks and Ancient Page
Other:  Prismacolor pencils, rub ons from an office supply store?, rhinestones - Jo-Ann's, stickers??- from the grocery store, but lost the outside of the package!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Flight of Challenge (SFYTT Mar 14)

Spring is almost here and the flowers are bustin' out all over.  It is time to "Celebrate Today" in this week's Sketch for you to try on the I{heart}2stamp blog.

Stamps:  Celebrate & hearts - Hero Arts, Bike - A Muse Artstamps, Flowers - Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Papers:  Wausau Papers and Rubber Soul
Ribbon : Making Memories
Ink:  ColorBox Chalk Inks, Marvy LePlume Markers, Unknown sparkly pink gel pen, Versafine
Other:  Spellbinders Nestabilities, Flower Soft, Fiskars Embossing Plate

Friday, March 13, 2009

Flight of Challenge (Card Positioning System 106)

This card uses non-traditional colors with a lot of texture.  The lines and chick are flocked and the egg and flower center are "colored" with decorative sand.


Papers -Wausau papers
Punches - Chick - Fiskars, Little circle - EK Success, Bigger circle - Family Treasures
Dies - Egg - Spellbinders, Flower - Sizzix
Fun Flock Black and Yellow - Stampendous
Senic Sand - Activa
Ink - Ancient Page- Turquoise
Stamp - Happy Easter - Jim Stephan
Adhesives - Xyron, Quickie Glue Pen - Sakura

Flight of Challenge (SFYTT Mar 7)

Here is my bright shiny version of the Sketch For You To Try on the i{heart}2stamp blog for this week.  The appearance of the sun, yet with a cold wind blowing, was the inspiration for this creation.

Stamp - Inkadinkadoo (PSX)
Striped paper - Rubber Soul
Kite paper - Best Creations
Solid Papers - Wausau Papers Astrobrights
Cuttlebug - Distressed Stripes
Unknowns - Holographic Wrapping Paper, silver embossing powder, glossy white cardstock

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Flight of Challenge (SFYTT Feb 28)

Inspired by the "koozie" prize for this week's Sketch For You To Try, on the i{heart}2stamp blog, here is my entry.   Hope you enjoy it!

Products used:
Stamps- Flamingo, Viva Las Vegastamps!, Paradise, Rubbernecker, swirl, Hero Arts
Ribbon- May Arts
Ink - Black- Memories, Pink, Marvy LePlume#67, asstd. alcohol inks, Adirondack and Pinata
Circle- Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
Bloom Dots Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Crystal Stickers- Mark Richards
Paper- Black & pink- Wausau Paper Astrobrights Eclipse and Fireball Fushia
White glossy paper- unknown

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Flight of Instruction

If you are enjoying the show and you live near Salem, Oregon I will be teaching a class at
Stampin' Cat Studio on March 14, 2009,  ATCs of your Dreams.  In the class you'll learn my
technique for making these dreamlike mini works of art and get a chance to experiment to create your own.  For sign up information call the store at 503-390-2553.

Flight of Challenge (Card Positioning Systems 105)

Here is my version of CPS 105 .  It looks a little blurry in the middle because the card has dimension and the scanner obviously can't deal with three layers.  The scanner also doesn't like to deal with transparencies which the center colored scene is done on.  The scene stamp is from Northwoods and the word stamp is from Art Impressions.  Wish you could see it in person!  The center element was made using the same technique as the ATC class in the next post.