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Monday, March 21, 2011

Featured Stamper

Happy Monday! 

 I discovered a new weekly challenge at SplitCoastStampers called Queen for the Day.  Every Friday, a "Queen For The Day" is selected from amongst the SCS stamping community.
Weekly "Queens" are selected using the following criterion:
1. Stampers that frequently participate in SCS challenges
2. Stampers that leave supportive and encouraging comments on fellow stampers' cards. (more than 2 or 3 words) 

For QFTD50, Kim, aka Luv Flowers, was bestowed Queen for the Day!  I chose her card called Simple Flight to case.
I love playing along these challenges because you always learn or the opportunity to try something new.

Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Paper: SU! cardstock & designer paper 
Ink: Buckaroo Blue
Accessories: rhinestone stickers, embosslit Beautiful Wings, ribbon
Techniques: embossing

Hope your week is a good one!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway Winner!

Our March Blog Candy Giveaway is...
Patricia!

Congratulations Patricia! I will mail your happy mail out as soon as possible.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by and participated in this month's giveaway. I will be posting April's giveaway on Sunday the 3rd.
~Oliva~

I used Random.Org to get the winner.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Featured Stamper

Hi and hope everyone is doing fine! 
It has been a couple of busy weeks here in my neck of the woods...let's see: Hubby's broken shoulder and he has been a "bear", plus he has had the worst allergies since I remember...poor guy!  My mother's and niece's birthday, my hay fever attack, ... 
LIFE Happens!

 I made this card over 2 weeks ago, but had not had a chance to upload.  I participated in SCS's Featured Stamper Challenge 213, and the featured stamper was none other than n5stamper aka Queen of Combos.  She is amazing at creating one card using several challenges!  Congratulations Neva! 
I chose this card to case.  I did not have any designer paper that would come close to hers, so I created my own using Seeing Spots stamp set.


Stamps: Seeing Spots, Whimsical
Paper: SU! cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Orchid Opulence, Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: ribbon, corner punch, brads, silk flower, foam tape

Have a great week and don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Here's wishing you
a bright and happy
St. Patrick's Day.
Picture via: Clearly Vintage

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Just when you think....

 

Just when you
Think you have seen it all...
You try on your bathing suit!

For this week's CAS challenge #109 was to create a card that tickles your funny bone.  I immediately thought of this stamp by Emerson Quillin (American Art Stamp) called Bathing Suit.  I think it's hilarious and I really relate to the sentiment at the beginning of bathing suit season!  Argh!!!

Have a great week and don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Clean & Simple

TGIF!  Woo...hoo!
This week has been like the longest ever!  Hubby had a little accident while playing tennis, and now has a broken bone in his shoulder.  Today he meets with his Doctor again and will find out if he needs surgery...of course we're hoping for no surgery!

While he finally had a chance to get a little relief and rest, I was able to sneak into my craft room...hehehe!!!  I made this card for CAS's challenge #1 silhouette.  I'm hoping for another guest designer spot!
I used Of the Earth stamp set from SU!  I heat embossed the image using black embossing powder.  I wasn't planning on adding the black pearl stickers, but I thought it needed a little pop.

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Feeling Blue

One of my favorite colors is blue.  It makes me feel so calm and relax.

I had borrowed this stamp from a friend of mine and had not had the opportunity to use it until now.  I thought it would be great to ink it in blue.   The truck reminds me of my Dad.
I made the card for CAS's challenge the Great Outdoors: CAS108

I want to share with you a little corner of blue in my world.  The table is actually from an old sewing machine which I turned into a night stand, and it had the right height to match our bed.  The plate is actually Japanese.  I bought it from a couple who had lived in Japan for several years. 

Now that I'm looking at this pic, I notice that this corner needs a picture or frame on the wall so it doesn't look bare...what do you think?

Please stop by Marty's 55th. Table Top at A Stroll Thru Life to visit others' gorgeous table tops.

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seeing Spots

I hope you had a great and restful weekend.  Mine are always too short, but it was a very nice one.  It was warm, sunny and clear!  Perfect for getting some sun and getting my legs tanned!!!

I had a chance to play along Clean & Simple's weekly sketch challenge #130 and Ways to Use It challenge #312 at SplitCoastStampers.  The challenge called for polka dots.
I used mostly scraps from my scrapbox, which I'm trying to clean up. I added a cordurouy button from Stampin' Up! which I bought when they had their last big sale.  The sentiment is from SU!'s Sweet Little Sentiments inked in Old Olive, and the label is from the Frames With A Flourish inked in Chocolate Chip.
Hope you like it!

BTW...I did not make the CAS Designer Team Spring 2011 spot, but I did win a Guest Designer spot which I'm very happy about.  The competitors are extremely talented and creative.  I will try again for their next challenge.  It's all a learning experience, and I felt very honored just being able to make it the finals.
Have a great week!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clean & Simple Challenge

TGIF and tonight is the big reveal for the 3 team Designers for the Spring 2011 Clean & Simple Card Challenge at SplitCoastStampers!
I just hope I can stay awake that late...

This is my card for the last and final challenge:Ways to Use It: Flowers
Spring showers bring May flowers!

I made my own flower using ribbon, and ribbon for the grass.  I used to 2 different stamp sets for the stem and petals.
I just hope it's good enough against all the other ladies' cards!
Wish me luck :-)

Fresh Cut Friday


Azalea
You know its spring
When azaleas start to blossom forth
In hues of white, reds and pink
Among the greenery of the north

Scents of azaleas fill the air
As the earth brings forth its new
Gardens bloom in rainbows
Bringing in a new season - right on cue.


 For Valentine's Day Hubby gave me 2 azaleas...one white & one pink.  I kept the white one for home, and the pink one for my desk at work.


I keep the white azalea close by my craft table and take in its beauty.
Please stop by Liz at Rose Vignettes and visit her Fresh Cut and other participating bloggers' entries.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Because I Care

Good morning!  One more day closer to Friday!!!
Here's my second entry for Clean & Simple's Designer Team Challenge search for Spring 2011.  It was good enough to be selected for the final challenge.
I tried to keep it as simple as possible!
Well got to run and get ready for work.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Clean & Simple

I have not been here lately due to work and not feeling too good, but have been able to do a little card stamping.
SplitCoastStampers' Clean & Simple Challenge is conducting their Spring 2011 Design Team search. I decided to give it a second try.  
Last summer I tried out, but sadly did not make the first round.  Here's my ABC card for that challenge. 



  This is my card entry for the first round of CAS's Spring 2011 Design Team challenge, and the good news is that I made it to the second round.  
I was ecstatic and still am! 

A little peek at the inside of the card.
Tomorrow I'll post my second card entry, and then on Thursday I'll post my final card entry.  Finally on Friday the finalists will be announced.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!