Saturday, October 30, 2010

Northern Lights Card...Inspired by Lorrinda

I absolutely flipped when I saw Lorrinda's Northern Lights card last week for her guest DT project at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  You can see her card here along with her tutorial detailing how she did it.  My card looks a little plain next to Lorrinda's and this picture (below) that I used as inspiration.  But, it was SO much fun and I look forward to trying it again.  
We mainly get green Northern Lights up here in AK, so, I stuck with green and blue.  But, the most amazing show I've ever seen, was while I was in school in Montana, they were bright red one night!!!  Even knowing what they were, red lights in the sky was a little unnerving! ;O)
Cardstock:  Black, Olive, and White Daisy
Stamps:  The Beauty of Christmas (retired-trees) and Natures Gift
Other:  CTMH Chalk and White Daisy Pigment Ink, Liquid Applique, Versa Mark, White Daisy embossing Powder, sponge brush, and Gelly Roll White Pen

Early Trick or Treaters....

We have an annual family party that caters to my single sister who thinks she deserves an extra day because she has to buy gifts for 3 of us versus the one gift we get her each holiday.  Not to mention, she's never had a wedding or a baby, and therefore she's already down by at least that many gifts....  Let me just say, it's easier to go along with her than to argue...kind of like you can't argue with crazy...besides, she's scary when she's mad!!  Long story short, we started this tradition to do "Auntie Shawn Day" at our house with dinner, cake, and pumpkin carving every October.  

This year, Dave and I each carved a pumpkin and set them out on the porch late Sunday night.  By Thursday afternoon, they were gone!!!  At first, I suspected foul play...but, that's never been an issue here and upon further investigation, I noticed just a few bits of pumpkin here and there in the yard.  That's when it hit me, the moose are back...last year, it was December before they ate up our pumpkins!! I hadn't seen any in the neighborhood recently and quite frankly, it never crossed my mind they'd be by so early, let alone looking for pumpkins!!

This morning I was half awake stumbling down the stairs only to look up and see Momma moose filling the window on our stair landing!!  Both Momma and baby had returned to the scene of the crime and were scouring the porch for more "treats"!!  I guess we were the ones that got tricked this year!! ;O)  At least the pumpkins went to a good cause...but, at $10+ a piece, it would have been nice if the moose had waited for Halloween night to get the munchies!!

This is baby...I'm not for positive, but I think these two were here in the spring when this one was practically brand new. 

We happened to have one more pumpkin that I saved for Owen.  We just carved it today and have it tucked away safe in the house!!!  I'm hoping the twin girls that frequent our yard will get a chance at that one.  We'll see, these two are persistent little buggars...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unscripted Sketches Take 3....

Alright, last one with this sketch, I swear! :O)  When I went to link my card to the Unscripted website, I realized they were doing a piggy back challenge to use pink in your card for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I think everyone has someone in their life that's battled breast cancer and I thought the least I could do is make a pink card as a show of support!  

Not to mention, it was a great excuse to use the most adorable digi pony stamp that I just realized is a FREEBIE on Meljens Designs blog!!  Seriously, how cute is he!!!

Paper:  More to Adore (Retired)
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Hollyhock, and Blush
Stamps:  Meljens Designs Digi Sweet Little Donkey and CTMH Now & Forever
Ink:  Hollyhock, Chocolate, and Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Other:  CTMH Summer Posies, Stickles, Copic Markers, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, and Favorite Findings (JoAnns buttons)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Unscripted and Heart 2 Heart...Thank You Take Two

I wasn't completely happy with my first card for the leaves and trees challenge at Heart 2 Heart today (see my last post), so, I tried again.  I used the same sketch from Unscripted and am happier with the results.  I just love these colors!  Phew, o.k., I can move onto something else now!!  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Paper:  Felecity (special CTMH promotion kit)
Cardstock: Twighlight and Colonial White
Ink:  Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Twighlight
Stamps:  Many Thanks and Small Chocolate Alpha
Other: CTMH Opaques Adhesive Pearls in Mocha

Unscripted and Heart 2 Heart...Thank You...

 This weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to use leaves and trees.  I needed a thank you card and loved Unscripted's sketch, so, I thought I'd combine all three!!
I had so much fun putting this card together, but, I'm not entirely happy with it...the sentiment is too small for where I put it.  I may try again and repost.  I was super excited to get to use our new Opaques adhesive pearls in Mocha though!!  I buy a lot of pearls from Michael's Recollections line, but, they don't hold a candle to ours.  In fact, ours look so much more realistic, I can't even mix our white pearls with makes the Recollections pearls look cheap!

Hope you are all having a great weekend...I'm still recovering from a nasty cold/ear infection, but, it looks like I'm being suckered into a trip to Lowe's...woohoo...makes my day. ;O)
Paper:  Felicity (Special Promotion)
Cardstock:  Twighlight and Colonial White
Ink:  Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Twighlight
Stamps:  Many Thanks
Other:  Opaques Pearls in Mocha

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Heart 2 Heart...It's Owl Good...

SORRY Heart 2 Heart!!  I just realized I managed to post my layout twice...I thought I had forgotten to hit "enter", so I did it again!!  I'd remove if I knew's been one of those days!

Heart 2 Heart had the greatest challenge this least for me!  It's an ABC challenge...we were to use an "A"lphabet stamp set, create a project for a "B"oy, and use "C"hocolate or another brown color...  Since I tend to use earth tones and I typically only scrap pics of my little man, this "challenge" is pretty much my every day layout! ;O)

I used "Bottom Border-Overlap" (2i) from the Reflections book for this layout.

I started this on Thursday and am just now is it that other people can just whip stuff up!  It takes me forever!!  Of course, this little culprit didn't help the situation....I let him out to play and he ran right over to my layout and pooed in the middle of my main photo!!!  It's lucky for him that I print my own photos!!  With help like this, it's amazing I ever get anything accomplished!
Paper:  Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Indian Corn Blue, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Ink:  Olive, Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue, and Tsukineko Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Small Chocolate Alpha, Homestead Alpha, Whooo Loves You (branch), Exclusive set from Twitterpated (leaves), and Studio G i-clear Stamp
Other:  Copic Markers, Clear Buttons, In Color Organic Dimensional Elements, Creative Memories Embroidery Floss, JoAnn's Essentials Brads, and Zig Pen