Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Uuuuugggghhhh what to do???? Do I sign the SU! Agreement or not???

I am torn and do not know which decision to make!!!!
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I do not know what to do tonight is the deadline to sign the New Stampin Up Demonstrator Agreement and I just do not know what to do it limits me from doing so many of the things I love to do yet I also like my monthly stampers club and I enjoy meeting with them yet I am not even sure if my Club will have enough members to keep going so do I give up the things I love if I do not even have a SU! Business worth keeping??? I am so upset SU! is forcing us to make this choice!!!!
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After listening to the WebinAr with Shellie the head of SU! two nights after the announcement that we had to sign this new agreement I felt better about it because SU! said we could still be on DT's that did not make us link directly to the store where they sell the images and both of my Product teams agreed I could link to the blog and not the store, but today it says we can not link to any company stores or blogs so I am really torn on what to do!!! I love my Design Team work and my team mates yet I did not want to quit SU!!! Uuuuugggghhhhh I thought I had this decision made and now I do not know!!!
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Heather

3rd Post today Sneaks Below -I decided to wait!!!! LOL Also Our very first The Character Cafe Blog Hop is tomorrow night at Midnight I can not wait!!

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I decided to share my second Sneak Peak project for the Scarecrow image for Inktegrity and the other image I am sneaking tomorrow for Inktegrity and post them both tomorrow since I already posted twice today!!! LOL!!!
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Don't want to give you too much Eye Candy in one day!!! LOL!!!!
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Have a Stampendous Wednesday Evening!!! See you tomorrow!!! Also tomorrow night at Mid Night is our very first The Character Cafe Blog Hop to showcase our new releases with the new Design Team I can not wait!!! Wooooo Hooooo!!!!
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Heather

It's Flutter By Wednesday and Whimsical Wednesday - "The Diedrich Dare" Challenge Time!!!! DT Sample for the Week!!!!

Shades of Saphire
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Sketch Fluttering By!!!!
For some reason I have been working on this post for over an hour and Blogger just keeps freezing up on me so I have to abandon the post to go pick up my Willow Tree from Pre-K I will be back later to finish my Card Recipe Copic and supply lists and to add the last of my links too!!! Hope you can get somthing from this post!!! LOL!!!!
Hi Everyone!!!!
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Well this post is starting about an hour and a half later than I wanted it to, but some things happened that could not be avoided so I am posting it now!!! LOL!!!! By now most of you know that on Wednesdays I have been part of the Flutter By Wednesday Team since the beggining of January and it is just a really supportive fun team to be part of!!! Every week we make projects with either a Butterfly or a Fairy on them and some weeks there are additional challenges to make it more fun!!! Also on Wednesdays now I am on Whimsical Wednesdays - "The Diedrich Dare" formorly known as Twinkling Tuesdays Sketch Challenge hosted by 9 year old Madelynn each week. Now Madelynn's two younger twin brothers who are 7 want to play along so we have changed the Challenge day and name to incoorporate the boys too!!!
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Well I need to come back in a little bit and add a few more links for Kim our Flutter By Guest Designer, and Kristi a new (but old to us because she was on the team once before) Flutter By Team mate, and The Whimsical Wednesday Blog link, but you can get to all those links from Danni's Blog and Jessica's Blog right now if you need too!!!!
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This is the last week to play along in Danni's Big Birthday Bash Celebration her 4oth Birthday earlier this month!!! This will also be the last month to earn some of that yummy candy!!! So hop on over to Danni's Blog and play along this weeks challenge is to use either Saphire Embellishments, or the Saphire colors on your project!!! If you make a project using a flutter by and or adding the challenge for the week make sure to link your creation up to Danni's Blog in Mr. Linky this week too, and if you upload to any galleries please use keywords FBW so we can find you!!!!
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The Flutter By Team:
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This week is The Diedrich Dare Sketch Challenge #4 by the talented Jack Diedrich(son of Jessica Diedrich The Whimsical Butterfly and little brother to Madelynn Diedrich our Twinkling Tuesday Origionator!!!) !!!!! This is Jack's first time to issue a challenge on the new team and I think he did a pretty great job don't you??? All you have to do is make a project using todays sketch by Jack and then leave a link on the Whimsical Wednesday Blog and if you upload it to any gallery's use keywords DDSC4 please!!!
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Next week in the challenge there will be a very cool Prize to win so you do not want to miss playing along with us in the Challenge next week!!!
The Dare Devils:
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So Here is the Sketch from Jacky for this weeks Diedrich Dare!!!! I turned the sketch over and added four Heart embellishments instead of two hearts and two stars (Hope that is O.K. Jack!!!!)
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And this is what I came up with combining Danni's Flutter By challenge to use the color Saphire or Saphire embellies on our Fluttering Project and the above Sketch Challenge issued by Jack!!!
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This is my first time making a Long and Skinny Card I thought it was fun!!!!

Inktegrity New Release Sneak Peak - Basic Shapes Scarecrow - Happy Harvest Card

Happy Harvest in Shades of Fall!!!
Happy Wednesday Stampers and All!!!!!,
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Today starts the two day Sneak Peaks of the newest Release from Inktegrity!!! I choose to Sneak Peak this great Scarecrow and another image I will be Sneak Peaking tomorrow!!! I had this idea in my head that I wanted to do one of those cards that show the same picture in 4 or 8 different colored hues like reds, blues, purples and yellows, do you know what I mean??? So anyway I printed off this great Scarecrow image that Inktegrity is releasing today and I printed 4 of him. I was going to do 4 different colors schemes and then as I did the Cool Gray one then I thought instead of going to my Sepia shades right away I should try one in my Warm Gray shades then I did the Sepia shades and last I was going to do full color and then I thought scarecrows are not really flesh colored but more straw or hay colored and then my 4th image morphed into this mustard/dark yellow shaded image what do you think???
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So some of my team mates will also be sneaking today, and some tomorrow, and some both days depending on which images they choose to work with for this release so be sure to stop by and see which of the great new releases they will be sneak peaking for you!!!
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Inktegrity Design Team:

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My Card Stock colors are SU CS's in More Mustard (Card Back) Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Green for the Matting layers.
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I also used 4 different colors of Brads on each images 4 corners I went with brads closest in shade to the darkest shade of that particular image so the brads are in Dark Brown (yep I typed that word and used it on my card, but I prefer Sepia Tone to BR**N)!!!! Black, Gray, and mustard brown brads.
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So for this card I started coloring up the Black a White image as I had thought it would be in my head but then it ended up being the Gray Scale image. I used Copics in C1, C3, C5, C7, and B100 for this image.
Then I colored up the Warm grey almost light brown image I used my copics in W1, W3, W5, and E39 for this image.
Above is the card laying down on the paper it shows you some of the dimension. What I did was first matte all the images in Garden Green, Then a layer of Pumpkin Pie, then another layer of Garden green. I popped up the layer with the image on it with Stampin dimensional's, from the Pumpkin Pie layer and then the PP layer is attached to the 2nd Garden Green layer with
Glue dots, then the last garden green layer is popped up using SD again.

Above are the two Sepia/Mustard toned images the last one was the one I was going to do in full color but as I tried to pick a color for the straw I thought his face should be then I ended up going with this last shades of mustard image!!! LOL!!!

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I colored the Sepia one up in E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, and E39. The mustard image is colored up with the copics YR21, YR26, YR28, and E37.

I thought it was only appropriate to add some Hemp Twine to my card since it is kind of like the straw of a Scarecrow so I took 3 strands and braided them and tied them at both ends then I took glue dots on each end of the two sections of it that I braided and put them vertically and horizontally across the middle of the card.

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The Sentiment is hand written in black on a punched out piece using the newest SU punch Modern Label which was in the last Mini, but is in the SU Catalog now. I punched the piece in Pumpkin Pie then wrote the sentiment and then matted that on Garden Green and again on More Mustard and then I took my YR28 Copic and went around the More Mustard layer to give it a distressed edge.

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Well I guess that pretty much explains it all!!!! I hope you enjoyed my project check back later for another project using the Scarecrow that I still need to take and edit my pictures and I will also be posting my Whimsical Wednesday - "The Diedrich Dare" and my Flutter By Wednesday post and project too!!!

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See you later today!!!!

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Heather

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Friendly Frankenstien Kit Kat Holder Tutorial - Also an addition to the Blog Candy Pile!!!

Lots of Friendly Frankin Faces!!!

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Happy Halloween!
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Good Morning Friends, Family, and Stampers!!!
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I posted this tutorial on my blog last year as I was just starting my blog and I planned to share several of my tutorials again this year so today I wanted to share this one with you!!! I made I think over 30 of these for my kids classmates last year and I plan to get started on them again this week so I can make them for the Halloween parties again this year!!! Better get started hungh??? Hope you enjoy the tutorial. I am not feeling the best today so I will cut this short and go rest, I am fine just a bit under the weather, hopefully I'll feel better after some rest!!! I did convence Marvin to take Willow to work with him at 7:30 and then he is going to take her to Pre-K at 8:30 for me so I can rest until Tucker gets up so I am off to do just that!!! Enjoy the Tutorial and if you have any questions let me know!!! Oh yes I am also adding to my Blog Candy today 1 Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder D'Vine Swirls one of my favorites hope you like it too!!!!
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Above are the 17 mini Frankie Kit Kat Holders and the Larger Candy bag favors I did a tutorial on early this month.

The Large Friendly Frankin Candy Favor Bag Holder.

Small Friendly Frankin Kit Kat Holder

I took this picture so you could see what size he is next to the Snail Adhesive.

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I wanted to take them and make them into Friendly Frankenstein Characters because I had made the larger Frankenstein Favors for all the teachers and friends et.. et... So here is my
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Tutorial on making the Friendly Frankin Kit Kat Holders:
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Here are the supplies I used to make the small Friendly Frankin.

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Ink Pads: Real Red, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant,
Sponge Daubers: for edges of eyes, nose and hair for dimension,
Punches: Word Window Punch, 3/4 Circle, 1/4 Circle.
Card Stock: Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Adhesives: Tombo liquid glue, mini glue dots, Snail Adhesive, Excess Rubber for adhesive and dimension of eyes (makes them stick out).
Stamps: Weathered Background Stamp
Basic Black Marker You are going to make 11 X 2 1/2" strips you can get 3 per 8 1/2 x 11" CS.
score it at 3 1/2", 4", 7 1/2", and 8". After you do this you will want to cut down the end the face will be on. Eye it and cut off what you want keep in mind where you want the nose to be on the face. I cut a little more than 3/4" off.

Now you can fold the score marks and get your hair piece. It is 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" scored at 1/2" on the other end of the score cut jagged hair pieces as above.

These supplies you will use for the eyes. Stamp Weathered Back Ground in Real Red on Whisper White Card Stock. Then punch out as many eyes as you need with the 3/4" punch. Take a sponge dauber and sponge the very edges of the entire eye with Old Olive ink. I tried it without the old olive and the eyes just did not look right. Then take two small pieces of excess rubber from your stamp sets. Put them on top of two glue dots leave for a moment or the glue dots are hard to pull off along with the rubber. I take my snail adhesive and run a tiny strip in the middle of the eye, then I wet my finger pick up the black 1/4" circle punched pieces with the tip of my finger and put it on the snail adhesive on the middle of the eye. Then put the rubber and glue dots on the back of the eyes. Attach to Frankies Face.

Frankie with Eyes.

Supplies to make nose. I really like the look of the Round Tab punch for the nose on the bigger Frankie's but they were too big for the small Frankie's. So I tried a few things including a Christmas Bulb punch which looked good but was too small. Finally I got the 3/4" Circle out I used to make the eyes and punched a circle out of Kiwi Kiss CS I trimmed it to leave the rounded bottom of the nose and then sponged the edges with Old Olive ink to give dimension again.
Frankie with a Nose
I then took the Word Window Punch and punched out a black punch then cut in half jaggedly cut the rounded end off snailed half of it and attached on both sides of the face for Frankie's face Bolts. Frankies full face with Drawn on mouth, and scars using the Basic Black Marker
Now you open him back up and punch a word window punch out of the top of the under side of the face. You then put the Kit Kat inside thru the word window punched out part. I snail about 1/2" of each end of the paper to the bottom see the pinched pieces on sides of Kit Kat below that is where I snail it.
Frankie with Kit Kat in and attached. You can put a glue dot behind the Kit Kat attached to the back of the paper in case you are worried it will fall out. Finally you have your Finished Friendly Frankie Kit Kat Holder. Lastly I took a piece of Egg Plant Gross Grain Ribbon and put it thru the frankie and tied it up above with two knots so Frankie can be carried like a bag.
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I hope you give him a try. I think the Kids in Willow's Pre School Class will really like them!
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If you have any questions I will be happy to help you make the Friendly Frankies!
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Heather

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Unfortunate Return of Word Verification!!??!!

A short note to say I unfortunately have to return Word Verification to my blog comments because some spammer has gotten a hold of my blog and at least 2 a week they leave a comment that says this
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右脳左脳チェッカー has left a new comment on your post "I'm Loving That Hippie, Hippie, Shake - Farm Fresh...": パーティーや合コンでも使える右脳左脳チェッカー!あなたの頭脳を分析して直観的な右脳派か、理詰めな左脳派か診断出来ます。診断結果には思いがけない発見があるかも!みんなで診断して盛り上がろう
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On the same post every time. I have not had word verification on my blog for almost a year and I had never had a problem with it until recently sad that I have to put it back on to stop this spammer!!!!
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Well I have been creating this morning and if Tucker keeps cooperating I should get to share a project with you early this afternoon I did not think I would get to post a project today but Tucker has been playing with his Farm set beside me all morning and so I got to working on a project too!!! LOL!!!
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Heather

Some Exciting News, A New Title, A Sleepover, and a Trip out of town!! Oh Yeah and a Sore Throat!!!

Does Sr. Mean Ancient????
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Well you might have figured out from my title that I did not have any creating time this weekend!!! LOL!!! Well I did stamp up some images for my 7 year old and her friend Hailee that spent the night yesterday night to color up, but that was the end of my creativity for the weekend!!! This weekend flew by very very fast for some reason!!!!
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Today at Church it was Bring a Friend to Church day and if they kids brought a friend they earned a prize and so Piper had really wanted to bring a friend so she asked Hailee to come and spend the night Saturday night and then come to church today!!! They had so much fun, but since we had not had a sleep over in a couple of years we forgot just how much fun they can be for Mommy and Daddy!!! I slept through all of it but I guess the girls were up at 4am and they thought it was morning and so they turned on the TV and they were ready for the day and everything!!! Marvin had to convince them to get back in bed for 3 more hours!!! LOL!!!!
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So anyway we took Hailee back home around 3pm and then headed out for Salina an hour away to go to Marvin's brothers house and meet up with Marvin's Parents to get Willow back from the farm. She was gone an entire week so we were really starting to miss her!!! Tucker even talked to her every day on the phone so I really think he missed her!!! Tomorrow she starts back to Pre-K so after two weeks off we have to get back into the swing of things!!! I am ready for a year where we do not do any running around for pre-school again!!!! LOL!!!! Next year when she goes off to Kindergarten she will ride the bus and then we will have one year off pre-school running and then Tucker will start and it will be another two years of the pre-school running around, but they love it so much I guess I can buck up and just do it and not complain right??? LOL!!!!
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Tonight I am bummed to figure out that my Throat is hurting I am hoping it is from Sinus drainage and not the fact that I have gotten Strep Throat from Piper!!! So say a prayer for me and maybe tomorrow I will feel better??? If not I will probably just go by Same Day Care at our Clinic after I take Willow to Pre-K!!!
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So now for the Announcement. It is not a huge announcement but still a fun one!!! The Character Cafe a team I have been on for the last 3 months is starting back up with their new Design Team and 3 of us girls who were on the first team are coming back for the 2nd Term this one will be a 6 month DT term instead of 3 months, and The Big News is the 3 of us returning found out our titles have been promoted to Sr. DT!!! LOL!!!! I don't think that means anything other than we are the old girls, but hey it is a fun title to have right??? Sr. Design Team Member for The Character Cafe!!!! Whoooo Hooooo!!!
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So anyway I wanted to give a shout out to the whole team Old girls and New girls and let everyone know about the New DT for The Character Cafe!!!
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We will be having our first Blog Hop coming up next week so I will be posting more of that info for you later this week. So once again you will be seeing the Feature Friday post for The Character Cafe on my blog only this time around we are adding all sorts of new fun things to the weekly schedule!!! Stay tuned for more deets soon!!!
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The Character Cafe Design Team

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Owners: Kendra and Kelly

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Sr. DT

Billie

Heather

Sara

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New DT

Angela

Annamarie "Lola"

Deanne

Diane

Donna

Piali

Rachel

Sarabeth

Sheri "Fink"

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Well I am exhausted and I just have to get to bed so that is all for me today, but I wanted to post the Exciting Fun News about the New Character Cafe DT!!!!

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Heather

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Etsy Inspired Challenge DT Sample

A no Coloring - Color Challenge
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issued to me by me!!!!
Happy Saturday Everyone!!!!!
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It is a Happy Saturday literally because I know when you see my creation this week
you are all going to laugh at me I know you are!!!! If you read my whole post you will understand why I made this creation, but it clearly is not a normal Heather Creation!!!!
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You see my Creation today has no coloring and no people/animal images on it!!! I know the horrors no coloring on Heathers blog??? (Who took over my body and what have they done with the real me???)
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LOL!!!!! No really this weeks shop was a great shop and she has some really pretty jewelry, but usually when I go to a shop I can pick a piece or 5 out immediately and know exactly which Stamp in my plethora of images it goes with!!!! Today no dice!!! I went there and thought her jewelry was so pretty but no images came to mind!!! So anyway I am doing a color challenge instead so I picked out some of her pieces and I made a card using her jewelry as a color inspiration for my card!!!!! Yep I did it!!!!!
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So this weeks shop for you to go and get inspiration from and then make your project and link it up to the NEW Etsy Inspired blog is called Modern Metal Jewelry she has some lovely jewelry to choose your inspiration from and if none of her for sale pieces catch your eye she has over 60 items already sold you can pick an inspiration piece from too!!!!!
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This week there will be two Etsy Inspired Winners!!! As is every Last Saturday of the Month Unity is offering up a prize to one lucky winner and Modern Medal Jewelry is offering up this gorgeous bracelet for the 2nd prize to the 2nd winner!!!!! AND as I said earlier it's the last Saturday of the month so that means a challenge sponsored by Unity Stamp Co.! This week's set give away is Folk Inspired! How great is this set?! A BIG SHOUT OUT to Unity Stamp Co. for hosting this week!
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When your done here take a few moments to scroll through and check out my fellow DT sisters posts to see which inspiration they picked!!!! I think Ashley, and Tiffany may not have cards to share Ashley is sick poor sweet girl, and Tiffany is without a camera this week but she will be posting an Etsy post and sharing her inspiration pieces she just can not upload any pictures of her projects!!!
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The Etsy Inspired Design Team:
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Here are the pieces I picked to use as my Color Challenge inspiration pieces this week!!!!
Now here is my card. I used my SU! Sets Kind Thoughts for my card and I think I just about used every stamp in the set!!!!
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I used Card Stocks in Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Kiwi Kiss, and Sahara Sand which was once over a year ago a Color Challenge on Split Coast I remember!!!!
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Now the best part of my card is probably the inside!!! It is a Spring Card!!!!
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I literally mean SPRING card as in Box Springs because when you open it it springs shut because it is decorated with these cute butterfly's who are on Springs!!!! All you have to do to get them is punch out a circle preferably the 1 1/4" to 1 3/8th" circle SU! punches then just start cutting in circles from the outside in and you get these thin circle rings that look like a spring!!!! Then you attach one end of the spring to the image and the other end to a excess piece of foam and rubber to make your image pop up!!!! When you are done it will look like the picture below when the card is open!!! So Anyway however humble my project is this week I hope you do gain some inspiration from it and I really hope that you decide to play along with us in the Etsy Inspired Challenge this week!!!!!
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Remember to pick out an inspiration piece and make a project with it then go to the Etsy Inspired Blog and link up your project there by Noon PST next Friday!!!! Random. Brady, and Random.Parker will be picking out two lucky winners from those who enter our challenge!!!!
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Good Luck!!!!
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Have a Stampendous Saturday Everyone!!! I actually something to share with you for tomorrow, and an exciting new announcement, and I am adding a couple things to my blog candy too!!!! Woo Hooo so if you have not already entered you may want too!!!! Instructions on how to enter are above in my top post which has a link to the Blog Candy Post!!!!
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Heather

Friday, September 25, 2009

Inktegrity Challenge Card 1DSP stir in some Dots throw in some Sparkle!!! A late post kind of day!!!

Dots, DSP, and Sparkle Oh My!!!!!

Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!

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I guess I am just doomed to late posts this week!!! I started this card early this morning but then things just kept happening and I would just be able to work on it a few minutes here and a few minutes there and here I am just now finishing and editing it so I can post!!!! Oh well it was not like I was on a deadline or anything I just know that if I post late in the day not many people will get to see it, but that is not all it is about right having fun with my kids and catching up with good friends and working on the house and such that is all way more important than posting right??? Hmmm having a hard time convincing myself here!!! LOL!!!! Like I always tell my kids better late than never!!!!

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Wow it has rained here all day long how is the weather where you are at??? I do love rainy days because they are nice and peaceful it seems which might have contributed to my post being later too!!! LOL.
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Well as I posted last night we are doing our first Weekly Challenge over at the Inktegrity blog and this first challenge issued by our leader Joni is a recipe:
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Challenge Recipe:
1DSP
stir in some dots
throw in some sparkle
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We don't all post on the same days but I do know some of my team mates have posted samples yesterday and today so you might want to stop by and see some of their challenge samples too they have some majorly good cards this week!!!
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Inktegrity Design Team:

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Owner - Joni.....Anita.....Dana.....Heather.....Jennifer.....Lisa......Sheri......Tammy

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So Here is my sample for this week challenge!!! If you participate you will be eligible to win the entire New Release being sneak peaked by us DT girls on September 30th and October 1st next week!!!!

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So My colors are not showing up quite as bright as they are in real life the orange is the Bright Only Orange from SU! and the Green is Green Galore, the Purples are Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant. I also used some Basic Black SU! Card stock. The DSP is UID from my Paper Stash!!! Here is one of the releases Kitty from the September 16th release is she not adorable??? I sized her to print 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" which is also what the other images are sized at. I colored her up with C1, C3, C5, C7, and RV13 Copics

The Candy Corn image I colored up with YR02, YR04, YR09, Y00, Yo6, and Yo8 Copics then I added a lot of Bright Yellow and Bright Orange Stickles!!! Stickles is very pretty and very sparkly!!! I had never used it before but I love it now!!!!

Here is my favorite of the Newest Inktegrity Release Frankie he is just so so so cute in my opinion and very fun to color up!!!

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I colored Frankie up in YG00, YG03, and YG09, V00, V12, V04, and V17 all my images were printed and colored up on White NeeNah Card Stock which is just awesome for coloring and blending on!!!!

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Well I guess I better go spend some time with Piper, Tucker is still asleep upstairs and Willow will not be home from the Farm with Grandma and Poppy Schlatter until Sunday afternoon after church we will be meeting them then and bringing her the rest of the way home she has had a super fun week playing with her Cousin Abi who is just 6 weeks younger than she is!!!!

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Hope you play along in the challenge this week and don't forget to head over to Inktegrity link in my sidebar with the Inktegrity Blinkie and pick up this weeks FREEbie!!!! Play in the Challenge and you could win the entire new release coming out on the 1st of October!!!

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See you back tomorrow with my Etsy Inspired Challenge DT sample for this week!!!

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Heather