This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

She's A Firecracker, Alright!

It's time for this month's Bombshell Hump Day Hop!! This month's theme is "She's A Firecracker, Alright!" Kas wanted us to:

1) Use Red, White and Blue
2) Use "Firecrackers" (Bombshells stamps, of course!)
3) Have a Military theme
4) or make them sparkle like a firework!

As it turns out, I wasn't able to get a project made for this month's hop, but I wanted to list the blog list so you can check out what the others made for this fun and fabulous hop!

Check 'em out:


Remember that if you leave a comment on the blogs above you'll have the chance to win a fabulous prize from Bombshell Stamps!! The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have to win free stuff- what's better than that??

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Each month, Bombshell Stamps hosts a challenge contest. The winner wins a fabulous prize. You can win 3 different ways- by leaving a comment on the blogs of those participating in the Hump Day Hop, by playing along with the sketch challenge or by playing along with the monthly challenge.

The monthly challenge is created by the Bombshell of the Month (aka- guest designer). This month’s Bombshell, Ms. July- Alison, challenged us to use photos on our project and called the challenge “Photo-Synthesis”. I had an idea that I had wanted to do since last month’s challenge (which I didn’t get to participate in). Ms. June- Kelli, challenged us with the theme “Memory Lane”- to create a memory box or similar project.

A friend had given me a wooden book box. For a long time I had wanted to alter it, but I’m not very good at altering things, so, I kept putting it off. When I saw Kelli’s and then Alison’s challenges, I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer, so…

I pulled out the box, found some small crocheted doilies, old photos of my parents, some scraps of ribbon, stick-on gems, some flowers, and a couple of Bombshell images and this is what I came up with:

The box was already covered with DSP when she gave it to my (thanks, Rhonda!!). I printed out the photos that I wanted to use, trimmed them down to size and then mounted them onto Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I attached scraps of Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon to the sides of each photo and some burgundy self-stick gems (Bling It from Basic Grey) to my Mom’s photo. I stamped the No Regrets (from Bombshell’s Girl’s Ruin stamp set), the rose verse (from Bombshell’s Rose’s Portrait stamp set) and the measuring tape (Impression Obsession) onto confetti white cardstock using Chocolate Chip ink. Burgundy roses would have been perfect if I had any, but…I was running out of time and I had to use what I had on hand! The yellow flowers were a bit bright for the rest of the items on the box, so I toned them down a bit by sponging on Cranberry Crisp and Chocolate Chip ink. Everything is attached to the box using glue dots.

I love the photos I used. They were taken probably in the mid-1940s. My parents will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday! Although I’m not good at altering, I’m very happy with how this turned out! I think it’s the perfect memory box in honor of my parents. Thanks Kelli and Alison for the fabulous challenges!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Cool Car & A Hot Chick...

It's been so HOT and we're all attempting to stay COOL. This is another card that I created while keeping cool in my hide-away. Bombshell Stamps are known for their "hot chicks" but did you know that they also have "cool car" stamps?? This card is made using a combination of stamp sets- the "hot chick" is from the Bombshell Angel set. The "cool car" and the flag image are from Bombshell's Speed Shop set. The "Built for Speed" sentiment is from the King of the Road set.

All images are stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Blak ink and colored with Copic Markers. The "hot chick" (aka Bombshell Angel) is cut out and adhered to the front of the car panel. The card base is Basic Black and is sized at 5-1/4" square. The next layer is silver metallic cardstock that has been embossed using my Cuttlebug and Diamond Plate embossing folder. As I was rummaging through the mess that is my stamping room, I found some red, yellow and green brads and thought they looked like a traffic light, so I added them to the card as well. This card kind of reminds me of the drag racing scene in the movie Grease. I'm pretty happy with it. What do you think?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bombshell's July Sketch Challenge

It's like a million degrees outside today, so I thought it was a good time to catch up on my stamping challenges.

Kathi, Bombshell's resident sketch guru, gave us a fabulous sketch for this month. Take a look:

It's an easy sketch, but one with SO many possibilites!! Here's my take on her sketch:

I LOVE how this turned out!! I really like the olive and burgundy color combination. The card base is Basic Black. The Old Olive panel is embossed using one of my Tim Holtz embossing foldes- Retro Circles...did I mention I LOVE my new Tim Holtz embossing folders??! Well, I DO! I used 2 different patterns of DSP as the background layers...both from Basic Grey's Lemonade pack. The image, from Girl's Ruin, is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. Self- adhesive "Bling It" burgundy gems from Basic Grey were attached around the edge of the Nestability-cut ovals. Nothing hard or extreme about this card, but instead it's a simple but pretty card...or at least I think so!! :)

Now, do you want to play along and possibily win a fabulous prize? Create a card using Bombshell Stamps and the sketch above and post it to this link. We can't wait to see what you create!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bombshell Stamps' DT Call!!

Bombshell Stamps is looking for new design team members!!! We are looking for crafters who are excited about stamping, and would love being part of a fun and friendly design environment.

Term and Open Call: If chosen, your term will run for 6 months beginning on September 1, 2010 thru March 1, 2011.

Application Process: All submissions must be received by 12:00am PST, Aug. 14, 2010.

View our Design Team Call here.

C'mon, you know you want to apply!!

I'm Back!

Well, I've been gone the better part of a week. We went down to Myrtle Beach and then up to the Outer Banks. We had a good time, but, boy, was it steamy!!!! When we went to Cape Hatteras yesterday , it was only 82 degrees but it was 79% humidity!! But, despite the heat and humidity, we had a good time...the only pictures that I took were of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Isn't this pretty??

Now that I've settled back into being home again, I'll be stamping away the day tomorrow (it's just too hot to do anything outside, anyway!!) I'll be working on a couple of challenges for Bombshell Stamps, so make sure you check back in. Oh, and don't forget the Bombshell Hump Day Hop this Wednesday! See you then!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I Feel the Earth Move...

This morning, a little past 5am, I was rudely awakened by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake. It was centered in Rockville, MD, about 25 miles from here as the crow flies. I actually don't remember "feeling" the earth move but I did wake up and look at the clock, and it was 5:05am, so I'm thinking maybe that's what woke me up?? Who knows...

Anyway, over on Facebook, I'm part of a group called the Maryland Stampers. We decided it would be fun to do a secret sister similar to SCS's Divine Secret Sisters.

Well, my mailman was very good to me today!! In the mail I had not one but TWO envelopes from my Secret Sister!!! Here is the first card I opened:

I LOVE that cupake and she did a fabulous job coloring the image ...and inside, she had tucked in a pack of the prettiest blue print flowers from Hero Arts (very similar to Primas). I can't wait to play with them!

In the second envelope was this very cool lighthouse card:

The lighthouse and sailboat are stamped, cut out and attached to the card. Wonder if she knew I like lighthouses??

I think this 4 month round of Secret Sisters will be lots of fun! Hmm...I wonder who she is?? (I didn't recognize the handwriting- darn!) :)
Check back in a day or two-I hope to have a couple new things to show...until then, stay cool!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Another Fabulous Meade Shoebox Swap!!!

Yesterday I attended the Meade Girls' shoebox swap and had SUCH a great time!!! Good friends, tons of delicious food and some of the most wonderful cards to make! Take a look at all the cards I got to make!

This is Jane's card. Sorry for the poor photo- because of that fun little flower, I couldn't scan it. Oops- looks like I'm missing a button! Hmm...where is my button jar??

Top- Jen/ Bottom- Sharon

Top- Dawnmarie/ Bottom- Stacy

Top- Paula/ Bottom- Me

Left- Rose/ Right- Kathy

Top- Pete (Evelyn)/ Bottom- Kathi

Left- Amanda/ Right- Mary T.

Left- Sara/ Right- Linda

Left- Vera/ Right- Lynn

Left- Mich/ Right- Ann
I think everyone had a fabulous time stamping the day away! Thanks to Amanda for hosting another fun get-together! I can hardly wait till the next one!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blog Look and SBS Card

Well, it looks like is no my pretty blog template is gone... :(
Right now, I will go with this boring background until I have more time to search around for a pretty, onto my card...

Tomorrow, I will be attending a shoe box swap at Ft. Meade. Amanda always puts on a fun and fabulous swap with lots of wonderful cards, tables full of delicious foods and THE friendliest bunch of stampers you could ever meet-the Meade Girls!! Okay, so, here's the card that I made. I used this for a SCS swap many years ago, and thought I'd do it again...

The cardstock that I used is YoYo Yellow (I will miss you!), Basic Black, Real Red, and GP110 white. The image is from an old SU set called Simply Sweet. Accessories used were the modern label punch, 1/16" hole punch, black brads, SU markers in Real Red and YoYo Yellow, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I even found and dusted off my old crimper to use on this card! Poor thing had felt SO neglected since I got my Cuttlebug! I hope the girls enjoy making this card. I love the black, yellow and red color combination.

I'll be back in a couple of days to show you all of the fab cards that I make tomorrow! Until then...happy stamping!!!