Friday, May 31, 2013

Chirp Chirp!

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I have been wanting to make a bird cage forever and I finally made one!  :)  I made over a year ago and I have it hanging in my scrapbook room-so I thought it was time for another one.

I am submitting this little cage into the following challenges:

Alter It at Let's Scrap

Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Challenge #22 Anything Goes at Inkspirational

I started with one of these paper mache boxes.  It measures 2 and 3/4 inches across the bottom so it isn't big.  I gessoed both pieces but I just used the top for my bird cage.

Here's my bird cage!  I used my crop-a-dile and punched 6 holes in the lip of the lid.  I painted it too, but the flowers covered it up so that doesn't matter as much.  The flowers are a ribbon from Tim Holtz that come white but I colored them with worn lipstick distress stain (my new favorite color!)

I put the wires in and kind of looped the ends through the holes.  Then I glued the flower ribbon on.  The cage part can be a bit challenging at times.  You have to let go of perfection and go for whimsical.  LOL :)  I used Glossy Accents for all of my gluing needs.

I put some white fibers in the very bottom and then put the fun colorful curly fibers on top.  The chick is a little Easter egg left in my son's toy box from past Easter egg hunts.  I don't think he will miss it ;)  This little chick was inspired by Pinterest.  You can see the original chicky here.

I glued eyes and a feather on.  I made the beak out of orange cardstock.

I had the sequin strain from some ribbons that Michaels sold many years ago.  It was from a Peter Rabbit collection I think.

Here's a close up of this little guy.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends have a tweet day! :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

All Boy Layout

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Over at Let's Scrap they have been doing a challenge a day to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day Month!  There are so many I want to do but time is such a factor!  There are a few that I am down to the wire on!  So I am going to post this and then go work on something! :)

There were 4 different ways to create backgrounds.  I chose to use spray mist and paint and stencils.  I used sketch 5-11-11.

The one tricky thing was that you couldn't use white cardstock.  So I have a light blue cardstock here.  It may look grey but it is more of a light blue.

I used a couple of different stencils.  I also have the cardboard from game pieces and I like to use those as stencils too.  I used Tim Holtz's broken china and salty ocean distress paint and a light blue acrylic paint from hobby lobby.  Also, I used a paint brush and painted circles and the edge with the dylsuions ink.  I just put the paint brush in the bottle.  I like doing that because it creates an intense color.

I used paper to create a mask and a stencil from Tattered Angels (at least that's where I think the swirls came from) ;).

I sprayed blue Dylusions ink.  I was in a monotone mood-which doesn't ever seem to ever happen but I had so much fun!  I used some sequins, rhinestones, and buttons from Martha Stewart and outlined some white letters from Making Memories.

Here's a close up of the journaling.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a great night! :)

May Tag 2013

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This month's tag at Tim's blog is awesome.  I recently bought some of his new rub-ons and I am so glad I did as he showcased them this month!

First let's take care of business.  I am submitting this tag to Tim's 12 tags of 2013.  Also, it's Challenge #22: Anything Goes at Inkspirational so I am playing there too!

Here is my tag:

I used his remnant rubs.  2 come in a pack-how cool is that!?!?!  Then I used distress stains-which I am thinking it is time to add some new colors (LOL!).  I used marmalade, sage, stormy sky, and worn lipstick.  I don't have the Mona Lisa stamp but I do have this gentleman which I love!  I stamped some Tim butterflies on here.

I also don't have the film strip tape-but I have the stamp and I stamped it on acrylic to look like the tape that Tim uses.  I don't have the enamel tags yet but they are on my list!  So I used one of his fragments and applies alcohol ink to it and put a chitchat sticker on it using glossy accents.  I do love how the ribbon came out-it's Tim's ribbon with distress stain.  Awesome!

Here is a close up of my fragment tag.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I can't believe it is almost June.  Wonder what June's tag will be?  :)  Until next time my friends...Enjoy the rest of May! :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beach Fun Layout

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Over at Let's Scrap it's National Scrapbook Month and it's so much fun!  I finally completed my first challenge.  I used the sketch from May 12, 2010.

I am also submitting this layout to the challenge at 2 Creative Chicks-the challenge is googly eyes.  All of the sea creatures in the banner have googly eyes, plus the pelican at the bottom.  :)

I used Bazzill cardstock, Dream Street Papers and Basic Grey for most of my papers.  I used the Life is a cartridge for most of the die cuts.  This layout was a lot of fun to create.  I added stickles to the hibiscus flowers, and I always wonder why I don't do that more often! :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...get out the sunscreen-summer is coming! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Lovely Tea Party

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Here is a page I made for my Mom-in-law.  We went to a Tea Party on last Saturday.  I wanted to make her a page from that event and this great sketch at Sketches in Thyme jumped out at me.  Here's my take on the sketch:

Here's the sketch.

I used a variety of things such as American Crafts and Graphic 45 letters, papers from the Rustic stack by DCWV, and word stickers.  I used some bling from Making Memories and a tag from Tim Holtz.  I used gold leafing around the tag.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends....have a good night!

Monday, May 13, 2013

First Place Card

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I wanted to share a card with you that I made for Mom's Day.  I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for this week's sketch-Challenge #85 (though it ends today so you may want to go check it out now!)

Here's my card.  I liked this sketch because it looks like a ribbon that you would win in a race or science fair.  Thanks for the great sketch because it inspired this card.  I cut the pennants out myself.  The circle was a punch and the scalloped circle was from Spellbinders.  The glittery ribbon was some ribbon I bought at Michael's after they slashed prices to get rid of Christmas stuff-so that's Christmas ribbon!  :)  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a great day! :)

Happy Birthday Mynnette! :)

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A big Happy Birthday! goes out to one of the most creative women I know--Mynnette from On a Stampage!  I am so happy to have gotten to know her through different challenges that she works on including the one that I am on-Technique Time Tuesday.

So a few of us wanted to get together for a Happy Birthday Mynnette Blog Hop.  The blog hop is full of wonderful birthday cards for Mynnette and of course now party is complete with out a prize!  So there is BLOG CANDY for one lucky person!  Here are the details:

In order to have a chance to win you need to visit each blog and leave a comment on each one, including this one.  One of the sites will be randomly chosen and we will choose a winner from the comments on that site using  You will have until Thursday May 16th at 5pm CST to comment.

To make the celebration more fun we are using different techniques of 2013 so far.  So each one of us has chosen a different technique for our birthday card.  The one I chose was the embedded image.  You can find the directions here.

I made pennants out of a product called Tearific Tape which is mine is a sheet that is sticky on both sides.  After I cut them out, I peeled one side and put pink embossing powder on it.  I repeated this step and that made the light pink less bumpy.  Then with I stamped each letter with Versamark (after rubbing my cornstarch bag over it) and put purple embossing powder over it.  Then magically it looks like all one thing.  I embossed the sentiment with Spring Willow embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It has a little glitter in it too.  And I added some twine.

Here is the list for the Birthday Blog Hop for Mynnette!

Want more? The Inkspirational DT is also hopping for Mynnette's birthday!  So go see them too!

Thank you so much for hopping with us!  Until next time my friends...time to eat lots of cake and ice cream! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

National Scrapbook Day Winner!

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On Saturday I had put a little blog post up that if you commented you could be put into a drawing to win something fun that I got at the Scrapbook Expo.  Although the comment came in late-rules can be broken and hey it's my blog and I can do what I want hehe--the winner from that post is....

Shauna from Creating with Paper!  So send me an email at cooldrogosatgmaildotcom and I will mail you out a little goodie package.

I just got one from Jody at Clean and Simple so why not pass the love?  :)  Thank you again Jody-you rock!

Thank you Shauna for commenting!  And thank you to everybody else who stops by and who are signed up to get my blog posts by email.  It means a lot!  :)  Big Hugs!

Until next time my friends...have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's Technique Time Tuesday!

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It's the first Tuesday again and that means it's time for a new technique at Technique Time Tuesday.  This month's technique is about making a Dahlia flower and using it on your project.  Mynnette has created a great video on how to construct the flower.

I made a card using the flower-but I mad a 5x6.5 size cards.  I made my flower petals with a 2.5 inch punch.    I really like how it turned out.  I had made different petals and was playing around with this old paper that was from Deluxe Designs.  It's the purple paper and it has words on it beginning with the word Q but you would never know that looking at this flower.  The other side is white so I colored it with Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

The script paper has also been in my stash for a long while but it just seemed to go.  The "leaves" are from a Tim Holtz mover and shaker die and I colored it with some Distress Paint.  And the center is a button I bought at a garage sale not too long ago.

I hope that you use this Dahlia Folding Technique and link up to our challenge!  Until next time my friends...see you soon! :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Birthday Card

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I went to the Scrapbook Expo and had the best time!  I went with my mom-in-law, and it was so much fun.  A lot more fun than going by myself! :)  There were so many booths that I could've used another 2 hours but I know the vendors were happy when 5 o'clock came.

So I made this card for the challenge going on over at Inkspirational: Challenge#18 Colors peach, olive green, and grape.

Here is my card.  I used a new stamp set that I got at the Scrapbook Expo.  It's from a Company called Rubbernecker and check out their site.  They have lots of products and lots of great stamps!  There is a stamp for the purple color and then an outline stamp.  I used Tim Holtz dusty concorde and a blue distress marker and water for the purple color.

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the butterflies and then embossed them with Swiss Dots.  The sentiment is a rub-on.  I love how this came out.  It's so pretty and wasn't time intensive (woo hoo!).  Better go for now but thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a good night.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

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Happy National Scrapbook Day! I am spending the day at a scrapbook convention called Scrapbook Expo! You can follow me on Facebook-that's where I will be posting pictures of the show!

How are you spending this fun day? Leave a comment here by Monday night at midnight Eastern time and I will pick one lucky person to get a little prize! :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Anniversary

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This card made the Top 3 at Shopping Our Stash!

There is a challenge going on right now at Shopping Our Stash and it's about Numbers!  This was a great starting point for me for making my husband an anniversary card.  We have been married for 5 years! :)

I used Tim Holtz's distres paint for the background.  I love them!  And I love love love the whole patina thing.  The 5 started off as a piece of black plastic but after some blue and green distress paint a little heat and some bronze distress paint it looks like it has been sitting at the bottom of the ocean for a little while!  The clocks (also have numbers) are rub-ons from 7 Gypsies.  I used Tim Holtz's chit chat stickers for the words under the five.

Here is the inside.  I used Tim's washi tapes and paint red and yellow distress paint over the top of it.  I did the patina effect on the 1 and used Making Memories stickers for the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends have a great weekend!  It's time for National Scrapbook Day! :)

Off to London!

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It would be so awesome if that were true!  But right now I am only taking crafty trips to London using my Paris to London stamp set from Tim Holtz.  :)

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show is Passport to Fun.  Cross check complete!

The base is a 6X6 piece of chipboard.  I put gesso on a page from an old text book.  The I put some of Tim Holtz's distress paint on my craft mat and sloshed it around.  Not too much-I didn't want to make brown.  The I stamped some of the images from the Paris to London set using the paints and some with just regular ink.  There are these little stamps and I stamped them on white paper and painted them with different colors of distressed paints.  They are in the left top corner.  I cut out the word London and used paint around the edges.  I used tea distress embossing powder for the gentleman in the middle.  I inked him up in various ways because I thought he was too dark.  I still think he might need something (maybe a different picture LOL) but I put the pop dots on him and let him be.

He could be like walking away from all of the lights of the city and that casts a shadow on him.  Hmmm...that's a good story.  ;)  The twine is from Maya Arts and it's black and white-or was until I used some distressed stain to color it.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...let's head up to London! :)