Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CASE Challenge

Well that's pretty obvious isn't it!!  You guessed it, today's card is for the Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS.  We were to CASE a card from this week's featured stamper - Nines.  She has so many wonderful cards to choose from it took me a while to pick one but I finally got to one that grabbed me!

I needed a Sympathy card so I adapted the colors and sentiment to suit my needs.  Here is my card...

Sympathy Card

As usual this card was entirely with scraps!!  The Sentiment is from SU and the floral images are from DOTS, all stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black.  I dry embossed with CB's Tiny bubbles.  I then brayered over the bubbles with Versamark Dazzle and applied kaleidoscope powder and heat set.  I rounded the only the bottom corners - I really like how that makes it look!!

Well my peeps that's all I have for today!  Not much time for crafting lately but I'll be back again as soon as I can!

Thanks for stopping by, Shabby Jo

Monday, October 22, 2012

Double the Challenge!

Today I am submitting a card for two challenges!  Woohoo!  It's not very often that one of my creations qualifies for more than one challenge but today it just worked out that way!  Maybe the goodness of the Liebster Award is giving me a hand.  Who knows, anyway here is my card for today...

Orchid Tile Card
Both challenges are over at SCS, the first being the 400th Technique Lover's Challenge (woohooo!!) Cut It Up! We were asked to take an image and cut it up any way we wanted - it just had to be cut up!  Well I am certainly not a 'Random' kinda girl so of course mine are cut into neat little squares!  (Me and OCD are close friends/enemies!!)  So The image I decided to use is this old tried and true stamp that I inherited from some one's getting out of the hobby give away.  It has no name or company on it so sorry I can't help with that.  Anyway, every time I use this stamp I have so much because I get to color - I always stamp the image in black and color the flowers what ever colors are in my mood that day!!  So I did just that today.  I stamped and started my therapy session oh uh I mean coloring session!  Then it hit me... wasn't there a challenge from last week that was about coloring??  I didn't have anytime at all to craft last week - the only thing I did was glance through some galleries and look at what the challenges were but I didn't have to do any of them.  So I got on mt computer and checked.  Sure enough last thursday's challenges was Ways To Use It - Crazy For Crayons!!!  How lucky is that!  So back to the card... there really isn't a lot to tell this time.  I stamped and colored the image as I said, then cut it up and mounted the pieces on to some scrap purple cardstock and mounted those pieces onto the card front.

Hope you like it!  I hope to get back to my regular crafting addiction soon!  These spur-attic moments of speed crafting is not cuttin it - - I need more I tell ya, I need MORE!!! 

 Well until then thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day,
 Shabby Jo 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Liebster Award!!!!

WOW!!  I am so honored and humbled today by one of my fellow paper crafters, Terri!!  Thank you so much - you totally made my day, my week, heck my whole year!!!  I began my blog at the tugging advice of a friend to share what I love to do so much - PLAY!!!  My proverbial playground has so many stations I couldn't list them all here without everyone falling asleep but let's just say I love to make things and I love to make them my own way!  It is such a wonderful feeling to know that other people are actually peeking into my little world and enjoying what they see.  Thank you Terri so very much for being such a faithful follower and for thinking of me for this awesome award!!


Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Like Terri, I follow quite a few wonderful blogs of some very talented people!  Choosing five was extremely difficult but rules are rules!!  So here goes....
Marilyn of Paper Dreams

Missouri is keeping a little secret...but today, I'm telling!!!  I love Marilyn's take on the challenges, her eye for color combinations in uncanny!  All of her creations are beautiful, clean and inspiring!

Kris of Purple Night Owl

I may not have ever met Kris in person but I can tell you she is fun and whimsical!  How do I know? Go check out her creations and you will see for yourself!

Shae of Glitter and Bonbons
Again, a person I have never met yet we have so much in common!  We have very similar interests and hobbies! From fabulous cards to beautiful roses, she is amazing!  I must admit, I am quit jealous... she has only been blogging for a little over a month and is already blogging like RockStar while I am still in groupy status!  Go check out all the wonderful things that make her happy!!

Lois of Clownmom Creations

This wonderful lady is a pleasure to follow!  Everything she makes is nothing short of stunning!  you just have to see for yourself on this one!

Last but not least...

Cathymac of Golden Inkspirations
I swear I have a kinship to this woman!!  She loves Golden Retrievers and Coloring!!!!  What more in life does one need anyway?? I think our dogs even look alike! ha ha ha!!  Anyway, her work is B-E-A-Utiful!  Her style is very classy and unique!  I hope you wag your tails on over to see her golden creations! 

Please take just a few of your time and visit all these wonderful blogs. I just know you will love them as much as I do and be prepared to be inspired!!  Don't forget to l
eave a little love when you visit. Thank you!!

Thanks again to Terri for thinking of me. You are AWESOME!!
Thanks for stopping by, 
Shabby Jo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Birthday Invitaions

Halloween is coming and with comes parties themed for the season!  A friend and her son both have October birthday's!  This year her son wanted a Halloween Birthday Party!!!  Oh what fun!  I was asked to do the invitations and just could wait to dive in to this spooktacular task! I even got to play with Edward on this project!

Halloween Birthday Party Invitation

I printed the invitation verbiage and spooky tree onto orange card stock.  I created shadow cut files from the ghost and pumpkin stamp from stampabilites - Fall Holidays set, using MTC.  Then sent the cut files to my darling Edward (my eCraft!).  I then stamped the images onto their corresponding shadow cut outs.  For each ghost and pumpkin there are actually two of them.  I glued two together with the embroidery thread in between.  I threaded them through the orange card stock and attached to the back.  Then I adhered the orange card to the black card base.  I added the foam glittery bat I got from hobby lobby.  And there you have it!  They turned out really cute, everyone loved that the ghost and pumpkin were 'hanging' freely from the tree - it made it fun!
Now I have to get my creative juices in high gear.  I am hosted my SAHM Play Group's Annual Halloween Party!  We will have fun and spooky snacks, spooktacular crafts, and ghostly games!  I can't wait to see all the kids and their costumes and I especially love seeing their completed crafts!  Well about a week left to prepare so I better get cracking on it!

Thanks for stopping by, Shabby Jo

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Card

I know I know, another week has gone by between posts!!  I am just crazy busy these days with too many balls in the air and did I mention I never did learn how to juggle!!  My darling husband knows how and it makes my son really laugh when ever he shows off his juggling expertise!!  Okay sorry, I digress....

Well at least for the last few days it has finally started to somewhat resemble the fall season around here!  I love this time year.  The colors, well to tell the truth all the wonderful fall colors are in my house via my much loved fall decorations.  We don't get a whole lot of color changes in my area of the world.  So I create it every year inside my house - I LOVE IT!!!!  I also get excited about Halloween.  I love to see all the kiddos in their costumes and smiling faces going through our neighbor on the ever so long awaited candy hunt of the year!!  From the little ones barely learning to walk with their parents toting the pumpkin shaped basket, to the toddlers saying trick or treat while holding out their bags all by themselves this year, to the ones that everyone knows are 'too old' but you fill their bag anyway, and everyone in between!! 
Today's post kicks of the Halloween Season with a BAM!!  It is a card for a challenge they do over at Splitcoast stampers every Saturday.  It's called the Inspiration Challenge!  I love it to the say the least!  The host chooses a source and you gather inspiration and create away....  that's it, no other rules, the door is wide open!!!  Here is this past Saturday's Inspiration source Magpie IC357.   I chose the backgammon plates for my inspiration.  As soon as I saw them I thought Halloween - I mean who wouldn't right?  Black and Orange spell Halloween right?!!  Here is my card...

Halloween Card
 What I really love about this card is how cute it turned out in such little time!!  This card maybe took me 20 minutes to make and I made it all from scraps!!  I cut and adhered the top square background then added this adorable ribbon I got from Tuesday Morning a wile back just below the background piece.  I cut random triangular shapes from  orange and black.  I angled, flipped, flopped and moved the pieces around until I got the look I wanted.  The white is just the background showing through.  I then cut nesting sized pieces for the sentiment.  I distressed all the edges and inked the edges of the top one with Momento Tuxedo black.  I also very lightly ran my dauber over the entire piece so it wasn't so stark white!  The Happy Halloween sentiment is from Stampabilities - Fall Holidays. 

I hope everyone else is enjoying this time of year.  I know some of you actually get more crafting done because you live where the white fluffy stuff locks you indoors a little more than you like!!

Happy Fall and Thanks for stopping by,
Shabby Jo