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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Blended Blooms

Good morning, and happy Wednesday!  I am hoppin' with my friends today!  If you started with Robbie at Inkedxx2 then you are already inspired to go stamp something, but I beg you to hop through all of us here for full inspiration.

Today's inspiration piece is a pretty meadow flower picture...and I was excited to give it a whirl.  Here it is:
and the corresponding color chart:

In my card, I made a softer background, without stems visible - I just wanted the softness of a meadow to come across, so I sponged all three shades of the green into the background.  I then colored the flower with Melon Mambo Bledabilities, and cut the entire image out.  I popped the flower up on dimentionals, and this is where we ended up.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please continue your hop by popping over to Carol's cards to see what she has created today!  Please come back on Friday to see what I've done for the newest challenge over at the brand new Challenge site, The Paper Plunge!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Flipbook, and Take the Paper Plunge!

Hello all!  I am excited to share an exciting announcement with you today!  As of right now, there is a new Challenge site on the block!  My friends (some of whom you already know from our weekly blog hop), and a few other new friends you will be excited to meet and I have started a new challenge site called The Paper Plunge.  Each week on Fridays we will post a new challenge.  Play when you can - and it is really just that...  we are all just playing here, so no pressure!  The link to add your creation will close on Wednesdays, the "swim team" of the week will be announced on Thursdays, and a new challenge will be up again on Friday...  Tah dah!  No stress!!

Our first theme for our challenge is FALL (since that is really just another way of saying PLUNGE!).  We are laid back here... could be a card, a scrapbook layout, something 3-D, etc...  I made a very fun fall flipbook. 
8x8 album - closed

... and open!  You pull on each cover and the pages "flip" open to show you all of the pictures!

These are great for popping in quick photos and you are done.  No extra page embellishments are needed! If you are in the Chicago area, and would like to learn how to make this cool-i-o album, be sure to check back for an upcoming class.  You will be addicted to making these, and they make the absolute best gifts!!   I see a quick album for Halloween, and Holiday gifts for all my kids teachers!

 In addition to the Cajun Craze,  Mossy Meadow, and Crushed Curry cardstocks and Versamark ink... 

Here is what else I used:
Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper
Color me Autumn Designer Series Paper

Autumn Wooden Elements
Autumn Wooden Elements
For All Things Wood-mount Stamp Set
For All Things Stamp Set
1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon
1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon

Autumn Accents Bigz Die
Autumn Accents Bigz Die for the leaves on the cover                                

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - 3-D flowers!

Good morning, and happy Wednesday!  If you started our weekly "hop" over at Robbie's website, then you are aware of our plan here, but if you are starting here, then I will explain...  Each week, we use a picture, and a corresponding Stampin' Up! color palette to inspire us to make a card (or in this case it is a 3-d project from me).  Here is the photo from this week:
and the coordinating Stampin' Up! colors:
Now, I had just done an all over flower card last week, so this week I decided to do a little 3-d project.  Here is what I did:
and closer:

I used the flower fair framelets, cut several times for each flower.  I then spritzed all of the layers with water, and crunched them up in my hand.  When they dried, I punched a hole in the middle and ran floral wire through all of the layers.  I cut a strip of Daffodil Delight paper and snipped it with my fringe scissors and rolled it to make the flower centers.    It is tough to see in the sunlight, but I also did another thing... I took a clear glass bottle and some white acrylic paint.  I added several drops of Daffodil Delight re-inker to the paint to tint it.  It is much more vibrant in person.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you will stop in on FRIDAY as it looks like I may just have an announcement for you!!  Be sure to keep on hopping on over to Carol's website and see what she has for us this week!  Have a great second half of your week!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - soft flowers

Wednesday, Wednesday - nah nah, nah nah nah!!!  If you dropped by to hop, you are on the right track!  If you started with Robbie, then you know what we are up to this week...  We have a picture, we make a card...  we use the picture and the colors to give us some inspiration!  Here are the pictures we used to inspire this week:

I really wanted to make something soft that had the feel of this card, so I played around a bit with the inks and sponges, as well as the Flower Frenzy Bigz die.  I cut a bunch of flowers with the die, and used one of them as a mask to form the background... then I made a few 3d flowers, added the sentiment from the
So Very Happy stamp set, and here is the final result:

I hope you enjoy this week's hop - I know I am looking forward to getting over to Carol's card to see what she's done with this week's inspiration!  Be sure to stop back on Friday and see what fun I have been cooking this week!!  Thanks for stopping by~!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

coloring Down the Lines - Eat your Veggies

Hello there, Wednesday hoppers!  Today is a fine day for hopping- (for some... But not me... I broke a toe yesterday!). If you started with Robbie then you are one lucky stamper!  I know she has inspired you..., but if you are starting here, don't worry- just keep following the links and you will hook right around the horn to the beginning!
Here was the photo inspiration:

So when I saw this, i thought it may be fun to make a really "artsy" veggie card, so I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets right now, Work of Art and got busy.  Reminder: this is not an exact replica, but rather an "inspired by" kind of thing...  So, are you feelin' it?

Please continue on your merry way now, and hop on over to Carol's website today - I bet hers will be fabulous (and completely different)!  Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Welcome!

Hello everyone!  It is Wednesday again, so let's HOP!!  If you started with Robbie this week, then you are already hopping along... if not, don't be alarmed - just keep on hopping and you will circle back to the beginning - with a circle, it doesn't really matter where you start or end!  Today's picture inspiration choice was from Helen.  Here was the inspiration:

and the corresponding Stampin' Up! color chart:

So this picture reminded me on Italy, actually, with the great doorways on every street.  I thought I would make a door myself...  Here's what I did this week:

The door to my house isn't green, it is a kind of red, and my stoop is stone, not wood, but it does have flower pots, and I hope others find it welcoming.  I couldn't capture that with this card, but I did want to photograph it in the morning light that I get at my front door, so that you still may get a bit of that.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Now be sure to hop over to Carol to see what wonderful thing she has in store for you today! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Lifesaver!

Welcome to Wednesday!  Today is Coloring Down the Lines day around the old friend circuit, and if you don't know what I am talking about... that's fine...  just follow the circuit, and you will hop back full-circle to me...  Be sure to stick it out, though, because Robbie always has something great for us!

Today's challenge picture was chosen by yours truly... and after looking at it again, I am not sure what really spoke to me about it!  If you have followed me for awhile, you know I am not really "nautical" - (remember the vertical waves in my other attempt... eek)... And I usually go for the blues and greens together looks...  ah well, this is great for making me jump right in and OUT of my comfort zone, and afterall, that is exactly why we started this hop to begin with... So here is the inspiration picture and colors we are supposed to use...

And here is what you get from me...

I tore all of the blue papers to look more like ocean waves (at least this time they are running horizontal!) Used my Oval Framelits to make the live preserver - wrapping it with baker's twine...- here is this week's flub... the twine is actually tangerine tango, but it looked right to me at the time!  I added the Thankful for you stamp from an upcoming Hostess Promotion - you are going to want this wonderful set...It is called Good Greetings, and is only available after August 28 - which is when the new Holiday Catalog will go LIVE!  I can tell it is going to be one of my go-to sets - It covers just about every occasion!

Now hop on to Carol's website and see what she has in store for us today - I can't wait to hop around the horn myself and see if there are other land-lubbers out there!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - water lilies

Good morning!  It is  Wednesday again, and therefore time again for our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  If you started with Robbie, then you are on the right track - but if you are starting here don't worry!  If you just keep hoping you will still see all of the inspiration!  Liz chose this picture this week from Design Seeds, and Robbie matched it up to our Stampin' Up! colors for our use!  Here is the picture we used:

and the corresponding Stampin' Up! colors:

The colors in this picture reminded me of Water Lilies.  I played  with the new Flower Fair framelits and inks and cardstock, and this is what I came up with:

I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp for the Lost Lagoon spots on the sponged Pool Party background...  Otherwise, I really just used the framelits and the large oval punch to make the lilypads.  I added some pearls to make "bubbles".

Now hop along to see what Carol has for you this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Summer Silhouettes

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  If you are joining our weekly Coloring Down the Lines blog hop here, then you will just hop through the gang - we form a big loop - If you started with Robbie, then you already know what we are working with this week - here are the pictures and the colors we will be using :

and here is what I have done this week:

I wanted this card to look like flowers off a balcony, but it seemed flat to me - so I added some dimensional flowers using a few punches and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock to layer a few flowers... I think it helped - what do you think??
Here is a closer view:

Go ahead now, and hop along to Carol's website and see what wonderful thing she has for you this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - and a sketch!

Hello!  Today is Wednesday, which means it is Coloring Down the Lines day.  If you started with Robbie, then you get it... we use a picture for inspiration - and here we go!

Here is the picture for the challenge, along with the Stampin' Up! colors that we need to use!
And here is what I have done:

I thought it would be fun to use a sketch from another challenge site also, so I played along with one of my favorites - The Paper Players
Now, Hop on over to Carol's blog and see what she has done this week!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hello there - it's been awhile...

Hello everyone - I have missed you all, and missed all of the fun here on my website...  Busy summer for the Frankel family - awesome trip to Yellowstone, then back for two days, and off to Salt Lake City, Utah to the Stampin' Up! convention where I learned all kinds of wonderful things to share with you.  Be sure to continue following my blog (this is easiest if you "follow by email" in the space on the right), so you won't miss any fun!

Today I am adding my submission for the Design Team for the Can You Case It challenge website.  If you haven't played here before, then you certainly should...This week's challenge is a Color Challenge.  We needed to use: Pool Party, So Saffron, and Smokey Slate.  Eva said she got the color combo idea by looking at the sky through her window! 

And here is what I have for you:
I have used the Big Shot Bigz die Flower Frenzy,  the Something to Say stamp set, ink in Pool Party, the new 1/4" cotton ribbon in Pool Party, the subtles color collection of Candy Dots, and cardstock in: Pool Party, So Saffron, Smokey Slate, and Whisper White. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please follow along as I add pictures of all of the "swap" cards I made for Convention this year, as well as pictures of great things that inspire great art!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Joni's choice

Hello and welcome to Wednesday!  Today is the weekly Coloring Down the Lines blog hop - and we have a short but fun one!  If you started at Robbie, you are headed the right way... but we are a circle, so I guess there really isn't a wrong way!!  Today we have again used images from the Design Seeds website to inspire us - this time I didn't use the actual image for inspiration, but just the colors... Here is the picture:
Translated into Stampin' Up! colors, here's what we have...

 Pistachio Pudding
Pear Pizzazz
Garden Green
Basic Gray
Real Red
Blushing Bride

And just to add more interest, we had to use a non-standard fold... You all know how much I love the twisted easel card (because it really showcases the card front and makes for a great birthday card to sit on someone's desk)...  Here's what I did:
 And Close up (using the new framelits)
 And here is how you prop it up... You pop the sentiment up on a dimensional, and that is enough to give the front something to catch on when you prop it open... and it will sit like this on your desk or shelf!

I used the Flower Patch Stamp set... loving this one!  And - just to make it even better... it has a set of framelits to match, the Flower Fair Framelits!!

Of course if you want these or any other items, I have an online store that you can shop in 24 hours a day... (I know I do!!) .  Visit the store by clicking HERE!

Now hop along to Carol and see what she cooked up this week - I know I can't wait to check out everyone's fun fold idea!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Something just a little different...

Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and a sunny start to the new week.  Today I am sharing with you something a bit different, which is also my Design Team entry for this week's challenge over at Can You Case it. The challenge this week was to make something 3-D... well, this doesn't COMPLETELY fit that description, but I really couldn't wait another minute to share it with you.  These two projects are both from a class I took over the weekend in Mixed media.  I really love this process, and if you are a collector of stuff (which, well, let's face it - if you are here, you are a collector), you would probably love.  Just gather your things and stick them down!  There are two different projects here, so I will share one at a time.

This first project is done on fabric.  I used a neutral fabric, stamped on it using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the gold ink, added some sequin trim, burlap ribbon, champagne glimmer paper, gold bakers twine, and Very Vanilla seam binding...  On the tag, I stamped an older image from the summer silhouettes retired set using Early Espresso ink and distressed the tag with the same ink...  The other images below are done on paper... check this out...

This panel is done on gesso covered Watercolor Paper.  I then painted the paper using watered down acrylic paints as a background.  I used some of the tuille ribbon we had a few Christmases ago (which may still be on the clearance rack), some old flower ribbon we had, an old stamp set called Define your Life for the journey stamp (if you don't have this one find it on Ebay - you need it!!), a few SU brads,  some "sequin waste" that I covered with our gold ink, and a few odds and ends I had laying around... 

As this was a class I took, I wasn't sure what to haul from my stash, so you make it work with what you have...  I will be teaching this class in the near future, and hope you all will sort through your "treasures" and get ready to get messy!! 

What have you made lately that would be 3-D??  Jump on over to and join the fun!!