Sunday, February 26, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge ...

Back on February 9th I saw a post by Regina over at The Stampin Bean about Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge so I went to Taylored Expressions to check out their Calendars, and found that they had a 2013 6x6 Dated Calendar that could be downloaded.  So I made my purchase. 

I don't have any Taylored Expressions stamps so it's a good thing that was not one of the requirements to play along.  I pulled out my Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie stamp set, and went to town.  Then added some Maraschino Twine and layered the calendar on A Muse Studio Cherry Cardstock.

I plan on decorating the January calendar, and then continue to participate in this challenge for the rest of the year.  Once complete, I will create a box/stand to hold all the calendar's and give it away as a Christmas Gift.

There is an awesome prize up for grabs for those who participate in 10 or more of the challenges throughout the year.  All the details can be found here.

Until next time ... Take Care!

Ruza

Other Products Used ... Neenah Solar White Cardstock, A Muse Studio Cherry Ink & various Memento Dew Drops, Printer, Trimmer, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and my trusty ATG.

Christmas anyone ...

Normally I wouldn't be creating a Christmas Card in February.  However, Sassy Studio Design Dare to be Sassy Thursday #113 Challenge is to create a Christmas/Holiday Card using traditional colors.  Now the only reason I could honestly be in the right frame of mind to create this type of card is that we had the pleasure of having 7-1/2 inches of  snow last Friday.  I actually took a picture of it falling, and will share it later in this post.
After coloring "Meet Me under the Mistletoe" with my Copic Markers I put it on the side not sure how I would put the card together.  Then I received the reminder on Saturday about Freshly Made Sketches current Challenge #23, and knew exactly how I would proceed.

This is what I woke up to Friday morning.
This is a picture of my backyard with the snow falling.

Until next time ... Take Care!

Ruza

Other Products used ... Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Paper Cut Scallop A-2 Hopsack Forest Green Greeting Card & Memory Box Yuletide Cardstock, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Red Spica Pen, Recollections Signature Brads, Peapod Twine from The Twinery & Green Simplicity Button, Printer, Dauber, Nestabilities Classic Small Squares (S4-128) & Classic Scalloped Small Squares (S4-129), McGill 1/8" Punch, and my trusty ATG.



Thanks for sticking by me ...

The February Block Party is up over at Market Street Stamps, and to help those who don't have many of their stamps (which would be me) Angelica gave us this "Funky Chicken Digital Stamp" over at The MSS Neighborhood to play with.

After creating the bubbles is MSWord when I printed up the Funky Chickens, I really wasn't sure what I what put in them.  See the only MSS set I own is the Gone Campin' and it turns out that the sentiments were perfect for me today.

Why you ask?
     Right after I finished coloring these Funky Chickens with my Copic Markers, my daughter Katie came down.  She grabbed her bottle of water that was left over from lunch, started drinking it, and the next thing I know it's coming towards my head with water flying all over.  Normally, I try to ignore her when she gets like this.  Unfortunately, the water came real close to my laptop and I lost it!  The hubby helped get Katie out of the way and clean up the mess.  Thankfully, my computer was closed so the water only landed on the lid and the power source (which is drying out now).
     You see my hubby is always there for me and these sentiments represent how we felt after today's incident.  The sad part is that we will never know why she did what she did since she is our non-verbal child.

I'll be back in a bit with another card I created this weekend.

Until then ... Take Care!

Ruza

Other products used ... Bazzill, Neenah Solar White & DCWV Linen Closet Cardstock, Copic Markers and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Recollections Pearls & Rhinestones, Printer, Fiskars Scissors, ATG & 3D Foam Squares.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Emma's Paperie Birthday Challenge ...

Emma's Paperie is celebrating their 4th Birthday.  They have lots of prizes they are giving out, which you can find out about all the prizes on their Facebook Page.  Part of the celebration is a challenge to create a birthday card based on the Sketch, which I will show at the end of my post, provided by Lisa Dorsey.
This birthday card was created for my nephew/godson who is turning 25 on March 3rd. I knew his birthday was coming up so I called my sister to make sure I got the card there before the big day. You see, normally it gets sent out late because I forget. Now, I've added this to my calendar so I will never forget again. Took me long enough to do this.
My nephew is an awesome artist and he is really into creating animated figures.  I knew this Sassy Studio Design Steampunk Amelia Digital Stamp would be perfect for creating his card.  I colored Amelia with my Copic Markers, and fussy cut her out while watching TV with the hubby this afternoon.  I then went into my craft area to put the card together.  I created the aged look with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, pulled out some Mini Paper Clips & Sprocket Gears along with some brads to go along with the Steampunk Vibe.

Here is the Sketch that was provided ...
Now all I have to do is hope that my sister doesn't share this card with the birthday boy before he gets the card in the mail.  You see we are "Friends" on FB.

Happy 4th Birthday to Emma's Paperie!
Here's to wishing you many more!

Until next time ... Take Care!

Ruza

Other products used ... Sentimental Sampler from Paper Smooches, Neenah Solar White & Bazzill Cardstock, Martha Stewart Ribbon Style Tags, Spica Clear Pen, Silver Pen from Creative Memories, Printer, Fiskars Fingertip Blade, Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small Die (S4-112) & Classic Scalloped Ovals Small Die (S4-113), McGill 1/8" Punch, 3D Pop Up, Mini & Ultra-Thin Glue Dots, and 3D Foam Squares.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Going "Green" ...

Today I'll be sharing two (2) cards I created for the current CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge #12.  The current challenge "Green, Great & Gorgeous" runs thru Wednesday, February 29th. 

My first card showcases this lovely Happy St. Patrick's Day digital stamp that was provided by Crafting with Jack.  I let the stamp stand on it's own by framing it with my Nestabilities, and running some ribbon thru the slits in the side.  I used the Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder for the background, and applied some Distress Ink to give it a wood-like texture.

My second card showcases this adorable Hang in There along with the Sentiment from Happileigh Scrappin' Store.  This frog is soooo adorable.  I had fun coloring him with my Copics.  Then I fussy cut him out and popped him on my background.  The shape was created with Xyron Frame 2 Dies which I won from Shapez about a month ago. Once again I used the Distressed Stripes directly behind the frog on the smallest shape.  The sentiment was colored with Copics, fussy cut and then separated it to fit where I wanted to put it.  You can see the 3D Foam Squares that were used to pop on the frog.  I doubled up the foam directly under his legs to make him really hang.

The Design Team did a great job showcasing these images, along with the others that were provided for CDACPC12.  I encourage you to hop on over and see what CDAC has to offer. 

I would love to see what you create with these images!

Until next time ... Have a marvelous weekend!

Ruza

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sassy Girl Time ...

Last Friday Sassy Studio Designs gave us this awesome FREEBIE called "Cosmopolitan" over at Paper Craft Planet for their current challenge called "Tie One On".

This is the first time, in like forever, that I didn't use my Copic Markers for coloring.  I pulled out my Faber Castell Art Grip Color Pencils and Pitt Pastels.  I really love working with them and need to add more to my collection so that I can color more often with them.

I let the "Cosmopolitan" girl be the focus of my card.  No sentiment, which gives me the option to use this card for any occasion.

Until next time ... Take Care!

Ruza

Other products used ... Bazzill, Neenah Solar White, and Homemade 6 Bean Soup from Jillibean Soup Cardstock, Bling from Want to Scrap, ATG, and 3D Foam Squares.

Life's a Delight ...

Hello there.  I have some exciting news since my last post. One of my cards was accepted by Paper Craft Magazine to be published in the "Stamp It Cards! Volume 9".  I'm so looking forward to sharing my card with you once the publication goes on sale June 26, 2012.  Talk about excitement!  The hubby was still home when I opened the email, I screamed, and he freaked out a little until I told him.  He is very proud of me! ;o)

I have been creating, but just didn't find the time to post my designs.  So before my friends come over today to create some card at my A Muse Studio Workshop I figured it was time to get some posts done.

The first card is for the current DeNami Sketch Challenge #11
I pulled out the Large & Mini Cherries which you can find here, and the sentiment is located here.  3D Crystal Lacquer was used on the cherries to give them some shine. 

Now here is the sketch Paulina created for us to work with.
Here's to hoping you like my take on the sketch!

Until next time ... Take care!
Ruza

Other products used ... Cardstock & Ribbon from DeNami Design, Copic Markers, Martha Stewart Scallop 3-dot Punch, ATG, and 3D Foam Squares

Sunday, February 12, 2012

DeNami Cute Chickie's Blog Hop ...

Welcome to the DeNami Design "Cute Chickie's" Blog Hop. This month we are showing you how versatile their CUTE CHICKIE'S are to create with.

If you are following the hop you should have arrived from Heidi's Stamping, Knitting, Etc. Blog.  If you just arrived, or get lost along the way, head on over to the DeNami Design Blog for a complete list of the 27 participants.

Last month I showed you the Valentine's I created for my daughter Katie's classmates. So this month I created cards for her teacher, and the 4 assistants in her class, using E130 Chickie in Balloon.
I stamped a couple of the E137 Small Cloud using the masking technique, stamped the Chickie in Balloon and then fussy cut out a second balloon after coloring with my Copic Markers, and attached it with 3D Squares.  Tim Holtz Distress ink was used to create the sky, and then I stamped the "Thank You" sentiment from the PF26 Assorted Greetings Stamp Set.  I will add a personal message inside for each of Katie's teacher's.

Blog Hop Details ...
  • When:  Starts on Sunday, February 12th at 6:00 AM, PST. 
  • Prizes:  DeNami Design is giving away three (3) $20.00 Gift Certificates to their On-line Store. One Gift Certificate will be awarded to one of the Blog Hop Participants, and the other Two Gift Certificates will be given away to TWO people who comment on all of the Blog Hop Posts.
  • Note:  You have until Monday, February 13th at 11:59 PM, PST to leave a comment on each participants blog to be eligible for one of the prizes.
I am the last stop for the Blog Hop so once you leave a comment, head on over to the DeNami Design Blog, and leave them some LOVE for hosting this awesome Blog Hop.  While you're there check out the sketch that Pauline created for this months DeNami Sketch Challenge #11.

WE greatly appreciate your joining us for the Cute Chickie's Blog Hop. Until next time ... Happy Valentines Day to you and your loved ones!

Ruza

Other products used ... Cardstock:  DeNami Red, Bazzill Watermelon Sensation, and Neenah Solar White.   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Inks.  Tools:  Scissors, ATG, and 3D Foam Tape

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day ...

Hello again! ;o)

My next card once again merges a couple of different challenges.  We have the sketch from Just Us Girls Challenge #122, the photo inspiration by Lawnscaping Challenge #27, and iCopic Weekly Challenge #68 ~ Hearts.

This card is going to my wonderful husband who supports my crafting, or as he calls it "my crazy creative side"!
All of the stamps used are Lawn Fawn.  We have the adorable Fox from Critter's in the Forest, the sentiment from My Silly Valentine, and the hearts from Sophie's Sentiments.

Copic Markers used for the fox:  E11, E13, E33 and E04; blended R29 & R39 for the hearts, and added a bit of shadow with BG10 & the colorless blender.  A Red Spica Pen was use over the lines coming off the hearts.

Now for the inspirational photos ...



Until next time ... Enjoy!
Ruza

Other Products Used:  Paper: A Muse Studio Cheery, Neenah Solar White & Lily Bee Designs Picket Fence; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Extra: 3/4" White Ribbon from the Ribbon Boutique; Tools: Spellbinders S4-219 Classic Scalloped Border Petites, ATG, and 3D Foam Squares

You're totally cool ...

Hello again.  Hope all is going well with all of you. I've spent the last couple of weeks creating cards for PC's "Stamp It" call for submission so I haven't shared much lately.  I made some "me" time today to create a couple cards for a couple challenges going on right now.

My first card utilizes the Sketch from Young Crafter's United Challenge #6 and the theme from CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #38 ~ On the Red Carpet.  I think the two challenges mesh together nicely.

My inspiration for this card is "007" ... James Bond's Silver BMW Z8 from The World is Not Enough (1999).  The cool car is from Paper Smooches "My Guy" stamp set , and the sentiment is a combination of stamps from "My Guy" and "Good Gab".  The steering wheel is from a package of Tim Holtz' Sprocket Gears that I picked up the other day.
I used Washi Tape from the A Muse Studio Fall package for the road.  3D Krystal Lacquer was added to the windshield and head/tail lights, and a Black Spica Pen was used on the tires to give them that sparkly shine.

Now for the inspirational photo's ...


Until next time ... Enjoy!
Ruza

Other Products Used:  Cardstock: Bazzill Admiral & Fig Swirl, and Neenah Solar White; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Extra:  Paper Studio Mini Brad; Tools:  Trimmer, Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, ATG, and Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Love you ...

Please scroll down for the A Muse Studio Blog Hop.

I created this card for my daughter, Katie, to give to her grandfather for his birthday.  Several different elements were used in my design, but first let me show you the card.
The Digital stamp I used is called "Bailey Bear Valentine" and was provided by Sew Many Cards for CDAC's Progressive Digital Challenge #11 ~ Love will find a way.  My design is based on the Midnight Madness February Monthly Sketch Challenge #135.
I embossed the the white panel with hearts, and added the sentiments from Cuttlebug's Love Language Embossing Folder & Die Set.  Here is a close-up to show off the little hearts behind Bailey, and it also shows the 3-D effect I created by popping up the heart.
The inside was finished using stamps from Paper Smooches, and one of the dies from the set.  Once I was done I realized that I spelled "Grandpa" incorrectly.  My hubby said that it was perfect for Katie.  I will use the same stamps to add her name, and then let her add her own touch before sealing the envelope.
If you would like to know how you can get "Bailey Bear Valentine" for yourself, head on over to Crafter's Digital Art Center [CDAC] for all the details.
I'm also submitting my design for the Embossing & Debossing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World  as part of the "Cool Tools Weekly Challenges", and Sentimental Sundays Challenge #87 ~ Dry Embossing.
Until next time ... Enjoy!
Ruza

Other products used:  Stamps ~ Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler & Alphadot; Cardstock ~ Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Basics, Lil Bee Design Happily Lost & Picket Fence; Ink ~ Copic Markers; Tools ~ Printer, Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, Mini Glue Dots & 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Muse Studio February 2012 Blog Hop ...

Welcome to my blog, today I am delighted to be joining some of my fellow consultants in a Blog Hop featuring products from the wonderful new A Muse Studio Catalogue. If you are joining us in the hop you should have come here from Tracey Jean, if not why not start at the beginning with Karen Crisp's blog and hop on down until you get back to me?

My card features the NEW stamp set called "Charming Gardeners"


This stamp is so versatile and can be used in many different ways. After stamping this lovely with the Titian Ink, I colored the edges with a brown color pencil, and went around the flowers with a Clear Spica Pen.

I matched the stamps up with the following products: Titian Venetian Cardstock as the base, Burano cardstock from the Venetian Palette, Titian Ink, French Roast Cardstock, and some French Roast Twine.

I am the last stop on today's Blog Hop.  If you get lost along the way or the link gets broken, here is a complete list of the participants:

Ruza Rebel = you are here
Thank you for joining us today.  All of the products you have seen in today's Blog Hop can be purchased through my A Muse Consultant #1416 On-line Store.

Until next time ... Enjoy

CDAC Progressive Challenge #11 ...

Hello, and welcome to the start of the next
With Valentine's Day just around the corner our current theme is
"Love will find a way".
February 1, 2012 thru February 14, 2012
Oops ... February 13, 2012
My design incorporates the sweet "Treat For 2" Digital stamp provided by Lautetta's Digital Stamps.  After coloring this delicious Sunday, I popped on another layer of whipped cream that contains some sparkle.  Instead of adding a Valentine Sentiment I went with the "Yummy" and "Delicious" phrases from some patterned paper by DCWV, and popped on some Heart Buttons to keep my design clean and simple. This way I can pop the card into my hubbies luggage on his next trip out of town.
Close up of the whipped cream to show the sparkle.

How does the CDAC Progressive Challenges work?
The CDAC Progressive Challenge is a proactive freebie challenge. What that means is as long as you are proactive by making and submitting cards to this challenge you will continue to get freebies offered in a large variety of styles. These images are created by the artists that have groups here on CDAC and by those that participate in the CDAC drawing Challenges. This is a fun way to get and use fabulous images that will be offered during these challenges. You will have a full two week to enter the challenge, so not only will you get these images free (if you started with CDACP7), but if you participate in each of the challenges during that series you will go into the drawing for the Grand Prize. EVERYONE that plays is a winner, because EVERYONE that plays earns the next challenges images for free. Repeat the process again, and you will receive the next freebies again and so on and so on.....
If you are just joining in or you missed a challenge, you can buy your way in to this challenge for only $1.00. 
Remember to hop on over to CDAC to see what the rest of awesome ladies of Design Team "B" created, and while you're there why not just join in the fun.

I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time ... Enjoy!
Ruza

Other Products Used:  Cardstock: A Muse Studio Ocean & Buttercup Gingham, and DCWV Sweet Stack; Ink: Copic Markers; Extras: DeNami Xtra Fine Glitter and Sweetheart Shaped Buttons; Tools: Printer, Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, Quickie Glue Pen, Mini & Ultra Thin Glue Dots, ATG, and 3D Foam Squares