Thursday, July 23, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #18

I'm a tad early for the challenge but Kimm said it was okay to post since I'm going out of town tomorrow. This was a fun color group. You can see the challenge colors by clicking on the link to the right to go to Artful Sentiments by Kimm's blog (on Saturday morning!). Instead of misting the stamp (in this case it was acrylic), I misted the paper and quickly scribbled on the stamp. The ink seemed to not dry quite as fast on the acrylic as on the rubber.....go figure! The stamp are by Heidi Swapp. I sure love this set. I used it on a couple of cards that will be in the artwork section of the new Technique Junkie newsletter that will be posted near the 1st of August. You're going to love this newsletter.....lots of real fun techniques in it with stuff you have on hand!

Tomorrow Ray and I will travel with my daughter, Leah, and her husband, Adam, and grandson, Zander. We are going to Montana. Adam's parents live in Billings and we will stay a day or so with them. We have three nights in NW Yellowstone........I'm excited about that! We are also going to a Gem farm somewhere in Montana. You can find sapphires there. I love rocks!! Adam made all the reservations and we didn't have to do a thing. That was really nice. I hope to have lots of pictures and stories when I get back in a week. Hope the traveling goes well with all five of us in our Explorer.

I'll miss the Challenge for next week. I had the colors ahead of time but just ran out of time to complete the card.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Over tired

Well, today was the big car cruise-in that I am the chairman of. (don't tell me about ending the sentences with a preposition........I'm just too tired to care!) We started the day at 5:15 am and were out of the house by 6:00 am. Drove two of our classics to the show. Got there at 6:15 am and immediately set to work getting everything ready for the 8am gate opening. It was CRAZY!!! We had people in line at 6:30am. CRAZY!!!!

I knew this was going to be a great year. Our weather was in the low 80's, I think. Nary a cloud in the sky. This was the first year that we offered a theme. Hawaiian! We encouraged people to wear their Hawaiian duds for a special prize. At the end of the show we awarded a dashboard hula girl to the male and female winners. Gave little awards to people who actually brought surfboards along with their cars. We featured the Woody and the winning Woody got a special trophy. We also gave away a lei to each person as they entered the show. It was quite festive!

We had our trophies custom made this year and the winners seemed pleased! This was also the first year to offer an event T-Shirt. We ordered only 72 shirts because we didn't want to end up with shirts to take home. We could have sold at least 40 more! They were all gone before noon. I was tickled that everyone seemed to like the design since I'm the one who created it! We let people order them and have orders for 17 more.

Our raffle raised almost $2300 for Oregon Impact. They offer crash re-enactments for the local high schools and victims panels for DUII and court appointed cases. I know that many of the schools have their driver's ed kids go to them as well.

We did have an issue with the library that was open this year. They wanted all the spots in front of their library for their patrons. It would have been nice BUT it was a safety hazard with all the people walking around for the cruise-in. We reserved 20 spots for them off to the side but it was awfully hard to police the area and make sure only library patrons parked there.

I had a few 'fires' that I had to put out but not as many as last year. Oh....and did I say that we had 10%more entries this year! We had 331 cars this year!!! The most ever for our event. We might be able to go to 350 but that is all the lot can hold.

Well.....I'm hitting the sack after a short hot soak.......everything aches and I'm exhausted. We go to Montana next week with my daughter and her family but all the cruise-in data has to be typed up and reports made before rest for the weary!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #17

Another week has flown by......I am just pooped. The cruise-in is only a day away and I've hardly had time to keep up with dishes let alone getting my challenge card done. I have a ton left to do for the cruise-in and only today to finish! Not only did I have to get this done but one for my grandson's birthday party today! He turns one. This last year has just flown by. I'll post it later....maybe Monday! is my challenge card. It was really hard for me to get into the card this week. I ended up using RV11, R20, RV06 and R24. I had to stare at those colors a long time before I decided that a pig would be the right image. This is the first time this Hambo has seen ink! Isn't he darling! The spots on the paper were creatd by holding the copic marker on the paper and letting it bleed. As I look at the bottom background piece it reminds me of strawberry angel food cake with those confetti pieces in it. My grandma used to make that cake for my birthdays (not the strawberry part but the confetti angel food part).
Click on the link to the right to see the copic challenge colors for the week! Come on and play along!

Short post today.....too much to do!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dustin Pike Awesome Offer only TODAY!!

Dustin Pike has ALL of his digital images for only $25 until midnight tonight. Isn't that an awesome deal?!!!! There are over 100 images and if you bought them one by one it would be over $300. Hurry! Go down a couple of posts for the link.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #16

I can't believe that this last week has gone by so fast. I'm up to my eyeballs in cruise-in stuff. The event is on the 19th and I have soooo much left to do. I feel crazy. But.....challenges keep on going and this week the challenge was to use B23, YG67, E47. Well.......With all the markers I have (and the collection is growing), I don't seem to have ANY of these! Go figure!! So......I did have the following instead B24, YG17, E37. That was as close in values as I could get. The background piece on this card is some reinker splash I made the other day.....that Technique Junkie technique is so quick and you get such fun results! The stamp is just the chair.....I drew in the grass around it. I actually had this card done on Wednesday! Grandson, Zander, was down for a long nap and I knew I just had to do the card before the cruise-in totally consumed my life.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #15

Wow, this past week just flew by! Kimm will be posting the challenge to her blog late Friday night this week. Since it is a holiday tomorrow, I'm posting my card for the challenge tonight as well. The card was made using the Triple play technique from Technique Junkies. I threw in the only piece of red, white, and blue ribbon I have along with Bigz Star die from Sizzix, a computer generated sentiment and finally a $1 stamp from Michaels. The card will fit into a standard #10 envelope (business size). The colors this week are B26, R29, C0. I didn't have C0 so used C1 instead. You can barely see it as the shadow for the shoes. This card is rather funny to me as the one thing I really HATE to do is to go shoe shopping. I many of you LOVE it but I just don't! Don't like to shop for purses either! Now......paper......LOVE to shop for that! Hee hee! The first image is the card as it is shut. The second image below is the card in it's open position. OH! BTW........Happy 4th of July!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Birdie Van Gogh & Chalky Roses

Here are two cards that I did today. I had both images already colored up. Did them while driving to help my step-mom get ready for her move to Oklahoma. They are colored with copic markers. The Birdie Van Gogh card was colored using the Van Gogh technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter. I think this is a super fun technique besides, putting a name in front of the word Van Gogh makes it seem so sophisticated, don't ya think! And as a plus, I was able to use up some of the older scrapbook paper that I had! The image is from Dustin Pike. Can you tell.....I really do love his artwork!! The words are Hero arts.

The second card is Chalky Roses. The image was one that I THINK I stamped when I was at the copic class in May. Do I remember who did Sorry! This image was also colored in the car! The background paper is a technique called Marbelized Chalks, a technique from way back in 2004 from Technique Junkies.

From Sweden with Love

Here is a darling image that I got in an image swap from a friend in Sweden. Isn't she just darling? I colored her with copic markers. As I was working on the image I noticed that the hem of her skirt looked very much like the Martha Stewart punch I had. So after playing around with the scrapbook paper that I'm wanting to use, I decided to border it with the MS punch. Added a little dotting around it with the Signo pen to dress it up and added the image. The verse if from Stampendous! and stamped with SU pumpkin pie (which was also sponged on the border). Hope you enjoy this sweet image.