Monday, March 30, 2009

HATS!

Vintage Veranda had a "HAT" challenge this month... I am getting mine it just under the wire. Stamped image in the background is from Judith Bliss.  The hats and hatboxes are stickers from my stash.  GO MAKE SOMETHING also had a challenge today to make something inspired by "HATS" and is is a BIRTHDAY CARD for one of my friends!   

Sunday, March 29, 2009

MY HOUSE!

This week MY HOUSE embodies two challenges.  First, da ma maison il ya, there is a misunderstood king in the house. Second, Art Creations Friday #19 provided the image of the boy (I used in the house) to incorporate in a card/project.  Finally my roaming card gnome made it into another one of my projects!  I am having such fun with the Gnome from Rubber Soul! Art Creations Friday  image of boy to be used!  I even used my Keep Calm Carry On stamp in the background (you can see it if you enlarge the picture)!!!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gnome... Carry On

Here is my new favorite stamp in the reverse "Keep Calm and Carry On".... then I got this little Gnome... I think he may be another on of my new favorite stamps... I stamped in VersaColor cardinal then heat  embossed it with red embossing powder.  The gnome is stamped with black VersaFine, his hat cardinal VersaColor. 
both of these are now available from Rubber Soul!

Art Party Party April 5th... Cabbage Flowers

Just got my invitation to the April 5th "ART PARTY".  We will be learning to make Ribbon CABBAGE FLOWERS.  If you don't know what a cabbage flower is... CLICK HERE.  Mudbay Musings makes the most beautiful cabbage flowers and will be teaching our group to make them!
Below are the wired ribbons I purchased at Echo Artworks when I was there for an ATC Swap! 
I am so excited to use them for my cabbage flowers!


I so honored to belong to this group of amazing and talented ladies.  THANKS for INCLUDING me in your Art Group!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gothic Arch - Spring

This week the challenge at Gothic Arches was Spring.  I am so excited to use this image from Oxford Impressions.  I received an envelope from Suzanne (thanks) and she had stamped the child on the envy... I just had to cut out the cute winged child.  He was perfect for my Spring Garden.  I inked an old slide mount (compliments of Grace) for the hanging window!  The bird stamp is Hero Arts and background paper is Rubber Soul. 

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pink Elephant- Spring Challenge

The Pink Elephant is having a fun "SPRING" weekend... I just found it while hopping around on blogs late last night... so many fun things to do.  If you have time be sure check out their awesome blog hop!  Here is my spring card for the first challenge... hurry the fun ends March 22, that is tonight!!!!  Sorry I didn't tell you earlier...

I needed a birthday card today so I made this one for the challenge and now it will go to use.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

CPS Sketch Week of 3/22

When I saw the Card Positioning Sketch I knew I had to use my new favorite stamp "Keep Calm and Carry On".  Did they know this was perfect for this stamp???
The stamp is from Rubber Soul, ink is VersaColor -Cardinal.  

Guardian in UK- Keep Calm and Carry On


On March 18 the Guardian in the UK had a picture gallery for "Keep Calm and Carry On" Click here to see it.

Also in the Guardian was an article. 
"Stay calm and put up your poster" Quoted from the Guardian.

I love how everyone is embracing the slogan. 

More reading:
BBC February 4, 2009 - article.
Telegraph.co.uk February 23, 2009 - article 

Chicago Tribune- KEEP CALM and CARRY ON







Today the Chicago Tribune has a story  By Colleen Mastony the WWII Poster "Keep Calm and Carry On".  I just love that as a stamper I can use this amazing part of history in my art and cards.  

Central Market Poulsbo

If you have ever been through Poulsbo on your way to Highway 3 you have driven by Central Market... I love the food demos the culinary staff do every day.  Kim and her staff are AWESOME!!!!  

What I love even more is I can go on line and look up the recipes they use!  How wonderful is that!  Everything they demonstrate tastes great.  Here is the link if you  are in need of new recipe ideas!

Friday, March 20, 2009

NEW "Keep Calm and Carry On" from Rubber Soul! & UHU review!

Edit post 1/22/12: The Rubber Soul brick and mortar store closed last year.  You can still buy Rubber Soul stamps online. HERE



Yesterday on my way home I dropped by the Rubber Soul.  I was so excited to be the first person to own their newest mounted   stamps!!!!  "Keep Calm and Carry On".  It is  available in TWO rubber stamps. One is solid the other has floating words  click here to see!  I went home and made ATCs for a trade I was participating in on Friday evening, everyone loved the slogan.  

The stamps are miniatures of a British WWII propaganda poster, to learn more about the poster go to Barter Books.
Below are the ATCs I traded, I used the solid stamp with VersaColor - Cardinal.  
Stamping tip: I always stamp on glass, especially when I have a solid background. I always get a better image. 

These are my new favorite stamps!!!!

On another note, just for asking I received a UHU glue roller from UHU.  Most of the time I use glue stick when ever I make ATC's.  On these I used the UHU glue roller!!!!  I love it.  NO MESS like the glue stick.  The roll made the job quick and easy!!!!

British WWII Poster






Who said wait long enough and history repeats itself... Over 60 years ago this poster first debuted. Just a few copies made into the public arena.  I don't think this is back for the same reason it was originally printed.  

It is timeless! 

A very simple poster with a strong message for all times.  The story behind it is even more amazing.  I learned it's history recently at Barter Books in the UK. 

From Barter Books Website:
"On the eve of WWII, the British government produced a series of posters whose intent was to convey a reassuring message from the King to his people. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was one of three posters in a particular series and though millions of copies were printed of all three, ‘Keep Calm’ never went public. The reason for this is that it was meant for distribution only in the event of actual German occupation which, mercifully, never happened. After the end of the war, some few Keep Calm posters escaped being shredded. As far as we know, only two remain in good condition: one is in the Imperial War Museum, and the other, in Barter Books.’

Dimensional ATCs

Once a month I get together with a group of ladies and we exchange ATCs.  A couple of months ago we were given a wooden ATC to create.  THis week we exchanged them.  Here is a group picture of them.  They turned out fabulous.  Each one was an expression of the artist.

This was my dimensional ATC.

The post card reads, "He seemed to have taken your picture in different positions."  When I use decorative napkins I remove the two layers of baking. 
The background of my dimensional ATC is a napkin adhered with Mod Podge!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Winner of GOING GREEN!!!! LINDA

CONGRATS LINDA!!!

Linda said...

Hi Lyneen...what a great idea to promote going green! One of my "green" efforts is to recycle things I find at work into my crafting, like outdated test tubes, packing chip board and plastic tubing. I have everyone at work looking at things as potential craft materials!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

GOING GREEN! RAK....

**THIS POST WILL REMAIN AT THE TOP UNTIL 3/17*
NEWER POSTS BELOW!
Liz at Artistic Sojourns got me to thinking when I read her post "Thoughts on Going Green."  She mentioned three ways that she has GONE GREEN: Sharing My Supplies, Re-use, Recycle and Share My Art.  What an inspiration... I was so inspired that I have decided to SHARE MY SUPPLIES.... I have way more than I will ever use.  I will be cleaning and organizing my craft room over the next few weeks as I get ready for shelves in the closet to help me organize.  

I am not sure how many RAKs I will be giving out!  There will be several.  Just know I am a vintage and contemporary  crafter so there maybe a mix.  All you have to do is leave a comment tell me how you have gone green in your crafty creations. It could be as simple as something you used on a card or layout.  If you like and have a picture on your blog put a link in your comment.  I'd love to see it.  Oh, if you would, let everyone know about my GOING GREEN RAK!  If you post on your blog I will add you into the draw a second time!!!!  Become a follower and check my CANDY BAR on the right from time to time!

This will end on MARCH 17th!!!  St. Patrick's Day...  
Winners will be announced on the 18th!  
May the luck of the IRISH be with you!

IRISH SODA BREAD!

For those who aren't Irish but would like to celebrate with a wee bit of Irish food here is a recipe  for Irish Bread... CLICK HERE and visit Charlie and Me!

Another Amazing Giveaway at Creating from the Heart

Look at what Melissa has to giveaway!!!! Winner Announced Jen Hills!
  1. ~ 1 set of Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Labels One
  2. ~ 1 6x6 Basic Grey Porcelain Paper Pack
  3. ~ 1 package of BG Porcelain Buttons
  4. ~ 1 package of BG Porcelain Glazed Brads
  5. ~ 1 package of Jennie Bowlin Printed Frames Tickets
  6. ~ 1 Maya Road Clear Stamp Set, Build a Tree
You have until March 17th to post on her blog.... Click HERE!

COPIC GIVEAWAY

I have been dying to get my hands on a set of Copics.... and here is my chance and yours....here are a couple of cards I colored using other tehniques... If I had Copics I would have used them... I sure hope I win!  Go Here Charmed Crafts, this ends April 10th.

ATC Class at Rubber Soul

Rubber Soul invited me to teach an ATC class.  The first was March 14th.  Here are the sample ATCs we made yesterday.  My  next ATC class at Rubber Soul will be April 11th 10:00 to Noon.  If you are interested register at the Rubber Soul.  
Shamrock stamp Rubber Soul.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Beeswax Collages

A couple of weeks ago a group of us got together to play with beeswax!!! This was my first collage. The image of the couple is from Collagevisions - Digital Collage Sheets. I won several from a challenge a WinterHaven. On this piece I used mulberry paper, tissue paper, lace, flowers, die cut letters and a grunge board flourish.  Everything on this is attached using the wax except for the rhinestones.
Below is a close-up.  The wax intensified the  colors of the flowers.  You can see the lace in the wax. 
My second attempt at a beeswax collage.  On this one I used tissue pattern pieces, printed napkins, lace, cheesecloth and added a flower on top of the collage.  
Below close-up of the cheesecloth
Before I left I waxed several pieces to use in later projects... napkin, Vogue pattern, page from a book, stamped mulberry paper and cheesecloth.
I had a blast playing in the wax... I need a melting pot!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More ATCs In the Mail!

Here are my St. Patricks Day ATCs I received from the Vintage Veranda Swap I participated in this month!  Beautiful cards ladies!!!!

Artists: Louise, Liz and Kathy 

Monday, March 9, 2009

LADY OF THE HOUSE!!

In celebration of "Day of Women" celebrated on Sunday, March 8th in France, there is a woman in the house for the challenge at Dans ma maison,  il y a .... une femme...!!!


The house is made of scraps of paper (click on picture to see detail).  Stamps Hero Arts-bird, Stampington-Hearts and Crafty Secrets-Lady from the Glamour Girl clear set that I won from one of their weekly drawings!I just love this set!   The Crochet flower was in a RAK from Pam!

ATC Eyes Outside Your Box

I saw a challenge on Outside Your Box Saturdays and thought I wouldn't be doing that challenge until I saw this "EYE" in the Seattle PI 3/2/09 photo by Andy Rogers... It was a challenge from 3/1.  

WELCOME HOME!

I just love how this welcome home card turned out... especially the inside.  I am sending this off for a returning soldier, over at StampHaven a stack of cards are being collected.  I really enjoyed making this one.  Stamps: Amuse -house, Hero Arts-alpha.

Below is inside....

Saturday, March 7, 2009

THANK you KRIS... new sign up!

For the last year I have been part of one of the most amazing swaps... Every ATC I receive is amazing!  KRIS has been one of the most gracious hostess.  

THANK YOU KRIS for your hard work. 

Right now at Stampin'D Amour there is a sign up going on for the next year's swap.  Eileen has volunteered to keep up the swap for the next year. The current swaps will end with the March 2009 swap.  The new one begins April 2009 and continues for one year.  In this swap You will send 9 ATCs and you will get back 9 ATCs.  They will be due by the 25th of each month beginning with April!  The rules are easy 9 of the same, NVR,  just shabby, collage, vintage, altered, unique... check the site for mailing instructions.   

MY ST. PATRICK's ATC's

Here are 4 of my ATC's I am trading this month!!!!  Now to get them in the mail!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ATCs I have Traded for arrived today!

These are from a Swap a Stampin D'Amour, the cards I receive from this swap are just amazing every month!!!  Ladies you have out done yourselves again... THANKS for your awesome ATC's.
Artists: Kris, Pam, Linda, Lyneen, Julia, Kathleen, Louise, Alice, Sarah
Artists: Kris, Robin, Liz, Jan, Kathleen, Lyneen Anne, Paulette, Laura 
Artists: Kris, Eileen, Paulette, Susie, Carolyn, Lyneen, Kim,Kathleen, Pamela

WinterHaven RAK's have ARRIVED!!!!

THE BEST MAIL IN ALL THE WORLD IS A RAK!!!  Well, next to BEAUTIFUL CARDS and ATC's!

I won a drive by challenge at StampHaven during WinterHaven from Chris

The RAK is an Anna Griffin wood-mounted background stamp (Margot) and

 a pack of Creative Imaginations Karen Russell Narratives rub-ons plus 

a WONDERFUL owl card.

I also won the Inchies Galore challenge at StampHaven during WinterHaven from Sarah 

The RAK is six awsome little clear stamp sets and an AWESOME Inchie Card!


THANKS LADIES.... I had a ton of fun At WinterHaven (two weeks full of challenges)... come by StampHaven for a visit.  You won't want to miss WinterHaven next year!.  

RUSTY PICKLE March Challenge!!

Rusty Pickle has a sketch challenge just about every month... CLICK HERE to see the March challenge.  You have until March 29th to submit... Below are some of the awesome paper, die stickers and buttons I got this week for a sketch I won earlier!  THANKS RUSTY PICKLE!!!


Scrapbook Update has a Giveaway!!!!

Nancy keeps up with the heart beat of the scrapbook industry on her blog.  I am amazed what I can learn from reading her website.  NANCY HAS A GIVEAWAY THIS MONTH... YOU HAVE UNTIL MARCH 11th!

Right from Nancy's website "Scrapbook Update"
Joanna Campbell Slan has written for Memory Makers and Creating Keepsakes, and had books published about scrapbooking, now in the the U.K. she has started writing a series of scrapbook-themed mysteries. The first one - Paper, Scissors, Death. The second soon to be available - Cut, Crop & Die.  

Quoted from Nancy, "The heroine of the books is Kiki Lowenstein, a mom who scrapbooks. Her life gets turned upside down in the first book when her husband is found dead...and after his college girlfriend is found dead she becomes the prime suspect."   

HEY I LOVE A MYSTERY HOW ABOUT YOU?  You can win one of Joanna's books. CLICK HERE TO GO TO NANCY'S "SCRAPBOOK UPDATE"and find out how.  Then check out what Nancy is writing about these days!


Monday, March 2, 2009

Beeswax Collage Art Party

About a week ago I mentioned an ART PARTY... Here is a sneak peak of what we did.  Our hosts Cathy and Jo made these amazing gifts for each of us... at our place setting we each received a 5x7 beeswax collage.  THANKS SO MUCH CATHY & JO!


We had a wonderful lunch... Thanks Jo for the great soup!
What a great time was had by all!


Then there was the local entertainment!