Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DTGD Hoppy Birthday and Flowers

Good morning! Are you ready for some more fabulous Dare to Get Dirty (DTGD) challenges on Splitcoaststampers (SCS)? I hope so. There are prizes involved, and who doesn't love winning a prize? There are five new challenges posted today and one of them is mine. I can't really give you the specifics of my challenge because we're to keep it a secret for the Fan Club members only of SCS. So, if you're a Fan Club member, you can get all the dirty details in the DTGD forum. If you're not a member, you might consider becoming one. Here's a link on how to join the SCS Fan Club.

Here are my two cards I made for my challenge today.

For my first card, I used this fun birthday frog from Rubbernecker Stamps.  I heat embossed the image first with black embossing powder and then water colored it with Ranger Distress Inks.  I then ran the image panel through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.

 Here's a closer view...

Supplies I used:
Stamps:   Frog Holding Balloons  and Hoppy Hoppy Text by Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper:  White, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, More Mustard dp (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Ranger Distress Inks:  Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, Broken China
Accessories:  water color brush, wide oval punch, border punch, circle Nestabilities, embossing folder, eyelets, Crop-a-dile, dimensional, straw stickles

 For my embossed flower card, I used this solid floral image.  I heat embossed it with brown embossing powder onto designer paper and then ran that through my Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder.

Supplies I used:
Stamps: Floral  by Rubbernecker
Paper: Stampin' Up Bordering Blue, Crumb Cake; Bazzill Brown; My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus dp
Ink: none
Accessories: Versamark, Brown embossing powder, heat tool, petite oval Nestabilities, brown brads, chocolate satin ribbon, square lattice embossing folder, scalloped eyelet border die

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed what I had to share today.

Monday, July 30, 2012

DTGD Fruitful Harvest

Here's another card I designed a few weeks ago in preparation for the Dare to Get Dirty (DTGD) challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Tammy asked me to be a sample maker for her challenge. You can get all the details in the link I provided in my post before this one.

I masked and stamped the various fruits from the stamp set and then colored them with Copic markers.  I then sponged the saffron and eggplant inks around the fruits.

I hope you'll find time to play in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges!  And, if you saw my post from Saturday, here's a reminder that I'll be hostessing my own DTGD challenge on Splitcoaststampers tomorrow!

Stamps:  Gina K. Fruitful Harvest
Paper:  White, Elegant Eggplant dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron
Accessories:  Copic markers, moss satin ribbon, glass beads, dimensional, sponge daubers, checkerboard embossing folder


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dare to Get Dirty!!

Hello, friends!  Thanks for stopping by.  Just to update you, I am recuperating well from my shoulder surgery.  It still hurts and I still have to go through physical therapy, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

I did want to make this post today to share with you that it is Dare to Get Dirty week over at Splicoaststampers (SCS)! It's one of my favorite times of the year there.  You can also click on the badge on my sidebar.  The challenges started today. I was asked well before my shoulder surgery to be a sample maker for a few of the challenges.   If you are a Fan Club member on SCS, we'd love to have you join us in the challenges!  If you are not a Fan Club member, how about becoming one?

I will be hostessing a challenge on Tuesday, July 31, and hope you'll join me by playing along.

Here are a couple of my cards I can share today.  This first one is for Lisa's (LisaLara) challenge.

Stamps: Reading Flopsey by My Favorite Things
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Black, My Mind’s Eye Wild Asparagus dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Long Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, black brads, MFT Monarch Border Die-Namic, Paper Studio Notebook embossing folder, Copic markers

And my second card is for Lydia's (understandblue) challenge.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up Delight in Life; Inkadinkadoo
Paper: White, Vellum
Ink: White Craft
Accessories: versamark, white and silver embossing powders, white ribbon, white brads, iridescent ice embossing powder, hearts embossing folder, lacy rectangles, long scalloped rectangle, dimensional, silver marker, 5-petal flower punch, pearl shimmer spritz

Typing for too long is still difficult, so, if you have any questions on either of my designs, please e-mail me at merrick.charlene@yahoo.com. 

I hope you like what I had to show you and that you have a great day!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where's Charlene?

In case you've wondered why I haven't posted anything lately, it is because I had to have rotator cuff surgery earlier last week. The surgery went well, but I won't be able to stamp for a while. I really hate the frustrations of being one-armed, but there are people who are a lot worse off than I, so I try not to whine or complain too much....notice I wrote "too much."  :-)

I hope to be back creating cards in my stamp room soon! In the meantime, have a blessed day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Angela is Queen for the Day!

My Dirty Dozen sister, Angela, aka Arizona Maine on Splitcoaststampers (SCS), is the Queen for the Day!  Here's what I wrote about Angela on my gallery upload at SCS.

I *heart* our Queen for the Day, Arizona Maine's, art work!! Angela is one of those naturally gifted stampers who has such an eye for great design and beauty. Unlike me, I don't think she's ever made an "ugly" card---LOL!! She also has a warm, kind heart reaching out to and encouraging other stampers with her comments.    

I chose to case her beautiful Harriet You Inspire Me card.  Here's how I was inspired by her card:

 I white embossed my hearts on Vellum card stock. I then dry embossed the vellum with my dotted swiss embossing folder. Last, I sponged Spun Sugar and Regal Rose inks over the center of the hearts. I attached the vellum to white card stock and fussy cut them. The reason I attached them to the white card stock is because I wanted to use my dimensionals to pop up the hearts, but those would be easily seen through the vellum. Each of the little hearts is also popped up on a dimensional.

Supplies I Used:
Stamps:  Sweetheart, I {Heart} Hearts by Stampin Up
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, White, Vellum
Ink:  Stampin' Up Regal Rose and White Craft; Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Accessories:  dotted swiss embossing folder, heart Nestability, white embossing powder, ScorTape, dimensionals, sponge dauber, corner rounder

Thursday, July 5, 2012

CCEE Let There Be Peace on Earth

Lois is the July hostess for the CCEE Stampers' challenges, and, for this first Thursday in July, she challenged us to use three circles on our cards. My circles are my three stamped Earth ornament images embossed with gold embossing powder.

 I still have some of the long ago retired Handsome Hunter card stock by Stampin' Up, which I paired with Very Vanilla for my design.  The sentiment is also gold embossed.  I used a Liquid Gold Extra Fine Paint Marker to outline my Labels 9 Nestability.  That panel is popped up on dimensionals.  It may be hard to see in my photo but I dry embossed the base Very Vanilla card stock with a trees embossing folder.  Added some gold ribbon and was done!

Please stop by the CCEE Stampers' blog  to see what my team mates have created.  Maybe you'd like to join us in our challenge.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sisterhood Sunday

It's time for another Sisterhood Sunday on the Stampin' Sisterhood blog. Our challenge was this inspiration photo.

Here's how I was inspired:

 I stamped the fish bowl with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Cool Caribbean card stock.  I stamped Butch, the fish, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic markers.  I cut out the bowl and then covered the water area with Glossy Accents.  I crimped my white card stock and added Cool Caribbean ink with a sponge dauber.  For the sand on the bottom, I used the little dotted stamp from Kittie Kits Cause a Scene with Creamy Caramel ink.

Here's a complete list of the supplies I used.  Numbers in parentheses are provided so you can do an SKU search on the Rubbernecker website for stamps you are interested in ordering.

Stamps:  Butch (#86-05), Fish bowl (#321-17), We "fish" you sentiment (#86-16), Kittie Kits Cause a Scene Outdoor Master (#KKC M001)

Paper:  Cool Caribbean, White, Creamy Caramel
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel and Cool Caribbean
Accessories:  wavy border punch, fish brads, wavy crimper, Glossy Accents, Copic markers, dimensionals, sponge dauber