February 14, 2009

I won some blog candy!!

OK.. I guess I am feeling lucky these days!! Last night I was informed by Beth of Wind Walker Altered Arts that I won her blog candy just for leaving a comment! I was thrilled because it included a cute house mouse stamp and some scrumptious embellies!! I am soo in love with the house mouse line of stamps and have been for many many years. It is funny how you see stamps, but until you see them in use you might not be sure how you would use it. Beth had an ATC on her blog that used this stamp and I instantly fell in love with how she used it. So, I am the lucky recipent of receiving one of her lovely blog candies!! I am soo excited and can't wait to put it to use on the House Mouse Monday Challenge! Beth has some beautiful work over on her blog so you should stop by and see it. It always amazes me how there is so much talent out there in blog world. It never ceasese to amaze me that if you gave 100 people the same stamp how many different designs and ideas that would come about from that same little stamp! It is truly amazing and inspirational!!! So... this is the blog candy I recieved from Beth! Her blog is linked to the title post here, so stop by and see her and tell her Nina sent you! Thanks again Beth!!

A FUN CANDY BLOG - I won and YOU CAN TOO! Read this.....

I "won" a homemade gift by leaving one of the first 5 comments on Nancy's blog, the link to her blog is in this post title if you would like to check out her lovely blog. SO, now I'll see who my first 5 are. The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you!
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year! (I will get it to you in the next month or so, hopefully - grin).
4. You have no clue what it's going to be. I have tons of ideas, but who knows what it will be? Not you, that's for sure!
5. The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog! (then come here and post, I WILL check your blog *wink*) The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!
So....who will be the first 5 people????? (ends March 14, 2009)

February 13, 2009

Some More Tall & Thin!

Soo... after doing the House Mouse Challenge I was really liking this tall and thin format. So here are 2 more cards I made for some friends that have some upcoming birthdays. I thought I would keep with the tall and thin since that is a format that I do not normally sway to. But I certainly will be keeping this format in mind more. I received both these images from an image swap on SCS. I certainly need to get over there and get some more cute images. I love the idea of swapping stamped images. I have lots of stamps, but of course if I had all the stamps I wanted I am not sure where I would keep them. So swapping stamped images gives you a wider range of collecting images, but it also limits you in some other creative way, if you know what I mean. I have received some really cute ones from SCS site though.

I colored both these images with my Mark-it markers. I made both cards mostly with scraps, except the base. I also did the inside up. I usually do, but for the most part I always fail to take a pic of the insides. Cards are a great way to use up some of your scraps.. ok.. off to make one more card!! LOL...

One thing about these tall and thin cards you certainly don't get a great close up pic of them, not sure why, but they tend to be smaller, so if you want more of a close up just click on the picture.

February 12, 2009

Housemouse Monday Challenge #24

OK... so here is the challenge for this week. It is tall and thin. I don't hardly ever think to do cards in this format. I would say that this is a bit more of a challenge and makes you think more "out side the box". Which I guess is where the challenge lies! LOL.... So.... This is what they posted for the challenge: "Our challenge this week is :~ Tall & Thin. You may wonder what on earth I mean.......lol, I'd best be explaining a bit more - please use a tall and thin cardblank to make your card. The standard size tall card is a DL but please feel free to use any size tall card." I am not sure what DL means so I just made a card that fits into one of the standard tall and thin envies! :O) I think the designers cards were great for inspiration for this. Here is mine: (the sentiment saids: "There is joy in a good friend" - click on the picture for a closer look):

I started out with cute little Monica jumping for joy. I kind of had my phrase in my head that I wanted to use for this and so the jumping for joy certainly fit my card. I stamped her 3 times on cream cs and one of those images I stamped on my mirror image stamp which is how I flipped her. I then used my nestabilities and cut each one out and also added a brown one the same size just behind the stamped one. I colored everything thing with my prismacolor pencils. I then doodled around each design. I also used the stamp image sweet kiss to place at the bottom of my card.
I cut and rounded the corners on the stripes behind the three images of Monica. I inked them in pink and brown and then added a few handmade stitches and added some buttons. I bought the letters stamps at the dollar bin at Michael's that I used for my phrase and I soo love using those little stamps! I cut each one of them out and placed them on pop-up dots. Doodled a little more and inked a little more around the edges then added my brown ribbon and little bow flourish and flower and called it complete! Hope you enjoy my version of the challenge and thanks for looking!

February 11, 2009

more cards....

Here are a couple of birthday cards that I made for some of my girlfriends... I will be back later with the details..