Thursday, April 24, 2008

I got an award!!

One of my bling sisters and my kind & dear sweet friend (hey, isn't that a stamp??!!) Lisa Martz nominated me for this Arte y Pico Award and I'm so honored! Especially because of what it represents and I feel humbled that she sees that in me. (Sniff, sniff!)

This award is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world. Here are the rules:

a. Choose five blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
b. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
c. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
d. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

It was hard to choose, cause I admire so many people in this world! But there were certainly a few that really stuck out in my mind. I have never met these people, but would love to! It's funny how you read the blogs and you get such a sense of their personalities just from their blogging and you feel like you do know them! If you were already chosen to receive these awards previously - well, you deserve to get them again! Here are my choices to receive the award -- everyone - take a bow! Drum roll please..................

1. Lori Craig - I love her whole attitude, her faith, and just the way she represents herself and even though I've never met her, I have great respect for her. Oh yeah, her stamping style is amazing too!

2. Cambria Turnbow - This girl is crazy! Her blog is so fun and full of energy - she seems like an amazing person and great fun to be around. Her style is her personality on paper! It's fun, bright, and sometimes kinda loud! ha ha!

3. Kristina Werner - Another really fun person! She has an amazing blog with endless ideas and creativity. Her style is beautiful, elegant, fun, classy, and colorful all wrapped in a simple package. She is teaching me that sometimes less is more!

4. Lisa Johnson - Lisa is someone that again, even though I've never met her, I have a lot of respect for her. She's a beautiful person that loves her family and I love when she shares pictures of them occasionally! She's an amazing designer that has blown me away numerous times with her ideas and creations.

5. Dawn McVey - I love her! She is so spunky and fun and it comes out in her projects and her blogging. She has a beautiful outlook on life that just oozes from her fingertips! She is another person that I admire as a person and as a designer. Her style is simple yet lacks nothing!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #43

This was CASE'd from Julie Buhler's blog, Paper Pleasing Ideas. It's such a cute idea! It's a little Card Attache Case. She says it will hold 5-10 depending on how thick the cards are with embellishments. If you visit her blog, the tutorial was posted on April 13th. And if you go to the post on April 10th, you'll see a really cute little Business Card Attache Case to match! So cute!
I haven't made the matching cards to go in my case yet, so that will be a future post! The challenge was to use chipboard - how fun! I used the shapes from my On Board Blossoms and Basics kit. I used my TOMBO mono liquid glue to attach the Soft Sky cardstock to the shapes.
I used a swirly clip attached to the middle of the flower and threaded the ribbon through to tie it shut. I bent it a little in the middle so it kind up stuck up a little. That made putting the ribbon through a lot easier.

This is the case open. OOPS! Maybe I should've covered the back of the shapes too!


Stamps: Pick a Petal

Paper: Bayou Blue, Soft Sky

Inks: Bayou Blue

Other: Jumbo Eyelets, On Board Blossoms & Basics, Bayou Blue Double Stitched Ribbon

Thursday, April 17, 2008

KWerner Color Challenge #5

I love doing these challenges! It forces me to go "outside the box" and use color combos that I normally wouldn't think of. This week the inspiration for the color challenge came from this photo from Pottery Barn - don't you just want to curl up a take a nap with them?!!

Translated into Stampin' Up! colors, the challenge was: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa.

I came up with a 6 x 6 scrapbook page. I rarely do scrapbook pages, so I decided to double the challenge for myself! Here's what I came up with.

Soft Sky Challenge

Sometimes my good friend, Lisa Martz, and I get together online and give each other challenges to do. It's fun! We chat on the computer as we're working and we've come up with some pretty awesome projects if I do say so myself! This is a card that I made the other night when our challenge was to use the color Soft Sky on the project. Although I didn't use it as the dominant color in the project, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Papers: Close to Cocoa, Bayou Blue, Soft Sky
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Bayou Blue
Stamps: So Many Scallops, Jove & Joy, Polka Dots & Paisley
Other: Bayou Blue Double Stitched Ribbon

Happy Birthday Sister!

These are a few of the gifts that I made for my sister for her birthday. The hedgehog project is a post it note holder and the other one is a birthday card. I love SU's sticky cut letters. They are like the sticky strip (or Terrifically Tacky Tape) in the shape of letters. You just stick them on your project, peel off the lining and cover them with whatever - glitter, beads, punched out images, the skies the limit!