Sunday, August 30, 2009

Farm Fresh Friday Challenge #6

Arigato, This weeks Farm Fresh Friday Challenge at TGF is a sketch challenge. I personally prefer a sketch challenge because they come together so much faster. As I've said before, Geisha Anya is my favorite, at least until Dorthy comes out in rubber. (Jessica, If your reading this, I'm poking you again. Dorthy must be rubberized!) So there I was with my sketch looking for a stamp when Geisha Anya spoke to me.
Stamp: Geisha Anya, A Muse Sushi Set
Copic: C3, C5, C7, C9, E000, E00, Y18, Y19, B34, B37, R27, BG10, BG11, BG13
Nestabilities: Standard Circles LG, Long Classic Rect. SM
CS: Sea Foam Green, Gold Metalic, Chiyogami paper

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Renaissance Festival

We went to the Renaissance Festival today. The weather was great. Addison wanted to be a fairy and spotted the rainbow wings and wand. She meet a new fairy this year and we hunted down Twig (or favorite fairy).

A picnic on the hill.

Dancing in the center of town.

Some young royalty.

Enjoying a "bratted hot dog" as Addison says.

Elizabeth I presume. I would love to know what this costume cost her. It was unbelievable.

Pickle Fight: They have young shirtless guys selling pickles for $1. One set up his own battle.

Pet Dragon

Rainbow Fairy

Another amazing dress

Pirate Girl

Friday, August 28, 2009


Club Anya is having another "I WANNA BE JUST LIKE" challenge. I have some birthdays coming up and used this as an opportunity to get some cards ready.

It's going to be a busy weekend. We want to get to the Renaissance Festival, maybe the zoo, and maybe the state fair. The fair is reporting record numbers of people so maybe we will wait for the crowd to die down a little. Weather should be awesome, 66. I can't believe fall is just around the corner. We didn't have much of summer. I think we had one week that got into the 90's.

I have one more challenge on the drawing board. I hope to get that finished and posted. Stay tuned. Have a great weekend!

Stamp: Birthday Anya, Happy Chef
CS: Bazzill Caribbean Breeze, Hop Pink, Butter Yellow
DP: Doodlebug Sprinkles & Sweet Treats
Brads: Doodlebug Confection Assortment
Nestabilities: classic scallop squares sm
Punch: SU word window
Copics: E50, E51, E93, Y21, Y23, RV02, RV06, YG09, YG11, YG13, BG01, BG02, BG05, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Paper Bouquet

I saw a tutorial on making paper bouquets on the Cosmo Cricket blog and wanted to try it. Well I made all the flowers and never put it together. I finally got around to it tonight. My base is different than the tutorial. I used a half Styrofoam ball and hot glued everything on. The paper is K & Company Berry Sweet. What do you think?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Land O 10,000 Lakes

I can't claim the original thought for this card. I was teaching a Greeting Farm class when the owner commented that Navajo Anya looked like the Land O Lakes girl. Well I had to give it a try. This is for the Farm Fresh Friday Sketch Challenge 5 on the Greeting Farm blog. Since I live in MN the Land O 10,000 Lakes, I thought it was appropriate. After a little research on the Indian maidens clothes and the packaging I was off. To make the water I used my Copic airbrush. The trees are from the new Martha S. border punch that is the Christmas village. I cut each one off the stripe and adhered them in rows. A little shading with the Copics added a shore line. The challenge was to use stitching in some was with the sketch. It felt like it needed an outline so I used brown DMC floss stitch around the image.
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Navajo Anya
Copic: C3, C5, C7, C9, 0, B14, B16, R24, R29, R21, E11, E13, YR21, YR23
Trees: Martha Stewart punch
CS: Lemon Tart Papertrey, Green American Craft, Gold, Brown, Red
DMC Floss
Sizzix Wildflowers Dies

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I little luggage ATC

For ATC club this month I made everyone a suitcase. The stamp is from Limited Edition and is from their Matchbox Marvels. I wish you could still buy them. I colored with my SU color pencils and used the blender pen. Something a little different for a change.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Farm Fresh Friday Challenge - Sew Simple

Farm Fresh Friday time again. Here is this weeks challenge.

Rules: Create a card or layout using some kind of stitching whether faux or hand or machine.

Stamp: The Greeting Farm Batter Ian
CS: SU real read & brilliant blue
Bazzill In Stitch'z Granny Stitches
Nestabilities scallop square sm
Copics: R24, R29, B28, B29, E50, E51, E33, E35, E25, E27, E29

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Jessica's Sketch Challenge

*** 2 posts today, make sure you scroll down ***

Wow, 5 days and 5 challenges. I can't believe I got it done. The challenge was to create a card using your favorite sketch and any Anya or Ian stamp. I like that I get to choose the sketch I used. This sketch is from Lauri at Just Give Me Stamps. It came together very quickly, got to love that.

Stamp: Flutter Anya, The Greeting Farm
DP: American Crafts Teen - Homecoming Queen & Sadie Hawkins
CS: teal & black
Ribbon: Hot Pink stitch
Copic Markers

Crazy Hair Day Challenge

Leave it to Traci (master of hair) to have the crazy hair challenge. The DMC floss idea popped in my head as soon as I read about the challenge on the Club Anya blog. I won't lie, it is tedious to do. I won't be teaching this in any of my classes. I basically poked holes around the hair line and stitched away. Hey do you think this would cover the Farm Fresh Friday challenge?
Stamp: Miss Anya, The Greeting Farm
DMC Floss 301 & 400
Copic Markers
Nestabilities Curved Rectangles
EK Sucess punch
DP: Crate Paper Samantha
CS: Bazzill
Ribbon: American Crafts

Friday, August 14, 2009

Smile and Shine Challenge

*** 2 Posts Today - make sure to scroll down ***+
The Smile and Shine Challenge at Club Anya is all about bling. I needed a birthday card for a friend that loves cupcakes so I figured if a girl can pop out of a cake why not a cupcake. I mixed acrylic paint and gesso to make a frosting like pink top. I hinged it with a brad so the top opens to reveal Birthday Anya. The paper is the new Happy Anyaversary paper from The Greeting Farm. It has the cutest patterns. I crimped it to look like a cupcake paper cup.

Stamp: Birthday Anya The Greeting Farm, sentiment A Muse
Copic: E50, E51, E25, E27, E29, R81, R83, R35, R37, Y19
Taffy Smooch
MM capri paint
DP: Happy Anyaversary


Jacquie hosted this challenge at Club Anya. I don't know that I ever have made a blue and brown card. It came together more easily than I thought it would. 2 challenges done and 3 to go. Wish me luck.

Stamp: The Greeting Farm, SU Circle of Friends
Copics: R00, E00, R20, E25, E27, E29, B14, B93
Sizzix top note die
DP: Chatter Box Chateau Sky Floral Quilt
CS: SU Bashful Blue & Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Felt Blossoms from Creative Impressions

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Back to School Challenge

Club Anya is having a week of challenges. Well it's Wednesday and I just got the Monday challenge done. This whole mom thing is really getting in the way of my stamping time.

I've been hording these little office kits just for a teacher gift. I found them at Target for $1, got to love that. They came together pretty fast and will make a great back to school gift.

Stamp: Teacher Anya The Greeting Farm
Copics: R27, YG25, G09, Y000, C3, E000, E01, E33, E35
Prismacolor Brush Tip Marker - Red
CS: SU Real Red, Bazzill grey
Punch: EK Success ABC punch

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I need a vacation from my vacation!

I'm back from Michigan and exhausted. We had a good time on our letterboxing trip. We came home with 60 finds. Tim and I had a day on Mackinac Island were we got 20 alone. It was exhausting, 14 miles on bike, and 3 or 4 miles on foot in one day. This is the first time I lost weight on vacation.

We went down and back up 190 stairs to get to Sugar Loaf Rock.

Addison and I in the row boat going to the island at Tahquamenon Falls.
My new boat parked at the marina.

Sis on the beach at Whitefish Point.
Round Island lighthouse from close up. Yep, we did some extreme letterboxing. We took a little jet boat across Lake Huron to get a box on the deserted island.
Addison enjoying the view.