Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fluttering Around

This is my second post for today.  Make sure to scroll down for the Oh, Alice Challenge.

Just fluttering around in my craft room and came up with this combo of challenges.  I wish you could see this better, but the DP, wings, and pearls on the butterflies are all pearlized.  Must better looking in person.

1)  Club Anya and Friends Monday Mania - use ribbon
2)  Anyone for Anya - sketch

3)  Flutter By Wednesday #115 - Butterfly, Fairy, or Angel

Stamp:  TGF  Flutter Anya
DP:  SEI  Bridgeport Pavilion
Copic:  E50, E51, E93, T2, T4, T6, BG11, BG13, BG15
Smooch Moonlight

Oh, Alice Chapter 24: Windows and Broken Glass

`Now tell me, Pat, what's that in the window?'

`Sure, it's an arm, yer honour!' (He pronounced it `arrum.')

`An arm, you goose! Who ever saw one that size? Why, it fills the whole window!'

`Sure, it does, yer honour: but it's an arm for all that.'

`Well, it's got no business there, at any rate: go and take it away!'

There was a long silence after this, and Alice could only hear whispers now and then; such as, `Sure, I don't like it, yer honour, at all, at all!' `Do as I tell you, you coward!' and at last she spread out her hand again, and made another snatch in the air. This time there were TWO little shrieks, and more sounds of broken glass. `What a number of cucumber-frames there must be!' thought Alice. `I wonder what they'll do next! As for pulling me out of the window, I only wish they COULD! I'm sure I don't want to stay in here any longer!'

Hello's CRYSTAL CLEAR that today you're all joining us for a fabulous challenge here at Oh, Alice! We have all sorts of lovely techniques for you to try today!

Your mission today with Oh, Alice, should you choose to accept it, is to try a technique using cracked glass, crystal effects (or glossy accents), or a window stamp/technique. There are TONS of possibilities with today's challenge and we are SO ready to see all of the fabulous creations you enter!

This project has been to the brink of disaster and back.  When I spotted this glass bottle at a junk market I thought it looked just like the "Drink Me" bottle from the book.  I thought filling it with tinted epoxy would give it a cool potion look.  So off to the craft store I went.  I followed the instructions to the letter.  I sealed my image with modge podge and put it into the bottle.  Then mixed the epoxy per the instructions and filled the bottle.  I added a few drops of Adirondack Meadow alcohol ink to tint the epoxy a creepy green.  Then I dropped in a few watch parts and small keys.  Once it was set the image was covered with bubbles and I had some big bubbles in the bottom.  The one thing that I think made the difference was that it was inside a bottle with a small neck.  Maybe the epoxy couldn't breath to release the bubbles like it should.  So there I was with a mess of a project.  Now to repair this disaster.  I scuffed the edges of the image of Alice  (from Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Jabberwocky) with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye then covered it with modge podge and attached it to the bottle.  The modge podge and distressing the image gave it that old label look.  I embossed the tag with the Clockworks embossing folder then distressed it with Black Soot and Tea Dye ink.  The sticker letters are from Making Memories as is the metal charm.  I added a band of maroon velvet and rope to the neck then tied the tag with some black lace.  There are no mistakes just opportunities to embellish.

Be sure to upload your card or creation using InLinkz at Oh, Alice!  Have fun and we'll see you back next week! If you are uploading to a public gallery, be sure to include keyword OAC24.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Flossy Dragonfly

A little happy news today.  My card made the colourfQ Courtiers this week.  You can see it here.

So here is my card for this weeks challenge.

Stamp:  TGF Sunshine
Floss:  Kreinik Metallics
Plastic Flowers:  Creative Impressions
DP & Ribbon:  SU

Monday, July 26, 2010

Excuses Excuses

So here are my excuses for not having anything new to show you today.

Take a 3 and 4 year old to lunch at McDonald's, the Minnesota Children's Museum, and Candyland.
Back home to do the shopping for the weekend events.

Up early and out the door.  Must get to blueberry patch early before they are all gone.
Fast stop at Dunn Brothers for coffee and a donut for Sis.  Drive to Wisconsin.  Pick blueberries.
Back on the road to do a little letterboxing.  See a red tailed hawk. 
Shop the little stores in Maiden Rock and Stockholm.
Get some super yummy pie and a savory pie at the Stockholm Pie Company.
Have a picnic by Lake Pepin, see a bald eagle.

Drive to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum to pick up a few more Little House books for Sis.
Drive out to the old school house in Pepin.  Addison catches her second frog of the day.
More driving to do some more letterboxing.  Visit a town celebrating UFO Days.  Which appeared to be an excuse for the town beer pong tournament.
Drive back to MN exhausted.

Go to the beach in Prior Lake
Back home to get ready to take Sis to Toy Story 3.
Stop at Walgreens to load up on candy before the movie.
See Toy Story 3 and eat junk.
Back home to nurse my sunburn from the beach.
Make a blueberry crumble with our fresh blueberries.

Clean the house that is covered in blueberry, wet swim suits, and everything else in the world.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oh, Alice Chapter 23: Ravens and Writing Desks...

The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"
"Come, we shall have some fun now!" thought Alice. "I'm glad they've begun asking riddles. — I believe I can guess that," she added aloud.
"Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?" said the March Hare.
"Exactly so," said Alice.
"Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.
"I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know."

Hello everyone!

We are ready to FLY with this week's challenge here at Oh, Alice!

This week, we challenge you to use BIRDS on your card or papercrafting project! We may never know the answer to the riddle above, but while we're pondering that and life's little mysteries we may as well make a great card or two in the process, right?
When I first saw that this weeks challenge was birds I thought hey, no biggie.  Then I started searching for bird stamps.  I was shocked at how few I have, and they all were tiny little birds.  I looked for bird chipboard, no go.  I did find this fun Scenic Route designer paper.  It set the color theme for me.  I finally decided to do what I do and combine a few challenges to rev up my mojo.  Speaking of mojo, the sketch I used is from an old Mojo Mondays challenge #101 (Thanks Mercy for the inspiration).  I went with one of my newest stamps in my stash, Art Is The Window.  This is a super cute set from There She Goes.  There challenge this week is to use chipboard and polka dots.  The designer paper already had great polka dots, so I knew it was meant to be.  The chipboard is the circle that the polka dot dp is attached to.  And a bird card is hatched.
Stamps:  TSG Art Is The Window
DP:  Scenic Route Laurel
Ribbon:  SU Purely Pomegranate
Copic: YG23, YG25, RV19, YR16, YR18, BG01, BG02, BG05

Fly on over to our nest at Oh, Alice and join the party!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Follow Your Dreams

4)  Anyone for Anya - Be Dazzled (use glitter)
6)  The Greeting Farm:  Farm Fresh Friday - something new (I did a new technique for my ribbon)
Stamp:  TGF Spotlight
DP:  K & Co Olive Tree
Stickles:  Vintage Photo
Sizzix Sizzlits Little Leaves
flowers:  Prima

Monday, July 19, 2010

Uff da Palace at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

We spent our Sunday at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  If your close to the Twin Cities you should check it out.  A unbelievable sculpture by Patrick Dougherty is on display.   It should be very interesting to see it covered in snow this winter.  You can find out more here.  Money saving tip:  If you live close check with your local library.  Many have Arboretum passes you can check out.
We also enjoyed the hosta garden and Pea loved the maze.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Butterfly At My Window

Two posts today so make sure you scroll down to the Oh, Alice Challenge! 

1)  There She Goes - Color Challenge 
2)  Mojo Monday - Sketch

3)  Flutter by Wednesday - at least 3 layers + a butterfly
Stamp:  TSG Art is the Window
DP:  DCWV Citrus
Copic:  YR15, YR16, YG21, YG23, BG000, BG01, BG02
Butterfly Punch:  Martha S.

Oh, Alice Chapter 22: Dancing under the Sea...

"Will you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the snail;

"There's a porpoise right behind us and he's treading on my tail!
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!

They are waiting on the shingle, will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you-WILL you join the dance?"
Hello everyone! Greetings from here in Wonderland...or maybe today it's UNDERland? As in Under the Sea, perhaps ;)

So, today's challenge involves all things sea-worthy and we at Oh, Alice are challenging YOU to create a card or project using sea life! Turtles, whales, dolphins are fabulous as are other sea creatures as in merfolk and those deep, dark creatures you sometimes hear about but seldom see.... the possibilities are as endless as the ocean itself!
We also have a FUN prize for you this week! One lucky winner will receive a Sweet Pea Rubber Stamp courtesy of Oh, Alice! These stamps are large and BEAUTIFULLY detailed and we just happened to have one 'swimmin' around!' Will YOU be the lucky winner? ;)

So here is my card.  Thanks to my wonderful team mate Jen for sending me the image.  I have a few Sweet Pea Alice stamps but nothing that fit the under the sea theme.  Thanks to Jen and her speedy mailing I got to work with Pirate Treasure Mermaid.  The sketch is from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #82.  I thought this designer paper had an aquatic feel with the swirls and bubbles.  I made the flower from cutting different sized circles out of organza and holding the edges up to a flame to melt.  Then I added the shell center.  It kind of has a oyster feel.  Like always I used my Copic markers and a little Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.  I started to color the pearls with glaze pen but didn't like it and changed to liquid pearls with a paint brush.  You can see my flub in the close-up.  What you can't see in the pictures is the the swirls in the DP are iridescent and the organza I made the flower with has little crystals scattered over it.
Stamp:  Sweet Pea Pirate Treasure Mermaid
DP:  DCWV Summer Dream
Nesties:  Standard Circles Lg & Sm
Copic:  E31, 33, 50, 51, 93
C1, 3, 5
BG10, 11, 13, 15
YG01, 03, 23
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (stardust I think)
Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Be sure to upload your card or creation using InLinkz on the Oh, Alice blog! You have until Friday, July 23rd at 8pm CST to enter your submission to be considered for the prize! If you are uploading to a public gallery, be sure to include keyword OAC22.

Thanks and enjoy the summer sun and sea!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Just a quick post tonight. 

3)  Anyone 4 Anya - Color challenge black, white, pink

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's A Hot One

Is everyone having a hot summer?  It was a warm one today, which usually means it will storm here tomorrow.  We took Pea up to the park tonight to practice riding her bike on the flat basketball court.  Our driveway is on a hill so it's up to the park we go.  She got a hang of it rather quickly once on a flat surface.  Now to build some leg strength and learn not to look down and watch the ground. 
My hubby got back from his Alaska Guycation in one piece.  Guess what he brought me?  About 6 loads of laundry.  Isn't that thoughtful of him?  Now I'm trying to get everyone back into the old routine.  I did get into my craft room for a little bit tonight and made this:
2.)  Crazy 4 Callenges - red, black, & white

Stamp:  TGF Cheeky Rockabilly
Copic:  R24, R27, R29, T5, T7, T9, E50, E51, E93
DP:  October Afternoon - Thrift Shop
Nesties:  Standard Circles SM

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pretty Pretty Princess

I'm getting this one in under the wire.  I better hurry before I can't enter it for the Club Anya Monday Mania Sparkly Princess Challenge.  I put this one together in a hurry.  Hubby just got back from Alaska last night and things around here are wild.  Lots and lots of laundry to do. 

So here it is:
1)  Club Anya and Friends Monday Mania - Sparkly Princess Party
3)  Pink Elephant:  3 layers, 2 die cuts (nestie and felt flower), ribbon

Stamp : TGF Princess Anya
Copic:  RV02, 04, 06, 09
DP:  Pebbles Inc Princess Palace & Princess Stripe
Nesties:  Labels Eleven
castle & wand:  Foamies

Oh, Alice Chapter 21: Breaking All the Rules...

"At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out `Silence!' and read out from his book, `Rule Forty-two. ALL PERSONS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH TO LEAVE THE COURT.'

Everybody looked at Alice.

`I'M not a mile high,' said Alice.

`You are,' said the King.

`Nearly two miles high,' added the Queen.

`Well, I shan't go, at any rate,' said Alice: `besides, that's not a regular rule: you invented it just now.'

`It's the oldest rule in the book,' said the King.

`Then it ought to be Number One,' said Alice. "

Hello everyone!

Today we have a fun and rather rebellious challenge for all of you out there in WONDERLAND! We start out with a lovely sketch by Sammi:

The catch? You must RE-CREATE this sketch somehow. Switch out a panel or two, flip on its side, upside down, etc. There are no rules except to break them, meaning you can't follow the sketch exactly! Makes no sense right? GOOD. :)

Today we also are thrilled to announce another wonderful sponsorship from SPESCH DESIGNER STAMPS! Thank you so much to Tracey Feeger for allowing the DT to work with your adorable images! Tracey is offering a prize of a VERY generous $10 Gift Certificate to the Spesch Designer Stamps Store! Be sure to check out all of her cute designs and be sure to play along this week for your chance to WIN!

Go ahead...BREAK all the KNOW you want to!

When I saw this cute little strawberry fairy I had to have her.  She has tiny little wings that I covered with liquid pearls.  Then I thought this would also be perfect for the Flutter by Wednesday Challenge this week.  I also sprayed my image with Glimmer Mist Marshmallow to give it some sparkle.  Make sure you check out the rest of the tea party's great work (links in my sidebar).
Stamp:  Spesch
Copic:  E50, E51, E93, YR20, YR21, YR23, YG63, YG67, G40, G82, RV02. RV04, RV06, RV10, RV11, RV21
Doodlebug boutique brads, icons, @ fancyfrills - strawberry parfait
glimmer mist:  marshmallow
liquid pearls:  white opal

You have until Friday, July 16th at 8pm CST to enter to win! Good luck and be sure to link your creation below! Ta-ta for now all you rebels out there!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lots of Challenges

Lots and lots of challenges today. 

5)  Pile it Oh - Favorite Things (mine is my Copics)
Stamp:  TGF Cheeky Beauty
Copic:  E50, 51, 93
Y32, 35
R32, 43
BG10, 11, 13, 15
RV23, 25, 29
DP:  SU Welcome Neighbor
Cuttlebug Folder:  Welcome Baby

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy News

One of my 4th of July cards made the Colour Q Courtier again.  You can see it here.

I hope you all had a good 4th.  Here is my little Pea all dressed up for the party.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday America

Happy 4th everyone! Hope your enjoying a cookout and some fireworks.
Today's card is for 2 challenges.
1) The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday: Sew Random - stitching and at least 2 layers of CS/DP
Stamp: TGF Cheeky Mate
Sentiment: Simply Stamped
Copic: B23, 32, 34, 37
E25, 27, 29, 50, 51, 93
R24, 27, 29
DP: DCWV Summer Dream

Oh, Alice Chapter 20: In MY Country

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else -- if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

(Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 2)

Hello, friends! Can you believe July is here already? Such a fun time of year for summer fun...parades, BBQ's, you name's THAT time of year!

To honor our country's Independence day, with the 4th being right around the corner, we have a PATRIOTIC theme for you today! WONDERLAND has gone red, white, and blue! Yep, that's right!

Call it inspiration, a color challenge....I guess it's really both! Your mission this week is to use RED, WHITE and BLUE on your card or project! In addition we have a WONDERFUL Sponsorship opportunity today. Thank you SO much to EMILY from EAD Designs! Emily has graciously offered the DT some wonderful Alice-themed stickers to use for our projects today (unfortunately our international friends didn't get theirs in time, but hopefully we'll have stuff to show you soon!).

ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a WONDERFULLY GENEROUS gift certificate to the EAD Designs Store! Just get your red, white and blue on and ENTER your card at Oh Alice to win!

Before we get to this week's challenge, we have a few FUN announcements to make! Sadly we say goodbye to Jimmi this week. We thank her for all her wonderfully twisty designs and will miss her at the tea table here. We are THRILLED to announce at the same time, that Lynne Phelps has accepted a FULL TIME position here right at our twisted table. Lynne's designs TOTALLY WOW'd us as our June Guest Designer and well, some things are JUST SO Alice that they're meant to be! WELCOME LYNNE!

Also, as today is the first challenge of July, a BIG TWISTY welcome to EMMA EADS, our JULY GUEST! We are very excited to have her on board with us for the month of July. Be sure to stop by her BLOG and give her a shout out!

I've been having lots of fun with my red, white, and blue designer paper this week. You can't see it in the picture but the flower DP is embossed with sparkle. The EAD stickers are a vellum type of sticker so it's see through. I put it on white card stock and cut it out so it would pop against the red circle. The sketch I used is from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #80.

Sticker: EAD Designs
DP: DCWV Summer Dream
CS: Real Red, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy
Nesties: Standard Circles LG, Classic Scallop Circle SM
Border Punch: SU
You have until Friday, July 9th at 8pm CST to enter to WIN the gift certificate from EAD Designs! Good luck and have a safe and wonderful US holiday, everyone!