October 26, 2008

Sketch Saturday # 22, BG #8, CCT # 33...Happy Holidays!!!

I combined 3 challenges today....it is very cool when that works out,eh?! I am glad to finally enter the Basic Grey Challenge!!! I am a huge BG fan and use BG pp all the time but it just hasn't worked out, 'till today, YAY! I also, made this card with the fab sketch at Sketch Saturday and for this week's challenge over at Cute Card Thursday, to use stars at night!!!
I have been dieing to use this new technique that I learned from my Stampin Up! rep and high school friend, Belinda. I went to her open house a month or so ago and she did a make'n'take using the "Cracked Glass" technique. Well, I thought it was just fabulous and really wanted to try. Well, my other friend, Shannon, just bought some Magnolia stamps from Phebe...I wonder who "enabled" her to do that...ummm, yeah, that would be me, lol!!!!
She got this adorable stamp, Edwin's Snowman, and she so very kindly let me stamp him (and many others) on my Georgia Pacific paper with my Memento ink in Rich Cocoa. I then cut him out with my large Circle Nestie and coloured him with my Copics. I distressed around the edges with my Tim Hotlz inks (frayed burlap, brushed corduroy & aged mahogany) and ink applicator tool. Then I masked him and stamped my new Hero Arts, French Script, stamp with brushed corduroy on the image.
Next, I did the "cracked glass" technique. I applied three coats of clear embossing powder, heating in between each application, of course, and put the image in the freezer. When it was cold I removed it and bent it different directions to get the cracks. I wanted a few more cracks, so, back it went into the freezer and then I cracked it some more. When I was happy with the cracks, I then took a cheap dollar store foam brush and pushed the same 3 distress inks into the crack lines.
I used left over Figgy Pudding BG paper from last year's Christmas cards and distressed it and inked it and crumpled it and ruffed up the edges with my Tim Hotlz Paper distress tool thingy. Oh, I almost forgot, I used my new Stampin' Up! scalloped border punch...very cool tool, smile!!! I added some faux stitching with my Kelly Panacci stitch acrylic stamps. I cut several QK stars and inked them too and the QK name plate and stamped the sentiment from the Imaginisce Snag'em stamps. I added some Crystal Stickels to the stars and some velvet ribbon from the dollar store.....phew!!! There you have it..."and Bob's your Uncle"...as my brother would say, lol!!!! One, very distressed but super cute card...I think, anyway!!! I am really happy with how it turned out and I will use this cracked glass technique again...just love it!!!!

So, I have received two awards and I am so bad at posting them, not that I don't appreciate them, I sooooooooooo do!!!! It's just a time thing....ya know.....with stamping and card making and blogging, who has time to eat, let alone, do laundry and feed the kiddos, lol!!!!
Well, I received this award today from the uber talented, creative genius, herself, Maddy. Okay, I stumbled upon Maddy's blog a few weeks ago, while blog hopping, and all I can say is...WOW!!! She is soooooo talented and so sweet (and I love her video tutorials and her accent is so cool...love it!)...I am a super huge fan now!!!
Then, this morning I checked out her boyfriend, Calv's blog too and he is also very, very talented and very, very funny!!!! Well, I had some good chuckles reading his blog this morning with a cuppa...what a hoot!!! I think I am gonna be an Inked Fruit follower now!!! Thanks so much, Maddy, for this award!!!

and I received this fab award from Bumblebee Creations...she has a great blog (love the music) with wonderful creations and a super sweet gal...go check out her blog!!!

Well, I am suppose to pass these on to 6 or 7 others but I just can't pick 6 or 7 cuz I love sooooooooooo many blogs! So, I would like to give these awards to all those kind peeps who have left comments on my blog over the last week or so!!! Now, I don't know if this is against the "award rules" but hey, I'm "inking on the edge" and doing it any ways, smile!!!!
Thanks for stopping by today and havin' a wee look-see!!!!! I have to go be a good mum and a good wife now and tidy, do laundry, and feed the kiddos, smile!!!


Murielle said...

I love your fantastic card, Tara!!!!
Love your composition vintage.
Love the stars 3D.
you have make a Great card.
Hugs, from france.

CraftyC said...

A stunning card, I love the cracked glass effect!

tracie said...

oh wow Tara your card is fabulous, Im a massive fan of BG papers too - just can't stop using them, lol
Love the vintage look - gorgeous.
Thanks for joining us this week :)x

Sparkle and Flourish said...

Fabulous card and great technique of cracked glass effect. Thank you soooo much for sharing that with us....will give it a go one day! Your card is just wonderful...I love it.

Judy x

Michele Roos said...

Gorgeous card. Love the image and the colouring is amazing. Michele x

Andrea, said...

Gorgeous card, i love how you have coloured the snowman and the papers are wonderful, thanks for joining in the CCT challenge

Anki said...

Wonderful and so fun to read about how you made the cracks. Must have taken time, but I am sure you had lot's of fun (maybe you also found some nice snacks in the freezer while you were waiting for your snowman ;-)))
Kram - Anki

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

wow wow wow.. this is gorgeous.
love what you have done here

Tara said...

Great card Tara and I love how you've managed to combine 3 challenges for this one, makes you feel satisfied doesn't it?!
Your crackle effect looks fantastic too, well done! xx

Linda S. Socha said...

Love the card.The effect is great. Your princess is precious! Thanks for sharing the info! Enjoyed your blog!

Jo Nevill said...

Oh wow, this card is stunning and amazing. That cracked glass technique looks amazing and I haven't seen this done before - I must give it a try !

Thank you for joining us in our challenge this week.

Jo x

Rach said...

Hi Tara,
this is an awesome card, i love it!
I keep meaning to have a go at that cracked glass technique that you have used but still haven't' i think that after seeing your card i may be pushed in the right direction.
Like i said your card is fantastic...love all the distressing and that image i have got to say is the cutest snowman that i have ever seen.
Thanks for sharing Tara. Hugs RAchxx

Debbie said...

Oh wow what a fantastic card Tara, I love all of the distress work and beautiful colours that you have used. Debbie x

Anonymous said...

Wonderful card Tara, love the effect!
Carole :-)

Simone said...

Great idea to combine these 3 inspirations. This is a great effect of the crackled glass. Stunning!!!

maddy hill said...

Thanks for the shout out Tara ! i thought you might like calvins blog lol
Glad you liked the award - you deserve it ! love your cards and your lastest is just another wow ... love those colours !
you now need to pass the award onto seven blogs you love .. dont worry if you cant get all seven . then you post thier links and they link it back to you ...
love maddy !

Linanna DESIGNS said...

Wow Tara what a stunning card, the colours give a real vintage feel to this card, and the image is so perfectly coloured. What cute snowmen too, and the cracked glass effect is a nice touch! hugs linda x

Mrs Wonka said...

Wow Tara another work of art, you are sooooooo talented!

Mrs Wonka x

Chris said...

Hi Tara, just found your great blog from Rach's where she used your wonderful cracked glass technique. I love your card, it's so full of richness and detail. Beautiful. Chris

debby4000 said...

WOW had a great time catching up with your blog, what amazing creations.

Tara said...

Hiya T,
Just wanted to let you know your parcel is now on its way, yippee!
Also, I have left you a double award on my blog which I see you've already received, so just add me to your long list of blog admirers, won't you? ;o)
Love T xxx

Becca said...

Hi Tara: nice card, the vintage is beautiful. I hear it is really in this year. BTW....I am a huge fan of David Archuletta and David Cook...my whole family loves them. I am hoping he will marry my daughter LOL>>>.she cried when he lost.

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous card!! I love everything about it!! The distressing looks fab as the script behind the snowman!!! The cracked glass look is fabulous as well!! Love this card :)Kathy

Kristen said...

What an absolutely gorgeous card! I love the cracked glass technique you used. WONDERFUL!!

Bev said...

Tara I adore this card!!! The colours and papers are exquisite, lov ethe cracked glass technique too and it's perfect for the style of card you've made.

hugs Bev x

Kim Piggott said...

Oh my word this is fantastic!
I really love your image and your crackle.
Love all your paper and added embellishments.
So beautiful.
kim x


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