Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Seashells

Here I go with the July Journaling set again. I LOVE the seashells, I guess you can tell that right :)

I made these two cards for sketch challenges. This first one uses the SCS Sketch for this week. It's really a clean and simple card. I used a border punch on the bottom that kind of mimics the water as it comes in on the beach and I used soft green and sand colors, they make me happy :)

This one uses a sketch from the Just Christmas and Birthdays blog, but mine isn't for Christmas or a birthday, I just really liked the sketch and I love this paper with the beachy text on it.

Our quote for the day: "Experience is not what happens to a man.
It is what a man does with what happens to him. "
- Aldous Huxley

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

All White....Almost

Good Morning!

I made this card for the House Mouse Challenge this week. The challenge is to use all white except for the image. This is what I came up with. I had fun making it, which kind of surprised me because I LOVE patterned papers! I guess that is what challenges are for, right?

I used the House Mouse August Stamp of the Month called In A Pinch and the sentiment is from Stamping Bella. I added lots of texture for interest, that was fun too :)

Our quote of the day: "To love someone means to see him as God intended him." - Feodor Dostoevsky

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Monday, July 20, 2009


Good Morning...well really good afternoon :)

Today's card was really fun to make. Fun colored papers from Bo-Bunny, the piece with the palm tree is theirs too, it's one of the 12X12 sheets with lots of journaling pieces on it. I just chose to use mine as a background instead of journaling on it. I did stamp 'Aloha' :) Hawaiian Chicken was colored with Copics and paper pieced. I added the ribbon and the flowers all on a brown Bazzill background and voila, it's finished :)

That's it for now :)

Our quote for the day: "The thing about doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on." - The Conductor, The Polar Express

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Banana Split Sunday - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Good Morning! It's Banana Split Sunday and today's challenge is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ". There are many ways to interpret this theme and this card is mine:

I started with the paper (which already had this cute little skunk on it :) It's from DCWV and it's their Green Stack which is 70% recycled paper :) My colors are kind of off in this picture - sorry about that. But I added some green gingham ribbon and a little heart gem on the skunk. The quote is from one of the older 2RedBananas stamp sets "Quotes" so I am reusing it :) I don't even want to count how many stamps I have that I have either never used or have only used once, sad really. I used to do a challenge on my blog called "Love an Unloved Stamp" and it didn't have anything to do with not loving the stamp, it had to do with not USING the stamp. I think I might have to start that again. It was fun :)

ANYWAY.....check out the design team members blogs to see some more Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Then go to the 2RedBananas blog to play along.


Our quote for the day: "It's not what the world hold for you. It's what you bring to it." - Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tree Swingin' Penny

Good Morning! I finally got some pictures taken so I can share some of the things I've been working on :)

This one I made for the Caardvarks challenge, but I was too slow getting it uploaded, oh well. I love this little Tree Swingin' Penny :)

This is a pretty big card, it's about 5" X 7". I used a pre-made card from the Paper Company. It's shimmery as is the teal scalloped piece. You can see the shimmer in the top right hand corner of the picture. Then I added a piece of paper from Fancy Pants. I cut out and embossed my image layer with nesties, sponged some sky and then added the ribbon and the primas. Very easy.

Our quote for the day: "Blessed are the happiness makers." - Henry Ward Beecher

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stamps are Now Available and Cuttlebug Challenge

Hi! The July stamps are now available on the 2RedBananas website. :) They are all so much fun to play with! I was trying to decide which is my favorite, but I can't decide.

2RedBananas is also sponsoring the Cuttlebug Challenge this week. It's a sketch challenge and this is the sketch designed by Mlamarredesigns.

This is the card I made for the challenge. I used one of the quotes from the new More Quotes set. It's a quote from Albus Dumbledore :) I can't wait to see the new movie, but I decided to re-read the 6th book first.

Okay, this is a quick post because I'm also trying to schedule college visits for our son! I can't believe it's time to do that.

Our quote for the day: "Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them." - Fanny Jackson Coppin

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Faux Grid Technique

Hi! Every Monday on SCS there is a technique challenge, I LOVE them! This week's challenge is to create a faux grid. When I first read the post, I wasn't sure about how it was going to work, but then I looked at a couple samples and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I love this month's Journaling set. I think partly because I love the beach and the colors associated with it. :)

So, here is my card. I will edit this post to put a link to the challenge, but right now I think SCS must be having some issues because I can't get onto it. Anyway, I stamped my images on the background first and then created the grid. Then I colored in a few of the squares and then added the suede ribbon and button tied with twine. I cut the sentiment out with nesties and pop dotted it over the ribbon. That's it! It's ALMOST a one layer card. Really fun!

Stamps: July Journaling Spot - 2RedBananas
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Sahara Sand Versamagic, chocolate Zig writer
Paper: reg white cardstock, Bazzill
Other: prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits, pop dots, May Arts suede ribbon, button, twine, nesties

Our quote for the day: "Every achiever that I have ever met says, "My life turned around when I began to believe in me."" - Dr. Robert Schuller

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

It's Banana Split Sunday

Good Morning! It's Banana Split Sunday and this week's challenge is a sketch challenge!

I love sketches! For some reason, many times I end up turning them on their side and this one was no exception. That's okay though, I'm good with that :)

Here is the sketch:

And here are the cards I created with it.

This one uses "A Kiss for Chloe" by Sarah Kay, I just love her images. I also used both sides of one piece of dp again. I just love that :)

A Kiss for Chloe - Sarah Kay
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU Bliss Blue (sponging), Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan
Paper: October Afternoon - Daydream collection
Other: prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits, buttons, burlap fabric, nesties, pop dots

I also fringed the burlap by pulling a strand of the fabric from the sides and used the strands to tie through the button holes.

This one uses the new July Journaling Spot that will be available Wednesday.

Stamps: July Journaling Spot - 2RedBananas
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan, Distress Ink
Paper: Making Memories
Other: Nesties Labels Four, pop dots, prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits

This is an easy sketch to use and perfect for double sided papers :) Be sure to hop on over to the 2RedBananas blog and to the blogs of the design team to get more ideas and to play along!

Our quote for the day: "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." — Allan K. Chalmers

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Feel Like a Princess

Hi! Another sneak peek for today. This is another set that will be released on Wednesday, July 15th. Another one illustrated by Mindy Baxter. She creates such cute images! This is a set called Princess. She is just a tad over 4.5" tall and her tiara is separate so if you want her to be a beautiful princess without her tiara, you can have that too :)
She is really fun to color and I can't wait to paper piece her dress. This time I colored her with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits then added a few hightlights with the Inkssentials white pen. I painted her hair and eyeshadow with Blingz and Shimmerz. Really fun! The papers have embossed places on them so they shimmer too. Then I added gems to the bodice of her gown. I also pop dotted her up for some dimension.

Be sure to check out the 2RedBananas blog for some more fun peeks.

Our quote for the date: "Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does."
- William James

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sneak Peeks from 2RedBananas

It's time for the 2RedBananas sneak peeks to begin. The release will be next Wednesday, July 15th.

This is a fun month. We have a new illustrator, Mindy Baxter. She has designed 3 of the 5 sets we are releasing this month. They are ADORABLE!!

This first card uses 2 of the new sets. Penny's Mushroom (which is one of the ones designed by Mindy) and More Quotes. I just love quotes, always have :) I also used Basic Grey Lemonade paper on this one.

All the images on this card are from the July Journaling Spot. It's a fun one too. This card was made for the SCS Sketch Challenge this week.

Be sure to keep checking the 2RedBananas blog as well as the blogs of the design team members as you will be seeing sneak peeks all week :)
Our quote for the day: "Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today." -
Akin A. Awolaja

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

the August 2009 House Mouse stamp


Softball finished today. The girls won their last 4 games. It was a great season and they were so much fun to watch!

The card I'm showing you today is one I made for this week's House Mouse Challenge. The challenge is to create something for a season. My season is winter, not because winter is my favorite, but because my favorite time to think about cold weather and snow is during the hot summer :)

This image is the August 2009 Stamp of the Month and it just came out. I love little Amanda mouse in the sock !!

The background I created by using my glue pad and dragging it over the dp and then pouring glitter over the top. Fun way to create a snowy background.

Stamps: In a Pinch - Stampabilites, Snowman Love - 2RedBananas
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU Bliss Blue (sponging)
Paper: let it snow words - Heidi Grace, Bazzill
Other: May Arts ribbon, nesties, prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits, gems, glitter, Essential Glue Pad

It's a fun challenge, you should check it out.

Our quote for the day: "When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail." - Abraham Maslow

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Patriotic Please - Banana Split Sunday Challenge

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th!

Today's Banana Split Challenge is all about July 4th, but we're carrying it beyond the holiday. The Challenge is to create something Patriotic. It goes really well with the Cards for Heroes organization too :) I'm working on my 25 + 2 challenge and I'm almost there. I would really like to see just how many time I can complete the challenge, because if you go to the website and read all the comments about the program, I'm pretty sure you'll want to participate too. Here's the website - Cards for Heroes.

Okay, on to my card. I love red, white and blue! It is a really simple card to put together. Funny thing, Deb and I both used the same stamp sets for our cards :) Sgt Chicken and May Journaling Spot.

Stamps: Sgt Chicken, May Journaling Spot,
Paper: Bazzill and dp from my "collection"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Copics, Inkssentials white pen, Versamark Dazzle, Versafine Onyx black (sentiment)
Other: red satin ribbon, pop dots

Be sure to check out the design team blogs too.


Our quote for the day: "A good heart is better than all the heads in the world." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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