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Monday, July 23, 2012

Winners At KC Rubber Stamp Show

The KC Stamp Show was July 20-21, 2012.  The Tres Loonies planned a club outing to the Expo Center near the airport.  It has been years since I've been to a stamp show and this is my first one in this area.  Joanne and I also submitted cards to the Card Contests.  Joanne won SECOND PLACE in the "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall" contest on Friday. No money, but an honor still the same.

We learned a lot from submitting our cards.  First, they are displayed behind plastic coverings, so judges and the public do not see the insides of the cards. Experts who submit to these contest probably know this.  We did not. Joanne's submission was under appreciated because the punch line (which was hilarious) was inside.  My card for the "Mirror, Mirror" category did not make sense unless you saw the inside. Second piece of knowledge gained: it is best to check when you first get to the show to make sure your card is placed in the right category.  Mistakes sometimes occur and my Mirror, Mirror card was assigned to Saturday's category.  I discovered it too late--I went right to  shopping for stamps, etc. when I first arrived.  That will teach me!

Barbara, the nice organizer, explained that the cards were covered because at past shows they'd had problems with people stealing cards.  Oh well... we left Friday very much wiser and with stamps and lots of ideas because there were examples everywhere.

On Saturday, we arrived to the news that I had won FIRST PLACE in the "Road Trip" contest!  This was fantastic news as it meant I had $100 to spend at the show at any vendor(s) I chose.  Joanne took pictures at each vendor as I quickly spent my bounty!  Here is a picture of my card that won.

The die cut is Old Jalopy from Tim Holtz Sizzx BigZ Dies.  I just cut the back part off.  The stamps are from his Road Trip set. The background for the front and the back is from Tim Holtz paper stash - destinations.

Here is a picture of the card I submitted for "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall."

The images are from a line of stamps at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design. 
You can see the selections  HERE
I embossed the top image using white embossing powder on black glossy card stock. The bottom image is embossed with black embossing powder on white glossy card stock.  I love these stamps because they have both the outline version and the solid version. The words are also embossed in the same manner.

I'll load more pictures from Joanne and Terri later. One of them has a picture of all three of us at the show.  And, I"ll be loading Joanne's card because it is hilarious!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tim Holtz Tag for July - 9 Days EARLY!

Hello My Loyal Part-Time Readers (all two or three of you),
I am loading the monthly Tim Holtz tag today--and it is NOT the end of the month at the last hour. I guess the world will end tomorrow...

Close up of trimmings at top of tag. 
Word band at the bottom of the tag. (Ignore the camera lens cap that poked its way into the shot!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ta Da - March birthday cards are officially done!

I posted my friend Mary's card here a few months ago but had not mailed it because I wanted to do a retirement card for her husband, Bob. I finally finished his card and got everything in the mail yesterday. Now I can work on the few April birthdays and I might stand a chance at getting caught up soon! The retirement card turned out pretty good. I'm really liking this Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe paper. Can you tell? 

I learned to make the frame on the card's front from Teri, the owner of Scrapbook Unique. She has a cool technique she teaches in her mini album classes and on other projects. See link to her calendar on the right sidebar panel. Supplies for the card are listed below. 
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe - 4500431 - Race for Time (both sides) 
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe - 4500426 - Counting Down (numbers side) for frame 
Clocks Black & White card stock from 8x8 7 Gypsies paddington variety pack #19364 
Happy Retirement stamp - Stampabilities NR10009 
Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things in Life stamp - Hero Arts - F1843 
Clock Wings stamp - Inkadinkado - 60-00455 
Tim Holtz clock face embellishment 

The stamp at the bottom of the inside of the card is a portion of a background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. The stamp is called "A Time To Stamp" and you can see other selections HERE

Tanya, the owner of Stamper's Ink, has revived this line and if we live near her store we are lucky and can purchase the stamps there. You can also order online or by calling the store. The store's link is on the right sidebar panel.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Birthday Card - Graphic 45 Le Cirque

Hi. One more upload before calling it a night. A friend of mine needed a birthday card for a mutual friend turning 80. I used the Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers and a stamp from the Riley line. The usual words associated with this image are "OH NO." I used an alternate version that is more amusing to people in my age group! I heard that Bill loved his card!

Riley stamps are owned by Stamper's Ink and you can see many creative ideas on the Riley blog. See the link to Stamper's Ink in the right panel.

That's it for tonight. 

Joanne's Olde Curiosity Shoppe Desk Set

Hi. Just a quick note before turning in for the night.  Last week, my friend Joanne shared an altered art project she made out of recycled stuff and Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper.  I liked is SO much I thought I'd share it with you. The Desk Set tubes are made out of the insides of roles of tapes.  Clever girl, that Joanne. And a pretty awesome project.  Enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July

Hello Everyone. I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July.  I certainly did. I ate Bratwurst and all the fixins at an indoor picnic sponsored by my Homeowners Association.  It was great neighbors getting together for good food and visiting to mark the day.  Afterwards, my friend Judy and I took a drive to the Flags4Freedom display in Merriam.  It chokes me up every year to see so many flags in one place. I tried to find the flag I dedicated to my youngest brother (we lost him to respiratory illness in 2007) but haven't located it yet. I thought you'd enjoy the pics I took.