Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A little of this & A little of that but all fun

Hello Friends, As you can tell, I have been gone for quiet a while. Well, I really don't have an excuse except that I have been so engrossed in Swap-Bot  that I have totally neglected my Blog. I started a group on Swap-Bot and have been trying to think of swaps that I can hold in the group. Please, Come on over and check it out. Once you get started, You just cant do 1 swap. At the end of this post, I will share some of the awesome swaps I have been in!
I have also been trying to get ready for the up coming Holidays. I have also really slacked on my Christmas cards. That's is going to change this weekend. I have a Cookie exchange to go to on Saturday but for the rest of the weekend I will be creating. Instead of mass producing the same card, I make about 7 or 8 different ones. I just have to be difficult. LOL!
So, Onto the creations that I wanted to share with you all, I really hope you all like them and don't forget to share your opinions. I love to hear what you all have to say! So for now, I will see you all real soon!
  
This is my creation for the Shabby chic & Pink Altered Altoids tin

Shabby Chic,Froofy,Pink Tag swap


I actually made this for one of my swaps but didn't like how it turned out so I replaced it with the Pink one above!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A swap and Swap-Bot

Hello all, Well here I am with a project  that I have been working on. This specific Tag is a swap that I am in on Splitcoaststampers. It is a "Love" theme. I really like the way they turned out. Most of the embellishments used on these tags is Tim Holtz. I love love love his products. I am also lovin the shabby chic,Vintage look as well.  I completed 7 of these tags and in return, I will get 6 different tags back. the only thing is these are not due until Jan 25th. LOL! I was on a creative roll so I took advantage of that!! 
The really really cool part of these is the ribbon. I actually tea dyed fabric and then stamped on it with Tuxedo black ink as you can see in the bottom right picture. 
Now, I want to bring up another great site for swaps. Swap-Bot. I would love to see some of my friends come and join my group over there. I have a ton of swap Ideas that I am sure you will all love. My main idea right now is that of an altered cigar box filled with (I haven't decided on an amount yet) stamping/scrapping goodies. that sounds like fun right? Or maybe Themed ATC's?   Maybe even hand made flowers? The one good thing about swap-bot is that most of the time, You only have 1 partner. The only time you have more than one partner is when the person who is hosting the swap creates a swap with multiple partners. I just love this site so much, I want all of my creative friends to join, There are swaps for every interest under the sun.Come on over and check it out and maybe even join. I would love to see some of my followers joining in on some swaps. These are somemore of the ideas I have for some swaps,, Themed ATC's ,Altered tag swaps, Altered Altoid tins, Themed match box with little goodies. I have so many ideas of swaps that I want to do plus, if you are interested in becoming an officer in my group, you will have special privileges and even host your own swaps as well. If you have any ?'s regarding becoming an officer, please email me, I would love to hear  from you!! If you join Swap-Bot, Don't forget to search  for my group "Altering papercrafts extravaganza" 
I hope to see you over at Swap-Bot, We will have so much fun!!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Some ATC's, Oh how I love Tim Holtz!!!

 Hello Friends, Sorry I have been gone for so long. I have been working on lots and lots of swaps from SCS and Swap Bot. I have the swap fever. So, with that being said, my main projects have been ATC's. These 2 are from a swap that I hosted. Making your ATC using Tim Holtz products. I have been going nuts with the Tim Holtz. All of  his stuff is so cool! The base of these ATC's is from a 12X12 stack. The "key to my heart" ATC includes grunge paper,small antique key rock candy distress paint on the heart and the heart is also embossed with a swirls EF. The bow at the top is fabric that I tea Dyed. I tea dyed a huge batch of  tags and fabric. I love the Vintage look!!! 
I added an arrow with a brad into the heart. I just really like how both of these ATC's turned out.
Well, I am off for now. I have some more swaps to get ready to ship out and if you are interested in joining in on the great swaps go on over to www.swap-bot.com You will have so much fun with the variety of swaps, you wont know which to join first.  See you all soon!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

So excited to share...

 Hello my friends, I am so excited for you all to see the project that I just completed. OMG, OMG, It turned out so darn cute. The only thing that I wanted to do on it but couldn't was use Distress lace stickles on some of the flowers, For the life of me, I cannot find my little bottle of the   Distress stickles. I mean I have like every color under the sun and that is the one I cannot find, doesn't it figure? LOL! So, This lunchbox type container, I got for $1.00 at the flea Market and it is exactly what I needed. I am in a swap on Swap Bot called "Think outside the JAR Whimsey swap" So basically we are to decorate and fill a container(anything except for a "JAR") with goodies! I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the "Lunch Box" but I already wrapped everything in tissue and put it inside the box. I cant tell you what is in it cause my partner might see and I want it to be a surprise. So, just looking at the picture, do you think she is going to like it?  I am mailing it off on Monday so she will have it by Wednesday, I will let you all know what she thinks!!   SO, I am off to get it all packaged up to ship out so I will see you all again real soon!!!  Nighty Nights!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

ATC_World 6 For 6


 Happy Friday Friends, I am just finishing up a 6 for 6 ATC swap that I am in. ATC's are all the rage right now. I Love Love Love ATC's, collecting, creating, swapping, etc. So, this swap is for the Yahoo group ATC_World They have some pretty fun swaps in that group. This swap is "Use those scraps" and it is a 6 for 6 swap. We all have those scraps that we just cant throw away, You know what I'm talking about, right? Well, All 6 of my creations are from not only Card stock scraps but designer papers as well. It took me a little while to get the Mojo rolling but I completed all 6 and now it's time to mail them off to the Hostess on Monday!! I cant wait to see what I get in return.  
So, I am off to work on some more swaps so I will share some more with you real soon!! Have a wonderful weekend and drop me a line if you wanna swap either ATC's, 6X6  scrap book pages, Hat pins, Altered cigar box's, Etc.   Big Hugs!!!
Isn't this so cheerful?


This is my fave!!

I used a Gelly Roll "Clear star" pen on the flowers.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Swap Bot and my swaps!! ATC Crazy



Happy Saturday night everyone. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. We are here in Sunny Northern Cali. We hit 90° today so we had the air on all day long and tomorrow is going to be a pretty warm one as well. Sunday is my favorite day of the week. Craig and I hit the flea market. He actually goes at 6am. and then comes home and gets me at about 8:30( i like to sleep in a little!) Hopefully I will score some good finds tomorrow. I will share so wish me luck!
So, onto my creations. I have been making alot of ATC's(artist trading cards) lately and I have also been in alot of swaps over at Swap Bot. If you like to swap everything from atc's to scrap supplies to kitchen gadgets then you have to go to swap bot. I am even hosting a few swaps over there right now, here are the links so maybe you can join me!  Pink & Brown ATC swap, "  "In the sky" ATC  & "Lace" ATC & an ATC DP swap(designer papers at 2.5 X 3.5) So come on over and sign up. We would love to have you. They also have some great groups. There is something for everyone at swap bot,  So, onto my creations. They are all swaps that I am in. ATC's are so addicting, I just cant stop! LOl!!
So, that pretty much what I have been up to lately, I hope to see you all over at swap bot and I will be back tomorrow night (Sunday) to share my findings(if any)  Nighty nights!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

A challenge card, Finally

Hello Friends, Finally I have a card to share with you all. I figured with all of the time that I have had off of work that I would be super productive but no, It's just the opposite. Well, This challenge card is a sketch challenge from Cutie-Sunday. This is  for a friend that I am doing a swap with. It did turn out exactly how I wanted it and I hope you all enjoy it!!  




Supplies used: DP:6X6 stack from My minds eye Stella & Rose.Mulberry flowers: RecollectionsStamped sentiment: Stampa Rosa
Stay posted, I will be back real soon to share some of the ATC swap cards that I have received, I am loving ATC's right now, They are so much fun! If you want to swap, Drop me a line and we can arrange a one on one! Dannette_ruger@yahoo.com
                                                         I will see you all real soon!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just want to share

Hello Friends, I have been gone, once again for a while. I really haven't been too creative lately. I was in some what of a funk so hopefully, starting with this card, I can keep the creative juices flowing. I am involved in a bunch of swaps, not only at SCS but also at www.swap-bot.com. Love love love that site. If you enjoy swaps, Then this is the place for you. Right now, I am again in a Hat pin swap and I wanted to make a special card for the hostess. She also hosted that last Hat pin swap so I wanted to show her how I appreciate her work on another swap. These hat pins are so much fun and so addicting too. I am also in swaps for ATC's. Now those are addicting as well.
So, I just wanted to stop in and share the creation with you all , See the hatpin? Isn't it pretty? I really really like how this one turned out. I especially love the ribbon(Soft pink) I got the ribbon at http://www.youratcstore.com/ and if you haven't been there before, You should go over there and check it out .You can order the ribbon by the yard and it is a pretty great deal! Also  if you love atc's as much as I do then you will really like this site!!  Well, I am off for now but Promise, I will be back real soon to hopefully share some more goodies with you all!!




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Some swaps I am in


 Hello Friends, Just a quick post to share some swaps that I am participating in. This is for "Hat Pins" Oh my goodness, these are so fun to make and oh so easy too. Book Marks made with large paper clips and bottle caps. You cant see it real well, but on the book marks, look around the edge of the bottle caps. I used Pearl Mica flakes mixed with some distress in in "peeled Paint" I love love love how those turned out.Another swap I am in is the bottle cap phone charms. I am really happy how the bottle cap swap turned out. I cant wait to see what I get in return. 
  If any of you every want to swap, Please let me know as I love to do swaps. There are so many great ideas out there.  One place that has some great swaps is www.swap-bot.com I am in like 3 swaps over there and 3 swaps on SCS. I think I am addicted! LOl!
So, let me know what you think and also if you would be interested in swapping with me. Anything from ATC's to hat pins to altered Bottle caps, Just let me know!



                                                              dannette_ruger@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Swap meet weekend

First, I want to tell you about a weekend that DH and I went on a swap meet/garage sale weekend in Petaluma. We stay at the KOA in our Trailer(home on wheels) and plan the sat. around  going to local Garage sales which the night before we leave, I go on Craig's list and plan our route and then Sunday is spent at the Swap Meet. so, for Garage sales, I found a few goodies like this really cool "Ball" jar, I only paid $1.00 for it. . You can see it on the Pepsi crate in the picture . We also found the chair that you see me sitting in, Can you believe that chair was only $5.00. Craig didn't want to buy it but I knew that was a great deal and the chair is so comfy so I am glad we got it.So that's about as exciting as our Garage sale day got so, Onto the Swap Meet. We did score some really cool stuff like that blue and white shelf/cabinet and those really cool Pepsi crates. We only paid $2.50 ea. on those. Score!!! Whenever we do this trip. We always line up all of our goodies and take a picture of it all. I love to scrapbook trips like this. This has become a yearly thing for Craig and I as this is the second year we have done this. In between the garage sales and the swap meet. We also take a drive to the beach via the country roads. We love to see and take pictures of the run down barns in the middle of peoples property. So beautiful!  Don't you think so? What is really fun is when you run into a barn sale in the middle of no where. We love when that happens. 
So, there is our weekend. We just love the swap meet and garage sales so much we are willing to travel for them! All for now my friends. I have some creating to do and want to share my latest creation with you before the end of the night!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A challenge card

Hello friends. Long time no see, I really have no excuse because I have been sitting at my creating desk every night and just too lazy to post. So sorry but I do have some things I want to share with you all. First, A challenge card that I did complete last night. I really love this card. I made it for a friend that is hosting a swap and I wanted to incorporate the swap "item" into the card. So, the sketch is from CLP Challenge Blog.  So, for my take on the sketch.

 Now, see the "stick pin"? That is a swap I am in. I actually made that one specially for that card and as a little bonus for the swap hostess. I will get into the stick pins in another post so stay tuned.
 As for the supplies used on this creation, My color scheme is Old Olive,Blush Blossom(retired SU!) and smooth white. The stamped image is that of "Inkadinkadoo" with some bling added to the chandelier from "Kaisercraft" Thank you sentiment is from "The stamps of life"Thanks 4 one year" stamp set. Stamps inked with Chocolate Chip Classic stamp pad. The bow is "Twill Tape" from Stampin Up! and the DP is from the Butterfly garden collection from Pink Paislee and Finally, Stick pin made by be and added to the bow.  Finished card is 5.5 X 5.5. 
So, there you have it. My take on the CLP challenge blog sketch! I hope you enjoy my creation and please, let me know you were here, I love to hear your comments!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Just sharing

Hello Friends, This is going to be a really quick post as I really have to let my arm rest. I had originally created this card for a challenge but because of my going slower than usual, I didn't finish it in time to add it to the challenge. SO, I hope you enjoy it. I did have fun making it as it was the first thing created in almost 2 weeks. I was starting to have serious withdrawals, LOL! So, Enjoy and I will see you all real soon!!




                                                                               Supplies used:
so saffron,wild wasabi,choc. chip and white smooth card stock, 
sentiment Gina K "Treasure to me" in     choc. chip ink 
and flowers by recollections from Michael's.

Long time no see

Hello Friends, It has been way too long and I have missed you all so much! I have had a pretty insane month starting with My sons High school baseball banquet. I was in charge of the photo collages of the players and making a pasta dish to feed bunches of people then onto the last day of school, well, that wasn't too busy but it only meant that I was days closer to my surgery of which I did have on June 15th. Alls I can say is Yikes and Ouch! It was an out patient surgery but it was a surgery none the less. I am in serious recovery mode and they say that recovery can be anywhere from 4-6 months. I wont be starting phys. therapy for 8 weeks.  I have Epicondulitis(tennis elbow) and when the Dr. went in, he not only added an anchor to the bone in my elbow but he also cleaned up the tendons. I was in a splint for 8 days and let me tell you, I was not happy for 8 days. Since I am right handed and this just happens to be my right elbow that is injured I had absolutely no use of my right arm for 8 days and even now that I have the splint off, I am still pretty limited to what I can do with my right hand. I have to be really careful even when I am stamping. We don't realize how important our limbs are until we cannot use them so don't ever take it for granted. I now know that I will not take it for granted. 
For the 8 days, I sat on the living room floor using my husbands lap top( scrolling with my left hand) and just explored tons of blogs and when I saw and idea that I liked, I jotted down the website with my left hand. My hand writing looked like a 1st. graders writing. My 15 year old son got some good laughs outta me but that was all I could really do. I also explored some really really cool blogs on DIY  and Thrift store finds and re purposing. There is a whole new world out there for me to explore. I am all about DIY'ing and how I love love love going to thrift stores and garage sales. 
SO, when you get a chance, check out the awesome blogs in my side bar and go and check some of them out. There is so much to be seen in every one of them!!
Well, since I have been blah blah blahing, I will let my arm rest and let your eyes rest as well but I will have 1 challenge card to share with you all. I hope you all enjoy it and hope you come back often to see what I am up to.
Have a splendid night all and I will see you all real soon!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm lovin the look


Hello Friends, It's just me. Hopefully this post will post to my blog ok. I am having some issues with Blogger. Maybe it could be me but I'm thinkin not, So anyways, Onto this lovely creation I made. Lately I have been into the Vintage,shabby chic look of things so when I started to make this I knew exactly where I was going with it. To start things off, I used cardboard, Yes, your average cardboard box and ran it through my Big kick with my Stampin Up! Top Note die cut. I then tore off the top layer of the card board.

I mixed some acrylic white opalescent pain with a pink re inker and then sponged some of the mix all over the top note piece. I put that aside and went to work on some of the other items I wanted to add to the "Top Note" I used my scallop heart nestie and die cut a heart in some DP and then embellished the heart in pink bling. I also added some Brown prima flowers and added some Distress stickles to the flowers. I also added some ivory lace and a die cut Bird from Stampin Up! I then added it to the top note.

I added a piece of Making Memories Je t'adore DP and put the sentiment "Cherish your dreams" and topped that with a fabric Brad in brown. I am working on another version of this card but with more embellishments. I will share as soon as I am finished with it. I hope you enjoy what I have created and will let me know that you were here to visit!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Blogger is all messed up

Hello everyone, I dont have anything to share with you all today because My blogger is all messed up right now. I cannot delete,add,change and so on, anything in Blogger. I am surprised that I am able to post this. Is anyone else having any problems? This has been going on for 3 days now.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon! I hope to see you all real soon and please let me know if you are experianceing the same things. See you all soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Color Throwdown Challenge!


OK, This is going to be a quick post because, I have already written this post once and Blogger closed out on me so at this moment, I am a teensy irritated soooooo, This is a challenge that I completed for The color throwdown and these are the colors that we are supposed to use, All of the card stock that I used is from Stampin Up! except for the white which I purchased at Kelly Paper here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The stamp set used is from The stamps of life. So with that being said, Here is my submission into the challenge. I hope you all enjoy my creation and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I will see you all real soon!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CLP Challenge







Hello Friends, Here I have a challenge card that I want to share with you all. This challenge is from CLP Challenge Blog. I totally love doing challenges. I find alot of times, My Mojo just kinda slips away and I so desperatly want to create something beautiful so these challenge blogs help me with that. For this creation I used a Stamping Bella image called "Charlotte Ketto" Instead of using my Copics on this image, I used my Prismacolor pencils with mineral spirits and a blending stump. I haven't used my pencils in so long that I thought it was time to break em out and use em. I also love the blending capabilities with the mineral spirits with the prisma pencils. I have a few other images that I used my Prisma's on that I will be sharing with you all real soon.

So, some of the other details of this creation are, The card stock colors I used are Basic Black, Pretty in Pink and smooth white. The DP is called "Alissa so cute" from Bo Bunny. The sentiment is "Hello" from Tiny Tags(Stampin Up) and I added a little teeny tiny gem to the flower in front of Hello. You cant really tell but the larger panel in Pretty in Pink is embossed with an embossing folder and the black piece is punched out with one of my edge punches. I also used my scallop circle nestie and hole punched all of the scallops around the circle. The finished card is 5.5X5.5

I hope you all enjoy my creation!

I am off for now, I will be back real soon to hopefully share some more stampin goodness with you all.

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