Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicka Challenge #5

First let me send out a big thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge last week, Armie, Laura, Glenda, Victoria and Cindy. You all did a great job capturing the colors of Fall.

This weeks challenge has to do with guys. You see both Jane and I have family birthdays coming up, Jane's son has a birthday at the end of the month and my DH Gary's big day is on the 1st. Can't tell you how many times I have almost forgotten his birthday because it is on the 1st day of the month, but I am not going to forget this month because our challenge is to make a guy birthday card. You read that right, guy card!!!

I used the ice cream theme for my card because Gary LOVES ice cream. I don't mean he loves it, he L-O-V-E-S it! Eats it every day and of course, doesn't gain a pound. What goes with ice cream? Drippy goo! Got out my drippy goo punch, the ice cream truck stamp by A Muse and a little PJK Diner Food background paper and put together this card. I have to admit it isn't my favorite card and I was telling Jane today that my mojo has been missing for a while, and she said I needed some chicka juice. I gotta get that on my list. I have just been so super busy that I haven't had much creative time. Hopefully I can change all that and get the juices flowing again soon. So now, you get your juices going and make a guy card. Don't forget to post a link here so we can see what you come up with.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Look at all my loot! Fiskar's had another one of it's big warehouse sales. They had some really good stuff on sale this time. Lots of punches and tools that make my little hobby fun. I have made 3 trips so far and am thinking that I might go back tomorrow and see if there is anything new. The line of women waiting to get in on Thursday was about a block long and boy, was it worth the wait. They had tons of scrapbook type stuff and punches galore. Of course, there were a lot of scissors too.

Don't forget you still have a few more days to do the Chicka Challenge. Would love to see some more of your creations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Holy Chicka!

I totally had my card ready to go today and then discovered, thanks to my partner in crime, Jane, that I made the wrong challenge. Talk about get your butt in gear girl! So had to start from scratch to get our challenge posted. I was supposed to use the K & Co paper we discovered at one of the stops we made on our little excursion but used some other fun paper that will be used on a future Chicka Challenge by mistake. So anyway, your challenge is to make a card using Fall colors. Easy, right?

Oh, I almost forgot to thank Kerry, Armie and Victoria for getting their stamp on for the Case a Chicka challenge. I just love saying the name of that challenge! Case a Chicka, Case a Chicka, Case a Chicka!!! Thanks girls for a great job!

Was flipping through my book when I spotted this fun piece of floral paper and thought of my A Muse wild blossom stamp. Looks kinda like one of the flowers in the paper, don't you think? Used my Stickles on the red flowers, not sure it shows up in my photo but I am all about using Stickles. Did you notice the new polka dot ribbon from A Muse? I have been chomping at the bit to make a card and use it. It comes in a bunch of colors so hop on over to your LSS and check it out. Don't have a store that carries it? Then take a peek at the A Muse Artstamps website.

Many thanks to my Chicka Challenge partner for putting me on the straight and narrow today. As always, make sure to check out her card here and post your entry in a comment to either of our blogs with a link to your card.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Case a Chicka

Woo hoo! It is time for Chicka Challenge #4! First I want to thank everyone who participated last week. Loved every one of the cards submitted for our challenge. Kerry, Jennie
, Victoria and Armie made creative and fun cards and fulfilled the requirement of using brads and ribbon on one card.

What's this weeks challenge and what does it have to do with Mexican food? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with quesadillas! It has to do with CASEing a card made by a friend or even by someone you don't know. Just make sure you post a link to their card or a photo, so Jane and I can see what inspired you. I got inspired by my friend, Lyndsay. Her card is on the right. She is a master at using layers and when she posted this card on her blog, well, I just wanted to make one of my own. Sometimes I just don't know how she comes up with the perfect combinations of colors but she always does. Now what are you waiting for? Find a card you want to CASE and let's see what you come up with. Don't forget to post a comment with a link to your card.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Challenge heaven

Many times I have wished I had time to do some of the fun challenges that are out there but it just hasn't happened. Well yesterday was the day! I managed to get three challenges into one card. Can't remember the last sketch challenge I was able to complete over on Tracy's blog. She has the best sketches and is celebrating her one year anniversary... that's right... sketch number 52 is posted over there. Check it out if you have a free minute this weekend. She has a prize if she gets 52 participants this week. Hurry though, you only have until Thursday to get in on the fun.

The second challenge I got in is the "no coloring" challenge on the A Muse lounge. Jennie's challenge always gets me thinking. This no coloring challenge was a doosey and I am so happy to be able to participate this month.

The last, but not least, is Glenda's challenge. Her challenge this week is a three color challenge. I needed to use purple, green and yellow. The purple and green part of the challenge was easy peasy but that yellow gave me fits. Always good to think out of the box and this challenge got me going. Why not play along yourself?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brads and ribbon

I can't believe it is time for Chicka Challenge #3 already! We had 4 people take part in our distressing challenge, Armie, Glenda, Victoria and Jennie. Everyone did a great job so now we are on to challenge #3. This week's challenge is to make a card with ribbon and brads. You see, Jane and I bought a little package of ribbon brads made by Karen Foster. It is the cutest set of ribbon loops and matching brads. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to make a card using BOTH ribbon and brads. I picked orange, green and purple to go with my vampire card. Also used another product I have never used before, Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I sprayed pink taffy and golden terra cotta on some white cardstock to get the shimmery orange paper behind my vampire. The shimmer is a little hard to see in my photo but just the name, Glimmer Mist, conjures up the way it looks IRL. Can't believe I am using so many new products these days. Usually I have to "save" new stuff to use later. Anyone else have that same affliction? Wanted the vampires coat to be super sparkly so I used plenty of black glitter and a Quickie glue pen for the perfect effect. Now, go ahead and give our latest challenge a try and post here or on Jane's blog and let the creativity flow!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


And the winner is... KERRY! Jane and I picked our winners by a random drawing so Kerry please email me your address and I will send out your goodies! Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Chicka Challenge!!! Your cards were all great and it was fun to see how others interpreted our challenge. Don't forget to stop over at Jane's blog and see who won her blog candy.

Now on to Chicka Challenge #2. When Jane and I were on our little "getaway" we found some crackle paints by Ranger. We thought it would be fun to give them a try so we each bought 2 different colors. Now, you don't have to run out and buy these paints to participate this week. Our challenge is to make a card or any other paper related project, using any distress technique. Easy, right?

I made my card using the purple crackle paint and distressed it by sponging Memento Rich Cocoa ink right on top of my purple paint after it dried. It is hard to see what effect this gives in my photo but if you click on the photo it shows up a little better. The truck stamp I used is part of A Muse's new Halloween release which should be at your LSS right now. Stop in and check out the new images. You won't be disappointed. I also used the new Slate and Paprika card stock from A Muse and distressed it by sponging the edges of the paprika and white paper using the Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The candy corn falling out of the back of my truck is paper pieced using orange gingham paper. Got this idea on Heather's blog. You see, Heather is into Halloween in a big way and she has the BEST ideas on making all kinds of Halloween goodness. Check her blog often to find out what she is up to next.

Okay, now it is your turn to give this "distressing" challenge a try. Please post here or to Jane's blog by next Monday night and stay tuned to see what we have planned for Chicka Challenge #3.