Saturday, July 30, 2011

Riding to Fight Cancer at the PMC

Since 2008, my husband has been participating in the fabulous Pan-Mass Challenge which is an annual 192-mile bike-a-thon, held over two days, to raise money for cancer research. He's been training, as always, for months to prepare.

The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. Cyclists travel from 34 states and six countries to ride in the PMC. Nearly 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients. Some PMC cyclists are weekend warriors like my husband and others are trained triathletes.

Many PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease. Cyclists range in age from 13 to 87. The average PMC cyclist is 43 years old, trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,000. During PMC weekend and throughout the year, nearly 3,000 volunteers donate their time and 200 corporations provide in-kind donations of products or services. This year, these cyclists are hoping to raise $34 million all together! Isn't that fantastic?

My favorite part of this wonderful event is that 100% of rider-raised funds go directly to cancer research!

Here's my annual card to celebrate the upcoming event!

Pedal Power
Stamp: Billy Rides a Bike (digi from Pink Cat)
Paper: Whisper White, Only Orange, Brocade Blue and Glorious Green
Ink: various copic markers

If you would like to join the fight against cancer, please help my husband reach his fund-raising goal and visit his PMC page.

To find out more about the PMC, check out where there's lots of information about the PMC, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Colors of the Modern Age

This month, on Gingersnap Creations, we've been celebrating the machine and playing with the steampunk style. Today, their Color Challenge is Leather, Iron and Brass. All great steampunking colors.

For my piece, I used some great images from Dezinaworld's Steampunk 4 collection. I fell in love with this little lady and her steampunked umbrella!

I decided to make a hanging on an old award plaque that I had acquired. It made a great base. I added some leather cord for the leather part of the challenge and some great old brass bangles attached on the bottom with raffia for the brass part. The lady herself has lots of hues of iron and brass. It was a lot of fun to make!

Hope you play along with us! Check the post for art by the outstanding Gingers and our fabulous Visiting Artists this month! You've got a whole 3 weeks to play with this fun color combo!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Couple of Challenge Cards

Here's some more simple distress background/paper peiced cards I made yesterday. These two are for a couple of challenges I found while blurfing. I also have been dying to try out my new Stampotique stamps from Jo Capper-Sandon's line. Aren't her images awesome? Of course, Jo makes incredible cards so always worth a visit to her aptly-named blog - Jo Blogs.

The first card is for the PlayDate Cafe Splash of Color Challenge. I know they said "just a splash" and even wrote it in bold but I love BIG splashes! This might be more of a tsunami of color but at least it's only hue!

Mushroom Greetings
Stamps: Mushroom Group from the Jo Capper-Sandon line (Stampotique) and Thinking of You from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Goldenrod Treasures, Glossy Premium White, Heavenly White and Black Pearl Glossy (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink); Jet Black (StazOn)
Technique: paper peicing

The second card is for two challenges - Do You Stack Up's Wings Challenge and Crafty Creations' Seeing Double Challenge.

Owl Hi
Stamps: Wee Owl and Swirl Stalks from the Jo Capper-Sandon line (Stampotique) Hi from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Periwinkle Treasures, Heavenly White, Glossy Premium White and Black Pearl Glossy (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Broken China (Ranger Distress Ink); Jet Black (StazOn)
Technique: paper peicing

To see how I made these cards, check out my post on the PaperTemptress blog.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Styling with Distress Ink

It was soooo hot yesterday there was nothing to do but stay inside! I grabbed my PaperTemptress papers, some Ranger Distress Ink and some Rogue Redhead stamps and got inky!

Summer Hello
Stamps: cosmos bud and checkered border from Floriculture plate and Hello from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Periwinkle Treasures, Glossy Premium White, Heavenly White and Black Pearl Glossy (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Stormy Sky, Broken China and Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress Ink); Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 5/8 Splitz Ribbon (Paper Temptress); 3 black brads
Technique: paper peicing

Le Jardin
Stamps: lily of the valley and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Heavenly White, Glossy Premium White and Black Pearl Glossy (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Bundled Sage and Crushed Olive (Ranger Distress Ink); Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 5/8 Splitz Ribbon (Paper Temptress)
Technique: paper peicing

To see how I made these cards, check out my post today on the PaperTemptress blog.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rebel Challenges on RRD

We're going bold with our first challenge at Rogue Redhead Designs.

The idea is to use 2 or more of the bold colors in the challenge and combine them with vintage images!

Here's one of mine:

I used the bright yellow-green and the teal color in this one. All stamps are Rogue Redhead Designs.

Why not try and play along! The prize for one randomly drawn player will be a $15.00 US voucher at the Rogue Redhead Designs Etsy store. See the challenge post for more details.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On the Road with Gingersnap Creations

This month Gingersnap Creations is celebrating Machines and focusing on steampunk style. Too fun! I got right into it with the newest Chestnut Challenge - On the Road.

I haven't had a minute to stamp or collage in the last few (okay many) weeks, so I really went crazy when I finally had time to play. Here's my On the Road to Love hanging:

On the Road to Love Hanging
Collage Images: Steampunk 4 and Steampunk Tag Set as well as assorted images (Dezinaworld)
Papers: Coffee / Tin Lizzy from Grandma's House line (Paper Loft); Morrocan Floral - Eggplant (Daisy D's)
Inks: Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: Narratives epoxy stickers (Creative Imaginations); typewriter key stickers; hinges, cogs, gears, paper frames, white lace, 2 gold brads and 2 gold eyelets

A couple more close-ups:

Make sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from the other Gingers and our Visiting Artists!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Simple Set for the Long Weekend

Hope everyone is having a fantastic long weekend especially if you are celebrating your country's birthday as are the US and Canada! Whoohoo!

With all the craziness that accompanies the first long weekend of the Summer, I didn't get to post yesterday for my Simple Set Saturday...but then again, I am not good with hard and fast rules and schedules.

Here's one of the cards, I made for this month's Simple Set on the RRD blog.

Stamps: swingers and sentiment from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: BoBunny papers (I forget the collection name)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

To see the other cards in the set, check out my latest RRD post!

I am also submitting this card to the Do You Stack Up Challenge which is Squares this week!

Have a great Fourth!
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