Sunday, July 25, 2010

Exhausted Brown Penguins

I'm exhausted. We got up at 5 AM to see the Arizona Penguins off this morning on their 500 mile trek across the state of Iowa. The second team, Gerry's Kids, left around 8:30 this morning. ONE of Team McGuire went back to wasn't me. Hosting RAGBRAI teams is something I highly recommend. It was great fun having them at the house. I'll post a report with photos later in the week. For now - it's cards, shower, and EARLY bedtime.

First up - this layout challenge from Stamping 411

Heel-Toe~White cardstock
~Layer of solid cardstock from K&Co Happy Birthday 2U~A strip of striped cardstock from K&Co Happy Birthday 2U with top and bottom paper punched using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page (which I still haven't figured out how to use - it's back to the YouTube Tutorial for me!) White Sharpies Poster Paint dotted throughout punched holes
~Layer of pink ribbon and a bow using my Easy Bow which required watching ANOTHER video tutorial - which was VERY helpful. Suzanne Dean video tutorials are my favorites.
~Sentiment printed on white cardstock, edges smudged with orange ink, then layered on green and yellow cardstocks
~Variety of stamped and digital shoe images colored with Copics and embellished with Stickles, Glossy Accents, and plastic glitter
Stamping 411

Next is a photo/color inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room

Peony Wreath~Base card PaperTrey Ink white
~Layer of Daisy D's Frost Green~Image from The Graphics Fairy, printed on Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock, highlighted using Copics, edges of cardstock smudged using Distress Ink Antique Linen, Old Paper, and Vintage Photo
~Ribbon from Michael's dollar bin - Christmas BotanicalsChallenge:
The Shabby Tea Room

And lastly a color challenge from The Pink Elephant - use the color brown.
Easy Peasy Bridal Brown
~Base card PaperTrey Ink Dark Chocolate~Layer of My Mind's Eye Out and About (This is really cheating - no stamping, no coloring, the sparkly glitter was already on the cardstock as was the botanical image...)
~Pieces cut from 'Hanging Bridal Spray' purchased at Hobby Lobby - held in place with brown satin ribbon
This has to be the fastest, easiest card I've ever made - but I like it!
The Pink Elephant

I know I said I wasn't going to post any RAGBRAI pictures but in honor of "Brown"... I have to leave you with this one shot from this morning. And yes that is their 'Iowa gift bag' of Jolly Time Popcorn for the trip!

All good wishes,


  1. Bright and beautiful! I love what you did with the challenges! Thanks so much for playing along with stamping411

  2. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing your card with us in the Tea Room this week :)

    Be sure to only link your submission for TSTR in your blog post in order to be considered for the weekly prizes.

  3. Great cards you've created here, even with the busy time at your house. Love that wreath card you shared for our Tea Room challenge. That Graphics Fairy image is just perfect and I really like your bow too. Thanks for playing along with us.

  4. Beautiful cards!!!! Thanks for playing along this week!

  5. Nancy, thanks for the sweet comments. I am glad I brightened your day! Love all these cards. I am always amazed at the different blogs I visit,and the beautiful artwork that I find!

  6. Love the row of shoes at the bottom of your fun! Thanks for playing along with Stamping 411 sketch this week!

  7. What great cards!! Love all the shoes on the 411 card!! Thanks for playing along with us this week!!!


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