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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TCP Tuesday 214: You Blow Me Away!

I can vividly remember watching the 1984 Summer Olympics and there began my love of The Games! It probably had something to do with my secret crush on gymnast, Mitch Gaylord, but who can forget Mary Lou Retton, Greg Louganis and Carl Lewis?! My brothers and I would record our favorite events on VHS tapes and watch them again and again. The dream was alive and is alive for the upcoming Olympics in London kicking off next month. In honor of that, I took this week's TCP Tuesday challenge "You Blow Me Away" and went Olympic with it, because everything about the Olympic Games blows me away!

Our USA biking bunny is from Wheel Love, all pimped out with star studded wheels to show his pride. I originally saw the red telephone box at the online Silhouette store and set out to make one of my own using the CutUps Window die. I ended up with a hybrid phone booth using both the CutUps Window die layered on the Silhouette phone booth base because I wanted that rounded top. I just couldn't resist adding a Buckingham Palace-type gate, so I again went to the Sihouette store and chose this fence.

Here's a closer look at the embossed crown at the top of the phone box and Good Luck sentiment which are both from Simply Said. The USA postage uses CutUps Stamp Trio in combination with Babydoll Alphabet and 2012 and star stamps from Build A Bingo. One of the required elements for the challenge is to use either the CutUps Cloud or Pinwheel die, and since I couldn't decide which to choose,  I used them both!

I thought the flower pot that comes with the CutUps Window die would act perfectly patriotic as a holder for the mini pinwheel and stars. The heart and star stamps are from Admit One.

I hope you've enjoyed my tribute to our 2012 Olympic Team competing in London this summer and find time to cheer them as well! Be sure to stop over at Susan's blog for complete TCP Tuesday details, and then you all have a great week! Go USA!

Friday, June 8, 2012

TCP Tuesday 213: I Miss You!

Welcome to this week's TCP Tuesday Color Challenge from The Cat's Pajamas! I have to say that our challenge hostess, Lori, has chosen the yummiest color palette to kick off summer, with melon, orange and lemon colors. I couldn't resist this hexagon craze that's every-which-way-you-look these days and used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to snip out a few for me. After I cut my anchor hexagons from solid paper, I simply used them as a template to create more hexagons from scraps of patterned paper. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, my friends! My clean-and-simple card is topped off with a simple sentiment from the must-have-set Simply Said and a grosgrain bow in lemon. Here is Lori's color palette...yum!

Be sure to check out Alma's blog for more TCP Tuesday details as well as the announcement of this week's Weekly Winner! As for me, I'm all a go-go for watermelon these days, so I'm off to search for watermelon smoothie recipes as we head into a hot weekend here in WI! How about this one...

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

TCP Tuesday 212: Ahoy There!

I've been a bit quiet around the old blogosphere lately, so I thought it was high (tide) time I updated Ink About Me with something new and fun! This week's TCP Tuesday challenge involves a technique called Paper Pleating that I actually did a SCS tutorial for last year. You can find the tutorial HERE. Check out Julie's blog for all the details. Alma's blog is always full of fun TCP Tuesday info as well, so be sure to stop by and give her blog a little love.

For my card, I've incorporated a few stamp sets and CutUps to create a clean and scrappy sort of card that would be fun to send along, out of the blue, just to say 'I'm thinking 'bout you'! The papers on the waves and scallop are from Crate Paper's Portrait 6x6 pad and I can't, for the life of me, remember the name of the paper I used to paper piece the boat. Finally, my paper pleating comes in on the skinny black strip even though it's hard to see. The strip that I pleated was actually wider, but I re-straightened the paper after folding it and trimmed it to about 3/4" for the look I wanted. I hope you've enjoyed my card and will give the paper pleating a try this week! Here are the sets and dies I used:
 Have a great weekend!


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