August 1, 2014

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Monday, September 1, 2014

September challenge - New Things

I hope you all had great fun enjoying those "summer nights of August" and I'm looking forward to see what September will bring us.

This Month I challenge you to do something new! step outside your comfort zone, try a new technique, or even a new fold, who knows you might like it! Did you go shopping and buy something "new" to play with? or maybe you want to try a new color combo.

Remember you must at least use one die cut or embossing folder and while we're at it remember all cards/projects must be "new" and dated after the first of September.

This Month Our generous sponsor is Bugaboo, and we are excited to once again inspire you with their variety of cute and funny images.


If you have any questions feel free to drop us a line



Here are some lovely examples from Our Diva's



 Marsha - used a new image (The unicorn)

For this card I have tried to stretch myself a little, this layout is totally new to me, and I am not sure what I was trying to achieve, lol, eclectic Vintage maybe....the embossing folder is new as well...blessings Hilde
Visit Hilde at Happy Glitzy Girl

 New Technique - Complementary colors - yellow and purple on the color wheel - I'm using brown as a neutral like black or white 
(yes the saddle and plastic circle look blue, but are not)
Hannah used this cute new image from Bugaboo,
and the ants symbolize hard workers since this card is intended as a thank you for help


Cathie - House of Borowski
Its a New Image,  I have tried a new card fold - I don't know what its called though and you can't see it but there is double embossing on the inside of the card.

Dawn

Using a new Digi from Bugaboo.  New stamps from Kaisercraft and Winnie & Walter.

Enter here and make sure and drop us a line in the comments below and tell us what you did "New"!
Hannah and The Die Cut Diva's
 An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thank you!

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Thank you to Oozak for being such a great sponsor.

A great big "Thank you" to our group of Die Cut Divas for giving such great examples for the month of August.  I'm sorry if I stumped some of you on the challenge, but I couldn't stump our Divas here.  I can hear the ground shake and the air move with fireworks on this first card.

Gwen is a Some Odd Girl clear stamp and isn't she just sweet?  
Be sure to visit Cathie at House of Borowski.

Marsha did a fantastic card for Operation Write Home (OWH), using MFT circle dies which can be purchased at Oozak.  You'll want to visit Marsha at Gramma's Room real soon.


Hilde's comments on cars is classic!  "Here is another classic car image from the internet, Americans seem to be the same car fanatics as we have here in Australia.  All the papers are from my stash, and I used a gadget gear Tim Holtz/Sizzix die and cut the largest one in half for this project."  
Visit Hilde at Happy Glitzy Girl

Hannah presents us with such a lovely maiden here. 

Fine Dining, Fun to be had by all

Visit Dawn's World to catch a bit of Dawn



Thank you to our sponsor from the Die Cut Divas!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Glitzy and BLue

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I colored this gal in my Copics group on Tuesday this week and I really like this.  No paper piecing, all Copic coloring and a swirl of glittery gems too.  When I think Hot August Nights, I think Reno Nevada and when I think of Reno, I think lots of glitz in the hotels, clubs, gambling and dresses.  So here's a bit of glitz for you.
I think she's cute and fits so wonderfully on this tag.

I guess you really don't have to wonder that a Julie Nutting doll would fit
 on a Julie Nutting tag, now would you?  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A little Copics Does you GOOD!

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Cogs and wheels, oh my!  An inspector comes to haunt Hot August Nights.  A TIM HOLTZ inspector...  I have to tell you I had my social Copic coloring class today.  This kind of class you have to love.  You bring what you want to color and if you are bringing something that you're having trouble with, you have the teacher there to assist you.  AND she makes lunch for us.  There were 15 people and Susan always makes a salad when it's a warm/hot day.  Salad just does not convey the meal.  This woman makes the most unusual and DELICIOUS salads I have ever had.  Today we also had sandwiches, the bread I need to write the name down because I've never had it before.  YUM!... oh, we colored too!  Since I wanted to make a card for today, I colored my man and put him together tonight.
 Doesn't he just remind you of a Sherlock Holmes?  I think this turned out quite good.  I really like coloring this on watercolor paper with Tim Holtz' Distress markers and a wet brush, but I do like the way this turned out.

A little close up - some gears from large gears from a Die-namics set (clock with hands and these gears)
Hope you like this dude, I'm liking him quite well for a neat guy card.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A little bit retro, maybe a little bit Rock and Roll?


I was thinking this was pretty modern... no, my granddaughter told me it looks like the decade of the 80s.  Upon further thought, I quite agree - an 80s card - retro.  I've gone retro and I didn't even plan it.  Now if I could plan and execute, I'd be doing well.

Retro or not, I rather liked the striped panel (from a box that held black and white note cards) as a major panel on this card.  I used dies from a Dienamics set which I am sure I purchased at Oozak, but can't find it now. There's always something new.  I really like the Fired Brick Distress Paint - how hot can you get with a name like that?
No stamping at all - yes I'm quite surprised at the number of cards I've made with no stamping.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lemonade, Anyone?


I'd like to let everyone know there will be THREE WINNERS this month, so follow the inspiration by our fantastic DTs and enter our challenge.  I shop at Oozak all the time.  Try it, you'll like it!

Isn't Marsha's card brilliant!  What else would you want but a nice ice-cold glass of lemonade or other delicious drink?  I think she's captured "Hot August Nights" concept perfectly.  Such great colors to convey excitement, cooling off and summer fun.  That cool drink looks good to me, the fun stripes just say "party" and orange note card foundation is fun, excitement and summer.

She inspires me!
See Marsha's blog at Gramma's Room for some great inspiration.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mid-month Inspiration

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Here are some beauties for your mid-month inspiration. I do have to tell you that I do shop at Oozak for my Copics and dies.  They have fantastic prices and their sales are fantastic.  No, they don't pay me to say this.  It's true.

Marsha is bent on keeping us all cool during "Hot August Nights" and I'm LOVING it.  
Visit Marsha at 
Gramma's Room for lots of fun and inspiration.

Arlene's card - New Julie Nutting stamp - Aidan
I really like this kid.  LOL  -  Arlene at A Bit of This atnd That

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cathie makes Hot August Nights HOT

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Cathie has hit a home run with this card.  Fire works and buildings reflecting lights with a gorgeous sky above popping with fireworks!  Let the hot August nights continue.

This may seem like the usual card, but it's NOT.   Cathie always has a few tips and tricks for you on her blog.  This is a teaser!  You MUST visit Cathie to see how this fab card opens up.

House of Borowski

Cathie is at House of Borowski to see the beauty and unique features of this beautiful card.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I WANT that STRAWBERRY!

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This is AUGUST!  We have strawberry stands all along the road I take to work from my house.  Oh, so sweet.  This is a beautiful treat in paper and makes me hungry for strawberries.  YUMMY!

Dawn's got this August thing down, alright.  Enjoy her wonderful Thank you and inspiration for Hot August Nights.

I'm inspired!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's in a name? OOZAK

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Do you ever wonder how some names came into existence?  I've always wondered about OOZAK... I've never heard of an oozak, have you?   Well, what better time to ask when Oozak is graciously sponsoring our blog for August.  

Introducing Rusty of Oozak:
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     How did your company come about?
     The local art supply store for which I was the General Manager & buyer for was closing. So, I started selling graphic art equipment & supplies on eBay. It evolved from there.

How did the name of your company ,Oozak, come about?
     I'm in Kalamazoo, MI and a lot of people here call it Kazoo. So, easy enough, Kazoo backwards makes Oozak.

·         How long have you been in business?
    August 2004, hard to believe it's been 10 years already!
·         Where can we find you?
On the web: Oozak.com
·         Can anyone shop with you?  In other words what happens for overseas visitors?
Yes, anyone can shop, I just can't ship COPIC items outside of North America.
·         What is one of your favourite products that you carry & why?
COPIC! The quality cannot be beat. There may be "cheaper options", but in the end, COPIC quality is unsurpassed…made in Japan, not in China. I actually had one of those "cheaper options" tell me that COPIC had "too many colors". Who cares how many colors there are? They proceeded, "people don't need all those colors". OK, dictator, glad you know what everyone needs, I'll stick with COPIC ;)
·         Do you craft & how often do you get a chance to do so?
Not really. If I had more time, I would dabble a bit more. Maybe when the kids get older and I have a bunch of employees ;)

·         Do you have a blog or Face Book page showcasing your products? (not sure if this is the same as #3)
There is a blog, blog.oozak.com, but it's on hold right now, hoping to have it back up and running in the fall. Also on Facebook, facebook.com/oozakcom.

    I hope Rusty has her blog up in the Autumn too.  Even if I didn't enter, I loved checking it out and also oohing and ahhing over all the goodies in her store.    

 Thank you for your interview, Rusty, lots of interesting tidbits and now you and I know the origin of OOZAK, name and company.


Friday, August 8, 2014

What is more perfect on a hot August night than ICE CREAM?

Hilde shows us how to cool off with some yummy ice cream.  I am thinking of going to the store and making a 3 or 4 or 5 dipped ice cream cone... well, maybe that's a bit too much, but that ice cream is making me hungry.  It's hot here and ice cream would certainly cool us down.  

Thank you, Hilde, for some great inspiration for our HOT AUGUST NIGHTS challenge.



Be sure to visit Hilde's blog at Happy Glitzy Girl

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Prima Gal on the Reno Runway



Reno is not just about the buildings and "hot" stuff, but people too.  I thought this Prima doll might suit the occasion.  I like to use leftover pieces in my cards, tags and projects, too.  The black and white panel is from a box of black and white note cards which I fell in love with.  The circles are left over from a card using a Memory Box Die.  The stamped background is from an old (and I still LOVE it) 2001 Hero Arts stamp Manuscript Background (H2141).  The buildings are left over from one of my cards, Cityscape Silhouette.

You are actually supposed to paper piece these dolls, but the first thing I did was go for my Copic markers to color her and I do like the way she turned out.  I fussy-cut the doll out and arranged everything to my liking.  The close-up here has a dark blue ribbon now.  I liked the shot of the tag without the ribbon because the ribbon is scrunchy and doesn't photograph well on the card.

I didn't like these dolls at first, but they definitely grow on you.  When I first saw them, my first thought was "THEY HAVE NO FACES" and who would want to buy one... Well, I think they're rather cute now and I like seeing the longer lengths of stamps.  The wonderful tagare perfect for the over-sized dolls. Hancock Park is a great pack of tags too.  The tags are heavy duty, like chipboard and the patterns and colors are marvelous.

Have fun now!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Let's all have some FUN!

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Here we have some ladies enjoying the excitement of friends and a bit of bubbly during Hot August Nights. Seeing these gals makes me think of friends and laughter and sharing fun times with my girlfriends  How about you?  This is the first time I've colored these ladies and I'm loving them!  
A little fun never hurt anyone!

Art Impressions - Girlfriends, In the Tub

Now this lady was fun to color and I felt the tag was justified.  Fun! 

I purchased this Art Impressions stamp on Oozak, but don't see it on the site now.  I couldn't help but color her in.  She is too, too much fun!

I hope you like these examples of fun ways to spend an evening, no matter where you live.  I hope you enjoyed these ladies as much as I do.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

And we have a winner...

Thank you all for your fabulous projects last month for our buttons and bows challenge.    But there can only be one winner....



Holly E with this lovely project



Congratulations Holly... I'll be in touch. 


Thanks
Dawn & the Divas

Friday, August 1, 2014

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS


Oozak is offering THREE $15.00 gift certificates to the THREE winners of this month's challenge.  All winners are drawn randomly.  And I forgot to give everyone the news that there will be THREE WINNERS this month.

Those on the US western coast know another definition to Hot August Nights than the one you usually think of - right, it's hot in August and sometimes even the nights stay hot.  In Reno, Nevada, it's an entirely different outlook.  As they advertise in Reno, "Celebrating America's Love Affair with Cars and Rock and Roll".   July 29th through August 3rd, 2014, there will be nightly cruising and drag racing in Sparks (city right beside Reno), entertainment, an Auction and of course gambling for those who want to leave their money in Nevada.

Now you know what Hot August Nights means to the western states, but you can interpret "Hot August Nights" in your own way.  Reno is at 4,400 feet elevation, the high desert, so think desert colors, bright starry nights, cars, motorcycles, lights, fireworks, blurring scenes, big wide spaces, chandeliers in the casinos,  glitzy nightwear, cowboys, sexy ladies, rock and roll, streets, and that's just some of it.  Now, what does hot and August mean to you?  Just tell us how you feel you've made your card to fit our challenge.  I hope this makes for a lively bunch of cards.

Now to introduce some examples from our fabulous team:
Arlene with an easel card - Reno with the desert mountains behind her.

House of Borowski

Cathie took her inspiration from all the images of Reno with its building landscape at night and a little bit of girlishness with a touch of sequins.  House of Borowski

This is what Hot August nights means to Marsha.  What a lovely scene.

Hilde's first card for Hot August nights.  She used Tim Holtz' gadget gears as her dies.  
She googled Hot August Nights and this is the fantastic card she came up with.


Dawn - A rockabilly girl




 Made By Hannah