August 1, 2014

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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



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thanks Bugaboo


Thanks to Bugaboo for sponsoring us this month.  So here is a few final cards from the Divas.

 

House of Borowski, Bugaboo Michael Sitter

Hannah 


Dawn

Monday, July 28, 2014

You can use buttons for anything....

Arlene shows us how she uses buttons on her card....

 

Cute as image coloured beautifully and see how she has used a button for a paper weight... Love the beautiful scalloped square background.  Arlene is such a great recycler, that is from a tissue box.  

Just a few days left to join our Buttons and Bows challenge.  Do come and join us.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another cute Teddy

Marsha has made us another beautiful Teddy card.

 

She has cut out the paws to pop them on the outside of the window, which is lined with ribbon.  "Hi" is cut out with one of the Cuttlebug Alphabet sets.


Inside of card. 

How sweet is this.  Just the inspiration needed to get your buttons/bows card in for the challenge this month.  Still plenty of time to enter.

Marsha and the Divas

Monday, July 21, 2014

Introducing Cathie

And now it's with great pleasure I introduce you to our final new Diva

Cathie


Tell us a little about yourself

I live in Adelaide South Australia with my long suffering husband of 8 years and 2 small rug racks 6 and 3. I haven't always lived here, my husband a born and bred Adelaidian convinced me to move here and I haven't looked back since.
I spend my time three days a week working as a payroll and HR administrator for a furniture company as well as trying to complete my Diploma of Human Resources. At the moment I have become completely obsessed with blog land so that is taking up every other spare chance I get.
I would really love to have 36 hours in a day and not have a need for sleeping and then I just might get everything done that I would like to do.


How long have you been a card maker/scrapper & when did you start?
I can still remember it like it was yesterday, the fateful day in 2004 when my mother - in law took me to my first Quilt and Craft fair where I saw a demonstration of stamping with pigment inks and varied embossing powders, I knew I was hooked.
 It was the first step: I started with basic Christmas cards and birthday cards incorporating pre-made sticker embellishments and computer clip art. It wasn't until I had complications after having my son in 2011 that I discovered the world of YouTube and Blog land, mainly other peoples blogs with the exchange of ideas, techniques and card designs, the options were endless. To my husband's dismay, this was when the addiction really started.

Do you follow sketches or dive right in?
I tend to do both. Sometimes I have something in mind or a particular image or stamp I want to use and I go from there. Sometimes I need some direction and sometimes I like the challenge of trying to make a sketch work but I very rarely have the card mapped out before I start (sometimes to my detriment)
How many projects do you make a week?
It varies week to week and what else I have going on, and how many birthdays I have or whether I am wrestling with something that is not working. At the moment on average I am making 2 to 3 cards a week but I do know come November to December with the amount of birthdays and christmas cards I have to make I go into crazy craft mode.

What is your favourite tool (what can't you create without) & why?
I cannot dream of creating without my fiskars paper trim, I have tried and failed many times trying to cut straight with no avail. The other thing I have to mention would be my cuttlebug, 
Very rarely do I not pull it out to create something on my card.

What at the moment is your most favourite thing to do on your project? 
I have to say I am little bit obsessed at the moment with finding different folds for my cards, and I must say my wink of stella glitter pen is getting a real work out.

How would you describe your style?
Varied. I love to do a lot of different things depending on the mood and my outcome. Stamping, Embossing, CAS, colouring of images with water colours and copics. I  think its safer to say what isn't part of my style, I am not really into "shabby chic" or "vintage" or a lot of distressing(distressing inks yes, distressing of paper no) and I like to embellish but I don't like my cards looking super cluttered and I naturally lean towards groupings of three.

What about your style would you change (or not) & why?
The one thing I would like to change is not necessarily part of my style but I am a perfectionist and I think sometimes I need to let go and say "Yes, that is great and they will love it" instead picking at it.

Have you been published or on a Design team - when & where?
I am currently on two other Design Teams, Perfectly Rustic Challenge Blog and I have just been excepted as part of the permanent Creative Team at Fitztown - but shhhhh that hasn't been announced yet. I am quite new to blog land only starting in April so you can image I am absolutely amazed that I have been invited at all, never considering that three design teams would.

Describe (pictures are even better) your crafting area
I am one of the lucky ones that I do have a whole room to myself - technically I have to share it with my children but they do know not to touch anything on mummy's craft table and they can't go in there without me. I have a table with a IKEA hutch system with everything arranged at my finger tips. I would love it to be neat and tidy all the time but that tends to be a hit and miss affair.

Do you have a blog? If not where can we see more of your fabulous creations?
Yes - my blog is the House of Borowski. I don't have as many creations as others as I have just started but I am working on it.





Thanks to Cathie for such a sweet card.  Don't you just love those button flowers. 

Dawn and the Divas

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A pretty little lady

Hilde is here today to share another beautiful card for us



Such a beautiful card and superb use of her buttons.  Lovely glittery dragonfly that finishes it off beautifully.

Thanks Hilde

Dawn and the Divas