Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Color Throwdown #53--Jungle Jim

Sadly this is my last week with the Color Throwdown Challenge Team.  It has been so much fun--such talented people to hang with!  I REALLY appreciate the opportunity!

This week's colors are Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, and Bordering Blue.
Here is my take on the colors:
  • Stamps: Jungle Jim the Elephant from DRS Designs; Harlequin BG from Starving Artistamps;
  • Papers: SU!: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Bordering Blue; Prism: Super Smooth White; DP: Imaginisce: All kinds of Happy;
  • Ink: Rose Red Craft ink; Memento Tuxedo Black;
  • Other stuff: Stickles; Copic Markers; foam tape; Nestabilities; border punch;
The hat is cut from the fun dp from Imaginisce.  I think he looks rather festive with a party hat!!

Thanks to the design team for letting me hang with them this month!!  Please check out their AWESOME designs:
Don't forget to link your creation to the Color Throwdown Blog!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #21--Circles

It is time for the Wacky Wednesday Challenge from Rubbernecker Stamps!! This week’s hostess is the wonderful Kittie Caracciolo!! She has challenged us all to use circles in our projects this week! All of the details can be found on the Rubbernecker Blog!
Wacky Wednesday Circles
Stamps: Tree inchies by Rubbernecker Stamps;
Papers: Prism: Super Smooth Cream; SU!: Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie; Yellow textured (unknown);
Ink: SU!: Summer Sun; Memento: Pear Tart; Tim Holtz Distress ink: Vintage Photo and Tea Dye;
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon-Bittersweet; circle punches; circle clip, photo corner, dew drops; Nestabilities;
Want some more ideas and inspiration, then check out my talented fellow design team members:
Now go, stamp, post, and link your creation to the Rubbernecker Stamp Company blog!

Color Throwdown #52-Believe

Today is Color Throwdown #52!  This week’s sponsor is Clear and Simple Stamps.

The colors are :unknown

Here is my take:

CTD Believe

Stamps: Believe in Words I set from Clear and Simple stamps;

Paper: Prism: Super Smooth White; SU!; SU!: Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum; Memory Box: Sprout;

Ink: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink: Dark Brown: SU!: Certainly Celery;

Other Materials: May Arts Ribbon-brown; clear embossing powder; colored pencils; mister; Perfect Pearls-pearl;

You don’t want to miss all of the Color Throwdown Design Team Samples:

Then go and create something wonderful, post it, and then link it to the Color Throwdown blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by, today!!  I still have one more week of hanging out with the Color Throwdown Team—so please come back next week and see what the new challenge will be!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A tribute to Maumee High School!

The Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers today is hosted by my friend Judy.  She has challenged us to use either our wedding or high school colors (and use clips or photo turns).

My high school alma mater is Maumee High School in Maumee, OH.  Our colors were (are) Purple and Gold.  It was challenging in the early eighties to find purple clothing but by the time I graduated it was a bit easier—and thankfully finding purple and gold paper crafting items are EASY!

Here is the card:



  • Stamps: Harlequin BG, mini positive words and Large Freak (p1.4):
  • Papers: Vellum; Prism and Bazzill colored cardstock;
  • Ink: So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant craft ink; Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Dusty Concord;
  • Other Materials: ribbons; Nestabilities; clear embossing powder; embossing folder; liquid pearls-lavender; gold glitter gel pen; perfect pearls-gold;

This card is for a sweet little girl from my church (a choir mate of my littlest daughter) is battling stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  If you could add this child to your prayer list, I would REALLY appreciate it!

I wonder if having purple as a school color has influenced my color preferences.  Though it is not my favorite color—I seem to gravitate towards purple things. Hmmm.

Thanks for stopping by!  And…Go Panthers!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #20-Inspired!

This week we are having an inspiration challenge!
You will find inspiration in the bags and fabrics of  Janine King Designs.  She has a cute shop on Etsy.  There are so many color combinations and patterns—a little something for everyone.
I myself was inspired by these bags:
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Here is the card:
WW20-Inspired Brown
  had a lot of fun accenting the flourish with my white colored pencil and Liquid Appliqué mimicking the paisley pattern of the first purse fabric.
Stamps: Wildflower background and Flourish Set By RubberNecker Stamps;
Paper: Super Smooth White; Suede Brown Dark and Medium;
Ink: Adirondack Pigment Pad-Snow Cap White; Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Brushed Corduroy;
Other Items: May Arts Ribbon; Liquid Appliqué; white pencil; ticket corner punch;
NOW it is YOUR turn!  Window shop at the inspiration site, create, post, and then go back to the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog and give leave a link to your creation!!  There is the possibility of a prize—see the blog for details!!
Want a little extra inspiration??

Color Throwdown #51 and DRS Designs

This week at Color Throwdown the colors are: So Saffron, Lavender Lace, and Garden Green.


This week’s sponsor is DRS Designs.

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I used the little cutie monkey named Michelle.  She is colored with pencils.  The dp is from Reminisce and is from a series called Monkey Business.

The leaves are made with my drip punch and a leaf stamp from Rubbernecker (Flower Silhouette Set #2).

Now be sure to check out the the creations of the entire Color Throwdown team.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Faux Grid and Tea for Two!

This is for the Technique Lover's Challenge #229!

What a fun challenge!!
I really enjoyed doing this!  The link to Dawn's tutorial is in the link above.

The images are from Rubbernecker Stamp Company from a set called Tea Time (though the mugs are from Coffee Time).

Stamps: Tea Time and Coffee Time from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
Paper: Prism--Super Smooth White, Black, and Vibrant Teal; SU!-Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, embroidery floss, stapler, ruler, pen, circle and tag punches

Thanks for stopping by!!  Please come back on Wednesday to see my Wacky Wednesday and Color Throwdown projects!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

DoodleFactory Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3rd stop on the DoodleFactory Blog Hop to introduce the DoodleFactory Classic Decor stamps!!  They are so fun to work with!!

You should have come from Donna Duquette’s Blog and you will be heading to Donna Baker’s Blog.  If you haven’t started from the Starving Artistamps blog—go and do that now so you don’t miss a THING!!

If you are looking for the Color Throwdown #50 post, look here.  And if you are looking for the Wacky Wednesday #19 post, look here.




So you can see the detail:


All three cards use the new Classic Decor DoodleFactory Stamps and the coordinating Classic Decor Sentiments.

The new releases are already loaded in the Starving Artistamps shop, ready for immediate shipping and...

for the next 3 days we are offering a blog hop special. 

Buy the complete classic decor stamps and sentiments collection
(both the classic decor stamp set and the coordinating classic decor sentiment set)
and get all the cling cushion you need for the two sets FREE!

Your next stop is the super talented Donna Baker!!

And if you are lost, here is the route:

START HERE --Donna Duquette --Juliana Swanson (you are here)--Donna Baker--Kathy Daume'--Lori Tecler--Lydia Fiedler--Andrea Cloutier--Natasha Trupp--Irene Silva --Dawn Mercedes--Jenn McMillan--Nina Aaslund--Laura Davis--Kazan Clark--Tracey Berkey

Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Wacky Wednesday #19-Color Challenge

Today is Wacky Wednesday! Today, Sherry has issued the challenge to use Pink, Purple, and Green in our creations this week! All of the details can be found on the Rubbernecker Blog.

This is what I came up with:


Stamps: Party Time set by Rubbernecker;

I am hopin’ that there is some serious cake in my NEAR future!! Three tiers might just do it! Though I will let my daughters eat the flowers.

You really should see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with:

Bev - Savor the Journey
Broni - Splashes of Watercolor
Candy - Candys Land (and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY while you are there!!!!)
Joan - Stamping with a Passion!
Kittie - Kittie Kraft
Linda - Linda’s Works of Heart
Shelly - Stamp with Shelly
Sherry - Walkin' on the BAD Side!

Then go back to the Rubbernecker Blog and give a direct link to your project!!

Have a great day!

Color Throwdown #50

It is time for Color Throwdown #50!  And week #2 of my guest designer gig with the SUPER talented team!
The colors this week are Real Red; Kiwi Kiss; and Tempting Turquoise!   Some of my FAVORITE colors. 
I used some of my FAVORITE images!!  I love this little dog!
Stamps: Cupcake the dog and Sentiment by Eat Cake Graphics; Cupcake from the DoodleFactory;
Papers: Embossed card –DCWV; dp -SEI; Tempting Turquoise and Real Red-SU!; LilyPad cs –Bazzill; White Super Smooth –Prism;
Inks: Jet Black -StazOn ; Pear Tart-Memento;
Other Supplies: Stickles; Prismacolor Pencils; foam tape; Diamond Glaze –Judikins;
Check out designs from the other Throwdown girls for inspiration, and remember to link your creation with Mr. Linky back on the Throwdown blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Big Day TOMORROW (Wednesday)

Where has Juliana been?  Well, like most folks I have been gone over the holiday.  But whenever I can I have been busy in my studio, because tomorrow (Wednesday—which would be today for FeedBlitz subscribers) is a BIG day!

What is so big about Wednesday, Juliana, you ask!?!

Here is the list (not necessarily in order of importance):

  • Rubbernecker Stamp Company Wacky Wednesday
  • Color Throwdown #50 (week #2 in my guest designer gig)
  • Starving Artistamps’ BLOG HOP with new DoodleFactory Releases
  • The 20th anniversary of my 1st date with my dh
  • My 40th birthday! (I share this birthday {day AND year} with someone REALLY cool, too)

So even thought I don’t have anything to show you today, come back tomorrow because there will be AT LEAST 5 cards and 3 posts!!!

See you in the morning!!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #18

It is Wednesday, so it must be Rubbernecker Stamp Company’s Wacky Wednesday!
Today, Bev has challenged us to use metal and ribbon.

Here is my take:


  • Stamps: Baby Inchies and Party Time from Rubbernecker;
  • Paper: Super Smooth White; Suede Brown Dark, Island Mist Light and Baby Pink Light from Prism; DP;
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Ditress Ink: Brushed Corduroy;
  • Other materials: colored pencils; square punch; May Arts Ribbon; metal frame;
I hope you will play along with us this week!! Check out the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog for more information and a place to link your creation!

Color Throwdown #49 and Good News!

Guess WHAT!?! I have FABULOUS news!! I am honored to be the July Guest Designer for Color Throwdown!

How COOL is that!?! (pretty cool, if you ask me!!)

Here are this week’s colors:

And here is my card:

Materials: Stamps: Wild Thing and Psalm 37:4 by Verve; Paper: DP by American Crafts; Prism Super Smooth Cream; Chocolate Chip by SU!; Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Adirondack Salmon; Other: corner rounder; ribbon; Spellbinder’s dies; foam tape; marker;

Make sure you check out all the fab DT samples this week!

• LeAnne Pugliesi - Wee Inklings
• Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
• Broni Holcomb - Splashes of Watercolor
• Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
• Cathy Indelicato - Crafty Thoughts

Please join us with these great color and link your creation back to the Color Throwdown Blog!