Friday, June 29, 2007

Candy Winner!

Sorry I have left you guys hanging! I have been playing with actions in Adobe CS3. I'm running a 30 trial version right now but I soooooo want this photoshop!!! It's amazing!

Anyway! Random # drawn was 41. So the winner is...........


I love your Blog! You always have such amazing cards and Ideas. My favorite Band, even though I love so many is The Killers. I just love their sound. Thanks for the chance for some Suga!

Just a side note, this isn't the Tiffany I have been referring to lately, so trust I am not playing favorites!
Tiffany, email me with your snail mail addy and I will get those out to you next week!

On another note I will be gone all day tomorrow stamping Christmas cards so hopefully I'll have lots to share tomorrow night (or early Sunday morning). I am going to get off here and try to make a few Christmas cards to get into the groove. Wish me luck!

Big News!

No, I'm not pregnant! {giggle} That would be the first question my family would ask!

I am now a Staff Writer for Craft Critique!!!!!!! Me!! Wa-hoo!!! I cannot wait to get some things to write about! This is so cool!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Product Talk Thursday-Chalk Ink

I think my last nerves are slowly peeling away this afternoon. Don't worry, this isn't a vent. I'm not really 'mad' about anything. Just seems like the kids are doing every single thing possible to make sure I get up every 30 seconds. KWIM? I just want to sit down. I have tried to post this for about 2 hours now but I keep having to get up. I need to pick up around the house too. Fold laundry and such. I'm am really not looking forward to it AT ALL! I took them to a butterfly house and park this morning with my cousin Tiff and her kids. They all had a really good time. We took some bread to feed the ducks but there was only one on the pond. We did see some Blue Gill though so I threw a piece in to see if one would eat it. They were on that bread like stink on a skunk! It was pretty neat. I had half a loaf that was starting to get stale at home so we fed the fish and turtles for about 20 minutes. I was walking around passing out bread to strangers telling them to feed the fish with it. They probably thought I was a lunatic! Oh well! Anyway, we had a really nice morning but man Clinton is at that age where he wants down to run around all the time. And he had to stay in the stroller most of the time and was pretty mad about that. Mark my words, the next time I am at the store I am buying a child leash!!!!!

So, onto the product talk! I asked a question on SCS about what chalk ink people prefer and I would say the front runner is Colorbox Cat's eye Chalk Ink. Several people also said they loved Versamagic. I did a quick comparison sheet on Colorbox and Versamagic so you could get an idea on what they look like on different shades of paper. I did it in white, a light pink, a medium purple, and a dark black.

As you can see they all look beautiful on white. They both dry quickly and are true to the color shown on the pad you purchase. However the darker the paper, the less the Colorbox stands out. It really fades into the background on the black. The Versamagic loses most of it's color on darker papers but is still gives a pretty visible image.

The price of the Colorbox per cat's eye is slightly lower than the Versamagic dew drop. You can get an individual cat's eye from Eclectic Paperie for $1.99 each and the dew drops for $2.39.

I have a few of each but if I had to choose one, it would be the Versamagic. Their array of colors is gorgeous and I love the tiny bit of shimmer it gives when you stamp with it.

Here is a quick card I did for the SCS sketch challenge. I wanted to use some bright summery paper. KI Memories did just the trick! I used my Cropadile (again!) and of course I stickled it up too!

  • KI Memories paper
  • Pumpkin Pie CS
  • Ribbons and Bows Oh My! ribbon
  • eyelets and cropadile
  • brad
  • stickles
I got a House Mouse stamp yesterday at Hobby Lobby. It the two mice with the Christmas lights wrapped around them. They had it clearanced for $2.87 so I figured I had to try it out for that price. House Mouse really isn't my style but I love all of the cards everyone else makes with them! Plus I am making Christmas cards this Saturday at my cousin's house so we can get a head start on that holiday that sneaks up on all of us! Can't wait to sit down and stamp for hours and hours without my kids!!! If you have any House Mouse Christmas cards I would love to see them! Share a link if you can so I can get some inspiration!!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

True Talent Tuesday-delayed

Good morning all! Unfortunately there will be no True Talent Tuesday today. The person I contacted about this did not get back to me and being the goof I am, I didn't have a back up!! So, next week expect a FANTASTIC paper crafter!!!

I completely forgot to share yesterday that I got a new lens for my camera!!! I absolutely love it!!!!! It's a Canon 50mm f/1.8. Pretty much it's a portrait lens. The f stop is low so you can get more of a blurry background so the focus goes more to your subject. Here are a pic taken with it.

This was a toad that Jolee caught and carried around for a while. I swear she is such a tomboy, and I love it! She has caught a toad 3 days in a row now.

This card is one I made Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner but I completely forgot to upload it yesterday. They were 'due' last night at midnight. The challenge was to use pastels and black. I like how this turned out and it's nice to have a card with no sentiment on the front so I can use it for whatever I need at the moment.

  • Happy Harmony stamp set
  • Cuttlebug Swirls EF
  • Bashful Blue, Black CS
  • Marvy mega scalloped circle punch
  • Marvy Super Jumbo circle punch
  • eyelets (and Cropadile)
  • ribbon, ZIG markers, pop dots
Well, I need to get busy on some SCS challenges and Amy's Sunday Sketch! I'm fallin' behind!!! Be back later!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Candy Time!

Alright, so it's going to be hard to top my last blog candy! Won't be putting one like that up for a while! So, until then here is what we have!
*Studio G baby set
*Studio G Thanks set
*Studio G Oh Happy Day set
*Scraptrends bathing suit images
*Fiskars snowman images
*whatever else I feel like throwing in between now and then!!

To win this one just leave a comment on this post. Just for fun you can post your favorite group/band/singer right now. Of course we all know I am in love with Daughtry so there is no surprise there! But who do you have to have in your CD player or on your ipod?

Before I have only made this eligible for US and Canada but this time anyone is fair game! I will ship it anywhere! have fun guys! I will draw a name on Friday 9am!

Lots to share!

Wow! What a busy weekend! It seems like I have been here there and everywhere (including JoAnn's) {wink}! Thursday afternoon I went to visit Joe's aunt (my other mom!) because she and hubby got a new house. She used to live right next door to me but now she lives next door to her daughter Amy (my other sister!) about 40 minutes away from me. The move was bittersweet because I loved having her next door but I am so happy she can be right next to her daughter and grandkids!!!! And don't worry, she's one of those moms that you wouldn't mind living next door to!
After I visited a little Joe's cousin Tiffany and I went off to JoAnn's to shop a little. She had never been in a Super JoAnn's before! Well, poor girl I cured her of that! I'm sure I'll be getting a letter of complaint for her husband!!!! Uh Oh! We then took the kids to McDonald's and they had a great time! If I could only bottle all of those giggles!!!

Saturday morning was the community yard sales where my MIL lives. Bought not one thing for myself but I ended up getting Jolee about 39 pieces of clothes (mostly GAP and Children's Place) for $25! After that I had $5 left and ended up getting them each a little folding camp chair for when we go fishing. Man I love yard sales!!!! I also had a birthday party to go to and ended up staying there for about 2 1/2 hours. After that I was super tired! I came home and slept a little till Joe got home.

Sunday totally threw me off. Joe worked this weekend (the first in a while) so I kept feeling like it was Monday. It was a really good card day though! Got 5 done! And they are all in their envelopes with stamps ready to go to my mailbox! Now that is an accomplishment! To actually get them sent out on time! One of them really a week late though but we won't count that one! {wink}

So here they are!! All 5! I have to say I really like this batch!

The first one is for my sister. She swears she will never find another man (she's divorced) so I had to make her a card to remind her why doesn't doesn't need one! {giggle} The color of the paper is off a bit in this pic. It's really more of a light sage-y green.

  • Colorbok patterned paper
  • Close to Cocoa CS
  • Marvy Giga and Mega scalloped circle punches
  • Cosmobella stamp (Stamping Bella), Men's faults stamp (RiverCityRubberWorks)
  • sewing machine
  • aquapainter
  • Copic gray marker (for shadows)
  • eyelets, pop dots, ribbon
This next one is for a blogging friend who shall remain nameless so they don't know this card is coming to them. I think kraft is my new obsession. I just love how clean it looks!

  • BasicGrey Lilly Kate paper
  • kraft CS
  • Cuttlebug flowers die
  • Paper Studio big brad (LOVE these!)
  • For my Friend stamp (Studio G)
This card is the one that is a week late! Shame on me too! It's for my niece. I picked up this paper at JoAnn's when I was there the other day. I LOVE it! Especially these two together. I glued a piece of the polka dot paper onto a coaster I snuck from Outback, ran it through my Sizzix and viola! Super easy accent!

  • Flower paper (Sandyloin), polka dot paper (Hot off the Press)
  • Paper Tray stamp set (PaperTreyInk)
  • Cuttlebug flowers die
  • Chipboard frame (painted with black acrylic paint)
  • eyelets
  • ribbon, stickles
This is for a relative of a blogger friend who is ill. Just wanted to send well wishes to her. I did Lisa's card challenge on this one again. I just love this layout. So quick and easy to put together! And just for the record this card looks better IRL!

  • Happy Harmony (SU), Thoughts of You (Michael's $1 bin)
  • Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip CS
  • Mega scalloped circle punch
  • ZIG markers
  • sheer ribbon
  • corner rounder
  • pop dots
This is my favorite of them all. I found this cool paper at JoAnn's too. It's by Colorbok and it's called "Little People". It has a bunch of different little cute scenes all over it. I decided to punch out the people with the umbrellas. My sis's hubby just got laid off and she is stressing right now. Been there! Done that! Just wanted her to know I was thinking of her. I used my sewing machine to make the holes. And I swear I could not live without my snap stamps!
*outside reads "sometimes when it rains"
*inside reads "it pours"

  • BasicGrey Lilly Kate paper, Colorbok "Little People" paper
  • kraft, red CS
  • Karen Foster 1/8 inch snap stamps
  • Mega scalloped circle punch
  • Super Jumbo circle punch (finally invested, Wow! Love it!)
  • Sewing machine
  • pop dots
Whew! I think I'm done now! I am going to make blog candy post today! So check for it!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Product Talk Thursday

Hey guys! So sorry I didn't post yesterday! I ended up having to clean up my work space (OMGosh it was awful!) which was part of my Product Talk Wednesday (er, Thursday now). But before we start talking about all of that I want to share the card I made on Tuesday for the SCS color challenge. Colors were Real Red, Creamy Caramel, and Barely Banana. I'll have to say at first I was weary on those colors but once I got the card going I really liked it! This card was also one of Lisa Johnson's challenges. I absolutely LOVE this layout and have a feeling I will be using it much more! The butterfly is chipboard painted red with white dots courtesy of my Soufflee pen.

  • Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Real Red CS
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
  • Studio G stamp ($1 acrylic set)
  • Marvy Giga scalloped square
  • heart eyelets
  • Cropodile (my first time using it!)
  • red acrylic paints, Soufflee pen, pop dots, ribbon
Okay, up next is a sheet I did of the comparison of the die's or punches I have that work well with eachother. I use the Cuttlebug flower dies so much more often not as flowers! They work great as little borders for 1 inch circle punches! Here is the chart. Check it out!
*None of these punches are SU by the way*

Now on to the Product Talk Tuesday!! This week I want to feature a shelf system that I got at Target. It is from the Organize It line and I can't say enough good things about it. But you want to know the best part!?! It was on sale for $29.99!!! Worth every penny! Hubby has one in his fishing/hunting/golfing/trapping/reloading/bowling room. Hmm, think he has too many hobbies!? {wink} Anyway! These 5 shelf units are normally $39.99 but you can catch them one sale for $10 less! They also have smaller sizes with 3 shelves if this one is too big.

-6 ft. tall
-3 ft. wide
-1 1/2 ft. deep

-Pretty easy to put together (about 30 minutes from opening the box, to figuring out where you want your shelves, to standing it up where you want it)
-Adjustable shelves
-Can be taken apart if you need to move or anything else
-Very sturdy heavy metal shelves
-Get a cute guy at Target to help you take it to your car! {wink}

-The plastic pieces you snap onto the poles to place your shelves will pop off if you try to slide the shelf in place too fast.
-Well, that first one is pretty much it!

*I wanted to show how even though the middle of the rack is full of heavy mags and such, it doesn't bow. These shelves are super strong!

Well, I hope I have given you a little insight on what you should check out if you are looking for durable and roomy storage!!

See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

True Talent Tuesday

Oh boys and girls (or maybe just girls) do I have a good one for you today! This chick must have been dipped in the 'Bucket O' Talent' cause her work is awesome! And her name is........


Sarah Bertolino


Suki's Blog


SCS name Sukisan

Here is what she has to say about herself!


Sarah Bertolino

State you live in:

A little about yourself:
I've been married for 7 fabulously LUCKY years. I have two kiddos, a precocious little boy who is 4 1/2 and a beautiful little girl who's just about 2. Oh and I have two cats who don't get enough attention; one, Suki, is the namesake of my blog.

When and how you started stamping:
I was first introduced to paper crafting when a coworker made her own wedding invitations -- I loved this idea and did the same. This was about 8 years ago and my love of paper crafting has blossomed from there. Two highlights of my "adventures in paper" include a trip to Tokyo in 2000 (wow! I could've bought the whole city out of paper ... and I'm still hoarding what I did buy!!) and an introduction to Stampin' Up! in 2001 (or 02, maybe?) I really enjoyed stamping and having a creative outlet but didn't feel what SU had to offer at the time was my style. I continued to make my own invites, Christmas cards, friend's' wedding invitations, announcements, etc ... then 2 years ago, one of my best friends signed up (practically on a whim) as an SU demo and I saw what she was doing and was hooked myself. Last fall I signed up too (as a hobbyist) and in October my hubby built me a permanent craft space. I think having a dedicated craft area has been the NUMBER ONE thing to help my creativity and hobby truly flourish. Nothing stymies your "mojo" like the pack unpack and repack of Rubbermaid bins. I stopped being an "SU! only" gal early this year and have LOVED finding new stamps and toys to play around with. My wallet on the other hand ...

Your favorite item to use on a card:
Right now, I love using re-inkers and my blender pen. I am in love with water coloring. Right now I'm going through an "all A Muse, all the time" phase. I also love patterned paper ... there are some utterly addictive paper lines out there! (This time last year, if someone would've told me I'd be primarily water coloring and using heaps and heaps of patterned paper, I would've laughed.) I also can't live without stickles, my crop-a-dile and my clear acrylic making memories ruler.

Other hobbies you might have:
Does blogging count? Actually, I have been known to pick up the old knitting needles now and again. But no other hobby has stuck around with me like paper crafting has.

Who is your biggest crafting inspiration?:
Anna Wight for sheer water coloring (and photography) talent, Debbie Olson for layout, color sensibility and overall card design, Jennifer Pebbles for her A Muse cards, and Heather Nichols for her talent and originality with cards and her candid, amazing attitude about raising a child with special needs.

Isn't she great folks!?! This girl not only rocks SU stamps, but A Muse, AND Bellas! And if you have ever wondered how to use your glitter or stickles, wonder no longer cause she is the queen of sparkle! You need to run to her blog. Right now. Really, I'll wait. Shoo! Go!

Alright? Back now? You feel all tingly don't you? I knew you would! Her work is great! Here are some of my favorites that she has done. And trust me, it was way hard to choose only a handful!

*This is my all time fave! You all know how I love 'simple'!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy Sarah's work as much as I do! Add her to your google reader and you won't be disappointed!

Check back tomorrow for a brand new feature from me and a punch and die comparison! See ya then!!!

P.S. There will be blog candy coming soon too! Keep an eye out!

Monday, June 18, 2007

My new favorite card!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We did! Saturday we went and swam in my MIL's pool. It's just one of the bigger ones that you take down every year. Now, if Joe has 'that look' on his face when he gets into it, you know, the 'this is colder than a well diggers butt' look, I don't get in. I personally don't like swimming in cold water, but that's just me. Ava and Jolee got in and were having a great time but when I put Clinton in with Joe he started screaming. Wha? Screaming? Could he possibly be like mommy and not want to stand in ice water??? So, he and I ended up playing around on the patio instead. I'll share a few pics later on but for now I want to show you THIS.....

I think this is my new favorite card. I just love the crispness of it! But wouldn't ya know the pirate ship paper piecing is not my idea. I got the idea from debils on SCS. Here is the link to her card. Mine is a little different but credit needs to be given where credit is due! The sunshine is all me though. I punch a 1" hole into Barely Banana and lined up the Cuttlebug flower die over it and ran it through my Sizzix. Then I punched a hole in the paper, glued the outer rim of the sun to the CS and the adhered the inner circle on the the inside of the paper. Stamped Ahoy, Matey and voila! Then I just paper pieced the ship. I will definitely be making more of these!

  • Ahoy Matey stamp set
  • Bashful Blue, Bliss Blue, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, white CS
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
  • Cuttlebug flowers die (are they really JUST flowers? I think not!)
  • 1 inch circle punch
  • red marker, stickles, pop dots

Okay, so now let the torture begin! Pictures of my kids! {wink} I know these need to be photoshop'd but all I had time to do was crop and add my watermark.

I think we have the top of the cheer pyramid girl here! Joe has been doing this with her since she was a baby.

Ava did it too but she gets a little more scared. She hasn't had as much experience as Jolee.

*And by the way, I let my hubby do this because I think his arms are one of the sexiest things on his body!!!! Gotta keep 'em in shape!!

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for True Talent Tuesday!!!! It's gonna be a good one!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Summer!

I am so glad it's summer! I am lovin' that the kids can go out and play in their pool all afternoon while I scour things to photograph! BTW I am still so amazed at how much there is still left to learn about my camera. I am really enjoying figuring everything out though! I just downloaded a free 30 day trial of Photoshop CS3. The real software is around $600-$700 so I'm sure I won't be getting that sucker (although with Joe's school discount I could get it for $400, and Yes! I checked). It will be nice to know what program I really want to get though by comparing what one has versus the other. I really hope to be making some money off of this sometime in the near future. But, first things first, still gettin' comfy with my settings and whatnot first. I would love to do Senior pics. Just set a flat fee for the shoot, make a CD of the pictures, hand it over to the parents and let them decide what they want to print out and where. Plus, I have lots of nieces and nephews to practice on! One of my nieces will be a senior this coming year so maybe she could get some word out. Oh, don't I think big! Let's move on shall we?

Just wanted to make a quickie with my adorable Scraptrends stamps. Love this swim suit! I just inked it up this morning. I also don't know what I would do without my snap stamps!!! They are such a fantastic item to have in your stash! I heard they aren't selling them any more. I hope that's not true because for those of you who might not have gotten them (what, were you having mental problems!? {wink}) I would hate for you to have to miss out!

  • White CS
  • Scraptrends flexible stamps (found them on clearance at JoAnn's)
  • Karen Foster 1/8" snap stamps
  • True Blue Prismacolor pencil (one of my fave colors)
  • Gamsol and blending stump
  • Copic gray marker
  • stickles
  • ribbon
This is one that looked so much better in my head!!! I think by the time I got everything on it might have been just a tad too much. I dunno. I hope you like it Tiffany! Cause it's in the mail and comin' to you! I used chipboard again. Painted it white and distressed it with sand paper. Punched holes in the scallops and added stickles to the holes. Also added stickles to the Cuttlebug flower.

  • Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper
  • Riveting stamp set
  • Cuttlebug flower and slides dies
  • Mellow Moss classic ink
  • Stazon Jet black ink
  • Chipboard frame
  • ribbon, pop dots, stickles, sand paper, brad
I hope all of you have a good weekend! Make the men in your life have an excellent father's day!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

RAK and angel wings

So, yesterday was a really odd day for me. I didn't stamp at all. But, the oddest part is, I didn't want to stamp. I have been so tired lately that I didn't even want to put forth the effort to ink a stamp. Other than mowing the grass and doing a little laundry, most of my day was spend snuggled up with my little ones on the couch watching movies or relaxing in the sun while they played in their pool. I did need it though and feel much better today. Although I haven't stamped any yet, I will, I just have been busy this morning trying to get Joe up and ready for class and then I resized and watermarked all of my pics for The Sweet Life Photography too. I made this on Tuesday morning but just haven't uploaded yet. It's the SCS color challenge. I really like these colors together! These images were from an image swap about a year ago. I love this set but don't have it. I think this kind of card is so sweet for someone who you just want to let know that you appreciate and love them.

I tried something new with this card too and I have a feeling that I will be using it more! I thought the edges needed something more than the sponging so I pulled out a pencil, inked up the eraser, and started making scallops on the edges. I have used a pencil eraser before to make dots, but never for scallops. Next time I'll take my time a little more and they won't be so wonky but I like the outcome.

  • Furnished with Love (I think!), Paisley BG (Sonlight Impressions)
  • Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip CS
  • Chocolate Chip, black, versamark inks
  • Mega scallop oval
  • pencil eraser
  • push pin, ribbon, stickles, pop dots
I did get happy mail yesterday though! A RAK from Allison and bunches of Bella images! I can't wait to play!!! Thanks Allison!

Well, I need to get off here and get the kids ready. We are heading in to the library to sign them up for the summer reading program. Our goal this year is 115 books. Last year our goal was 100 but we ended up reading more than that. If they reach their goals their names get put in for prize drawings. Ava won a stuffed kangaroo last year. Jolee was jealous. I tried to explain we didn't do it to win things but when you're 4 you want cool prizes. Maybe her name will be drawn this year!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

True Talent Tuesday

Good morning all! I am pleased to announce my very first weekly feature! It will be True Talent Tuesday! Every Tuesday I will showcase an excellent stamper who you may or may not be familiar with. Although I hope after you see their 'True Talent' you will add them to your favorites list.

My very first True Talent is Pam Russell from ParisEstates! This girl rocks! I have been a fan of hers for a while now (since I learned how to make clouds using a scallop punch) and once you see her work, you will be too!

When I told Pam I wanted to feature her she was happy to answer any questions I had for her. She also made the following cards just for me to feature!

Her coloring is amazing! I think I need to take a tutorial for Prismacolor and odorless mineral spirits from her and Tombow markers with a water brush too!

Before I share more of her awesome work I'd like to tell you a little more about her!

A little about yourself: My name is Pam Russell and I am a wife and mother of two (DD is almost 3, and DS is almost 1) in Ontario, Canada. I started my blog (Updates from ParisEstates) in January 2007 and am really enjoying it! I have a special feature on Tuesdays - Turtle Tuesday - where I feature a design with one of my many cute turtle stamps. The blog was started because I love to teach friends about scrapbooking and card making using any new techniques, folds, layouts and designs that I come across - and a blog is such a great way to share with them.

When and how you started stamping: I have always done crafts, any and all kinds of crafts - right from a very young age (thanks Mum!), but I began stamping in 2004 when I attended a CTMH party and haven't looked back.

Your favorite item to use on a card: Colouring!!!!! I love to colour, and there are so many great stamps out there that are just the outline - and you can let your imagination go wild and colour away! I get great results with Prismacolor pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits, ink pads and a water brush, or my latest addiction - Tombow markers and a water brush! Give it a try!

Other hobbies you might have: Other than spending time with my friends and family - knitting, looking through magazines for inspiration, and basically any kind of crafts at all.

Who is your biggest crafting inspiration: I'd have to say Martha Stewart. She is a lady with an eye for detail (and I admire detail); from the product, to her packaging, it is always "just so". And whether you like her or not, you have to admit she knows how to market and recreate her business!

Now I'd love to share a few of my favorite Turtle Tuesday features. If you only have time to visit her blog once a week, make it Tuesday! This girl does Inky Antics proud! They should pick her up on a Design Team!

And here is just another example of her coloring skills!

Pam's Blog
Pam's Splitcoast gallery

I want to say thanks to all of those reading today and an extra special to Pam for letting me feature her 'True Talent'! Enjoy browsing her work and be sure to add some to your CASE list!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hey cupcake!

You guys might be noticing my new banner. I can't keep the same one for very long. I like to change it up every once in a while, kinda like my furniture. I also get better with the digi scrapbook stuff as time goes on. Speaking of digi scrapbooking stuff, I was browsing a lot today and ordered some stuff and also downloaded some free stuff too. The new banner uses Corina PhunkyPower paper and the corner overlays from Traci Murphy Designs.

I made this birthday card with some scraps I had laying around. I got this cupcake stamp last week because I NEEDED one. You all know how that is!

  • MME patterned paper
  • Cupcake stamp (Stampabilities)
  • Karen Foster 1/8 inch snap stamps
  • Mega scallop oval punch, Word Window punch
  • aqua painters and re-inkers
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
  • ribbon, pop dots, stickles, push pin

I do have to say that I am very proud of myself! Last week I did 5 out of the 7 daily challenges on Splitcoast! I rarely ever do any of the challenges over there but I have loved the cards that I have made with the challenges in mind! So, I might end up like a few of the other 'stalkers' on there and get more of a direction on what I can do to expand my paper crafting. Speaking of which, here is my FS18 challenge. Every Sunday they feature a stamper with awesome talent and style (maybe one day I'll be feature, *sigh*) and then you CASE on of their cards. The stamper this week is Seewah. I paper pierced the lines above and below the good friends and I also paper pierced all of the dots on the flourish stamp. I inked the edges with Versamagic cloud white ink and distressed the pink layer.

  • Paper Tray (PaperTreyInk), Flourishes (Rhonna Farrer), Simply Said (SU) stamp sets
  • kraft, DCWV pink CS
  • Stazon Jet Black, Versamagic Pixie Dust, Versamagic Cloud White inks
  • ribbon punch
  • ribbon, edge distresser, pop dots, push pin
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic day and be sure to check back tomorrow for a new special weekly feature!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Challenge cards with good 'ole Dutchy

Okay, so once I got my stuff yesterday I was torn on what to use first but my longing for the CC paper was too much to bear, so I had to tear it open. This is what I came up with the first time around. It was the SC127 on Splitcoast. I really like this layout and I think I might try it again. I still that it is lacking something but I think if I add anything else I would be overdoing it. However, I did have to add some stickles to make it shine! I also made everything popped up. I think there are like 3 different levels to this bad boy.

  • Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper
  • Wonderful Words stamp set
  • Real Red classic ink, Tim Holtz Walnut distress ink
  • scallop edge scissors
  • spronge, stickles

This is my #2 card with DG paper. I made this for the Ways to Use It challenge #116 on Splitcoast. The challenge was chipboard. Well, whaddaya know!?! I have a new pack of bare naked chipboard sitting on my desk! Yay! I painted a few coats of white onto the chipboard frame and let it dry. Then I took regular sand paper (not the fine grit) and sanded the edges so it would match the distressed look of the paper. The flower is just two of the Cuttlebug flowers stacked on top of eachother (the bottom one in the pic). I really enjoyed doing this card and I just love how it turned out!

  • Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper
  • Noteworthy stamp set (SU)
  • Cuttlebug flower dies
  • Cosmo Cricket bake named chipboard buttons
  • white acrylic paint, brad, velvet ribbon
I hope to be making even more tonight! Oh, and I am getting ready to go update my photography blog! Check it out!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Dutch Girl on my porch!

No, not a real Dutch girl, but something even better!!!!! The Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper!!!!! Wooooooo-Hoooooooo! I have been waiting on this for what seems like forever! It came with all of the other stuff that I won when I made top 20 and top 15 in the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest. Lookie at what I get to play with!

So what do I do first?!? Everything is so delicious that I don't know where to start! I do know that those DCWV glitter cards are pretty awesome! I just have to be vewy vewy caweful (in my best Elmer Fudd voice) because you only get 5 in a pack and I don't want to mess any up! Wish me luck!!!!!

*Oh, by the way, I think I might be a little bit coo-coo but the Halfway Cafe paper smells like an antique store! Which is what the paper reminds me of. I thought it must just be the way they make the paper but I smelled the Dutch Girl pack and nope, doesn't smell the same. How weird! But totally cool because the smell completely gets me in the right mood to use it!

No Copics for me!

Good morning all! Today is going to be a good day! I just have a good energetic feeling this morning! I hope everyone has a super-duper day!!

I wanted to make a simple card this morning and I had only used this cherry blossom stamp by Stampendous once before. It's such a beautiful stamp I don't know why I haven't pulled it out more. Anyway, I stamped with Satzon black and used my aquapainter and re-inkers to color it in. I know cherry blossoms are white but I wanted some flowers with color so I just went ahead and colored it with the Rose Romance re-inker. I also added stickles to the centers of the flower but you can't really tell in this pic so I added another up close one.

*By the way, I didn't need a sympathy card for a specific reason, just wanted to keep one handy.

  • Cherry Blossoms stamp (Stampendous), Paper Tray (PaperTreyInk)
  • watercolor paper
  • Stazon Jet Black
  • Rose Romance, Close to Cocoa re-inkers
  • aqua painter
  • stickles
  • ribbon
You couldn't see the stickles in the big picture so I wanted to give you an up close. Plus I love taking pics with this camera so I don't even need a reason really. {cheesy grin}

This is one I started yesterday a few days ago but got stuck once I got the crown paper sewn on. *Glad I got my sewing machine back in working order by the way* I have been using the flowers from a stem lately (well, always except for the little blue primas I have) and they work just as well as the Primas I think. At least they work for me! I stuck the flowers on and then used my 1/2 hole punch for the center and added a rhinestone and dots with my peach Soufflee pen. The pink in that set seems to be very bright for most of the things I would need it for but the peachy color works well. Next, I stamped with Stazon onto my silk ribbon and added some stickles to the edges. Tah-dah! All done!

  • MME patterned paper
  • Hampton Arts clear stamps
  • Stazon Jet Black
  • 1" pink silk ribbon
  • flowers from stem
  • stickles, rhinestone, Soufflee pen, sewing machine, 1/2" hole punch

Okay, so yesterday I had my regular trip to Blockbuster and Kroger (we get movies every Tuesday) and I wanted to see if Hobby Lobby carried Copic markers. So, being the organized girl I am (if you knew the truth you would laugh) I decided to call first. Riiiiing, Riiiing, "Hello, may I speak to someone in the art department please?" -Transfers call- "Yes, how may I help you?" "I was wondering if you carried Copic markers." "Why, yes we do." "Do you sell them in sets or individually? And if individually, how much are they each?" "We only sell them individually and they are $2.49 each." "Wow! Okay, thank you!" Then, I drive there, park, get my 3 kids out of the car (it is on the way to Blockbuster so I won't complain about that), go straight to the art department and ask someone where they are. She had to take me to the back because I guess they don't keep them up front. So I say "I can't believe that you guys have them for $2.49." "Um, these are $5.89 each ma-am." "Well super! I'm so glad the person on the phone wasted my time! Thank you!" Then I proceed to walk away with a trip into HL wasted! I was pretty mad but I guess I should have known better than to think I could actually find them that cheap. Oh well, I guess there will be no Copics in my future!

On a happier note, I will be introducing new feature to the blog next week! There will be some fun goin' on here! Make sure you check back! I will be sharing some great work by a fantastic artist! Stay tuned!

Monday, June 04, 2007

You Rock and a big H

Alright so I actually sat down and made a card from Amy's Super Sunday Sketch challenge. I didn't get to it last week so I made a point of not getting out of my chair until it was done. I have lots of teenagers and kids in my family so it will be hard to decide who to give it to.

  • Guitar stamp (unknown), Paper Tray (you), Simple Bet (TAC)
  • The Paper Studio DP
  • Marvy Mega Scalloped oval punch
  • Oval and circle Coluzzle templates
  • ribbon, pop dots
But before I did that this morning I was working on a big 'ole H this weekend. My husband's cousin had her baby shower and she is having a boy in July. I decided I had to do something for her other than buy a gift (which was baby monitors - usefull but boooooring!) so I got this to alter. It was about 12 inches tall or so and was only $2 plus 30% off at Hobby Lobby. The theme for the baby's room is nautical so I had to go with the theme and colors.
Here is the before:

Here is the after:

I painted like 5 coats of white then did 2 coats of the red trim and sanded it all down to distress it a little. Wow, was it time consuming! My back hurt that whole night and I couldn't sleep. BUT! I think she really liked it to it was completely worth it in the end.

Here is a pic of how I wrapped the baby monitors. I couldn't leave it plain! I also put the other stuff in a white gift bag and put a red wooden anchor on the front of it and added some ribbon. I rarely get to do fun stuff like this so I kind of go a little overboard when I do. I also stamped her baby onesies that said 'Future Rock Star' and 'Born to Play' with a guitar beside it. She and her hubby are really into music. He wrote her a song and sang it to her at their wedding, but that's another story for another day. I think I have been blabbing enough already!

I plan on stamping this evening once I update my photography blog so hopefully I'll have some good stuff to share tomorrow! See ya then!