Monday, November 5, 2007

{ One Thing After Another }

I decided to take a break from my housework and post some of the cards I've done this week. First I can't get a good picture. Then when I finally get something that I am happy with I go to put my watermark on them. Ummm yeah, last month my computer had a total melt down! So I had to reload Adobe. Okay no biggy.... now for the watermark, but it's missing. I can't find the file anywhere. So I try to make a new one, but for some weird reason Photoshop isn't working the same it use to. Don't know why because I never gave it any special settings or anything before my computer melt down. So, I've been doing working on this for hours and I'm tired and have to get up early tomorrow. I'm forced to give up. I'll try again tomorrow afternoon, maybe I'll have better luck then.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

{ Creative Block.... Ugggh! }

I've sat down to stamp dozens of times this week and all that comes out is junk! I'm so frustrated. I want to stamp so bad, but nothing and I mean nothing looks good.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

{ PanAway Essential Oil }

I've had a lot of questions about the oil I used for my wrist, so here's some information about it for those who are interested.

I've been using a therapeutic grade essential oil called "PanAway" produced by Young Living. It's a blend of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint oils. I mix about 2-5 drops (depending on my pain scale) with about a dime sized amount of Vitamin E oil and rub it over my wrist and elbow. Normally all the pain goes away within a few minutes. If not I use a little more. I've never had to apply more than twice.

PanAway is $37.50 for a 5ml bottle. Young Living has V-6 oil to mix it with for $10.53 for 3.8oz. I don't use Young Livings V-6 oil though, I get a Vitamin E oil from Trader Joe's. I think it's $4 for 4oz.

One thing I do want to make clear is that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for everyone. I would hate for anyone to go out and buy this product, have it not work then be upset with me. However, if you buy it and it works great, you are free to love me! LOL. I used the oil on my husband's back last week when he was having some pain and it worked great, but my mom used some on her neck for some pain she's had for years and it didn't help much. Essential oils work differently with different bodies. In my mom's case her neck pain was caused by stress, so she had to stop the stress problem to stop the pain. There are also other things that can cause essential oils to not work to their full potential, like using a lot of medications or consuming a lot of caffeine. My husband and I don't consume hardly any caffeine, we don't take any medications and we eat mostly organic and all natural foods so there isn't a lot of "junk" in our bodies. I'd be happy to talk more about this to anyone who is interested, just send me an e-mail.

More information on Young Living products can be found on their website.

You can't buy directly from Young Living since they are a wholesaler, so you have to find a distributor. I had trouble finding a distributor where I live so I signed up to be a distributor. You can find a distributor online or order through me if you wish using PayPal.

I'll be placing an order at the end of this month so if your interested or have any more questions send an e-mail to me at

Sunday, October 21, 2007

{ Stampin' Again! }

Good evening ladies!

Well, I'm finally stamping again... the first time in almost four months! I had some bad with drawls for a while there, but I'm doing good now.

If you don't know I had to stop stamping because of a problem with my wrist. I couldn't hold stamps, tools or other supplies with my right hand at all for a while. I also couldn't use my computer because it was too painful which is why I haven't posted much either. My doctor gave me some pain meds, but it only allowed me to use my hand for a couple hours a day which had to be used for working on the computer.

When I was in California my mom put this therapeutic grade essential oil on my wrist and all the pain went away almost immediately and stayed away for about 12 hours. I used more oil and I was completely pain free for the whole weekend. She gave me a little to take home, which I used up over the course of two weeks. I didn't have any pain for about a month after I ran out, then slowly the pain started to come back. I ordered some of the oil for myself and have been pretty much pain free since. I put the oil on every few days and have been trying to be more ergonomically correct with my computer and other things that caused pain. I haven't felt any pain at all for a few weeks now so I figure it's time to start stamping again!

This weekend I cleaned up my desk and started stamping, unfortunately for my faithful blog readers I made a gift for someone who knows about and has checked out my blog recently, so I can't post it yet. Don't worry, I'll be taking pictures and posting my project as soon as I can. Check back because it's a fun, simple project that everyone should try. In the meantime I'm sure I'll be posting some other fun new stuff... I have sooooo many stamp sets I purchased over the summer that I'm dieing to use!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

If you carry a purse, read this!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I haven't stamped at all since I got back from California in July. This summer has been crazy busy! Hopefully things will be back to normal soon. In the mean time I wanted to share something important!

I caught a few minutes of a news show last night and heard about a new way thieves are stealing identities from women. Check out this video.

So lock your doors when your at the gas station!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Little About Me

I saw this on Melanie's blog and since I can't stamp right now I figured I'd post a little something this morning!

Yourself: Huh?

Your Partner: Wonderful! A true gift from God!

Your Hair: Short & LOVE it!!

Your Mother: The jury's out on that one, getting better though.

Your Father: Love him & miss him!

Your Favorite Item: I have a few things I treasure, a painting by my brother, a vase of my great grandmothers, painted plates my great grandfather gave me, a box my grandfather made that my husband has.... those kind of things.

Your Dream Last Night: Interesting! But I can't remember anymore.

Your Favorite Drink: Iced Tea all the way, that and water

Your Dream Car: I'd love another convertible

Dream Home: Out in the country

The Room You Are In: My grandpa's spare bedroom

Your Fear: Loosing my husband

Where You Want to be in Ten Years: In a bigger home, really settled down

Who You Hung Out With Last Night: My grandfather and Carmen

You’re Not: In any pain, woohoo!

One of Your Wish List Items: Some Essential Oils that made my wrist stop hurting for the first time!! Not stamps??? That's a change!

The Last Thing You Did: Checked the work e-mail, nothing, WOW!

You Are Wearing: PJ's, just woke up

Your Favorite Weather: Winter, thunderstorms, snow, cold!!

Last Thing You Ate: Mexican

Your Life: Great!

Your Mood: Content

Your Best Friend: Which one? Todd, Jill, Stephanie all wonderful and great

What Are You Thinking About Right Now: Work, uggggh... I hope it's slow today!

Your Car: Sierra 1500, my husband's truck I got it by default

What Are You Doing At The Moment: This survey then up to get ready

Relationship Status: Happily married

What Is On Your TV: Probably nothing, hubby's probably already left for work and I'm 3000 miles away. The news is on my grandpa's TV in the other room here though.

What Is The Weather Like: A little warm but not uncomfortable.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

{ Tagged... }

How come I always get tagged when I'm on vacation? Well technically I'm not on vacation right now, but I am out of state and I've been tagged twice since I left! One from Kathat & another from Mercy. They're both the same tag, to list 7 random facts about myself. It's going to be hard enough to come up with 7 different facts, so I'm just going to do this once for the two tags.

1. I'm an over the top perfectionist! I say it's to a fault because I get stressed out when things aren't perfect.

2. I looooooooooove macaroni & cheese! Minus the milk and use real butter, yummy! It's a guilty pleasure of mine!

3. I collect pencils. I have near 6000 of them right now and my goal is to break a world record. I now have more pencils that the current world record, but I'm waiting to get a good number more before I go for it.

4. I have declared Spring, Summer and Fall flip-flop season! I had surgery on my ankle about three years ago so I can't wear any shoes with height and I hate tennis shoes and boots, so the minute the weather is warm enough it's flip flop season!

5. I talk to my cats! Well mainly just the one, but I talk to her like she's a person.

6. My favorite place to shop is American Eagle.

7. I'm insanely clean! Except when it comes to my stamping desk the rest of my house is normally immaculate. I get stressed when it isn't!

I'm tagging Jilly Dreadful & Melanie (Batgirl)

{ Coffee Filter Book }

So I promised a fun little project, so here it is! My friend, Stephanie, that I'm staying with here in California saw these at a scrap booking store a while back and we decided to give them a try. We used cone shaped coffee filters, covered them with card stock then decorated them as we liked. They are bound together with clips and there are little pull outs with more pictures and quotes inside each of the coffee filters. A little time consuming, but a lot of fun!

The finished book is 14 pages front and back. I only took a few pictures of my favorites.

I made the album for my mom and dad. Their 25th wedding anniversary was two years ago. I had made a cute little album for them which got ruined when I moved. So I figured this was a good way to redo it.

{ Monkey Invites }

When I was a teenager I had a few pen pals, around 20 I think. One, Rheanna, I met through a homeschooling magazine and years later we ended up meeting each other by chance at the home school convention. Of all my pen pals Rheanna is the the only one I kept in touch with through the years. We've kept in contact through e-mail, myspace and instant messaging and we both went to each others weddings. She just has a baby last August and asked me to make the invitations for baby Brian's first birthday. This is what I came up with.

First I stamped the images on the background in different colors then I ran them through my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder. The card opens up by un-tieing the ribbon. The heart and "1" were both made with my Cricut.

Stamps: SU Monkey Business
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Ink: SU Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Provocraft Cricut & Cuttlebug; SU Pastels

Techniques: Rock & Roll

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

{ Something Fun in the Works! }

I've have been busy stamping the last few days but I don't have much to show yet. I'm actually working on a scrapbooking project and I don't want to share it until it's done. Right now it's pretty slow going since I don't have full use of my right hand, which by the way is actually getting worst! It is extremely hard to type too, so I'm going to keep this short. But check back, I should have something fun posted in the next couple days!

Monday, July 2, 2007

{ Update }

Well I got a hold of the Doctor and they said they could see me today if I was there in fifteen minutes. Good grief! Obviously I went. I found out the problem is not actually with my wrist, but with my Ulnar nerve (aka Funny Bone) in my elbow. Or so that is what the Doctor is speculating at this point. I have to have an x-ray done to rule out anything else and was given some pain killers. I was also told to relax it for a while. Kind of good timing since I am going out of the state on Friday. I have a lot to do the next few days so not being able to stamp will actually be a good thing, no distractions! I should be doing a lot of stamping while I'm gone, maybe even some of my first ever scrapbook pages! We'll see how it goes.

{ I Think I'm Going to Cry! }

My right wrist hurts!

It has been bugging me for about a month, at least at the end of the day it does. When it starts to hurt I stop working on the computer and stamping, the two things that aggravate it. I put a brace on and wait till the next day to continue. But yesterday it started hurting around 10am and just got worst all day! That would be why you haven't seen anything new from me this weekend. By the end of the day it hurt so bad I had to take a Vicodin that was prescribed for something else. I couldn't sleep otherwise. Today I woke up and the pain is gone, but it is stiff and feels very uncomfortable. I'll be calling the Dr. as soon as the office opens.

If you don't see anything new work from me for a few while that is why. I can't stamp right now, I want to cry!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

{ Waiting on Mr. Brown }

I spent today stamping, while I waited for UPS to get here. I live in a condo complex where pretty much everyone works during the day so UPS never comes before 6pm. Frustrating when I know a delivery is coming. I've probably had 30 or so deliveries from UPS since I've lived here and only once did they come before 6pm... that was the one time I went out for 15 minutes. Yes, I came home and there was a tag on my door! So today, being anxious for a SU delivery I didn't dare leave the house. I stamped instead, so I'm not complaining. They finally showed up at 7:25pm, about two minutes after finishing my last card, so at least it was good timing. If they showed up before I finished I probably would have set the card aside and forgot about it being I wasn't really loving this card too much.

There really isn't much too this card. I stamped the flower first then masked it off and stamped all the doodles, which I then water colored. Actually I used rubbing alcohol, so alcohol colored! LOL. The ribbon was plain black organdy ribbon. I cut to a point on one end. I then held about three of the fibers in the middle tightly and pulled the edges slowly until it curled up to my liking. That's pretty much it. Let me know what you think.

Oh and this was for today's SCS challenge, using scallops.

Stamps: SU Pick A Petal, Lexicon of Love, Doodle This
Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi; Versafine Onyx Black
Embellishments: SU Hodgepodge Hardware, Ribbon
Other: SU Ticket Punch; Marvy Scallop Punches
Techniques: Water coloring (with Alcohol), Masking, Sponging, Rock & Roll

{ Three More }

So I had to make some more of these cute cards.... here are three more I just finished.

Stamps: Studio G Rubber & Acrylic $1 Stamps
Paper: SU Whisper White, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Bleu Bayou
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; Hemp
Other: Pop Dots; Prismacolor Pencils; Odorless Mineral Spirits; Ranger Stickles

{ Dollar Stamp Fun! }

I've always loved Julie Ebersole's (JulieHRR) simple cards, but I've never been able to create something so simple and beautiful as hers. Last night I was looking at Melanie's blog, at these really cute little one 1x1 cards. It gave me a great idea. So I sat down at my stampin' desk and made one of these card (big flower). I absolutely loved it! So I made another (bubble bath). I absolutely love it, so again I made another (cherries)... until I had all six made. I have no reason for these. I ended up with six really cute cards with nothing to do with them!

All of the stamps, except the stick figure stamp, are dollar stamps. I finally put them to good use! I collect and collect and collect, but hardly ever use them. So I think I'll have to make some more sets like this! All the coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils and I added just a touch of Stickles to each card. The ribbon and hemp was an idea I got from a card made by corrinesumerville, a card I also CASED a few days ago.

So here they are, a cute little gift set. I would have finished them and posted them last night. But my husband was tired, and my stamping desk unfortunately is my bedroom so my stamping time was cut short yesterday! Hope you like.

Stamps: Studio G Rubber & Acrylic $1 Stamps; Rubber Soul Stick Love
Paper: SU Whisper White, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Bleu Bayou, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky
Ink: VersaFine Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; Hemp
Other: Pop Dots; Prismacolor Pencils; Odorless Mineral Spirits; Ranger Stickles

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

{ Paisley Thank You }

Just a little something I threw together. The paisley took forever! All those little cute, uggggh.

I used a brayer to add a little ink to the cocoa layer. Both the Soft Sky layers are popped up with pop dots. Other than that, it's all pretty self explanatory and I gotta run so this post is short and simple. If you have an questions leave me a comment.

Stamps: SU Terrific Tags
Paper: SU Bleu Bayou, Pretty in Pink, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Bleu Bayou, Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky
Embellishments: SU Small Tag Punch; MM Mini Snaps; Misc Rhinestones, Ribbon
Other: Pop Dots; Provocraft Cuttlebug & Paisley Die; Sizzex Embossing plate
Techniques: Sponging

{ From the Heart }

I saw a gorgeous card on SCS by corrinesumerville which I just had to CASE. I don't do that very often, but I just loved her card! Is it a CASE when you copy it but change it up like I did? Or is that when your inspired by something? I don't know! LOL. Anyway, check out her card, it's just lovely!

For the base of the card I inked up my Linen stamp then kissed the flower from Pick A Petal. I did this multiple times to create the background. After that I sponged the edge with a little ink. I used my Linen stamp on the pink layer before I distressed it.

The flower on the top was cut out with a punch. I stamped the my Linen background on it as well and sponged the edges. I used my paper piercing tool to bend all the petals a little then used Basic Gray Precision files to sand distress the edges. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory.

Stamps: SU Pick A Petal, Linen
Paper: SU Bleu Bayou, Pretty In Pink
Ink: SU Bleu Bayou, Soft Sky
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; Misc Rhinestone Brad, Hemp
Other: EK Success Flower Punch; Basic Gray Precision File Set; MM Ribbon Punch, Paper Piercing Tool
Techniques: Kissing, Distressing

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

{ Happy Birthday Jilly! }

My best friend that I pretty much grew up with is having a birthday next month. I'm going to be out of the state so I have to get this in the mail early.

Can I say I just LOVE these new colors! I especially love Bleu Bayou, Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate. Last year I didn't really like SU's In Colors. I might have liked them more if I had bought them and had some time to play. I didn't start stamping until around November of last year and I didn't want to buy them just to have them retire in a few months. Last night when I was at M's I found this beautiful ribbon. I actually put it back because it didn't match SU's colors. Since most of my card stock is from SU I try not to waste money on embellishments that I won't use because they don't match. After I walked away from the ribbon bin I realized that the color actually matched Groovy Guava so I grabbed it up quick! Now that I've actually seen the two together and how much they really do match I think I'm going to have to get some more!

If you click on the picture you can see a blown up version of this with much more detail. I used my Linen stamp on the Soft Sky layer which you can't see here. For the top layer I stamped the Guava flowers first. I then use my linen stamp again, after stamping off most the ink a couple times I stamped it over the flowers. After the I stamped the large flower with Blue Bayou ink, again after stamping off most the ink.

The scallops were done with my slit punch, oh how I love that!! I used two different sized circle punches to cut out the Riveting image which I secured with pop dots after I tied a ribbon through it.

Stamps: SU Office Accouterment, Riveting, Linen
Ink: SU Groovy Guava, Bleu Bayou, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Bleu Bayou, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: MM Mini Brads; Misc Ribbon
Other: SU Ticket Punch, Slit Punch, Mat Pack; EK Success Circle Punches; Misc Pop Dots
Techniques: Paper Piercing

{ My Wonderful Hubby & I }

Over the weekend my husband, brother-in-law and I went to my aunt and uncle's house for a day in the pool and a bbq. I took this picture of my husband and I while we were there. I really like it so I thought I'd share.

{ I'm Dreaming of Stamping }

One of my good friends is having a wedding anniversary later this week. I should have had this in the mail already, but well... I'm a little late. I got the idea for this card while I was sleeping. Yeah I'm serious. Let me just say I have bizarre dreams! It started off as a weird Dream involving Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, LOL. Then it ended with me making a card, just like this one. Hmmmm... is that a sign I need to make it?

I stamped the first layer with StazOn Jet black ink by masking off the centers and coloring them with all gray tones of Prismacolor pencils then using mineral spirits to blend them. I Did the same thing with the main flower except I used bright colors instead of grays. I dotted the scallops with an oil paint pen and added rhinestones to the corners and a beautiful rhinestone brad I found at Joann's yesterday on clearance, 12 for 97c.

I actually started this card two days ago but since I've been so busy I haven't been able to finish it until today. Hope you like!

Stamps: SU Pick a Petal, Birthday & Wishes
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Paper: SU Basic Black, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Going Gray
Embellishments: Misc Rhinestones, Crystal Brad, Ribbon
Other: Prismacolor Pencils; Pop Dots; Zig Oil Paint Pen; Odorless Mineral Spirits

Saturday, June 23, 2007

{ Missing You }

I don't really know what to think about this one. I started it yesterday and just finished it. Not that I was doing other things, but I was just staring at it a lot not knowing what to do. I think a lot of it was because I've been in a water coloring and pencil coloring mood lately and there wasn't really any of that here. I did color in a couple flowers with alcohol and ink, but it definitely wasn't like what I have been doing lately. I also had a heck of a time adding some kind of sentiment. Nothing looked right. I finally settled on the small "missing you." Maybe it's just because I've been looking at this card negatively for two days.... but for now I'm just not too into it!

Stamps: SU Fancy Flexible Phrases; Magenta Flower Image
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Cool Sky; K & Co Happy Endings
Ink: SU Groovy Guava; StazOn Timber Brown
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Corner Ticket Punch, Small Oval Punch; Aqua Painter w/Alcohol, Pop Dots
Techniques: Water coloring, Sponging

Thursday, June 21, 2007

{ Still Having Fun! }

Have I mentioned how much I love my new toys! Pick a Petal is such a fun set. This is my second card using it. I'm also still stuck on using my fairly new Prismacolor pencils, they're pretty awesome too! IMO they are both must haves!

The background was done using StazOn Timber Brown ink by masking off the center of the flower and stamping the petals. I then masked off the petals and stamped the doodles, all of which I colored in with Prismacolor pencils and used odorless mineral spirits to blend them. The edges are sponged with So Saffron and Close to Cocoa ink.

For the sentiment layer I used Close to Cocoa ink and stamped off the first image on scratch paper to achieve a watermark like image. I also masked off the center of the flower for this one. I used pastels to lightly color in the petals. I then stamped the sentiment over the watermark like image and punched it out using a mega circle punch.

I used my SU Chocolate Chip marker to doodle the edges of both the Saffron layers. The top Saffron layer is raised using pop dots for some dimension. While this card was very time consuming, it was still a lot of fun! In the words of my wonderful husband, the card is, "freakin' awesome!" LOL! I don't necessarily think that, but I am happy with the finished product.

Stamps: SU Doodle This, Pick A Petal, Happy Everything
Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron; StazOn Timber Brown
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Prismacolor Pencils & Odorless Mineral Spirits; Pop Dots; SU Pastels, Write Marker; Round Corner Punch
Techniques: Masking, Sponging

{ I Love My New Toys! }

Oh how do I love the new stuff that came in the mail from Stampin' Up! last night! Amongst some other stuff I got all the new In Color and I gotta say, they are so much more beautiful IRL! I also got Pick A Petal and Happy Everything, two sets I've been dieing to have! So here is my first card with the new toys! It's for today's SCS challenge to make a square card.

This card looks complex, but it's not. More than anything it was a bit time consuming. For the petals that are stamped on the Vanilla card stock I used the rock and roll technique. The Guava petals are just plain two step stamping and the top petals I used the emerging color technique and two step stamping. The two layers of petals where adhered with crystal effects on the point under the center and the ends were adhered with pop dots to give some dimension. I think I used four of the six different petals to make the flower... what a great way to show off this set huh?! The edges of the Vanilla layer are sponged with Guava and Bleu ink. Other than that it's just a bunch of layers. Hope you like.

Stamps: SU Pick A Petal, Happy Everything
Ink: SU Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Bleu Bayou; StazOn Timber Brown
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Bleu Bayou, Very Vanilla
Other: Pop Dots; Ranger Clear Fine EP; Versamark; Crystal Effects
Techniques; Sponging, Emerging Color, Rock & Roll

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

{ Bunches and Bunches of Blossoms }

Well... I felt like doing a challenge today. The SCS challenge today is a color challenge. Real Red, Creamy Caramel and Barely Banana. I can defiantly say these aren't my favorite colors! Actually these are probably some of my least favorite and least used colors. Real Red is to bright (I'm not a Bold Brights fan). I normally go for a deeper brown than Creamy Caramel. I just like So Saffron so much better than Barely Banana, that is what gets picked when I want a lighter yellow. So today's challenge was perfect for me.... to use three infrequently used colors.

For the base of the card I used Creamy Caramel, yes that is the original color of the cardstock! I stamped it with my Linen stamp and sponged the edges. The Real Red layer also is sponged with a couple different inks to darken it more to my liking.

All the flowers are die cuts. Some are Cuttlebug and some are Sizzex. I just cut out a bunch of flowers in each of the colors with each of the three dies I was using then played around with different flower combinations. All the layers of the flowers are sponged with Close to Cocoa ink and Barely Banana ink. I used different brads and a large rhinestone for the centers. Some of the flowers have pop dots between the layers or under them to give some nice dimension.

The "Thinking of You" sentiment is stamped on vellum with StazOn Timber Brown ink.

Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to mail this! I'll probably have to send it in a box so not to ruin the flowers. Oh boy, this will be fun! LOL

Stamps: SU Warmest Regards, Linen
Paper: SU Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Barely Banana; Basic Gray Phoebe DP; Vellum
Ink: SU Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa; StazOn Timber Brown
Embellishments: Misc Brads, Rhinestone
Other: Provocraft Cuttlebug Flowers Dies; Sizzex Flower Die; Pop Dots, Sponge
Techniques: Sponging

{ Doodled Thank You }

I needed a special thank you for some friends. Normally I just open my box of cards and find something, but nothing I had on hand seemed good enough! So I spent the morning stamping, something I rarely do! Normally I don't stamp till the afternoon after all the errands and chores are done. So I guess you could say I called in sick to work today!

When I first saw the 2007 SU Spring Mini I had to have this designer paper... have I used it yet? Once on two cards I made the day I got it and all it has done since then is sit in a file folder. I have seen some beautiful card where people used a brayer to cover the vanilla in other colors of ink. I did that here with So Saffron ink.

The main image was stamped with StazOn Timber Brown ink. I masked off the flower and stamped the swirls behind it. I used Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits to color in the image. I'm having so much fun with that as you can tell since I use them on most my cards right now!

The edges of all the layer are sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. The top layer is also sponged with So Saffron and Gable Green ink as well.

I popped the main image and all it's layers up with dimensionals. It is hard to tell from the picture, but there is ivory organdy ribbon ran straight across the card with no tie under the grosgrain ribbon.

Well I hope they like it! Now I have to get to work and get this house in order! My youngest brother in law is staying with us for a month this summer. As you can imagine our lives and house are a bit messy with a 17 year old boy sleeping on our couch! So I have to go get things in order. Hopefully I'll have some time to stamp some more later on tonight because I'm really in the mood!

Stamps: SU Doodle This, Warmest Regards
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolat DP
Ink: SU So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Gable Green; StazOn Timber Brown
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Ticket Punch; Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Brayer
Techniques: Sponging, Masking

Sunday, June 17, 2007

{ Jillian & I }

I guess I'm having a creative block today on cards. I've been stamping for six hours and pretty much everything I've done ended up in the trash. So I decided to try something other than cards.

I bought this frame from Michael's a few weeks ago. I took it completely apart by unscrewing all the hardware attaching the chains to the frames. I took some beautiful Basic Gray paper I've been hoarding and traced the flowers onto it. After I cut them out I adhered them to the frames then used a sanding block to sand all the edges.

After I put the frames back together I put rhinestones around the edges of the top and bottom frames and attached a bow to the middle, all using Crystal Effects so I don't have to worry about them falling off.

While a bit time consuming this project was extremely easy! The hardest part picking out the pictures to put inside it! I ended up deciding on using pictures of a friend and I that I have known for around 16 years. We were best friends as we grew up together and have remained very close, even though we have lived 3000 miles apart for the past six or so years. The first picture was taken when we were roommates. The second one was at her wedding and the third was in Vegas.

Frame: Provocraft
Paper: Basic Gray
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; Rhinestones
Other: Crystal Effects

{ Grateful Doodles }

My husband's younger brother is staying with us for a month, this morning he says he wants to go to a museum today. What was my response, "why don't you two go, I want to stamp today." LOL! Ends up we couldn't find anything he wanted to go see that was open so they went fishing and I stayed home and stamped. Scratch that... I went craft store hoping, then came home and stamped. I read a tip somewhere that odorless mineral spirits work great with Prismacolors. So I got a bottle of that and another aqua painter. AC Moore was also having a sale on stamps, so I picked up a couple of those too.

I didn't get to play with my new stamps on this one, but I did play with the mineral spirits and Prismacolor pencils. I tried using the aqua painter, but that didn't work too well. To much liquid came out to quickly. So I resorted to dipping a paint brush in a cup. None the less I love the way the coloring turned out using this method, I used it on all the coloring for this card.

The edges of the base and the top layer were sponged with multiple colors of ink, SU Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Going Gray and StazOn Jet Black. The "grateful" image was stamped with StazOn ink.

Stamps: SU Doodle This
Paper: SU Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Vellum
Ink: SU Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Going Gray; StazOn Jet Black
Other: Prismacolor Pencils; Odorless Mineral Spirits; Round Corner Punch
Techniques: Sponging

Saturday, June 16, 2007

{ Karen L. Come On Down! }

So today is the big day.... the winner of some yummy blog candy, as you can tell by the title is Karen L (KayellWY)! You can send me an e-mail with your address and I'll ship it you right away. Congrats! Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

{ Thanks }

I sat down today to stamp and I drew a complete blank! All I knew is that I wanted to use my new Prismacolor pencils again. So I jumped on SCS to see what the challenge was. Wednesday is sketch challenge day, I've never done one of those before so figured it was a great time to play.

I pulled out a Basic Grey pad I've never touched before and selected two sheets of designer paper. The crossed layer and the pink layer just below the top layer with flowers. Originally I put it together as is on a white card base, but I wasn't happy with the overall look. So i took it apart and played around. First I used my SU Linen stamp with Close to Cocoa ink. Then I sponged on pink chalk ink. I used a blue chalk ink and directly wiped it down the length of the card and again sponged it, this time with dark pink chalk ink. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, matches very nicely!

I stamped the flowers with StazOn ink and masking. The "Thanks" was cut out of chipboard with my Cuttlebug. The tag was made with my Cricut and the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge. I used Crystal Effects to attach it. Of course all the coloring on the top layer was done with Prismacolor pencils, I sure do love them!!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves Flowers, Flourishes
Paper: SU Whisper White, Close to Cocoa; Basic Grey Phoebe designer paper
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Colorbox Chalk inks Ice Blue, Warm Red, Rouge
Embellishments: Ribbon
Other: Provocraft, Cuttlebug & Olivia Die, Cricut & Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge; Prismacolor Pencils; SU Write Marker

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

{ Look What I Did! }

I installed this! Well kind of, my husband and I did this on Sunday. He worked over the weekend so he could take Wednesday and Thursday off since is brother is coming into town tomorrow morning. So I figured if he was going to work on his off day I would tag along. I've done this two other times and I actually enjoy doing it every once in a while.

The bad part... when we arrived one of the boxes of syrup had broken the prior and the crew couldn't be bothered to clean it up. So I had to start they day by cleaning it up. The picture only shows about half of the mess. Took me about an hour and a half to clean the floor and everything that was sitting in the syrup.

I almost had to get on top of the cooler to do something, but after we saw how much crawl space there was my husband decided to do it! Thank goodness because I would not have been happy if I had to crawl 15 feet on my stomach in a hot crawl space!

It took us all day to complete the job, but it was fun! I got to work in the backroom so I was able to listen to music without bothering the customers or crew so the time flew by. The only real downside? My hands still hurt from using the crimping tool. Yeah not as nice on your hands as our paper crafting crimpers are!

Yup... that's us!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

{ Monica & Bree }

I have a confession to make. I'm a perfectionist (sometimes to a fault) and a compulsive cleaner and organizer. If my house isn't perfect I go crazy, seriously. I get stressed out and can't think, or sleep. Bad huh? I've been called Monica (from Friends). I always thought I was like her, until Bree came along. Yeah I can be that bad! At least when it comes to things being clean and organized.
So today I sat down to stamp and I couldn't find a set I was looking for, I have around 200 so they get lost easy! I got frustrated and look what I did. I also mounted quite a few sets. Yes I stamped a box index for every SU set I own! It took me all day. But I still had time to stamp a few cards.

I just got some new Prismacolor pencils the other day and I had to try them out to see if they are as good as everyone says they are.... and let me say, THEY ARE! I don't know how long I stamped with out them.
This card was very easy, just time consuming due to the coloring. I stamped all the images with StazOn then colored them with, of course, Prismacolor pencils.

All stamps are SU, Doodle This, Doodle That, Doodle Alpha. The ink is StazOn Jet Black. Other supplies used were Prismacolor Pencils and Ranger Stickles. The ribbon is from SU.

I had a little fun with this one. It was done with some acrylic stamps I picked up at AC Moore a while back. I don't know who makes them unfortunately since I threw away the packaging. I'll have to check next time I'm at AC Moore. I covered the larger fishes with Crystal Effects. I used Stickles on the bubbles for a little extra sparkle. The front of the card is cut and the blue sponging is on the inside.

Stamps and paper are unknown. All ink is Color Box chalk ink, Bisque, Lipstick Red, Pink Pastel, Aquamarine, Lime Pastel, Orchid Pastel, Creamy Brown. Ranger Stickles.

Okay, this is the last one of the night. All the presents are glitter windows. I used different square punches to make the windows. I taped small strips of paper for the ribbon then applied packing tape and sprinkled on the glitter. The bows were done with markers using a present image from SU Let's Party. I used the same ink for the swirls one the bottom of the card as I did on the top, but I stamped off a little ink for the top half. I sponged Close to Cocoa ink around the edge of both layers of cardstock and a lot of So Saffron on the top layer.

All stamps are SU, All Year Cheer II, Let's Party, Background Basics. SU Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Craft Taken with Teal inks were used as well as Write Markers. Paper is also all SU, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Taken with Teal and Rose Red. The Eyelets are Making Memories. I also used fine glitter and packing tape.

{ No SCS }

I hate when SCS goes down!

{ Stampin' Tip: The StazOn Cover that StazOn! }

Here is a great little tip I learned at the show to help prevent loosing those pesky little protective covers from your StazOn ink pads.

~Open up your ink pad and put two thick pop dots/dimensionals of some sort on the cover like pictured.
~Close the lid and lightly squeeze the center.
~Open back up and the protective lid is secured in place so you don't ever loose it!

Tip: Make sure to use pop dots/dimensionals that are thick so the lid sits directly on the ink pad and not above it.

Friday, June 8, 2007

{ Floral Garden }

There was a second stamp I was dieing to get at the show last weekend. Very similar to the the other image, but I guess I just couldn't live with out it! LOL.

Other than inking up the image this card was extremely quick and simple. I used Color Box Chalk inks to color the image. I have the cats eye spots so it's really easy to color the image as you would using markers. I sponged the edge of the top layer with a little So Saffron ink and after I taped it down I used Mellow Moss and sponged both layers. I don't have any plans for this card yet, so hopefully it will get used one day!

Stamps: Endless Creations Floral Garden; Stampendous TLC Blessing
Paper: SU Mellow Moss; Misc other
Ink: Color Box Chalk Inks, Pink Pastel, Orchid Pastel, Olive Pastel, Bisque
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Corner Punch, Sponges
Techniques: Sponging

{ Blog Candy! }

Well this is something long overdue! So I went big! No real reason lets just say it's because I love my readers! So leave a comment on my blog somewhere and I'll put you in a drawing to be held 6/16/07. I'd love to hear about things you'd like to see on my blog!

Lots of fun goodies here!
-5 different Studio G Acrylic Stamp Sets (aka $1 stamps!)
-5 different sets of EK Success stickers
-3 spools of ribbon
-7 balls of fiber... don't be fooled by their small size, they are 5 yards each!
-1 sheet of beautiful die cuts

{ Weed Patch }

When I went to the Heirloom Stamp Show I decided to check out all the vendors first and write down everything I saw and wanted so I could decide at the end of the show what I had to have! If I didn't do that I could have easily spent thousands of dollars! For the most part I was more into getting tools and learning new techniques. I wasn't too interest in stamps. Mainly because they are so easy to find online. Where as shopping online shows you tools but you don't get to see them in action! However, the second I saw this stamp I knew I had to have it! But I was good. I wrote it down on my list and of course it was the first thing I went back for... and guess what happened, they were sold out! I was so bummed out! I was about to find out how to order one when one of the ladies happened to find one more. Talk about excited! I also picked up a grab back of unmounted stamps for $5 out of a big basket. I wanted the one on top that says "Hand Stamped, because e-mail just isn't good enough!" That stamp was well worth the $5. I ended up with about 15 really great stamps! There were a couple duplicates (size differance) which I didn't want so I sent a few to my stampin' buddy out in California. Probably the best deal I got that day!

The background was incredibly simple, something I saw at the show. You wad up a wet baby wipe and apply a few stripes of ink from your reinkers. Then just rub it over your glossy paper. Nice and easy huh? The weed patch image was stamped over the background with basic black craft ink. Make a few layers, add some ribbon and wala! A beautiful card is born!

Stamps: Endless Creations Weed Patch
Paper: SU Mellow Moss, Basic Black; Kodak Glossy Paper
Ink: SU Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss Reinkers, Craft Basic Black
Embellishements: SU Ribbon; Misc Ribbon
Other: Baby Wipes

Thursday, June 7, 2007

{ Fishing At Dusk }

All images copyright Stampin' Up!

Well had to make my father-in-law a nice card, especially considering everything that has happened the last couple months! He loves to fish so I pulled out my Angler set. I bought this set basically for cards for him, my husband and brother-in-laws so it was the perfect choice.

The first thing I did was make the fish medallion. I started off by using my Cuttlebug to make the circle shape with the holes on the edge. I then stamped the fish and used my SU WWCs with Future Floor Finish in my aqua pen. I love the look I achieve with it! I sponged a little Chocolate chip ink on the circle before water coloring the water. I think that helped to make the water look more realistic. Once I was done coloring it I taped it onto the die (face touching the die) and put it on some chipboard and ran it through my Cuttlebug again. I must say I LOVE how it turned out! I ran to the kitchen to show my husband and he loved it too! Once I was done getting a bunch of praise from my wonderful husband I went back and wove the hemp through it.

I then stamped the boat image and colored it in using the same method as the fish. I matted that to a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock which I stamped with my SU Canvas BG, distressed the edges and wadded up into a ball a few times. That was fun!

The fish medallion is popped up with dimensionals. The sign and rod are attached with Crystal Effects, oh boy I hope they don't come off in the mail! All the rest is pretty self explanatory. Hope you like!

Oh yeah and this is for the SCS challenge today to use chipboard.

Stamps: SU Canvas, Angler, All Year Cheer II
Paper: SU Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Craft Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Embellishments: SU Eyelets; Misc Hemp, Charms
Other: SU Crystal Effects, Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Provocraft Cuttlebug & Olivia Alphabet, Misc Future Floor Finish
Techniques: Water coloring, Distressing

{ Father's Day... I Know I'm Late! }

All images Copyright Stampin' Up!

Can you believe I forgot about father's day? I forgot about Easter too. Really out of the loop huh?

I always have a hard time with masculine cards so this card was definitely a challenge. It started off looking to childish, but I'm happy with the way it turned out! First I sponged the the edge of the base card with a bit of Brocade Blue ink then I sponged the entire face of it with Chocolate Chip ink. After I cut the Close to Cocoa layer I stamped a bunch of baseball images. I masked them off then sponged Chocolate Chip ink over the entire top, thicker on the edges as you can see. I used my WWCs with Future Floor Finish to lightly color in the images with a matte finish. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention! Last weekend I went to the Heirloom Rubber Stamp & Paper Art Festival.

My husband was wonderful enough to take me since I don't have any stamping friends out here yet. I got so many fun new toys and learned some great new techniques. That's part of the reason I haven't posted anything recently. I've been playing a lot with the techniques I learned. Me being the perfectionist I am can't post the "junk" I've come up with so far! Anyway, I'm sure you'll see some fun new stuff I learned there and see some of the great new stamps and products I got in the near future! At one booth a lady was teaching the use of Lyra watercolor crayons (for those that don't know Lyra makes SU's WWCs). I had to see what she was doing of course! One of the things she showed was water coloring with Future Floor Finish. Just like you would watercolor with an aqua painter use Future Floor Finish. It's awesome! The finished product is more of a matte finish and it doesn't soak into the paper. It's also much easier to get the color much darker! Anyway, it's hard to tell that I even water colored on this card, but I did and that's how I did it.

The ball was made with a Marvy Giga Circle Punch. First I stamped the "So Very" & "loved" images, then I punched it out, drew the markers and sponged the edges. The ball is popped up with dimensionals. Last but not least I added the ribbon and charms. Oh almost forgot, if you look very closely at the bottom edge I used white craft ink and a dashed blade to create a faux stitched look in about 5 seconds! Hope you like... I'm sure my dad will as he's a big baseball fan!

Stamps: SU So Very and Sporting Goods
Paper: Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Craft Chocolate Chip, Craft Real Red, Craft Whisper White
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; Misc Baseball Charms
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Dimensionals; Marvy Giga Circle Punch; Future Floor Finish; Misc Sponges

Monday, May 28, 2007

{ Scarlett Gift Set }

I was so excited when I walked into AC Moore the other day and found out they are going to carry the entire Basic Gray line! I love their designer paper! Since they were all on sale for 40% off I had to grab a few sheets to play with.

I've been wanting to make a set of cards for a long time friend for quite a while now but I haven't had much inspiration to do so. When I saw this paper I was instantly inspired. All the cards were pretty easy, no special techniques or anything here. Just a little heat embossing and a lot of die cuts. I put a layer of vanilla cardstock on the inside stamped with a single flower since you can't write on black nicely. Enjoy!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves Flowers, Swirls
Paper: SU Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Basic Gray Scarlett's Letter
Ink: SU Craft Basic Black, Going Gray
Embellishments: Misc Ribbon, Brads, Eyelets
Other: Stickles; Cuttlebug & Dies; EK Success Flower Punch, Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch; SU Ticket Punch
Techniques: Heat Embossing; Masking

{ Monkey Birthday }

All Images Copyright Stampin' Up!

Earlier this week I made some invitations for a birthday party my friend is throwing for her one year old. One of the nicknames they have for her baby is "Monkey." So we decided to go with a monkey theme. I had a few sheets of the stamped background left over so I figured I should put it to good use. I'll post the invitations later when they are all done, but for now you can enjoy the birthday card I made with the scraps.


Stamps: SU Monkey Business
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Embellishments: Misc Ribbon, Eyelets
Other: Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder; EK Success Scallop Oval Punches; Stickles; SU Ticket Punch, Pastels
Techniques: CB Dry Embossing, Sponging

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

{ Hot Potato, Hot Potato... }

I just got a tasty little treat in the mail! Oh boy was it yummy! Thanks Melanie (aka Batgirl). See what all the fun is about!

Perfect timing too. I just got my stamping space cleaned up since the trip and I'm ready to go! I might just have some fun stuff to post later today!

Off to care for the little spuds!

Monday, May 7, 2007

{ We're Home }

Just a quick update.

My husband and I finally got home early Sunday morning after a three week trip to California. Sadly my Mother-In-Law passed away two weeks ago. Considering all that is going on everyone is doing okay right now. The worst I think will be his little brother who doesn't really understand what has happened yet. Thank you all so much for your prayers during this time... as strange as it may sound there has been peace and comfort to the believers in the family.

I've been busy today trying to clean up three weeks of cat hair! I think a combination of cat stress, shedding season and the fact that I haven't vacuumed or dusted in three weeks are all to blame. I've never seen so much cat hair in my house! I still have a bunch of stuff to unpack and I go back to work tomorrow, well not "go back" as I work from home, but I have to resume my normal responsibilities starting tomorrow. My Uncle was kind enough to give me today off to try and get the house in order even though they leave in two days for vacation.

I probably won't get to stamp too much this week since I still have a bunch of things to get settled now that I'm home. I'm also in the mood to paint and I have lots of painting around the house to do so I think I'm going to take advantage of that while I can. I'm sure I'll be back to my normal routine by next week though.

Thanks again for all your support and prayers!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

{ Update }

Things aren't looking so good right now. I want to thank everyone who has messaged, called & has sent me text messages for support. I really appreciate it. I don't feel comfortable right now posting any specifics. I just ask that for your continued prayers for my mother in law and especially for the family. She has three sons (28, 25 & 17), her husband and mother who are really having a hard time right now. Thanks again.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

{ Going to California }

We're flying out to California tomorrow morning. I probably won't be around for a while. Thanks for all your prayers. Off to pack and prepare the house to leave for who knows how long.

{ Prayer Request }

My father-in-law went to bed last night just in time to hear my mother-in-law gasp a few times for air then stop breathing. He tried to wake her up but she wouldn't move so he called 911. She went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator to bring her back. She is in the Kaiser ICU right now and they don't know what is going on. Not a surprise since Kaiser is so horrible. Anyway.... we don't know what is going on right now. We are 3000 miles away, so there is nothing we can do but sit here, worry and pray for now.

Friday, April 13, 2007

{ Withdrawls! }

No SCS, stamping, IM'ing, blogging or e-mail (because it enables SCS usage) for me today! I work from home and I've been very busy this week so unfortunately my work has fallen a bit behind and I have to get caught up today. I anticipate I will be working until late tonight, but we'll see how it goes. The worst thing about this is I just got my SU order yesterday night! If I finish my work I can go play. Okay, okay... off to work I go!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

{ Yummy Turkey Stroganoff }

Wow is this good... and to top it off this recipe is incredibly easy to make and pretty healthy compared to most stroganoff recipes. Try it out!

1 tb extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 package onion soup and dip mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp cornstarch
2 cups low sodium beef broth
1 cup milk
1 cup dry whole wheat rotini noodles
1/2 cup organic sour cream
1 cup grated Provolone cheese

Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium high heat for 2 minutes, add mushrooms stirring constantly until they give up most of their juice, about 10 minutes. Set aside in large bowl. Add ground turkey to skillet, turn heat down to medium and brown until cooked through.

While browning the turkey use a small bowl to mix the onion soup mix, pepper, salt, parsley and cornstarch. Once mixed well pour over mushrooms and onions with 1 cup of the beef broth, milk and dry noddles. Mix well. Once turkey is cooked through drain any fat and pour mixture from bowl into skillet. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. If necessary, you can add more broth as you go along.

Stir in sour cream. Serve topped with Provolone cheese.

Serves 4

{ Moving On Up! }

In the blogging world that is! By special request I just added FeedBlitz to my blog so you can now recieve e-mail updates when my blog is updated.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

{ Spots, Dots & A Silly Whale! }

Some images Copyright Stampin' Up!

Just playing around with my new Cuttlebug folder and die. I love this little whale!

Like I normally do I rolled by brayer over all the dry embossing. I sponged the edge of the whale and the water spray and doodled on the artichoke and safforn borders. The designer paper was a bit to bright for this card so I altered it quite a bit. I stamped off my SU Crosshatch background stamp then stamped it over the designer paper. I heavily sponged the edges of the designer paper and lightly sponged over the rest of it. The first layer is vellum which I torn after adhering it to the artichoke cardstock. I find it pretty hard to adhere small items to dry embossed paper so I used Crystal Effects to adhere the starfish. I couldn't find a good place to add a sentiment, so I just stamped a birthday sentiment on the inside. The layout is from today's SCS sketch challenge.


Stamps: SU Crosshatch
Paper: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Vellum; DCWV Retro Prints
Ink: SU Bravo Burgundy, Brocade Blue
Other: SU Write Markers Hodge Podge Hardware; Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder & Die; Misc Brayer, Sponge Daubers, Ribbon
Techniques: Sponging

{ Just Playing Around }

Well I don't really know how I feel about this one. I like the background a lot. but I don't really card for the ribbon and the sentiment w/it's layers. I did this for today's SCS sketch challenge which is where I got the layout from. I've been playing with it for hours! Seriously. The background turned out exactly like I had in mind when I started and it didn't take too long. But I couldn't seem to do anything else with the card. I tried five different sentiments, set in different ways and I tried three or four different kinds of ribbon with different hardware. This is the best I could come up with. I was really discouraged and didn't feel like stamping anymore, but the mail man just came.... some new goodies just arrived! So my motivation to stamp is back!

The background was done with reverse masking. I used a piece of cheep cardstock and my scalloped square punch to make a template. I made it by punching the scalloped square out four times to make a larger square. I then lightly taped it to the card and applied pastels to the base of the card to make the large brown square. I then stamped the flourish images three time and colored parts of them in with watercolor crayons and went over that with Stickles- oh boy to I love my new Stickles! I also used the watercolor crayons and Stickles on the sentiment which I punched out with my scallop punch, sponged and layered onto a larger scallop punch. I also wrote over the sentiment with Crystal Effects to make the sentiment pop a little more. That may be difficult to see in the picture, but in real life it looks great! The base cardstock and the sentiment layer are sponged with chalk ink.

So the mail man dropped off two new embossing folder and a new die. The folders are from the new line, I got Spots & Dots & Traffic Jam. Looks like Provocraft fixed their folders this go around. So there are no more light squares that will imprint on the cardstock! I was so happy to see that! I know it's dumb and hardly noticeable, but it really bugged me! Anyway, off to play!!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves Flourishes; Stampendouos Sentiment

Paper: SU Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Ink: Color Box Chestnut Roan
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Marvy Scallop Punches; Ranger Stickles; SU Pastels, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Crystal Effects; EK Success Round Corner Punch; Misc Sponge Daubers
Techniques: Sponging, Reverse Masking, Watercoloring

Saturday, April 7, 2007

{ Support Bra }

Some images copyright Stampin' Up!

I just got this "Support Bra" image and Primas yesterday and I just had to use them. I got the idea for the ribbon and round tab punches from some cards that are in the SCS gallery made for today's inspiration challenge. The colors and style of this card were also inspired by the challenge.

All the edges are sponged with either Bravo Burgundy or So Saffron ink and I colored in a few of the dots in the background and the main bra image with watercolor crayons. You can't tell by the picture, but the main bra image and the dark prima are both popped up with pop dots. Other than that I think it's all very self explanatory. Enjoy!

Stamps: SU Back to Basics; Rubber Stampede Support Bra
Paper: SU Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Ink: SU Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron; StazOn Jet Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Eyelets, Round Tab Punch, Slit Punch; MM Brads; EK Success Circle Punches; Misc Ribbon, Primas
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Write Marker; Misc Pop Dots
Techniques: Sponging, Water Coloring

{ Designer Purse }

Today's SCS challenge was an inspiration challenge. The item to be inspired by is a $2900 Valentino Purse. I saw the challenge last night before I went to bed and fell asleep thinking about what I was going to make. I haven't put my Cricut to any good use since I bought it (big waste of money!) and I knew there was a purse in one of my cartridges so I figured this would be the perfect reason to pull the Cricut out.

To make the purse I used a purse box from the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge on my Cricut. I selected the blackout option so I wouldn't have all the slits to put it together with. I then cut off all the tabs and stamped my flowers on it. I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder for my Cuttlebug with a rolling pin to give it a very light texture. It's really hard to see in the picture, but in real life it looks great! I cut a new handle out using the old one as a template in a little darker color which I also used for the center of the purse and the little tabs on the bottom. All the edges of the purse and tabs are sponged with the same chalk ink I used for the flowers. I'm not one for faux stitching but since I don't have any gold thread I used it here on the center and edges of the purse. I must say I am really happy with it in the case. I anchored down the tabs and handle with gold brads and used a gold charm that says "dream" in lieu of a "V" for the focal point. Not only do I have no use for a card with a "V" focal point, but this was the only gold item I had that would work. Actually ended up being perfect because I want to give this card to a good friend of mine who loves purses and I'm sure she's dreamed of having a beautiful, expensive purse like that used for the challenge picture!

The rest of the card was very simple. Just a lot of layers. The top one was obviously run through my Cuttlebug. The layer is actually to long for one run through so I had to do it twice. The seam is hidden by the ribbon. The purse itself is popped up pretty high with pop-up strips. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Stamps: AC Moore $1 Stamps
Paper: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink
Ink: SU Craft Always Artichoke; Color Box Rouge
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, MM Brads; Misc Dream Charm, Ribbon
Other: SU Ticket Punch; Cricut & Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cartridge, Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder; MM Paper Piercing Tool; Misc Gold Pen, Pop-up Strips
Techniques: Sponging, Faux Stitching, Dry Embossing

Friday, April 6, 2007

{ Fluffles Fun }

I wasn't going to post this card, but my husband insisted on it. In his words this card is "freaking awesome!" I think he likes the cupcakes! Looks yummy huh? Pretty much I was just playing with some of my new toys, the Fluffles stamp and Stickles.

Pretty straight forward. I used my yummy, somewhat new, designer paper and embossed it with my Cuttlebug. I sponged all the edges with Chocolate Chip Ink and ran my brayer over the designer paper and over the top layer to "dirty" it up. The image was colored with watercolor crayons and a blender pen, surprise, surprise! I did sponge a little over Fluffles though. I also used a touch of Stickles on the balloon and on the icing. Oh and one last note, I had to punch the image out of the largest scallop punch, so the layer under it is actually four scallop punches pieced together.

Nothing impressive, but I hope you enjoy it anyways!

Stamps: Stampendous Full Fluffles
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Pixie Pink, Whisper White;
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip; StazOn Jet Black
Embellishments: SU ribbon, Cord
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Ticket Punch; Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder; Marvy Scallop Punch; Ranger Golden Rod & Magenta Stickles; Misc Brayer
Techniques: Sponging

{ 3, 2, 1 Challenge; Part 2 }

The second part of today's SCS challenge was to use the same layout but different stamps, colors and make one masculine and the other feminine. So here is my feminine challenge card.

The background was done the same way as my last card by running it through my Cuttlebug then using a brayer to apply ink for more texture. All the stamp work was done with StazOn ink and I sponged the edges of all the white layers with Sahara Sand ink. All the coloring was done with watercolor crayons and a blender pen. I changed up my embellishment for this card from eyelets to ribbon and instead of using crystal effects on the main image I used Stickles to make it stand out more.

Well, I just got my order from ScrapJazz today, lots of fun little goodies, so off to play so more for me!

Stamps: Michael's $1 Acrylic Stamps
Paper: SU Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand; Misc Vellum
Ink: SU Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow; StazOn Jet Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen; Ranger Fruit Punch Stickles; EK Success Circle Punches; Misc Brayer

{ 3, 2, 1 Challenge }

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Okay this card was made for today's SCS Limited Supply Challenge: 3,2,1 Birthday Cards; 3 stamps (not stamp sets), 2 colors of cardstock and ink (plus neutrals, no patterned paper), 1 embellishment. It is also for yesterday's Way's To Use It SCS Challenge. Yeah, I've already done three for that challenge, but it's a good one! Yesterday's challenge is to use stamps that haven't touched ink before. My husband's birthday is next month, so I figured it would be the perfect time to bring out this set. After all he is the reason I bought it!

The gray background was done with my Cuttlebug and embossing folder, I then used by brayer with Going Gray ink to give it some color and more texture. All the white layers and the base layer are all sponged with gray ink. All the coloring was done with watercolor wonder crayons and a blender pen. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the golf bag didn't stick out enough, so I painted on crystal effects to make it pop. Last but not least I added the eyelets. I would have liked to add another embellishment, but the challenge was to only use one. Can wait to give it to my husband! I'm sure he'll like it.

The second part of today's challenge was to make the same card with different stamps and colors, but the same layout and a feminine card. So I'm off to finish off the challenge!

Stamps: SU The Back Nine, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Not Quite Navy, Going Gray, Whisper White; Misc Vellum
Ink: StazOn Stone Gray; SU Going Gray
Embellishments: MM Eyelets
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Crystal Effects; Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder, Brayer; EK Success Circle Punches

Thursday, April 5, 2007

{ In My Thoughts & Prayers }

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Okay so I totally love this card! I had so much fun making it and I just LOVE to look at it! I can't believe how great it turned out. When I started I didn't really have anything in mind, I just picked some designer paper I liked and it kind of evolved into what it is.

I stamped the Print Pattern and French Script in Going Gray first then stamped the flowers in Craft Basic Black then embossed them with black embossing powder. I didn't mean to emboss the Print Pattern image, the embossing powder stuck to it so I did it anyways. I liked the way it turned out, so it's fine with me! The sentiment was also done with Craft ink and black embossing powder which I attached with eyelets over the Cameo Coral layer. I used StazOn Jet Black ink for the flower behind the sentiment, then I masked it off, stamped the French script and sponged all the borders with Going Grey ink. Last but not least I added the ribbon, I really like the way the knot turned out with the ends going in the same direction as the rest of the ribbon. We'll see if I can ever duplicate it!

Stamps: SU Looks Like Spring, French Script, Print Pattern; Stampendous Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral; Autumn Leaves Scribbles; Misc Vellum
Ink: SU Going Grey, Craft Basic Black; StazOn Jet Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon; MM Eyelets
Other: SU Ticket Punch; Misc Black EP
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Sponging