Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Cha Cha Changes!

When I was growing up my mom would change our house around at least once every 6 months. She would just get tired of the same look. I am truly my mother's daughter because I too get tired of the same old, same old. I change our house around too, all the time. It drives my husband nuts! But he loves me, so he deals with it. *wink*

My blog is like me home on the internet. So I figured it was time for a change on my blog. *grin* What do you think? It's green! Is it me or what?! lol

Color Challenge #103 on SCS

This is my card for this weeks color challenge on SCS. The challenge was to use the colors Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, & Cool Caribbean in a card. I don't have Cool Caribbean so I subbed Bashful Blue. This challenge was a lot harder for me then I thought it would be. Considering that Purple and Green are my two favorite colors, but it was really hard. Here are my results:
O.k. so it isn't horrible I guess. I wanted to use Polka Dot's and Paisley from the new spring mini. I am really having a hard time with the paisley from that set (it looks like an embellished ameba to me) so I made myself use that stamp in this card. First I decided that I would use Elegant Eggplant as my Base. Then I randomly stamped the paisley using Certainly Celery ink onto my Certainly Celery CS. After this I took out my Bashful Blue piece and stamped the Polka Dots using Bashful Blue ink. Then I inked up my flower using my markers and stamped it onto the top of my Whisper White. The petals are in Bashful Blue, the stem in Certainly Celery and the outline for the petals in Elegant Eggplant. At the bottom of my whisper white piece I stamped the saying using Elegant Eggplant ink. Then I attached my whisper white piece to the Bashful Blue. I felt the card was going to need a little embellishment before I finished assembling the card (you know, to distract the eye from the embellished ameba) so I added some Eggplant colored ribbon and attached a little silver brad. Then I finished putting the card together.
O.k. like I said, not totally bad... that little ameba, I mean paisley, might just grow on me. *wink*

Monday, February 26, 2007

Yay me!!

I stamped! Yay!! I realized tonight while cleaning up my stamp room that I haven't used my Chickens set from Missy B Designs! That set cracks me up! So when I finished cleaning I pulled the set out and sat down to create. I started with the image. I stamped the ruffled feather chicken using Basic Black onto Whisper White CS. Then I used my watercolor pencils and a blender pen to give some color to the chicken. After I was done I realized the chicken ended up yellow, orange and red. (Not sure how that happened, it just did. lol) So I chose those for my colors on the card. Now if you know me, you know this is a HUGE departure for me. I NEVER use those colors together! Actually, I never use Only Orange or Yo Yo Yellow on anything so this was way out of my comfort zone. Anyhow, I decided to make Only Orange my base color. Why? cause I'm almost out of Real Red. (I know, *shock*) Well I realized that the only orange was a little, well, bright, so it needed to be softened. I started by sponging White Craft ink all over the card using my Stampin' Sponge. I couldn't really see enough of a difference so I did the same thing using Creamy Caramel. Then I lightly brushed the edges of my card using the ink pad of both colors. I liked the effect this gave so I did the same thing on the yellow piece. After this was done I put the card together, kind of an odd layout but hey, it works. It was missing something, so me being the paper piercing nut I have been lately (thank you to my upline for that, she has been piercing her stuff alot too. LOL) I decided to do a little faux stitching using a zig zag pattern. After I finished the piercing I followed the zig zag using my White Gel Pen. After I was done I thought it was still missing something so I stamped the sentiment "Didn't mean to ruffle your feathers..." directly onto the image piece using Basic Black. And then I stamped the "Sorry!" in the right hand corner to kind of balance it out. I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out. I mean, it is a total departure for me but I'm still pleased. Well, as pleased as I can be with a Orange, Yellow and Red card. LOL

So where is this chicken masterpiece, right here:

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Want some goodies?

So I have a new feature on my blog. I don't know if you have noticed it but on the right side you can now subscribe to my blog. All you do is enter your email address, then an email will be sent to you. All you need to do is confirm your subscription. It's that easy. Then each time I update my blog you will receive an email letting you know that something new has been added! Isn't that cool! So to celebrate this new feature to my blog I am giving away some goodies! If you subscribe to my blog before March 10th you will be entered into a drawing to win something! I will be giving away two prizes. Count em' with me now:



Red or blue not your colors? That's o.k. because I haven't made them yet (These are for an open house I am doing but decided to make some like this for this contest.) So if you are one of the winners, you will get to tell me what colors you want! Yay!! So what are you waiting for, get clicking!

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Delightful Birthday

For this weeks Technique Challenge and Sketch Challenge on SCS. I am so pleased with the way this turned out! I love it!
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Blender Pen, Real Red Marker, Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Stamp Sets: Delight In Life, It's Your Birthday, Aida Cloth Background

I began with my flower from Delight In Life. The technique on SCS was called Blurred Vision which is an extremely easy watercolor technique. First I stamped my flower using basic black ink onto my Whisper White square. Then I took my blender pen and I gently brushed the lines of the flower outward. This created a shadowed (blurred vision/watercolor) effect. Then I decided to give the flower some pop by taking my Real Red Marker and coloring just parts of the flower. Then I matted the flower onto Basic Black Cardstock. Then I decided that the card would need just a little more red so I took some Real Red Cardstock and I stamped my Aida Cloth BG stamp using Basic Black ink, then matted that to Basic Black Cardstock. Then I decided I wanted it to be a white card base so I took some Whisper White and attached everything to it according to the sketch challenge. It was missing something so stamped Happy Birthday from the It's Your Birthday set using Basic Black ink to the bottom right hand corner. It was still missing something so I decided to add some black grosgrain ribbon to it.
Perfectly done if I do say so myself!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

A Night of Stamping

So I did some major stamping last night! Here are my results:

Delightful Thanks Card
This first card I did was inspired and CASED from mytime on SCS.
Whisper White CS
Bashful Blue Ink
Bashful Blue Marker
Brilliant Blue Marker
Basic Black Ink
Navy Organdy Ribbon
White Organdy Ribbon
Silver Cord
Delight In Life Stamp Set
All Year Cheer I Stamp Set

Here is what I did:
1. First I stamped the small flower from Delight In Life on the Vellum, and I set that aside to dry. Then I attached the Vellum to my Whisper White Card Base.
2. I took a square of Whisper White and Stamped the inside of the flower from Delight In Life in Bashful Blue, and then stamped the outside of the flower in Brilliant Blue.
3. Then I realized that the flower needed to pop so I did some DTP on the edge of the square. After that I attached this to the middle of the card on top of the vellum.
4. Then I decided that the card needed a sentiment so I lifted the vellum and stamped the Many Thanks stamp from All Year Cheer I to the bottom right hand corner using Basic Black Ink.
5. Then I needed to cover up the mono adhesive strips under the vellum so I added the ribbon and cording.

And Viola! Finished!
Piggy Card
I was inspired by a pink and black card that my friend Amanda (her blog is at the right) did with this pig from the Very Punny set. So I sat down and came up with this.
Cameo Coral Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Cameo Coral Watercolor Wonder Crayon
Blender Pen
Basic Black Ink
Versamark Ink
Very Punny Stamp set (SU)
Canvas BG Stamp (SU)
Paper Piercing Tool

Here is what I did to make this card:
1. First I took my Canvas BG Stamp and I inked it up with Versamark. Then I laid my Cameo Coral Card Base halfway onto the stamp and pressed. This made it so only half the card had the BG stamp.
2. Then I took my Whisper White square and stamped the pig from the Very Punny set using Basic Black Ink.
3. Then I watercolored the pig using my blender pen and the Cameo Coral WWC. and matted the square with a basic black square.
4. Then I attached a long strip of Basic Black right along where the BG stamp stops. And then attached the pig.
5. It was missing something so I attached a small strip of Whisper White along the bottom of the black piece and then used my paper piercing tool to poke holes in the white strip.
And Viola! Finished! Not my best work, but definately not my worst either.
Froggy Card
While I had my Very Punny Set out I decided to make a card for my friend Jamie who has something really exciting happening this next week so I thought a cute Hoppy For You Card would be good.
Old Olive Cardstock
Not Quite Navy Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Very Punny Stamp Set (SU)
Aida Cloth BG Stamp
Basic Black Ink
Versamark Ink
Olive WWC
Blender Pen
Paper Piercing Tool

Here is how I made it:
1. I inked up my Aida BG Stamp using Versamark and stamped only part of it onto my Old Olive Card Base.
2. I took my strip of Not Quite Navy and I distressed part of it using my finger nail and then curled that part of it up and attached it to the Cardbase right along the Aida Cloth line.
3. Then I used my Paper Piercing Tool to poke holes along the bottom.
4. Then I stamped my frog onto my Whisper White Square and used the Old Olive Crayon to color it using the blender pen.
5. Then I attached the frog to a Not Quite Navy layer and used dimensionals to add it to my card.
And Viola! Finished!
No Layers Card
This was inspired by JulieHRR from SCS who does gorgeous all white/no layered cards. Her's are way better then mine but it's not bad for one of my first attempts.
Whisper White CS
Basic Black Ink
Bashful Blue Marker
Brilliant Blue Marker
Mellow Moss Marker
Navy Organdy Ribbon
Silver Cord
Paper Piercing Tool
Happy Harmony Stamp Set (SU)
Here is how this was created:
1. I inked up my flowers from Happy Harmony using my markers (Mellow Moss on the stems, Bashful Blue for the center of the flowers, and Brilliant Blue for the edges of the flowers and the dots around it.) Then I stamped it onto my Whisper White Card base.
2. Then I stamped the sentiment using Basic Black ink in the right hand bottom corner.
3. Then I added the ribbon and cording.
4. The card was missing something so I again got out my paper piercing tool and used that too add the needed touch.
And Viola! Done in under 2 minutes!
My Honey's B-Day Card

My Husbands Birthday is coming up this next week so I sat down and made him a birthday card. His Favorite color is Red so that is why I chose this combo.
Red Red Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Canvas BG Stamp (SU)
It's Your Birthday Stamp Set (SU)
Chipboard Heart
Paper Piercing Tool
Real Red Craft Ink
Basic Black Classic Ink
Here is how this simple card was done:
1. I started out this card by turning my chipboard heart red. I did this by placing the heart directly on my Real Red Craft Ink and placing over that a paper towel to keep my hands from getting messy. Then you put pressure on it and check periodically till you get your desired coverage and color. Set aside when done to dry.
2. Then I inked up part of my Canvas BG Stamp with Basic Black ink and placed my Real Red Cardbase on it, but again only partially.
3. Then again in the same manner I distressed the piece in my Frog card I distressed and turned the Basic Black piece for this card and then attached it to card.
4. Then I added my Paper Piercing under the black piece.
5. Then I stamped the sentiment at the bottom using Basic Black ink.
6. Finally the heart was dry so I used Dimensionals to attach that.
And Viola! Finished!

What a night of stamping! (Well actually the B-Day card I did today but still *wink* )

Friday, February 23, 2007

Technique Fridays!

So I am heading up the Friday challenges on A Shade Of Blue. Today was the very first challenge! I chose to start the Friday challenges off with a little Rock & Roll! The Rock & Roll Technique that is! *grin* This technique is so very simple and gives such a great look to your card. Here is my sample card:Supplies:
Real Red Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Real Red Ink Pad
So Saffron Ink Pad
Best Blossoms Stamp Set (Stampin Up)
White Narrow Organdy Ribbon
Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin Dimensionals

And this is how I created it:
1. I inked my Best Blossoms flower using So Saffron ink.
2. Then I pressed the edges of my stamp in a rolling motion in darker ink being careful not to ink the center of the stamp. (Steps, 1&2 are the Rock & Roll Tech.)
*Tip---When doing the R&R Tech. always use the lightest color of ink first to avoid getting the darker ink on your light ink pad. (In between each of my flowers I cleaned my stamp to avoid getting red ink on my so saffron pad. It's an extra step, but well worth it.)
3. Then I adhered my newly stamped floral piece to my Real Red Card Base. Then I added the ribbon at the top. I used both ribbons at the same time. I liked the look of this.
4. Then I stamped my sentiment from Best Blossoms using Basic Black ink onto Whisper White CS.
5. Then I matted my sentiment to Real Red CS.
6. Finally I attached stampin dimensionals to the bottom of the sentiment piece and attached it to the card. By using Dimensionals it gave the card a fun look.

And Viola! Finished! My very first Tech. Challenge! I hope the ladies on ASB like it!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Love for my honey

I was missing my husband tonight so I made him a card. I hope he likes it! First I stamped the AidaCloth BG stamp using Versamark onto my Bravo Burgundy CS. Then I took out my Real Red, Rose Romance, & Glorious Green Markers and colored the flowers from SAB Happy Harmony. I started by coloring the flowers in Rose Romance and then I went back over the edges with Real Red. Then I did the stems with Glorious Green and stamped it onto my Whisper White CS. (*don't forget to huff before you stamp it, it remoistens the ink when you use markers) Then I layered it with my striped vellum and added some stitched ribbon I got from one of my Hobby Lobby trips. Then I layered this onto Whisper White CS and layered all that onto my Bravo Burgundy piece with then got layered onto my Whisper White Card Base. Now that I was done layering I stood back (well sat back in my chair) and admired my work. But it was missing something (alright, either I am in a weird mood or Nej -a.k.a Jen- is rubbing off on me with her blog writting! LOL ) Then I realized it needed a sentiment. So I went to my stamp sets. I looked and looked. Finally I found it! The Peace~Joy~Love stamp from All Year Cheer! Yes, perfect! So I pulled out my Whisper White Craft ink and I VERY carefully inked only the Love part of the stamp and added that to my card. And Viola! Finished at last!

The Chinese New Year!

For the Chinese New Year! Well it's actually for the Color Challenge on SCS. The colors were chosen for the Chinese New Year so does that count? Real Red, Basic Black & Gold! I knew right away when I saw this challenge that it was a reason to use my Kanji set. (Ha Ha!) Anyhow, I took out my Kanji set and chose the stamp. My eyes immediately fell on the Harmony stamp. Then I thought, Harmony, OH! I am gonna use a saying from the Happy Harmony SAB set! Perfect! So I used Versamark and I inked up my Canvas BG Stamp. Then I stamped it onto my Real Red Piece. Then after that was not sticky anymore I again used my Versamark and stamped the saying from Happy Harmony and used my Gold EP on it. Then I attached it to my Basic Black Card Base. Then I stamped the Harmony Kanji stamp on Whisper White CS and attached that to my new Brushed Gold CS. Then I attached that to the card. It was definately missing something so I added some gold ribbon. Yes, that was perfect! Viola! Done! Thanks for a fun challenge Emily!

(Sorry about the bad picture, the lighting is bad in my house right now.)

Saturday, February 17, 2007


This weeks Featured stamper is notimetostamp (Sharon) on SCS. I found this card and decided it was the perfect one to CASE for the challenge. I chose my printed paper from the Friends & Flowers Hostess Simply Scrappin' kit from SU. I changed the card from a vertical card like the original to a horizontal card. This was actually by mistake. I cut my first piece of printed paper and cut it too big. So I figured rather then recutting it I would just make it a horizontal card. So anyhow, here is how this card was done:

First I adhered my printed paper onto my Chocolate Chip card base. Then I took one of the adhesive strips from the Simply Scrappin' kit and I adhered it to the center of my printed papers to tie them in together. I really liked pulling out the green in the stripped paper so I went with it. I chose Certainly Celery CS for my squared piece and adhered that. Then I chose my stamp set. I thought that the flowers from Best Blossoms were similar to the flowers in the printed paper so I went with that set. I then stamped the leaves from Best Blossoms in Certainly Celery ink onto the Whisper White square. Then I stamped the flowers in two different colors onto a seperate piece. I used Chocolate Chip ink and then I used Tempting Turqouise ink that I stamped off once onto scrap paper before stamping it onto my CS. Then I cut out the flowers using my paper snips from SU. If you don't have these, you need them. They are so great for cutting your images! I can't recommend them enough! Anyhow, then I adhered my leaves piece to the Certainly Celery piece that was already on the card. Then I used mini glue dots to attach the flowers, turning up some of the petals (gives a 3-D look) and layering them so that it looks like they are growing together off the leaves. Then the last step was to stamp the sentiment from It's Your Birthday which I did by using Black Staz-On. And Viola! Finished!

I changed a few things from the original card. I changed the direction from vertical to horizontal (like I already said) and then I changed the colors, the paper, and the stamp sets. I am really pleased with this card. Wasn't sure I was liking it as I was making it but now that it's done I'm happy with it! Thanks for the inspiration notimetostamp!


For this last weeks Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. Kurtis (krabearkub) was the featured stamper. I decided to go way back in Kurtis's gallery and found this card and decided that would be the one I would CASE. I changed the colors and the stamp sets. I am really pleased with the way this turned out. Here is how it was made:

I took my Glossy White Cardstock and I stamped Thinking Of You from All Year Cheer (SU) using White Craft Ink. Then I sprinkled Winter White Embossing Powder on it and tapped off the excess. After that I heat embossed it using my heat tool. Then I chose my colors. I decided to make this card for my DH (Dear Husband) to send to him and so I decided to choose our wedding colors which were Green and Purple (duh! their my favorites, what other colors would I choose! lol) Then I decided to go with Always Artichoke for my green and Perfect Plum for my purple. So I took my Perfect Plum ink and I sponged it randomly (using a stampin' sponge) onto my Glossy White CS. Then where it was still white I sponged my Always Artichoke ink. When I was done I set it aside. Now for the image piece. I decided to use my Happy Harmony set that I got for the SU Sell-A-Bration promotion. So I used my Always Artichoke marker and inked up the bottom half of the flower stamp and then did the same to the top half of the flowers with my Perfect Plum marker. Then I stamped the image onto my Whisper White CS. (*tip-- if you are using markers to ink your image, you should give your inked image a huff before stamping it. This will remoisten the ink on the stamp and give a clearer, darker image.) Next I matted my image using my Perfect Plum CS and then matted that with Always Artichoke CS. I took some ribbon (non-SU, I got it almost a year ago from Taylor -tayloredexpressions- on SCS. I organized my ribbon drawer when I redid my stamp room and found it. Thank you again Taylor for the gorgeous ribbon!) and added it to my sponged glossy piece. Then I mounted that onto a Whisper White card base. Then I added my matted image and Viola! Done! Thanks Kurtis for the inspiration!

Friday, February 16, 2007

I did some creating today. For this card there was no stamping involved. First I did faux stitching around the edge of my Certainly Celery card base using my Signo Gel Pen. Then I added the Chocolate Chip Square. Then I did some zig zag faux stitching around that square. Then I punched out two flowers using the old Daisy punch from SU and added white dots. Then I took some pieces from the Simply Scrappin' hostess kit from SU and added the blue square adding white dots on it. Then I put in the corner piece also from the kit and added my flowers on mini glue dots. Then I added the leaves and small green flowers from the kit. It needed a sentiment so I hand wrote the word Love using my White Gel Pen. And Viola! A card that took about 4 minutes and used no stamps.

I am in an ATC swap on SCS. This swap has 51 of use each doing cards that represents our state (Washington DC included). I live in Kansas which is the Sunflower state so thus I used Sunflowers on my cards. An ATC for those of you who don't know, stands for Artist Trading Card and is approximately the size of a baseball card (3.5X2.5). First I took my So Saffron base and I cute my pieces to be 3.5X2.5. Then I cut my Close To Cocoa pieces to be 2.25X2.75 and cut my Very Vanilla Piece to be slightly smaller than that at 2X2.5. After all my pieces were cut I cut my Cocoa Ribbon which I got courtesy of a ribbon share that my friend Jody (texasjodylynn) hosted (her blog link is on the right). Then I stamped my sunflower from Give Thanks onto my Very Vanilla pieces. I watercolored them by using my Earth Elements WWC (watercolor crayons) and a watercolor brush. Then after all my sunflowers were done I attached them to the Close To Cocoa piece. Then I attached the ribbon to my So Saffron ATC base and then attached the finished and matted image piece. It was looking pretty plain so I added Thanks For Making Me Smile from the set Small Sayings. And Viola! My very first ATC's!

Not bad if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Card in under 3 minutes!

So as you know I am a Stampin' Up demonstrator now. My mom asked me to send her a catalog. I didn't want to just send it alone so I decided to stamp a quick card to send with it. Boy was this a quick card. I inked up my new Paisley Background stamp with Craft White ink and I stamped it onto Basic Black Cardstock. To get a good impression, turn your stamp so that the wood is on your stamping surface, then ink it up and set your CS down on the stamp. Then cover with scratch paper, then press and smooth. This will allow you to get a good, even impression. The scratch paper will make it so you don't get excess ink on you. Then I attached my ribbon (non-SU ribbon from Hobby Lobby). I was going to use white or Black Grosgrain but it just needed something extra so I used the double stitched ribbon. Then I added the sentiment. Viola! It was done. It took probably about 3 minutes including cutting the CS and picking the ribbon.

(I'm sorry about the bad picture, I couldn't get a good picture to save my life!)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Wishing You Happiness Always...

In my mail today I got a wedding announcement for my cousin Jeremy and his future wife Sarah. So I thought I would make them a wedding card. So here it is!

I got an order from Stampin Up today and in it were my new SAB (Sell-A-Brations) sets. I decided right away that Happy Harmony would be the perfect set to use. So first I chose my colors. The announcement was a deep purple so I thought using purple would probably be a good idea and anyone who knows me knows that Purple and Green are my favorite colors! So I stamped the French Script background onto my Mellow Moss card base. Then I used my Stampin Write Markers to color my flowers. I used Mellow Moss for the stems and I used Elegant Eggplant for the flowers. I stamped that onto my Very Vanilla CS. That looked kind of plain to me so I DTP'ed the edges of my Very Vanilla piece by dragging the edges along the Mellow Moss Ink Pad. It still looked plain so I took my sponge dauber and I sponged a little Mellow Moss ink around the sides. I was starting to like the look a little better but felt it needed to be more aged looking so I took another dauber and sponged some Creamy Caramel ink around the rest of the piece including over where I put the Mellow Moss ink. I really liked the effect but felt it needed to be distressed more so I took out my trusty bone folder and I ran it along the edges of my piece to distress the edges. Then I paired it with a piece of Elegant Eggplant cut slightly larger then my image piece. I distressed the Elegant Eggplant piece as well. Then I decided that the card base was looking a little plain too so I DTP'ed the edges of the card using Mellow Moss ink and I sponged both Mellow Moss and Creamy Caramel all over the base of the card. Then I added my image piece the base. It needed some ribbon to I added my hodgepodge pieces and some ribbon I got from Peggy (Favorite Grandma from SCS). This was the perfect touch. Then I added the words "Wishing You" from the set from the Holiday Mini called, what else but Wishing You. LOL On the inside I stamped "Happiness Always" from the Happy Harmony set along with "Happy Wedding Day" from All Year Cheer 3. "Wishing You Happiness Always...." Yes the perfect card for a wedding, or at least I think so.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Grateful for a challenge!

This is for the 100th color challenge on SCS and for the product challenge on ASB. The color challenge was to use Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip & Cool Caribbean. I don't have Cool Caribbean (although I am probably going to put that on my next order.) so I used Tempting Turquoise instead. I wasn't too sure about this combo but I love it! Also the product challenge on ASB was to use eyelets which was perfect because I haven't used my eyelets in probably 5 or 6 months. Crazy huh?! Anyhow, this was one easy card. I took out my trusty old Heartfelt Thanks set for the flowers. I just stamped my flower using Tempting Turquoise ink and did the outline in Chocolate Chip. Then I stamped the puffy flower in Chocolate Chip ink and outlined that in Tempting Turquoise. Then I added the ribbon to the top right of the card. (Thanks Jody for the ribbon share that got me the Turquoise ribbon!!! Then I added the eyelets in the left hand corner. I had eyelets that were very similar to Blush Blossom so I used those. Then it felt like it needed a sentiment so I stamped "grateful" from Small Script into the top left using Chocolate Chip ink, right in the middle of the flowers. And viola! A quick, simple card! Thanks for the challenges!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Lots of stampin' goin' on!

I got to do some major stamping today! Wohoo!! I bought a Paper Crafts magazine the other day and can I just say, I love it! I have learned so much and gotten so many great ideas. Some of my stamping has been inspired by the PC magazine.

This was heavily inspired/partially CASED from the magazine. I changed a little of it but the main card is the same. First of all I inked my print pattern background stamp using certainly celery ink and stamped it onto my CC card base. Then I applied my grosgrain white ribbon to the card base. Then I stamped my whisper white CS with my french script background stamp using certainly celery ink (stamped off on scratch paper once before stamping CS). After that I took my flower from heartfelt thanks and inked it up with versa mark ink and stamped it onto my CS. Then I sprinkled my clear embossing powder onto the piece and after tapping off the excess powder I heat embossed it. Then after the newly embossed flowers were cooled down I used my sponge dauber to sponge on my certainly celery ink onto the entire WW CS. This made it so that where I had embossed stayed clear rather then take the CC color. Then I attached my stamped piece to some Barely Banana CS, then I took my word window punch and I punched out a piece of BB CS. Then I attached it to the top left corner, punched a small hole through it and added some more white grosgrain ribbon. After that I stamped the word thanks using CC ink from the Everyday Flexible Phrases set. Then I attached all this to my card. And viola! Finished! (The pieces I changed from the original piece in the magazine are, I added the white ribbon the base, I used different colors -I think-, I used different sets, added certainly celery ink to the entire piece of CS instead of just part of it, and I changed the position of the word window punch and sentiment.)

This card is heavily cased from the same magazine. First of I stamped the center of my flower in Yo Yo Yellow ink onto my CS. After that I stamped the petals from Build A Blossom. Here is how I did it (again, got this idea from PC magazine) I stamped my petal using Real Red ink and then kissed the petal to a sponge and then stamped it onto my CS. I then made a mask of two petals using a post-it note. This is how I got the layered petal look. After stamping all my petals in this manner I took the friend stamp from lexicon of love and using my Basic Black marker I inked just the word friend and stamped it onto my CS. Then I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges using a color that matches Yo Yo Yellow. Then I attached the whole piece to my real red base. And Viola! Finished! (I changed the technique that was used in the original card as well as the colors and stamps.)

I am in love with this card. I got the technique from, yup! You guessed it! Paper Crafts magazine (didn't I tell you I love that magazine! Yes, I am subscribing to it.) Anyhow, here is how I did this card. I used the petal from build a blossom and I inked it using Rose Red ink. Then I took the dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds and I twisted it randomly on my petal. This gave the petal a rosey look. (I love this technique!) Then I cut out each petal leaving off the outline of the petal. I then attached each petal to my Whisper WhiteCS. After I had each petal exactly where I wanted it I took my clear button on threaded it with white Grosgrain ribbon, tied it in the middle and snipped the edges. Then I used a glue dot to apply my button to the center of the flower. After that I used my word window punch to punch a window on the bottom of my WW CS. Then I attached my WW CS to my Rose Red card base. Then I stamped happy and birthday from EPF in White craft ink, and Viola! Finished!

This card I made for my DH (darling husband) for Valentine's day. I need to get it in the mail to him so that hopefully he gets it before the 14th. And no, I didn't get this idea from PC magazine. HAHA! I actually got the inspiration for this from a card I saw on Stamper's Showcase (SU demo website). I don't recall who the artist was of the card I saw. Anyhow, here is what I did for this one. I first inked my Canvas BG stamp with Basic Black ink and stamped it to my Very Vanilla CS. I then used my crinkler to crinkle my Real Red CS. Then I stamped the Love stamp in RR ink and attached this piece to a Basic Black piece of CS. BTW, the ribbon, is not real. It is a stamp from TAC! I stamped it using my basic black ink on my Very Vanilla CS and cut it along the edges of where the stamp was so that it would look like real ribbon. Then I attached the "ribbon" to the the crinkled RR piece and attached that to the canvas stamped piece. Everything was attached to my BB card base. Then I attached my Love piece to finish off the card. I am thrilled with this card! I hope DH likes it!

Monday, February 05, 2007

My New Room!!!

I have a stamp room now!!! I'm so excited! I have spent the last few days organizing it all and getting it just the way I want it. There are still a few additions I would like to make but for now I am happy. I spent the whole day yesterday just enjoying my new room. I stamped a few cards (can't share most of them cause they are for my Secret Sis).

I did however stamp this and I can actually share it! I love this card! I started with the inspiration of a card I saw in PC magazine. I love the layout of the card I saw and so I used that for the general idea of this card. It kind of evolved from there and I am not exactly sure how I got this end result but I love it!

Thursday, February 01, 2007


WOHOO!!!! I got an email today. The new Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is being released on July 21st!!! I can't wait! I was going to preorder it from Amazon.com but realized that I have no clue where I will be living in July. We are on the list for new military housing since my husband was promoted. I have no clue if we will still be where we live now or if we will be in our new housing. And I can't very well have my new HP book come to the wrong address now can I? LOL Luckily we live in a smallish town so I can go to WalMart at midnight and get a copy. You know what that means right? I will so be staying up all night to read it. *big grin*