Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Riding hood red, white, Bella Rose dp
Ink: Riding hood red, pink pirouette
Accessories: Riding hood red taffeta ribbon, ribbon slide, stamp-a-ma-jig, stickles, dimensionals
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Stamps: Buggies and Booties, Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Close to cocoa, pink pirouette, PTI white, Bella Rose dp
Ink: Close to cocoa
Accessories: Textile cb folder, coluzzle, SU Theatre ribbon, pearls, scallop border punch, 3/4" and 1' circle punches, prima flowers, Spica clear glitter pen, dimensionals, sponge dauber
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I've taken the opportunity to list some of the vendors I purchased from today below.
Buffalo Stamps & Stuff - A great store if you are ever in the area!
Seaside Stampin' Ink
Sweet Impressions Stamps
Just For Fun - Cool stamps for creating "postage-like" designs.
Art Gone Wild - This place had stamps on blocks that "rock"...they are curved on the rubber side. Really cool!
Darcie's Country Folk - Great images mounted on cling vinyl, die-cut and in clear DVD containers (bought 3 sets!). Their paper was different...sized 12 x 18. They look like placemats (you can see them in my picture under the stamps)!
Lost Coast Designs - Unmounted border stamps for $2!
Well, that's it! I should get off and start putting this stuff away and start making something with them! I just wanted to also say "Hi" to my friends Kathy, Linda, and Liz that I saw there today. Anne and Judith, I looked for you but I think my eyes were focused on too many other things (LOL!). Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour today!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Paper: Black, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose
Accessories: Epoxy stickers and ribbon (Michael's), primas, K & Co. bling, 1" & 1 1/4" circle punches, dimensional
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Don't you just love birdhouses? I do. I'm always looking at them at craft shows, JoAnn's, or anywhere I find them. There is just something about a pretty birdhouse that catches my eye. This birdhouse stamp by Impression Obsession was no exception. I bought it a while ago at my LSS because I just loved the rustic feel of it and I knew it would be fun to color...and it was! I used copic markers to color it. The sunflower looks really dark because I think I put too many stickles on it. It doesn't look as dark IRL. I popped up the watering can and the sunflower to give it more depth. Once I colored it, I stamped the top part of the birdhouse on a post-it note to create a mask so I could create the clouds in the background. It turns out that I really didn't need the mask because the Soft Sky blue was so light it wouldn't have done anything to my main image. I stamped the Summer Sun base (I don't use this color enough...it's really a rich color) with Weathered bg stamp in Creamy Caramel and mounted the main image on Bella Rose dp. The sentiment is from PTI's Out on a Limb and was cut and layered using Nestabilities. The ribbon is SU's chocolate twill. This layout is from today's sketch challenge at SCS and also for Thursday's Ways to Use it Challenge (use copic markers).
Here's the inside. I searched for a watering can...I knew I had to have one somewhere, and lo and behold I found one in MFT's Can Ya Dig It. I also stamped a little flower in the middle of the can because it looked too plain. The Bella Rose dp was punched with SU's scallop border punch. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Tweet Sumertime (Impression Obsession), Weathered, In My Thoughts (SU), Can Ya Dig It (MFT), Out on a Limb (PTI)
Paper: Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, PTI white, Bella Rose dp
Ink: Adirondack black, chocolate chip, soft sky, copic markers
Accessories: SU twill ribbon, stickles, nestabilities, scallop border punch, dimensionals, dauber
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is Kim (aka Blondie090277). Boy, has she got some nice cards in her gallery and blog! I chose this card to case mostly because of the layout. I've always liked this layout with the circle partially cut off. To start with, I chose this beautiful dp from Graphic 45 that I just got yesterday at my LSS. These colors always speak to me loud and clear! I love the earth tones. I paired So Saffron and Chocolate Chip with it. The stamps are SU's retired Oh, So Lovely. I stamped it in Adirondack black and colored it with copic markers, then stamped the soon-to-be-retired Weathered over it in Creamy Caramel. I tied my bow differently too by using the slot punch. The bottom corners are rounded to sort of tie in with scallops. I used the mat pack to place my brads evenly. When I was putting it all together, I thought the So Saffron base needed to be stamped with the Weathered stamp in Creamy Caramel as well. I kept the card a sympathy card like Kim's because it seems I'm always in need of them in a hurry and I'd like to keep some on hand. Well, that's it...thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Oh, So Lovely and Weathered (SU), Simple Little Things (PTI)
Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Graphic 45 dp
Ink: Adirondack black and espresso, creamy caramel, copic markers
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Look what I got today at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff...Snowman Riley! Now I wasn't planning on buying any Riley stamps (I've always thought they were cute, but wasn't into them yet). Actually, I wasn't planning on buying ANY stamps, I just wanted some paper and embellishments, but I couldn't resist! Anyway, the owner's husband was in there making a new display, and he started showing me these moose stamps. It turns out that he went to CHA with his wife, Sharon, and he was the one who told her she HAD to buy these stamps! He was so funny showing me the golfing moose and all the others. In fact, he went in the back room to get me this one cause I liked it so much! He was so excited about these stamps...too funny! I also bought a Riley carrying a tree. I stamped four of each tonight and colored them with copic markers while I was watching the Olympics. While I was coloring them, I fell in love! They are very fun to color! Then, of course, I had to make one card, so I used today's Inspiration Challenge. It was a table done in red, white and blue. The blue is a dead ringer for SU's new Pacific Point In Color, so I paired that with the retired Cerise dp. I put the Pacific Point through the Snowflake embossing folder and used SU's new scallop border punch to get the scalloped piece. I punched both sides of the white piece and added dew drops on it. The sentiment is from PTI's Holiday Wishes and I stamped that on a tag I cut with an oval Cuttlebug diecut and tied sheer ribbon on it. I then used a dauber and red ink to give the illusion of a red layer behind the tag. Both the image and sentiment are on dimensionals. Lastly, I added stickles to the main image. This card came together so easily! I am so behind on my Christmas card challenge at SCS! I think this will be one I mass produce. Very easy to do! Well, thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Snowman Riley (Hanna Stamps), Holiday Wishes (PTI)
Paper: Pacific point, real red, PTI white, Cerise dp
Ink: Adirondack black, real red
Accessories: Snoflake folder, cuttlebug tag diecut, nestabilities, scallop border punch, dew drops, ribbon, dauber, stickles, dimensionals
Friday, August 8, 2008
Stamps: Gift (Stampington & Co.), Wedding Day and Favor It Weddings (PTI), Wedding Rings (Rubber Stampede)
Paper: Vanilla, blush blossom, Liz King dp
Ink: Adirondack black, cameo coral, copic markers
Accessories: Nestabilities, pearls, MS border punch, ribbon, stickles, dimensionals
I used this Whipper Snapper dog stamp and colored it with Prismacolor pencils to look sort of like Lizzie (she has a shorter tail and much longer legs). I stamped a heart from Sweet Love (PTI) and cut it out for her collar tag. I just got her a red heart tag the other day, so I had to add that on. I searched for the perfect sentiment, and came up with this one from SU's Always. It is so perfect for Lizzie! I added the twine bow and two dew drops to fill in the space. Her nose, the collar heart tag, and the heart on the sentiment all have crystal effects on them. Here is the inside which I think says it all!
I know exactly what my DH is going to say: "You're crazy and you need to go back to work!" Thanks for looking and see you soon!
Stamps: Pup 'n Bone (Whipper Snapper), Always (SU), Simple Little Things and Ambassador Monogram (PTI), Stampendous (paw print)
Paper: Chocolate chip, real red, vanilla
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, real red
Accessories: Twine, dew drops, crystal effects, Prismacolor pencils, glue dots
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Anyway, on to this card. I made this for friends who are getting married Friday, 8/8/08, by the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina. I purchased this stamp from Cornish Heritage
Farms specifically for this wedding card. I stamped it on white scrap paper in Versamark and embossed it with Starry Night embossing powder...I wanted the *sparkle*. I cut it out and set it aside. Then, using a post-it note, I masked off the top part of white cardstock and brayered the sand with Creamy Caramel and daubed some Chocolate Chip over that for texture. I then took a scalloped circle and using a dauber and Cool Caribbean ink, created the sky. I've played around with this technique before, but this was the first time using it on an actual card. Pretty cool technique and very easy! I then drew in the birds and the grass. The dp is All Dressed Up by DCWV (I love this stack...so many pretty papers and some are glittered, too). The sketch is from today's Sketch Challenge #188 on SCS. I thought it was so cool. The lighthouse in on dimensionals and the entire main image is on dimensionals as well. I used the Swirls cuttlebug folder and black glitter dots to finish it off. I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but I put a strip of the dp in there as well. Hope you like it...let me know! Thanks for stopping by and take a peek at some of the cabin vacation photos!
Stamps: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: PTI white, black, All Dressed Up dp (DCWV)
Ink: Versamark, Adirondack black, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean
Accessories: Black glitter dots, cb Swirls folder, Starry Night embossing powder, dimensionals
Here are a few photos I took of some of the kids in the pond. Our friends, Tracy and Alan, have a canoe that they brought and the kids loved it! In the canoe are Kyle, Chase, Brad, and Jacob in the water.This next one is a picture of our cabin and everyone having a good time (it's a little dark, sorry).This is Zoe, our friends' Bernese Mountain dog. She is the sweetest thing. Zoe will only go in the pond up to her knees...she is a mountain dog, after all! (Our pond is so blue because John, Kevin's best friend and partner in this cabin, put something in it to kill the algae. It looks so cool!) And this is our Lizzie. She is a Springer Spaniel, and you'll see in the next picture that she lives up to her name! (She also has her "summer haircut"...she usually has longer fur.)Here she is doing a running jump into the water after a softball that someone hit into the pond for her! She's crazy, I tell ya! I've never seen a dog love playing fetch as much as Lizzie!Here's another jump (look how high she jumps, it's hysterical).And finally the big *splash*!Thanks for letting me share my vacation pics! See you soon!