Sunday, March 30, 2008

Where oh where did it go?

My stamping mojo that is! Apparently it decided to take a vacation this weekend and it didn't even bother to tell me. How rude! And what does one do when the stamping mojo has gone bye-bye?

One: go out for dinner and a movie. I saw Bank Job which was really quite good, although I was slightly perplexed when I read the ticket stub and saw the R rating. I wasn't expecting that but well... after watching the movie I understand why. However like I said before it was very good, but I recommend that parents not take the little kiddos to see it!

Two: clean. I'm not explaining that one as it brings back bad memories.

Three: Be extremely lazy which involves wearing pajamas, watching TV and catching up on some reading. :)

Four: Chat on the phone for lengthy periods of time. Good news is that my mom is now thinking about coming down and attending the Novi Scrapbook Expo with me. "Coming down" refers to the act of driving from the U.P. of Michigan, over the Mackinaw Bridge and venturing into extreme troll land. "Troll" is an affectionate term that yoopers have for those that live under the bridge and "extreme" refers to the great distance I live from the bridge. Ya, I'm a displaced yooper. :)

Five: Typing this post... but you knew that one was coming!

Although I will admit that the mojo did make an appearance earlier this day and I actually made a card and half of another one. But I can't show it to you yet... it's for Tuesday and if you have been reading my blog the last couple of weeks you may now know what Tuesday means in Fat Cat Stamper blogland. :)

A post to my blog really does need a purpose so here is one of the scrapbook pages I made a couple of weeks ago and just haven't bothered to photograph until now. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures which means dealing with a less than perfect setup for taking pictures of larger projects. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Sprinkles. Paper: Really Rust, Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, some designer paper I bought a really long time ago (aka... I don't know the source). Ink: Black Pen, Pretty in Pink. Other: paper piercer, mat pack, Chocolate Chip Wide grosgrain, pink rick rack (American Crafts), Felt Thickers (American Crafts), rub-ons (American Traditions), vintage brads, Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, hemp twine, Crop-a-dile.

Here is a close up so you can see the cool Felt Thickers. Also check out how I added an "Experience" rub-on to the picture. I did that for each of the small pictures and the complete phrase says "Experience of a lifetime." Oh yeah, that is me in the pink shirt and capris... I think I learned an important lesson about photography from this picture. Pictures look better from above than from below, unless you are far far away then it probably doesn't matter. My feet really aren't that big... really.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Howdy, I've Lassoed Myself a Fun New Set!

One of my friends that I have known since kindergarten is a huge fan of horses and actually owns a couple of them. When I saw this set by MFT I knew I HAD to buy it just to make a card or two for her!!! Well, and maybe a couple for myself to hoard but that's another story. Anyways, this is the first card that I've created with the set but it won't be the last! :)

The main image was stamped twice, once on Naturals Ivory and a second time on Rose Red Designer paper. The skirt was cut out from the Rose Red, sponged with Chocolate Chip and adhered to the ivory copy. The rest of the image was colored with markers and the rope was covered with hemp twine (I saw this on a bunch of samples made by other awesome stampers!!!).

The sentiment was stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock and punched out with the small oval punch. I punched a small circle from Old Olive and used the Designer label to punch out a label from River Rock (which I then paper pierced). The green circle was adhered directly on the label and then the oval was added with dimensionals.

For the background a scalloped border was punched from Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered behind a mat of Close to Cocoa designer paper that had been paper pierced. On this layer a piece of Very Vanilla taffeta was knotted and three brads were added before first matting on Old Olive and then adhering to a Rose Red card base. To finish the sentiment and main image were adhered with dimensionals. Just a note: all layers of the card were sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.

P.S. The ribbon really doesn't look this funky... it was just squashed a bit in transport and I didn't notice when taking the pictures. It really does look much better in person. :)

All images copyright MFT. Stamps: Ride 'em Cowgirl. Paper: Rose Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa Designer, Rose Red Designer. Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip Classic, Old Olive marker, Always Artichoke marker, Blush Blossom marker, Creamy Caramel marker, Close to Cocoa marker, Chocolate Chip marker. Other: Designer Label punch, 1" circle punch, small oval punch, corner rounder, mat pack, paper piercer, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, sponge, hemp twine.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Paper Pretties Wednesday: Grandma's Kitchen

Can you tell that I love this coffee/tea set from Paper Pretties? I just couldn't resist using it on another card! :) Now be honest, does this card remind you of your grandma's kitchen? I think it is the flowery paper, it sort of looks like wallpaper. :)

Quick notes: Main image and sentiment were stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Basic Black embossing powder. The steam was stamped directly on the Imaginisce embossed patterned paper with Sahara Sand Classic ink and then some freehand paper piercing was added. The Certainly Celery mat was embossed with the CuttleBug and Swiss Dots embossing folder (I finally fold one to purchase!). The designer paper and white layers were sponged with Soft Sky Classic ink and the Certainly Celery embossed cardstock was sponged with its matching ink. Card was embellished with some corner punching, brads, adhesive rhinestones and ribbon (of course!).

All images copyright Paper Pretties: Stamps: Look Who's Perky. Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Imaginisce Designer. Ink: VersaMark, Sahara Sand Classic, Soft Sky Classic, Certainly Celery Classic, So Saffron marker. Other: Ticket Corner punch, Small oval punch, vellum, Soft Subtle brads, Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, CuttleBug, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, Basic Black embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' dimensionals, Brenda Walton adhesive rhinestones by K&Co..

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

BIC6: With a Faux Linen Twist

Beate came up with another great Inspiration Challenge for everyone to try. This time it is a pretty skirt from Coldwater Creek. I picked the cardstocks Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy based on the pretty colors of the skirt. I then of course had to incorporate some flowers, add a bit of stitching, and create the look of fabric via Faux Linen to complete the card. :) To see the Inspiration Challenge check out Beate's blog (she'll post at 9:30 EST... I had to post a few minutes early 'cause I have an appointment to run to). While there click on the links to the rest of the Inspiration Team and see their fun takes on the challenge. I can't wait to see what they have made but it will have to wait until later tonight since my employer is blocking a lot of the blogging sites... so no lunch time blog surfing for me anymore! Rats!

Background notes (using Faux Linen Technique): A piece of Glossy White Cardstock was brayered with Soft Sky Classic ink and then lightly sanded before stamping the flowers from the Sprinkles Set in Tempting Turquoise Classic ink. More sanding was done and then some Tempting Turquoise ink was sponged randomly on the paper. Next five 1" strips were cut, the edges sponged with more Tempting Turquoise ink (aka TT ink) and then layered on Not Quite Navy cardstock. The edges were paper pierced and faux stitching was added with a white gel pen. Next the sentiment was stamped on a strip of Soft Sky cardstock and wrapped around the background layers (edges sponged with TT Classic ink). Above that Soft Sky double stitched ribbon and a knotted piece of Certainly Celery grosgrain were knotted.

Main image notes: the flower from One of a Kind was stamped four times on different colors of cardstock (Naturals White, Cool Caribbean, Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery). Each of the last three layers were cut out and sponged with TT Classic ink. The white layer was faux stitched and sponged with TT. The petals of the Cool Caribbean layer were curled up slightly before adhering to the base layer with glue. The Not Quite Navy layer was added to the base flower with dimensionals and the Certainly Celery layer was added with glue. The flower center was coated with Crystal Effects and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Next a couple of flowers were stamped in Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky cardstock and punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch. The edges were sponged with TT and clear brads added to the center before adhering next to the big flower with dimensionals. The whole she-bang was then matted on Not Quite Navy and adhered to the card base with more dimensionals. Whew... there were a lot of steps in making this card but the end results were worth it. Don't ya think so?

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: One of a Kind, Sprinkles, Smarty Pants. Paper: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Glossy White, Soft Sky, Naturals White, Cool Caribbean (retired). Ink: Cool Caribbean (retired), Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Black StazOn. Other: Sanding block, mat pack, paper piercer, white gel pen, brayer, Boho Blossoms punch, sponge, clear crystal brads, Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Glitter Makes for Happy Hearts

I'd be happy as a clam if Spring were here! :) I am so ready for warmer weather and no more snow. Of course it doesn't help that I I'm impatient to wear some new sandals and a few lighter shirts that I just bought. I'm looking forward to packing away the winter clothes and bringing out the Spring/Summer ones! :) In the meantime I can think warm thoughts and make fun non-wintery cards like this glittery heart card.

Quick notes: chipboard hearts were inked with Ballet Blue Craft ink, coated with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set. Sentiment is from the Many Happy Returns set (which I cut apart). All layers were sponged with Old Olive Classic ink. Card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/4"... I ummm... incorrectly measured one of the layers so had to adjust the card base. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Sweet Celebrations, Many Happy Returns. Paper: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Bali Breeze Designer. Ink: Old Olive Clssic, Black StazOn, Ballet Blue Craft. Other: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat tool, vintage brads, On Board Accents, mat pack, paper piercer, small corner rounder, word window punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, sponge, Stampin' dimensionals.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

No, I don't want my photo taken!

I have a huge pile of pictures from a trip that I took last year to Europe that have been begging to be scrapbooked. Did I scrapbook them? No, instead I picked a couple of them and made a wall hanging. Yup, I've procrastinated my scrapbooking yet again by making this oh-so-cool project (he he he). Although I don't think I am going to keep it, instead I will send it to my friend Cammy so she will have another memento of the trip. Besides, if I give away this one I can put off the scrapbook by making another wall hanging for myself.

BTW - this hanging was not the easiest project to photograph since it is quite long (16 inches not including the hanging string) but I managed. :)

There are 3 panels to this particular wall hanging but you could do more or less. The base of each panel is a 5" x 7" piece of white backing board that I picked up at ClearBags.com. The item # for the exact board I used is BACA5. This board is very thick and sturdy... my jumbo eyelets barely fit through the board. Each panel was covered with Sentimental Journey Designer paper from SU! which sadly is retired. But since it matches the trip journal I made last year I went ahead and used it to cover each of the panels. I used my Zyron to coat the paper and adhere it to the backing board and then sanded the edges with the Basic Grey Precision File set to distress the edges and remove any excess paper overhanging the edges.

Panel 1 Notes: The main title was created with letters from the On Board Loads of Letters chipboard set. Each letter was coated with Ballet Blue Craft ink, dipped in Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set. The picture was layered on Old Olive and a short description was stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic ink on Bordering Blue using the Rough Edges Mini Alphabet (the '07 was added with a black marker), sponged with Chocolate Chip and affixed to the main image. Picture was then adhered to the panel with dimensionals.

Panel 2 notes: The main image was layered on Ruby Red cardstock and then layered on a longer but shorter piece of Creamy Carmel cardstock (edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip first). A description was written in black marker on the right side and I used some of the rub-ons from the Sale-a-bration set on the left side. Again the matted photo was mounted on the panel with dimensional tape. Oh... hi woolly mammoth statue! Hi Cammy!

Panel 3 notes: the final image was layered on Ballet Blue and adhered to the panel with more dimensional tape. A little title was stamped/written in Chocolate Chip and a black marker on River Rock cardstock, sponged and matted with Chocolate Chip and then adhered to the panel. This was the easiest panel and I really like the mixing of the stamped and handwritten words. :) Title says "Cool spot on a hot day."

This final picture is a closeup of the fasteners that I used to hold the panels together. Each panel had jumbo eyelets added to the top and bottom as appropriate and then the panels were connected together with 1" book rings (aka ring binder). To make the rings prettier I tied a bunch of ribbon scraps on each one. Most of the ribbon is from Stampin' Up! but there are a few pieces by other companies (Michael's and May Arts).

To actually hang this project I made two loops with hemp twine and attached them through the top two book rings on the first panel and then connected them together with yet another book ring. You can then just hang this final (not pictured) ring on a nail. And yes, I covered that ring with more ribbon... I made quite the dent in my ribbon scraps with this project!

Now you know what I have been working on the last couple days. Well... and a few cards but I haven't taken pictures of those yet so I'll share those another day. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Rough Edges Mini Alphabet. Paper: Old Olive, Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Brocade Blue, River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Sentimental Journey Designer (retired). Ink: Ballet Blue Craft, Chocolate Chip Classic, black marker. Other: rub-ons from Sale-a-Bration mini, dimensional tape, sponge, book rings (7 are needed), Antique Brass jumbo eyelets (10 of them), hemp twine, various ribbons, crop-a-dile, 5" x 7" backing board (3), Basic Grey Precision File Set.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Keepin' It Simple Friday

Well the weather outside is frightful so I think I'll stay inside and stamp! I live in the part of Michigan where it is calling for 6-12 inches of the white stuff by 8AM tomorrow. A few inches have already fallen and the roads are horrible which I know because I had to drive home on them. Yick! Hopefully this will be the last of the white stuff for a really long time. Really it should be since it is Spring as of yesterday... although I think someone missed the memo! :)

Because it is Friday and I'm challenging myself to make simpler cards every once in a while I have a Keepin' It Simple card to share with you. I didn't do any sponging (gasp) or paper piercing (yikes) and kept the layers simple. But I couldn't resist coloring the image a bit... he he. :)

Really, really quick notes: Image was stamped in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and colored with markers and a blender pen.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate. Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Always Artichoke Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Always Artichoke marker, Close to Cocoa marker, Chocolate Chip marker. Other: silver brads, Creamy Caramel gingham ribbon, handheld rectangle punch, Stampin' dimensionals, blender pen.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

This cakes for you!

I can finally share the second card that I made with the You Take the Cake set by My Favorite Things... now that it has been mailed and received. Mailed out on time even... which for me is amazing! I usually remember to make the card but then forget to mail it (he he).

Quick notes: image was stamped in Archival Brilliance Graphite ink on Naturals White cardstock and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. Once dry the image was highlighted with Copic AtYou Spica Pens with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter added to the birthday cake.

All images copyright MFT. Stamps: You Take the Cake. Paper: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Naturals White, Green spotted designer by Daisy Bucket. Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite, Chocolate Chip Classic, Copic AtYou Spica pens. Other: Rich Regals eyelets, Brocade Blue wide grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, Sakura Quickie Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, distressing tool, Stampin' dimensionals, Crop-a-dile, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Paper Pretties Wednesday

I feel pretty... oh so pretty! That is what the lady in this card is thinking as she prepares to be smooched by her honey (he he)! :)

Quick notes: I dabbed a bit of Frosted Lace Stickles on the Two Scoops Designer paper and smeared with my finger. To speed up the drying time I zapped the paper with my Heat Tool. I really wanted some glittery designer paper and that was my way of making it. The only downside is that the Stickles caused the paper to buckle a bit. If I did this technique again I would completely coat the back of the paper with adhesive (can you say Zyron machine!) and then layer it on the cardstock to reduce the buckles.

The main image was colored with Classic inks and a blender pen. Stickles were added to the head band and belt and a white gel pen was used to highlight the pearls. This was actually a quick card although I did need to wash my hands after the messy Stickles step. :)

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Sealed With a Kiss. Paper: Bashful Blue, Blue Bayou, Naturals White, Two Scoops Designer (Basic Grey). Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite, Basic Gray Classic, Blue Bayou Classic, Bashful Blue Classic, Creamy Caramel Classic, Close to Cocoa Classic, Summer Sun Classic. Other: Black Organdy w/White Dots ribbon (May Arts), Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon, black brads, small corner rounder, Stampin' dimensionals, Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), white gel pen, blender pen.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

TLC 160: Where oh where did my stamps go?

I'm in shock... I didn't use a single stamp while making this card! That wasn't my intention when I started this card but you know how projects can take on a life of their own. :) Especially when you sit down and the only criteria that you have is that the card use the latest technique challenge posted to Split Coast Stampers: Cuttlebug - The Negative Effect . Which ended up being very easy and fun. Not sure how easy it would have been if I didn't have a Cuttlebug though! ;)

Other notes: the letters are Vinyl Thickers by American Crafts (love 'em) and the sentiment is a rub-on from the A Perfect Day set available in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini catalog. For the Cuttlebug technique I used Sage Shadow cardstock, Wild Wasabi Classic ink and the Traffic Jam embossing folder. About 3/4" of the bottom front of the card was cut off so that the back of the card peeks through and a scalloped edge was added with the small corner rounder.

Here's another angle of the card to show more of the embossing and the texture of the thickers.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Paper: Naturals White, Wild Wasabi, Sage Shadow, Tempting Turquoise. Ink: Wild Wasabi. Other: Vinyl Thickers and Aqua ribbon(American Crafts), A Perfect Day rub-ons, Cuttlebug machine and Traffic Jam embossing folder, small corner rounder, brayer.

BIC 5: Dizzy From Going in Circles

Beate posted another great Be Inspired Challenge on her blog Fresh & Fun. For this one I picked out the colors River Rock, Old Olive, Bordering Blue and Basic Black. I also decided to carryover the theme of lots and lots of circles. I fussed over these circles for quite a while but I'm loving how they turned out. I can't wait to see what everyone else makes for this challenge!

Quick Notes: finished card size is 3 1/4" x 6 1/4". Multiple images were stamped and punched out with various circle punches to create the four medallions (two of each type). Brads, paper piercing and sponging were added to various layers of the circles. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Bordering Blue cardstock and the edges paper pierced. This piece was scored and folded around the River Rock and Old Olive layers and adhered in place over the ribbon with dimensionals. It doesn't show up very well in the photos but the River Rock layer was decorated with one of the stamps from the Sprinkles in River Rock Classic ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Sweet Celebrations, Sweet Serendipity, Sprinkles. Paper: Bordering Blue, Basic Black, Old Olive, River Rock, Whisper White. Ink: River Rock, Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Black StazOn. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, sponge, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Rich Regal brads, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mojo28: Flowers and Cake in One

I'm always behind on my sketch challenges, including this one from Poetic Artistry that was posted last Monday. LOL! :) For this card I used the You Take the Cake stamp set by My Favorite Things. I actually picked this set up last week when I purchased the newly released Ride 'em Cowgirl stamp set that I just had to have. Have I used that gotta have set yet? Nope, instead I've made not one but two cards with the birthday set I bought just to bump my order up to $40 to receive free shipping. But I will use the cowgirl set soon... maybe... perhaps...

Quick notes: Stamp cake from My Favorite Thing's You Take the Cake stamp set and color with markers. Highlight flowers and candles with a Clear Copic Spica AtYou pen. Finish card with a lot of paper punching and piercing and with a little sponging on the side.

All images copyright MFT. Stamps: You Take the Cake. Paper: Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Regal Rose textured, Rose Red, River Rock watercolor. Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite, Rose Red Classic, Old Olive Classic, Old Olive marker, Regal Rose marker, Rose Red marker, Pale Plum marker, Mellow Moss marker, Apricot Appeal marker, Clear Copic Spica AtYou pen. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, River Rock double-stitched ribbon, sponge, Stampin' dimensionals, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Coluzzle cutting system and oval template, vintage brads (silver).

Sunday, March 16, 2008

SC167: One Smart Apple

This is a quick and easy card for the latest sketch challenge on Split Coast Stampers which you can see here. I paired the apple from Tart and Tangy and the apple-y sentiment from One Smart Cookie. Hmmm... after all this talk of apples a nice warm slice of apple pie is sounding good. Rats, no apples in the house!

Quick notes: the apple stamp from Tart and Tangy was colored with markers and then stamped on Whisper White cardstock. The designer paper was sponged with Real Red classic ink and paper pierced. The Always Artichoke scalloped circle was also sponged but with Always Artichoke Classic ink. The sentiment is from One Smart Cookie... I did smurf it a bit when stamping but hopefully not too much! :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Tart and Tangy, One Smart Cookie. Paper: Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Whisper White, Cutie Pie Designer. Ink: Real Red Classic, Always Artichoke Classic, Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip marker, Always Artichoke marker, Real Red marker, Mellow Moss marker. Other: Kraft Taffeta ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Stampin' dimensionals.

I've been tagged by a few blogging friends over the last several weeks. Yes it has taken me a while to organize my thoughts and respond. :) But the first one wasn't totally my fault. Yahoo has been spamming a lot of my incoming emails lately and I had to go and dig this one out of the spam box. And sometimes it isn't easy finding the good messages amid the offers for Viagra and all the notices of winning the lotto (don't I wish!).

First off, Monique from Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust tagged me a while ago with the following questions:

1. Stamping Style: I have an identity crisis when it comes to stamping... I can't pick just one style.
2. Inspiration: challenges, other blogs, magazines, clothes... just about everything in sight
3. Color: I love blues and browns!
4. Work space: I converted one of the bedrooms in my house into a crafting area... sort of. I need to reorganize it at some point but that would mean taking a break in stamping. Yikes!
5. Perfect Day: the day I actually accomplish everything I wanted to do! That doesn't happen very often :)
6. First Job: in the gift shop at Soo Locks Boat Tours.
7. Dream: people actually remember their dreams when they wake up
8. Ink: Stampin' Up! Classic ink and I love Black StazOn for images I'm going to watercolor. I do want to try the Copic markers.
9. Family: Mom, dad, brothers, sisters-in-law, niece, nephew and 2 fat cats
10. Beverage: hot chocolate!
11. Biggest Challenge: Getting all my chores done... there is a reason they are called chores! :)

Then Beth from Stampinsanity and Denise from Geekgirl's Random Ramblings have both tagged me with the fun game of sharing seven random things about myself. Technically I should share 14 things since I've been tagged twice but well if I do that then I won't have anything to share the next time!

Here goes:
1.) I'm super excited about attending the Great Lakes Mega Meet in Novi on May 9th. Although I am afraid to bring my credit cards since I'll be hanging out with some big-time enablers.
2.) I like saltine crackers with peanut butter and pickle slices. Truly, it tastes great and it's a family recipe.
3.) I hate cleaning the bathroom. I'm procrastinating that right now as I type. :)
4.) Love my new Blackberry Pearl cell phone. Never thought I would say that about a phone.
5.) Love to read, but haven't been doing that as much because I also love to stamp.
6.) I keep paying for cable so I can get the Sci Fi Channel.
7.) My favorite cereal is Lucky Charms... they're my guilty pleasure. :)

I guess I should tag some other people, however #7 just above has distracted me. I'm off to find my box of Lucky Charms and I'll type at you later! :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Whoo! Hoo! Looking at you!

My latest swap card in all of it's owl-y goodness. I bought the Just Celebrate stamp set from the new Occasions Mini catalog just for this stamp. Well, I like the rest of the stamps but the owl sold me! :)

Quick notes: Owl from Just Celebrate was stamped in Black StazOn on Creamy Caramel cardstock and colored with markers. The eyes were highlighted with a white gel pen... they're watching you. :) The owl needed something to stand on so I doodled some ground with a black marker.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate, Sprinkles. Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Berry Bliss Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip Classic, Creamy Caramel maker, Close to Cocoa marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Basic Black marker. Other: Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen, Stampin' dimensionals, small corner rounder, distressing tool.


P.S. Thanks for all the suggestions on convincing the neighbor's kitty to move on to more welcoming yards. I'll be buying a couple big boxes of moth balls. :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

TLC158: Who's De Boss? And What's that Smell?

I had to try my hand at the Vellum Debossing Challenge that was posted last week on Split Coast Stampers. I don't usually participate in this type of challenge but I had a whole package of vellum cardstock sitting on my craft table that was crying out to be used. Actually more like whimpering since it had been neglected for a very long time. :)

For details on how to deboss click the link in the above paragraph. Although I did deviate from the instructions in that I colored the image with markers before debossing (kind of a mistake but I like how it turned out). The rest of the card should be self-explanatory, but if not shoot me a message.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Time For You, Rough Texture wheel. Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Bashful Blue, Vellum cardstock. Ink: Black StazOn, River Rock Classic, Pixie Pink marker, Chocolate Chip marker, More Mustard marker, Regal Rose marker, Old Olive marker. Other: vintage brads, stylus, River Rock double-stitched ribbon, Old Olive poly-twill ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals.

Okay, now that I have bribed you with a really pretty card maybe someone can help me with a rather... ummm... stinky situation I need to deal with. Does anyone know of any humane methods to convince the neighborhood cat to quit using my flowerbed as a litter box? You know the flower bed that is right outside my bedroom window. The one that now produces a rather unpleasant smell whenever the sun shines or the temperature rises beyond freezing (luckily isn't often at the moment since I live in MI). A smell so strong that it actually penetrates through the little tiny cracks around the window and filters into my bedroom. And then ambushes me as I walk into my bedroom all sleepy and ready for some good zzzzsss. Gag! A smell that had me sniffing every nook and cranny of my room trying to figure out where it was coming from. And then after several weeks of investigative work (how I know the weather outside was a factor) and a melting of snow around said flower bed I finally find the proof of what I have been smelling... outside... in multiple places... right next to my window... NASTY! Needless to say I am asking myself why I decided to redo my flower bed last summer, because apparently all I managed to do was create a super deluxe kitty box. Ick... so any suggestions would be appreciated!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Paper Pretties Wednesday

Are you ready for a very soft and pretty card? I thought you were! :) I have to admit I really love the soft shades of this designer paper by My Mind's Eye that I picked up sometime last year. I bought it for a project that I never ended up making, so I swiped it for this card. :)

Quick notes: card base is a 4" x 12" piece of Regal Rose textured cardstock, scored at 4" and 8." In the middle section a window was cut. Next a slightly larger window was cut from a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" square of designer paper. Paper piercing was added around the window and the outside edge. I also highlighted each piercing with the clear Copic Spica AtYou pen before adhering the designer paper to the card base (make sure the windows line up). Ribbon was then knotted around the middle section and a sentiment was added with brads. The flowers were stamped on Shimmery White cardstock, watercolored and highlighted with Copic Spica AtYou pens before adhering to the back of the right section of the cardbase. Make sure the flowers line up with the window on the middle section. To finish off the backs of the right and middle sections were glued together. This makes the inside of the card all pretty. :)

If it helps, I have drawn up a little sketch for those who prefer a visual aid.

Here is a close up of the flowers so you can see all of the wonderful shimmer and glitter that I embellished the card with.

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Look Who's Perky, Sealed with a Kiss. Paper: Regal Rose Textured, Shimmery White, So Saffron, Tres Jolie Designer by My Mind's Eye. In: Black StazOn, Regal Rose Classic, Wild Wasabi Classic, Other: Sheer yellow organdy (American Crafts), Apricot Appeal grosgrain, gold brads, mat pack, paper piercer, clear and orange Copic Spica AtYou pens, distressing tool, craft knife, ruler.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

BIC4: Something Exciting

Guess what? What, you haven't a clue? Beate from Fresh & Fun and SplitCoastStampers fame has asked little ole me to be one of her Inspiration Team! She has started posting a cool Be Inspired Challenge on her blog every Tuesday morning, which I highly recommend you check out. The only rule is to let the inspiration piece... well... inspire you, whether it is the colors, layout or anything about the picture really. Also, if you do participate make sure to link your creation back to her blog in the comments section on the inspiration challenge post so everyone else can see it (or post to Split Coast Stampers with the keyword BIC4).

This week's challenge is a picture of a colorful cutting board and right off the bat I knew I had to use the following color combo: Soft Sky, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand. Now this is a combo that I wouldn't have thought of but I really really like. I also decided to pull the layout of the board into my card, although I did switch the colors around and add some additions layers. Oh, and some embossing, ribbon, paper piercing... you get the idea. :)

Notes: Card base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock folded in half. Layered 0n top of that is a 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Ruby Red (sponge edges in same color) and a 4" x 4" piece of Sahara Sand (round corners and sponge edges with Chocolate Chip). The next layer is a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Soft Sky Designer paper that has been folded over, corners rounded, sponged with Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip, paper pierced and finished off with three brads.

For the next layers I stamped Ruby Red and Soft Sky pieces in Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Sahara Sand cardstock with Black StazOn. Each piece was sponged with it's coordinating color of ink, paper pierced and matted on Chocolate Chip after the corners were rounded. A piece of ribbon was knotted around the piece before adhering to the card base with dimensionals. To finish the card, a heart was stamped in Close to Cocoa Craft ink on Naturals White cardstock and heat embossed with more clear embossing powder. I trimmed the heart and sponged it with a bit of Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip before adhering to the card with more dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Always. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Naturals White, Soft Sky Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Soft Sky Classic, Ruby Red Classic, Chocolate Chip Classic, Sahara Sand Classic, Close to Cocoa Craft, VersaMark. Other: Clear Embossing powder, heat tool, Vintage brads, Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge, Stampin' dimensionals.

If you are wondering I did almost fall off my couch when I received Beate's email asking me to participate, but luckily my yoga skills kicked in and I managed to recover my balance. Either that or it was the gravitational pull between one large object and another not quite as large object that kept me in my seat. :) Also, the other talented ladies on the team are: Charmaine Ikach (a fellow Pretty Girl), Dawn McVey (hiya Great Swapper!), Jenn Balcer (General Manager of SplitCoastStampers), Silke Ledlow and Susan Roberts. I wasn't familiar with the last two bloggers but I'll be adding them to my list of peeps to stalk! Can't wait to see what you create ladies!

Another SIYJ card

I think I've made you wait long enough so here is another of the cards that I made for the Stamp In Your Jammies party last night. This one was for the monochromatic challenge and of course I had to pick blue as my color... which then led to a winter card which I was trying to avoid. Ah well, just call it my goodbye to winter. :)

Quick notes: Snowbunny Bella image was colored with markers and a blender pen (I scribble the marker on a plastic case and then pick up the ink with the blender pen). Liquid Applique was applied to all the furry bits and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter before heat setting (makes the applique expand and become puffy). The layout is a Mojo Monday challenge that Julee posted on her blog here. Ummm... yeah... that one is from last week. :)

Images copyright Bella Stamps, MFT and Paper Pretties. Stamps: SnowbunnyBella by Bella Stamps, Twisted Sentiments by MFT, Snowflake from Snowflake Kisses. Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Confetti White. Ink: Black StazOn, Night of Navy Classic, Bashful Blue marker, Blush Blossum marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Creamy Caramel marker, Bordering Blue Classic. Other: Lt. Blue/Silver ribbon from Michael's, Night of Navy grosgrain, white Liquid Applique, heat tool, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, blender pen, Sakura Stardust glitter pen, slot punch, Stampin' dimensionals, silver brads.

P.S. Sorry for the blurry picture. I think the shiny ribbon was throwing off my camera. I took a lot of different pictures and at different times before settling for this one. Any ideas on what I can do to take a better pic?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Paper Pretties SIYJ Sketch Challenge

What have I been doing today? Lots and lots of paper crafting. First there was the Ann Arbor Jaycees crop in Chelsea, MI and then there was the virtual Stamp in Your Jammies party at Paper Pretties. As you can imagine that means that I have a lot of projects to share with you... but you will have to wait for some of them since I have not taken pictures of everything yet. Too much stamping and not enough time to type or do laundry or clean my house... how sad. :)

Here is the card that I made for the SIYJ sketch challenge. I used the naked tree from the Falling For You stamp set by My Favorite Things for the focal point. I was in the mood for a warm card that had nothing to do with snow or winter, thus the very Fall-ish tone to the card! Oh, and you might recognize those brads at the top... they are more of the awesome polka dot brads that I feel in love with and used on this card.

I'll post the rest of my cards tomorrow, but in the meantime you can check the sketch out here and visit the Pajama Party forum and see what everyone else made. I know, I'm mean for making you wait but the chores must be done! :)

Images copyright My Favorite Things. Stamps: Falling for You. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Pumpkin Pie, watercolor, Tres Jolie Designer paper by My Mind's Eye (the red is the reverse side of the flower pattern). Ink: Ruby Red Classic, Chocolate Chip Classic, Timber Brown StazOn, Groovy Guava Classic, Summer Sun Classic, Old Olive Classic. Other: May Arts ribbon, Amanda Blu polka-dot brads, sponge.

WSC38: Berry Sweet

Have you checked out SU!'s new Occasion Mini? If not I have a couple more product Sneak Peeks for you. Of course, if you have checked out the catty you can still stick around and take a look-see at the card I made using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #38 (this layout is such a keeper!).

For this card I used the new Tart & Tangy stamp set for the focal image and A Perfect Day rub-ons for the sentiment. I love the stamps in the fruit set, but I'm having Stampers Block when it comes to using them. Needless to say this is not the first card I have made with this set, but it is the first one I'm willing to admit to. :)

To the details: I think the majority of this card is self-explanatory except maybe the strawberries. Each berry was stamped twice, once in Ruby Red and then again in Garden Green. Each stem was trimmed from the Garden Green and then each berry and part of the stem (just enough so the green piece could be glued on) was trimmed from the Ruby Red stamped images. Then stems were adhered onto the berries (you knew that was coming though, didn't ya?).

Normally I would just color directly on the stamps with two different marker colors but I was having difficulty achieving crispness of the seeds using that method so I bailed on it and did it this way (more work but better results). To finish off the fruit, two of the berries were mushed into a VersaMark pad and heat embossed with Heat 'n Stick powder before coating with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I was in the mood for a bit of bling. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Tart & Tangy. Paper: River Rock, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom Designer, Whisper White. Ink: Ruby Red Classic, Garden Green Classic, Old Olive Classic, VersaMark. Other: A Perfect Day rub-ons, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, mat pack, paper pierce, distressing tool, small corner rounder, Old Olive Poly-twill ribbon, Red gingham ribbon, Heat 'n Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, heat tool, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Cake Box

I finally finished decorating my little paper mache box that I picked up at Michael's a bit ago. I've been working on it off and on for the last week and I finally made myself sit down and finish it. Well... it is mostly finished... I just need to add some chocolate and actually give it to someone. :) Of course the dreaded Hoarding Compulsion is kicking in... most resist impulse to add little box to my already large collection... must...

failing...

ack!!!

Box Assembly
1.) Pieces of Ginger Blossom designer paper were cut to size and adhered to the paper mache box with Perfect Paper Adhesive (aka PPA).
2.) Once dry the edges were sanded (optional step... just gives the box a distressed look).
3.) Box was sealed by applying a topcoat of PPA over the entire box.
4.) The top was embellished with a piece of Whisper White grosgrain ribbon. The ends are hidden behind the ruby red cardstock (next step).

Sentiment & Mat Assembly:
4.) A piece of Ruby Red cardstock was cut and had the edges paper pierced, distressed and sponged with Classic ink of the same color.
5.) On top of the Ruby Red layer a smaller piece of Ginger Blossom Designer paper was adhered, but first it was distressed and sponged with Ruby Red Classic ink.
6.) Three Bravo Burgundy eyelets were set through both layers with the Crop-a-dile. I used the dots on the designer paper to determine placement of the eyelets (that made it easy!).
7.) Sentiment from One Smart Cookie was stamped in Black StazOn on Groovy Guava cardstock and cut out with the Word Window Punch. Edges were sponged with Ruby Red Classic ink before adhering the sentiment to the designer paper.
8.) The whole she-bang was adhered to the box with Stampin' dimensionals.

Flower Assembly:
9.) Stamped the large flower from One of a Kind twice on Whisper White cardstock.
10.) Watercolored with a blender pen and Ruby Red, Groovy Guava and River Rock Classic inks. Just a note: very little of the River Rock colored flower center is visible.
11.) Flowers were cut out.
12.) To make the flowers a bit more durable I coated them with VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
13.) Old Olive Polytwill ribbon was knotted in Styled Silver ribbon slides and adhered to 1/2" circles of Ruby Red cardstock with Crystal Effects. Once dry these embellishments were adhered to the flower centers with Stampin' dimensionals.
14.) More dimensionals were used to adhere the flowers to the box. Yeah I used a lot of them in decorating the box, which is why I have to buy them in bulk from SU! (six packages on my last order!).

Here is a look at the box when it is open. As you will notice I did not decorate the inside of the paper mache box. I left it naked. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: One of a Kind, One Smart Cookie. Paper: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom Designer. Ink: Black Stazon, Ruby Red Classic, Groovy Guava Classic, River Rock Classic, VersaMark. Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Rich Regals brads, Old Olive polytwill ribbon, Whisper White grosgrain, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Word Window punch, 1/2" circle punch, Crop-a-dile, heat tool, mat pack, paper piercer, blender pen, sponge, sanding block, distressing tool, Perfect Paper Adhesive, Crystal Effects, paper mache box (Michael's).

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bunch of thankful apples

Just what my dad would want for his birthday, a big bushel of apples. Not! But he might if I peeled, cored and sliced them into freshly baked apple pies. Oh, and threw in a gallon or two of vanilla ice cream. Wonder how that would travel through the mail system? :)

Main image notes: Image from For Father stamp set was stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock with Black StazOn ink and then colored with Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. Two strips of designer paper were adhered to an Old Olive mat and then a hole was punched with the handheld rectange punch through which a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon was threaded and then knotted. After which the main image was adhered and a silver brad added to the upper left corner.

Other notes: A 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Soft Sky was stamped with the Sanded background in the same color. The "thanks a bunch" sentiment from One Smart Cookie was stamped on the lower right corner and then paper piercing was added. All layers were sponged with Close to Cocoa Classic ink.

Stamps: For Father, One Smart Cookie, Sanded background. Paper: Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory, Soft Sky Prints, Close to Cocoa Prints. Ink: Black StazOn, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa. Other: Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ dimensionals, vintage brads. Tools: Rectangle hand-held punch, mat pack, paper piercer, blender pen.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Paper Pretties Wednesday

I have a pretty card to share with you today that uses the new Look Who's Perky stamp set from Paper Pretties and some delicious sparkly embossed paper by Cloud 9 (yum). And don't you just love the color combo? I picked the colors based on the Designer paper which made this card that much easier to make... although I did fuss with the layout a lot and I mean A LOT! :)

Quick notes: sugar bowl from Look Who's Perky is stamped three times on Shimmery White cardstock in Graphite ink before watercoloring with Classic ink and a blender pen (allow ink to completely dry). Hmm... the rest was just a matter of trimming, punching, paper piercing, sponging and adhering. If you need specifics on anything just let me know!

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Look Who's Perky. Paper: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Sage Shadow, Shimmery White, Cloud 9 embossed designer. Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite, Sahara Sand Classic, Sage Shadow Classic, Bordering Blue Classic. Other: Gold/Beige ribbon (American Crafts), mat pack, paper piercer, small corner rounder, black brads, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge, blender pen.

In other news: Paper Pretties will be having a Pajama Party on Sunday night beginning at 8PM EST in their forum. At the same time they will be releasing two new stamp sets which you can see sneak peeks of on the other Prettie Girls blogs (I've listed their blogs over there on the right under Paper Pretties). I can't wait to get my hands on these sets and to see all of you at the party! :)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Can I haf a kookie, plez?

A smart cookie that will even correct my spelling for me? :) Can you tell that I am talking about one of the new stamp sets that SU! unveiled in their newly released Occasions Mini Catalog? Indeed, one of the many sets that I HAD to preorder from this catalog was the One Smart Cookie set which has some really cute sentiments including "you take the cake" which I used on this card. If you want to see the other sets they released click HERE. But I feel I must warn you... you will want everything! :)

Some quickie notes: Image was stamped in Black StazOn on watercolor paper and then colored with an Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. A white gel pen was used to add a highlight to the balloon. Edges were sponged with Always Artichoke and a semi-circle was cut with the slot punch before layering the image on Brocade Blue and Chocolate Chip. Paper piercing was added and a white gel pen was used to add stitches (can't really see most of it in the pic). A little piece of red gingham ribbon finished off the focal image.

For the background layer a piece of Always Artichoke Designer paper was layered on Chocolate Chip. An accent piece of Mellow Moss was stamped with a sentiment, paper pierced and sponged before being adhered to the same piece. To finish it off a piece of Chocolate Chip ribbon was knotted around the layer before affixing to a Close to Cocoa card base.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Pun Fun, One Smart Cookie. Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, watercolor, Always Artichoke Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Always Artichoke Classic. Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon, Real Red Gingham ribbon, Bold Brights brads, slot punch, paper piercer, mat pack, white gel pen, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, 1/8" circle punch.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

WSC37: It all started with a...

The brad, a perfect green polka-dot brad was the inspiration for this card. I know it sounds crazy but I just had to use one of these Amanda Blu brads that I just bought. It is so coolio! Next I picked a layout (Beate's awesome Weekend Sketch Challenge #37) and a stamp set (Sweet Celebrations) and sat down to create. Ribbon was cut and then discarded (not in the garbage but to the scrap jar), paper was stamped and then tossed (or flipped over), and much sponging was done before this card was completed. I think the final result is worth the fits it was giving me. :)

Notes on focal point: Main image from Sweet Celebrations was stamped twice, once on Whisper White and again on Bashful Blue. The white was punched with a 1" circle punch, the blue with the scallop circle punch before sponging with the same color and then both pieces were layered together with dimensionals. The fun green polka dot brad that inspired the card was poked through both layers and fastened in place. Next up was to stamp the journaling stamp on a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock and then layer on Basic Black. A piece of green ric rac ribbon was adhered around both layers before affixing the scallop medallion in place with more dimensionals.

Other notes: A stamp from the Sprinkles set (I really like this set) was stamped repeatedly on the Bashful Blue background layer with Bashful Blue Classic ink. I used SU!'s white gel pen to accent the little circles. All layers were sponged with either Bashful Blue or Certainly Celery.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Sweet Celebrations, Sprinkles. Paper: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Bashful Blue Classic, Certainly Celery Classic. Other: White Gel Pen, black brads, Amanda Blu polka dot brad, Wide Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon, black dotted organdy (May Arts), green ric rac (American Crafts), paper piercer, mat pack, scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch, small corner rounder, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge.