Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blessings to You

Good day to you! I'm enjoying this break from the Internet so much that I might just make it a permanent thing! I am enjoying a greater closeness to my husband and children that I want to continue to foster. I had no idea my heavy online usage was hurting my family so much. I highly recommend turning off the computer more often! Your family will be blessed!

Despite my time offline, I still find time to stamp here and there. I pulled out an old standby technique that I used to do all the time: watercolor misting. Simply color your stamp with markers as you like and then spritz the stamp with water and stamp. Easy! And the results are so pretty!

I pray you have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! More Petal Prints, TAC saying (unsure of set name)

CS: Black, Memory Box Poppyfinch collection, White

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence

Markers: Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large and Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, piercing tool, sponge mat, black polka dot ribbon, clear gems, water spritzer, sponge dauber

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Poppy Poppy Joy Joy!

A big Saturday hello to you! I hope your weekend is a good one! Since I'm posting this ahead of time I have no idea what I will be doing, but I hope it involves gardening or yard sales and NOT oppressive heat!

I hadn't played with my Flourishes stamps in quite awhile and I thought they might be a bit lonely. So I pulled out the Poppy Patch set and got to work coloring! All I did was carefully add ink a layer at a time, going lightest to darkest. One day maybe I'll have a whole slew of Copics, but until then I will have to make do with my SU markers and their color limitations. Wouldn't it be neat if SU competed with Copic and made 3 shades per color? You know, dark, medium and light? Maybe they'd keep some of us stampers from jumping on the Copic bandwagon. Personally, my pockets ain't deep enough to shell out the dough needed to collect Copics unless that's all I want to buy! So I make do.

I used the Stampin' Up! Sanded background stamp on a piece of brown Basic Grey paper, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. I really liked the effect. I thought it looked kind of like the side of an old barn, something you'd see poppies growing beside. Maybe I should expand on that thought in my next card?

I used opaque white ep and VersaMark ink to heat emboss the word "Poppy" on the "side of the barn". I thought the white stitching would really set it off. Then I thought some pearls would be nice. They go with everything, ya know!

When it came to the poppies I wanted to make them as real looking as possible and colored them as stated above. Then I thought the Script embossing folder would add a touch of elegance to them. Then I thought the pinking circle would add a bit of whimsy to the overall look and then went and poked holes in each triangle using a 1/16" hole punch to be even more different. That made me sweat a bit! I was afraid that one false move and I'd ruin it and would have to start over.

Btw, I did DTP with Ruby Red ink on the pinking circle before cutting it out and poking the holes. Then I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.

On the inside, I carried the theme of the poppy, the Script folder, the DTPed Ruby Red cs and the sewing. The word phrase is from the same set.

Here is a close-up of the saying.

I really enjoyed making this card and hope it inspires you in some way. I appreciate you coming by for a look!

Take care and have a lovely day today!


Stamps: Flourishes "Poppy Patch", Stampin' Up! Sanded

CS: Black, Basic Grey (not sure which collection), Ruby Red, white

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Markers: Ruby Red, Baroque Burgundy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, Nestabilities Large Pinking Circles, Classic Circles Small, 1/16" hole punch, opaque white embossing powder, pearls, sponge dauber, sewing machine, 3D-Dots

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just Saying Helloooo

Happy Wednesday to you all!! I am offline for the week, but I wanted to share with you this card I made just for the fun of it. Way back when I stamped mainly for holidays, but sometimes it's fun just to stamp for stamping's sake, isn't it? I try to do that more and more these days.

I just love this cute owl from the Hero Arts set, "Sending Happy Thoughts"! He would look even cuter with bigger googly eyes, don't you think?

NIFTY TIP ALERT!! I stamped the saying over him in a strange way. I bent it into a curve and put it on my acrylic block and then stamped. Cool, huh? I saw someone do it and thought how neat that was, so I tried it myself. Some clear and unmounted stamps can't bend very easily, but some are quite flexible!

I sponged Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Vintage Photo on the striped middle area to cover the cracks in the paper after running it through the Cuttlebug using the Forest Branches ef (thin papers will do that).

I used one of those Sizzix Architectural Accents dies on the corners of the card. What I did was, after running the die through the Cuttlebug 4 times to make 4, I ran the die cuts back through the Cuttlebug using the rubber mat and several pieces of cardstock to flatten them. That way they would match once two of them were flipped over to mirror the other two. It worked pretty well!

For the inside, I carried the theme of the Spots and Dots ef, the polka dot ribbon and the Mellow Deciduous dp. The saying is from the same set.

I will be sharing one more card this week and then I'll see you on the weekend! It's been really hard getting in everything I want to do online in the short time I allow myself, so some things have fallen through the cracks, I'm sorry to say, like time to blog hop. Still trying to figure out how to remedy that or if it can even be remedied. I'm always hopeful. Hope is one thing we always have!

Blessings on your day!


Stamps: Hero Arts "Sending Happy Thoughts" (CL305)

CS: Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Mellow (Deciduous) and Stella Ruby, black, Canson watercolor paper, white

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Markers: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Copic Special Black (110), Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun

Other: Cuttlebug Spots and Dots, Forest Branches and Mesh embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Circle Small, Scalloped circle, Sizzix Architectural Accents die, sponge dauber, 3D-Dots, black polka dot ribbon, Xyron 150 Create-a-Sticker (permanent), googly eyes

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Dad's Day!

Happy Sunday! And Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there (not sure I have any dad readers, but if I do, that's fer you!).

I gave this card to my hubs this morning. He already has his present. He's a tech geek and wanted one of these for Father's Day. It was quite the hit at scout camp (which is why he got it early - he had to share his joy with the other geeky scout dads, of course).

So, all he got from me today was a card and eating out at one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants.

This doggy from the Penny Black "Bubbly" set was, I thought, a great Father's Day image, what with the tie and all. I stamped him 3 times: once on the main piece, and twice on scraps, all watercolor paper. Then I cut out the dog and then just the tie to give it extra dimension. I glued the top of the tie down at the neck and used a bit of a dimensional piece to make it stick out at the bottom like a real tie would. I stamped the SU Riveting circle and then punched it out and ran it through the Cuttlebug. Then I put it on with a 3D-Dot.

For the inside I took a Hero Arts stamp from "Happy Dad's Day" (CL335) and blocked the word "Dad" and the exclamation point and re-inserted the exclamation point at the end of "I Love You". That was a bit tricky as the exclamation point kind of gets in the way and it took 2 Post-It notes to get it out of the way.

Well, I've got 2 more cards to get ready to post for you this week. I plan to continue spending lots of time offline as I find it so relaxing, and my kids like it that I'm so available to them! My house stays cleaner, too! Go figure! ;)

Have a wonderful day and week! Be blessed and get in some stamping!


Stamps: Penny Black "Bubbly", Stampin' Up! Riveting, Hero Arts "Happy Dad's Day" (CL335) (inside)

CS: Only Orange, black, American Crafts "Celebration" dp, Canson watercolor paper

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: Only Orange, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug Mesh and Tiny Bubbles embossing folders, Nestabilities Labels One, 1" circle punch, gems, black zigzag ribbon, orange grosgrain ribbon, 3D-Dots, sewing machine, Post-It notes

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thanks Butterfly!

Good morning and Happy Saturday! I hope your day is a good one so far!

Last week when I was stamping, I felt like pulling out a favorite old set and playing. I just wanted to color some butterflies. Not that they resemble anything in nature, color-wise, but I didn't care. I just wanted to wing it. Get it? Anywhoooo.

I just stamped them randomly and then colored them. I used the Inkworx air art gun with my Basic Black marker to spritzed some color in the white areas. Once it all dried I cuttlebugged it with my old standby, Tiny Bubbles. I tell ya, that is my most used embossing folder EVER. Just love it even though I use it so much it's insane!

It's probably hard to see, but I scored 1/2" lines horizontally across the white base just for fun. I used my Scor-Pal which makes it so easy to do.

Not much else I can say about this card other than that the gems are not as green as they look in the pic. They actually match the turquoise butterfly very closely. But you can't always get things just right in a pic, right? I am learning some tricks, though, from my GIMP program (it's free, btw!) and who knows if someday I'll be able to make every card pic perfect?

Have a good one and TFL!!


Stamps: Stampin' Up! Wonderful Wings, Stampin' Up! Many Thanks

CS: White, black, Pumpkin Pie

Inks: VersaMark, Versafine Onyx Black, Pumpkin Pie (DTPed on Pumpkin Pie CS)

Markers: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Nestabilities Long Rectangles and Long Scalloped Rectangles, Scor-Pal, Inkworx air art gun, opaque white embossing powder, teal gems, black zigzag ribbon, 3D-Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sing for Joy!

Good day to you! I'm not sure what I'll be doing today, but if it's not too hot I hope to get some gardening done with my 13 yo. She loves to plant things and I need to get some more seeds in the ground!

This is another jazzed up simple card. Simple in design, jazzed up in embellishing. I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the bird scene and outlined it with my C1 Copic marker. Ran it through the Cuttlebug with the...what else...Tiny Bubbles folder. At least I used something different on the dp! The argyle ef is so versatile. It can go masculine (as on my Father's Day card) or feminine as in this card.

Here's a look at the inside:

I love this ODBD set! I hope to play with it more in the near future. Birds make me happy! Aren't they just the most cheerful creatures? Okay, maybe buzzards and crows aren't, but you know what I mean!

Take care and be blessed!


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sing to the Lord

CS: Black, Memory Box Brandywine dp, white

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Cuttlebug Argyle and Tiny Bubbles embossing folders, Oval Classic and Scallop Nestabilities, Prismacolor pencils, C1 Copic marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig, gingham ribbon, Sticky Doos

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Graduation!

Hello!! Remember, I'm not here right now. I'm offline enjoying my family and my garden, which is finally at least started! Mainly, tomatoes and peppers. But my 13 yo planted something in the squash family (we're not quite sure which seeds she used, oops!) and some peas, so we have a little variety.

My nephew graduated from high school recently and I wanted to give him a card using his school colors, gold and purple. I had gotten rid of my Eggplant Envy ink and CS back when SU changed the colors, and the Elegant Eggplant wasn't quite red enough for the match, so I DTPed it with CTMH Pansy Purple ink (I still don't have the EE ink pad or marker) and then warmed it up a bit with some More Mustard...I think. This is the problem of not writing things down right away. You forget. So I *think* it was More Mustard, but does it really matter? Nahhh. It might've been Summer Sun or Pumpkin Pie. Take your pick! ;)

I notice that I prefer simpler sketches more than the really elaborate ones most of the time. I am always struggling with those extra fancy ones with all kinds of elements tossed in. I am always glad when I finish one, but the process is not very enjoyable for me. So I often will keep it simple even though it's not the most popular way right now, or did it go out of fashion already? lol Are we swinging back to simple again? Well, I am, dern it! lol At least this time!

I wanted to showcase that cute little mouse. He's stamped with Versafine Onyx Black on watercolor paper. I find that I keep gravitating to the watercolor paper when I want to color with markers and/or a water brush. It just holds the color so much better.

Well, since it's simple, I don't have much to talk about, do I? lol

Have a wonderful day!


Stamps: House Mouse "The Graduate", Congrats! by Village Arts Press

CS: Black, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Canson watercolor paper

Inks: Only Orange (DTPed on the Pumpkin Pie cs), CTMH Pansy Purple and More Mustard (or whatever)(both DTPed on the Elegant Eggplant cs), Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: hmmmm I'm not even going to try. Lots of colors!

Other: Cuttlebug Houndstooth and Tiny Bubbles embossing folders, Nestabilities Labels Four, various markers, black zigzag ribbon, C1 (Cool Gray) Copic marker, 3D-Dots, Inkssentials opaque white pen (for eyes and white parts of diploma)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Father's Day BBQ

Good evening!

While my hubby and son were away at scout camp for the week I had myself locked out of my computer so I could really focus on my time with my girls. I loved it! In fact, I loved it so much I'm going to do it again! See, I have this addiction to my computer...It makes me stay in front of it like it's some kind of big magnet or something. And I am only safe when my hubby isn't around to log me in. We use software that can lock someone out if we want to. Well, *I* need locking out. And after a week of detox I think I might be able to restrain myself from begging hubby to let me back on for the week.

Ya know, one thing that's fer sher is that the stamping community is addictive. It's also overwhelming. I can't keep up, plain and simple, without making my family suffer. God has been dealing with me on that one for quite sometime, and I've been putting my fingers in my ears and yelling "lalalala", trying to tune Him out.

One thing I learned last week is that if I don't cut down on my Internet time I will never grow spiritually. How can I hear God speaking to me when my head is so full of stuff? Yes, there is such a thing, I believe, as Internet gluttony and stamping gluttony and I am guilty of indulging in both *raising hand*.

So you will be seeing less of me, but I will still be stamping and sharing here, just that it will only be on Sundays for the time being. The rest of the week will be devoted to being a mom and wife and Jesus follower who will hopefully then have room in her head and heart to hear His loving voice, and will hopefully be able to focus on her children and hubby when they speak to her instead of her mind wandering off somewhere like it usually does.

So, anywho, here is a card I made my dad. Simple, yet a few little touches to jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by Jenn Biederman and her adorable Father's Day card.

I thought the Argyle embossing folder would be a perfect choice for a Father's Day card.

The cloud was free-form drawn and cut out of watercolor paper. Then I added a pierced edge.

For the inside I continued the Argyle theme.

All stamps are from the same set, btw.

I have more cards to share. Hopefully, I'll get them up tonight, but I will set them to post during the week so you have something to look forward to here!

TFL and have a blessed week!!

Stamps: Hero Arts "Happy Dad's Day" (CL335)

CS: Black, maroon, Brocade Blue, True Thyme, watercolor paper

Inks: Real Red (DTPed on maroon cs), Bashful Blue (sponged on Brocade Blue cs), True Thyme (sponged on True Thyme cs), Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Nestabilities Labels One, Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder, ticket corner punch, piercing tool, sponge mat, black grosgrain ribbon, sponge daubers, Diamond Glaze, 3D-Dots, Post-It notes for blocking and sponging

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I've been published! Woot!

I had sent this card in to a magazine almost 2 years ago! It was one of those deals where if you send a SASE with your card you would get your card back if they decided not to use it. I never got it back. I was just wondering the other day about this very card! Isn't that weird? And now it's published! How cool is that? The magazine just came to my house today!

This is the third time I've been published. I'm just so stoked! I need to submit more cards. I'm always so overly critical of myself and usually chicken out. But I should make myself do it! You should, too!

Stamping magazines have been changing hands and names so much lately that I'm not even sure who it was I actually submitted this to. But I'm very thankful they saw fit to use it!

If you get the August issue of Crafts 'n Things you'll find my card in the Reader Gallery on page 96.

I want to give a shout out to my stamping friends Connie Babbert and Sue Erickson who also got their cards published on this same page! Congrats, ladies!!

Have a wonderful day today, everyone!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Breakfast Friends

Good evening! I'm still having fun with those Penny Black stamps, as you can see!

Something simple this time. I think I might try making this in a standard A2 size next time. I like this, but I think I'd love it if it weren't so big. What do you think?

No frills coloring. I used mainly Stampin' Up! markers, the True Thyme ink pad (because there is no marker), and a water brush. About the only odd thing I did was use a silver Sharpie marker for the toaster and I touched up the black parts with a black Micron archival ink pen. I tried a silver Prismacolor pencil on another one I did that didn't turn out well, and wasn't as happy with the look as I am with the Sharpie version.

I used NO Cuttlebug embossing! I only used Stampin' Up! background stamps, Sanded and Canvas. The "friends" stamp is from the Hero Arts set that has the cute froggie you've seen here in the recent past.

This one took a lot less time than some of my other cards, I can tell you that! Simple cards are fun to slip in between the more elaborate ones. Not sure what I'll do next!

Thanks for looking! God bless!

Stamps: Penny Black 'Micey Day', sentiment from Hero Arts 'Sending Happy Thoughts' (CL305), Stampin' Up! Sanded and Canvas background stamps

CS: Black, Real Red, True Thyme (retired In Color), Canson watercolor paper

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, True Thyme, Real Red

Markers: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Real Red

Other: Nestabilities Classic circle, Classic Scalloped circle, ticket corner punch, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots, silver Sharpie, black Micron pen, Inkssentials opaque white gel pen, water brush