Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Those Challenges Won't Let Me Sleep!

Would you believe this kept waking me up last night? Every time I woke up I was thinking about making a Vintage Look card for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenge on Split Coast Stampers. How sick is that?? I guess it would have been sicker if I'd have given in and gotten out of bed to make it before 7:00 this morning.

I have never used this stamp before and I've had it for at least 3 years. It's huge and I don't usually make cards that large. The finished card is just under a half sheet of paper.

Anyway, it was fun to make. I stamped the image with Stazon Timber Brown and colored it with an aquapainter and ink pads. To get the vintage look the directions said to use 3 colors of brown, sponge the lightest shade all over the paper, image and all. Do the same with the next darker shade and the darkest shade sponge just around the edges. I liked the look it gives and just couldn't help myself... I had to crumple it and make it look even more worn. I sponged a little more of the dark brown in the cracks and tears I made.

Oh, after I sponged the browns on I inked my Linnen background stamp with Sahara Sand and stamped over everything. Next I layered it on the matting and then I had to go find a big envelope so I could figure out how big to make the card and went from there. The green panel under the image is stamped with the linnen background stamp and Sahara Sand ink again and the edges sponged with brown. I love the ticket corner punch and thought brown brads would be a nice way to accent that, my sentiment is from Graceful Words.

I love the vintage look, I'll be trying this again soon I hope. I've been thinking about using shades of pink.

I took several pictures today of the cards I've made for SCS Dare To Get Dirty Challenges so I can share them with you. And I've been a good girl, I've been working on Melissa's wedding album too.

Monday, July 30, 2007

...Fast Forward....

Life seems to be in fast forward for me right now.

Where the heck did yesterday go?? I went to church, out to lunch with a friend, the kids came home from Grandma's and... I was wiped out and went to bed at 8:00 p.m.

The kids were gone to Grandma's for 4 days and I thought cool!!, I'll do all the SCS Challenges for Dare To Get Dirty and I started strong and then got side tracked.

I was side tracked for important things though, my friends.

I went to see Rebecca St. James in concert Saturday night with a group of friends. It was great! One of my friends' actually met Rebecca St. James earlier in the day and didn't know it when he went to buy his ticket. How cool is that?!!

My card today is from the You're Bugging Me stamp set by Missy B Designs. Lucky for me I made it last week in a card making frenzy!

Supply List: Stamps - You're Bugging Me by Missy B Designs, Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, White, Basic Black, Ink - Noir Black, Accessories - Prismacolor Pencils, Stickles Ice, Gingham Ribbon, Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder.

I have a job I need to get into now, I'll be posting pictures for you as I go. I feel kind of sad about it, I love making cards and this is a scrapbook project, actually a Wedding Album so I need to get excited about it! Once I get going I'll be into it.

Friday, July 27, 2007

She's gone missing...

I feel like I've disappeared! I had a phone call from a friend this morning asking if I'd like to go to Yuma with her and do some shopping. Oh ya! Lets go!!

We took off for Yuma around noontime and had a great time, even got into a JoAnn store.

My card today is a stamp from Missy B Designs I was playing with the other day. I masked off the outside of the butterfly and used the Paisley stamp from SU Fresh Fillers to make a design in the butterfly. I used an aqua painter and Not Quite Navy ink to fill in the outline and then used Stickles Ice over that for the sparkle.

The background stamp is SU Paisley in Close To Cocoa stamped on Blush Blossom, I used the ticket corner punch and sponged the edges with CTC again. The sentiment is from one of my PAPERTREYink. sets and i put it in the SU Hodgepodge hardward bookplate and attached it with brads. I added a strip of gingham ribbon to the panel of Not Quite Navy under the butterfly for a finishing touch.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Split Coast Stampers Fan Clubbers Dare To Get Dirty Challenges, Oh Fun !!

What a fun day!! My childrens Grandma came and picked them up today to go spend 4 days with her and Grandpa. Wow... the house is quiet... and Split Coast Stampers is doing a week of daily challenges to celebrate The Dirty Dozen Fan Club's existence for 3 years. Yeah for me!!

The first thing I did after seeing Grandma and the kids off was settle in at my kitchen table and start playing with stamps creating my first challenge card. This challenge calls for a card made for a pet, from a pet, of a pet. Okay!

I know I said yesterday I was going to show you all of the cards I made with the Missy B Designs stamps. Well... this doggie stamp is by Missy B Designs so I hope it counts! I'll get back to those soon, I promise!

If you'd like the supply list for either of these cards you can go to my gallery at SCS .

My second card is for today's Dare to Get Dirty Sketch Challenge.

...and for now, I've really gotta go! I have 2 more challenges to do before bedtime!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

You're Bugging Me ~ By Missy B Designs

I've had so much fun the last 24 hours stamping with this new set from Missy B Designs. I have used every image in the set to make a card and that's unusual for me.

These stamps come as a full sheet of unmounted rubber and are very inexpensive for all the images you get.

They came in the mail yesterday and I went to work mounting them on the foam cushion I could use with my acrylic blocks. I stamped each image on a white sheet of card stock and attached it to the inside of a CD case and put my new stamp set in it.

I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so cutting out and mounting stamps isn't a big deal to me.

So, for the next few days you'll be seeing all the cards I made with this set called, You're Bugging Me by Missy B Designs.

Supply List: Stamps - You're Bugging Me by Missy B Designs, Friends Always by PAPERTREYink., Paper - Basic Black, Real Red, White, Ink - Noir Black, Accessories - Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol and stumps, Black & White Gingham Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner Punch, Stickles Ice.

Happy Birthday Michael!!

Michael is my youngest son and today is his 6th birthday, we call him Mikey.

This is the birthday card I made for Mikey, he really liked Poochie Frankie and told me that's what he wanted but I needed to color Poochie's board shorts red. Okay, I can do that!

I wasn't real sure about his color choice with the Cool Caribbean and Black, he saw something I didn't and it goes well together. Hmmm, does he have a passion for colors and... he might!

Supply List: Stamps - The Cat's Pajammas, Poochie Frankie, 3 Flowers, Kowabunga, Waves by 100 Proof Paper - YoYo Yellow, Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Real Red, White Ink - Noir Black, Cool Caribbean Accessories - Stampin' Up! Round Tab Punch, Quickutz Sun, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Stumps, "Dude" is a computer generated font.

This is a picture of the birthday boy with our kitten when she first came to us. He's an animal lover and she must have known that. She is not a snuggler but she sure likes him!

In the mail yesterday I had some new Rubbah! And I mean rubbah!
Two sheets from Missy B Designs!!
I have them cut out and mounted on cling foam now and made 6 different cards yesterday. I got lost in what I was doing so I didn't even do a blog post yesterday.

I'll take some pictures soon and share them with you! Like maybe tonight...

Have a great day!!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Birthday Parties, Sketch Challenges, Life - time for everything~

We celebrated my youngest son Michael's 6th birthday today. He'll be 6 on Tuesday but it's easier to have a party on a Sunday afternoon so that's what we did.

I started filling the kids swimming pool at 3:30 and we had a nice storm roll in about 4:15, our plans changed a little and I had kids and adults in the house. I'm happy to say it went pretty well.

Michael had a good time, that's the most important thing.

I was able to catch up on a couple of challenges today too!

My Hedgie card is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge at her Blog Fresh and Fun. I'm sure you've noticed this paper before, I only had 1 1/2 sheets, you'd think I'd have used it all by now!

Supply List: Stamps - Stampin' Up! Fast & Fun Notes, Bugs by Posh Impressions, Paper - Dots & Dashes DP, Pink Passion, More Mustard, Nut Brown, White. Ink - Basic Brown, Accessories - Stampin' Write Markers, Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval punch, Creative Memories Oval Cutter, Paper piercing tools, Cuttlebug embossing template.

My second card is SC132 a little late. I had to think about this one! The last couple of challenges have had to "rest on me" awhile. SC133 is sitting on my kitchen table and Im not sure if I really followed the sketch the way I should have, I don't know if I'm happy with it, etc. Pretty silly if you ask me! Supply List: Stamps - Doodle This, Fast & Fun Notes, Paper - Dots & Dashes DP, More Mustard, Nut Brown, Pixie Pink, Watercolor paper, Ink - Basic Brown, Pixie Pink, Accessories - Stampin' Write Marker Pink Passion, Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle punch, Amber Rhinestone from WalMart.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lots Of Excitement Around Here ~ For Me Anyway!!

I'm wowed by Kristine's nominating me a "Rockin' Girl Blogger"! How cool is that?!!

Kristine's Blog is Ink Something, if she isn't on your list of daily blogs she should be!

Now it's my job to let you know who 5 ladies are that I think are Rockin' Girl Bloggers so here goes!

Alisa Tilsner
Denise @ Geekgirls Random Ramblings
Debbie Olson @ Thinking Inking
Faith Hofrichter @ Stampin' With Markie's Mom
Maria Bell @ Card Inspired By Maria

Check out their blogs, if you don't you'll miss some awesome artwork!

Thank you Kristine! You made my day!!

The next thing on my mind is a challenge I entered over at Card Inspired By Maria, she was calling for "Scrappy cards" and I just happened to make one for a friend of mine so I entered it.

She e mailed me to let me know it's up on her blog, Cool! I should make a correction about the picture on the card though. The picture is of Maggie & Jonathan in front of their home, it's a thank you for your hospitality card for my friend who stayed with them.

If you scroll down you'll see the card here on my blog and if you visit hers you'll see it there too! My card art is on 2 blogs today!! I think that's pretty cool. Thanks Maria!

The card displayed on my blog today is one I made a couple of days ago playing with Brilliance Ink pads and a new stamp set by Impression Obsession called Flower Vase. I love the sparkle of Brilliance Inks!

Supply List: Stamps - Flower Vase by Impression Obsession, Thank You by Sweet Impressions, Floral Background by Stampin' Up! Paper - Apricot Appeal, Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence, White, Ink - Brilliance Orange, Purple, Orchid, Palette jardin Moss, Noir Black, Accessories - Crystal Effects

Thursday, July 19, 2007

RAK's - Sketches - Another Good Day Stampin'

I have to start out by saying THANK YOU to my friend Donna for this cute card! She sent me a package and this card she made was in it, simply adorable!

The second card is for the staff at swim lessons for my kids tomorrow. It's the last day of swim lessons and I wanted to let them know my kids have had such a wonderful time learning how to swim with them this summer, they've done an awesome job!

I didn't have any stamps with swimmers or water sports stuff so I found a couple of cute sickers. There's glare from my camera flash because the stickers are shiny, sorry about that.

I was blog browsing this morning and was at Maria's blog - Cards Inspired By Maria and saw this sketch. It spoke to me, pick me! pick me! so I did. I'm happy with the card except I still want those darn rhinestone brads from Stampin' Up!, I used Stickles again and got a little messy this time.

Supply List: Stamps - Thank You by Sweet Impressions, Paper - Green Galore, Pink Passion, White, SU Dots & Dashes DP Ink - Noir Black Accessories - Paper piercing tools, Primas dipped in Pixie Pink craft ink, Lime organdy ribbon, Silver brads with Stickles Ice added to them for bling.

My last card is Maria's sketch again. Mr. Brown arrived early today with our Stampin' Up! order so I had to cut out my one and only stamp set and play with it. I'm intrigued with this sketch so I had to try it again. I like the focal image being smaller and showing off more of the patterned paper. I didn't feel like there was room for the flowers though.

Supply List: Stamps - SU Fun & Fast Notes, Paper - More Mustard, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, White, SU Dots & Dashes DP, Accessories - Hot Pink Organdy ribbon, Paper Piercing tools, Sponges.

Oh!! I discovered another cool stamp company today - Missy B Designs. She has some really cute unmounted images and the prices are great! I know, I know ~ I'm an enabler, but you really should check it out!! ...and I don't know about you but I'll be going to Celebrate Recovery Friday night...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Just Stamping Today ~

We have a Wednesday evening Family Group at my house and started a new Bible study tonight about friendship. I made covers for everyone's study material today and this image is one of the stamped images from one of those covers. Why stamp and color one when you can stamp and color several? Am I just sick do all stampers do this?

I made 3 extra cards with the Seahorse from my Fishy Friends set for my stash. I thought they'd make good kids cards or birthday cards whenever the need presented itself.

I've been trying to use more of my designer papers and maybe one day have less of it. It's going to be awhile one sheet at a time! The Prismacolor pencils help, becasue I can match almost any paper I have now. Anyway here's my supply list...

Stamps - Fishy Friends, You Are Special To Me by PSX, Paper - Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Petals & Paisley DP, White Ink - Noir Black, Accessories - Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stumps, Creative Memories wavy ruler, cutting blade.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lizzie Anne Designs ~ Jolies Fleurs

I've been having fun doing some stamping today with a newer set that I have by Lizzie Anne Designs called Jolies Fleurs. I like it!

I needed to make a thank you card for a friend and he wanted to add a picture to the card front.

I had some problems printing the picture so I started playing with the set I wanted to use without the picture and came up with my first card. It's actually a sketch challenge from Split Coast Stampers, SC119 and my second card is another sketch challenge, SC126.

Supply List: Stamps - Lizzie Anne Designs Jolies Fleurs, Thank You by Sweet Impressions, Paper - Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Basic Black, Watercolor paper, Ink - Noir Black, Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Accessories - Watercolor crayons, Aqua painter, Stickles Ice.

After I finished my first card I went out and got the picture from my friend because I wasn't having any luck printing it. The kids and I went for a drive and got to visit for awhile, it was a nice break this afternoon for us.

I chose the colors for this card by taking the colors of their shirts in the picture and using them together. I considered using my retired Denim background stamp because he's wearing jeans but really didn't want to add another color to the card. Too many colors can get to be a bit much for me.

I cropped the photo and mounted it on Basic Black card stock, then Pretty In Pink and Cranberry Crisp. When I set the mounted picture on the Cranberry card stock that's crossed over it blended into it too well so I cut a square of Pretty In Pink and then cut it diagonally to make a triangle so my photo would pop. I attached the crossed pieces so I'd know I had enough room to stamp the Thank You where I wanted it and then stamped the rest of the background.

I then attached the photo with foam tape so it's slightly raised and wanted to add a flower from my stash. My colors weren't quite right so I used one of the stamps from the stamp set and Cranberry Crisp ink and stamped on the flower, the pink flower wasn't quite the right shade so I squished it in my ink pad, then put them together and used a matte finish black brad. I'd really like to have the new Rhinestone brads from our Stampin' Up! catalog but don't so when I put the Stickles on the first card I thought... Gee I wonder... It'll work for now!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Fix A Fella

I've been back to coloring today with my Prismacolor Pencils. I need a birthday card for one of the men at Celebrate Recovery Friday night and he's a "Fix-A-Fella" kinda guy. I haven't had a chance to use this stamp yet and it was fun to play with, I made a few cards with this image and I liked this one the best.

Supply List: Stamps - Fixafella, SU Builder Bits wheel, Happy Birthday by Eureka stamps. Paper - Close To Cocoa, Ballet Blue, Basic Black and White. Accessories - Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, stumps, Phillips screw head eyelet.
I just realized I need to make up some of these for thank you cards too! Every once in awhile I need one.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

...and the winner is!!

It's 10:00 p.m. Arizona time, and the winner of the blog candy is Malieta from Michigan!

Malieta please send your snail mail address to gonestampin@gmail.com so I can ship you a package of goodies!!

It's been really fun to read everyone's comments from the last few days and see where you live. I think the person that was the farthest away was in Brasil, and I heard from lots of people in Canada! This thing called the internet is pretty amazing. Thanks to everyone who participated, I can't wait to do it again!

My card today is one I made when I was working on cards for Grace Assembly of God Church a few months back. I haven't stamped anything today and hopefully will be back at it tomorrow.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Don't forget to leave a comment for the blog candy to be given away! Scroll down and you'll see it, I'll be drawing a random number Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Arizona time.

Lovin' That Poochie Frankie!

Thursday evening in my travels, blog browsing that is, I came across Sketch This. She has a sketch challenge going on and I took one look and thought - Oh boy!

I hadn't used my Poochie Frankie stamp from The Cat's Pajammas yet and had this idea forming in my head. When I bought Poochie Frankie I made sure to purchase "a set" that I put together myself. It consists of 3 stamps, Poochie Frankie, Kowabunga! and a 3 flower stamp that matches the flowers on his shorts. Everything I need, right? Sure!

I started out stamping Poochie Frankie on white card stock and thought he needs waves to be surfing on, oh!! and I have some! I opened a drawer in my file cabinet (full of stamps) and found just what I needed.

I know Cool Caribbean is now retired by Stampin' Up! but I happen to have almost 500 sheets of it I found somewhere else and I think it looks like the color of water so I had to use it. I stamped my waves (made by 100 Proof) in Cool Caribbean under Poochie and then sponged a little of the ink around him and also sponged the edges of the white card stock with it. I then used my Aqua Painter to color in the flowers on his cute board shorts. After that dried I used a Prismacolor pencil to color the purple on his shorts and used Gamsol and a stump to blend the color.

I matted Poochie on a scrap of Black cardstock and then Cool Caribbean. It still needed something but I wasn't sure what so I moved on to the next part. The Cool Caribbean panel, I wasn't sure if it should be Black or Cool Caribbean so I cut the card bodies in each color so I could see what worked best. The Cool Caribbean really popped on the black card body so I went from there.

I used the 3 flowers stamp to make patterned paper for this panel. I then decided I needed another color, the purple that I used to color those board shorts might be just the thing. I consulted my color wheel and much to my surprise it was there (kinda)!

I then added a Purple Medium matting around the Cool Caribbean on my Poochie image and stamped Kowabunga! on the skinny strip that runs across the card, ooohhhh, we're gettin' there!

I had it all layed out and thought he needs sunshine! I know I have a sun in my Quickutz dies that would be perfect... Checked my color wheel again and it said YoYo Yellow, I was thinking more like Summer Sun but okay I can do that. I tried both and they were right!

Next I started sticking it all down on the card body. The Poochie surfing image is popped with foam tape (stuff I can't live without) and the sun die cut is also popped with foam tape. When I had it all put together I thought I'd like to add just one more thing and hoped I wasn't over doing it. I thought it needed a couple of brads to finish it off.

I was so excited with the card I'd just created using the sketch! I went back to the website so I could leave a comment and a link to my card!!

It was last weeks sketch and you have to do a sketch each week for this challenge, oh =). That's okay, I went to bed feeling happy with what I'd made. Someone else's sketch had helped me create something fun, that's what it's really all about anyway for me - creating something and having fun with it!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Today's the day for Blog candy! I'm so excited, I've had 1500 visitors to my blog in just 51 days of blogging. All I can say is WOW, I'm stunned.

The blog candy is pictured above ~

A new unmounted Garden Collage stamp set by Stampin' Up!
3 Jolies For You scrapbook embellishments
A few yards of dotted organdy ribbon by May Arts the colors are Celery and Light Pink
and some pink cording that looked interesting.
1 Birthday book, made by me.

Here's how to play - it's easy, I have one question for you ~ Where do you live?
Answer my question in the comments section before July 15 2007, (this Sunday) at 10:00 p.m. Arizona time. I will pick a random number from the comments under the heading "Oh Boy!! Blog Candy!!" at that time and post a winner!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's Meeting Today!

We had our monthly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's meeting at Judy's house today in Lake Havasu. Judy's my upline for Stampin' Up! This is a picture of Kim taking a picture and me cutting some of the paper we'd be using for our project today.

Our project today came from Taylor Vanbruggen's blog, Taylored Expressions. In my blog browsing a few months ago I saw this cute gift she'd made out of a Starbucks coffee container. I thought it was so cute and I had the paper! I told my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator girl friends about it and they wanted to make one too, so that was our project today at our meeting.

The girls are working on the project and visiting.
This project takes one sheet of 12 x 12 double sided designer paper cut into 4" strips. The first 2 wrap around the carrying carton and the 3rd strip is cut in half so it's approxamately 2" wide and wrapped around the carton again. We added some brown and white dotted ribbon to the carrying carton and the bottles, cut out tags using a Mega Circle punch (Marvy) and added brown flowers with cream colored button centers to the bottle caps.
A cute, quick and easy gift idea, thanks Taylor!

Judy, Jan, Kim, Diane, Dagmar
There's one of us missing - Camille, she gets to go home to Michigan for the summer. We always have a great time when we get together and miss our Stampin' Up! Sister when she's gone.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Fun New Technique For Me

I'm really excited about these motorcycle images! My friend Pat in California sent them to me, she stamped them and then heat embossed them for me. There was one with a blue gas tank that she made look like metalflake paint, it was so cool!

I asked her how she did it and she filled me in. When I was at the LSS in Havasu yesterday I picked up some glitter and tried out her technique. I think it's a definate Wow!

There's only one drawback to this technique, drying time! I had to be patient and wait overnight for the Crystal Effects to dry.

This second card is "my" motorcycle, you see my favorite color is GREEN. Any color of green!

To make the motorcycle tanks look like they do I applied my two way glue to the inside of the gas tank and poured glitter over it. I gently shook off the excess and then applied Crystal Effects over the glitter. I used a paper clip to spread the Crystal Effects around where I wanted it and then left it alone to dry. The waiting was the hardest part!

I colored in parts of the bike fenders with my Stampin' Write markers and the engine parts with my new Prismacolor pencils. The photo corner is from a Sizzlets die, I didn't have the right colored brad for my green card so I made one. I took a silver brad and dipped it in Crystal Effects and then the jar of glitter and then again in Crystal Effects. It had to sit for awhile in my tweezers to dry.

The diamond plate paper is embossed and made by EK Success, it's part of their Harley Davidson design goodies.

Oh, and I used the sketch from Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge 120.

Monday, July 9, 2007

The inside of this card says ~ because I have a friend like you!

It's Monday and I haven't started working on the wedding scrapbook yet...

Pam called and we took off to Havasu to the LSS to make their "Quickie Cards" and what's becoming our weekly trip to WalMart. I don't spend as much money at WalMart each week because I was just there, that's a benefit.

I was working on coloring this mouse with the Prismacolor pencils when she called.

I need a thank you card for my friend Dagmar who drove me around last Friday. She lives 40 miles away (in Lake Havasu) and came to get me to take me back to Lake Havasu and then drive me back to Parker.

The purpose of the trip was to get a tire fixed so when I get my car back I won't have more problems. That's a lot of driving on her part and I wanted to do something nice for her. She'll be at our Stampin' Up! Demonstrators meeting Wednesday and I'll give her the card I made for her then. I hope she likes it!

My supply list for this card is rather vague. The paper is out of my stash that I've had forever, it came from the LSS in Havasu. The stamp is from the Nice & Easy Notes set by Stampin' Up!, punches are Marvy Mega and Giga scalloped circles, the scalloped edge on the strip of stripped paper I made using my Carl cutter with the scallop blade. The 3 flowers are made by My Moments and they came from WalMart, the wedding section is next to the scrappin' supplies at the WM in LHC.

I have one other thing on my mind tonight ~ blog candy! I noticed my visitors are getting close to 1500, I started my blog on May 21, 2007 and I'm really excited that people find my blog and check it out. So, when we get to 1500 I'm going to give away some blog candy. You'll have to check back and see what I come up with!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Playing With Frogs...

I hope you can stand to see a couple more pictures of that frog from Eureka stamps!

I've spent the day coloring... well not the entire day! My friend Gina picked us up for church this morning because I still don't have a car. The wrong part came in yesterday so there will be a slight delay.

Okay, I surrender take as long as you need with the car I'd rather stay home and stamp anyway.

So, after church I started coloring frogs again. I feel like I'm getting a little better at it, I used 2 colors on the shorts this time and I'm quite happy with the outcome.

Since I'm playing with frogs today I got out my Unfrogetable set by Stampin' Up! too. I've colored several images from that set today too, I just don't have a finished card for you yet.

My supply list is basically the same as yesterday's post. Rerun!

I'm really supposed to be working on scrapbook pages for Melissa who just got married but I just couldn't help myself, I wanted to practice coloring some more.

Tomorrow is Monday, that's the beginning of the "work" week right?? I can start that tomorrow (sounds like procrastination to me).

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Prismacolor Pencils

Oh Wow! Look what came in the mail today!! I came across an add on Split Coast Stampers selling Prismacolor Pencils for a great price with Gamsol and stumps included.

I sent a private message to confirm on the price and ask why she was selling her sets and the condition. The sweet lady's name is Donna and she explained that her family was moving, she has small children and just doesn't use them. I can relate! I've been selling off stuff I don't use lately myself!

I feel like I've been given a special gift. I've colored a few images and feel like I have a long way to go before I'm really good at it but that's okay. The more you practice the better you get!

Here's my first card using the Prismacolor pencils to color the frog image. This frog is from Eureka Stamps and has been sitting on my table patiently waiting for me to get to "him". I was planning on using some glitter on his drink but was excited about what I had and frogot to do that part. I can still add that!

Supply List: Stamps - from Eureka Stamps . com, Paper - Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Elegant Eggplant, White, Ink - Noir Black, Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stumps, grape eyelets, ticket corner punch.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Whew! What A Day!

Wow! Check out this RAK card I received today in the mail from the SCS Welcoming Committee. I joined the Split Coast Stampers Random Acts Of Kindness Club ~ how cool is that card! Thank you ladies, I'm happy to be a part of your group.

I'm still selling stamps and stuff on Split Coast Stampers and I think I've sold over 20 stamp sets now. I'm down to one box under the kitchen table and I can't wait until it's empty. At one point I didn't think it would be empty, but I do now!

So, I've spent most of my day in front of the computer making deals again and I haven't stamped a thing, oh my...

Around 4:30 this afternoon we had to go out to the post office and grocery store. Check out the time and temp. sign at the bank! My camera is always in my purse so I had to turn around and take a picture of that.
All I have to say about that is... I'm so glad the air conditioning in my car is being fixed tomorrow, Yeah Lane!
And now you'll know I've lost my mind but, it didn't seem that hot today...
I think it's time to check back in to SCS, have a great day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

SCS Color Challenge 121 / Sketch Challenge 131


It's been a very relaxing holiday at our house. The kids even let me sleep late!

I've been on Split Coast Stampers most of the day wheeling and dealing in retired stamps,
wheels, paper, etc. I have a pile of stuff to take to the post office tomorrow, yea! Out with the old and in with the new.

I did have to apologize to one gal for selling a wheel she wanted to someone else. I didn't realize it was one of those "in demand" things and everyone jumped on it. I thought I was talking with the same person and I wasn't. Before I knew it the deal was done, paid for, packaged, done. I feel bad and I've hopefully learned to be more careful in the future with stuff like that.

Thanks for "listening" to my confession, I feel a little better.

I haven't really even decided what I should order from the new catalog yet.

I plan on starting a Stampers Club this month and I think I'd like to use this card from today's Sketch Challenge at SCS as our first card. It's also the Color Challenge for this week, my Bodacious Bouquet set with it's coordinating classy brass seemed like just the thing for this sketch challenge.

I used a Chocolate Chip base and layered a Pretty In Pink panel embossed with a Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder and an Old Olive panel stamped with the leaves from Bodacious and did paper piercing around them. It's too bad Stampin' Up! retired that embossing template, I like all the paper piercing possibilities it provides. I stamped the square of White cardstock with Pretty In Pink classic ink ( I would have perferred craft but don't have that one yet.) pierced around the flower using the (retired) coordinating brass template, sponged around the edges with Pretty In Pink and Chocolate Chip, trimmed off the corners with the Ticket Corner punch and mounted it on a square of Chocolate chip and trimmed the corners again with the punch. I mounted that on the card with my foam tape and added Stickles Ice to the center of the flower.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Flower Box Set by Stampendous

I really like Brilliance Pearlescent inks. I recently tried watercoloring with them and they are neat! You get a shimmery effect.

I have 3 cards I made using the same image from the Flower Box set by Stampendous. I had 3 small scraps of watercolor paper and wondered how a couple of the different Brilliance Pearlescent inks would blend and if I could shade with them too.

I started with Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid on the petal closest to us then used purple to fill in the petal that's behind it. I went back over the first petal with the purple and tried to make the outside area a little darker and blend it in with the Orchid. It worked pretty well and is much easier to see in person.

On the flower stamens I used yellow and then orange around the edges.

I matted all three flowers with black, light orange and again with black. The light orange is the Papermillstore.com match I've found for Stampin' Up!s Apricot Appeal.

For the top card I used the Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders and black grossgrain ribbon and attached that to a basic black A6 sized card body. The purple card stock is from Thepapermillstore.com and is called Purple Medium which matches Stampin' Up!s Orchid Opulence ink beautifully.

The second card I thought a background stamp would look nice with my flower. I decided on Antique Lace by Stampin' Up! - it's been retired for a few years but hey, I like it.

I inked up my Antique Lace background stamp with Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid to match my Purple medium card stock. It's a nice match and gives a kind of shimmer to the background that's subtle.

Next I punched a hole with my 1/4" round hand held punch so I could put organdy ribbon through it. I have one of Stampin' Up!s small slot punches but was afraid I'd break it trying to punch through so many thicknesses of card stock.

I tried dotted organdy ribbon, black with white dots and it didn't quite look right so I tried the solid black and thought it worked pretty well. A little narrower would have been good but I didn't have any.

The "simply friends" stamp is actually two stamps that come in the Flower Box stamp set.

Oh my... I've lost my third card. Oh well, I used the same colors and it had some paper piercing on it that didn't look very good. It was uneven. That's kind of funny! I wonder where it went?? lol

Monday, July 2, 2007

Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants

I'm still playing with the new Pollen Dust stamp set...

Supply List: Stamps - Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants, Stampin' Up! Linnen background, Paper - Berry Meduim, Orange Light, Basic Black, White, Ink - Stampin' Up! craft Rose Red, Garden Green, Apricot Appeal, Classic Ink pads - Sahara Sand, Creamy Carmel, Accessories - Stampin' Sponges

It's definately summer time in Arizona, I was told the temperature yesterday was 121 here. So that's why I had such a hard time keeping cool yesterday!

We took off this afternoon and went to Havasu for the Monday quickie cards at the LSS, Pam and I took our new Stampin' Up! catalogs to browse through while Cindy drove. While we were in Stamps & Stuff making our cards we were talking about the new catalog and I ended up selling my catalog to a lady that was there. I don't think she'll end up being my customer for Stampin' Up! because I live 40 miles away but she has a cool new catalog.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants

I haven't had any time to play with stamps today but I have a card I made last night with a new stamp set from Fancy Pants called Pollen Dust. This set has 43 stamps, it looks like there are endless possibilities with this one! I can't wait to have more time to play with it.

I've been on Split Coast Stampers looking at the Buy/Sell/Trade/ISO threads, it's busy over there with retired Stampin' Up! sets for sale. I have a few of my own I need to post there!

Supply List: Stamps - Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants, Sincere Salutations by Stampin' Up!, Paper - Aqua Thepapermillstore.com (aka Cool Caribbean), Vanilla, Basic Black, Ink - Palette Noir, Cool Caribbean, Accessories - Black Organdy Ribbon, Stickles Ice, Carl Cutter with scallop blade, Paper piercing tool.