February 26, 2007
Congratulations Jen, send me your mailing address and your package will be on it's way tomorrow morning!
There has to be something wonderful about Monday's, right? So here it is! Blog Candy!
I am offering up to one lucky reader a multitude of goodies. An alterable "band-aid" type tin, three wood mounted rubber stamps, a brand new mica magic ink pad in purple, two lenghts of purple ric-rac, one large size in soft chenille lavender and one small size in royal purple, and a handful of purple prima flowers. Does anyone else detect a color theme here? *grin*
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Giveaway ends Friday at 9AM EST. I will draw a winner from the list of names and hopefully that person will know by Friday evening and I can mail their package out on Saturday!
February 23, 2007
The second card I whipped up rather quickly. I stamped a bunch of flower images on black CS using white chalk ink, cut it to fit the bottom of the card base, added a piece of ribbon and had the main card done. For the central image I stamped some of the same flower images in black on a sheet of labels, matted it with black and then white, stamped a sentiment on it and adhered it to the card front. I didn't like how the top of the piece disappeared into the white card top, so I matted only the top portion in black again to make it stand out.
The card opens in a strange way, so I used a photo corner to hold the card closed. I like the touches of red with the black and white. The whole time I was making this card I kept singing (out loud, mind you) that early 90s song "I've been thinking about you" by London Beat. Anyone remember that song? It totally evokes feelings of Jr. High School dances with me. So because I couldn't get it out of my head, I looked through my sentiment stamps and found the perfect one! *grin*
February 21, 2007
February 18, 2007
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Pure of heart, Boar people are generous and kind. Full of inner strength and courage, they can take on any task. A friend who listens, the Boar is sincere and trustworthy. They are driven by their passion for life.
February 16, 2007
TECHNIQUES: White gel pen doodling over the PP, multicolor marker ink on stamp, used MM paper distressor on edges of stamped section, layering with pop dots, paper piercing.
Sentiment from Carmen's Veranda, brocade blue and whisper white CS from SU, ribbon is Offray, large square eyelets are from Joann, paper punches from Marvy, ink is Ranger archival.
TECHNIQUES: Prismacolor pencils and gamsol used to color image, paper piercing and pop dots.
TECHNIQUES: Cuttlebug embossing (using my Sizzix), DTP inking on embossed part, paper piercing, faux sewing with gel pen and hole piercing, layers raised with pop dots.
February 15, 2007
Our older foster son wanted to know if we could have "pink milk" everyday! There's just something about color that makes it taste better? *grin*
February 12, 2007
I found out that I won an incredible piece of art by Sarah Fishburn. She is an amazing artist. I go to her blog just to drool! It's a collaged heart pendant and she actually sells them at Whole Foods! I know you want to see them, so check them out here. I can't wait till it arrives! I was thinking I might give it away as a gift, but I've changed my mind (without even having seen it), and intend to wear it every day to remind myself to create SOME form of art always.
The second blog candy I won was from Craft Critique. This place is really great. It's like the consumer reports of the crafting world. No advertising, just honest, unsolicited advice on crafting tools, products, and supplies. I read their article on the Crop-a-dile today and it was just what I was looking for! I'm not sure what I won yet...it was a secret. But it's a whole BOX full of goodies! Read about it here, and bookmark this blog, because you will return often to read the reviews!
This whole winning thing had done wonders for my mood. I just might have to offer some blog candy of my own! Stay tuned to see...*wink*
February 09, 2007
I made this fast BD card for my SIL last week. Was having a total mind blank and then the idea just popped into my head! She's mom to a toddler and twin babies under a year so I went with cool, calming colors. This photo makes the colors look "off", though they aren't in person. The olive leaves match the button exactly in real life.
PP came from the "OLD WORLD" Stack from Joanns, stamps are SU "Best Blossoms" and sentiment is unknown. Ribbon is Offray, button is SEI, CS is Bazzill and SU, ink is Ranger and Hero Arts. In retrospect, I wish I had used pop dots under the flower to lift it up a bit, and add more depth to the card.
February 08, 2007
So...I went with orange, yellow and blue with touches of dark red.
February 07, 2007
All stamps are SU. I just received the"Wild About You" set in the mail and I'm already in love! All CS is Bazzill, PP is unknown (from my stash), trim and star eyelet are also unknown, small fabric tag came from the $ store, and ink is Hero Arts versacolor pigment cube, and Versamagic chalk ink.
After embossing the giraffe, I distressed the edges of the ivory CS, matted it with pale green, and adhered it to the blue with pop dots from the $ store. I wanted to bring out the dot pattern from the BG paper, so I cut my own small circle out of some scraps of rubber, and used versamark to add circles to the light blue CS. The photos makes it hard to see, but they are more visable in real life.
Not having the ticket corner punch, I used a large hole punch to cut the corners of the bottom two CS mats, and doodled with my white gel pen on the creamy brown CS. The space at the bottom of the yellow CS is where the baby's name will be, but I didn't want it on for posting here. This card was inspired by this card at SCS.
The next card was made for that same co-worker's grandson!
Again using the SU set "Wild About You" and some SU cardstock (Marigold Morning, Whisper white). Plus some sentiment stamps from Purple Onion Designs. Michelle makes AWESOME stamps over there! I have quite a collection of her stuff.
PP is Chatterbox, rest of CS is unknown (scraps from my stash). Ink is Impress, Ranger archival and SU, and eyelets and number rub-on are MM.
I stamped the animal images on whisper white CS, cut them out by hand and used my corner rounder punch on them before matting them with colorful scraps that I also corner rounded. They are adhered using $ store pop dots to the PP. I popped out the lion's mane and the elephant's ear, used liquied applique on the giraffe's spots and will put google eyes on the alligator (the ones I had were too big). I doodled using my trusty black marker from ZIG, and my white gel pen. I hope these bright colors and fun animals appeal to her grandson!
This card was loosly inspired by this one at SCS.
I sauted some broccoli, mushrooms and chopped red peppers in olive oil with a touch of minced garlic. Mixed it together in a bowl with a small container of ricotta cheese, some shredded mozzarella, and 1/2 cup of shaved parmesan. I stirred in a fair amount of freshly ground pepper and filled the dough with this mixture, being sure to pull over and seal the edges by twisting and pressing with fork tines.
As you can see, I didn't do the best job of sealing it! But the amount of dough and mixture made two huge calzones, and we used our own marinara sauce for dip. I might do this again using broccoli and vegetarian sausage, or maybe spinach and mushrooms. We all thought it was delicious!
February 06, 2007
I have had this heart stamp set for quite awhile and never used it so I decided to look there to see some samples using it. I fell in love with one posted by a user called "mytime". I asked her permission to re-create it, albeit a bit differently, and she said yes! Her work is just stunning--you should check it out here.
I stamped the hearts using mostly pigment ink by Colorbox and Versamagic. The black is Ranger archival ink--my favorite black ink for everyday stamping. Black, red and white CS is from SU, pink CS is Bazzill. Heart brads are from Joanns and ribbon is Offray. The word was stamped with typewriter alphabet stamps using a Palette stamp & stick glue pad and silver glitter. Clear embossing powder used on the bottom red heart is Joanns too. I used my old scalloped scissors to cut the white CS edge, and mounted the heart piece with pop dots from the $ store.
This card is going out to my best friend Mary for St. Valentine's day.
To top it all off, the other driver was driving an un-insured, un-registered vehicle with ILLEGAL plates on it! So because he had no insurance, WE have to pay an out-of-pocket deductible through our insurance company. Hopefully the other driver will re-imburse us. *fingers crossed*
So we sat in the snow bank in the car for an hour and 20 minutes while the police filled out the accident report and issued the other driver numerous tickets. I had to keep the car running because it was -2 outside and the wind chill made it much worse. The kids were very well behaved although quite hungry, and the toddler (whom we are toilet training) kept saying, "Momma, Potty!" *chuckle* I can laugh about it now, but it wasn't very funny then. He also kept repeating, "SMASH! Not nice!" Because we were in the snow bank, I couldn't get out my door, and because of where we were hit, the passenger side door wouldn't open, so I was stuck, and couldn't really do much.
We fianlly got home(4 blocks away)though the car was barely drivable. My husband took lots of photos so that we can send them to our insurance company. Now the fun begins *rolling eyes*
February 05, 2007
I know...make another cover!
So I quickly cut a red textured strip of paper, leftover from a customer's wedding invites this past summer and added a torn strip of brown CS on top. The ironic part being that the red textured paper CAME from Thailand where it is handmade! So it really is "Far East." I hand drew the words using a Sakura Glaze pen, and doodled some faux sewing along the edges and a small flower. I stamped a portion of an image from SU's "Artfully Asian" set on the left side of the title in Versamagic white cloud ink, and added a cool caribbean CS circle to finish it off. I stapled ribbons to the sides of the entire piece and then tied them in back to keep this "cover" on the stack. She should be getting this soon--hope she likes it!
I woke early again and felt like working in my studio, so I popped out this quick tag based on a design I saw in Papercrafts Magazine.
PP by Creative Impulse, yellow CS by Bazzill, SU whisper white and cool caribbean CS, Chalk ink by Colorbox and Versamagic, brads and rub-ons by MM, ribbon by offray.
The original used a sailboat embellishment sticker by Doodlebug, but not having it, I just made my own by cutting some shapes out of CS, and layering them on a circle I stamped with chalk ink. I then punched it out using my Marvy mega circle punch and inked the edges, before adhering it with pop dots. I doodled on the boat a bit using my white gel pen. I have another one in mind using different colors and a duck instead of a sailboat, so if I get to it tonight, I'll post it also.
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, sift together:
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
In a separate bowl, cream together:
1/3 cup butter, softened (I use vegan Earth Balance)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
1/2 cup milk (I used Soy Egg Nog)
Add dry mixture to wet, stirring just until moistened. Don't overmix.
Fill greased, or paper-lined muffin tin with batter. I only filled 10, not 12.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 2.
In a small bowl, mix together:
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
In another small bowl, melt 6 tablespoons butter.
Dip top of each muffin in melted butter and then in sugar/cinnamon mixture, coating entire top evenly. Devour!
The addition of egg nog instead of milk really made these scruptious. If I was going to use plain soy milk, I would have added a touch of vanilla to enhance the overall flavor.
February 03, 2007
February 02, 2007
So, I saw a really nice card here, made for a blogger's only Valentine swap (scroll down) and asked the designer if I could CASE it. When I saw her card, I just pictured a different version of it in my head and wanted to make it myself. She gave me the go-ahead and here is what I came up with.
I've really been liking the pink/brown color scheme lately, and knew that the person I'm sending this to would appreciate it. I used stamps from SU (heart, tag in middle) and TAC (sentiment). PP from Making Memories, ribbon from Offray, sewing, masking, and doodling.
Here is a tag I made last week for our foster son to take to a birthday party he was invited to.
Patterned paper is by Chloe's Closet--afternoon tea. Rub-ons are MM, stamps are varied, ribbon is Offray, flower is unknown, button is SEI. Diamond stickles used along ribbon.
February 01, 2007
This card was for a supplies challenge at a site I used to frequent. You'd receive the supplies in the mail and have to create a card front with it. It's hard to see the vellum in the photo, it's all the way on the bottom left. I liked the simplicity of these supplies and tried to maintain it when I made the card.
Here's what I came up with:
You can see my miserable attempt at faux sewing! LOL. I have a few stitching stamps and although I love them now, I wasn't so sure about them when I made this card last year.
This next card was for a co-worker a year ago. It was my first use of chipboard ever (the #1) , and I cut it out myself using my craft knife! The BG is embossed with Judikins white diamonds EP, and the cut out wagon is adhered with pop-dots.
I made it so the wagon handle could move by attaching it with a simple mini brad. I also used my white gel pen to draw the rings on the button wheels. I doodled in black around the sentiment rectangles to make them pop.
Next up are some ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) that I made for a swap on Artchix last year. I had a lot of fun using material and actually sewing it to the BGs that I created (no faux stitching here!).
Here are a few up close. Please excuse the poor photo quality--I had a really terrible old Mavica digital camera back then.
The last thing I'm going to share is a card I made for a little contest at a stamping convention last year. It didn't win, but I was pleased with it anyway. I love using alcohol inks and making BGs with them. This card uses lots of different elements, including stamps from SU, Eclectic Omnibus, and RubberStampede. It also uses an image from a collage sheet from ArtChix, just like the above ATCs do.
Well, that's enough nostalgia for today! Thanks for sticking with me this far!