July 31, 2007
July 30, 2007
So this card is fun, huh? I sort of had a free-for-all with it. It was originally made with PP (3 different pieces), but I decided to challenge myself and create my own. I'm not very good at creating interesting backgrounds...besides, why bother when there are SOOO many incredible PPs out there? But I gave it try after dis-mantling the whole thing and peeling off the PP from my first go-round.
I used SU!'s Best Blossoms set on the gauva and Old Olive CS. I also used my new LINEN BG stamp! Those of you who know me, know that I have been craving, coveting, yearning for the linen BG stamp from SU!. I just couldn't justify spending almost $17 for ONE stamp. So I never purchased it. Well, my SU demo decided to get rid of her old one last week (at a reduced rate, i.e we traded) and I snapped it up like a fish takes bait! I'm so happy to have it and spent several minutes stamping it on EVERYTHING!
So anyway, I used SU!'s basic grey, old olive and groovy guava CS for this card. I stamped the larger BG with versamark, guava ink, and white craft ink. I stamped the olive piece with Linen in white, and flowers in olive (stamped off three times) and doodled with a white gel pen. I pierced along the doodled line and added three brads to bring out the pink of the flower. I also used the faux stitching technique on the grey under the ribbon.
Sentiment is by TAC, other stamps by SU!, ribbon and CS by SU!, brads by MM, ink is SU!, CTMH, Versamark, and Versamagic white chalk, Large material flower came from my "odds and ends" box. I think it was suposed to be used for applique or something.
July 27, 2007
July 26, 2007
Actually, when I was digging through scraps of CS, I saw these three colors together and it was one of those light bulb moments, you know? "WOW, those are kinda funky, my brain said, why not"? So, in keeping with the goofy yet fun colors I decided to use these stamps from SideShowStamps.
I stamped the circus elephant on the green, and again on light pink and dark pink. I cut out the light pink one and adhered her to the green, then cut out her decorative throw from the dark pink and pieced it on top. I colored some parts in with white gel pen to make it stand out more too.
I stamped a diamond BG (Hero arts) onto the pale pink panel with versamark ink to keep with the fun theme and doodled around the burgundy CS with my white gel pen. The strip of PP matches perfectly, doesn't it? I found that in the scrap pile too, but I'm not sure who makes it. After adding the pink brads (MM) and the white ribbon with the sentiment on top I declared it done!
So, I'm sure by now most of you have read about the unveiling of the new stamp designs and online store, right? It was announced yesterday that VERVE VISUAL is the mastermind of none other than our very own Julee Tillman! Go here to read about it and be sure to wish her a happy belated birthday too! She has so much talent (have you ever drooled over her cards at her blog Poetic Artistry?) and that fact that she has designed her own line of rubber stamps is testament to that! Verve Visual is officially opening on August 1st, so be sure to sign up for email updates so you don't miss a thing! (You can do that HERE.)
July 25, 2007
I was organizing my scraps last night and put this piece of Basic Grey aside because it was so pretty. I played around with it for a bit taking out other scraps of CS to match before I found all the papers I wanted to work with. Then I grabbed this small bird image from Autumn Leaves (Rhonna Farr). It's embossed in chocolate brown EP and cut out and mounted onto another piece of CS. He's perched on a scrap of banana CS that I cut to look like grass.
When looking for ribbon to match I came across this piece of burlap ribbon stuff and knew it was what I wanted. It had a rough, outdoorsy feel.
The sentiment is from Verve Visual, and I embossed it in white to set it off. I love these new sentiments from Verve Visual! They fit perfectly in my multi-sized window punch. And they are a really nice mix of fonts too.
July 23, 2007
Isn't this card fun? I had a great time creating this one. It's good to make something just for fun sometimes, and this card fit the bill for me when I needed some "me time". The awesome patterned paper is from Paper Mojo. I buy paper from there in huge sheets and then cut it into usable sizes. The legs/shoes stamp is from Sideshow Stamps, and I have no earthly clue what company makes the sentiment. I'm pretty sure I bought it at a rubber stamping convention at one of a hundred booths selling piles o' rubber. I do know that that quote is attributed to Bette Midler though, because I cut that part off the stamp (just for this card).The melon CS is Bazzill, the blue and white are SU!. The ribbon came from a swap, the button brad is MM, and I used a white gel pen to outline the edges of the scalloped oval and to faux stitch. I used Prisma color pencils to color the image in. I sure wish I had more flesh tone pencils, I had to use quite a few layered on top of each other and blended to get the shades I wanted.
July 20, 2007
July 19, 2007
- Malieta--at Life's Simple Pleasures. She posts a wonderful mix of cards, scrapbook LOs, and family photos. I like the whole shebang!
- Jill--at Paper Memories. Not only does she love camping and children's books (no bias here *grin*), but she has some lovely cards too.
- Jan--at Paper Tango. Her blog is full of interesting cards, great ramblings, and fun tips. Plus she's a veggie like me. (Did I mention there was no bias going on?)
- Bobbie--at Inspired by Ink. She's a great friend, a creative card maker and a fantastic mom. She is totally ROCKIN'.
- Jessica--at Handmade by Jessica. This girl has got it goin' on! She has some MAD talent in the crafting world. Check out her incredible clay beads!
- Jen--at Dreams, Gem, and Family. Not only is she my SIL, she's an incredible jewelry maker, Photographer, and Mom. She juggles life like no other and fully deserves the Rockin' Girl Blogger tag.
So there you have, my five..umm, I mean SIX nominees for the Rocking Girl Blogger Tag!
July 18, 2007
Now, with that said...I am finicky about what books I keep and what I get rid of. It has to be well written. It has to have incredible illustrations. I'm not a Disney character book fan, nor a little golden book fan. Give me Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Else Holmelund Minarik, Arnold Lobel, Ezra Jack Keats, and Robert McCloskey any day!
I recently grabbed a book from one of our bookcases to read to our littlest munchkin. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Shiela McGraw. It's about a mom rocking her baby back and forth while softly singing: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." As the child grows, she continues to sing this while rocking him, from the toddler years through the teen years and on up until he's an adult. There comes a point though, that the mom is too old and sick to hold her son, and the roles are reversed. I cry every time I read this. I'm a sap for sure.
All this background info was meant to lead up to today's card. I made it for my Dad. He's 83. He's lived an incredible life, from fighting on Iwo Jima in WWII to raising 7 children, 6 of them alone (there are 30 years difference between me, the youngest, and Janet, my oldest sister) to hiking the Appalachian trail from start to finish more than once.
Recently, we've realized that my Dad needs to be in a full-time care home. He can no longer live on his own because his dementia/Alzheimer's has grown progressively worse. I won't go into details, because they are sad. He's in a VA hospital right now to be stabilized for 90 days while my siblings and I choose a "home" for him. I feel too young (30) to be "losing" my Dad. He was 53 when I was born though, so he's come a long way and been there for me EVERY step of the way. From elementary band concerts, to high-school plays, from college graduation to my wedding, my Dad has been there cheering me on.
This is for you, Dad.
It says, "Owl love you forever..." on the front and "...my daddy you'll be" on the inside. Owl stamp by Sideshow stamps, letter stamps by Karen Foster, ribbon from Michael's, ink is StazOn and SU!, prismacolor pencils for coloring.
July 17, 2007
I surprised myself and actually did it! I think this card took me around 8 minutes. And it would have been done quicker, only I wasted precious time frantically searching for my clear EP (I hadn't put it back where it goes *rolling eyes*), and 2 of the stamps I used were just plain rubber and I ran out of the double-stick tape that holds them to the acrylic block! Whewww.
The mushrooms and the sentiment are from Sideshow Stamps. They have the best retro images! The polka dot circle is from Purple Onion Designs, and the other double circle is from Scrapgoods. Ribbon is from MM, ink was Ranger black archival, Cat'e Eye chalk, and Hero Arts versacube. All Cs is from SU!, clear EP is from Sparkle & Sprinkle. I used Zig markers to quickly add some color to the mushrooms. ETA: I also used white gel pen to color in the dots and circles on the Kraft background.
I'm hoping this qualifies for the Bingo sketch too!
July 16, 2007
So, in response to my frustrations, I decided to stamp!
The LO is from a sketch at Lauren's blog. I grabbed my little used Elvis stamp and dug through a few bags of UMs to find one of my two Elvis sentiments. I was looking for this one specifically because I knew it was about mail. Then I found a scrap of this 7 Gypsies PP and realized how PERFECT it was to use with my Elvis stamp! It has the titles of love songs in red, so I knew it would match my singing Elvis.
I pierced a rectangle around the stamped Elvis to perforate it, so that when I ripped it, it would look like the edges of a stamp. It didn't work very well, but I went with it anyway. I outlined the piece with a gold paint pen, and stamped the number in the corner to finish it off. Then I embossed some red DCWV CS using the tiny bubbles Cuttlebug folder. Some ribbon, some faux gel pen eyelets and it was done!
The stamps are all from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I was at a rubberstamping convention in Vegas in April of 06, and spent a lot of time in that store!
Hope everyone had a great weekend, and I hope I haven't offended any of you Elvis fans out there!
July 13, 2007
The card base is stamped with a SU! wheel in versamark, and so is the tiny leaflet above the sentiment. In real life, the pale orange snaps match the PP perfectly, but seem too dark in this photo.
The second card is also simple. I was making 2 cards in the same time frame that I normally make one! Maybe I'll post it later...
Oh, and if you need a little laugh this morning, check out this post here. I does have an eyebrow raising word in it, but I still consider it to be PG. Just go look! It's too good to miss.
July 12, 2007
I hope this isn't too much of a stretch compared to Julee's Bingo sketch, but I followed the major guidelines and rounded the corners of the image piece! And I added the character stamps on the left! *keeping fingers crossed*
Supplies: Stamps are Oxford Impressions (geisha) and All Night Media (Chinese characters). Paper is Basic Grey and SU CS. Ink is Versamark and Memories. Accessories: ribbon from reallyreasonableribbon.com, Cat's EP, Zig marker, signo gel pen, MM paper piercer.
July 11, 2007
I had the CPS sketch in front of me and I grabbed my crate of 6x6 Designer paper, and flipped through it looking for some diamond shapes. I pulled out a bunch of PP but it wasn't calling to me. Then I found one, and behind it were 4 more sheets of coordinating PP and I just knew it was the ONE!
I stamped the bird image on white, colored it with prisma pencils and gamsol, added some stickles (you can't see them in the photo very well), and matted it with a paint chip card from K-mart and some black CS. I also doodled around the edges and pierced a trail for the birdie. I like how it looks like it's kickin' up it's heels!
I cut out some flowers from the PP and pop-dotted them around the main image too.
The sentiment is from TAC, and the ribbon is from my stash.
Oh, and if anyone was wondering, the title of my post yesterday and the first sentence were CASED from one of my very favorite poems as a child. Disobedience (James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree), by A.A. Milne.
July 10, 2007
I just can't seem to pull it together when I'm making a card lately. Nothing looks right, I rip and tear and redo things many times, only to toss it all away from sheer frustration! Maybe I'm going through a creative block?
I was attempting to use Julee's new Bingo sketch and create something nice last night. This is what I ended up with, and although I wasn't going to post it, I thought I'd be honest with all you (my readers) and show you that I can't get things right sometimes.
I love Daisy D's patterned paper, so I found an old scrap and knew I wanted to build from there. My trouble came when I realized it was too "holiday-ish" in color, and I really didn't want to make a holiday card! Red is a troublesome color for me to work with anyway (because I don't like it), and last night nothing would work no matter how many different shades of contrasting CS I used! I finally just stopped fiddling with it and left it alone. I took a photo and here it is this morning on my blog for the world to see. I'm sure it's not as bad as I'm making it seem, but you know how some things just don't grab you? This card doesn't grab me. But I'm proud that I used some red (and green) and it didn't end up as a christmas card!
SUPPLIES: Stamps: Image is Papertrey ink, Sentiment is TAC, Background wheel is SU!. PP: Daisy D's. CS is DCWV, Bazzill, and SU whisper white. Ink: Ranger, versamark. Accessories: Ribbon from my stash, snaps from MM, brad from Joann's, white EP, signo white gel pen, Zig marker in brown.
July 09, 2007
SUPPLIES: Stamps: SU Best Blossoms, Papertrey's Green Thumb. Paper: Chatterbox and some old random CS I've had for ages. Ink: Ranger archival, Versamark, Versamagic chalk thatched straw ink rubbed onto the embossed image to make it creamy yellow/ecru. Accessories: Ribbon from my stash, brads from Joanns, Pop dots, White EP, Zig marker for doodling.
We had a great time camping, but it is always so nice to come home, isn't it? there were quite a few "crazy" adventures we had, including the point when my DH and our oldest were off fishing in the lake, and I was back at camp with our youngest. I was reading a book to him, when he started saying "Mommy, Bear." I "un-hun'd" and kept reading. Again, "Mommy...BEAR." Me: "There's no bear, you silly!" still reading, "MOMMY! BEAR!" I look up to see an enormous, fat raccoon standing beside our campfire. Good Lord, how long does it take me to get the message? *grin* I chased it away, and we went back to reading. All was well.
July 06, 2007
A few days ago I was perusing my National Geographic magazine collection and read a great article on King Tut. Did you know that he died from a broken leg that got gangrene? And he was only about 19! I was thinking about that article when I saw my "culture" stamp section and all of my Egyptian stamps. The stamps used on this card were given to me by my friend Lisa, so I'm not sure of the manufacturer, although I think the Sphinx and pyramid one came from Leavenworth Jackson. The large King Tut came from Stamp Francisco.
I highlighted some areas of the main image with a gold leaf paint pen from Krylon. It doesn't show up very shiny in this photo, but it looks really great IRL. SUPPLIES: PP by Autumn Leaves (Stripes) and Basic Grey (mustard), main image stamps is Stamp Francisco, other is Leavenworth Jackson, CS is DCWV and Bazzill, ink is Ranger Archival, black cording from my stash, the only 2 gold eyelets I could find are from my OLD old stash, photo corner from 3M.
We're going camping this weekend, so no posts until Monday. (What are we thinking taking a 2 1/2 year old tent camping?!?!?!) Our 8 year old is very excited, he's never been camping before *gasp*. Being adoptive parents is strange...you find things out about your children as you go, instead of already knowing. Our little guy has been toilet trained since he was 2, so at least I don't have to drag diapers along and bring them home full! I'm thankful for small blessings. I hope everyone has a restful, relaxing weekend, see you Monday.
July 05, 2007
Did everyone have a nice holiday? I was going to post a photo of my fun salt potatoes today, but we were so hungry that we ate them all up before I remembered to take a photograph! I wanted to share them because I bought red, white and purple (blue) potatoes to cook for the 4th of July!
They looked so festive and tasted delicious. I occasionally buy purple potatoes for a fun change of pace, they are quite striking.
I made this tag for a friend of mine. we don't get together as often as we should and I miss her.
SUPPLIES: PP from my stash (anyone know who makes this? SEI maybe?), sentiment stamp from Michael's dollar spot, flower stamp from Purple Onion designs, pink velvet ribbon from MM, white and green from my stash, Bazzill CS, Signo gel pen, SU ink, prismacolor pencils, brown flower brad from a swap 4 years ago.
July 03, 2007
They were a part of my everyday life during the summer months as a kid, and as a teen too. They only cost $1 at all the state and county fairs, and most of the ice cream shops sold them too. We ate them at every BBQ and outside party I'd ever been to. I insisted we have them at our wedding even! Yum. New baby potatoes, boiled whole (in their skins) in super salty water, then smothered in butter!
ETA: See here for a definition of salt potatoes. I will also post my own photo tomorrow, because mine are "special"! Also, see here for a blog post about salt potatoes and how they originated.
Anyway, this card was based on the #20 sketch challenge at CPS. I tried to go "traditional" and that really IS a challenge for me! It wasn't until I was done with this card and had already photographed it and uploaded it to blogger that I remembered that I have a ton of star brads in many different colors that I've had forever and need to be used up. Oh well, next time.
SUPPLIES: PP by Wild Asparagus, CS by DCWV, star clips from Scrapgoods July 2005 kit, ribbon from SU!.
SUPPLIES: Chatterbox PP, DCWV and Bazzill CS, SU stamps, ribbon from my stash, ink is colorbox pigment, and Ranger archival, clear EP, faux stitching with a Zig marker, and paper piercing.