Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here I've used A Chemistry With Paper's Christmas Cheer. It's such a fun and versatile set. It goes cute, or as I've done here, sophisticated. I hope I don't drive you all off because you are sick of Basic Gray's Blitzen. I have TONS of BG packs from back in the day. Remember when there was no such thing as a 6x6 pad? I almost won't buy 12x12 any more. It just takes too long to use up on cards, and I get tired of it. I REALLY don't want to pack this up again at the end of the holidays, so you'll be seeing a lot of it!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have that bittersweet end of a break feeling. For someone who loves to teach as much as I do, I sure do hate the end of my weekends!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
Amy, over at Tsuruta Designs, who happens to be one of my very favorite bloggers ever, and a friend, gave me these awards!! I am passing them on to:
1. Ila of Artfully Ila
2. Claudia of Pretty Pressings
3. Anna of Sassy & Sweet
4. Lisa of It's in the Details
5. Linda of Linda Brecht
I have to say that most of these gals have no idea I even exist, so I wouldn't really call us friends. They are all immensely talented, though, so I do stop by their blogs regularly and drool!!
I knew I had to make at least one Christmas Bombshell, and here she is! All the white parts have Liquid Applique sprinkled with Angle Dust. She is a very sparkly girl! The nestie cut circle was smashed into a VM pad and embossed with Snowflake ep, then I hot glued a silver pipe cleaner to the circle, and put Retro Cowgirl up on foam tape. The circle behind the ornament is made out of a paper streamer. I learned how to do this in the Lisa Pace class I'm taking, and now I'm crazy about them! Everything is edged in Platinum Stickles, another thing Lisa got me hooked on! I've had my bottle for probably a year now, but I just never reached for it-now it's right up there with Crystal in my book!!
If you would like to be on Bombshell's DT, see the details here!
Friday, November 28, 2008
I was in the mood to work with the beautiful images from Artistic Outpost's Bluebird, but I wasn't in the mood to clean up my Basic Gray Blitzen mess, so I combined the two and threw in a little Snowy Woods as well! It's hard to see, but there are snowflakes from Snowy Woods stamped all over the Polar Blue panel. The beautiful glittered snowflake is by Little Yellow Bicycle, and I got mine at Mothers and Daughters Creations. The button is a true vintage beauty with a sturdy metal shank. I cut shanks off buttons all the time, but this one has too much history. I don't know what the history is, but I can make up about a million stories about the types of garments it may have been on and the people who wore them. I feel a creative writing assignment coming on! I like to give my students old objects and have them write the history of the object.
Artistic Outpost is excited to share with you a new Referral Program!
When you create artwork with Artistic Outpost images and upload to an online gallery/album/ or blog - you could win a FREE plate of Artistic Outpost images (Value $12.00).
To be eligible for the Artistic Outpost Referral Program, each time you upload a creation using Artistic Outpost images, include stamp credits with an active link to www.artisticoutpost .com, then leave a direct link to your creation on the months Referral Program post here on the Artistic Outpost Blog, to be entered into our monthly drawing for one FREE plate of Artistic Outpost images ($12.00 value)
Links left on the Artistic Outpost Blog need to include a direct link to the project you have uploaded. Links with general links to galleries/albums/ blogs will not qualify as our time is limited and we cannot search through pages of entries to see which upload uses Artistic Outpost images.
Remember entires must be for the current month in which you are posting.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This is another project from Lisa Pace's 12 Days workshop. There's paper inside so it could be used in a variety of ways. It's more Basic Gray Blitzen and the ribbon is Color Me Silly. The star is just from my stash, and the snowflake is a metal one. It's usually silver, but I heated it up and dipped it in Snowflake ep. Now it looks older and less perfect. It's much more in keeping with the rest of this project. I made this about a week ago. I'm too tired from all the cooking and eating to do any stamping today! It's only 5:40 pm, and I'm having a Diet Coke, so maybe I'll have a burst of energy sometime soon.
I made one of my favorite treats today. Have you tried Pretzel Salad? If not, you are in for a treat. I realized that a lot of my favorite blogs are not as stampcentric as mine. It's almost like some people have more to think about than just stamping;) I always feel like they are my girlfriends just sharing good stuff. This recipe is good stuff, and there's no stamping involved! I hope you enjoy it!
PS Have I told you how thankful I am for my blogging friends? Every one of you blesses me. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Hugs to you all! I'm going Christmas shopping with a gal pal tomorrow, so DH and I have to go back to the bedroom and drag out what I've already bought and figure out what I need to get.
This is a little matchbox, which Sharon Rivera, the owner of A Chemistry With Paper sent me. At the time I wondered what I would do with the cute little thing, then I signed up for Lisa Pace's workshop and what do you know? Lisa had the perfect idea for them!! I'm still having fun with the projects in this workshop, and I have another one ready for tomorrow. I can't wait to show you!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I hope you are having a wonderful fall day, we are here! BTW, what should I make for dinner? This dinner thing comes around every 24 hours, and I am usually unprepared! Any ideas? Favorite cooking for idiots sites? I need to come up with something, the natives are getting restless!!
Speaking of Bombshell Stamps, how would you like to be on Bombshell's design team? You can see all the details here. I have to say that Shannon has been a pleasure to work with! She is always so supportive of my work, and has lots of fun contests and giveaways for her customers. I hope that you will consider submitting!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I think you can still register for this workshop. I am really loving it. I has helped me focus and get some things done. I'm a big dreamer, then I start to make elaborate and nearly impossible to complete plans. Lisa has it all lined out for me, with little snippets and ideas for every day. I think that this will probably be the most creative Christmas of my life. The projects are all of the type that you can make them truly your own, believe me, my First Day is not much like Lisa's First Day! Lisa has done all the work and all the organizing, which are my weak points. All I have to do is play with my stuff! YIPPEE!! I'll have The Second Day of Christmas for you tomorrow!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The card is from Artistic Outpost's Christmas Stories. It has this image, and an even larger very charming image of two children closely inspecting a nativity. Also included are some postage stamps and several fun but not redundant word stamps, all in AO's lovely vintage style. Snowy Woods, AO's newest Christmas set, and my favorite, is on sale right now for $19.99. This is a spectacular deal, as the set is simply enormous! It is 8 1/2 x 11!!
The snowman is my first project in Lisa M. Pace's Twelve Days of Christmas workshop. There is NO stamping on it at all, but I had tremendous fun making it!!! I have completed another project and will post it tomorrow. This workshop is beautifully put together and it's such fun to check in every day and see what's in store for us!! The link takes you to her blog, where you can sign up for the class and join all the fun!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Well surprise, surprise, a card dripping with copper! I won this cool set from Hanna Stamps about a year ago. Krissy liked my card best in a contest she had, so I was lucky enough to get this set, which was NEW at the time. I used one of my very favorite paper lines, Cosmo Cricket. I'm kind of paranoid about my favorite paper these days because I heard that Daisy D's is no more. I can't believe it. I rustled this card up from my photo files because I've been getting home too late to take pictures, and because I've been busy on some design work that I look forward to sharing with you in December!
I do have some news! Creative Cuts and More is looking for guest designers! I love being a Guest Designer because you get to play with a company's stuff without having the constant deadlines! Here are all the details on Terry's blog.
Also, Bombshell Stamps will be putting out a Design Team call in the VERY near future! Shannon, the owner, is such a pleasure to work with, I have enjoyed every minute designing for her. I don't know the deets yet, but she did give me permission to put the news out. Please check here or at Bombshell for updates. I do hope you will consider applying to one or both of these teams. I highly recommend them both!!
Hugs to you all, and have a fabulous weekend!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Also on this card is a die cut from Creative Cuts and More, it's the pumpkin back there behind the ribbon. Doesn't it just add an extra special little punch to this card? I think it does. CC&M will cut their dies for you from any of a gazillion different materials, I had this one cut from Bazzill Bling. I guess we all know that means it's gorgeous, and holding its own against Basic Gray's Ambrosia. Speaking of CC&M, they are looking for some guest designers! Won't you come join the fun? Get all the deets here.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here are the rules of play:
1. The nominee may put the logo on their blog.
I know that everyone is super busy, and that these games take time, so I am going to nominate four, but I won't be insulted if they don't follow all the rules. Sometime I just thank the person when I get an award, but if I have time, I try to play!
1. Jane Jane has awesome tutorials, and Monday Fundays! She gives blog candy EVERY Monday!!
2. Carolina Carolina is not normal. She creates an abnormal amount of amazing projects every day. She's a stamping powerhouse!
3. Toni Toni is a true artist, more than a stamper. Her work and writing are thought provoking and interesting. Her comments are always so well crafted, you feel honored that she stopped by.
4. Lauren Lauren is a devoted blogger, runner, Disney fanatic and PTI stamper. She has been going to craft fairs lately and has been sharing her projects for them-they are all amazing! Lauren's execution is always perfect-layers always even, ribbon always under control! I'm actually a little shocked that she can stand to stop by my blog and see what sort of crazy shenanigans I've been up to!! (My ribbons NEVER behave!)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I fell in love with this Serendipity stamp as soon as I saw it on the Mothers and Daughters Creations site. I was unfamiliar with Serendipity stamps, but I think I will be buying more! They are red rubber and come die cut and foam mounted. My photos are a little washed out, but I'm so pleased with the way this card turned out. It's actually much richer and color saturated IRL. The little tag uses two SU! punches and a Blitzen tag. I added some raffia and a little metal star I embossed in gold. I originally got out my go-to green, which is ALways Artichoke, for this card. I then decided that Old Olive might actually be a better match, so I got it out, and BINGO! If you have Basic Gray's Blitzen, go for the OO, it's an excellent match!
Ink: Basic Brown, VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx
Paper: Naturals, Bashful Blue, Old Olive (SU!), Blitzen (Basic Gray), Canson wc paper
Other: raffia, Gold Glory ep, Word Window & Large Oval punches (SU!), gems (M's), Holographic ep (Ranger), metal star, Gold Stickles, markers, sewing machine & thread
Friday, November 14, 2008
Well, since we are having pork tenderloin tonight, I guess I'm doing my part!! This card uses adorable High Hope stamps and is for HHC7. We were to add sparkle to our card, real hard for me!! I wish you could see it better, but this guy has sparkle on his beak and toenails, and a little on his tail. It's Lion's Mane Art Glitter-GORGEOUS!!!
Paper: Canson wc, Confetti Cream, Chocolate Chip, HOTP
Ink: VersaFine Onyx, Encore Copper
Other: Art Glitter in Lion's Mane, Copper Stickles, markers, Niji wc paints, SU! Vintage brads, ric rac, punch, Crystal Clear ep, Copper thread, sewing machine
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This card is for a challenge on the Mothers and Daughters Creations blog. This is #17, "When God Closes a Door..." You were to use a window card. This window card is from Creative Cuts and More, it's a 5 1/4 Square Card with a filigree frame cut out. Instead of putting the image on the right side of the card as you open it, I glued it to the back of the window. I layered pink and black card stock on the inside so that it still looks pretty. CC&M has LOTS of window cards, and you can have them cut out of SO, SO many different cardstocks. You can also send in your own cardstock and they will cut it for you for half the price you see listed on the website. How nice is that?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ink: VersMark, Ancient Page Pine
Paper: Confetti Cream, scraps
Other: Primas, brad, adhesive stars, Gold Glory ep, Gold & Aqua Stickles, M's gems, Stardust pen, Niji wc paints
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Are these Bombshell Stamps? Where's the bombshell? Bombshell Stamps aren't JUST about the bombshells, there are lots of other stamps as well, and aren't these beautiful? I love these gorgeous swallows!! This is from Love and Luck, which also comes with a bigger rose, some banners and some other smaller stamps all in Bombshell's famous tattoo style.
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Brilliance Moonlight
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Confetti Cream, other scraps
Other: wide satin ribbon from Flourishes, Art Glitter in Azure, Crystal Stickles, markers, Sage Glimmer Mist
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is ANOTHER stamp from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods plate! Are you getting the picture of how big this plate is? I can't remember if this is the fourth or fifth card I've posted, but I do know I haven't used the same image twice! It's not too late to order and get your cards ready in time for Christmas. I think AO stamps are perfect for beginner and advanced stampers alike. They are perfect for beginners because they have such attention to detail that they don't need a lot of extra embellishments and whatnot to make them look good. Additionally, most of them do not require coloring, so you don't need a lot of expensive tools or expertise. They are perfect for advanced stampers because of their depth and dimension. The images can be used in so many different ways. I frequently cut out part of an image to get what I want for a specific card. I also like to use the edges of AO images on the edges of cards for a little extra texture and interest.
For this card, all I did was stamp Santa in Chestnut Roan, smash the image into my VersaMark pad, and melt two coats of Suze Weinberg's UTEE in clear on top. Then I popped it into the freezer for a few minutes, took it out and bent the cardstock, thus breaking the enamel. This is called the "Cracked Glass" technique for those of you who don't already know!
Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk, VersaMark, Basic Brown, Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Confetti Cream, Close to Cocoa, Basic Gray Blitzen
Other: Martha punch, M's gems, Candy Cane, Crystal & Gold Stickles, ribbon, Crystal Clear EP, SW UTEE
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I made this card for the Mothers and Daughters Creations Challenge 18, or MDCC18!
Ink: VersaFine Onyx
Paper: Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Shimmery White, In Full Bloom Simply Scrappin'
Other: Nesties, skittles, ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Prismas+Gamsol, Niji wc paints
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Supplies & Tools
Ink: VersaMark, Pink Passion
Paper: Basic Black, Confetti Cream, Pink Passion, My Mind's Eye, Prima
Other: HOTP brads, Prima & other flowers, markers, Crystal Effects, skittles, Stardust pen, Magenta Stickles, scallop & tag punches, sewing machine, thread
Friday, November 7, 2008
Guess what? I have some more news!! Creative Cuts and More is having a Guest Design team call! If you'd like to give this a try, you can find all the details on her blog, Die Cut Diva.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm actually waiting for another card made with the Snowy Woods plate to dry, and I realized that I had never posted this card, which I made at least a month ago! If I were a little more organized, these things wouldn't happen, but hey, I'm not! It's hard for me to get a good picture of these long cards, but I love working with this shape. This card features Artistic Outpost's sled from Snowy Woods, and an old SU! scrappin' pack. I added Stickles, of course!
I have news!! Artistic Outpost has three new plates coming out SOON! I just found out about them tonight, and I've seen the pictures!! I'm just thrilled, and I know you will be too! I promise to let you know when I have more info, I just wanted to share the exciting new rubber news!!
Also, our new Guest Designer will be announced shortly and I can't wait to find out who it is!! I love the idea of adding a new stamper to our team every month!! I just think it's so much fun to work with and learn from other stampers, I hope we find out soon!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
What I would like to call to your attention is the snowflake. It's a tacky tape die cut from Creative Cuts and More. These things have a powerful stick!! I put glass seed beads on this one and poured Doodlebug Sugar Coated Glitter into the uncovered spots. I have been loving the tacky tape dies. I used the spiders for Halloween, now I have these snowflakes, I'm going to go back to CC&M to see what else I can have cut out of tacky tape!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Don't forget, ACWP will have new stamps this month! Yippee!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Bombshell has LOTS of new releases, they are really wonderful! Please go check them out some time! When you get to the stamps page, make sure you scroll down to see the new stuff!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I used HOTP papers from their Vintage book. They are very pretty, but not very thick. I still enjoy them, even though the quality is not the same as BG or MME, niether is the price, so there you go. I bought these before I became a shameless paper snob, but I still think they are pretty, so I'll use them up! The brads are those hideously expensive ones from making memories. You get 12 for four dollars, which I would never pay! I got these for three dollars which is still high, but they are so pretty, and very high quality. The fabulous velvet ribbon is from Flourishes. Those girls can spot luscious ribbon from a mile away! I can't remember if I bought this or they sent it to me as a gift-those gals are so dang gifty, I swear I have more free stuff than things I've paid for!! As usual, I digress. This velvet ribbon is beautiful and so easy to tie! I didn't wrap it under the paper as this paper is too thin, but it looks fine and it saved me an inch or two of ribbon!! I gave the whole thing a few shots of Antique Brass Glimmer Mist, and some Cotton Candy Stickles as a final touch. Inks are Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress.
Don't forget that Artistic Outpost is looking for Guest Designers! Won't you come join the fun?