Friday, May 30, 2008
Labels: DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
We had a wonderful vacation - but are happy to be home as always. Good times, sweet memories and awesome pictures to share with loved ones. I will post a few soon. Just need some time to adjust from the busyness (and I have lots of blog reading to catch up on too) like 989 posts from my favorite blogs!! gasp
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Labels: ANYTHING BUT A CARD, GINA K DESIGNS, Handmade Jewelry By Me, Papertrey, WHAT'S IN YOUR TIN 2
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Labels: DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SKETCH CHALLENGE, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
Rupert's arms & legs remind me of Halloween for some reason, so that's why I decided to use Purple & Orange & my DCWV glitter stack dp. Rupert is colored with Prismas & OMS (I have missed using them lately) and my circle nestabilities.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Labels: GINA K DESIGNS, SCRAPBOOKING, WHAT'S IN YOUR TIN 1
I made this tin of my favorite pics she sent in March/April of some Firsts for Gabby. In the above photo this was taken March 1st - her first haircut (by her Aunt Cathi) check out the look on her face!
The next photos are her 1st trip to the beach and her 1st big girl bed (which happens t be a Princess bed) believe it or not - these 3 events occurred the same weekend! Andrea always gets the BEST photos and I can't thank her enough for blessing me with them! The least I can do to show my appreciation is make her gifts using them.
I used Melanie's What's in Your Tin set 1 by Gina K Designs for this gift album and there are photos on both sides of the cardstock. I kept the outside of the tin simple just in case she decides she wants to keep this in her purse so nothing is damaged.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I used my Dress Up Lily (which I personalized Dress Up Gabby since she resembles my sweet niece so much!) to make these 2 pages. I love these photos and knew immediately when I saw them, these stamps would be PERFECT for them! I used my Doodle & Rough Edges Alphabets for my journaling and image was colored with copics.
On this other page, to complement Gabby enjoying her 'sweets' ice cream & lollipop, I had to make Lily (Gabby) two-fisted with her sweets.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Labels: DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SCS CHALLENGES, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
Well - look how cute the Doodlefactory Creatures are (small) just like the large ones at Starving Artist Stamps - unmounted stamps, the full set of both (10 of each) small (approx 1") & large (approx 2 1/4") are just $24.95! I have a few ideas brewing for these 'sets' of creatures and this week's Ways to Use it inspired this card to feature more than just one creature!
WT166 ways to use inchies on your project. I colored my creatures, leaving some portions uncolored and paired it with a printed quote by Albert Camus, "Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is". DH said he didn't get it, but my interpretation is that there are so many people who try to be someone or something else they are not; they care about what others think of them, are not comfortable in their own skin or have a low self-esteem. Well to me - these creatures seem to be embracing their uniqueness, they are one-of-a-kind and they love themselves.
They crack me up - I was smiling & chuckling as I was coloring them & putting my card together. I hope you have a smiliar reaction looking at it.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Labels: CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS, DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SCS CHALLENGES, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
Use alphabet stamps to create a sentiment.
The sentiment should be the focal point of the card.
You may use other stamps on your card.
You may use designer paper and embellishments
I thought it was a perfect time to use my new Kim Hughes set 'Say What?' so I could make the Doodle Factory animal Squirt, who happens to be bilingual say "Hi, Girl" on my card. I used leftover scraps from my Skoober card the other day. I cut my Squirt out with my circle coluzzle & added sponging for depth. He was colored with copics and my alpha used is the SU! Rough Edges, which I love as it's upper & lower and is in a cute container (you know it's all about the packaging, right?)
Friday, May 23, 2008
We all know friendship helps us weather through life's storms. I was reflecting on friendship and truly believe friends come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. No matter which they are, it's important to acknowledge it and cherish it for the length of time it lasts. I can say I never regretted being friends with anyone I have formed a connection with and although with lots of them our paths may have taken us apart; their memory lives on in my heart because it was not by chance we became friends. It was just not meant to be lasting. For those that have lasted, I am truly grateful that the effort has been a two-way street and no matter how much time passes between talking or seeing one another, it always picks up right where it left off. That is the sign of a true friendship.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Labels: STAMPIN' UP
The challenge wasn't that hard at all - due to RUB-ONS! If it weren't for those, I may not have a sentiment for my card (the travesty j/k) I love my Bali Breeze dp by SU! so I chose to go with Pumpkin Pie (adore that color) and Old Olive. I love how the DP has the Tempting Turqouise on it. Seemed perfect to use my Felt Fusion flowers and Ice Round Rhinestone brads. My card is complete with 'thanks a bunch' sentiment!
I made this card from the Gate-Fold tutorial on Scor-Pal's on-line Magazine by Carolyn. I used my Prints pack dp (real red) and Palette prints (groovy guava) as well as my new grungeboard and Prima flowers. I love those guava flowers because it they are frosted (sorta like frosted flakes).
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Proud Auntie Donna
Labels: STAMPIN' UP
The card I meant to show today (that I pre-scheduled) was not showing so luckily I had something I hadn't posted yet and intended to but forgot about it.
Bee with her Baby Giraffe Card and I BOTH won Melanie's contest last night because we tied with 32 votes each! How funny (and ironic is that?) We both get her free set (take a look, it is SO cute) and the only bummer is that we're leaving for CA today so I won't get to play with it until the end of next week (boo hoo) but that's o.k. I will be so excited to be spending time with my family that I may forget about stamping all together (nah, just kidding)
Thanks to everyone who voted (I know it was REAL hard, in fact I had a hard time voting for myself but Melanie said it was o.k. now that vote counted after all)! It's like an early birthday present for me!
I have entered a contest again on Melanie's blog - the Princess Hairbow Tin I made for Gabby
uses her new Hip Hop Accessories set. If you would like to VOTE for me (click on the vote to be taken directly to Melanie's blog) - I'd be so appreciative; her new set is at stake to get for FREE (and from what I've seen so far, it is SO cute!). I'm afraid I don't have any extra $ (shameless sympathy) to buy it with vacation this week! Although my birthday is just 2 weeks away, so if I don't win and you want to buy it for me - that would be so sweet! just kidding, really!
There are some awesome projects on there so if you decide not to vote for me it's o.k.! Just thought I'd try & get the WORD out!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Labels: ANYTHING BUT A CARD
Tomorrow we head off to visit her - and we're SO excited!!!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Labels: BLOG CHALLENGES, COLOR CHALLENGE, PINK CAT STUDIO, STAMPIN' UP
Labels: BLOG CHALLENGES, LOCKHART STAMPS, SKETCH CHALLENGE
I have had a busy but somewhat relaxing weekend - didn't do any marathon stamping because we had lots of errands & household things in preparation for our trip Weds. I have daily posts through our vacation but will not be doing keeping up with my Google Reader (haven't decided to take my laptop yet) so don't be shocked when you don't see me commenting on your projects if I normally do). But I did manage to do a few challenges and Taylor's Cupcake Challenge (TECC16) was one of them real late last night. Although now I realize I did not put a sentiment, oh well.
I used Lockhart Stamps stacked cupcakes & my Basic Grey Cupcake paper and matching brads. Liquid pearls for the frosting & corners on the focal image and topped them all with a cherry (red bling).
Have a great Monday (and week) y'all!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This cute card I got from Carolina at Carolina's Creative Pad Carolina is so sweet and a fabulous stamper! Check out the hunk of wide satin ribbon she sent me? It's pink & brown (my favorite combo) She used SU! chipboard for this card and don't you just adore the trio of brads in the center of the spiral clip? DH said it was so cool. She really has innovative ways of creating!
I want to say a special Thank You to the following ladies who recently blessed me with their Requested Random Acts of Kindness: I hope I didn't forget anyone! I wrote all the names down somewhere but not sure what I did with the note.
Rose Ann Reynolds
I found out last week a dear friend/customer was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer (in March), in April had surgery and is now currently undergoing 6 chemotherapy treatments. It was one of the things that tugged at my heartstrings I referred about going through last week. When I heard the news, I was numb and immediately internalized it and broke down the following day; so much that I couldn't function at work & went home because all I did was cry all day. This friend is so dear to me, really more like a mom (and that means a lot to me, having lost my own mom at the age of 25 to Lung Cancer) so the news was devastating. She has a great support system and I wanted to be that as well.
I was so happy yesterday to have my friend tell me she was ready for a visit from me so I took her the RAKS. Surprisingly I was real strong while I visited her and did not cry (I prayed for strength before going). I gave her 3 hugs before I left and will be in touch with her to visit again in about 3 weeks after we settle back from vacation.
My friend loves to stamp & send cards to her friends & family and told me she was going to take a year off from stamping because she doesn't have the energy. I could tell, because just opening the cards was zapping her energy.
When Jessie offered to send her some cards she made early in her stamping (mostly cased, she said) for my friend to have to send, I thought that was a sweet idea! You should have seen the box! I was FLOORED! They were all fantastic and if you are familiar with Jessie's awesome stamping you would not be surprised! My friend was so grateful for all the cards, but I sure saw excitement in her eyes when she realized she can still send her family & friends cards from her 'stash' So a special Thank You to Jessie for your generosity & awesome idea!
In addition to a card, Carolina made my friend one of her precious Travel Tissue Holders - she liked that a lot too.
Thank you from the botton of my heart, ladies! I am so grateful to each of you for helping make an ordinary day extraordinary extending kind your kindness & friendship to reach out to a friend of a friend. It resulted in me finding joy in the little things (that really are not little at all); realizing what a few minutes, some stamping supplies, postage & extending your heart to another really means.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Labels: GINA K DESIGNS, PINK CAT STUDIO, SCS CHALLENGES, SKETCH CHALLENGE
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Labels: DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SKETCH CHALLENGE, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Labels: COLOR CHALLENGE, DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SCS CHALLENGES, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Labels: CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS, SKETCH CHALLENGE, STAMPIN' UP
Monday, May 12, 2008
Labels: GINA K DESIGNS
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Labels: BLOG CHALLENGES, CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS, SKETCH CHALLENGE, STAMPENDOUS, TAYLOR'S CUPCAKE CHALLENGE
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Labels: ANYTHING BUT A CARD, GINA K DESIGNS, Papertrey
Only 11 more days until I visit family in CA!! My sisters (both older), their DHs and my sweet 2 yr-old niece & her soon to be born baby brother Joseph! I am SO excited! A few months back I had the idea to give Gabby a gift (surprise) for each day (8) we are there. I thought it would be real fun to space them out instead of showering her with a whole bunch of gifts the day we arrive. After all, she loves 'surprises' and I have had a FUN time getting them all together. They range from a TX Longhorn teddy bear to summer outfits to lots of homemade stuff (even a pair of cute white socks that have colorful plastic beads sewn on the top that I got at an art fair). I've had them all together for over a few weeks now, but realized the other day I wanted to make her one more thing so now I have more than 8 gifts - oh well! This one is special because she adores hairbows (that's what she calls anything you put in her hair) and the little princess tin I made her for her birthday, which she didn't want anyone to touch!
So I had the idea to make her more hairbows and use Melanie's new set Hip Hop Accessories (because the animals - giraffe, hippo & frog are scaled down) and attach them to some hair bands with ribbon. I ADORE how they turned out! Look how cute her Giraffe fits on the top of an altoid tin! I used Melanie's What's in Your Tin set 1 as well so now my niece will have 2 tins!!
This is the project I had to buy polyshrink for - it really is easy to use and so fun to watch shrink! I colored them with Prismacolor pencils - I love how bright the colors turn once they're shrunk.
All 8 hairbows barely fit in this tin - but I had to make a set of each animal for her. I decided to use part of the sentiment in Melanie's What's in Your Tin set 3 'for the modern (princess from Hip Hop Accessories) --- on-the-go'
Here is a closer look at each of them. Since there are only 3 animals in this set, I borrowed Bunny from Just so Hoppy - I love how all her sentiments can be mixed & matched! That was fun to do for these animals.
Now here is a close-up of my (and DH's) favorite one - the giraffe. Hippy Girl ~ how fun is that?! Oh and I bet she will be able to wear at least a few of these with some of the new clothes I got her! It's going to be SO fun to dress her when I'm there!!! squeal!
Here are some flip flops I made for her too - just stamped the little flower from Papertrey's Beautiful Blooms with Palette ink (can't remember color), put some sticky tape on the plastic and then put multi-colored beads on them. Then I topped off the front with Papertrey's Velvet Blossoms in Fire and center is bling! I should have made me a matching pair since they're so cute!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Labels: CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS, DOODLE FACTORY COLLECTION, SKETCH CHALLENGE, STARVING ARTISTAMPS
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
I went shopping at my LSS and got some needed white polyshrink (I'll show you my neat project this weekend, you will want to see it, esp if you have (or buy, make things for) little girls *wink* I also found Tim Holtz' Grungeboard there! Whoot Whoot - that's what I put as my embellishment in the upper right corner. That stuff feels like SUEDE, it's awesome! Can you believe you get 96 shapes (10 sheets) for only $7.99!!? I had no idea it was such a deal! I am putting a little something special in a card to a stamping friend today that I bet she will adore from my find! Then I found some Metallic Rub-ons that Gina K introduced on her blog a few months ago (and forgot to buy the last time I made an order in her store) but hey - we do need to support our LSS (local stamping stores) so I was happy I found it! SCORE! It came with 7 colors and for ONLY $3.99!! I KNOW, I couldn't believe my eyes (and for you local gals, I took their last one). It is the Earth Tones Kit #2 with Colonial, Nubian, Pewter (which is what I used on my card), Olive, Deep Gold, Gunmetal and Brass. I just rubbed it on my grungeboard tag and put rhinestone brads in it.
How cute is Twinkx by Doodle Factory by Starving Artist Stamps cutting a rug on this card? Can't you just hear him saying, 'Whoot Whoot'? Which, by the way is from Kim Hughes' U R A Hoot by Cornish Heritage Farms - it just went perfectly with him!
Of course I had to use my DCWV Glitter Stack (since I'm addicted to it) for this guy - I am going to send this card to my sister who just had surgery this week and is recovering just fine (not the one that's ready to have my nephew). I decided I didn't need to color Twinkx in because of all the busyness of the paper but his crown sure shines! I colored it in with a yellow glaze pen. The silver metallic paper strip behind the image is by SU! I even cut & embosses my main image with my circle nestability and rubbed more metallic paste around it for depth.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Labels: BLOG CHALLENGES, SCS CHALLENGES, STAMPIN' UP
This is actually the first card I did for this color combo, I have a somewhat difficult time with long card but I think this turned out nice. I stamped the bird in versamark on soft sky & used clear embossing powder. Decided I didn't want to mat the bird so I just sponged the edges to make it stand out a little (this is like a modified faux embossing).
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
My cards were made with Magnolia by My Mind's Eye DP which is so bright & cheerful so I chose Real Red, Pixie Pink & Tempting Turquoise for my c/s colors. Some of these Bellas I already had stamped so it was pretty quick to stamp a few & color them with my Prismas & OMS. I didn't have enough red primas, so I substituted a darker blue, but I still think it matches (the one on the lower left is going to the gal who cuts my hair; DH and I both got all our hairs cut on Sat.) so I wanted to send a Thank You card because she is good, her price is great, she doesn't live far away & she served us Wine Spritzers - sweet!! Sorry the scan is so far away, I just wanted you to get the full effect of all 6 cards done
Here is the prize you could win if you also post a Shout Out on your blog.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Well about a month & a half ago I saw Simone on yahoo messenger - we chatted for a bit & she asked if I would like to participate in a Scrap Our Crap Challenge #14 (she would send me something to use on a project, send her the pic & not upload it to my blog until the projects from the participants went live in May on their blog. Sure, I said! I always like a good challenge. The crap I got is the green lacy border. I thought about what to do with it for a while (since I don't scrap all that regularly she said it would be fine to use it on a card, phew) and I just had received my Baked With Love set by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms, so I made a love card. I know it looks real Christmasy but the paper lace was Glorious Green, after all and hearts are traditionally red. So I guess I can make this an early Christmas card!