Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A couple more...

This one is a little out of the box for me.  It is the size of a legal envelope.  Paper is CTMH, phrase is Stampers Anonymous, blocks are a set I picked up on clearance at Michael's.

The background paper is using the double embossed method.  Stamp is Unity. Ribbon is Michael's clearance.

Monday, December 28, 2009

After Christmas shopping

I've been wanting a script stamp for so long, and finally broke loose and bought one last week.  This is a few of the things I've wanted to do with it.  The butterfly is Unity, the flourish is T.H. Stampers Anonymous, and the script is from JoAnn's.  Fairy stamp is Unity.

I also figured out how to use Quickutz dies in my Cuddlebug.  The sentiments in #1 and #3 are stamped on them.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Surprise

This was a very sweet surprise from "Santa" that came today. I was wondering how Dave knew so much about what FTD had to offer when we were having a conversation about the flowers that came from Bob last week. It is so beautiful with 7 perfect red roses and carnations.

Stampers Anonymous

Actually, that should be a good group for me... Stampers Anonymous...  but actually, it's just the name of the stmp company that makes Tim Holtz design stamps.  This is one of the sets I bought yesterday with some of my Christmas money.  The sentiment frame was heat embossed and cut out and adhered to the card.  Card is ink distressed.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

New Unity Stamps

These are from the December Unity Set.  I squeezed in a couple cards between office, baking and wrapping yesterday.  Painted the hearts in with Smooch ink.

Background is the main image on this one.  I colored some of the pearls with alcohol inks.
I've so been wanting to try this one.  The ribbon is secured with Liquid Glass.  Regular adhesive won't hold it.  Love the Unity script/flourish stamp!
The background stamp on base is from Tim Holtz.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Prize

I got this in the mail today from the contest drawing.  Can I say that I LOVE Tim's Distress products!  Two Distress ink pads, three Distress Stickles and Rock Candy Distress Crackle in a little carry case.  Woo Hoo!  Thanks Tim!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm a winner!

I am so excited!  I've been doing the Twelve Days of Tags on Tim Holtz blog and learning lots of new techniques, including this one using alcohol inks and glossy card stock to make a plaid background, so much fun! 

Every day he does a drawing of those who post on the blog.  There have been over 3000 posts a day.  And today I won!  I was so shocked.  Now I can't say again "I never win" because I have.  I don't even know what I won, but it will be some kind of Tim Holtz product, of which I am totally in love with!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

In Memory

Our precious Walter dog left us on December 3rd.  To say that he was Dave's constant companion was an understatement to say the least.  He loved it when we came to Auburn because it meant that Daddy was home all the time!  Except he got very confused when Daddy wasn't holding him the entire time, or when he was outside doing community duties.

Whether playing, sleeping eating, at the computer, you name it, Walter was beside him.

Before we came to Auburn and Dave had to work outside of the community, Walter would go in to his "happy dance" when Dave got home from work.  He ran around, rolled, jumped in the air.  It was the best time of his day for sure!

When we went on hikes Walter was right at his side in his carry pouch.  I even have one picture of them in Marysville with Dave doing the mowing on the rider with Walter in the bag.

When he was younger he loved his toys, but as he got older he was definately more attached to his blankies.  When we went on camping trips he had to have his own chair.  Dave bought him this bed and it was so huge huge, but it gave him the room to toss around and get the blanket "just so."

This soft black blankie now sits on Dave's chair.  The only thing that he wanted to keep that was Walter's. He has been with us in our homes in 5 different cities since Carla and David gave him to us when he was just a youngster.  He left us as a very old man, and has left a huge hole in our hearts, but has also left us with so much love.  I want to believe that God has made a special place for our furrie babies to wait for us until we come.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Do I need more Christmas cards?

Probably not.  But I can't seem to stop making them.  Keep getting new ideas.  I saw a brownish card with a tree design on 2Peas, and then got this stamp from Unity, so had to try it.
Just slight variations in the design.  a little different shade of brown distressing and different placement.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My new Favorite

I worked for hours on this card and I absolutely love it.  So much so that I think it is going to be a card to me.  I don't want to give it away.  There always has to be one thing that I wish I had done differently though.  The clear snowflakes, I heat embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder.  It wasn't easy since they are a thin plastic and got very soft under the heat gun, but they survived and look pretty.  But, the bottom one I cut off thinking that it was going to keep the card from closing, and it really would have been fine.  The other snowflakes I have are much larger, so can't just replace it. 
The flourishes are Tim Holtz grungeboard elements. 

The little girl stamp is one I got today at a new stamp store I found in Tukwila.  I went looking for a vintage santa stamp and liked her better.  She is stamped in brown.  Joy is a Studio G stamp, heat embossed with black.  Gold embossed flourish is an Inkadinkado woody.  Sentiment is Wordsworth.  Patterned cardstock for the card base is from Printworks, Pattern papers are from DaisyD's.  The cs for the stamped image was distress inked with Fired Brick and Peeled Paint.  All edges are distressed with Walnut Ink Distress Ink.

This one I did yesterday.  It's a little more casual.  I like the combination of papers.  The Grungeboard element on the front is heat embossed with red ep, and then painted with Smooch paints.  It was okay with the Smooch, but I just liked it better.  Merry Christmas is a nameless acrylic.  Sentiment is one that I've had for a long time and the brand I don't recognize, Great Impressions. 

These cards are called Tri Fold Shutter card and the tutorial is on Splitcoaststampers.com.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Who finds inspiration in their bathroom?

I figured out why I have this obsession with browns and blacks now in my cards.  I redecorated my guest bathroom, which just happens to be the closest to my stamp room.  I go in there to wash stamps etc when I'm working.  The walls were torquoise when we moved here.  Clyle was living with us and I didn't think that he would much like the the chiffon shower curtain, so I bought a teal and brown striped curtain.  Then I couldn't stand all that torquose, so I painted the walls brown.  That was ok for a while, but after Clyle moved out I decided to go back to my old chiffon curtain with the pale beige leaf pattern.  It was ok with the torquoise towels, but just didn't really do anything for me.  So I decided to go with blacks and browns, and I really like it now.  I hung the black and white floral picture back and added a few more little accessories and I really love it now.

So, I go back into the stamp room this morning and start making cards, and guess what I end up with?  You guessed it!

Am I sick or what?  Well, if I'm sick, I'll die happy.

Variation of Joy Fold card

I gave the first card that I made from this pattern away, so I wanted to do another before I forgot how to do it.  Then I decorated the little flap and put the ribbon on, and it would have been covered by the front.  So I cut the fron piece down, and I kind of like it.  Then I made a little boo boo where the outer button is, so I had to move the original place intended for the closure up to the top.  I just love how there is no such things as a real "mistake" in the craft.  You just do something else not originally intended with it.

I still kind of think that I'd like to do somthing else on the inside of this card.  But afraid it would just be too "busy.  The tutorial for the original can be found at splitcoast stampers.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Unity Stamps

Unity November Kit of the Month.  I love these Unity stamps.  The girls dresses on the second one are masked, stamped and cut out so that they could be in different colors.  The background is a shimmery embossed paper that was actually part of a Christmas pack.

A little different take on the same stamps.  First one is done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Worn Lipstick with a bit of Perfect Pearls for a little shimmer.  the black and white one is heat embossed with white.

.I almost wish that I didn't ink the edges of the white card, I think it would have been cleaner looking without it.  Base is embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug envelope.

Disney on Ice

A fellow Pea (2Peas in a bucket) read my post about Disney on Ice and said he immediately thought of "Walt in Cryogenics".  Thought that was pretty funny.  Anyway, this is the only picture that came out and it was the back drop for the stage.  Thought it was kind of cool though.

Changed my settings

For my friends that don't have google accounts, I would love to hear from you.  So I changed my settings so that anyone can post a comment.  You will receive a prompt to copy some letters that will appear and it will not appear until I have reviewed it.  This will help to keep spammers from posting on the blog.  I hope to see some of you here!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lots O' Color

I was hoping to have pictures of Disney on Ice to post tonight, but our seats weren't as good as we thought they were going to be. We thought that being in row one right on the ice would be great. Wrong... they cut the "stage" ice in half and used the far end. What a dissappointment! It was pretty though and all the bright colors of Ariel and Tinkerbell and the whole gang inspired me to do something with lots of color. I am not very good at coloring in stamped images unless it's with ink, but these just scream for color. I found a ton of colored pencils that I haven't touched in years, so tried them. Did a little shading on the pink ones, it turned out okay I guess.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little more brown...and then i'll move on

Actually I did two more brown ones tonight but wasn't thrilled with the second one. Maybe it's because it had a little bit of color on it and i'm not in the mood for color I guess. This is my second attempt at this design. Background stamps are Unity, the others are CTMH.

It's a brown sort a' day

I don't know, maybe it's coming down off of all the pretty reds and greens from Christmas, but all of a sudden I am really enjoying the browns and blacks. I wanted to do a "tiled" cover, but this stamp was really too big to seperate them into three seperate tiles, so just mounted them as tiles on one mat. Stamp is CTMH. This was a lot of fun. It is the Brick Wall technique from Splitcoast stampers. I really like it and it was a lot of fun putting together. You have to be really careful to keep them in place after you cut them up or it's like putting a jigsaw together.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This was fun to do and I think i'll do a couple more tomorrow. The tutorial was on Splitcoast Stampers. The closure for the little card is attached with double pop dots so that it holds the card together but you can still open it without damaging the closure. The stamp set is Close to My Heart.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I've gotta quit this

Got my new Stamps of Life set this week so had to put a few more Christmas cards together. The globes are all heat embossed in silver and cut out and attached with pop dots. The first one I cut the trees out, embellished with Stickles and put flock on th bottom of th globe. The ribbon was too white for the pattern paper so I spritzed it with a water/perfect pearls solution. It also gives it a faint glilmmer not seen in the picture. Snowflakes in all of the globes are white heat embossed. I wanted the deer to look like he was in the forest. He actually has longer legs but that wouldn't fit in the globe. He is heat embossed in gold.
Lights are painted with smooch inks. I really like that stuff and happened to catch a sale last week at the scrapbook store. Should I add "wire" to the lights?

I don't so much like the snowman that came with the set, so used this one from Close to My Heart. He is also painted with Smooch. I say paint but it's not paint at all but ink. It comes in a little bottle that looks like fingernail polish with a nib like a stiff little brush. I stamped him with archival ink and then got as close as I could with the Smooch without covering detail lines.

I finally figured out how to tie a descent bow. Not that they are perfect however. I was tieing a not and then tieing the bow, which apparently is wrong because when I quit doing that, and just twisting it they came out fine.