Tuesday, March 31, 2009
- 4 Guest DT gals
- 40 Spotlights
- 21 Product Testers
We'll see if I can make it into one of these categories...but no worries, if I don't then it means I just have to try again next time.
I’m trying to collect 94 cards to help cheer up Elton who is 94; he's been EXTREMELY sick lately. Elton is a very interesting character with a very wicked sense of humor. He has been married 69 years and this June he will celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary. I am not related to Elton, however he's my good friend's father-in-law. Please help if you can! If you are interested in sending Elton a card please PM me and I'll send you my email address. I'm hoping to receive 94 cards by April 10th. Thanks for helping out and putting a smile on Elton's face!!!
This is an opportunity to send some thoughtful wishes to Elton and his wife as they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and to send some cheer his way (I am sure after reading all of the cards, he'll forget that is sick for just even a moment). My card went postal today... now it's your turn!
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Monday, March 30, 2009
I just got an email from Inkadinkado that they received my cards and my free stamps are on their way. Wow, that was fast! I will post a pic of the stamps once they are in my hands. I had lots of fun making the cards.
Moxie Fab World Debonair Giveaway from GCD Studios
Today, GCD Studios is offering some blog candy...check it out here.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
stamps: northwoods rubber stamps roses paper: white cs ink: palette noir, antique linen distress ink, bliss blue, bordering blue, old olive, gable green, positively pink, rose red accessories: clear mini decorative accents, brown and pink ribbon, aquapainter, scotch foam mounting tape, ultra thick embossing enamel, sponge for distressing, sewing machine, nestabilities oval
Well, onto the the cards I was brave enough to make last night...I proceeded to read GinaK's tutorial and followed every step (check it out on her blog - it is a 4 part series of instructions, very detailed and she provides some great pics so you can see the process of threading and all the way to the sewing part). Here is a link to the basics from Gina: Sewing: Threading the Machine... Remember to go back to her sidebar on the left to read the rest of the tutorials.
The moment you have been waiting for...TA DA!!!!
The image is a freebie from Pollycraft Designs (located in the UK). I had been browsing online for some digi images to purchase and found a couple of sites offering freebies. Check out their stock of dowloadable images as well as stamps. I've only done one hybrid card before using a digi image that sort of reminds me of a stampingbella (seen here). Digi stamps are the rave right now...
Besides Pollycraft Designs, here are some other places to check out for some freebies to try out before making the plunge:
Victoria Case Designs
Pink Petticoat (UK)
melstampz (Mel freely shares lots of digi images she has created herself and she also provides links to other resources on her blog - she is awesome!)
Other digi sites to check out:
Sketching Stamper (UK)
River City Rubber Works
You can buy whole sheet images for a fraction of the price of unmounted stamp sets. Some of the neat things about digi stamps are that they are sizeable and reversible. I've tried to print off a couple of images on regular white Georgia Pacific cardstock (110 lb) and they print off clear. Mel from (melstampz) suggests after printing to emboss the image as soon as you take if off the printer you can use any kind of coloring medium on it. Since I don't have any copics (hope to own some one day *wishful thinking) and only have the SU markers available, I did not emboss the image, I just went ahead and colored it in using markers and an aquapainter (watercoloring is my favorite coloring technique). A little of the ink was mixing in with the color but it was very little and not noticeable at all. With watercoloring, you can achieve various shades in your image versus just using markers on the image (SU markers tend to be streaky). Because I am such a cheapskate, I don't use watercolor paper like you are supposed to but I have achieved a lot of great colored images on most of my cards. I'll have to try watercoloring with SU watercolor paper one of these days since I've heard that this paper is the best one to use when watercoloring. But for now, I will stick with my good ol' Georgia Pacific.
Now, I still prefer to use regular rubber or clear acrylic since you can use different colors for the images if you don't want to waste printer ink. But it is still a great bargain to get some inexpensive images for your cards and projects.
stamps: studio g $1 stamp for sentiment, free digi stamp from pollycrafts designs) paper: white cs, memory block inspirations dp ink: printer ink for digi image, positively pink, old olive, real red, creamy caramel, chocolate chip accessories: scotch foam mounting tape, aquapainter, polkadot olive green satin ribbon, martha stewart lace border punch, sewing machine, aleene's paper glaze for the hearts card size: 5.5 square card
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Magnolia Easter Celebration Blog Candy
Monday, March 23, 2009
Card Positioning Systems Challenge CPS108
Since our dog passed and even before then, I haven't done any stamping so finally back to a healthy state and got my stamping mojo back. I made this card for an old neighbor who just turned 7. She is actually a twin so I created a card for him too (will share in another post). This card was created for GinaK StampTV Nestabilties Challenge STVTC5 and Card Patterns Sketch Challenge CP Sketch #7. This is the first time I was able to participate in a Card Patterns Challenge. I swear the sketch challenges are so helpful when creating cards in a pinch. It's all about interpreting the sketch to your stamping style too.
stamps: ginak just so hippy paper: white/yellow cs, my mind's eye magnolia dp ink: palette noir accessories: nestabilities oval and scalloped oval, dimensionals, ribbon, clear mini decorative accents, slit punch for scalloped border
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I made this as a little thank you for letting me teach a class to her TAC stamping group. You can see the finished samples below of the tote class I taught yesterday. I also demonstrated how to make a beaded pen at the class (matches this gift set) and forgot to take a picture.
stamps: tac seeds of blessing paper: old olive/hot pink/white cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber, antique linen distress ink accessories: wide satin olive polka dot ribbon, terrifically tacky tape 1/4", string, button, prima, cricut mini monograms/walk in my garden carts, slit punch, clear name tag from wal-mart, silver book ring, nestabilties circle and scallop circle, 3d glitter paint very berry red, clear decorative mini pebbles, rsvp pen, microbeads
Sunday, March 8, 2009
For the third tote, I created a tote that StarlitStudio created awhile back...one of my most favorite totes to make (you can find the original post here). The holder accommodates 6 cards and 6 envies. You can probably even put chocolates in there instead of cards as a gift. It uses the TAC Spring Flowers stamp set, velcro for the enclosure. I used a little bit of 3d glitter and puffy paint on the scallop border and on the flower images.
This card was made for SCS Clean and Simple Challenges CAS02: One Button Will Do and CAS04: Accent with Dots (paper piercing) along with Limited Supply Challenge LSC210: Get mark...get set (create a card in 30 mins or less). The Clean and Simple challenges are fairly new to the Challenge forum. It won't have its own forum thread until it's gained some popularity so come join in on the fun every Monday. For this card, I used the Cuttlebug flower/border embossing folder for my main image. I took some scrap pieces of paper for the center and cut them with my Nesties, pierced around the circles and the distressed around the edges. I added a polkadot ribbon to complete the card. The sentiment "Friend" comes from GinaK Designs stamp set called Tee Talk. I was quite impressed that this card only took me about 15 minutes to create - that is record time for me! I normally take about 2-3 hours to make a card - yikes!
My hubby had volunteered me to make a quite unusual size thank you card to fit a gift certificate to one of our town's local stores. It had to fit an 8x3 1/2 envie. I normally don't make cards this size, but I took on the challenge. I had been wanting to use this deer stamp for awhile. The gift certificate was for someone at the school particularly for a person who coordinated the National Honor Society. The gift certificate came from one of our local town's sports/hunting store. So how approriate is this deer image, I ask? I still had some leftover masculine dp from creating DH's grandfather's gift and card and it looked great for the layout I was going to use.
I used Nesties Labels Two and stamped the deer in white first and then in Palette Brown ink for some depth on kraft cardstock. I did a little piercing on either side of the sentiment and created a banner like layer using vanilla cardstock and brown wide grossgrain ribbon.
stamps: penny black majestic buck paper: kraft/vanilla cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber/new canvas, chocolate chip accessories: string, paper piercer, nestabilities labels two, dimensionals
Yey, can't wait for Spring (and Summer)!
Here's another one to watch... Ansley - click here to check out her blog Little Stamper. She is the daughter of Lacey Stephens (Hand Stamped by Lacey). I just recently subscribed to Lacey's blog - another great talent and she showcased one of her daughter's creations. Lacey has an incredible eye for detail and love her creations.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The Paper Garden Projects turned 1! They are offering some fabulous blog candy to help celebrate their first year and I hear it's Cathy's birthday celebration as well. Check it out here... The challenge is to make a hilarious birthday card using funny images, jokes, or puns...BUT if you are not feeling "funny" then you can make a card using primary colors (red, blue, and/or yellow). Here is more info on the Paper Garden Birthday Challenges...
stamps: clubscrap club stamp academy sheer genius paper: kraft/vanilla cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: versamark, real red, antique linen distress ink accessories: string, cuttlebug embossing folder houndstooth, paper piercer, memory makers acrylic paint chocolate, frame from target, dimensionals, button
More posts to come tomorrow...
stamps: ginak designs just so hippy paper: olive green/yellow/hot pink/white cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber, barely banana, pretty in pink, creamy caramel, antique linen distress ink accessories: slit punch, wide olive green polka dot satin ribbon, string, prima flower, glue dots, dimensionals, button
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Here's another shoutout to Sheetload of Cards....come check out their new issue for March! Melissa Machado, an Independent consultant for Close to my Heart is the official sponsor for March. Up for grabs is some yummy-licious punches you can choose from if you are the chosen winner at the end of month.
If you have never visited Sheetload of Cards before, this is a new year to start. Every month, Sheetload of Cards publishes a downloadable ezine (in .pdf form) full of inspiring ideas and interpretations for a monthly sketch from their talented group of DT gals. Every month, you will see various sponsors for the sketches as well as challenges for blog candy. So, what you are waiting for????!!!!
Sign-up now for a sheetload of goodness and inspiration!
Click on the link to check out the March 2009 issue...Happy Stamping!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Zoe is offering some fabulous blog candy to celebrate her special day. Click here to find your way to Zoe's birthday candy...make sure to check out her amazing cards. She has got some great talent for a wee little one. I can't wait till my daughter starts stamping with me!