This is my place to share with family and friends. You might find handmade cards, digital scrapbook pages, photos or a little chatter because those are the things I love. My blog is a work in progress, so be patient with me. Most of the time I think I will be talking to myself, but hey, I'm used to that!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Something old, something new.....

something borrowed, something blue. Okay, I fibbed about the borrowed. I made this cute little card with two Stampin' Up! stamps. "Lace" background, and "Nice and Easy Notes", that is the old since they are both retired sets. The new and the blue is the Marina Mist cardstock and ink. Such a pretty blue! The ribbon is from SU too. Border was punched with the Scallop Edge punch. The image was colored with Copic markers.

I have another tonight. This one is in the vintage style, also made with a retired stamp, Garden Collage. The sentiment is from a current set, "For All You Do". I used Crumb Cake (Kraft) cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, the circle punches and Basic Black ink from Stampin' Up!. I also used some newsprint patterned paper, a vintage button, some distressing ink and teal ribbon from my scrapbooking stash. Thanks for visiting and for commenting!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The three S's......

One for Samples, one for Selling, and one for Sending. Oh yeah, one more this time. It's my prototype. Not the best of the bunch but still okay to send. I really dislike making more than one of each card, but I am trying to make myself do it for practical purposes. I am happiest when I am creating without a plan, not keeping track of supplies and not thinking about making more of the same. Do you always make more than one of a card design?

Card stock: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and 4 of the 5 new '10-'11 In Colors- Pear  Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, and Poppy Parade. Twill ribbon, button from my button stash and SU Linen thread. Stamp- Flight of the Butterfly inked with the In Color markers.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The storage "issue"

As with any collector, ahem, I mean stamp artist, storing stamps is always a problem at my house. The basic idea is to acquire the stamps and supplies and have them assimilate into the current stash without taking up more space or calling attention to themselves. Yes, you know exactly what I mean, admit it! Unfortunately that means that sometimes you can not find things. (has anyone seen my Bow Easy?) Lately I've noticed that I use the same sentiments or greetings because they are handy and then I come across something that would have worked much better. Unfortunately it was buried with a stamp set. I recently started pulling the word and sentiment stamps out and writing the set name on the side of the wood block. I wanted to have them out where I can see them easily. I took some of them and arranged them in this wooden box and hung it up on the wall so I can see them at a glance. I wanted them to look nice too. The box is an old cassette case I took half of the wood dividers out of. Think this will be a solution?

Friday, June 18, 2010

I doesn't get any easier than this....

Hi all, I've been away again and I am sorry to say, neglecting my blog. My suitcase has been in use a lot this summer. I still haven't had a chance to play with any of the new stamps or paper I pre-ordered from the new catalog. I think I will go into stamping withdrawal if I don't get some ink on my fingers soon. I have a few cards partially finished so I decided to work on completing those this weekend. Here is one that I found in the "card starts" box. Just a little advice, never get 3 packs of your favorite paper. After two, you start to overdose. I still have...TA DA..."Raspberry Tart"! Yep, still have some, so you get to look at it again, lol!

Supplies: All from Stampin' Up!
Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, and Basic Black SU cardstock. Fifth Ave Floral and Best Yet stamp sets. Raspberry Tart designer paper (retired). Ink: SU Basic Black and Rose Red.
Thanks for looking,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sorry, it's been a while...

since I posted. We have been back from vacation since last Friday. This whole week was spent taking down drapes, putting things out of the way and moving furniture. Friday we had all the windows in our house replaced. All twenty of them, and an 8 foot sliding door. Then today, DH decided to paint my craft room. I had picked out the color a couple of weeks ago, sort of a light "Mellow Moss". Very restful, hope I don't fall asleep in there! It looks really nice with the white trim on the new window and door. When it is all finished, I will post some pictures. I mentioned to DH that some crown moulding (or molding, I looked it up) would look nice. Lol, maybe then I could call it my "Stamping Studio"
Here is a card I made using the "Black Magic" technique. I need some more practice on this one.I had the worst time photographing this card. It looks much better IRL. I think the black paper causes the glare. I included a close-up of of my second try with the flowers to show the technique. I am going to teach this on Monday to my "Grace Stampers". Thanks for looking!

Supplies: Stamps-Kind and Caring Thoughts, White Craft Ink, Water Color Pencils, White gel marker, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock, all from Stampin'Up!.