Friday, August 27, 2010

Blog Candy Alert

Jodi at Inked Inspirations is offering a Magnolia Summer Kit as blog candy.  You might want to take a peek. You have until August 30th to participate.  Good Luck!

Hello New Friends

Hi everyone and happy last Friday in August.  This bear is so stinkin' cute.  LOTV stamps are my current favorites. I covered the designer paper with sheer lavender ribbon to tone it down with the rest of the card. There are stickles on the butterflies to add a little glitz.

That's all for now and have a great weekend!

Stamps - Lili of the Valley, Stamps by Judith
Cardstock - SU Lavender Lace, Neenah Classic Crest-Solar White
Designer Paper - SU Tea Party, DCWV-Posies Glitter Print
Ink - Copics, SU Lovely Lilac
Accessories - Martha Stewart butterfly and edge punch, Spellbinder's Nestibilites, Stickles, sheer ribbon and pearls from my stash

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wine Club

A friend asked me to make a 'goodbye, farewell' card for someone in her Wine Club. I only used one stamp.  It's a marble texture cube that has rubber on 3 sides for 3 layers. The 1st layer is stamped with the lightest value, then for the 2nd side a mid value is stamped and for the 3rd layer a darkest value is used. What I like about this stamp is that it's very free form and no alignment is necessary. I just stamped randomly.  I used a gossamer decorative bag that wine often comes when given as a gift for the envelope. The card is standing on the bag in the photo.   I was really excited when I found this bag in my stash.  I think it adds that special something.

Have a great day!

Stamps - Stampendous marble texture cube, computer generated sentiment
Cardstock - SU Red Riding Hood, River Rock, True Thyme
Designer paper - Creative Imaginations
Ink - SU River Rock, True Thyme and Palette Noir
Accessories  - Martha Stewart double loops punch, Spellbinders nestibilities labelesl 4, Kaiser pewter pearls

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway

Claire at Crafty C's Crafting Library has some lovely blog candy up for grabs. It's her way to say thanks for supporting her blog.  Go check it out.  I've got my fingers crossed.  Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Looking Eye Through The Keyhole

.I had alot of fun using Webster's Pages 6x6 pad.  The paper has a beautiful vintage look. If you look closely you can see that I placed an eye behind the keyhole looking out.  I covered the eye with a Tag Types Tile sticker. They're made of clear epoxy and make a nice effect.  I just received my Tim Holtz stamps in the mail.  At first I thought they were kinda spendy. I changed my mind after they arrived.  They are precision cut red rubber mounted on cling foam.  They come on a sturdy page that is ready to be placed in a binder.  No, I do not work for Stampers Anonymous,lol, but are thrilled with mine

Have a great week!

Stamps - SU Soft as a Feather, Rubber Monger-keyhole, Fruit Basket Upset-eye, Stampers Anonymous;Tim Holtz-Odds & Ends Collection-ticket
Cardstock - SU Always Artichoke & Kiwi Kiss, cream cs from my stash
Designer Paper - Webster's Pages 6x6 Triple Pack (Nature's Storybook)
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Palette-Noir Black
Accessories - SU Beautiful Butterflies die, Kaiser bronze pearls, EK Success Tag Types Tile stickers, Marianne Creatables swirl die, SU round tab punch

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Very Simple Card

Of the Stampin' Up sets I own, 'Pocket Silhouettes' is one that I use often.  It's so versatile and I seem to keep reaching for it.  Baja Breeze is probably my favorite SU color along with Kiwi Kiss.  Oh, I almost forget to tell you that I'm very excited because I just found out that I will be attending the Minneapolis Copic Certification Class in September.  Anyone else going?

Gee, I hope I graduate...hmmm

Stamps - SU Pocket Silhouettes, SU sentiment from Mini Note Kit
Cardstock - SU Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Designer Paper - SU Urban Garden
Accessories - SU Baja Breeze Ribbon, SU Curly Label Punch, pearls from my stash

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Cherry Blossom Party

Cherry Blossoms are a symbol of spring.  The Japanese celebrate this season by holding picnics, tea ceremonies and gathering together among popular cherry blossom landscapes. I know that we are not celebrating the arrival of spring but I do like this stamp set.  My very simple card is made with all Stampin' Up stuff today.  I cut a portion of the bottom of the ornament punch off to create a vase.  What a neat idea! (not my idea, but I coulda thought of it...)


Stamps - SU Embrace Life, SU sentiment-unknown set
Cardstock - Rich Razzelberry, Whisper White, Old Olive
Designer Paper - SU-retired
Ink - Rich Razzelberry, Certainly Celery colored with chalks
Accessories - SU ornament punch, SU lots of tags die, silver thread from my stash

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Key to Life is to be Jolly

The humidity has let-up the past few days here in Minnesota. Yes! It's 80's during the daytime and 60's at night, just the way I like it. I'm not ready for snow but this snowman is so jolly.  I don't know why the little dots of Stickles look gold in the photo but they're actually glittery white. Have a great day.

Stamps - Whipper Snapper Designs
Paper - SU Brilliant Blue, Neenah Classic Crest-solar white
Designer Papers - Pinecone Press
Ink - copics
Accessories - stickles, glitter dome crystal stickers, snowflake punch-unknown

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome To My Blog

Our life is frittered away by detail...simplify, written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I try to live my day-to-day life following these words.  Achieving this goal in my papercraft adventures is a reminder that I NEED TO WAKE UP AND START STAMPING!  Yikes, I don't know where this journey of joining the blogosphere will take me.  My hope is that I will no longer be a stamp, paper and embellishment collector. My 'stash' will inspire me to create and have fun.  If my family and friends are the only ones to read my blog, that's OK...but I hope you will drop-in to visit.


My geisha gave me a workout in coloring her black hair with copic markers.  I have seen people blend with different gray colors but when I tried that it became a big blobby mess.  What gave me the best results was using a feathering technique with 100 black and blend with W4.  I used this wonderful video at Lysa's Crafty Creations which showed how to feather blend with Copics.  A light touch with the marker seems important.

Stamps - The Greeting Farm, Firecracker Designs by Pamela
Cardstock - Neehah Classic Crest-solar white, SU-Really Rust & Certainly Celery
Designer Papers - Basic Grey-Kioshi, Marrakech
Inks - Memento-Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories - Cuttlebug-asian lanterns embossing folder