Sunday, August 31, 2008

Glowing Mermaid

I am taking a break from cleaning to post this card I made with Alluring Impressions Stamps. I started with a piece of SU Bashful Blue cardstock. I stamped the mermaid in the middle with Palette Noir ink and then did the Glowing Images technique from the current TJ junkies newsletter. I used my prismcolor pencils to color in the mermaid and the dolphin. I used these SWIRL stamps for the background. I embossed the Brilliant Blue cardstock with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl embossing folder then I used my oval nestabilities to cut an oval out of the middle. I finished the card off with a piece of SU Certainly Celery cardstock and 4 silver brads. Unfortuantely I have to go back to cleaning my house now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Glowing Fairies

ETA: I decided I was not happy with the original card I posted yesterday on top and redid it today. I changed the stamp the fairies are chasing to A-RSPOKES and made the main image panel larger too. I am much happier with the updated version. Which version do you like better?
I have had a hard time getting motivated to do any stamping this week. I was finally able to finish up this card I started last week though. This card was made with a new fairy stamp from Alluring Impressions. I used the glowing pastels technique from the February 05 technique junkies newsletter to give them the glow. I also used an AI heart stamp that had stars and flowers on it from another set to make it look like the fairies were trying to catch something. The main panel was matted on white, black, Bazzill Hazel and Dahlia Cardstock. Finished size is 41/4x51/2.
It has been an exciting week in TV land. Star got voted off The Greatest American Dog last night. I was really sad to see her and Bill go. Andrew is my pick to win now. I still can't believe that little dog sat there and didn't move when an elephant came right up next to him. He is definitely an amazing dog. America's Got Talent is also back. My favorite so far is Neil E. Boyd. Emilia likes little Kaitlyn. I think she is cute but I don't see her headlining a show in Vegas. I don't know how some of those acts even made in the finals though. The Democratic convention has also been here all week. Rich took the week off so he did not have to deal with the mess downtown. I don't get into politics very much but I did catch Hillary's speech Tuesday night and I have to say I was very impressed by her. It will be interesting to see what happens now.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back with more to share with you soon.

Monday, August 25, 2008

August Blog Hop

Tonight is another Papertrey Blog Hop.

The challenge this month was to to alter a CD case into something other than it's original purpose.

This is what I came up with.

I started with one of the clear CD calender cases that Papertrey is now carrying, then I covered the front and spine with some 6x6 Guidelines patterened paper. When I was done with that I stamped the word RECIPE on the spine using the Simple Alphabet Set

To decorate the inside I cut out the letters with my Cuttlebug for the word RECIPES using the Cuttlebug Your Not The Boss Of Me alphabet and lightweight chipboard. I colored the letters with Colorbox pigment ink and then edged them with a brown pen. I finished the letters off by adding some Crystal Effects to give them some shine and dimension, then I glued them to the top of the inside back panel of the CD holder.
I typed and formatted the recipe on my computer then printed it out on some Papertrey Stampers Select White cardstock. After that I matted the printed recipe on some Dark Chocolate Cardstock and some more patterned paper from the Guidelines paper pack. I finished off the recipe card by stamping the cupcake and stars from the It's A Celebration Set with Dark Chocolate and Plum Pudding Ink and then finished off the cupcake with some purple stickles. The finished recipe card size is 4 5/8x 45/8. .

This is a picture showing how to store the recipes when the holder is closed. There is plenty of room to add more recipes too

Emilia and I made the cupcakes together this weekend. I got the recipe from an episode I saw on The Martha Stewart Show last week. Emilia is allergic to milk so this recipe was perfect for her and for anyone else that is allergic to eggs and nuts too. I use a similar recipe for Emilia's birthday cakes but wanted to give this one a try. Emilia and Rich really liked them. You should give them a try too.

Well that's it I hope you like what I came up with. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will try and answer them. I look forward to seeing what the other gals have come up with tonight too. As always thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Three Reasons To Celebrate

Today I have three reasons to celebrate!
The first reason is, today is my sisters birthday. She loves roses so this is the card I made her. I also sent her a gift certificate from QVC too. The card was made with the TJ Pastel Detailing Technique which was from the Dec07/Jan08 newsletter. The main image is the Thomas Kinkade Rose Garden Stamp. The Happy Birthday saying is from the Papertrey Birthday Basics set. I used SU Regal Rose cardstock and the mesh Cuttlebug folder for the background layer. The Happy Birthday saying was stamped on vellum. To finished the card off I used the SU ticket punch and 4 gold brads.

I also made these for her
The box is an empty Altoid tin that I covered with cardstock that I made. I stamped the single rose bud stamp from Lasting Impressions with Panache with Versamark and then used Pebbles Shimmer chalk to color them. The letters were cut out with the Cuttlebug Baby Face letter dies and white chipboard then I colored them with pink Colorbox pigment ink. I colored a piece of SU 1/4" white Grosgrain ribbon with a Rose Mist (R83) Copic sketch marker and then added it to create the middle band. I finished the box off by adding crystal effects to the letters and 2 small dew drops on the bottom.
The bracelet was made with the 7 gypsies bracelets blanks . I stamped the roses the same way I did on the tin and then added the clear covers over them. That's it I hope she likes it. I won't see her until tomorrow to give it to her though.

The second reason to celebrate is, today is also the 1 yr anniversary of my blog! Even though I have not been able to post everyday like I hoped I would in the beginning I am still proud of myself that I have kept it going this long. I also want to take a moment and thank all of you that have stopped by to visit. It really means a lot to me that you take the time to come by here and see my work and read about what is going on in my life. I really enjoy sharing what I do with all of you and hope to continue to do this for many years to come.

Now on to the third and final reason to celebrate today. Yesterday I got an Honorable mention from Nicole Heady for the Owl bag I made for this months Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest. This really means a lot to me to know someone like her likes what I made. Sometimes I feel like a small fish in a big pond in the stamping world so when things like this happen it really helps to boost my confidence and makes all my hard work worth it.

Well that's all for now. I will be back soon with more things to share. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you all have a great night.

Friday, August 15, 2008

TV Talk

Since a lot of the shows I have been watching have come to an end I thought it was time for some TV talk.
The Next Food Network star ended a few weeks ago and Aaron was the winner. I wanted Adam to win but after watching Aarons first show ""Big Daddy's House" I have to say that I am glad he won now.
So You Think You Can Dance ended last week and I found out Joshua was the winner. He was my pick to win and he definitely deserved it. It is still hard for me to believe that he never had formal dance training before. Unfortunately I missed the finale because my DVR didn't tape it. I can't find it anyplace else to watch it now either. Even though I know he won I would still like to see the finale so if you know of someplace I can watch it let me know.
The Mole ended Monday night and Craig was the Mole. I had him picked all along. I am glad that Mark won. He really deserved it.
Now for some talk about the shows that are still going on.
We are all still watching Big Brother and agree Michelle really needs to go. I don't have a clear winner picked right now but I am leaning towards Renny or Dan at the moment.
I am behind on episodes of. Tori and Dean, Shear Genius and Project Runway because Emilia and I have been watching the Olympics late at night so I will talk about them next time.
Emilia and my favorite show right now is The Greatest American Dog. Star is our pick to win. What a great dog! Did you see the episode where the contestants were given a word and were suppose take a picture of their dog showing it? Well the other day Emilia and I found Lily on the couch like this and I was able to snap a picture just in time. We think this is a great description of the word loving. What do you think?

Well that's enough TV talk for now. I think I will start making this a regular monthly feature. I would love to know what your thoughts are about these shows if you watch them too. In the meantime I will be back with some more stamping projects to share soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Log Cabin Quilt Card

This is my other entry for this months Papertrey Guest Star Stamper Contest.I was very excited when I saw that Papertrey was coming out with a quilting set last month. When I received mine I was a bit disappointed that the quilt blocks in the set were so small but after playing around with them I have come up with a lot of ideas for things to do with them. Unfortuantely I have not had time to try all my ideas yet but I will, so be on the lookout for more things made with them in the future. This is one of the ideas I was able to complete in time for this months contest though. I think the Papertrey 6x6 patterned paper is perfect for making quilt blocks and when I saw the Quilters Sampler Set I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate the two. I started by printing out a template for a log cabin quilt block then I want to work piecing it together on a piece of Stampers Select White Cardstock with the
Guidelines and Chocolate Remix patterned paper. I added a log cabin quilt stamp from the Quilters Sampler Set to the middle that I colored with my Copic sketch markers and a blender pen . I wanted to add a sentiment from the set but could not find a place to put it that looked right and did not take away from the block itself so I left it off. I finished the card by doing some faux stitching. Finished size is 6x6. Tonight at midnight the new sets will be available. After what happened last month I will be staying up to place my order. So far I only see 1 stamp set I have to have but that's okay because I really need to try and not spend a lot of money this month. That's it for now. I will be back tomorrow with some TV talk and a really cute picture to share with you. Until then have a great night and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wise Owl Rag Bag

Once again sorry for taking so long to post something new but I have been busy working on my entries for this months Papertrey Gueststar Stamper contest. This is one of the things that I came up with.

As you know 2 of my favorite things are stamping and quilting. I have been wanting to make a rag bag like this one for a while now but had no idea how to go about it since she did not share a pattern. After some searching I found a pattern for how to make them here. I made a few changes to my handles and closure though. I started by stamping images from Alli Miles Wise Owl and Wise Owl Bellie sets with Palette Perfect Match Dark Chocolate Ink on white cotton fabric. Then I colored them in with my Copic sketch markers. I quickly learned that you have to have a very light touch when you color with them on fabric or they will bleed but if you lightly color with them they work great. There are a total of 6 owl squares on this bag and each one is different. I love that you can customize the owls in this set. When I was done creating my owl squares I went to work piecing together the rest of the bag. I got the other patterned fabric here and I would highly recommend it. The fabric is fantastic and Cynthia is a pleasure to deal with too. I think I may make more bags and quilts like this in the future with other stamped images and try and sell them in my Etsy shop. Anyways let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to try and answer them. I will be back tomorrow with my other entry. Until then thanks for stopping by and have a good night.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


14 yrs ago today Rich and I got married. It is hard to believe that much time has gone by. We got married in the flower garden of one of our small city parks. We only had about 30 of our closest friends and family there. Later that evening we had a big party to celebrate at an old hotel in Downtown Denver. It was a great day and we are both still agree that it was a great way to get married. We have had our ups and downs like all couples do in all these years but we can both say we are still happy to be married to each other and that says a lot in this day and age.

Rich likes simple cards so this is the card I made for him. I stamped the hearts together to signify the two of us and then used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a waterbrush to color them. I faux stitched the almost amethyst panels and the broken line at the bottom. Stamps are from The Angel Company. The layout of the card is Jens weekly sketch from yesterday and the colors came from this color challenge
I gave the card to him this morning and he said he liked it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Unicorn and flowers

Sorry for not posting anything all week. Emilia shared the crud she had and my mojo went missing. Thankfully the version of the crud I got didn't last long and I was finally able to finish a card last night. Amy from Alluring Impressions sent me some new stamps to play with last week and this is one of the samples I came up with. The technique I used is the Technique Junkie's new version of the bandanna technique. The images were stamped with Pallette Noir ink. The background and cardstock colors are SU Bashful Blue and Brillant Blue. The unicorn stamp is from the new mermaid sheet. The flower stamp was sent to me as a bonus with a past order I placed from them. Hopefully my mojo will stick around for awhile now and I will be back with some more things to share with you soon. Until then have a great day!