Monday, March 31, 2008

A gift from my hubby -

Ok, I have to tell you I have the best, most wonderful, supportive hubby! He doesn't complain when I come in with bags from the LSS, or the mail box is full of stamps from Internet shopping. He has been very supportive of me starting the blog and encouraging me on my dream of getting a DT one day. Well I have been complaining about my photographs of my cards. I just can't get enough light. I have tried everything. Lamps, Flashes making white boxes out of card stock I even got desperate and tried taking the photos in my Microwave! hey don't laugh... it is white inside! Well I told him I was going to have to find a light tent and do this right. Well guess what... he came home with a whole kit last night! He went to Wolf Camera and purchased me a "Smith Victor Image Maker Light Tent Kit". Is he just the best or what! So now I can see the light!!! Oh my this thing is wonderful, no more shadows, or yellow tint from other light sources, or flash burn on the face of the cards! I will need to practice and learn how to set the positions of the lights on either side but I am just so excited! See I told you have the best hubby!

Ok, now to the card I made yesterday. I wanted to make a fun get well card for a friend that is having surgery this week. I pulled out one of my favorite House Mouse get well stamps and then some fun colors of paper to match a piece of Sassafras lass paper I just got. Boy I wish the scallops went all the way around these papers as they are just the cutest designs! I colored in the image with my copic markers, highlighted with my white gel pen and then used my Diamond Glaze to "wet" the ice. I wish this showed better in the photograph... I am working on learning to capture details like that. I layered everything then added some fun ribbon and the sentiment from Lockheart Stamp Co., and again added more with the gel pens around the edges. I think it is a fun card, definitely a bright cheerful one!
Card Info:
Stamps: House Mouse, Lockheart Stamps
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Diamond Glaze, White Gel Pen, Orange Sakura Glaze Pen, Ribbon

Rebecca is the coolest!

Oh my!!! I have this amazing buddy Rebecca... Her talent is just jaw dropping. I love her blog... to see her work. But I will admit I enjoy her stories even more. She has this ability to tell a story that just blows me away, she is hysterical! Well this past week she told this amazing story about her and her mother doing a craft together, with the feeling that they were basically saving the world by getting a deadline done on time. Well in the comments I told her I loved the story and I wish she could make scooping the barn out more exciting like her stories and I would get away from the computer and go do my chores. Well guess what.... she wrote me a story!!!! I am so excited! My sides hurt from laughing as I was reading it, and hubby couldn't believe it either. He laughed and then said maybe it was good we weren't closer in distance because we probably could get in a lot of trouble together cuz she sounds just crazy! Yep ... my kind of friend! If you would like to read my story... visit Rebecca's blog - Vintage Girl, Modern World!

Thanks Rebecca ! I love ya!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

A card for a special little friend -

I needed to make a card for a special little friend that sent me a sweet card last week. Well while putting it all together I realized two things. One the stamp looks just like her... and two the card fits the challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday. Great card inspiration challenge blog! Take a look for some really "Cute" cards!
The stamp is from High Hopes Stamps she is so sweet laying in the grass smiling at that little inch worm. I colored it all with my Copic Markers, then high lighted with Spica Glitter Markers and a white gel pen. I used my Spellbinders Nestibilities to cut the ovals, and then layered onto a piece of Tickled Pink Explore paper and a journaling card from Collage Press. Inked all the edges, and "stitched" with gel pens. I added some velour ribbon and green buttons as well. I hope they like it at the challenge site, as I had fun creating it especially since it was for someone special... hope her Mom don't tell her it is coming, since she reads the blog!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Gardeners Saturday

Well I thought since many people do their yard work on Saturdays I would show you a card I made this last week. These Rubbernecker Stamps Characters just crack me up! They are too funny. This little lady knows all the dirt! I think these images are great just to make someone smile. If you like the ones I have shown recently you should check out the website because they have tons of them, with many different subjects. Just look under the category of "Old Characters" in their stamp list.

I colored her with my copic markers, and layered her on two colors of bazzill card stock. I do not know the name of the pattern paper, as it is from my scraps. The ribbon again so proud of my recycling... came off of a prior purchase! I used three brads at the top right corner, then felt it needed more, so I used my gold gel pen and did dots of three around everything.

I also thought you might enjoy a donkey hug this morning -

The Spotted one is "Victoria's Secret" we call her Vicky, and Ellie Mae.

Vicky is from a long line of champions her daddy and grand-daddy were both state and national blue ribbon champions. She is one of my soon to be Momma's as well, she is breed with little smiling donkey at that is my "image" can't wait to see what the baby looks like!

Now Ellie Mae, sorry you can't see her face in this photo as she has amazing eyes, I will work on another photo. She stands out from all of our donkeys for one reason.... her yell. No she does not Hee Haw... she has this high pitch, long, screaming yell. Sounds like a 2 year old girl at the top of her lungs. It is hysterical. And she does it every time you drive up, or at dinner or breakfast. Especially to "Daddy" cuz he has a special bond with her. We have had a hard time breeding her, she is now 5 years old and had not had a baby yet. We are hoping this is her year. Regardless she will never be sold as hubby and I love her dearly and no matter what your mood her call brings a smile to you.

Well off to get a couple things done before I have to leave, I have two classes to teach today at my LSS. Have a great day!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Hello and new a addiction...

Hello - Last night I accomplished two challenges! I can see where these online challenges can be overwhelming. I think I am going to have to try a bunch out then see which ones are more me and settle on just a few.
The first is my "Hello" card. This is for Allison's blog Stampin When I Can, her challenge this week was Going Buggy... to create a card using a bug, and no butterflies. Glad I read that last part cuz I was all set to use some cool butterfly stamps I have. But then I remembered this little swinging bee from Rubbernecker Stamps that I have. Is "she" (note the pink lipstick) just the cutest? I colored with my Copics, then highlighted everything with Spica Glitter pens, which just doesn't show in the photograph, darn it I took like 40 photos trying to capture it! I stickled the wings and the prima and Heidi Swapp flowers. The card base is Bazzill Bling and the pattern paper is Basic Grey. The ribbon is Mod Ribbon. Hope they like my "buggy" card!

My second challenge is one that I have never tried. An ATC (artist trading card) I have seen millions of them online, and never once tried one. Ok, I had a blast making this little piece of "art". I really think I could spend forever putting details into this small 2.5 x 3.5 inches! The challenge site for this creation is for Tilda and Friends ATC Challenge Blog I love this site! But then again.. they love Magnolia Tilda's so I have A LOT in common with them. My first ATC has Tilda with her watering can... so I made her a flower box. The challenge this week was to only use blue and yellow. I love these colors together so that wasn't bad for me. I used a dark blue Bazzill base, then cut a small piece of pale yellow card stock and stamped with a sepia yellow ink with my wood background stamp. (this was funny as it is a piece of paper 2.5 x 1 inch on a giant stamp!) I colored this little cutie with my copics. I only pulled out colors from the two families out of my markers. I stickled her wings of course. Cut her out and then layered the box over her boots. I used some shades of blue and yellow prima flowers, used gold stickles for the centers, gold is a shade of yellow right? Gel pen is used to stitch the edges. Then I used my Diamond Glaze to "fill" the watering can and sprinkle water drops over the flowers and box. This really looks pretty cool in person, I hope you can see it in the photograph. I mean what good is a watering can if it doesn't have water for the flowers? I sure hope they like my first ATC, I had a blast making it and look forward to MANY more!

Well have a great Friday... weekend is here!
Card Info:
Stamps: Rubbernecker; Magnolia
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Prima Flowers; Heidi Swap chipboard flower; Stickles; Gel Pen; Sepica Glitter Pens

Thursday, March 27, 2008

How sweet is this!!

How sweet is this award? Suzanne from Slumber Cards sent this award to me! I have to say it made my day too!!! She has a wonderful blog and we both love our Magnolia Tildas! I don't know who all to send the award to... there are so many great blogs that make my day, so how about I shout out to all of them! I can't imagine my day without checking in.

Thank you soooo much Suzanne!

Made me SMILE!

Elvis is ALIVE!!!!

YES Elvis is Alive!!!! Or at least he came alive when I added my new Spica Glitter Pens! Oh these are the perfect companion to my Copic Markers! The only thing missing from them was some bling baby! Hope you can see the sparkle.

The card... "Thank You, Thank You Very Much!" (In my best Elvis voice....common that has to make you giggle) is the sketch is from this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge. It is a fun sketch and I had just gotten in the Cornish Heritage Farms Elvis Stamp so it went from there... This card is way out of the box for me. I miss my cute - but I think it came out ok. And I think I will keep playing with this stamp... I know someone that will just love it!

I used my Bazzil Bling white card stock, the yellow stripe patterned paper is from Cherry Arte and the musical notes are from It takes two. These are both papers that have been in my stash forever! I stamped Elvis with Brilliance Graphite Ink, and colored with Copic Markers and then colored over with the Spica Glitter Pens.

Well off to get the day going... and make sure to hummmm a great Elvis song today!
Thank you, Thank you very much - for stopping by my tiny piece of cyber space!
Card Info:
Stamps- Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink- Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories- Copic Markers, Spica Pens, Nestibilities Classic Circle

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Lovin' my Magnolia Savings Pail!

This is a new favorite of mine! It turned out just as I saw it in my head... and as I have stated before that rarely happens! I am sad the photos just don't show well. Man this thing was hard to photograph! Ok credits first... I got the idea for this from the My Favorite Things Stamps Gallery one of my stamping heroes... "Kittie Kraft" had made one with their stamps and it is just about the cutest thing! Thanks for all the Inspiration Kittie!
Well when cleaning out I found the empty prima flower pail. And started to use the same stamps and then thought no I want try and make a Magnolia Tin! Well this is what I came up with! I have been joking and saying it will be my Magnolia Savings Pail. But hubby says I will never wait to fill it with money to order from them again that is what credit cards are for! he he he ahhh so true! :)

Doing these scenes are a lot of steps but the end results are just so worth it. First you stamp the main images... the girls. then you stamp them again on scrap paper. Cut them out as finely as you can. With removable adhesive cover the main girls. The create the "background". Layering the trees, the grass, flowers and filling in the sky. I used lots of different small stamps to do all of this I love stump or peg stamps for this. If you haven't tried any of them they are rubber stamps on a long wooden round handle. Kinda like a large dowel rod. Stamps by Judith have a bunch of them and so does Rubber Stamp Tapestry. At this point you remove your protective scrap girls and then I colored in the girls with my Copic Markers. And stickled their wings. I cut down the paper to fit inside the pail, and placed inside. I tried a million different ribbons, flowers, buttons and anything else I could think of to decorate the outside of the pail. And ended up not liking any of it. The art was enough. It just makes me smile! Hope it does you too!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Clean desk - Crafty Mind

Doesn't it feel good to have a clean desk to work on? I spent a lot of my time last night cleaning and sorting my desk off. I found some more of my clear plastic desk accessories on clearance yesterday... so I had to buy them. The ones I had were more than full. You see I have greatly added to my CDs of stamps over the past year. I had maybe 50-60 CD's cases of stamps when I set up my desk last Spring. Now... Well lets just say I am closer to 200 than 100 of them now. Good thing I have a hubby that don't mind my addiction. He laughs and says well you don't drink and you don't smoke... so you have to spend money somewhere. Gotta Love him! Anyway now all current sets that I own have a home in a case and are labeled on a shelf right in front of my work space! Last summer hubby helped me put all my wood blocks on the wall with metal roof edging, so I could see them all. Now if the rest of my house was this organized life would be perfect! But as long as my stamps are I can live happy.

Ok now you can't tell me that this image isn't cute... I fell in love with Cornish Heritage Farms new Friendly Kritters that were just released as soon as I saw the sneak peak on Sherrie's Blog Card Creme. If you haven't ever seen her blog before make sure to check it out she is great. I knew I wanted to get them as soon as they were available. Oh they are even cuter in person! The detail in these stamps is just amazing.

I have really gotten into these square cards! Reminder to self.... I need to order more envelopes... The card stock is Bazzill and the pattern paper is again Basic Grey Blush I think. I can't believe I had these packages of pattern paper for so long and didn't even open them. I am really loving the colors in them. That is another reason to clean and re-organize once and a while. Anyway I used my Fiskars Border/Embossing Punch to create the lace edges, and stacked the pattern paper with a green card stock. The image is colored in with my Copics and then once again I "stitched" the edges with the Sakura souffle Pen. I have been doing that a lot.. guess it is my thing at the moment. I love the saying that is available with the Friendly Kritter stamp "Serve One Another in Love Galatians 5:13" How cute is it all!

I can't wait to show you the next project I have been working on.. it should be ready to post in the morning... I am calling it my Magnolia Savings pail. It is to sticking cute.

Card Info:
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Friendly Kritters

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Fiskars Border/Embossing Punch, Sakura Souffle Pen

Sunday, March 23, 2008


don't know why this is saying posted Sunday, as it is Monday Morning??? hmmm.

Well today will be a short one. A busy day scheduled. I had sometime yesterday to do the Tilda & Co. Challenge, I just love this challenge blog. This week was a sketch to follow. I wanted to add more as I always do, but then decided for this one less might be better. I still have the urge to do something, what do you think? Does it need more?

Ok to the card - I used a piece of Basic Grey pink paper the layered Bazzill card stock. I tried several pieces of patterned paper and then wanted to play with my stamps and inks. I used a Stamps by Judith winter tree and added the leaves, then the grass. My little Magnolia Tilda is colored with my copic markers and stickled wings. I cut her out and pop dotted her on to my tree scene. The "hi" is letters by Spare Parts. Added the prima to the ribbons strips. Hope they like it for the challenge!

It is my MIL day (or Mother-In-Law errand day) taking her to the eye doctor, a little shopping and then to the grocery store. Have a great Monday...
Card Info:
Stamps: Magnolia, Stamps by Judith (tree base), Stampin Up (leaves)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Colorbox Q's
Accessories: Stickles, Spare Parts Alphabet, Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Brad

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A photo of my Peace -

I took this photo a few days back. It really sums up my peace. I love just watching my donkeys. Especially in the evenings. I just lean against a tree and enjoy. While doing this the other night I took a few photos, this is one of them, and I love it. You can see Cheyenne and Macey taking their evening dirt bathes.

Now the second donkey photo is to introduce you to my babies from 2007, figured I had better let you meet them, since they are now sold and are going to a new home in the next week. You will know when you hear the crying... I will be very sad, I think hubby will even be worse. I know our "business" is to breed and sell these little guys, but these are actually the first to go for us. The dark one is the oldest, he is Cortez, and this is his younger 1/2 brother Julio... he likes for me to sing that "who who juuulio". They are both very spoiled and both love attention. I am gonna miss them BAD, I can't replace them, but the 4 babies coming would sure help!

Ok, and one card for today. I made this one for the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge, this week the challenge is to use Turquoise, Green and Brown on your card, and of course their stamps. Well this little lady had been sitting there waiting patiently to be inked up. Although she really needs to pull them pantyhose up! The colors were a challenge for me. Then I found this great scalloped paper by Creative Imaginations in my stash. Those dots and the floral stripe is light green! I added the brown, and there ya go! I colored the image with my copic markers, and cut the ovals with my Spellbinder Nestibilites, doodled the edge with my Sakura Soufle Pens, added the Prima Flowers in green and brown with a turquoise brad. And that is ribbon as a border across the bottom and right side. It was a pain to get down! Little bitty! I love the saying! Just too funny!
Card Info:
Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Bazzill; Creative Imaginations
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Prima Flowers, Sakura Soufle Pen,

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter

These three little bunnies were trouble makers! Have you ever just kept on with an image until you have gone too far? Well that is what happened here. I wasn't even going to post it, but then I thought I had spent so much time on it, and you can't be totally thrilled with every card so here it is. This is a fun Happy Hoppers House Mouse stamp that I got months ago when Hobby Lobby had their stamps 50% off. I knew it would make a cute Easter card. I started by coloring these guys in with my prisma pencils. Then I used a few copic markers, especially the background. Well it just didn't feel right, so I pulled out my Sakura Glaze Pens, the plan was to just highlight... umm yea. When the were drying they got darker and darker. I wanted just a bit of shimmer so I rubbed some of my shimmering chalks. Ok I really need to stop! The card stock is Bazzill Bling and the pattered paper is American Crafts. I added the cute dot ribbon, and white gel pen. I showed it to hubby... he said it looks like the eggs are fine, we are in Texas and Fiesta is coming, they are suppose to be bright. Ok, I guess I don't mind the bright eggs, if the paper had been brighter to match. Oh well it is made now.

I am so excited, I placed another order yesterday for some of the new Magnolia stamps! Oh they are just too cute. I got a few more accessories this time. I had to have the park bench and the heart carved tree. I tried to be good, and stick to a budget, but I really wanted more than I had in my cart. I started a new wish list, and by the way... have you heard they are going to have pattered papers to match their adorable little angels? Oh my... I can't wait!!! Wish they didn't have to travel so far to get to me!

Hope you all have a great "Good Friday"!
Card Info:
Stamps: Happy Hoppers House Mouse, Paper Inspirations
Paper: Bazzill Bling; American Crafts
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Prisma Color Pencils; copic markers; Sakura Glaze Pens; Shimmering Chalks; Ribbon; Uniball Gel Pen

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I love Twinkling H2O's

I made this card for the challenge blog Cute Card Thursday. The challenge this week is All Creatures Great and Small. Well House Mouse qualifies for that I think! If you haven't seen this site and love to make cute cards you really need to check it out.
I just love my Twinkling H2O's, but I forget to use them sometimes. Well last night I remembered after coloring with my Copic Markers. The hummingbird was just calling out to sparkle! So after coloring I highlighted with the H2O's.
I am sorry I don't know what the patterned papers are, they are out of my scraps. Which I proudly have been actually using lately! I was trying to go for a cross stitch look around the edge, that didn't turn out like it was in my head. Ha... they never look like they do in my head! But back to the House Mouse stamp, I just really love the twinkling H2O's on the bird and I also put it as the wind. I tried to take a close up I really hope you can see the sparkle in the photo. Cuz it sparkles in real life.

Well today I have lots to do. I need to do some samples for classes at my LSS in April. And I have been trying to re-organize my "space". Hubby says I do that almost as often as I work on stuff. He just don't understand things -

Have a great day... Woo Hoo it is finally SPRING!
Card Info:
Stamps - House Mouse, Stamps by Judith
Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories - Copic Markers, Twinkling H2O's, Uniball Gel Pen, Ribbon, Button

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Magnolia Girls

Well I found a couple of little Magnolia Girls I had stamped and not colored in, that is just tragic! So last night I pulled out my copics and colored them in!

When cleaning out for the garage sale last weekend I found a package of Basic Grey Infusion that I had not even opened, so the first girl went with the pinks and browns of the paper. I had seen a sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and this is a vague representation of it. I went to look for it to link, but can't find it now. Sorry. I matted the patterned paper on some bright turquoise card stock, used my petite oval nestibilities to cut the image out and then the darker brown card stock. I cut out pieces of some queen and co. felt flourish border, and then used some of my pink glass beads. The Thanks is from the Studio G dollar stamps. Stickled the wings, and added some gel pen dots and border.

The second girl reminded me of the weather lately. Spring is trying to blow in... no really blow in! The past week or so it has been sooooo windy here. I am dying for spring as you can see from the past few days cards. But there is a few weeks of the start of spring where the leaves are just starting to come in, the grass is beginning to greening up, and small flowers are popping up. And then there is the wind!!! Well this girl is standing in this beginning of spring. I didn't want to use any patterned paper, I wanted to try and create this feeling. I stamped the trees with a Stamps by Judith tree, then added the leaves with a copic marker, and the grass is a stump stamp from Stamps by Judith that I stamped over and over and over. I wanted the feel of wind. In my goodies from the LSS I purchased a small stamp by All Night Media called Airwave, I stamped it all over the card with my Versamark ink. Then added some extra fine glitter. It may be hard to see on the photo, but I really like how it turned out. The girl was added with some pop dots, then some prima flowers with stickles added to the grass. Again the hello is a Studio G dollar stamp. I think it did end up with the feel I was going for.

I entered this card into the Papertake Weekly Challenge, it was just pure luck that the theme this week and my making a weather card the same time! Go over and see the fabulous work from a very talented bunch of people!

Well off to get my day going - Hope you all have a great Wednesday ..... THE LAST DAY OF WINTER!!!!

Card Info:
Stamps: Magnolia; Studio G
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; Colorbox Cats Eyes
Accessories: Uniball Gel Pen; Queen & Co. Felt Border

Stamps: Magnolia; Stamps by Judith; Studio G
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; Colorbox Cats Eyes; VersaMark
Accessories: Prima Flowers; Stickles; Fine Glitter

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A little different, What do you think?

Well last night I pulled out those giant Fancy Pants stamps, I had colored one of my favorite little angel stamps, Magnolia Stamps, I purchased this guy ... just cuz he was fishing and knew I could make cards for my husband. Anyway I colored him in and used my Nestibilities. I wanted something simpler, but using just the Studio K pattern paper wasn't enough. I pulled out those giant stamps, that I had to have and hardly ever use. I kinda like it. Let me know what you think - Sorry about the dark photo again today, it is just so dark outside and I am having a hard time with photos, someone call my hubby and tell him I need a light box please ----

I got a new phone! I absolutely love it! A Pink, yep Pink, Palm Centro. Wow so much in such a little phone! I was showing hubby all that it can do and was getting the "yea, neat... yea, cool" The weather channel video he actually looked over at it. But then I showed him where he could get the latest baseball news and actual video highlights - he took it out of my hand and was really impressed. He has needed a new phone for months. Guess what we will be out getting - yes, and new phone for him, but he wants black not pink, imagine that.

Today my hubby is home, rain day. So we will probably work around here and run some errands (most likely getting him the phone). The blog candy is going postal today so keep an eye out if you were the winners.
Card Info:
Stamps: Magnolia; Fancy Pants; See D's
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; ColorBox Cats Eye
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestibilites

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Spring... Almost

Ok so I know Spring doesn't actually start until Thursday, but I am ready! Well last night I got a chance to play with some of my new stamps from the LSS Garage Sale. This one is from Stamps Happen Inc. and this little fairy is called Periwinkle. I colored the image in with my Copic markers, and of course stickled those pretty little wings! The colors just fell together, I know they are a little bright, but very "Happy Spring"!
Sorry for the shadows on the card - it may be close to spring, but we are expecting rain and it is very cloudy here today.
A quick donkey update, I have had some ask about my mommas to be from the photos a couple of weeks ago. I actually have 4 that are due soon. For those that don't know, donkeys are pregnant 11-13 months, and they deliver when they are ready. So we get very impatient and get excited and tell people it is getting close and wait... and wait.... but they are really close and I think they are just playing a game between the 4 of them to see who can hold off the longest, after all, their peace and quiet is all gone once that little one is born! But believe me - when it happens you all will be the first to know and I will post lots of photos!
Have a great Monday! Oh and Happy Saint Patrick's day -
Card Info:
Stamps: Stamps Happen Inc., See D's
Paper: Bazzill Bling
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Stickles; SEI Buttons; Sakura Glaze Pens

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Great LSS Garage Sale Haul!

Well the garage sale was a success. I sold a ton of un-needed stuff, and came home with a ton of new stamps! No really a ton! I purchased 10 stamps from one lady... all the scene and angel stamps and most have never seen ink! For (are you ready for this.... ) for $14.00. Yep Fourteen dollars! That included that giant stamp that measure I think 6x8. Anyway I sold stuff that I would never use, pattern paper that I purchased years ago that is no longer my style - bought all of these stamps, and some other goodies. Bought my sister and I dinner, and came home with $12.00 bucks in my pocket! Can you all say YEE HAW!

There is no card today - was out to late at the crop, and I gotta run some errands so short and sweet for Sunday! Have a great day!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I've gone square!

Yep... I've gone square! This is my first square card. I found some Bazzill square envelopes for a really good price, so I just had to get them and give a try at some square cards. Well it was just perfect timing, because my square Spellbinders Nestibilites Die Cutters came in today as well! Fate! I first colored my little bee hive from Rubbernecker Stamps with my copic markers, then went to put it with some patterned paper. Well that blue ended up being a little bold against the green. So I added some matching blue card stock to the stack on the card to help tie it in. I used my Fiskars Corner Squeeze punch! Man I love that thing! And once again I "stitched" the edges with my gel pen. I know I do that a lot, I don't know why it just doesn't feel finished with out it. OHHHH and what do you think of the honey??? I took my Tim Holtz Ranger alcohol ink and some diamond glaze and mixed it, then drizzled it out of the hive! It really looks like honey in person.
Well I have to cut it short today - My local Scrapbook store (see the link to the left for Scrapbook Corral) is having a "garage sale". And I have rented a table, so I need to get my stuff together. Then we are having a crop til the wee hours. Can you say Fun? Oh I hope I make some money! There is suppose to be two stamping people set up and bringing lots of stamps to sell! Wish me luck!
Card Info:
Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Bazzill; Flair Designs
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Ribbon; Uniball Gel Pen; Pop dots; Diamond Glaze; Ranger Alcohol Ink

Friday, March 14, 2008

Ever Have One of those Days?

This Card just fits so many people in my life... including myself. I have been going 100 mph for months, and this is what many days feel and what I look like!

Ok, this frazzled kitty stamp from Stamps by Judith has been on my shelf for months... I had to have it, I just love it. But it is a large stamp, this is a 5x7 card, and I guess it just overwhelmed me. But last night I decided I had to tackle it. Ok, coloring was not hard... actually it was just scribbling. I layered the different colors of card stock then a piece of scrap Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. I my glaze pens to "stitched" all the edges. I used pop dots to raise the Sentiments and to place a couple of buttons on the corner. I think this cat is just hysterical, and I am now very happy I purchased this kitty!

Another of my Magnolia stamps that I just love. But don't you just love them all, Michelle? YEP, I sure do! (Insert image of me hugging all my "little angel stamps". But then I got this adorable little sentiment from Cats Pajamas and they are perfect for each other. I layered a scrap piece of scalloped Bazzill Card stock, with a piece of Creative Imaginations patterned paper. I colored her with my copic markers then high lighted all the rain, puddles and her wings with stickles. I "stitched" around things with my Sakura Souffle pens. This one turned out pretty cute, I think I know who it is going out to... and I just love all the pink and purple!

Ever had one of those days Card Info:
Stamps: Stamps by Judith
Paper: Bazzill; Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Sakura Glaze Pens; Buttons

Raining Love & Birthday Wishes Card Info:
Stamps: Magnolia; Stamps by Judith
Paper: Bazzill; Creative Imaginations
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Sakura Souffle Pens; Stickles

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Meet Annabella -

Wanted to introduce you to another mini donkey - This is Annabella, she is one of our youngest girls. When you approach this particular pen she is the first to the gate, and has her head through to reach out to you and get the first pet before anyone else. Oh and don't turn with out taking a few steps.... she'll grab what ever you are wearing to make sure you don't leave her! She is just too funny.

Today's card is one I made for a Splitcoast Stampers Challenge. This challenge is for the My Favorite Things Stamps weekly sketch. I used their Punny Farm Stamp set for those cute cows! This was my first attempt at masking. I stamped one cow on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out. Then stamped the cow on my heavy white card stock. With removable tape I placed the scrap cow over the "good" cow. Then stamped the two cows behind. I also used the scrap cow when stamping my grass in two different colors of green. I am happy with how it turned out and think I will have to try more masking in the future!

I posted my Blog Candy winners last night, I have only heard from one winner so far. So if you are one of the other winners please email me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Duna nuna nuna... (ok that is suppose to sound like the ameican idol music)

Well he sat here like he was Simon from American Idol, went thru all of the jokes one by one, then once more. He said I had to find more stuff to give away cuz he had narrowed it down to a top three. But these aren't the bottom three these are the top three - The First and Second runner ups will get a little envelope of goodies as well!

Second Runner up --------

Colleen said...
What a fun idea, here is mine... Two guys had heard that when Beethoven died that he was buried with original manuscripts of several of his compositions. Including a few that had never been published or heard. The two men were talking and decided that they would dig up Beethoven and take some of the manuscripts to sell hoping to make some money. They went out to the cemetery on a moonlight night and started to dig. After about 2 hours they reached the casket. They jumped into the hole to open the casket and were surprised to find a little old man sitting in the casket with an eraser and erasing the music. They asked him what he was doing and he said "decomposing"Here is hoping that I win.

First Runner up -----------

christie said...
First off, I love your blog!! You have so many beautiful creations. I read this joke today on a website that I'm a member of:While shopping in a food store, two nuns happened to pass by the beer, wine, and liquor section. One asked the other if she would like a beer. The second nun answered that, indeed, it would be very nice to have one, but that she would feel uncomfortable about purchasing it. The first nun replied that she would handle that without a problem. She picked up a six-pack and took it to the cashier. The cashier had a surprised look, so the nun said, "This is for washing our hair." Without blinking an eye, the cashier reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer. "The curlers are on me."Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!

And the Winner is!!!!!!!

Kristin in OH #2764 said...
A group of bank robbers walks into a bank, after they rob the place, the first robber turns to a group of customers. He says to the first customer, "Did you see me rob the bank?", to which the customer replies "Yes". The robber shoots him, fatally. The robber then turns to the second customer and asks "Did you see me rob the bank?". The second customer replies "No I didn't, but my wife did!" lol

Ok... it must be a man thing cuz he thought that one was hysterical... and so did every other husband he told it to!

If you will each email me your names and addresses I will get the prizes out ASAP!

Got my First Bella Stamps -

Well I finally broke down and ordered my first Bella Stamps. I had to order you see. I am making some bridal shower invitations for a friend, and as I "had" to place the order for that one stamp I might as well add a few to fill the order, right? Well they came in the mail and they are just so cute. Some really small areas to color in, but lovin' them! When I saw this stamp I wanted to make the card bright and fun. Well I think I got the bright down ok! I used a new Amanda Blu 8x8 pad I got from Micheal's for the pattern paper. I had a coupon a couple of weeks ago, and I walked around and around trying to find something to use it on. I usually just walk out, but I wanted something new and different. Well this one fit the bill, I really like it and see some fun cards with it.

I matted the pattern paper and the stamped image with some bright Bazzill papers, the used my glaze pen to "stitch" around them. Put some fun buttons on the corners and I think it turned out pretty cute, right, but cute.
Now don't forget my Blog Candy!!! If you want a chance at the great Fiskar Goodies I have up for grabs just go to Saturday's post and comment with a joke! My hubby will read them all TONIGHT at 9pm central time. Which ever one he laughs the hardest at will be the winner! I will say we have been laughing pretty good so far! But it isn't to late so common send me some more funnies!

Card Info:

Stamps: Bella Stamps
Paper: Amanda Blu; Bazzill
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Sakura Glaze Pens; Buttons

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lovin my new album!

Ok, I purchased on of those American Crafts 3-ring Scrapbook Albums, it is one that you can cover yourself. Well I have been picking up scrapbook papers and trying to decide which one I wanted to use. And just couldn't find the perfect one. Well due to the rain yesterday, I had some extra crafting time and got this idea that I would make my own cover. I pulled out some of my Magnolia Stamps and went to work. I am so loving it! It was suppose to be for my donkey pages, but now it is going to be for my nieces and nephew. I have tons scrapbook page of them and the are mixed in with the "family" album. So they will now have one of their own. Now I still need a donkey album... do you think Magnolia could read this and hear my plea to make a donkey stamp. I have the cute horse that came out this year, but I would just die for a donkey!

I layered green card stock as the "hill" on top of the Cosmo Cricket Storytime Chicken Little Cloud paper. I stamped the green with my Stamps by Judith grass stamp, over and over and over.... etc. Then added some water in the corner with blue card stock inked. I also stamped some flowers on the green, then again on white card stock, I colored the flower parts and cut them out and placed the buds on top of the green. Stamped out my Magnolia houses, and just some of my favorite little angel Magnolia Stamps, colored them all with my Copic Markers, cut everything out with my new fingertip Fiskars Knife (oh I LOVE this thing! where was it when I use to hand cut my titles!) I placed all the friends on the landscape and used Stickles on their wings for some bling. I just love it! Ok I haven't glued it down yet. I am now trying to figure out if I should seal it, or cover it in plastic. But I am lovin it!
Now ... I need to deal with some business - Hope she can hear this - THANKS REBECCA! I have been tagged again by my Fiskars Nifty Fifty Buddy Rebecca.
1. Link to the person that tagged you - click her name above.
2. Post the rules on your blog – doing that right now!
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
-I hate coffee, unless it is coffee ice cream.
-I can't stand to be home during the day with out a TV on, usually the game show network.
-I collect anything with Eeyore on it.. duh I raise donkeys!
-Just after high school I wanted to be a stewardess and I now I HATE to fly, scares me!
-I love watching the tv show King of the Hill, that cartoon cracks me up... guess it is close to home!
-I love to read historical romance novels, but don't often cuz it takes away from crafting time.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs – hope you all forgive me!
Helen - at All Things Stampy! found her thru the SCS (Splitcoast Stampers) site and love her cards!
ElyBlair - at Confessions of a Teenage Scrapper, found her thru SCS as well a fun young site with lots of talent!
Kelly - at Diaries Of A Stamper she does some amazing things. Just love to see what she has made!
Loretta - at Stamping with Loretta one sweet lady, with some really cute projects!
Kard Krazy - I have been reading her blog forever, this lady is a real artist!
Kim - at Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner she is my hero! I have been reading her site along time and I just love what she does with my favorite little angel stamps! She is great!
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their site. Off to do that right now!
Ok, hope these people will forgive me. And don't forget about my Blog Candy from Saturday's Post. Just go to it and leave a joke and the winner will receive some of my favorite Fiskar Products!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday Monday...

Well it is dark and rainy here. Normally that would depress me, but we REALLY need the rain. I ran out this morning and snapped a shot of one of the pens. They crack me up when it rains, they just line up and watch it.

First I wanted to show you a Tin Box I made for a class I taught, my idea behind this box was a card keeper to set on my desk. Well I love how it turned out, but then I had to laugh. You see it doesn't hold but a small portion of cards that are stacked on my desk. Oh well it is cute and I will use it for special cards!

I don't remember what paper it is I will have to look that up, I used prima flowers, and LOTS of ribbon. And in the center of the larger flower, yep that is one of my favorite little angel stamps, Magnolia Stamps!

The Card I made last night was for a new site I found Tilda & Co. Challenge Blog I just love this site! They have some really great inspiration and they love their Magnolia Stamps too! The Challenge for this week is number 10 and it is "from Boys to Men". In other words a manly card, that is a tough one for me, cuz you know I love my flowers, ribbon, and bling! But I had fun with my little guy and came up with a birthday card for a guy. Sorry this one is a little darker, it is so dark outside this morning I had a hard time getting a good photo.
I used my Magnolia Edwin Fishing stamp and colored him in with my copic markers. I added some Twinkling H2O's for the water and that just didn't seem to be enough so I then added some diamond glaze to make is shiny. I cut him out with my Spellbinders Nestibilities and added the scallops. The patterned paper is Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls Sky Bias Plaid. Attached with a little faux sewing and a marker. The Happy Birdthday is from Hero Arts Stamps. I think he is pretty cute. Even though I had a hard time not putting some flowers on it, I had some that matched perfect! But I resisted. Enjoy!
Don't forget about my Blog Candy on Saturdays post! Post a joke on that days comments, and the funniest one will win my Favorite Fiskar Products!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Deana!

Just a shout out to my high school buddy Deana! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Man did we really graduate (beeping sound to cover the actual number) many years ago? If I had all those quarters we put into Tetris at the bowling alley (oops gave the date away here! LOL) I would take you on a birthday shopping spree! But as we blew it then, I hope this card is ok instead! Have a great day girlfriend! And tell the kids to take you to play Tetris on me...

I stamped all of the images out. Then I colored them all in with my Copic Markers. Cut each one out. I then cut a background paper of clouds from Cosmo Cricket (love that paper!) Stamped it with my Cornish Heritage Farms Chickenwire stamp. Then I placed each object "into" the chicken pen. I pop dotted the feed to have it spilling out on the walkway. I highlighted the light on the coop and the hay with my Twinkling H2O's, and the wording "Getting older is for the Birds!" with my Uniball gel pen. I wish the photo came out better, as you can't really see the twinkling and the wording is hard to read here. I think it is cuter in person.

Don't forget about my Blog Candy on Saturdays post! Post a joke on that days comments, and the funniest one will win my Favorite Fiskar Products!
Have a great Sunday!

Card Info:

Stamps: Rubbernecker; Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: Bazzill; Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic markers: Twinkling H2O's; Gel Pen; Pop Dots

Celebrating Fiskars with some Blog Candy

Ok, today is one of my Certified Fiskars Demonstrator Training. And to celebrate my love of all things Fiskars I am have a little "fun" Blog Candy contest. But first I want to show you a card I made.

I will be honest, I didn't make this last night - nope I MADE myself clean my desk off. As I sweep a look that direction it doesn't look much better at this point but it is I promise. I am re-organizing things. Picking things up and dusting just a little. Man I love those prima flowers but those bottles sure get dusty! Today's card is one of my favorite Magnolia stamps of all time! She reminds me so much of my niece Kaylynn. I just wish that Teddy Bear had been a stuffed puppy dog, then it would have been perfect! I have used this stamp many times and I always do it in shades of red. You see red is her favorite color and everything is always red for Kaylynn. I colored her with my copic markers and used stickles to bling her wings. I also used my new Fiskars admission ticket corner squeeze punch, just tooooo much fun! You also can see I pulled out those cute Aud Designs Circle sentiments!

Now to some candy!!! Today is one of my Certified Fiskars Trainings and to celebrate the fact that I have 22 signed up I want to spread some Fiskars lovin! I have pulled together some of my favorite things from Fiskars. One of my favorite new tools the Squeeze Punch! And I love my Corner Rounder, so I went out and bought one for one of you. I also found some fun Fiskar acrylic stamps, some Heidi Grace Chipboard flourishes and alphabet letters, Cloud Nine paper clip embellishments and bravely from my own stash I am going to share some cloud nine rain dots. This is really big of me, cuz I hoard these!!! I love them.

Ok so what do you have to do to win this loot? Well my hubby needs some new material. He needs new jokes, as I grow tired of all of the same ones over and over and over. All you need to do is leave a "clean" joke in the comments of this post. And on Wednesday, March 12th 9pm central time, he will read them all. Then he will pick what he think is the funniest and I will be sending you all my favorites!

Card Info:

Stamps: Magnolia; Aud Designs
Paper: Bazzill;
Ink: Versafine Onzyx Black
Accessories: Copic Markers: ; Velvet Ribbon; Ranger Stickles; Pop Dots

Friday, March 7, 2008

I've been Tagged!

Well how exciting it that! I have been tagged by a fellow crafting blogger! Keri over at A Country Life tagged my blog this morning. She has a wonderful site, I love the creativity, but I also love all of the beautiful country photographs! And you can get lost by linking from her site to Buzz and Bloom, where she is on the design team. (No really I was there forever!) For those that don't know what tagging is, basically it is highlighting a certain number of blogs, while answering the same number of questions. Different tags ask different questions. I have loved reading tags by some of my favorite super star bloggers, and now just over a week into my blog I have been tagged! So I will try and do a good job.

Here are the rules: (They are simple):
1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their site..

Ok, now to my non-important things about me:

1- I adore antiques and love collecting lots of different things. Mostly 1800's yellowware, 1940's kitchen tins, and cut glass. There are many many more collections, and all collect dust as I am always spending time with my paper crafts or on the computer looking at others!

2- I am a General Hospital junkie. I know "A Soap!". I use to watch with my grandmother (who I miss dearly) it was her favorite soap, and she got me hooked as a kid, I watched on and off for years, then after I went to work I just stopped. Didn't see it for probably 10 years or more. Then we moved to the country and somehow I stumbled across it one afternoon. Now I have just become obsessed. If I miss it a 2pm, I catch it on soap net.

3- My husband I collect bug photos. Yep BUGS.. he loves different bugs. I think it has something to do with the plant nursery we own, he loves seeing new kinds of bugs. I don't particularly like the bugs. But love photographing them. The more detail I can get the better! I have taken some really cool photos of bee's, odd beetles and spiders. Even some pretty cool photos of Black Widows and ohhh you should see the one of the scorpion with the hundreds of new born babies on her back! (hope you still like me... remember I like photographs.... NOT THE BUGS!)

4- I don't like dresses and pantyhose. I am a jeans kind of girl. Even when I "worked" out in the real world I hated dresses. I wore them, just cuz I had to for the job I had. But the last day I worked... was the last time I wore a dress. I am the most happy in my favorite jeans, my Crocs, and a donkey decorated t-shirt. Why - I don't know why, I guess one could be I just don't feel I look right, mental picture here watch out. I am on the shorter side and what some would call "large". I just say fat. It is ok for me to say that.. as it is what I am and I am A-OK with it. Dresses just don't look right, I think I look square in a dress. Wide as Tall. We won't even go to the pantyhose at this point the "friction" while walking is all you need to know. The other reason is it just really doesn't fit my life. I am a county girl, we have lived out here over 5 years now and I wish it had been sooner. It doesn't worry me when a donkey wipes his dirty face and body against my jeans... they are jeans they wash well and I love them.

5- I am a mess. I don't like to clean, do what I have to just to get by. My husband and I as stated above collect a lot, but we are also pack rats. We keep more "junk" than we should. That in a small house makes it hard to have things shiny clean. I don't mind laundry, I don't really even mind dishes. But dusting and vacuuming are just the worst. So if you ever visit... please don't write in the dust.

6- My favorite movie is Tremors.. 1, 2, 3, 4 and the TV series. Now is that as bad as being a "Trekkie" I don't think so, is it? I have seen them hundreds of times. My favorite is the first. Would you like me to quote it for you.... no really I can quote the whole move for you. It has to be Kevin Bacon. My husbands is 2. But we love them all. I ordered the TV series on DVD off of ebay. We love it too. 13 episodes of fun and laughter. But as we sat down to enjoy them we watched 1-6 and went to put the 2nd DVD in and it wasn't what it was suppose to be. Seller was gone... so I am now looking for a new set.

Ok now if I haven't scared you off.. I will tag my 6 blogs for you to visit!

1- Laura at Wish you Were Here I came across her blog after seeing a card she made for My Favorite Things. She is really talented. I have book marked her site and love how different all of her cards are, and all the details she puts on each one!

2- Suzy at Papermonkey I don't think I can even tell you how I found her blog. I have been reading it EVERY morning for months now. I just love it! She is just so inspiring! Her work is fun and vibrant and she gives some great tutorials. She thinks of things I would have never thought of and then I run and try them! I love the cotton ball used for the sheep!!!!!

3- Michelle at Twisted Chick Creations She does some beautiful work! I just love the layers and layers on her cards. I have been reading her blog awhile now and her cards are pure beauty. They are so elegant, and just fit perfect. I have a hard time with that and wish I could have mine come out 1/2 as pretty as she does. Love her!

4- Anna at Sassy and Sweet She is one I make sure to check on every day! Her cards just make me smile. I love the stamps she chooses, I love the colors she uses and just think she is fabulous! I really thing she would be fun to hang with!

5- Claudia at Pretty Pressings I found Claudia thru the Magnolia Stamps Blog. Her work is amazing. She does fabulous coloring and I love her work with "my favorite" little angel stamps!!! Her blog title also is one reason I check in often... the artwork is always great and I love to see what she changes it to each season! Really if you love Magnolias... you must RUN to her blog!!

6- Godelieve at Stamping Mathilda This woman is a true artist! I have been stalking her blog for a long long time. Her work amazes me, she uses products like I wish I could. And I love that she always shares how to use them. Not that mine would ever turn out as beautiful as hers! Take a trip over to Belium and make sure to see the masterpieces she creates!

Well that is only 6 of the Blogs I check on regularly... I hope you like them as much as I do. They are all different, but all GREAT!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wishing Spring -

I am so ready for SPRING! Ok I know all of you from up north tell me that I have no right to complain. After all I am in Texas and I have no idea what winter is. But I live in Texas for a reason, I don't like cold. I am ready for warm green weather. My donkeys NEED some green grass to eat, we need some showers or it will be a dry year again. We own a plant nursery, that is what my husband does to pay the bills, support my addiction of stamps and feeding hay to our babies. We need spring. Spring is our time of the year. Plus I am really tired of these sinus headaches that I get with these cold fronts that keep coming. And that is what happened last night. I had a horrible headache so that meant no stamping. Yep it was that bad. So today I am pulling a card out of my stash. One I made that reminds me of spring. Warm, colorful and with flowers! Hope you enjoy my "little" bit of Spring. And it uses one of my favorite stamp companies again - Magnolia Stamps.

Card Info:

Stamps: Magnolia; Stamps by Judith; Studio G $1
Paper: Bazzill; My Minds Eye : Kaleidoscope Confetti Surprise Little Beauty Plaid
Ink: Versafine Onzyx Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Prima Flowers; Brads; Queen & Co. Felt Fusion; Fiskar's Scalloped Scissors

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Anyone up for Jump Rope?

I just love my Magnolia's Stamps! When I got this little "angel" I just fell in love with the jump rope and flowers, but always felt it needed to be 3-D. Well last night I inked her up and did just that!

I colored all the images with my copic markers. The house and girl are from Magnolia, the tree is Rubbernecker, Stamps by Judith for the grass, and the wording is Aud Designs. I use the circles set a lot! They punch out with my medium Fiskars squeeze punch perfect! (scallops are with my nestibilities). I used a piece of copper wire for the jump rope and attached prima flowers with brads. I put pop dots behind her and to hold down the "rope". The birds are done by hand with a glaze pen. And the of course I had to use some stickles on the angel wings.

I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. I would like to do a whole school yard! I worry about how big the card would have to be though :)

Well gotta run today - It is what I call "MIL" day. My Mother-in-Law and I run all our errands and do what shopping we can. I think today we are heading to the outlet malls. Lots of walking, but hopefully lots of deals as well!

Card Info:

Stamps: Magnolia, Aud Designs, Rubbernecker, Aud Designs
Paper: Bazzill
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Copper wire; Prima Flowers; Glaze Pens; Fiskars Squeeze Punch; Nestibilities; Pop Dots; Stickles

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Wide Loads...

I thought y'all might enjoy seeing two of my soon to be mommas. This is Cheyenne and Macey they are both due soon. Macey sooner, on the left, I think she is within weeks! They get so wide at the end. And to answer before you ask, they are pregnant between 11-12 1/2 months. Yep a year! (Insert loud groan here) It takes a while to get these cute little ones, but they are so worth the wait. The extra ears in the background is Black Jack the "daddy" to be. Oh and this photo is a little over a week old... they are even wider this morning!

I am just having so much fun with these stamps! These character stamps from Rubbernecker Stamps are a scream! This card is perfect for so many people... wonder who will get this one.

I colored this party animal in with my copic markers and layered her on Studio K's dots, I also used my cuttlebug and the Happy birthday Embossing folder lightly inked. The saying "Happy Birthday You Party Animal You" is pop dotted off the card. I then added buttons, I think I was going for a confetti effect. The color combination is odd - took it from the patterned paper. Don't know if it works or not but I am sure those green pants are polyester!

My second card today is for the My Favorite Things
Stamps weekly challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I just love the My Favorite Things brand of stamps. Craig thinks they are hysterical because there there is never a head or face.

I wanted to go more country on this one, I made the lace border with my Fiskars Border Punch, and used Daisy D's Blue Gingham for the "ribbon" and to paper piece her shirt. I used my Copic Markers to color her and the chickens, my prisma pencils to lightly give a blue sky in the back ground and glaze pens to "feed" the chickens.
I probably need to explain the hot pink rubber boots. My MIL (mother-in-law) moved to our country property, we told her she needed boots to be out at the barn, she wasn't happy as they are ugly. For Christmas my Mom got her a hot pink pair and she just loves them. I think she would wear them "out" if we would let her.
Well off to start my day, got an email from a friend last night reminding me of her birthday on Sunday... need a special card for that! he he he
Card Info:
Party Animal

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Bazzill; Studio K
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Cuttlebug; Buttons
Just Chicken In

Stamps: My Favorite Things, Punny Farm
Paper: Bazzill; Daisy D's
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Fiskars Border/Embossing Punch; Prisma Pencils; Prima Flowers; Brads

Monday, March 3, 2008

Creative Overload...

Well last night I pulled out all the wonderful new stamps I had received in the mail and spread them out in front of me. I was on creative overload. After I calmed down I chose a couple of the images to work with. Both are from Rubbernecker Stamps.

The first was just too much fun to work with! It is a set of two stamps, the back ground stamp is a large stamp of what I guess is an alley with a full moon. I stamped it twice, colored in the first one in full, then colored in the trash can and parts of the tree on the second. I cut out the pieces and pop dotted them on too the first image. I then stamped and colored it the "meowing" cats then cut them out and pop dotted them onto the image as well. It looked ok to me but just see to need more... so I color washed the entire image with my yellow Twinkling H2O's to give the card the light of the moon. But I was missing the stars. I live out in the country and I LOVE to see the stars at night. So I found some small bling to add for the stars. Matted everything on to black and washed the edge of it with H2O's, layered onto the Daisy D's pattern paper then the blue cardstock added the stamp "You are the Cat's Meow!" and Ta Da! I think this one turned out pretty cute. It looks better in person you can really see the shine on it.

The second image I worked with was this fun little frog. Who can resist a frog with flowers? I colored in the image with my copic markers added some stickles on the flowers for a little bling. Then I just had to pull out my Cuttlebug and use the new embossing folder Swiss Dots, don't know why but I went with lots of dots on this card, the pattern paper is My Minds Eye confetti love the fun colors of that paper. I then cut out the stamp words "Have a Hoppy Birthday" with my Spellbinders Nestabilities circle and then scalloped circle, added some ribbon to the embossed cardstock and then put it all together. This one turned out BRIGHT! But hey it is fun and very "spring-y".

Well today is a inside day for me, a wet and very windy cold front came in, so I am going to catch up on some laundry, a little house cleaning and lots of reading of my some of my favorite blogs - Have a great Monday!

Card Info:

Cat's Meow:

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Bazzill; Daisy D's
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Pop Dots; Twinkling H2O's

Hoppy Birthday:

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Bazzill; My Minds Eye : Confetti
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Stickles; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Ribbon

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sleepy Sunday

Well I had a ton of fun at the Crop this weekend! Didn't get a lot of sleep but had lots of fun and got SEVEN layouts done!!! Yep 7! These were two I did about my "babies" I have an album for my donkeys and love doing fun pages for them as well as family members.

Male Bonding is from a sketch at Fiskars Crafts. I don't use many sketches, I am more of a wing it type of scrapbooker. But I love the fiskateer site and from there I have gotten familar with the fiskars crafts site. The monthly challenge sketches have just been hard to resist lately! And this month I just fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Of course I always stray and go with my style as well - Anyway this is what I came up with when I did the sketch. I think this is going to be one of my favorites. Then again I love the subject matter. This is Craig (my DH) with two of our boys, Miguel and Rico Suave. As you can tell in the photo Miguel is a hugger. He loves to lean and "hug" you when you get down on his level.

The second LO I am posting is one that I had to do, cuz I just love this photo of my three standard donkey. We with love call them "The 3 Stooges", mainly cuz their are only three of the standards, they roam the entire property. I think they really believe that they own it and we are here for the purpose of making sure they have fresh hay and water twice a day and just to fix what ever they have broke by rubbing and scratching on. Cocoa is the dark one, she is the leader.... now please note that "she" is the only female of the three and that is probably why she is always the one in the lead and control. Valentine McKee, named for Kevin Bacon's movie character from one of my favorite movies Tremors, he is Cocoa's son and he is ALWAYS right next to her. At the age of 3 he is and probably will always be a Momma's boy. And then there is Ted E. Bear, our greeter and deffinately the friendliest and most well known on our place. You don't visit us with out getting to know Ted! He loves to meet knew people and will be your friend for life if you bring him peppermints. This Layout started out so much different, and then turned and ended up not at all like I had imagined it, but sometimes those end up high on my list.

Well I hope you enjoyed two of my Layouts from my crop, and doing double duty meeting 5 more of my donkeys!

I have lots of new stamps to play with this week, so I am hoping to have some new cards to share this coming week. Not only the Rubbernecker Stamps that arrived, but My Favorite Things stamps came too! Wonder if hubby will notice if we eat sandwiches all week and he doesn't have clean clothes?