Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cats always make good subjects for pet pages, and ours are no exception.

Background scrapbook paper was exactly what was needed to coordinate with the flourish stamp from the Just a Note stamp set from Elemental Doodles.

Next pet page will be of our Maine coon mix cat Tawny. I had laid out a stack of scrapbook paper on the bed after finding this paper shown here. When I went back in the bedroom, Tawny had pulled down the duvet and curled up under the stack of paper.

Now if only I could teach her how to cute and glue the pages for me!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Black and white with one bright ... that was the challenge. This is the card.

Cuttlebug and Nestabilities. Love them. They make life in the round so much easier.

So do background paper, rubber stamps, Copic markers and ribbon.

My favorite scrapbook store is having a 50% off sale through Sunday, and here I am on a negative scrapbook budget. It's way past time I use the goodies I own.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Once upon a time ... not so very long ago ... we had the nosiest kitty known to mankind. I always knew when she had been in my stamp stuff because she would have glitter in the corner of her eyes.
This layout was done using red Bazzill card stock, blue textured card stock, and an cream card stock that had small black flecks in it that look like pepper. I thought it was appropriate since Stamp Kitty's name was Pepper. I used the dragonfly and flourish from the new Mini Heavenly Tea stamp set by Elemental Doodles. I colored the wings of the dragonflies with the Ice Blue Twinkling H2O. Embellishments are simple ... Class A Peel stickers from Stampendous frame the page. I used my computer to print the words since I have very little patience for stamping, cutting and/or gluing letters to a page.
I hope everyone has had a great weekend. I spent it stamping most of the time except for to forage food at a wonderful Mexican restaurant this evening. My tummy is full, and my stamps are calling me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

This was such a fun card to make. I used my new Small Pinking Circles Nestabilities to create an orange, yellow and green circle and wrapped them with thread. I stacked them without using foam tape between layers. In the center is an orange circle and then a smaller, lighter orange circle that I stamped the teacup from the Elemental Doodles Friendship Tea set. The stars in the background are also from the same set.
I have forgotten to mention that ED has some new templates that are so cool ... and they're free for you to download. There are two ATC sized sets and one to use as a candy bar wrapper. When you print them out, they are in a pale gray so that you can use all those little solid stamps to form and oval or rectangle. Go to and click on the FREE DOWNLOADS. You'll love these if you like the kind of designs that form a "frame" for the solid stamps. If any of you have ever used or seen the Stamps by Judith pages, you'll love these templates.
While you're on the web site, sign up for their newsletter. You may also want set up your gift registry ... just in case someone near and dear would like to give you a treat but doesn't know what you have or would like. And, of course, you can always mention to that near and dear someone that gift certificates are available.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Baby girl card? Why not try this. Cut a piece of dark orange CS to A2 size and set aside. Fold 4-1/4" x 11" peach CS legthwise. Draw or trace pattern of baby "onesie", making sure the shoulder seam is on the fold line; cut out. Cut 2 small pockets and glue to "onesie". Stamp flower from Elemental Doodles' Friendship Tea set across top of pockets and around edges of the "onesie" with Adirondack's Terra Cotta ink. Use fine orange pen to draw stitch lines around pockets. Attach white button brads to card.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Isn't this stamp beautiful? I bought it at a garage sale last year and never used it until yesterday. I am posting it so that I can write down how I did this because I used several different techniques on the card.
I used an aqua Mica Magic reinker to pour some ink over glossy card stock. I then placed a sheet of acrylic over it and "smooshed" it around. (Smooshed is a new stamping term I've learned that fits the occasion.) After removing the acrylic sheet, I dried it with my heat gun. I inked the stamp (Magnolia Floral by Stamps Happen) with black VersaFine ink and stamped it on glossy card stock. Heat embossed it using clear EP.
I then used the Copic blender to remove the color from the magnolia blossoms. I colored them with a light pink Copic marker and added a darker pink using a Prismacolor pencil. I blended the dark pink with Gamsol and a paper stump. The rest of the image was colored with Copic markers.
For the darker edges and corners, I used green and aqua Copic markers and blended them with the Copic blender. Over the top of this I used a spruce green Twinkling H2O to create a watercolor effect. As you can image, the H2O beaded up on the glossy CS so I dabbed it with a soft paper towel. All in all, I was pleased with the effect ... but more importantly, I was happy to be able to play with paints.
Good news today! The new Design Team for Elemental Doodles was announced, and I am once again on the team. What fun! My official enabler, Alex, was the one who sent me the information originally about the first design team challenge. This time I sent her the info ... she tried out and is one of the new Design Team members. Congratulations, Alex!

Monday, August 3, 2009

I love this card! But then, I love hot fudge banana splits.
The patterned paper was some I bought from a special on HSN a loooong time ago. I like it and have hoarded it for years. The strip with the saying (Art Impressions) was stamped with Marvy Matchables' Dark Brown on a piece of CS from Coredinations. The border punch is from EKSuccess.
The ice cream scoop (Penny Black) was stamped, colored, cut out and mounted with foam tape. The scoop and spoon were colored with a silver Spica pen; the whipped cream and banana were colored with a white pen. I used Copic markers for the other colors.
Let's all scream for ice cream!