Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Taking a Break

I know I have been neglecting my Blog shamefully! Unfortunately I needed a break. For now I am running solo at home. My husband has started his training for his next tour to Afghanistan which means that before his 6 month tour, he will be gone for another 4-5 months of build-up training! This of course is a time of adjustment for myself. I have to do everything on my own, and it so far has not left much time for anything else. To give you an example, I had two classes at the local library which I was conducting. On the Monday, unable to get a sitter, I had to bring the kids with me. My daughter took my class while my son decided it would be fun to run off with pieces of peoples projects. Working on essentials in the evenings has been my focus and only now am I able to play a bit! Today's two cards are made with CCdesigne stamps. I can't tell you how cute and wonderful these stamps are. I can't get enough of them, and I can't wait to start showing you some of the cute Christmas stuff. I know, I know, others are doing Christmas, but somehow it seemed wrong until Halloween was at least over. For these two cards, I chose fun bright colors again. I realize that these are not my usual color schemes, but every now and then you have to push beyond yourself. I find they remind me very much of the colors used for girls rooms and bedding now days.
stamps: CCdesigns, Karen Foster Formal Snap stamps mini
Paper : Daisy D's DP, Memory Box, Bazzill, Opulent Orchid
Other : Cuttlebug folder, Quickutz tag, May Art ribbon, Copic Markers, Spica gold glitter pen

Most of the supplies can be found at All That Scraps.

This second card was another fun one.


Stamps: CCdesign stamps, SU Fancy Flexible Phrases

Paper: Daisy D's DP, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Poison Ivory shimmer CS

Other: Copic Markers, Nestability Oval and classic scallop oval, White brads, May Art satin ribbon, Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Cuttlebug Tag, Copic Markers

Well this is what I have to show you tonight. I hope that you can all have patience with me in the next while as I am really struggling to get lots of stuff done on my own. I will try to leave the comments that I can, and post when I can, but may not be doing so regularly. Thanks so much and have a great day!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tub Time!

I hope you aren't getting tired of my projects yet. I am really into so many different things right now. I want to play with everything but just don't have the time. This project was made with the CCdesign stamps. They are so adorable. You have to excuse my picture which does not do justice to the card. The colors are too bright here but I just couldn't get it right.
CS- Apricot, Orchid, Celery, Bashful Blue, Poison Ivory shimmer CS, Daisy D DP
stamps: CCdesigns, Karen Foster snap stamps
Ink : Wasabi, Orange, Orchid, Apricot
Other: Nestability circle plain and classic scallop, Copic marker, Airbrush, Bazzill Blossom, rhinestone brad, May Art Satin ribbon, glitter.
thanks so much and have a great evening.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DVD pencil tin

Woohoo, last week my Magnolia stamps finally arrived! They are gorgeous. I can't wait to do more stuff with them. Ordering from the Swedish site can be a bit of a pain, It took over a month between when I ordered and when they arrived. Shipping was actually really fast and cheap all things considered. Anyhoo, I wanted to make something fun and feminine for my daughter. She never seems to have enough pencils, they always disappear on her so I figured I would make pencil tin to keep an arsenal of sharpened pencils. The main image is from the new September release of Magnolia. The background is Oh so Lovely. Both images are colored with Copic markers and the backgrounds are airbrushed with the markers. The Magnolia girl is enhanced with Faber and Castel color pencils, Solvent and twinkling H2O's. Spica glitter pens are used to add shine to the girl. Judikens MicroGlaze is added to protect the surface from the handling that it is sure to receive. Nestability scallop rectangle was used to cut the girls image and for masking. Hope you enjoy today's project, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with more!

Monday, October 22, 2007

CC design school fun!

Perhaps some would find it too late for a school themed card, but for me its never to late. I just love this set with all its accessories and sayings. I decided to do one of the Euro styles which I am so fond of. I wanted rich colors which would stand out and grab the eye. I find that the more I work with this style, the more a part of me it is becoming.
stamps: CCdesigns
paper : Chocolate Chip, Old olive, Ruby Red, Basic Grey Infuse
Ink : black memories dye ink
Other : Tombow and SU markers, Prima flowers and leaves, May Art ribbon, rhinestone brad, stickles for lunch box, spica glitter pen.
The card was pretty easy and is pretty self explanatory, images were colored and cut.
Thanks so much and have a great night.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Craft Fair Projects

I thought that I would just show you some of the other craft fair project that I am working on. These are mini composition notebooks. They have been dressed up and will be sold with matching beaded RSVP pens. The images in the front are Lockhart and are stamped on Poison Ivory shimmer CS. They were colored in with Copic Markers and sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink. The Backgrounds are SU Linen, and French Script. The paper is Garden Green, Celery, Eggplant and Pale Plum. Ribbon is May Art double sided satin ribbon and it is gorgeous. Sorry for the brief post but I'm trying to take pictures so that I can post again tomorrow and Monday.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Just Having Fun

I needed to take a break from the daily grind, and I decided to use this sweet little flower fairy. The layout is again in the European style. Yes, I am still very much in love with this style and am playing with it every opportunity that I can. I really hope that I captured the style.
stamps: Hanglar and Stanglar, Magnolia, SU Fancy Flexible Phrases, SU Itty Bitty BG
Paper : Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Cryogenic White Shimmer CS, Bazzill, Basic Grey DP
Other : Copic Marker and airbrush system, Wizard Nestability Rectangle, Faber and Castel color pencils, Odourless solvent, Prima, Quickutz dies, brads, stickles, linen thread.

I started by stamping the image in black ink and then cutting it using the Nestability rectangle. I then embossed it using said Nestability, and then airbrushed it using Copic YR21. I removed the Nestability which was my mask and then colored in my image using my Faber and Castel pencils and then blended it with solvent and stumps. I added stitching around. The buckle is Magnolia and was stamped on shimmer CS and then colored in the same as the image. Everything else is self explanatory. Thanks so much for stopping by and having patience with my lack of posting time.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another Quicky

I am so sorry to everyone for my lack of posts. I am slow at posting and leaving comments lately. It just seems like I have entered the busy part of the season and have little time for many things. I am still plugging away at my preparations for the two craft fairs, I have three classes in my home this week along with two classes at the Library next week, some more design team work which I will post later this week and so on and so forth. It feels like I am always on the move and busy this time of year, and the summer excess of time has long faded away. I'm so sad that I have not had any time to play with my Hanglar stamps or Magnolia. I am so looking forward to showing everyone the great stuff. Now on to this card, I won't get into details today, but the CS is all SU, the image is colored in with Copic markers, The DP is Daisy D's and the stamps are all CCdesigns. How fun they are! Cheerio and have a great day!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Spidey Time and Bag of Bones

Wow, Halloween is coming fast, and as a result, I'm focusing a lot into the Halloween motif. The upper spider card was created using Black, Orange and Poison Ivory CS, as well as Chatterbox DP. Groovy Guava was sponged on main Poison Ivory shimmer CS and it was then pierced with a needle and threaded with silver embroidery floss. Spiders were stamped in black, then cut out bodies which were stamped on watercolor paper and colored in with SU markers and water were placed over. On The panel, a scallop was punched, decorated, stamped with spider and another spider body was popped and placed on top. All Stamps are CCdesigns from All That Scraps.

This next project is again using these great CCdesign stamps! I stamped a coffee bag all over with the skull and crossbones, colored it in using white Prismacolor pencil, stamped Boo in silver
versamark Brilliance ink. The topper was stamped on Shimmer White CS, aged, the ghost highlighted with Copic marker and the scallop is Orange CS. Sorry for the abbreviated post, just really, super busy trying to do catch up on work from a brutal week. Cheers and have a great day!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Wow, I won't even try to tell you how bad this week has been. Posting has been a challenge. All the cards I've done with these new stamps were done on Tuesday night. We have had a broken dishwasher, mice running rampant, and other even less pleasant things. I've been scouring the house since we got in on Monday. So anyways, I thought I should take a few minutes to post another card using these awesome CCDesign stamps that came in the mail. Like I mentioned before they are so versatile with lots of little elements to play around with and the price is so reasonable. The particular card is really easy but just looks so cute with that little witch.

Recipe: Paper is Shimmer CS, Old olive, Garden Green, Wasabi, Not Quite Navy, Bayou, Ink is co-ordinating except for using mustard and Marigold on the moon. Image is water colored with Tombow markers and cut out and placed over image stamped on moon. Stickles was used to accent the hills and the hat ( Lime, holly, Black Diamond). Ribbon is SU Wasabi. Thanks and come back soon to check out more fun designs with these great stamp sets.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It's Here !!!!!!!!!

Yay! It finally arrived. When I got home from my Thanksgiving holiday, I looked in the mailbox and guess what I found? My brand spakin new CCdesigns stamps. I was just thrilled when I looked at the images. The Halloween set is to die for. I love when there are lots of coordinating images to work with, and this one has tons. I used the two pumpkins, the ghost and two of the greetings for this card. All stamps are CCdesigns, and can be found at All That Scraps .
Stamps: All That Scraps CCdesigns
Paper : Whisper White, Pumpkin, Basic Black, Summer Sun
Ink : Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Basic Black, Memories black ink, Marigold
Other : Lemon Sticles, black pen for stitching, craft knife, SU and Tombow markers, Tangerine Grosgrain.
The technique used was masking, and with that I created the scene. I cut out everything including the mouths with a craft knife, adhered bottom portion to piece of Summer Sun CS and cut away excess. Stickles was added and image adhered to background. Image is colored in with water based markers and paintbrush.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Gone till Monday Night

Well, I am away for our Thanksgiving weekend which is Friday to Monday. I have nothing to show at the moment, although I am hoping soon to be able to make and show you some great cards using CCdesign stamps. The stuff being made with them is awesome, and I am so looking forward to showing it to you ( post man please hurry and bring me my stuff!). So instead since I rarely show pics of my Family, I decided to show you some of my favorites. I had so many to choose from this summer. We had great stuff from the Highland games which we attended and some of the other cool spots we went to. The top one is of my sweet baby boy snoozing after a rough day playing.
I show this one because I always laugh that it is not safe to lie on the floor of our home because you are liable to have a baby sit on you. My little lad will sit on your head, your back, your bum or your legs. It really doesn't matter as long as its available.
We tried our daughter at soccer this year and it turned out to be a great social event for her. She is the one with the dark hair. She is busy chatting with a friend while the game swirls around them. As you can tell from the last pic, my Son shows more interest in the game then his sister lol. Oh well, gotta run, I'll see you Monday hopefully with some fun stuff to post!

Monday, October 01, 2007

High Hopes Stamps

I decided to relax tonight, and play around with these fun High Hope Stamps . I just love this image because it such a wonderful expression of little boys. I wanted to play into that, and have the water and worms to show some of those things that little boys gravitate to. The only thing missing is lots of mud all over him. The image is water colored with reinkers and cut out using a craft knife. Colors are SU Caramel, Brocade Blue, Old olive, Saffron, Shimmer white, and Chatterbox DP. Banner was hand sketched , written out and cut out. Thanks for sharing and have a great tomorrow!

File Folder Card and RAK for Norma

I'm starting out this post today by mentioning that I've added a few things to my sidebar for those of you who are interested. The first is in my fav.places to shop, I have added the link to Magnolia store. They are a Swedish company who make wonderful and versatile stamps. My order should be arriving any day, and then I can start showing you some of the great stuff that they have. A lot of you also know that I have an ongoing fascination with the European style of stamping. So I have added some of the European blog links that I look at regularly. They are in their own separate spot. Now for this card. This was to follow Beate's Blog challenge. I've been seeing everyone doing one so I just had to add my to the lot. They are so fun and I love them. For this particular card I used the Copic on shimmer CS that I colored earlier. The DP is Chatterbox, and the rest is SU. Image is Stampendous.
The second card is a RAK that I made for Norma's MIL who is sick with cancer. You can find more info at Dittydots . Norma is a great lady with lots of great work on her Blog. She is requesting cards done in her mother-in-laws favorite colors of red and white. Mine is a bit later than I intended because I wanted to wait till I could get to the city and pick up some red DP. In this card I use a Lockhart image which you can find at Ellen Hutson's store. It is colored in with Copic markers. The DP is Tres Jolie by My Mind's Eye. Flowers are Prima and the leaves a punch. All the rest is SU. Thanks so much for coming by and if you have a moment contact Norma so you can send your own RAK which I know will mean so much to her MIL. Have a great evening.