Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Birdie & A Penguin

Here are a some samples of the cards you will make with my card kits. See this post.
I don't want to show all the cards you will make, but I figured you might want to see a couple of them.

Chick and the Thank You sentiment from Imaginisce.
Imaginisce glitter patterned paper, SU! Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White card stock.
Pallette Hybrid Noir ink, SU! Soft Sky ink, SU! Blender Pens with Barely Banana, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava.
Clear Dew Drops, SU! Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon, and dimensionals.

Penguin Dude from Imaginisce.
Imaginisce glitter patterned paper, SU! Buckaroo Blue, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Ruby Red and Whisper White card stock.
Pallette Hybrid Noir ink, SU! Blender Pens with Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Blush Blossom.
French Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville

Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt. Here is Yappy on spring break. I had to draw my own salt shaker because the one I ordered didn't get here yet. I also have some sharks on the way, but I guess my Fins card won't make it in time for the TCP challenge. I had so much fun doing these that I still plan to finish my series.
Drinks and Yappy from The Cat's Pajamas, Palm Tree from the Michael's dollar bin.
Papertrey Stampers Select White, Prism blue, SU! Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, and Whisper White card stock.
Pallette Hybrid ink in Noir
SU! Stampin' Write Markers, SU! scalloped circle punch and 1 1/4" circle punch, SU! ribbon, and sandpaper.

Why don't we...

Here is the third card in my Jimmy Buffett series. This one is Get Drunk & Screw. See the hardward in the bottom corner? Hee hee. Here Poochie has had a few cocktails and is planning to do some home repairs. That's what Jimmy meant, right?

Cocktails, Drinks and Poochie from The Cat's Pajamas. Ambersand from SU! Tall Tales alphabet.
Papertrey Stampers Select White card stock, SU! Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Gable Green, Purely Pomegranate, and Whisper White card stock.
Pallette Hybrid ink in Noir, and SU! Black Craft Ink
SU! Black embossing powder, clear glaze pen, SU! Stampin' Write Markers, Pomegranate 5/8" grosgrain from Taylored Expressions, Tiny Circles cuttlebug embossing folder, SU! Dimensionals and popup glue dots.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Poll Over There


I've got a poll going over there on the right side of my blog. It was created for the purpose of picking a couple of catch phrases that will be used on some t-shirts and such for the SCS MI Mingle. If you are one of my fellow minglers please go vote. If you aren't, you really don't need to vote, but if you feel really compelled to do so I can't stop you. ;o)

A couple of the full sayings didn't get copied over. Oops! But it won't let me edit it now.

Here are the full versions of what you are voting for....

1. There you go again," Stampin around
2. I can't believe I Stamped the whole thing!
3. I want my SCS!
4. Is that your final card?
5. It takes a licking and keeps on sticking
6. Leggo my Cardo!
7. Pardon me, would you have booger remover?
8. Silly rabbit, Stampin are for kids!
9. Up your nose with a rubber Stamp
10. What you see is what you get, so go stamp your own
11. It started out as a harmless hobby. I had no idea it would
come to this!
12. Hello. My name is xxxxxx, and I'm a stamp-a-holic.
13. Stamp it like you stole it
14. Stamping keeps me sane!
15. I'm spending my kids inheritance on rubber stamps!
16. I'm going to the rubber room!! Wanna join me?
17. Punches and stamps and ribbon, oh my!!!
18. Have you ever scored?
19. A day without stamping is like a day without
20. I stamp, therefore I work!
21. Stamping: less expensive than therapy (at least
that's what I tell my husband!)
22. I stamp, therefore, I B Broke.
23. Wanted: stamps!, willing to sell off DH.
24. You sold what?!, for your stamps.
25. Stamps = $1,000.00
Paper = $500.00
Embellishments = $500.00
Homemade scrapbook (or card) PRICELESS!
26. She who dies with the most stamps wins!
27. When you care enough to send the very best, make it yourself!
28. If it doesn’t move…STAMP IT!
29. Rubber Lovers Unite!
30. A clean house is a sign of a lazy stamper.
31. I’d rather be stamping!
32. Will work for stamps
33. It is all fun and games until someone loses an eyelet.
34. Rubber Hugs & Inky Kisses
35. Life keeps getting in the way of my stamping.
36. If you love something set it free. Make sure to keep the
stamps, before you let go.
37. Hubby said it was him or the stamps. I'm sure going to miss

Stamps N More Card Kits!!!!

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I am pleased to offer you these fabulous card kits. Have you seen these cute little Imaginisce stamps around? They are adorable and they are a decent size too (approx. 2” x 2.25”). I was able to get my hands on a few of these cuties and thought it would be fun to offer them along with the materials you need to make some adorable cards. Each card kit will include an instruction sheet for five card designs using these stamps, the stamps themselves, and all the PRECUT card stock, patterned paper, and embellishments to make 10 cards total (2 each of the 5 designs). All you will need is your own ink, an acrylic block that can accommodate a 2” x 2.25” stamp, your favorite adhesive, and any coloring tools you want to use (markers, colored pencils, etc.).

Here are some examples of what will be included in your kits.

The “For Peep’s Sake Kit” includes: the Chick stamp and the Flowers stamp, precut double sided patterned papers (one side of each is glittered), precut coordinating card stock, coordinating embellishments, 5 clear envelopes and 5 white envelopes, and a detailed instruction sheet for 5 different card designs using the pieces you will receive. There will be enough materials to make 10 cards (2 each of the 5 different designs).

The “A Shore Thing Kit” includes: the Penguin Chick stamp, the Penguin Dude stamp, the Flip Flops stamp, and the Popsicle stamp, precut double sided patterned papers (one side of each is glittered), precut coordinating card stock, coordinating embellishments, 5 clear envelopes and 5 white envelopes, and a detailed instruction sheet for 5 different card designs using the pieces you will receive. There will be enough materials to make 10 cards (2 each of the 5 different designs).

The price for the “For Peeps Sake Kit” is $22.00 plus $5 priority shipping with confirmation (US only).

The price for the “A Shore Thing Kit” is $26.00 plus $5 priority shipping with confirmation (US only).

Get both kits for $45 plus $5 priority shipping with confirmation (US only).

Payments are accepted via paypal. I will send you a request for payment once you email me and tell me what kit(s) you want.

There are a limited number of kits on hand so email me today to order your kit!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blows!

Hee hee! I am having way too much fun with this week's swanky stamper challenge. This card is based off of the Volcano song by Jimmy Buffett. I was pretty happy with how my volcano turned out. Here is Poochie sitting on his beach towel thinking about where he will go now that the volcano has blown. Poochie is from The Cat's Pajamas and the airplane is from a SU! set called Wish You Were Here.

For the volcano I cut a cone shape out of SU! Going Gray paper and then put some really thick pop dots under the top of it. I free cut the rocks around the base of the volcano and did the DTP technique on the edges of them. The back molten lava is sponged with Real Red and Only Orange craft ink and was also free cut. I stuck some pointed curled strips of Real Red, Only Orange and Yoyo Yellow paper in the top of the volcano to make it look like the volcano was blowing.

I cut little strips in the edges of the beach towel, and sponged some Sahara Sand ink on the same color paper to make it look like Poochie was sitting on the beach next to the water there. The thought bubble was also free cut and I punched out some circles for the thought trail and outlined them with a black marker.

Stay tuned for the next installment in my Jimmy Buffett series.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Son of a...

Sailor. This is my 1st card for The Cat's Pajamas Jimmy Buffett challenge that was issued by Carole Burrage. I say 1st because I have 5 other ideas running around in my head right now. The challenge for me is going to be trying to get the all done successfully before the Saturday night deadline. This challenge is right up my alley. I love Jimmy. I have been to two of his concerts, well two that I distinctly remember. It could've been three. Those concerts tend to be a little fuzzy. Hee hee! I also love doing twisted cards. I was one of the original twisted sisters in the Twisted & Demented swaps on SCS.

Ok enough about me... Here is what I used on the card... The Poochie and Yappy are from The Cat's Pajamas of course. The boat and the life saver thing are from SU!'s By Sea set. The card base is SU! Basic Black. The light blue is some of the Prism paper. The sun is the SU! retired flower punch in Summer Sun with the rounded tips cut off and then the 1/2" circle in Only Orange. The images were all stamped on SU! Whisper White. The ink colors used are SU! Ruby Red, Old Olive, Cool Caribbean, Only Orange, Craft White (for the clouds in the sky), and Pallette Hybrid Noir. I'm not sure where the water paper is from. I had it in my scrapping stash.

Here is a close up. I stamped the boat in different colors and then cut them out and attached them to one main boat. Poochie and Yappy have their heads popped up with dimensionals. I used some linen thread for the rope on the life saver.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Eye Candy

I only got two cards made on Friday. I tried to make something for the Verve Visual inspiration challenge... you know those yellow and teal pillows you've been seeing on a lot of blogs lately. I couldn't get my idea to work on that one so it got tossed.

These are the goodies I got in the mail the other day. I haven't gotten to play with these yet, but I have an idea and more of them on the way. So stay tuned and you'll be seeing more of these cuties. I also got some luscious ribbon from Taylored Expressions this weekend. Don't have a picture of that, but trust me it is wonderful!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Cat's Pajamas Sketch Challenge Take Two

I couldn't resist. I had to do another. This one uses all Prism papers. I was sent these samples awhile ago and thought I would finally put them to good use. It was such a beautiful day yesterday, but I was in my cold basement so the images and colors are fitting. Hee hee! The stamps are all from The Cat's Pajamas. I used Poochie Christmas, Kitty Christmas and also the swirly doohickies from Polar Holiday. I used the swirly doohickies from all three sets. I put them all on one long acrylic block and stamped all over the card base in SU! Whisper White craft ink. The other images are stamped with Pallette Hybrid Noir ink. I colored in parts of the images with a blender pen and SU! Buckaroo Blue ink. I used a white gel pen to make the dots around the main images and I used my Marvy oval punches for the sentiment.

In this picture you can see the sparkle and shine. I used my white and clear glaze pens for certain parts of the images.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Cat's Pajamas Sketch Challenge

Here is my entry for TCP's sketch challenge. Leigh O'Brien issued this week's challenge and I have been dying to do it all week. I finally ended up taking a vacation day so I could stamp! Hee hee. It is so nice out today I took the picture outside.

I used TCP's martini and shaker image, their "Cocktails!" sentiment, as well as their "One martini. Two martini. Three martini. Floor." sentiment. I found some Pink Martini patterned paper and based the colors off of that. I used SU! Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla. The ribbon is a Basic Grey ribbon... I think it was from the Hang 10 ribbon pack I bought. I added some glitter with my clear copic spica and some clear gloss with my clear Sakura glaze pen.

Here is a closeup. Trying to show the sparkle and shine, but it is hard to see. Back down to my stamping room to see what else I can get accomplished today.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Nothing to Show You

I haven't been able to stamp a darn thing this week. But that is all going to change tomorrow, or maybe even tonight.... I took a sanity day off of work. I was having stamp withdrawals. I got some nifty things this week and I want to play with them. I didn't go into all this detail with my boss of course. Just told her I was taking a vacation day. Hee hee!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Look what I found!

This was the gift I gave to the gals that helped organize the SCS MI Mingle last month. I did the rub-ons on these nice thick square candle holders that I found at the dollar store. I should've gotten a picture of this without the cello bag. Oh well! I haven't made any cards since early last week. Tonight is a stamp camp, so maybe tomorrow night I can get downstairs.

Jana gave me the Arte Y Pico award. I can always count on Jana to give me fabulous awards! BTW - I don't speak Spanish, so I have no idea what this is all about. Hee hee! But here are the rules...
You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language. List the names of the people you chose to receive the award on your blog and link to their blogs. Then go comment on one of their posts to notify them that you have given them this award and link to the post on your blog. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of the person who gave them the award and link to their blog. The Award-winner and the one who has given the award have to show the link to the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
Here are the folks I am passing the award to...
Patricia - Fabulous glass beads that she makes herself!
Vera - New to me blog with great stuff!
Sarah - Check out that ribbon tin!
Amy - Another new to me blog. Beautiful cards and other goodies!
Amy B - Check all her SU! creations out. Wonderful!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Stamp Camp Only a Few Days Away

Here are my finished/redid cards for the stamp camp. We have it on Friday 4/11 and Monday 4/14. I think we have room in the Monday camp so if you are near Shelby Twp. and would like to attend, give me a shout. There will be 2 other cards/projects as well.

Now I need to get back to cutting paper!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

And now for something totally different....

This card is so different than the last few I posted. I got this Gruffies stamp and another in a PIF (pay it forward). I have been involved in these PIF threads on SCS since before Christmas. It is a great way to move out some of the stamps and stuff you aren't using and get some new stuff. It is kind of like trading, but you usually aren't sending to the same person you are receiving from. Right now there are 3 PIF threads going and a PIF image thread. They each have their own rules, but the basics are the same. There will be a current list in red. If you see something on the list that you want, you snag it and post your list of items that you are willing to give up. Three items is good for a start, and at least one of them has to be greater or equal to the item you snagged. You have to add items to your list if it hasn't been snagged from in so many hours (check the rules for each thread) and you don't have to add at night. Here are some links for the current PIF threads.
  • PIF $17.95 and up stamps - Only allows sets or groupings of stamps/wheels valued at $17.95 or up, original retail price.
  • PIF Supplies and more - You can PIF stamps, paper, ribbons, scrapbooking stuff. Minimum value is $10. So if you have ribbon that is $5 you would group it with something else to make the item worth $10, or you can list a bunch of lesser valued items and people can pick and choose their own combos.
  • PIF Everything Goes $15 - Similar to the supplies and more, but you are required to have at least one stamp on your list and the minimum value is $15.
  • PIF Stamped Images - This one is just for stamped images.

Now more about the card. The gal I got the stamp from just opened an online stamping/scrapbooking store and she carries all kinds of stamps - Gruffies, House Mouse, Fluffles, Changito, Stampendous Bees, Gel-a-Tins, and many more. I asked her to look into carrying these Rachelle Ann Miller stamps I saw a banner ad on SCS for. She signed up with them so hopefully she can start selling these cuties soon. Make sure you check out all her nifty stuff!

The card uses Gruffies Bit of Honey stamp in black pallette hybrid on SU watercolor paper. I used my SU markers, an aquapainter, and some ink in the lid of my inkpads to watercolor the image. I don't have a lot of practice with detailed images like this, but I think it turned out pretty good. I stuck to the colors on the image on the wood block of the stamp itself. They are Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, More Mustard, and Certainly Celery. The cardstock is Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and More Mustard. I used my Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain. I kind of threw together the card in one of my most used layouts because I spent so much time watercoloring and it was getting late. I was supposed to be cutting paper for the stamp camp coming up on Friday, but I didn't get to that. Oops!

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Cat's Pajamas Color Challenge

Well, here it is. This is my card for The Cat's Pajamas color challenge. I knew I wanted to use the lava lamp and have Poochie looking at it. I wanted the lava to be colored and funky, but the actual lamp to be black. I ended up stamping Poochie and the lamp in black and then on another piece of paper I did the faux shaving cream technique with the lamp. I cut out the lava portion and stuck it on the black image. I went over certain parts with my black and clear glaze pens. I was trying to stick with the circles theme so I used my tiny circles cuttlebug folder. I layered the pink and yellow over the black before putting that piece in the embossing folder. It is hard to see, but I used the glaze pens on some of the embossed circles. The paper is Papertrey's stampers select white for the base, and then SU!'s Basic Black, Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow, and Whisper White. The yellow polka dot ribbon I got in a PIF so I'm not sure where it is from. I used my SU! ticket corner punch and black brads on this also.

It's been a good week...

as far as stamping and blogging goes.

I had sent out a few thank you cards to the dirty gals who demo'd at our SCS MI Mingle. They didn't participate in the card swap so I sent them one of my extra swap cards. Rose Ann sent me a PM and asked if she could post it on her blog and she did. Check it out! I know you probably already saw it, but now you can see it on her blog too. And while you are there make sure you check out all her other beautiful stuff!

The Cat's Pajamas is having a weekly challenge now. This is this weeks challenge. I was going to make a card for this last night and I have it pretty much worked out in my head, but it was cold and I couldn't make myself go downstairs. At the end of the month a Swanky Stamper will be crowned out of all the entries for that month. So I was checking out the competition and then I saw this entry and figured I may as well not even bother! Hee hee! I think this chick has the competition in the bag. We'll see how I feel tonight. I may still give it a go.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Lorien's Laundry

This is what I did last night. Yes, I did laundry. You are probably asking yourself why you came to my blog to see laundry. I'm sure you have enough of your own. I did more than just laundry. I made a card. Check it out!

Look familiar? I was inspired by the colors in my sweater. I wasn't able to work the lighter pink into it. I tried Pretty In Pink, but it was too light. And Regal Rose just wasn't quite right. So I left it out. I tried sponging Regal Rose on Pretty in Pink and it just wouldn't work. Now it is bugging me though. I may go back and try to get it in there some how. This card follows this sketch. It is the sketch you need to use to submit an entry into the Verve Visual Honored Guest Challenge. The winner will be the Verve Guest Designer for the month of June. This card uses Verve Visual's Seeing Stars and Polka Stars (for the sentiment), Papertrey Stampers Select White, SU! Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Purely Pomagranate, Blue Bayou, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa. I heat embossed the sentiment and the stars with black embossing powder. The ribbon I got from a secret sister so I'm not sure where it is from and the brads are SU! black brads from the Vintage Brads collection. I punched out the large and small stars with SU!'s star punches. The medium ones I cut out.

As I was putting my jammies on last night I was checking out the colors in my shirt. This may become a reoccuring feature on my blog. Now go do some laundry and be inspired!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday. I am an April Fool's baby. Aren't I lucky? I don't get too many tricks played on me anymore, but I used to get a few when I was a kid. My dad usually tries, but I have become wise to his ways.

I finally emptied out my stuff from the mingle and started putting it away.

JANA - Yes you can come next year. Any SCS'er that wants to come and gets registered is welcome to join us. Here is a thread for the MI Minglers. That is where you should be if you want to be in the know about the next event. We are looking at the last two weekends in March or the 1st weekend in April of 2009. We had a gal from Wyoming come this year. She has a daughter in MI, so that is why she travelled so far. We are trying to find a space for 100 stampers, this translates to 200+ regular people. Hee hee.

Patty, Tracy and I had lunch this weekend and went over the survey results from the mingle. We talked about what we will do differently for next year, some possible locations, etc. Number one thing is to find more space. I honestly didn't think we would have 50+ people register this year. The last two years I attended we had 25-30 people. I know that space was an issue this year and we are going to make sure it isn't in the future. We were there for 4 HOURS! It was fun though.

Check this out! Caroline in Toronto CASE'd me. Tracy was doing some blog hopping and looking for info from the SU! cruise when she came across this and freaked out. Too funny! I feel almost famous.

ETA: The winner for the cute baby contest was announced this morning on the radio and I missed it. No one called me so I am guessing it wasn't Morgan. Thank you to all who voted for her!