Thursday, August 21, 2008

Learning a new StampingTechnique

I am so, so happy with myself! Carrie had posted a technique that she uses when she stamps and other ladies joined in on the chat too - this is from a Yahoo group that I am on. I watched and read and believe it or not, learned!

The technique is using colored pencils, blending stump and Gamsol (mineral spirits). I stamp my images with Stazon ink and use Prisma colored pencils (beware, this is not cheap) to color an image. I then dunk a blending stump in Gamsol (which I had to go to two different art stores to find). And then I go over the colored image. You got a really nice colored image!

I can't believe how easy it was to do! I was experimenting with different coloring techniques using pastels, watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons and not getting the 'look' that I was wanting! This technique is just perfect!

I'm working on coloring a House Mouse image (it's a Christmas image with Hop-It and Bumble - bunnies). Once I'm done coloring it, I'm going to use it for a Christmas card that I'm going to use for a Christmas card exchange on a Bunny group.

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Tuesday Fun!

I can't stop thinking about all the fun I had on Tuesday the 19th. It started with me picking up my friend Madonna and driving down to Westminster to meet up with our friend, Cathy. We met at Archiver's and jumped into Cathy's car to go out breakfast. We ate at this place that takes you back to the 50's - sock hop, juke box, Elvis, bobby socks - you know what I mean, right? Oh....and the music, gotta love! Really, I do!

After breakfast we head back to Archiver's. I do a little shopping and then head to the workroom. Madonna, Cathy and I chatted for a nice bit. I helped Madonna mounted the stamps she bought from me recently. Then I tried to figure out what I'm going to do!

Later on, we go to this small scrapbooking store. It was so cute! She had some really cute stamps from this one company. I think I liked the way the used the stamps to make some cards more than the stamps because the cards looked just AWESOME! I did buy one of the stamps though...hoping to put it to good use.

We went back to Archiver's and Madonna and I hit the die-cutting machines. They have the HUGE ones, Omigoodness! I can't believe some of the dies they had there! When we build our big house and I have my Huge scrapbooking room, I'm going to have all the cool toys and all the accessories that goes with the cool toys.

The only thing I accomplished, which wasn't even on my list besides helping Madonna mount her stamps, was doing some die-cuts! They had some cute ones...bunny, palm tree, stuff for cards and I can't remember what else I cut. was an AWESOME day spent with two GREAT friends!!!! I'm so looking forward to the next time we can do that!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bunny card

When I went to my old work a few weeks ago to drop off some SU loot for my 'girls', I chatted with one of them for a little bit. She was mentioning that her daughter was talking about my two kidz. She had come with her mom to a card class that I had and met Buu and Briggie.

So, I decided that Briggie and Buu needed to send a pic and card to their new friend.

Brown and pink CS are from either Joann's, Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I used Sizzix Bunny and Flowers. For the wording, I used CuttleBug Baby Face dies. I used a SU punch for the corners. And then, used Pink 'Bling' - Pink borders from Heidi Swapp. I really love Bling-Bling!!!!!

Bailey card

A friend of mine recently had to make a very hard and painful decision and put down her fur-baby, Bailey. He had lived a great, long life. I think he was like 15 years old or so. But still...having to take him to the vet, only to go home without him. How hard that must have been! It just broke my heart to hear that.
Anyways...I decided to make my friend a card. Unfortunately, like I told a friend on one of my Yahoo groups, the 'creativity bug' only gives me only one great idea for a card and that's it.
So....with the cards I've made recently, I think they are only so-so. Nothing spectacular and only accomplishing the simple task of getting out a card to the designated receiver.

Well....this is my card for Bailey, who now has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. He's in a good place now. Bailey, you are greatly loved and missed.
I used Bazzill CS, Jolee's sticker - Cat (Bailey was gray). I used Cricut Doodlecharms for the heart and used CuttleBug Baby Face dies.


BookMooch - This is a really cool place! I had heard about something like this, actually another site like that. But a friend of mine, on one of my 'craft' Yahoo groups and mentioned this and I joined this weekend!

It's a book trading (of sorts) group. You list books that you would like to give away. You get a tenth of a point (I think) for every book listed. You also need to add ten books first. You can then search the database for books that you want. If you find it, then you can request to 'mooch' it. Points are taken off for every book you mooch. But then you get books for every book someone mooches off of you!

I just sent out five books today. I'm glad to go through my books and give away the ones that I know I won't read any more. Though...I miss them! It's books...Brent and I don't give them away, no matter how bad it is!

Oh well. I'm getting books back though. I have three that is confirmed that I'm getting and one I'm waiting for an answer! all works out, right? Give away books and get books to replace them! Yahooo!!!!

Laters Gators!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

He got Carded!

We went out to dinner for Brent's birthday since we weren't up to it last night. After eating a Delicious meal at Hibachi, we went to Sam's to do our weekly Sam's shopping. Brent was dying to see if he would get carded for buying alcohol. So, we stopped by the liquor store at Sam's. We got a little thing of Arbor Mist. And Brent got carded!!! He got carded when he turned 30 and 40. He was just absolutely thrilled when he got carded at 50!!!! I just had to laugh.

Well...that was our fun for today!!

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Pink and Black card

I made this card for one of my Pinecone Press bookclub. It was when the stamping book came out. It gave lots of different techniques.

I did the following:

Black Soot distress powder (Jim Holtz), using the flower from the Looks Like Spring set from SU stamped on pink Bazzil CS.

I stamped Thanks (from SU's Three Thoughts) with Jet Black Stazon on twill ribbon (SU).

I used my Cutterpede, the ZigZag one, for the pink CS under the twill ribbon.

Then, I used a two-way glue to put the Ultra-fine pink glitter from Stampendous! on the black CS.

I sent this card for a Pink and Black card swap.

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Monkey card for my girl

This is a card that I made and am going to send out to my girl. She has a thing for monkeys right now. For her birthday, we found her a Cheeky Monkey (Webkinz). Since then, she is looking for another Webkinz monkey and has another monkey added to her collection!

But anyways...she's loving monkeys. So, when I was out and about, I decided to stop by one of my LSS and found a cute monkey clear stamp set from Stampendous. It was too cute that I HAD to buy it! I was so excited that I came up with this card for my girl. I even made one more to send for a swap that I am on.
I FINALLY used my Cricut to add to the card. I used it for the beige mat and for the palm tree. I was so proud of myself!


Christmas Card

This is a Christmas card that I made for a swap that I participated in. I thought it was really cute. I had bought a Christmas stamp set from SU and FINALLY used it! I even used a retired Designer Series paper that SU had and retired True Thyme CS. I love Stickles and used that on this card. I need BLING-Bling!!!!


Friday, August 8, 2008

Birthday Day

Today is my Hubby's Birthday!!!! We didn't do anything spectacular. He didn't want to. We went to the first showing of Journey To The Center Of The Earth. It was a toss-up between that and the new Mummy movie. The 3-D effects were cool! The over-all story was so-so.

After the movies we went to Barnes and Noble and Brent got books from me for his birthday. We came home after that and he opened a box from my mom, a package from Andrea, his daughter and a card from his mom.

We didn't do anything else after that. We debated about going to Hibachi, a Japanese teppanaki restaurant. But then we decided to do that tomorrow.

Brent received calls from his mom, Andrea, my mom and my brother. And several cards from me and the kids. Buu and Briggie gave him bunny cards.

Over all, it was a nice day for Brent. A low-key birthday, just his style.

Laters Gators!!!

A New Blog

Oh cool, a new blog for me to 'try' and keep up with! LOL!!!! I can't even keep my Multiply or MySpace up-dated!!! OH well!

Anyways....we'll see what I do here!

Laters Gators!!