Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Something fun and springy

We have had a couple of nice days here in Washington.  We have been busy getting the garden ready for this years plants and doing a little landscaping.  Jon got us some jicama to use as a border for around the garden.  I can't wait for it to grow so I can eat some fresh.  :)  Jon is also picking up some hibiscus and kiwi.  Did you know that kiwi grows really well here?  I can't wait to come out to my yard and pick my very own kiwi...

Man!  I got totally off track!  Sorry about that!  :)
I haven't used this Basic Grey paper in forever.  I think it might be retired now.  I love it because it is very bright and flowery.
The stamp is from the new Cat's Pajamas release.  I just can't get enough of these!  I got some new Doodle Factory stamps last week and have plans to pick up some stamps from A Muse on Wednesday so keep an eye out for those projects!!!

I finally set up my sewing machine to sew on my cards.  I am a good seamstress so I think it is a little humorous that I am sewing on paper.  Normally this would be a big no no because it dulls my needles.  LOL

She is paper pieced and her wings have a little Sakura stardust sparkle.  I extended the stem a bit so it came out of the frame.  I think this adds a little visual interest and fun.  The little tag is from Martha Stewart.  This little package was very inexpensive and had a ton of tags in it.  I use them a lot and they were a great buy.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

World Record Blog Hop- I'm late!!!!

I am so sorry for being late! I thought I scheduled this to be posted on time and I'm not sure what happened. Ugh!
I made two cards for blog hop.
This first one uses US-505A Shine!
I love this quote.  I used some inchies to highlight the artwork found in the quote.

This one uses one of my favorite stamps from Unity.  For the life of me, I can't remember the name.  I love it because you can personalize the carvings on the trees.  :)  I used my Koh-I-Noor pencils and gamsol to try to make this look as realistic as possible.  Simple and clean.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

TCPTUES51- Poochie's carrot car

I love Poochie in his carrot car! It is so cute and fun. :)
Once again, I paper pieced Poochie (what a tongue twister!) with my Mellow paper from Basic Grey. I really love how this turned out. Leigh came up with a great sketch and I am so sad that she won't be the hostess with the mostest anymore. :( She has done a great job. Thanks Leigh!

I added a few eggs flying out the back of Poochie's car just for fun. :) I think I need to Liquid Glass his carrot car for a little shine... I am especially pleased with how his checkered sweater turned out.

After making this card front, I had a thought... I haven't made a postcard in a LONG time! Wouldn't this make a great postcard??? So Poochie the Postcard it is. :) I am not sure who is going to get it yet but I'm excited with how it turned out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

George Weber

When I was in high school, I used to listen to a talk show host on KOA in Denver named George Weber. I looked forward to listening to him every night. I was disappointed when he got a job in California and left Denver. I wrote to him and he wrote me back which meant the world to me. I wanted to go to college be a radio talk show host.

Years ago, George was laid off from his job in New York but started a blog which I read often. The last post was on the 20th of March.

He was murdered on Sunday. It was a very violent and terrible way to go. No one should have their last minutes be as terrible as his were. I hope he is in peace now. I'm heart broken today to know that he is gone.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

AMYRS62 sketch challenge- Do you smell carrots?

Amy Rysavy has challenges on her blog (Prairie Paper and Ink) every week but I don't usually participate. I am a faithful stalker ;) but don't often have time to play along. She makes great cards and I get a lot of color combo inspiration from her.

The sketch was super cute this week and I just got the new Porcelain collection from Basic Grey. Time to create!

This stamp from the new Cat's Pajamas release cracks me up. That sneaky rabbit!

I colored the image with my Koh-I-Noor pencils. I used gamsol on the sky to soften it up a bit. These pencils work amazingly well with gamsol. I am using it much more now that I have pencils that blend well with it. These pencils are also very inexpensive. You can pick up the whole set of 24 for $15.99 at the A Muse website. They are all pigment with no wood so they will last forever.

Anyway, back to my card. The flower is from The Angel Company. They have several new button and blossom sets in the spring magalog (magazine + catalog). These collections are so great that I just ordered the rest of them. :) Fun stuff.

The ribbon is from my retired stash of Close To My Heart organza ribbon. I think this color is Garden Green.

Enjoy! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

You're HOT!

Jason has been in Canada for the last week. :( I usually try to send him a card so he has "fun mail" when he gets back.

This dragon and sentiment are from the new Cat's Pajamas release. This was my favorite stamp out of them all. It is just so cute. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New A Muse stamps- Brides and Blooms

This is Modern Poppy. It is such a pretty stamp that it didn't need much.

I stamped this on an A Muse base. I stamped it a second time on some white cardstock. I cut out the blossoms after coloring them with my copics. I stuck them to the card over the first stamped image with glue dots so I had a little dimension but not as much as if I'd used pop dots.

If you happen to be in the Seattle area, go check these out. There are several flowers that are 'must haves' for me. :D

I was lucky enough to see these before some of my other A Muse sisters so I think a little RAK is in order. Post a comment here and the winner will get this card and some other stamped images. :) The contest will close Saturday at 7:00 pm pst.


Wow! 50 TCP tuesdays! Can you believe it?!

This week's challenge was to create a St. Patrick's day card. I don't send cards out for St. Patrick's day so I don't have any stamps that would work. Hmmm... got to get creative.

I had this fun background stamp and this sentiment. I stamped the background stamp onto Sweet Leaf (CTMH) with Topiary (CTMH) ink. Then I cut out four hearts. *Actually, I cut out five. The fourth one ran away and I can't find it so I had to stamp and cut another. I hate that...

I sanded the edges and the center to make the vein in the leaf pop.

I stamped the sentiment in Topiary but it needed to say lucky. I got out my Dyno label maker and quickly punched (is that the right description???) out Lucky. I sanded it to make it pop and attached it a white embellishment.

Still, it needed something. So I traced some of the images on the leaves with my Sakura stardust pen. I also traced over the letters in lucky.

Perfect! :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I *heart* Peeps

I have two favorite Easter candies- Cadbury mini eggs and Peeps. I freeze the mini eggs and let the Peeps get stale. It may sound weird but there is nothing yummier. :)

This is my ode to Peeps. :) Nibble off those sugary ears first. Bite off the head with in one bite. Then gobble up the rest. :) YUM
My Peeps are covered in micro beads so they look like that yummy colored sugar. The Peep is one of the new spring stamps from A Muse. [got candy?] is also from A Muse but it is an older stamp. I like the sentiment because it works for this and for Halloween. :)

I saw this color combo in the spring Close to My Heart catalog and loved it. I think it is really different but fun. The colors are cocoa, tulip, creme brulee and vanilla cream.

Friday, March 13, 2009

TCP tuesday- Hello

I often play along with TCP tuesday but usually space entering my cards. I am making it a goal to get the entered.

This week we needed to use baby blue, baby pink and light yellow. An optional color was brown. I was looking through my paper and came across Stella Ruby. Can you believe I haven't used this yet??? I loved this paper when it first came out because of the pattern designs on the paper. I love the colors too. I think it was a sad case of hording...

Anyway, here's my entry. Maybe it is a little dark but the colors are there. I love the table from Cat's Pajamas. I have several stamps that work with it to mask onto the table like a lava lamp, this phone and a few other fun things.

This was last weeks entry. I made it but didn't post. It was inspired by a bedroom linen set from Pottery Barn. These sheep are fun. I love to paper piece them with crazy colors to match the sentiment. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Green Grass monsters

Forever ago I told you that I wold post some cards using my Green Grass stamps. Well, I finally found the stupid camera cord so I can keep my word. *rolling eyes*

This is from a monster set. It was the first set I purchased from them and my favorite.
The outside of these cards (from A Muse) are colored. So I turned them inside out. I stamped on the white and cut around the empty part behind the monsters. I colored the yellow monster with my copics and the green monster with my Koh-I-Noor pencils. The sentiment for the yellow monster is from Starving Artistamps and the other one is Green Grass stamps. Very simple but VERY fun cards to make!

Friday, March 06, 2009

New Ketto stamps

I'll be honest, I used to be really into Stamping Bellas. They are cute, sassy and there is a huge variety of Bellas available.

However, the shipping takes forever and the prices are quite high for unmounted rubber (and you only get the rubber, no ezmount).

Because of that, I haven't ordered in awhile. I still love the images but haven't ordered.

But Emily released a new line today called Ketto and I LOVE THEM! They are really darling and just my style. I am definitely going to get me some Ketto! :)

You can see them at http://www.stampingbella.com/index.php?cPath=185


Sunday, March 01, 2009

DoodleFactory Easter awesomeness!

You've got to see this blog candy that is being offered up by Starving Artistamps!  Go ahead and check out there blog- www.starvingartistamps.blogspot.com  Look at those amazing Easter/Spring stamps!  How cute is that little lamb?  And those bunnies are to die for!!!  If you want to win them, post a comment on that entry.  Good luck everyone!

BTW, I just placed a huge order for some of their stamps.  I am hoping they come tomorrow.  I'll post my creations for you to see when they come.  :)

Hope everyone had a super weekend.