Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"Pretty Bird"

I finally have a chance to post some cards. I have made a total of 60 cards in the three days of stamping that I have had. I brought a ton of stuff with me and I have used everything I brought. I have wanted this bird stamp for a long time and my friend Shelly in MN got it for me and gave it to me when I was at her house last week. I couldn't wait to use it. Of course I had to cuttlebug the background that is just a givin these days. lol I colored the birdie with bashful blue and his wing summer sun. I also added stickles to his wing to add just that little shimmer. I can't wait to make more cards with this little guy.
Stamps: Clear Bird
Paper: Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Stickles, Blue Gingham Ribbon, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Giga and Mega scallop Punch.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

"Engagement Card"

I wanted to share this card before I went on vacation. My mom called me the other day and said that I am invited to my cousin's engagement party when we are in town. Then she told me that her mom also does stampin' up. I can't go to the party because we will be at the cabin for that weekend fishing, swimming, wake boarding, and just plain ol' relaxing. But I wanted to make her a card. Especially since her mom stamps. So I made her this card. I used sahara sand and whisper white. What a great combination. I also added a rose colored prima to give it that little splash of color. I stamped the paisley background in sahara sand. The scan makes it a little darker that it really is so try to picture that. I also sponged sahara sand around the edge of the greeting. For the lace looking bottom, I used a fiskers border punch. It just adds that little bit of elegance. See, as you may have noticed, I am not an elegant stamper. LOL So these cards are a challenge for me. But I love how it turned out and now I can say I made an elegant card.
Stamps: Paisley, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand
Accessories: Fiskers Border Punch, Primas, Jeweled Brad, Organdy Ribbon, Sponge

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"Heartfelt Birthday"

I love this layout. It is from the sketch challenge 120. The Pattern paper is from the DCWV summer stack. The color combo is kinda a weird one too. Green Galore, Pixie Pink, and So Saffron. I used the silver cord to add a little something because I couldn't find my colored brads. I stamped off the flower images first then stamped full strength for the outline. The two wider back panels are 1 3/4 X 4 and the middle one is 1 1/4 X 4. The image panel is 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Happy Everything
Paper: Green Galore, Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White and DP
Ink: So Saffron, Pixie Pink
accessories: Silver Cord, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

"Wild About Teal"

Isn't he cute!! I found this paper at Joann's and knew that I wanted to use the elephant. My friend Kristine sent me the prima's and they match perfect. Notice how I have a greeting. LOL I don't know who is going to get this card. It might be too cute to send. See I have a hoarding problem, like many of you I bet. I make all these cards and have every intention to send them but then I change my mind because I can't part with them. My friend suggested that I make two of each so I can keep one and send one. I think that might help.
Stamps: Wild About You
Paper: Taken With Teal, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Taken With Teal
Accessories: Primas, jeweled Brad

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Love Ya Bunches!"

I made this card for my nephew. He is 3 and my sister always calls him a monkey. I borrowed this set from my demo. I didn't know if I would like to get it so I am borrowing it to see. I think it is cute and I could make a lot of cards for my little "monkey" if I did get it, so we will see. I stamped the images but the white was so bright that it didn't quite look good so I sponged some close to cocoa on it and I like how it looks now. Those sponges really make a difference. Of course I had to use the cuttlebug embossing folders too. I so love these.
Stamps: Monkey Business
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun
Accessories: Word Window, Silver Brads, Sponges, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Monday, July 09, 2007

"Espressing My Thanks"

I seem to give Starbucks gift cards more than any other type of gift cards. I got this Starbucks stamp a couple years ago. I use it when I give the gift cards, I like to make a matching card. I don't know why but I have never taken a picture of the cards I have made with it. This time I thought I would. The stamp is made by Viva Las Vegastamps. It isn't the actual Starbucks image. It is a slight oval and not a perfect circle. But it is close enough that no one would know. It is a solid stamp so I have to stamp it in the green and take my markers and color the black. I don't think I did this one right but you get the idea. I think I should have left some green in the middle. I also used the retired coffee set, Espress Yourself as well. I really like this set and wish it never retired. I NEVER use Garden Green either. This is the only time. I just don't like that color. LOL But it is the Starbucks color so I use it when I make these cards.
Stamps: Espress Yourself, Viva Las Vegastamps
Paper: Garden Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: Giga and Mega Scallop Punch, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Black Marker

Sunday, July 08, 2007

"You're Neat"

I was trying to do the SCS sketch challenge 131 this week with this one. I don't know if it qualifies though. They had a square where my circle is. I punched the scallop circle and then punched some barley banana circles using a hand held punch. I glued the circles in the scallops. I like how it looks. The DP is from Joann's. I think it is Sandylion. I colored with the SU markers and found a jeweled brad for the center of the pinwheel.
Stamps: You're Neat
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Barley Banana, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Giga and Mega Scallop Punch, Jeweled Brad, SU Markers, Cuttlebug Emossing Folders, SU Grosgrain Ribbon, Hand Held Circle Punch

Saturday, July 07, 2007

"Shop Till You Drop"

I got a new Bella. Emmybella. Isn't she cute? The paper is from the DCWV summer stack. I just love that paper. I colored her with markers and used the Gelly Roll glitter pen on the cuff of her pants and on the top of them. I really love that pen. I also used the SU white gel pen and made stripes on her shirt and dots on her bag. I tried to make a cute purse but it didn't turn out like I wanted but oh well. I got the primas from my friend Kristine and I used a jeweled brad for the center. Once again, no greeting. Seriously, I should stamp that first, then it will always be there.
Stamps" Stampingbella
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Primas, Jeweled Brad, SU Gel Pen, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, SU Markers

Friday, July 06, 2007

"I got tagged twice"

I have been tagged again. This time by The Stamping Librarian, Nicole Cooke and Cheryl over at Engineered Expressions. 7 interesting things about me. So here we go.

1. I love adventure. I have been skydiving and I love it. I wouldn't go bungee jumping but I would bungee out of an airplane and then skydive to the ground. That sounds real fun to me.
2. I have 4 tattoos. Two of which are Siberian Tigers which are my favorite animal. I also have my ears pierced. (three in one and four in the other) I also have my nose pierced.
3. I am a photographer. I love to take pictures. Black and whites mostly. I have the equipment for a dark room but my house is too small to set it up. I took a couple classes at the local college and learned how to develop my own pictures. Super cool! I hope to someday own my own photography studio.
4. I was adopted. My birth mother and father weren't married. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters on my birth mothers side. I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters on my birth fathers side. I grew up with 2 sisters in my adopted family. Here is the weird part. I am the youngest of 8 on my fathers side, the youngest of 5 on my mothers side, and the oldest of 3 in the family that I grew up with. So technically, I have 7 brothers and 6 sisters.
5. I am very funny and sarcastic. I love everything funny. I love to laugh until I cry.
6. My favorite color is black. (I know kinda creepy ha?)
7. I love sports. Baseball mostly. I have always loved the NY Yankees ever since I can remember, but I am also a MN Twins fan. I am also a MN Vikings fan. I love to watch football. We had season tickets to the MN Vikings but had to sell them when we moved to CA.

So that is a little about me. I know, not very interesting, but now you know a little more about me.

"Birthday Cupcake"

This was a fun card to make. I stamped the cupcake on the white paper then punched it out and colored the frosting in Orchid Opulence. Then I colored the cherry with red stickles. When the stickles dried, I covered the frosting and the cherry with diamond glaze. (crystal effects) Then I stamped the cupcake on the pattern paper and cut out the "wrapper" then glued it on the finished cupcake so the cupcake matches the background. Fun fun fun. Once again I didn't do a greeting. Partly because all my greetings are now retired, and partly because it is in the background. I love how it turned out. I think it is cute and it was so easy.
Stamps: Michael's $1 cupcake
Paper: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Giga and Mega Scallop Circle, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Stickles, Diamond Glaze, Grosgrain Ribbon, SU Markers

Thursday, July 05, 2007

"Celebrate America"

I hope you all had a great 4th of July. The 4th was on a Wednesday this year. Did you know that next year it is on a Friday? We will have a leap year next year. I haven't picked up a stamp in a week until yesterday. I don't know what came over me. I guess I was a little busy, but I shouldn't be too busy to stamp right? I made this Winobella into a celebrate America Bella. I colored her with red marker and then gave her polka-dots with the SU White Gel Pen. Then I colored the wine bottle, the glasses, her shoes, necklace, headband, and frills on her dress with a Gelly Roll glitter pen. Have you ever used one of these before? They are super cool. I got the stamped Bella Image from my friend Kristine. The star eyelets are SU retired and the paper is from the DCWV Summer Pack
Stamps: Stamping Bella, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White, DCWV
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: SU Markers, SU Retired Star Eyelets, SU Gel Pen, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig