Tuesday, November 28, 2006

It's snowing, it's snowing........well not outside! It's snowing in my craft room. After telling you about the gel-a-tins stamps, I went to the site. In a dreamy stamp induced haze I placed an order. Why not they take pay pal and my Dh would want me to have these. Bwhahahaha, while the cat is away, the mice buy stamps.

The order came so quickly, i ordered on Thursday and I have them in my hot little paws today. which is Tuesday by the way and will now be called snowflake day! I also got some gelly powder, it is choclate scented ep. Yummy it smells so good!
I can hardly wait to play in the snow. The nice thing about these stamps is they slide away out of view..............No hunny, I've had those forever. Bwhahahahahahahaha

I do love Yuletide Montage! I am into vintage lately. This card came about because the 4 cards before it had failed.

So i took pieces from those cards and made this. To finish it off I took my stipple brush to it to give it a little color and i think I have a nice card, but not sure i'd make 15 of these so, it's back to work.


It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.....well not really! but I felt after 2 years of not sending cards, I really didn't have a good enough excuse not to do it this year.

My DH said just buy packaged cards! My heart is still palpitating, I mean what would the neighbours think.

So after deciding i absolutely hated all my Christmas stamps, i remembered this set. I bought it a long time ago, back in a time when there was no Canadian Stampin' Up!

It is so simple and pretty that I knew i couldn't mess it up.

I like what i came up with and i am making about 15 of these. So one down , 2 more designs to go. Maybe I'll buy store cards for my family, but I'd never send those to a friend. LOL

This is a simpler version of the card........but i am kind of a glitz girl so i need the sparkly embossing and ribbon.

Monday, November 27, 2006

I thought I would show you what else I do!

When not doing anything else, I also make mohair Teddy Bears. I used to be very active in it. But after i was sick, I kind of found stamping and it was easier to do on a daily basis.

but i still have tons of fur kicking around and the bug has bitten to start creating again. So come the new year there might be some new critters to love. But most likely they will have mohawks, and be riding motorcycles. LOL

To see more check out....... www.littlejoebear.com The site needs to be updated but you can see some more cute bears.

Happy Monday, everybody! I am trying to stay positive here....In all the hubbub surrounding school, kids and Christmas........I seem to have misplaced my mojo.

So if it's lurking around out there, like peter Pan's shadow can you kindly send it home?

This is another tin I did....I had to cover it with paper because it was so abused i needed paper to cover the bruises. First was the failed ink attemp, which caused the failed embossing attempt. So out came the paper.

I did find that the Stampin Up ! designer label punch when used 1/2 way will cut out very nicely around the metal tin clasp. (that was a bonus)

I need a gift for a gift exchange later in the month so I will pop some cards into it, and that's one more thing off my list.

I hope i can stamp something worthy of posting today...but all signs point to "that isn't going to happen". LOL

Sunday, November 19, 2006

I was working on this last night as I chatted to my friends on Splitcoast. I think it turned out well. This is my sister's Christmas gift. She is an Alice in Wonderland freak, ummmm I mean fan.

She collects all these Alice things and is involved in The Lewis Carroll Society. Hey, it makes her happy, who am I to judge. She had some old foam stamps and i made her some cards. She wanted more cards made for her......so she is getting Alice cards in an Alice tin.

But I saw these stamps from www.nonsequiturstamps.com I knew i had to use them for her creations. They are fabulous unmounted rubber sheets. Now getting the mounting foam was another story. LOL But they are all good to go now.

The tin (a gift from my friend Robyn) was inked first with alcohol inks. I love how this turned out and i got the idea from my friend Kim. It's great to have friends. I used embossing powder on parts, other parts are just stamped. I tied ribbon all around the handle to finish it off.

I am quite happy with it! Check out the website for great rubber images.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

NEW Product ALERT!!!!!

This is just the coolest, within this fab alterable tin lies.......the coolest clear stamps. Now I am a rubber girl myself, but I have been lured to the dark side by these stamps. They come in all sizes........designs and the alphabets. These are just so funky and fresh! Next to primas .......paisley is my weakness. So I was unable to leave these at the store. But there was so many more sets I know I need to have. These are just super. I will upload something made with them later. So next time you are out...look for these. Or head over to their website at www.gelatinstamps.com

These stamps are made in the USA, but designed and packaged right here in Canada!

I just couldn't resist...........I should never be left alone to long in my own mind. But I mean, snowpeople are just like us ......right?

I just want to state very clearly that I love snowmen. I do not have a crazy vendetta against their kind. I guess i just have a twisted sense of humor. So when the challenge yesterday was to create a humorous card using 2 stamp sets not meant to go together, this is what I came up with.....the sad thing is I have more. :) I love this set...Cold Play cause it is very versatile. I wish i could draw better as my bowling pins are almost shameful, but then again where does a snowman acquire bowling pins anyway?

So enjoy my snowmen cards there will be more. Bwahahahahahahahaahaha

Friday, November 17, 2006

Since we are on the subject of Primas!!!!! Have you seen the awesome new mini cans? Oh my, I nearly had heart failure they are sooooooooooo pretty. I want them all. The colors are amazing and the little chipboard buttons are so cute. Plus what i could do to alter those adorable little tins........well i could if they were empty. :)

I get so excited at even the thought of primas in stock. I just love when i get that call from my LSS. (Hi Ria!) I live about an hour from there but when Primas are involved I have been known to make the drive faster, but I'm not saying how fast.

But check out these great primas!!! I finally figured out how to check my messages, I know but my husband usually does it so i don't have too. lol Anyway I have more Primas waiting at my LSS . Yippee road trip on Monday. I just gotta have my primas.

When is enough, enough? When is less, more? Unfortunately I don't know. LOL I am a prima addict. It is an addiction for which there is no cure........not sure i want one for it anyway. Funny thing too is there is no 12 step program for it yet, either. I guess there is a little bit of Gollum in me as i hide them away in my craft room, never wanting to admit to how many actually fill my space. They are my precious.
I found this cart up in my daughter's bedroom since she wasn't using it.....I took it for my own. It is a great little wheeled cart from Ikea. It has drawers for ribbon and flat primas or should I say faux primas. Not all of my flowers are pure Primas some are just Prima want to be's, but i love them just the same.
Now that I have them.....what to do with them? Other than hoard them away in my craft cave. I do use them, I sometimes even send them to people. But you need to be extremely Prima worthy. Unfortunately I feel the same way about ribbon. I figure once they are gone, they are lost forever and who wants to lose primas? So they will stay on their little trolly til I find a new love. So far nothing has caught this prima lovers eye....yet!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I wanted to share this card with you. The Vsn challenge was to have a little critter popping out of something. What could be better to pop out of then prima's? This little mouse looks quite content to tip toe through the primas.
I had to laugh when i saw a comment from my friend Karen, she asked "if i had hives" I can only asume she meant from using so many on one card.
It was a hard thing to do, but don't worry I was figuring out how i can reclaim them. LOL
I will be adding more of my VSN favs later.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I had a super time at VSN. But sometimes you just need a challenge to set your heart on fire. This was it!!! I had to make a card that looked 90 years old. It needed to have red in it for Rememberance Day.

I totally should title this Ode to Tim Holtz. I used alcohol inks, distress embossing powder and walnut ink.

The primas were white hydrangas until they met walnut ink. The lace was sponged with the walnut ink too! I just love the vintage look and often wonder if i was born in the wrong time period. LOL I will be uploading my favorite VSN cards. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

This weekend is one of my favorites.........because it is VSN on Splitcoaststampers. What is VSN? Just the craziest time, you get challenge after challenge and have a whole 45 minutes to complete your work of art!

I am a hostess for one challenge and this is it, altered clipboards. I think these are super fun and easy to create. They make wonderful gifts and can be altered any way you like.

These are gifts i made for friends. I hope they love them cause a whole lot of love went into making them. I can hardly wait to make more......but I am running out of the natural daisy prima's. Hmmmmmm, I think some shopping is coming on.

Monday, November 06, 2006

What could be more fun than a box? A pretty box made from Wild Asparagus paper and tied up with string. Could it contain a wonderful thing? I think it does.............

You open this little box and see vintage reminders of Christmas.

This was way too fun to make. I started off easy using papers only. I can hardly wait to stamp up these little treasures.

I am making one to hold pictures of the kids to give to Boppa. You could stamp sentiments, quotes, love notes tiny memories of Christmas past. Anything your heart desires.

These are wonderful to just sit on a shelf....Until someone wants to be naughty and have an early peek!

I took a photo of this so you could see the glitter bit's. This technique is so pretty and so easy.

I learned this from another demo at regional's.

You need used dryer sheets for this....I knew there was a purpose for those endless loads of laundry!

So gather your supplies.....spray adhesive, I used Elmers. Gold encore pad, used dryer sheet, dazzling diamonds glitter.

Ink up your stamp (tall tree from Lovely as a Tree) stamp on WW cardstock. then stamp it again. Reink and repeat until you have layered them the way you want.

Spray image with spray adhesive and adhere the dryer sheet to it. Sprinkle with dazzling diamonds. Knock off excess glitter and finish card.

I also mounted it on another piece of WW that had golg leafing pen around the edges.

This is a glitteriffic card. Pretty, easy and WOW!

I was so inspired by Karen (aka Gamblemom) that i had to do my own frosty friends card. This was for the technique challenge. But I had already done it last week. LOL
But i changed it up.....I made it pink! Thanks Karen.
I also used Heat and stick powder for the first time. I used it to adhere the dazzling diamonds. I also popped the pink card stock up on pop dots and distressed the edges with my scissors.
I am happy with how this turned out!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

This is another card that can be done using the technique. It looks like snowmen reflected in the ice.
I would have used the blue frost spectrum pad, but i don't have one so i used bordering blue ink. I used the snowflake vellum as well.
I cover snowflake brads in Versa Mark and then dipped them in iridescent ice embossing powder.
Hope you have fun creating your own cards.

Part 2 of tutorial.

5. Ink up your brayer with the spectrum pad ink. I leave the pads separated when i ink them. You can also use a regular stamp pad.

6. Roll across your vellum, back and forth in a straight line. Until your paper is covered the way you want.

7. Finish your card as desired. You have just stamped a reflected image card.

Several people have asked for a tutorial for this technique.

So I will try to share it with you. My pictures are not great because one of the kids walked off with my good camera. But they are good enough to help with this technique.

  1. Gather your supplies. You need a stamp, I used Lovely as a Tree set. You need a black StazOn pad, a spectrum pad (pumpkin patch), and a sheet of vellum. As well as a brayer.

2. Ink stamp up with StazOn. Then stamp on your vellum. I leave the ink to dry for a Minute or two.

3. Then when it is dry. You flip the vellum so that the trees are pointing down. Ink your stamp with StazOn again and stamp lining up the bottom of the stamp with the bottom or your previously stamped image.

4. Now I cut the piece to the size I want my finished piece to be. I just trim around the image.

Continued in next post!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I made this card for the TLC88 challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

The thing was you needed to use letters or words in your background. I have had this snowman alphabet for the longest time and was just itching to use it.

I was out with DH to celebrate his birthday (we had lunch at McDonalds) without the kids. What's up with that?

But we popped into the pharmacy and they had this cute snowman set by MSE! Well I had to have it, and it pretty much fell into my basket.

This card took me several pieces of card stock and lots of head scratching. I am not sure about it, but my mojo has apparently gone to sleep for the winter. We'll see if I can snap out of it before spring.

I love Halloween! It is such a fun time of the year. I don't know what i love most....the costumes, the candy or is it the chill in the air?

Since Halloween is my DH's Birthday we like to make it a festive day. He does what he loves to do, which is carve the pumpkins. We all love the results.
The trick or treaters love them too!
My sweet guy is ever mindful of me, and carved me a Pumpkin with both Mad-Eye Moody and Sirius Black. Yes, my confession today is that I am a serious Harry Potter Geek! I may even give you a peek at my collection sometime. LOL But only after Dobby dusts the place first.

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!