24 February 2008

Lazy Sunday...

Usually, I don't spend a lot of time online but I did today. I also found time to put together a few things. I had first found the layout for this card on Sassy & Sweet Notes and I just loved it! I tweaked the size a bit and made mine a little larger so that I could accommodate the size of the stamped image.

On this card that I made for my upcoming new nephew who is scheduled to be born near Eastertime, I used one of my Riley stamps from Hanna Stamps and the It's a boy is from the Just so Hoppy set from Gina K. I colored him with Prisma pencils and OMS. The ribbon is from May Arts and I used my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities to cut out the circles. Oh and I used a little stickles on the egg.

I'm sure he won't mind the pink bow on the egg or the glitter. Heeee!

On this one, I used what I had on my table. LOL The colors almost work together. I'm not entirely happy with this card, but as I said, this is a journey so they don't all turn out how I envision them. I think I should add a bit of colored cardstock behind the stamped image. Maybe I'll go back and do that later.

I used paper from DCWV, another Riley stamp from Hanna Stamps, some ribbon that I received in a swap on Swap-Bot, some prima flowers and a little green brad. I also colored these guys with Prisma pencils and OMS. I cut the circles with my cuttlebug and nestabilities. I really can't wait to get other shapes of these, I'm kinda tired of looking at all these circles. LOL!! I have the rectangles on order, but they're backordered 'til mid-March. Egads! I guess I can wait though since I have to and all!

Hope y'all have a good day!

23 February 2008

A little about my cards and crafting...

You see, I'm new to this whole card making thing. I've always been in love with paper. Hoarding for years and years and never was able to make myself cut into it. But now that I've started on this "stamping journey" I don't feel so bad with cutting into my paper.

I scrapbooked for years. But I never felt that any of the pictures that I had merited cutting into my beloved paper. Sure, I still bought it and had plans for it, but scrapbooking got tired for me. I didn't feel like I accomplished much when I scrapbooked.

However, when I make a card, I feel like I've made something...even if it isn't exactly how I wanted or I don't love it or whatever, I still feel like it means more to me. Maybe because I'm using my hoarded paper? I dunno. But I am truly enjoying it.

So here is how I got started on the whole rubber stamping thing. Back in January, I promised a few of my friends some cookies. And I didn't just want to send them a regular ugly box with cookies in it, so I thought of using a paint can to decorate and send my cookies wrapped up in the cookie can. So, I got myself on the little Google search and found a few blogs that had some great ideas for covering the paint cans. And then I started reading more of their blogs and they were using these adorable papers and OMGoodness--rubber stamps to make the most delightful cards and other things. And a lightbulb popped into my head that hey, maybe I could do this! And then a bunch of the blogs that I visited mentioned a website that they all visted called Splitcoaststampers and from there, it was all over for me. I signed on for an account, read and soaked up information that those gals and guys had and started amassing MORE crafting stuff. As if I didn't have enough, right? LOL

And then I started seeing all these great stamps that folks were using from Hanna Stamps and Gina K. designs. And you see, I do graphics work on the side for Weblog Design Studios where I am a blog designer (please don't pay attention to this plain template, I'll get one made eventually for here) and a lot of the stamp images that these gals were producing were along the same lines as what I did for blogs, so they sort of "fit" my style, you see. Oh, to be sure, there were many other stamps that I love and have bought as well.

But as you have read, I'm a brand new stamper. I'm just learning the ropes from sooo many talented ladies on the site and I'm having a darn good time of it, too!

I don't know the paper company that I used for these cards because like I said, I've had some of these papers for years and years and have lost the original packaging. As much as I can, I'll tell you on the cards and other things that I make, what I've used. The girl images are from Hanna Stamps. I used Prisma Pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color them.

Thanks for stopping by!

22 February 2008

Welcome to my new blog!

To get us all started, let me introduce myself. My name is Jennifer and I live in California.

I've started this blog to show my paper creations. I've been scrapbooking for many years but have recently discovered how much fun it is to use stamps! I'm just starting out with these so this will be my journey. I hope you can find something that is interesting and different here. I look forward to getting to make new friends and just having a great time with paper (and occasionally other) crafting!

Thanks for stopping by. :)