30 November 2008

Rak-ey RAK-ity RAK from Allison!

Allison from Stampin' When I Can surprised me this week with a FABULOUS stamp! So, I may have mentioned to y'all once or 70 million times that I love hockey. And well, so like...well...I'll just let you see what she sent:

Isn't it fabulous?! Isn't that a cute card? She used one of those ugly monsters that I find so disturbing on it...and the sentiment? PERFECT for me because I am soo not a people person #1 and #2 when I have to go to work at 6am and deal with whiny people at the drug dealership, I just want to bang my head in the floor until I'm unconscious. Laughing 17

Thank you, Allison, for the great RAK! Real women DO love hockey! hehe!

28 November 2008

Winter Bear - New Stamp set!

Okay, so Christine asked the 2009 DT members to help out with some of the previews for December! YAY!

This one is...OMW...so adorable! I knew as sooon as I saw it that I was gonna love it. I mean, I LOVE SNOWMEN. Like seriously, y'all! And there is even a little sentiment that says that. ACK! Totally...my kinda stamp set. :D

And boy does this one sparkle, too! After I cuttlebugg'd the blue cs, I smooshed my Versamark pad on it and used some more of that glittery embossing powder I mentioned the other day. LOVE how it turned out!

And I read on the ATS blog that they have blog candy where you could win one yourself! :)

What I used:

SU CS, DCWV PP, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, MM heart punch, Memento ink, Copic markers.

That's all I have for today! Thanks for stopping by. :)

27 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

To my U.S. pals and family! :) May your turkeys be brown and your potatoes be soft, your pie sweet and your gravy un-lumpy. :D

Just wanted to pop on here to share a card that I started days and days ago but hadn't ever gotten the chance to finish! (You'll know why later tonight!)

As I had said earlier, I am loony in love with the Great Impressions stamps. This is another one that I picked up on my jaunt to my Local stamping store.

I used the sketch from Our Creative Corner because it was just beautiful and because this image I thought would be perfect for it.

What I used: Poinsettia stamp from Great Impressions, Sentiment from C.C. Designs, SU CS, Basic Grey PP, SU ribbon, Edge distresser, Memento ink, Copic markers, and Shimmerz Paints.

Speaking of Shimmerz Paints, did y'all hear that they have their OWN store now? Yup! You can order right from Shimmerz. Isn't that fantastic news?! The new store is here: ***NEW STORE*** And to celebrate the opening of the new Shimmerz store, run over to the blog where they're giving away FIVE jars to one lucky winner! Good luck! :)

Thanks for stopping in today. Happy Thursday!

24 November 2008

I finally got to play a sketch challenge!

It seems like lately I've had so little time to play with anything! Between work and planning for Thanksgiving and then planning for the Christmas decorations and everything ELSE that goes along with Christmas, I've just been a busy as a bee!

And so, after I went to the movies with my hubby today (we saw the new .007 flick...Daniel Craig? MEOW! LOL!) I made a little time to play with some paper and all the newness that I have that I haven't gotten to use!

I found a cute as a button sketch over on the High Hopes blog so I used that for my card today. I wanted to use my new High Hopes Stamps, but they aren't here yet! *crosses fingers it will be soon!* But instead, I used one of my new Sarah Kay stamps! Isn't this image so cute?! Looks just like what little boys would do in the choir! hehe!

Isn't this a fab sketch? You can use either a rectangle or an oval. I used...an oval inside a Labels 1 to make a frame. :D

What I used: Sarah Kay stamp from Stampavie, SU CS, Basic Grey PP, Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders dies, paper piercer, Prima poinsettia, dew drop, Martha Stewart branch punch and Martha Stewart holly leaf punch, ribbon. Stamped and then clear embossed...then colored with Copics...a bit of Copic Atyou Spica Glitter pen on the boys' robes and around the candle glow.

That is it for today! Thanks for stopping in today. :)

New stamps released tonight!

As y'all know I'm not only on the ATS DT for 2009 (OMW, Seriously?! PINCH ME!) but I'm also the guest DT for November! This is the last stamp set I'll get to preview for y'all this month. Don't cry! It'll be okay! I have pllllllllenty more newness to share!

Anyway, tonight on ATS, the new stamp set from Amy R. is being released. Actually, I think it is two, right? The images and the sentiments? And as I have said before, I'm a TOTAL apron addict so I was soooo excited to see an apron in this new set! I just had to paper piece it. So much fun!

What I used: Amy R. stamp (released tonight!), SU CS, DCWV notecard, Bazzill CS, My Minds Eye PP, Martha Stewart punch, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders dies, ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope it is the best day EVer!

23 November 2008


New Amy R. stamps are coming Monday from All That Scraps. And this one is SO CUTE! There is soo much that can be done with these! I had so much fun making this little card. :)

Front Closed:

Front Opened:

That is all I have for today. We're busy getting things ready for Thanksgiving and bringing down the Christmas stuff. Hopefully I'll get some time tomorrow to look at some blogs. I SURE MISS reading and seeing all the fabulous creations y'all make!

~~~MWAH~~~ Kiss from me to you and yours. :D

21 November 2008

Yaaay! New stamps!

One of my favorite things!! hehe! I was sooo excited to get my mail today with my new Sarah Kay Christmas stamps! Woo Hoo is what I think I said when I saw from where the package had come! I came in, and put them on my computer desk...went into my crafting room and LOST THEM...somewhere between here and there. So frustrating! I spent at least 15 minutes searching for them. I found them, of course...they were laying on the bed that I have in the craft room. Ugh. So dumb.

Anyway, I finally got to play with it a bit. I didn't notice until I took the photograph that the yellow on the package had bled onto the blue. I'll be fixin' that! Don't you HATE that? I sure do!

What I used: Sarah Kay Christmas stamp, Bazzill CS, SU CS, DCWV notecard, M&MBI PP, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities...you know the regular stuff. hehe

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm working 6am 'til 3. Oof that makes me sooo stabby! hee!

Later, y'all!

20 November 2008

Bit of a departure...

from my "normal" of whimsical creatures and beings. This being a bit more "elegant" than I normally do. But I bought this stamp today at my local STAMPING store (along with another...LOL!) and I just had to use it.

You see, I received a card from my FAVORITE Stampin' Up gal (Hi, Gina!) and it had a lovely stamp that was used on it and it is a retired stamp set and I can't find this stamp set (for the price I want to pay) so I've been searching for a suitable replacement. Well, this one kinda fit the bill....it is bigger and it isn't quite exactly the same, but I really liked it, so it had to come home to live with me. :D

What I used: Great Impressions stamp, SU CS, DCWV notecard, Basic Grey PP, paper crimper, stamped it in black Adirondack ink, colored with Copic markers, some faux dew drops, paper piercing tool. After I colored the image, I smooshed my Versamark pad over it and then sprinkled on some iridescent embossing powder, heat embossed it and WOW is it sparkley!

I love these Great Impressions stamps. I need to do a Google search and see what other ones they have that my local STAMPING store doesn't have because all the ones they have in the store I want so I'm SUUUUURE there are MORE that I neeeeed. hehe!

Thanks for running in today!

19 November 2008

Ahh....back to my Copics...

I just feel more comfortable in these than I do watercolors. I mean, I LOVE what people can do with the watercolors, just notsomuch my own watercolors. Maybe I need to take a class. LOL

Anyway, today's card is just a card. No challenges, no special techniques, no new-ness, nothing special...just a card. :)

What I used: Whiff of Joy stamp, Copic markers, SU CS, My Minds Eye PP, twill ribbon and a wine glass charm.

Thanks for stopping by. My weekend starts tonight after work. YAHOOOOOOO! LOL

17 November 2008

So I tried watercoloring again...

And I can't say that I'm still very good at it. But I enjoyed it....though I do still prefer my Copics or even my pencils over the watercoloring.

ANYway, I used this Santa stamp...remember when I made a card with him before and how I received the image in a swap but I had NO idea where he came from? Well, Allison and Jan and a whole bunch of other folks worked and worked 'til they found who made it and I found one on ebay...of course, it had to come live with me! hehe!

And on the High Hopes blog, their challenge this week is to use buttons and brads on your card...so, I did! hehe!

So, I did a little something different with this watercoloring. So...you know those glittery watercolors that everyone (including me...LOL!) has? Well, I didn't watercolor this with those. HAHA! No, I used just my ink pads (smooshed onto an acrylic block) and some reinkers and then to put a little shimmer in my paint, I dipped the end of my paintbrush into a pot of Shimmerz paints, mixed a little water with my ink and Shimmerz paints and voila! instant shimmery watercolors! You can see it a little better in this second photo. Neato, huh? Just added enough shimmery-ness but not over the top with the Shimmerz.

Hey, I'm just trying to stretch out the dollars in case you have watercolors and a pot of Shimmerz! Now you can have Shimmery watercolors to match all your SU stuff. :D

What I used: Watercolor paper, Staz-On (stinkz-on) jet black, reinkers, ink pads, Shimmerz Paints, paint brushes, H2O (hehe), SU CS, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Making Memories PP, Making Memories brad, some buttons from my endless button jars, and a ribbon!

Thanks for stopping in today! :)

Hi there, Deer friend!

hehehe! Well, I'm looooving playing with my new stamps from All That Scraps this month. And the Forest Friends one I really love because I can create little scenes with it and use it with other stamps...like I did with this one. :)

I took my Sadie Indian from last month's release and my Forest Friends deer from this month's release to make a little scene...aww...that little deer might possibly be my favorite!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today! Happy Monday. (or have as happy of a Monday as you possibly can...considering it is Monday and all...hehe!)

16 November 2008

Sunday project..

well, truthfully I've been working on it a bit here and there...trying to think of how to make this piece of wall art for my friend Tracy. I finished it today. She asked me to make her a wall art using this Rubber Romance stamp and the colors should be red, brown, turquoise, blues, greens, oranges. Well geez, those colors are awesome so sure, right? hehe I made two actually...the other is a bit different but still the same concept.

I hope she likes it! :D Oh and when you read this, Tracy...just so you know, the frame doesn't come because this is my frame for my princess' picture so you'll have to find one that is your style.

Happy Sunday, y'all!

14 November 2008

Whew...I'm TIRED!

Still going with the busy week. Luckily I only have a half day to work on Saturday...then I get Sunday off and get to do it alll over again. Joy. (read sarcasm in that "Joy." okay?)

Anyway, carved out a bit of time tonight to play with some new things...:)

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

What I used: Christmas Around the World by C.C. Designs at ATS, SU CS, Me and My Big Ideas PP, Cuttlebug, nestabilities, Memento ink, Copic markers, Martha Stewart punches, SU punches, MS glitter and glossy accents, stick on rhinestones.

13 November 2008

Trying out chipboard...

I've got some...okay, maybe a leeetle more than "some" but I don't really ever use it because I'm never quite sure where to put it. I see other people using it and it looks phenomenal but...I dunno...it is just different from what I'm used to so I'm resistant. hehe

It has been a busy, busy week for me...hardly any time to stamp or really do anything fun. *pouts* Soon though...even if I have to lock myself in my room all day with a bottle of Mt. Dew, some black pepper triscuits and my crafting supplies. LOL!

What I used:

Magnolia image colored with Copic markers, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, SU CS, Basic Grey PP, CHIPBOARD!! that I colored with a copic marker, globbed some glue on and dipped it in some Martha Stewart clear glitter, ribbon, black and white gel pens.

Whew. Hope y'all have a great day! :)

12 November 2008

I realized...I hadn't shared a photo...

of my furbaby in her Halloween costume. She was a skunk this year because she is SUCH a STINKING ROTTEN spoiled BRAT! hehehe

And yes, I could have brushed her before I stuck her in her costume but seriously? She is a Westie and when I brush her, 5 minutes later she looks like she hasn't seen a brush in a week. She is in serious need of a grooming though....look at those fuzzy ears! She is 15 lbs of pure terror-ier.

So, anyway there is my little princess.

Also, Karin has tagged me to list 7 things about me. Oof I always shrug these off because I am no good at this whole "talk about myself" thing. But I'll give it a go.

1. I can't eat broccoli. Not that I won't. I can't. It makes me want to gag when I go to swallow it. The taste isn't so bad, but for some reason I cannot eat it. heh

2. I have sock issues. Sometimes my socks bug me so much that I have to sit down and take them off and put them back on because if I don't, MY FEET WON'T BREATHE! Obviously I have issues and they aren't because of my socks.

3. A spider attacked me last night. NO REALLY! I got out of the shower, grabbed for my towel, unfolded it and a HUGE spider JUMPED on me. (The spider's body was the size of a quarter!) Yes, I nearly had a heart attack and died right on the spot. Yes I yelled obscenities. I mean, the spider legs were touching my BARE SKIN! EEEEEEeeeeeeek....so spooky! I may never recover.

4. I'm probably the only person in California who would rather live somewhere besides California. I mean, everyone wants to live in California, right? Disneyland...beaches....mountains...what more could a person want?

5. I'm a drug dealer. LOL! Let me explain. I work part-time in a pharmacy of a major grocery store chain here in the Bay Area.

6. I can play the piano and I studied music in college. That doesn't mean that I'm a fantastic pianist though. I leave that to my mother who plays beautifully (except when she'd wake us up for school by playing the piano...at those times, I wished I had a shoe or something that I could have thrown at her head.)

7. I hate my hair. Seriously. I hate it. I hate to fix it and when I do fix it I hate it even more than if I left it to air dry. If I could, I'd just shave it all off and paint my head. :D

Anyway, I'm supposed to tag people but I'm not gonna do that. If you'd like to leave the 7 truths about yourself on your blog, then feel free! :)

Happy Wednesday!

11 November 2008

I don't know..

I honestly don't know why I added a teal flower on this blue and brown card. LOL! I'm'll be changing that before too long because that totally bugs me!

But anyway, this is an image sent to me by the lovely Kelly....enabler extraordinaire. hehe! I had this image sitting and looking at me and I just had to finally break down and use her. She is soo cute in her lumpy sweater and off-kilter skirt!

Thanks for stopping in today....I appreciate it! :) Have a happy Tuesday!

What I used: Magnolia stamp image, colored with Copic markers, added some white gel pen for some highlights, a few (off colored) prima flowers, a Bo Bunny brad, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, sentiment stamp from ATS, SU CS, Memory Box PP. OH! I fun flocked her sweater but it ended up looking like a hair shirt (ewww) so I rubbed as much off as I could and it looked better after that. hehe

10 November 2008

Hope you're having a fairy nice day today!

hehe! (Edited to add something to the bottom of this post!)

Over at All That Scraps, Christine put together this FABULOUS digital download of this precious angel with all different hairs and positions and stuff....well, I like angels and all....but I thought she'd make a cute fairy, too! So I opened up the digital image in my Photoshop program (I don't know if you can do the same with other graphics programs, I use Photoshop CS3), a few whacks with the erase button and my angels were turned into fairies! I then just printed it out and saved a second copy with the fairy name on them instead of angels. :)) So now I have more versatility with my little digi download. :) And for four bucks, you can't beat that!

What I used: Angels Everywhere digital download from All That Scraps, Copic markers, Stickles, Basic Grey PP, DCWV note card, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, white gel pen, Prima flowers, green flower rhinestone gem, twill ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

EDITED TO ADD: Did y'all seeeeee? I've been chosen to be one of the designers for All That Scraps for 2009! YIKES! Soooo exciting! I'm so excited to start on January 1st. :D When Amy R. emailed me, I nearly fell off my chair. I mean, ME. They picked ME! Little ME who only made her first card with her first stamp earlier this year! Wanna see my first card? DO YOU? It was DREADFUL. LOL! Okay, okay...here is my first card ever:

Dreadful ain't it? LOL! (This also counts as my entry with Allison's "post your uggos" LOL!

Tonight is the night!

When all of the new releases from All That Scraps will be available for purchase. I've even read on Kraftin' Kimmie's Corner that there will be a new digi-download...and it is ADORABLE! Can't wait to try that one! Don't forget to join the fun and chat with everyone prior to the release in the forums from 8 PM EST until everyone heads off to bed full of new rubbery goodness. :)

So, I've made a calendar using the new Cookie Crumbs Cupcake Occasions stamp set that will be released tonight. I'm only sharing three of the calendar pages here...maybe I'll share the others later but the thought of editing and uploading (to blogger) all 12 photos made me want to bang my head into the ground until I went unconcious. hehe

First I'm sharing December. I mean, who could resist that cute little penguin?!

I used the A. Muse calendar pages that they have available for purchase (all proceeds go to charity!) I used My Mind's Eye paper (that I had previously cut and matted for a card but ended up not using on it.)

Second, we have January. And why did I choose that paper and color scheme for January?? Because my birthday is in January and that is my favorite paper so I used what I wanted for my birthday month calendar page. hehe

And last we have March. The paper that I used? I must have had it for 15 million years. It is so old and out of date but I don't care because it goes with my theme for the month! And besides, I kind of think it is cute still. :D

I'm going to take all my pages to the office supply store here in town and have them bound (at the top, with the glue stuff) because I don't have a Bind-It-All yet. *insert sad face here* LOL! I will have one someday...just not yet. Maybe I'll ask for one for Christmas!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you join us the forums. It is always so much fun to chat with the ladies on release night (or any night really!)

09 November 2008

High Hopes Challenge!

Okay, so I don't have my new High Hopes rubber yet. I'm impatiently patiently waiting for them to HURRY UP AND GET HERE ALREADY arrive in my mailbox. Laughing 17

So anyway, the talented ladies at the High Hopes blog issued a challenge this week...SPARKLEMANIA. I know, you're thinking to yourself "OH GREAT she's gonna use a ton of glitter again!" "Oh how fun, she loves glitter!" And you're right. I LOVE glitter and I've used a metric ton of it...and different kinds. You want glitter???? Because...I GOT YER GLITTER!

Where is all the shimmery, glittery goodness? Okay...the image is matted on a glittery CS from DCWV. The angel's wings are Shimmerz'd, the bicycle is Stickle'd, the tires are glossy accented, and the flowers are glitter-ized with Martha Stewart glitter. AND THEN, I spritzed the whole thing with Glimmer Mist. I also put a little bling in her ... what is that part of the wheel? Anyway...the middle of her wheels...a brad with a bead spacer under it. Here is a close up shot of the glitter-fied image. (As always, you can click them to see how badly I messed it up the detail.

What I used: High Hopes image (RAK'd from Kelly...my last one! But I have more on the way...hehe), colored with Copic markers, the glittering accents I listed earlier, DCWV PP, ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Last day of previews!

Oh my y'all...I've had so much fun working with all these fabulous new stamps from C.C. Designs at All That Scraps!! Doncha worry though, I've got a ton more coming (can you say addicted to buying stamps? Yikes...is there a 12 step stamp program? LOL!)

Look at this little elf guy. Isn't he DIVINE?! I love his little outfit...cracks me up! I had to add a little liquid applique to his elf hat because I cannot find my little pompoms! Grr!

And of course, I HAD to make a Santa card, right? These are SO much fun to color. Y'all are just gonna have so many fabulous ideas for these. I can't wait to see what everyone creates! I colored Santa with Copic markers and put a little Shimmerz Paint on his beard, moustache and the white areas of his outfit and hat. Perfect little shimmery goodness on this one! :)

Check out the All That Scraps blog today for the other ladies' samples. They're DIVINE! And word has it, there is a bit of blog candy to be had there, too. **wink**

Happy Sunday to all!