Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A lot of cutting and embossing!

I sponged the light color in the middle and just kept adding color with the sponge untill i finally got the depth I wanted. Then I went around the edge of the inked panel with black ink on the sponge and then i did DTP stamping with the ink pad itself...I thought it looked pretty cool...
I stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves with gold,colored with copics and cut 'em out. I arranged them around the card, added the embossed swirls and the sentiment. i adhered the flowers with pop dots and put the leaves right on the inked panel. I layered it and here is my creation!
It was really fun to make and I love that my hands got dirty doing this!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

King of my stamp room!

I LOVE this stamp... and,of course, my Copics! I have been stalking stamp from Art Impressions on Ebay for a while and it was finally reasonable so I snatched it up!!! I used my Copics to color this Image. I also used the colorless blender to "remove" color from areas that I felt needed a highlight. I used my SU airtool and the ever famous Sanded background to "dirty up" the background so it wasn't so white! I used gold organdy ribbon and brown grossgrain ribbon for the ribbon slide.I punched the starburst circle and embossed it with gold embossing powder and the I put the whole thing together!
This card is a little bit smaller than the standard A-2 size... but i just LOVE it!!! thanks for stopping by and...try to ROAR a little bit today!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Fun card for kids!

I made this card for a swap... it was pretty labor intense with all the coloring and cutting... but i LOVE the result! If I have a lot of coloring or cutting to do... I get a tray table and do all of that work in front of the television! I Used cool Caribbean CS from SU for the sky and ran it through the cuttlebug and then swept some ink over it to highlight the swirls. I used some designer paper for the "road" and sponged that as well. I colored and cut all of the elements out and mounted them on pop dots and added the sentiment at the bottom of the card. It was fun to do a child's card and go wild with all of the colors. I have a little girl, so I wanted to do a card for a boy! It is a fun card...what do you all think?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Another DRS card!

LOVE these stamps!!! All of the stamps here are DRS designs. I stamped and colored the flowers with COPIC markers and then cut them out. I used my cuttlebug on the red card stock and a super fancy corner punch to hold the white and green card stock. I embossed a background stamp form DRS designs in a pearl red that has just the tiniest shimmer of red in the right light! I added bling to the flowers... and there you go! I really like the way the cuttlebug added texture to the paper without taking away from the overall design! thanks for looking and have a
WONDER-ful Day!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A funny e mail to share with my fello addicts!!!

I got this from my good friend, Jen... she is my SU demo and a really neat person...

I know you (or at least your hubbies) will relate...

She learned to stamp on Monday
Her embossing was quite fine.
She forgot to thaw out dinner
So we went out to dine.
She brayered backgrounds Tuesday,
She says they are a must.
They really are quite lovely,
But she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was birthday cards,
She says the chalking's fun.
Shading, blending & watercoloring,
But the laundry wasn't done.
Her card swap was on Thursday,
Using green and blue and red.
I guess she really was engrossed,
But she never made the bed.
It was Shaker cards on Friday,
Using techniques she just adores.
But she never seemed to notice
The crumbs on all the floors!
I found a maid on Saturday,
My life is now complete.
My wife can stamp the hours away,
The house will still be neat.
Well, it is already Sunday,
And my forehead's feeling damp.
I cursed, I raved, I ranted. . .
The MAID has learned to STAMP!
.... Anonymous

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Watercoloring on the right paper... WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!

I went to Cheap Joe's here in Charlotte and I got a small pad of watercolor paer and I got ready to have a go with it! I stamped the image in timber brown Stazon and let it dry. Then I used the SU ink on the lids of the ink pads and an aqua painter...WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE!The colors blended SOOOO much better and shading was a lot easier to do because of the paper. It seemed to stay wetter longer and allow the colors to blend without pilling the paper... it was WONDERFUL! The best part is that the paper was not really expensive at all...
Once I had my Mini Masterpiece complete... I looked for a SCS Sketch challenge that I liked and I chose this one. It was number 150. I cracked out the background stamps again and went to town...What do you think? I took it to my Salon to sell and it did not last the day... so SOMEBODY liked it! LOL!!!
Have a great day and I hope this inspires you to get some watercolor paper and get busy!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


More copics, more backgrounds, more sketch challenges!!! I am loving making single cards now! I am able to really focus on the theme of the card! I can use all my favorite colors and backgrounds AND really let me creativity go wild! I used this stamp from SU Feathered Hope and colored it with COPICS... then I found a sketch I liked,(SCS sketch challenge 126) AND dug out the backgrounds!
I used floral,sanded, and weathered !
I keep some of my craft supplies in my office that I share with my Darling Husband. I keep the other half of it in my dining room... so I am always back and forth between rooms when I am creating! I get to excercise my mind and my butt!!!
I hope you like this card and that you will get inspired to get the "burried treasures" out of the back of your craft closet and let your creativity go wild! enjoy the day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A really cool Ebay find

I bought this stamp on ebay... (she looks like the lady that does my facials!) and I had no idea what I was gonna do with it...
I played around with it and I checked my "BLACK BOOK" where I keep all of my SCS Sketch Challenges and I came up with this.
The background paper is Basic Grey. I stamped the purple cardstock with the Filligree background stamp from SU. It is one of my favorites! I colored her eyes and lips with COPIC markers, added a few brads and here it is!
Next time I get a facial... I will have to put her tip in this card and she if she thinks she looks like this girl too...
Have a blemish free day!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Another DRS card...

I made this card for the design team audition but I did not want to post them because I did not want to jinx myself! I brayered the background and it reminded me of a spring morning... I added the grass by masking and sponging and then I drew in some "blades" of grass using COPIC markers...(my FAVE). I embossed the swirls (DRS stamp,again) in gold detail embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment (guess who...) on the spectrum pad and then punched it out and drew the little dots in with a Sakura jelly roll glitter pen. I RARELY use pastel colors, so this was quite a challenge for me! I hope that you love it and that your day will be as fun and as fresh as a lovely spring day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hooray for me!!!

A while back I applied to be a designer for DRS Rubber Stamps and I got the wonderful news that I was selected yesterday!!! I am just thrilled to be working for this company as I love the stamps they have. The images are wonderful and the rubber is a superior quality that you look for in top notch rubber stamps!This is one of the cards that I submitted to them for my entry... i have a few others that i will post as well... i am just so pleased and hope that you will keep a lookout for my new samples and tutorials using these supurb stamps!

Friday, July 18, 2008


I am wanting to post a picture... but there is an error no picture today... BUT, I do have time to stamp tonight and I have A LOT of cards ready to stamp and put together so i will have pictures Tomorrow for sure! I am selling cards at my hair salon for $3 each and I just cannot keep up! I love that I get extra money for my habit (oops... I mean Hobby) and I don't take away from our household budget...that much anyway!LOL!I have just bought some new clear stamps and I am dying to play with them... I know they will be fun to work with. My tip for getting them to take the ink evenly is to take a white sanding block and sand them lightly first...then ink them. This works great for me so I hope that this tip will work good for you all as well...

have a great evening!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I Just keep diggin' in the stamp closet...

... and I just keep diggin' what I find! I Found this stamp set and knew I had to dust it off and make something with it! I watercolored it with ink and an aquapainter and then I dabbed the edges in versamark and silver embossing powder and embossed it and then assembled the card. Simple and fun. For some extra sizzle... I used glitter pens for the snow, the wind and the flower garden. I used my Sanded background (my newest obsession...) on the rust colored paper for some texture... What do you think? thanks for looking... have a happy day!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I am LOVING these copic markers!

I made this card today using Coast to Coast from SU. I NEEDED this set because it is SOOOO coveted AND because I got a smokin' deal on it, so why not? I used the copic markers on the image and I followed SCS sketch challenge Number 22. I got out some background stamps from SU and there was NO stopping me! I am LOVING the Sanded background and what it does to the images. Adds some texture without being to overpowering!
I used to do SOO many swaps (like 20-25 at a time!) and now I am just doing cards one at a time. I try to make myself use sets that I have not used in a long time (or EVER) and try new techniques and embellishments. By just letting go and getting creative...I feel that I am a MUCH better stamper... or at least a little bit more focused... and I can't wait to see what i come up with! thanks so much for looking... and try to challenge yourself... you will be thrilled to see what you can come up! with

Sunday, July 13, 2008

So... i challenged myself...

... to make a Christmas card without the regular red and green. I used my FAVE... the 'bug for the embossed snowflake background.Then I sponged ink over the embossing to highlight the snowflakes. I used a SU jumbo wheel on the darker blue paper to make the words, tore it and then inked the edges. I used the SU scallop punch and the So Many Scallops set, punched out the middle after I stamped it on white.Then I glued it to the light blue with a LARGE pop dot. I tied the ribbon, added some BLING and there you have it! I like the idea of creating something that is different than the norm... I have ALWAYS "colored outside of the lines"... I think it adds to the project to do something unexpected! Thanks for looking...

Friday, July 11, 2008

This is a sympathy card I did for a swap on SCS. I used SU cardstock vellum and ran it through the "bug (cuttlebug) to get the pretty background. Then I colored 3 colors on the flowers with markers, light in the middle, then medium and then darkest around the edge. Used the ticket corner punch, added brads and a sentiment. I liked the color combo and the touch of black. I hope this inspires you all to break out the markers and the stamps and try some mulit-colors for a really pretty look that will have people saying "how did she do that?"

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This card was SCS sketch challenge 150. I colored the image with COPICS (love 'em!!!) and embossed the swirls with Tim Holtz distress embossing powder. It embosses the image... but not to be shiny... just textured... I love how it adds to a card without adding the shine!I chalked the background a little bit,then did the corner punch and put the whole thing together. I am really pleased with the way this turned out. I have NEVER used the stamp set PROVENCAL from SU and I was glad I busted it out to make this...instead of the usual type of cards I do. Hope ya like it!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

This is how I think I look at the pool! The stamp is from Art Impressions and I colored it with COPICS...I love them!The metalic gold flowers are from a scrap in my scrap pile( i need to look there more often) and I had to add BLING in the center of them with adhesive crystals from Michaels. I love how simple this card is and i wanted to keep it that way so that Edna could really show off her beautiful self... thanks for looking and see y'all poolside!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I love how simple this card is. I embossed the scroll on patterned paper them embossed the bird in clear embossing powder and added the Prima flowers! So super quick... and so pretty! What do you think? I love the purples and greens together... and of course, the BLING! Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 7, 2008


I have added the blogs of some stamping friends that I find truly remarkable! Please take a moment to look at their work and enjoy the talent these ladies have! I am blessed and proud to know each and every one of them! thanks...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

figuring this bloggin' thing out...

I keep playing around with this and i am determined to have a good idea of what i am doing because I am hoping to get chosen for a design team for a rubber stamp company... forgive me as i learn!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

this is it!

This is my first blog... I hope I am doing it right! I plan on putting some of my cards on here and some of my other completed stamping projects... lets just see what happens!