Thinking…….

I was talking with Mamak the other day and I mentioned that a lot of the more project-y items that I make……I don’t necessarily have anything to do with them when they are done.  But I just like making them. She said I could have a kind of ‘store’ using paypal for things like that. Hmm…..is that something any of you blog readers would be interested in?  It would probably be set up with a clickable button under my banner like the gallery and the tutorials pages are.  Anyway, just tossing around the idea.  I don’t really have an outlet for those types of items and I am always looking for ways to finance my “habit” with new products.  Let me know your thoughts on that one.

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Here’s a pic from our shoebox swap and lunch Thursday.  It’s not the best pic – you know how it is when someone else is taking pics with lots of different cameras.  Oh well, she was really nice to take them all for us!  I don’t know what caused the weird white spots – but it’s from the camera some how.  It’s really not a flattering shot of any of us – we are all much prettier in person – especially Ellie!  She was really good the whole time!  I don’t think my boys were ever that quiet.  And yes, I am really short.  Barely 5’1.  I can’t tell you how many times I meet people online and they are so surprised when I am short.  I am not sure why – but yep – I’m short!  I’ll share all our swap cards later today.

And she chose……

The first one with the crayon resist! She said she actually liked the second one better, but it was from a few people and they liked the other one.

I’ve got a picture from my lunch/swap from Thursday and I’ll show it to y’all tomorrow. I am posting from my new laptop!! But, I am not all that proficient at it yet so I’ll save that post for my desktop – a lot of pics in it. I am not as good with the touch pad as I am with a mouse!

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Instead, I’ll share this fun GinaK card I made. I think the paper looks really springy – it’s the Basic Grey Pheobe. I stamped the dragonfly in brown stazon and aquapainted it with certainly celery and pixie pink. Then I used stardust stickles to make it nice and sparkly. I used the jumbo circle punch on it. It is layered with more pheobe paper with the mega scalloped punch and chocolate giga scalloped punch. The oval punches are layered and tied with some grosgrain ribbon from 

And a back update. It was not fun! They did them while I was standing up – it was interesting.  And for numbing it they used a spray – cause that only helps the surface, not while they are moving the needle around inside.   Now I am just sore. I guess cause they did the muscle too.  When I had just the nerve done before it was fine right after.  But the muscle has been really twingy.   (not sure if that’s a word!)  Anyway, it’s generally really achey and sore right now.  Sometimes this goes away in a day….sometimes about 5 days.  We’ll hope for the former!  Thank you for all your well-wishes and prayers, I really appreciate them.

Which one??

So my StepMom Cindy requested a bridal shower card for a coworker.  She asked to have it match a bag she had picked out.  Well, it matched the SU Petal Prints stamp set pretty well, so I went with that.  The first idea that popped into my head was crayon resist.  But then when I looked at the bag again, I thought to add more gold.  So I just decided to make the card both ways and let her decide.

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This one used glossy white paper and brown stazon.  I highlighted parts of the flower with a white crayon and used pixie pink and pink passion markers to color them in.  I did the centers with apricot appeal.  Then I rubbed the the ink off the crayon parts.  I sponged certainly celery around the rest of the flowers.  It is mounted on pink passion with a pierced line along it.  Then I used some brushed metallic gold cardstock under that and ended on a layer of chocolate chip.  I used gold and chocolate oval punches with a pink passion grosgrain tied in it.  The whole thing is mounted on pink passion and the sentiment is A Muse Artstamps.

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The second version uses vanilla cardstock and brown stazon.  I used the aquapainter to color the flowers with pixie pink, pink passion and apricot appeal.  Then I used itty bitty backgrounds to add a little celery to it.  I also got out the Zig Painty pen and outlined the flowers with gold.  The rest of the card is done the same way as the first.

So which one do you think she is going to go with?  I took them over tonight so I’ll have to ask her tomorrow which one she used.

Also, I’ll be having some injections in my back tomorrow.  One is a ‘trigger point’ nerve injection.  I have had this done before.  It really really helped, but it is about 5 mins of excruciating pain then blessed numbness.  They have to find the ‘bad’ spot of the problem nerve and then inject it.  So you basically wanna jump off the table while they do it, but then it feels really nice after.  The second is an injection in a muscle in my back. I’ve never had this done so we’ll see how it goes.  I have chosen no sedation so that I don’t have to find a sitter AND a ride.  So far I have been able to handle all the injections without sedation and I hope these are the same way.  Anyway, keep me in your prayers tomorrow morning – and mamak while she watches my boys.  I’ll let you know how it all goes.  Also my sister-in-law was in a car accident yesterday and got a mild concussion, etc.  She is extremely sore and pretty out of it – pray for a speedy recovery for her as well.

Stamp Camp Cards

You’ve already seen several of them, but here are the last two of the cards we made at stamp camp.  It was a requested Baby, Wedding and Kid Birthday camp.  I don’t make a whole lot of any of those!!! Mostly I make generic blank, thinking of you, birthday or thank you.  It was hard to think of stuff!  Plus, I don’t have any stamps for those.  I borrowed Bundle of Joy from my older sister and I had  a wedding cake stamp from Michaels’ $1 bin.  So I had to make those work.

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This first one was totally CASE’d from scs’er Shelli.  Everyone really liked it though and I think my older sister is going to modify it for her baby announcements.  We watercolored the bear with creamy caramal outlined in close to cocoa.  Punched him out with the jumbo circle, then layered him on a mega caramel scalloped circle and then a giga chocolate scalloped circle.  The chocolate circle had pierced holes ringed with the white gel pen.  We stamped the stars and moon stamp all over the creamy caramel piece with caramel ink.  Then stamped the words in chocolate chip.  Pretty easy, but watercoloring is always time consuming at a class.

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This was our traditional wedding card.  I did a triangle trifold card like Beate showed last week.  I used the cuttlebug swirls embossing folder for the front.  Then we heat embossed the cake with detailed silver embossing powder.  I think it turned out pretty nice, and they really liked the fold on it.  Definitely a fun change!

Okay, I am heading out to meet up with Sharon, Jen, Julie and JackieG (also mamak is eating with us) to do a little lunch and a shoebox swap together.  How fun!  I’ll show you my card when I get back – and theirs too!!

Oh My Gosh!!

Check this out!!! GinaK is giving away a giga scalloped punch EVERY DAY until April 1st in promotion of the big news!!!  Seriously, y’all need to check it out!!

http://blog.ginakdesigns.com/2007/03/27/a-punch-a-day-give-away-the-excitement-is-building.aspx

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And this is another of the cards we will be making at stamp camp tonight.  I did a traditional (pretty) wedding card and I wanted to do a more ‘fun’ one as well.  These two frogs seemed like a cute way to do it.  So I stamped them in stazon on white cardstock- the frog on the mushroom was masked and then the mushroom was stamped.  Then I colored it all in with markers.  I used some of the spring-y papers from SU for the background.  The sentiment is from A Muse and I used narrow organdy ribbon.  I hope the campers like it!

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I had to make a kid birthday card for my stamp camp tonight and I decided to re-make a cute wild about you card so that it would be a bit more camp friendly (like no background stamps, lol). So, I just used the colors from that card for the Color Challenge today: cool caribbean, more mustard, cranberry crisp with an optional 4th color of old olive.

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This card used Big Pieces and Little Pieces in the background and then the alligator and the bird from Wild About You. All those stamps are from SU. The sentiment is from A Muse. I used the ticket corner punch on the alligator piece to dress it up a bit. Then I used some cool caribbean ribbon that I got in Jody’s ribbon share to finish it off. The row of paper piercing was done using a crosstitch grid sent to me by fellow scs’er (and everyone’s Granny) Granny Hawkins.

I’ve got a few more stamp camp cards to show you later today!

More VSN cards…

Theseare the cards I did on the actual VSN day.  I got caught up doing another deadline item, I’ll share that with you tomorrow, so I only got 2 cards done.  But I like them!  So it was productive, right?

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This first one was for MAR07VSNI – Passport to Paris.  We had to use something french.  Either a french image or french sentiment.  I had purchased Wonderful Words in a deal with a demo in Canada (I traded wonderful words in English for wonderful words in French).  So I broke that out for this challenge.  I think this sentiment means something about Happy Birthday or Party or something…..if you speak French, feel free to translate for me so I don’t send it for the wrong occasion!  I used the cake case and cupcake stamps from just johanna.  I stamped the case in stazon then stamped the small cupcake repeatedly to make a little cupcake tower.  It is colored in with rose red and pretty in pink with an aquapainter.  I used liquid pearlsin opal white kinda smeared around for the icing – it is so pretty and iridescent, IRL.  I taped the loops of ribbon around the back for a pretty accent.  The papers are all from the Pheobe Basic Grey 6×6 pad (I got mine from DoodlieDoo super quick!!). 

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The next card was for the MAR07VSNN – Let’s Fly Away.  We had to use an image that can fly.  I had just gotten these images from The Stamping Studio– A Little Bird, and figured the bird was perfect!  I used the Basic Grey Stella Ruby 6×6 pad for this card.   The ink colors were chocolate chip, true thyme (FINALLY, I found a place to use this color – I have had a hard time with it because it is such a brown green.), so saffron and going gray for the clouds.  The flap with the tree and the flap with the bird open and you would write on the solid green-ish area.  Some narrow organdy ribbon in chocolate finished this off.  I’ll talk more about this kind of card tomorrow.

Anyway, I hope you all got to do some cards for VSN.  Or maybe you’ll watch for it next time.  It really is a lot of fun, and it makes you think out of the box too!

VSN…wow!

Well, I didn’t get too many cards done for VSN, only 4 (and two I had done in advance for my own challenge!) But I did help the boys do the kid challenge and I got some cards done for another challenge.  Since I am a bit hungover from VSN (from the lack of sleep!)  Stamping Space Sunday may be a little late today.  But we’re going to start a 3 week series on Stamp Storage. 

Here’s the cards I made for my challenge during VSN.  It was to do Piercing – Piercings Even  Your Mom Would Approve Of.  I gave a few examples of different kinds of piercing and then said get started!  I chose to do faux stitching, random piercing and piercing with a template.

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This first card used the new Stella Ruby basic Grey.  I swear they designed this paper from inside my head, lol.  Both my sisters knew right away which pack I would love out of their new lines, it’s just so me.  Anyway, I stamped this flower trio from GinaK on shimmer cardstock using timber brown stazon.  I painted it with the aquapainter and reinkers.  I tried the vary the ink saturation to give the petals a bit of depth.  then I pierced around the shimmer cardstock with the piercing template (which, btw, if anyone knows where to get one that is the size of a card instead of a square – LET ME KNOW!).  I then took the chocolate chip marker and connected the dots.  I did the same thing around the Stella Ruby paper.  It looks like brown stitching.  Finished it off with dimensionals and some chocolate grosgrain ribbons.

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This second card used random piercing.  I stamped the large flower from Doodle This on to some watercolor paper and cut it out.  It was aquapainted with elegant eggplant and pale plum.  I stamped one of the flourishes with pale plum ink on pale plum cardstock.  Then I pierced all the dots along the flourish.  The eggplant scallops were made with my slot punch.  The sentiment is from A Muse Artstamps.

I’ll share the other cards I made tomorrow.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Class, Tags, VSN and Scones

It’s a great Saturday – or it would be if I didn’t have stupid allergies.  Aside from that, it’s a great day!  I got up this morning and made scones.  YUM!  The Country Crock honey butter spread is to die for on these.  DE-LISH!

I’ve got a class this afternoon and we are making the Coaster Frames. I’ve only got 3 ladies coming, so it should be pretty fun!  And then this evening is Virtual Stamp Night (VSN)!!!  This is a fabulous online challenge night that Mamakimberly and I created almost two years ago.  It has grown by leaps and bounds and is now a monthly event on SCS.  There are new challenges posted every 45 mins and you upload your creations.  Really a fun time, gets your creative juices flowing and it’s exhilirating!  Anyway, I asked mamak to come over and do it with me one last time before they move.  She doesn’t really do rubber stamping anymore, but she said she’d come! 

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And lastly, I made a few more bag tags for my neices.  Abby and Anna were over yesterday and we picked out stuff for them.  Anna is OBSESSED with pink kitties.  So I dug around and found Cool Cat!  Forgot I had that set!  Anyway, I inked it up with pixie pink then used the black marker for the eyes and collar.  I used my sister’s Doodle Alphabet to put her name on and then went to town with ribbons.  Man, girl ones are so much more fun!  Abby’s was a bit more work.  I tried it several different ways and just wasn’t happy with it.  I ended up with an elephant tag similar to ones I have done before.  I will probably re-do it later, but it’ll work for now.  Anna is in love with hers.  I hadn’t finished it yet, but she kept sneaking into the stamp room to snag it and carry it around.  I am glad that she likes it though!

Hope you are all having a great Saturday!  I’ll share my VSN creations tonight or tomorrow.  I am hostessing around tonight, be sure to check it out!

Blogger RAK!

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I got my first RAK from the Blogger RAK group on SCS!  (I actually had to take my name off the list for awhile because I am not able to send any right now and I didn’t want to be on the list until I could be a better RAK’er myself!)  But I got this card from Donna Baker while I was out of town.  My picture does not do it justice because the watercolor is really really lovely IRL.  Thank you Donna for sending me a card!  And definitely check out her blog – she’s another Texan, need I say more?!?!

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I also wanted to send a shout out to Chelsey over at onecanadianchick.blogspot for the wonderful blog candy.  I got a lovely package of goodies from Chelsy and this really pretty card too!  Thank you so much!!