STAMP DAY!!

Woohoo! It’s stamp day! From 9am-9pm (roughly) I’ll be stamping the day away with 44 other stampers! I thought I would show you my door prize and a special card I made. I shared the card for my door prize (I always wish I knew whose prize I got, so I started including a card in mine!). Today I’ll show what I made!

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I feel like my prize is kinda lame because I already had the tin made up and I would have liked to have made something just for today. But….time just got away from me! I had this tin made from Basic Grey papers in my closet so I made a beaded pen to match it! There is a nice large chocolate bar, because every prize is made perfect with chocolate! I also included a book for the winner to decorate from Bare Elements. Their stuff is so neat! There are a few embellishments for that in there as well! Anyway, it’s not the best door prize, but I hope someone is happy to win it!

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This is a card I made for Jen. She volunteered to collect donations from various vendors so that we could have some “extra” door prizes at our event. She really went above and beyond and brought in some great donations! So Jackie and I got her a little something as a Thank You. This is the card I made to go with it. I used the strawberry stamps from PaperTrey’s Green Thumb set. I knew I had to have this set when I saw those strawberries! I love love love strawberries and these are awesome ones! Anyway, Thank you Jen!

I am sure I’ll be exhausted by the time I get home tonight and I am sure my stamp room will be wrecked! Probably not a Stamping Space Sunday tomorrow, but I will share all the cool cards we are going to make today! Hope you all have a great weekend!

April is almost over…

so I thought I would show another card made with the Love You To Pieces set by GinaK. She has raised almost $3500 for Autism Speaks! How awesome is that?!?! So you are helping a great organization AND getting a super cute stamp set! I tried it out with this week’s sketch challenge. It isn’t my favorite card with this set, but it turned out ok. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to stamp when I had too many other things running through my head for tomorrow!

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I used the Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl line again because I just love that paper! I stamped the hearts in real red ink on white cs and cut them out. They are layered onto a piece from the Dutch Girl line that has the puzzle pieces stamped on it in versamark. The top heart is on dimensionals. That panel is layered on real red cardstock and then on a card front from the Dutch Girl line. The sentiment is stamped in real red ink on more of the Dutch Girl paper. It is layered on real red and them mounted on dimensionals.

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This is a little 4×4 card I made to accompany my Door Prize for tomorrow. Sorry, I am not showing the prize until after the event! I made this using the Fancy Pants Key Lime Pie paper and Ginak’s flowers in a vase stamp. I love that stamp! I stamped the image in black stazon on white cardstock. I aquapainted it with pixie pink, green galore, and bashful blue. The centers are the A Muse micro mini dot jewels in yellow. After I punched it out with the mega oval punch, I edged it with a black marker. I did the same with the pink scalloped giga oval from the Fancy Pants paper. It’s mounted on a panel of paper from that same line with some apple green grosgrain tied around it. The base is pixie pink.

Okay, I’ve got some more stuff to assemble for tomorrow. I will post my door prize in the morning though!

Oh, and I promised some more answered questions too!

1. Emily, my question is how do you stamp the Winter in Roses so that the flowers really do look like roses?

Well, it’s a combo of things. One is called smooshing. I think it was coined by StamperSharon. When you set the stamp on the paper, you smoosh it. This is done by moving it (while it is still on the paper!) a 1/4 turn in each direction. You do this with each layer and the leaves too. It gives them a nice soft look. I also almost always use shimmer cardstock with the roses….it is better for the smooshing and it’s shimmery! The last thing is trying to choose colors that real roses might be. I will stamp the largest layer (or bottom) off twice, the second layer once and the smallest layer not at all. I’ll try to take pictures sometime, but it’s a hard thing to photograph especially with my left hand!

2. Do you work better in a very organized space or clutter?

Probably in a very organized space. However, my space is rarely organized! It’s so messy from the last few months of craziness in there…..I don’t even know where to start!

3. how do you find time to stamp with three kids around? Do they have a special place in your craft room??

Well, I’ve touched on the first part before, but I mostly do my stuff at night or when they are all at school. And NO, they do not have a place in my room. Actually, my stamp room is OFF LIMITS to little people. They are supposed to knock and ask if they can come in. Not that they follow this rule….which leads back to mostly working at night! I have one who likes to cut with the paper trimmer…..and unfortunately, it’s usually a finished project or some of my beloved paper that gets cut! I do stuff with them, but we usually do it at the dining room table. There’s not enough room in there for all of us anyway.

4. What is your one favorite thing (tool, embellishment, etc.) to use when doing cards or scrapbook pages?

That’s easy. Hands down – RIBBON! I can hardly make something without it! But I also love mini brads, jewels, primas, punches……………………

5. I’d like to know how your align your guide when doing corners and manage to keep them in perfect sync. Meaning EVEN, I waste so much good paper. Do you use removable adhesive tape or something to mark the area?

No, I don’t use anything. I just hold it really tight (or I guess push on it) to keep it in place. This would be why my shoulders are always tense….I get kinda uptight about keeping things straight, etc.

6. Anyway, I would love to know how you go about picking colors for cards? Do you usually use things you see somewhere for color combos, or the color wheel, or are you just that good?

Well, for the color combos – a lot of them are suggested by other stampers. I have a color wheel, but I don’t use it. I will either pull my colors from paper I am going to use or just what I like or feel like at the moment. I love color – not that I have ever done anything artistic besides stamping – but it’s just something I’ve always been into. I don’t venture into the Bold stuff very often, I am a more muted person, lol! It’s also something I don’t really think about, but I find it funny that it’s one of the most remarked upon things for me. I guess it is just something I that flows for me. I like well matched, well blended color. That’s one reason why it was so hard for me to venture into patterned papers. I just started really using them in the last 6-9 mos. I hate when things don’t match PERFECT!

Cupcake card, last of the birthday cards, etc.

Well, I have finally taken pictures of the last of my birthday cards. Thank you so much to all you lovely stampers that sent me a card. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that many cards before!! I’m loving all these fabulous ideas and I’m showing them off all the time!

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I know several other stampers do a Cupcake Friday card…..and since it’s Friday when I am posting this, I guess it’s my Cupcake Day card!  This little cupcake is from Just Johanna.  I think small cupcakes are so cute!  It is a small 3×3 card again (love those!) and we did this at Stamp Camp last week.  I stamped the cupcakes in black stazon on white cardstock.  They were colored in with a regal rose markers.  The icing is dazzling diamonds glitter adhered with 2 way glue.  It makes them so sparkly!  I did the corners with the ticket corner punch and layered it on black cardstock. The black prima is stuck on with a glue dot and the rhinestone is from dollar tree.  I love that ‘hey cupcake’ sentiment, it is from A Muse.  That’s it, a pretty simple card!

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And that’s the last of my birthday cards!  You can see who sent it when you click on the thumbnail!  Well, I’ve got a list a mile long for the stamp day tomorrow so I’ve got to get crackin on that!  I do have another card to share and hopefully I’ll get that up later today.

A Quick card….

Just a quick card today – I’ve gotta shop for food with Jackie this morning. We’re buying all the food for Saturday’s stamp day. Only 2 days away!! It’s also Kindergarten round-up for Alex this afternoon. Wow, still can’t believe he’s going to Kindergarten in the fall! I have no idea what they really do at Kindergarten round-up, I’ve never been to one before! Andy enrolled in July with all the new students, so this will be our first Kindergarten thing. He’s excited about it though, so I hope he doesn’t think it’s too boring when I sit there to fill out forms!

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This is a 3×3 card made using stamps from Just Johanna. I really like their fonts and images a lot. I also used the SU tab punch to stamp the word ‘friend’ on. The sentiment and the bird are stamped in black stazon and the branch was in chocolate chip. The bird was colored in with a bashful blue marker. All paper is basic black, white and bashful blue. A sweet, simple card!

A cool thing…..my sister has some new fonts available on dafont.com.  You can see her fonts here. Please notice that these fonts are free for personal use. If you want to use them in another way, contact her regarding that.  They are way cute too!!

Hope you have a great day! Maybe I can answer some questions later today….I know I have more birthday cards to share!!

Thank you, tagged, more b-day cards, etc.

So I had a lot to share today. I have lots more birthday cards to share, I just haven’t had time to take pictures! Between this project thingie and the stamp day, I’m just busy right now! I did take pics of some more to share and I’ll try to show the rest throughout the week. Lots of little things to finish for Saturday! Last night I pre-stamped two background on 50 cards…..let me tell you, that was fun! I think I took a stupid pill when I designed this card. Whyever would I do two backgrounds on a swap for 45 people??? Oh well, it’s all done and packaged up now! I just need to work on that door prize now…..

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This is a card we made at stamp camp this past week. I made it as a Thank You to accompany Amanda’s BIA book I made last week. It’s the same paper I used on her book. The two flower stamps are from Fancy Pants. Not sure which one and I don’t feel like getting up to go look right now, sorry! It’s one of those sets though! I just stamped the panel with taken with teal and regal rose flowers. The punch is from SU’s spring/summer mini. The Fancy Pants paper is from Kewl, I got mine at eclectic paperie. The floral panel sits up on dimensionals, of course! And that’s about it! It was pretty easy, but I like it. It is an odd size, it measures 6 1/2 x 3 3/8. One of the SU envelope sizes.

And here are a few more birthday cards to share. You can click on them to see them larger and the creator is written on the card.

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I hope you all are having a good week! So far, we’ve been spared by the tornado weather here in TX.

Ooops! I forgot the tagged part!  I’ve been tagged by a few ladies – Elizabeth & Diane – with a 7 thing – 7 things about yourself and tag 7 people.  I can’t do it right now, but thanks for tagging me!

CC111: Sympathies

The color challenge today was suggested by Cre8tveLdy. Her husband has two co-workers that were affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week.  She suggested the colors Pumpkin Pie and Bravo Burgundy in honor of those families.  She is also collecting cards to be mailed to the two families she is in contact with.  Please see the thread if you are interested in sending a sympathy card.

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Here is my card, I’ll try to make another tomorrow.  These were actually two pretty good colors together!  I got my new PaperTreyInk stamps today so of course I had to break them out.  Not necessarily appropriate for a sympathy card, but I think it turned out alright.  I used the Green Thumb set for the flowers.  I stamped the larger flower stamp in pumpkin pie and layered the smaller flower in bravo burgundy.  The stem was done in always artichoke.  I used small rhinestones on the flower centers.  I sponged pumpkin pie around the edges and layered it on bravo burgundy.  I used the photo corner punch (EK Success) to punch pumpkin pie corners.  That entire panel was layered onto always artichoke.  I stamped linen in pumpkin pie on the pumpkin pie background.  The sentiment from paper tray was inked with bravo burgundy.  I used burgundy grosgrain to finish it off.

Sorry I didn’t share more today, I’ve been working on a large project.  I am finally finished and I’ll share it with you later this week!  It’s gonna be crazy this week too – the Arlington Stamp Day is Saturday!  So I’ll be getting my swap card (for 45 people) finished along with all the food buying, planning, etc with Jackie G.  FUN FUN!

Stamping Space Sunday: Cameras

So this isn’t really related to your actual stamping space, but it is an important part, right? Not only do you need a decent camera to photograph your works of art, but also to take pictures that are fantastic for scrapbooking. I am not going to pretend that I know a lot about cameras, because I don’t. I am bad – I don’t like reading the manual, but then I get mad when my pictures are crappy. Hmm….maybe I should take the time and just read the darned thing! Or I could just ask Mamak about it. (This is of course the option I chose!) Recently I traded in (ie, bought a new one and sold the old one on ebay) my camera for a different one. I had a Canon Powershot SD450 Elph. I wasn’t happy with it. Mostly it was user error. But I needed to do some specific things that it just wasn’t allowing for. So this week I got my new one in the mail. I took the pics yesterday with it – I don’t know if they look better to you, but they did to me!

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It is the Canon Powershot S3 IS. It’s a 6 megapixel digital camera. There are some very specific things that led me to choose this camera. The first – mamak said it was a good one. This accounted for about 90% of my decision! (She does the whole Rebel Manual stuff – way out of my league, but her pics are amazing!) I love that this had Optical Image Stabilizer. It means that it will help stabilize your photo even if your arm isn’t perfectly still. I need this. Actually, Matthew desperately needed this. (He’s a terrible photographer, that’s why there are no photos of me ever!) The second – it has an external flash. Now I am not sure if it truly qualifies as that, but it pops up above the camera so it counts to me! This helps because if your flash is too close to your lens you get a lot of funky stuff happenin. I can’t be more technical cause I don’t know!

Anyway, thus far I am suitably impressed with the new one. Of course, all I have done is take it out and snap a few pics. The manuals are still in the sealed packaging. Maybe I should try to look at those today! I do like that it takes AA batteries, it’s easy to have extras on hand vs having to charge a specific battery. It’s heavier than what I had before, but I decided I don’t care if it takes better pictures. And it has a lens cap which makes me look like I am a great photographer and I know what I’m doing, right?!?

Anyway, that’s the extent of my photography knowledge.  I am off to read my manual! What kind of camera do you use?

Want to Win This??

Or one of many other gorgeous prizes? I was contacted a few weeks ago by Joanne Bassile. She asked me if I would be willing to donate a card to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research. I jumped at the chance and asked if I could make a tin filled with other goodies. My husband lost his mother to Breast Cancer almost 20 years ago – this is a cause close to our hearts. Joanne’s friend, Sarah, is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May in memory of her mother. Joanne is collecting donations from stampers, distributers, etc and will be raffling them off. You can get “tickets” for the raffle by donating for the Avon walk (in the comments section just say stamping contest). Each dollar you donate earns you a ticket for the raffle. You win twice!!! You are donating to a wonderful cause and getting a chance to win some fabulous prizes! So please check out Joanne’s site regarding the raffle.

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Here is what I made to send to Joanne for the raffle. I tried to stay with the pink theme and keep everything in those colors. I chose two pieces of Fancy Pants paper and pretty much went until they were gone! This got me a lunch tin, a large clothes pin , a card and a post-it note holder.

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This is the card I made for the tin. I used the Fancy Pants Key Lime Pie papers. (And of course I only got these sheets and now I need more!) I also used the Fancy Pants Bella Brush (sentiment) and Pollen Dust (flourish) stamps inked in black stazon. The black layer under the main image has a row of piercing along the bottom but it didn’t show up in the photograph. I taped little loops of ribbon along the side of the main image. The scalloped black strip was made using my corner rounder with the guard off. I put a strip of the other fancy pants paper down the middle of the scalloped strip. The main image sits up on dimensionals.

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This is a clothespin from Michaels. It measures almost 6 inches tall. I had a great time covering it, lol! Those sides were hard! I used mod podge to adhere the paper, then I sanded the edges a bit. I sprayed sealant over the paper to cover it a bit.

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This is a post-it note holder that I made to match the card. I used the same Fancy Pants paper along with basic black and pretty in pink. The images are the same as the ones listed above. Also stamped in black stazon. I used the mega oval and the giga scalloped oval. It sits on dimensionals over black grosgrain ribbon. There is a tutorial on how to make these here.

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The last thing was the tin. (Although I actually made this first!) This was the part where I got stuck because I didn’t have the right shade of pink for the lid. I tried making it with white and red, but it just wasn’t happening. Good thing Recollections is pretty close! I used the Fancy Pants papers around the tin. (There is a tutorial on how I do these here!) I used Heidi Swapp paint (and a bit of Making Memories as well!) on the lid. The primas on the lid and the front were from a tube style (a shorter, wider tube than the daisy tubes) container I got at a store in Fort Worth. They don’t have a name on them. I adhered the ribbon with sticky strip and the primas with glue dots. I used liquid pearls in the center of the flowers. More grosgrain on the handle finished the tin off!

Anyway, I hope you all check out Joanne’s site, there are many great prizes to be won – and what a good cause to support. I hope she likes what I came up with! Here are some of the other contributors:

Taylor VanBruggen – a pink card!

Nichole Heady – the newest Paper Trey set that won’t be released until May 15th!

Sarah D – a SU set of your choice up to $25!

One Mel’s Bracelet

Beate Johns – a book made with her Bind-It-All!

and much more!

More Birthday cards!

I cannot believe all the birthday cards you have sent!  Thank you so much!  I have been bad the last two days about posting them to share, so I’ll share several today.  I have been working on a project all day and was just about finished (it’s several pieces) and what do you know….I am missing the right color to finish it!  So I’ll be stopping by Recollections this evening to see if they have what I need.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you later tonight – I am really excited about this and I hope you all like it!

For now, here are the cards – click on the thumbnails to make them bigger.  The maker of the card is printed on the picture.

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WOW!

I cannot believe what the mailman just brought me!! Seriously, my mouth is hanging open! Do you remember the 100th Color Challenge book that Leigh O’Brien made as a prize? Well, she decided to sell them and took orders through her blog. And she sent me one in the mail today!!! As a “thank you for your inspiration”….um…HELLO?!?! She totally inspires me! Anyway, it’s absolutely gorgeous, THANK YOU LEIGH! Now I’ll have to try to make something amazing as a thank you! Check it out – isn’t it so pretty?!

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Ooops! I forgot to answer questions today!

1. Where do you find your ‘best’ inspiration and when you get in a rut, or just don’t feel too creative, where do you turn to get your juices flowing again?

Usually I will flip through my favorited cards on SCS or go to the challenge forum. I can always find something there to spark an idea. Seriously, if you haven’t tried the challenges – do them! I have grown SO much since starting them. At first, they were really really hard for me. But it got easier and easier to think of ways to do whatever the ideas were.

2. What is your favorite current stamp set?

That’s easy! Roses in Winter, hands down.

3. Do your boys like to cut up paper or squeeze out glitter glue along with you?

well, the only one who really makes anything is my oldest. The other two like it alright when we do things for VSN or for grandparents or whatever. But they don’t seem too interested in doing it on their own. Although my middle son LOVES to use the cutter. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s on things I just made!

4. Do you scrapbook? Are you going to participate in VSBN?

I only scrap under duress. I mean, I love having the memories. But I don’t like to do it. I am going to try out the digiscrapping and see if I like that better. But if I am at home – I wanna make cards or projects. I have to make myself scrap.