Thursday, June 26, 2008

I lost a stamp set

Wahhh! I went searching for my Inkadinkadoo Circles & Dots set, and can't find it anywhere! I tore apart the entire room, but I think it's long gone. I'm guessing it somehow got caught up in a pile of paper for recycling? Anyway, not a big deal, as I got the set on sale, but I'm still mourning the loss!

Oh, and you'll all be happy to know that I'm putting together the blog candy as I type. Well, not this exact second, but as soon as I hit "publish", I'll finish putting it together!

I hope to get it up on the blog tonight, but I must say that the Wii is calling me. I need to have another Wii Fit session, and tonight's the night for that too!

More yummy blog candy!

Justine over at Just Crafty is having an awesome giveaway to celebrate 4000 hits!

Check out this giveway over at Storage Units, Ink & More. I'm speechless (and that's hard to do).

My life's inky escape and more is having a drool-worthy giveaway (loads of stamps!).

Thanks to Ms Crafty for the links!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I'm newly discovered!

Check this out! Allison at Stampin' When I Can (love the blog name, I know how that is!) listed me in her list of "newly discovered" blogs. Fun stuff. Thanks Allison!

Whoo hoo! Over 1000 hits (plus some blog candy)

Check it out! I'm over 1000 hits. (Wow, over 1100 actually)!!!

Yes, I am planning to give away some blog candy. No, I don't have it ready yet. Patience, my pretties, patience.

While you're waiting, check out these awesome blog candy giveaways!

Starving Artistamps is giving away a pile of fun stamps...I'm partial to the "We all could use a bit of mystery in our lives" sentiment.

Markie's Mom is giving away a mystery box that sounds awesome. Check out her cool card style!

And you never know when you'll need to break out the popcorn. Enter for a chance to win at the Sunny Little Blog.

(thanks to Chelle for pointing these out!)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Two challenges, one card

I made this card for Beate's weekend sketch (WSC53) and this week's SCS colour challenge (CC171).

It's hard to see, but the black is embossed with clear powder. I really need a Cuttlebug, as it was screaming to be embossed ;)

I love how the French Script background stamp looks on the Kraft paper! I used Soft Sky ink on the Kraft as well.

I cut around the stamped flower image, and then cut around it again in Soft Sky and Basic Black to "mat" the flower. I spun each layer, to create a full flower. With a brad in the centre, and the edges curled up, it stands out (with some help from a couple dimensionals).

To keep the ribbon simple, I cut a small slit in the fold of the card, and wrapped the ribbon all the way around. One end is adhered underneath the flower, I left the other out, to add some interest.

Three black rhinestones completed the card. I didn't add a sentiment, although it could be a nice birthday or even sympathy card.

Note the number of blog hits. I'm working on some blog candy for the big 1000!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blog Candy Challenge

Sarah at my scrapbook table has reached 50,000 hits on her blog! She's celebrating by having a blog candy challenge for...get this...a set of nesties!!!

One part of the challenge was to create a card based on this image:
Here's what I did:

As soon as I saw her inspiration image, I thought of Groovy Guava. Not quite as pink, but that's okay! I wanted to add a bird, but I don't have any that fit the theme. I didn't have time to go shopping, so the card is bird-free! I dyed the embroidery thread with my Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom ink pads. My fingers were a wee bit stained after that!

I was originally going to use some background paper, patterned paper, and ribbon, but decided to keep it quite simple, just like the inspiration piece.

Stamps: In the Spotlight, Vases in Vogue
Paper: Close to Cocoa, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom, Whisper White craft
Accessories: Flower punch, Word Window punch, Corner Rounder punch; clear buttons (Making Memories), embroidery thread

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I'd made a card for my dad a couple months ago, but decided (today!) that he needed a different one. It didn't help that I really wanted to use my new stamp sets!

I wanted to distress the ribbon, to match the look of the card, so I dragged it on my Blue Bayou pad. I went a bit overboard on it though. Oops!

I love these screw brads, they're the perfect touch for a "manly" card.

Stamps: All About U, By Definition
Paper: Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Vanilla ribbon, Certainly Celery ribbon, Photo Corner punch, Ticket Corner punch; "screw" brads

New stamps for me!

I scored some great retired SU sets off of Craigslist (click the link to see the image from the SCS gallery): By Definition (background), French Script (background), Linen (background), All About U, and Friendship Blooms. Don't be surprised to see some of them soon!

Glitch Free

I love this stamp set. It's called Computer Quips, and it's perfect for a geek like me! I made this card for another computer geek. It was my friend's dad's 60th birthday, and I knew he'd appreciate the sentiment ;)

The colour scheme was based off of the paper, which is SU Summer Picnic.

I used Stickles on the icing and flame, and Crystal Effects on the mouse, tag, and eyes. The ribbon is from Michael's, but it's a close match to Old Olive. Yes, I think in Stampin' Up colour when looking at things ;)

Stamps: Computer Quips
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DSP
Ink: Only Orange, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Going Grey, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Photo Corner punch, Crystal Effects; ribbon, mini brad, eyelets, Stickles

Friday, June 13, 2008

Coming up on 1000 hits!

Whee! Don't be surprised if you see a bit of blog candy once I hit 1000 :)

ps. I'm working on a little card tonight. Hopefully I get it done and can post it tomorrow!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Love Birds

I had to make an anniversary card, and found this sketch by Dawn Easton on Jen's i{heart}2stamp blog. I had a hard time with this card, as I didn't know what to do around the half-circle. I settled for some white dots with my Sakura glaze pen, but I still think it's missing something. The anniversary was today, so I had to give up.

The "love birds" were the inspiration for this card. I thought they'd make a cute pair, and added the heart above them to tie it all together.

I used my blender pen and ink pads to colour the birds (I need to work on my blending!) and used markers to colour the stamps for the branches. I used my scissors to distress the edges of the stamped image, and popped it up on dimensionals.

I first stamped the heard and then covered it with copper Stickles. Oh, and I traced a CD to make the half-circle. No nesties here yet!

Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley; Forever Love (Inque Boutique); The Aviary Assortment (Inkadinkadoo)
Paper: Creamy Carmel, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa; Groovy Guava
Accessories: Soft Sky ribbon, Blender pen; Copper Stickles (Ranger), white glaze pen (Sakura)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sweet Cheeks

I felt like scrapbooking today, so I came up with this quick page. All the photos are from the professional photoshoot we did when Chloe was just over six months old.

To make the background, I applied a bunch of rub-ons to basic white cardstock. Then I just added a few embellishments, the title, and the journalling strips.Paper: Certainly Celery cardstock, misc white cardstock
Accessories: Kaiser rub-ons, Making Memories stickers, brads, plastic flower