Saturday, April 19, 2008

Bits of Buttons

Well my Flourishes order landed today (my birthday gift to myself!) and it didn't take long before they were inked up! I do not have a big enough acrylic block to stamp the complete image (irritated at myself I didn't check) I knew I had a large block, but it turns out I'm a quarter inch short on width. Anyway... guess what I'll be purchasing next. DP is Bali Breeze... love this green, the square was cut with nesties.

The flower center is a center piece from a button. You can get these buttons in a big grab bag at Mike's for a few dollars... The buttons by themselves are a bit much for most cards... but I pop the center piece out, then clip off the thingy on the back. I have used both on cards the centers and the outer pieces (which after you pop out the center is flat on the back) in different ways. I flipped one button over in the pic so hopefully what I'm saying makes sense with the visual aid! The pearls are from a sheet and the adhesive was connecting them in a long row. I snipped of a portion and keeping the adhesive intact I just made them lay in a circle. This card was again inspired from Sharon's challenge, this week it was to use a black accent and stamp simply.

RECIPE: Paper: DP Bali Breeze, Whisper White Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Stamps: Lots of Thoughts (Sale-A-Bration set), Flourishes Other: Flowers, 2 brads, Nesties, Button Bit!, Pearls

Card #2 - Swirls and Stars
This card was made next with mostly the same materials, still heaped all over my desk. When I sat down with Sharon's challenge in mind, I originally wanted to use black wire as my accent. I love using wire and it was getting a bit dusty. Well the first card just went in an entirely different direction. But on this one I worked in some wire and my star nesties which I had not used yet. I love to use wire from the hardware store. You can get 18 gauge (which is easy to work with and it keeps it shape perfectly) in copper, steel, aluminum and brass. It is usually sold where the picture hanging supplies are located. The sentiment on the card is from Wordsworth. I love quote stamps, and Wordsworth is a favorite. I created the border on the stars with a Signo Pen and a Black Copic.

RECIPE: Paper: DP Bali Breeze, Whisper White, Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Stamps: Wordsworth, Flourishes Other: Ribbon, Star Nesties, green crystals, 18 Gauge Steel Wire, White Signo Pen, Black Copic

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Distress and De-Stress

In my stamp room.... everything else is forgotten.... No stress! It's my time and I love just sitting and playing with my stamps. This card I am proud of only for one reason. It's the first card I've ever made with this stamp and I've had the stamp for at least five years! I knew I would get to it one day! I used Memories Art Print Brown to stamp the image. Colored with my copics... the light blue on the stamped panel is copic marker... I stamped on Neenah Classic White, which I especially like when using copics.The yellow layer I just used my scissors to rough up the paper edges. I used the Sanded (SU!) background to muck it up a bit with a Distress Ink Pad- Frayed Burlap and also with Art Print Brown. I sponged around the edges with the Burlap Ink as well. I like how the stamped panel came out... but I think I could have built a better card base for it.
RECIPE: Stamps: Seed Packet (Anita's), Sanded (SU!) Ink: Memories Art Print Brown, Distress-Frayed Burlap,Copics Paper: Misc Card Stock, Stamped image on Neenah Classic White

My Space

My Space.... I think I'm too old for a my space page.... so here is my space IRL... My Stamping Space! I've been a bad blogger and have not been posting as regularly as I promised myself that I would. Sorry. I now promise too to do better! So before I left on vacation I picked up, shoved in drawers, and semi cleaned my stamp room.... I wish I had a little OCD when it came to cleaning and organizing. I just wanted it presentable so my friend who stays with the cat would not see what a complete nut I was with a million things piled up and not put away. When we came back from Vegas I said hmmm... still looking halfway presentable... I think I'll take a picture to post. So here is what it looked like.... it is already back to tornado desk state..... on to the pics......

This is my non-SU 12x12 paper in the floor rack, more SU sets peeking out from behind the door. I guess I have a few punches. Remember cassette tapes.... well some ink pads are on the wall in yes... and old cassette tape rack!

You can see cards on the wall - some I made, some I have received. But I love to look at them while I'm stamping. In the corner are all my large backgrounds stamps... those never get put away. In the right lower corner are my treasured nestabilities - I have each style on a hinged circle ring always at my side! My desk it is bar height, I am 6' tall so when I sit to work (coloring/painting) at a regular table my lower back hurts, this table works for me perfectly....When I purchased it, my husband and I tried to bring it in the front door.... well we got it STUCK halfway! I mean STUCK... neither one of us is very handy or mechanical... so it took over an hour for us to realize we could unscrew the legs.... another 30 minutes for my husband to find the right tool. Then the taking off of the legs--- mind you, the table is still stuck so it is very awkward positions! Meanwhile the entire time I sat guarding the open door so our bad cat could not escape. I can only imagine what the neighbors were thinking.... a comedy show right across the street. The we had to maneuver it up the stairs... a lot of four letter words were flying! We have both vowed we will never ever move this table again... the mover's can do it or else we are leaving it in the house!

All of my SU paper and other paper I use regularly is filed in the tubs in the left picture. The tabs have the color of the paper and item number printed on the actual paper of that color.

Anyone want to come and organize my room? I can pay you in paper and stamps!
I'm off to create.... I PROMISE to post some cards ASAP!
Thanks for visiting my little corner of blog world.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Bold, Bright, Birthday

I'm back...I know I've been silent... I was on vacation in Vegas losing lots of stamp money!!! We had a great time and I didn't even open the laptop one time, which is not normal for me. I read, ate, drank, of course gambled, and generally had a relaxing time away. But I am always happy to come back home to my bad little cat. So I've done no stamping in almost two weeks and I choose this color... I have been playing semi-regularly in Sharon's challenges and this week's was color blocking. Sharon always says keep it simple and I think this time I did! Fluffles is colored with Copics... The Copic black is truly the best black marker ever! I used my nestabilities frame to color around the oval edge... with the colorblocking theme in mind. I like playing in the challenges because it gives me a starting point and usually makes me pull out something forgotten.

RECIPE: Stamps: Fluffles (Stampendous), Polka Dots (Savvy) Paper: Black, White, Pink (Misc.) Ink: India Black, Copics Other: Nestabilities, Swiss Dots CB folder, 3 Black Rhinestones