Friday, August 29, 2008

New stamps!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!! I am so excited....Tomorrow, I'm taking my 3 girls and headed to Eugene for some girl time, school shopping a couple of fun surprises and just plain sillyness!! I am lucky that my husband will stay home with our foster boy and let me have girl time (Thanks Darth) I love creating those special moments with my kids and this weekend will be a blast!!

I got two new stamp sets and a new ink color this week!!! Oh, how I dream of owning everything in the new catalog!!! Hint, hint to any of my family looking to buy me gifts. LOL!!

Today I got a chance to play with the Pocket Silhouettes set. What a cute set and so easy and fun to play with. I used basic black as my base card and then added some Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette....both new in colors! I love them...they are so sweet and a perfect color combination! I loved all the new in colors but these were my favorite! On my stem/floral stamp I used my markers/blender pen to color it up, which is a great way to get a variety of color on the stamp. I softened the edges with my sponge dauber and finished it off with the scallop edge punch....THE BEST TOOL EVER!!! Ok, maybe not the best, but my favorite for now!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Watercoloring with Markers

Wow, I can't believe it's already Wednesday!! I had a fabulous weekend. At my house it's never complete if we don't have visitors and this weekend was no exception. I was lucky enough to have some long time friends stop by for a visit and of couse there is always an extra teen or two amongst the mix around here! I've been too busy catching up on chores to relax and stamp.

So, on to stamping news. Leslie Miller has a fabulous blog and this card came from reading through her wonderful coloring tutorials. Here is a link directly to those tutorials. Thank you Leslie for some fabulous coloring ideas!! I know I will be using those tutorials again soon!!

Every week Splitcoast has a color challenge and this week looked fun!! I enjoy trying to step outside my norm and try something different. You can click the link to go directly to the gallery....some fabulous stuff was created this week! CC181 was to use Basic Black, Rose Red and Kraft or Creamy Caramel. I don't have Kraft at the moment so Creamy Caramel was up to bat! I watercolored with markers. I enjoy this method of watercoloring. I've been practicing this for a few weeks now after learning it hands on from my SU demonstrator Nancy Morgan. After that I thought it definitely needed some softening and a little more I revisited Leslie's blog and worked with the sponging chalks on my background, used my tearing tool on the watercolor paper, then finally I distressed all the layers with my handy distressing tool!!

I was going for a subtle look and I like the finished product. I really don't grab for my chalks very often but this was fun, and I definitely want to do it again!!

I'm off to spend time with my kiddos...I hope you all have a great day and I'll see you for another post on Friday!!

p.s. Don't forget to leave me a comment...I love hearing from all of my family and friends!! =)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zoofari Fun!!

First I want to say thank you all for the kind comments, I really appreciate my friends and family! I look forward to sharing many more projects and ideas with you....for today I wanted to share this super cute creation!

I can't take credit for this design or even the production but it's sooooooo cute!!! I saw and wanted to CASE Lorri Heiling's card!! Isn't it cute!! I saw it and instantly thought it was a fabulous idea. Instead I was too busy and put the thought aside.

Last week I showed it to my 15 year old Alexis and she thought it would be perferct and made it for my little Piper who was getting ready to have her tonsils and adenoids out. Didn't it turn out cute!! There are so many super cute stamps in this Zoofari set. There is a little cheetah with his spots....I thought oh how cute it would be to do a pink polka dotted card featuring her. So here it is....

The best part is, this card could be tweaked a little and made into a baby shower card, a party invitation or just simply a card to cheer someone up. Which is what I made the cheetah card for. I belong to a group called Chemo Angels . It's a fabulous organization and one I am grateful to be a part of. Currently, I am a card angel for two six year old girls going though chemo treatment for very different forms of cancer. Every week I send a card to each girl which always have a silly saying or a fun joke inside, I try to type a short letter and usually a small project or at least some images to color in each card as well. It's a fabulous program and I love bringing a smile to my new friends!

Thank you Lorri for a fabulous idea. I haven't used this cute stamp set nearly enough....and now the ideas are flowing!! =)
Hugs to everyone!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Hello, I am so excited to start this blog and share some of my creativity and ideas!! I was jealous of all the fabulous blogs out there and wanted to join in the blogging fun!!! I'm a chatter so be prepared and lastly, bear with me as I learn to navigate the world of blogging!! =)
I recently signed up as a Stampin' Up demo under a fabulous gal!! Nancy Morgan!! Woo hoo!! She's taught me so many techniques and I owe a ton of my inspiration and creativity to her!! If you've haven't seen her blog be sure to check it out Paper Smiles It's fabulous!!

Wednesday I went to a luncheon and met some fabulous SU demos. One of the great things about SU is meeting new friends and Wednesday was no exception. Thank you Kim for hosting a fabulous afternoon and luncheon!! We shared images together and just had a great time chatting!! When I got home I was pumped to start creating something. Thank you Cami, Gail, Kim and Nancy for sharing all your fabulous stamps and supplies!!

I look forward to everyones comments and thoughts!! =) Thank you for stopping by!! Come again soon =)

Recipe for card:
Stamp Sets: A Flower for all Seasons, Heard from the Heart and Merci (Retired Sale-A-Bration '08 set)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst and Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn and Versamark
SU Markers: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom and Going Gray
Tools: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Mat Pack and paper piercing tool
Accessories: Pumpkin Dew Drops, Dazzling Diamonds and dimensionals....I love dimensionals!!