Tuesday, January 27, 2009

*Gasp* A mid-week post

It's weird - I have time to stamp in the mornings again. And I also have time to post my stuff. So - hopefully - this will be an incentive for me to post more than Sunday nights.

If only this extra time in the mornings didn't come with the loss of work hours. But I'm okay.

It's a Color Challenge day and today's colors are Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, and Garden Green. Okay... this is going to be interesting because I don't own PP and BB inks. I have a small amount paper, but no inks. Then I remembered that I'd experimented with these colors earlier - and found the combos.

Stamps: PTI - Heart Prints. Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Garden Green, Select White. Ink: Garden Green, Brilliant Blue & Tempting Turquoise (Pacific Point), Bashful Blue & Sage Shadow (Baja Breeze). Accessories: ticket corner punch, brads, dimensionals, stickles.

The other 2 cards I made on Sunday when I was playing with my new stash of PTI.

Stamps: PTI - Made of Snow, Heart Prints. Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Select White. Ink: Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Palette Noir. Accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals, ribbon.

Stamps: PTI - Snowfall Additions, Made of Snow. Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Select White. Ink: Brilliance Moonlight White, Aqua Mist. Accessories: brad, ribbon.

That's all for today.

Hoping you're warm wherever you are,

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Cards

It's been awhile since I've posted pictures of cards I made, so I figure I'm due. For some reason, I'm in a very simple card kick at the moment: white base, an image and a small accent and sentiment. It's weird for me.

I made this card last weekend, but never took a picture of it at the time - I'm not quite sure why. It's super simple.
Stamps: SU - Garden Whimsy. Paper: PTI Select White, My Mind's Eye dp. Ink: Ocean Tides. Accessories: corner rounder punch, Basic Black marker, dimensionals.

Angel sent me some Riley images what seems like forever ago and I never used them. I pulled them out and colored them in with my Copic markers, then made cards out of them.
Stamps (image really): Hanna - Riley. Paper: PTI Select, Basic Black. Ink: Pumpkin Pie. Accessories: Copic Markers, brads, ticket corner punch, dimensionals, ribbon.

And now, for something completely different. A man with a tape recorder... Oops. Channeling Monty Python for a second.

But seriously, to take a step in the completely opposite direction, I made a card for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. Here is Lori's Card

I changed: Colors, left the punched stuff off, added more brads, have shimmer primas instead of felt flowers.
Stamps: SU - Fabulous Flowers, PTI - Mixed Messages. Paper: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Select White. Ink: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss. Accessories: dimensionals, mat pack, brads, glimmer mist, primas.

Hoping for a good week (for me and everyone else),

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spending Moratorium

It turns out that the budget at work is lousy, so hours are being cut. Mine included.

I was planning on doing another buying moratorium this year like I did last year around Lent.

It's going to start really soon. And it stinks because I just got the new Stampin' Up! catalog today from my demo and there are stamps that I want from other companies too.

I'll figure something out.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Copics on Parade

I've been having fun playing around with my new Copic markers. On Saturday, I stamped a page of Stamping Bella images and sat in front of the tv and colored. Some of the images look better than others, but that's part of learning.

I made cards with my newly colored images. Each image is colored differently.

Stamps: Stamping Bella - Eloise Greengrass, MFT - Essential Sentiments. Paper: PTI Select White, Basic Black. Ink: Palette Noir. Accessories: Nestabilities, Copic Markers.

Today's challenge was to play with Tacky Tape and glitter. A sticky, messy business, but I actually came out of it glitter-free (well, as far as I can see.) I layed out my tape (relatively straight thanks to some graph paper I had on my table) and added 2 colors of Martha Stewart glitter. I'm a bit frustrated that I didn't get full coverage - there are bits of Tacky Tape still able to get stuck to other bits of paper, the table, etc.

My image is from Cherish by Clear Art Stamps. It was stamped twice - I colored just the rose on one of the images, cut it out and popped it up with a dimensional. It's all colored with my Copic markers. My black layer was hand-trimmed.

I rushed through this card - it needs something else: a ribbon for the bottom, a sentiment down there, another heart. I just don't know.

Stamps: Clear Art Stamps - Cherish. Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Basic Black, PTI Select White. Ink: Palette Noir. Accessories: Tacky Tape, Martha Stewart Glitter, dimensionals, Copic Markers.

Hoping that the roads aren't total skating rinks,