Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This weekend when I was at Bargain Bills, I was in the stationery section and was looking for a purse calendar. The only thing they had were ugly little check-book looking calendars with a cat on the outside for .99 each. Dang, I should have taken a picture of the cat. I thought, well, who cares if the outside is ugly...I'll just alter it. The main thing to me is that the inside of the calendar was ok to look at every day. So I had one calendar in my cart, and it dawned on me that THIS IS WHAT I DO, I ALTER STUFF. DUH, BUY MORE! So I bought 6 of them and brought them back to the cabin and altered a couple. Wouldn't these be fun little gifts for your stamping friends? The best thing is that the calendars go until 2008. TWO YEARS for the low low price of .99! AND they have a plastic covering, so that my stamping work won't get spilled on! You'll be seeing more of these bad boys! :)
Paper is by Daisy D's, Beacon Scroll - Colonial Blue
Stamp is by Anna Griffin (Michaels clearance, $2.50!)
AND there's that Daisy D's Cherry Tomato Polka dot again! :)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
I meant to do a quick post on Friday before I flew out the door but never had time to do it...Michaels is clearing out a lot of their stamps, making room for Martha Stewart goods. I was there on Thursday night and they had 50 percent off of the lowest clearance price! I got this whole set of Anna Griffin rooster stamps for $6.00! YIPPIE! I love a great deal! You may want to check your local Michaels and see if they still have the 50 percent off clearance deal going on. I ended up with a ton of the Anna Griffin stamps, so you'll be seeing a lot of her stuff this week!
The paper is by Crate, Cowgirl Collection. The floral is called "Side Saddle" and the polka dot is "Red Boots". The Anna Griffin stamp set comes with the cool checkerboard pattern stamp, and a great script stamp too (see photo below). I hope the Anna Griffin stamps are still out there for you guys to score...they are a heck of a deal and so easy to color! Next time I'll be more on the ball and issue the Michael's alert earlier! :)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I usually start my process by pulling out papers that seem like they jive together. Sometimes it's easy, as with these Paper Salon "Pristine" papers. The whole line is made to coordinate, so it's easy to pick papers that go together. I usually end up mixing it up a bit and adding papers from other lines, if they strike me right. My first step is to put together a bunch of layouts, all using the same few papers. Here I've done about 10 or 11 card layouts. I'll then go back later and add a focal image or embellishment. Because these papers are bright and flowery, I'll probably choose cartooney or fun, cutesy images. But the most important part of my process is to make sure to avoid all cleaning or housework. This ensures that I get a lot of stamping done.
Yesterday you saw a few of the cards I created with the 'Caribbean Blue' colored cards. Today I'm playing with the chocolate brown papers. The floral stamps are by Paper Salon's Create-a-flower Tin.
My unbelievable banner today was designed by Bethie Silaika of Freckled Fun designs.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I was able to score these beautiful hats from my Mom, who was selling them at the garage sale this weekend. They belonged to a great-aunt of mine that has long since passed away. Before the sale opened, I grabbed these 5 hats because of the sweet little silk flowers all over them. She was selling them for $1.00 each, so I thought that I'd be able to salvage the flowers and use them on my cards. After admiring them for a few days, I decided they are too beautiful to rip apart. I wanted to share them with everyone! Aren't they beautiful!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Since I've been playing with the Stampendous FUN FLOCK from Eclectic Paperie, I HAD to try to recreate these little felt guys on paper. So I took some scratch paper, drew out the bird, and used it as a template to draw the bird onto heavier, patterned cardstock. Then I covered the cardstock with glue and slapped on the fun flock.
Friday, May 18, 2007
What a mishmash of different papers on these 2 cards, huh? I'm not sure what inspired me to put them together, but they all seemed to have similar colors in them. I think they just needed these fun little flowers from the Paper Salon Create-a-Flower set to tie them together!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
These are some of the paper piecing cards I did this weekend. I love that I can whip a card out because I already did all the layout work. Tonite it took me 15 minutes or so to putz around with the coloring and embellishments.
Sorry everyone, for the song in your head. No backs.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Hope you all had a great Mother's day! I spent Mother's day at the cabin with my parents and sister. On Sunday Mom & Dad cooked chicken on the grill and had the whole family over, including Grandma, Auntie Jan & Toonie (see Toonces, you're famous now), Uncle Bob & cousin Jessie. We had gorgeous weather on Saturday. Our days at the cabin are full of inspiration; garage sale-ing, antiquing, fishing, grilling out, pontooning and for me, making cards. Its so easy for me to be inspired at our cabin.
I got this great new Crate paper at Eclectic Paperie. I spent one of the days putting layouts together; basically piecing paper onto cardstock for about 30 cards. Later I'll add main stamped images and embellishments. I did actually finish these 2 cards. I was working at the table with this vintage 50's tablecloth on it that used to be my Grammie's. I didn't realize it at the time, but when I finished the cards, I noticed how much the colors I chose for the cards mimic the tablecloth colors.
The bird stamps are from Crafty Secrets, from the Birdnotes set.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I can't get rid of "Paris in the Spring" for ONE reason. These cartooney gifts! I haven't touched the chickie on the motorscooter, but I'm a whiz with the presents! GEEZ!
How many more sets will I snag from the pile before the garage sale hits? And one more question regarding the dead lawn mower. Why is it that it won't start when a girl is trying to use it, but my Dad comes over and it starts up immediately for him? Is it some guy-designed starter that is programmed to only start if it senses you're male?
Still playing with the primas and the Paper Salon Paper! Oh, and OLD stamp sets! :)
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I'm amazed that I got these cards made tonite. They are lacking in quality but what can I say, I was trying to do 4 things at once. I did come up with a few fun tips. These Prima 'bubble' flowers are large enough that you can take the flower centers from the create-a-flower set and stamp them in the middle. If you look closely under the glitter, I've created centers with ink on top of the flowers.
The other fun thing is the asymmetrical flower on the card to the right. I screwed up and didn't cut the flower image straight, so it's top heavy. I think on my next batch of cards I may exaggerate it more, and make the top wider than the bottom. We'll see how it turns out! Yippie for new flower stamps!
Everything is from Eclectic Paperie: Paper by Paper Salon, "Pristine" collection, stamps by Paper Salon, Create-a-flower.