Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Another Baby Card


I needed another card for an up coming class, so I went back to the baby cards I was doing earlier in the month. I changed up the Bundle of Joy card I did and went 80's on the colors!

Card Stock: Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Gable Green, Pixie Pink, Whisper White. Inks Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise. Markers to color the giraffe matching the card stock. Round Tab punch. Turquoise staple. Tag corner punch.

Just a quick simple one for a my class ladies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Unused set


I got to thinking about the unused sets I have, something I ordered and then got busy and did not/have not used. Touch of Nature is one of those sets, I went to a stamp convention/show and saw a project with a fern stamp. I really liked the project but did not by the stamp because I knew SU had a similar set. I bought it, and it came in with some other stuff. I got busy with the other stuff, so it ended up on the self and then at the bottom of the stack. I pulled it out and tried to remember what the project I saw was. Then I found a picture. The part that I liked was that the fern had been stamped multiple times on glossy cards stock. On glossy you can stamp three to four times with the same ink. You get lots of shades of the same color. The other thing that I liked was the gold edge. It was done with a Krylon 18 kt Gold Leafing pen. I like the pen but I need to practice to get a good straight line. I wanted a natural feel to the colors so I used True Thyme, Always Artichoke, Glossy White, and Whisper White card stock. I used Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, and Certainly Celery classic ink to get the greens. I used Really Rust, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Always Artichoke ink and the aqua painters to water color the image. I dabbed a sponge in Mellow Moss and then dabbed at the card stock so it wasn't so white. I punched the corners with the ticket corner punch for interest and here we are!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Ode to Debbie Olsen





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I found Debbie Olsen's blog Thinking Inking through Rochelle Wick's blog. I was checking out Rochelle's stuff from an e-mail she sent to our yahoo group. She had a list of blogs that she had visited, I just started clicking, and there it was Thinking Inking. WOW!!! Debbie is a wonderful artist, I love her work. I have cased several of her designs, some as exactly as I could and some color combos or lay outs with other stamp sets. She has much the same taste that I do in colors and stamp sets. I guess this is why I love her work so much. The three cards pictured are my "Ode to Debbie Olsen".

The square card is a case as closely as I could she had much prettier ribbon and put hers on a white card base. I made two of these one for me and one for a congratulations card for my favorite scarp book store's second anniversary. It has been the talk of the store for a while now. They could have sold a ton of background paper if it had been theirs. I have gotten a couple of phone calls about this card. I wish it had been a Farenholtz original. I have told everyone where I got the case. In case you don't know CASE stands for Copy And Steal Everything.

The long card is another case as closely as I could. I made this card to fit in a business size envelope and had to do a little adjusting to make it look right and I changed a large colored brad for a jewel.

The quarter fold card is a color combo and layout that Debbie did for another stamp set. I used my doodle sets and again changed the ribbon.

I do love her work! I hope you enjoy it too.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I got tagged

I got tagged today! I first need to tell you about my day. The TV repair main called at 7:00 am and said he would be here at 8:00 - OK I was getting up anyway to get Robby off to school and the bus comes at 7:55 so no problem. Mad dash to get Robby up and get myself in the shower. 7:30 out of the shower and enough clothes to go check on the boys. Finish getting dressed, get Robby all set and out the door with only the jacket not the coat and then the bus comes. Continue the mad dash to get the living room picked up. Yell at Tylor - check the boys bathroom - Yell at Tylor again. Finish picking up the living room and start on the kitchen. Empty the dishwasher and start refilling it. The TV guy shows up at 8:23 - not as late as he could have been. Get Tylor to help him set the TV on the floor. Piddle around while he is here - this is the second time he came and the second time he left without fixing the only a year old TV. Check e-mail - find out I have been tagged. The repairman finally leaves. Make 5 phone calls. Wait for the return of one call. Get stuff ready for leaving the house. Leave instructions for Tylor while I am gone. Schwans man coming leave list and check. If the call I am waiting on comes in what to say. Other stuff he needs to do. Make sure he hangs around and lets Robby in off the bus - they had a half day. Walking out the door meet Scott in the driveway, converse with him. It is 10:30am. Go to School - pick up the fundraiser stuff that I forgot about last night. Go to the bank. Leave town to go check on my summer job 45 minute drive away from home. Stop along the way to drop off Stamps to Chris W. Drive to River Port it is now 11:30. Talk to Diane about summer job. Leave there at 1:00 drive right past the Michael's I wanted to stop at. Go to hobby lobby - make a haul on the 90% off Easter stuff, use my 40% off coupon, pick up things for space derby tonight. 2:00 head for Debi's house drop off ribbon and stamps. Head home stop at Sonic for lunch. Call home see if my call was ever returned, no. See if Scott has checked on picking up some money. Stop and pick up the money. Home about 3:00. Find out what happened at the house while I was gone. Go back to the bank. Work on the rocket for the space derby. Headache!!!! Take meds. Get something to drink. Collapse in chair while rocket is drying. OK, I did take a nap. While Scott took Robby for the third time over to see if the carnival was open. Get stuff ready for Space Derby. Go to Space derby 7:00 - what a mess! Get home about 9:00. Scott ordered supper for him and Tylor (they did not eat at the space derby). Check e-mail and get back to the being Tagged.
I am supposed to tag new people, but I just got into blogging and don't have much of a list of blogs that I visit. I got into the stamping blog because Rochelle Wick was talking about hers on a yahoo group I am in. Rochelle is the one that tagged me. I hate to let the game end with me, but I think this time I will have to. Check out the "Cool Stuff to Check Out" list and check back later. I will get better at this blog thing and then I can play!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Scrapbook Philosophy




I just typed a very witty post and then lost it. I can't believe it! I will try again.
This is the beginning of my Scapbook Philosophy. Go shopping first! Buy the things you like. I am like a crow I like shiny things and bright colored things. When I find an artist or a collection that I like I buy as much as I can afford. I have two reasons for this, one you may not come across it again - especially if you are not shopping in a regular store, and two they may not continue to carry the line. I have seen things at shows and not bought them thinking I would spend the money with my favorite store and then the items don't show up or come 6 months later. If you wait to order from a web site you have to pay postage. Not every store carries the full line. I like immediate gratification! I get inspired by just looking at the papers and embellishments. Case in point: I have a ton of Heidi Grace stuff, mostly her glass works embellishments, some papers and some stickers - mainly her earlier things. I have done only a hand full of pages using this stuff, but I love it and could do an entire album.
Buy the colors you like, because you will dress your family in those same colors. I have a lot of blue, turquoise, green, pink and coral papers. If your pictures don't match your colors, scan them and reprint them in black and white!
Buy fun stuff! You may ask what fun stuff means: Shiny, Bright, Textured papers and embellishments.
Buying drab stuff does not work for me, even if I start with that kind of thing thinking that I want a more somber mood for a page I end up adding a bright color.
Work in multiple media - this helps fight boardum. If I get board with a project it won't get finished.
Don't work in chronological order, at least not at first.
Don't get stuck in one style, change things up, try new things! It is OK to have a style of your own, but don't get stuck in someone else's style.
Have multiple albums! Crocodile Mouth means it is time to buy another album, even if you still have page protectors to fill. I do have some croc albums, but that is because of lumpy pages not over filling an album. I have albums in multiple sizes too! I like different formats for different subject matter. Disney is a subject in and of itself, buy that special album. Separate your worlds!
For me Organized Chaos is a must!
Here are some of my recent pages, the kid in the pics is two, he is now seven. Memories are not memories until you have time to forget the bad parts. Marination works well with more than meat. Just because you can take pictures and get them back the same day, doesn't mean that you should scrapbook them that fast.
People who are caught up on their scrapbooking don't have family and friends dumping their pictures on them.
More Later,
Lori

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Last One


This is the last of the eight cards for my favor. I saw this card and thought it was so cute that with a little adjustment it would be a perfect baby card. This one also came from Splitcoaststampers.com the poster was LMPARD and she credited the layout to something she too had seen on Splitcoast. The stamp set is A Little Love. Card stock - Whisper White, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, & Orchid Opulence. Inks - Basic Black and markers to match the card stock.

I hope my swaping friend likes the assortment and that they fit her needs. This was fun to do and I made a set for myself, while I was at it. Sorry for the absence from my blog. Robby is taking the pink stuff for the ear infection and the doctor said the dreaded tube word on our last visit. We are at three ear infections in the winter season this year and we did the same last year. Robby is such a fish that I don't really want to go there, but if it will help him I guess we can just get used to the earplugs in the water.

Thanks for reading!

Giraffeness


I bought this stamp set just for the Giraffe, he is so cute. I am going to try to convince my sister that when she does have children that we need to do a Giraffe room! I have already done teddy bears, scotty dogs, and teddy bears again - we need a giraffe room. If not, then all the invitations and announcements! Here are the stats - Card stock: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal, and Whisper White. Pattern Paper by Creating Keepsakes - Power Pad. Stamps - Bundle of Joy. Accessories: Certainly Celery Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals, Brown Dotted Sheer Ribbon. The design of this card came from many cards I saw on Splitcoast Stampers.

These cards are all part of a favor and not for a specific child so I again used baby neutral colors.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Re-using a design




I originally worked on this card for a convention swap last summer. I needed more ideas so I dusted it off and punched it up a bit. I used Craft, Ivory Naturals, and Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue card stock. The stamp sets are Happy Occasions, Baby Rattle Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel and Itty Bitty Backgrounds. The inks are Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel and Basic Brown. Accessories are Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, and Stampin' Dimensionals. Techniques used are wheeling, tearing, and sponging on color.

Bunny Cute


Another one! This is the bunny from A New Little Someone, the background is Seeing Spots. This was inspired by a card done by Mary Anderson, I found it on Splitcoast Stampers. Here is what I did: This is on glossy white paper - first I stamped with Versamark ink then used clear embossing powder - then I sponged several pastel colors on the paper - I then used a paper towel to clean the ink off the embossing. I think Mary used the On the Spot background stamp on her card, but I don't have that one yet. I used Certainly Celery and Barely Banana card stock. The bunny is colored with Watercolor Crayons and an Aqua Painter. I used the wide White organdy ribbon to finish it off. I love the softness of this one, but the background could be punched up with brighter colors for a fun card for an older child.

Baby Mice


I just love the House Mouse stamps! My Aunt introduced me to them and it has been an ongoing mission to collect them all. They are my guilty pleasure, since I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I catch sales at Hobby Lobby and then I also catch sales on the House Mouse web site. My family knows I love them and they have bought several of them also. The only real problem here is that with being a demonstrator and these being contraband I don't get to use them much. I keep them in a special place and take them out to look at them from time to time. I usually pull one or two and stamp something, but just not as much as I would like to. This card is still one of my favor cards and maybe the first time I used this stamp. The paper is SU Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, and Whisper White. The ink is Basic Black and Almost Amethyst. I used SU Polka Dots and Paisley for the background. I took the guard off of my SU corner rounder and used it to punch a scalloped edge. I colored the mice with my Roseart pencils and then smoothed them out with odorless thinner and a paint brush. The ribbon is from Michael's.

What I have been working on




It has been a while since I posted and I have been stamping! I also have been scrapbooking and playing nurse to a seven year old with double ear infection. Recently I agreed to do a favor for a swapping friend. She is swamped and needed some baby cards, so I have been working on 8 different cards. I first scoured the web for inspiration and then went to work. I will be making several post with the cards so that I can but the particulars about each card in for you!


This first card is one of two that I did on watercolor paper. I used Buggies & Booties Stamp set. The ink is Stazon Timber Brown and various SU colors. The ribbon is SU Celery Organdy. These were pretty simple and I wanted to do them in baby neutral colors for the unknown.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Inspiration

I have been working on a book to keep all my inspirations. I love the Internet, but I still love to hold a book. So here we go, shortly after Christmas I made a raid on the clearance table at the local Office Depot. I spent about $50.00 on items that cost no more than $3.00 each. I bought several blank journals, some bound like a book and some spiral bound. I was saving the book bound journals for my niece for her birthday - she loves to write. I am using the spiral bound journals for different projects. At the Stampin' Up! regional they showed us a pop culture journal that was just too cute, with pockets and tabs and ribbon. Notice I said I was saving the book bound journals, well the other night I was looking at all the inspirations that I have printed out off the Internet and trying to figure out how to organize them in to something that would be usable. I have a three ring binder with patterns and stuff, but it just wasn't working that great for me. I thought about those journals just sitting in the closet. I went and got one out and started cutting and taping and so on. I love books and now I have one of my own. It is a work in progress, but I am really in love with it. It has the weight of a book, it's faux leather bound so it feels nice, and it even though it will never be published it is a book by me!
For all those contributing to my inspiration book, if I can figure out who to give credit to you are listed as Created By: next to your art work.
I would like to welcome Elizabeth and Barbiebarb to Wackadoo! If you have blogs of your own please leave a comment with the url, maybe I will add you to My Inspiration Book!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Crafting ADD







I have had a little Crafting ADD today, I really wanted to use my new Studio G and Autumn Leaves Clear Acrylic Stamps today, but things kept getting in the way. The laundry kept me from rolling my chair around the room, my table was still covered from the weekend, the weather was ucky all day so the light was bad. Finally I just decided to tackle the table and make something happen. I found a bag on the table with bracelet parts, so I finished the bracelet my sister Jamie and I worked on together, and I remade the bracelet I designed. I started supper and Scott finished it in the mean time. I made a quick trip to find out that we did not have Cub Scouts tonight. Came home and did some computer work for Scott, more laundry, Robby off to bed, and then found design inspiration for a card. My inspiration was a card done by Beate Johns in Stampin' Up's Polka Dots & Paisley set. Back to the table, put the jewelery stuff away and started digging for paper. I was not in an SU mood tonight so I got into my stash of "other stuff", found a package of Creating Keepsakes paper I bought over a year ago. Stared at the acrylics for a while and made my selections. The pictures are OK, I am still working on that. I am beginning to think a new camera will be on my wish list!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Happy Hopper Box


I finally got to use my new Happy Hopper stamp by House Mouse Designs. I found these cute little hard plastic box/purses at Hobby Lobby in their clearance isle for $.67 each and I just knew that they would be cute for my nieces for Easter. I didn't really have a design in mind at the time, but I think they came together nicely. I used SU Yoyo Yellow and Pixie Pink cardstock I stamped "Balloon Journey" on Whisper White cardstock with Basic Black Classic Ink. I used Rose Art colored pencils and odorless thinner to color it in and then smooth our the pencil lines. This is the suggested technique for coloring on http://www.house-mouse.com/. I used Offray sheer dotted Hot Pink ribbon and Bright Yellow ribbon from my stash. The picture is not the best, hard to light the shiny plastic box without getting a bright spot in the middle. Believe me they were really cute and I filled them with an Easter puzzle, a snap bracelet with feathers, and Acrylic Studio G stamps. The girls loved them and the box in the picture is mine. Usually I give away all my cute stuff, but I just had to keep one for myself this time!

I finally found the Studio G stamps at Michael's - the $1.00 stamps, I had been to all the area M stores and called a few others with no luck. I stopped by one on Saturday morning and got a complete set! I was so excited! Later that day I found the Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer at Archivers for $1.99 each - really cute! Oh! Did I say that I spent the rest of Saturday at Page Makers cropping? They do a fun, all day crop the first Saturday of the month for $5.00 witch gets you a 4 X 2 table, snacks, attendance prizes or drawings, and a 10% discount all day. I love the girls over there they make it worth the 45 minute drive.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, ours was a bit cool, but otherwise beautiful! The weather here has been strange since December, on Christmas it was warmer than on Easter! Who knows! Earlier this spring we had 80 degree weather and then when everything was bloomed out nice we have had 5 days of freezing weather, most of the fruit crops are damaged if not lost. I don't know what my flowers are going to do? I hope they all come out of it.

More Later,

Lori

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Easter Goodies


I have been inspired by some of my e-mail friends in the past week, Rochelle Wick and Deb Lenox. Rochelle did some wonderful M & M holders and Deb made these really cute Easter baskets. I used both ideas to make some Easter Goodies for the adults in the family. I found these little boxes of malted milk Easter eggs by Necco (remember Necco Wafers) they were just too cute to leave in the store and I thought the adults might enjoy them. (We are candy people.)

I made the boxes to just fit the candy boxes dimensions about 7 1/2 x 5, kind of an odd dimension but it fit the candy. These candy boxes are also the same size as the conversation hearts at Valentines day. OK, back to the boxes I made. Start with a piece of card stock 7 1/2 x 5 then score three sides 3/4 inches in. Next I scored in at 3 1/4 and 4 inches. I used Red Line tape to hold the boxes together. I used the slot punch to make holes for the ribbon. The ribbon is odds and ends I had around the house. The Easter eggs are metallic confetti, the basket is made from the Round Tab Punch by Stampin' Up!. These aren't the best directions, but you get the idea. The boxes are Tempting Turquoise and the Happy Easter stamp is from All Year Cheer I. The striped paper is BoBunny. I think that gets it.

Happy Easter, in case I don't get back here before then!

I am going scrap booking on Saturday, at my favorite store Page Makers in Chesterfield, MO! All day 9 to 9 with out children, laundry, Hubby! I hope to have lots to post next week!

Good Night!

What's Kicken Chicken


It has been a while since I have been to my blog, busy week catching up from the kids being on spring break. I have managed some time for stamping. I some times come late to the party, but will share this information for anyone else who has not heard. Sizzix is making an adapter for small dies from other companies to be used in the side kick, tag along, and big shot. I had seen them on e-bay and was not sure what they did, so I did not buy. The other day I was at Archivers and found them, they come 10 to a package. I also bought Quickuts Funky Chicken to try it out. Well let me say it works and is pretty easy to use with my Big Shot. I also bought more of the Sizzix Texturz Texture Plates. I have kits 1, 2, and 3 now! These are similar to the Cuttlebug embossing folders.

My card is Stampin' Up! More Mustard, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, and Whisper White card stock. I use the canvas background stamp on the Brilliant Blue and Black Gingham ribbon. I also used the Flower Rings Texturz plate from Sizzix on the More Mustard. I typed the "what's kicken chicken?" on the computer using Stampin' Up's Marker J Low font and printed it out. That is something my Hubby says all the time.

More Later.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Blue and Gold Weekend





This weekend was Boy Scouts Blue and Gold banquet for our local Pack. My son is a Tiger Cub and this was our first Blue and Gold, my mission was to decorate the tables for our families and some of the tables for other things. I hit the dollar store first and worked with the ideas of Blue and Gold and Luau. My first thought was fresh pineapples for each of the kids to take home, with seven kids this was almost $30 for the cheapest I could find. Plan B was Gold Fish $.12 each this was in my price range. With a $.77 bowl, two $.12 each fish, some glass pebbles and fish food we were in business. This event was for the entire pack, not just our den. I made tags using Island Blossoms with each boys name. I tied a rubber band on with the ribbon and used that to put the tags on the bowls. I think they were cute and the boys loved it that they got to take the fish home. I think our tables looked great (we had the yellow table cloths). We came home with 7 new patches! I still haven't gotten time to play with my new House Mouse Happy Hopper stamp, but I am hoping. Everyone goes back to school this week and the weather looks to be nice. I have to be home all day Tuesday for a repairman. I hope to get some stamping done!
Some bad news we had a death in the family($.12 gold fish don't last long). We maybe going back to Wal-Mart for more fish!