Sunday, August 31, 2008


well the backgrounds I made a few days ago with the Alcohol Resist Technique using the Firecracker Designs by Pamela stamps are now looking like this . . .

and like this . . .

I left them just as plain notecards so whomever I use them for I can write a nice note to or if I sell them someone else can write a nice note inside :) Remember penpals :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day!

On my Yahoo group one of the gals asked me to host a swap relating to a special holiday - not any holiday but monthly day holiday's. You know the silly ones that get made up along the way :) Well of course I was up to the challenge I had actually participated in some along the way already on SwapBot. So we had a card went to a specific site and looked at their holiday calendar, picked a day to celebrate and then made your partner a card. Well I saw that today, August30, 2008 is Toasted Marshmallow's Day and I just had to run with it! I love toasting and eating marsho's, getting them golden brown and all puffed up and mushy on the inside! Oh wonderful I can feel my mouth watering already! he he

So this is the card I made and sent to my partner to celebrate!

The stamps are CTMH and as you can see they have the most adorable camping things...I am hopefully at the campground now and will be roasting my own marsho's this weekend! I popped them up a bit using some foam tape cause you don't want to burn them or catch fire to them - ok well I don't anyway some people I know like them burned but this is my fantasy holiday right! So they are popped up some!

Here is the whole card front...wishing you all good times and many toasted marsho's!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Last of the August SheetLoad Mini

for now anyway LOL! I do like this one though so don't be surprised if you see it again!

Same supplies paper wise as previously but put them on different directions here - it does give the card a different feel that way. For the top one I used buttons and some scrappers floss that I colored with my Copic Markers for the bases of each patterned piece. Below I used a bird bath that had a bird attached to it then I stamped the bird portion twice more and added one to each piece of patterned paper. It is hard to see on the top one, the bird is hiding in the flower but you can see it pretty well on the second section. For the bird bath I used some Crystal Lacquer to add a little dimension. and I colored the base with my Copic Markers also.

Hope you enjoyed them! They are off to my mom now for her sale basket :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sisterhood 24 of the Blogging Stampers

you know that uh huh yep ok or shrug you get when you try to tell someone about your art and well they act like the really don't care?!?!?! I get tired of it. I shared some news with my dh this past week and that was what I got. My dd was a little better but I want some like minded individuals to share with so I joined the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers! As the group fills I will add their blogs to my blog roll on the side under the logo like the one above :) If you are interested in joining the Sisterhood, make sure you can fulfil the obligations, mainly posting ot your fellow sisterhood sites to uplift, encourage and provide feedback on their blog then go ahead and sign right up! Would love to have you in the Sisterhood too!

I look forward to meeting and getting to know my new sisters!

The Stamping Queen has BLOG CANDY

he he no not me the stamping Queen but the Stamping Queen blog has some awesome blog candy up for grabs.

5 Clear acrylic stamps on a sheet that measures 11 x 15cm by Debra Cooper!!
All you have to do is go sign up and share the news :)
Good Luck!

Alcohol Ink Resist

I made these Tuesday night by following the Resist Alcohol Inks technique posted here at Stampers Quest Magazine site. All stamps used are from FireCracker Designs by Pamela. The alcohol inks I used were Nature Walk. I think next batch I will go a little heavier on the brown and green color instead of the purple LOL! Now I am off to use these backgrounds to make some cards or something.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Butterflies & Flowers

I was working more with the SheetLoad Mini for August and this is one of the cards I made. I used a TAC GWP for the butterfly and stamped on the same colored blue paper I layered the patterned floral papers on. Those patterns are again a part of that HUGE Joann's pack I bought eons ago. These are layered on some green card bases.
Inside the card says Sunshiny Day! Get Well Soon!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Top Banana Challenge 8

This card is another challenging sketch from Anna over at Anna Banana Creations
This one has a lot of layers but also lots of open space on it. The paper is from DCWV Black & White pad. I used pink faux dewdrops on it and my pink copic to color over the top of the birthday hat and also ran it along the words to give it a little bit of color. I am not sure about this one - but my daughter liked it and Anna too LOL! Guess that is what counts!
Make sure you give the Challenge a try and let me know so I can go peek at it :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Windmill Card

This is another card with a lot going on - again using several patterned papers, l;ayers and different textures of paper as well as different embellishments! The corner with the dragonfly is on air dry clay, the flower is a Prima but it didn't match my color scheme so out came the Copic Markers to fix that. The edges are darker than the insides of the petals and the center is green :) The windmill is colored with Copic Markers also over clear embossing as in the Magic Pattern technique but I think the Copics cover the embossing so it is hard to see. The alcohol inked background is done by smushing acetate over glossy paper instead of dabbing with a piece of felt and blender fluid. Gives a little different look I think.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Birthday Chick

I think these little chicks are really cute and I grabbed this stamp while I was in WI last time. They have a really neat LSS there where my friend lives and I can't wait to go back again! Maybe score some more bargains or if we are lucky there might be a class there when I am in town. Anyway....

This little chick has a huge piece of Chocolate Cake she is wanting to dive into so hurry up already and sing the song

Stamped on cream colored card stock and colored with Copic Markers, using more of that huge stack of Joann's papers I bought eons ago and then layering with some DCWV paper and finishing off with some Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Again another card headed for my mom's! Well no actually she already has them :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tilda Birthday Wishes

here comes Tilda with present in hand to wish someone a very happy birthday! I made this with DCWV paper and some manilla colored card stock, multiple layers and colored with Prisma Watercolor pencils. Rounded all my corners and added a punch from the SU to make a tab on the top layer. Happy birthday to someone! LOL

Actually my mom asked for some birthday cards so this is going to her. Not sure if she is selling them or keeping for herself to use! Love that my mom sells my cards for me and helps me earn money to spend on more stuff to make more cards! ha ha!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sketches! {by tamara} #58

this I think was to be a scrapbook sketch but I liked it so converted it to a card :) Using my dd's favorite colors too! Pink, Black and White! Patterned paper is DCWV and the rest from the Paper Place. I used my fiskars circle cutter to make the large white circle then edged it with black ink. Flowers are Prima's colored black with my Copic markers. Butterfly stamp is a GWP from TAC's last Fall/Winter catalog, stamped it with New Canvas Palette Ink. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shout Out to SheetLoad

Hi Everyone! Lucky you getting an extra post today :)

I had picked out some patterned papers this AM before I went to work but didn't get them cut to assemble and whatnot so today when I got home I set to work to make some cards.

This is from the August Sheetload Mini which I really like! I made this one with 3 pages from my DCWV Once Upon a Time Mat Stack. Now these papers are 4.5" x 6.5" so I veered a little from the printed Sheetload Mini directions and used 3 sheets of this and was able to get 4 cards from the 3 sheets. I get a lot less bored with fewer cards I think than the 8,10 or 12. Anyway I probably could of done 5 if I had paid attention and cut the strips 1.25" instead of 1.5" the first time LOL! I used the manila and pumpkin colored card stock and reversed it on some of them. Edged the papers with my Palette Cognac Ink and then on this one I used some brown ric rac from Really Reasonable Ribbon to tie across instead of putting embellies on all 3 panels.

So here is a SHOUT OUT TO SHEETLOAD for another terrific month!
Be sure to check out both the Monthly and the Mini versions!

They are also having a SHOUT OUT contest so if you want to enter head over here to find out all the rules and regs to do so! Good luck if you do and let me know so I can check out your work too! Love to see other's interpretations of the different layouts and sketches.

Lots going on here...

This card has a lot going on in it but I like the effect. It is using multiple patterned papers, 2 store bought and 1 handmade alcohol ink. Then I stamped one of my Tim Holzt atc size stamps on it and then I used it to do the bandanna technique. WOW like I said a lot going on but overall a nice effect! Along the side thin strip are some of the rain drops too to highlight areas of the pattern where the lines cross. They are hard to see here in the picture but they are there!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Top Banana Challenge 7

Anna once again gave us an incredible sketch to work with! Here I used a pear image and my Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink pad to stamp it onto some green flecked paper. I then cut it out with my Marvy Mega Circle punch. I cut out a Giga scalloped oval to mat it to also. The base card makes a 4x4 square card. I used my Scor-Pal to get the fold right and then I opted to run the fold-in edges through my cuttlebug with my new embossing folder and then on a whim I decided my matting oval needed it too LOL. I did my best to line the lines up when I attached the oval to the front of the card also. I added some rick rack from Really Reasonable Ribbon (AWESOME ribbon club!!!!!)

make sure you give the sketch a try -I am positive you end up with a great looking card!
Link me so I can see it if you do :)

Answering a question

Two people asked about this so I figured easier to answer here in case others wondered too :) I did look back and I said the paper in there but not that it was the background - sorry about that. :)

The background on the Sketches! {by tamara} #57 that I shared on Friday is paper from Basic Grey Euphoria pad. I got this awhile back at my local LSS with my Stamp Chat coupon :) I really do like their papers!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Welcome Fall ATC

I love these fall leaves I have and found in my scraps box this fun handmade paper that had leave pieces in it also. This was made for an atc swap. Simple but love the fall colors!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Birthday Turtle

Mostly I was playing with my Cuttlebug to make this card - the words are from one of the A@ Embossing folders that I cut out and then adhered to the top. The turtle too is from a Cuttlebug die cut, layered and glued together - it is actually a Cuttlkids die and is a 2 step one. The patterned paper is from Joanne's a HUGE stack I bought a long time ago.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

#7 of 12 from 3

Well readers this is the last of the cards from the original set I made :) They are great for grabbing when you need something quick and I will be making more to have on hand. The bases being done then just add the sentiment and whatever else you want to have a quick custom card!

Hope you enjoyed seeing them as I finished them up and how each is very different although the same papers were used for them.

Here is the link in case you want to go back to the original post and find out more about the 12 from 3...perhaps give it a try yourself!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Sketches! {by tamara} #57

I found a new sketch place through a link on one of my Yahoo lists and there is some great stuff there! I worked on a couple cards last night in my effort to get some birthday cards made up LOL so here is one of them!
The site is called Sketches! {by tamara} and there is a link on my sidebar for you all to use.
Here I used Palette Ink in Violet, some stamps from CTMH and Studio G. Layered on Basic Grey Euphoria (gosh I still LOVE this stuff!) some Diamond Stickles on the cupcake frosting as well as the mini buttons on the sentiment. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon
I am in her monthly ribbon club and let me tell you the combo's she puts together are awesome!
This is going in the for sale stack of cards I am taking to my mom :)
inside it says you are getting better!

wondering about this

I personally think it is odd when one person's art is featured on another person's blog without a link back to their own blog or site. I mean isn't the idea bout sharing to get our name and work out there too? I have seen this more and more lately where the art is being displayed in a post but yet the author of the post doesn't refer or reference or link to the site of the original artist. No side link, no blogroll link no nothing. I know when I blog surf I sometimes spot something that really catches my eye and I want to see more of that so I look for a link or something so I can go to check out more of the person's work. I guess I wish people would be considerate and link back so we blog surfers can find more of the great stuff we like.
What do you think? How do you feel about this?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Windmill - Bandanna Technique

Well my TJ newsletter came with the newest rage of course being the Bandanna Technique so I had to play a little. I wasn't at all pleased with my first tries following the instructions so I grabbed some red paper, my black ink and a white marker pen I have. This was what I ended up with! The windmill is also done using another TJ technique Magic Pattern I think it was called but I colored with Copic markers which also covered the embossing so it doesn't show a "pattern" very much at all :( Will have to try that one again. I do like how it turned out though and it has a nice texture in RL. The Windmill stamp is TAC and the flourishes are from Queen & Co. while the flowers are from FireCrackerDesignsby Pamela.

P.S. you can see the sidebar for a link to TJ - it is awesome and you should try it out for a year! I bet you are hooked then and resub for the following year too!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Friend!

This is a gate fold card I made for a friend - I just love this TAC set for birthday's the stamps are bold and fun! Perfect for males, females, kids or adults! When you find such a versatile stamp set hold onto it! LOL Again was using my scraps up so no real info to give you on it but I like the way it turned out and hope my friend enjoys it too!

I'll be sharing several birthday cards here over the next few days I hope as my mom called she has been selling some cards I had made up before and said she is needing birthday ones so I am working on getting some of them made ahead!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This is a card done with my Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder. I love the tone on tone when you do that. I also used a misc piece of HodgePodge to frame a handwritten word "Autumn" This is my favorite season of all and I love the smell of the crisp leaves, fires burning, cool air, fruits and veggies a plenty, corn roasting...well you get it right ! LOL