Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Sale: Yoga 1 - Chakras

Pamela has a fun set on sale today only for her rubber lovers! Are your Chakras Aligned? I think mine need some work! LOL

Yogi 1 - Chakras
Check out the awesome samples in the gallery!
This tin was made by Paula Kay - isn't it fabulous!

Yoga Tin -front


Friday, June 25, 2010

gray leather?

When I saw this gray leather paper at Paper Temptress I immediately thought of the wonderful Elephants on Parade set that I have.


I love this set!

I wanted to show the paper off so I simply used one stamp and a bit of Bubble Gum Pop Tones (also from Paper Temptress) for matting with a small strip of Basic Grey Bittersweet paper to set the image off. Well impatient me stamped the elephant on the gray leather paper and then didn’t wait to let the ink dry AND wasn’t smart enough to heat set it before picking it up and trimming it. So I smeared it a bit. Great how do you salvage that?

kc~Looks Good Winkles_GreyLeatherPaper

Easy Peasy smear it some more within the confines of the stamped image as much as you can! What an awesome way to highlight the image to make it stand off the paper without actually stamping another one and stacking it on!

kc~Looks Good Winkles_FCD_PT

You can see the elephant looks a bit darker than the surrounding gray. Pretty cool huh! Ok I don’t suggest setting out with the intent to do this but if you happen to smear a bit it might be doable to salvage your image and whatever awesome paper you are using.

Since the leather has that wrinkly look I choose the “you look good in wrinkles” sentiment to pair it with and added a few square pink rhinestones from Kaiser Scrapbook to the top corner for a little balance. I think this will make a fun birthday card too!



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sing a New Song

kc~d2d_Sing A New Song (470 x 600)

I received the 3rd image of the month in the Designed 2 Delight digi give away and wanted to be sure to get my card done and actually up in time!

I printed this image 2 times to try once on some cream paper and once on some semi gloss white.  The cream I totally botched the coloring job so with my limited time to get this done I was stuck with the semi gloss white.  Copic’s really don’t color too well on this paper I see per the scan. Although IRL it doesn’t look so streaky :(  Why is that scanning shows every little imperfection?  Darn it!

The sentiment was printed also and then I used a template and my slice to cut it out. Added some great patterned ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, matted the image with a bit of blue paper (scrap bin) and layered it all onto some fabulous textured green paper from Hollo’s.

Make sure you take some time today to Sing to the Lord A New Song!



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wacky Wednesday – Clearly Greetings

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already again I feel like the weeks are on a spinner and someone keeps coming by and making it spin really fast!

It is time again for that great weekly sale that Pamela from FireCracker Designs offers for her rubber lovers! This week she is featuring Clearly Greetings.  This set is a collection of your most needed sentiments in a fabulous script font. Better yet it is all Photopolymer Acrylic so you can see EXACTLY where you are placing that greeting on your masterpiece!

Happy Anniversary

This fabulous card is one of my favorites that Heather made…You can check out the gallery {HERE} for some more awesome samples!



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Birthday Ring

How about a lovely birthday card with an all in one image? 


This Birthday Ring fits the bill quite nicely with a fun font sentiment and sweet little flowers around the edges!  I chose to punch the flowers after coloring them to add these awesome fuzzy brads from Queen & Co. I also used a brush to pounce/stipple on some Palette Landscape Green color around the edges to match and tie them together.  I colored the flowers with a bit of Y00 & V12 to match the fabby Basic Grey Green at Heart paper scrap I found on my desk. I paired it with some Gumdrop Green Pop Tones layers and some Sparkle Mangue paper (both from Paper Temptress) to make a bright and cheery birthday card!

The ribbon was actually a sheer nylon that I ran my YG63 marker over to add a bit of color and make it stand out more on the Sparkle Mangue paper.  I really like this one, do you?



Monday, June 21, 2010

Spring Garden

What happens when you muck up your coloring on a fantastic image and only have one of them?  You PUNCH it that’s what!  LOL!

I was coloring the Spring Walk image from FireCracker Designs by Pamela and totally botched it on one half by grabbing the wrong color for my flowers and then while trying to fix it having it bleed all over the place…grrrr hate when that happens but this lovely image is cool in that it can work with only half!  So yep I grabbed my Fiskars circle punch and PUNCHED it!


Image was printed on Neenah cs and then I layered it with some great Brown Bag paper from Paper Temptress and used some of her fabulous Pop Tones in Gum Drop Green for the card base. The bottom piece I used FireCracker Designs by Pamela’s background stamp from her ATC set to stamp onto the shimmery blue paper and embossed it.  Then I gently rubbed my Distress Tea Dye ink over it to give it some color to go with the green and Brown Bag paper. It looks better IRL  :)


Here is a close up too of the butterfly and flowers can you see the little bit of shimmer that is the Smooch on there :)  I really like the shimmer it gives to small bits of the cards when used over markers.




Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cream of the Crop

Maybe you’re like me and don’t have a fisherman or hunter father, not one who works on cars or is a handyman kind of guy…well Pamela came up with a great image here that might just fit the bill!  I love the funny saying that goes with it and tucked it inside “To my Pop who’s Cream of the Crop”  LOL


The image is called Cream Soda and comes with extra straw parts, a reverse plain mug (think beer mug) and the fabulous sentiments. You can get your own copy {HERE}

I used some Liquid Appliqué to make the froth on this soda and I really like the way the blue (copic markers) looks frosty on the mug.  The cool ribbed paper is from Paper Temptress and is her new corrugated line in chocolate. The blue paper is the Berrylicious Pop Tones line and the off white is the Whip Cream Pop Tones line. How fun are those names and flavors all together!  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Happy Father’s Day dad!



Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tall Ship

Wednesday one of the Tall Ships rolled into Cleveland for the upcoming festivals. I didn’t get to see it live but did catch it on the news.  I have seen them in the past though and they are so beautiful!  I saw this image on Bird’s Cards blog and fell in love with it.  You can find it under her free images/boys category.


I have been playing more and more with digi images but I have to be honest I still love rubber more :)

I also was in a swap for a handmade bookmark so I played around with making a tear away one from a card.  Couple of changes I will make next time it to have the bookmark and card both going the same way LOL!  Also put the bookmark image facing out so when you first open the card it is showing, or perhaps decorate BOTH sides of the bookmark!


Here is a close up of the bookmark part.


The light house image is unknown it is a wood block set but there are no markings on any of the sets :(  Sentiment is from Hero Arts (good things msg. C2826) I used Palette inks and Copic markers to color the images and then Memento Ink for the sentiment.

Papers are DCWV, Hollo’s and Neenah from Paper Temptress which was used for printing the image on.



Thursday, June 17, 2010

FCD & PT Present Open Roads

Are you ready for this month’s blog hop…I guess I am (shrugging)

Something exciting this month is that for this week and next week we have paired up with Paper Temptress to offer you some exciting cards and samples to ogle over! Pamela’s fantastic stamps and Patricia’s gorgeous papers! Can’t go wrong there! We have a couple of extra hoppers this round from her design team and our guest DT and guest DigiDT are playing too! Grab a drink and join us for some fun! Same as always it is a round style hop wherever you begin is where you end so it is simple to remember! Let’s get going…

The challenge this month was to share our favorite Traveling Tunes with you all. Well I have to admit my taste in music is more towards oldies and some musicals when I am in the car. Unless I am having one “of THOSE days” and I tend to blare some great 80’s rock songs. The first song I thought of is one from Smokey Joe’s Cafe called Spanish Rose in Harlem but can you believe I do not own Pamela’s fabulous Paper Roses :( So now I am stuck! THINK THINK THINK … SEARCH SEARCH SEARCH…I come up with a list of songs I might be able to work with and then my mind is a complete blank! I have no idea how to execute the idea in my head!

This is what I ended up with, inspired by several phrases from songs that kept popping into my head after my searching… let’s see if you can guess any of them… (read the PSS for the answers)

kc~June Blog Hop

This uses stamps from 3 different sets: Little Things, Just Breathe (Again) and Sweet Child of Mine. Happy Hopping!

Blog Candy for this month is extra special :) It includes a FREE stamp set (Pamela’s choice) OR you can pick 2 digi’s you like from the store PLUS it includes the fabulous June paper pack from Paper Temptress !!! Remember to leave comments on ALL of the blogs as we have no idea who the mystery hostess is from which the winner will be drawn! Winner will be announced on Monday night 8 PM-ish (ET) on Pamela’s blog!

Your next stop is Anita, one of the Paper Temptress Design Team gals!

I have a hard time with these music challenges and no fair that Ursula picked one and then couldn’t play due to some personal things going on SOOOOOOO I think Ursula owes us ALL a great musical ditty once she get’s her craftiness back on and ready to go! What do you think????



P.S. I am aware I didn’t use PT paper on this card I was really struggling with this theme and just started grabbing things out of my scrap bin :( I do however have SEVERAL posts coming at you next week showing off some of the fabby papers and how well they go with FireCracker Designs by Pamela stamps! so keep your eyes peeled!

P.S.S. The songs were:

Chuck Barry ~ No Particular Place to Go

Willie Nelson ~ On the Road Again

John Denver ~ Take Me Home Country Roads

yeah I think I’ll stick with my Spanish Rose in Harlem! LOL

Mice Wishes for a Happy Birthday


Happy Wednesday everyone!  I played along with Designed 2 Delight’s monthly digital challenge and this is the 2nd weeks image. I tried to do a little out of the box punch technique but the bottom leaves something to be desired.  Let’s just say that hand held punched don’t work out so well!

Anywhooo this image is called Mice Wishes and I printed him on Neenah paper from Paper Temptress, colored him with copic markers and then added a strip of Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper to the Teal Basis card base from Paper Temptress also. I printed the balloon image a second time and it is pop dotted up on the card front for some dimension. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampcraft.

Can’t wait to see what the next weeks image is!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wacky Wednesday – Leading Ladies

If your new to reading here or to FireCracker Designs Pamela has a special sale every Wednesday for her rubber lovers!  There is one set that you can add to your order for 50% off BUT it is for Wednesday ONLY so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss out!  This week she is featuring Leading Ladies which is a fabulous set full of  fun sentiments to compliment the various ladies she has filled the sheet with!  I think the lady with her hands over her face is darling and the one in the long dress is so pretty!  There are so many uses for this set you NEED to add it to your collection!


Look what Hetty Made with this stamp set and the fabulous Warhol technique (TJ).  Then there is Boni who did a Vintage Collage with stamps from this set. OMGosh if that doesn’t make you start to drool then you check out the gallery of samples from FCD!

Here is one of my favorites from the gallery!  I just love this particular image!

LeadingLadies Busted ATC

Some other things going on at FCD this month are an Eclipse Challenge…you can get all the details HERE.  On Friday don’t forget to come back and join us for our Blog Hop!  We have a surprise for you!



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Forever Postage Pear


This is a great postage stamp image from FireCracker Designs by Pamela called Forever Postage. I printed and colored with Copic markers then added it to a piece of patterned paper from my scrap bin. Added some dew drops to the corners and adhered it to a card base. Simple card but I really love this image!

This is also a sketch challenge from RSC that I did awhile back but again didn’t get posted in time for the challenge…



Monday, June 14, 2010

Feeling Blue?

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I have this container of stamped images I have gathered over the years, many from way back at the beginning of my introduction to stamping.  Some added when I visit a friend and see something they have that I might like but one of the things I continually forget to do it write on the back of the image who it is from :(   I stamped this while visiting Anna one time so maybe she can chime in and let us know who it is from.

Coloring was done with Copic Markers and added some Smooch Pearlized Top Coat Illuminate to the pink underbelly, the eyelids and the spots on this blue gator (?) The card base was already striped and I have no idea where it came from either but this is really nice paper smooth and a bit of shimmer to it also.  The letters are from some scrapping supplies I found in a drawer, which I actually think I got from a long ago trip to Chicago where I met Froby :) (they’ll know who they are!  LOL)

So I hope you aren’t feeling blue today and if you are I am wishing you get well soon!  (that is what it says inside! 



Friday, June 11, 2010

It happened like this…

kc_Sample2_Shower Invite

This was one of the samples I made for my daughter while working on shower invitations for her upcoming wedding shower…it didn’t pass go LOL but I still thought it was cute and wanted to share it with you all.

The stamps are a combination of FireCracker Designs by Pamela’s wedding set and Inque Boutique which I found on clearance at my local Pat Catan’s store.

So what do you think?



P.S. don’t forget to scroll down to see the Wacky Wednesday Set that Pamela has on sale for you today also!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

One More Candle

kc_1 More Candle

One of my stamping buddies recently had a birthday and I made her this fun card!  I used some Liquid Appliqué on the frosting to add a little more oophm to the card :)  She says she’d rather not remember her birthday but I think she is worth celebrating! 

Stamp is from Bugaboo and I used Copics to color, some Smooch Pearlized Top Coat Illuminate to highlight and add shimmer and some Sugar Rush paper from Basic Grey as well as some Queen & Co pearls. Did a little out of the box technique from TJ too!



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wacky Wednesday – ATC set

Are you into making ATC’s?  Has Pamela got the perfect stamp set for you then so you can keep all the info neat and tidy on the back AND have some backgrounds to play with too!

Her feature this week for all your rubber lovers is ATC Set at 50% off!  If you are an avid atc maker this is a stamp set you would reach for over and over and over!  Here is a picture of the set:

ATC Set 2009

Here is an ATC set I made using 2 stamps from this set, a flower from Happy Hour (last week’s Wacky Wednesday set) and words from Happy the Hedgehog. I painted Twinkling H2O’s onto the background stamp and stamped it onto white paper to make my own background. Over stamped the flower and then colored it with Copics. For the back I was using white paper as my base so I used a light grey to stamp the info on and wrote with a regular ink pen before I adhered the other matted pieces to the base.

I Miss You_ATCI Miss You_ATC-Back 

Here is a link to the gallery album for this set too where you can see more samples using the awesome backgrounds! 

ETA: Some of the other DT girls have samples up today too and they rock!  Check out Boni’s, and Cat’s and Shelly’s and Hetty’s blogs for more fun with the ATC Set.

Now hurry over and get your set before they are all gone! Remember this is a limited time offer and you only have until midnight-ish to get your order in!

Want this ATC?  Come back here and let me know you ordered this set and I will do a drawing from all the names I verify as having purchased with Pamela. :0)



Happy Turtle

kc~Happy Turtle

 I think this turtle with her smile is adorable!  She is from Bugaboo. I colored her with Copic markers and used some Origins paper from Basic Grey. Added a few Queen & Co. rhinestones around the scalloped border and also to her cute little shoes! and there you have it a fun any occasion card! 



Monday, June 7, 2010

Sanded Coordinates Technique

kc~TJ_Sanded Coordinates

The technique is from Technique Junkies called Sanded Coordinates and I used a piece of my Black Magic paper in green to do it on.  I haphazardly layered a portion of CTMH wire around, then layered it onto a purple mat that was stamped with the same flower top as the one I fully stamped and cut out to mount on the top of the card.  The flower was colored with Copic markers, I was just playing around with the flicking technique a bit. The flower is part of the set from FireCracker Designs by Pamela called Forgive Me.



Sunday, June 6, 2010

Christmas x 2

kc~Christmas Joy

kc~Snowman Tag

Here are a couple Christmas cards I found while cleaning things up. I am forever cleaning and finding things like this and then before I can use them for next year I am sure they will be lost again!  LOL!  No I have a nice little pull out box now where I can store my cards. So far I am just putting them in as I find/make them but I think it will eventually get organized by category so I can just go pick one out instead of look through them all and then lost track of what I was doing and before I know it hours have gone by….I KNOW I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THIS HAPPENS TO!  :0)

These were made at a stamp chat awhile back I have no idea who the stamp makers are nor the papers used but they are nice and I still wanted to share!



Simple Sparkle & Shimmer

kc~White with a Splash of Color

Just a simple card for today I used a flower doodle from Bird’s Cards that I digitally altered to 3 sizes, printed on some fabulous Paper Temptress paper and then cut & stacked them with pop dots.  Through the top layer I added a Basic Grey brad and adhered it all to a mini card, the kind you would use for a gift package.  I love this for the simplicity, the sparkle and the flash of color from the brad.