Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wacky Wednesday – Scatter Joy

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it’s Wednesday again and that means another awesome 50% off sale! Scatter Joy is the set that Pamela has chosen to feature for her rubber lovers this week! This set is awesome with 3 different size flowers, a great assortment of sentiments and an awesome border to boot!

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There is a lot you can do with this set! I made the card above using a crayon resist technique (you can find a tutorial I did for Stampers Quest and also see another card made using Scatter Joy by clicking {here})

I hope you take advantage of this awesome sale and get Scatter Joy for yourself. I can’t wait to see some of the cards you make!

Remember there are no special codes just go and add it to your shopping cart and the price is already adjusted but this is a limited time ONLY!

Want to see more cards made with this set? Be sure to check out what Shelly did as well as all the cool artwork in the gallery for this set!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wedding Card

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I know the photo is a bit blurry but I had already gave the card to my mom for sale before I had dealt with the photo’s so I couldn’t redo it – My Apologies!  I just really liked how this one had turned out so I wanted to share the basic gist of it with you all!

Paper is from Paper Temptress and from Basic Grey. Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the stamp is from one of Pamela’s newer sets called Always & Forever.  I colored with Copic Markers and then added the yellow around the couple with my stipple brush.  I cut them out using a nestability die and some out of the box technique.  The pearls are from Queen & Co.

Watch for more with this set as I am working on wedding stuff for my daughter!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FCD Presents – May Mayhem

So are you ready for this month’s blog hop? 

The challenge this month was to create something grungy & distressed. The more mayhem, the merrier. {cringe – not my style}

So I tried a couple things for this one and to me this just looks like a messy card and one that would get tossed in the garbage…

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I used the Scatter Joy set and some Kaleidacolor Bouquet ink as well as Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye.

Yeah I am seriously thinking this is headed to the round file.

Take 2:

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I used the Women In Character set to make a Cracked Glass piece but that technique and I aren’t always in sync and even though it cracked I had a hard time rubbing any ink into the lines to make them show up better.  Plus the fact that I had stamped the image with the Tattered Rose Distress Ink made it perhaps a little too light for this.  I just can’t seem to win here.  BUT I am 100% on for the challenge because the whole thing has me in a state of distress! (hey, it counts right?!?!?)

I made the card using some Basic Grey Porcelain paper and tearing some paper edges. Added a key and some dye stained lace and ribbon as well as a Prima flower.

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{hmmmm I think I skipped grunge and distress and ended up in Vintage land somehow. }

The saying is from the Fall Quotes set and I thought fit here as she really looks like she is thinking of something.

ok so you know the drill we at FCD like to keep things simple there is no specific start place for our hops just go around the circle till you get back here and then you are done :)  Leave comments along the way because Pamela will pick one lucky person from one of our blogs to win the Blog Candy and announce it on her blog on Monday night (sometime after 8 PM Eastern Time) Next stop on the circle hop is Pamela’s!

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P.S. Don’t forget about the FCD Digi DT call look up under my header for more info and the link to the forms you need to fill out!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wacky Wednesday – Oops-a-Daisy

kc~Oopsa Daisy - Crayon Resist 

Oops-a-Daisy is the set that Pamela from FireCracker Designs has chosen to feature today for her rubber lovers at 50% off!  This is a great set and I just love this flirty daisy!

I was playing with some Crayon resist technique and decided that this along with Laura’s Sketch #52 from 2 Sketches 4 You would make a delightful card. So I got out another sheet of glossy paper and went to town :)

I used Palette inks in Bella Rose and Landscape to color the flower that I had punched out and then used some great new Basic Grey Capella paper to mat the punched out flower. I highlighted opposing sides with some copper Queen & Co. pearls. 

So now is the time to head over to FireCracker Designs and purchase your own Oops-a-Daisy set while there are still some left! Remember you only have until midnight tonight.  Check out the new digital work while you are there and all the other goodies Pamela has in her store for your rubber stamping needs too!

More samples using this set can be seen {here}, {here} and of course the gallery.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Outlines Birthday Card

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Outlines Stamps!  I have a friend who was really into these and had brought them to a shoebox party.  I did a few but the whole cutting and layering up thing was/is a PITA for me with my carpal tunnel and fibro hand issues.  So I had put this into a folder and forgotten about it for some time.  Well again on that cleaning out rampage I went on I found the pieces parts and lucky me was having a good day so I took the time to assemble it.  Cute card but square.  Yeah I am not so into square cards cause I have no square envies and I don’t like having to pay extra postage to mail them!  Soooo now it sits in the completed cards pile but no idea what I will do with it!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Psalms 27:4

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I picked this little stamp up at a sale a few weeks back. The weather was nice I decided to go for a drive and this was one of the little ones I ended up with :)  I don’t know who it is by either as the wording is worn off the wooden block.  I paired it with some Basic Grey paper scraps I had and assembled it onto a small square card base left over from one of my card kits.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

YooHooo! Wacky Wednesday Special

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Today is Wacky Wednesday at FireCracker Designs by Pamela and she has chosen to feature Yoo Hooo! so it is on sale at 50% off today! This set is wonderful with bluebirds and owls and some fun sentiments to pair with them! 

I used the bluebirds on my card today and the Fly Away With Me sentiment. I found a background I made using a TJ Spritz technique with Simple Green and thought they would look great on it!  From the clip it looks like they are flying along over water (flash photography LOL!) but as you can see in the card no it isn’t it is above some lovely flowers from the Silhouette Flowers set. I stamped them with Versamark and then embossed with black powder.  I added the sentiment which is also embossed with black powder and matted with a scalloped square. The bluebirds are colored in with some Smooch Pearlized Top Coat and I added some Hero arts mini pearls to the flowers to finish them off.

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Remember the sale only goes thru Midnight tonight so hurry over there and grab Yoo Hooo! while you can!

Please scroll down to the next post too. It is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and I have posted an open letter for you all to read.

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National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

This is something I suffer from and on this day I want to share with you an open letter that explains some information on this debilitating syndrome. If you know me you can probably pinpoint what parts I especially have trouble with and if you have questions please feel free to ask.

 
“If you were born with healthy genes, you may know me but you don't understand me. I was not as lucky as you. I inherited the predisposition to chronic pain, fatigue and forgetfulness. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) after months, years or even decades of mysterious physical and emotional problems. Because you didn't know how sick I was, you called me lazy, a malingerer, or simply ridiculous. If you have the time to read on, I would like to help you understand how different I am from you.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA


1. FMS is not the newest fad disease. In fact, it isn't a disease at all, and it isn't even new. In 1815, a surgeon at the University of Edenburgh, William Balfour, described Fibromyalgia. Over the years, it has been known as chronic rheumatism, myalgia and fibrositis. Unlike diseases, syndromes do not have a known cause, but they do have a specific set of signs and symptoms which, unfortunately for the patient, take place together. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are also syndromes.


2. The many physical and emotional problems associated with FMS are not psychological in origin.  This is not an "all in your head"
disorder. In 1987, the American Medical Association recognized FMS as a true
physical illness and major cause of disability.


3. Syndromes strike life-long athletes as viciously as they do couch potatoes. They can be disabling and depressing, interfering with even the simplest activities of daily life.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME


1. My pain - My pain is not your pain. It is not caused by inflammation. Taking your arthritis medication will not help me. I can not work my pain out or shake it off. It is not even a pain that stays put. Today it is in my shoulder, but tomorrow it may be in my foot or gone. My pain is believed to be caused by improper signals sent to the brain, possibly due to sleep disorders. It is not well understood, but it is real.


2. My fatigue - I am not merely tired. I am often in a severe state of exhaustion. I may want to participate in physical activities, but I can't. Please do not take this personally. If you saw me shopping in the mall yesterday, but I can't help you with yard work today, it isn't because I don't want to. I am, most likely, paying the price for stressing my muscles beyond their capability.


3. My forgetfulness - Those of us who suffer from it call it fibrofog. I may not remember your name, but I do remember you. I may not remember what I promised to do for you, even though you told me
just seconds ago. My problem has nothing to do with my age but may be related to sleep deprivation. I do not have a selective memory.
On some days, I just don't have any short-term memory at all.


4. My clumsiness - If I step on your toes or run into you five times in a crowd, I am not purposely targeting you. I do not have the muscle control for that. If you are behind me on the stairs, please be patient. These days, I take life and stairwells one step at a time.


5. My sensitivities - I just can't stand it! "It" could be any number of things: bright sunlight, loud or high-pitched noises, odors. FMS has been called the "aggravating everything disorder." So don't make me open the drapes or listen to your child scream. I really can't stand it.


6. My intolerance - I can't stand heat, either. Or humidity. If I am a man, I sweat...profusely. If I am a lady, I perspire. Both are equally embarrassing,so please don't feel compelled to point this shortcoming out to me. I know. And don't be surprised if I shake uncontrollably when it's cold. I don't tolerate cold, either. My internal thermostat is broken, and nobody knows how to fix it.


7. My depression - Yes, there are days when I would rather stay in bed or in the house or die. I have lost count of how many of Dr. Kevorkian's patients suffered from FMS as well as other related illnesses. Severe, unrelenting pain can cause depression. Your sincere concern and understanding can pull me back from the brink.
Your snide remarks can tip me over the edge.


8. My stress - My body does not handle stress well. If I have to give up my job, work part time, or  handle my responsibilities from home, I'm not lazy. Everyday stresses make my symptoms worse and can incapacitate me completely.


9. My weight - I may be fat or I may be skinny. Either way, it is not by choice. My body is not your body. My appestat is broken, and nobody can tell me how to fix it.


10. My need for therapy - If I get a massage every week, don't envy me. My massage is not your massage. Consider how a massage would feel if that charley horse you had in your leg last week was all over your body. Massaging it out was very painful, but it had to be done. My body is knot-filled. If I can stand the pain, regular massage can help, at least temporarily.


11. My good days - If you see me smiling and functioning normally, don't assume I am well. I suffer from a chronic pain and fatigue illness with no cure. I can have my good days or weeks or even months. In fact, the good days are what keep me going.


12. My uniqueness - Even those who suffer from FMS are not alike. That means I may not have all of the problems mentioned above. I do have pain above and below the waist and on both sides of my body which has lasted for a very long time. I may have migraines or hip pain or shoulder pain or knee pain, but I do not have exactly the same pain as anyone else. I hope that this helps you understand me, but if you still doubt my pain, your local bookstore, library and the internet have many good books and articles on Fibromyalgia.


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Author's note:
This letter is based on communications with people throughout the world, males and females, who suffer from Fibromyalgia. It does not represent any one of the over 10,000,000 people with FMS, but it can help the healthy person understand how devastating this illness can be.  Please do not take these people and their pain lightly. You wouldn't want to spend even a day in their shoes or their bodies. Fibromyalgia is not something we would ever choose to have, but if we have it, we must reach a point where we accept the condition as part of ourselves.”
~ Mark J. Pellegrino, M.D., Inside Fibromyalgia, p.213

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Row of Vases

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I received this image in a swap so I am sorry to say I don’t know who it is by.  I colored it with Copic markers and then used some 3D Crystal Lacquer on the vases to make it look more like water. Paper is from TAC and Hollo’s and a piece of misc I found in my patterned paper bin. I used some upcycled brads along the top and edged the layers with some Palette ink.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Paper Bag Album

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Paper bag albums used to be all the rage and any variation on them was something worth trying :)  I attended the TAC seminar a few years back with a friend and while cleaning out a drawer found another project we had started there.  I finished it up and sent it on to my Mom to use or sell or whatever she wants with.  I am sorry I no longer know the paper pack name that was used but the bags are folded nearer to the end to make it long like it is. There are varying size pockets to use in it and a few tags too.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy…Mermaid

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I made this card for my niece whose birthday was in March and I still haven’t seen her to give it to her :( Well I did see her but I didn’t know I was going to see her so I didn’t have it with me and now I feel bad and am going to have to get a little something extra special to put with it and her birthday present to make up for the fact that I am a bad Auntie :(

ok now that I got that off my chest LOL

The image is from The Greeting Farm and colored with Copic Markers and Sakura Glaze pens. I punched a circle from some glossy card stock and stamped the word Happy from FireCracker Designs by Pamela on it before adding a bit of green and yellow ink to it. I then mounted both onto this dreamy paper from Basic Grey. I hope she likes it when she finally gets to see it LOL!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Special!

 Hey Rubber lovers :)  Pamela at FireCracker Designs has decided to try something new!

Since she is offering a free digital image every weekend and didn’t want to leave out her rubber lovers, she is now going to choose a rubber set to feature for the day every Wednesday!  Cool you say  right?!?!? BUT WAIT LOL yep just like the commercials it get’s  better not only is it featured meaning you get to see some great art using the set but it will be marked at 50% off on the website  from midnight (ish)  Tuesday to midnight (ish) Wednesday!!

You wont’ need a coupon code to get the special, just go to the sale page to get yours! For this Wednesday, the featured set is one of the newer ones, called Love Bites!

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This was a fun card to make using a TJ tech from 2004 called Brayered Chalk Resist. Also used some Paper Temptress Hot Fudge paper, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Spellbinders Die and some Queen and Co Pearls!

Here is another card I also made using Love Bites.

For even MORE ideas using this set, click here for the gallery album!

Now get shopping! This set is great!

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P.S. Don’t forget about the awesome NSD sale too – you can see more info on that one {here}

P.S.S. Also check the top of my blog right under the header for Digital DT call info!  We’d love to have you join us!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Home Tweet Home

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For the Birds is the name of this digital image from FireCracker Designs by Pamela. I printed it then used my Nestability die to cut it out. Before removing it from the die I followed the Wisped Frames tutorial from the TJ newsletter to add a bit of background color.  The paper is from Hollo’s and Basic Grey Kioshi and Green at Heart lines.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Dragonfly Collage

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I think this digital image from Lindsey’s Stamps is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely one I wish was rubber! I printed and colored it with Copics. trimmed it out and layered it onto some Lime Rickey Basic Grey paper. Added a strip of Really Reasonable Ribbon that I had bound the bow center with a rhinestone brad. This is another Sympathy card – they seem to be the most requested ones lately. I find this one to be very uplifting and I hope whomever it finds its way to does also.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

ISC Flowers & Butterfly Challenge


I really love my Innovative Stamp Creations stamps and when I saw this challenge out I knew I had the perfect stamps to play along! I love the butterfly from the Oriental Nature Elements set and stamped it with colored ink instead of black, adding stickles to give it some sparkle and shimmer.
For the background I stamped the small duo of flowers from the Flowers and Elements set over and over on glossy paper in black ink. Then I used my sponges to dab on various colors of Palette ink, blending and smearing as I went. I figured my flowers were special too and added stickles to their centers also. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the background came out so vibrant and colorful! Wouldn't you love to fall into a field of flowers like this? I know I would!
I added a touch of sparkly ribbon (recycled from a gift I got) and added it to a green card base.

ETA: Pinky commented and told me about Sir Stampalot which also has a challenge this month for Butterflies & Blossoms so I am adding the link here for you to all check it out and giving their Mr. Linky my link too! BE SURE TO CHECK Sir Stampalot out!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day Sale!

May 1st is National Scrapbook Day! To celebrate, FCD has put together these 2 sets, especially chosen for use with scrapbook pages! What a perfect way to create page upon page of memories for future generations to keep close to their hearts! (this post will remain at the top until Friday-please scroll down for newest postings)

Red Rubber set:

Butter/Dragon Fly, 2×3002, 4.49

Dots – Hollow Bubbles, 2×3005, 4.49

Dots – Distress, 2×3004, 4.49

Doodles 7/Paisley, 4×5019, 8.99

Doodles 8/Journal Jammer, 4×5020, 8.99

Innies/Outies 4, 4×5025, 8.99

Total value: $40.44

You'll get all 6 sets for one low price!*

You'll get all 6 sets for one low price!*

Sale price for set: $25.00


That’s SIX red rubber sets for ONLY $25.00!!

(Tip: you can search the FCD site by the product codes listed below if you want to view the individual sets closer up.)

Clear Polymer set:

Curly Bird, CS2X2003, 2.99

Ribbon Moon, cs2×2007, 2.99

Blue Bird, CS2×2011, 2.99

Star, CS2×2012, 2.99

Pussy Willow, CS2×3005, 3.79

Boy w/ Flowers, CS2×3008, 3.79

Total Value: $19.54

Sale price for set: $12.50

You'll get all 6 clear images for one low price!*

You'll get all 6 clear images for one low price!*

That’s SIX clear polymer stamps for ONLY $12.50!!!

(Tip: you can search the FCD site by the product codes listed below if you want to view the individual sets closer up.)

Sale starts NOW!! and ends on Friday Midnight- May 7.

(*NO BACK ORDERS-we reserve the right to make equal substitutions to fill orders if an item is sold out.)



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Floral Bunch

 Floral Bunch

This is a digital image from FireCracker Designs by Pamela. I colored it and then cut out a portion of it (out of the box) layered it with some Basic Grey to create a simple Sympathy card.

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