I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Weekend of Card Making

In browsing through my stamps and images, I decided I needed to work on some Copic coloring.  Although I didn't do any blending techniques, I got a lot of cards colored up  and ready to be put on cards.  I had joined a birthday card swap and its due in a few days... YIKES!!! ..... and was having a hard time deciding what to make for this swap. 

Earlier this week, I went to a friends home who had invited a bunch of us over for a day of scrapping, chatting and eating.  Well, my birthday was on Tuesday and I've been staying up late doing all sorts of things... so I finally showed up around 1230 ish... ok... it was more like 1pm.  LOL!  Who am I fooling.  Her hubby created a scrapbook room for her, so I had to go take a look.  We were scrapping in the kitchen at a big table.   She also sells CTMH stamps, so while in there, of course I had to take a look.  I told her I was looking for a fun birthday stamp and we searched til I found just the right one.  I also went home with a lot of other ones that she let me borrow to stamp.  She mentioned that she was getting pegboard to put on one of the walls.  I told her not to get any.  She gives me this look ... as if to say "why not".  Well, over a year ago, I went to Lowe's and got some peg board.  I had it cut to size and also board some other wood to back it with so it would sit off of the wall.  I spray painted it white.. and there it has sat on my floor all that time.  I ended up using that wall space for something else ... so we made a trade for it.  Everything works out well in the long run.

So here's the card I did for the swap.  Shhhhhhhh, don't tell cause I don't want them to see it yet.  LOL!  Yeah right!  I finished most of these last nite at the LSS midnite mania.   Had to wait til I got home to attach the sentiment since the printer there was out of ink.

Penny Black Stamp - Toadily Yours
Copic inks
AC Paper - Cardstock and Patterned
Ribbon from my stash
Computer Generated Sentiment

Then I had stamped all of these images that I have from company called Stamp Affair .  Since I knew I was going to be working on cards all night, I went prepared.  This is what I ended up with after 5 hrs of scrapbooking.

Heritage Collection Stamp - Tiger Wrap
Copic Coloring
DCWV African Safari Stack
DCWV Shimmer Stack
Ribbon from my stash

The following cards are made from a Rubbernecker Stamp . 

Rubbernecker Stamp: Shantay
Rubbernecker Stamp - Sentiment
DCWV Shimmer Stack
Patterned Paper - Various (DCWV, Basic Gray, AC)
Copic Coloring

A Layout Challenge

One of the Sistah's on the SOC website posted a 2 week layout challenge on her blog... Jazzy Paper .  So I had time this weekend after working on some other cards for another swap and decided to give this one a go.

After finding a stamp in my stash this weekend and doing a lot of copic coloring with it, I decided that this was the one for this challenge.

Stamped image : Tiger Wrap (Heritage stamp)
DCWV - Red Shimmer Paper
Coredinations Gemstones White Cardstock
Craft Essentials Flower
Adhesive Ribbon
Rubon Letters - Simply Sweet from Doodlebug Design
Copic Inks - N3, R46, E25

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Mini Mini Purse Album

I had this idea stuck in my head all day.  So when I returned from my outing today, I sat down and started to work on this.  Sometimes, I just can't stop til I get something finished.  With the exception of the dangling bling that I need to add to this, I think this turned out pretty nice.

This was cut at 4.25" x 3" .

The handle was one that I created from my leftover bead stash from my jewelry days.

And here's a comparison of the full sized purse to the mini-mini.

Outer Patterned paper from Joann's - Sand Rain Drops
Inner Patterned Papers - DCWV Rustic Stack
Bazzill Flowers
1" Binder Rings

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mini Purse Albums

I am in love with creating these!  Not too long ago, Kathy from Paper Phenomenon posted a kit for Mini Purse Albums.  I looked at what she did and said "Wow"... Amazing!!  She does some incredible work and I'm not sure when she finds the time to do all of her creating since she does work a full-time job.

So anyways, the day that she was doing the online video stream tutorial, I wasn't home.  But later on, I went back and reviewed the Ustream video so that I could follow along and create my mini album.  I sat down and created my first one...

It now has a nice embellishment on the front.... just didn't feel like retaking the picture.

I liked the way it came out, so this weekend, I created 2 new ones.  These will be for gifts.

This green paper looks just like alligator skin.  I found a different button for this green one... but put the flower on there as a place holder.  Again... I'm too lazy to retake the picture.

And this one.... I really love.  I might have a hard time parting with it , but I know it will be truly loved.

and check out the inside of this one.  I just love it.

Patterned paper from Joann's
Purse Handles .. from Joann's
Embellishments ... from Joann's and Michaels
Binder Rings

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A New Baby Card

My grandson's mother just had a new baby via emergency C-section on Thursday.  She was induced, but complications arose.  Yesterday, I picked up my grandson from her mom for my son... whew... that was lengthy.  I told her that I would bring the little man there to see his mom today for a brief visit.  No, this is not my newest grandbaby.  LOL!

So being the person I am, I sat down this morning and made her a card.
On one of my favorite websites, one of the ladies shared a link to a Triple Tier Slider Card ... so I went to check it out.  She also had a video of how to put it together.  You can find it here .... Stamp With Heather

So here's what I made:

SU Stamp and Sentiment
MS Cardstock
Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Stack
Bic Mark It Markers

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Another Take on the Buried Treasures Challenge

I'm still wide awake when I should  be sleeping... so what better thing to do than to make another card.
Here's another take on the Buried Treasures Challenge.

This time I used all of the stamps in the SU set Echoes of Kindness.

I took part of the sentiment for the front of the card and then used the rest on the inside:

DCWV Shimmer Stack
SU Set - Echoes of Kindness
BIC Mark It Markers
White Ribbon from my stash

Buried Treasures Challenge

I was up late chatting with some scrappy friends on the SOC website and decided to get scrappy while chatting.  Of course , it takes longer to get something accomplished... but you can get it done.

A challenge was posted at the beginning of the month to find some buried treasures in your home that you'd not used.  Some people buy things because they need them right then and there, and there are others that buy things just because.  I'm both of those people.  I'm a tool junky and gotta have them regardless whether I use them right away or later on down the road.

Well, this week, I went in the depths of my spare bedroom where I had stashed my jewelry supplies ... looking for my pliers that I needed to put a clasp on a mini album that I've been working on.  As I was stepping... or shall I say... climbing from the other side of the bed.... I spotted these bags.   So of course I had to take a look and see what they were.

In one bag, there were 2 brand new, unopened Cricut cartridges.  I don't know when I put them in there and why, because my cricut machine is in my craft room.  I'm ashamed to say when I bought them for I truly had forgotten that I had them and had repurchased those 2 cartridges.  In the 2nd bag, there were 4 EK success punches.... 2 of which I must have used because they weren't in the packaging.... lol... thats a good sign.  The 3rd bag contained 7 sets of SU stamps.  One of the sets had been used and the others were still never assembled.  I found that one of the stamp sets... I had previously purchased and didn't realize that either.   But its all good, because I had hosted the SU party and the duplicate stamp set was a freebie (eventhough now that I think of it, I could have gotten something else... oh well.)

So my buried treasure that I used was one of the SU stamp sets called Echoes of Kindness.  I went to the Split Coast Stampers website to do a search on that set for some inspiration.  I found lots of good possibilities.  This one really stuck to me.  One of the techniques on this card in addition to using the stamp, was a technique called Lattice Folding.  I'd not seen that before and thought I'd give it a whirl.  It led me to a tutorial on how to do the lattice folding .... and you can find it here... Lattice Folding Technique .

So here's my card created from my buried treasure:
The stamping was done with pigment ink and embossed with Utee embossing powder, then colored with BIC mark it markers.

Then I decided that it was missing something, so I went back and added some bling:

DCWV Summer Stack patterned paper
Regular Cardstock from my stash
SU stamp set - Echoes of Kindness
Ribbon: Prestige (M's Dollar bin ribbon)
BIC Mark It Markers for the coloring of the stamp

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Recycle Challenge

Just trying to keep myself busy these days.
Over on the SOC website, there was a challenge posted in which you are to use something in your household that can be recycled.  A while back, someone had asked me to save some toilet paper rolls and I did.  Then threw them out when they changed their minds.  So, I once again decided to save some to try my hand at a mini album.  This was the perfect challenge.

The hard part was deciding on what to make this for.... which I still haven't as yet.  So, there aren't any embellishments put on this one yet.  I'm thinking I might use it for a baby mini album.

Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Patterned Paper: DCWV Linen Closet
Background Cardstock: Martha Stewart
Miscellaneous Ribbon
Tsuneiko Inks

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Birthday Card

A friends Birthday was at the beginning of the month, so I made her this cute card. 
I'm having so much fun using my Copic markers.
I used another Rubbernecker stamp for the image and I think I did her justice.  I stamped her on the bottom... then colored her in on another image... cut her out and pop dotted her up off the paper.

Rubbernecker Stamp : Helika
DCWV Indian Summer stack
Ribbon from my stash
Big Bazzill Flower and Brad
EK Success punch

Christmas in July Swap

Whoa!  I just realized I'd not posted anything in almost a month.  I've been a bit busy and behind in things.

On the Scraps of Color website, I decided to do the Christmas in July card swap.  I switched what I was going to create many times over.  I finally pulled out some stamps I have by Rubbernecker and put two of them together for the image.  Took my time and colored them with my Copic Sketch markers.

So here's the final product:

Rubbernecker stamps: Trevon and Larhonda
Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
DCWV Shimmer stack for Red and Gold papers
Miscellaneous Ribbon
Red Adhesvie Rhinetones
Sentiment printed from computer
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