Wednesday, December 31, 2008

echoes of kindness...

Tomorrow is a new year. I don't know about you but the holidays always make me think about how grateful I am to have my family and friends and how incredibly blessed we have been. I also take a good close look at my life and what might need to change and what I need to do this year to meet my goals. And yes I am one of those annoying people that have a plan, a one year plan and a 4 year plan (4 years instead of 5 because hopefully my husband will be retiring from his law enforcement job in just under 4 years). I am not crazy about the whole goal thing but I find I function better with direction. This year I accomplished 3 out of 5 of my major goals, so today I am revising my list for the new year. I have to tell you that several of my goals for this year are creative in nature and should result in my having much more material to share with you.

And speaking of stuff to share with you, this is what I did for todays splitcoast sketch challenge. You know how much I love new stamps , right? This flower is a new stamp! It is part of the Echoes of Kindness stamp set that is a level 2 hostess set from the new, soon to be released Spring/Summer 2009 Stampin' Up! catalog. It was love at first site for me with this set, it sort of reminds me of my much beloved Petal Prints.What I used:
Echoes of Kindness, Elegant Greetings stamp sets
Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red, Kraft card stock
Holiday Treasures designer paper
basic black and going grey (for sponging) classic ink pads
wide real red grosgrain ribbon
stampin' write markers

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy New Year...

Okay I know I am a little late, and I have been neglecting you terribly but I still wanted to wish you the bested in this blessed season.

Now I got the absolutely best Christmas gift ever! You want to know what it is?????

Please allow me to introduce my daughter Ellie. Her adoption was finalized right before Christmas and we couldn't be happier.

Here is the whole family, aren't our children beautiful?

Now I did do a bit of stamping, just a tiny bit last week of the last Elzybell design team challenge. You can find the challenge **HERE** and the rest of the design teams projects **HERE**

What I used:
brilliant blue, green galore, whisper white card stock
my minds eye designer paper
brilliant blue, green galore classic ink pads
white taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stampin' Up! retired list 10% off and FREE shipping!

Can you stand it????? The latest retirement list is out and Stampin' Up! is offering 10% off of all the stamp sets on the list as well as free shipping with a $70 (that can be a customer order or a workshop). You can view the stamp set here but if you want to order them you need to go to my business website, to order directly from me.

so sorry....

I am so sorry that I haven't been posting. I messed up my back (yes, again gotta quit lifting the little guy I babysit for) and haven't been able to sit without being in pain. No sitting means no computer and no creating! But I am starting to feel better and wanted to take the time to up date you and share a couple of creations with you.

I also want you to know about so free stuff you can win over on Elizabeth's blog. She has prizes to give away every day until Christmas! To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and a winner will be randomly picked throughout the month to win the prize for that day.

The two projects below I created for the last two Elzybell challenges but was not able to share them with you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

more cardinals

Just a really quick card this morning before I head out to get some of my Christmas shopping done. It is missing something but my caffeine hasn't kicked in yet so please forgive me.
What I used:
a cardinal christmas
basic black, real red, kraft card stock
black stazon, real red classic stamp pads
various re-inkers for watercoloring
real red narrow grosgrain ribbon

Friday, November 14, 2008

soap box...

Once a year or so I find myself unable to resist getting up on a soap box. Today is that day, so if you are only looking for a stamping masterpiece from me today you will have to wait and see if I have time to stamp later today.

Today is National Adoption Day. All across this country thousands of families will finalize the adoptions of their children and this is a wonderful thing. We too had hoped to finalize Ellie's adoption today but were not able to. But as wonderful as this is there are still 130,000 children in this country, freed for adoption but with no permanent families. Let me repeat that number, One Hundred Thirty Thousand children in foster homes, group homes and institutions that want permanent homes with loving families and don't have them. That number should take your breath away. Merely typing it brings tears to my eyes. I'm a foster/adoptive parent and I know some of these children. I have adopted two of them and are in the process of adopting a third but two people can not solve this problem alone. This is a national problem, a bigger problem to these children then the economy or war or who gets elected. The unfortunate reality is that most of these kids are too old, part of a sibling group or too damaged to be "attractive" to most prospective parents. But that doesn't make their desires, their hopes, their dreams and their longing for a forever family any less valid.

My dream for these children is for everyone of them to have a permanent loving home. Every single one of them. The problem is that there isn't enough people that can take them or want to take them or are able to take them. Many of these kids are so damaged by their birth families and what the system has done to them that they are hard to parent. But they still want someone to love them and to be there for them, forever.

What can you do? You can search your hearts and see if there is room for one of these children. Don't feel bad if it just isn't something you feel you can do, it is not for everyone. But there are other things you can do. Could you mentor one of these kids? They all need positive people in there lives. Could you give a helping hand to a family that wants to take on one or more of these children? Is there a family in your church or community that with support from you could take on a child? Could you maybe make this Christmas special for a child that is waiting? Could you remember these children the next time you hug your own? Could you pray?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

paper piecing...

It's time for another Elzybelles challenge, this week, paper piecing. To check out all the challenge details click here, to see what all the design team has done, click here. I have to say that I love Elizabeth's images for paper piecing. They are the most suited in my entire stamp collection. Basically when paper piecing you stamp the image multiply times on various different papers and cut out each of the tiny pieces then layer them back into a whole image. If you don't like cutting probably not a technique you are going to love but the result is very cool. It is also a fabulous way to use up some of those teeny tiny scraps of designer paper or card stock that you just can't bring yourself to throw away.

What I used:
Elzybell cat in window
chocolate chip, soft sky, whisper white, wild asparagus designer paper
various scraps including vellum
basic black, close to cocoa classic ink pads
ribbon, red brads

diamond cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

owl together now...

I know I am a little rusty from not stamping in a while so this didn't come out exactly as I envisioned it but I will share it with you anyway. The owls are colored with Watercolor Wonder crayons and an aquapainter.
What I used:
Owl Together Now
chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, whisper white card stock
Urban Garden designer paper
basic black, close cocoa classic ink
watercolor wonder crayons and aquapainter
kiwi kiss satin ribbon

and the winner is...

Hop on over to the Elzybell blog and check out the winning cards in our holiday card contest!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I know, I know, I haven't posted in nearly two weeks. My life is chaos. We have filed our adoption petition with the courts for Ellie's adoption but do not yet have a court date. My Christmas cards are not finished yet and my 15 year old son is driving me crazy. None of these are good for getting my stamping mojo going. But todays color challenge over on SplitCoastStampers was just to good to not try.
What do you think? The snow is highlighted with a white gel pen and a glitter pen. The cuttlebugged background has whisper white ink sponged over the snowflakes to make them stand out. The main image is watercolored with certainly celery, pacific point and basic gray classic ink.

What I used:
stamp by Elzybell
basic gray, whisper white, certainly celery, pacific point card stock
certainly celery designer prints paper
basic black, basic gray, certainly celery, pacific point classic ink
whisper white craft ink
snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder
white gel pen, glitter pen
pacific point striped ribbon

Thursday, October 30, 2008

spiders, spiders everywhere!

You all know I am crazy right????

Well I have been seeing these adorable spiders made with peppermint patties and punched card stock everywhere. I thought they were just so cute that I showed them to my daughter who then proceeded to beg me to make them for her classmates. After I agreed I realized that if I made them for her class I needed to make them for her younger brother and sister's classes.....Well they are finally done all 61 of them. What was I thinking???

What I used:
Peppermint Patties
Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore card stock
Scallop circle punch, photo corner punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch

black and white and one other color...

Black and white and one other color is todays Elzybell design team challenge. Pop over the Elizabeth's blog to see what all the other design team member have done with this challenge.
I love black, white and red together. I did have to cheat a tiny bit by adding some orange for the snowman's nose and brown for his arms but I think I stayed with the general principal of the challenge.

What I used:
Boy with snowman by Elzybell Art stamps
Basic black, real red, whisper white card stock, SU designer paper
water color paper
Black Stazon ink pad
Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter
snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder
black brads
wide Real Red grosgrain ribbon, black narrow grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 16, 2008

elzybell challenge #4

It's challenge time again for the Elzybelles. Our challenge; Inchies! I haven't done much with inchies, those tiny little works of art, as a matter of fact I believe this is my first venture. While I was racking my brain for ideas on how to use them, I came across a card where my cyber buddy Julesiana had used the inchie to spotlight part of an image. It seemed like a good idea so I ran with it. Thanks Jules.Also don't forget that there is still time to enter the Elzybell holiday card challenge. You still have until October 21st.

What I used:
Elzybell holly lamp, Bella Toile background, Many Merry Messages stamp set
Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Confetti White card stock
Black Stazon ink pad, Riding Hood Red classic stamp pad
black brads, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain

Monday, October 13, 2008

no stampin' just lots and lots of braggin'

Football season is always the busiest time of the year for my family. Our second son Daniel has been playing football since the age of eight so the months of August, September and October are consumed by practices and games and all the other fun stuff involved with the season. Our daughter Jessika has been cheering for our PopWarner team for 3 years now so that involves once again, practices, games, competitions and good grief CHEER HAIR! I can only imagine what my life is going to be like when Ellie starts cheering and Manny starts playing.

This weekend was homecoming. Homecoming at my children's school is near and dear to my heart since they attend MY hometown high school. Homecoming in our small town is one of the wonderful things about living where I live. It starts out with the spaghetti supper Friday night then continues with the Varsity girls soccer game, bonfire and dance. Saturday begins with a 5K walk/run race and parade then concludes with a Varsity football game against arch rivals Weedsport. Very small town, very wonderful.

This year was extra special because this year Daniel is on the varsity football team. The younger kids and I missed the parade this year because Jessi had to cheer at a PopWarner game earlier in the day and we arrived just in time for kickoff. The game wasn't looking to good through the third quarter. I was actually kinda thinking about going home because the little ones were tired when my boy caused a feeble that resulted in our team scoring. Then we scored again, and again and again scoring 30 points in the 4th quarter, winning the game and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the play offs. Does Dan look excited in this picture or what???Sunday was spent at a cheerleading competition. Jessika's team did a fair job. Not moving on to the next level but they are a very young team and will do better next time. The older girls from our team won the competition which was very exciting and a great example for our younger girls to follow.Did I mention cheer hair?
To round out an already crazy weekend the Southard clan made their annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We look forward to this every year and I always stop at the greenhouse across the road to buy some mums. We found the biggest pumpkins we have ever gotten this year. Check them out...
Manny found a big one...
but Daniel's was even bigger...
Manny looking really cute while waiting for Dad to get him a donut and some cider.
Jessi sitting on a pile of pumpkins, man I hope she gets that other tooth soon!
After we got home we cleaned up the porch and arranged all of our pumpkins and mums and the corn stalks from Uncle Lo's garden. The front of the house looks wonderful, will have to take some more pics and share that with you soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

just playing around...

Lately I have been playing around with some 3D projects instead of doing just cards. This is one of the things that I have done. I am not ready to show you the rest....What I used:
A Rose is a Rose stamp set, Big Deal alphabet set
lower case J decor elements
Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White card stock
Bella Rose designer paper
Whisper White taffeta ribbon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Elzybell challenge #3

Time for another Elzybell challenge! You can play along too! Just follow this link to find the sketch we are using. If you want to see what the other members of our design team have done, follow click here.
Isn't this bear the cutest??? I made this card for a friend, Laura who is expecting a baby soon. She and her DH already have a hand full of girls between them and are hoping for a boy this time.

The main image is colored with Stampin' write markers on water color paper. I used an aquapainter to blend the colors, add highlights and soften the colors.

What I used:
Elzybell bear with towel
Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White card stock
water color paper
Wild Asparagus by Mind's Eye designer paper
coluzzle cutting system, small corner rounder
Certainly Celery narrow grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

season of friendship

I rarely do square cards but sometime the image is of a size that ya just gotta go for it. I had to do a fall card today because here in Central New York it is feeling a little fallish. There is a chill in the air, leaves are starting to turn and football season is well underway. Time to go pick apples and pumpkins and stop by the nursery to pick up some gorgeous fall mums . Don't you think?Nothing really tricky on this card. The only thing that I did that may not be apparent at first glance is that I rock & rolled the leaves. What does that mean? All I did was ink the leaf stamp with really rust then rolled the leaf stamp edges of the chocolate chip stamp pad. Clear as mud?

What I used:
Season of Friendship stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White card stock
Autumn Vine designer paper
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Really Rust classic stamp pads
Alpine ribbon originals
slot punch, corner rounder
mat pack and paper piercer

Monday, September 29, 2008

the continuing search for the perfect Christmas card...

As I continue to search for this years perfect Christmas card, I made this one to demo at a workshop last week. What do you think?What I used:
Snow Burst and Cute and Curly stamp sets
Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White card stock
Holiday Treasures designer paper
Baja Breeze and Old Olive classic stamp pads
Curly label punch, scallop edge punch
Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

I have been so incredibly busy. I don't know why I thought that once the kids went back to school that I would actually have more time to my self!?!?! I have been stamping though! These are the cards I created for a Stamp-a-Stack I did for a fundraiser for a local summer camp. I am also going to offer the same Stamp-a-Stack to my customers in October. Check my demo website calender for more details...

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Stamps!!!

It is almost time for the Holiday mini to be released! So you know that I just have to tease you by showing off some of the lovely stuff that will be available to you after October 1st.

Now I know this card is a little stark but this is what I was going for. Something simple and quick that I can use with my customers.

What I used:
Season of Friendship
Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue and Whisper White card stock
Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue classic stamp pads
wide Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, September 18, 2008

elzybell sketch challenge #2

Hop on over to the Elzybell Blog to play along with the design team sketch challenge!I pulled out my scrap box for todays challenge and paper pieced the main image. Each little piece of the main image was stamped on various different designer papers or solid scraps then cut out and layered back together. A great technique to use up little scraps or when you just don't feel like coloring. I sponged the edges of the main image with close to cocoa ink and I added glitter to the star in the window with a Sakura glitter pen.

What I used:
Elzybell's mother and child
Old Olive, Kraft, Whisper White card stock
various scraps
Basic Black, Old Olive classic ink pads
chocolate chip 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon
1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches
sakura glitter pen
ruby red, summer sun, close to cocoa Stampin' Write markers

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

more holy triptych...

The power is finally back on! Hurricanes are not usually a problem for us in Central New York but ever so often we get some freak weather like Ike brought us. Sunday night the wind was howling! Power went out in the middle of the storm and didn't get turned back on again until last night. I am not very good at stamping in the dark so I haven't gotten much stamping done lately but I did do a little bit today.

What I used:
Holy Triptych and Many Merry Messages stamp sets
Basic Black, Going Grey, Riding Hood Red card stock
Bella Rose designer paper
Basic Black, Versamark stamp pads
silver embossing powder and heat tool
Stampin' Pastels and blender pens
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

holy triptych...

Sorry everyone that I haven't been around. My oldest son leaves this afternoon to spend the fall semester in England and I have to admit that I am sort of a wreck. He is a great kid and I know this is a wonderful experience for him but why does it have to be so very far away? Anyway getting him ready and trying not to freak out has been taking all my time and energy. I did manage to bang out a quick card this morning. This card arose from the scrap heap of yesterdays attempt at stamping. The main image of this was stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder. The message is also stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder and layered over the top of the first image to soften it. The only tricky part on this is how I did the ribbon. If you look closely you can see that I cut a slit to the left of the red strip and the ribbon is threaded through the slit and tied arough the grey piece of card stock.

What I used:
Holy Triptych and Many Merry Messages
Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock
Versamark ink pad
black embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, vintage brads

Thursday, September 4, 2008

first elzybell sketch challenge...

Today is the first Elzybell Design Team challenge. The sketch was created by our own Jeanne Streiff. Below is the card I created for the sketch, click here and follow the link to play along.What I used:
Elzybell boy & snowman
Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, watercolor paper
Wild Asparagus designer paper
Black Stazon ink pad and Whisper White craft pad
Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter
Coluzzle cutting system, small corner rounder
Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

just bragging

No time for stampin' because today was the first day of school! (Well I did actually do some stampin' but I'm not sharing it until tomorrow) Yipee! You missed seeing me doing my happy dance in the middle of the driveway. Probably a good thing you missed it because it probably wasn't pretty. My friend MaryPat was a little sniffly as her youngest daughter got on the bus with mine. He daughter is my baby girl Ellie's best friend, they looked so cute this morning as they got on the bus. I wish I could show you how adorable she looked but as I have told you all before until the adoption is final I can't share.

This first picture is of my handsome young man Daniel on the first day of his sophomore year of high school. Can't believe how grown up he looks!Princess Jessika heading off to third grade! First time on the big kid bus and first year in the elementary II. She did okay getting on the bus at 6:55 this morning, bet it won't be so easy next week though.
Cutie pie Manny heading off to first grade! Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?
And since I am already bragging on them thought I would show you what the cutest cheerleader in the entire world looks like. Think she had had enough of the paparazzi mom when I took this.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Owl together now...

I needed a birthday card for my dad and you know how hard it is to come up with a birthday card for a guy. When I was at the Stampin' Up! convention this year I saw the cutest swap card that used the Owl Together Now stamp set. I don't have the actual swap, just filed it away in my memory so I can't give credit to who I got the idea from, sorry.
I colored the owl with colored pencils, because that is what was sitting out on my desk at the time. Cut him out and popped him up on a dimensional. The not quite navy ribbon is actually white taffeta ribbon that I dragged across an ink pad to get it the color I wanted.

What I used:
Owl Together Now stamp set
Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White card stock
Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy classic ink pad
Prismacolor pencils
wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
white taffeta ribbon
word window punch

Eskimo Gifts...

I suppose that Lilac is not really a Christmas color but evidently in my world it is. I love this cute little eskimo girl and penquin. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended the colors with a paper stump (Wendy a stump is a blending tool made out of rolled paper) and odorless mineral spirits. I added some glittery accents, rather hard to see in the picture, with a Sakura glitter pen. The background was made with a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

What I used:
Elzybell Eskimo Gifts
Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Basic Black card stock
Basic Black classis ink pad
Prismacolor Pencils, stump, odorless mineral spirits
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder
making memories ribbon
sakura glitter pen

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

flower fancy...

It was love at first site for me with this stamp set, Flower Fancy, from the new Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! catalog. I love any two step stamp set anyway but the big happy flowers in this set just thrill me. I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of this stamp set from me in the future. My desk still had yesterdays scraps left out on it so most of the same supplies were used for todays card.

What I used:
Flower Fancy and Heard from the Heart stamp sets
Paisley background stamp
Basic Black, Kraft, Rose Red, Whisper White card stock
Basic Black, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss classic stamp pads
basic black narrow grosgrain ribbon
mat pack and piercing tool

road test...

Yesterday I received my design team package from Elizabeth at Elzybell Art Stamps. This cute little guy in a car was one of the stamps I chose. My oldest son is finally taking his drivers road test next week so I made this good luck card for him. Poor guy has been driving for 3 years (not on his own) but we wouldn't let him get his license because of how much our insurance would go up. Finally worked it out with our insurance company so that we could afford for him to drive. He is so looking forward to the freedom of the road.

What I used:
Elzybell boy in car, SU itty, bitty background
Basic Grey, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Whisper White card stock
DCWV Rockstar designer paper
Basic Grey, Basic Black classic ink pads
various re-inkers and aquapainter for watercoloring
black brads

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"What's Moo?" with you?

In the beginning of August I announced that I had been chosen to be a member of the Elzybell design team. I have been waiting ever so patiently for my stamps to arrive from across the pond but in the meantime, one of my fellow design team 'belles Jeanne stamped some images for me so that I could play while I wait. This adorable image is from the "What's Moo?" clear stamp set from Elzybell Art Stamps. Isn't it adorable? I colored the image with colored pencils and blended the colors with mineral spirits and a stump.

What I used:
Elzybells "What's Moo?"
Stampin' Up! Paisley and Canvas backgrounds
Basic Black, Kraft, Rose Red, Whisper White card stock
Basic Black, Rose Red, Versamark
prismacolor colored pencils, stump, mineral spirits
black gingham ribbon
white eyelets (SU retired)

OH MY GOODNESS!!! My son just walked in with the mail and guess what is in it?!?!?! A package from the UK from Elizabeth of Elzybell Art Stamps. Gotta go open it and drool on my new rubber!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ya gotta love cupcakes...

Everybody loves cupcakes right? Well the frosting anyway...

When I saw this cupcake stamp in the new catalog I knew I had to have it. Not my usual style but I do have 5 kids so there for they are invited to about a million birthday parties every year. This stamp set is intended to be a thank you card and I am sure I will use it that way sooner or late but today I put masking tape over the words when I inked the stamp then removed it when I stamped so that I could omit the words. The cupcake is paper pieced. I stamped the cupcake (or parts of it anyway) 2 times. Once on blush blossom, once on close to cocoa and one on ruby red. After I cut out the bottom of the cupcake I ran it through my rarely used (but very handy) paper crimper, I then sponged a little close to cocoa over the ridges to make them stand out a little more. The frosting part of the cupcake has dots on it that I highlighted with a ruby red marker, then a versamark pen then added iridescent ice embossing powder to give it some sparkle. I added iridescent ice embossing powder to the cherry the same way. The tag was punched out with the new large oval punch then slit punched to add a little bit of ribbon. The ribbon is held together with a ruby red brad and the edges of the tag are sponged with close to cocoa ink.

What I used:
Simple Birthday Thanks, Hugs & Wishes stamp sets, Polka Dot background
Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red and Blush Blossom card stock
Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Ruby Red classic ink
Ruby Red stampin' write marker, Versamark pen, iridescent ice embossing powder
wide oval punch, slit punch, sponge
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Earth Elements brad

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Simple is best...

Sometimes simple is just best. Like sugar cookies (my favorite, yummy), nap time, a sunset, a hug from your favorite someone, warm soup or a toddlers smacking kiss... I like simple, sometimes anyway. And today is all about simple, sort of. I had a lot of fun coloring the image for my card today (which is not simple) but when it came time to make it into a card anything but simple seem to distract from the main image. So I went with a very plain card body, simple greeting and minimal layers that just seem to make the image pop off the card. I created the main image using the Autumn Harvest stamp set which was originally in the Holiday mini, last fall, and made it into the new big catalog. Picture me doing my happy dance because I just love this set. I started out by making masks of both pumpkins and the leaf. On watercolor paper I stamp the small pumpkin first using Black Stazon ink. I placed a mask over the small pumpkin then stamped the larger pumpkin. I placed another mask over the large pumpkin then stamped the leaves below the pumpkins. I removed the masks then starting with the lightest colors, colored the pumpkins and the leaves with Stampin' Write markers in various different colors. I then used an aquapainter to blend the colors and lift off excess color. After it was dry I masked the pumpkins again and sponged in the sky using Baja Breeze classic ink. I removed the masks and blended the sky with my aquapainter as well.

What I used:
Autumn Harvest, God's Blessings
watercolor paper, Kraft, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango card stock
Black Stazon, Baja Breeze classic stamp pad
various Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter

Now speaking of simple. Isn't this sunset simply gorgeous? Last night as I was driving my oldest daughter home from cheerleading I decided to go the back way home and caught this sunset over the swamp behind and below our house. I quickly dropped her off home and ran back with my camera to catch it. I almost missed it, and the hubby thought I was a little nuts but later agreed that it was worth it, don't you agree?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

more inspired by nature...

I made this card using the second panel I made yesterday. It was made exactly the same way but I stamped this after yesterdays, without re-inking the stamp. I wanted the soft look so I also over stamped the image with canvas inked with close to cocoa (stamped off multiple times) and sponged the edges with close to cocoa.

What I used:
Inspired by Nature stamp set and Canvas background stamp
Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock
Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip classic ink pads
Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Elegant Eggplant narrow grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

do ya wanna see some new stuff?

I have come up with every excuse know to man to not stamp since I got back from convention. No idea what my problem is, overwhelmed I guess. Updated my customer list, tweaked both my blog and my website, did a mailing, called a bunch of my customers, shopped for back to school supplies, everything but stamp. Heck I even cleaned the cat boxes today before I stamped and I had promised myself that I would except no more excuses, I would get back to it today! My sore throat from nasty allergies and my daughter's upset tummy seemed like good excuses to but no I had to do it. Thankfully todays color challenge on SplitCoastStampers was exactly the inspiration I needed. With todays colors I could finally make the card I had envisioned when I first saw this stamp set at convention. I may even make another one later today since when I stamped this I also did a similar panel of second generation stamping (stamped a second time without re-inking) identical to this one. It is very soft and pretty, not bold like this one. Maybe I will find time to play with it so I can show it to you later. This stamp set is brand new in the Fall/Winter catalog. I received this set at convention but you can order it now too.

What I used:
Inspired by Nature stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White card stock
Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
Chocolate Chip and Old Olive markers
wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
designer label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

What I did:
This look would have been a lot easier if I owned all of the SU! makers but since I only own them in my favorite colors I had to improvise a little bit. I first inked up the petal portion of the coneflowers with the elegant eggplant stamp pad and wiped the ink off of where I didn't want it with a baby wipe and a q-tip. I then inked the center of the coneflower with a chocolate chip marker and the stems with an old olive marker. Because the color challenge called for taken with teal and because I thought it would make the stems interesting I brushed them with the taken with teal stamp pad. Huffed on the stamp then stamped. The grass stamp was inked old olive ink pad then also brushed with the taken with teal stamp pad. I stamped the grass several times without re-inking.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

convention pictures...

Thought I would share some of my pictures from convention with you. This is the convention center.
Me and my crazy roomies; Karen (imastampin) and KellyJean (kellyjg) waiting for opening session to begin.

Shelli Gardner...
Sweet Bev (bevmom) after winning free stuff!
Me and my roomies at the SplitCoastStampers dinner...
Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton, Utah.
Packing line were all of the lovely packages get shipped from.
Ronald McDonald excepting a check for $126,ooo for the Ronald McDonald house from Stampin' Up!
Crazy Challenge Chaser friends at convention. Annette, Amanda, Karen, Wendy, Bev in the back row. Melissa, Kelly H and KellyJean in the front row.
Some of the people at the stalkers and freaks gathering at Wendy's (Wendybell).
The men in Brown bring us free stamps!
Me with free stamps!