Monday, September 29, 2008

SC195 - 2 New Cards!

I finally got the courage to cut into this DP! I know it's retired, but I loved it and did not want to cut it! :)

Link to SC 195 -
Recipe: Stamps - Embrace Life; Paper - Ruby Red, River Rock, Ginger Blossom DP, Whisper White; Ink - River Rock, Brown Staz-on, Ruby Red; Misc - River Rock Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Aqua Painter, Bling, Stickles, Pop Dots

2nd Card!!

I can't believe I cut into this paper before it was retired!! :) I layered all of the pieces of the flower using pop-dots. This was a pretty quick and easy card!

Stamps - One of a Kind; Paper - Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Haiku DP; Ink - Old Olive, Black; Misc - Nestabilities, Olive Twill Ribbon, Lg. Oval Punch, Pop Dots


Sunday, September 28, 2008

I updated my Scrappy Room!

I finally snapped some new pictures of my scrappy space!
I re-arranged a lot of things to work better for stamping! ( you can click on any pictures to see close-ups!)
My furniture is from Pottery Barn. I love it! This is my main scrappy area here.
These shelves are from Pottery Barn, but are discontinued. I got them on a HUGE bargain! My shelves hold my SU ribbon, acrylic blocks, MM paints, Stickles, SU Markers, Primas, and some scrappy projects. Under the shelves on the let side is a set of small drawers that hold all of my sponges - I have a drawer for all the SU colors, that way, I can just reach for the color I want and I am not wasting them from one project to the next. On top of that, sits my ATG gun, brayers, glue and stamp cleaners.
My bulletin board holds cards from swaps and some stuff I have created as well.

Here is a close up of my new Ikea BYGEL rails! Love them!

Another shot of my cubes, which hold all my SU paper and other brands as well. My cuttlebug and Bigshot live there too!

Here is the right hand side of my desk. That's my other fav spot. My TV, computer and photo printers live over here!


Friday, September 26, 2008

SC194 Embrace Life - Groovy Guava

I love how this card turned out!
I cased this card from StrappyStamper:

Stamps: Embrace Life;Paper: Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DP; Ink: Groovy Guava, Black, River Rock; Misc: River Rock Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Clear Stickles, Oval Punch, Word Window Punch

I sponged the GG on the flower and cut out. And then created my own Groovy Guava Stickles using this tutorial:

Here is a close-up of the flower:

TUTORIAL - DIY Colored Stickles

Ever find you don't have the color of stickles you need?
Here is a tutorial for making your own!

You will need a bottle of clear stickles (crystal, diamond, star dust, etc) and re-inkers (I used Barely Banana here).
Squeeze out some stickles and 1 drop of a re-inker.
Blend in a new spot to create the color of stickles you want! I used a popsicle stick to blend.
I used Riding Hood Red on the left to show difference. Using a fine tip paint brush, paint onto your project!

Viola! No need to every color of stickles! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I have been Tagged...

by my supertwin Tori Wild (wild4Stamps)! Long story short, we are both named Tori (spelled the same way - very rare - And we both have sons named Parker that are 5! Too coincidental to not be supertwins!! Ha!

Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My facts:

1. I love to deep sea fish, but HATE to eat fish - weird, eh?
2. I had a grandmother growing up that was a Catholic Nun! (Long, but true story...)
3. I love Coke! Not Diet Coke, not Cherry Coke, just Coke, out of a can, cold, but no ice!
4. I got hit by an 18 wheeler my junior year of high school coming home from Spring Break in Galveston Island, TX. My friend's brand new Blazer rolled down an enbankment 2.5 times (landing upside down), but we managed to walk away from the accident. I, being in the back seat, had just put my seatbelt on not 5 minutes prior to the accident. I am still a little leary of the big rigs today.
5. In my freshman year of college, I wanted to be a forensic pathologist and have actually been to an autopsy my senior year of high school. It was a field trip our Anatomy & Physiology Class took. It was very cool!
6. I (like my supertwin, Tori) love to watch murder mysteries, and read them too. Patricia Cornwell is one of my favorite authors (for those who are not familiar with her, she writes about a re-occuring character that is a forensic pathologist!) My fav shows are Cold Case, CSI, CSI Miami, American Justice, City Confidential, NCIS, etc - you get it, I have some fixation on solving murder mysteries.
7. I got my first speeding ticket ever (I am 32.) last year.

I am tagging:

Melisa Waldorf (
Lesley Freiner (
Robin Cuevas (
Melita Ganoe (
Terry Thayer (
Jenny Maron (
Pam Bearden ( )

Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy Haunting

Again, another brayered card! I am hooked!

I love how this turned out! This is inspired by Michelle Zindorf's card that can be seen here:

I first stamped my Inkadinkadoo (Cats & Bats set) stamps in versamark and then in black ink and used embossing powder to emboss the images. I then brayered the top half with So Saffron and then used a circle as a mask for the moon. I brayered More Mustard, Really Rust and then sponged Elegant Eggplant. On the bottom part, I sponged Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Always Artichoke and then Eggplant on the bottom part. I stamped and embossed Happy Haunting on More Mustard and added brads and used pop-dots. I layered the card with black and elegant eggplant and stuck it to the More Mustard base, which I sponged around the edges.


Always - Wedding

I made this for my husbands cousin's wedding. I really miss the old In Colors from last year! :(

Supplies: Stamps: Always; Ink: White Craft, River Rock; Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, River Rock; Misc: Embossing Powder, River Rock ribbon, Fiskars border Punch, corner rounder, CB Embossing Folder, Pop-Dots


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brayered Essence

Here is another brayered background!! I LOVE this technique, so you will probably see a lot more of these coming down the pike. :) I made this card for a swap with some friends.
Supplies: Stamps: Essence of Love; CS: Whisper White, Black, So Saffron; Ink: So Saffron, More Mustard, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Black; Misc: Word Window & Lg. Oval Punch, Apricot Appeal Ribbon, brayer, Pop Dots, Sponges
Technique: On WW CS, I tore the edge of a post-it-note and used it to create a mask towards the bottom of the panel. I then started brayering SS on the top half and then layered MM above it. I then sponged RR towards the top. I took off the mask and then sponged CC and OO on the bottom section. I then stamped the flowers using black ink after I let everything dry a bit. I heat set the black ink - it did not dry right away. I sponged both punched pieces. I also punched the card base with SS to make the color more rich.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Masculine Thank You

I made these thank you's for my dh to send to friends that attended his 40th birthday party.

I stamped the lighthouse (Great Impressions) using Timber Brown Staz-on on watercolor paper and used WCC, SU markers, and an Aqua Painter to color it in. I then masked it and sponged soft sky around it. The card base is kraft and the mats are bordering blue. I also used the Thank You stamp from Artfully Asian and punched it using an oval punch in chocolate chip. I wish I had inked the card base as well as the kraft mat under the stamp - oh well, I was in a hurry. I got this sketch off of splitcoast and changed most of the colors as well as the stamps.


My 1st Brayered Background!!

I totally cased this one (can't remember from who right now) and I LOVE how it turned out!

I started out by brayering whisper white with barely banana and pretty in pink. Next, I layered the top with purely pomegranate and then sponged it to blend it. On the bottom, I brayered certainly celery and old olive and sponged OO to blend. Lastly, I stamped using the Essence of Love in black.

Here is the tutorial for the brayered background:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fall Thank You

I love this new set of stamps from Inkadinkadoo (Cats & Bats)! I picked these up at the LSS this week and could not wait to use it! :) I made this card as a thank you for a dear friend. The techniques were inspired by one of my favorite crafters, Markie's Mom! I love her stuff and stalk her blog often! :)
I stamped the pumpkins w/ staz-on on watercolor paper and then used SU markers and an aqua painter to blend the colors. I used my nesties for the circles and scallops! (love those things) Then, I sponged really rust and pumpkin pie on all of the edges. The card is made from More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie. The "Thank you" stamp is from the Artfully Asian SU set. I also used: orange stickles, lg. oval punch, pop-dots, black marker for the dots and more mustard ribbon.