Friday, April 27, 2007

Stamp Club Thursday and Moving.

I made it to stamp club this week. After busting my tush the way I have been the past few days, I deserved it! I ordered 4 inks and the round tab punch from the Spring Mini. I swear, I have been having DREAMS about that thing....I don't know why. But for some reason I think that deep in my unconsious, I neeeeeeed it. :)

All Supplies by Stampin' Up!: Au chocolate double sided designer paper, Chocolate Chip CS, Perfect Plum CS, Chocolate chip ink, Vintage Violet ink, Doodle This, Warm Words, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Chocolate grosgrain ribbon, Vintage Violet stitched ribbon.

Check out the ROCKIN' new watermark too! *squee* I decided that I suck at photoshop too much and spend $4 (well freaking spent) dollars on thise little beauty from Dina Kowal. My demo (fabulous chick that she is) found the pattern for this box on SplitCoastStampers, here. Cute, isn't it?

All Supplies by Stampin' Up!: Certainly Celery CS, Whisper White CS, Stazon Jet Black ink, gold eyelets, Cool Carribean Re-inker (w/Aquapainter), Certainly Celery Marker, Doodle This, All Year Cheer eight billion and a half (joking!), and some color of yellow marker that I forget. ;)
This is one of those great standing up window card things! They are a TON smaller than I thought, but honestly in most gallery pictures and things, everything looks so big that it throws me off! We used the Crop A Dial to set the that thing. And Cool Carribean ink with an aquapainter to paint the flower! I am so thinking that I need this 'Doodle This set. :)

That's about all I have for now. I would post the other card from Stamp Club, but I can't remember any of the colors or anything that we used in it....aww heck, here it is anyway, just for looks.

Now, we just moved last weekend and are still in the midst of unpacking. I am kinda pirating wireless internet from a neighbor ( use a security code!) so it is a little touch and go around here with my blogging and SCS time. Hopefully the phone company will get my DSL sorted out by Tuesday like they promised...ugh. :(

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I'm not dead, I promise. We're moving house on Friday and I have been a busy bee packing up the apartment. I hate moving. It stresses me out...and I cry....and then make myself ill over it all with worry. I think it is because of the stress from the last time I moved. The circumstances were not good. They got worse....and I dunno. I....I am going to stop rambling about it now.

Once my new stamping room is all set up, I will post more. I'll try and update on the progress....:)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rose Butterflies

Well, I saw a card similar to this on SCS yesterday by emmiestamps and loved it so much that I decided to CASE it....sorta. I changed things! I always intend to CASE and always end up changing something to suit my tastes a little more. Nothing wrong with that.

Supplies: All supplies by Stampin' Up! (unless noted) Stamp set: Butterflies of Happiness, Paper: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla; Ink: regal Rose, versamark; Ivory organdy ribbon. Pink EP by Stampendous, Coluzzle cutting system nested oval, Platinum vellum from Hobby Lobby.
Cuttlebug Textile A2 embossing folder, Glue Dots, Tombow Mono Multi.

It's cute, eh? Pretty self explanatory really....the butterflies were stamped on platinum vellum (it's a very shimmery vellum that I found at Hobby Lobby) with Versamark and then embossed with a pastel pink embossing powder. It's very shimmery in real life. The thought crossed my mind to add glitter or stickles, but sometimes you just know what will kill a nice looking card.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

ATC Swap

I had sworn off swaps after I did my first. I don't know why, other than the fact that I felt pressured and like I was on a deadline (which technically I was). I was in a slump a few weeks ago so I started looking on the swap forum and joined a black and white ATC swap. My reasoning? ATC's are small....and black and white intrigues me.

Supplies: Basic Black cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, black and white chiffon ribbon from Michael's, Terrifically Tacky Tape, clear microbeads, silver brads by Spare Parts. Gerbera Daisy stamp by TAC. Pallete Hybrid Noir ink. Iridescent Prisma glitter.
It's kinda cute, isn't it? I am really pleased with the way they turned out. This is the third attempt at these cards...the first two did not turn out so hot. I just used .44 cent ribbon from Michael's and plain silver brads to add a little zip. I stamped the Gerbera Daisy with Pallete Hybrid Noir ink by Stewart Superior and then covered the paper with sticky strip. Then I mushed it in the clear microbeads, then mushed it into prisma glitter to fill in the gaps and add sparkle. It's hard to see in the photo though.
I am considering putting some stamping things for sale on my blog in the next few days. Yes, we are moving to a larger place and I get my own stamping room, but I have several sets that have never seen ink and I want them to go to a home where they will be used and loved. I also have a great deal of individual stamps that I want to put up for sale as well. They are all unmounted and have no blocks, so they will be cheap. I just never use them and think they could be better loved elsewhere! Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bad Blogger! BAD!

Yes. I am a bad blogger. Tto be honest, my heart has not been into papercrafting the past few weeks. I have just had alot on my mind...the stalkers probably think I am dead! ;)

Anyway, my friend Sparky asked me if I would make up some sample invitations for him and his girl to choose from so that I can make their wedding invitations. Here is the first:

Supplies: Purple CS from Hobby Lobby (no brand noted), Very Vanilla CS by Stampin' Up!,Versamark Ink, Clear EP, Silver Pearl-Ex, Textile Cuttlebug Embossing Folder by ProvoCraft, and Tombow MonoMulti liquid glue.

I used Dawn Mercedes brilliant pocket card pattern for this card, but made it larger. Finished size is 6.25x6.25. The wedding colors are purple, ivory and silver and Heather wanted something simple and elegant, with NO flowers and NO butterflies. What kind of girl doesn't want flowers or butterflies?!!? Teasing, Heather, teasing....;)

I bought a Cuttlebug embossing folder today and used it in my pasta machine...harder than I thought it was going to be unfortunately (so Michael is going to buy me a BUG when we get our tax return!!!), but I think it turned out nice, none the less. I didn't take a photo of the inside, but I mounted a piece of VV CS on the inside flap (the part that opens) the same size as the front so that the invitation can be printed on it. Then in the pocket I tucked an ivory card and envelope for the reply card, et all.

Oh right, and for my stupid moment....I realised that I have uhm "misplaced" my silver EP, and have forgotten to replace it. So I stamped the initials in Versamark, sprinkled silver Pearl-Ex over it and then clear EP over that and embossed. I kinda like how it turned out all splotchy looking, but I will pick up more silver EP in the not too distant future so that I can do this properly. I think it needs a ribbon around it to hold the card closed....what do you think?

I also don't like the cardstock weight of the dark purple. I need to find some dark purple solid colored paper that is just paper weight....this card is sooooo heavy!

In other news, the watermark that I made broke. I can't figure out what the hell is wrong with it, so I'm just typing over the card and dropping the opacity down on the lettering. Works for me, does the same job, and takes ten seconds.