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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Victorian Vaentine #2

Oh, these die cuts from K & Co are so much fun when it comes to adding that vintage look to a card. This card was made for Vicki's challenge "Be My Valentine" over at
http://cheerfulstamppad.blogspot.com/ You need to hop over there and enter this challenge, the winner gets a TJ Fancy Fold CD!!!!!
I used my Cricut for the heart, ran a pigment ink pad around the edge and used a Craftsmart stamp for the sentiment, then embossed with an antique gold. Vintage print for the back ground with a touch of sheer metallic ribbon and small silk flowers finished it off. The die cut has glitter in different places that the scan does not pick up. I need to spend some time and just practice my photography and forget the scanner.
Thanks for taking a look and as always your comments are appreciated. ;-D

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I've been busy.......really, I have!

....and here are three cards to prove it ( well part of it, still a few things on the back burner waiting for a challenge to begin) This first one is my Victorian Valentine. The big red heart is a stamp from Rubber Stampede, stamped on a glossy white cs, with red ink and embossed with clear. I took a red marker and colored over it creating a resist, to make the heart shaded darker a the bottom, then trimmed it out. The paper and lace are scraps left from here and there. The die cuts are from K & Company. I have a whole bag of these and love all of them. Everything is layered onto a floral paper, then onto a dark green cs and then onto a white card.






This second card has an image that is one of my favorites (I know I keep saying that LOL, but it is true!!) The shoe is from Rubber Necker and I have created this shoe in as many ways as possible, just so much fun to play with. I stamped it on white cs and embossed with clear. I colored in the sole with black marker, then trimmed it out. The sole was then covered with glossy accents and red rhinestones were placed in each dot. ( sure glad I got them on sale, it takes quite a few to do this and in TWO sizes!) I found a scrap of vellum w/ gold hearts on it and
mounted that onto white cs, the onto black glossy, and tieing the ribbon at the bottom. This was all mounted onto a red glossy card, that is white in the middle. The upper sentiment is from Uptown Rubber Stamps. The inside reads " Chocolate does the rest" and it is from The Boyds Collection. I'll glue a small bite size candy bar underneath it just before I mail it out. I wish this scan could show off the glossy, and sparkly parts of the card.



This third card shows off a stamp from Stamp Zia, her
stuff is sooo cool ! Sometimes black and white just seem so clean and crisp, but not always easy to do when you are used to using so much color. I did manage to glitz it up with some clear and black rhinestones (I tell ya I found a stash of these things on sale at Michael's)
So these are my three new cards.
I have also started an art journal and will post some of the pages. So far only two pages are finished, but I have discovered what a release it is to just sit and stamp, color and experiment with no expected end results; and if I don't like it I just rip out the page and start over again. Sometime I wish Life could be like that, getting a "do over!" Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my three new cards.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Coffee? Tea? OR.....


Hot coca or maybe a Hot Toddie? It has been so unseasonably cold for southern California this year that warm drinks are in every one's hands. No, we have no snow but the days are GRAY; that includes the ground the air and the sky, very depressing.
Gingersnapcreations has a couple of challenges going right now. One is "Hot Beverages" and the other is 2011; that is 2 stamps, 0 die cuts, 1 ribbon and 1 bling.
Thecheerfulstamppad will be starting a new challenge in about a week (don't tell Vicki I have let the cat out of the bag) I won't go into details on it but I think that a cup of a hot beverage is relaxing, don't you?
So 3 challenges for this little fella to compete in, of course he is a House Mouse and the wreath is from that abounding collection of "I don't remember". I used markers to color it all in, then added my lavender ribbon bow and heart shaped rhinestone for the bling.
Thanks for checking my 3 in one card out, now I'm off to finish my hot coffee and Bailey's, it is so relaxing.......LOL

Lets read and dance

Two things that I love to do, and one of them I am not so good at any more LOL! (DH's fault he doesn't take me dancing but one in a blue moon) So I was just sitting at my stamp counter wondering what I really wanted to do (my Mojo was still in the deep regions of the Caribbean on vacation) I started fiddling with little scraps of paper and remembered my Rouge Redhead Stamps and dug them out. The little sentiment brought my Mojo back and we got started. My dancing man is from a contest I won YEARS ago and do not remember who I won him from, and frankly this is the first time I have used him =O The stack of books fall into the same I don't remember category. The small open books are from Rogue Redhead Stamps. So that is how this card came together on a lazy afternoon. It is good to have my Mojo back home and keeping my imagination warm in this cold winter weather we are having.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

RELAX!!!

Okay, so for a little fun I created this card using a stamp from Red Rubber Romance, and did a little paper piecing. Boy! this is how I felt New Years Day!! I LOVE the holidays, but like a long vacation, I am ready to get back to the normal (?) daily activities. It even felt good to go back to work this morning (: O
I did this card for the Cheerful Stampers challenge." Relaxing": what do you do to relax.
What DO YOU do to relax?
I usually stamp, read, work in the flower beds (during the nicer weather) or just lay around and watch the telly.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at some of my silliness, hope sthe new year is off to a great start for everybody.