Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lil Pumpkin

Wow, this weeks sketch was a brain twister.  I am not sure if it's the sketch, my brain, or the dp I was using, lol.  It was like putting together a puzzle and I was just hoping all the pieces would fit.  And I was hoping the color combinations would work.....yeah, they do. 

Doesn't she remind you of the 2 1/2 year old who is determined to pick up and carry a pumpkin that outweighs her?   I so remember this age and it cracks me up.  The determination and shear stubbornness to "do it myself".  When my middle son was 2, he carried a 10 pound sack of potatoes up a flight of stairs.  He was my Bam-Bam for sure.  My daughter used to pick up big things to carry and because she was so slight, it would tip her over, lol.  My youngest son would figure out how to get it from point A to point B, by either log rolling it or talking someone else into doing it, lol. 

Have you seen the MFT's Laura is carrying in her store, Loves Rubberstamps?  She just added a few and can get mostly anyone you are looking for you, but you just gotta ask by emailing her.  She is also carrying these fabulous die-namics and Memento inks.  My favorite adhesive for laying these dies down is The Best Glue Ever!  Plus there are loads of other Stamps, Dies, and Goodies in her store, all in one fell swoop! 

The paper I am using today is Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor.  I love this DP!!!  Heck, I love all the dp, lol, who am I kidding?  I paired it with some off brand white for layering, SU Kraft and SU black.  I've got some MFT paper and some new Bazil Paper Card Stock I am hoarding away, lol.  I need to break these out and use them to see if I like them, but there is just like a page or two of each color, so I am reluctant to use them up.  What if I love them?  Then I will HAVE to order more and I will HAVE to wait til it gets here.  You are laughing because you know exactly what I mean, lol. 

The copics I used today are: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93, E33, E31, C7, C5, C3, YR24, YR23, YR20, YR31, YR27, TG99, YG95, YG93. 

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Exciting News!!!

Yeah!!!! I've been invited back for another term at Loves Rubberstamps Store Design Team!  I am so happy!!!!  Check out my fellow DT Members blogs, they are all so fabulous!

Thanks so much for picking me again Laura, it's a privilege to design for you!

Fresh Picked For you

It's another TGIF!!!  Whoo Hooo and I am so off this weekend too, lol.  Love it when I can say that.  I think I will be making a ton more cards this weekend, lol.  At least that is what I hope to be doing. 

This is for Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Friday Post.  I love this Flourishes Seeds of Friendship seed packet and I love sticking flowers in there, lol.  I used Flourishes Year of Flowers set 2 - Roses.  I have this habit of always reaching for my Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  But this time I decided to use the new Penute Brittle and Pistaschio.  So unlike me, but hey, I wanted to try something new, lol.  I think it worked okay.  I also used Memento Cantelope for some light sponging.  It goes with the MME Lavendar 6X6 paper pad well.  And guess what?  Laura has added Memento Ink pads to her store!!!!  I added a doily to the background and some seam binding, and pearls.  I stuck with this weeks Inspiration Photo for our Challenge

Love this cute little gal and was inspired by her headband and all the wonderful flowers she is pushing her carriage over to go get, lol.   That's the beauty of a photo Challenge, it can be whatever the picture has inspired you to do.  I colored with my Copic Markers: RV13, RV11, RV10, BG72, BG0000, R12, RV42, YR23. 

The Sketch Challenge for Flourishes has longgggg since past, but I used the sketch and wanted to include the picture here to give credit.  You still have time to join in our Challenge!

Thanks for Looking and your kind Comments!!!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

You Color me Happy


Welcome to a brand new weekly challenge for All That Scraps.  This week we have a fun new  challenge, this week is Anything Goes!  So grab any of your stamps found in the ATS store and play along!  The skies the limit, get your craft on and play along!

I do not know what possessed me, I was walking through Michael's, on my way to get some brads, when this 8X8 paper pad grabbed me, wrestled me down and MADE me buy it.  It's a DCWV called The Edumacation Stack.  I thought, "Oh, how perfect this will go with my new little CC Designs stampies?"  And before I knew it, it was in my cart, lol.   And it is so perfect with my Beatrice's Crayon stamp.

I added some CC Designs School Logo's to use the tickets.  I love those little tickets and all the cute stamps that comes with this set.  I think I will be using these over and over again.  I went with a clean and simple design.  This great sketch is from I heart Sketches, SFYTT.  The little Apple brads were a gift and I am so guilty of forgetting which Splitcoast friend these came from.  Oh I hate myself for not putting a little note to remind me.  It has been like a couple of years though, and my memory is not that great.  So if they are from you, I do love them, have been hoarding them, and I thought of you today, because I thought of everyone who sent me little gifts back and forth. 

I colored Beatrice and my tickets with my copics:  E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93, E13, E27, E25, E41, R29, R27, R24, RV00, RV02, R00, YR07, YR00, YG03, G07, G000, B0000, BG10, B02, W0, W2, YG07.    Whewwwww.  Do I love to color!  lol, almost as much as Beatrice.  I am sure her walls are covered with fabulous designs, lol. 

I cannot wait to see what you create and upload, I'll be looking each day for your wonderful projects!

Thanks for coming over to take a peek and I love to read your comments.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Loves Rubberstamps Tuesday Challenge

Wow, isn't that the cutest little girl in the picture?  She is so adorable and I love her little frilly boots too.  This weeks challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps is this picture inspiration.  It could be to add some lace or use green or go all out, whatever inspires you from this picture.  This is what I came up with:

This is Kaydance from Whimsy Stamps that Laura carries over at Loves Rubberstamps!  I love this stamp!!!  The image is so adorable.  I made the top right hand flower and then started poking through my stash and added premade ones.  I cut her main panel from Spellbinders oval and oval scallops.  She was colored with copics and the paper is Prisma, PTI green and SU pink.  I colored her with Copic Markers.  Copic List: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E23, E25, E27, E31, E33, E35, E37, B0000, TG01, YG03, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29. 

I cannot wait to see what you all come up with this week for the Challenge, I always get so excited to see your fabulous creations.  Don't forget about the DT call, you will Love it!

Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jungle Fever

As per my usual, just getting this done tonight and uploaded late, lol.  I love this little image called prehistoric girl.  (Laura has this one preorder in her store!!!!) I found this great animal skin dp at the LSS and wanted to use it on my little girl.  Then I realized the print was too large for her little cloth.  So I bought some animal skin digi prints thinking I would use those, but as it turns out, I'm still very much an idiot when it comes to digi's.  I asked my DH for help and I got the encyclopedia version while his fingers danced around the keyboard and by that point, I was already lost.  lol.  So I just stamped the little paw prints on her and went around them a bit here and there with my copics.  Done. 

I used my Hibiscus die-namics along with the vine boarder.  Laura has a TON of die-namics available by pre-order in her store, go check them out!  I found some great embossing folders at the LSS as well, animal skin print embossing, lol, by Darice.  Let's see, the real name on the label is Reptile.  I just grabbed some shades of brown and green that I thought would work and even made my own rock, lol.  So does it look like a Jungle? lol. 

Okay frustration has been replaced by exhaustion and I have to get up in a few hours and do it all over again, so I will bid you a good-night and thank you so much for your kind comments!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Singing in the Rain.....

OMGosh can you imagine actually seeing some guy do this on a street corner?  lol.  They would come haul him off for sure.  We are serious people, not happy singing people, lol.  You want to sing?  Go to Glee! lol.  This is my Inspiration Friday post for Loves Rubberstamps.  I am keeping with the Challenge theme this week to make your own background.  I airbrushed the clouds, again, but I do like the effect, I also airbrushed the sidewalk.  I just picked up this fabulous paper, Autumn Spice By Lilybee Design.  And I used it!  Whoot.  That's two in a row, I am on a no-hoarding it roll!!!  lol.  And the button is a "Man" button and I used "Suede" cardfloss with it. lol.  This adorable image is a Krafin Kimmie called Gene, from the Hollywood collection that Laura carries in her store.  I love challenging myself to do Man and Boy cards, I just don't see a lot of them out there.  So this is for all the men out there....even the happy singing ones, lol.   Do you know, my DH sings like a rock star in the car on his way to work and back, lol.  I love it when he sings.

And while we are on the subject of Laura, I do want to tell you all that she is a great person to design for and I'm in her Design Team for as long as she will put up with me, lol.  She is very generous with the DT discount, and still treats you like a customer when you order.  She asks for input and let's you know about her plans way in advance, so you have time to adjust your designs.  I nag her for this and that and she looks for the product and then let's me know when she can add it or when about she might be able to add it.  She has a growing inventory and I love almost every stamp in her store!!!  How great is that!  She is very encouraging and explains things well.  Her DT call is going on right now, run - run fast and sign up, you will never regret it.  And do not let the digi thing throw you off, if I can print a digi, anyone can. lol. 

I also made this for the Kraftin Kimie Sketch Challenge this week.

Copic List: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E23, E25, E27, E31, E33, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, Y01, Y00, N7, N6, N5, N4.

Thanks for Looking and for all your kind Comments!


Sunshine Cowboy

This weeks Sparkle Creations Challenge is to make a card inspired by a song, "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine...." 

And here is this weeks sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.....

And this is what I am up with

My little Sparkle Creations cowboy is called Cowboy Josh.  I added a Sun die-namic as well as the cowboy hat die-namic.  The paper is Sasparilla by October Afternoon.  I love October Afternoon papers.  I have a bunch of them and they are timeless.  I love that I can come back to this pad every time I want a western card.  And a whole bunch of Making Memories mini brads!!!  My LSS stopped carrying these and now I need to find a new place to get them.  They are a little superior to the average brad and work so well on my project, I don't want to use anything else, lol. 

I colored him with copics and like a dork, I put them away.  Being absent minded after the BLS renewal test today.  Brain is dead, tired of testing and glad that is all over with for another two years.  I also sponged around with Memento - Cantaloupe and Tangelo.  One of my favorite things to do, when I don't have time to airbrush. 

I feel so great having done this card, I wasn't sure if I would have the time to make it.  Yippee. 

Thanks for looking and for your kind comments.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This little ol' Thing?

Hello and Welcome to the Wednesday Challenge Reminder Post.  You still have a week to make those Black, Blue, Red and Kraft projects.  Once I had last weeks made, it was all down hill from there.  Everywhere I look now there is Black, Blue, Red and Kraft, lol.   My 6x6 paper packs really help me out with that a lot.  I am using Clippings, (again) by Basic Grey.  All the colors I needed were right there in that paper and they all matched and went well with each other.  For some reason, I am drawn to spots and dots, it just makes me happy, lol.  I am using the newly released Country Chrissy!

Isn't she adorable?  I just love these images!  I love paper piercing this dress and coloring up her shirt and little bloomers.  So many possibilities for her, I will definitely be using her again and again.  This sketch was borrowed from a previous Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge 162.  Love the simple layout and it worked perfect with a larger stamp.  I don't often upload in time for their challenges but I do tend to use the sketches more often than not.  So go check them out. 

Quite a few months ago, I bought some burlap on sale at JoAnne's.  It was like half price, so I bought the minimum cut of two colors and promptly stowed them away.  Several months later, I bought the heat and stick to iron on them and also some liquid Fray Check.  My DH is more handy with the Iron than I am, like he knows where it is and what it looks like, lol.  So he very graciously ironed on my heat and stick to both shades of burlap.  But what the heat and stick did not cover, I cut out and tried the fray check.  The flower is the result of the Fray Check and it does take a while to dry, but once it's dry, it's all good.  So I would now recommend either one now.  I cannot believe the prices of burlap in the LSS and on line.  OMGosh!  Heck No!  Are you kiddin' me?  For a little itty bitty square of it?  And my home made version works just as well, it goes through my big shot with the die just fine.  I did go over it a few times with the big shot just to make sure it cut all the way and it did.  So that is the long story of my flower, but I encourage everyone who wants to use burlap, to try it.  I added a button from my stash with some Scrappers Floss looped through and bow tied.

Copics: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93, W2, W00, E29, E27, E25, N2, N3, N4, N5, E37, E35, E33, E31, Y00, R39, R37, R35, BG10 and BG72 - for the pearls. 

Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Under the Weather?


Welcome back to another great Challenge week over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!  This week we are making our own backgrounds.  For this particular challenge, I went with my favorite background, airbrushed clouds.

If you have never airbrushed or do not own an airbrush, I highly recommend it.  Any airbrush under 60 pounds per pressure of something-or-another will do.  You do not need the Copic recommended one that is nearly $300.00 retail.  My DH bought me one for under a hundred and I use it all the time.  I just had to buy the hand nozzle with the air trap thingy and the hookups were universal, so no fuss.  I turn it on, plug in my Sketch Copic Marker and push the little thing on the top of the handle.  Easy.  In fact, after I played around with it and got used to using it, I found out how to hold my few Ciao's in it and can airbrush with those too.  I do find that the ones I use most often, I did need to get some refills for right away, it does use up the ink.  Again Many Thanks to Bev Rochester for the cloud die she provides on line here.   Simply place this down on your card stock spray across the top, move down, repeat, and move down to repeat again.  Even if your spraying is uneven, it will look lifelike and I added a touch of W's here and there for a more stormy look.  Again, this is something you start playing around with until someone in the background is yelling they want dinner, lol.  It's fun to do. 

So for this card, I used the Umbrella Die and Stamp set available for preorder at Loves Rubberstamps.  The more we buy, the more inventory Laura can stock, so I am so using all of these to get us stocked up for the winter!  Plus I do love to use them, lol.  This little Umbrella set come with three dies, one solid for the outline that you pick that color with and then the inside die that makes nice little slices from your patterned paper to layer over and then the umbrella hook.  So easy to achieve this look.  But you can also just make a solid pattern umbrella or a solid card stock umbrella if you did not want to glue down the pieces.  I did set all the pieces down first and then glued with my Zig two way glue pen.  Why do they call it a 2 way glue pen?  They say if it's dry bond it's temporary, but I can't get it to stick to anything unless it's wet, lol. 

My little "under the weather" is a little crooked, sorry about that, just now noticing, lol.  This is one of the many sentiments this set comes with, so you get a lot of bang for your buck there.  Oh and the little raindrops stamp also comes with this set and I inked it up in London fog Memento.  There are little heart drops too and a sentiment that says, "showered with love."  This is definitely one of my favorite stamp sets

So put your thinking caps on and make your own background paper.  It could be dry or wet embossed, airbrushed or sponged, or maybe something I haven't seen or thought of and then I could KopyKat from you, lol.   Be sure to link up over at the Challenge Blog. I can't wait to see what you all come up with. 

Thanks for looking and for your kind Comments.


We are having a DESIGN TEAM CALL for our October 1st - December 31st term! You can read all the details on applying on:

Splitcoastampers - This Forum Post -
Loves Rubberstamps Design Team Call
or on our Company Blog Post.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Doctor's Sympathy Cards

I went to work this morning and heard the worst bit of news first thing.  One of our weekend doctors lost his wife Saturday.  He was working.  She had told him she didn't feel well when they last spoke.  He was working about 3 hours away from where they live and had decided to stay in the area that night for his shift in the morning.  I'm sure he was thinking he could get to work earlier and get out and on the road to her early on Sunday.  But when he called her repeatedly on Sunday morning, she did not answer.  Becoming worried and concerned, he called to his grown son who also lives in the same area as they do and asked him to go check on her.  It was too late.  She was gone.  They are late 40's/early 50's.  Apparently when his son called to let him know, he was in the middle of a nursing station and was grief stricken.  Blaming himself that he knew he should have gone home, he had a feeling something was wrong.  He hit the counter tops, went into the little kitchenette and closed the door and just started screaming.  I cannot imagine this amount of palpable pain.  I don't even want to know.  They were together forever and very much in love.  And I am deeply saddened by this news.

I share this private story with you because I know for myself and for some of my co-workers, that while we see loss everyday, we kind of put up a shield around us to protect us from being as devastated as those suffering around us.  It takes something like this, from the inside, to really break through that barrier and give us all a wake up call.  About just how life is so precious and how quickly it can be taken away when you least suspect it.  Our hospital members are like family and while we joke we are the most dysfunctional of all families, we still care about each other very much.  I came home tonight and climbed on line to find two cards to case in a hurry so I can rush these to work tomorrow to give everyone a chance to sign them and I even added panels to the back of the outside, some of us have to say a bit more than others, lol. 

Being a health care worker, I know what it feels like to be working, helping others, when someone at home needs you and so I feel so bad for him.  I know he is blaming himself and doing the what "ifs".  They are a strong Christian family, but sometimes this kind of loss can really shake the foundation of your faith.  But to be honest with you, the first thing I thought of is that part in the bible that says God will never give you more than you can handle.  And maybe, just maybe, he knew that this doctor would not be able to handle being there.  It would have been too much for him.  And in his grief, I wanted him to know that a whole facility of people care for him very much. 

These Cards were cased from Karen Squires and Kathy.
Thank God these two women made fabulous cards, I did not have time to design tonight, but I desperately needed two cards. 

Cyber hugs to our doctor,


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wake me up!!!

I wish it was Wednesday, lol.   It's too late on Sunday for me to be awake and blogging, but I'll tell you, I have had the best day at home, making cards, puttering around, doing a little of this and a little of that.  LOVE that kind of a day! 

I got a bit caught up on my DT cards and on this weeks MFT's sketch challenge card.  So that make me very happy.  I am absolutely in Love with this months Clearly Sentimental about Coffee.  I feel like they made this set just for me, lol.  I'm either too tired and go on auto pilot or I am very grouchy.  Very little happens around here until I have had my first cup, lol.  They just know better. 

I have made these little coffee cards before in some form or another, I never get tired of making them.  I used S.U. mocha morning designer papers, File Tab die-namic, Fishtail Flag Stax die-namic (which we have at my favorite store!), PTI Dark Chocolate and S.U. Kraft and Very Vanilla card stock.  The brads were from my stash and now I need to go hunt some more of these down, Love them. 

Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Design Team Call for Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Design Team Call for Loves Rubberstamps!!!!!

Laura, is looking for a few good Designers who want to earn a SERIOUSLY great discount on some cute stamps and dies!  Check out her Blog HERE and come play with me!!!!

Hi Stampers!

Loves Rubberstamps is accepting applications to be a member of our Design Team for the term of October 1st - December 31st, with the possibility of longer term positions for those that show an enthusiasm for our store, products and whose work is always their best.

Requirement would be two projects per week along with a corresponding blog post featuring your projects.

One of these projects will be for our weekly challenge blog which has a new challenge every Tuesday. You will need to have this project completed by Sunday for that week's challenge. You will need to showcase this project on your blog on Tuesday and provide links to our challenge blog. You do get a list of the challenges in advance if you like to work ahead.

The second project can be anything you wish to make and is an inspirational post. This will be for our "Sunday Spectacular" post. This is where we will feature works from multiple designers. You will need to post this project on your blog on Sunday with links to the company store for the products you used. Your project will also be posted on our company blog (which you are at right now) with links to your blog. It may also be featured on our company facebook page and also in our store as a sample for the products used. This project will need to be completed by Friday of each week for that Sunday's post.

Our only requirement for projects is that you MUST use stamps from companies that we carry that are in their CURRENT line - no retired images. We are still growing our inventory so even if the particular stamp is not in our product line up yet... as long as it is one we can order - you can use it. We are always adding new companies and products as quickly as we can.

You must also display our store badge with a link to our store, design team badge and links to the team members websites on your blog, and our blog badge for the challenge blog with a link to that site while being a member

We do have a couple of challenge sponsors who require us to use their stamps the week that they are the sponsor on our challenge site. If you do not have a rubber stamp in their line to use, you will be provided a digi stamp from them to use so you will need to be able to use a digi stamp if necessary.

Our last requirement is to HAVE FUN!
Design Team Members will receive the following:

A 30% Discount off all items we carry in our store (there are a couple of exceptions) during your term

Your projects being featured on the Company Blog, Challenge Blog, Company Facebook Page and in the store as well as links provided to your blog.

Links to your blog from the company blog page, challenge blog site as well as from each design team member's websites

We do allow our Design Team Members to serve on other Design Teams as long as it does not interfere with your commitment to our team. We also allow a design team member to do multiple posts in a day if needed. For example - you serve on 2 teams, each requires a Tuesday Post, you would do one blog post for our company, then a seperate one for your other team.

If you are interested in applying and are able to make this commitment please send an email to with Design Team in the Subject Line

Please include in your email:



Phone Number

A little bit about yourself

Any current or past Design Team Work (you do not need experience to qualify)

Your blog address and any other online galleries that show your work

And include pictures or links to 3 of your favorite projects

Deadline for applying will be SEPTEMBER 27th - with selections being made the 28th.

Because it will be close to the start of the term when we make our selections, the first challenge project for October 2nd will not be required so the first required posting would be for the Sunday Spectacular October 7th.

We will be offering up to 6 positions

Thank you so much for your time and consideration! Don't hesitate to contact us with questions also!

This Aint Kansas Toto

TGIF!!!!!  Thank You Mother of sweet Karma, I am off this weekend and Soooo ready for it.  Between the studying and stress of the class and the short handed at work, I am ready for a couple days off!  Do you have any weekend plans?  I do!  Resting and Scrapping and hanging out with my guys....oh and entertaining the cub scout troop for our Den meeting on Saturday, but they are easy.  Plenty of Lego's and toys for a crowd of boys around here.  lol. 

I made this for the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Friday.    Love this little Kraftin Kimmie Dorothy and it was the perfect chance to get her inky.  You can find Dorothy in the Loves Rubberstamps Store along with a multitude of other goodies, like This amazing MFT's Faux Crochet Border die-namic!  And the fishtail die-namic for the yellow flag tail.  Whoot!!!  Let's go shopping.  While you are over at the Loves Rubberstamps store, check out our challenge, you could win free stamps!!!  And sometimes, Laura is in the mood to throw in some bonus prizes. 

I went to the local scrappy store today and picked up Lilybee design's Persnickety.  And decided I would go ahead and not hoard it this time, lol.  So that is the dp I used, coupled with a black and yellow S.U. card stock.  I used my spellbinder circles to cut her out.  I paper pieced her dress and colored right onto the paper with my BG72, I also used some SU pearls and colored those as well with my BG72.  I used an embossing folder for the dots.  Cuttlebug I think.

Copic List: Face/skin: E21, E00, E000, E0000, E93, Hair: E27, E25, E13, E41, Ground: W2, W0, Toto: W4, W2. Others: B72, E33, E31, E35, BG000, BG0000, BG2. 

I am going to enter this into this weeks Kraftin Kimmie Challenge to Paper Piece. 
I am also using Karen's sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 167.

Do you know that I just now figured out how to make my pictures bigger on blogger? lol.  Just click on it and then it gave me options.....ohhhhhh, lol.   I love discovering new stuff. 

Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Whewwwwwwww, glad that is over with for two more years!!!  Thanks to everyone who wished me luck on this test.  It's getting harder again.  What's up with the capnography and induced hypothermia? lol.  I am happy I passed and happy I learned the new and improved life saving measures.....I still want to go to airway first, lol. 


Couldn't Scare a Crow

Welcome back to the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge! This week we are making our projects with Black, Blue, Kraft and Red.  This one twisted up my brain.....I don't know why, lol.   Everything I look at now has these colors, but at first I was drawing a blank.  You actually have two weeks to come up with something for this challenge and link it up over at the All That Scraps Challenge Blog.

I used the new cute little Scarecrow Laugh.  She is so adorable and really couldn't scare a crow if she wanted to.  The pattern paper is Jillibean Soup Country Pumpkin Chowder.  Love these trees and I knew I wanted to use it with this cute image.  So that called for a country scene.  I colored her with Copic Markers - BG10, BG11, BG13 for the hat and shoes, E41, E42, E42, E44 for the straw and hair, R29, R27, R24 for the shirt and bloomers (I love those bloomers!!!)  E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93 for the skin tones.  N5-2 for the crow and YR4, YR7, YR9 for the beaks.  Love these little crows. 

Okay, that's all for me today.  Hope to see your fabulous creations uploaded soon, I love to see what you are making. 

Thanks for Looking and for your Kind comments.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Get Along Little Doggie

Happy Challenge Tuesday!  How is everyone in blogging world today?  Ready to get your creative juices flowing?  Laura has another fabulous Challenge for us this fine Tuesday.  Here is is the inspirational picture:

Look at all those yummy colors and designs!  This fabric is screaming fall colors and textures.  What do you think that third one is?  Wood grain?  hmmmm, can be anything you picture in your creative mind.  No matter what paper I look at for fall, there seems to be some variation of aqua, Espresso and Fall Orange.  So while you might not have exact shades, coming close to the colors and textures would be fine. 

This week, we are being sponsored by Meljen's Designs and I would like to thank our sponsor for the free digi she sent our way and thanks to Laura from Loves Rubberstamps for getting us these free images to work with.  Now the minute I saw, "Get along little Doggie", I was like, MUST HAVE HIM.  In fact, there are a few other little critters in her on-line store I would like too.  I am very thankful that some of these come in rubber form though, I don't know why, but there is something about inking up the image that makes the whole experience for me, lol.  Old Fashion, yuppers, that is probably it.  Though I will say, with a little help from my team mates and my dear husband, I was able to get this digi printed and colored up. 

This is the sketch I found to use, although it's past the challenge time, I thought it would work really well for my little Doggie.  So thank you, freshly made sketches, I love finding fabulous sketches!

And here is my Challenge Card:

Isn't he just the cutest thing?  His name is George and I will call him, "Blind Georges" and only my Sister will know where I got that name, lol.  When we were kids we lived a stint up in Grants Pass, Oregon.  There was a novelty shop of sorts, called, Blind George's and we used to go there for popcorn and ice cream.  Our dear neighbor Margory used to take a whole wagon full of kids to Blind George's for treats.  Oh but I digress, and yes, it's very late in hour while I type this up, lol.

digi image provided by Meljen's Designs - Get along little doggie
paper - Everyday eclectic by Echo Park, Kraft by S.U., Dark Chocolate by PTI
Die-namic - Mini monarch border
Markers - copics
bling - S.U. colored with BG10 copics. 
Copic Markers: BG10, E44, E43, E42, E41, E40, YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12, E29, E27, E25, E31.

Thanks so much for Looking and for your Fabulous comments.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with for this weeks Challenge!  I was totally blown away by all the fabulous entree's we had for last weeks Challenge! 


Go Tea Go!

Ackkk, I do not like this.  I feel like it might be a cheering section for tea.  I made it in record time for tomorrow's  deadline for the MFT's weekly sketch challenge.  I haven't missed on this year, but I came close.  Instead I sacrificed a couple hours of sleep, lol.  Tomorrow is os going to suck, lol.  But in the name of art, I felt I needed to do something for myself.  I studied all day long for my ACLS renewal on Wednesday.  It's an all day test and it's been a few years now since my E.R. I HAD to study.  I still have a few algorithms to memorize and some things to look back on and refresh, but overall I am ready and the on line testing said I got 95%.  Yes, I am seriously anal about testing and am a bit miffed I did not get 100% after all those hours of studying, but let's just hope I pass the Real McCoy on Wednesday.  Plus, written test is one thing, the Mega Code stations are another.  I do not need this for my current position in nursing, but it sure helps to stay on top of your game and be able to save a life if the need arises.

Anyhooo, it is late, lol.  I do not like the way this turned out so much.  I don't hate it, but I think the balance is off or the image just didn't pop enough, or maybe I should have reconsidered the colors I used for the tea cup.  Theoretically this should have worked, but it doesn't.  But it's done and I feel better having it done. 

You know what really makes me happy though?  This set is now available as a pre-order at Loves Rubberstamps!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!!  The stamps and the dies in combo.  I love this.  So be sure to pop on by and see all the pre-order MFT's dies and current stamps there are in the store. 

Thanks for reading my rambling!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Don't it make my Brown eyes....Blue

Okay so did Marilyn Monroe have brown or blue eyes?  The first few google searches was split.  One said blue and they looked darker because she was always looking down.  The other said she had brown eyes and listed eye color as brown on her passport.   So I went with brown, lol.  And I was glad for the change of song that sang in my head, it went from, "Good-bye Norma Jean" to "Don't it make my brown eyes blue" and then back to "good-bye Norma Jean", lol.

Anyway.....This is for my Friday Inspiration post over at Loves Rubberstamps.

This week's Challenge is "Anything Goes", so I expect to see a lot of participation this stamps are involved!!!  So if you haven't uploaded your latest creation to the Challenge Blog, now is the time!  I got all challenge happy with this one too.  Kraftin Kimmie's  Challenge this week is to use Kraft.  I got all giddy because I just bought this fabulous paper over at the LSS and bought it with the intention of using one of my Kraftin Kimmie Hollywood Collection girls with it and then all the sudden everything seemed to slip into place. 

Now all I needed was a fabulous sketch to use with this Hollywood Icon and wouldn't you know all the stars were aligned and I found the I Heart Sketches Challenge this month AND Kraftin' Kimmie is the Sponsor!  How excellent is that!? 

What could be better than that?  Oh let see, how about that Loves Rubberstamps has both the Kraftin Kimmie Hollywood collection AND the Retro Square Die-Namics I used on my card?  Isn't that awesome?  I love that!  So without further ado, here is my card for today.

I know, a bit dramatic today, but hey, it's Hollywood so I am allowed, lol.  I used my Copic Multiliner for her eye liner, pupils and added the beauty mark.

 And here she is with both arms colored, lol.   Couldn't figure out how to edit out that first pic, so I am just adding, lol.   Don't you hate it when you know something is missing and you look and look and then after you take a pic, send it off to the Design Team and Blog about realize that you forgot to color one of the arms? lol. 

I used:
Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie Marilyn
Dies - Retro Square Die-Namics
Paper - Authentique Peaceful, S.U. Kraft and River Rock
Copics: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93, E81, E23, E25, R24, R29, T1, T0, E51, E35, R31, Y21.

Hope you like today's card and I look forward to seeing yours in the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.   And while you are there, go shopping!!!  It will make you feel better, lol.

Thanks for Looking and for your wonderful Comments


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

One Little, Two Little Indians......

Okay, so there is just one little Indian, but isn't she adorable?  This is Indian Emma.  A brand new release from All That Scraps.  I love the three little feathers in her head band, the cute little dress and the braids.  I know most of the time when there is an American Indian stamp it is centered around Thanksgiving and fall.  And I know there is a little stereo typical corn used on my card, but that's okay, I am American Indian, so I can use maize, lol. 

And this is for the Reminder Challenge Post - Anything Goes!  I love that challenge.  I am free to design til my hearts content, lol.  So come along and join in the fun.  Simply pick out any stamp or digi image from All That Scraps and link up your project on the Wednesday Challenge Blog and you could win!!!  But playing is half the fun, so you are already a winner. 

I had so much fun coloring her up.  The minute I saw her, I remembered the Copic 2 class booklet had some colors already picked out for American Indian skin tones.  So I brought it out and pulled the colors E18, E15, E13 and E4 (cheeks).  And I colored her face, arms and legs first.  But OMGosh that was soooo dark and not my usual skin tones at all.  But still, I am trying to broaden my horizons and pick out new skin new skin colors, lol.  Thank you Mary Anne Walker...
And then I picked out the dress colors.  I was looking for something to match my paper and still look authenticish.  So I pulled E09, E08, E07 and I really liked those for the dress and boots.  I wanted to tone it down a bit so I used E43, E42, and E41 for the rest of the dress.  I Used C1, C3, C5, and C7 for her hair.  I used the dress E's for the band and colored the feathers YR18, YR16, YR15, G43, G40, G21, E39, E37, E35.  Finally I airbrushed the ground with E33 and E31 and the sky with B21. 

I used Karen's sketch, sweet sunday sketch challenge 166, for my design and I did tweak it a little by flipping it and bring up the banner and bringing down the circle to fit my little Indian Emma.

Thanks so much for popping over today and leaving your kind comments.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's a party!

It's time for Another fabulous Challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps!  This week we are sponsored by the Cutting Cafe.  OMGosh they have so many cute shapes for making nontraditional cards and you can add so many of the stamps Laura has, it's hard to choose, lol.  You can use a cutting machine or do like I did and just cut them out the ol' fashion way.  At first I was a little apprehensive of the sizing and the paper, but it was so easy peasy.  I put the card stock in and pushed print.  And then I put in the 6x6 paper and pushed print.  My printer likes to remind me that something is amiss, I just pushed okay and it printed perfectly, right in the center.  Then I added one more 6x6 for the top and did it again.  Okay, so now I might become a little addicted to this, lol.   But if you are like me, don't be afraid of digital, it's not as hard as it seems.

So with my cupcake in place, I decided to use the Mo Manning (Stamping Bella) Angelina.  OMGosh that hair just kills me!  Have you ever seen a balloon work on the little one's hair like this?  Cracks me up every time, so I love that Mo Manning has captured this and the effect with two balloons.  I used Playdate 6x6 by MME and colored her with my Copic Markers and wouldn't you know....I've lost my list of Markers I used, lol.   Sorry. 

I hope you will join us this week, it's "anything goes" I cannot wait to see your fabulous creations!

Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments!


Monday, September 3, 2012

A penny for your thoughts

Happy Labor Day!

I hope all of you work-a-holics are doing the same thing I am today.....exactly what I want to do! lol.  It's 4:30 pm and I am still in my jammies. lol.   What a lazy bum huh?  Well as I explained in my last post, I was at LegoLand this weekend and we got in late last night, so today is chill out and recover day.  We were very fortunate to have wonderful weather and not so bad traffic conditions, as traffic goes.  The kids had a great time and now have some memory of summer 2012 that will stick with them for hopefully, a life time.  Now, if I could just find some really great Lego Paper out there I could scrapbook the moments and get started on a longgggg list of scrap booking I NEED to do, lol.

Today I wanted to make a card for the MFT's weekly sketch that is going to expire tomorrow, lol.  MFTWSC87.  I used cute little PI piggy bank.  Mini Cheveron die-namic, posey petals die-namic, and mini tabs die-namics.  Check out all the great die-namics on pre-order at Loves Rubberstamps!!!  I cannot wait til these are all stocked up in the store, but that will depend on you and your orders.  So head on over and order a few for yourself.  And if you have not had a chance to play in our weekly Challenge, come back tomorow for a whole new Challenge!  And it's a fan favorite!

Stamps: PI piggy bank by MFT
Embossing folder: cuttlebug Morocain
Paper: PTI pinks, SU kraft, Echo Park Everyday eclectic
brads and die-namics as described above. 

Hope you are all having a relaxing day with me and hope to see you tomorrow for the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge!


P.S. copic markers used: E0000, E000, E00, E21, E93, B0000, B00, B01, B02, RV55, RV02, E18, E17, E08, E02, W1, W00.