Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monochromatic - Halloween

Second post for today. Did I mention that I went to see the play, "Young Frankenstein" at the ASU Grammage last weekend. It is the first play hubby and I have seen in Arizona and we have been here for 6 years now. I guess we just never found the time to go, but this play with incredibly funny. I was laughing throughout the entire play, very good sense of humor.
The image with colored at my last copic class - monochromatic, taught by Jennifer Dover. I always wanted to try this technique. This image is so darling, but aren't we suppose to be scare of vampires and isn't the sentiment just scares you. We are no longer scare of vampires since cute Edward Cullen came into our imagination (lol). This stamp is from Stampendous. The copic markers I used are C1, C3, C5, C7. I need to work on my feather technique with the hair. I feel I am not getting it, but are practicing almost every weekend. I used grey cardstock, DCWV dp and creative impression black webbed ribbon. I also embossed the DCWV dp with my swiss cuttlebug embossing folder.

1. Simon Says Challenge: Simon says... Halloween
2. Cupcake Craft Challenge: Challenge 112 ... Scary creatures
3. Ellephantastic Challenge: Challenge 15 - Anything Goes
4. Craftalious Challenge: Challenge 10 - Anything Goes
5. Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge: Challenge 24 - Stripes

Change of Season

It's Sunday and I am watching "Desperate Housewives". I love that tv show, it is hilarious. Finally the temperature is cooling down in Arizona. I love this temperature, not too hot and definitely not cold here. I was able to play with Jennifer Dover this past Friday. She is just so talented. Check out the pair of converse shoes she colored with copic markers. I can't wait to see her at the end of October for her next copic class at Paper Vineyard.

I got around to coloring this Stampendous latern light image from my August copic coloring class, taught by Jennifer Dover. A made a Christmas card out of the latern image. I used Flower Soft for my snow on the latern top and crystal lacquer on the candle area and the holly berries.

3. Paper Sundaes: Challenge 39 - A Change of Season
4. Papertake Weekly: Your favorite from the past 3 yrs challenges - Four Seasons Challenge
5. Stamp Something: Something Punchy - punched snowflakes.
Card Deed:
Stamps: Stampendous latern light, PTI sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Paper: red, brown, olive, blue, old dp from my stash
Embellishment: Martha Stewart snowflake border punch, red rhinestones from AMuse, crystal lacquer, flower soft, cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hope for Cats - Candy Jars

I can't believe it is already October. Halloween is around the corner. I am working on some candy jars to help raise money for a non-kill animal shelter to pay for feed, liter, spray, neuter, and medical expenses. The charity organization is called Hope for Cats. These are what I have made for the past week.

Work has been hectic since we are short-staffed. One of the front office employee had to take personal leave for awhile. We don't know if he will be back or not. We just hired a part-time temporary to help out as she is attending the nursing program to get her RN certification until May 2011, so hopefully things will be back to normal for me to catch up on the accounting end of things.

This first jar is to celebrate Halloween. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I love all the cute children costumes. The images are from CC Designs for the little dragon, not dinosaur as there are wings. The pumpkin is from GinaK Designs and the little spider is from Craft Lounge. I don't remember the names of the set. The top of the jar is a kitty image from Stampendous.

This second jar on the left is for the University of Arizona fans. I don't know much about the Wildcats since I went to college in California, but Kris from Hope for Cats asked me to make one since there are quite a bit of U of A fans in the Phoenix area.

I am submitting my work for the following Challenges:
Stamp Something - Something to Celebrate (applies to the Halloween jar)
The Crazy Challenge - No Ribbons or Buttons (applies to the Halloween jar)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flowers make me happy!

Tomorrow is Monday, another week of work and will be saying bye bye to August 2010. I love flowers and seeing them makes me happy. My favorite flowers are calla lilies and tiger lilies, but any flowers will bring a smile to my face. I have to say, I don't see many blue colored flowers, but I am sure there are plenty, I just don't know them.
Yesterday, I attended Jennifer Dove's copic class (the card samples are on her blog) at Paper Vineyard, my local scrapbook store. We colored three out of fourth images and made one card. The class was 4 hours. The last image is a Christmas/winter image which I will eventually get around to it. I made a birthday card out of the colored flower image. The colors are based on Jenn's card sample for the copic class. I need to practice on shadowing with my copic markers. I am extremely happy that I took the copic class because Jenn is a great teacher and I learned a lot. I will be taking Jenn's next copic class in September.
The image is from Stampendous and the sentiment is from PTI. I haven't done much distressing on my cards lately, but do love this technique. I gives a old vintage look to cards. I love this blue polka dots paper, it is georgous, there is a felt feel to the circles and the paper has a shimmery shine to it. I got this assortment of felt feel papers from Costco for probably over 2 years now and haven't use much of these papers.
2 Sisters Challenge: Challenge#5: Sketch
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge#127: Dieing for a Punch (No punches)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Monthly Challenge: Challenge#3: Vintage
Stamp and Create Monthly Challenge: Challenge#4: Flowers
ABC Challenge: B is for Blue
Card Deeds:
Stamps: Stampendous, PTI sentiment
Ink: Momento, copic markers, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
Paper: Gina K dark chocolate luxury paper, Spring Moss PTI, unknow paper from Costco
Accessories: tonic distresser tool, ribbon, button, ribbon

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekly Challenges

This is the last weekend for August. September is starting in a few days and hopefully there will be some cooler weather. It has been so hot over in Arizona and I just love the monsoons that brings the rain and bring some relief to this heat. I just came back from taking Jennifer Dover's copic class at Paper Vineyard, my local scrapbook store in AZ. Her class is great, love it. I learn a lot from her today on how to do texturing, bending, shadowing, and feathering. I am going to take her copic class next month. She is teaching how to do monochromatic with the copic markers. She shown some samples of her monochromatic coloring and it is awesome.
I made a card for a friend who just gave birth couple of weeks ago to a baby boy. This is her second son. I used a Whiff of Joy (WoJ) stamp. This stamp is just so darling, innocent, and soft. I have been playing with my copic markers for half a year now and I am still learning. I want to learn how to use the feathering technique and blending for the hair and shadowing. Did I mention that I am loving these markers and slowly buying a few at a time. I think I have about 120 colors. I am not very happy with this card. I am thinking I need some lace on this card, but oh well, maybe for my next card. I purchased some lace ribbons to use from Stamp n' Create last month and haven't got around to using them. I was able to use this card for the challenges listed below.
Paper Sundae: Challenge#32: Sketch
ABC Challenge: B is for Blue
Card deeds:
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, PTI sentiment
Ink: Momento Black, copic markers,
Paper: Gina K ivory
and baby blue, PTI simply charteuse, DCWV boy nursery, and Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Frisker punch, nestabilities, pearls.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wags 'n Whiskers Blog Hop & Release

Wags 'n Whiskers is having a Blog Hop on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 and Thursday, August 19, 2010 and Release on Friday, August 20, 2010.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Look who is turning 5

It is the middle of the week, I can't wait until Friday as I am taking a Copic class at my LSS, Paper Vineyard where the talented Jennie Black will be teaching basic copic technique. I have been coloring with copics for awhile now and haven't taken a class, so I am excited to learn new things or just learning how to blend with these markers. I am SUPER excited about this class.

Ok, back to my card, I made this card for my niece, Audrey who is turning 5 this month. She is the one on the left in the picture sitting in my Mom's lap. She wasn't very happy in this picture because she was fighting with her sister over something and her Dad (my brother) gave her a talk. I am the one holding her sister, Charlotte. As you can see I am not very photogenic. I can't believe how much Audrey has grown and she is starting kindergarten this coming September. I truly miss her as I don't get to see her much these days since I move over to Arizona and she lives in California. I have to say that I got a gigantic hug last month when I came back from my Canada trip (my Mom, Dad, and I just drove back from our trip (12 hours from Portland, OR to San Leandro, CA), it sure brighten my day after the long drive, Audrey and Charlotte starting running to give me a big huge while shout "Auntie" (in Chinese). What a welcoming gift. Audrey is so into this ballerina thing, loves to watch Angelina Ballerina on tv.
As always Imy cardmaking process starts with a stamp and a sketch I work to work with. The sketch is from this week's Friday Sketch #113. This stamp is Penny Black, stamped on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder. I colored the image with Tombow markers using watercoloring technique. The applied couple of layers of pink stickles on the number 5. I made clouds in the background which really doesn't go along with the theme unless the little ballerina are throwing stars up to the sky and not have fallen stars.
This week's challenges:
2. Penny Black Challenge #112: 1 Circle, 2 Papers, 3 Flowers
5. Colour Create Challenge 50: hot pink, warm orange, and saffron
Card deeds:
Stamp: Penny Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Rise PTI, Marvy blue ink, Tombow Markers
Paper: Brazzill, Gina K Luxury ivory, watercolor paper, Cosmo Cricket
Embellishment: ribbon, prima flowers, star pin, hero art number 5, pink and yellow stickles, nestabilities label and oval

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bye Bye July, Hello August

I have no stamping/crafting project to share today as I have been on vacation and when I got back last weekend, life have been hectic with work and house work. It's starting to settle down a bit, but still very choatic. This is the last day of July and tomorrow, we are in the month of August. Yesterday, I had some time to look at challenges, so hopefully I can get some stamping done. I haven't been to my craft area for about 3 weeks now. I need to clean up my area and start making some cards to get my mojo on especially after purchasing so much stamps before I went on vacation.
Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully I can get more stamping done in August.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Christmas in July & Miscellaneous Winnings & Giveaways

I am so ELATED and smiling all day after receiving this package. Today I received my big order from All That Scraps in my mailbox. I ordered over $200 worth of rubber stamps and designer paper. Yikes, I did ask hubby and he said ok and I usually don't make such a big order, but All That Scraps were have 25% off last week, so I couldn't resist. I ordered over 16 Magnolia stamps. I haven't order any Magnolia stamps for awhile now, last time I ordered was the club kit (fall kit) which was directly through Magnolia in Sweden. I also purchased 5 Whiff of Joy and 2 TGF (Ebony and Hugh) which looked like Alice and Jasper from Twilight. I went to see Eclipse with my husband (so sweet of him since he has no interest in the movie or book) and it was great. I can't wait till New Dawn comes out. This is one of my BIGGEST purchase ever for rubber stamps. I purchased over 20 rubber stamps. I have to say that right after I got the package, I started to mount them in EZ-mount for the WoJ and cut the rubber from TGF. Good thing the Magnolia's are all trimmed and mounted otherwise, I will be spending hours cutting.

I want to mention that I made Top 3 at Paper Sundaes for last week's challenge (birthday), you can see the badge on the side bar. I just won $20 gift certificate for Stamp and Create Challenge #2. I just found out that I won the Bella send a card at Stamp Something. Please continue to send cards to Bella. You can get Bella's address at Erin's blog and she is giving a grand prize away on July 20th. Stamp Something, Paper Sundaes and Stamp and Create are having new challenges, come join the fun. I am super lucky and happy this week =). YEAH!!! Super great week for me. I don't know if I will have time to play any of the challenges this week before leaving for vacation. I am taking a stamping class this Sunday to celebrate A Muse A Palooza 2010.

Whiff of Joy is having its day 7, stamp per day giveaways. All you have to do is promote this giveaway and enter your name.

Crystal is have Thrusday Trades (Swaps), this week is Martha Stewart lattice, leaf, and hole punches. Crystal is having a blog candy from her last week's trade. If you like to trade with her or enter your name for the blog candy, just click on my side bar to get to her blog.

Crawfish & Super Jumbo Shrimp

No cards today. I am tons to do this week before I leave for vacation next week. For my 4th of July, I went over to a friend's place and did BBQ. We had crawfish & super jumbo shrimp from Fisherman's Cove Seafood @ Kenner, LA. They do overnight delivery. We ususally get our at the airport cargo the same day, they ship in the morning and we get it by late afternoon or evening. There seafoods are super fresh and good. I have eatten crawfish 4 times this year already.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

CAS/AMUSE APalooza & A Stamp Per Day Giveaway

Quick card. Lots of things going on this week as I tried to get everything done for my vacation next week. I made this CAS (clean and simple) card with A Muse stamp called Marigold. Totally pretty stamp. A MUSE is also having their annual A*MUSE A*Palooza run from July 10th - 17th. I join in the fun activities every year at their website and at my local stamping store that is participating in this event. This is the time where they are releasing their new fall and winter stamps.
Also, Whiff of Joy is have A Stamp Per Day Giveaway for 7 days this week. Check it out.
That's it for now, got to go to work and chance up on things this weekend.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bella Tucker - Sending Hugs

Have 4th of July. I can't believe I have been blogging all week (I surprise myself sometimes). Jim and I have no plans for today since we have to go back to work tomorrow, but there will be fireworks at our nearby park (1-2 miles from our house) and we can see it clearly from my backyard. We have been watching the fireworks from my backyard for the last 5 years (since we moved into our house).
Per my blog yesterday, I briefly wrote about Bella's story. I am so sadden to read about her story. Erin, a fellower crafter is having a Bella card blog hop with a grand prize. My side bar has Bella's blog hop. Please flood Bella with tons of cards. The links to Bella's story are in my yesterday's post. Here is my card for Bella. I am sending her lots of hugs and keeping her and her family in my prayers. I used The Greeting Farm stamp and made it sparkly by adding stickles. You can't see the sparkles in this photo, but IRL, it is really sparkly. The sketch is from Sketch Saturday and the color inspiration is red, blue, and white (USA flag) to celebrate Independence Day.
I am so happy I won the top 3 award at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge with this card. I am so happy to be back stamping and crafting and is taking this hobby more seriously, but I am still undecided if I should try out for guest designer teams as it is a big commitment and I don't know if I am free to make weekly projects and if my projects are good enough. I will see after this month as I will be going on vacation from July 14 - July 24. I need a little R&R. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Challenges :
Sketch Saturday: Sketch #110
Stamp Something: Colors of your flag
Crazy 4 Challeng: Ribbons
Stampavie & More: Challenge #101 - Sparkling
Card Deeds:
Stamps: The Greeting Farm, PTI outside sentiment, Hero Arts inside sentiment
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Brillance Coral, Copic Markers
Papers: PTI, Big Memory dp
Embellishments: stars, stickles, ribbon, button, floss thread, pearls (color w/copic to match), nestabilities die

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Party Cats

I am thinking of sending this card to my brother for his birthday this month. I just loves cats. On the side bar is a blog hop for Bella, a 8 yr old girl who is very became very sick during Easter and had to lost all four of her limbs. Click on the side bar to get to the blog hop and Stamp Something Challenge is also having a prize if you make a card to send to Bella. This is it for now, I need go to Petco to get cat food and treats for my cats and give litter to the shelter. Have a wonderful weekend.
Stamp with Fun: Challenge 65-Birthday
Paper Sundaes: Challenge 24 - Birthday

Card Deeds:
Stamps: Whipper Snapper, Hero Arts
Ink: Onyx Black, Tombow markers
Paper: GinaK pure luxury white & black, watercolor paper, DCWV dp
Embellishment: Nestabilities tag, twine

Friday, July 2, 2010

Have a Special Day

I am so please with myself that I am making time to be in my crafting room this week. I am starting my weekend early, every Friday is my day off, but that is the day to do doctor appts, run errands, and etc that I am unable to do during Monday - Thursday. There are tons of birthdays (friends and families) coming up. I made this for my nephew who is turning 13 the end of July. Hmm, maybe this this card is too childish for him since he is a teen now and loves video games, computer games, and sports. I have younger nephews, maybe I will give this card to them instead of my 13 yr old nephew.

I was able to play along with a few challenges this week. The sketch is from Sketch Saturday. This stamp is from High Hopes. I have to admit, this is the first card I made with High Hopes. I have always adore their stamps for years ago, but just recently started to purchase them because shipping took forever back then since they decided to just sell to retailers, so I got them from Stamp and Create, they got some really great stamps and embellishments. The paper I used is Basic Grey, Max and Whiskers. I love the masculine colors and I loves animals, so this is a win/win paper for me. I put some crystal lacquer ona few of the water drops. Off course I used my copic markers to color this image. I really need to get more copics for my collection, but I feel like I am neglecting all my other coloring mediums like my coloring pencils and watercoloring.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful 4th of the July. Be safe.
Sketch Saturday: Sketch 109
High Hopes: Challenge 82: Super Star
Paper sundaes: Challenge 24: Happy Birthday
Simon Says: Check it out!
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Challenge 110: Animal Crackers
Stamp with Fun: Challenge 65: Birthdays
Card Deeds:
Stamps: High Hopes, Hero Arts star and sentiment
Papers: PTI, DCWV, Basic Grey Max and Whiskers
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Espresso, Copic markers
Embellishments: star punch, star buttons, crystal lacquer, floss threads, inkssential white opaque pen

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


It's the middle of the work week. One more day of work for me and I am off for 3 day weekend especially for this 4th of July holiday. I can't wait for the weekend to begin as Eclipse is out in the movie theaters. I can't wait to see it.

I would like to mention that Sparkle Smith, a creative and crafty girl is starting her own stamp line called Spakle Creations Rubber Stamp. She will be selling bare rubber stamps and EZ mounts. She is previewing her stamps this week and her store will be open on July 10th, midnight. She is currently having free giveaways. My order from Stamp and Create came today with the Whiff of Joy new release stamps (City Girls 2), The Greeting Farms, and High Hopes stamps and some wonder pattern papers from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket. I love shopping at Stamp and Create, they have a great selections of stamps, papers, and embellishments, shipping is quick, free shipping over $55, and Lacey is such a great gal. Stamp and Create also have weekend blog candy, monthly challenges and the Wags n' Whiskers have weekly challenges.

On to my card, I stamped this card with the new Amuse release "Everything's Rosy" stamps. I love this Queen Anne Lace stamp. I used Tim Holtz's distress inks, spun sugar and worn lipstick. The leaves is from GinaK Design and the little butterfly is from Cornish Heritage Farms by Kim Hughes, Nature Silhouettes. For the background colors, I used chalks for a soft look. This is a simple card, but just love how it looks. The lines are done with the score pal. The inside of the card is pictured on your right hand.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Card Deeds:
stamps: Amuse, GinaK, Cornish Heritage Farm
Ink: Tim Holtz distress inks, Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI
Accessories: Scor pal

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ballerina Girl

Today is Monday, beginning of the work day and I will be going to work soon. I don't care for Mondays, but loves Thursday since I am off every Friday.
This adorable stamp is from Wags n' Whiskers called Tiny Dancer (they also have digi), you can purchase it at Stamp and Create. I don't like to use digi because I don't have a good printer and I prefer/love to ink up my rubber stamps. This is what got me started into cardmaking, the rubbah. I think if I start using digi, I might not love this hobby as much as I will be on the computer all the time. I can't give up my rubbah even though I use clear stamps also, but love the feel of the rubber.
Anyways, back to the card, I did this card yesterday for a family friend of ours to give to his granddaughter who is taking dance/ballet class and loves everything pink/red. I added pink rhinestones to her hair band and ballet shoes to add dimension to the card. The image with stamped on ivory cs and colored with copic markers. I still needs lots of practice on these markers, but just love how they bend so well. The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketch #51 (I missed by one day).
Have a nice work week and thanks for visiting me.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #51
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Challenge #1: Nice & Girly
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Challenge #19: Good Luck/Best Wish
Card Deeds:
Stamp: WnW tiny dancer
Paper: DCWV dp and green cs, PTI berry sorbet cs, GinaK Designs ivory cs
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: Prima flowers, pink rhinestones

Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup & Weekly Crafting Challenges

I haven't been playing the weekly challenges lately because I was away at Las Vegas last weekend and had to catch up at work. I can't believe June is almost over. I seems like June just started yesterday, but obviously the weather tells me otherwise as the weather is HOT (extremely hot) nowadays. Next weekend will be fourth of July and Jim and I will be BBQing over at our friend's house. Have a wonderful fourth of July if I don't get to blog next weekend.

I got to play yesterday, so this is what I made, a card for my co-worker who LOVES soccer especially since the World Cup is on for a whole month. I am not really into any sports. My co-worker must be sad that both of his favorite teams lost (US and Mexico) and will not be playing for the championship. I made this card representing the US soccer team, can't you tell by the colors. I made the red strips all sparkly, with this new product called Glitter Ritz, it is from UK. I got this product at my LSS, but you can buy them at Ellen Houston , they glitter doesn't come off once you burnish it with your fingers, it feels like velvet. You can read about this product at Ellen Houston's blog. This stuff is expensive, but the little bottle lasts a long time. I colored this Wags n' Whiskers (WnW) soccer boy image with my copic markers. Added some stars from Hero Arts (stamped and cut out) and a star charm. The floss on the star charm are left over stitching floss from my cross-stitching projects I made awhile back. I need to get back into cross-stitching, that is also a very relaxing, but time consuming hobby.
Papertake Weekly: Sketch #43
Stamptacular Sunday: Challenge 65: Stars & Stripes
Stamp and Create: Challenge 2: Charms
Card Deeds:
Stamps: Wags n' Whiskers, Hero Arts
Paper: Bazzill paper, PTI pure poppy, George Pacific white , unknown dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Marvy Cherry and Blue, copic markers
Embellishments: Glitter Ritz, star charm

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wish BIG

Sunday is almost over and the start of another work week. Where did this week went? I had some really YUMMY crawfish and super jumbo shrimp this weekend, shipped over from Louisiana called Fisherman's Cove. The seafood is very fresh and the price for the crawfish was only $2.19/lb. My family usually do this a few times a year. This is the best time to get crawfish for a low price because last time we got crawfish at the end of March, it was around $3/lb.
I made some time this weekend again to play along in some of the challenges these week. I really need to motivate myself to play along in weekly challenges. I need to do my Father's Day card this week. I am such a procrastinator, can't change old habits. Now for the card, my thought process is always to look for a sketch to work with then my colors and images. This week's sketch is from Papertake Weekly sketch #42 . I stamped and colored this image for quiet some time now, just haven't put it together. I have tons of scraps I needed to use up. This stamp is Penny Black. I love those Penny Black critters, they are just darn ADORABLE. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella. I colored this image with my prisma color pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits) which can be found at Michaels and your local hardware store. I colored the background with my copic markers in B0000. I distressed the around the edges of the cardstocks/patterned papers with Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink. The used liquid applique (white) on the cupcake. I used my embossing heat gun to heat up the liquid applique rather than waiting for it to dry. The applied crystal glaze to the candle wax and orange and yellow stickles to the flame of the candle. I also added coaco (coffee) bits on the gound. I purchased it at my local scrapbook store when it went on sale. The card smells like coffee now. I haven't used any brads or light blue drew drops (found a huge pack @ Michaels last yr). I love this pink, blue, and brown color combo as it can be a male or female birthday card.
Simon Says Stamp: Recipe - 1 image, 2 patterned paper, 3 types of embellishments
Thanks for visiting my blog, have a wonderful week.
Card Deeds:
Stamps: Penny Black; sentiment: Stamping Bella
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Ice Blue Chalk ink, Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, copic marker
Paper: Gina K luxury ivory cs, DCWV espresso cs, DCWV sweet treats dp, Basic Grey sultry dp, unknow light blue cs
Accessories: brad, nestibilities label die, liquid applique, stickles, crystal glaze, drew drops

Sunday, June 6, 2010

CAS (Clean & Simple) - Live for Today

This sentiment (above) is so true, I am learning to appreciate life and live in every moment. So sad the weekend is almost over which means gearing up for the work week. My favorite tv shows: "Desperate Housewive" and "Amazing Race" are gone for the summer, so there's not much on TV to watch right now. I have an active stamping and cardmarking weekend... happy about this especially since some weeks or months, I don't even near my craft area. I was thinking of doing some more craft challenges for this week, but decided to finish up my sheet of stamped Stampendous flower w/PTI (papertrey ink) inspiration colors: aqua mist, raspberry fizz, and summer sunrise. I love looking at other crafter's CAS cards and thought I will do some. I made two other cards w/this Stampendous stamp and this sheet of stamped image, but forgot to photograph them before giving them to my friends. Tonight I was able to take a photo of this one. Just love the simplicity and cleanness of this card. I am starting to get addicted to PTI and starting my ink, stamp, and die collection. I hold off from buying from PTI as long as possible especially their ink pads, but once I started purchasing their products, I am addicted. I need to slowly build my collection since I have so many other companies' products are I addicted too.

Challenge: CAS70 on SCS: Quote, Verses & Saying as the main focus

Card Deeds:
Stamps: Stampendous, PTI sentiment

Ink: PTI aqua mist, various Colorbox chalk/pigment ink (forgot the color names)
Paper: PTI aqua mist and cs purchased from Michael
Accessories: pearls colored w/Copics, glitter that is like velvet (forgot the brand)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wags 'n Whiskers & Challenges

Happy Saturday. I thought today is Sunday because I had time to stamp the last few days. Ususally I'm busy on Friday's to do my miscellaneous errands, but I was home all day yesterday. My birthday just past a few days ago, I can't believe a am in my mid-30s and seems like yesterday we moved into our Arizona home & now we have been in this house for 5 years. Time passes by so fast.
I got some stamping done yesterday and finished this card today. I made this for a co-worker's son's (Moses) birthday. He is having a super hero birthday party theme, so I thought this is a perfect stamp to use for his birthday card. I used the cute Wags 'n Whiskers' stamp which you can purchase at Stamp and Create. I colored the image with copic markers (this is my new favorite color medium) then sponged yellow-orange ink around the image. I added the superman triangle "M" (personal touch). Cardstocks and dps are from various brands: Gina K, DCWV, Bazzil. I used ribbon, a star charm, and nestabilities die. I haven't decided what I want to do inside the card. I will wait till my co-worker sees this and see what sentiment he wants for the outside & inside.
I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Card Deeds:
Stamp: Wags n' Whiskers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack inks (Limonade & Butterscotch), copic markers
Paper: Gina K, Bazzil, and DCWV
Accessories: ribbon from Michaels, star charm, nestabilities die

Friday, June 4, 2010

Candy Blog

Karen is offering some wonderful candy blog to celebrate her birthday. Check out her blog.

Stamp and Create Wednesday Candy Blog

This week's candy blog is shimmerz at Stamp and Create . Go check it out for your chance to win.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Northwoods Stamp

Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all the service men and women. I have been busy the last couple of months and done some stamping now and then, but not much. Relatives been visiting for the last couple of months (a week here and there). Jim has been busy with continuing educational courses and had been travelling for the last two weekends in a row. He is home this weekend, but has couple of more course to take, but likely it is in town.

I made some thank you cards for some friends for helping to take care of our cats when we were out of town couple of weeks ago. I forgot to photograph them as I was in a hurry to finish up the cards, so I can give it to them. I did take a picture of this card. The stamp is Northwoods. There samples are just georgeous. I got this and other Northwoods stamps for my LSS because I saw their samples. I tried to case theirs, but I think I am still missing some of the glitter. I used Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, but it is not that glittery. Northwoods have lots of beautiful floral, nature, animal stamps. I just love their stamps, but its seems like it is hard to color because of all the details. I used prisma color pencil on this card. Their samples are usually watercolored with Tombow markers. This card can be anything from sympathy to birthday to anything you want. I stamped a generic sentiment (stamp: Hero Arts) on there as I don't know who I want to give this to yet. The inside is blank for now until I know who I am giving this too.

Challenge Submission:
Stamps: Northwoods, Hero Arts
Ink: Versa Fine Onyx black, Momento Tuxedo Black,
Paper: white, magenta, DCVW lime green, PTI chocolate brown for the base
Accessories: Prisma color pencils, prima flowers, stickles on the flowers, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, glue pen

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paper Sundaes Blog Hop with a PRIZE!

Paper Sundaes is having a celebration to feature their sensational sponor calendar - packed full for 201o. They wanted to thank all of their sponors, followers, challenge participants, and visitors with a prize. There are 7 ways to win this prize. Check out Paper Sundaes blog for instructions on how to win this new Hanglar & Stanglar stamp:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Paper Sundaes Challenge 12

I haven't won any Wags n' Whiskers stamps, so I am entering into the Paper Sundaes' challenge to try to get some free Wags n' Whiskers stamps. I just adore those new released stamps, they are so darn cute. I will continue to play until I win some new released Wags n' Whiskers stamp otherwise I will just have to shell out some money to get them.

This week's challenge for Paper Sundaes is a sketch from Christine. Here is my card. I used Hambo stamps for the image and the sentiment. I had it for awhile now and haven't have time to play with it. This stamp and the saying is just hilarious. I finally inked it up couple of days ago. Stamped on Gina K Pure Luxury 120lbs white cardstock. I love Gina K's PL cs, they are just fabuluous especially this 120lbs, super thick, no leaks through the back and it is very smooth to color with Copics. Did I tell you I am addicted to those Copic markers? I need to buy more colors, but will wait until have a a little more spending more. The designer paper is from DCWV - Boy Nursery and Scenic Route.
I am giving this to my office manager's husband. He helps us with all the repairs at the clinic, so I thought this card is just so fitting. I didn't stamp inside the card because I need to ask my office manager if she wants me to stamp a birthday saying inside. Here is the inside of the card.
Onto more personal news, I took my cat, Lay into the vet for a dental cleaning. This is first teeth cleaning after 13 yrs. We should have done it earlier, but after his brother's experience with the dental cleaning about 5 yrs ago, it scared us, because that vet gave him too much anesthesia and almost killed him. This vet we have been using for 2 yrs now and the veteranarians are great, very knowledgeable especially since Lay is diabetic. Lay also got 2 extractions and off course tons of tartar removed and hopefully his breath will smell better. Lay is recovering really well.
stamps: Hambo stamps
ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Stazon Gray, Copic markers
paper: Gina K PL white, PTI chocolate, DCWV dp and green cs, AMUSE wood dp, demin blue - unknown
accessories: Nestabilities, brads, ribbon, spica pen

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter & Challenges

Happy Easter! Just came back from dim sum. I love all this month's new Wags n' Whiskers stamps (sports related). They are so darn cute. I am keeping my fingers cross that I get to win some of these stamps. I made this card for this week's Wags n' Whiskers Challenge 17 - Sketch by Tina and for the Stamp Something - Pink Somethings Challenge. I love pink especially with the pink and brown combo. This stamp is from Wags n' Whiskers. This stamps was what actually attracted me into Wags n' Whiskers and Stamps and Create store. I colored the image using Tombow markers. They are poorly nelegected after I purchase Copics, even some of the markers are out of ink. I stamped the image on watercolor paper, embossed, then watercolor using the Tombow markers and Aqua brush.

I made this card for Chris, Hope for Cats for all her rescue work. Actually, I wanted the sentiment to be "Cat Diva", but there was a dog on there, so I just changed to a sentiment called, "You're the cat's meow" from Inky Antics. The inside sentiment is a Gina K stamp. I focked the stamped paws.
Thanks for stopping by.
Card deeds:
Stamps: Wags n' Whiskers, Inky Antics, Gina K Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Espresso, Tombow makers, H2O
Paper: Watercolor paper, Brazzill pink cs, PTI brown cs, Basic Grey (sultry), Heidi Swapp, Gina K ivory cs, DCWV green cs.
Embellishments: Nestabilities, Martha Sewart, Michael ribbon, prima flowers, aqua brush
Technique: Watercoloring