Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stamp 'n Create Blog

Stamp 'n Create has launched their new blog. They are have a candy blog to give away. Lacey is giving away a $20 gift certificate. The blog will be featuring new product information, specials, and even tutorials. They have a great selection of stamps and embellishments. Free shipping for purchases over $55.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog Challenges

Happy Monday. The blog challenges are great because it gets my creative juicies flowing and to create at least one card per week, It makes me think about what stamp I want to use and who is the receipent for the card I am going to make. I had time yesterday to play, so I made this card to qualified to several blog challenges. I always choose a sketch to do first, then incorporate all the various challengs into the sketch. This is Sketch #87 from the Saturday Sketch blog. This sketch is also get for Challenge #87 from A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge - Lots of Layering. Lately I have been play with sketchs that has at least 3 layers. I think this card has at least 6 layers.

I just love this stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, from illustrator Crissy Armstrong called Bird Fairy. Crissy is have a Help for Haiti Blog Candy Give-Away, this giveaway will run till Feburary 6th. Check out Crissy's blog for more information.

The fairy stamp is beautiful and perfect I used for the Cute Card Thursday, Challenge 96, Fairy Fantastic. Since this is a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp, I thought it would be great to play the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge#14 - No Embellishment. I am sure this is a very difficult challenge for everybody including myself as I love adding embellishment, at least a flower, brad, and/or ribbon to all my cards. The card feels naked without at least one embellishment on there.
I stamped it on Neenah white cardstock w/Memento Black Tuxedo ink. I color her w/my copic markers, it took me the whole day because I colored her a couple of times and decided this is the best one, I think. I want to mention that the technique for the ground, I got it from Crissy Amstrong where you use your copics and put dots wherever you want. I thought I will play it save and do the ground for now. Crissy has it where she puts it all over she card, it is just lovely and beautiful. I love playing with my copics and them are so easy to use, just need to understand blending. I still need have a long list of copic markers I need to buy. Lately I am trying to use my H2O Twinkling. I have all the old colors which Luminare was planning to go out of business, but luckily they stay in business. I just love their colors, they have a hint of shimmer in them, that is just beautiful. I need lots of practice with them, I have a hard time do watercoloring blending w/them. I just don't get it, I see a couple of tutorials on them and they make it so easy, but when I do it, it is just plain ugly (LOL). I know, Practice, Practice, Practice!
Have a wonderful weekend and happy stamping.
Card deeds:
Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie Stamp; sentiment: PTI Mega sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blue Sky Colorbox pigment ink, Espresso Adirondack dye ink, copic sketch markers
Paper: Brazzi, PTI, BG dp, Neenah white, My Mind's Eye dp
Accessories: Cuttlebug corner folder, rectangle nestabilities, Friskars apron punch

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Stamp and Create

Just wanted to tell everybody that Lacey from Stamp and Create have a candy blog every Wednesday. Go check out her blog and her online store. I was the winner of the last week's candy blog, so thank you Lacey. You can also play along each week on the Wags 'n Whiskers challenges.

Blog Challenges

Good morning Tuesday. This is going to be a quick post as I need to take my cat, Kutsu to the vet. He hasn't been feeling well. I took him to the vet last Thursday and they said he has minor asthma, so they gave him a shot & said it should work for 5 days & then his asthma should slowly disappear. Well, its been 5 days and last night he kept sneezing like crazy. I call the vet this morning to get an appointment.

I wanted to play with more blog challenges this year. This is the card I finish yesterday night. Sorry about the bad photos, I taken them last night around 12AM. I missed up at the end when I was trying to glue the twine around the sentiment and the glue pour out everywhere including on the card. It is hard to see it on the photograph, but you can see it in real life. I will have to improvise the card to hide the mistake on the card when I am mailing it out. I wanted to play Anyways, this is a Wags 'n Whiskers's stamp and this week's challenge is to use Hearts on the Wags 'n Whiskers's blog challenge. Also, Stamp and Create is sponoring the first sketch challenge on Paper Sundaes. I used the sketch and the hearts for this card. I colored the image w/prisma with OMS. I have been playing w/my copics so much lately, my prisma pencils are feeling neglected. I used my old stash of designer papers I had for years. I want to mention that Stamps and Create carries Wags 'n Whiskers and is currently one of my favorite online craft stores. They carried all the stamping company's I love like Whiff of Joy, Stampavie, The Greeting Farms, and etc. They currently has the Stampavie pre-orders which are just adorable. Also, their stamps are usually 10% to 20% off and free shipping for purchases over $55. Before I say "good bye" for today, I want to thank Lacey, owner of Stamps and Create for the free heart charms (the charm I used on this card). They are beautiful, I love them.

Stamp: Wags 'n Whiskers; sentiment - unknown
Ink: Memento Black, Ice Blue Colorbox chalk
Paper: Gina K pure luxury base cardstock; DCWV; unknow dp
Accessories: Prisma color pencils, OMS, oval & scallop oval nestabilities; heart buttons; Twine; heart charm

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Miss Attitude

I made this card last week, but just didn't have the time to post it. This card is for my niece, Charlottee who just turned 2 on January 2nd. Actually, this stamp reminds
me of her older sister, Audrey, who is Miss Attitude last time I saw her, but I thought this stamp is so darn cute. I am also sure the trouble 2 is hitting, so Miss Charlottee is probably Miss Attitude as well. I am giving this card to her next month when I am visiting them. This stamp is from the Gorjuss Girl (illustrator: Suzanne Woolcott) line from Sugar Nellie stamps. The easel card is currently my favorite style of card. I just love how you can display it on your desk. Another thing I like to do alot on cards is distressing the edges of the papers. I also used the Just Magnolia Challenge Blog, sketch challenge 38 for this card. Another one of my resolution for 2010 is to play along with all these fabulous challenge blogs out there.

I am not much of a gardner, wants to learn, but the plants never survive more than a couple of weeks. My front & backyard are very minimal. I was out in my backyard couple of weeks ago to feed the birds and feral cats and notice that we have sunflowers in our backyard. It just started to bloom, I thought those were weeds at first. I know I didn't plant any sunflower seeds so where did the sunflower come from. I realized that it was from the seeds we feed the outside birds with. There were sunflower seeds in them and obviously the birds didn't finish eatting them, thus sunflowers in my backyard. They are so pretty. I took some photos of them, just in case I might want to do something with them later on.
A couple of them a HUGE sunflowers. I was thinking of cutting them to bring them inside, but with all my cats around, I thought otherwise. I will admire the flowers from my window and it is good enough for me for now.

Have a nice work week, I am hoping to find some time tonight to play and do some blog challenges. Crossing my fingers.

Card Deeds:
Stamps: Sugar Nellie, (I forgot when the sentiment came from)
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox chalk inks (forgot the colors); Copic sketch markers,
Paper: Gina K pure luxury white, Basic Grey - Sultry DP, PTI dark cholocate cs, My Mind's eye; DCWV lime cs
Accessories: prima flowers, brads, nestabilities circle & ovals, ribbons, crystal stickles

Friday, January 15, 2010


Hubby kept telling me to get a new laptop for my crafting and Facebook game playing and leave my old computer to do my work on. I finally listen as my old computer is slowing down so much when I am working on Quickbook. I have to transfer all my crafting and photo files. I need to delete those files from my old computer. I will be working on this this weekend. I didn't have time to play this week as I am still working on closing out 2009 book. I need to print out 1099-MISC this weekend. I am hoping to have some time to play next week as I am working so much on wrapping the 2009 book that I am having headaches every night.
I went to the chiropractor today for an adjustment and massage. I feel better, but my muscles are still very tense especially on the right neck because I have to craddle the phone while try to type on the computer at work.
Got to go, back to work & Facebook games.
Hope to get some crafting therapy next week. Have a nice weekend.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Where Did the Time Went???

It's Monday & its back to work after a nice long weekend. I have so much to catch up as I have 5 months of data to enter into Quickbooks. It's all DH's fault for getting me hook on Facebook games such as Farm Ville, Cafe World, Animal Paradise, Pet Ville. I blame DH for making me fall so behind w/the company book. I need to get all the financials done by mid-January, so I can process 1099s for the company and to go through things with the CPA as April is going to be here before you know it.
Anyways, I made this card 2 days ago for my cousin, Julie who turned 14 this past Christmas Day. She is 21 yrs younger than me (yikes!). I just mailed the card out to her today, so she won't be getting it until the end of this week... hopefully. The image is from Sugar Nellie stamps. She is just so darn cute. I am gearing towards cutsy stamps nowadays, so I can practice my coloring w/copic markers. I still have so much to learn on copic markers and thank goodness for U Tube videos.
I may not be blogging until the end of the week as I still have a card to make for my niece, Charlotte who just turned 2 yrs old on January 2nd. I so miss her & her older sister Audrey. She barely knows me as I barely goes back to California to visit my family nowadays.
As you can tell, I am so behind w/my birthday cards. I need to start make a BIG STASH of cards soon, but where will I have the time???
Have a wonderful week.
Stamp: Sugar Nellie; sentiment: Heroes Arts
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Basic Grey- Sutry DP, DCWV pink & green cs
Accessories: Copic markers, white pearls colored w/copics; Martha Stewart punch; Nestabilities; white gel pen.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year everybody. I didn't mail out any Christmas cards for 2009 as I barely made any cards this past year. One of my 2010 New Year resolution is to be more committed to keeping this blog current and to do more crafting. I have been learning how to color with copic since I start investing money on them in 2009. I took time off all last year from the blogging world.

Here is the card I made on New Year's Eve evening. I love Magnolia stamps. They are so adorable. I am buying more cutsy stamps so I can practice coloring them with copic markers. I have to say that my card making skills have evolved through the years and I am trying find what I like & don't like & what I am good at.
Stamp: Magnolia
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk in Ice Blue & French Blue (distress around the border)
Paper: DCWV X'mas pack, Gina K pure luxury 120lb cs, unknow blue cs.
Accessories: Nestabilities, red ribbon, stickles - icicles.