Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Easter skeletons??

So, I got these awesome stamps from Sugar Nellie called Skull Boyz and I love them! I kept looking at them and wondering what I would do with them. All I knew is that they were calling to me. Fast forward to a week later and I'm looking at the Skull Boy holding a sign in his hand and looking at my Michael's carrot stamp......skull boy.....carrot.....skull boy......carrot. Then it came to me!! Mask out the sign and have my skull boy holding the carrot. So, I set to work and for some reason I had a really hard time masking out that sign. But I didn't give up! I got that sign out of there and after stamping and masking I was able to add the carrot to his hand. Of course I colored the skull boy and the carrot with my copic markers. I had also stamped out another Michael's easter stamp with a bunny hiding in a flower pot. I knew I wanted him on the inside of the card, so it came to me what I needed my skull boy to be saying. Now, I want you to think of Elmer Fudd when you say the senitment I computer generated. He's saying "Shhh....be vewy qwiet....I'm hunting Easter bunnies". I chose to make this card into a gate card and the skeleton and sentiment are tucked under the brad to hold the front of the card closed. When you open the card inside is the hiding bunny which I decided to turn into a bookmark! I love that! So you just slide out the bookmark and you can remember this card all year long! I know that this is not a typical Easter card and trust me it's not going to very many people. Probably won't even leave this house! But for those of you that may want one, just ask and you may receive. The Easter cards that are going in the mail will be a surprise until I mail them out!

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Studio G

Papers: My Mind's Eye, Stampin' Up! CS

Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: eyelet, fibers, Stampin' Up! horizontal punch, pop dots, copic markers for coloring

Monday, March 23, 2009

Oompa Loompa Ian

Well, this is the first week that I decided to play along with the Cinema Saturday Challenge.
I've never played before but I was turned on to this site by my friend, Libby! She loves to play and her cards are awesome!! Anyway, I saw that the challenge this week was to use bright colors based on the movies Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I knew what stamp I wanted to try out, so I just needed to refresh my memory and rewatch these movies. Luckily, we own them both so I put in the original first and then followed it up with the Johnny Depp version. I find that both of these movies are awesome visually, but boy do I remember having bad dreams about a little girl blowing up into a huge blueberry and being rolled out of the room! I don't have those nightmares anymore!! I chose to use Happy Chef Ian from the Greeting Farm as my stamped image and afeter watching both movies I decided to color him as an original Oompa Loompa! I love how he turned out with the orange skin and green hair. Also, in honor of Libby, I chose to use some polka dots in the background. What do you think? I think he came together nicely. I know you probably can't tell but some of the candy is pop dotted to add dimension. Hopefully you can tell what he is! I want to thank the wonderful ladies who host this challenge every week and let them know their hints are so hard but so much fun to try to guess.
Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Stampin' Up!, Studio G
Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, Stazon Pumpkin
Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill
Accessories: buckle, ribbons, copics for coloring

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Prom Queen

For this card I used the "Prom Queen" stamp that I got from Stampotique. The artist who created the design is Penney Torrente. I can' t get enough of these stamps! I always have so much fun coloring them! I used my copic markers to color her, and gave her pasty white skin. I added some bling crystals to her dress as well as the side of the card. And the bats and raven were cut from the same piece of Cosmo Cricket as was used behind the Prom Queen. Don't you wish you had a Prom Queen who looked like her?? I also used acrylic glitter paint on the Stampin' Up! pumpkin pie cardstock. Although you can't tell, the birds are pop dotted and the Prom Queen is pop dotted to give added dimension. I love how my staple flowers turned out, so very not perfect!! All in all, I love her! And I can't get enough of using orange lately, probably because I love orange.

Stamps: Stampotique

Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Stampin' Up! CS, Bazzill CS

Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: crystals, acrylic glitter paint, brads, staples, copics for coloring, clear spica on eye shadow, black velvet ribbon, orange sheer ribbon

Friday, March 20, 2009


Well, here I am making a card in an odd size again, but I feel that I need to because of the sheer size of the stamp that I chose to use. Do you love her? I love her! And I love how she turned out! This is "Two Barrettes" from Stampotique. The artists that created the stamp image are Penney Torrente a husband and wife team, and I love the images they make!! And Carol at Stamptique is soo nice. Ok, so I've been coloring these goth girls for a few days now and finally had time to put a card together. I wanted her clothes to be bright so I pulled out my copics and found some colors I loved (which colors do I not love??). I don't know why but I normally color my images before I pick out papers, strange, huh? I can't help it. So, once she was colored I went on a search in my stockpile and found a slab that I had bought at Michael's. I can't remember what slab it was, but it was certainly something to do with teens! I used a sheet that had colors similar to what I had colored. I had to find a quote or word that I thought would fit in with my goth girl and chose the "Seriously" from Stampin' Up!'s Seriously Sassy. I can picture her stamping her foot and saying in a bit of snotty tone (or a teen tone!) "seriously?" I chose to emboss the word to make it pop. I used my paper crimper with Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand cardstock to use as a background mat. I also decided to use some orange acrylic paint topped off with some black glitter paint to create a little shimmer. I love my homemade dew drops! Thanks to a post on splitcoaststampers.com that lead me to the Frugal Crafter's blog on how to make your own dew drops with a hot glue gun. I then colored my dew drops with the same copic marker that I used to color "Two Barrettes" skirt. Of course I had to use some staples on a goth card! Well, maybe I didn't have to, but I really wanted to! I just love how she turned out and I hope that you do as well.
Stamps: Stampotique, Stampin' Up!
Papers: Michael's Me and My Big Idea's Slab, Bazzill CS, Stampin' Up! CS, GP CS
Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, Versamark
Accessories: paper clips, staples, copics for coloring, homemade dew drops, embossing powder, acrylic paints

Sweet Apple

Isn't she cute in that sweater?? I love to put her in it, probably because she doesn't really care, unlike Bug and Gnat. Brett, however, gets very upset when he sees his puppy wearing clothes. He will immediately take the sweater off of her and try to console her like it was a punishment. Can you believe that?? Well, let me know what you think! Maybe we can convince Brett that it's not so bad!

Ah! New bands for braces

Well, it's been 6 weeks so Kurt had to go in to get new bands put on his braces and get the wires tightened. He couldn't decide what colors to do, so I suggested gold and silver because next week he's a part of the Jazz festival in Wyoming. About that time a girl from his math class walked in and heard what we were talking about and said he should get pink. I had no idea what he was going to do when it was his turn in the chair. So, when he came out these were the colors he had chosen----PINK and SILVER!! Wow! Enjoy Kurt!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nathalia's picture!

Ok, Nati, this is for you!! I have shown my blog to one of my daycare children and she really liked the idea of posting the items you create. She even saw the pictures that Mitch colored and I added to my blog. She asked me if I could put her colorings on my blog, too. So, I asked her mom and her mom said yes! So, here is the wonderful job she did coloring a fairy stamp that I got from Paper Makeup stamps. I think she did an awesome job! She even turned it into a card that she surprised her mom with! She's so sweet like that. And since I know someone else will read this, Hey Marcy! What do you think?? I know you will like this post because of who colored it! She still talks about you,December, Anthony, Mr. Henry and Homer!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Junky car or classic in the weeds?

Ok, I love this stamp set by Stampin' Up! And I think it turned out pretty good when I colored it with my copics. My favorite part is the rust spots!! I think I'm going to have to do some research though and find out what colors they actually used on cars during that era. I love the blue, but I want a little more variety.

My 16 year old son thought my weeds were too green and needed to be browner, but , well, I love green and had to fit it in. So, maybe on the next image I'll really tone down the greens.

Stamps: Stampin' Up!

Papers: My Mind's Eye, Bazzill CS, Stampin' Up! CS

Inks: Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: eyelets (ha! from the sewing dept at Walmart!!), Copics for coloring, crochet thread

Monday, March 16, 2009

They're here!!! My Penney Torrente stamps from Stampotique!!!

I am so excited!!!! Can you tell??!! My stamps came today and I love each and every one of them!!! Those gothic girls are amazing!! And Mr. Stripes! Who wouldn't love that spider!! And look at that letter "T"! It's actually double mounted and includes the upper and lower case t. I can't wait to start stamping with them!! I am planning on going in and stamping out several images of each girl and then sitting down to color them with my copics! Aren't they beautiful? Well, maybe they aren't supposed to be beautiful, but they are red rubber on wood mounts and I LOVE that!! Can you believe that all my guys think these stamps are awesome? I still can't believe that I was able to find stamps like this. I owe the finding to splitcoasterstampers.com. Love that site! I can find everything I want, and there are so many enablers on there!! And just in case you want some of these stamps for your very own, please go to Stampotique. Ok, I will let you drool over my new stamps while I am going to have so much fun stamping with them!! After that I will be able to dig out all my awesome skull papers and have some more fun!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Paper Makeup Blog Hop

YAY! I'm so glad that today is the day for the Paper Makeup Blog Hop!! This is my first blog hop and I had to scramble to get my card done because I've been working all weekend. I couldn't wait for my kiddo to go to sleep so I could work for just a few minutes to put my pretty "Sprout" on a card. I decided to go simple to show off my Paper Makeup stamp. I love how she turned out! I am super excited to see what fantastic creations all the other "hoppers" have created. My suggestion would be to start at Katie Cotton's blog for the fun! There will be challenges, prizes and fun all day long!

Stamps: Paper Makeup

Ink: Adirondack

Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP, Stampin' Up! CS

Accessories: primas, brads, Copics for coloring, Spica clear pen on wings and water

The other hoppers you can check out at their blogs:

Lisa Kind - http://kindcreations.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Greco - http://glitterinmyhair.blogspot.com/
Tangii Crain - http://www.tangiink.com/
Danyel Owens - http://www.psychostamper.blogspot.com/
Lisa McKinney - http://www.lisabeesponderings.blogspot.com/
Dawn Knight - http://dawnsrubberroom.blogspot.com/
Melissa Craig - http://stampitscrapitshareit.blogspot.com/
Ashley newell - http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Ceal Pritchett - http://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/
Tina Hale - http://woodedviews.blogspot.com/
Jamie Morris - http://www.jaymerzstamps.blogspot.com/
Shannon Bracken - http://shannonssentiments.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Penner - http://mycreativetherapy-cheryl.blogspot.com/
Tenia Nelson - http://www.jazzypaper.blogspot.com/
Nancy Bush - http://www.southernyankeecrafter.blogspot.com/
Joni Wilson - http://astickysituation.blogspot.com/
Kimberlee Doktor - http://craftingforsanity.blogspot.com/
Sara Henton - saracreativemind.blogspot.com
Cassie Larson - http://www.fortheartofit.blogspot.com/
Shaela Odd - http://www.shaelaodd.blogspot.com/
Heather Lee-Reppen - http://www.inkonmyear.blogspot.com/
Kim Stewart - http://impressyourself.typepad.com/
Christi Thorsen - http://cici510.blogspot.com/
Katie Cotton - http://papermakeup.blogspot.com/

Paper Makeup Blog Hop

Yay! It's the big day for the Paper Makeup Blog Hop! It will be a day of fun, challenges and games all day. This is the card I quickly made up last night while I was working after my kiddo fell asleep.

Here is a list of the blogs that you can go to during the Blog Hop! I suggest starting at Katie Cotton's blog and traveling through all the fun stops!

Lisa Kind - http://kindcreations.blogspot.com

Jennifer Greco - http://glitterinmyhair.blogspot.com

Tangii Crain - http://www.tangiink.com/

Danyel Owens - www.psychostamper.blogspot.com

Lisa McKinney - http://www.lisabeesponderings.blogspot.com

Dawn Knight - http://dawnsrubberroom.blogspot.com

Melissa Craig - http://stampitscrapitshareit.blogspot.com

Ashley newell - http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/

Ceal Pritchett - http://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/
Tina Hale - http://woodedviews.blogspot.com/

Jamie Morris - www.jaymerzstamps.blogspot.com

Shannon Bracken - http://shannonssentiments.blogspot.com

Cheryl Penner - http://mycreativetherapy-cheryl.blogspot.com/

Tenia Nelson - http://www.jazzypaper.blogspot.com/

Nancy Bush - www.southernyankeecrafter.blogspot.com

Joni Wilson - http://astickysituation.blogspot.com/

Kimberlee Doktor - http://craftingforsanity.blogspot.com/

Sara Henton - saracreativemind.blogspot.com

Cassie Larson - http://www.fortheartofit.blogspot.com

Shaela Odd - http://www.shaelaodd.blogspot.com/

Heather Lee-Reppen - www.inkonmyear.blogspot.com

Kim Stewart - http://impressyourself.typepad.com

Brandi Burns - http://sparkleshimmerandtwinkle.blogspot.com/

www.hoveyhut.blogspot.com it's anita Hovey's!

dawn barrett'shttp://dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/

Christi Thorsen - http://cici510.blogspot.com/

Katie Cotton - http://papermakeup.blogspot.com

Friday, March 13, 2009


This card I decided to do a size that I don't normally do. And I love the way it turned out. I love, love, love this fairy from Paper Makeup Stamps. Kirsten is just sooo fun to color with my Copics! I got my inspiration for her skintones from one of my daycare kiddos, and she loved her! This card was made for the challenge this week at the Paper Makeup blog. The challenge was to use two different kinds of bling. I chose to use some Heidi Swapp blings that had been waiting to be used forever. For my second type of bling I used my clear Spica pen on her wings and her breath on the puffball of the dandelion. I also thought since I was pulling out that bling that I'd had forever that I'd use a tool that hasn't seen much use lately. I got out my paper crimper and crimped a couple sheets of cardstock to go under my Stampin' Up! sentiment. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do! I can't wait to show my daycare kiddo the card tomorrow when she wakes up.

Stamps: Paper Makeup, Stampin' Up!
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Bazzill, SU! CS,
Inks: SU!, Adirondack
Accessories: Heidi Swapp bling, brads, Copics for coloring, Spica pen

Sunday, March 8, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

Yay! I finished one of my cards today. I was supposed to be cleaning, but you all know how that goes. I really loved this fairy from Paper Makeup Stamps and had to show her off. These stamps are so easy to color! I just love to use my copic markers on them.

Stamps: Paper Makeup, Studio G
Paper: SU! Fall Flowers, Soft Sky, Old Olive
Inks: Stazon Olive Green, Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: brads, ribbons, copics, clear spica, felt flower

Mitch's creations

Well, Mitch has been very interested this week in my stamping because he has had his eye on my new copic markers. So, I had stamped out about a hundred images and now I can sit and color, right. He was watching me and I asked if we wanted to try them. He jumped right up and came over to pick out some images. I wasn't surprised when he chose two images from Paper Makeup Stamps. I can tell that I am going to have to buy the rest of the monsters and aliens from Katie. Well, that won't be such a hardship! Anyway, I thought he did a great job of coloring, and we will be turning his artwork into a card soon, so be on the lookout!

Happy birthday Bellas!

Ok, so my mom's birthday was on Friday and I didn't want to post her card on here in case she might see it. Now that her birthday is over I think I can post it. I actually made three cards, but only sent her one. I had to color it with my copic markers. I am sooo happy that I took the plunge and bought them. I was on the fence for at least a year, and for the past six months I went back and forth. I did a lot of research and was really worried about them because some people had said that they couldn't get used to them and preferred their pencils or watercoloring. Don't get me wrong, I love my pencils and love to watercolor with my SU! classic inks, but copics are so easy! Who knew?

Monday, March 2, 2009

I miss you

I have to say it again, I just love this stamp! I turned my sad gorilla into a grape ape!! He's too cute to be sad. I decided that I would create this card for the challenge at the Paper Makeup blog using designs by Diem Bach Pascarella. I used her "Sensual Alligator" as my inspiration for the purple and bluish colors. Great work Diem! I have to say I was very impressed with all of her artwork, including her medical designs. Wow! I used my Copic markers on him and just love how rich the colors turn out. Now, off to work on some other projects, such as making zucchini bread.

Stamps: Paper Makeup
Papers: Baja Breeze CS, Provo Craft Slab
Inks: Baja Breeze, Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Accessories: Copic markers (W1, RV13, BV13, BV02, BV17), cuttlebug and sizzix texture plates, eyelets, brads, book plate, ribbon

Welcome Baby!

Ok, I know I've shown this card before, I just wanted to show that it easily translates to other color schemes. I needed to make another baby card and didn't know if the baby was a boy or girl, so green it was! Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Just playing with my new copics!!

I was just having fun with my new markers. My Copics are awesome. Please keep in mind with the "grape ape" that I took the picture on my lap. They are all the same size and not blurry in real life!