21 July, 2009

Carolyn's Blogaversary!

You probably know her, you've probably hung your jaw down at her work. She's Carolyn Bounds, and she's a stampin' artist of the very best kind. I met "Aunt Carol" about two years ago on Splitcoast, and was, and still am, in total awe of the cards she creates.

If you don't know her, get to know her! Carolyn does some of the most amazing work & her blog is a true inspiration for anyone who needs a "boost". Can you believe her blog, clevery named P.M.S. etc. (Paper, Markers, Stamps, etc.) is only on its first blogaversary?! In celebration, Carolyn is offering up some blogaversary candy. So head on over for your chance to win. Its a haul!

Congratulations Graphics
Congratulations to a great & special friend, on your first blogaversary!

........................Now when the heck did I start THIS blog? LOL

16 July, 2009

WOAH! Another card!

Well, for the last 3 days I have been sick as a dog. The worst thing? Its BORING when you're stuck in bed (or in my case, stuck on the couch). The best thing? having time to stamp, and watch a movie. In my case, it was the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2. Loved it. Too bad I didn't have a copy of Twilight, or I would have watched that!

I did get some stamping in. I complete two swaps. First is the monstahs & aliens swap hosted by my friend MiamiKel.

The image is a stamp I got from Victoria Case - which I have inked up before. I got the little crown accents from the dollar store (what a find!) and the ribbon, I recieved as a giftie in a swap. i colored up the image with my watercolor markers and used a blender pen over it. its not my favorite card, but I do really like the image. Perhaps next time I will try another coloring technique.

Next up is a card i made for my monthly sisterhood swap. The theme is "birds of a feather". Its so appropriate for the sisterhood since we all have been friends for so long now, and we share this common love of ink and rubber. Top that off with a really unique and special friendship and blend of extraordinary women, who genuinely care for one another. I realized I had only two bird stamps and neither of them would be right for this theme. One was a sneaky looking vulture and the other was a Christmas dove.

I decided to try googling and came up with this digital stamp. Its actually from a seller on etsy - Softpencil. She has some really cute images!! And for cheap too! I think this image of a flower giving shelter to a little birdie was perfect for the theme. I computer generated the sentiment "I'll be your shelter" because I thought it was so fitting. The girls in the sisterhood are always there to lend a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear. I also haven't been able to get the song "I'll be there" out of my head since I hit the print button....

I layered up Certainly Celery and Garden Green from SU! and used the cuttlebug embossing folders to add some texture. Added a little pink grograin ribbon & popped up the image and sentiment with foam squares. I hope the girls like it!

13 July, 2009

WOAH! A card!!

Okay, so I promised you a card!
Bf is 6 hours away in a tiny town - on business. So what does that mean for me? Well, it means I got the whole evening to myself & the whole dining room too! I ignored the laundry, I ignored the dishes, I ignored everything except an episode of the Bachelorette! AND I STAMPED!

Its been a while since I've had a chance to really ignore everything & sit down with ink and paper. A few days ago, i showed you a great digistamp, my first, that I got from Pink Cat Studios - and for a great cause!

Don't you just love the image? The little boy & his balloon are adorable! Looking at it, I would have liked to shrink the image just a tad (if I could figure that out), and mount the image on one more layer before mounting it on the card. There are many tutorials out there, and I know its just a matter of doing some playing around. Of course, as you can see from my blog, I'm not terribly computer savvy.

I can't tell you how much I love coloring with Copic markers. They are so smooth & roll over your paper with such ease. I just need alot more practice with my "art eye" and well, alot more Copics... =P I don't have a nice bright red copic yet - so i had to use my SU! markers. And I definately need a variety of skin tones. Well, they'll be on my wishlist.

I finished it off by printing off another image and cutting out his hat & balloon, then mounted it with foam squares. I love this technique for brining just a little something extra to my cards. Its time consuming, but it makes such a difference to the image.

Stamp: DIGISTAMP, Pink Cat studios
Ink: Colored with Copics & SU! markers
Embellies: Large Brads (dollar store)
Paper: SU! and My Minds Eye

Have you tried digital?

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Candy & No, No card yet......

I know.. I promised a card, and its coming! I have the evening free and ALL TO MYSELF tonight to stamp away & that's exactly what I"m going to do! No laundry, No dishes, nothing..... Just some stamping the night away! So I promise, a card is coming soon!

I know a few of my very talented friends have tried High Hopes stamps and I have been drooling over thier images for a long time. Want a chance to win some? Crissy's Art & Heart blog is giving away a pile of High Hopes goodies. Just head over to her blog and follow the directions =). Closes on the 15th so get over there NOW.

Okay, I guess I have to finish some work so that I can get home and stamp my art out!

Have a great Monday my friends!

08 July, 2009

My first Digitals

Well, I have seen some fabulous work with digital stamps.

I don't think that I'll ever become a full-time digital stamper, but heck - I'm willing to try it out. I still like the feel of a stamp in my hands.

I happened to check up on a site I haven't been to in a while, Pink Cat Studios. They are raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation in honor of a little boy who left this world due to his battle with neauroblastoma. So I thought, what a better way to try out digital, than to buy some Wranglers. Just $6 for two images and two sentiments. The proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation.

I have downloaded my new digistamps & can't wait to get to doing something with them! Will have to muddle through my stash at home and see what cowboy/girl-ish papers and embellies I might have lying around!
Stay tuned! I promise to have a card created with these images! Really! I know, its been so long since I've posted any cards, but I promise this time!