Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
She offered to send me some seed beads for my fuzzy chicks, and I got them, along with a million cool gifts! First, little shamrocks and teeny little metal tag embellishments that I hope to reveal soon! Wow. THEN, this beautiful card with one of my all time favorite Stampin' Up! sets - Watercolor Garden. Now Lynne - how did you make the background for this? Is it the marble/reinker technique? Please leave a comment on the post so everyone will know. It's amazing! Then, along with the beads, she sent me a strip of this FREAKING ADORABLE wallpaper border with bunnies on it!! She knows I have a wabbit weakness!!! Thanks Lynne - you are a sweetheart!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Doodle Factory Urban for the stamps!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I think I recovered swimmingly though - with no gaps around my little creatures from my mask, and yes, a BLUE cityscape - aaaahhhh..
Colored with copics on Whisper White, my scene is... You can't really see the little touch of green in the alien creatures. Doesn't it look like that one on the right is saying "Come on, this doesn't seem right - they're all so nice and happy here..." and the other one is all - "YOU STUFF ONE OF THOSE LITTLE HUMANOIDS IN YOUR BELLY RIGHT NOW BEFORE I STUFF IT IN THERE FOR YOU, BURZTROID!!!"
That's what it looks like to me anyway! :)
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Tomorrow is Monday, so you must. I'm still being inspired by the Dylan's Candy Lunchbox - I love those brightly colored circles!!
This is Doodle Factory City - my little best friend Yapples from Creatures and the plane is from the new completely crazy hilariously cute Urban Images. Can't wait to play with the spray paint!!
I colored him with Copics and hand wrote "Need a Lift. Cardstock is Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore. Punches are 3/4" and 1" circle punches from SU!
Wait till you see the new Country images that are coming... ;) If you can stare at Sfen the wabbit for 5 seconds without smiling, I owe you a Cherry Coke!!Have a good week!
PS - check out the Transportation Challenge at Caardvarks!! This little baby is headed over there!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Okay - this first one was done for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS today which is ADORABLE. I love the website!!! I took the lunchbox image as my inspiration.
I loved the stripes, and those layered dots above the line art images. I knew I must have some cool Basic Grey striped paper!!!
And I did. I also knew I had some cute line art. The teeny version of the Doodle Factory Creatures - they come in two sizes and the teeny ones are quite fetching. I took the Min Positive Words and tried to find some things to give the "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover" flavor - what do you think?
Next, I did the Dirty Dozen gallery Central Theme play along. The gallery is amazing this month. Man do I love Michelle Zindorf!!
Hard to choose this month though - I love the coffee/gift theme and these girls did some amazing things with that simple idea.
So I used tea instead of coffee for my project. The cups are stamped with the retired What's Brewin' set in Rose Red and cut out. The letters and numbers are cuttlebugged out of the Hostess prints pack on Rose Red Designer paper. Then that's layered on Barely Banana, Basic Grey and then a River Rock base.
I really like these colors! Do you?
Ouch. My back hurts from stamping. Better go.
First of all, check out these tulip images from Creativeplaystamps.com - there's a negative and a positive image - very photographic and cool. I accented these with a Krylon Gold Leaf pen and some images from Stampin Up!'s Travel Post set. After I stamped the travel images in Ballet Blue, I colored around them with an SU! pure color pencil (black) to make them look a little dimensional. I use my Ballet Blue pad a lot so it's a little pale..
Now the downside of a gold leafing pen is that it rubs off very easily. I'm sure there's some sealer or something you can use, but I'm not thrilled. It's a bummer because it's such a beautiful bright gold. Most gold paint pens are much duller than this.
Then, I'm still being prevented from posting my fuzzy chicks on Martha Stewart.com and I'm extremely snarky.
Speaking of Martha, two things. One, I have found proof that we were separated at birth. She admitted on her show that she too eats sweetened condensed milk out of the can with a spoon!!! mmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two, she had this egg dying technique on that I HAD to try. I went to TJ Maxx and bought some cheap 100% silk ties and scarves. Ties were what she used on the show. I cut the fabric into squares and wrapped it around eggs. Then I wrapped a square of cotton white thin dishtowel around that, tightly, and tied the whole thing tightly with a twisty.
Then, I put them in a pot with water and 1/4 cup white vinegar, brought it to a boil and then simmered it for 20 minutes. I pulled them out, let them cool, unwrapped them, and behold!!
Now the two paler ones were made with ties. Apparently that silk was either fake or had some other material in it because the transfer was not very good. The one on the right with the little diamonds was a Geoffrey Beene tie. The pink one and the one in front were beautiful scarves, and the transfer is so detailed that on the pink one you can very clearly see a word that was printed on the scarf!! It's really amazing and fun! The lady on the show said you can use the silk several times. I have no idea if these would be edible, so you probably shouldn't eat them. I'm sure that's not food grade dye and all of it came from China, so just enjoy the way they look, and as your mom would say - DON'T PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH!! To make them shiny, you just rub a little vegetable oil on them!
So I recommend scarves - works great! Very fun.
I would post them on Martha's site if they would lift the ban!!!
Until then, lets talk about Jane's card! My friend Jane has been a tad under the weather, so I made her this card. I really thought about making it with the Dilly Dally set that she hates so much (tee hee) but I love her too much, and I just love this crazy little Doodle Factory sheep!!
I wish Kristina Werner would let us send her our cards to put her perfect handwriting on, but I don't think that's in the works, so I had to use my own handwriting here. Blah.
Anyway, he's cute as bug in a rug, isn't he?? I colored him with Copics, used the SU! punch, ribbon, felt flowers, rhinestone brad and textured cardstock. My sis found these teeny shape punches somewhere and I used those for the little starbursts. They show the inside of the card, which is also orange textured cardstock.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This card is for Kristina Werner's color challenge. It's a beautiful combo, I think, and it really called out for a chocolate bunny, don't you?
The combo was Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink and Pumpkin Pie.
The big picture doesn't show the glitter pen on the egg halves, so I included a closeup.Supplies: Chocolate Chip Textured Cardstock, Purely Pomegranate DSP from the hostess set of prints pack, Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon, Dottie Bunny Stamp from Ellen Hutson, Copics (RV11, E37 & the colorless blender), A Good Egg Stamp Set, White Craft Ink. (All supplies except the bunny from Stampin' Up!)
Hope you like it! :)
Now LOOK! I didn't know you could upload your photos to Martha Stewart and she WOULD SHOW YOUR FUZZY CHICKS ON TV! I'm so mad! There were the cutest chicks on there today. So I went over there to upload and the place to register is down! And now my chicks have eyes and everything and they really need to be on TV!! Grr!!!
PS - Blogger going out at 5 PM Pacific time! EEK.
If you have problems, just check back later.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
So now I must share 7 random things about myself.
1) I am terrified of elevated highway overpass ramps. You know, those hideous, curved, way too high to really work for any length of time, bridge-like things over I-35 and other poorly designed roads. My chest tightens, my knuckles get white, I sweat. It's awful. I'm not at all afraid of heights, oddly enough - I would live at the top of the Sears Tower in a glass box, but these things are SCARY.
2) I can write my name backwards with my right hand and frontwards with my left hand at the same time. I'm right handed.
3) I got licked by a white tail deer once and found out I'm deathly allergic to deer licking!!
4) Tranquilizers make me crazy hyper and stimulants make me sleepy.
5) When I was little, a lady walked past me and my friend David with a paper bag and was very disoriented and crazy looking. She asked us for directions and walked off without listening. She had just shot her husband at the mall.
6) I love every dairy product on the face of the earth!
7) I laugh uncontrollably until I'm in tears on rollercoasters - the scarier they are the harder I laugh!
Now it's my turn to tag a few..
Markie's Mom - This woman is amazing. You will fall in love with her cards, her wonderful style (those dots are incredible) but especially with her stories.
Cee Cee - You are going to love this site if it's not already in your favorites. A funny & talented stamper, her bikini cards are going to make you laugh!!
Jody Morrow - this fellow Texan is already quite famous in the stamping world - rightfully so. Check out her tutorial on drunken watercolor. It's incredible. Totally trying that when I'm done with this post.
Kelly - if you don't absolutely freak out and squeal when you see the birthday card she posted today, you need to see a doctor!
Sharon - Her inchies are pretty much the cutest I've seen. I'm hooked!!! I love this woman's site!
Carole - There is nothing better than a funny blogger! This lady does beautiful work but also really makes me giggle!!
Michele - just when I think I know what her "Style" is, she surprises me, which I love. This woman does beautiful watercolor and be sure and check her Live, Love Bloom post. Incredible.
Enjoy the blog tour! Buses leaving every half hour! :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Judie asked a great question about the asp. I always forget that Texas is really its own country, and things are different here.. Everywhere else, an asp is a poisonous snake (Shakespeare, anyone?). But in the Great Republic of Texas, an asp is a poisonous fuzzy caterpillar, the larvae of something called the Flannel Moth, which I find quite hilarious, since flannel is fuzzy too.
It's also called a puss caterpillar. There's this adorable video on YouTube of one. Watch out - it's poisonous! Don't pick it up! But ADMIT - you want to!!!
Now, speaking of Judie, look at this card I received. It's beautiful, and hard to see in the photo. First of all, she made it - which is incredible. I thought she bought it until I turned it over. The sunset and trees you see are part of the vellum layer - this vellum is beautiful. The side has a strip of some stunning pearl carstock, which is embossed and decorated with half pearls and pearl ribbon. It is a show stopper.
But it's the inside that just kills me, in the best sense of the word. I can hardly type this:
Four Feet in Heaven, by Alice Chase.
- Your favorite chair is vacant now
- No eager purrs to greet me.
- No softly padded paws to run
- Ecstatically to meet me.
- No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
- Will say it's time for feeding.
- I've put away your bowl and all
- The things you won't be needing.
- But I will miss you, little friend.
- For I could never measure
- The happiness you brought me,
- The comfort and the pleasure.
- And since God put you here to share
- In earthly joy and sorrow.
- I'm sure there'll be a place for you
- In Heaven's bright tomorrow.