February 13, 2008

Visit Me on my NEW Improved Site!

I have moved to a new location. You can click the link above or visit me at http://igotstamps.com

February 12, 2008

Change is in the Air!

First I want to say that I have a small change to my website in the works. When I started blogging I had no idea that I'd post on a regular basis, or that I'd end up with so many readers. In order to continue to grow I feel that it is time to make a small change. I will not be getting rid of this blog - in fact I have imported all of my posts into my new site, but starting Sunday, all new posts will only be posted over there.

I am asking a HUGE favor of all of you. If you have me listed in your Blog Roll, if you could please update it to reflect my new website. I will have a post on top on Sunday that will re-direct everyone to my new site, and if you want you can start to head over there as well.

My new website is : http://igotstamps.com

This card was made for the Feature Stamper Challenge on SCS. This week the honored stamper was Sarah Green. I choose this card to CASE. As you can see I kept the layout, but made a lot of changes to the card. I flipped the layout sideways to accomodate the image I wanted to use. I also changed the stamp set and color combination. I felt that hemp twine was more masculine than silver cording, as was the HodgePodge Hardware in lieu of the flowers.

I look forward to see you at my new site!


Stamps: For Father, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, All Holidays
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel. Going Gray, Basic Black, Old Olive, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: crafter's tool kit, HPH, 1/16" hole punch, ticket corner punch, natural hemp twine
Techniques: watercoloring, faux stitching

February 11, 2008

My Handsome Friend

When I first started the Technique Challenge today I didn't think I would go through with it. Faith was the guest host and showed us a Spray, Ink and Smoosh Technique to make background paper. Seeing the entire sheet of Glossy White card stock didn't do much for me. After it was cut out and layered I was in love. I think it looks like a serene body of water. I LOVE this card!

To start I sprayed a fine mist of water on Glossy White card stock, dropped a few drops of Handsome Hunter and then some Sage Shadow. I got the Dynamic Duo from my Color Wheel. I wanted to use colors that I don't normally reach for, and while I can go through a ton of Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter is not something I often use. The base of my card is a 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 piece of Confetti White card stock. I also used Going Gray along with the Handsome Hunter and Sage Shadow.

The sketch is one of Julee's and is Mojo Monday Sketch 13. I wanted to keep it simple to show off my lovely patterned paper.


February 10, 2008

Clear Envelope Book

Yesterday I spent the day with some fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that I met via SCS. When we get together we normally each plan a 3D project to make. This is what Jackie, aka hpyscrpr2, brought along for us to make. It is one of the clear envelope books that was the new tutorial last week.

I think that this is so vibrant and cheery and I absolutely love the colors and paper that we used to make this book. The book uses So Saffron, Rose Red, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Cutie Pie Designer Series paper. Matching ink colors were also used along with the Garden Whimsy stamp set. We finished the book off with Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon as well as some 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain.

I can see myself making a lot of these books to carry pictures of Colin and Evan in and to give as gifts. I think they would make perfect gifts for Mother's Day, Graduation Gifts or little books to put in Birthday Photos.


February 9, 2008

One of a Kind Now Available!

Stampin' Up! has announced that the One of a Kind stamp set is now available! I know that there were lots of questions as to when it would be back and the answer is now!

I thought I'd add just a quick update.


This Hugs For You!

Today is the day that these adorable Monkeys are going to be available, starting at 10 pm at All That Scraps. I made this card for the Limites Supplies Challenge. The goal was to make a non-traditional Valentine's Day card, meaning no pink, no red, no hearts. I LOVE the color combo in this card. I found a piece of Basic Grey Dasher paper that I forgot was in my stash and based the other colors off of it. I also used Beate's Sketch Challenge 34.

Well today I am off to stamp with some fellow SCS'ers. Teresa, aka paynete and Jackie, aka hpyscrp2, and I are getting together. Last time we spent hours talking and stamping so I am sure today will involve much of the same.

Have a great Saturday!


Stamps: Monkey Love by C.C.Designs
Paper: Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Basic Gray Dasher
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Slit Punch, 1/16" hole punch, certainly celery 5/8" grosgrain, crafters tool kit, basic black stampin' write marker
Techniques: watercoloring

February 8, 2008

Double the Love

These monkeys are so adorable and so much fun to color in. I have lots of visions for this set. I made this card and it folds like Beate's file folder card but it is held closed by the slit punch at the top of the main image. I think I should sponge the edge in Cool Carribean to make it stand out a bit more, but this is the photo I have to work with this morning. The sketch was in the latest Paper Crafts magazine and was used by Dianna Digoy.

Again for this card I used the new C.C Designs set, Monkey Love that will be released Saturday at 10 pm at All That Scraps. I also used the new Polka Dots background.

Did you know that All That Scraps has a new blog? If you want to win a Giga or Mega punch head on over and them know what you think. A winner will be drawn on Tuesday, February 12th at 10 pm Central Time.


Stamps: Monkey Love and Polka Dots by C.C. Designs Paper: Cool Caribbean, Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Basic Gray dsp Ink: Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose Accessories: Slit Punch, 3/16" corner rounder, chocolate chip satin ribbon, large oval punch, silver brads, designer label punch, dimensionals. AquaPainter Techniques: watercoloring

February 7, 2008

Monkey Love

Do you want to see what was waiting in my mailbox for me this afternoon? This adorable little monkey and some wonderful new background stamps! It's perfectly fitting that I'd get some monkey stamps especially since I have two of my own monkeys who happen just to look a little more human. LOL!

This new stamp set from C.C. Designs called Monkey Love will be available at All That Scraps this Saturday starting at 10 pm. These sets are called Itzie Inkies and come in a very sturdy CD Case already mounted on EZ-Mount foam. On my Purely Pomegrantate layer I used one of the new Big Ol' Backgrounds called Hearts.

I'm off to play with the other monkey in the set, and he's just as cute as this one. I did seperate my sentiment and made the dots with my Chocolate Chip marker. The inside reads "thinking of YOU".

Stamps: Monkey Love and Hearts Background from C.C. Designs
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Basic Gray Blush
Ink: Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, River Rock
Accessories: small and large oval punch, crop-a-dile, silver eyelets, silver brad, May Arts ribon, AquaPainter

Happy Heart

I just have time for a quick post this morning. I thought I had until next week to get the Auction Basket in for Colin's school. It turns out I have to have it in by tomorrow. I'm working on that right now, but I wanted to post another card I made with yesterday's sketch. This one is a little simpler than the last, but I still am very pleased with how it turned out. Plus I have almost used up all of my Ginger Blossom scraps which makes me happy since I tend to get down to a few scraps, open a new package and never use the remaining few pieces up. My goal for this year is to be less wasteful with what I have and to use it before it retires.

Here is my Auction Basket. I have 52 cards and envelopes in the basket. Some I have duplicates of, others are originals. I showcased some of my favorite cards by slipping them between the photo box and the lid, which I put on the bottom of it. I called it a Year Full of Cards Basket since there are enough to send out one a year.


February 6, 2008

Celebrate Today

Wow, what a difference a day and a little bit of meds makes. We are all doing much better. Thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate all of them. I am feeling so good that I even got a card done this morning. I think I may get a lot of stamping done if the weather continues it's course. We are looking at 5 - 7 inches of snow today and right now it sounds like freezing rain is hitting the side of the house.

I made this card for today's Sketch Challenge. I am using up scraps of Ginger Blossom paper before I dive into my 2nd package of it. This card just fell into place and I love when that happens. I did use a wide variety of stamps and I'll list those in the card recipe.

I really love how you can make such vibrant flowers and how easy they are with the Sale-a-Bration set So Many Scallops. I simply inked this one up in Groovy Guava, rocked and rolled it in Rose Red ink and punched it out with my Scallop Punch. I then punced the center with the 1" circle punch and So Saffron ink. A few polka dots curteousy of the Three for You punch box and a little sponging with So Saffron ink and I was set. The stemp is from Garden Whimsy and is stamped off once in Old Olive ink. I set the flower and center of it up on dimensionals.

Stay warm today!


Stamps: So Many Scallops, Garden Whimsy, Celebrate Everything, Three for You Punch Box
Paper: Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Whisper White, So Saffron, Ginger Blossom dsp
Ink: Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Old Olive, So Saffron
Accessories: Sherbet Ribbon Originals, 1/16" hole punch, silver brads, 3/16" corner rounder, 1" circle punch, dimensionals
Techniques: rock and roll

February 5, 2008

Retro Funk

Today we all woke up not feeling well, so I decided to call the pedi and get the boys in. Both of them have sinus infections and are now on antibiotics. Roger and I are dealing with the same stuff. I think it's due to this very odd weather. On Friday we got 10 inches of snow, on Sunday another 2. Today it is nearly all gone! Tomorrow we hopefully will miss the big part of the storm, but Northern IL is supposed to get another 10 - 12 inches. Yesterday it was in the lower 50's by dinner time. I don't get it. Roger stayed home and I didn't get much stamping done, but took a few moments while Evan napped and Roger and Colin picked up the medicine at the pharmacy.

Both of these cards were made for the Color Combination Challenge on SCS. The colors are Ballet Blue, Real Red and Apricot Appeal. The first card was inspired by a layout I saw in a Paper Crafts magazine ad. They had used Designer series paper and I made my own since I didn't have any to match the color theme.

I promise to catch up on all of my comments as soon as I'm feeling a little better. I am so far behind with visiting sites and reading posts in Google Reader. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to return the favor soon.

Card 1:

Stamps: Spring Solitude Hostess Bundle, Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Basic Gray, Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue
Accessories: dimensionals, paper piercer, mat pack, vintage brads, 1/16" hole punch, AquaPainter
Techniques: rock and roll
Card 2:

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, It's Beautiful
Paper: Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal, Real Red
Accessories: crafter's tool kit, brocade blue 5/8" grosgrain, pretties kit, round tab punch, silver brad, mini glue dots, dimensionals. ticket corner punch

February 4, 2008

Fortune Favor

Colin, Evan and I are all home today. We all still have some sort of small annoying cold, but I didn't think it was bad enough to keep Colin home from school. I attempted to take him there, but when the stop lights were out, there was accident after accident, semi's were pulled over to the side of the road and visibility was only about 5 feet in front of our car I turned around and went back home. I think safety is more important than driving a 4 1/2 year old 5 miles to school in those conditions. So we are downstairs playing GeoTrax and I took a few minutes to put this together for Try a New Technique Challenge on SCS.

I think that these would make adorable party favors for a preschool Valentine's Day party. I may just have to make a few more. I felt like I was back in grade school making this. We used to make these all of the time. Mine wasn't standing as tall as I wanted it to after I put the candy in, so I took out the candy and used my 1/16" hole punch to punch a small hole in two opposite points. I then used hemp twine to pull it nice and tight and it stands perfectly now.

In the center I cut a hole and put a Valentine's Day pencil in. I decorated the top with a scallop punch, and stuck it to the pencil with pop up glue dots. I then added the little mouse from Happy Heart Day. The base is a 8 1/2" square of Chocolate chip and the Berry Bliss paper was cut into 1 3/4" squares and then in half again to decorate the points.

It looks like sleet and rain are headed our way today and another snow storm is due tomorrow night. This certainly has been a wierd winter. Last night I found out that while we were driving in white out conditions that 2 inches fell in 1 hour. That is a lot of snow at once.


Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Chocolate chip, Berry Bliss, Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in pink, Blue Bayou
Accessories: AquaPainter, scallop punch, 1/16" hole punch, hemp twine

February 3, 2008

Answering a Few Questions

What does it mean when it says One of a Kind is temporarily discontinued?

Stampin' Up! is looking into some alignment issues with the stamped image and the punch. Mine lines up perfectly if I turn the stamp at an angle before I stamp it. I used it at a class today and it worked perfectly for everyone there too.

What is the size of the card in my It's time for Sale-a-Bration post? I used a 8" X 8 1/2" piece of cardstock as a base. The finished size is 4" X 8 1/2".

How do those IKEA bars "hold" onto your punches? The punches actually sit fairly squarely on top of the bars. There is just enough clearance space for the punches to sit on top and rest against the wall. I have had my 2 year old and 4 1/2 year old throw a bouncy ball against the wall right at the punches and they still stay stable. I haven't had one fall yet.

I think that is it for questions the last few days. If you left one and I didn't answer it please let me know. It's not intentional, I haven't been feeling 100% the last two days and haven't been online much.

I am also so very thankful that we even got home alive tonight. I had a class today, and as we drove home we drove right into a White Out condition. It was awful! I-57 was 1 lane headed south with traffic traveling in the middle of the road. We were going only 10 - 15 miles per hour and it was all we could do to safely stay on the road. Luckily the storm didn't hit until we got to Peotone, but it was the longest car ride ever. When we finally got to our exit in Manteno, we couldn't even see the ramp or what was ahead. I hope we never get caught in a storm like that again. Route 45 was even worse than the interstate and we just had to hope that there wasn't a car driving at us. Visibility wasn't even a foot in front of our car. If there had been a hotel alongside the road I would have stopped for the night. Everytime I saw a car in the ditch I was just so thankful it wasn't us. It's still snowing terribly out there too.


Sketch Journal

This is a very quick altered journal that I made while taking part in VSN a few weekends ago. I am using it for a sketch journal. Often I will come across a card that I love because of the sketch that was used. I then jot it down in my journal. I find it is easier to look at a blank sketch instead of the actual card that I liked. It is much easier to focus on the sketch instead of the stamp set used or the original color combination. I still want to stamp out the word sketch and add it to the front of the notebook before I apply a coat or two of Mod Podge. However, this has gotten pushed to the side as I am working on other things.

I want to thank you all for your well wishes. I feel great this morning. I think sleeping in, taking a nap and going to bed early yesterday is just what I needed. I didn't get a single thing stamped, but I had fun just lounging around since it is not something I normally do. This week I hope to get back into the swing of things.

Have a great Sunday!


P.S. I aplogize for any typos. For some reason the Spell check on Blogger isn't working. I try to go back and re-check everything but invariably something falls through the cracks. My fingers type faster than my brain works sometimes.

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet
Paper: Cutie Pie dsp, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip craft
Accessories: crystal clear ep, heat gun, xyron sticker maker, double stitched ribbon in Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava and River Rock
Techniques: altered journal

February 2, 2008

One of a Kind Blooms

I'm going to be a woman of few words today. I feel like I have been awake for weeks, although Roger and the kids let me sleep in until 9 am this morning and I took a 2 1/2 hour nap this afternoon. I feel like I am fighting off a cold that hit suddenly, but I feel much better now that I have gotten a ton of rest. I'm sure that going to bed early tonight will be just what I need. I'm one of those people who can sleep 24 hours straight when I feel like I'm getting sick and I'll be back to 100% the next day. I better be as I am teaching a class bright and early tomorrow. This is one of the cards we will be making. I used my new Pretty Petals background stamp and accented the Build a Brad with a Eastern Elegance Rub On. The Taken with Teal designer series paper strip is from Bali Breeze. To highlight my flowers I used a Regal Rose marker and dipped it in Rose Red re-inker. It then gave me more dimension to my flowers. I love that marker technique and I hope everyone tomorrow will love it too. I'll post a recipe for the card later. Now I am just relaxing. We did get to play outside today in the snow.

February 1, 2008

It's time for Sale-a-Bration!

Today is the first day of Sale-a-Bration! I am so excited for this wonderful sale that Stampin' Up! has to offer. If you haven't seen the Sale-a-Bration catalog yet you can view it on the Stampin' Up! website. For every $50 you spend you can choose one of six items for free. There are 5 stamp sets and 1 set of Rub Ons. I used one of the stamp sets, Friendship Blooms and the Rub Ons to make this card.

In addition to this wonderful special Stampin' Up! is also offering two specials for you if you decide to sign up during Sale-a-Bration. You can get a Free stamp set up to a $47.95 value, plus the Starter Kit is 20% off and is only $159.

I am very excited about these promotions, and I hope you are too.


Stamps: Friendship Blooms
Paper: Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie dsp, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Rose Red
Ink: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: 1/4" square punch, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8" square punches, 1/16" hole punch, soft subtles brads, 3/4" circle punch, Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Love and Happiness Rub Ons, dimensionals, blender pen

Be Lulu's Valentine!

Since we had so much snow dumped on us last night I wanted to make a nice cheery card. I was going through my Designer Paper pile and came across this piece of Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper that I totally forgot I had. I thought it paired nicely with Real Red, Certainly Celery and Blue Bayou. I am so far behind on Challenges this week so I skipped right to Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. If I focus too much on all I want to do I end up not getting anything done.

This card measures 8 1/2" X 4". I stamped Lulu from Love Ya Lots by C.C. Designs onto Whisper White cardstock 3 times and then punched her out with my 1 1/4" square punch. Under the row of images I used my Crop-a-Dile to dry emboss 3 circles. I also added 3 flowers that were punched out and layered from my Boho Blossoms punch. The sentiment is also from C.C Designs, but it is from the Love Ya Much set.

I don't know about you, but I am certainly glad it is Friday! I am looking forward to my Hostess Club on Sunday and spending tomorrow doing as little as possible.


Stamps: Love Ya Much, Love Ya Lots by C.C. Designs
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou
Ink: Basic Gray, Close to cocoa, Sahara Sand, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Corner rounder (retired), Boho Flower Punch, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals, Word Window punch, crop-a-dile, blue bayou double stitched ribbon, AquaPainter