Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yes, yes, I have been stamping, have not created a card with the images I have been working on ~

Because, as I mentioned in my previous post with only together card, the SU! Blendability markers have been discontinued and I was caught up in the defect/quality issues.  

I had wanted to get many of the sets I purchased replaced, but  that is no longer a possibility Smiley from Millan.Net and as such I want to get the most out the markers while they are still viable.

I must say that SU! is working hard to make rectify this situation for customers and Demos.

But, I did get side tracked and made this wreath for my Grand-daughters room.   Her mom wanted something of her door and I this is a placeholder until she finds something that she likes better.

I like it if I do say so myself, but I might need a bow on the lower right hand bottom. 

Hope you like it as well !!!

Happy Stamping Smiley from Millan.Net
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Another Splitcoast Stampers inspired card

I worked through the tutorial after I found a stamp I thought would work, the SU! retired background stamp "From the Garden."

Unfortunately, my pictures don't show the raised areas as well as I would have liked, even in the largest pic mode for this blog.

am usually all about balance and after looking at the greeting I should have had someone-else's assistance Smiley from Millan.Net  to help me see that I needed to reverse the salutation with the embellishment and clean out my ears to get my equilibrium back... 

Stamps:  From the Garden, retired Background stamp and a retired sentiment stamp.

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, and Hello Honey.

Inks: Memento Black, Mossy Meadow and the now discontinued Blendabilities

Accessories:  Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches.  Basic Rhinestones and Yellow Sharpie

Thanks for Yappin' bout Stampin' with me!!!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Just because..... I appreciate you!

Recently I commented "So right, it sure needs to happen more often!!!"  to this Facebook post ...

I meant what I said, but it bothered me that I hadn't put some type of action behind those written words.  So, when I sawthis tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. I decided give it a whirl Smiley from Millan.Netand make a simple card that would have, hopefully,  a WOW impact and put my words into action through my paper crafting.

So to all of you who have been or are in my life... This is my way of saying THANK YOU, YOU ARE TRULY APPRECIATED !!!
Smiley from Millan.Net

I experimented with many different colors and this is my favorite.

Stamp Sets:  Retired Simple Sayings II

Inks: Memento Black, Reinkers ~ Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry Strawberry Slush and pigment Whisper White Craft ink,

Paper: SU! Watercolor Paper, Black Berry Bliss, Non-SU! Canvas paper for the card (this paper is the bomb) !!!

Accessories:  Aqua Painters, Basic Rhinestones colored with a Yellow Sharpie, Tombow all purpose glue, Acetate, Bigz Die Circles 2, in-color sequins, sponger dauber and good ole' H2O.


I still have a few more color combinations I want to try and then complete all the cards.
  • As a side note:   I did not follow the tutorial exactly, because when I was filling in the circles  with the white pigment ink it was too thick.  I realized that my pad was very saturated and decided to only go around the edges of each circle.  It would have worked perfectly, per the tutorial, if I stamped off most of the ink off the dauber before filing in the circles. 
Just Yappin' bout Stampin'  ~~~ until next time.  

Smiley from Millan.Net

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Friday, February 27, 2015

HELLO, Red, Black and white are fabulous colors together and sooo elegant

This lovely card was made using the Something Lacy background stamp from the Occasions catalog.  In my minds-eye I saw many wonderfully colored flowers and was excited to get started.  I pulled all the colors out and began coloring but it was just to busy to me that day.

Decided to start over, looked at the flowers and saw little hearts through out the image....starting coloring those hearts and the card just came together!

 Smiley from Millan.Net

Stamps:  Lovely Lace background Stamp
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Black and Real Red
Accessories: Versamark, Clear EP, Hello You Thinlits dies (Occasions catty) and Basic Rhinestones
My lesson, in this case, was not to push what I thought I wanted to create based on logic or standards,  but let myself explore, study and be attentive to how the image inspires you.
How is that for being too "artsy fartsy!"
Just Yappin' bout Stampin'  ~ until next time. Smiley from Millan.Net
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wood you be mine?

What a fun name for a fun Set ~~~ Wood you be mine?

I sure had fun working on this card for my hubby for Valentine's Day. 

Although, I realized that doing a pop-up card with the design of the lumberjack wasn't the right image but I did what I could to make work and reinforced him to stand up.   All in all it was not a stable as I wanted to be :(

Sets:  Wood You Be Mine? found in the current Occasions Catalog (take a peek by clicking on the catalog above)

Paper: Retired DSP, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip.

Inks/Markers:   Real Red pad, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze and blender pen.

Accessories: Small heart punch, Decor Label Thinlits and wood circle rounds (bought for a project that never was completed ) :)

Find a tutorial for making your own pop-up card here at Splitcoast Stampers.

Thanks for Yappin' bout Stampin' with me.

Smiley from Millan.Net
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Things are a Changin' - Part III - Start Spreading the news...

As I stated in my last post, I re-signed up as a Demo and I am sooo excited to start up Card Classes again. 

My first class will be in March, more details will posted and emailed soon!!!

Although I no longer have the same space like my previous craft room there plenty of space to get creative!!!

I had discovered after not stamping/creating as much as I had before that I was little rusty at getting the card creativity juices flowing.  So after staring at some stamps and blank card stock, I finally just dug in, kept at it until by “block” abated a bit and created something worthy of sharing.  

Smiley from Millan.Net I just love the single wood stamp I used in the pic above, Love is Kindness, from the Occasions catalog (click on the catalog picture to the left see the full catalog)  there are so many fun and wonderful things being offered for a limited time.

If a purchase of $50 is made from the Occasions or annual Catalog period there are major freebies from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!!!

Time to get inky and start stampin' again.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Things are a changin' - Part II

Yup, the only constant is change and that is what is happening with the number of family members who are/will be in our household.

And as such getting things ready requires some changes (there that word is again)From Millan.Net like deciding on who will have what rooms.

So, I moved out of the bonus/craft room into the room across the hall and this is how my new room turned out:

My Stampin' desk
Everything within easy reach :)

My paper and entertainment center  radio/CD player)

My cutting station and my wall of fame of cards from friends, family and a few of my own favorites, these get changed out often for inpiration.
Stamp storage

My card holders and punch storage

It is amazing how one can re-purpose old furniture like this old TV stand with the racks removed that  held videos
Added value, the pull out drawer
More stamp storage

With all these changes (and burning my candle at both ends) it didn't detour me when I decided to sign up again as SU! demo again, I miss it and sharing stamping and my passion with others.   Look for Part III tomorrow as I announce ~~~
From Millan.Net... to be continued....


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

As in my long, long ago post I stated ~~~ things are a changin'

And that is still true! 

Part 1 ~~~

With a new year comes new adventures.  After loosing my older 2 sweet greyhounds, I adopted a Rhythm (who was brought to me as the perfect Greyhound for me, he is). Although, he loves to hoard and move his beds, shoes, blankets and pillows to the front door through out the day as he waits for someone to come home... it is hilarious!!! 

Meet Rhythm...

Be sure to check out my next two posts as the are more geared toward stamping ~~~