Monday, January 31, 2011

A Fun Little Bear

This little guy came out in a set in the fall supplement, but I just hadn't used him yet! The set's called Cuddly Christmas, but I love using the images for non-Christmas cards too. (It's the same set as the goose from yesterday's post.)

Sometimes I practice coloring with my Copics and just set the image aside. That's what I did with this one. Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with it, and voila! The card you see is the result! :-)

All stamps and supplies from The Angel Company.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Building up my stash

Once the creative juices started flowing, I spent time in my craft room, blasting my space heater and having fun. Below are some of the cards I had fun making. I'm trying to build up my card supply so that I always have a card for any occasion at a moment's notice.

The one below is one that we ended up making at my January stamp class. I colored with Copics--fun! Oh, and it's hard to see, but I added glitter to the Liquid Applique before heat setting. The Versamark on the circle is Frost Dazzle too.

Not sure why this one looks crooked--it's not! The dot stamp is another one of those fantastic TAC Gift With Purchase (GWP) stamps. :-)

Hmmm...I'm starting to see a pattern here...the diamond stamp below is also one of the TAC goodies--it's a PWP!

We ended up doing this one for my January class too, though that's not why I designed it. For class, we outlined the reverse masked layer in a TINY line of glue and added glitter. We just used one flower pearl from the Gem Collection for class. I should have taken a picture of that one so you could see how the two compare. I love the simplistic elegance of this card.
All stamps and supplies from The Angel Company.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Allison's Room

These pictures pretty well speak for themselves! These are the colors Allison wanted VERY BADLY! It sure makes for a bright room! I like it, though.

I bought an extra sheet for the bed to sew the curtains. I used the cloth case the sheets came in to sew the tie backs.

Curtains open...

Curtains closed...
You can't really tell in this picture, but the sheets are bright pink.
All the furniture had been white since she was a baby. I voted for white; she voted for color this tme. I let her win. :-)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A New Punch!

For Christmas, my wonderful hubby got me a gift certificate to a local scrapbook store! Fun! I bought some things I wouldn't normally get for myself. :-)

The two cards below use TAC stamps and supplies, except for the punch, brad, pearls and stickles.

I'm not sure what's up with the color. This guy looks a bit yellow on the screen. Trust me, he's really not that yellow!!?!?!

The green branches match the paper much better in real life too! I "kissed" the focal stamps with an open polka dot stamp, then used pop dots to adhere them.

I thought this punch might be too big for cards and may be better for scrapping. I kinda like it, though...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A case of CASEing; part 3

My friend Jennifer is a talented gal! When I saw this card on her blog, I knew I wanted to CASE it because it is so unlike my usual style. Thanks for the inspiration, Jennifer!

My friend Laurie--another great stamper and card maker--had this card on her blog recently, and I knew I wanted to try it when I had just a few minutes. I think hers is more elegant. It's hard to tell, but mine is actually ivory instead of white. I lightly sponged cognac ink on the squares so the embossing would show up better. It does in real life! Thanks for your great blog, Laurie!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A case of CASEing; part 2

One of the blogs I keep up with is Heather's. She's a true Angel and is sooo very talented. When I was CASEing, I remembered this card here and came up with the card below. Be sure to check out her blog--you won't regret it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A case of CASEing; part 1

To jump start my mojo, I started out by CASEing some cards that caught my attention for their simplicity. All three of the cards below are in my "browsing basket" that I take to classes and such. I've received the cards in swaps. All stamps are TAC, and so are most of the other supplies.

This first one is by Cindy Goebel. She did the purple one, I did the blue.

This next one is by Gloria Albertson. Hers is on the left and mine is on the right. I like hers LOTS better! I didn't have the right pink strip or the right color of button to make it pop.

This last one is by some creative TAC Angel, but I don't know who! I think I received it at Seminar last summer, but I'm not sure. Hers is on the left, and mine is on the right. I like her scallops better!

Thanks, ladies, for your lovely cards. CASEing really helped me get going! Watch for parts 2 and 3 in the coming days... :-)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hello out there...

I realize I've been MIA for a few months and I have really good reasons, but you probably don't want to know about them. Let's just say that I've got lots of posts coming over the next several days (weeks?). :-)

These photos are from an altered bag contest that I offered to my Stamp-a-Stack customers back in November. They could alter their popcorn-style bag that their card supplies came in and send me a photo to enter a drawing for a free stamp set. The drawing was totally random--I just put in the names of the ladies and drew one out. Below are the photos I received (not everyone decided to play).

Marcia's bag: front and back

Jana's bag:

Connie's bag:

Cindy's bag: front and back

Thanks to all who played! It's fun to see your lovely art!

Oh, did you want to know who won? CONNIE!!!!!! (and to think I forgot to give you the stamp set at class the other evening!!!) sigh...