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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Such a busy weekend ahead! I’m looking forward to it. ūüôā

I made the Design Team at Cherry Blossom Studio (formerly known as Scrapbook Central)! Congrats to the other ladies who made it too!

I’m meeting up with the girls in the ATC club (see projects below) to exchange cards. Woohoo, should be fun to see what everyone came up with for the different themes. Then I’m meeting up with some old work friends to talk about a project that we all may get to have some fun on with DB included! I need to go¬†through the house and clean up in expectation of our 2 week guests. There’s some grocery shopping involved of course with a trip to Costco tomorrow morning. Did you know that Sunday mornings are the best time to hit Costco? Few people and quick check-outs, works great! There¬†are some crafting¬†assignments involved too that need to be done before the end of the weekend. I’ll share those when I’m “allowed” to (sneaky, I know!)

Oh, I need to SHOP in the Stampin’ Up! catalog too! I’m wrapping up a catalog party and Sale-a-bration is just starting, YIPPEE! For every $50 you buy, you can pick a free stamp set from the Sale-a-bration book. Cool huh? So, if you would like to shop, go to the Stampin’ Up! site and tell me what you want and I’ll be happy to send it in with my order. I’ll pay for the shipping to you if you’re not local, how’s that? Ok, I need to limit that to shipping in the US just in case I have some Canadian and international friends out there. Don’t worry, I’ll throw in some coolio things too ūüėČ . DEADLINE is Monday night eastern time please.

Have a great Saturday!

and I’m not there, boohoo! First time in 3 years, but oh well, July is a MUST!

Making Memories is having a blast as usual! Check out their blog to catch it! They are broadcasting LIVE! Too much fun, but that’s what it’s all about now isn’t it? ūüôā

Bye for now!

I have an ATC Club meeting coming up, so I spent some creative time yesterday (the first in quite awhile!) to design and complete the 3 sets of ATC’s that I needed. We haven’t met since the end of October, so that’s why there are 3 sets due: November, December and January. If you can find or even start an ATC club in your area, do IT! It’s SO fun to create these wonderful 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ masterpieces! You can try new techniques, use those little or big stamps, texturize, colorize and use up those random embellishments or paper scraps you have around! Terrific stuff indeed!

Favorite Technique ATC: my favorite technique has got to be heat embossing. I absolutely LOVE IT! I tried something new here, heat embossing on wood veneer! I got these great samples to work with from the “wood veneer man” of Dowlen Wood & Paper Crafts in TX. Send them an email, Wood Veneer Man¬†to find out more about it since I don’t believe they have a web site up yet. Anyway, heat embossing on wood is similar to regular paper, just make sure your heat tool is warmed up ahead of time. I found that the image was embossed better, with more detail, when I did this. The coloring was done with Sakura’s Glaze pens and the outlining with a Krylon Silver Leafing pen. The images are from Unity Stamps.

Heat Embossed Unity Stamps Image ATC

Winter Wonderland ATC: cardstock is the base and I used a Heidi Swapp mask to create a subtle snowflake background with irridescent white all-purpose ink (Tsukineko). A SU! stamp was used for the word “winter”. The snowflake is die cut from acetate then alcohol inked for contrast. Glossy Accents holds the snowflake to the ATC. A Doodlebug glitter center adds more texture. The edges are inked with Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Aegean Blue.

Masks, Die Cut and Inking ATC

20th Century Art ATC: I used a little Cubism and Abstract here to create this simple yet fun ATC. The background is a mosaic stamp from Starving Artistamps, heat embossed and colored with markers (be sure to check out my discount code on the right side bar for shopping!). The “art” image is from Ma Vinci and heat embossed in detail gold and popped on foam squares.

Heat Embossed Starving Artistamps ATC

Isn’t stamping a TOTAL BLAST?? Starving Artistamps is sponsoring the Stamp Something Blog¬†this week! Create a¬†“Birthday Somethings”¬†card and blop on over to Stamp Something to leave a comment with a link to your card for a chance to win the DoodleFactory 2 new Valentines Sets WITH 2 Valentine sentiments sets! Take some time this weekend to create your card as this challenge has a deadline!

Don’t forget that you can shop at a discount by using my discount code in the right hand column!

Starving Artistamps, DoodleFactory


We have decided to not sell the easels anymore and have special pricing to eliminate our current inventory.

7 1/2″ easels are $8 each plus $9.30 USPS Priority Flat Rate shipping up to 30 easels per box. Original price per easel was $13.97.

12″ easels are $10 each plus $12.95 USPS Priority Large Flat Rate shipping up to 5 easels per box. Original price per easel was $16.97.

If you purchase more than 30 of the small easels, we’ll take off an additional dollar per easel making them $7 each.

If you purchase more than 15 of the large easels, we’ll take off an additional dollar per easel making them $9 each.

We don’t have a huge amount of inventory left after the holiday season, so let us know as soon as possible to get the quantities you want or need. We can send an invoice allowing payment by any major credit card and shipping can be made within 24 hrs of clearance of payment.

but I couldn’t resist playing with the Witch Trio set from Starving Artistamps! Truth be told is that I was a little late getting my samples in and I finally was able to get them done to the level that I was happy with. Ever have an idea then go to execute it and it looks totally wrong?? LOL, well, if you haven’t be prepared for a back-up plan when it does!

Anyway, these witches are a great size to fill up the front of an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2), but what happens when you want to go smaller? Move into the inchie size and¬†use your favorite part of the image or use an address label! Yes, this is my new fun thing – using return address labels in my card designs. They work really well and are self-adhesive! Thanks to Hero Arts for showing this concept on their blog not too long ago. I’ve adapted it with these clear cards and it works just marvelously. Do some coloring with watercolor pencils and voila! Instant witch!

Don’t forget that if you like these witches, use my 10% off code in the side bar to knock off a little on the price!

Starving Artistamps, Witch Trio

Starving Artistamps, Witch Trio

Starving Artistamps, Witch Trio

Starving Artistamps, Witch Trio

Every time a new BasicGrey collection arrives, I always think that I’ll be able to resist buying it. Yeah right! I’m lucky enough to be teaching the Bittersweet Card Kit at Scrapbook Central in February – just in time for Valentine’s Day, weddings and those thoughtful “thinking of you” occasions, heck maybe even a birthday! If you’re in the area, come on by for the class on Wednesday night, Feb 4th, or Saturday afternoon Feb 7th to experience a “Bittersweet” class including stamping. Yes, I always need to include some fun in there and yes, you can stamp on BasicGrey without disrupting the beautiful pattern. In fact, you’ll think that the stamping belongs there! I hope to see you soon…

BasicGrey Bittersweet



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?