Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
it's hard to take pictures of something so small!
So what I want to know is... What will be the next thing you buy for your craft? As you may know I'm trying not to spend money right now so I have no idea what I'll be getting next. I'd like to live vicariously through you!
I'll keep this open all weekend and draw a winner Monday. Tell everyone you know who might want a hamtastic prize. :)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
On a totally unrelated note I'm NUTS for this song lately. I just can't get enough. I was all about his song Sexy Back for ages. I really do not WANT to like Justin Timberlake... it just happened. Sneaky!
Oh and back to cards... Jodie said she liked the House Mouse cards so that's good. :) She also ordered the giga scalloped punches for the store. She ordered them from her supplier right there in front of me and didn't seem to have a problem so who knows? Maybe she will actually get them in? If so she's holding one of each for me. For some reason I can justify buying them from the store ya know? Gotta support your LSS!
(links to these companies and the store are on my side bar)
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I liked that pig so much I decided to have another go. He comes with the weeeeeee! stamp as well in his tiny set. (He's FREE with a $30 purchase) All the other stuff is from the petals wheel and the polkadots and paisley set by SU.
I colored both piggies with watercolor pencils. I'm feeling the WC pencils today I guess.
You know..I think I have another of this pig! hmmm I might have to do a blog contest if people are wanting the pig. I feel some candy coming on!
I drew this bunny, but he's HEAVILY inspired by the bunnies over at Whipper Snapper see that one, "scribbles rabbit". So you should go buy that rabbit if you like this. :) I did my new favorite cheat of the scallop circle. Paper Pleasing Ideas Tutorial Here. I colored the bunny with watercolor pencils and water. I haven't used those in a while. The pink background is done with the Petals Jumbo Wheel (SU) and versamark. Dotted ribbon is May Arts (who by the way will ONLY sell wholesale and you can't even look at thier stuff online without a special code and I'm totally bummed, but will have to keep getting it at my LSS who carries it) and the pink ribbon is SU.
I hope I don't go to jail for copying that bunny...
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
And of course if you are on the list and don't want to be you just let me know and I'll take you right off! But just know I still think you are cute!
This is for Scrap n' Stamp. I stamped the image with versamark on the white paper then took chalk and colored it. The lines ended up being the color I was using this way which I t hought was neat and soft. Other than that it's a simple window card. I was going to do some doodleing around the window but Brian felt silver was better and I think he was right. (He's REALLY clever) Oh this technique of coloring is super fast! It took me like 3 minutes to color this whole thing and normally these type stamps take a while for me.
This is also for the store, it's the same image colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Simple card. I felt the image was too big for the layout I wanted so I just cut it down a bunch to make it fit. :)
This is also for the store. This one is one of my all time favorite House Mouse images. I'm not a huge fan of House Mouse, but just look how cute this guy is! I put glass effects over the cherries and colored everything with gamsol and prismacolor pencils.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Glad you asked! So April 14th my LSS (That's Local Stamp Store), Scrap n' Stamp is having a garage sale. You call ahead and get a number then price all your old stuff you don't use anymore and they sell it in the sale for you. They take 15% and you get a check a few days later for the rest. It's perfect because you don't have to even be there! So I went through my stuff, not thinking I'd have much, I sold in the last one 6 months ago then sold a bunch of my stamps on The Stamp Shack in January. But turns out the amount of crap I have is endless! It took me a few hours last night to price everything. I usually make about $150 - $200 in these sales so it's worth it for me! Course I usually spend about $50 too! ;)
My big thing is I price everything CHEAP. All this garbage I have here, only two things are $3 everything else is less, most is less than a dollar! I always price like this and make tons of money, basicly I don't want any of it back ya know?
So isn't that fun! Oh and I'm not considering selling any of this stuff online, I just wanted you to see what a pile of stuff I have! :)
This penguin is from the SU set Penguin Paradise. I LOVE this set. I mean I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Alas I haven't been able to find it at a reasonable price online. I may have to pay an unreasonable price, but in the mean time my awesome SU demo stamped me pages and pages of images of it! :) Thanks again Mary!
So he's colored with my markers again and then stickles all over the water. LOTS of stickles, it's a sparkle fest. Other than that it's pretty straight forward. :)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
This card is all paper. I only stamped the "a little note" which is a very cute stamp. I saw this sheet of pattern paper and just knew right away I had to get it and make this simple card for a friend I have who loves birds. I cut flowers from another place on the paper and pop dotted them and added glitter. That's pretty much it, super simple. I hope this girl likes it. :)
I decided to do this baby bunny as a girl baby because, well, I only have boys. I'm about blued out forever! You'll see I did sneak a blue ribbon in! I was totally unsure what to do with this but was inspired by the round cards in the March Self Addressed kit to do something round for a change. The pattern paper is chatterbox. I stamped the bunny on glossy cardstock and colored her with tombow markers.
I stamped this guy on this weird card stuff that comes in my DH's sports card packs. It's basicly chipboard, but it's white and glossy on one side, that's the side I used. I colored him with tombow markers. I used Crystal Effects on the bubbles. After it was dry I went back and did a second layer on just a few bubbles for even more dimension. I drew the squiggle outline in as well. The ribbon is May Arts.
This one I colored with prismacolor pencils. It's pretty simple, the ribbon is May Arts too. They sell that there so I'm trying to use what they sell ya know?
Now for the glory. (You have to give me sympathy glory because I got injured bringing you these!)
Ok, this is a bella from my swap I did. I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and used the Glossy Accents on the balloons. I cut the scallop with my scissors. (not the ones that got stuck in my toe though) The ribbon is May Arts, they have the best ribbon, it's sold in my LSS so I'm happy about that. I tried to get it online but you have to be a retialer to buy it from their website. Anyhow that's the story on this bella card.
This one I colored with tombow markers. Simple stuff really. I used the Pocket Full of Posies Mat Stack paper on it. The "treat yourself" is from the March Self Addressed Kit. LOVE those kits.
On both I drew in the floor line you see. I'm a nut for that.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Use the negative to trace, do not trace the whole thing, only go up the sides until they start to curve back in.
Like this, see what I mean now?
Ok, then draw you some legs coming off. This particular girl has a big butt and little legs, but that's the style now right?
Finish off with optional thong.
I believe with slight variation this could be the breasts of a girl too...
Ok, now you know this is all silly for fun. I'll go back to making nice cards now. heehee.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Here's 3 more with the Polka Dot & Paisley set. I'm really loving it. It's so funny because as I've told you I ONLY got it so I could get the crab at half off! I know I'm a nut!
Let's see, the top one I accidentally inked my wheel in brown ink and decided to just go with it. I was temped to add some pink of course, but challanged myself NOT to do it.
The other two are of course very similar. I felt that they were just asking for some rhinestones. These particular ones are from the Dollar Tree, they are supposed to be for "blinging" your cell phone, they are self adhesive. Of course I would never put rhinestones on my phone, but I will put them on a card.
All these scalloped edges are thanks to Linzy who RAKed me with punchies from her scalloped punches. THANK YOU AGAIN. I'm trying to resist. See if you get the giga punch you should really get the mega to layer in there, and then do you want to layer with the mega scallop or the mega straight edge, then of course, do you want circle, square or oval... it goes on and on, and they are TWENTY DOLLARS each, so before you know it you've spent $120 to get all the punches you want and that's not gonna happen! So I'm trying to decide on ONE shape I'd like. I think probably circle for me, but I'm still thinking on it.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I made another card today. I started with a sketch of someone's card I saw online. I cut my original image wrong. It stunk because it was from a swap and I only had the one... anyhow so I dug out a bella and made it from there, changed the colors to go with the bella and finished up the card. I was happy, then pulled the original back out to see how similar it was... GUESS WHAT? SAME STINKIN CARD. They used a different bella, but I even changed to the same cuttlebug and they used dott ribbon and solid paper under it, I used dot paper and solid ribbon. It was WAY too similar to put on here and even pretend it was original. I will try later to see if I can find her card online again and might post it with a link, but as I have a quick print of it and a sketch I'm not sure I'll be able to.
AND finally, what do you think of the new banner? It was made for me by Angie. I'm so excited to have one. She was so sweet to me and let me make changes to it two times. She needs to go into the banner making business. Also I changed the background color because after a few people told me it was hard to read I tried to read it myself and had a hard time! So I said, well then I'll change it but keep it similar in style and this is what we have. I won't be changing again for a long time, I don't like people to keep changing everything around on me! ;)
Here is another crab card with the Crab and Company set. This time I colored him with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Everything else is basic, hmm chocolate chip, apricot and that carribean color from the "in style" colors. Oh and that cameo coral color too. I LOVE that color.
After this card was done I decided to clean up and go to bed. It was after midnight after all! Well one thing lead to another and before I knew what happened I had resorted all my papers! I read someone who sorts their SU cardstock scraps back into the full sheets of SU cardstock, so it will always be there when they reach for a color. This really makes sense to me. I've been sorting all my scraps by color for a while and it hasn't been making me use them that much. Generally I grab my SU color wheel and start with that (although I make changes as my mood suits me) so I don't go digging in scraps, I just keep cutting full sheets because I know just what color it is. I am hopeing this will work better for me. It took about 2 hours so I was so thankful when my kids slept in this morning!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
These doggies are by Pink Cat Studio. I LOVE their cat stamps and I like these dogs but I'm not quite as in love with them as my cats. I know the cards are almost the same, I ment to cut it as a circle, then thought, oh well I'll use the oval too so I just finished it out and made the same card. I cut the scallop with fancy edge scissors, it was a pain in my butt and they cut all funky and frayed in places, but I like the finished product pretty well.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This post is about CASEing or whatever you want to call it. So here's my deal with this.
If you don't know CASEing is "Copy And Steal (or Share) Everything", also known as "scraplift".
First of all I have nothing but respect for those ladies whose blogs I look at. I hope that is clear in my post. I will always try to give credit when I am taking more than a reasonable amount of a design. Now elements from a design, I think those are free to take. Like right now I'm seeing a lot of putting your sentiment on a little tab that sticks out from behind your main image. I LOVE that and am going to use it without apology or credit given to anyone. Or sketching around the edge of your stuff, who thought of that? Who knows? Anyhow Erin's gonna do it! Now my pig in a herd of cows card, I feel that crosses the line of what you can do without giving credit so I linked the inspiration. You will see I did try to change up some of it, different layout, slightly different colors. I did use pink and black, I challange anyone to say they thought of using pink and black on a cow and pig card, perhaps we shall credit God with that color combo? (this is joking, no one has harrassed me about it, I'm giving an example) If I ever did do exactly the same card I wouldn't show it on my blog, what's the point, it's already out there, on the first person's blog! I also sketch layouts from people's cards and later do them, change up a bit and make totally different cards with element placement the same or similar. I really think that's ok to do.
As for MY blog:
If you see something you like here you go right ahead and CASE it! Take it all I really don't mind. You can or cannot link to me when you post it on the net. I really, truly don't mind. Also if you are a demonstrator or class teacher and want to use something I did I don't care about that either. I'd rather you not make my exact card and try to get it published or enter it in a contest, as I do those things and it might looks funky if we send the same card, but I'm not gonna flame you or anything! Oh and if you are inspired by something I did that I noted who I got the idea from please give THAT person credit. Because I don't care, but they probably do care, and that's why I credited them in the first place.
And that's all I have to say about CASEing and such. I'm sure you've all heard enough about it on every other blog you visit but thought I'd put in my 2cent on my own blog.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
All this paper and ribbon are from my March Self Addressed kit, also the "you're sweet" is from that kit. Fish are Just Johanna. I LOVE this fish. :)
The pattern paper is from the Pocket Full of Posies paper pack by DCWV, the "zoom" I did with the Karen Foster snap together letters. These are super cool there are mutiples of the letters and you form whol words and snap them together. :) Oh the tiny bit of flower on the light purple is TAC. This one is my least favorite out of the bunch.
This paper is also from that same DCWV pack and the oxo is from the same Karen Foster set. It's a simple card but I think it's cute.
So there you have it, these along with the other two Just Johanna cards I posted a while back are my Just Johanna swap with Debbie! I hope she likes them and the other swappers like them.