Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lookie what I got!!!

I won Suzanne's blog candy!! Stickles, Prima flowers, ribbon, stamps, paper, glaze pens!!! All kinds of goodies and fun stuff. If you love to color and whimsical style, you must check out Suzanne's blog, Scrap Bitz - plus, she does some amazing videos on Copic coloring, Flower Soft, etc. Thanks so much Suzanne!

K, so my friend Annie also had some blog candy that I directed you to last week. The kicker was that you had to create a card based on her sketch. I promise I played!! And I truly tried to play by the rules! I had the cards finished and photographed on Sunday; I've just had a hard time getting around to posting {insert sheepish grin}.

I used a new Penny Black stamp that I just love for baby cards and colored it up with some colored pencils and OMS. They're cut out with one of the new Nestabilities Label dies (2, I think). Card base is SU! Bashful Blue stamped with PTI Polka Dot Basics in their Fresh Snow ink. I love that ink! Cleans off like a dream and much easier to use than white craft ink IMO. The thin vertical strip is also with another stamp from Polka Dot Basics stamped in PTI Spring Rain ink - it was out on my desk and the two colors are very similar. I then used a white gel pen to dot the centers of the open dots. The cute little hedgehog has some white flocking on his belly and the daisies have Orange Peel Stickles just at the bases of the centers. The sentiment is SU! Riveting. The different scallop circles are cut with Nestabilities small and large scallop circles. The base is Brilliant Blue. Hope you like!
Pretty much the same details on this card - the colors are PTI Raspberry Fizz and SU! Pink Pirouette
Have a fantabulous evening! The weather here in Colorado is gorgeous - think high 70's and sunshiny - too bad we're supposed to get rain/snow this weekend! I hope this year isn't a crazy weather year like we had last year. TTFN!! :o) lyss

Holy Mackerel!

Some amazing blog candy is out there is cyber land! Click on the pics for links to a couple of fabulous blogs that I have found that are giving out some lovely goodies!
ETA: The pic links didn't work, so please click on the lovely ladies names next to the pics! :)
These make the candy I am putting together pale in comparison. Guess I'll have to wait a bit to post it!! ;o)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Whiff of Joy Summer Stamp Kit

Click on the link in my side bar to take you straight to the Whiff of Joy site. The summer stamp kit is available for preorder until May 4th. The kit comes with 6 character stamps, 5 accesory stamps by Elisabeth Bell and 4 sentiment stamps by Katharina. Sounds like great stamps & a great deal!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rock-a-bye dragon baby and some blog candy links

Well, I posted this card over on Splitcoast so I thought I had better post it here. This is another of my first attempts at the colored pencils and OMS. When I got my High Hopes stamps, I immediately inked them all up a few times and went to coloring the night away! The stars are cut with star nestabilities out of a glitter paper pack. You can't tell from the crummy picture, but I used some of the Pearlescent chalk in a very pale yellow to highlight the duo. I also used some Opal Shimmerz on the insides of the wings, the big dragon belly and the inside of the ears. The background is the tiny bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder that is inked with tempting turquoise ink on the negative side. It gives it a bit more definition. I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, if not, just ask! :o)

Now for some fun links:
Annie is having a fun sketch challenge for some blog candy over on Stampin with Annie B
Angela is giving away a little blog candy over at Stampin' Starbucks Mama
Bev is giving away gobs of goodies over at All the things I love

So drop these ladies a line for a chance! I may just have some blog candy here in a couple weeks for no apparent reason whatsoever! I just kinda feel like it! Hope you all are having marvelous days! :o) lyss

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Butterfly Mojo

Two posts in one day! I'm so proud of myself :o) This sketch for the Mojo Monday blog is the card that I was trying to combine with the color challenge of the previous post. I had a kiwi kiss panel embossed with the same image, but nothing seemed to look right. So I saved all the "fruits of my labor" and said, "until tomorrow." Today, once I was able to knock out the color challenge, I noticed some butterflies that I had painted eons ago. The light bulb went off for me again! Yay me! LOL

The base is SU! Bashful Blue that is sponged around the edges with PTI Spring Rain. The colors are amazingly similar. The back panels are SU! Rose Red embossed in black with Artful Elegance from Verve stamps. The white panel has the tree branch from SU! Artfully Asian - one of my all time favorite sets. It's embossed in black as well and colored in with a rose red marker and an olive Copic. The sentiment, "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly", is also from Verve. The set is a really cool anniversary set called Beautiful You. The butterfly is from Inkadinkado's clear set Garden Delight. It's also embossed in black and painted with Pearlescent watercolors. When I was cutting it out I didn't want to mess with the antennae, so I cut them off and added a couple of black wires.
I wish I would've moved the ribbon (PTI) in the top left up a bit and the the butterfly down. Oh well! I use permanent adhesive cuz I hate when my stuff falls apart. Hope you like! :o) TTFN! lyss

Color Challenge #49

I haven't been able to play in any color challenges for a while now, but when I saw this one, I just had to find the time! I spent a ton of time yesterday trying to make this color combo work on a different card. After two hours, I had to set it aside. Then, *bam*, this morning while making a simple birthday card for my sweet sister in law, it came to me! Use your favorite Papertrey set, Guide Lines 2! This is a 4.25 inch square black base, 4 inch square Pacific Point and 3.75 inch square PTI white. I stamped the main grid in VersaMark. The sunburst is in Rose Red. I don't have Kiwi Kiss ink, so I subbed in some Old Olive. It works! The little asterisk image is from PTI Honey Bees. I think it's supposed to be the inside of a flower. The little foam thickers are from Target's dollar spot. I thought they needed a bit more definition so they didn't get lost on the card front, so I outlined them with a black marker. Hope you like it!

Sorry, again, about the crummy picture. Not only do I not have a fancy place to take photos of my cards, but my computer got super duper sick last week. Sunday we woke up to a big blue screen and no way to save the little guy. He had to go to the hospital for the week. Now that I have him back, I no longer have my photo editing software. So Ms TerriBerri, if you read this, can I borrow your Photoshop again??? Pretty please? I feel so naked without it!

Have a lovely Easter everyone!! :o) lyss

Friday, April 3, 2009

Treeful Birthday

Yesterday was my grandfather's 87th birthday! He came out to Colorado (from Vegas) to visit for his birthday and my mom's. Turns out she was his 30th birthday gift! :o) I used my (new) favorite SU! set Lovely as a Tree. I never liked this set until I started blurfing. Then I saw the true beauty. Anywho, I found a card that I fell in love with over on Julie's blog. I saved it in my little file so I could try it in a pinch.
I stamped the same image in Always Artichoke on watercolor paper that I misted with water. Stamped over it in Chocolate Chip after it had dried and sponged the edges with CC. My sponging is lacking as usual. The thing that cracks me up about this pic is that I keep thinking that it is blurry because of the image of the trees. It doesn't look quite like that IRL. It's a much nicer effect. BTW, sorry for the crummy photo. I snapped it under a fluorescent light before dashing off to dinner with the fam last night. Background is AA stamped with the retired Weathered background stamp and sponged with AA. The buttons are some of my new PTI New Leaf buttons. I don't want to put them on any projects b/c they're all so wonderful!! The sentiment is lacking (and of a SU! set that I can't recall the name at the moment), but I must confess, I finished this at work, so I didn't have all my supplies with me! Shhh! Don't tell anyone...especially my boss! :o)
On another note, you can kind of see in the background to the left how I store my Nestabilities. I got some full magnetic sheets at some office supply store and cut them into quarters. I used various different types of thin chipboard as backing to make them a bit sturdier - you know, like old cereal boxes and stuff. Then I store them all in a 4x6 index card box. It's a lot easier to get to them than in the CD cases like I used to do. Hope that helps someone! Hope you all have a great day!! :o) lyss