Monday, August 31, 2009

Sketch Girl - SG4

Here's my take on the sketch for Sketch Girl #4. Because of the orientation of the baby buggy, I had to flip the sketch a bit. I decided to make a quartet of cards for the baby store b/c guess what???? 3 of my cards sold on the first day - yay!!
{Natural light photo = not so good!} Colors on the boy cards are Spring Rain and Lemon Tart. The girl colors are Wild Wasabi and Plum Pudding. The buggies are paper pieced and the wheels are colored in with a black gel pen. I'll leave you with a couple of close up shots of one of the boy cards.

Thanks for dropping by! I'd leave you links to all the other ladies, but 3 people have called in this morning and I need to go cover some shifts!! All of the links are in my sidebar to the right, you just need to scroll down a bit. Hope your day starts out better than mine ;o) lyss

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sneak Peek of SG4

Just a itty bitty little peek at the quartet of cards made with the sketch from the Sketch Girl blog (linked in the sidebar). Annie is starting something new with sketch #4. Make sure to stop by to get all the details tomorrow!
Have a great rest of your Sunday afternoon! I'm off to grocery shop - blech! :o) lyss

Thursday, August 27, 2009

RSCC #15, Mojo 101 and some news!!

Time for another of Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenges and Julee's Mojo Monday sketches! I was excited to do this color challenge because I finally broke down and bought Spring Moss. Turned out perfect for me because PTI has been reformulating their inks, and SM is one of the colors that came out with the last release.

The card didn't turn out quite how I had in my head, but it'll work, I guess. I have all those goodies and my mojo has gone on vacation without me! Oh well, we all have our little slumps. :o)
The sentiment {it's straight in real life, I swear!} and main image are from Autumn Abundance. The flowers are colored with Copics and the vase is colored with Groovy Guava reinker and a blender pen. The Guava panel is stamped with my all time fave PTI set, Guidelines Two in Guava and New Canvas Palette ink.
Sorry about the crummy photo. I had to snap this as the sun was coming up this morning. I need to break down and buy myself a photo tent setup that is easy to store and assemble. Any suggestions?

Now for the fun news: Stamp Happens is introducing two new lines of rubber stamps next month. The Stamp Sistahs will have samples on their blogs beginning September 4th for Stamp Insanity stamps and September 11th for Wild Flower Kids. I'm really excited about these! They are super cute and oh-so-fun!!

Be sure to stop by again soon! I'll have a sneak peek of the new Sketch Girl sketch. Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you're having a fantastic day! :o) lyss

Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm one lucky girl!!

I was going to scratch that title and put 'lady' and then thought that most ladies don't have mouths like truckers, so I guess I can't call myself a lady! Oh well! I am a lucky girl and here are the reasons why:
1. I have wonderful stamping friends throughout cyberspace that have congratulated me on my win of the Papertrey Ink Guest Star Stamper for the Timeless Templates for August. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words on my project - both before and after winning. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read all the wonderful comments.
2. I had the pleasure of meeting a stamping celebrity at the Stamp and Scrap Expo last weekend in Loveland. Oh. You wanna know who? Sherry Cheever! She was so nice and helpful and funny. The show was super fun and overwhelming to see all the product and ideas first hand. I went in with a set amount of money and only spent about $15 more than I had meant to. But really, how could I resist the chunky, glass glitter that Sherry uses??? Or the Sizzix Daisies 2 die that is in the SU! catalog for $20+S/H+tax??? It was 40% off at the show. So, if you're in the area, you should definitely go to the show this weekend in Colorado Springs. Sherry won't be there this time, but the show is supposed to be bigger and better than Loveland!
3. GOODIES!!!! This is a mixture of the fun stuff that I get to play with this weekend - lots of fun stuff from the Expo, my new PTI order and some extra goodies from Tonya at Stamp Happens.
Sorry there's not any crafty goodness on here for you today! I hope to get nice and inky tomorrow though. Maybe my lovely stepdaughter will keep my boys (hubby included) entertained so I can keep playing on Sunday! Have a great weekend all! ;o) lyss
P.S. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter at Stamp Happens! Each month a 40% coupon is sent with the newsletter! Plus it's free shipping after a $50 order (for the US).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flowers for Mom

Good morning friends! I've finally finished the project I started for my mom forever ago...well, mostly that is! You can see the beginning of the project here. Mom is the reason for my love of flowers, dragonflies, frogs, lizards, snakes, etc. She and I were discussing that we need to keep a gardening journal - somewhere that we can record when we planted things, if we did it from seed, cutting or plant, when it started to fruit, you know, all those little things you think you'll remember from year to year and don't. It's also a place you can sketch out where you want to place things for the coming season. Anywho, here's the journal:
I just covered the front of a $1 bin journal from Michael's with the rest of the flowered paper that I made. I tell ya though, this paper really did suck my markers dry! I do not have any juice left in my RV19 marker! To give you an idea of the size of this journal, the chocolate chip layer is 4x6. I modified the My Timeless Template to have a small divider in the front. My vision is for this to sit on her counter where she can jot things down quickly and easily. I've also included some cards (which I'll cover at another time) and larger size envelopes to accommodate sending photos to friends and family. Hope you like it! Have a fantastic day!! ;o) lyss

I almost forgot to add this...check out Steph at Where'd All My Money Go? She is another addict and is giving away some fantabulous blog candy - a $150 gift card to a place of your choice so you can get what you want!! Amazing, right?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Flower Pickin' Sketch Girl 3

Time for another sketch from the Sketch Girl blog!! If you haven't already, hop on over and add yourself as a follower and comment on the prize post. Once we've hit 100 followers, a drawing will be held for one of three new Stampin Up! sets!
We'd also like you to play along with our sketches. You can upload your sample to the Mr Linky at the bottom of the sketch post. You should leave a comment too - just in case Mr Linky gets wonky. If you upload to any online galleries, please use the keyword SG3.

I love this sketch! My little ole brain could easily wrap around this one ;o) I just got the Spellbinders Flower Creations die, so I really wanted to use a layered flower as the circle part of the sketch. This had me looking through my folder for the perfect stamp and...voila!
This is Lenny Love Me Nots. He and his birdie friend are colored with Copics. His belly, wings and ears are painted with Angel Wings Shimmerz. He's so fun and sparkly IRL! The center of the flower has some Orange Peel Stickles - b/c you just can't get enough bling! The brad in the center of the die cut flower is embossed with white ep (for some reason I don't have white brads) and then generously covered in Stickles as well. Lastly, the sentiment is from My Favorite Things and is only partially inked up. Hope you like him!! Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't already, please bop on over to the other Sketch Girl blogs and leave them a little bit of love!

Thanks for looking! Have a super duper weekend! :o) lyss

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sneaky Peeky SG3

Just a little sneaky peeky to wet your whistle! Bop back tomorrow to see the full card of the Sketch Girl sketch 3.

I get to go to the Scrap and Stamp Expo at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado tomorrow. If you see me, say hello! I'm sure I'll be the only heavily tattooed girl there! See you later! :o) lyss

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What a hottie!

I finally made my first Bombshell card!! I've had these stamps forever and always forget to pull them out for something new and different. This sassy little lady is from the "A Pirate's Life" set from Bombshell Stamps. I'm going to try to post to my blog a bit more by not rambling on so much about how I do things. Only a couple of little details to add - she's colored with Copics, her earrings, belt buckle and shoe buckles are colored with a metallic gold Sakura gel pen, she has a fancy little pink streak in her hair and the top of her bodice is covered in white fun flock. If you have any other questions, leave a comment or email me! The 'Dear Santa' is from a retired Stampin Up! rub on from the holiday mini catalog of 2008. The inside sentiment is computer generated and came from somewhere that I surfed on the web - sorry, I can't remember where. I just jotted it down b/c I thought it was funny and would be perfect for Miss Sassy Pants!

Hope you all have a great day! Check out my sidebar for some blog candy that I've found out and about! I'm constantly updating
Thanks for looking!! ;o) lyss

Friday, August 7, 2009

Birthday Boy -

Hey ladies! Here's another challenge I completed on my mid-week day off (gonna have to figure out a way to make those happen more often!). The My Time to Create team does a different type of challenge every Saturday - sometimes it's a sketch, a color challenge, an inspiration, etc. This past Saturday, it was this sketch. While browsing my blog reader, another challenge popped up from The Greeting Farm. They were having their 1 year anniversary, so they provided this little cutie as a freebie. I tried really hard to get my card done by 745 that night, but I guess my family wanted to eat. Whatever!
I printed little Ian on PTI Stamper's Select white 4 times. Why? Because I am not good at coloring hair. I knew I would jack it up somehow and would need to have extras! Sure enough, the first one I colored, I love the hair and then smeared the lines in his face. I decided then and there that this little guy would be better with some dimension! ;o) He and his loot are colored with Copics and highlighted with an opaque white pen. The ribbon on a couple of his presents is colored with a metallic silver pen. I used his presents as the background squares in the sketch. The detail shot below shows that I added a white polka dot pattern to the light blue package. I took some Spring Rain and stamped it with Polka Dot Basics in Fresh Snow ink. The silver ribbon has a wire edging making it easy to form, so I punched out a 3/4" circle and formed a *bow* to mimic the present.
The round 'Enjoy Your Day' is from SU Riveting (retired). I embossed the middle on Spring Rain in silver ep and punched it out. Stamped the whole on white in Memento Tuxedo Black and punched it out. The layers are Garden Green and PTI Enchanted Evening. The DP is a retired SU pack; sorry, I'm too lazy to get up and get the name for you. The ribbon is a reversible silver and black satin that I got from Verve a long, long time ago. The last little detail is the Numbers cuttlebug embossing folder. I swiped it with the VersaMark Champagne pad for a little sparkle.
That's it! Hope you all have a great day!! ;o) lyss

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mojo Monday and a Mouse -

Hola chickadees! I had the absolute best day yesterday! The last of the tornado repairs had to
be completed, so I got to stay home from work!! Yay! Either hail or debris put a hole in the framing of our sliding glass door that leads from the kitchen to the backyard. No one really thought anything of it, and we didn't get a ton of moisture last summer. This summer it rained every day up until about July 7th or something like that - no exaggeration! We woke up on numerous occasions to the flooding of the kitchen from the copious rain outside. It was even going in between the previous linoleum flooring and the now tile. You could step on the floor and water would gush through the grout - EEK! Anywho, insurance came and covered it and it's been a long time coming! The door had to be special ordered, blah, blah, blah. It is in and wonderful! Oh and the best part? I got to stamp - kid and husband free -!! :o) That makes for one happy lyssard! I've gotten off the subject though -

Mojo Monday! The first Monday of the month is the usual sketch, but the team picks one winner per 50 entries for a free Verve set. Go here for all the details since I'm not getting all the rules right.

This sketch worked out perfectly for me because I already had the main panel colored, cut and ready to find the right layout. I used Henry Celebrating Mouse from Whiff of Joy stamps. He is adorable...for a mouse that is! I think mice are disgusting, vile creatures (come on, I used to have 36 snakes, so I really don't like mice), but this little guy is so cute! He has been colored with Copics, cut out with classic circle nesties and layered with Pure Poppy cardstock. I used a glue pen to cover the yellow part of the flame and sprinkled on some Doodlebug sugar glitter. {This is the type of package that I got, but I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. Gotta save that money for stamps!!} I then used some pearlescent chalks to add a glow around the flame. Both the main image and the Chocolate Chip (square classic nestie) are up on dimensionals. The background paper is from a digital scrap pack, Hello Mutha, Hello Fatha, from Sweet Shoppe Designs. I have no idea how to digiscrap, but I love to buy the kits and print stuff out of them. I fell in love with this paper when I saw it on Jen Tapler's blog in May. The dp is layered on some Pumpkin Pie. The top panel is punched with an EK Success slim border punch and is also up on dimesionals. Funny thing about the ribbon. I was putting all my ribbon on a new organizer thing-a-ma-jig the other day thinking, "Why did I ever buy this ribbon? I'm never going to use it..." Ha! Proved myself wrong, now didn't I? Moving right along with the sane part of this program... The inside is matted in white and the sentiment 'Happy Birthday' is stamped in Hero Arts Cherry Red ink from the Verve set, Fancy Florals.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have had a wonderful day and you're off to have a wonderful evening! :o) lyss

Monday, August 3, 2009

The new Sistahs

Woo Hoo! I'm so excited to tell you all that I've been added to a new design team, Stamp Sistahs!! We will be designing and doing projects/tutorials for an online store, Stamp Happens. Check out my sidebar for all the ladies links - well, except for Sarabeth's. I don't have hers, so it links to the Stamp Happens blog for now.
I'm off to check out my new teammates and leave a little love! The other thing you should do before you go is check out all the amazing candy I found on the web this weekend!! There are only a few hours left for a few of them, so get to hoppin'! Toodlaloo! ;o) lyss
ETA: I've found Ms Sarabeth and updated her blog in the sidebar :o)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

RSCC #13 - for Lady Bird

I think it's safe to say that another of my addictions is Dawn's color challenge. I love the fresh new take to color combos that I see from her. She has made me grow, in that I now look at different colors together completely differently. But that's the point now, isn't it? {That's rhetorical, don't answer, peanut gallery!}

With the new Papertrey release, I had to have the new In Bloom set. I've been so hooked on the Friends 'til the End set, that I had yet to ink it up...until tonight. I decided it would be a nice fresh card for a fun, fresh color combo. I stamped the flower 3 times in Berry Sorbet ink on PTI Stamper's Select White and popped up a couple different layers with 1/16" dimensionals. I don't have the Copics that match the Berry Sorbet color, so I used a blender pen and the ink cube to create a little more depth in color. I used Certainly Celery again {I haven't bought Spring Moss. I need to use up some of my SU! stash before I move on completely to PTI}. CC is the card base and the leaves. Same technique with the blender pen and ink spot for the *depth of color*. The sentiment is from Flower Garden Sentiments and is stamped in Hero Arts Cherry Red ink. The last little detail is some White Opal Liquid Pearls in the center of the flower.
Hope you like it! I am really happy with how it turned out! It took me less than 1/2 hour to make...which is a record for me! ;o) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great night!! :o) lyss