Friday, December 26, 2008

It's been a while...

Yeah, I guess you could say that it's been a while... I really don't have a good excuse. Of course, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has been an obsticle, but what really kept me away from my blog, and stamps for that matter, is a little thing called disappointment. I had put some energy and hope into being chosen for a design team. Needless to say, I was not selected. This rejection really hurt my vanity ;-) and I began to question my creative ability. I have since, ironically, realized (what I believe to be) the main reason I was not chosen. Are you ready?? It's my lack of posting on my blog and participating in challenges! Oh well! I do this stuff for me anyway. I have found that in the past when I have taken on a job at a place that I truly loved, I end up hating it. Perhaps the same would be true for me here; although, there is quite a bit more gratification in the creative process.

Whew! Enough of my blabbering!! Here are a few cards that I sent out as Christmas cards. The first is a Whiff of Joy stamp called Charlie building Snowman. I used the latest Sketch for You To Try off of i{heart}tostamp. He is colored with my Copics, and my DH helped me to shade him a bit better. The Kraft background was run through with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and swiped with Palette New Canvas ink. Blue strip is SU Buckaroo Blue (retired) and the ribbon is PTI Pure Poppy. This little number also includes the SU felt snowflakes from the Holiday mini and the other two snowflakes are Martha Stewart punches. I adore snowflakes!!
This next one I made for my mom & dad. This cute Santa is from CC Designs. I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo black on PTI Vintage Cream and colored him with Copics. He is cut out with oval nesties and mounted on PTI Pure Poppy. His beard is white opal Liquid Pearls and his hat trim and cuffs have white fun flock on them. His belt is colored with a Sakura glaze pen so it's all shiny like pleather IRL and the buckle was colored with a metallic Fiskars pen. The PP is Basic Grey Wassail - I just love their Christmas papers!
This one uses the same WOJ stamp. Wish I would've seen Jen's sketch before putting this one together! Oh well! The image is still cute :)
Lastly, this is the Christmas card that I sent out for most of my Christmas cards. The embossing folder is a limited edition one that you can find *on sale* here. I just added a few rhinestones, a Martha punched snowflake and Voila! The sentiment tag is a Spellbinders tag and the sentiment is from the same set as the Santa above. This card was CASEd from here. I needed something quick and easy and this was too beatiful to pass up!
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you the best in 2009! :o) lyss

Thursday, November 6, 2008


TCIOC = Two Challenges In One Card

Let me know if you do this too: I surf the internet and find challenges that look interesting or inspire me. I either email them to myself so I don't forget to do them or print them out so I have direct inspiration. Nine times out of ten, I end up not having time (see previous post)! Well, this week, I'm combining those challenges so I can feel accomplished. Yes, this is all that it takes... :o) lol

This morning at 1:15, I woke up with an allergy attack that wouldn't let me sleep. I was awake in bed for over 2 hours scheming up the cards that I could be making instead of trying to sleep, cuz that obviously wasn't working!! All these little ideas in my head were swarming around making sure I wasn't going back to dreamland, so I decided to get up and get my Verve on!! I also *love* this color challenge by Kristina - isn't it just gorgeous?!?! So vibrant! It's Color Challenge #29 - Pacific Point, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. I chose to make my own background paper with Thankful Blossoms from Verve Stamps. I used the Verve sketch challenge that you can find here, for the new Verve Holiday release. The Pumpkin Pie is in the form of the orange rhinestones scattered in the background and in the center of the cut out flower - both layers of which are up on dimensionals. I got the self adhesive rhinestones in Target's dollar spot a few months ago - I cleared them out - hee, hee! You can't get much better than like 120 different color, different size rhinestones for a buck a pack! Anywho, I think the rest is pretty self explanatory. Oh, the sentiment is a dollar stamp from Michael's that actually said 'love your Smile', but I cut out the 'love your' part and embossed it in white.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a fantastic day!! :o) lyssard

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Welcome Baby Girl & Amazing Candy Alerts

I am finally willing to admit that I am a very bad blogger. I spend entirely too much time surfing cyberspace and forget to leave myself time to stamp, let alone blog! Add to that the fact that my darling little PITA has decided that he no longer takes naps when he is home alone with mommy!!! Grrrrummble...anyone have any suggestions??? Anyhow, on to the card...
I did this for a friend who is scheduled to have her little girl on Friday!! I am not much of a cat person (horribly allergic), so little Lulu had yet to see ink. I decided that it was high time and so this creation came about. The base is Rose Red and was cut with my largest, long scallop rectangle Nestabilitie die. I sponged the edges with RR ink to bring out the embossed edge a bit more. Each additional layer was then cut with other Nestabilities, cuz I didn't want to have to figure out the dimensions to cut everything. What's that?? No, not a lazy stamper, just a practical one! (Yeah, right!) :o)
The second layer is Regal Rose; the edges of which are lined with Red line tape and coated with Doodlebug glitter. White layer is run through my little bug with the Swiss Dots Embossing folder (kind of hard to see that detail). Lulu is stamped in Palette Noir and colored with Copics. I did something I never do! WooHoo! I tried something new! I doodled - a little border around the square, some tail flicking motions and on the vellum tag! I'm so proud of myself. It turned out pretty cute, and I was able to cover up the shakier areas with embellishments! The flowers are the bridal confetti flowers from Michael's. I colored them with a mixture of Copics, SU inks and a blender pen. Each one has a little flat backed pearl at the center and Lulu's flower is a pink rhinestone flower (Hero Arts). The ribbon is a white organdy that I actually tied a pretty good bow with too! The inside is finished with a matt of white and a couple more flowers in the lower right corner. I hate to toot my own horn, but I really *love* the way this card turned out. I hope she loves it as much as I do! Now on to the candy...
Bev has some great, great candy including a Whiff of Joy stamp, some crochet flowers (I love these!!), some Primas, and tons of other embellies! Check her out here - she is an amazingly talented artist!
Suzanne has some incredible candy as well - lots of goodies and fun stuff! She even has a Karen Lockhart stamp that has been colored and signed! You can check out her goodies here. She has a very fun and unique style!
Well, have fun surfing! Thanks for stopping by!! :o) lyss

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thank you...this much

I had to make some "Thank you" cards for all the presents that my little guy received for his 1st birthday and since he is such a little monkey himself, I thought the monkey from C.C. Designs Monkey Love would be perfect! I also needed to make these cards easy, so I would actually finish them and send them out in a reasonable amount of time...a month is reasonable, right?!?!? :o)

Pretty simple stuff here: he is stamped with Palette Noir on PTI Stamper's Select White, colored with Copics and matted on More Mustard and Really Rust. Such perfect circles can only be made with the wonderful Nestabilities - I got mine on line from a place called Cut at Home. Somewhere near the top right of your screen, you should see a 40% VIP coupon. Click on that, sign up and a coupon code will appear in your email. Once a month, these coupons are sent out and you can use them to get the entire set of a shape of Nesties for less than $60 including shipping! It's quite the deal! And if you're like me, you have to have all the latest and greatest all at once - there is no budgeting, waiting, holding yourself back ;o) (insert sheepish grin).
K - back to the card...base is Chocolate Chip 4.25 square, DP is SU! Autumn Vines (I thought it looked a bit like paw prints), the blue strip is retired SU! Buckaroo Blue. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I just masked out the 'I love you' and hand scribbled Thanks. Cuz this is my little monkey saying Thanks this much with his arms spread wide! (you can chuckle, I am a nerd and I know it!) :o)
Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by!! lyss

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Flat Challenge and Prize Alert

Over at No Time to Stamp?, Sharon has posted a challenge to Make it Flat. That is a pretty big challenge these days. But in all reality, a flat card can make just as much impact. I have been drooling over all the the wonderful cards made with SU! Lovely as a Tree - a great stand by set for masculine cards. I was waiting to see if it would be retired, and, amazingly, it wasn't! Anywho, here is my take on making it flat...
I used my oval nestabilities to cut an oval out of the front of the PTI Vintage Cream base, then created a frame out of Handsome Hunter. I inked up the pine tree image with HH and Chocolate Chip stampin spots and stamped onto a piece of VC cut just a tid bit smaller than the card front. I used a glue pen to line the tops of a the branches and the ground, then sprinkled on some Doodlebug white glitter. So subtle and pretty IRL. Joy is from a hostess SU! set, sorry, I don't remember the name. :) A very quick, reproducable card and no extra postage needed!! We all love that!

Now for the prize alert: You must visit Taylor's blog for a chance to win a whole bunch of goodies. She has a wonderful new stamp line and a big thing for cupcakes! I'm not really sure if you're supposed to comment on her blog or on the Stamp a Sweet Impression blog. Both are super cute! Have fun! I hope you all get lots of stamping time in this weekend! :o) lyss

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Basic Grey Christmas

Last year, while on maternity leave, I found myself very bored and started searching the internet for examples of Stampin' Up! cards. I found Lauren Meader's blog and from there, started to go to the links she had for all these other amazing blogs. I've been hooked ever since and have spent so much money on stamps and tools and embellishments and companies and products that I had no idea existed! Stamping/card making has gone from a hobby to a passion/obsession!! And I can't even begin to tell you how far my style has come in the last year - just amazing what you can learn and do by following challenges and CASEing and just stretching your abilities.

But anyhoo...back to the card! Last December, I fell in *love* with this card by the very talented Christina Fischer - so much so that I had to buy the papers that she had used and the stamp set! When I find a card that I love, love, love, I save it to a little file of card ideas, so I have something to reference when that mojo has gone missing. Well, I must have looked at Christina's card one too many times because even the placement of the ornaments is the same! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So true! :o) I stamped the deer image from BasicGrey Winterland set in Chocolate Chip classic ink on PTI white. (I really love PTI paper, it's heavier than SU! paper and they are starting to have a nice variety of colors that really complement the SU! color wheel IMO.) The sad thing about this was that I searched high and low for this set - by the time I wanted it, it was no where to be found! Once I finally got it, I was removing the deer too eagerly and tore one of his antlers off! Dummy! Let this be a lesson to you to slow down! :o) It's ok, you can thank me later. Ha!

The ornaments are stamped in Bravo Burgandy, Cool Caribbean and Old Olive. I used a Sakura Clear Star pen to line his antlers, his ears, a line of the face and as a tie for the ornaments. He is cut out with Nestabilities and matted on OO and BB. The DP is BasicGrey Figgy Pudding and is matted on Soft Sky. Ribbon is OO grosgrain that I won from Cyndi Bundy - I love that ribbon! I also took a stamp set that I won from her and inked the word 'joy' with a VersaMark marker, stamped onto a square vellum tag and embossed it with Dark Brown embossing powder (retired SU!).
The inside is matted with Soft Sky, stamped with the filligree image from Winterland around the edges and then lightly sponged. Lastly, I stamped 'Holiday Greetings' from SU! Sincere Salutations in the center.
I just love finishing the inside of the card - it adds so much in my opinion. Hope you like it!

Now for some Blog Candy alerts: Nikki is raising awareness for Breast Cancer and giving away a cute little Magnolia stamp and goodies for hitting 30,000 hits! Way to go Nikki!
Rach is giving away a wonderful Whiff of Joy stamp and lots of goodies! So much fun!
And Ashley is giving away a whole big loot too!
Even if you're not into blog candy, check these ladies out - their creations are phenominal! Hope you all have a great day! :o) lyss

Monday, October 20, 2008

I went to a birthday party yesterday for another 1 year old. Six women were pregnant at the same time in my department last year - we had a big blizzard 9 months prior ;o) 3 of the six were my two closest friends that I work with and I - all due within 3 weeks of each other. Kind of crazy times!

Here is the card that I made for little Logan. It uses the Billy set from Pink Cat Studio. Logan is a little red head, so he has some orange hair. I pulled the colors of his pants and shirt from the DP (My Mind's Eye). He is colored in with my ever expanding collection of Copics; however, I'm so annoyed with them! I used Palette Noir and even heat set the kid! The lines of his eyes, smile and nose bled. Why???? Grrrrrrrumble! I think I'll have to order some Memento ink and try that. I don't know what else to do and am very open to suggestions. The star image on the PTI Pure Poppy paper is stamped in VersaMark and is from the It's a Western Thing set from The Cat's Pajamas. His belt buckle is a brad that I heated up and stuck in gold embossing powder a couple of times. I hate the color of yellow gold, so I don't own any gold embellishments. I used some SU! hemp twine as *ribbon* and over Billy's lasso. I glued the twine lasso down with Ranger Glossy Accents. Finally, I finished the inside with a mat of PTI Vintage Cream, sponged around the edges with Close to Cocoa and TCP sentiment "Happy Birthday Partner". Someday, I'll get to the point where I take pics with the copics used and all that fun stuff. But come on, I just figured out how to put my name and stuff on the pics (watermark is more of a pita than just doing a text box, I can do both now though, I'll have you know!) :o) Thanks for stopping by!

Before I go though, I have to let you know about some super fun blog candy. Jen over at Jen's Stampin' Spot has some Whiff of Joy stamps up for grabs. She has a wonderful blog with just the absolute cutest cards. Check her out even if you don't care about the candy!
Kristin has a sweet Rachel Ann Miller stamp that she is giving away for hitting 15K hits. Check out her blog for a chance to win. :o) Ta ta for now!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bath Monkey...that Funky Monkey

Are you singing the Beastie Boys song in your head??? I know I am! LOL :o) This little bath monkey won't be so funky after his bath!! Sorry, I couldn't help it. As I've mentioned numerous times before, I love Jen del Muro's sketches. This one I actually did on time!!

This little monkey makes me think of my little monkey! How he loves his bath time! He squeals and claps his hands when the water starts to fill the tub and he just can't wait to get in. The only problem I'm having now is keeping him sitting down. He thinks he can just walk around the tub too! How do you keep the little boogers on their bums???
The monkey is from C.C. Designs, My Rubber Ducky - such a cute set! He is stamped with Palette Noir and colored with my limited, but growing, supply of Copics. The bath is all foamy with Liquid Applique, the bubbles in the air are covered in Stickles, and the tub is covered with Glossy Accents (this works as a fabulous glue too!). I wish I would've spent a bit more time on this card. I love the layout, but besides the image, I think it's really lacking the pop that it needs. The Kraft background is stamped with the rubber ducky in VersaMark. The Ballet Blue has been run through the Cuttlebug in the Tiny Bubbles folder of which I inked the negative side first - this little technique makes a huge difference. I tried to make a glitter border around the blue with red tape and Doodlebug sugar coating glitter, but it looked exactly like the glitter paper that I cut out with my nestibilities and then it was just too much white glitter everywhere! This is why the blue doesn't go to the edges of the card. Who knows, maybe I'll take it apart tonight and add some more blue and what not... The inside is finished with a piece of white cardstock cut just a 1/2" shorter to make an inset. The rubber ducky is stamped in the bottom, right corner, colored with a Copic and Yo Yo Yellow. I also added some bath foam that I filled with Liquid Pearls. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like my little guy! :o) lyss

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yet another blog candy alert!!

Go check out Zoe's blog for a super cute High Hopes stamp!

See, I confessed that I am an addict of stamps and supplies; this translates to blurfing for candy as well! I have got to try to get it for free whenever I can!!! Hope these little alerts don't drive you all too crazy... :o) lyss

You're Invited...

Whoops! The party was a couple of weeks ago, so unfortunately, you can't *come join the fun*! Bummer! We had a good time! My little Zane turned 1 on Saturday, Sept 27th. He's such a little booger...I kinda like him! He's really a fun, happy little guy - I feel really lucky to have him.

Anyhoo, here is the invite that I sent out. The base is PTI Lemon Tart - I am so not a yellow person, but I love this color! Next up is a matt of white (PTI also), then Aqua Mist (yeppers! PTI again) that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Number Collage embossing folder. I used a Sakura Stardust pen to accent the number *1* up in the right corner. The adorable little bear is from the C.C. Designs set Bear Hugs. At first, I stamped him in Palette Noir then flocked him, but he turned out too splotchy, so back to the drawing board. At the time, I didn't have any brown Copics, so I had to watercolor him with a Close to Cocoa classic ink pad and watercolor brush. His cheeks and the inside of his ears are colored with an RV11 Pink Copic marker. He is flocked with Doodlebug Crushed Velvet flock - btw, there is a huge difference between this and other brands. Just a much nicer cover and softness to it, IMO. He is outlined in a BG10 Cool Shadow Copic. Such a subtle difference, but it really makes the image *pop* IRL. His birthday hat is from the It's My Birthday set by C.C. Designs. It's colored with sparkly Fiskars pens, cut out and adhered with a mini glue dot. All the party info I printed out and matted with more Lemon Tart.

The back (or front, however you want to look at it) is stamped with the little atom - like pieces in Inque Boutique's Out of This World (I think that's it's name) in VersaMark. I tried to link it up, but the on-line store I got it at is "updating the site" and has been for the last couple of months??? That's my little guy on my motorcycle (I have a Superman obsession). I blurred out the background (trashcan and garage, yuk!) in Photoshop so he could be the main focus.
The 100% all Boy comes from the same Inque Boutique set. The last little panel was run through my Cuttlebug with the number 1 from the Olivia alphabet set and is popped up on dimensionals. Happy Birthday to the Zaniac!
Hope you all have a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by (sorry it's been so long since I posted!) :o) lyss
I forgot to add that I do not work for any stamp companies or on-line stores. I link things where I have bought them or where I know that you can buy them. I have a serious addiction to buying stamps and stamping related items!!! Maybe even more so than using everything that I buy! Eek!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another blog candy alert...

A new fantastic blogger/artist that I have found is offering up some yummy Whiff of Joy candy. You can find her here at Camillas blog. Good luck! :o) lyss

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tag...I'm it! and another candy link at the end!

Guess I don't run very fast...I was tagged twice! Once by Jodi aka Kharmagirl over at Stamping a Latte. Check her out! I absolutely love her stuff :o) Second by Jami at Stamp Happy! She has a wonderful style as well and some interesting stuff on her blog since she is living in South Korea currently. Since I love to read these on other's blogs, I just had to play along!

Here's how it goes:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. A good portion of my body is tattooed - not your typical stamper type! I have a gorgeous dragonfly on the inside of my right wrist, a lotus flower in water that my husband tattooed on me on the top of my right foot, two butterflies and some flowers covering my C section scar, the inside of my left calve from the ankle to the knee is covered in a freehand piece with flowers, smoke and skulls, a large likeness of a pet snake I had a while ago surrounding a large Celtic knot flanked by two chrysanthemums on my lower back, a filigree design behind my left ear and the beginning of a quarter sleeve on my upper left arm - the inside portion of my bicep is a butterfly on a dahlia and a monarch on the back of my shoulder flying up to a Gerbera daisy that covers my whole shoulder.

2. I used to really like spiders, you know, transport them outside so they could do their job in the circle of life and all. Not anymore! I hate them now! I freak out and make my husband kill any that I see!!

3. Before the birth of my son, one year ago, my husband and I had one room dedicated in our house to our snake *collection*. We had 36 at one point in time due to a breeding (unbeknownst to us) pair that we had adopted! I woke up one morning to get ready for work, checked in the room and found a writhing heap of gooeyness - 17 live baby boa constrictors! We've since found new homes for all the little buggers and have only one pet snake that resides in my step-daughter's room.

4. I am seriously, seriously addicted to blurfing! The introduction of the Goodle Reader into my life has been both a blessing and a curse! I think I've subscribed to 101 blogs! I didn't check anything while I was on vacation and came back to over 550 posts to look through. Mind you, I could not just skim...they had to be read and drooled over and commented on, etc. It took me this entire last week to get through everything!

5. The aforementioned addiction has been bad for my commenting skills :o( Sometimes I'm just too lazy to click on each post and comment on everything that I see and am amazed by!

6. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Johnny Depp...and I would totally leave my husband for him (my husband has said this would be fine with long as I sent him alimony money!)

7. I am not a huge chocolate fan. *Gasp* *sputter* Shock! I know, crazy! The only way that I will eat chocolate is if it has something with it like caramel or nuts. If it has fruit in it, it disgusts me!

MmmmmK...enough about me! Let's hear about you! Here are the 7 ladies that don't know me, but I stalk their blogs enough, I think I should know about them! There are so many people out there that I want to know more about that this is a hard choice! I'm picking ladies that I haven't seen do this little thingy before:

1. Alex at Fairy Blossoms & Life - great style and she has a little boy too that she scraps about, so I am trying to glean all I can off of her!

2. Kimberly at For the Love of Paper - another boy scrapper...her pages are amazing and her card/project style are too!

3. Amy at Ink About Me - she is one of the SFYTT team members and has a wonderful, clean style

4. Rach at papercrafts*byrach - a Whiff of Joy DT member that blows me away with everything she does!

5. Annie at Stamping with Annie B - her great personality comes through in her blog and her work

6. Mackenzie at Midnight "Scramper" - she is amazingly clever in so many of her creations!

7. Dallas at Stamp This, Stamp That! - a very clean lined stamper who looks like a ton o' fun!

Wow! If you've made it this far, then you probably know too much about me! Ha ha! Here's one more fact - I am addicted to blog candy!! Especially of the Whiff of Joy kind! Follow the link to Donalda's blog for a chance at a cute WoJ stamp. Hope you all have a fantabulous day!! ~lyss

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heart to Heart blog candy challenge with a blog candy alert first

First, there are some really cute stamps from Alota Rubber Stamps that Michelle is giving away here. Check her out! What fantastic coloring! I am in awe of so many people out there :o)

Secondly, Cammie has a Heart to Heart blog candy open on her blog worth over $1000 in prizes!!! Check it out here for all of the details. Sadly, Cammie lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's disease this past June. She designed a set for Gina K Designs called Whimsical Autumn that she is donating all of the proceeds from the sale to the Alzheimer's Association.

Here is the card that I sent to the staff at the home where Cammie's grandmother was taken care of so well. It is a Penny Black image called Modesty colored with a blender pen and inks, markers and a metallic colored pencil. Colors are Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Kraft. I added some purple flowers, clear *Michael's* dew drops and a little purple rhinestone flower from Hero Arts (I think). Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a fantastic day! :o) lyss

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's *all* about the presents!!

Monday was my 31st, er, I mean, my 29th birthday. Hubby, son and I have been on vacation visiting the in-laws for the last week in Branson, Missouri. We had a nice time, saw lots of sights, were on the go, go, go all day long! I, of course, had to also take Monday off! Since my darling little punk stole my thunder of the birthMONTH, I, at least, should get my day! I got wonderfully spoiled for my day - DH and DS got me an iPod and I love, love, love it! I haven't even added my music collection to it and we already have almost 3500 songs! M & D got me/us a camcorder to record all those wonderful little *firsts*. I got everything before my actual day so that I could enjoy them on the trip. I'm pleasantly spoiled! I've also treated myself to a few new PTI sets and paper, and I think I'll get some Verve sets too! Why not?! I'm worth it! :) really is all about the presents! Plus! I got really lucky and won two, yes, you read that right, 2, blog candy drawings the week before we left for vacation. One was from Sankari - wonderful woman and wonderful blog - check her out! And the second was from Denise - this lady is full of inspiration and talent! Make sure you hop on over to her blog too :o) I'll just call those birthday presents too! (I can't get this stupid blogger to recognize that I have changed the font 5 times!! It's all supposed to be one size. Grrrrrrumble!)
I made this little guy a from another SFYTT from a long time ago but didn't have any glitter covered brads. Once I get my mind set on something in a design, it's hard to divert my attention. Instead of spending a ton of money on different packs of glittery fun, I used a 40% coupon to Hobby Lobby and got the Doodlebug Sugar Coating Glitter assortment pack. (Whew! That is a long title.) You can get it at All that Scraps too - I spend way too much money there! This is where you can also get this cute little guy, Lucky. This image is part of the It's My Birthday set by C.C. Designs. He's watercolored with Going Gray and his eye spot is flocked with white flock also found at All that Scraps.

Oh, yeah! Back to the glittery brads! I used a glue pad and smooshed (technical term) some large brown (all I had) brads in the glue then the glitter. Thinking back, I wish I would have used white brads or heated the brads, stuck them in white EP and then the glitter. I think the colors would have showed up better. What's the saying? Hindsight is always 20/20! The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Craft White and embossed with Iridescent Ice EP. I wish it were a bit brighter but oh well! The packages are sparkly too - they are colored with Fiskars gel pens. I love those things, but wish I could just get the sparkly ones - I'm not too into the fluorescent, weird colors. Anyhoo, the purple glitter paper is from some glitter paper pack I picked up at Michael's or Hobby Lobby - can't remember which. The inside is matted with white, sponged around the edges in Tempting Turquoise, and stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from the set in VersaMark, then Turquoise and embossed with Iridescent Ice EP.

Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a good day! :o) lyss

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Black Eye Susan and more Blog Candy links!!

Wow! Blog candy is all over the place right now! Head on over to Nikki's blog for a chance at a super cute Xmas-y package with a couple High Hopes stamps and some Basic Gray Figgy Pudding paper.

Just a quick post today. This Penny Black image was stamped in VersaMark and colored with SU pastels and some shimmery ones too. Can't think of the brand right now and I'm not near them...sorry! Cut it out with oval nesties, matted on an Old Olive scalloped oval. The white background is PTI white and run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder - what did we ever do without this embossing folder?!?!?!? Chocolate chip is stamped with a leaf print from SU Petal Prints (I think is the name) in VersaMark. Pretty simple card really. I wish I knew how to tie a great bow cuz a bow in that fantastic grosgrain Old Olive ribbon would have really set this card off! Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a great day! :o) lyss

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dr Frankenstein or is it Dr Fronkensteen?? (Blog Candy link at the end)

I think I've only seen that movie (Young Frankenstein) with Gene Wilder once, but every time I see a Frankenstein image, I think of him correcting the pronunciation of his last name. Ha! :)

I made this little card (4.25" square) trying to get under the deadline for Kristina's color challenge (#18 Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Redand Green Galore or Summer Sun), and I also used Jen's Sketch for You to Try from 8.09.08. A long time ago and I'm just getting around to posting the card! Obviously, once I didn't make the deadline, I put it aside and didn't finish! I save all of Jen's sketches in a little folder on my computer and refer to them when my mojo is missing, which seems like all the time!

I have the set Best Fiends from SU that I think is so adorable. In fact, I love Halloween images, but never send out anything or make anything special for the holiday.
The entire image is colored with Sakura glaze pens. They are so much fun!! Tip: sign up for Hobby Lobby's weekly ad by email. They usually have a good coupon (40% off) that you can print off on the bottom. It's a good way to get the coupons without having to get a subscription to a newspaper. Same with Joanne's and Michael's btw. :) I did try to watercolor the ground with a bit of Creamy Caramel. It never turns out the way I want it too, but I can live with it I think. Ha! I used a bit of liberty with the sketch - flipped the circle up to the top because I wanted to make it a moon. The bats are a Martha Stewart punch that I'm seeing a lot of in blogland right now. The first is glued flat, second on a small dimensional, third on a taller dimensional. The only thing I don't like about that is that the bat is so small, you can see the white edges of the dimensional. In the future, I'll color the sides with a marker or something first. I also wish I would've created a little dimension and sparkle on the moon with some sponging and sparkle. Oh well! I'll probably send this to my nephew who is 6 and won't care anyway!
Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping in! :o) lyss

Oh yeah! Hop on over to Suzanne's blog for some wonderful blog candy that includes a super cute Whiff of Joy stamp. Toodles! :)

ETA: Another blog candy alert! The bigger the response, the bigger the candy package!! Check out Jerri's blog - I am in absolute awe of her watercoloring skills! Her talent is amazing and gorgeous!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Stamps from Starving Artistamps

Starving Artistamps has some blog candy and new stamps coming out - check them out here. They're super cute as always!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

11 fast they've gone!

Here's my little guy *helping* his friend Taylor open her presents on her 4th birthday. He has grown up so much in the last 11 months, it just plain amazes me! He is so happy and healthy (>22 pounds!!) and smart and funny and...well, I'm sure you get it. The list goes on and on - what can I say? I'm a proud mommy :)
I needed a quick card for Taylor's party because I couldn't just go to the store and buy one! Oh! The horror!!!! I had a cute little The Cats Pajamas image that I had colored eons ago that needed to be used. I colored it thinking that I would use it for the TCP Tuesday challenge which was to use pink and yellow - if you follow these challenges, you know that this was forever ago! I stamped little miss sassy skirt (that's my affectionate name for the kitty) twice, cut her into a circle with my nesties and went to creating a little scene. Whoops! Made a big boo-boo, so I ended up cutting out the one that I had colored better and putting her up on dimensionals. Dimension is always a good thing! lol I wanted her to be really glamorous so I used my Fiskars gel pens to make her boots and hat sparkly and gave her a really big, pink rhinestone rodeo belt buckle! She is layered onto a Yo Yo Yellow scallop, embossed circle that is up on dimensionals as well. The Cool Caribbean has been embossed through the Cuttlebug with the Textile folder - I have been wanting to use this folder forever and it just screams "Old West". The sentiment is from CC Designs in cool caribbean ink with a spellbinder's ribbon slider die. A little pink gingham and white organdy layered ribbon and I called this card done! If I'd had a bit more time, I would have used some more layers - maybe black matting on the circle and embossed layer to make everything POP a bit more!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fantastic day! :o) lyss

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rocket Man

I made this little *Rocket Man* for the Sketch for You to Try on Jen's blog. I took the star a bit literally, but I love my star Nestabilites so very much that I just had to use them again. :) This little Robot guy isn't really a rocket man I guess, but he comes in the Out of This World set by Inque Boutique that has a rocket and the sentiment Blast Off, so I just can't get Rocket Man out of my head! He is stamped with Palette Noir ink on watercolor paper and colored with Going Gray and Soft Sky SU classic inks and an Aquapainter. I used a couple Sakura glaze pens on his eyes, the little electricity squiggly and black dots. He is matted on Soft Sky and Real Red. The DP is Cogsmo by Cosmo Cricket and the glittery stars are from a glitter mat pack I picked up at Hobby Lobby some time ago. They are all popped up on different sizes of dimensionals. The card base is Blue Bayou. I haven't yet figured out if I want to make this a birthday card or just a hello, since it kind of looks like he's waving; so I'll just wait until I have the perfect occasion to finish the inside.
On another note, here is some fabulous blog candy that I won a bit ago from Cyndi Bundy. She has a really fun blog that you should hop on over and check out some time! For some odd reason, the first paragraph of this post is a link to the larger picture of this candy. I can't fix it, which is frustrating, but *deep breath* ahh, there! I'm over it!! :)
Well, thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great rest of your day! ~lyss

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Whiff of Joy Blog Candy Alert!!!

I have more to show you, but I haven't taken any pictures yet! This post is about some gorgeous, bountiful and beautiful blog candy from Whiff of Joy - the new Elisabeth Bell Guardian Angel collection.

Click on over and see how you can enter too! The blog is Creative Ideas by Katharina Wouldn't this image be so fun to color?? Hope you all are having a great day! Thanks for stopping in! :o) lyss

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Moon Rattle

wider than a mile...oh wait! That's Moon River! Ha! :o)
I have had this idea in my head for it seems an eternity. I got it from a certain Sketch for You To Try by Jen del Muro, but I never found the time to get it done. It doesn't follow the sketch at all by the way. A friend of mine is due in September with a darling little boy (I'm sure he will be darling anyway) so I finally made this card. I call it Moon Rattle:
I used Stampin' Up Kraft as the base and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. The rattle was a bit harder to execute than I had thought it would be. First I glued some PTI Aqua Mist paper to my poor man's 'chipboard' (old cereal boxes, backs of paper pads, whatever!) but found that when I tried to run the Nestabilities circles through, it was too thick! So I had to start with plain 'chipboard' and plain paper and try to get them lined up exactly! That was kind of funny. Next came the dimensional tape (Scotch brand) that I had to adhere to some paper first so that I could cut out the scallopped circle and then the inner circle. Too thick again! Let's just say that I had to get creative! I filled the rattle with some confetti that I found in some odd section in Hobby Lobby. The moon is made from the middle of the scallop circle, then cut again with the same circle to make the quarter moon. I got to use my new star Nestabilities! The bottom of the card looked a little bare so I added a strip of PTI Aqua Mist satin ribbon (my DH's idea). I finished the inside of the card with a strip of Lemon Tart (PTI), more stars and a curvy verse from SU! (The only one I own) in Dark Brown chalk ink. I traced all the stars and the quarter moon with my Spica atyou Clear pen to give them a little bit of *sparkle*.
I hope you like it! I have to go! My DS is screaming at my feet as I quickly type this up :o) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend ~lyss

Monday, July 28, 2008

Holy Smokes!

I'm pretty excited! My card was chosen in the Top 10 of the K Werner Color Challenge #17!!! Out of like 200 entries! This was the first time that I participated, but I think I'll be doing it again next week. (hee, hee) Makes me a little giddy when people like my stuff :o)
You can see all the other wonderful creations here. Thank you for all your kind comments! They truly make my day :o)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Pirate's Life for me...

When I was little, my favorite ride at Disneyland was The Pirates of the Caribbean. When I got older (and still now), my favorite actor was/is Johnny Depp. I fell in love with him in a little movie called Crybaby. Naturally, my favorite movie is...yep, you guessed it! The Pirates of the Caribbean! I'm still so in love with pirates that I've decorated my son's room in them and buy every pirate stamp that I can find! I sure hope he ends up liking them too! :o) My friend nicknamed my son Mayhem when we were trying to pick out funny names for our kiddos. She had a son 3 days before me. I call him Riot. So we have Captain Mayhem and his First Mate Riot. :o)
Anyway, here is a card I designed to submit for a guest designer challenge. The company is called Whiff of Joy and has some really cute images. For the challenge, you are to create a card using Katharina's sketch and submit it to her by 30 July. Without further ado, here is my card:

I used the Billy set from Pink Cat Studio. Such cute, cute images! The owner, Melissa, has even added a fun bonus of being able to name your set. I also used the background plate image of skulls and crossbones. This card is 4.25" square. The first layer is 1/4" smaller of Basic Grey stamped with the skulls and crossbones in Craft Whisper White ink. The next layer is the map image stamped in VersaMark and embossed with black ep. Next we have Captain Mayhem! He is matted on Real Red and colored with a mixture of things. I only have a couple of Copics, so I used the Skin White E00 and Cool Gray C3 to do an outline. Black is a Marvy Uchida marker and the red, gold and silver are Fiskars gel pens. Then I used my blender pen with various SU! colors to color his hair, money bag and little dots for his cheeks. The tag is cut out with the Slider dies in my Cuttlebug. That Cuttlebug is absolutely the best stamping purchase that I have made! I stamped the Yo Ho Yo Ho image in black and colored in the skull and crossbones with a Fiskars white gel pen. I finished the inside of the card too. I matted a piece of white on the inside, sponged the edges with Going Grey, stamped the sentiment from CC Designs It's My Birthday set and the little dog from the Billy set in the corner. He is colored with those Fiskars gel pens also. Lastly, I drew some little lines around his tail to make it look like it's wagging. Hope you like it! Thanks for looking! :o) lyss

Friday, July 25, 2008

KWerner Color Challenge # 17

Mmmm...I love this color combo! Although, I didn't think I would because Sage Shadow and I have not previously been friends. I've never participated in K Werner's color challenges before, but I got this gorgeous set called French Quarter by Inque Boutique and knew these colors would be just perfect for it. Doesn't the main image remind you of bind weed? Ha! For a weed, it's very pretty but a PITA! Trust me! I have too much of it!
First I cut out a large oval with my trusty Nestabilities in PTI white and a larger scalloped oval in Rose Red. I then stamped my image in VersaMark and colored with a Qtip and SU pastels. I love the soft look of pastels - they're just so pretty!
I just got my Petite Oval nestabilites set from Cut at Home, so I, of course, had to use them for the Verve sentiment (in Regal Rose). I've been using these a lot lately. :) I ran a piece of Sage Shadow through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder - I think that one is my favorite! It is so versatile. Matted that on more white, bumped the main image and the sentiment up on some nice, thick dimensionals and attached all to the Rose Red base. I wanted to mat more stuff on Regal Rose, but found out I am completely out! Not even a scrap to mat the sentiment on or anything - nothing, nada, zip. Eek! Oh well! To finish off the card, I cut another piece of PTI white for the inside of the card and stamped the main image three times up the right hand side. I used Regal Rose and stamped it off once on scrap paper to give it a softer look. Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a great day! :o) lyss

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another go at it...

Here's another go at a brayered sunset card. I love these cards! They are a weakness of mine; I just wish I could make them look as good as they look in my head! That's the problem with trying to copy greatness!
This time I tried the technique on PTI Stamper's Select White cardstock. Michelle was kind enough to leave me a comment on my last post with advice on how to lose the lines - brayer the lighter color from bottom to top and dark from top to bottom. *Bing* The light goes off in my head! Bummer for the anal retentive perfectionist in me! I can still see the lines! I tried to sponge the Pumpkin Pie ink around the line between the So Saffron and PP a little bit, but since my stuff is still at my mom's, I didn't have the right type of sponge. I used a paper towel, which works, but not the best. I then sponged/*toweled* some Really Rust in a circular motion across the top of the scene. I used the grass/flower stem image from PTI Honey Bees again and drew a couple of cattails on with a Marvy Uchida black marker. A little sponging with black across the bottom and the card was complete. Oh, except for my crooked Verve sentiment! Really gotta learn to use that Stamp-a-ma-jig thingy more often! Thanks for looking! :o) lyss


Another garden post. When I moved into my house six years ago, the front flower garden consisted of a dry bed of dirt about a foot wide and five feet long to the left of the front walk and a 2 x 5 foot long bed in front of the porch that housed weeds and three random rose bushes. I used to hate roses! We moved in to our home in late November, so the following summer I proceeded to rip two of the larger bushes out. They made absolutely no sense to me! I left this gorgeous peachy orange number that is to the right of the front door and in front of the posts that hold up the roof. The other two were a lavendar climbing rose in the center that had nothing to climb up and a crimson climber, again with nothing to climb up. They were very odd and tall and stood right in front of the picture window. Anywho, now I love my peach rose bush. It is so pretty and throws off so many beautiful roses every year. They are a lot easier to maintain than I had at once thought. Blah, blah, blah! Sorry so long winded...I just wanted to share this rose pic that I call 'Unfolding' Hope you have a great day! I'll be posting another go I had at the sunset brayering technique a little later on :o) lyss

Monday, July 7, 2008

Swimming through the Reeds

Sorry for the poor quality of the picture! I had fun creating this card; I'm finding that my favorite images are those that I can color. My mom had the idea to create a scene with the grass/flower stem image from PTI's Honey Bees set of the fish from SU! Fishy Friends swimming through the reeds. I watercolored this image with tons of colors! Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Buckaroo Blue and Almost Amethyst on the big fish; Cool Caribbean, Almost Amethyst and Vintage Violet on the little blue fish; Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron on the other little fish. The water is Ballet Blue, as is the cuttlebugged cardstock. The base is PT Lemon Tart. The birthday part of the sentiment is from Happy Everything and the fishes part is from Very Punny. Hope you all are having a terrific start to your week! :o) lyss

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Organization and a card

A couple of months ago I moved all of my stamping stuff over to my mom's house. She has a full 1600 sq ft unfinished basement that she was allowing me to take over with all my craftiness. Unfortunately, I found that I don't create very much when I have to plan to go over to her house and can't just take 20 minutes to get something started. Bummer! So I have to bring everything back over to my small house and try to find a good spot for everything. I decided to stamp out all of my sets and create my own categorized catalog of stamps. That way things can be stored in another room and allow the small space I have to be used for all my embellishments, etc. So yesterday Mom and I spent the day stamping most of my sets. She continued and allowed me to be creative for a bit - I made 3 cards! That is amazing for me! I am a very slow stamper - it generally takes me 1-2 hours to do 1 card. Since I haven't been around my space, lots of ideas have been brewing in my head; so I guess, in a way, it worked to have everything elsewhere. :o) Anyhow, on to the card:
So many of my new sets have yet to see ink (but now they have, LOL!) and True Friend was one of those. I was inspired by this journal that Laurie Schmidlin did quite a while ago. She used soft sky and pumpkin pie inks - such a strange but incredible combination! I used the rock and roll technique to kiss a little PP ink onto the tips of the flowers. I like the flowers that have a little less PP, but all in all, I like the card. I took a small, leftover strip of black and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I also sponged the edges of the main image with Soft Sky ink and then distressed the edges. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps, the old red rubber Fancy Florals set (the new acrylic set has the sentiment as well). I stamped on VersaMark first, then Basic Black, then onto the paper. I tried embossing with black embossing powder but didn't get quite as good of coverage as I would have liked. The background is SU! Kraft paper stamped with the large medallion image from True Friend in VersaMark . That's pretty much it! Hope you like it and have a wonderful weekend! :o) lyss
ETA: Sorry about the photo, I can't get the coloring just right. It doesn't look quite that turquoise IRL. It really is very Soft Sky! Ha! :o)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Dad's Day Card

Michelle Zindorf is so inspiring and wonderfully creative. She is also very talented and sweet to take the time to share all of her creations with step-by-step tutorials of how to create amazing cards with your brayers - a tool a lot of stampers forget I think.

This card is my first attempt at creating a sunset themed card. It turned out okay; there are some things that I would do differently. I chose to use glossy card stock - so not necessary. I chose to emboss my image - again, not necessary since it is just a black image. It also created an area that doesn't see ink without sponging (see the white areas around the image?). When applying the different colors, I came up with a line between the different colors. I cleaned my brayer and went over the whole thing again to blend the colors but I ended up with more Pumpkin Pie along the base than I would have liked. Next time, I think I will blend from the bottom to the top and clean my brayer in between swipes.

Have any of you tried this technique? Post a link in the comments! I'd like to see what others have done and what other tips you may have for this beginner! :o)

I also finished the inside of the card. I matted a piece of So Saffron inside and used the same branch image to stamp a little frame across the base and slightly up the sides, then sponged around the entire edge. I, personally, took this idea from Denise, aka Peanutbee. I realize that many stampers do this, but she was the first to make me take notice because she always posts a pic of the inside of her cards and it's such a wonderful finishing touch! Of course, I forgot to take a pic of it before I wrote in it! Doh!

Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a fantastic day! ~lyss

Stamps: Artfully Asian, Brushstroke Alphabet

Colors: Basic Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blog Candy

K...I don't have any blog candy, but go here and enter for some really fun new stamps from Doodle Factory. They are super cute!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Things that make me happy...

I have one card to show from Father's Day that I attempted for my dad. I'll show that on a later post. I wanted to show some of the things in my life that make me happy. The first are my two men - DH and DS. I love this pic of daddy showing his little guy some love! :o) Honestly ladies, is there anything that warms your heart more than seeing your sig other love on your kiddos?!?!?

Next are pics of my front flower garden. My dogs don't allow me to have one in the back! LOL! The burst of sunshine is called Coreopsis spp. I have a couple different kinds in my small garden because I love things that flower throughout the summer. Just keep deadheading and you have wonderful color all summer long! The purple is a Clematis; unfortunately, this particular one was ripped up along with the tree it was climbing up by the tornado! I just planted two more - one white and one crimson. I hope they make it!

This odd little flower is from a succulent called Hens and Chicks. I was getting a macro shot with my new camera and out popped this little grasshopper. Quite a catch if I do say so myself!

Lastly, we have the newest addition, Lantana. I love all the different colors in this little beauty. We'll have to see how she handles the western exposure of my front lawn! On my patio this year, I also have my garden. I hadn't yet had the time to plant my garden when the tornado roared through town (thank goodness!). Since we don't have a fence yet, dogs, workers, whoever wants to just walk right through the yard and garden area. So.....I potted all my garden plants on the front porch. I have jalapenos, poblano peppers (for stuffing...mmm, yummy!), tomatoes, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, basil and cucumbers. I also put a pumpkin in a side flower garden. Since I love to hang out on my front porch, maybe I'll actually pay more attention to my garden this year! :o) Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a great day!