Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another ZOO REVIEW for you!


Good Wednesday morning! I have to admit, while writing that title for the blog post, a show I used to watch when I was little came back to my mind. I'm going to show my age here - does anyone remember the NEW ZOO REVUE? :D (WOW, that is a LOT worse than I remember. ROFL!!!)

ANYWAY. :D the lion is from ZOO REVIEW, and the trees in the background are from SERENE SILHOUETTES. It looks like a tree on the svelte to me. :D

Want to know how I colored the lion and grass? I embossed the stamp with Early Espresso, then put ink on my finger and did the coloring. I didn't want anything too defined, and I always get ink on my, anyway.... :D

OK. I'm outta here - SOOOO much to do!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! MAKE the time to stamp SOMEthing~! :)


Monday, April 14, 2014

MDS Monday - March Snow


Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Welcome to Passion Week.

So, do you remember that freak snowstorm we had here in middle TN, the one that started in Texas and swept over to drop even more snow on the East Coast? :D It didn't last too long, but it was absolutely breathtaking in its beauty that day. It would be sunny, and the trying-to-grow grass was kind of green - then BOOM! it would go dark, and the snowflakes would start falling, fat and furious. Kenn's been working like mad this spring, but her happened to be home that morning. We spent about 10-15 minutes shooting snow, the birds, and whatever else happened to pop in front of our lenses. :D

Here, I've used one of my shots, blown up and taken to 50% transparency, as the background paper. It was too fun NOT to use. :)

OK, I'm outta here! :) Have a wonderful day! Be sure to make the time to stamp SOMEthing! :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zebra Card


Welcome to Friday! It's SPRING! And here I am bringing you a black card... :D

I made this card just to make one to show you! Aren't you flattered? :D I got a couple of new stamp sets, and I'm in love with this animal one. Why didn't I get it earlier?!?! It's been marked in my IBC to get for the whole year. Of course, now that I've finally purchased it, it will probably retire... :D

Speaking of which: we're getting closer to the new Idea Book Release in June! Be watching for the retirement lists (sooner than I wish them to be coming! :D )

Now, then. This stamp is from ZOO REVIEW; it's available in wood or clear-mount. To do my background, I just put wide rubber bands around my brayer, and rolled some white craft ink onto that Basic Black card stock. The zebra is embossed in black, and that's a layer of Bermuda Bay right underneath him. :) (Just so you know, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock for the inside, and ran those rubber bands through some Basic Black ink and did about 1.75" of a border down the right side of the inside card.)

OK, I'm outta here! Have a wonderful weekend! Be sure to stamp something! :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wow! I'm Famous! :D

Happy Friday! Sorry I'm late - better late than never, right? :D I found out today that the card I posted on Wednesday made it onto Pinterest! :) How cool is that?!?!? Thank you to whomever Pinned it first! :D

OK, so let me give you one for today. :D


This one is an Easter card; we used BACKYARD BASICS (I bundled! :D ) for the flower and its die cut, and used the butterfly from the set stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear EP inside, along with the "Happy Easter" stamp from TEENY TINY WISHES.

That's the scallop edge punch; I like the little touch it adds. And we used cling wrap to put on sliver Encore ink and white craft ink as the background. Someone asked me if the technique had a name; to be honest, I discovered it by myself when I first started stamping many years ago, and I have no CLUE. :D

We embossed that flower with silver embossing powder, and colored it in with various Stampin' Write markers. Easy and spring-y! :) What do you think of it?

OK, I'm outta here! :) Have a WONDERFUL weekend, and be sure to make the time to stamp SOMEthing!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Banner Card

Hi! Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week - it's been beautiful here the last couple of days; I hope you're thawing out, if you've been getting hit with snow all winter. :)

I wanted to play around with a couple of things for this card. First, it's on Soft Sky as a base. I used Pool Party ink on the inside of my Perfect Polkadot embossing folder to give that layer a mottled look. Then there's a layer of Wild Wasabi; I stamped the sea horse and the bushy plant from BY THE TIDE, embossed the sea horse with Wild Wasabi, then rubbed some WW ink onto and around him, to highlight him a little bit. I took that strip and spritzed it with some homemade Frost White spritz, to give it a little irridescence. Finally, I stamped the "happy birthday" banner from ITTY BITTY BANNERS and embossed it with silver and cut it out with the framelit that matches, and mounted it on front with Dimensionals.

Isn't it pretty?!? :) I think I did this one when it was cold out and I was missing the ocean. :D

OK, I'm outta here! Have a wonderful day! Be sure to stamp something! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

MDS Monday - Friends


Happy Monday, y'all! :)

Phew. I'm about wiped out! Busy, busy, busy - but I know I owe you some posts, so here's the first for this week. :) I grew up in Richmond, IN, so I still have incredibly fond memories of the area, AND people I'm very fond of!

This was last week's challenge layout, and I switched it up a bit. I must say, I'm not a fan of layouts that have pictures over top of others, but I was able to rotate and fix it so it's not so bad. :)

If you haven't tried MY DIGITAL STUDIO yet, HOW can I suggest it strongly enough?!? It's SO fun and easy, and I love looking at my layouts - and doing challenges makes me scrap. It's a win-win! :D

OK, I'm outta here! Have a wonderful day, and be sure to take the time to stamp SOMEthing! :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

MDS Monday - When They Were Little...


This is a layout for a challenge again, using baker's twine. Oh, do I love these photos - the one on the top is my favorite from this family reunion many, many years ago. :)

What a crazy-busy time in my life again! Sorry for no posts last week, but I'm HOPING to be able to do better. I won't feel guilty, though - we all live life, right?! :D

Have a WONDERFUL day - and be sure to take the time to stamp SOMEthing! I definitely will be... :D