Wednesday, December 9, 2009

That Darn Christmas Cat!

As promised... today is Christmas Fluffles Day! This kitty is so much like our Napo (short for Napolean.) Always getting into mischieve.... and as a reward this Christmas, Santa has left him nothing but coal in his stocking!

The background paper on this card is from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses pad, and the leaves are punched from SU Garden Green using a Martha Stewart punch. The coloring is with copics, and the ribbon is retired SU Riding Hood Red satin ribbon. I am going to be so sad when I run out of Riding Hood Red ribbon and paper - it is my favorite red!

The next card has fluffles consoling himself after receiving his coal by eating everything in site (which I would never do of course;))

This background paper is from the DCWV Christmas Stack, and it is paired with SU Green Galore. The cute polka dot ribbon is from Amuse.
After gorging himself, it is time for a little exercise for Fluffles!

So here he is dashing through the snow! I used nesties to cut both the circle and scallop mat (pettite scallop cirle.) You can't really see the shimmer on the backgound in this picture, but after embossing SU Ballet Blue, the cardstock is spritzed with a mixture of SU Shimmer paint and alcohol. It really gives it a subtle shimmer that I love! Just put a small amount of shimmer paint (about 1/2 tsp) in a spray bottle, then add rubbing alcohol (about 1/4 of a spray bottle), shake and spray. It dries really fast due to the alcohol, so you can make your card right away.
The sentiment on this card is from Amuse, and i punched out using the SU modern label punch. I had to add a bit of extra sparkle with the snowflakes of course!
And for the last Fluffles card, it's time to do a bit of baking:

Back to the Riding Hood Red cardstock and ribbon for this card, and the background is from Debbie Mumm. I cut the mats from SU Old Olive and Riding Hood red using the nesties Labels. Maybe if Fluffles gives some of his baking as gifts instead of eating it all he'll get something other than coal in his stocking next year!

Hope you've enjoyed our Fluffles journey today!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baby it's cold outside!

So, here in Seattle we are having some cold cold (at least for us) weather! So I thought it would be fitting to show you some of the snowy cards I made last week, with a blue theme! The first is this cute Penny Black Snowman:

I colored this cute guy using copic markers. The background paper is from the DCWV holiday collection winter matstack I picked up at Joann's (with a coupon of course!) The cute little sentiment is from Amuse. I added just a touch of sparkle with the plastic snowflakes attached with some glue dots. Can't you just feel the icy snow?

The second card uses Stamps Happen Festive Snowmen:

I love these guys gazing up at the falling snowflakes! I used copics again to color them, and this time punched out the Amuse sentiment using SU's modern label punch, attaching it to the card with dimensionals. The bling is added by using a silver reflecting snowflake that catches the light.

And last (but not least of course!) is this cute little chubby bird going for a snowflake ride:

This stamp is Amuse's Chubby Bird, and is included in their Peace and Cheer clear set. The sentiment is from the same set. The background paper is once again from the DCWV Christmas stack. I also used SU's Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac cardstock. There are lots of punches used on this card too! The snowflake is a Marvy mega punch, the sentiment is and mat is punched out using SU's oval punches, and the Border is SU's eyelet border punch. I wish there was a punch for the chubby birdie too, but unfortunately I just had to cut him out, color him with copics and attached to the center of the snowflake using a dimensional. Think he's enjoying his ride?

Stay tuned for more Christmas cards this week.... there just may be a few fluffles putting in an appearance!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ippity Christmas Card

Hello everyone! I am back in town after visiting with family after Thanksgiving. I also had the opportunity to stop and visit a friend for a couple of days on my way home, and we spent the time stamping Christmas cards - we had a blast! So I thought I'd share some of the cards with you, starting with this one I made with my new Ippity kit - Kissmas and Mistloe.

I just loved this DCWV paper when I saw it - such pretty colors! It coordinated perfectly with SU Orchid Opulance and Positively Pink. I cut out the trees and matted them on black, then added the ribbon around the trunks. The sparkle is stickles added to the snowflakes for the finishing touch. A very fun card:) Stay tuned this week as I will be sharing some more Christmas cards!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My first {Ippity} card

When I got my shipment of {Ippity} last week, the first thing I did was sit down and stamp some images.... and fell in love with these stamps! I was so busy stamping, I didn't actually put together a card until tonight. But I decided it was time.... and so started out with this lovely tree from the Simply Home kit. A simple card, but with a lovely sentiment!


{Ippity} Simply Home

SU Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery Cardstock

DCWV Latte matstack

SU Petals a Plenty embossing folder


SU scallop edge punch

{Ippity} is in!!!

My {Ippity} order has arrived, and I am in love with these stamps! They are high quality, trendy, and come ready to stamp. I opened the box and was stamping right away! I'll be sharing some creations with you this week so stay tuned.... and in the meantime, I have created a blog where you can order these stamps and pay via paypal - even without a paypal account! Just click on the {Ippity} blinky to the right>>>>>>> and it will take you there! I have these stamps in stock and ready to ship. Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Great news!!!! My Ippity is on its way, due to arrive this Thursday. Once they are in my hot little hands, I will be inking some up and posting my creations. I am also working on adding paypal to my blog so you can easily order and pay - so stay tuned for some {ippity}!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I'm getting some {IPPITY}!

So I hear you all saying "what is Ippity?" It is a wonderful new stamp line created by Unity Stamps, and they will only be available through people like me - they won't be in stores, ebay or even at Unity.... just from those who enroll to sell these trendy new stamp kits. If you are familiar with Unity stamps, then you know that these are high quality stamps, made from deeply etched rubber - unmounted, pre-cut and on cling foam. All you need is an acrylic block to start stamping!

I'll have these stamps in my hot little hands in a few days, and will be posting some samples, but don't wait - email if you want to order a set and get them in your hands as soon as they are here! Just email at Order before November 15th and get FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the US.

Here are the current kits:

Kissmas & Mistletoe $14

Because of You $16

Simply Home $14

Devoted $16

Just Wanted to Say $14

Straight from the Heart $14

Alphabetically Adorable $16

Life's Little Moments $16

New kits will be released every 3 months, so subscribe to my blog so you'll always get the latest {ippity} news!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Another Thursday with a twist!

Time for another Shirley's 2 girls Twisted Thursday sketch challenge! The twist this week is to use twine or raffia on the card.... so here's what I came up with!

I am still in a Halloween kind of mood, so decided to use S2G's Be-Witch. I started with SU's Barely Banana as my base, and added some Gable Green for contrast. I thought this witchy lady would look good in some purple with her little grey kitty, so pulled out the copic markers to color her up. The spider is from Inkadinkado, and the web paper from the Basic Grey Eerie pack. Although you can't really tell in the picture, I couldn't resist adding a bit of bling with black stickles on the spider (or course!) Hope you like her!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simple yet elegant

This is one of the cards I made while at the Camano Craft Hideaway. We decided we needed a thank you card for our hostess, and I made a couple of these with different color combos. It's a quick and easy card.

First, I used SU's Medallian stamp as the base. I stamped in Ballet Blue craft ink, then embossed with clear ep. Then it was just a matter of using the Daisy 2 Sizzix die for the flowers, and adding the button and ribbon. A small sentiment could be added along the bottom or top for almost any occasion, and playing around with the colors really gives the card a different feel. Give it a try and let me know how your's turns out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Well it's been awhile....

Hello my friends... my apologies for the lack of recent activity on my blog, but life has been hectic. Among many other happenings, we have finally moved my husband's business to a new location (it's a pet store of course!) But I did have a chance to get away for a weekend at a craft hideaway up on Camano Island, a truly beautiful place where we were pampered while we crafted all weekend long! I will be sharing some of my creations from that weekend with you over the next few days, but tonight I have another Shirley's 2 girls challenge to show you.... and of course there are some tails involved!

So here is my creation for the S2G twisted Thursday Sketch Challenge. The twist this week was to use the word BOO, so I reached for one of my new arrivals from the recent Halloween release. Can't ya just hear this trio yelling "BOO" from their perch on the fence? Napo the cat (short for Napolean) watched me make this card, and gave some help with the ribbon too;)

This was a very simple card to make. I just found the Eerie paper pad from basic grey yesterday, and thought the tree background would be perfect for this card. I stamped the kitties on SU white paper and colored with copic markers, then used nesties to cut the circle of bats. I finished it off with some SU ribbon, and of course some "bling" with the jewel brads. Napo and I had lots of fun making this card!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Twisted Thursday S2GSC22

Time for another Shirley's 2 girls twisted thursday sketch challenge! The twist this week is to use a punch. I used my scallop and circle punches to make the flower on this Mazie pink bug card. You go girl!
The paper I used is DCWV all dressed up and SU Pretty in Pink.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Reinker spread

This coming weekend is my Mom's 87th birthday, so it was time to come up with a special card for her. She loves flowers, and as a child I remember her rose bushes in the back yard. They were always so pretty in the summer! So, I decided to make the flower on this card similar to the colors I remember in her favorite rose. To make the flower, I used a fun technique that I learned on Splitcoaststampers called reinker spread. I believe it was something that was demonstrated at an SU regional.

This technique works best using SU's shimmery white paper. I stamped the flower from SU's Fifth Avenue Floral set and embossed in white. Then spritzed with water until it pooled inside the image. Next, use an aquabrush to pick up just a drop of reinker and then touch it to the water.... and watch the color spread. So much fun!

To finish off, I used the Fifth Avenue embossing folder for the background and used the lace border punch on the rose cardstock across the center. I like how it turned out, so I hope Mom does to!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Twisted Thursday Challenge

Time for another Shirley's two girls twisted Thursday challenge! This week's challenge was to add 4 brads to the sketch. Since I just received my order from the Mazie new release, I decided to I had to try my new images... so... Peace Dog got the call! Ya gotta love this peace lovin pooch, don't ya? I colored him him with my copics, and matched him up with some paper from the DCWV pocket full of posies pack, and added some crystal effects for just a touch of bling. Hope you like him!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lots of Farm Fun

A fun Weekend of family and fun!

Last weekend we had a shower for my very pregnant Niece. Her Mom sent me a pic of the farm themed quilt she picked out for the nursery, and that gave me the inspiration for making this scrapbook. She had posted pics of herself as her tummy grew on facebook, so I printed them out and put them all in the book for her. It was my first time using my bind it all.... I had lots of fun!

I also thought it would be cute to decorate some storage jars and fill them with necessities like cotton balls, lotions, etc. I think they turned out rather cute! I used my bigshot and hand punches to create the shapes out of chipboard, then painted them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My first on line challenge

The latest stamps I have fallen in love with are from a company called Shirleys 2 girls. They have a whimsical style I just love, and the cutest cat and dog stamps, which really gives them kudos in my book. They have a sketch challenge on their blog every week called twisted Thursday. So I decided to squeek in under the wire on this weeks challenge. The twist was to use polka dots, so here is the card I made. I just love the attitude of Schnapps - my kind of guy!

Welcome to the Twentieth Century!

I must admit that when it has come to being "in" with technology, I have been dragging my feet just a bit. When I finally started a facebook account, my brother posted a comment on my wall welcoming me to the 20th century! So I thought what the heck, might as well dive in all the way.... and so, here is my new stamping blog!

Those who have visited my home to stamp, know that there is no shortage of helpers - the furry kind with four paws and tails that tend to get in the way when they help. And so, the name of my blog is dedicated to these 4 helpers with their 4 helpful tails and 16 paws... they provide many tales to be told in my stamping room!