Sunday, November 30, 2008

Testing the Camera's colors

this is Kaleb's Star Wars Evil command Base. He would like to have his own Leggo's blog.

I would like a new camera.

Look Ma!

Here are two proverbial 'Look Ma! No hands!' cards. Except, insert 'No stamps' for the 'No hands'! These ornaments are from a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I bought last year. A little bit of glitter gel pen, some gold edging or layering, ribbon and a few Dew Drops. Voila! Done!
Now, I have bad news and good news. Bad news- the camera is just about defunct, and there is not much money around at this time of year. Good news- I get to buy a better camera. Well, I get to buy a better camera only if this one lasts into a new credit card cycle. When I turn the camera on, the screen is all blurry and moving- like the old tube tv's used to do on their way out. Probably no one under the age of 40 will relate to that, sigh.
If you have a great camera in the $25.00 range- ok, just kidding- let me know what camera and what you like about it.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

This One's Different!

Sometimes you just gotta break out and do something different! This is done using the sketch from the Casual Midweek Challenge # 29- or was it 30?? on PTI's forum. I wanted to make a Christmas card, but I was too tired to dig out lots of Christmas papers- and these inked papers were just sitting there! The first layer is Hollyberry Glimmer Mist on watercolor paper, the red and green papers are alcohol inks. The edges are done with the Pilot gold marker. Those are dark pink Dew Drops up the sides. The sentiment is in the set Believe from PTI. It looks ho-hum in the pictures, but it really glows in real life!


Working on baby cards again today- phew, sometimes I get close to running out of ideas and energy! That's where Challenge sketches really help! This card uses Casual Midweek Challenge # 29 on the PTI forum.

While I have a stamp of the baby on the moon, this one is from a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper- easy! The purple background is a piece of paper as well. The little tag is made with an image from Boxes, Bags and Tags, with a sentiment from Bitty Baby Blessings inside.The lavender layers are Plum Pudding, and the base is PTI's cream. The ribbon is their new Vintage Cream satin. You may not be able to see it, but all of the stars have glitter in them, and there are Liquid Pears drops in the corners and down the left edge. Ok, I did drop it before it dried, and those drops are a little mushed, but the babies won't know it!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Birthday Wishes ala Pine

Not a baby card, and not a Holiday card! What's up with that?? Actually, I am trying to clean out some of my photos, lol, and realized I never uploaded this to the blog~

I tried to make a card using Twinkling Waters, but only had bright colors. Really bright! Luckily, I had a piece of an alcohol ink run that was equally bright, lol! Ribbon is Joanns cheap organdy, I lined the edges with a gold Pilot pen. Stasmps used were Little Lady and Flower Garden, both from Papertrey.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

An award!

I received an award! lol, I'm not sure what it means, other than maybe Claire likes my things, lol!! That says a lot, of course, since claire makes some incredible things herself! If you haven't already, make sure you visit Waltzingmouse on the sidebar!

PapertreyInk Blog Hop: Flowers

Oh my goodness, it's Blog Hop time again! I like getting ready for the Blog Hop, but man oh man, it's bad when you think the Hop was 2 weeks ago, and you have two more to prepare, but when you look at the calendar it's really in 3 days! Am I the only one living in a time warp?

I live in southern Maine, and we are being hammered by a wind/rain/snow storm. At the moment we have electricity, but many do not. If I'm not around this evening, you'll know I am sitting in front of the wood stove reading with candle light!

I learned how to make ribbon roses in a Scrapbook class last year. These flowers are made using Pure Poppy grosgrain. cut a piece about 6-7 inches long. Sew the ends together to make a 'circle. Take biggish running stitches along one edge, then pull the thread 'rouching' the edge; tie the thread in a knot. Voila! A flower! The centers are just circles punched from Summer Sunrise, with orange glitter glue applied. Leaves were punched from Ripe Avocado, and given some veins with a stylus. The sentiment comes from Holiday Wishes, and the little holly sprig is from Borders and Corners Oval. Thanks to Donelda for reminding me it is there! I put red seed beads on the holly sprigs, and attached the tag with brads from SU's Earth Elements set. Card base is Pure Poppy, first layer is from Vintage Holiday Patterned Paper and the layer under that is Ripe Avocado.

Enjoy hopping around!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Red and White Challenge

I am so tired my eyeballs are ready to fall asleep independent of my brain, lol!
Casual Midweek Challenge # 32 on PTI's forum was a photo inspiration; the front of the Pier One Christmas catalog. It's a beautiful cover, and I'll try to link it tomorrow.
I used Pure Poppy (PTI) and Handsome Hunter (SU), along with SU's new Sizzix bird die. Stamps are PTI's Out on a Limb and Beautiful blooms, along with SU's Baroque Motifs.
Oh my, off to bed for me now!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baby Carriage Tutorial

I wa asked to describe how I made the baby carriage inside the Baby Carriage Explosion Box, you can see it here.

You will need the giga and mega Marvy circle punches, paper, 1/4 inch wide sticky tape, ribbons, flowers, and spiral clips.

Punch out 2 of the large circles, and 1 small. The small circle is just a pattern, if it's out of a firmer paper that is good! You can trace the small circle in the large circle here,or wait until the next step. Doesn't matter! Cut 1/4 out of the large circles, this will form the shape of the carriage. I laid mine on my Making Memories mat and cut with an exacto knife.

Carriage Continued

Lay the smaller circle on the back of the larger circles, and trace around the edge. Remove the smaller circle, and with snips, make cuts along the edge of the large circles, only as deep as the traced line. Place the smaller circle back, and use it to fold the little snipped edges up. The more time you take here (and I was being quick!), the smoother the roundness of your finished carriage.
Place sticky strip along both long edges of the 1.5 inch piece. Pull off the red cover, and be very careful in the next step! Sticky tape is very unforgiving!

Pick up one of the circles, and lay it along the ege of the circle, the sticky part will be attachng to the folded over cut edge. Carefully lay it down, trying to stay straight along the edge.

Do the other circle, after you visualize the finished carriage to help keep the right side out, lol! when you are done, there will be some of the center section left, either trim if off as I did, or fold it over~ You can see where when I did my folded 'tabs', I didn't take time; some spots of the round circle are a little pointy- oops!

Carriage continued

Use whatever ribbon you like- I used rick rack and Papertrey's twill ribbon to decorate the hood and make a handle. The rickrack I attached with white glue, the twill with Tombow. The handle is 4.5 inches long, with tombow on about 1 inch of each end. Attach it to the inside front, facing you. Make the handle as long as you'd like.

Turn the carriage on it's side, and put white glue on the upper half of 2 spiral clips, then place them close together and near the bottom of the base for the wheels. At the same time, glue some flowers where the hood would connect. Let the glue dry, turn the carriage over, and do the same to the other side.

Let dry. I put a fabric quilt in the original, but be creative!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Challenge Baby Card

One last baby card for the week (only 8 this week!), and it meets a Casual Midweek Challenge at Papertrey. I started by loking at Amy Rysavy's card, seen in the idea Gallery for the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set at PTI. The Momma and Baby duckies are from Bitty Baby Blessings, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and colored with watercolor crayons. The background paper is 12 x 12 Pink Patterns paper. The Sweet Blush piece was put through the Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder. I cut Spring Moss with the scallop blade of my Carl cutter, and tied PTI Lemon Tart around the bottom. The sentiment is also from BBB, and is punched out with SU's medium sized oval. Two bitty buttons finish it off.

Confessions of a Failed Challengee

So, I have been put on notice that I failed to complete the challenge as it was issued- I forgot to use the white ribbon! And, more confessions: I issued the challenge months ago, then never did it! lol, I kept putting it off, since I hated the butterflies- ha!

They are all beautiful cards, and we all had fun, so the day is good!

I'll go see if I can find the little white piece of ribbon, lol, and get it tied to my big bow pronto.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Girlfriends Friendly Challenge

Once upon a time, three girlfriends had a friendly little challenge. The challenge was to use these honking huge crystal butterflies I bought from Michael's in a fit of passion- well, every story needs some passion, right? Here's what we came up with, and they are all super!

Cindi used SEI paper Jolie Chocolate, the same I used on the baby card earlier this week. She cleverly cut the paper to highlight the flowers, then sliced the edges and curled them up to make them 3-D. It's layered on pink, then on white card. She wrapped SU's Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon with white narrow satin ribbon, then tied the butterfly to them- stunning!

Alex used all SU things, the flowers up the edge, in brown, are rub-ons. Better hurry if you want them, they may retire out of the catalog soon. She also used the new SU border punch. Her colors are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and a teensy bit of Tempting Turquoise. The color choice was ingenious, the turquoise really pops, but in just the right way! Alex is a SU Demo, so email me if you want her Demo address.

I used purchased silver metallic embossed paper. Leaf ribbon (Papertrey on the side bar has it, Fran probably does, too) with bought pearl flowers growing up the center, then a little silver Love charm on the bottom corner. A huge organdy bow finishes it off!

Inside, on the left, I put a little holder for the moolah, since I was seeing this as a wedding card. A SU heart forms the inside sentiment; I will probably color this if I ever use the card. I say that since it would have to be boxed to be mailed, lol, it's about 3 inches think and weighs 2 pounds!
What fun it was to have a friendly challenge!

Stamp giveaway!

Well, here it is! Wednesday night, and like I promised, we have a winner! Really, of course, I am the winner, since I learned how to do the Random Integer Generator, of course!

Here are your random numbers:1
Timestamp: 2008-11-20 01:00:58 UTC

Well, I couldn't believe that Number 1 was a real thing, so I asked it to do it again... and a different number came up, so I think even though it seems odd for Number 1 to be it, statistically of course it is ok. Enough blabbering!

Congrats Beth!!That is some cute blog candy stamps your handing away! Take Care,Monica
November 15, 2008 8:16 PM

Monica, you are number 1! I need a mailing address from you! I'll try an find an addy in the comments stuff! Congratulations!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Beautiful Unused Stamp!

I have a baby set I have never used, and I can't tell you why not~ it had very Victorial stamps, and I love vintage and old-fashioned things, so it makes no sense as to why it has never seen ink. After I stamped it, I decided to pull the paper before I started the coloring, so I would be sure and have a match!
The paper is SEI, and I colored the image with Prisma pencils (and blended with baby oil). The first layer under the image is a solid paper that came with the stack, but the gray is SU. The little heart was cut from the Cricut cartrfge Basic Shapes, I cut Rose Red with a pice of Scor-tape on it. Then I peeled off the top cover and poured glitter on. The scor-tape works well with glitter!
Hope you like it, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blog Candy!

Well, well, well! The little counter thingy at the bottom was at 2,001 an hour ago, and while I don't know exactly what that means, I do know it is cause for celebration, and I know that celebrating means sharing good times with my friends!

So! did you know I love Inkadinkado stamps? I do!

And, did you know I love ? I shop there way too much! No, I shop there way too little, lol! Fran sent me this Inkadinkado Holiday set named Christmas Characters, to give away to you!. If you can't see the picture I took of the set, go see it here at Fran's.

Just leave me a comment here letting me know you want in, and on Wednesday November 19 I will pick a name. Be sure and check back, so I can get this to you in time for Holiday card making! I will have lots of fun seeing all of the comments!

Friday, November 14, 2008

November PTI Guest Star Stamper

For some reason I had no energy this week to pull off an intricate GSS entry, so made do with some 'just playing around' cards. I like the card with Ocean Tides on Stampers Select with lots of glitter and bling best~ since all snowflakes are different, all of mine are too, lol!

You might not be able to see it in the photo, but I sponged glue from a glue pad onto the tag just like you would ink. Then I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds from SU all around, and it looks so nice!! The snowflakes are from Snowfall and Snowfall Additions, and the tag is from the 2008 Tag Collection.

PapertreyInk Release Night!!

In case you hadn't realized by now, I am a big Papertrey fan. There is an event tonight I have been waiting a long time for~ a soft baby blue PTI card stock!! This might not be earth shaking for you, but for a person who makes about 20 baby boy cards per month, it's a huge event!! To celebrate, I made a couple of baby boy cards! You can see the new paper and sets here at midnight tonight!!

The first is a CASE from eggette on the PTI forum, you can see hers here. (I'll add that link when I figure out where her card really is...) I used Spring Moss as my base, Everyday Blessings patterned paper, and a layer of Aqua Mist under the duckies. The stamps came from Bitty Baby Blessings, of course. I drew in the teensy waves. The ribbon is Spring Moss Dotted Swiss, and the little charm came from Michaels in the baby shower section. there were about 20 of them in the package for $1.99! eggette said she was glad she bought the set- well, I'm glad she did, too!!

The second case is from I don't remember who, but I'll post it as soon as I find it again ETA: Sankada on PTI's forum says it looks suspiciouly familiar, lol! Thing is, neither she nor I can find the card! I had it on my screen days ago, now it's gone! If you have seen her lost card, lol, let me know so I can link to it! It may have been in the May GSS entries, but my little 'puter can't open that gallery... Now I have it! Sandy's is here!
~ PTI's Stampers Select is my base, the CB folder was run onto Spring Moss, then the Bitty Baby Blessings paper was cut and punched for the layers. The baby is from Stampin' Up!, and his jammies are paper pieced from the Everyday blessings paper. Sweet Baby is from PTI's Mixed messages~ it's punched out with SU's smallest oval punch. I drew in the edges to match the PTI Borders and corners Square doodles that are around the baby. Not sure where those little brads came from, they are about half the usual size. Ribbons are Aqua Mist twill and Spring Moss twill and Swiss Dots.

It's 6 pm ET, and I sit here at my computer keeping my fingers crossed -with my credit card stuck in them, too- that my dial up will let me stay on tonight. I've been tossed on and off all day today since it's raining, lol!! I eagerly await tonight's PTI release!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Way Out of the Box!

There is a mathematical term, I think, for when 3 lines come together at one point. That's what happened on my table last night. 3 things came together:

I got a box from Frantic Stamper, one of my favorite stores to shop at. In the box were some free pieces of paper, that's where the orange paper and white ribbon came from. I unpacked the box on the table last night. In a recent card crafts magazine were 3 kits to make cards, that's where the pink and polka dotted layers came from. Those pieces were beside the bed until last night. I was so tired of making baby cards, my muse went out the window so I started to organize things instead of create. Sitting in the 'what to do with?' pile was a card base that I had scored for Papertrey's Score Lines Blog Hop months ago; it never went anywhere-literally. The pieces of paper fluttered together, they looked like one of the Casual Midweek Challenges on Papertrey's forum, and Voila! An orange and pink baby card was born.

Stamps are SU's Everything Baby and Inkadinkado Brenda Walton Baby Girl. Card base and piece of twill along the edge (to hide a cutting boo-boo-) are Papertrey's Lavender Moon. Fruit Punch Stickles on the Marvy Punched sentiment oval. The little white brad-less brad tops are from Joann's dollar stuff, I've got to get some more of those!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Zebra Baby

Got a call out of the blue today, about 2:30 in the afternoon. It was Frank, from the ISP, telling us our Internet connection was defunct. Now, I hadn't called them, they called me~ he gave us a new number, and all was well with the world. Oh my, the poor folks at this tiny service provider! Turns out Verizon did away with the 1-500 free number. Verizon left the state a year ago, my bill goes to Fairpoint, and I have no idea how these things work! But yeah to the guy in Northern Maine who called and got me back on line!

About a year ago I saw a card on line that used the stripe from SU's Background Sampler and Zoofari. I bought both, and have used them some, but the card I saw has been floating m=in my brain~ but do you think I can remember where I saw it, or what it looked like? No, of course not! I know it had lots of layers, and I have to keep the cards for the hospital simple, so this will do!

CS is SU's Baha Breeze, stamped in Chocolate Chip using the stripe and also Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics. I colored the zebra using a blender pen and Baha Breeze ink. The dark brown frame is an unknown paper, but a deeper brown than either SU's or PTI's. The Baby Boy chipboard piece is from my 'toss it in there and maybe you will use it someday' bin.

Having Computer Issues!

Sorry all, for some reason the 'puter won't log us on... how frustrating is that?!? We will call the help center as soon as they open, which is 4 pm ET. Don't laugh, the internet service we use costs us $6.95/month. all the money you are spending on cable I am buying stamps and papers and embellishments with!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Last week on Papertrey Natasha (Tashers) posted the sweetest baby card you have ever seen! You can see her card here. I am late getting my 40 to the hospital this month, so I need to do 2 of everything I make this week.

The stamp set is bitty Baby Blessings, stamped on Stampers Select with Summer sunrise. I colored in the ducks with watercolor crayons, I have one from NeoColor that matches quite well. They were layered with Summer Sunrise and Lemon Tart with Marvy punches. The square card also uses last years SU In Color blue which is now unavailable, but listen to this!

Papertrey will be releasing a baby blue color named Spring Rain on Friday night! You can see the sneak peek on Nicholes blog here~ If you know about my baby card making, then you know how excited I am!

Back to the cards- the card with the oval medallion uses Summer Sunrise Dotted
Swiss ribbon, and some small Jesse James heart buttons. The square duck card uses teensy buttons.

Sweet! Special thanks to Tashers for this inspiration!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm back from Baltimore! We had some fun, but had some disappointments, too. There were far fewer vendors at the Knitting show, we saw nothing that made us chatter the whole way home. When we went to get the envelopes and dream about all kinds of card stock, the warehouse was empty, and the phone number on the door didn't work- darn! It cut Saturday short, so I was back in Maine by 11 pm Saturday night- that was last night, lol, and now that I think about that 48 hour trip, lol, I know why I have only made 4 cards so far today!

This is the PTI Casual Midweek Challenge #20~ I think I am up to the middle of August, lol... it was a sketch challenge; you can see the challenge here
I used PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings paper and stamp set, as well as Plum Pudding and Spring Moss cs. I stamped the SU baby and PTI carriage in Palette Noir ink, then colored with Neo Color watercolor crayons. Little flower brads are on the carriage wheels. Dew Drops finish it off!
Funny, Dew Drops are an embellishment I rarely get out, and often don't feel good about how they look. I don't like the bubbles they have, and find it frustrating finding similar sizes and colors. Still, when they work, they look good!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just to make you jealous!

I'm so glad the 'schedule post' worked! I have no posts for today- Saturday- but I hope to be home on Sunday to create a little and post something by Sunday evening. I know, Iknow, I should really be thinking about Guest Star Stamper, but I haven't started said thinking yet!

Today I am up early, to get to the QuickPick paper warehouse~ have you ever been to a warehouse of envelopes?? Swoon Swoon After that it will be to a Joanns Superstore we found, then up to Cranberry New Jersey to the Utrecht Art outlet store. Utrecht is the online site where I buy Prisma markers and pencils. I think I own almost every single pencil made, but hope to get some individual markers and maybe see some different kinds of watercolor crayons that can be bought individually.

Stay warm and dry, and I'll talk to you Sunday!

Friday, November 7, 2008

A Patriotic Christmas!

Not sure why, but I think I must be feeling patriotic or something!

This card needs an explanation~ my SIL works for a company that does a lot of shipping in decorated boxes. She is in charge of those filled, decorated boxes. At the moment they are getting rid of all of last years decorated boxes and bows and what have you to make way for the bajillion boxes of this years. Last years were a combo of Ripe Avocado and Pure Poppy, believe it or not! The piece you see laying flat is a cut out box wrapper. The box it wrapped was about 3 inches square, and so the wrapper has score lines at the 3 inch points- make sense? I got about 6 or so of these wrappers, and wondered what to do with them!

Here's the result! I cut the squares apart, to get rid of the score line (that's why the ribbon runs across the middle). Layered it on Pure Poppy, tied it with Pure Poppy Dotted Swiss, then layered it on the PTI Blue metallic. 1, 2, 3, easy as pie! Makes me want to buy the other Marvy punches and make my own snowflake paper, lol!

Claire, I think I will make my SIL a square candle wrap, lol, I know you would!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Going Away with Wool!


Every year my VBF and I go away to Stitches East, a yarn festival. For the past 10 years or so we have knit matching sweaters to wear. In a couple of hours we will get in the car to get our chubby little bodies down to Baltimore Maryland, and tomorrow we will wander the aisles patting all of the skeins of yarn and dreaming of which sweater we will knit in the coming year.

This year we knit a slip stitch pattern, but had no size pattern to go by; we sort of created it as we went. I had to use my sewing machine and cut off hunks of knitting, lol, to have mine fit the way I wanted. I used 5 different brands and colors of thinner worsted weight yarn, plus black. the majority of the yarn is Blue Faced Leister.

A close up of the closure, but a bad photo. The corners of the collar are turned back forming a triangle. At the bottom of the triangle is a brushed silver closure, and the sweater hangs open all of the way down. That way, when you eat too much, your belly can bulge out and not be stopped by the sweater! lol lol lol.
So! Off we go- I'll be back the middle of the night Saturday night, so won't post again until Sunday. Enjoy your weekend!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Soft and Sweet

I had little snippets of paper and ribbon sitting on the table, and they all floated together to create 2 cards- I just needed the right stamps!
Both cards used images from Stampin' Up!'s Soft & Sweet. Soft & Sweet is a set I rarely use, and had actually pulled it out and put it in a pile of ' to discard'. I made two cards from the set today, but I still think I will sell the set!

The baby image is the reason I bought the set, but have rarely used it. Today I did minimal coloring, using SU's watercolor crayons Pretty in Pink and Apricot Appeal. The dotted ribbon is one I have had forever, but which never seems to work because the dots are so far apart- today I just accepted it's limitations- I need to use up some of these ribbons! There is a snippet of Apricot Appeal 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon tied onto the polka dot. 5 brads from the Soft Subtles set finish it off! The Cute As Can Be stamp is from Hero Arts.
I colored the bear with Prisma pencils and baby oil. The papers are from large Craft stores, but are in such small pieces I don't know who made them. The card base is PapertreyInk's Stampers Select, the green ribbon is SU's certainly celery, and the pink dotted organdy is from Joannes. The organdy piece was about 2 inches long, so I folded it in the middle, then set it on the 3 inch piece of grosgrain and just knotted the grosgrain over the organdy. I love it when all the little pieces come together as another card!

While I like how these cards came out, I still need to make room! If you want to buy Soft & Sweet from me, cost is $15.00, I'll pay shipping.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Will test a delayed post!

Sometimes others just don't see things the way we do, KWIM? The card above has the baby pony image laid over what I redid. Al did the cutest little baby card, but the nurses left it in the bag when they told me they had no more girl cards to use. when I opened the drawer, I kinda could see why- the stork brought a baby horse to a mom?!? I guess if you didn't grow up with horses, or have them in your life, you might not see the relationship, lol- so home it came, and I redid it to have the stork bring a baby human, lol!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Boy birdie

Oh wait, the birdie isn't a boy, of course... well wait, I guess it could be a daddy guarding the nest... Ok, post rename: Bluebird Baby boy card- ha!

I cased this card from whoistracy over on Papertrey's forum. She cut out the bird but I couldn't figure out how my hands were going to preserve the beak... and I needed to do the CMWC # 19, so this card was born!!

The card and layer are PTI's Stampers Select cs, the blue cs and ribbon are SU's new Pacific Point. The bird from PTI's Birds of a Feather set is stamped in Palette's Beaux Arts Blue ink, the nest is Versafine Sepia, and the eggs are PTI's Ocean Tides.

He just called me to dinner, so I'll just say the rest should be obvious, lol!

Will test a delayed post!

I have a post scheduled for Monday 0600- we'll see!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Buggies and Booties

Lucky for me, I had some images stamped out before I ruined my Versafine ink pad. This image is from Stampin' Up!'s Buggies & Booties set. It's funny that the images are in the same style as the images from Soft and Sweet, but I love Buggies & Booties but do not love Soft & Sweet. I'm just a fickle woman, I guess!

Other than the water coloring (done with SU's soft Subtles WC crayons), this is a 5 minute card. The papers are Basic Grey Sugared 6 x 6 pad. the pink scalloped oval paper is from an unknown maker. The image is sponged with a combination of Papertrey's Ripe Avocado and SU's Old Olive. If I did it again I would used Papertrey's Spring Moss to start- my final green is a little more vibrant than the BG green paper. The ribbon is Papertrey's Sweet blush satin. I cut the ribbon hole by hand with a knife. There are little half pearls on the bottom right edge- and that's it!!

Coming and Going~

I am so computer illiterate- I wish I had things figured out. I have a stat counter, and look at the summaries every now and then, but I still don't exactly know what it means. I wonder if anyone comes to my blog daily, looking for new things. How egotistical is that?? Still, i thought just in case, I would explain some things:

I work nights, and it exhausts me- I try and string them together so that I get a string of nights off in a row. this means that once a week there will be 3 days where I probably won't post anything. it just means I am spending some time making money so I can buy some new things!

While some people go to their space daily and do one thing, I do not. I go to my space daily, and usually create nothing. Really. Then, about once a week, in one span of a few hours, things will come cranking out a million miles an hour. Well, maybe not that fast, it depends on if I, drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Today I made 7 cards in 4 hours-all different. One went in the trash (see the post below!), so that makes 6. is it better to post one or two at a time? I have no idea- if you have read this far and have an opinion, let me know!

A Comedy of Errors~

Well, now, that's a contradiction in terms, isn't it?!? Believe me, as these errors were unfolding, I wasn't laughing! I am doing baby cards this weekend (10 is my goal for Saturday and Sunday until I head to work Sunday night).
I use Archival Ink Jet Black a lot, but only on alcohol inked backgrounds. It's not a dark black ink, but it doesn't smudge or smear on my alcohol backgrounds. That's odd, because it does smudge and smear on paper. So, I can't use it to watercolor or cut out. It was getting dry, so I bought a refiller, came home and started to pour it on the pad. Ack! I was just about done refilling my pad when I realized I had put the Archival ink onto my Versafine Onyx Black pad. Ack! again! I consider Versafine Onyx Black the perfect ink for me; it dries quickly, doesn't smudge, and doesn't smear when I watercolor or use oil. Oh blah! Now I have spoilt my ink pad, and I don't have another. Dang. Well, I might as well bite the bullet and use it, I say to myself. Maybe I will be surprised!


Well, I tried- and it wasn't going too badly, until I went to cut out my image, and poof! the upper right corner diappeared! I have no idea how I did that, but I found the intsy 'ittle corner on the table top, so thought I could glue it down after I glued down the main image. It worked swell until I pounfed it down and rubbed with my finger...amd you guessed it... smudged the entire right corner. Sheesh. Had to start over, this time using Pallette Noir-

This is probably the longest it's ever taken me to do a PTI CMWC- 3 months and 3 hours!