Saturday, April 21, 2007
I have 4 packages on the way with tons of fabulous goodies. One from TAC, one from Stampin' Up, one from ebay, and one from a craft company that was having a sale online. I'm impatiently waiting to play with all my stuff. In the meantime, I'm exploring outside my style again. I found this paper by DaisyD. It reminds me of a surfer style and it's not normally me, but I like how the cards turned out.

I found this layout here:
and wanted to try it out.

This dragonfly (by Denami Designs) is quickly becoming my favorite stamp. So I paired it with my favorite sentiment. The sentiment is by TAC and says, "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." I used Daisy D paper again. The green dragonflies were stamped in Certainly Celery and colored with chalks. The blue dragonfly was stamped with Brilliance pearlescent blue; colored in with a Sakura gel pen; then put a 3d glaze on top of that. I added the ribbon and the eyelets for finishing touches.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I wanted to try a style that doesn't quite look like mine. I checked out my favorite stamping site and focused on fabulous cards that I wouldn't normally be drawn to. Afterwards I had enough crafting mojo to create this:

Surprisingly, I like how it turned out. The depressing thing was that I didn't actually stamp anything. The peach background is a cuttlebug embossing folder. The flowers were dies from the cuttlebug. The sparkly dots are from a Sakura gel pen. The white dots are from my new Souffle pens (which I am really starting to love - they give a different texture). The happy birthday cuttlebugged background was distressed with sandpaper and then I used direct to paper with a Brilliance pearlescent inkpad (if you can't tell - LOVE those inkpads). The brown flow-feeling designer paper is Cosmo Cricket. It's my favorite paper and I only had a small strip left. Enough to use for this card.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
If you haven't been yet, run, don't walk to your Target Dollar Spot. LOVE the Dollar Spot. I went this past weekend and it was like falling in love all over again. So when I went this past weekend I filled my cart with buckets and plain black picture frames. This is what I've been doing to my picture frames:

My favorite so far is the black one. I still have more to alter since I pretty much wiped my Target out of their black picture frames. ;) Oh happy days.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007
First, the card. The backstory of this: for months I've been looking for stamps that I could use for a lifebook. We're adopting from Viet Nam and a lifebook is very important. I wanted to find stamps that I could use in putting together the pages. No such luck so far. Until yesterday, on a whim, I went to a small neighborhood scrapbook/stamp store. I found these two stamps: a dragonfly and a sentiment stamp that says, "I'll love you until the day after forever." They're not meant specifically for adoption, but they'll be cute to use. And, of course, I had to play with my new goodies. . .

And in other jump up and down news, my husband and I both received bonuses at work (we work for the same company) for a job well done. So I have $350 to spend on stamping goodies! Hooray! I want to buy some big items that I wouldn't purchase before because they were too expensive. The first thing I thought of was a cuttlebug alphabet. I couldn't justify spending $80 on an alpha set before. But I'll splurge. This shopping spree will be so much fun.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I'm having a good crafting mojo week. I have bursts of time where I'm just "in the zone" craft-wise. And other times, not so much - but we won't talk about that. ;p I love these times where I could just craft all day long and ideas just keep coming. It's fun.

I found this super cute flower at Walmart today - a pack of 2 for less than $1. Of course, I had to get it, and I had to use it tonight. The background is Pretty in Pink (SU) stamped with Crosshatch Background (SU), "wish" (SU), and a candle (TAC). The crosshatch was stamped with Brilliance pearlescent Orchid. Wish and the candle were stamped with Baroque Burgundy (SU). On top of that I layered a designer paper (the company name is escaping me right now), which is punched with a corner punch that is wrapped in ribbon, and a circle punch - to reveal the wish and candle. And, of course, there is that nifty flower!

I did a father's day card for my grandfather last year that I really liked. You can see it here. I decided to revisit that design and wanted to see if I could improve on it. This is what I came up with. I stamped Artifacts (SU) randomly with Brilliance pearescent Rust. I sponged Brocade Blue, Not Quite Navy, and Chocolate Chip on it, and used Creamy Caramel for the edges (all inks SU). I added a blue ribbon and a vellum layer (with Birthday Wishes (SU) and Chocolate Chip on the edges). All of this is layered on Basic Grey designer paper.

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Monday, April 09, 2007
For the past two years I've been on the fence about doing craft fairs. I'm finally taking a giant jump into the world of craft fairs. Well, I'm at least dipping my toes in. There's one in the next town over that I'll be signing up to do. It's in July and has fairly good traffic. It's not too huge for me to be over the top intimidated, but it's not too small that I won't get enough people looking at my stuff. If this goes well then I'll do more craft fairs in the winter. I already have a growing collection of cards that I can sell. And I'm starting on the other stuff. Here is the first of many. A coaster.

The angel is Penny Black, the corner swirls are TAC. I stamped it with Staz-on Black, then colored with Sharpies.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007
I've spent most of our Spring Break crafting (and spending time with my daughter and husband, of course), and that makes me happy.
I wanted to do two things tonight - use my Brilliance Moonlight White ink on a transparency, and play with my new Basic Grey paper(s).

I stamped the Deco Designs flower (TAC) - my favorite stamp at the moment - with Brilliance Moonlight White on a transparency. I layered that on Basic Black (SU) and put little lines all the way around the black layer with a Sakura gel pen. I added white eyelets to the top and a big blue paper flower to the bottom (attached with a brad). It is layered on Pretty in Pink (SU). The back layer is Basic Grey paper on pink.

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Friday, April 06, 2007
I always loved the overlay soft look vellum can give to a piece. Here's me trying to create that.

I've had the birthday cuttlebug embossing folder for months and had yet to use it. After running it through my cuttlebug I lightly inked it with Brilliance pearlescent Orchid (I LOVE the Brilliance pearescent inks - they are wonderful!!). The flowers are TAC; I colored them in with chalk and then added a 3D glaze on top. So they're all shiny in real life. The vellum layer (attached with purple flower brads) is stippled with a brown making memories ink, then I stamped the SU sentiment in the center with Elegant Eggplant.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I made Easter baskets for my coworkers. Today was our last day at work before Spring Break. I got the idea from Beate's blog. She did an awesome tutorial on making these Easter baskets (you can find it here). They were really simple to do and turned out super cute.

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