Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another bunny!

Yes, I've been busy today. The old creative juices are flowing today, that's for sure. Most times I can't think of a single card to make, and yet today, I've made 4 or 5 cards. Geez. This is another cute bunny from the Lucky Bunny set. These bunnies are just too cute! Did I mention this set is on sale right now?

Summer is coming, I'm sure of it!

Here are a few more cards made with the Eat Cake Graphics images. When I decide which images to use for a card, I always stamp extra images. I use those extra images to practice color choices and shading. These two cards were made with a few of the extra images I used from the previous post. I think this little guy is supposed to be wearing floaties and I somehow colored him like he's wearing a t-shirt. Oh well, who really knows, huh?
This little girl reminds me of me when I was little. I had long blonde hair most of the time and I had freckles when I was younger. This sentiment is an old one from the $1 bin at Michael's. It's a colorful card, that's for sure.

Is it summer yet?

It's gorgeous outside today. About 80 degrees, I'd say. AND it's still March. You never know what you're going to get from one day to the next in Southern California. In some areas, it's still snowing, but here it's warm. Well, I am ready for summer and so I thought I'd make a card to show how much I want it.
This card uses a combo of Eat Cake Graphics and Odd Bird Planet stamps. The tree is the OBP stamp and the others are ECG, which can be found in a cute set over at PGP. The sun is a QuicKutz die colored with Copics. I colored everything with Copics. I drew in a few tufts of grass with my Copic Multiliner pen. Sentiment is from a label buddy. Quick and easy.
How was your weather today?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Another cute bunny

Yes, I do love me some of these bunnies!
This is another image from the Greeting Farm collection of stamps over at the Paper Garden Projects store.
I paper pieced this card, too. For details on how to paper piece, see previous post.
To cut the opening in the front of the card, I first adhered my background paper. Then I positioned my Nestabilities die over just the front of the card in the position I wanted and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I removed the inside cutout piece. Then I put the die, face down, on top of the front of the card and using a black felt pen, I drew around the Nesties die. This gave it a frame effect. Then I used the same Nesties die and cut out the orangy-red piece. I positioned the red piece inside the window and adhered it to the inside of the card. I paper pieced the image. I used my clear Spica pen on the gift to give it a little pizazz.
I layed some cardstock on the bottom of the card added some ribbon and a couple of sparkle brads. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and then layered it on gold and cut around it to leave a shadow color. The sentiment is pop dotted off the front.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Be Happy

Is this little guy cute, or what? I think he is just too adorable and I want to squeeze him! This cute bunny and two other bunny images along with four sentiments is part The Lucky Bunnies Cling Stamp Set currently being offered over at the Paper Garden Projects Store. The paper I used is from Basic Grey's Ambrosia collection. Isn't it gorgeous? I love the bold colors. The 6x6 pad has printed paper as well as solid sheets. It's all just so yummy. I decided to paper piece this card instead of coloring it for a change. I know, I always color, but today I felt like piecing. It's so relaxing to me to cut out pieces and glue them down. If you don't know what paper piecing is, I'll tell you. It's very simple. You stamp your image on whatever cardstock or paper you choose and then cut it out. You stamp your main image into your paper and then glue down your pieces. Simple! I cut out the gold circle with my Marvy circle punch and stamped the image so that the balloon hung over the edge. I cut the black scallop out of a Nestability die. I paper pieced the image and then adhered the circles together and used pop dots to raise the scalloped circle from the background. The background is two pieces of BG cardstock with a black ribbon adhered at the junction. I stamped the Be Happy sentiment from the stamp set on the background paper. That's it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

OBP is having an April (Fools) Sale!

Starting today, March 25th and running until April 8th,
Odd Bird Planet will be having a sale! Yahoo!
The following images will be 30% off!
This applies to either wood-mounted or unmounted stamps.
Here's the list!
Buzz and Neil #1497E
Cadet Left #1498B
Cadet Right #1499B
Helen Left #1491H
Helen Right #1493H
Lenny Left #1495A
Lenny Right #1496A
Moonrocks #149
Triton Fishbird Right #1490F
Wig Row #1494H
3 balls #1504G
Audrey Clown Right #1505E
Larry Strongbird #1500J
Merry Troupe #1508Q
Seal Left #1506G
Seal Right #1507G
3 stands #1512O
Balloon Boy Billy #1517I
Bernardina #1515G
Burnin' Ring #1510J
Charmed Charmer #1514F
Pointy Hats #1516Q
Ring Leader #1513I
Triton Fishbird Left #1519F
Audrey Clown Left #1528E
Blaster Right #1529AA
Circus Star #1527AA
Hugo Surly Bird Left #1524K
Kerry's Bomb #1523BB
Kim's Cupcake #1526BB
Lance Top Hat Bird Left #1520D
Lance Top Hat Bird Right #1521D
Reed #1522C
10 ton weight #1532A
Bar Bell #1531C
Bird Head #1535C
Blaster Left #1530AA
Cannon Left #1534A
Cannon Right #1533A
Joy Falling Squirrel Left #1538C
Joy Falling Squirrel Right #1539C
NC's Jack O' Lantern #1537C
Star Stand #1536BB
Flying Squirrel Left #1540D
Flying Squirrel Right #1541D
Nibbles Squirrel with Nut Left #1548B
Nibbles Squirrel with Nut Right #1549B
Simon Top Hat Squirrel Left #1544E
Simon Top Hat Squirrel Right #1545E
Winston Bowler Bird Left #1543I
Winston Bowler Bird Right #1542I
Woodrow Western Duckie Left #1547I
Woodrow Western Duckie Right #1546I
Chilly Winter Penguin #1554E
Clown Owl #1552B
Hugo Surly Bird Right #1551K
Kevin Royal Penguin #1555D
Leslie Party Bird #1553C
Mr Wilson Hat and Tie Bird #1559H
Nathan Flamingo Left #1557F
Nathan Flamingo Right #1558F
Petey Bowler Penguin #1550E
Priscilla Scuba Cat #1556F
Brawny Strongbird #1560H
Cherry Ice Cream #1562BB
Clown Head #1561D
Double Scoop #1563A
NC's Banner #1566D
Priscilla with Net Cat #1567J
Priscilla with Paintbrush Cat #1568F
Row of Balls #1565I
Single Scoop #1564BB
Candy Cane Tree #1387Q
So click on over to the Odd Bird Planet and scoop up a bunch of stamps.
At 30% off you can buy lots!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Winner is....

The random number generator chose blog post #5: Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers:5 Timestamp: 2009-03-23 20:55:39 UTC and the winner is Frankiesue! Sue, I'll contact you over on the 'Shack. Congratulations!! Sorry I didn't choose the winner on Sunday. I've been very sick.

Friday, March 20, 2009


I am now a designer for Paper Garden Projects! I am so honored to be a part of this design team. I mean, c'mon, have you seen the other design team members' work? Wow. Check out the beautiful work over at Mel Stampz, especially her post about her Farm Friends Chipboard Book. That paper and stamps is a winning combination! And then Tracy over at Durcan Designs. Her stuff is always uber-cute. You can miss this tutorial using the Honey Pie paper kit from Paper Garden Projects. Tracy and I have known each other for some time now, with both of us being on the Odd Bird Planet design team together. I look forward to getting to know Mel and working with her and Tracy on the Paper Garden Projects design team. "Wait!" she says, slapping her knee, typing furiously. "I almost forgot to tell you something!" The Paper Garden Projects store is having a sale! Not only that, but they have new Copics colors and they're on sale, too - 25% off! All Odd Bird Planet stamps are 25% off. I can't list everything on sale, people! Click on over and check it out for yourself. Ok, whew. I'm done now. I need to take a nap.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I have a secret

but I can't tell you until tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Wednesday and I'm Feeling Very Generous

I have been a bad blogger, so to make it up to you and to make it up to my hit counter, I'm giving away something cool. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post and tell me why you want the prize. That's it! I'll use the random number generator to choose the winner. Tell your friends! This contest will end on Sunday, March 22 at 6pm PST. For this prize, you get the card AND the pirate ship stamp by Odd Bird Planet. This is a brand new stamp valued at $16 and it is now discontinued, so this may be your last chance to get your very own pirate ship. Image size is 3.75 x 4". I made this card a long time ago following a technique I saw on the web. Here's how I made it.
  • First I took my Versamark ink and inked up the pirate ship stamp and stamped it on my background cardstock. Then I embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • Then I stamped the waves with Versamark and clear embossed it.
  • Using various colors of Radiant Rain, I dabbed colors over the clear embossed image, making it pop.
  • I cut a piece of transparency the same size as the background piece and, using my alcohol inks, dabbed on color around the edges of the transparency.
  • Placing the transparency over the background piece, I aligned the bird and the hat on his head using a stamp positioner. I stamped with Staz-On ink because I was stamping on a transparency.
  • Next I stamped the sentiment with Staz-On.
  • Working on the backside of the transparency, I used a white gel pen and colored in the white areas on the images I wanted. Since I was coloring on the back of the stamped image, I didn't have to worry about obliterating stamped lines. All I had to do was stay in the lines.
  • After all was dry, I adhered the transparency to the background piece with adhesive tape. You know, that kind that comes in roll. It has a red, peel-off backing? What's that called??
  • I matted the image and then adhered it to the card. Card size is 6x6.

Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday's Creation

I made a card today! I'm so happy. For the past few months, I start a card or two and never finish it. I've got lots of colored images, but no finished cards. That's good and bad, ya know? The stamped and embossed image on this card is one of the newest images from Odd Bird Planet. it's called Kelly's Fairy Flowers and I just love this stamp. I love flower stamps and I think this one is whimsical yet scary. They kind of remind me of Venus Flytraps even though they don't look like a Venus Flytrap. Just a bug-eating plant, I guess. Here's a close-up of the flower part of the card. I stamped the image with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I colored the image with my Copic markers. It's hard to see, but the tops of the flowers have shiny gold pen on them. I was going to use just plain Prism green cardstock, but then I found this printed paper in the stash. I think it goes just fine. Sometimes I'll choose my printed background paper first and then match my Copic colors to the paper. How do you do it? That's it for today. Wow, I posted two days in a row! What will happen next?! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Some color on this dreary Monday

Yes, I know I haven't blogged in a long, long time. I've been in a crafting funk, but I hope to be back at it soon.
This past weekend, John and I went to Peoria, Arizona to watch the San Diego Padres at Spring Training. It was a super fun weekend. More pictures of that later, but this is a quick post to show you something other than baseball. Yes, John, there is life before/during/after baseball!
We did so many things in three days. My feet are still tired from all the walking around. One of the free things we did, was go to the Southwest Home and Garden Show at the University of Phoenix Stadium. For you non-sporties, that is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. I think it is a very ugly stadium. It looks like the foil part of Jiffy Pop with it's all popped out. Yes, it's silver and puffy. I think the most fascinating thing about the stadium is that they roll the football field in and out of the stadium. They roll it outside to get sunshine and water and before game time, they roll it back in. Yes, the whole football field is on rollers. Isn't that cool?? Ok, so on to the picture. As we were leaving the Home & Garden Show, I stopped into the ladies room and the colors that met my eyes!! Check it out:
The one girl in the bathroom thought I was crazy to be taking pictures of bathroom stalls, but they are pretty, aren't they? Tell me they are. Please. Just so I don't keep thinking I'm some kind of nut. Well, I know THAT, but you know what I mean....
So, after the garden show, we went across the street to the giant Cabela's store. If you don't know what Cabela's is, it is a HUMONGOUS sporting goods store. This store has a museum AND an aquarium inside along with tons of stuffed (taxidermied) animals. Like big animals. Like MOOSE and ANTELOPES! More pics later. If you can't find your sport in Cabela's, then you made it up. Amazing store. Out front of the store, they had all these kayaks hanging and I thought they looked pretty cool:
So that's it for today sports fans. See you later in the week for some actual crafting. Thanks for stopping by today.