Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stamping in the 3rd Dimension

Okay - maybe it's not as dramatic as it sounds... I wanted you to imagine some Star Trekkie stamping fusion that altered the space-time continuum.

BUT - it's cool.

I love doing altered items, but I don't enjoy:
  • Trying to line things up straight, as that is not one of my spiritual gifts
  • Wrapping paper around round tins because it always gets a little off and then the adhesive is already eternal and you rip it off, cuss, throw everything away and decide that people don't really need presents anyway
So, imagine how thrilled I was to successfully master the stamp-space continuum with the help of a Fiskars Easy stamp press and some so-much-easier-than-paper Sticky Back Canvas!

Now if you're like me, you sometimes buy new toys and neglect them, which is what I did with all these things. But then, when I found them all in a little pile together - VOILA - a stampy epiphany occurs! In this case, I altered a tea can and filled it with crafty goodies.
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Provence alphabet and Fall on me) Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa Brown Paper: Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas Accessories: Golden Fluid Acrylics (Pthalo Blue, Green Gold), Fiskars Easy Stamp Press, blank tea can

It was so cool I had to get it on film. I know - two tutorials in a row - pigs are probably flying around outside right now. Don't get used to it!! :)

But here's the video PROOF that I have actually played with some of the things I've bought. Click here if you don't see the player. And after you watch it - create art! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010



I had some technology issues this week that made me feel a little....

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Drucilla & sentiments Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brocade Blue and Basic Grey patterned paper Accessories: SU label punch, glitter brads and pearls, Copic Markers, Corner Chomper

Pin pokey voodoo girly!! hehe..

Thanks to my Kraftin' Kimmie voodoo doll though, they have been resolved and I'm back in business, and happy to be blogging.

I made this card for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #47 today, which was to use purple, green and orange. A purrrfect warm up for Halloween, and my oh my doesn't it look sassy on little Drucilla??!! I love her sassy brand of voodoo..

The little voodoo pins I embellished with my teeny SU! pearls and they look so cute and real!
Maybe you shouldn't have been so bad little voodoo doll!

I used purple, orange and green glitter brads - yes, I stopped hoarding them for this card - and they are so sparkly and fun!

I made the layers all wonky because I feel like where Drucilla goes, chaos follows!! :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bodies in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion

And bodies at rest tend to stay at rest.

Yes, it's true. I have finally found an application for stupid physics.


These little phrases are so poetic! How about - for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Beautiful!

If only those physics classes had been about beautiful language and not stupid made up numbers and equations, then I could have absorbed a few things!

Instead, that pretty singsong phrase popped into my head when I saw this little body in motion.

The gymnastics when you throw a mouse defy all those laws of physics anyway.

Oh - that reminds me. There was a fun feline challenge for Teapot Tuesday that gave me a chance to bust a move with some new toys - my eyelet nesties, (my addiction to these I blame 100% on Chriss) and my SASSTASTIC new Coffee, Tea or Meow set from the Cat's Pajamas! Stamps: TCP Coffee, Tea or Meow Ink: Ranger Wild Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black
: Basic Grey, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
: Nestabilities, MFT ribbon,
Tasteful Trim Die, Spellbinders Wizard, Big Shot

What are you stamping? I have been playing with the new Letterpress Plates for the Big Shot and I'm in love! I have a review for you coming up! Who is working on Christmas cards? Who just screamed when I asked that? :)

I haven't updated the Blue List in a while and I wanted to add some things I've been loving lately.

This mango limeade.
This AMAZING, 100% dry, not stinky tinted sunscreen
This all natural non-toxic colored pencil blending solution
This "crack for cats" supplement the beasts go nuts for (good for finding hiding animals)
These fluid acrylics you can mix with water and get beautiful saturated color and transparency.
These crazy delicious mixes.

And you of course :)


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lazy Stamping - can you dig it?

I'm a lazy stamper. So what? Maybe you're a lazy stamper and you appreciate that in a blogger. Maybe you're NOT lazy, but you want to be so that you can have more time for vampire movies or something.

Regardless of which category you fall into, I think you'll enjoy my lazy technique today. I used it to color my adorable little creature on this card - and it's so quick and easy you'll just start coloring everything that isn't moving!Stamps: Doodle Factory Creatures II Ink: Memento Paper: Basic Grey, Crumb Cake,
Accessories: Tim Holtz die, SU Label Punch, Webster's Pages trim.

I did not invent this technique, but I sure enjoy the heck out of it! I call it Copic palette blending, and it involves... well, you'll just have to watch the video!

Ingredients required? An image stamped with Memento ink, two Copic markers, a non-porous surface and some serious laziness. So enjoy!

If you don't see a video player above this sentence, click here to view.

I hope you're having a cool, lazy weekend!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If de Lights Goes Out...

Ack. Just typing that makes me all teary.

*Deep breath*

Marilyn Monroe said, "If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything."

That's certainly true for me.

And Ginger Miluk makes me laugh.

I don't know how I got lucky enough to live in the age of electronic miracles that can connect people (and their irreverent and opinionated ginger cats :)) halfway around the world, but I sure am glad I did.

If de lights go out, I sure will miss my Ginger Miluk. So much. You make me laugh, sweet friend.

I made you a card.
Stamps: Backlit Blooms, Starving Artistamps Ink: Crumb Cake Paper: Crumb Cake, Newsprint
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Prismacolor Premier .005, MFT Striped ribbon, Corner Chomper

I used this sketch, and a little ginger and white.


Sunday, September 12, 2010


So yesterday I went to Fort Worth for Stampin' Up! Regionals! It was amazingly amazing as per usual. I learned SO many fantastic tips I can't wait to share with you! That's what I love most about stamping events - the simple little tricks that keep the wonder in our hobby.

I'm headed to CKC San Marcos next weekend with DarthSunshine and my friends at Technique Tuesday and I can't WAIT!

It's a very stampy month.

Now, the drive up, although I left at 5 AM, was uneventful. I saw a beautiful sunrise, went to my fave non-Austin Starbucks in Temple and was fairly alone on the road.

The way BACK, however - another story.

I get out of Ft. Worth and hit the I-35 corridor with an assortment of long haul truckers (one of whom was eating a bowl of soup), drug dealers, serial killers, and people playing video games. And yet, it was safe and orderly.


I forget, when I leave town for the day, how completely bizarrely Austinites drive. It's quite terrifying to strangers, and sometimes even residents.

I hit the city limits, and all the sudden people drive like ... well, imagine this.

Take a one eyed marmoset. Liquor him all up with moonshine. Shave his butt. Sit him in a big bucket of habanero extract. Put him behind the wheel.

That's kind of how we roll in A-town.


Don't believe me? Well... you have two choices. Come here and see the one eyed hot butted drunk marmoset behavior for yourself or.. TALK TO THE TAIL! :)

Stamps: Starving Artistamps Here Kitty Kitty 3, Here Kitty Kitty sentiments
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie Ink: Basic Black Accessories: White Pencil, Webster's Pages Trim

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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears...

Backlit Blooms, Prismacolor Pencils

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh Hai

Oh hai.

I've been battling kitty hurricane brain this week.

The symptoms of hurricane brain are as follows:

  • Extreme howling
  • Eating like pigs
  • Randomly eating things like whole feathers, after running under the bed with said feather so that we can't extract feather prior to it being eaten
  • Trying to kill one's little kitteh self by jumping up and hitting one's furry face on the blinds and then walking around with one eye closed like a cat pirate for two days
  • Shooting off like a rocket from a complete sleeping state and bouncing around the house like a ping pong ball
  • Hurdling your sister while she's running around in the throes of hurricane brain
  • Jumping from the floor into an open cabinet full of glassware silently while your owner isn't looking so that when she turns around and sees you she screams and drops a coffee cup
  • Screamsqueaking at the window when you know we can't open it because we're getting 5 inches of rain an hour.
  • Screamsqueaking all night during the worst part of the storm and then collapsing, like on my card below, the second your servant's alarm goes off for work
This card was for the Starving Artistamps sketch this month, which, if you wanna play, might win you some stuff! Like, for example, the new Backlit Blooms - I LOVE these and just got my paws on them today, so stay tuned for pretties. they are gorgeous. I'll be using my Blended Pencil technique for SURE. I think I love the sentiments even more - they're big and bold and have a great font.

The background paper is Basic Grey's Basics White collection, which I adore!! Then I used my new Technique Tuesday Main Street alphabet and my Fiskar's Stamp Press together and I'm in LOVE! I'll be doing a tutorial on this later this month so you can see why.

The bad hurricane brained kitteh is from Here Kitty Kitty 1

The daisy is one of the Stampin' Up! Paper Daisies, colored with Copics, and accented with SU! Rhinestones.

The ribbon is from My Favorite Things, which came in my September VIP kit with that fabby notepaper die.

It's almost the weekend already! What the heck? These short weeks are strange...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Tour of Some Random Thoughts

Here are some of my random thought moments over the last few days...
  • We have makeup to cover up our freckles, but why hasn't someone invented a makeup that GIVES you freckles?
  • What are the odds that someone named Hannibal would be a Cannibal?
  • Someone should open a chain of safe places to sell things to avoid the crazy people on Craigslist. Just an office with a security guard and cameras where you can bring your stuff and safely sell it without leading the crazies to your house.
  • What if we banned all advertising, signs and campaign contributions and politicians had to actually meet their constituents and make their case PERSONALLY?
  • Poetry readings were rapping before rapping was cool.
  • Why don't we have those soundwave thingies the OTHERS put up on LOST that make scary Russians fall down and writhe around all helpless? I can think of tons of applications for that.
  • I think the undiscovered country is a battery that lasts more than an hour.
I've been trapped inside by the stupid hurricane this week, so I'm feeling more random than normal. I'm also in need of some COLOR.

This was a fun card to make. It was a color challenge for VSN, and you know I love complementary colors, so I enjoyed this one.

The panel the flower is on is actually colored with Copics to match the Summer Sun card base. It started out as a piece of white X-Press It blending card. Then I colored the flower from Every Moment and the background and rounded the corners. The trim is from the new Tasteful Trim Big Shot die which I ADORE. In the vertical piece I punched holes in the center of each oval shape for a little more interest.

The greeting is stamped on some retired DSP and punched with the decorative label punch.

Is this a crazy week with the holiday or what? I don't know what day it is!

I'm headed to Fort Worth Saturday for Regionals - are you gonna be there?

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Am I My Finger's Keeper?

So I see this scene at Starbuck's yesterday that was a life changing moment for the people involved. I was on my second stop there at the end of my walk, and I was sitting right near the door waiting for my smoothie. I'm half watching this angelic little girl in a lavender tutu, fresh from the dance studio two doors down.

She's teeny - as young as you could possibly be and be enrolled in a ballet class and she's beautiful, as is her mother. I still have Harry Potter playing on my Ipod so the first time she yells OW I don't hear her. But in what seemed like a slow motion sequence from a movie, I notice the second sound, and turn my head, and I see that she had her finger in the hinge side of the door, and that the door is now completely closed.

It was like I was underwater with her mom. Both of us jump for the door in painful slowness and free her finger. I go to get ice, but before I go, I see the girl looking at her mother with this accusation on her face.

She is MAD and confused and clearly attributes the injury to her mother not preventing her from playing with the door, not stopping as it closed, or maybe not being able to control gravity. You could see on her face for just a second that she didn't understand why her mother had not controlled destiny just then, and not too long after, after we convinced her to put ice on it (not a good move, in her opinion, by the way) you could see on her face that she understood that maybe she was responsible.

Her mom finally says "Honey, you can't put your fingers in the door" and, sadly, she gets it. Ow. That hurt. My mom didn't save me. Shoot - is this MY deal? Am I going to have to watch out for my fingers now? My mom used to watch out for my fingers. WTH? This stinks. I don't like growing up.

And then, still crying, she hugs her mom so tightly I swear I hear her neck crack.
The whole thing probably took one minute. Maybe two. And her finger was fine. Kids are tough.

But it was pretty amazing watching a little teeny human figure out, maybe for the first time, that she was going to be her finger's keeper at some point. It was sweet and sad at the same time. None of us probably remember that happening to ourselves, but I think I will always remember it happening to this little girl.

Stamps: Notably Ornate, Unity Greeting Ink: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay Paper: Whisper White, Vellum, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Webster's Pages Ribbon Trim, MFT Die-Namics Scallop Die, Corner Chomper, Circle Punch 1.75", Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot
(Stampin' Up! Supplies available here.)

If I knew who she was, I'd send her this card, but I don't.

So instead, I will give one of you the 25 free Unity stamps from Friends with Flair Friday!

There were 73 comments - 72 here and one sweet lady who posted on Facebook because she couldn't leave a comment here. Random.org picked lucky #38!
So jmahugger - please email me your address so Unity can send you your goodies.

And people - watch your fingers....


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Friday, September 3, 2010

{all you need}

... is love.

Well, and quite possibly the Bananas Foster Hagen Dazs Ice Cream I just discovered.


But love is good too :)

So are owls.

So is Friends with Flair Friday! I have been longing to play with my August kit of the month goodies and I finally got to. I know, it's September! But it's just as cute, right??

I had SOOO much fun making this card. First, I was inspired by Julia's Ways to Use It Challenge, which was to use one sheet of paper. I had to make every paper element on the card from one piece of paper, and let me tell you, this was an awesome challenge. The card base is easy - that's half the sheet. But then I needed some FLAIR for Friends with Flair! :)

So I took a strip of the remainder and used my new MFT Die-Namics die to make the notepaper edge, except after I looked at the notepaper edge, I noticed how cute the opposite shape was too, so I used that. I sprayed it with Smooch Spritz (River Mossy) to make it all blue and glittery. Then, because I loved that look so much I punched some hearts out and sprayed them too.
I stuck them in between the diamonds I stamped the little border with in Cajun Craze. I stamped and colored the owl with Copics, and I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on another strip to make a wood grain background behind the owl. The greeting and heart from the set are also in Cajun Craze.

So when I was done making my Just One Sheet card, I was left with this. I think I was pretty efficient!I was so efficient that I think it gave me good luck....

Or wait - did it give YOU good luck? I think it's you!! Because it just so happens I'm in possession of the magic blinkie that is going to win one of you TONS of free stamps! WHEE!!

Unity Flair!

I will do a random drawing on Saturday from my commenters and my lucky winner gets 25 Unity Stamps! Yipee! Congrats in advance.

And remember. Besides stamps - all you need is love :)

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How to Be a Nice Person, by FedEx

Why is it that you always have to run out right when you're expecting a delivery that has to be signed for? *sigh* It never fails.

That happened to me yesterday. I was having compatibility problems with my old computer monitor (and when I say old, I mean, like older than Larry King). So I ordered a new one with my Great Rewards gift card. The great thing about being Dell's neighbor is that you don't have to wait long. If I were Michael Dell, I'd deliver some of these orders myself, just to surprise and amaze Austinites. But I guess he's not as fun as I am.

I digress.

Anyway, I had to pop out for like TWENTY MINUTES yesterday and what do you know - FedEx - too bad, so sad you lose note is stuck on my door. I was dejected.

I drooped around the house until about 5:30, when my doorbell rang. And there stood my FedEx guy. I almost hugged him. I screamed "YOU'RE BACK!!!!" at which point I think he was scared but he took it well. He said - "Well, I thought you might want this today."Now is there anything sweeter than that? Stopping back by at the end of the day because he knew the yelly lady might want a box that said Dell on it?

I love you FedEx guy. Thank you.

Yesterday, I had my Blended Pencil Tutorial on Splitcoast.It's a simple technique that I told you guys about here, but now there's a whole step by step tutorial here. Go check it out - I bet you already have the supplies, it's inexpensive, and it's fun & relaxing and easy!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Vanity is NOT a deadly sin...

It's just a lovely, frosty pink piece of furniture. :)Or here, anyway.

I had so much fun making this card. I used this amazing DMC thread for the phone cord that has wire in the center of it. I wrapped it around a little stick to make the coil. Remember when phone cords had that fabric on them instead of plastic? That's exactly what this looks like. And yes, I make an entire card around that phone cord!

The vanity is Doodle Factory Boudoir, that I colored with Copic markers. The wallpaper is SU! Sending Love DSP. The "paneling" is Very Vanilla cardstock, painted with SU! shimmer paint.

The mirror is colored with a silver gel pen.

Doesn't it just make you feel pretty? :)

It's almost Labor Day! Are you doing something super fun this weekend? I am looking forward to extreme napping. If they had napping contests like those hotdog eating contests I would definitely be a contender!

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