Sunday, August 28, 2011

How a Manicure Stick Will Turn You Into Martha Stewart.

No, really. It will.

Let's take a little trip through the mind of a stamper, shall we?

So this weekend was Virtual Stamp Night. I actually completed all the challenges, so I'm feeling kind of smirky about that, I'm not gonna lie. They taught me a bunch of new techniques and now I have some fun cards to show you. Seventeen, to be exact. But don't worry - I won't show them all to you today :).

Lori's challenge was to use kraft cardstock with your "brand" on it. You know, your signature stamping move. Your style.

Well heck, I think we all know I was going to put something blue on there. And I had this idea for adding the ornaments from Merry & Type, with glitter for all the stripey bits.

And before I even sat down to make the card, I knew that was going to be hard but I had this brilliant idea to go buy a manicure stick.

See, in the world of a stamper, all objects can be repurposed for a stampy project. I knew that a manicure stick was the PERFECT shape to push errant glue and glitter back into the stripey space where it should have been if the glue hole wasn't too big and didn't goop glue everywhere in a decidedly NON OCD manner.

Was I right? See for yourself.
 Stamps: Merry & Type Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  
Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper (Holiday mini - starts September 1), Whisper White, Crumb Cake 
Accessories: ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, Recollections silver bling, Silver Galaxy Glitter, Tombow Glue

We all know that Martha doesn't perfectly glitter within the lines every time.

She's got a manicure stick or two up her sleeve, believe me. And she's smart enough to do it off camera too!

I wonder if this is what happens to her sticks while she's not looking. It's what happened to mine.

Hey guess what??

SQUEEE! I'm the Featured Stamper at Splitcoast today! It's a challenge, so if you want to play along and CASE one of my cards, I'd love it. Keyword for the gallery is FS238.

It's a huge honor to be picked on a site full of hundreds of thousands of the most talented people in the world, and to have such an accomplished designer as Ms. Cindy pick me is 100% squealworthy!! Go leave her some love on her GORGEOUS card today!!

Hope it's less than 110 where you are, and that all my East Coast peeps are safe from the hurricane!


  1. Featured stamper !! rock-on ... off to check it out (love that awesome glitter tip too).

  2. WHOO Hooo!! I'm roasting here in Houston, but not too hot to play along! Congrats!! So excited for you. You totally deserve it!

  3. Well since I am stuck inside waiting for this joke of a hurricane to be gone - I am going to mosey over and see what I can come up with!

  4. I'm in the suburbs of NY and we got very lucky, no power loss (it's a miracle) and no trees down. I just have a ton of twigs to break up and get rid of but I can deal with that.
    Congratulations on the SCS pick. You SO DESERVE it! Love the photo of your cat claiming the orangewood stick.

  5. Congrats! Oh BTW I thought you had taken a pic of my cat! LMBO Mine does the exact same thing, crazy cat!


  6. Congrats! Oh BTW I thought you had taken a pic of my cat! LMBO Mine does the exact same thing, crazy cat!


  7. Hi, Lydia... I'm a stalker of your blog and of SCS. Congrats on being chosen Featured Stamper! Your art is awesome, and your gallery is over the top. Sqeal away, Miss Blue, you deserve all the love!

  8. Ok, when I saw this blog post title I had to come check it out:) Awesome tip and your glittered ornaments look perfectly fabulous! Such a cute pic of the kitties too:)

  9. Of COURSE stampy peeps see EVERYTHING as a stampy accessory! IT'S WHAT WE DO! heh heh And yes, that card is FABulous. Well done!

    YOU are the featured stamper?! Congratulations!

    WV: miter
    When asked by his Mother, the young boy said, Well, I miter done that ..."

    (Thought I'd go for the obvious, eh? So not.)

  10. Heyand greetings from Finland. Your cards are so fantastic, i get many good ideas here! Thanks! :)


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