Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pecan cookies

I made some great cookies today and posted the recipe on my Personal blog. Just click HERE to go there. You'll see the yummy cookies and the recipe. Let me know if you make them and what you think of them!

I need help....

in knowing what you, my readers, followers, and subscribers, would like to see here. My visitor numbers are way down this month and I am concerned. Any suggestions are appreciated and will be considered. You can leave comments on this post or in the "chat box" in the left sidebar. Thanks!

With Gratitude

I played with a sketch from Heather's blog and some new Core'dinations paper I just purchased.

I used 2 stamp sets, Give Thanks and Label Lingo (a hostess set). Can you see the edge of the medium brown cardstock on the right? It's backside has the white stamped piece layered on it. I just love those 2 colors together! The dark brown is from the Bazzil Browns package. I stamped the images using Burnt Umber and Noir PH inks. I like how the Burnt Umber gives a softer look. I colored the pumpkin using my H2O pencils and my Niji Water Brush. I had the little square brads from Creative Impressions that TAC™ used to carry. The blue was a perfect match!!

Here is a closeup of the pumpkin so you can see my coloring. You can't quite make out that I added some pale gray around the outside of the pumpkin and as a bit of a shadow at the bottom. I really like how this turned out. What do you think??

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Copics are coming, the Copics are coming!!

I think I told you that we are now carrying sets of Copic markers! They are $120 with a qualifying $100 order. I have to admit I've never used them. They are extremely popular right now. Anyway, here's a chart of the 4 different sets you can purchase. I hope to be able to buy a set one of these days and give them a try.

So, if you are interested just let me know! I think it's a great deal as these usually sell for upwards of $3.50 each!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Give Thanks!

I played for a few minutes with a color challenge on Paper Wings (orange, brown, kraft, and green) and a sketch challenge from Paper Crafts Planet and this is the result.

I just got the set called Give Thanks as I have no autumn/Thanksgiving type stamps. I used orange DCWV cardstock, kraft cardstock (temp. unavailable), and some green texture & brown cardstocks from my scrap pile. I stamped the image and text with Noir PH ink. The image is colored with my Watercolor Crayons and the Niji water brush. I used my Mega Scallop Oval punch for the image and swiped Burnt Umber PH ink on the edges. I like this effect. The larger oval was made with my retired Coluzzle oval template (which I also used for the text oval). I colored my white scrappers floss with Jardin Moss, Orangerie, and Burnt Umber inks and attached them with a brown brad. Both ovals are raised up with Pop Dots.

I want to give thanks to my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the Son for my salvation, my husband who supports this rubber addiction, and family. What do you want to give thanks for?

Side note: No one guessed what I "tool" I used on my Whitewashed cards so I'll give the answer. It was a Sanding Block!! Now, wasn't that just too easy??? So the first person to comment on this post will receive the card. Please include your email addy as my comment notification doesn't give it to me.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stenciled cards and tag

These are the projects we'll be making at my class on October 21st at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ.

These are created with a metal stencil from Lasting Impressions, paper from Bazzil, Lasting Impressions and American Crafts, ribbon, chalks, and a sanding block. Don't be shocked, there's NO stamping (except for my name and email addy on the back of each)! I think they turned out pretty good. Since I don't have a light box and not all the embossing could be done on my Wizard machine I had to use my living room window! Hey, it works real good! Just tape the stencil to the window just like you would on your light box, position your paper face down and tape in place (after rubbing with wax paper), then emboss with your stylus! Viola! Cut out, sand and create!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stamp Stimulus Specials!

Here are the pictures of the stamps that you can purchase when you have a qualifying order of $30. See my Sept. 21 post (Click HERE) to go to it directly for prices. Remember, these are available until Dec. 31st!!

Can you believe this??

I was searching for some paper by Lasting Impressions to make samples for a dry emboss class next month and this is what my desk looked like!

It is now pretty clean but I was dumping drawers looking for that paper! I did find it and got my samples made and you'll see them in my next post. And don't faint, there's NO stamping!! I don't yet know what date in October my class will be at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ but I will post it and email my local gals to remind them.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Stamp Stimulus Package

Yep, you heard me! TAC™ is doing something special to stimulate you to purchase some great sets! As of right now (actually this started a couple of days ago) you can purchase the following:

T3211 Sweet Friend Retail = 12.95 Special Price = $9.75 with a $30 purchase

T3180 Tea Talk Retail = 21.95 Special Price = $16.50 with a $30 purchase

T3210 Love & Friendship Retail = 12.95 Special Price = $9.75 with a $30 purchase

T3189 Christmas Doodles Retail = 21.95 Special Price = $16.50 with a $30 purchase

T3212 Reindeer Food Retail = $8.95 Special Price = $6.75 with a $30 purchase

T3120 God Bless America Retail = $17.95 Special Price = $13.50 with a $30 purchase

This "stimulus" works like the Stamp of the Month deals and will run to Dec. 31, 2009. How exciting!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm still whitewashing!!

I told you I had another card but this is a Christmas card!

Again I used gesso and a Cuttlebug folder. Also used Christmas Circles, and the 2 snowflake punches shown.

Here you can see where I used the Stardust Clear Gel pen on the snowflake and on the curly ques. And I used the Souffle Gel pens on the hearts and leaves in the image. The papers are Bazzil Blues and white cardstocks. The only ink is Starry Night PH. I used foam mounting tape to raise up the snowflakes, circle, and scalloped circle. I used some sheer white ribbon for added embellishment. There is one item (no, I'm not counting the paintbrush) that I did not list in this or my last post that is necessary for this technique. Please leave a comment with what you think it is and the first with the correct answer will receive this Christmas card! Good luck!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Whitewashed and loving it!

I get the Technique Junkies newsletters (been a subscriber for about 4 years) and this is a technique in the latest edition.

I used a Cuttlebug folder and our Beyond Measure Level A hostess set. Also used 2 green cardstocks, black cs, and white cs. Ink is a coordinating color by Versamagic.

I used gesso to do the whitewashing. How cool!! I won't give away any more info but I bet you can figure it out! You get to see another in my next post! Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cool necklace!

I went to a small rubber stamp/scrapbook convention in Tucson, AZ last Saturday and did 1 make 'n take by After Midnight Art Stamps. They sell Spellbinder dies, Opals, stamps, and a whole bunch of cool stuff!This cool necklace was made with a piece of glass that I covered with a blue Opal embossing powder. It was heated by laying it on a piece of parchment paper in a melting pot and heated until the blue powder was liquified. I cut small pieces of Friendly Plastic and laid them on top then covered with a clear Opal powder and heated until the F.P. was melted. Using a skewer I moved the F.P. around to my satisfaction.

Linda, owner of After Midnight, added the beal (sp??) and chain. When I got home I added the wire and beads. I chose beads that almost blended in so when one looks at it they get a surprise! This is a large necklace, about 3" long and 1 1/2" wide. Love it!! Some day I hope to buy some Opals! I did purchase a cool Spellbinder die called "Create A Flake 1". Hope to play soon but need to get my samples made for my October classes at the AZ Scrapbooking store.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Promotions and Copics

Did this grab your attention?? Good! Just a quick note that our Double the Fun Promotion will be ending at the end of September. If you want to place an order and it's over $100 you qualify for double Hostess sets, double 1/2 price items, and double Purchase With Purchase stamps. BUT you must email me with your order to get these as the online shopping cart will not let you enter the Hostess sets or 1/2 price items.

Then, effective October 1 we will start a new Promotion!! You must stay tuned and I will post the info closer to the start of the month. TAC™ is so wonderful to do this to help with the economy, just call it their Stamping Stimulus promotion for now. Hey, doesn't that sound great!! Actually I heard it at the Stampscapes booth the 12th in Tucson, AZ. But I like the sound of it!

And last, but not least, we will start carrying the Copic markers!! We will have 4 packages of 36 markers that you can purchase with a qualifying order. I will post more info on this later, also. I seen so many of these at the convention last Saturday ranging from $3.50 each and up. They are tremendously popular and you see them all over blogs!

So stay tuned!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Interesting color combination...

I did a color challenge over on Paper Wings which consisted of: orange, hunter/dark green, ivory, brown, and kraft/tan. I really like how this card turned out!!

I used DCWV colored cardstocks and watercolor paper for the Watercolor Plants stamp. They're stamped by misting the stamp with water then coloring with watercolor crayons before applying to the lightly dampened paper. The 2 top images I used my Impress Brights markers applied directly to the stamp before applying to the dried paper. I also used my paper piercer on the brown cardstock then sanded with my sanding block. I had this cool ribbon from a sale at Michaels that was just the right kraft/tan that I wanted and tied 2 small pieces to form the bow. My white scrappers floss was colored with Orangerie PH ink by rubbing it on the ink pad. If you look closely at the green you will see the Script background that I stamped with my Versamark ink. So, what do you think?? And I like my sunflower that the card is standing against. We munch on the seeds when sitting at our patio table.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Watered down and ....

A friend, Gloria, just purchased a Scor-Pal and wanted to see what the Scor-Bug does before purchasing it. Well, this gave me the opportunity to play with a new set called Watercolor Plants.

I stamped the flowers on dampened watercolor paper and used my watercolor crayons to color directly on the water-misted stamp. I stamped numerous times on the paper then dried with my heat tool. I then stamped the Just Because with Noir PH ink. I tried to coordinate the paper to the colors of the flowers but the green just wouldn't photo as bright was it actually was. I used DCWV Brights cardstock and "scored" and "bugged" as shown then sanded with my sanding block to expose the white core.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We will remember....

May we never forget the death and destruction caused by Islamic insurgents on this fateful day 8 years ago. Nor forget how they and the United Nations want to destroy the basic principles this country was created and founded on.

Do you know the 2nd paragraph to the Declaration of Independence (bold text is my addition):

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whatever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

My prayers for the U.S. is that our government will show common sense and respect to it's people, have Godly wisdom with all its dealings, keep fiscal responsibility, turn back to the God of our Founding Fathers, and fight the evil that threatens to destroy our rights as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights.

May God show Mercy and Grace to US, the United States.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tower of Cupcakes

Is that a catchy title?? Because that is what this card is all about! I have a Christmas sweatshirt that has this same tower made of Santas and we have a granddaughter whose birthday is coming up so this card was born. I think she'll like it. She'll be 5 in December.

I used our Little Cupcake set and Thinking of You Level C set stamped with Noir PH & L'Amore PH inks. The shiny paper I purchased at the Recycle place in Kansas City, KS or MO when we had our TAC™ annual Seminars in that city. The base card is white cardstock. I had to use 1/4" Wonder Tape as the shiny stuff is quite slick! I colored all these little sweet things with my Prismacolor H2O pencils and my Niji Water brush. The buttons have Red Scrapper's Floss for added punch. The 1/4" white ribbon was purchased at Walmart or someplace like that.

Here you can see that I outlined the frosting and flowers with the Stardust Clear Gel pen. Just too cool! I had to make a couple of cupcake masks to make this tower. I haven't done any masking for quite some time. How about you??

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bone Appetit

September 17 - September 30, 2009
From September 17 - September 30, in addition to the Double the Fun promotion, you have an opportunity to earn or purchase these ghoulishly FUN stamp sets! Bone Appetit and More Bone Appetit are perfect for treat “toppers” for yummy treats and little gifts!

Or with a $30 purchase, either OR both of these sets can be purchased at a special price of $13.95 each! (Both sets have a retail value of $21.95 each). Again, this is in addition to the Double the Fun promotion.

These would make great treat toppers! What ideas can you come up with??

Green Eyed Cats

My friend, Barb, has Haunted House Designs blog for all things Halloween. She does amazing work. Her challenge this week was to use a poem or rhyme on the project. I had to search for this but it does make for a cute card.

All my stamps are retired and so is the cool purple paper. I do have Spookalicious on order as I have only retired Halloween sets. The paper is one of our Designer pads called Too Spooky. Was a great paper. And I used my Fiskars Treading Water border punch to do the edging. Anyway...
The cats are stamped in Noir PH ink and white cardstock then colored with Prismacolor H2O pencils. The base card is black cardstock. I had some 1/4" black ribbon and added the black button and black scrappers floss for more umph!

Here you can see the green eyes. I used my green Souffle Gelly pen and just put a dot on each eye. It rather glows! How eerie!

I found this little poem online and printed it out. I used cloud scissors to add the border. I probably should have used the Fiskars border punch but, since it was rather late at night when I finished this, I just was beyond thinking. The Halloween is a retired stamp. So what do you think??