Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Brick Wall

Today, Splitcoast Stampers had a new technique I hadn't seen before.... so I watched Beate's video and loved it, so I decided to make my own. I really love how this turned out; I'm still trying to decide if this is too time consuming for a class; I know my girls would LOVE doing this.
I used the Kind & Caring thoughts stamp set, stamped it once in Basic Black Classic Ink on some retired designer series paper, then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped it again "just" beside the original stamp in Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder. that turned out well..... so I continued ha. As Beate instructed, I used my cutter and cut horizontally every one-half inch... then I took each strip and on the first, I cut 1" until the end which was 1/2". Then on the alternate strip (second) I started with 1/2" and the rest were 1" , so when I attached to my cardstock base, I was able to attach as if they were bricks. Before I actually attached, I sponged all the edges of "each" piece to make them look older and distressed. I started attaching all the "bricks" in the order they were stamped, leaving out a few of the "unstamped" bricks along the way. Then I layered each brick leaving a "very" small space between each side and top and bottom, but giving a feel and look of texture. I then layered that onto other cardstock layers and attached to my basic card base. I tied a piece of black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon just above my greeting for a little added bling.
In real life, the stamped image is gorgeous. I hope you like this!!!! It was so fun and satisfying to make. If you try this, leave me a link so I can see what you came up with!!
Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Thursday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


One of my friends and fellow stampers lost their mother last week. I came across this really cute Sympathy Card today.... I changed some of the paper... I actually used some of the "flocked" paper from the Christmas Cocoa paper and sponged on some Bashful Blue chalk onto the "flocking". I liked how it turned out as it accepted the chalk so well. One of my favorite stamp sets is the Pocket Silhouettes, but I haven't used it much. I used it here, along with the Sympathy greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. Another thing I haven't done before is tie a bow with the ribbon and then tie more ribbon around the first bow and tie another bow around that. I think that really turned out cute. It's always so hard to make Sympathy cards that are nice, uplifting and certainly not depressing. I still haven't purchased Sympathy Stamp sets yet, even though I keep meaning to.... so when the time comes up I'm really at a loss as to what to make. I hope she enjoys this card.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Another Birthday

I needed to have a masculine Birthday card.... I know, I know, this isn't the REALLY Masculine card we all look for, but eventhough it has a flower, it's still masculine; don't you think? I copied this from somewhere on Splitcoast Stampers, but I can't remember where; I just liked the card, so I made it and whoops.... where did it come from???? Who ever claims this; I love it. This was for my grandson who just turned "20"... I can't even believe it; I helped him learn to "turn over" that keep coming in to my mind more and more the older he gets.... he's turned into such a fine "man" when he was only JUST A BABY just a few years ago. My life passes before my eyes, I think. One day you're young and the next minute you're old. I still work full time outside the house and when everyone else is thinking, Boy, only two more days until the weekend, I'm thinking "my life is passing before my eyes" (even though I look forward to weekends too) but shoosh, I don't tell anyone else. ha.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I don't think I ever shared the cake for my husband on his birthday in September..... well, I guess by looking at the cake, you will guess his BD was "63"...... well, the store didn't have a "3" candle, so I thought it would be fun to do a "6" and another "6" cut in half (meaning it was 3). I was dissapointed to learn that a number of people didn't know what I was trying to portray (including my husband). I actually thought it was brilliant ha ha ha

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No Reason for This Post

I just wanted to share my family with you......... My Daughter and her kids.... aren't they adorable?????
What a talented bunch of kids. Austin (the one with the blue shirt) was a Meridian High School running back football player, Jordan, the one on top is now a Junior at Rocky Mountain High School..... also a running back, obviously not as BIG as Austin, but reallllllly fast. If he gets the ball on the outside; he's gone and no one can catch him....
Alyssa is a Freshman Cheerleader, recently this week has pushed forward to Junior Varsity along with a bunch of her co-cheerleaders because they are so GOOD and advanced..... Alyssa is one of the "flyers", pretty scary for a grandma!!!!!
Had to share........

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Photo Album Class

I held a class making the Photo Album Scrapbook. One of the girls brought her 6 year old daughter to the class and she made her own album all by herself.... i think I have a future demonstrator, what do you think???????

I couldn't believe how well she did on her own, following instructions, centering items, etc.. When I explained what needed to be done, she listened really well and actually understood what I was talking about. I think her mother has been an excellent instructor...
Maybe this is the time to have classes for 6 year olds and mold them into my little world of stamping......

Monday, November 2, 2009


My Stepson is dating a girl with the most adorable little boy ever....... when you ask for a kiss, this is what you get!!!!! Isn't that the most darling face ever????

There's a Stamping Kissing technique too. You stamp you ink onto a solid stamp, then use a patterned stamp and stamp that onto the solid stamp, then you stamp onto your cardstock. I have put together a basic idea of what I'm talking about and also added a Jumbo Grommet and a Small Grommet as well as a Rhinestone (large) brad for the center. This makes a cute 3X3 notecard for a gift.
The card can't even complete with that cute little face though!!!!
On this notecard, I used Petals Pizzazz and Pockets Silhouettes the Grommets I mentioned above. I used Pretty in pink for the flower and Melon Mambo for the "kissing", then I sponged some Pale Plum and Perfect Plum around the flower. I adhered the card onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had such cute trick-or-treaters this year, the cutest little girls and boys I have seen in a while. It made me think back to when I was young, I don't remember that we bought costumes... I know we didn't look terribly exciting, compared to how kids look today. Even when my kids were young, they were dracula, witches and goblin type things that we put together ourselves. Maybe I just didn't want to spend the money ha ha; but I really don't really remember them much. Anyway, my grandson who I think is really attactive.... (until what you see shortly) ;
Actually both of them are REALLY cute; the one I'm talking about is the one on the left.

Austin went to a Halloween Party and like when I was a kid, he used what he had to make himself look different. I'm not sure what he really is, but first he said he was an overweight business person, then he was a principle.... who knows; anyway, check out these pictures; they are so funny. Guess what his beard is??????? He used my Chocolate Chip Watercolor Crayon. I talked him out of using a magic marker that he originally asked for; especially since he has a job at a restaurant.... might look very weird to the patrons.
Anyway, the outcome of his attempts, I think are pretty funny. He used the Watercolor crayons on his face, used my husband's over the counter type reading glasses, stuffed a pillow in his shirt, snapped on a cell phone holder.... he wanted my bluetooth earbud, but that was nixed!!!!