Sunday, September 30, 2007
Anyways, here is the other card I made for the birthday boy. This one I liked better but hubby liked this one, and it's for his workmate (another crazy runner). I used the same printed paper and base color card stock, adding some bright yellow instead of ribbon layers.
The phrase image is a Studio G wood mounted dollar stamp from Micheal's. This is one of last year's stamps. For the most part locally, they are only doing acrylic clear ones now-except for Halloween ones. All the layers are inked and distressed in Tim Holtz Peeled Paint green (I use this color a lot-reminds me of mold) and the layers are pop dotted where appropriate. Photo by garage ceiling lighting and better than yesterday's-because I actually waited for the lights to heat up.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I inked the edges of my stamped image square and roughed it up a bit, then added a layer of the flowery paper above.This was then attached to a piece of limey green. Using a scrap of thin ribbon, I tied a bow on the side and then glued the whole shebang to the left side.
I stamped a word from Rubber Stamping Fun and layered it to another lime piece both of which have been inked and distressed and added to the front at an angle. It was finished off with three eyelets attached with the Cropadile on the lower left.
I actually made two cards using the same image but let him pick the one he wanted. I liked the other one better. I will post it later as I need to sleep with my hot water bottles tonight. It's cold and I think I pulled something moving boxes earlier or maybe lifting weights. I don't know when to just stop sometimes. I also have a big run Sunday-13.1 miles. Why do I do this stuff anyways?
Friday, September 28, 2007
This is a base Bling card with a flower swatch of paper across the top. I did edge it with Marmalade ink.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
After attaching the strip of striped KI paper and layering it with the ribbon, I added the multi layered fireflies. I then tucked two smaller ribbon pieces under it. The finishing touch was two brads in the upper right. Summery and sweet.
So that is why I didn't post a card last night. I was able to talk with hubby tonight and he says maybe we should get a generator. I said only if its easy to use and not gonna end up like the lawn mower. Watch, we will buy one and never have to use it. We did talk a lot about the strike. I think I talked more with him tonight than I have in the last month as he usually falls asleep as soon as he sits down on the sofa.
The Michigan budget still is not fixed tho and if it isn't by tomorrow night, My daughter is laid off as of Monday. Here is my bet for the elected officials in Lansing. If you are an incumbent, you will never get a vote from us again after this fiasco. Kids are hurting, students are hurting, the elderly are hurting and all you care about is what the voters will or won't do come November. Pass a budget now! Or YOU lose your paychecks too.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The base card is also Bling and its layered with a scrap of palm tree pattern. I think these pens are okay in small doses but it bled on the plain white card stock and was smeary in places too. N0t a great experiment but you never find out if you never try.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I made the card and came home and took it apart. I tried to pry out the middle of the cap thinking I can flatten it myself but for naught. Oh well. I did edge the card in dark brown ink and found several scraps to layer on this. I carefully peeled off the sticker from the base card and added a crackled piece of paper then a razor distressed greenish layer under that.
I have another set of this sticker sheet and will try it again-but I will flatten the cap. I used a flattened cap on this card a while ago and it was so easy to do. I guess I think Stacey was being lazy that day. I do like the idea of recycling this way tho.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Since the white base was so white, I wanted to bring out the blue in the fake stamps and used a textured blue card, then found an interesting green/brown for another layer. I taped the ribbon/paper layer on top of this card stock and then added the pewter brads before sticking to the blue. I also layered card stock behind the stamp stickers and used decorative scissors to give it a more stamp like look.
I like this a whole lot more than the original but I still think it lacks something to make it pop. And it certainly didn't need that little clump of kitty hair at the top-courtesy of Loki!
ETA-forgot to add that I drizzled a little Dimensional Glaze over the middle stamp. That is why it looks a bit fuzzy.
So remember that contest I said I was entering back here? I decided to go to the stamp store as it's close to the Costco and I might as well make a full day of driving in insanity. So here are the entries. Mind you 15 people signed up. Mine is #4. I did not vote for myself. Can you guess who I did vote for?
Let's make a game of it. Post who you think I voted for AND who you think will win. I will keep track and let you know at the end of the month which it is of each. You can click each photo to make it larger. The entries were hung up high so I could not get any closer.
I will have a small prize to award on October 1 generated at random AND one to the actual correct guesser.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This week it was announced that the stadium is set for demolition even tho several solutions to preserve it have been laid out. The mayor wont listen even to Ernie Harwell -the long time voice of the Tigers. Even he has been thrown to the curb. There are several groups who are hoping to save some of it-Ernie wants to save at least the playing field and some seats for a residential park/historical site
The stadium was renovated several times. The original seats were not stationery like this one. The first time I ever went to a game, it was to a seat like this and the ushers would wipe the dust off for a nickle or dime.
So the auction of the innards of Tiger Stadium have begun. I was able to purchase a set of seats here . This again was another upgrade but it will be all I have-I wanted 3 but they only come in twos. One for me, one for dad and one for grampa. There is also a huge auction of many items listed at this link.I want the marquee sign but can only imagine what I would do with it. It belongs at Greenfield/Henry Ford or the Smithsonian or the Hall of Fame -well it really belongs at the Corner. Michigan and Trumbell. But deaf ears and stupidity are taking it elsewhere.
I have had this sweat shirt now for over 15 years and its getting thin but it keeps me close to the ghosts. I still will be scattered in left field. My field of dreams may have a factory on it, may have a McDonald's someday or may just be an empty lot. But dreams never go away. You can always walk thru them whenever you close your eyes and hear the Voice of the Turtle.
""For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.""
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I wasn't sure how to deal with this but I felt the pink in the roses needed to stand out more, even with the glitter pen use. So I sought out a pinkish scrap and a green piece of card stock to also bring out the greens. I pop dotted the sticker/gold flower combination over the card after adding a pink strip. I left enough room to add a rub on or a small sentiment later.
Here is a closeup of the glitter pen work. And at the end, I used Dimensional Glaze to fill in the bottle area for a little more 3D look I guess. It made it look more like a bottle or vase than just laying on the sticker.
I still think this card needs something else but haven't had time to play with it. Maybe some gauzy ribbon or a trio of eyelets on the top right? Let me know if you have an idea. I bought tons of these stickers to alter and hopefully will get some play time soon.
Monday, September 17, 2007
First I had to get past the box. Allison packed this in a Splenda box which wasn't in English and I was trying to figure out the recipe on it. I am a Splenda freak. I bake with it, I make candy with it and it makes excellent peanut brittle. I carry it in my pocket, my purse , my car. Last year there was a shortage here in the States and I stocked up. I was not going without my Splenda. The only thing I made that wasn't good was banana bread for hubby-it was kinda dry and if he wont eat it, he is either sick or it's yucky. I think the bananas were not ripe enough.
So finally get all the tape off the box and I cant believe the contents. Stamps-acrylic and wooden- and even some UM (who makes those so I can mark them?). Then ribbons-the coolest widest grosgrain ribbons in bright colors. Chipboard with glitter. Stickers and rub ons. Metal frames (these are so cool). Embossing plates and metal charms (Asian coins too) and a giant clothespin which will come in handy when I have to get vegges in the garden and the skunk has visited :).
Now the value of ttis box was over the top but it also cost her almost 13.00 to send it from Canada. Amazingly, Canadian post got it here in less time than me sending a letter one hour up the road. What does that tell you about the USPS?
Laying on top of this treasure trove was a card -of a chickie in the bathtub relaxing. I haven't had a bath is no long as I never take the time anymore. In and out of the shower as its way too cold up there most of the year.
Allison, you are crazy. The card would have been enough. I will have to hide some of this from my niece as she always wants to look and play when she is here. And whoever was supposed to get the prize and didn't check back-what is wrong with YOU? Sign up for the feeds or use Google Reader when you enter contest. You snooze-you lose.
This card is very simple once you have made your inky backgrounds and you can get carried away making them. Make sure you visit the above links for how-to-do's. And remember to use adequate ventilation when working with these inks-I felt a bit woozy when doing this.
I used a textured cream colored card that I layered my background inked piece on top of black. For the flower image I used Staz-On black and a Penny Black Botanical stamp. Using some Sulky Golden thread, wind a few layers around the image before sticking to the base card. Then add a sentiment if you want.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Peanut Butter Peanut Butter
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) JSch
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Red Cat
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Louise Flint
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) SchJa
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Black Water
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Ralph Anthony
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Gardenia Reese's
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Anne Adam
Friday, September 14, 2007
There were also issues with the attitude of the previous owner of the tour towards other stamp companies-some being banned from her shows (just as they were leaving for the convention and had already paid and been advertised as coming ) because she wanted exclusive rights to them using her convention only. My daughter and I decided to boycott her shows and only go to the shows where the outcasts were-this being the Stamp Scrap Art Tour/. This set of shows was started to help the outcasts at least have something to show for their summer-done on off weeks from Auntie Amy shows. We had a ball the first year we went and the tour was held in a nice hotel ballroom, was not too big that you couldn't do it in a day and survive and enjoy it-unlike the frenzy of the Auntie Amy shows.
So I get a flyer this year for Heirloom and it's at the new convention center owned by Rock Financial. As soon as I saw it had more than two toilets, I knew we were gonna have a better day. And they had attendants in the bathrooms! No begging for toidy paper to be passed stall to stall or unflushable commodes. I still think paying to park sucks-what a cash cow for any arena or center (have any of you been to the Palace lately? take out a loan to park for sure). I was hyped. Even got new shoes to keep my tootsies cozy.
I was concerned about the amount of time allocated us as we went on the second day of the show-we were only given 5 hours and on Saturday they had 8 if you prepaid. My daughter had been on both days to a previous year's show with a scrap friend and they thought the make and takes and demo's were easier to see with less people around. I was hoping I could participate in them and shop too. I don't do well in crowds and that is why we decided to wait (altho I kept hinting to hubby he could use the first day's pass and we could go together on Saturday to shop a bit too) Eyes rolling here on his part.
After hitting the toilets and perusing the room to see how big it was, we started up aisle one. Beeswax-whose stamps I have lusted over was first on my left and I got some incredible images. I got some brass templates at Polly's Pals but was disappointed in the lack of samples on display to eyeball, but we earmarked this place to come back to later for the make and take using Avec punches-we never got back tho. Next is one of the most incredible ladies-Margaret from Sparkle and Sprinkle -glitters and powders and nice people! I bought enough glitter to last until 2050! Just to shop the first aisle took us an hour and a half and we only gave a cursory look at a few-because the lines were long to purchase and we gave up on make and takes by the end of that time.
Some vendors were so pricey, we only could gape-at the beauty of the designs and the prices. S.A.R. had the most gorgeous displays and a mile long wait for the make and takes-we had to pass as we knew we could not afford it at all. The number one reason I wanted to go this year was Magenta had set up a booth-but I didn't buy anything and felt so disheartened about that. I am a big fan of theirs but their unmounted stamps were more than most mounted ones from other companies and my favorite images-the cat ones--like a witch cat on a broom--were no longer available and one artist had left them and started her own company. Most local stores don't carry Magenta because of the long waits from Quebec, the customs problems and the high ended prices.
We felt an urgency now that we were not going to be able to view each booth or vendor and skipped any that were local stores-they were not offering any special prices and we can visit them when we want. Any that we had a bad experience with in preview years were passed by too. And if the booth looked like a junk heap, we knew we didn't have time to paw thru their wares ( Gary Burlin is always a mess and even with some terrific deals, had to pass ). If we had purchased from them at the previous smaller show in May ( Marco's ) we also passed as it was the same specials listed on the flyer--but I so love this store, so glad they come each year. I don't even want to say how much I spent there in May (I did win 100.00 tour bucks, so that helped a lot and I was able to split with daughter!)
We ended up skipping a whole end row-which held Rubber Stamp Tapestry (one of my favorites but I didn't know they were down that way)-as time was quickly being eaten up by slow vendor response to those waiting to pay. I saw an image at Stampland Chicago that I had to have but could not find as the proprietor had to look it up in his catalog and give me a number to look for on envelopes in bins. I love ethnic portraits and this one is the only one I saw of a black man-but I nearly walked away. Picasso (yes, that is his name) spent more time chatting with passersby than waiting on us-even after finding the images, I still stood there with my stamps and cash as he chatted away! You want me bad enough to purchase, bud--- you better pay attention to my dollars!
I also was perplexed at how many vendors do not take credit cards. I know it can be expensive but at Costco (and Sam's Club for that matter) you can get a deal by the month, quarter or based on other factors for your machine and fees. They go out of their way to make it easier for vendors and small businesses to succeed, so at least 5 places I was only able to buy a few dollars worth of items-I had many more items in my hands and had to put some back as I only took $80 cash with me. I prefer using credit carts as I get points, get a statement when I can keep track of spending by category each year and it's safer than walking around with dollars falling out of my pockets.
My grades are:
Vendor selection B
Building Venue A-
Time allotted D+
Congestion in the venue D
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Plain dark green card stock, folded and ink distressed is then layered with a torn piece of pattered paper after inking it a bit too. Cut a piece of medium red and razor the edge up a bit after inking. Before attaching this piece, wrap some gauzy ribbon around it and tie in a box or knot. I layered two pieces in contrasting colors. Cut the edges of the ribbon pretty and layer this piece.
Last thing to do is attach a metal word brad to a layer of the same red above and glue this to the front. Using up the scrap can be fun and fast. See ya tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Below you will find another of the Penny Black Sticker cards I made at Stacey's that I completely took apart. This was on a cream card with just the altered sticker. I peeled off the sticker and cut the sides closer as I didnt like the blue strip on it.
The flowers on the sticker are colored in using a clear glitter pen-if you click the photo it will show better. Then I used these cool little plastic dot thingies. I think they are from a company called Robin's Nest but can't find them online. They come in several colors and the cutest little bottles and I like the Halloween ones the best. I just popped those on using a tiny tipped glue pen. I do wish I had taken before photos of these cards I took apart but either way, I like my after ones best. There is even room at the bottom for a rub on word or a stamped phrase.
More altered PB cards coming soon-and I see Stacey is having another class, so maybe I will take it and redo those to-only its the day I have to go to Metro as hubby is off to Brazil that day. One thing for sure, with his visit to Rio, he will not be wearing a Speedo. I don't think they make them wide enough.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Now go visit Allison and see what cool stuff she has listed on her blog for your entertainment. I am actually having a game to watch tonight. GO SHOCK !!
Today many will sit and ponder and reflect on the occurrences of 9-11-2001. It will always be painful and I personally will never think the same about the world around me. Let's all unite in the thinking that kindness and good will outweigh the evils and fears of the world. Unite in working for a peaceful world for our children-of every country. Of every religion. Of every color. Of one earth. Amen.
Monday, September 10, 2007
A basic black card was layered with two papers that didn't clash and a strip of plain black was cut to seam it. Before taping it down, I used a piece of orange printed twill and stapled it to the black piece then taped it to cover the seams of the two papers. I also ran a little grape distress ink around the edges.
Spidey boy was easy. Punch a scallop oval and cut 3 long pieces of black wire and tape to the back. Bend the wire to look leg like. Add some googly eyes, and then tape a long piece of wire straight up. This piece will be inserted under the black strip and spidey was backed with a pop dot for a little more depth. Less than ten minutes.
This would also be cute in other colors for gardening or kids fairy tales if you find the right paper. Just don't squish this guy-or it will rain for days.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
But something bothered me about all the cards. They were all on white or cream colored backgrounds and that just isn't me. So I took them all apart. Unfortunately, I did not take a before photo of any of them.
The "before" of this card was on white and the only thing I kept was the sticker and the odd linen piece. I peeled off the sticker and stuck it to blue, then white then that greenish brown which to me brought out the colors in the background of the sticker. Then I used the linen piece, and gave that some depth with a leftover piece of the whitish card I cut off. I also inked and distressed the edge of it. The sticker layer is also pop dotted.
I then added the three brads top and bottom (and no matter how I try, I cannot line them up straight) and then layered that to the medium blue textured card-which again brought out many of the colors of the sticker. The winter blossom is "colored" with a clear glitter pen.
I just felt this card needed more than what we did in class and I hope Stacey isn't insulted by my re-imagining all her ideas. I do that with everything, so its just me being quirky. I also left off a phrase stamp for later, so its always available for the write occasion. And that little bow was an afterthought. But I had a small piece of ribbon making eyeballs at me, and it worked.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I present for your consideration the last sample I have made for Rubber Stamping Fun. This is my favorite and was actually the first one I made in the series of 8 cards. I left this one for last because you will need a die cut of a fruit slice and maybe that isn't in your stash. You could also cut these by hand-not at all hard to do.
I did a regular folded card-A2 size-and lopped off the width of a watermelon slice on the bottom. Make your die cuts and trim off the edge of the red so the rind will show.. Using a fine point black pen, draw in your seeds randomly. You could leave it without but the extra just seems to set the stage for looking authentic this way.
Cut two different mats to agree with whatever paper you decide to use, making them a tad smaller each time for layering. Ink and distress the edges if you want. Putt the eyelets thru the top layers only-so the inside of the card is neater. Mine only go thru the top two-so the printed and green one. Tie some thin jute thru in a knot. Make a tag and use the same two colors you used for mats and stamp your word on the top one.. Add an eyelet near the top and run both ends of the jute thru and then tie your knot. Layer it together and done. A wonderful end of summer card.
Here is a photo of the backs of the stamps. I was not really happy with how the stamps were cut out. A couple of them left marks when stamped and as you can see, some of the images are too big for the wood block they are on. They overhang a bit. So the rubber needs to be matched better to the block size.
Here is a close up of the one that was the worst. I can only hope the rest of the wood mounted stamps will be better than this. I realise this was a freebie and am factoring that in for now. There was very good cushion, however. Of course, if they offer an UM option , you can do whatever you want with them and that is okay-I had no problem with the rubber itself. I think they have some fun images and reasonable prices.
I have not heard back from the vendor and there are some serious rumours floating around that something bad has happened to them. I know of several other design teamers who have not heard from them at all. I also signed up for their newsletter and have not received anything either.
ETA--I just visited the site as I was getting ready to post this and see that the site is updated and this set has a name! Click here to go directly to the new sets update. This particular set is called Whimsy Words and retails for 18.81. Shipping is free for the entire site.
Edited again 9/23-apparently this set is no longer on the site. I have no clue what is going on with the company and have not heard a peep from them. I kinda wanted to order a few sets but right now, just don't know what to think about them. My grades still stand as listed below.
Grade of stamp images B
Grade of mounting C-
Grade of Communication F
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
My selection would be to have duo rulers-a giraffe and a rat. The giraffe would be the observer and decider and the rat would do the spy underground work (AKA the Rat CIA). He is too smart himself to have him working against you, so you better use him wisely.
I have chosen two winners by random and they are----
- Ginni C. who chose an owl
- Carolyn who chose a horse
Please look under my profile and there is a place to email me with your addresses so I can get your paper goodies (and whatever else I find to throw in the envy) out to you later this week.
Thank you everyone for participating and I will have another fun question later in the month.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Guess what?? I am getting rid of my hubby for a month!!! Can we all say YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So along with the snore free evenings and the sofa slug being elsewhere, I will still be organizing and deleting items from my stash. So to help it along, I am making up two Non-Pareils of 6 x 6 paper (and maybe some other sizes too) and some nicely stamped images from Rubber Stamping Fun on white card stock that you can cut and make into your own fun cards and tags and perhaps even small scrap pages.
So I have to come up a fun question. Being the animal lover I am, I am enamoured of the story of Noah and his Ark and living peacefully with all the fauna of the earth for days upon stormy days. I am gonna do a switcheroo here as I am casting a new movie about Noah. But Noah isn't human-he is an earth creature with more common sense. So tell me what animal you would chose to be Noah and why. I will choose a number by random on Labour Day night at about 11PM. Feel free to pass around but keep the rain away for a while. I have seen enough this week.
I loved this piece of printed card stock the minute I saw it-and grabbed it up lickity split. It was the last sheet on the rack. My thoughts were to glitter it up with spring colors but I changed my mind. I cut off a hunk for this card instead. I also found a two sided card stock with light and dark pink and used that for a layer behind it but on top of a medium olive textured folded card.
I roughed up the edged of all the pieces and added large pink brads to the corners of the printed card stock and snipped off the brad backs before layering. I wanted to bring out the little bit of yellow on the card so looped this ribbon piece and tied it in a small bow. Popping a Prima with a tiny chrystal on the top gave it a little more character. I then used a few peices of the pink again and made criss cross layers. The image was stamped on a blue remnant that matched another color in the flowery piece. Again it was really simple and the stamp is from Rubber Stamping Fun but it is not on the website yet as far as I can tell.
Go look and poke around a bit. I have one more card for tomorrow for you to see from this 6 piece set (I did use a few of them more than once) and hope you have enjoyed them. The final one tomorrow was saved for last because it was my fav. I will also post a photo of the set itself then.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
I used shimmer paper that was so expensive -I do believe it should be mandatory the prices are on this specialty paper before they ring you up and you are so attached to it. This company is Reminisce and they have really cool papers-but I have to hold onto my wallet with them on the displays.
A basic white card with a layer of the green shimmer stripes.I then cut a piece of the large dotted paper to go across the bottom leaving a small bit of the stripes showing. Using the Trio tape runner, I applied some green loopy stuff (so appropriate since I am loopy on Benedryl tonight). I then cut a large shamrock/clover from plain green card stock and tied a bitty gold twine on the stem. Stamping out the phrase "Good Luck" and backing it with a bit of green card stock, I layered them in the corner after ink and blade distressing the edges. 10 minutes max.
I am going to Arts, Beats and Eats in Pontiac tomorrow and hopefully will find fried pickles again. Yum. Last year I got to meet my future daughter in law here-and we also went to the Ren Fest. Everything is always the same two weekends in Michigan-Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year is also the Jazz Festival in Detroit, the Grand Prix, and the Michigan State Fair. I am dizzy thinking about it and my credit card is already warming up. See you all when the trash flies.