Friday, February 26, 2010

Hello Friend

Really simple card made with scraps of Washi paper. Some other scraps of card stock were distressed and a few Prima flowers added. The stamps are from Hero Arts.

I have a ton of Asian inspired cards and that is quite a hot ticket in stamping right now. I hope to find some Indian and Mexican images soon. I also have some incredible African stamps but I would love some handmade paper to go with them. Eventually. Altho I do have some Ellie Poo paper to go with the Indian style of the far east.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fairy Tale

Do you believe in fairies? My gramma did. She insisted it was the fairies who dabbed her morning glories with glistening dew on the back porch every summer morn. She often would wait for the squirrels to come slurp the moist drops off, then hand them a shortbread cookie. My grampa got so mad at her, insisting she would get rabies or fleas from the furry creature. I share her love of squirrels and relish the days the dogs are tormented by them every year. I only see gnomes in my backyard (maybe it's the grumpy in me) but they come out later in the day than the fairies anyway.

This card used several stamps from Great Impressions. The edge was stamped in chalk ink and then cut to reveal a bit of the inside, where a message is also stamped to the receiver. On the fairy, I used a stick glue pen and then added ultra fine clear glitter-this after stamping in another chalk like ink. Actually a pretty quick card that would work with whatever pieces of scrap card stock and ribbon you have to change it up.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friends Forever

I don't have any Valentine cards. I sorted my items to make some but between the hockey game and the laundry, I didn't make any. The story of my life-distractions.

I had this card in my queue, however. When I colored the image a while back, it brought to mind my daughter Courtney and her best buddy, Melissa. Melissa lived across the street almost as long as we had during grade school and high school years. I think her family moved in a few months after we did. I still have remnants of those times from the summer seances on the front porch with the Ouija board and many many candles. Good thing candles were cheap! But the wax never goes away. And that's okay.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


One of my favorite Lucy/Ethel moments.

Here is a card for all you birds of a feather.

I used some cheapie paper flowers, pearl buttons from the dollar bin and a hank of May Arts ribbon. Nesties make the layers for the bird nest image and a little bit of Stickles give it some shine. Paper by K and Company and a rub on from Making Memories.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Have 5 Bucks and Like Digi Stamps??

My friend Allison in Calgary has a special story to tell (at least one with a happy ending this time around) and along the way, designed a digital stamp set to raise funds for a special project to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Defects. Enjoy her sarcasm and do a good deed today. See the details at Stampin When I Can .

Then go visit Avery so you can see what having terrific medical care can accomplish. We are ALL moving to Canada!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Magnolia Playhouse!

Friends Till The End

The year of the Tiger. Could that possibly be a good omen in more ways than one? Here in sports crazy Michigan, after the terrific run of last year that came up a bit short, many would love to have 2010 be a Tigeriffic year. But in the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Tiger is the designation of this particular lunar New Year. It is based on the astrological animals-12 in all-from the Lunasolar calender. And what better day to start the Year of the Tiger than on the American designated Valentine's Day of Feb 14?

I colored the image on the card with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and layered several pieces of card stock, and origami papers. These little posies which form an arbor over our little China princess were from the wedding aisle at Michael's. I love clearance items. Never overlook sections in craft stores even if you aren't looking for anything in particular. I used rub ons for the swirls at the corners and the phrase, and the crystals at the top were actually something sold to decorate cell phones (I have a peace sign on my phone!).

A bit of a close up (crappy at that) but I still am a few dollars short for my macro lens-but those doctor bills will probably put me over the top :( ?!#. I get points for every dollar I spend and I am not giving them up this time for any power tools!! How cool I was actually able to match cheek to flower color, but with over 160 pencil colors I can choose from, pretty easy nowadays.

I wish all a healthy and prosperous new year no matter what your day of celebration or ethnic background. Little princess smiles down on you and hopes you will partake of Buddha's Delight. Traditionally this is served the night before the beginning of the New Year and is usually vegetarian. This particular chart shows oysters. Leave them out and you have vegetarian yumminess.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Michigan Scrapbooker Zine-Free!

There is a free zine available at many local scrapbooking and stamping stores, and even some local art stores. Michigan Scrapbooker is FREE-did I say FREE? Coupons, local stories, more coupons, ads for stores you didn't know were out there. It has been published a couple of years now, so look for it. It is tabloid sizing, so hard to miss. And remember, it is FREE!

HERE is a list of stores where you can pick it up. If you don't have a local scrap/stamp store in your town, you can order a superscription. You will earn the price of the issue if you use the enclosed store coupons. Sometimes a little exploring off the beaten path for a store is worth the trip.