Monday, April 30, 2012

big dreams

Here's an ATC I made for Marian that I forgot to post. The theme that Kendall had come up with was, "One of these things is not like the other". The stamp is from VLVS (yet another grab bag stamp). "Caroline" is closer to the other 'kats in the stamp, but I cut her out to make her stand out from the crowd. Had a lot of fun dressing her up with different trims. This was not an easy task since she's only an inch and a half tall. The background is watercolors. The words are computer-generated. (If you like the stamp - search VLVS for "meercat" instead of "meerkat" - he's got it spelled with a "c" - store link to the right>>>. And once again, I'm not affiliated with them, just a big fan... and I know a group of ladies who are fond of meerkats.)

Monday, April 23, 2012

new and improved

The other day Susan (aka Brad) gave me some really cool stamp sets from 7gypsies. One of them has all sorts (64 stamps!) of phrases like "Viewer Discretion Advised", "Some Assembly Required", "Exhibit A", etc., etc. So many fun ways these stamps can be used. For this card, I paired up some of them with some stamps from VLVS (if you're having trouble reading the words under the lady, click on the photo... it's worth the look).

Here's a picture of the stamp set. It's called Disclaimer. I put a yard stick next to it so you can see how large the set is. (I can't figure out how to rotate the photo; I had it going the right way when I cropped it in my editing program, but it flipped back over... hmm....)

Friday, April 20, 2012

what's that smell

Marian and I have been doing a 1-1 ATC swap each month, and Kendall has been coming up with some fun themes. This month is "What's That Smell?". I wanted to spare Marian my penchant for potty humor, so I tried to think of the stinkiest thing and came up with....  limburger! I don't even know what limburger looks like (when Jim eats it, I stay as far away as possible!), so I thought the easiest way to present it would be in a pie. Isn't this lady stamp just perfect?!! She's from VLVS, of course. I can think of so many ways to use her!

The pie is embossed and popped up. The "stink lines" I made by twisting tissue paper. Stamps: lady - VLVS; pie - Studio112; alpha - CTMH; frame - Martha Stewart; rivet thingies - SU.

And for those of you who don't know what ATC means - it's Artist Trading Card. The size is the same as a baseball card - 3-1/2" x 2-1/2".

Monday, April 16, 2012

new baby card

This is a card I made for Tammy, who just had a little girl - Rebecca. I know the envelope stamp is kind of weird (compared to the card) - but I was dying to use it - a grab bag stamp from VLVS. The feet stamp is from stampcraft, and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

my first class

Tonight I taught my first class at Your Stamping Cottage. It was a blast! The ladies were so wonderful to work with. We had a lot of fun playing with Perfect Pearls. Thank you, Ramona, for letting me be a part of your awesome store!!!

And when I walked in the door at home, my sweet sweet boys said "Happy first class!", and presented me with this amazing mini chocolate cake with a lit candle! I am the luckiest gal in the whole world!

Monday, April 2, 2012

more perfect pearls

This is another Perfect Pearls card I made. Just playing around with the stuff - it's so much fun. I can never get a good photo where you can see how shimmery the metallic colors are. The stamp set is Beautiful Beach by Stampin' Up. The torn mat is actually a crumpled gold paper. Wrapped with black twine.