Don't You Wish That You Were Hot Like Me?

Sprinkle is H-O-T! No doubt about it, she is one hot mama! I made this for Toni's color challenge over on her blog for The Cat's Pajamas. We were to use Orange, Yellow, and White. Colors I typically avoid. Sprinkle is so confident there, she just puts herself out there for all to be admired (she knows that she is a hottie)!

I've seen these cute little purses here and there and wanted to give one a try. All I can say is easy peasy! Now I just need to make one more for Christopher (as Harland has already laid claim to this one).

I stamped 3 small flowers in white Staz-On on a clear envelope from Stampin Up. Sprinkle Annette was stamped on Shimmery White and then colored with some Copic markers and Copic Spica glitter pens. Her little shoes are colored only with the Copic Spica glitter pen (I wanted her to look like she is wearing jellies). Her sunglasses are colored with a Sakura glaze pen (which gives incredible dimension and an uber smooth feel once dry). She is all shimmery and glossy just like a black feline should be! LOL! You would NEVER catch Sprinkle rolling around in dirt (much like my Bella).

Thanks for stopping by! I'll hopefully have some more eye candy for you to see tomorrow!

Purse Recipe:
Stamps: Sprinkle Annette, 3 Small Flowers (The Cat's Pajamas)
Cardstock: Only Orange, Bumble Bee Sugar Coated Cardstock (Doodlebug), Shimmery White
Ink: Staz-On Black & White
Other: Copic Spica glitter pens, Sakura glaze pen, ribbon from my stash, velcro, sticky strip, crop-o-dile, Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder


The Card That Almost Wasn't......

The fact that I'm able to post this card is somewhat of a miracle. I had such a cute idea in my head for this particular card. The evolution of this card however came out of sheer necessity. Let me explain......

I received this gorgeous 5 1/4 inch square card from Terry at Creative Cuts and More. The card itself is made from my very favorite Cryogen White (can you say *shimmer*) with the foldout square in Bubble Gum velvet paper. You do the math.....Shimmer + Velvet = one easily gorgeous creation.

I knew I wanted to use my Hero Arts Yoo Hoo Owl sparkle clear set as I've seen so many cute Owl cards lately. I work frantically to get the boys to bed so I can have some me time. The boys are pleading "One more bedtime story mommy?" and I give them an emphatic "No! It's a school need to go to sleep!" I probably should have read them the extra story.....

Here's the disaster as it unfolded....

1. When I go to stamp my second image (the smallest owl), the image only transfers part of the way. I waited too long and the Staz-On ink on the image wasn't wet enough. Yikes! I tell myself..."OK, this is the beauty of clear stamps....reink the image and you'll be able to perfectly position it so that you don't have double lines!". I actually DID do a good job of stamping the image, only I pressed too hard and the image looks a little darker than the others.

2. Then my sweet little Bella comes traipsing along. Sweet Bella walked over my stamping scrub and got one of her little feet on the wet side. Sweet Bella thinks that her paw print would make a mighty fine addition to my stamped artwork and decides to walk over the card, thus making her mark on the art world forever. Here is a picture of sweet Bella! She really likes the bonding time with mommy in the office/stamp room! My husband would tell her that she is not his idea of "computer software". Bella would disagree!

The rest shall we say is history. I had not planned on having bling in the lower left and upper right of the card. I also did not originally plan on using a luscious brown velvet ribbon with my card either. The bling and the ribbon are there to hide sweet little kitty paw prints! LOL! Without the ribbon, I wouldn't have done the piercing down the left side of the card. Nor would I have pierced the upper right hand corner either. I think the only original idea that came to fruition is that the largest owl is super sparkly!

I guess the morale of the story is to keep moving forward. I know that I'm not the only one out there who has had to salvage their work! Don't get me started on the mishaps of trying to take a photo of the card outside! LOL! At least you can see the pretty shimmer of my favorite Cryogen White paper!

Thanks for stopping by!


Cardstock: 5 1/4 inch square Foldout Window Card (Cryogen White, Bubble Gum Velvet Paper)

Stamps: Yoo Hoo Owl (Hero Arts)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On, Garden Green

Other: Watercolor crayons, Copic Spica glitter pens, Hero Arts bling, Chocolate Velvet ribbon (Jacksonbelle Embellishments), paper piercer and mat pack, glue dots

Somebody STOP me!

My name is Linda and I am addicted to ATCs! I don't know how it happened, but somehow I wound up signing up for 7 ATC swaps over on SCS. One swap was mailed off without my even having a chance to even get a photo of what I made (hopefully I'll be receiving one of those back so I can share it with you here).

Here is an older ATC that I made for a technique lovers swap (this was actually made back in February or March and I finally got around to photographing it and posting it here). The technique is Faux Mother of Pearl. I used my retired Botanicals set from SU (one of my favorites) simply stamped in black on top of the Faux Mother of Pearl.

This next ATC is for the Don't Bug Me Swap hosted by Queenie on SCS. For this ATC, we were to use some kind of bug image. I used one of the butterflies from yet another favorite retired SU set, Wonderful Wings. The echnique used is called Acetate Frost (this is from Technique Junkies). The background is done with Alcohol Inks on acetate. The butterfly is then stamped over top with Staz-On. Talk about a challenge! I can't tell you how many beautiful backgrounds got placed in the trash because I got a blurred image.

My last ATC is for a Flower Power swap (also hosted by Queenie on SCS). For this ATC, I used the Wet Watercolor technique. I used my newly purchased Penny Black Lace Flower stamp and colored in with markers. I then misted with water and stamped three consecutive times on Shimmery White cardstock. I then added a little Diamond stickles to make them sparkle like nobodies business.

I'll come back in later to edit in all the details. Right now, I have a hungry little 4 year old demanding breakfest.

Thanks for stopping by!


Easy Peasy!

Don't you just love it when something comes together in a flash? I know that I do! LOL! As a mom to two young boys (and who also has to work a full time job) my stamping time is L-I-M-T-E-D! My best friend is celebrating a birthday today and this little ditty is going to hold a gift certificate inside for a pedicure!

This is a wonderful die cut that I received from Creative Cuts and More. It is the Bell Box with Layers. The box itself is made from Bazzill smoothies Coconut Cream with the green layers in Pear Crush. This literally took me 15 minutes to throw together (I swear it took longer to figure out what stamp sets to use).

Some people can come up with box patterns off the top of their heads. I'm NOT one of those people. I'm one of those people that appreciate the pre-made things that you can doctor up and make to look fabulous! I would rather spend the limited time that I have available to stamp getting creative (plus I find that I tend to waste a lot of very good cardstock in my box making attempts). LOL! If you've never visited Terry's site, I heartily encourage you to do so! You can specify what color/texture you want in all of the available die cut options that she has available.

I'll be having some more items posted this week using some of the fabulous products from Terry's site. Stay tuned!

Box recipe:

Die Cut Box: Bell Box with Layers (Bazzill Smoothies Coconut Cream and Pear Crush)

Stamps: Garden of Life, Limitless Labels (both from Papertrey Ink)

Ink: White Craft, Key Lime VersaMagic

Other: Hero Arts bling, detail clear and detail white ep



All right, cue the catchy theme music........

I am so happy with myself right now. This card turned out exactly like I wanted it to! Carole challenged us to create a card inspired by a television sitcom. I chose Bewitched (which when I think about it had a cool black cat of its own) as my inspiration piece. Remember the opening credits with the witches character flying through the night sky with the city as a backdrop with a huge moon overhead?

To get the night sky, I brayered some Lovely Lilac ink on Glossy White cardstock. I have always loved how 'special' glossy cardstock makes a project look and feel. This is probably why I'm so happy with how this turned out (that and my little skyline looks pretty darned cute)! And the moon....that beautiful glittery yellow moon (I'm becoming addicted to the Doodlebug sugar coated cardstock).

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I have some ATCs to work on over the weekend that I'll post.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Big Sprinkle, Witchy Hat (all from The Cat's Pajamas)

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Gable Green, Glossy White, Bumblebee sugar coated cardstock (Doodlebug)

Ink: Lovely Lilac, Black Staz-On

Other: Lime Green and Diamond stickles, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, brayer, pop-up glue dots


I Love Your Style!

I made these ATCs for a swap hosted by Tracy Durcan over on her blog. If you've never been to Tracy's blog, I highly recommend it. She has such a wonderful clean style. I hope my fellow swappers like what I made (I'm starting to second guess myself now that I see the ATCs on my computer).

I used my Memory Box 'Boxer Penguin' and matching 'I love you style!' sentiment for the focal images of the ATC. The penguin was stamped with Black craft ink and then embossed with detail clear ep on SU Kraft cardstock. The penguins little shorts are paper pieced from Basic Grey Two Scoops patterned paper. The little hearts are colored in with a pink Copic Spica glitter pen. This is the first time that I've ever really tried paper piecing and it was fun! The rest of the ATC is pretty self explanatory so I won't bore you with the details!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!


What's New, Pussycat?

I made this for Leigh O'Briens TCP Tuesday sketch challenge on her blog. All I can say is that MANY pieces of patterned paper and cardstock were harmed in the making of this card! LOL! I finally gave up on making a standard A2 sized card as I just wasn't cutting my paper at the proper angles. This card measures 5 1/2 square and uses my new It's A Mod, Mod World set by The Cat's Pajamas. This set is just so retro and fun! It makes me happy just stamping with it! I've got a couple of other card ideas up my sleeves using this sketch, so I'm hoping to have a couple more posts before Saturday.

I also had to share this super cute photo of my boys from last night. When they were tucked in, they each were in their own beds. When I went in their bedroom to check in on them before I went to bed for the night, this is what I found. I asked my youngest son why he crawled in bed with his brother. His reply was "I wanted to have a sleepover"!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card recipe:
Stamps: It's A Mod, Mod World (all images by The Cats Pajamas)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Shimmery White, DCWV patterned paper
Ink: Black Staz-On, Heath (Copic V01), Pale Lilac (Copic V12)
Other: Square and Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Signo White Gel pen, Copic Spica Glitter pen, Black Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), mat pack & paper piercer, perfect layers, Soft Subtles 1 eyelets, Corner punch, Large Oval punch, Polka Dot embossing folder


Clearly Sprinkle

I made this card for the weekly Cats Pajamas Tuesday challenge hosted by Katie. Katie gave us a challenge to use a very specific Cats Pajamas stamp (Ring of Flowers). Unfortunately, I do not own this particular stamp...yet. LOL! It's actually Alma's fault that I don't own this particular stamp as of yet. You see, she keeps releasing uber cool new stamps (i.e. did you see the Christmas clear line, and then the Western line, and then the new Mod, Mod World set?) which put other still needed stamps on the back burner. I decided "What the Heck? What's the worst that could happen if I still entered for the week and made a card without using that stamp....!?!" I decided that I would just use stamps from the same release as the little Ring of Flowers stamp.

Has anyone ever told you how stinking hard it is to photograph acetate cards? This looks MUCH cuter IRL! The lighting at 8:00 at night does not do this card justice. She really has a lot of shimmer and sparkle to her, the camera just did not pick it up. I don't know if you can see it, but there are little rhinestones in the center of each stamped flower on the acetate.

Here's an inside view of the card. I really need to work on my photography skills. LOL!

Hope all of you have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow! And in adopted kitty news, our newly adopted kitty has found her courage and is now roaming freely about the house. She went into heat one week and decided that she needed more loving that what her limited space under the bed would allow *snort*! Her name is officially Bella (and Karrie, would you believe that Willy and the boys came up with that on their own without reading my books?)! I'll try to get a good photo of her soon...she is very much a little lap kitty and assistant card maker right now.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Sprinkle Annette, 3 Small Flowers, What Part of Meow (all by The Cats Pajamas)
Ink: White Staz-On, Black Staz-On, Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose
Other: WWC, Aquapainter, Copic Spica glitter pens, diamond stickles, bling, May Arts polka dotted ribbon, rectangle nesties, Sakura souffle pen
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