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Friday, September 26, 2008

Something fishy

Artwork by Jane in San Diego

The above card is gorgeous in real life. A scan just doesn't do it justice. It actually is 3-D, and the images are by My Paper Moon. The fish can be found here and the tassel can be found here.
Do you have any plans for the weekend? I just found out about Q-Fest, which is a local barbeque cook-off festival that's this weekend in a neighboring community, so I think we are going there. They also have a marketplace with arts and crafts, and I HAVE to check THAT out.
The weather has cooled off a bit and it's wonderful. I so look forward to this time of year. I like it even a tiny bit cooler. I like the colors of fall and the leaves when they change colors. That's one of the things I miss out on by living here, but I surely enjoy seeing photos of the fall foliage. Crisp mornings and cool days = wonderful.
Okay, I have some orders to get out and some invoices to do, so I'm out of here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Do something crafty!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Thursday!

Artwork by B. J. Kennedy

Good morning! It's been awhile since I posted, and I apologize. Sometimes life just gets in the way of what we plan.

The above tag was made by B. J. Kennedy, and features the "Friends" stamp from My Paper Moon. The heart in the middle of the tag is plastic and adhered to vellum, which is behind the cut-out. The bottom holds 2 cloth dolls. Incredibly cute in real life. The scan isn't so good because of the lumpy factor.

What have you been up to? I've been working on my Christmas cards. I have a few designs this year, and about 50 cards done. I actually have more done because I made some earlier in the year, but I put them away so they wouldn't get lost, and they got lost. I think they ran away.

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Be crafty.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Now isn't this true? I made this ATC using a stamp from the Stampsations line at My Paper Moon. The coffee mug, chocolates and necktie were all stamped again, cut out and adhered with pop dots to make it dimensional. This ATC was made for a lottery in one of the groups I belong to. The theme was chocolate, and I immediately thought of this stamp.

Yesterday I added a link to my favorites named Go Make Something. I hope you've had a few minutes to go check it out. There is a technique there that I need to try out. It's styrofoam block printing, and here is the link:

If you try this technique out, please post pictures to your blog then leave a link here so we can check them out.

Be crafty!

Monday, September 15, 2008

You Make My Heart Sing

Good afternoon. Have you gotten to be crafty today? I haven't so far, but I will when I get home. I have some stamps to make, some orders to fill, and then I will sit down and work on some projects, specifically, an ATC depicting something to do with chocolate, and a card depicting something to do with autumn. I have already had my thinking cap on, and I'm good to go with the ATC. I am waiting on a stamp to finish the autumn card. Isn't that terrible? I own a rubber stamp company and yet I still am buying stamps from others. Actually, it's good for the economy, and I like to spend my money with smaller local stores and small internet stamp companies. I shy away from the big box stores as much as possible, and support the mom and pops.

Here is a card I made using the new gramophone stamp. This stamp makes a nice masculine card, and could be for any occasion.

I've added another link to my favorite links: It's a link to Lisa Vollrath's site, Go Make Something. Lots of goodies there for you to make, as well as some freebies.
I hope everyone on the gulf coast survived Hurricane Ike and is okay. My prayers were with you all.
Lunch is over and it's time to get back to work. Will talk again soon....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Heartprints Gallery

If you like embossing with the Cuttlebug folders, you will love looking at all the beautiful creations in this gallery. But it's not limited to just Cuttlebug. All kinds of pretty things here, and lots of inspiration. The name is Heartprints, and if you click on the gallery, the cards are listed by theme (and sometimes company). I found some very pretty eye candy here and wanted to share with you. I've added the link to my favorite links on the sidebar.


Your Journey

Card by B. J. Albrecht, image by My Paper Moon

We are all on a creative journey. Some of us may be new to stamping and just beginning our journey. What fun to learn new techniques and buy new stamps and supplies. Remember the first time you saw embossing powder melt? Everything is new and fresh. The world is our canvas.

Others may be in the intermediate stage, still learning new techniques, but now we have a knowlege of what the basic techniques are, and we have a lot of the basic tools. We are still thirsting for more. More variety of stamps, more variety of techniques, more variety of supplies. And we love to join swaps and see what others are up to, exchange ideas, and learn new things. Our journey is like an extended vacation. Still exciting and still lots of places to go.

Still others are advanced stampers. We are still thirsting for knowledge, and love a creative challenge. We may be strictly stampers with the traditional supplies, or we may be branching out into mixed media and other forms of expression. I don't think we ever get enough of our craft. We continue to learn every day and we are not afraid to take risks, to try new things, to get our hands dirty. Our journey is everchanging, we are like gypsys, going wherever our whims take us. We have a lot of stamps in our passport. And what fun to be on such an unstructured journey.

Think about it. Where is your creative journey taking you?

Happy crafting...


Friday, September 12, 2008

Copic Ciao Markers are here!

Copic Ciao Marker sets are now in stock. I have 5 different sets to choose from, as well as the blender pens. You can see them here. I will be adding other sets to inventory in the near future. COPIC Ciao Markers are the perfect choice for beginning artists. These round shaped pens are made specifically for those who want to try markers for the fisrt time. Solid polypropylene body is both smooth and comfortable, for a perfect, controllable grip. And they are double ended, and have a medium broad chisel tip and a super brush nib. The alcohol ink is vibrant and lasts a long, long time.

This is a card I made for a contest in a Yahoo group that featured Stampscapes stamps. Although I didn't win, I liked the way the card turned out.

For those of you along the gulf coast, please, please take any necessary precautions you need to take. Hurricanes are nothing to sneeze at (I was in Frances and then a few weeks later, Jeanne), and conditions after a major hurricane are primitive at best. We were 3 weeks without electricity, had an enforced curfew, and were generally miserable. It's better to be safe than sorry.

I will talk with you again hopefully this weekend. Until then, do something crafty! :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Halloween is coming....and new images are here!

New stamps have been uploaded and are now available here.

This card was created by Randy Schoolcraft, using stamps from My Paper Moon. Randy has created several Halloween cards, which I will be featuring during the days and weeks ahead. Randy is a very talented stamper, don't you think?

It's been overcast here, and a little on the windy side, but the good news is Tropical Storm Hanna passed us by to the east. Now we just how to keep our eyes on Hurricane Ike.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Stamps Coming...

Watch for new images, coming soon!

You'll like these Victorian images. They are perfect for collage.