Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wicked Simple!

Hey stampers!  I have a really quick Halloween card for you today.  I got to stamp for a while on Sunday and after Jon went to bed I stayed up to stamp a little more...well I wasn't very motivated and knew I was short on time so after looking at some cards I had already made, I found a layout that was totally simple and could fit to the card I wanted to make....I just turned it on it's side!

I used the wicked cool stamp set that I just got and I love it, it's cute and only slightly spooky!  I also went with a basic color combo of black, pumpkin and basic gray.  I also used my new color spritzer tool...it's fun!  The spider web background was embossed with the folder that comes out TOMORROW!  I also sprayed it with the silver shimmer spray for a bit of bling!  Oh, and the main image was stamped on a piece of white CS cut out with the new clearlit scallop rectangle, so cute!  Hope you like it!

Cardstock: Whisper white, basic black, basic gray, pumpkin pie
Ink:  Basic black and gray
Accessories:  clearlit rectangle, pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon, silver smooch spray

Happy stamping!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Messy Mindy

So I had a swap due this weekend for the AWESOME Holiday Mini that comes out on the first.  I guess I work better under pressure because I finished right under the wire last weekend so I could get to the PO to ship them last week.  Not that I actually HAD much time to work on them in the past few weeks with football starting anyway!  BUT swaps are always a challenge for me...why???  Because I suck (or tend to think I suck) at designing cards, I'm usually a serial case-er!  I should do more swaps (but can't really afford it with the supplies and postage, haha) because it realllllly pushes me to get creative.  The card I ended up with amazed me, I was pretty proud of it (just call me Jan Tink, YILM)!  I'll show it another time, once I know the swaps have gone out!  I designed it late one night and it took a good couple of hours.  And here is what happened to my poor desk in the aftermath....

Now, it's probably looked worse but still, there was stuff everywhere!  Anyway it kind of got the juices flowing and so I was able to stamp today and came up with this little gem:

I just love the Jolly Old Saint Nick set and you can get it on the first!  The holly jolly Christmas is from the set called "bright Christmas".  The glass glitter is also in the mini and it's fab!!!!  So vintage and really adds that extra something!  I'm using a lot of it!  I'm also practicing my water coloring and think I'm doing a bit better!  Anyway that's about it for tonight, hope you enjoy the card!  I'll list the supplies here:

Stamps:  Bright Christmas, Jolly Old Saint Nick
Paper: watercolor, always artichoke, cherry cobbler, crumb cake
Ink: crumb cake, artichoke, cherry cobbler, garden green, riding hood red
Accessories:  Crochet trim, crystal effects (to glue the glitter), champagne glass glitter,scallop trim border punch

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Christmas a little early

Hi stampers!  How quickly time flies, it was Halloween yesterday (here on my blog) and it's Christmas today!  I've been making some Christmas cards ever since I got my Holiday Mini Catalog pre-order...although I SHOULD be making Halloween and fall themed cards first I suppose...but where is the fun in that?  I mean Hallmark ornaments have been out since July (and YES, I did buy a few already, hehe).  This card uses probably what is my favorite set out of the whole mini called "Jolly Old Saint Nick".  I just LOVE the vintage feel of the santas and snowman in this set!  They are so cute and cheery! 

I lightly colored in the Santa with some inks and a bender pen and then I added a dot of two way glue and dazzling diamonds.  I also wheeled the bottom of the card with the "Jolly Jingles" wheel.  I really like the color combo of real red and pink, I used the new in-color "blushing bride" here.  I was on the fence about it but have found I really like it and it's great for vintage/retro Christmas stuff!

So here is my cheerful chubby guy:

Supply list
Stamps:  Jolly Old Saint Nick & Jolly Jingles wheel
Paper: Real red, whisper white, baja breeze, garden green, blushing bride
Ink:  Real red, baja breeze, staz on, blushing bride
Accessories: dazzling diamonds, decorative label punch, dotted scallop border punch, real red taffeta ribbon

And tonight I'm sitting down to plan my classes for the next few months so be on the lookout for the dates and times.  It's been really hard to find times with my work schedule and football getting into full swing but I'll do my best to fit it all in!!!  I'll be holding an exciting open house in a few weeks where you can place orders AND get lots of retired stamps and merchandise for great deals....and even have the chance to get retired stamp sets FREE with the purchase of a new stamp set!  I'll post the deets soon!  I'll also be having my annual Fall Frenzy and a few Christmas themed classes!

Until next time....happy stamping!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A little batty

Hey stampers! I have a sneak peek for you today from an upcoming class (time and date still to be determined) that I'll be holding in the next month or so which will be based around Halloween (which you all know is one of my fave holidays) and Thanksgiving. Yes, it's almost time for my annual FALL FRENZY!

So, here is one of the projects that we will be making:
OMG, aren't these little guys just the cutest???? And if you didn't need the mini milk carton die and bat punch before you sure do now...at least I did....I just HAD to order the bat punch after seeing these! These were on display at convention and I saw pictures of them and knew I had to make some. I plan to fill them with candy:-) The tag is inked with markers and is from the "Grateful Greetings" stamp set. My only complaint is that this set is only available in wood mount and not clear...but I still had to get it after it came back from last fall's mini! The colors here are tangerine tango, pumpkin pie, old olive, and rich razzleberry and I think they are just PERFECT for all things spooky!!!!!!!! You can look for me using that combo a LOT! I hope you enjoy the "eye candy" today and if you want to make your own be on the lookout for details on my Fall Frenzy class coming soon! Happy stamping!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quick post

So out internet wasn't working Friday night and after a long phone call with comcast we had to get a repairman out...on Sunday...well Jon got it working Friday night, great! So we canceled the appointment which was totally inconvenient on Sunday morning anyway...any time 7-10, really? So we went to church and all and now last night it's out again...guess we should have kept that appointment. So with football practice starting two-a-days today I'm sitting at Panera using their internet before I have to go back for night practice (remind me to take my bug spray!!!!). So this will be a quick post and hopefully sometime between 1 and 4 tomorrow I'll have my internet back! So here are a couple of cards using stamps and supplies from the upcoming holiday mini. I hope to be back later this week with more as well!

Rejoicing in Christmas - finally a religious set that I like again!

This little chubby cute as pie snowman (and card) is the very reason I just had to have this set called Jolly Old Saint Nick!
And a Halloween one....sorry for no supplies, if you have a question just ask:-) All of these cards will be in the mini catalog and PLEASE let me know if you'd like one!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Christmas in July...well sort of

Hi stampers! I wanted to share a card today that I made yesterday...well it was a few days in the making by the time the glue for the glitter dried:-) So it technically was made in July even though I'm posting it in August, haha. I just got a big order of new goodies on Friday so I've been able to play a bit. This card uses one of the new sets from the catalog that I didn't love at first but then had to have, Greeting Card Kids. Now, I'm not usually one for stamps with kids/people on them but these are just too cute and remind me of the Campbell's Soup Kids. This card didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to as I was using a card in the catalog and looking at a sample made by one of my favorite bloggers/demos, Ilina Crouse. So...I really intended for it to have silver glitter and pear pizzaz like in the catalog but got busy looking at the other card and so I used the clear glitter and old olive...oh well...maybe I'll do a do-over! I don't love my coloring but I'm getting better. The card also uses the new crochet trim and the newsprint DSP. Very vintage indeed! I did a lot of sponging and some distressing as well. The glue dried a bit muddy so I would use a different option next time but I still liked it. The new in color blushing bride is really growing on me too! So here's the card, let me know what you think! And hopefully I'll have more cards and maybe even a class or event for you soon!

Stamps: Greeting card kids, Four the Holidays, Serene snowflakes
Paper: Blushing bride, old olive, watercolor, very vanilla, newsprint DSP
Ink: Old olive, soft suede, riding hood red, blushing bride, crumb cake
Accessories: Tombow glue, chunky glitter, crochet trim


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