Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day of School

It has been a while since I had the opportunity to post something. The last few days have been very busy getting Simon and myself ready for the first week of school. This morning Simon headed off to kindergarten. I looked several places for things with his name on it but they don't really make things with Simon on it so I made him his own backpack tag so he could easily find his bag when it was time. Of course at the bus stop he did not want me to wait with him or even stand remotely close to him. Simon also made me give him his kiss and hug before we left the house!
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Peekaboo Monkeys

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It's Friday and another round of Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge. I really liked this week's sketch. The nine circles was fun to play with. I also wanted to use the monkey set I have since it's in my must-use-soon-because-it-hasn't-seen-ink pile on my craft table. I also had the opportunity to practice with colored pencils some more. I'm mostly pleased with the card other than the sky. Big areas are hard but this was coloring number 3 on the monkeys so I was ready to move on.

Card Details:
Stampin Up card stock, Changito Monkeys (Stampendous), circles were cut with nestabilities and a nestabilities for the center circle.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Scrapbook Thursday Sprinkler Fun

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For scrapbook Thursday I actually finished a layout this week. I have a pile of half finished scrapbook pages that I've been trying to plow through. Usually they're missing titles or journaling or that little something. This page was missing a title and a little something.

These sprinkler pictures are from this summer (yeah! Usually I'm a year or two behind) at my parent's house. I used the Imaginese papers and popsicle stamps. The title is made with one of my favorite fonts--fairy tale. It is a cuttlekids font and was very inexpensive. $17.99 regular retail, but I picked mine up when Michael's clearenced them out this winter.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SC189 Sunset Buddha

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I am trying another sketch challenge. This time it's the Splitcoast Wednesday challenge. I have a pile of stamp sets that have never or rarely been used. This Asian Influences set from Inkadinkado was in the pile. I originally purchased it to make masculine cards with but I have been intimidated about coloring the people in the set!

Card Details
Inks: Marigold morning, cranberry crisp, pumpkin pie, true thyme
Paper: white, black, olive card stock
Stamps: Asian Influence
Other: Colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #28

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I stalk the Taylored Expression blog fairly regularly. I've always wanted to try one of her cupcake challenges but every time I look at a sketch my creative mind shuts down. I gave this week's challenge a try. So here is my creation for Taylored Expression's Cupcake Challenge #28.

Card Details:

Card stock and stamp are from Stampin' Up!. The brass brad is from Hobby Lobby. The designer paper is by Making Memories. I used pink stardust pen to shade in the flowers on the stamp.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Notecard Trio

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Originally uploaded by stamping_sara
I created this note card trio for my MMM (Monday morning mailings) partner Lynn. We were to create 6 monogrammed note cards with envelopes. I created 3 designs, 2 each. The bird card doesn't have a monogram but I think Lynn will forgive me. The envelopes have bling and the bird stamp to coordinate with the cards.

Card details:
Chocolate and pink piggy bazzil card stock, chatterbox designer papers, bird stamp from Inkadinkado, die cut letters from cuttle kids and bling from the dollar spot at Michael's.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Scrapbook Thursday Bluebonnet Layout

So I didn't manage to get a scrapbook layout completed this week as I have been working on items for my next class and some swaps coming up. I do have a layout for you from the bluebonnet season. This layout was the first time I really played with Photoshop. I also stamped on an overlay to get the swirls and flowers on top of the picture. All of the stamps are from Inque Boutique. The "bluebonnets" is a sizzix die ( the closest I could find to a bluebonnet). The paper is by Kaiser.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My Survivor Card

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Originally uploaded by stamping_sara
This is the card I created for the Survivor contest on The Stamp Shack. I also think I will be sending this card to my mom for her birthday. We always tease her about the buckets of margaritas that she buys. Of course we ignore the fact that the bucket lasts her ten months!

For this card I dusted off my prisma pencils and gamasol and worked on shading a bit. I have been on the fence about getting copics or some other kind of alcohol markers. However I still haven't perfected the colored pencils so I think for the time being I will concentrate on learning to shade well with the pencils before I invest the chunk of change that markers will cost me.

Card Details:
I'm not sure where the stamp came from, I received it in a RAK once. I stamped it with classic black. The "salt" is coarse glitter. The background is created on glossy card stock with sponged marigold morning, pumpkin pie and cranberry crisp inks.