Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Valentines Verve Project Parade

My honey doesnt really eat alot of sweets. Or drink any coffee. But he does drink tea nearly everyday. So when this month's Verve Project Parade theme was Tags, Tins & Treats, I decided to make my own tea holder.

I took measurements for the teabag to make a base. Then stamped two panels for the walls of the holder. I used Spellbinder's label 9 to make the opening. Labels 9 seemed mimic an actual tea box opening perfectly.

I tried to make it not too girly. But really it only meant going with a blue theme rather than pink. He'll probably take off the bow before it goes to work with him, but I likes it.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Bountiful Backgrounds, Sweet Valentine
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, summer sky, spica glitter pens
Paper: PTI spring rain & tuxedo black, MM wedding pack
Accessories: white ribbon, spellbinders label 9 & circle, dauber

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cowboy Birthday

The hubs' daddy's birthday was a few weeks ago. But I had forgotten to post this card. I begged and pleaded with Nina (who hasnt updated in over a month) to let me borrow her TCP Its a western thing so I could use the sentis for my Having a Pow Wow. Only the end result was not using any stamps from my set...

I embossed the light blue background with Spots & Dots. I think its gotta a less girlie feel. But I had to add rhinestones to the corners where I used my tonic ticket punch.

The Dets:
Stamps: TCP Its a Western Thing
Paper: MB, SU, PTI
Ink: Memento black, copics
Accessories: spellbinder scalloped & standard circles, tonic ticket punch, spots & dots embossing folder, kaiser jewels

Friday, January 22, 2010


Didnt I mention I was obsessed with Rockstar Anya?

Long ago, before I discovered TCP, which led to MFT, TGF, Bella and PTI, I used to mass produce my cards. But now my cards take way longer to finish and I get bored. So I dont mass produce as much anymore.

But I really liked the Rockstar Ian card. I loved Lynda's clean layout. And I've been on a "color things in" kick. So I made three more Rockstar Anya cards but I varied the colors. Basically it was a platform to practice more hair coloring. Plus its an uber quick & easy card.

I used spica glitter in three different colors to do parts of her guitar, headband and the accent stars. Here's a close-up of one.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Starstruck, TGF Rockstar Anya
Paper: MB & SU
Ink: Memento black, copics, spica glitter pens

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wintery Ketto

Short and sweet post b/c I'm at a lost of things to talk about...

This is another of my Agnes Ketto cards. She's so fun to play with for two main reasons. One, her dress is fun to paper piece and two, her wings are awesome when they're all glitterfied. I colored the parts of her dress that was paper pieced with copics and added a border around her w/ a copic multiliner. For the ribbon I glued, a thinner blue piece on top of a wider black ribbon. I couldnt quite figure out how to add a bow, so I left it without.

You may not be able to tell but I used a bit of smooch for the little balls at the end of her skirt and for parts of her stocking.

The Dets:
Stamps: SB Agnes Ketto, Impress thank you
Paper: MB echo paper pack & blueberry notecard
Ink: Brilliance lavender, Memento black, copics, copic multiliner
Accessories: spellbinders ribbon tags, smooch, stickles

Monday, January 18, 2010

Testing 1...2..3...

I'm trying out this whole...delayed posting. But if it shows up at the wrong time, oh well.

I've been trying to make more of an effort to use the stamps that I buy. I know it may sound crazy, but I buy stamps and never use them for months. Some times ever. And in reading other blogs I know I'm not the only one guilty of this. So I do what I do best. I keep an excel list of the things I want (a very long list) and the things I buy. Once I buy them, I highlight them in red until I've made a card with them. Yes, I know, I'm a bit batty. But it helps me keep track.

This is a card I made using Verve's newish (okay well a few months old already) Thankful Accents set. I stamped it over PTI's spring rain cardstock in enchanted evening and cut out the four corner accents. Then for the background I used PTI's text background in enchanted evening again over soft stone cardstock.

This was a card for some of my christmas thanks, so I attempted to make the focal image look a bit like an ornament. I dont know if that came across very well...

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Thankful Accents, PTI text background
Paper: MB, PTI soft stone & spring rain
Ink: PTI enchanted evening
Accessories: Nesties scalloped & standard circles, ribbon

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Procrastination at its best

There's about a million other things I should be doing right now. But I'm not. I've been reorganizing my stamps. Maybe it was inspirations from Jessica's editorial in the TGF newsletter. I really wanted those binders. Or some other way to organize my stamps so I can admire them without actually stamping...

So instead of housework, I pulled out my label maker, went through all my cds and made a royal mess. But the end result I have a bunch of my TGF, Verve and Bellas in a neat orderly PTI-esque fashion. And while kind of makes me sad. I mean how many other people can fit their most beloved stamps in a single shoe box?

I need more.

So for today's card, I was totally inspired and a bit case-y with this one. I just loved the card Lynda made in the Verve's starstruck gallery. It was so clean and simple. And of course I've been obsessed with the TGF Rockstar Anya. So I decided to combine the two.

I have a friend that we play Rock Band with alot. But being a boy, I couldnt very well send him a Rockstar Anya card. Well I could but I dont think he'd appreciate it as much. So I altered, or more like paper pieced, Rockstar Ian. Can you tell which ones I used? Its Edward's legs, the guitar and body are part of Anya, only I had to cut a bit of her shirt off b/c it looked a bit too flarey girlie. Then of course Skater Ian's head. Then I used some spica glitter pens to color in the stars. Even though the hubs said glittery was kinda girlie I dont care. Hehe...

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Starstruck, TGF Edward, Skater Ian, Rockstar Anya
Ink: Memento, copics, spica pens, copic multiliner
Paper: SU! & MB

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge, Take One

I gotta keep it short and sweet since its late and I pinched a nerve in my neck. Threw it out. Something. All I know is, this whole "aging" thing, really not my cup of tea.

Anyways, Dawn McVey had another Raspberry Suite Color Challenge and I decided to play along. She always has the most fabulous color combinations. I stamped each of the colored panels with a different background stamp. The aqua panel came out pretty light. Maybe next time I'll have to experiment with different colors to get it to pop a bit more.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Bountiful Backgrounds, PTI Say it w/ Style, Turning a new leaf and Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Versamagic aquatic splash, Memento dandelion, Brilliance pearlescent chocolate
Paper: PTI dark chocolate, aquatic splash & lemon tart
Accessories: PTI buttons & ribbon, krafters floss

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Monochromatic Mercy

This week's Monday Mania theme on the Club Anya's website is to use a Monochromatic Color scheme. Did I spell that correctly? And I know its a bit cliche but how could I not choose pink. As apparent from my blog, its pretty much my favorite color.

I colored up TGF's Rockstar Anya (who's my current fav) in various shades of pink. Then I used a bit of stickles over her headband and guitar and thought it be a nice touch to put the diamond glaze over it all too. B/c guitars should be shiney and sparkly. Only I got really impatient and didnt want to let the glaze dry overnight, so I whipped out my heat gun. Really. Bad. Idea. The glue got all weird and really white and clumpy in all the wrong places. So I kinda wiped it all off. Then covered all my messed up bits in glitter. But I'm just going to say I think the glitter gives the card a bit of dimension...hehe.

Then in trying to decide a layout I remember loving this card by Jodi. Which so happened to be a Mercy sketch. And doesnt Mercy just have the greatest sketches?

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Rockstar Anya
Paper: MB Sweetheart collection & notecards
Ink: Memento black & copics
Accessories: MS punch, PTI raspberry fizz ribbon, stickles

Friday, January 8, 2010

Quickie Mojo Friday

Quickie post since we're on our way out the door to fix the hub's phone. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to function on a phone that dies after 5 minutes of talk? I dont quite remember what we did before cellies, oh yeah. We showed up 3 hours late to surprise birthday parties. *g*

Anyways, this my take on this week's Mojo Monday, MOJO120. It is an uber fabulous sketch. I broke out my old Memory Box pattern papers and paired it up w/ my new Verve Sweet Valentines sentiment. I daubered some Memento angle pink for the sentiment panel. Then I colored in the hearts w/ a pink spica glitter pen and covered the whole thing with some diamond glaze. I'm digging the glossy glittery effect.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Sweet Valentines
Paper: MB sweetheart collection, PTI cardstock
Ink: Memento angel pink, Brilliance graphite black
Accessories: Diamond Glaze, kaiser pearls, PTI raspberry fizz ribbon, spellbinders scalloped & standard circles

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Rainy January

You know how some times a card just comes together and everything is fabulous? This was not one of those cards.

I love the doodlebug paper but I've always had issues matching it with other things. Anyway enough complaining. I inked up Rain for the upteenth time, but she's adorable. My coworker loves her too and asked (read: demanded) a birthday card w/ Rain. And her daughter's birthday is sometime this month.

I embossed some white cardstock with Divine Swirls and ran it through my Bug again w/a circle spellbinder. Then I mounted my cut out Rain on top it. Sponged some memento ink over the tag to finish it off.

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Rain Snow Shine, Amuse sentiment
Paper: Doodlebug cupcakes, SU!, MB
Ink: Memento angle pink & tuxedo black, copics
Accessories: Spellbinders scalloped, standard circles & tag dies, PTI ribbon, kaiser jewels, swirls embossing folder

Friday, January 1, 2010


Howdy, 2010!

I'm totally digging this week's Copic Color Challenge colors of Yellow Green (YG03), Prune (BV02) and Light Crockery Blue (B93). I have no idea what crockery is supposed to be. Like plates? Some descendant of a crocodile?

When I saw the colors I automatically thought of uninked tee pee in my TCP's Having a Powwow set.
The layout is based on Jen's SFYTT but I took some liberties. Personally I dont really like to use one card for multiple challenges, but what can I say. Sometimes I'm a big hypocrite. Puffy jacket, anyone? Plus the whole thing just kinda came together. And after I spent about three days on a TGF card, it was a very nice change of pace for everything to just fall into place.

The Dets:
Stamps: TCP Having a Powwow and Its a Western Thing
Paper: MB notecards and echo pattern paper
Ink: Copics, Memento black, spica glitter pen
Accessories: spellbinders scalloped & standard circles, kaiser pearls