Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I tried to use bold, non traditional colors on this one and mounted them on black and then on white to make them stand out even more! The sentiment, also in the set, was set against the black ribbon so that it didn't get lost with everything else going on. I added the button and faux stitching (because as I said before, I am not a quilter and barely a seamstress) to go along with the theme of this card.
Here's a trick for you: Use little slivers of white scrap cardstock instead of thread in your buttons. It's easy to thread, you can make it whatever thickness you want, and if your like me there's PLENTY of it lying around :0)
I'm enjoying the last week of Christmas vacation preparing for the new year - out with the old, in with the new!! Cleaning out closets, drawers, taking down Christmas decorations, cleaning and purging the stamp room. However, I may have to take a break and find some stamping time too ;0)
Have a wonderful end to this year.
Monday, December 28, 2009
This month the two sets are Springtime Quilt and Quilting Forever.
Todays card features sweet spring images from the Springtime Quilt set. I used paper from daisyds Spring Blossoms collections to give it that warm homespun feel.
The Who's Who of November/December Featured Designers:
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/rohla
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/cardsbycarla
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/gabydee
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/jkincolorado
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
And Me!Randee Elsing
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/Randee_E
Just a reminder, you can see all of the projects current and past Featured Designers have uploaded to their SplitCoast galleries by viewing the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer Gallery. Have a look -- it's a great place to find all KINDS of great inspiration!
Friday, December 18, 2009
No, it is not a classy place, but the gum wall is classic Seattle. It is also one of those little pieces that really make the market. Gross and probably filled with all kinds of icky sickness and bacteria, the gum wall is a site to behold... we took our picture and added our gum... life is too short to skip simple fun...
A view of the two new sports stadiums and Mt. Rainier in the background.
Sorry I don't have anything crafty to show you. I think tomorrow I'll post some of the crafty Christmas cards I've received :0) Today is my last day of work for the rest of the year WAHOOO!!! So I'm hoping to get some crafty time in REAL soon!
Thanks for stopping by, hope your holidays are filled with family, friends and Christmas cheer!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Today I'm showcasing the lighthouse and one sentiment from the new Sailing By set. This set is just AWESOME!! The stamps are so versatile, there are ten stamps in all and the possibilities are endless. They were created by PMS's own Shalea Odd.
I created my card inspired by two awesome cards on SCS. The nite time sky and layout was inspired by this card. And I loved how they created the rocky shore on this card. I decided to use it for the waves too :0)
Well, if you've participated in a PMS blog hop before then I'm sure you're looking for that secret letter :0). Collect them all for your secret voucher code to receive 15% off your entire order at PMS.
So without further adieu, your letter from me is ......R.....
Thanks for hopping on by. Now hop on over to the wonderful PMS owner and stamper extraordinare KATIE !
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tomorrow is release day! That means a blog hop, and release party so be sure to check back!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Todays sneak peak features the new fairies being released this month. This is Dylan. I LOVE his puffy vest. I really want one just like it, same color too :0) The sentiment is also being released this month.
Today is also the start of the next Countdown to Christmas weekly special. This week PMS is offering 25% off all Holiday stamps. Check out the PMS blog for sneak peaks at all the other fairies being released on Monday as well as all the details on the Countdown to Christmas sale.
Well, I'm off to hit some craft fairs. I'm actually working at one for our school district. I'll be taking pictures of Santa with the kids :0) Hopefully I'll find some unique creative Christmas presents at the same time.!
Hope you all enjoy your weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Here's another card I made using the Anna Wights November release for Whipper Snapper. All three images are from the Think Snow set. The picture is really crappy, but all 3 tags are spritzed with my (at the moment favorite) Marshmallow Glimmer Mist.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I used the SU! snowflake die and the Spellbinders Fancy tags and pointed circle dies to create this card. The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps. This card was created for last Fridays PMS challenge to make something Christmas/holiday related. Although this doesn't really scream holiday, the snowflake at least pulls you in that direction ;0). I used the snowflake CB embossing folder and for lots of wintery sparkle I sprayed the kraft snowflake with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and the Fancy Tag with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist. That Marshmallow mist is perfect for holiday sparkle, I'm finding myself misting EVERYTHING with it!
If your in the mood to create something festive (or you already have) link it up on the PMS blog so we can all see it! Hope your day is full of wintery sparkle :0)
P(M)S. . . .if you're still in sale mode from this past weekend. PMS's Countdown to Christmas sale is 20% off all Moody's. Just enter Moody20 in the voucher box when your're checking out :0)
Friday, November 27, 2009
AND I was just tickled to find out that one of them is my neighbor! LITERALLY!! We live in the same town!! How fun is that :0) I can't wait to meet her and see her creative talent first hand! This is truly a small world. So without further delay, here is my blog award and ONE WORD answers to the quiz.
1. Where is your cell phone? Charging
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Thinner
20. Your TV? New
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I think I got a little carried away with the sewing machine :0) But I figure if I'm gonna lug the thing out, set it all up, that I might as well make good use of it! I added some sparkle to the top of the birdhouse and along the snowline with a Sakura stardust gel pen - doesn't like to photograph well. And it's also probably hard to tell that there are three layers to that snowman!! Finally, I added a little bling on each side of the sentiment to give it a little more emphasis, it kind of gets lost with everything else going on :0)
Looking forward to the nice long holiday? Starts tomorrow for me - I took the whole next week off!! Yippee!! We're headed out to see family - should be fun. So if it seems quiet around here - that's why. If you are traveling - hope all is safe and well. Gobble, gobble!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This little ice skating penguin is the cutest! I kept this card pretty simple and resisted traditional winter holiday colors. I have several friends who have birthdays during the winter, and thought this would be a cute winter themed birthday card! You can view these sets and all of Anna's other adorable stamps at Whipper Snapper Designs.
It's starting to get chilly around here, time to start getting the winter coats, hats, and gloves out. I enjoy the changing of the seasons, and winter for about a month. Usually around December 26th I'm ready for things to start warming up :0)
Hope you're day is warm and cozy!!
But first some background . . . My first step into blogland was through a link from Anna Wight's (A.K.A Sweet Miss Daisy) Splitcoast Stampers online gallery. I absolutely fell in love with her style, sense of humor and daily musings. I instantly became an avid follower and fan. She was my stamping idol! I bought all the tools she blogged about, I CASE'd her projects and cards and I practiced the tutorials she posted. I was thrilled when she ventured into the realm of designing stamps for Whipper Snapper. Her stamp designs are just as fabulous as the cards she creates. Always so heartwarming and filled with her sense of humor - some of them just crack me up! :0)
Soooo . . . when I received an email from Anna asking ME if I'd like to be a Whipper Snapper Featured Designer I just about pee'd my pants!! No, really!! She is my stamping rockstar and to let me go "on tour" with her for these next two months is literally a dream come true - Thanks Anna!
Today is RELEASE DAY for two of Anna's new sets!! Woo- Hoo!! Here's a peak;
So, that's my first card as a Featured Designer for Whipper Snapper. I hope you like it. Both of Anna Wight's new sets are available today, over at Whipper Snapper Designs.
Wanna check out some other fabulous creations made with these sets???
Here are the links to the other Whipper Snapper Featured Designers and to Anna's blog too!
Hop on over and tell them all hi!
The Who's Who of November/December Featured Designers:
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/rohlaBlog: http://inkaboutme.blogspot.com/
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/cardsbycarlaBlog: http://cardsbycarla.blogspot.com/
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/gabydeeBlog: http://gabiwithaneye.blogspot.com/
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/jkincolorado
(ME) Randee ElsingSCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/Randee_EBlog: http://www.mystampingground.blogspot.com/
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisyBlog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'll have more to share on Monday about why I am sooo looking forward to this weekend ;0)
So here's a card I made for the Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge over at PMS. It's a sketch challenge and you can check out the sketch and the other DT samples on the PMS blog.
I used the "to go" coffee image for the front of the card. It had a funky design to it so I tried going for that psychadelic color scheme?. It kinda has that Partridge Family vibe don't you think??
And here's the inside. I was trying to make it look like a to go cup with the corrugated cardboard wrap thingy. I think this sentiment is soo fun! I really wanted to put the words "Caffeine Trip" on the outside - I think that would just be too funny, but I couldn't get it to work with the image I had already created - but I'll keep it mind for another card :0)
Hope you all have a super duper weekend!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This "Boo Boo Monster" and sentiment are new releases over at PMS - isn't he the cutest? I created little band-aids to use as part of the design elements from the sketch layout.
The release party challenge was to use the colors, black, pink, white, a little bling, and texture.
And what's this?! a bonus card!! I created this card for the second PMS release party challenge to CASE a card in the PMS gallery. I loved this quilted card concept from Michelle as soon as I saw it and really wanted to try the quilted technique.
I punched a bunch of the same size squares out of coordinating paper from a small Basic Grey pad I had. I glued them to my card base and ran the whole thing through my CB and labels Nestability. I used a white gel pen to draw in the stiching, but wished I would have used real stitching instead. Oh well, I still think it achieved the look I was going for.
It's been a really crazy week here. 3 day training class at work - with homework :0( Hubby out of town :0( And some extra-curricular activity every night of the week. I haven't been able to blog hop as regularly as I like and it bums me out that I may be missing some awesome creativity !! Hopefully I can catch up with you all soon :0)
We're almost to Friday - yippee!! Have a happy Thursday everyone!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Today I am showing a card I made with sweet little Henry. He is very very special!! Not only is he a new release in the ever popular Fairy series, but a portion of all sales from this little guy will be given to fellow blogger/stamper Sarah Anderson and her family in remembrance or their 3 yr old son Henry who sadly and unexpectedly passed away this week.
I used lots of sparkly stuff on this card. This was fun to color - I think he looks a little like a Gingerbread Boy :0)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Katie (PMS owner) felt the need to do something to help out - in some small way to keep Henry's memory alive. So I Introduce you to Henry the snow angel fairy. $2.50 of the proceeds from each Henry sold will be sent to the Anderson family for them to use whatever way is best to keep Henry's memory alive for their family.
The digital version of Henry is available now at Paper Makeup Stamps . Henry in rubber stamp form will be available at 8:00 p.m. CST tomorrow night at the November Release Party. You can join in on the fun at the FORUM.
Check back tomorrow for a PMS blog hop with the opportunity to save, save, save. And check out what I came up with using Henry!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The recycle sign is also a separate stamp being released. On the flip side of this little tag I stamped the initial of the person I was giving it to.
You can see all of the other monsters and related images being released at the Paper Makeup Stamps blog - there are some cute ones for sure! And don't forget, leave a comment for the chance to win the entire release!
Have a happy GREEN day!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Today the sneak peaks are of a set of thank you sentiments called "Everyday Thanks". I'm showing a quote by William Shaespeare - classical, somewhat formal, but very sincere. I paired it with the thank you embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I went with one of my favorite color combos right now -brown and teal blue. Love it! It also has a very classy, formal look to it.
Head over to the blog and leave a comment. You can also view the Moody Girl peeks from yesterday, leave a comment and double your chances!! Tomorrow, I'll have yet another peek.
Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Sharon Ann, SU!
Ink: Staz on Black, Ranger Distress ink
Accessories: SU! ribbon, CB EF, Nesties, Paper Studio flower and bling
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I created this card using a free digi download from Verve. It was one of their image sets that didn't get turned into rubber. I thought both the mittens and the sentiment were beautiful.
I don't think there is a lot to this card that needs explaining. I did use Flock on the mitten cuffs. I haven't used that in FOREVER!! I used my favorite ribbon from SU! Gotta love Not Quite Navy!!
Short post today, but stop by tomorrow and the rest of the week. It will be busy around here as it gets closer to the November release for Paper Makeup Stamps on the 7th!!
Have a WONDERFUL day!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Check out the Countdown to Christmas sale over at Paper Makeup Stamps !
In honor of the holiday at hand . . . we're going to put a spell on you for this weeks Countdaown to Christmas!
And you'd better hurry....things are selling out fast! ALL spellbinders are 31% off the retail price! 31%!!!!!
This is is good on in stock merchandise only! Keep checking back as items will be restocked. The sales have already been put on each item so no codes to worry about!
Friday, October 30, 2009
1. My older two are thinking it's not so much fun if Mom tags along for trick or treating. They think they can cover more ground if they leave mom and little brother in the dust!
2. I think I've finally hit the point where I know longer have any say in what their costumes will be :0(
We had a near nuclear melt down last night because my 5 yr old didn't want to wear the adorable spider hat and web costume I was going to make for him. He was - stomp your foot on the ground- for sure going to be the store bought, mass produced Star Wars Storm Trooper that he was last year. After many attempts at coersion, bribery and near tears (on my part), I gave in. I decided there are bigger battles to win and that my days of coming up with cute, coordinating, creative costumes are over. Snif Snif . . . O.K., enough wallowing in self pity . . . onto the card! . . .
I couldn't think of anything else to do with that extra little panel to the side of the word art, so I just added a nice big pretty bow with a cute little rubber button in primary colors. I also added a little bling in each corner to focus on the word art. I wish more of the feet and alphabet would have been visible, but the card is already 5 1/2 inches and I didn't want to go any larger.
Well, hope you all have a frightfully fun weekend with lots of treats, sweets, and cooperative little goblins :0) Have Fun!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
With Halloween almost here, the stores are trying to get rid of their remaining seasonal items by giving deep discounts. That was the case with this dingle-bat fringe! I just thought they were soo adorable and there was only about 1 yard left and the price was right. I used some non-traditional colors here, not sure if I like them together, but I wanted the bats to stand out. I'm back to my go-to layout which can only mean that the mojo isn't flowing too strong right now :0)
Hopefully it will find it's way back. Maybe if I entice it with some hidden candy :0)
Have a great hump day everyone!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I can't take credit for this adorable little button spider. I bought him like that!
It rained ALL day today, very dreary. I hope there's some sunshine in the forecast this weekend, and I hope your weekend is sunny too :0)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Isn't this sentiment just so simply sweet. Not too mushy and could go with both genders. So, whats the deets on how to get your inky hands on this? Just head on over to the PMS Blog and you can download it for free. No hoops to jump through, no sign-ups, just save it to your computer and that's it. OF COURSE I'd LOVE to see how you use it!! Just leave a link!
For those that have never used a digi before, I was pretty skeptical too. I will always love my rubbers :0) But for scrapbookers or those that like to play around with different colors, sizes, etc. digis are pretty sweet! I just save it to my computer as a jpeg in my picture file, then I open it up in powerpoint. It's the easiest way for me to play around with the size and copy and paste multiple images on one sheet. Then I just print it out on cardstock. Easy Peasy!
I'm hoping for good weather today. My little guy is going on his first school field trip to the pumpkin farm! He was so excited to have to bring a sack lunch and he's determined to bring home the "biggest pumpkin of all" :0)
Hope your Wednesday is easy peasy!
Stamps: PMS Digi stamp
Paper: SU!, Crafty Secrets
Ink: Ranger distress ink, Cool Carribean
Accessories: Recollections pearl stickers, Ribbon ??, Nestibilities, CB, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlets die, Martha Stewart BFly punch, dimensionals
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I made the little center pumpkin by folding punched scalloped circles in half and gluing them together to give the 3-D effect. The little stem and leaf was ripped off some of my fake fall foliage I had laying around :0). The chipboard circle actually started out as black and white. I used a sponge and Ranger distress ink to turn it brown and better coordinate with the gorgeous Coffey background papers.
I decided to tie this card in with the Moxie Fab Challenge by adding a ruffled ribbon border above and below the center panel. I used a wire ribbon and just slid the ribbon on one side to create the ruffles. The ribbon is a nice copper brown and really shimmers IRL. Finally I added some 1/2 pearls in a nice coppery brown color to tie the panel and sentiment together.
I couldn't decide which picture I liked better so I posted both. I asked my oldest and he wasn't much help :0) I like the background in the first one, but I think elements of the card stand out better in the second one. Which do you prefer?
Well, hope the rest of your weekend is Just Right !!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I have always wanted to do a centerpiece of spooky black branches with little Halloween ornaments hanging off of them so when I saw how cute these ATC's were going to be I decided to add a little wire and tag to turn them into little ornaments! These things are soo stinkin' cute IRL they make me squeal :0) I was soo tickled when I realized how perfectly a few of the Monster Sayings sentiments coordinated with these images!! PMS rocks! The glittery chipboard letters from K & Company worked perfectly for this project and helped tie all 3 ATC's together.
We'd love for you to play along - you don't need to use PMS stamps. Just link up your creation Via Mr. Linky on the PMS BLOG
It's been a busy week and I'm excited for the weekend to be here. We don't have too many plans, but sometimes that's a good thing. Especially when the weather is crappy! There's nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, and either a good book, a good movie or my DH!! I love lazy weekends :0)
Hope your weekend is comfy and cozy!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I love how the patterned paper I used (DCWV Mi Casa) for the umbrella ends up looking like raindrops! The raincoat pp was a little tablet of mat stack adhesive paper. The adhesive backed pp made it a snap to just cut it out, peel off the backing and glue it down. And here's the full card showing my interpretation of the awesome sketch Annie B came up with . . .
This little girl (well I'm assuming it's a girl :0) is one of my favorite images by Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper. I love pairing her with this awesome sentiment by Paper Makeup Stamps. I tried to keep the card pretty simple and I followed the sketch pretty closely. I popped up the umbrella on dimensionals to give it some height. And I sponged around the edges of the circle (while it was still in the Nestie) to emphasize the girl more. The gloves, buttons and umbrella handle were colored right on the pp with Copics.
Sorry the picture isn't up to par (ETA: I updated the post with another picture I took in the daylight). My DH was away with the computer and I didn't have a chance to use any photo editing software. I really need to get a light box figured out. Can you tell me what light source you use? I've tried a 100W daylight bulb, but that doesn't seem to make any difference. Maybe I'm just setting it up wrong. I've heard about the Ott lights, but I'm looking for something a little less pricey if I can help it :0)
Whether the weather is sunny or rainy, hope your day is great!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thanks sooo much Courtney, Kelley, Kelly Marie, Ann, Lynette, and Winter for choosing my card. This challenge is so fun and fabulous and really gets you thinking outside the box!! I can't wait for the next challenge!!
I thought it was very "ugly" when we first looked at them, but once you get inside, the exterior becomes more appealing! It's got Flex Appeal !! :0) We think it looks like a Mini Cooper on steroids, and we love it. As the boys would say . . .it's "beastamonius"!!
Just thought I'd share a few of things that made me smile already today!! Hope your day is full of smiles!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
- Use a large sentiment or quote - check
- Use 3 or more layers - check
- Use fall colors - sort of (modern fall colors maybe)
- Add distressing - Gotta love Ranger distressing inks!
- Add brads, eylets or something similar - Stick on 1/2 Pearls are the best!
The second challenge was the Stamp Something Challenge to use the color brown -somehow, someway. I used lots of coppery brown colors in this card so I thought I would link it up. This week's prize winner will receive a 12 marker set from icopics! How cool is that?
Today also marks 11 weeks before Christmas, do you know what that means? It means that Paper Makeup Stamps is offering another week long special - and it's a great one!! Place any order and get a small sentiment for free!! Better yet, for every $10 you spend, you can choose one free sentiment stamp!! Checkout the PMS Blog for all of the details. This special will last for one week only, so don't be a lazy - next Saturday a new special will be posted.
I'm off to run my weekend errands! Mail some packages, pick up some Marketday, Trip to Walmart, yada, yada, yada . . . maybe I'll take the long way past the local craft store ;0) Have great weekend!
Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps, Ink: Staz On Black, Copics, SU! Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Soft Suede, Ranger Distress ink,Paper: SU White, Taken With Teal, Copper pp, Accessories: Copper ribbon, CB EF, Nestibilities, pearl accents
Friday, October 9, 2009
Being the Newbie to the group, the gals at PMS decided to haze, I mean initiate me into the group by making me the subject of the 1st challenge!! Hee hee, I was actually very humbled and honored.
So, the first challenge was to CASE a card from my blog or SCS gallery and change at least two things. I actually think that's kind of funny considering sooo many of my cards are CASE'd as well :0)
So, since I always love a good challenge , I'm playing along too! Here's the card I chose to CASE. And here's my "re-creation" of it:
I actually stamped this image at the same time as the other one. It has just been sitting around in my pencil box waiting to be useful! I changed the colors, added some sponging and used a different shaped Nestie this time around. I used the same sentiment as the first card (I think it goes so well with this image) but made it more of a focal point with the tag and ribbon.
So you want to play along? Just upload a card to SCS using Keyword PMSRP16. There's sure to be a fabulous prize up for grabs!
On another note, my friend Tiffany told me about the Picasa 3 free download. It's a great simple photo editing software for the novice like me that doesn't have Photoshop! This is my first card using it. What do you think? I was able to create one of those cool watermark signatures like I've seen sooo many others do. Easy as Peasy pie!!
Thanks for stopping by seems like I was rather chit-chatty today! I must be making up for the fun I missed on Wed. night :0) Thanks for stopping by - have super fabulous weekend - the weathers supposed to be crappy here and the Bears have a bye week. Time to get crafty!!
Stamps: PMS, Rosies Roadshow, Michaels $1 bin
Paper: SU! black, Neenah white
Ink: Memento black, copics, Ranger distress ink, SU! Cool Caribbean, Soft Suede
Accessories: Nestibilities, SU! ribbon