Thursday, July 31, 2008

everyone's a critic

I didn't stamp for a few days and lost my comes and goes so easily. So I've spent the better part of this last week buying stamps and not actually stamping. I scored some A muse stamps that have been on my wish list for a while.

Tonight I decided to play with some of them...
It's very plain but I think I was trying too hard to use the new stamps. Last week with the 'Rock Star' stamp this came naturally...this one felt a bit forced. Maybe it's because I'm not a nature girl, I'm an air conditioning kinda girl. :-)

Back to the title...I showed this card to my husband and he did not feel it was one of my best. His contribution to the card was the grass, he felt the deer was hovering and needed to be grounded. I'll get him stamping one of these days!

Images & Paper: A muse. Ink: Prismacolor, Copic, Memento, Tombow, Kohn-I-Nor pencils & gamsol.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

not too hot...

quick post since I'm not feeling too great...card is for Addicts challenges, yet another rock star...

Images & Paper: A muse. Ink: Memento & Prismacolor Markers

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ode to John Mayer...

My friends and family know that I obsessed about one thing in particular, John Mayer. I was able to go to one of his concerts late last year and sit in the fifth row. So after playing with the 'Rock Star' stamp this week my thoughts turned to John Mayer and that concert. In the past, if I'm on floor at a concert I can weasel my way to the front. Unfortunately the Mayer concert was an exception, there were tons of police separating the stage and the front row. This card is my memory of that night...

Images: A muse Ink: Memento, Prismacolor, Spica pen

Technique note: I found the tip on how to do the spotlight from Julie E.

The other funny thing about this design is that in came to me this afternoon while I was at work. I even got out a piece of paper to sketch it so I wouldn't forget. Here's a picture of the sketch which clearly appears to be drawn by my three year old.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


This is officially my favorite I've ever done!!! The A muse addicts challenge is to use 1 of 4 stamps on your card. Of the 4 I only have one...rock star. So this week will be devoted to all things rock staresque. To create this image I masked his strumming arm, then stamped him on the page next I inked up his strumming arm and flipped it upside down. I couldn't have done it without my stamp-a-ma-jig!!!
Paper & Images: A muse. Ink: Memento, prismacolor markers, spica glitter pens & stickles

Monday, July 21, 2008

when the cats away...

I was almost where I wanted to be with this card, the only thing I was stuck on was the sentiment as usual. I might still try and figure it out!

I used the rock star stamp and masked him over the couch to make it look like he was jumping off. Then i used the girls night out and masked the girl piece, I wrote in boys to finish the idea.

Paper & Images: A muse. Ink: Memento, Koh-I-Noor pencils, gamsol.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Coffee Cup

I created these cards for the Amuse Addicts Weekly Challenge...the coffee cup is really cute and had been waiting to use it!

This first card was a fun for me, my husband loves his starbucks in the morning. Luckily where we work there's a Starbucks on site, it's rare to see him from 8-11 without a cup in his hand. It doesn't even have to be warm, which I find pretty gross!

I cut a slit in the back on the truck to slide in the cup of coffee. Then I used a pop dot to give it some dimension.

Paper & Images: A muse. Ink: Memnto, Koh-I-Noor pencils w/gamsol, and prismacolor markers.

This next card was actually the first card I made, I had stamped three cups but could only fit two so the previous card was born! I'm still working on the AP online class and my favorite take away so far has been the brown paper I used for this card. It really makes an image pop so I'm going to try and pick some up! Other than that I got to play with my new color pencils, they were nice but I'll need to learn to have a lighter touch. I'm one of those people who get blisters on their writing hand from pressing so hard on the pen/pencil.

Paper & Images: A muse. Ink: Memnto, Koh-I-Noor pencils w/gamsol.

Marker Storage

I'm in love with my new marker storage. I picked up a tip on splitcoast about using the Quickutz Magpie storage, upside down. It's just the right size and it allows me to see all the colors without going thru my pencil box, which was my previous storage! The great thing is there's still room to grow my marker collection.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

when inspiration strikes...

I got this and 10 other cards from the Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento, CA. I believe it was part of the make-n-takes from the AP party going on. I really liked it and wanted to do something similar so here's my take below...

It's raining candy!!! I used the cloud stamp and masked the snowflakes. Then used the candy stamps that came with kit to fall from the clouds, I also put one in the elf's hand. The last thing I did was use the 'home sweet home' & 'warm wishes' to get 'sweet wishes'

Paper and Stamps: A muse. Ink: Spica Glitter pen, prismscolor markers & memento ink

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My favorite color

is Purple! I use it whenever I get the chance. I usually pair it with green for a nice combo. For this card I was able to pull out my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I'm totally hooked on this method...color, blend, color some more, blend some more and so on!
Images & Paper: A muse. Ink: Memento & Prismacolor pencils.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wishing You...

AP is winding down for the year, one of the last things being offered is a stamp kit with a free online class. This is the first card I made from the class and it took me forever to finish it. I think I got hung up on looking at how great the original card looked and I over thought the placement of each stamp. Hopefully the rest will go a bit faster...

Images & paper: A muse. Ink: Memento, Colorbox, Prismacolor.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

AP Clear Challenge

This is a quick card for the AP clear sticker challenge. I used two of the new stamps from the most recent release. I also got the chance to play with a new punch I picked up this weekend.
Images& Paper: A muse. Ink: Versamark.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I really have been stamping...

I just haven't had the chance to update in a while. I was able to take a day off from work and I had the whole house to myself. So I spent the afternoon stamping, which was perfect since it was raining outside.

I made a few cards for last week's AP challenges but each took an hour. It truly takes me a while to get my ideas together. I always read about people that knock out cards in 5-10 minutes but it takes me that long (or more) to figure out what stamp I'm going to use. Here are the ones I worked on this past weekend.

Images: A muse. Ink: Memento Paper: A muse. Images: ScrappyCat Ink: Memento Images: A muse, Studio G. Ink: MementoImages & Ribbon: A muse. Ink: Memento

AP Goodies

Here are my goodies from this year's AP, time to get stamping!