Monday, May 23, 2011

Change is good, right?

You may have noticed that I have been making little changes to the design of my blog every so often. But today, I have hit the mother load of change - I've changed the entire hosting domain of my blog. From Blogger to Wordpress.

Apparently, Daniel, my technology GURU, thinks Blogger is not "powerful and versatile" enough so I have to go to a "better" one - solely his opinion, but after the blogger outage last week, infrequent they may be, I am inclined to agree.

Anyhow, my new blog address can be found at I will no longer be posting here but at my new blog. You will also be getting a new invite to follow me on my new blog address ... sorry about the inconvenience. But please continue to subscribe to my blog. I very much appreciate your support of my creative journey.

I've made a card to welcome you to my new blog space.... head on over.

Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the school year ...

I'm sad that 1 of my children is graduating preschool ... the end of his 1st formal school experience, the end of some of his 1st friendships, the end of some closer adult relationships he has built with his teachers.

There is also some degree of excitment about starting kindergarten in the fall - new teachers, new school, new friends, "new toys", new learnings, a new beginning of being a "big boy" ... I suppose there will be many more ends and beginnings to come.

But don't forget to thank the teachers who make your children's school experience a memorable one. Here is one of the cards I made for his teachers.

Background patterned paper is from Karen Foster School Collection. Journaling lines on the white cardstock is part of the Impression Obsession Cover-a-card notebook stamp. The pencil is part of the October Afternoon report card clear stamp collection and is embossed with  Ranger super fine black embossing powder and colored with Copic markers (Y04, E00, E31, C03). Sentiment is diecut using my Silhouette machine.

Have a happy scrappy summer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another challenge this week ...

I get so inspired to make more cards when I have a reason to make these ... Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. I try to use each challenge to try out various inking/coloring techniques so please leave feedback when you can. Thanks.

This week, Tammy is challenging us to create a card/project using the paper flower topiary (below), made by Julia Sandvoss as an inspiration.

When I saw the topiary, all I could think about was some old English antique drawing room with white linen and fine china sitting around and an antique card would sit on the nearby desk. Here is that card ...

The background was stamped using Hero Arts antique writing cling mount stamp. The butterflies & dragonfly were also part of the stamp but I colored them with Copic Markers (Y4, Y15, B21, B24, YR04, YR02, E15) and mounted them with pop dots. 2 corners were rounded and chalked with ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk. Simple card that took less than 10 minutes to get done - that's another reason to love background stamps.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Impression Obssession Black and White Challenge

I love challenges - they give me a reason to get cracking and as the name implies - they also challenge me to be versatile with my creations and use different colors and medium. Did I say I love challenges?

Here is the card I am submitting for this week's challenge.

Background is stamped with Impression Obsession Cover-a-card Wavy Lines and embellished with Hero Arts crystal gemstones. Foreground is embossed with Sizzix textured impressions embossing folder - wedding set #2 set on coredinations black cardstock.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Time to organize ...

Sorry everyone for the gap in post - Blogger, the hosting domain, went down last week for over 2 days and no one could get in to post anything. In addition, they took all the post and comments after 5/12 down with it. What a nightmare! So here I am re-typing the 5/12 post again and it infuriates me as I am typing and also not knowing if the blog invites I sent that day got to anyone. I hate to inundate friends with multiple invites. Sorry for gripping - I found a quote from a source I don't remember that says "If you threaten me, I'll blog about it".

Anyhow, I spent most of my time today, reworking on the blog what was lost, hunting for tools, fondling my tools, moving it from place to place to try a new spot instead of stamping and actually creating something. That means it's time to organize again...organizing always refreshes my creative mind. Finding a new home for something is like looking at the world from a different perspective - sometimes, the perspective is so different, I can't find what I am looking for. (but that is for another post).

In one of my mentally idle moments, I found Ted's amazing, out-of-this-world stamp organization. OMG!!! you have to see it to appreciate that OMG comment!! It's a level of organization that only a librarian (or some related profession) can come up with!!

My own stamp collection is in 3 piles - to be used (on my craft desk), used and to be put back (on my computer desk) and unused (in 3 ring binders). Binders didn't quite work for me because the weight of the stamps were ripping the D-rings out of the binders and it just seem like a 3" binder could hold about 10-15 stamp sets before they would start ripping out. So I wondered for a long time (6 months to be exact) if Ted's system can redefine the current state of organized chaos in my own stamp collection.

I decided to embark on this organizational journey that I have dared not venture. So I bought 200 empty CD jewel cases from Polyline Corp - they are the cheapest (including shipping) I have found online @ $0.14/case. My husband rolled his eyes when he saw me spending money on junk again. Here is a picture of it.

It's been sitting for a week now - I better get a moving on it otherwise, I would have fallen off this organization bandwagon before it got anywhere. And since I have already post it, that is added incentive to keep moving and get my stamps in the cases.

Have a great day today and I hope blogger doesn't remove this post again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge ...

Good morning!!

I just love the Flourishes products - so timeless and elegant. And best of all, every Tuesday, they have a challenge where you can win. So here is my submission for this Tuesday.

My background was embossed using Tim Holtz Burlaps and Swirls Texture Fades and the evening gown image is from Impression Obsession. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Purple Concord to color the image.

Enjoy and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lennar @ Rhapsody Open House event ...

Hi there bloggers!! The Lennar @ Rhapsody Open House has come to an end. What a wonderful showing of people who were willing to share their time and fun personalities. The model house shows beautifully and everyone was visible impressed. You can see the floor plan of the model here.

I also can't beginning to thank everyone for their support with card sales. It certainly is a boost in ego to hear someone compliment and buy my handmade cards. I truly love making cards and it has taken me a number of years to be able to put a price tag on my creations and part with it. Thanks Scott for including me in the event - I am armed with inspiration for my next batch of cards.

Till the next post ....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Impression Obsession Challenge ...

Good morning everyone!
The Impression Obsession pick your Favorite IO Image will be ending in 2 days (May 11, 2011). Be sure to visit their website to view the Design team's cards as well as cards that customers submit for the challenge. 

I would like to share the card I submitted to the challenge. 

Most of the time, I just buy the stamps that catch my eye. Most of the time, they end up being used once and back to the garage sale table. This Impression Obsession stamp "gift of love" is one of the most versatile ones that I use over and over again for many different occasions. It is colored with Derwent watercolor pencils. I also use part of a flourish from Autumn Leaves for background.

Have a great day and wish me luck in the challenge.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Welcome and Happy Mother's Day! Today is one of the rare days I get so much time to myself to play in my craft room - thanks to the cooperation of my husband and children. So here is one of my favorite Mother's Day card I made to share.

To create the background, I used Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Tapestry, embossed with Ranger Ink black embossing powder and inked it with Tsukineko VersaColor Ultimate Pigment Ink - canary, scarlet and orange.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by. Please make sure you're are following my blog to get regular updates.

Challenges entered:
 ABC DT challenge

A Beginning ...

I have been assimilated by the Blog Borg. . . Resistance was futile! I will try blogging for a month; if I keep up with it, I may just keep going. I will ramble about stamping, scrapbooking, paper crafting and all thing hobbies for the most part. But I am quite sure that my adventures as a mom with 2 kids, 5 and under, will crop up occasionally as well. I have three more week before preschool ends  -- just enough time (I hope) to organize my craft room and I sure am looking forward to the Copic Certification class that I am attending in 2 weeks...yoohooo!!! Did I mentioned I'm obsessed with Copic Markers too?? - 144 sketches and counting.