Saturday, August 30, 2008

More Teacups

I made another card (see previous post) using the Teacup Fairies stamp set and the BasicGrey paper. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Clear Artistic Stamps I'm Just Saying. I've recently made three cards using the Teacup Fairies set, which means if I make two more, I will have a set of five to give as a gift. Sounds like a good project for the long weekend!

I don't think that I ever posted this card on my blog:

This is the first in the installments of my Teacup Fairies cards. Now you've seen all three! If you've never seen this card before, it must be that you aren't visiting In the Cottage Studio, which is Belinda's blog, where I also post my work. Check it out!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pretty Papers

I really love the Sultry collection of papers from BasicGrey. Maybe because they have lots of pink? Pink, brown and green--yep, that's gotta be it! The Teacup Fairies stamp set from Clear Artistic Stamps coordinates perfectly with these papers. And guess what, it's on sale this week!

Don't forget to check out the great freebies that Belinda offers on her site.

Have a good Thursday.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Vamp Stamp News Winner

The winner of my drawing for the September issue of Vamp Stamp News is:

LadyDoc (Teresa)


P.S. Check out In the Cottage Studio for Belinda's gift box card.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bask in Sunsets

I had fun putting some scraps of cardstock together to make this card. The stamps are from Prickley Pear and I stamped with the Palette Hybrid Ink pads in New Canvas and Burnt Sienna. Love that ink! It behaves like a combination of pigment ink and dye ink, and dries really fast.

Hope your weekend is going well. It's extremely hot here, so needless to say, I'm inside with the a/c cranked up! Have a good Sunday.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Well, Whoopity Doo!

OK, everybody--I want you to RUN, don't walk to your nearest stamping shop to purchase the September 2008 issue of Vamp Stamp News. I'm delighted to announce that three of us on the Clear Artistic Stamps design team had cards published in that issue using some of the beautiful stamps designed by Belinda Landtroop. Etha's card is on the back cover, and Gwen and I have cards in the center part of the magazine.

In fact, I'm so excited about all this, that I want to give away my extra copy to someone who leaves a comment on this post.

Here's how to play: Go to the Clear Artistic Stamps store and look for the list of new stamp sets being released in September. Come back here and leave a comment giving me the name of one of those sets. I will choose a winner on Monday August 25th at 1pm eastern time.

You'll win the Sept. 08 issue of Vamp Stamp News, and of course I'll throw in a few extras just for fun.

Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Life's a Beach

Can you believe this? I'm actually making a scrapbook page within two months of taking the pictures! My photos usually sit around much longer than that.

I had fun with all kinds of embellishments on this page. The very cool pink turtle paper as well as the white lettering was purchased from the Current website. I knew they sold cards and stationary, but I recently learned that they sell papercrafting products too.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pink and Purple Lily

I just love lilies and this image was so much fun to color. The stamp is from Starving Artistamps. I colored with pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits.

Unfortunately, I made this to be a sympathy card. But hopefully it will lift some spirits.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Real Headlines

My friend Pat B. emailed these headlines to me. I'm not sure how "real" they are, but it sure gave me a laugh to read them. Enjoy!

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

No, really?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace

I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?!

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

He probably IS the battery charge

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

And We Have a Different Winner!

Teresa has very generously asked me to choose a different winner for my paper sack book contest, since she has already won a contest given at the In the Cottage Studio blog. The random number generator selected:


Congratulations Jean!

Have a blessed Sunday everyone.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

And We Have a Winner!

I used a random number generator to choose the winner of the paper sack book that I made for a tutorial on Belinda's site. The people who are members of the Clear Artistic Stamps Yahoo Group received two chances in the drawing. And the winner is:

Teresa (LadyDoc)

I will send out the paper sack book and some other goodies this week. Thanks to all of you for participating!

Here's a pic of a wedding card that I made this weekend. I used stamps from Stampin' Up and lots of shimmery paint, ink and Stickles. On the inside I printed a Bible verse in blue ink.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Paper Sack Book!! A chance to win this!!

Here you go! A chance to win a paper sack book made by none other than little ol'me! I used Moonlight Christmas with the Sparkles © throughout this little memory book. The tutorial on how to make this book yourself can be found here on Belinda's site:

I hope you enjoy reading the tutorial, and if you would like to win this book, please leave a comment on this blog entry of mine, telling me what you think of the tutorial and paper sack books in general. If you are a member of the Clear Artistic Stamps yahoo group, your comment counts as two entries into the drawing!! So be sure to mention in your comment if you are in the group!!! (OK, just to make it fun, all of you who are not on the yahoo group, you can join here):

Join the Yahoo Group

At 11 pm eastern on Saturday, August 16th I will use a random number generator to choose a winner among the comments to this blog entry. The winner will receive the book that I made for the tutorial along with some extra goodies that I will include in the package.

Blessings to all of you, and thanks for reading!

Chances to Win, Just for YOU!!

The release party is tonight! Clear Artistic Stamps will release two new stamps sets tonight a 8pm central time. But don't wait until then to log on. Oh, no. At 7pm central there will be a chat where you can get lots of info on how to win blog CANDY! Scroll down to yesterday's entry to see how to log on to the chat room. And.....

Check here for info:

Wendi's Blog

Linsey's Blog

Etha's Blog

Gwen's Blog

Please, Don't forget to check back on this blog later tonight. I will have an incredibly fun giveaway for the upcoming holidays. You won't want to miss it. See ya at the chat!

Here's a hint to what is coming tonight:

brown paper sacks!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shimmery Thank You

I just had to sneak in to show you this great card that I received from Sarita, who won the Shimmer paper from Clear Artistic Stamps.

It's so shiny and elegant in real life. I just love it!

Let's Chat!

Tomorrow night Clear Artistic Stamps is releasing a great new set for fall called Autumn Treats. One hour before release there will be a chat where everyone can be involved. We will have lots to talk about besides the stamp release, so don't miss it! The chat will take place at 8pm eastern, 7pm central, 6pm mountain and 5pm pacific. Here is the link to the chat:


If a little window comes up about a certificate, just click "trust" and you will be in the chat room. Then type in "/nick yourname" for your name to show up instead of the word "visitor".

See ya there!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Autumn Treats!

Here's a sneak peek at the new Autumn Treats stamp set from Clear Artistic Stamps. Halloween is such a fun time, especially for the kids (and the young-at-heart, like me!). This jack o'lantern stamp really captures the mood.

Check out the In The Cottage Studio blog for other sneak peeks, including my Halloween pocket card, perfect for little treats.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Howdy Y'All!

We're just back from our vacation in the Smoky Mountains, where we had a great time. We visited the Smoky Mountain National Park and Dollywood, among other things in the area. It gave us a chance to really kick up our heels and have fun.

As for my creative work, well, I don't have anything to show you today. But, there is a new blog started up by Belinda Landtroop called In The Cottage Studio. I will be contributing to it along with others, so be sure to visit often. Right now, you can read a great tutorial on Quick and Easy Notecards by Gwen Snater.

P.S. On Thursday I will have a sneak peek for you!