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Friday, March 29, 2013

SBS Layering Challenge

I made this card for Simply Challenged Challenges - Layering Challenge. I used a Simply B Stamps image called Waitress Betty

Here is the card:

I used card stock, printed paper and doilies from my stash. The sentiment comes from an unknown stamp set I received as a gift from a pen pal. I also added some Robin's Nest dew drops for some bling and interest. :) OK... truth be told... I felt the card was naked without them. ;) lol


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

#178 E is for... Easel Card

I made this card for Mo's Digital Challenge - #178 E is for... challenge. I love Mo's digis. These images are always just too cute! Anyway, I made an easel card because that starts with the letter E. :) I used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Cutting the Rug. It is an image that reminded me of numerous family weddings and quincinieras. There was always a child couple out on the dance floor putting the adults to shame! ;) lol

Here is the card:
I used card stock, ribbon and rhinestones from my stash. The shape of the card comes from a Spellbinders' Lacey Squares die. The sentiment is from a Raisin Boat clear stamp set called "You Said It!". I colored the image with Copic markers.


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Challenge #9

I made this card specifically for Raisin Boat's Challenge #9 - Easter / Spring Project challenge. I used Raisin Boat's Oops a Daisy and Spring Cakes clear stamp sets.

Here is my card:
I've used card stock and printed paper from my stash. I colored the flowers with Copic markers. I added Stickles in Yellow and Tropical Tangerine on the flowers to add some shimmer. I embossed the large yellow mat with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The flowers are 3-D in that I stamped these three times and fussy cut two layers to add above the original image. The tall flower is layered twice on the petals and three times on the stem. The shorter flower is layered twice on the petals and three times on the center. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Challenge #152 - Food or Drink

I am entering this card into Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Challenge #152 - Food or Drink. I used a The Paper Shelter image called Cool Waitress

Here is the card:
I used card stock, twine, printed paper and doily from my stash. I colored the image with Copic markers. The sentiment comes from an unknown stamp set. I embossed some card stock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I also used some Inkssentials Glossy Accents on the bubble gum and her eyes and foam dots to pop the image up off the card.


Thanks for stopping by! :)

The Paper Shelter - Challenge #105 Anything Goes

This is my second entry for The Paper Shelter's Challenge #105 Anything Goes. I used a Meljen's Designs image called Sick Little Bear. It is also available as a colored image. :)

Here is the card:
I used card stock, printed paper, buttons and twine from my stash. I colored the image with Copic markers. The Good Health stamped image is from Raisin Boat's Goes with Hope Medical Gal clear stamp set. I perforated the edges to make it appear as if it came from a doctor's pad. ;) I also used some Inkssentials Glossy Accents on the thermometer.

As always, I thank you for stopping by! :)

Challenge #105 - Anything Goes

I made this card to participate in The Paper Shelter's (TPS) Challenge #105 - Anything Goes challenge. I used a TPS image called Pepe L'Souris Has a Cold.

Here is the card:
I used card stock and printed paper from my stash. The image is colored with Copic markers. I added some accents with Robin's Nest dew drops. I also used some Inkssentials Glossy Accents on the thermometer. 


Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

Delightful Challenges-Get Well Card, 2nd entry

This is my second entry for Delight Challenges - Get Well Card challenge. I am using a Mayzy Art image called Under the Weather Xandra

Here is the card:
I used card stock, printed paper, ribbon, twine and button from my stash. The Good Health stamped image is from Raisin Boat's Goes with Hope Medical Gal clear stamp set. I perforated the top of the stamped image to make it appear as if it came from a doctor's pad. ;) I also used some Inkssentials Glossy Accents on the thermometer.


As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Delightful Challenges - Get Well Cards

I am participating in Delightful Challenges - Get Well Cards challenge. I am using a Digital Delights by Louby Loo image called Feel Better Ted. It is also available as a colored image. :)

Here is the card:
I used embossed card stock, textured and Kraft paper and twine from my stash. The "Get well soon" sentiment is from Raisin Boat's No Loss for Words clear stamp set. I used foam dots to pop the image up off the card.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Challenge 89 - Mail It

I am participating in Anything Goes Challenge #89 - Mail It. I am using a Simply B Stamps digital image called Betty Mail Lady

Here is the card...
I've used card stock, ribbon and printed paper from my stash, Robin's Nest dew drops and a sentiment from an unknown stamp set. I colored the image with Copic markers.


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers Challenge

I'm entering this card in the Lots of Layers Challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. I've used a digital image from Scrapbook Stamp Society called Cherry Blossom Geisha.

Here is the card:
I've used card stock and ribbon from my stash. The large deep red mat was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The large gold brad in the center of the bow is from ScrapGoods (defunct). There are three Robin's Nest dew drops to add more bling. On the image itself, I've used a silver gel pen to add some shimmer to the fan and Stickles in Platinum and Gold in the hair accessories and shoes. The sentiment is an unmounted rubber stamp I've had forever and a day and can no longer remember where it is from.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Challenge 104 - Let it be Spring

Here's a card I made for The Paper Shelter Challenge #104 - Let it be Spring. I've used Easter Bunny from The Paper Shelter

Card stock and die cut is from my stash. Twine is from Whisker Graphics. I used some foam tape to pop the image up off the card. Sentiment is from Raisin Boat's Spring Cakes clear stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Karber Challenge #51

Here's the last entry for Karber's Challenge #51 using a Karber image and my favorite embellishments. I've used Captain America Leslie from Karber Digital Images.

I used the following Copic markers to add color to the image:
Reds: R29, R32
Blues: B24, B29
Browns: E33, E35
Skin tone: E00, E11, R20

I had a really hard time coloring the image. I should point out all three of these cards made are 3.75X5". The images have been at smallest 1.5" and largest 2.75". My first time coloring such tiny images. I usually print the images out as 3.5X5" photos so they tend to print out rather large. I have lots of these smaller cards and wanted to see if I could do it. I know now! :) lol

Here is the card:
I used card stock and star card stock stickers from my stash. The sentiment comes from a Raisin Boat clear stamp set called Red, White and Blue. The stars and helmet wings on the image have some Stickles in Stardust to make these shimmer. The twine is Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics. The image is matted and popped off the card with foam tape. My favorite embellishments to use are Stickles and Robin's Nest dew drops. I also love using twine because it us super easy to make bows! :) I just don't get the opportunity to use it often. I love, love, love Raisin Boat clear stamp sets but I am not sure these would be considered an embellishment. :-\


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Karber Challenge 51

OK, so this is the second card I am submitting to Karber's Challenge #51. I have to use a Karber image and my favorite embellishment. I've already written... the prize is a Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting machine... and... I. Want. To. Win! ;) lol What are the odds?!? :-\ But I am gonna give it my best shot. I can enter a total of three times... I am gonna up my chances! :)

I did use a Karber Digital Images and it is called Love Eat Sushi... and really... who doesn't? ;) lol These are the Copic markers I used to color the image:
Blacks: N8
Reds: R29, R37
Golds: YR23
Grays: N4
Browns: E35
Skin tone: E00, E11, E000, R20
I used a silver gel pen on the hair accessories.
I want to show you another image. I planned to use this image but I colored this image for my journal. Once I had it in the journal, I wasn't sure how to show it without revealing my journal entry. It's private. My journal. Call me crazy! ;) lol It's just the way it is for me. :) I know what you're thinking... "WHAT? She showed pics of her back end after being released from the hospital for cellulitis but she won't show a portion of her journal?" Yes! I can show you a pic of my back side... but showing you my journal I will be revealing my private thoughts. That's too intimate! :) Also, I didn't want to add Robin's Nest dew drops in my journal. It does have Stickles on it but not sure you can see it. It's on the earrings. The reason I have to show it to you though is I. Rocked. The. Hair! Someone asked how did I get the shine... to quote... "The shine? Is that just from the flash?" What does that say? lol :-D
Awesome right? No! Wicked awesome! lol ;)
Ssooo... anyway... here is the card:
All plain, patterned and textured card stock is from my stash. The sentiment is from Sunday International. The circle is from a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle die. I used my most favorite of all time embellishment, Robin's Nest DEW DROPS! Sorry! Didn't mean to yell but I got so excited telling you that! ;) lol

Again, thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment so I'll know you were here! :)

Challenge 51

I made this card specifically to enter it into Karber Challenge #51. To participate in the challenge I have to use a Karber image and my favorite embellishment. The prize is a Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine. Who wouldn't want to win that?!? I have a lot of anatomy homework and an exam on Wednesday but I am taking time out to play in THIS challenge! I want me one of those! ;) lol

I used Karber Digital Images Easter Jenny. I forgot to take a picture of the image in my haste to get this done. :-\ I used card stock from my stash. The printed paper is from HOTP. I placed the image on top of a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle die. My favorite embellishments, Stickles and Robin's Nest dew drops are on the project. The bunny ears and tail have some shimmer added with Stickles Stardust. The dew drops are clearly visible. The sentiment is from Raisin Boat's Spring Cakes. I received this stamp set only just today in the nick of time to make this card! I'm also entering this into Raisin Boat's #9 - Easter / Spring Project challenge. Here is the card:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll leave a comment so I'll know you were here! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An Apple a Day

I've posted a card to Scrapbook Stamp Society featuring Kim L. Pipkin Gwin's digital image called Apples. You can read all about it here.

This is my card:
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Easter Cards - RB#9 and TPS#103 Challenges

I'm so excited I'm almost giddy! lol ;) 

I am entering these two cards into two separate challenges and both are from my favorite stores! Raisin Boat and The Paper Shelter (TPS)! I love Raisin Boat's clear stamp sets and I love The Paper Shelter digis! There's a little bit of heaven going on in my craft room right now! The only thing that could be better at this very moment is if I won one of these challenges but wouldn't it be grander if I won both!?! Yes! I think it would be! lol ;) I'm not using a TPS digi so all I could get would be three digis but hey... I'm not greedy! I'm good with three! :) lol

I'm cutting it kinda close with TPS's Challenge #103 - Easter. I think it ends here pretty quick... I hope I don't get carried away with my writing! :-\ Raisin Boat's Challenge # 9 - Easter / Spring Project challenge is just getting started so I've got plenty of time PLUS I'm hoping to get ONE spring project made WITH a Raisin Boat clear stamp set so I can be entered TWICE with my one post... upping my chances over there! :) lol 

I finished my Easter cards just in the nick of time too! I start classes tomorrow and I won't have time for playing with paper once school starts back up. Anatomy takes up MASSIVE amounts of my free time! Ugh! These are the last two Easter cards I will be sending out. 


It's a Mo's Digital Pencil digi called Easter Baby Girl S. I wonder what the "S" stands for? :-\ Ugh! I saw this and now I want it! One of the pitfalls of looking up urls for my readers. :-D Oh, that gave me the giggles! As if I had a great following! lol ;) Once again, I'm not listing the colors I used to color the image. Two cards, two images... no way! We'd be here all night! ;) lol As it is... look how long it's taken to get THIS far?!? :-\ lol

Here is the card:
I used ribbon, card stock and printed paper from my stash. Of course... Robin's Nest dew drops and Stickles in various colors on the tinsel in the Easter basket, the green "accents" on her jacket and hat and all along the edges of the hat and... what I "Ema-gine" is her petticoat. :) I also used some Stickles Pearls in Buttercup on the flowers in her hat. I punched a scalloped circle with a Michael's punch for a hand-written Easter sentiment. I made the flower from a 1" circle punch. I punched out 7 circles, punched a hole in the center to push a brad through and then proceeded to cut each layer into tiny strips to "mush" it into a flower shape. I edged all along the edges of the flower and the scalloped circle with Stickles. I then FORCED myself to put the Stickles down. :) lol

I saw a flower video tutorial on Pinterest and decided to make this flower. I actually started the flower back late last spring, early summer and finished it today. I have been on a mission since January 2012 to rid my craft room of scraps and... I'm sad to report... it's just NOT going according to plan! :( Anyway, I saw this tutorial and in the tutorial the woman clearly states NOT to make these flowers ahead of time but rather wait until an occasion presents itself and THEN make the flower out of scraps. Well... I was trying to get RID of scraps! I didn't listen! Instead I proceeded to make SEVERAL of these and other paper flowers I saw on her videos. All of these flowers have been sitting in my stash of flowers waiting for the occasion to use them to present itself. I now understand the reason for her caution. :-\ As I was sorting through all the flowers I made ahead of time... I couldn't help but wonder how long it would be before I used another one of these pre-made flowers. Kinda like all the tags I punched from some serendipity paper I made back in 2007 from scraps of paper as well. Although I have used several of those tags, I still have quite a few in my stash!! I'm starting to see a pattern emerge here and it has nothing to do with being well-prepared! Instead... I think I need to start tossing some of these smaller scraps! :-\ So anyway... 

Here is the second card. I forgot to take a picture of the image and by now I'm thinking you're probably pretty happy about that! Look how long-winded I've gotten! ;) lol This image is from Robyn's Fetish and is called Cross and Flowers. How appropriate! I love it when the image clearly tells you the name! :)
All the ribbon, printed paper and card stock is from my stash. I used a Michael's Recollections lace border punch along one side of the white strip in the center and lined the other side with the yellow ribbon. I placed foam tape underneath the matted image so it pops up off the card. I added Stickles on the flowers in Yellow, Purple and Tropical Tangerine. Isn't it interesting that Yellow and Purple are yellow and purple but the peach colored hue is Tropical Tangerine? lol I am always amused by that! :-\ I know! I entertain easily! ;) I also applied Stickles Pearls in Buttercup in the center of all the flowers. Once again... I FORCED myself to put the Stickles down. :) 

OK, that wraps this post up for me and I'm out of here until about April 1st weekend. That's a school holiday for Tech students and I imagine I may make a couple of cards that weekend. :)

As always, thanks for stopping by and, please... leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :)

Raisin Boat Challenge #9 Easter/Spring Project

My favorite store! I love Raisin Boat clear stamps and I may have written about that love a few times before today! :) lol I am entering these cards into their most recent challenge in hopes of winning a stamp set. I'm a happy camper and I'm feeling lucky! ;) There's a new stamp set I've got my eye on! :)

With that thought... I AM participating in Raisin Boat's #9 Easter / Spring Project challenge and... truth be told... I could write TWO posts to enter into the challenge and up my chances but classes start back up for me tomorrow so today is the last day to get to play with paper and find challenges I can participate in. I still have one more card to make... it's an Easter card and I'm gonna post that one to this challenge and The Paper Shelter's Challenge #103 - Easter. :) I've got to win something somewhere! lol ;)

First, let me tell you... my first time attempting a side step card. I've written before how things frustrate me and the waterworks start up for me... truth be told again... I tend to exaggerate! I don't really cry THAT easily. Except for one time when I missed a deadline for real with one of Raisin Boat's challenges last year... late summer... early fall sometime... but I'll tell you... this was before I was declared in remission and I was VERY emotional and lots of things made me cry. On that particular day I was having a bad one and realizing I'd missed the deadline just made me boohoo something fierce! I couldn't believe it afterwards... to this day... I doubt it really happened. ;) lol

So anyway... I did make a side step card... I don't think the directions were written correctly. I followed it to the letter! What I ended up with was a card that was practically laying down! I made some adjustments... and then some more... and finally after a few more... I got it to stand up... but I'm getting ahead of myself... let me show you the first card.

I used a Saturated Canary image called Springtime. How appropriate! ;) lol 

I'm not gonna tell you what colors I used to color this time only because I have two cards to show you and the post is already taking longer than I thought it would to write it because I have such a gift of gab! My mother tells folks that all the time... "Give that girl a quarter for information and she'll give you a dollar's worth!"... :) My mother exaggerates too! ;) lol

So here's the card...
As always... all card stock and printed paper are from my stash as is the doily and ribbon. Along the edge of her top, I lined what I interpreted to be lace with Stickles in Tropical Tangerine. I added some Robin's Nest dew drops to add some bling. I like bling! :-\ It'll be my undoing someday... I just KNOW it! ;) lol

For the second card I used a Simply B Stamps image and it is called Spring Showers Tilly

I haven't written before now but these spring cards are for my bestest IRL friend and favorite niece... I've written about them before. :) The Saturated Canary card is for my friend, Ana and this card is for my niece, Alice. :)

Here is the card:
I also used ribbon, card stock and printed paper from my stash. I added some Robin's Nest dew drops for the bling. I love Robins' Nest dew drops! lol :) I also dabbed some Stickles on the tassels on the umbrella and her earring in Firefly. The "just a note" sentiment is from The Angel Company (defunct :'( ) and the "be happy" sentiment is from Stampin' Up So Many Sayings stamp set. I am able to use sentiments on my cards now because since I spent all weekend organizing my unmounted rubber stamp collection I now know what I have and where to find it. :) 

I've been happily whittling... because that IS what it felt like... away at my scrap paper stash and getting it down to a somewhat manageable pile... until today... the nightmare of this side step card left me with this...
Ugh! I'll be forever making cards in yellow! Just like earlier this year when all my cards were powder blue while I was attempting to rid myself of all that blue card stock I had left over from the bulletin board at my previous employer's office. 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Challenge #103 - Easter

The Paper Shelter (TPS) announced their newest challenge just in the nick of time! I almost missed it! I go back to classes Tuesday and tomorrow will be spent getting back into the rut of studying and playing hermit. :) lol I exaggerate! I love to do that! :) lol

So TPS is having their Challenge #103 and its theme is Easter! Great! I've been working on my Easter cards. I am also entering this in Raisin Boat's #9 - Easter / Spring Projects Challenge

The image I've used from TPS is called I'm the Easter Bunny

These are the Copic markers I used to color the image and I am not specifying exactly what color used on each item because if you'll notice... she's got a basket full of colorful eggs! It's all I can do to remember what colors I used period! lol ;) I think I've written how I struggle with short term memory... you know... in that I don't have much of one... :-\

So here is the list of colors: E00, E11, R20, E18, E15, E13, YG41, YG45, R01, R000, N0, N2, N4, B00, B04, E31, E33, E35, R43, V05, V06, Y19, B24, B23, Y06, YR15

Here is the card:
I used green and pink card stock, textured white card stock and printed paper from my stash, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle nesting dies and an alpha stamp set I've had forever and cannot remember where I got it to stamp the "hoppy easter." I free-hand cut the banners. Talk about nerve-wrecking! :-\ It's hard to see in the picture but I lightly shaded all papers along the edges with Pebbles chalks. Before I fell in love with Copic markers I use to LOVE coloring with chalks. I still do on occasion. :) On the white, I used baby pink; on the green, grass green and on the pink, hot pink. The three flowers are made from flower shaped sequins I also have in my stash. I layered and glued an iridescent flower shape over a pink flower shape and glued a yellow Robin's Nest dew drop in the center with Dots glue dots. I originally planned to actually find a needle and thread and use a small bead for the center of the flower but then my sanity returned after I remembered how I cry when I get frustrated working with small pieces and came up with this clever solution. :) I'm VERY happy about that! ;) lol

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Raisin Boat Challenge #9

Raisin Boat is having its Challenge #9 Easter/Spring Projects going on right now and I thought to myself... how absolutely perfect! It's spring break and I've been busy working on these projects. 

First I'll show you my Easter cards. In the past... I went hog-wild and sent out Easter cards to EVERYONE I know but I'm in school now... full-time... I just CAN'T do that right now. :-\ So I had to pick and chose... 

I'm sending two cards to my sisters because there's no way around that... :-\ ... and then I'm sending a card to my bestest IRL friend and a favorite niece... I can write I have a favorite niece on here because my family doesn't visit on here. I don't think so anyway... I guess I'll be finding out now if they do! ;) lol

Well, so anyway... I used the same digital stamp on all four cards but they are somewhat different. Also... my absolute first time trying out making an easel card! Can you believe it? I've seen these before and wanted to try my hand at it but they looked so complicated... I'm here to tell you they are anything but complicated! I've gone a little nuts and have made almost nothing but easel cards since. :) lol

I won't show you the images this time around because... it's FOUR cards and all the images are colored differently. I won't even show you ALL four cards... in individual photos I mean... but here are the ones I made for my sisters...
All card stock and printed paper are from my stash. I used a McMahon Five Designs image called Stained Glass Cross... and by the way... this has nothing to do with this card other than I saw this image while trying to find the one used on the card and now I'll have to go back and get it cause I liked it! ;) lol On the image itself, I cut the frame out using HOTP's Design Tool Kit #2. The butterflies are from EK Success Butterfly Layering Punch and I dabbed Stickles in Stardust on all the butterflies along the edges for some shimmer. There's also Stickles in Tropical Tangerine on flower centers on the card to the right side because I did not use large pearl beads on these flowers but I wanted them to still look special. All the pearl beads are from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. "Christ is Risen" is part of the image but I used Microsoft Word for the "Happy Easter." The cutout on the easel portion of the card is from a We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Mini Vine Punch because don't you think it kinda looks like the frame and vine kinda goes with the thought of flowers... follow me? lol ;)

These are the cards I made for my friend and niece...
All supplies are the same with the exception of the base of the card... I used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles die cut, flowers are from Michael's dollar bins and the sentiment comes from a Raisin Boat clear stamp set, Handle With Prayer. You know... I thought surely in all the stamp sets I have I had a set with the words Happy Easter but I don't! I'm gonna fix that! :)

I'm somewhat excited because... right now... I'm trying to finish up a project I started yesterday and it might take all the rest of today but I also have two spring cards I am making for the same niece and friend and I will have to come share these with the same challenge too! Yay! :) 

By the way... normally... I list what Copic markers I use to color when I show you the image but I didn't show you the image this time so I'll tell you now but before I do... I'm up to 78 Copic markers! Only need... I think at last count... 285... only if Copic hasn't added more colors! Also... I made the mistake of buying my markers in sets even though my best pen pal told me to buy individual markers... I didn't listen to her! :( I didn't know Copic would put the same colors in different sets! :'( So I have five markers that are doubled which is why there is a discrepancy in the math in case you added. I'm waiting on an order of 11 markers AND I have 8 refills and am waiting on 2 more. I'm just so excited! :)

Here are the Copic markers I used to color the images:


Pastels cards
Yellows: Y19, Y13, Y06, Y02
Pinks: R20, R01, R000
Greens: YG63, YG45, YG41
Browns: E35, E33, E31

Dark cards
Yellows: YR23, YR15, Y19
Blues: B23, B04, B00
Greens: G28, G21, G17
Browns: E18, E15, E13

I have to go finish what I started yesterday and if you want to know what that is read the post I wrote earlier today. :) 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll leave a comment so I'll know you were here! :)

Unmounted Rubber Stamp Storage

Boy howdy! I started something yesterday afternoon I thought I'd finish in a few hours and I'm not sure WHAT I was thinking. I really wish I'd shown you the before, during and after picture but instead you're getting the "home stretch" picture. :) Because I always remember to take pictures AFTER the fact. :-\

Here is the low down though... ;) lol ... I'm not showing you anything new... only my private experience of it all. I've seen LOTS of tutorials on how to store rubber stamps in CD cases and that is exactly what I am showing you now. So... again... just my private experience. :)

First thing I did, was empty out some of the CD cases... and this involved sorting... so I only emptied out the cases with mismatched stamps. You know... singles... stamps from incomplete sets. I grouped these together by theme. Christmas, Halloween, butterflies, coffee/tea, chocolate... so forth. 

The empty CD cases were then cleaned and labels removed for the "NEW Renaming of the CD Cases"... ;) ... it was an OCCASION in need of a title for sure! ;) lol 

Because I didn't think to take a pic of the mess I started with... first I'll show you the objective...
Like I wrote already... nothing new... :) I color coded the labels for myself. The peach labels mean these are complete sets. The blue labels are mismatched stamps but have a theme... again, Christmas, Halloween and so forth and they are in sets of more than one. The label reflects that reading 1 of 3, 2 of 2 and so forth. Purple means there is no rhyme or reason to these. :-\ These are the ones I did last night after the sorting and cleaning. Doesn't seem like much but I started about 4:00 PM and stopped at midnight because I was EXHAUSTED! Now to show you where I'm at...
This is what I am calling the homestretch. The loose red rubber stamps left on the table are new that are needing to have foam backing attached and the blue itty bitty stamps I think I will pass on. These have NEVER been used. I suppose I'll have to find someone to gift these too. There's nothing wrong with them. They were just "leftovers"...  kinda like when men take something apart and when they put it back together there are leftover screws... ;) lol... know what I mean? :)
This is kinda some of the nonsense I had going on last night. Piles and piles of CD cases... these on the bottom right hand side are sentiment and alphabet set cases that will be receiving the same royal treatment as the others. :) I just keep them separately and I forgot I had them until yesterday afternoon. That's how I know I have way too much and am being sinful. :(

One of the reasons I undertook all this, was because I wanted to know exactly what I have and where it is. There's LOTS more nonsense going on here too! :-\

This is what I am doing to the CD cases. I have LOTS of stamps I've not ever used before... I had originally planned to gift some of these... but in order to know what I had... I had to use them. :-\ So now I'm not sure anyone would want them because these are used... being that I used it once to stamp an image so I could know what I have. Double edge sword... hurt going in... hurt coming out. :-\
Except for the case with the clowns, the others house Stampin' Up sets. I kept the original stickers I had placed on the case that housed the set and added some "leftovers" where there was room. I stamped these onto a white index card cut to size and slid this into where the CD sleeve was originally so I could see what was in the case. How easy is it to find what I need now?!? :) I like!


Larger mismatched stamps that seem to be just too many to fit into CD cases are going into these tin cases I bought with Maya Road products in them. I've used some of the product and put the remaining product somewhere else. I kept the tins... just in case I'd need them some day... and look! I did need them some day and here they are now...
These larger index cards will be kept in a file I keep my clear stamp sets index cards. I'll show you these in a later picture. I don't know if you can see it in the picture but I've identified the stamps on the card and I've also done that on the CD cases when they are mixed sets and if I know who the stamp is from. This index card was the first one I stamped and realized as I was going along I should have planned it first so I could ensure all the images fit. I did that with the rest of the cards. :) I always learn from my mistakes! :)

The labels themselves tell me what are in the cases...
Just to give you an idea of why I am so excited about what I did... let me show you what I started with...
These were all jimbled jambled and I had to read each label to figure out where something was and then... there were no images of what was in the case so I kinda had to rely on a visual of backward imaged stamps. You know what I am talking about... not always an easy task. :( 
This picture is showing the Maya Road tins I referenced earlier. The scribblings on there don't mean anything... just an idea I had months ago that did not take off. :(

Did you read my Clear Stamp Storage post? Well... you should! Go read it... I'll wait here... ;) lol ... this is where I keep the index cards I referenced in that post.
I have two of these. The other box is for household record keeping and in order to easily recognize what box was what... I put that red sticker on this one. I came to that conclusion rather easily... sharing it with you might make me seem a little crazy but I have to tell you my logic. The majority of my clear stamp sets come from Raisin Boat. I've written about them before many times. I love Raisin Boat! :) So I chose red because it starts with the letter "R" like Raisin Boat does. :) lol See! I told you I might appear a little crazy! Or does it make perfect sense to you as well and you didn't even need me to explain my madness? ;)

So this is how I separated the Raisin Boat index cards...
I didn't want to spend extra money I don't have right now... going to school full-time does that to a person... so I used regular index cards to separate the "categories" I've got going on here too. These are in alphabetical order and somewhat color coded. You can kinda see "July 4th" peeking out and it is in red and blue... ever so appropriate... don't you agree? lol ;) All the Raisin Boat stamps are sorted like this. 

Then I have "other" (Some Odd Girl, Crafty Secrets, Hannah and 'others') clear stamp sets sorted like this and am adding the rubber index cards I am working on here to the rear of that.
I don't have many of the other and rubber so that is why these are kinda just lumped together.

My biggest fear is that I may have to reorganize the rubber index cards someday... for now I know they will all fit in this filing box because there's lots of room to grow into... but I still have these rubber stamps that remain untouched...
You can see most of these are LARGE stamps that won't really fit into a CD case; however, there are some smaller ones that WILL fit now since I have five empty CD cases... MORE "leftovers"... and those will also be sorted, stamped and labeled as well.
These are more of the larger stamps that won't fit into the CD cases... I had this original thought on how to store them... but I am rethinking it... just not sure how to resolve the large stamp storage issue yet... I'm still thinking on that one. If you have a suggestion... PLEASE... share with me! :)

Now this post has been about UNMOUNTED rubber stamp storage. I still have these to contend with... I'm kinda horrified by how I'm storing these stamps... but I will be putting up some shelves this summer and this will resolve the majority of these storage issues; however... 
many of these are small... I can't help but think they have to remain right where they are.


Ssooo... what are your thoughts on all this nonsense? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Alicia's Challenge #4

I've gone and done it! I've made my first easel card and all I have to say about that is... I. Am. Hooked! What can I say? I love it! I'd put it off because it looked hard but by golly... super easy... here... let me show it to you but first... as always...

I am sharing this to Alicia's Challenge #4. I bought this image not too long ago... love it too! I bought the image at Alicia's Little Shop and it's called ever so appropriately "Thinking of You".

I was trying a coloring technique I saw on a blog... using only 0s in the shades of the colors... not sure I pulled it off but I like how it came out anyway...

These are the Copic markers I used to color the image:


Pinks: R000
Yellows: Y000
Blues: B00
Grays: C0, N0, W0
Skin tone, eyes and lips: E00, E51, E13 and R01
Hair: E11, E13, E31

Here is the card:


I used ribbon, card stock and printed paper from my stash. Rhinestones and pearl beads are from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. The Butterfly Layering Punch is from EK Success and I also used Spellbinder's Lacey Squares die... which by the way... when I was looking for the die link, I saw this and now I think I must have it! :) The sentiment is from Raisin Boat's Formal Phrases stamp set.

Let me tell you... I had so much fun making this easel card... I've spent all day making more! I can do that right now... I'm on spring break! Yay! :)

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, please leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SBS Fan Page Challenge & DTC Challenge #9

I haven't been here in like forever and a day! I'm surprised I can remember how to post to my blog! ;)

I am submitting this to two challenges I found this morning. :) I wasn't really looking... I needed to make this card for a Facebook (FB) group challenge, Simply B Stamps (SBS) Fan Group, to honor a freebie I was given. I like to do what I am suppose to do when I am given a freebie... it's just the way I roll. :) I stumbled onto the group quite by accident. Someone invited me... I went in to have a look see... and I fell in love. I found the challenges on the FB group when I first started doing challenges and I was doing only one at a time. I wasn't a brave girl yet. lol I commented on a post for a giveaway Betty was having and... get this... I WON! I did! Really! I won the entire 2013 release of SBS Teen Scene digi stamps! Can you believe it? I still pinch myself each month when I get the new stamps. :) Really! I do! ;) 

So... anyway... I had to make a card for the SBS Fan Page Challenge and I went on to FB to catch up on stuff this morning and also planned to have a look see for a sketch. I killed two birds with one stone! I was glancing through posts and read Designed to Color's announcement their current Designed to Color Challenge #9 closes in three days and... get this... it is for a SKETCH! How lucky can a girl get? :) 


Here is the sketch:

So here is the free image I received from Simply B Stamps Fan Group on Facebook:
Isn't she awesome? The challenge was a bit of a stretch for me. It's a color challenge. I struggle with those. I was given some liberty in the choice of colors. I still struggled with it though. The color combo is black, cream and one other color.

Here are the Copic markers I used to color her:

Skin tone, lips and eyes: E00, E51, R16, E15, E18
Greens: YG63, YG67, YG95
Blacks: N8, N6
Golds: YR15, YR23

Here is the card:
I used card stock from my stash. The swirls on the back cream colored paper was punched with my Lucky 8 Mini Flourish Punch from We R Memory Keepers. I bought the set of six from Paper Wishes as a Christmas gift to myself and I keep forgetting I have these! :(  The sentiment is from Raisin Boat's Goes with Masterpiece Artist Gal clear stamp set... because... Medusa IS one of a kind! ;) 

I lost my cell phone last Thursday. I think I was a little absent-minded from the thrill of starting my spring break! :) Anyway, in the past, I've used my cell phone's camera to take pictures of my cards and struggle with the color hues. I am currently using the scanner on my printer and... get this... I am struggling with the color hues too! Ugh! It scanned the punched paper almost yellow and Medusa's dress brown but in real life the punched paper is a soft creamy color and her dress is a gold color to match the gold of the background mat and the banner! It did that with another card I made too. The stamp has an image of a cheese slice and I used orangey yellow on the cheese block and when I scan it, it keeps coming out red! :( Ugh!

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :) 

Oh, and in case you were wondering... YES! I do feel naked without my cell phone! Can you believe that?!? ;) lol

Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring Basket

Here is this month's card for the monthly free stamp club I've mentioned before, From the Heart. They were formally known as Designed2Delight. The card is for February's monthly challenge you have to participate in order to receive the next month's free digi and you can read all about the rules here. :) I like free and this is where you can see the images, Spring Basket, if you are interested. It was nice to work on something happy and spring after all the cold weather we've been having. It even snowed last Monday! Texans freak out when it snows so school was closed Monday and Tuesday! Woohoo! Gave me time to catch up on some studies. :)

These are the colors I used to color the image:


Browns: E18, E13, E31, E33, E35
Pinks: R01, R20, R32
Yellows: Y14, Y06, Y02, 
Purple: V05, V06
Greens: Y41, Y45
Blues: B00, B04
Grays: N0
Blacks: N08

Here is the card:



I used card stock and printed paper from my stash. I added some Robin's Dew Beads in the corner for some interest. The sentiment comes from an unknown stamp set I received as a gift. I used a tid bit of Stampendous Crystal Snow to add a little shimmer but I think it's hard to see in the picture. 

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fairy Dust

I've posted a card to Scrapbook Stamp Society featuring Morgan Fitzsimons' digital image called Fairy Dust. You can read all about it here.

This is the card:
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Layer it Up! Kenny K Challenge

The image is from KennyK Downloads and is called Mae Western. I originally didn't plan to submit this for a challenge but as I was setting up this post, I discovered Kenny K's Krafty Krew is having a Layer It Up Challenge. I wasn't sure how many layers I had to use as it did not specify but I looked at some of the other entries and saw some with just a couple of layers like mine so I thought... what's the harm? The worst that will happen is that I'll get an email from someone over there saying no can do! :) Some of the designs the DT create are quite intimidating. They are... one word... FABULOUS! Were you expecting "wicked awesome"? Well, I did think that too but fabulous paints such a better picture. Based on the DT's cards I didn't think my card would fly but like I wrote... I looked at some of the other submissions... I think I will be OK. :)

I made this card for a male friend and boy howdy... I hope he likes it! lol ;) My friend is a huge Dallas Cowboy fan like myself and, unlike myself, likes to dress western. I thought the image might also put a smile on his face. I tried my best to not make it frilly! One of the reasons I struggle with male cards. I tend to want to add glitter! :) lol

These are the Copic markers I used to color the image:


Blacks: N08, N06
Reds: R46, R37, RV69
Blues: B23, B24
Grays: N04, N02
Browns: E13, E15, E18, E31, E33, E35
Skin tone: E00, E11, R20

Here is the card:


I used printed paper, card stock, eyelets and ribbon from my stash. I punched two hearts with a Michael's medium heart punch and hand wrote "Pucker up Cowboy!" I did add a little shimmer with a silver gel pin on the earrings, star and bullets on the image. I couldn't help myself! She asked for it! lol ;)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll leave a comment so I'll know you were here. :)

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