Friday, April 27, 2007

Bellarific!


Bella stamps are a new craze that have taken the rubber stamping world by storm! LOL Seriously though, they are extremely popular on SCS. There are actually Bella groupies! I am still waiting for my first order to arrive (any day now), but I was able to make some Bella cards thanks to my dear sister, who sent me some Bella images. This card uses Rockabella, isn't she cute? I had fun with this one. The background paper is from a Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) glitter mat stack. I colored in the image with a watercolor brush and SU Classic ink. I used Prismacolor pencils with odorless mineral spirits and blending stumps to do some highlights, color in the hair, and for the shadow below the Bella. There are tons of Bellas available at www.stampingbella.com. I ordered Beachabella, Jammybella, and Tinkerbella for starters, but I just may have to have more. And now there are some Fellas to go with the Bellas. Check 'em out!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tumultuous Threes


Every parent around knows about the "terrible twos", but what about the "tumultuous threes"? I read recently that age three is actually much worse than two, behaviour wise, and I'd have to say I'm inclined to agree. This is just based on my own experiences, of course. I guess that's why God made kids so darn cute, otherwise they might not make it through childhood. As you can see in the above picture, Jacob had fun building towers today from our large collection of videos. On the plus side, this kept him occupied for quite a while. The other kids got involved building extravagant structures that spanned our entire living room. After the novelty wore off for them, Jacob continued to build his towers. Every once in a while it would topple over with a loud clatter on the wooden floor, startling everyone in the house. Jacob thought this was great fun. Steve and I were taking some time to relax and enjoy some "Must see TV". Since our attention was diverted, Jacob took the opportunity to really get into his project. I guess he began to find the tipsy towers frustrating, so he found some Elmer's school glue and systematically glued the videos together, piece by piece, to create a much stronger tower. By the time I discovered this project, he had quite a mess going. I started laughing and pointed Jacob's project out to Steve. He was very proud of his son's ingenuity. You just have to laugh to stay sane. That's the only way we've made it this far with four kids!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Cuttlebug Cuisine

Just had to share a little funny with you all....I haven't stamped much lately, but over the weekend I really got the urge, so all of my stamps and supplies were piled on the kitchen table. I got a few cards made, but when it came time for dinner we had nowhere to eat. Steve made burgers on the grill, so we decided to have a casual dinner in front of the TV. I was in the kitchen cleaning up when I heard Steve scolding our 3 yo Jacob. I returned to the living room to find that he had run his cheeseburger through my Cuttlebug!!!! Eeeeww! It cleaned up just fine, but when am I going to learn I can't turn my back on him for a second!? LOL

Sunday, April 15, 2007

It's mine to waste...

I'm just playing around a bit today. Not sure why the picture on my previous post isn't showing up. I guess I'll have to learn by trial and error. So the other day I mentioned to my sister that I started a blog. I knew she would think I was crazy, but this was her actual response - "It just seems like a waste of time." Well, that is probably true, but I figure it's mine to waste. She said I should do some stamping instead. Unfortunately, I just can't get motivated to do that when my house is such a big mess. Anyway, for the time being, I will just consider this blog my online journal. Here is another card I made for an SCS challenge. It was my first time doing iris folding. I love the results, even if it is a little time consuming. And the card weighs a ton! I'm not going to share the instructions here. Anyone can find them by googling "iris folding". There are many free patterns available online. I'd rather not be redundant by typing out the instructions here when you can find them so many other places, because that would be such a waste of time! LOL
(By the way, I'm just teasing my sister. We really do get along. I consider her my best friend.) :)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Look what I made!




I made this card recently using a technique I learned on Splitcoaststampers (SCS), which is my absolute favorite website. SCS is what caused my stamping hobby to become an obsession! This card is a criss cross card, and it was so much fun to make. I have seen some gorgeous samples in other peoples' galleries, so I was compelled to give it a try. Here are the basic directions: Cut one piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock in half lengthwise. Score each piece in half at 5 1/2". You will need both pieces for this card. Adhere one side of the first piece directly on top of one side of the second piece. You will end up with a trifold card, with the glued together layer in the middle. Cut each side at an angle (see photo for a guide). The triangle pieces will fold over and criss cross in the center. Decorate the flaps with pattern paper before gluing down, if desired. To get the correct size pieces, cut two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" rectangles in half diagonally. You will use one piece from each rectangle. Glue the flaps down with a strip of adhesive at the bottom, to create a pocket. Then you can create an insert to put inside. Go ahead, give it a try! Happy stamping!

A little bit nuts...

Yep, that's me. Blogging is all the rage right now. I love to browse various blogs each day, but I never thought I'd take the plunge. Why now? Who knows, I guess I just want to see if I can! Not sure if anyone will actually read this, but if you're out there and this is boring you to tears, you don't have to come back. Don't worry, I won't be offended! LOL