Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dragon's Little Friend

I made this card using Dragon's Little Friend by Meljen's Designs. I thought it was so cute that I decided to make a simple card and draw the attention to the image. The challenge is to create a card or project with a baby theme and this card is specifically for a baby boy. I loved adding glitter after I colored this little guy.

Challenge: Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #38
Main Stamp: Dragon's Little Friend (MD)
Patterned Paper: Paper Heart Daggle Dots (Paper Adventures)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Large & Small Hexagon
Copic Colors:
G20, G21, G24, E51, E53, B91, B93, B95, B0000, B000

Did you know? Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States. The name, meaning "friends" or "allies" in Caddo, was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Welcome to the InStyle Stamps Hop! You should have arrived here from Robin and your next hop it onto Genevieve. After you finish the hop, you can return back to the ISS Blog and vote for you favorite project. ;D Our projects this week were sponsored by Glue Arts and you can read my review from a previous post.

I made this card using Janice digi from InStyle Stamps. I love the autumn colors and I've been holding onto this jack-o-lantern just for the right project! The other challenge is another Operation Write Home as I will be sending this card to them as well.

Here are a few things going on at InStyle Stamps this week that you don't want to miss out on:
* OWH Birthday Bash is open until Sunday the 26th at 12:00 PM EST and the prize is 4 digis!
* Comment on all new release posts on the ISS blog by Sunday the 26th at 12:00 PM EST and you could win a Glue Arts adhesive goodie pack. In addition, just for commenting on the DT posts, you could win a free digi!

Theme: InStyle Stamps Release Blog Hop
Challenge: Sparkle Creations - Operation Write Home
Main Stamp: Janice (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Paper samples from ISS - thanks Virginia!
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, E13, E18, E19, E29
-hair: W3, W5, W7, W9, W10
-clothes: E50, E51, E53, YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18, YG91, YG93, YG95

Did you know? A truffle is a fungal fruiting body that develops underground and the mycelia form symbiotic relationships with the roots of several tree species. There are hundreds of species of truffles, but the fruiting body of some are highly prized as a food. The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007 at $330,000 (£165,000) for a specimen weighing 3.3 lbs (1.5 kilograms).

Patriotic Eagle

The Stamping Bazaar is having their first challenge! The theme of this challenge is simply to make a Christmas card to be mailed to Operation Write Home. There are no restrictions as to which stamps you can use --all manufacturers/stamp companies are welcome!

Four digi stamps are previewed today and two were created especially for this occasion and I used one of them! I made this card using Patriotic Eagle from The Stamping Bazaar, designed by Marina Neira, which will be given out as part of the challenge prize. Working with the deep red and blue colors was so much fun and it worked great with my gold cardstock.

Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Operation Write Home
Challenge: Pile It On - Operation Write Home
Main Stamp: Patriotic Eagle (TSB)
Patterned Paper: A Heart-Warming Holiday (TPS)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-eagle: E44, E47, E49, YR21, YR23, YR24, 0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W6, B93, B95, B97
-other: E57, E55, R35, R37, R39, W1, W2, B93, B95, B97

Did you know? Operation Write Home mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending them blank greeting cards for them to write home on. They also make and send cards of gratitude to encourage them. All the cards are handmade and there are several opportunities to join in.
[OWH Starts and Stamps]

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Birthday Tia

I made this card using Birthday Tia from Some Odd Girl. I originally tried for their OWH challenge but missed the deadline so made it for the next challenge. That challenge is to create a card or project using monochrome colors. I'm always surprised at how versatile that challenge is and I'm starting to like that theme.

There are several Operation Write Home challenges ongoing so I made one card for display in the challenges but sent them 10 cards from my box. This way I was able to get it in the mail quickly so they could be sent out with this month's mailing.

Challenge: Some Odd Girl - Challenge #7
Challenge: Sparkle Creations Operation Write Home
Challenge: Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Challenge #18
Challenge: One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #31
Main Stamp: Birthday Tia (SOG)
Patterned Paper: Handmade Cara Marie (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: E41, E42, E43, YG91, YG93, YG95, E50, E51, E53, BG93, BG96, BG99, YG21, YG23

Did you know? Sans is a French preposition meaning "without" and is being used in the same sense in English. A commonly recognized word Sans-serif, in typography, is a typeface that does not have the small features called "serifs" at the end of strokes that make up letters and symbols. For fun, Sans Souci would mean without cares.

Amelia Chloe

I made this card using Amelia Chloe digi from InStyle Stamps . Our projects this week were sponsored by Glue Arts and you can read my review from a previous post. Amelia Chloe will be released this week! Check out the InStyle Stamps blog for more samples and a chance to with your own Glue Arts products. I did an all-pink card because my daughter said "pink is pretty."

Theme: InStyle Stamps Release Preview
Main Stamp: Amelia Chloe (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Sweet (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20
-hair: E44, E47, E49
-clothes: E51, E53, RV23, RV25, RV29, W3, W5, W7

Did you know? In the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the southernmost and largest island in the atoll is named Kwajalein Island, nicknamed Kwaj, is about half-mile wide and three miles long. The population of Kwajalein islet is currently below 1,000 individuals, mostly Americans and a small number of Marshall Islanders and other nationals, all of whom have express permission from the U.S. Army to live there.
[Kwajalein Atoll,]

Fashionette Lil Lolita 60's Mod Ivy

Don't miss out... click on the link above to get details on some blog candy - everyone can participate, anywhere in the world!

I made this card using Fashionette Lil Lolita 60's Mod Ivy from Tickled Pink Stamps. The challenge is to create a card or project with stitching, via faux, hand or machine stitched. We hope you can play along with us this week. I picked up this paper at a local scrapbook store my Mom just discovered - and the best part was they were open 'til midnght on the weekends!

Sketch: Mojo Monday - Sketch #70
Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #16
Main Stamp: Fashionette Lil Lolita - 60's Mod Ivy (LL&L)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit Collection (Crate Paper)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-eyes: G21, G24, G28
-hair: YR20, YR21, YR23
-clothes: R22, R24, R7, R29, BG72, BG75, BG78, E55, E57, E59, W2, W4

Did you know? A matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll or a babushka doll, is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. The first set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter. His eight doll set was inspired by a set of Japanese wooden dolls representing the Seven Lucky Gods.
[Matryoshka Doll,]


I made this card using Albert from Limited Runs which is sponsoring our Lollipop Crafts challenge this week. The challenge is to create a card or project with a boy theme plus I used a Halloween colors challenge. Although this stamp was originally a boy in his father's suit, I wanted to convert him into the mad scientist. I don't know how I'll ever use them all, but Halloween cards are so much fun to make!

Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #8
Challenge: Paper Sundaes - Challenge #36
Main Stamp: Albert (Limited Runs)
Patterned Paper: unknown scraps
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: R22, R24, R27, R29
-clothes: 0, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8, W10, V12, V15, V17, YR12, YR14, YR18, G21, G24, G28
-other: W2, v15, R22, R24, R27, YR12, YR14, YR18, G21, G24, G28

Did you know? Minecraft is a sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world and has gained a considerable level of popularity. In January 2010, the number of registered users reached 100,000 but currently has surpassed 700,000 registered users. Notably, PayPal recently froze Notch's account due to "a suspicious withdrawal or deposit". At the time, Notch said there was about €600,000 in the account (about 750,000 US dollars) which has since been unlocked.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Betty and Henry Christmas Mouse

I made this card using Betty & Henry Christmas Mouse from Whiff of Joy. I followed Jane's tutorial on combining the charm and pin. This is such a cute stamp and I'm offering it as Blog Candy this week - so don't miss out! This was my first time using lacy lace and I think I'll use it more often - it changed the whole feel to the card!

Challenge: Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenges
Main Stamp: Betty & Henry Christmas Mouse (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-mice: W1, W3, W5, W7, E04, RV11, R35
-clothes: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, R35, R37, R39, E51, E53, R00, R20, R22, E41, E42, E43, E44, W3
-other: C1, E41, E42, E43, E44, R00, R20, R22,

Did you know? Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.

Blog Candy - Whiff of Joy

I have a candy corn toy that sings these lyrics in the style of "I Want Candy" by Aaron Carter. Because of it, every time I walk down the Halloween aisle or see someone's blog candy offerings, it immediately fills my head!

It's Halloween, let's Trick-or-Treat,
up and down the scary street;
Candy bars on every side,
drop the treats and stuff inside;

I want candy,
I want candy!

Now that I've got the song stuck in your head.... who wants blog candy!?!? Thanks to Katharina from Whiff of Joy, she sent over this adorable Betty & Henry Christmas Mouse stamp along with some wonderful embellishments, including metal beads and Hello Kitty charms! If that wasn't enough, I've added a small sampling of Signature Christmas paper from My Minds Eye.

Here's what you have to do: If you're not already, become a follower of my blog then leave a comment on this post. That's it! If you wanted to tell me your favorite cards or site features that would be fun, but it's not necessary. The blog candy closes on September 28 CST and a random winner will be announced on September 30! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Firefly Chloe

I made this card using Firefly Chloe digi from InStyle Stamps which will be released later this week. Our projects this week were sponsored by Glue Arts and I'll be posted my review which describes all the products I used. Check out the InStyle Stamps blog for a chance to win your own Glue Arts products and to see more projects using Firefly Chloe.

Theme: InStyle Stamps Release Preview
Main Stamp: Firefly Chloe (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Paper samples from ISS - thanks Virginia!
Metal Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11
-hair: E50, E51, E53
-clothes: 0, B000, B52, E50, E51, E53, YR000, YR01, YR02
-other: G20, G40, E82, E94, E99, G000, R05

Did you know? Fireflies or lightning bugs are winged beetles known for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically-produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red - wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers.

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x01B

InStyle Stamps teamed up with Glue Arts this week and generously provided us with Glue Arts products to use and review. Want some? Be sure to check out InStyle Stamps Blog for more details and a chance to win some Glue Arts products this week!

Thanks to InStyle Stamps and Glue Arts, I received the Glue Glider Pro, Ribbon Adhesive, 3D Combo Pack and Mini Adhesive Squares. I used them on all my InStyle Stamps cards this week, which are Firefly Chloe today, Amelia Chloe on Thursday and finally Janice on Friday. Below list the details on where I used them on these projects and how they worked out for me.

[1] On each of my cards I used the Glue Glider Pro adhesive gun with the Perma Tac cartridge. At first the despensor was awkward because I'm used to the small Tombo design for Mono Adhesive, and in comparison, this one dwarfed that model. However, toward the end of my projects I was able to handle it gracefully and even got good at using the built-in brake. The adhesive sticks well and has a nice secure bond. I give this product a thumbs-up and will continue to use it.

[2] The 3D Combo Pac included Raisen's, double-sided adhesive squares, and UCutIt, 3D adhesive foam sheets. The Raisen's has the same feel and stick as the stuff on a gift card when you buy it from a store. You know the rubbery silicone stuff that keeps the card to the paper? Although it didn't hold any of my embellishments, it would be good to use for a temporary application, such as gift cards or bookmarks that are meant to come off. I attempted to use it on the butterfly button, flower charm and paper ticket but finally had to use something else.

I used the UCutIt 3D foam to add dimension to each of the cards, including the paper ticket, but since I had to go through the effort of cutting it, I'd rather use foam dots. With that said, however, the foam sheets would be perfect for specialized applications such as shaker cards. My suggestion for both? Keep a pack on hand for specialized applications but it wasn't helpful to me for my everyday card making.

[3] I tried using the Ribbon Adhesive Spool on the black and pink orandy ribbon. The stick was very good and would have held the ribbon well. However, I couldn't easily access the tape without making a big ball of a mess. The spool edges were too high and kept me from pressing the ribbon into the tape, and when cutting off a strip, it would stick to the scissors and separate from the backing before I could transfer it to the ribbon. In the end, I finally set it aside and left the ribbon to hold on its own accord.

[4] Finally I tried out the Mini Adhesive Squares but had the same trouble accessing the squares on the spool. I ended up carefully taking them off with my fingers to apply them. This is what I finally used on the butterfly button, flower charm and paper dragonflies. They worked just as well as the small Glue Dots but without the thoughout packaging. It was still handy to use so I'll be able to finish the product but I'm going to tear off one side of the spool.

Tiny Dancer

I made this card using Tiny Dancer from Wags 'n Whiskers. The challenge is to create a card or project with a birthday theme. I colored a black outfit because that's what I see more often than not, especially at dance classes.

Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #32
Main Stamp: Tiny Dancer (WnW)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl (DCWV)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: W2, W4, W5, W7, W10, R20, R22

Did you know? There are three main types of ballet: Classical, Neoclassical and Contemporary. It is easy to recognize Classical ballet because it adheres to these rules:
* Everything is turned-out.
* When the feet are not on the floor, they're pointed.
* When the leg is not bent, it's stretched completely.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Christian Back to School

I made this card using Christian Back to School by Simply Betty Stamps. I've been set on a personal challenged by my husband to truly make "the impossible" boy card since we think hand-made does not equal boy! However, he says this one fits the bill! The other one posted today didn't - win some, loose some.

For the sentiment, I drew out HB for Happy Birthday and colored it graffiti style then set it on a decorative bottle cap. The second one shows one I drew for my Mom on the same day. The challenge is to create a card or project using a birthday boy theme, all about boys, and finally to use Amy's Straight Hair technique.

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #8
Challenge: Color Me Copic - Challenge #4
Challenge: The Creative Cottage - Challenge #23
Main Stamp: Christian Back to School (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Homeroom (TPCS)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11
-hair: E11, E13, E15, E19, E08
-clothes: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, E40, E41, E43
-other: YR20, YR21, YR23

Did you know? Darwin's bark spider, a species new to science from Madagascar, weaves its huge web over flowing rivers, stretching up to 80 feet (25 meters) over rivers. It is so big that it can catch 30 or more prey insects at any one time.
[Gigantic Spider's Web, BBC.UK.Co]

Handy Ian

I made this card using Handy Ian from The Greeting Farm. The challenge is to CASE the card or project provided and the other challenge used is a birthday theme. Although it's a great card for my Dad, it did not pass the "Yah, it's a boy card" challenge from my husband. The verdict? "It made me go 'Ah, that's cute.'" But I used it for a masculine challenge anyway.

Challenge: The Greeting Farm - Mystery Mondays
Challenge: Copic Oz - Challenge #2
Main Stamp: Handy Ian (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Homeroom (TBSS)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: R37, R39, E57, R59, W3, W5, W7, W10
-other: W1, W3, E53, E55, YG93, YG95

Did you know? The Norcon pillbox is a type of hardened field fortification built in Britain during the invasion crisis of 1940-1941. It was a small circular pillbox named after the company that manufactured it as a private commercial venture. It was regarded as "possibly the most dangerous, cheap and nasty of all pillbox designs". Twenty-seven pillbox sites are recorded in the Defense of Britain database.
[Norcon Pillbox,]

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x01A

Depending on the type of paper you use to color on with your Copic markers, the marker might bleed through to the other side. I always have a pad of paper or white cardboard under my image for this reason, as I'm sure most of you do. However, be careful not to use the same area too often as the colors can sometimes bleed back up through the paper. I discovered this while coloring a light yellow and the dark red from my sketch pad came up to say hello!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bikki the Platypus

I made this card using Bikkie the Platypus from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. This is the actual size of Bikkie as I used the rubber stamp instead of the digi form.

Main Stamp: Bikkie the Platypus (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Earth Love (CC)
Copic Colors:
-platypus: E50, E51, E53, E55, E04, E70, E71, E74, E77
-other: G85, G94, G99, E44, E47, E49

Did you know? A Bering Strait crossing is a hypothetical bridge or tunnel spanning the relatively narrow and shallow Bering Strait between the Chukotka Peninsula in Russia and the Seward Peninsula in Alaska. If the mainlands would be joined together by bridges, then the bridges would measure a total distance of about 80 km (50 miles).
[Bering Strait,]

Flirty Anya

I made this card using Flirty Anya from The Greeting Farm. The challenge is to CASE the card provided by Club Anya and Friend's return to Monday Mania. The card chosen just so happened to be my Mom's card from Grandma's Pearl! I didn't intentionally choose the same Anya stamp but it spoke to me the most. So instead of using flower, I used buttons to change it a bit.

Challenge: Club Anya & Friends - Mystery Monday
Main Stamp: Flirty Anya (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Nook & Pantry (BG)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Scalloped Circle
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, R22
-hair: Y04, Y11, Y15, Y17
-clothes: YG21, YG23, YG25
-other: R07, R16, R18, W1

Did you know? Perseus was the first of the mythic heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians.