Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Broken computers!

My computer died recently, so I took it to my friend to help with it and she got it working temporarily. I was able to get a few things done and then splat! It died for real. She called the fix it guy in our building to work on it for me because he installed the hard drive less than a year ago. I also had her work on my laptop because it wouldn't connect. Meanwhile I have been on my CHEEP and nearly worthless tablet. I have such a headache from waiting for pages to load. Oddly, You tube videos work well on it, but reading my email is a massive PIA. You click on something to go to another page and if you try to go back to the email it goes to the opening page. Then you have to open your email again and try to find the post you were reading. It also will have emails on it that were deleted from my email on my PC. So I have to delete them all again. So after many hours I have a massive headache and have done very little. Ok, so yaaaaay! I got my laptop back and tried to watch a video. Everything is fine except it has no sound. I check and when it was reinstalled it didn't get the program for sound but it makes sounds for turning on and off and all the alarm sounds but no sound for videos. I take it back up to her to figure it out and go back to the evil tablet. At least I got a journal page done while waiting on things to load. Well, at least I got my laptop back last night after running back and forth with computers all day for 2 days. Thankfully we have an elevator in this building! Sadly she loaded Firefox on my tablet instead of Google Chrome. I like Chrome. I like where my bookmarks are. I like the way my email looks and works. I also had to spend several hours deleting and reloading my antivirus software from Cox, because for some reason it got disconnected. So, for now I am on again and feeling better.
I remember not long ago, I didn't even own a computer. My friend took me to the library and I learned how to use their computers. I was so excited. I was working with polymer clay back then and must have printed out a books worth of polymer clay ideas. I think I still have those pages squirreled away somewhere. Then my friend and roommate got a home computer and I could check out how to's on anything my heart desired. Now, I can't bear a day without my computer. I am not a cell phone person. I just have an old flip phone that I rarely turn on, but I am on my computer daily. Checking my email and watching videos and signing petitions for good causes and reading to much about politics. Things have changed so much in these last few years.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More designs with one stamp

I loved the example on the Stampendous site by Jennifer Dove of the Cherry Bird Stamp W122. She did such beautiful coloring with her Copic markers. I am just not so good with them nor do I have a ton of them so I switched the whole colorway to Prismacolor pencils. I am much better with pencils. I used some Just Peachy Sorbet by Art Anthology on the tips of the flowers. and Imaginecrafts Irresistible Pico Embellisher in gold on  the stamens of the flower.

I did the same colors in this one. I also used the Pico Embellisher in Gold but on this piece I added green glitter glue and copper leaf just for fun. It really doesn't show well in the picture.

The coloring on this one is also from the Stampendous site although my coloring is much darker. I did use Copics on this one. The die cut is Spellbinders labels 22. I used the largest size and hand cut a liner from golden yellow card. The bow is made on my Bow It All V2.0.

This one I did in colored pencils with the Pico Embellisher in gold. I also made the bow on the Bow It All and added blue and green micro glitter and fragments from Stampendous. The banners are from Spellbinders.

Monday, February 16, 2015

3 Different Same Cards

All of these cards use the same stamp, but have different coloring and different card designs.  I absolutely love this little Halloween reveler. She is Pumpkin Ride rubber stamp from Stampendous. I love the vintage look. I am such a huge sucker for vintage, but especially vintage Halloween. I just can't seem to get enough of those cute babies and the black kittens. I know it is far from Halloween but by then I will have new ideas and yes I still have some of my Halloween decorations up and am working on a project that is rather Halloween related. I honestly could have totally skipped the whole Christmas thing this year. And while I am at it Happy Mardi Gras!
This card is colored in plumb purple colors with lime green and turquoise blue accents.  I don't remember the name of this decorative paper but I do know it is from the same pad as the star paper on the next card and it is half girly colors and half boyish colors and has embossing on the papers. I just love all the bright colors in it. It is definitely  great for kids birthday cards. I have had it for years, so it's probably not available any more. Anyway, the corners are just parts that I saved from die cutting  and thought they would make nice corners. I made rosettes from the Tim Holtz Mini Rosettes die. I also used  Marianne Design Creatable Dies Petras ~Ornaments as a background to my focal image.                                        This card is all about the purple. When I was finished coloring and fussy cutting my image I realized she was just to dark and dull. Then I remembered that many vintage cutouts that I have seen have a gold outline and it just so happened I had the perfect product to use. Imagine Crafts IrresistiblePico Embellisher in gold That I won from a crafty blog hop. I also won this stamp from a Stampendous blog hop. I have been extremely lucky in my blog hopping lately. The Pico Embellisher has a wonderful fine point on it and to keep it from clogging in storage there is a nice wire inside the cap that stays in the tip when stored. I think it was the perfect touch to brighten up my sadly over dark coloring. I made a bow with my Bow It all and added a nice sunflower from Petaloo (also won from a blog hop ;p )

This last card is done in blue and gold. Actually the markers I used ended up being a kind of periwinkle. The beautiful fan die is Marianne Design-Creatable Die Petras Heart & Corners I also added another rosette made with the  Tim Holtz Mini Rosettes die. I decided it was still a bit plane so I found some vintage glitter in my stash. I love this stuff and use it sparingly....usually, since I got it at a yard sale and it is in the original bottle. The lid says, "Double plated Will Hold Glitter .25cents." I got a little sloppy with the glue, but it's ok.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Another Valentines Card

and covered the pumpkin with a flower this time. I used the same type of heart button and several flowers from Petaloo. The die is Marianne Designs Creatables called Anja's Large Oval and used gold leaf marker on the outline. I did the background with the Argyle embossing folder from Darice. I also used the same blue and white bakers twine. Across the bottom I used 2 strips of washi tape from the Dollar Tree.  I have several more cards done with this stamp but since it is almost 4am I am going to call it quits for tonight.


Well, it looks like the last couple of posts got messed up when I moved pictures around on Photo Bucket :( I hate it when that happens and of course I can't find the pictures to put back up. I just have way to many files on there.
Between working on my Voo Doo Doll House (I am almost done and will post pictures soon)and playing with my new stamps that I won from Stampendous, I have been quite busy. Since it is Frilly and Fabulous month at the Dreamweaver blog and Valentines coming up, I thought it would be a good time to post my new card.
I used pumpkin-ride-rubber-stamp. I love this stamp so much. As soon as I got it I started coloring it about 10 times in different colors. In order to cover the pumpkin and make my little girl ready for Valentines day, I found a mini plastic record and attached it over the pumpkin. She is all set to start the party off with some dance music. I stamped the word LOVE from Hearts in Touch (no longer available) on a craft heart tag and used an ink pad to color the edges. The poodle and heart are buttons and the word fun is a sticker. At the top I used a Spellbinders banner-basics-one And wrapped it with blue and white bakers twine. In the corners I used turquoise glittered brads.

I added a brad and 2 strips of decorative metal mesh. The blue stripe at the base is sparkly washi tape.

Inside the top area words are from Rubber Stampede (no longer available.) The fan shaped die is from Marianne Design Creatable Die Petra's Heart & Corners set. 
I hope you enjoy this card.
I also want to enter this in the Mod Squad Challenge . Their theme is pop-up cards.