Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Hey Stompers!

I've been having blogging issues.  If this posts, it'll be the first time in a while.  So fingers crossed.  Let's see if this works.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

Morning!  Whose the lucky duck with a day off today?  Me!  Whose the insane person who got up at 6am on a day off?  Also me.  Well, I'm up - I mines well blog.  Had a very busy weekend but oddly enough had a lot of time in my craft room to play and get good and inky. 

A visit to Tim Holtz's blog and his tag for September is what started the creative journey for me.  I ended up making three cards and two panels/card fronts.

You know you're out of practice when:  you stamp a really great image in Staz On on a non-porous surface and then, like a nerd, go ahead and do polish stone with alcohol inks ON IT and around it.  Who forgot Staz On is solvent based?  Duh, me.  Anyways.....

Supplies:  All cardstock PTI/SU.  Embossing folders - too many companies to list.  Ranger alcohol inks and copper tape.  Metallic plumber's tape from the dollar store. 

So the finished card is actually the last panel I did.  It became my oldest nephew's birthday card.  We had his family dinner last night.  I think I like family dinners on Sundays - they end nice and early and everyone goes home at a decent hour.  Hmmm, this early hour has me musing (apparently), here's the card:

I also used PTI's Movers and Shapers: Poppers Happy die on the inside to make a pop-up.  All I will say is it is hard to make a card for a 23 year old male.

The next two panels are actually more in keeping with Tm Holtz's tag for September.  It was actually quite a fun and easy technique.  I don't know what I'll do with these panels but I find with card fronts like this you don't really need to do anything.  It kind of stands on its own very nicely without need for further embellishment or not...

These next two cards are an amalgam of the two previous techniques. What if I took plumbers tape, ran pieces through an embossing folder and then pieced them together like sheet meet? First experiment I polished stone the tape first and I found the result too busy even before I pieced them together. Then I thought, "aha!" I'll do plain embossed panels and use something to divide them up like an Asian screen. I like the five panel one better than the four. I think it has to do with the rule of three or odd number placement (or something like that). Here you go:

Well, in addition to the paper creations, I also got a chance to play in the kitchen.  I planned it out perfectly for yesterday as the weather was cool enough to have my oven on for a good portion of the day.  I started by make a cocktail syrup for Brandy Plum Sours.  Soooooo delicious.  Here's a photo of the syrup cooking down.  It did wonders for my pores and I think I got a little drunk on the fumes while taking the picture.  The cocktails were a huge hit. 

I also got a chance to bust out two new baking recipes.  Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Bars and Individual Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake "Cupcakes".  The baking was for my work birthday buddy but since the stout recipe called for 1/3 cup of stout/Guinness I felt it was wasteful to open a bottle for one recipe and ended up doubling up and making two.  The family loved the cheesecake bars and Charlie has a whole corner to call his own.  Did I mention the cheesecake bars have a graham and pretzel bottom.  Chocolately, spicy, dense and ever so slightly salty.  I'm thinking there might not be enough cupcakes for the office so maybe I'll make some more tonight.  Maybe.

So that was my weekend.  I hope you had an excellent weekend too.  Until next time.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weddings and more weddings

Morning Stompers!

Thought I'd take a few minutes to share some stuff with you before my day gets going.  How is it you can go years without having to go to a wedding and then, boom, three weddings this summer and two weddings in a row!   I admit it.  I like weddings.  They're so optimistic and hopeful and lovely.  So all those weddings need cards.  I can bang one out given enough time but three?  I had to resort to a stampers friend: CASing.  Of course I didn't take pictures of the cards for the weddings that already happened but the last one is today and I couldn't decided and ended up making four. So here they are.

The first was inspired by my lovely friend, Meredith, and her beautiful PTI bloghop card here.  I changed the colour scheme and made a few tweeks of my own.  I think Meredith's card has such an easy elegance and I couldn't quite duplicate it but hopefully made it more my own.

The next few cards were CASEd from PTI and their fabulous DT.  Again I changed the colour scheme and tried to make them a bit more my own...but sometimes why mess with something that's pretty amazing....

Stamps and dies PTI.  Ink and paper SU!  Ribbon PTI/SU! and pins Making Memories

Sorry, Blogger is being weird and I'm having problems providing links but the last three cards were CASEd from Nicole Heady, Debbie Olson and Betsy Veldman (I think).  When I get back from the church, I'll double check and hopefully be able to add the links.  Right now I've got to go get ready.  Have a nice long weekend, stompers.  Hope we all get a chance to get creative and inky.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

What I did on my summer vacation....

Did you ever have to write one of those essays at the start of the school year?  I did and I don't have any fond memories of it...writing the essay not my summer holidays.  So, I had a week off last month for our annual visit to Oregon (Coast and Portland) and I can sum up what I did in the next two photos:

I spent some time in my craft room - organizing, cleaning and cutting up paper.  All scraps and all PTI and MFT dies.  I like to think of it as my pride card.  I did a 'bit' of shopping in Portland and bought 'some' shoes.  I bought some clothes too but I like the shoes better.  

Well that's about it for me.  This is a very tough, brisk blogging pace I've set for myself...once a month.  

Until next time, be well and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Later gators!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hexagon Happy

What can I say? I love me some hexagons. It all started with one set of dies and now I have....more. Here's what I've been up to:

The first two cards I used my new PTI happy hexagon cover plate and the sentiment is MFT versafine black onyx ink and tsukineko black embossing powder. Cardstock is Gina K smokey charcoal and SU Wild Wasabi. The design paper is DCWV paper packs - I think its the eco-green paper pack.

The last card is MFT hexagon dies. More DCWV designer paper and the thanks is a Memory Box Die covered in Glitter Ritz micro fine glitter....peacock blue, I think. The orange cardstock base is SU.

I may have mentioned before that I have a lot of seriously...a lot. A point of organizational pride for me is my 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I had previously organized by company in paper keepers but soon realized the keepers were taking up a lot of room so I switched:

I used ROYGBIV and separated by company. On the right is SU, in the middle keeper is all basics (mostly PTI and SU), left of the keeper is PTI, the little keeper to the left is Gina K and the little bit at the end is Pop Tones and Bazzill. The little stack on the top is the result of my paper shopping in Kyoto.

So that's what I've been up to. If the weather continues the way it has been, well, I guess I'll be crafting a lot more this "summer". Yes, the bunnies agree. Until next time.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Hey Stampers!

I'm posting a little bit of everything today. Pats on my back. I took pictures of the last few things I've done,card-wise. I'm going to post them. One I'm quite proud of and the rest was just messing around. Got a bunch of new Memory Box dies courtesy of the bi-annual Stampadoodle sale in Bellingham. So here goes....

No memory box but a super cool amaze balls technique I learned from the Ribbon Girls blog. I love that blog. So creative. So bad for my wallet, though. The card is A2 size but it looks square because I'm still learning the how-to's of blogging from an iPad...need a new computer. Next.

This card is made of all scraps. The frame is memory box. The background is an embossing folder on tim holtz craft coredination paper and a bunch of distress inks smeared DTP. Just wanted to see where these pieces would go. No sure if I'm done yet. Its a work in progress...perhaps a mistake...but...just wanted to get it out there. Next.

Same memory box die. Background done with post-it note hand cut masks and distress inks and sponge applicators. I like it. BTW: love, love, love the new spring distress colours. Lastly.

More memory box dies (did I mention I have slight problem?). I think I read about the technique on either Ellen Hutson or Jennifer McGuire's blogs. Anyways, basically cut out a die twice and use all the pieces to make one badkground. Super picky work....totall up my alley. I did these cards for a swap and left them blank in case someone wanted to stamp additionally on it. I like these. Just takes some time, patience, and good tweezers.

Well, off to finally get a proper start on my weekend. I know, its Sunday. Anyways, will be back with some new stuff later.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Family and Card

Hey Dudes!

Watcha been up to? Me? Kinda alot. Getting ready to go on holidays with friends and family, got a new camera and been making and sending a lot of cards. So first a card. Nephew number three turns 19 on Tuesday. We had his family birthday dinner yesterday. Here's the card I nade. Please indulge the multiple shots but I'm learning how to use the new camera.

Stamps are all PTI. Inks are Jenni Bowlin (new fave). Paper is Tim Holtz kraft coordination and Bazzill (that I got on clearance). Embossing folder is from a company in Australia. Elaine from Integrity Designs suggested them and I love it but don't know the name....sorry. Other dies are also all PTI.

Next, pictures from dinner last night. A self portrait my sister took of herself and our brother. They're doing their best supermodel smizing (smiling with their eyes if you're unfamiliar with America's Next Top Model) and the next is our sweet mom with my sister's other dog, Pickle. How cute are they? My mom and the dog...not my proud of my gene pool.

Friday, January 27, 2012

What to do...

....when you are stuck at home? Don't feel like crafting? Nope. Nothing on TV. You make this.

Chocolate chunk, cheesecake brownies. I found the brownie mix in the pantry. It had a recipe for cheesecake swirl brownie on the box. Hot damn I even had the right amount of cream cheese in my fridge. So mix mix, toss toss and Bob's you uncle. Actually, Bob really is my uncle =)

No complaints and when I woke up this morning half the pan was missing. Must be the Charlie size brownie monster that lives in my house. Sigh. I am currently braising Chinese mushrooms at the moment - with no recipe - never done it before in fact. Sure does smell good though.

Peace out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Which one....

....would you choose. I have a purple loving friend with a birthday just around the corner. I started out CASing a card and ended up making three. I love PTI's Rosie Posie and I think I need to start a wonderful words die support group because those darn words make it onto almost all my cards lately. To make matters worse she's a total papercracter too. Soooo....

I don't know. I have a few days to think about it. Hope you are all enjoying the close ups of my work desk. I have to bring my camera and cards to work to photograph on my lunch break. The light otherwise is either non-existent, too grey or just plain dark. I think we're going camera shopping this weekend in preparation for our trip to Asia so there may be hope yet for my blog photos.

Peace out.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hey Stampers! Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous year of the water dragon!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy New Year!

It must be the end of the world since I. Am. Blogging. With two cards to share no less. First card I made for nephew number two's 21st birthday.
Kinda simple, not much stamping but I had a lot of fun making the chevron stripe in the background. You can find the tutorial on Jennifer McGuire's blog. All stamps and dies are PTI. The gold ink is the new Delicata ink from Tsukineko. I found a really excellent origami video on you tube. If I can figure it out, I will add later on. Anyways, little OCD if I want to learn something I do it over and over again. Long story...I did enough snowflakes/stars to be the basis of my January stamp club swap.
I think the flowers are really pretty. Most if not all of the cardstock is from Paper Zone. All the retail stores are shutting down and they had a HUGE sale and I'm good for cardstock probably forever? The butterfly die is from Memory Box. I have a serious die problem but meh what're you going to do. Anyways, I'm glad you decided to stomp on by. I hope everyone has a very happy 2012 doing whatever turns your crank and puts a smile on your face. Reading other blogs I became inspired and decided to have a word for this year. Do you want to know what it is? Okay. My word for 2012 is do - as in "do or do not. There is no try." Yoda, Empire Strikes Back. Anyways, until next time. Peace out.