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Thursday, July 30, 2009

SU and CTMH Color Chart

Juliet commented on my last posting, and asked if I knew of a color chart for SU to DMC. Yes, I do know of a chart- I found a posting on Splitcoast by Elizgmom and it lists SU colors comparison to RGB codes for your printer, DMC floss, Prismacolor pencils, Copic markers and it also has a listing for CTMH colors as well. Here is that link:

SCS color comparison chart

It does not include this years in colors for SU yet. I found this list on SCS-but have not compared any of the colors myself...yet:
Rich Razzleberry-3802
Soft Suede-3790
Dusty Durango-921
Crushed Curry-725
Bermuda Bay-3848
Melon Mambo-3804

I am sitting here looking out the front window of the house we are renting, viewing Lake Cumberland. It rained yesterday in the AM, but cleared up so we could get out and about to explore the area. We found a National Trout Hatchery nearby, then the kids went fishing.

It is nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of home, and the phones do not get good reception here, so they are quiet too. This morning, I am going to explore some antique shops and a craft 'coop' while Ray and the kids golf.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vacation-leisure time Crochet Flowers

While I am on vacation I decided to bring floss and crochet hooks with me to try to make crochet flowers in my leisure time. I found an excellent tutorial by Nichole Heady on her blog-with pictures-here is the link to her blog .

My first successful crochet flower has been created using USA crochet hook size 3 and DMC floss.
I will post pictures next week.

Thanks for reading,

Friday, July 24, 2009

I CASE'D this from Jan Tink's blog ...I played in the Secret Sis Uno round on Splitcoaststampers, and this was a card to my 'lil sis'. I was assigned the same lil sis that was my Big Sis last round. She was so good to me, I tried to pour it on- she has such a great heart! I enjoyed sending her cards and stuff....even tried my best at an altered address book. Her name is Rena (Ngrits), and I hope to stay in touch with her in the future.

Thanks for looking!

All stamps and paper Stampin Up

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ISC sketch challenge

I saw this sketch challenge by ISC and wanted to give it a go. I used my skills learned in a Michelle Zindorf workshop- and the stamps I have used here are included in one of the sets we recieved from her to use at the workshop. They are from Innovative Stamp Creations and are called Art4Framesll.
The Designer Paper in the BG has a similar flower, and I found it at Sassy Stamps- not sure if they still carry it- it is called basic Grey 'Boxer'.
I used all SU inks: Soft Sky, Bordering Blue, NQN and Night of Navy, and Old Olive. I used Ruby Red on the tops of the flowers. The bottom of the Flower was used on the strip of Aged parchment below the image in Ruby Red. I got out the sewing machine to stitch around the edges.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Double Bugging from Nancy Horn

Each Month, the Technique Junkies can choose to exchange a card with another member of the technique Junkies. I enjoy exchanging cards because frequently I receive cards with techniques I had not considered trying, or maybe I had not gotten around to making a card yet........
So, this month my partner is Nancy Horn- and she sent a card using the Double Bugging technique. It is a technique I have not had the opportunity to try yet- what a wonderful card!

Thanks for looking


Scrappy Spots

I made a card from the current newsletter using a couple of techniques- one is called Scrappy Spots, the other is called torn frame. I also tried a technique by Sherril Graff using SU reinkers and Iridescent Medium- which is so shimmery- I used the reinkers with a stipple brush and applied to damp card stock just like you would if you were doing the Polished Stone Technique. Wow- this is super cool in real life!
I colored the bird in with markers, and used Choc Chip, Creamy Carmel, Mellow Moss and used the Aquapainter to apply ballet Blue.
Stamps used: Friends 24-7 by Stampin Up

Thanks for looking.


Link to tutorial for Watercolor Roses from Stamping Up

This is the link to the tutorial for the Watercolor Roses from Patty Bennett's Blog:


SU watercolor on Shimmer CS

Patty Bennett published a tutorial on how to watercolor the Roses from the 5th Ave floral on her blog. I just HAD to try this out, but did not have the rose set...that was then....Anyway, I used Embrace Life and made a card for my Secret Sis on SCS- I love this technique- Oh does it sparkle!

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Black Pearls

Black Pearls was the very first card I made as a Technique Junkie- it just killed me to look at all of these beautiful cards on the internet and not be able to figure out how to make them, so I had to give in and join. Luckily, I made a few of these backgrounds......I used this BG I made a few years ago for the June 1-4-1 TJ swap. The stamp is TAC.

Thanks for looking

Depth of Field

My headers are all names of Techniques from the Technique Junkies...... This technique is from the current newsletter and I am finding it to be alot of fun. I made this for a wedding we recently attended- the colors were Silver, Black and Red.
Stamps by SU and CS Shimmer White CS

I added a little sparkle on her dress with a Sakura pen.

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Fabric Layers

One of my friends really likes Toile....I found a pair of pants at a resale shop, and went to town trying out this TJ technique. I thought it looked Asian, so I completed the card in an Asian theme.

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Newspaper Reveal

I made this one with a twist- it is made with Stamps by Innovative Stamp Creations

here is another sample ot the technique

and here is another with a little added color:

There are alot of variations to apply to this technique. I like the way it looks on all of the samples I have seen so far.

Thanks for looking

Marker Watercoloring

My sister loves Iris'. I made this card for her


Pierced Spotlight

This Technique is quick and easy- the Pierced Spotlight. It is quick and easy.

Thanks for looking

Zindorf and Innovative Stamp Creations

Zindorf came to my home town! Here is a card we made- it was a wonderful workshop. Michelle is easy going and the cards were all fabulous

The Stamps were Innovative Stamp Creations

Color Pop

I am posting some of my 'older' cards to get my Blog up and running, and wanted to add in this sample of "Color Pop'. It is a quick and easy background, and I LOVE this Stampin Up set called Always.....


Copic Card

My first attempt at using Copics was in December- am I crazy? I watched alot of You Tube video's and found the blog I have linked on my sidebar Ilikemarkers.....fabulous!!!

Anyway, here is my card

Not hard to guess, this is a PSX stamp........


Glitter masking

This is a fun Technique called Glitter masking...... The name speaks for itself........
My daughter goes to Ohio State and is in a Sorority...the Sorority Mascot is an owl......
This was really fun. The owl is a stamp as is the sentiment, the rest I used ripped paper and glitter.

Wahoo! Thanks for looking

Paper experiment and sponging

This is another sample like the 2 cards below- I used Georgia Pacific Paper....the ink would have gone on better if I had used Stampin Up Whisper White- a card stack that is coated. I still like it anyway....


Bandana Technique and Paper experiment SU and G.P.

This was an experiment in paper- Georgia Pacific vs Stampin Up


As you can see, the technique I tried using Tim Holtz Distress inks went on smoother on the 2nd sample- Stampin Up Whisper White. The first or top sample, the ink got 'sucked' into the paper. So, I have learned SU and Georgia Pacific are both good- but you have to use the appropriate paper with the appropriate coloring medium......examples: GP for Copics....SU for Zindoef's brayering technique........


Waxy Cuttlebug

This is from April of 2008, and the technique is called Waxy Cuttlebug. I made this for a stamper that asked me to exchange cards with her- she is very talented, so I really wanted to make something nice for her. I hope she liked how it turned out- i think it is quite fun.

The waxy Cuttlebug is on the street under the truck. The rest of the card is watercolored.

Thanks for looking

Reinker Splash

I am posting some of my 'older' favorites before I start with the new postings. This is called re-inker splash- and I should mention that I really like Asian images. This is made with a set by See-D's Chinese Designs



I signed up for a 1-4-1 swap after I had wrist surgery, and then the bone did not I grabbed this background I had previously made and found this flower I had previously made....and whipped up this card. I really like the way this one turned out.


Embossed Pearls

So, again....I am posting my older favorite cards or techniques from the past, then will just add current creations to the blog. Most of the cards I make are using technique Junkies techniques. I do love glimmers and shine- this technique used Pearl Ex, and I just love this card......

This was done with the stamp set Art of Life


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Soot Stamping

I tried Soot was very interesting- i liked how this one came out

So, I thought I would give it a twist and add some color first.....this is the 2nd one:

I am just highlighting some of my favorite cards or techniques from the past few years.
Thanks for looking

Dyed background

This was made in July of 2006. I love making a gazillion backgrounds when I start playing, and occasionally my experimentation turns into something I did not expect. This evolved from a Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers......


This technique did not appeal to me at all- I am glad I gave it a try- it turned out very pretty IRL!

It is called Cubist and is a Technique Junkies technique.  It turned out like stained glass and looks like the embossed star is floating on the surface.

Starburst-Father's day card

Here is a fun card I made for my husband for Father's Day a few years ago- this is a technique called Starburst- made with a brayer- I love the way this turned out and was created by putting my head together with my friend Nancy and her husband Bill threw his 2 cents in as well!

Maduzia Magic

My next try at a Technique Junkies technique is my all time favorite. I joined alot of swaps back in the old days- I had Anita Faul as a partner in a background swap. She made a Thank You background that was incredible. I modifies it to use for my parents 50th wedding Anniversary invite.
It uses sentiment that is White embossed, then you do Polished stone in Creamy Carmel and Mellow Moss over the embossing, then reheat the embossing and it 'pops' back onto the surface. Next, I added metallic Rub ons. Perfect for what I needed.

Opalite Smoosh

I am uploading some of my old favorite cards before adding any current cards. Most cards I make use Technique Junkies techniques- I love the challenge of trying new techniques. I also try to do the challenges on Splitcoaststampers when I have time, especially the technique and the Sketch challenges, I also enjoy the Featured Stamper challenge. The hardest one for me is the color challenge- which really stretches my abilities.

Anyway, this technique involved using Opalite reinkers- one of my favorite ever techniques and I made three cards after spending alot of time making color charts with my supplies........
I LOVE color charts.......

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Salt and Pepper

I started stamping when my kids were in Kindergarten in about 1995. I struggled with it, researched all over the internet with help and finally, in 2004 found
I also found Technique Junkies in 2004. I finally could create some of the cards I had been admiring for ages and could not figure out how to make! The first card I made as a Technique Junkie is made using the technique called Salt and pepper:

I was so surprised at how easy it was to create such a nice card- I went to town and tried about 10 different colors, and Salt and Peppered all day- this was my favorite card though.

Off to a graduation party.......


My new creative rumblings.........

I have decided to start blogging to bookmark my card making samples and my other creative adventures. My 'other ventures would include embroidery and needlework, smocking, knitting and crocheting. I dabble a little bit in Scrapbooking, but most of my creative time is spent rubber stamping.

I hope to meet fellow stampers along the way and enjoy creativity with others.