Friday, February 29, 2008

Fast and easy!

Nope. I'm not talking about myself. I'm talking about this card that took ~15 minutes to create.

The card is for one of my teenager's edgier friends so I wanted to make an "edgy" card that she'd like.

All I had to do was stamp the justjohanna lovely skull & bones in the white flower on this Basic Grey paper, color it, color some of the paper's flowers blue, silver emboss the greeting and edges, and mat it.

My teenager loved it and was happy giving it to her friend.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm a berry bad blogger.

Yikes. It's been a week since I last posted and it's almost March. How did that happen?

It's not that I don't have anything to share or haven't been stamping. I do and I have. In fact, I've been experimenting some more with Pentel Brush Pens and have been happy with the result. However, this card was not colored with those. Ha. Bait and switch.

I stamped justjohanna's strawberry topiary, small strawberries, and the sentiment and then colored 'em with Prismacolor markers. The paper is from 7 Gypsies. I liked the stark black and white against the red of the berries.

I'll try to be better about posting more frequently, but if given limited free time, I'd rather be stamping than scanning.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The cure for a tough day!

I chortled like a maniac while making this card.

I was contemplating my shady al stamp, thinking of reasons why he'd be wearing sunglasses, and came up with several. This card appeared in my head fully formed complete with several advertising slogans. Then the card came out just the way I had envisioned it in my mind's eye. I LOVE when that happens.

Shady al and the jar are justjohanna stamps. The advertising slogans are all mine.

1. I've never had or seen Moonshine, so the aqua liquid may not be realistic.
2. Contrary to some opinions, I do NOT have a drinking problem. Really. No REALLY!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Two-fer Tuesday!

These cards were originally going to be one card inspired by the song "What the world needs now is love sweet love". I dutifully stamped "LOVE tweet LOVE" with al on earth.

Then being me, a literal minded sort, I realized that owls don't tweet. They hoot. I really liked using al on earth as the "o" in LOVE, but I also liked the "LOVE tweet LOVE" element. So I did the only thing any sane stamper would do, I made two cards.

These cards both qualify for the Valentine's Theme challenge at Wednesday Stamper. I'm shocked that I actually got three cards done for this challenge. But then again, in another post I said that Valentine's Day cards are like potato chips, you can't make just one.

Anyways, all stamps are by justjohanna. Stamping Mathilda is a lovely unmounted alphabet. al on earth was a limited edition stamp to commemorate World Stamping Day 2007. The royal chicklets are prince and princess. I masked off the words "home" from the home tweet home stamp.

"What the world needs now" and "makes the world go round" are both computer generated. Papers are Flair Designs (Love tweet Love card) and Creative Imaginations. The heart ribbon is by American Crafts andd the other ribbon is May Arts.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Another "potato chip" & my first "Moo"

If you can't scrap/stamp lift from yourself, who can you lift from? This post's title is lifted from one below, I lifted the stamp/paper combination from one of the "love's truck" cards, and the card's sentiment is lifted from an old layout of mine ("Love Grows with xoxo").

This card fits Wednesday Stamper's Valentine-themed challenge. It also is my first "Moo" for a "virtual swap challenge" at I really like the size!

I used a letter from the Stamping Matilda alphabet. Can you guess the letter? The alphabet, swirly tail, and paisley heart are by justjohanna.

The only notable things are that I not only stamped with VersaFine's Crimson Red, but used it to edge and color the ribbon.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day cards are like potato chips...

I bet you're wondering how the heck Valentine's Day cards could be like potato chips? Do you remember the old commercial that stated that it was impossible to just eat one Lays potato chip? Yep...imho Valentine's Day cards are like potato chips, you can't only make one.

Anyways, this is a card that I made some time last year. I saw something silver shining in a trash can and checked because sometimes things get inadverently tossed. I found several tiny (and functioning) handcuffs. So I went to the ever-stylish teenager and asked about them. She had purchased a handcuff bracelet and it had broken, so she tossed it.

As a crafter I've learned to see objects a bit differently, so when I saw the mini cuffs, I immediately envisioned this card. I'm happy with it and like the juxtaposition of the soft pink of the Flair Designs paper with the metal.

I've probably revealed a little too much about my thought processes. Scary, no?

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines for the husband

When I first saw Boris (by A Muse), I had to have him. After all, I'm married to a chemist who acts like a mad scientist occasionally (most of the time). I decided to use Boris for a Valentine's Day card and my brain filled in both sentiments. I couldn't decide which sentiment to go with, so I made two cards. Being my usual indecisive self, I still haven't figured out which card to give with the splendid dark chocolate peppermint truffles by Lindt.

I think I'll ask the teenager, who is home sick for the third day in a row. She's very good at making decisions and even sticks by them, unlike her "waffle mom".

Anyway, one card uses Flair Designs papers. Have you seen their newish Valentine line and their Easter paper? I loves it! The other is made with Basic Grey Fusion. Their new lines are tdf. *sigh* So much paper, so little $ and room.

Thanks for visiting today and Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Valentine for my teenager

My teen loves black. She loves rock. She loves tattoo art. She loves skulls. This card is so very hers.

All the stamps are by justjohanna. I used "you rock" whimsy, brody drummer, and thorny flourish.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

More alcohol ink experiments!

This card was another of my experiments in alcohol inks. I applied four colors of alcohol ink (stonewash, wild plum, butterscotch, and cranberry) onto the felt covered applicator. I pounced the applicator in a random fashion onto glossy paper. When the paper was inked, blending solution was dripped onto the paper and formed circles. I spritzed a bit more blending solution onto the applicator and smoothed out the edges of the circles, which produced an effect that reminded me of opals.

I stamped the justjohanna scroll border onto the edges of glossy paper using archival black ink. I die cut a heart from the excess alcohol inked glossy paper, then stamped the scroll border it. The arrow through the heart is also a die cut.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Rockin' Valentine's Day card

Sometimes flowers and hearts just don't suit the recipient of your Valentine's Day card and you need something a bit edgier.

All stamps are by justjohanna and are brody drummer, thorny flourish, and a swirly heart. I should note that brody usually has his band name "12 Drummerz" on his drum. I covered it up with Magic Transparent Tape so that when I inked the stamp, that part wouldn't be inked. Instead, I bowed to convention and stamped the heart in the drum.

The heart, drum set, and brody were colored with Prismacolor markers and a silver Signo gel pen. The flourish and sentiment were inked with Brilliance Starlite Silver and then heat embossed with Silver Detail Embossing Powder.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Picked up and dropped

This card was picked up by a defunct magazine, but didn't make it to print in the "new" magazine. Even though I included a sase, the card never made it home to me.

I decided to set it free on my blog, so here it is. It seems a bit darker than I remember, but my memory is decidedly uneven. In any case, rolling hills and sophie are justjohanna stamps. The sky paper is Chicken Little by Cosmo Cricket. I do love that paper and use it frequently.

This is another one of many Valentine's Day cards. I love Valentine's Day. It's a chocolate occasion, so what could be bad?

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Monday, February 4, 2008

A GIANT deal.

Yesterday we hosted a Superbowl party and a friend brought yummy Red Velvet cupcakes. We were enjoying the cupcakes when the Giants won!

Now you can enjoy a sweet deal on some of justjohanna's cutest cupcake-related stamps including the giant cupcake. How tweet!

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