Monday, July 28, 2008

Variations on a theme!

Whenever I see the Mixed Mushroom Group stamp, I think of magic mushrooms. Their magic is not to cause hallucinations, but to cause actual color changes.

Of course, when I think of "magic", the song "Do you believe in magic" plays in my head. Hmmm. Maybe those mushrooms DO cause hallucinations after all.

Anyways, the stamps are from July's Special Deal at justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet. You still have a few days to take advantage of this special deal and get this great bundle of stamps at 25% off. Gotta love a discount!

The images on both cards were colored with Copic markers. The papers are from MAMBI and Basic Grey. The backgrounds (sky/ground) are chalked, but you can't see the blue sky on the top card. Oh well. Darned scanner!

Thanks for visiting and have a magical day!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Exciting and Special Sneak Peek!

Introducing Kathi's Ghost Priscilla! I'm excited because this is the second time that one of my alternate Priscillas was made into a stamp! Ghost Priscilla is holding a fountain pen because whereas she wears her ghost costume during Halloween season, she earns her living as a ghost writer the rest of the year.

Ghost Priscilla and scads of other new stamps will be released on August 1st. You should most definitely sign up for justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet Newsletter so that you can find out about all the new stamps, the monthly Special Deal Bundle (a bunch of stamps for a very special price), and the monthly card sketch! To sign up, click here!

By the way, other dt members will be showing sneak peeks on their blogs. Plus, other stamps created by non-dt members will be shown on their blogs. You can likely find links to them at the justjohanna Odd Bird Planet forum at Split Coast Stampers! Here's a link.

On a personal note I've been sort of swamped here with pre-college appointments, shopping, and other stuff. Additionally, I've been playing the role of nurse since the teenager had all four wisdom teeth surgically removed on Monday. I hope to get to card making again soon. I miss it!

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sneak Peeks!

Go check out Johanna's blog to see sneak peeks of some of the new justjohanna Odd Bird Planet releases that will be coming soon.

The Halloween peek reminds me of the jingle from the Addams Family:
They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The Addams Family

And the Gnomes, well all I can say is that my brain is atwitter with card ideas using bad puns.

Stay tuned...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cupcake Challenge!

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge includes a sketch. I'm beginning to really love sketches these days.

Anyways, the Strawberry Cupcake was stamped on paper-baggy-colored cardstock. I used Copics to color the paper skirt part and the strawberry. I used a Fantastick to swirl and dab on the Pearl Ranger Paint Dabber for the frosting. It is shiny and kind of textured in person. The scan flattened and drabbed it out. I stamped a second strawberry, colored it, cut it out, and then popped it on top of the other strawberry to give it a bit more depth.

The paper is from the Keep on Cooking line by Flair Designs. I cut out a circle that said "Yum", went over it with Distress Ink to make it stand out a bit more, than went over it again with a Spica pen to make it glittery since it clearly needed a bit of blling.

I colored the brown & white gingham ribbon with my Copic marker. I'm really pining for more of those, but have the first college tuition payment due in the beginning of August.

Anyways, thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Card #4

Here's the fourth card I did from one piece of Sweet Tooth patterned paper from Flair Design's Keep On Cooking! line.

I do have a few more pieces from that one sheet and ideas to use them, but since my life (and craft room) are in complete turmoil right now, I don't know where I put 'em. I'm sure those scraps are "somewhere safe" aka "The Black Hole". If they turn up AND I remember my ideas for them, I'll make and share those cards.

Anyways, this card was quick and easy, which is sort of rare for me. I simply stamped Happy Birthday (jj mix), colored it in, added some ribbon, and some rhinestones.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Card #3

Here's the third card created from just one piece of patterned paper! I must say that creating several cards from one piece of patterned paper makes me begin to feel thrifty, then reality sets in as I look around my craft room.

Anyways, I used more of that one sheet of Sweet Tooth paper from the Keep on Cooking line by Flair Designs and used a photo corner sticker from that line as well. I also dug up some older Flair rub-ons from my stash. I spelled out "Be Cool" and then stamped Shady Al to perch on the top of the "l". Thank heavens for my Stamp-a-ma-jig cause my aim just isn't that good!

Al's colored with Prismacolor Markers to look especially cool on his perch.

Thanks for visiting today and stay cool!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Card #2

This is the second card that I made from that one sheet of Sweet Tooth paper from Flair Designs.

I used the "I Love Cake" and the "Happy Birthday" stamps from justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet with a sticker from the Keep On Cooking line by Flair Designs.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I love a bargain!

July's Special Deal at justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet is a great bundle of stamps that are discounted by 25%.

You get:
• Big Nora (butterfly)
• Mixed Mushroom Group
• Pot Belly Cow Right
• Thought Bubble
• "Fabulous" sentiment.

If you want July's Special Deal, click here!

Monday, July 7, 2008

When life gives you limes...

Make Pie!

Sweet Tooth
paper by Flair Designs has truly inspired me with all the wonderful dessert images. I challenged myself to use one piece of this paper and come up with as many cards as I could. So far, I've come up with four and have another two cards in the works. It was a fun challenge, which had the side benefit of making me feel thrifty. However, that'll backfire since I've had more inspiration for even more cards. In fact, I'm thinking about making a set or two!

I used the Lime Slice small from justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet and colored the limes with a variety of Copic Markers. I added a bit of sparkle to the limes on the pie and pie slices with Spica Glitter markers. Sadly, I don't think you can see the subtle effect in this scan. Oh well.

Lime Pie is sometimes called Lime Tart, which made me think of the great Australian kit club, which just had their big July reveal. I don't know which of the kits I like best since they all look great. I definitely want one of them though. Decisions, decisions.

You can see and order these great kits directly from justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet. Click here to take a look! They'll ship from the US which will save you both time and money! Better hurry though since there are limited quantities.

Anyway, thanks for visiting today!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy July 4th!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy those parades, picnics, and fireworks!

I used Lumiere Peacock and the Waltzing Mathilda alphabet from justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Invitation & a challenge!

Chef Priscilla has written many haute cuisine cookbooks, but her favorite way to cook is on the barbeque grill. Her 4th of July parties are legendary.

Chef Priscilla
is an Odd Bird Planet stamp. The scene was colored with Prismacolor pencils and chalk. The barbeque and the BBQ are QuicKutz die cuts. Specialty paper by FiberMark was used on the grill. The red patterned paper is Picnic Table by Flair Designs. I don't remember who made the blue paper.

Now for the challenge part. I was supposed to post a challenge and some blog candy on June 27th, but was still recuperating from the teenager's graduation. So, a bit later, but here it is.

Make a card or project with red, white, and blue in honor of July 4th. I'd like it to be summer or patriotic themed. Post your project on your blog, Splitcoast Stamper's Gallery, or
Odd Bird Planet's Gallery then link back to my blog or to this thread at Splitcoast Stampers.

You have until Wednesday, July 9th at midnight edt to post your card. You can win Brody Drummer Z, "Happy Birthday, Whimsy", and some goodies from my stash (good stuff!)

Thanks for visiting today.