Sunday, August 31, 2008

Finally! More fun with gnomes!

Sorry it took me so long to get back to blogging. The teenager and I had to finish shopping for college, visit friends and relatives, squeeze in some more nagging/hectoring/life lessons/quaity time, plus I had to crack the whip to make her sort her stuff into "staying", "going", and "tossing" piles. It all finally got sorted and packed. We drove her to college, helped her settle in, and left her there, which was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do. However, her phone call, emails, and text messages have sounded euphoric. She's happy, making friends, and managing things. Classes start Wednesday. If she manages to get over her predilection to procrastinate, she'll do fine.

I'm a bit of a wreck, but was finally able to sit down and work on some cards today, w hich left me feeling a bit less weepy and more centered.

So, here they are.

The "Happy Bird Day" card features Cathrine's Mushroom Scene with Kelly's Gnome with Birds Left. The paper is Mellow by Basic Grey.

"Metro-Gnome Missed your Birthday" is completely computer generated. I found a photo of a metro/subway station and dropped in an image of Kelly's Skating Gnome Left. I erased his skates to make it look like he was running for a train. I printed out the scene and colored the Gnome. Dymo tape (one of my favorite things) added my sentiment, plus some color and texture.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Meet Johanna in person!

The Johanna from justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet Stamps will be live-in-person at Auntie Amy’s rubber stamp store in Riverside, California, from 10AM to 6PM on Saturday for a trunk show.

There will be free make and takes all day and free pack of paper with every purchase.

Johanna will have some of the brand-new-just-released images with her, as well as a sneak peek of the upcoming holiday images.

If you’re in the Southern California area, don’t miss this event. Johanna only does public appearances about once a year.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fun with Gnomes!

I've been having big fun with the little gnomes from Odd Bird Planet's new release. Being me, I've been coming up with all sorts of silly word-play and puns, which will probably prove that my mental processes are a bit wonky. Oh well. At least I'm amused.

Kelly's Gnome Girl with Heart Hat
is getting married to Kelly's Stitched Gnome. The laws of the Odd Bird Planet allow second cousins to get married, so no one should object or tear them asunder.

The Metro-Gnome Birthday card features Kelly's Tree Gnome and some altered clip art.

Both cards were colored with Copic Markers. The not-so-festive Wedding card also has Spica Glitter pen on the gnome's beard and pigtails.

Patterned papers are Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, and 7 Gypsies.

BTW, I have another take on the Metro-Gnome theme on my desk, so tune in later in the week.

Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mail Art!

We were asked to create mail art for one of our design team projects.

This was a fairly new thing for me since I never delved into the world of mail art and rarely decorate my envelopes. But, it was actually lots of fun to do a one layer project and not worry about placing a sentiment!

I stamped Aldenville, the Hot Air Balloon, and the Little Cloud and then colored the stamped images with Prismacolor pencils. The sky, walkways, and grass were chalked. Spica Glitter pens were used to add some twinkle to the clouds, windows, and street lights.

Fairy Chicklet decorates the "postage" stamp.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

jj Odd Bird Planet August Special Deal

justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet August Special Deal bundle is a great selection of stamp at a 25% discount. As the teenager says, "Sweeeet!"

You'll get:
621AA "hoot"
1396B Madricaine
607D "You are"
636M dotty corner
250F debbie's flower

Click here to see and buy it for yourself!

In further news, August 1st was the date for the HUGE new release, comprising themes including "Owloween", Potions, Gnomes, and Babies. Johanna has outdone herself since they're all phenomenal. Click here to take a look for yourself. I'd love to hear which ones you want. There are so many on my wish list!

In furtherer (<--new word) news, you now have a choice. You can get the traditional wood-mounted stamps or opt for unmounteds -- where you'd get just the rubber.

Thanks for visiting today!