Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Card #1 or Card #2?

I changed up the card that I posted on Sunday.
I ran out of brads and also wanted to use the color spritzer.
So tell me...
Which card do you like better?

Card #1

Card #2

For more information on Card #1, you can go back to "Catching Up", posted on Sunday.

Here's what I did to card #2:

Sponge daubers were used on the edges of the Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper, Wild Wasabi cardstock, Pumpkin Pie punched stars, and 1/4" punched circles (not shown).

Have you ever used a Color Spritzer before?
This was my first time... SO easy!

I put a mask over the "Happy Father's Day" stamped image and spritzed Brilliant Blue around the edge of the mask.

Here's my favorite part of this card:

The punched star has a natural curl to it after it has been punched.
I just warm up the cardstock between my fingers and get it to bend a little more after adhering the punched 1/4" circle. Cut a Stampin' Dimensional in half and pop it on the card as an accent.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

We spent yesterday with my parents up in San Francisco.

We had such a fantastic time!
Keiji was asleep the minute the car started down the hill on the way home! lol!
Ken would not stop talking about his day with his Obaachan and Ojiichan.

Not much stamping done this weekend, but I will up late working on some swaps.
Hopefully I will have something to post tomorrow!

Monday's Fun Day!
I do have a few clear stamps that I found at my local Michael's the other day to give away! I picked out some that I thought you might like to have... I know that not everyone's Michaels carries the same stuff.


Just post a comment... I want to know what your plans are for the summer!

A number will be randomly picked on Friday.

Off to get creative!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Catching up!

Yet another week goes by where I don't post!
It has been a little crazy on this end. The latest is a wicked sinus headache and cold. It all started with the aftermath of the fires in the Santa Cruz mountains. The wind carried a lot of the smoke and ashes over the miles and I could really feel it on Friday.

Ashli... thank you! The peppermint tea is so soothing! I read your post and bought some right away. Yummy too! :)

Here's a quick and easy Father's Day card:


Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Jersey Shore DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Star Punch, 1/4" Circle punch, Paper Piercer, piercing mat, Bold Brights brads, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals

Here's a tip for getting the tiny brads on the star and 1/4" circles:

Use a paper piercer and mat to pierce a hole in the center of the star and circle:

Then keep the star & circle on the mat and push the brad in through the hole and mat.

Here are a few tags I made uniquely for each of my Japanese workshop ladies who placed an order. I tried to match a tag to a stamp set that they ordered.

I managed to get my reveal package out to my DDSS!
I put a lot of little things in this clear bucket that I decorated with Ginger Blossom DSP, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, and hatpin & beads/pearls from Pretties Kit.

OH! I can't forget our latest Monday's Fun Day winner!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-05-25 08:26:07 UTC

Congratulations, Lorie!

Lorie posted:
What a great card and tutorial! I'm a coffee drinker but do love a good tea sometimes too. My favorite coffee is a non-fat, sugar free caramel latte...I know...why bother. But it is good anyway! :o)

Send me an email to:


Is there a doctor in the HOUSE?

Do you know who this handsome guy is?


Isn't he just a dream?

Jesse Spencer from the t.v. show, HOUSE.

Here we are hanging out together at the bowling alley a few months ago in So.Cal.

Yeah right! LOL!
It just so happened that he was practicing for a bowling scene that they were going to film for the show and I got a photo op... lucky me!! :D


Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday's Fun Day - Wake up and smell the coffee!

I have to say I am in LOVE with Unity Stamp Company. I'll be back to posting SU! cards tomorrow, but here's a card I made with a couple of the stamps from Magnificent Moments .


Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter
Stamp: Unity "Magnificent Moment"
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Dew Droplets (Mens), VersaMarker, Gelly Powder Cuppa Joe, Glimmer Mist (Coffee Shop)

I made my own background:

Then for the coffee cup, I had to make a mask so that I could spray it with glimmer mist.

Here's the glimmer mist... be sure to shake it well so that the shimmer that settles at the bottom of the bottle is gone. Otherwise, your spray will clog.

Be sure to protect your surface well. Glimmer Mist gives a lot of coverage and it does stain. I added several more Post-it® notes all around the matted image to make sure it did not get stained other than on the coffee cup. I sprayed the cup and then patted off the excess with a paper towel. After peeling off Post-it® notes, I heat set it with my heat gun.

I used a VersaMarker to color in where I wanted the scented embossing powder to stick and then used my heat gun to heat it up.

It smells SO good!

Monday's Fun Day Giveaway!

I want to share some of this inspiration so for Monday's Fun Day, I will be stamping off images from Magnificent Moments and sending someone a Cuppa Joe (black coffee scented embossing powder) from gel-à-tins along with a $5 giftcard to Starbucks for a drink on me!


All you have to do is post if you drink coffee or tea and what your favorite flavor/drink is. Do you like Starbucks or go somewhere similar for your drinks? How do you order your drink?

I love Starbucks! My favorite is Vanilla Soy Chai, no water, extra hot.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Magnificent Moment with Unity!

Thank you, everyone, for your emails and phone calls.
I am doing much better now. For those who as just catching up, I ended up in the ER last Sunday for a wicked migraine. It took a few days for the meds to get out of my system and the side effects to wear off, but I am doing much better now. If I can only do something about this crazy heat wave we are experiencing!!!

So let me introduce you SU! lovers to a new stamp company...

If you have not tried these stamps, RUN to Scraplovers now and give them a try!
Unity give you the best of both worlds when it comes to stamping with wood vs. acrylic... AND some of their images are BIG for those who love to stamp and scrap!

Check out my first big purchase at Scraplovers:

Here's how the stamps work:


You can see that a little brown bag comes with the wood mounted stamps.
They hold the unmounted stamps that you can place on the acrylic part of the handles and stamp away. Isn't that awesome? See... best of both worlds!

I even bought coffee scented embossing powder to go with my Magnificent Moment stamp set! Here's what I did with it...


It smells SO yummy!!!

I added this little coffee cup as an embellishment to the clear acrylic picture frame that holds the "Homemade By" recipe card that I stamped and mounted...

I used Stampin' Write Markers to ink up the unmounted "Dessert" stamp that I stamped on the recipe card. Here's a close up:


Friday, May 09, 2008

Monday's Fun Day winner!

Wow! What a week!
I'm so sorry I haven't posted regularly in awhile.
I can not remember the last time I actually sat down at my craft table to stamp!
My hostess club will be meeting Sun/Mon and I have a Japanese workshop on Tuesday, so I will definitely be getting some cards up for all to view over the weekend.

Mother's Day projects at the preschool and with the neighborhood playgroup (Bela Buddies) has been keeping me super busy the past few days too.

Here's a sample that one of my 3 year olds made in my Tot Time class!


I bought tubs of Crayola Air-Dry Clay and sequins. Easy peasy!

Now, for our winner of the "Lots of Thoughts" stamp set...

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-05-10 05:05:39 UTC

Patty W! Lucky you! Email me with your mailing address!