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Mar 20, 2007

{ bleached doodles }

I've always wanted to try the bleach technique, but kept putting it off. Earlier this evening, I'd put away nearly all my groceries after a trip to the store to pick up a few things in preparation for my sister and niece's visit. My laundry soap and new container of bleach were still sitting on the cabinet waiting to be carried to the laundry room. I decided this was as good as time as any to attempt stamping with bleach. Besides, I wanted something new to show my sister when she came. The fine detail was lost, but the appearance, after I over-stamped the image with black ink created, a shadow effect. The flowers were stamped on BasicGrey's new Blush paper, cut out and applied with fat pop-dots to give the card even more dimension. I used Stardust Stickles to add some sparkle to the card which in the picture doesn't show up. It ended up being a fun, quick, and easy card and I'm looking forward to using the bleach technique on more of my cards.

Mar 17, 2007

{ gra dilseacht cairdeas }

Happy St. Patrick's Day

love loyalty friendsip
{gra dilseacht cairdeas}


Irish Claddagh

{ walkin' the dog }

Just one more week until my sister and niece arrive. Mom's been busy planning menus and I've been busy cleaning my workroom in preparation for their arrival. (I think Mom is making more headway than I!)
When this Bella arrived in my last order, I immediately renamed it Momabella & Chloe. Chloe is one of Mother's two Yorkshire Terriers, Chloe and Andy. Although they are sister and brother from the same litter there is question surrounding Andy's lineage. He's a sweetheart even if he doesn't look like the Yorkie standard, and in all fairness the next time I use this stamp I'll colour it "Andy".

Stamps Sets:
Stamping Bella - Walkabella, MTF STamps - Let's Go For a Walk
SU Watercolour Paper, Summer Sun, Real Red, Memory Box - Homespun
Stazon Black
SU Ribbon Originals - Rustic Retreat, Scrapbook Tacks, Lyra Coloured Pencils

Mar 14, 2007

{ in the pink - Perhaps}

Its fun to come home to surprises, and not the kind of surprises like a chewed up cell phone.
I was so excited two years ago when I became eligible for an upgrade on my cell phone. I promptly ordered, it arrived, and two days later Zoe decided it made a good teething tool. Consequently, I carried a bruised and battered phone around with me for for the next two years. Well, needless to say, on the day I once again became eligible for another upgrade I was online placing my order. It arrived Monday along with my order from Basic Grey!! I had a hard time trying to decide which to open first! The Basic Grey won out and Bella got a new spring outfit.
I'm looking forward to using more of the Perhaps papers along with the new Scarlett's Letter paper.

Stamps Sets:
Stamping Bella - Frizzy Bella
SU Kraft, Brushed Gold, Basic Grey - Perhaps Collection 6x6 Pad
Stazon Black,
SU Ribbon Originals - Flirty, Basic Grey Chipboard Elements, Cuttlebug 2x2 diecuts, SU Gold cord.

The cellphone's been programed and is setting in a high enough spot that even the best counter surfer can't reach!

Mar 13, 2007

{ walking the dogs walking me }

I was thrilled when I ran across this stamp set from My Favorite Things Stamps, since I am an avid dog lover and the BIG dog reminded me of my Great Danes that were my best friends for over 35 years. Although I coloured this Dane the traditional fawn colour it is the only colour I've not actually owned. I'm sure you will see a brindle, a blue, a merle, and of course the beautiful harlequin, appearing on my cards from time to time. My last Great Dane, Catherine was a harlequin -those flashy black and white spotted dogs. After Catherine crossed The Rainbow Bridge two and a half years ago, I decided after much contemplation to downsize and Zoe, my Whippersnapper, has been a part of my life ever since. Whippets have an entirely different personality from the Danes. The dog walks me now rather than I walk the dog.

Stamps Sets:
MFT Samps - Lets Go For a Walk and PaperTrey
SU Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, DCWV Old World Stack, Watercolour Paper
Stazon Black,
SU Barely Banana Ribbon, Create-a-Cut, Spare Parts

Mar 10, 2007

{ the shoppe girls }

I was so excited Friday when I went to the mailbox. My stamp sets from My Favorite Things arrived. So needless to say, I've been busy this weekend. The "Say Charge" set reminded me that my sister and niece are coming in just two weeks to spend a week an I am certain this is exactly what they, along with our Mom and myself will be going a good part of the time they are here. My niece is the "shopping queen if retail".

I was so pleased with the outcome of my first attempt that I sent Kim the image and she surprised and honoured me by reposting it in her My Favorite Things Blog. be sure to take some time to check out all she has to offer. You will be sure to see more of her stamps showing up on my cards. I can't wait to finish the "Lets Go For a Walk" images! They are my favorite subject.. DOGS.. of course!

Mar 5, 2007

{ like a kid in a candy shop }

About 11 o'clock Saturday morning I looked out my front door and there it was! The package I'd been waiting for! My new Create-a-Cut I'd ordered from Ellen Hutson, LCC. I can't say enough about the products Ellen carries in her store. Take some time and check out the unique creative things she has to offer in her store. Anyway, after about a half hour of practice with my new trimmer I decided it was time to start creating.

On my first card, inspired by the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, I used Gina K's "Pot o' Clovers" and "thanks a bunch" stamps from her StampingFreak website. The card blank is SU Certainly Celery. The scalloped paper is from Memory Box's Homespun collection and Basic Grey's Blush collection. The scallops were cut with the Create-a-Cut's scallop blade. I coloured the image with Lyra Rembrandt Watercolour Pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The ribbon is SU Certainly Celery. I used a small Fiskars handheld punch to create the little peek-a-boo holes along the scalloped edge.

I was so pleased with the outcome of my first card, I brought out my stack of"Bellas" that I've been stamping and colouring since they first came out.
If you haven't seen these adorable stamps, be sure to take a look. There is a bella for everyone! and in my case........... several........... ummm maybe MANYis a more accurate description! I'm addicted to these darlings. One of my favorites is Imeldabella, because she IS my niece, Nina. I think she has a closet dedicated just to her shoes! The papers are SU Cool Caribbean and Basic Grey Blush collection, the accessories are SU Ribbon and HodgePodge. The ink is SU basic black and the image is coloured again with Lyra Rembrandt Watercolour Pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The Create-a-Cut blade used on this card is the "wavey" blade.

You are sure to see more of my bellas and wonderful paper trimmer in my frture cards!