Tuesday, June 30, 2009


A second post for today!
Well, this image is either from my friend, Cindy or Judy! I believe the word stamp is from Stampendous. (the Stamp Hole is just too far away to run to whilst watching Zander!) Once again I've been able to use up some of the older Decorated paper that I have...yeah!! The image is colored with copics. The border punch is one of the new ones from EK Success and I really like them, they punch easy and store wonderful too. Nesties were used to cut the scallop and plain oval. There are Spica glitter pen accents on the goodies but naturally the sparkle button on the scanner didn't cooperate! ;-) Signo pen used for the border dots on the brown.

Bright Bee

Here is another cute digi from Dustin Pike. Can you tell I love his drawing!! This was one of his first freebies. I've had it colored up for almost a month and finally got a chance to turn it into a card. The dewdrops are from Pinkhedgehog. Heidi has a ton a wonderful stuff and these dewdrops were really inexpensive. The bee was colored with copics (OH! Surprise!......NOT!) Art Supply Warehouse (aswexpress.com) had a great sale. 20% off your order over a certain amount. They have copic markers so I got more to add to my collection. The cost was less than $4 each with the sale and their shipping is only $6 for any size order. The only problem is that they don't list the marker by number but only by color. A royal pain if you ask me. You have to go to a different site that sells them to get the marker name then back to asw. There were a number that were out of stock but I guess that just means another order will have to happen!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bandanna Buddy

Don't you think the little dog's name should be Buddy? ;-) He is colored with copic markers. The background beside him is the Bandanna technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter (take advantage of her CD sale!....see post below). I also used the faux felt technique. Actually this is the first time I've used that technique....just didn't have the right image before! I used up some older decorated paper (been trying to do that more) for the background. On the Bandanna piece I used two different colors is Tim Holtz' Distress Ink pads. The dog stamp is from Penny Black. The paw is from PSX and the bone from Inkadinkado. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

TJ CD's on SALE!!!!!

There are just a few days left for THE best sale around! Seen the Technique Junkie techniques on my blog and wanted the instructions for yourself? Here is your chance. Read Pat's note below.
From now until June 30th, any of the published Technique Junkie Newsletter CDs are on sale for only $10.00 per CD, plus shipping for Technique Junkie Newsletter subscribers. Not a subscriber? I will offer you the sale price with your NEW subscription, too!That's right. $10.00 plus shipping. To anywhere in the world. Choose one or choose them all - CDs 1 through 6 are all there for you! You can buy one for $10.00*. Two for $20.00. reach for the stars and get all 6 for $60.00*! *Email me for an invoice: Let me know what you would like, and I will send you an invoice or price quote that includes actual shipping to your location.What is a TJ CD, you ask? Well, only the best way to get your junkie fix since Mr. Goodyear created rubber! Each CD has a year's worth of tutorials on it, plus has a bonus of 10 extra bonus tutorials available only on that CD. The tutorials are in step-by-step, pictorial format, and were created to print perfectly on an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper. AND all the artwork from the design team is there, too! No more fumbling for passwords.no need for an internet connection. Just print and run!Want to see an example of how the tutorials are formatted? Click HERE New to Technique Junkies? This is the best way to catch up on the back issues - because if you buy it all, I will send the universal password, too! Not sure what to get? Email me with questions and I will give you a hand with your order and quote you the price with shipping. Don't delay, though - this deal will not be repeated!
Pat Huntoon
PO Box 16547
Stamford CT 06905

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sad News

My dear cyber friend, Nancy Judd, lost her husband last night....cardiac arrest. I made this card to send to her. Nancy.....you are in my thoughts and prayers. The patterned paper is a technique junkie technique called Rainbow Reveal. I cut out the butterfly and mounted the wing tips higher than the middle with mounting tape. Cut off the antennea by mistake so I made little wire antennea instead.

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #14

Here is my card for Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge card this week. The copic colors this week are pictured to the side. I actually had all of them this week. We were allowed to use one extra green but with my image I decided that I didn't need to! In the copic class that I took, Marianne said that only clear embossing works with copic markers BUT this image really needed to be gold, so I was VERY careful coloring this avoiding the embossed lines as much as possible. I also cleaned the marker tip on scratch paper frequently. I DON'T recommend it! Maybe stamping with a gold ColorBox ink and embossing in clear would work? The flowers and leaves are cut out and mounted up with foam tape. Isn't the corner punch I used cool? You don't see all of it as there is more of the punched corner under my image. The image is from RubberStampede, a stamp I picked up at Joanns a few years ago.

Melanie and Gary's Wedding

My friends at church, Melanie and Gary, are getting married tomorrow. It is the first wedding for Melanie and she is soooo excited. She will make a beautiful bride. I knew one of her colors was peach so I made up this wedding card for them. The image is from Rubberstampave. The corner punch on this card is the same punch that I used on Saturday (tomorrow's) Copic challenge card. The scan always does weird things when you have dimensionals on the card. The pearls, in this case, made the peach layers look like different colors but they are the same.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tilda Van Gogh

Doesn't that sound like an elegant name. Tilda Van Gogh. Well, this Tilda by Magnolia was one I received in a swap. She is soooo darling. I wasn't so sure she would look right for the Van Gogh technique from Technique Junkies but she turned out much better than I thought. She is colored with copics. The paper is from Hot Off The Press, flowers are Prima, Ribbon unknown.
Tomorrow will be the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge....stay tuned!

The rest of my day will be spent getting my challenge card ready, shopping for a wedding present, picking up the Wii Fit game and board for my Wii (I'm gonna try getting a little exercise for the rest of my body.....my fingers get enough already!), and working on cruise-in stuff! Hope your day is blessed. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Van Gogh Princess

Well....here is my take of the Technique Junkie Van Gogh technique. After I had three diffferent images colored, I decided that I liked it with dots instead of lines. Well......I'm going to make them into cards anyway....no use wasting all that coloring, right? This is a free digital image from Dustin Pike. This quirky little princess seemed right for the technique. The sparkly fiber is right for a princess too. One of these days I will be able to line the Martha Stewart punch correctly! Maybe I should be punching both pieces at the same time! How do you like to line them up? The image is colored with copic markers. I colored it whilst riding in the car on the way to Redmond....a three hour tour (gotcha singing Gilligan's Island now, don't I?) My step-mom moved back to Oklahoma and we went to pick up my step-brother at the airport. We also helped to pack the little U-Haul trailer with her things. We will miss being closer to her. She is 93. It will be fun to go back to Oklahoma to see her. We talked about going to the Mid-America meet with our Shelby next year.....it will be only 1.5 hour away from Gerry's new home. A visit to her is a great reason to go to the show as well.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #13

Wow! It is hard to believe that this is Kimm's 13th challenge already! If you would like to see the other design team cards for this challenge, please click on the link to the right! My card uses a free digi from Dustin Pike's blog. I just love his dragons and there are a bunch of his other images that are way too cute! This week's colors are: B05, YG23,YR04 and any purple. I didn't have B05 so substituted B24 instead. I had the other markers and added V04. About the only place that I used the purple was to create the shadow on the dragon. To create the spots on the dragon I used the V04 again and held it in place to push the green out of the way. Hope you have enjoyed this little 'out of the box' dragon.

I have another dragon card that I did as well. The second dragon card was originally done as a blog hop for the Technique Junkie group. But the blog hop was postponed and I'll end up doing something different for the next time it is scheduled. So......As you can see it is another one of Dustin Pike's freebie dragons. The background behind the dragon is the Dragged Madras technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter. Instead of using a straight or torn edge for the technique I used a punched border instead. My friend, vicky Ward, came to my house for a technique play day. It was her idea to use the border punches instead and I think it really kicks the technique up a notch! The dragon on the second card was also colored with copics.
It was a busy day today. I had three of the four grandkids for most the day. Went to a cruise-in this evening. We didn't take the car but went to pass out flyers for our car club's cruise-in. It was really rainy today and I didn't feel like dragging out the car to wash it (since it was dirty). I also didn't want to put the car seats in the back seat of the Mustang. Helped my oldest granddaughter, Breauna, make a Father's day card for her daddy. She is starting to color to good now!

Monday, June 15, 2009

And the Winner is.........

Well......... Today is the day! Here is the winner of the Firecracker Designs by Pamela "So Sorry" Stamp set....... Watch the video for the actual draw! If you didn't win, check out FCD by Pamela's website Here.....her sets are very affordable.

Here is the youtube link for the video....(blogger was just taking too long!)

It's only 45 seconds long but takes a little while to load. (Anyone ready to give me video tips for making it smaller in size?)
Video sidenote: My mom helped take the video.....she doesn't do electronics well.....listen to her comment at the end.

The winner is.........Susan Hackney!! I'll need your addy!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2 Days Left for Blog Candy and Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge

Don't forget to put in your comment on last Monday's post to be in the drawing for my blog candy!!

Now for the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge card of the week. The Colors pictured here were kind of hard for me this week. My substitutes were okay but I just didn't feel too inspired!! The stamp I used is from Maryse Carrier. She used to be an artist for Magenta. I got a number of her designs when she was designing for herself. The background is a Technique called reinker splash. The colors were pretty soft but seemed to be just perfect for this week's challenge. I hop that you enjoy it! Join Kimm's challenge by clicking on the link to her blog to the right. I didn't have the exact colors but I came close. You can see my colors in the card pic.

We made a quick trip to Redmond on Thursday to spend a little time with my step-mom before she moves to Oklahoma on the 23rd. Don't know when we'll get to see her next.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Blog Candy contest is NOW CLOSED - Comments are turned off and I will draw the winner this morning! Thanks to all who entered. The winner was Susan Hackney!

Now that my blog hit 1500 views (woo hoo!) I decided to offer some blog candy. I made an order to Firecracker Designs by Pamela and I got two of one item. Pamela told me that I could offer the second one as some blog candy. If you think this is a great set, you're right!! Head on over to her site to see lots more!! Click here!

So.....here it is!!!

How can you enter to win?

#1 Make a comment on THIS post only. Please put your e-mail addy in the post (you can type it like this: myname at msn dot com. You get the idea..)

#2 Tell you friends! Tell them to make sure they mention your name in their post. When they do, I'll drop your name one more time into the hat.
You can recommend as many friends as you can BUT no cross entries. (i.e. Nancy recommends you and you recommend Nancy)

(Edited late on June 8, 2008) #3 Put an entry on your blog advertising my blog candy and I'll throw your name in the hat again for that too! Please post a link in your comment to your blog entry! (Pam, I have your name already for this!)

That makes a ton of ways you can get your name in the hat!!

I'm not going to do a computer generated pick as I wasn't sure how to factor in the extra entries. I'll video the name pulling. You are NOT limited on how many friends you recommend.

The candy will be awarded next Monday, June15th, shortly after noon PST. So start telling your friends!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ray on Float

Well.......I think I'm a little disappointed in the floats this year in the parade. In years past, the floats were quite large and very impressive. This year......not so much. I think money has played a lot into that factor. As you can see from the concept photo below in a different post, the people on the float are way bigger than they are in the concept photo. There were lots of roses on the it but it just didn't have the wow factor. None of the floats had a wow factor except the one from Resers with a Beauty and the Beast theme. Ray did have fun on the float. At least both of the photos I took you could at least see his face! The other people were waving too much in front of their faces.....I don't think they had the parade wave down very well! We had a great breakfast in the green room of the hotel with the other riders. The room was nice in the hotel last night but since I live in the country, the night noises of the city and the Max light rail didn't let me sleep much last night. Had all the family at the bank's party for the parade. That was fun. My Daughter, Angie and her, Travis, were in route to Cabo and missed the fun. My granddaughter, Audrey, was thrilled with the horses. Boy, she is really going to like the present we got her for her third bday. All the aunts, uncles, and Ray & I went together and got her an animated horse by FurReal. I can hardly wait until November!!

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #11

Today the automated post feature of my blog is at work! As the computer posts the blog entry all on its own, I'll be in downtown Portland watching my husband ride by on the Portland General Electric Grand Floral Parade float. So, while I'm enjoying my view, you can enjoy viewing my design team card for Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge. AND if you happen to be watching the Grand Floral Prade on your TV, you can wave at my Hubby. See the picture of him in the Wednesday post.
This week the challenge was to use some dark colors........ B97, Y35, R89 and one other color of your choice. I didn't happen to have any of those colors so I went as close as I could with B37, R39, Y26, and my choice of YG97. When I stared at those colors I gathered a few stamps that spoke to me and started on the image you see. I used the blender pen to lighten the red and colored in the background. The pinkish background that resulted was really awful looking......I threw the whole thing in the trash. Then, when my granddaughter, Breauna, was helping me refile some paper scraps, I saw that image in the trash. Later that day I dug it back out and grabbed my red pen to color in the background with the full strength of the pen. Ahhhhh....... now I liked it. Sometimes you just have to put the image down, walk away, and let your brain work on a solution. It has worked for me more than once! The butterfly color was accomplished by touching the blender pen to the dark blue pen then coloring with the blender pen only. It is a sweet technique that I learned in my copic class. The words of the stamp were also highlighted with the blender pen. The butterfly was cut out and mounted separately to give a little bit of dimension. I see that I really could use some photographic lessons too! My lighting could really use some help to let 3-D portions show up!! Create your own card for this challenge and go to Kimm's blog to upload your creation for the challenge. You'll also want to bookmark Artful Sentiments by Kimm's blog as there will be some blog candy coming up in the near future! The link to her blog is on my side bar.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CRAZY week!

This will be the last sane day of my week! Lots of running and lots of fun. My husband logged in his volunteer hours at work and was selected from the pool of people who completed their logged in hours to ride on the Portland General Electric float in the Portland Rose Parade. Cool! I will be sitting with my family on some bleachers outside a bank where my daughters work to cheer at him when he rolls by. Along with the 'prize' came a Friday night stay at the deLuxe Hotel in Portland for both of us and a nice breakfast Sat morning. Then we get to go Thursday morning and help decorate the float. Here is a picture of what the float will look like this year. Ray has done this before and it is quite fun. All the floats are decorated with organic materials....nothing plastic allowed.....all flowers, grass and seeds. Ray will be on a local TV program Friday morning (I begged out since I watch the grandson that day AND he had to be there at 5am!). Throw in a meeting Thursday night with our car club and a meeting tonight PLUS getting the house ready for guests (possible) this weekend and you have a CRAZY week! I pray that your week is NOT as crazy as mine!! I'm hoping to fit a few cards in the mix but that is a MAYBE!

Edit: I just got to thinking!! The Grand Floral Parade is broadcast nationally, I think.....so.......here is a picture of my DH! Maybe you'll see him!! This picture was taken when a shoe box swap gave Ray a present for providing us with a PGE free place to meet and then having to 'babysit' the room all day as a PGE employee.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Love ya!

This cute little girl is colored with copics. She is from a stamp company called Love ya to Bits. I have no idea if they are even in business any more. The BG paper is some older patterned paper that I have been hoarding. The 'ribbon' is more like burlap and just seemed to work well for the image. One thing about the Labels Nestabilities.....I wish their nesting of these shapes was a small border. You end up doing creative things to make smaller borders but I wish it was easier like their circles and such. I got the little girl colored up while I was in the car a couple of weekends ago.

ALSO.......I will be having some blog candy in the near future!! I trying to work out the details so that I can offer people multiple entries and get the most visability for the vendor that gave it to me! More to come........