Thought of the Week

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

In the Park

Two posts in two days!  I'm definitely on a roll.  The kids are still sleeping, and it's a peaceful beautiful morning and perfect for blogging another orphaned card that's been patiently waiting on my computer.

This beautiful digi is from Just Inklined and colored up with a variety of alcohol markers and colored pencils.  The paper is from Prima and the sentiment is from a Flourishes set.
Oh to have the time to peacefully read a book outdoors with no other worries:)

Thanks for stopping by and hope the rest of your weekend is fantastic!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cat Witch

Oh is it a happy happy Saturday or what?  It's been a crazy busy week, in a good way of course, with teaching and prepping all of the manuals for the upcoming classes and getting next week's classes all ready to go.  My Dad and his wife are coming for a visit next week, so I wanted to get everything done in advance so I could spend time with them doing the touristy thing in Colorado.

Onto the reason for today's post:)
Isn't this cat just too darn cute?  This ferocious kitty is called Cat Witch from Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps.

I wanted to play around with some twinkling H20s to see how they'd blend with the TH watercolor paper, and if I could control the movement of the water/paint so I didn't have to mask off the stamped image. I also wanted to check out how the alcohol markers did over top of the twinkling H20s and if there would be a resist.  I'll definitely use this again and of course the second time around comes a little more mastery than the first:)

Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope everyone has a great weekend and those in the US have a great long holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kickin up some Fall

Whoohoo the kids are back in school and my ass is dragging! I guess I should've started going to bed a little earlier sooner than the night before school started to try and prep my body for the early wake up time.  6am rolls around very quickly when one is by nature an owl and 3am is bedtime.  But nevertheless, I have a whopping 7 hours all to my lonesome on the week days.  Of course it seems each week there is a day (or two) of holiday or a teacher learning something or other, but beggars can't be choosy:) 
On to the real reason for today's actual completed card!
This perfect Fall themed stamp is by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps called Kickin up Leaves.  Don't they make the cutest pair?

They've been colored up with alcohol markers and touched up with multiliners.

The sentiment and coordinating die cut from Raindrop Echo Designs is from The Pumpkin Sentiment set and the die is called Pumpkin Die

Thanks for swinging by today and hope everyone is having wonderful week.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Sweetness

Happy Friday/weekend to everyone.
  I hope everyone had a great week and have some fun things planned for the weekend.
I have just a fun post showing off one of the new August released stamps from Whimsy Stamps.

This little cutie is from Elisabeth Bell called Little Sun Kissed Summer Sweetness.  The sentiment is from SC Designs called Sweet as Candy--Sweet Labels stamped with Versafine in black.

She's been colored up with alcohol markers, and I played around with some different textures and colors for the background.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I hope everyone who has kids is gearing up to send the rugrats back to school! 
Fortune spent on school supplies and still not finding every ridiculous thing on the list...check
At least one outfit that doesn't have a stain on it or holes in it for the first day...check
Hair cuts...check
Back to school open houses...half way done
School fees paid...check
Personal hygiene routine re-implemented...check
Gearing up for the drop off and pick up procedures in the am/pm with parents who either 1) forget their children are really going to school 2) act like they've never driven 3) believe their Johnny is the most special kid in the entire world and need to say good-bye for 5 minutes and last but not least 4) the traffic rules and procedures DO NOT apply to those in #3 because they are as special as Johnny...check
In case you're curious, I have 117 hours and 40 minutes until normalcy returns to my daily routine:)!!

So onto the real reason for today's show a poor orphaned card (of which I have many) which I haven't blogged

I had a request for a card for the coach of a youth Rugby team and voila, here it is.  I have not the slightest idea of how Rugby balls are colored or the cleats etc, so combined with my wild ass guess and google, and here is what I came up with.  I have seen Rugby on TV at 2 am while flipping through ESPN but I never paid attention to colors...only to the cauliflower ears of some of the players thinking they would compete well with wrestlers and MMA as to who may have the largest ears.

I think I got the colors correct for the 6Nations logo and the team colors...well I kind went with Ohio State colors which had nothing to do with the coach who is actually from the UK so let's say it's not OSU but the UK!  The fabulous image is from Just Inklined and the sentiment is from a Rugby set by Dare 2 Be Artzy.  Of course the image was colored up with alcohol markers and a few DIs and some colored pencils tossed in just for good measure.

That's it for me today, and I hope everyone has a fabulous rest of their week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Whimsy Stamps...Release Day

 Welcome to the final hop day for the August release at Whimsy Stamps.  I hope you've had a chance to check out all of the wonderful new goodies and to hop along with us.  Today the DT and GDT is showing off the full release and all of the products are now available in the store.

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

Iris Wiechmann
Hellen Pearce (GDT)
Tracey Murphy (GDT)
Shelby Thomas (that's me)
Debbie Eastman
Tabbatha Sandoval (GDT)
Ann-Marie Sinfield
Sheri Willshire (GDT)
Ellie Stover
Shannah Bartle

Today I'm showing you the yummy stamp from Time for Tea called Cupcake.

Isn't she so yummy...well at least what she is carrying!  The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs from the set called What's Cookin'.

Thanks for swinging by today, have fun on the rest of the hop and good luck!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Whimsy Stamps...Preview Day 2

Hi Whimsy fans and welcome to Day 2 of our ...
August rubber stamp and die release!

Over the next 2 days we will reveal the new August 2014 Whimsy Stamps products. We are releasing 11 new red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 3 coordinating die/die sets this week, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday.

We are thrilled to welcome Hellen Pearce, Sheri Willshire, Tabbatha Sandoval and Tracey Murphy as our Guest Designers for this release. Welcome ladies!

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.
The blog list for today's hop is:

Today I'm showing you one of the fabulous new stamps from Crissy Armstrong called Girl with Pumpkin and the new sentiment set from Raindrop Echo Designs called Pumpkin Sentiments
  Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the DT's blog today for a chance to win....good luck!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CC Designs August Preview Day 1

Whoohoo it's the start of another preview for the wonderful CC Designs stamps!  This release is chocked full of awesome Hallooweeness:)
Today the DT is showing off the stamps from CC Designs. Head on over to the CC Designs blog to check out the gorgeously cute creations and then link up for a chance to win a gift certificate to the CC Designs store.

This little cutie is called Mummy Monkey by CC Designs and the sentiment is from the new release sentiment set called Spooked Out.
All of the new releases will be available August 7 at 12 pm EST.  Don't forget to check the CC Designs blog tomorrow for the preview of the next set of new releases!

Thanks for stopping by and hope your week is fantastic.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chalkboard fun

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope y'all had a great weekend and will have an even better week.  It seems like forever since I've posted but there has been a lot of fun fun work on the back end getting classes created, new releases finished up and a little bit of travel in-between:)

As much as I love coloring with my markers, every once in a while I just wanted to set them aside and have fun creating in a different way.  This card was created using the fabulous new clear stamp set from Whimsy Stamps and SC Designs called School Spirit and Smarty Pants.
The fun chalkboard effect is super simple to create.  I used Versamark with all of the stamps and then dusted over the entire paper using ChalkFx (from Darcie's) with the perfect pearls brush...and voila a perfect chalkboard.  I then used some hairspray to seal up the ChalkFx.  And ChalkFx is really just ground up chalk dust and put in a container:)  For those of us old enough to remember chalkboards and chalk and erasers, could you have imaged buying chalk dust in a container?!!
That's it for me today
Have a great week everyone

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