Sunday, August 30, 2009


OMG! I'm soooooo excited! I finally made an Anya card that I actually, truly, really, freakishly am pleased with!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

I bought this paper today and KNEW right away that I wanted to use it for The Greeting Farm challenge. It seemed perfect for this Anya image, delicate girly-girl carrying flowers and gives it an almost vintage-y feel. I tried to keep the colors toned down and muted to go with the cream/black color scheme...soft pink was the way to go to compliment this.

Sometimes, the right patterned paper can totally make or break your card.

EEEEEEEEEE!!! I totally love it!! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF Miss Anya
Ink: Memento, Copics
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties, ribbon, Joann's flowers

P.S. My hubs just read this post and totally made fun of me. "Don't you always say you're 'so excited' at the beginning of every post?" Dear hubs, that's because every pretty card makes me excited and happy. Silly boy, you should know by now. :)

All About Pink and Brown

I need more pink Copics. That's the conclusion I've come to after making this card. More pinks to color her clothes in...but we make due with our limited colors and funds. *sigh*

Anyhoo, this card is based on the Club Anya "I Wanna Be Just Like..." challenge. Oooh, and I so do wanna be like this lady who made such a beautiful card!! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF Miss Anya
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Memento, VersaColor, Copics
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, flowers, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another TCP Tues Challenge

Wahoo!! I finished my 2nd card of the night, so that's a double-header of posting for today!

Anyhoo, I totally LOVE this week's TCP challenge hosted by Leigh of Sunflower Studio! The color scheme was absolutely awesome: chocolate, sky blue, and kiwi!!

I thought it'd make a cool color scheme for a Christmas card, so I dug out my recently purchased, but not-yet-inked Candyland Christmas set from TCP!! Whee!! I'm always happy when I manage to use stamps that I buy (cuz we all have stamps that we haven't used yet even after 2 years!!).

Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the mountain that the penguins are sledding on and the snowflakes are made from sparkly DCWV paper. Cuz the snow glitters in the sun, ya know! Whee!!

Card Details:

Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas

Paper: Memory Box, DCWV

Ink: Memento, Copics

Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Nesties, random ribbon, snowflake punch

Pretty Anya!

Whee! Pretty Anya card! This is another one of the new sets that I got recently from The Greeting Farm. At first, I didn't care too much for the Miss Anya line, but the more I saw cards with her, the more I liked it!! I'm very impressionable... haha...

Although my Copic marker technique is far from Kiyomi Krafts or Wicked Pixie levels, I was quite pleased with how the coloring turned out with my limited skills and markers. Wahoo!!

Anyhoo, this card is for Jamie, who's been harping on me about my slow posting. It's also based on a Taylored Expressions sketch challenge from last week. I'm late, I know, but gets in the way of stamping...

If I'm productive, I may post a 2nd card tonight!! Wish me luck, I take forever to figure out layout and stamps to use...

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF, Savvy (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties, Joann's ribbon

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My camera battery is DEAD. Just as I was about to take a picture of my latest card, I discovered, as I tried to turn it on, that the battery was dead!! :(

So no new card picture today. Possibly tomorrow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fly Away!!

Whee! I loooooove my new set from The Greeting Farm! It's called "Fly Away" and the hot air balloon is purrrrfect for paper piecing. Muy cute, huh? Doesn't it just make you want to float away happily into the wild blue yonder? hehe...

So this card was made at the request of my mom - my sister-in-law won 1st princess in a pageant and my parents wanted to send a congratulations card to her. So, since I wanted to use my new set, and rather than use a boring ol' "congratulations" sentiment, I thought this would be PERFECT to evoke a "Great job! New horizons are open to you!" kind-of-an-emotion. Yay or ney? Well, no matter b/c I love the way the card turned out!! :)

It's based on a Jen Del Muro sketch b/c she just had fabulous layout ideas.

Card Details:
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Fly Away set
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Memento, Copic (for the balloon tail)
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

Friday, August 21, 2009

Asian-y, Guy-ish Birthday Card

So here's the aforementioned birthday card that I made for hubby's daddy's birthday. I rather like the blue/brown/gold color scheme. Seems appropriate for a guy, right? I have lots of girly stamps and not very many dude stamps. Actually, I did just buy a Cowboys & Indians set from TCP, but I don't think that would go over well with a 50+ year old guy... heh... anyhoo, on to the card details!

Paper: Memory Box, washi paper
Stamps: Hero Arts (butterfly), Kodomo (I think)
Ink: Versacolor Cyan, clear embossing powder


I started the blog and only got 3 posts in. LAZY. Actually, I was busy all last week with stuff to do after work, packing for a weekend trip, came back and have been bumming ever since. Well, not exactly. I cleaned my house. But that really shouldn't take precedence over stamping should it?? hehe...

Anyhoo, I did make a card last night for my hubs's daddy's bday. I haven't taken a picture of it yet b/c it was too dark in my house when I finished and I don't have a lightbox. But it's Japanese-y and I used a stamp with the Chinese character on it for "longevity." It's the kind of thing you put on stuff you give to old people for their birthdays. Hahah!! Joking!

I'll try to take a pic and post it within the next day or so...b/c I'm seriously behind on the blogging.

OH! On an unrelated but supremely exciting note, I got my new stamps from The Greeting Farm!! Wahoo! They are not new releases but ones I have been coveting for awhile. I hope I can get around to stamping sometime this weekend with the piggy from the Fly Away set!! Whee! Piggies!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Greeting Farm Challenge

Wahoo! I am on a roll. Participating in two challenges in a single weekend? I don't know if this will ever happen again.

This card is for The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday challenge. This week, they provided a sketch to make a card. Thank goodness it wasn't one of the fancy modify-an-image challenges. No way I could do that!

Anyhoo, this card is using the Hula Anya stamp. Isn't she cute?? Lots of cuttlebugging going on with this card, which is a good thing - otherwise, my hubs wouldn't be happy if I wasn't maximizing the usage of my birthday present.

I used raffia for the lines going across the top and bottom (was a bit of a pain to gather and tape), Island Heritage origami paper (the hibiscus pattern), various Nesties, the floral screen embossing folder on the green paper (hard to see), and Memory Box cardstock and "aloha" stamp.

Friday, August 7, 2009

TCP Tuesday 70!

So this is the reason why I started this blog - to enter this challenge hosted by Susiestampsalot! I thought, hey, a card using cakes??! That's something I can do! Not best copic marker coloring challenge, best use of Cuttlebug folders - nope, purely, simply - cakes. I aim low, don't I? ;) heh.

Anyhoo, here's my card! I like it a lot - it's so colorful! I should've juxtaposed the little cupcakes, but I only thought of that after I mounted them on the card. So it was either live with it or rip it off the card, potentially ruining it. I don't think so! This took me the whole week to make - determine the layout, the stamps/paper/embellies to use...inspiration takes a long time to hit.

Card Details:
Stamps: TCP Smells Like Cake & TCP You Say It's Your Birthday
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Versafine black, Copics, Spica pens, embossing powder
Accessories: Memory Box crystal stickers, Crop-a-dile eyelets, Nesties Labels 1 and circles, CB swiss dots embossing folder

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monkey Card

I hadn't really intended to start a blog...but I found that I wanted to partake in various challenges that are hosted by supremely talented bloggers (TCP crew, TGF, etc). The card that I'm posting here isn't for any challenge in particular; rather, it seemed the most appropriate based on the name of my blog.

As you can see, I don't even have a lightbox to take pretty card pictures (that's how spontaneous creating this blog was), but it suffices for now. Maybe I'll go use Jamie's one day.

Anyhoo, this card is based on a layout that Inkastamp did once. I love her cards - they are so fabulous, creative, and beautiful. She's so great at layering patterns. Well, that's it for now. Let's see how long I keep up this blogging!

Card Details:
Stamp: All That Scraps
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Versafine, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Making Memories flower brads, leftover wedding favor ribbon