Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Xie Xie Ni (Thank you)

This is the last of the dolls in my Hero Arts Chinese stamp set. I actually have 2 Chinese dolls stamps sets - this is from the wood block set. The Chinese chars and the clover-like images are from the acrylic set. Hero Arts has really improved their Asian images! My pal Jamie has the Japanese doll acrylic set (but I think she has yet to make a card with them). I kind of had to force myself to use them b/c they've been sitting there for the last, oh, 4 months which, compared to some of the other stamps I have, isn't all that long...but shhh, don't tell my hubs.


Card Details
Stamps: Hero Arts
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: Nesties circles

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Operation Rediscover Mojo: China Doll Kick (Round 2)

Still trying to rediscover my stamping mojo...so I continued making China Doll cards. For once, I had a productive weekend - I made 4 whole cards! I don't feel completely wowed by my cards though. I don't know...I probably need to have a Craft Day with Jamie...we haven't had once since...before summer, I think. NO WONDER I'm all dried up of ideas!! hehe...

Anyhoo, here's my card for ORM (Round 2). Oh, mojo, where are you?!

Anyhoo, I paper-pieced her dress and colored in the details with Copics. I love the little flower jewel sticker...I bought it at Ben Franklin Crafts in Hawaii when I was last there...however, upon comparing the price and quantity with Taylored Expressions, these were more expensive. DOH! But a lot can be said for instant gratification, right?? hahah...

The card layout isn't based on any particular sketch. Sometimes, sketches are GREAT and helpful but lately, they've been making it harder for me to stamp and put a card together. Too much going on and I suspect I'm slightly ADHD...so I end up staring at the sketch, my stamps, my paper, and my embellishments for awhile before giving up for the night. Anyhoo, I thought I'd revisit the days when I didn't follow a sketch and see what I could come up with.

Card Details
Stamps: Hero Arts, Impress Rubber Stamps (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: EK Success scallop border punch, Joann's flowers, Midori flower jewel sticker, Making Memories brad

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

So it's been freakishly long since I last posted. Been lacking the stamping mojo still and been busy with life in general. Today, however, was a completely free day at home. Got the grocery shopping for the week and laundry out of the way so I was home free to stamp, stamp, and stamp! Yee-haw!

I bought a bunch of Hero Arts stamps back in May, including the little Chinese girl in the card below. She is soooo cute and I don't use her nearly enough, so I decided to break her out of her holding cell (my stamp drawers) today and make a card with her!!

You ever see the Nickelodeon show "Ni Hao, Kai-lan"? She's not Kai-lan (not to be confused with the vegetable kai-lan), but she sure looks like it to me! So cute with the little hair buns!

Anyhoo, this card is based on this week's JDM SFYTT. Although...now that I look at the sketch again, I suddenly realized that I forgot to include an embellishment for the star she has on her sketch. Oh well...close enough, right? And besides, I'm just getting back into the stamping mode so I deserve a little leeway, right???

Card Details:
Stamps: Hero Arts, Mari & Me (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, VersaFine, Copics
Embellishment: Making Memories snaps, Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder, Nesties

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quickie Card

Last week, I saw an episode of Martha Stewart making a simple card using border punches. They looked so pretty that I wanted to try it too! Problem was, I didn't have any border punches. What to do, what do to...well, wasn't it lucky for ME that Michael's had a sale on Martha Stewart crafts this past weekend! Wahoo! Shopping spree!! haha...

So here's the card:

And here's the inside:

As you can see, there is no "stamping" involving, just a lot of punching and a bit of Cuttlebugging. I tried to dress up the front of the card by testing out tying ribbon in the front in a knot, positioning flowers...nothing seemed to work. So I left it as is.

Card Details
Paper: Stardream, Memory Box
Accessories: Martha Stewart punches (various), EK Success punch, Nesties

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Operation: Rediscover Mojo (Round 1)

So it's been a loooong 2 weeks since I last made any card. Not just make a card that I like - I haven't been able to piece together any kind of card no matter how hard I stare at my stamps and paper and will myself to make something dagnabbit!

So I finally just decided to put whatevers together - anything to get my stamping mojo back. So this is my first attempt at making a card.

It's based on a Mojo Monday sketch 103. It's okay...not my best work, but I'm hoping that the more I stamp, the faster the mojo will return.

So here's the card + details:

Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Stamps: Memory Box, Savvy

Ink: VersaColor
Embellishment: Morex ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch

Monday, September 7, 2009

Jamie No Mojo

...and neither have I. I've run out of ideas. Can't make a card take shape and form for the life of me. How do people do it - everyday, they make something super groovy and can post it before I even get out of bed? It's sad. I've sat at home all day, staring at sketches, trying to make a congratulations card for someone and absolutely NOTHING is happening. What the heck, man? It's annoying...

Jamie no mojo...and neither have I.