Copic butterfly...

Quick post today, on this sunny & bright Sunday afternoon.  I swear that Kansas has THE most schitzo weather ever.  Friday it was bitter cold, dreary, snowing, windy... today is still cold, but so bright and cheery!  I had so much fun visiting with some fellow Angels over the weekend, and I'll post our shoebox swaps and other tidbits in a future post (gotta take photos!).  Luckily I had this little card already whipped up to share today ;)

Stamps:  True Beauty, Script Background
Paper:  Hemingway, Angelee, Black, White UltraSmooth, & Monochromatic Oranges cardstocks
Ink:  Noir & Cognac Palettes, Eggplant VM
Other:  EK Success border punch, green ribbon, Copic markers

VERY traditional looking, right?  This would be a good one to send to my mom or aunt.  Super simple layout, not much embellishing, but the butterfly really does need to be center stage  :)

What do you think?


Cuddly Bunny Birthday...

I had the opportunity to color a bunch of images last Saturday while I was at the Crop-N-Doodle-Do crop in Spring Hill, Kansas.  If you're near the area, you should definitely check out their events... a lot of fun, prizes, and great homemade meals {the desserts alone are cross-your-legs good ;)}

Anyhoo, this little cayootie patootie bunny was one of the images I had done.  Adorable, right?  He's from the February Stamp of the Month (SOTM) called Cuddly Critters.  If you wait until after the first, you can order it online HERE along with the Vintage SOTM.

Back to bunny.  I used my ol' 6-to-5 petal flower trick and added a clear dew drop to the center of it to add a little sumpin' sumpin' to the grosgrain bow.  Me likey :)  Me also likey the dotted line that runs on both sides of the image... it really grounded it, no?

Stamps:  Cuddly Critters, Linear Sentiments
Paper:  Pop Rockz SWIC, White UltraSmooth & Monochromatic Greens cardstocks
Ink:  Palette Noir, Sage VM
Colorant:  Prismacolors w/ mineral oil
Other:  Icicle Stickles, White & Lavender Scrapper's Floss, Flower Punch, clear dew drops, pink grosgrain, and EK Success edger punch

And who can resist that sparkly boo-tay?!

The more I use that fatty scallop punch, the more I like it!  And you can never have enough Scrapper's Floss, as far as I'm concerned :)  I colored up one of the bears from this set too, so be on the look out for him in the next couple of posts!

I'm thinking this could work for so many occasions... birthday, baby, thank you, miss you...

What do you think?


Creepy-cool fun...

... and elegant to boot!  For a little Halloween-in-January action, go HERE!


Bow chica bow wow...

Well, now that the latest Serendipity Street magalogue has officially been released from The Angel Company, I thought I'd share one of the card samples I created that didn't quite make the cut ;) 

This card was pretty fun to make, and went together fairly quickly... apart from cutting out the little dog... but definitely worth the trouble!  Isn't he cute?  And that saying:  "bow chica bow wow"... O.M.G. Becky... I will never let that one escape my stamp collection.  It makes me smile :)

Stamps:  Bow Chica Bow Wow, Animal Thoughts, Great Greetings
Paper:  More Mimi SWIC (double sided), Mimi, Lilly Anna, White UltraSmooth, Kraft, & Brown cardstocks
Ink:  Burnt Umber Palette
Colorant:  Prismacolor pencils with mineral oil
Other:  Mimi Hardware, Pop Dots

It needs ribbon & brown Scrapper's Floss, now that I look at it again, and the pink strip should have followed the profile of the tag... I'll know for next time :)  Would make a fun Valentine's Day card, right?
{wink wink}

What do you think?


Wooo Hooo!

Doin' the happy dance :)  I was lucky enough to win one of TAC's demo-only contests this month!  Which means... $100 to spend on some rubber-paper-ribbon goodness.  Oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.  Free is so much better than paying... uhhhh... ahem... I'm talking papercrafting, people ;)

This is the little lovely.  Isn't she cute?  The contest theme was A Frosty Hello.  I figured that since you all voted that my snowgirl card was your favorite, I'd put a different spin on it and send it in to TAC.

Stamps:  Merriest Wishes, Label Lingo (Hostess Level D), Ornamental Snowflakes, Sweet Goodies
Paper:  Lilly Anna SWIC, Lilly Anna & White UltraSmooth cardstocks
Ink:  Toile Pink & Reflection Blue Palettes, Memento Tuxedo
Colorant:  Prismacolors w/ mineral oil
Other:  Lilly Anna ribbon, White Scrapper's Floss, Icicle & Orange Peel Stickles, Scor-Bug, Giga Scallop Square punch, Audrey button, & foam tape

So now I need to figure out what to choose... hmmmm...

I've got a Mini-Escape event planned for this weekend... can't wait... I'll get to see my WOSFF (web-o-sphere friend forever) Laurie, Jen, Amy & a member of my team, Bren!  Can't wait to see you girls!

What do you think?


Missing my mojo... majorly!

I can't seem to find it... have you guys seen it anywhere?  Did someone borrow it and forget to tell me?  WTH?!  So, all I have for you today is this 2-second card.

Stamps:  Fun Skulls, Linear Sentiments, Tiny Tidbits (Hostess Level A)
Paper:  Premium white cardstock
Ink:  Noir Palette
Other:  Scor-Pal, paper flower

I am hoping to have something of substance for you soon :)

What do you think?
It doesn't look too...ummm... "wow, I hope this gift of wine isn't tainted" or anything... does it?  ;)


Happy Heart Day two-fer...

So I was trying to figure out a make-n-take project for an upcoming crop this Saturday... or should I say struggling.  Don't you hate it when you have something envisioned in your head and you just can't translate it into real life?  Yeah.  Me too.  The mojo just wasn't flowin'.

And thus, this first card was born.  Yeah, I know... I'm not feelin' it either.  The only thing I like is the background... I think it's soft & pretty.  The Scor-Bug action is ok, but there's just no... POP... ya' know what I'm sayin'?

So, after trying different backgrounds & patterns & whatever, I gave up and cleaned my table off.  I saved my practice pieces and decided to try something else... and voila!  Just pretend that one little spot of pink isn't popping up from behind the black mat, ok? ;) 

Stamps:  Victorian Elements, Creative Inspiration (heart), & Label Lingo (Level D Hostess set)
Paper:  Mimi SWIC, white UltraSmooth & black cardstocks
Ink:  Toile Pink, Belle Rose & Noir Palettes
Other:  Mimi ribbon, Icicle Stickles

Much better, right?  I think it would be more balanced if I would have used black ribbon... that whole law-of-threes thing.  I loved the Victorian Elements stamp set as soon as I saw it last year... so many lovely background possibilities!

What do you think?



... aren't these cute?!  I wanted to use up those adorable scalloped left-overs from a couple of posts back, so I made some little gift enclosure cards.  AND I was able to rid myself of a couple of more bits from my scrap pile... which always makes me happy. 



Stamps:  Toot My Horn & Fabulous Frames (available Feb. 1st!!), retired sentiment
Paper:  DCWV, Black, & White UltraSmooth cardstocks
Ink:  Raw Sienna & Noir Palettes
Other:  Stardust clear glitter pen, WeR eyelets, misc. ribbon, Black Scrapper's Floss, Michaels' floral feltie, Labels 4 Nesties, Sophia and In Bloom Buttons & Blossoms

For the little VW bug, I stamped the image, cut it out, added the eyelets as tires (great idea, Laurie!), and finished it by adding a bit of glitter pen accents.  It's up on foam tape to balance out the eyelet thickness.  The black strip of cardstock is supposed to read as "street"... hope you picked that up ;)

I love  this "friend" card... all those layers and feltie texture.  I've always been weird about felt... it feels funny... and NOT in a good way.  I must be facing my fears as of late :)   
"Facing fears of funny feeling felt"... say that 10 times really fast.

What do you think?

Some good news:  I've got the new Serendipity Street spring catalogues in hand!

Some really good news:  I'm fortunate enough to have some of my work in the catalogue!  I know!  Very exciting!  
If you would like to get a copy, just email me for details: barbi007@kc.rr.com 

btw... this new blog template has the comment section at the top under the title... it's kinda confusing... sorry!


What's Moo?

Since it is so bright & sunny outside today, I thought I'd bring you a little shot of spring inside :)  Although, I guess this may look a little baby-ish...

The blue fabric?  Yeah, it's an old pillowcase :)

I LOVE this cow image from TAC... she is so cute!  I have had her colored in for a while now, and thought she would look really cute layered up with  bunch of fabric trims.  I once again grabbed that edger punch... I'm so diggin' it :)

Stamps:  An Udder Birthday

Paper:  Sophie BG (retired), Lilly Anna & White UltraSmooth cardstocks, and Mulberry Meadow cardstock (retired)

Ink:  Noir Palette

Colorant:  Prismacolors w/ mineral oil 

Other:  Stardust Stickles, Nesties, EK Success edger punch, misc. fabric & trims

What do you think?  Did it make you smile today?  :)


Tell me if you've seen this one...

This is an oldie and I thought I'd already posted it, but I can't seem to find the post... maybe I just dream't it ;)  This was one of my favorite submissions to TAC for the current base book.  It doesn't have much stamping, so I'm pretty sure that's why it got the axe.  But I LOVE IT soooo much.  Is it NOT the girliest thing ever?!

The fatty satin ribbon, flowers, floss, and all those loverly buttons... it all makes me smile!  Are you questioning why I tried putting aqua with pink & green?  I don't know either, except I loved that big aqua button with the pink flower... it all grew from that one element.

And don't you just love the heart in the center of the flower?  I put some foam tape under it so I could curl the petals... me likey a lot :)

Stamps:  Happy Thoughts, Script Background
Paper:  Mimi (More Mimi has replaced this), Ivory UltraSmooth & Mimi cardstocks
Ink:  Burnt Umber & Chartreuse Palettes
Other:  Lemonade Buttons & Blossoms, Ava Embellishment Jar, lots of Scrapper's Floss (scroll down a bit for all colors), Flower Punch, Amberley Grace Ribbon

What do you think?  OH, and what do you think about the new blog look?

New Blog-lift...

New year, new blog look... please bear with me while I add all my schtuff back into my sidebar!  It may take awhile!


Felty Frugal Find

You know that I love a bargain, right?  And you might remember this papercrafting beauty that I picked up last year.  Well, Michaels did it again, this time with this round flowery felt lovely!  A pack of four for $1.  SCORE!

I'm usually not a yellow person, but I thought it paired up nicely with this aqua card base made from THIS cardstock stack.  I used PTI's Summer Sunrise Palette Ink with this month's Stamp of the Month, Leafy Trees.  The sentiment is from Trendy Greetings, and is one of my go-to greeting sets... I'll never part with it!  It is stamped with Noir Palette ink.

I sanded the edges of the card base a bit so the white core show through... shabby is good :)  What makes me happy is that I actually made a birthday card... I don't know why I don't make more... I am needing them all the time!  This was so quick to make, I should go back to M's and grab some more of these felties!

What do you think?



Tube Mini-Album Kits for sale!

Yes, I finally got around to making up a few of the kits from my December mini-album class!  The original concept on which I based the class was from a fellow TAC demo Julie, and she in turn saw it at Crazy For Mini Albums... I'm not sure what that link is though.

Anyway, I am offering these kits made with supplies from The Angel Compay (except for the ribbon & shipping tags!).  Currently I have 4-page (tube) kits from Rustic Chic (brown, red, aqua) and Uptown Girl (pink & black).  

These kits include paper to cover tubes, accent paper, cardstock mats & accents, shipping tags, ribbon, paper tabs, four scallop square punched cardstock cuts, an entire sheet of chipboard alphas, and either Bind-It-All o-rings or two book rings for those without a BIA.  You supply the stamps, ink, adhesive, & TP tubes (or paper towel tubes cut down), and I've got the rest covered :)

I'll include a color print out of sample pages from my album that you may use for inspiration, but I've included some extra paper & ribbon for you to customize yours further.  The ribbon & accent papers are not cut to size, however the three mats & base cover paper are to size.  I'll include a few techniques on chipboard & covering the tubes, but the photos will help more than additional written instruction!

Cost:  $20 + FREE shipping!

Please email me at:  barbi007@kc.rr.com for more details & payment arrangements.  Thank you!

More love...

... are ya' feelin' it?  :)  It is a BRIGHT & sunny day today after the constant snowfall of yesterday... and colder than a witch's... well, you get the idea.  As I look outside the back door, I see some cute little footie prints that have made a couple of paths in the snow.  No snow angels or frolicking through the drifts... my babies aren't that crazy today ;)

Today's bit-o-love is another simple one... I DID do a more layered card that you'll see in a couple of days or so... and it's not all lovey, just in case you need a break from it :)

Stamps:  Leafy Trees, This Girl
Paper:  White UltraSmooth, Scarlet & Black cardstocks
Ink:  L'Amore Red & Noir Palettes
Colorant:  marker huffing with Tombows
Other:  Scor-Bug, WeR eyelets, EK Success edger punch

Kinda gothy... maybe.  But more guy-ish than anything, right?  No ribbon, no Stickles... just cardstock & hardware.  Easy peasy.

What do you think?


Ahhhhh... love...

... isn't it wonderful.

I have been whipping up some lover-ly love cards lately and will be showing those off for the next few posts.  I even did one that I'll be posting on my Haunted blog... for those Gothic lovers :)  Kinda Twilight-ish.

Anyway, back to today's little bit-o-love.  Super simple card... again.  What's up with me lately?  AND it's got red on it!  I KNOW!  Crazy.  Michael's had their punches on sale so I snagged this large scalloped baby... I LOVE IT!

Stamps:  Scripty-bet
Paper:  Kraft, Black, & Scarlet cardstocks
Ink:  Palette Noir
Other:  wired sheer ribbon, gems, edger punches from EK Success

I had forgotten about this awesome alphabet from TAC!  It is perfect... great big letters, but still handwritten-looking.  Me likey a lot :)

What do you think?


Ugh... Monday ('nuff said)

I am sooooooo tired this morning... I stayed up way too late last night watching movies ;)  So there will not be any witty repartee on my part today!

A cute and simple card today.  No big frills, but just enough to make it interesting... even though there is no Stickles again (gasp!).

Stamps:  Birdcage (retiring soon!), Trendy Greetings, Build-a-Background (Hostess Level A), Fabulous Frames (coming in Feb!)
Paper:  Lilly Anna SWIC; Lilly Anna & white UltraSmooth cardstocks
Ink: Noir & Beaux Arts Blue Palettes, VersaMark
Colorant:  Prismacolors w/ mineral oil (not spirits!)

Other:  Nestabilities Labels One, White Scrapper's Floss, Cloud Scissors, button, & cotton twill

I used my WOSFF(web-o-sphere friend forever) Laurie's ruffle trick with the Scor-Pal & cloud scissors... pretty nice touch, no?  I stamped the heart background with VM before sponging the blue... the ink really makes the hearts pop.

 What do you think?


Quickie... from the heart ;)


Yep, I am feelin' a bit ornery today.  :)   I don't know if it is because the holiday rush is finally over, or that I haven't had to be in the office for a while, or what.  So, what do I have in store for you today?  I'm sooooo glad you asked :)

More peekies!  At least with this one, you can get one of the stamp sets THIS month :)  Leafy Trees is the January Stamp of the Month at TAC, and I reeeeeeeeeaaaaly like it.  I don't think you can view it online until Monday, so here is a pic of the set... only $9.75 with a $30 purchase:

Stamps:  Leafy Trees (Jan. SOTM), Savvy Sayings (coming in Feb.!)
Paper:  More Mimi SWIC, Mia's Cottage, Kraft, DCWV lime, & White UltraSmooth cardstocks
Ink:  Noir & Burnt Umber Palettes
Colorant:  Tombow Marker huffing ;)
Other:  Scor-Bug, Scallop Square Punch, sanding block, white ribbon, MM felt shapes, & foam tape

I really like the look of marker huffing... kinda distressed looking.  And you can get more than one color onto the stamp image... it really doesn't take that long.

I sponged the edges with the BU ink to create a little depth... looks waaaaaaaay better than if left plain.  I overlapped two scalloped squares to create the rectangle... works in a pinch ;)

What do you think?!