Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Robots in Space

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I made this card for a challenge Nina issued on the scrapaddicted blog. This card is rare because it is one of the few I've made that I'm not super critical about. I'm actually happy with the way it turned out and the only thing I might have changed is to move the text to the inside of the card.

I used my stamps from the Doodle Factory Urban set, with a few modifications. For one thing, Bloop (the robot on the right) is usually a pouting "boy" character, but I gave "her" a happy little make-over by masking out the frowny face and drawing in a blushing smile, eyelashes and a heart. The city skyline was shortened a bit and I placed a piece of transparency paper over the top in an attempt to make it look like a space city enclosed in a dome.

The paper I used had a black tree ring pattern and I highlighted some of the lines with my white pen to give the look of a martian landscape. I love that white gel pen! I also used it to make the stars and handwritten sentiment.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

It's a rainy day in L.A., but I have some virtual sunshine in this card I made the other day. The rose is another stamp from the Valentine's Remix set and the papers and text are from Cosmo Cricket.

I thought I was going to be an original with my yellow rose, but Donna beat me to it with her entry to my Rainbow Challenge. Speaking of which, I'm so excited about all of the entries so far and there's still a whole week left for anyone to contribute more.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Help Me Make a Rainbow!

It's official, I've become a "stamper". You know how I confirmed this bit of information? I found myself plotting out cards in my head while taking a shower. People who merely dabble in something do not start thinking about that thing in the shower! So I guess I must be a stamper.

At the time, I was thinking about rainbows, or the color purple, or elementary school science class, but I can't remember which order. In any event, the end result of these thoughts was my vision for a Doodle Factory Rainbow made up of many single-colored cards.

My own mission was to make a purple card, but apparently I don't own any purple paper. This monochromatic magenta number is what I made instead. Now this is where YOU come in. I'd like as many people as possible to join me with their own monochrome cards (you can make more than one!)

If you're a member of www.papercraftplanet.com, make sure you join the Starving Artistamps group and post your cards in THIS ENTRY. If you don't want to join, but still want to play, send me your link to your card and I'll add it to the final tally.

Deadline is the end of the month. I'll post all the entries on Feb. 1.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Something Old, Something New

I've had the latest Doodle Factory Stamps cut and mounted for the longest time, with no time or energy to do anything with them. Actually, I made this first card on one of my sick days, but I consider it a "Reject" because I made several mistakes I wish I could fix.

I really wanted a lacy-doily edging for this Valentine-esque card, but I didn't have any lace or doily paper. I figured I'd make my own by cutting a border with my scallop scissors and small hole punch. Nice idea, not so great execution. I also tried to use the new Flower Soft goodies I got from StarvingArtistamps and it looks pretty cool, but I should have gone with a more vibrant color. I think the only thing I'm happy with is the coloring on Malbec, the swinging monkey (from the Valentines Remix set).

Today I made another card which uses the little bee from the Original Valentine Set and the big bee from the Remix Set. The papers are from Sasafrass Lass and the sentiment from StarvingArtistamps.

I made some mistakes on this one too, but they were easier to cover up, so I'm not going to point them out. I'm going to try to make a few more cards today, so hopefully I'll have more to post soon.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Yikes, I have to wipe the cobwebs off this journal since I've ignored it for so long. I spent the first weeks of the new year in a sick haze and haven't been able to do much of anything. Everytime I thought I was over the worst of it, I'd fall back into a fit of dizzying coughs and wheezy misery.

Today, I polished off another set of Doodle Factory stamps, but I'm sworn to secrecy as usual. You'll see them soon enough, but for now I can only give you a very vague clue hidden somewhere in these photographs I took around the apartment tonight.

Last week Michael brought me some flowers to cheer me up during my illness. I didn't photograph them while they were alive, but they still look pretty in their demise.

These little bonsai trees came as a christmas and birthday gift from my mother. I had this on my Amazon Wishlist and they came packed tightly in a box full of styrofoam peanuts. The UPS guy didn't leave proper notice, so the poor little trees actually sat in their box with our security guard for an extra three days. Miraculously, they were green and healthy and perfectly intact despite their days of darkness.

This is another new arrival in our apartment. Also a gift, but one to myself from myself. Even though I will never use it for brewing, I could not resist this cute teapot when I saw it on the Pre-Christmas sale table at Anthropologie. Oh! I also bought myself the most beautiful bird plate for $3, which is now a trinket holder on my bedside table, but I forgot to take a picture of that.

And finally, I leave you with the view through our living room window. Why? I don't know...Why not ;)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Years Up North

A selection of photos from our New Year's in North Fork/Yosemite. We rented a house with a group of friends where we feasted each night and explored each day.

Another Sweet Set (or two)

I'm back from Yosemite and finally feeling better. I thought I was over the flu, but Mike and I both relapsed after the long drive north. We were sick through the entire trip, but we were in fine company with over half of our friends feeling ill as well. Nine of us rented a house in North Fork (about an hour from the park) and despite the germs, we had a fun and memorable trip. I'll post some photos tonight, but first I need to venture out for food.

In the meantime, I'm a few days behind, but Tracey has revealed the newest release and of course there's a giveaway. Here's one of the sets, below. Go to the StarvingArtistamps blog to see the rest and enter to win FREE stamps.