Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Speaking of which, I hate to cut this post short, but it's time for MY fix... time for me to get ready for my 9:00 a.m. showing of Eclipse. TEAM JACOB BABY!!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I asked: "What if there was a limit/ban on Copic markers and you could only ever own 12...which 12 could you not live without and why?" NO ONE could keep their collection to 12.
This was my answer: I'm still pretty new to the world of Copics, but so far it would be E11, E50 and E51 for light skin tones. B93, B97 and B99 for denim. W3, C2 and N9 for highlight and lowlights. Y13, R27 and R59... well, just because, and then I'd risk prison to smuggle in the colorless blender. I'm suddenly realizing that 12 could NEVER work! How the heck did I survive kindergarten with only 8 crayons????
So now it's YOUR turn! Would you risk prison to keep all your Copics? I challenge anyone to keep their collection to 12!!! hahahahahahaha!
Monday, June 28, 2010
So when I saw this little Geisha Anya from The Greeting Farm stamps, I just HAD to have her. I've colored her a couple of different ways, but the green/purple/red color combination as GOT to be my favorite. And stamps like this can be used to make cards to be given for just about ANY occasion. My next use for this little gem of a stamp is to swap out the flower in her hair for a snowflake and color her all in blue for a "snow geisha"... that one is going to ROCK!!!
So a quick shout out to The Town Scrapper: Geisha Anya you see here is featured in today's Showcase Monday (check it out HERE). And, in the same post, The Town Scrapper is announcing some pretty incredible specials. You'll want to head over and check them out.... not to mention... there are a lot of my all-time favorite stamps (Kraftin Kimmie Stamps) being featured in today's post, so be sure to click on the link.
Happy Monday folks!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I would never have considered myself an arachnophobe, but I had a definitive dislike for spiders only tinged with a slight fear. Now I know better. While you don't want an infestation of spiders, having a few on hand (not literally) actually keeps other bugs away. According to Dr. Linda S. Rayor, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Cornell University, spiders are considered to be the most important terrestrial predators, eating tons of pest insects or other small arthropods every year. And those webs, that have always creeped me out, are actually my gardens best defense against unwanted pests. Those webs are LITERALLY large bug traps that I didn't have to pay for, set or clean since the web is actually an extension of the spider's sensory system. What does that mean? A bug hits a web and the spider IMMEDIATELY knows that dinner is served and gets to work "preparing" it's meal. Spider webs are GOLD for ANY garden. And since spiders are predators only, they will not harm any of your growing crops. If you are gardening organically.... LEARN to love spiders. I did (well except for the black widow and brown recluse that we have here in AZ.... YUCK).
Unlike spiders, I did not have to learn to love ladybugs. I've always loved ladybugs! They are one of the most adorable of bugs and another helper for an organic garden. Ladybugs, like spiders, are predators; and these predators eat ALL DAY on unwanted insects never harming your harvest. Even when they are in larvae form, they are eating the bad bugs in your garden!
Because they are the least feared of the insect world, they are also the most popular insect to use in gardens and can be found for purchase VERY easily. Be sure that you release them in your garden when it is dark and after an evening water.
I only occasionally see dragonflies in my garden and recently learned that they are beneficial for ridding a garden of mosquitoes. My next garden WILL be a netted greenhouse where I will have a couple of dragonflies in residence. But for now, that's all I've got on dragonflies.
Lizards and Frogs
Obviously not bugs, but very welcomed helpers in my garden. Frogs have JUST RECENTLY shown up in my garden. I honestly don't know where they came from, but am so thrilled they are there. And the lizards? Being that I live in Arizona, lizards are EVERYWHERE. Both are also predators and do not harm your organic garden eating many of the flying insects that will feed off your crops and then make their airborne get away.
I'm quickly learning how cooperative gardening really works for not only the plants that I'm growing, but also in making a happy home for my garden helpers.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Ok, so if you know ANYTHING else about me, you should know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kraftin Kimmie Stamps! This upcoming week, The Town Scrapper is giving away the OH-SO-CUTE stamp that Tara Godfrey used in the card that is pictured here; here's how to win:
Create a NEW creation using red and white color combination. Write a blog post on your blog featuring your creation. Be sure to mention The Town Scrapper's challenge and post a link back to The Town Scrapper within your blog. Then head back over to The Town Scrapper (CLICK HERE) to upload a link back to your blog post using the "Inlinkz" located at the bottom of the Friday Challenge post. It's that easy and you too can be the proud owner of this Kraftin Kimmie image called Emelia! :)
Good Luck Everyone!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Enter paper crafting.... the thing that brought my sewing machine out of the deep, dark recesses of my closet after more than 10 years. Sewing on cards did you say? Scrapbook layouts too? OOOOO, NOW I'm interested, and sew I did. Now, I haven't done a ton of sewing on my paper crafts, but I've done enough to discover that sewing really is fun.... well, as an artistic embellishment anyway. I've found that content determines how carefully I sew on my projects (and how careful determines how long I will be sewing too... hahahaha). The card featured here (click on the pic to enlarge) was created for The Town Scrapper's Monday Showcase. I used one of my favorite stamps from one of my favorite stamp lines: Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. Since the image is so whimsical, my stitches didn't need to be so clean and structured... and thank goodness! Cuz I'm not a real clean and structured kind of girl! It's almost as if the uneven lines and broken stitches matches the features of this little "Lillith" stamp.
If you too have a sewing machine that's collecting dust, pull it out and try using it to embellish your paper crafting. You might find the fun of sewing has nothing to do with creating a wardrobe! And to see more awesome cards, be sure to check out the AMAZING design team creations over at The Town Scrapper blog. The Town Scrapper carries all of my favorite stamps. If you see anything you just gotta have, you can email the owner Phebe at email@example.com, and look for her upcoming online store. We are ALL psyched about it!!! :)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I got the Sentimentals Cricut cartridge a short while ago and LOVE how versatile this cart is!!! Is it just me, or is Cricut making EVERY cartridge a must have? UGH! Sentimentals is proving to be no different!
So I spent about an hour coloring this GORGEOUS Lisa Victoria Dragon image, cut it out with my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinder's Nestibilities die and sat it aside while I figured out what to do with this little gem. A couple of days later Sentimentals arrived in the mail and as I was browsing the idea book, the flower card and matching envelope JUMPED off the page at me. "How PERFECT to go with that cute little dragon I finished just the other day!" Typically, a card that doesn't have patterned paper and ribbon is usually quite boring to me, but this card just seems to work in it's simplicity! The AWESOME dragon and the flower die cut are plenty to give this card a little 'WOW' factor. And let me just add that by using my Gypsy to put this together, it was a ONE CUT job that took 15 minutes to complete. Here's how I did it.... in fact, this is how I do ALL my cards. NO WONDER I didn't do these cards before having my Gypsy... this is SOOOO much easier.
And here I am adding my images to my virtual mat on my Gypsy. What you don't see here is that I originally designed on a 12 x 24" mat because my "layers" button on my isn't working (???). The best part, I added my images to my virtual cutting mat while they were still grouped and then ungrouped them to move each image to where I wanted them on my ACTUAL 12 x 12" cutting mat (I touched the silver menu button and selected "change mat size"). Now, the reason these steps are significant is because by adding the card WITH the envelope (grouped together) to your mat BEFORE sizing means that when you do increase the sizes, they will both change proportionately to one another. No muss and no fuss with trying to figure out exactly what size the card needs to be and then figuring out what size the envelope needs to be. EVERY card (this method works great for Wild Cards as well) and every envelope cut perfectly to fit together and you never have to worry about "doing the math". I LOVE it.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The winner of the bottle of Pink Gunmetal FLASH (OPI-MPJ) is: RMCandlelight!!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your info so I can get it to you. Congratulations!!! And again, You Can Thank Scandalous!
Sorry that I'm late with announcing the winner folks. I know you were expecting this post yesterday, but I know that all of you who entered would be patient because you all seemed to really want it. LOL! I hope you all find my favorite version of this wonderful polish and as frustrating as it is that OPI came out with so many versions of the same color, we really should all be thanking OPI for the wonderful "easter egg hunt" they created! I would not have met some of you AWESOME ladies without it! ;)
Have a great one gang!
Monday, June 14, 2010
The stamped image is the new Thursday stamp from The Greeting Farm. I used my Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge to cut out the words. The patterned paper for both the inside and outside of the card was from the Rusty Pickle's Pirate Princess... I love those papers! In fact, the flourishes you see on the front of the card (see below) are actually one of the Pirate Princess papers.... that is the beauty of pattered paper!
To see even more fun designs, check out The Town Scrapper's Showcase Monday HERE. Happy Monday everyone and I'll see you back here in a little while to announce the winner of my Pink Gunmetal FLASH give away!!!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Have a wonderful morning everyone!