Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Happy day-before-Turkey Day! I am all ready to eat!!! I am not contributing one thing to the meal this year...how lazy of me right? Well in my defense my family is very tiny and it will just be my Grandma, my Dad and myself this year so...since they are the original good cooks in the family, I defer to their awesome cooking abilities...they don't need a third cook in the kitchen. In fact it rather annoys my father to have any other cooks in his kitchen so I will be on the couch coloring my holiday card images.

As for What On Your Workdesk....I stamped off about 40 images last night in preparation. In my desk photo you can see that I have placed the things I want to work with in a basket and on the desk and I will be packing them in my bag tonight to take with me to my Dad's. I have preselected the copics I want to use and put them in my little clear plastic baggie so I can find them easily...

Allegedly dinner is at 3 this year(which Dad also claimed last year...then when I arrived at 3, I was informed I was late and they had been waiting for me to eat). This year I am going over in the morning and I will spend the whole day hanging out with my Grandma and annoying my Dad. We will have our yearly arguement of whether or not cornbread is a traditional Thanksgiving food... I firmly maintain it is since flint corn was a traditional native american food. They are both sportsaholics so I will entertain myself and get crafty. After dinner I am going to hit the Michael's by my Dad's house. They open at 5 and they have much better stuff then my Michael's does. I want to pick up the holiday Smooch Paint kit...it has red green gold and a white shimmer $13.99...then the limited edition Stickles they have for $6.99 and I want another clear 12 X 12 Iris case... they have them for $4.49...all that and an extra 30% off entire purchase including sale coupon and I will be a happy little crafter. After that I will go back to my Dad's and will watch the holiday specials with my Grandma... Taylor Swift and then Beyonce will be on. Grandma likes all the music shows...she is very hip for 83!
Oh and I made a quicky little Thanksgiving themed card...just because I wanted to be in the spirit. The image is a freebie digi MelJen's Designs, and the papers and ribbon are retired SU! One of my pearls fell off my card...sigh.. oh well I tried. (Copics: YR23, YR18, YR15, YR16, E08, E19, E09, G21).

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and bountiful Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for all of you and your wonderful comments all year long!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Copic Colors

Happy Monday! I have been quite the busy elf this weekend trying to get started on my holiday cards. So far I have colored up 24 images. Boy do I have alot more to do. I hope to get a bunch done over Thanksgiving weekend. I don't have to cook just show up and eat, lucky me! So while my dad is hogging the TV with Football, I will get busy coloring. Since I don't have any completed cards to share I thought I would share my color map....These are some of the red/green colors I was playing around with and some colors to match my Bo Bunny-Winter Joy and Mitten Weather papers. Please excuse my crude little drawings I did with my copic multiliner.... lol!

My favorite red/green combo so far is R29 R39 R89 and G24 G28 BG99 very rich and dramatic.

I was doing some holiday bulbs (free Digi by Wendy Made) and was using a brighter combo of YG00 G14 G07 G17 and R35 R37 R39 but I colored so many that I ran out of R35 coral ink in my ciao marker. I ordered a refill today from I Heart Papers since they are in Central NJ like me hoping that I will get them by Wednesday. Cross your fingers for me. Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Yay! It is Wednesday again and time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! I am happy to report that there is plenty on my desk! It's holiday card time and I have begun playing around trying to come up with a concept. I was looking at my spellbinders medallion die and to me it looked a bit like a wreath...so I decided to die cut one in green and see if I could make it work. i wasn't too happy with the finished result on its own so then I decided to emboss the cream colored carstock with the negative image and put them together. I like that a bit better but I still need to cut a hole in the center. Now I am trying to decide how I would like to color the raised parts of the image...maybe red silver and gold to look like bulbs and then do some ribbon at the bottom with a sentiment. I also did some embossing with the cuttlebug xmas tree folder and am pondering how I want to color that as well. No fully formed concepts here yet but I think another day of playing around and I may have something flushed out. What are you working on? If you would like to play along you can post a picutre of your desk here at the Stamping Ground blog.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You Are My Sunshine

Happy Tuesday! I managed to put this card together also over the weekend. I have had this image colored for months but never came up with a card concept to use it. Finally inpiration hit me! Hopefully I can keep up the momentum and get started on my holiday cards!

Stamp- Summer Fairy digi by Spesch Stamps, sentiment PTI! Fillable Frames
Ink- Smooch Illuminate, Grape Jelly Memento Ink
Paper- PTI Cardstock, Basic Grey Kioshi, Making Memories Girl 2.0
Accessories- Recollections pearls, Tim Holtz Alterations Baroque Sizzix die, Petaloo Dazzlers
Copics: E000 E00 E02 V01 V06 V09 BG05 YR21 YR23 YR24 BG0000

Monday, November 15, 2010

Simple Joys of Life

Happy Monday! I am back from my long weekend and feeling refreshed. I finally was able to make a card from this image and paper that I had picked out two weeks ago. I even made a handmade flower to go with it and added some Spica glitter on the piping of her outfit for a little sparkle...hard to see in the photo. I also used my compressor and airbrush system to make a muted grafitti style background that reminded me of spray paint, to go with the Kenny K Skater Girl image. I even threw in some Washi Tape.

challenge- Kenny K Krafty Girlz challenge # 19 Sparkle & Spots


Stamps- Kenny K Skater Girl Digi
Ink- copic clear spica pen
Paper- Me & MyBig Ideas, Making Memories, PTI cardstock, Dusty Durango cardstock, Xpress It Blending Card
Accessories- Marcella by K sticker(sentiment), Luv My Tapes washi tape, Copic ABS3 and compressor
Copics-E0000 E000 E04 E25 E27 E29 R20 YR04 YR07 YR09 B34 B91 B97 N3 N5 N7 YG03 YG63; BG10 airbrushed

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Happy Wednesday! Not much going on in craftyland for me. Been super busy with work and suffering from extreme crafter's block. I decided I have to get some crafting done since I am off for Veteran's day tomorrow so I have pulled out some images and matched them up with some papers in an effort to inspire me to make some cards tomorrow. If that fails I have a scrapbook I have to work on and the pictures I ordered just came from Snapfish so maybe I will get something creative accomplished over my 4 day weekend. I must must must figure out how to thread a bobbin so I can start using my sewing machine again. Thank goodness for Youtube tutorials or I wouldn't have a clue how to use the thing.
If you would like to play along you can visit the Stamping Ground here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Welcome back to another lovely installment of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! I still love doing this because I am so sloth-like and slow at making cards.... I feel disappointed that I don't have something new to show off everyday, like I haven't accomplished anything. Well I haven't done much more this past few days that straighten up and put away all my halloween supplies and oh yeah and it is very cold here in the northeast so I have taken to hibernating in my snuggie every night afterwork. It has sleeves though so I don't really have an excuse for not making a card... So I have made a pact with myself to make sure that every tuesday night I set about starting a card and taking a picture of my desk so I can play along with WOYWW. Then hopefully your lovely comments will encourage me to actually finish the card.

Above you will see that yes- I have a fully colored image ( I actually have many neatly filed away in a folder). I don't really understand what possessed me to color her outfit orange and blue...and give her green eyes...but I did. So finding paper to match this was a bit of a stretch. As you can see I did come up with some, now I have to decide on a layout...which is always the most difficult part for me. I think I will use the Wednesday sketch on splitcoast stampers just so I don't have to design my own layout. What can I say, you all knew I was a lazy stamper. Love to color...hate to actually make the card! At least the challenge this week over at Kenny K Krafty Girlz challenge is 'Anything Goes'! Can't go wrong with that.

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