Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lemons or Limes?

This is just a quick 4 1/4 inch square card. It says "When Life Gives You Lemons" (and on the inside it says "Ask for tequila and salt"). I know it says lemons but I didn't like yellow...so I went with green. Can we have green lemons? If not, too bad! ;-P

I have one more changito card to share this week. So stay tuned for more monkey business.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Playing with New Stamps

Today I played with my new Changito stamps that I got at the stamping convention a couple weeks ago.

What do you think?

I even broke out the cuttlebug and my nestabilities and did the cutting/embossing on the white part and then the scallop outside. I also sponged on some ink around the outside to highlight the embossing. I thought about stamping him another time, cutting out just the hat and popping that up with adhesives. But with the main image already being popped up I figured it would get too thick with another layer popped. The other thought was to add just a bit of grey shading to the hat. It looks so stark. But I wasn't sure I could do it justice. So I left it as it was.

On another note...my personal monkeys were wrestling today and I grabbed some pictures. This takes me back to the days of my childhood. Growing up with three older brothers it seemed like there was always 'horseplay' going on. Inevitably, my Mom would eventually wander into the living room to try and break it up and about that time my brother would reach out and grab at her leg too and she'd screech. (It was all in fun...my brothers were probably late teens by then.)

Love the look on the oldest's face in this one. Even though he is older (and bigger) his little brother is more of a scrapper. So, for him to have the upper hand is truly a victory and it shows on his face. :-)

But, it didn't last for long. Now little brother is on top...

Hope you enjoyed the 'monkey' posting for the day (both the changito monkey stamp and my monkeys!) More to come later this week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Storage Options

A friend asked me how I stored my stuff...so I decided to take a few pictures and post them.

These iris carts originally held ALL my stuff (now I can't even come close). But I still use them to hold my individual stamps plus all the 'extra' stuff (like ribbon, templates, etc).

Now the sets have found a new home in a book case. I write their names on the side (or use labels if they came with them). In addition this is where my cuttlebug and bigger stuff lives.

Then there are my unmounted stamps...these living in CD cases...in a CD rack of course :-). I write the names of the set (or company name) on the side in permanent marker.

And then there are my inkpads (that live in an old cassette tape holder) and my ribbon (which live in a rain gutter).

Ok, I gotta run get ready for work. Should be leaving in 10 minutes and can't even find a hairbrush to brush my hair with. Last I saw it Chewy (the puppy appropriately named) had it. Now I can't find it at all. Sigh. Going to be one of those days!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

All Things Creepy!

I've been lack in posting. What can I say? And, it's not likely to get a whole lot better in the near future. Have a lot going on in my life right now keeping me quite busy. On kind of a funny note...here I am feeling guilt for not posting more often and yesterday I get a notification that someone is no longer following my blog because they think I post TOO often. LOL. Can't win either way.

But I do have several things to share today. And, as noted, this post is about all things creepy.

What is more creepy than little boys and their critters? This is my youngest son and a 'horned lizard' (we call them horney toads). As far as critters go, the horney toad has always been one of my favorite desert critters. Their colors allow them to blend in with their surrounding. Their babies are hatched from eggs. They are on their own from the moment of hatching. They eat ants (one of my favorite things about them other than how cool they look). And they protect themselves by puffing up to appear bigger than they are, blending in to their surroundings, and some species shoot blood from the ducts in the corner of their eyes.

On a card related note, my friend and I got together and created some Frankenstein cards. I decided to make a Happy Frankie and an Angry Frankie. It's amazing what a difference it makes just by changing the eyes and the mouth!

Here is Happy Frankie:

And here is Mad Frankie: (or as I've named him...Pissed Off Frankie)

Here they are side by side (so you can see his multiple personalities LOL)

Aren't they adorable? We used the 'Top Note' die to create the green card base. Then we used the same die and purple paper and trimmed either end for the hair. We used different size circle punches for the eyes. The nose is a label punch. All pieces were sponged with additional ink to give them more dimension. And the eyelids are attached with dimensional adhesive dots.

These have me thinking about Halloween ideas now!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tires or Testicles?

I love this saying stamp! It says, "If it has tires or testicles, it's going to be trouble!" It is from River City Works. The jeep stamp is from Victorine Originals.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


This is the sympathy card I made for my male coworker who lost his mother. It's a very simple card but I like how it turned out.

The leaf is from Close To My Heart and the saying is from Stampin' Up.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sweet Magnolia...

I needed to make two cards this weekend...for TOTALLY different occasions. The first was a sympathy card for a male coworker who's Mother passed away. The second was for a female coworker who had a birthday. Today I'm sharing the birthday card...will save the sympathy card for later in the week.

This card was made using a new Magnolia stamp I won as blog candy from my SBS4 sister Chris (if memory serves me correctly). If I have the wrong name...I apologize...I am ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE at remembering names. Also, the papers I've used are from that same blog candy package. I love how it all came together! The greeting is from Hero Arts. In addition I stamped "Growing Old is Mandatory...Growing Up is Optional" on the inside of the card (quote from CTMH set). The saying worked with the sweet little girl image...and also fits my coworker who refuses to grow up! LOL.

Hope you like it (and she does too!) Now I need to get to bed. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 4, 2009

San Diego Zoo Layout

Another couple of scrapbook pages to share. These are from the San Diego Zoo.

I love these layovers. Don't use them very often but they really do add some pizazz as long as you aren't using them on every page.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just Hanging Around

I love how this card turned out! Simple but the coloring really catches the eye. And the stamped image itself is adorable. I once again used a FTL from the Clean & Simple blog.

I don't remember who makes the frog stamp. The saying is from Hero Arts. I bought a clear set of sayings from them that I use ALL the time.