Friday, February 28, 2014

Mindy, Run Mad . . . .

Here is my namesake, one of the New Julie Nutting Doll stamps from Prima, may I introduce "Mindy". And although I am not as physically proportioned as she, I bonded with her immediately, and felt a connection like no other.

All of the products used on this tag, are New releases. The tag is from the Prima Hancock Park Tag Pad, the large fabric flower from the Prima La Tela Collection, and the tiny sparkly Dazzles flowers from the Tiny Flower Stickers pack from Hot Off the Press.

I colored Mindy's dress and hair with my copic markers, and added sparkle with corresponding Wink of Stella markers. The washi tape was added at the bottom of the tag, with the Dazzles flowers attached in various empty spots on the tag.  I colored the Prima fabric flower with Lindy's Stamp Gang Desert Moon Purple Sage Glitz Spritz before attaching to the tag with Fabri-Tac adhesive. The doll stamped image and framed verse were popped up with foam tape to give dimension, and the sage colored bow was attached with a pop dot.

I love how this doll image has "attitude" and a certain shyness, just like ME! The framed sentiment I used on this tag says, "Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!" I don't know who Julie had in mind when she named this doll stamp, but I will always "imagine it was me" as long as I live, and will enjoy stamping with her for years to come.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy your time with family and friends.Spring is almost here, and very soon we will be complaining of the heat of Summer.  At least we can dream, can't we?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Delightful Flower Vine

Happy Thursday Everyone! Today's post is a special card I made today, using the New Anna Griffin die called Flower Vine. I fell in love with it recently, when a friend of mine, Diane Hover, featured it in three cards on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  I immediately had to order it because of the many different mediums Diane used on hers, all of which I have on hand as usual.  

I began my card by cutting the die from off white card stock, and embossing it at the same time with my Cuttlebug machine.  Then using my Copic Markers, I colored and shaded the flowers and leaves with Blush Pink and Lipstick Natural on the flowers and Pistachio green on the leaves. I mounted the die on a piece of peachy pink card stock, along with a Ocean Blue printed tag from the Prima Hancock Park Tag Pad.  I added the sentiment, "Delight in the Little Things" banner in the top left hand corner, and a Hero Arts "Blossom" in the lower right corner before attaching on a silver gray A2 card base. 

I have entered this card in the Classy Cards n' Such Challenge #21, Vintage Hues, using three colors found in their inspiration photo provided, and the #AG-2002206 Anna Griffin Flower Vine die found in the Classy Cards n' Such shop.

I hope you will click on over to Beverly's shop and check out all the wonderful supplies she has to offer.  She is a Texas neighbor, and has a wonderful online shop full of tons and tons of goodies for paper crafters everywhere! And she is one of the nicest ladies around, if you don't see something in her shop that you need, drop her a line, and I bet she will do her best to get it for you.

Have a wonderful evening, and enjoy your stamping and crafting projects. The time you spend creating, will be most rewarding in the long run.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Texas Independence Day!

Hi Everybody! This weekend we celebrate Texas Independence here in our fair state! I usually don't mail out too many cards for this day, but a friend, Mark Jetton, who owns Deadbeat Designs Stamps celebrates by having an Independence Day card challenge on his blog . Most of the stamps Mark makes are Texas themed stamps, although he does have many others that may be used for multiple occasions
If you are interested in "good, old fashioned, wood mounted, top quality rubber stamps", then check out Mark's web site Deadbeat Designs.and do some serious shopping. 

I submitted two cards to his challenge, but am waiting for his posting of the contest before I describe my cards. You can visit his blog to vote on which cards you like best, beginning this weekend. Using scraps left over from my submissions, I put together this card to send to a friend who used to live here in San Antonio.

I took an A2 size card base and added two strips of brightly colored washi tape to the top. I then popped up the Texas banner from Deadbeat Designs on foam tape and centered it on top of the tape. I then stamped the large "happy" stamp from Winnie & Walter, along with a little handwriting for the sentiment on the front. The Texas shape stamp with the swirl filigree is also from Deadbeat Designs, and it was popped up on foam tape to cover a tiny doily stamping I didn't like after stamping it. To finish off the card, I used my clear Wink of Stella marker to add a bit of twinkle to the images.

Periodically, I enjoy using my "scraps" to make a few cards, thus using up some of my spare stampings and scraps of papers. (they stack up so quickly)  I hope you all have a great week, and visit with me again soon.  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cowgirl Becky

Hello friends!  I wasn't sure I would get this tag posted before our Stock Show and Rodeo closed this weekend.  February has been a crazy month for me, with the cold, cold weather, holidays, and an unexpected death in the family, I haven't been able to post any goodies this month.  I have been working on a few, but time just seems to slip away from me before I get them posted. Hopefully, I am back on track, and it will be much easier to post projects and card ideas in the future.

Today's card is a tag front using one of the New Julie Nutting Doll Stamps from Prima. I love, love, love these doll stamps, and "Becky" (the cowgirl) really spoke to me!  Ha Ha, I made a funny. . . . "spoke" . . . . . wagon wheel. . . . . Yee Ha!  The wagon wheel stamp is a new one from Deep Red Clingstamps, made in the USA.  Living here in Texas, I love all types of stamps that portray western life. I also picked up a wonderful clear set from My Favorite Things, called "Howdy"!  From this set, I used the star circle with dots as a hub cap for the wagon wheel, and the lasso rope that "Becky" is holding. The tiny random stars are a stamp from Deadbeat Designs, and the large word "hello" is from Winnie & Walter.  The background tag is one of the New tags from Prima, the Aquarelle Tag Pad which consists of beautiful pastel colors.

The Large Tag Pads from Prima are so wonderful, not only are they large enough to highlight the Julie Nutting Doll Stamps, they also give you lots of room for other mixed-media techniques. The other New Julie Nutting stamp I recently purchased is the doll stamp called "Mindy".  Of course, you may notice the connection of why I had to purchase that one, because my name is Mindy, and I will highlight her on a new tag early this coming week.

With the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo coming to a close this weekend here at home, and the Winter Olympic Games closing also,  I will probably be glued to the TV a few more days. (I also love the winter Olympic sports!)  We have also been forewarned there is another Arctic Front moving south from the North Pole, that should arrive here in So. Texas midweek.  So, I have a few more outdoor projects to tend to before the cold weather hits us again. Stay warm and safe, and have a pleasant rest of the weekend.  I will visit with you again soon.