Friday, September 30, 2011

National Coffee Day!

Yesterday was National Coffee Day!!! I didn't even know that such a day existed because for me, every day is coffee day!!! Yes, it's true. My name is Kathi and I'm a coffeeholic.

Anyway, I was chatting with Shannon, the lovely lady behind Bombshell Stamps. She said she needed some coffee and I remarked that I always needed a cup. Then I had a brilliant idea! Shannon should take the Party Pin-up from the Man's Ruin set, stick it into a coffee cup, and make it into a stamp for the caffeine junkies out there.

So, I decided to act on that idea and this is what I created!

I stamped the Party Pin-up from the Man's Ruin set, colored her with Copic markers, and cut her out.

I went through my stamp drawers and found this wonderful, if underused, Mocha stamp from Ann-ticipations. I masked the whipped cream and cinnamon stick from the top of the stamp with removable Scotch Tape (could not stamp without stuff), stamped the coffee cup, and colored it with Copic markers.

The Party Pin-up was positioned and I added a sentiment from a great coffee set by Rubbernecker Stamps.

The patterned cardstock is seriously old KMA that I layered. I added some not-quite-as-old Prima flowers and a bunch of Recollections blue pearls.

This card qualifies for the "Mostly Blue" challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop!

It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop!

Alison, our lovely Hump Day Hottie, set this month's theme which is "Holiday Hoopla!"

Sadly, I got busy and wasn't able to finish my card yet, so come back later to see it.

Here it is!

I used the pin-up from the Bombshell Angel set, but altered her a bit to make her Morticia Adams-like and colored her with Copic markers. Then I added a veil just because I could.

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Eerie collection which I changed up using an Alterations die as a mask. I also used a Grungeboard skull as a mask in the center of the clock, but don't know if it's all that visible, which was sort of the point. I used an old Martha Stewart hissing cat punch, a 7 Gypsies sticker, a handy-dandy office-style date stamp, and called it "done".

BTW, I just now realized (way after finishing this) that this was NOT supposed to be a card. *blush* Sorry Alison. I've never been good about playing by the rules.

Now that I've shown you mine, the other Bombshell hoppers will like to show you theirs!

Here's the hop list! Go forth and enjoy!

Bombshell Blog
Glittery Katie
Sparkly Mary
Mary G

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Feliz Navidad

It's been so rainy and wet here in NJ for more than a month, that I'm totally sick of the dampness. Therefore, I wish I were taking a siesta in this little desert scene!

The stamps are Siesta (AP-192-B) and Saguaro (AP-191-B) from page 25 of the Summer. '05 catalog from Third Coast Rubber Stamps.

The scene was colored with Copic markers. The desert is a combination of Copic markers and Distress ink and the sky was sponged with Summer Sky and Angel Pink Memento inks. The textured polka dot paper is Bazzill's Dotted Swiss and the red striped is from an old pad by K & Company.

I debated the sentiment with myself. I was undecided and pondered using a retirement sentiment, a "I don't do mornings" sentiment, a "You deserve a siesta" sentiment, but ultimately decided a Christmas card was the most useful. Hence the "Feliz Navidad" sentiment, which was by the late, lamented justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Be outrageous!

It's a two-fer! I've wanted to participate in the Craft Your Passion Challenges since I discovered that a lost-and-found friend was on their design team. This card is for Challenge #75, "F" challenge. My "F' is for fairies since I love them.

I also love sketches, so I used the most recent sketch from the Sketch Saturday challenge blog.

The edgy fairy is Fairy Freda (AP-248-K), which can be found on page 5 in the Winter '06 catalog. I also used Third Coast's Two Tiny Butterfly set (DT-042-DD) from p. 11 of the Summer '06 catalog. The fairy and the butterflies were colored with Copic markers. Glaze pen was used on the fairies rings and earrings, but the photo isn't showing the dimension. Oh bother!

The papers are all older ones by the Memory Box. The sentiment is even older and is from a sheet of rub-ons by the late lamented Wordsworth stamps. I love when I use stuff from my stash!

Thanks for visiting today!

Bombshell Girls Blog Hop!

Greetings! You should have come to my blog from Kelli's blog. I'm the last stop on the hop!

The Bombshell Girls are holding a blog hop to celebrate the release of the new digital Halloween Costume Dress-Up set for Bombshell Angel's pin-up.

Here's a photo of the set that includes three outfits, plus a bunch of sentiments.

My card!

I chose to create my first card using the top-hatted Steampunk Girl. I colored her using my Copic markers, then added some Lustre Rub-on paste on her boots to make them look leathery. The patterned paper is from Graphic 45 and I also used some Core'Dinations color core Black Magic cardstock. I tossed a few die-cut gears in amongst the flowers to add a steampunky vibe to the card. The sentiment is computer generated.

Just in case you missed anyone, here's the hop list.

Bombshell Stamps Blog
Mary G
Glittery Katie

Thanks for visiting all of the Bombshell Girls' blogs!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thinking and Remembering

This card was created in honor of this very somber day, which is also now commemorated as Patriot Day.

I thought that Constance Considers (FA-205-H, Summer 2005, p.12) by Third Coast Rubber Stamps would be perfect. I colored her with Copic markers. The patterned papers are by Bo-Bunny and Basic Grey. The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and was overstamped with Third Coast's Curly Flourish (CH-021-A, p.72) using Distress Ink.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back again and certified!!!

You might have noticed that I've added a "Copic Certified" badge to my sidebar. Yep. I took a Copic Certification class at the beginning of August and learned a ton. I hope you'll start to see some improvement in my coloring!

Anyways, here's a card that I did for the Third Coast Creative Coterie, using Splitcoast's Sketch #346. It also meets the "What's Hot" Way to Use it challenge!

The Chile Ristra (AP-181-G), Summer '05, p.25 stamp is by Third Coast and was fun to color using one of the blending techniques that I learned during the Copic class. The patterned papers are from an old K & Company pad.

Thanks for visiting today!

Woe is me!

Once again, I've taken a long break from crafting and blogging, though I suppose I had a good excuse. Hurricane Irene came to visit, knocking out my power for 4.5 days. This meant that my sump pump couldn't do its job, which resulted in five inches of water in the basement. Irene also blew rain through a window, ruining drywall, and also through the exhaust fan in a bathroom, effectively destroying the tile in the shower.

I disconnected stereo equipment by flashlight, toted it upstairs, had friends come and help get the stuff I couldn't lift out of the basement, had the basement pumped out by an itinerant generator wielding pumper, then spent four days moving the contents out of the basement (record collection, cds, stereo equipment, books, more books, etc.), sorting the ruined from the salvageable, emptied the refrigerator and freezer, and basically wore myself to a frazzle. The power came back on Wednesday, then a clean-up crew came on Thursday and pulled out the carpeting, tore down some of the panelling, tore down the tiles and drywall in the shower, and set a bunch of fans and dryers. Turns out my roof has a pre-existing condition that I didn't know about it because I don't have wings to fly up to check it out. Go know.

Now I have to get the basement "man cave" remodeled, get the roof repaired or replaced, and then have the bathroom fixed. *sigh*

I couldn't really craft by flashlight or candle-light, so I didn't do much except read (miner's headlight) and rest. I finally did finish a card that I started before Irene arrived, but I submitted it and its partner to a magazine. Cross your fingers for me. If it doesn't make the cut, you'll see it eventually.

Po' po' me.