Halloween Quickie

For the A* Muse challenge today!

Super simple card! The ghosts were first colored with my glue pen and then glittered :) The house was colored with SU Markers. Sentiment is Purple Onion Designs!

Pick of the Patch

Last night was SO much fun! I love seeing all the new stamps I MUST have LOL. While I still love SU, I am really drawn to the simplicity of A*Muse. I'm not very good at using them yet, but I'm getting better :)

When I saw these new stamps last night, I knew I HAD to have them! I Love everything about Fall and pumpkin picking is very fun!

I used the new U-Pick sign, the Pumpkin cart and the "You're the Pick of the Patch" sentiment. The pumpkin patch is the SU stamp from Loads of Love accessories. It fits perfectly with these! I didn't have the A*Muse notecard that's green on one end and white on the other, so I used some of the Celery dotted paper from the Palette o' Prints. I think it's a pretty good substitution. The grass is stamped in Wild Wasabi :) I think I'm really going to like that color! Everything is colored with SU markers except the sign. That was one of my 4 Copic markers ;)


OMG we had a blast! The new stamps are AWESOME! We got to make 4 cards and we got a goodie bag and we got to purchase some of the new stamps before the "general public" ;) Seriously what could be better???

So, without further ado...

I'll start with the cards! The 1st 2 we made we're really easy, but SO cute! The first one is the same as the sneak peek on the A*Muse*a*palooza blog. The little snowman is really sweet and I don't usually care for the "squared" stamps. We colored him with markers (I wish we had a Copic for the background :( ) Then cut him out and put one of the clear scallop stickers over top! Then that was mounted on the scallop square (Mega size). The snowflakes were stamped in chalk ink as was the sentiment.

The other card is just darling! "To a deer friend" LOL The only thing "fancy" on this one was we used Sticky Stuff embossing powder (Heat-n-Stick) and then added the glitter to the pond. The pond is the large oval stamp. Everything else is colored with Prismacolors.

Next 2 cards...

These are my favorites! The Pumpkin stand is SO adorable, and we also used another new stamp, it's a bare tree with pumpkins hanging off the branches! Too CUTE. (I would have bought that one, but they sold out :( ) Anyway, lots of masking here, we stamped the 2 pumpkins first (they were from the tree) then masked them, stamped the Pumpkin Stand and masked it, then stamped the grass. It's supposed to have a crow sitting on top of the stand but I forgot.

Then we come to the Thanksgiving card. How funny is that car? We used the leafy tree and stamped it up in the right hand corner a bunch of times, then we punched out the 1" circle for the sun. The gray strip was put down and then the car was stamped. I had to "fix" mine, cuz I didn't get a good impression, oh well. The car was colored with colored pencils and we added the "wood" to the panels.

These cards went together so quickly. I'd never used the A*Muse notecards before, but combine them with the Pretty papers and you have a really fast and easy card!

Ok now for the freebies!

Can you believe it??? We each got an assortment pack of notecards, a sheet of the clear scallop stickers, some gift tags, a STAMP, and an ink pad!!! WOW! Seriously that was too cool! So I got to make 4 CUTE cards and got a great goodie bag and had a blast all for $18! Ok so the $18 was BEFORE I bought a bunch of new rubbah ;)

And here it is, my NEW A*Muse stamps! There were a few that sold out early that I'm just going to have to go back and get later (oh darn ;) ) but here are the ones that made their way into my bag tonight!

Yea, I know, these aren't all "new", but they are new to my collection! Since I already have the Tractor, I HAD to get the pumpkin cart and then since I was getting the cart, I couldn't leave the U-Pick sign or the "You're the PICK of the PATCH" sentiment there now could I? ;) The camper and the Marshmallow stick were in my "hold" bag from the last release, so I had to bring them home too! But my favorite is the Haunted House! It's so flippin' CUTE! I have this thing for Halloween stamps. I LOVE them! I don't really send too many Halloween cards, but I can't not buy the stamps, it's a sickness ;)

Ok some of the other stamps that were there...
There's a whole Nativity group of stamps, complete with Camel. A bunch of soccer stamps, some adorable new "shops" - a stamp store, a sporting goods shop, and another one, I can't remember. There's a winter house (it's on my list too) with an Irish proverb - May your house be too small to hold all your friends! Oh and a baby Penguin! Too cute! And, and, and
well there are a LOT! LOL I could have spent FAR more money, but I restrained myself (sort of ;) )

So that was A*Muse*a*palooza for this year! Is it too early to start thinking about next year? LOL

New Rubbah and COLORS!!!

Woo Hoo! I just got some new stamps and the In Colors paper and inks :D I'm so excited to play! Here' my solution to the no spot and no markers dilemma.

I bought the blank spots from Welburn Gourd Farm I went in with a few other peeps and shared the order. As I've said before, I really love having the spots in all the colors. I can take them with me and still be able to play. plus it gives me a better idea of exactly which full size pads I "need".

The Fantastix are new for me this year. Last year I bought some Tombow markers that were really close to the In Colors and just inked them up with the In Color re-inker. When I saw these at the Rubber Stamp Festival thingy Danita and I went to last weekend, I thought "Why not?" They Fantastx were .75 and the caps were .10 each, so for .85 each I have In Color Markers. Even if they don't work out like I plan, I'm not out a gazillion dollars!

Oh and if you're curious, I got Zoofari and Baroque Motifs. My demo didn't want them, so she let me have her discount for the Preview stuff :) I'm not sure about Baroque Motifs, it's really NOT my style at all, but I was willing to give it a shot for 40% off ;)

Huzzah it's Renn Faire time!!!

The Renaissance Faire in Bristol, WI starts TODAY! I really wish we could have gone opening weekend, but I'm pushing for next weekend!

My costume is almost done, just need a new (lighter weight) chemise. I'm still deciding if I should wear the rose skirt in the picture, or an olive green one I have. I might make an over skirt if I have the time. It's not too difficult to do, but if I want to go to the Faire this coming weekend, I don't think I'll have the time.

Rob needs a vest, new pants and boots. I hope I can convince him to spend the money to get a nice pair of boots he can wear year after year! I don't know if Rob is going to do the "Jack Sparrow" thing again or not. But the shirt will work for whatever he decides to be! Here are our basic costumes, this was taken last Halloween.

K picked her costume for this year, so I'm working on getting it done.

It's going to be Fuchsia/ Light Pink/ Celadon She wanted it all pink, but I told her that I can't work on an all pink costume (again! LOL)

So far I have the little under dress finished, it's Celadon. Now I'm working on the bodice/vest thingy. That's the Fuchsia, with light pink lining. The skirt will be light pink, then Fuchsia, then Celadon. It looks SO pretty together! I can't wait to do that part. I've never worked with tulle before, so that'll be an experience, but I'm sure I can do it!

The wings are going to be really neat! I found some Organza with little sparkly bits, it's really pretty. She's going to be the prettiest little fairy there (if I do say so myself :) )

My mom made our costumes almost every year (until we were old enough to do them ourselves) and I wanted to be able to do that for my kids too. So I learned to sew. I'm by no means a seamstress, but I can follow the directions and put together a decent looking costume.

Pre-VSN Challenge 1

What do I look forward too in the Fall? That was the challenge.

Well, all the "best" ones were already taken, Falling leaves, changing colors, Apple Picking Etc... So I chose something we as a family enjoy every September. It's the Apple and Pork Festival in Clinton, IL. Is it special, well, LOL No, not really ;) It's a HUGE Flea Market and tons of garage sales all in one place. There is LOTS of food, what kinds? Well... Pork and Apples mostly ;) LOL

Seriously you can get everything from Brats to Apple Cider to Pork BBQ to Apple Dumplings. Don't forget your standard festival fare... funnel cakes, kettle corn, Elephant Ears. OMG I'm making myself hungry just thinking about it LOL!

It's always a long day (or 2) but we enjoy it.

Anyway, here's my card LOL

Stamps: Basket of Fun, Walk this Way, MaVinci's alphabet stamps
Paper:Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, So Saffron, Holiday Thyme DP
Ink:Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Black
Accessories:Prismacolors, Gamsol, stumps, Word Window Punch, antique brads

It's FINALLY here!

The new SU catty that is! LOL So, what do I think... hmmm I like some, I dislike others and still others I am trying to figure out what the people at SU were thinking???

My GOTTA have them NOW sets:

Haunting Halloween!!!! OMG It's SO flippin' cute! (But I collect Halloween stamps;) )

Boatloads of Love - too cute! I'm so glad I kept Loads of Love. I'm really hoping that we'll see more "things" to put in the boat once the mini gets here.

Bundled in Love - I LOVE the new animals! The Hippo and the Ducky are adorable!

Sweet Stars - Don't Miss this one! It's hidden in with the Christmas stamps, but it goes with Bundle of Joy and Bundled in Love!

Neighborhood (wheel) - LOVE this! We're getting new neighbors, so the timing is perfect!

Sanded and Polka Dots Backgrounds - Both will be added to my "collection" ;)

Short & Sweet - Very cute! One can never have too many sentiment stamps!

Absolutely Fabulous - OMG this is too perfect!

Photo Corners Punch - I have actually been debating getting one of these, but the one that's on the market now is sized for scrapbooks and not cards, so I was VERY happy to see this!

There are more that I really like, but those are my MUST HAVES!

Here are a couple of new catty inspired cards :)

Stamps: All in a Row, Unfrogettable
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Palette o Prints - Rose Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Black, Celery
Accessories: Mat pack, piercer, Celery ribbon
Inspired by the card on page 55

Stamps: None
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Barely Banana, Palette o Prints
Ink: none
Accessories: Banana brads, Piercing Bug, Signo White gel pen, ribbon
Inspired by the card on page 26

Going Places - Meadow Road

Another one in my Going Places series for my parents! This time I used my brand new Stampscapes stamp. (I could really get into those!!!) Since I'm not a millionaire, I only bought 1 (man they get pricey!)

This place, isn't really representative of anywhere special, I just thought it was pretty!

So you want details huh? Here ya go ...

The Stampscapes stamp was stamped in Basic Black (stamped off once) twice right next to each other, (can YOU see the seam??? ;) ) LOL I can, but only because I know where to look! Then I colored it with my SU markers and I sponged the color on the grass and sky. (Oh btw: ripped paper towels make GREAT could templates!) I must have used every green SU makes to do the grass part, but I think it has a lot of depth. All the tree trunks are Chocolate Chip and the main trees are in Artichoke. Since the RV was WAY out of proportion, I needed a way to make it smaller. The gal at the stamp store yesterday suggested I stamp it on shrink plastic. Hmm ok, that's a thought!

So I stamped it on white shrink plastic and colored it (carefully) with Copic, Sharpies and SU markers. I say carefully, because the Copic will make the Stazon bleed and the SU will smear if you touch it before you shrink the plastic, once it's shrunk, it's ok :)

After I shrank the RV with heat gun, I ran it through my Xyron X, but I decided I wanted more holding power than the X could give me, so I put a strip of red liner tape on the back. Now that sucker is good and stuck!

The trickiest part was on the card itself. After I trimmed the focal piece and mounted it on Not Quite Navy CS, I wanted a simple yet effective way to display it on the card. I didn't want to distract from the focal piece (since I spent all morning making it LOL!). So I decided to stamp the Stampscapes image in Sahara Sand on the Sahara Sand card. Great idea, simple right?

WRONG! I had trimmed part of the focal piece before I mounted it, so it wasn't like I could just stamp the Stampscapes stamp and be done with it, nope, I had to stamp it on my imaging sheet for my Lego-ma-jig, then line it up with the focal piece BEFORE I adhered the focal piece, then remove the focal piece without disturbing the Lego-ma-jig, then stamp the Stampscapes stamp. And then do it all over again for the other side!!! Whew! But I LOVE the results!!!

Stamps: RV - Copper Leaf Creations, Stampscapes - Meadow Lg, Sentiment - Inky Antics
Paper: WW, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Going Gray, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Garden Green, Chocolate chip, So Saffron
Accessories - SU Markers, Copic Markers, Sharpies, Micron pen,
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