Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More pix from the HPC...

Here are more pix from a great group of Hos!

Back Row Right to left:

Yoorah, Jackie(babitoons),Manda (Manda_dex), DJ/Cheryl (Cherthosestamps), Joy (Daiseyfreak), Lisa (Wildbasket), Laura Jean.

Middle Row Right to Left:

Heather (Chris1Josh2), Kristi (HannaStamps!), Marci (MHorne), Tammy Miller, Sandye

Front Row Right to Left:

Me, Michele (Delfinaus), Rae Anne/Mama Ho (Huera90)

Missing from Picture: Jen (go90feet), Audrey (Hippieaud) and ALL the HOs I hope make it to next years HPC!

Here we have Tammy mischieviously raising a glass of hmmmm...!
Sandye looks like she knows what is in that cup, but neither she nor Lisa is telling! :-)

Here we have Kristi (Timmy Ho)and DJ (DJ Happy Ho) showing off the summers hottest looks in Joanns! Work it Hos! Show us those Super-Ho Smirks! Can you all say "Blue Steel"! :-)
Love this pic girls! You really ROCKED the runway!

There are many more pix...LMK if you didn't get your link to my Snapfish album!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back from the HPC!

I'm back from the HPC, which was in Columbus, Ohio this year! It was an incredible experience as always! I am beyond excited that I got to meet some of my Swap Hos and got to share so many laughs with them all! We got to make cards and projects, learn some Copic techniques from Kristi (from Hanna Stamps), and as always watch Joy do her incomparable pole work! :p
I will be posting as many pictures as possible, so stay tuned!

Here is Joy...showing us how it's done while an adoring fan offers her a tip! Shake that tail feather girlfriend!
I love my Joy Joy! So much fun packed into that girl! She is a trip! I'm so glad I was able to catch up with her again this year! I will be keeping an eye out for an apropro pole for her for next year's HPC! WooHoo! I HOpe North Carolina is ready for the Ho invasion! This place will never be the same! :)

Here I am trying in vain to emulate Joy's incomparable skill! Do I look terrified? Well
duh! of course I do! If I got arrested it woulda cut into my stamp ching ching! Besides, Mama and the Pimp Mistress woulda been less than pleased with me for gettin' caught by the po-po!

Here I am with my favorite stamp rock star - the Deej! What a trip DJ is! Ya really have to experience her yourself! There is truly no way to describe how awesome and fun she is!

Here I am huggin' on Kristi after her official boinking from Mama Ho! Congrats Timmy Ho! Welcome to the swankiest, sexiest, fun lovin, stamp sorority ever! Can't wait to see ya on the corner! Don't forget your Beta fish heels and Ho gear though...or Yoorah will start crackin' her whip!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lookin' forward to the HPC?!

Next weekend I will be happily stamping with my girl's in Columbus, Ohio! That's right, the 2nd Annual HPC is here and I really can't wait! I'm gonna be able to catch up with the friends I met last year, and meet some more of the women I've gotten to know through our daily online chats on Splitcoaststampers!

For the Shoebox Swap (SBS) on Saturday, I have made little kits up so everyone can make the card featured below. It's not too difficult, which I did deliberately so we can have plenty of time to finish everyones projects, cards, and more! We'll also be chattering in the room all day, stamping images from the stamps we are all bringing to share, and playing games! Best of all this years HPC will feature a mini class on how to use our Copics from the UBER TALENTED Kristi owner/designer of Hanna Stamps! As you can imagine, this is going to be one WILD and fun weekend!

I will unfortunately be missing a bunch of my girls who won't be able to make it this year! :-( I understand how sometimes things come up, and the economy can also play a factor in this though. So for my girls who can't attend this year and those of you who would like to create a card like mine too, I have included detailed instructions on how to make my card yourself!

Hope you like my Javabella card! I’ve gotten a few requests from folks on Splitcoaststampers asking what the measurements are on my cards or where I got the layout from in the past. I usually make the layouts up as I go along, as well as the backgrounds as needed! But I thought I’d give a kind of Cliff notes version for this card so anyone can create this card at home!

Materials needed:

Rubberneckers Coffee and Tea Inchies stamp set
SU Chocolate Chip CS
Georgia Pacific or similar heavyweight CS (Check suitability for Copic coloring)
Memento Rich Cocoa Inkpad
Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad
Dark Brown Chalk Ink (or similar old inkpad) to distress edges.
Coordinating ribbon (I used one by Dots and Dashes)
Prismacolor Fine Line Markers- 005Brown and 005 Red
Faber-Castell Pitt Art Pen in Blue 146
AtyouSpica pen in gold
E00 Skin White
E04 Lipstick Natural
E35 Chamois
E40 Brick White
E59 Walnut
Y32 Cashmere
BG49 Duck Blue
Blender Pen

Stamp Javabella out on white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. Color in as pictured above. (Feel free to email me for exact coloring directions if you wish!) Cut colored image to 2-1/8” x 3-1/4”. Set aside.

Cut Choc. Chip CS in half width-wise and fold cut piece to make a standard size A2 card with the fold on top. Use other half piece of the brown cardstock to cut out a 2-3/8” x 3-1/2” rectangle and mount your colored Bella on it. Use small scrap of Chocolate Chip CS to stamp out the pants on Javabella with Memento Tuxedo Black ink Cut out pants and paper-piece onto the image.

Cut two 5-1/4” x 4” rectangles of white CS. Adhere one to the inside of the A2 folded CS for writing the message on. The other piece of 4”x 5-1/4” CS will be used for the faux dp background.

Arrange several inches on your largest acrylic block and stamp the pattern evenly onto the white, precut CS using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. Color in as shown above. Distress edge of white card front by scratching the edges with a fingernail, and rubbing with chalk ink or other appropriate ink. Adhere ribbon to ‘dp’. Place Popdots on the backside corners of the Javabella image. Adhere mounted image over the ribbon on the card. Adhere card front to prepared card back.

Voila! You did it! You’ve made a beautiful card!

Well that's it for tonight! Hope to see you back here soon to see what I'm up to next! Until then...C'ya! Scrappy

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sweet Shop Goodies!

I worked on Laura Jeans' new Sweet Shop swap as soon as I signed up! I LOVE SWEETS! :) So I easily banged out these two card spots in the same night as I signed up!

For this first card, I used an Inkadinkado dog stamp on GP cs and colored it in with my Copics. I cut it out using my nesties and mounted it on SU Close to Cocoa cs. On another scrap of GP cs I stamped one of my favorite-est stamps...this teeny, tiny cupcake from Treehouse Stamps. I cut out the tiny cupcake and popped it up atop the dog using pop dots to give it a 3D effect. To emphasize the geometric pattern of the DP, I decided to use 4 strips of chocolate satin ribbon weaving them into a square pattern.

For my next card, I used a Studio G $1.00 stamp I bought earlier this year at Michaels.

I colored the image in using Copics, & then used liquid applique with my heat gun to 'fluff' the icing up! I mounted it on a piece of cs I cut with my Labels One Nesties & then mounted it again on a square of SU cs.

I double mounted some American Craft grosgrain ribbon, and placed it on my base. Then I affixed my cupcake atop the ribbon. As usual, I changed my mind at the last minute and stamped the sentiment in the upper left hand corner.

Do I or do I not....

The past two weeks I've been suffering through pretty spotty internet service, so I hope you have all been bearing with me! I've lost posts to my blog no less than NINE times so hopefully my ISP will cooperate and let me post this time! Since I DO have service for the time being, I figured I'd try again...maybe 10 is my lucky number!

I have been super busy making cards in the last week or so, and I will endeavor to put up pix of at least some of what I've been up to! In an effort to hopefully get anything at all posted successfully, I will simply be making multiple short posts, rather than one epic one!
This card I made for Melissa's 'For the Love of Cats and Dogs Swap' on Splitcoaststampers. I used an Inkadinkado Mini Clear stampset for it and decided to keep it as elegant as possible by using mostly black and white, with only a touch of wine cs to mat. The swirly, shiny black and white print that is just behind the stamped image is cut from some folder's I bought in the Dollar Tree! I have bought several folders there since the patterns are often beautiful, and they aren't too heavy either! I also decided to use my Cuttlebug to emboss the birds and swirls onto the front of my black cs base. (Sorry it's a bit hard to see in the photo!)
Be sure to check out Melissa's swap! I put a link at the bottom of this post.
My British Bulldog is from another Clear Mini stamp set made by Inkadinkado! It was quite a challenge to color in the finer details of the flad on his shirt, but luckily I occasionally am blessed with a steady hand!
I hope that the swappers who get my cards in Melissa's swap like them and enjoy them as much as I liked making them! Be sure to check Melissa's signature line to see what other swaps she has come up with to host! She's a great host, and a talented gal! Hope to see you join in too!
As promised, here is the link for Melissa's 'For the Love of Dog's and Cat's swap':

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Online?! YESSSS!

YES~!!!! My internet is finally up for the first time this week, so here I am rushing to update my blog and my Splitcoast gallery!

This Mickey Mouse card I made for PMR's swap on Splitcoaststampers. Check out her swap here:

This card I made for my 1st spot in my friend Kathy's swap (McFadden) on Splitcoaststampers. Her swap ' For the love of Stamping', really inspired me to flex my creativity and the next two cards are the result!

I made this card for my 2nd spot in Kath'y swap too. Staytuned for my third card which I am still working on! :)


I cannot get my laptop connected to the internet for a few days now and I'm starting to get annoyed! The office tells me they are "working on the problem". Well gee-I hope so! Grr!

Anywho, I've been working on a few different swaps when I am able to, but I can't post any pictures right now. So be prepared to see all I've been up to as soon as our community office figures out what the heck is going on with the wireless! But I wouldn't say you should hold your breathe as to how long that will take them!

TTYL! (I hope sooner rather than much later...) Scrappy