I found tube artist stamps!

Good Morning!!!!!

I am so excited to find these stamps I had to share!

I love my psp and all aspects of making 'tags' - the thing I missed most about making 'real' cards was the loss of tubes - I found the gorjuss stamps and that made me so happy - and now I am even happier cause I found a few more of my favorite tube artists have stamps! Yipppeee and that means I can color them anyway I want! Yea! I am so happy to find these!

This is just one more way I can try to combine my 2 favorite hobbies!

Oh you want a link... lol


Just a few - click on the link below for some more awesome artist tubes


I have spent all my christmas money on stamps, and a few more copics... now to wait for the Royal mail to come!

I wonder if Elias or Garvey have stamps... or Arthur Crowe... maybe a Arthur Crowe KidRock stamp... now there is one to hope for ; )

OWH Card Sketch #152

I got a little lost while making this one, I made the purple ones (yes, I know their are 'hues' of purple, but to me, purple is purple : ) and then
I spied that pad of Immortal paper and decided to give it a go with what I had left of it - not too bad a use for the wolfie eyes...

here is the template - click it and it will take you to the original post -

Here are the purple ones, I pretty much kept to the sketch... I love that expression, I just think it applies to our soldiers away from home.

and here is the wolfie one - they say, in case you can't see, take a walk on the wild side... lol, I will be so glad to finish up that stack of cardstock, some of it has been used very creatively... yea that's the word!

And I will just take a minute to wish all my fellow boggers a very Merry Christmas - this Christmas will again just be our lil family of 4 and maybe a few friends, I am so grateful to have Larry and my boys or life would be very lonely for me indeed, friends are nice but they never take the place of our family... I would have been happy with a little less drama this year, but I will take the bad with the good so long as I have my family healthy, happy and together. So on this christmas eve I will send up thanks to our Lord for my husband who loves me and the children we cherish... and to all of you I wish a very, merry and blessed holiday.


Interactive Cardmaking Project

This is another 'since I am here post' -

I meant to share this the other day but I keep forgetting - mostly because once I click the link, I start the video and then I get lost watching the tutorials!

If you are a card maker this is going to help you a bunch when you get a little bit uninspired or just need a fresh idea or two! Don't blame me if your housework suffers or you get caught watching this at work, LOL, blame Sandy from OWH cause she created it!

I am crossing my fingers I get this post right!

Here is a link to the Videos - ICP - Interactive Cardmaking Project - and it is awesome!

The cards below were inspired by the ICP - but you know me I don't always follow a tut exactly, I always gotta own it in some way, lol - I definitely owned these!

I really want to encourage my crafty buddies to make a couple cards for OWH - it is such a nice way to let our soldiers know we care! Lots of you craft cards to sell, make an extra one of each design and set it aside for a soldier to send on to someone they care about - go read about Hero cards - ones you write to soldiers to lift their spirits and let them know you appreciate them - I think that is more wonderful than making the cards! And if you tag in psp, all those scrap kits we buy that say CU or SFH ( but read the TOU just to be sure, most PU say they cannot be printed)they can be printed and used to make cards - and if you can make a tag in psp/ps you can make a beautiful card!

Sketch Challenge #151

I looked to the OWH site for a lil inspiration tonight - I am bored, not tired and nothing good on the tube... they had a sketch up so I made a lil card - now I am going to try and read myself to sleep - thank you Ann for the sketch : )


While I am here...

Those are just a few of my blocks...

I just want to give you a frugal tip about stamp blocks.

I ordered this stamp block and thought I am going to love this one - it is big and will accommodate even my biggest background stamps - and yes it does but it also pricey for a piece of plastic that resembles a lid to something... now follow that thought.

...I thought about my dies and the cases the old ones came in - if you have older sizzix dies you know what I am talking about -

clean it off with a lil veg oil and soap and water - and you have a whole stack of stamp blocks that don't cost you anything more than what you originally paid for the dies!

a few more christmas cards

Helloooo! Did it echo? LOL

I thought I was finished with christmas cards - but nope I needed a few more. Sandy, the owner of OWH posted on her blog a very simple folding card and it looked so easy I figured I'd give it a try - it is a fast card to put together and will be loved by their intended recipients. This weekend I am going to try a few valentine ones to send in to OWH

I started off by making a lil tree - I love making these - they fit so good on A2 sized cards - To make the tree just punch out lots and lots of branches out in a lighter and darker color and it looks better if they are different textures, then punch (or even cut it out free hand, remember before we had all these punches an dies we used scissors) tree in a bendable shade of green and cover it with a tacky glue and arrange your branches with them pointing down - making sure not to leave any gaps - then decorate it how you want.

After I had my trees made I made a couple cards with the trees and then a few without - here are the cards I ended up with - not all the cards are finished, a few still need so stickles and the insides of the red ones need a lil more decorating but I am tired and wanted to show what I have done so far - this weekend I will fish them up.

I loved how the black one came out - it is for a very unique person who will appreciate the card! I wish you could see the contrast of the black mat and the card base - it is phenomenal, I am going to take better pictures in the daylight tomorrow, if I remember I'll post a good one here. I am entering the black one into a black christmas challenge - wish me luck : )

Ok cause I know people will ask - all the solid card stock comes from cutcardstock (I love the quality of their cardstock and they do not gouge for shipping and remember they have the 120 lb cardstock that scores easily and cleanly, if you make cards for OWH the heavier the weight the better) and the various 'designer' papers come from the following collections -

My Mind's Eye -
Lost & Found Christmas

Kaiser Kraft - Turtle Dove & the 13th Hour

DCWV - Immortal

and the God to God 2 Collection from The Paper Stack

and random bits from my left over scrap paper pieces.

Now I shared the good stuff and I have some advice... do not buy generic tape for your ATG tape gun... I started this card project with Scotch and all was good (I love the ATG but the tape is so expensive!) then I ran out of tape - uggg - so I had my husband run to our hardware store and see if by chance they had the tape cause I already know the obvious places do not and yeee hhaaaa (NOT) they had some - but not the scotch brand - I load the crazy thing, and the tape is awful - 1 it is not a good bond and 2 it does not end right when you lift the gun off the paper (I don't know any other way to describe it) So tomorrow I will make my monthly trip to Grandforks for groceries and go to Micheal's and get good tape. If your ever tempted to buy the generic rolls of tape, they have brown backing paper and have no brand name, they just come in a plastic bag - be wary of that tape... and the worst part of this lousy tape is it actually cost a buck more the the 3M!

Well ok my advice turned into a rant : )

See you again sometime soon with more odd stuff out of my head - Lorri

and yipppeee the text formatting is back on my blog posts - some things are small but make me so happy!