It's Not All Black and White

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Can't Wait for Spring

These strawberries are making me crave spring even more than I had been already. Don't they look yummy?

What's In It?
Stamps- tutti fruity (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Paper- pink pirouette, water color, basic grey urban prairie
Ink- black Versafine, celery, pink passion, rose red
Accessories- American crafts ribbon, water brush, circle nesties, paper piercer, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Good Apple

I pulled out my Lizzie Anne Tutti Fruity set to play with this week's Mojo Sketch and here are the results.

I inked the apple in pomegranate, then used my water brush to remove the ink from the stem and leaf and most of the ink from the inside of the apple, leaving enough to give it a paler, fleshy color. You'll have to wipe the removed ink off of your water brush several times to achieve this. Then I colored the stem and leaf chocolate chip and kiwi kiss, respectively. I stamped the apple on whisper white, then used my black marker to fill in the seeds and dot the flower centers, as well as draw the doodled borders.

I love rearranging my sentiments to fit where I want them, which is what I did here. I inked and stamped each line of "you're a good apple" separately and added the same apple stem and leaf as in the main image. Papers are from Basic Grey's Urban Prairie line, ribbon is American Crafts.

It's a rainy, dreary day here in Pittsburgh, and I'm wondering why we still live here. But at least I have my stamps!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Moxie Fab: Yellow and Gray

Today's the deadline for Cath's (from Moxie Fab World) yellow and gray challenge, which means that I'm just squeaking this in. I decided to take some inspiration from one of the photos she included, the dress on the left, and came up with this:
I stamped three of the elements from Papertrey Ink's Simple Little Things with Versamark and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder on SU's basic gray card stock. A couple of ribbons (black & white: American Crafts, lemon tart: Papertrey) are layered over some white trim (Martha Stewart punch). The sentiment is on half of a die cut from the Labels One nestabilities set by Spellbinders. Pearls are from Michael's. Didn't it turn out so elegant and, well, moxie fab?!?
Thanks for the challenge and inspiration Cath!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

PTI Color Challenge

Here's a quickie as I try to get back into the stamping swing of things. This uses one of Dawn McVey's color combos for today's Papertrey Ink challenge. Here's Dawn's post with an aqua mist, lemon tart, dark chocolate combo. I used SU tempting turquoise, barely banana, and chocolate chip with my Papertrey Butterfly Kisses stamp set.

Sketch- Clean & Simple's FTL29
Ribbon- American Crafts
Die Cut- Labels 1 nestabilities
Buttons- Urban Prairie Basic Grey

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Friday Funny (2/13/09)

Ack! I promised a Friday Funny and almost forgot. Sorry it's so late, but here ya go. Hope it gives you a giggle.

No one believes seniors...

Everyone thinks they are senile. An Elderly couple were celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired.

Holding hands they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they'd shared, where Andy had carved "I love you, Sally."

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up, but not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money--fifty-thousand dollars.

Andy said, "We've got to give it back."

Sally said, "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.

The next day, two FBI men were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knock on the door. "Pardon me, but did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?" Sally said, "No."

Andy said, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic."

Sally said, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile."

The agents turn to Andy and began to question him. One says: "Tell us the story from the beginning."

Andy said, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday..."

The first FBI guy turns to his partner and says, "We're outta here."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cherry Pie

This is the card I made for Lizzie Anne's February project of the month feature. So you may have seen it already if you subscribe to their newsletter. I'll just include a quick list of supplies, since you can get complete step-by-step instructions, here. I hope to be back later this week with another card. But I'll be sure to at least have a Friday Funny for you.

Paper hugs and embellished kisses,

Stamps: Tutti Fruity
Other: Daisy Bucket garden gate patterned paper, co-ordinating cardstocks, inks and ribbons, Versamark pad, clear embossing powder, Martha Stewart border punch, buttons and thread, circle nestabilities dies, Cuttlebug tiny tags die, pop dots, Making Memories flat clip

Home Again, Home Again, Riggety, Jig, Jig

Or however it goes.

I got home yesterday evening from Kauai after another long day of travel. Here's what it looked like when I left Pittsburgh about a week-and-a-half ago.

And here's a shot I took while Josh and I were on a short hike on Kauai.

Can you say gorgeous, stunning, awe-inspiring? This has to be the most beautiful place I've ever seen. There are many kinds of beauty, and I appreciate them all, snow covered mountains, spectacular architecture, wide open fields of wild flowers. But this really blew me away.

I'll pick out a few more good pictures to share when I have a chance to get them all edited and ready. I have one card left to share with you from before I left. I'll get that up in another post in a minute. Then it may be a couple of days, because I'm going to visit my mom tomorrow and still need to finish getting my house set to rights again. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Today's the Day!

Go Steelers! Make it a SIX PACK!