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In Remembrance…

Posted by Catherine on April 9, 2009

…of all the brave chocolate bunnies who sacrificed themselves so that we may enter into chocolate-induced comas this Easter…

BWAHAHAHAHA…that picture still cracks me up each and every time I get it – and I pretty much get it every year!  Poor little wabbits…they are used to make children believe that they can lay colourful chocolate eggs, they are forever imprisoned in an endless energetic pace to the beat of their drum just to prove that they can keep going and going and going, but they can never have the Trix because it’s for kids.  It seems to be that although rabbits sure are popular, they seem to have gotten the short end of the stick.  Sorry, bunnies…

Anywho, I’m back with my treat card update!  Drumroll please, Mr. Energizer Bunny…

Ta-Daaaaaa…oh I like this picture much better, you can really see the shimmery yumminess of the entire card!  Just fabulous!  So there is my little chocolate bunny surrounded by his chocolate bunny circle buddies.  Because I had made a double fold in the center, the card sits nice even with the chocolates in there and can even fit into a box-envelope should I feel inclined to make one.  My husband was already eyeing the chocolate as I stuck them in the card (using double-sided tape) so I don’t think that I want to put too much more obstacles between him and his beloved chocolate. *LOL*

So that’s it for me and my Easter projects – I have a few more cards to make but I won’t put too much effort into them because I’ll actually be giving them away.  BWAHAHAHAHA…you’ve made cards, you know what I mean…you get it!  Apparently, Easter will be at my house this year so I’ve got a TON of cleaning to do and I’ll be putting my crock pot to work so that I’ll have more time cleaning up after myself and throwing everything that I don’t want seen behind rooms with doors that can close and making sure I tell all the kids that they can NOT go into those rooms! *LOL*  My mom said I’d have an easier time and feel less stressed about hosting if I would just keep the house clean on a regular basis.  Is she kidding me?  I’m an artist, you can’t expect me to be neat too!  Seriously…

..but before I hippity hop away to mass, just reminding you of Pez-a-Doodle Design’s BRAND NEW STAMP RELEASES coming up in the next couple of weeks!  The whole big announcement to announce all the shenanigans will go up on the 12th, so once you’ve hunted all the eggs, eaten all the turkey and before you pass out, please check back here again to get the 411 and the low-down on what’s shakin’.  HAHAHAHA…I so can’t pull that talk off in real life…I’m well into having all my projects ready for the releases so I am in an awesome position to be able to tell you that these stamps are aaaaawesome!!!  You’ll want them.  Trust me.  They are a necessity.  If I didn’t already have them, I’d want them…*LOL* Alright!  I’m off…if I don’t see you back here this weekend, please have a WONDERFUL Easter long-weekend!

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Hippity hop…

Posted by Catherine on April 8, 2009

…I hear the bunny hoppin’ ever closer with every day that passes!!!

…and he’ll be bringing this for my HUBBY!

*LOL* I swear I tried not to make this too girly, but I am very bad at masculine like things, so I just finished it off whichever way I wanted.  Bart will be looking at what’s inside anyway! 

I will post an updated picture of what this will look like when it’s finished, but basically, this isn’t your normal kind of card.  Instead of making on single fold in the middle to make the usual card, I put two score lines down the middle about an inch apart from each other and folded those down so that it leaves some space inside the card when folded.  You can’t see if but if you look up at the top of the card, the top is actually flat.

I was planning on putting a sentiment on the inside of the card to be seen when the card is closed, but instead I found a cute, sort of flat chocolate bunny that I will be sticking to the inside of the card to “peek” out of the window.  (Marti thought I was just Nestability crazy and couldn’t resist putting an oval cut-out in the card! HAHAHAHA, partly true!)  So I will post that up tonight as I wasn’t able to really put it all together because Bart was unusually hanging over my shoulder.  I swear, I think that man could smell the chocolate I was hiding! *LOL*

Anywho, I just used my plain ol’ cardstock and randomly stamped my little swirly Sprinkled background lightly in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  I pop-dotted my awning up and also glued on my grungeboard flourish and went crazy with Perfect Pearl mist (which we will be talking about in tomorrow’s April Spotlight!).  I just LOOOVE how Perfect Pearls can make a plain white cardstock card MORE in two seconds flat!  I used two mini misters for this and mixed in Gold Perfect Pearls and water in one and Pink Perfect Pearls and water in the other and just took turns spritzing.  Thank goodness the pink is very sheer and subtle.  I’m not sure how Bart would really like a pink chocolate holder card no matter how much chocolate is in it! *LOL* Metrosexual, he aint, so no pink for that man!

I coloured my Chocolate Treat in with Copics (of course!) and took my Versamark PEN (AWWWWESOME THING that you will get to meet during Spotlight) and coloured in the entire “cake” part and sprinkled Distress Embossing powder and heat set for that gritty textured  kind of cake look…I used my Stickles for a fabulous sparkly filling and my Glossy Accents to make my candy topping shiny and sumptuous!  Heck, talking about this is making me want to EAT! HAHAHAHA…

That’s it for me today!  I kept the card pretty simple and added the bow near the end, right before I took the picture.  The simple stamping and the Perfect Pearl misting was very easy to get together and does NOT require much cleanup (if at all, you can store your solution of Perfect Pearls and water in the mister for a while!) and it still gives a look of more even though not a lot of products were used!

Please check back with me tomorrow for a continuation of our introduction to Perfect Pearls and some basic tutorials to get you started!  In the meantime, happy PDD Wednesday and happy hump day – long weekend, I’m comin’!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Polkadot Pie Chocolate Treats 2, Polkadot Pie Sprinkled Background
Ink: Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Embellishment: Perfect Pearls in Interference Red and Heirloom Gold, Flourish Grungeboard, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Distress Embossing Powder
Tools: MS Punch, Foam ink blending tool, Versamark Pen, Mini Misters

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Lamb of God…

Posted by Catherine on April 3, 2009

…a shorter post than usual for me today!  I totally overdid it at dinner last night and I think I’m in a semi-state of carb coma.  I am having the hardest time keeping my eyes open.  I think I might even have to re-do the card for today because my eyes were all wonky and it may not even be aligned properly.  *LOL*

I’m going to share a little secret with you.  I’m not sure how noticeable it is, but did you wonder about the flowers?  I don’t usually just go around sticking flowers just everywhere.  Well, I do, but that wasn’t really my intention this time.  I made the stamping beginners’ all-time-high mistake.  I was inking up a sentiment stamp and I dropped the stamp onto my work.  *CRIES* Yeah, I did!  So a big, inky, blobby mess is under one of those flowers.  I’m not going to point out which one…*sighs* Too bad I wasn’t working on a distress kind of project, I could have worked around it.  But I was going for a nice, clean look today and wasn’t really wanting the flowers, but what’s a girl to do?  Start all over again when The Mister is already in the next room making harumphing noises?  I’d still like a little stamping/shopping freedom…no need to get the significant other too irritated with my hobby, right?

So, moving right along!  I was very sad that I didn’t have a lot more quality time with my High Hopes stamps that came in.  I pretty much stamped on the fly and just ran with it – hence the stamping disasted.  A stamper should never have to feel rushed, I think!  I pulled out this stamp first because of the proximity to Easter and because it’s just so lovely!

I coloured the image with my Copics – really working the fake-it-’til-you-make-it colouring technique! *LOL* (This was NOT taught at the Certification Class!) and I took my aquapen and perfect pearled the garment over the cross.  I would definitely say that Jesus’ robes deserve the shimmer.  Plus, I really think it helps add to the whole look of it being HOLY and kind of calls to mind the transfiguration, etc.  Yes, Perfect Pearls can DO that, but I digress…

I Stickled the wonderful, grassy null that my beautiful little lamb is sitting on and I used my wonderfully creamy Versamagic ink to make the cloudy background.  This required a little masking.  I haven’t done quite so much masking in this way, but it was actually pretty easy.  I had already stamped the original image onto my oval and I just took one of my test stamps and cut it out pretty roughly and temporarily taped it on top so I was free to go crazy with the cloud-makin’!  Once I lifted off the mask, I had a nice cloudy background backlighting my main focal point.  I was very happy with it – and then I dropped my inked stamp on top of it.  *SCREECH*  Since I already had my aquapen and Perfect Pearls out, I proceeded to paint Perfect Pearl all over the raised parts of the embossed background paper.  Some non-Kaiser flat-backed pearls helped finish off the image.  I didn’t include the sentiment because I was harboring some resentment against it for it’s part in ruining my work and forcing me to succumb to the use of flowers.  I’m sure I will forgive it eventually…

That’s it for me today.  I’ve got an ALL DAY scrap day planned out tomorrow with a CM consultant but it’s kind of boring so I usually end up bringing all my contraband stuff and doing my own ‘thang’ at the retreat.  She never really specifically says it’s not allowed and she can hardly NOT let me because I always seem to come away with a ton of CM stuff anyway!  But I’m hoping that the mandatory all-dayness of the event will force me to get a TON of advance things done (RELEASE DAY IS COMING!!!) and I won’t have to worry about suffering from anymore carb comas.  If you’ve got a moment, please let me know what you think of today’s project and my first Perfect Pearl tutorial will be going up this MONDAY for the very start of the first week of my April Spotlight!  If you just NEED to know about Perfect Pearls ASAP, please check out Marti’s blog for the introduction and product comparison! 

Thank you SO much for stopping by, I hope that you’re having a wonderful Friday and let’s get our weekend OOOON!

(Will be back to post the products and materials)

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Some dragon loves you…

Posted by Catherine on March 31, 2009

…yeah, it doesn’t really work the same as the word ‘bunny’ does it?  But by now, I’m thinking that bunnies are overrated anyway.  I mean, they’ve got Easter and then they’ve also got batteries too!?  I really think it’s time to ease up on the franchising, now they just look greedy.  Is it Easter or batteries…they should just pick one and settle down.  Leave some things for other animals…especially dragons.  I think dragons are too often forgotten and they’re just as cute as bunnies – well, at least this one is.

Dragon by Dustin Pike

Dragon by Dustin Pike

So if you’ve been living under a stamping rock, you may not recognize this oh-so-cute dragon.  But he is a free digi stamp from Dustin Pike; who has been garnering a lot of attention across many stamping forums and boards.  Basically he has a bunch of things he doodles, that he’s just lately started offering as free downloads to the stamping community.  First things first, free is always good, but the BEST part about it being free, they are REALLY good.  I think at this time, I’ve pretty much downloaded everything he’s got to offer on his blogs.  I only hope that he keeps this up – even if he starts charging, I’d definitely say they were worth it!

Anywho, there’s another Easter card.  I’ve always admired those rare but lucky individuals who can take patterned and design paper and mix and match them and make them look GOOD.  I tried my hand at it, and somewhere between the polkadot paper and the 3D tag sticker, I lost it.  *sighs* Ah well, it was a first go at it, so hopefully the more I try the better it will turnout.

I coloured in the dragon – I’m going to name him Henry – with Copics and tried my hand out at some techniques I learned from the Copic Certification class.  I’ve definitely still got a lot to learn, but I’m definitely more comfortable with trying to blend highlights and lowlights and shadows.  I textured Henry’s scales using a Colorless Blender pen.  I used my copics to create a grassy hillock kind of scene (courtesy of a tutorial by Suzanne!)  I created the clouds and sky using a technique that I picked up from fabulous Copic Certificate classmate Crissy Armstrong!  Papers are from a Wal-Mart paper pack.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate that you take a little time to stop by and see what I’ve been up to! *LOL*  Please let me know if you have any thoughts and constructive criticisms on the card!

 

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Eggcellent treats…

Posted by Catherine on March 30, 2009

…wow, how awful and corny was that pun? *LOL*  But yes, I took it there! 

Can I just say that I had a fabulous weekend!?  I did absolutely NOTHING and it.was.GREAT!  For someone who’s got pretty much every weekend booked from now until July, I relished every second of doing nothing.  I sat in my comfy chair, reclined at full tilt with a really soft microfleece blanket covering my tootsies, with Chewy cuddled beside me and my laptop on my lap and Twlight playing on the flatscreen.  It does NOT get any better than that! *swoons*

…and now it’s Monday…*wrinkles nose*  You know what they say though, all good things must come to an end.  But you know what they also say, when one door closes, another one opens and with the end of my wonderful weekend comes something eggciting!  HAHAHA, yes, I took it there again!  This week is the start of April which means…the new DT is in full swing!  How eggcited am I for them to burst out onto the PDD scene in full force!?  I have had the opportunity to chit chat with them and play around and see more of their work and I am *loving* the team!

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

My relaxing weekend also helped me to unwind a bit and to be able to get back in the scraproom ready to create.  Without the pressure of last week on my shoulders, I went back in and took another crack at the Easter treat holder challenge going on right now on the Studio G Collectors page on PCP.  Not overthinking things was a definite help and I was able to make another treat holder that I loooove!  I had a little better idea of what I wanted my template to look like, so it went easier.  Plus, making the first one, I was able to learn from my mistakes and made sure that I had done everything I wanted to do to the container BEFORE I assembled it.  That’s including taking my Studio G stamp and stamping a nice background onto the patterned paper using Versamark.  For a nice little sneak peek at the April Spotlight, instead of leaving Versamark as is, I dusted some Perfect Pearls in pearl all over the front of the container for a beautiful shimmery glow to the Studio G stamp.
I coloured all my stamps using my Copic markers, which are intimidating me less and less the more that I experiment and play around with them, which I think goes for everything that you’re a little bit intimidated of.  Familiarity leads to comfort, so get out everything that you’ve been avoiding and PLAY!!!

Hope to see you over at on PCP!  The PDD Playgroup is ready, so won’t you come out and play with us!?

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your (hopefully not so) manic Monday and seeing what I’m up to!  Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line to let me know you were here!  Hope to see you around this week for the kick-off of the April spotlight! 

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G (of course!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Dew Drop
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: Pattern paper from Wal-Mart
Tools: Scor-Pal, craft knife, acetate, pop-dots
Embellishments: Fuzzy fibre, Stickles, 3D sticker, Perfect Pearls

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