Countdown to Crafty Chica Cruise!

My passport just arrived a few days ago…….and of course my pic looks just like a mug shot. Although it’s got a bunch of holograms on the page & running across my face, so you don’t notice how bad the pic really is. LOL!

My sister & I are going to stay a few extra days in Cali after the cruise. Who knows the next time we’ll ever get out there again? We’re gonna check out San Diego and then make our way to LA. Wish I knew someone out there that could provide some good advice on where to stay, see, etc. Tourist websites & guide books only tell you so much info, ya know? I kinda want to hear from a local. I’m from a big city (Chicago), but I’m never sure what to expect from other big cities.

I can’t believe that the trip is less than a month away! I’m so excited!!! Btw, were the heck did the last few months go? They just zipped by and I didn’t even notice.
Ok – more important question…….what the heck am I going to pack? I need to check the weather cuz March is still pretty cold here, but in Cali who knows how hot or cold it’ll be.
Alright, I’ve got to get started on some planning. I want to participate in the ATC swap on the cruise. I’ll need to make about 50 ATC’s. I’ve never made any before, but I checked some resources and it looks like I can apply some of the same skills/materials from card making. Cool! I have less than 30 days to crank these out. I need to get started on these this week! I’ll take some pics & post the finished ones so everyone can see them.

I joined Paper Craft Planet!

Gotta tell you crafty peoples out there about a cool new thing I just joined. It’s called Paper Craft Planet (PCP). I found out about it thru Bombshell Stamps. PCP rocks! It’s kinda like Myspace & Facebook but only for paper crafters. There’s tutorials, photos of creations to view, groups to join, friend to make, contests & challenges offered by different groups, etc.

I’m having a craft nerd moment about this right now……..excuse me while I go pass out from the excitement! :)

I don’t do windows……

I was just throwing some stuff together & came up with this one. The images are from Bombshell Stamps, except for the “I don’t do windows” saying. That’s actually an epoxy sticker from Creative Imaginations. I think it’s from one of the Marah Johnson lines/designs. I thought it fit really well with the whole theme of the card.

The base is periwinkle cardstock. The red cardstock is from the Ink by Steph line. I used Corner Adorner punches to punch the design in each corner. I punched a scalloped oval from gray/shimmery sugar coated paper.

I stamped the girl with shoe, bird and banner on white cardstock. The banner had the words “Girl’s Ruin” so I didn’t have to make sure the lettering fit inside the banner. Then, I colored in the shoe, banner, letters and bird with Copic markers. I added black Glaze pen her hair. I did about 3 coats to make it super shiny. I had to let it dry thoroughly before I added another coat. I also used the black Glaze pen for the underside of the shoe. I only applied one coat for this part.

I used clear gel pen to apply glittery accents to the shoe. I popped up the shoe and bird with foam tape. I used glue dots to adhere the banner.

It looks really cool in person. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Funky Monkeys in space!

I was using up some cardstock in my stash & came up with this one. The copper background is actually a sticker sheet from Mrs. Grossman’s sticker line. I’ve had a bunch of them for ages but never used them for anything. It looks really good against the blue cardstock.

I used one of the Changito clear stamps sets by Stampendous. I stamped on white cardstock and stippled light blue chalk ink for the background. I used green Glaze pen for the rocket and grey souffle pen for the astronaut outfit. I used gold, orange, blue and silver glitter pen for the stars and accents.

I cut in a wierd pattern around the cardstock – I weaved the scissors in & out between the stars. Then I used glue dots to attach this piece to the copper sticker. Viola! Funky momkeys in space!

Oops I did it again?

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately. I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post. Jeez I’ve been busy! Work has been nuts, been taking some new classes at my favorite stamp shop, had to get my passport stuff straightened out, caught cold, had some technical difficulties with my camera & laptop, had technical difficulties with my work laptop, and there’s been some family stuff mixed in too! Whew! I kept meaning to post, but got so wrapped up in everything else. So glad January is over!

Anyhow, everything is settling down now. I have a couple of cards to post tonight. They turned out really well.