Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Craft Critique article

is up -----> clicky here... let me know what you think!

Friday, June 20, 2008

FREE to a good home!

or a mediocre one even... I'll even spring for postage!

Today, I received my latest PaperTrey Ink acquisitions, including the labels from all of last year's sets. If you're a PaperTrey buyer, you know what I'm talking about. Contrary to my husband's belief, I DID NOT buy everything PaperTrey put out last year. Therefore, I have in my possession, the labels for the stamp sets that I DID NOT buy available, first come, first served...

Here's what I have (again, let me make it clear that these are for the LABELS for your cd cases, NOT the stamp sets themselves. Because I don't have them. That's kinda the point...)

Text Boxed (Joan B.)
Borders & Corners- RECTANGLES (Joan B.)
Borders & Corners- HEARTS (Joan B.)
Spooky Sweets (Joan B.)
Holiday Wishes
Piece of Cake (Alex)
Trajan: Monogram Edition
Ambassador: Monogram Edition
Borders & Corners: Monogram Edition
My Punny Valentine
Year-round Puns
Limitless Labels (why didn't I get this one? it's cute!)
Borders & Corners: Monogram Mini

PLEASE NOTE: if you don't already have these sets but are thinking of buying them, YOU DON'T NEED these labels, because now they come with them. This is only for folks who already have the sets, but don't have the newfangled newness.

Leave me a comment on this post if you want any of the above LABELS.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

But where's the stamping?!

Simmer down... I'll get to it!

This is what I've been working on for a while. I finished it up last night so I could give it to my dear friend Christine for her birthday. Of course, she was out sick (and really was sick), so she hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm pretty sure she doesn't read this blog, so I'm just going to post pics before I forget about them:

And here's her card.

She's the gardener I aspire to be... I knew VeggieBella was just the girl for the job. The background stamp on the top of the blue piece is from Unity Stamps, and I'm just IN LOVE with that company. I had a small issue with one of the stamps I ordered, and Angela fixed it immediately with no work required on my end. LOVE THAT!

I've been practicing with my Prismacolor markers that I've had for, uh, probably 7 years now (I used them in interior design school... poorly). I've been taking advantage of the proliferation of Copic coloring tutorials and applying them to the product I already have (look honey, I'm saving money!!). Be on the look-out for an upcoming Craft Critique article covering this topic (end of July, I think). Anyway, here's a close-up of VeggieBella:

"Good effort, B-" <---- I say this a lot... it's a quote from my thesis adviser in grad school. I was his teaching assistant for a freshman level geology class for non-majors ("Rocks for Jocks", if you will), and we used to read our favorite essay answers aloud while we were grading papers. "Good effort, B-" was his fall back line... this was before the days of "WTF?!" So there... now you know a little bit more about me.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tee hee!

I feel like a rockstar! I stopped in my local stamp shop (White Swan Rubber Stamps) to see what was new (the new memento inks, and the long rectangle nestabilites, thank you very much...) and the owner, Marylynn, kept asking customers if they read Craft Critique, because I was a reporter, should any of them want to meet me. And, as it turns out, several of them do read Craft Critique, and I was recognized from my blog picture! I heard at least one, "Ohhh! I love the way you write! So engaging!" and I tried not to crawl into a hole and just said thank you.

By the way, I found my missing mojo, and was up late last night creating goodness. Pics later!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hey kids....

My new article is up at Craft Critique. We did a topic switcheroo, so this isn't the article I hinted at last week; that will be published later this month.

Still mojo-less in the papercrafting realm, but I did do this for a co-workers retirement party today... not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

I need to find my mojo quick, I have 50 baby shower invitations to make this weekend (NOT for me, ugh...)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

no stamping, just venting...

I got these awesome stamps from Unity yesterday, and it turns out that they're looking for a new design team member... applications due today of course. I figure since I work best under pressure, I should go for it. And then life got in the way. Not life so much as the fact that even though I had a couple of awesome ideas, and have spent several hours on a couple of projects, I just can't get it together. It's just not working out the way that I want it to. So now I have bits and pieces of my great ideas just sitting around ticking me off. Meh.

The dumb thing is, I really already have plenty on my plate, thank you very much. I need a design team gig like I need another kid. I can't even update this blog more than every couple of weeks. So why am I so bummed?

Oh well... the kids need showers, and I need a drink. Maybe not in that order.

May your mojo be more flowy than mine was today!