Monday, October 27, 2008

Ninety Nine Pictures

It might appear to some that I've been out of the crafting loop this last week. Not so! I spent all of Thursday and most of Friday locked away in the stamp room. Believe me, all you'd have to do is look in the window to see what a mad woman I must have been, cutting, gluing, taping, layering, cropping, matting.... it's all a blur right now. However, I did manage to pull together 99 pictures (almost all of them are matted) in over 40 pages of layouts to put together what will always be known as "my first scrapbook." No you don't get to see it! Not yet.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Watercolor crayons

Why I love watercolor crayons.... and Aqua Painters. Combined together with watercolor paper there is forgiveness beyond belief. You really can take off color if you've put too much on. I even accidentally got eggplant (the color) on one of the corners and you can barely tell which corner it was. Yeah!

Recipe: (100% Stampin' Up)
Stamps- Morning Soft, Sanded Background
CS- Watercolor paper, eggplant, lavender, olive and black
Ink: Staz On Black, Olive and Eggplant markers
Misc: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Pretties Kit, grosgrain ribbon
Technique: Watercolor

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


It took me most of the day yesterday to procrastinate into not working on the scrapbook. I did however clean the house, clean the hot tub, load 382 songs into iTunes, and run into town for an emergency vet trip (thankful to report all is well currently.) I had every intention of ... oh well. If you've read any of my previous posts you already have a good idea that my favorite pass time is procrastination.

Upon returning home from the vet I realized my day was shot. Well, most of it. I went over to Splitcoast to get some inspiration for a quick birthday card. Love it! I went straight to Tuesday's color challenge CC188, picked one stamp set and went to work, having only 10 minutes to create. Down to the stamp room I flew in a hurray, brushing obstacles on my desk aside (we all do that, right?) I got down to business. Having slept on it, I think I would use different ribbon- it's a little too bold for the image, don'tcha think?

Stamps: Party Hearty
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Glimmer Mist, EP

Instead of inking the dots part of the cuttlebug folder, I inked the flat side with classic ink, which somehow made the white cs appear shimmery (don't ask me how). I rubbed the pretty in pink over the dots to make them stand out more. The main image is embossed and layered. I used the Glimmer Mist over the main image piece, which I don't think shows up here.

I think I'll revamp this card over the next couple of days to see what I can do with it. Input is always welcome.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

My name is Karan and I don't know ...

... how to scrapbook. There. I've come clean. Uh, am I suppose to feel better now? I don't. Though, now that I've said it, perhaps I'll move forward with my plans to change. Yep. I'm 40, married 5 years (this Oct. 25) and I'm determined to give DH a scrapbook for our anniversary. Don't worry, he never comes to the blog side. This first ever scrapbook is about change. Not any change, the change at Azalea Lane, 95060. No, nothing to do with 90210, there's a good 356 miles difference more or less. We're talking Santa Cruz, baby. Bonny Doon to be exact. This 30 year old house has seen some serious change in the last 4 years. Floors, walls, bathrooms, bedrooms, windows, doors, kitchen, closets ... did I leave anything out? Oh, the decks. That'll be a different (date tba) book, trust me on this!

So, with quivering knees (don't you dare laugh!) I'm taking on my challenge. I have 3 weeks. Well, as long as I can get it wrapped in time, technically I have 20 days and 1 hour to get it finished and wrapped. Heck, who cares about wrapping it? As long as it's done and maybe in some plain box to present it in, I'll be all good. My very good friend Kathy D. came over this weekend to kick me into gear. It worked. I have the first 5 pages of photos matted and ready to go. Which pushed me to get 68 more photos developed at Costco today, ready to pick up tomorrow after work. Ok, does everyone start with 179 photos for a scrapbook, or is it just me?

I know some would shudder at the thought of me cutting up pix, but I am. For those of you said shudderers (sp?) if you've seen the old stained glass windows we removed, would you not agree that a meer 1 1/4" square punch of each said window would not be more than sufficient to replacate the hee-bee-gee-bees those windows represent? Really?

Movin' on. I've chose an 8" x 8" album, of course made from scratch. Thanks to my recently purchased Bind It All, I'll have fun binding it in some uniquely Karan way.

So, stay tuned to see future presentations of my first ever scrapbook. It should prove to be very intersting, I guarantee!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Stamping Top 50

I'm not sure if I should laugh or not. If you scroll way down to the bottom left of my blog you'll see the "Stamping Top 50" symbol. I have been amazed from the beginning of placing that logo in my blog- how in the world can I be #163? DH has been impressed by this fact which he infrequently asks about. Not only how could I be #163, but how could I always stay at 163? So, out of the blue today I went searching the Stamping Top 50 site. I'm not 163, nor am I 263. As a matter of fact, I don't rank in the top 500! ROTFLMBO. Seriously.

So I ask you, do you have this banner/logo on your site? Is it accurate? Has it ever changed? Yes, I'm going to remove it in a few days.... after I can lend some chuckles to others.
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Is this a good marketing technique, or misleading? After all, what are they going to do, create a "You're not in the top 500" badge? Hmmm.... I think I could photoshop one of those babies up in a heartbeat. There might be some legality issues I should think about.

Enough with the numbers. I'm going to go play- after all it IS World Card Making Day!

Happy stamping :-).

eta: After moving on to other projects, and posting this little fact, I now see my ranking is in the 800's .... That seems a little more realistic. But, why did it change today? Lol.