Monday, April 28, 2008

Baby Oil VS. OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits)

I did another Test. I compared Baby Oil and OMS with 4 different kinds of Pencil crayons. Water Color Pencil Crayons, Sargent brand Pencil crayons, Prisma Color pencil crayons - scholar grade, and a set that I got years ago from my Grandmother on one of her trips to Germany, Eberhard Faber pencil crayons.

Please note that I used shimmery white from SU for the paper. I use this paper the most!!!

The water color: I found that they didn't work very good with either, but better with the baby oil.

The Sargent brand (I got them at Wal-mart - cheap) These turned out the same for both the Baby oil and OMS. These are $3.99 for 24 crayons.

Prisma Color - Scholar grade: I like these the same as the Sargent. The only plus was they are a softer crayon and blend a little bit faster, but if you are crafting on a budget they are about $30 for 60 colors.

Eberhard Faber Crayons (from Germany):
I didn't really like the end result of these ones with either the Baby oil or OMS. Plus I am not sure if one could even get these anymore. I received them 10 or more years ago.
The end result is Baby Oil and OMS works the SAME. Bonus is Baby oil is available anywhere, you most likely have it in your house already. As for the result of the different kinds of pencil crayons graded out of 10
1. Prisma Color Pencil crayons - Scholar Grade = 10
2. Sargent Pencil crayons = 9.5
3. Eberhard Faber = 5
4. Water color = 0 (I guess they are really best for water coloring) :-)
If anyone is interested in another kind of paper, just let me know and I can do another test. Or anyother products (as long as I have them) I love doing things like this.
I hope you find this helpful.
Enjoy & TFL

Sunday, April 27, 2008

WSC #45 & WT163 Snip Snip & CC163 Certainly Pretty Chocolate

I actually got a challenge done before the deadline....YIPPY. And 3 in one to boot.... The first was for Beate's weekend sketch challenge, then WT163 was to use scissors other then just using it to cut your ribbon and the 3 was the color challenge of Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip.

I embossed the certainly celery with my cuttlebug. Then embossed the hearts with a copper embossing powder then cut them out. I "popped" the lower heart.
Stamps: Always - SU
Cardstock: Certainly Celery - SU, Pretty in Pink - SU, Chocolate Chip - SU, DP is Sultry by Basicgrey
Ink: Versamark, copper metallic
Accessories: Cuttlebug, corner rounder (as pictured)

Enjoy & TFL

WT161 - An Eye on Eyelets & SC169

Can you say Basic Grey Again. I bought all the new packs and I can't seem to get away from them. This is first time I have used my new Hanna Stamps. Isn't Mikey handsome.....hehe. I did 2 different coloring techniques on both of these. The one on the left I used my prisma pencil crayons and OMS (odorless Mineral spirits) I got mine through Peachy Keen stamps, but I think you can get them at Michaels. I used a blending stump and a fantastix tool from Tsukineko. The one on the right is using just felts. On both I used my prismacolor markers for the skin and shading. I like the one on the LEFT much better.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps, All Year Chear II - SU
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip - SU, Soft Sky - SU, More Mustard - SU, Shimmery White, BasicGrey Archaic
Ink: Pallet black, Craft white - SU
Accessories: Ticket corner punch, mat pack - SU, bling, Brads, crop-a-dile

Enjoy & TFL

Friday, April 25, 2008

SC170 & CC160 Creamy Mossy Apricots

Yup Basicgrey AGAIN. Sorry girls.... any who!!! I combo these challenges, I was trying to catch up. It is amazing how quickly you can fall behind on them. These is my Tweet stamps from Pink Cat Studio. Aren't they cute??? I have had the bobbles for awhile...Thanks Joyce :-) but this is the first time that I have used them. And then I had to go and drop one that I had just finished put glue on, right on to the card, where you ask, right where I DIDN'T want it. I know it doesn't really show in the picture, but right in the middle of the other bobbles is a mark...of glue. Oh well.
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio - Tweet
Cardstock: Mellow Moss - SU, Creamy Caramel - SU, Apricot Appeal - SU, Cameo Coral, Shimmery white
Ink: Tim Holz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Accessories: Corner round punch, Mat pack - SU, watercolor crayons - SU, liquid pearls

Enjoy & TFL

Thursday, April 24, 2008


OMG Look what I got in the mail today.....I knew I was getting a birthday present from my good friend Kim, but I never thought it would be this. She is a very thoughtful giving person. I am very lucky to have her as a friend. Kim, thank you very much for the gift, you are very special to me. There are not enough words in the world to let you know how thankful I am to have you as a friend. Hopefully we will see each other very soon!!!
My wonderful other half Kyle, got me a TV for my craft room. I really am very blessed girl. I have great friends and even better family that love me. (I think...hehehe). And yes, I am always watching TLC (The learning Channel) I enjoy all the shows even The OCC, and of course as soon as I took the picture, 4 beautiful girls were entering on the show. Perfect timing LOL.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

TLC163 Stacked Ribbon

This is another simple card. 1 layer, a ticket corner punch, ribbon and you are DONE. The DP is from Basicgrey - sugared. It is so cute for scrapbooking baby pages. I thought it would be great to give as a baby if only I knew someone who was expecting!!! No Mom it is not me!!!! hehehehe

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink - SU, Basic Grey DP
Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon, pink ribbon from michael's and a ribbon slide from SU

Enjoy & TFL

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WT160 - Now Here's the Rub......Rub-on that is!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE rub-ons. I remember having them as a child, but I must admit, I don't remember them being as expensive as they are. This one is from BasicGrey's new Sugared Collections. I really like anything Basic Grey. This was a very easy and simple cards.

Cardstock: Mellow Moss -SU
Accessories: Flowers and brads. (sorry I got rid of the packaging)

I also did this one, but I only wanted to use rub-ons. I used Shimmery White for the card base. I will tell you, that is the only white that I use. It is just so pretty. The birds are from Swatch Book Impress-ons : Love Stuck Designs, they all look like old style tattoo's. Super Cool. Then the Swirly corners are from Me&My Big Ideas: Coastal Icons. Then I did a little detail work around the edge with my scor-pal. I couldn't live with out my scor-pal.

Enjoy & TFL

Monday, April 21, 2008

Faux Silk - Cherry Blossoms

We did this technique at my Card night last month and I really enjoyed the look. I am sure I will use with one allot. You can find the tutorial by Beate on Splitcoaststampers. Beate is amazing and I have always admired her work.

I know my ribbon is a little big on this one, but it doesn't look so over whelming in life.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs - Far East
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip - SU, Pretty in Pink - SU, Shimmery White - SU, Shimmery Black, Tissue paper
Ink: Stazon
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon - SU, Pink from Micheal's (it is such a close match to Pretty in pink), Hodgepodge label holder, glue stick, markers, blender pen and re-inkers.

Enjoy & TFL

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Birthday Card

Here is the other card that I did at the same time as wedding card post. I used all the same paper material, I just added the scalloped image and stamp.

Stamps: Cake Occasions - Clear Dollar Stamps, So many Scallops-SU Cardstock: Base is Shimmery White - SU, Shimmery grey, Regal Rose - SU
Ink: Stazon, Regal Rose - SU, Pretty in Pink -SU
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Ribbon - Regal Rose - SU, Scallop punch- SU

Enjoy & TFL

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Birthday Thanks.

I want to share with you the homemade cards that I have received from family and friends.

This one is from my Mom. She did a great job. Mom your coloring is getting really good!!! Love Ya. I am so glad that you have join me in my obsession.

This one is from my Mother-in-law. At Easter she was telling us that she started a new craft!!!! (I was super excited) She has been doing a little Scrap booking (really only to spend time with her daughter). So when she said she had a new craft, of course, I wanted to she. Well she wouldn't tell us what it was. Well, I think she did an amazing job. She says it is SUPER easy. I can't wait for her to show me.

This one is from my Grandma, one of the ladies at "seniors club" makes cards, and she put her order in. I think a homemade is wonderful no matter who makes it.

And last but not the least.....
this one is from my friend Pam. We actually started stamping around the same time. She has 2 girls that are right into stamping as well.
Thank-you for the birthday cards everyone. They are all very special to me.
Enjoy & TFL

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

I just wanted to post a quick THANKS all my family and Friends that have made my birthday so wonderful. !!! You all are very special to me and I love you all!!!
Thanks you all very much.

Thank You Clapping Hands

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wedding Card

I found this great site for Clear Stamps. Clear Dollar Stamps. They have great sets. I am really enjoying them. Also if you order $50 worth of stamps, you get the stamp of the month for free.
I don't have a wedding that I have to go to any time soon, but I love this cake set. It is so versatile, you can choose to do 1 layer or 2, so it would also be great for a birthday card.
On the card base, I ran only the bottom half through my cuttlebug.
I figure out way my pictures are not turning out as good. I am compressing them to be able to post them and they are losing their crispness. I am going to have to play a little bit more.
Stamps: Cake Occasions - Clear Dollar Stamps
Cardstock: Base is Shimmery White - SU, Shimmery grey, Regal Rose - SU
Ink: Stazon, Regal Rose - SU, Pretty in Pink -SU
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Ribbon - Regal Rose - SU
Enjoy & TFL

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I Gave life !!!!

Here is another card that I made with the Mini clear stamps from Inkadinkado. I just love the sentiments, they are so much fun.

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Cardstock: Sahara Sand - SU, Ruby Red -SU, Basic Black - SU, Shimmery White - SU, Mellow Moss - SU, Basicgrey - DP, Shimmery Grey
Ink: Stazon
Accessories: White pen, Twinkling H2O's, brown felt pen, corner rounder punch, piercing tool, Making memories cutting system

Enjoy & TFL

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Ok, So I don't really like this card. It was way better in my head!!! hehehe
I love this set. I heat embossed the Buddha in gold which really set it off the paper and that is the only good thing about it. The DP is just to busy for the image. And I really need to get Nestabilities!!!!! Anyone know where to get a great deal?
Stamps: Asian Influences - Inkadinkado
Card stock: Sahara Sand (card Base)- SU, Shimmery White - SU, Sage Shadow - SU
Ink: Stazon, versamark
Accessories: Embossing powder, Heat Gun, Making Memories cutting system, corner rounder
Enjoy & TFL

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Beate's WSC # 42

I was this stamp with a bunch of others while going through the numerous Blog that I visit. They are from Inkadinkado!!! They were being showcased at the CHA. As soon as I was them I wanted them all!! I have ordered them from 7 kids college fund .
Tab is a wonderful lady, she helped me to get them all (well all most all, some of them didn't appeal to me). I sent her an e-mail asking if she could order me the ones that I wanted as she didn't have them all listed on her site. Talk about great customer services, she totally helped me out. I had a great conversation with her on the Phone. Simply a wonderful girl. And I will continue to shop from her!!!

Has everyone seen the newly released C.C. Designs stamps at All that Scraps Blog. They are so cute. Yup, I ordered them all except for the butterfly. So check it out, you won't be disappointed. :-)

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Cardstock: Rose Red - SU, Mellow Moss - SU, Shimmery grey and white, Basic Grey
Ink: Stazon
Accessories: Watercolor crayons, Stickles, creative memories cutting system, circle punch, Twinkling H20's, Regal Rose ribbon - SU

Enjoy & TFL

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Follow up to the INKY problem

I couple of days ago I made a post about using Prismacolor markers and which ink was better. I received these comments !!!!

Hi Shanna -I had/have the same problem when I purchased my copics just 2 weeks ago. I asked a few of the "experts" on SCS that use copics to color their images and I was told to use Tim Holtz's Distress inks. I have yet to try it, but found a black soot color that I am going to try for stamping my images. Hope that helps. Christine


jamielady said...
Hello!You know, I hate to say it, but Im not all that impressed with the copics. I find them to bleed too and Im not super crazy about how some of the colors are oh I dont know muted? I have Prisma and Pantone Tria markers that I got way back when I started stamping and I really like them. I have heard great things about the stamping up markers but never tried them. However, I can give you all a GREAT tid bit that I discovered.. A special kind of paper I absolutely LOVE to use and I guarantee you will too! It is a beautiful super white. I get it at an art supply store in Seattle and depending where you live you may find it at one. However, here is a link so you can at least check it out called Borden & Riley Paris bleedproof paper for pens.Whew! Sorry for the super lengthy reply but I really wanted to share that with you!! Now Im going back to check out the rest of your blog!Jamie

I just thought I would let you all know, that I have purchased the Tim's Holtz Distress ink in black soot last night and did a very quick test. IT WORKS. There is no bleeding. HINT, be patient, let it completely dry. Don't stamp and then color right away. Yup, this is me being very impatient.

I have never been good at that. hehehe As for the paper, I will look for it locally and see if that works.

Enjoy & TFL

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

CC155 Black Rock Elegance

First off, I am not sure what is going on. My last set of pictures didn't turn out that great, hum!!! Must look it to that. Anyway.

I know this challenge is a couple of weeks old, but none the less a beautiful color challenge. I must admit, I am not a huge fan of River rock, but I thought I would give it a try. You can't tell by the picture, but the Brads have a white sparkle on them and I also paper pierced the 2 corners on the black. For the sentiment I stamped "everything" first and tried to center it as best as I could and the used a black marker from the other stamp for the "you mean" and "to me". I wanted Everything to really stand out. For the bird, I stamped with Craft white and the embossed with white embossing powder. Very Simple but stunning.

Stamps: Always - SU
Cardstock: River rock - SU, Basic Black - SU, glossy white
Ink: Stazon, Craft White - SU
Accessories: corner rounder, mat pack from SU, embossing powder, making memories - brads.

Enjoy & TFL

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Had to do this color combo again

I loved this color combo so much, I had to play with it again. This time I did NO stamping. I used a rub-on "beautiful" from Basic grey. I think it turned out very nice. When I first looked at it, it needed something else, so I used the swirly paper clip and then I had just bought the round embellishment at Walmart. Mom and I were in the craft section, and they seemed to be clearing out a lot of their beading stuff. We each bought a couple of packs and split them. Sharing is great, you get a little bit of everything!

Stamps: NONE
Cardstock: Basic grey - SU, Basic black - SU, shimmery white - SU, Sky blue DP - SU
Accessories: Sky blue ribbon - SU, mat pack - SU, paper clip - making memories, beads - walmart

Enjoy & TFL

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