Sunday, February 27, 2011

Today is Sunday

For those of you who are wondering, except for our power being out all afternoon, I enjoyed my Saturday on Friday.  My Saturday on Saturday was even better, though.  Lisa and Bill and the girls came over for corned beef and cabbage dinner, which to our collective surprise was delicious.  I usually only make corned beef once a year because throwing an entire meal in a pot of boiling water is not my favorite cooking method.  This time, though, I decided to try something a little different.  I cooked the meat in my slow cooker all by itself.  Instead of boiled cabbage and potatoes, I made Polish fried cabbage and noodles.  I steamed the carrots separately so that they would still taste like carrots, and since I was on a roll, I made some Irish soda bread, too.  What a fantastic meal!  I will never, ever make a boiled dinner ever again, and I just might make corned beef more than once a year now.

The dinner I made yesterday is pretty exciting stuff to be sure, but here's the real subject of today's post.  Are you ready for this?  That photo you're admiring is a picture of an actual pair of socks knitted by my own two hands to fit my own two big feet.  No kidding!  I finally overcame what I thought was an incurable case of Second Sock Syndrome!  This is truly cause for celebration.  Maybe I'll declare another Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by, and whatever day it is where you are, have a great one!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Really? It's only Friday?

I've been thinking all morning that today is Saturday.  I've been telling my brain all morning that it's not Saturday; it's Friday, but apparently my brain wants it to be Saturday.  I suppose I have no choice but to just go with the flow.

Fortunately, I did convince my brain that it is Friday long enough to get my Friday posting up for the TJ Design Junkies blog.  I used a technique from 2007 called Cottoned Color for my card along with a digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I printed my image on Solar White Neenah Classic Crest and colored it with Copic markers.  The layout is from this week's Card Positioning Systems sketch, CPS #206.

Thanks for stopping by, and you all have a happy Friday.  I'll be enjoying my Saturday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stampotique and Technique Junkies Challenge

Stampotique and Technique Junkies have teamed up for and awesome challenge! The current Stampotique Designer's Challenge is to use a technique on a creation, and where better to find techniques than the Technique Junkie NewsletterStampotique is teaming up with the Technique Junkies design team to create using the Faux Barnwood Technique.  Creations from both the Stampotique design team and the Technique Junkies design team will be shared on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog over the next two weeks so be sure to stay tuned to their blog.
My card will post over there on Saturday, but since you were nice enough to come visit my studio, I won't make you wait until then.  I love sunflowers so I just couldn't resist this Stampotique image called Sunfleur.  I colored her with Copic markers and used a computer generated sentiment.  For my Faux Barnwood Technique, I used bright cobalt blue paint underneath.  I just love the way it came out and I think the color looks so nice with my yellow sunflower. 
And of course, you can join in the fun too!  Complete details can be found on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog, but basically, this is how it works:

1. You must use only Stampotique stamps.
2. You must LINK to the Faux Barnwood Technique or a technique from Technique Junkies that you chose to use within your blog post.
3. Add a link to your challenge post, not to your general blog, using the Inlinkz tool on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.
4. Contest will close at March 8th at 5 p.m. EST
5. HAVE FUN!!

Now here's the best part--there are two prizes for two winners! Pat Huntoon has been very gracious and is giving away one of the Technique Junkies Fancy Folds and Motion CDs PLUS a two year, online only subscription (2010 and 2011 issues) for one winner.  The other winner will be receiving a $30 gift certificate towards stamps to the Stampotique store. The folks at Stampotique will randomly draw the two winners for the prizes before their next challenge on March 9th.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, February 11, 2011

New stamps in da house!

Starving Artistamps has a brand new collection designed by Nina Aaslund--Antidepresstamps Royalty!  Can you say cute?

I used the adorable court jester stamp to make this Valentine for my hubby.  He's probably going to say that I'm a fool all the time, not just for him, but we won't go there right now, OK?  

I did my coloring on this one with Copic markers and pulled my colors from the Basic Grey Green at Heart papers.  The gold frame is a Technique Junkies technique called Hammered Hardware and see that ribbon?  It's from a Coldwater Creek shopping bag!  My layout is a challenge sketch from Splitcoast Stampers, and my colors and theme fit today's Free for All Challenge over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Just one more to go!

I finished the Paint and Mix Color unit of the Draw and Paint in Your Pyjamas course leaving me with just one more unit to go before I can claim my certificate.  The final unit is Compose Original Art, and I'm so excited to finally be here.  It will be a proud moment when I get my certificate, but at this moment, right here, right now, I feel like I've reached a destination.  This is what I came here to learn.  I'm finally here! 

This was my final project for Unit 2, a copy of Cindy Wider's "The Holiday Makers".  In the dead of winter, it was fun to work with Cindy's bright, tropical colors...it truly did feel a bit like being on holiday.


Thanks for stopping by my studio today.  Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Emboss or Die Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Welcome to the Technique Junkie Newsletter Design Team sneak peek blog hop! We're celebrating the launch of the NEW TJ Emboss or Die CDThis Cd has 79 pdf tutorials with ideas for getting the most from your Embossing Folders, Die Cut Machines and Electronic Cutters.  The tutorials are in step-by-step format with pictures for each step and include fabulous artwork examples from the TJ Design Team. The CD is $17.95, and you can order yours here from my sidebar or from the Technique Junkies site. Pre-orders are being taken today, and the CD will be mailed the first week of March.

This card uses one of the techniques on the CD: Kissed Folder.

Okay now you are in for a real treat! This sneak peek blog hop is in a different format than what you might be used to. All you have to do is click on one of the pictures below to be taken to any of the team's blog and to view their work -- and the thumbnails are on everyone's blogs, so you can hop around anywhere all you like! Note: all of the entries from the Design Team will be up by Tuesday morning at 8 am.

I hope you enjoy the sneak peek -- and make sure to get your CD ordered today!