Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oh Kokirose....

I am currently away....in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, vacationing with our best friends and my kids and WMWH (worlds most wonderful husband). I made my featured stamper card the morning before I left for vacation. Sure I had umpteen million things to do. I had to pack for all of us for the trip.
Todd and I were spending the day at the track in Saratoga the day prior to our trip.
It was the Travers Stakes in Saratoga and we had a great table in the club house with Todd's business partner and his wife. We were then meeting a few other couples for dinner in Saratoga. We got home really late and I knew we wouldn't have time to fiddle with the featured stamper that night, so I asked my good friend with the great name (Beth/Showmestamper) to hostess. She was kind enough to post for me - thank you Beth. I finally have some not so spotty internet access while sitting on the front screen porch of our rental house. It's gorgeous here! The surf is high and the kids are loving the waves. We spend the mornings at the beach, come home, rinse off, get in the pool and then have lunch. The kids crash, nap, do some quiet fun things, then we get right back to the fun! Last night we stayed up until 2 am playing cards (Shanghai Rummy) - we also like to call it SHANGHAI PAI-KOW! Well, Debbie and I do to annoy Chris and Todd. It's all quiet, people are concentrating on their hands and discards and we shout PAIKOW! I don't know what that means, but it scares the daylights out of people and makes me and Debbie snicker! {grin}


So - my koo-koo for Kokirose card is based on her card: Smashing Birthday
I call mine - OH NUTS!

I love the colors which she used - I used fall themed colors with my new Kitchen Sink Stamps Autumn Squirrel stamp set. This set is only $15 bucks - think of all the wonderful fall cards you can make with it! I started with Rust (4.5 x 4.5), then added some summer sun. I used some black paper, embossed in the cuttlebug, then spritzed with tattered angels glimmer mist. I used a scalloped punch (marvy) to make the large rust scalloped circle mat. I used some glossy paper and stamped the leaves and acorns from the Autumn Squirrel set. I used daubers to color in the white space. I was pressed for time - there was no time to smash!!! Todd was about to walk in and interrupt my mojo! I needed some black, and didn't have the exact size circle punch - there was no time to find the proper circle in my nesties (TODD WAS ABOUT TO FIND OUT I WAS NOT PACKING!!!). I took some black paper, placed my stamped image atop it, trimmed it as best as I could, then used my finger to run around the edge to even things out. Phew! Looked good! Not perfect, but GOOD!

I used the sentiments from the stamp set and then punched out the sentiment with the small SU! oval punch. Daubered up the white space with summer sun and pumpkin pie ink. I used the rust scrap with the larger SU! oval punch, but still wanted that hint of back. I used the cardstock left over from the main image and did the same thing....placed my small oval sentiment piece atop the black, trimmed it up, then used my fingernail to even things up. Shabbilicious! I had this little leaf punch in my stash of punches (I went through a punch phase - don't ask!). I punched the leaves with scraps of my earth element cardstock which was lying on the desk after this fiasco of non-packing, card making. I sponged the leaves with some ink, used sakura stardust on them to give the leaves veins....then I used my copics to transform my white polkadot ribbon to this orangey rust color. I used my heat gun to curl the ribbon up, placed the stamped pieces atop the card with dimensionals, then added four yellow baubles to each corner of the card.

Phew! I think he knew I was playing in my stamp room. I told him I was looking for the cord to my camera~ Oh NUTS! I forgot to pack some stampin' stuff to make a card for this week! :)

That is okay - I have a wonderful SWEET hostess lined up this week - can you guess who it is?

And a big ol' HOLLAH HOLLAH Congratulations to my good friend Cindy Lyles! She just opened her new ONLINE STORE! Check it out STARLITSTUDIO.net . She is my source for the fabbo ribbon which I use on most of my cards! She just opened the store and I am so happy for her. MONDO SUCCESS CINDY!

stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps: Autumn Squirrel
paper: black, glossy white, rust, summer sun, pumpkin pie
ink: summer sun, pumpkin pie, really rust, tim holtz black
misc: copics, punches (su and marvy), baubles, floral screen cuttlebug (eclectic paperie), ribbon (starlitstudio), dimensionals, leaf punch (old/marvy?), sakura stardust


Shelly said...

Classy card Beth, nice take on Patricias. Enjoy your time away.

Juliana said...

Beautiful card!! I love that main image!!

Thanks for the heads up about Cindy's store--I love her work!!

Alexis said...

I am so jealous you got to go to the racetrack...we used to go every summer when we lived in Clifton Spa/Ballston Spa (we now live in ATL)...I have a friend whose BIL is a trainer.

Amy said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful time--good for you all!

Had to giggle about S.Rummy--our family loves that game as well although it can take up an entire afternoon/evening!

JAR said...

Gorgeous and classy card! I hope you are having a wonderful trip -- we love it there! My son goes to school in NC, so we make a few trips across the country and always have to go to the beach!

Leslie Miller said...

What a good time! Your card playing exploits sound like my girlfriend and I with our husbands. Oh, we can annoy the heck out of those guys, but I think they only pretend to be annoyed just so they can make us happy. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! So warm and rich and makes me feel ready for Fall. Have a great time!

deb said...

beautiful! What a great blog.


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