Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fun Mail and Busy Gal

This has kept me busy most of the evening. I have been pairing up 79 gals who would like to get more than bills in the mail. I'm calling it our "Stampin Pals" group. It's much like Pen Pals (remember those when we were young?) where you get to know that other person you've been paired up with. Only this way we already have one thing in common: STAMPING !!!!!! I CASED this idea from a post I saw on Splitcoast Stampers and thought it would be fun to be paired up with someone who enjoys stamping as much as you do. So I opened my big mouth on the demonstrator's side of SCS and I got this wave of gals who would like to get FUN mail ! 79 of us so far!!! I am just amazed at the response I got. Anita aka "greetingstoinvites" (on SCS) offered to help me get everyone's info on an Excel spreadsheet. She did a WONDERFUL job! KUDOS TO YOU ANITA !!!!!!!!! So tonight I paired up everyone and posted the pairs. We will be either PM'ing or emailing everyone's info SOON! I can't wait to see pics of what has been created !

Speaking of creating something, I got this RAK in the mail today. It was from "istamp31". It is SO pretty!!! I just love the quote, " Within your heart keep one, still, secret spot where dreams may go." ~Louise Driscoll I love that quote. I wonder where she got the stamp?????? Here is a pic of what she created.

Enjoy your evening!

Wishing you inspiration,


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What Inspires You ?

I'll have to admit, sometimes there are LONG periods of time where I don't feel the least bit creative. LOOOOOONG periods. So usually to remedy this I visit a few new blogs that I haven't seen before. I may check out someone's blogroll with names I've never seen before. This week I've discovered there are cool ways to jump start your creativity by using a deck of cards. WHAT?!?! Yeah, there are challenges on websites where people are given a word a day and have to use a card from the deck (to collage onto) and express their "take" on that word. Amazing! You can buy a brand new deck of cards at the dollar store, sometimes 2 per pack for a buck! Check out this gal's blog:

Here's a quote from another card sight I found: "A simple deck of cards, turned into art, one day at a time. A visual diary of 52 days of my life. A reason to do something creative every single day."

I think I may try this. They save theirs in those baseball card binders. KWIM?

So what is your main source of inspiration? Blogs? Challenges? An idea just pops in your head and you hurry to sketch it so you don't forget it?

Thanks for reading.

Wishing you inspiration,

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Here's my Santa cards

I wanted to let the puffy paint get totally dry before I tried to put them on cards. So here are my results. I outlined both Santa's in Tempting Turquoise watercolor (to make them look cold) and added cardstock matting behind both in Soft Sky (In Colors). I used Rose Red as background color and both of the cards were made in Gable Green. On one card I used Lil' Davis ribbon (striped lime and red) and the other card was an Offray Sheerly Yours White see-thru type ribbon. I stamped Very Merry from the Holiday Tag Team set in Blue Bayou on one of the cards.

I am so looking forward to getting some Stampin' Pals on SCS. If you are a demo, you can join in on the fun too ! It's like Pen Pals but we get to know our pals AND send stamped and altered things to each other! We are just now getting everyone's info together and soon we will be posting our pals. You can join at any time and if you would like to add another pal to your list, let me know.
Thanks for checking in and have a GREAT Monday evening!

Wishing you inspiration,

Homemade Puffy Paint

Today I was feelin' in the Christmas spirit. Somewhat. SO, I decided to play around with Santa. Get your mind out of the gutter !!!!

I STAMPED Santa from the Holiday Tag Team set and watercolored him with Real Red and Green Galore. BUT, I made him pinkish and lime greenish.

OH HOW I LOVE THOSE TWO COLORS TOGETHER !!! I don't know why, but I do. (Isn't that a song?)

Anyway, after watercoloring him I wanted to use something different (for me) on his beard and environment. I didn't have any Liquid Applique or Puffy Paint, so I made my own.

Here's the complicated recipe:

Plain old shaving cream

Elmer's glue

Mix about equal parts of each and apply to your project.

THAT'S IT !!! Let it dry and you can push on it and it "shouldn't" cave in. It should bounce back. Cool, huh? Ü

Sorry the pic is a bit camera is an older model digi.

Have a great Monday and I'll meet you back here SOON !

Wishing you inspiration,

Lori aka paperchick

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Post-it Purses

Today I made a few of these Post-it Purses from bookmarks. I stamped the small leaf from the Basket Full of Fun set in Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I used Q-tips dipped in the stamp pad ink to softly swirl colors on the leaves. I scored and folded the bookmark at 1 1/2", 2", 3 3/4" and 4 1/4" intervals. I used glue dots on the back of the mini post-it pads and put them in place. I added Pumpkin Pie ribbon for the handle and punched holes using the Double Rectangle punch and made a "bow" for the front. I watercolored Old Olive leaves on a separate bookmark and cut out and attached to front of purse. I used a small square of velcro to keep the purse closed.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Work, work, work

Well this is what my desk looked like earlier tonight. What a mess !

I was working on some swaps for the upcoming Stampin' UP! Louisville Regionals. I was thinking autumnal colors and since I got a Scallop Circle Punch from SU, I thought of sunflowers. So they became the focal point of my card fronts.

Here is one of the 30 finished products. I don't know if you can see it or not, but the middle of the sunflower has been Versamark'ed with one of the Itty Bitty Background stamps and then run through the crimper twice to make the crimping criss-crossed. The Old Olive strip was distressed around the edges with the Old Olive Classic stamp pad and Q-tips.

I used:

Cardstock-Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun

Stamps-Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Greetings Galore (leaf), and Best Friends Alphabet Lower

Embellishments-Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (for sunflower leaf)

Tools used-Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Small Tag Punch, paper crimper

So, is this card "swappable"??????? Your opinions matter!

Thank you,


Hello fellow papercrafters !

Hello and welcome to my blog, "Playin' With Paper! I have created this blog to journal my ideas, goals, creations and what's goin' on in Paperchick-land.

I hope you will visit here often and I hope this blog will keep me motivated to try new things and new ideas.