July 9, 2008

SHHHHHH....RUBBAHDULTERY ALERT!!

Happy Wednesday!!! Whew!! I am finally back on my normal schedule again - I did not know that so much laundry could be accumulated in a week's time - WOW!!! Good thing I like doing laundry, LOL! So, we had a nice day of rest yesterday to recover from vacation and will be going to the new aquatics park they just opened up - it has several large pools and some water slides with one being a 25 footer! So, it will be a nice afternoon with the kids considering it will be 108 degrees here today - YIKES!!! I will be in the water for sure. So, today I am going to share a card that I made using.....well......non-SU! stamps (looks both ways to make sure nobody is watching). I could not help myself, these stamps are so very cute that I caved!! They are stamps by Melanie Muenchinger called Cuddles and Hugs and they are so freakin' adorable that I had to have them! Everything BUT the image is Stampin' Up! though - I cannot leave my stampin' roots, I feel too guilty *wink* But come on, look at these koalas, I mean they are totally stinkin' cute! I also used the sketch challenge from Lesli's blog - when I saw it, I knew I had to do it! I love it and will be using this one again! I am thinking Convention swaps....but I digress. Back to my card! Although the sketch was not a square card, I decided I wanted a bigger card for this image so I went with it! I water colored my image using my stampin' pads and blender pen - I still love my blender pen, it is soooo very easy to use! And, I did the same on the leaves stamp - I just stamped the leaves in differing directions all over so it sort of looked like the koalas were sitting amongst them and not hanging out in mid-air. This is a simple card, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! I will leave you with the recipe - now I am off to get ready for a day in the hot sun and cool pools! Have a wonderful day! I will be back tomorrow with another awesome sketch from Tamara!
Card Recipe: (all items SU! unless otherwise noted)
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Naturals White card stock, Chocolate Chip Designer Prints dp
Stamps - Cuddles and Hugs (non-SU!)
Inks - Going Gray, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Handsome Hunter, Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pads
Accessories - Photo Corners Punch, Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive buttons, Vintage Brads

36 comments:

Scrappy Girl said...

I love my blender pens too. They are just so easy and fantastic. I recently used the aqua painter. I think I would like that too for certain images. Fun!

Michelle said...

Very, very cute Alex, isn't it wonderful that there are so many fantastic stamp companies out there beside SU - I love it!

Have a great, fun day with your family.

Courtney Fowler said...

I love this card and I'm so glad you're back! Love the pic of your kids, too... so happy!

Chris said...

very cute card, gotta love those koala bears!! thanks again for the gc!! can't wait to go shopping!! >"<

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Adorable card! I love those koalas, they are hard to resist! It's getting harder and harder to stay true to SU! when there is so much out there! :) Great layout and details too. Hope you're staying cool.

All Pink girl said...

Oh wow what a fabulous card and so cute .Dawnx

Dani said...

Super cute card! I love the koalas!

kathleenh said...

Awwwww, those koalas are so cute! How could you resist? I love it in the square card too.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

You're right...totally adorable.

Marilyn said...

This is too darling!! I LOVE that sentiment! I've bought stamps from Melanie before - and she is a fantastic artist and has the cutest stuff! You did a great job coloring the bears too! AND what a fun sketch this is!! Have fun at the new water park - sounds fantastic!!

Melissa said...

Yep, totally stinkin' cute (even if it's not SU!)!! :-)

M.

Greta Adams said...

yaaaay!! so glad you found us....i too have way to much stuff that sits and then i forget about it...can't wait for you to join us...

xo
greta
SYC

Deborah said...

Holy cow! That is like the weather in Palm Springs now! You should stay at the water park until they kicked you out! Some heat wave up there! How is the smoke ariund youor area? I hope Marco is okay in his pool too! Your Koala's are just darling! It is okay to venture beyond your devotion to SU! I know you are a die hard SU gal at heart! Hang in there, take care and be careful out there! Hugs, Deb

Kim Marie said...

It's so so cute!!

Have you seen Gina's latest post? She paper pieced with this image...check it out...but don't tell anyone I told you...shhhhh! ;)
Kim Marie

corinnesomerville said...

I love you even though you're an adulturer !!! :) hehehehe....love ya lots....20 days, 20 days, 20 days !!!!

Sharon said...

Glad everyone had an awesome time on the boat. It sure sounds like fun. Great card! Love the koalas!!

angie said...

how cute is that!! I love animal stamps and that one is darling!

Jessie/knightrone said...

I am totally guilty too, so don't worry!!! So super cute!!

Christi said...

I love this card!!! So adorable!

Donna said...

regardless of where your roots are, it's liberating! Well, that's what I think. You couldn't have picked a better set, I tell ya (and did you think of me when you stamped these koalas and sentiment knowing it was my idea that inspired Melanie's set?) ok I'm tooting my horn but hey it's true! I love your card & great take on the sketch! look forward to seeing more branching out if that's what you continue to do *wink*

Diane said...

Awwww,too cute Alex!!!!Lovable Koalas!!!

Angie Tieman said...

Precious card! It's very hard not to backslide right now, so no worries! And 108 degrees! Yikes is right1 That's hotter than TExas!

Ila said...

This is just the Cutest!! I love the koalas and the dotty paper!!
Hope you had a Great Day!!...Hugs, Ila

Chris said...

Thanks for you nice comments. Great job your weight loss. I lost 55 pounds on WW last year and then got lazy and poof 25 pounds just magically appeared. Oh well I am back at it. WW is such a good program and really pretty easy to follow. Hang in there and have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Very cool card! Glad you're back!
I'm headed off for several days now too. You and I will have to catch up sooner or later, right?

Deb said...

oh it is gorgeous Alex, just so cute, love those koalas and what a great sentiment!

Meg Giroux said...

Alex, cute card. I have a blender pen also and I love it. Try to stay cool!

Staci said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Alex :-) Love that adorable card! Good luck with all the laundry - I'll be joining you with that today, lol.

Lesli said...

Alex - your Koala card is absolutely adorable. I love what you did with my sketch - you always do such awesome work!

Rose Ann said...

This is just darling, Alex!! I love the colors and photo corners!! Totally cute!!

Manna said...

This is too adorable! Love, love love the sentiment!

malieta said...

Very cute and adorable card Alex, the colors and the stamp are beautiful together!

Melanie said...

don;'t you love these gys with polka dots! i still use pretty much everything SU! too (excpet the stamps!) thanks for getting your hands dirty with me! LOL

adorable card!

NattyK said...

What a lovely card, I love the sentiment too. x

Ashley Bowen said...

Awwww! Super Cute, Alex!!! I hope you're having a beautiful Summer day! Hugs, Ash~
www.ashleyscreativecorner.com

Katie said...

Traitor!!! But for such a cute stamp that made such a lovely card who could blame you? Not me! LOL

Katie
x