Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
As I've said before, I'm totally not a Halloween girl. However, I can't help if the store has good stamps on sale. Sale, that's my favorite 4-letter S word. I totally am a sucker for those. I absolutely understands that stamp companies need to make a living and compensate for the overhead, but how can you say no to a bargain?

I would say out of my craft area that 80% of the supplies I bought on discount. I hate to pay full price and refuse to do so. I know I'm cheap, but when things get switched out as frequently as they do days, I might as well save some when I can. Plus, I'm sure the stores that are selling them (with maybe the exception of LSS), they are not hurting. I'm talking about the Michaels of the world, or the Hobby Lobby of the world. So, I absolutely don't feel bad.

That said, my friend was asking where does everyone buy their supplies. If I can help it at all, I would get it from the manufacturer. Simply because I know that they get to keep all the profit instead of having to go thru a middle man. Now, again I will be cheap about this: if they offer a really deep discount, or no shipping that is more enticing, I would go for that too. After all, who's looking out for your pocket, but you?

Card by DCWV
RubOns by Making Memories
Girl Stamp by Amuse
House stamp by Studio G

Monday, September 28, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
As quickly as our Fall weather arrived, it left for the weekend. We were back to the 90s. Bleh! It sucks because on TV and stores, everything is in full Fall mode, yet the weather is no match whatsoever. In my apt, we're in the 70s and when you walk out the door it's 90s plus humidity. Yuk!

Anyway, needed a quick scrap card. The little squares had screamed at me in the store to buy it. So, I did last year at the store. But it's been a year, and now I'm sitting here thinking, how will it get thru the mailing system. As we all know, the USPS isn't exactly the most friendly to 3D any mail. Hmm....

Well... they don't call them quick for nothing... the mailing part is a whole different story. Guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. :P

Card & Pattern paper by DCWV
3D embellishment by Soft Spoken

Friday, September 25, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
Fall... again! So, in Houston we finally got some Fall-like weather. It's high in 80, low 65. I know it's summer for alot of people, but that's Fall for us. Sad, isn't it?

Anyway, I saw a very cool stamp of some nice leaves falling, and it's one of those, I'll go back and buy it someday type purchase. I didn't write down the name of the company, so it's kinda lost now.

Back to the card... I think I over did it w/ the 3D embellishment stuff, but I was thinking, having a leave is good by itself, but the little swirl has to go with something, somewhere. The swirl alone would've been awkward either by itself or with something 2D. Anyway, took a chance... whomever getting it will like it. I'm making that happen, haha.

This entire week has been busy, and the entire October seems to be busy too... *sigh* hope I get some quality craft time in there.

Stamp by SU & Studio G
Patterned Paper by DCWV
3D embellishment by Paper Studio

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

trick or tweet.

trick or tweet.
Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
So, as I was telling you all earlier that I'm not much for trick or treat. The whole dress up thing is completely lost on me. I blame my parents for not letting me do that when I was younger. I did have my own Barbie, and I changed her once or twice because I think I only have that many outfits to change her into and out of. I think that's why I don't like switching out my purses.

Anyway, I digress. Back to Halloween. When I first came to this country for a full school year, the kids would be all excited about it. My cousin would always go around and say: Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Give me something good to eat. I thought that's funny and rude at the same time. But it also have some endearing quality to them. So, that's very appropriate here.

The kids are hungry for candy, and the saying just said it all. :)

Card & patterned paper by DCWV
Letterpressed card by Paper Source
3D embellishment by Jolee's

Monday, September 21, 2009

spooky cat

spooky cat
Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
I know I've been slacking, but I swear this past week has been super busy. Don't even know why or how, to be honest. I think this weekend has made up for it though. I got time to actually sit down and catch up w/ some TV and crafted.

This is another Halloween card. Truth be told, I'm not much of a Halloween person. Never into dress ups, or knocking on people's door to ask for candy. Sometimes I fear that people will scare me, and I'm a scatty cat. I am, however, all over the candy. So, I say: bring it on.

In my office, everyone pitch in and buy candy for the candy dish. One of my favorite was Starburst. I must've popped at least 5 or 6 before 10am in the mornings. That's not the worst. One year, I was chewing away, and realized that my crown had fell out. It's the most awful feeling. You didn't know if you're chewing something in the candy as your parents would've scared you to death with, or am I chewing one of my own tooth, a fake one at that. Needless to say, I've stayed away from any chewy candy since and I don't even dare touch taffy. Geez.

Anyway, back to the card, since I'm not much of a Halloween person, I don't have alot of Halloween stamps. Unless it's cute, then I'm for it. So, any stamps you see here, are pretty much my entire collection. So, bare with me.

I really liked the flocked skulls. I'm not much for skulls either, doesn't matter how cute they are. But, what the hey. Can I just tell you how much I love the rub-ons that are sticky for flocking or foil. If you ever have to flock, that's the cleanest way to do it. No fuss and no muss, literally.

So, thus command the Fall season... let the candy flow!

Card & cardstock by DCWV
Stamp by Inkadinkado
Skull flock by Making Memories

Monday, September 14, 2009

Red and White xmas

Red and White xmas
Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
This card is 100% inspired by Marlene Lo. I saw her blogpost about using just red and white for Xmas cards. That just so sharp and clean.

I tried to C.A.S.E. it, and it doesn't have the fancy edges she does, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It's nice and clean and seemed to work out just fine. I had to put some bling on him, even though, really, he shouldn't be the one that gets bling-ed.

I had to have ribbon and floss on it. Actually, it's crochet thread from my crochet jewlery class. It's nice and thin, perfect for adding dimension to the project.

Well, I'm starting my French Lessons this week, so wish me luck on that. It's 7 weeks long. So, that should allow me to get to Paris and eat some pastry (not that I'm going anytime soon). If anything I can still point and smile, like I did the first time I went to Europe. :)

Card by DCWV
Stamp by Stampenous

Friday, September 11, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
No, not the movie by Mariah Carey, which did anyone actually see it? I wonder what the movie about. People kept saying how bad it is... not that I have any desire to see it, just wanted to know the premise. If I ever have time to waste, then I might consider but I'm guessing not. Haha!

Well, since we're fall-ish, I'm finishing the week out w/ another Fall card. You have no idea how hard it is to do that when you are living in 90 degrees with 90% humidity. The sad part is that it's not raining outside... yep, 90% humidity and no rain. So, you're just walking in a sauna. Last night we were playing tennis in the sauna... lovely, isn't it?!

Alright back to the card. I was moving stuff from one side of craft room to the other, and found my Sugar Coating by Doodlebug. How can you deny yourself of glitter, I ask you? You can't! That's what I thought too. So, I stamped w/ the Versamark (cuz it's JUICY!) and used the Stamp n' Bond. Now, can I tell you, how I'm so not a big fan of Stamp n' Bond? Because it doesn't stick to the Versamark well, and any and everything sticks to a juicy versamark image. Then, once I fired up the heat gun, it melted, it stuck a little and then the adhesiveness went away. HUH??? The whole idea is that it sticks... but it doesn't.... Hmmm...

I was just too lazy to take out my Glue Pad, but let me tell you, that has never failed me and it worked, just a pain in the arse to go dig it up, find the refill, fuel up, and then just for a few images. :-/

Well, now we learn.... it worked out for all intensive purposes, but I would've love to have something that sticks well. Stamp n' Bond, worked on some not on others, Glue Pad = works.

Cuttlebug embossing folder
stamp by stampendous
cardstock by SU
Glitter by Doodlebug

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
So, yesterday I had the normal/human witch card, and today, I have the Elphaba card. For those of you who don't know who Elphaba is, you may have known her as the Wicked Witch of the West (WWW). Elphaba is based on the book Wicked, which then turned into a very successful musical on Broadway. Her thing was that she was an outcast, which we all know becuase she's green, and because as such, she was kind to the underdogs of the world.

That said, the story goes thru to how she became the WWW, and how she was merely misunderstood. And that Galinda, wasn't all that nice, she was at the right place at the right time. Either way, the story is really a prequel to Wizard of Oz.

Speaking of Oz, I remember seeing a SciFi (which is now SyFy) channel original series called OZ, and it's so funny, same premise, but instead of calling it Oz, they're calling it the O.Z. which makes me thinks of the O.C. Go figure. There were parts that are dragged out (it was like 6 episodes long), but there are parts that's very true to the story. So, that's that.

Anyway, back to the card, I went ahead and hung the Halloween stuff on there to add a bit of interests to the card. I'm not even sure if they celebrate Halloween in Oz, considering everyone is already in 'costume'. Not much of a point to dressing up, huh?

Speaking of Halloween, we saw that Coraline is finally available for rent on iTunes store, and we'll have to get the digital copy of Nightmare Before Xmas. I love that movie, it's so appropriate for Halloween and for Xmas. So cool!

Card and orange cardstock by DCWV
Green patterned paper by SU
Witch stamp by Rubber Romance
Wicked stamp by Studio G
3D embellishment by Recollection

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
As the Fall season on TV fast approaching, so is the waredrobe. Now, I must say, in Texas we are still in the 90s, but we're in the lower 90s than the higher 90s. Like in someway that makes a difference. The key is really the humidity. If it's low, it truely can feel like a real fall. Nah, what am I talking about, heat is still heat. Bleh!

That said, we're already in September, and traditionally, that's where Fall comes in. Sadly, we have no color turning type event here down South. And one of these days I swear I will go and do that. For now, I just have to live vicariously thru other people and craft.

Onto the card:
I always love Rubber Romance's Divas. They're so well done and still keep that mystique about women. So, this is a witch, and I found a stamp at the dollar bin that said Wicked, and I just had to have it.

Hindsight, I guess I should've made her green, to go w/ the Wicked theme. Hmm... maybe not too late to make one. I would love to have one that's Ga-linda. That'll be awesome. Let's see if I can find my 'popular' stamp to go with that. Nice... wheels are now churning.

Anyway, have a great day, thanks for stopping by.

Card and paper by DCWV
Witch stamp by Rubber Romance
Wicket stamp by Studio G

Friday, September 4, 2009


So I created this set of cards to test out how I would play out for the holiday. I know, I'm already thinking about gifts for holidays already.

For my other real life friends, don't worry, you're not forgotten. This is my test batch. :)

I do have stuff to say, but since I'm blogging in the morning, I have to get to work. :P So, enjoy the long weekend, and hopefully, I'll have something neat for you next week.

Have a great long-weekend.

Cards by DCWV
Stamps by JustRite

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
... Thus, we comment fall holiday cards...

Well, it's not entirely true. I just started making the cards, doesn't mean that I'm starting on the holiday stuff yet. Since it's still 90s in Houston, I'm not very inspired to do anything Fall-ish. I mean, when it's Summer outside, how can you force yourself to remember the crisp Fall air around you? It's like going to the store when it's 100 out side and they started to show the Fall clothing line. I'm still thinking about how to cool off, and here they are talking about corduroys.

Anyway, I am getting to be a bigger fan of Joann's because they sell the $1 stamps more frequently and more likely new shipments will come thru. Versus, the Michael I live by and the one near the skating rink, I think they kinda gave up on those stamps. Most of the stuff they have in the store I've either seen, or have no interests in, and none of which are Fall or Xmas related. But I think I will go back and check in later.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Switching topics~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Not that anyone had asked me, it's just based on what I've read on the Interweb, there's alot of dissonance about SU making their Demo sign the newest agreement. You can read more here.

I'm not a demo and have never considered to be one ever. I think in Houston, the market for SU has been oversaturated, so I don't feel the need to be another number of a pyramid-ish marketing scheme. You have a lead and you're part of that team. The only saving grace is that the ladies I know that are part of teams, are truly organized, talented and kind people. So, that left my impression more positive than say other companies (think: Avon, Tupperware...etc).

The big hub bub was the change of their agreement where they would ask their demo to not be on other stamp companies design team. They're not to FB or Tweet anything but SU, and if they blog, they can only blog about using SU stuff and not any other companies. If they have link to someone else's blog, they also needed to be SU and if they're not, they should not have that on their blog. The last part really rub alot of people the wrong way.

Here's my take, and again, I'm not a Demo, I don't have the full point of view as alot of the people had out there. But, here's me on the soapbox:

I work for a big firm, in compliance no less. The bit about not being in another companies DT, I'm on their side. It is like me working for my current company and on the side work for another firm. This is a straight conflict of interest. You can't play for SU and also play for the competing company that sells stamps. Except, unfortunately in this case, is that SU sell every single damn thing under the sun, so you can't even represent an ink company, a die cut company, a scrapbooking company, and now vinal wall covering company.

The bit about what you can say or not say on FB & Tweet or blog, that's a different story. I think I have the luxury here that my work and my hobby contrast so vastly that there is a very clear, defined line of what is work and what is not work. Stamping, crafting, crocheting, dancing, skating, playing tennis...etc are hobbies. Financial and Compliance anything are work. So, that's a very clear and easy to distinguish.

Unfortunately for the ladies out there, this is work and this is hobby. The line is so muddled that there's no line. But! It keeps them sane, give them an outlet, and gives them a diversion on whatever they're doing. If they are successful, that is truly one of the lucky few who gets to do what they love and earn a living at it. But, as reality goes, there are a rare few out there.

I'm saying that, not because they're not successful in nurturing their business. But, let's face it, with the recent economic downturn, high unemployment rate, market struggling to regain position. Who has the extra income to buy stamps? I mean, I am buying $1 stamps. I'm not spending $25 for 4 stamps.

Alot of the Demos are very displeased that they have to abide by the linking to non-SU people rule, simply because places like Splitcoast and Paper Craft Planet had nurtured a community. They help each other out, they learn from each other and be there for each other, albeit in the most cyber sense of those sentiments; but a community nontheless.

They made friends via those venues and link their blogs on to each others. Now, the IDA read as though if your friend works for another company you shouldn't be linked. I think that is a tad bit extreme. On my FB page I link to people whom I've worked with and are now in different companies, and no one can stop you from being friends or related to people that work for different, if not competing, companies. That bit is a tad silly.

Am I going to boycott SU as a company? No, so long as they keep having good color for card stock, and good stamps. I will patronize them as I see fit. Just like if I see good stamp design by another company, I would go for them too. I'm equal opportunity on that, just like clothes. If it's something that fits and I look good in, I'll buy it. If not, I'll go to the next place.

Ok... off soapbox now.

card by SU
Background stamp by Anne Griffin
Halloween stamp by Inkadinkado

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fancy chandelier

Fancy chandelier
Originally uploaded by Patty_kins
Sorry for being MIA. I think my muse went on vacay during summer along with every kids in school.

I'm back, working on stuff, I'm actually looking forward to Xmas cards. I know I'm crazy. But hey, if Walgreens & Michaels managed to roll out the Xmas stuff before Fall has even began, we can work on Xmas cards.

You know what... I'm totally addicted to any stamps that's a chandeliere and any stamps that's a damask. I'm not sure what the fascination is, but I'm addicted. I must have at least 3 chandelier stamps and about 4 different size and shape damask stamps. Like I said, I'm crazy.

As the French say, je ne se quoi, there's something about them that express the fanciness and the classyness without too much fuss or muss... It's simple, classy, and clean. Ok, I'll admit, sometimes it looks like wallpaper too, but in a nice way.

Alright, got a big project at work that I gotta hack into. But hope you're having a great day!

All stamps by SU