Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Well, it's day 7 of the teacher strike here in Bellevue. The school board is holding a special meeting that parents can attend and express their views about the strike and any legal action that the district may be able to take. The PTSA sent out an e-mail recommending that all parents wear black shirts to identify themselves. Black shirts! Why not black arm bands and black veils! I feel as though I should show some sign of being in mourning for the loss of freedom I'm experiencing due to Oblivianna not being able to go to school. Seriously though . . . seven days of no school that we're going to have to make up at the end of the school year . . . with no resolution in sight. At this rate, Oblivianna will still be going to school on the Fourth of July! One funny thing is that Oblivianna keeps telling people that she is on strike, instead of the teacher's being on strike. It's pretty hilarious.
Okay, that's enough of my rant completely unrelated to card making and stamping except that trying to keep Oblivianna from getting too bored and fighting with Miss Moo too much has taken up stamping time. Here's my card for the day. The color scheme for this card was inspired by Miss Moo's snuggly blanket from Target. For the full recipe for this card, look in my SCS Gallery. The two main ingredients that "tickle my fancy" on this one are the Twinkling h2os that I used to paint the wings and the crown and the Hero Arts gem that I placed on her crown. Who doesn't love a little shimmer and bling on their cards? I'll admit that I got a little carried away with the scoring and polka dot placement, but I think that it gives the card some texture.
That's all for today, folks. Happy stamping.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
In honor of my friend Bonnie who broke her wrist while trying out her new bicycle with toe clips for the first time, our new special features Helen-on-Wheels and her companion sentiment, Hell On Wheels, for 30% off.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Anyhow, card making has been impossible. Typing one-handed was slow and ineffecient. I'm back now. I haven't made a card yet. It will probably take some more PT before I can manage that. However, I do have one card to post that I made prior to all of this arm drama. I'll post it later today (I have a PT appointment soon). I just wanted to make a quick note that in "honor" of my elbow injury, we're giving 15% off all sentiment stamps at our webstore. Be sure to check it out.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
In honor of FreeBee Friday, I made a new Beatrice card. This card also uses the Good to Bee Home sentiment. I wanted the card to have a homey feel so I used some striped DP (Berry Bliss from SU) that reminded me of wallpaper. As you can see in the stink bugs post below, I'm on a wallpaper kick this week. For some reason I find the idea of wallpaper inspiring at the moment. That is only in theory though. My house has no wallpaper and if it did, I would tear it down. I really mean take it off the wall by whatever means necessary-not paint over it. I have very strongly negative opinions about painting over wallpaper. (They're just as strong as my opinions about painting over wood-paneling.) Back to card talk . . . I thought it would be neat to make Beatrice look like she was framed in with one of those twig frames that you see on Home Sweet Home plaques. Of course, I don't have any twigs in my stamping cabinet and since we do live in the Seattle area and it is rather wet outside at the moment I decided not to go foraging for some twigs in the backyard (which would probably ruin my paper anyway). Instead, I decided to use hemp twine and achieve the same sort of look. For the entire recipe for this card, you can look in my SCS Gallery or the Eccentric Images VIP Gallery at rubberstampchat.net
Carol and I are taking Oblivianna and Miss Moo home to Colorado next week for a little visit with the parents and a our two sisters. I'll take this card with me and give it to my mom. The Good to Bee Home sentiment is perfect for this occasion. So, Mom, if you're reading this blog, try to forget that you've seen the picture of the card.
Monday, February 11, 2008
That's it for the blog today. I only got to make one Helen card this weekend so I'll probably try making more. The stink bug card and the Helen card that I did manage to make are both posted in our Eccentric Images Rubberstamp Chat Gallery, where you can see a bigger picture of the card and all of the "ingredients" I used in making the card.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
In other Eccentric Images news, we now have a presence on a super website called Rubber Stamp Chat. By "presence," we mean that we have an official Eccentric Images Gallery in the VIP Gallery and our customers will be able to find posts from us about promotions in the Craft Store section of the forum. My intention is to populate our gallery with exclusive card samples that you won't find on the store website or in my SplitCoast Gallery. Of course, this is going to take a little time for me to accomplish, so please be patient. My first offering up to our gallery is this card called "4 Nigels in a Row." I can't get enough of this Nigel Humphries stamp, but I've been dying to play with Helen-on-Wheels, so I may have to neglect him for a the weekend while I make more cards.
Speaking of the weekend, I intend to enjoy mine. TTFN.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
All of our new stamps are posted and for sale on the website today. We have a total of 10 new images and 15 new sentiments. Today also marks the debut of our wood mounted rubber stamps.
As much as I want to write more, my brain is fried from all of the updating on the website we did yesterday. I'd better call it quits until later when I can think more clearly.
Friday, January 25, 2008
So, I mentioned earlier that the stamps are here. They actually arrived yesterday but I was at Miss Moo's gymnastics class (Miss Moo=3yo DD#2) and the mailman couldn't leave them at the door because they required delivery confirmation. I had to wait until this morning to pick up the stamps from the post office. Carol came with me and we opened up the box right there and it was terribly thrilling looking at the new images. I was a bit giddy and had to hop up and down just a tiny bit. Can you tell I spend my day with bouncy daughters who cannot stand still for a microsecond? It rubs off on me even though it drives me crazy when they do it.
I thought ahead, so I had my Kai scissors in my purse and a pre-addressed envelope to AJ, and we cut out some stamps and mailed them to her immediately. With any luck, they'll get there tomorrow. They should. She only lives about 20 miles away.
When we got home, I went to work mounting one of each stamp onto wood blocks while Carol suffered through some laser printer installation trauma. I think that I got the better work load in this case, although I'm sure that we'll have to get it figured out soon. Anyway, the stamps are lovely and I'm going to have a grand time over the next several days making card samples for our website. The new images will be available for purchase as both unmounted and mounted stamps on February 1st. We'll also offer mounted versions of our existing images. If I get some time, I'll try and post a sneak peek or two in the upcoming days. For the most part, mum's the word though.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
In other news, we received our wood blocks for our next round of stamps. Yes, we're going to sell mounted stamps, but don't worry, we'll still sell unmounted stamps as well. (Phew, that was a run-on sentence if there ever was one.) We're very committed to selling both kinds of stamps because there are "extremists" in each camp who won't buy a stamp because it is unmounted or mounted, even if they really like it, and we need our customer base to be as broad as possible. Anyway, we received the blocks. They came packaged in two boxes--one weighing 50 pounds and the other weighing 20 pounds. Carol and I both had to carry the 50 pound box and we almost slipped on the ice on my street and then I almost dropped the box on Carol while we were going down the steps to the basement. Of course the block sizes are all mixed up and we need to sort them out. I'm thinking that will be a job that I'll give to Oblivianna (my oldest daughter, and no that really isn't her name . . . we just call her that sometimes because she is a little spacey at times). I'm sure that it will be fun for her for the first ten minutes and then she'll want to quit. Then I'll have to use it as punishment for when she misbehaves. That's good, I guess. We're running low on fresh and effective punishments.
That's all the news in the Eccentric Imaginatrix for right now. Maybe I can make some more ugly cards to share this week! I'll leave the making of the pretty cards to AJ.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Also, we recently took on a "guest designer." Her name is AJ Otto and she's another Pacific Northwester just like we are. She's just a hop, skip, and a jump down I-5 from us (or a slow crawl depending on traffic). You can visit AJ's Blog to find out more about her and see some of the samples she's created with our stamps. AJ will be helping create samples for our webstore using our new stamps. We're happy that she's working with us. Not only does she design lovely cards, she has a much steadier hand for coloring than I do.
In the meantime, Carol and I are hard at work preparing for the new Eccentric Images stamps that we'll be releasing soon (no official release date yet). I'm not going to give any specific spoilers about what we'll be including, but I will share a hint . . . our swarm of bees will be growing.
Thanks for looking.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
I've been meaning to share another bit of information for a few weeks now (since Christmas, actually). Just about every year my MIL picks out a book for me for Christmas. She usually tries to find something by a North Carolina writer since that is where she is from. Now, I don't know if this writer is from North Carolina, but MIL managed to find a "card-making mystery" for me to read. The title of the book is Murder and Salutations by Elizabeth Bright. I checked on Amazon and there are two other books that start off the series, Invitation to Murder and Deadly Greetings. I haven't yet begun reading Murder and Salutations so I cannot give you any kind of book review at this time. I'm just wondering, what kind of cards is the main character of the book making that they bring about murder and intrigue? Are the victims in the stories card makers themselves? Is there death at a shoebox swap? Murder on a Stampin' Up cruise? Design team decapitation?
Now the gears of my imagination are starting to turn . . . there are all sorts of tools at my stamping table that could be turned into a weapon. I'm constantly telling my daughters to stay away from the CutterBee scissors because they are so pointy and dangerous. Ribbons and hemp twine could be used to strangle someone in fit of card envy. Then there's that paper piercer! It already looks like a weapon. What SU set would someone kill for? Snow Globe? Cowboy Christmas? Wild Wild West? Currently, on eBay the bidding on a Wild Wild West set is up to $95.40. Isn't being willing to bid hundreds dollars for a set of six stamps only a hop, skip, and a jump away from being willing to kill for them? I have to finish this post by saying, watch your back. You never know when some sick serial stamp killer will lace your DP with deadly poison so that when you get a paper cut, it will be your last.