In JanTink parlance, rubbah-dultery is *cheating* on your Stampin' Up stamps (we're both SU demonstrators) by purchasing and stamping with products from other companies. Gasp! And that's what I did yesterday, I committed rubbah-dultery. Oh, and for those of you not in the loop, "rubbah" has become the general Splitcoast term for rubber, as in rubber stamps. I think that one was JulieHRR's fault, she got us all saying (and typing) that. But on to the crimes! I mean cards!
Stamping Bella is probably my favorite company to commit rubbah-dultery with; I own quite a few Bellas and a bunch of the Chichiboulie fairies (as seen above), plus I would love to own at least half of the Huggabugg line but I don't have any yet. I think a kind soul on Splitcoast is sending me some Huggabugg images to play with. Anyway, back to the card, this is a birthday card for my friend Jamie. I just couldn't quit adding STUFF to this card--bunches of brads, lots of Prima flowers, the glittah on the wings (ok see, that -er being replaced by an -ah is getting more and more widespread. The people at Webster's should be afraid, very afraid). This was inspired by a photo that Em, the Queen Bella herself, posted on her blog. I took the yellow, green, and charcoal gray colors from the picture and then added lavender because life just needs more lavender. I love that sunshiney day sentiment as it always reminds me of my great-grandmother, Mimi, who would always tell us, "Drink your orange juice, it'll put sunshine in your day!" I think of her every time I have any OJ at breakfast (the drink, not the criminal).
More rubbah-dultery! But, in this case, I didn't actually *buy* the stamps, Amber gave them to me for my birthday. Is this little chicky not the CUTEST thing since PUPPIES? The colors and sketch were challenges on Splitcoast, and I'm not too thrilled about either one and yet still I like this card. I'm sending it to my friend Allison back in the States for her birthday which is today (Thursday) so I think it's going to be late. Possibly. :p Anyway, this card is made with a few stamps from a set by Hero Arts; there are four kokeshi doll girls, the fan, the big line of flowers I used on the background, an Asian lantern, and a single flower stamp. They're acrylic stamps which I don't use very often but I won't let that stand in the way of adoring these little girls!!
Ok, to atone for TWO counts of rubbah-dultery in one day, I made SIX of these cards last night after Lee and I went to the gym. He still needed some non-girly thank you cards so this is what I came up with, using the current sketch challenge on Splitcoast. Lee approved, he said it's not too girly even with the flourishy seaweed and curly font on the "thanks" part. I think I'll like doing sea scenes (seans? nah) with this stamp set--I just tore a piece of scratch paper (I have lots of typing paper that I printed something on and then don't need it anymore so I use it as scratch paper) and held it on my white cardstock, then sponged the "sand" in with Sahara Sand ink (how appropriate). Then I sponged all around the edges with two colors of blue and stamped my seaweed and shell. Didn't even take me too long to do six of these. I do really like this stamp set, Ocean Commotion...I think it will come in useful for my scrapbooks too if Lee ever manages to take some good underwater shots of all the fish and other creatures he sees when he scuba dives.
So that's it for right now. I did get a few stamps in the mail yesterday from Unity so I'm sure I'll be committing more rubbah-dultery in the near future, there's this one stamp that...well, you'll just have to wait and see. For the next little bit I may be posting more stamping/scrapbooking projects until we go do something interesting on the island. I should look at the March tour calendar and see what's available...I think Lee is all flower-fested out so maybe we'll find something else to do. In the meantime, let me know you're out there! I'm feeling a tad lonely here :)
Oh, I almost forgot...I was doing the grocery shopping yesterday and passed by the bakery where they were selling pie by the slice. I took a look at it just because, and you can get hippie apple pie, or blue belly pie. Not blueberry, blue BELLY. I got quite a giggle out of that :)
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