Friday, May 28, 2010

Third Generation

Good Morning Everyone:

Can we all agree when I say TGIF! I'm so happy another weekend has arrived. Almost as happy as I was yesterday when I returned home from work to discover my new stamp had arrived. As you may recall from a previous posting, my mom and I went to NYC a few weeks back. I made it my business to stop byThe Ink Pad. Of course I brought a few stamps home, but there was one that I did not. My mom liked him so much, I decided to order him last week--actually I decided the same day after I left The Ink Pad. By the end of that day, my funds just weren't funny enough to make the purchase. :) My mom and I were attracted to this stamp because the elderly gentle looking man reminded both of us of several men in our family. By the time I had memories of these men, they were seasoned. They were strong hard laborers. They told funny stories and had lots of wisdom they were willing to share. Sometimes they had a piece or two of candy on hand. They came from a generations where they were self-educated and had common sense--a course that's not taught at the local universities. And now, many of the members of that particular generation are gone. Oh, how I have fallen in love with this stamp. I hope you enjoy too! There are a couple other versions of this card in the gallery to your right. If you have a moment be sure to take a look.

By the way this card is a combination of three different stamps---SU, ClearStamps, & Stampland.

Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prehistoric At Five

Good Morning All: 

Last week, I was asked to make a birthday card for a boy that would turn five on this past weekend. Well, this is what I came up with. Hope you like. Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Perhaps They Are Not Stars

Good Morning Everyone:

Happy Monday to you!!! I have two things to mention briefly so, lets get right to it.  I have envisioned this card for quite some time and I have wanted to create, but I was not in a rush to do so because, it's a sympathy card. These are the type of cards I seem to put on the back burner to make later during the week or next month or you treat them like seasonal type cards (i.e. Christmas) and decide to make them during a crisp cool afternoon in Autmun. Over the weekend my dad asked me to make him a card for a co-worker that recently lost a member of her family. I applied purple and blue ink using the bryer. I didn't want the inks to saturate the paper completely. If you notice, there are areas lighter than others. I was hoping it would give the impression  the moon is shinning through. Did you get that impression? I stamped the card with one of the stamps I purchased at the Ink Pad in NYC a couple weeks ago. I embossed the stars with gold pigment ink and gold embossing powders and finished the stars off with a little stickle. A little stickle makes everything better. Don't you think? :) That really made the stars twinkle. I'm not sure whether the camera captured that or not. but, it was the Eskimo saying that made the card POP (just like that). I think instead of just leaving the standard sympathic words for the bereaved, this message left a little more--hope.

Moving right along....I did say I had two things to discuss. I was so happy to discover when I logged on to my computer Sunday morning to learned I recevied this message from Twinshappy. Boy, did it cause me to smile out loud. Well, that's it. Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery. Have a great day!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Every King Should Have a Throne

Good Morning Fellow Crafters:

It's funny to know what gets me excited. I was so happy to learn that my Followers List has grown into the perfect number 10. That's so exciting to me. Last night I worked on creating yet, another masculine card for Father's Day. I did the opposite of what I normally do when I make my cards--that is using as few embellishments as possible. Thanks to my CB and my friend Chris (she bought me a crimper for the holidays), I was able to stick to my goal. This is what I came up with and few other simular verisons. I used a stamp set I purchased from Flourishes last year; Nestabilities; MS punch; SU & Memento inks; Basic Grey paper; and the text was computer generated. I hope you like it and thanks fo visiting The Peddler's Gallery.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Happy Hump Day Everyone!

The other day I posted a small photo of a fisherman's basket on the blog. The card was incomplete. Below is the final product and there are a couple of variations in the gallery.

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Clothes Makes the Man

Happy Tuesday:

You know they say 'Clothes make the man.'  I'm not sure about that, but I know it can't hurt. :) I hope it has made this card for you. Of couse I have used my official color (puple), the state of Maryland's unofficial colors--Purple & Black. This is yet, another card I'm planning to give to a friend or family member for Father's Day. It also works well for the (young) man entering into the workforce right after college or a new job/career path, as well as a birthday card. So, what do you think?  I had to hand stitch this card--which took some time. For some reason the stitcher on my sewing machine were too close together. I'll work on fixing the problem tonight. As you can see, I tried to create a coordinating handkerschief with soft multi-colored purple, tan, and green Polk-a-dot paper.  I also stamped out a clock and embossed it with silver and black embossing powders, covered it with Diamond Glaze for a glass effect, added a couple of Tim Holtz's emblishments (clock hands and chain) and to finish it off, I stamped 'Happy Father's Day' on the pocket. The camera does not do justice for the comment. The wording is clear in person. I hope you like the card and I hope it inspired you all at the same time. Thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and make today a great day!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Top of the Week To You

Good Morning Everyone:

I couldn't title today's posting with my last posting's title, but lets just say it has been another busy week. What's up with that anyway? :) This weekend Kevin and I spent some time at The Queen's Ink in Savage Mills. We participated in the Queen's sidewalk sale. I made some very smart purchases--three unused Unity Stamps sets for $5 each, a gently used set from MFT for $8, three Queen Kat Designs stamps for a $1 each, and a few other stamping products from companies I have heard of, but never purchased from.

I didn't generate any sales; however, I met a few nice people and learned a few things too. You may have noticed the blog's background has changed thanks to a new friend-FibreJunky. She was nice enough to share some of her blogging expertise with me-The Peddler. Thanks, again FibreJunky. Be sure to let me know what you think about the new background. I would love to know what you think. I realise the primary colors are not my signature color, but I didn't find any background in purple that I liked or that was appropriate.

Other News that Occurred Over the Weekend---

My Follower base grew by two (which is a BIG thing for me), and my blog recieved its 1,000 hit this weekend. That was exciting to me! Thanks for your continued interest and your encouragement. You just don't know how it makes me feel.

Speaking of kind words--my comments, with the exception of one have all but dissappeared from my blog. Has anyone experience any thing like this? If so, please let me know what you did to correct this problem.

Father's Day/Graduation Cards

Needless to say, but I will anyway... I have been working on my Father's Day and graduation cards. The fishing baskets are the latest style cards I have made. I have to add a few other things to the card, but hopefully you' re able to see what I have tried to capture. When I complete the card, I'll unload the card into the gallery.

As always, thanks  for visiting The Peddler's Gallery.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Season...Another Reason

Happy Hump Day:

Another Season...Another Reason wouldn't you say? Mother's Day has officially come and gone and I am already thinking about the next two major celebrations--Graduation Day and Father's Day. I'm actually concentrating on my Father's Day cards. This is the first of a few that will follow over the next few weeks. Both of my parents are wonderful people--people you would want to emulate. So, I'll work on making that special card for my dad to be presented to him on his special day. If you haven't done so, don't forget there are two galleries to visit to the right of your screen. Thanks for stopping by the gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another Busy Week

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Another busy week has come to an end. My Mother's Day was good and hope yours was too. I have so much to tell you starting with last week. Last Wednesday, my mother and I went to New York City. It was our plan to catch the bus, but you know what they say about the best laid plans--they say, we missed the bus. We were on time; however, we were at the wrong location. What a bummer. I was beginning to think it was actually Monday instead of Wednesday. On top of that, I was extremely fatigued, but the idea of not going was out of the question. so, my mom and I decided to drive. I started, but I had to turn the wheel over after an hour or so. My mom took over driving and for the first time she drove into New York City--normally I am the one that does the driving. We shopped and shopped and shopped. We finally made it down to the West Village to The Ink Pad. It's the only stamping store in all of New York City. To be so small, they have a large collection of stamps--stamps you do not see every where. Aside from several other things, I purchased three little funky stamps, plus a few other stamps that I can't wait to use and for you to see. The Ink Pad also has a large collection of ethnic (Greek, Spanish, Irish, French, African-American, etc.) stamps. I was impressed and happy to know they carried stamps for everyone. I thought they were a little pricey, but I had to remember where I was. Besides, it probably wasn't pricey for the average New Yorker. Needless to say, I enjoyed my trip to the village and I would like to return again with a little more funds. :)

I CAS the card above from SCS. I really liked it! I already had the paper--just had not done any thing with it. I changed a few things to make it my own. Suprisingly, no stamping was preformed on this card. The text was accomplished from the use of my computer/printer. I made a couple other cards simular to this one. Those cards are located in the card gallery. Please feel free to take a look.

I added a second gallery to the blog since I posted last--a Cake Gallery. I began gleaning photos of pictures I had of eible desserts I made to show to you. Most of the photos you will see are of things I have made some time ago. However, I made my mother the basket of flowers for this Mother's Day. Hope you enjoy it as much as they did.                                                       

Make it a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It Was a Busy Weekend

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I can't believe its been eight days since I posted last. It's hard to believe the month of May has arrived and April is now memory.  The school year is coming to an end. WOW!

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My weekend started early and it was extremely busy. With all the things I stilll have to do, it makes me think this week will mimic this past weekend. I made greeting cards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Before I forget, make sure you visit the gallery. You know that busy I mentioned, well most of it is in the gallery. Last week I recieved so many request for Mother's Day cards. So you know what I was doing this weekend. In between all of those cards a friend called me. She needed a card for a christening ceremony she was planning to attending. This is what I made early Sunday morning. I was told everyone liked the card. You know that made me happy. Not long after Sunday services, I was back at it again.

Believe it or not I still had other things to do this weekend and I did it too. On Saturday, I participated in the the Holy Cow Church Bazaar in Churchville, MD. Kevin and I had really nice time. The weather was wonderful and so were the nice people we met. Hopefully, I will get to participate next year. Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day. There were all types of sales in stores and on-line. More importantly for Kevin Saturday was National Comic Book Day. That meant we had to travel to one of Kevin's favorite comic book stores--all the way out to Elderburg, Maryland. That's right from Churchville. He recieved 25 free comic books and he purchased a few too. After that, Kevin was in his element for the rest of the day's journey. We couldn't go pass the comic bookstore without stopping by PhotoScraps. That would have been rude. :) Right. Right. We left there to go all the way to Howard County to pick-up a couple of my cards that are for retail at After the Runway. We made one more store before we reached home. I made more cards well into the night since I sold many at the church bazaar. Just this morning, I recieved a card order for an additional 35 cards. It's nice to know how much people think of the special mothers in their lives. Oh! I didn't mention, I still have to make my Mother's Day cards.  I can tell you making so many cards allowed me to use different techniques and to attempt some of my CAS cards too. As you can see by the photo below, I've had the opportuntity to do just that. Be sure to let me know what you think of my Mother's Day collection.

Thanks for stopping by the gallery. Make Monday memorable.
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