Toadilly Delicious!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Good morning friends!! And Happy Australia Day to you all!

Anyone want to take a guess at how many hours I worked last week?? 50hrs? 60hrs? How about 75hrs? Yep, 75 hours! Three of those hours were completed yesterday, but the other 72, they were all from the Monday to Friday work week. This week is much of the same except we HAVE to be done by Thursday morning which means 15 hour days until then. Ugh. My bank account will look fat and plump but I'm going to be too exhausted to spend it! (Did I really just say that?)

Onto more fun things like playing with new stamps and some Happy News! A few weeks back I was reading my good friend Lauri's blog and how she had just become a member of a design team for the first time. I was so happy for her because she's such a creative person and has such a fun personality and I knew it was only a matter of time before she would be snapped up by a company. That night I followed the link she gave us to this stamp company that had just gotten off the ground a few months back. I loved what I saw and made a purchase that night because I couldn't resist one particular stamp.

Isn't he spectacular?! Toad King is his name and I knew I HAD TO HAVE HIM the moment I laid eyes on him! The next day I left Lauri a message thanking her for the enabling and confessed my purchase to my other SCS friends who I knew would get a kick out of him. And they did. We came up with all sorts of potential sentiments for him that afternoon; everything from "You CROAK me up!" to "I frogot your birthday" and someone even suggested they woke up next to this face that morning! Haha

So, do ya wanna guess my happy news? I will be joining Lauri on the Doggone Stamps design team for the next six months! I'm totally thrilled to be a part of a up and coming rubber stamp company! Doggone Stamps is run by Nancy and her son Brian, who's the creative talent behind all the images. I love the fact that Nancy gets to work with her son on a venture together! There are some great characters in the shop and their expressions are PRICELESS! Please go check them out; I guarantee you'll get a laugh out of them too! Nancy has a design team call posted on SCS and it's open until the end of this week, so if you're interested, shoot her an email quick!

Sorry I didn't go into a lot of detail on this card today - I had too much to tell you! The size is 5.5" x 5.5", which is typically what all of my square cards are. Toad is colored up with my SU inks and aquapainter again but instead of applying washes of color, I applied the color using the stippling technique (AKA appling color in a dabbing motion). His body is a mixture of four SU colors - Certain Celery, Morning Marigold, True Thyme and Vintage Violet.

I hope you all have a great Monday and I'll see you back here tomorrow with another Twinkling sketch!

Stamps: Doggone Stamps 'Toad King', Karen Foster's mini alphabet snap stamps
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Certain Celery, Morning Marigold, True Thyme, Vintage Violet, Creamy Caramel, Cool Caribbean, Real Red
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Georgia Pacific cs, Bazzil cs, PP - Basic Grey 'Mellow Collection - Birch'
Access: Ribbon, dimensionals, circle punches, sponges


Lauri said...

Your card came out gorgeous!!!!! So glad I did my frog first...I would have been intimidated if I saw yours before I finished mine!!!! You are oh so talented!!! Just think about spending all that extra money on stamps!!!

Kimmie0270 said...

That card came out beautiful! I LOVE that little frog prince!

Danni said...

How fun to be on a new DT!!! Yay!
This card is just so fun! Love it! You did an awesome job on it!

the whimsical butterfly said...

Congrats Sandra!!!! That's awesome! I can't wait to see what you do w/ all your fun new stamps and I'm so excited for you! Hugs!

karen said...

How did you find the time Sandra?!
Congratulations on joining the design team! As usual your coloring is JUST AMAZING! and this card is fantastic.....!!!!!

Am I to admit here that I"m the one who wakes up to that each morning? LOL!

kadie said...

This card is too stinkin cute! For real! Congratulations!!! Wow!! Doggone is so doggone lucky to have YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

I love him! And you! And congratulations on the DT gig. I can't wait to see what you do with their stamps. Or what their stamps do with you. They are doggone lucky (get it?) to have you!

Good luck with your week. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you get some rest.

Lorie said...

I love, love it Sandra! I too checked out their website, and this was one stamp I gotta have! Your stipple technique looks fabulous, and I love his colorful warts!! Congratulations to you on joining their design team. They are doggone lucky indeed!!!

Susan said...

Sandra, have lots of fun shopping with all that OT moolah LOL!! I just love Toad King! This card is fabulous!! I really need to expand my stamps....

Janna said...

Sandra! This card is totally awesome!! your coloring is just amazing and I love the layout! Congratulations on the new DT gig!! That is so amazing and exciting!! You are going to be a huge asset to them. And I cannot believe you have worked and will have to work that much!! Oh I feel bad! Hopefully this week will just fly by for you!

Lots of smiles,

Judy McMullen said...

Sandra, how fantastic that you are on the DT for this new stamp company. They are so lucky to have you and your super amazing talent. This froggy sure is an excellent example of your beautiful work. Wow! Your coloring is so amazing! We need some tutorials from you once your day job allows you time to breathe!

Cassie said...

oh he is ever so fun!! love him! congrats on being named to the team!! you'll be a huge asset for them i know!!

Catherine said...

Toad-ily terrific card, Sandra! And congrats on joining another DT! It's nice to know a celebrity! :D

Jenny Gropp said...

I loved this image too!!! Fantastic coloring!

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