Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Love You!

I picked up this darling moose at a stamp convention for $1.00!! He is unmounted on adhesive foam, so he'll end up on a block as soon as hubby has time to make one. He's by Whipper Snapper....and they are so much fun to color. For this fellow I used the Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. He is stamped on some pink paper I got from a paper warehouse....it has a partchment look in real life. I faux stitched in black and distressed the edges. The designer paper is by the Paper Studio I love the fun color combo. My card base is River Rock (SU!)....this stuff is the new *certainly celery* in by book....I just love it! The felt flower ribbon is some yummy stuff I found at Archiver's. I've been cutting the flowers apart for some smaller embellishments. The scallop punch is from Martha Stewart's line. Love you is by Printworks.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Friendship Set

Well....I wasn't quite ready to post this last night...but I'll get it up this morning! These are some 6.25 inch Petal Folders from Paper Adventures. A friend of mine picked some up and had no idea what to do with them. This is the first thing that I thought of...a heart pocket to hold some note cards! I used four 6x6 pieces of designer paper (thanks Alana!! ....a PIF gift, so source is unknown) I used faux stitching on the floral paper. I pierced freehand all of the way around the heart and the pocket flaps for a more delicate look. May Arts ribbon hides two of the folds. I used Diamond Glaze to customize my clear buttons to match. Punches used include SU!, Martha Stewart, Marvy, EK Success. Flowers are by Prima.

Cards are simple and I tried to only use matching supplies. All card bases are white...I've been on a white card base kick lately....but I like the fresh and crisp look it gives. The cuttlebugged piece is River Rock by SU!....I sure wish this wasn't an *in color* ....it could surely replace Glorius Green, don't you think?! Ribbon is by May Arts. Flower is made with SU!'s oval punches. Not an original idea....but I've been wanting to try it and I added the piercing around the edges for a bit of interest.

These are the other two cards in the set. I used the SU! slit punch down the side and then added the 1/8 inch circle punch for interest. The ribbon tab is actually one of the slit punch tabs that I punched through the front of the card and tied just for fun. I thought of that all by myself....hee hee....small things thrill me in the middle of the night!!

Speaking of friends...I got another lovely card from Jacqueline.....just love her soft feminine style....I'm lovin the swirly stamps on this one....thanks much...my mailbox loves mail from France!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Happily Ever After....

The base of this card is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops collection. I stamped over it with Basic Grey's acrylic Heart Smudge set in SU!'s Regal Rose ink. Happily ever after is by Wordsworth. The bird stamp is by Penny Black and is stamped on a piece of glossy cardstock that has been colored with the smackin' acetate technique. Colors of reinkers used are bashful blue, pretty in pink and certainly celery. Flowers are by Prima and ribbon is by May Arts. Gem is from who knows where. The image is layered on white shimmer paper and faux stitched with a black pen and then distressed.

This is short and sweet....it's been a crazy weekend here with dh & ds getting sick...I'm tired.
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi....your comments are a bright spot in my day!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Treat Yourself!

I know I just used this image a bit ago...but I was playing along with VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) over on Splitcoaststampers last weekend and made this card for one of the challenges there. The challenge hostess gives you a theme or technique and you have 45 minutes to create a card for the challenge. I haven't been able to play the last few times....so I really enjoyed playing along this time!!

The paper for this card is from Basic Grey's Blush Collection. The goodie stamp is by Stampendous! The *treat yourself* stamp is by Purple Onion Designs and fits perfectly in SU!'s word window punch. The ribbon slide is by Maya road. The ribbon is by May Arts.

The most fun thing of all about this card is that it made the honor gallery....totally made my day!
Thank you for sharing my excitement!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Delphinium

I'm a sucker for flower stamps....and Penny Black ones especially!! I just love flowers....they make me happy. This was another card for my sympathy workshop...but it could easily be made into another occasion card. The paper is Bazzil....the monochromatic packs are so handy....they make matching shades super-easy! I used SU Markers on the flower...coloring it first in Lavender Lace and then adding accents in Lovely Lilac. I did the same with the stems...coloring them first in Old Olive and then adding accents in Always Artichoke. The sentiment is done on the computer....all of my stamps are long and narrow....and not what this card needed. I added faux stitching on this one...but no distressing. One more of the vellum butterflies just finished the card off. Emboss SU! butterfly twice in white on vellum, cut out and attach only in the center so the wings *flutter*.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

With Sympathy

I'm working on a Sympathy Card workshop and this is one of the cards I came up with. There is something about the monochromatic color theme that I find very simple and elegant. The ecru piece is run through the script folder from cuttlebug and layered on ecru cardstock. The tulips are by Printworks and are done with the watercolor crayons on ecru watercolor paper. That panel is layerd on another ecru panel that has been faux stitched with a white gel pen. The With Sympathy is printed on vellum using my computer. I need to remember to do this more....it gave me a long narrow senitment that I needed to tear and attach to the card. I attached it with a single mini glue dot on each side....and if you really look you can see it...but I like the way the edges curled upwards a bit and gives it a bit of dimension with out adding bulk or do-dads of any sort.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happiness!


Happiness.....when out of the blue a card falls together in minutes! This card feature's Basic Grey's Paisley rub-ons. Happiness is a Making Memories rub-on. The card base is white shimmer paper and the designer paper is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops line. Adhesive gem is a PIF/DSS gift. Scallop circle punch is from Martha Stewart's line. The embossed circle is a Cuttlebug folder....they come in a set of 4 and I'm thinking they will be fun with the many circle punches and stamps I have.

DD update for those that have wished her well...she's on the mend. She's always on the move at 15 months.....love the snuggles I got in yesterday....but I'd rather sneek them in when she's happily on the run!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Blue Bonnets

Love this image....colored with chalks and q-tips. It is layered on Vintage Violet (SU!) that has been faux stitched and scuffed. The butterfly is from Butterfly of Happiness set. (SU!) It was embossed in white on vellum....I *will* move on with these butterflies...but are they not the prettiest embellishments?! The Almost Amethyst layer has been embossed with the Cuttlebug script embossing folder.

Simple and fresh feeling....just what I need after today. DD has a bug of some sort.....let's just say I've been doing laundry *all day* to keep her fresh...and I'm *not* feeling too fresh at this point in the day! Poor dear!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Classic Wishes

This is another card I made for Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoaststampers.com. The challenge was to have your main image done on a black panel. The magnolia (All Night Media) is embossed on black cardstock and bleached. I trimmed the panel and layered it on the ecru silk paper....it's gorgeous! I found the paper at Michael's and have no idea who makes it....think I need to get back up there and check out their fun papers again!! The thinking of you is stamped with black Stazon ink and is by Wordsworth. The scrumptious ribbon is by May Arts.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Friends are Family....

Well....this is a new one for me....a circle card! I'm playing along with SCS's Virtual Stamp Night and I really enjoyed thinking out of the *box*. Base cardstock is Close to Cocoa, image frame is Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red. The image is stamped on ivory cardstock. Puppy is from Whipper Snapper, Thinking of You is from Impression-Obsession. The border flowers, dots and large flower are by Stampendous! The friendship verse is by Doodlebug. Black ashesive dot is from an unknown source. I bent my acrylic stamps to mirror the circular edge of the card. Image is colored with Copic/Studio2 Markers and SU! markers. I used a glaze pen for the puppy's nose and collar.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Two Scoops of Love!

If you're not a sticker fan, please forgive me....but I do enjoy playing with stickers sometimes! I love these gold ones by Stampendous! This card has a white base. The layer is Ruby Red (SU!) and is stamped with Ruby Red ink with Basic Grey's Two Scoops Heart Smudge acrylic stamp set. It's a fun way to mimic patterned paper in any color you want to make! Being clear stamps it is easy to stamp your design without overlapping or ending up with goofy empty spots. The patterned paper that I scalloped with SU!'s slit punch and then punched with the 1/8 circle punch is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops 6x6 collection. The sparkle dot stickers are from Stampendous! Ribbon is by May Arts. I made my own medallion with some pearlescent cardstock, gold cardstock, pearlescent cardstock, two scoops punched with Martha Stewart's scallop punch and a sticker. The row of hearts panel is mounted on foam tape.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Happily Ever After

We're forecast to get us some fresh white stuff here tonight/tomorrow!! No, I don't have to shovel....so will enjoy it from the inside...and what's a girl to do but stamp?!

The base of this card is Bayou Blue (SU!) the darker blue is Not Quite Navy (SU!). The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Dasher collection. The snowman image is from Whipper Snapper and is colored with Copic/Studio2 markers. You might not be able to tell, but I painted the snowmen/snow with a mixture of micropearl powder, gum arabic and water for a slight sheen. I also used my Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Art Institute crystal glitter on the snow.

The large snowflake was a scrap from a large snowflake punch. I merely trimmed around the edges and made my own snowflake embellishment! My *found recycled item* laid on my desk for quite a while....but it just *belonged* on this card!! The small snowflake buttons are by Dress It Up! The *happily ever after* stamp is by Wordsworth. On this card I did the faux stitching in black. Thanks for stopping by...and stay warm!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Snow Butterflies

There is snow heading our way again.....and I just love snow when I can stay home and watch it!
The card base is Bashful Blue (SU!) and Night of Navy(SU!) for the layers. Snowflake stamps are by SU! as is the Diamond Print Pattern. Snowflakes are stamped in White Craft (SU!) and Night of Navy that has been stamped off. White flocking is used with heat and stick powder on the diamond print pattern....looks all fluffy like snow!! Ribbon is Vintage Violet (SU!) Sparkle dot sticker is by Stampendous! The snowflake verse is by Hero Arts.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sending you Smiles

This card is one that I did a while ago...but since some of the stuff I'm working on today I can't show you just yet.....we'll bring out this one!! The cardstock is Certainly Celery (SU!) The white layer is punched with a Fiskars edge punch. The butterfly image is by Stampendous! (I think....eeek!!! I can't find it.....argh....now I won't be able to sleep trying to figure out what I did with it!!! Time to clean up my stampin space!!! ) The sentiment is by Wordsworth. The image is colored with Copic/Studio2 markers. The sparkle dot stickers are by Stampendous! Ribbon is by May Arts.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Share the Love ..... and some Winners!!!

This could either be a valentine or an anniversary card. I did it in a 5x5 inch size. The base paper is from the Figgy Pudding collection by Basic Grey. The white distressed layer is the white glimmer paper. The black layer has some dark grey distressed pattern to it in real life and is from the Cardmaker's Classic Creative Pack by Hot Off The Press. The red layer under the letter L is more figgy pudding and is cut to fit the stamp. The stamp is by My Sentiments Exactly! and is stamped in white craft ink (SU!) on acetate. Flowers are by Prima, glitter dots and hearts are by Dress It Up. The photo isn't the best....it's hard to photograph acetate!!!

My first winner for the EIO Sketch #5 challenge goes to Jacqueline! Thanks to both you and medfordsil for playing along.....it's so fun to see everyone's take on the challenge!! Enjoy your ribbons....going out tomorrow!

My second batch of winners are for the PIF Blogger post. The winners are......
1~ Tracy
2~ Lastel
3~ Shell-Challenge Addict
I will need each of you to email me your snail-mail addys...and your packages are ready to go out tomorrow too. Hope you enjoy the goodies I've pulled together for you!! Don't forget....it's your turn now to go share the love with some other lucky bloggers!!! Have fun!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

EIO Sketch Challenge #6!


This week's sketch at Embellish-Online is mine. It's my first sketch...both thinking of it and attempting to *draw* it on the computer....the purple layer is a base layer. So....if you care to join us....please play along and post a link to your creation on this post and in Embellish-Online's gallery....I'd love to see your take on the sketch!
My card is done with Bazzill cardstock. The little square frame is made by The Paper Cut. I pierced and faux stitched it with a Sakura Clear Stardust pen. The flower stamp is by Great Impressions. It is colored with Copic/Studio2 pens and cut out leaving a tiny white border. I attached it to the card with mini-glue dots. The alphabet letters are on white cardstock and are Cuttlebug's Hippie Chick die cut alphabet. I attached these with the Sakura Quickie Glue pen. The May Arts ribbon is tied around the *leg* of a letter I didn't use. How's that for an original embellishment?!
Oh, and P.S. do you like my *pretty* Green Bay Packer colors?! ;)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Heart*felt* Hello!

Ok....so this is *SO* not Julie Ebersole...but I'm totally inspired by her simple crisp cards. I try stamping like that and it looks like junk, why is that?! I was going for simple on this one..but somehow I still ended up with 6 layers!!

The card base is bashful blue (SU!). I used the Cuttlebug snowflake folder and large oval punch (SU!) on the white panel. *Hello* is by Stampendous! and is stamped on white cardstock, punched out with the small oval punch (SU!) and popped up with foam tape. The blue circle is actally part of a PIF/DSS gift I received...there were two of these circles on a sheet. Not sure what they were supposed to be for....but I cut them apart and this is one of them! I used the ticket corner punch (SU!) on the corners before layering it onto a bashful blue scalloped square punch (Marvy-the purple one!) and then attaching to a black layer. I placed white minibrads in the circles left by the ticket and scallop punches.

The snowman is also some of that felt ribbon from Queen & Co. I just chopped this little fellow off and stuck him on my blue circle. Then to give him a little punch I colored his eyes and nose with some sharpies.

Thanks to my SBS2 sister, Maria, for the instructions to keep my blog candy post up to the top...but since it's 11:35pm here and I'm getting cross-eyed I will see about trying that out with tomorrow's post! Until then.....scroll down a few to my blog candy post if you're interested in playing along for a chance to win some ribbon! You have until Sunday night at 9:00pm central to post your card!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Heart*felt* Thanks!

This card is using the felt ribbon I've seen popping up here and there. This one is a cream color, however the base of this card is SU!'s Sahara Sand and it looks very nice with it. The red designer paper is by Murdock Country Creations and is called St. Nick. It is *so* fun....I got it super cheap on clearance...and am bummed because I only got one sheet!! It looks like gorgeous polished stone with no mess! The scalloped square the small ovals are a very pretty ivory irridescent paper I got from The Paper Cut's warehouse sale. I'm loving it!! Flowers are by Prima, and I doubled them to get a fuller look. I have no idea where the button is from...but does anyone know where to get *pretty* buttons?! I love the dainty, pearlescent, creamy/white sort...and my recent trip to Hobby Lobby left me totally bummed in that department! I faux stitched the large oval punch with the Sakura clear stardust pen. Thanks is an acrylic set by Stampendous.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Cheerful Sort of Card

Let me say right off the top, Apricot is *not* my favorite cardstock color....but this image is one I did with Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits....and it's been laying on my desk for quite a while. This was my first and only attempt at this technique....and once it was done I didn't know what to do with it!! SO....since I'm a nut, I decided it was too blah on white cardstock....so I cut it out leaving a tiny white border around the image. Yes, it took a while....but I do like to cut....after everyone is in bed and the house is quiet....so relaxing!! Then layering it plain cardstock seemed too blah...so the cuttlebug folder came out to give it a little help. I faux stitched this down for some edge interest. I *love* this ribbon from May Arts....it's so soft and doesn't add so much bulk when tied in a knot or bow. The pink scallop punch (SU!) is a little large for the bouquet...but I wanted to get a sentiment on there somehow!! The white punch is from the Martha Stewart collection and is pierced and layered on a red cardstock circle punch. A lowly toothpick is my flower pick....my 5yo son thought I was so silly using toothpicks on my card!! Ah well.....maybe I am!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Smackin' Acetate Floral


I *love* this technique....once it's dry! For me, it's a pretty messy process...but it's worth every minute of the ink-stained hands when I forget to wear gloves!! I used the following SU! reinkers: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst and Bashful Blue. I drop a few drops of each color onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of acetate. Then I spritz it a few times with water and mix the colors slightly. Quickly and carefully flip it over onto some white glossy cardstock and *smoosh* it around a bit until the cardstock is covered. Peel the acetate off and let the cardstock dry. You can reuse the inked acetate on another piece of glossy for a lighter look with some colors. It usually looks to me like the trash can at this point....but let it dry and then stamp your desired image on the inked paper and trim as desired. I just love the soft watercolored look it gives. The floral stamp is by Stampington & Co. It is layered on white glimmer paper and faux stitched with the Sakura Clear Stardust pen for a soft look. Edges are distressed. The base designer paper is by Daisy D's Paper Co. The white edge piece is a corner punch that I removed the guard on...it's my Mom's....so not sure what company it is....but I love the look it gives! The buttons are from who knows where....I wish I knew!!! I need to go button shopping...this *use it if I have it* kick I've been on is fun...but I must admit it makes me nervous when I use up some of my lovlies!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

EIO Challenge #5 and Blog Candy!!









Well....it's challenge time over at Embellish-Online...and this is our 5th challenge already! This is my take on the challenge. I flipped it on it's side to fit my image....but otherwise it's pretty close. The image is by Stampendous!, the sentiment is by Printworks, The small scallop punch is by SU!, The large scallop punch is by Marvy (the blue one). I colored the image with Copics/Studio2 markers, Sakura Souffle pens and Sakura clear glaze pen. Faux stitching around image with white Sakura gel pen. Ribbon is by May Arts and is positively yummy!! The flower slide is from Maya Road, and I love that it looks like chocolate icing!! Base paper is from Figgy Pudding collection by Basic Grey. These little paper packs make quite a bunch of cards!!! I'm nowhere near out of Figgy yet!! The white dots on the mint cake are white Dimensional Paper Paint by Tulip...looks like the icing on those fancy little cakes. YUM!



To play along for Blog Candy, please make a card using this sketch and post it to the Embellish-Online gallery with the code E-IS05 and post a link or message to this post so I can check it out!! I'll select a winner on Sunday night at 9:00pm. Hmmm.....the candy this time will be some ribbon....you gotta play to find out what kind!!! This is open to anyone anywhere....who doesn't need some calorie-free candy?! Have Fun!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Cherish Art & Life

Watercolor crayons came out for this card! And the embossed white paper is leftover from the winter card the other day.....that's the way I am....my messy desk inspires me to use pieces and parts of prior projects to come up with something new and different. It's just such a *nice* mess! I love Almost Amethyst cardstock with the white....it's crisp and soft at the same time.
Art definition is by Hero Arts and is stamped on watercolor paper. The floral stamps are by Hero Arts and Rubber Stampede respectively. I use Staedtler Watercolor crayons....and to acheive this look I mist the stamp lightly, apply crayons as desired to the stamp and then mist again lightly before stamping onto the paper. Ribbon is by May Arts, flower by Prima, and the gem was a PIF/DSS gift I received. Cherish is by SU! I've been on a distressing/faux stitching kick lately...but I love the look of the floral panel layered tone on tone to the base panel. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside!



Today was the opening of the January design team gallery at Embellish-It Online...if you have time, pop in and check out all the fun stuff in there! This month's theme was *baby it's cold outside!* These two pages of my daughter's 6x6 album fit the theme...and I just love how these pages turned out. The flourishes are flocked on these pages, and that goes so well with the soft colors and fabrics in the photos. The primas and clear snowflakes are such a delicate look. Faux stitching and Basic Grey papers tie in with the rest of the album. Love the SU! slit punch border and SU! scalloped circle punch with 1/8 inch circles punched in them and Stampendous sparkle dots. May Arts ribbon on the first page and the photos are layered on distressed glimmer paper.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Floral Birthday Wishes

I'm working on a card order that is right up my alley...floral!! I used colored pencils to color in the floral stamp (SU!) on watercolor paper. I layered it on a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock that has been faux stitched and distressed. The cream cardstock on the rest of the card I picked up at The Paper Cut's Warehouse Sale in December. It is a glimmery lightweight cardstock/coated paper that has vertical ribs running down it. Very pretty paper. Wish is by SU! and is stamped in stazon ink. Love the oval punches from SU!....and I simply pierced around the celery one for a different look before popping them up on foam tape. The ribbon is from who knows where....but I wish I did...after all this time I've decided that I really like it!!
Love the script cuttlebug folder...it can make simple just elegant!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Plenty of Polka-Dots

This one is plenty bright....but I've had one of those crabby days and I was trying to get out of my funk! Not sure I like it....but I do like a few things about it! The flower ribbon is from Archiver's and it is fuzzy! I was puttering with some scraps on my desk and realized that it would fit exactly onto a slit punched piece made with the SU! slit punch! I also like the look of a single flower on a clear button...that would be a fun embellishment as well. This is the first inking of Polka-Dot Posies (SU!) a recent rummage sale find. I held out on it...but it's just so cheerful that I caved! I love the designer paper too...it's by The Paper Studio. Just not sure that it all goes together....but hey, it's bright anyway!! The bottom of the card is cut up 1 1/8 inches. The inside is lined with the striped paper and there is a white panel with a small flower in side for the sentiment. Ink colors are So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. The flower pieces are all stamped and cut out leaving a narrow white border and then assembled with glue dots. The red button is stuck on with Diamond Glaze. Sheer white ribbon (source unknown)
Friendship stamp is by SU!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy Winter!

Here's another simple card...but I *love* blue and white together and snowflakes....so I went with it. I never used the Shapes & Shadows set by SU! much after thinking I *needed* to buy it....but I like the look of this snowflake with the Happy Winter stamp by A Muse. I was digging through my stickers to cover up a dent on the snowflake panel (from being buried on my desk) and saw that one of the stickers would fit the center of the snowflake exactly! It gives it a really neat look in real life. I finished it off by a glitter dot (Archiver's). The embossed paper is from my stash...got it at a local stamp store....no idea who makes it...but thankfully I bought quite a few sheets....so fun! Ribbon is by May Arts. Faux stitching around the Brocade Blue panels. The base panels are Brilliant Blue cardstock.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Winter Wish

A winter wish to all for a Happy New Year....Hello 2008! This is the first card I've made this year...and yes, I'm working on my New Year's Cards on New Year's Day....how tardy am I?! Another goal for this new year...the cardmaker should be *on time* making and sending her cards! Not sure if I can keep this goal...but it looks good in writing!!
The embossed paper is some pretty stuff I found at a local stamp store several years ago. I hoard things forever and finally decide to use them....I love the soft look...it has a tissue/mulberry feel to it. I tore it and ran it through my Xyron machine before attaching it to the pale blue cardstock (unknown source). The ribbon is from May Arts. The flower is by Prima...I *love* these ....can you tell?! The pale blue snowflakes are buttons (unknown source) and the diamond gems are a PIF or DSS gift I rec'd. The stamp is by SU! and is stamped in Versamark and then chalked. I cut it out leaving a narrow border and then layered it on glimmer paper. I faux stitched with a white gel pen which may be a little hard to see, but is a nice subtle look in real life. Wish is also a SU! stamp in black ink. I love the chilly crisp look of this card...but hubby thought it looked like a wedding card!! Oh well.....