Monday, March 31, 2008

Kid Cards

Well...I had Megan's birthday card all done and then I went and sold it! So...I got to make her another one! This one I personalized with her age....so that will deter any more selling of her birthday card!! I used Almost Amethyst cardstock and used the Bloom Dot Cuttlebug folder on it. Paper is Basic Grey's Gypsy Collection. The flowers are prima, the decorative brads are by Making Memories. The chipboard letters are by Basic Grey. I used a Copic Spica to stitch on this one....extra glitter!!
This one features several A Muse stamps. *Balloons, *Bear, *Gifts, *Hat, *Sentiment.
I colored them with Copic Markers and then added detail with the Copic Spica Glitter pens.
Unknown sources of designer paper and ribbon....they just fit the bill. White faux stitching finished it off.


Sunday, March 30, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I've had this image from a stamping party with my friend Marlene for *years.* In my normal fashion, when I'm having fun with a technique I tend to make LOTS of them and then they live in a pile somewhere for a lllloooonnnnngggg time until I find them again someday and make something with them!! I'm really liking how this card turned out!!

The rose (unknown source) was stamped in vesamark ink and then chalked in pink and green.
Today I added Close to Cocoa (SU!) ink with a sponge to age it a little. I stamped Happy Mothers Day (Printworks) in black ink. Next I faux stitched around the edge and distressed it for a shabby look before running it through my new Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder. Finally, I hit it with sandpaper to highlight the diamonds again. To finish the card I stamped SU!'s Linen background stamp in Close to Cocoa ink on some pink cardstock. The tan layer is from Bazzil. Ribbon is by May Arts.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hoppy Birthday!

Hows this for a springy type birthday card?! This stamp is by Penny Black. The papers are from Basic Grey's Gypsy Collection. The pink satin floral ribon is by May Arts. I used little rub-ons from Maya Road's Happiness set for their centers. I used a SU! wheel in Pixie Pink ink and used rub-ons for the flower centers and a white Signo gel pen to highlight the dots. The floral border punch is from Martha Stewart's collection and the hoppy birthday is done with Karen Foster's tiny snap stamps.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My First Inchie Card!

This card is totally inspired by Jacqueline.....I love her inchie cards...and though I've made *another* card with NO stamps....I'm loving how this one turned out! I used scraps from yesterday's card. I picked up a Scor-Pal and this is my trial run with that as well.
I wanted something subtle, so I did the grid with the Scor-pal every 1 1/4 inches. The base paper is River Rock by SU! The scallop punch is the pink one from Marvy. I pierced each scallop and then used an 1/8 inch circle punch on the corners. The tulips are a sticker that I stuck to lavender vellum and cut out. Both the scalloped square and the tulip layer are bumped up on foam tape for dimension. I distressed my inchies with a scuffer. If I keep making springy cards spring *will* come, right?!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happiness is a Butterfly

This card is a bit brighter than I usually make. I usually don't grab purple....but the paper and butterfly ribbon ended up on my desk at the same time...and out it popped!! The ribbon is part of my DSS gift....it's by May Arts and is some really unique stuff! The designer paper is from Crafty Individuals.....a gift from Jacqueline! The colors really look better in real life, I promise!!

Base cardstock is SU!'s Lovely Lilac. The corner punch is by EK Success. Flowers by Prima and buttons from my grandma's stash! Happiness stamp is by Penny Black.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Inspiration Challenge

I participated in Catherine's Inspiration Challenge this week....check here for the inspiration photo. I used my Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder on the white striped vellum and the Wild Wasabi cardstock. I cut the bottom of the wasabi piece with my son's wavy scissors. The lace is from Archiver's. The flowers are by Prima, the brads by Making Memories and the Happy Anniversary is by Wordsworth. The designer paper is from Susan Branch. White ribbons are by May Arts. Fun challenge Catherine...I'll be playing again!!!

If YOU are up for a challenge...be sure to click on my EIO forum and make some Card Candy to win some Forum Freebies!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Card Candy and Forum Freebies!

Today's post is about Card Candy....little homemade emellishments that can be made ahead and then gifted or used on future scrapbooks and cards to make them fall together in a hurry. These sets use SU! stamps other than the friends stamp that is by Printworks and the alphabet stamps used for the topper which are My Sentiment's Exactly. Colors are Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Lavender Lace. The Sparkle Dot stickers are by Stampendous! The Glitter Dots are by Dress It Up. I used SU! white craft ink. When done creating the pieces, use glue dots or scrapbook mounting squares and attach them to waxed paper. I cover a piece of cardboard for stiffness on mine...but that is entirely optional. Edited to add: I slip the cardboard with the candy on it into a cello envelope, seal it and then attach the topper to the top.

I am posting a card candy challenge in my Embellish-Online forum....complete with Forum Freebies for a lucky participant. Check it out, I'd love to see your creations!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Figgy Fishin' & Faux Faux Sea Glass

Oh man.....I'm so far behind on my birthday cards....and I can squirm all I want....but I've got no excuses! Thought this would bring a smile to my cousin's face....he's 11 and somehow they think underwear are funny at that age! Image is by Stampendous! and is colored with Copic/Studio2 pens and Spica glitter highlights the water, fish, pole and lures. The lures are by Great Impressions. The base card is River Rock by SU! and the designer paper is from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding Collection. I ran it through the Cuttlebug spots and dots embossing folder and then sanded it and distressed the edges. The card is wrapped in fishing line and a homemade fishing line knot and some cut out lures are the embellshments. The verse is typed up on the computer.
I had some vellum scraps leftover from my last faux sea glass card and decided to try to using them on some laminating sheets. The look is similar, however I like the *bumpy* look I got on the other card with the ultrathick clear embossing powder and versamark.

I stamped the SU! sand dollar in black on Sahara Sand cardstock and highlighted the sand dollar with a white prismacolor pencil. I ran the aqua vellum through the swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder. The verse is by PSX and the starfish is by My Sentiments Exactly! and is stamped in Creamy Caramel, stamped off once.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Caught Napping

A fun little belated birthday card....and somehow, although I love to *make* cards, I never seem to get them sent out on time!!! Colored this image with Copic/Studio2 Markers and highlighted the water with the Spica Glitter pens. I hand-doodled around the main image, a fun way to make it pop. Used up a scrap of the Swiss Dot Cuttlebugged paper and tied it with some delish May Arts ribbon. I used the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug embossing folder on the Basic Grey paper from the Oh Baby! Boy collection. Then I sanded it with a sanding block to distress it even further. The base paper is SU!'s Sahara Sand. The verse is done with Karen Foster's Snap Stamps and the Happy Birthday is by savvystamps.

I want to share some lovely blog candy from Catherine St. Claire that arrived this week in my snailmail box!!! The card is gorgeous....It's so shimmery!!! I can't wait to use the stamp...thanks much!!!

And one last card from my SCS DSS Big Sister....it's just too cute!! ...........and true!!! I can't wait to find out who she is....she's been filling my mailbox faithfully for the last 3 months.....a great big sis!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

100th Post & my *baby* is 6 years old!


Two more layouts from my son's chipboard album with a glimpse of him at age 5. We're out of town celebrating his birthday at a waterpark....hard to believe he's 6 years old already...my, how the time flies!

These pages use papers from Basic Grey's Recess 6x6 paper pack. The journaling on the first page was done on the white vellum that was then run through the Xyron sticker machine. The flourishes are by Maya Road and are covered in Art Institute glitter. Rub-ons on both pages are by Crate.

The second page, the arrows are actually cardboard punched with the SU! Photo Corner Punch and covered in Art Institute Glitter.

Friday, March 14, 2008

E-isc10 Sketch Challenge

Good morning! It's my week to post a sketch at Embellish-Online....and with the 50* weather I'm in a springy mood!!! Here is the sketch and the card that inspired it.





Flowers by prima. Flower centers are 1/4 hole punches of coordinating paper that I covered with Making Memories clear acrylic pebble stickers. Happy birthday is a Basic Grey Rub-on. Ribbon is by May Arts. Turtle is by Whipper Snapper and is colored with Copic/Studio2 markers. The flower centers on the turtle are covered with Diamond Glaze. The swirls on the turtle shell are traced with a Sakura clear stardust pen. Paper used is from the Basic Grey's Two Scoops collection.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Chick!

Here is the other Nestabilities card that I started last weekend. The white and dark green layers were cut and embossed using the large Nestablities set. I layered them on a Certainly Celery piece punched with the purple Marvy scallop punch. My first time playing with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder. The spring rub-on is by Basic Grey. Ribbon is very fun stuff from Creative Imaginations. The image is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with the spica glitter pens. The ladybug is covered in Diamond Glaze for a little bit of pop.
This lovely package was in my mailbox today thanks to Jacqueline! I am awed by her use of her scrap bin....what a cute little 3 x 3 inch card!! And that paper pack is *SO* fun.....it's going to *hurt* to cut into it!! I'm loving it...thanks Jacqueline....you've got mail coming!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Those Eyes!

Well, maybe it's only his mamma that thinks so.....but I just love 'em! Paper for these pages is from Basic Grey's Recess 6x6 collection. The dark brown is Bazzil and the lighter brown is an unknown source. I used various circle punches to punch pieces of coordinating cardstock which I layered and then topped off with a Making Memories Acrylic Pebble Sticker. The one at the top is the letter H for handsome, the one on the left is N for Nicholas and the one on the right is 5 for his age in this album. I couldn't not use the color photo....so I used both!! Rubons are by Crate. On this page the MP are my initials and the z is for sleeping of course! He thought that was quite funny.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sweet Summertime!



This isn't a new creation...but I'm in the mood for summer and this is the card I pulled out for my DSS (SCS Secret Sister) for this week. She's been so much fun to get to know...and our term is fast coming to and end. I'm posting this here just to be sassy....I'm 99.999% sure she hasn't figured me out...but I'm becoming more and more careless with my clues!! Hope she likes it!!


The card is from TLC53 (technique lover's challenge) and they are very fun to make! Base paper is Brocade Blue (SU!) I stamped Just Jeans (SU!) in brocade blue on some of the panels. I randomly stamped a little SU! flower in brocade blue and highlighted the flower centers with my white gel pen. The center panel has been pierced and faux stitched using the Lasting Impressions template. Verse is by Printworks, Watermelon is by Whipper Snapper and is colored with Studio2 markers. Brads are by Bazzil, ribbon is by SU!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Time Well Spent

I had the chance to play with some nestabilities this weekend....definately fun I'd have to say! These are the large ovals. I use the scrap from a *test drive* to frame my little chick and liked the look I got. Some Copic Spica glitter pens also followed me home.....what a fun way to add a little glitter!

The main image is colored with Copics and then highlighted with the Spica Glitter pens. Ribbon is by May Arts and the trim I'm no longer sure of it's source beyond Archivers! The little sparkle dot stickers are by Stampendous! The Jumbo Pebble Brad is by Making Memories. The verse is by SU! and the paper is by Basic Grey.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Happiness Grows Up!

You may remember I posted this ATC a while ago as part of a challenge. Lori was the winner of the challenge and so this is the card I made for her using the ATC. Not only are they fun to make....they also make for putting a quick card together!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Faux Leather

After all the *girly* stuff I've been working on it felt good to do something more masculine! This technique is really pretty easy if you don't mind ripping up a bit of masking tape...I love the aged look it aquires with the distressing process. I followed Beate's tutorial on SCS, so for photos and every little detail, look here.

I tore the tape into smallish pieces like she suggested and taped them to an ivory piece of cardstock, but it doesn't matter since you cover the cardstock completely with the tape. Then I took my brown ink pad and how fun to watch it come alive! Then I used my versamark pad and embossed it with clear powder...viola....a very masculine looking panel.

The stamp is by Stampendous and I added color with my Primsmacolor pencils. Inked the edge of the stamped panel with artichoke and brown ink on a sponge. Taffeta ribbon is by SU! and the striped ribbon is by All My Memories. Square brad is by Making Memories and the buckle is from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit by SU!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spumoni Gift Set

Well...this is a peek at what I've been working on this week! Flaxychick issued this challenge over at Embellish-Online:
~Use 1 sheet of designer paper (you must use it all) to create anywhere from 4-12 projects. At least 2 items must be non-card projects and at least 2 items must be cards (any size).
~Stamp sets - Limit 2 sets or 1 set and 1 BG + you may add a sentiment not included in your choice of sets
~Designer paper - 1 sheet - use it all
~CS - any
~Ink - any
~Embellishments - any

In this grouping the *buttons* are actually punched circles of designer paper covered with a clear epoxy sticker by Making Memories that I've had laying around here for next to forever. I used my eyelet punch to punch 2 holes and tied some May Arts ribbon through them and viola...my faux button!! They look a lot like the Making Memories jumbo pebble brads which I used for flower centers on the other cards.

Some fun facts on these 4 cards include:
~The fact that to use up all of my scraps was a bit of a challenge due to the large circles I cut to alter the heart pocket. The leftovers were triangles which I punched my faux buttons out of. Then I layered them like a starflower on the butterfly card. Can't say I *like* it...but it is definately unique and allowed me to complete the challenge of using *all* of my sheet of paper!
~Then there is the woven card. I had these tiny strips to use up and had the hair-brianed idea to weave them! It actually looks really neat in real life...again...not your normal quick card....but it was fun to do for a change! Note the sticker on this card is clear epoxy and has the tiniest of the scraps under it....it looks like a fancy paperweight!

These are the two non-card projects in my set. The heart pocket will hold the card set. It is a Petal Folder from Paper Adventures that a friend picked up at an Outlet Sale. These sets are just simply too fun to make!! The little box is by Creative Imaginations...and has some faux stitching and distressing to dress it up some. The ribbon is tied around the magnetic box lid flap. My paper for this project was spumoni from the Two Scoops collection by Basic Grey.

WOW....that was a long post!!! I see I passed up 5000 hits today on my little blog about my stamping hobby (aka *addiction*) Thanks for the time you take to stop by....it means a lot to me!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Acetate & Tissue

Well....this is my first shot at the acetate and tissue technique...and I have to say it's fun and I will be doing it again. For all the details on how to do this with pictures and all...check out the link above to Splitcoast Stampers, Beate's tutorial was very easy to follow I thought.

I stamped the lighthouse (PSX) in stazon on an acetate circle. Then applied the diamond glaze (crystal effects) on the back, added reinkers in celery, amethyst and bashful blue and mixed them slightly. Then I took some Interference Blue Pearl-Ex powder and sprinkled it in the general area of the clouds and house. Next I took some white tissue that had been wadded up and flattened it carefully over the mess, being careful to avoid any white *bubbles*. I let it dry overnight and then trimmed around the edge of the acetate and mounted it onto a white cardstock circle. I pierced around the edge for some added interest.

I was thinking I was missing something even with the four gem thingys on the corners (Mark Richards) when I got email telling me Follow Your Bliss had a new post.....and there was my finishing touch, thanks to Trudee!!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Floral Collage


This is collaging Block-it style!! Block-it is some very narrow masking tape-like tape. It is low tack, so it fits perfectly in between the squares on the background stamp. Then, when you're done stamping you remove the tape which can be reused (if you're the thrify type....which I am!) and you have a perfectly stamped collage background.

The background stamp is by an unknown company....I think I found it in a used rummage sale bin unmounted and mounted it myself. The stamps are all by Hero Arts except *wish* which is by SU! and *hi* which is by Impression-Obsession. The blue cardstock is Bashful Blue by SU! The little blue gems are by Mark Richards. The round slide mounts are by Design Originals and I removed the acetate liners and ran them through the script cuttlebug and mounted them so they are actually debossed for a different look. Flowers are by Prima.