Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fishy Wishes

Check out this little fellow by Inky Antics! I just think he's too cute with his fishy drink! I colored the image in Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. His tummy is white flocking and his ice cube and drink are coated with Diamond Glaze. I love the variety of textures on this card!
I ran vellum through the Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and the designer paper is by Cloud9 and is flocked. The verse is by My Sentiments Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Winter

Another little snowman....colored with Copics. I doodled around the image. The Swirl stamp is by Printworks, and Happy Winter is by A Muse. The Scalloped Edge Punch is by Martha Stewart. Ribbons are by May Arts and the button is vintage. Word window punch and cardstock is by SU!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Inky Antics - Snowmen

I've got snowmen on the brain these days....and a yard full of snow to go with them! I've got a professional 6 year old snowman builder too....this year's first snowman met it's demise in a rainy mess. I'd best get some carrots and Twizzlers (his mouth of choice) around here for the next batch he comes up with!
This image is from Inky Antics and makes me laugh. I colored it with Copic Markers and Copic At You Spica Glitter pens. The only other embellishment is a tiny button that is tied with embroidery floss. A little hint.....no *naked* buttons on cards....tie them up with some ribbon or floss for a finished look. Card base is black, designer paper is by Heidi Grace and provides just the tiny bit of coordinating colors to *pop* the image.
This card was inspired by this designer paper. I'm clueless as to the company....but I liked it and it followed me home once upon a time! I paired it with SU!'s Bashful Blue and dark brown Bazzil Cardstock. This image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils. The button is vintage, the ribbon a scrap, Warm Wishes is by Come Clean Designs, the Top Note Die Cut is by SU! and the tiny snowflake is by Dress It Up!

I'm now co-blogging with my friend Heidi for her local stamp store, The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI. If you like lots of card samples, feel free to check out her blog here.

You can see the many companies she carries in her sidebar, and though she is a brick and mortar store, they will be happy to work with you. Just mention you saw it on one of our blogs!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let It Snow!

...SOMEPLACE ELSE!! It's -8* here tonight and more snow is on it's way! This card has an icy feel to it...probably because that's what we feel whenever we venture out! BRRR!

Card base is black, silver cardstock has been run through the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder. The peppermint striped paper was a RAK I received. Image is a $1.00 Whippersnapper one I picked up this fall. She's decked out with Copic markers, flocking on her tummy and Diamond Glaze on her candy cane. A Gold Spica Glitter Pen has been added to the ground below her. I doodled around the edge of the image. Snowflake is by Martha Stewart and the heart is a Stampendous Sparkledot sticker. Let it snow is a plastic embellishment I picked up somewhere, source unknown. Ribbon is Offray.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thank You!

We're enduring grey skies and snowbanks here....but this card is just SO cheery, I love it!
I used white for the card base. Designer paper is by Cloud9 Design. The stamps are by WhipperSnapper and are colored with Copic Markers, highlighted with white gel pen and Prismacolor pencils. The lucsious ribbon is by May Arts. The flower sequins are by Hero Arts.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Warm Fuzzy Wishes!

Today's challenge over at Embellish-Online is to make a quick and simple Holiday Card. I picked up these fun flocked cards from Heidi Grace. They have a window in them and are slightly embossed around the window. I simply added some gorgeous May Arts ribbon, a small nestabilities oval, a glitzy Prima and a glitter dot from Dress It Up to the front of the card.




To this inside of the card I stamped this cute Penny Black snowman on an oval, colored him with Copic Markers and doodled around it. Warm Wishes from Come Clean Designs is stamped on the inside of the card. Very quick and easily reproduced. If you choose to play along, the challenge is FC20, be sure to put the code in your upload!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snowy Birthday Wishes

It's been a bit since I posted a masculine card. I was in the mood to put some snow on these pine needles. The set is by SU!, the needles are stamped in Always Artichoke, the pinecones are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I used some of my *homemade glitter goof snow* on the needles...I'm going to use that stuff all up rather than toss it! The designer papers are by Fiskars, the bottom has been run through Cuttlebug's Branches Embossing Folder. The Happy Birthday is by Penny Black and has been stamped inside of a BasicGrey Journal Block stamp. I used Copic Markers to color the frame and then sponged the center with SU!'s Creamy Caramel ink.

Ok, and at long last I've selected a comment to RAK from last week as I promised:
Brenda said...
absolutely beautiful card!
Dec 7th
So, email me Brenda and I'll get some goodies on their way to you!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Acetate Card Challenge at Embellish-Online

It was my Friday to Host the Design Team Challenge at Embellish-Online last week. My challenge was Perfectly Clear; use transparencies or vellum on your card!

For my card I used both! The acetate is folded in half and swirled love from The Rubber Cafe was stamped in black stazon on the acetate. Inside the card I mounted some gold metallic vellum to the back panel with some mini-glue dots. I stamped the exotic flower (H822) by The Rubber Cafe on a cream oval, colored it with Copic Markers, highlighted it with Spica Glitter Pens and faux stitched around the edge. I mounted a blank oval on the inside of the card to hide the adhesive on this one. The flowers are glue-dotted to the oval and are by BRIDES and are found at Michaels. The shimmer in real life is very rich looking! If you choose to play along, use FC19 in your upload keyword so we can check out your work!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friendship Warms The Heart

Another snowflake card....1* and snowing here tonight! This card features a corner punch medallion on navy cardstock. I layered the medallion on white cardstock that has been run through the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder. A gardener at heart I guess...but snowflakes are a little like winter's flowers, and these sparkly ones from Heidi Grace were perfect to nestle in the center under a shimmery snowflake. The tag was run through my Big Shot and then stamped with a little saying from Hero Arts. May Arts and Creative Impressions Ribbons.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Wonderland

The weather here is frightful...-6* as I type....windchills today that shouldn't be legal! BRR!
This card is a super simple and elegant winter wish. The photo itself has been a challenge and I'm going to give it one more try tomorrow in daylight. This photo captures the essence of the shimmery cardstock that I ran through the Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I also punched the snowflakes (Martha Stewart) and the Large Oval Punch (SU!) of this paper. The rest of the card is simply white cardstock. I added adhesive pearls to the snowflakes and some piercing to complete the card. Wish is by SU! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

40th Anniversary

Today is my parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary, and last night we had the honor of celebrating the milestone with family and friends. Above are the invitations that are stamped and embellished. The base paper is a dark chocolate cardstock, the ruby layer is a cardstock that has flourishes in it, tone on tone. I printed the invitation with chocolate computer ink and then stamped the flourish by Magenta with Tim Holtz's Fired Brick Distress Ink. The image was stamped off once to tone down the intense color. SU!'s Photo Corner punch, some embossed flowers (BRIDES/Micheals), and some vintage ribbon finish it off.



The inside of the invitation is lined with the ruby cardstock (Archiver's) and the chocolate cardstock that has the flourish stamped on it tone on tone. I printed the menu/rsvp options on cardstock and then die cut it with SU!'s Top Note Die. In the pockets I was able to tuck in the map and a copy of their wedding photo.

For place cards/party favors I made these one sheet boxes for each of the guests. The cardstock I used was SU!'s Sahara Sand. I stamped a flourish by Printworks in white Memories ink before folding them up. I used Martha Stewarts' doily lace punch for the lace topper. I faux stitched Cloud9's Luster Snowflakes in Dark Red over the lace. I employed my hubby and his drill to punch the holes through the MANY layers and the boxes are tied shut with the sheer ribbons, red for the ladies and black for the gents. For the names I stamped the flourishes in white on the Sahara Sand cardstock and printed them on the computer. I stamped BasicGrey's Journal Block stamp over them, colored the the inside edge with Copic's YG91 marker and edged them with Art Institute's Cranberry Glitter. The snowflake punch is by Martha Stewart and the red sparkle dot heart sticker is by Stampendous!

And last but not least here is the happy couple. My mom will probably kill me for this, but I'm so happy to have parents that have been such a great example in marriage and in life. We love you and wish you many more!

And....if you are up for a fun batch of BLOG CANDY....check this offering out from SUZY!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wassail Winter Cards

This card popped together and all started with the stems which were scraps on my desk. I needed some leaves, so ran some designer paper through the brocade cuttlebug embossing folder and punched them with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Wish, the oval punches and the photo corner punches are by SU! The large scallop punch is by SU! and the small one is by Martha Stewart. Buttons are vintage. All designer paper is BasicGrey's Wassail collection. The ribbons are scraps and the bracket its a Basic Grey Cardstock Sticker. Cuttlebug's Birds and Swirls embossing folder has been embossed and lightly sanded for the background panel.
This card is also a bunch of odds and ends. I used Marta Stewart's scalloped circle punch on the desiger paper. I used BasicGrey's Journal Block stamp to frame my Hero Arts verse. The butterfly punches are by Martha Stewart and have been embellished by adhesive pearls.
I've been on a roll with this paper...but I'll post something totally different tomorrow....I'm ready for some blues!! I also need to pull a commenter from last week to RAK...I haven't forgotton....I'm just slow! I'll post that winner tomorrow as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are keeping warm where you live!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December Embellish-Online Gallery Open!

I love this Hero Arts verse....and I was tickled to see that it fit into my BasicGrey Journal Block stamp. The papers and buttons are from BasicGrey's Wassail Collection. The shimmer paper is from The Paper Cut. The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart and the buttons are from Dress It Up! The white flower/snowflake thingys are foam that I ran through my Big Shot. Faux stitching finishes it off.
SNOW has been in our forecast.....and out popped this card! Our focus this month was on BasicGrey's Wassail Collection. I love the artichoke color in this collection.

Take a look at all of the other beautiful creations in the gallery! ~michelle~

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wassail Whipper Snapper


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Here is the challenge as described on their site:
"On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eleven Pipers Piping"....No problem -- 11 pipers piping... definitely, lets make a paper craft using musical instruments!Load your creation into the photos area using the keyword/tag "12day11" (all lowercase) and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Embellish-It Scrapbooking.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Felt With The Heart...

A winter *thank you* card for a friend. Card base is Night of Navy (SU!), the designer paper is by Sandylion. Designer paper has been run through the diamond cuttlebug and lightly sanded. Ribbon is by May Arts. Snowflake and Doily Lace punches are by Martha Stewart. Verse is by PSX and flowers by Prima. Top Note Die Cut (SU!) on vellum peeks out from behind the verse panel. Script stamp is by Hero Arts, hearts are from Dress It Up! Half pearls, faux stitching and distressing finish it off.

Hope you had a great weekend. I sure did! Spent it with a stamping friend and we hit the Fiskars Warehouse sale....one word..... WOW!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Penny Black Snowman One More Time....

Ok, I admit it....I'm in love! This snowman is so pudgy and cute and his scarf is so fun to color and shade with the Copics! I colored a pile of these fellers...and this card was inspired by the *scrap* Top Notes *frame.* I did a die cut for a prior card and just couldn't toss this piece. I layered it over Riding Hood Red (SU!) panel that has been stamped with Rose Red (SU!) snowflakes (Impression-Obsession) and then cuttlebugged with the script embossing folder. I ran a white Memories dye ink pad over the writing to give it a *frosty* look. Winter Wonder is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and is stamped in a journal block by BasicGrey. A Black Spica Glitter pen dresses it up. The ribbon is velvet ricrac by May Arts. Flower by Prima. Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart. Glitter Dot by Dress It Up! Leaf Punch by EK Success. As you can tell, I'm an equal opportunity stamper!!

If you're up for some blog candy...check out Maria's blog.....she's celebrating in a BIG way!

Thanks for popping in! I'll be stamping all weekend...so hopefully I'll have a pile of stuff to share with you soon!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pink Paislee Meets BasicGrey

This was the card I made for the Day 3 challenge over at the paper planet. I had this medallion laying on my desk...and Mr. Owl fit in it perfectly. I doodled around the edge to accent the star shape left by the punches. All designer papers are from the Wassail Collection by BasicGrey. SU's River Rock is the card base and punched medallion. I used little self-adhesive gems to accent the image and the corners. Winter Wonder is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and is stamped in a journal block by BasicGrey. Owl by Pink Paislee and is colored with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens highlight his nose and eyes. SU!'s corner punch accents the corners.

Thanks for stopping by! This week I will select one comment from all of the comments left on my posts to RAK!