Saturday, January 31, 2009

Double Cuttlebugging

Double may be out on the web somewhere as something else...but I came up with this idea all by myself the other night, and this is what I'm calling it! For this look I ran the cardstock through the Script Embossing Folder first and then through the Leafy Branch Embossing Folder. In this case I found that order matters. I like the leaves to be the crisper image, so I embossed them last.

I layered the embossed pieces on white...this is a very crisp and clean card. The image is an old one from SU! that I just love. I used the Twinkling H2O's on this. I used a wet brush to pick up just a little bit of color and shaded the image.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tapestry Flower Valentine

Tomorrow I'm teaching a workshop featuring the glitter and acetate technique. This image is the Tapestry Flower from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped it on acetate with Stazon and then glittered it with Art Institute's Ultrafine Glitters ( 198. Green Briar and 268. Pink Smoothie) The image has been cut out and attached to the card with glue dots.

It is nestled on a Very Vanilla panel that has been run through the Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder. Designer papers are from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Line. A vintage button finishes the card off. Journal Block stamp is by Basic Grey and the sentiment is by Purple Onion Designs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Some More Skaters!

Here is another card featuring the skaters from the SU! set.
Cardstock: SU!'s black and baja breeze, metallic silver, white, pearlescent and sheet music.
Ribbon: SU!
Punches: Martha Stewart Doily Lace, SU!'s 5-Petal Flower
Embellishments: Paper Wishes Brad Buddy, Mini-brad
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Copics

Monday, January 26, 2009


Nestabilities have arrived at my house...not new CHA releases...but some really nice ovals and scalloped ovals....and *lots* of them! I couldn't wait to break them in...and think I will really enjoy them! This was just a quick card, but sometimes less is just more!! I used SU!'s Burgundy and Very Vanilla cardstocks. The image is also by SU!. I masked and sponged the image before I popped it out of the die, leaving a cream frame around the image! Ribbon is vintage, Snowflake is Martha Stewart and Allegro Cuttlebug folder was used. I love the way the little sentiment from Peddler's Pack fits so nicely in the background! Images were colored with Copic Markers. Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Heart Day!

One more fun little card from Hero Art's Whoo Loves You set! I stamped the branch in brown chalk ink, and then added the bird. To color the bird I used SU's Bashful Blue ink with a Dove Blender Pen. Art Institute glitter was used for the little hearts. Happy Day is actually from a Stampendous clear set and I added the heart sticker....perfect for a valentine or anniversary card! Bazzil Ric Rac, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, Stampendous Sparkle Dot Stickers, Heidi Grace Designer Paper.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Challenge #25!

It's time for Friday Challenge 25 at
This week's hostess is Bonnie, and her challenge was to sew something! ...or Faux Sew something!

For my card I used Hero Art's Whoo Loves You set and went for an old-timey simple valentine look. I stamped the images in brown chalk ink and colored with Copic Markers. I stamped the little hearts repeatedly along the bottom of the image and then glittered them with Art Institute Glitter. I used Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry designer paper and faux stitched it for a fun look.

We'd love to have you play along. Please use keyword FC25 when you upload your projects to the gallery so we can all see your beautiful work! ********Remember the contest Barb is running....if you have 25 posts in our gallery before the end of the month, you will qualify for a drawing for BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection.....time is running come out and play and maybe YOU will win!!

To see everyone's submissions click *here*

Thursday, January 22, 2009

White Chocolate Valentine! I'm not into white chocolate near as much as DARK...but I like the fresh feel of this card using the same stamp and cuttlebug folder as I did the other day. For this one I used a SU! marker to color onto the samp. I did *huff* on it before stamping, and I got a mottled sort of look...but I liked the crisp feel of the card with the slightly distressed look of the image.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

So Glad We're Friends!

Ok....I've been hankering for some flower cards....and so I'd say I packed a few on this one!
This is another card using the Empunchlar was made by EK Success and it is no longer in production. I taught a workshop using the tool...and punched a bunch of the leaf circles and flowers up for future use. I combined it with some tiny sun punches for my flower centers as well as some Hero Arts gems. SU! photo corner punch, Best Yet set and Best Blossom set hopped in there too. I love using the chalk pop technique with this set.....just so soft and pretty! Marvy Scalloped circle punch which I further punched to make it look more lacey. Tiny Primas and faux stitching finished off the card. Thanks for taking a peek!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Whoo Loves You?!

I think I must have chocolate on the brain...because I *really* like the way this Cuttlebug Heart Embossing Folder looks on Chocolate Chip cardstock! It reminds me of Dove chocolates!!

This image is from Hero Arts' Whoo Loves You set. I stamped it in Fresco Amaretto Truffle Chalk Ink. I used Art Institute's Cranberry glitter on the hearts. Happy Day is by Stampendous as is the little sparkly heart. The red cardstock is SU!'s Ruby Red.

This card is really glittery in real life! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thanks Mom!

Twinkling H2O's are the coloring method on this card. I have these and don't often grab them, but I had a hoot today coloring this flower in many different hues! To achieve this look I did not soak the cakes, but I used a wet brush to pick up some color and painted with them. (Mom's tip!)This gives the color a more transparent feel, which I like.

On this flower I did not leave much white space and I layered two colors. On some of the others I left more white space and I think I like those even better. This is a retired SU! stamp which I stamped in stazon on white cardstock. I used Cuttlebug's Houndstooth Embossing Folder to add dimension. The scalloped panel and gems are from Archivers. Doily Lace punch is from Martha Stewart. Photo corner punch and ribbon are by SU!

Friday, January 16, 2009

In Style Stamps it's -4* tonight....and I'm trying to think spring! This image is by In Style Stamps and her name is Ginger! I colored Ginger with Copic Markers, and I did not shade for a change. I was going for a crisp and clean look with her. For the ground I used Copic markers, but then I stippled various brown inks over it for my dirt. The orange gems add a bit of bling. I also highlighted various parts of the image with Copic At You Spica Glitter pens. All papers are from Archivers and the designer paper is by Cloud9 Design. I added adhesive pearls for the flower centers. Glittery flowers are by Heidi Grace. Thanks for taking a peek at my card and check out all of Ginger's friends here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gilded Dove

Up pops this Swirled Dove from The Rubber Cafe again. I just love this image! I used this last week to demonstate leafing. I stamped the image with Stazon ink on acetate and ran the acetate through my Xyron Sticker Maker. Remove the backing and apply the silver leafing to the image. The marbled strip is a variation of the polished stone technique. Other details:
Fiskars Threading Water Edge Punch, Heidi Grace Glitter Flowers, Dress It Up Glitter Dot and From The Heart from The Rubber Cafe.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Fun!

I'm sitting here trying not to look at the little temp blinkie on my's telling me -9*!
I made this card recently and it seemed like the night to post it!! The image is by Penny Black and is colored with Copic Markers. Her fuzz-ball on her hat has been flocked. The snow under her board has been glittered. The cuttlebugged panel reminds me of a giant snowball! The little round thingy is a bosher from Bazzill and I stamped on it with the Karen Foster Snap Stamps.
Thanks for taking a peek!!

As a side note....several have asked about a pattern or what to use for the heart pockets I have on my blog. These are actually Petal Cards that I was given, but I see there are some similar here. I simply fold up two of the petals and make a heart pocket! If you make one, I'd love to see your version!! Stay warm....

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Heart Pocket Rubber Cafe Style

Here is a Heart Pocket that I made for The Rubber Cafe. I used designer paper from Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry line. I used Swirled Love and the Large Celtic Rosette for this project. I used the glitter and acetate technique on the rosette and cut the flower out for a different look.
Here is a close-up of the detailed ribbon work....and *yes* I was inspired by scraps again....a few little ribbon snips I was tossing turned into this fun little embellishment!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Two Scoops Paper Piecing I had a TON of little scraps of BasicGrey's Two Scoops Collection. So.....I made little *3/4 of an inchies!* My scraps were little, thus my smaller than an inch size. I adhered them to a piece of cardstock and then trimmed them to a 5.25 x 4 inch size. This card is busy enough with the variety of cardstocks, so I liked the punch of the white embossed heart (Cuttlebug). I just added a large Prima flower and a little embellishment from K&Co.

For this next card I made a similar panel, but decided to run it through the Cuttlebug heart embossing folder and die.
This is actually my *scrap* from the die cut...and I decided it was cute enough to make a little frame on a card of it's own!

For this final card it is the heart that I embossed and die cut. I sanded it to age it.
Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for a heart pocket with a totally different feel!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Heart Pocket

It's that time of the year now where we see hearts everywhere. I still have some of these petal folders and I like to make heart pockets that are perfect to tuck a handful of cards in. This one features BasicGrey's Two Scoops Collection.

These are two of the cards I tucked in there. They have a quilted feel....with faux stitching. I love the embossed Cuttlebug heart. I added some glittery Primas and some Rain Dots from Cloud9 Design. The stamp is from Printworks. I will showcase the remaining cards tomorrow.

Just a little enabling note: BasicGrey's Two Scoops Collection is discounted at Embellish-Online...and with the 20% magic word of GLITTER you save an additional 20% off! Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by!!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Framed Heart

This card was so fun to make with the Framed Heart from The Rubber Cafe. I colored the images with Copic Markers (R14 and R29). I highlighted areas with my Black At You Spica Glitter Pen and a White Gel Pen. I glittered the heart with Art Institute Glitter (119. Cranberry) Happy Valentine's Day is also by The Rubber Cafe. The designer paper is by Cosmo Cricket, the Chemistry Collection.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

SU! 5-Petal Flower Punch

Here is another embellishment I made with punches that has been living on my desk for a while. I slightly cut the petals a bit so I could fold them for dimension. The paper Crate's Carnival collection and is double sided, so I layered the opposite sides. A little glitter dot finishes the flower off. The orange paper is from Pink Paisly's Sweet Cakes collection. I stamped a flower from Lizzie Anne in orange ink since it mimics the punched flower. I faux stitched some cardstock to look like ribbon and stamped the sentiment by SU!
Here is a closer look at the flower:

I did this card for SCS's Featured Stamper Challenge (FS100), which was to case a card of Julie HRR's. This is the card I cased. I changed the color scheme and changed the tag out for my flower. I also added faux stitching. Thanks for taking a peek!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SU! Scalloped Punch Flower

Here is another card that I made for Embellish-Online's Design Team Gallery. The designer paper is from Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes Collection and from Crate's Carnival Collection. The scalloped piece is some recycled packaging from Fancy Pants. I used a Marvy Scalloped Square Punch and the SU! Scalloped Circle Punch to make my own focal point embellishment. Some fancy cutting turned it into a bunch of hearts and a Making Memories Pebble Brad and Dress It Up! Glitter dot finish it off! I layered it on a journaling piece from the Sweet Cakes Collection.

Sending You Smiles is by Printworks and the tiny bird rub-on is from Heidi Grace. Here is a close-up photo of the detail of the embellishment.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Embellish-Online Design Team Gallery is Open!

It's been a while since I posted a scrapbook layout. The paper line we worked with this month was Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes. I decided to scrap the menu from my daughter's birthday meal. I love the cupcake on the paper and the birthday cake! The large pink punches are actually *confetti* that I sprinkled on the table for fun.

The photos are a bit non-descript, so I put a music border around them to add to the birthday party feel I was looking for. The Soft Sky layer has been stamped with BasicGrey's Heart Smudge stamp set in SU!'s Baja Breeze ink. The menu is BasicGrey's Journal Block stamp that has been stamped on acetate. I used a sharpie to add the menu. The tiny candles and birds are rub-ons from Heidi Grace. Finally, the title is American Crafts 'em!

For this layout I followed a Prima Marketing Sketch...October's maybe?! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Gylden Eagle

gild (gild) v.t. to overlay with gold-leaf or gold-dust; to make gold in color; to brighten; to give fair appearance to; to embellish [O.E. gylden].

That is what I did to this eagle from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped the image on acetate with Stazon, cut it out, ran it through my Xyron Sticker Machine and then applied the multi-colored leafing to the back.

Happy birthday is by savvystamps, the journal block is by BasicGrey. I used a metallic rub-on to make the sentiment panel slightly metallic as well.

The metallic carstock I got from a paper vendor at a scrapbook show, and it looks neat run through the cuttlebug folder. That fellow was quite amazed that all of us crazy women would snatch up his paper like that, guess he wasn't used to scrapbookers and stampers! LOL! I faux stitched to finish the card off.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Rosette From The Heart!

Here is another card using the large celtic rosette from The Rubber Cafe. For this one I stamped the rosette on the alcohol inked photo paper and cut out the center flower. Then I stamped the rosette two more times on SU!'s Always Artichoke cardstock and cut out the flowers again...these are my *leaves.* The flower center is a Martha Stewart Punch on some glimmer paper and huge glitter dot from Dress It Up!

The scalloped background is a panel from Archiver's. I stamped the rosette randomly on some Ruby Red paper from SU! for a tone on tone background. Faux stitching and distressing finish the edge. From the Heart is also from The Rubber Cafe. The corner punches are by SU! and I've run them through the Cuttlebug embosing folder. The little heart is from Dress It Up!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Glittery Medallion

I'm not sure what it is....but I love making square cards. Maybe it's because they can be symmetrical and I seem to like that. This card uses a large celtic rosette from I stamped it with Stazon ink on acetate. Then with Art Institute glitters (100. Sea Shell, 208. Fauna, 119. Cranberry), I glittered the back of the acetate. This produces a really glitzy card with none of the mess that usually comes with glitter. I glue-dotted the rosette to a circle of ecru cardstock.

The red layer is actually a scrap of photo paper that I applied Tim Holtz's alcohol inks to. (Cranberry and Espresso) I then dabbed a bit of alcohol on it to further break up the inks. I distressed the edge of the panel with black stazon ink.

The white layer has been edged with Fiskar's Threading Water edge punch. Ribbon is by May Arts and is gorgeous!

If you haven't been to The Rubber Cafe recently...check it out....there is a ton of new stuff in the store! Happy browsing!