Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 51

If you are stopping by to see my Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog card, you can see that HERE!

It's been a while since I've played the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. Sketches are great fun....and I liked this one! Here is my take:
I raided my scrap drawer for all of the cardstocks on this card. I think the glittered stuff is from Doodlebug, the linen textured stuff is from JoAnns and the lighter cardstock is from Archiver's. The coated white paper is what I have been using on the wedding cards that I've posted recently...and every scrap is precious! Gotta love those tiny Martha Stewart butterfly punches!!

Lots of fun stuff on here! Prima flowers, mixed in with some Tim Holtz Sizzix ones that have been stamped with a Magenta Flourish and inked with distress inks. Button from JoAnns.
Love my SU! Top Note die when it's all dressed up with Art Insititute Crystal Glitter! The beautiful paper pricking flourish is from Fred She Said Digital Designs....I asked, and looky what I got!!! Love Tracey, I do!!

I finally caved and got a few more SU! punches...and I'm gonna love them ...they will make me love my word window punch even more!! Fun little nail heads I picked up at Archiver's.
Thanks so much for taking a peek at what can be made with a bunch of scrap cardstock!!

Friends Like You....



Welcome to another Digital Tuesday challenge!

Lora is our hostess this week...and this week she challenged us to make

"Anything But A Card"
This can be a bag or a box, a scrapbook page, an ATC etc. Anything you like as long as it's not a card.

We have another great new sponsor this week

Some Odd Girl

Be sure to check out their store for some fun and unique images!

The winner gets to choose 3 images of their choice!!
Click HERE to read the guidelines and join in the fun!!

I chose to make a little gift box for my 3d project. I love these little magnetic snap boxes from Creative Imaginations!

My designer paper and images are new digital images from Studio 313 Exclusive Creations! It is so much fun to be able to size and print the designs to match your project! I used the Best Friend in the World kit that is found under Characters and People in the store. I printed the designer paper off at the 3x5 photo size. I sized each visible side of the box and then distressed the edges with a sanding block to soften it up. Pulled some various flowers, a making memories brad and a vintage button to dress up my box a bit. Inside I punched several flowers from another coordinating pattern from the set. I matted them on Chocolate Truffle cardstock for a fun and thrifty embellishment!

I did make a card....I just had to, because that is what I do!! This is a pre-colored image as well...so it is a quick card to pull together. I chose and matted a sentiment and added another floral embellishment. A fun little way to let someone know what they mean to you!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Time For Tea!!


The challenge on Fred She Said's Challenge Blog for this month is:


Create a 3D gift for a loved one.

Be sure to use a FRED SHE SAID image somewhere on your card! If you don't have one, there are LOADS of freebies available HERE! Then be sure to add your link HERE!
For this challenge I made a little package to hold tea bags. It is the perfect little gift for a tea-loving friend....or even mother-in-law! (wink!)
I love this pansy image, ....maybe you have noticed!! I printed it out as a wallet sized photo on Kodak matte photo paper.
Copics used: BG72, BG000, BV00, BV02, YG67, YG17, YG00, Y15. There were two purples that I used that were not Copic...so you'll have to figure those out for yourself!
HERE is the link to the directions to make the package.

Cardstock: Die Cut With A View, Robin
Ink: SU Baja Breeze, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Magenta Flourish, BasicGrey Journal Block Frame
Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Lace, Martha Stewart Butterfly
Cuttlebug: Textile Embossing Folder
Wired Ribbon: Offray

Journal blocks were cut out by hand, colored with Copic Markers and glittered with Art Institute's Crystal Glitter. All box edges were sanded to expose the white paper core for a shabby chic feel.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Joie de Vivre

This set from The Rubber Cafe has been on my mind this week....and this is what I came up with! I used three stamps from the Bon Appetit set.

I colored the frame with Copic E43. For the grapes and leaves I used Prismacolor Pencils PC988 Marine Green and PC951 Dark Purple, which I blended with Gamsol. The ribbon is vintage.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Study: Garden Greenhouse

I like to take a single SU! set and work with it to come up with a variety of cards. Often my jumping off spot is to check out the SCS galleries to get my creative juices flowing! I think that CASING cards is a great way to expand my style and try color combos that I don't normally use. Of course, the cards are never exactly the same....I may use different products or an idea might hit me and I give the card my own twist. I thought I'd share some of these *studies* that I do...I hope these six cards inspire you as much as they've inspired me! Enjoy!!

This card by stampinfool has a bright color combo that caught my eye. These are colors I don't usually use: Only Orange and Melon Mambo. I love them here paired with white and black. I used my Pink Passion and Pixie Pink Markers along with Only Orange Ink. I stamped off the solid flowers for a softer look. I added distressing and then I ran my stamped panel through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder for a fun effect.

I loved the color combo on this card by girl3boy0. The blue panel especially caught my eye. Love that tone on tone stamping. I don't have the punch she used in my possession...yet....so I changed it up a bit. I ran this stamped panel through the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder, added a ribbon slide and a double butterfly for fun. Happy Birthday is by Purple Onion Designs.

This card by Kristin Moore also caught my eye. This one uses a lot of colors that I never use: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom and Bordering Blue...as well as a bunch that I do: Brocade Blue, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Mellow Moss. I liked the soft color scheme and decided to make a sympathy card with it. Sympathy is by Stampendous!

I totally loved this card by prchvs. I loved the distressing on the oval...very fun touch! I was looking for a smaller, more mailable bow...so decided to tie my ribbon on my butterfly punch.

This card by Upsey Daisy was a CASE and I've CASED it again! I love the background on this stamp...and then the flowers over it. I decided instead of the layers I would just make my layer a faux layer. I cut out the rectangle, trimmed it down some and re-inserted it. This makes the card flatter for mailing, with only the cut out flowers popped up. Thinking of You is by Wordsworth.

Normally I would show you a few that I was inspired to make....but to be honest, two step stamp sets are not the ones that inspire me most. I did have a fun day today though with Garden Greenhouse, thanks to these talented ladies!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two Digital Tuesday Cards today!




Welcome to another Digital Tuesday Challenge! Ellie is our hostess and the theme she went with was April Flowers or April Showers.

You can make anything - card, altered item, scrapbook page, etc. as long as it relates to april flowers or april showers. And don't forget to use a digi somewhere on your creation.

We have a GREAT new sponsor this week Di's Digi Downloads!

The winner gets to choose 4 digistamps from their store! How fun is that!! Their images are so adorable, be sure to check them out!!

Di's digital downloads also let the design team choose one of their images to work with (thanks so much Diane!), so be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's samples here.

I couldn't settle on just one card....so you get two from me today! This little pup is the cutest with a springy bouquet! I colored both images with Copic Markers on matte photo paper. I guess I was in a circle card mood...the card for the orange card is the same shape as the white one...just in case you are curious how it opens!
The orange scalloped panel is from Archiver's, the rest are Marvy punched pieces that I pierced, distressed, faux stitched and punched.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Birthdays and Coffee....


Today I'm featuring stamps from The Rubber Cafe. I have had coffee on my brain! I prefer mine frozen with gobs of sugar....but I still like the smell and *idea* of hot coffee!!
The curled mug is a fun image for the coffee-lovers in your life! I have a clean and simple card design, perfect for the men or when you're crunched for time. I colored the image with Copic Markers. I doodled around the image and matted it layering it over some coordinating ribbon for contrast. I used the main image stamp as a background stamp as well...it really pulls the card together and gives the appearance of designer paper.

I love the font of this happy birthday outline image as well, very versatile, and you can coordinate it with your card's scheme!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Studio 313 ~ New Digi Store and Design Team Announcement!!

I'm so excited to share with you some MORE fun news.... Shawne Arnold is opening her new digi store....Studio 313 and I'm honored that she has asked me to be a part of her design team!
She offers beautiful sets that include line art, pre-colored images and designer papers.

I can't wait to start working with these talented ladies using Shawne's fun digital designs!

Nikki Schmaltz
Charlotte de Zwart
Gini Cagle
Kelly Schelske
Emily Davis
Janice Jones
Trudy Sjolander - Guest Designer
Jen - Guest Designer

Here is a sampling of Shawne's new images....and be sure to check out THIS post for some more that I did with her Surfer image.

These cards feature Birdsong Serenade in Black, which can be found under Nature in the store.
I colored this image with Copic Markers. Sentiment is popped up on foam tape. The image is printed on Matte Photo Paper...it really makes the Copic colors pop! Copic Colors: E08, BG72, E43, W1, W5, W7.


This version uses the same image with a softer scheme. Copic Colors :W7, W3, W1, E40, G20, BG0000. Other items on this card are Martha Stewart punch, May Arts ribbon and minibrads.

Featuring Feathered and Fabulous Lou Lou who can be found under Characters/So Girly in the store.
This is a pre-colored image, though you can color your own if you wish. For this card I was really *green*.....I used Prima Marketing packaging for my designer paper. Other items used would be Metal Dots from JoAnn's, May Arts Ribbon and Nestabilities Labels Four. I matted the inside sentiments for these cards and photo'd them together.
I love the fun font that goes with fabulous Lou Lou.....perfect! I framed my sentiment in a Nestability Fancy Tag. Designer paper is from JoAnns. A touch of doodling finished this card off nicely.
This card makes me grin...I love the sentiment...very sassy! I used scrap (the black panel) to frame Lou Lou. This paper is from Paper Wishes. Other items would be Prima flower and black Nail Heads.

Be sure to check out the Studio 313 Store HERE, and Shawne is going to be posting some challenge and prize fun today....so be sure to keep an eye on her blog today!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm A Cover Girl!!

If you are here for the Fred, She Said Blog Hop.....please click HERE.

Just had to share my excitement....today I had a surprise in my mailbox....the Stamper's Sampler Catch Up Issue (Volume 14 * 2010). It is always so much fun to get an artist complimentary issue....but before I could even wonder which card made it in....I saw it on the cover! WHOOT!

This is the card that I made for the Embellish-Online.com design team using stamps from Artistic Outpost and BasicGrey. Thanks for sharing my excitement!

Fourth Fred She Said Blog Hop!!


Welcome to our FOURTH "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!! If you just happened to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to the "FRED SHE SAID" blog and start your hop!

Along the way, please leave a comment on the blogs, follow the instructions at the end of the blog hop, at the Challenge blog, to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store! Enjoy your hop!

My creation this week is along the masculine line. I'm in the middle of making another Fred She Said wedding card similar to last week's post, so it's been fun to switch gears and go masculine!!
I used the new Old Truck Digi set....how fun is this! I used a pre-colored version since I was pressed for time...but it's the perfect way to make a quick masculine card that your fella will love! Be sure to check out the video on the Fred She Said blog of how Tracey colors these! Fascinating!
I used BasicGrey's Marrekah Collection, some Paper Wishes screw brads and a touch of distressing for my clean and simple masucline birthday card. Sentiment is by A Muse, and fits the fun feel of the image perfectly!

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:

FRED SHE SAID blog http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com/
~SHELLY http://jaspere-jaspereslittlecorner.blogspot.com/
~MICHELLE http://www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/
~CAROL L. http://www.bycarolivy.blogspot.com/
~DARSIE B. http://www.craftingwithdarsie.blogspot.com/
~JUDY http://scrampalot.blogspot.com/
~CAROL H. http://chocolatecraftsandbearsohmy.blogspot.com/
~LORA http://www.lorascards.blogspot.com/
~SONYA http://www.appelquilling.blogspot.com/
~DEANNE http://a-scrapaddict.blogspot.com/
~FRED SHE SAID CHALLENGE BLOG http://fss-challenge.blogspot.com/

This blog hop will run from today, April 15th until April 22nd . On the 22nd, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" blog.

Thank-you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit Carol L.

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the Fred She Said Store!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper Piecing with Digitals...


Hi and welcome to another Digital Tuesday Challenge! This week's Challenge is 'Paper Piecing with Digitals!' I never really made it that far....but these flowers were printed out on designer paper...and have been calling my name....so my twist on this challenge is to simply print your digital images on designer paper!!

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous My Grafico and they are giving away a free digi set AND 30% off any store purchase to one lucky randomly chosen winner! So you'll really want to play along this week for a chance to win this great prize!

The images I used are Daisies from Fred, She Said Designs. The leaves are printed on the same designer paper and are colored with Copic Markers. I cut apart each petal and pinched down the center to add dimension. My flower reminds me of a mum...it is very full and dimensional. The glitter brad center is the perfect finish.

Other items on this card include Martha Stewart punches, Embossing Arts die cut panel and a Wordsworth sentiment. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wedding Cards!

The season for weddings is fast approaching...and I was asked to make a white/white wedding card....and this is what I came up with! Scroll down for lots of photos and a beautiful winter version!

The cardstock is a coated paper with subtle swirls in it, which makes it very dressy. I used a combination of Nestabilities dies (Fancy Tags and Ovals), SU!'s Top Note Die and the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder to add detail.


The Rose Spray and Candle image is by Fred, She Said Designs. The image is colored with Copic Markers. (R39, R59, Y15, Y38, YR16, E0000, E41, E43, G20) The other color green was 67-100%, a Studio2 marker. I hit the rose and the flame with a clear Spica Glitter Pen for some added shimmer.

I carefully cut out the image, and finished the card with a wired ribbon bow and some wedding rings. Mr & Mrs is a stamp by Stampendous and is stamped with Stazon ink.


Just a little peek with more detail...you can see the texture of the shimmery paper here.


A filmy, satiny bow with rings is the perfect card topper.

Here is a wintery version I made earlier this year with the Christmas Rose set. This card is done with black and white cardstock. I used the SU! Top Note Die as well as the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder. Lots of cutting, but it is so worth the effort!



These last two photos are of the inside of the card. The left hand side holds a few wedding hymn poems with lots of wisdom for the newlywed couple. Pearls and a Martha Stewart punch dress up the pocket.
The right hand side has a computer-generated verse. The pocket here can hold a monetary gift, gift card or personal note.

Thanks for taking a peek at my wedding projects!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge 53 ~ Blue & White + 1


Hello and welcome to another challenge at Digital Tuesday! Suzie is hosting the challenge this week. Her challenge is a color combo of blue and white plus one other color of your choice. You can combine your challenges but it must be a new card/project and there must be a digital image on your creation. Be sure top pop by the Digital Tuesday blog and add your creation to the Mr. Linky there!!

Our sponsor this week is Digital Stamp Oasis who is giving the winner 3 digi images of their choice....who doesn't love free?!

It was another sunny day here in my piece of the world! I'm loving all of the green shooting out of the earth...so I chose green to be my 3rd color! You will have to forgive my neutral tea cup...it just had to be!! This gorgeous Teacup Pansies image is from Fred She Said Designs, and is colored with Copic Markers. I cut it out and layered it on a die cut panel from Embossing Arts. I added a Nestabilities Fancy Tag stamped with SU!'s wish. My final embellishment was some Martha Stewart butterflies that I hit with my blue Copic Marker. Thanks for stopping by....I love hearing from you!

Monday, April 5, 2010

WhipperSnapper Birthday!

It was another clean off my desk moment....and I've had this little cutie from Whipper Snapper Designs on my desk all dressed up for quite a while. I decided to move her to a new home on this card before I smudged her up! Colored with Copic Markers with lots of Cuttlebug Embossing, she will make a great birthday card for a little lady! Designer paper is from my scrap bin too....gotta love that!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Shasta Daisy


Today's card features images from The Rubber Cafe. I love flowers....so this one just popped together so easily.

I colored the Shasta Daisy with Copic Markers. (R27, YR07, YR16, Y17) The greens are Studio2 pens, since I don't own these shades of Copics....YET! I stamped my own background using a Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Olive Pastel, stamping the leafy image off once for a more subtle look. This is an image I can see grabbing often, very versatile! Finally I stamped the verse in black for a simple, yet effective look.

If you are interested in the verse or leaf stamp, please contact Melissa at The Rubber Cafe. They are in the process of adding all of their images to the site, and these don't appear to be up yet. Tell her you saw them here!