Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gerbera Daisy Gift Set

It's Tuesday...time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge. This week we were challenged to make a gift set.

I chose to use Tracey's beautifully-colored Gebera Daisy for my set. This pre-colored image comes in a pile of gorgeous options and is 40% off this week if you follow the link above. I cut out my images, leaving a narrow border.

I layered my images on some Stampin' Up! papers. The birthday card is layered on a panel punched with Martha Stewart punches, the stamp is from Printworks. The gift box panel is a Nestibilities Fancy Tag and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Faux Cloisonne ~ Beautiful Flowers!

This is the first time I've really taken a crack at this technique. It is so simple though, I will definately try this again! What is it you ask?! It is using glossy magazine pages to color your images! I knew I had this perfect piece of red satin from some ad that I had pulled out and put in my junk paper file!

If you know me, you know I have bins and bins of *stuff!* What is really funny is...like the Mickey Mouse paper I saved in my security envelope box (organized by color) which I used on my Mickey Mouse cards....I remember what I have in those bins! So I went digging and in less than a minute I had my red satin page! Hee Hee!

Ok, so back to the technique! I ran an anti-static pad over the page to remove oils and static. Then stamped this image from SU!, one of my all-time favorites, on the page three times with versamark ink and then covered it with gold detail embossing powder. Heat your powder, cut out and Ta-Dah! ....you're done!

The other challenge on this card was to use no other designer paper, so I just went with black and white. Martha Stewart punches, Stampendous stickers, gold ribbon and adhesive pearls finish off this card! This is truly a one and only...but you can bet I'll be keeping my eye peeled for some more magazine ads that work with this technique!

Somebody asked me recently if I ever stamp for fun anymore...and you bet I do! This weekend I made 25 cards for no other reason than the fun of the challenge!! It amazes me what can be made with paper, adhesive and a little bit of time!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lovely Lace

The tag on this card uses Pink Paislee's Paraisian Anthology Lovely Lace designer paper. This paper is cool because it has the doilies embossed on the paper. The paper is distressed with Tim Holtz's distress ink in Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass. The doily acts as a beautiful resist.

I layered my tag onto a panel of SU!'s River Rock that has been embossed with the SU! Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder. I finished it off with some Prima flowers.
Happy birthday is from Stampendous.

I made this card for the SCS stamping challenge. We were to make a card reflecting vacation memories. The colors of the card reflect the colors of the condos we used to rent on the beach. The flowers are for the gardens we used to visit on vacation...and the gold doo-dads are for the specialty shops that we enjoyed browsing through. Things would be different if I made a card that reflected our vacations now.....kids change things a bit!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Felt Flurries - Takes 1 and 2!

I was on a spree yesterday....ELEVEN projects popped themselves together on my stampin' desk! I started out organizing....a very much needed activity in my stamping studio! Somehow in the midst of all my organizing I found some things that I'd buried! I was gifted these SU! Little Felt Flurries....and they turned up on eight of my projects!

In true clean-off-my-desk fashion, this card uses pieces that were all laying on my desk. I recently showed this fun technique with Tim Holtz distress inks. I inked my cardstock panels with Faded Jeans distress inks. Next I took a large snowflake background stamp and spritzed it lightly with water. Stamp it on your inked panels, and magically the pattern appears! How cool is that?!

Let your paper dry completely, or hurry it along with a heat gun. Next I embossed Tim Holtz's snowman image with white detail embossing powder. Warm Wishes is by Come Clean Designs.

My Felt Flurries made their debut on this card. I love these funky star brads I bought ages ago...I wanted some pewter accents...and these fit the bill. The funky swirls are pieces that I salvaged from some Sizzix die cut scraps...way too cool to toss, and especially on this fun coated paper from The Paper Cut!

This star ornament I unearthed in my digging...I had started it last year....had the Daisy D's paper faux stitched onto the ornament by Provocraft that I had picked up at Michaels a few years ago. I stamped JOY from SU!'s Small Script set and added a few felt flurries and a pewter star brad. A wired ribbon finishes off my ornament!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Designed 2 Delight Progressive Challenge Card


Today's card is for the Designed2Delight progressive challenge. Faith's freebie this week was this adorable monkey! I can relate...we had two little fishing monkeys on vacation this summer! If you are new to her challenge, you can read the details here....and if you need to buy this image....you can pick it up here!

I used some designer paper from JoAnn Fabrics...love the waves and bubbles!! Just A Line is by Endless Creations and was the perfect sentiment for my card! Two subtle but effective embellishments were clear dew drops and fishing line!

I also entered this card to the Double Delight Challenge blog....my string...fishing line!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Happy Holidays!

I'm still loving the Winter Fun Labrador from The Rubber Cafe all glitzed up! The glitter and acetate technique is so fun...just apply your glitter glue to the reverse side of the image and apply your glitters...once they dry you have a fun image to create with! I cut mine out with a narrow border and applied it to my card with glue dots. I embossed the Happy Holidays 2 stamp on acetate, and the additional clear embossing powder that stuck to my acetate mimics ice on a window!

Other items on this card: SU! Top Note Die, Fred She Said Frame and Flourish Piercing Template, Art Institute Glitters, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, clear adhesive crystals.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Digital Tuesday 73 ~ Let's Cool It!


It's time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge! Since we're now in the heat of summer, our hostess thought it was time to cool down! Your challenge this week is to use water, beach, or tropical digital images on your new card or project.
Our sponsor this week is Deedee's Digis and they are giving a $10.00 in-store credit to one lucky randomly chosen winner.






For my card this week I used the adorable Hula Island image from Designed2Delight! The photo may not pick it up, but I airbrushed Copic B23 for my sky and water. Here are the Copic colors I used to color my image:

Penguin: W3, W5, W7, YR16 ~ Ice: BG000, BG45, BG05 ~ Sun: Y32, Y35, Y38 ~ Grass Skirt YG17

I used Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to make my cuttlebugged panel. I thought my branches embossing folder resembled wavy water!! Doodlebug glitter paper highlights my vintage ricrac, also resembling waves. SU! gem brad and flower punch, Heidi Grace glitter flower. A Warm Hello is from Hero Arts and I doodled the frame for my image!

We hope you can join in the challenge!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Glitter Study: Elizabeth Craft vs. Art Institute

Well...I really didn't last very long....about an hour after I posted my last blog post I caved and bought some of the Crystal Glitter Ritz (Cool Highlight) that Elizabeth Craft uses. Glitter is a bit tricky to photograph...and these all look better IRL...but this will give you an idea anyway!!



My first card is done by attaching the Stampendous Class A *Peel* sticker to a sheet of the Sookwang double sided sticker paper. I then covered my panel with my new glitter. I used SU!'s Orchid Opulence and Pixie Pink markers to add a bit of color. Then to color your glitter, use a water pen to pull your color for the watercolored effect! I got my supplies from Heidi at The Stamp Shoppe...and I also borrowed her gorgeous color scheme...and since I was in a purple mood....I used Orchid Opulence cardstock and this color scheme for my glitter study!

What I liked about this card....the glitter is super-smooth and makes coloring a dream! I attached my sticker paper to white cardstock in this case and cut out my image.

Other items on this card: SU! Top Note Die ~ Fred, She Said Frame and Flourish Piercing Template ~ Stampendous word stickers, gold wire



This card uses Art Institute's Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter and the same technique as above. I layered my sticker sheet on white cardstock, and the whole panel is glittered.

Observations: The color is similar and the technique works well. The glitter has bigger chunks and the shading is not at subtle. The overall appearance of this card is more glitzy, which may take away a bit of the butterfly's punch.

Other items on this card: SU! Top Note Die, satin cording, Stampendous sentiment.

This card uses Elizabeth Craft's Crystal Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight Glitter as did the first card in this post. The only difference is that I layered my sticker paper onto SU!'s Orchid Opulence cardstock. The colors are more muted here due to my cardstock choice, but it is subtle and gorgeous.

Other items on this card: Impression-Obsession sentiment, Anita's Art Stamps Outline Stickers, Fiskars Edge Punch, SU! Orchid Opulence ink.

This ink does match IRL....looks wonky on here though!

This card uses Art Institute's Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter over SU!'s Orchid Opulence cardstock as well. Again, the high glitter factor makes the shading harder to see.

On this card I used clear crystal Mark Richards gems and colored them with my Copic V06 Lavender Marker...making myself perfectly matching gems!

Other items on this card: Martha Stewart punch around a page punches, gold wire, Anita's Art Stamps Outline Stickers and an Inkadinkadoo sentiment stamp.

This final card uses Art Institute's Pearl Ultrafine Pearlescent Glitter over SU!'s Orchid Opulence cardstock. This one was the hardest to get the color to work with. It is still a very pretty card, but honestly is my least favorite combination.

Other items on this card: Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder, more Copic-colored clear gems and SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

So bottomline: All of these glitters work. Elizabeth Craft glitter is the most refined and gives the best results. However, if you have the Art Insitute glitters, give this technique a shot...your cards will be pretty and it's fun to do! I'd love to hear what you think!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elizabeth Craft Inspired....

Hello there! I've been talking about those CHA photos...and today I'm going to share a few! I loved the Elizabeth Craft booth...they have the most fine glitter I've ever seen...it makes Art Institue's Ultra Fine Glitters look chunky!! I first saw this glitter in person a few months ago when a new friend, Bug, shared some cards done with this glitter with me. Their CHA booth had many gorgeous samples...but unfortunately my camera was naughty with the glitter....or maybe I was so twitterpated I jiggled!!





I do not own any Elizabeth Craft Glitters (yet)....but The Stamp Shoppe ordered some up...so if you are interested in any supplies you can check with them!



I decided to give a few of the ideas I picked up in their booth a try. For this card I used a sticker that I picked up in the Archiver's Hot Spot. I applied it to some a sheet of Red Line Tape. I cut out my sticker image and placed it on red cardstock. I peeled of the protective coating and coated the sticky surface with Art Institute's Ultrafine Pearl glitter. With my Copic Markers I carefully *dabbed* the white glitter, tinting it as desired! Since the AI glitter is chunky, I recommend dabbing with the copics so you don't damage your tip. My tips are none the worse for wear after making these cards.



For this fall card I did the same thing....only here I carefully shaded my leaf, carefully *dabbing* my copic markers to achieve the desired effect.



For this flower card I again shaded with my Copic Markers, however I left some white glitter showing for a different feel.

There were other techniques shared in the Elizabeth Craft booth...one is the technique done on the first card of this post. I hope to share that soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Digital Tuesday - Getting Scrappy!

It's Tuesday and time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge!! I love playing in my scrap drawer....and I found a fun pile of scraps for my card.

This week's challenge is:
USE YOUR SCRAPS

We are asking you to dig into your pile or drawer of scraps and use up some of those bits and pieces that you haven't gotten around to yet. It's a great way to make use of what you have and to feel good about it. As always you must use at least one digital image and your project must be new. We hope you can join us.

I cut out a sun for one of my panels. I colored the image from My Grafico's Monkey Fun set with Copic Markers, cut it out and popped up the image up on foam tape. My sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs.

I used a sketch from the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog. Thanks for an awesome sketch ladies!

Hope he makes you grin....I wish you sunshine!!!


Monday, August 16, 2010

A Trio of Cards...

I've got a mixed bag of cards to share today.....one stamped, one digital and one with stickers!
This card features a Whipper Snapper turtle which I colored with Copic Markers. I layered it over a Fred She Said Frame and Flourish piercing template for SU!'s a Top Note Die. I used Art Institute's Pearl Glitter for the edging. A Warm Hello is from Hero Arts, flowers are by prima and have Dew Drop centers.
This card features pre-colored Faux Foldy flowers from Fred She Said and the Cuttlebug Plus Folder. The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs, the butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.
This card is all done with stickers...the felt sticker is from American Crafts and the sentiment sticker is from Stampendous! The small nailhead stickers are from Mark Richards.
Other items on this card: a scrap from an Archiver's scalloped circle panel, Martha Stewart punch around a page punches. Happy Day!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Creepy Halloween Card

Our heat wave snapped today....and I've got fall on my brain. I used some fall images from The Rubber Cafe for this card. I started with Creepy Fence and Tree, colored with Copic Markers to make my fall scene. I paired it with Just Batty. For my moon, I cut out the moon image and placed a layer of sheer gold ribbon behind it. Layered over yellow cardstock, my moon fairly shimmers!

I stamped Frightful Halloween and then accented it with a black Copic Spica Glitter Pen. I used the Halloween Candy stamp to make my fun candy border!

I entered this card in the Daring Cardmaker's Challenge which was to use a tree image. Here is my spooky tree!! Thanks for the fun!

Designed 2 Delight ~ Simply Fall!!

Here is a new image from Faith at Designed2Delight called Happy Harvest! If you are playing her progressive challenges you get a freebie image for each week you play along! If you are hopping in mid-month...grab it in the store and play along and you'll be on her email list for this week's freebie!

I am also playing along with the Double Delight Challenge, which is Clean and Simple this week.

I colored my image with the Copic Markers shown below. I doodled a frame for my image and layered it on a panel embossed with the Cuttlebug Branches folder. I used SU!'s new Pear Pizzazz to accent my card.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Second Saturday Post!!

I have a pile of cards here on my desk to share....so I decided to post again today and share a few more!! This card features the oval piece that is cut out of the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Elegant Ellipse folder which I used on this post. The oval is very pretty itself...but for this card I wanted to focus on the cool pricking border it has. I inked the edge lightly with Elegant Eggplant ink and popped a gorgeous pre-colored Corner Peony from Fred She Said Designs up with foam tape.

Other goodies on this card would be Lasting Impressions mini brads, Martha Stewart border punch, SU! ribbon and a silver sticker sentiment by Stampendous!


And here is another card featuring a bunch of Fred She Said goodness! The flowers and leaves are pre-colored...probably from two different sets even....since they came from my handy dandy odds-n-ends bin! Little Miss Bitty I colored with my Copic Markers and popped her with foam tape over the Monarch Butterfly image that I had printed on blue vellum. Once the butterfly image was dry, I accented it with a Sky Blue Copic Spica Glitter Pen and blended it with my finger, so my wings are sheer and shimmery! I layered the butterfly over another....so I could pop some foam tape under the wing edges without it showing. The effect is that the wings are sheer and fluttery! Edited to add: pre-colored leaves from Faux Foldy Flower Set

Other details on this card: Archiver's Scallop Circle Panel and Stampendous sentiment. I used faux stitching and I placed my flowers off the edge of the card for a different effect! Hope she makes you grin!



More New Cuttlebug Emboss Plus Folders!

I've been slow to get back into my studio and share the other two Cuttlebug Embossing Plus folders that I picked up on the way home from CHA. Slow to post those photos too....maybe this will be the week I get time to sort and post those photos too!!

This folder is called Perfect Perennials and it is fun with the swirls, cut out window and the delicate pricking pattern. The square that it cuts out also has cutting, embossing and pricking detail. It is in my oddn-n-ends bin....so I'm sure it will pop on the blog soon!

The flower is from the A Lovely Blossom set from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I distressed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Black Cherry. I added some mulit-colored microbeads to the flower center and crumpled the petals. I stamped my SU! sentiment, and cut my swirls and butterflies out of some embossed specialty paper that I picked up at The Paper Cut in Appleton, WI.

I really like dry embossing when I don't have to do it by hand!! This card uses the Chic Circle Frame from the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus collection. The folder comes with a flower in the circle punch out....but I had this snow scene in my odds-n-ends bin and I decided to go for a very clean and simple winter card. I popped the Chic Circle Frame up on foam tape and then I popped my winter scene up with thicker pop dots for more dimension. The snowflakes are from Dress It Up and are glue-dotted on.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Minnie Mouse Cards!

Here's Minnie!! I had a hoot with these cards as well! I had to google minnie to see what one of her favorite outfits was....and when I saw this little number, it made me think of these two totally unrelated pieces of designer paper in my scrap drawer!! ...oh, and the ribbon?! A piece I scavenged from a ribbon wind sock that I had outside until it fell apart! I washed my ribbons and saved what I could!! ....would you call that *weathered* ribbon?!
I cheated and used the same color combo for this card....but I switched to a fun double-sided ribbon that coordinates perfectly and a ribbon buckle. I used a small mickey stamp to create a homemade *button* of sorts to embellish my card. I hope these cards have made you smile!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mickey Mouse Cards!

This post is to wish Bonnie a very Happy Birthday! Her friend asked me to make her a set of Mickey Mouse cards for her birthday! I had a ball with this one!!!

This mickey card uses a scalloped piece I found in that never-ending odds and ends bin! The little blue mickey circles are actually punched from.....JUNK MAIL! It was a disney credit card offer I received in the mail....there was some pretty fancy paper in that pile that didn't quite make it into the recycling bin! I was so glad I had saved it!!

I kept the design of these cards simple...and the Copic coloring very basic....I wanted the card to be focused on Mickey.

I created my own background paper on this one, stamping a little mickey stamp in a similar shade of ink and paper. I have some fun buttons from Fun Expressions....one just had to pop onto this card!!

Oh! ...and remember that credit card offer?! You guessed it!! I harvested that baby well!!
I stamped my sentiment on the privacy envelope! Another sassy button popped onto this card.

And while I've never been to Disney myself...I always think the white castle looks so pretty! I used the *castle* from SU!'s Provencal set for my very own disney castle! I used the crayon resist technique to keep my castle nice and white! The sky is actually a touch blue, though it doesn't show in this photo very well. The mickey is a punch and the HB is for Happy Birthday and is a Cuttlebug Tag Sale alphabet die.
So, that is it for today....pop on back tomorrow to see Minnie Mouse!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stamp Shoppe Creations ~ Buddy!

I think this little dog of Heidi's from Stamp Shoppe Creations, is adorable....and here I am with another clean off my desk card! I'm telling you...there's a lotsa stuff on my desk! The card base and rick rack has been there since LAST fall!! All of the punched pieces were in my punched piece bin, as was the cork circle! I did get up to get the blue designer paper and the button was neatly in it's place!! Buddy was just sitting on my desk, all colored up with Copic Markers, patiently waiting for his place on a project!! I promptly sent him to JoAnn...to whom I've owed a card for next to forever!!
Happy Wednesday all!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Digital Tuesday 71 ~ Butterflies and Lace!

It's Tuesday, and Sandy gave us our Digital Tuesday Challenge: Butterflies and/or Lace!
Digital Stamp Oasis is sponsoring our challenge this week and is offering 3 digis to one lucky participant.

I used as much lace as I could on this one!! I used some designer paper from Hot Of The Press called Netting. I also used some vintage lace. I added some paper flowers along my lace border.

I used the Monarch Butterfly digital image from Fred, She Said Designs. I printed the digital image on blue vellum and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut the image out, curled the wings and attached it with glue dots. Thinking of You is by Paper Inspirations.

We'd love to see your butterfly and lace creations!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sketch Saturday American Crafts Style!


Second post today....I can't help myself!! Did I mention that I'm happy to be home?! LOL! I used another little tag that I found in my odds-n-ends bin to make a card for the Sketch Saturday Challenge!


The image is SU! and is colored with copic Markers. I did the flower centers by using the side of the Copic brush tip to make the little teardrop shape in each petal....very fun way to make stars or tiny flowers!! Sentiment by Wordsworth.
Ribbons are by May Arts and designer papers are from American Craft's Letterbox Collection.

Very fun sketch ladies!!

Our Creative Corner - It's Embossible!


A fun challenge with Our Creative Corner Challenge Blog this week....embossing! I'm wondering though if it would be more of a challenge to have a card with NO embossing, for me anyway!!


This card is another clean off my desk card....I *needed* to make a card last night....it's been a while and my mind was racing. As always, a few hours puttering in my studio did the trick...so thanks for the fun girls!!


For this card I used Archiver's Truffle Cardstock and a piece of BasicGrey's Bittersweet collection that has been run through Cuttlebug's circle embossing folder and lightly sanded. I added faux stitching to this panel as well.


The Martha Stewart Scalloped Lace Edge punch piece was from my odds-n-ends bin...I trimmed it down, layered it on Truffle cardstock and wrapped it with some vintage seam binding.


The Nestibilites panel and the distressed oval were in my punched piece odds-n-ends bin. I stamped the Penny Black sentiment with Tim Holtz's Walnut Stain ink. The SU! flowers were in my odds-n-ends bin and had been colored with SU! markers and carefully cut out leaving a narrow border. I popped a vintage button in the center and added a tiny Martha Stewart Butterfly punch...viola...a fun vintage card to share with a friend!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Winter Fun Labrador!

I'm finally home again! It's been a busy 2 weeks! I enjoyed a few days of CHA and then had to quick pack for a week at the lake! It was totally relaxing and most of my plans to blog floated away!! We're back home and partially unpacked...looking forward to posting some CHA photos and the cards I had hoped to post when I was away!
It was a hot one here today.....so thinking of snowflakes is a good thing!! This is a fun card I did using the Glitter and Acetate Technique and stamps from The Rubber Cafe.
I stamped my image from the Winter Fun Labrador and Kitty set with black Stazon ink on acetate. Then I applied Art Institute glue and glitters on the reverse side of the image. I cut out my image leaving a narrow border once the image had dried.
I also created faux glitter ribbon by applying the glitter to sticky tape. This is a fun way to cover the edges of the Cuttlebugged Snowflake panel. Love the crisp feel of this card and the fun color scheme!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge ~ Expand your Horizons!

Hello everyone and welcome to another digital tuesday challenge! It is my week to set the challenge....so here it is!!

Use digistamps from 2 different companies on one card!
WARNING: if you plan to merge, be sure you can as some companies don't allow it. You can always cut out the second digi and adhere to you project without violating any policies! I can't wait to see what you all come up with using 2 different companies! Let's broaden our horizons and get all of the use that we can get out of our images!!


I'm on vacation this week, and had a hectic week....so I am sharing with you the card that inspired this challenge. I posted it here about a month ago....but in case you missed it....here it is! You can read the card details HERE.

Be sure to check out all of the other design team member's fun creations HERE....and be sure to play along for a chance at the FREE images being offered this week! You won't want to miss it!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

FireCracker Designs - My Last GDT Card!

The month of July has flown by, and this is already my last creation as a FireCracker Designs Guest Designer! A BIG thanks to Pamela and Shelly for this fun opportunity! I enjoyed every second!

This card features another one of those *gorgeous* Cuttlebug Embossing PLUS folders that followed me home from The Stamp Shoppe! This time I used the Blooming Bouquet folder! I thought the design perfectly set off Pamela's Birthday Set 1.
I colored my image with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens. I popped the center up for some added interest. I added gems for a little bling....I likey!! I have two more folders to share, and I will when I get home and back to my studio!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Butterfly Wishes with The Rubber Cafe!

I'm loving summertime! I enjoyed the eyeful of beauty I saw at CHA in Chicago this week!! And now I'm looking forward to a week of watching butterflies flutter by on the breeze!

I colored my Large Highwing Butterfly from The Rubber Cafe with Copic markers and popped up the wings slightly for dimension. I used some specialty papers I found in my scrap drawer...a metallic coated paper and an embossed piece, both from The Paper Cut, in Appleton WI. The designer paper is a BasicGrey scrap. Vintage seam binding and a few metallic dots were my simple embllishments. Wishing you all a peaceful week for watching butterflies!!