Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fred She Said Blog Hoppin!

Today we're having serious Fred She Said fun.....blog hoppin! This is your chance to meet all of the new design team members! We each created a card that reflects our style....so leave some love if you like what you see!! ....and for YOU.....collect a word on each blog along the hop and we'll tell you what to do with it at the last stop...for a chance to win a $20CAD gift certificate from Fred, She Said Designs AND a $20 gift certificate to Crop Stop!

If you are starting in the middle of the hop....be sure to head back here to get all of your words....and see lots of awesome inspiration!

In true *michelle* style....this card started by cleaning off my desk. You saw earlier this week I was playing with these pre-colored images from the Sunflowers and Thankfulness set. I just happened to have one on my desk all nicely cut out and distressed. I decided since I was going the pre-colored route to try something new to me....paper embroidery. This is my first shot at it...and I learned a few things along the way.

1. Metallic floss is a pain to work with...but oh, so pretty!
2. Find the tiniest piercer you own...I like my results much better once I remembered I had a tinier one! Bummer for me it was after I had pierced Love...but should I do this again...it's fresh in my brain!

Making memories designer paper, Archiver's scalloped panel, martha stewart butterfly punches and paper embroidery patterns from Design Originals. You will be seeing more paper embroidery from me!

My word is TEAM and your next stop on the hop is Marlena's blog! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #78 - Give Thanks!

Happy Tuesday!! Today's challenge on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog is to make a *thankful* card.

I fell in love with Tracey-Lynn's Sunflowers and Thankfulness set the moment I saw them...and though I love to color, I snagged the pre-colored ones for this card and spent my time cutting instead! The bottom sunflowers are attached to the tag, however I cut out an additional set to put over the top of the tag....I like my flowers!!! I distressed the tag and sunflowers with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Frayed Burlap.

The sentiment is an old SU! one. Photocorners are dressed up with the SU! Sizzix embossing folder. Designer paper is by making Memories.

Be sure you pop by the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog and add your thankful card for a chance to win some goodies from our sponsor this week, My Grafico!

I am also entering this into the Creative Card Crew Challenge! Their challenge this week: the more flowers the better!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Two Prickley Pear Cards for Monday!

I have a few more Prickley Pear cards to share today. I was in a *challenging* mood today...so did the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. I used this card from hobbydujour's gallery as my inspiration. I had to change three things...so here is what I did!

1. I replaced the ribbon with the paper piecing

2. I replaced the butterfly with dragonfly brads

3. I used the glitter and acetate technique on a Prickley Pear transparency rather than copics for the floral image.

I stuck the transparency to a sheet of double stick tape and then glittered the back with Art Institute's Fauna transparent glitter. I then ran a piece of ivory cardstock through a Xyron so that it would appear similar in color to my BasicGrey designer paper from the Green At Heart collection.

I have been wishing for this Martha Stewart punch for some time now...and finally caved...this is it's first appearance on my blog! I stamped the verse from the Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set.
This card features three images from the Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set and the Dandelion Bunch.

This card was done for the SCS Saturday Inspiration Challenge where we were challenged to pick an item from Tandenberg as an inspiration for my card. I chose this candle. Check out the little bird on the flourish behind my cardinal...it matches the candle perfectly! I made my card an acetate card to reflect the candle holder.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Fishing for Details

This week I am using The Rubber Cafe's Fishbowl and Fishing for Details sets. When they were included in my design team package, I knew I needed to make a circular easle card with them!

1. I stamped the fish bowl on designer paper (TPC Studio) and then again on acetate.
2. I stamped the rock and grasses onto the designer paper, masking the bottom or the fishbowl, and colored them with Copic Markers.
3. I stamped the fish and skull on ivory cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.
4. I attached fish and skull to patterned paper fish bowl with glue dots.
5. Using a stamp-aligner, I stamped the bubbles on the acetate with black Stazon ink.
6. On the reverse side of the acetate, I used Art Institute Glitter and dries clear glue.
I used crystal for the top of the bowl, pearl for the bubbles and fauna for the bottom of the bowl.
7. Once dry, I attached the acetate bowl over the paper one, attaching under the glittered top and bottom with glue dots.
8. Finish your easle card.

Shaped easle cards are fun to make! I'm going to enter this in the Polka-Doodle Challenge this week!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spooktacular News!

I'm excited to share five cards with you today....my first posting as a designer for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps...where classic meets whimsy!! I love the variety of things they carry; transparencies, rubber stamps (mounted or unmounted), clear stamps, matching dies and so much more! I'm looking forward to exploring it all here on my blog in the coming year!!



My first card features the Dancing Witch image, which I stamped in black Stazon over a panel that I did the polished stone technique on. This is super quick and fun to do with alcohol inks and a gold metallic ink. The details on this image are so fun with the bats and webs on her hat and skirt and the owl on her hat! I omitted the cat since I wanted to use the word *wicked* from the By The Pricking image on my card. I popped up my matted sentiment on a bit of foam tape. Designer paper was in my scrap drawer and says October all over it. I faux stitched it to my black panel.

My next four cards feature transparencies from Prickley Pear. These are pre-printed and are super-fun to work with.



This card features the glitter/acetate technique on the moon and pumpkins. I love the way this pops on the dark designer paper. I ran the designer paper through Cuttlebug's spiderweb embossing folder and centered my moon over the center of the web...love the effect of moon rays after I sanded it lightly! The background has been stamped with Swirly Bat in black ink.



I used the polished stone technique on this card. I used cranberry, black and gold alcohol inks on glossy paper. I attached my transparency with glue dots and thin strips of sticky tape around the edges. BOO is from a Cuttlebug die cut alphabet. The card and web are made on black glossy cardstocks.



This card uses metallic cardstocks in navy and dark purple. I used navy, indigo and gold inks on this polished stone background. I love how the ghost's eyes are over a gold spot on the cardstock and appear to be glowing! Gem is from Dress It Up!



Finally this little pumpkin fella is on a more muted piece of polished stone and is paired with the metallic purple cardstock and Dress It Up! gems. Designer paper is from Karen Foster.

So, that is all I have for you today...I can't wait to play with fall and winter images from Prickley Pear soon! I'm thrilled to have this opportunity!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Frilly Friday!

I have three frilly little girl cards to share today. These are images from Ecstacy Crafts that can be purchased at The Stamp Shoppe in a set.

I colored my image with Copic Markers and cut it out with a Nestibilities Label Four die. I used a scrap from a larger Nestibilies Label Four die...running it through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder made a cute frame! Do you ever use your garbage up?! I just can't toss those frames!! The flowers are Brides confetti that I purchased at Michaels in little buckets in the bridal aisle. They make for fun, FLAT embellishements!!

This card uses some American Crafts designer paper from the Letterbox Collection. I wrapped some SU! Grosgrian ribbon around the card to resemble one of those funky bulletin boards you see in the magazines sometimes. I adorned my corners with a Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch.

Finally, for this card I used a Nestibilies Labels Two die. The designer paper looks like bubbles and is by TPC Studio. The wired ribbon is from a friend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Two More Cards Designed2Delight!

This is the adorable image for the progressive challenge at Designed2Delight this week!
How cute is that kitty peeking out behind the pumpkin?! Love the little spider hanging on it's tail too!! Find Scaredy Cat here!!

I love this paper from Imaginisce...it says *halloween* without all of the skulls and goofy stuff. I kept it simple with SU! photo corner punches that have been run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The little gemy spiders were a RAK I received recently...they added a fun touch of bling. Image colored with Copic Markers.

This week Double Delight Challenges is hosting a special challenge to celebrate the birthday of Operation Write Home!!

Their challenge this week is to use ANY Designed 2 Delight Images to make cards for our military heroes and then send them to one of their mailroom clerks at Operation Write Home. They will bundle them and send them off overseas.

If you do this...you will be emailed this patriotic snowman image FREE! Check out all of the details HERE. Don't delay though....the challenge is over Friday, September 24!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #77 - TWO Girly Cards!

It's Tuesday, and Lora's turn to challenge us on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog!!
This week "It's All About The Girls" ...she wants to see our girly creations, so get out all your pretty papers and embellishements!

I chose not to go with a traditional pink girly theme for my first card....but I think in this case blue, brown and green can still be girly!

This adorable image is from Faith at Designed2Delight. It is called Sew Kind!
I colored the image with Copic markers and added some of my favorite embellishments.
Nestibilities, Sizzix Embossing folder by SU!, SU! Photo Corner punches, and some pre-colored digital flowers.

For my second card I used a brand spankin' new image from Designed2Delight called Bearing Gifts! I decided to make it a baby girl card...wagons are traditionally boy images...but this one is piled with goodies for a little girl! The central image is popped up on foam tape for added dimension.

We hope you can join in the challenge....check out the prize information and the other DTC design team member creations on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Snappy Hello!

Yep...another one of those clean of my desk days! This card popped together with pieces of this and that left on my desk.

Image is by Whipper Snapper and is colored with Copic Markers. Yellow wired ribbon was haning on my light chain...I have no idea from where or what...but I used it all up! A cut off of my favorite Sizzix embossing folder these days...SU! hit it home on this one as far as I'm concerned! Sentiment image is from Stampendous! and though it isn't new, it is surely a *goodie!*

Happy Monday all!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Faux Sea Glass

I love the colors of this card....I made faux sea glass!! This is a take-off on the Faux Leather technique. Instead of using the masking tape, I ran a strip of paper through my xyron machine. then I applied torn vellum in white, blue and aqua in a random fashion. I covered the surface with versamark and then clear embossed a few times. This makes it shiny and gives it the appearance of sea glass in real life.

I trimmed it to size and used it as a frame for my sand dollar stamp. This stamp is Sand Dollar Collage by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. The larger image is a retired SU! stamp. The sea tag and star fish stamps are by My Sentiments Exactly! I cuttle-bugged the Soft Sky cardstock. The sand dollars are accented with Copic #E40 Brick White.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jillibean Soup

This card uses a tag that I made at the Jillibean Soup booth at CHA this summer. The papers are fun and cheery and the paper roses were new to me. Mine got crushed in transit...so I had to re-do them to save my tag. My resulting roses were tighter, but they are still fun. I kept the presentation on the card simple, adding the butterflies and swirls on the Sizzix embossed panel you seem to see A LOT on here lately!!!

Below are some of the photos of their booth that I snapped at CHA....a very inspiring booth!
Enjoy!!






Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On The Farm....2 cards!

Well, I'm no farm girl....but this card just makes me grin!! I saw this cute cow and decided my card had to be black and white and pink!! I colored my image with Copic Markers and doodled a frame around it. I added some Primas, digital leaves from Fred, She Said and the Sizzix embossed background to finish the card off. Sentiment is a really old one from Embossing Arts.


This card uses two more of the images...they are marked Lisa Rasmussen (E397, E394, H125).
I colored the card with Copic Markers, added some doodling, prima flowers, photo corners and seam binding to finish this card. I hope they made you grin!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Digital Tuesday ~ Sportsman Card!

It's Tuesday!! This week the challenge on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog is SPORTS! Our family isn't big on the sports scene....but we have a family of men who like to fish!!

The Catch of the Day image from Designed2Delight is perfect for the fishermen! I colored the image with Copic Markers...YG91, E43, E44. I made my fish scales by using the Colorless Blender Solution on an old wash rag...dab it on and fish scales magically appear!! I cut out the fish and popped it up on foam tape for added dimension. I distressed the background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap.

Designer paper is by BasicGrey, cardstock is embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and the sentiment is by Endless Creation. I added some fishing line and a nice little knot held on with a glue dot.

I hope you all can join us on this week's challenge!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Walnut Stain Distress Stickles

This is a card I made using Tim Holtz's Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. I'm not usually a stickle girl....I like my Art institute Glitter....but I must say I had fun using it on this card. I ran my background panel through a cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I squirted huge dallops of stickles on it and with my finger, covered the surface. The nature of the stuff left more glitter here and there...and less other places...but it is a cool effect.

I had picked up these *rusted* metal pine trees from a rummage sale and they looked too faky since they were just painted...but since I liked the shape, I went ahead and covered them with the stickles too. after they dried, they also have a fun distressed appearance.

The image is from Northwoods and is gorgeous colored up in Copic Markers.
YG97, YG95, YG91, W7, W5, W3, W1, B45, B93, B41, E25, E44, E43

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Shalom Doves

These cards use stamps from the Tree of Life set embossed in silver on a polished stone background. The dove has been done in the glitter and acetate technique and is attached with glue dots.
This card has the addition of a Star of David done in the glitter and acetate technique and is attached with tape.
Michelle Pearson

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Swirled Ornament Cards

Today's cards are done with Swirled Ornament with Hanging Ribbon by The Rubber Cafe. For this first card I used the glitter and acetate technique. I stamped Season's Greetings on white metallic cardstock. The ornaments are attached with glue dots.
This second card is made in the same style on metallic silver cardstock. The ornaments are colored with Copic Markers and are popped up on foam tape.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wreath that is Designed2Delight!

I'm squeaking in at the last minute with the progressive challenge at Designed2Delight. This week's image is free. If you upload a card using this freebie before midnight tonight, you will get next week's image free in an email from Faith! Sooooo much fun!!

Designer paper is by Making Memories, Cuttlebug herringbone embossing folder, Stampin Up! Corner Punches and twine make up my card. I colored the image with Copic Markers. If you miss the deadline, here is the link to the Oak Wreath.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Four Cards Designed2Delight!

I couldn't help but color this adorable flower from Designed2Delight again today...this time in girly colors!! Have a Mice Day is such an adorable set...and it's always amazing to me what a simple change of colors and papers does to an image!! This time I added glitter dots to my flower. I used Martha Stewart and SU! punches and adhesive pearls to dress up the card.
For the next 3 cards I played with the Flower Child image. This image is dear to my heart...it reminds me of my daughter who is running around with hair that looks like this most days! She doesn't seem to mind it in her face...and she's usually a toussled little mess!
I kept the card similar, Chocolate Truffle card bases, Making Memories designer paper, Flower Child image, ribbons, flowers and a verse. This one is from Inky Antics.


The sentiment verse on this card is from Printworks.

The sentiment verse on this card is from Wordsworth.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Dots and Stripes!


Hello and welcome to another Digital Tuesday Challenge! Ellie is our hostess this week...and her fun challenge is dots and stripes! When I heard that....how could I not use this designer paper from American Crafts...and this adorable Have A Mice Day set from Faith at Designed2Delight?!

I colored my image in coordinating Copic Markers and punched the sentiment in the set with my SU! punches!! Simple and striking!!

Challenge Sponsor:


Digital Delights is our sponsor this week. The prize is going to be a $10 gift certificate to be used at their store. Lots of cuties to choose from! Be sure to check out all the details of our challenge here!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Three More Gerbera Daisy Cards!

Here are some more Gerbera Daisy cards that I made using Tracey's gorgeously pre-colored images, found at Fred, She Said Designs. I absolutely love her flowers...and especially because I don't have to brave the mosquitos to water them!! The image is from the Gerbera Daisy Corner set. This card uses a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus folder...and I cut out a circle from the center and then placed a scalloped circle I punched using a Marvy Punch. The Happy Birthday sentiment is by Denami Design. I added a few gold nailheads some Martha Stewart Butterfly punches and some SU! photo punch corners to finish my card. The card base is Chocolate Truffle.
For this card I used the gorgeous Gerbera Daisy in a Jar image. For the background I stamped some sheet music from a stamp company that is new to me, Victorine Originals. I stamped it tone on tone for some subtle birthday music! The Happy Birthday is from Purple Onion Designs. I used some glitter dots from Dress It Up! and faux stitching to finish my card simply. The card base is black.

For this card I used SU!'s Baja Breeze for my cardstock because I like how it looked with the bottle! Sizzix Paisly embossing folder, SU! sentiment layered on SU! oval punches and then on a Nestibilies Fancy Tag. May Arts ribbon and some Martha Stewart Butterflies finish off my card.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Shalom

I'm sharing FIVE cards today....that's what a new box of rubber does to a girl! Todays cards feature two new sets that have been released by The Rubber Cafe.

This first card features stamps from the new Tree Of Life set. I silver embossed one of the tree images on a polished stone background. I then colored the image with Copic Markers to make it pop.
For my second card, I used a different tree image from the Tree of Life set, and silver embossed it on navy cardstock. I created my own background with the star. I popped Shalom up on foam tape as well as the tree image. My card base and image mat is light blue.
For my third card, I added a silver mat to the star and used a different Shalom stamp. The Tree of Life set has three different fonts, for lots of options!
This card is done with dark blue metallic paper and silver cardstock. I stamped the image on acetate and colored the back with a silver paint pen so that the details of the stamp would show through. I used the ribbon to cover my acetate seams and add some interest on the top and bottom of the card. I did the same with the star which I popped up on foam for my embellishment. Stamps from this set are from the Celebrating the Festival of Lights set.


This final card is also done using stamps from Celebrating the Festival of Lights set. I stamped the image on white shimmery cardstock and colored it with a silver paint pen. The blue and silver cardstocks are metallic. The embellishment is popped upon foam tape.

I hope these cards have given you some ideas on how to use these very versatile sets!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Two More Happy Winter Cards!



Well....I've been a card making spree lately....so there are lots of cards coming to the blog soon! The two today are a result of me having my BasicGrey winter scraps on my desk. I have a bag of all of the blues...and blue and brown was the color combo that came out with these!!

This card features a snowman die cut that I picked up at The Paper Cut's warehouse sale this summer. The snowman comes plain, but I tucked it into a snowflake frame embossing folder haven't used much since I had to have it! I love how I was able to tuck a snowflake behind my snow*girls* ear and have some on the bottom of her as well...it really dressed her up!

I don't have any branches punches...but I decided these leaves in brown gave my snowgirl some fancy arms! Happy Winter is from A Muse, punches and felt snow flake is from SU!



For this second card I used the SU! Top Note die and my favoritest ever piercing template from Fred, She Said Designs. Add a few well-placed silver brads and SU! felt snowflakes and you have a perfectly fun winter card!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Snow Angel is Designed2Delight!


This adorable snow angel image is from Faith at Designed2Delight. I colored my image with Copic Markers and layered it on BasicGrey papers from my scrap bin. Happy Winter is by A Muse and is layered on a SU! punch. The snowflakes are felt flurries from SU! and are layered over some Martha Stewart seam binding ribbon. Simply cute!!!