Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Warm Hello and Snowman Approved Cocoa!


Today I'm sharing two warm and toasty cards from Designed2Delight! I will admit, I did sit and sip a coffee drink while making these!!

I love the Love A Latte set. I cut this image out after coloring it with Copic markers. I popped the image up on foam tape for some dimension. I love the taupe color of the Prima pearls on this card...the color of a latte!! YUM!
The hello is an older Stampendous stamp...and I used it at my *tabletop* in this layout. Paper is from a SU! designer paper collection, and the flower is a silk one that I received in a RAK.
I love the variety of cups and mugs Faith has in the store. This image is called Cocoa.
I added dimension by stamping the SU! linen background over the top of it and then shading it with Copic markers. The image was printed twice, once on green and once on red. The red mug is popped up on foam tape.
Sentiment is from Morning Star. I distressed the card with Walnut Stain distress ink. Designer paper is from Flair designs. Snowflakes are SU! and Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Two Cards Just Because

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Today's post are some cards I made just because....no obligation blogging! These cards are mainly SU! images.

This first card was submitted for publication and rejected. I'm not minding....I got it back and was reminded of the fun technique I tried, that I had never seen...but was just puttering with! I like the background of this card too...a collage of stamps and inks and Tattered Angels glimmer spray.

The acetate was washed with white paint, allowed to dry and then run through the script Cuttlebug embossing folder. I lightly sanded the writing to remove the paint! Fun effect!

Stamps: SU! and Just Because is A Muse.


This card is so crisp and clean...I love the colors, the images and the happy feel of it!
I typed the quote on the computer.

Flowers are from Michael's bridal section.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Digital Tuesday Collage

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It's Tuesday....and today's challenge on the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog was chosen by Maria.

This week she chose an easy one.... Anything Goes! It's the perfect theme for this busy time of the year, so everyone can play along! Just be sure to include a digi somewhere on your creation!

This week it is Ellie is the sponsor: Digital Stamp Oasis



The winner of the challenge gets to choose 3 digistamps!!
My card today is a collage of some new favorite images...both stamped and digi!
The digital image is the beautifu rose from Faith at Designed2Delight. It was the perfect embellishment for some images from Prickley Pear Rubber stamps that I combined on this collage card.
Papers: Hot Off The Press
The dancers are stamped on white glimmer paper with stazon ink, cut out and popped up with foam tape. The tag is stamped with stazon on acetate, run through the xyron machine and glittered with pearl Art Institute glitter. The rose is stamped with Memento ink, colored with Copic Markers and is cut out. The white panel is also popped up on foam tape.

Monday, December 27, 2010

More Beauty Within



I have a clean and simple card to share today for One Crazy Stamper. I'm loving the Flourishes set Beauty Within. I mis-stamped an image, and if you know me, you know I don't like to toss anything!!

For this technique, I stamp my images on *acetate* which is actually re-purposed packaging. Anything that comes in a clear package, that is not all scratched up, goes into my acetate scraps bin. I stamp my images on the acetate with Stazon ink....and noone knows that I'm being *green!*

So, even though I mis-stamped my image on the scrap acetate, I decided to salvage the rose and cut it out of the image to use as my focal point. I had an extra piece of the Technique Tuesday lace border that I had glittered for last week's card laying handy on my desk....so I decided to go with a clean and simple card with the same elements.

I cut a Spellbinders Labels Five die down to frame my rose and glittered the edge with Art Institute glitter. I used the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder for an elegant backdrop for my rose.

Happy New Year Wishes to you all!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Well Preserved!

I have a friend who has a birthday in January...and she was asked once if she was my *mother!* The poor dear is only six months older than me! We (or maybe it's just me) still get laughs out of that one....so I thought these sets from The Rubber Cafe were perfect for me to tell her that she's well preserved!

I stamped the Mini Jar on acetate with black Stazon ink. I stamped the lid on designer paper. I attached my lid to my jar and then to the pink panel. I added some paper embroidery to further give it a vintage feel.

The fruit from the Fruit Medley set are stamped on acetate. I colored the reverse side with Copic Markers and then ran them through the Xyron sticker machine. I applied green, orange and red glitters to them and attached them with glue dots.

You will have to check out the Fruit Medley set...it has 15 images...and some cute sentiments!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 96 with Prickley Pear

Today I'm excited to have a card featured on the Card Patterns Sketch blog representing Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps! This was a really fun sketch!

The sketch reminded me of the split negative technique...but I chose to use red and charcoal designer papers with very subtle designs for my sketch. My fibers are 2 or 3 strands silver metallic DMC embroidery floss.

The image is from Prickley Pear and is called Flourished Dancers. I stamped the image with black Stazon ink onto white glimmer paper and cut it out. I popped the image up on foam tape over a circle that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder.

The embossed circle is layered on a coordinating designer paper with red music on a black background. How fitting is that? I knew I was saving it for the perfect card!

I made the lacey frame with Little Stacker Nesting Dies from Dies Direct. I used the smallest of the six dies in the set and then punched a 5/8 inch offset circle in each scalloped circle. This left me with a *C* shaped crescent. I then attached the tips to the back of my circle panel with double-sided tape. I love the doily effect that it gave me...and this allows me to make any sized circle frame I'd like....just by adjusting the number and placement of the crescents.

To finish off my card I added a bit of glittery punch since dancers usually wear over the top costumes. The glitter dots are by Dress It Up and are attached with glue dots.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Celebrate Winter!

Today's card is for the Digital Tuesday Challenge...CELEBRATE. I'm a little late getting it posted...but it's been a busy day in the kitchen! 5 loaves of bread, 1 batch of cookies, homemade macaroni and cheese, a yummy pork roast, ...AND I read a book! Beautiful snow showers were falling...and I enjoyed my day puttering in the kitchen!

This card is celebrating winter since I don't send out Christmas cards. It's always fun to get *fun* mail in your box after you have shivered your way out to get it! Wisconsin girl talking here....and we do shiver on our way to the mailbox!! I like to send wishes for a Happy New Year!
I went with clean and simple this week...I like both styles....so you will find lots of variety when you stop in for a visit! This is a pre-colored Christmas bird images from Tracey-Lynn at Fred, She Said Designs. I used the Spellbinders Labels Eleven to frame my image. Beautiful snowflake punches are by Martha Stewart. Photo corner punches are SU! and the Warm Wishes is a favorite from Come Clean Designs. I popped the bird panels up on foam tape for some dimension and finished off my snowflakes with glitter dots from Dress It Up!

We hope you can join us for our challenge this week!! Stay warm!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beauty Within



My card today is the second part of the tutorial that I am presenting this month for One Crazy Stamper. Last week my Cardinal Scene card featured the Glitter and Acetate Technique in an easy version that I just walked you through. Today's card features the technique the way I originally learned it...as well as a touch of the technique I showcased last week!

First of all I am using the gorgeous set by Flourishes called Beauty Within. This set has two images that are perfect for this technique which look like stained glass. What is extra-special about this set is that it is made to coordinate with Spellbinder's Labels Eleven dies.

Other items on this card include a set from Technique Tuesday called Vintage Lace, the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder and the beautiful Art Institute Glitters. When I do the technique this way, I use the Art Institute Dries Clear Glue and the metal tip for precision gluing.

First I add the darkest colors of glitters to the back of my image.


Next I add the lighter colors of glitter.

This is the opposite side, you can see the darker colors are drying and once the piece is dry you can assemble your card!

I stamped the ribbon stamp on acetate with stazon ink, ran it through the Xyron sticker maching and then applied the glitter. This is quick and easy when you are just using one color of glitter.

Be sure to check out our challenge....there is an awesome prize up for grabs!
....and some generous blog candy for a new follower to our design team blog!
Give yourself a chance at some stamping goodness this holiday season!!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Magic & Blog Candy Soon!!

I decided to play off of one of my favorite color combos....navy and white...it is so classic and beautiful! I combined some of my favorite Rubber Cafe images on this card, along with a favorite technique and a touch of embossing! Simple, quick and classy!

~Ornamental Holiday
~Bead Border
~Winter Wonderland

Also...I've been blogging for just over 3 years and am closing in on 100 followers...so once I hit that milestone...I will be posting some blog candy! So, if you aren't already, become a follower!! ...and if you like what you see here, tell your friends to stop by and visit!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hearts Come Home

I found this Winter's Glow image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps on my desk this morning...and decided to give it a new home!

I lined the lantern with a piece of waxed paper for a bit of an opaque effect. I layered it on a white panel that I cut with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Snow Flurries edge die. I then ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, leaving the snowflakes out.

The sentiment All Hearts is framed with some Little Stacker Nesting Dies. I used a touch of faux stitching to attach my sentiment tag to the top of my card.

Along the bottom of the card I added a ribbon border of vintage seam binding and May Arts ribbon.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Flourished Dancers

I have a clean and simple card today featuring Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I combined two gorgeous images and made a black and white card with a touch of glitter!

I stamped the Collaged Pinecone Tag on acetate with Black Stazon ink. I ran the acetate through the Xyron machine, applying the sticker to the back of the image. I burnished the piece well and then applied some Art Institute Pearl glitter to the sticky side. I ran the panel through the Xyron again, glitter side down and applied to a white panel.

I stamped the Flourished Dancers with Black Stazon ink on a white glimmer paper and cut out the image leaving a narrow border. The image is popped up on foam tape for a touch of dimension. I added no other embellishments to this card.

Designer papers are from the Cardmaker's Classic Creative Pack from Hot Off The Press.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Happy Bee-Day Faith!


It's Faith's birthday today...and the design team is posting some wishes that are Designed2Delight!!

I used her Happy Bee-Day set. I made my cake pink...we're going girly for this!
May arts ribbon matched my cheery paper perfectly. Cake is colored with copics and accented with gems and spica markers.
The flower on the sentiment is popped up on foam. The card is finished with a touch of faux stitching as well as some simple piercing.
Be sure to check out the rest of the team's cards HERE!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 94 ~ Winter Bells

I used this fun sketch from Card Patterns today with Christmas Bells from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

I stamped the bells on acetate with black stazon ink, colored the reverse side with Copic markers. Next I ran the image Copic side up through my Xyron machine and burnished the sticker well. I peeled off the liner and applied Art Institute's Fauna (208) transparent glitter. I ran it through the xyron again, glitter side down and burnished well. I removed the liner and applied to cream cardstock. Finally, I cut the image out, leaving a narrow border.

The crocheted lace is some I found at a yard sale...it is vintage and I added some tiny gold stitches to hold the peaks out in the scallops as shown in the sketch. The May Arts ribbon is popped up on a wide strip of foam tape so that it holds it's shape and gives some dimension to the card.

The crocheted flowers were gifted to me by Debbie Fisher...the colors were perfect and the go well with the crocheted edging.

The designer paper is actually an old piece of sheet music that just happens to have wording about bells! I ran it through my SU! embossing folder very carefully because it is so old it tears very easily. No distress inks needed!!

I popped my focal image up on foam tape over two heart pins by Making Memories. I used a portion of the song's title as an embellishment.

Very fun challenge!!

Digital Tuesday - Sparkling Penguin


This week it was Lora's turn to choose a Digital Tuesday challenge, and she chose

"Sparkling Christmas"


We can't wait to see what you all come up with!! As always you can create anything you like, a card, gift, scrapbook page, etc. Just be sure to include a digital image somewhere on your creation!

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For my card I chose to use a pre-colored penguin image by Shawne of Studio313. Instead of glittering my image...I used ALL glitter paper instead of designer papers! I ran the light panel through the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder for some amazing texture.

I die cut the image with Spellbinders' Eyelet Squares die. Snowflakes are a mix of Martha Stewart punches and the SU! strip snowflake die. My only embellishments are circle punches of glitter paper in the place of brads.

And...in closing, be sure to check out the Studio 313 Challenge blog...there is still time to enter a blingy card in that challenge as well for a chance at another sweet prize!!! Have fun!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Glittery Cardinal Scene - One Crazy Stamper


I'm so excited to share a creation with you today using products available at One Crazy Stamper! There are so many fun things available in the store....and I used a bunch of them on this card!

1. Stamp the Cardinal Scene from Stampendous on acetate with black Stazon ink.



2. Flip the image over and color with Copic Markers on the back of the acetate. Your coloring will not be perfect...but it will look fine once the image has been glittered.



3. Run your trimmed image through a Xyron machine, colored side down, so the sticker is applied to the back of the image and burnish it well.



4. Apply Art Institute Glitter to the sticker. I used a white color for my snow scene.



5. Run the image through the Xyron machine again, glitter side down and burnish well.



6. Apply image to a piece of light blue cardstock for a slight blue tint and trim.



7. Mat with black cardstock.



For the card panel, I used my Scor-Pal to add some embossed detail to the card. I wanted a section of my panel left plain so that I could stamp my sentiment.

1. Stamp sentiment from Popcorn the Bear Christmas Collection in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.



2. Lightly score a line where you want your vertical stripes to end above your sentiment.



3. Flip your panel over and score it so that the embossing pops to the front of the card.



4. Turn your panel and carefully score your stripes in the width you desire.



I finished my card off with a black mat, some snowflake punches and glitter dots.



Don't forget to join us in our challenge this month! Use a stamp that is sold in the One Crazy Stamper site and make a Christmas card! Post your card HERE and then be sure to check out all of the awesome inspiration!!



Also...be sure to enter to win some awesome blog candy....HERE!!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Midnight Madness Sketch 82 and Prickley Pear Cards!

Whoo Hoo! I loved this sketch from the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge blog! I also love this little Winter's Glow Postage image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I recently saw an all-white card...and decided to give it a shot with the only punch of color being the image.

I colored the image with Copic Markers, glittered the snow and popped it up on foam tape. For the rest of the card I used Stampin'Up/Sizzix snowflakes, May Arts ribbon, Martha Stewart punches, and a variety of embossing folders. The silver snowflake was a glass charm....I'm not into wine....and they were on clearance...so what is a girl to do but snip off the attachment ring and use it on a card?!


This card uses the same image, but uses primarily blue and white. I raided my scrap bin, added a SU! Top Note die that is pierced with a piercing template from Fred, She Said Designs and added some gems. The snowflake is from Stampers Anonymous and is cut out by little old me!

Other items on this card are Fiskars Postage Scissors and a Signo white gel pen for the faux stitching.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Midnight Madness Sketch 83 - A Warm Hello!


This is my second post today for both the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and Designed2Delight! Be sure to check out my other post...for another fun winter card!
I chose to go with a cute little image called Hula Island. I colored my image with Copic Markers and framed it with Nestibilitie dies. I used a variety of Basic Grey winter papers. I used a variety of dies and punches as well. I love the paper tape that has the waves on it along the bottom...it is by K&Company.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 84 - Snow Angel

This card follows the Midnight Madness Sketch 84. I used a digital image from Designed2Delight....I cut out my Snow Angel, leaving a narrow border and mounted it on a designer paper panel. My designer paper is from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses collection.
Other elements include a Nestibilities die that has been embossed with a Stampin Up embossing folder. Pearls are by prima and the ribbon is vintage seam binding.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Digital Tuesday - Baby It's Cold Outside!

It's Digital Tuesday! Time for another challenge...and this week our challenge was: *Baby It's Cold Outside!* Be sure to check out the challenge and enter for a chance to win images from our challenge sponsor!

I made two cards for this challenge....both with the pre-colored chickadee from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I love printing these out on matte photo paper, it makes the colors come alive! I cut out the image and layered it on a Top Note Die that has been pierced with a flourish template also from Fred, She Said Designs.

Embossing folder is from SU! and the punches are Martha Stewart.

For this card, the papers are from Making Memories Noel collection. Flower is Prima and the die is by Creatables. Warm wishes is from Come Clean Designs.

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Crazy Stamper Design Team Debut, A Challenge and A Blog Candy Reminder!


Today is my first post as a design team member for http://www.onecrazystamper.com/. I was sent Popcorn the Bear - Christmas Hugs collection...and it is a fun set to color with several sentiments that coordindate.

I used Copic Markers (Bear: E44, E43, E42, Greens: YG67, YG17, YG03, Reds: R59, R46, Oranges: YR09, YR16, Bear Paw Pads: E49, E29, Blanket: E53, E51, E50, Duck: Y19, Y21), Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.

We are kicking off the first ever One Crazy Stamper Challenge. Our theme is Christmas or Winter themed projects. We will randomly select one participant to win a $25 gift card to the OCS store!

The Rules:
You have until the end of the month to join in. Only new projects (no back linking to old projects). You must mention and link us in your post. You may combine with other challenges.
Please do not post your links here.....you must place them on the design team blog HERE.

And....if you haven't already....be sure to check out THIS POST for another $25 of blog candy being offered up by Lori! What's not to love?!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Prickley Pear - Framed Artwork

Today I'm sharing a project that could easily turn your stamped creation into a gift! I made this card a few weeks ago...combining a bunch of my favorite things. This card won a Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Gold Star Award.

After posting this card, I was asked if I could make one so it could be framed and given as a gift. I have a hubby who is handy in the woodshop...and he graciously agreed to make me some frames. I thought I would share our framed artwork with you today!

Image is by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and is called Winter's Glow.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Studio 313 Challenge - Bling!

This is my second post today! I have another card to share! Shawne is back with her challenges...and this month our challenge is Sparkle and Bling! You have until December 31st to link your entry for a chance to win $25 of digis from the Studio 313 line at McMahon Five Designs.

I just had to use this adorable image from the Mellow Out set. I love the marshmallow in an intertube!! tee hee! I decorated my mug with some stitching...it has some sparkly blending filament so its to some subtle sprakle...I was going for the white on white dishes that you see this time of year that are so pretty! I added some pearls to my steam swirls too.

If you didn't happen to see the other card I made with this set, here is the link....I can't wait to use the rest of them too.

The Rubber Cafe - Shalom Trio

Today I am sharing a trio of cards using images from The Rubber Cafe.



The first card uses the Celebrating The Festival Of Lights set. I stamped the dreidels in different ink colors and then glittered parts of them with coordinating glitter for some tone on tone interest.

The background is also stamped tone on tone. I added a bit of faux stitching and some photo corners to finish off the card. A fun way to color without using pencils or pens!

For this card I used the Glitter and Acetate technique on the stars with silver glitter. I cut the stars out and put them over an embossed panel and some vintage seam binding.

I used the stamp aligner to stamp Shalom as a border along the bottom of my card with Stazon ink on the metallic paper. Most of the images on this card come from the Tree of Life set. One of the stars comes from the Celebrating the Festival of Lights set.
This final card features the Tree of Life stamp that has been silver embossed over a polished stone panel.
The embossed panel has actually been double-embossed! I ran it through the script embossing folder and then through the branch one. This gives the panel a beautiful subtle effect. I finished the card off by stamping Shalom in a flat area on the card.



Friday, December 3, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it SNOW!


Snowflakes in the forecast for the weekend....and it makes me want to play with snowflakes!!
I went with images from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. This adorable pre-colored image, Catchin Flakes, captures the excitement of the kids in our house...they've been out playing in the snow....rolling in it, sliding in it, and yes, eating it!!
I cut out the images for these cards with the Nestibilities Labels Eleven. I lightly sanded the embossing on both images for an additional framing detail.
Snowflake punches are Martha Stewart, and are layered for a lacey snowflake effect.
Swirly punch is from Creative Memories, glitter dots by Dress It Up and Happy Winter is by A Muse.
Ribbon is by May Arts, image is Emma the Caroler, and is the pre-colored version. Paper is by Fiskars.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Magic of The Season

I'm having fun playing with this die ....and this time I made a card with a touch of blue!
The card and the embossed layer are a shimmery white paper...the embossing folder is from SU!
Enjoy the Magic of the Season is from The Rubber Cafe.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW!!!