Saturday, March 31, 2012

Love Bears All Things...

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspisration!
This card features the All Things image from McMahon Five Designs. 

I printed the image twice in two different sizes and then cut out the two smaller butterflies to use as embellishments on my larger image. 

I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and colored the butterflies with Copic markers. 

I raided my paper scraps drawer and came up with a soft vintage card.  Lace is from May Arts and flowers are by Prima.

Old Rugged Cross

this is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!

Today's card features the Old Rugged Cross set from Designed2Delight and the Card Patterns sketch this week!

I found this patterned paper in my scrap drawer that just looked like grass and a sunrise that fit the sketch.  I used the Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders Oval Window die, and cut out the center of it to better showcase the image.  The image is colored with Copic Markers.

The lilies are available at McMahon Five Designs and complimented my image perfectly!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Some Kites for Spring!

It's been a while since I just posted something for no reason....and today's post is for no other reason than I have been having fun with these basic Kite Fold Tea Bag folded medallions.   

It's amazing to me the pretty designs you can get with a variety of stamps that are not even meant for tea bag folding!  This one happens to be a large circle stamp by Anna Griffin/All Night Media.

I framed my card on some coated papers and embellished it with some Candi embellishments.
This second card features some old Hero Arts floral blocks.  Stamped in a solid color and folded into kites, you get this interesting design!

I again layered the medallion on some coated texture paper, and the dark frame is actually Elegant Eggplant, though it looks almost black on here.  I added some Martha Stewart snowflake punches and Candi embellishments to finish of this card.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tea Bag Folding for the CropStop Challenge: Bright Colors!


This week's CropStop challenge is to use sunny/bright colors on our projects.  I decided to do both and use Tea Bag Folding as my technique!  My first card is all ivory and gold....so is definitely sunny!

The background is embossed with Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Brocade Window.  I embossed two pieces of cardstock and trimmed them so they would make a square rather than the 5x7 panel they usually make.

Next stamp eight images in metallic gold ink and let them dry.  Trim the pieces square and then using the Kite Fold, fold your pieces and assemble your medallion. 

I embellished the medallion with Candi embellishments.  The ivory ones are attached upside down with glue dots.  The metallic gold one is attached with Candi Fix to the center of the medallion.

As a final finishing touch I added some Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Classic Butterfly Punches to the card.

For my second card I followed the same process.  This time it is a Hero Arts flower stamp that has been stamped with a bright Kaleidacolor ink pad.  If your stamped image is not symmetrical, you will want to be sure you fold your pieces all oriented in the same direction...otherwise your medallion will not end up symmetrical!

The background has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder. 

This time I wove some embroidery floss around the corner Candi Embellishment pieces to create a frame for my medallion.

And the fun part about this technique is that if you fold the stamped image oriented in a different direction, you get a totally different look!  Same stamp, same colors, different medallion!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Peony Love!

Ooh....I just love spring!  Soon the peonies will be popping....love seeing God's handiwork in nature!  Such detail and perfection he put into the world we live in...and longs to work in us!

This card features the lovely Peony Love image, from McMahon Five Designs, which I colored with my Copic markers: RV29, RV23, RV00, G28, G24, G20, BG10, B000.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

iCopic Tips and Tricks Tuesday

This is one of two posts today, be sure to scroll for more inspiration!

In my iCopic post today, I'm sharing a few tips and tricks.

TIP #1 - You don't need to use an image on your card....I went with a simple Magnolia image called Baby Shower.

TIP #2 - Use elements from your designer paper to embellish your card.  The designer paper on this card is from My Mind's Eye Be Amazing Collection.

TIP #3 - Save bits and pieces from your everyday life, you never know how you can use them to embellish a project.  My bits on this card?!  The funky little bows! It was thread that came off of a skirt that shouldn't have!  Rather than pitch it, I stashed it and I used it!  SCORE!

TIP #4 - Think about using your embellishments in ways other than the obvious.  On this card I used Prima Marketing's Wood Buttons.  The heart, the way it was meant to be, and the circle I flipped over and used the back to add a totally different feel to the element.

Digital Tuesday - Favorite Color Challenge

This is one of two posts today, so please scroll for more inspiration!
Today's Digital Tuesday Challenge is to make a project featuring our favorite color.    That is tricky, because I like several...buy today it's pink!

I went with the Fred, She Said's Butterfly Doodle Dallion.  This image comes in a variety of colors...so you can pick a different favorite color a few times for a totally different look!

I fussy cut the butterflies and flowers to add dimension...added a few tiny flower Stampendous stickers and embellished them with a sprinkling of teeny-tiny pearls. 

The sentiment is a favorite from Stampendous as well...2000...who says stamps get *old?!*  ...some are just timeless!

We hope you pop by and play the Digital Tuesday Challenge...we want to see your favorite colors!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Birthday Elephant HoneyPop

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
For my One Crazy Stamper post I am sharing another Inky Antics Honey Pop creation.  This time I used the Birthday Elephant Honey Pop set and a rainbow Honeycomb paper pad. 

If you missed my tutorial on the coloring or assembling of these fun cards, please see last week's post.
You can decorate the inside of your card as much as you wish.  I cut out some circles from designer paper to ground my elephant...and was sure to add plenty of present accents.

Be sure to check often to see what sales Lora is offering....she has a great variety of items and is always adding goodies to the store!

Have a great week!

Hope, Love, Joy

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
It's Prickley Pear Monday....and today I'm sharing a seasonal card with you.  It's a winter butterfly!  It reminds me of the quote that a snowflake is winter's butterfly!  This image is from the Clearly Beautiful Butterfly set and uses the Butterfly Die.

I die cut my butterfly from white glossy paper and stamped it with Stazon ink.  I popped up the wings on foam tape for added dimension.  I layered my butterfly on a piece of glossy paper that I did the polished stone technique on. 

A Cuttlebug embossing folder, a few snowflakes embellished with Candi, and you have a nice winter card! 

Be sure to stop by the Prickley Pear Blog if you have a moment....and see what the other design team members have been up to!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Aquatic Greetings - No Mess Stamping With Scrap Happy Sheer Glue



Today's card is for The Rubber Cafe and is a mini-tutorial...a mess free way to stamp with the Scrap Happy Glue.  There are several ways to stamp with the glue...but this way keeps my fingers from getting sticky...and the stamp is easy to clean up with an easy water rinse after stamping your image.
I inked up the H-978 Background Basics 2 using Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Then, I added a small dot of the Scrap Happy Sheer Glue in the center of each of the inked dots.  I varied the size of my glue dots, as I wasn't going for a uniform perfect look.
I stamped the image onto my cardstock and sprinkled with the Blue Skies You're So Fine Glitter and set it aside to dry completely.
I stamped the K-1131 Seahorse With Fish with Memento Black ink and colored it with the Copic Markers shown below.  As you can see, when I plan to fussy cut an image, I do not bother with keeping it within the lines, and I can color quite quickly.
The sentiment stamp is A-202 Hi There!

Hope you've enjoyed my take on these new to me Rubber Cafe images...the variety of themes in The Rubber Cafe's catalog is very wide!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flirty Flamingos

Tee Hee....you have to have the right person to send these flirty flamingos to....but I made this card for McMahon Five Designs featuring Studio 313's set called Fabulous and Feathered Lou Lou.

I used the pre-colored version for my center flamingo, which I popped up on foam tape.

I wanted some more subdued girlfriends for her...so I colored the other two images with the following Copic Markers:  BG72, W5, W3, RV42, R22, Y38, Y35.

The sentiment is layered on some repurposed Prima Marketing packaging.  

Hope I made ya grin!

Friday, March 23, 2012

HomeGrown Especially For You!

Happy Friday!  Today's Our Craft Lounge weekly challenge is Spring Things! 
I used two floral sets on today's cards: Fabulous Florals and Say It With Flowers.  I embossed my images with Versamark and white embossing powder on My Mind's Eye designer papers.
A touch of Martha Stewart punched lace and a sheer ribbon finish off my card.  The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

We look forward to seeing your version of SPRING!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inky’s Easter Blog Hop!

This is one of two posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Welcome to Inky’s Easter Blog Hop! If you're hopping, you’ve just come from Tex’s blog, if not...you will want to start at the beginning of the hop and see what the Inky Antics Design Team has prepared for you. 


I used Groovy Crosses drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung to create this project, which you can find on this page.


For each of these cards, I stamped the images and shaded them with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.
Each of the colored backgrounds were run through the Xyron sticker machine, burnished well and covered with You're So Fine Cool Highlight Glitter.  Then each piece was run through the Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder.  Each feels fresh and springy!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, March 25th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). Two people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a surprise Inky prize pack. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.
Your next stop will be Crystal's blog.  Enjoy!

CropStop Flourishes Challenge

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Happy Thursday!  It's time for a new CropStop challenge...and this week it is to use flourishes on your projects!

I went with the a Heartfelt Creations floral image colored with the following Copic Markers:
BG49, BG45, BG10, YG63, YG61, Y38, Y35.

I used a Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die and a Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder that also features flourishes.  A touch of May Arts Sheer Dotted Ribbon ties my bouquet together.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Another Spring Creation from Fred She Said

I just love the Daffodil Cardfront Kit 1 from Fred, She Said Designs.  This time I used the lavender color scheme and added paper embroidery in a different way and added a few buttons for added interest.
Are the spring flowers up where you are?!  Ours are sprouting greenery...but no blooms just yet.
One more day in the 80*s here before it cools down to a more normal weather pattern for WI.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Designed2Delight March Reveal!

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Today is the Designed2Delight March Reveal Blog Hop.  If you are just happening by, be sure to start at the beginning of the hop and be inspired with all the team has to share with you!  There will be freebies scattered throughout the hop....so be sure to leave some love along the way!  If you are here from Michelle H's blog, you are right on track!

I paired my images up with some My Mind's Eye designer papers and colored the images with Copic Markers.
There are also a lot of Spellbinders dies on these cards and Candi embellishments.
I will be selecting a random commenter this Friday to win a Designed2Delight image of their choice!  One comment per person please...however become a follower for an extra chance to win.  Leave me a second comment letting me know if you are or have become a follwer.

HINT:  check out my other post today and leave me some love and you will get a THIRD chance to win!  Good Luck!
Faith will be offering a special on the new release you won't want to miss...so hop on to the Designed2Delight blog for all of the details!

Digital Tuesday is Just Peachy!

This is one of two posts today....so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
This week's Digital Tuesday Challenge is to predominately use peach. The flower and tag on this card appear a bit funky, but I promise they are peach and do match in real life!

This is a new image from Designed2Delight's new release...I colored it with Copic markers and paired it with My Mind's Eye papers.

If you would like to see some more peachy inspiration....check out our challenge and join in the fun!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Baking Kitty Honey Pop Double Tutorial

This is one of three posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
Today I'm sharing a card for One Crazy Stamper using Inky Antic's Baking Kitty HoneyPOP set.  I have a double tutorial for you...first how to color using PrismaColor Pencils and Gamsol, the Inky Antics way....and then a tutorial on how to assemble the HoneyPOP portion of the card.

You will want to use regular color pencils for this technique, not watercolor pencils.  You apply color to your image lightly where you want the most pigment. 

Next, you will apply Gamsol (a brand of artist grade odorless mineral spirits) with paper stumps to blend your image.  This is effectively *melting* the wax of your pencil and smooths out pencil lines.
If your stump begins to drag or squeak, just rewet with more of the mineral spirits.

You can sharpen/clean your stumps on an emery board or sand paper.  Personally, I use one stump per color and don't bother with the cleaning or sharpening.

Now for the fun 3D HoneyPOP element on this card!  You will simply stamp the cake pieces on the desired colored HoneyPOP paper pads. 

One hint here is to use a similar colored ink, this makes it less noticable if you leave a hint of the stamped image when cutting your pieces out. 

You will want to create a 1/8 - 1/4 channel down the center of your card, rather than the traditional center fold.  This will allow for the honeypop element's thickness when the card is closed.   I am really unscientific about this....I use a Scor-Pal and just scoot my card over a titch to the right and score on the 4 1/4 inch mark and then flip my card and repeat; scooting my card over a titch and scoring again on the 4 1/4 inch mark.  This gives you two score lines, one on each side of center. 

When it comes time to add your element to the inside of your card, you will simply cover one half with a glue stick and position just to the outer edge of your score line.   Your honeypop piece will fit into the *spine* you've created in your card. 

Add glue stick to the top of the honeyPOP piece and carefully close your card. The next time you open your card you will see your HoneyPOP magic!

I like to dress up the interior of my cards, but if that is not your thing....a simple stamped sentiment and honeyPOP element will still bring a smile!

Succession of Moments....

This is one of three posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!

It's Prickley Pear Monday...and today I'm sharing another card using the Clearly Beautiful Gears set. 

I embellished my designer paper from Hot Off The Press with the gears stamped with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  The gears are stamped on silver metallic cardstock with stazon ink. 

I wrapped a thin wire around the end of a paintbrush and then flattened and stretched it between the gears.  Other than the loop around the large screw in the upper right corner, the rest of the wire is attached with hidden glue dots behind the gears. 

The sentiment is from the Clearly Beautiful Butterflies 2 set.  The silver metal trim is an embossed sticker I had in my stash!

A Stamp of Friendship

This is one of three posts today, so be sure to scroll for more inspiration!
 I have a pair of cards for iCopic today featuring Stampavie's A Stamp of Friendship.  
 I used a technique with You're So Fine microfine glitter!
You stamp your image and run it through a Xyron sticker machine or cover the surface with a dries-clear glue.  Then burnish in the glitter as shown above.  Wipe your image off and then proceed with your coloring!  These shimmer beautifully in real life!

Copic Markers used:  BV04, BV02, V01, YG63, YG61, E43, E42.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Melissa!

Today's card for The Rubber Cafe is a birthday card for Melissa...and I'm sending a vintage card her way with wishes for an enjoyable day and a prosperous new year!

I stamped an image from the Bon Apetit set on a Spellbinders Beaded Oval Die Cut.  I distressed the panel with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.

I colored the image with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet and Shabby Shutters. 

I stamped on some My Mind's Eye designer paper with the Pattern Royale in Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. 

Finishing touches include Prima flower/gem, nail heads and some paper embroidery for a touch of color and interest.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Miss Anya Loves to Read!


I have an iCopic post today with a few bookmarkers for you.  I hadn't made a bookmark yet in all of the years of my stamping.  Being a book-lover, my preference in a bookmarker is thin and flat...so I made two for you today that fit the bill!

This first one is a quick and easy take on a corner marker. 

First step is to cut a corner off of an envelope.   I used no science or measuring...just cut of a hunk and then covered the seamed side with the designer paper as shown.  I used a touch of faux stitching, because, you guessed it....it's flat!

I added some strong tape to the edge of the marker and attached out some elements that I punched out of a coordinating sheet of designer paper.  I put a piece of tape along the back edge where the front panel meets the circles so it smoothly slides onto your page without catching.    I attached Sweet Anya and you have a bookmarker!

For my next one I just did a traditional marker.  I folded a piece of 4 inch wide designer paper in half and closed it with adhesive so you have a twosided pink marker.  I added a small tag/rub-on and Miss Anya from the Miss Anya Collection.  I crowned my marker with a Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif Die and ribbon.  The ribbon sticks out of the book, so it fits my thin marker rule!

Copic Markers used on this project:  B97, B95, B93, E44, E43, E42, E02, E00, R89, R85, R83, YR24, YR23, YG17.  I used some papers from a 6x6 collection from icopic...there are over 140 to choose from!

Friday, March 16, 2012

An Old Friend...

Happy Friday!!   One more day of Our Craft Lounge and May Arts goodness to share...and this time it also goes for the weekly challenge which is also FLOWERS!    With weather so unseasonably warm, it has me looking longingly at my flower pots! 

For this card I used a variety of My Mind's Eye papers and embossed my Fabulous Florals flowers with white embossing powder.  The sentiment is from Say It With Flowers and is stamped on a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Diecut.  I used some ruffled May Arts ribbon as my leaves as well as a border accent.

Be sure to stop by the Our Craft Lounge Blog and check out the other girls' work...and leave us some love for your chance to win some goodies!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Feel Better Soon!

This is one of two posts, so be sure to scroll down for more inspiration!
It's day two of our week featuring Our Craft Lounge stamps paired with May Arts Ribbon!

Today I used the Sunshine Cheer set and the paper piecing technique.  I used papers from BoBunny's Welcome Home collection, Spellbinders Labels Four dies and a few gems.

I fringe cut my grass and then used my ribbon to frame my card. 

Be sure to stop by the Our Craft Lounge Blog for the links of the other design team member's cards and leave lots of love along the way for your chance to win some goodies!

Butterflies!

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Happy Thursday!    We have a new CropStop challenge for you, and this week it is BUTTERFLIES!
I have a coupon code for my blog readers:  CTMP-2 will save you 10% off your entire order!  Enjoy!

I went with some Heartfelt Creations butterflies from the Posey Patch Garden Delights set and coordinating Spellbinders Die.  The sentiment comes from the Posy Patch Swirls set.

The center die is called Winged Swirl and is from Memory Box. 

Be sure to stop by the CropStop Blog and see what the other gals have been up to!  You can play along for your chance to win some stamping goodies as well!