Saturday, May 31, 2014

Six for Saturday!

Five for Friday was so much about Six for Saturday?  Today's cards are some I did for Inky Antics.
They are all based on white cardstock and feature faux stitching with a Signo white gel pen and distressing.
 I kept the embellishments to a  minimum and used Candi Dots and a bit of ribbon.
 This card features a fun embossing folder: Crafts Too Snowflake Banner CTFD4012.
 The bits of color added to these images was Prismacolor Pencil and Gamsol.
The papers for this collection were from Prima's Firefly Collection.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Five on Friday....

Oh, it's been one of those days when I am busy cleaning off my desk...there are all sorts of bits and I'll just share this jumbled group of cards!

The circle stamp is from Inkadinkadoo I believe. I used Anneke's Big Heart set from From The Heart Stamps on this card.  I accented with some vintage lace and some white gel pen.
This card is a remake of the one I made for Inky Antics featuring the  11171MC Coffee Mouse HoneyPop set.  I used paper embroidery on this card for embellishment.
Love the paper I found in my scrap bin...and I paired up the circle and bird images from Inkadinkadoo with one of my favorite sympathy stamps from Stampendous!  A bit of vintage lace and hand embroidery finishes off this card.

Similar to the one above, I switched out the sentiment to  one from Penny Black and added Heidi Grace/Prima flowers.  The frame of the card is hand embroidered and distressed.
Finally for this card I used more of the pieces mentioned above and then an image from Designed2Delight and Happy Birthday from Purple Onion Designs.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bleach Technique

Hello!  Lots of cardmaking has been happening behind the scenes...but it's been a slow week on the blog.  Today I'm sharing a few images that have been in my files for a long while and a technique that I'd been saving them for!

The Magnolia 376J is from All Night Media.  I embossed it with black embossing powder on black cardstock.  Then I painted it carefully with bleach.  I love the mottled look that the different amounts of bleach painted on the image gives. 

Thinking of You is 1207-H by River City Rubber Works. I stamped the sentiment and matted my floral image on a page from a book of my son's that fell apart.  He didn't want the book and I couldn't just toss stamping fodder it has become!

Here is another image that I had also embossed with the same technique in mind.  I do not know the company of this stamp...but I thought it worked up well in this technique as well.

I am pretty sure that these were embossed over 10 years ago.  They were waiting so patiently for me in the *flowers folder* and I am sure I never would have thought to use a book to complete my card back then!   I don't kill books on a regular basis...but this one was bought at good will and now is being used to spread good will!  With 398 pages I can spread a lot of good will!! ...and ooh, when I looked to see how many pages I see MAPS in the back!  WHoot!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Several Different Cards...

Yesterday's card for Prickley Pear never made it onto my here it is!  I made this card using: GG0196 A Loyal Companion, DD0211 Paw Print, BB0045 Paw Print Sm, CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, D037 Leaf Set Die,  CLR37 Leaf Set.

And here are some of my cards that were posted on the Inky Antics blog today.

This is the sample card by Michelle Pearson that we show on our main website representing this set:
Of course, there's our trademark HoneyPOP pop-out "surprise" inside:
For a gussied-up version, Michelle created this charming rendition:
I love all the cut-out pieces on both the outside and inside of the card, including here:
As you know, HoneyPOP sets also work great to stamp up regular cards like this one:
You can see how Michelle used a fun paper embroidery technique to accent the card design. It's micey nice, if we do say so ourselves! (I know, the pun might make you groan, but you gotta admit that card is super cute, huh?)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Time for Tea!

Tea bag folding that is!  Tis the season for sun tea finally....and we have been enjoying it!   

I ran across a few tea bag folding cards in my file.  This is a technique that originated folding the actual tea bag papers long ago.  It has been adapted in the papercrafting world, there are tea bag tile stamps and in this case tea bag tile papers that are all pre-printed and ready to go. 

This is one of the basic folds called a kite fold.  You start with eight tiles that are exactly the same.  Depending on the orientation when you fold them and the design you are working with you can create a variety of run effects. 
The centers of these cards are finished with a crocheted flower and a pansy button. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Whooo's Your Daddy?

Sorry, couldn't resist!  Recognize these little owl fellas?  I used them for my daughter's birthday d├ęcor...and most of them survived if you know me, they don't go in the trash...they live to see another use!
Got a request for some Father's Day cards....and with both of my owls the same size I need to do some fancy thinking!  I decided to scan my owl stamps and then print them at 5x7 size rather than the 8 x 10 size.  This turned out to be the perfect size ratio for the appearance of a daddy owl and a little munchkin sized owl!
 Next dilemma...I had no tree stamps that would house my little owl family....but I did have some wood grained paper from My Mind's Eye's Stella and Rose Mable collection, so I trimmed 1 1/4 inch strips and then slightly tapered them for my tree trunk.
I still had the branch dilemma...but I remembered a perfect image that had a branch the size I needed.
I printed the image out and then fussy cut around it.  I then traced the branch with my pencil and then traced it with a pen.  I colored my branch and I had myself a plan!  I do not consider myself and artist...but I was happy I could make this card work out.   
I love how just varying the colors and positions of the owls and branches you can get a totally different feel. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Some Odd Girl - 15010 Owl Days
My Sentiments Exactly  - 1329 Happy Father's Day
From The Heart Stamps - What's Up Chick  (branch)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What Color is YOUR tractor?

Oh, today's card is a fun one!  I made a version of this card some time ago with a fall theme, but got a request for a Father's Day card....and couldn't resist doing up a few of these with different colored tractors!
The images are from Our Craft Lounge which is unfortunately no longer in business.
The sun is from the CCM080 Sunshine Cheer set and the tractor/corn are from the CRM088 Bountiful Harvest set.

The sun paper is from Flair Designs Hit the Beach collection.  I stamped and colored the images with Copic Markers.  I added some Tumbled Glass distress ink to the tractor panel before tearing the top.
The rows of dirt in my field are brown cardstock that has been distressed.  I have foam tape tucked behind the tractor for a fun bit of interest.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm Glad There Is You!

It's been a little bit since I've shared some of these cute images from Sherri Baldy.  These stamps and digital images can be found at

I had a ton of fun coloring these images with different hair colors and matching their outfits to various paper collections!
I used faux stitching, Candi Dots and distressing to finish up these sweet cards! 
I'm glad there is you is by Printworks....and I mean it!  Thanks for stopping by and for the comments you leave that brighten my day!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Day on the Inky Antics Blog!

Today some of my HoneyPop work for Inky Antics is being featured on the Inky Antics blog! You even get a peek at the show booth featuring all of the samples I made for the 2014 shows!

Here is Jackie's post.  Be sure to leave comments on the Inky Antics Blog for your chance to win!

The weather this time of year can be a bit unpredictable. For example, yesterday's high in Minneapolis was 63 degrees, and I'm told that later today it may hit 81 degrees. Isn't that crazy? But I'm definitely not complaining, no sirree!
At least spring has finally arrived, and I feel pretty confident that we won't be getting any more snow for the next several months (unless I've just jinxed us, ha!). I've really enjoyed seeing the birds and other critters making their appearance, which inspires me to share this cheerful card with you:
Michelle Pearson created it using 11217MC Songbirds HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):
She also made this fun version, which utilizes other stamps in the same set for completely different results:
 And while this card works beautifully as a standard greeting, of course you can add the HoneyPOP "surprise" inside, if you wish:
For our display boards at the Winter CHA show earlier this year, Michelle had done a third variation. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a close-up photo before putting it into our Inky show if you really want to see it, hopefully you can visit us at an upcoming convention.
Here's a hint on what you'll be looking for:
Were you able to spot it? You can click on the picture for a larger view. Leave a comment to let me know which one it is, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing for this stamp set.
On Sunday, May 25th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Any Man...and Kissing!

Ha!  Bet I got your attention with that one!  Today's card is for Prickley Pear and is perfect for Father's Day or for a masculine birthday.

Images used: DD0206 Campfire, AA0061 Star Cluster, HH0162 Camping Tent, FF0172 Any Man Can

Papers used: Simple Stories' Take a Hike Collection.  I used Faux Stitching and Candi dots to embellish my card.

Now, for the kissing part!  That is the technique I used to add the star pattern to the tent!  You ink up the tent image and then you *kiss* the uninked star cluster image to the inked tent.  Stamp the ink off on scratch paper and repeat as desired.  This technique works great on solid stamps or stamps with solid portions as this one has. 

Thanks for stopping by today...and be sure to pop on by the PPRS blog today for more inspiration!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Graduation Cards Galore...

I have a few graduation cards to share today....tis the season I guess! 

These first cards use the Stampin Up!' Well Worn Alphabet. 
Congratulations:  Purple Onion  AM08 Congratulations
Stitches: Stampers Anonymous J4-1539
Dream/Destiny: Stampers Anonymous M2-674

This card adds the Stampin Up! Well Worn Numbers. 
And another configuration...
This one features Tim Holtz Distress inks, faux stitching and a Couture Creations Uber embossing folder.
This final card uses a Making Memories foam the tall skinny letters!

These cards are all along the masculine line...a few feminine sorts will be popping up soon too!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clean and Simple Card Set!

It was one of those days yesterday that I love...when an image that has been in my possession for a long time comes back to mind and is used in a different way then it may have been intended...or at least differently than I first used it.    This set of cards features images from Studio 313's Bird Song Framed Set that is available at McMahon Five Designs.  The sentiments are a FREEBIE if you purchase the Birdsong Framed Set.  While they fit perfectly with that set, I had printed the sentiments all out and decided I would see how else I could use them!

I decided I would color them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I had planned to cut out the squares after I had them I masked the edges of the word boxes so I could keep them clean and white.
Needless to say, after I removed the tape, I decided I would use the irregular white masked portion as a frame of sorts and trimmed them just beyond for a very fun effect!
I even have a red card!  I realized as I made this that I often don't make cards with red on them...but this one is very vibrant and fun.

The embossing folder is Magical by Couture Creations.  I embellished the cards with a few pieces of Candi from the Covent Garden and Saville Row collections.

If you want to take a peek at the last McMahon Five Designs release for a bit, head over to the blog and see all of the fun new sets!  Sue is giving us the summer off as it is a busy time with kids and gardens and life.  I will be back in the fall with more Draw Me A Daydream sets as well.  My goal is to continue to browse through images that are just begging to be made into cards, so you will see more M5D creations from me over the summer!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Whole New World!

OOoh, it's a fun thing when you get to explore a whole new world!  I am busy on a few different fronts...learning new things and expanding my crafty borders! 

New in my crafty studio is a new sewing machine!  You have seen lots of paper embroidery on my blog...and I do love doing it by hand....but I am going to love the convenience of using a machine for simply sewing layers on cards.  There are a wealth of fun stitches that I can't wait to try out....and today's cards show two of them!

This birthday card features images from Designed2Delight.    These images don't appear to have been rolled over to the From The Heart Stamps Store as of yet.  I adore both images and decided today they belonged together on this card.  The birthday sentiment is an old Stampin Up one...from 1999!  I love that some stamps just never grow old!

You can see the fun row of asterisk stitches here.  I was testing my machine on paper and they were too cute to I trimmed them out and popped them on the card as an accent piece!

Images are colored by Copic Markers. 

My second card features this awesome JJ0014 Lighthouse stamp from Prickley Pear.  I lifted the color scheme from a card Heidi is so pretty.  The sky is done with distress inks and the edges were masked so they stayed crispy white. 

The background paper is Birdsong Digital Paper from Studio313 at McMahon Five Designs.  You can see the funky stitch I used here to attach it to my card.  A bit of May Arts Jute finishes off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wedding Wishes

Tis the season for is a fun card featuring the cake from Endless Creations.  The scalloped frame and sentiment are from Studio 313. 
Elegant Lilies (sentiment)
Three Cakes (sentiment)

I used Riccio Embossed Metallic cardstock from The Paper Cut for the main panel of my card, the cake and the butterfly/mat.  I used a Stardust Gelly Roll pen for the accents on the cake and the frame.  A touch of foam tape behind the cake and frame really set the image off nicely.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Magnolias for Mother

Here is a special order Mother's Day card I made...and since the day is past I will share it here!

Paper: K and Company
Image:  All Night Media; Magnolia 376J
Sentiment:  Printworks E2338

I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut it before mounting it to the card.  The designer paper was faux stitched to the card.

Lace is by Prima...I stocked up because I love the design and the color!