Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Birgitta

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends!  I have had so much going on that I did not get my cards mailed until late – so I wish everyone a wonderful long weekend.  Even though this year brought a lot of unhappy events – I can honestly say I am still very thankful for 2012. 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Sorbet, Twilight) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Olivia Collection Pack) BoBunny
Stamp:  (Bouquet Birgitta, Field Fence) Swiss Pixies  by CC Designs, (Thanksgiving Seal) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Graphite Black) Brilliance, (Sorbet) CTMH
Copics: (Garnet) spica,  E23, E25, E27, 100, G94, BG000, BG000, W00, W1, W3, R01, R02, R89, YR61, YR18, YG25, YG27, BG72, BG75, BG78
Dies: (labels nineteen) spellbinders
Other:  (red assortment brads) CTMH,  May Arts ribbon

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween 2012

Apparently, I got on a kick with the kid stamps – so I used them on Oktoberfest, Fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.  To be honest, I got bored coloring blond hair, and brown hair, and red hair …  So I stared at my Halloween image – I had the card all laid out, just the image needed coloring – for several days.  Then it dawned on me, I would try my hand at black and white – or in this case a grey tone colored image with a pop of orange for the moon. The only real challenge was that I do not have sufficient grey tones to really do nice shading.

 I like the way it looks – different than everything else I have been coloring.  Sometimes a change is just what we needed! 
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Grey, Black, Sunflower) CTMH,
Patterned Paper: (Enchantress, Mystic and Obscure from the Phantom collection) Pink Paislee
Stamp:   (Halloween Brigitta, Halloween Scene) C.C. Designs, (Toil & Trouble) Making Memories
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Soft Granite Shadow Ink) Hero Arts
Copics: 0, C00, C1, C2, C3, C5, 100, BV0000, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Dies: (nested tombstones) Spellbinders
Other:  (ribbon doilies) Basic Grey, (Silver, White) Uniball Signo Gel Pens, (pearls) A Muse

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Well, I am finally feeling crafty – thanks to a little help from my friends!  I have been off to a retreat, treated to some crafty classes, and had a lovely weekend at a friend’s house.  Plus I just finished an online class entitled “Kick Start” – trying to find the joy in crafting.  I even got a start on my Halloween cards (which I will share later)!

I had such fun making this card – incorporating a little digital work (the beer keg – found online, and a poem) with the stamped image.  In order to make the stamped Hansel and the digital beer keg look like they belonged together – I colored both with Copic markers, and when I placed the images onto the card, I layered Hansel’s legs over the top of the beer stein on foam squares and then shaded around both images once they were in place.

Enjoy the card and the start of cooler weather!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (So Saffron) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Precious Metal collection – Vintage Brass) We R Memory Keepers
Stamp:  (Lederhosen Hansel Swiss Pixies) C.C.  Designs
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Scattered Straw) Distress Ink by Ranger
Copics: YG95, YG97, Y17, R02, YR02, YR14, YR12, YR18, YR21, BG93, BG96, BG99
Dies: (Labels Fourteen) Spellbinders
Other:  (punch) EK Success, (flowers) Prima, (Claire petals) SEI, (Claire designer brads) SEI, (ribbon) Stampin Up!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shaker Card and Blog Break

Last year I attended a class sponsored by Krazy Kreations.  While this post begins the same as another recent post – the technique is different but utilizes the “negative bits” of the peel offs used for glitter cards.  After you lift the negative bits with a transfer sheet, you turn the resulting image into a shaker card – the round images work very well with the round shaker boxes.  It just goes to show the versatility of the Krazy Kreations classes – so glad I am heading to another of their retreats!

I created this card a month ago and have not crafted since.  Hopefully, I will be in the crafting mood again soon – we  have had some sad family news and it just has not put me in a creative place.  Thank you for everyone’s kind words and I will be back soon.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Picadilly 6X6 paper pad) Basic Grey
Dies: (Classic Scalloped Circles Large) Spellbinders
Peel Offs:  (Text #390) Starform, (Outline #2530) Elizabeth Craft Designs, (Dazzles transfer sheet) Hot Off the Press
Other:  (ribbon) May Arts, (Rouge Sparklets) KaiserCraft, (Large Circle Shaker Card Pouches) Impression Obsession, (Shaker Box Beads) Krazy Kreations, (Circle Shaker Overlays) The Paper Cut, (Carmine Glass Effect Gel) Viva Decor

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 10 – Stretch - Borders

Had a great time at the crop and managed to finish my Day 10 card.  I really do like this card – and it was so simple!  I just curved the border on the acrylic block prior to stamping so that the pennants had something to hang from.  Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Dotty for you B&T duos collection) CTMH
Stamps:  (Calico Borders) Hero Arts for Studio Calico, (Party This Way) Stampin Up!
Ink:  (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Tangelo) Memento, (Green Hills, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum, Wet Cement, Pool) Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Other: (Pennant Punch) Stampin Up!, (Paradise collection baker's twine) CMTH

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 11 – Stretch - Reverse

Hello again!  I have skipped over Day 10 and will come back to it – I know what I want to do, but my closest crafting friend has the coordinating punches for my stamp set.  I do not know what I would do if she moved since we tend to buy things and split/share them!  Thankfully I am going to her house this weekend for a crop – so I will finish Day 10 soon.

In the meantime, Day 11 focused on reverse stamps.  I can tell you that Jennifer McGuire’s card was amazing – white ink, on kraft paper and colored in with pencils.  My take (with embossing added and a frame) does not look too bad unless you saw the original!  Oh my, practice makes perfect – and apparently, while I can color with Copics, I need more practice with my pencils!  I did use the diffuser again while embossing – and then covered the edge between with a scalloped circle to tidy things up.  I am getting better with the diffuser (twice in a week’s time period – woo hoo!) – so I think there may be hope for the other skills.
Cardstock: (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Happy Go Lucky paper collection) American Crafts
Stamp:  (Large Blossom) Hero Arts, sentiment from Stampin Up!
Ink:    (White Daisy) CTMH
Other:  (Honeydew baker’s twine) The Twinery, (Yellow Ochre, Chartreuse pencils) Prismacolor, (Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser) Sizzix

Day 9 – Stretch - Outline

This week has gotten so busy – I ended up making two batches of lemon bars after work along with everything else that usually needs to get done.  My crafting time has been limited – so this card has been in pieces since Wednesday.  As I did last Friday night – I hope to catch up this evening!

This card was inspired by the online class (Maile Belles’ card) – strips of paper color blocked, side by side, and an outline stamp embossed on white.  Naturally, my colors and stamp were different, but truly the cards are very similar.  I did add a technique from another card, which was embossing the image onto patterned paper and cutting out (that little tiny car).  I still do not know how straight strips of paper end up a little wonky at the bottom, I actually took strips off and replaced since the original was really off.
Here is a little hint - remember to remove the masking paper prior to heat embossing.  Trust me.
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink, scraps
Stamp:  (Metropolis) Paper Smooches
Ink:    Versamark ink pad and pen
Other:  white embossing powder, ribbon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 8 – Stretch - Labels

I love the colors in this card – I could have a whole wardrobe in these colors (and shoes!).  I basically just layered the papers, then stamped, embossed, and die cut a label.  I have used more vellum and paper collections in this class than I have in the past year – and I am having a great time!  I pulled out my white gel pen – but discovered that once I start with the faux stitching lines, I cannot stop.  It is a problem I will have to deal with – along with all that paper and embellishments multiplying in my craft room.  Now to catch up with class since I am a day behind!

Cardstock: (Kraft, Vellum) Stampin Up!, ( Melon Berry) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Nantucket paper collection) Pink Paislee
Stamp:  (Flutter By) Lawn Fawn, (Vintage Labels) A Muse Studio
Ink:    VersaMark
Dies: (Labels) A Muse Studio
Other:  white gel pen, white embossing powder, buttons, embroidery floss

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day 7 – Stretch - Floral

My card today was inspired by Kristina’s card – I loved the idea of using neutrals to color flowers - a really out of the box idea for me to embrace.  I started the card by using the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser and a dot embossing folder to create an overall texture but with a small oval frame that was not embossed.  I have never tried the embossing diffuser prior – and it really was simple.  Then I stamped my flowers in a very light ink – and outlined them with a T1 Copic marker (a technique I learned on Papertrey Ink’s blog).  

I really like the soft muted effect – I added lace and pearls, and kept the card very “ladylike”. 
Cardstock: (Cream) Papertrey Ink, (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Flutter By) Lawn Fawn, (Magical Wishes) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (Wet Cement) Hero Arts
Copics: T1
Other:  (pearls, adhesive lace) Hero Arts, (dot embossing folder) Provo Craft, (Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser) Sizzix, (scallop border punch, scallop oval punch) Stampin Up!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bonus Day – Stamp and Die cut

Yesterday all of the students received a Bonus Day of ideas and videos – always exciting!  I cannot say I really love the card I came up with – but I like the techniques used (no fault of the teachers, just my stubbornness to use items I had on hand - sort of the point of my efforts right now).

 I cut out a die cut in black print for the front of my card and attached it. Then I die cut the interior with a smaller matching die, leaving a border (and a hole in the front of the card).  I wanted to use the stamped image that corresponds with the die and have it hang off the side of the card (but it just did not look balanced), instead I used the interior piece that I cut out and layered it on the inside of the card.  I distressed all the edges of the card both with ink and a distressing tool.  I stamped my sentiment and then cut out with the matching die.  Finally, I gathered all my embellishments into the open spot on the card front (mainly so the card could open up, plus I liked the composition).

It is an interesting card – the paper is rather loud (another had to buy it because it was “on sale” at the expo).  I really like the inside of the card.  However, I now have another idea in my head using the same dies and techniques, so it is not a complete wasted effort.

Hope you have a great week!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Eau De Parfume  from Vintage Vogue collection) Pink Paislee
Stamp:  (World Treasures) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Versafine) Tsukineko
Dies: (Framelits Apothecary Accents, Floral Frames) Stampin Up! and Sizzix
Other:  (brads and paper rosettes) Pink Paislee

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 5 – Stretch - Sentiments

It feels so good to be caught up in class – it has been a productive evening (or I have just had too much caffeine?).  I started with a cute sentiment from Hero Arts and had the idea of a play on “word”.  The inside of the card is actually what the outside was going to look like, and then I changed it up. 

Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Just Dotty paper collection) CTMH
Stamp:  (Wish Big) Hero Arts, (Word Search) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Jet Black Archival) Ranger
Dies: (Labels Fourteen) Spellbinders
Other:  ribbon

Day 4 – Stretch - Graphics

This card was super simple – I stamped the image and embossed in white, then repeated with one image in red.  My stamp positioner was a most valuable tool!  Plus another tool that made the task simple – the tiny attacher stapler - it made short work of attaching the vellum (thanks to an idea from Julie Ebersole).  I always thought of vellum as a wedding/dressy card occasion – but when I could not find my acrylic cards, vellum was the only substitute that I could think of. 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Big Pieces) Stampin Up!, (Magical Wishes) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (VersaMark, Versafine) Tsukineko
Other:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher stapler, (circle shape maker) Creative Memories, (red rhinestone) Queen and Co,  (white embossing powder) Hero Arts, (red embossing powder) Stampin Up!

Day 3 – Stretch - Letters

Well – I have fallen behind in class – however, the way the class is structured, there are no worries.  Day 3 focused on letters and wonderful ways to use them.  Naturally, I had huge letter stamps, and tiny letter stamps, but no stamps that were just right – definitely a Goldilocks kind of day.  However, I did have word stamps that were just the right size.

Jennifer McGuire did a wonderful technique with letters, stamps and embossing frames – and I copied along.  Only the stamps and colors changed – but the idea belongs completely to her – and I just loved the idea!  It is a super simple technique (once somebody else does all the work and shows you how), just a little set up in advance for masking – and then all the fun of stamping.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamp:  (happy everything) A Muse Studio, (Best Blossoms) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Jet Black Archival) Ranger, (ocean, grass, cranberry, sky) A Muse Studio
Dies: (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 2 - Stretch Class - Collage

Day 2 of class – and I get to use one of my favorite Hero Arts collage background stamps – and a new (meaning – I have had it for two years and never inked it up once) Stampin Up! stamp.  Following Jennifer’s example of wiping off some of the ink from the collage in the middle, I instead inked the middle of the stamp with the lighter Tea Dye and the outside of the stamp with the darker Gathered Twigs. 

It is such a simple card, but the technique really makes a focal point.  The great things I am learning in class!  Oh, and today was best described as “taxing” – to the point a cupcake sacrificed itself to the cause (a chocolate chip cookie cupcake) – but I was in a terrific mood afterwards for crafting!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Fantasy, Make Me Smile from Happy Together collection) Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp:   (Old Letter) Hero Arts, (C is for Cat) Stampin Up!
Ink:     (Soft Pool) Hero Arts, Versamark, (Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs) Distress Ink by Ranger
 Other:  (Pool mixed accents) Hero Arts, ribbon, clear embossing powder

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 1- Stretch Your Stamps Card Class

I signed up for another card class from www.onlinecardclasses.com about a month ago – and today is the first day of class.  It sounded like a good idea at the time – however, now it coincides with a renewed eating plan and the start of an exercise plan this past week.  Basically, I feel a lot like the character in the movie Airplane who kept stating “I picked a bad week to give up ... (insert addiction)”.  So while I dream of comfy chairs, television viewing and chocolate – I tried to come up with a cheery card in contrast to my mood. 

While chanting “keep it simple” – I stamped my background stamp on a simple white card and then reinked the stamp in Versamark and kissed my flower stamp to it (in order to emboss in white).  I have the punch that matches the flower stamp, so it made quick work cutting out the embossed flower.  I finished by adding a sentiment, ribbon and leaves (just like Jennifer taught us in a prior class).  Best of all, I used a background stamp that I bought at least a year ago and have never used!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Striped Circle) Hero Arts, (Mixed Bunch) Stampin Up!, (Good Gab) Paper Smooches
Ink:    (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Night Chalk Ink) Hero Arts
Other:  (Raspberry Ripple ribbon, flower punch) Stampin Up!, (circle shape maker) Creative Memories, (white embossing powder) American Crafts

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Glitter Cards

Last year I attended a class sponsored by Krazy Kreations.  The technique in the class involved covering cardstock in adhesive, burnishing glitter into it, placing peel offs on top and finishing by coloring with Copics.  Naturally, I purchased everything I needed to make more cards (and then some), and here it is another year has gone by and I have finally made a few cards.  I used the same layout for all three cards but mixed up the colors – the Picadilly line of paper really has a lot of variety.  I struggled with the layout – I picked out the paper and copics – colored the flowers and then let the project sit on my work table for several weeks.  Sometimes it helps just to think about a project for a while – today I finally got an idea and worked through it!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Picadilly 6X6 paper pad) Basic Grey
Copics: various
Dies: (Classic Scalloped Circles Large) Spellbinders
Punches:  (oval, scallop oval) Stampin Up!
Peel Offs:  (Text #390, 324 ) Starform, (Outline #2530) Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other:  (ribbon) May Arts, (baker’s twine – neutral assortment) CTMH, (buttons) CTMH, wide Sookwang adhesive, fine white glitter

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

4th of July

Have you tried a Close to My Heart (CTMH) Workshop on the Go?  Now that CTMH has upgraded their patterned paper to a two sided cardstock weight, I had to give their workshop kits a spin.  While I did not follow the workshop guide to make a layout – the exclusive stamp set in the kit, the patterned paper and the techniques in the full color instruction were perfect for a 4th of July card.  All I had to do was pull out a stamp set with the perfect sentiment and I was ready to stamp!

As always, I have a “lesson learned” from this crafting session – punch out circles of cardstock and then stamp the half scallops (or in my case the star scallops) onto the punched out circles.  I tried to stamp first then punch – but could punch close enough to the edge. 

Cardstock: (Colonial White, Cranberry, Pacifica) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Elemental Workshop) CTMH
Stamp:  ( Celebrate Everyday) Hero Arts; (Everyday Life) CTMH
Ink:    (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Desert Sand) CTMH,  (Stone Wash, Poppy) Hero Arts
Dies: (Labels Twenty-Three) Spellbinders
Other: (papaya ribbon) A Muse Studio, (Berry Red Ice Rox) Queen and Company, (Colonial White clips) CTMH

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pink Princess Birthday

Have I mentioned that I just love the Greeting Farm stamps?  This Princess Anya is just so perfect for all the princesses that I know (big and small). It actually looks cute as an embellishment for scrapbook pages, especially for those pages where certain mouse sanctioned princesses may have been photographed with a middle aged group of smiling idiots?!  I am not naming names, but I know who you are!  lol

The pack of patterned paper that I used came from another gift from my British craft magazine addiction (see earlier post).  Since I did not have chartreuse ribbon – I colored white May Arts crinkle ribbon with my Copic markers – once dry, you cannot even tell that the ribbon did not start off that color.  Then I went crazy with the gold stickles and the card took forever to dry!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (Quite Contrary) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Princess Anya) The Greeting Farm
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  misc
Other: (white crinkle) May Arts, (Label 13) Spellbinders, (gold) Stickles, (clear gem) Hero Arts

Monday, June 18, 2012


In less than two weeks my big work project will kick off – we have been working on it for the past 2 years.  Talk about stress and so many things to get done!  Plus summer is here and it has been in the triple digits for almost a week.   I needed a little “vacation” so I created my own little day at the beach.

I dug out my color spritzer tool from Stampin Up for this card.  This tool can be used with most markers (Stampin Up markers and Copics - sketch and ciao are my choice in it) and the result is a perfect sand look.  It does a wonderful job on “sky” as well.  It gives a different effect compared to the Copic Airbrush system - a bit more texture.
When I was done coloring, I added Glossy Accents to her goggles and her flippers.  Hope you are having a great summer!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, misc. scraps
Stamp:  (fun in the sun) Penny Black
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: various
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger, (dots and swirls embossing folder) Sizzix, (Blossom 2 die) Spellbinders) seashell brad

Friday, June 8, 2012

Under the Sea

Ever have one of those days at work – that lasts an entire week?  I did, and I really hope to never repeat it.  So I came home, and made some summery cards, and signed up for another online card class to take my cares away.  I am thrilled to take another one since I have not had time to take any online card classes since December!

I saw the printed paper and had to make undersea cards – the imagery was just amazing without being cartoony fishy.  Does that make sense?

These cards were super simple – the hardest part was cutting out the stamped images. The colors were so vibrant it was easy to pick out some scrap ribbon and brads.  Also, I should note that the paper was actually more like chipboard covered in paper, a thick postcard.  Since the two pieces were given to me in a class as extras – I do not have the original packaging for a “proper” name, but was thrilled with the bonus.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Patterned Paper:  (Oceana collection) Christine Adolph for Creative Imaginations
Stamp:  (Under the Sea) Technique Tuesday, (write your message) Hero Arts
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: various (the list is missing, I will post if I ever find it)
Other:  (Peacock Lane buttons, brads, bling) BoBunny, scrap ribbon, (uniball white gel) Signo

Monday, June 4, 2012

Birthday Princess in Blue

I just got back from taking care of a friend that had emergency surgery.  I should say “tried” since I never feel that I can do much but try and “feed and water” the patient, and then try to entertain them (being that I am not that entertaining).  As always, she was a marvelous hostess – even though she was supposed to be the patient, and was in pain so much of the time.  I am glad that I was able to try to assist – with a little laundry, grocery shopping and plant watering. 

This card was created with a specific person in mind – a fan of Cinderella to be specific.  I enjoy making cards for specific people sometimes, because you can tailor the card to their likes.  After paper piecing the dress, I added some shimmer paper to the crown and dress – and then covered in Stickles, just to get the glitz that I wanted on the card.  This is a new hair color I am trying out for a lighter brown hair – I found the combination searching the blogs and then tweaked the colors slightly since I do not own all the copic colors (unlike several of my friends – yes, you know who you are!).  I really did not leave sufficient space for the sentiment – so it is squeezed onto the card.  Another learning lesson!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Shimmer Blue) Creative Memories
Patterned Paper: (LilyKate 6X6 Paper Pad) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Princess Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Magical Wishes) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Malted Milk) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Copics:  (E35, E37, E57) Hair, (E000, E00, E11, R20) Skin
Dies: (Mistletoe, Fairwee Tiny Scallop) C.C. Designs, (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Large) Spellbinders
Other:  (Diamond Stickles) Ranger, (Daisy Crazy Collection) Prima, (glitter brads) Creative Imaginations

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mimi the Mermaid

My friend’s daughter has always liked mermaids – and every time I see one, I think of her.  She is a grown woman now, but in my mind she is still a child (sorry kiddo!).  When I saw the Penny Black “Mimi the Mermaid” I had to buy it – especially since it was a limited item.

I was at a friend’s home when I made this card, so I did not have my normal craft arsenal at my fingertips and had to get creative (I did not want to tear her craft room apart like I do my own).  I used cream cardstock, a sizzix starfish embossing folder and lots of Distress ink to make my three dimensional embellishment.  I also discovered the Viva Décor pens – which my hostess had a collection of – in pearls and crystal colors – oh my, another thing to buy!  The shell of the turtle, starfish and Mimi’s shell top all have Glossy Accents on them to give more dimension to the card.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, misc. scrap
Stamp:  (mimi the mermaid) Penny Black
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (scattered straw Distress) Ranger
Copics: various
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger, (dots and swirls embossing folder, starfish) Sizzix, (Label 19) Spellbinders, (aqua glaze) Viva Décor pen

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I cannot believe how time flies – one of my friends has two children graduating – one from high school and the other from college.   It seems like they were just little kids last year – and now, they are adults!  So for the occasion, I made two different cards.
For the high school graduate – I made a card utilizing their school colors.  I dug out the embossing powder and heat gun to ensure a silver star. Naturally, because it is so glittery there is a glare in the picture from the shining star.

For the college graduate, I used the BE YOU collection from Fancy Pants.  It has some amazing quotes on it and thought it fit perfectly to the young adult that is now entering the workforce (I used a strip of quotes in the inside of the card - but failed to take a picture of it).  I pulled out some gromets to use in the upper right corner - I cannot remember the last time I used them, fortunately, a friend of mine gave me her old Crop-A-Dile II which made it so much easier!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink; (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Dotty for You) CTMH
Stamp:  (Sprinkled Expressions) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Dazzle) VersaMark; (Onyx Black) Versafine
Dies:  (Labels Twelve) Spellbinders; (Monarch Border Die-namics) MFTStamps
Other:  stitched grosgrain ribbon; star brads; (silver tinsel embossing powder) Stampendous; (word window punch) Stampin Up!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (BE YOU collection – Strips, Nesting, Hide & Seek) Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp:  (happy everything) A Muse Studio
Ink:    (Onyx Black) Versafine; (Grass) A Muse Studio
Dies: (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders; (Curly-Q Border) C.C. Designs
Other:  Prima Flowers; brads; gromets

Monday, May 14, 2012

Belated Birthday

I meant to make a Birthday card for a friend of mine – and now her birthday has passed me by, by a month or so at this point.  Really, there is not any excuse I can give that justifies letting a birthday slip by.  Since I have been home this week, and I have not been able to do much at all, I finally got down to making the card – now I hope it does not take me an additional month to give it to her.
This is just simple stamping – creating a background and adding a sentiment.  I cut the scalloped square in the stamped background paper so that the mat would show through.  Then I stamped the sentiment and cut out with a square punch, and layered it over the scalloped square with foam squares to give a bit of dimension.  Finally I added stickles over each solid petal to give a raised and glittery appearance. 

After I tied the bow – I pulled a jeweled butterfly brad out of my brad drawer, and use it to anchor the bow. 
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Alluring from Kewl collection) Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp:  (Word Salad) Paper Smooches, (Small Solid Flower, Small Open Flower) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Seedless Preserves Distress) Ranger; (Iris Chalk) Hero Arts; (Onyx Black) Versafine
Dies:  (Classic Scalloped Squares Small) Spellbinders
Other:  (Crystal Stickles) Ranger, (Butterfly Brad) Creative Imaginations; 1 ¼” square punch,

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother's Day

Happy early mother’s day to my mother and to all mothers out there! It is not an easy job – but where would we be without you. This was not the card I planned to make for the big day, but with the clock ticking down, it is the card that I completed. 

I am thrilled with the sentiment stamp – Amy R has a wonderful line of sentiments and this one came out last month.  Yeah!  I also tried out the stamp and die cut set by Sizzix and Hero Arts.  I purchased it a while ago, but had not had the chance until now.  I cannot believe how nice and close the dies cut out the stamped images – easy to line up!  I do not have the set listed below, because there is no name on the set – only a number – 657776.  I also used the stamp off technique (and then rolling just the edges of the stamp back into the ink) in order to create a multi toned flower with just one color ink.  Making the rosette out of crepe paper was an interesting endeavor – I know there has to be an easier way to do it! 

Anyway, please have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Random 6X6 paper pad) Crate Paper
Stamp:  (All About Mom Sentiments) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (Grass, Punch) Chalk Ink by Hero Arts; (Stone Wash) Mid-tone Shadow Ink by Hero Arts; (Onyx Black) Versafine
Dies: (Beaded Circles, Classic Ric Rac) Spellbinders
Other:  crepe paper; (Lime Twist twine) My Mind’s Eye; (Diamond) Stickles by Ranger; buttons

Butterflies and Lace

Sometimes the world just seems to speed up and you cannot imagine getting everything done that you have planned.  Well, that is how it seems for me right now – I do not seem to have time in the day for my crafting.  However, I have managed to get a few things done – and would like to share.

I attended a “Mystery Class” at http://www.stamperscorner.net/ a few months ago.  The class centered on Little Yellow Bicycle and featured their different embellishments instead of a lot of stamping.  The students were all sent home with a ton of leftover embellishments (Carol was so very generous) and I ran around the store picking up coordinating paper to match. 

I came home and challenged myself to make cards without a lot of stamping.  I have to say, these little personal challenges are difficult for me, but I am happy with the way this card turned out.  I even managed to dig out and dust off my mulberry paper to make a flower.

What crafting techniques do you find to be a challenge?

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (Flutter by, Teal Daisy, Elizabeth Park) Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamp:  (Graceful Greetings) A*muse Studio
Ink:   (Slate) A*muse Studio
Other: (corduroy brad, mulberry paper) Stampin Up, (Dienamics Dizzy Doily) My Favorite Things, (flower die) Cuttlebug, (clear gem) Hero Arts, (dimensional butterfly sticker) Little Yellow Bicycle

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Easter

Sorry to say I have been swamped at work and have not had a chance to post in quite some time!  I planned on creating and sending out Saint Patrick’s Day, First Day of spring and April Fool’s Day cards – and yet those days all flew by and now I am finally making cards.  I included the picture of my prep area on my worktable – for those friends who think I am so neat and tidy, please take a good look at the photo!  It is a wonder I do not glue everything into one big pile much less to myself!

These cards all started with the Tim Holtz die – mini bunny and bow.  I saw the die and decided immediately to make little chocolate bunnies (out of grungepaper and crackle paint) – then I picked up the ribbon, and paper from Basic Grey that I had my eye on.  I am not sure if you are like me, but I will not buy crafting supplies until I have a reason to use them – so I am lucky that Stampers Corner still had this line of paper. Since I needed seven cards that were similar, I love the flexibility that a 6X6 paper pad provides with all the mix and match patterns.  While the cards are similar – each one is unique.

These cards are very straightforward, just a matter of cutting, distressing, layering and gluing.  I cut out the bunnies; painted them with a nice thick layer of crackle paint and then let them dry overnight.  I cut the bows out of grungepaper, dabbed paint on them and then covered them in stickles for a little texture and sparkle. 

Hope you are seeing a little bit of spring where you live!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink,  (Grungepaper) Tim Holtz Ideaology
Patterned Paper: (Hopscotch 6X6 paper pad) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Celebrate Everyday) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Latte Chalk Ink) Hero Arts, (Vintage Photo Distress Ink) Ranger
Other:  (Sandal Acrylic Paint Dabber, Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint, Scattered Straw Distress Stickles) Ranger, (botanical flower mix) Prima, (mini bunny and bow) Sizzix, (Labels Twenty-Three) Spellbinders, (Gracious ribbon) American Crafts, (hopscotch buttons) Basic Grey

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cinderella Thank You

I have thought about a card I needed to make for over a week now – a thank you card for a sweet young woman in my office who ensures I eat, and most importantly, have caffeine when my day gets crazy (which is has been for the past few weeks).  It is not her job to “provide care and feeding” in addition to the analytical work that she must do, but she does it and I am most appreciative.  She, like me, loves all things Disney – and I wanted to make a card with her favorite character without making a “kiddy” card. 

So this card all started with a brass stencil of Cinderella and a brass charm of her shoe.  I purchased a bunch of Disney themed brass stencils, years ago – and they and the light box (purchased to work with them) have not been used in many years.  Which means that the light box did not come to mind at all last week – until I woke up this morning and thought “heh, I could use vellum / the light box and I could make the whole thing look like a cameo”!  I am so glad my mind works even while I am sleeping.

I used a sketch in the March issue of CardMaker magazine, a pad of paper I received as a gift for attending a crop at the last Scrapbook Expo and a pack of rub-ons for the sentiment.  The most exciting thing – no ink or stamps were used.  Wow, I cannot remember the last time that happened?  I also took an idea from my Aunt – I wrote my note on Eclipse masking tape – and stuck it inside the card – that way the card can be used again by the recipient – a wonderful way to have a handmade card continue on!

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (French Roast) A Muse Studios, (vellum) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Bella Bella Collection) My Mind’s Eye
Other:  (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities dies) Spellbinders, (Thank you rubons) Jo-Ann Craft Essentials, (Baja Breeze dot ribbon) Stampin Up!, (mini brass charms, brass stencil) Plaid, crocheted braid

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Butterfly Thank You

I have a really simple card today, one that you can make with just one sheet of white cardstock and a few “tools”!  First thing you do is cut a piece of the cardstock to 8.5” X 5.5” and fold to form the card base.  Emboss the front of the card base with the Swiss Dots Sizzix embossing folder.  

From the remaining cardstock, cut a piece 4” X 4.5”.  Using the Hero Arts Shadow Inks, stamp the butterfly frame four times onto the cardstock – and trim around the outside edge. 
Using the spellbinders die – cut a small piece of leftover cardstock, stamp your sentiment and emboss as well (using the Swiss Dots embossing folder). Then taking the craft nibs from Ranger – dip them into the various inks and color lines of dots on the embossed surfaces of both the card base and sentiment die cut.  Here is a big hint – only color the areas that will be seen on the card – just a little tidbit I learned at the online card classes I’ve mentioned here before.
Then on the last remaining scrap of paper, I stamped the single butterfly – inking up the stamp with all of the inks used on the card (starting with the lightest to the darkest to prevent ink transfer onto the stamp pad).  I cut out the butterfly and layered it to the sentiment die cut.
Adhere all components, layering with foam squares.  Just for fun – to finish off the card – I stamped the butterfly stamp inside the card using soft sand ink, added bling for the trail behind the butterfly and tied a piece of bakers twine to the front of the card.
I would only comment that next time I would not emboss the sentiment portion of the card – seems a little busy.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamp:  (Butterfly Frame, Little Butterfly) Hero Arts, (sentiment sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink:    (Stone Wash, Butter Bar, Green Hills, Soft Pool, Soft Sand) Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Other:  (Playful bakers twine) My Mind’s Eye, (Craft nibs) Ranger, (labels fourteen) Spellbinders, (Swiss Dots embossing folder) Sizzix