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