Funky Butterfly

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Today we're doing the Funky Butterfly! LOL! Doesn't that sound like a dance? OK maybe I need more sleep...

The cardbase is a 5 inch square of SU Rich Razzleberry that's been embossed with the Couture Creations Satine embossing folder. The next layer is SU Basic Black that's been embossed with the Couture Creations Diamond Trellis embossing folder.

The feature panel is a piece of Xerox Superlustre picture paper that's been stamped with Versamark Ink. The Mariposa image is from Stamper's Anonymous. It was then heat embossed with SU Black Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Next, I used my sponge daubers to color the butterfly in Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point. Then I used another dauber with Daffodil Delight to color the rest of the image panel. I cut it at funky angles for interest and added two black Glimmer Brads for a little bling.

Here's wishing you a wonderful day everyone!

CAS Birthday

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hmm, CAS design...I find it rather subjective, don't you? What really makes a card a CAS design? Is it the number of layers? Is it the simplicity of the overall design? I find CAS designing a somewhat difficult thing sometimes. Although this has just two layers, there's a lot going on...paper piecing, Copic coloring, scrunched ribbon. Does that just add interest or is it too much for a CAS design. I'd like your opinions!

Step one - the image from Some Odd Girl was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Then colored with Copics: 0, BG11, BG72, BG75, C5, C7, C9, E000, E02, E15, E33, E51, E81, G21, G28, G82, W1, Y000, Y13, Y15, and YR24. I outlined the main image with the W1 and that's also what I used for my shadowing. This is my first shot at trying to make a balloon transparent. That's definitely going to take some practice!

Step two - paper piecing of the skirt and socks. These are done in Prima Madeline.

Step three - scrunched ribbon hairband. This is a little piece of SU Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon that I added some BG72 to so that the color was slightly deeper and fit in with the color scheme. I used a strip of 1/8" Scor-Tape to scrunch the ribbon.

Step four - sentiment. Simply stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step five - cover the coloring boo boo. I cut out a bee from a previously colored Fluffles image that I had sitting on my table. It has a little bit of Stardust Stickles on the wings.

Step six - covered a Gina K heavy weight cardstock cardbase with a piece of Prima Madeline and then distressed it with a SU Sanding Block.

Well, that's it for today. Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends and family!

CAS Christmas

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A clean and simple (CAS) design today. Our featured stamper over at SCS today is Rosemary. I found this card to copy and share (CASE). CASEing is simply using someone's card for inspiration but then making your own version of it. And so, it became a Christmas card.

The cardbase is a standard A2 (that's 4.25" x 5.5") in Gina K's Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight cardstock. The Penny Black Leaping Deer image has been stamped in SU Crumb Cake. Next came the Penny Black Winter Green image stamped in SU Always Artichoke. The final image is from Quietfire Designs and was stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler. And for a little bit of bling...Crystal Stickles.

Here's hoping you have a beautiful day!

With Love

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Funny how the mind works, isn't it? I saw this floral plate and thought about a bear stamp! Now granted, this sweet little guy is holding flowers!
The image has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in Copics: BG10, E25 ,E51, E53, E55,G07, R0, R27, RV34, RV63, YG05, YG07, YR00, YR04, YR07, and YR24. Then sponged in the die with SU Peach Parfait. A little bit of Diamond Stickles was added to the center of each flower for a some bling. This die is a Label 18 from Spellbinders.

The layer beneath the main panel is a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Motifs and beneath that is just a plain rectangle. The cardbase is SU Peach Parfait and the designer papers are also from SU - the Designer Series Paper Patterns Pack - In Color.

The sentiment is simply stamped on the striped panel. The stamps are from Fizzy Moon and called With Love.

Hoping your day is sunny and bright!

Believe in your Dreams

Friday, May 27, 2011

This card is to honor our Queen for the Day over at SCS - Pam. Who just happens to be one of my followers on this blog! Thank you, Pam!

The cardbase is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" in SU Basic Black. Next came two different layers of Bazzill (I'm sorry I don't know the names.) In designing this card, I knew I wanted to use this designer paper from Kanban but when it came to cutting it...a very hard thing to do! Some pieces of paper in your stash seem to be so hard to use because they are beyond gorgeous. But even though it was tough...I did it!

The paper is so stunning it's hard to put something on it, you just really want to showcase it. So, I simply used the Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly die and inked the butterfly just a bit. The the Kaiser Craft sentiment was stamped on some Bazzill paper with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy. To make any size sentiment strip with this punch, simply cut your strip of paper as thin as possible and then slide it through either end to punch.

Wishing you the most wonderful day!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

A late post today! I'm having issues with Blogger and finally got it resolved.

This is one of my absolute favorite sentiments! It speaks volumes. So I really wanted to showcase it. It's been stamped in SU Basic Gray

The cardbase is a standard A2, also in SU Basic Gray. I took my Nestabilities Label 16 and just using the embossing pad, embossed it into the front of the card. Next came the Magenta star image which was stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White and then heat embossed with Tim Holtz Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder. Finally, I punched out three stars with the retired SU small star punch and put a single rhinestone brad through each of them. When the brads are too long and would show behind small objects like these stars, I use my button shank remover to take whatever I need to off the brads. The stars are then popped up on little bits of dimensionals.

I hope each and every one of you has a beautiful day!

Song In Your Heart Friend

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Roxie gave us a wonderful sketch to work with over at SCS today! And I took a little creative license with it...

The cardbase is a 5 1/2 x 5/12 square of SU Crumb Cake, followed by a layer of Early Espresso, followed by a layer of Prima Madelaine. Next I took a rectangle of Early Espresso and ran it through the Big Shot with the Allegro embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Then I used my Lacy Circle Nestabilities to make three circles - two larger and one smaller, all out of the Prima papers. One more circle in Early Espresso that was again embossed with the same embossing folder. The bird is again cut from the same papers - it's a Marianne Creatables die. Lovely isn't it?

The sentiment is from Quietfire Designs and it speaks volumes. Again, it was inked onto some of the same papers and layered onto a retired SU color - Bermuda Bay. I used a retired button from SU with a piece of fiber from the Basic Grey Figgy set.

Have a beautiful day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over at SCS today, a color challenge - Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum and Soft Suede. Gorgeous colors together!

The image from Flourishes was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics: BG10, BG11, BG70, E43, E44, E47, G21, G24, G28, R0000, V01, V12, V15, and V17. Then it was sponged in the die (Grand Nesties Labels Four) with Soft Suede. I like to use Express-It Blending Paper as the inks blend beautifully with the paper.

The sentiment was stamped in the same ink and again sponged in the die (Nestabilities Large Oval), but this time with both Soft Suede and Perfect Plum.

Simple layering of two different designer papers from Stampin' Up - Elegant Soiree and a retired striped Perfect Plum. Both papers are layered on Whisper White. I added three pearls from the retired SU Pretties Kit for embellies.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Welcome Maya May!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I needed to make a baby card for my brother's stepdaughter. She and her husband have a beautiful new baby girl named Maya May! Isn't that just the sweetest name? Our featured stamper over at SCS is PAPERINBLOOM (Carly) and so I CASED this wonderful card .

This card is made on a Pretty in Pink 5 1/2" square card base. Followed by a layer of Crumb Cake, followed by a slightly smaller piece of Crumb Cake that's been dry embossed with the Stylized Flowers embossing folder from Cuttlebug. My flowers are made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die in Pink Pirouette. They have been sponged very lightly with Pretty in Pink and scrunched a lot to give them dimension. I used some hemp twine in the buttons (retired from SU) and then layered them all.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Best Wishes and More (retired). It's been inked with Regal Rose and then stamped off for a softer look that still shows up on the Crumb Cake cardstock.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Black Lace Butterfly

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Don't you just love this die from Marianne Creatables? The lacy look is quite unique. So is the shape.

The strip of black on the bottom is made with a Couture Creations embossing folder called Diamond Trellis. The butterfly rests on a Labels 20 Nestability that started out as a piece of Whisper White. It's been sponged with Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Poppy Parade. It's also been dry embossed, this time with the Couture Creations Satine embossing folder.

The cardbase is a simple A2 size in Crumb Cake and stamped with an Impression Obsession image in Basic Black. No embellies on this...the different textures and lacy butterfly are enough.

Hope your day is sunny and bright! And thank you for spending some time here today.

With Love

Friday, May 20, 2011

Over at SCS, we are honoring "SleepyinSeattle" (Joanne)! And, the Free for All challenge is opposites (colors that is). I chose yellow-green/violet red for this and used some of the Prima Botanicals papers for it.

The lattice border is from Martha Stewart and I've used it twice...once with the designer paper and a shadow effect behind with SU's Bravo Burgundy. The sentiment is made with the same papers and using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacy Circle and Small Circle dies. It's been stamped with a Waltzingmouse Stamps sentiment.

For a little added interest, I layered some of the Prima Botanicals flowers with a few pieces from Stampin' Up!'s Pretties Kit (retired).

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll be back soon with something new, just for you!

Every Flower

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Time to start using up some of my stash of designer papers! These are from Stampin' Up! I used the Nestabilities Fleur de Lis Rectangle to make the second layer of this card. Then I added some bling from Zva Creative. They have such a wonderful selection of rhinestones and pearls in so many beautiful shapes!

Then, I added a punched flower made with the 5 Flower XL Punch from SU, with a center rhinestone and popped up the sentiment by adding strips of Scor-Tape on each end and flexing the paper in the center.

This card is made with a 5 1/2" square cardbase in SU's Always Artichoke, the Designer Paper is also from SU (retired), and the sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke on a scrap of SU River Rock. For emphasis on the word "flower" in the sentiment it's been colored with a River Rock Stampin' Write marker.

Hope your day is special!

Father's Day Open Sea

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Good morning! This card was made for the Sketch Challenge over at SCS.

Stampin' Up!'s The Open Sea set from the new Summer Mini catty is perfect for Father's Day cards. I love all the different stamps in this set! My papers are also from SU - Early Espresso, Naturals White and the Early Espresso from the Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack.

The ledger sheet was stamped on a piece of Naturals White followed by the "Happy Father's Day" image from SU All Holidays set. It was layered on a piece of Early Espresso and I added some brads from the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware. The ticket corner punch was also used on this to make room for the brads.

The small squares are stamped with the compass image, overstamped with the globe image and again layered on Early Espresso with dimensionals. I wrapped the Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine under and over these images on the rectangular panel.

That's it! Hope you have an amazing day!

Sparkling Butterfly

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The color challenge over at Splitcoast today is Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla and Regal Rose with butterflies for dessert. What a delicious color combo...don't you think?

First off, I stamped the Magenta image onto a piece of ivory Gina K.'s heavy cardstock. Memento inks work very well for coloring with Copics, so I used the Tuxedo Black. Next the flowers and leaves were colored with a mix of these Copics: BG93, BG96, G99, R81, RV09, RV11,V04, V06 and V09. Then I used some Tombow Multi adhesive to add some Chunky Black glitter in the center of the flowers. The bottom layer of the butterfly is done in the same manner. The butterfly is made by using two different sizes of the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die.

For the top layer of the butterfly, I custom mixed some glitters to achieve the color I wanted: Chunky White, Fine Cosmo Rose Pink and Fine Supernova Pink. All glitters are from Stampin' Up! And, finally, the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The cardbase is a standard A2 size in Rich Razzleberry and topped with a layer of Basic Black, both from Stampin' Up!

Have a beautiful day!

Another two post day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here's great tutorial on paper buttons. You know... you're making a card, and go through your embellies only to find you don't have the perfect button to finish your card. Well here's the solution.

I made my paper button with the butterfly punch from Stampin' Up!, but you could use any punch that strikes your fancy for this. What I found was my designer paper changed color after I used the Crystal Effects on it, so I ended up using different colors for my card than originally planned. The cardback is a regular A2 size and has been scored twice at the top and bottom. Then I used the Lacy Squares nestabilities to make the black and white layers. The floral stamp is from a set from Inkadinkado called Garden Delight. It's been both stamped and stamped off. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Bella Blossoms. A little bit of hemp twine and done!

Paper: Dusty Durango from Stampin' Up! (retired), Basic Black and Whisper White
Designer Paper: Love Letters from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Dusty Durango from Stampin' Up! and Memento Basic Black

A Hug is a Gift

Sometimes, it's difficult to find the right sentiment stamp in your stash isn't it? Well, that's when I head to the internet and search for a great quote. I wanted something to work with this cute little Greeting Farm image and thought this fit the bill. So it's been computer generated and printed on the retired Stampin' Up! Orchid Opulence.

She's been colored with Copics: BG10, E000, E00, E31, E37, E39, E41, E43, E49, E51, E53, E55, V01, V04, V06,and V09. And, she's been paper pieced with a scrap of Basic Grey Wisteria from my scrap drawer.

I wanted a different sort of shape for the focal point, so I used a flexible ruler to cut out a free form shape. And finally, I added a stamped strip of buttons from Technique Tuesday. The card base is a standard A2 in Stampin' Up! Basic Gray.

Have a wonderful week!

Vintage Music

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Another great challenge today over at SCS! So I chose to CASE a vintage feel card.

The designer paper has been run through an embossing folder, distressed and inked to make it feel old. So has the strip of black paper and the piece for the sentiment. The lovely sentiment comes from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Music Expressions. A couple of brads and a left over piece of lace that has been distressed also are used for embellishment.

I feel when it comes to can just about do anything to your paper to make it look aged...whatever feels right to you. Use a distressing kit, ball up the paper in your hands, run it through an embossing folder, ink it...until it works for you.

Paper: Stampin' Up! More Mustard, Basic Black and Newsprint Designer Paper

Inks: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Stain and Memento Tuxedo Black

Embellishments: Stampin' Up! Antique Brads and a piece of left over lace from another project which has also been distressed by inking it, balling it up in my hands and then hitting it with the heat gun

Try's a lot of fun and you can even work out some of your frustrations on those poor little defenseless pieces of paper!!! LOL!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Inspiration surrounds us. Look around you...pillows, tissue boxes, flowers in your garden, or perhaps it's a piece of art in your home. My inspiraton today is from Doodletart Glass - this beautiful peacock. In examining this piece, alcohol inks came to mind. I haven't used them in ages - so long that all my metallic mixatives have turned hard. LOL!! So I proceeded to use my regular alcohol inks until I was happy with the colors. The colors used were Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Stream. The peacock was done with the Stream and Wild Plum colors and then outlined with a gold metallic marker. And, finally, a simple rhinestone for the eye.

The birdcage and peacock are dies from Marianne Creatables. Cool aren't they? This bird and the cage represent freedom in this picture...the freedom to create. Now it's your turn...pull out some of your crafting goodies and feel the freedom! Have a beautiful day!

Dimensional Rose

Friday, May 13, 2011

This rose was created using the Heartfelt Creations Grandiflora Rose 2 precut set. I stamped the three different size images several times on some retired black and white Stampin' Up! designer paper. Then, I cut into each image and curled up the petals. Next, I used Poppy Red Twinkling H20's to paint each image. The dampness of painting these images also helped to curl up the petals. For the next step, I just started layering the petals and attaching each layer with dimensionals.

The leaves were formed simply by stamping and cutting each one out. I like the look of red against black and white, so I chose a simple dotted print as the backdrop for my rose. A little lace across the corner and done.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! See you soon!

One more for today

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Another card to share with you today. I love these Fred B. Mullett stamps! Simply stamped each of the leaves on Stampin' Up! Ivory Naturals cardstock and added the Impression Obsession sentiment. It's one of my favorites too!

Ink colors from Stampin' Up! are Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze.

Take some time for yourself today...e-mail someone you haven't in a while, read a book, or perhaps enjoy a walk. Be good to yourself!

Bad Moon Rising

Oh, boy! I'm going to be singing this song all day now LOL!!! It's the first thing that popped into my head when naming this so I went with it.

The cardbase is Stampin' Up! in River Rock. One of my favorite neutrals to work with. And, I've used a classic stamp set from SU - Lovely As A Tree. The moon has been made with the reverse masking technique. I Simply punched out a circle in a piece of scrap cardstock. Then sponged it first with Encore Silver and then a little bit of Basic Black.

Next, the trees image was stamped over top of the moon. I dry embossed a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the Square Lattice folder, then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch three holes for the brads. The sentiment has been stamped in Basic Black on a rectangle of River Rock and then I rounded the edges with a 3/4" x 15/16" oval punch.

Who'll catch you singing Bad Moon Rising today? LOL!

Enjoy Life's Moments

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ever have one of those days when trying to put together a card? This is really not where I was headed with this one...but here's what I ended up with. LOL!

The image is from Lockhart Stamp Co. and has been stamped in Certainly Celery and then very loosely watercolored with Stampin' Up! Soft Sky and Rose Red. All panels and the cardbase are in Stampin' Up Rose Red. The designer paper is from Prima and it's called Sparkling Spring.

For embellishment, a tailored bow with a couple of punched flowers and a pearl on top. The punches are from Stampin' Up! - Boho Blossoms and Itty Bitty Shapes. Three more pearls, a couple of strips of ribbon, and a banner sentiment complete the card.

And remember...Enjoy Life's Moments!!!

New Rubbah...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

OK, well perhaps these days, there's not so much rubber in new stamps LOL!

I love this image and fantastic sentiment from Magenta. There are so many options for it. So today, I chose to ink it up with Memento's Tuxedo Black and then add some sponging. My colors came from the Color Challenge on SCS - So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery.

Then it was time to add some bling using Crystal Stickles. No other embellishments today. Pretty plain and simple. The image was layered on Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and then on a standard A2 card.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Colored Embossing

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thanks to the TLC on Splitcoast, here's a new twist using your embossing folders. Try coloring the indented part of your embossing folder with your markers. Using my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker from Stampin' Up! I colored the Elegant Lines embossing folder. Next run it through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Now I added a little bling by adding Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer over the entire piece.

Then the piece was placed on a regular A2 sized card in Crumb Cake. Then I cut a strip of Victoria Crochet Trim and the same length of 3/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. And, used Sticky Strip to adhere them together. Next this was sponged with Crumb Cake. The Decorative Label XL punch was used for the bottom layer of the sentiment treatment. Followed by a piece of Very Vanilla, against spritzed with the Vanilla Shimmer and stamped with the sentiment from Whimsical Words. The label is from the Lots of Tags sizzlet die. Added a few Basic Pearls and done! All products from Stampin' Up!

Try this technique with a variety of embossing folders and colors and see what you can come up with!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day!

Over at Splitcoast, the Featured Stamped has such a beautiful gallery with many wonderful pieces of inspiration.

The designer paper used is called Global Views from DeJa Views. I used Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie in craft ink, then used an embossing powder from a former stamp shop here in town to emboss it. The image is called Blush and it's from Penny Black The embossing powder is called Jasper and it's such an interesting color! I'll be sorry when it's all gone! The sentiment is from the Dawn Houser line at Inkadinkado.

The piece of designer paper has been layered over a slightly larger piece of Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze and then mounted on a standard A2 card base in Stampin' Up! Basic Black.

I hope all you moms out there have a beautiful Mother's Day! We are all so blessed to be moms aren't we?

Jewelled Medallion

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Let me start by saying...I LOVE handbags!!!For the inspiration challenge today, I chose this purse. And here's my recipe:

The cardbase is a standard A2 made with Stampin' Up Basic Black cardstock. The ivory layer is a piece of SU Very Vanilla that's been stamped with the Bliss stamp in Encore Gold and then overstamped in Soft Suede. Then run it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder to create a fabric look. The crushed gold-look cardstock at the bottom of the card is an unknown piece from my stash - sorry! The black velvet ribbon is from SU (retired).

Now for the medallion. I stamped SU Kind Thoughts (retired) image on SU Very Vanilla and punched it out using the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle XL punch. Then I used three different colors of Stickles (Dark Blue, Cinnamon and Distressed Antique Linen) and traced the pattern. A word of warning - it will take quite a while to dry as there's a lot of heavy lines and depth to this. Then the medallion was layered onto a larger punched piece - the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle XL punch.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Pocket Card

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hello everyone!

Another challenge card from Splitcoast today. A pocket card.

This card will fit in a regular A2 envelope. I started with a piece of designer paper about 4.25" wide x 12" long. This paper is from Stampin' Up! and it's called Elegant Soiree. Then I pulled the Spellbinders Labels 20 die through it, up to one end and cut the first edge and then repeated this on the other end. The card was scored and then I used Score-Tape on the front flap and adhered it to the back. I then cut inside the inside pull-out card with the same die but only making it just under 4" so that it fits inside the pocket.

I added a stamped frame from Waltzingmouse stamps (SU Baja Breeze) and layered a Labels 18 piece on top with dimensionals. This piece has been stamped with some flourishes from the Stampin' Up! set - To Have and To Hold (now retired). I sponged some of SU's Paper Daisies and Victoria Crochet trim with Soft Suede and then proceeded to add lots of pearls.

The little card in the pocket has an area to write your note to the recipient.

Have a wonderful day!

Welcome to my new blog...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This card has been made for the Splitcoast Stamper's Way to Use it Challenge - WT321.

Don't you just love this digital image by Digital Delights by Loubyloo? I fell in love with this sweet baker bear!

She's been colored in Copics: C0, C1, E11, E13, E23, E27, E31, E33, E37, R00, R11, R20, RV11, RV55, RV63, RV66, YG91, YG95, YG97 and outlined in BG10. The sponging is Adirondack Wild Plum and done with the image still in the die. I used Tombow adhesive and Stampin' Up's Dazzling Diamonds in the bowl for a little bling.

The designer paper is from Prima and it's called Melody. I've used the Lacy Square nestie to cut out the floral bg piece. Then I cut it in half and placed it behind the main image. A small Lacy circle has been place behind the sentiment which is on a small Label 10 nestie. A few Bazzill brads have been added randomly to the sentiment and another couple at the top and bottom of the main image panel.

Hope your day is sunny and bright!