Mousy birthday!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Haven't colored for a it was time! Isn't this just the cutest image?

This is for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast and for the Color Throw Down - Cameo Coral, Garden Green and Pacific Point.

The cardbase is a 5" square. The designer paper was layered over Garden Green, as was the dry embossed Cameo Coral. The image has been colored with Copics. I used Flower Soft for all the flowers on the image. Next, I colored the pearls with my Copic R22 Light Prawn to tie in with Cameo Coral.

Stamp: Stampavie - Cottage Mouse and Stampin' Up! All Holidays
Paper: Stampin' Up Pacific Point, Garden Green, Cameo Coral and X-Press It Copic Blending Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Flower Soft - Summer, Flower Soft PVA glue, Stampin' Up Basic Pearls, Copics - B02 - Robin's Egg Blue, B05 - Process Blue, B06 - Peacock Blue, BG10 - Cool Shadow, E44 - Clay, E47 - Dark Brown, G24 - Willow, R02 - Flesh, R14 - Light Rouge, R17 - Lipstick Orange, R22 - Light Prawn, Y02 - Canary Yellow, YR23 - Yellow Ochre and YR24 - Pale Sepia.

Well, that's it for today! Have a great one!

Thinking About You

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A triple challenge card today. This card is for the Mojo Monday 197, and at Splitcoast the Color Challenge 329 and the Teapot Challenge 152. The Color Challenge is Melon Mambo, Soft Suede and Crumb cake with a butterfly for dessert. The Teapot Challenge calls for numbers on your card.

The cardbase is a 5 1/2" square in Melon Mambo and then Early Expresso. The multicolored background is Crumb Cake that's been stamped in Melon Mambo and Soft Suede. It's been stamped with numbers, butterflies and different word images. Then it was dry embossed and then I added some faux stitching.

The frame also has been dry embossed, as were the three layers of the butterfly. The butterfly was stamped before dry embossing. The large Early Expresso brad has been topped with a punched dot in Melon Mambo. I used a Sizzix flourish in behind the layered flowers and the used the same type of brad again.

The sentiment has been stamped in Early Espresso and overstamped with the butterfly image that had been stamped off.

Stamps: Postmodern Design, Impression Obsession, Waltzingmouse, My Sentiment Exactly, Stampin' Up Taffy Numbers
Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake
Paper: Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Prima Flowers;Labels 3 Nestabilities; Circle Nestabilities; Sizzix Flourishes #9 Sizzlets; Wizard; Stampin' Up Butterfly punch, Chocolate Chip large brads, Paper Daisies, Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, and Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker

Hope you have a marvelous Tuesday!

Black and White

Monday, June 27, 2011

This is my interpretation for two challenges over at Splitcoast...Technique Lovers Challenge 331 and CAS 125. We'll call it a very loose interpretation. LOL!

This card is 4 1/4 square. I've stamped and embossed the image first black on white and then white on black. I used a square nesties die to cut out a frame on the white on black embossed layer. Then used lots of dimensionals to pop it up on top of the black on white embossed layer. Added the little red bow on the bow tie to meet the color requirements of the CAS challenge.

Pretty simple hmmm?


Stamps: Club Scrap

Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White and Basic Black

Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White and Basic Black craft inks

Accessories: embossing buddy, dimensionals, Big Shot, square nesties, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, mini glue dot, heat gun, black embossing powder, white embossing powder

Enjoy your week! Hopefully you'll find time to do lots of stamping!

T-Shirt Flowers

Saturday, June 25, 2011

For our inspiration over at Splitcoast today - Sundance. A fabulous store full of gorgeous clothing, accessories and home goods. I chose this t-shirt for my inspiration.

The various images were stamped and overstamped in Basic Gray and Going Gray, then the paper run dry embossed. The striped ribbon was inked with Going Gray to darken it. Then I placed a strip of Scor-Tape along the width of the card and scrunched the ribbon across it. The flowers were inked in the same two gray inks as well as a little Sahara Sand. Then I used my black Copic to darken the brad.

A simple sentiment was stamped along the bottom of the card.

Stamps: Stampin' Up In Full Bloom, Bella Blossoms, Dream a Little, Fifth Avenue Florals and Wordsworth
Paper: Stampin' Up Naturals White, Basic Gray
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Going Gray and Sahara Sand
Accessories: Stampin' Up Basic Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Pretties Kit, Antique brad, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, sponges, Scor-Tape, Copic: 100 Black

Have a great weekend everyone!

Center Step Card

Friday, June 24, 2011

For two different challenges today - Queen for the Day (Marie) and the Free For All (to use stripes). I chose to make a center step card today. There are lots of tutorials on the internet for center step's one from Splitcoast. I used a smaller version so that my card would fit in a standard A2 envelope.

The image was stamped in Concord Crush on Whisper White and then die cut. I then stamped the same image several times, again on Whisper White. Next, I used the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch and punched a whole bunch of hydrangeas from the stamped images. Next, I took my Pear Pizzazz marker and added a touch of color to each of the flowers. Then, I used my stylus and the soft pad from the Mat Pack to shape each of the flowers. Next, I assembled the three layers of each hydrangea and glued them in random order on the large stamped image. I used my blender pen and the same marker to color the leaves. Finally, I added some gems to the main image.

Beneath the main panel, I cut a piece of designer paper about 1/4" less than the upside down "t" shape of the panel. The die cut was popped up on dimensionals for interest and so that the die cut doesn't get caught on the flowers on the side panels.

The green hydrangeas along the side panels were created in a similar fashion, except I didn't add color with a marker. I simply varied the designer paper pattern for interest (i.e. used the back side of the two-sided paper for one layer of each flower). Again, I added a gem to the center of each flower. Each side panel has a striped layer of designer paper too.

Then, I used a circle punch and larger gems for the circles on the bottom left of the card and simply stamped the sentiment in Concord Crush on a small rectangle of Whisper White.

I love this color combo - Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Concord Crush - don't you?


Stamps: Stampin' Up Because I Card and JustRite Stampers Elegant Frames

Paper: Stampin' Up Concord Crush, Whisper White and the Designer Series Paper Patterns Pack - In Color

Ink: Stampin' Up Concord Crush

Accessories: Wizard, Fleur de Lis Motifs, Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch, Kaiser Rhinestones, Crystal Effects, Mat Pack, Stylus, 1/2" Circle Small Punch, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker, Blender Pen, Scor-Pal, dimensionals, and hobby knife

Happy Friday, everyone!

For You

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This card is for several challenges today - Color Throw Down #147, Mojo Monday #196 and Splitcoast's Ways to Use It #328.

The CTD147 today calls for Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler/Basic Black and Sage Shadow and the WT328 calls for no white cardstock.

The image was stamped and embossed in Basic Black on Crumb Cake. It was then colored with a blender pen and Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Sage Shadow. I used the left over pearls from the Zva Creative embellishment in the background to bling up the flowers and the strip of Crumb Cake in behind also. That strip of Crumb Cake has been stamped in Basic Black and then I used my Blushing Bride marker to highlight some of the flourishes and flowers. The small rectangle of Blushing Bride has been stamped in Blushing Bride with the same image.

The sentiment has been stamped in Basic Black and over stamped with the same flourish image. It also has a couple of left over pearls from the embellie.

The card is a 5 x 5 1/2 rectangle in Sage Shadow. It's been dry embossed for a little texture.

So what do you think?

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Elements of Style
Paper: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Sage Shadow
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Black Craft Ink, Basic Black Classic Ink and Blushing Bride
Accessories: Big Shot, Wizard, Large and Small Classic Oval Nestabilities, Stampin' Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Zva Creative Pearls, dimensionals, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Sage Shadow Stampin' Write markers, blender pen, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches

Have a wonderful day!

Shiny Penny

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A very interesting sketch for the Sketch Challenge today over at Splitcoast. I chose to use the same Cheery Lynn die I used for my card yesterday but in a completely different way. This is a very simple design, so I decided to use a metallic paper to really play it up. This is a simple A2 size card, again.

The brad wasn't the right color, so I used a Copic marker to color it. I also used my button shank remover to take the little prongs off of the brad and simply used an adhesive dot to adhere it. That way it doesn't come through into the inside of the card. If you don't have one, you can always back the front with another piece of cardstock to hide it.


Stamps: none today

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black and DCWV Metallic in Penny

Ink: none today

Accessories: Big Shot, Cheery Lynn English Tea Party die, Stampin' Up! Antique brad, adhesive dot and Copic E39 Leather

A very simple card today isn't it? Have a great evening everyone!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is a two challenge card today - first off the Teapot Challenge at Splitcoast and secondly the Color Challenge at Splitcoast.

The Teapot Challenge is "Dodge Balls", and in this case, that means make a round card. So I used a Cheery Lynn doily die for the base in Night of Navy. Next came a round nestie in Cherry Cobbler and finally the image, which is again a round nestie. The digi image is from Sassy Cheryl's...cute isn't it? A hug can make a wonderful difference in someone's day! It's been colored with Copics and markers. Instead of the little tag that's on the image, I added a punched one stamped with the word HUGS. It's been popped up on bits of dimensionals.

The back of the card has another doily that's been cut in Crumb Cake. It will have my message for the recipient, Sandy on it. Unfortunately, with our mail lock-out it may be a while before I can mail this to her.


Stamps: Digital stamp from Sassy Cheryl's called Loves Healing Hands Girl and Hero Arts for the alpha stamps

Paper: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy designer paper, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and X-Press It Copic blending paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Wizard, Big Shot, Circle nesties, Cheery Lynn doily dies, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker, Night of Navy Stampin' Write marker, blender pens, Jewelery Tag Medium punch, Copics: 0 Colorless Blender, E000 Pale Fruit Pink, E02 Fruit Pink, E41 Pearl White, E43 Dull Ivory, E50 Egg Shell, E51 Milky White, E44 Clay, YR0000 Pale Chiffon, YR21 Cream, YR23 Yellow Ochre and YR24 Pale Sepia

It's the first day of summer...ENJOY!

Old World Map

Monday, June 20, 2011

A fun challenge today over at Splitcoast. The Technique Lover's Challenge is "Old World Look". So basically...distress, tear, ink, sand...whatever works!

The cardbase is a standard A2 in Pool Party, which is a new color from Stampin' Up! available July 1st. It's been stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The next layer is a piece of Bazzill textured cardstock. I've used the Direct to Paper technique to give it an aged look and it's been torn. The next layer is a piece of Stampin' Up! Ivory Naturals that's had the heck beaten out of it! It's been stamped, ripped, inked with the Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress ink. Then it was spritzed with water and dried with a heat gun.

The top layer is again a piece of Pool Party that's been stamped, ripped, spritzed and dried in the same manner. I didn't have any brads that were the appropriate color, so I used one of my Copics to change the color somewhat.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous and Inkadinkado
Paper: Stampin' Up! Pool Party and Ivory Naturals; Bazzill
Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress inks
Accessories: JudiKins Extra Fine Mist Spritzer; Stampin' Up! sanding blocks, Cutter Kit, Distressing Essentials Kit, and Antique Brads; and E29 Burnt Umber Copic

Hope you're having a marvelous Monday!

There shall be eternal summer...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

This card is for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #122. This card is a 5 x 5square of Bravo Burgundy. I've stamped the Flourishes poppy images in Memento Rich Cocoa and colored them with Copics. Then I added a little Martha Stewart glitter for some bling. Simple layering of the designer paper from Basic Grey over Bravo Burgundy. The sentiment is popped up on a dimensional for some added interest. And I've added a seam binding bow that's been inked with some Always Artichoke to add some depth.

Stamps: Flourishes Poppy Patch

Paper: Basic Grey Perhaps, Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy, Copic X-Press It

Ink: Stampin' Up! Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke; Adirondack Pesto and Slate

Accessories: Martha Stewart glitter in Golden Beryl, dimensionals, Stampin' Up! Antique brad 1 3/8" punch and Pear Pizzazz seam binding, sponges, glue, Wizard, Standard Small Circles nestabilities, Copics: BG11 Moon White, E33 Sand, E37 Sepia, E39 Leather, RV91 Grayish Cherry, RV93 Smoky Purple, RV95 Baby Blossoms, RV99 Argyle Purple, YG95 Pale Olive, YG97 Spanish Olive and YR21 Cream

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Queen Vicki

Friday, June 17, 2011

A very quick card for the Queen for the Day challenge today over at Splitcoast. Congratulations Vicki! Her CAS design is simply wonderful!

The image has been stamped in Tangerine Tango and the sentiment stamped in Pacific Point.


Stamps: Stampers Anonymous and Inkadinkado

Paper: Gina K

Ink: Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Vellum and Pearls

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today the Ways to Use It Challenge is using vellum.

I've hoarded this vellum in my stash for quite some time, and decided this was the perfect time to use it. Vellum can be difficult to adhere to your card. What I chose to do was cut it about 1 1/2" longer than the card front and I folded it over on to the back of the card. I used my ATG gun to adhere it on the back and it hardly shows at all.

The cardbase is a standard A2 in Stampin' Up's new Pool Party, available July 1st. I actually stamped a very faint grid pattern on it before adhering the vellum piece. Next came the chocolate colored Zva Creative pearls. I've cut it apart and used one long piece diagonally across the card, used a swirl in the corner and then a small strip on my vellum butterfly. The butterfly is just two layers, one of a scrap of heat embossed paper for a card gone terribly wrong. It's good to keep your oopsies around; you never know when it will work with something else.

I didn't want to hide the vellum so chose to do an open sentiment treatment. It's been stamped and heat embossed. Then cut with nesties and popped up on glue dots.

Stamps: JustRite Butterfly Garden, Rubbernecker Plaid Panel
Paper: K & Co. Floral 4 Color Embossed Vellum, Stampin' Up! Pool Party, scrap
Ink: Brilliance in Coffee Bean
Accessories: Zva Creative Pearls, Wizard, Standard Large Circle nesties, ATG gun, Tombow Multi, Red Copper Bright embossing powder and glue dots

So the lesson for today...dig through that stash of your prized papers and use them! And hang on to those oopsies, they may come in handy some day! LOL!

Way out of my comfort zone here

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge 146 are not what I normally work with. Therein lies the challenge for this stamper! The layout is from the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 337.

The cardbase is a standard A2 in Lucky Limeade, followed by a layer of Tangerine Tango, followed by a layer of Greenhouse Gala designer paper that's been doctored up. I used some Martha Stewart Carnelian glitter to add bling to all the "orange" areas of the pattern. Next came a strip of Tangerine Tango that's been stamped with the floral image and then dry embossed.

The focal point is stamped on a nestie die cut. I cut several layers of the flower out of the same designer paper and did a little bit of paper tole, then added some of the same glitter to the center of the flower.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Friends Never Fade
Paper: Stampin' Up! Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade and Tangerine
Ink: Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Wizard, Fleur de lis Rectangle nestabilities, Tombow Multi, paper snips, Martha Stewart Carnelian glitter and Sizzix embossing folder

Well that's it for today; have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

For Jessica

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This card is for Jessica, the daughter of a fellow Splitcoast stamper, who's been in a terrible horseback riding accident. This card is for three different challenges, the Color Challenge 327 and the Teapot Challenge 150 at Splitcoast and the Mojo195 Challenge.

The digital image has been printed on vanilla cardstock and colored with Copics. It's an out of the box design. You can find the tutorial from Splitcoast here. A touch of my Signo gel pen highlights the eye. It's been layered on a piece of red designer paper cut with the Lacy Circle nestability die. A strip of green designer paper goes across the middle of the card with punched scalloped edges on the top and bottom. Two simple tied knots adorn either side of the focal point. The cardbase is a simple A2 shape in Chocolate Chip.

The sentiment has been stamped in Chocolate Chip, hand cut and then edged with a Chocolate Chip marker. The flowers on the sentiment are layered with the same designer papers and a little bit of Stickles for some bling. The flowers in the upper right corner have the same Stickles added.

Image: digital image from Doodle Pantry, sentiment Stampin' Up! So Happy for You
Papers: retired Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up! in Riding Hood Red and Old Olive, Gina K. Ivory cardstock and Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip.
Inks: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Wizard, Large Circles nestabilities, Lacy Circles nestabilities, 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon from Stampin' Up! in Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker, Boho Blossoms punch from Stampin' Up!, Itty bitty Shapes Punch Pack punch from Stampin' Up!, Scallop Trim Border from Stampin' Up!, Cinnamon Stickles, craft knife, pencil, cutting mat, Mat Pack from Stampin' Up!, stylus, Tombow Multi and the following Copics: 0 Colorless Blender, BG10 Cool Shadow, E31 Brick Beige, E33 Sand, E37 Sepia, E43 Dull Ivory, E44 Clay, E74 Cocoa Brown, E77 Maroon, and E79 Cashew.

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!

The challenge police are coming...

Monday, June 13, 2011

after me today! But, in my defense, this was square until I cut the doily! Does that work?

This is for two Splitcoast challenges today - the CAS challenge and the Technique Lover's Challenge. Both were for a quilted look, however the CAS challenge sketch clearly shows a square! Oops! Do the little squares inside my doily count???

OK, here's how to make this. I punched 1 1/4" squares in two types of designer papers - four of one pattern and five of the other. Next I punched the flowers and the dots. They were all layered on top of one another to make each square. Next I used my Mat Pack and piercing tool to go around each square. Next, I used my Signo gel pen to do the faux stitching around each square. Then, I glued all the squares together to make the 9 square grid. Once I was done that, I used the Cheery Lynn doily die to cut out my doily.

It's been popped up on dimensionals on a plain 5 1/2" square card base. The sentiment has just been simply stamped in the corner in Close to Cocoa.


Stamps: Waltzingmouse

Paper: SU retired designer series paper and Pink Pirouette

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa

Accessories: SU Mat Pack, piercing tool, Signo Gel Pen, dimensionals, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Cheery Lynn Designs doily die, Big Shot

That's it! Hope you have a super Monday!

Life is a matter of moments

Sunday, June 12, 2011

This card is in honor of our featured stamper over at Splitcoast today...stampercamper (Mary). Here's Mary's beautiful card that I chose to CASE.

The cardbase is a 5" square in Basic Gray. The punched border is a new punch from Stampin' Up! available July 1st. It's called Lace Ribbon Border. Next comes the image layer of Wisteria Wonder that's been stamped in Concord Crush and a watered down bit of Shimmer Paint in Frost White. The bottom of the image panel has been ripped and sponged with some Concord Crush, too. The little hummingbird is a scrap of Concord Crush that's been stamped with more of the watered down Shimmer Paint. A simple sentiment treatment in Concord Crush and done!

All images are from the Elements of Style set and all products are from Stampin' Up!

Embossed Resist Embossed Resist

Friday, June 10, 2011

One more quick card for today.

I stamped the Wild Garden Border 04 from Rubbernecker in Versamark ink on this piece of Presto Patterns Specialty DSP from Stampin' Up. It comes with a emboss resist look to it. Next, I heat embossed using black embossing powder. Normally, I would use my embossing buddy first. But, I hoped the embossing powder would stick in some of the netting style background and it worked!

Then, I simply sponged Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo and Concord Crush across the background. Finally, a sentiment, also from Rubbernecker called Imagine with All, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The cardbase is a standard A2 in Basic Black.

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Inks: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo and Concord Crush
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black and Presto Patterns Specialty DSP
Accessories: sponges, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, heat gun

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Poor Neglected Cherries

Over at Splitcoast today, the Free for All Challenge...give me your poor, neglected stamps! Those poor bits of rubber that have yet to see ink!!! If you're anything like me...there's a wide of range images to be worked with today! Sad isn't it?

I colored the pie/plate image with Copics and then added some Crystal Effects on the cherries. Yes, that's what's causing the glare in my picture LOL! I also added some Pewter Lumiere paint on the fork to give it more lustre.

The little cherry image has also been colored with Copics and I added more Crystal Effects (read that as more glare LOL) to them. A very simple layout, so I thought it needed decided to add some doodling.


Stamps: poor neglected Rubbernecker stamps

Paper: X-Press It Copic blending paper, SU Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, and retired designer paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Copics: E31, E33, E99, G0000, G82, G85, G99, R35, R37, R39 and YG0000; Crystal Effects, Lumiere paint in Pewter, White Signo Gel pen

Well, that's it for today! Have a fantastic weekend!

You Mean the World to Me

Thursday, June 9, 2011

This is a combination of challenges again today - WT326 Piercing, which can be found at Splitcoast and MojoMonday194.

The cardbase is a standard A2, dry embossed in River Rock. The strips and circles of designer paper have been stamped in River Rock and Basic Gray and then just the outside edges pierced. Followed by a horizontal strip of Basic Gray with a strip of dry embossed River Rock over top of it. The sentiment is on a nesties die cut, layered over another nestie and some lace. The flower/ribbon treatment has been inked with some River Rock and Basic Gray.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse, JustRite and Autumn Leaves
Paper: Prima Madeline designer paper, Stampin' Up River Rock and Basic Gray
Ink: Stampin' Up River Rock and Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Couture Creations Diamond Trellis embossing folder, Wizard, Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 3 and Fleur de Lis Motif, Stampin' Up Victoria Crochet trim, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and Antique brad, Prima flowers, sponges, distressing tool, dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed my creation today and I hope you have a marvelous Thursday!

Enjoy Life's Moments

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This card has been made for both the Sketch Challenge 336 at Splitcoast here and the Color Throw Down Challenge 145 which can be found here.

When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of this three flower image from Magenta. I masked off the bottom part of the card and stamped with the top part of the stamp, then masked off the top part of the card to place the bottom floral image so that it lined up with the top two.

The CTD145 is Baja Breeze, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz. So each of the flowers were colored with Copics to simulate these colors.

An unfortunate boo-boo (read that as ink smear!) happened on the right-hand side of my page, so I added a dragonfly that's been inked with markers. Added a sentiment and some Stickles for some bling, and done!


Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight in white

Stamps: Magenta, Inkadinkado and Kaiser Craft

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write markers in Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz; Lemon Ice Stickles; and B000, BG11, BG15, BG18, Y000, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG21, YG23, YG25 Copics.

Well, that's it for today, have a happy Wednesday everyone!

Life is Like a Butterfly

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For the color challenge at Splitcoast today - Melon Mambo, Regal Rose and Pink Pirouette.

The cardbase is a 6" square in Regal Rose. Next comes a layer of Basic Gray, followed by a layer of ivory. The layer of ivory is home made designer paper. The poppies and buds have been stamped in Melon Mambo. Then it was overstamped in Pink Pirouette with a background stamp and the flowers and buds were watercolored. The next layer is a two separate strips of Basic Gray that have been punched, followed by a layer of Regal Rose that been dry embossed.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Waltzingmouse label on a Label 10 nestabilities die cut. Then, the Justrite Stamp was stamped in Regal Rose and Basic Gray. It's been cut out with a Lacy Circles nestability die. The butterfly actually has four layers. I cut out the bottom layer in both vellum cardstock and Basic Gray. The Basic Gray layer has been stamped with one of the same floral images, also in Basic Gray and then the vellum piece has been embossed with Irridescent Ice from Stampin' Up. I repeated the same procedure for the top part of the butterfly, but in Regal Rose. Three pearls on the butterfly and three more on the sentiment are the only embellishments.


Stamps: Flourishes Poppy Patch, JustRite Butterfly Garden Set, Cornish Heritage Farms, Waltzingmouse

Papers: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Basic Gray, vellum cardstock and Xerox Ivory

Inks: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo

Accessories: Stampin' Up! Lace Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot, Wizard, Nestabilities Labels 10 and Lacy Circles, Couture Creations Satine embossing folder, Versamark, Stampin' Up! Irridescent Ice and Basis Pearls.

I hope you enjoyed this creation today and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!


Monday, June 6, 2011

The Technique Lover's Challenge at Splitcoast today...decorated envelopes and the Clean and Simple Challenge...puns.

So I immediately thought of these two stamps from Rubbernecker. They coordinate wonderfully for a card and envie. The froggie image has been stamped and colored with Copics. Then a little Tombow glue and some Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle. The image is computer generated.

The envie was also stamped, colored with Copics and has some Dazzling Diamonds for bling.

Looking for the recipe?

Images: Rubbernecker
Cardstock: Gina K. Heavyweight, SU Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
0 Colorless Blender
B21 Baby Blue, B23 Phthalo Blue, B24 Sky
BG10 Cool Shadow
G24 Willow and G28 Ocean Green
R22 Light Prawn, R27 Cadmium Red and R29 Lipstick Red
Y000 Pale Lemon, Y11 Pale Yellow, Y13 Lemon Yellow and Y15 Cadmium Yellow
YG03 Yellow Green
W1 Warm Gray No. 1
Accessories: Tombow Multi Adhesive, SU Dazzling Diamonds, SU Glimmer Brad, Big Shot, Wizard, SU Lots of Tags Sizzlit die, Nestabilities Labels 4

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Pool Party Gratitude

Sunday, June 5, 2011

So are you thinking maybe I'm thankful to be going to a Pool Party? No...that's not's the color I'm talking about! This is such a gorgeous color, don't you think?

This card has been made for the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast. Today we are honoring STAGCCVA (Taylor). Her gallery is full of amazing inspiration.

The cardbase is a standard A2 in SU Early Espresso, followed by a slightly smaller layer of Pool Party that's been dry embossed with the Framed Tulips embossing Folder. Then there's another layer of Early Espresso, topped by the image panel in Crumb Cake. The image from Simply Soft was stamped in Early Espresso and lightly colored with a Pool Party Stampin' Write marker. Then I used my Signo Gel pen to highlight some of the areas of the flowers.

Next I added the Early Espresso ribbon and knot. And, finally a Small Oval punched piece in Early Espresso, topped by the sentiment that's been stamped in the same color on a Word Window punched piece of Pool Party.

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

For the Inspiration challenge over at Splitcoast today - Daniel Maher Stained Glass. Wow! What a talented artist with so many beautiful designs.

I chose this piece for my inspiration.

My cardbase, a 5 1/2" square is made with Gina K. Heavyweight Card Stock. The Rubbernecker Stamp Company image has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Luminarte H20's. Now that's a change for me, normally the first thing I grab is my Copics! Once I was done painting with the H20's, then I added a little bit of watered down, Lumiere paint here and there; and then finally I used my white Signo pen and scribbled here and there very loosely for a little interest.

That's it for today! Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday!

Butterfly Fancy Favor

Friday, June 3, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today we have two challenges - our Queen for the Day...Mary; and the Free for All...anything but a card.

So to honor our queen, who loves butterflies, here's a little Fancy Favor bag. Are you sick of this designer paper yet? I'm trying to use up what's in my craft room these days. Again, the paper is retired, as are the brads, the Accents and Elements flowers, and the image from SU which is from the Of the Earth stamp set. The image was stamped in Close to Cocoa before it was put together using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up.

The handle was made by taking a strip of designer paper and laying on the edge of the die, cutting one side and then turning it around to cut the other side. I covered the backs of the brads on the handle and the inside of the bag with punched flowers and Sticky Strip.

The little butterflies are made with the SU Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, and two flowers from the Accents and Elements kit. Yes, the butterfly's body is actually just two petals of the flower showing from behind. The flowers along the handle are a combination of more of the Accents and Elements flowers and punched flowers made with the SU Boho Blossoms XL punch.

Hope you enjoyed this today! Have a wonderful day everyone!

A two post day

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Well, the paper, nesties and ink on my desk were just begging to be used after my last card, so here's another quick one! This one is a lot more simple in design.

Textured SU cardstock for the cardbase in Pink Pirouette. Labels 18, Lacy Oval and Oval dies layered next. The focal image is from SU and entitled Garden from the Heart. It's been stamped in Close to Cocoa and embellished with a little Sweet Pea Flower Soft.

The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps and is also stamped in Close to Cocoa.

Big and Bling

Well for the Ways to Use it Challenge over at Splitcoast today...Dying for Die Cuts.

I've always admired how so many papercrafters out there can layer the Spellbinders dies in so many layers and different shapes to come up with a truly splendid design. So here's my attempt at lots of layers.

The cardbase is 6 x 6 inches square in textured Pink Pirouette from Stampin' Up! The dp is also from SU and is retired. The solid Fleur de lis Rectangle is in Close to Cocoa (retired). Next comes a Fleur de lis Motif in the designer paper, followed by a Label 18 and finally another Fleur de lis Motif. The sentiment has been stamped in Close to Cocoa and is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The tailored bow is also in Pink Pirouette, and yes, you guessed it...also retired from SU. I added several (make that a lot) of Basic Rhinestones from SU for some bling.

Thanks for joining me on my blog today. Hope your day is amazing!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Well, maybe a black and white theme doesn't scream Spring...but that's the wording on the image from Magenta.

This is for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today. An interesting layout that lends itself to so many different designs. And, a great way to use up the scraps in your scrap drawer. You know...that pile that just keeps growing and growing as you reach for different colors to work with!

The cardbase is Gina K. Luxury heavyweight in a standard A2 size. Next comes a layer of SU Basic Black, followed by three different size pieces of SU Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack. Then finally, the image panel that's been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and layered on another piece of Basic Black. The image panel has been raised with dimensionals.

That's it today...easy peasy!

Hope you have a wonderful day!