Masculine Anniversary

Monday, August 29, 2011

Love this MOJO layout! Easy to use with several stamps, or showcase some designer paper...whatever you might want to do with this layout.

My card base is a 5 1/2" square. On that, I layered two different pieces of co-ordinating designer paper, followed by a 1" strip of black card stock that I crimped horizontally. Over that is a small rectangle of another co-ordinating designer paper layered on black card stock. The main image has been stamped and layered over the same black card stock.

My sentiment is simply stamped and punched. Then I touched my ink pad to the edges of the circle for a faux layered look. I put the three chunky brads close to together for an even chunkier look.

Stamps: Stampington & Co. - The Car and the sentiment is from a now closed LSS
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White and Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack Neutrals Collection
Accessories: Stampin' Up Antique Brads, 2" circle punch, crimping tool, paper piercer

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

CAS Design Team Challenge

Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm taking part in a challenge to determine team members for the CAS design team (fall edition). This is my second entry.

I've used an A2 card base and just added one layer in the same paper. The top layer was dry embossed with an embossing folder. Next, I put some paint on a sponge and pulled it in a strie effect down the paper. Once it was dry the sentiment was stamped on the upper right corner. To add a little more dimension, all edges of the cardstock have been distressed.

Then I added pearls to the top of some buttons and layered them over top of three of the dandelions. To adhere them together, I used a strong self-adhesive dot. The same adhesive was used to attach them to the card.

Stamps: Wordsworth - Casual Congrats
Paper: Gina K. Designs Ivory Heavyweight Cardstock
Ink: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Craft Concepts Dandelion Whisper embossing folder, Frost White All-Purpose Ink from Tsukineko, sponge, retired buttons and pearls from Stampin' Up, self-adhesive dots

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!

Sugar Nellie - Melissa

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another sweet little Sugar Nellie digi image today - called Melissa. Isn't she just adorable? I love these digis as they're pre-shaded and that makes coloring so easy!

My card base is a standard A2. I've layered three different pieces of designer papers, two of which have punched borders over top of the card base. Next a piece of thin ribbon was taped vertically, followed by a piece of white ribbon placed horizontally. Two tiny simple bows were added next and topped with a white button. I used a bit of red twine to tie the button around the two bows.

The image was colored in Copics and cut out with a nesties die.

Stamps: Digital stamp by Sugar Nellie - Melissa
Ink: none
Paper: Stampin' Up Night of Navy, three pieces of retired Stampin' Up designer papers, X-Press It Copic Blending paper
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Large Scalloped Oval (small), Stampin' Up Scallop Edge Border punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, retired white button, retired twine, glue dots, Copics: E00, E21 for her skin; Y13, YG25 for the flower; B93, B95, B97 for her blue jeans; R43, R46 for her shirt; E50, E53, E55 and E57 for her hair.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

Pillow Inspiration

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today - the Inspiration Challenge. This challenge is one of my faves as the wonderful hostesses come up with some amazing inspiration - it could be paintings, purses, jewellery or in the case of my card today - a pillow.

This is a really quick and simple card. I think it would be great for a masculine birthday. My card base is a standard A2 size that's been stamped with a background stamp. Next, I stamped the large stamp with all the numbers on it across the page and added the little No. stamp on the right hand corner of that stamped image. And, finally, I added the pale lavender image down the middle of the card. Easy peasy, right?


Stamps: Stampin' Up Twill background (retired), Hampton Art - Numbers, Post Modern Design - Gallery Slab and A Stamp in the Hand - Spiral

Paper: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake

Ink: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Wisteria Wonder

Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Have a fabulous Saturday everyone!

Wisteria Wonder Snowflakes

Friday, August 19, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, we honoring snowmanqueen and our Free For All Challenge is dry embossing.

I've cased one of Carolyn's beautiful cards but changed it to a winter theme complete with Wisteria Wonder snowflakes.

My card base is a standard A2 in Wisteria Wonder. Next I took a 1 1/2" strip of Whisper White, split it, and placed it down the middle of the card. Then I took a 1" strip of designer paper and ran it through an embossing folder to give it some texture before placing it on the card.

I punched five snowflakes in the same card stock and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. Next I took white brads, dipped them in Crystal Effects and then dipped them a chunky white glitter. After piercing a hole in the center of each snowflake, I took my button shank remover and snipped off the brads so that they wouldn't show behind the snowflakes.

The sentiment has been stamped and embossed in white. And that makes one more card for my Christmas stash...YEAH!

Stamps: Rubber Soul
Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder, white embossing powder, 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, piercing tool, embossing buddy, Stampin' Glitter - Chunky Essentials in white (retired), dimensionals, button shank remover, heat tool, Glimmer Mist in Frost

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Versamark Love

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, we're showing Versamark a little love! LOL! Versamark is such a fabulous tool, you can emboss with it, use it as a watermark, and use with with chalks...just to mention a few ideas. I had a little trouble photographing this today as I wanted you to see the sparkle but without the glare!

I used a 6 1/2" x 5" card base today and then stamped it with Versamark and heat set it to produce a watermark. Next I layered a dry embossed piece of pink card stock over some black.

To make the focal image, first I stamped the large image with Versamark. Especially when stamping a large image, but also useful in smaller images too, I always flip the stamp on it's back and take the ink pad to the stamp. It's so much easier to see where you've inked and to get good overall coverage. Once it was heat set, I colored it with chalks in pinks, oranges and greens. The I covered the entire piece with Versamark once again and heat embossed it with Irridescent Ice.

The sentiment is a large oval in black and a smaller oval that's been cut in half and pulled out to the edges of the larger oval. The label punch as been stamped in Versamark, heat embossed in black and then overstamped with Versamark yet again. My final step was to again heat emboss with Irridescent Ice.

So, I'm thinking I gave a lot of love to my Versamark pad today...don't you? If you haven't worked with one - try's a lot of fun!

Stamps: Rubber Stampede Honeysuckle Background, Impression Obsession Small Butterfly and Inkadinkado
Paper: Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, and Basic Black; Xerox Picture Paper
Ink: well what else but VERSAMARK! LOL!
Accessories: Big Shot Pro; Couture Creations Diamond Trellis embossing folder; Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalking Set; heat gun; Stampin' Up Irridescent Ice, Extra Large Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Large Punch (retired)

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, we're doing the sketch challenge.

The focal point is a digital image from Sugar Nellie. Isn't she just the sweetest? These images are very easy to color as the shading is already done for you. It's been colored with Copics and then I sponged the edges while it was still in the die.

I layered a piece of pink ribbon over top of a piece of designer paper in behind the image and added some bling. The sentiment has been stamped on another piece of paper from this same series and I edged it with a marker and added one little rhinestone for the dot for the "i".

Stamps: Sugar Nellie - Flora and the sentiment is part of a stamp from Inkadinkado
Paper: X-Press It Copic Blending Paper, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip and Prima Melody
Ink: Adirondack Raisin
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Classic Rectangle Nesties, Stampin' Up Large Oval Punch, Michael's ribbon, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, sponge, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker, and Copics: skin - E0000, E00, E11 (E02 for blush); hair - E51, E53, E35; dress - BG10, BG13, BG18; flowers - RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99; shoes - E74 and E77 and BG10 for shadowing around image

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone

And Now for Something Completely Different

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One of my fellow stampers over at Splitcoast is having knee replacement surgery today. This card will be heading to her!

This is totally new territory for this stamper. A long time ago I purchased a box of stamps on E-Bay and this was in the lot. So it was time to dust it off and play along with the Tea Party Challenge and the Color Challenge - both at Splitcoast.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then sponged with Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait and Wisteria Wonder. Next I used my Cut 'n Dry brush tips to add some color to the trees and grasses- first in Adirondack Lettuce, followed by Adirondack Pesto. Sahara Sand was added to the rocks in the same fashion. Next, I added some Adirondack Stonewashed with a Colorbox foam tipped stylus to the lake area. And then, I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the rocks and trees. I smeared some Crystal Effects on the lake area but it's hard to see that in my picture.

The sentiment was simply stamped over the scene in Memento Tuxedo Black.

It's going to take some practice to make these scenes come alive. But I think I'm going to have fun with this! There are some very talented artists out there that make these pictures "sing" and as they say practice makes perfect!


Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight in White, Stampin' Up Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder

Stamps: Gina K. and Stampscapes - Lakeside Cove in the large size

Ink: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Wisteria Wonder, Sahara Sand; Adirondack in Lettuce, Pesto, and Stonewashed; and Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: sponges, Cut 'n Dry Tips, Colorbox Stylus with Blender Soft White Foam Tips, Signo White Gel Pen, Crystal Effects

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Telescoping Card

Monday, August 15, 2011

A fun challenge over at Splitcoast today; the Technique Lovers Challenge is making a telescoping card. I've shown you both the closed and open version of this card design.

Using two different larger sizes of Spellbinders nesties, I cut two different pieces of designer paper. Next I used a digital image for the top of the card cutting it with a smaller nestie in the same shape. It was printed on plain white cardstock. The two small "undies" digital pieces are paper pieced with designer paper from the same pack. They were popped up on dimensionals to add some interest and I colored the little red bow on the panties with a marker and then added some Stickles.

The inside sentiment was stamped with Real Red on white cardstock and adhered to the largest nestie die cut.

A fun and easy card to make. You can find a tutorial on the post at Splitcoast.


Stamps: Digital Stamps by Whimsie Doodles and inside sentiment from Stampin' Up - Many Merry Messages

Cardstock: retired Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper, Whisper White cardstock

Ink: Stampin' Up Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels Four and Grand Labels Four, dimensionals, Stampin' Up Glimmer Brads, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker and Star Dust Stickles

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Let Your Dream Take Flight

Friday, August 12, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, a couple of challenges... Queen for the Day featuring Jenna B. and the Free for All - frame it up.

My card base is a 5 1/2" square. Next is my image panel, that's been colored with Copics and "blinged up" a little with some Stickles. There's also a little bit of paper piecing on her pants. Isn't this just the cutest little image? I love the sweet innocence of these cute stamps!

My frame is made from one piece of card stock cut with the large circle nestie and one piece of designer paper cut with the lacy circle nestie.

The sentiment consists of a large oval in red, followed by a piece of black card stock cut with a Sizzlet die and topped with a small oval punched piece with the sentiment stamped on it. I've used a couple of small crystal brads for a little more bling.


Stamps: CC Designs Swiss Pixies - Nora on a Swing

Paper: Copic X-Press It Blending Paper, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Large Circle Nestabilities, Lacy Circle Nestabilities, Extra Large Oval and Oval Punches, Lots of Tags Sizzlet dies, Clear Rhinestone brads, Stickles in Crystal, Xmas Red and Waterfall, White Signo Gel Pen, sponge and Copics

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Very Merry Holly Berries

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today it's the Color Challenge #335 - Kraft, Red, Yellow and for dessert (yum!) LEAVES!!! (green) I LOVE LEAVES! OK...settling down! And I've used the MOJO203 sketch for my layout today.

I've been hoarding this designer paper for quite some time and decided to use it today to make a Christmas card. And, I've always known that I'd added Stickles to the holly berries and did so. The sentiment was stamped on a 2" punched circle in Kraft and tucked in behind the rectangle across the card. Next came a layer that was paper pierced and punched with a scallop punch. Over top of that, another piece of Kraft that's been crimped. Then, I layered some punched circles over a scallop punched circle.

And, finally, a little bit of Kraft ribbon tied in a bow and wrapped with a glimmer brad for some more sparkle.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Window Dressing (retired)
Paper: Anna Griffin
Ink: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade
Accessories: Paper Crimper, SU Glimmer Brad, Kraft Ribbon, 2" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Christmas Red Stickles, Mat Pack, Piercing Tool

Hope your Tuesday is absolutely delightful everyone!

Faith in Nature DTGD

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another post for today.

This is a center step card. You'll find a tutorial on Splitcoast stampers for cutting and scoring this card. It's easy but looks like you've done a lot of work!

I've been hoarding this designer paper forever, so it's time to cut into it today. I used it for the side strips and also the focal point. The focal point was cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities, once in the designer paper and once in River Rock.

The sentiment, which is such a gorgeous quote, has been stamped in River Rock on textured Baja Breeze. I hand-dyed some seam binding and then spritzed it with water, scrunched it and then dried it. The seam binding was pleated along the bottom on some Scor-Tape. I also added a bow with a brad.


Stamps: Stampin' Up Faith in Nature

Paper: MME Bohemia, Stampin' Up River Rock and textured Baja Breeze

Ink: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, River Rock and Baja Breeze

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Grand Nestabilities Labels Four, Long Rectangle Nestabilities, Stampin' Up Antique Brad, Snug Hug seam binding, craft sheet, heat gun, Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal, paper cutter

Hope you enjoyed another two post day!

Sparkling Spring Flowers

Well I'm nearing the end of my Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoast. This is another multiple challenge card.

The card base is a standard A2 that's been layered with some Prima card stock. The little strip down the right hand side is more from the same pad and has been dry embossed and layered over the same card stock. Same for the strip across but no embossing this time.

The focal point image has been stamped in black and colored with markers. A little bit of white gel pen has been used for some highlighting. This oval was then sponged in the die. Next comes some die cut leaves that have been sponged also.

And, finally, my ribbon roses. I have a large spool of plain white seam binding that I dye as I need it. For this card, I used my Regal Rose stamp pad and then edged it with my River Rock marker. Next, it was spritzed with water, scrunched and then dried. Then I formed my ribbon roses and glued them on top of the leaves.


Stamps: Hampton Arts - Watercolor Daisy

Paper: Stampin' Up River Rock and Prima Sparkling Spring

Ink: Stampin' Up River Rock, Regal Rose and Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Big Shot Pro Westminster, Cheery Lynn D136 Large Leaves #2 dies, Oval nesties, sponges, Snug Hug seam binding, craft sheet, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder, Signo Gel Pen, Stampin' Write markers in Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, River Rock, Old Olive and Always Artichoke

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Isn't that a fabulous quote from Helen Keller? In the case of crafting why not push the limits...take a chance...try a new technique...try different colors...stretch your creativity!

This awesome sketch comes from Holly McMillen over at Splitcoast. A fabulous sketch that could work for so many different cards. I've used a masculine theme here but it would work just as easily with florals, or perhaps a Christmas theme.

I've used a standard A2 card base, followed by a layer of designer paper. Next comes a couple of 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles that I've stamped. The wide strip of coordinating designer paper across the bottom of the card is 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" and that's been topped with a 5 1/2" x 3/4" strip of card stock that's also been stamped. I've added a couple of brads as embellies and then layered two pieces of card stock popped up on dimensionals. I used another little stamp from this set on the topmost circle. Every layer has been distressed with the exception of the circles.

Two of the stamps from this set were used to create the matching envelope, one stamped in Not Quite Navy and then the other stamped over top in Early Espresso.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Daring Adventure
Paper: Stampin' Up Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede and Well Worn Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Stampin' Up 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Cutter Kit (distressing tool), Antique Brads, an A2 envelope and dimensionals.

Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday, everyone!

Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves

Friday, August 5, 2011

We're having fun over at Splitcoast this week! It's the annual week long Dare to Get Dirty Challenge hosted by current and previous Dirty Girls. If you're not a Fan Club Member...why not? This is for Fan Club Members only and it's a blast with lots of great challenges and prizes!

The card base is a 5" x 5" square in Basic Black, followed by a layer of old, old Provo Craft designer paper. Next comes a rectangle of River Rock that's been embossed, stamped and paper pierced. It's been layered over another rectangle of Basic Black.

I've used two strips of Cajun Craze that have been stamped and layered over Basic Black next. For the sentiment I've used two die cuts that are layered. The sentiment has been stamped in black. Over top of the sentiment I've used two more die cut flourishes. The leaves have been painted with three different colors of H20's to add some shimmer and have been attached with dimensionals.

My three little black buttons are actually die cuts that have been threaded with a rust colored embroidery floss and popped up on dimensionals, too.

This card qualifies me for six (yup count 'em!!!) Dirty Girl Challenges. Whew....that's a whole lotta challenges rolled into one card!

Stamps: Sentiment - Impression Obsession and texture on embossed leaves created with a CHF backgrounder stamp (sorry to say CHF is now closed)
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black, River Rock and Cajun Craze and the old, old Provo Craft designer paper (leaves)
Ink: Stampin' Up Cajun Craze and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Big Shot Pro Westminster, Classic Oval nesties, Big Scalloped Ovals (small) nesties, Cuttlebug Leafy branch embossing folder, Sizzix Flourishes #11 Sizzlet, Sizzix Buttons #5 Sizzlet, rust colored embroidery floss, Prima leaves, H20's in French Vanilla, Wild Vine and Ginger Peach, piercing tool, Stampin' Up Mat Pack and dimensionals

Well, there you have it! Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

Triple Challenge With Love

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Today's card is for three different challenges - the Color Throwdown 153 using Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive and White; the MOJO 202 sketch and the Splitcoast WT334 which is showing love for your Kraft or Crumb Cake card stock.

There's lots and lots of layering going on here. I've made a larger card today; it's 6 1/2" x 5". All my pennants are cut by hand (so don't look too close LOL). The circular piece is made by layering a circle cut with the Lacy Circle die, followed by a Small Circle die, followed by a 2" punched circle of designer paper. The butterfly bling was colored with a Copic to match the Old Olive color.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse
Paper: Prima Madeline and Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Old Olive
Ink: Stampin' Up Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot Pro Westminster (YES, I'm loving my new equipment!!!); 2" circle punch; Spellbinders Lacy Circles and Small Circles dies; left over butterfly from some Zva Creative bling; YG97 Spanish Olive Copic; paper snips

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone!

Snow buddy like you

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Well folks, it's August already and I'm starting to think Christmas cards. A little play on words with this one...what do you think?

I've combined two Splitcoast challenges again today - the sketch challenge 344 and the color challenge 334 (White, Going Gray and Turquoise).

The image has been stamped in turquoise, as are the little snowflakes. The border punch was kicked up a notch by adding mini brads in the center of the snowflakes. I also did this to the punched snowflakes. And my sentiment - computer generated. Then it was punched out and edged with my black ink pad.

Stamps: Stampavie and Stampin' Up Christmas Punch (retired)
Paper: Stampin' Up Going Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart embossing border punch, Stampin' Up Boho Blossoms punch, Stampin' Up 1 3/4 " circle punch, mini black brads and paper piercer, and a computer/printer for the sentiment.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Belated Birthday

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another easy peasy, 5 minute card today. This is for the TLC336 at Splitcoast where we are to stamp our sentiments over the image and the CAS129 to create a belated birthday card.

This is a spritzed watercolor technique card. Using three different colors of green markers, I started at the top of the image and added color down the image. My lightest color was used at the top and the darkest at the bottom. Next, using my Cherry Cobbler marker, I added a little bit of color to the flowers in the image. Then I spritzed the stamp with a couple of sprays of water and stamped it onto my card stock.

Next, I stamped the sentiment, partially across the image and added a little bit of Stickles for some interest.

And there you have it...a card in 5 minutes!

Stamps: Stampin' Up Just Believe and Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight Card Stock in White
Ink: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers in Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler, Judikins Extra Fine Mist Spritzer and Magenta Stickles

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!