Sunday, October 30, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, were getting close to finishing off our month of the Hope You Can Cling To card drive. Today our challenge - frilly paper.

The little digi has been colored with Copics. Then I punched a piece of plain white card stock and made a slit across the bottom of her little dress. Then the piece of card stock was pleated by folding it back and forth. It's been taped to the back of the focal image and then popped up on the card with dimensionals.

The sentiment is hand written (yikes, that is so not my thing!) on a heart shaped die cut. And finally, I added a little heart gem for some bling.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Basic Grey Perhaps and X-Press It Copic Paper
Ink: none
Images: Sassy Cheryl's Share The Love Digital Image
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Classic Heart Nestabilities, Hero Arts heart gem, dimensionals, Stampin' Up! Pinking Hearts Border punch and Copics: BG10, C1, C3, C5, E000, E0000, E11, E15, E55, E57, E59, E93, R20, R81, R83, R85 and 110 Special Black

Have a super Sunday, everyone!

A friend...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today...words of encouragement.

This card is a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") in SU's Basic Black, followed by a layer of designer paper that's been distressed and inked. Next is a die cut in Basic Black, followed by the sentiment panel from the same pack of designer papers that's also been inked. A couple more die cuts over top of the sentiment panel and a couple of large pearls for embellies. The sentiment panel has been popped up on dimensionals. The hand dyed ribbon is placed between the black die cut and sentiment panel. I glued the knots down to the background paper and then glued two smaller pearls over top of the knots.

This is one of those cards where the paper does a lot of the work...makes it easy peasy!

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, unknown Bazzill card stock, Prima Printery
Ink: sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, distressing in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and seam binding dyed in Soft Suede
Stamps: sentiment by Quietfire Designs
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and Fleur de lis Motifs, Snug Hug Seam Binding, craft sheet, gloves, sponges, Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit (retired), dimensionals and Crafter's Pick glue

Have a super Saturday, everyone!

Holly and Ornaments

Friday, October 28, 2011

This card's for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Today at Splitcoast - using some shade of pink on a holiday or Christmas card. And, it's also for the Queen for the Day Challenge honoring Julie whose gallery is absolutely stunning!

I chose to CASE this card of Julie's in her honor. My card base is a little out of the ordinary - it's 4.5" x 6" because I wanted to use the holly embossing folder and actually see some of it. That's a piece of designer paper in the background. It's been dry embossed, then the embossed area was sanded lightly. Next, using a direct-to-paper approach, the holly was highlighted. The edges of the background were sponged with burgundy, heat set, and then I used my gold craft ink pad around the edges, and gold embossed the edges. Then, the holly berries were inked with my Versamark pen and also gold embossed.

The ornaments are stamped and embossed in gold on more designer paper from the same series. I've used the Spellbinder's holiday tags to die cut them. Now, if you have the tags you'll notice that this is the largest tag. How did I get a larger tag? I traced around the outside of the largest tag and cut it out by hand. These larger tags were also gold embossed to add more shine. They're hanging on gold cord and adorned with little black satin ribbon bows. Again, wanting to see the holly background, the sentiment was simply stamped in the lower corner in black.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Brushed Gold as well as Lost & Found Christmas paper

Ink: Encore Gold, Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy and Staz-On Jet Black

Stamps: ODBD Holiday Ornaments

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Holiday Tags, Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder, sanding block, scissors, gold embossing powder, Versamark pen, misc. black satin ribbon and gold cord, dimensionals

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

Do You Know This Stamper?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another post for today...

This card's for the Hope You Can Cling To card drive over at Splitcoast. Today we're to use some humor and a touch of pink. As a stamper, I can so relate to this scene. Except maybe her desk is too clean...LOL!

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" square card so it will fit in a standard A2 envelope. The digital image has been colored with Copics, but I chose just to highlight different things throughout the scene rather than get carried away with coloring. Her shirt is paper pieced and that's my jumping off point for choosing the colors. The only embellies on this are different colors of Stickles, again choosing to highlight different parts of the scene. Easy peasy!


Paper: Bo Bunny Garden Girl, X-Press It Copic Blending Paper and Stampin' Up! Basic Black

Ink: none

Image: Sketching Stamper Christmas Card Crisis digi

Accessories: Copics: E00, E000, E31, E33, E35, E39, R20, RV32, RV34 and YG95; Stardust, Cinnamon and Platinum Stickles

Again, have a terrific Thursday, everyone!

Dreams and Leaves

Over at Splitcoast today, the Ways to Use It Challenge, to use leaves. I've made an embossed resist card. Familiar with the technique? No? Here's how...

Take a sheet of plain white card stock, stamp it in Versamark Ink with your images. Then, take clear embossing powder and heat emboss the entire piece. Next sponge various colors over your entire piece of card stock. That highlights your stamped images beautifully. You can stop there if you wish but I took it one step further by using the same images and inks, and stamping the card stock again.

And finally, I stamped the sentiment over top of the page and used a leaf punch to show the black card stock through the embossed resist piece.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and Really Rust (retired)

Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge; Staz-On Jet Black

Stamps: Stampin' Up! French Foliage and Inkadinkado

Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, sponges, McGill leaf punch

Have a terrific Thursday, everyone!

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This card has been made for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today. It's not a standard A2...gasp! This is actually a 6 1/2" x 5" card for a change.

I've taken a piece of designer paper and stamped it with the black floral stems. Then it was used for the background and as a background behind each of my three squares. The squares are made using the Black Magic Technique. Here's how: stamp your image in a white craft ink onto black cardstock; heat set it; then color it with colored pencils. When you color the image, start in the center with your darker colors and gradually add lighter colors working out to the outer edges. Next came some bling with a Stardust pen.

Paper: Bazill (unknown color), Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Basic Grey Perhaps
Ink: Stampin' Up! Craft White, Versafine Onyx Black, Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Stamps: Inkadinkado Garden Delight, Magenta (sentiment)
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Square Nestabilities, embossing buddy, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, sponges, Prismacolor pencils: Violet, Process Red, Hot Pink and Lavender

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas cards are one of my favorite cards to design, so when we were given the colors in the color challenge today, that's where I headed even though these are rather non-traditional colors for Christmas. Our challenge today - Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo and Baja Breeze. My Rich Razzleberry is obvious and if you look at the strip of designer paper behind the snowman panel you'll see tones of both those colors.

This is a standard A2 card. The background panel has been stamped in Rich Razzleberry and matted in black before adhering it to the card base. The next panel has also been stamped in the same colors and snowflake stamps but it was matted with a slightly larger panel of black that's been punched across the bottom.

The little snowman image was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, then his scarf and little stars were colors with a blender pen and ink. Next, I added some Stickles to make him sparkle. The sentiment is a layered tag that's also been stamped in Rich Razzleberry. Then I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top and tied some embroidery floss through the tag before attaching it to the card. A couple of little punched snowflakes, with punched centers in the Razzleberry were added as embellies. The center of each snowflake has also been painted with Stickles for a little more sparkle.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White and a retired designer paper; as well as Memory Box Dewfrost

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Rich Razzleberry

Stamps: Snowman (Recollections), sentiment (unknown), snowflakes (Hero Arts)

Accessories: Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and border punch, small circle punch, embroidery floss, SU Small and Large tag punches, Crystal Stickles, blender pen, Crop-A-Dile

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

Thank You Kindly

Monday, October 24, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, the CAS challenge, which is a sketch and the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge - make a card for a caregiver.

This is a standard A2 card. The background image was stamped off and then stamped in Stampin' Up Blushing Bride. The floral image was inked in two colors and then stamped over top of the background stamp. And finally, the sentiment was stamped in the same green as is on the flower.

Easy peasy right?

Paper: Stampin' Up! Naturals White
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Mellow Moss and Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Hero Arts (background stamp), Penny Black (flower) and Waltzingmouse Stamps (sentiment)

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Vintage Poinsettia

Sunday, October 23, 2011

M Over at Splitcoast today, we're doing the Featured Stamper Challenge. I chose this gorgeous card of Deb's to CASE. While using the same designer paper pack, I did use different papers, used the same poinsettia die but dry embossed it; added a punched layer under the lace and added lace under the brad instead of a snowflake.

These papers from My Mind's Eye are absolutely amazing and so wonderful to work with. I chose two different patterns for the background, distressed them and sponged them with Stampin' Up's Soft Suede. Then comes a layer of Stampin' Up's Bravo Burgundy that has been sponged heavily and punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Over top of that, a layer of lace.

Once the poinsettia was cut out with the dies, it was dry embossed with an embossing folder. Sometimes when you dry emboss dark designer papers, they end up showing the back side through. In other words you get a lot of light spots. I remedied this by sponging it with the same Soft Suede ink. Then the petals were shaped and dimensionals were added guessed it...add dimension! The brad has a piece of lace gathered and adhered to the back of it before the whole poinsettia was assembled.

Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Stamps: none
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Poinsettia dies, misc. lace, Martha Stewart punch, Crafter's Pick adhesive, dimensionals, sponges, Stampin' Up! Antique Brad, Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder

Have a super Sunday, everyone!

Punched Poinsettia

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast today, and our inspiration is Liberty, a fabulous emporium in the heart of London since 1875. I chose this beautiful classic book as my inspiration. Although it's red and dark charcoal gray, my card is red and black.

This is a standard A2 card base in Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler. Wish you could see the depth of this hasn't translated well in my picture. The bottom part of the card base has been dry embossed. Next I used my Tim Holtz Ornate die to cut a piece of black cardstock. Don't you love the shape? Then that piece was scored every 1/2" and then taking a gold pen, I traced the score line to add a little more bling and to mimic the vertical lines on the book cover.

Now comes the fun! On a recent trip to Minneapolis, I ended up at Archivers, a veritable paper lover's heaven. Love these McGill punches to make my own flowers! The poinsettia was created with the Star Lily and the Starburst punches. This particular flower uses the two middle sizes from the Star Lily punch. First, punch eight sets of the shape, then using the tools from the tool kit, break down the paper to make it more pliable. Then shape and emboss the poinsettia leaves, again with the tool kit. Next I took my Cherry Cobbler ink and a gold pen and touched the leaves with them to add a little more definition. The green leaves of the poinsettia were shaped and embossed with the tool kit also. Next comes the glue...I love the recommended glue - Crafter's Pick. It's thick and holds so well. Arrange your poinsettia leaves on the Starburst base which has also been shaped with the tool kit. And finally, glue the green poinsettia leaves in behind. Then I added some Stickles for a little more bling.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed in gold. Then I slid one end of it into the Star Lily punch to mimic the shape of the poinsettia leaves. Next, I took my gold pen and edged the sentiment piece.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Always Artichoke and Brushed Gold

Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Stamp: Flourishes (sentiment)

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Ornate die, McGill Starlily and Starburst punches, McGill tool kit and molding mat, Crafter's Pick glue, gold pen, Scor-Pal, ruler, Sizzix Textured Impressions Snowflake embossing folder, misc. gold pearls and Christmas Red Stickles

Have a super Saturday, everyone!

Peace on Earth

Friday, October 21, 2011

OK, some of you will have received a similar post to this already but I've changed up the embellies on the card, because I just wasn't happy with it.

First, I cut one circle in Whisper White with a Circle Nestie die and then the outer circle in Brushed Silver with the Lacy Circles die. Then I temporarily adhered a 1" circle of scrap cardstock over top. My focal image has been sponged with SU's Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy and Basic Gray. Then the entire circle was heat set. Why you ask? If you don't, you'll end up with embossing powder stuck every you don't want it. Next the bg trees were stamped in Basic Gray, followed by the foreground trees in Encore silver and then it was embossed with silver embossing powder. Finally, the sentiment was stamped across the circle. Three simple rhinestone brads adorn the right hand corner.

Three different types of ribbon/cording were layered down the left side of the card. And then a simple bow was added made with the cording and the sheer ribbon. It was fastened to the card with a brad.

This is made on a standard A2 card base in Basic Black. The next layer of Basic Gray has been sponged, to deepen the color. The designer paper in the background has been stamped and embossed with silver also.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Brushed Silver and Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Encore Silver
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Peaceful Season, Christmas Punch and Lovely as a Tree
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Circle nesties, Lacy Circle nesties, sponges, silver embossing powder, 1" circle punch, Hermafix temporary adhesive, misc. ribbons and cording, SU Rhinestone brads, Crop-A-Dile

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We're still working on cards to send to Houston this month, over at Splitcoast. Today's challenge: use something that you might treat yourself to on your card. Well for some inexplicable was the first thing that came to mind and this stamp fit the bill perfectly.

A very simple card today. Just stamped the image and used a blender pen with some Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride ink to color the wine glass and bottle. Then I sponged around the outside edges of the image while it was still in the die. A lattice frame in behind the image and a couple of brads...and done!

Paper: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Prima Printery
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Antique Brads, Big Shot Pro, Lattice Rectangles nesties, Curved Rectangles nesties, sponge, blender pen

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

Peas on Earth

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A fun little play on words for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today!

This layout showcases designer papers in a big way. Or you could dial it down and work more with textures. I thought I'd have fun with these cute papers from Echo Park. Just basic layering of the layout. A little strip of ribbon and faux bow as well as done Stickles are the only embellies on this.

My little mousy image has been colored with Copics and paper pieced.

Paper: SU Naturals White, Real Red, Echo Park - Holly Jolly Christmas and Copic X-Press It Blending paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Real Red
Stamps: Inky Antics Cooking Mousies
Accessories: SU Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red marker, dimensonal, Crystal Stickles and Copics: BG10, E41, E43, E47, G20, G24, G28, R11, Y000

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Cocoa Sparkles

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another card headed to Houston as part of the Hope You Can Cling To card drive over at Splitcoast. A double challenge card today - use a cupcake for the CAS challenge and use paint for the HYCCT challenge.

My little digi image has been colored with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush. Then the little hearts on top of the cupcake were colored with Stickles. I also used a watered down version of Stickles to paint the inside of Cocoa's little pink ears.

A simple layout with a couple of rectangles that have been dry embossed, a circular Nestie for the focal image and a button embellie. Easy peasy!


Paper: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink; and Basic Grey Sultry Designer Paper

Ink: just my laser printer on this one

Image: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Cupcake Cocoa digital stamp

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Large Circle Nesties, Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower embossing folder, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Niji Waterbrush, embroidery thread, button, Copic BG10 (shading), Cinnamon Stickles and Fruit Punch Stickles

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Let It Snow

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Another card that will be heading off to Houston for the Hope You Can Cling To card drive at Splitcoast.

We're to use items that start with the letters P. I. N. K. My items are Punches, Ice Stickles, Night of Navy (paper and ink) and Kiwi Kiss (paper and ink).

My card base is a standard A2. On top of that is a border that's been cut with a Spellbinder's Edgeabilities die. Next comes a punched circle in white. My paper is my creation. I've stamped various images from a cute little bargain set of stamps I found at Michael's. Using both colors, I stamped the images over a slightly larger piece than the one cut for this card. Once it was trimmed down, I dry embossed it with a snowflake pattern embossing folder.

Then I punched out the snowflake and the sentiment. Then, once all pieces were in place the Ice Stickles were used for some bling.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss and Night of Navy

Ink: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss and Night of Navy

Stamps: Recollections Winter Wonderland

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Edgeabilities - Bracket die, Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower and Snowflake Set, Stampin' Up! circle and snowflake punches, dimensional, Tombow Adhesive, Ice Stickles in Lemon Ice.

Have a super Sunday, everyone!

Merry & Bright

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is for yesterday's Queen for the Day Challenge over at Splitcoast. We're honoring queen Joan for her fabulous gallery, kind comments and dedication to the Technique Lover's Challenge.

My inspiration was this wonderful card from Joan's gallery. What spoke to me was the beautiful bow and the three ornaments.

My card base is a standard A2 and has been layered with a red cardstock followed by a piece of designer paper that's been stamped and embossed in gold as well as sponged with the same red as the card stock. I cut this specific piece of designer paper to showcase the "Merry & Bright" sentiment.

The ornaments are stamped and embossed in gold. Then they were cut out with the co-ordinating Spellbinder's dies and popped up on dimensionals for added interest. I tied little bows in the same red color and attached them with Tombow Adhesive.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and MME Lost & Found Christmas
Ink: Encore Gold Metallic and Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: ODBD Holiday Ornaments and Stampendous Ponderosa Pine
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Ornament Tags, sponge, Stampin' Up! Gold Embossing Powder and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Tombow Adhesive, dimensionals

Have a super Saturday, everyone!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Another card headed to the MD Anderson Clinic as part of Splitcoast's Hope You Can Cling To card drive.

Today, our challenge is to create a collage. Honestly, I have a little trouble distinguishing between a collage and making your own designer paper. What do you think defines a collage?

I've stamped four different images in three different inks. When the bough branch was stamped, it was stamped off twice first to get a much lighter shade of green. The focal image was done with a rock 'n roll technique. First it was stamped in the Tattered Rose and then I rocked the Pear Pizzazz ink pad around the edges before stamping. Then I added some Stickles to the centers of the poinsettias. Next, the panel was trimmed down to fit my layout. The same sentiment image was stamped down the side of the green card stock and then outlined with the Stickles for a little more bling.

Paper: Bazzill, SU Pear Pizsazz and Whisper White
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose; SU Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Fred Mullett Cedar Bough, Stampabilities (small poinsettia), Wordsworth - Noel Script and Stampington & Co. - Lg. Poinsettia
Accessories: Cherry Ice Stickles

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!

Have Faith

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another card headed to the MD Anderson Center for the Splitcoast Hope You Can Cling To card drive. This is for the Fight Like a Girl - make a girlie girl card using flowers, lace, glitter, bling etc. And this is for today's sketch challenge.

This is a standard A2 card. I've layered a large piece of designer paper onto my card base followed by a smaller coordinating piece which has two of the corners rounded. Next I added a beautiful piece of bling. A smaller piece of the card base color has a die cut piece adhered to it and is peeking out from behind the sentiment panel. It too has a little bling. My sentiment panel has been stamped, sponged, all the corners rounded and then of course...more bling!

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Whisper White and My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart
Ink: Stampin' Up! Rose Red and Basic Gray
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Always Elegant and Flourishes sentiment
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, In Spades Borderabilities, sponge, corner rounder punch, Zva Creative rhinestone, Stampin' Up Basic Rhinestones

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

I'd rather be fishin...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fellow teapotter Karen and her hubby are having some tough times right now. This card is for her hubby.

I've used a Mo Manning digi and colored it with Copics. Then it was distressed. The clouds are die cut. I printed the sentiment on my computer and then cut the larger cloud. They're all popped up on dimensionals. The piece of red cardstock has also been distressed and it was dry embossed.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and X-Press It Copic Blending paper
Ink: just from my laser printer
Image: Mo's Digital Pencil
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Memory Box Puffy Clouds Die, dimensionals, distressing tool, Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, Copics: B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, E31, E33, E35, E37, R83, R85, R89, T1, T3, T5, and a Copic Multiliner in black.

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Pink Friends

Monday, October 10, 2011

A multiple challenge card again today. The layout is the MOJO210 sketch. The Hope You Can Cling To Challenge at Splitcoast today - use pink, use ribbon and a theme of friendship. We're doing a card drive for the MD Anderson Center in Houston and this card will be headed there for women fighting breast cancer. And, finally, the Technique Lovers Challenge layering two or more background stamps.

This is a standard A2 card base. First I took a script background and stamped it in gray. Next I took a diamond background image and stamped it in one shade of pink. And finally, I took a subtle weave type pattern and stamped it, in another shade of pink, over the top 2/3 of the card.

The top area has been cut and embossed with one of Spellbinder's new Edgeabilities and then I scrunched ribbon across the top of this piece. I layered a strip of designer paper over some gray card stock, followed by a diamond shape in pink that's been stamped and also layered over gray. The sentiment panel has been stamped with the weave pattern, a subtle flower pattern and then the sentiment. It too has been layered over gray.


Paper: Gina K Heavy Base Weight in white, Stampin' Up! Going Gray and Pink Pirouette

Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette and Going Gray

Stamps: 3 CHF background stamps, Stampin' Up! Language of Friendship and Vintage Vogue

Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Petal Edgeabilities, Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette ribbon, Scor-Tape

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Holiday Peace

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This card is for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at Splitcoast. Today, our challenge, Things Are Looking other words things you can see when you look up.

I chose to make a CAS card today. Simple stamping right? Well, it should have been very easy...but do you know how many black inks smudge on coated paper? I do! After several attempts I found that Brilliance worked best when heat set.

The angel and sentiment have been stamped in the Brilliance Graphite Black and then heat set. Next, I cut a strip of black card stock and punched it with a Martha Stewart punch. Then it was adhered to the lower part of the card.

Easy just doesn't get much easier than this...if your inks don't smudge LOL!!


Paper: Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold, Basic Black

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Co. and Stampin' Up!

Accessories: Martha Stewart punch and a heat gun

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Falling Leaf of Hope

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today the Inspiration challenge - with some wonderful art from GelaSkins to inspire us. I chose this fabulous skin from Gary Odom as my inspiration. It made me think of a flower and paisley. So I used a piece of paisley designer paper to make a flower.

And, another Hope You Can Cling To challenge - to have something hanging on your card.

I've used a standard A2 card base. Layered on top of that is a slightly smaller piece in Old Olive. On top of that, another piece of Blushing Bride that's been dry embossed and distressed.

The flower is made from an old piece of designer paper from my stash, using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches. The pearls in the center have been colored with a Copic. I used a small piece of embroidery thread to "hang" my "HOPE" leaf from. The word was computer generated.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Creative Imaginations Sonnets designer paper

Ink: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride and Old Olive

Stamps: none

Accessories: Big Shot Pro; Tim Holtz embossing folder; McGill Floral Petals, Alpine Snowflake and Birch Leaf Paper Blossoms punches; McGill tool kit and mat; Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue; distressing tool; adhesive pearls; Copic: RV32; embroidery thread; dimensionals

Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, we're doing the Free for All challenge - making your own designer paper and for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge - the colors green, yellow and brown. I love making my own designer papers!

I used the spritzed water color technique for my background today. To do this, I applied a combination or used a single color of ink to each of the leaf images and spritzed it with a mister before stamping onto my paper. Then I used the green color to ink up my background stamp and stamped it over top of the entire card. Easy peasy!

For the sentiment, I die cut my tag, stamped the sentiment onto it and then overstamped it with the leaf image. It's been layered over an embossed piece of card stock and layered again over a darker piece of card stock. The leaf was colored with a Gelly Roll Stardust pen for a little bling before popping it up on a dimensional and attaching it to the tag.

Paper: Stampin' Up Naturals White, Soft Suede and More Mustard
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs and Wild Honey
Stamps: Club Scrap, Rubber Stampede and Stampin' Up! Field Flowers and Sanded (bg stamp) Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, mister, Prima leaf, dimensionals, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, Sizzix Four Petal Flower embossing folder

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Looking in on You

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Another card headed to Houston as part of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast. Today our challenge - a window card. So I took it quite literally - LOL!

The image has been stamped three times: once on X-Press It Copic paper for coloring, next on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock; and just the pine bough part of the stamp again on X-Press It Copic paper.

The image was colored with Copics and enhanced with some Stickles. Next I took the piece with the image stamped on the Soft Suede cardstock and cut out all the window areas with an Exacto knife. Then, I colored the pine bough with Copics and added more Stickles for some bling. Then the pine bough was cut out and popped up with dimensionals.

A piece of clear transparency has been placed behind the Soft Suede piece and then I added some dimensionals before attaching it to the Copic colored image. Not difficult, just time consuming...coloring and letting the Stickles dry.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Naturals White for the card base and X-Press It Copic blending paper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Accessories: lots of dimensionals; Lime Green and Diamond Stickles; transparency, Exacto knife, Copics: B21, BG0000, C5, 7, E31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 42, 44, 47, 55, 57; G82, 85, 99; R24, 27, 29 , T1 and W1

Have a fantastic Thursday everyone!

So Glad We're Friends

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another card that I'll be sending to Houston as part of the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoast. This is such a worthy cause! Our card drive will benefit those affected by breast cancer.

My card base is a 5" square today. I layered some beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye over Stampin' Up! Soft Suede.

The floral image has been stamped and colored with Copics. Next came some Stickles for some sparkle, followed by some rhinestones. I also added some square rhinestones in the upper right corner and a little heart rhinestone on the sentiment.

Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found - Blush, Stampin' Up! Soft Suede and Gina K. Ivory layering weight cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Country Morning and Best Yet
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Blossom Tags and Accents, Stampin' Up and K & Company rhinestones, Diamond Stickles, Copics: water: W1 and BG0000; flowers: R81, R83, R85 and YG25

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Punched Sunflower

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This card is for two different challenges over at Splitcoast today - one is the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge - only use paper on your card, no bling, no ribbon. The other is the Color Challenge - More Mustard, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, and for dessert - Thanksgiving.

In case you're not familiar with the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge - it's in support of breast cancer and our cards will be headed to Houston to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for breast cancer patients and their families.

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Minneapolis last month and made a trip to Archiver's - a paper crafting junkie's heaven LOL!! The McGill Paper Blossoms punches make a variety of flowers and that was ONE of my purchases.

My sunflower has been made with the McGill punches, the molding mat and tools. After punching all the required shapes, I edged the sunflower petals in Soft Suede. The leaves were also edged in Always Artichoke. Next using the molding mat and a stylus the paper fibers are broken up to allow you to manipulate the paper better. Then you shape the leaves and petals and finally attach them all.

The sentiment has been stamped on a tag and tucked in just behind the sunflower.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Always Artichoke and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Holiday Best
Accessories: McGill Paper Blossoms punches: Star Lily, Large Highland Snowflake, Sun and Birch Leaf; McGill Molding Mat and Tool Kit; non-stick craft mat, paper snips, Colorbox Stylus and sponge tips and Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue; Big Shot Pro and Spellbinders tags.

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

Blushing Bride Flowers

Monday, October 3, 2011

Our Technique Lovers challenge today at Splitcoast, using pencils.

My image has been stamped off, then stamped in Going Gray. Then I used a watercolor pencil to color the vases very lightly. Next I took a waterbrush and lightened the color even more. The three flowers are colored with a marker and a blender pen.

A little distressing adds some texture and it was finished off with a Spellbinder's tag that's been stamped with the sentiment and sponged in the die.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blushing Bride and a retired designer paper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Going Gray
Stamps: Inkadinkado and Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Tags, sponge, dimensionals, distressing tool, Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride marker, blender pen, watercolor pencil, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen, Niji waterbrush

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!