The Best Things In Life...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

An entry for the My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast. 

A larger card this time; it's 5" x 6.5", and something that I don't do very often.  But, with this sketch I wanted to play with a larger format.

First of all I distressed and inked the large piece of designer paper before matting it over top of black card stock.  I added a piece of solid designer paper cut with a border die to the back of the patterned paper and then cut another piece with the border die and reversed it across the bottom of the card.

Next comes a coordinating piece of designer paper, again matted against the black card stock.  It too was distressed and inked.  Then I cut two of the leafy flourishes, one in black and one in the mauve colored designer paper.  They were glued together slightly off center to look like the flourish had a shadow.

The sentiment has been stamped with chalk ink on some chalkboard paper and popped up with dimensionals.  And finally, the little flower embellies are cut once in the solid designer paper and once in the black card stock and layered.  They too have been popped up with dimensionals.

Recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Basic Gray and Basic Black; and Basic Grey Plumeria; and Canvas Corp. Chalkstock
Ink:  VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Spring Pansy
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings II
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; My Favorite Things Die-namics:  Solid Bracket Border, Vertical Greetings II, Leafy Flourish and Botanical Beauty; distressing tool, dimensionals, glue

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!



Look Ma...No Designer Paper!

Monday, June 25, 2012

At least it's not purchased designer paper.  It's hand made..

This is my final card for the June Verve Challenges...and I'm done early.  What the heck is up with that?

It's fun to make your own designer paper.  With all the stamps available and the myriad of inks, it's amazing what you can make!  I chose to make my paper in simple black and white today.

I stamped several different images from this Verve set on a white sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  Then, I chose the area that I liked best and used it.  When you're making your own papers, remember to stamp some images off the edges and to keep turning your stamps.  This really makes a difference in how your paper will turn out!

Next, I cut two squares of black card stock and ran them through my Big Shot Pro with an embossing folder.  Then tiny pearls were added to the center of the lattice pieces.  These squares were then mounted on slightly larger squares of red card stock.

The sentiment was stamped on a circle that's layered over another nestie that's got a nice open, airy look to it.  A little flower has been stamped in black on the red card stock and die cut.  A larger pearl adorns the center.

I've been "bow challenged" forever and have purchased several bow making instruments, but the one I used today is a keeper for sure.  It's the Becca's Peg Bow Maker and I find it foolproof.  Yes, I can finally make a bow (doing the happy dance)!!! 

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Whisper White and Real Red
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up! Real Red
Stamps:  Verve Bloom and Grow
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Circle and Picot Edge Circle Nestabilities, Verve A Cut Above Dies, Couture Creations Tied Together Embossing Folder, Hug Snug Seam Binding in Lipstick Red, misc. pearls, dimensionals and Becca's Peg Bow Maker

Hope everyone has a marvelous Monday!

Good advice from Oprah

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I love this quote from Oprah Winfrey!  It's a reminder to live life to it's fullest!

This card has been designed for the Viva la Verve June Week 2 Challenge over at Splitcoast.  Yes, I'm still working my way backwards through the challenges for this month.  One more to go!

What a fabulous sketch from the oh so talented Tosh Leyendekker for us this week.  Lots and lots of layers, so I used most of them and went with a vintage feel for this card.  These designer papers really work for the vintage theme and by adding a little lace and some pearls, I think it works well.  The pearls were originally white and I used a Copic to color them.

All layers are distressed with a distressing tool and then inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The little flower peeking out from behind the button with the twine in it was stamped on designer paper and distressed with the Walnut Stain too.

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke; Kaisercraft These Days
Ink:  Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Nesties circles, paper crimper, Tim Holtz Accoutrements (button), twine, Melissa Frances lace trim, misc. pearls, Copic E000, distressing tool, sponges

Hope you all have a super Sunday!

Sympathy Card

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Unfortunately, I needed to make a sympathy card today.  I've used the Viva la Verve June Week 3 sketch for my card.  It's supposed to be a CAS (clean and simple) design but I've kind of stretched the boundaries on this.

I've used a regular 4.25" x 5.5" card base for this, added a layer of black card stock, followed by the striped ticking style designer paper.  Next I matted a coordinating rectangle of card stock on black.  Underneath that is another coordinating solid of piece of designer paper for the sentiment.  I didn't have an oval punch the exact size I wanted for the black matting behind the butterfly.  So I simply slid one oval down over another to create just the right size and placed the butterfly strategically on top of it to hide the overlap.  Next is another oval piece of a coordinating designer paper.

Then I used a black rhinestone swirl to tie to the rectangles together and to mimic a butterfly's flight path so to speak.  Next is a stamped and die cut butterfly.  A simple sentiment is stamped on the lower rectangle.

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand and Basic Black; Lost & Found Sunshine designer paper
Ink:  Versafine in Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve All Aflutter and Making a Statement
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve All Aflutter A Cut Above Die, oval punch, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, dimensionals

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Dance, Sing, Live

Friday, June 22, 2012

Love the Viva la Verve sketch this week!  You can find it over at Splitcoast Stampers in Verve's forum.

Just made a very simple card showcasing some beautiful designer paper that I've been hoarding.  Sometimes it's really hard to cut into such gorgeous paper, but I finally managed to today! LOL!

The papers are matted on a dark brown card stock and all the edges have been distressed.  I simply added some tiny pearls on the second panel that match the larger pearls on the flowers. 

Easy peasy today!

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Early Espresso and River Rock; MME Paris & Co.
Ink:  Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You and Making a Statement
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Loopy Blooms and Rounded Scallop Frame A Cut Above Dies, distressing tool and Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Happy Mail Birthday Greeting

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This is my entry for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest for July over at Splitcoast.  I love this wonderful little Pure Innocence image don't you?
I took a little liberty with the sketch provided and added an extra panel with the colored image but that's what sketches are...just a guideline to spark your creativity!

Simple layering of designer papers for the background.  The butterflies are cut and embossed with a Sizzix Embosslit.  I added one to her hair just to tie things together a little bit more. 

The adorable image has been colored with Copics and paper pieced.  I tried my hand at coloring the mailbox to give it a metallic look...yes, that's going to take some practice!

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  Neenah, Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, MME Paris & Co. and MME A Beautiful Life
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Happy Mail
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Stampin' Up! Sizzix Embosslit Beautiful Wings, 1" square punch ATG, Ranger Glossy Accents, and Copics:  E00, E21, E37, BV000, R21 (face/cheeks); E31, E35, Y21, E57 (hair); G82, G85 (grass); C3, C5, R37, R39 (mailbox); W1 (letters); B21, B23, B24 (bird) and E31, E35 (shoes and base of mailbox)

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Man Up

Friday, June 15, 2012


Over at Splitcoast Stampers yesterday the Ways to Use It Challenge #379 called for masculine cards.  So with Father's Day just around the corner that definitely fit into this stamper's plans!

I stamped my image and then lightly colored it with Copics, highlighting the vehicle and flower.  Then I used Ranger Glossy Accents on the windshield and headlights which unfortunately doesn't show up very well in my photo.

For my background, I dry embossed by paper with a wood grain embossing folder.  Next using the direct-to-paper technique I added Pumice Stone and then Weathered Wood Distress Inks, spritzed it with water, then added spots of Walnut Stain, Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.  Then the edges were distressed.

Recipe:
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Naturals White and Early Espresso
Ink:  Ranger Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone
Stamps:  Stampington & Co. The Car
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Tim Holtz Wood Grain embossing folder; distressing tool; Ranger Glossy Accents; Ranger Distress Stain in Weathered Wood, Picket Fence, Walnut Stain; Copics:  T1, T3, T5 (car); RV93, RV95, RV99 and BG93, BG96 (flower/leaves)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

MFT Sketch Birthday

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's a bright and sunny day here today!  Yes!!!  Time to get out in the yard and get a little work done.  But just had to make a card for the weekly MFT Sketch Challenge before heading outside.

This sweet little Pure Innocence girl has been colored with Copics and her top was paper pieced.  I added some shading to the paper-pieced top before gluing it onto the image. Her little barrette was colored with Copics and then I added a little bit of sparkle with a Spica pen.  The background was airbrushed with Y11 and then sponged with Stampin' Up! Barely Banana (retired color).

All the edges of the designer paper have been distressed and then inked with some Distress Ink in Crushed Olive.  The flower is made with MFT felt and the Loopy Bloom die.

Recipe:
Paper:  Neenah; Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Barely Banana; and Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two designer paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Barely Banana and Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Freckles and More Essential Sentiments
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, circle Spellbinders Nestabilities, MFT Loopy Bloom die, MFT Die-namics Bracket Tab die, sponges, Copic ABS1 Airbrush System, Copic At You Spica in Buttermilk, distressing tool and Copics:  E50, E33, BV000, R20 (skin/cheeks); E37, E57, E29, E49 (hair); YG21, YG61, BG90, BG93 (pants); BG90, BG93, BG96 (shoes); Y11, Y13 (barrette); Y11 (airbrushed background prior to sponging)

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!





Mouse in the House

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just kidding!  Please...no mice in the house!  They're cute little creatures in the great outdoors but not so much indoors right?

I've used the June Sketch For You To Try for this card.  It lends itself to so many different ideas doesn't it? 

The image has been stamped on a large circle nestie.  Next, the fur on the mouse was colored  and then I used Copic Colorless Blender on an old piece of towel to add a little texture.  Then the rest of the image was colored and I added some sparkle to her bow with a Spica pen in clear.  The whites of her eyes are made with a white gel pen.

Next, I masked off the image and airbrushed a very light pink background, just so it wasn't a really stark white in contrast to the rest of the colors on this card.

The leaves are cut from a coordinating paper and then I added a little more color with my Copics.  Using a craft knife I cut across the bottom portion of the image so that the dotted piece of card stock could be tucked under the image.  Sort of makes it look like she's leaning on it.

The sentiment was stamped on another piece of coordinating paper and raised up with dimensionals, as were the leaves.

Recipe:
Stamps:  High Hopes Sweet Lili Mouse and Stampin' Up! Just Believe (sentiment)
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Neenah and Bo Bunny Garden Girl
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa (mouse image) and Stampin' Up! Early Espresso (sentiment)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, large circle Nestabilities, Cheery Lynn Designs Large Leaves dies, dimensionals, craft knife, Spica pen in clear, UniBall Signo white gel pen, Copic ABS-1 and Copics: E41, 43, 47 (fur); R81, 83, 85 (ears and nose); RV63, 66 (bow, leaves and clothing); G20, 21, 24 (leaves) and RV00 (background)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Whoo hooo!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I've added a badge to the right hand column that reads...Copic Intermediate Certified Designer!!!

Last weekend, I had the distinct pleasure to take both the Standard and Intermediate Certification classes.  Had a wonderful time, met some fabulous ladies including the oh-so-talented Sherrie Siemens, who was our instructor.  My poor little brain was having a tough time taking in all the info.  And practice, practice, practice is a necessity.  Stay tuned for some of my "coloring". 

I absolutely love Copics...from the wide range of colors, to the fact that they are refillable... to their blending...what a fabulous coloring tool. 

Looking forward to sharing some cards with you very soon!

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone.