Dotty for Mothermark

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Today, we are celebrating, Mothermark at Splitcoast...otherwise known as Cindy.  Cindy founded the teapotter's challenge and has put countless hours of time and effort into it.  Cindy is stepping back and some other fabulous stampers will continue to carry the torch. So my valentine will be going to Cindy as a thank you.

Another very simple...15 minute or less design.  My card starts with a regular A2 card base in white, topped by some black card stock that's been dry embossed with a dotted folder.  Next comes a beautiful heart shaped doily that I've hoarded for a while.  Then a die cut circle of SU! Melon Mambo that's been sponged around the edges.  Two more die cuts in a designer paper, a stamped sentiment and added bling...done!  Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury white;  SU! Basic Black and Melon Mambo; and Bo Bunny Enchanted
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and SU! Melon Mambo
Stamps:  Verve Stamps You and I
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts set, Ellen Hutson doily, Recollections bling, sponges, Jody boosters

That's it for today stampers...see you soon with more!

Sympathy Note

It's the color challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Our hostess has asked us to use SU! Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo, and for dessert today...buttons.  This also qualifies for the TLC challenge from yesterday to balance a large image with a small one.

Taking a piece of white card stock, I sponged all three colors through various parts of the harlequin template.  Then I stamped the flower and the sympathy sentiment in black.  Next the paper was cut down to size to fit at an angle on the card base and then it was die cut across the top with the MFT Notebook Edge Die-namic.  Added some distressing and buttons...done!

The card base is a standard A2 and it's been dry embossed with a Couture Creations embossing folder.  This is another card that's easy to complete in 15 minutes or less.  That seems to be my focus these days!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink:  SU! Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Penny Black and Taylored Expressions
All the other stuff:  Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder, TCW Mini Harlequin template, sponges, MFT Notebook Edge Die-namic, MFT buttons, Jody glue dots, thread, needle, distressing tool

Back soon with another card!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's time for the CAS challenge, and today, we're CASEing mamaxsix (otherwise known as Gail) over at Splitcoast.  Here's Gail's card that I chose to CASE.

I've used a standard A2 card base and rounded the bottom edge with my Corner Chomper.  Then, using Eclipse masking tape, I masked off a strip of the card, inked it with three colors of Distress Ink and then placed a template over top and added more of the deepest color.

Next, I stamped this awesome quote from Verve and added one large bit of bling.  A very easy card, that you can complete in less than 15 minutes.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx
Ink:  Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  Eclipse masking tape, sponges, TCW 6 x 6 Aspen Trees template, distressing tool, Corner Chomper and Kaisercraft Sparklets in Fern

Have a wonderfully creative week stampers!

My Heart Belongs to You

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's time for the color challenge over at Splitcoast today.  I really love this color combo...SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral and Pool Party.  And for dessert today...make it a valentine.  Although these aren't traditional colors for a valentine...I like it!

My card base is a standard 5.5" x 4.25" size in SU! Soft Suede.  Next, I've used a template and all three colors of ink to sponge a background.  Then a die cut doily in Calypso Coral followed by a die cut border in Pool Party.

The heart image is from Verve.  It's been stamped in Pool Party and then die cut with the coordinating Verve die.  I inked the edge to give it a little more definition.

The sentiment, again from Verve has been stamped in Soft Suede and I added a little trio of hearts in the Calypso Coral.

Then a few scattered rhinestones in different sizes for a little bling and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Georgia Pacific
Ink:  SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral and Pool Party
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, TCW Mini Word Collage template, Memory Box Cherish border die, Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry doily die, Verve A Cut Above Jotted Heart die, distressing tool, sponges, Recollections bling and dimensionals

See you soon with more!

Heart Hugs

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's the Technique Lover's Challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Judy wants our cards to focus on die cuts.  So the only stamp I used was for the sentiment.

My card starts with an A2 card base in SU! Early Espresso.  Next comes a piece of designer paper that's been distressed and inked.

Now for the die cuts...first two sets of clouds cut in white, then two trees cut with a couple of different designer papers.  Then lots of little hearts in three different colors.  The largest clouds are popped up on dimensionals and then the smaller ones glued on top.  Then I shaded the clouds with a Copic marker.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Crate Paper On Trend and MME Lost and Found 3 Ruby
Ink:  Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Impression Obsession Bare Tree, Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Heart Delights, distressing tool, sponges, W1 Copic, Jody boosters, glue stick

Have a great week dear stampers!

CAS204 It's Your Day

Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's a sketch challenge for the Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge this week.  As soon as I saw the sketch my mind went to buttons...

I took a standard A2 card base and used my craft knife and cutting mat to remove about 1" of paper from the right border of the front of the card.  Then I cut a piece of designer paper, slightly larger and adhered it to the inside of the card.

The front of the card was dry embossed with the dots folder.  Next I cut a rectangle, again in white card stock and stamped it with the Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Birthday image.  Then I swiped three different colors of Distress stain across it.  It's been popped up on dimensionals.  And, although you can't really see it, there's Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the rectangle to add some bling...subtle but it's there.

Added some black thread to the three little buttons and then glued them onto the designer paper with Ranger Glossy Accents.  Quick and easy card!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Crate Paper On Trend
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Birthday
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, craft knife, cutting mat, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, Shabby Shutters Distress Stain, Broken China Distress Stain, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, MFT buttons, needle, thread

Old Stamps Old Technique

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pulling out some of my older stamps to give them some love today.  Also used a new stamp I recently purchased too!  And went back in time to the emerging color technique.

I've used the Splitcoast Stampers sketch from today:

My card base is a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5"") size.  Next I inked a piece of plain white card stock with Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  Then I stamped the large floral/script stamp in embossing ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next I sponged lots of Chipped Sapphire Distress over the entire piece thus deepening the background and bringing the colors to life.  Hence the name...emerging color.

The dotted rectangle that peeking out from behind the larger floral image has been made with a dot image stamp in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Then using the direct-to-paper technique I added some smudges of both the colors used in the main panel and inked the edges.  The smallest rectangle is a piece of SU! Tempting Turquoise that's been simply stamped with the Sweet 'n Sassy floral image and again, inked edges.

Then I sponged some Picked Raspberry ink on some white card stock.  Next, I inked my craft sheet with the same color and spritzed it with water, then pulled the paper through the it to add the deeper splashes of color.  It was then die cut and stamped with the sentiment.  Final touches...a few scattered rhinestones.  Note:  the rhinestones are all the same color but for some reason the top ones look more red???  I have no idea of those great mysteries of the universe right? LOL!

This card is headed off to Martha in Texas, our focus of the Teapotter's Challenge at Splitcoast this week.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx, Georgia Pacific and SU! Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, Ranger Embossing Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Stampington and Co., Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Savvy Stamps and Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, sponges, craft mat, water spritzer, heat gun, clear embossing powder, MFT Fishtail Flags Die-namics, misc. rhinestones

...back soon with more!

Graffiti Love

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's the color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today and we're using SU! Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder (or any comparable colors that you have).  And the option for dessert today is circles.  No dessert for this stamper today...watching those calories :)

And it all starts with a card base in Wisteria Wonder, with the bottom corners rounded with my Corner Chomper.

Next is a layer of white card stock that's been dry embossed with a brick pattern.  The edges have been distressed and inked with Wisteria Wonder and the bottom edges, again rounded.  Then I stamped the various sentiments in Rose Red and added little heart-shaped rhinestones to the words "love" replacing the "o".

I cut the two hearts from corrugated card stock with the Tim Holtz Heart Wings die, then inked them with Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder.  Added a few more rhinestones and done!  Easy peasy...quick as a wink!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Wisteria Wonder, white corrugated card stock and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  SU! Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Smooch by Ali Edwards
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Heart Wings die, Tim Holtz Bricked embossing folder, sponges, distressing tool, Corner Chomper, and Recollections rhinestones

Hope you are not getting tired of's where my head's at these brace may see a whole lot more before February 14th :)!!!

Water Stamped Grace

Monday, January 14, 2013

A card for several challenges today:


TLC412: The technique challenge at Splitcoast to let paper on the inside show.

FS310:  The Featured Stamper at Splitcoast this week - allee's.  Lynn is such a warm, kind person and has a vast gallery full of beautiful cards!  This is her gorgeous card that I chose to CASE. Yes, you're saying to yourself but this doesn't look anything like her card.  Well, what I pulled from her card was the technique and the brilliant colors.  The technique is called water stamping. There is a fabulous tutorial by Splitcoast's very talented TexasGrammy (Bev Girard) located here.

OK, now onto the starts with a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card base in SU! Early Espresso.  I cut the edge of the front of the card with the Verve Flourished Trim die, then cut an extra piece in the Early Espresso and place it on top of the striped edge.

The paper on the front of the card has been made with the water stamping technique.  I sponged three different Distress Inks on some white card stock and then stamped several different Tim Holtz images with water.  Next, I flicked more water to add some water spots too.  Because the Distress Inks are so reactive to water, I find they really work well for this technique.

Next comes MFT's Sentimental Flourish in Early Espresso.  I offset the sentiment die cut from Verve so that the little tendrils of the flourish wrapped around the edge of the sentiment.  It's been stamped with Verve's Grace Plain Jane sentiment.

I cut a couple of leaves with the Dreamy Leaves die set from Verve, again in Early Espresso.  Over those...some bling!  Then the flower from Verve was stamped and fussy cut and layered with dimensionals.  A little rhinestone and button adorn the center.  And, for a little more interest...the pink rose trim was added.

The inside has been finished with plain white card stock and a 1" strip of a coordinating designer paper showing.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory and Crate Paper On Trend
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso;  Victorian Velvet, Picked Raspberry, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks
Stamps:  Verve Grace Plain Jane, Verve Sunny Days, Tim Holtz Fancy Flourish, Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Flourished Trim A Cut Above Die, Verve Curvy Bookplate A Cut Above Die, Verve Dreamy Leaves A Cut Above Die, MFT Sentimental Flourish Die-namics, Recollections bling, MFT button, pink rose trim, ATG, Jody boosters, sponges, water, paper towels, plastic container

Well that's it for today my stamping lovelies...have a great week!

My Funky Valentine

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's time for another CAS Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers...a color challenge.  Our colors to work with are SU! Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay and Chocolate Chip (or any other inks in red, lime green, turquoise-green, chocolate brown).

When I'm making a CAS card sometimes I tend to make a little more detailed card and sometimes I just really love to do pure plain and simple.  This doesn't get a whole lot more plain or simple!

My card base is a standard A2 (4.25" X 5.5").  It starts with stamping the text image in SU! Kiwi Kiss about 2/3 of the way across the card.  Then changing to the Bermuda Bay ink, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I stamped it again the rest of the way across the card.

Next, I used SU! Chocolate Chip to stamp the sentiment and SU! Ruby Red to stamp the heart image.  And although it's not really easy to see, the large red heart has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then for just a little rhinestone hearts and a few clear rhinestones in the flourishes.

A very simple card...quick to make and fun colors!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury in white
Ink:  SU! Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip and Embossing Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Love Struck
All the other stuff:  misc. rhinestones, clear embossing powder, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, heat gun

Thanks for hanging out with me today...see you soon!

Love Always

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Yes, I've got Valentine's Day on my mind...seems to be what I'm having fun creating these days!  This card is for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today.

The card starts with an ivory colored base.  I've used a template to sponge on the red hearts in various shades of Distress Inks.  Then each little heart has been over stamped in black with images from Verve's Love Notes and No Matter What.

Next I added a large rectangle of designer paper that's been sponged with more red Distress Ink and matted with black card stock.  The aqua colored banner is also from designer paper but it was inked with more Distress Ink and then over stamped with the aqua hearts and  little black hearts from No Matter What.

I sponged the same red inks on a piece of the card base paper, stamped the lined heart, die cut it and added a few more hearts for emphasis.

Added some twine around the two pieces of designer paper, popped up the large heart on dimensionals and added a button with more twine.  And finally, a piece of chipboard that's been inked with Distress Ink.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory and Basic Black, My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love, and Bo Bunny Lover Letters
Ink:  Distress Inks in Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes and No Matter What
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Jotted Heart A Cut Above Die, MFT Fishtail Banners Die-namics, TWC Dina's Mini Spilled Hearts template, Maya Road Love Words Mini Chipboard set, sponges, twine, MFT Black Licorice button, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, craft mat, gloves, ATG

Back soon with more...

Mojo Forever

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mojo forever...if only...right?  Some days the ol' mojo is with you and some days not!  LOL!

I've made this card for a few challenges:


ColorQ#170:  choosing colors from a previous ColorQ Challenge...I chose challenge #124 - Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Very Vanilla and White

Splitcoast Stampers TLC#411 The Best of 2012 - to use a favorite technique from the last year of challenges...had to go with distressed edges from the TLC#379, as it's one of faves for sure!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base in the standard 4.25" X 5.5".  On top of that...a piece of designer paper that's been distressed, inked and then stamped with the cute little heart flowers from Verve.  Next comes a long rectangle in a coordinating designer paper, again, distressed and inked and this time...backed with one of my favorite dies from Verve...Pennant Trim.

Another smaller long rectangle in yet another designer paper, distressed and inked followed by a Spellbinders Labels 22 die cut.  It's been topped with a punched circle that's been distressed.  I stamped several more of the images from the Verve No Matter What set in Cool Caribbean, then added the sentiment in Real Red over top.

Some hand-dyed crinkled seam binding, some Turkey Red seam binding and a little brad for the bow.  A little felt heart that's been covered with Stickles and then finally, more Stickles on the little heart flowers in the lower right corner.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla, Real Red and My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love
Ink:  SU! Real Red and Cool Caribbean
Stamps:  Verve No Matter What
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels 22 nesties, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, 2" circle punch, retired SU! brad, Xmas Red Stickles, Turkey Red Hug Snug Seam Binding, Chalk White Hug Snug Seam Binding, left over felt heart from another project, dimensionals, craft mat, gloves, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stains, heat gun, Becca's Peg Bow Maker, distressing tool, ATG and sponges

Hope you are having a marvelous Monday!

Smooch Smooch Kiss Kiss

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A really simple CAS design for the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast this week.  Our challenge....use it stamps, die cuts etc. And this card is also for The Paper Players Challenge 127 - Love Is In the Air.

Although I can't get it to photograph properly, there is a faint watermark image on the black card base.  I used a TCW heart template and sponged on Versamark and then dried it with my heat gun.  It's really subtle but adds some oomph to the back ground.

Next, I use a Spellbinder's die to cut the postage stamp and while it was still in the die, used the same template and sponged the hearts in three shades of red ink.  Then the background was sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  Next, I stamped the little lips in the darkest of the red inks.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and then for a little pizzazz...I used my Gelly Roll pen to add some shine to the lips so it looks like lip gloss.  Fun hmm?

The postage stamp die cut has been popped up on dimensionals when added to the card base.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Fired Brick, as well as Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday Smooch and Bo Bunny Smoochable
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Postage Stamps, TCW Dina's Mini Spilled Hearts, sponges, dimensionals, Gelly Roll Clear Star

Have a fabulous week everyone!


A card to honor last week's Featured Stamper, Sabrina over at Splitcoast.  Love Sabrina's style and she is such lovely person too!  My inspiration came from this lovely card.  The colors on Sabrina's beautiful hummingbird and the hummingbird itself were what I focused on.

I've used the layout from the Just Us Girls Challenge found here.  And I also used the colors from this picture from Saturday's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast as more inspiration.  Sallie suggested the fabulous MacKenzie-Childs site as inspiration and wow...that's a whole lot of inspiration.

The card starts with a 4.25" x 5.5" card base in black.  Next I used some lovely silhouette stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I inked the stamps with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks and then spritzed them with a little water before stamping.  Once the background/colored layer was done, then I used the same stamps with black ink and stamped over top.

Next the birds were stamped in the same colored inks randomly to look like they are flying up out of the field and finally I stamped the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Broken China and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Nature Silhouettes and Hero Arts Alphabet Blocks
All the other stuff:  water mister, ATG

Thanks for joining me today and happy stamping!

Vintage Thank You!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A vintage birthday card today...but why does the title say thank you you're asking?  Well, I'm making this card as a thank you to My Favorite Things for their generous support of the Splitcoast Stampers Hope You Can Cling To Challenge for 2012.  I was the very lucky recipient of $100 of MFT supplies and could not be happier!  So today I've used some of my new goodies as a thank you...just to show that I am putting them to good use and they aren't collecting dust...LOL!  This card also fits the Ways to Use It Challenge at toys. And, I'm entering this card in the MFT Guest Designer Contest for January.

Today, my card starts with a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card base in black.  On the left side of the card is a strip of striped card stock.  I've stamped the word vintage from the sentiment stamp down a strip of twill tape and then stitched it over top.  To the right, a rectangle of coordinating designer paper that's also been stitched.

Next comes another piece of coordinating paper in a floral pattern.  I used the MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX cut this piece and again, it was stitched.  Then a rectangle cut with the MFT Die-namics LLD Insert-It 3 x 4 insert in a coordinating dot print, again stitched.  I've used the MFT Die-namics Mini Double Dot Border for the little black border on the right side of the rectangle. 

The typewriter image was die-cut and stamped (you guessed it....the MFT Die-namics Just My Type Die & Stamp Set). 

The designer papers have all been distressed and inked.  The little paper sentiment has been inked and then I added some water droplets for an aged paper look.

The flower has been made with the MFT Die-namics Flower Medley.  Love this many fabulous shapes and sizes to make lots of different looks.  A stitched button completes the center of the flower. Another little strip of twill topped by another stitched button is my only other embellishment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Naturals Ivory, SU! Basic Black and Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Collection
Ink:  Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Versafine in Onyx Black
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Just My Type
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; MFT Die-namics:  Fishtail Flags STAX, LLD Insert-It 3 x 4, Mini Double Dot Border, Just My Type, Flower Medley; twill tape, sponges, misc. buttons, thread, sewing machine, Jody's Sticky Stuff Dots, distressing tool

So happy you could join me today!  Hope you are having a fantastic week!  And a very big thank you to Kim at MFT for your amazing generosity!!!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Over at Splitcoast today it's the color challenge.  Our colors, silver and white and for dessert...make an anniversary or wedding card.  This card would work for either occasion.

I've started with a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white and added a slightly smaller rectangle that's been dry embossed.  The hearts have been die cut and then sliced with my craft knife so that each piece could be inserted into the next.  And to hide the cuts...rhinestones.  Then more tiny rhinestones throughout the lattice background.  The hearts have been popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is simply stamped on vellum and then I used a square punch to form the banner shape. Actually a very quick card to put together.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury Card Stock in Pure White, SU! Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Wordsworth Casual Congrats
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders hearts dies, Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder, Jody boosters, and rhinestones in three sizes

That's it for today my friends...see you soon with more!