Monday, July 28, 2014

Nothing like a blue flower ...

Posting a card that I made a few weeks ago.  Can't remember if it was for a challenge or just wanted to make some blue flowers.  

Stamps:  Vertical Greeting & Things, Fabulous Frame (GKD); Dot Flourishes (Inkadinkado)
Paper:  White, Black, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point (SU)
DP:  Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Memento Black; Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Accessories:  Copics; embroidery thread; glitter pen (Sakura); oval & scallop  die (Spellbinders)

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Is it Big Bird ...

Phew, it has been a long time since I've blogged.  There has been a lot going on in our lives this summer and I had to step away for a while.  My husbands mother passed away in a house fire and it definitely took a toll on all of us in different ways.

On to better things ... a card!  I've actually stamped some over the last few months and may upload some of those later.  For today, I played along with Tuesday Morning Sketches ... one of my favs!

Stamps:  Vertical Greetings 2 (GKD)
Paper:  White (SU); Black, Yellow (Michaels)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine); Mustard Seed, Weathered Wood, Broken China, Tea Dye (T. Holtz)
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, paint brush (Hobby Lobby); Ironwork accents (Spellbinders); sponge (T. Holtz); glitter pen (Sakura); gems (SU); polka dot embossing folder (CuttleBug)

Here is the inspiration photo ...

This picture does not do the glitter any justice.  Kinda looks drabby here but in real life, it looks so much better. I haven't picked up the camera in so long that I don't know how to take a decent picture. Lol  The gems were colored with a yellow Copic marker.  The bird panel was watercolored with the distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Easter ...

A quick card today for Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Pulled out some new stamps for this challenge.

Stamps:  Benjamin Bunny (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  Pink Passion, Close to Cocoa (SU)
DP:  Bright and Basic (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; labels one die (Spellbinders); pearls, pop dots (SU)

The inspiration sketch by Melissa ...

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Basket of Fun ...

This project is for the second challenge over at StampTV for the April Guest Designer.  The challenge this week is anything but a flat card.  I made a birthday card that holds a candy bar.  

Picture number one ...

Stamps:  Beyond Baskets, Basket Additions 2, Pretty Patterns (GKD)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Regal Rose, White (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black; Versamark; Regal Rose (SU)
Accessories: Copics; pewter embossing powder, gems (SU); rectangle and scallop dies (Spellbinders)

Picture number two ... the inside ...

Picture number three ... 

The size of this card is 7 1/4 x 3 1/2.  I found the directions to make this on  The gems are colored with a Copic marker to match the brown cardstock. 

I've been away from stamping and blogging for a bit.  My son is home for spring break.  We actually had a gorgeous day so went and played some golf.  Heading back out to hit the links again tomorrow so really wanted to get this card completed and posted.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello ... Spring

It is that time again to have some fun with Gina K.'s challenges for the April guest design team.  Challenge number one ... use a technique from Gina's videos and make it feel like Spring.  Here is my take ...

Stamps:  Vertical Greetings & Things (GKD)
Paper:  Black, White
Ink:  Memento Black; Warm Lipstick, Broken China (T. Holtz)
Accessories:  Copics; wax paper; ribbon, pop dots (SU); swirl & textile embossing folder (CuttleBug)

I used Gina's video on using wax paper as your background.  For more details on how it works, check out the video here.  This was my first time to do this and I loved it.  Will definitely use it again.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Holey Challenge ...

Stamp TV has a great challenge this week ... your paper has to have a hole in it. I used my oval dies to create my holes.  

Stamps:  Farm Life, Heartfelt (GKD)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, White (SU)
Inks:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; Baker's twine, pop dots (SU); oval dies (Spellbinders); honeycomb embossing folder (Darice); button (Michaels)

I dry embossed my piece of Island Indigo with the honeycomb embossing folder.  Next I used a Copic marker to shade just the left side of each honeycomb.  I saw this technique over at Darlene Designs and thought it gave it so much depth.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You're a Star ...

I'm on a roll ... another card to post.  I went to Freshly Made Sketches to see what they were offering up this week.  After seeing the sketch, I decided I was going to keep it as simple as possible.  So, here it is ...

Stamps:  Quite a Catch (GKD)
Paper:  White, Black
DP:  chevron patterns (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; glitter pen (Sakura); pop dots (SU)

I have a stamping friend, Benzi, who makes the best CAS (clean and simple) cards.  She was my inspiration for this card.  The most time consuming part of this card...cutting out that cute starfish.  Have to admit that I wanted to add more paper, embellishments, etc. to cover some of that white space.  In the end, I'm happy with it and hope to whip out more CAS cards.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Signs of Spring ...

After feeling a bit of warmth this weekend, it made me think of Spring!  Well, today it is freezing again...crazy weather.  The good that came out of this cold, time spent in my craft room.  This card was inspired by the Mod Squad Challenge, Thinking of Spring, and Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Stamps:  Signs of Spring (GKD)
Paper:  White, Black
DP:   Bold Basics (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; oval dies (Spellbinders); ribbon, gems (Hobby Lobby); bitty banners (SU)

The sketch ...

Thanks for  stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Everyday Miracles ...

Today's card is for the Mod Squad Challenge of celebrating the Olympics.  I wanted to go for gold but I didn't have any gold paper, embossing powder, etc.  So, I went for silver.  I am also entering this card into Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps create your own background.

Stamps: Everyday Miracles (Sweet 'n Sassy); Circle Circus (SU)
Paper:  White, Cool Caribbean, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (SU)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Cool Caribbean (SU); Memento Black
Accessories:  brads, sponge dauber (SU); scallop circle embossing folder (Paper Studio); circle dies (Spellbinders); Copics; glitter pen (Sakura)

The layout for this card is from last weeks Tuesday Morning Sketches. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

So special ...

Played around with the new MOJO Monday sketch and ended up with this ...

Stamps:  Lean On Me (Verve)
Paper:  White, Bordering Blue (SU)
DP:  Bold Basics (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black; Bordering Blue (SU)
Accessories:  Copics; glitter pen (Sakura); pop dots, pearls (SU); circle dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder (WRMK)

I added glitter to the center and tips of the flower.  It looks so much better in real life.  I cannot ever get a good picture of sparkle on a card...hmm.  This is a new stamp set that I won from MOJO it!  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hoping for Spring ...

I'm looking forward to seeing some flowers.  This card was for two different challenges ... Tuesday Morning Sketches and Mod Squad Challenge.  I'm a few days late posting so it wasn't entered into either one.  I spent time with my daughter and not the computer. 

Stamps:  flower (GKD ... from a grab bag)
Paper:  Green (Recollections); White, Bashful Blue (SU)
DP:  Bright & Basic (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pearls, sponge dauber (SU); rectangle dies (Spellbinders)

I actually made a card today so hopefully I'll get a picture taken and uploaded before the challenge ends. (smile)

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Another Valentine ...

One more Valentine to show and then I'm done.  This one will be going to my hubby.  My starting point was heading over to the Mod Squad Challenge Blog to see what they had up this week.  It's a Valentine challenge with some glitter.  This is the front of the card ...

Now for the inside ...

Stamps:  Monica Romances (House Mouse)
Paper:  Red (Bazzil); White, Black (SU)
DP:  Christmas Noel (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics; Printing 101 cartridge (Cricut); flourish die, dazzling diamonds, stickles (SU); circle dies (Spellbinders); glitter pen (Sakura)

Unfortunately, you cannot see the glitter on this card at all.  On the front I used cherry cobbler stickles on the little heart.  Each letter on the inside is colored with a glitter pen as are the little white hearts.  The bigger heart has dazzling diamonds on it.  This is one of those cards that looks completely different in real life.  This card measures 3.5" x 5.5".

The card design came from Splitcoast Stampers ... a Building Block card.  Click here for directions.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hearts for MOJO ...

Playing along with the MOJO Monday sketch to make another Valentine's card ...

Stamps:  Lexicon of Love, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU)
Paper:  White, Old Olive (SU)
DP:  unknown - from Sam's years ago
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Accessories:  banner dies, gems, sponge dauber, polka dot embossing folder (SU); Basic George and Pennants cartridge (Cricut); Copic 

  • The hearts and banner were cut from the Cricut cartridges.
  • The gems were colored with a Copic marker.

The inspiration photo ...

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Frosty Birthday Wishes ...

The design team over at the Mod Squad Challenge have a new post up.  This weeks challenge is to CASE someone.  I chose to CASE Theresa of Crafting The Web Snow Much Fun birthday card.  Here is my card ...

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (GKD)
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Black, White (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black; Bashful Blue, Marina Mist (SU)
Accessories:  sponge dauber, Sakura glitter pen, Copics

It is still so cold here that I figured another snowman card was due.  I colored the snowman and then fussy cut him out...not a pretty site.  Be sure to check out Theresa's card (link above) as she has some awesome tutorials on her blog.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

It's a Poppies day ...

Today's card is inspired from the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Bethany and I did a little crafting this afternoon via Skype.  

Stamps:  Poppies & Greetings (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  Black, White
DP:  The Classics (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics, tag punch (McGill); pearls, twine (SU); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); square & scallop dies (Spellbinders)

Here is the layout ... 

The pearls were colored with the same Copic marker that I used for the center of the flowers.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always...

Have a great day!