Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Happy Friday! Today I am sharing the card I made for my mother's 84th birthday! She is surely one in a million, so I got to use the little phrase that I got from My Favorite Things. This card was such fun to make. Everytime I thought I was finished....I looked at it and decided that it needed something more and that happened about four times....ending in the final card with the 100 year old buttons and the little bit of glitter pen accents, which are hard to see. I used the Nature Walk stamp set from SU and the designer paper that coordinates with it. I am a big fan of collages and this set just lends itself beautifully to that technique. I colored the bird and the butterfly with chalks first and then added a little Copic highlights. I cut the butterfly out and snipped between the wings so that I could extend the front wing to give the look of it just perched there on the corner of the card. The Happy Birthday is stamped on a Nestibilities tag die that I cut out of cream and soft suede and placed them together to highlight it against the background papers. I also added some little champagne colored pearls.......lots of them. I just couldn't stop myself, but I like the way they catch the light. Well, I think that's about it for this card that made my Mom really happy.
Thanks for stoppin by today and Happy Stampin!!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Hello All, This is the second card that I created for my convention weekend getaway. If you scroll down to my last post you will get the drift of what we are doing. Since we challenged ourselves to share cards made with some of the many older stamps we have bought over the years at the conventions and many other places, I dug deep in my stash and found this beauty. It looks like an old photo of a brother and sister posing for an Easter snapshot back in the day doesn't it? I stamped it on glossy paper to really give it that photograph look. It looks great in almost any color ink. I have also used Sepia inks which really make it look old. I didn't use a lot of embellishments because I wanted the picture to be the focal point. I used a purple monochromatic color scheme, some background paper, a punched border, a ribbon with bow and it's done. I think my friends will enjoy making this cute Easter card. Hope I've inspired you to pull out some of those neglected stamps that I know you all have. Thanks for stoppin by!
Stamps: The Stamping Ground image, sentiment from $1 bin at Michael's
Paper: retired SU cs Eggplant Envy and Mauve Mist, SU designer series paper, glossy cs
Ink: Eggplant Envy die ink
Accessories: SU white taffeta ribbon, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch
Oh my goodness!! It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood today!! I am so happy....my windows are open, the sun is shining and I feel like gardening!!! Hope you are starting to see Spring around you too.
The next two cards that I'm posting are called getting back to basics for these reasons: I am going to a stamping convention this weekend...YAAAAY!!! with 10 friends. Here is info. on convention in Allentown PA. We have been doing this for about 6 years and it is so much fun. We stay for the weekend so we can have a girl's getaway. We stamp and eat and shop!! What more could a girl want. Every year my cousin Nancy has prepared projects for us to make in the evenings....which is a lot of prep for her and no stamping for her.....bummer! This year we decided to give her a break and dig out some of OUR older or retired stamps and each bring 2 card with the makings for everyone...including Nancy to make their own. I'm the only one in my group who uses Copics, so that was out. I had to challenge myself to go back to basics and stamp without my Copics. At the end of the weekend, we will have made 20 cards and we will have had a blast!!
Over the years I have collected quite a few unmounted stamps from the convention and I used one of them for this card. I stamped the dresses directly onto designer paper from my stash and cut them out. I made the stencils for the clouds and grass background from cardstock and lightly sponged blue and green ink over the stencils. I think it created a pretty cute little background for my clothesline, which is just a piece of string and two brads. The dresses are raised up on dimensional so they look like they are blowing in the wind. I just love the way it turned out!! Reminds me of my Mom who always hangs her clothes out to dry. Well, that's about it for this one. I haven't made many cards without using my Copics lately and this was a nice change. What a cute little card it turned out to be. If you like it, please leave a comment. Thanks for stoppin by and Happy Stampin!!
Stamp: unknown image, sentiment from Papertrey Ink Little Lady set
Paper: Stampin Up retired kraft cs, old Lasting Impressions dp
Ink: SU Bliss Blue, Mellow Moss, Mememto black,
Accessories: dimensionals, brads, string
Monday, March 21, 2011
This cute little girl with her dog is from High Hopes Stamps and it is called Heidi and Mattie. Aren't they cute? The challenge was to use pink and green and girls, so Heidi and Mattie fit the bill. I had no trouble finding some pink and green dp in my stash because I have recently been on a pink paper buying binge. This may be Daisy D's but unfortunately I'm not sure. I did distress some of the paper with my new Zutter Tool and cut the scalloped circle with 2 different size Nesties. I always cut out the middle of those circles and save the center for another project....especially that great glitter paper. I just put a nice coordinating circle of dp on top of the hole. This is a pretty simple little card but the sparkle and image make it special. Thanks for stoppin by to visit. Would love to have your comments.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Color Me Creative today as she celebrates the first anniversary of her teaching website and magazine, Through the Craftroom Door. I have learned all of my Copic skills from Suzanne both from her online classes, which are terrific, but I have also had the priviledge to take her On the Road Class when she came to Wilmington, Delaware last year. I still have a lot to learn and Suzanne continues to educate me through her blog and her online videos. What a great teacher she is and we are having a lot of fun with her as she celebrates. She is awarding lots a great prizes all week long to participants in challenges and chats and just for checking in all week long. Hop on over to share in the fun.
My card today is for both the CMC Birthday Bash Sketch Challenge and Challenge #17 over at 7kidscollegefund challenge blog, which asks for Pink and Flowers.
This image is my first Bildmalarn called Mimosa Wonderful Day and she is colored with my Copics. I used two different size dies from my scalloped circle Nesties to make the ring behind Mimosa and I added the flowers and swirls in the corner to complete the sketch. I also added a little bling with my Stickles on her dress and the swirl and flowers. Have to have sparkle! I hope you like her. Thanks for stoppin by.
Paper: Stampin Up Baja Breeze cardstock and the patterned paper is just from my stash
glitter paper from AC Moore
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: skin E11, E00, E000, hair E37m E35, E31, E50,
dress R85, R83, R81, RV10, RV0000, BG72, BG10, BG0000
Star Dust Stickles
May Arts 1/4" silk ribbon, Offray lace ribbon
Swirl Die Marianne Dies
Prima Flowers, little plastic squares
Petite Scallop Circle die Spellbinders Nestibilities
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Other stuff I used:
Martha Stewart flower border punch, Stampin Up scallop punch
Spellbinder Nestibilities scalloped circle, vintage button
Paper: Stampin Up cardstock black, marina mist, blue glitter paper, patterned paper unknown and Cryogen irredescent white
Copic markers: R24, R22, R21,R20, R00,
E11, E00, E31, E35, E25, E47, E40,
BG75, BG72, BG13, BG10,
YG17, YG01, YG0000,
Y11, Y06, Y000,
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Happy March everyone! Is it Spring yet?? I am so ready for warm sunshine and daffadils and going to the local greenhouse to get my Spring fix.
Today I am sharing a sweet little invitation with you. I am so in love with this cute little baby girl with her stroller full of her favorite little friends....bunny and bear. I had the challenge to make it brown and pink and to make it work with my Copic markers. After trying a couple of different shades, I ended up with pretty in pink and soft suede cardstock from Stampin Up to compliment my Copics. The stamp is from Lily of the Valley in the UK. Once you check out their stamps, I know you will fall in love as I have with all of their sweet little images. This invitation is a two sided piece...the image on the front and the information on the back. This is my favorite style for invitations because I am usually making a lot of them and saving paper counts. On this one I have layered the front with a piece of vellum embossed with the dotted swiss Cuttlebug folder and then a layer of brown with rounded corners also embossed with the dotted swiss. I sponged some white on the edges of the brown as well as lightly over the dots to make them show a little more. The image is stamped with Momento black ink and colored with my Copic markers and then run through the Cuttlebug to cut out the scalloped rectangle with my Nestibilities Die. The sentiment was stamped with my Justrite stamper which lets me create any words that I want which makes it perfect for creating a personlized card. I created the back by putting the information on the computer and then printing it out on vellum. I hold everything together with the ribbon on the top so that I don't have to mess with adhesives and vellum. The bow is made by punching two holes and feeding the ribbon down and back up to secure all the layers.
I hope you like her.....she was a big hit with the invitation recipients.
Thanks for stoppin by!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Flowers for me……beautiful card for him!! That’s about what Valentine’s Day was for us. I was very happy to get these beautiful roses brought by the Fed Ex guy on Monday afternoon which made my routine hohum day Awesome!! He knows how to make me feel special. I am not so good at thinking ahead, so I just went with a pretty bright red and white card for my half Polish hubby. He loved it. I put a really mushy computerized message inside which really did the trick. Just tell them you will love them forever no matter what ?!$%^#$ and you’re good to go. This card uses some pretty patterned paper from PaperTreyInk layered on top of a real red card and a layer of black cs. The large scalloped circle is cut with my Spellbinders petite circle Nestibilities and it is cut from the new sparkle paper from Stampin Up. Pretty…huh? The stamps are Hearts and Love clear stamps from Inkadinkadoo that I got at AC Moore and I inked them up with SU real red ink and black ink for the sentiment. Those swirlies are from my Marianne Die and the little hearts are cut with my new tiny little SU heart punch. Oh, I cut the white cardstock with the Nesties Label Five and sponged the edges with a little black ink. The white layer is raised up with some dimensionals and lastly …..for the Sparkle, I added some Stickles to the white flowers on the hearts and rhinestones on the swirls and sentiment…Whew!!! Sounds like a lot…..but don’t tell hubby…..it was a breeze to make!! Thanks for stoppin by to take a look.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Today’s post is a substitute for a Valentines card. I love to get flowers and she is bringing flowers to you. Don’t you just love this sweet little Lily of the Valley Stamp? Of course she is colored with Copics and the background paper is from Basic Grey….one of my favorites. A little rick rack from my stash, some purple dew drop and a little flower bundle and you’ve got a cute little card. As you can see, this is an easel card., which I love to make. Oh, and don’t forget the purple Stickles for sparkle!!!!
Hope you you like her. Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This simple little snowman stamp from Papertrey Ink is a set that you can customize with different scarves and hats and arms to make many different looks. It’s fun to play with. I have paper pieced this little guys scarf and mittens with rose red scraps and colored him with my Copics. I used more of that awesome paper from My Mind’s Eye paper kit. The saying is from Verve Stamps and the snowflake is a Stampin Up Punch. Of course I added a little Stickles to sparkle things up!! Thanks for stoppin by!