Thursday, July 30, 2009


Here's the card I did for this weeks SCS sketch challenge.

Paper is from Paper Pizazz (HOTP) which I got very cheaply during their Mom's warehouse sale! American Craft brown card stock was used to layer everything. I colored the main image with Copic markers and added the antique copper brads in the lower left hand corner. I did use some vintage photo distress ink around the edges of the card. The image is from Cards of Maria's shop in Sweden.

We are starting to cool down a bit after our record breaking temperature of 103 on Wednesday in Seattle. 95% of the homes out here do not have air conditioning - so you can image our misery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #139

Happy Tuesday - it's currently 95 degree's with temperatures projected to reach over 100 tomorrow! I'm sweltering! Summer is finally here in the Pacific Northwest!

Here is sketch #139 - an easy peasy one since it was too hot to sit up in the stamp room for long!

I used the swirl cuttlebug embossing folder for the back ground on this. The swirls kind of match the steam coming out of the coffee cup!

The coffee cup is colored with Copic Ciao Markers and a stardust gel pen was used to highlight the steam. Deckled nestabilities are used to frame and layer all the colors. American Craft card stock in shades of browns were used throughout the card. The little sentiment label is from Quickutz and it's enhanced with Palette burnt umber around the edges.

This was a fun quick little card to do! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - TAC skinny birds, sentiment tag tid bits
Card stock - American Crafts
two chocolate brads
Red grosgrain ribbon
Palette burn umber and noir
Copic Markers
Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mini "To Do" book

Hello! It's suppose to warm up to 90 degree's today! whew! That's hot in this part of the state!

I recently found some We R Memory Keepers clear stamps at one of my LSS. I found it in the dollar bin, but it's worth so much more than that!

I covered some chipboard which was cut to 3.25 x 3.25 with designer paper from K&Company! The TO DO stamp below is actually from TAC. Nestabilities were used to cut out the scalloped circles. I used dauber with Palette Moulin Rouge to distress the scallops of the back ground circle. The dots were added using a multi liner pen. I also used that outstanding tool, the Bow-Easy for making that tiny bow!!!

There are four titles in this mini clear stamp set, along with the lines. The one I didn't take a picture of is "the details". Using a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, I cut 16 3 x 3 mini square pages and Bound them together using the Bind it all. I did not add ribbons to the wires like you normally would see on these projects, because I'm going to put this in my purse. I just thought that the ribbons would end up getting ripped, frayed, dirty, etc. and it made more sense to leave it naked (or clean and simple).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Life is too short

Hi all! I've been dealing with some sad news! My four legged son, Dylan had to be put to sleep on Thursday. We found out that he had a stomach tumor, which was really big and he was just too much of a senior to survive surgery. As they say - Life is too Short! So, I've been trying to keep busy and not think about it, and ended up stamping some.

Here's one of the creations I made.

The chair stamp is from Memory Box. I ended up paper piecing it - several times, until I came up with something I liked. I can now say that I have about 10 different designs of seat cushions for this chair. =)

I ended up using a very old back ground stamp which I had inked up with Memento Summer Sky. Stamped the chair and then cut it out. I colored the coffee cup with Copic Markers and enhanced the steam with a stardust gel pen. I decided to add a few score lines and self adhesive blue pearls to anchor everything down.

The sentiment(s) are from The Angel Company.

Here's a close up picture of Dylan - He was with us for over 14 years, and will be greatly missed! He was a true original!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #138

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #138, which measures the normal A2 size.

I was playing around with the marker watercoloring technique again, and this is what I ended up with.
The Iris stamp is from Penny Black and is stamped on watercolor paper in Palette Noir ink. I did heat set the image before attempting to put water all over it, thinking the ink would run. I used my Marvy LePlume II markers and a water brush to get the effect seen here.

If you haven't tried to watercolor using water based markers, I highly recommend that you do. It's easy and it allows you to be very specific with where you are putting down color. I just finished painting up a camilla that came out beautifully!

Anyway, have a super week and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Penny Black flower gallery
Designer Paper - American Crafts (blue), Making memories (yellow)
Bazzill - blue card stock
Blue self adhesive pearls from Kaiser Craft
Watercolor paper - canson 120lb.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Coaster picture frame

Happy Saturday! Here's a quick post on my latest picture frame done with coasters. All supplies are from The Angel Company.

The designer paper is from the Rustic Chic line. I cut four 4 x 4 pieces of paper and adhered them onto the coasters with a glue stick. I always use a brayer to roll over the paper to make sure it's good and stuck. Palette burnt umber was used around the edges of the coasters, after the paper was sanded off.

I used my crop-o-dile to punch holes for the ribbon ties. The tags were colored very lightly using Versamagic chalk ink in Sea Breeze, then the edges are distressed in burnt umber. On the oval tag I used two eyelets in antique copper to add some interest.

The flowers and buttons are from Making Memories (also sold by TAC) Noteworthy, in Hilary and Audrey colors. My DH really liked this frame, except for the flowers.....LOL! Must be a girl thing!

Hope your having a great weekend!

Stamps - TAC: life thoughts, Kinderbet Alpha
Paper - TAC: Rustic Chic
All ribbon from TAC

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Card sketches

Hi everyone! Here are two cards that I just did for this weeks sketch challenge over on SCS.

This one uses the 2009 Angel Company Seminar set (I didn't go, but bought the stamp set from an Angel who was willing to let it go). The tool cup is colored with Copic Markers and the sentiment is stamped in Palette Noir. The strip right behind the main image is done with alcohol ink in Ginger on glossy card stock. The back designer paper is Kamalaht from TAC that is retired.
This one uses the Gerbera daisy stamp from TAC, it's also colored with Copic Markers. The desinger paper is something that I had in my stash and I can't remember who makes it. I used Versamagic Wheat chalk ink to color white card stock so that I could layer everything. It matches the colors in the designer paper really closely.

Thanks for stopping by - I'm on day one of my mini five day vacation. It's sunny and gorgeous outside and here I sit inside stamping! =)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #137

Hello - and Happy Tuesday! Here is this weeks sketch, measuring the normal A2 size. The sketch almost looks like the back of an envelope with a seal.....

I just got a few new stamps sets from The Angel Company's 2009-2010 catalogue and this set is on my top ten favorites list! It's called "funny farm" and there is also a set of hilarious phrases to go along with it!

I cut the red gingham paper in a triangle and then decided to add some lace to it. Using some white card stock and the MS doily punch, I cut two strips, punched the lace out, then adhered to each side of the triangle. This was all then attached to a piece of red card stock.

The chicken is colored with Copic Ciao Markers and I decided to do a little 3D effects with it. So, here is a close up of the ckicken and how I popped up his beak and feet.
I just had to do a country theme with this card - the sentiment just screams it! "Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit". ROTFLMBO! I've changed the photo's on this three times trying to get the sentiment to come out clear in the pictures, but with the up load its tending to be a little blurry! Sorry!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps - TAC funny farm and funny farm phrases
Palette noir ink
Red gingham paper by My minds eye
White card stock
Red Card stock - Bazzill

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot Contest

have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at


More submission cards

Hey there! Here are the last few cards that I submitted that were not chosen. It's too bad that the discontinued list came out after the design call. All the hardware on the picture below is no longer available.

Sadly, the above leafy swirl stamp is now retired.

But, the good news is that I just received my shipment of new stamps! I've been playing around this weekend and will up load some new stuff soon! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Submission cards

Hi all! I wanted to share some cards that I submitted to The Angel Company for the 2009-2010 catalogue that were not used.

This is what the inside of this card looks like!

I have more to up load tomorrow for you! Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Challenge cards

Hello! I wanted to share a few cards that I completed for a few challenges out there. This first one is for Paper Wings Limited Supply Challenge that I host every other week.

The rules were:
1. To make your card square
2. Use a flower(s) on your card - button or brad for the center was ok
3. Use designer paper and one tag
4. Use eyelets
5. Any stamped image

Angelee designer paper and tag from TAC
Stamp - sentiment from Feel Better - TAC, Paletete Burnt Umber ink
Purple card stock from TAC
Flowers colored with Copic Markers
Fern paper punch
Extra larege Eyelets

This next one is a very quick Clean and Simple card for the CAS Birthday challenge over at SCS.
Labels One was used to cut out the card into the shape - it really looks cool IRL as the embossing on it really stands out. Nestabilities rectangles and deckled rectangles used to cut out and layer the image. The stamped images are from Studio G Clear Stamps (those $1 Michael Stamps) and are colored with Copic Markers. A satin ribbon that is tied in a double bow finishes off this little card.

This last one is for the sketch challenge on SCS.
The bird image is from Penny Black, as is the sentiment. The birdies are colored with Copic Ciao markers. The blue polka dot paper is from My minds eye and the yellow from Creating Keepsakes. I ran the yellow through the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder and then layered it with navy card stock. Pale yellow grosgrain ribbon and light blue pearls from Kaiser Craft finishes out the card.

Well, that's it for today! I'm on my way to the dentist for an emergency appointment. I have a impacted tooth that is hurting like the devil - and time to get it looked at. The left side of my faceis all swelled up! Yikes! Thanks for stopping by, and I'd love to hear what you think about these cards.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #136

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #136!

I played around with my green flower soft for this one! I think the grass turned out awesome!

The wheel barrow is colored with Copic Ciao Markers and I really like how well this colored out. This stamp is from Charming Gardeners which was retired in 2008, however, I just got this thinking it would work really well with the flower soft. I wasn't able to get the whole set, but what I did get will work great! Click on the picture to get a close up of the flower soft!

The tiny bow was made with the Bow-Easy (google this to find the best price and availability, and buy it now!) which is the best new tool out, there in my personal opinion. This tool makes up to seven different sizes of bows in a snap!

Stamps - TAC Charming Gardeners, Tag Tid Bits
Ink - Palette Noir
Paper - Brown and Olive card stock, Designer paper is from Making Memories
Flower Soft in pale green, shamrock and Christmas green
Brown satin ribbon
Brown brads

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Faux burnt edges

Hi all! I participate in the technique lovers challenge over at SCS from time to time and last weeks technique was faux burnt edges.

It's all done with ink and a dauber or sponge. I thought I'd give it a try and here is my result.

The background paper is made by using distress inks, water, crinkled up paper and an iron. I used Vintage photo distress ink and water to color the ivory paper that the ship collage is stamped on. The deckled rectangle nestabilities were used to cut out the image.

I used a fingertip dauber to add three layers of different color distress inks to give the edges a burnt look.

This technique is actually pretty easy and fun to do. It goes well with the ship collage stamp from The Angel Company or any nautical/map stamps. Actually, I can think of a few other ways to use this technique - hmmm, might be worth another try on some camping scrapbook pages!

Thanks for stopping by!

Distress inks - Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot
Stamps - Ship collage and tag tid bits from TAC
Ivory and brown card stock
Extra large eyelets from TAC
Foam tape
Nestabilities dies - deckled rectangle and tag


Thursday, July 2, 2009


Hi everyone! Here's my 4th of July card that I'm giving to my Dad and Stepmom on Saturday.

Card base is white, with layers of red and blue - duh - how could you not doing anything else?

I found the cool ribbon at Micheal's for $1 and thought how perfect it would look with this stamp. I used my Bow- easy to make the bow. The image was stamped using markers and the huffing method. I added some sparkles with a stardust pen, which is really hard to see in the picture above, but IRL looks cool!

We are heading out to my Dad's for a BBQ on Saturday, and he's asked that I bring potato salad "just like Mom used to make." I guess my Stepmom isn't as good a cook as my Mom used to be. I actually was rather touched by his request! Between my Mom and Grandmother, they were the best cooks and they sure made sure that I learned a thing or two. I just wish I had the time to cook more than often that I do. =)

Have fun and safe Independence day!

Re, white and blue card stock
Le Plume markers
Stamp - Lizzie Anne Designs
Stardust gel pen