Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Hi all! Here's a card I completed for the SCS sketch challenge this week. I haven't had the opportunity to play in a while and it was fun to get back into it.

The back ground is done with versamark and clear embossing powder. I used the vine stamp from The Angel Company that was retired a while ago. The pumpkins are also from TAC (retired too) and I colored them with Copic Ciao Markers.

The designer paper right behind the pumpkins is from K&Company. I layered everything with a dark green.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #148

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #148 which measures the normal A2 size.

Measurements are:
Card base - 4.25 x 5.5
Right base panel - 4 7/8 x 3.25
Left panel - 5.5 x 2.5 (then cut with border punch)
Sentiment flag - .75 x 3

I used the Martha Stewart cornice border punch on the left side panel and on the tag. Aged ornamanets stamp set from The Angel Company is used on the outside and inside of this card.

This card is part of a set that I designed to be inserted into the box below. They all have the same color theme, but different sentiments.

This box was easy to create and fits A2 size cards perfectly! I found the instructions off of SCS.

Stamps - The Angel Company, Aged ornaments, great greetings, basic gift tags
Ink - Palette Starry night
White, kraft and blue card stock
Blue grosgrain ribbon
Blue brad

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Vellum Overlay

Greetings! I thought I'd show you a different kind of card that has a great look to it!

I used Vellum as an overlay on this card.

I got out my brayer and Memento Bamboo leaves ink and played around with some glossy card stock. After I got the look I wanted, I let it dry and then stamped the leaf sprigs randomly around the outside. Cut a piece of vellum the same size and stamp the same image in area's that you did not stamp on, on the base card. Color the image as you like and attach with brads.

For my sentiment panel, I used the same brayered back ground and layered it with some scalloped ovals.


Stamps - TAC


Ink - Palette Noir, Memento Bamboo leaves

Green gel glaze pen


Olive green and black card stock

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Anniversary card

I just celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary with my DH and created this card for him. It's kind of girlie, but he liked it anyway! LOL!!!

The doily punch from MS crafts was used on the solid red card stock. The label is from Quikutz and cuts a seperate border - and I just had to cut one in the same red card stock to match the lacey border.

I used a old retired SU! back ground stamp for the layer under the label. Palette pure poppy ink is used for the hearts and the back ground stamp.

The heart stamp is from Cards of Maria and I added a few hand drawn stitches and dots around it. This is kind of a fun little layout!

Hope your having a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #147

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #147. This measures the normal A2 size.

Continuing with the fall color theme! Used quite a few ribbon and a new button technique on this card.

The sunflowers are colored with Prisma color pencils and blended with OMS. To add interest, I used a small circle punch to punch the slot out of the main panel so that I could attach my button and ribbon in that area.
The button is made from a 3/4 inch clear button, the same designer paper (cut out with a circle punch) and some crystal lacquer. I added a bit of organdy ribbon and attached it to the area.
This is a simple sketch that can be adapted for a lot of uses. You could really be creative with some designer paper on that back panel.
As you read this my DH and I are in the Hoh Rain Forest on our annual week long RV trip. We kind of left this late in the year, but the weather is forcasted to be sunny all week! Wow, did we luck out!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
All paper from The Angel Company
Stamps - The Angel Company
Clear button
Ribbon from TAC

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Congratulations card with a twist

This card uses a different piece and a quick technique that's quick and simple.
The design on the left side of this card is done using a scrapbook template. It's called Alpha Doodles and is made by The crafters workshop. I used a dauber to sponge on the design.

The swirl is grunge board from Tim Holtz that I colored with a Copic Marker. The black really soaks into the crunge board and covers it nicely. I added a wide strip of grosgrain ribbon to seperate the sections and stamped the word congratulations on the right side.

Stamp - TAC (retired)
Grunge Board
Palette Noir ink
Black and pure poppy card stock (PTI)
Black Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kayaking Puget Sound

How about a non-stamping post for a change? Here's a few pictures of the kayak trip we did last Saturday. The weather was just gorgeous, 86 degree's and not a cloud in the sky!

I wanted to give you a visual idea of where Puget Sound is located, so I'm inserting a few maps! ;-)

The area's in the blue circles are where we were at.

My husband, me and our two friends paddled all the way around this little island (which doesn't look so little on the map). We estimated it was about 5 miles when all was said and done.

That is Ketron Island in the back ground.
We're getting closer!!! The water was really clear, which is not usually the case with Puget Sound. We saw a handful of sealions, lots of fish, gelly and star fish and other water fowl that you would normally see!
Taking a much needed break on one of the few beaches on the island. There are houses and cabins on the island, but only a handful of full time residents.
We were all pooped after this! But I do have to say that it was a lot of fun and relaxing at the same time! The muscles in my shoulders were a bit sore the next day. Especially my thumbs from holding the paddle. But we had a fabulous time and got a bit of sun to boot!
See ya!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #146

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #146! This measures the normal A2 size.

This is one of a set of cards that I created as part of a gift box package. Which I will show at a later date.


Circles are mega and giga punches from Marvy. Strips across the bottom are 4.25 x 2.5, 4.25 x 2 and the sentiment panel is 4.25 x 1.

I used a Bic white poster paint pen to added the faux stitching on the blue panel and the dots on the scalloped circle. The stamped main image is done with markers. I wish I could remember who made this stamp! I think I bought it at a Heirloom Productions show a few years ago. I have now started to write the company name on the back of all my unmounted stamps.

The sentiment is a quote I had found somewhere on the web and had made into a stamp through Victorine Originals.

I'm off to Vegas for a few days! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - ??? on the flower image, linen background stamp, sentiment from VO
Ink - Palette starry night
White, Kraft and Blue (enchanted evening) card stock from PTI
Navy brads

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Inspiration challenge - pumpkins

Greetings! I wanted to share with you a card I completed based on the inspiration challenge today over at SCS. It's was based upon some kids clothing and I chose a dress with a pumpkins all over it in the Halloween section.

The stamp is from Yvonne Albritton Designs and is colored with Copic's. The base of the card is kraft card stock. I used a sanded background stamp with vintage photo ink to cover the kraft card stock. Then using the same ink, sponged around the perimeter. I used the same BG stamp for the layer right under the main stamped image, but used pumpkin spice versamagic ink instead. I also added a bit of sky using a dauber and summer sky ink from Memento.

The stamp is a pretty big one and I waffled back and forth with what to do with all the white space. I had seen some pretty great things done with cutting out different shapes, so I decided to get out the oval coluzzle to cut out the shape of the card. I had to hand cut the layers (which is something that I'm not very good at!) but in the end, it came out pretty good!

Well, I'm off to enjoy the last of the summer sun and warmer weather. We are heading out to kayak in Puget Sound!

This is what inspired me: Dress

Stamps: Yvonne Albritton Designs, Sanded by SU!
Ink: vintage photo, palette noir, versamagic pumpkin spice, Memento summer sky
Copic Markers
Kraft, green and white card stock

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Hello! I was playing around with some of my seldom used smaller punches and came up with this little creation.

The red and yellow flowers are punched out of card stock and stacked on top of each other. I added tiny pearls for the center of each flower. The red card stock is ran through two cuttlebug embossing folders: swiss dots and stylized flowers. Which is a really cool effect.

I distressed the green card stock that I layered the white panels on, but you can't really tell in the picture. I just sanded them down a bit so that the white core shows through. Took out the corner rounder and rounded half the corners. The sentiment panel looks a little uneven in this photo, though.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Stamps - Sprigs and sentiment (BooKoo blessings) from TAC
White, yellow, red and green card stock
Tiny self adhesive pearls
Palette Jardin Moss ink
Glaze gel pen

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #145

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #145 ans measures the normal A2 size.

The panels measurements are as follows: Main stamped panel is 2.25 x 5, secondary right panel is 2 x 4.25. All are layered at 1/16th of an inch.

I'm still into my fall color palette and keep coming back to this english rose and olive green.

The flower is done with Marvy Markers in English rose and olive green. After coloring directly on the stamp, I spritzed it with water and then stamped it.

I used one of my nesties labels to stamp the sentiment and sponged the edges with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I added a small bit of ribbon on the left side just for grins and giggles. Two self adhesive gold pearls are put in the top and bottom corners on the rigth hand panel.

At the last minute, I decided to add the lacey border on the right side of the main panel. I'm not real sure that I like it, what do you think?

Stamps - CTMH
Marvy Le Plume II markers
Palette True Black ink
White, Olive and Burgandy card stock
Olive grosgrain ribbon
Gold pearls
EK Success border punch

Monday, September 7, 2009

Autumn flowers

Hello! After spending most of the holiday weekend inside due to the weather, it's looking like it's finally trying to clear up outside.

Here's a recent quick card I did using The Angel Company's new PWP (purchase with purchase) stamps. They are $2.95 with every $30 you spend.

This card used the Sincere Sentiments and Lotsa' Love sets. The yellow back ground is done using the swiss dots embossing folder. The black large label is a quickutz die that I made longer by folding the card stock in half and not cutting through the fold. I hid the "seam" by adding some grosgrain ribbon over it.

The soft yellow back ground stamp is from the set called rugged shadows that was retired a while back from TAC. I added some rhinestones from Kaiser Craft to the middle of the flowers for some bling!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - TAC (listed above)
Yellow, black and white card stock
Inks - Versamagic - red brick, thatched straw and Palette Noir
Grosgrain ribbon
Rhinestones from Kaiser Craft

Friday, September 4, 2009

Another Digi Stamp Card

Here's another card made using Digi stamps. This image is again from Sketching Stampers Digi Stamps.

It's colored using Copic Markers in R35 Coral, R37 Carmine, G21 Lime Green and G24 Willow.

I dusted off my crimper and ran a piece of kraft card stock through it. Tied a green gingham piece of ribbon to it and added it on the green card stock. The base of the card is obviously white, and I layered the main digi image with red card stock from Bazzill. This is fast layout that is kind of classic. It can work for just about anything!

I just love to color and it sure does take my mind off of whatever is troubling me at the moment! =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just be claws

Hello! Just a quick post to show a quick card! This little card measures 4 x 4.

The white card base is run through the swirls cuttlebug embossing folder, as it reminded me of waves. I stamped the lobster in scarlet ink by colorbox and then enbossed with clear embossing powder. Then layered it with some black card stock so that it stood out.

The button is done with the same ink stamped ramdomly on a scratch piece of paper. I used a 3/4 inch circle punch to punch it out and then added it to a clear button using some cyrstal lacquer. I threaded some white string through it and tied a bow and added it to my sentiment flag. The stitching around the flag is done with a copic multi liner pen in .05.

I think this card took like 10 minutes to make. The longest part was waiting for the CL to dry on the button.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Labor Day weekend!

Stamps - Fishy friends from The Angel Company
Ink - Colorbox scarlet, Palette Noir
White and black card stock
Clear button
Clear embossing powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder