Sunday, October 30, 2011

Orange and Black

Hi all! We have an Orange and Black challenge going on over at the VO blog. It officially starts tomorrow but thought I'd post now to give you all a heads up!

Stamp is from Victorine Originals and colored with Copics. Designer paper is from the Memory Box line called nightfall. Black cardstock used to layer and create the drippy goo on the top. Punch by Martha Stewart.

Lastly, added a orange gingham ribbon accent on the top of the card. I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! The bags of candy downstairs are calling my name! UGH!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flutterby challenge card

Hi there! I had fun trying to come with a card using the colors black, purple, orange and green for this weeks Flutterby challenge. Here's my result.

Butterfly stamp is from Magenta and is colored with Copics in the following colors: V12, V15 and V17.

I cut it out using a rectangle die and layered it with the lattice rectangle from Spellbinders. Argyle purple designer paper is K&Company and the green cardstock is from Hot Off The Press. The hello stamp is from Tag Tid Bits from TAC. I used a border punch to make the design on the tag and added three orange brads.

On another note - I hate my corner rounders with a passion. They never seem to cut clean, you know what I mean? Does anyone have a favorite that you would recommend?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn Blessings

Hi everyone! I got a chance to play around with this weeks Wednesday card sketch over at SCS. WooHoo! Here is what I came up with.

Leaf and sentiment are from Gina K Designs. Leaves are colored with Copics. That wonderful designer paper in the back ground is from Memory Box called Nightfall.

I added some satin ribbon behind the squares so that they didn't get lost in the DP. The ribbon started out white, but after a few swipes of the black copic marker, I was good to go!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Hello! I can't believe that Halloween is right around the corner. I haven't even bought my candy or anything else yet! Eek!

Here's some more cool ribbon I got from May Arts to use for another CAS Halloween card.

Sentiment stamp is from Alota Stamps. Used the circle nesties to frame it out. Orange and purple paper is from K&Company.

Added the googlie eyes at the bottom on a whim and loved how it looks! What do you think?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Black Bird

Hi everyone! I've been playing around with a few new dies from Memory Box and put together a CAS card using a few of them.

Kraft and ivory cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. The brown cardstock that I used for the branch was just fished out of my scrap pile. Black cardstock used for the bird and I also used a white pen to dot on an eye.

To get the branch to stick to the cardstock I used Wacky Tack from K&Company. The sentiment is from Verve and is stamped in Archival jet black ink.

I've been into clean and simple cards lately, so I hope you all don't mind giving me your honest feedback on them! Too simple?

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Spiders and cool ribbon

Hi everyone! Here's a card that I created around this really cool ribbon that I found at one of the local craft stores from May Arts and had to have it.

The stamp is from TAC and stamped in Archival jet black ink. I enhanced the black polka dots on her tights by using a black gel pen. Her spider web dress is also highlighted with a stardust pen but it didn't pick up in the photo.

I made the spider using a button, googlie eyes and black scrappers floss and attached him onto that awesome ribbon with a glue dot.

Happy Halloween sentiment is from Alota stamps. Bright neon green cardstock is from K&Company.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have time to get crafty!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hello! Here is a card that I completed using the SCS sketch from the previous week.

Here is the sketch.

Here is what I did with it.

Leaf stamp is from Memory Box and one of my favorites to use the Marker and Huff technique to stamp with. I used Marvy Le Plume markers in Butterscotch and Dark Brown to create the look of fall. Corners are rounded (I hate my corner rounders) and layered in black cardstock.

The dark and light brown cardstock is from Hot Off The Press. I embossed and distressed the lighter brown with the linen impression plate from PTI and then distressed it with Vintage Photo ink from Ranger.

The small band in back is done using recycled packing material, the half and half die from PTI and some vintage photo distress ink.

Gold pearls added to the right hand side to finish off the card. So, tell me...what do you think of this card and be honest!

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall challenge

Hi everyone! There's a challenge going on over at the Victorine Originals Blog right now! the theme this time is "Fall" and there are some stamps to be won for one lucky random winner. Here is my card that I made using VO stamps.
The pumpkins are colored with Copic Markers in YR04 and 07, plus shades of green in G21 and 24. Cut out and embossed with a square nestie.

The green designer paper has been in my stash forever and I have no idea who makes the cool textured stuff. I ran it through the CB with the edger die from Papertrey ink to get the design on the bottom.

I twisted up some jute twine and attached it to the back using scotch tape before adhering the green to the orange paper.

So, head on over to the Victorine stamp blog and join in on challenge #19!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Spread your wings

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much this week - been extremely busy with the day job.

Here's a quick card I made using scraps based upon the challenge over at Fluttery By Wednesday.

Stamps are from Papertrey Ink called Butterfly Dreams. Butterfly is colored in Copics, however it was a little to small to get some good blending of colors. The faux stitching is done using the border punch from Fiskars. All layers are from my scrap stash except for the white card base.

Thanks for stopping in.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Hi all! I've been playing around with the my new tattered leaves die from Tim Holtz Alterations line. Here is what I made out of all the leaves I cut out.

Here's a close up of the leaves and the acorns.

I cut everything out of light weight chipboard. Then painted a thin layer of white on to them in order to give it a base coat to work off of. I also added some crackle medium, which ended up just giving it a shine instead of the crackle effect I was going for! I didn't paint it on thick enough, I guess.

To get the leaves the color of fall, I used a combination of Distress dyes, Alcohol inks and distress inks, all from Ranger.

The twig is cut from brown cardstock using the die from Memory Box. The Acorn die is from Lil' Inker Designs.

I got the grape vine wreath at Wal*Mart for $5.00 and the chipboard was recycled from the backs of writing tablets. Even the ribbon was recycled - it came wrapped around a dog blanket.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Orange Butterfly

Hello! I decided to join in on the Flutter By challenge this week since it was an open challenge. Which was good since I think my mojo is missing!

This card has a lot of texture going on. The ivory cardstock is embossed with the leaf folder from Sizzix and the thin chipboard is done with the lattice embossing folder. I embossed it after I cut it out using the labels die, then sponged around it with French Roast pigment ink.

The butterfly stamp comes from Memory Box and is colored with Copic markers. The corresponding die was used to cut it out and it's popped up with foam tape.

The card base is certainly celery (guessing here) from SU. I purchased a bunch of pre-scored SU cardstock off of ebay a few years back and have no clue what colors were included.

Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chalkboard Birthday

Hi everyone! I found something recently at my local craft store and had to try them. It's called chalkstock which is made by Canvas Corp. and came in artist trading card size. It came 10 to a pack for $3.95 which is kind of spendy but fun to play around with! Here's what I did with it.

The daisy stamp is from TAC and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Both are stamped in yellow chalk ink from Studio G. I did also experiment with writing on it with plain old fashioned chalk and it works wonderful. I just didn't like my handwriting!

I added a small self adhesive white pearl to the center of the flower, small enough that the black still shows through. Black gingham ribbon is tied to the yellow cardstock prior to it being adhered to the white card base.

Real clean and simple but doesn't it make a statement?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Candy Corn

Hi ya! Here's a very quick CAS Halloween card using $1.00 stamps.

I stamped the candy corn in black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Colored them with Copic's and cut them out. The ended up being popped up with foam tape in sort of the same configuration as what is in the sentiment.

Orange cardstock came from Hot Off The Press. Now that I see this on the blog, I'm going to go back and add a black layer between the orange and white card base so that it stands out a bit more! :)

Funny how you look at your creations a bit differently once they're posted! LOL. Have a great day.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Hello! Going clean and simple again today! I pulled out a favorite stamp from the Deco Designs set from TAC. This little branch is one of my all time favs!

I stamped it in French Roast ink from A*Muse and then overlapped it several times without re-inking. The long rectangle nestie was used to emboss and frame it. Sentiment is from A*Muse Studio and is cut out with the tag nestie from Spellbinders. I sponged on some antique linen distress ink while it was still in the die. IRL it's subtle and looks pretty.

Using the lattice embossing folder I only embossed half of the kraft cardstock. Brown gingham ribbon used to cover the line and hold the tag sentiment. Amber rhinestones from Kaisercraft used on the right side to add some bling. Lastly, I cut out one of the birds from the Martha Stewart border punch and glued it onto the branch.

This card came about because I had gotten the french roast pigment ink from A*Muse Studio to try out and was playing around and stamping the branch. Hmm, that looks pretty cool and this card was the end result.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oh Nuts!

Hi everyone! Happy World Card Making Day! Here's another CAS card that can be used for just about anyone.

The acorn die and sentiment stamp is from Lil' Inker Designs. I used cardstock from Hot Off The Press for the body of the acorn and the dark brown back ground. The cardstock for the top of the acorn is from Bazzill.

The designer paper is from Papertrey Ink and I used French Roast ink from A*Muse Studio to sponge around the edges for a distressed look. The same ink was used to stamp the sentiment. Ivory used as the card base. Gold pearls are from Reflections which you can get at Micheal's. Inside the card it says, "I forgot your Birthday."

What are you doing/making for World Card Making Day?