Friday, January 29, 2010

Black Magic

Hi all! I just tried this technique called black magic, and wanted to share my creation. It's far from perfect, but I think I've got the hang of it now!

Basically, you stamp in white craft ink on dark card stock and then use your colored pencils to color and highlight over the stamped image.

I used this leaf image (SU) and several shades of green prismacolor pencils. The white dots are done with a Sharpie paint pen, which helps to highlight the image. The sentiment is from The Angel Company and its stamped in Memento ink on a piece of wallpaper. Yes, you read that right - wallpaper. I have two whole books full of samples that I pull out from time to time and rip out the fun papers to use in cards and scrapbook pages. The designer paper in the background is from DCWV and the green cardstock is from Bazzill.

The main image and the wallpaper are cut out using rectangle nestabilities. I decided to use the black photo mounts to anchor everything down.

What do you think?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Toot Toot

Hello everyone! I'm excited to tell you that I've had another card published. This time in Rubber Stamp Madness, Spring 2010 edition. I was actually interviewed by Christina Hecht for the article that corresponds with the card.

The stamp is from Penny Black and I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. I cut a few of the leaves and petals out and popped them up with foam tape. The textile cuttlebug embossing folder was used on the white cardstock and red cardstock was used to layer everything.

My card and the article can be found on page 16 and 17. WooHoo!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #164

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #164.

Measurement are:
Card base: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
1 = 2 x 5 1/4
2 = 2 x 5 1/4
3 - 5/8 ribbon
4 = 2 3/8 x 3 (Rectangle Nestability)
5 = 2 5/8 x 3/4

This is one of the new images from The Angel Company that will be available on February 1st. She is colored with Copic Markers with the following colors: E00 (skin white), E51 (milky white), R29 (lipstick red), B24 (sky), E08 (brown), Y02 (Canary yellow) and outlined in C1 (cool gray). Blue card stock used for layering is from Bazzill.

The ribbon down the center is a white satin ribbon colored with B24. The new daisy cuttlebug embossing folder from Provo Craft was used for the right hand panel. Fiskers scalloped border punch was used on it and a piece of red card stock. The blue designer paper on the left is a piece I've had in my stash forever and have no clue who makes it. Pearls are from the Reflection line from Micheal's.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentine's Day Angel Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Valentine's Day Angel blog hop! I think we have a record number of Angels participating in this hop! Be sure to click on all the links below to get some fabulous ideas for Valentine's Day! Here are my three projects.

This card was made with red, black and white cardstock. I used the Nestabilities labels 1 die to emboss the outline on the red cardstock, and to cut out the sentiment. The frame is from the Forever set and the sentiment is from Tag Tidbits. Black rhinestones are from Kaisercraft. Inks used - Palette pure poppy and Memento tuxedo black. Simple and quick!

I decided to do up a treat bag to put some cookies in! Labels 4 is used to cut a piece of red cardstock, which I used to anchor down the heart sentiment that is from the set Celebration time. I stamped it in red pigment ink and then embossed it in clear. Red grosgrain ribbon tied around the bag and a pretty bow top off this simple treat bag.

And lastly - I decided to go a little Tim Holtz grungy - and do something completely out of the box. At least for me!
Using the stamps from the Forever set, I created a Valentine's Day Tag. I stamped the "love" randomly in burnt umber on a piece of paper, then using a glue stick attached it to a heart chipboard cut out. Distressed around the edges and then added two antiqued copper eyelets in the middle.

I also used a tag fragment (colored with some alcohol inks) stamped with Stazon the "with love" sentiment from Tag Tidbits. I used a bit of scrappers floss for the tie. Added some mesh that I spritzed with some walnut ink to match all the brown colors. Using a stardust pen, I added some bling around the swirls.
Here is a close up of the button. It started out clear and alcohol inks were used to get that brown/copper look.

To get the soft brown distress look around the edges of the tag, I used a sponge applicator and the vintage photo distress ink.

This tag is so not my style of stamping, but it was fun to get out of my comfort zone and do something a bit different.

Here are the Angels who are participating in this blog hop. Please stop by, leave some love and gather some super ideas for your Valentine!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie W
Rita W
Rita K

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Hello! Here's a card I made for the sketch challenge over on SCS this week.

The stamp is from Penny Black (critter party) and I colored him with Copic markers. In order to get the grungy scruffy dirty dog look, I used some rubbing alcohol and a cotton square. Just spritz the cotton and dab off the marker in places - basically you're just bleaching it out. I really like the effect it made - what do you think?

Designer paper is from Hot Off The Press, cardmakers ultimate creative pack. I don't even think they make it anymore, but I always find cute things to do with that paper! The brown card stock that was used for the layers is from American Craft.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #163

Happy Tuesday!

Here is sketch #163 which measures the normal A2 size.

Measurements are:
Card base = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
1 = 5 1/4 x 4 (distressed/torn on right hand side)
2 = 2 3/8 x 3 3/8
3 = 2 3/8 x 1 3/8
Circles are your choice of embellishments

This little guy is from the new Serendipity Magalogue from The Angel Company that will be coming out on February 1st!

He's stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink and then colored with Copic Markers. The designer paper is from Making Memories that I had in my scraps pile for a while. I was pleasantly surprised when I turned over the paper and I could identify who made it!!!

I sponged on some Memento Summer Sky to the white card base first, set the extra large eyelets onto the plaid dp and then attached them together. The designer paper was torn on the right side and I decided to rough it up a bit more with a distress tool.

The sentiment is from another new set debuting in February as well. I really like how it went so well with this little guy - perfect for a masculine birthday card! So, what do you think?

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Warm Thank You!

Hello everyone! Here's a fun project that can really make a statement for someone special on your list!

I found the pattern at Nicole Heady's blog (Capture the moment) on this tri-fold tea bag holder with envelope and used all TAC supplies to make it. You can download the project free from her blog.

I used a bit of velcro to make sure that the envelope stayed closed.

Copic Markers were used to color the mug - and I tried real hard to match the colors in the designer paper.

Inside pictures as you open the tri-fold.

So, what do you think? Cute or what?

The Angel Company
Paper - Angelee soar with it collection (includes tag)
Stamps - Coffee talk and sending a latte
Ribbon from TAC
Copic markers
Scrappers floss
Button and Felt Flower from Noteworthy embellishement jar - Audrey collection
Rectangle scalloped nestabilities
Antique copper eyelet

Monday, January 11, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #162

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm in San Diego in business meetings all this week, waiting to find out about the latest changes to the reorganization!

So with that being said how about something a little girly this week?

Card base = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Pink panel = 4 x 5 1/4
White strip = 1 3/4 x 5 1/2
Black panel = 2 x 3
Main stamped panel = 2 x 2 with a 1/16 border

Sorry about the picture being a little dark this week!

The pink cardstock was embossed with the swiss dots embossing folder. The frame and flower stamp is from the Floral Labels set from The Angel Company. The sentiment is also from TAC. I randomly stamped the flower on the white vertical panel and then colored them with Copic Markers in the following colors: V0000 Rose Quartz and R81 Rose Pink. White self adhesive pearls from kaisercraft were added to the center of all the flowers.

The satin ribbon started off white - I decided to match my flower color and used the R81 Rose Pink to color the ribbon. The Bow easy was used to tie that perfect little bow! So, what do you think?

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tea Bag Holder

Hello everyone! Here's a little tea bag holder I created. I found the pattern off of Splitcoast stampers.

The green cardstock is from Bazzill and the designer paper is from The Angel Company, called Miss Moxie. The tag on the front is also included in the paper collection. The sentiment is from the TAC stamp set - Sending a latte. The orange flowers on the white panel are stamped in versamagic mango madness and thatched straw and are from the TAC hostess set called Enjoy nature. I added a antiqued copper extra large eyelet to the top of the tag before adding the ribbon.

Another tag from the paper pack is stamped with a sentiment from same hostess set and taped on the inside of the holder. I inserted my favorite Tazo Zen tea! I drink this green tea by the buckets!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

All supplies are from The Angel Company

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January Stamp of the Month samples

Hello everyone! I was asked once again to design some card samples around the Stamp of the Month for January. Here is what the set looks like: Cost is $9.75 when you purchase $30.00 in merchandise.

Here are some of the samples I made.

Acetate card using the square nestabilities to cut out the shapes. Sentiment is from the Hostess set Enjoy Nature. Tree is stamped in versamagic tea leaves and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Ribbon is colored with a Copic marker to match the cardstock.

The heart tree and the sentiment is stamped in versamark onto vellum and then embossed with gold. The vellum is attached with eyelets and ribbon. Paper is from the Amberley Grace soar with it collection. The sentiment is from Rejoicing with you. Doesn't this make a wonderful wedding card?

This next one is a quick, clean and simple card. Tree stamped in Versamagic tea leaves and embossed in clear. Sentiment is stamped in Palette Noir and embossed. The sentiment is from the Hostess set Enjoy Nature. Black rhinestones are added to the corners where the scored lines meet. Background green paper is from TAC.

This tree was done using the Marker and Huff method of stamping. Paper is from the Amberley Grace Soar with it collection. The edges of the paper are inked up with Palette Burnt Umber and the sentiment is also stamped in it too! Six antique copper brads are added for some interest.

And this one is done with versamark and clear embossing powder. I like that it's so subtle on the green paper. These papers are from the Willoughby Soar with it collection. The sentiment is from the set Life Thoughts.

There is one other card that I haven't shown you and it is on The Angel Companies blog under promotions>stamp of the month. Or you can just click here. Usually you are able to click on my name and the samples come up, but they haven't updated the site as of yet. This is a great little set that has a lot of possibilities, just like I've hopefully shown you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #161

Hello everyone! Here is this Tuesday's card sketch. Measurements are below.

Card base is the normal A2 size. Turquoise panel is 4 3/4 x 3 1/2, Sentiment panel is 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 (rectangle deckled nestability) main image panel is 2 1/2 x 2.

I used the weathered background stamp (retired) from The Angel Company on the white card base. I lightly inked it up with Aqua ink from Colorbox so that it would be subtle.

The turquoise paper is from DCWV and it's ran through the new Victorian cuttlebug embossing folder. I think it goes really well with the design that is in the dragonflies wings. The dragonfly is stamped in Versamagic Turquoise Gem chalk ink. The sentiment is stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink after I cut out the deckled rectangle first.

The turquoise grosgrain ribbon started out white - but with the use of a Copic marker, it now closely matches! I found some skinny satin ribbon in my stash and added it on top! I did use some foam tape to attach the dragonfly panel, since it had to fit over the bulky ribbon.

All stamps are from The Angel Company.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! I'll be back later to show you some samples of January's Stamp Of The Month from The Angel Company.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Under the weather?

Happy New Year everyone!

Here's a card I did for the SCS card sketch challenge!

The stamp is from Double D stamps from Victorine Originals. I colored it with Copic Markers and then added some sparkle to the rain drops and lightening with the stardust pen from Sakura.

The striped paper is from Making Memories and the yellow cardstock is from American Crafts. I added a bit of paper piercing in the lower right hand corner of the main image - I just felt it needed to be a bit more balanced. Light yellow grosgrain ribbon is attached over the raw edges and I decided to add some black rhinestones from Kaisercraft to anchor it all down.

It's a very clean looking card that could be given to guy - well maybe not. What do you think?