Sunday, February 27, 2011

Canvas flowers

Hi everyone. I hope this finds you doing well. I had time to complete the Wednesday SCS sketch challenge this week and here' s the card.

The flowers and the strip in back are of a ivory canvas material that came in a 12x12 sheet that I bought at a LSS. I colored it pink using the pink sparkle Smooch spray.

Buttons are cut out using the new button die from Papertrey Ink and their yellow felt and tied on with scrappers floss. As a matter of fact all dies are from PTI - square, flower, and button. The leaf punch is from Martha Stewart crafts.

The pink gingham designer paper is from A Muse. This ended up being a quick simple card that's really springy! I needed something as I'm really tired of the cold and snow we have been getting lately. Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think of this card.

Friday, February 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop - Scallops

Hello everyone! I decided to participate in the PTI blog hop. Our challenge was to use scallops. Here is my card.

I used the banner dies to make my scallops on the right hand side and cut the normal scallops on the left hand side on the pink PTI cardstock. The gingham is done with Palette Noir ink and the gingham stamp from the bitty back ground set.

I cut three blossoms out from Tim Holtz tattered florals die, distressed them with spun sugar distress ink after stamping them with the "thank you so very much" sentiment. Folded the petals down and added the gingham brad (Making Memories) to the center.

Using the Matt stack 3 die, white cardstock is cut out and then stamped with the gingham from the Matt stack 3 collection in Palette Noir. Added the flower to the center after placing a black cs circle to the center.

Finished it off with a ribbon bow tied out of black grosgrain.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Watercolor butterfly

Happy snow day! It's been snowing off and on for two days and we've got about 6" now. I can't wait for it to start raining to melt all this away. However, the roads are pretty clear so were not too bad off.

So, here is my watercolor butterfly....

Stamp is from The Angel Company. I watercolored this image using distress inks, water and the back of my acrylic block. Just ink up your block with whatever colors of distress inks you want (lighter to darker) and then spritz with water. I used watercolor paper, heat dried it and then stamped on my image. I did add a bit of coloring to the butterfly with some chalks to brighten it up.

I liked this technique so much I decided to do my card base the same way. I used my craft mat though instead of the acrylic block.

Pink designer paper is from Hot Off The Press and the cornice border punch from MS was used on the edges. Layered the main image and the pink with black, added a few black rhinestones and we're done!

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Hello Everyone! I'm off traveling this week for work, it's gonna be super busy but mostly driving long hours to get to where I'm suppose to be! So, with that in mind I thought I'd show you a card involving a classic - car that is.

Stamp is from The Angle Company Just Bee-Cuz set. I inked up the stamp in Versamark and Palette Noir and stamped it so that I could get a good even coverage. Then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder on ivory cardstock. Labels 17 used to cut it out and then decided to use the next size up and layer it with black. Nice and simple - just right for a guy card!

The newsprint paper in the back ground is made using the vintage photo distress ink from Ranger and water. Using my craft mat, I swiped the distress ink across it and then spritzed with water. Laid the newspaper in the color wash and then dried it with a heat gun. Repeated this process a couple of times to get the color I wanted.

I'll add this card to my stash for masculine birthday cards, which I never seem to have enough of.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Think Spring

Hello! I hope this finds everyone doing well. The sun is out today and it's suppose to be just beautiful the next two days! It might be that spring is right around the corner.

Bird stamp is from Studio G ($1 stamps) that I just picked up. The birds are colored with a prismacolor pencil and blended with OMS. Sentiment is from The Angel Company - tag tidbits.

Square and long rectangle Nestabilities used to cut out the images. When I picked up the Studio G stamps at Craft Warehouse, I also picked up some different colored self adhesive pearls made by Queen and Company. The color used here is a navy blue.

Satin ribbon used to make the bow, which was done using the Bow Easy. It's the first time I've made a triple bow which is kind of cool looking.

Blue cardstock is from Papertrey ink and the gingham is from my stash.

We are off to squish, pet, roll around and play with puppies today. We are about three weeks away from bringing our new family member home. There are four boys in this litter and one of them is ours. We don't know which one yet, as the breeder of these beautiful Alaskan Malamutes makes sure that the pup's personality is a fit to ours. Will post pictures later. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I actually get to participate in one of the TAC Savvy projects this week! Yea! Here's my Sunflower card.

Colored with Copic's. All cardstock and stamps are from The Angel Company.

Swiss dots embossing folder was used on the yellow cardstock and I added some gold pearls to the corners for interest. I also did a bit of distressing on the edges of the main image. Overall, pretty clean and simple card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

Hi everyone. Here's a card I completed using this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.

I've had this stamp forever! I bought it either on M's or J's a looong time ago and it's from Delta Rubber Stamped. I colored it with Copic markers and highlighted the center of the flowers with a white gel pen.

Designer paper is from Kaisecraft's English Rose collection. I used some dark brown cardstock from American Crafts to layer the scalloped circle and the main image. The rose colored ribbon is something I got for free when I ordered some Copic refills online at Ellen Hutson's store. Gotta love "free!" Self adhesive pearls are from Queen and Co.

Hopefully the cherry blossoms will be in bloom soon! I needed a spring pick me up since the weather men are predicting snow here. Didn't that groundhog see his shadow? Come on already, I'm ready for some warmer weather!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Belated Birthday

Hello everyone! Here's a card that came together by playing around with some new edge dies from PTI.

The flower is from PTI's year of flowers carnations and is colored with Copic's. I added a bit of sparkle using the stardust pen and smearing it around in the center with my finger. Cut out using circle nestabilities and then popped up using foam tape.

The left panels are done with the new edge dies. I love how they are the perfect size for an A2 card. Sentiment is also from PTI.

Satin ribbon bow is tied with the Bow Easy and attached with a glue dot. I did use some black scrappers floss to gather the ribbon together so that it "looks" like I tied the bow on it. Make sense? Self adhesive pearls from Kaisercraft finish it off.

Thanks for dropping by and I'd love to hear what you think.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Here's the Valentines Day card that I'm going to be giving to my DH. He'll love the humor!

Even though it's sort of a girlie card, he'll laugh! Digital image is from Bugaboo Digital Stamps. I colored her with Copic's and a stardust pen was used to highlight her wings!

Designer paper is from Hot Off The Press and I added some self adhesive pearls for interest.

Long rectangles cut out with nestabilities.

Have a Happy Valentines Day and enjoy the Chocolate.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thank you

Hey there! This is a card that I completed for this weeks Viva La Verve sketch challenge over on SCS.

Let's start with the top tag first. The sprig stamp is from The Angel Company's deco designs which has been retired. It's stamped in Palette Jardin Moss three different times to create that ghosting technique. It's also popped up on foam tape.

The "Thank you" sentiment is from Verve and the polka dots on the die behind it are from Polka dot basics II from PTI. The circle is popped up with foam tape, too.

All of the green cardstock is from Bazzill and the designer paper is from The Crafter's Workshop. Grosgrain ribbon is called Spring Moss and comes from Ribbons and Bows Oh My. Bow is tied with the Bow Easy and adhered in place with a glue dot. So, what do you think - too much green?

I did get about 5 cards done today, so I feel productive! Now I just have to sit down at the computer and schedule some blog posts! Thanks for stopping by and have creative day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just a note (pad)

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, the day job is keeping me extremely busy this month!

Here's a altered item this time around.

I've had this little note book forever sitting up in my cupboard and decided to cover it with some designer paper from Emma line from The Angel Company.

I cute out a nestie shape from label 1 using some scrap black cardstock. I stamped the "just a note" sentiment in white craft ink. The sentiment is from TAC tag tid bits.

Using my Copic markers I colored the flowers to match the designer paper and then added a black button to the center.

I'm hoping to have some time in the studio this weekend so that I can schedule some posts ahead of time. February is always crazy busy for me at work with back to back training sessions, so I hope to get some crafty things accomplished this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Thankful am I

Hello everyone! Here's a card I did for the PTI Make it Monday's challenge. This card features the emboss resist technique.

Stamps are from The Angel Company; Vintage Background and Happly Grateful.

I stamped the background stamp in Palette landscape ink onto the white cardstock. Used an embossing buddy over the stamped image and then using Versamark ink, stamped the leaf print and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Using Palette Landscape and Jardin Moss I sponged around the embossed image using a dauber. I also went around the edges with the Jardin Moss ink.

The corners were rounded on the green carstock (Bazzill) and the image panel using the Zutter corner rounder. Sentiment is stamped in Palette Noir and layered with dark green cardstock (Bazzill). Added the gold self adhesive pearls in the corners after popping up the sentiment panel with foam tape.

Just a clean and simple Thank you card for any occasion! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Retiform Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Are you ready for another creative inspiration blog hop?

TAC™ is sponsoring a Blog Hop where our projects must be done using the Retiform technique. When I first heard of this hop a couple of months ago I had to do a google search to find out about this retiform technique. SplitCoast stampers had a lot of information on it, too. What is it? Well, it has to do with masking and multi-stamping! It's been around awhile, but it's new to me! Here is my creation using this fun technique!

All stamps are from The Angel Company, Fly Fairy, Fanciful Vintage and Vintage backgrounds. The fairy is colored with Copic markers and the wings are cut out and popped up with foam tape. I painted on a bit of stickles to get some sparkly bling on her wings. Ended up putting a small posy on her hat as well.

Yes, those are paper doilies in the back ground - I cut two apart in order to make them stretch and fit behind the nestie. Memento ink used for all the black stamping and the different colors are done with distress inks and a sponge applicator.

Check out all the great projects below featuring this great technique! Thanks for dropping by!


Hey everyone! Here's a card I did for this weeks sketch challenge over at SCS.

Digital stamps are from Bugaboo. I used Copic's markers, glaze and a stardust pen to color this funny older couple!

Pink polka dot designer paper is from My minds eye. The denim paper is something I found hidden away in one of my 12 x 12 cropper hoppers. I realized I have some pretty good designer paper in those storage units that I forgot I had. Ug! Anyway, I used a pair of scissors to distress the edges, popped it up with foam tape and tied on some bakers twine, which holds the sentiment tag.

I also used some glossy accents on their glasses. You might have to enlarge the photo in order to see it and read the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pink heart

Hello everyone! Here is a Valentine's Day card that I created that I actually like!

The heart is a dollar stamp from Studio G and stamped in Memories Cloudy Coral chalk ink. I did stamp it twice, cut one out and popped it up with foam tape.

The designer paper is from Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby line.

I used Copic markers to color the satin ribbon and the lace. Added some white self adhesive pearls at the corners of the middle panel. Corner's were rounded on the bottom of the card base and the white panel.

Thanks for stopping by today. I bet a lot of you have had a few snow days which means time to be creative and do some blog hoppin.