Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mouse - Thinking of you

Hi everyone! One of my past employee's that I've kept in touch with over the years has just been diagnosed with cancer. She's a fighter, so I'm pretty optimistic that she'll kick it. I've left encouraging words via Facebook, but decided to make her a card to let her know I'm thinking about her.

The mouse is an image from The Angel Company and colored with Copic markers. I added a tiny white self adhesive pearl to the center of the flower, which is actually a four leaf clover turned into a flower. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, which is a little blurry in the photo.

Polka dot designer paper is from PTI as is the red cardstock. Black self adhesive rhinestones are from Kaisercraft.

The message inside the card says "sending a hug" also from Hero Arts.

I hope this brightens her day! What do you think? Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, April 29, 2011


Hey everyone! I finally caved in and purchased the Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms clear set of stamps that I've been eyeballing for a while now! Here's the card I made with the first stamped image.

Flowers are colored with Copic Makers. The butterfly is a digital image that I colored using Photoshop Elements and had laying around. Just popped it on the card at the last minute using some dimensional foam tape. The card base is harvest gold cardstock from Papertrey Ink. and the green is from Bazzill.

A bit of spring moss grosgrain ribbon is added for some interest and the sentiment is also from Hero Arts.

The card is kind of bright, but I felt that I needed to do something spring like since all we've been having lately is dull gray rainy weather! Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thanks sew much!

Hi everyone! Here's a fun card that I did this past weekend using the Sew Thankful set from The Angel Company.

The sewing machine is stamped in Archival black ink from Ranger - I experimented with so many different black inks to get a good solid impression without having to resort to black embossing powder! I decided to give it an old fashioned look and got out the stipple brush and brushed on some Memento desert sand.

The big button is a from a bunch of chipboard shapes that I've had stashed away. I covered it using the Amberley Grace SWIC paper from TAC and tied a satin ribbon through the button holes. All paper is from the same collection except for the brown cardstock. I used a new stitch punch from EK Success on the left hand side to do the faux stitching. Love that punch!

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

Monday, April 25, 2011

Boys and Men - Red Baron

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! Today I'm participating in the Boys and Men blog hop over at Capture the moment for Papertrey ink.

Here's the card I came up with.

I used the Fly Away mini stamp set from PTI and colored everything using Copic Markers. I did some fussy cutting and cut the plane and the sentiment banner out so that I could pop it up on the sky back ground. The clouds are done using the Picasso brass stencil, a dauber and Memento summer sky ink.

The scallops are cut from the Quickutz cookie cutter die using pure poppy cardstock. The argyle embossing folder was used on the Blueberry sky cardstock. I did end up using some ribbon (sorry boys) on this to separate the layers, which I just got from Ribbons and Bows Oh My.

Masculine cards are so typically hard to make. I struggle with little boy cards so this challenge was a lot of fun! What do you think?

Friday, April 22, 2011

TAC's Golden Egg card makers challenge

Hello everyone! There's a challenge going on over at the Savvy Projects blog called the Golden Egg card makers challenge.

What's in the Golden Egg? (Items that have to be on your card):

1. GLITTER ~ Prisma glitter or glitter pens ... it just has to have glitter!
2. LAYERS ~ At least 3!
3. COLOR ~ At least 3 colors or more! Ink, prisma pencils, copics, etc.
5. FLOWERS ~ At least 1!

Here's the card I made for this challenge!

All paper, ribbon and stamps are from The Angel Company. I used a glue pad to ink up the edge design stamp and stamped it on the green, then sprinkled glitter all over it and let dry. I usually don't have very good luck with glue pads but I got it to work this time around!

Tulips are colored with Copic markers and I used one of the long rectangle nesties to cut and emboss it.

Stamps - Tulips from Girls day out and Edge Designs. Sentiment from - English everyday cuties. Paper - Emma

I seem to be into clean and simple these days when designing my cards! Thanks for stopping by and check out all the other challenge cards listed below!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CAS - I appreciate you!

Hi everyone! Next Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day. Here's the CAS card I made for my wonderful Admin Assistant - who is totally awesome!

Stamps are from Papertrey Ink called Flower fusion #2. I used chalk inks from Studio G and the hot pink ink just happened to match the Hibiscus Burst cardstock from PTI. Lucky! I cut out and embossed the panel using a square nestability and then popped it up using foam tape.

The embossing is done using the square lattice folder made by sizzix for SU. This card actually measures 4.5 x 4.5 square. I added a black self adhesive pearl from Kaisercraft to the center of the flower for some dimension.

Here's a peek at the finished inside of the card. I used a dauber to ink up the outside of the label and a black glaze gel pen to put dots on the centers of the flowers to match the one on the front.

Think she'll like this? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Designer coffee cup

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This card was created for a friend who has a particular flair for collecting the coolest designer coffee cups. I specifically bought this set from The Angel Company (cup of love) due to both of the cool cups in the set.

I stamped it in Memories black ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I colored it using Copic markers and a black glaze gel pen.

Labels 4 used to cut out the sentiment (TAC wonderful news set) and added some really cool new gathered black ribbon. You might have to enlarge the picture to see the details, but it's a fun ribbon.

The designer paper is from Carol Wilson that I got at a LSS over a year ago. I had this paper in mind when I colored the cup. Lovin how it turn out!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just Because

Hey everyone! Here's another card using a new image from A Muse.

I colored with a marker directly on the stamp and then spritzed it with water to create the watercolor effect. Sentiment is stamped in Palette noir.

I just got the new smaller version of labels four and love that I'm now able to layer without having to hand cut!!

Designer paper is something that I pulled out of my scrap pile and have no clue who it's from. Grosgrain ribbon used to tie the little bow on the flower and behind the main image. At the last minute I added three self adhesive pearls for some bling from Kaisercraft! I got lucky and found some green one's amongst all the packages that I have stuffed into my little drawer!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.” — Gerald G. Jampolsky

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thinking about you

Hi everyone! I was able to play around and work with this weeks Mojo Monday sketch yesterday!

Stamps are from the "just because" set from A Muse. The leaf stem is stamped in Studio G chalk ink in a lime green and the sentiment is stamped in Palette dark chocolate. The stitching is a stamp from Stampabilities and is also stamped in the dark chocolate.

Green cardstock is from Bazzill and the dark brown is from my stash. The designer paper on top is from Memory Box.

Brown grosgrain ribbon is secured under the green with tape and the Bow Easy is used to tie the bow. Lastly, I added a small punched butterfly for a splash of color.

Thanks for stopping by!

“Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.” — Frank Goble

Monday, April 11, 2011

CAS Fish collage

Hi everyone. I'm home from Alaska and back in the studio. Yea! I started out doing a clean and simple card to get my mojo going! It's been a long 8 days of not being able to get my fingers inky!

Stamp is from The Angel Company and is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. American craft navy cardstock is used as the card base and to layer the collage.

The blue background is done using distress ink in peeled paint. I applied the ink directly to my craft sheet, spritzed with water and soaked up the ink with white card stock. After it dried, I ran it through the cuttlebug using an embossing plate from PTI. Love the texture.

Thanks for stopping by! More creations to follow as I just got my shipment in from A Muse. I had to see what all the new hype is about - so far I'm liking them!

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Or shall we say a stampers best friend? LOL!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sew thoughtful

Hi everyone! In just got a few new set of rubber in from TAC and have been busy making up cards with a few of the images from the sets. This is from Sew Thankful.

The dress form is stamped in Memento and colored with Copic's. I added a bit of bling using a stardust pen on the swirls in the dress form and in the swirls - which are a retired set from TAC.

Designer paper is from Angelee SWIC from The Angel Company as is the purple cardstock. I used a bit of black grosgrain ribbon to make the bow. Light purple self adhesive pearls are from Kaisercraft.

What do you think? I'm not sure I'm liking all the purple on this!

Thanks for stopping in!

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Caring thoughts

Hello everyone! I'm still up in Alaska on business and missing my creative time at home! Here's a clean and simple sympathy card today!

Stamps are from Hero Arts called "with sympathy." I saw this set and just had to have it since it has so many great sentiments that are very flexible and basic.

Flower is stamped in Palette Fresh Snow on Kraft cardstock. Sentiment is stamped in Noir. The card base is designer paper from Kaisercraft - which you really cant see all that well. Black cardstock is used to layer the kraft.

My white satin ribbon is almost too white (or I brightened up the picture too much in PSE9) but in real life it's very classy looking. Bow is tied with the Bow Easy.

Thanks for dropping in today! Take Care.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sending a latte...

Greetings everyone! I'm in the frozen north of Alaska on business and scheduled a few posts while I'm on the road! I finally got some time in the studio on my day off!!! YEA!

Stamps are from The Angel Company. The cup is from the set called "Cup of Love" and the sentiment is from "Sending a Latte."

The cup and saucer are colored with Copic markers in G21, G24 and G28. The dots are filled in with a black glaze gel pen.

Buttons are from American Crafts and are stacked and glued down on top of each other. The sentiment flag was created using the cornice border punch from Martha Stewart.

I decided to add a bit of interest to the card and did some paper piercing on the black cardstock. Black rhinestones are from Kaisercraft and the green cardstock is from Bazzill.

Thanks for stopping in today!

“I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice.” — Erich Fromm

Friday, April 1, 2011

A little something

Greetings! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been busy training the new puppy how to not potty in the house! =) He's doing really good, just needs constant watching, which is not conducive to stamping or creating cards.

Cupcake is colored with Copic's, cut out and popped up in the center with foam tape. Designer paper is from TAC called Uptown Girl. I used the dot background stamp from the TAC set "A little Something" to create the polka dots on the hot pink.

Circle nestabilities used to cut out the scallops and the circle. Black grosgrain ribbon attached to the bottom of the card and bow is tied with the Bow Easy. One other thing, I did add some sparkle to the candy on the cupcake with a pink stardust pen.

Thanks for stopping by!

“So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” — Brenda Ueland