Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dragonfly thanks

Hi everyone! Today I'm showcasing one of my all time favorite TAC stamps. It's old and I think I might have gotten this one on ebay.

I stamped the fern in Memories Pale Olive chalk ink onto ivory cardstock. The sentiment is stamped and clear heat embossed onto vellum then attached over fern using green brads. Sentiment is from Verve.

The dragonfly is punched out using Martha Stewart's craft punch onto thin chipboard. Using copper alcohol ink I colored the dragonfly to look like one of those steel garden garden sculptures that rust out after a time. Added some sparkle by spritzing on some frost shimmer.

Cardstock is Bazzill green's in textures and smoothies.

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Buttterfly Medallion

Hi everyone! Today I'm showing you a card that I made for SCS sketch challenge (I never uploaded the card, tho) and I also played around with a technique that T.H. showcased a while back.

OH My - there is NO stamping on this card. Designer paper is from Memory Box called Minuet. To make the medallion I used clear packing tape, the dp and glossy accents.

I took the clear packing tape and taped off a section of the dp. Then you submerge the strip in water and peel off the paper, which leaves the translucent design. I then used the glossy accents on the fragment tag and stuck them together. This technique was so much fun and has so many cool possibilities!

The pool blue cardstock is from my scrap pile and I think it's from DCWV. White grosgrain ribbon finishes off the card.

So what do you think?

Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm here for you!

Hello! Happy Friday - wow what a week! Glad it's over and I'm 8 hours away from vacation! WooHoo!

Here's a quick card that can be used for a pick me up or sympathy card. Stamps are from PTI and the leaf is colored and outlined with Copic's.

Green cardstock is from Bazzill and the designer paper is Old World Stack from DCWV. I dusted off my corner rounder and round a few corner on this one. I actually need a new punch, as the one I have is hard to use and doesn't punch clean.

Well, I guess I better get busy scheduling some posts to appear on the blog while I'm on vacation. We're heading out in the RV for a week. Can you say relaxation?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sad news and a dahlia!

Hi everyone! If you haven't heard the news, The Angel Company has announced that they are hanging up their wings. Below is the official announcement from CEO Mischelle Smith.

"It is with great sadness that I must announce we are hanging up our wings. These past several years our industry has faced enormous challenges and as a result, we have seen many companies close their doors. We continued to hope we could see The Angel Company through this recession and back into prosperous days and we held onto this hope as long as we could.

One of the largest challenges affecting each of us is our industry not being able to support all of the direct sales companies in our field. Even in a healthy economy, we are a niche market trying to compete for a very limited number of distributors. As a small company, this has been a grueling challenge for us. Times are tough for everyone ~ in direct sales and retail environments.

I would like to thank each of you for being an customer and Angel these past 14 years. Indeed, it has been a pleasure to serve you. -Mischelle"

I will continue to use my favorite TAC stamps in my many creations. I was always just a hobby angel, buying mostly for myself and supporting my love of stamps. This gives me an opportunity to explore other avenues for my hobby and add to my ever growing collection of stamps. I have a feeling I'll just support other demo's for a while though!

Here is a Birthday card that I made for my Father's girl friend using the dotted dahlia stamp from TAC.

Thanks for stopping in! I will continue to follow my fellow TAC Angel blogs since they have been a huge source of inspiration throughout my tenure as an Angel.

Copic markers
Spellbinders long rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies, label die
Verve tag die
Lattice embossing folder
TAC stamps and pink designer paper
Bazzill green cardstock
White card stock is neenah

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nautical Masculine Birthday

Hi everyone! Here is a card I recently did for a Victorine Originals Birthday challenge.

I did a lot of experimenting and playing around with this one. The back ground is created using the rope stamp from the nautical set from VO. I stamped it in Palette fresh snow, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then used the vintage photo distress ink to distress the kraft card stock a bit more.

The tag and the left strip are created using Post-it note tape and vintage photo distress ink. I've been seeing all these rolls of washi tape on Pinterest and even some DIY versions and started playing around.

To create the tag I put three strips of the Post-it Note tape on a piece of cardstock and distressed it with the vintage photo using the sponge applicator. I then ran it through the CB and cut out the tag using the die from Quickutz. It sort of looks like wood! I recycled the "rope" from a Life is Good Tag that I had saved and tied some knots into it and attached it to the left panel.

The circle's are cut out using the spellbinders dies and the Birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts.

There are challenges going on over at the Victorine Blog every two weeks where you can enter for a chance to win VO stamps. The new challenge is summertime and starts tomorrow! Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Be fabulous 2

Ok people! Here's the second card I made with this set and the Gift With Purchase stamp.

The small flower within the box is the GWP stamp. The bigger one in the middle I created using stamps from the Be Fabulous set. I stamped the box and then masked it off to get the flower stamped in about the same position as the smaller version.

All are colored with Copic markers. The blue swiss dot paper is from Bazzill that I just picked up from my LSS. The edge is cut with a die from PTI. I colored the small rickrack with the B0000 Copic marker that I used in the back ground on the flowers.

Yellow, white and blue are one of my favorite color combo's to use. I think it's so crisp and clean.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Be Fabulous

Hi everyone! Mr. Mailman just delivered more new stamps from The Angel Company! I've been playing around for days! WooHoo!

Stamped the flower in Palette fresh snow ink and then outlined them with a T1 Copic Marker. Used a sponge dauber to add the white ink around the edge of the card.

Copic markers used to color the flower and then I did a bit of fussy cutting. It's popped up with foam tape. Sentiment and the bee are stamped in Palette Noir.

The base of the card is dark brown which is a bit hard to see in the photo. I completed another card using this same set and one of our Gift With Purchase stamps which I will show you later in the week.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sometimes you flip......

and sometimes you flop. Or so they say....

Stamps are from Great Impressions. I've had the flip flop stamp for a couple of years and just picked up the sentiment. Don't they go great together? Flip flops are colored with Copic markers and self adhesive pearls used for the center of the flowers.

Kraft cardstock used as the base of the card after I ran it through the crimper. Layered both the sentiment and the flip flops with blue cardstock that I dug out of my scrap pile. Tied a bit of twine around it and finally got that little bow to come out right.

All I have to say is that summer has truly flopped this year in Washington State. We've had 83 minutes of 80 degree weather so far and it's the middle of August! Go figure - we just can't make it out of the 70's!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stamping on fabric

Hi everyone! I found some time today to make something up for the TAC Savvy blog hop, stamping on fabric.

My fabric of choice is canvas which I used for the back ground and sentiment panels.

Stamps are from the set For Everything from The Angel Company. I stamped the back ground in Memento Bamboo Leaves onto the canvas. The Thank You sentiment is stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black.

Spellbinders labels 1 used to cut out the sentiment panel and I layered it with Highland Bazzill Basic smoothies paper. Which is also used for the card base. I added gold self adhesive pearls that I got from Micheal's at the top and bottom of the die cut. Ivory satin ribbon is attached and then I popped up the Thank You with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Digi caterpillar

Hey everyone! I've had this digi Caterpillar colored for a while now just waiting to be made into a card. I decided to play around with my new leaves spellbinders dies and other assorted dies and punches and this card just happen to materialize from it.

The digi is from DDH (which you can get to from the link on my side bar) and the sentiment is from The Angel Company. The caterpillar is colored with Copic markers.

I used a lot of different green's from Bazzill to create the mass of leaves. Button is from American Crafts. I added a few leaf branch punches from a MS punch.

Not bad for just messing around, Huh?

Monday, August 8, 2011


Hi there! Here's card that came about because I was playing around with some new rubber from The Angel Company. This is from the set Mama Wants.

Let me give you some back ground on this one. My mom was notorious for leaving tissues laying around (and in her purse too) with lips on them. She always had lipstick on and was always blotting it! That is what came to mind when I saw this particular stamp from the set.

So, of course I had to recreate one of those tissues! Stamped in pure poppy (because she always wore bright pink/red lipstick) onto tissue paper and then once dried, I added some clear gel glaze pen to shine it up!

Background created with the lips that are stamped randomly all around. Sentiment was done with a marker on the stamp (it says Hugs & Kisses) and I wanted just used a marker to make that happen.

White is used as the card base, black and red cardstock used to layer. I was searching around for some really cool designer paper to go with this, but ended up getting frustrated because I couldn't find anything in my stash of papers, and I have a lot! Isn't that a bummer! Oh well, it is what it is!

Thanks for stopping in! By the way, how many of you blot your lipstick (if you wear it) and leave the tissue someplace other than the garbage can? I have to admit that I stopped wearing lipstick a while back ago since I don't have an "office" to go to everyday. However, that doesn't mean that I don't have at least 12 tubes of it in my makeup drawer!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend so far! There's a big sale going on over at Victorine Originals, 50% off all unmounted rubber stamps. Here's recent card I did using their stamps!

Back ground is done using one of the stamps that came in this unmounted sheet. I just randomly stamped it in dark chocolate Palette ink and distressed with vintage photo distress ink. I crumbled it up and then spritzed it with water to mute the ink further. Love how it came out.

The tricycle is stamped on ivory and also distressed with antique linen and a stipple brush. Tied a bow with some hemp twine after running it around the background piece a couple of times.

So, head on over to Victorine Originals to snap up some great unmounted stamps at 50% off, sale ends Sunday so hurry on over.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Clean and Simple Thanks

Hello! Here's another clean and simple card today. Seems that's all I'm doing these days! (grin)

Designer paper is from my stash and I have no clue who made it. All I know is that it matched the sky blue Colorbox ink that I used for the middle vase, so I went with it! Ditto on the grosgrain ribbon!

Stamps are from the set called Gracious Vases from Papertrey Ink. Self adhesive pearls from Kaisercraft are stuck to the grosgrain ribbon for bling.

Pretty simple huh? Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Distressed limbs

Hey everyone! Where has this week gone to? It's already Wednesday and I feel so behind. I found this really neat limb stamp that Memory Box has just put out and just had to buy it. In playing around, this is one of the cards that came about.

I colored directly on the stamp with markers and did the huff method. The distressed stamp is also from memory box and after I stamped the limb onto it, I used some vintage photo and antique linen to distress it and layer it on the kraft cardstock. Sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Sort of masculine in feel, but wouldn't this stamp be fun to play around with in the autumn?
Thanks for stopping by!