Friday, September 30, 2011

Pink fairy

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge. It was an open challenge but pink was suggested for the color.

So I started with coloring her gown pink using Copic's. I added a few white highlights throughout her gown using a Sharpie paint pen. You might need to blow up the picture to notice though. I also added some sparkle to her wings using a stardust pen. Light pink rhinestones from kaisercraft added to the sparkles.

Dark grey cardstock that was used to layer is from American Crafts and the pink cardstock came from Hot Off The Press. Sadly, I have no idea who makes this stamp image.

I almost added a few flowers to the lower left corner, but it wasn't working for me. Too big, not the right color, yada yada yada. Ended up tying a bow using the bow easy with pink grosgrain ribbon. I like - not too fussy and it lets the fairy be the focal image! The inside was stamped with little star bursts that I picked up a few years ago from Stamps by Judith.

What do you think? thanks for stopping in and and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another fall card

Hi everyone! Here's another fall card I did using stamps from TAC.

Colored with Copic Markers. The designer paper is also from TAC. I used the spellbinder nestie label to cut this little guy out and then traced and hand cut the black layer behind.

Wood grain embossing folder from Tim Holtz used on the dark brown cardstock. The brown cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.

This is actually a really fun set to own as there are so many possibilities. Bummer that TAC folded and it's not available for purchase any longer!

Have a wonderful creative day and thank for stopping in.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Hi everyone! Since fall began officially last Friday, I thought I'd make a few cards to usher in the season.

Stamp is from Memory Box and colored with Marvy Makers and huffed on. The sentiment is from Stampendous.

Designer paper is from Papertrey Ink. I used two colors of brown cardstock from American Crafts, one to layer the main image and one as the card base. I found some rust colored grosgrain ribbon to tie behind the main image. Added the gold self adhesive pearls for some bling.

What do you think? I think this one's kinda plain Jane! Not sure if it's working for me or not. Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Two challenge card

Hi everyone! I had some time on my hands this afternoon and decided to combine (or try to) two challenges in one card. Mojo Monday 207 and the inspiration challenge over on SCS.

The blog that was chosen for inspiration is awesome! Here is what I chose.

Here is what I came up with!

Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and stamped in Archival jet black ink. The lace is colored with a copic marker to try and match the ivory colors in the card. I didn't have any of the muted or mint greens in my cardstock collection so I went with the lightest I had.

Cardstock used:
Ivory and Fine Linen from Papertrey Ink
Brown from American Crafts
Green and swiss dot green from Bazzill

Well, what do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback on this one!


Hello! Happy first day of fall, er I mean second day. It sure didn't feel like it around here. Very warm, sunny and humid.

So, with that in mind here is a sketch card that I made for SCS and did not post. Stamps are from TAC and colored with Copic markers.

The die is from Verve and I hand cut the layer in back after tracing it onto cardstock. Self adhesive gold pearls are added for some bling.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thinking about you because...

Hi everyone! Here's a Clean and Simple card I whipped up in no time at all.

Stamps are from A*Muse studio. I stamped the butterfly using the huff method which is colored with Marvy LePlume markers. I added some sparkle to its wings using a stardust pen and smearing it a bit with my finger. Circle nesties used to cut it out and the layer behind.

The sentiment is stamped in jet black archival ink and then cut out using the label die from Verve. I traced the label onto blue card stock from Hot Off The Press and cut it out free hand.

Gingham designer paper is also from A*Muse. Added the white satin ribbon and the blue self adhesive pearls as finishing touches. This card maybe took 15 minutes tops!

What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Easel Card Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for another challenge over at Victorine Originals. This time the challenge is to make an easel card. Here's mine.

The hill landscape and tree's stamps are from Victorine Originals. The sentiment is built using everyday expressions from Paper Studio (picked it up at Hobby Lobby).

I did a lot of sponging and masking on this card, from the green hills to the blue skies. I used Palette Jardin Moss for the hills and the sky is done with Memento Summer sky. The clouds are cut out from dies (PTI) and popped up using foam tape.

This is the first time that I have attempted to create an easel card - what fun! What do you think, did I do it justice? Remember that you can create your own easel card and upload it to this link to be entered in to win free stamps!

Thanks for stopping in and have a creative day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Distress faux silk

Hey again! Here's the other faux silk card that I did because I goofed it up in the first place. Always let it dry.....if you don't have the patience, use your heat gun very carefully!

To cover up the green that bled through onto the tissue paper I used antique linen distress ink to add some color. To do this, I added a couple of swipes of the ink to my craft mat, added a few spritzes of water and then used a sponge to lightly distress the panel. I did cut it out using the nestie prior to doing this!

The card base is fine linen from PTI, which I have to say that I've had for along time but have never used. I thought it looked so wonderful when it first came out and when I actually got it, UGH - gross! (giggle). It works well with this though!

The black strip is done using a black Copic marker on post it note label roll tape. If you ever see a roll of it at your local office retail store, pick it up! Great for doing so many household, office and crafty things!

So, which one of the faux silk do you prefer? The original way or the distressed way? I'm kind of liking the distressed one myself. Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Faux silk

Hey there! I haven't done this technique in a long while and thought this image was so perfect for it!

I stamped the bamboo in Bamboo leaves ink from Memento onto tissue paper. Let it dry thoroughly! Ask me why? Well, it tends to smudge when you crumple up the tissue paper! LOL! Did this a few times and even created another card much like this one, that I will show you later because I tried to hide the smudges.

Vintage cream cardstock used as the card base and the base for the tissue paper to be glued on. The green is highland green smoothie from Bazzill. Spring green grosgrain ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My is used to create the photo corner on the top right.

The detail of the wrinkling is a little hard to see in the photo I think, sorry about that. The one I'll show you later is way more pronounced! Both cards ended up being clean and simple ones, too!

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cream and navy

Greetings! I'm currently in Las Vegas in business meetings for the three days! Hopefully I'll be able to get some gambling time elbow needs a work out! The following card was created based upon a picture that I just saw on Pinterest - it was a color combo that featured grey and navy. I added some cream to it and this is what I came up with.

The grosgrain ribbon doesn't perfectly match the cardstock which really bums me out! I even tried to color some ribbon with Copic's to see if I could match the cardstock, but stuck out. Oh well, in real life it looks pretty decent.

Stamps are from Papertrey Ink (can you tell that I got a shipment recently? LOL). The wheat like plant is stamped in Colorbox ink of some color or another. It says dusty plum, but I think it looks more wheat. Sentiment is stamped in jet black Archival ink.

Navy and grey cardstock is from Bazzill and the vintage cream is from PTI. I would really like to hear what you think about this one! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Remember how special you are

Hi everyone! I just got my shipment of the newest Ranger Distress dye's including the hot new color of picket fence! I was playing around with it and used it as a white wash for the card below.

The Ginkgo leaves are stamped onto kraft cardstock in two different colors of green and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I then applied the picket fence dye and wiped off the excess with a paper towel.

I did the same technique with the houndstooth stamp on the right. Sentiment is stamped in Archival jet black (this has become my go to black ink for even distribution) after cutting the ivory cardstock with the labels die. I took the die and traced around it onto Bazzill highland green smoothie cardstock and hand cut it out. Made a great layer! Green grosgrain ribbon used to cover the seam in the card panels.

So, what do you think of the new distress dye in picket fence? Doesn't it make a great white wash? Stamps and label die from Papertrey Ink.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just think...

Hi Everyone! What a busy week it's been for me! I've been playing around with some things and wanted to showcase one of them for you.

I've made my own washi tape!

I went to the dollar store and found some paper tape in the health and beauty isle. It's actually medical tape, but a thin paper like substance. I put a piece on my craft mat and stamped the houndstooth background stamp from Papertrey ink onto it. The ink I used was one of those $1 studio G chalk inks, I just let it dry really good before using. I found a green cardstock from Bazzill in my stash that went well with the ink used and applied the tape to the left hand side.

The main panel was done using peeled paint distress ink. I swiped it several times onto the craft mat and then spritzed with water. I let the white cardstock soak up some of the ink and then dried it with heat tool. Love the way it came out!

I stamped the leaf (PTI) in spiced marmalade distress ink and then came back and stamped it again using Palette Jardin Moss. Sentiment is from Studio G dollar stamps and is inked up in archival ink.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thanks for the lift!

Hi everyone! Wowza, what a wonderful relaxing vacation we had. Saw so many cool critters along the way (see below) but mostly just chilled!

This card was made a while ago and I'm now just getting around to posting it.

Stamps and the dies are from Papertrey Ink.

I colored the balloon with Copic markers and then used the die to cut it out. I first cut a piece of acetate or "marker" and used that as a guide to make sure that I lined up the balloon die fairly closely with the stamped image.

The cloud die was used to emboss the blue cardstock. I just put the die on the cutting surface cut side down or on a piece of thin chipboard and then put the cardstock over the top of it and ran it through the CB.

Palette fresh snow used to stamp the clouds and it's also sponged around the edges of the card.

Below are a few of the pictures I was able to snap of the critters we saw last week.

Herd of Elk (7 bull's in the herd)

These were taken in the North Cascades of Washington State.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Primary colors

Hello everyone! It's time for another challenge over at Victorine Originals. This time the DT was charged with using primary colors. Here's my example.

Flowers were colored with markers, huffed on and stamped. I added some self adhesive pearls to the centers of each one. The vase is stamped in Colorbox sky blue pigment ink.

Cardstock is from Papertrey ink in pure poppy and enchanted evening.

The swirls are die cut from the newest dies that Memory Box just debuted. I think that they match the design that is embedded into the vase and thought it would be fun to tuck them under the panel.

You can once again play along with the challenge and possibly win Victorine Originals stamps! See the link in my sidebar.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Celebrate and wish big!

Hey everyone! Before I left on vacation the brown truck delivered my latest order from Papertrey Ink! I just had to whip out the new stamps and play around. Here's what I came up with!

Stamps are from the set Harvest Berries. The sentiment is also from PTI and is from the set Half and Half.

I stamped the ginkgo leaves in Versamark and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder on the kraft cardstock. Then using the other leaf stamp I stamped it in Palette fresh snow onto Bazzill Highland Green smoothie cardstock.

I cut out the banner using the double ended banners die from PTI onto the kraft cardstock. Stamped the sentiment and then attached it to the card. I used spring green grosgrain ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My on the right side and for the bow. I really like how well it matches the Highland green cardstock!

I think the sentiment gets lost on this card and I might go back and sponge an outline in fresh snow to make it stand out a bit. What do you think?