Thursday, June 30, 2011

Time to Celebrate with Some Embossing Fun

Papercraft's Color Inspiration #6 got me motivated to do this card for my nephew who has a birthday next month.

Making one nephew a rocking card like this had to be matched somehow.  

Thank you Jess Witty for this idea....WOWzers!

Thank you ESPECIALLY for reminding us to heat from UNDER -


when doing this technique. I am such a newbie, that I would have blown embossing powder ALL OVER my den had she not warned me.  

You sprinkle embossing powders of various colors.  I varied the embossing powders in the image from ODBD TIME and did it the old fashioned way with Versamark Ink.  That is when it hit me to try Jess' way.

I stuck with the colors from Paper Craft's Choice.

Mark's Finest Papers has a Sparkle Challenge.  Hence, the red sparkly embossing powder.

Don't forget ODBD's Anything Goes challenge is this week.

Thank you for peeking in and have a wonderful weekend and July 4th! ;)
Info:  ODBD TIME, Ellison Hello Kitty Frame, Spellbinders Classic Circles, embossing powders: white, black, glitter red, Brilliance red Ink, Versamark Ink, Cuttlebug folder, Scor Pal for blue circle

Three Pottery Pieces, Three Colors, Three Challenges !

Here is a card utilizing colors that are new for me.

I used this stamp set, You are the Potter, from ODBD that has such a wonderful image and verses. ODBD's Anything Goes challenge is this week.  Use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps to enter!

I enjoyed making the cutout in the lefthand corner.  I sort of stumbled on that one...scoring and cutting with a craft knife.  It just needed something to balance the wonderful verse on the right lower corner. At least I thought so. ;)

The sun/flower in the right corner inspired my daisy poking out above the coral cutout.  The vase is what made me think of this image I used. 

had me thinking hard! ;) 

It's a good thing!

Thank you for peeking in! ;)

Info:  ODBD You are the Potter, Spellbinders Label Eleven, Ellison Hello Kitty Frame (circle), MS Fringe scissors, Scor Pal for scoring, Memento Inks, Copic and Memento markers for coloring,MS ink

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Moxie Stampy Card Plus a BUG

   I made this other card for the Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

   I have discovered the beauty of inking up an acrylic block.  

Simple, clear, beautiful...wonderful background to highlight an element.  

Here are three different nature silhouettes each with an acrylic background.


   Plus, you see that bug?  Ya'll know I love those bugs!

Thanks for looking. ;)

Info: Technique Tuesday Growing Wild, Papertrey Ink Communique Curves Sentiments, Offray Ribbon,Scunci Munchkin Minis, Memento Inks, Making Memories Just Chillin' DP

A Polaroid Technique

I love it when I learn a new technique!

Papertrey's Make it Monday #21 is Polaroid 2-Step Masking.

It may seem complicated (I get intimidated by too many steps).  But seriously, it's not.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.  

I thought the hardest thing was choosing WHAT TO FRAME.   

I decided on this.

I wanted the brightest colors and the simplest has been rainy and gloomy lately.

I added a bit of PTI's Grunge Me in the right corner of the frame for a little "rockin'".  ;)   I also distressed the DP with sandpaper.

Watch the video and give it a try.

Thanks for stopping in. ;) 

Info: Papertrey's Fruit Fusion Apple Mini, Grunge Me, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Brilliance Red, Memento blue, Making Memories Just Chillin' Girl Paper,VersaMagic Cloud White,EK Success Corner Punch

You Rock and a Funny

Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World calls for stamping as the predominant element.


Here is my card.

I wasn't trying to be funny by putting it on a was the spot where the sun hit. 

But I laughed out loud when I saw my pic in the viewer.


I love it when that happens. ;)

Have a great day...thanks for peeking in. 

Info: Papertrey Grunge Me, Memento Ink,MS fringe scissors

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Clarity, a Rainbow, and a Clear Acrylic Block

I made a rainbow card for two challenges. 

There is a special edge on it which warrants a submission to Moxie Fab's Beautiful Borders.

   My coil binding machine made the holes.  Using inexpensive embroidery floss, I wound the colors of the rainbow.  Originally, it was the top edge of a card I did...until I took pictures and didn't like it. 

I salvaged it and attached it in a fold to this second card.

 My original card had a lot more color going on.

The edge has its own appeal and needed more white for a backdrop. 

The skinny rectangles were stamped with the side of an acrylic block.  

All these lovely stamps I own...

...and I stamp with the block.

Don't tell my husband!  ;)

I would still like the option of buying more stamps.

Creating this got me thinking of when my girls were babies. 

They would play with the wrapping paper of presents.  They cared less about the gift itself...they just wanted to mess with the crinkly, shiny paper.

We would carefully untangle their chubby fingers from the paper and try to attract them with the COOL NEW TOY we had spent time and money on. 

It makes me sad to think that we do that as grownups.  We (I !) stare at pretty, shiny, insignificant things.  Until God draws our (my !) attention to the real valuable stuff.


Our loved ones.

Our not so loved ones.

Amazing what stamping with a clear acrylic block does for the soul.  

It gave me a little clarity today anyway. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to stop in.

Info: Papertrey Communique Curves Sentiments, Basic Grey flower, Staz On ink, Memento Ink, MS ink, binding machine, ACRYLIC BLOCK ;)

Stained Glass Dress Plus Amanda's Card

We are just in time to meet Color Q's Deadline....

My stainglassy look was inspired by this dress online

I used a foam brush (still have my crafty stuff handy) to brush stroke with blue ink.  I sponged the geometric pieces within geometric masks I tried cutting out and laying on the looked too "formal".  At least I could use them for masks!

I say "WE" are just in time, because my Amanda made one too! ;)

I believe she inspired me with her red in the corner (hers was done first!).  Check out her "Going Green"...the right hand corner was salvaged from a border punch container cool is that?

  ColourQ Challenge 90 , we're getting there as fast as we can! ;)

My Card's Info: Inkadinkado Birthday stamps, Staz on ink, Dew Drop Brilliance ink, Red Sharpie to color the ribbon, MS ink, Memento ink

Amanda's card: Basic Grey, Tranquil, MS ink, Sharpie Marker and Memento marker for sentiment, Memento Ink

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Fancy Edged Christmas Card

   I am so glad I got this card done...I have been thinking about these colors and trying different things.  

This is the one I ended up with...

... another Christmas card!!!! ;)

   I feel the pressure this year to make cards.  My family and friends expect a handmade card since they know I spend my free time doing this. ;)  

Once it's your's your thing, right?

I have a blog that makes it official. ;)   LOL

Thank you CAS-ual Fridays
for pointing me in the right direction. ;)

for your colors. ;)

Your challenges are fun and they motivate me.  

I really enjoy this.

Thank you for stopping by. ;)

Info: Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant, Papertrey Wreath for All Seasons, Tim Holtz ink to sponge on small pendant, Staz On ink

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey's June Blog Hop is going on right now.

You have until 11:00 pm EST tonight to participate. ;)

Here is the card I must have taken 6 tries to get it the way I envisioned it.

Things I have learned from doing this type of card:

~Wipe down the acrylic block around the image before stamping or it will leave smudges.
~Clean the stamp really well before using a different color or it will get muddied.  If need be, take a paper towel and wipe down the ink pad to get any transferred color.
~Watch those inky fingers!!!  Have a container of baby wipes and paper towels ready. Use them EVERY time you stamp...whatever it takes to get the job done cleanly!  ;)

Here is the inspiration photo:

Thanks for stopping still have time to jump in! ;)


Papertrey Grunge Me and All Booked Up, Staz On ink, Memento ink,Memories Rainbow Ink, Creative Memories oval cutter

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stars, a Sketch, and Patriotic Colors

  My friend's birthday is the Fourth of July.  How fun is that?! 

She has the awesome personality to match that day too...she's like a party waiting to happen.;)  

 I shall be a good friend this year and send her a card:

   I am new to stamping and coloring...but it wasn't hard to color the chipboard button and simple white ribbon with a grey Copic marker. The ribbon became a little stiff after coloring, but I like that!  It was easier to handle and lay flat.

I colored the red stars with a Memento marker.  I used an Innovative Stamp Creations stamp for the background (I hardly have any grey cardstock).

There are 3 challenges that got me headed in the right direction to make this fun card:

Pals Paper Arts 99  Element of Style-Stars,

(PS...I got to see Bette Midler when I was a wee little one..maybe is one of my first memories!!! ;)

Play Date Cafe with these awesome colors,

and Just Add Ink 73 's sketch:

Supplies: Innovative Stamp Creations Rocks on the Shore (free stamp thrown in with my!!!), ODBD Time (given to me free from a blog! ), Quickutz star belt loop (given to me by my sister who got it free at a!), Copic marker, Memento marker, Staz on ink, Making Memories Just Chillin' DP

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Bunch of Thank Yous for Your Time

    I was motivated by ODBD 65 ~Thank You~ challenge.  Here is what I came up with to help our church thank VBS workers:

 I was also inspired by a new blog I stumbled upon that had such a sweet sketch:

Thanks for peeking in! ;)

Info: ODBD Time, PaperTrey Fruit Fusion Apple, 
PaperTrey Communique Curves Sentiments, Tim Holtz ink, Spellbinders Classic Circles

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pink is Christmas Too

Up until a few months ago...embroidery was my thing. 

June/July is when you find the first sets of Christmas embroidery designs.

  Maybe that's why I'm thinking about Christmas!!! 

to make this Christmas Card (that's 2 for my stash!).

I am loving bright colors and not wanting traditional colors...can you tell? :)

Weird quilt store I visited said they got the Christmas fabrics in the summer...and got Fall materials after that. 

Is there a similar pattern with stamps? 

I would appreciate any insight on this! ;)

I am also entering this in  Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge Week #60~~Buttons.

Thanks for peeking in. ;)

Info:  Papertrey A Wreath for All Seasons, Grunge Me, MS Pattern Stamp, Memento Ink, Staz On ink

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bit of Coloring, a Sketch and Throwdown

   I made an anniversary card using Card Patterns 120.

   My colors were chosen from Color Throwdown 146

Just Add Ink 72  challenges us to use coloring.

Here is my combo challenge card:

   I added a bit of 3D to this card with the MS punch acting almost like a curtain.  

Here is the side view:

  I added scoring and curved it.  I've only done this one other time.

I also waved the sentiment...such a fun sketch! ;)

Thanks for peeking in. ;)


ODBD As You Graduate stamps, Tim Holtz peeled paint and spiced marmalade, MS punch, corrugator, Want2Scrap rhinestones, Offray ribbon, Making Memories Just Chillin' Girl and Boy Paper, clear embossing powder, Prismacolor pencils

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Last Blip of Sun and Embellish Background Challenge

has some classy colors. 

I managed to finish a card...just in time to catch the last blip of the sun that was spotlighting our yard.  I sprayed a little homemade shimmer and wanted it to show....


 Thanks for peeking in. ;)

Recipe:  Inkadinkado Nature, Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites 2,Tim Holtz Distress inks Fired Brick and Peeled Paint, Memento Desert Sand ink, Spellbinders Label Four and Fleur De Lis Pendant Dies, Homemade Shimmer with Perfect Pearls Pigment and Adirondack ink

POPART Fabulous Birdie


  I had all these wonderful pieces left over from my Color Block card...and I tried...for the FIFTH or SIXTH time to work with this wonderful bird I adopted!  Oh, she got a feature in my LESS IS MORE card...

but really, she deserves more coverage.

A girl with this much attitude really ought to have centerstage. ;)

She's got spunk, I'll give her that.  Oh, what I would do for that SPUNK!

Here's to the DIVA:

TO ALL those awesome friends with spunk and PIZAZZ like this ole gal.....


I don't have it...but I AM grateful for the spunky friends God gives me!

  I live a second, vicarious life through their adventures and stories...

....boy oh boy...the stories they share! ;)  LOL.

~From your friend...the safe, scared, (did I mention safe already?), "Stick by the rules...what are the rules?"...kind of gal.  Why you put up with me...I will never know!!!  

CAS-ual Friday 7....your colorblocking is on my mind!!!'ve got me thinking multicolors! 

May God bless you with awesome friends and fun. ;)

Info:  Hero Arts One of a Kind, All Night Media Wood background, Staz On ink, MS ink, Memento Ink, DCWV Flower Shower Spring Adhesive paper