Tuesday, March 29, 2011

C4CC18-Anything Goes Challenge

Two postings one day I must be getting a whole lot faster LOL.

I am so proud of myself because I was all ready for this Crazy 4 Cocoa Challenge. I didn't know what the challenge was going to be, but I had a special card all made up in my head last night and I was just hoping it would fit into today's challenge criteria, and low and behold it was an Anything Goes Challenge which worked out perfect for me. YEA! Poor little Cocoa is missing his loved one so his heart was so sad it turned blue with the help of Copic markers. I stamped "xoxoxo" in the middle of his little blue heart with SU's Fancy Flexible Phrases. The sentiment is computer generated and punched out with a SU heart punch. The designer paper is from that famous stash and I ran it through the Big Shot using the Top Note die. The card base and shadow heart are SU's Night of Navy. The Tiny Heart stamp is from Memory Box and I stamped that in SU's Whisper White. I dashed around the card edges with my Signo White Gel Pen. The three little gems in the corner were my finishing touches.
I think this card is perfect for our military personnel stationed away from home and loved ones, so it will go in my next box of cards going to Operation Write Home. Thanks for stopping by.

House Mouse challenge #92

Today's card is a sketch challenge over at House Mouse Monday Challenge. The image is titled "Sleeping Under Trees". I just love House Mouse Stamps. I stamped this image on SU's Whisper White and colored it with both Prisma Pencils and Copic Markers. I sponged the edges with Lavender Lace Ink from SU. I used a layer of SU's Elegant Eggplant and the other two layers are from a package of card stock that I found in the dollar store several years ago. I added some Prima Flowers and a Happy Retirement sentiment to a Modern Label punch from SU. I added a couple of purple gems to the punch and I my card was complete. Thank you for taking a peek today. See you later on.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Is It Anyone's Brithday?

We have a cute little girl here all ready to celebrate with you. She has brought you a cupcake with a candle all ready for you to blow out. This little girl is a digital image from All That Scraps that I colored with my Copics. I cut her out with a Circle Nestability matted her onto a Scallop Circle Nestability using Basic Grey paper. The sentiment is from SU's Teen Tiny Wishes stamped on Whisper White card stock and is also matted with Basic Grey designer paper then punched out with SU's Scalloped Oval punch. The background designer paper is from SU. A couple of pink gems help to finish this one off. Have a nice day, see you tomorrow. I'm off to do my Copic coloring homework for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Is It Anyone'

Is It Anyone'

Sunday, March 27, 2011

S& S Sketch #62 Challenge - Triple Cards


Today there are three different sketches over at OWH Stars and Stamps in honor of Sandy's birthday. Happy Birthday Sandy.

OWH was also asking for more "Mom" cards so I did all of my sketch cards for Moms today. For my first card base I used SU's Rich Razzleberry card stock. I ran that through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. My image was computer generated and the stampings in the corners are from a SU set titled Priceless. I matted that onto some Basic Grey designer paper. My white strip was run through the Big Shot with SU's square lattice ef. The sentiment on the heart is from SU's Fancy Flexible Phrases which is retired. I added three little gems for some bling.

The card base for my second card is SU's Very Vanilla that has been run through the Big Shot with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot ef. I also dotted the SU's Mellow Moss horizontal strip with the same ef. The image piece was made up from two stamp SU sets. The wordings are from Well Scripted (retired) and the flowers and leaves are from Vintage Vogue. I added some black gems and used the Mellow Moss marker to add some dots to this layer also.

For my third and final card for today I used SU's Basic Black card stock as my base . The image was stamped with SU's Fast & Fabulous set in Mellow Moss and Pretty In Pink. The heart is punched out of Pretty In Pink card stock and stamped with another Fancy Flexible Phrase. I added some white dots around the edge of the small heart to help it stand out and then I mounted that on Basic Grey dp. The vertical strip of designer paper is also Basic Grey.

Wow - SU, Basic Grey, and Cuttlebug seemed to be my favorites for today. I wish you a great Sunday and I thank you for spending a little time here today.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Distressed Embossed Pattern Paper Card

Hi Everyone,
Today I used a technique that I saw over at Gina K Designs called Distressed Embossed Pattern Paper. Maybe a lot of you know about this technique, but it is new to me. My paper is a two toned purple striped paper that came from that stash of mine. I ran it though a SU embossing folder and then distressed it with SU's Elegant Eggplant ink. I used SU's Certainly Celery ribbon as well as the card base. My sentiment is from Gina K Design's Love Notes set and was cut out and matted with both oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities. I sponged the image with Lavender Lace ink from SU. It was a pretty easy card to make, but I do like the effect you get with this technique. Enjoy your Saturday, see you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mid Week Throwdown - Cards 4 Kids

Yesterday's challenge over at Stars and Stamps was to make Cards 4 Kids, which I did, but I found some MoJo later on in the day and I did a few other cards. Here is one of them. I think it will make a good "tween" card. I just think this little character is cute but I don't know who made the stamp. It's one I picked up in a dollar store. Anyway, my card base is made of SU's Pacific Point card stock. I ran it through the Big Shot using Cuttlebug's Diamond Plate embossing folder and then sprayed it with Ritzy Ditzy Sapphire Glitz. No matter how many times I took the picture I could not get it to show up, but it does have a nice little sheen to it. Then I stamped my image on the same card stock and embossed it with white embossing powder. I used graduating Pinking Circles from Nestabilities. The center circle is cut from Basic Gray paper. I mounted all of that onto SU's Whisper White card stock that I ran through the Big Shot with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot embossing folder. I pinked the top and bottom to help bring it all together. Added four antique silver brads from SU and I was done. It was rather simple to make and I hope some "tween" gets a kick out of receiving it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stars & Stamps Mid Week Throwdown

Hi Everyone,
I'm very late posting today. Sorry. Today's challenge over at OWH Stars & Stamps was to make a card for kids. I made my card first thing this morning, but then I had to leave the house and seemed to be running everywhere all day and I just got back home to post. I used this adorable little digital image from Sweet & Sassy titled Bethany Sends Her Love. I colored it with Copics and mounted it on a piece of Pacific Point card stock from SU and punched some hearts along the bottom. The sentiment is also from SU and I punched it out and matted it with a Creative Memories punch set. The ballooned designer paper is from Basic Grey and that is mounted on both blue and yellow card stock from SU. The card base is SU's Crumb Cake.
While running errands today I got some more ideas for kids cards so my plan, if nothing goes wrong, is to make some more kids cards tonight and, if I do, I'll post them tomorrow. Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by. I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One Day - Two Posts - Stamps R Us Challenge

Two cards in 5 hours - is everyone as slow as me at this? This week's sponser for the Stamp R Us Challenge is Tiffany Doodles Digital Stamps. These are some gorgeous images and I am intimidated by them as I have not yet completely mastered Copic Coloring, but I gave it my all. This image is titled Dahlia with Oval. It was designed to fit with the Nestabilities Oval set and then I also mounted that onto a Scallop Oval from Nestabilities. The designer paper is Basic Grey and I thought the blue and brown went very well together. I don't know if they are exactly Spring Colors, but just the flowers along make me think of spring. The card base is SU's Whisper White. Little pearls were added just to brighten up the corners a bit. Thanks for stopping by today, see you tomorrow.

Crazy for Cocoa C4CC17 Challenge

Well another week another Crazy for Cocoa Challenge. Boy, these weeks are just flying by. I had so much fun working on this card. Cocoa is still off somewhere doing something and has left all the gardnening to Cookie. Well Cookie must have gone out to buy this new polka dotted vase to plant her new flowers in and a new dotted ribbon for her hair so she'd look pretty while she was gardening. LOL. Down to business: I stamped the image onto Whisper White card stock with Momento Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I matted it onto Pretty in Pink card stock. I ran a portion of the white background card stock through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot ef (you can never have too many polka dots). I then stamped the sentiment which is from DeNami Designs in SU's Chocolate Chip ink. Both the brown and purple designer papers are from that famous stash of mine. The card base if SU's Crumb Cake. A couple of pink brads with purple dots in the center helped to finish this card off. I hope it brings a note of spring to mind. Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy Hedgehog Birthday

Good Morning,

Today's card is a happy birthday card for a little girl. The card base is SU's Crumb Cake. The background paper is Pink Passion, also from SU, and was run through the crimper. The image is a retired SU set called Hedgehog Happiness. I stamped it with Memento Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I mounted it onto graduating scallop and classic circle Nestabilities. The scallop circle and the strip along the bottom are from Basic Gray. I added a three piece flower that I got at a stamping show about 4 years ago. I used a SU pink brad to bring it all together and adhered the flower with Glossy Accents. This card is going to our deployed heroes to send home and I sure hope some little girl will like receiving it. I appreciate you taking time to stop by today. Hope your day is a good one. See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Masculine Thank You Card

Here is a card I made for my husband. He does a lot of wonderful things for me so I quite often make him a card to let him know how much I appreciate him and all his efforts. This card was made from Pacific Point card stock by SU and I wish I could tell you who made this beautiful designer paper, but I can't. It was in that stash of fabulous papers I bought several years ago. I think that means that I purchased way too many papers back then. I guess I could look at it like I am saving money now because I don't have to buy paper for the next ten years. LOL. Anyway, the sentiment is from a retired SU set that I just can't put away. I stamped it with Versa Mark on Basic Black card stock and embossed it. The was definately a CAS card, but sometimes those turn out to be your favorites. This is one of mine.

PS On the first full day of spring it is snowing here in southeastern Mass. We just got rid of all that winter snow. Friday I was able to go out and work in the yard, today I'm getting ready to shovel. I like snow, but we've had our fair share this winter. Spring please come soon!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #61

Good Morning and Happy Spring,
I so look forward to Sunday mornings now so I can design a card using a specific layout for the challenges over at OWH Stars & Stamps. My card base for today's card is SU's Whisper White. First I ran it through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder, then I outlined the edges with a Faber Castell Gold Pen. The purple and silver papers were made by me with Tim Holtz alcohol inks. I embossed the silver paper with the same Swiss Dot ef that I used on the card base. I really love to make my own papers. I also made the background gold paper and the larger heart with the alcohol inks. It's nice to have a one of a kind paper once in a while. I used SU's gold paper for the center strip because it just seemed to show up better than the paper I had made. I punched that strip out with a Martha Stewart heart punch. The Love You sentiment is from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes, and punched out with SU's Word Window punch and matted onto SU's Modern Label punch. The Always sentiment on the smaller heart was computer generated. The two hearts are punched from a Creative Memories punch set. The little hearts that I scattered around were the cut out parts from a "practice" heart strip I punched out in white. No sense wasting anything, huh? Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by.
I just noticed, after previewing this post, that I some how ended up with a little dot of white paper stuck to the center of this card, but time is getting short and I have to go shopping at my local craft store get home in time to watch the NSCAR race, so I decided not to retake the photo. A Card Maker I am - A Photographer I'm not.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dragon Fly Times Two

Good Morning Everyone,
Today I have two cards to show you. Both of these cards are using a dragon fly image from Inkainkado that I was lucky enough to get on sale at JoAnn's. I did two different applications with this one stamp. On the first card I used SU card stock: Whisper White and Crumb Cake. My designer paper is from Basic Grey. I love all the Basic Grey Papers I just received. For my Image I stamped it with Momento Black Ink and just blended two Copic Markers across the wings to get this effect which I kind of like. I used both square and scallop square Nestabilities and sponged the image piece with Crumb Cake while it was still in the die. I then mounted that onto a pice of white card stock that I ran through my Big Shot with an embossing folder by Sizzix and finally mounted that all onto the designer Paper. I stamped the Sentiment from one of my go to stamps from Hero Arts.

My second card today is also using the same dragon fly stamp but I tried a new technique that I think I saw on Splitcoater Stampers. I am so sorry but I am not absolutely sure where I saw it and I would like to give credit to someone so if anyone can tell me where I saw this, please let me know. One of the things I listed about myself for my Versatile Blogger Award was that I am spending too much time on the computer. Well this is an example of that. I have to start writing things down because I definetaly do want to give credit where it is due. I also have to admit that I forgot what they called this technique, but you take a clear acrylic block and stamp the block with the ink of your choice then mist it with water and stamp it onto your card stock. I really like the effect it gives. I'll be using this technique more often now. Anyway, I got way off the track, but I stamped the dragon fly onto my card stock and just left it as is. I then mounted it onto black card stock and used a photo corner punch on two of the corners. My card base is Very Vanilla from SU and the designer paper is Basic Gray and cut on the ends with the wavy blade in my cutter. The sentiment is from SU. I added a piece of black ribbon and called it a day. I wanted to keep it clean and simple. Thank you so much for stopping by and listening to my ramblings. I really appreciate it. See you tomorrow for the sketch challenge over at Start and Stamps.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Patiently Waiting for Mommy

I just had to take this picture and share it with you. This was taken on Wednesday of this week which was a day I spent mostly in my craft room. As you can probably see, I have a little bed for the babies right next to the door in my craft room (that is the only spot in the room for anything other than crafting items). This is how the girls sleep all the time, all curled up together.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OWH & Cocoa Together At Last - 2nd Post Today

This card will serve as my entry for two challenges, OWH's Stars & Stamps Mid Week Throwdown which calls for a card using scallops and Crazy 4 Cocoa Challenge #16 which calls for a card with a Think Spring theme. I used Gardening Cookie (a relitive of Cocoa, I'm sure) as my image and stamped it on SU Whisper White card stock and I colored her with Copics. I used graduating Circle and Scallop Nestabilities to mount the image. I dotted the image paper with A Gelly Roll Pen and dotted the Scallop paper with my Signo White Gel Pen. The designer paper is Basic Gray and I received it as a gift from a wonderful new friend, Carol. She was sweet enough to share some with me. The sentiment is computer generated and matted on SU's Bashful Blue card stock that I cut out with SU's Scallop Oval punch. The scallop strips along the top and bottom are also from Basic Grey and I added a piece of gingham ribbon I found in my ribbon box. Some gems became my final touch.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award - YAY!!

I am very new to the blogging world so yesterday when I received The Versatile Blogger Award from Carol over at Our Little Inspirations I was totally surprised. I thank you very much Carol. You are so sweet to think of me. From what I understand I have to share 7 things about myself that are unknown to the blogger community. Let's see if I can come up with seven things about me that are fit to print. LOL

1. I can't sing a note (DH told me to tell you that-LOL)
2. My favorite color is green
3. My favorite vacation spot is St. Johns USVI
4. My favorite food is pasta with steak and bread following very close behind.
5. I am a NASCAR fan.
6. In July Hubby and I will have been married for 29 wonderful years, but have been best friends for 46 years
7. Since I began blogging I've spent way too much time on the Internet.

I am also to pass this wonderful award on to 8 other versatile bloggers. There are so many of your blogs that I truly enjoy that is it hard to nail it down to just eight, but I will try. I guess I can't list Carol seeing as how she was the one who bestowed this honor on me, but she would. definitely, be on my list.

1. Theresa Momber over at Crafting The Web

2. Colleen Schaan over at Distinctive Touches

3. Lisa Haines over at The Purple Place

4. Dawn Griffith over at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts

5. Nana Connie over at Grammy's Attic

6. Sherry Hickey over at Bits of Cheer

7. Seongsook Duncan over at Seongsook's Creations

8. Desert Rose Outpost I'm sorry I don't have the author's name of this blog.

Sweet Spring

Good Morning Everyone,

Well it does not look like spring today but we are getting closer. It is a gloomy, rainy day. The only good thing about days like this is that I can get to spend most of the day in my craft room. YAY! Today's card is wishful thinking on my part. Because we feed the birds all winter we do have them in our yard now hovering around the feeders, but they have not yet gone to their nesting houses are no flowers yet which would complete the look of spring. So at this time of year when I want to see flowers along with the birds I have to make a card. Today's image is from Sweet & Sassy . I fell in love with this set the minute I saw it. I stamped it on Whisper White card stock and colored it with Copics. I mounted it on Basic Black card stock and used an EK Success corner punch on two corners. I mounted all this onto Pretty In Pink card stock and added some pink pearls to finish it off. All of the card stock is frm SU. I hope you like it. It just makes me feel good to look at it knowing that soon (I hope) I will be able to look in the yard and see this scene in real life.

Thank you for spending time here today. I appreciate it. See you soon.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Think Spring

I know it is not spring just yet, but there is always wishful thinking, right? House Mouse and Friends challenge this week is to make a card that will "welcome spring". I hope this qualifies. This is my first House Mouse challenge. I used SU card stock, Lavender Lace and Whisper White. My designer paper is from one of SU's prints packs. The House Mouse stamp is titled Bird Watching. I colored it with Copics. I used both regular oval and scallop oval Nestabilities to mat the image. I sponged the edges of the image paper with Lavender Lace ink while it was still in the Nesti. I added white dots to the scallops with a White Gel Pen. I also uses a few pearl gems for some added bling. The sentiment stamp is from DeNami Designs. I stamped that in VersaMark and embossed with with some purple embossing powder. I used the corner rounder on all the layers of this card just to soften the overall look.

Thank you for spending a little time here today.

A Rusty Card

Hello Everyone,
Another week is starting today and it is gloomy here in southeastern Massachusetts, but hoping for some sunshine soon. Today's card is definitely a CAS card. My card base is Basic Black and I added a piece of Really Rust that I ran through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
For the focal area of the card I ran a piece of Whisper White card stock through another Cuttlebug embossing folder and then brayered the Really Rust over the embossed areas. My sentiment and it's matted paper are both cut out with graduating Square Nestabilities. I sponged the edges of the sentiment piece, again, with Really Rust. All of the card stock today is from SU. I added some square embellishments that I've had forever to finish it off. I thought this qualified as a masculine card. Somewhere I read that the heroes mentioned that we send many more feminine cards than masculine ones, so I am trying to make more masculine cards lately. We have to service the needs of everyone. Wishing all of you a wonderful day even if the sun is not out. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #60

Here is my card for today's challenge over at OWH's Stars and Stamps. My card base is made with Whisper White card stock. The background is a piece of emobssed black card stock that I found in a box of scrap papers. The sentiment squares are from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes. The butterflies and the flowers are punched out from "Vitilized Vellum". That is a techinque I learned when I was a SU demonstrator. You take vellum and rub two or three different ink pads over the whole piece of vellum in different directions. You can't see it on these small pieces, but it does give a very nice effect on a larger piece of paper. I just added some bling to the punched out pieces and sponged the edges with SU's Certainly Celery ink to tie in the green in the strip paper. I'm afraid I don't know where that paper came from either. Hope your day is going well and you will find time to sit down and maybe make a card for our military personnel to send home to their loved ones. Thank you for taking a peek at my blog today.

Friday, March 11, 2011

House Mouse Card

The card I made today has one of my favorite images on it. This image is titled Relaxing Ride by House Mouse Designs. I colored it with both Copics and colored pencils. The sentiment is from
Gina K Designs Seeds of Kindness set. I mounted both pieces on to Basic Black card stock and then mounted them on to a piece of designer paper. It is all mounted on to Whisper White card stock. I am trying to find the time and patience to practice more with my Copic markers, all in good time I guess. thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

OWH Mid Week Throwdown

My card today was made for the OWH Stars and Stamps Mid Week Throwdown which was to make a card that included DOTS. I think I've got that covered. The card base is SU's Whisper White. The image is from Recollections. It is a cute set that has all comical little animals. I colored it with water color pencils. The cut outs are all from Nestabilities. I dotted all the scallops and the SU photo corner punches with a White Gel pen. The sentiment and the punches for that are all from SU. The designer paper has been in my stash for about 6 years. It is actually is part of a Christmas paper package. Thanks for taking a peek here today.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two Mice in One Day

Hi Everyone,
This is my second posting for today. A friend of mine knows someone that is going to be deployed shortly so I decided to make a card for her to send to him. This is what I came up with. I started by stamping this Cocoa Stamp and colored it with Copics. I think I'm becoming addicted to him and this stamp, in particular, seems so appropriate for someone in the service as you can add so many little sentiments in the body of the letter. This sentiment and the one inside, which reads "looking forward to your safe return home" are both from a-muse Hero Mail stamp set. Then I cut him out using Circle Nestabilities. I lightly stamped stars, also from the a-muse Hero Mail set, on to some Purely Pomegranate (a retired SU color) paper. Mounted that on to some designer paper. It looked OK but I thought it needed more so I matted it again onto SU's Crumb Cake card stock and then added stitch lines here and there to add a little punch. I am very happy with the way this one turned out so I may duplicate it for myself to send to a hero in my next box that is going out to OWH. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Pastel Cocoa

My focal point of today's card is Cocoa. This adorable little mouse always seems to surprise us by sticking his little head out of some hiding place. Today he was hiding in a spool of thread. LOL
My card base is SU's Lavender Lace and I embossed both the top and bottom with Cuttlebug's embossing borders. I then added a piece of designer paper from that famous stash of mine. I stamped Cocoa and the adorable sentiment in Momento's Rich Cocoa ink and colored Cocoa with Copics. I sponged both pieces with Lavender Lace ink. Both Cocoa and the sentiment are from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. I mounted both of them using Scallop Square Nestabilities. I added a flower and some little green pearls to finish it off.
Thank you for spending a little time here today. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bloomin's Beautiful

Yesterday I saw a few of my crocus starting to stick their little heads out of the ground so I thought I needed to made a card with flowers on it. I started with a SU's Bashful Blue Card base. I stamped it with a French Script backgound stamp then ran that though my Big Shot machine with CuttleBug's Swiss Dot embossing folder. I stamped this potted flower image which, is part of SU's retired Bloomin Beautiful set, onto Whisper White card stock. I colored it with Copic Markers and added tiny gems in the center of the flowers. I don't think you can see them in this picture. The bee is also from that same stamp set. I cut it out and matted it with Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. The sentiment is from SU also and cut out with the Word Window punch and mounted onto a Fancy Label from Nestabilities. Two brads adorn the sides of the Word Window piece. The designer papers used on this card were from Creative Memories. I guess yesterday was my brown and blue day. I think maybe I should have gone with a smaller circle but I hated to cut off any part of this picture because I love it so much and for some reason I wanted it in a circle. Right now it is nice and sunny here which will help those crocus to come up evenmore, YAY Hope you all enjoy your day.

Two-Fer Day

My first posting today is card a CAS card that I made yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days where every time I went into my craft room something would drag me out of it. I guess I do have to do other things in life other than hide out in my craft room, darn!! Needless to say I did not accomplish much of anything but I did manage to get through this card because I was able to put it together in just a few minutes. The card base is Chocolate Chip by SU and the designer paper is one I've had for years. The adorable image is from the Past Time Stamp Company and I stamped it in Chocolate Chip onto Crumb Cake card stock also from SU. I have colored this image in before, but today I just thought it looked good in it's monotone state. I mounted that onto another piece of Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from SU and cut out with the Word Window punch, mounted onto the Modern Label punch, both from SU. My final touch was to add three little brads from SU. The brads and the Modern Label Punch are both in SU's Bashful Blue color. Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, March 7, 2011


Good Morning Everyone,
I need to make a correction on yesterday's posting. The name of the SU stamp I used is GARDEN COLLAGE not Gentle Thoughts of You. I love that set and use it quite often so I should know the name by now. It is a long since retired stamp by Stampin Up. There IS a stamp included in the set with the sentiment "gentle thoughts of you". So Sorry. Have a great day. I'll be back later with a posting for today.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #59

Today's card is for OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. I used DCWV's Once Upon A Lifetime card stock as my background. I added a strip of Pansy Purple Stripe paper by Bo-Bunny Press and ran a piece of Victoria Ribbon from SU across the middle of that. My image is from a retired SU set that I just love, Gargen Collage. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip ink on whisper White card stock and then just sponged the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I matted that onto a piece of Lavender Lace card stock from SU which I ran through the Swiss Dot ef. I added a few little colored gems to finish it off. I decided not to add a sentiment to this card. I managed to get a glare on one of the gems when I photographed it, sorry about that. I took 4 pictures and this was the best one, so I went with what I had for today. Photography is definitely not my strong suit. Thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

To You From Me

This little mouse, Cocoa, just makes me smile. Today's card is going into my next box to OWH . The card base and the horizontal strips are Brilliant Blue from SU. The Cocoa image is from Sweet N Sassy
and I colored it with Copics. The two sentiments are both from SU. The designer paper is from that same stash that I keep going back to and have no idea who it was made by. I added some Barely Banana Card Stock from SU and used a border punch that, I think, came from EK Success to try to make it resemble swiss cheese.
I stamped everything with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut out and mounted the two circular elements using Nestabilities. I am finding it very hard to make a card without using Nestabilities lately. I think they might be my new addiction. I sponged the two circular elements with Bashful Blue fromSU and sponged the "cheese" with Barely Banana from SU. I like the effect you get from sponging the same color as your card stock. It gives just enough of finish to the piece.
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, March 4, 2011

CAS Masculine Card

Today's card is a very CAS masculine card that I made up to go in my next box of cards that is heading off to OWH.

My card base is SU's Baic Grey and I just stamped it using the Sanded background stamp from SU in Basic Grey. It's hard to see, but I embossed three lines down the left hand side of the card with my Score Buddy and then made a line of dots with a CuttleBug embossing border. I just stamped the wolf image (twice of course) from the In Wilderness set from SU. I also used the Hello stamp from Hero Arts and mounted all three pieces onto white card stock and again onto black card stock. On the "Hello" block I ran the piece of white card stock through the Big Shot using the CuttleBug Herringbone folder before I stamped it. My mission today is to stay in my craft room and made more cards. We'll see if that really happens. LOL. Thank you for stoppng by today.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Something Different

I tried something a little different for me today. I used preprinted vellum on a card which I have never done before. My card base is Whisper white and then I layered this already printed vellum paper on top of Pretty In Pink CS. I added a sentiment from Gina K Designs Love Notes set. That is a great set and I use it quite often for my OWH cards as well as my cards for my Hubby. I added a double layer of SU's Photo Corner punched pieces and the Scallop Trim Border Punch along the bottom. I finished it off by adding a little bling to the wing of the butterfly in the form of a little sparkle gem. I'm not too crazy about this card, but I did like the preprinted vellum so hopefully some hero will like it enough to send it back home - And, after all, it's not all about me. LOL

My second card is just a CAS masculine card. I used SU's Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip card stock. Boy I'm getting hungry and neither of those items are on my diet. Darn!. I also found a pack of sample designer papers that I received a long time ago from Creative Memories. All the papers in that stack have a masculine look to them. YEA! I finished the card off with three Antique Brads from SU. . I was happy with the end result on this one.

Don't forget that OWN's Spring Blog Hop starts March 5th, so get ready to do some hopping. Thank you for spending time here today.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

OWH Mother's Day Cahllenge

Today's card is for the Mother's Day Challenge over at Operation Write Home. My card base is SU's Very Vanilla. I also used SU's Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery this card. The designer paper is from my stash of papers that I bought years ago and have no idea in the world who it is by. I just know that I love it and I wish I had more of it. It reminds me of wallpaper from the 50's which I didn't like then, but I like now on my cards.
The sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado. I stamped that on Whisper White card stock, cut it out and matted it using two dies from the Nestabilities Labels Eight set. I sponged it with Lavender Lace ink. My little strip is made from SU's Eyelet Border punch, punched on both sides of a thin piece of card stock. My finishing touches were white and green pearls from Hero Arts. Thank you for stopping by today.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

STV Sketch Spotlight15

Today' s card was for Stamp TV's Sketch Spotlight 15. I used Gina K Pure Luxury Brown Card Stock. I then mounted , on to my card base, SU's Certainly Celery CS and then a layer of SU's retired DSP. My strip was made by using an EK Success border punch and then placing a piece of DSP over the middle of it so that just the last row of pierced out scallops showed. I colored the sugar bowl with Copics. My sentiments were stamped with Memento's Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White CS. I used SU's DSP for the mats under the picture,the sentiment squares and the strip. The same paper was also punched out with a SU Photo Corner punch to frame the sentiment pieces. This card was quite different for me, but, I some strange way, it ended up OK in my eyes.

Crazy 4 Cocoa Challenge

Today I entered my first Crazy 4 Cocoa Challenge. We had to make a card that included ric rak on it. My card base is made of SU's Whisper White and Taken With Teal is my other main color, also by SU. I ran the Taken With Teal paper through the Big Shot using a CuttleBug folder. The dp is one that I found in my goody box. I used my downloaded digital image of Cocoa on Whisper White CS and colored it with Copics. I used both Round and Scallop Round Nestabilities. I added white dots on the scallops with my Signo white gel pen. The sentiment is from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped on Whisper White and sponged with SU's Certainly Celery. I added the required ric rak and a few little green pearls from Hero Art to finish it off. Thank you for stopping by today.