Friday, February 27, 2009

From Mind to Paper

Here is a card that I've had in my head ever since purchasing a few of these lovely Sugar Nellie images.
When I saw that this little cutie was "looking away" my mind thought ... "what do you think she's looking at???" Well, that's where my Stampscapes come into play. I'll be playing with other images I have to see if I can't perfect this a little more.
What I've done is first stamp the Sugar Nellie (reflective) image onto white cs then masked her using Eclipse masking medium. Then I stamped the church, some additional pines on the left, and the path. I also masked the church so I could stamp the sky (Ala Art stamp) and the birds. The ground cover was colored with chalk & makeup applicator. The trees and Sugar Nellie were colored with SU & Prima pencils. I've used words from a Crafty Secrets (mini words) set and the Believe is from Technique Tuesday for the outside border. Of course I had to add a touch of softness with this beautiful white organdy ribbon from JoAnn's.
This was fun but I will have to work on my masking technique. I don't always get a good background image ... think I need more "cushioning" before stamping over the masked area so I don't get those "hallos". Your thoughts or suggestions???
Thanks so much for stopping by and I always enjoy hearing your comments!!!

Stamp Simply #76 - Cabin Fever

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

It's Friday again and that means another fun challenge over on Sharon Johnson's blog. Today Sharon has challenged us to make a card or project that will bring some signs of SPRING, new life, fresh air and warmer temps to those of us still cooped up inside (like here in NE Ohio)!

When I think if Spring & Summer I think of grass turning green, flowers started to pop their heads out of the ground, birds singing and eventually the flutter of butterflies around the flowers. So today I chose to use this gorgeous Inkadinkado (garden delight) butterfly as my focus. I stamped the image onto Pretty in Pink paper using Versafine black ink and detail clear embossing powder. My card consists of three papers: River Rock, Pretty in Pink and Basic Grey (sugared) designer paper. My sentiment (SU Wonderful Words II) was also stamped with Versafine black and embossed with detail clear ep. My only embellishment is the upper left corner which I punched using the SU slit punch and placed a Colorbok metal dot. Very simple yet I think very nice. What are your thoughts???
Don't forget to jump on over the Sharon's blog and check out all the details and her beautiful work of art! Her design team is amazing ... be sure to check out their creations too ... you won't be sorry!!! Always inspirational!! Have a great day! I'll be back later with a card that has been "stuck in my head" ever since I purchased a few Sugar Nellie images ... finally put it to paper.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

3 Challenges in 1 ...

Happy Ash Wednesday to you All!!!

I'm running short on time this week so today I have completed 3 challenge on 1 card. They are: today's Sketch Challenge over on SCS ... today's Color Challenge on the Color Throwdown Blog and this past Saturday's Our Creative Corner Challenge to use a tag on your creation.
The colors for today are Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue. As you can see by the layout, inchies were a perfect choice for today's sketch challenge so I chose to use the Inkadinkado (butterflies & birds) set which I've had for some time now and had yet to get inky. They worked perfectly! My sentiment comes from the Crafty Secrets (bird lover's) set and was made in tag form using my rectangle Nestabilities. My background was created using the Stampin' Up crosshatch stamp. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I inked it first using Old Olive (don't have kiwi kiss ink yet!) then overlayed here & there with Not Quite Navy ink. I used Versafine black ink for the inchies and Not Quite Navy ink for my sentiment. My only embellishments here are the rafia and 1 Making Memories blue brad. Oh yea, I did use a SU watercolor turquoise pencil & blender pen to color in the eggs.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Hope the sun is shining where you are today!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Featured Stamper #107

Today's Featured Stamper over on SCS is Jami (SgtStamper). Jami is an awesome stamper and has a gallery packed with some really cool stuff!! You can check it all out here in her GALLERY. If you click on her name, that will get you to her blog ... another cool place to visit.
HERE is Jami's card I chose to case. I changed the theme, colors, size of card and added a sentiment.
I just had to ink up one of the other Sugar Nellie images I just received. This one is called Carefree. Isn't she adorable!!! My card is A-6 in size and the background paper is SU old olive designer paper. My frame is made by using SU certainly celery, matted with gold metallic and the corners are made with a gold Pilot marker. I've colored my image using SU watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The sky background was colored with chalks and a makeup applicator. The white satin ribbon is by May Arts and the red gingham is from JoAnn's (holiday ribbon actually). The heart charm is by Darice. The sentiment is by Endless Creations.
Thanks for stopping by today! Here's hoping you are all having a wonderful, restful weekend. It's snowing AGAIN here in NE Ohio ... but at least the sun is shining at the same time. Spring is coming ... RIGHT??? Happy Stamping~!

Easter Cards for Sister Linda

I thought I'd share a few more Easter cards I've made to take to my sister's shop. I actually had to purchase a few more Easter stamps (oh dear ... had to buy stamps!!) in order to give her the selection I thought she would want.

This first card was so quick and easy but really has the WOW factor. The card base is a duplex ivory/white cardstock which I have bordered using a gold Pilot marker. My image is by Ann-ticipations and was stamped using Versamark Dazzle Champagne then embossed using Sparkle Gold embossing powder. I've used my rectangle Nestabilities for the main image and the gold metallic matting. The sentiment is by Paper Inspirations and is also stamped with Versamark Dazzle Champagne and embossed with Sparkle Gold ep. It is beautiful IRL ... I think it's going to be very popular at the shop!! (click image for larger view)

The image used on my next two cards is by Paper Inspirations. This first card was stamped with India Ink black onto dry white cs and colored using chalks and makeup applicators to achieve a very soft appearance. The background is blue vellum which was border punched using the MS doily lace punch then run through the Cuttlebug using the swiss dot folder. The ribbon is white organza which I purchased at an extremely good price ... 100 yards for $2.92 ... could NOT pass it up. You'll be seeing a lot of white organza ribbon on my work in the future!! (click image for larger view)

The second card is the same image but it was stamped on white glossy paper using India Ink Black. I chose to only color the dogwood petals and leaves to really bring focus to the cross. I've used inking nibs with Pink Pirouette and Old Olive inks. The background is Pink Pirouette paper which has been run through the Cuttlebug using the textile folder then bordered using a gold Pilot marker. Of course my finishing touch was the white organza ribbon. (click image for larger view)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pretty in Purple

Yippee ... I just received my new Crafty Secrets Garden Girls set today and couldn't wait to ink it up! I've had a few challenges printed out and laying on my worktable to do ... so I combined the sketch from Sketches! {by tamara} and the spotlight technique from the CCEE Stampers blog for my card.

This is A-6 in size and even though the ribbon looks purple (drat that camera) ... it is the same purple as the background paper. Why is it digital cameras don't like purple?? Anyways ... this lovely image was so much fun to color. I inked up 2 images ... colored them both then using my circle Nesties, I cut out the section I wanted to spotlight. To make it stand out without adding more weight, I went out around the circle with a gold Pilot marker. The two little flying birds and the sentiment are from this same set. I should have taken a close up of the Birthday Wishes sentiment ... the capital letters are a little scene of their own!!

My designer paper is from the Creative Memories perfect fit purple pack and I've used orchid and purple cardstock to mat my main image. As you can see by the closeup, the spotlighted circle is popped up using dimensional tape. I distressed the edges of the background paper to add a little more vintage appeal. My purple gingham ribbon was purchased at Hobby Lobby ($1.00). (click on image for larger view)
I love this spotlighting technique but don't think to use it nearly enough. Hopefully, I've inspired you to give it a try today! Thanks so much for stopping by and please come back. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Stamp Simply #75

Today's challenge over on Sharon Johnson's (notimetostamp) Blog is Black Ink Only.

That's right ... this means NO COLORING of any sort - no markers, no pencils, no chalks, no inks - just black ink only. NO other restrictions ... anything else goes!
I thought this was going to be difficult for me ... but it was actually quite easy and totally FUN!! Only yesterday I received this adorable Sugar Nellie image called "Reflective" in the mail and could not wait to ink it up! NO ... I DIDN'T CHEAT! Her britches are paper pieced as is the patch on her sleeve elbow from a scrap I had on my worktable. I used Versafine Black ink on Whisper White cardstock for my image, and diecut using Nestabilities rectangles. In the corners I used a Creative Memories round tip black marker just to add the dots. My sentiment is by Versus Rubber Stamps and is matted in a blue teal scrap I had laying on my worktable. The blue teal satin ribbon is by Offray. The only other embellishment is the Prima flower and Hero Arts gem I put in her hair.
I am really thrilled with the outcome ... what do you think?? Thanks Sharon for a fun challenge ... I can always depend on you to make me "think out of the box!" Thanks for stopping by today ... please come back again. Have a happy day!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I like to share with you ...

... what I've been up to the last few days.

I was visiting my sister at her hair salon the other day and was showing her a few of my projects. Including the box set of monogram cards I made for my sister-in-law (shared a few postings back). She loved them and ask if I'd make some for her to sell there at the shop. Here are the 3 sets I have ready and I have 3 more sets cut out and ready to put together. I'm trying to use the letters that I think would be most useful for either a first or last name.

She also commented that she thought Easter cards would be well received by her customers. They like something "unique" ... and would I make some up for her. So that evening I pulled out the few Easter stamps I have and stamped off a few images. This image is by Paper Inspirations and I decided to use this same image but color and mount it 3 different ways. (click for larger view)

Today I had a couple of hours to sit at the hospital while DH was having another bone marrow aspiration (OUCH!) so I decided to take along my inking nibs, various SU inks and a couple other images which I've also stamped off onto white glossy paper using India Ink Black. I figured I'd use the time to get them colored in, since that is the time consuming part anyways, then this afternoon/evening I put together these cards. What do you think??
The little duckie image is by Great Impressions and the egg & flowers image is by Northwood Rubber Stamps. I've used colored vellum on both duckie cards as well as the purple background egg card. Do you think they are TOO BRIGHT??? I'm thinking I'd best make a few cards that are done with pastels. Either way ... this is what I've been up to the past few days. Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come back tomorrow when I'll share my creation for Sharon Johnson's "Stamp Simply Challenge".
Update on DH: As I mentioned, today he had a bone marrow aspiration as well as 8 tubes of blood drawn ... then on Monday, he's scheduled for a pulmonary function test & echo cardiogram ... and sometime this week, chest x-rays. These are all preliminary tests prior to the stem cell harvesting process (which isn't scheduled yet). I must tell you, Mark hasn't yet decided if he wants to go through with the stem cell transplant. The risks involved have him giving this some serious thought before giving the final okay!! Again I ask you, my friends, to pray that the Lord will guide him in this decision.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Color Throwdown #30

Well, I'm back and STILL complaining!!!

WOW ... THIS WAS HARD!!! Yes folks, I do have my days and evidentally today is one of them!!! Maybe it's the YUCKY weather outside ... I need more sunshine & Vitamin D!! Enough of the gloom & doom winter crap! OK ... I'm done now!! On to my card ...
LeAnne Pugliese picked today's colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge and even though I think I ended up with a pretty cool card ... it took me FOREVER!!! Thanks LeAnne ... Today's colors are Tangerine Tango, Brilliant Blue & Ballet Blue. After getting the card all together I wasn't happy with using the Tangerine Tango as my card base so I cut it in half ... stamped a larger card with a Hero Arts flourishes stamp and used that as my base. I'm happier now!!! LOL!! My main image is by Impression Obsession. I've stamped it using Versafine Black and then clear embossed it. I colored in the ribbon using an American Crafts copper glitter pen. My ribbons both came from Michael's and the brads are from Making Memories. I used dimensional tape in between my Nestabilities Label panels in order to ran the ribbons through.

Well, that's probably it for today! I think I need to get some housework & laundry done!! Thanks so much for stopping by ... please come back!! What ever you do today ... try to make it a happy day!!!

SCS Sketch Challenge #216

Either today's challenges are REALLY tough or I'm just having an OFF day ... don't know which!! Either way, I've had a really difficult time this morning getting my mojo flowing and my cards completed. Oh well ... here we go!
This is the card for today's Sketch Challenge over on SCS. Even though it gave me a little trouble, I'm happy with the outcome. I just love the "Fruit Stand" set by Stampin' Up and I don't use it nearly enough. I also love the "Wine Lover's" set by Crafty Secrets so today I decided to put them together and this is what I came up with.
Papers used are: Whisper White, Garden Green, Grape cs, Creative Imaginations dp and BoBunny dp. My coloring is all done with SU watercolor pencils and blender pen. I used my trusty Swivel Craft Knife to cut out the wine bottle image and popped it up using dimensional tape.
Those who know me best know I have a hard time with "white space" or in this case ... purple. So using yet another image from the Crafty Secrets "Wine Lover's" set, I stamped the grape cluster at the top center using Versafine Black. So ... what do you think??
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feeling Yucky Ducky

Here is my card for today's Crafty Secrets challenge over on the SCS forum. PammyJo is our hostess this week and she's challenged us to use BRIGHT COLORS and WHITE.

This little guy is in one of Crafty Secrets new releases called "Feeling Yucky". There are something like 21 stamps on this set and you can do so much with them!! My background paper is also Crafty Secrets ... from their Pastels paper pack. I've used SU watercolor pencils and blender pen for my coloring ... once dry, I went over the colors a second time to make them brighter. The buttons are from a bucket of buttons that I purchased from a store that was moving their business for $2.50 for the whole bucket. I used gold cording for the button centers. A pretty easy card to make and quite fun!! This would also make for a cute kids birthday card or even an Easter card! Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by ... I'm so glad you did!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Header ...

Well I finally broke down and got a NEW blog header. SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK??? Someone commented that it was "more ME" ... I'd tend to agree. Hope you like it. I was bored over the weekend so I got online and did a little "shopping" ... this was one of my purchases. Thanks for looking & commenting!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Papercraft Planet CS Challenge w/RAK

I am hosting a challenge over on Papercraft Planet in the Crafty Secrets Group starting tomorrow (2/16/09) and it will run through the end of the month (2/28/09). You can also find the challenge details listed on the EVENTS tab of PCP and it will also be highlighted on the Homepage Newsletter on Monday (2/16).

If you haven't checkout Papercraft Planet ... you really should take a look. Tons of fun Groups to join, Color Challenges, Sketch Challenges, tutorials, product sales ads ... and the list goes on!!! I'll make it easy for you to check out ... just click HERE to see the mainpage and then you can "go from there".

The theme for this challenge is SPRINGTIME! Sandy Redburn (owner of Crafty Secrets) is offering up some awesome products for the RAK. We're talking goodies like Clear Art Stamps, Image Booklets ... WOW, how generous is that!!! The only stipulation is that you MUST use Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage/Clear Art Stamps somewhere on your SPRINGTIME card or project and when uploading to your PCP photo gallery, use HVCS021609 as your TAG. I'm anxious to see all the entries!!

On my sample card, I have used designer paper from two Crafty Secrets Paper Packs ... EARTHY and RADIANT. My main image is from the Crafty Secrets Homespun Cotton Scraps. These images are actually printed onto cotton fabric and are so cool to work with!! The cardstock I've used today are SU Gable Green, Garden Green and Whisper White. My sentiment is from Close to my Heart. The embellishments I've used are dew drops, rafia, Offray grosgrain ribbon, flower antique button, sewing machine stitching and Nestabilities.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please check out the challenge & the new Papercraft Planet. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!!

Featured Stamper #106

Today's Featured Stamper Challenge over on SCS is honoring Julie M Lacey. Click HERE to check out Julie's gallery ... loaded with beautiful work you'll enjoy seeing. Today, I chose THIS card of Julie's to case.
I don't use my SU Top Note Die nearly enough so when I saw Julie's card using it, I knew immediately that was the card for me to case. Also, I've been wanting to ink up this adorable new small set called "Bouquet of Joy" just released by Crafty Secrets ... isn't it cute!! Using white cardstock, I first cut my main panel using the Top Note die. I then stamped my image with India Ink Black and colored in using SU watercolor pencils & blender pen. I've used 2 Martha Stewart punch butterflies (1 pink/1purple) then layered them ... drew on the antenna's and trail marks with a Creative Memories fine tip blk marker. My background papers are Not Quite Navy cs, Wild Wasabi cs and Basic Grey (Boxer) designer paper. The ribbon is SU double stitched grosgrain. I also used dimensional tape to pop up my main image.
Thanks so much for stopping by ... hope you are having a great weekend!!!

OCC - Sketch Challenge

Here is the card I made for this weekend's challenge over on Our Creative Corner. It's a sketch challenge and you know how much I LOVE sketch challenges!!! (click on image for larger view)

The base card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in size and I've cut my card from a 12x12 sheet from the DCWV Luxury pack. The other papers I've used are SU Chocolate Chip, Ivory cardstock and my floral designer paper is from the Basic Grey Sugared 6x6 pack. I've used my new Martha Stewart border punch for the ivory panels. For the hearts I used the yellow sized Marvy heart punch and punched them from Pixie Pink & Pink Pirouette paper. I've used mauve Stickles to add a little sparkle. My main image is by Stampabilities and the sentiment comes from the new Crafty Secrets set "Bouquet of Joy".
Here is how the shadowing around the main image is achieved: Stamp your image, die cut it with Nesabilities and BEFORE removing the image from the stencil, sponge out around with your color matching ink. When you remove the stencil, you have this nice little edge and the sponging really brings focus to your image. A little trick I learned from one of my favorite stampers ... Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp).
Thanks for stopping by ... please come back! Have a great day!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Giving a Project Tutorial a try ...

Hello my friends! Please bare with me as I try to explain (in tutorial form) how to make this awesome Stationary Set that my friend, Lana Edwards shared with me and let me copy. Here is Lana's set in closed form (isn't it cool) now I'll try to step you through the directions to make your very own and I'll show you my "finished project" at the end of this post.

This Stationary Set is made from a rectangular placemat purchased at WalMart. I purchase the exact same mat as Lana has here but I also purchased a few others with are 2-sided and a little bit longer to make my sample + additional gifts. Lana's style mat is by Home Trends, sells for $1.00 and measures 19 x 13 1/4. The placement I used is a little more expensive ($3.00), double sided, by Better Homes & Gardens and measures 19 1/2 x 13 1/4.

The items you will need for this Stationary Set are:
1. placemat
2. sewing machine
3. ruler
4. seamstress chalk or other means of marking
5. straight pins
6. ribbon
7. scissors
8. paper, envelopes & pen

Step 1: Lay your placemat flat then turn the bottom upward 3-1/2" and pin to hold in place. Matching seams on left & right sides, sew closed running your stitch down the existing stitch line.

Step 2: Coming in 6" from each side, place a "mark" then stitch at the mark. From the RIGHT side, stitch another line at 6-3/4" (this will give you a slot for a narrow pen).

Step 3: Turn your mat over and fold each side top portion in from the side and "tack" in the corner to hold the flap in place.

Step 4: Add ribbon for closure by cutting 2 strips 8-10" long. Stitch one tie on the "INSIDE" seam of the left side and then stitch the second tie to the "OUTSIDE" seam of the right side at the 6" stitch line.

Step 5: You can make you own stationary by cutting 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half, border punching one end and adding a small stamped figure to the left or right side. Also add the same image to the back flap of your envelopes.

Step 6: To complete your project, you can add a charm, flower or whatever you wish to decorate the front closed flap. Here I have used a metal butterfly charm (purchased in the beading dept. of JoAnn's) to tie in with the butterfly theme on the stationary. It's adhered with a brad.

I hope you like this little project and could understand my tutorial well enough to try it yourself. If you find I have made a mistake in the directions, PLEASE contact me so I can edit this post and not confuse anyone.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thanks so much to my friend LANA for letting me share this great idea. Please stop back again.

Stamp Simply #74 - Monograms

Happy Friday the 13th Everyone!!!

Today's Stamp Simply Challenge over on Sharon Johnson's notimetostamp blog is to use MONOGRAMS. Either on a card, scrapbook page, 3d project ... whatever you choose. Since my sister's in law both have birthdays coming up, I thought I get a jump on things and make them each a boxed set of notecards. Since neither Mark or I know what their middle names are, I chose to just go with the last name initial ... obviously that will be "P" for Pavlick.
I recently saw this box & notecard set posted on Kay Squires blog and asked her if she minded me "casing" them ... we had a good chuckle when she said she had originally cased them herself from none other than Sharon Johnson ... Imagine that!!
A short while back I purchased this awesome BoBunny paper from my friend Tammy Hershberger at Toyrifix and thought since it was 2 sided, it would be perfect for this project. The two sheets of 12x12 made the box and 8 cards. I know my photo only shows 6 cards but I went back and used the little scraps I had left and made 2 more ... couldn't bear to waste the little that was left. I've used the JustRite Special Occasion Monogram kit for my monogramming and the image on the front of the box is by Outlines Rubber Stamps. The bottom border on the cards are both Martha Stewart border punches.
A quick & easy set that I'm sure my sister-in-law will enjoy. Guess I'll have to pay Tammy a visit and pick out the paper for the other set ... and see what else I NEED while I'm there! LOL!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop back later today when I'll be posting my FIRST TIME EVER TUTORIAL. It's a really fun project that you won't want to miss. See you then!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

SCS Sketch Challenge #215

Today's SCS Sketch Challenge is a pretty basic layout that you could certainly do a lot with, should you choose to. In looking through my scrap designer papers, I discovered I had several within the same color palette so I decided to "work with that".

My main heart image is by Stampa Rosa and the little pattern heart stamp is by Magenta. My striped dp is by DCWV and the other two are by Sandylion. After laying it out I didn't like the white background (just didn't have any "punch") so I used a teal Creative Memories fine tip marker and did faux stitching around each panel. (Now, you explain to me why I did FAUX stitching when I have not 1 but 2 sewing machines set up right across from me ... what's up with that?? Too lazy to get out of one chair and into another I guess, LOL!!) Anyways ... back to the card ... I stamped the heart image using Versafine black and embossed it with detail clear embossing powder. I also stamped the image onto a scrap piece of the blue checked dp and cut out the flower which I popped up for dimension. The leaves were colored with SU watercolor pencils and the ribbon with a red Spica glitter pen. My solid blue panel is actually a wide strip of satin ribbon from one of those $1.99 variety packs at Hobby Lobby. Why not ... have to use it on something!!

This was a fun, easy sketch and certainly one I'll use again. Thanks so much for stopping by. That's my last post for today ... I really need to spend some time commenting on other blogs!

Color Throwdown #29

For today's Color Throwdown Challenge, I've created a very simple card and I'm very happy with how it looks.
Looking through my "floral based" designer paper I stumbled across this 12x12 sheet of Colorbok Dogwood paper that is inspired by Thomas Kinkade AND it contained ALL the colors for today's challenge. The image is beautiful, but I just had to cut into it and take the portion I wanted for today's card. The only other steps to this card were to stamp my sentiment in Versafine black which was clear embossed, double mounted it with the appropriate colors and upon each new layer I distressed the edges and punched a hole to tied a bow. That's it!!
Thanks for stopping by today ... please come back later when I'll have my card for today's SCS sketch challenge. That's always fun too!! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Crafty Secrets Challenge - SHOW US YOUR LOVE

Today is MY day to host the Crafty Secrets challenge over on SCS and I have TWO cards to share with you. Last week LoriLynn brought to our attention that we've been hosting these challenges for a year and had us doing birthday/anniversary cards. Along those lines, I decided to go back through the challenge archives and sent out a "special invitation" to all those who have played this challenge in the past but haven't popped back in for one reason or another. Unfortunately only half of the ladies have read my message but I have received responses from several of the others and am looking forward to their participation!!

My challenge today is "SHOW US YOUR LOVE". This is totally open to your interpretation! It could mean showing love to your sweetie with a Valentine's Day card ... using a Crafty Secrets stamp set that you just LOVE ... maybe incorporating some chocolate into your creation ... or maybe a "Just Because" card for the sole purpose of putting a smile on a friend's face who is having a rough time. I always LOVE being able to do that!!! The choice is yours - just have fun with any of the awesome Crafty Secrets products you may possess!!
As you can see, my cards today spotlight my LOVE for Vintage Design! Several years ago I found that I truly enjoy anything from "yester-year". Love vintage photos, dresses, jewelry, decorating ... just love it all. Of course, I'm sure you've kind of noticed that about me if you've been following my blog. I guess that's one reason I enjoy Crafty Secrets so much!
My first card utilizes designer paper from the Crafty Secrets Pastel paper pack, the "Saying our Prayers" image and "Hear My Dollies Prayer" sentiment from the Little Dolls booklet. I have also used the Crafty Secrets Flourishes and stamped directly onto the designer paper. The foreground image is from the Internet and I've used a Nestabilities negative to showcase this sweet little girl. The stars are punched using a Creative Memories star punch ... sticker pearl centers are by Mark Richards and the little gold touches are Stampendous Diamond Dots. The lace I actually purchased in the sewing department of JoAnn's ... the manufacturer is Wright. My "Amen" sentiment was created using clear alphabet stickers.
My second card not only spotlights my love for vintage ... but my LOVE for my GIRLFRIENDS! I don't know where I'd be today without them!!! This image comes from the Crafty Secrets Girlfriend booklet and the background designer paper is from Crafty Secrets Earthy paper pack. The dp was mounted onto SU pink pirouette paper which was mounted onto an A-6 premade white card from Michael's. I've used a gold Pilot marker to edge each panel to give the illusion of matting without the bulk. Two ribbons were used on this card. First pink Offray grosgrain was placed horizontally ... then mauve Darice ribbon was positioned and tied vertically. The pearl accented flower if by Offray was purchased at JoAnn's and the gold thread is left over from the holidays and came from Michael's. My Girl Friend sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets Sew Special set and was embossed with gold sparkle embossing powder.
(Feel free to click on any image on my blog for a more DETAILED VIEW! )
Do you have any Crafty Secrets products in your stash?? Why not come play the challenge ... it's a lot of fun and we enjoy being able to inspire each other. Today's challenge is WIDE OPEN to interpretation ... pretty much anything would fit!! You have a full week before the next challenge is posted ... we would love to see you join in!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 9, 2009

CCEE Stampers Challenge & one silly card ...

First for the silly card!

My nephew, Kevin, just celebrated his birthday yesterday and the card I made for him was at the request of his Uncle Mark. (Kevin is my nephew through marriage). Needless to say, Mark knows Kevin pretty well and they both have an, how should I put it, ODD sense of humor!! Keeping in mind when you look at this card, Kevin is "not a child" (physically anyways) he's in his 30's but is certainly a KID at heart!!

This monkey was made using various SU punches ... isn't he cute!! I actually was shown how to make him at a "get-together" recently for another card. Mark liked it so well he wanted me to make a card with him for Kevin ... PROBLEM ... I don't have all the necessary punches ... PLAN "B" ... I took the monkey off the original card and reused him here! The background was made using glossy white paper, Kaleidocolor inks & a brayer. Really "makes him shine" don't you think!! Either way, I just received an email from Kevin ... he LOVED the monkey card so I know it's safe to post this now!!


Now for my CCEE Stampers Challenge card. Today is a color challenge using PINK, WHITE & KRAFT. I rarely use kraft because I just don't like it ... to be quite honest! But after today, I might be willing to give it another try. I'm actually quite happy with the outcome of this card.

I inked up the negative side of the Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder before running it through onto very vanilla cs. Love this affect!! Then matted it using the Kraft cs. My sentiment is by Wordworth and I've used my Nestabilities - Label One for the panels. I was going to go the next size up for the Kraft mat but decided that wasn't the look I wanted so I used the same size die for both the Pink & Kraft then cut the Kraft in half and layered over the Pink panel. Did a little paper piercing ... little dimensional tape for dimension and now THAT was the look I was after!! The organza ribbon is by May Arts ... the gingham is SU. The birds are from one of the Martha Stewart bird punches. Ta Dah ... complete!! What do you think??

DID YOU HEAR?? Mark is CANCER-FREE!! Still have to go through the stem cell transplant process but this is the first time in nearly a year that he's been "clean" ... we're excited!!

Technique Challenge

Today I thought I'd check out the Try a New Technique challenge over on SCS. Today's technique was to Cut It Out. You could create a border or other page element by just cutting out part of an embossed design, patterned paper, or a stamped image, and use it as a part of your card.

I decided to use my Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder and cut them out to use in my design. My base card is pink pirouette and I've covered it with a piece of Anna Griffin designer paper. After running my vanilla cs through the Cuttlebug, I used pixie pink & garden green ink spots to color over the raised images. Then, with my trusty swivel craft knife, I cut out the embossed flower images and adhered them atop my designer paper.

Isn't this vintage image awesome!! I found it HERE and plan to use it again to enter the challenge on this blog. When I originally printed this image, my printer messed up and misprinted a portion of it ... so instead of tossing it in the trash, I chose to use it for today's card. The matting for my image is a scrap Nestabilities cut and the ribbon is I believe from May Arts (purchased at Toyrifix ... Hi Tammy!). To add a little sparkle, I used Stampendous Diamond Dots on the corners & ribbon center. My sentiment is by The Stamp Pad Co.

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today ... please do come back again!!

!!!!!! GOOD NEWS !!!!!!
Our appointment at the Oncologist today resulted in hearing that at the present time, Mark is in remission ... cancer free! Yippee!! Unfortunately, that doesn't mean we are finished with the cancer journey. It simply means that now the Cleveland Clinic can get moving on harvesting his stem cells in preparation for the upcoming Stem Cell Transplant. At least, this is the FIRST TEST that has come back TOTALLY clear!! We were beginning to wonder if that was ever going to happen. I will keep you informed of the upcoming venture as best as I can (don't know if I'll have internet access available to me in Cleveland). Either way, PLEASE continue to keep Mark in your prayers as this next step from what I've heard is a tough one!! Thanks SO MUCH to you all for your kind thoughts & prayers ... God Love Ya!!!

Papercraft Planet Sketch Challenge

What a cool sketch over on the Papercraft Planet. You can find the details HERE. I needed a birthday card for an online friend whose birthday I totally missed last week. Well in all fairness, I really didn't know she was celebrating a birthday until I saw another crafter's post of a card she had made for Dawn (flowergal36). HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DAWN!!!

This was a really fun sketch and since I just purchase two new Martha Stewart border punches, of course I had to utilize one on this card. The background paper is from the DCWV Old World pack and the bird image is by Inkadinkado. The vertical sentiment is by Magenta. Sorry about the brads being crooked ... they were an afterthought to tie in with the bluebird.

That's it for now ... thanks for stopping by!! Update: We have an appointment with the Oncologist later this morning to hear the results of last week's Pet Scan. Unfortunately I don't feel too optomistic ... but we'll wait to see what the doctor says!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Featured Stamper Challenge

Happy Day Everyone!!!

Just wanted to share my card for today's Featured Stamper Challenge over on SCS. Today we are honoring K Dunbrook. Karen's gallery is packed with wonderful inspiration. THIS is Karen's card that inspired me today.
I chose to use "soft" colors today ... pink pirouette and pale plum. This Basic Grey Euphoria designer paper worked perfectly after I sponged the edges with perfect plum ink. I really like the affect of the main image panel and I never think to use this technique often enough! I stamped and embossed the image in perfect plum first then stamped again using the pink pirouette. My sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets (glamour girls) set and after sponging around the edge with pink pirouette, I used one of my piercing templates for the corner design.
Other details are the use of SU slit punch for the corner cuts on the dp, Colorbok metal dots in the corners, Hobby Lobby black organza ribbon and I used a Creative Memories round tip black marker to edge the pink pirouette panel to give the illusion of matting.
Hope you are having a wonderful, restful day and enjoyed my card. Isn't it wonderful to be creatively inspired by others ... I know that's what keeps my mojo going!! Thanks for stopping by and please come back!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Time to Share the SURPRISE ...

From the beginning ...

the other day my friend, Anita Kurtz, emailed me and asked if I would be "up to a visit" on Thursday evening since she had some shopping to do in my area. Of course I said YES ... always LOVE when friends come to visit! Well she called when she "got in the area" and as she came up the sidewalk I noticed she wasn't alone ... my friend Tammy Hershberger was with her and they were "baring gifts!" I thought "now what are these two up to???" Joyfully I learned that the STAMP SIMPLY ladies were talking and decided to all go together and with the local help of Anita & Tammy ... put together this AWESOME goodie basket as well has hand-made cards from each of the ladies!

Needless to say, my jaw hit the floor and I got so excited!!! I still can't believe these ladies would take the time out of their busy lives (and the expense) to do something like this for Mark & I ... WOW, that just blows my mind!!!

We went into the livingroom where my husband, Mark was to share in opening these beautiful cards and fun gifts! He too was very impressed and overwhelmed with this generous gesture! The beautiful basket was filled with Movie Going Goodies ... you know ... M&Ms, Whoppers, Junior Mints, Raisinets, Starburst, HUGE bag of Twizzlers, and even Werther's Originals ... HOW COOL IS THAT!!! Oh, and it doesn't stop there!!! Since Mark isn't up to going out to the movies these days ... they even got us a gift card for Blockbuster! Now we can have our movie & movie goodies right in our own comfy livingroom!! Since Mark bought himself a new 58" HD Plasma TV when he was diagnosed, figuring he'd be "in the house" a lot ... it will actually feel like we're at the theatre!!! There is also a gift card for Panera Bread in case we need real food like soup & sandwich to go with our Movie Goodies!! Ooops wait ... I forgot to add it to the photo ... Anita walked in with a huge box of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn too! What's Movie Night without popcorn?????? (These ladies thought of everything!!)

WAIT ... there's more!!! (can you imagine!!! ... more!!!) It's a treat JUST FOR ME!! They have spoiled me with 4 - 1 hour sessions at the Kimz Kare Relaxation Massage! OH MY GOODNESS ... pinch me because I think I'm dreaming!! (hang on while I wipe away the tears) ...

Here are the cards these wonderfully talented ladies sent to Tammy to include in our surprise! I was overwhelmed with each & every one of them as was Mark!! I was having a terrible time reading the messages inside (Anita & Tammy thought it was just my "old eyes ... maybe need new glasses") but actually I was having trouble fighting back the tears that kept welling up and causing "blurred vision". Aren't they gorgeous????

Mind you, I've never met any of these ladies in person (which I hope to do someday) but I consider them all "my friends"!!! How do I possibly express to these lovely ladies how touched I am by their kindness other than to just say "Thank YOU and I LOVE you all!!!"

Stamp Simply Challenge - LET'S GET NEGATIVE

Happy Friday everyone!!! The end of another week and it's time for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge. Today she has challenged us to Go Negative ... with negative images that is!!!

I must admit, I was a little confused on what to do here so on my first card I used what I felt to be a "negative image" but wasn't sure so I also used the NEGATIVE portion of a Nestabilities diecut from a previous project to showcase my sentiment. My hibiscus image is by Penny Black and after embossing, I cut it out with my Nestabilities and sponged the image before removing it from the die (a little trick I learned from our wonderful host, Sharon). The background paper is by graphic 45 and I'd love to tell you who this sentiment is by but I can read the markings on the side of the stamp ... I'll have to get back to you on that!!

After making my first card, I thought .... is this what Sharon is talking about??? And after some thought, I decided to do a card THIS way ... using a regular image, I inked it with Ranger Perfect Medium ... embossed with detail clear then sponged around the image with Ranger Antique Linen & Vintage Photo distress inks. I thought this gave the image a (reverse) NEGATIVE appearance.

The background paper on this card is also by graphic 45 (love these papers) and I've used my Nestabilities Label Two diecuts for my main image. I also done some faux stitching and paper piercing on this main panel. The sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkado and I've also sponged it with Ranger distress inks to give it a more vintage appeal. The piece of lace behind my main panel is actually accru seam binding which I've inked over with Ranger Vintage Photo distress ink . The gold thread used on my main image and on the right side of the lace is left over from the holiday's and was purchased at Michael's. I used Martha Stewart pearls on the centers of the clock faces to add a little more dimension.

Okay, so there you have it ... my attempt at GETTING NEGATIVE. (Did I even come close Sharon???? LOL) Be sure to check out Sharon's GORGEOUS card as well as her design team ladies samples ... they are amazing!!!

Please stop back later when I want to share with you the BIG SURPRISE Mark & I received last evening ... you won't want to miss it!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sketch Challenge at Papercraft Planet

The Papercraft Planet has certainly grown in leaps & bounds since it's beginning and have so many wonderful groups and challenges available. If you haven't been there ... you really should check it out!! Unfortunately I have been somewhat negligent of the challenges which I SO LOVE to play until today ...

Here is my card for the sketch challenge (sk013109). In my haste, I didn't really catch on to the fact that this was a "double" challenge offer.

The wording went like this:
Using this week's sketch challenge you can be eligible to win Melanie Muenchinger's beautiful stamp set Hand in Hand. All you have to do to enter is use the below sketch with the theme from the movie pick from the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog, where this week we are featuring the movie: The Princess Bride.

Of course, you could just play it as the "sketch" challenge!! Whew ... !! Here are a few details about the card. The butterfly image is by Northwood and the sentiments are by Serendipity. I colored in the image using SU watercolor pencils and blender pen then proceeded to cutting their shape using my Nestabilities circle and scallop circle diecuts.

My sentiment circle was created by stamping and embossing the words ... cutting the shape with a smaller Nestabilities circle THEN ... before removing it from the die, I sponged around it with pink pirouette ink. When removed from the die, it left a nice white border which I then matted using pink pirouette cardstock and the next size up Nestie. A little trick I learned from my your friend and mine ... Sharon Johnson.

The base card is A-6 size premade purchased at Michaels ... background paper is by Paper Pizazz ... Offray ribbon ... Prima flowers and metal butterfly charm by Embellish-It.

Hope you enjoyed my card ... there are other challenges awaiting my creativity so I'd best get busy!!! LOL!! Have a wonderful day my friends!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Why are GUY cards so difficult ...

A long time friend (and ex-boss of DH) who for several years now, lives in Florida with his lovely wife ... was originally from Maine. Mark mentioned today that he has an upcoming birthday and would I make him a card. Well of course I ALWAYS welcome an opportunity to "make a card" so I got right on it! I actually think his birthday is on the 12th but I'm going to drop it in the mail tomorrow ... better early than late, right!!
Knowing this gentleman loves the ocean, ships and that sort of thing ... I thought this type of card would be appropriate. The image on the front of the card is Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the lighthouse on the inside is Marblehead here in Ohio. I have no doubt he will know exactly which lighthouses they are!
The front of the card consists of stamping the image onto glossy white cardstock with India Ink Black and matting with glossy black. Of course I've used my Long Rectangle Nesties for this main panel. The background panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug and matted in both red & blue cardstock to "tie in" with the "sea-going" ribbon. A pretty simple card but I'm sure he'll like it!!
I have another "guy" birthday card to share with you but it will have to wait because I'm afraid he might see it here before he receives it in the mail ... wouldn't want that to happen!!! Thanks so much for stopping by once again ... I ALWAYS love having you here and I hope that somewhere along the line you find some inspiration from my work. I know I draw SO MUCH inspiration from all of you!!! Happy Stamping ...

Love Those Challenges ....

As promised ... I'm back with cards for today's SCS Sketch Challenge and the Color Throwdown Blog Challenge.

First let's start with the Sketch Challenge #214 over on SCS (splitcoaststampers). With it only being about 10 degrees outside, I chose to do a card that would give me a more "warm" feeling. This lovely birdsnest image by Inkadinkado did the trick. I've stamped the image onto glossy white paper using India Ink Black then colored it in using my inking nibs and various SU inks. The turquoise background paper is by Making Memories and the other two panels were scraps I had in my drawer.

Don't you just LOVE those satin ribbons that are in all the stores ... it ties a bow so nicely!! I've added a little touch of gold holiday thread to my bow and Stampendous gold diamond dots in the corners. Just needed a little touch of "something"! I find myself liking to "cut images out", as I've done here and popping them up ... gives it a nice dimension ... don't you think!!


Second card is for today's Color Throwdown Blog Challenge using Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip & Riding Hood Red. Looking through my drawer of "floral" designer papers I came across this beautiful 12x12 Daisy Bucket Designs dp. It was the perfect shade of chocolate chip ... so that was my starting point. The chocolate chip flower is from the Inkadinkado garden delight set which I've embossed using detail clear embossing powder. I then used my circle & scallop circle Nesties for the matting. My side borders were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and of course the butterflies are also Martha Stewart. I couldn't help but use this luscious SU Chocolate Chip satin ribbon ... (I'll be so sad with it's all gone!). From the same Inkadinkado set I've stamped a background image behind my sentiment using Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette paper. The "friends" stamp is by My Sentiments Exactly and was also embossed after stamping with Chocolate Chip SU ink. Oh yea, I popped a few Martha Stewart branches in & around my flower panel. They were just laying on my worktable begging to be utilized, LOL!!!

Well, there you have it! My two favorite Wednesday challenges are complete!! Now I just learned that I need two MALE birthday cards for tomorrow's mail ... guess I'd better get busy ... you know how difficult MALE cards can be sometimes!! I'll be sure to share them with you before popping them into the mail! Thanks so much for stopping by ... hope to see you again real soon!!