Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
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:
2. sewing machine
4. seamstress chalk or other means of marking
5. straight pins
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
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!!
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!!
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
Friday, February 6, 2009
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!!!"
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
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
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!!