Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Sketch Challenge CCMC-OM4

This first card is for the Create with Connie and Mary's Sketch Challenge open to subscribers of their Occasions Edition newsletter. It is week four's sketch, I meant to do all of these but just have not been able to do it all. Some weeks I am crazy busy with house and family stuff and some weeks not so much. Since my son is home from school sick with Strep throat I have had time today to make a couple of cards between Popsicles and naps :) This is made with Stampin Up products, paper punches, stamps and ribbon. I used the paper from the sale a bration mini, the owl stamp is from the mini too and the punch is in the catalog I believe. (I am not a demo so I don't keep track of this stuff). It was a great sketch to work with and I had no idea this is what I was going to come up with before I started but it kind of fell together once I saw the sentiment sitting on my shelf. It sits in front of my stamp boxes because I loaned it out once and now I have no idea what stamp set it came from! So it sits there but see, I got to use it because of that! So there you have it and I hope I win!

While I had this paper out I made another little card to use my new bird punch. I love this bird and branch! I have another bird die but it wasn't as cute as this one so I finally got it. I think it's been out a while! Anyway just a card I put together by myself, no sketch. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

This is just a sweet card I made using my new Penny Black stamp. The challenge last week was to use vellum on your card. I used it for the sentiment tag. Vellum die cuts well and also embosses nicely as it makes a white line where it embosses so it shows up more. On top of that I colored the embossed areas to make it have even more depth. I colored the image with distress inks and water color brush. That about all on this one, it's simple :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A couple random cards

This first card is using that color combo I like so much from the card I made the other day for a color challenge - grape, hot pink and bright green on Kraft. Just a pretty card I made for a friend :)

This second card is something I made real quick for my husband for one of his coworkers. I really like the white on white look. I will be making more cards with the white on white look for sure. That's all for today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Last Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine's Day! I sure do appreciate you checking out my blog and I hope you feel some love today :) This is the card I made for my hubby. We both enjoy our dogs and cats (even if hubby doesn't want to admit he likes a CAT LOL!) so when I saw this stamp I thought it would be great for us. It is from Taylored Expressions. I purchased it last year at the Craft and Hobby Show in Anaheim, CA before the CHA started. I really enjoyed it, I thought it was very well attended so I don't know why they didn't do it again this year. Anyway the gals at the booth were very nice and had lot's of great things going on.

I cased this card pretty much. There you have it. I used different paper and put my ribbon in a different spot but it was just such a cool card I wanted to do it :) I wanted to make it more masculine too. I thought this paper was cool for it, it is a 6 x 6 Stampin Up designer paper pad my friend gave me and it has lots of houses, clouds and hearts in it. Double sided paper too so lots of patterns. The house is "paper pieced" as well as the little heart above the doggies. I dont know if you can see it but I put glossy accents on their noses because we all know dogs have {cold} wet noses! I hope he likes it :)

Here is the inside of the card before I write my gushy note :) Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Here is another cute Penny Black stamp! She is called "Love Antennae". This is also for the Penny Black blog challenge, winter white. I had fun making this card, she was fun and easy to color and then I put some really cool glitter on her wings, some glossy accents on her antennae and put her on the Spellbinder lacey circle because I wanted the red of the circle underneath to show through the loops :) I had this red ribbon with white dots, if I had some with black dots that would have really been perfect but this looks fine. The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder with candy conversation hearts. I have one more Valentine's card to post, the one I made for my hubby :) coming up soon!

Close-up of the glitter

Friday, February 11, 2011


I made this card for a sketch challenge, pretty neat sketch I thought. I had a lot of fun making this, distressing the edges, coloring in these cute little mice and coming up with a new tag idea. I put glossy accents on the hearts which gives it a little more shine. I have had these heart buttons for a while and finally got to use one :) So, guess what? I WON, I WON, I WON! The Penny Black blog challenge last week. I get to choose three free stamps! How cool is that? I haven't won anything in a long time so I am super excited and honored. This stamp is called "Snuggle" it is so cute it is edible LOL! I will be back tomorrow with more :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Challenge card

This is for the weekly MFT sketch challenge. I know, it is the same Pure Innocence stamp, since I only have two.. but I plan on getting another one! I saw a color challenge for grape, hot pink and green and loved the combo. The designer paper is Basic Grey and the rest is Stampin Up. I colored her with watercolor crayons and then cut her out. The oval under her is watercolored blue to be like the sky and then that is on Spellbinders die cut. The flower is three punched flowers wet and wrinkled up. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the green and also an edge punch then placed two rhinestone flowers on it. I keep entering these challenges in hopes to win some stamps! Keep your fingers crossed :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Third card

This is the third card from my Hero Arts inspiration. They are having a challenge to use the kissing technique so I used a stamp I already had of theirs and one of the news ones (the "hello" writing background). I stamped the poppy stamp in baja breeze and then the hello stamp in navy ink. I stamped the hello stamp onto the already inked poppy stamp then stamped the poppy stamp onto the white cardstock. That is the kissing technique. I had to giggle though, because it is one stamp stamped onto another the second stamp is backwards when done. So the words are backwards! I don't think you would be reading them on this type of flower anyway but it says things like thinking of you etc.

If you look close you can see sort of stripes on the lines in the poppy of where the navy ink ran across the baja color, it made stripes! I think that is kinda funky and cool :) I love this card, the designer paper and the colors are my favorite. The paper is from Stampin Up (of course, makes my life easy to use their stuff since everything matches and I don't have to hunt down the right shade from a store). Oh and the ribbon is from Martha Stewart, I picked it up when she first put out her line of products at Michael's and it matches baja breeze so well! Have a great day :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

The second card

I made three cards from being inspired by that class I mentioned in my previous post, two were the new stamps from the class and the third is kind of my own idea from a stamp I already had. Hero Arts blog is having a challenge of using the kissing technique so the third card I will post tomorrow will show that.

I just love these colors done like this! The stamp is made the same as the class. I must say over a year ago I did this same technique with a Stampin Up stamp so it wasn't new to me but I just had to do these colors like this. So here is that one. I believe the name of the SU stamp is 5th Avenue Floral. I can't remember what colors I used back then.

Such a pretty way to color flowers! It is distress ink and the colors for the Hero Arts stamp are fired brick, rusty hinge and weathered wood. They used broken china for the blue but I didn't have that color (thought I did or I would have bought it!). I believe they also used wild honey but I didn't feel I needed that. You stamp using the heat embossing technique with Versamark and white embossing powder or you can stamp with white pigment ink and use clear embossing powder if you like. Then you just use your watercolor pen and pick up the ink and color it in. I also died the ribbon to match using the same inks, however I learned a trick at the store that you wet your ribbon first. No wonder it came out funky whenI did it before! Love hints so I always try to pass them along.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

So the class was full...

I am bummed. I wanted to take this new Hero Arts card making class at Archiver's but they were full and are booked all the way into the end of March! So I bought the stamps and made them myself at home. It's just fun to do it there with everyone. My cards turned out totally different than the cards in the class but the stamp and coloring are the same. I used a sketch I had printed out but I didn't make note of where it came from.

I colored white cardstock to match the stamped image with distress ink and a watercolor pen then punched out the flower, butterflies and tag.

On the butterflies I used the the new Stickles I bought yesterday- Rock Candy but it didn't sparkle enough for me (LOL!) so I dumped some very fine glitter on top. I think that color Stickles will work fine, it is actually just like use a Spica glitter pen in that the color is clear but has the sparkle. I think the ink wash on it was just too strong.

Anyway I am very happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Magazine Folder Card Box

This card box was proudly displayed on this blog and she even posted the directions and dimensions to share! I made a few changes, not much - used different designer paper and ribbon plus I used a Cuttlebug folder. I love it, of course - I love to make all of these boxes and things as you know :) Anyway the paper and stamp are all Stampin Up, I am trying to use my supplies instead of saving them for "someday". So this is short and sweet, you can make one yourself by going to her blog!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Card

I got a new stamp and thought I would post another Valentine's Day card. I love this new to me stamp by Penny Black, so sweet. It is called Snuggle. I used a Cuttlebug folder my friend has with the candy hearts background (how perfect is that?) , the sentiment is part of a $1 stamp that I colored only the words to stamp out, it has a bunch of large hearts too but I didn't want that for this card. The paper is all Stampin Up. I punched out some hearts to decorate the gray strip at the bottom and mounted the sentiment and stamped image on pop dots. The layout is a Splitcoast Stamper's sketch challenge. Yes, you see Stickles on the hearts above the mice :)

I also remade my February calendar page with this stamp because it is so cute!