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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Secret Santa

I'm someone's secret santa. I know that my person has received their package. Part of the package had to include an Ornament. I chose, not sure if this is good or bad, to make the ornaments. I used glitter it and glitter to fill the ball ornaments...The snowflake is made using a cardboard snowflake. I spray painted it silver. I used my Cuttlebug snowflake die to cut the red snowflake using foil paper. I used scor tape and glitter to make the rays and lastly, I used a dimensional snowflake die cut in the very center. I hope she likes them ;-)

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I got this awesome image through WRAK. This is one of the Penny Johnson images that she designs for Stampavie. Isn't it just precious? I had so much fun coloring and making this card. The image is colored with copics. The back layer of the main image is velvet paper. I found the velvet paper at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. I LOVE it! Just bought more in facr. The reindeer antlers are covered in fun flock, the nose uses a spica pen and I use Stickles for all the snowflakes! All in all a really easy card that has a little texture :-)

Stamps: Gifts for you (stampavie); Sentiment - SU
Paper: Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart, Tan Leather, white ; Cosmo Cricket DP, SEI Velvet DP
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Stickles, Copics, fun flock, nailheads, Copic Spica, grosgrain ribbon

Friday, October 29, 2010


Oops, I've been awful about updating again. At least it wasn't quite as long.

Today's card is an engagement card for one of the sales reps I work with. He met this lady in June and they are engaged and getting married... awfully fast, but he is as giddy as a school boy. I wish them all the best!

Honestly, I had something more formal and weddingish in my head when I went into the stamp area. Just goes to show that you never know what you are going to end up with as part of the creative process. I dug out one of my old SU sets. The image is colored with copics, go figure. I colored over the sand with a Sakura stardust pen and then added a little smooch spritz to simulate the sun on the sand. I am awful with sun rise and sun set, etc... so I took the easy way out and just sponged the background in blue, pink and yellow. I decided to add a little distress ink to the edges. Since I am not proficient, I went with my lightest color, Antique Linen. As I was sponging, I used a scrap piece of orange cardstock that was lying around. I really liked the way it looked with the image, so I went with it! SHOCKING!! I really didn't intend to use those colors, but if it works, it works! I really ended up liking this color combo. I wanted to add more embellishments, but I figure since this is going to the male of the couple, I would leave it as it was.

Stamps: Summer by the Sea (SU)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie (SU);Ivory (GinaK); Cafe Meditteranean (DCWV)
Ink: Memento Black, Rich Cocoa and Summer Sky; Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana; Antique Linen distress
Accessories: Copics

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Acetate -- Who knew?

Ok- a little later than planned, but a project nonetheless. I saw this project on flower-soft tv. I love listening to the accents :-) It looked really cute, so I decided to try for myself. I made this card a 5*7 though I will show you tomorrow how it will work as a regular A2 size as well. I will ask that you ignore my very bad effort at adding a little color on the inside.... oiy!

I used Nesties to cut out the circles. The acetate piece is actually one size larger than the opening in the base. Then I used those same nesties, nested, to create the white border. I adhered with flower soft glue, but any glue that will dry transparent would work. The center image is one from Just Rite stamps. It is adhered with mini glue dots and colored with copic markers.

Just Rite stamps are just perfect for this card because they are the perfect size and the sentiments fit so nicely! The sentiment is also adhered with glue dots and since it's the same size it covers all the adhesive! The paper is Basic Grey. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Longer than I thought

Wow, it's been longer than I thought. I actually do have some new cards to post, but it will have to be later tonight or tomorrow. I *think* and *hope* that the sickies have run their course through the house now and things can get back to normal. I'll be back later or tomorrow morning with a project!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stampscape - Spotlight

Today's card is one I made a while ago. I always have trouble with masculine cards. I also want to be one of those amazing people who work wonders with scenery. Practice, Practice, Practice... someone needs to tell my kids that I need time to practice ;-) Someone sent me some stampscape images to play with. I decided that this would probably be good for a masculine card. I hope the woodsy, cabiny feel comes through even though I used *gasp* ribbon!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My first Magnolia

This is my very first Magnolia image. I had to draw a mouth on her though. I still can't quite get used to the images with no mouths... She is called Witchy Tilda, but I thought she sort of looked like a pilgrim too, so I went with a fall theme. She was so much fun to color. I also got to use the wonky squares nestabilities. They are FUN!!! I thought this would be a neat hostess thank you for all those Thanksgiving goodies. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 24, 2010

I Love Elisabeth Bell images!!

TGIF to one and all. I hope you are all feeling better than I am. I think I caught a bug from my husband... (that meanie :-) ) Today's card is using an Elisabeth Bell image that I got from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design. This image is from the Never before seen section. When I saw it, I had to have it. I'm weak.. I know. I colored the image with Copics on Neeah cardstock. I used copic spica pens on the candle holder. I used Shimmerz on the candle and Twinkiling H2Os on the snow and ice. The windows are covered in Cyrstal Effects to give the glassy effect. Thanks so much for stopping by. Time for me to go back to bed now :-)

Stamps: I will leave the light on; Cornish Heritage Farms (sentiment)
Paper: Lipstick Red, Chocolate Brown (Gina K); Nennah Solar White
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Ladybug Red (Memento)
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Copic, Copic Spica, Labels 8 Nestabilities, Shimmerz, Twinkling H20s, Crystal Effects

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Christmas card

Happy Thursday!! Thank goodness it's almost the weekend. This training class is really messing up my schedule. Today's card is a combination of two challenges. The Critter Challenge for this week is "No Color" or in other words only neutrals. I went with browns and cream and white. I pulled out one of my old SU stamp sets for this. I really love this image. The sentiment is from a different SU set. Since the sentiment is a line from the Messiah, I went with the music dp background. The second challenge is the sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner. This was a fun one, but a little difficult at the same time.

Have a lovely day!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sketch - Christmas - STV

Today is a CAS Christmas card that I made for the StampTV Sketch challenge from last week. Although it's hard to see, the white panel is clear embossed. I used some snowflakes and the word "joy". The dove is gold embossed in what I hope is the center of the panel :-) The dp is Basic Grey and the ribbon is from Michaels. I used the bow-easy to tie the bow, I love the bow easy!!!

In other news, I was just accepted to the Copic Certification class. I am soooooooo excited!!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A little Valentine's Day

I thought this was a cute Penny Black image. The challenge was to make a Valentine card with a little humor. For me? With all the stamps I own? I could NOT come up with any humorous Valentine's sentiments. Obviously a gap I need to fill :-) Enter my fabulous peeps at WRAK. I received this "feline" sentiment through WRAK. I think it's humorous... but it may just be me! Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Colorful Mojo with Friends

Challenges. I suppose challenges are supposed to be difficult, or they really wouldn't be challenges... Whew! This weeks color challenge from StampTv really threw me for a loop. Pink, Brown, Teal and Orange. Pink, brown and orange, no problem. Teal, brown and orange, no problem..but all 4? THAT was a challenge. I happened upon the Mojo Monday sketch for this week and a friends blog card and EUREKA an idea was born! Big shout out to Lori for the inspiration. She doesn't even know she inspired me.. LOL!

Still, I don't think this is going to become my go to color combo, but I think I eked it out! I used 2 different patterns of DP in between the solid colors of card stock. The little piece of pink (all I could fit in) is cut using one of the piercebilities templates from Spellbinders. There isn't any embossing or piercing, obviously, but I liked the shape at the bottom. The image is colored with copics and I used 3 different color buttons for the center. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Friends are Forever (GKD)
Paper: Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, Innocent Pink, Chocolate Brown, Ivory (GKD); Safari Mat Stack, Cafe Mediterranean Mat Stack (DCWV)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: Copics, pierceabilities by Spellbinders, buttons, and twine

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

StampTV Sketch

This card is for the StampTV Sketch challenge for last week. I think I need some help in the sponging arena... somehow my "sand" looks a little too dark in spots. I loved the colors together. The kraft with the ocean mist just looked so calming, so I had to go with the sea theme. I used the Spellbinders impressabilities plate (shells) on the top section of the ivory panel. The bottom was scored for a little added dimension. I think I may have gotten a little layer happy in the middle. There are 6 layers of rectangles and the 3 oval layers. Overall, just looking to make a nice birthday card that would work for just about anyone! TFL!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Missin' you

Isn't she adorable? This is the Demure image by Elisabeth Bell. She designed her for Sugar Nellie. She just looks like she is saying "I'm missing you and thinking of you"! This is another card for the troops that I made for the WRAK challenges. The challenge was to follow this sketch. I did change the sentiment location but the majority of the sketch is still there. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Demure (Sugar Nellie); Botanicals (Gina K)
Paper: Turquoise Sea, Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown, White (Gina K); Cafe Mediterranean DP (DCWV)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: crochet lace, copics, dimensionals

Monday, September 13, 2010

Good Monday morning! See what happens when I take a weekend off? Monday post is late, at least for me... These two cards were made for the 2-fer challenge from the WRAK Labor day challenges. The challenge was to use the same sketch and make two birthday cards.. one for a boy and one for a girl. Again, I decided to practice with coloring. I chose two images, different companies, both designed by Elisabeth Bell. I love her people images. This card was also made using the critter challenge sketch from last week, which I forgot to upload to the challenge blog... and the OCC challenge to use numbers or letters on your project.

This image is from Whiff of Joy. It's Oakley. I originally had him sitting on a tree stump, but it made the image too wide, so you can just imagine him sitting on the stump. Honestly, as I was coloring him, I was thinking he was Irish..have you ever done that? I mean something like giving you images a background? It may just be a little of my eccentricity.. LOL! I've been reading some books by an Irish author so I think that's where it came from. Anyway, Oakley is colored with Copics. I used the stars from Tami Mayberry's star set (GKD) for the embellishement (as they say, stars are masculine flowers). The sentiment is from Melanie Meunchinger's birthday set (GKD).

This card uses Daisy on a trike (Sugar Nellie). I was too tired to create a background for Daisy, but I did think she was just cute and my daughter is learning how to ride a trike. I used Bazzil wings flowers for the accent on this one.

I hope that the difference in colors and embellies makes up for the fact that I really kept to the same sketch. In retrospect, I probably could have used a scalloped oval or something on the girl card to separate them a bit more.


Stamps: Oakley (WoJ), Daisy on Trike (Sugar Nellie), Oh Boy, Year of Flowers, Fanciful Tags, Melanie Ms Happy Birthday set (Gina K)
Paper: Ivory, Red Hot, Fresh Asparagus, Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown (Gina K); DCWV Designer Paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Lady Bug (Memento)
Accessories: Star Punch large and small, Bazill flowers, Basic Grey button, twine, nailhead, copics

Friday, September 10, 2010

CAS for the troops

WRAK challenges are always fun. I find all sorts of things that I had forgotten about. When I saw this embossing folder, I thought it was perfect for a CAS card and it could be masculine too. I am ALWAYS trying to come up with ideas for a masculine card. This could be used for just about anything just change colors and sentiments. I'm thinking it may be perfect for a stationery set. :-)

Stamps: Fanciful tags (Gina K)
Paper: Slate Gray, Red Hot, White (Gina K)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento)
Accessories: Birdcall CB EF

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Challenges

Happy Thursday. It's almost the weekend!!!!!!!!!! YIPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE!

This card is going to be sent to the troops as part of the WRAK Labor Day Card Challenges. This is for challenge 5. THe challenge was to use an autumn color scheme. This card also fills requirements for StampTV color challenge for this week, brown, red, yellow, kraft and a neutral. I used the Mojo Monday sketch by Julee Tilman as well. Although you really can't see it, there is a little stardust sparkle on the sunflower that was added with the sakura gel pen.

Stamps: autumn splendor, botanicals (Gina K)
Paper: Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown, Kraft, White (Gina K), DCWV DP
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Big Scalloped Circles, Classic Circles Nestabilities, Large and small tag punch, double stiched ribbon, twine, copics, sakura stardust glitter pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Snow Bear

Happy Wednesday everyone! This weekend I worked on some cards for the troops. Over on SCS, the WRAK group had a card roundup. They provide 12 challenges, we get to make the cards and then we forward them to OWH (Operation Write Home). This is a great organization. They send blank handmade cards overseas so that our troops have some fun cards to send home to their families.

The 9th Challenge was to use a new technique, Embossed Foil. This was a lot of fun. I will have to say, although I did add some ink to mine, I thought it looked really good with just the foil!

I also got the chance to use the stamp I won from the Copic Challenge forum party. It is adorable, isn't it? I just love bears! Because I wasn't really thinking when I made this card, I added flower soft to the hat and the snow. I'm not sure that this will be considered like glitter and not allowed or if it's ok. It does add a nice bit of texture. I will re-make the card without the flower soft before I send it off. Anyway, I hope this card will brighten someone's day.

Stamps: Bear and Robin (stampavie)
Paper: In the Navy, White (Gina K)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Night of Navy Craft (SU)
Accessories: Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Copics, dimensionals, Heavy Duty tin foil, Snowflakes EF, Clear Emboss powder, Polar White flower soft

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's Winter again!

It's time for another OCC Sketch! I just got the new Cosmo Cricket winter paper pad that I won on the Copic Challenge Chat thread. It is so awesome! Just had to use some for this card. I added the Bo Bunny DP for a little extra bling. I thought the green added a little pop to keep the card from being too purple. Though I have some friends that would disagree with the notion that there is too much purple... ever. I'm also running out of chocolate pearls, which could be a complete disaster! I guess I'll bbe placing a Limelight order soon. The image is colored with... you guessed it, copics. Thanks for putting up with all my winter/Christmas cards.

Stamps: Just Rite
Paper: Lavendar Moon, Plum (PTI), Green Apple, Ivory (Gina K), DP (Cosmo Cricket and Bo Bunny)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Light Orchid grosgrain ribbon, Olive organdy Ribbon, chocolate pearls, copics, CB Snowflake EF, Big Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Corner rounder punch

Monday, September 6, 2010

CardPatterns 79 - Thinking of You

This card was created using the sketch from the cardpatterns blog. It is Sketch #79. I also used this as practice for the Copic Challenge. The copic challenge for this 2 week period is to use blues and color blue jeans. I know I need to practice a bit before I submit my entry for that one ;-) So, the attempt here is to have the light source coming from the top left. I used the "nasty rag" technique on Mimosa's jeans to add a little texture. I'm really trying to make an effort at showing the shading. I've decided, while taking these copic classes, that I am afraid of shading. I try to really blend so the effect is sort of blurred (so you can't see my mistakes). I'm trying to be very mindful of this. We'll see how this works. Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Bildmalarna Mimosa, Warmest Regards (SU)
Paper: Little Boy Blue, Kraft, White (Gina K)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon, Copics, Chocolate Pearls

Flowers?? Is this for real?

Happy Labor Day!! My birthday last month. My daughter brought me flowers. If you only knew my husband. He and his family don't believe in buying flowers... it's not practical. *BIG EYE ROLL*. I was floored to see my little one bring in the boquet. It was so thoughtful, even more so because of the flower prejudice ;-) I took a few pictures so I wouldn't forget. They really are pretty.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Shhhhhhhhh! new stamps!

I promised myself and some other people, that I wouldn't buy any new Christmas stamps this year. I probably have enough Christmas stamps to last, I don't know, FOREVER?? I've been wanting to try out the JustRite stampers for a while. I would forget, then remember.. you know how that goes. However a few weeks ago, I was reading Denise's blog, The Paper Landscaper, and saw that she was previewing the MOST ADORABLE stamps from Just Rite. I had to go visit the site... and before I knew it, new stamps had jumped into my cart.

Well, this was the first card I made for the OCC sketch challenge. This is a fairly simple easy to recreate Christmas card. The most time consuming part was coloring the garland border on the sentiment piece. That really didn't take that long :-)


Stamps: Christmas Nested Frames, Christmas Nested Sentimenst, Whimsical Christmas 2" (JustRite)

Paper: Cranberry Tart, White (GinaK); DP (October Afternoon)

Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)

Accessories: Copics, Circle Punches, Ribbon (Limelight), Chocolate Pearls and dimensionals

Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

StampTV Inspiration

If any of you frequent StampTV, you may have seen this card there. This is the card that I made for the 8/18 Inspiration Challenge. If any of you have NOT been to StampTV, what the heck are you waiting for???? I just love StampTV. There are great tips, great people, great projects, great challenges.. etc. So the inspiration picture was a Curio cabinet. The cabinet was separated into various sized and shaped cubbies. That is where I drew my inspiration. The DP and sentiment layer are blocked in the same way the curio cabinet was. In the curio cabinet, there was a small vase of flowers that were yellow and white. I am using the poinsettia and the brad to reflect that portion of the picture. Thanks for hanging around for my Christmas phase :-)

Stamps: A Very Merry Christmas (GinaK)
Paper: Lipstick Red, All Spruced Up, White (Gina K); DP is Basic Grey
Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
Accessories: Prima Flower, brad, ribbon, Copics