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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Quick post this morning. I have been SWAMPED at work.. unbelievable.

Last week I had a chance to make a card using my new Waterlily stamp set from Paper and Such. This is such a fun image to color and it has some beautiful sentiments.

I colored and cut out both the flower and the lily pad. I kind of bent and fiddled with the outside petals of the flower in order to make it really look like it was popping off the page. I used opaque white copic paint to make the doodles around the flower panel and I sponged some Summer Sky and Sweet Plum ink to give some additional depth.

Thanks for stopping by!! Make sure you stop by for a chance to win some stamps before you can buy them!!!

Stamps: Waterlily (Paper and Such)

Paper: Pure Luxury Wild Lilac,White, and Just Peachy; Basic Grey Kioshi
Ink: Memento, Sweet Plum, Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky
Accessories: Copics  (YG03,05,07,97; YR02,07; R32; V12,15,17; Y18); Corner Rounder

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paper and Such

Isn't he fun?? This is Bucky from the brand spankin' new Hot Shots line at Paper and Such! He comes with one other sentiment that says "Happy Birthday, you old bird". Being from the south and living in the west, I see lots of opportunities to use this guy for all the ranchers and farmers that I know :-)

I used the SCS sketch challenge from yesterday for this card. I also chose to use the oranges out of the Paper and Such inspiration piece to highlight mr. rooster. The image is colored with Copics... LOTS of Copics.. When I was finished I was surprised how many I used. The top layers are popped off the base.

Now what are you waiting for? Get over to Paper and Such and check out the new stamp line!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Bucky (Paper and Such)
Paper: Pure Luxury Sweet Mango, Black Onyx, Layering White; MME Gertie DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Potters Clay; Tim Holtz Rusty Hing distress ink
Accessories: Copics, nailheads, Chicken Wire Impression Plate (TE), Silver Copic Spica, pop dots

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sketch Challenge

Another sleepless night means another card for the blog. I used the SCS sketch challenge for today to make this card. It gave me an excuse to break out my new release Gina K stamps again... so it really wasn't a hardship :-)

The base is plain Ivory cardstock as is the extra layer on the inside of the card. The DP panel is 1 1/2 by 5 3/8. I embossed the peach layer using the woodgrain template from Taylored Expressions. I kind of thought the woodgrain would go well with the vine and nature theme. I used silk ribbon and linen thread to add a little texture (and another layer ;-) ) My DH pokesfun at me and tells me it's all about how many layers there are :-)

The image panel is also ivory cardstock. I sponged it with Memento Cantaloupe, Angel Pink, Tangelo, and Bamboo Leaves. I was going for early morning, I'm thinking it might be a little too heavy.. but it'll work for today. I stamped the corner vine with Bamboo Leaves and then stamped the sentiment in the same color. I stamped the vine again on scrap ivory cardstock. I colored the leaves using YG63 and YG67 copics and a little Mint Copic spica for the veins in the leaves. Then I cut out the leaves and pieced them onto the main image panel. That main panel is popped up from the base.

I hope you like.. and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:The Vine (Gina K Designs)
Paper: Pure Luxury Ivory, Fresh Asparagus, Just Peachy; DP Basic Grey Sugar Rush
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Angel Pink
Accessories: Silk ribbon, linen thread, woodgrain impression plate (Taylored Expressions), Copics

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paper and Such Inspiration

Today's card is for the Paper and Such Inspiration challenge. I couldn't sleep last night so I finally got up and stamped. So, this is one of those 1 am creations. I also used the CAS sketch this week as inspiration. As usual with my inspiration type cards, the card is very literal to the picture. I used the colors and the subject of the picture (ribbon and buttons).  You can see the picture below. This is an easy peasy card, but I like it's simplicuty.  I stamped off the flower before stampin on the main panel.  I stamped the sentiment in Tangelo, which ended up being a bit too orange, but I was afraid it wouldn't show up if I stamped it  off as well.  I'm hoping to get another card made for this challenge just as soon as I get my order with the brand new stamps from the Paper and Such stamp line!!.. I can't wait.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Whimisical Wishes (Gina K Designs)
Paper: Pure Luxury Moonlit Fog and Ivory
Ink: Memento London Fog and Tangelo
Accessories: Ribbon, twine, buttons

Monday, July 11, 2011

A little Monday Whimsy

Happy Monday!!  I get to spend all day in meetings at work today and I am so looking forward to it.. NOT!  However, my wish for all of you is that you can all have a Happy Day!!

I made this card in about 10 minutes.. MAX.  Super easy but with fun colors to match the sentiment.  I do wish that I had used more than one color on the sentiment.. but that will just be a note for next time!

Stamps: Whimisical Wishes (Gina K Designs)
Paper: Pure Luxury Just Peachy, Blue Raspberry and Layering weight White
Ink: Bahama Blue, Cantaloupe, Tangelo (Memento)
Accessories: ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week...

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Hi there!! I am enojoying a rare couple of hours at home in silence! YAY! so I was able to break out the paper and make a card! This card today is a quadruple challenge card. Lucky for me, these 4 challenges all fed the inspiration :-)

There is no stamping on this card. I used the sketch from Card Patterns

This was a fun sketch. When I first saw it, I struggled to think what in the world I could do so I started glancing at some other challenges. The inspiration challenge on SCS today was to use the Posh Vintage site as inspiration. As I glanced through the site I happened upon this dress with a beaded waist panel. The beaded waist immediately made me think of the 4 lower panels on the sketch! VOILA!! The panels on the sketch are squares of card stock interspersed with pearls to recreate the beaded feel of the waistband of the dress.

As I continued my searches.. I came across the Just Us Girls technique challenge for this week.

The challenge is to make a card incorporating a cardstock button. How cute is that?? Buttons... dresses... bingo! another match. Last is the matter of color. I know that I want something monochromatic since the dress is mostly beige and gold. Our Creative Corner provided that inspiration... It's a White PARTY!! Perfect.

And that is how my card today came together. I was able to break out my newly ordered butterfly dies from Taylored Expressions and use some of this fun lattice ribbon that was a gift from a friend. All in all, it's been a lovely hour and half! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: None
Paper: Pure Luxury White (heavy and layer weight), Mother of Pearl; White Glittered Paper (Archivers)
Ink: None
Accessories: Ribbon, butterfly dies, white pearls, standard circle nestabilities

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lookee Here!!!

WOW, WOW, WOW! I got to be a Top Spool over at Ribbon Carousel!! Thanks so much ladies, you really made my day!!! I can't comment on the blog (silly blogger goofs) but thank you so much!!!

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Scenery... Oh my~

Wow, it has been a looooooonnnggggggg week. Note to self.. don't volunteer for special projects at work. Oy~

Today's card is another stab at scenery a la Theresa Momber :-) Have I mentioned that I love her cards? :-)

For this card I used liberal amounts of my Memento Inks. I used Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk and Tuxedo Black for the sky.  For the moon, I took some scrap paper and used a circle nestability to create the circle.  I used the negative as the mask and sponged the moon using Cantaloupe.  For the water, I used Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and Paris Dusk.  The light house is colored with Copics, cut out and paper pieced on top of the original stamped image on the main panel.  I really wish that the sentiment had embossed better, but it works.  The stars are made with a white gel pen.  I used a Copic spica for the lighthouse light.

I hope you like... I'm going to try to get back on this weekend to add a few more details :-)

Thanks for stopping by~!

Stamps: By the Sea (Gina K)
Paper: Pure Luxury In the Navy, Smoky Slate, and Layering Weight White (Gina K)
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk, Bahama Blue; Versamark
Accessories: Copics (W3, W5, W7, C3, C5, C7, C9, YG97, E59, Y17), Buttermilk Copic Spica, White Embossing Powder, Gel Pen

Friday, July 1, 2011

USA Inspired

Tonight I am so tired. I also think I need my head checked... I spent a few hours in my craft area and didn't make a card. Instead I filled up a large garbage bag with, well, garbage. I started a second bag and took a bunch of paper that I had around over to my kids daycare. I still can't belive I parted with paper... but it does clear up space for new :-)

This card combines 2 challenges. The first challenge is the Paper and Such challenge. Paper and Such challenged us to make a card using Red, Blue and Kraft (I snuck some white in there and hope it is ok). The second challenge is the Ribbon Carousel challenge. Being the weekend of the 4th of July, the ladies at Ribbon Carouselwanted us to submit cards inspired by the 4th of July. Red, White and Blue are certainly inspirational to me :-)

I used Gina K stamps from one of the Stamp TV kits. Once I stamped the boat, I decided to try to be creative with my twine. The twine on the boat is supposed to represent the ropes of the sails... not sure how close I really got to that. The image panel is popped up with pop dots. I added a panel of white on the inside of the card and stamped the boat again at the bottom right to add a little something to the inside. I hope it shows the 4th Inspiration and does justice to the great combo chosen at Paper and Such.

Stamps: Enjoy the Sunshine (Gina K Designs)
Paper: Pure Luxury Kraft, In the Navy, Red Hot, Layering White; Paper Studio DP
Ink: Paris Dusk (Memento)
Accessories: Bakers twine
Thanks so much for stopping by!!