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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Card of 2011 - Peace

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Hope that you have a very properous and blessed New Year.  My card is one that I used a digi image from The Outlawz.  If you haven't been over to their website yet, you really need to check them out.  Every 2 weeks you can get at least 2 new free digi stamps and they are so beautiful.
This image was drawn by Sandi Huggett.  Isn't she adorable.  I used SU Tempting Turquoise as my base card.  I was reminded recently that I hadn't used vellum in a really long time, so I pulled out some of my stash and found this piece with snowflakes on it from Hot Off The Press.  I don't know if they are even still in business.  The doily is from my stash.  The ribbon is from Memory Makers - Blueberry from their Blue Lagoon collection.  The sentiment is from SU Glad Tidings stamp set punched using the SU Window Punch layered on a piece of Tempting Turquoise and then I cut around that to make a layer.  I used Frosted Lace Stickles on her wings.

I colored the image with Copics -- BG000, BG01, BG15 for the Gown; E50, E51, R12 for her skin; E23, E25, and E27 for her hair.  I also used a couple of my Spica Gel Pens which I haven't used in awhile.  Lipstick for her toenails; Baby Blue for her eyes, and Sand for her halo.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate receiving your comments.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sunny Thank You PSC 12

Hello again.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  I know I did.  I was blessed to be able to spend some time with my youngest daughter and her family.  They were supposed to be at her In-Laws, but her MIL came down with a sore throat and fever a couple days before Christmas so that had to be postponed.  Good for me though since I got to spend the time with them instead.

I was so glad to see this week's Perfect Sentiments Challenge.  I seriously need some Thank You cards and this one will jump start me into making a few.

The challenge was to make a card with the sentiment of Thank You.  The twist was to use the following sketch for the layout.
Our Sponsor this week is Patties Creations and the prize is one free digi image.  I checked out her Etsy store and she has some pretty amazing images over there. 

Here is a link to her store:

I decided to go back to one of my favorite SU stamp sets - Heartfelt Thanks which is a double stamp set and it always makes up to a great looking card. 

I used SU Daffodil Delight as the base for my card.  The image was stamped first with SU Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz which I brushed onto the stamp.  Using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig, I was able to position the top layer which I stamped using SU Peach Parfait and Always I then used my SU Ticket punch to clip all the corners and then matted it onto Daffodil Delight which I matted onto Peach Parfait, clipping each layer of corners with the Ticket Punch.  I used a piece of SU Sunny Garden on top of the base and under my image mat.  For my sentiment, I stamped Thanks using Peach Parfait onto GP white and also matted it onto the Daffodil Delight and Peach Parfait and then skewed it a little.  I used 2 Recollection Floral Embellishments to finish it off.

Here are links to the rest of the Designers and December Guest Designer.  Come on over and play with us on Perfect Sentiments.

And my fellow guest designer for December:

Just a teaser, but I'll be having some exciting news to share with you all soon.
Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all your comments. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stained Glass Poinsettias

Wow!  It's almost the end of the month and I'm just now getting around to making a card from the December Monthly Challenge kit sent by Amy Phelps.  There were 3 great images and I chose this one to start - stained glass poinsettias.  I took the colors for the image from the piece of dp.

Since it was a kit from someone else, I'm not really sure where the image and sentiment came from.  I used SU Cherry Cobler for the base of the card.  I matted the dp and the image on a piece of SU Really Rust.  I used a piece of SU Really Rust with the Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Shapeabilities Die and then mounted the sentiment on top of that.  The ribbon and little clip are from my stash.  I used a few dew drops on opposite corners just to add a little bling.

The Copics I used for coloring were:  BG0000, BG000, BG01; E04, E18, G05, G07, G09, G85; R35, R37, R39, R509; Y13, Y15; YR12, and YR14.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all comments.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Mailbox

Ever have one of those days when you have something in your mind to do, and you try every which way to get it done and it just won't work!  That's what was happening in my life on Sunday.  I had a card in mind for this image - digi stamp from The Outlawz.  But my color scheme was all blues.  I just knew it would turn out so cute.  Well, try as I could, it just wouldn't work.  The colors were wrong, the dp was not working for it.  Finally, I just put it all aside and went off to church and then to my daughter's house for dinner.  I didn't get home until about 8:30 and decided to give it another try only this time I was going to try a different color scheme.  I'd go back to the time tried Christmas red and green.  Voila!  I picked out SU Jolly Holiday for my dp.  SU Ruby Red and Pear Pizazz were perfect for the c/s.
I just love the way it turned out.  The layout is from MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 49.  The small straight layers are from K & Co. and the brads are from my stash.  The Copics I used to color the image are:  B000; BG0000; C00, C1, C2, C3, C5; E19, E21, E23, E27, E42; G14, G17; and R46.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments.  Merry Christmas.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

PSC11 - Forever Together

Wish I could say that I was finally better, but I've still got that lingering cough going on.  Didn't let it stop me though from getting my card ready for the Perfect Sentiments Challenge No. 11 for today.

Our sponsor this week is Shelly's Images.  Check out her store here:

The prize this week is: $9 Gift Voucher equivalent to 3 digital images.
So, let's get to the challenge for this week.
Challenge: Create a card that reflects a sentiment for a marriage anniversary

Twist: use the following photo as inspiration for the design of your card. 

 I had the idea in my head for my card for awhile, but wasn't sure how it was going to translate into a card.  I was surprised that once I started working on it, it really did just all come together.  Only thing was that I forgot that I needed to use the picture as my inspiration.  Well, I was really inspired because even without the photo in my head, the card came out just the way I wanted it to and covered all the bases for the photo.
My card is a gate fold, which I think is hard because there really isn't any way to keep it closed unless you put some kind of tie around it and mine just didn't lend itself to that.  First is a photo of the front of the card.
 I relate the gate fold to the curtains in the photo.  The rest is all color.  The base is PTI White c/s.  I used a layer of silver metallic and embossed it using the SU Tulip frame embossing folder.  Then I cut that in half and adhered 1/2 of it to each side of the gate.  I love how that looks.  The image is stamped in Versamark with a stamp from Inkadinkado - Man and Woman which I emobssed with black embossing powder.  I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 4 to cut it out and then matted it on a piece of SU Bashful Blue also cut with the same Label 4 die cut - one size up.  The bow is from Martha Stewart - Silver Bow Stickers.  Just adds the right touch to it.

But that isn't all.  It needed a sentiment and some bling!  So here's the inside.

The sentiment is from Hampton Art Stamps - Love Words which I also stamped with Versamark and embossed with the black embossing powder on SU Bashful Blue and layered that on the inside of the base card.  It needed just a little more something so I used a Martha Stewart Gemstone Mini Flower sticker up in the right-hand corner.  I just love bling.
I really love the way it all turned out.  This is going to a very special couple who is celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary in January.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments

Don't forget to stop by Perfect Sentiments Challenge and play along this week.  You could be the big prize winner or you might get to be one of the Perfect 3.

Also, stop on by to check out the rest of the Design Team members and leave them some love.

Jennipher -

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Once you're inspired come play along at the Perfect Sentiment!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And the Stockings Were Hung.

I have some really exciting news.  As you can see from the Badge over to the right, I am a Guest Designer for December for Perfect Sentiment Challenge blog.  I'm really stoked to have been invited to be part of this awesome group of ladies.

The Perfect Sentiments Challenge happens every Wednesday and always has a twist.  This week the Challenge is A Sparkly Christmas. Challenge: Create a card that reflects a sentiment for Christmas

Twist: Make it sparkle- use glitter, shimmer mists, glittered cardstock or paper etc. You can never have too much sparkle. 

I got this cute digi stamp from The Outlawz designed by Sandi Huggett.  Isn't she just the cutest thing ever.

 The card base is SU Bashful Blue.  I found the dp in my Christmas stash and just knew that I wanted to create something with it a little outside the box - not the usual Christmas colors.  The layers were all matted with Bashful Blue.  I put some red stickles on her dress bow and also added some to the Recollections flower.  The lace strip is also from Recollections as well as the leaves.  That upper right corner just cried out for a little bling.

Of course I used my Copic markers to color the image:  BG01; G03; G05, G14; E50; E51, Y15, Y18; T5, T6; R24, R27, R32, R35, R37, R50, R81, R83, R85.

And I must give credit for the inspiration of this card to Michele Boyer.  I CASE'd her card on page 28-29 of the Copic Coloring Guide. 

This week's sponsor is:
  • Kania's A|Muse Studio~ $15 gift certificate
    • (Prize is limited to US participants only.)
  • If the winner is from outside the US, they will be awarded a digital prize that can be sent electronically.

Drop by and see all the fabulous things they have to make your paper crafting or other crafting so much easier.

Also, stop on by to check out the rest of the Design Team members and leave them some love.

Jennipher -

Guest Designer 
Sam -

Once you're inspired come play along at the Perfect Sentiment!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate all your comments and will return the favor.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mini Bowdabra Bows

Hi Bloggers.  Most of you have probably seen my "Let It Snow" card that I posted here on my blog about a month ago.  The other day I was contacted by Sarah Forhan -  Bowdabra's Head Designer and the coordinator and editor for our Bowdabra Blog.  She asked me if it would be okay to have my card posted on their blog.  Of course I say yes!!  I must say, I have NEVER been a good bow maker so getting my Mini Bowdabra was the best thing I have ever done for my card making.  So yesterday, my card was posted on their blog here -

The Mini Bowdabra and the regular size are such usual tools for so many projects as you can see on their blog.  Lots of wonderful ideas for gifts and personal items.  I hope you'll stop by their blog and check them out.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Toy Stocking

This card is good for two challenges:  SC121 on  I cased this card by charmedstamper

The second is for the Freebie Challenge over on The Outlawz.  The image is a digi stamp designed by Sandi Huggett.

I had fun playing with this one.  I haven't used many digital stamps so I'm still getting the hang of how to resize them for a card.  The sentiment is from an old stamp set I have from See D's, Holiday Words and Sayings.

The c/s is SU Green Galore for the card base and the mats are SU Real Red and Green Galore under the sentiment.  The dp is from my stash as are the 2 green glitter swirls.

I used my Copic markers to color the image:  B91, B93; E21, E23, E25, E50, E51; G14, G16, G17; R30, R32, R35, R37; RV29, RV99; W0, Y02, Y04, and Y08.

I added some Christmas Green Stickles to the stocking for some added pizazz!

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all comments.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

PSC08 Chirp Up

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  I spent the time with my extended family and a cousin from out of state.  It is our big family celebration of the year.

I was glad though to get back to some of my regular stuff - like making cards.  This week on the Perfect Sentiments Challenge blog, the challenge was: create a card the reflects a sentiment of encouragement. The Twist: use the following sketch as inspiration for the design of your card. Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch to make it work for you as long as we can still see the sketch in your card somewhere.  

 I really like working with sketches to see what I can do with them, but this time I pretty much kept to the image shown above.  So here it is.
The card base is SU Tempting Turquoise as well as the scalloped circle mat for the image.  The image was stamped on Copic blending paper with Memento Black.  The image if from the Retired SU stamp set Very Punny.  The dp, lace flowers and brads are all from my stash. 

The Copics I used are:  B91, B93; BG000, BG01; E23; Y11, Y13, Y15; and W0.  That's it.  Pretty simple this week.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work.  I really appreciate your time and your comments. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stitched Baby Boy

Finally starting to feel almost human again.  It's been a rough couple weeks, but I'm glad to be well before the big Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday.  Again I'm playing along with the Perfect Sentiments Challenge ( and just getting my card in under the wire. 

The Challenge: create a card that reflects a sentiment for "baby"
The Twist: use some form of stitching on your card...hand, machine, or faux, the choice is yours. 

I had a hard time with my sewing on this one.  Spent $100 to service my machine last year and the thread breaks, then tried my Crafty Sew Easy which was worse, so forgive my sloppy sewing.  Maybe it gives it a little more character.  

  A good friend just gave birth to a baby boy 2 weeks ago which inspired me to create this.  The image is Whiff of Joy - Willow with Toddler stamped using Memento Black.  So cute.  The card base is SU Old Olive and the pattern paper is SU Petals and Paisley.  Love it!  All the pieces are matted on SU So Saffron.  The sentiment is from SU For a Friend also stamped in Memento Black and then colored 
using Copic BG34.  The ribbon is from my stash and the button is from a Tim Holtz collection.  

Copics used were BG000, BG0000, BG01, BG34; C0; E34, E35, E39, E50, E51;  R01; Y00, Y21, Y23; YR00, YR12, YR15; and 0.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all comments.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Harvest Time

It's just about the middle of November and I lost half of that time.  I spent most of last week home from work sick with some yucky bacterial thing.  Went to the doctor and got those good meds and finally feeling almost human again.  I decided to use one of the images I sent out in the November Monthly Challenge kit to make a Fall themed card this week.  Isn't this little guy just the cutest thing ever.
I had a fun time working with him.  The stamp is Mimo Scarecrow from Bildmalarna.  They are a stamp company out of Sweden.  I started out using my Copics to color the image on GP White and matted it on SU Creamy Caramel.  Again I just love SU Marina Mist and I used that for the base card.  Part of my kit was the piece of SU Sage Shadow which I embossed using a Cuttlebug edge embossing folder - A2 Organic.  After layering that on the base, I used a piece of double-stitched brown felt ribbon across the bottom and then layered that matted image on top of that.  You may not be able to see if clearly, but the left side of the ribbon is looped rather than just straight across.  The leaves are from Recollections and the button is from a Tim Holtz collection.  I love his embellishments.

The Copics I used were B91, B93, B95, B0000; E13, E15, E17, E18, E21, E23, E25; Y04, Y13, Y18, Y19; YR14, YR23, YR24, YR31; YG03, YG05, YG11, W3, W5, and W6.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all your comments.  Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge No. 44

I needed a birthday card for my sis today since we were meeting for lunch.  We both have October birthdays, but we just couldn't get it together back then so we finally were able to meet today.  I decided to use the MFTWSC44 as my layout.
This was pretty fun although time consuming to first color the image with my Copics, but then I went ahead and cut her out so I could pop her up on my oval.
I started out with a base using SU Bashful Blue.  The dp is SU Cutie Pie.  I love this paper and hate to use it up.  The dp is matted on SU So Saffrom.  Those pieces all got layered on top of  one another.  The scallop oval is a Nestabilities die and I used SU small pearls in each scallop.  They are white.  They don't show up so well in this photo.  The border is a Martha Stewart lace edge border punch and I layered a strip of blue gingham ribbon over that.  The sentiment is from SU Happiest Birthday Wishes and I cut it out using Nestabilities Pennants die.  The stamp is from Magnolia, but I can't find the image online, so I don't know what she's called.

The Copics I used were B91, B95, B97; BG70, BG72; E21, E25, E27, E29; E31, E35, E50; R02; R29; Y23; and YG91.

I appreciate your stopping by to look at my cards and your comments.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thanksgiving PSC05 and November Monthly Challege

Well, here we are at the start of another week.  I had a very quiet weekend.  My "Gateway" modem crashed Friday night during the night so I woke up Saturday morning with no TV or Internet and found out later that my printer didn't work either since it's WiFi.  After my initial frustration and a call to my provider, I got busy with other things.  I had started working on this challenge and between Saturday and Sunday night, it all changed around so the finished product is not how I initially visualized my card.
I get to use this for 2 challenges this time.  The images I used from SU Day of Gratitude were in the card kit that I sent out to everyone for the Monthly Challenge on SCS and, of course it's for the Perfect Sentiment Challenge for this week.

The Challenge: create a card that portrays a sentiment of Thanksgiving/Fall.
The Twist: use brads or eyelets. If you don't own any brads or eyelets you may substitute with any type of metal embellishment.
I used SU Crushed Curry for the base of the card and really like the 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square card.  The dp is from my stash, but it was perfect for this card.  The images are from SU Day of Gratitude.  They are stamped on white c/s and then cut out and popped up on the card with dimensionals.  The "ribbon" I used is fabric ribbon that I purchased some time ago from  It was also perfect for this card.  I love that Hunter Green color.  I was having a hard time figuring out how to add the sentiment and found these alphabets from Tim Holtz.  They fit very well and added just what was needed.  I ended it off with a little bling and the sparkley brad in the center of the image.   All in all, I was pleased with the result.  Again - no Copics this time, but I'm sure they'll be back soon.
Thanks for coming by.  I appreciate all comments.  Have a great day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Let It Snow PSC04 Challenge and November CCC11 Challenge

This is just getting the Perfect Sentiments Challenge 04 in just under the wire.  Thought I'd give it a shot.  The Challenge: create a card that reflects a sentiment of "Season's Greetings".

The base is SU Marina Mist.  I used 2 pieces of Basic Gray Figgy Pudding layered on top of the base.  I embossed the snowflakes from the SU retired set - Lace Snowflakes and embossed 2 of them with Sterling Silver and 2 with Sky Blue embossing powder and then layered them randomly on top of the Figgy Pudding dp.  The sentiment is from See D's - Holiday Words and Sayings.  This set has been hanging around my stamp room for the last 3 years not being used.  I embossed it using the Sterling Silver ep and then cut it out and matted it on Marina Mist.  I am NOT a good bow maker, so I bought a Bowdabra bow maker and used it to make my bow and then glued a Prima flower in the center.  That's it.

This is also my first one done for the November Christmas Card Challenge.  I still need to make 4 more.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cupcake 4 You!

This card was a first for me.  First time I've ever used a Digital Stamp.  It is called Cupcake For You and I got it from here.  Check it out.  Rhoda's got some cute things in her shop.
As I said, this was my first digi stamp and I'm not so good yet at resizing them.  This one was either too big or too small.  Finally I just went with it.  I printed it on my Epson laser printer and had no problem using my Copics to color her in.

The base is SU Lovely Lilac (one of my favorite colors).  The dp is from SU Flowers For You package.  The sentiment is from SU's It's Your Birthday which I stamped using Regal Rose on white c/s and then punched out with my SU Label punch.  I then layered it onto a pice of SU Regal Rose c/s and trimmed around it by hand.  The ribbon is from my SU stash as well as the flowers that also came from my stash.  I used another piece of the pearl flourish I have to take a piece of it and hope more grow from it.  I used my Copics to color the image:  E0000, E000, E01; E31, E35, E37; R20, R21, R22, R32, E59, R29, W0.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards.  It's always appreciated.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Groovy Birthday and MFT Wednesday Sketch #43

Had some fun putting this card together.  I've been wanting to make a card using some bling flourish and I finally got to do that with this card.
I made this card for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge No. 43. The stamp is MFT Time to Celebrate.  I used SU Ruby Red as the base for the card.  The image was stamped on Copics Blending paper stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with my Copics and then matted on SU Ruby Red.  The dp is SU Ginger Blossom.  The pearls, flourish, ribbon, and flower are all from my stash.  I used Ranger White Opal Iridescent Pearls for the ice on the cake and some gold Stickles on the candles. 

Copics I used were B0000; E07; R000, R01, R02, R12; R20, R21, R22, R37; Y08, Y11, Y13; YG91, YG93; W0

Hope you like it.

I appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Perfect Sentiments Get Well Embossing Challenge

It's that time of the week again.   Time for another Perfect Sentiments Challenge.  This time the challenge was to make a get well card, but to use embossing on the card somewhere.  Fun!  This card did not start out to look like this, but after some tweaking and moving pieces around, this was the final design layout.  It was inspired by a card down on Splitcoaststampers by Kauai17.
  The stamp is an old favorite from Stampin Bella called Feelabella.  I stamped the image on GP White using Memento Tuxedo Black and distressed the edges.  Then layered it on a p..iece of SU Rich Razzleberry.  The base of the card is just white with a layer of SU dp on top, which I embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I tried to find out which dp package it came from, but I couldn't find it.  The other piece across the bottom comes from the same package.  It's actually the reverse side of the base layer. 

I used my Nestabilities Label Four set to cut out the sentiment pieces.  I stamped the sentiment using SU Rich Razzleberry stamped on white and layered on SU Rich Razzleberry cs.  The ribbon and flowers come from my stash.

I used Copics to color in the image: E0000, E000, E02, E11; E13, E15, E17, E19; Y00, Y02, Y08, Y38; B0000, B00, B93; YG11, YG61, YG63; RV13, RV19, RV21, RV23; YR04, YR12, YR14, YR16; W00, W1

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all your comments and do read them all.  Hope you have a great and blessed day.

Chrystal's Baby Shower

Well, last week was a very busy week for my. I hosted a Baby Shower for a good friend from my church.  She and her husband have been married for 8 years and have been wanting a baby, but none came until now!  They are having their first baby and I'm so excited for them.  They are the sweetest (and funniest) couple.  I know they're going to be great parents.  It turned out to be much more work than I thought it was going to be even with a little help.

First of all, she doesn't want to know the gender of the baby, so nothing was pink or blue.  The theme in her nursery is Jungle.  It's all really cute.  I decided that I'd make her shower invitations instead of buying them.  I think next time I might opt for buying.  ;)   There was no stamping involved.  I printed them out on my computer and then edge punched the top and folded that trim over.  Then I used my Cricut to cut out a bunch of different animal shapes and stuck one on each invitation.  It was inspired by someone on Splitcoaststampers, but I don't remember who it was.
They did turn out pretty cute and I got some compliments on them  Next is a photo of the girl who's shower it was and the two of us who gave the shower.
We had 15 at the shower which was about 5 more than I thought we'd have, but everyone who RSVP'd actually came.  It was a lot of fun and a good time was had by all.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October Monthly Challenge and Paper Bloggers Unite Challenge

Well, this card will serve two purposes this month.

First it is a kit I got from SoniB over on the Monthly Challenge thread for October (Yikes  I have to get a kit together for November!).  She sent us all a ton of stuff to play with and this is only the first card I had the chance to make.  Since I'm partial to kitty furry babies, I chose this image to play with.
I don't usually send out Halloween cards, but I may have to make a change on that.  They are fun to create.

First I used SU Green Galore as my card base.  The Pumpkin Pie embossed edge was sent in the kit.  I just layered that on the base.  I colored my image with Copics (big surprise!).  I cut the corners using my SU ticket punch and then matted it on a piece of Pumpkin Pie.  Using some sparkly black brads I adhered that to the piece of "Blackbird" paper from In My Mind's Eye.  I love that set of papers.  Before layering that on the card, I used a piece of black ribbon and tied that over the embossed layer.  There was that empty little corner up in the left, so I found this cute sticker from Echo Park that fit just fine.

The Copics I used were  YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, G03, G05, G07, W0, W2, W4, 0.

Second it also serves to complete the Paper Bloggers United color challenge from ScrappinCEO this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all comments.  Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Perfect Sentiments Friendship Challenge

I love the colors that were chosen using this photo to make the card shown on the website.

I thought I'd combine it with the My Favorite Things Challenge #41.
I started out with SU Early Espresso for the card base.  The dp is Basic Gray Figgy Pudding.  I love BG.  I stamped the sentiment with Memento Black on SU Very Vanilla and then used my Copics (BG000, BG11, and BG45) to color in the Friends.  I punched out 2 flowers using SU Boho Blossoms punch out of the Figgy Pudding dp and adhered them to the sentiment panel using 2 Vanilla brads.  I sponged around the panel using SU Cool Carribean and layered it on top of the base dp layer.

For the base (inside of the card), I cut a piece of the Very Vanilla c/s and layered it on the base and then put a strip of Recollections Boutique Fleur trim across the edge.  A good card's got to have bling, so I put 3 little Martha Stewart rhinestones up in the corner.   That's it!

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

September Monthly Challenge #2

This is another great image I got from Roxie for the SCS Monthly Challenge for September.  These challenges are really great because they make you think outside the box since we mostly play with the kit that's sent to us although that is not written in stone.

I used SU Red Riding Hood for the base of the card.  The dp is from SU Jolly Holiday.  I layered the image which I had colored with my Copics onto a piece of SU Green Galore and layered that over the dp.  I cut a photo corner out of SU Blush Blossom using my SU punch and then stamped "for you" using Memento Black into onto Blush Blossom and punched it with my SU small oval punch.

The Copics I used were E0000, E01, E02, E17, E21, E23, E25, E30, E31, E34, E50, E51, E53, R24, R27, R29, G07, G09, Y11, Y15, and Y28.

Thanks for stopping by and looking.  I love to receive comments. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 10, 2011

September Monthly Challenge No. 1

September was a busy month, but I did get to play with the September images that Roxie sent (a/k/a on SCS as morgainegeiser).  They were so cute and I loved coloring them with my Copics.  The items she sent were a Back to School theme.  I managed to get 2 cards done and this is the first one.
The image is from The Greeting Farm - Honey Teacher.  I used my Copics to color her - For Skin E0000, E000, E00; For hair and shoes E50, E53, E55, E57, E59; The rest of her B32, B34, G05, G09, YG13, Y18, R24, R27, and W0.

The card base is SU Ruby Red and I used a piece of SU Green Galore for the strip across the bottom of the dp.  The dp was sent in the package so I don't know where that's from.  I stamped the sentiment (which was in the kit) with Ruby Red onto Whisper White and punched it out with my 1" circle punch and then matted it onto a 1 1/4" circle punched out of Ruby Red.  Added some Prima flowers to give it some pizzazz!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Perfect Sentiment Challenge No 1

My friend Jennipher has started a new blog challenge called Perfect Sentiments Challenge here  I hope you all go check it out.  It's going to be a lot of fun.  I had time this week to play around a little bit and made this card for the challenge.  The idea was to make a sympathy card (you know you never have one of these when you need it).  But the twist was to use some lace on your card.

First, I inked up my stamp (SU Close As A Memory - I love this stamp set) with my SU Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Markers which I stamped on watercolor paper.  I then spritzed it using Gold Glimmer Mist.  It's hard to see the shimmer in the photo, but it looks really pretty IRL.  I cut that out with my Marvy circle punch and adhered it to a scallop circle (cut with my Nestabilities) from a piece of dp from SU Linen Prints.  I added some small bling to the flowers to pop them out a bit.

The base of the card is SU Peach Parfait (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) over which I layered another piece of SU Linen Prints (4 x 5 1/4) and put a piece of lace (Recollections) over it and under the image layer.  I then stamped the sentiment (also from Close as a Memory) onto SU Very Vanilla c/s and layered it onto a piece of Peach Parfait and then added a little bling dot to it. and layered it on the top of the card.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Outlawz

Come join the fun at The Outlawz. They have daily challenges and lots of great prizes. They are having a 1000 member party from October 3 to October 9. Hope to see you there.

Lots of fun.  Don't let it pass you by!

Star Birthday Dry Emboss Resist Technique

Okay.  Starting on row 2 of the Techniques.  This one is dry embossing on glossy c/s and then using Tim Holtz Distress Ink to color it.  The instructions said to punch the images first and then emboss, but I found it easier just to emboss the c/s and then I added the colors to that and overlapped the colors somewhat which gave it a good effect.
I used the Paisley embossing folder and embossed a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of SU White Glossy c/s.  After I embossed the c/s, I took a piece of light sandpaper and sanded the top of the c/s to remove most of the gloss off it.  I then used the Tim Holtz sponge applicator and applied Distress Inks around the paper with Broken China, Wild Honey, and Fried Brick.  Then I punch out the stars using the SU large and small Star Punches.  I cut a large circle of SU Chocolate Chip and stamped the sentiment from the SU Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set using Versamark and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then it was just a matter of placing the stars around the circle.  The base of the card is SU Confetti Cream.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Canvas Resist Technique

My sticky-back canvas finally arrived so I was able to finish up Row 1 of the Techniques class.  Life has been rather busy so it's taken me awhile to finish this up.  This was the first time I've done this technique and I'm enjoying using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks on these projects.  I can see that I'm going to have to purchase some additional colors.  The good thing is if you use the sponges to apply your ink, you can save those sponges and re-use them.

I used SU Confetti Cream for the base of this card using SU Crumb Cake to stamp SU Petite Print as the background.  I used an image from SU Day of Gratitude stamped with Versamark on the Sticky Back Canvas and embossed it using white embossing powder.  Then using the Tim Holtz Sponge Applicator, I used Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Fried Brick, and wild Honey and randoming inked up the image.  The added touches - stamped "hello" from SU Pennant Parade using Crumb cake on Confetti Cream and punched it out with the SU Window Punch.  I tied a bow using a piece of twine and adhered a flower sticker from Sandylion stickers to finish it off.

This is a photo of my first row of techniques.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thank You Kiss

I finally got to the last heart on the first row!  LOL!  I still have to work on No. 4.  This class really needed much more time than I had to give to it, but luckily I can still go back and watch all the videos that were presented and I've been able to download all the classes so I can still work on all the lessons.  This is what happens when you work all day and only have limited time in the evenings to be productive.
This card was made using the "Kiss" technique.  I actually left out a portion of the the technique - the resist part.  I liked the way it looked after I "kissed" the SU Boho Blossom b/g stamp which I inked up with Fired Brick Distress Ink onto the SU Big Blossom b/g stamp which was inked up with Versamark and stamped the Big Blossom onto GP white c/s.  I cut out the Big Blossom image and mounted it on a piece of flower pattern paper which I mounted on a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" SU Ruby Red c/s base.  I put a strip of white ribbon across the pattern paper and tied a bow.  The sentiment is from SU Day of Gratitude and I used the SU oval punch to punch it out and mounted it with Dimensionals.  I finished it off with a red button tied with a bit of twine.

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Technique Class - Paint Resist

This is the card I created using the Paint Resist Technique from the Inspiration Showcase Techniques Online class I was taking for the last 2 weeks.  (Heart No. 2 on the image below)  This card was sent off to a special new friend.  I hope she liked it.

  The image is SU French Flair.  I used Pearl Acrylic Paint Dabber on the stamp and stamped it on GP white c/s and heat set it to dry.  I then used a Ranger Blending Tool with foam and applied Wild Honey and Peeled Paint Distress ink to the image.  I used my Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallop to cut out the image and mounted it with dimensionals on another piece of GP white c/s which I had sponged some SU Crushed Curry ink around the edges.  I then mounted that on a piece of SU Crushed Curry over which I had put a piece of SU Ribbon and the whole piece was mounted on a base of GP white c/s.  The flower is a Prima that I received as a free gift from Simon Says Stamps for an order I had placed and it fit perfectly.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life Is Beautiful

That is what is printed on the pattern paper.  This is the second card I did for the Inspiration Showcase Techniques online class.  It is called Patterned Paper Trapped Embossed Resist.  The pattern is trapped behind the stamped image.  And guess what ----  no Copic markers.  ;) 
  I started out with a base of SU Pumpkin pie.  I took SU Lavish Lace and smeared Versamark Ink all over it and stamped on top of the pattern paper.  Used my heat gun to heat set the Versamark and then took Ranger Wild Honey Distress Ink and spread that all over the top and then took a dry cloth and wiped off the excess ink.  Wasn't sure what to do with it and found these pretty Prima flowers that looked great with it.  I took my new Shapeabilities Foliage and cut out a spray of leaves and adheared them both to the front of the card.  With the words on the pattern paper, it didn't need a sentiment.

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Techniques Class - Traditional Resist

On Monday I started an online Techniques Class with Inspiration Showcase.  The object is to learn a lot of different techniques and in so doing you create a 12 x 12 canvas with all the different techniques on it.  That will give you something you can hang on your stamp room wall or display in some manner so you can refer back to it time and again.  The first day we were give 5 resist techniques.  A couple are going to have to wait a little bit for me to work on them, but so far I did get 2 of them done.  The first was a traditional resist which means you stamp your image using Versamark ink onto your glossy paper and let it dry or heat set it to dry.  Then you rub your ink pad all over it to cover the image and background and then take a dry cloth and rub the excess ink off of it and you're left with your colored background and the stamped image showing through.

This is the card I created for the first resist technique.  I took a piece of SU glossy paper and stamped SU Soft Swirls using the VersaMark ink pad.  Then covered it with Ranger Fire Brick (I think that's what it's called) Distress Ink and then used the cloth to erase the excess ink and show the stamped image.  In the corner, I used a Martha Stewart punch that has all those little hearts in it.  The ribbon is SU Red Riding Hood Taffeta and the sentiment is from a retired SU set called Dear To My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like my card.  All comments are greatly appreciated.