Sunday, December 26, 2010


Today is my Great-Nephews Christening and these are two cards that I made for the event. The silver card is to be from his Aunt Cati, his Godmother and the gold is to be from three of his Great-Aunts (myself and two of my sisters)
I was running out of time so I had to make an executive decision and do a somewhat assembly line set up. I used the Nestabilities Cross set and then used my finger for color them with metallic rub on paste (ooh my fingers hurt when I was done). I then mounted them onto metallic card stock from Cut Card Stock. Then I ran some white card stock through the Cuttlebug with embossing folders and put all the elements together to make two cards. I did however use my JustRite letters to make the sentiment for Cati's card.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baby's First Christmas

The baby in this case is Kellen Paul, my great-nephew. My sister (his Grandmother) asked me if I could make her a special card for the occasion and I said sure of course. (Didn't think to make one for myself)
I searched around and found this wonderful image by Mo Manning. The only problem is Kellen was born with a full head of hair and he still has all of it and more. Anyway, I printed the image onto Cryogen white and added the text on the ornament. Colored with Copics and smudged Memento Sky Blue around the edge after I cut it out with an Octagon Nestabilities. The DP is some leftover paper from last year.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas for Rod

My step-daughter asked me to pick up a book for here as a gift for her boyfriend while I was at the book store. Well unfortunately it was out of stock at the store but I could order it on line. The only problem was there was no guarantee that it would be here in time for Christmas. Hah. It's ahead of schedule and was delivered Weds.
The idea for this card was I was to print a copy pf the book cover and she would let him know about it and that it would be delivered to his house.
Best laid plans and all that.
For this card I used the Nestabilities Christmas Ornament set and then used the Gina K co-ordinating stamps. I just used gold embossing powders, no coloring at all.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sympathy foir Dave

A friend of my husband's lost is Step-Mom this past week. She had lived a long full life so it's not really a sad parting, but it is still hard to lose another connection to your past.
I had give Dave a set of cards a few years ago as a gift and he told me much later that he appreciated them but they were a tad to feminine for him.
For this sympathy card I tried to keep it as masculine as I could, the DP is DCVW Linen Closet (I thought the tweed look worked here) and the image is from Papertrey's Through the trees.
I so want to get away from sympathy cards for awhile, I intend to get back after Christmas and work on anything but. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Emerging Leaves

This is another of the cards you can find demonstrated on Stamp TV by Gina K. You can watch it here.
I am just fascinated with heat embossing and this card is really easy and fun to make.
Like the card I showed you the other day I did and assembly line set up and made four cards very quickly.
My usual habit is to grab a stamp and color away and them try to figure out what to do with it. I'm terrible at designing cards myself, but I can see another card and then fly with an idea from there. It works for me, but this is easier to see a great card and copy it and since I had the Autumn Splendor set it works great.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. I changed only one thing from the original card and that is the sentiment (also from this set).
I'll be back after the holidays, Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vintage Picnic Birthdays

While I was thinking about the cards I still have to make for my Christmas packets I remembered these images that I had started several months ago. I was on a kick to have some elements ready to put together if I had to make a card quickly. Well I stamped off several of the picnic basket images from the Papertrey Vintage Picnic set and started to color them. I had about eight or nine of the baskets stamped and colored and I had started coloring the images to go on the baskets. The topper images are separate so you can mix and match them, a really fun way to play with them. So I chose several of the baskets and cut them out with Nestabilities (mats also), then I trimmed out the flower tops that I wanted to use and pieced them onto the baskets. Then I had to find some DP that would work for them and I was done. Made four cards in only 20 minutes.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bleached Leaves

If you aren't familiar with Stamp TV you need to check it out and you can do that here. Gina K demonstrates different techniques for making cards and this is one I tried to copy. It uses the leaf images from the Autumn Splendor set.
The technique uses household bleach to change the color of the card stock except it didn't work for me. Can bleach lose its ability to work after it has sat on the shelf too long???? You can see the video for how it is suppose to work here.
The card is still a great looking card even with out the bleached look. I'm going to have to get some fresh bleach and try it again.
I used the sentiment from Papertrey's Birthday Basics.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunflower Sympathy

Since I had the sunflower stamp from the Gina K Autumn Splendor set still out I used it to finish up my sympathy cards. This time I stamped onto some pale yellow card stock and just enhanced the color a little. Matting with a soft brown, a little dark brown ribbon and mounting it to kraft card stock made a totally different look from yesterdays cards and works well for a sympathy card.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sunflower Birthday

Had to take a break from sympathy cards but still had the Gina K Autumn Splendor set out so I used it to make these birthday cards. I colored with Copics using Beckett Expressions white card stock and yellow from my stash for the mat. The DP is Nana's Kitchen from DCWV and I thought the colors were bright and cheerful. In my bits and pieces drawer of brads I found some matching blue for that bit of extra.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Daisy Sympathy

These are two more of the sympathy cards I made the other day. I again used a Gina K stamp from the Autumn Splendor set. I colored with Copics and then cut it out with my oval Nestabilities and also the scalloped oval matting. The ribbon is from a piece I received as a freebie with an order from Ellen Hutson.
Trying to keep the cards simple doesn't have to mean sad or somber. A sympathy card can be pretty. When times are sad we often need a lift and a pretty card can do that.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gina K Sympathy

I needed to make nine more cards for my gift packets and they all needed to be sympathy cards. I don't know about you but I can only do sympathy so much then I have to get on to happy cards. This group of cards is for someone who like a simple card with nothing inside. She like to write her own notes of condolences so I keep the card front muted and leave the inside blank.
I used the Gina K sets Botanicals and Autumn Splendor for these cards. Talk about some wonderful images. I'm really loving the fact that the stamps are pre-cut and mounted on cushion, so easy to use.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Positive and the Negative

These two cards are and illustration of using the positive and the negative of an image. For the card on the right I used the cut out of the tree (done with the Papertrey die) as the focal image and added some white snowflake brads that have been in my stash for longer than I'd like to admit to. The DP is from the Memory Box Mistletoe paper pack.
Then I used the leftover felt for the focal point on the card on the left. The DP is also from the Memory Box Mistletoe paper pack and for this one I used buttons for the ornaments. I just kept adding buttons til it looked done. The strip along the bottom of the tree was a scrap that says tidings Merry Christmas.
Two cards that came together so easily that I surprised myself. Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas for Grandsons

I got a little tricky with the Grandsons cards. I used the leftover felt piece from the Granddaughter cards and decorated with DP from the Memory Box Mistletoe set and used buttons for the ornaments.
Worked pretty well don't you think. I used Kraft paper for the card base to give it a more masculine feel.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas for Erin

I've finally started wrapping gifts and making the cards to go with them. This is for Erin and it was fun coming up with an idea for her. Her gift includes a gift card so for this card I used DP from the Memory Box Mistletoe set. Then I cut the Christmas tree with the Papertrey die and added the sentiment form Papertrey's Believe set in Fresh Snow (also Papertrey).
After adding rhinestones for ornaments the outside was done.
Inside I used the Library Card pocket die for a holder using a co-ordinating paper from the same DP pack.
The gifts are wrapped and ready to take to UPS (I think I might let them box my shipments this year since I'm feeling lazy).
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Anniversary Flowers

It's a tradition to send flowers on an anniversary right? So this card qualifies as a traditional card with a twist. Traditional flowers non-traditional DP.
The DP is from the Basic Grey Marjolaine paper pad. As you can see it is sort of the reverse of the card from a couple of days ago only more flowers. I was only going to use one flower but I got carried away and in the end I liked it better.
You got to love those Michael's wedding flowers, they come in so handy.
Add the green rhinestones and there you have it, all done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anniversary Bling and a Goof

This card is an example of the good the bad and the ugly. First of all I don't think the card is ugly, but I do think it's possible to salvage and ugly mistake with a good idea. The card front DP is from the Basic Grey Curio paper pad and in my stash I had this paper lace that has been hanging around for a while (I won't say how long, but it really should be yellowed by now lol). I added the light green rhinestones for some shine.
When it came time to stamp the sentiment inside is when the ugly came in to play. My hand shook as I was placing the stamp and of course that made it blurry. Ugly!!! The good idea was how to correct it . I stamped the sentiment onto the same paper as on the front and I was going to use a tag Nestabilities to cut it out when I came across my heart Nesties, wow that turned out really well don't you think.

Nothing like a little love heart to say Happy Anniversary right?
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bruce's Favorite

When I showed Bruce the cards I made this was the only one of the dozen that he commented on. Hmmm what does that mean?.
This DP is from the Basic Grey Curio paper pad.
Isn't it lovely, so old fashioned that it works really well as an anniversary card for a couple celebrating a 45 years or more of wedded bliss.
I had some lace in my stash so I ran a narrow strip of Scor-Tape on it and attached it to the base. The left edge of the lace was a little ragged so I found a brad to put on it. The brad is from a set I bought several years ago that came with several sizes of brads and punches to match that you can make your own matching brads with. (Does that make sense to you???)
When I trimmed down this DP there were some butterflies on the left over scrap to use here, perfect.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Anniversary Flower

I had some time yesterday to work on cards so I made a dozen of them. I needed Anniversary cards for my Card Ministry group so I decided to try something new and not do any stamping and it worked out well.
I picked out two paper pads from Basic Grey Marjolaine and Curio to work with. I first cut out my bases and then went back to the scraps and used them for embellishments. This was a lot of fun.
For this card I used the Marjolaine pad and the only extra paper was one of the solids in the pack. After I had the strip across the center I pulled out my flower drawer and rummaged through it and found this flower I had made a long time ago and never used and it matched the yellow in the DP's. Is this what they call serendipity or is it just blind luck? Well anyway, I had a card that combined my two favorite things, easy peasy and using existing supplies....nothing new here. I'll be showing some of the other cards I made over the next few days.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Four Trees for Christmas

This is the last of the cards I made while cleaning up my craft area. When I dumped out my little baggy of bits and pieces I found these four little Christmas trees that I had cut out (with Nestabilities) last year. It was so easy to affix them to a scrap of white card stock and layer them onto some Christmas paper (also from last year) stamp a sentiment and hey presto a Christmas card was made. Only so many more to make.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Trio of Sympathy Cards

When I was cleaning off my craft desk I came across three stampings of JustRite Sympathy images that I had colored and set aside. They
then became buried under a lot of other stuff. I took the opportunity to use them and quickly made these three cards. I have finally used up the last of the baby shower card stock (I am so GLAD of that) and all the rest of the DP are scraps.
Me desk is cleaner (note I didn't say clean just cleaner) and I'm feeling a little more creative.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sit Back and Relax

I had some fun making this card. The chair is from Papertrey's On My Couch . I used the co-ordinating die to cut it out of some DP and then stamped the image. This was another of the 'bits and pieces' I've had laying around. I had already cut it out with an oval Nestabilities and I just air brushed some 'ground' under it so it wouldn't look like it was floating in space.
I used other Nesties to cut some mats to give the image more presence. The sentiment is from Lockhart stamps.
Now for the flower, I had the card all done and was moving it and it hit an open stamp pad (my bad) and left a mark. I wasn't going to let it ruin the card so I grabbed a Michael's wedding flower and air brushed it to match, slapped a flat back pearl on it and hey presto card is done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Tagaroos

Well I blew this one. Papertrey was having a blog hop and the challenge was to make tags and post them. Problem is they had to be posted by midnight yesterday. Well yesterday was Thanksgiving and who had time to do anything crafty yesterday. 136 people, that's how many were posted.
I really struggled making these, I actually threw out three before getting these done the way I wanted them.
I used Tree Trimming Trio and the die for the trees. The red tree is some Stardreams metallic card stock from with flat back pearls for ornaments. The sentiment is from Holiday Wishes (Papertrey). The green tree has Background Basics Text Style stamped all over it in Fresh Snow with red rhinestones for ornaments with a sentiment from Holiday Wishes. The last one is embossed with gold detailing powder and green stickles for the ornaments with another sentiment from Holiday Wishes.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Mmmmm! Leftovers from Thanksgiving are one of life's greatest treats. Nothing is better than a turkey sandwich with homemade cranberry sauce, or hot turkey sandwiches with dressing and gravy. Now I'm hungry.
But this post is about a card I made using leftover bits and pieces. It all started with this scrap of Thanksgiving paper, I had just found this leaf (Cuttlebug I think) and the plaid scrap and felt it would all go together very well.
I'm still working my way through the card stock I used earlier in the year for my nieces baby show so that is the card base and the green was also part of the leftover pile. So this card is all about leftovers, don't you love it?
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific holiday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fashionably Late

This is another card that was a result of my 'cleaning' binge. A while back (actually I just realized it was a year ago) I was playing around with Amy R's Boutique set. I make a set of cards for each family member and a few friends at Christmas time and I wanted some cool cards for the girls. I thought Amy's set would work perfectly for these cards. I took the dress stamps and stamped out a lot of them on various patterned papers. I ended up with quite a few leftovers and put them in a little baggie for future use.
Well the future is now, I ran across this DP from My Minds Eye called Laundry List and that sparked an idea. I grabbed the little baggy of goodies and picked out these three dresses, used a little Copics to highlight areas of the dresses and strung them up on some twine. The sentiment (computer generated) and matting were among the 'bits and pieces' so it ended up a very simple card to assemble. Love those easy peasy cards. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Christmas Snowflake

I am so not ready for Christmas, but this card sort of fell together. My cousin Mary called me last week for some help making these snowflakes from the Cuttlebug set. You know the set that you cut out the flake then put it into the embossing folder. Yeah that one. Well I couldn't remember off hand how it worked so I made a couple of them to refresh my memory. The only thing extra I did was run it through in the Swiss Dots folder also. Again I put it aside and when I was sorting out the bits and pieces of my c#*p I put it together with these scraps I had cut out with a Nestabilites die. It seemed to fit perfectly, so I grabbed my glue pen and attached it and decided a little silver glitter pen around the edge would finish it off nicely. Well then I had to come up with some DP for backing and found this paper in my stash from a couple of years ago. I also had this silver cord for a final touch.
I like how it turned out and I hope you like it also. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary C.

Last August at the Novi show I picked up an accordion fold kit at the Paper Cut booth. I finally found it buried on my craft desk and thought I would use it for a birthday card for my cousin. If I had known how fiddly it would be I might have hesitated. The kit actually comes with the pre scored cards and an assortment of plain colored card stock pieces for decorating the cards. I however wanted some DP and had to pull out the ruler and measure each segment and start cutting. The striped paper is from Kaiser Craft Devonshire and the solids are from the kit.
I used the flowers from the Gina K Botanicals stamp set, the stamped sentiment is from Papertrey's All Booked Up set. I used a Martha Stewart Glitter Marker to write Happy Birthday and then I took gold Twinklette pen and added some sparkle to the flowers.
It took me some time to figure this all out but I like how it turned out. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Recycled Tea for Two

Last July I made a card for a competition and used these parts on it. You can see it here. Well it didn't win anything so I just put it aside thinking I could do something with it later. Well later came yesterday when I was cleaning up my desk. I pulled the card apart and kept these items to reuse. While I was fiddling around with it I found this card base all read to go so I slapped them together and voila I have a card. I'm putting it into my blank card pile since I haven't decide if it will be a birthday, sympathy, get well or whatever. Love the versatility.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get Well Cards from Cleaning My Desk

When I was cleaning my craft desk I started putting items into piles trying to sort out all the c@*p I have. What I found was enough c@*p to make a dozen cards. First up was this get well card using a digi image from Digi Stamp Boutique. It was actually a freebie and I had printed off several copies of it. It was all colored with Copics so I was ready to go. I had the embossed layer sitting in another pile and it was already to go so I just found a scrap of dark brown card stock (Gina K) and some kraft card stock for the base and I was all done. The embossing was done with a Tim Holtz folder.
As I continued to clear up the desk I found another copy of this same image also colored up and

found some scraps and another kraft card base and easy peasy two cards are added to my stash.
See it pays to clean doesn't it? Now if only I could find money!!!
I found all kinds of fun things to play with but it'll have to wait til later in the week since I now have to prepare for Turkey day.
I'll be posting some of the other cards I made using bits and pieces over the next few days.
My habit of playing with my new toys and setting the results aside is coming in handy.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Cleaner Desk

My cousin asked me the other day when I was going to show the after photo of my cleaner desk. Well it was in even worse shape than before so I got busy and started to clear it off. I had several packages of card stock 8 1/2 x 11 that I cut in half first of all and set it up in a basket with dividers to show what company they are from, then I sorted out stamps that I had bought and not put away and got them taken care of. The ribbons got put away, and embellishments stored.
Then I started on the bits and pieces that were laying on top of everything. I actually ended up making a card during all of this and I'll post that tomorrow but you can see that I cleared my desk enough that I was able to air brush the image, whoeee progress.
My biggest item left is digital images that I've run off on the computer and set aside to color and stamped images waiting to be used.

and this is the rest of the story. lol
need to get back to work.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Marianne

This card came together in a funny way. I got this Martha Stewart punch a while ago and decided to try it out on a piece of scrap card stock. I set it aside and one day picked it up and thought it might look good with ribbon in it. Well I cut off a section of what I thought was white ribbon and started to weave it through and realized it was a pale grey. It looked good so I set it aside and went on to other things. When it came time to make Marianne's card I wanted to make something special so I went looking at what DP I have (and believe me I have a lot) and found this from an old favorite DCWV Cafe Mediterranean. I added the punched strip and let that be the focal point. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Birthday Basics. A few flat back pearls and the card was done. Hope she likes it and that you do also. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Get Well Hedgehog

I have been fascinated by the whole inchie thing. I first ran across it on the Ellen Hutson site and all of the Lockhart inchie stamps are so cute. I just didn't know how to make a card with them.
Well when I placed an order I saw these inchie squares--well there are inchie squares and inchie+ squares (inchie+'s are just enough bigger to make matting easy) and I saw possibilities. I have a lot of Rosie Roadshow stamps and many of them are small and I thought okay here's an idea.
The hedgehog stamp and the sentiment go together I just added the ? to the end (it made more sense to me). I didn't color the image since I wanted to keep the black and white theme (yes I know I added a little color under Hedgy so he didn't look like he was floating in air). I added the white on the black inchie+ with a white gel pen and the 'ground' with Copics.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sit Back and Relax

This is another of the gatefold cards I made this week. For this card I chose to use the Lockhart Vintage Chair and sentiment from Ellen Hutson. I've ordered the other two chairs that I don't have and am looking forward to using all of them together. Should be a challenge.
Anyway I again used only scraps for this card (and I still have lots more). I cut the image out with Nestablities and for the mat I used a white gel pen to add the dots. I sometimes (really I always) forget how much embellishment you can add with just a pen.
I think it's a bright cheery card. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Birthday Kite

A couple of weeks ago on StampTV Gina K did a gatefold card with a twist, you can see it here . I really like the idea and on Monday when I had some time to play I took my Scor-pal and scored a bunch of card stock for gatefold cards and then went to work (or play really).
I looked at my desk and found some scraps for the front and then pulled out my Papertrey Up Up and Away set for my images. I used only scraps on this card and wow I really like how it turned out. Just love using up existing supplies. Hope you like it also and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gobble, gobble

Monday I had a chance to play and I needed to make some cards for my church group mailing for this month so of course I went with Thanksgiving. I wanted to keep them somewhat simple but still with some interest.
I pulled out my Papertrey Gobble Gobble set and started playing. I wanted to keep it one layer so I stamped directly onto the card base, stamping first the turkeys body then after masking it I added the feathers using different Memento tear drop pads. I then went scrounging through my supplies and add the ribbons and the brads. The brads I cut off the flanges(?) and then glue dotted them to the cards. Added the sentiment and I'm all done.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like them.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For Lucy

This was a little easier sympathy card to make. Lucy was the mother of a neighbor and friend of our family. She passed away at home surrounded by family at the age of 97. I didn't know her that well but everything I've heard tells me she lived a pretty terrific life and will be sorely missed.
For this card I used one of the bird images from a Martha Stewart set, colored with Copics and again all card stock is Cryogen white. I used the Swiss Dots folder for this card. I also went back to an old corner punch and added the copper metallic thread for some embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get back to card making soon.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

For Jimmy

I had to make a couple of sympathy cards and it was a difficult job. This card is for a friend of my husband and also a golfing partner.
Jimmy was an avid golfer and had suffered a series of stokes over the last few years that ended is joy and passion for the game.
In the spring a golf event will be held in his memory and the word has gone out about it and I think it's going to turn out a large crowd.
For this card I used a stamp from Northwood Rubber Stamps, that I stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa. All card stock is Cryogen White and the embossed layer is Cuttlebug.
The other sympathy card will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kellen Paul

I don't have a card to post and may not have one for a few days. I'm just back from meeting the newest member of the family. Steve and Michelle (nephew and niece-in-law) had this little bundle of joy last month. Two of my sisters and I descended on the Grandma and Grandpa, otherwise known as Meme and Papa, last weekend for a few days of baby madness.

We spent as much time as possible holding him and taking photos. I'm sure the poor tyke is going to suffer from trauma of flashing lights or else he'll think he's a star and the paparazzi are after him.

I hope to be back to card making tomorrow but the new roof is going to be started tomorrow AM so we'll see. Thanks for listening to my ramble.
I actually drafted this post last month and just now found it. He's even cuter and I won't get to see him until Christmas boo hoo.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Summer Wreath

For this wreath I chose yellow for the base and orange for the mat. The wreath is done in Memento Rich Cocoa, Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Potters Clay.
See you in a few days and hopefully life will calm down and I'll get some stamping time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Spring Wreath

For the spring wreath I chose Beckett Expressions card stock in a soft blue for the base and soft green for the mat.
Wreath in Memento Rich Cocoa and the berries in Dandelion, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves all Memento.
Tomorrow is summer.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Bronze and Copper Wreath

My friend Sandy turned me on to this gorgeous card stock from It's Stardreams Metallic and it comes in a terrific variety of colors.
I chose bronze for the base and copper for the mat. I stamped the wreath in Memento Rich Cocoa and the berries are done with Martha Stewart extra fine glitter in Fire Opal, Carnelian, Brownstone and Copper. Don't you just love glitter and shine.
Back tomorrow with a spring wreath.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Fall

I needed to make five cards very quickly and this is what I came up with. I pulled out my Papertrey A Wreath for All Seasons set and got to work. I've been ignoring my Flower Soft so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone.
I used Papertrey's Fine Linen for my card base. I stamped the basic wreath onto Beckett Expressions white in Memento Rich Cocoa and then added the Autumn flower soft (I tried adding glitter to the flower soft but not very much stuck).
I matted with orange and mounted to the base.
I scored the lines and stamped the sentiment.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. I'll be away for a few days but I'll be posting four other cards I made with this same stamp set that gives a totally different feel.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Simple Thanksgiving

When I got a chance to make some cards I pulled out my Papertrey Gobble Gobble set. I wanted to design a set that I could make very quickly and this is what I came up with.
First of all I just stamped directly onto the card base and I kept the stamping to a minimum. I stamped the turkey's body first then masked it and stamped the feathers. The masking was simply onto a post-it note, making sure that I had the feet on the sticky part, than cutting it out. For the feathers I used the Memento tear drop pads in Cantaloupe and Potters Clay. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of orange textured paper and cut it out with a Nestabilities ribbon tag and used some ribbon from my stash. Last but not least I stamped the acorn across the bottom with Memento Desert Sand.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thank You Gina K

While Gina K was incapacitated with a detached retina older videos were run on StampTV. This sparked my imagination and I really wanted to make cards using this technique. It's called Inking a CuttleBug folder and it is such a simple technique but it gives the card such impact.
It can be subtle or vibrant depending on the design and colors used. I needed to make some Thanksgiving cards and thought it would be such an easy fast card to make. Well I suppose it would be if I was less math challenged. I'm not sure why but when I get and idea of how I want a card to look and then have to figure out mats and layers I get totally discombobulated. For this card I new that I wanted to have several layers and I fumbled around looking at card stock to get my colors (this was of course after I had made the CuttleBug layer) and settled for a soft green and brown on Papertrey's Fine Linen as my card base. I used Memento's Tangelo to color the embossing folder. Since I had a few spots that didn't cover well and one pumpkin that got some color I had to get into the 'what do I do now' mode. I put the sentiment from Papertrey's Gobble Gobble set over the missing color then tapped in some Memento Potters Clay on each of the pumpkins. A little ribbon from my stash and I was done. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. I can't believe I went almost 2 weeks without making a card, and my desk is still a mess lol.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Desk Before

I've started cleaning up my craft area but I wanted to show you a before. Ugh!!!
I went and picked up some storage baskets and I'm having my husband make me some holders for ribbons which I'll show you later.
Right now I'm getting ready to leave and meet my friend Sandy to pick up some paper that she ordered for me and then I'll go to church but I will be coming home to a basement full of guys watching the Michigan State-Michigan game Go MSU.
I won't be able to get anything done today or tomorrow since we are taking the convertible and going on a color tour drive. This is the season I love most in Michigan, these crisp fall days that show the colors so vibrantly. Love it.
Hope you all have a great weekend.