Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

When I stamped out this image from JustRite's Beautiful Blossoms and Borders set I hadn't planned on making any Mother's Day cards. Then I realized that there were three women in my family that needed recognition this year. The first was my niece (see this post), then my older sister (here) and last my youngest sister. Beth has an important mile stone this year. Her baby is graduating high school (she's also turning 50 but we won't talk about that--at least not now).
I decided to make this card for her. I colored with Copics and cut it out with oval Nestabilities, scalloped for the mat.
The DP is DCWV Cafe Mediterranean.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a Nestabilities ribbon tag that I air brushed with Copic pale chiffon. I also colored the ribbon the same way.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Fishy Birthday

I needed to make some guy cards for my card ministry group and I decided good old Jim would be perfect. These images are from Digi Stamp Boutique (in the U.K.) and are ideal for manly cards.
I colored his t-shirt with several different shades of beige and tan to give it a bit of a cammo look. (yes I know that's more a hunting thing, but you know Jim, it's his lucky shirt and look he caught a fish).The sentiment is computer generated and the phrase in the bottom corner is an oft quoted sentiment.
The card base DP is an old one and the matting is kraft.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Meme

Over at JustRite Inspiration the theme for this weeks challenge is Mother's Day. Well that happens to be just what I need this week.
My sister is having an exciting year, she was honored last Friday by the Erie County Bar Assoc. for her work as a teacher for mock trials.
Next up she retires from teaching this year and to top it off she becomes a grandmother this fall.
So of course I have to celebrate her impending Grandmotherhood (is that a word???).
I chose this image from the Beautiful Blossoms and Borders set. (That whole set is just wonderful) I colored with Copics and cut it and the mats out with Nestabilities. The sentiment is Computer generated (hey out there could someone please come out with a sentiment set using the various nicknames for Grams and Gramps, just a thought). I left in the Nestie and air brushed it with Copic Cashmere. The DP is all from the Pocket full of Posies DCWV mat stack (appropriate huh?) Just is little bit of ribbon and I'm all done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

A Golfin' Birthday

On this card I decided to dress Jim up a bit. After all most golf courses require a collared shirt.
I had this one all colored after picking out this DP, then realized I had colored the flag yellow. No yellow any where on the paper, so I quickly hauled out a deep red to match and hey presto I'm back in business.
The little golf ball down in the corner is really a brad that has a slit in the side for holding string, but it works for a golf ball.
I'm going to have to get over to the Digi Stamp Boutique and pick up some more Jim stamps, they really work well for me.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Michelle

Karen's Doodles is having a Mom challenge and I decided to join in.
I wanted to make some Mother's day cards so this was perfect timing. My nephew Steve and his beautiful bride Michelle are expecting their first baby this September (poor Michelle going through the summer pregnant). I had to make her an expectant Mother's card and I thought this Peek A Boo boy would be just the right image ( they're expecting a boy).
When I printed the image I added the sentiment, thinking that the baby in her tummy would be happy to get out of there (as I'm sure come August and September Michelle will be anxious to see her feet again). Anyway, I colored with Copics and added the three brads in the corner. I decided to use some of the Lasing Impressions card stock I've had on hand forever for the base and matting. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

A Swingin' Birthday

When I printed off these Jim images from Digi Stamp Boutique I thought this one would look great on some out doorsy type DP. Then I found this one in my stash. It's Imaginisce Twitterpated Hey Foxy. What is really neat is that it is double sided and the matting is the reverse side, so I had my blue sky with clouds too.
I colored with Copics, then for the grass I added Earth Textures Elements "Sod" by Barbara Trombley (Art Glitters Inc.). I picked this up probably two or three years ago at craft store that is no longer open. (It is so sad that so many shops are having to close up.)
A really easy card to make. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Bugaboo Get Well

I decided to participate in the Bugaboo "Catch the Bug" challenge.
This image was sitting on my desk crying out to be made into a card. Since the theme is April Showers with a sketch I went with it.
I had added my own text to the image and made it into a get well card. (Don't these rainy days make you feel blue ?)
Anyway I colored with Copics and used papers from the DCWV Prints mat stack. (the umbrella started out hot pink, then I realized it didn't go with the DP, so I added shades of red violet and violet, gives it a different look don't you think??)
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

A Velvet Just Because

When I went over to Arnie's in Greenville last week to look for baby shower invitation paper I found this paper also. It is sooooo beautiful. So beautiful that I didn't want to put much of anything on top of it. I settled for a JustRite sentiment from the Just A Note Set. I stamped it in Memento London Fog and then ran my silver
leafing pen along the edge.
This was a very simple card to make, but it came out so beautifully. The paper tag didn't have a manufacturers name just the paper name "Bridgeport". It is a soft velvet and even though
it was $2.99 I got six cards out of it so I still think it was a bargain. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Karen's Doodles Challenge

Spent some time tonight cruising the web and found out about this challenge from my friend Sandy.
It's a challenge over at Karen's Doodles and since it is recipe challenge I decided to join in.
I quickly went through mu Doodle images and chose this one. I just love these Peek a Boo kids.
I chose the DP from the DCWV Citrus pack.
It has been such a gloomy, rainy day here I thought these cheerful colors would be fun.
I colored with Copics and border punched the edge with a new EK Success punch (I think it is called bumpy road). The ribbon is some I picked up on sale at Michael's a long time ago. I put some gems in the flower centers and in the corners and was done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

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I just found the above digital stamp site and whoee there are some cute images and blog candy to win. Hope I'm the lucky one. Check it out. I just down loaded the freebie and need to get my card posted up. Well I have to make it first but then I'll post it.

A Birthday Lighthouse

What is even greater about this digi image is that it was Free!!! On top of being a really terrific image also. When I saw this at TiddlyInks I down loaded it as fast as I could and went hunting for the perfect DP. Believe me I went through a lot of paper before I decided on this one. DCWV Prints mat stack has really come in handy for me.

This image was also a really easy one to color. (I'll show the colors).

I went through my scraps drawer and picked out these shades of blue for matting. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birthday Buckaroo

Isn't this the cutest little cowboy you've ever seen? I got this digi from Bugaboo Stamps.

As soon as I saw it I new it would be perfect for this DP that has been floating around my craft desk for nigh onto a year. So I said Howdy pardner and brought him home. I'm not sure if he's trying to wake up or just taking a nap after wranglin' them thar cows.

I colored him with Copics and matted with a piece of kraft.

I'm going to try and upload picture of the Copics I used, so wish me luck. Hah it worked. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Renee

This pretty digital image is from
I thought it would be great for a birthday card for my friend Renee.
I printed it out on Neenah Classic white and colored with Copics. The DP is the Lasting Impressions I've had in my paper stash for several years. I thought it would be perfect for a spring time card. The sun is shining today and the flowering trees are so gorgeous it just makes you happy to look out the window. (need to get out and work on the yard)
After rounding off the corners and mounting it to the mat, also rounded off, I felt it needed more.
Then I thought, Oh, Renee, it need more bling for her and so I added rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A 3 AM Idea

As I noted the yesterday, ideas that come at 3 AM don't always turn out, but this one did.
I found this card design in the Just Cards Birthday edition. It was an intriguing design by Sigrid Clack (page 28, Happy Birthday Bird) and I just had to try it. This card was my second attempt. Maybe I'll show you the first and maybe I won't.
Anyway, you need a double sided DP 12" by 5 1/2". You really don't need the whole 12" but it works out better this way. My first card I followed the directions exactly and I still screwed it up (more on that later). This card I payed closer attention and did better, not perfect, but better (can you spot the errors?)
The DP is Flutterby Long Wing from Kaiser Scrapbook, gorgeous paper. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch, then took a Cuttlebug narrow embossing folder and embossed that design. Then I scored on either side of the embossing (very hard to see in the photo).
I folded that back onto the front side of the paper and glued it down. Back to the scor-board (Martha's), You score at 4 1/4 " from the embossed edge and fold then trim off to 4 1/4"'s. Sounds convoluted but it does work out.

The Other Side of the Story

This was the first card I made using the design from Just Cards Birthday's. First of all when I embossed, I did it on the wrong side, then it was too narrow.
When I scored at 4 1/4 inches I did it at the wrong end of the card stock ( can't see it since on the inside). Third, I didn't plan out the card better for composition. Fourth I should have used a positioner to place the sentiment.
Still it wasn't a total loss since it gives me something to post (whine) about.
Have a happy day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Bubbly Birthday

This card came out of a weird idea of mine. I was looking through some card magazines the other night, or rather morning, when I couldn't get to sleep. Sometimes ideas that come at 3 AM turn out and sometimes they don't.
You be the judge.
I took several sheets from the DCWV Prints mat stack and cut circles with every circle punch I have. I figured since they were all in the same pack they would coordinate right? Wrong! Well at least I didn't think so until I started plopping them on the card base. The DP is Basic Grey Dotted Swiss, love this stuff, I've bought it in almost every color they have.
I added the sentiment inked in Memento Bahama Blue.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Antique Anniversary Card

This is another of the anniversary cards I made last week. This design evokes a totally different mood I think. Somewhat modern but with an antique twist.
When I was putting this card together, I had it all done and decided I needed something in the corners of the focal point. So I started adding the rhinestones. When that was done I felt there was too much space between the grey and the black ones, so I popped in a small flat back pearl (can hardly see it can you??).
I sponged on some antique linen to "age" it a little and was done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Watering Can of Floweres

This is a darling stamp from Bugaboo. I had such fun coloring it up and then putting this card together.

I colored with Copics of course and then found this fun DP.
Usually I try to get my base card done first then I color the image to match. Not this time, but I lucked out with this DP from DCWV Prints. The card base is Papertrey Ink as are the mats.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Birthday Vase of Flowers

This cute little digital image is from TiddlyInks, there are the most darling images there. There are also some great freebies to try before you buy.
Isn't it amazing that such a simple line drawing can become such a cute image??? Me, who can't draw a straight line is so in awe.
I had a craft night meeting at church Friday and ran late going to it so I just grabbed some images I had run off on my computer and some Copics and took off. We had such fun talking and making cards. (I actually just regressed to kindergarten and colored the whole time.)
Well, anyway, I brought my images home and yesterday I put some cards together. This was one of them. The DP is some paper I've had for several years. It's lasting impression and it was going to be the paper I used for some baby shower invitations I'm doing for my niece. Big problem though, I don't have enough and it's no longer available. Not to worry I found some other paper that will work even better. In the mean time since I had the paper out I used it for the card base. There is a coordinating green paper that I used for the mat and the sentiment.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. P.S. I forgot to say that I added some flat back pink pearls to the flowers.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Spring Anniversary

I made three anniversary cards in the last two days (I started out with four but goofed one up and it was consigned to file thirteen--are we done with numbers yet???). This stamp is from Inkadinkado and I first saw it on my friend Sandy's blog on a card she designed for ABC Toys and Crafts (that's where this stamp is from).
You can see her card here, but please look at mine first because there is no comparison to the beauty of her cards.
I colored with Copics and then cut it out with Nestabilities Labels Four, as I did the mat also.
I wanted something a little different so I ran it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder before I cut it out to give it a little dimension. I found this gold sheer ribbon and added it between the layers and mounted onto the DP which is, of course DCWV Cafe Mediterranean.
I like how it turned out, what do you think? I'll be posting up the other two card over the next few days to show you the variety of moods for this single stamp. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Belated Birthday

I needed a belated Birthday card for friends of ours. Dick and Jeanne are married and have birthdays just a couple of days apart (and that was a week ago). Bruce reminded me to send cards but I didn't get around to it in time so here I am making up for it.
I remembered these darling images from Karen's Doodles "The Peek a Boo" kids and had this idea for a belated birthday card. It's not original, but I can't remember where I saw it and it was animal behinds anyway and I think these kids are way cuter.
So I put them together with Photoshop Elements 2 and added the sentiment. Then I colored them up and mounted them on several different colors of card stock to go with the DP (DCWV Glitter Sweet).
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Randy

I made this card for my brother-in-law Randy.
These are some of his favorite activities.
I found these images at a new site I found out about from Heart Prints.
The Digi Stamp Boutique has oodles of neat images. She even gives out freebies to try first before you buy. If you like digis check it out.
I combined images from two different sets to make this card (thank you Photoshop Elements).
I colored with Copics and the DP is DCWV Prints.
This was a fun card to make and I think I'll put these images to good use.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Chick Chat Birthday

I picked this set up on Ebay from Skipping Stones Design.
They were doing a fund raiser for the victims in Haiti. Since it was a good cause and an adorable set I bid on it and won it. This set has, however, been buried on my desk for more than a month and it finally rose to the top and said use me now!
This is the result. I stamped the images and colored with Copics. Then I went hunting for an appropriate DP. The card base is PaperTrey and the striped paper is DCWV Adhesive Mat Stack Prints. This stack is loaded with very colorful prints, just love it. I stamped the sentiment onto a little scrap of the orange card stock from yesterdays card post. I mounted the chicks onto a scrap of blue textured card stock and slapped the whole thing together.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Experimental Card

When I was looking through my latest issue of Papercraft magazine there was a discussion about using different patter papers when making a card. It got me to thinking about all the scraps I had on my table from different cards I had made that day. So this experimental came to be.
I also was looking at a Clean and Simple card on a blog I look at frequently My Stamping Addiction, Lynette has a style that is simply elegant. Her cars are beautiful, but without a lot of fuss to them. One of her cards was for a Splitcoast Stampers challenge and the only stamping was to be the sentiment. So I took these two inspirations and combined them in this card. I only had one patterned paper but several different colors of plain card stock. Each of the colors were in the pattern so I assembled them and then searched through everything in my stash to finally come up with this ribbon to finish off the edge of the orange card stock. Unfortunately I didn't realize I neede to to that until I had taped down all my papers, what fun.
Well it is done and I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Gatefold Anniversary

Remember those leftover hearts I talked about in a previous post? Well this was another one. I had a scrap of this red DP and decided it would be fun to mount it on the diagonal and then put it on a gatefold card.

I started with a black card base then used a DP from, well I really don't know where. I think it's from an old Gina K Stamp TV kit. I made the card base (so easy with the score-pal) and then cut the DP slightly smaller. I put tape on only half of the focal image and mounted it to the left side of the card. I added some white text weight paper to the inside of the card and I was finished. Very easy card to make all in all.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Flower Bug

Doesn't this image bring back memories??? Of course you would have to be a child of the 60's.These old VW buses were so popular back then. They often were decorated up to reflect peace, love and harmony. My sister Mary had an old brown Chevy Nova that had flower appliques on it and it was so cute (well that is before the flowers started to peel off).
I found this stamp at Scrap Tales in Brighton. It's a Helz Cuppleditch design from Stampavie. I had seen this image on line several places and when I saw it at the store it just jumped into my hand and cried take me home (at least that is what I told my husband so please don't tell him any different)
I colored with Copics and mounted it on several different mats alternating rounded corners with square for a little dimension. The DP is DCWV (natch) and the mats are PaperTrey and The Paper Company.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bugaboo Flowers

I just love this darling image from Bugaboo Digital stamps. It is one of the easiest images to color (with Copics of course) and since it had the sentiment already incorporated hey presto I'm done.
The DP is from a DCWV Glitter Sweet matstack. (ya just gotta love DCWV don't ya?)
This was such an easy card to put together. I think it qualifies for 10 minutes or less.
Since it was so easy this is a short post.
Have a happy day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Golfer's Birthday

I'm trying to come up with some masculine birthday cards. These are always difficult for me (and for many crafters). Guy cards always seem to lean towards sports and that's okay, but I'm sure there are guys who don't do sports and then what do you do???
Anyway, I went with the golf theme on this one. The stamp is an old one that doesn't have the manufacturer's name on it even, just the year 1999. I wasn't stamping back then so I must have picked up at Michael's or JoAnne's.
The DP is DCWV La Creme matstack.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Sophisticated Tween

I was over at my friend Sandy's blog and was inspired by her post to join Mo's Digital Challenge 26. The challenge is to use black, white, kraft and any other color you want. Of course you also use a Mo's image.
I chose this sweet image "Between" for my card. I wanted to go with a sophisticated card base to highlight the sweetness of this image. I used a black card base and made a gatefold card. I added the white mat and then a DP from DCWV LaCreme matstack.
The image I colored with Copics and then matted with kraft.
Do you think she's daydreaming about one day being old enough to wear that little black dress and go clubbing with girlfriends, or is she just think about boys?? You be the judge.
Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by.

Love in Black and White

Well there is a pop of red. I truly love black and white cards (it really simplifies color coordination). I've been busy the last few days coloring and making cards. I didn't take time to post anything because I just wasn't sure what I would post.
While I was coloring and trying to come up with card ideas I found some hearts left over from a Valentines card and got the idea to make this card. It was a great idea, I made the base, cut out a black mat, cut and embossed the white layers and then placed the hearts. Oops, the hearts were navy. You know how you get dressed and after you get to work you realize you have on one black sock and one blue, yeah that's the way I felt. I quickly pulled out my heart punch and made some more hearts and used my new Fresh Snow Pallette hybrid ink cube from PaperTrey on the left side hearts. On the right side I just used the heart on the black hearts, but on the white one I used a Stamps by Judith stubbie in red ink for just that little pop of color.
I'll be posting more cards over the next day or so, but my creative genius seems to be on spring break. I just can't get into the swing of creating. I blame it on the weather, cold, rainy and gloomy yuck.
Well I hope you like this card and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A PaperTrey Bear

This darling teddy bear is from the PaperTrey's Baby Button Bits set. This set has so many cute images that I have trouble deciding which to use next.
Well anyway, I was going through some "stuff" on my craft desk and came across this card base. As soon as I saw it I new what I wanted to make. I had stamped off this image for another project twice, so I colored him up and cut him out with a square scalloped Nestabilities. He looked a little forlorn all by his self so I cut out a couple of mats in coordinating paper and mounted them onto the card. I didn't want to cover up this sweet DP. I can't remember who the maker is and I really want to find some more, it's so stinking cute.
Well I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy April Fools Day

Hi, nothing new to post today. I spent yesterday scrubbing down my breezeway. I am soooo sore today. It took me several hours and four, no five buckets of soapy water to clean all the accumulated grime from last summer and over the winter. Ugh. I'm a bad housekeeper I know, but last summer was a screwy weather season. Well that's my excuse anyway. It also took me almost a half a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towel to do the windows (lots of windows out there) but I also got a couple of the kitchen windows done too.

Today is going to be laundry, banking and shopping but I will carve out some time to make some Easter cards (yes I know they'll be late getting out), or maybe just do spring cards.

Well got to run, we also have a Dr.'s appointment in an hour so need to get on the stick.

Have a fun day and thanks for stopping by.