Thursday, November 8, 2012

Online Card Classes - Holiday Card Workshop - Day 6- Masking and Ghost Stamping

The Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop is wrapping up and I've only had a couple of chances to make cards this time around.  (Hopefully I get around to using the massive amount of information soon!)
I made the following cards using the Ghost Stamping method from Day 6. I used the Vintage Snowflakes and New Year's stamp sets from The Craft's Meow.  (Thanks to Lisa for replacing my set of wonky snowflakes super fast!)  The images were stamped on white cardstock with Frost White Colorbox pigment ink.  Once the images were dry, I used Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Broken China &  Spun Sugar.

(The color is off in the full pics of the cards - I couldn't get outside in time to take them today!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Out of this World Card - Make It Monday #89 - Creating Windows for Floating Images

This week's Make it Monday was a fun idea - floating an image over a window.

I thought the rocket seemed like a perfect fit for this technique.

Here it is opened.

And the inside.  It was pretty simple, just required a bit of precision with lining up the layers.

Cardstock - White, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink; Clear - Recollections
Stamps and Rocket Dies- Boy Basics: Out of the World - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper - On the Bright Side 6x6 pad - My Mind's Eye
Square & Scalloped square - Spellbinders
Ink - Versmark; Hero Arts Black; Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans  - Ranger Distress Inks
Embossing Powder - Detail White - Recollections
Markers (for rocket) - Ranger Distress Markers 
Paint (for flame) - Ginger Peach, Poppy Red - Twinkling H2Os

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fun Pinterest Inspiration - Chevron Wreaths

I found this super cute wreath on Pinterest a few weeks ago and loved the idea.

Once I found a pool noodle (not so easy in October!), it was a pretty quick project.  I made a cardboard template for cutting the chevron pieces.

I didn't care for the burlap flowers, so I made felt fringe flowers by folding a strip of felt in half lengthwise, making small cuts every 1/4 inch.  Then you roll it up, glue it and stick it on the wreath.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kickstart Organize Your Supplies - Days 3&4

Today's Kickstart lesson was ideas for organizing supplies.  And, boy, do I need help with that!!

Apparently I had an organizational moment a couple of months ago because I found a "scrap bundle" in my box o' scraps!  All clipped together and everything.  I love the idea of bundling together scraps that look good together so you can use them later.

I've been inspired by Jennifer McGuire's paper strip cards from the class.  I thought it would be fun to try to use them on a birthday card for my niece.  

Cardstock - White - PTI
Paper - Bright Side paper pack - My Mind's Eye
Stamps - Birds - PTI, Sentiment - Simon Says Stamp
Other - Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Kickstart Playtime (Days 9/10)

The Kickstart lessons yesterday and today were great!  Playtime was just what I needed to try out some of the cool new things I've been buying lately.

I seem to have accumulated a large collections of Distress Inks, reindeers and markers over the last couple of months (since I took the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps class!)  I also dug up some Inchies purchased a while ago.

Using repositionable adhesive, I lined up 9 Inchies on a sheet of paper.   I just got these stamps from the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.  LOVE it!!

I thought it needed something.  Perhaps I need to adjust my perfect pearls recipe :)  It is still a work in progress.  

Stamps - Simon Says Stamps
Ink - Versafine Black
Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Crushed Olive, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar
Other - Perfect Pearls

Kickstart Give Yourself a Challenge (Day 7/8)

I'm loving the Online Card Classes Kickstart class right now.  The lessons for days 7 & 8 was to give yourself a challenge.  Since I usually spend way too much time on my cards, I did a 10 minute timed challenge.

Here is the birthday card I made for my nephew.

I was inspired by Lisa Spangler's vertical sentiments on Day 8.  I didn't like any of the larger birthday stamps to use vertically, but the beep beep! seemed perfect!  I don't think I like the colored penciled vehicles.  I think next time I would use markers (or spend a few more minutes coloring!)

Card Base - kraft - PaperSource
Cardstock - fine linen Papertrey Ink
Stamps & Dies - Papertrey Ink
Ink - Cup o Joe - Hero Arts Shadow ink
Colored Pencils - Prismacolor

Friday, July 20, 2012

Make It Monday # 75 - Roll the Die Challenge

This week's  Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge was to complete a worksheet with supplies you have and roll a die to determine what you'll use for your project.  So fun!!

Orientation - Vertical
Layout #4
Stamp Set Image- Papertrey Ink Stitches & Swirls
Stamp Set sentiments - Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments
Color Combo - PTI - Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft & Terra Cotta (I used the combos from Make It Monday #64 - amazing color combos!)
Embellishments - Buttons

Here's what I came up with:

I love it!!  Colors I wouldn't have thought to put together and a layout more intricate that I usually go for, but I love the result!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge # 15 / Stretch Your Stamps Day 1

An interesting combination of autumn and the fourth of July over at Runway Inspired Challenge this week!    

Here's my take:

I used a little double stamping and masking that I learned over at the Stretch Your Stamps class here.  (Great class!)

Cardstock - White - Papertrey Ink
Stamp - Lattice - Savvy Stamps
Die - Hello - Savvy Stamps
Ink - Red Currant, Navy, Provincial Grey - Fresh Ink

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge # 10

Another fun card challenge this week.  I'm definitely going to try to do more of these.

This week over at the Runway Inspired Challenge, this Nanette Lepore look was the inspiration.  Not sure how I feel about it as an outfit, but the color and design were fun and interesting.

courtesy of

Here's my take:

Cardstock:  White, Smoky Shadow - Papertrey Ink; Silver, Gold - Recollections; Tangelo - Bazzill
Stamps: Flower - Hero Arts/Basic Grey; Sentiment - Mega Mixed Messages - Papertrey Ink
Ink - Ginger, Slate - Fresh Ink (Impress Rubber Stamps)
Border Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Make It Monday #61 - What could it be?!?

I'm trying my hand at a challenge today.  The Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge this week was to make flowers from a non flower die.
I looked through my (far too large) collection and thought I was going to use one of the Papertrey Ink Fruit Fusion dies.  After looking a bit more, I stumbled upon another die and had to give it a try.

Can you goes what the flower petals are?  

Frog feet!!  From the Papertrey Ink Boy Basics: Frog Hop set.  


Cardstock:  Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Decorative Paper - Unknown
Die - Boy Basics: Frog Hop
Punches:  Scalloped Circle, Button - Martha Stewart Crafts
Stamp - Woodgrain - Impress Rubber Stamps, Hello - Savvy Stamps
Ink - Brilliance Pearlescent Beige, Pearlescent Crimson
Twine - Cappuccino - The Twinery
Other - Yarn - from Lawn Fawn packaging

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Not sure where I've been for the last few months, but it clearly wasn't here!  I need to regain my focus and get myself back together.  I've been trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to work on submissions for publication.  I think I'm going to do one more round for the holidays, then take a break for a while.  I've really enjoyed the work part and stretching myself, but the heartbreak of rejection has taken a bit of the fun out of it.

Here's a fun card.

After seeing some "letterpressed" backgrounds lately, I thought I would give it a try.  This was my first attempt at using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and dye ink together.  It came out a bit messy, but I liked the effect and decided to use it anyway.  I'm definitely going to do more experimenting with this technique!

The sentiment made me smile, hopefully the recipient will like it too!

Cardstock - White, Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink
Ink - Chartreuse - PTI, Rich Cocoa - Tsukineko
Stamps - Margarita and sentiment - Unity Stamp Co
Embossing Folder - Provo
Colored Pencil - Faber Castell

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sweet baby card

It was a busy week for babies around here!  One good friend had her little girl on Friday and another had her baby shower on Saturday.
I made a couple of variations on this card for them.  I love this patterned paper from October afternoon and thought it would make a cute, but not overly girly card.

Card - Blossom - PaperSource
Paper - Sidewalks - October Afternoon
Banner Die - Lil' Inker
Stamp - Studio G (from the dollar bins at Michaels)
Ink - Steel Blue - Fresh Ink
Twine - Pink & Yellow - Whiskers Graphics

Peonies? Poppies? Some sort of hybrid?

I bought this stamp from Impress ages ago and have always loved it.  I decided to play with some Copic Markers and my favorite - PolyShrink.

Since I didn't have a pinky marker, I used a poppy-ish color and turned my peonies into poppies!

Cardstock - White - PTI
Stamps - Peony - Impress, Sentiment - Sophie's Sentiment - Lawn Fawn
PolyShrink - White - Lucky Squirrel
Ink - Graphite Black Brilliance - Tsukineko
Markers -Salmon Red, Yellow Green & Light Walnut - Copic
Ribbon - Impress Rubber Stamping

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Swing of Things

After a long holiday trip, I'm struggling to get back into the swing of things.  I've made a few things for a publication call and finished a couple of baby gifts, but haven't gotten around to making anything for fun.

I got a lot of great stamps and dies for Christmas, so today I made a card with some of those.  I was looking to make something to brighten my mood.

The alignment on the pencils needs some work, but overall, I love it!

Cardstock - Khaki (PaperSource), Colors (The Paper Studio)
Stamps & Dies - Happy Trails set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black - Tsukineko