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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Challenge Valentine



Two posts today, Friends. This card is for two challenges this week....one on Paper Craft Planet & the other for Our Creative Corner. This Magenta stamp is one of my all time favorite heart stamps. I really like how it turned out when I used Copic markers to add pink to it. I also used the Copic markers on the paper flower to add color to it. A bead cap was used for the center of the flower. Check out the challenges at OCC: http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com/

Sunshine Girl



Here's another card made with the same basic layout of the cards in my post of two or three days ago. I don't know how I missed this sweet flower girl! I colored her with Prismacolor pencils....I just love those things. You can buy a set at Joanns or Michaels with a coupon so they won't be so expensive. And when you want to add to your collection, Blicks Art Store sells them individually for a pretty good price. Sure hope she puts a smile on your face today!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Color Combo CASE


First, let's make sure everyone knows what CASE means....copy and steal everything. Don't you love that? The layout of this card and the stamps I used were my own ideas but the color combo I got from a sample in a SU! catalog.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Set of Notecards


























Here's a sampler set of notecards I made using the same basic layout. I used a Cuttlebug edge folder for the right edge of each card, the Swiss Dots folder for the left section, & a piece of designer paper (dp)for inbetween. I then cut out the various images using a Spellbinders Nestie. The little kitty with a flower in it's mouth is on a punched flower that I futher punched with a small circle to make the petals be "unscalloped." Does that make sense? I chose embellishments for fun & like how they turned out. Hope you do, too. Oh, I should mention that I chose the dp first & found cardstock to match.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Blog Candy You Could Get

Check here to sign up for another try at blog candy....This one includes COPIC markers!!

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What Do You Think?

What do you think of my blog's facelift? If you are interested in finding a FREE background for your blog that's different than the templates offered by Blogger, click the little blue box on the top, left side when you get to my blog. It says something about free backgrounds and more & will take you to a website. Now, they do offer lots of other services for a price, so have fun looking around.

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Let's Brighten Up This Snow

Morning, All. I thought I'd post this brightly colored card, which I made several months ago, to break up the gray & white day out there. It's still snowing after a night of snow & freezing rain. We may actually get the 3-6 inches the weather guys were telling us about - Woohoo! I made this card on SU! Gable Green cs & some silver cs from Hobby Lobby. The background paper was made using the direct to paper technique where I daubed my ink pad directly onto a glossy trading card-sized piece of cs. I then embossed the fish over it & layered it onto piece of black cs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Love

I found some cards I made in the past several months that I thought I should share. Here's the first one, which is my favorite. I was so excited to get a Cuttlebug and collect the folders! I could not believe someone had finally figured out a quick & easy way to dry emboss. This card is made with SU! cardstocks. I punched the flower parts out & added a self-stick jewel. I used the SU! punch to make the tag & "loved" is also from a SU! set. The light purple cs is edged with a Zig silver painty.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cupcake Valentine

This cupcake is so cute! It's in a clear set by Inkadinkado. I don't know why cupcakes & ice cream sundae stamps have been catching my eye lately, but I finally got a cupcake of my own yesterday - Hooray! The word stamp is a Studio G stamp by Hampton Art. I found it in the $1 bin at Michaels a couple days ago. I love being able to color it in. The sweet add-on is made by stamping the word on a white cardstock scrap. I layered it over a silver cardstock scrap, after punching both with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch. Hope you have a great Saturday! I'm off to the movies with my daughter, some of her friends, & their moms.

I almost forgot to mention that the icing on the cupcake is colored in with three Copic Sketch markers. I couldn't resist any longer and bought R81, R83, & R85. I'll have to do some more experimenting to see if they are that much different than SU! or Tombow markers.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Blog Candy Alert

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Check out this post from Steph, who is excited about starting her own blog. The candy is yummy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

MOJO68 Sketch Challenge

Boy, is it cold outside today. I'm staying in to get some things done around the house but finished this cute challenge card. If you are interested in following the challenge blog, click the MOJO label on my sidebar.
Paper by BasicGrey-Granola
Cardstock, ink, & ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Stamp by Hampton Stamps
Accessories - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities, K&Company self-stick jewels

Sunday, January 18, 2009

One of my favorite gifts...

Last post today, I promise. When I was cleaning/organizing the craftroom last night, I came across this gift my hubby gave to me about 12 years ago. You aren't going to believe this when I tell you, but I'll tell you anyway.......He made them himself! He found the stamps, chose the ink, cut the cardstock, and even rounded the corners. He tied the 5 coupons and two note cards together with some yarn. I just had to show you. This was a precious gift - the gift of guilt free stamping. He wanted to let me know he knew how important and good it was for me to have a hobby, an artistic outlet. Isn't that just so sweet? As my friend, Crystal says, "He's a keeper for sure!"
The first card says, Each card is good for 1, one,
responsibility free hour of guiltless stamping. May be redeemed any time.
Exp. Date: NEVER!
The last card says, May be reproduced as many times as
there are stars in the sky! I love you


Postcard Valentine - Part 3


Finally, that inspiration I was waiting for hit! I was starting to wonder if this cute canine was going to make it to a card or not. He did, and I like the result.



You have to look closely to see one of my favorite parts of this card. I used Anita's Art Stamps Outline Stickers. They are very thin gold (they also have silver) stickers in straight lines.

The red background was made by embossing with a Cuttlebug folder then applying Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink directly to the cs. I also used a Cuttlebug folder on the black strip of paper. The fancy brown corner piece was made with a Cuttlebug die. I layered it over a black corner made with a SU! punch.

Stamps - Mostly Animals & Stampendous

Ink - Mementos Tuxedo Black & Brilliance Galaxy Gold

Doggone










Well, Friends, my last canine card is going to have to wait. As I was cleaning up the craftroom last evening, I came across a prefab box. My mind immediately thought of the beautiful BasicGrey Bittersweet papers. Here's the final product.


I realized when I was done that no stamps were used for this project! I did have a lot of fun deciding what should go where, though. I love the velour brown ribbon that goes around the top & bottom of the box.


The "beauty" button & stick on jewels are by K&Company. The flourishes on top are from a Sissix die, and the hearts are made with Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Hope you like this little gift box! Have a great Sunday evening with your family. Anyone else watching football games? (Oh, maybe you didn't know this, but I like sports as well as stamping. LOL)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Valentine Postcards - Part 2.5


Well......the Dr. says I'm sick! I thought I had a cold but she gave me 3 Rx's. Something about not wanting it to go into pneumonia & settled in my lungs. Good thing the hubby "made" me go today, huh?


This post is only Part 2.5 because I have one more dog stamp I want to use. I'm having a bit of creative block because the image is so large....but it'll come to me. Hopefully you'll see something good tomorrow.


The card today was fun to make. Have you seen this medallion method before? You use a corner punch. I first saw it used at Amazing Paper Grace, which you can get to by clicking the link in my sidebar. I used the masking method to make it look like the dog is in front of the doghouse and cut it out with my circle Nestability & Cuttlebug machine. I attached it to the card with pretty thick pop-dots. When I attached the medallion part to the card, I used extra strong glue dots. They are not thick so even though you can't see it here, it looks like a pillow is attached to the card.
To make the corners I cut a piece of black a little bit less that 1/4" less than my pink card. Because the back didn't look very pretty, I attached a piece of white paper with "Happy Valentine's Day" stamped on it.
Stamps by Stampin' Up! & Art Impressions
Stampin' Up! CS - Basic Black, Regal Rose, Whisper White
SU! Regal Rose ink, Mementos Tuxedo Black ink
Accessiries - EK Success punch, black dots by unknown


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Postponed Part 3

As you can see, there's no Part 3 yet. Somehow I got a terrible cold and it has slowed me down. Hopefully I'll be up & stamping tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Postcard Valentines - Part 2


Good early Tuesday morning! Here are my next two canine cards. What do you think? Cute doggys, right? These stamps are OLD! I realized that I have had them for about 15 years, so you'll have to check ebay or some other web spot if you're interested in getting them.


The hardest part about making these cards was deciding how wide to make the border strips. I made a couple of tries before deciding 1 1/4" was a perfect size for layering, leaving enough room to attach the adhesive.


To add depth to the cards, I stamped each dog twice. The second ones are cut out and attached to the top of the first ones with SU! Dimensionals.


Again, I've stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" on the backs. Stayed tuned for Part 3 tomorrow.


Stamps by Delafield (dog), D.O.T.S. (dog & heart), All Night Media (corner stamp), SU! (frame), & Stampendous (words)

CS by Stampin' Up! -Regal Rose, Rose Red, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink by Mementos - Tuxedo Black

Accessories - Cuttlebug corner die, Martha Stewart Embossed Diamond Edge Punch, colored pencil, & unknown ribbon



Monday, January 12, 2009

Postcard Valentines - Part 1



These canine cards were made with kids in mind, but who wouldn't smile at such cute puppies?

The borders are sponged glossy cardstock, attached with SU! Dimensionals to give the cards depth.

The little heart is punched & embellished with a glitter pen around the edges. Sorry it doesn't show up in the picture. The white card is also embellished with a glitter pen.

The sunglasses dog is colored with colored pencils.

I've stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" on the backs.

Stamps by Zimprints & Gray Wolf Graphics

All cs by SU! - Regal Rose, Whisper White, Glossy White, Basic Black

Ink by Mementos - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa

Accessories - Marvy Heart Punch, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch Edge Border

Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Valentine Card


Here's the first of my Valentine cards. I LOVE hearts! It's hard for me to use only one on a card, so naturally my first card had to have a heart background in addition to three different hearts.
The hearts were embossed onto BasicGrey Bittersweet paper & cut out. Two different Cuttlebug folders were used on the base cardstock....don't you love the texture you get from CB?
It doesn't show up very well in my picture, but the words are embossed on a light pink paper and layered over an almost white cs. I only rounded two opposite corners & trimmed a very thin border.
Stamps by Hero Arts, PSX, and All Night Media
Cardstock is unknown
Ribbon is unknown
Brads & Designer paper by BasicGrey

Saturday, January 10, 2009

BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection







This card is made with my new obsession...BasicGrey papers. I love their Bittersweet collection. The stripes paper is one of several you'll be seeing as the days go by. I'm planning to use them for my Valentine cards.
Also, BasicGrey offers clear stamp sets. This 7-piece set is called Blossoms and is part of the Bittersweet collection.
Hint: Before starting a project, stamp each image a few times on scrap paper and clean off in your usual way. I found with these clear stamps that using ink pads make a sharper image than using markers.
Ink: SU! Purely Pomegranite, SU! Regal Rose, Mementos Rich Cocoa
CS: SU! Purely Pomegranite, SU! Whisper White, unknown dark brown, BasicGrey Bittersweet stripes
Other: BasicGrey Blossom clear stamp set, Spellbinders Rectangle and Square Nesties, Prima flower, Cinnamon Stickles, unknown bead cap, Martha Stewart leaf punches

Friday, January 9, 2009

Announcing a new blog

My friend, Crystal, has just gotten her blog up and running. Check it out at http://www.sugarcrystals-crystal.blogspot.com/. She's a seasoned stamper & super friend....I'm so excited for her!

Now to find some stamping time. I rec'd wonderful stamping tools from my family for Christmas but haven't had the chance to use anything yet. Stay tuned, though, because it's snowing (3-6 inches possible), it's the weekend (yeah!), and my chores are done!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thank You


Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas and NYE were wonderful. We've had a good time visiting family & friends and hanging out at home.
Here's what my thank you's look like this year. Cardstock, designer paper & thank you stamp are SU!. I've used the snowflake folder from Cuttlebug & the Classic Circle Nestie from Spellbinders, too. The flower stamp is a clear stamp from Archiver's Hot Spot bin.