Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time for Tea

I have been playing around with this cute little tea time die set from My Favorite Things. So many possibilities, so cute.

For this card I used the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge SFF041814.

I die cut the tea pot from CTMH Colonial White cardstock and then the accent pieces and cup & saucer from a scrap of light lavender cardstock. I ran a Momento Grape Jelly marker around the edge of all the pieces after I assembled themit. The DPs are both from an old Provo Craft paper pad-cover is long gone, so I don't know the name. I love these papers now as much as I did when I first got them eons ago-way back when I first started in this mad craft.The dark purple is some Bazzil cardstock. The border is punched from the CTMH Colonial White. The sentiment is from Sweet N Sassy's Christmas Tags stamp set. The flower on the teapot is a sticker from 'Special Moments'. I added a strip of rhinestones to the lid of the teapot and on the cup for some pretty blingyness!
 Love this sketch. I am sure I will use it again and again.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dragonfly birthday wishes

Second post today! Yeah!
A card using things laying on my work table-again! Someday I will get to the bottom of this pile;)

I stamped this floral stem from the SU Fast and Fabulous set a few weeks ago and kept moving it around from pile to pile. I finally made myself use it and sat there until an idea came. Sometimes lately it takes awhile. I think it's a bit of cabin fever (okay, a lot of cabin fever-after staring at so much white stuff for soooooooooooo long it doesn't inspire any longer). 
Anyway, it is stamped with Momento Tuxedo black and colored with my Copic markers. I also colored the butterfly button (shank removed) with Copics. The background panel is something I did way back last fall, inking the Cuttlebug embossing folder then inserting paper and embossing, leaving the design highlighted. The technique has a name, but I can't remember what it is called. The scrap of desighn paper is from Provocraft and the cardstock is Bazzil. The sentiment is cut from white cardstock with the Top Dog Words die and colored with a Copic marker. I distressed the edges of the panels before I put them together. 

I will enter this in the challenges at:
Creative Knockouts #34-anything goes
Seize the Birthday - anything goes


 A masculine card today! I really need to do more of these. Don't know why I find it so hard, but it seems I always end up making pretty, flowery cards.
I will enter this card in the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge #148, Happy Earth Day-recycle or upcycle something; and the House That Stamps Built Designers Choice Challenge DCC423-For the Guys.

I stamped the Our Daily Bread Designs 'Lantern' image on Very Vanilla cardstock with Brilliance Pearl Beige ink. I cut the image out with Spellbinders label 18, and sponged SU Cherry Cobbler ink around it while still in the die. Card base is SU Chocolate Chip, mat is The Paper Studio 'Mirabelle'. I peeled apart a piece of cardboard and tore a scrap of that for the accent piece, and inked the edges with the cherry cobbler. I attached the image panel with foam dimensionals. 
I love the way the image shimmers with the Brilliance ink, tho of course it doesn't show up in the pictures. I left it without a sentiment so it can be used for any occasion.

As always, I'd love to have you leave a comment. Hope spring has arrived where ever you are and you can open windows and let in some fresh spring air-that's what I'm off to do:)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flowers & Butterflies

STILL SNOWING!!!!! Grrr! :)

I want to feel like spring. I really do! But it is really hard when the white stuff just keeps coming. I so want to open my windows and let some fresh air in, but not going to happen today! At least this little card LOOKS like spring!

I love this retired Stampin' Up set-Summer by the Sea. The images are so cute. As much as I love to color, I love to paper piece this set. First I stamped the image on white Crafter's Companion cardstock, then on a piece of American Crafts design paper. I colored the girl and the ground with Copics, filled in the sky with chalks and added some Stickles to the flowers. I then fussy cut the dress and glued over the image. I stamped just the hat part of the image onto a scrap of brown K&Co. Classic K DP and glued in place. I cut out the image with Spellbinders Labels 11, then traced around the die onto a piece of Bazzil Rain cardstock and fussy cut. The background stripe paper and the flowers are from MME Happy Day 6x6 pad. I punched the flowers with a Paper Studio flower punch, brushed them with some Pebbles Classic chalk to deepen the color, dry brushed some Momento Teal Zeal ink and defined the edges with Momento Teal Zeal marker. Layered 2 together and used yellow brads to secure them together. Greenery is punched with the Martha Stewart fern punch. I love the silver edged butterfly, but the packaging is long gone, so I really don't know what the brand is-I wish I did, because I'd like some more of them:)
This card will be for my granddaughter's 20th birthday. I am entering it in the following challenges: The Crafty Cardmakers #114-a profusion of handmade flowers; Addicted to Stamps & More #91-Anything Goes; Fab 'n' Funky #212-Flower Power; Coffee, Chocolate & Cards#62-Yipes Stripes; and Sweet Stamping Challenge-Flowers. Whew, I think this is the most challenges one of my cards has ever worked for, hehehe.

Enjoy! Always love to have you comment. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Miss You

Quick Card today. Gearing up for another snow storm :(

I really like this neat clean sketch from the Clean & Simple challenge #287. I dug these Hot Off the Press papers out of my stash recently and am determined to make good use of them. It also fits one of  the Mid-week challenges at Operation Write Home-Masculine. Quick and simple, I thought. I made this at my craft group last week-and my tape runner broke and I did not have a refill with me and the other's had brought different crafts. No one had a tape runner. Was a real challenge to make the broken one work. But where there's a will there's a way!


Stamps: My Favorite Things 'Bold Statements'; The Crafts Meow 'Dreamcatcher' (feather)
Paper: Hot Off the Press 'Chocolate'; S. U. Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla; scrap of tan from my scrap basket.
Ink: S.U. Close to Cocoa
Copic Marker

I appreciate your looking at my little blog here. Leave a comment please! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lovely Pink Tulips

Well, so much for hoping for a green Easter. Woke up this morning to 3" or more of new snow, huge drifts (no school again), and cold:(   It's still snowing and blowing, but supposed to let up this afternoon. Lord willing, this will be our last storm.  Hubby is out plowing - I don't know why he didn't wait until the snow stops. I think he just really likes to ride that tractor.

Today I am playing along with the challenges over at: Papertake Weekly, Spring has sprung; Creative  Knockouts, Spring is in the Air; and Fab n' Funky, Pink.

I stamped the tulips on Neenah white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. I fussy cut it and mounted it over the doily. I embossed the pink paper with the Darice Wire Fence embossing folder. I mounted the doily over the edge of the pink and trimmed it to the edge of the pink. I added small dots of white Liquid Pearls to the dots on the embossed background. The butterfly is punched from a scrap of SU retired DP with EK Success layered butterfly punch. I added white liquid pearl to the body of the butterfly. The sentiment is from Verve Joyful Blooms, stamped on a scrap of white cs with M.T.B., punched with SU large oval punch backed with green cs punched iwht SU scalloped oval punch. Green cs is Bazzil.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Thanks

Tonight's card uses a favorite SU stamps set-Fast and Fabulous. I love this tall flower stem, it seems very regal somehow. And I finally broke open this pretty Kaiser Craft paper pad-Miss Nelly. Such vintage looking papers. Love them.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #131, and the theme over at Creative Knockouts-Spring is in the Air. Spring, flowers, butterflies, and snow melting like crazy. I know we won't have a green Easter, but unless we get some more snow this week we will have green spots at least!


I mounted the background paper on a piece of SU Gumball Green, and the blue print on a piece of SU Not Quite Navy. I stamped the flower on a piece of Neenah Solar White, first the flowers with Momento Rosebud, then the stem with SU Gumball Green using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig. I colored the leaves in a bit with a Copic Marker. The flower image is matted on a piece of  Rich Razzleberry card. I cut the corners with a Fiskars corner punch. The sentiment is cut from Not Quite Navy with a Quick Cuts Basic Phrases die. The rhinestone flourish was clear and I colored it with Copic RV19 Red Violet. Added a little iredescent butterfly rhinestone.
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A tiny bit of Spring

Today is a rather dreary day, cold again calling for warm coats and gloves after having nearly a week of nice days. But the snow is quickly disappearing. And the sap is running sporadically  which doesn't make my hubby very happy at all! They want to make syrup and get it over with:)
Hard to believe Easter is next week already.
Here is a nice little spring-y card for the Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge #309 over at Techno Stamper.

I have had the stamp set 'Awash with Flowers' from Stampin' Up for a loooong time and am finally putting it to use. The larger flowers on this little panel are from that set. I stamped the stems with SU Old Olive and colored the leaves in with a blender pen and the OO ink. The small flowers and stems are from Verve Floral Whimsy set. I stamped the stems (second generation) with SU Pear Pizzaz, and the flowers with SU Daffodil delight and colored them with a Copic marker.  The little dragonfly is from Hot Off the Press Tiny words and Images set stamped in Momento London Fog. I so wanted to add glitter to his little wings, but as the card is for Operation Write Home I couldn't. I used the 'innies' from the corner stickers to accent his body. 
Design papers are from My Mind's Eye Happy Day and K&Co. Classic K paper pads. Cardstock is from my scrap bin.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


The challenge this time around at Crafty Cardmakers & More is 'You've been framed'. Over the past week or so I have been working at using up a bunch of the stickers that I bought over the last couple years. This one package had 2 sheets of  large floral stickers. So far I have made 14 cards with this package of stickers, and still have about 5 to go. Some I mounted on a die cut background, which left me with the negative of the cut-so I used those a frames for some of the cards.
Here is the first 'framed' card.

I used some patterned vellum behind this tulip sticker. Kept it simple and flat for OWH.  

Cardstock: Stampin' UP Rich Razzleberry , Very Vanilla
Stamp: My Favorite Things 'Essential Sentiments'
Accessories: Spellbinders Label 18, Printed vellum paper, Special Moments Tulip sticker & butterfly, S. U. Modern Label, S. U. Rich Razzleberry marker

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Once Upon a Time

My second card today-I'm on a roll!

I made this card for my friends birthday. As spring is mighty slow at coming in our neck of the woods this year, I thought she would enjoy this little bit of Spring. She is a master gardener, and she has all these fairy houses and fairies around her gardens, including one garden that not only has all the above, but is all miniature plants. These Graphic 45 'Once Upon a Springtime' and Recollections 'Habitat' papers are so her! The challenge over at Fab 'N' Funky #210 this week is 'Once Upon a Time'-creations using images and papers that contain fantasy and/or fairytale creatures. These fairy papers are perfect.

My card base is S.U. Old Olive. I cut a mat of the Habitat fern paper, and layered some of the elements from the Graphic 45 papers on the top of it. I cut the mushrooms from the Habitat paper, and adhered them with foam dimensionsals (SU). The border is an EK Success punch cut from SU Very Vanilla CS. The sparkly button is also SU.
I added star dust stickles to the bees and fairy wings. The little bees are buttons with the shank cut off and colored with Copics. I mounted the tag on a mat of Calypso Coral CS (SU). I added dots of Ruby Stickles to the border.  
I think Deb will like the card.
I'm off to wash walls, and as I can finally open some windows I am getting ready to paint the trim in my hall and livingroom. 
Hope spring is making an appearance wherever you are! We can finally see that the snow is melting around here-things like plant covers and the garden trailer are once again visible. But there is more snow in the forecast. Ahhhh.......Really?

CAS Thinking of You

For my first card today I am using the sketch from the Clean & Simple Challenge #285 I will also enter this in the Addicted to Stamps & More #86, a clean & simple card.

I really like the big, bold sentiment for this CAS card. It really carries the card. As you'll see below, I actually made a few cards with this sketch, but this is the one that came out the cleanest :-)

Stamps: Card Chatter Sympathy-CTMH; Mosaic Madness-SU
Ink: SU Pacific Point
Cardstock: SU Pacific Point, CTMH White Daisy

 I really like the one with the butterfly, but I had to add the butterfly because I got ink there;), and the sentiment is slightly off-kilter. Even using the stamp-a-ma-jig I seem to have a problem getting things straight!