Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A card fit for a Queen....

I made this birthday card for my friend Marcy... you can find her blog here Queen Marcy Orginals. She loves all things "queen-like" which inspired the design. I used the Spellbinder's Nested Crown Dies to cut and emboss the two crowns out of gold metallic card stock. I left them in the Nestie and then airbrushed Copic BV29 to add the color. In the pic it looks a little dark, but in real life it is a purply color that matches to the purple card stock. I added a few pearls and metallic accents to embellish and finished it off with a white silk ribbon bow. 

Monday, December 27, 2010


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We actually had snow here in Atlanta on Christmas Day! I guess the Holidays are marching on and here we are at Valentine's Day!  I stamped this image twice,  using the hearts from the second stamping to "pop" over the original stamping. I colored everything with Copics. A little glossy accents over the hearts and the vase add a little sparkle and shine. 
This card is part of a tutorial over at Outline's and you can find two more cards and more details on this card by clicking this -----> LINK. And all of these stamps are on sale now!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Quick Holiday Note

For this week's Design Team Challenge call from Serendipity Stamps
we to create a simple Christmas Thank You note. Please visit .... Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda to see what they created for this  challenge!
A quick little Holiday note... I used Copics to color the image and just added a few little layers and rounded some of the corners with my Corner Chomper. I used a little dab of glitter glue for sparkle on the flame. I covered the candlestick with Glossy Accents, The sentiment with the border punched edge is popped up with foam tape.
  • Stamps: All images by Serendipity Stamps - #1237E Candlestick, #059D Quick Note
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Curious Cryogen White, DP by Bo Bunny, Green card stock
  • Other: Copics, Glitter Glue, Martha Border Punch, Glossy Accents, Ivory Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool

Monday, December 20, 2010

Season's Greetings

I used this same stamp last week, on a Valentine's card. This stamp image from Layers of Color is made to pair up with Spellbinder's Labels 16. I though it would work just as well for Christmas, coloring the roses with red and green, so I had to ink it up again.
I colored the roses with Copics. I cut the outside and the inside of the frame out too, using Spellbinder's Labels 16. Instead of leaving white space on the inside of the cut out frame, I used a marker and colored it all black right up to the edge. The little white dots are Ranger's Enamel, I'm so very addicted to that stuff. I used Paper Crafting Silicone and raised the frame up over the greeting. The silicone is almost invisible and allows light through edges. I stamped a simple sentiment from Impression Obsession for the inside and dressed up a card base with a CB embossed panel and a bit of ribbon. FInished card size is an A2. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Floral Birthday

I often have issues coloring something "softly" with Copics. The Copic markers are so bold and beautiful, I like to go for big color. Keeping something lighter is sometimes a challenge for me. For the flowers on this card I used E95, E93, E01 and E00 and added a little soft airbrushing around the edges. I used Neenah Natural White to stamp on, which in my eyes is a softer ivory color, rather than a white. Graphic 45's latest release "Once upon a Springtime" papers are used in the layers. I just got my hands on this new set from Flourishes "Blossom's and Butterflies" and just had to color it up ASAP!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

IO Challenge - All that Glistens... Metallics

This week the challenge from Impression Obsession was to create a card using Metallic Colors. AND you can play along with team and be entered to win a gift certificate for your participation. Check out the rules on how to play and find links to see the Design Team's creations on the Impression Obsession Blog.
Obviously, I went GOLD! Love this embossed gold paper I found in my stash. I colored the tree with Copics and added some gold gel pen to the swirls. A small gold nailhead in each of the poinsettias adds another metallic element. I gold embossed the sentiment and added it with a hand trimmed banner, I curled the banner around my finger to give it a little curve and adhered it with dimensional silicone. A few little gold bows to decorate. Finished card size is an A2.
  • Stamps:All stamps by Impression Obsession - F2412 Poinsettia Tree, CL44 Christmas Sentiments 
  • Ink: Versamark and Gold Detail EP, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Gold Embossed DP, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Red
  • Other: Gold Adhesive Nailheads, Gold Gel Pen, Gold cording, Bow Easy Tool

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time to make 2011 Calendars.....

For this week's Design Team Challenge call from Serendipity Stamps
we were to use one of the "Month" stamps to create a project. Please visit .... Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda to see what they created for this  challenge!

Serendipity Stamps has beautiful Month themed stamps that can be used to create calendars - You can check out all styles HERE. I got July to play with. I printed a 2011 July calendar out on Neenah Ivory paper. In the background I used Spellbinder's Big Scalloped Rectangles as a layer, embossing it with a Stars Cuttlebug folder, which kind of ended up being hidden! I used the edge of my scissors to rough up all the edges and also inked them liberally with Walnut Distress ink. I'm addicted to adding a hint of Stickles Sparkle around the edges of my projects. I'm going to have to hide the bottle from myself! I colored the image with Copics. The cute little flower paper is from October Afternoon. A little wrap around jute string with a bow to finish it up. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Love one another...

I created this card using another frame image designed to coordinate with Nesties from Layers of Color. I thought I would keep it kind pink and red, mixing Copic markers to color the roses. I used Spellbinder's Labels 16 to create the layers. I added jewels around the inside border and a small pink bow to dress things up. I added Glossy Accents around the black edge of the outside border, although it is hard to see in the picture.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

IO Challenge - New Year's Resolution

Check out the team and see what inspired their cards: Deborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie Koerber, and Laura Fulcher. AND you can play along with team and be entered to win a gift certificate for your participation. Check out the rules on how to play and win on the Impression Obsession Blog.
This challenge was to create a card based on a New Year's Resolution. NO... my resolution is not to eat more ice cream. I'm already doing too well in that department! My resolution is to send out more sweet notes and cards to my friends. Most often my cards end up at the stamp store for samples or being sent to the stamp companies. I seem to always fall very short on actually mailing cards out to send a smile to a friend. 
I colored the image using Copics and you can see in the close up that I added Glossy Accents over the bowl and the cherry. I used Spellbinder's Labels 15 to frame the Sundae in red card stock. I also used it in the background cutting a larger label out of brown card stock and then cutting it in to quarters, after embossing it with a CB folder. A few little buttons with jute string and a Martha border bunch to embellish the sentiment along the bottom.

  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - A Sweet Note #B8344, Sundae Kisses #D8442
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. DP, Red, Brown, Copic X-Press It Paper, White
  • Other: Misc Buttons, Jute String, Glossy Accents, Copics, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Spellbinder's Labels 15, Cuttlebug Folder

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Marvelous Nature

I have spent my Saturday night coloring and making cards. The husband wanted to go out to dinner and I sent him to pick up sandwiches instead. I was in the mood to just be in the craft room! I'm loving all the new stamps that have been released with images designed to be paired up with Spellbinder's Nesties. This frame stamp is from Layers of Color - Garden Wall Frame. I paired it up with the inside sentiment from Flourishes Life Lines set. I colored the image with my Copics, using Warm Greys to color the wall. I also used Tim Holtz's brick wall CB folder in the background. I used Spellbinder's Labels 14, to cut out the image. The yellow layer around it was hand cut. I used Ranger's White Enamel to add some detail dots on the yellow layer. I used a Martha border punch on the top and bottom, since it was pretty delicate after I punched it, and I have the panel popped up... I used a paintbrush and brushed on a coat of Glossy Accents to give it some shine and make it more sturdy. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: Layers of Color - Garden Wall Frame Cling Stamp, Flourishes Life Lines
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Grey, Yellow
  • Other: 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape, Tim Holtz Brick CB Folder, Copics, Ranger's White Enamel, Glossy Accents, Glitter Glue, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Spellbinder's Labels 14

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stamp Simply #167 - Black Friday

Nov. 26 -ssnotime167 - Black Friday — Sharon's challenge: Well, I guess that’s what they call today (Friday). Yes, here in the US it is the day after Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season steps into full gear and all retailers hope to get their books from the red into the black!  So taking our inspiration from that — today we will use Black in our creations.  Use black as one of your feature colors or merely as an accent, use a black ribbon or other embellishment — whatever works for you.  I love black accents on cards and can’t wait to see what you’ll create!
Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb NeermanBarb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.
I used one of the newest Flourishes sets - Vintage Postcard. This is super simple and would be easy to mass produce for Holiday cards. I used Kraft paper to stamp on and added a little soft brown airbrushing with Copic E55 around the edges. On the black layers I used glitter glue to add a fine line of sparkle and shimmer to perk it up and give it more of a Holiday feel. The outer black layer is Cuttlebugged, but it's not so easy to see the embossing in the picture. A simple black bow made with the Bow Easy, and a Tim Holtz button to top it off. 

  • Stamps- Vintage Postcard by Flourishes
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Black, Kraft
  • Other: Glitter Glue, Copic ABS, Bow Easy Tool, Tim Holtz Button

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Something different.....

For this week's Design Team Challenge call from Serendipity Stamps
we were sent a marble tile coaster to stamp on. Please visit .... Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda to see what they created for this  challenge!

This was the very first time I have ever stamped on a tile coaster.  I had my fingers crossed that I wasn't going to goof it up, cause I only had one! I was completely surprised at how easy and neat this was. I stamped the image (Maple with Quote #389G) in Staz On Jet Black and then I liberally cooked it with my heat gun to make sure the ink was set. I used a blender pen and chalks to apply the color, which went on super smooth and the colors blended together easily. The coaster was a dull white color originally, and I used a Copic to airbrush a little darker color on to it.  After applying the chalk and airbrushed color, I used a Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray to seal it. It has a subtle shine but is not overly glossy.  The coaster is pretty heavy so I attached the ribbon hanger on the back with red line tape, which seems to hold it just fine.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Ohhhhhh, I love this image! A friend brought it over one day and I had to ink it up ASAP. Sadly, it is an image from PSX and is now retired, but you can still find it sometimes on Ebay. I colored the flowers with Copics using R46 and R43 for the blooms. I cut the image out with a scalloped oval Nestie and added a red oval Nestie underneath it, just peeking out. The background was embossed with a CB folder and then I inked the raised portions with a baby brayer. I used white pigment ink and also heat embossed with white embossing powder as well. It finished off with the raised embossing portions looking kind of glazed.
  • Stamps: Tulips #K1695 by PSX
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Pigment Ink & White EP, Memento London Fog
  • Paper:Grey, Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Misc. RIbbon, Spellbinder's CLassic Ovals, Copics, CB FOlder, Baby 2" Brayer, Bow Easy Tool

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stamp Simply #166 - Well Preserved

Nov. 19 - ssnotime166 - Well Preserved! -- Sharon's words: Is anyone out there still canning, or freezing or drying your summer harvest?  Or is anyone preparing those previously preserved goodies for Thanksgiving or Christmas gifts?  Today is all about preserving our fruits of the harvest.  Take this food related theme wherever it brings you -- use food type stamps, papers or embellishments on a card, decorate a jar of canned goods, or even wrap and decorate a chocolate bar -- we're easy!  Let's just see some lovely fruits, veggies or any type of edible in today's creations!!! 

Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb NeermanBarb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.

Three cards --- all stamped simply and showing off FRUIT, as the challenge calls for! I created these cards about two weeks ago when I was on a Gamsol and Colored Pencils kick. I have never canned or preserved anything food related, I'm not crafty when it comes to the kitchen! All of these cards show off images from Flourishes Stamp sets - Berry Sweet, Strawberries and Cherries and Peaches. All stamped very simply and adorned with a simple bow. I thought these would make a great gift set of cards. 

IO Challenge - These are a few of my favorite things...

Today brings another challenge call from Impression Obsession. 
The theme is to create a card based on pulling an idea from the Favorite Things song from the Sound of Music:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Hop around and see where the song took the Design Team with their designs: Daniela DobsonDeborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie KoerberKathy Menzies and Laura Fulcher. AND you can play along with team and be entered to win a gift certificate for your participation. Check out the rules on how to play and win on the Impression Obsession Blog.

I had the line "Brown paper packages tied up with strings" in my head while I created this card. I colored the image with Copics, with the exception of the brown packages which I stamped on Kraft colored card stock and paper pieced. I used two different background stamps - Crackle - which I lightly stamped on the torn red paper and over the red sentiment, as well as Newsprint stamped in red on Kraft paper. A couple of buttons and mini jute sting bows to complete the card, final size is an A2.