Thursday, April 28, 2011


I made my flower with a strip of fabric and a Gluber
Glubers are these FUN FUN FUN new adhesive circles you can use to create flowers with fabric or ribbons. Cosmo Cricket introduced them at Winter CHA and they are finally available! Here is a LINK to the Cosmo Cricket Blog showing a video of what they are and how they work! 
I used Spellbinder's Blossom Nesties to create to flower die cuts for my Gluber flower to sit on. I crumpled the paper flowers up in my hand and used dimensional silicone to adhere them underneath. The silicone will dry and keep the rumpled folds in place, so they do not flatten out. I added the sentiment and cut it out using Spellbinder's Nested Pennants. In the background I also used one of the new TIm Holtz SIzzix Embossing Folders "Fancy and Floral Frames" in the background. Finished card is 5 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Over at the Flourishes Blog my pal Silke is hosting this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge "FTTC115" with a Sketch for us to use! 
Here was the sketch she came up with: 

Here is my take on the sketch. I wanted to use the new Orchids set, I have been dying to get it inked up. I love orchids, never mind that my thumb is black and they die with in weeks of coming in my home.... I still think they are so very beautiful. 
I used my Grand Nesties to create the card base and other layers using the Scalloped Circles. You can see I used foam tape to add dimension between the layers. A few teeny light green pearls decorate the scalloped edge on the sentiment.
I stamped the Orchids on Eclipse Tape and created a mask. YES.... it took forever to cut it out with all the curves and tiny bits! I masked the orchids and airbrushed C3 Copic over the background. I also left one Copic out of the picture here.... I had not even realized but I had not colored the stems... so I also used YG61 to finish the stems. Finished card is about 5 1/2" in diameter.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly in B&W

It's all about Butterflies today with the Outlines Design Team. Check out what all the girls came up with: Jeanne StrieffBev GerardLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
I pulled this black and white butterfly card out of the archives to share today.  It's simple simple card, but the crystals make it look fancy and sparkly! It features the stamp H-801 Sparkle Butterfly.
You can see I embossed the background using a Cuttlebug Folder. I stamped the butterfly three times using black and white. I glued the body portion of each butterfly flat, one to another. In between the wings I used dimensional silicone to keep them propped up at a little angle. Swarovski Crystals Size 7 and 12 Clear decorate the top butterfly. I also added two little gems on top of the folded bows to each side.

Friday, April 22, 2011


I love the floral stamps sets from Flourishes and pulled this older set - Poppy Patch, out to play with. I used Eclipse Tape to create a mask for each flower and then stamped all three flowers together in a little bunch. The sentiment is from the new Orchid Set they just released. Every time I use a new Nestie, I think it is my favorite... but I really really really think this Labels 18 that I used to cut out the Poppies in my new favorite!!! And I also used the Lattice Rectangles as a panel in the background and a smaller one to frame the sentiment. 
Copics to color the poppies! I also used W5 Warm Grey to airbrush around the poppies and the sentiment before popping them out of the Nestie die. I used a Micron pen to add a little frame by tracing the inner edge of the Nestie.
The large poppy "needed" something extra in the center.... I used Ranger's Black enamel and created a little pool of it on a scrap piece of paper. I used a toothpick to dip it in the pool and then apply tiny little dots to the center. I added foam tape in between many of the layers to add dimension. Finished card is an A2 size.

  • Stamps: All stamps from Flourishes - Poppy Patch Set, Sentiment is from Orchids Set
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Grey DP by Pink Paisley, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Red
  • Other: Spellbinder's Labels 18, Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles, Rangers Black Enamel, Misc. Ribbon, Slot pucnh from EK Success, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Button, Black Micron Pen, Copics/ABS, Bow Easy Tool, Corner Rounder, Black Adhesive Gems, Black 1/16" Rainbow Tape

Thursday, April 21, 2011

IO Challenge - It's all about polka dots today.

The Impression Obsession challenge is about POLKA DOTS today. Play along with us and upload your card to the Impression Obsession Blog!
I know.... yet another dog on my blog! But you have to admit, he is a cutie with his little pink tongue hanging out! I picked my image and found this sentiment that I thought paired up well with his giant bone! Since it was a polka dot theme, I used a polka dot cuttlebug folder on the kraft paper and some large polka dot paper from Pink Paisley in the background. My newest addiction is Scrapper's Floss.... I tied it through the buttons then curled the ends. I thought the long curls went along with the fun theme.
I used Curious Cryogen paper to stamp and color on today. You can kind of see the paper's shimmer in my picture. Just a few Copics and this little pooch was colored pretty quickly. I grabbed two of my beloved NEW Nesties to frame my images.  I airbrushed BG45 around the edges of the Nesties before removing them from the dies. I used a black Micron Pen to trace the inner edge of the die, to add a little frame. Finished card is 6x6 Square.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Outlines- Birthday Time!

This week the Outline's Team is showing off Birthday cards! Check out what designs the team came up with this week: Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
I inked up this "Sparkle Happy Birthday" image. The Sparkle Series of Stamps are easy and fun to color and of course have a ton of embellishment opportunities.
You can see the Copics I used to color in the above picture. I stamped and cut out a second balloon to "pop" up over the original balloon. 
I added Viva Pearl Pens to embellish - Lilac on the flower centers and Kiwi on the balloon. Along with the pearls, I also added sparkle! I used Topaz Swarovski Crystals (Sizes 5,7,9 and 12) to add a little shine to the design. The striped paper in the background is made up of two different mats, you can see the stripes go both ways horizontally and vertically. The left top corner seemed a little empty, so I added a some little ribbon tabs using a slot punch and then tied them off using some pink Scrapper's Floss.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Baby Fairy Flora

This cute little fairy by Mo Manning just makes me smile! She is so adorable... her name is Baby Fairy Flora. I don't often do cutesy and sweet, but I couldn't resist her! I used SEI's Corrine 6x6 paper pad for the patterned paper on the card. My addiction to using Viva Decor Pearl Pens is full blown, and I can not resist using them on everything I do!! I used Light Green to add the three pearls in the lower left, and then a Salmon Pearl Pen to decorate the edge of the scalloped nestie. 
I added a little ribbon bit through the tag and tied it off using White Scrapper's Floss. I added a teeny bit of sparkly glitter glue around the edges of her wings. Every little fairy needs some glitter! I used a die from Spellbinder's Nested Pennants to cut out the sentiment banner. 
You can see the Copics I used to color the little fairy. After I cut the image out using a circle Spellbinder's die I added a little soft airbrushing around the edges before popping it off the die.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Outlines Spring 2011 Blog Hop

Outlines Spring 2011 Blog Hop! 
Welcome to our very first Blog Hop! The team is thrilled to be showing off some brand new stamps and designs today! We are introducing a newly designed line of images named "Serendipity" and they just scream to be colored! The Design Team Girls each picked an image and we all are sharing something different. To celebrate this new release, we are giving away two gift certificates for $25. You can check out all the new stamps using this link: Serendipity Stamps by Outlines!
Here's how to win:
Please visit each blog and leave a comment for each designer on their Outline's card for this week. Comments need to be in by 8PM on Sunday, April 17th.  Two random winners will be selected from folks that left comments on all the blogs. Winner's will be announced on the Outlines Blog on Monday, April 18th. 
Now... Where and who to go visit:
 The order doesn't matter... just make sure you stop by them all! Happy Hopping!

Now here's my card for today:
I have been in complete Easter mode lately, loving all the cute bunnies! I colored everything with Copic Markers and added a little soft airbrushing for the grass and the sky. I paired it up with paper from Jillibean's Blossom Soup paper pad.... which I am quickly depleting.... the cutest spring papers! I stamped the bunny twice, using the second image to cut out and pop up. I used a chalk pom pom to add a little cotton tail! I added a few small pearl embellishments to the egg, using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

IO Challenge - Encouragement....

The Impression Obsession Challenge this week was to make a card with an Inspiring or Encouraging theme. As always you can play along with the team and have a chance to win some Impression Obsession Cash! You can find all the details about how to play and also find the links to the other team's cards here on the Impression Obsession Blog
I picked a quote sentiment that I thought had an encouraging theme, you know I love the quote stamps.... and am showing off one of my most favorite Cover-a-Card backgrounds "Ornate Floral". I made two cards for today.... I had leftovers and didn't want them to go in the trash! My first card I really had fun with, as the card base and some of the elements were made with my NEW Grand Calibur Machine and Grand Dies. On this card the card base and the middle panel is created with the Grand Creative Book Pages Set. When I was cutting out the card elements I tried to pay attention to the design in the background stamp so the design would be symmetrical.  The ribbon is element is two ribbons together and then a strip of mini pearls on top of them. Love those teensy pearls!
The second card uses the exact same stamps, maybe just a little simpler in design. The black middle panel was created using smaller pieces from the Creative Book Pages Set that were cut down and then paired together to make a panel. I taped the pieces together on the back and then embossed them using a CB folder.... even though you can not see the embossing in the pic. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vellum Fern

This week the Serendipity Design Team has this fun inspiration photo to get the mojo going. Check out what the others created: AmyAnyaand Lynda.You can play in a Serendipity Customer Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate.... Check out the details on the Serendipity Blog.

Here is my finished card.... kinda different. I love quotes and using them in a design for an "any occasion" card. When I saw this big fern stamp, my first idea was to color it and then soften it with a vellum front. I started with White Neenah paper and stamped my image, coloring it with Copic Markers as you see in the below picture. 
After coloring the fern image....   I stamped the quote on the vellum and wrapped the vellum around the fern panel, securing the vellum flaps on the back side. Since the vellum is not taped down anywhere on the front it kind of "floats" in front of the fern, but you can't really tell that in the pic. I added a few simple mats and a ribbon/bow to finish it off.
  •  All stamps by Serendipity Stamps: 998-K Fern Leaf Large, O24-E Hands of Memory
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. Greens, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Vellum, Black
  • Other: Taffeta Ribbon by SU, Copic Markers

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Colors

Over at The Flourishes Blog they are having a Bring Back Beautiful Challenge "BB09" all about Spring Colors. I have been enjoying the Flourishes' Lenten Rose set this past week and decided to color up another image from the set.
I paired the image up with some bright spring paper from Jillibean Soup's Dutch Mustard 6x6 paper pad. I used half of one of the Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Squares to create the coral frame. The die cut was not quite big enough to fit my image so I ended up splitting it in half and extending the length a bit, using a small filler piece in the middle section to cover the open gap.
You can see the Copic Markers I used to color the image in the above picture.
I used a sentiment from the  Hello Hyacinth stamp set in the lower corner. I added Glossy Accents over the vase to give it a glassy finish. The finished card is 5 1/2" square.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Outlines - Spring Sparkle

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card with BLING. See what everyone else created this week: Jeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett
I always love a red, black and white color combo, which is perfect for a ladybug design. There are two ladybug images: Circle Ladybug, which is the bottom layer on my card, and also Flowery Ladybug which I cut away the wings for the top layer.  I used one to for the bottom layer and This week the team is showing off bling on our cards and using a product called Picksey Pick Up's to place the crystals. If you are not familiar with this handy tool you can see a tutorial on how to use them  - Picksey Pick Ups How To!
Easy Peasy coloring for this one... I only used R29 to add the red to the ladybug wings. In the up close and personal picture here, you can see I embellished the wings with Light Siam Size 9 Swarovski Crystals, using Picksey Pick Ups and Glossy Accents to adhere them.  I used a Viva Decor Black Pearl Pen to add some shine to the ladybug's head. On the bottom layer of the ladybug, Rangers White Enamel and a toothpick was used to create the tiny little white polka dots. Under the cut away wings I used Dimensional Silicone to prop them up and keep the bended shape. Finished card measures 5 1/4" square.