Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy 29th....

I adore this sentiment! Makes me laugh every time! These gals are from Art Impressions Girlfriends Line of stamps. Fun scene stamps with fantastic sentiments! Great for making a card for your girlfriends! 
I added a faux layer by coloring the edge black.... tracing the inside of the nestie before I removed it gave me an exact edge to follow when adding the black. I used bright fun colors, choosing the colors from shades in the printed papers.
Several layers went on this one... foam tape in between some of the nestie layers to add dimension. All of the straight line layers I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add a 1/16 edge border. THe card is A2 in size and opens at the bottom tent style. A fun little button and twine bow to finish things off! This card went to a friend, Sue.... who just recently celebrated her 29th... again! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Poppies from Prickley Pear

Monday brings another card for Prickley Pear. You can see what all the girls came up with by popping over to the Prickley Pear Blog
 I can't ever resist a stamp with poppies. My favorite color combo is red, black and white and that goes perfectly with poppies. An easy card with a few simple layers using Nesties. 
 I really really overcolored these flowers. I was not happy at all with how they turned out, too much ink on the paper, and no good blending or shading. But I spent too much time on them to put it in the trash. LOL! 
I used a black Viva Pearl PEn to add the centers in the flowers. I added a liquid pearl and then used a toothpick to add texture. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Liberty Shaker Card

I used the new paper pad from Authentique "Glory" to make this quick shaker card. Hoping everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend! It's hot here in Georgia and it feels like summer is here for sure! If your inside escaping the heat you can shop online at  Impression Obsession and take advantage of the current special... until Memorial Day at midnight Impression Obsession is offering Free SHipping on all orders over $15. Also a free pack of fun Action Wobbles will be put in with each order. 
 Here's a pic of the new die that Impression Obsession recently introduced. This die cuts two frames that match up exactly to IO's shaker pouches. I used the small round shaker pouch for this card, there is also a larger one that matches up exactly to the large frame. Of course you could use these with out the pouches too, just as a frame die. I used one of the new clear sets to double stamp the sentiment inside the shaker. The set is called Let Freedom Ring and it is packed with stamps for Fourth of July or cards for our Troops!

For the shaker frames, I used used two of the same die cut frames, one red and one blue. I layered them so that you could see the red scallops too, I added an ivory scalloped circles underneath. The card is A2 sized and opens tent style at the bottom. I hand cut a fishtail banner and embossed it with a stars embossing folder. I used Perfect Layers Rulers to add 1/16" edge layers to all of the straight line elements. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Floral Thanks...

 Everywhere I look it seems the hot color combo this year is yellow and grey. This paper was in an older (and now retired) Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pad called Togetherness. I stamped the Corner Vase image and cut it down slightly in to a rectangle, you can see the lines of the image extend off the white paper. I think this a great anything/anytime image, quick to color, the flowers can be any color and it is open at the top for any sentiment addition. The Thank You stamp is from a set called Every Day Words Small Horizontal pictured below... any of them would work beautifully with this corner flower stamp.

 Pretty quick and easy to color this one. 
Frame Border: E84, E81, 0 Blender - Flower Centers: E49, E44
Flowers: Y28, Y21, Y26 - Vase: W7, W3
I used Perfect Layer Rulers for my straight line layers and mats on the card. I used foam tape to pop up the image panel. I also used a Memory Box Die "Plush Border" to cut out the design in the polka dot paper, placing a black layer behind the cut out. Memory Box is making some money off me... I can not resist their beautiful dies and am always amazed at how cleanly even their more intricate dies cut. I'm addicted to my new Corner Chomper with the scallop corners too... hard not do it on every card! Card size is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom edge.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Silhouette Flower

Monday again! That means it's time for a Prickley Pear Card. 
Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear Blog to see what other DT Members have posted. 
 I'm addicted to using the Scallop Corner Chomper... and this time instead of the top corners of my card I used it along the bottom corners. Chevron patterns are everywhere right now and I love 'em! This paper is from Basic Grey 6x6 pad What's Up.  
After stamping the silhouette image I cut it out using MFT's Fishtail Flags die and added a small line of peircing around the edges. I airbrushed with the two colors shown and then I used the Copic Fur Technique to give the color a bit of texture. 

After I built the card I embellished with Viva Pearl Pens - I used the Holographic Glitter pen for the glitter. I used the Light Green Pearl Pen to add little pearl embellishments of the flowers... dropping a small crystal in the middle of the pearl while it was still wet. Perfect Layer Rulers to add all the layered mats. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

With Sympathy

Today brings a post for Impression Obsession
The challenge today is to create a card for Sympathy or Encouragement.
Of course you can play along with us and win a gift certificate to shop at IO! Find all the challenge details on the IO Blog
Check out what the ladies cooked up this week:
 Still in to coloring scenes this week....When I first saw this Morning Glories image, I thought this stamp had a nice opening to add a sentiment in to. So I added the sympathy sentiment in the middle, stamping it also in Memento ink. I always stamp the the sentiment first... just in case I stamp crooked then I haven't stamped on to an image that I already spent a lot of coloring time on. 
 Here are the markers I used to color the image. I used only markers to color the background, no airbrushing. On the grey column I used the Copic Fur Technique to add a little texture. I'm pretty sure the sky has never been this color in real life. It was kind of a busy image with all the leaves and flowers, plus a background scene. I did not want to overwhelm the area with a lot of different colors. My goal was to keep it to three main colors... grey, green and gold.... to explain my green sky.

 I wanted to quickly show you how easy it to make the frame I used for the card. 
  • Tape Nestie to card stock, taping on the inside as that is the throw away part.
  • I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to add a 3/16" inch border around the outside of the Nestie, using the edge of the die to put my rulers up against. 
  • After cutting it to a rectangle size, I used the Scallop Corner Chomper to add the corner detail.

 I wanted an additional white layer to the frame. 

  • Glue brown card stock to white paper. 
  • I cut the white layer down to a clean rectangle, using Perfect Layer Rulers, the 1/16" edge. 
  • Next, use the Chomper again in all four white corners.  

The last step is to run it through your Die Cutting Machine... and your have a custom clean edged frame ready to add to the image! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Barn Scene

Today is a post for the Serendipity Stamps Design Team. Our challenge today was to use something old in your stash, or something that has never been used... I did both on my card. 
See what everyone else pulled from their stash to surprise you with today:
Amy -  Kathie - Miriam -  Sue - Jeanne

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 I have really been having fun coloring larger scenes lately. It does take a good bit of time to color something larger, I thoroughly enjoy it! My something old for today is the pattern paper I used... it is OLD... probably about five or six years it has been in my stash, patiently waiting! It is from a company called Diane's Daughter which has been out of business for quite some time. Also this barn stamp had never seen ink. Always feels good to use older stuff from your stash! 
 Above are the Copics I used to color the scene. 
For the sky... B93, B91, B0000, After laying my blue colors down for the sky, I was not really pleased with my blending... it just wasn't as smooth as I wanted, so out came the rag and the Blending Solution and I used the Copic Fur Technique to add a little texture and help conceal my coloring flaws.
 For the dirt ground... I used the E37, E33 and E31. After blending the colors out I came back in with the two darker colors and used the tip of the brush end to make TINY little "dirt" dots. I alos came back in with the blender pen and very briefly dabbed just the tip to the paper removing small spots of color randomly.
For the Barn... I used W7 and W2 for the roof. I wanted it to look streaky and old... like the rain stains and makes the streaks. I did not blend the colors out well because I thought it looked better with more of a contrast between light and dark. I used E11, E15 and E19 for the barn itself... they were the perfect for the color of an old barn, kinda of country reddish brown. 
The label die cuts were sitting on my desk at a skewed angle, I liked how it looked so I placed them that way on the card. You can see I added piercing the brown background mat and hand cut a small ivory layer around it as well. I used a Memeory Box die cut along the bottom edge of the wood grain paper and put some Basic Grey Blue card stock behind it, to show through the openings. This die is called Piestra Tile and I love it, the little pieces jus fall right out after you cut it! I added the layers to my card using Perfect Layer Rulers

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Operation Write Home & Copic Coloring Tutorial

I wanted to share a card today that I made for Operation Write Home. OWH is a fantastic organization! They collect hand crafted cards that we make and send in to them.... they package the cards up and send them overseas to our troops. Our Soldiers then have special hand made cards to use when writing home to their loved ones. 
1,615,628 handcrafted cards have been deployed since 2007!
When creating cards for OWH, they have a few guidelines to take in to consideration. Please visit the OWH Website and find out more!
OWH also features challenges and fantastic tutorials regularly on their Blog as well.
So please be sure and check out the OWH Blog - Stars and Stripes.

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The stamps I used today are from Serendipity Stamps and you can shop online with a special discount code! Shop at Serendipity Stamps and just enter the code "40FROMHIGH" during checkout and you'll get 40% off the single highest priced item in your cart.   Coupon expires Monday May 21, 2012. One coupon per customer. 

I chose this great new image from Serendipity Stamps called Mailbox with Wildflowers. I thought a Miss You sentiment with the mailbox would make a good card for someone to send home. I used pattern paper from an older Basic Grey 6x6 Collection - Marrakech

I stamped the mailbox image on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used a Spellbinder's Rectangle Nestie to cut out the image. After cutting it out, I left the image in the die and used the inside edge of the die as a guide line to add piercing around the edge. I do use a piece of scotch tape to secure it and keep it from slipping in the die.

Above, you can see I added the piercing all the way around the inside edge, then I removed it from the Spellbinder's die. 

First I used YR00 in upwards strokes from the grass line. Working in vertical strokes again I softened the color going upwards using YR0000. To start on the ground I used a combination of YG61, 63 and 67. These are some of my favorite greens for grass/leaves.

I used Y28 on the wheat looking flowers on the left, just barely touching the paper to add a little color to them. I also used Y28 to add a little touch here and there in the grass. C5 and C2 for the rocks and the mailbox. 

Next came the posts and the flowers. The flowers were so small, not much of an area to blend multiple colors, so I just used small dots of the YR's and then smoothed them together using Y19. E23 and E27 for the mailbox posts. 

Final steps in coloring... I used Y28 again and added little touches to the mailboxes, to give them a more weathered outdoorsy look. I smoothed the colors on the mailbox with C2 and C00. I used Y0000 to dab at the grass and the wood posts.... removing color is small spots, giving it a bit of texture. 

The cards for OWH need to all be uniform in size... standard A2, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The white folded card opens at the bottom tent style. The orange strip at the bottom is 1 1/4" x 4 1/4". The blue quilt pattern paper is 4" x 4 1/4". I used a Memory Box die, Meridian Border, to cover the seam where the two papers meet. The pattern papers dont quite reach to the top/bottom of the card base, leaving a small white border exposed. 

I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add small 1/16" layered mats to the image and then framed it with the scalloped rectangle nestie. I popped the image with foam tape and added a few small pearl embellishments. I skipped my usual bow on every card today, due to OWH's suggestion that the cards should not be to bulky for mailing purposes.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prickley Pear - NEW stamps!

Prickley Pear is introducing new sets this week! Today, and the past two days the DT has been showing off new stamps with a blog hop. If you leave a comment you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Prickley Pear Web Shop. The winner will be drawn randomly from one of the blogs. Last day to enter is Monday, the 14th and the winner will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday!

Showing off new designs today:
Jenny (you are here!)

The set I am using today is called Dragonflies 2, but as you can see the set also shows off some new beautiful butterflies.  There are coordinating dies for the butterfly and the dragonfly

 This card is super easy and I think came together really nicely. I love the clean look off the ivory and white. It's always hard for me to remember that having white space and no pattern paper is ok! 
 I used the Prickley Pear Butterfly Die to cut out the black butterfly. I heat embossed the ivory butterfly with the swirls and then cut it out trimming it close to the edge. The ivory die cut is from SPellbinders and is called Lattice Motifs, I thought it may be fussy to die cut with all the openings but it cut out beautifully and all the little pieces fell right out. 
The oval in the center is popped up. I gently curled the butterfly wings and used Dimensional Silicone under the wings to keep the bent and popped up.  added a few gems down the center of the butterfly. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

You're a Classic

 I thought this would make a good Father's Day card or any occasion card for a man. The image is called Worn Shoes and I cut it down from it's original larger size. A super simple lay out for a quick card. After cutting the image down, I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add the additional layers, using the 1/16" edge to layer the image and the sentiment.
 Here are the Copics I used to color the image. I used the 0 Blender pen to dab at the shoes, removing spots of color randomly to help give them a worn look. 
I raised the image and the sentiment with foam tape. I strung the jute string in between the legs of the brads before putting it through the paper. After I had everything in place, I used a hammer to tap on the brads giving them a dented look. On the top of the card corners I used the Cloud Scallop Corner Chomper to add the shaped detail. Finished card is an A2 size and opens tent style at the bottom. 

Monday, May 7, 2012


This fun image "Sprinkler",is part of new release from Serendipity Stamps. This image just made me smile! I can totally remember running through the sprinkler in the hot summer months! I used paper from the popular 6x6 Basic Grey pad Konnichiwa.
I cut the image out using Spellbinder's Labels 22. I pierced around the edge of the inside of the die before removing the image. Around the edges I used Spiced Marmalade (Distress Ink) to add a little color to the edge. I used Y00 to add a soft yellow in the background first before coloring the image.
It's hard to see in the pic but I used a Viva Clear  Glass Gel Pen to over parts of the water to give it a shiny, wet look.  On the banner I used Scor Pal tape to wrap the jute string around, keeping the string in place as I wound it around the paper. Foam tape under the image and banner to pop it up a little bit. Finished card is A2 size. 
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: 1265G Sprinkler, 582K Seasons Set
  • Ink: Distressed Ink Spiced Marmalade (sponged around the edges of Label), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 6x6 paper pad Konnichiwa by Basic Grey, Aqua
  • Other: Spellbinder's Labels 22, Bow Easy Tool, Copics, Jute String, Viva Clear Glass Pen, Misc. Button, Foam Tape, Scor Pal Tape, Corner Chomper, Aqua Viva Pearl Pen

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sweet Summer Days

The Impression Obsession Design Team is showing off the new May Release stamps today! Be sure and check the Impression Obsession Blog to see all the new releases. The new IO Website has been up and running for a little while now... if you have not been by to check it out and maybe do a little shopping, you should totally check it out! The search feature is great and in each category you can click on NEW to see the latest and greatest from IO! 
We all have new stamps to show off today, so hop around and see the latest new designs! 
The stamps I used are in a mini set called Summer Delight.... and ice cream in summer (or anytime) is delightful!!! My card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/4", opening at the bottom, tent style. The front bottom edge is cut a little higher using Spellbinder's Classic Scalloped Edgabilities.
Lots of Copics on this one! I airbrushed the edge while the circle was still in the die using Copic YR31.  I also kept the circle in the die and added the piercing, using the inside of the die edge as a guide. 
I used Spellbinder's Labels 22 to cut out the sentiment, adding a small hand cut ivory layer. I used foam tape in between some of the circles to add a little dimension. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Time for a post for Serendipity Stamps today! 
This week we have a sketch and a theme of using Butterflies to work with. 
What's the special this week? Serendipity Stamps has free shipping on orders over $10.00! The free shipping offer is valid thru May 7, 2012. Shop HERE!
Above you can see our sketch that we were provided... and for once I pretty much followed it! Check out what the other ladies came up with and see it they followed the rules....  Amy -  Kathie - Miriam - Jeanne - Sue
We also have Guest Designer Kris Breach with the team for spring, make sure and stop by her blog to see some great designs with Serendipity Stamps!
My card is A2 size, opening tent style at the bottom. I rounded the top corners using the Corner Chomper. I used just a portion of the image, Queen Anne's Lace, on this card cutting the butterfly and part of the flowers out with a Circle Nestie. I used Spellbinder's Labels 22 as a background layer, it was a little too long, so I cut a section of the middle out and pieced the two halves back together, giving me a shorter shape.
Here are the Copics I used for the inage. I colored the entire background with B0000 and then BG90. After coloring the background I used the fur technique to create the background with the Copic Blending Solution and a rag, giving it a slightly textured finish. I used the same colors for the butterfly and flowers, keeping things really simple. 
I used foam tape in between some of the layers. A few gems to embellish and of course... a bow along the bottom!