Friday, February 29, 2008

Bold Thinking of You - Contest Card

Envis is celebrating 5,000 visits to her blog since she started it on the 6th January and has a challenge for a chance to win some real sweet candy. To take part in the fun, make a card in black and white and ONE other accent colour.

This card is not exactly what I had envisioned but I like the boldness of it and I got to make some more of my Pizzazz buttons! The flowers are SU (Delight in Life) and I stamped them in white and embossed them using seafoam white embossing powder. I hope it's a random winner.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blog Candy Alert

Just a quick post to tell you my Darling Daughter, who is new to blogging has some awesome sweets up for grabs. If you haven't visited stop by and say hi and be sure to put your name in for these yummy treats. Kathy's blog

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bread Anyone?

I baked all day, no not really but I did play. How do you like my coaster basket. The basket takes 8 coasters. I saw a tutorial over on Korin's blog for a dual coaster basket and it sparked an idea.

I changed several things. I was going for a more elegant basket so I chose to tag the middle using 1" double stick beading tape. I chose that due to the extreme tackiness of it. Instead of cutting the paper in 4" squares I did a continueous 8" piece. The project only took a single sheet of 12X12 paper. For the scallop on the long edges I cheated and traced the lip of an 8" envelope which worked out perfectly . I then used some cheap scallop scissors to finish it off. Also, I don't own a Crop-Dile and since no one is giving them away as blog candy I improvised by using a regular old standard paper punch. I am thrilled at how it turned out. Would this look pretty on a Holiday table?

Stamps - Holiday Treats PaperTrey
Basket Weave Paper - Daisy D's (3204)
Ivory Linen (Inside)
ColorBox- Chestnut Roan chalk ink, Black
Ribbon - Thank you Brother

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bloom Brightly with Button Pizzazz Tutorial

The card colors were inspired by the ribbon. I picked it up at Michaels some time ago and have been itching to use it. I bet your wondering if I used the whole spool to make card, well NO but I did use lots of little pieces!! The card was created to share with my embossing friends. I started to create it and then discovered I had NO matching button to pull the card off. Being snowed in what's a gal to do? I made my own and you can too. I put together a quick step by step to share with all. I hope you enjoy and it is something new to you. Go easy on me this is my first TUTORIAL!

Lasting Impression Templates - scallop edge (B245), scallop circle (L979), straight edge (B258), Flower (L528), Poppy Red paper.
Cardstock SU - Lime Green & Mustard
Stamp - Great Impressions (D268)
Copic Marker YG07 (acid green)
Button Joann Essentials
Inks - Versamark inkpad, Fresh Green Versa color, Black
Ranger - Holographic embossing powder
Ribbon - Michael's
Pop Dots glue

Sunday, February 24, 2008

How about a Flashback

I was busy cleaning my stamp room from yesterday's projects which took me most of the day but I did manage to make one girly girl card for this weeks challenge at A Stamping When I Can. I thought this stamp made for a fun whimsical card. This is another stamp I just had to buy at a convention a few years ago and had never inked until today. I have decided to attempt to use more of the forgotten stamps this year! This will more then likely take more then a year though. I am horrible at purging the older ones. I guess it is a security thing, afraid I will need it some day to finish off that perfect card. Does anyone else have that problem?

On too todays card "You Rock" stamp is from Amuse, Girl is from Just for Fun, the triangle I made from scraps of rubber and so is the odd shaped rectangle, the other stamp is from Stamps by Judith. I used my Copic and Prisma Markers to color it in.
Inks are Colorbox teal, and SU pink. Paper is white basic stock and linen teal, Brazill pink A pretty basic but fun share I hope you like it.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Dog For All Seasons

Today I started out with the agenda of cleaning my craftroom THEN I came across a set of "My Favorite Things" stamps that had not been inked yet. The rest is history and I'm afraid my craftroom is too! I now need the clean house sweep people to come and but my room back together.

So my share today, has literally gone to the dogs, "Walking the Dogs" that is. Using
MFT "By the Seashore" I created a scene for all seasons because we all know a dogs got to be walked no matter what the weather is. I hope you like. Do you have a favorite?

Stamps:MFT "By the Seashore"MFT's "It's A Shower"Autumn Wishes not sure lost on my worktable!Trees Winter Rubber StampedeAutumn Tree Judith

Cardstock: Plain white, linen white, DCWV Spring matt stack, misc pattern and linen papers

Circle Punch 3/4"Velcro circle cut

Inks: Not sure what I didn't use!

Cloud Stencil

Dollar store brads, stickers,button LI

Thread, Sewing machine - Spring & Fall Cards

Glitter, Glue, and embossing powder clear

Cuttlebug snow embossing

Fiskars Dots embossing plate

Friday, February 22, 2008

What's Shakin'

Just playing with my new Copic Markers still learning shading. Thought I would share and get some thoughts & tips from those of you that use them regularly.


Peachy Keen Chick stamp

See D's Whats Shaking

Paper DCWV

Polka Dot strip is a sticker- unknown

Cuttlebug Dots folder

Black Ink

Clear Embossing Powder

Prima flowers

black brads

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Girl can Dream

Todays weather is frigid here in Ohio and expecting a considerable amount of snow over night. I am so ready for SPRING. Even though I am not a normal pastel person I compromised by using darker pastels, deep melon and darker lime green and lots of layers. I distressed the edges of lime before mounting, other then that nothing really special about the card except isn't that chick the cutest!

Chick -Peachy Keen
Spring- Firecracker Designs by Pamela
Lime is old SU stock
Melon, Yellow Paper Lasting Impressions
Black Ink
Snaps Making Memory
Ribbon Michaels
Watercolor Pencils

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Bleached Cougar

Today I started off knowing I had a couple of girly girl swap cards to make and wound up making this card. Go FIGURE! I also totally forgot I had to take the hubby to have 1/2 his teeth removed so 5 hours of sitting in a dentist office killed my creativity.

I almost did not share this card but thought I would because it uses a couple of techniques that are fun and make for a quick card. To create I first using a versmark stamped the image onto black linen stock then embossed it with black embossing powder. Once embossed I got out the bleach and brushed it on to the cougar. I colored it in using Twinkling H2O's adds a nice shimmer to image. Secondly, I made a faux leather background to mount it on. I accomplished this by taking a piece of linen mustard stock and saturating it with water then wadding it into a ball, squeezing out excessive water, lying it out to dry flat. Simple huh?


Stamp - Sugarloaf


Twinkling H2O's

Linen card stock Black & mustard

Ribbon -tweed brown Joann's

Ribbon Buckle Making Memories

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stampin' When I can Challenge

This weeks theme on Allison's blog is Trees. I'm in a bit of a stamping slump so a challenge is just what I needed. I have had this tree stamp for awhile and thought it was perfect for this challenge. Last time I used my sewing machine I left it on and of course when I went to sew around edges the bulb was not only burned out but shattered and was all over the cabinet so I decided to wing it and sewed the edges without thread! It then looked a little too plain so I highlighted with white marker. I used my new Copic markers to color it in.
I hope I linked this right, it's a first for me. I think it will make for a nice Spring Birthday card.


K69 Tree Great Impressions

4103C Row of Birds Amuse

8456B Happy Bird-day Amuse

Ribbon Michaels

Button - Joann's

Feeling FLowery

Nothing like making a ton of flower cards to beat the winter blues. Can you tell I am so ready for spring! I had a bunch of templates laying out from the other day and as I was putting them away this moring the idea for this card popped into my head. The paper and templates are all Lasting Impressions. The card was simple to make and finished measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.


Banana and Willow LI Paper

L9464 - Doodle Template

L9133- Leaf

Cuttlebug Floral Folder

Buttons ??

Monday, February 18, 2008

Funky Flower Monday

When ever I'm in a funk, like today I pull out one of my favorite fun sets and stamp! This set is so fun and just brings a smile to my face when I use it. It's a good funk buster!
Supplied Used: Cuttlebug Dots Embossing folder , Stamps are a Hero Arts set LL869 (may be discontinued),
paper used on flowers Reminisce (Sweet Pea), Black Ink, Clear embossing powder, markers, polka dot ribbon for accent.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Elegant Mother's Day card

I have several projects going in my craftroom and came across this plastic bag I had received a gift in and couldn't bring myself to throwing it away. I just had to stop the presses and put it to use.


Clear gift bag, Brazzil blue paper, Colorbox French blue chalk ink, SU stamp, scallop and circle punch, pearl beads, Prima flowers, misc. ribbons and greenery, pop dots and Scribbles 3D paint.

Quick Manly Man Birthday Card

It is so hard to make a guy card that isn't cutesy or have an animal theme to it. What kind of card do you make for that rustic guy that isn't into hunting, camping? I came up with this card that I think would be suitable for almost any man and the best part is it's quick to make.


I used DCWV paper, circle punches, sandpaper, sewing machine. Wording is a See D stamp.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Kathy's Something Old Challenge

I made this card for Kathy's challenge to use something old, and this card fits the bill.  The rose stamp is one I picked up at a garage sale some years ago.  It is actually one of my favorite rose stamps but has no manufacturer on it.  I paired it up with a Hero Arts word stamp that I thought was so fitting of the card.  Now for real old, the rivets used to attach wording to the card front are a gift I received when I first started stamping some years ago as are the corner brads used on the rose image.  The background was created using CHF linen inked in Colorbox sky blue and dune inks.  I did have to cheat and use my new Copic Markers to color the rose.  Still a newbie with these markers so forgive any imperfections!

Friday, February 15, 2008

I am on a Mailbox Frenzy

They are so darn fun to play with I just can't stop making them. My mother picked up more pink mailboxes at Target which are all now marked down to .50 cents so I had to find a use for pink. I just got some baby templates and had to play with with. All paper and templates are Lasting Impressions. They are lots of fun to make and direction are all over the net for making them. If you can't find directions and want to make some email me and I will find a link for you.

My Daughter Rocks!

Yesterday I received the most AWESOME no INCREDIBLE Valentine from her. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the neatly wrapped package inside was a SET of 24 Copic Markers am I loved or what! She also made all sorts of goodies. A coaster that is beautiful and overfilled with all my favorite candies and such creatively wrapped. Along with the candy she made me some homemade raspberry marshmellows that are to die for. You can find the recipe on her blog along with closeups of all the goodies she sent go take a peek but you can't have her she is MINE! I am one LUCKY mom.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I've got your Number

I made these address books for gifts and all of them were well received. You might have guessed they are all made from coasters and the templete can be for in Maya Road creative corner! The hardest part of making this project is deciding what color to make for whom. If you decide to make one be sure to share them with me.
I submitted this project to a contest that Peata was having and to my surprize WON!
List of Supplies
Lasting Impressions software
Lasting Impression Template (telephone)
Lasting Impressions Paper
PDF page inserts
Double stick tape
Rub on letters
3D crystal Lacquer
Tiny flower punch
1" Book Rings
Misc. Ribbons
4x4 Coasters
standard hole punch
Basic Directions
Glue front and back paper to coaster. Punch 3 holes and use it as a template to punch individual address pages. Decorate front panel.Print address pages and punch holes. Punch out flowers add lettering coat letters with lacquer for durability and glue to small tab. Insert into page and glue pages shut. Install rings and decorate with ribbon to complete.
You get a front and back page on the PDF. To make 2 pages on a sheet of 8 ½ x 11. Print two copies. Lie a front and back side by side with about 1/8" gap (to allow for fold) between them. You will then have an upper and a lower complete set. Use this as your master and run off copies. Cut out and fold left to right. They will look like pocket insert tab and glue them shut. For the tabs I used a flower punch and doubled up on them glued a front and back together so they look good from both the front and back of book. If you used solid paper it wouldn’t be needed. I took some scraps of paper left and just glued flowers to them to create tab to insert into pages.

More MailBoxes

I loved this paper and apparently my mother did too. She stopped over the other day and just had to have this one. The monkey and hearts are Lasting Impressions Template, Love is Spellbinder die. Since it only require a 4" strip from a sheet of 12 X 12 . I used the extras to create matching card and a post-it coaster note pad holder to match.

Mailbox Fever

I picked these mailboxes at Target to decorate for Valentine's Day. I used mostly Lasting Impressions papers and templates to create them. Ribbon is from Joann's. They were so much fun and easy to make.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It's official

I finally decided to take the plunge and start a blog to share and inspire others with some of my talents. I have seen so many inspiring blogs on the net that I debated even starting one but decided to give it a go, besides my daughter has one so I couldn't allow her to jump in by herself. Be sure to check her blog out. She is an awesome stamper just like mom! You can find her blogging here