Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Flower Garden

This was a fun card to make and pretty quick to put together.  I loved this DP by Making Memories (Vintage Findings) for the bright colors, texture and glossy finish (which was hard to photograph without the flash creating hotspots).  Because the DP is so bold, it really didn't need much in terms of a stamped image so I selected Papertrey Ink's "Garden of Life" set for the floral images and for the butterfly.  I thought these flowers coordinated well with the flowers in the paper.

I used the rock n' roll technique for stamping the flowers to add some depth and interest to the images and try to pick up the same colors.  For the butterfly, I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch with the same flower stamped image.  I coated it in Versamark and then heat embossed using SU Irridescent Ice EP to sparkle it up.  I used my Nesties Labels 9 dies to cut out the image panel and then distressed the edges with SU Soft Suede ink.  Both Stampin' Up and EK Success scallop border punches were used to edge the top panels in Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede SU In Colors.  I finished it off with Regal Rose ribbon to pick up the pink in the DP. 

Thanks for peeking in to view my creations!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Flutter By Butterfly

This is a quick birthday card I made up for a friend at work.  My inspiration for the colors was taken directly from the DP - Basic Grey's Indian Summer series.  The three main colors are Stampin' Up In Colors - Rich Razzleberry, Curry and Dusty Durango.  Before adherring my elements to the Razzleberry cardstock, I spritzed the card with a mix of SU champagne shimmer paint with 70% alcohol.  You can see a bit of the shimmer that gave to the base card.  I used this on the butterfly images to add a bit of sparkle there too.

The butterfly stamp is from SU Great Friend and I stamped it on the inner color ink first (from top: Curry, Durango, Melon Mambo) and then rocked and rolled the edges on the Razzleberry inkpad before stamping on Whisper White cardstock.  I punched the butterflies out using my SU square punch but using different angles for some interest so they looked like they were fluttering by.  Each butterfly square was then mounted on Durango cardstock and popped up with dimensionals.  The Curry cardstock was punched using a Martha Stewart punch which I thought coordinated really well with the DP design.

Thanks for fluttering by my blog!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Candy Anyone?

Doesn't this just make your mouth water?  It should - especially if you're a Cosmo Cricket fan like me.  Just look at all that paper and the buttons - who doesn't love buttons?  Well now is the time to head on over to Kadie's In My Minds Eye Creations blog to get the details on how to win this wonderful candy (that is if I don't win it first!).  Just click the link I provided and it will take you there.  The winner will be chosen April 22.  Oh and while you're there, take a peak at the pretty cards Kadie has posted.  She's a very talented lady.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


The peanut gallery at work will love the title of this blog post - it'll remind them of the dog "Doug" in the movie Up.  But you're not here for that....let's get on to the card!

I have to admit that I made this card last fall and have never posted it.  Such a shame because I like this card - something to do with the colors and the coloring of the image itself.  The image is a digital stamp from Mo Manning's creations that can be found here.  I love her work and this one is a favorite of mine. 

I started by coordinating the Copic marker colors for the image with the background paper that I wanted to use from Cosmo Cricket.  I use my Spellbinders Nestibilities dies to cut out the image and the background panel. 

Thanks for taking a peak at my work!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Good Grief Charlie Brown

My brother loves all things Charlie Brown and Snoopy so I grabbed this stamp knowing I'd use it in a card for him.  I colored the image using my Copic markers and cut it out using my Nestibilities Labels 2 dies.  For the background polka-dot panels, I stamped them using a background stamp from a My Favorite Things stamp set and also randomly colored in the dots with the same copic markers as the main image panel.  The color background panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jeans Day

I made this card for a co-worker's birthday who always appreciates my handiwork.  When he got this one he remarked that I always make the "coolest cards".  He framed the card I gave him last year for his son's room - it was a Detroit Tigers themed card. 

Well this year I went for a jeans theme.  This is one of my favorite stamps from Judikins.  I stamped it using SU Buckeroo Blue ink on Buckeroo cardstock and stamped it twice.  The second one I used to cut out the pocket only and mounted it on the other stamped image and punched two brads at the top corners of it.

For the hankerchief, I used a SU paisley stamp on Real Red cardstock and embellished it with my white gel pen.  The twine belt was threaded through the belt loops by cutting small slits on each belt loop sides.  The word stamp is from AMuse.

I dressed up the inside by using another pocket with a tag insert that says have a great birthday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Judikins "Jeans 1701J", AMuse
Cardstock:  SU Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Buckaroo Blue; PTI Enchanted Evening
Ink:  SU Buckeroo Blue, PTI Enchanted Evening

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Trendy Trees

Just a quick post with a card I did a couple months ago for a colleague that was retiring.  The DP is Cosmo Cricket "Want S'More?" and I love this paper from the moment I saw it.  The colors are my favorite thing but it's also a great paper for guy cards, which this was.  I also thought Stampin' Up Trendy Trees stamp set went perfectly with the paper.  I like that set too - quick and easy to put a card together with these stamps and the paper.  To add a bit of interest without using ribbon and other girly accessories, I stitched around the edge of the main panel of the card and the image panel.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Stamps:  SU Trendy Trees, AMuse Happy Retirement
Paper:  SU Mellow Moss, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Cosmo Cricket
Ink:  SU Mustard, Ruby Red, Cocoa, Moss
Accessories:  Rhinestones, Corner rounder punch

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Got Milk?

I crack up every time I see this digital image from Mo Manning. Isn't he the cutest with his cheeks so puffy with all the food in them?

There are so many darling digital images from the talented Mo at Digital Pencil Too, her online store.

I never thought I'd like digital stamps but I really like them for several reasons - you can size them to whatever size your project calls for, you can instantly use them after you download them with no waiting for that pesky mail. (Really I'm not that impatient - only when it involves new stamps or card making supplies!)

This image was fun to color using my Copic markers. I cut out the image and layered them on the card. To make the little critter stand out, I colored a second image of him and cut out the top half of his "body" and popped it with a dimensional.

The cardstock and pattern papers are all from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For My Hilly

This digital image from Mo Manning is a totally accurate depiction of my daughter Hilary (Hilly). So when I saw this I knew it would be perfect for her.

I just love the carefree, relaxed, day-dreamy look. I can imagine the words "whatever..." rolling off her lips like my Hilly says when absorbed in her own important thoughts!

I colored the image with Copic markers and edged the image panel with my copper metallic marker. The background swirls are Papertrey Ink as well as the embossed daughter stamp at the bottom. Stampin Up cardstock was used - Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel and PTI Enchanted Evening blue.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Monday, March 15, 2010

To Give You A Lift

I made this card for my dad when he was in the hospital a couple months ago. I loved the paper because it reminded me of colors my dad wears. Both the stripe and pattern papers used here are from S.E.I. and have metallic copper accents that make them glimmery - hard to see in this photograph.

The stamps are from Papertrey Ink - Button Bits. I use this stamp set a lot - it makes a quick image and let's face it, who doesn't love buttons especially when used like this?

The cardstock used is PTI Enchanted Evening (blue), Stamping Up Really Rust and Creamy Caramel. Buttons are Stampin' Up!

My Wonderful Grandmother

I just had to post this picture of my Grammy who just turned 90 years old last month. All her grandchildren surprised her by gathering together in Florida for her birthday.

I hope I have her genes - doesn't she look great?!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Celebrating Jenny

So, last night I practically pulled an all-nighter working on updating my blog look. I found this wonderful background and template from Leelou Blogs - I just love it. It comes with the post separators, header, layout and design and was very easy to install.

So while I was on a blog-roll, I thought I'd upload several cards that never made it out of my camera. And this card is one of them.

I made this card for my sweet niece Jenny and it reminds me of her. There is a picture of her sitting like this with "Grandpa" when she was younger. She was just the cutest darn thing. So when I saw this stamp from High Hopes, I thought it was perfect for the occasion.

I colored the image with my Copic markers, cut it out, along with the other High Hopes images used here, then popped them with dimensionals.

Jenny really appreciates the cards I make and I don't think this one disappointed her. Love you Jenny!