"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ODBD Challenge 19 - Bookmarks

Here I am racing again to make the deadline for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge!   This time the challenge is to make a bookmark, something that I have never done before.  But what comes to my rescure today, but my Splitcoaststampers WeeklyInkling newsletter with an article on how to make a bookmark!  Yay!!!!  I recently got a 6x6 pad of super yummy Cosmo Cricket DeLovely patterned paper.  I paired it with PTI's white and raspberry fizz cardstocks.  The yellow cardstock is from SU! (yoyo yellow, I believe.)   The stamp is from the ODBD set Grow in Grace, which has fast become one of my very favorite ODBD sets.  I finished the bookmark with a DeLovely chip sticker.  My picture is a little wonky because it was hard to take a photo of it actually positioned on the pages of a book.

Thanks for taking a peek.....

Supplies:   Cardstock:  PTI White & Raspberry Fizz; PP:  Cosmo Cricket DeLovely;  Embellishments:  DeLovely chip sticker; white silk ribbon; EK Success bracket punch; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Labels 3 dies

Monday, June 28, 2010

DeNami Summer Theme #2

Back with my 2nd card for the DeNami Design theme challenge:   Summer!  I also made this card for the current SCS CAS challenge to use the colors of Pumpkin Pie, Certain Celery & Bashful Blue.  I wanted to make a card using all three of the drink stamps from the set and here it is.  I had wanted to put a sentiment on the card underneath the drinks, but got so intent on making sure the embossing came out right that I forgot all about the sentiment.  Oh well... 

Thanks for taking a look....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI White; SU! Pumpkin Pie; Certain Celery & Brocade Blue; Ink:  SU! Pumpkin Pie, Certain Celery & Brocade Blue; Cuttlebug, dot embossing folder; Prisma pencils & blender pencil.

DeNami Design Theme Challenge #2 - Summer

A super quick card I made for the current DeNami Design theme challenge, summer.  I used DeNami's cute little set of tropical drinks for the card, as well as some Stampin Up! designer paper.  The card layout is based on the current clean&simple sketch, FTL 96.   I simply cut the dp to fit the card front, matted it with cardstock and adhered to the card front.  I stamped one of hte cute little drinks on white cardstock with Tuxedo Black ink, colored it with several different Prisma pencils and the blender pencil and it was trimmed out.  The sentiment from Close to my Heart was stamped in Tuxedo Black and the little drink attached to the card front. 

Thanks for taking a look!   Will be back later with a 2nd card for the challenge. 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Hawaiian Shores; Stampin Up! Old Olive; Stampin Up! DP; Ink Memento Tuxedo Black; Stamps:   DeNami Design Tropical Drinks set; Sentiment:  Close to My Heart; Prisma Pencils

Saturday, June 26, 2010

ColourQ 38 & 4 Butterflies

Finally got a card done for the current ColourQ challenge.  I was feeling pretty mojo-less this week and just couldn't seem to come up with any good ideas for the lovely color combo Arielle debut on Tuesday.  On Monday a box of goodies had arrived from Creative Play Stamps (lightening fast delivery, too, as I had only placed my order on Friday evening, I think! Check them out as you can sign up to get monthly coupons and they always have new stuff discounted.) and with it came this cute stamp Little Butterfly from Hero Arts.  I had already used it once this week on another card, but last night it hit me:  it was perfect for an idea I had for ColourQ. 

Using each color I stamped the butterfly twice.  One image was punched out using my SU! 1 3/4 circle punch and the 2nd image just had the wings trimmed out.  I also did a bit of rock n' rolling with the 2nd image.  I decided to match up the Riding Hood Red (my favorite red!  so glad SU! is bringing it back!) with the Pumkin Pie and the Kiwi Kiss with the Bordering Blue (I don't have Bordering Blue ink so I used VersaMagic Aegean Blue, which is a good match).  Using my SU! scalloped circle punch I punched out circles of corresponding cardstock and then layered everything up as you see it.  I kept the cardstock based plain white so the colors could really pop!

Thanks for taking a peek.  Hope you are having a good weekend.  Its sunny here, finally, in western Washington, yay!!!  Looks like summer has finally arrived!

Supplies:   Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie & Bordering Blue; Ink:  SU! Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss & Pumpkin Pie; VersaMagic Aegean Blue; Punchs:  SU! 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Paper Play Challenge 25 and a Little Extra

I recently took a look at the PaperPlay challenge blog after my fellow blogging friend, Heather Maria, became a design team member.  I got the chance to make a card for this week's challenge... to make something that includes the sun.  I had recently stepped a little outside my box and purchased the Hero Arts set: Kiss from the Sun.  It is a really cute set and while a little outside my comfort zone, I'm glad that I got it!   I actually made two cards with it.  The card for the PaperPlay challenge (the 1st card) and a little extra (the 2nd card). 

Both cards were also made using patterned papers from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop 8x8 pad.  Love that paper! So cute and perfect for what I wanted to do.  I kept things pretty simple for my first outing with this set.  But did do some paper piecing.  And I added a bit of eyelet lace to the dress of the second card.  I love how it turned out!   Now that I have gotten my "feet wet" with this set, I'm excited about all the possibilities the set holds!

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI kraft; SU! white and soft sky; Ink:  Memento Bahama Blue, Dandelion & Pear Tart; SU! Soft Sky & Close to Cocoa; PP:  October Afternoon Thrift Shop; Crystal Stickles; Eyelet lace; Stamps:  Kiss from the Sun; Cloud DB - Hero Arts 

Hope Your Day....

A card today for the current CAS-tastic challenge (CWC009) to use blue, yellow and a neutral.  I had this little kite already stamped on some October Afternoon Thrift Store pp that fit the challenge perfectly.  The card layout is based on the current SCS CAS challenge.   The kite stamp comes from the {Stamps}of Life set Kites2Fly.   I used a sentiment from the SU! set Flight of the Butterfly for the tail of the kite.  The Kites2Fly set includes some little clouds and one of these days I'm going to remember to use them!

Thanks for taking a peek!  As the sentiment says: hope your day is as happy as happy gets!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Not Quite Navy; yellow; PP - October Afternoon Thrift Store; Stamps:  {Stamps}of Life Kites2Fly; SU! Flight of the Butterfly; Ink:  Prussian Blue - Ranger Nick Bantock Col.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WMS Sketch Challenge #3

Another quick post, this time a card for the current Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch challenge (WMSC3).  Today is the first time I have managed to get my card done the day before the challenge closes!  Maybe next week I can get it done two days before!!!   Anywhoo.... another lovely sketch was provided for our enjoyment.    I had thought I might combine the sketch with a color challenge, but ended up taking a few steps out of my box (ie comfort zone) and came up with my own color combo.  When I was all finished, I was really quite happy with what I had chosen.  I used some yummy Cosmo Cricket Material Girl papers as my jumping off point, threw in some colors from SU! and PTI and mixed them all up!   A bit o' distressing was done on this card and I had to laugh when I realized just how much it looked like the card I had made the JUGs challenge (see this post here)!   I used a stamp from WMS Very Vintage Labels 4 set and stamps from the Taylored Expressions set  CreativiTea (the teapot and sentiment).

Two posts in one night!  That's a little much.  Anyway..... thanks for taking a peek!   And as the Head Mousetress herself, Claire, would say:  "hope it tickles"!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Baja Breeze; PTI Vintage Cream; PP:  Cosmo Cricket Material Girl; Ink:  SU! Groovy Guava & Baja Breeze; Stamps:  WMS Very Vintage Labels 4; Taylored Expressions CreativiTea; Ribbon:  PTI Melon Berry; Button:  SU! Baja Breeze cord button; twine - May Arts; Spellbinders Labels 4 dies; Fiskars Upper Crust punch

JUGs 38 - Pink & Brown

A quick post about my card for the current JUGs challenge.  The challenge this week is a color challenge:  pink, brown and vanilla.   I have been feeling mojo-less for the last few days and to get things restarted I decided to combine the JUGs challenge with the current PaperCrafts Connection sketch challenge #4.   Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the sketch.  As I thought about what I paper I would use for the card I thought about some old SU! DP that I have that was perfect for the challenge.  I don't even remember the name, just that it was pink, brown and vanilla.    I used Nesties Labels 9 dies and a cute new stamp from Hero Arts called Little Butterfly.  The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions set CreativTea.    Did some sponging/distressing on the edges of the die cut piece, as well as on the patterned paper.  The butterfly was stamped in Close to Cocoa on the die cut piece and then in Pretty in Pink on a scrap of cream cardstock.  Just the wings were cut out and popped up on top of the brown image.  

I finished the card with some vintage seam binding (I actually bought it at an antique store, it is from the 70s) that I crinkled up by getting it wet and wadding into a loose ball.  A SU! cord button was added to the center.  

Thanks for taking a peek. 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Vintage Cream; Patterned Paper:  SU! DP; Ink:  SU! Pretty in Pink; Close to Cocoa; Dies: Spellbinders Labels 9 dies; EK Success punch; SU! Word Window punch; Talon pink seam binding; SU! cord button

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hydrangea Blue

Its a rainy afternoon here in the Pacific Northwest, leaving most of us wondering if summer will ever come!  A perfect day though to stay inside and make some cards.  So far I have gotten one done.... a card for the current Play Date Cafe' challenge (PDCC34), to use black and white with blue. I  just love the photo they provided for inspiration!  For my card I decided to use a sketch from Clean & Simple and a couple of stamps from Hero Arts, Hydrangea & French Writing with Butterfly. 

I stamped the French Writing with Butterfly on PTI's white cardstock using Prussian Blue ink (Nick Bantock col. from Ranger) and then stamped the Hydrangea over the top with Close to My Hearts black ink.  I stamped the flower portion of the hydrangea on white cardstock with the Prussian Blue ink, trimmed it out and then popped it up over the first image with foam dimensionals.  I did a bit of distressing on the edges of the white cardstock and the dark blue cardstock I used as a mat.  I cut a piece of black cardstock to fit the front and then punch one long edge with my Apron Lace punch.   The edges were distressing and white satin ribbon from the Stamp Simply Ribbon store was tied around it.    

Thanks for taking a peek.  Hope you had a sunnier weekend then I did!

Supplies:  Stamps:  Hero Arts - Hydrangea & French Writing w/Butterfly; cardstock:  PTI white; True Black & Enchanted Evening; Ink:  Prussian Blue - Ranger; Black - Close to My Heart;  Satin ribbon:  May Arts; Punch - Fiskars Apron Lace

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flying High

Since October of last year I have been getting stamps from The {Stamps}of Life through their monthly club.  The stamps are clear stamps and all the sets are super cute.  The brains and creativity behind The {Stamps} of Life is Stephanie Barnard who is an absolute sweetie pie!  The set for June called Kites2Fly is super duper cute and I couldn't wait to make something with it!  When I saw the current sketch from Clean & Simple, FTL95 I knew immediately that I was going to use Kites2Fly for the sketch.  I stamped the kite on white cardstock and then again on patterned paper from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop 8x8 pad and did some paper piecing.  I hand drew the kite string, pierced the cardstock and then hand stitched the kite string with DMC floss.  I finished off the kite string by sewing on 3 tiny buttons.   I assembled the card and then used some more of the DMC floss to tie around the card.  I love how it turned out!

Thanks for taking a peek, I so appreciate those of you who take the time to leave me a comment!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI White & kraft; PP:  Thrift Shop October Afternoon; Stamps:  The {Stamps} of Life Kites2Fly; SU! Scalloped border punch; DMC floss

In Stitches Challenge #10

I decided to give Jenny's current In Stitches challenge being sponsored by DeNami Designs, one of my favorite stamp companies, a go!  I used a recently purchased DeNami stamp, Large Flower Spray, for my card along with some SU! cardstock I had out to make another card.  I also used some patterned paper from the DCWV mat stack Garden Whimsy.  The colors are pretty fun and bright.  I stamped the image using SU!'s Certain Celery image on white cardstock and then the flower portion on Cameo Coral cardstock with Cameo Coral ink.   I pierced the stems and leaves of the first image and then stitched them using a light green DMC floss.  The Cameo Coral flowers were cut out and popped up on the card.  Did some matting using the patterned paper and additional cardstock. 

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Cameo Coral & Certain Celery; Ink:  SU! Certain Celery; Fresh Ink Capri Blue; Stamps:  DeNami Designs Large Flower Spray; CTMH Treasure Life set; Floss - DMC light green and light blue; Kaiser light blue rhinestones; DCWV Garden Whimsy mat stack; SU! Scalloped Border punch

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pursue Happiness

Finally got a chance to make a card for the current Taylored Expressions, TESC117, sketch challenge.   I used the colors from the current Color Throwdown, CTD97.   The Color Throwdown colors this week are Night of Navy, Certain Celery and Cameo Coral.  I paired them with PTI's Vintage Cream as my neutral.

I also used the TE set Discover Your Wings set for the card.  It is a set that I need to use more.  The butterflies are what got me when I first saw it.  The set has some of the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen!  The patterned patter is from the DCWV mat stack Garden Whimsy.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps:  TE - Discover Your Wings; Ink:  SU! Cameo Coral & Certain Celery, PTI - Enchanted Evening; Cardstock:  PTI: Vintage Cream, SU! Night of Navy; PP:  DCWV Garden Whimsy mat stack; Ribbon:  SU! Certain Celery Twill ribbon; blue rhinestones

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

3 Challenges, 1 Difficult Card

This shouldn't have been as hard as it turned out to be, but I guess that is because I committed myself to a path and wasn't going to move from it.  It all started with my choice to use several shades of Bazzill green cardstock for the card.  You see, the current ODBD challenge ODBDSLC17 is a monochromatic color challenge to use either yellow, green or blue or you could use all three. I should have gone with that option!  Anyway, I also wanted to use my new Fern & Fiddles stamp set from Flourishes that I won last week for the card so green it was.  The 2nd challenge element is provided by FTTC71:  to use embossing on your card.   And for the last challenge, Waltzingmouse Stamp sketch challenge #2, WMSC2, to use this lovely sketch:   

So, I stamped and embossed and stamped and embossed some more, but still was not satisfied.  I put it down to my cardstock choice (see above).  Bazzill is great cardstock, but not the best choice for stamping.  Live and learn.   And so there it is:  3 challenges; 1 difficult card!  Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - White; Bazzill - Green; Ink:  Ranger Bundled Sage Distress Ink; Stamps: Flourishes Ferns & Fiddles, Waltzingmouse Stamps - Very Vintage Labels 10; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Labels 10 dies; Cuttlebug Birds & Vines embossing folder; EKSuccess English Ivy border punch

ColourQ 37 and a Big Flower!

Can I just tell you how happy I am I found the ColourQ challenge?  Really happy!  Arielle, the creative gal behind this blog, really knows how to find some fantastic inspiration for each of her color challenges.  This week is no exception.   Take a look at these yummy colors: 

Like my Hero Arts flickr group friend, Heather Maria, I'm fascinated/in love with the Hero Arts Big Flower cling!   The stamp is just so beautiful and there are so many different ways you can use it.  I stamped the flower in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Vintage Cream cardstock and then sponged the flower with SU!'s Cameo Coral and Ruby Red inks.  Both these colors are being retired by SU! and I'm pretty bummed as I really like both.  But, I'm thankful that I have the ink pads, reinkers and cardstock.  I don't have Always Artichoke ink, so I used the new Ranger Forest Moss distress ink which is fairly close to Always Artichoke for the leaves which are from the PTI set Friends til the End set.    The patterned paper is from October Afternoon's Thirft Store 8x8 pad. 

Thanks for taking a peek today and I hope that you will click on the link for ColourQ and check them out.  I also need to give a shout out to Arielle for picking my cards for the Colour Queen Courtiers 3 weeks in a row!!!  Thanks, Arielle!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - Vintage Cream; SU! Ruby Red; PP - October Afternoon Thirft Shop; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Ruby Red & Cameo Coral; Ranger Forest Moss distress ink; Stamp:  Hero Arts Big Flower cling; Kaiser rhinestones

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Enjoy Every Moment

The current monthly challenge on the Hero Arts blog is to make a summer fun/July 4th card or to use a color layering technique.   I have had this idea for a summertime card rolling around for awhile and finally got a chance to make the card.   What says summer more than a beach scene!  I used two different Hero Arts sets (Antique Engravings & Thoughtful Messages) and a Hero Arts background stamp (Clouds) on the card.  The "grass" in the background is a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.   I also pulled out two neglected ink pads, Stampin Up's River Rock and Hero Arts' Soft Pool. 

I covered the card front with the Clouds stamp using Soft Pool and then added the grass with River Rock.  The shells were stamped using both Soft Pool & River Rock.  I tore two strips of patterned paper from the DCWV mat stack The Linen Closet to create the "beach" and covered them with Stickles Crystal glitter glue.  Everything was then layered on the card.  I also added a bit of glimmer to the shells using my Gelly Roll pen.

Thanks for taking a peel!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI White; Patterned Paper:  DCWV Linen Closet mat stack; Ink: SU! River Rock, Hero Arts Soft Pool; Stamps:  Cloud DB, Antique Engravings & Thoughtful Messages; CHF:  August Stamp of the Month;  Ranger Stickles Crystal glitter glue; Gelly Roll pen

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Evening Post

A short post tonight featuring a card for PDCC33 and CAS-tastic challenge (CWC007) to use buttons.  The PDCC colors are kraft, aqua, raspberry & white and for once I didn't go heavy on the kraft.  I used PTI's Everyday Button Bits for the image and Clean & Simple's FTL94 for the sketch.  

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - white; kraft & raspberry fizz; Buttons:  PTI - Aqua Mist; Ink:  PTI - Aqua Mist, Memento Rosebud; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Plain & Scalloped Circle dies; SU! Scalloped Edge punch; Stamps:  PTI - Everyday Button Bits; Polka Dot Basics II

Thursday, June 10, 2010

ColourQ and a Waltzing Mouse!

This week is the first week for the new Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge blog!  I had longed for some of the wonderful stamps from Waltzingmouse and finally about a month ago I was able to get my hands on them.  Can you say LOVELY??? Because that is what they are, lovely.  I paired this week's ColourQ challenge (cqc36) with Waltzingmouse's first sketch (WMSC1) challenge.   Isn't that little knitted toy just the cutest thing??  It reminds me of my boys "Ugly Dolls"!  And what fun colors!  Now, Claire Brennan, the owner of Waltzingmouse Stamps is well a creative genius!  She designed a whole line of stamps that work perfectly with a lot of those Spellbinders Nestabilities we all own.  And, it gets better!  Her image sets are just out of this world!

For my card I used the WMS set Asian Gardens.  A beautiful set and I can truly say I have not seen another set like it out on the market.   Can't wait to use it again, and again, and again!  I stamped the tree top portion on white cardstock with VersaMagic Aspen Mist ink which is very, very close to SU!'s Sage Shadow and then trimmed all parts out.  I did all my diecutting any layering and then stamped the trunk in the center with Choc. Chip ink and layered on the tree top parts.  Added some rhinestones and a  few more bits and I was done.

I will be giving this card to my older son's special education teacher, along with a small gift.  Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - White; SU! Choc. Chip; Pumpkin Pie; So Saffron, Ink:  SU! Choc. Chip; Pumpkin Pie; VersaMagic Aspen Mist; Rhinestones:  KaiserCraft & Memory Box; Stamps:  WMS Asian Gardens; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders dies

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ODBDSLC16 - Sketch Challenge

A card today for ODBD's current challenge to use the sketch they provided.  Several weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have Random.org pluck my name from the entrants for ODBDSLC14 and I won a ODBD gift certificate!  I'm using one of the sets that I purchased using that gift certificate:  Grow in Grace.   I have had my eye on that set (and alot more) for a loooong time and was so excited to finally get it!  I used more papers from the DCWV mat stack The Linen Closet and some completely YUMMY satin ribbon from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I stamped the sentiment on some PTI white shimmer cardstock that I die cut with a Spellbinders large scallop circle die in SU!'s Baja Breeze ink.  I then stamped the dogwood image next to it using Memento's London Fog.  The image was stamped again on PTI's white cardstock, colored with my Prisma pencils and gamsol, trimmed out and then adhered over the first image using SU! dimensionals. 

I did a bit of distressing on all the patterned paper pieces using CTMH's Parchment ink, which is a great choice to use for light distressing.   Finished the card off with the beautiful ivory satin ribbon from Stamp Simply and some light blue rhinestones.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Baja Breeze; PTI - White & White Shimmer; PP:  DCWV - Linen Closet mat stack; Stamps:  ODBD - Grow in Grace; Ink: Memento London Fog; SU! Baja Breeze; CTMH Parchment; Rhinestones - KaiserCraft; Ribbon May Arts Ivory Satin

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sunshine & Blue Skies -

I had another challenge today trying to finish my card for the Flourishes Sunshine & Blue Skies challenge (FLLCJUN10).  I started the card last night when I stamped the large Sweet Violets image in Memento London Fog on PTI's white cardstock and then colored it with Prisma pencils and gamsol.   Then tried to finish it this afternoon.  I wanted to use the current JUGs challenge sketch, but I just couldn't make it work.  So, I fell back on a Clean & Simple sketch to get the job done.   I'm pretty happy with the card and especially like how the violets turned out. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin Up! - So Saffron(??); PP:  October Afternoon Thrift Shop; Ribbon:  Stampin Up! So Saffron grosgrain; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Large Scallop Rectangles die; Sizzix tag die; Stamps:  Flourishes Sweet Violets; Ink:  PTI Enchanted Evening

Sunday, June 6, 2010

This Was A Challenge!

Trying to make a card for the current Play Date Cafe challenge (PDCC32) was definitely a challenge in more than one way!   It started off easy enough when I decided to use the current Clean & Simple sketch FTL93.  I also thought I would try the color layering technique that Shari shared on the Hero Arts blog. 

So I'm all set, right?   Well, not so fast.   It took three attempts to finally get the card I wanted and I'm still not really happy with it.  It all started with my decision to use PTI's Lemon Tart ink.  Now, I adore Lemon Tart cardstock and ribbon, but the ink, not so much.   After some frustrating attempts with Lemon Tart ink I gave up and decided to use Memento's Dandelion, which provided a much better result.   Once the ink issue was resolved I was ready to move on to finishing the card with some PTI Melon Berry ribbon.  I laid down my strip of Scor-Tape and start pleating the ribbon.  I'm almost done when I realize that the bottom edge of the ribbon was too close to the sentiment!  Grrrhh!  But I was committed at that point, so I finished up the card. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Supplies:   Cardstock:  PTI White; SU! Blush Blossom; Ink:  SU! Cameo Coral; Memento Dandelion; Ribbon:  PTI Melon Berry; Stamps:  PTI - Turning a New Leaf; Hero Arts - Thoughtful Messages; Antique Engravings

Summer Cherries

Summer is apparently going to be slow in arriving in the Northwest this year, but one thing that isn't slow in coming are cherries from Eastern Washington!  Yummy, delicious cherries like Bing and Rainier.   And it was cherries that I thought of when I saw the new monthly Hero Arts blog challenge to make a summer/4th of July card (or to use the color layering techinque).  I have had the Hero Arts cling Cherries (CG117) for quite sometime now and have never (yes, I said never) used it.  So I pulled it out for my card.   I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored everything with my Copics.  I figured that since I'm taking a Copic certification class at the end of the month, it might be a good idea to finally start using them!   The patterned pattern is from the DCWV mat stack The Sweet Stack.  I used my SU! Top Note die, as well.   

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - Pure Poppy & White; PP:  DCWV - The Sweet Stack; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Markers:  Copics;  Stamps:  HA Cherries cling; CTMH Typewrite Keys; Ribbon:  PTI - Pure Poppy twill

Friday, June 4, 2010

Color, Color!

Two cards tonight for two color challenges and one CAS challenge.  First up is the card for Color Throwdown 95 and for the current CAS-tastic challenge (CWC006) to put the focus on your sentiment.

I die cut the white and turquoise cardstock using Spellbinder Labels 10 dies.  Stamped one of the images from the WaltzingMouse Stamps set Very Vintage Labels 10 in Memento Rosebud and then stamped the sentiment from CHF's Vintage Butterflies set in Memento Black.  Layer everything with some yummy green satin ribbon from Stamp Simply Ribbon store.

The second card is for ColourQ 35.  Another bright, fun combo from Arielle.  Arielle also challenge us to use a sketch provided by Mercy, MTSC76.   I used a brand new stamp set from The {Stamps} of Life by Stephanie Bernard, called Kites2Fly. 

Mercy's sketch was fun to work with for this color challenge, providing a great jumping off point. Thanks for taking a peek!  Have a great weekend!

Supplies:  CTD card:  Cardstock:  PTI White; SU! Tempting Turquoise & Passion Pink; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black & Rosebud; Ribbon:  Spring Green satin - May Arts; Stamps Waltzingmouse Very Vintage Labels 10; CHF - Vintage Butterflies

ColourQ card:  Cardstock:  PTI White; SU! Glorious Green; Green Galore; Crushed Curry; Ink:  Hero Arts Hero Hues Grass; Ranger Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink; Palette Sunflower; CTMH Clover Green marker; Ribbon - Michaels; Stamps:  {Stamps} of Life - Kites2Fly

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Flutterescent & Get Sketchy 40

It has been a long, long time since I have been able to participate in a Get Sketchy challenge.  Finally I made the time today and made the following card based on the current sketch #40.  Part of the challenge was to make a masculine/father's day card, but after I got the Flutterescent butterfly set from Layers of Color yesterday my heart was set on using it.  The butterflies are gorgeous!  I used the largest one, along with DCWV Mariposa papers for the card. 

I stamped the butterfly twice on a piece of Mariposa pp with VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed using Filigree white embossing powder.  I stamped the word "Wonderful" in VersaMark, as well, and embossed with the white embossing powder.  The butterflies were trimmed out, layered together and then attached to the card front.  Did a bit of distressing to the pp used on the card as well.   Thanks for taking a peek.  I so appreciate your comments!
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI - Vintage Cream ; PP:  DCWV - Mariposa Matstack; Ink:  VersaMark; Embossing Powder - Filigree White; Stamps:  Layers of Color Flutterescent

ODBDSLC15 - Stars & Stripes!

The current Our Daily Bread Shining the Light (15) challenge is to use stars and/or stripes on your card.  I decided to use both.  One of my current favorite paper packs is DCWV's Linen Closet mat stack.  It is full of beautiful papers in all kinds of patterns, including stripes!  I had some acrylic stars that I could never figure out what to do with and so I painted one with Ranger's Cloudy Blue paint dabber and let it dry.  I recently got some crocheted ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and used that on the card.  If you have never visited Sharon's store you need to and right away.  She has some of the yummiest ribbons out there.

The border punch is from EKSuccess and one of my favorite.  I added a couple of PTI vintage buttons.  The sentiment is from the ODBD set Friendship. After the star had dried I added it to the center of the bow with  Liquid Glass.
Thanks for taking a peek! 
Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Vintage Cream; Patterned Paper:  DCWV Linen Close; Stamps:  ODBD Friendship; Ink:  Hero Arts Hero Hues Cerulean; Ribbon:  Cream crocheted - May Arts; Buttons:  PTI; Border punch:  EKSuccess Embossed Scallop

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Wow! For the second week in a row I have had a chance to do the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge!  This week's challenge is to make a one layer card.  When I read the challenge I immediately knew I would use my favorite Flourishes set:  Sweet Peas.  I adore that set and love to color it with my Prisma pencils and gamsol. In my estimation the Sweet Peas set from Flourishes is the best one out there in the stamping world!  I'm looking forward to getting Copic certified at the end of the month so that I can start coloring the image with my markers!

After coloring the image, I finished the card off with some SU! Certain Celery satin ribbon (LOVE that ribbon).  The sentiment is from the Flourishes set Sweet Violets.

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI White; Ink: Memento London Fog; Color medium:  Primsa Pencils & gamsol;  Stamps:  Flourishes Sweet Peas & Sweet Violets; Ribbon:  SU! Certain Celery satin