Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Impression-Obsession Card Challenge

I literally got this in just under the wire at the Impression-Obsession card challenge.  Every time I sat down to stamp, something would come up.  So finally, I just closed myself in my room tonight and finished the card I had started so many times before this last minute!!  I actually stamped the image over the weekend, and designed my card in my head Tuesday.  After work today, I was going to go right up and put it together, take the pics, and post.  Ding-dong!  The doorbell....a friend stopping by to drop off some chairs she had borrowed.  Of course, that was several minutes, then there was hubby, wanting a few minutes of my time.  Dinner, then FINALLY up to my room.  And I finished just in time. 

      This is one of my all-time favorite Impression-Obsessions stamps (I love so many of theirs).  I love the whimsical, flourish swirls of this pumpkin.  I stamped it with brown ink, and was about to coloring it in with Copics or colored pencils.  Then I thought maybe I would try something different instead of coloring.  I took a Pigma Micron fine tip pen (I use them for my doodles) in brown, and started doodling on the pumpkin sections, then on the leaves.  All those lines inside the pumpkin sections and leaves were drawn in by me, they are not part of the stamp.  Then, I used my Dove blender to pull some of the color from the outline into the image to give it some shading. 
     The quote is Impression-Obsession 4615 Yesterday, one of my favorite Kahlil Gibran quotes.  I inked the first part - stamped it, then inked the second part and stamped it on a scrap. 
     Spellbinder's dies, and EK Success punch (love the way the punch has the swirls, adding to the flourish feel of the card).  I finished it off with a stick pin with some bits of ribbon and pears, and, of course, some feathers!
     Here are some close-ups of the details:
That's it for tonight!  Sweet dreams, and blessings to you all!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moxie Fab/Hero Arts Challenge Cards

Hi there!
Just thought I'd show a couple of cards I've entered in the Hero Arts August challenge HERE , and Moxie Fab World Gallon, Quart, Pint challenge HERE .  For the Hero Arts challenge, I chose the sketch challenge for these cards....sketch # 3.  Here's the sketch -I used the bottom one on the right side.  For the first card above, I pretty much kept with the sketch.  I used the Hero Arts/sizzix Stamp & Die Cut Framelits Floral # 657776.  I love this set.  There are six cling stamps and six dies - one to cut each image.  I can see I'm going to be using this one a LOT!!

The Moxie Fab Gallon, Quart, Pint challenge is one of the week's lessons on card design.  The wonderful people over at MFW have so many great ideas, tips, and information.  The idea of the three sizes is to use one color the most (Gallon), the second color a lesser amount (Quart), and the third color just a touch (Pint).  On the card above, yellow is my gallon size, pink is my quart size, and green is my pint size.  On the card below, blue is my gallon size, brown is my quart size, and green is my pint size.

For this next card, I used the same sketch, just rotated it one turn to the left.  I'm loving this stamp, also.  I think I may have left it at my friends' house when I went there to stamp a couple of days ago, so cannot provide the name or number of it right now.  Here's the card:
Admittedly, I'm not much of a 'clean and simple' type stamper, but I have enjoyed this little veering from the path to do these and a few others I have made for my card ministry at my church.  I kind of like the challenge of keeping it simple.  Hmmm, who knew!  Of course, I had to add some rhinestones and a little bow, and some pearls to the one above.  Gotta have some bling!

That's it for now.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!  And be sure to hop on over to Hero Arts Blog and Moxie Fab World blog via the links above!



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Card Sketch Challenge

I had a busy day yesterday, but managed to etch out some time to play a little in my craft room.  I bought a new punch, and recently got a new die cut, and couldn't wait to use them.  Of course, after all the anticipation, I didn't use either on the cards I made!  Isn't that the way.  I looked over the challenges, and was really drawn to the sketch challenge at Our Daily Bread blog.  Here is the link to the challenge:  Our Daily Bread Sketch Challenge .    And here is the sketch:

I really liked this sketch.  I kept the main layout basically as it is, just changed up the shapes and replaced the ribbon with a Prima embellishment and added pearls and bling.  The lace along the right side was white, which really threw off the whole effect, so I 'dyed' it with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I simply rubbed the stamp pad on my craft mat, spritzed with water, and dipped and scrunched the lace in it until it was the shade I wanted it....then let it set over night.  I'm usually way too impatient to wait for it to dry, but it was just after midnight, and I was TIRED, so I actually made myself stop.  My back was aching, and the stress in my shoulders said ENOUGH!  This morning I finished putting the elements together on the card, and Voila!  Who knows, I may even have time to make another.  Maybe this time I will add to the challenge and make a clean and simple card to finish out the week!  We'll see!

Here is my card for the challenge:

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy this beautiful Sunday - This is the day the Lord has made....let us be glad and rejoice!!!



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Michael's Dollar Bin Find

Before I get onto the card for this post, I just want to mention that the next CARD MAKING CROP is Saturday, September 1st, from 10 AM until 4 PM.  It's at my church, Holy Name of Jesus, on Bonesteel Street.  If you haven't been yet and need directions and details about the group, email me at and I will send them to you.  Hope you'll join us on the 1st.  Please let me know if you are coming.  Now, on to the cards.....

I was poking around in the dollar bin at Michael's a few weeks ago, and the prettiest paper pad caught my eye.  It was one of the 5 x 5 pads with 10-12 sheets in it, two of each.  It was a pretty blue floral, with striped and dotted coordinating sheets.  It just had to come home with me, so I bought two (now I wish I had bought more)!  I thought they would be good for a few cards each.

These are two cards I made with my "find" at our last card making crop:
I immediately though ' sympathy' with this pattern and the soft, comforting colors.  First, I layered a portion of a piece of the floral paper to a blue card.  I borrowed Kathy's Stampin Up punch (which I now HAVE to have) for the saying panel.  I punched white card stock, stamped the sympathy saying on it, attached it to a scrap of blue card stock, then cut around the punched image, leaving a scant 1/8" or so border of blue.  I tucked some white satin ribbon under for extra pizazz, and foam taped it to the card front.  A couple of rhinestones, and I was done!  How's that for CAS!!

On this card, I attached some of the floral paper, and some of the coordinating stripe.  Wrapped with a white ribbon, it just went together so quickly and well.  I hand-fashioned a 'tag' shape, and stamped It's your day on it, added a bow, and some green pearls.  Voila, another easy, yet elegant, card.

I love this paper, and when everyone at the group saw it, they wanted it too.  So we all ended up at Michael's and, of course, it was no longer there.  Lesson here is - If you see it and love it, BUY it right then.....and buy more than one, or two, or even three......

It is amazing how the right papers can really make a card.  There is no fancy work here, just some simple layering on both cards.  Much cleaner than my usual style, but I have to admit, I am really enjoying this little reprieve now and then from my more glam it up approach to card making.

Have you had any great finds lately?



Friday, August 17, 2012

Cards With Stencil Images

I decided to bring out my stencils for a couple of CAS cards.  Clean and Simple is the name of the game with these two cards.  I decided to go white with the backgrounds and with the images, and add touches of color with some simple embellishments and snippets of colored card stock.

Here they are:
Click to enlarge to see detail in the stencil
Click on image to enlarge to see stenciled detail

The detail in the stencils shows up really well on the live cards...just didn't photograph well.  I used stencils I had in my stash from American Traditionals and Dreamweaver.  I chose to keep them white to keep the cards CAS. 

It's easier than ever to use stencils now, with the Cuttlebug, Sizzix, and other machines.  I have the Cuttlebug, and I simply put it through my machine using this sandwich:  B plate, rubber mat, stencil, card stock, B plate, and I used two card stock weight shims.  Comes out perfect every time.  Gone are the days of light boxes and hand cramps from embossing with the stylus!!  It's sooooo easy with the 'bug."  If you wish to color your embossed images, just keep the stencil on, and use inks or chalks to color.  I use an alligator clip with pieces of foam to add ink, or with tiny cotton pom poms to add chalk.  Easy-peasy and super adorable!

The backgrounds are done with Spellbinder's and Provo Craft embossing lates.  Just a punched butterfly (with some embossing plate detail on the wings) and some flowers and pearl accents and the cards are finished.  Elegant, yet easy-peasy.

Hope you enjoyed!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Birthday Card - Butterflies

Flight of the Butterfly and Butterfly Prints Stampin Up Stamp Sets

I love the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set from Stampin Up, and the butterfly punch that coordinates with it.  I just got the set, and am having fun with it.  Here is the first card I made with it.  Stay tuned for many more....did I say I love this set?!

The card is white with a green panel which I embossed with a Provo Craft dotted embossing folder.  I used another Provo Craft embossing folder for the happy birthday, and a Recollections punch for the punched border along the happy birthday panel.

The butterflies were stamped with jungle green Marvy Matchable ink using a stamp from the aforementioned set, then punched out with the coordinating punch.  The butterfly trail verse, 'hope your day is as happy as happy gets!' was stamped as an afterthought right over the embossed card stock panel!  I used white enamel accents for the butterfly body dots.
Here's a close-up of some of the details (click on the pictures to see larger):

I hope you are enjoying your summer, and staying cool.  I've been challenging myself to create CAS cards this summer, mostly for my stamping ministry at church.  CAS is Clean and Simple, which, for me, is not easy.  But I'm getting the hang of it, and actually am enjoying it.  Of course, every now and then I simply MUST create one of my trademark "glitzed-up, layered, glammed" cards, just for artistic release!

Whatever your style, enjoy creating!



Friday, August 10, 2012

New Challenge Card

I made this card for the scripture challenge over at the Our Daily Bread blog HERE, and used a sketch from the Mojo Monday blog HERE, and also the cool, delicious colors in the minty fresh challenge at Moxie Fab World HERE .

The scripture stamp is from Our Daily Bread from the Easter Blessings set.  The background is embossed with a Spellbinder's die.  Papers are from the Linen Closet collection of DCWV paper pack.  Die cuts are Spellbinder's.  

I have been making a lot of CAS (clean and simple) cards lately for our Card Ministry at church, and just had to take some time to make a card with a little more embellishment and layering.....I can only take so much of the CAS.  I'm all about the layering and embellishing.  

Here's the sketch I used from the Mojo Monday blog challenge for this card:
 Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.  See you again soon!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Masculine or Any Occasion Card

It's a gorgeous day (and so far, weekend), and it's been busy for us.  I'm taking a few minutes to get this card up on the blog before continuing on with our Memorial Day weekend fun.

I made this card for a friend's birthday, and decided to make a couple more to have on hand.  I never seem to have many cards made for male birthdays and occasions.  I think this also lends itself to any non-occasion card-giving - just a thinking of you or wishing someone well.  Or just as a note card if you leave the inside blank.

I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge , and entered it there.  Check it out and see all the lovely entries!  I love the sketches at Mojo Monday blog each week.

The stamp is from Our Daily Bread.  I used distress ink to sponge around the Spellbinder's die.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  Now I'm off to catch the last few minutes of daylight and enjoy the fruits of my labor in my garden while hubby and I have a glass of wine on the deck.  Have a peaceful evening friends.


Friday, May 18, 2012

There Is A Season - Spring Card

  I was in a card-making mood last night.  Been struggling with a cold since last Sunday, and feeling miserable.  While surfing the web and checking out some of my favorite blogs and challenges, I decided to get busy and make a card for a couple of challenges that really caught my eye from Our Daily Bread and Mojo Monday.

   Here is the inspiration photo for Our Daily Bread blog's Mother's Day Gifts Inspired challenge here.   The challenge was to make a card inspired by one of the Mother's Day gifts in the photo.  I chose # 2, as I had this cheery, colorful patterned paper which I am crazy about that had those colors in it, and couldn't wait to use on a card.  It was a scrap piece given to me by a friend, so I don't know the manufacturer....I just know it called to me.

I also love the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday's blog here so decided to use it for my card.  This is the sketch .

     I had fun with this card, and kept things much, much more simple than I usually do.  I am starting a card ministry at my church, and need lots of cards to send to people who are in the hospital, nursing homes, and shut-ins.  It's difficult for me to streamline my style, but I must.  They need to fit into the envelopes without a lot of bulk.  Then, there is the time factor.  There are a lot of people, so I need to keep things clean and simple to crank out enough cards to send to all.  And here's the card.... 

     I'm pleased, however, with the result.  I was sooooo tempted to add just a little more bling here, some lace there, and oh so tempted to plop on one of my bows....but, I restrained myself.  Now, let's see how long I can keep it up.

And the inside. 

Now I'm going to actually try to take a nap!!!  I never do that, but I've already cleaned, made soup, hung out my sheets to dry on the line, worked in my garden for an hour and a half, and got this blog up.  And my buddy and I are going to see South Pacific at the Auditorium Theater tonight, so I want to be refreshed and hopefully NOT coughing and sniffling.

Oh, I DO love having Fridays off from work!



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Watercolor Butterflies Spring Card

Making my own Spring!

Challenges!  I love them.  Every once in a while, one really seems as though it was made just for you.  That's the case for me with this Tuesday Trigger Challenge on the Moxie Fab blog

I'm drawn to bright, cheery colors, and this challenge just drew me in.  All that delicious color, literally dripping from the page.....I LOVE IT.  This is the trigger picture. Aren't those butterflies and colors just gorgeous?  I want that dress!!

As I poked around in some of my other favorite blogs, I noticed the  Penny Black Saturday Challenge was to use no patterned paper.  Easy-peasy, as I already knew I was going to make my own background paper using my Penny Black butterflies in those gorgeous pinks, oranges, and purples!  I inked up three different butterflies with the colors from the dress, then spritzed them with lots of water and stamped onto card stock that I had also spritzed with water.  Then I 'flicked' on some splotches with a wet paint brush dipped into ink.  I inked up the Penny Black tulips with the same colors and used those for my focal point.

Then I checked out Card Patterns challenge on their blog and really liked the sketch.  I decided to turn it vertically and pretty much followed the way they had it laid out.  I used one of my favorite Martha Stewart punches for the borders on each side of the hand made butterfly panel.  I added some 'scrunching' to the ribbon, and used my Bow-Easy to make the bow. 

Finally, I headed over to the Play Date Cafe blog  and found this unbelievably scrumptious color challenge.....using the same colors!! 

So, I headed to my craft room and couldn't wait to get started.  I pulled out my inks, spritzer, stamps, papers, and ribbon and got to work.  Here's my card:
It was a dreary, rainy day all day long.  After going for coffee with hubby, and making some goodies for a party tomorrow, I got to play in my room, and made my own spring!  Aren't we stampers lucky!  Enjoy.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Favorite Flourishes Stamp Set

Hello friends!  It's a lovely springy-type day here, and I got out for a bit at lunch time to enjoy the sunshine.  Home from work now, and just finished dinner.  I wanted to get this card up on the blog, so here I am at the computer.
I made this for a dear friend who is going through a troubling time right now, so I chose a soothing blue card stock, with my favorite springtime stamp set from Flourishes.  It just so happens that this week's Timeless Tuesday challenge from Flourishes HERE is to use your favorite Flourishes stamp set.  So, here is the favorite set.  Isn't it so lovely with the beautiful calla lilies and comforting phrases and pretty mixed scripts? 

I wanted the card to be a little different, to vary from the usual focus on the flower filling most of the card.  I tried to think of a different way to use this stamp.  I thought of using it in pieces, and while I was scrolling the web for another challenge to incorporate with my idea, I came across this great sketch from the Mojo Monday blog challenge HERE
Here's the sketch.  It's fun, yet I chose to make it a little more formal.  It could be used in so many ways.  I chose to dress it up a bit, with some lace, and rhinestones....and, of course, a bit of glitter.  Some embossing on the blue on blue panel with a bit of distress ink sponged on gives it a more formal background.

I'm already thinking of so many other stamps that would lend themselves well to this technique and sketch!  Can't wait to get in my room to play.....maybe tomorrow!

Here are some close ups of the card's details:

That's it for tonight.  Now I'm going to make a cup of tea, and do a little reading, perhaps some knitting, and call it an early evening.

I hope my friend likes her card.  She's a non-stamper (yes, there are some people who don't stamp), so she won't be seeing it on the blog.  Can't wait to get it out.

Enjoy your evening, and the rest of the week.



Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rubber stamps, inks, die cuts and ....feathers!

I made these cards on Saturday.  I looked forward to the day all week long, knowing I was finally going to have a day to myself (well, after having breakfast with hubby, and doing some errands in the morning).  I brewed a pot of coffee and headed up to my craft room, ready to create in ignorant bliss.  Sounds great, right?  Well, not so much.

I had nothing....nothing!!!  I looked through my stamps, put some stamp sets on my desk, pulled some of my favorite papers out,  and checked out the current challenges on my favorite blogs.  STILL nothing was mojo/  So, I decided to catch up on some phone calls.  And while I chatted, I moved my 'stuff' around on my desk, straightened, fingered through my ribbons and gems, and started matching up fibers, gems and ribbons with papers.  Then I saw it......the feather drawer!  Ahhh, I LOVE feathers.  So I pulled some of those out as well,  And, as luck would have it, I found a challenge that called for using..wait for it......yep, feathers on your project.  That was it....I was in business.  My mojo was coming back (of course, by then it was dinner time).  Then, finally, I got to stamping, cutting, mixing and matching, and having FUN!  Alas, I was feeling great, and enjoying what was left of my day and night of creating! 
     Here are some challenges these cards are in:

Card Patterns (sketch above) here .

Moxie Fab Fascination with Feathers challenge here  
and their Tuesday Trigger challenge here
using this inspiration picture: 
 Here are some up-close details......

Hat pin with clear beads with the feathers

I colored the aqua feather with Copics
White and brown feathers with Hat pin and beads
Background stamped with white pigment ink


Feathers, stamps, pins, beads....and spring!  What can be more fun!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Floral Thank You Card

I finished this card last night, but just couldn't stay awake to take the picture and get it up on the blog.  The stamp is from Hero Arts, one of their oldies but goodies, which I colored with markers and misted and stamped.  I sponged the die cut and layered it on the Spellbinders label die.

I did this card for the Hero Arts contest this month for the flowers theme.  Check out their blog .

I also entered it in the Card Patterns challenge here .
Here's the sketch they have this week.

Also, I entered it here at LilyPad's flower challenge.

Well, that's it for now....I had a long, long, LOOOOOONG day, and am exhausted.  Think I'll take the night some knitting, have a glass of wine, and just relax.  Ohhh, that sure sounds good!



Monday, March 12, 2012

Colorful Spring Daffodil Card

We had a wonderful weekend with our granddaughter, Keeley, at our house for three days.  There's nothing like the innocence, fun, and spontaneity of a seven year old girl to keep you happy!

The first thing Saturday morning, Keeley asked if we could stamp.  Of course, I said YES!  She went right to her stamping supply box, and I gathered some stamps.  She made me a birthday card, drew me some pictures for my refrigerator, then proceeded to stamp and color some birthday cake stamps to make birthday party invitations for her mom, dad, and sister for the birthday celebration we would have on Sunday when they came to get her.

Penny Black Daffodils stamp colored by Keeley
I decided to show her how to color on the solid-type stamps with markers, spritz, then stamp.  Well, that did it.....she was hooked on that technique for the rest of our stamping time together.  I used a daffodil stamp, and colored it in shades of yellow and green, spritzed it with water, stamped, and she let out a squeal and her eyes were as big as saucers!  She said it was like magic and couldn't wait to try it.  I handed her the markers, and she proceeded to make one just like mine.  Then, she asked if she could use any colors.  Well, of course I encouraged her to use whatever she wanted and to make it look however she liked.  Here is Keeley's interpretation of spring daffodils.

Don't these colors just make you smile and want to sing?  I kept looking at her design, beat down the 'adult' part of me that wanted the daffodils to be yellow, and truly enjoyed her imagination, playful colors, and inspiration.  Isn't it grand what we can learn from children if we just let go of our pre-conceived ideas and 'should be's?'

After card-making and lots of laughs, fun, and smiles and mess, we cleaned up and made cup cakes for the party.  Her mom and dad oooohed and aaahed over her creations on Sunday, and we all enjoyed the cupcakes.  Everyone knew where to sit with their place settings.  We had a great weekend, and although Keeley learned a new stamping technique, I think I learned much more from her.  I truly enjoyed her child-like abandon, and learned to let go and be more open to what I am feeling and not let the should-be's have so much say in my creative time.  Her daffodils are magical and fun....I would love a vase full on my table right now.

Card I made from Keeley's design
Today I made a card from her piece.....Here is the finished card, which I will send to her so that she can see what she taught Nana last weekend!

I have entered it in the following challenges:  Springtime challenge,
Say it with flowers

That's it for today, stampers.  I hope you find some inspiration where you least expect it.  And I encourage you to open your eyes to the possibilities around you, and let your heart lead you in your crafting.....lose your inhibitions, think like a child, and let YOUR inner child out to play.  You'll be glad you did!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Birthday Card With Markers and Dove Blender

Tombow Markers and Dove Blender 

Here's a blast from the past!!!  I love this giraffe stamp, and have had it for years.  I taught a class on coloring with markers a few years ago at The Stamp Pad, and used this stamp. 

The stamp is from The Artful Stamper.

I embossed it with black on white card stock.  I used Tombow markers.  Starting with a creamy light beige, I colored along the middle of the face (nose and forehead, along the outside of the ears, and along the right side of the neck. 

To create shading, I added a shade darker next to the creamy light beige, then blended the two with the Dove blending tool and Dove Blender Fluid.  The fluid in the Dove blender mingles the two colors so there is a soft, gradual fading from one color into the next. 
Close up of coloring and shading
Finally, I ended with a much deeper shade of topaz along the left side and the outsides of the face and insides of the ears, and the horns.  Using the Dove blender, I blended the dark shade into the medium.  I used a much lighter shade to create a shadow effect along the outside of the giraffe image. The torn edges and the fibers finish off the masculine look of this card.
This is a terrific card for a man.  I tend to make lots of girly, flowery cards, then never have masculine ones around when I need one.  Think I'll make up a couple of these to have on hand for those guys in my life.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Three Color Card with Word Stamps and Cuttlebug

     Have you ever been inspired by something and thought what a great card or scrapbook page the components or colors of what you saw would make?  I was shopping for some clothes for work, and was instantly inspired by an outfit I saw.  I would have purchased this pants and top on the spot, because the color combo really caught my eye and held my interest.  It was black, white, and lime green.  How striking and crisp it looked.  Alas, they had not one in my size.  So, I came home and made a card using this striking combination. 

I entered this card in the following challenges: - Black and white with a splash of color - Bingo challenge using gems, swirls, ribbon
Here's the sketch for the MojoMonday challenge                                                          
This close-up shows the background details.  I started with a white card, added a black panel, then embossed four 1 1/4" strips with my Cuttlebug and embossing template and placed them evenly along the black card to create the panels called for in the sketch design.
This one shows the circle of gems that I love so much.
 I used Just Rite stamps from their Sending You Sunshine clear stamp set, and the thinking of you is from Flourishes.  A touch of lace from my stash, and some swirl rhinestones complete the look.

Hope you're having a great week!



Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fancy Hearts Card

     I took my inspiration for this card from the Moxie Fab Fancy Schmancy Tuesday Trigger blog challenge  Here is the yummy picture that was the inspiration.  They just look as though they would melt in your mouth, don't they?!  
     I was excited to see the pink and brown, as I love those colors together, and I knew exactly what paper I would use.  This heart swirl paper from Basic Grey was just what I wanted.  I entered this in the Basic Grey Hearts/Love challenge here
     Allsorts challenge bloghas a Free and Easy Friday challenge, which I also entered with this card here scan of my heart stamps and I found the perfect ones from Impression-Obsession.  Here's my take on the challenge:
Close up of details:                                                                                                                                     

A few pearls, some ribbon, and feathers to tickle the fancy!  So much fun on a cold, blustery, snowy day!