Friday, June 23, 2017

Sailboat with Vivid Sunset

Made this card for my dear father-in-law for Father's Day. First, I colored the sailboats and water swirl stamped images with Copics. I then used distress inks to ink up the water using the stencil that came with the Sailboat Stamps. I then masked off the stenciled water, created a circle mask for the setting sun and inked up the background using distress inks. I fussy-cut the sailboats and water swirls and glued them to the panel which was then mounted on brown cardstock which really made the colors pop. I just love how the copics blend to create such beautiful variations of color. TFL!

Supplies Used:
Inks: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress
Stamps/Stencil: Stampendous Cling Sailboats & Stencil Set

Distress Oxide Double Rainbow

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pretty Pink Treats

Made this sweet card today using Sunny Studio's Sweet Shoppe Stamps. Love using the mint and pink papers with these stamps! I tried something rather new for me when making the mint scallop edge: The large image only fit inside the largest label die, but I still wanted to mat it. So, I only partially cut the mint background paper, then moved the die and cut a second time, thus extending the label. I know you can't see the side edges, but they actually are perfectly lined up! Oh - I guess that means I could have just die cut the whole label then cut it in two to reposition it so that just the edges extended...duh! Oh well, now I know I can actually do the fancy extended cut which may come in handy another time! I colored the image with my copics, but I still need lots more practice. I like how I was able to get a really light pink by using the colorless blender to pick up RV21 that I scribbled onto an acrylic block. I don't know why I left the cupcake unfrosted, and I still have to work on the highlights, but overall I don't think it's too bad. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sunny Studio Sweet Shoppe
Dies: Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Paper: DCWV Sweet Matstack, MFT Sweet Celebration, Recollections Blue Ombre
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Pop of Purple

Another entry for hMOJO491. Love that sketch! Used more papers from my ancient stash (but I still love the vibrant colors) and was at a loss as to what to put in the circle until I dug through my old binder of happy to find one that actually matches! TFL!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mojo Monday #491

Created this using the layout from Mojo Monday's Sketch Challenge #491. I love this sketch because it really inspires me to use some of the many dps I have accumulated but haven't used in awhile. To coordinate with the star dp, I embossed a white-core cardstock panel, sanded it, and distressed the edges. I stamped and embossed the cake, then colored it with copics. For the sentiment, I created a shadow by using the MISTI and stamping it first with black ink, then stamping a second time, slightly offset, with VersaMark and heat embossed with Leaf Green embossing powder. For a final touch, I added three star brads - one was a little too pink, so I colored it with a copic.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: WeRMemoryKeepers (sentiment), Hampton Art (Cake)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Copics
Other: Darice stars ef, Nestabilities Circle Die, star brads, Zing! ep

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vintage Roses

I absolutely love Altenew's layered stamps, but every time I use them, I struggle with lining them up just right. After watching a recent Jennifer McGuire video (which you can find here), I took her suggestion to use vellum to help line up the stamps. This made it so much easier!!! Thank you, Jennifer for yet another super tip!! I was so happy with the results after using the vellum, that I decided to finally stamp directly onto my card. (In the past, because it took so much effort to line up my stamps, I would make a whole bunch of each flower & die cut them then I would layer the die cuts onto my card.)

I started out using just blue inks here, but I only have two or three that go together well, so I decided to add some purple to the mix.  Ironically, after I started, Kathy Racoosin posted this beautiful card of purple/blue flowers at The Daily Marker. So pretty!!

It did take me quite a long time to complete this card because of all the masking and layered stamping. And even though I messed up on one leaf image, considering I stamped over twenty layered images here, messing up on one isn't too bad. I'm excited to use these stamps more in the (hopefully near) future. TFL!

Stamps: Altenew Vintage Roses
Dies: Spellbinders Sentiments One
Ink: Altenew Shades of Purple & Green Fields, Colorbox Sky & Royal Blues
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Wasn't sure about using Black in a Valentine, especially for the hearts, but I think the red/white/black color combo is actually perfect for this card. Used paper and stickers from my Valentines Stash as well as the heart stamp from Hero Arts Brush Strokes. After cutting the heart paper with the Scalloped Squares Die, I added an outline stamp (TSOLmonogram2build) and matted it in black. Embossed the heart in black, punched several hearts and adhered some black and white twine. Entering it in the following challenges: Cupcake Inspirations CIC394 and Mojo Monday MOJO484. TFL!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spring Hello

Adding a second card for the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. Used a few scrap pieces from the lovely Hello Pastel paper pad. Made a saucer using another old Original Sizzix Die (Birthday Cake). This die contains a cake platter that was too long for my tea cup, so I cut it once, then shifted the die cut, trimming it down to size. That was a little tricky, but I was happy with the final size. Added some shading with my Copics. I think I will use that shortened platter again for future saucers. I adhered several strips of dp to a cardstock base and adhered that to the upper corner. Popped up the Hello embellishment with craft foam. So easy to add a little dimension that way! And couldn't resist adding a few pretty clear sequins for a bit of sparkle. TFL!
Supplies Used:
Paper: Prima: Hello Pastel
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations China Fragments
Dies: Spellbinders: Nested Tea Cups, Twisted Metal Tags & Accents, Classic Edges One, Sizzix: Birthday Cake and Scallop Frame
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black, Copics 
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins

Spring Cheer

As soon as I saw the colors for Cupcake Inspirations, I knew just what paper pad to go to: Prima's Hello Pastel. It was so fun to be using pretty Spring Colors in the midst of winter! I cut the background using an old ORIGINAL Sizzix die. Colored the tea cup with Copics and added a circle/scalloped circle 'saucer' to ground it. Wish the die set came with a saucer. Cut the banner with Sunny Stuido's Fishtail banners dies, and added a pretty green button - the ONE button out of the gazillion in my stash that matched. Really?! Then I added a few clear sequins (they are very tiny, I think they were meant for shaker cards...but they added just a hint of sparkle which is what I was looking for). The card was designed using the sketch at Fusion. TFL!
Supplies Used:
Paper: Prima: Hello Pastel
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations China Fragments
Dies: Shapeabilities: Nested Tea Cups, Sunny Studio: Fishtail Banners, Sizzix Scallop Frame, Nestabilities: Scalloped & Standard Circles
Ink: Memento: London Fog, Copics 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sweet Thanks

Today's card will be entered in the  MFT Sketch Challenge #318 as well as Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #392 (plaid). 
Supplies Used:
Stamps & Dies: My Favorite Things: Your'e The Sweetest
Simon Says Stamp: Thanks Die
Sunny Studios: Fishtail Banner Dies
Paper: My Favorite Things: Sweet Celebrations
Ink: Colorbox: Pink, Orange & Lime and Mama Elephant: Brown Sugar
Recollections Enamel Dots

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Triple Play

I am the most inefficient card maker out there; I can't seem to make a decision and stick to it. In order to produce more in less time, I again tried to make duplicate cards. I came pretty close this time, but I still ended up changing my mind and using different things on each card. 

I started things off by using the sketch from this week's MFT's Sketch Challenge:
Stamped a baseball image three times and colored all with Copics (more or less all are the same at this point). Then I had to choose what size circle to mount the image on....chose two sizes and embossed them both. For Card #1, I popped up them main image and the banner, but the star paper ended up making the banner a bit uneven, so I didn't pop up anything on the other two cards. Since Card #2 was larger, I changed the sentiment and added the Banner Stamp. The blank white was begging for embellishment, so Card #1 got stamped Stars while Card #2 got die cuts. Card #3 got an embossed background panel with ticket-punched corners and a white circle. I think Card #3 is my favorite, so I am posting my photos in reverse order. 

While it still took me forever to create these cards, at least I managed to complete them, put away all the supplies used, AND post the blog entry all within 24 hours. I think that's a record for me! Maybe 2017 will be my year for efficiency....or at least a year for making lots more cards!! Thanks much for sharing my trials and tribulations. Happy Crafting!

Card #3
Card #1

Card #2

Supplies Used:
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, VersaMark, White EP
Stamps: Power Poppy Play Ball
Dies: Nestabilities Circles, Stars EF, Star Punch, Sizzix Doodle Dots, Tonic Ticket Punch

Friday, January 13, 2017

Freshly Made for You

I'm still recovering from the holidays, but while there are still a few things left to do to put my house back in order, I sorely needed to kick back and create! I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #270 and created an ombre look using distress inks for the Less Is More #310 - Colour Challenge - for which I JUST missed the deadline. UGH! Oh well, it was fun to do:
I applied the various blue inks through a stencil, then paired the blues with a range of purples for an accent. These are my two favorite colors, I tend to use them often! Added some black foam to the 'You' for shadow and extra dimension. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Inks: Distress in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord, Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: You, Nestabilities: Rose Creations
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: You Matter, Heartfelt Creations: Botanical Floral 2
Stencil: Tim Holtz Latticework