Saturday, January 30, 2010

Birthday Card Stash

We all need to have a stash of birthday cards handy. Always seem to think of birthdays in plenty of time but somehow I always wait to the last minute to get them in the mail. So I try to keep a variety of cards on hand so hopefully when that last minute arrives I will have one that suits the recipient. If not I am really in a rush to come up with one for that person.
Do you make your cards ahead of time or do you make a card at the time for that particular person?

Stamped the CG140 Poppy Background stamp from hero arts with brown pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Used copic markers to color the flowers and stems. Stamped the image twice so I could use it for a rectangular card the stamp is a square.

Cut white card stock to cover where the background stamp was layered and punched the butterflies using a Martha Stewart punch. She has some GREAT punches. Stamped the sentiment below the punched butterfly border, it is from a clear set by Hero CL267 Card Messages.

We are having miserable winter weather today so it was hard to get a shot inside that showed the colors well, but hopefully this is pretty close.

Have a great one!

Monday, January 25, 2010

PTI Birthday

Got a great package in the mail last week, it was my latest order from PTI. The leaf image is from the set "Turning a new leaf" and it has some great stamps. The flowers are from "bloomin' button bits". Just love all the stamps in this one also. Wanted this card to have a fresh, clean look so I used just 2 colors on white card stock.
This time of year bright color combos help me to get over those dreary winter blues. Hope spring flowers are right around the corner for you.

Azeala Brunch

Ever had unexpected guests show up for brunch? I was in my craft room designing a birthday card when these three young ladies showed up for brunch. They were already helping themselves when I noticed they had stopped by. When I looked up they spotted me to so it was down on all fours, crawling to get my camera before they left. Happy to get a few shots. They usually don't come in the yard, most of the time they stay out in the field behind my house.

Don't know if you can tell or not but these girls are really small, guess they were born last spring. Probably a little taller than an adult lab but definitely not as heavy.

Hopefully now that company has left I will be able to post the card later in the day. Hope you have an unexpected delight in your day.

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Hen's Beach Trip

I am very fortunate to have friends from childhood that I still see and take trips with. Especially fortunate that one of those friends has access to a beautiful beach house and we were able to go there this past weekend. This is what the beach looked like Friday afternoon. Gorgeous, clear a little cool but nothing compared to the temperatures we had the last 2 weeks. Took a long walk, remembered that in high school we would have braved the cold, gone up into the dunes, slathered on some baby oil and iodine and burned ourselves almost to a crisp.........It's a wonder today we don't all look like old dried up leather.
We set the clocks to get up Saturday morning to watch the sunrise and it was so worth it. This was the scene out my bedroom window. It was cold that morning, frost on the roof, but had to brave the cold to try and get some shots with my camera. I didn't do it justice........this is just one of the views. It became more and more spectacular as the sun rose on the horizon.
The smart ones, Kathy, Thora, and Sara stayed in the nice toasty house, and you can see the reflection of Beth and I out in the cold with our cameras. I had quite an attractive outfit on, pj bottoms, a sweat shirt, black sneakers and that you wouldn't want to see a pictures of. LOL it was not pretty!
Just another shot as the sun rose over the ocean. I wish I could describe how the colors changed just every few beautiful.
This is the crew out doing some "junking" for the day. Never know where you are going to find treasures. The trouble with that is all the treasure I find are expensive and everything Rose finds costs 2.00. I don't know how she does it. But I don't have the touch.
One of the shops we stopped at had this great sign outside. I think I could hang this sign around my neck, put it on a t-shirt or something. Maybe I'll have t-shirts made for all of us..maybe an idea for Christmas presents next year.
The weather was quite different Sunday morning. Winds of 20-30mph. The slick ocean of Friday had been replaced by a very rough one. Pouring rain, haze, winds, so we stayed in and watched movies. Julie and Julia was my favorite. Julia Child was an amazing woman and one of my favorite parts of the movie.......She just found out that the book she had been working on for years was not going to be published...........all that work and her response was "Boo Hoo, What Next?". I wish I could live my life more like that when facing disappointments..acknowledge the disappointment but then look forward to see what is next.........okay maybe I should put that on another t-shirt or maybe I could get a tattoo. LOL!
After movies, snacks and lots of discussing this was how we looked at the end of the weekend. It was so relaxing.
I have known these girls since childhood. We have been through school, marriages, divorces , family deaths, children, We have shared a lot. I hope you have a group of friends like that.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Variation of Three Ferns

Still playing with markers and the theme of friendship. Wanted to try again with more spring like colors and a fresh clean look.
stamps used:
S5154 Three Ferns
CL267 Card Messages
other supplies:
Sizzix embossing folder
copic markers
SU markers
piercing tool and mat

Colored the three ferns stamp using markers and stamped on white card stock.
Used copic markers to enhance the stamped image.
Stamped sentiment over fern image.
Cut the card stock to fit the embossing folder and ran through cuttlebug to emboss image.
Colored embossed image with copic markers.
Pierced parts of embossed image with piercing tool.
Added buttons for accents.
Then adhered panel to folded card stock.

All done!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friendship Card

Made this card with 2 challenges in mind. The themes are friendship and markers.
supply list:
Hero stamps: CL184, CL374, Cl272, S5316, S5 154
Copic Markers
diamond glaze
Ranger distress inks: dried marigold, shabby shutters, antique linen
Scor Pal

Started by stamping Silhouette Grass using antique linen ink on card stock. Then inked the Three Ferns stamp with all colors of the distress inks and stamped over the grass stamp. Because the card stock was textured the image was incomplete I used the copic markers for more coverage and to add more color to the image. The next step was to use diamond glaze over the fern image to make it pop out from the grass background.
Then I stamped the flower using SU close to cocoa classic ink 3 times and colored it with copics. Cut the entire flower out once and cut out the center of the last 2 flowers.
Added the sentiments and then used the Scor Pal to give a little dimension to the card and to highlight the sentiment at the top of the card.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Versatile Copic Markers

This year I was introduced to Copic markers. I resisted at first, mainly because they seemed like substantial investment. friend, Tanya, better known as "the enabler" let me try hers and showed me the beautiful cards she had made using them and I was a goner.
Used them on this card to color the embossed images, the stamped bird, and also to color the flowers on the white ribbon so that everything coordinated well.
The embossing folder is a new one from Sizzix and fits perfectly on a A6 card. They come in a pack of two.
I ran the embossing folder through my cuttlebug using textured card stock. Easy Peasy and the image is deeply embossed. Used Spellbinders nestabilities to highlight the bird, and used a very tiny sentiment from PTI. It is on their mixed messages set. The rest of the card was so busy a larger sentiment would have been too much.
The New Year has somehow gotten my creativity going again! Happy to have it back.....

Blog Candy

Loving this awesome blog candy offered by Kathy on her blog. http://
Just love those shades of blue and green and those new Hero products, who wouldn't love to get this great package.
While you are there check out all her awesome projects, you'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Today's card

Hope you have been checking out all the new Hero Arts stamps, they have some great ones! Got the "stamped starburst" last Sunday when a friend and I went on a very chilly trip. When I started to play with this stamp I had visions of different brightly colored images on white card stock, but as you can see it didn't end up that way.
This pale plum card stock caught my eye and I stamped the image first with pale plum dye ink and then again with white pigment ink. Stamped the Antique Background stamp using basic gray dye ink. Then colored in the images using regular markers, copic markers and a white colored pencil.
Thought about adding embellishments or a sentiment but decided I liked it just the way it is.
Hope you do too.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Variation of Dandelion frame stamp

I have always heard that what you do on New Years day is what you will be doing throughout the year. So I made sure I got in some stamping time. Using 2 of Hero Arts 2010 stamps.
The coloring was done with a combination of SU markers and Copics. The copics give such a soft effect, a great way to apply more color after stamping. The colors were from the new pastel set they put out this year.
Of course living in the south, the day also included black eye peas and cornbread. Yum! Also watching a few bowl games. Pleasant day all around, a very nice calm start to the new year. Hope you had a wonderful start also!