Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make it Your Own

Good Morning Everyone.

I chose 2 Silhouette SD card images to make this card. The label on the front comes from one design and the white loop panel comes from another one. The sentiment "You always know just how to make me smile"  is a clear stamp from Hero Arts. I cut it apart and arranged it on a clear block to fit the white oval. Then added the "Thanks".  The flowers are from Memory Box.
I am pretty comfortable with cutting apart my clear stamps now. Not so much, when I did it the first time, but it really gives them so much versatility. I do wish someone would make a set of vertical clear stamps. hint hint.

So many wonderful ideas out there and it is so much fun to play around with them and add your own personal touch.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting because that always makes me smile :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011


A little entry for the Bring the Bling challenge at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog. I wanted this to be one layer only but I didn't like the way the sentiment looked at the bottom so I had to stamp it again on a different layer. I know I should have just started over but I couldn't bring myself to toss the card. 

The flower image is from Penny Black and the sentiments are from Hero Arts. The stamped was colored with markers, spritzed with water and stamped on the card. The edge of the card was cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and the embossing around the other sides was done with the Martha Stewart score board. The last step was to add the bling on the punched border and to the small flowers.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 20, 2011


All images including the sentiment on this card were created on the Silhouette SD. This is the image it all started with.

This is the design that created the floral grouping on the card. I duplicated it several times to make the flowers. Then I used the little individual petals, colored them green and used them as leaves.

This is how it looks right out of the printer. So I decided to add some script and cut it out into a card shape. After doing those steps, it needed a little dimension so I added that by coloring with a white colored pencil around the edges and debossing. These are the tools I used for the debossing.

That is a dry embossing stylus but I chose not to use a light box and I traced around the outline of the flowers with the stylus so the image is de-bossed instead of embossed and below is a close up of that detail.

I think it adds a nice little touch and keeps the image from having a stenciled appearance.

I made this card after visiting the Less is More  blog and seeing their challenge for the week. Decided I would play along...what do you think is this Clean and Simple? It is one layer. Does the debossing count as embossing? I hope so. Go over and take a look at all the other wonderful entries.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Brighter, Bolder Look

I just had to try it again with more color :). Added a few butterflies and didn't use buttons. I can't tell you how many color versions I have gone through trying to come up with one I liked....This has been an all day event!
I don't know how the rest of you come up with something new and wonderful everyday, but you do and I am impressed.

It has been a good day, a traumatic weekend behind me, things are looking up. Nothing major just a bunch of little things and sometimes they just get the better of me. But its a new day and I'm coming to see what you have been doing. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Flower Doily Card

Joining in on the challenge over at Our Creative Corner. The challenge is to use a  monochromatic color scheme using only neutral colors and add lace and buttons. I struggled! I am going to do this design again using bold colors.

The lace doily background was created on the Silhouette SD. I created the card base and the dark background by using the offset feature. The floral stamp is from Penny Black and the sentiment from PTI.

That's it for the crafting portion of this post.
Warning: Nature's Ugly Side

I have been traumatized today but not nearly as bad as a poor bluebird in the neighbors yard. I heard the bird just fussing and fussing and saw it flying by a bird house over and over so I went over to check it out. I got close to the bird house thinking I might see some babies but when I looked in I saw a Snake! So I knew what ever was in the bird house couldn't be saved but I was afraid the mama would try to go back in to the babies and the snake would have her too. I knew as long as I was standing there she wouldn't fly in. I saw my neighbor and called out for him to come over to help. Sure enough the poor babies couldn't be helped but that hateful snake won't get any more babies and the mama is okay.

Hope your day has been creative and fun without any drama.

Friday, May 13, 2011

All Penny Black

This is my attempt at a tall card. It features a wood block stamp and a clear set from Penny Black.
The bird image is called "nature's day" and the clear set is "to you". The flowers in the background are actually a bouquet of flowers I stamped right side up and then again up side down. The large flower at the bottom is also from the clear set but I only used the front portion of the flower.

I have decided I am using my silhouette way too much. The reason I believe that is a dream I had last night. It was all about trying to figure out how to do something on the silhouette, and I struggled and struggled with it. Can you believe it, even in my dreams I am trying to figure it all out!! LOL! But unless they come up with a Silhouettes anonymous I am sure I will be back at it shortly.

Thanks for stopping  by

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Walking through Gardens

I have a couple of cards to share with you today. The first one is colorful and features a Penny Black stamp coupled with a Silhouette design. The silhouette flower frame was originally done in yellows and I changed it to the colors seen. I stamped the wonderful little girl image in the center and then colored it to reflect the floral frame. I had 2 of the frames so I cut out a few of the flowers to add to the flowers that the birds are carrying.

The next card is also a Penny Black stamp that is just lovely. This is done in a monochromatic color scheme. I was hoping to get it done to add to the NSD challenge they were hosting, but didn't get it finished in time. It features 3 of their new stamps and the Hero Arts envelope pattern stamp.

I think I have inspired myself to go outside and spend a little time enjoying nature today. Hope you have time to take a walk through a garden.
Thanks for spending a little time with me

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Penny Black Monochromatic Challenge

The Penny Black Blog is hosting a challenge in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. The challenge is to use Penny Black stamps with a monochromatic color scheme. Their design team has posted some wonderful cards, so be sure you go over and check them out.
I paired up a couple of my new Penny Black stamps with a design from the Silhouette SD for my card. The white doily design was round to begin with but I changed it to an oval shape. Cut it out in white and then used the offset feature to create the blue background. Then I offset that shape and duplicated it, moved them close together and used the weld feature to create the white card base.
The flowers and the butterfly were stamped on the blue card stock, embossed and cut out. I did use a white colored pencil to add a little shading.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone!
Thanks for sharing a little time with me

Friday, May 6, 2011

1st CAS-ual Fridays Challenges--Pick Me

I am participating in the first ever CAS-ual Fridays  challenge and it involves using text and "clean and simple". I just recieved this wonderful  Penny Black stamp and wanted to use it with text so started trying to decide which text stamp to use, but I didn't have one that seemed appropriate so I decided to make my own text. So I used my microsoft office to create this Pick Me Script which seemed appropriate for the flower and the challenge. I created 2, one for the background of the flower and one that is printed directly onto the bottom of the card....less layers. Colored it with copic markers and added a sentiment from PTI. It doesn't get more simple than that.
Do you think they will take the hint and "Pick me?" LOL!!!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Making Cakes without Baking

This is my favorite of the cakes I made this weekend. This original design was a wedding cake but by removing the flowers that come with the design you can decorate the cake base however you like. You can also change the number of layers. I won't detail all the steps but if you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. After removing the flowers I used the ric-rac design to decorate the layers and filled them in with 3 colors. The dots are added with Glossy Accents. The larger flowers are also from Silhouette but the smaller ones are a Martha Stewart Punch. All the sentiments on each card are from Hero Arts. They are all from clear sets and were cut apart in order to have them fit the space like I wanted.

This cake looks like it has fondant icing on it to me. Most of the flowers were added in to the original cake on the silhouette after adding the color to the layers. I also used the ric-rac design again. The dimensional flowers are Silhouette designs.

My final cake to share today. This one was made with less layers and the package border decorating the layers is the same one I used last week on the birthday card.
That's it for today, saving a few more to share with you later.
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by :)