Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Smallest Things Make Me Happy

Happy Tuesday!

I have been trying to figure out how to print script around my card on the Silhouette and I was finally able to figure it out so I thought I would share that with you. I drew a box the size of my central design and selected a font and font size. I used the Elegant Script font for this card. I started typing the words at the upper left corner of the block. When I got to the edge of that line I grouped the box and that line of words together, flipped the design and continued to type across the next line. I continued to do that until the words wrapped completely around the box.

Then I ungrouped it and removed the box from the design. I didn't want it to cut, just print so I chose the "no-cut" option and chose a color for the font. I moved the design on the field so that it would print on the right side of the paper. Printed it, folded and cut the card stock to an A2 size card.

Next time I will either pick a central design without script or chose a font for the borders that is closer to the font on the stamp.

The Penny Black stamp was embossed with white embossing powder on the purple card stock. I used a white colored pencil to color the inside of the design and then colored over that using a combination of copics and colored pencils. I tried to be careful with the copics so that the white embossing was not colored.
The color of the flower didn't turn out very well so I stamped and embossed it again on the yellow card stock and distressed it with tea dye distress ink. Cut it out and layered it over the original one. Then applied some picket fence distress stain to the panel.

Has something put a smile on your face today? I would love to hear about it.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, September 26, 2011


Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a good start. I woke up early and finished up this card featuring a couple of Penny Black stamps.

The background was created by stamping Majestic Composition in Memento brown dye ink and coloring with Distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo. Picket Fence Distress stain was used lightly in a few area around the edges.
The punch on the left side is a Lattice Chain large edger punch by EK tools that has been cut in half.
The Poppy Poem stamp is also stamped with memento brown dye ink and colored using Prismacolor colored pencils.
Had a few scraps of paper with distress inks on them and used those to punch out the butterflies.
The sentiment was created on the Silhouette. It's so nice to be able to create any sentiment you want in any size you need!

Thanks for visiting today :)


Friday, September 23, 2011

A Pumpkin Pie obsession

It's officially Fall and my thoughts have turned to pumpkin pie. It has been a stressful week and I found myself craving this comfort food and I gathered my ingredients and made myself a little treat. Turns out my hubby was cooking spaghetti for supper so we had the unusual combination of spaghetti and pumpkin pie lol!
I don't think I will be repeating that particular combination of foods but both were tasty.

This pumpkin card was created on the Silhouette and I thought the sentiment went along with my mood for the week.

Hope your week has been stress free and if not try making yourself a pumpkin pie, it just might help :)

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

A New Silhouette Skill

Don't you love it when you learn something new? It gives me a sense of accomplishment and it just goes against that old saying "Old dogs can't learn new tricks". I am calling myself the "old dog". lol! Today I learned a new trick and wanted to share it with you.
I'm a little embarrased to tell you that until today I hadn't been able to figure out the advanced color gradient fill option. But I finally got it!! Yippeee!
This is the design used to create the colored panel on the front of the card.

I copied and pasted this border to make 4 panels and flipped two of the panels to create the front of the card as shown on the finished card. Before they were grouped together they were colored using the Advanced color option.

After coloring the panels they were grouped together to form a single design. Then I chose a card design and placed the butterfly border panel on the front of the card between the loops.

I made my sentiment using the Adorable font and colored it using the same advanced option.

The last thing I did on the Silhouette was offset the front panel of the card and cut it out in yellow card stock to highlight those white loops on the side.

Adhere the sentiment panel with pop dots, used some twine to tie and bow and added a Hero Arts pop dot for the center.

Thanks for stopping by but I'm glad you really can't see me because I'm still in my pjs :)  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall is in the Air

We've had a big weather change and there is a delightful coolness in the air. In celebration of the upcoming change of seasons I made this card.
This was created on the Silhouette and the die is "leafy fall frame C00332". I used the design twice in different sizes and used an advanced design fill color feature to color the leaves.  Both frames were offset to add the cream edge around the leaves. Then the larger frame was offset to create the base card shape.
Antique paper distress ink and Glimmer mist were added to give some depth to the color. I created the sentiment using the text feature.
The weather is quite different from Thursday when I ate lunch at the beach..what a contrast.

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beautiful Beach Day

Went out to lunch with a dear friend today. We went to Wrightsville Beach and ate at the Oceanic and the food was wonderful. I had a delicious Lump Crab Cake, my absolutely favorite food, it was so yummy! And this was the wonderful view we enjoyed  during lunch. Wish you could have been there :)

See you tomorrow with something crafty.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So Sweet of you

 September was my month to lead our stamp club and this is one of the cards we made. The card base and white panel were made on the Silhouette. The flower is from Penny Black and was colored with distress inks and copic markers, a white colored pencil and uniball gel pen. The sentiment is from PTI. 

This is card number two and it also features Penny Black stamps  and a new EK Success punch that I just could not resist.
Just some simple stamping with a few embellishments. 

I will show card number 3 soon. Its a cute little pumpkin card from the Silhouette stores, and I haven't taken a photo of it yet.

We have a great stamp club with about 9 members. We started meeting when we had a local stamp store and continued to meet after the store closed. We meet once a month and a different member leads the group each month. 
I so enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your beautiful creations in the flickr groups, it is like a huge internet stamp club and I feel like I have friends all over the world :). And as Martha would say "It's a good thing"!!

Thanks for visiting!


Friday, September 9, 2011


I could have slept in today but my eyes popped open around 5am. Hate it when that happens LOL! Had this Northwoods image that I had stamped a few days ago, so in order to pass some early morning time, I did some coloring. This time I used Copic markers to color the butterflies and the background.
Added a little dimension by stamping the orange butterfly and again, cutting it out and layering over the base image with a pop dot. I used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the butterfly wings and placed pop dots under them. You can't see it as well on the photograph but on the card they look like they are flying right off the image.

So now that it's time to be up, I am feeling a little sleepy......Just might take a nap.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Butterfly Garden

Just a quick post to share this Northwoods stamp image colored with Prismacolor pencils. The white frame around the image was created on the Silhouette. 
Getting up very early in the morning to head out for a 12 hour shift. Hope you have a fun day planned and thanks for stopping by!



Good Morning :)

Have another card to share featuring distress inks and a Penny Black stamp.

I inked the Songbird stamp first with Versamark frost ink and then applied two colors of distress ink over the versamark. Embossed the stamped image with clear detail embossing powder. Then covered the white areas of the image with a versamark pen and embossed those again with clear powder
The background was created with distress inks, shades of blues and yellows and then a layered of antique linen was added. I just dabbed the antique linen over the background and did that also on the white card stock used for the lattice punch and the card base.
Even though the bird and branch were embossed, they were fading into the background so I did a little distressing with white pigment ink and added a little white pastel pencil next to the embossed image. The last step was to mist with water.

The punch is from Martha Stewart and  is scalloped on both sides but I trimmed the left side off to fit the card.

My husband thinks I spend entirely too much time on the internet....so he may not be happy that my friends Tanya and Jackie have introduced me to Pinterest. I resisted for a while but succumbed to temptation yesterday. It's going to be fun! Don't worry Larry, I'll wave at  you as I go from computer to craft room. LOL!

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Penny Black-Simple Card Set

The Penny Black Blog featured a tutorial by Jill Foster on Simple stamping. I love simple stamping!! So I watched Jill's video, then off to my craft room for some fun. Picked some bright colorful leftover pieces of card stock for the front panels. The stamps are all by Penny Black. I wanted these images to really pop so I used a pigment ink for stamping. This ink is Chocolate Chip by SU. I used a heat tool to dry it so I could put the cards together quickly. All 5 of these cards were done in no time at all. I did use a touch of a white pastel pencil on a couple of the images but that is all. Just stamped and assembled the layers. Makes me want to get started on Christmas gifts. I am posting a close up of each card below.

Thank you Penny Black and Jill for the reminder that Simple Stamping is  a wonderful option!


Penny Black
2004 2827K Songbird
2006 3360K Curlicue
2008 30-024 Enjoy
SU Chocolate chip pigment ink

And thanks to you for visiting :) 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Colored Pencils, Debossing, and Masking

Happy Labor Day!

More coloring with Prismacolor Pencils on the Penny Black stamp. The flowers were stamped on Tiara white cardstock with Memento black dye ink. Used pencils to color the flowers, leaves, and stems. I stamped the image again to create a mask, then stamped over the masked flowers with the script stamp, also from Penny Black. Cut out the shape with a Spellbinders Nestability. Then masked the flowers again and sprayed the panel with Glimmer Mist. The gray panel was also cut out with a Spellbinders die. I placed the floral panel on a soft surface and traced around the edge of the flower with a dry emboss stylus. Here's a little closer view of the embossing. It just adds a little extra dimension to the flowers.

The card base was made on the Silhouette SD using white paper and that was also sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
 Woke up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep, so I made good use of my time in my craft room.  I'm almost finished with the card for tomorrows post. More Penny Black, some distress inks, and pastel pencils....

Have a great day, your visits are always appreciated :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Jill Foster did an awesome video on the I Love Mementos site using Prismacolor pencils and  a Northwoods stamp. Her coloring skills are fantastic whatever medium she uses. So I broke out my Prismacolor pencils to give it a try.

The white and gray panel shapes were made on the Cuttlebug using Spellbinders Nestabilities. I cut the front of the card more narrow than the back and added the two border to that edge. On the back inner edge I added a strip of the ribbon used to tie the bow. When the card is closed you can see just a tiny border of the ribbon.

Both stamps used on this card are from LaBlanche. The flourish stamp was inked with Distress ink and was stamped once before actually stamping on the white panel.

The colored pencils were fun and very forgiving. If there was an area I wasn't happy with, I just erased it using a white eraser and started over. Can't be much easier than that. Now if I could just do it like Jill does, I can dream, can't I?

Thanks for sharing a little of your weekend with me :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Autumn Bouquet

Good Morning! I've been doing a lot of running this past week so I have been making this card in bits and pieces of time. I live 45 miles from work and around 40 miles from my dad so I spend a lot of time on the road. Today, I get to stay home. Nothing on my agenda but crafting and some Friday night football this evening. Happy Day :)

The bouquet and script background are  Penny Black Stamps, the sentiment is from PTI. The green border on the side is a Martha Stewart border punch. The yellow vine was created on the Silhouette. The coloring was done with a combination of copics and distress inks.

I am leading my stamp club next week so I'm off to try and figure out what our project will be.

Thanks for visiting!