Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stripes and Frame Birthday

This card was inspired by the same challenge as yesterday's card. Again using the colors; red, pink and light blue. I used embossing on this card also. The stamp and embossing folder are from the Sizzzix/Hero Arts Stripes and Frame set.

First I embossed the card base with the embossing folder.
Then I colored the stamp using markers and a small ink cube. Then spritzed the stamp with water before stamping to add a watercolor look.
Added a little glitter to the red outline of the sentiment frame, a few punched butterflies and a scalloped border punch to the side of the card.

The challenge is the CR84FN47 Challenge and the colors are seen below and the stripes remind me of the ribbons hanging from the swing.

Same inspiration but two totally different looks.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Just a Little Blue

A card in pink, red and light blue for the CR84FN47 Challenge.

My friend, Tanya uses embossing folders beautifully on her cards and she inspired me to dig out some of mine and put them to use. After I ran the cardstock through the embossing folder I cut out the window using a nestability. The flowers in the window are from the Hero Arts Large Flower Background stamp.

The border at the bottom is a EK Success punch with a strip of white cardstock  and some Hero Arts hearts and Martha Stewart butterflies.

My last day at physical therapy this morning. We're going to see how things go with me doing my exercises at home. The trip to PT is about 90 miles round trip so twice a week added on to my work week means I have been traveling over 500 miles a week. That adds up to quite a bit of gas money and wear and tear on my car.

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Yellow Version

Just had to give the card a try in yellow. I used white embossing instead of black ink for the flowers. The first time I did the background I embossed it on yellow card stock and the background and the flower blended together and it was just too busy. So I tried embossing it on white card stock and added a little color around the edges and I like the way it looked much better.

We are having a quiet relaxing Sunday afternoon. Just enjoying being home with my hubby and plenty of time to do whatever I feel like doing. That is my kind of day.

Thanks for sharing it with me!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Birthday #5

Moving right along with the birthday cards for 2012. This one features all Hero Arts stamps and the color pink. The background was stamped with SU Pretty in Pink ink. The flowers and the butterfly were colored with Copic markers. I can visualize this one in soft creamy yellows also. It would be great to stamp it in several different color palettes and give a set to someone special. Maybe the next time I will change it up a little by embossing the background stamp in white on colored cardstock.

Off to the hospital for an afternoon of meetings. Hope you are doing something fun.
Thanks for visiting!

Hero Arts Stamps:
CG385 Dot Flower Pattern
CL383 Antique Engravings
CG403 Large Flower Background
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
SU Pretty in Pink Ink
Copic Markers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday #4

Yeah! Another birthday card made. TANYA came over on Sunday and we had show and tell. We showed each other the new goodies we have acquired since we were last together. All that sharing inspired some fun new cards. I made this card for one of my January birthdays.  The card base was made using this Hero Arts Stripe and Frame embossing folder. The butterfly is created by two Butterfly Dies by Memory Box. The sentiment is from Penny Black.

It is so much fun to have someone to share creative time with. We talk, create, talk, eat, talk,  and did I say talk? I enjoyed every minute. I did so much talking I only completed one card so I am off now to get a few more January birthday cards done.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"While You Were Sleeping"

This post doesn't have anything to do with the Sandra Bullock movie, it is more about my life right now. I am having some sleep issues and it is rare these days to get more than 2 hours sleep at a time. Last night I actually slept for a little over 4 hours straight and woke up around 4am feeling rested and Wide awake. My options were limited, I didn't want to watch re-runs....again. Couldn't get on the computer because it is in our bedroom and somehow I didn't think my sleeping hubby would appreciate that. So I made this card using a new Penny Black cling set, punched a few butterflies out of vellum, and added a few pearls. Very simple but at least I was productive.

I have heard of sleep walking and sleep talking maybe I can start a club for sleep stampers :). Forgive my silliness, I am pretty sure it is from lack of sleep.

Have a great weekend and thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


The inspiration for this card came from the CR84FN Color Challenge.

 I just love the pink, yellow, and white colors and was particularly inspired by This card by Sue Lelli. Loved the little touch of red that was added in the pp.

I was looking at the colors and this heart stamp by Memory Box came to mind. The heart was stamped and colored using inks and markers from SU. It was embossed on antique linen card stock and that gives it a little distressed look. The colors were softened by covering the heart with Rangers Picket Fence Distress Stain. The distress stain was also used on the butterflies and the sentiment.

I love the way Tiffany uses doilies on her cards. I got a few packs on my last trip to Michaels and thought this one was perfect as a background for the heart.

Just went in to my craft room to get the numbers for the stamps used so I could share them with you and somehow the "Love" stamp has disappeared off the face of the earth. I have searched everywhere and can't find it. I was up in the middle of the night and decided to be productive and did a little cleaning in my room...so hope that I didn't throw it away. Don't you just hate it when you can't find something that you know is probably hiding in plain site? The heart and butterfly are from Memory Box.
The butterfly is called Periwinkle B1181 and the heart is Daphne Heart #1422.

Thanks for your comments, I am feeling a little better today :).

Thanks for you visit!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Negative Space

I have another card for the CASE Study Challenge # 73. The die cut is from a Silhouette design and I used the negative space to feature the sentiment. The butterflies are also a silhouette design. The frame  is versatile and you can choose which of the lines you want cut and which ones that you just want to print. It would be so delicate by cutting all of the lines but I wanted to be able to pop it up, so I printed the lines in the corners.

I am fighting off a nasty cold and so far it is winning the fight. I was supposed to teach a Neonatal Resuscitation Class this morning but woke up with a slight fever and figured my co-workers would appreciate me keeping those germs to myself.  So, back to bed I go. Hope you are having a wonderful, germ free day :).

Thanks for visiting.

Silhouette Mackintosh Frame C00090
Silhouette butterfly C00001
Penny Black sentiment 4185F
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friends Forever

Good Morning. I have seen some wonderful cards out there using the negative die cut space and decided to join in the fun. The CASE STUDY challenge this week is about using the negative space and this is my entry.
It features two Silhouette designs and a Penny Black Clear Stamp SET Mimi's Many Loves. There are some adorable images in that set. Below is a look at the card when it is opened.

I colored the girls and flowers with copic markers and then used Glossy Accents to give the flowers some dimension and shine. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch that was also colored with a copic marker and covered with Glossy Accents.

These are the two Silhouette designs used. The first one is a Nested Hearts Design and the second is a new design Card-Heart Sq. Invites. I chose one of the hearts, un-grouped the 4 invites, deleted the outer edge around one and used the heart border. I centered the heart over the border design and then drew a rectangle around them the size of the entire card. The designs were centered on the half that would make the front of the card. Then let the Silhouette do its magic.

This was a fun card to make and I am looking forward to making more using the negative die cut space.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Background Flowers

Life has been kicking my butt! Nothing major, just a lot of little things and today was designated "My Day". I am spending my day using a few of the new stamps that have just come out. I have a few new Hero Arts and Penny Black stamps that I have been wanting to get inky and this is my first completed project.

This lovely stamp is by Hero Arts.
I inked the stamp with versamark frost ink and then Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink and embossed it using clear embossing powder.
Then I colored in the flowers and stems with a white colored pencil, since I stamped it on a colored background.
The flowers were colored using a brush marker. I scribbled the color on an acrylic block, used a watercolor pen to pick up the color and painted the flowers. A little more color was added with a colored pencil and then I blended the colors using a white colored pencil.
The stems and leaves were colored with copic markers.
The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch.
I used a glue pen and Martha Stewart glitter to cover the butterflies and around the edges of some of the flower petals.
It is hard to see in the photo but I also colored in some of the small background flowers with the white pencil.
 Just added a few pearls and the ribbon and the card is complete.

Now I have a difficult decision ahead of me...do I go back and straighten up my craft room or do I go back and keep creating and just let the mess continue??? Since it is "My Day", I'm opting for more creating :).

Hope life is treating you well and thanks so much for stopping by.


Hero Arts Large Flower Background
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Martha Stewart carrara marble glitter
Prismacolor white colored pencil
SU Lovely Lilac marker
glitter pen
clear embossing powder
versamark frost ink
Memento Rich cocoa dye ink
Copics YG 91, G 40, YG11

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happiest Birthday

Another simple birthday card today. This card features stamps by Memory Box. I think this butterfly stamp is one of the prettiest there is. I stamped the butterflies, colored them with copics and then cut around the outer right side to create the top layer of the card. Used the same white card stock for the second layer and stamped the sentiment on that layer. The card base is bazzil card stock the same color of one of the butterflies. So card 3 for 2012 is done and in the mail today.

I love the reminders I have set now. I set them to remind me a week before the date so that I would have plenty of time to get one made and in the mail. Now I have no excuses. Hopefully everyone will get a handmade card on time this year.

Supplies used:
Memory Box stamps
leaf print butterfly and Happiest birthday
Copic colors are B00 and BG10
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Versamark Ink
Clear detail embossing powder

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Almost Clean and Simple

Birthday card #2 is done and I am happy to report that #1 was delivered on time. I would be excited to be off to a good start but it is way to early to be celebrating. I usually do pretty good in January, not so good after that. But I can just tell that this is going to be a better year.

I got some inspiration for this card from this post by Joan on her blog, Paperlicious. Check out the vivid butterfly card, it is fabulous. Love her colors!!

Quick post this morning because I am out the door to PT. Always on the run these days. Thank you for stopping by, it makes my day!