Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sophia's Garden

This lovely embossing folder is called "Sophia's Garden" and it is made by Craft Concepts. The image was embossed on antique linen card stock. The coloring was done with colored pencils and blended with a odorless solvent. The coloring emphasizes the linen look of the card stock. The stamp is from a clear set by Hero Arts. The two punched butterflies are by Martha Stewart.

I tried to color the folder with markers and then emboss but I never was able to achieve a clean look. I am going to try this again on a smooth card stock and see how the coloring turns out.

Have a great day! I am finishing some chores and then off to work. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Had To Have It!

I can't remember exactly where I first saw this embossing folder, but from the first I knew it needed to be an addition to my craft room. It is a folder by Darice called Butterflies in Corner.
The card stock is from Core'dinations and the design was embossed and then sanded. The deckled oval was created with a Spellbinders nestability and the sentiment is from a clear set by Hero Arts. The sentiment was cut apart and rearranged to fit the space. The smaller butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch.

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beach Trip 2012

Spent some time at the beach this weekend with friends from my childhood. As luck would have it, the day we arrived we were under a tornado watch, no beach time that day. This picture was taken the next day when it was beautiful and sunny but the high temp was 55 and the winds were very gusty.
This morning I woke up just as it was beginning to get light and even though it was only 32 degrees, I threw on some heavy clothes and ventured out to get some photos of the sunrise over the Atlantic. Below are a few of the photos

Loved the pelicans that were flying by in this one.

This is our third year and it was so much fun, we eat, talk, watch movies, solve the problems of the world, and just enjoy being together.

When I got back home there was a package waiting for me with some new embossing folders that I can't wait to use. Will be posting some photos later in the week. Hope your weekend has been wonderful, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Hello! I'm back! This is a quick card I put together using the Hero Arts Stripes and Frame stamp and embossing folder. The stamp was inked using distress inks. I simply swiped the pads diagonally across the stamp.
I've been working and attending meetings lately so it was great to stay home today for a little craft therapy. I could use a few more of those days, but back to reality tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines 2012


A little more embossing with a touch of debossing. This beautiful heart is from Memory Box and it was stamped with versamark ink and embossed in white. The dark pink color was added by using my SU marker "Pretty in Pink". The debossing was done around the embossed flowers using an embossing stylus.

The border is a dry embossing folder and the leaves and birds were colored using copic markers the color on the dots is the SU marker again. 

Hope you will be spending Valentines day with your special Valentine. I will be working and spending my day with some precious new Valentines.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Distressed Embossing

I have never been able to figure out what "my style" is when it comes to my cards but the one common element that seems to be on most of them is the use of the color, white. Maybe white signifies my wish for things (life) to be neat, clean and tidy without all those messy details of day to day living. LOL!  Any thoughts?
I used white pigment ink on this background panel for the distressing over the embossing and used a touch of tea dye distress ink just on the edges.

All the stamps used are from Hero Arts. The frame was stamped, then the sentiment and bird were added. The bird was colored with copics and then distress inks were added to the frame.

Have been loving all the cards out there using negative space so I pulled out an old corner punch to create a little negative space on this card. (just pretend that you don't see that the bottom right corner punch is not centered lol!)

Then center white oval was cut with a nestability and then embossed with an embossing folder.

Hope your week is going well, I have worked over 20 hours the last two days and I get a day off today so I am going to take my dad out to lunch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Triple Embossing

I am having a lot of fun playing with embossing folders. My Cuttlebug is getting a work out. The only stamp on this card is the Hero Arts sentiment, everything else is done with embossing and punches.

I started with the white panel and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the dots embossing folder, then one more time using the vine embossing folder. Then used the Shabby Shutters distress ink pad to pull lightly over the panel to color the vine. Next a little Tumbled Glass distress ink was added to the edge and corners. The white panel goes through the Cuttlebug one more time to be cut with a Spellbinders nestability.

The flowers were created using white card stock that had been embossed with the dots folder and colored lightly with pink ink. The butterflies were made using punches.

The yellow panel is BoBunny dotted paper that was embossed using a Hero Arts folder.

Something about that background with the tiny dots reminds me of a material from my childhood. Little dresses made of soft, lightweight dotted swiss material, perfect for hot humid summers in the south.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tie-Dye Birthday

This card makes me think of the era of Tie-Dye and it was created using a background stamp from Hero Arts that was inked with a Kaleidacolor rainbow dye ink pad. I started out with the idea of using the whole stamped image as my background but decided in these bright bold colors it might look better used as accent pieces.

I embossed the card base with a Sizzix embossing folder and then used a Spellbinders nestability to cut out the window in the base and also to cut the oval frame from the stamped background. The butterflies and the strips framing the sentiment were also created from the stamped background.
The ink pad had very bold colors so I softened them by adding Picket Fence distress stain which caused the colors to bleed a little but I think that just added to the Tie-Dye look.
The sentiment was also stamped using the rainbow ink pad.

This was another late night stamping adventure and I think if  you are going to be up you might as well be productive.

On a personal note I wanted to share with you the wonderful blessing that we have experienced this week. My son, Jared is 31 and was diagnosed with Hodgkins in 2007. A couple of weeks ago he had bronchitis and thought he had broken a rib coughing so they got an xray and saw spots near his mediastinum, so he went for a CT scan, from there to the oncologist and a PET scan on Wednesday. God blessed us with a negative PET scan and I am so thankful, relieved and feeling extremely blessed. Thank you God for this blessing.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me!

Hero Arts CG335 Dot Flower Pattern
Hero Arts CL371
Ranger Picket Fence distress stain
Kaleidacolor Spectrum rainbow dye ink pad
Sizzix embossing folder