Sunday, July 29, 2012


I think I got carried away with textures on this one.  The embossing folder used in the center oval is by Lifestyle crafts and is called Whimsy. The folder used on the white frame is from Darice and it is called Brick Wall. The outer frame was embossed first with one of the Whimsy folders and then with the Brick Wall folder. That wasn't on purpose...I just changed my mind but you can still see a little of the first folder. The die cut frame is from Memory Box and it is called Tiffany frame. The butterfly stamp and die are also from Memory box. A Versamark pen was used to add some deeper color to the butterfly.

It's been a nice relaxing Sunday. Hope you are having one also.
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Simply Fruit

A clean and simple card for the CASology Challenge this week and the inspiration is fruit. It took me about 8 tries before I finally was satisfied with a card. The pear stamp is an oldie from a company called A Stamp in the Hand. It is a solid stamp. The design on the stamp comes from the Penny Black damask cling stamp.

I inked the pear stamp with versamark ink, then a lime colorbox ink. I inked the damask cling stamp with punch Hero chalk ink. After the solid stamp was inked I stamped it onto the damask stamp to pick up that pattern and then stamped it onto the white card stock. It was embossed with clear powder.
The sentiment is a wood stamp that just happened to fit perfectly along the side of the pear. Finished it by putting the bottom in an embossing folder.

I have 3 days off from work and it is so hot that I plan to spend most of it inside crafting and watching the Olympics. Happy Days :).

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Playing with 1 Layer

Good Morning!

Here is another card from my day of crafting. This is a one layer card done on a water-color card base. The stamps are all from Penny Black. They were inked first with Versamark ink, then tea dye Distress ink, stamped, and embossed with clear powder.  Used dye inks and brush markers scribbled on an acrylic block to color and then used a white Prismacolor pencil to soften and blend areas.

You may have done this before but I have discovered that if you ink your stamp with the Versamark ink and then with Distress ink you get better coverage than you do if you just use the distress ink. I love Distress inks but sometimes I would ink a sentiment and didn't get full coverage (especially on clear stamps), just from the nature of the inks. So that is what I do if I don't want the distressed look but want that particular color.

Going to get my car serviced today, hope you are doing something much more fun than that!
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

OLW 97

2 Posts in one day....I'm having fun!

Wanted to play along with the One layer Wednesday challenge where Heather is challenging us to line it up.
She provided some wonderful inspiration for the challenge and you can find it HERE.

The distressed lines background stamp by Hero Arts is one of my all-time favorites. I used a water color card base and masked off a small rectangle. Then colored each line on the stamp using a SU marker, spritzed with it with water and then stamped on the card. Used an embossing stylus to emboss around the edge of the masked area.

The butterfly stamp is from Memory Box. After stamping I used a water color pen to add color to the butterfly. The sentiment is from a clear set called Wishes by Penny Black.


Thank You Jackie!!

I won a give away over on Jackie's blog, Just Stamp It! I won 3 great punches from Jackie made by Tonic Studios. Thank you, Jackie!

I have played with all of them and the really do punch very easily even on heavy card stock. The punch I used on the card is called Floral 2 Border. This is an A2 size card and it worked perfectly to punch out the border and leave a tiny edge on the sides so that the negative space of the border stayed attached. Just adds another way you can use it.
The floral punch is from Simon Says Stamps and Memory Box and the sentiment is from Penny Black.

It has been a busy busy week and it seems like on those weeks my creativity just goes out the window. Today I get to stay home and plan to be in my craft room all day, catch my breath and just enjoy every second. I hope your day is all you want it to be!

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate your visits.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


I made this simple little card to play along with the CR84RFN color challenge . The inspiration photo is shown below.

The sweet little bird die is from Memory Box. I cut the negative space out of the bottom of the white card base. Then I cut the birds again in the red and yellow card stock and inset them into the negative spaces. I used a strip of white card stock on the inside of the card base to hold them in place. The sentiment is part of a Happy Birthday from a Hero Arts clear set. Just cut the sentiment apart and stamped it 3 times.

It has been a wonderful day. Tanya came over and we had craft day and we stamped, talked, die cut, ate, talked some more and ate a little bit more. It was F-U-N! So it has been a happy, happy, happy day!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Day of Sunshine and Smiles

Inspired by "Stretch Your Stamps" online card class and this is my second attempt at a trifold card. The one thing I am not happy with on this card is the fold lines where there was more than one layer of card stock. It got pretty bulky in those two folds.

Started with stamping the border across the bottom of the card. They don't show up in the picture but I scored 3 lines above the border and then added a strip of white card stock that had been colored with the distress ink I used to stamp the border. Next I cut a wider strip and punched out the top of it using a border punch. Then stamped the sentiments. The sentiment on the front of the card is from Penny Black and the inside sentiment is from a clear stamp set by Hero Arts and I cut it apart prior to stamping.  The butterfly and border are also by Penny Black. Added a smaller strip of the purple at the base of the loops. Then stamped the butterfly and used a dry embossing stylus to trace around it.

I am going to enter this in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use strips of color or pattern.

Tanya is coming over tomorrow and we are having "craft day". I can hardly wait. Hoe you are having a wonderfully creative weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, July 13, 2012


Lessons learned

1. Draw lines prior to scoring the fold lines on card.
2. Be careful where you put clear stamps. (left m on die cut machine and it lost part of it's leg)
3. Get some new clear alphabet stamps.

Was attempting to create a trifold card inspired by day 5 of the Stretch Your Stamps online card class that would also fit for the CASology challenge this week. I like the idea of this card but for the second time this week not happy with the execution of the idea. This has been another one of those days. I am going to try this one again but have run out of time today. So hopefully will have a new and improved version to share with you tomorrow.

It just dawned on me that this is Friday the thirteenth, can I blame it for the way this card turned out??????


Thursday, July 12, 2012

BroadWay Debut

I had a need for a special card today and the inspiration for this card came from the Stretch your Stamps online card class. I didn't have the alphabet stamps I needed to make this stamp so I dusted off my Silhouette and created this card. It's a simple one layer card but I was pleased with the way it turned out.

Congrats, Ariana! Break a Leg!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Sunny Birthday

This is week 1 of the challenges over on the "CASology" Blog.  Each week they will provide a word for the inspiration for the challenge that week and this weeks word is Sun. I am not really happy with this card but that happens from time to time, so I'm posting it anyway and hope to have time later in the week to make another card for the challenge that I like better.

The card base is glossy white card stock and this is my 4th attempt, seriously everytime I would get almost done a ink smear would find its way onto the card. I used a nestability to cut out a mask for my sun shape. I applied ink with a sponge in yellow and stamped over it with a flower stamp from Hero Arts in apricot.
I masked off the bottom of the card and sponged green ink for the grass and used a stamp with the same green ink to give some dimension. The flower and sentiment are from Penny Black.

It has been pouring rain here this afternoon and evening, hope you are experiencing sunnier skies.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Exotic Garden

I am taking the Stretch Your Stamps online card class and the first day of class wa all about using your background stamps in different ways. I chose this background stamp from Hero Arts...

Stamped it on glossy card stock and embossed with clear embossing powder, colored with re-inkers, and cut out around the flowers on the top of the stamp. Mounted it on a white card base. Then cut a frame using a nestability and punched a few butterflies and applied. Decided to just add the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Hope you are having a great day! It's a rainy one here but at least the temp is down in the 80s instead of the upper 90s.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Follow Your Own Star

Found a challenge today on the SIMPLICITY  blog and wanted to play along. The challenge was to create a one layer card using at least 1 star and 1 stripe. Found a stamp set from PTI that was perfect for the challenge. The embossed stripes were created using a scoreboard. Decided to stick with a patriotic color scheme but the sentiment chosen was inspired by our granddaughter. She has certainly followed her own star and is living her dream.

Had a wonderful 4th yesterday. Hope to share some photos later in the week. Off to work 2-10 today so just a short post. Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishing you Well

Good Morning. To everyone here in the United States, Happy 4th of July!! We are going to a picnic today at a friend's house. It's going to be hot but there is always a delightful breeze at their house, so maybe the heat won't be too bad.

My card today features a cling stamp from Penny Black called "Posies", a die from Memory Box called "Tessatina Border", and a Spellbinders nestabiltiy called "Large Labels".

The white card base is A2 size. The large labels die was used to make the window.  Then I embossed it with a small dots embossing folder. 4 Tessatina borders were punched and placed behind the window. Then the design was stamped. I used a piece of plastic ( the kind that comes in clear stamp sets) to put behind the borders to make it sturdy but keep the open look.
I stamped the design again, cut out the flowers, added a little more color with colored pencils and mounted over the original design. The butterflies are stamped with a Martha Stewart punch.

Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for spending a little of it with me.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dogwood Wreath

This card was inspired by a gorgeous card I found on Pinterest today and you can see that beautiful card HERE.  The card was created by Suzanne Czosek and you can check out her wonderful blog, HERE. The stamp is Dogwood Wreath by Memory Box. There are two gorgeous pink dogwoods in my yard so there are pink flowers on my wreath. The wreath was stamped twice. On the bottom layer I cut it out and only colored the leaves. I colored all the flowers on the next one and cut them out, curled them for dimension and glued them to the base wreath. I mounted the wreath on a Spellbinders circle nestability. Stamped the butterfly in the middle, then stamped it again, cut it out and layered it onto the base.

The Memory Box border punch was cut twice and placed between embossed lines made with a Scoreboard. Finished up by adding the sentiment and pearls to the center of the flowers.

Thanks for visiting, hope you come back soon!

Lacy Birthday

I adore this lace border stamp from Penny Black, it is lovely, all the intricate detail stamps beautifully and it is easy to cut around the bottom border. It is striking stamped in black. It will definitely be a favorite for its versatility. Both borders were stamped on white card stock, cut out and layered onto the blue card base. The circles were stamped using a distress ink and then punched out with a circle punch. I like the look that the distress ink provides on these clear stamps.

Projected temps today remain over 100 so I don't plan to leave my craft room. I have an idea for organizing my die templates that I need to work on. My Spellbinders nestabilitys are in A2 size envelopes and I am going too cut out one of the smaller sizes in each set to adhere to the front of the envelope so that I can easily find the die I am looking for. The Memory Box dies come in great envelopes with a picture on the front so they don't require anything.

My guest bedroom is still a mess with things from the craft room that I can't decide what to do with. Have to tackle that project one day soon, but don't think it is going to be today.

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