Monday, December 8, 2008

foof a la birdie...

Are you sick of this little birdie yet?
stamps: inkadinkado
ink: basic black, ruby red, sage shadow
paper: strathmore, foof a la, su ruby red, su handsome hunter
accessories: pti silver ribbon, su riding hood red ribbon, michael's bling, aquapainter, imaginisce rub-on

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

imaginisce bird...

I love this paper by Imaginisce. It's more of that fabulous paper that Michelle sent me. I've almost used it all up now :( I guess it's a good thing I got an order of Scenic Route in!!

Since I just did a similar card, I won't bore you with the all details.

stamps: inkadinkado
ink: basic black, ruby red, bashful blue
paper: su riding hood red, bliss blue (i know, i love it too!!!)imaginisce
accessories: imaginisce rub-on, michael's bling, aquapainter

Monday, December 1, 2008

chocolate covered bella...

These are the stamps that kept me from completing my husbands cards. I had to use them. Really, there was no choice. They are stamped on very vanilla card stock in PTI dark chocolate and sponged with su chocolate chip. I wish I would have used whisper white instead of the vanilla because I stamped a bunch of these Bellas at the Ft Meade SBS. Thanks Tracy!! I have a few more, so I am going to do another one.

Bella is colored with my copic markers and the close to cocoa layer was edged with my Martha Stewart edge punch. The snowflake brad was a gift from my Big DSS at SCS... thanks Lisa!!

And look... I did the inside too!

stamps: stamping bella, scenic route
ink: pti dark chocolate
paper: su close to cocoa, whisper white, very vanilla, riding hood red
accessories: riding hood red ribbon, k&co pewter snowflake, su rhinestone brad, martha stewart punch, copic markers, sponge dauber

Sunday, November 30, 2008

paper candies...

This is the first card I made with my blog candy win from Paper Addiction. The paper is so pretty, it was very hard for me to cut into it! The bird was stamped with basic black onto strathmore water color paper. I water colored with my aqua painter and reinker. I rubbed a blog candy sentiment onto the celery "window." I really like how it fits into the space, and plan to CASE this card a few times putting that sentiment into all of them. The bling is cheapo stuff from Michael's that came clear and was colored with a copic marker.

stamps: inkadinkado
ink: basic black, ruby red, certainly celery
paper: su, strathmore, imaginisce
accessories: imaginisce rub-on, michael's bling, copic marker, su ribbon, aquapainter

Saturday, November 29, 2008

the perfect tree...

For the perfect Elzybells. These girls are so cute! I really love them. The image is from the generosity of the Wish RAK group.

I used my new nestabilities for the image on this one. I really want to get the set that resembles the top note die from stampin up, but they are always out of stock :( I do like this one too though :) I ran the red layer through my wizard with my swiss dots cuttlebug folder. I put it on backwards because the paper is white core and all the dots were white on the other side, and I didn't really care for that look.

stamps: elzybells, su warmest regards
paper: DCWV
ink: ruby red craft
accessories: copic markers, ribbon from my stash, stickles, nesties

Friday, November 28, 2008

i've been feeling christmassey...

It seems like it's been forever since I've stamped for fun. Today I decided I'd make some Christmas cards for my husband to give to some of his friends. A few times a year a group gets together and they hike along old rail lines and find all sorts of historical things. Most of these lines haven't even had a train on them in years... heck, some of them don't even have rail anymore LOL. But they have fun, they map it out, take pictures and see some really cool old stuff.

So, I decided today I'd make him a set of cards. I got most of it done too till I got sidetracked with some new rubber that I bought from Paper Addiction a few weeks ago. I really love this paper by Scenic Route (and it's on sale this weekend) and I wanted to try to CASE it with the matching stamp set. You will see that card soon. Back to the cards I made for my husband... The Elzybell is from Wish RAK. I colored her with with my Copic markers and added some stickles and liquid applique for dimension.
stamps: elzybells
ink: copic markers
paper: dcwv
accessories: red ribbon from taylored expressions and the organdy is from my stash

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

so very honored...

A few weeks ago I went to the Ft Meade SBS. It was such a great time stamping with so many lovely Splitcoast ladies. One talented stamper I always see there is Sara aka ChicagoGirl at SCS... she is so much silly fun! She gets right into all the action playing games and having a ball! You can't help but laugh and have a great time when you're near her. Sara has a great blog called Sara Stamps and she nominated me for my very first blog award! I am so honored and excited!! Thanks so much Sara!!

So, the rules of the award is to:
1. put the logo on your blog (if you choose)
2. put a link to the person that sent you the award
3. nominate 5 blogs
4. put links to their blogs
5. leave messages for your nominees

I would like to nominate the these super talented stampers... check them out when you get a chance, you won't be sorry!!

1 Michelle
2 Patty
3 Vicki
4 Karen even though she isnt blogging right now. She will be soon and well, she is super talented!!
5 Patricia

Sunday, November 23, 2008

the third baby card...

The final baby card. I hope you're not sick of them yet! LOL

This one was stamped on white and colored with copic markers and the outfit was pieced on. The little buttons are a little larger than I'd like but they were the smallest that I had and I really, really wanted to use some buttons!

The ribbon is from my stash, I think it was leftover from a SEI class I took at CKC. The scallop punch is by Martha Stewart... love her edge punches!!

stamps: stampin' up sentiment and if you know the source of this baby, please let me know so i can list that :)
ink: palette noir, rose red
paper: DCWV patterned paper, SU whisper white, certain celery
accessories: buttons, copic markers, ms edge punch

Saturday, November 22, 2008

another baby card...

A few days ago I mentioned that a friend of mine had a baby girl. This is the second card that I made for her. Most of the details are the same. I wanted a similar look even though the cards are different.
stamps: stampin up sentiment, if you know the source of this baby, please let me know so i can list that :)
ink: palette noir, rose red
paper: DCWV patterned paper, SU whisper white, certain celery
accessories: rhinestones, copic marker (for rosy cheeks), sponge daubers

Friday, November 21, 2008

a strawberry happy birthday...

I love these Lockhart berries. They are so summery and fun and since it's snowing here, summery sounds good! The circles were cut with my Nesties. I cut the red circle out and put the main image into the center of the circle. It's a lot more centered than it looks here... that was from the funky angle I took the photo at. The center circle is popped up. A knot of twill on the front for texture. I like twill, but I don't use it as often as I'd like because it can get bulky on cards I intend to mail. So I usually only use it on cards I plan to hand deliver.
stamps: lockhart
ink: basic black
paper: su real red, cool caribbean. apricot appeal, whisper white
accessories: twill, copic markers, circle nestabilities

Thursday, November 20, 2008

oh baby!

A friend of mine just had a sweet baby girl. I remember the days my little one was baby girl. Sometimes I miss those baby days... but most times I really enjoy her being a little girl. I know it will be the same for my friend as her angel grows.

For this card I stamped the baby image twice. Once onto blush blossom paper and once onto the DCWV flower paper. I trimmed out the entire image in blush and layered it onto the bard base, then cut out only the outfit on the flowery paper and added some rhinestones for the buttons. This card is one of three I am sending her, so the other two will be coming over the next few days.

stamps: unknown. if you know the source of this baby, please let me know so i can list that :)
ink: palette noir, rose red
paper: DCWV patterned paper, SU whisper white, certain celery
accessories: rhinestones, copic marker (for rosy cheeks), sponge daubers

Sunday, November 9, 2008

wanna know what's yummier than chocolate snowflakes?

This delicious blog candy from Michelle Giraud. A few posts back, I mentioned the blog candy that she was offering over at twisted-chick creations. I can't believe she picked me! I've never won blog candy before... and it's surely not from the lack of trying. LOL The assortment she sent me left me wanting more! I wanted to put in an order the other day, but I'd left my credit card in the car and didn't want to go all the way out to the garage (it's just downstairs... yes, I am *that* lazy!) So, in the next few days when I can remember to bring my wallet in, I am planning a big order! I need the papers she used in her explosion box... and those chocolate snowflakes!

Friday, November 7, 2008

i've been neglectful...

Sorry about that. I've been too busy to get much stamping time in! I am super excited though about the SBS in Ft Meade tomorrow though! A day full of stampin, stampin, stampin (and drivin')!! Oh, and I hear there's gonna be yummy handmade liquored up candies there too!! Ummmm. It's OK, I know you're jealous!

Onto my card...
A new friend of mine asked if I could make some Holiday invites for her to send to her family. I know there aren't super Christmassey, but I really think they reflect who she is. She just recently bought a log home, and installed brass switch plates with pine cones and branches hammered into them... they look just like the Peaceful Wishes OSW I did, only they are solid brass and not cranberry and thyme. I really hope she likes this design. And if not, I can always just put a new vellum layer on and stamp a wintry sentiment.

stamps: su peaceful wishes, su
ink: su true thyme, cranberry crisp, encore gold
paper: su true thyme, cranberry crisp, unknown gold metallic and vellum

Thursday, October 30, 2008

what could be yummier....

than a CHOCOLATE snowflake? Anything Chocolate sounds delish to me!

Michelle (aka DD alum, flaxychick) has BLOG CANDY and some fabbo inspiration on her blog Twisted Chick Creations. Michelle has been an inspiration to me since I first saw her stuff on SCS... long long before I dared to post... or **gasp** even upload! LOL She creates adorable projects and is super creative... plus she has some fantastic stuff in her store Paper Addictions. I love how the stamps and papers match! .... now where's my credit card?

.... and did I mention she is having a sale???

Friday, October 24, 2008

my pretty...

Patty (aka pattyb at SCS) sent a bunch of her friends some of these amazing witch images and sentiments she recently bought. I was fortunate enough to get some!! They are so much fun! I was a little grumpy yesterday... ever have one of those days? And coloring always helps. Often, I will pull some wish images from my stash and just color them. If I don't feel like making a card, I stuff it in my french board for finishing up on another day.
Back to my card... My friend Krys gave me this old pack of SU designer paper because... well let's face it K, you don't stamp! I started coloring this witch purple and remembered the paper, so I went with those colors. the main image is popped up with dimensionals.
I put some black studio g glitter glue on her boots as well as on the brads. I really like this glitter because it's not too glitzy but it sure is shimmery and purty!
I also spaced the brads a little funky.
stamps: from pattyb... not really sure :)
ink: stazon colored with copics even though she told me not to :)
paper: pumpkin pie, basic black, old su dsp
accessories: black glitter glue from studio g, black brads

Thursday, October 23, 2008

a challenge....

For me! Anyone who knows me knows what a challenge it is for me to stay organized. I have been on a mission for a while now and I am taking baby steps... baby baby steps... to get my life more organized. I have been freecycling some of my clutter. If you have never freecycled, you've gotta check it out! I have been getting rid of household stuff... baby junk and VHS tapes. I am glad to get rid of things and know they are getting use and not going into a landfill.

Recently, I started putting shelves up in my craft room and I am determined to put things away and clear off the counters. I have so much junk that I just am not ready to part with. Storing it all neatly is really becoming a problem. But, I am determined.... so here's the first peek into my mess...
ETA: This very small corner of this room no longer looks like this... It's now covered in halloween projects that are supposed to disappear to school tomorrow with the kids. I am continuing to work on it though...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

happy birthday mckinley...

Another birthday party... I really need to have a handful of cards on hand for these occasions. Maybe after I get the Halloween, Christmas and teachers holiday gifts done... how many parties could there possibly be between now and January?
I got this set because Lauren made me do it. It was one of the great Target finds she is so famous for!
The castle was embossed with hologram highlights embossing powder. I wish I would have stamped it a little higher... oh well!! Cinderella is stamped on shimmer white and colored with copic markers.
paper: SU
stamps: disney
ink: palette burnt umber, versamark
accessories: hologram highlights ep, copic markers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

happy birthday lili...

We had a birthday party to go to on Saturday, so I whipped this up for the birthday girl. I had this image all ready to go, so I ran the pink paper through my Wizard with my Cuttlebug folder. Since the paper was white core, I decided that I'd do a little sanding on it. I really like the way it looks, maybe some day I will pull out my coredinations and play with the embossing folders that those papers. I wanted a little more bling so I added the heidi swapp gems to the bottom but I thought it was too much, so I popped off every other one. Usually, I'd glue the popped ones down and not sure the strip, but they were already perfectly spaced and I was in a hurry.
stamps: paper salon
paper: su and dcwv
ink: basic black
accessories: cuttlebug folder, stickles, nestabilities, ribbon scrap, sanding block, heidi swapp gems, copic markers

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the real thing...

This is the version of this card that I decided I will take to the Ft Meade swap in a few weeks... OMG I can't believe it's coming up so fast! I tried it out on acetate too, and I just wasn't happy with that at all!
I used my nesties on this. The inside has scallops too. White for the writing area, and also a red one to hide the adhesive on the front panel.
stamps: inkadinkadoo
ink: su real red, palette new canvass
paper: you know, I don't even know!
accessories: Michael's ribbons, nesties

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

sweet and sassy swap...

Krys and I are going to the Ft Meade swap again next month. This is her swap card. A CASE from the mini that this set was in, but I changed it up to be a pocket card. I just need to type up the directions. There's Stickles, (OK, I admit it, I *do* own Stickles but I am just as happy with the results of most glitter glue brands and I love how cheap they are!) on her dress, hat, boots and on the snow.
I stamped on watercolor paper, and colored her with a blender pen. I have never liked coloring with the blender pens but I think it's key to use watercolor paper. I found myself very happy with these results.

stamps: sweet and sassy but SU
ink: basic black, mellow moss, bravo burgundy, bashful blue, close to cocoa, blush blossom, summer sun
paper: strathmore water color paper; bashful blue, mellow moss, and bravo burgundy by SU
accessories: glitter glue, blender pen, ribbon, gold cording, eyelet, 1 in circle punch, word window punch

Sunday, October 12, 2008

special friends...

I pulled this image off my french board. I had stamped it a few rounds ago for my little DSS at SCS but decided I wanted to use a different stamp set. It's stamped in basic black, colored with various markers by SU and matted on Martha Stewart brown card stock. I used scraps of brown SU dsp and edged it with some Heidi Swapp bling.
I hope to clear off the french board soon... it's really loaded up with stuff. But that's a small part of a bigger picture. If you've been reading for any time you know of the challenge it is for me to clean this room up. Baby steps, right? The problem with that theory is everywhere I take a baby step twenty minutes later it looks like a hurricane hit. Who am I kidding... it's five minutes.
How do you do it? How do you keep your stamping space tidy?

Friday, October 10, 2008

feeling swappy

This is a prototype I made for a swap I am going to next month. I am not sure I like it enough to bring it. I like it in theory, but I am not crazy about the finished product :( I hate when that happens! I want to try it in acetate too but the acetate that I have is kinda thin and brittle. I also don't have enough of the little snowflakes from Stampin' Up, but I do have a cuttlebug snowflake die and some felt. I am going to experiment with that later. I haven't had much luck with the CB dies and felt :( Any felt flakes suggestions would be appreciated.
supplies (as shown):
stamps: inkadinkado
cardstock: miss elizabeth vellum cardstock, red scrap, su whisper white
ink: palette new canvas, su real red
accessories: su felt flurry, may arts dotted organdy, michael's double sided stain

Thursday, October 9, 2008

i have an inkling...

Alesha Walls wrote this weeks tutorial featured in the Weekly Inkling on SCS. As soon as I read it I immediately thought of this Martha punch. Who am I kidding... I didn't read it. I looked at the picture, skimmed for measurements and got punchin'!
It was love at first site. I think this punch works amazingly with this technique. I chose this orange paper because it was a scrap from these boxes that I made for the last Ft Meade MD swap. And besides, orange is an amazing color! The card base (layers and all) was pulled from the french board. I made it last halloween but never did anything with it. I have some bellas on it in my gallery at SCS. I have no idea where the black and white gingham is from. I was on a card in a ribbon box. I was thinking about what ribbon to use when I spotted it up on the top shelf. I pulled out my YR07 Copic marker and colored away. I love coloring my ribbons. You really get a lot out of your ribbons this way :)
stamps: stampin bella
paper: su only orange, dcwv
accessories: black and white gingham, martha stewart punch, circle nestabilities, Copic Markers

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

etsy tin...

If you haven't had a chance to check out my etsy shop (the whole one item in there LOL) here it is! This is a mini lunch box tin with a matching standard A2 card. As the photo shows, the card will not fit into the box, but I am OK with that :)

It's covered with Stampin' Up paper from a Simply Scrapping kit. The flowers came all glitterified like that and also included the matching brads. I forget where the washer is from. It was in a jar with other metal embellishments that I have.

Just 4 You Stampin Up Simply Scrappin Kit
Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon, May Arts Ribbon
embossed washer
Heidi Swapp flowers

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

life is what you make it...

My daughter *hearts* Hanna Montana and my guess is if you have a daughter aged 4-14 yours does too.
There was a little incident at her preschool... I am still unclear of the details and if you ask her she will bawl and it's hard enough to deal with four year old hormones when she has a real reason to be whining. Anywho... we made this card for her friend Kaitlyn to say sorry.
The mandatory stickles on the rose weren't quite dry but it needed to go or we'd be late for school.
stamps: disney
paper: dcwv, pti
ink: pti berry sorbet, palette noir
accessories: stickles, pti berry sorbet double stitched ribbon

Monday, October 6, 2008

bella in stitches

I've been playing with the sewing machine a lot over the last few days and plan on playing a bit more :) A day late and a dollar short... again.
I love this DCWV card base with this bella. I will be so sad when I am out. I save them for special cards. Since I stitched directly on the card base, I have a quarter sheet of white on the back to hide the stitching.
On last years Holiday paper from SU, I took my Creative Memories wavy trimmer and sloped the one edge. I wanted to test my ability on steering LOL
Bella is colored with Copic and Stampin' Up markers. The felt flowers are by Making Memories and Stampin' Up and the brad is Stampin' Up.
stamps: jammybella by stamping bella
paper: stampin' up and dcwv
ink: brilliance graphite black

Sunday, October 5, 2008

a secret surprise...

Got this card in the mail from my secret sister over at SplitCoast. I love the paper and ribbon she used! And Stella... Some days, don't ya just feel like falling into a martini? I like apple which is better with no olive but hey, after four or five who really cares anyway??

Saturday, October 4, 2008

sew... what's new?

Cheesy, I know but who could resist? About three years ago I said to my husband "Honey, I need a sewing machine!" Being told I didn't need one because I didn't need a new hobby, I promptly went out and bought one. After all, it's for PAPER not fabric! I wish I would have waited because I would have gotten the ever popular Janome Mini. This is the first card I've sewn on. I have always loved the look... Julia does amazing amazing things with her machine! I really love and admire her art.
Fluffles is from the wonderful ladies over at the SCS Wish RAK group. I *heart* them! His sweater is flocked (white) and colored with Copic marker.
stamps: fluffles
paper: su cranberry crisp, dcwv patterned
ink: copic G05 and I colored the gray so long ago I have no idea!
accessories: sewing machine and thread, flocking, heidi swapp gems

Sunday, September 28, 2008

single layers...

I am making some single layer cards to add to my sale stash. Some of the teachers at my daughters school were asking about mailing the bulkier cards and I thought this was a good way to resolve those fears. I created a mask out of acetate and stippled the centers. For the butterfly, I stippled in bashful blue and then stamped in rose red with the sentiment in black craft. Then I outlined the entire area in stickles. For the flower, I stippled in barely banana, then stamped the flowers in pale plum and the sentiment in basic black. I added the heidi swapp gems in the center of each flower then outlined in gold stickles.
stamps: butterfly if happiness from su, flower garden from pti
paper: pti white
accessories: heidi swapp gems, stipple brush, stickles

Saturday, September 27, 2008

sweet memory...

This is a Prima tube (thanks Tracy!!) that I altered for the SBS I am going ot this weekend in Ft Meade. I've been to swaps with those crazy Ft Meade ladies before and they are a LOT of fun so I can't wait to stamp on their home turf! My friend Kristyn is going with me and I am certain she will love the Ft Meade ladies too!
This was made with some retired SU paper and embies and is filled with... well, I can't tell you!!! :P

Friday, September 26, 2008

a bit of vino...

I love this Bella! Isn't she beautiful?
I really don't know what I was thinking when I made this goofy card! I do like how it looks closed though. The opening is at the blue scalloped layer and Bella flips up with it... so it's a tri fold card. The *celebrate* sentiment also lifts with Bella. I think I'd like it better if I had attached that to the card base and only Bella lifted with the flap. She is colored with Copic markers and her dress is covered with stickles.
paper: MME dotted card stock, SU always artichoke and ballet blue card stock
stamps: stamping bella, pti (sentiment)
accessories: stickles, martha stewart scallop border punch, su word window punch

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Is anyone out there wishing? I was a busy busy stamper last night! Look at all these Wish RAKS I am sending out... are you a member of the Wish RAK group? Maybe one of these are for you! Some of the images inside include: Elzybells, Gina K, Zoofari, A Muse and Booglie Eyes. I also have some Mickey Mouse and covered bridge images....

birthday bella...

I've been trying to use up some scraps and also some more of that double sided card stock. I found almost a whole pack and I really want to use it up, so I am sorry if you get bored with it... at least it's in five different colors combinations. I wanted to soften up the designer paper so I scalloped the edge of this vellum and I really like the way it came out. Bella is colored with Copic markers and her purse has some glaze on it.
designer paper by su, vellum is out of a college catalog my son got two years ago
accessories: random ribbon from my stash; martha stewart punch, copic markers

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

replenishing the stash...

So, one of my daughters teachers from last asked to buy some of my cards. I immediately went to my stash, pulled out the bestest ones and put them into a decorated lunch pail. I punches some scallops and cut some scrap card stock to make some dividers for pricing. She bought five *and* placed an order for cards matching a set I gave her last year at the end of the year. She is such a wonderful lady! This card is going into my sale stash. I put a little bit of stickles on the flower petals. It's hard to see in this photo, sorry 'bout that! I love the photos everyone takes with the natural light and I have been experimenting with different times of the day. Any input is appreciated. I know this light is kinda harsh... I don't get morning light so that isn't an option for me :(
PTI stamps; stampin up more mustard ink
unknown card stock, CK designer paper
sponge dauber, Prima flowers, unknown bauble, stickles

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

birthday princess...

This is another card I did with SUs Pretty Princess set. I used some baby bling on her crown and three larger gems on the lower right. Stickles on the star on her wand and also on the heart on her crown.

stamps: pretty princess by stampin up, faux ribbon by pti
ink: stampin up basic black, regal rose, markers
paper: unknown card stock base, stampin up patterned paper
accessories: gems, stickles

Monday, September 22, 2008

pretty as a princess...

This is another card on double sided card stock. I had this image stamped and colored and on my french board waiting for a loooong time! Really, I think like two years! I was going to use the images for my daughters second birthday but went with something else *after* I stamped and colored about twenty of these... look for more of her in these colors LOL!!
Thanks to Lauren (my biggest enabler!!), I have these wonderful Disney Princess stamps and had to use this sentiment for this card.
stamps: SU Pretty Princess (I think) Disney Princess sentiment
SU Basic Brown ink
paper: stampin up confetti white; unknown card stock, DCWV patterned paper
MME ribbon, Stickles, DCWV stitches rub ons

Sunday, September 21, 2008

yella bella

I stumbled upon some of my old time favorite double sided solid card stock from about four or five years ago... before I got into Stampin' Up card stock. One side is a pale yellow and the other is a near perfect match for PTI aqua mist. The patterned paper is some I got over the summer by working at the CK convention. I really like the colors (and the back had a really pretty polka dot pattern... you will see that in another post). Bella is colored with Copic markers and popped up. Some satin aqua mist ribbon from PTI finishes it off. I wanted to put a sentiment on this but nothing seemed balanced.

stamp by Stamping Bella
unknown card stock for base, CK patterned paper
PTI ribbon, Copic markers

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

a tiny tote

When I first made the 2-4-6-8 box I loved it! When Jenn Balcer posted directions for the 2-5-7-10 box I was in love! I was going to use these boxes for school treats but they don't hold pencils well at this size. So, these are going to be little treat boxes for a special group of ladies.
I used a half sheet of card stock and scored the bottom at 1.5 inches. It's banded with a two inch strip of patterned paper and Booglie Eyes is stamped, colored in with just my prisma colored pencils (it was hard to resist blending with mineral spirits.) A little ribbon wrapped around and a finished with just a knot. The image is popped up on foam dots.

booglie eyes by SU
only orange card stock, dcwv patterned paper and green panel
basic gray ink by stampin' up
prisma colored pencils
random ribbon scrap from my ribbon basket, google eyes

Thursday, September 11, 2008

teachers gifts....

I am making some note cards for my son's teacher for the Holidays this year. I wanted to make self sealing notes that he can use to send notes home to parents or use for colleagues. That's why I chose to do these matchbook cards. I am using up some 12x12 card stock I have excess of so these cards are 4x5.5 instead of the standard A2. I actually like this size better... somehow it just seems more proportional or something.

More of these to come in the next few weeks!

su mini mates stamp set
dcwv patterned paper, craft cardstock
giltter glue, stapler

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

joyful snowflakes...

This card is for my friend Kristyn to bring to a swap we are going to. We were at Georgann's the other night cutting, cutting, cutting and I threw it all together in baggies and made the final sample because we didn't have ribbon there that *worked* on this. I really like the way this silver ribbon pulls the sparkle from the shimmery card stock of the main image.
We CASED this from a Christmas card G did last year. We just spun it and changed up the embellishments we used. The image was stamped in handsome hunter on shimmery paper... it really shines irl. It's popped up on foam dots. I used my Fiskars snowflake embossing punch for the edge. The "O" in JOY was sponged with sage shadow ink. It makes the silver snowflake brad stand out just a bit more.
sage shadow card stock, wintergreen dsp, unknown shimmer card stock
walmart ribbon, mm brad, fiskars border punch,

Monday, September 8, 2008

on my mind...

I made this matchbook card a few days ago. It's a CASE from last years SU kit called Holiday Blitz. After the promotion, SU had a sale on the kits (less the wild wasabi base card) and I snatched some up. The kit came with a whisper white panel that I chose not to use. I like the flowers stamped on the soft sky dsp.
It's hard to see in the photo, but the red layer has paper piercing along both edges. The red zig zag ribbon is stapled on.
stamps su upsy daisy
su classic choc chip and real red
soft sky dsp, real red textured cardstock, kraft base
su ribbon
stapler, paper piercing kit

a bad hair day...

I got this adorable image from the Wish RAK group on SCS. There are some truly generous stampers in that group! But then, aren't all stampers??

I made this card a few weeks ago but never got around to shooting her till today. I really love how this came together. I have a brother sewing machine that I really wish I knew how to use :) but for this card, I pierced the paper with my SU tool kit and hand stitched floss into the holes. She is colored in with copic markers. I am adding to my collection monthly with Gina K's club! Thanks Gina for making it so easy to collect them.
buttons from my collection, the blue one on the bottom is su and most of the rest of them are making memories
felt flower and patterned paper by making memories
cardstock is cool caribbean and regal rose by su

Sunday, August 10, 2008

invasion of the monkeys

I made this card for my niece Kaitlyn. I wasn't able to go to her party as it was the same weekend as CKC and I had already scheduled and paid for my classes before we were invited to her party. My kids had a blast though!

Don't you think sock monkeys are the cutest? I love sock monkeys! I can't remember ever having one or knowing anyone who made them. In fact, I can't ever remember seeing one in person... how sad is that!! Jody made a few that she posted on her blog and really love what she did with them. This one and this one really inspired me to try piecing them. This was my first attempt. I made the scallop with my SU slit punch.

dsp, basic black and whisper white card stock from Stampin' Up
Card base from DCWV
Copic marker and Stampin Up basic black ink pad

Thursday, August 7, 2008

let's play with ribbon

So as promised, I am sharing some of the fun stuff I learned at my classes at CKC. Today, I am sharing some fun things from my ribbon class with you. I had a duh moment with almost all of the techniques we learned. Some were very simple, others more complex.
The first ribbon technique I want to share is this simple french board style tag pocket. To achieve this look, all you need to do is cross two (or more) ribbons adhering them at the ends only.

Another super easy ribbon treatment is with this one we did on this puffy sticker. Think about this on chipboard too. For this, we started with one end of the ribbon and attached it to the back of the sticker and crossed it over the front of the flower going between each petal with a slight rotation in the back of the flower.

I think this flower brad technique was my favorite! This was just a bit more complex than the other two. This one was done is by opening the brad prongs all the way lifting them off the back of the gem slightly. You don't have to use a gem brad though. In the center of the ribbon, pinch your ribbon bit and twist a few times. Tuck the ribbon under one of the prongs and push the prong back into it's original position flat against the gem. Repeat this for the other prong. Make a third ribbon twist and place this one in the center. Arrange the ribbon petals and clean up the edges.

And some reminders of some techniques that have been around the block a few times:
  • photo corners, wrap a bit of ribbon around the corner of a photo attaching the ends to the back
  • knots, use a loose double knot for another look
  • tie on a group of ribbon with a longer srtip of ribbon (as shown on the letter D here)

And here is my completed project from this SEI class at CKC. I love these word books!