Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cuttlebug - Version 2

Well, I guess I have not been paying attention to everything - and stumbled upon the fact that Provo Craft has re-designed the CuttleBug and there is now "Cuttlebug V2." I have ordered one for the store so we can see what it is like and ensure that the important features (width through the machine, etc) are as good as the original or better. Hopefully it will be in later next week. What I have read about it says that it has improved grips for holding it on a table and the handle is now all metal. We'll have it out for folks to look at and play with once we get it in.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pantone announces 2011 Color of the Year

Pantone has announced the "Color of the Year" for 2011 - it is officially Pantone 18-2120 - most of us know it by the name "Honeysuckle." Look for this color in upcoming paper and embellishment collections for the new year.

Start thinking PINK!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Flourishes 2011 Calendar...

I took the Flourishes "Calendar Flowers" set and came up with this calendar for 2011. Last year you could buy a calendar template on the Flourishes website, but I could not find one for 2011, so I decided to make on myself. I printed the calendar on a color laser, then stamped each month's flower above it and colored them with Copic markers. Each piece is then layered to a piece of gold cardstock, then to different colors of Bazzill. The cards rest in a gold stand like a deck of cards. I gave several for gifts and they were very well received.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Minute Card #2...

This is the other card I finished this morning. For those of you who have been stamping for a long time will recognize the image as one from the company Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX) who is not even in business anymore. I loved the artist who used to draw for PSX - her images are very recognizable and they are gorgeous. Colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender again (even with the Copics, this is still my "go to" coloring method). I used a strip of BoBunny striped paper, layered to a piece of Bazzill Ivy cardstock. I added a navy bow made with Midori ribbon. I went around the edge of the natural cardstock the birds are stamped on with Ranger Distress ink in Brushed Corduroy to age it a bit. Layered to a piece of Bazzill Crimson, then an A-6 card made of Bazzill Ivy.

That's it for posting for a couple days. Tomorrow will be a whirlwind. Merry Christmas!


Little Tote Bag Treats...

As promised, these are the 3 little tote bags I spoke about in my last post. The instructions are in a book called Paper for all Seasons. The are adorable little totes to make. In this case, I filled them with candy treats and gift cards, which are the prizes for the post-Christmas dinner round of "Jeannette's Trivia Bingo." I am sure that my family has other names for it! If you decide to make these bags, one tip I have is to use red-liner or Scor-Tape for putting the bags together - glue is messy and takes a while to dry. The only place I use glue is to attach the colored bottom piece to the top if the bag.


Last Minute Card #1

Where would we be without the last second crunch to make a few things? This morning I got up and had 2 cards to make and 3 little cardstock "tote bags" that look like the boat bags sold by some of the outdoor stores. I have the cards done - this is one of them. It is using the Alleluia Angel set from Flourishes and is done in ivory, gold and blues. I embossed the angel in gold and colored her with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender. I did the wings with Twinkling H2Os. Layered to a piece of dotted swiss Bazzill, I added a strip punched with an EK Success border punch and some bone color Midori double-face satin ribbon - theirs is truly the nicest! Added a couple layers and success! This is an A-6 card, if you're wondering - which measures 4-1/2 x 6-1/4 folded. It is really a great size to work with.

Off to make those tote bags!


Christmas Card from the cats...

Besides giving a gift, the cats also make a card every year. Either they are crafty felines or they know who to commission for the job! I did not have a lot of cat Christmas images this year, so I had to improvise. I started with an old QuicKutz cat die - cut them out in 2 colors for the different cats and added some tabby striping. If you noticed the picture of Dora from a few posts back, she is actually a patch tabby with both orange and gray patches, but that is WAY too difficult to try to recreate, so she becomes the orange one. Bucle (pronounced buckle -the name the folks at the humane society gave here) is a classic gray and black tabby - much easier! The tree and swirl is from the new Spellbinders set. I stenciled some green onto the tree, then cut the tree out again from gold and red foil paper. I discovered that it looks like faux metal! It is beautiful! Good thing to discover for future projects! Everything got glued down and I added some little holly springs from a Tonic punch to make the girls more festive! Phew! Now I am off to the gift wrapping phase!

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Skating Bunny...

This is the last card we made in a "Snow Bunny" class and is the skating bunny by the Cat's Pajama's. The bunny's scarf and skates are stamped a second time on a BoBunny double-dot cardstock and paper pieced onto the base image. I also stamped the head a second time, cut it out and popped it onto the base. Add some DP and layers, and you have a great card!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Custom calendars...

The more uses you can come up with your stamping and scrapping supplies, the more you can justify your expense! At least that is how I look at it. My husband and I own 2 cats. Last year I started making him a calendar with the cats for their Christmas gift. It is one that stands on a little stand. Last year, I think I made the entire calendar on December 24th. This year I started it on the 19th, so I am WAY ahead of the game. I got 3 months done, so I am 1/4 of the way there! This is the January page (when I get it completed, I will show how I make the stand). I used a 6x6" piece of Bazzill cardstock, then stamped an Impression Obsession snowflake image from one of their clear sets over the cardstock with VersaMark ink. I trimmed and attached the photo and calendar piece. I make the calendars with MicroSoft Excel and a fancy font. I added a few punches snowflakes and some self-adhesive pearls from Queen and Company. Their pearls are extra nice because there is not a "strip" of adhesive that you have to cut through and then trim off any excess!

I hope everyone is surviving the last rush before Christmas!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

2011 Spring Colors

I know, we have not even officially started Winter yet, but the anticipated colors for Spring 2011 have been released. Here in New Hampshire, we're snowless, but I have heard from a good source that Syracuse, NY has had over 70 inches of snow! And it is only mid-December! Of course, that snow is all "lake effect" and once Lake Ontario freezes, that machine is not nearly as strong. So, if you're looking for a white Christmas...
Expect to see these colors in wedding colors, clothing colors and new lines of paper. Nice and earthy with a little bit of spice!

Thanks for checking out the blog today!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If you're not crashing...

This is another fun stamp from The Cat's Pajama's. I was a skier in my younger days. I did not start until high school, so I had a healthy appreciation for injury when I started (the thing that kids don't seem to have when they ski). The wording with this is pretty much true. I used some BoBunny paper and coordinating Bazzill cardstock to complete this fun card.

It's very cold here in New Hampshire. Not quite as bad as the folks in the Midwest, but cold enough for me. We have been spared the snow, so far. Fine with me! The mountains can have the snow for the skiers. I hate shoveling and don't have time for that with trying to get ready for Christmas.

Stay warm, wherever you are!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Outlines Dove Card...

This is one of the new holiday images from Outlines. It is part of a collection of images that can be "inside-outside" designs. The complete design is stamped on the inside. The front of the card has a circle cut out of it and the image is stamped a second time with parts of the design cut out and attached to the front - lined up with the design on the inside. In this particular case, the wing of the dove is cut out and attached with the tip of the wing coming through the circle to the front of the card.

Thanks for coming by for a look!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Define Good...

I am sure that there are a lot of kids saying exactly that during this month as they impatiently wait for Christmas! This adorable image is from The Cat's Pajama's and I just LOVE IT! The image is stamped on a circle cut out with a Spellbinders circle die then layered to one of the Spellbinders labels die. I took the stripe DP and ran it through an embossing folder, then rubbed a Ranger Distress pad (Brushed Corduroy - my fave brown) over the embossed design so that the design was highlited. It totally changes the look of the paper and I love the way it "de-stripes" the paper a bit. I punched a few snowflakes and added gold pearls.

Thanks for visiting today!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Enjoy the Ride!

For all of you out there traveling for Thanksgiving, this card is for you! This is another "old" image from Ann-Ticipations. It is actually 2 stamps, the car and the mouse. There were several "drivers" made to fit into the car - I have the mouse and a lady who kinda looks like a red-hatter. I like the mouse because it is something that you can use for the ever-elusive "guy cards." I used some large square brads to add a little accent, but nothing flashy. The brads have a matte finish and I really like the way they look.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and safe travels. If you're a Black Friday shopper, you'll see me and my mom out there - we are die hard BF shoppers!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

I Wheely Like You!

This is a fun little image from Amuse - one that has been around a while and I just never quite figured out what to do with it. I love Vespa scooters and have always wanted one. I finally pulled the image down and was convinced I was going to do something with it. It's small and I did not want to do too much, as it detracts from the image and saying. I pulled out the inverted scallop dies from Spellbinders and used a couple layers for some accent. The DP is from Echo Park and seemed to fit the image. A simple little card that is just fun!

Thanks from dropping in!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A FUN Birthday Card!

I have had this stamp since the mid 90's and I cannot count how many cards like this I have made. This is the first time I have actually taken a picture of one, however. I tend to use it for milestone birthdays (40, 50, etc) and have used it for a lot of guys. I needed just such a card for tomorrow and knew exactly what stamp to pull. The lady and the scruffy cat are by Art Impressions (and I do not know if it is even currently available) and the birthday words above are from Printworks. I colored them both with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and cut them out. This cutting is not for someone who does not like to cut! You could certainly stamp and color them without cutting them out, but I really like the popped effect when they are cut out and mounted with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Magnolia Christmas stamps have shipped!

Keep your fingers crossed that there will not be any shipping delays! They should be in sometime next week - and in the store by next weekend. This is a great collection of Christmas images! Lots of characters and very few "accessory" images. I've been seeing several card designs with the new images from the various design team members associated with Magnolia and some of their distributors.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grand Caliber is HERE!

The Spellbinders Grand Caliber die cutting machine and dies have arrived! This machine allows you to cut and emboss dies up to 8-1/4" wide and the new Grand die sets have large dies. Your first thought is that these are only for scrapbooking - not true! I have seen some very interesting card applications with these dies - in some cases folding the die cut in half to make a card. You want to check these items out.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

JustRite's Groovy Snowmen!

This card uses one of the newer sets from JustRite and probably my favorite set for the holiday season! I am a sucker for snowmen anyway and the ones in this set (total of 4) are all wonderful. This guy is colored with watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender pen. There are a couple layers used here for the snowman. The snowman is stamped and then cut out with a Spellbinders circle. The larger circle is stamped with the border image, then cut out with a Spellbinders scallop die. The striped and swirled DP are both from BoBunny (the striped is one of the new designs for Christmas) and I made 2-color snowflakes with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch. He makes a cheery holiday card for anyone.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Send chocolate!

Here's a card for all of you choco-holics out there! The cute little puppy image is by Whippersnapper, colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender. The ribbon has little paw prints on it - which works well with the dog image. This is a great image that can be used for a lot of things - even the always challenging "man card." The image is stamped and then punch out with a scallop oval, then another scallop oval layered underneath.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Caroling Crew...

This is one of the new holiday images from Penny Black. These mice are wonderful! This artist has been with Penny Black since I first established an account in 1996! They have been refined over the years, but are wonderful and always bring a smile to someone's face.

I colored them with watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender. The DP underneath is some of the 2010 BoBunny holiday paper. I added a little navy grosgrain ribbon in the middle.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cat on a Hot Tin Fence...

This is a tag that I made in a Tim Holtz class last month. The tag is cut from glossy cardstock and then embossed with a spiderweb folder. The tag was then colored with Ranger alcohol inks - I used orange and purple - which created a creepy effect. The fence and cat are die cuts - colored with Ranger paint daubers. The whole tag was then assembled adding the fun little clock - ticking away the time 'til Halloween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Layered Flowers

Bold stamps sometimes create more of a challenge than outlined images that are colored. With this stamp from Penny Black, I started by inking the entire image with sand beige VersaColor pigment ink and stamping it multiple times to create a soft background. Then I inked it again withe several other colors and stamped it over the beige images. It was layered to a couple layers and gold colored brads added to each corner. The base card is the green - with a leafy image stamped in a similar color for a soft effect. I added a piece of dark pink Bazzill that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder and layered a strip of gold before attaching it to the top of the green card. The flower image was added on top. The nature quote was stamped with black VersaFine ink over the stems of the flower. The wording stamp is by Printworks.

Have a great Fall day!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fashionable Holiday...

This is one of the new designers from Penny Black - reportedly someone who has drawn for Dior in the past. I can say that this is not your typical holiday card style, but there are some fun images and they are quick and easy to color. I colored her with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The tree was stamped a second time and attached over the top with a glue dot to give it just a little dimension. The May Arts gold cording tied around the left edge adds just a little bling to the card.

As always, thanks for checking out the blog.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Flashback Card...

While digging through a box of cards, I came upon this card, which highlights the use of metal die cuts, colored with Ranger Alcohol Inks and mounted with foam tape. This is a Sissix reindeer die - we cut out 3 from metal (Streuter's foils work wonderfully for this). The piece is then colored with Ranger's Alcohol inks. I used a fine gold twine from May Arts (I love this stuff!) to tie the 3 reindeer together.

Yes, Christmas is coming and it is time to start working on your holiday cards!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Holiday Mimi!

Wow! Where did the week go? I have seriously fallen off the blogger wagon! And I have stuff to share, just kept forgetting to sign on and post it. Maybe it is the weather here - that Nor 'easter came up the coast and dumped some serious rain and made for some pretty dreary and cold weather. No snow, but 40-degree rain is pretty miserable.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand - card making! This is a cute little card using one of the Mimi stamps from Penny Black. She is a very cute little character and this image with the polar bear is one of my favorites. It's a complex little card. I cut a circle out of the red cardstock with a Spellbinder die. The piece under it is colored with Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and also stamped with a couple snowflakes out of the same color. Mimi is stamped and colored with Copics, then carefully cut out. The waves are made with a Fiskars border punch and attached below the image, so it looks like they are on an iceberg. I stamped the small piece of green with the harlequin background image from Impression Obsession. For small pieces like this, I simply place the stamp on the table - rubber side up, ink the stamp in this case with a VersaMark pad, and then place the small piece of cardstock on the stamp and rub from behind. Then you just carefully pick it off the stamp. Layer it all up and you have a cute holiday card!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Turkey Time!

This is a fun card from Hero Arts using some stamps from one of their new Thanksgiving clear sets. We get a lot of people looking for cute stamps to send Thanksgiving cards to kids and it is usually a challenge to find some. The set used to make this card also includes a cute little boy and little girl pilgrim. We have some on order and they should be in the store soon!

Enjoy your Fall day!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Dress Up A Treat!

This is a fun little way to make a candy stick something special! Using one of the small JustRite Stampers designs, some fun snowflake and circle cut-outs, self-adhesive pearls and some ribbon to create a cute little treat! This same concept can be used on small packages, as well. If you have to ship packages for the holidays, you can use adornments like this, as well as attaching stamped images to boxes. These do not crush like a lot of bows and still look great when they arrive at their destination. And it is a great way to use your stamps and supplies for something else.

Have a great stamping day!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fun Flamingos!

I LOVE pink flamingos! This is an image from Great Impressions that I find makes a great design for many, many applications. Here I used it as a birthday card (in an up-right z-fold card format). I colored the flamingos with Copic markers and used some wonderful background paper from BoBunny! I think BoBunny is my favorite paper company. Their designs are wonderful and their color combinations are striking. I like the brown/flamingo color combination on this card - makes it pretty but not too girly!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Honey Girl...

This is a card that I made in a class taught by My Favorite Things at a wholesale show a couple weeks ago. It is using one of their new images from the "Pure Innocence" collection. It also uses a couple of MFT's custom dies - the clouds are cut out of a very nice wool-blend felt and the dies cut them beautifully. There is also the border cut out of a black cardstock. MFT has some great dies, and I ordered a LOT of them at the show, so they should be arriving soon. The dies can be used in all of the major personal die cutting systems out there. Made in the USA, so that is also a bonus!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Fall Goldfinch...

Yes, for those of us in the northeast, fall is upon us and the little goldfinches are starting to lose their bright yellow color and go into their "winter feathers" which is more yellow-brown for the males and all brown for the females. Another sign that winter is coming!

This card is using one of the images from the Backyard Birds collection by JustRite Stampers. There are 4 bird designs in the collection. This is one of them. I stamped the goldfinch on cardstock, colored and cut out with a Spellbinders circle die. I cut out another circle with the next larger circle die out of dark brown cardstock and layered the finch circle to it. Then I stamped just the border image on a piece of cardstock, colored it and cut that out separately with a SB scallop circle die. The finch layer is attached with foam tape for some pop. The brown layer on the card was scored in a double line pattern with a Scor-Pal. I started in the middle, then worked out side to side to keep the pattern even. I added the ribbon and corner adornments and layered it to a card with a dark brown highlight layer. The corner pieces are what is punched out with one of the EK Success Corner Adorner punches.
Enjoy the Fall!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Groovy Snowman!

This is one of the images from the JustRite "Groovy Snowmen" collection. He is quite a festive lad - all decked out in holiday colors. I colored him with Prismalcolor pencils after stamping the image with Tsukineko VersaFine ink. He's cut out with a circle Spellbinders die and then layered to a red scalloped circle. The bright red ribbon is double-face stain ribbon from Midori. This is just luscious ribbon! There's several layers of designer paper all placed on a dark green base card. Makes for a very happy, cheerful card!

Thanks for visiting today!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hedgies in Flight!

This is the last card we're going to be making in our "Spook-Tacular Halloween" class at the store. It's hard to pick a favorite, as all of the images have been so cute this year. Once again, colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The "moon" is made by cutting a large circle with a Spellbinders die and then sponging a little orange around the edges. The words are also from Penny Black - with a ribbon covering a line that is part of the words. I stamped a spiderweb in silver on the black cardstock in both upper corners. The hardest part of this card is cutting out the hedgehogs! It really makes the card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Layered Background Stamps from Impression Obsession

This is another card I made a weekend wholesale show. This is a card from Impression Obsession and it is several of their large background images stamped multiple times to create a wonderful pattern. The beauty of this technique is that you can choose your colors to go with whatever you design is. You are not limited by pre-made designer paper! A lot of the backgrounds from I-O work wonderfully together. Look for more samples using this technique and an upcoming class!

Have a wonderful stamping day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cute Bunny Box from The Cat's Pajamas

I made this adorable little gift box at a class taught by The Cat's Pajamas this past weekend! It is simple and also uses two of the new dies now being designed by TCP. Of course, I had to order the stamps and dies! They might be in the shop as early as the first week of October. We will also be using some of these cute bunnies in a class in November. Fun images that can be used for holiday cards, as well as just some fun winter cards. Be sure to check them out!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Distress Stickles - What is the Difference?

If you're a stamper or a paper crafter, you know what Stickles by Ranger is. I am scared to guess the amount of Stickles that has been applied to cards, scrapbooks and all other forms of art. But now there is Tim Holtz Distress Stickles. What's the difference? And why does it look so different in the bottle?

Let's start with regular Stickles. Regular Stickles comes in a wide range of colors and you can see the bling in the bottle. Stickles is made with mylar glitter. Mylar is a plastic (think mylar helium balloons that you buy for special occasions). It is mixed with a glue and put into a bottle. You see the glitter in the bottle and immediately when you apply it. You cannot dry it with a heat tool, because the mylar starts to melt (and smoke) and you get a mess. It takes a while to dry and you have to be careful with your project until it is fully dry.

Now there is Distress Stickles. These are made with mica glitter. Several different "sizes" of mica. Again, in a glue. Where else do we see mica? Products like Twinkling H2Os. Glimmer Mist and Perfect Pearls. We all know that when it is applied wet, you really don't notice the shine, but when it dries, it really starts to pop. The same thing applies to Distress Stickles. In the bottle, it is in the wet form, and you cannot really see the shine - same thing when you apply it before it dries. However, once it dries, you see the mice "do it's thing." The other nice thing about Distress Stickles is that you CAN dry it with a heat tool, because the mica does not melt like mylar.

So, the next time you're in Stamped Designs, pick up a bottle (or more) and give it a try. I think you will be impressed with the effect once you see it. I'll be putting out some samples I recently made so you can see it in action!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Reindeer Tag - Tim Holtz Style

I took a class this afternoon with Tim Holtz and this is one of the tags we made. This is using some of his dies from Sissix, cut out of grungeboard. The reindeer has Walnut Stain Distress ink applied to it, then we took a gold Perfect Pearls and applied it over the distress ink. Because the ink stays wet, the powder does adhere to it. I spritzed it quickly with a mini mister to ensure it would adhere well. The tag background is stamped and then, we used the new Pumice Stone distress ink and did the "wrinkle free distress" technique on the remainder of the tag. The whole thing was lightly spritzed with the new Perfect Pearls misters in pearl color to add a little shimmer. Add a few metal embellishments - and you're done!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Large flower stamps...

Now back to our regular programming...

We all own a lot of large stamps - and most of us have a hefty collection of floral images. There is always the standard "stamp and color" technique with large stamps, but sometimes you just want it to be different. One option is to create a tile effect by cutting the image apart and then layering it to a coordinating color, then mounting to a card so it has the appearance of tiles. That is what I did with this image. Before I cut it apart, I took a lined background image from StacyStamps and inked it with Ranger's Antique Linen Distress ink and stamped it over the image to create an aged look. This is a great stamp - one that I like to use a lot. Breaks up the bright white background a bit.

We all need a little cat help...

As you can see, one of my cats, Dora, was helping me sort and price the new Magnolia Cozy Autumn stamps this morning. I am not exactly certain HOW she is helping, but she seems to think she is performing a vital role in the process. The new stamps are in the store and ready for you! Doras are extra!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Scary Group!

If this group of Halloween doesn't scare you, nothing will! Another great design from Penny Black. The critters are colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender Pen. The black spiderweb along the bottom is a large ribbon punch from Martha Stewart Crafts. The sentiment was punched out in a circle and a second layer added for some additional pop. It is mounted with foam tape. Makes for a cute Halloween card!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shades of Beige...

On this card I used shades of beige and several layers of Spellbinders dies. The cut-out flower is a Flourishes stamp from their Poppy stamp set, attached with foam tape. I colored it with several beige Copic markers. The happy birthday sentiment is from Serendipity rubber stamps. The designer paper is also beige shades, layered to black cardstock - the bottom edge is cut with an EK Success edger punch. The dotted organdy ribbon is from May Arts - I used a brown around the card and tied a piece of black into the knot to add some dimension. The last touches is a little distressing with Ranger Distress ink in Brushed Corduroy and some black pearls from Queen and Company.
Have a great stamping day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mimi and Friend

This is another image from the Penny Black "Mimi" line. These are cute images that are great for girlfriends and little girls. Certainly not guy material, but they are cute. Some folks that are freaked out with the mouthless Magnolia images like these because they have mouths. This is a pretty basic card - stamped and colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a blender pen. A band of Bazzill brown cardstock - cut with an EK border punch and a ribbon added. The striped DP has glitter on the brown stripes and I honestly cannot remember whose paper is is. The white ribbon is double-faced satin by Midori.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spooky Halloween - Penny Black Style!

This is one of the new cute images from Penny Black for Halloween 2010. I just love the critters that this artist creates! The cats, hedgehogs and mice are the cutest in the business. To make this card, I cut 1-inch squares of purple and orange Bazzill cardstock. On the purple squares, I stamped a funky Penny Black image with Dusty Concord Distress ink from Ranger. These got layered in a checkerboard pattern on a piece of white cardstock. That piece was then attached to a green card. The cat was colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender pen and cut out. The little bat and words are from a clear Penny Black Halloween set. The cat and bat are attached with foam tape. If you don't mind cutting out - it's a snap!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pretty Flowers...

These pansies are another great image by Flourishes, stamped on a Spellbinders oval and colored with Copic markers. These are layered to another Spellbinders labels die cut out of a BoBunny Double Dot cardstock. The DP underneath is also a BoBunny paper. Add a strip of the double dot cardstock and an ivory strip punched with an EK Success border punch designed by Brenda Walton. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart Crafts punch that were distressed with some Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink that have a couple purple pearls added for accent. The green ribbon is double-face satin by Midori.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

The Cherry Blossoms set is another great selection of stamps from Flourishes. This card is made from one of the smaller images in the set - stamped multiple times along the left edge of the cardstock. I colored these with Prismacolor pencils. The pink bow is ribbon from May Arts and I overtied a second bow with a metallic twine also from May Arts. I LOVE the metallic twine. It comes in gold, silver and a white iridescent. The right edge of the natural cardstock is punched with an EK Success border punch and layered to a light green Bazzill cardstock, then to a mauve basecard with a metallic paper from Penny Black.

I hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! The weather here in the northeast is gorgeous!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mimi with Cupcake!

This is one of the cute little Mimi images from Penny Black! Great designs and who doesn't love a cupcake? The image is stamped on a Spellbinders heart die cut-out, then layered to a light pink scalloped heart (also from Spellbinders). The card is embossed with a 5x7" Cuttlebug embossing die. I colored Mimi with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender. The words are by Amuse.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Golfing Riley...

I made this card for a golfing friend who is celebrating a birthday next week. The striped/glittered paper is from The Robin's Nest and I just LOVE this paper! The brown glitter pattern is exquisite. Riley is colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The circle is a Spellbinders die and the 2 colored circles underneath are cut out with the Spellbinders Inverted Scalloped circles dies. The paper is cut with a Martha Stewart border punch. To make the little glitter buttons, I took some leftover chipboard holes from something I was cutting out with the AccuCut machine and applied glue and some glitter to the top side. Just let it dry and then you have the perfect little embellishment.

We're gearing up for Hurricane Earl here in the Northeast and Friday is not likely going to be a good golfing day! However, you can always stamp!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yellow Roses...

These roses are from one of the calendar florals sets from Flourishes. Mixed with teal paper and cardstock, it makes a nice all-purpose card. The words are by Impression Obsession and the flowers are colored with Prismacolor pencils. There are 2 layers of Spellbinders dies - one in black and the other in natural white. I applied Wild Honey Distress ink by Ranger around the edge of the scalloped oval. Wild Honey is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors! The teal ribbon is a double-face satin by Midori.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Reach for the stars...

This card is made using a portion of a much larger Penny Black image - I chose to highlight the part of the image showing the girl reaching for the stars by cutting out that section with a Spellbinders circle die. The words (anther Penny Black image) are also cut out with another die and I added the 3rd circle for balance and used 2 Spellbinders stars in coordinating yellow colors. The background layer is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The little girl is stamped with VersaFine ink and colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender pen. The words are stamped with Ranger Wild Plum Adirondack dye ink.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

3 Circles of Violets

I wanted to try something different with the beautiful violets stamp from Flourishes. So, I stamped and colored it 3 times (used Prismacolor pencils for this card), the cut parts of the image out at different views with a Spellbinders circle die. Add a couple coordinating color layers and put them on a card that will fit in a standard business envelope. The border punch is a Brenda Walton design from EK Success. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart Crafts punch that have a few adhesive beads added to them.