Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ever Green

Another Tuesday, another Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. This was a really fun one!

I stamped the trees from Stampendous Evergreen Borders set with three different shades of green from lightest to darkest, then used a Signo Uni-ball white pen to make a light "snowfall". I had to add just a touch of Stickles to make it glisten. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter glittered holiday papers. These papers are drop dead gorgeous and I was so excited to pick them up at half price last week at Craft Warehouse. I added some crystals and one of Karen Foster's Sparkle Burst Brads for more bling.

Thanks for another great sketch Mercy!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill and Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Wonderful Winter

Stamps: Stampendous, Evergreen Borders

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk, SUINK Tank
Accessories: Karen Foster Sparkle Burst Brad, Stickles, A Muse Crystals, Dimensionals
Tools: MS Punch, Nestabilities, Janome Sewing Machine, Signo Uni-ball Pen

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

First Day of School

I have been living under a rock.

That is the only possible explanation I can come up with for not having heard about Mo's Digital Pencil Too before now. I saw this incredible card by Paula Williamson and the next thing I knew I was browsing page after page of amazing images. Mo makes the most incredible digital stamps and I just read on her blog today that her first photopolymer stamps are coming soon.

This image is called "First Day of School" (there is a girl version too) and it was just one of many that I had to have! I printed the image on SU Whisper White card stock and colored with Copic Markers. I also paper pieced Mrs. Bunny's dress and apron with Stampin' Up designer papers and then used the same papers for the card front.

Thanks for stopping by. We're almost halfway through another week. Can you believe we're only a day away from October!?

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill and Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up

Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil Too

Ink: None
Accessories: Ribbon, Michael's pearls
Tools: Ticket Punch, Nestabilities, Mat Pack, Piercer, Fiskars Border Punch

Monday, September 28, 2009

I'll Tri Anything Once

Yes, I know it's a terrible pun, but I couldn't help it. I saw a challenge for a tri-shutter card over at Splitcoast Stampers and I really wanted to give it a go. You'll find several tutorials out there that are great. I read several but I'm more of a visual person, so I found this video tutorial by Beate to be the most helpful.

I used Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses Christmas line for all the patterned papers. This is such a fun set to work with. Gotta love BG for continuing to crank out amazing collections. The sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas and the fawn is from Stampin' Up's Forest Friends set. Here's another view of the card from the front.

I added a variety of embellishments, including Kaisercraft Rhinestones, snowflakes, Stickles covered icicles, ric rac, and ribbon.

I noticed that the SCS Virtual Stamping Night challenge required completion in 45 minutes. Let me tell you, it took me much longer to complete my card than that. I suppose if you had it all thought out first, that would help. I tend to create on the fly. Which is another way of saying I make it up as I go along!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses

Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas, Stampin' Up

Ink: SU Creamy Caramel, Color Box Olive Chalk Ink
Accessories: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stickles, Ric Rac, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Tools: SU Snowflake Punch, Martha Stewart Icicle Punch, SU Scallop Punch, Nestabilities, Mat Pack, Piercer

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Snowman Sparkle - MTSC40

We made it home from Chelan yesterday, safe and sound and with bags full of new card- making supplies! Now that's my idea of a perfect vacation... sun, relaxation and local craft stores. I found the cutest scrapbooking store in downtown Chelan called "Memories by the Lake". They had a great selection of patterned paper and embellishments and were super friendly. I just had to help out the local economy! I picked up American Crafts Merrymint collection, Making Memories Mistletoe collection, Cinnamon foil letter Thickers, Kaisercraft Duchess Collection Epoxy brads, rhinestones and pearls, Diamond plate Cuttlebug embossing folder, Little Yellow Bicycle Autumn Bliss felt stickers, October Afternoon Good Cheer clear stamps, 2 new Studio G clear stamps and a Kaisercraft Fairy Castle Album for our future princess!

We also stopped at the Craft Warehouse in Wenatchee where I picked up the Colorful Christmas collection from My Mind's Eye. These are the papers I used for today's card. The sketch is this week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. I inked up this Inkadinkado Snowman from the Holiday Sentiments clear stamp set. I added color with Copic Markers and then highlighted some of the circles and snowman with Stickles. You can see the shimmer in this smaller photo. (Click for a better view.)

Well, I'm off to play with my new toys some more! Have a great weekend.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Colorful Christmas

Stamps: Inkadinkado

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stickles
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Mat Pack, Piercer, Bow Easy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sweet Bundle of Love

Just a quick post tonight to show the card I made for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. I think this is a sketch that I will use over and over again. It was super simple to assemble, using K & Company Itsy Bitsy patterned paper and Stampin' Up's Sweet Celebrations stamp set.

I stamped the image in two different shades of brown and layered them. I then punched out a circle from the PP and added it to the center before mounting it on a Nestabilities Pinking Circle. I added floss that I colored with Copic Markers to the buttons and adhered them with Glue Dots. I finished the card by adding SU ribbon in Soft Suede.

Thanks for stopping by. See you in a few days!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: K & Company, Itsy Bitsy

Stamps: Stampin' Up, Sweet Celebrations

Ink: Colorbox Creamy Brown, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Buttons, Floss, Dimensionals
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Circle Punch

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Reptilian Christmas

I ran across this fun stamp from Stamps Happen, Inc. (They were purchased by Janlynn and you can find them here now. I couldn't find this stamp though, so he may be retired.) when I was searching for another stamp. I purchased this critter over four years ago but to be honest, I could never figure out what to do with it. My primary issue was what method of coloring to use on this adorable iguana. He's quite large, 6 inches from toe to tail and until I discovered Copic Markers I was never happy with the end result. Copics really make a difference. First I colored him with YG13, Chartreuse and then added shadows with G14, Apple Green. I added dots of BG96, Bush to his legs, tail and around his eye. Then to create the "scales", I added colorless blending solution to my Cuttlebug Mesh Texture Embossing Folder and lightly pressed my image onto it. I love the lizard skin result! I also ran a piece of red card stock through the same folder to use as an accent.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a terrific week. My husband and I will be taking off on Tuesday for Lake Chelan for a short vacation. I'll catch you all when I get back.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Imagination Project

Stamps: Stamps Happen

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Glitter brads
Tools: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Give Thanks

How could I not give thanks to the person who inspired this card? It's Shannan, Miss Pink Tulle with Feathers and Sequins herself who is this week's Featured Stamper at SCS.

I chose this card from Shannan's incredible gallery. She has such a fun and eclectic style and choosing a card was tough. This card really captured my attention though and I just had to give it a try. I'm ashamed to admit how long it took me to stitch up all the little paper rectangles but the end result made it all worth it!

I chose a fall color scheme and went with a little Cosmo Cricket, K & Company, and Stampin' Up patterned papers. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Holiday Best set and was inked up with Tombow Markers. The detail around the sentiment was created using Martha Stewart's Arch Lattice punch. I added a SU "Chocolate Chip" grosgrain bow, felt flower and corduroy brad for the finishing touch.

Go check out the SCS Featured Stamper gallery for more great CASES of Shannan's work.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, K & Company, Stampin' Up

Stamps: Stampin' Up

Ink: Tombow Markers
Accessories: SU Felt Flower, Corduroy Brad, Ribbon
Tools: Martha Stewart punch, Janome Sewing Machine

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Trick or Treating!

Time for another Serendipity Stamps Challenge. This month's objective was to create a Halloween card or project. Well you all know how much fun I've been having with Halloween cards! I was happy to add another one to my collection.

This image is called "Costume Kids" and it is available alone or in a set with the wonderful sentiment. It is absolutely one of my favorites from the new fall and holiday collection at Serendipity Stamps. It really takes me back to my days as a kid, trick or treating. For weeks before October 31st everyone at school would be talking about what they were going "to be" for Halloween. Of course we all tried to out do each other with the best costume. Those were the days when our treat bag was a pillow case (which we made every effort to fill!) and reports of tainted candy and other dangers had not been heard of yet. Oh for simpler times!

Drop by my fellow design team members' sites below to see their "spooktacular" creations!


Have fun!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers, Circle Punch, Janome Sewing Machine

Monday, September 14, 2009

Just for You

I'm making it just under the wire this week for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. I usually try to tackle it the day she posts her sketch, but this week somehow just got away from me!

I whipped this card up using the "Fancy Cake" stamp from Hero Arts and one of the sentiments from Stampin' Up's Oval All set.

Thanks for another great sketch Mercy!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Hero Arts, Stampin' Up

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, metal dots
Tools: Copic Markers, SU Scallop Punch

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Bushell of Pumpkins

This card is a tribute to the first hint of fall I felt in the air today. Makes me so excited for the weeks to come!

This great pumpkin image is from Lockhart Stamp Company. A little patterned paper, a big bow ... Super simple card. Check out all the details below.

My daughter and son-in-law allowed me to sit in on the ultrasound today. Everything looks good and we were so excited to find out that we will be welcoming a granddaughter in February! I can't wait to immerse myself in ruffles and ribbons and lace, oh and PINK! I hope my 3 1/2 year old grandson adjusts to the idea of a sister. He sobbed for several minutes today because he really had his heart set on a little brother. Smiley from

Night everyone. Have a super Friday!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Company

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Scor-pal

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mass Production (Sort of)

Yesterday I made my first attempt at mass producing cards for my Etsy store. I say attempt because I have the hardest time creating the same card more than once. These are the closest I've come to date. I did stamp and color the same image (Stampendous "Pumpkin Plaque") with the same Copic markers and stayed with the same basic layout but I just had to mix up the patterned papers and ribbon.

Here's the final result: 6 new Halloween cards for my shop, it was a very good day!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, SEI, KI Memories, Best Creation Inc.

Stamps: Stampendous

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Fabulous Birthday

Today's card is a CASE of a card by Mercy Kerin. I bookmarked this card in June because I loved the use of several patterned papers and its simplicity. I am always looking for ways to use up some of my paper stash and this was a great way to do it.

I used a combo of Stampin' Up, My Mind's Eye and Carolee's Creations as the backdrop for the "Fabulous Birthday" stamp from Hero Arts. I added brads, silk ribbon and a flower cut from the PP for accents.

I can't believe our three day weekend is almost over! It felt so good just to wind down and do precious little. Other than stamping, of course! I created several Halloween cards for my Etsy shop and I'll post those tomorrow. Hope you really enjoyed your holiday as well.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up, My Mind's Eye, Carolee's Creations

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tombow Markers
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, brads
Tools: Nestabilities

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tiny Yawns

I'm just a tad late in playing along with this sketch from one of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges. About 2 months late to be exact! I saw all the other cards made with this sketch and made a mental note that I had to use it eventually ... and I just love the end result.

These adorable baby shoes are from All Night Media. I think the stamp can be challenging to find now, (I've had it for years.) but I did find an eBay seller that has a few here. The sentiment is a stamp called "Tiny Yawns" from A Muse Artstamps. Isn't it the sweetest saying?

The patterned papers are from the "Baby Bee" collection from Crate Paper. One of my favorite all time lines. Speaking of Crate Paper, have you seen their newest lines? (Check them out here.) OMG, I think I need them all. OK, maybe need is the wrong word, but I seriously want them all!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper

Stamps: All Night Media, A Muse Artstamps

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Dimensionals, MS Birthstone Gem Stickers
Tools: Copic Markers, Various Punches, Mat Pack, Nestabilities

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Time for Tea

Are these papers to die for? I love the choice of patterned paper Taylor put in the Key Ingredients kit this month. They're from the Linnie Bell collection by Pebbles Inc. It's hard to put together oranges, reds, pinks and yellows but they manged to find just the perfect shades in this really fun line.

Today's card is for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. If you haven't tried her sketches yet, this is a great one to start with. It's fun but not overly complicated. Just my style!

I inked up the teapots from "Tea for Two" from Papertrey Ink for the first time. I adore this set and I'm not even a tea drinker! Good thing I have some friends that are. They are going to love this card.

Happy Hump day!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Inc.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Kaisercraft Rhinestones
Tools: Copic Marker