Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More added to Etsy

I've been pretty busy this weekend working on cards for a local craft show that I'm debating about being a participating vendor.  I took a few of these cards and added them to my etsy shop, so have a look here to see the new additions.  I added a few birthday cards and some Christmas cards (it's never to early to start  on those!)  Here's a little preview -

I used Lawn Fawn's Cozy Christmas set and created a little fireplace sscene.  Each of the images was colored with copics then pieced onto the card front.  The inside is stamped with "have a warm and cozy christmas." 


Stamps - Lawn Fawn Cozy Christmas
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (sorry I didn't keep track of all of the numbers)
Other - Spellbinders Labels die

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celebrate Paper Piecing!

I recently just found some of the color challenges out there and I am loving them.  I am finding new combinations of colors, that I wouldn't normally think to put together.  Just like this weeks Color Q challenge:
 I love how those colors look together.  I took those colors and this weeks sketch at CPS - 

To make this card -

I used Balloon Kaylee from Some Odd Girl for their paper peicing challenge.  Here's a close up of the paper peicing of her clothes.  This is one of SOG's digital images so I printed the image on the different papers for peicing.  I also printed it on a sheet of glossy paper for the balloons (it's hard to tell in the picture, but there's a little shine to the balloons.when you see the actual card).  I colored her skin, eyes, and hair with Copics.

I finished it off with some SU! brads to match the card base, some thread for the balloons (the thread is actually from my last purchase from Lawn Fawn - their stamps come neatly tied together with this blue thread that matched perfectly for this card!), rounded the cornders, and embossed a Paper Smooches sentiment along the bottom.


Stamps: Some Odd Girl - Balloon Kaylee
             Paper Smooches - Sentiments Sampler
Ink - Versamark; SU! Old Olive
Paper - SU! Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Designer Pattern Paper;
            SU! Island Indigo; the yellow patter is from Studio Calico
Other - White Embossing Powder; SU! Island Indigo Designer Brads; Copics; thread, corner rounder

Speedy Recovery

Back in July, I participated in the Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop.  For that post I made a onesie card for one of my expecting co-workers (you can see that post here).  She had a baby boy about two weeks ago, but has found herself back in the hospital because he has an E. coli infection.  The last I heard, the baby is doing much better, but we still want to send her our well wishes, so I came up with this little card for her and baby -

I stamped the full stamp onto a piece of scratch paper then stamped it three times along the card without reinking.  For the colored turtle, I inked up everything but the ice bag on his shell and stamped that fully inked at the end.  I drew in the rest of his shell with a black marker and colored him in with some water color pencils.  I thought I needed something in the lower right corner and was going to add a few rhinestones when I remembered the adorable little bug that is also part of this set so I stamped it three times without reinking and colored the first one in to look like a little lady bug.  Then I added some turtle colored twines alonge the top and rounded the bottom two corners.

I don't have a picture of it, but the inside is stamped with the punny sentiment from the set that says, "wishing you a speedy recovery."

This little card will be playing along with the following challenge - 

Thanks Britta and Marie for continuing the fun of the blog hop with the challenges!!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn - On The Mend
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Pad and Marker
Twine - Cappucino, Honeydew and Buttercream from the Twinery

Monday, August 22, 2011


I have a coworker who was recently diagnosed with esophogeal cancer and I spent Saturday morning at a breast cancer breakfast fundraiser, so I have Hope on the brain.  When I sat down to create a card for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge, it was still there, so I used Hope as my theme for the challenge -

I forget how challenging one layer cards can be, even when they sound so simple.  I knew I wanted to play with a couple of my newest stamp sets and I had a purple ink pad closest to me when I sat down, so here's my one layer card - 

I masked the bracket and stamped the flowers over the rest of the card.  I used the inkpad and some water to color in the flowers.  Then I masked the rest of the card and the letters and filled in the bracket.  This was the first time I used this ink pad and I'm not thrilled with how it covers when sponging, but I may just need a little more practice with it.  I removed all of the masks, stamped the letters where the masks were to give the outlines, then did a little dashed line around the brackets to finish it off.

And to finish it off, here's a close up -


Stamps - Lawn Fawn Petite Florals and Quinn's ABCs
Ink - Vivid! Purple
Other - Bracket Template by Kiwi Lane, Uniball Signo Gel Pen

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Different Looks with Same Concept

I'm playing along with a few challenges today and decided to keep the layout and basic idea the same but change the colors up.

Using the sketch from CPS as my layout and the colors from two color challenges, I came up with -

I started with the ColorQ colors - I like how the bright colors look against the black tickets - 

Then I changed the colors to match those of the Color Throwdown and ended up with this more masculine looking version - 

Since I didn't frame the front of this card with different papers, I round three of the four corners to add a little interest.

And here are the challenges I played along with - 
CPS #230

Color Throwdown #154



Stamps - Stampin' Up! Triple treat Flower; Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments
Ink - all from Stampin' Up! - Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Passion
Other - White embossing powder, 5 Petal Flower Punch (by SU!), Flower Punch (by SU!), Ticket Punch from EK Success

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Amazing Butterfly

I'm still playing with some of my new toys from the Valley Forge CK Scrapbooking Convention. While there, I found a new stamp company that I love - The Stamps of Life. They've been around for a couple of years now, but this was the first that I had heard of them, so of course I bought a few of their sets AND became a club member (who doesn't want a set of stamps delivered to their home monthly??).  My first set came this past week, so I put it to good use with another set that I had already bought - 

The butterfly, its flight trail, and the sentiment are from the butterfly2build set.  

The flowers, stems and leaves are just a sampling from the branches4flowers set.  

I love the style of the butterfly and wanted to color it in with a little glitter to make it "amazing" like the sentiment says, so I stamped it on some acetate with StazOn and filled it in on the back side with different colors of glitter... I love how sparkly it turned out!

Since I ended up using a myriad of colors on it, I decided to enter it in the Wee Memories Dare to Color Challenge - 


Paper - Pool Party by Stampin' Up!
Ink - Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Basic Black all by Stampin' Up!; Black StazOn
Glitter - from PK Glitz
Stamps - Buttersflies2Build and Branches4Flowers from The {Stamps} of Life
Other - Yellow and Purple Stickles, White Enamel Accents, Acetate Sheet

Friday, August 5, 2011

Coloring with my new Copics

While I was at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Valley Forge last week, I bought a few more Copics and today, I finally got around to playing with them!  I was inspired by the latest Color Throwdown Challenge:

I love the color combination and it just so happens that some of my new Copics fall in those color ranges, so I HAD to play along.  Here's the card I came up with:

After coloring the image with my Copics, I cut her out, glittered her ipod, and added white enamel accents to her belt and shoes. 

While the glitter and enamel accents dried, I stamped the main card base and the white squares with a background stamp from Stampin' Up! (it's a retired stamp, but I love the texture it adds).  I used the Tonic distress tool to distress the edges of all of the squares and the main card base.  Then inked all of the edges.

Finally, I put all of the squares on dimensional adhesive, then put Dancing Mae over the squares.  I finished it off with a hand written Gracias in some white gel ink on a scrap of Crumb Cake then punched it out with the word label punch and added it to the card with two white brads.

This card will be playing along in the following challenges:
3. Wee Memories #63 - Dare to Color
4. Some Odd Girl Thank You Challenge


Images - Dancing Mae digital image from Some Odd Girl
             Sanded Background Stamp by Stampin' Up!
Ink - Crumb Cake Classic Stamp Pad from Stampin' Up!
Paper - Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stock from Stampin' Up!
Copics - Hair:E29, E35, E37; Skin: E35, E50, E51; Clothes: BG0000, BG 49, BG72, G82, G94
Other - White Enamel Accents, Glitter, Brads, 1" square punch, word label punch

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yay! Yay! Yay!

So I'm pretty new to entering card challenges and sharing my work, so I was super excited when I was checking the Wee Memories blog and saw my name directly under this badge -
I'm not the big winnder but I'm very honored to be an honorable hoot for my fabric summer card which you can see here and to see the other honorable hoots and big winners, you can stop by the Wee Memories post here.

I hope to have some time to finally do some crafting this weekend, so until then....!