Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I stamped my image - Partridge In A Pear Tree - using Versafine Sepia ink. After heat setting it, I grabbed my watercolor pencils and went to town! I blended my work with a SU Blender Pen. The pot is actually paper pieced with some Lasting Impressions Paper. I colored the stars with a fine tip gold leaf pen. Add some chalk to the background, a ribbon (threaded through a hole created by my SU slot punch), and some muted decorative paper and gold Stardream to a textured green card base-- and you're done!
This card was actually used for the holiday ad for Impression Obsession! I was flipping through the Fall issue of Just Cards! and spotted it. That's a bit wierd I must say! I actually said, "Hey, that's my card!" If you happen to pick up this magazine - check out pages 37 and 47--I'm there too! :-)
Hope your week is going well! Don't forget to sign up for my World Cardmaking Day giveaway! Just see Monday's post!
Monday, September 29, 2008
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Leave a comment, get those creative juices flowing, and get ready for one more fun-filled day of cardmaking fun with World cardmaking Day!
I'll be back tomorrow with some creations! Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
When I look at Janine - I see large focal images with ribbon and tags-- gotta have those tags with little sayings. Janine loves Paper Trey Ink's little sentiments. If you browse her blog-- AND YOU SHOULD-- you might see that she likes more contemporary looking images- sketchy images- nothing too detailed. HERE is an example! And, HERE is another one!! See what I mean??
So.... here's my Janine inspired card! I've got the large focal image; I've got the sketchy flower (Impression Obsession Victorian Rose); I've got the ribbon; I've got the tag; I even dug out my only Paper Trey Ink set for the little message!! One thing I am missing that Janine loves are dew drops! Well, I thought gold accents would work for this card - so I grabbed my version of the dew drop--- a self stick something or other!! I might choose rhinestones, nail heads or pearls -- but that's what I gravitate toward. So, I guess that's my spin on things!! LOL!
Be sure to check out what the other Stamp Simply gals did! And, click HERE for the offical details from Miss Sharon!
Tammy didn't get a chance to play this week, but pay her a visit anyway! She's got some amazing cards with some of the new Kitchen Sink Stamps!!
Have a fabulous weekend! I'll be back soon-- with more!
I laughed because it actually uses three... yes three... Flourishes sets! Menswear, Coffee With Friends and Sweet Treats.
Are you ready???? And... here's the inside!
Ok, I have to admit, I came upstairs from my "mom cave" and I showed it to my husband and in the most serious voice he says, " I am a men." OH MY GOODNESS! I started laughing so hard. Then, he says, "Your card is treating men like objects. I am not sure I approve." Ok, Ken - you can take the kids to the candy store next time! Oh, I am still laughing!!!
On a side note, don't you just love this little bon bon?? I can't decide if it is a candy or a chocolate cupcake. But, I guess, does it really matter!?!?
Well, hope you had fun with me! I'll be back tomorrow with a card that is just 2 Krafty for Sharon's challenge!!! (Yes, my friends, that is a hint!!!!)
Stamps: Menswear, Coffee With Friends, and Sweet Treats - all by Flourishes
Paper: Basic Grey Two Scoops
Ink: Versamark Black Onyx, Copics in brown tones to color cupcake
Accessories: Brad (SU), self stick red rhinestone, Diamond Stickles, silver leaf pen by Zig
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Can you tell I love the latest releases from Flourishes? I can't put them down. When the sets came - I just kept creating, and creating, and creating!
This card is one of those that really, honestly, took no time to make. I had it sketched, found some fun cool grey paper and then just went to town. I used the Bird And Vine set for the pretty vine background and, of course,the birdie and sentiment. I used Nesties for the ovals and then added some small self stick pearls and a really fun brad. I wanted to make it look like my bird was just perched on my sentiment like it was a tree branch. I think it worked!
Before I take off, I do have to tell you all something. If you stop by and comment and wonder why I never make it over to see you - I owe you an apology!!! I love to check in and see what you have all been up to. Because blog time has been really, really low lately because of my "day job"- I actually thought about taking a break and throwing in the hat! Then I thought - maybe I could just explain! I am sure my bloggin' buds would understand! So... there you have it! Know that even though I'm not hopscotching the blogosphere to visit-- it is definitely not a case of out of sight out of mind!!! :-)
Stamps: Birds And Vine, Flourishes
Paper: K&Company (sm. print), My Mind's eye(lg. print), Crafty Secrets Radiant Paper Pack (wood bark looking print)
Accessories: Self stick pearls, Creative Imaginations B&W Brad
Inks: Versafine Black Onyx, Cool Peri - Ranger
Monday, September 22, 2008
I wanted to show you a card I made to showcase one of the new Flourishes sets Forest of Trees. When I first saw this set, I saw this tree and immediately was drawn to a quote that I read recently on line.
Here's a look at the card so you see what I mean. The quote reads, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
I loved the saying and thought earthy tones with the tree image would really be perfect! Add some distress ink, paper piercing, some hodgepodge hardware and some self stick pearls and you're done!
Here's a close up of the saying. I even did some decorative, almost scallop like stitching to separate the two decorative papers.
Recipe: Flourishes, Forest of Trees
Paper: Memory Box, Basic Grey, Bazill plain brown
Accessories: Hodgepodge hardware, Self-stick pearls
Ink: Momento ink in Rich Brown and Bamboo Sprouts, Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress inks
That's it my friends... off to rest my sleepy head! See you back here tomorrow!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
As we got ready for this. I did some research. I had no idea that 5 million Americans live with Alzheimers and that every 71 seconds, someone will develop it. It's the sixth leading cause of death. That's startling.
You might wonder why I feel so passionate about this. This is the reason... roughly 14 years ago, my grandpa died from the effects of Alzheimers. He was a quiet man who loved to work with his hands and was always tinkering with something. He had a knack for making miniature furniture pieces. It was so hard to watch his mind unravel. I can't imagine how painful it must have been for my grandma knowing he just didn't recognize her any more. That's why, when I picked up Carolyn's set, I felt joy not only because of the "happy" images but for the good that will come of it!
Here's a peek at my card... it's actually a peek-a-boo card! I used Stampin' Up's Word Window Punch to let my tag like card slide down into the pocket. All of the images were colored with Copic markers and Prismacolor Pencils.
We hope you travel from blog to blog and read our stories. If you can, buy Carolyn’s set knowing you will be helping other families who are working through this as well. To see how our team is helping in the cause, visit
And... don't forget to stop by Carolyn's blog, she has major blog candy that she is giving away in honor of World Alzheimer's Day!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
In honor of Sharon's one year blogoversary - Sharon decided to showcase the Stamp Simply team and encourage us all to be inspired by their work! This week is Jennifer's turn! Well, when I look at Jennifer's creations - I see fun colors, a real crisp and classy design, ribbon, and cute images. So, I scoured Jennifer's blog and THIS card is the one that spoke to me. Yep, it actually said, "CASE me!"
So, what do you think? You see a little Jennifer in this card????
You can see I used a lot of the elements that she used and then put my own spin on it. Instead of a butterfly, I put a flower on with a cute little brad. Instead of "love you," I put "miss you!" and then instead of a soft look, I tried to go a little more manly! When my hubby least expects it, I plan to stick this in his briefcase when he is off on a biz trip. The stamps I used were a Wordsworth clear alphabet set and the new All Scallops set from Stampin' Up with the SU scallop edge punch. The ink I used was Bamboo Sprouts by Momento. Add some paper flowers, a fun brad, sheer ribbon and paper and DONE!
Want to see how some of the other SS ladies "see" Jennifer? First of all, check out Sharon's blog for her card and all the official details. Stop by Jen's blog so that you can see how she CASED herself! LOL! Then, check out Janine, Becky, Dee, and Tammy!
Hope you can make time for play time and join us! See ya back here this weekend with some more stamping fun!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Instead of just grabbing my Prismas, I decided to bring on a bit of the bling! I stamped the leaves with Rich Brown Momento ink and then colored all the leaves with watercolor pencils for the base of color. After I was done there, I went over all the elements with some Shimmerz. I love how this glittery paint blended all the color underneath and gave my image a real depth. When you look at my leaves straight on, you can't see the sparkle but turn it to the light... and BAM!
Here's a closeup....
To finish my card, I added some paper peircing and then my saying "To Everything There Is A Season" down the side of one of my mats with some Rich Brown Momento Ink. Add some ribbon, a button and you're done!
You have to check out what the other members of the IO Design Team came up with!
and our brand new Guest Designer... Dina Kowal!
Here's a little bit about Dina that you might not know! You might have stopped by her "place"Mama Dini’s Stamperia before. But, did you know that she is now a missionary along with her family in Indonesia? She also is a self taught graphic designer, plays the piano, and makes a mean homemade pizza! What I love about Dina's style is her fabulous use of color. She is a wiz with Prismacolor and Watercolor Pencils! So, stop by, say "hi!" and welcome her aboard! You won't be sorry that you did!
I'll be back tomorrow with Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge! Just a hint.... you'll need a "buck" to play! :-)
See you soon!
That's why,when I saw this new set from Flourishes, Forest of Trees, I knew it had a quick, yet elegant Christmas card written all over it!!!!
I stamped the tree with Bamboo Spout Momento ink, sponged on a little Antique Linen Distress ink, used my ticket corner punch and slot punch on the ivory piece, added some self adhesive gold nail heads, add ribbon, a making memories tag and som Foo Fa La paper and you're done! This truly was - from idea in my head to paper, a ten minute card! Gotta love it!
Well, I wanted to thank you for all the well wishes for my anniversary. I had a fabulous time! My hubby said - 'Wow, I am tired,' when we were relaxing by the pool and I said - No hon, you are doing something called "relax!" It's so true. We don't afford ourselves the luxory!!! So, it was nice to know what being relaxed felt like!!! LOL!
Here's a few photos from our trip!
This is a little lake near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. When I saw it, I had to stop. We just sat and watched dragonflies flit across the water...
This is the artist paint pots - geothermal features - in YNP.
And this is overlooking the upper falls into the Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone. It's kind of freaky looking down and all you see is rushing water! Gotta love that rainbow!
And lastly... Ken in the goofy hat he just "had to " have! I cracked up!! I took this one just before the camera battery died!!! Yep, only I wouldn't make sure the battery was charged!
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with something new!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here's a sneak peak of my card!
You can check out the challenge and the details at YKYR! We also have the deets on last month's challenge winner -- so check it out! Hope you make time for play time! See ya back here tomorrow!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Here's a few shots of the place... deep breath in... deep breath out...
IMPRESSION OBSESSION NEWS!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Well, after taking a long time just strolling through Tammy's blog - I settled on THIS creation for my inspiration! I loved the vertical and horizontal lines with the different decorative papers, the fabulous scalloped pieces, and the ribbon with the tag. I opted to use her card as a sketch and then even stuck with the same color scheme!
I found some fun decorative paper that actually has a "mail" theme and grabbed the brand new Flourishes set Mixed Greetings. This awesome set features interchangable items and messages. Click HERE to see the full set! Here's the fun part -- fellow Flourishes DT member Leslie Miller was the inspiration behind this set! It's so versatile - flowers, fruit and fun little letters all can be stuffed into baskets and bowls with a trio of messages! I chose the letters for my creation!
The paper really dictated what I did with this card - it's all mail inspired and is the Passport Collection from Making Memories. Can you see the watermark style print that says things like Air Mail, etc.? Fun! One of the papers is actually just patterns in stripes and that's how I made my card front! I had two pieces going vertically and one stip going horizontally! Add a scalloped edge and use your scalloped square Nesties to create your mat for your main focal piece and you're almost there! I stamped the bowl and the letters on a scrap peice, used Tombow markers to color my letters, added a pink twill ribbon (this ribbon was a gift from my bud Jennifer Buck!), and stamped the word "Greetings" on my tag that was cut out with the help of a Sizzix tag die! There's not a ton to this card! I think it's kind of fun and funky!
Here's a close up of my letters and bowl that I popped up with some foam tape. I also added some small self-stick pearls for a little bling!
You'll have to check in and see what the rest of the Stamp Simply team did!
Did you know that Stamp Simply is one year old today??? What a great reason to play if you've never joined in on the challenge! Or, how would you like to be a Stamp Simply Guest Designer? Check the end of Sharon's post HERE for the details!
You'll also have to check in on all the blog candy being offered up for Sharon's one year Blogoversary. It is actually so much, I can't keep track! My head is spinning with all the stuff being given away! Speaking of which, check the post below for my candy in honor of Sharon's big week!!! The fabulous Flourishes have donated the new Birds And Vine set that was just released and I am throwing in some fun Basic Grey Paper and coordinating May Arts ribbon! See yesterday's post for the details!
Whew! If you are still with me--- thanks! TGIF! I'll be back soon with more cards, the blog candy winner (Sunday) and some fun news! Stay tuned!
Oh well.... let's get started! :-)
1. Start by cutting out a circle image with your Nesties and leave the die on your shape! Stamp your tree using a very light brown shade.
2. Using chalks, apply colors randomly on the branches and at the base to give the tree an autumnal feel! Don't worry if it looks ugly--- it's supposed to right now!
4. Now, because Flourishes' sets are clear, you can see your stamped image through the clear stamp. Using a dark brown ink (I used Versafine Sepia), line up your stamp and stamp directly over the tree that you stamped in a light brown. What does this do? It defines your tree and helps the chalked part to peek through without dominating the image! Too cool!
And, here's a look at my finished card!
I got a lot of comments/emails from folks saying they LOVED the new Birds And Vine set from Flourishes. Here's a look at the set again....
Well, how would you like to win the set? In honor of Sharon Johnson's one year Blogoversary - the fabulous Flourishes have donated the set for one lucky winner here! I am also going to throw in some beautiful May Arts ribbon and a Basic Grey paper pack too! All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about fall! And click HERE to find out all the other fun giveaways going on for Sharon's 1 year blogoversary! There are 15 different candy giveaways all this week and you can enter for each and every one!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Check out Joan’s Garden - Joan Fricker has some Vintage Christmas Candy! Jerri Kay has some fun alterables over at her space - A Touch of Grace. Janine has a ton of loot up for grabs— click here. Sharon is giving away the Stamp Simply Coffee with Friends set - click here. Tammy is giving away the new MFT release — click here. Sharon is at it again with the JustRite Damask Monogram Stamper - click here. Jennifer has a fun Unity Set and punch! click here. For a chance at the Stamp Simply Thank You Set by Flourishes - click here. And... last but not least... a Kitchen Sink Stamp Set is for the taking - click here. (Kitchen Sink Stamp Set)
Here's the cool news- you can sign up for each and every candy giveaway - but- be a good sport-- only sign up once for each giveaway! Sound good? All this talk of candy has me hungry!!! :-)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Well, the blog candy just keeps on coming to celebrate Sharon Johnson's one year Blogoversary! This time, Janine is getting into the mix -- because it's her one year Blogoversary too! She's got a bunch of loot up for grabs - can you say Hero Arts, Impression Obsession, a set by See D's, dew drops... and MORE! Check it out HERE! And, don't forget my post below with five more links to fabulous blog candy!!!