Monday, May 31, 2010

Close to My Heart's June SOTM Blog Hop!



Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you've arrived from Melinda's blog, you're in the right place! If you've happened to have jumped in here in the middle, you'll want to go back to Kathleen's blog to check out all the fabulosity along the way!
For my card, I used the Sarsaparilla dp because it had a more masculine feel to it; I'm really a girlie girl when it comes to cards, so a Father's Day card was a challenge for me. That being said, these papers and stamp set made it so EASY to create a wonderful card for my Dad. I roughed up the edges of my focal sentiment just to give it a "manly" appearance. For the sentiment on the bottom, I masked the stamp and spread the sentiment out so that I could tuck it under the blue panel.
Now go check out Shannon's blog where I know you're going to see more "some kind of wonderful"!
Thanks for visiting!



Stamps: Wonderful Friend Stamp of the Month for June (CTMH)
Ink: Barn Red, Cocoa (CTMH)
Paper: Sarsaparilla dp (CTMH)
Accessories: Twill ribbon, button, Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities, Hemp twine, copper brads

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Textured Black and White

Here's a close up of the focal piece showing the folds I used to create the dimension:




I spotted this challenge over at Our Creative Corner to make a black and white card using some type of texture. But the twist is that you could only have a sentiment and no stamped images. Easy peasy for me, I rarely use images. I just purchased this Shapeabilities Pendant dies from A.C. Moore ( for 30% off no less!) today and couldn't wait to use them. The white outer pendant and the black piece on top of it are the same die. I was looking at the picture on the inside of the directions and saw how an example was of a 3 -D look was shown. I tried hard to copy it, but couldn't figure out how they did it from the picture. So I decided to take the black piece and cut out the middle to use as a sentiment panel. After I did that, something clicked. I scored each section ( in the wrong place, I thought) and went back and scored what I thought were the right sections. Turns out I did, in fact, need to score at both of the places that I did. Confused yet? Well let's just say that I inadvertently figured out how they folded it and gave it that popped up look. I put the white piece on top to cover up my cut-out middle. I then pierced the lower white panel and added pearls to the holes to cover them up. The sentiment panel at the bottom was put together using the small heart like die and attached to a small scalloped rectangle Nestability.

And now off to a barbeque with some friends.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone and have a great day!



Stamps: Follow Your Heart (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Daisy White, Black
Accessories: Shapeabilities Pendant Dies Renaissance Hearts, Nestabilities Scalloped Circle & Rectangle dies, K & Co. pearls, Offray black satin & Picot edged ribbon, paper piercer, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder, dimensionals
Size:5 1/2" square

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SFYTT Vintage Thanks




Second post for today, I have the long weekend off so I'm getting caught up on my cardmaking. I work at the Jersey shore in a pharmacy 2 blocks from the ocean so we're coming into our busy season now. My boss wants to work all of the holidays so I consequently get all of them off. Lucky me! So I thought I would start off with Jen Del Muro's Sketch for You to Try today. Sometimes I have a hard time with a sketch because I have something already in my brain and it doesn't always jive with the sketch. Fortunately for me the sketch and my brain were in sync. This card is pretty straight forward, no fancy techniques or anything, but I did add a lot of vintage charm to it. OK...off to help my daughter find the floor in her room...ugh!

Have a great day!



Stamps: Thank You (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain & Antique Linen distress inks
Paper: Life Stories (My Mind's Eye), Kraft (PTI), Colonial White (CTMH)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Floral Band border punch, Prima tea rose, Scalloped & Circle Nestabilities, K & Co. gems & pearls, Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, lace from Jo-Ann's, sewing machine, dimensionals, dauber

Size: 5 1/2" square

For My Dad


I made this card for my Dad for Father's Day. He just moved back from Germany last year where he was transferred for work. He is now officially retired and we get to see him much more! We did get to visit him there, that was the trip of a lifetime. You know those postcards with the gorgeous scenery on them? Well, that is exactly what it looks like there. Some day we hope to go back, but I think he's had enough of being an ex-pat for the time being.
On this card, I turned the focal panel over and scored some lines on the back with my cutter, but switched the blade out for the scoring blade. Then I turned it over and lightly sanded the surface to get those cool distressed lines. Definitely fits with the "guy theme".
Thanks for checking out my blog and stay tuned for more cards with this stamp set in the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop going on June 1st.




Stamps: Wonderful Friend (CTMH)
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Barn Red (CTMH)
Paper: Sarsparilla dp, Barn Red, Desert Sand (CTMH)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger punch, hemp twine, Small Pinking Circles Nestabilities, Scoring tool, sandpaper, brads, dauber, dimensionals

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

For My Blog Buddy Sarah...

I dedicate this card to you. Whenever you see Cappella, you'll think of me. I've been meaning to make this card for a few days now, but had gotten caught up with some other challenges. I was blog surfing and saw this sketch over at Our Creative Corner and thought it was perfect for my Cappella card. There is a weekly sketch contest and I've actually been watching their blog for a couple of years now, but haven't played along because I didn't have a blog (or confidence). I have both now, so I'm playin'!

Thanks for checking in and have a great day!



Stamps: Thank You, One of a Kind (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Paper: Cappella (Basic Grey), Cocoa, Daisy White (CTMH)
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, Morex Delight ribbon, Basic Grey pearls, dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine

Size: 5 1/2" square

Black Magic

I tried the wonderful challenge over at Splitcoast called "Black Magic" and essentially it's just stamping white craft ink onto black paper and coloring the image with watercolor pencils. Sounds simple but the effect is dramatic! There is a wonderful tutorial on how to achieve this look using blending techniques with the pencils. This card was actually a shock to my system because the last 10 or so cards have been so subtle and pastel-y. But...I love this look! After I did my coloring I took my white gel pen and just dotted around the images and in the centers.
Go on and give it a try and send me link so we can share fabulousity!
Have a great day and happy stamping!




Stamps: Thank You (CTMH), Terrific Tulips (SU)
Ink: White craft ink (SU)
Paper: Basic Black, Pink (?) Bazzill, Whisper White
Accessories: Watercolor pencils (SU), Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch, white gel pen, heat gun, Labels Eight Nestabilities, icon gems, dimensionals

Size:5 1/2" square

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mojo 140

My sample for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge:


My template:

I'm posting again tomorrow with another card and the technique for this design.
It's a way cool process, stay tuned for tomorrow's pearl of knowledge!


Stamps: One Person (Verve)
Ink: White craft ink (SU)
Paper: Pink Bazzill, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU), Kraft (PTI)
Accessories: Watercolor pencils (SU), Basic Grey pearl bling, button (CTMH), white gel pen, Labels Eight Nestabilities, white satin wired ribbon
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Back to Familiar Territory


Ahh, back to my 3 favorite f(s)...flowers, frills and fancy. I didn't use my favorite Cappella paper this time, but I didn't forget about my dedication to Sarah, that one's coming soon. I got these fabulously dear papers from One Little Spark shop in Tuckerton. The papers are from Memory Box and they are so charming. I also used these darling frames by pink paislee. I dusted the whole frame with Ranger Perfect Pearls powder which gives it an iridescent glow. It's hard to see from the picture so I also jazzed up the frame with some pearls and my current favorite Prima Tea Roses all glittered up. Ok, well I have to get cracking on my Sarah card.
Have a great day!



Stamps: So Sweet (CTMH)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU), Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Paper: Frond (Memory Box), Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Accessories: Artisian Elements frames (pink paislee), Martha Stewart Layered Arches border punch, K & Co. pearls, Prima Tea Roses snow, Robin's Nest dew drops hydrangea, sewing machine, dauber, Ranger Perfect Pearls powder Interference Violet

Size: % 1/2" square

Monday, May 24, 2010

SFYTT Celebration No. 40




The big 4-0 is looming and I'm prepared! I have a few months to go and I really don't care about the number (although the sound of 40 is slightly jarring). One thing I do like about getting older is the fact that you become wiser, whether you try to or not. I love the fact that things that bothered me in my twenties no longer mean that much to me. Nothing replaces peace of mind. Especially when I can make a colorful card and really like it! This card has nothing complicated on it, in fact, when I was listing the accessories, I was shocked at how few there were. All simple squares and a few circles. The hardest part was picking out the dp. Part of my new found wisdom is making things less hard on myself. And it doesn't take a genius to discover that that is a good thing to do.
Have a wonderful, peaceful day!



Stamps: Wonderful Friend (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite dp, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories: Making Memories black gingham ribbon, black brads, Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Viva La Verve May Week 3 Challenge

Here is the final product:


Here is the color palette I chose to work from:


And this is the sketch layout I had to follow:



I did it! I beat the sketch! I don't know why I had such a hard time with this layout but I can tell you that my card graveyard needs to be purged! At least 4 cards went into the trash during this jam session. I'm not even entirely happy with this one either, but it'll do, so that I don't pull all my hair out :/ I've realized that I don't do well with whimsy cards. I am much more comfortable making elegant style cards with flourishes, flowers and frills.
Stay tuned, I'm sure there's an elegant card on the horizon...and I am pre-dedicating it to Sarah, because I'm sure it will have Cappella paper on it somewhere.



Stamps: Accent Notes (Verve)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite dp, Kraft (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Natural Twill Ribbon, button, Hemp twine (CTMH), Martha Stewart Double Loops border punch

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, May 21, 2010

Viva La Verve May Week 4 Challenge




I skipped a week in the Verve Challenges because, frankly, last week's sketch and color palette were a challenge for me. I'm finding that if I force a card, it doesn't work. But when things are ready to flow, I go for it. Today's challenge flowed. It was easy because I'm using my favorite (right now) paper pack, Cappella by Basic Grey. I think that this may be the fourth or fifth card that I've made with this dp.
Gotta make is short today, going to see the new Shrek movie with my daughter. It's girls night!
Have a great one and thanks for visiting!



Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink: Garden Green (CTMH), Ranger Antique Lined distress ink
Paper: Cappella (Basic Grey), White (PTI)
Accessories: Prima paper flowers, K & Co. pearls, Polysparkle embossing powder, Scalloped & Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine, dauber, dimensionals

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Shabby Chic



I found this challenge at Splitcoast to make a Clean & Simple Shabby Chic card. I don't know about you but that sounds like an oxymoron to me. Clean & shabby in the same card? Well, I tried my best to at least make it simple (not easy for me). I kept my embellishments to the min. and style to the max. I used those pearls in a line that you can buy from Michael's and just kept cutting them so that I could line the inner circle with them. The flower I found at Michael's also. I had this lace that I draped under the sentiment and raised the sentiment panel up with some dimensionals. The most fun was sewing around the edges in a haphazard way. That was so cool to not have to go in a straight line. You can't make a mistake--unless of course you go off the card!
Have a great day, I'm going to my daughter's band concert...she plays the trombone!



Stamps: One Person (Verve)
Paper: Memory Box frond dp, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Ranger Weathered Wood & Antique Linen distress inks
Accessories: Circle & Labels Three Nestabilities, icons pearls, Ashland decorative flowers, lace from Jo-Ann's, distressing edge, dauber, dimensionals, sewing machine

Size: 5 1/2" square

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Love Affair




Sarah H. commented on how I'm having a love affair with Cappella right now. I guess this card cements it. These papers are sooo up my alley. I'm having such an easy time coming up with elegant designs, thanks to this paper pack. With this card I really did some experimenting. On my sentiment panel I "medallioned" the inner circle and placed a small scalloped Nestability in the middle. Then I placed two circle Nestabilities inside each other to get that brown rim around the outside circle. The inner circle that was left over, I placed in the middle of the medallion under the scalloped circle. Lastly I placed that over a large scalloped circle with some dimensionals to give the panel a raised look. (How many times did I just type circle?) Too many. I guess I love circles also...
Speaking of a love affair, I just watched New Moon on DVD last night. The kids were in North Carolina with their grandparents and my husband was out with a friend, so I decided to get a flavored coffee and a movie. I had read the books and the 2nd book was my least favorite so I wasn't really that into the movie when in came out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. What a nice escape for a few hours!
Have a wonderful day...




Stamps: Let it Shine (Verve)
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown, Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Paper: Cappella (Basic Grey), Kraft (PTI), Very Vanilla
Accessories: K & Co. pearls, EK Success corner punch, Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities, Michael's $1 ribbon, Martha Stewart Double Loops border punch, sewing machine, dimensionals, dauber

Size: 5 1/2" square

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mojo Monday 139

Here's my sample for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch contest:



Here is the sketch that I had to base my card on:



I was browsing in TJ Maxx last week and found this paper in the bottom of a clearance rack. It is actually from a pre-made card kit from My Mind's Eye. The first set I found was missing the stickers so I kept digging and found an intact kit. So I took the cards out and cut them up for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch. I used my new One Person Verve Stamp set which I absolutely love. I heat embossed the outer stamped circle to give it a little depth and then stamped the sentiment in the middle. I used a Cuttlebug Vintage 2 X 2 die, cut it in half and placed one on opposite corners of the sentiment panel.
Thanks for checking in...hope you have a great day!


Stamps: One Person (Verve)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU), Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: My Mind's Eye Card Kit dp, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories: Cuttlebug Vintage dies, Hemp twine, CTMH button, Ranger Polysparkle embossing powder, Martha Stewart Double Loops border punch, SU Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, Small rectangle & Labels Eight Nestabilities, dauber, dimensionals

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Practice Purple



I'm trying to practice a little more with my Copics, I would really love to learn how to color with them properly. I went to One Little Spark Shop in Tuckerton, NJ on Sunday and found that they are having a class in July for coloring with Copics. You can bet that I signed up right away. I'm so excited, I can't wait to learn great things so that I can include more colored images on my cards. For now I will continue to use what I know, which is very little, but if I can fake it, well...

Have a great day!




Stamps: Stipple Butterfly (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Memory box enchanted dp, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Shapeabilities Fleur De Lis Pendant & Nestabilities Labels One dies, Silver cord (SU), button (CTMH), EK Success gems, Martha Stewart Layered Arches border punch, Michael's $1 ribbon, Copics, dimensionals

Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, May 17, 2010

Casing ctorina



I received an automatic Feedblitz update from Kathy Jones' blog Inspired to Stamp. From there, I followed a link to Cathleen Torina's site on Splitcoast where I found this card. I just love how she used this punch, so I decided to give a go at it. What a beautiful design using these Spellbinders Shapeabilities! I am always so impressed with the creativity that some people possess! Thanks ladies, for the inspiration!




Stamps: Thank You (CTMH)
Ink: True Thyme, Blush Blossom
Paper: Cappella (Basic Grey), Whisper White, True Thyme
Accessories: Shapeabilities Fleur De Lis Pendant dies, Nestabilities Oval dies, Papermart white satin ribbon, K & Co. pearls, daubers, dimensionals, sewing machine

Size: 5 1/2" square

Sunday, May 16, 2010

SFYTT Gladness



That's how I feel, when 1) I use a dp that I love and 2) everything I place on my card comes together. I was watching Beeca Feeken's new Becca Bits and thinking to myself, self, why don't you try to manipulate templates that you have to try something new? Everything we do is trial and error (and if you're like me, A LOT of error ;). However, that's how you "learn" creativity. What I did on this card was that I put 2 large Blossom Nestabilities together to make one oblong shape. I wanted a different border than the scalloped oval so I just cut out 2 shapes and kept turning them until they matched. Pretty easy, when you look at it and say "yeah, that works!". Not easy when you finally get them matched up, turn them over to glue 'em up and forget how they were matched in the first place. HaHa...all part of the fun.
Have a great day, I'm off to Paper Wings Scrapbook Boutique with Stephanie to bring home some more crafty goodness...which puts me in gladness!

Stamps: Follow Your Heart (CTMH)
Ink: Garden Green (CTMH), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Cappella dp (Basic Grey), Daisy White, Black
Accessories: Prima flower, K & Co. pearls, Blossom & Oval Nestabilities, daubers, dimensionals

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ahh...Cappella!




I love, love, love this new Basic Grey Cappella designer paper that I received in the mail today from Stamper's Dream. Did I mention that I love it? Anything floral catches my eye and I think I'm going to have to invest in another paper pack, because I'm going to use this one up in no time. Plenty for me to play with, especially when I goof up like I did on the sentiment piece. I stamped my sentiment in black ink, then centered the die on top of it, taped it all up, sent it through my Sizzix and then realized that my paper was too short. The little curlies on the edges got cut off. But...that's ok, because that's when I decided to feed the ribbon through and tie off the edges with the buttons and hemp. I wouldn't have thought of that if I had cut the die out "correctly" the first time. Which brings me to my favorite "crafty phrase"..."There are no mistakes, only creative differences."

Stamps: Thank You (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Basic Grey Cappella paper pad, Basic Black, White CS (PTI)
Accessories: Prima pearls & flower, buttons (CTMH), Papermart White satin ribbon, black hemp twine, Shapeabilities Fancy Tags, edge distresser, dimensionals, dauber

Size: 5 1/2" square

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Distressed Olive



I purchased this new Pink Paislee dp at A.C. Moore today and just knew I wanted to use it right away. I was very impressed with the store, they have all kinds of new stuff there, flowers, new dp, embellishments...not the same old stale inventory. I'm really liking these wider ribbons; if the bow is tied just right it really adds a lot of charm to the card.
That's all for now, have a great night!

Stamps: Endless Friendship (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Old Olive (SU), Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Paper: Queen Bee dp (Pink Paislee), Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Caspari Palette White wired ribbon, Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, Crystal Stickles, distressing tool, dimensionals, daubers

Size: 5 1/2" square

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

{thanks for being my friend}



I've had this piece of patterned paper on my desk for about 2 weeks now. I knew that I wanted to use it, but the universe was blocking a card, so I let it sit. Then today I went to Michael's and found this great bronze ribbon in the 2/$1 bin. I bought it without this paper in mind and when I came home and dumped all my goodies on my desk, it clicked! I love when that happens. I was able to put this card together relatively easily after inspiration kicked in. Very simple design, just some Nestabilities and a Martha Stewart border punch.
I want to send this card out to my best card buddies, Irene and Stephanie, who happened to share the same birthday...love you gals! {thanks for being my friend}:D
And a shout out to my Dad...Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!

Stamps: Thank You (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo & Antique Linen distress inks
Paper: Rustic stack dp (DCWV), Very Vanilla, More Mustard (SU)
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, K & Co. gems, Sheer Creations ribbon, Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch, daubers, dimensionals

Size: 5 1/2" square

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mojo Monday 138




I made this card last night, had a nightmare at 4am this morning and couldn't fall back to sleep so I got up and re-did this card. It's amazing what runs through your head when the house is quiet and you're left alone with your thoughts. I was thinking that I definitely wanted to use this pink floral dp that I've had but I had no coordinating paper to match. So, I did some digging and came up with the pink stripe paper. Then I added lots of layers of black, white and pink. Those cute little embellishments at the top are photo hangers which are holding the ribbon so that it flows freely. Lastly I sponged all of the edges with distress ink to give the card an aged look. Kinda like I had when I got out of bed this morning from lack of sleep.
Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Floral Symphony (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Antique Linen Distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Melissa Frances Robin dp, daisy d's Nursery Pink Pinstripe dp, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Square & Scalloped Nestabilities, Basic Grey bling gems, Copic markers, Sweet Treat ribbon, CTMH photo hangers, dimensionals, daubers, sewing machine

Size: 5 1/2" square

Bow Tie 101



I watched a great tutorial on bow making on Becca Feeken's blog Amazing Paper Grace. I really never had a problem with bows before, but I also had no method to my madness. I would just keep redoing it until I liked it. But according to the tutorial, if you do it the same way every time, you save time and aggravation, and anywhere I can eliminate aggravation is a good thing. This card is a CAS card, (Clean & Simple) for a Splitcoast Challenge. The theme was either a Mother's Day card (check) or a flower card. I'm always down with flower cards, so here's my take on the challenge.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Follow Your Heart (CTMH)
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper: Designer Series paper, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Martha Stewart Wired Sleigh Ride Plaid ribbon, Rectangle & Scalloped Nestabilities

Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, May 10, 2010

Verve Friday Sketch Challenge





I've had this card done since Saturday, but haven't been able to post it until today. Crazy weekend, actually cleaned my whole refrigerator. It was one of those things like, "look at that spot, let me just clean it" that turned into taking out every shelf and drawer and washing them with soap and water in the sink. I like to think of myself as up on my cleaning, but when I saw what had fallen down into no man's land I was horrified! No worries, all clean now, that is until my kids open the door again...
At least now I can focus on cardmaking, now that that whole ordeal is out of the way. I was trying to make this whole card blue, but I figured a little touch of color would be just the right aspect to get this card a little attention. Not as many layers as I usually do, but I like using the paper piercing to decorate the card's "no man's land".

Thanks for looking and have a great Monday!


Stamps: Accent Notes, Feel the Sun (Verve)
Paper: Mariposa Stack dp (DCWV), Designer Series paper, Bashful Blue (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: EK Success gems, Ric Rac Piercerabilities , SU Scalloped border punch, Circle, Square, Scalloped & Blossom Nestabilities, Offray flower, Tombow 491 marker, Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch, dimensionals, dauber

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"