Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Card Making Day and Hope You Can Cling To

Last year I lost a dear, dear friend in the beginning of October due to cancer and I was filled with all kinds of emotions for quite some time. I was so sad at first and then got a bit angry because she was taken away from us and her family at such a young age.

I came across this October challenge at Split Coast Stampers and began making a card a day for the breast cancer patients at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and it was very therapeutic for me. Each time that I sent a package to the Cancer Center, I felt a bit better. It was a blessing to know that I could make someone smile from something that I enjoy making so much.....and that I was giving them just a little bit of hope.

This year, I will be participating once again. Emotions are still raw during this part of year because it brings back so many memories of Lori and others that have passed due to cancer, but I know that once again, mailing my packages will give others "Hope that they can cling to."

Take a look at this article posted in the Houston Chronicle for this year's event:
World Card Making Day and Hope You Can Cling To | Crafting Travels | a Chron.com blog


If you would like to join me in making cards for the event, just click on the blinkie on the top left.  It will take you to the forum with all of the details.

I look forward to making a ton of pink cards!!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Magazine reject!

Good morning, everyone!

Just a quick post to share a card that did not make it through one of the magazines that I keep submitting to.  I hope that all this effort pays off sooner or later.....lol  I've been submitting and submitting and just can't seem to get anything picked up.  I won't quit trying, though!



Here's the reject!


Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Simple Sentiments stamp set
Bloom Builders 1 dies
My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose - Hattie patterned paper & brad
Fine Linen cardstock
Ocean Tides felt
American Crafts – Campy Trails twine
Etsy’s Charming Crochet - Crocheted Flower
Vintage Holiday Button Mix
VersaFine ink – Vintage Sepia


Thanks so much for visiting me today! 
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge!!!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 95!
Are you ready for another fantastic sketch to get your crafty mojo flowin'???

Well, Amy Sheffer is providing today's fabulous sketch inspiration and I'm very sad to see this month end because this is her very last sketch with us.  She has really put out such wonderful sketches this month and I absolutely loved each and every one of them.

This is also the last week for our fabulous guest designers. We are going to miss all of you, as your creations were just beautiful.  Make sure you visit  Nicole Mullan, Amber Daigre, Cristina Kowalczyk, Vanessa Menhorn and Chan Vuong so you can see their final projects for this month! 


I'm giving you a sneak peek this week.  You can't purchase this set, yet......but, you are going to want it!  

It's a holiday set that is just gorgeous!  

Want a peek?


Do ya???



Scroll down just a little farther!






Sorry about that, I couldn't help myself.

All of the images in this set have a musical score on the inside with a thick bold outline.  My outline does appear water colored because of a new technique I learned to do with distress inks.  The image is a bit more crisp if you use regular inks.

Isn't this sentiment just beautiful?  Yep!  This is included in Christmas Song, too!


Are you ready to play along?
Here's this week's Skipping Stones #95 Sketch:


Head over to the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created with Amy's last sketch for the month!


I can't wait to see what you create this week!!!

Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Christmas Song stamp set
Authentique patterned paper - Wonder
PTI cardstock - Ripe Avocado & Vintage Cream
PTI - Mat Stack #4 die & Red Baker's twine
Tim Holtz distress inks - Fired Brick & Peeled Paint
VersaMagic ink - Red Magic
Misc. ribbon 



HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Squigglefly Floral Fantasy Challenge!!!

Good morning!!!

Are you ready for a fantastic Squigglefly challenge for this week?
Heather has us thinking summer and beauty for this week's challenge!


Floral Fantasy!
We use flowers to celebrate births, weddings, proms, anniversaries and just to say, "I love you."  This week we want you to show us how you can use a flower on your project (image or embellishment) so that we can have a floral fantasy!!!



I decided to use flowers on my patterned paper, flower themed sentiments and to make a rolled fabric flower to use with my digital image.

The first image (outside) is from Nina Brackett.  She creates a cute little scene in this digital sentiment stamp called Friends are flowers in the garden of life. The inside of my card uses another digital sentiment stamp called, Weeds and Wildflowers.  This sentiment was created by Chesney Young and works perfectly with the outside of my card.  It's pretty cool to find several digital stamps that work together!

I just love, love, love making fabric rolled roses......This image was just perfect for me to make the rolled rose and glue it over top the flower image in the digi!
I learned a new technique to make rolled fabric flowers in the Inspiration Showcase online class that just ended.  Basically, you tear a strip of sticky backed canvas off the sheet and use any Tim Holtz distress ink (if you click the picture above to enlarge it, you'll see the fibers of the canvas).  You just take the ink pad and keep running it over the canvas until you get the color you want.  Be sure to thoroughly dry it, so it sticks to itself once rolled.  It worked beautifully.  Then you punch a circle, cover it with sticky dots and start rolling your flower onto the circle, twisting as you go.  I really, really like the look of the canvas rather than material.


See??? Doesn't this sentiment work wonderfully with the outside?



So??? Are you ready to go into a Floral Frenzy for the Floral Fantasy Challenge????  Be sure to enter your creations in the challenge thread over on the Squigglefly Blog.  You don't need a Squigglefly image to enter the challenge...........but, you are only entered into the drawing for a prize, if you use one.



Materials Used:
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Friends are flowers in the garden of life
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Weeds and Wildflowers
Lime Twist patterned paper - Happy Go Lucky
PTI - Scarlet Jewel & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Sticky Back Canvas
Tim Holtz distress ink - Broken China (to color canvas)
Glubers
Copic markers - R85/89 and YG93/95


I can't wait to see all of your flower creations this week! ;-)



Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

PTI September Blog Hop!





Woooo Hooo!  
It's another Blog Hop with PTI!!!  
I actually worked ahead and had my card done on the 17th!  That rarely happens, but I got an idea early on and went with it.  I just love how this card turned out.  I didn't even use a sketch, I came up with it all by myself.
  
Here's Nichole's post about the challenge......

Inspiration Challenge!
We have another amazing inspirational photo for you this month that we just know will bring out the very best in your creativity!  Look closely as there are so many directions to go in!  You can choose to focus on the colors, the stripes, or the repetition.  We look forward to seeing your creations!


 I started by making a background using Background Basics: Chevron Stripes set.  I followed the colors in the inspirational photo.  I was so surprised that I actually had inks that matched all of the colors.  Next, I scored lines down the sides of the stripes where they ended near the edge of the card......I just wanted to give the stripes a border somehow.

After making the background, I die cut the window and adhered a piece of acetate.  I wanted the pearls and flower to look as if they were floating and the acetate helped achieve this look.  Finally, I stamped the sentiments I wanted on the inside being sure they were hidden by the flower and banner on the outside. 


So, this is what I came up with!!!
I used the stripes as my inspiration.  Love those colors.  You can't tell, but there is a piece of clear acetate under the flower, banner and pearls.  That's how I attached the flower which is covering the sentiment hiding on the inside.

And, when you open the card up, this is what you see!  I'm so excited about the hidden sentiment!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Background Basics: Chevron Stripes stamp set
Healing Touch Sentiments stamp set
Mat Stack 3 Collection stamp set
Mat Stack #3 die
Double Ended Banner die
Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst & Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Smokey Gray & Onyx Black
VersaMagic ink - Thatched Straw, Mango Madness, Pink Grapefruit and Pink Petunia
Studio G. ink - Teal
Want2Scrap - Pearl stickers
Martha Stewart - Dimensional flower sticker



Off to your next blog!!!
 Happy Stamping!!!




Saturday, September 24, 2011

Owls.....I'm Lovin'!!!

Good morning!

I hope you are having the most wonderful Saturday!!!

I'm here with a cute little card using my new {stamps} of life stamps that came this month.  I also got my new Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit and the background paper in the kit was just perfect for my "owly" card!!!


Take a looksie!

Isn't that starry background just perfect for this wide-eyed owl??  Love my blues!

Do you want to know my favorite part of this card?  The BOW!!!  I'm so stoked because I had not a single dark, dark navy ribbon to use on my card so I took some white seam binding and my B99 Copic marker and just colored a strip of it in about 20 seconds.  I dried it immediately using my heat tool and I was amazed at how close of a match I got!

I used my Janome sewing machine to sew a border in navy around the 2 back panels, but then I used ecru floss to hand sew the front panel.  I wanted a thicker border instead if just thin thread.  Love the look on that navy blue pattterned paper. 

The owl is paper pieced from the same patterned paper pack and then mounted on craft foam to give it some dimension.  I added the green button to pull the greens out of the patterned paper and it really makes the whole thing pop!




 I used Mojo Monday's #207 Sketch Challenge in order to make my card!  Boy, did I miss them when they were on their well-deserved 2week vacation!



Materials Used:
the {stamps} of life - owls2love stamp set
October Afternoon patterned paper - Campfire
MFT - Sweet Stack Labels dies
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients - Ivory & Blue cardstock and button
VersaMagic ink - Night Sky
Janome sewing machine - Stitch C, Tension 4
Ecru floss
Copic marker - B99
Seam Binding



I hope you like my cute little owl!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Snowy Thank You!!!

Hi, everyone!

Yep!  I'm still feeling these holiday/wintery cards!  
Not sure why, but I'm going to have quite the stash!

I just love the Sassy Snow stamp set from Skipping Stones Designs.  This was the very first set that I purchased from them.........Now??? Don't even ask how many sets I have.....lol

This set can be sassy or to the point. 
It can be fun or made into wonderful Christmas cards.
 
Today, I'm featuring as a wintery thank you.
This card was so quick and simple to make.  It will be a great thank you for holiday gifts or just a thank you during the blustery, cold winter.  I just love all those shades of blue!



Today I also used i{heart}2stamp's September Sketch for this card.
Did you know that Skipping Stones is the sponsor for their sketch this month???
You have lots of time to participate and win some SSD stamps!!! 
So, go create something fabulous!



Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Sassy Snow stamp set
Bo Bunny patterned paper - Midnight Frost Collection
PTI - Enchanted Evening and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Nesties - Large Standard Circles & Classic Large Scallop Circles
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Liquid Applique - White
Copic markers - C1/2/7, YR07 & B21
Copic marker - Special Black 110 (for the exclamation point)


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Card #3

Oh, how I am loving this class!!! 

If it is offered at a lower price after the actual class is over (like Summer Card Camp was), I would scoop it up in a heartbeat!

There are so many techniques and tricks that I'm featuring in my card and these just touch the tip of the iceberg with this class.




I'm thinking that I will be using my PTI Year of Flower stamps much more since learning this technique!

You should see all the glittery goodness this has in real life.  It's unbelievable.  Although all of the techniques took awhile to make for this card, it was so worth it.
For the background of my card I used a wonderful technique with distress inks and background stamps.  Basically, you ink up your stamp in random colors and the spritz it with some Perfect Pearls mist 2-3 times.  Then you stamp this on watercolor paper and hold it there for a few seconds.  When you release the stamp, the image is just amazing.  You can't see the pearly goodness in the background but it shimmers and shines when you turn the card.

Oh, and that red scalloped strip?  How did I get it to match so well (you might have to click to enlarge that photo)?  Jennifer McQuire just gave us a little tip to take the distress inks over scrap strips of paper to match the colors you are using in your card.  So, I took Barn Door distress ink and just ran it directly over a piece of scrap cardstock, sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls mist and zapped it with my heat gun to dry.  Then I cut my little border and it was ready to match the red in the background and the rose.  Such an awesome tip!!!

Click to enlarge this so you can see all the pearly shimmer!
For the focal image, I heat embossed the rose using white embossing powder and then I painted the flower using distress inks.  I used Barn Door all over the rose and then went back in using Aged Mahogany to give it some depth.  Once done, you spray it with Perfect Pearls mist and just watch all of your colors blend.  It's amazing and when it dries, it looks even better!
Loving the inside with that huge birthday stamp!



 I used Card Pattern's #133 Sketch Challenge in order to make my card! I did take some creative liberties like eliminating the 3 little bling dots and the 2 slashes on the left because they just would not fit with my design.




Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Year of Flowers - Roses stamp set
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Flourishes
Think Big Favorites #7 stamp set (inside sentiment)
Mat Stack #4 die
Small Scallop Border die
Hero Arts - Watercolor paper
Ripe Avocado, and Vintage Cream (inside panel) cardstock
Tim Holtz distress inks - Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey
Ranger - Perfect Pearl mist
VersaMark ink - Clear
Filigree embossing powder - White




Go experiment with your distress inks and some water or Perfect Pearls mist.  You'll be amazed at what happens!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Card.......AGAIN!!!

Hi, everyone!

I've got another Christmas card for you.  I'll tell ya........This weekend, I made a few of them.  Must be the little bit of chill over PA that has me in the mood for Christmas.  Well, it's either that or PTI's September release (which should be arriving this week!!!).


Here's the newest one!
I love this Starry Tree and actually have 8 of them made up because I did them on a camping trip.  Looks like they will be made into all different cards!  ;-)


Love this sketch!  Will definitely be used over and over again!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Impression Obsession - Starry Branches stamp
Impression Obsession - Enjoy the Magic stamp
Impression Obsession - Warm Wishes stamp (inside sentiment)
DCWV patterned paper - The Christmas Combo
Recollections - Snowflake embellishment stickers
Kraft & Pinefeather cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Smooch - Illuminate
Martha Stewart glitter glue - Carrara Marble
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - E 17/18, Y18, YG67



Thanks again, for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Skipping Stones Design..........Tuesday Sketch Challenge!!!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 94!
Are you ready for another fantastic sketch to get your crafty mojo flowin'???

Well, Amy Sheffer is providing today's fabulous sketch inspiration and it's bound to make you HAPPY!!!


This month we are also welcoming Nicole Mullan, Amber Daigre, Cristina Kowalczyk, Vanessa Menhorn and Chan Vuong to our team as Guest Designers!  So be sure to check out their beautiful creations using this sketch!



Here's my Challenge #94 card featuring SSD's Holiday Cats!
I was so excited to come across this DCWV matstack because it is so, so fun!  There are 3 pages in the stack that have those wonderful stripes.  It was so easy to just cut them as thick as I needed and then plop them on at angle!

You have to dress up the inside......so, rather than a traditional Halloween card, I used the "What's Mew with you?" sentiment so that I can send this to a friend that I haven't talked to in awhile.




Here's this week's Skipping Stones #94 Sketch:


Head over to the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created with this week's sketch!


I can't wait to see what you create this week!!!

Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Holiday Cats stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - Ghosts and Goblins
PTI cardstock - Orange Zest & Vintage Cream
PTI - Tag Sale #2 die
Marvy - 1 1/2" Scalloped Circle punch
Recollections - Black Bird embellishment sticker
Tim Holtz distress inks - Shabby Shutters
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - E97/99, R20/32, Y18, YR12/15
Misc. ribbon 



HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Squigglefly Sketch Challenge!!!

Good morning!!!

Anyone else a sketchy fiend like me??? 
Even though this challenge was set up for Marlene's Marvels, I can NOT resist doing a sketch challenge!  So, Heather's Headliners are being represented.......lol

Do you remember last week when I featured Nina Brackett's cute little tree set.  Well, I couldn't resist printing out another cute little tree.......Only, it's the winter one this time.  This is the Seasonal Trees Set and has the most perfect image for each of the seasons.  I have a feeling that I may be making quite a few of these cards to mail this season!  The snowman is just adorable!

Oh, what fun I had coloring up this image!  I just love all of the blue and silver.  And, although you can't see it in the picture, all those lights are done with Martha Stewart Glitter markers and they just shimmer so brightly!  Too fun!

I love this sentiment from PTI


Here's the sketch!




Once you have taken us up on this challenge, be sure to enter it in the challenge thread over on the Squigglefly Blog.  You don't need a Squigglefly image to enter the challenge...........but, you are only entered into the drawing for a prize, if you use one.



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Seasonal Trees Set
2010 Holiday Tags stamp set
Inside & Out: Holiday stamp set
Peace Be Still die
Nesties - Classic Ovals Large
Snowflake edger punch
Bo Bunny patterned paper - Midnight Frost
Martha Stewart glitter markers - Evergreen, Curry, Lovebird and Lapiz Lazuli
Martha Stewart glitter glue - Sterling
Enchanted Evening & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Tim Holtz distress inks - Stormy Sky
VersaMagic ink - Night Sky
Copic markers - R29, YR09, E17/18 and T1




I can't wait to see how differently each of you will use Marlene's sketch!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jumpin' Java! It's Another Coffee Card!

Coffee, anyone!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I just love my coffee.  And I think I love coffee stamps even a bit more..........So, with that in mind, when I saw Verve's release for August, I was jazzed!


Lovin' these coffee sets!

I love the "Java" stamp and used it for an awesome background

This coffee stamp was on sale at Blockheads and I just had to have it for a border stamp.  BTW.....This photo looks blurry, but if you click to enlarge it, it will be much better.






Materials Used:
Verve - Better with You stamp set
Blockheads - Coffee Border Set stamp
MFT - Sweet Stack Labels dies
Dark Chocolate, Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients - Cranberry cardstock and grosgrain ribbon
VersaMagic ink - Jumbo Java & Gingerbread
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia and Crimson Red



Go have another cuppa' joe!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Four Fun "Mini" cards!

Hello, everyone!

I've got a cute little set of 4 cards that I whipped up last night to share with you.

CAS-ual Fridays posted their challenge yesterday and it was to make "mini" cards!  Believe it or not, I've never done this........So, I made four 4x4" cards in a matter of 20 minutes.
I should do this more often.......lol


Here they are!
I just love the bright and bold colors for this set!








Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
MFT - Well Worn stamp set
Fillable Frames #4 stamp set and die
DCWV - The Glitter Stack
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Nesties - Standard Circles Large
Raspberry Fizz and Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Smokey Shadow
Studio G. ink - Hot Pink


Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lovin' my Campin' stamps!!!

Hello, everyone!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I just love camping in our new camper along the Juniata River.
It's peaceful!
It's beautiful!
And, it's so serene!

I bought my first set of Market Street Stamps just because of their Gone Campin' set and I have fallen in love.  In fact, I actually ordered it while on our long stay there this past summer!  I have a feeling that I will eventually have many more sets other than just this one!  ;-)


Here's another campin' card!
Didn't those marshmallows turn out cute??? I wanted to make them look like they were "browning" over the campfire.......so, I used my Copic marker E99 and a TON of the Colorless Blender and the color sort of went where it wanted making it look like a browning marshmallow! 


 I used Market Street's Color Challenge for this month, and Card Pattern's #132 Sketch Challenge  in order to make my card!







Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Market Street Stamps - Gone Campin' stamp set
Imaginisce patterned paper - Apple Cider
DCWV - Autumn Amber Stack
Woodgrain impression plate
Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile and Lemon Tart cardstock
Martha Stewart glitter glue - Brownstone
VersaMagic ink - Jumbo Java
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Misc. ribbon
Copic markers - 0 and E99


Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Card #2

Good Morning, everyone!

Today, I'm showcasing my 2nd card that came out of the Inspiration Showcase class I'm taking online with Jennifer McGuire!

Soooooooooo.............Another really cool technique is to make your own patterned paper using an old piece of patterned paper!  No, I am not repeating myself.  It's actually really, really cool!




You take a piece of patterned paper and using VersaMark, you stamp a large background stamp over top the PP.  Next you heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Finally, using distress inks, you cover the piece of PP in whichever color you choose and then buff off the ink on top of the embossing.  What an amazing difference you'll get compared to what you started with!!!





But, you be the judge!

Isn't that background just beautiful??  Yes, It's busy.......but, it's just perfect for the Half & Half panel down the center breaking up all the "busyness".......lol




 This is what the PP started out looking like!
Pretty amazing difference from start to finish.  Don't you think?

I am lovingggggggggggggg this class!
So much to learn!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Vines
Half & Half stamp set and dies
VersaMark ink - Clear
Filigree embossing powder - Clear
Simply Chartreuse and Rustic Cream cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Tim Holtz distress ink - Tattered Rose
Vinyard impression plate (for flowers)
Ranger - Perfect Pearls mist (for flowers)
The Twinery twine - Honeydew
Recollections - brad and pearl
Misc. buttons and paper flowers



Thanks for stopping by today!

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