Monday, August 29, 2011

Tranquil Butterfly

Sadly, I needed to make a special Sympathy card.  I had been drawn to a beautiful card made by Selma Stevenson ( and when  friend suggested I make it...I did.  A beautiful young lady is now "free" as a butterfly and no longer suffers. I hope this card reflects her beauty and evokes a feeling of peace.
Black glossy card stock
Penny Black Stamp
Dew Drops
Luna Lights (from Rubbernecker Stamps)
Various cardstocks and paper

Bee Happy

I made this card for The Unity Stamp Co. August Sketch Challenge Paper was from K and Company.  I also used Spellbinders inverted circles, Sizzex Wreath embossing folder, Zing embossing powders and a dab or two of Sakura Crystal effects.  Time to bee happy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Black Cat Highlight

With the expectation that fall and Halloween is just around the corner, I chose to take Outlines Spooky Layering Collage and highlight the black cat on the fence.  Image was stamped on gray cardstock then cut apart and repositioned on a piece of pumpkin orange cardstock.  The black cat on pumpkins as highlighted using Sakura Crystal Effects.    A black ribbon was added then the whole was placed on a gray card base.  A "spooky" four legged friend!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Bunch of Blizzard Tags-056

It is so exciting to have the JustRite Challenges return!  This time (#056) we are challenged to create a shaped card or tag.  My newly arrived Blizzard Bunch Set beckoned and as I couldn't choose which image to use, I decided that I would make each into a tag.  As you will see, each tag "stars" : not only a JR Blizzard Bunch image, but also highlights a cardmaking technique.  Each tag was finished with either a silver back or a gold one upon which is stamped  a JustRite Christmas greeting.  These took "forever" to do, but it was  fun  to "relearn" different technidques.  Do you have a favorite?

Stamps:  Just Rite Blizzard Bunch Set, Merry Little Christmas
Die:  Spellbinders Label 18, Spellbinders Oval
Paper: Gold and Silver cardstock
Ink: Copic Markers, Memento, Diestress
Ribbon: : May Arts
Misc: Crystal Effects, piece of lace, glitter, bleach, gold beads

Glitter on Acetate
Fibre design

Tag 1
Technique: Stamp and glitter image on Acetate
Border Technique: Fibre design on mulberry paper
Accessories: Art Institute Glitter

Dryer Sheet overlay
Lace, Glitter, Beads
Tag 2
Technique: Soft snow overlay over image using dryer sheet and glitter
Border Technique:  Lace and glitter overlaid with small gold beads
Assessories:  Art Institute Glitter, gold beads, double sided adhesive paper

Cracked Ice Glaze

Tag 3
Technique:  Glazed image
Border Technique:  Cracked ice glaze
Accessories: Distress inks, Sakura Crystal Effects, freezer

Magazine background
Stamped with Bleach

Tag 4
Technique: Stamped magazine page, accented with Copic markers
Border Technique:  Bleached imaging on tissue paper (Just Rite stamp used; allowed to overbleed)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summertime Outlines

Summertime with  butterflies zipping around  is the image I chose to create for this weeks challenge at  The temperatures have been so high here, I chose a color combination that I hope reflects the  "hot". Images were colored using Prisma pencils. Flowers images were stamped on the white circle, then a second image as stamped, colored, cut out, and "popped" on top of the first image.  The butterfly was colored, cut out, wings folded up and then glued to the paper.
Stamps: Outlines Rubber Stamps
Paper:  Melody Ross - Homespun
Ink: Memento - Rhubarb
Embellishments: Dew drops, crystal flourishes, jewel

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Covered in Lace

Frothy lace covers the 5x7 card base upon which individual pearls are glued.  This concoction provides the background for Outlines Happy Wedding Day stamp which was embossed on a textured piece of pearl colored wall paper.  Lovely in lace is the challenge inspiration for this card which is found at:
Paper: Under lace is:blue; ivory wallpaper piece
Prima Flower
Comotion Essence of Monet embossing powder
Scraps of lace

Monday, August 8, 2011

Unity Circles

All about circles was the theme of this months Unity Challenge.  A stamp from their July 2011 Kit of the month "triggered" the memory that I had paper that almost matched.  A hunt through the paper stash finally unearthed it and got busy with my paper cutter.   Circles and circles.  
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Company
Paper: Paper Studio (I think)
Inks &: Memento (blue); Prisma pencils, Gamsol
Dies: Spellbinders Inverted Circles, Circles
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon leaves and SM01 for buttons, Hero Arts pearls, various buttons, Liquid Pearls (dots along leaf stem)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Key Lime Butterfly

On a white cardstock base, the main color of this card are shades of lime green accented with black. Outlines Rubber Stamp challenge this week featured an inspiration photo that resulted in this card. Starting with a figured greenish/tannish cardstock piece, I smeared it with embossing liquid then heat embossed a Zing lime green powder. I inked with Memento Outlines flutter butterfly then pressed it into the heated embossing powder. May Arts ribbon was used to make the bow and a couple of dew drops anchor the upper corners

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pop-Up Gift Card Holder

 Following Grace's detailed tutorial ( ) was the challenge

  spotlighted at Joans Garden.  Grace Nywening  provided a detailed tutorial that walked you through the creation of a fabulous pop-up gift card holder/card.  Hooray for my Scor-Pal which allowed me to create the mountain and valley folds that created the clever pop-up which was then attached to the inside of the base card.  At 109 degrees outside,  I just was't motivated to go procure a "real" gift card to insert in the holder, but I did have a bit of gold cardstock and a scrap of paper left over from the card decorating ....
To decorate the card, I used 2 coordinating papers from the Melody Ross Homespun designer collection.
Stamps used  were Heartfelt Bella Rose and Hero Arts (Happy Birthday embossed with PSX Claret ). Bella Rose Die Cut  and Cherry Lynn die cuts were used along with a Martha Steward butterfly punch.  May Arts sheer ribbon, dew drops and stickles on the butterfly punches were used to further embellish this gift card presentation.  Thank you Grace and Joan.