Sunday, October 30, 2011

Resist Background Trees

A wonderful  challenge at Joan's Garden  ( was the motivating force behind this card's creation. 
Embossing Folder: Sizzex wreath
Embossing Powder: Glacier White
Cardstock: Various
Stamps: Holly Pond Hill (large tree), Stampendous (background trees)JustRite (bird)
Flourish: Spellbinders flourish die
Lime green Stickles.
  Note: it did take two tries to get the resist effect to work.  Just be sure to ink the stamp each time before pressing it to the paper.  I have to say...I loved working  his technique and plan to do a couple more.  Ready to try it yourself?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ghostly Greetings JR61

Okay, so the challenge at Just Rite #61 was to use scraps.  With one exception, I created this card with scraps that were lying around on my craft work table.   
The Scraps:
Stamped Image: Just Rite Happy Halloween Set
Ribbon: May Arts Bats, Ghosts, pumpkin
Spellbinders: Doily die
Embossing folder: cuttlebug
Tree:  Cricut cut
Paper: vellum bits , torn tissue, cardstock,
Inks: memento, distress
And last but not least...a wispy piece of polyester batting

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pretty in Pink Outlines #23

Pretty in Pink! Using Outlines Stamps, this pretty in pink Poinsettia was embossed with Zing glitter black on watercolor paper, then colored using H2O shimmer paints and copic markers. Each layer was then carefully cut out and stacked.   Stickles and Dew Drops create the center.  The flower was then mounted on cardstock which was then wrapped like a package in satin pink ribbon.  Pretty?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scrappy Christmas JR 61

 What a fun challenge from JustRite this time....create a card using leftover scraps.  The only thing "new" on this card is the embossed (PSX Claret) " Merry Christmas"  from JR's Christmas Nested Frames and Occassions set.  (had to find a sentiment to fit the Spellbinder Fancy Label)  I've been wanting to make a tissue flower like I'd seen on Becca's blog (  and had a piece of dusky gold tissue left over from unwrapping an internet order.... perfect.  I cut out 3 sizes of Spellbinders Blossom 3 shapes and pierced them in the center and used a brad to secure.  After fluffing the "petals", I secured a glitzy gold "button" on top of the brad.  Leftover ribbon, silk leaves, a label  I'd cut out at some time from a gold vellum like paper, a couple of pearls and dewdrops and the flower (of course) all were placed on a scrap of leftover Christmas wrapping paper.  The whole was then attached to a red(ish) card base.  ooops..the card base is new too! 
  Now, one additional picture...when I read Sharon's comment and picture of her workspace I had to workspace rarely looks that neat.  Mine is more like "mad crafter" at work and I always seem to have my helper to contend with.  So, here is my work space....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cards in a Box

Card Gift Box
The box was handmade using two pieces of cardstock.  Pieces of the lace were cut and adhered to the top and sides of the box.  A floral accent, cardboard swirl pained with Mica Gloss, Spellbinders Ribbon/Tags and Just Rite Alphabet stamps were used to complete the box.
Card Box Top
The lace provided a perfect background to decorate the top of the box I’d made in which to store the cards.  With spray adhesive  I placed the lace in rows to cover the top and sides of the box.  I then decorated it with a chipboard swirl painted with coordinating Mica Gloss paint  and a flower from my silk flower stash.  A ribbon tag was made (Spellbinders) and stamped with the word “Cards” (JustRite Stamps).  Now you know what is inside the box!

The Cards
This photo is the group of cards made specifically for this May Arts Ribbon challenge.  Ribbon supplied for the challenge is draped over the Rose Quartz rock.  Other May Arts Ribbon was used on a couple of cards to further enhance the card.    

Sentimental Lace Card
I wanted the lace to be the focal point on this card.  A soft muted background paper was chosen in a complementary color to showcase the lace.  A  rosette of lace was made and affixed to the band of lace.  May Arts Silk Ribbon was used to create a soft bow that was centered in the rosette.  The sentiment (JustRite Stamps) was stamped and embossed directly on the background paper.   Several pearls were used to accent the card

Happy Birthday
For this card I used pieces of the 3/8” double sided ribbon to create a double layered flower.  The Bottom layer showcases the green/pink side; the top layer highlights the blue.  A dotted centerpiece was adhered the  middle of the flower.  Paper chosen for this card was selected for its color coordination with the ribbon.  Contrasting paper added a decorative stripe and Dew Drops provided additional dimension.  Happy Birthday ( Hero Arts rubber stamp)  was direct stamped and embossed (Zing Embossing Powder) on the colorful background paper.

Summer Elzybels
A favorite stamp ( Elzybels) was used to enhance the May Arts stripped ribbon used on this fanciful card.  Against a background of coral embossed (Cuttlebug folder/clear embossing powder) Elzybels in handing how jeweled flowers.  Keeping her grounded is May Arts ribbon which stretches across the card.  An additional piece of May Arts Ribbon was twisted to create a flower that sports a jeweled center.  Butterflies are May Arts ribbon pieces that were individually colored to provide color variations from the original red.

May Arts ribbon was used in layers to create the 4 quadrants of this card.  Each section is decorated with either Dew Drops, Rub Ons, or Spellbinder die cuts.  They center is anchored with a Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval.  The oval  was stamped (Inkadinkado) and colored with Prima pencils.  An additional piece of May Arts ribbon was used to create a swirled flower bud which highlights the ovals.  A handpunch was used to create holes in each individual scallop.

Everywhere Butterflies
I made this card with the intention of highlighting the butterflies which were in the ribbon May Arts provided for this challenge.  May Arts Butterflies against a dark green shimmer May Arts Ribbon  were used to divide the two coordinating papers in which butterflies abound.  The center in a gold embossed butterfly (Holly Berry rubber stamp) layered and layered again (Spellbinders).  A perfect all occasion card.

Red and White Christmas

                       This week Joan's Garden challenged us to make a red and white Christmas card with a sentiment and some kind of "light".  I challenged myself to keep to the red and white without additional colors and for my light, I used a translucent vellum that I both dry embosed (cuttlebug folder) and wet embossed  with (white pearl) and red.  I hope that can be counted as "light".  I folded the vellum into a Gatefold Card held together with a big red bow.   Untie the big red bow (May Arts silk ibbon) and the inside of the card is simply stamped( on white cardstock)/embossed (using a cinnamon smelling red embossing powder (Cornish Heritage Farms)...It really does give off a cinnamon fragrance....mmmmmm..... The Stamp is by Great Impressions.          
  Hooray!  I've got one Christmas card made...I'll write a personal note inside and it will be ready to mail when the time comes.  I'll just have to figure out to whom I'll send it lol!                 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Outlines 22 Birthday Bash

What a fun challenge Outlines create a Birthday card using only Outlines Stamps!  Uh oh....I somehow don't have their "Happy" word stamp...think think think....So, I created my own Happy image by stamping the Birthday Stamp several times then cutting out the appropriate letters and gluing them in the frame.  All stamped images were embossed using Zing Black Glitter embossing powder.  Images were clored using a combination of Copic Markers, Stickles, and Liquid Pearls.  To further the Happy Birthday theme, I created the backgroiund paper by making a word document of "HappyBirthday", then printing it on a piece of patterned cardstock. A green brad attaches the "happy" and Birthday pieces together.  What is left to say?  Well,  Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


This week Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge is supporting the Second Annual "Hope You Can Cling To" Challenges at SCS.  They chose "Fight Like A Girl" and the challenge is to issue a "girly" card.  As a girl, I love glitter and sparkle, lace and flowers and alway luscious bows. 
Paper: pink, green and gold foil cardstock, backing plastic from Prima Flowers (lace)
Stamps: Just Rite
Accessories: Ribbon, Paper Rose flower, crystal swirls (all unknown...from my "stash of stuff"

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cats and Pumpkins JR60

Greetings from th Pumpking Patch.  I began making this card by taking a piece of cream cardstock and using the Cuttlebug Embossing folder.  I next swiped the image with Versamark watermark and wet embossed it with pearl embossing powder.  Next, a spellbinder pumpkin ws cut out of the center.  Meanwhile, I had stamped/embossed the cat in the pumpkin image on a goldenrod colored piece of vellum.  Prisma pencils were used to color it.  Once colored, I flipped it over and used my embossing tool to "pop" it out. (tiny circular strokes). A piece of gold cardstock was attached to the back, and the whole was attached behind the pumpkin cut out.  The cat is a spellbinder die cut with a tiny piece of the vellum attached behind the eyes.  Lastly, Scaredy Cat was embossed on a piece of gold cardstock, cut out with a Spellbinders and attached to the base with two glitter black brads.  I created the "frame" by layering black and gold cardstock and using an exacto knife to cut the slots.  Finally ready to finish the sketch design, I layered May Arts ribbon (ivory silk, gold sheer green leaves, and pumpkins)  Tiny Swarovski jewels (jade opal) were scattered along the vine/leaves.   Whew! done...I hope you enjoy!
Just Rite Stamps: Halloween Mini Sentiments Set; Happy Halloween Set
Paper: Gold, black, cream cardstock, goldenrod vellum
Inks: Versawatermark
Embossing Powder: Zing black glitter, pearl (? company)
Spellbinders: Pumpkins and cat
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Pumpkins
Coloring: Prisma pencils
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Swarovski crystals, black glitter brads

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Outlines Challenge 21 Halloween Sequel

 This Outlines stamp has so many possibilities, especially for  Fall and Halloween creations. I embossed in gold the image on black.  Then I used Stickles and Crystal Lacquer to add dimension. Can you see the green eyes and pink nose?  Mounting Miss Kitty on layers of Spellbinders Label 18 provided a framework for finishing the card,  I chose a pale orange cardstock for my base, covered it with a piece of fine black lace and added a stripe of May Arts black silk ribbon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Decorated Bag

Thursday challenge at Joan's Garden is  to create a decorated gift bag using pumpins, leaves, and words.  Of course if you add ribbons, ghosts, cardstock, paper, brads and use stickles and distress inks, you can create the bag I made above.  The "unique" feature is the "gift within a gift bag gift"  On the front of the bag is a Halloween card I made. (The envelope is tucked inside the bag).  The card is lightly attached to the bag, so it can be removed and used.  The card is one that was featured at the fall workshop at Fond Memories at the Creamery in Walnut Grove, Mn..  What do you think?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Outlines Halloween

Outlines Challenge 20
Stamp: Image from Outlines Halloween Layering Collage
Embossing Powder: Zing Black Glitter
Paper: Reminisce
Embellishments: Rhinestones, Black Grossgrain ribbon
Tools: Spellbinders scalloped square, Copic Markers

 Copic Markers were used to color the small rhinestones orange and to edge the scalloped square.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nature's Beauty

Wouldn't you just love to take a walk and find out where this path takes you?  Somewhere in Colorado, my brother and his wife found this beautiful spot.  A photograph resulted that was then shared with me.  When I saw the guidelines for this weeks challenge at Joan's Garden (, I knew I wanted to take this photo and incorporate it into a card.  The challenge was to incorporate a piece of nature (photograph), a border (jeweled rectangle), glitter (across top of card), and layers (photo, white,black, cardbase)  A cuttlebug embossing folder was used to create the dimension on the card base. Art Institute Black Holographic glitter was used to emboss the Just Rite Stamp sentiment and the strip across the top- so much prettier than the picture shows. A special moment in time has been captured first in a photograph and now in a card.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall Festival Just Rite 59

Oh the sights and smells of fall; fields plump pumpkins, juicy apples, decorating for Thanksgiving with Indian Corn...I love this time of year! I chose to use Just Rite's Autumn Blessings set to create a mobile which is my entry into Just Rite's Fall Festival Challenge. I scoured my back yard for a fallen "twig", a few acorns, and used May Arts Ribbon, Art Institute Glitter, Spellbinders Ovals, Gold Cardstock, Gold cord, Acetate, and Staz-on Ink. A Paper Shapers punch, a couple of leaf brads and an apple seed or two were also used.     My dad identified, Fall is a season of change. With those words in mind, I made my mobile medallions "change" from an image stamped on gold cardstock then with a whisper of air current "change" to the same imaged stamped on acetate which was colored with glitter. When I am not crafting, I spend a lot of time on my enclosed front porch reading or crocheting; this mobile will be placed there for friends and family to enjoy.