Sunday, January 29, 2012

Outlines 36--Feeling Blue

Feeling like Blue?  Outlines ( challenge this week was to create a card using shades of blue as the primary color.  Everything blue from the papers to ribbons to the self created blue flower except the base cardstock which is ivory as was the original color of the tags.  For a friend who is "feeling blue with the sniffles", this card is a bit of blue cheer!
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Anna Griffin, manilla tags, ivory cardstock
Ink: Memento Sky Blue, Weathered Barn Distress.Copic
Stamps: Outlines Tulips/Get Well
Ribbons: from my stash
Die cut: Marianne (I think)
Flower - two mulberry paper flowers smooshed together with glue

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Through the Window

The challenge at Joan's Gardens ( was to create a card with the following criteria:
Use a door or window or something similar
Use an out door type of stamp
Use a flourish
Use either an embossing folder or embossing powder

Well, I don't have one of those nifty window dies, so I thought about creating some sort of door.  Then looking at my desktop I saw this picture I'd taken of my grandaughter a couple of weeks ago when we went to the OKC zoo.  They have a viewing area that is a series of framed windows.  Voila...a window!  First I arranged the picture so that it would print at the bottom of the page.  Once printed, I folded the card then carefully cut away the "glass" from the center frame around that cute little girl ( my grandaughter).  Then using a piece of vellum, a Panda stamp by Great Impressions, and grassey twigs by Cornish Heritage Farms, I created an imaginary view of what she saw through the window. (Actually there were a few very pink flamingoes).  I took a Spellbinders label and embossed "at the zoo" on the cut out vellum.  Two twinkly black brads attached the label to to front of the card.  For the flourish, I used a swag of black the swag of a curtain perhaps? 
Hmmm....I guess a rather different take on a window/door card, but one that will remind us of the fun day we had at the zoo.

Outlines 35 Hearts Upon Hearts

Love is in the Air at Outlines this week...check out:
Card Ingredients
Stamp: Outlines Rubber Stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Block Hearts
Spellbinders Heart die
Fiskars corner photo punch
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stickles: Fruit Punch
Various Cardstocks and Vellum
Swarovski crystals and mini pearls

Saturday, January 21, 2012

JustRite 064 Dream Big

JRC_064 Inspiration

Why oh why doesn't my camera (or is it the camera lady) show the colors of my card in actual color.  Suffice it to say, the colors more closely resemble the colors in the Inspiration photo.  And, what an inspiration...I decided to use the colors and use the "layout" option given in the challenge rules.  I took the pillow and recreated its pattern, then added the oval "Dream Big".  

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Just Rite Greetugs from Paris and Just a Note Set
Ribbon: May Arts (colored with Copic Marker)
Die: Spellbinders fancy label, circles, scalloped circles, (inverted cut ribbon)
Copic: E17, E30, BG01, BG07
Ink: Memento Cocoa

andMore Owl Hat

So muct cuter when these creature hats are on the heads of little tykes...but here it is reposing on a jar for a photo opportunity.  Following a pattern my daughter saw on Pinterest, I crocheted this hat last week for my grandaughter.  The ties end with small pom poms which really look cute up under a little chin.

andMore Monkey Hat

 Animal Hats seem to be the going craze in the crochet/knitting world.   To make this monkey hat, I took bits and pieces from other hat patterns then just "winged" it.  I have to admit the hat looks a lot cuter on my grandaughter than it does on the jar I put it on for the picture lol!  Now I am trying to remember what I actually did, so I can write the pattern down and maybe make it again for my booth at the craft mall.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Clean and Simple Sending Love

Day 4 of Clean and Simple Onlie Card Class featured a stamp with writing.  I saw this stamp by Stampabilities while shopping at Hobby Lobby this weekend and had to have it.  Then remembering one of the featured cards by Jessica Witty, I decided to make my own.  I took it up one notch by embossing the stamp with white Zing on Vellum which I then mounted on a scrap magazine page.  Really, I was using the page as work space cover when I thought the black, grey, and white image would be perfect for the vellum backing.  This was then mounted on a grey cardbase.  A Cherry Lynn die was used to cut the fushia colored foil cardstock which was adhered to the right half and using a Spellbinder die and Just Rite sentiment the card was quickly completed. 

Outlines 34 Winter Wonderland

One of my favorite stamps from Outlines Rubber Stamps is this Snowman in a thicket or trees.  The shadows make it feel like a late afternoon winter's day.  A great stamp to use for this week's challenge  I took the stamp and inked it with Memento Paris Dusk, then stamped it on a cardstock paper by SEI.  I then embossed it with Zing clear embossing powder.  Once set, I covered it with a dryer sheet and smoosched it with Art Institute Pearl glitter.  Just like the setting sun glittering on the cold snow...except, unfortunately my photography skills just don't do justice to the "twinkle"...oh well!  The snowman scene was layered using the "same" piece of paper and a sliver of silver foil paper.  The whole was then mounted on a coordinating card base.  So, even though the temperature here is supposed to be 70 degrees, I can look at a bit on winter!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Clean and Simple Tone on Tone Birthday

The Clean and Simple card class lesson today identified Tone on Tone as a method of creating cards.  When I see a tone on tone card, I'm always drawn to the beauty of the textures and layers people use.  Today, I chose to work with "white".  I used Cherry Lynn, Spellbinder, and Memory Box Dies, Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder and Just Rite's rubber stamp for the sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped in Dessert Sand Memento Ink.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Clean and Simple Flat Card Hello

A variety of Memento Ink Pad colors, Anita's Hello Rubber Stamp, Flower stamp (unknown cling), Comotion Metallic Blueberry Ice Embossing powder, and an imaginative vine drawn with a Copic Marker YG25 are what I used to create this Clean and Simple Card. 

Clean and Simple Card Flat Misting Hugs and Kisses

The second day of Clean and Simple Cards and my goal continues to make one simple card for each class.  Today was creating a "flat" card.  Oh layers?  So following one of the examples I brought out the Tattered Angels Mist: Tattered Rose and Burnt Red.  I haven't caught the knack of misting, so this was a good way to practice!  Die Cuts (Cricut Wild Card) were used to create the masks for the border hearts and Hugs and Kisses.  A Spellbinder Heart die was used to cut the heart from the front of the card.  Inside I used a Hampton Arts "with love" stamp to provide the peek-a-boo interest through the cut out heart.  Clean and Simple with pizazz.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Clean and Simple Card With Love Hearts sketch

Oh my is the first day of an OnlineCard Class -Clean and Simple that I signed up to take.  Today was the first class offering and the instruction for a simple sketch design was offered.  Even thought the sketch was for a square card, I prefer rectangular ones so "simply" modified it lol!
The background stamp is a favorite of mine (especially for this time of year).called Raindrops and Swirls by Hero Arts.  Amazingly I had a hand punch that matched the hearts in the swirls; and I also used a Spellbinders scalloped hearts die.  Following the instructions, I masked the center of my pinkish card stock and stamped the background with Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid.  I also used the Pearlescent Orchid to stamp the sentiment (With Love by PSX) which I then embossed with Clear embossing powder.  Spellbinder hearts were cut from a peice of the cardstock that I colored using the Pearlescent Orchid Ink Pad...such a wonderful tip from the class. Lastly, I punched 4 hearts using scraps leftover from the Spellbinder cuts and applied them to each corner of the masked area.  A Spica pen was used to outline both the hearts and the rectangular masked area. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

andmore Loom Hat

It has been a weekend of yarnworks.  I have become a fan of Mikeyssmail on youtube..  He gives wonderfly clear directions for creating stitches and patterns using crochet.  This time however, he showed step by step how to create a baby hat using a 30 pin circle loom.  With just a few missteps, I completed my first attempt even though it took a little longer than the 45 minutes he identifies.  The yarn on this had is Bernat Pipsqueek - a wonderfully soft fuzzy yarn.  Our winter has been fairly mild thus far, but when it finally gets cold some little head will stay warm!

Owl Candy Bar Wrapper

Caging an idea found (, and having some leftover (Christmas) giant size candy bars, I made these candy bar wrappers to sell at the local craft mall. At least if they are up there, I'm not tempted to take a few!  The Valentine stamp is from Stampassions and once stamped on a red punched heart, I used Sakura Crystal Effects to make it glosssy.  Stickles glitter glue outlines the red heart.  The rest is pretty much as you see...folded paper, circle punches, and heart punches.  The tufted ears are simply scissor cuts at the corners.  Stomach feathers are a Cuttlebug folder with sponged Memento ink. I have no idea what the name is and can't find it on the web...anyone know?
 Okay...well, I think they are cute!  do you?

Saturday, January 7, 2012


I still don't know the ending for this card.  A sentiment to be added to the blank tag.  I just couldn't decide.  At some point I will need a card and "finish" it for the occassion.  Anyway..I stamped one tag lightly, added a crochet flower that I used a Copic Marker to edge,  I sponged ink around the edges of both  tags and used several papers and layers to complete  the layout of this card.  A couple of ribbon pieces and  a brad provided the  finishing touches.  The card front was then mounted on a white card base (and photographed against a black backdrop.  Stamp:  Penny Black's  Letters and Flowers


Thursday, January 5, 2012

JoansGarden #1 Lots of Love

The criterial At Joan's Garden for the  the first challenge of the year:  hearts, red, white, pink, and use of embellishments of some kind.  I liked a card created by Maile Belles that I re-envisioned and made using the criteria for Joan's challenge. 
I used Cuttebug Embossing Folder "Heart Blocks" to emboss a sheet of translucent vellum.  A strip of white was embossed using Cuttlebug "Love Language combo".  PSX Rubber Stamp"with love" was embossed using Zing gold embossing powder.  Tiny pearls formed the central vein of the two May Arts ribbon green leaves.  Layered on red and adhered to a white cardstock base, this card is ready for a special Valentine.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Outlines Sketch 33 - Love
Outlines starts their year with a sketch challenge. The scallop border for some bewildering reason made me think of sideways, I decided to create a card of "love".  I used Spellbinders heards, red velum, Cuttlebug 'Love Language' embossing folder, May Arts ribbon(leaves), small pearls, a dryer sheet, Art Institute glitter  a picture from a magazine, PSX Claret Embossing Powder, various cardstocks, and (of course) Outlines "love" from their Lovely Layering Collage.