Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Oragami Flower

Flowers galore... have stamps and dies, markers and chalks.  I love making cards with flowers as a central theme.  So when Joan's Garden offered a challenge to make a flower using a die I decided to experiment a bit.  I found directions to make this flower using Spellbinders scalloped circles and oragami folds..  Gathered lace, surrounds the flower and corner curls further directs focus to the flower.  I always love pearls and gems, so of course those were used too.  The dark background was created using mica powders and black paper. 
Paper: Black Cardstock, K & Company
Die: Spellbinders ScallopCircles
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug elegant Swirls
Misc: Pearl Ex, Lace, DewDrops, Pearl Swirls, pink rhinestone
 www.atjoansgardens.com (a fabulous website for cardmakers and more)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Candybar for Mom

What Mom doesn't like chocolate?  lol!  JustRite's challenge this week to create a designer paper "background" inspired me to add embossed "love" to the tiny flowers paper.  This feminine paper became the backdrop for decorating the candy bar wrapper.  Using JR Shabby Chic Labels 4  and JR Myriad Pro 50 stamps I embossed in gold the large label stamp.  Instead of the Eau de Cologne de France in the center, I chose to cut that part out and substitute the MOM  insert I'd stamped using the MP 50pt letters.  This on is ready to give to Mom with Love!
Giant Hershey Chocolate Candy Bar
Stamps: Just Rite (Shabby Chic Labels 4; Myriad Pro 50 pt.)
Paper: Cardstock, floral printed
Inks: Copic Markers,  Distress Tattered Rose
Embossing: Zing, PSX
Ribbon: May Arts
Die: Spellbinder Label 4
Flowers: Spare Parts
Dew Drops: Pearls

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pot of Flowers

The flower pot is a piece of specialty black and silver foil paper (I followed the directions on Splitcoast) and the ribbon is May Arts Silver sheer.  I used Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and a die (?) of a single rose with leaves to make the silver foil flowers/leaves. "Jewels" and a pearl were blued to the center of each flower.  The only thing left is to make a tag to hang from the bow.  This I will do when the card is needed (get well, birthday, etc)  What a fun project that was used for a challenge this week:   http://www.atjoansgardens.com/

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tri-fold card

FUN! The Challenge this week at Joan's Garden (http://www.atjoansgardens.com/2012/04/this-weeks-challenge.html) was to create a Tri-Fold card.  Well, I'd never made one...but fortunately Selma (http://selmasstampingcorner.blogspot.com/) had step by step directions!.  Looks complicated, but hey, if I can do it....  A little bit of ribbon (green, white flowers sprayed pink) some cuts of paper, jeweled swirl and die cut swirls and the card began to take shape.  The message area is Spellbinders Label 4 embellished with a tiny pink satin bow.  Ready for the birthday, get well, thinking of you, etc. sentiment.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Sometimes it is not about making cards.  I made this tutu for my grandaughter using strips of tulle that I tied on a 1/4" piece of twine (rope).  Ribbon was used to cover/decorate the waistband and create the flowers.  The tutu can tie in the back or be closed using attached velcro "snaps".  From the picture, I would guess a happy playtime!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Special Moments


When I saw this sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge, I immediately thought of   Just Rite's Quiet Moments stamp set.  The JR challenge this week is to create and use your own "designer" paper to create a card and I ended up combining both challenges into one card.  For my design paper, I used the fairy wings from the Quiet Moments set and stamped/embossed with clear on white watercolor paper.  Distress stain was used to brush over the heat embossed images to create a blue paper with wings.  I Stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Copics.  Copics were also used to color the embellishment (flower).  The leaves behind the flower are repurposed from an old silk flower.  To me, this card evokes the memories of special quiet moments I had with my mother and later in life with my daughter.  Quiet...loving....special!  I hope you too have those special quiet times!
For this card:
Paper: cardstocks, watercolor
Stamp:  JR Quiet Moments
Die: Spellbinder Circles, Stampin Up scallop punch
Color: Copics, Distress Stain (faded jeans) Distress Pad (weathered wood)
Misc: Swarovski crystals (stars), distress stickles (flower), Zing White embossing powder

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

JR #69 With a Butterfly

Time for Spring!  The stamped image on this card was actually made for another card, but when I had finished coloring it, it just didn't go with the card it was meant for (see previous post)...so there I was with a colored, stamped image that I just didn't want to throw away.  So I hemmed and hummed and this is the way I ended up turning "trash" to treasure.
I worked with:
Stamp: Just Rite Butterfly Garden Set
Paper: Prima and basic cardstock
Dies: Spellbinder
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Punch: Martha Stewart
Ink: Distress, Many Copic Markers
Misc: May Arts Silk Ribbon, Swarovski topaz crystals

JR #69 Butterfly Prayers

Butterflies are Spring. Butterflies are Hope.
Call this a cut and paste card with a perfect sentiment from Just Rite stamps.  I cut dies, I pasted dies. I pasted ribbon, I pasted pearls and jewels. and highlighted the card with a stamped and embossed sentiment.
What I used:
Dies: Spellbinders, Cherry Lynn, Memory Box,  Just Rite
Stamps: Just Rite Just Because mini
Misc: silk ribbon (ivoiry and chocolate), crystals, seed pearls
Ink: Distress weathered wood
 Embossing fluid; white embossing powder
Paper: Ella Blue

Joans Garden #12 Postacover

Not too long ago a very good friend directed me to a website that showed how to create your own post-a note pad using paper "scraps".  It is on my list of things to do...that never ending list lol!  What a way to get motivated was to find Joans Garden challenged us in #12 to create a postanote cover. Incorporated in the challenge was to use the color theme purple; use a die cut, and a use a butterfly or thing from nature.  To make this pad cover I used:
Cardstock: White
Die Cut:: Marianne
Embellishment: Brass Filagree butterfly, purple Swarovski crystal
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug-Damask
Punch: Martha Steward