Friday, April 30, 2010

As Happy As Happy Gets

 Oh for goodness sake, please ignore the "paper crumbs" under the butterfly's wing!  I didn't notice them until after I took a photograph and got it ready to post.  Obviously I don't know how to edit it out using GIMP or they would be gone!  I'm lucky enough to know how to do a watermark!

This card came about because I was blurfing right after school and saw so many stampers who posted butterfly cards. Can you guess what the theme of my upcoming weekend stamping spree will be?  LOL!  We'll see!

Last weekend I purchased a package of felt butterflies at a Michael's, so had to use one on tonight's card.  The color combo came courtesy of SU's color wheel.  It's been a most useful tool for me over the years, and since I have a ton of "soon to be retiring" colors of cardstock, it will come in handy yet for a long while!

As Happy As...
Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly
Paper:  Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, DSP: Apricot Appeal, Lavender Lace, Cameo Coral
Ink:  black, VersaMark
Misc:  felt butterfly, rhinestones, metal dots

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blooming With Happiness

This silly little card that didn't photograph well is so cute IRL.  I know I say that often, but it's true!   It's just a sweet, gentle card.

However, it's been through a lot!  The card started out with a different color combo, with a different stamp set, and  oriented as a landscape card!

After many discarded scraps and stamps later it became this!  Amazing that something so simple, created such a mess in my stamp room! 

Blooming With Happiness:
Stamps:  Blooming With Happiness
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, DSP: Almost Amethyst
Ink:  Almost Amethyst
Misc:  rhinestones and puffy heart stickers, SU TIF Perfect Polka Dots

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This card has me puzzled!  Not quite sure how I feel about the end result, although it was fun to make!

I'm not a big fan of using stickers on cards, but when I saw these flourish stickers at a store, I liked them immediately and bought all the packages still on the rack!  (Relax, they were only 99 cents each and there were only four left!)

After sitting on my counter for a long while I finally put them to use.  So what's my problem with the card?  Well...I pick it up and look it over and like it.  Then I put it down for awhile and decide I don't like it!  I just cannot make up my mind! 

Maybe my flourishes are too big for the delicate flower.  If so, I'm sad because I used up all of my tiny yellow bling on this card, and well, wasted my time and my flourish stickers too!

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!  Do I like it, or should it go!?! 
Guess I'll stick it in a box for awhile and pull it out in a few days or weeks!

Stamps:  Doodle That
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Gray, markers: Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Misc:  flourish stickers, rhinestones, scallop border punch 

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Looks Like Spring

 Today's card is based on the Tuesday sketch from Lord Have Mercy!  that you can see here!

I almost grabbed the papers from the Sweet Always DSP pack, but have been using it quite a bit lately, so finally cleared it off my table and changed it up to Georgia Peach!

This was my first time using this particular paper, so I had fun looking at all of the patterns.   The cute flowers and sweet color combo on this paper brought to mind one of my favorite floral sets; Looks Like Spring, so following the sketch was a breeze.

Stamps:  Looks Like Spring, All Holidays
Paper:  So Saffron, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Whisper White, DSP: Georgia Peach
Ink:  Regal Rose, Old Olive
Misc:  TE ribbon, dew drops

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm A Fan of...

 Sweet Sunday Sketches!  Here is my take on sketch #66, which you can see here.

 And once again my card looks so much better IRL, but it is what it is.  I've had this idea for the main image in my mind for some time now and finally had the time and the sketch to put it to paper.

Some shopping time this weekend led me to discover some glitter paper at Target, which surprisingly enough I cut into tonight rather than hoard for a year or two!

And now I have used up all of my tiny red bling, as well as my tiny clear bling from a few cards ago.  I didn't have any luck finding tiny rhinestones this weekend, but only made it to two stores, so I will have to find a source online, as I need/want some yesterday!

Stamps:  Club Scrap
Paper:  PTI white, Real Red, Whisper White, white and black glitter paper
Ink:  black
Misc:  gold tassel, red and smokey gray rhinestones, brad, SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots, Nesties

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


This card follows the Tuesday sketch on Mercy's blog.  I actually made this card on Tuesday, but with other cards already pre-posted, I saved it for today.  Sometimes I confuse myself, but as long as I have enough cards to post for the week I'm happy (and I hope you are too!)

The DSP used on this card is called Sweet Always and I must have cut most of the patterns in the package until I finally decided on these two pieces!

 MTSC 70:
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Paper:  Blust Blossom, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, DSP: Sweet Always
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  Sizzix grass die, Crystal Effects, Paper Flowers, grosgrain ribbon

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Butterfly Garden

This card is not an original idea, (none of mine are), but I can't remember where I saw the original card.  I just knew that it caught my fancy and I wanted one just like it...well almost anyway!

After making the cards that I have posted so far this week, I have depleted a good portion of rhinestones in my most used colors and sizes.  Yikes!  Can't live without some card bling, so it's time to order more!

Butterfly Garden:
Paper:  So Saffron, PTI white, DSP: Petals and Paisleys
Misc:  rub ons, butterfly embosslit, Ribbon Originals: Fairy Tale Collection, rhinestones

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

TESC #109

 When I saw the sketch for Taylored Expressions challenge this week, I knew right away I wanted to use my "dandelion" stamp, even though it might end up looking like a Valentine card!  Well at least I'll have one card ready for next year!

This card turned out exactly like I had imagined it.  Now that doesn't happen very often for me!  But what a fun and cute card, if I do say so myself!  I'll be playing with this sketch again I'm sure.

TESC #109:
Stamps:  A Happy Heart
Paper:  PTI white, DP: Making Memories: Love Notes collection, SU: Real Red cs
Ink:  Real Red
Misc:  center stitched grosgrain, rhinestones, SU punches: circles and pinking hearts border

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


 Lots of spots and dots on this Mojo Monday sketch card!  It all began when I chose the background paper from American Crafts called "blue skies".  Then I decided to mimic the circles in the DP with the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the layer behind.  And of course I had to get my favorite embossing folder Swiss Dots in on the card as well!

Oh!  See how the flower center continues the spot/dot thing going on?!  Can you see spots or dots anywhere else on the card?  Hint: hello!

Stamps:  All The Best, Tiny Tags
Paper:  PTI white, American Crafts: blue skies, SU: Old Olive
Ink:  Rose Red, Old Olive
Misc:  button, linen thread, tiny tags punch, grosgrain ribbon, Nesties: Big Scalloped Ovals: large and small, EF: Swiss Dots, and Spots and Dots

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


The colors and stamp that I used for this Sweet Sunday Sketch card was inspired by a cute top one of my student's was wearing last week.

While the students were taking their state tests, I noticed a pretty Cameo Coral top, with rows of posies in Taken With Teal, Chocolate Chip, and White - so very cute!  I knew it was going to become one of my next cards!   

It just goes to show inspiration is everywhere!

Stamps:  Gently Falling
Paper:  PTI white, DSP: Chocolate Chip and Sweet Pea, card stock: Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal, and Cameo Coral
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Craft ink
Misc:  ruffled ribbon, brad, punched flower, rhinestones

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Infuse With Details

 These two cards feature Basic Gray "Infuse" patterned papers, along with matching die cuts and punched shapes layered to form a 3D focal point.  The base of the cards is Pink Pirouette.

Other items used to make these two quick cards were embossing folders and plates, rub ons, bling, and velvet ribbon.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

happy day

 Using up my stamping supplies four cards at a time!   I had  a large enough piece of this patterned paper to cut four backgrounds, so I made four of the same cards assembly line style all at once.

Oh, and I didn't even make a noticeable dent in my stamping supplies making these cards, but I did add to the mess on the table, floor and counter.  Sigh!

happy day:
Stamps:  Delightful Doodles
Paper:  Wild Wasabi textured card stock,  Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, DSP:  Darling Doodles and Groovy Guava Prints
Ink:  Wild Wasabi
Misc:  rub ons, double stitched ribbon, colored staple

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Scalloped Rounds

During a recent stamping session I pulled out these scalloped cards and my supply of rub ons, hoping to use them up.  Well that didn't happen, but I did come away with these three cards!

They are laden with butterflies cut from card stock and DSP.  Brads, rhinestones, rub ons, and ribbon bring these circular greetings to life.

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's the Little Things

I really like how the mesh layered onto the striped DSP gives the illusion of plaid.  It's the little unexpected discoveries that make stamping so much fun for me!  Yes, I am easily entertained!

The inspiration for this card came guessed it!...the April 2010 cards magazine, page 57.  I've just been having too much fun CASEing cards during my spring break, although this card won't post until long after I am back to work!

It's The Little Things:
Stamps:  acrylic (unknown)
Paper:  SU DSP: Spring Showers, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Ink:  Basic Brown
Misc:  brad, mesh, die cut flowers, rhinestones, ribbon

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LHM Tuesday Sketch #69

I've been trying to stamp some during the week and decided that following sketches was the way to go. The Tuesday Sketch from Lord Have Mercy's blog really appealed to me this week.  Enough so that I made three different color versions! 

All three cards use Linen Prints DSP, and all three have the same sentiment from Whimsical Words. Card stock colors vary and include:  Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, and PTI ivory.

Assorted coordinating flowers were layered and held together with brads.  Big Scalloped Oval Nesties were used to contain and frame the

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch 134

 When I arrived home from work yesterday my SU Clearance Rack order was waiting for me by the front door!  Woohoo!  I plunged into the box as soon as I could, absolutely loving all the goodies inside!  A little while later I logged onto the computer and checked out the sketch for Mojo Monday and knew immediately what I was going to do!  Getting right to work, I was able to complete this card and get it photographed before the sun went down!

 So without further ado, here are the specifics for:

 Mojo Monday sketch 134:
Stamps:  Around the Block
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, DSP: Blueberry Maine
 Ink:  Not Quite Navy
 Misc:  Kiwi Kiss corduroy button, Old Olive brads, Roof Garden Accents and Elements

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, April 12, 2010


This fun sketch is from Card Positioning Systems
I had a lot of fun deciding how to put this card together.  Sitting near my stamp table is a pile of packages of DSP that hasn't seen use in awhile, so I dug through said pile and pulled out Linen Prints. 

In another pile of waiting to be used "stuff" were these weird rub ons.  Are they owl eyes or blooms?   I decided to use them as flowers.  Next up was to find a stem to support my weird rub on flower heads. I found what I was looking for in The Art of Life.

After gathering the additional card parts: card stock, brads, ruffled ribbon, half back pearls and SU's TIF: Lots of Dots, I was ready to cut, emboss, rub, punch, glue and assemble.  Voila!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


These two 5.25" square cards were made following the sketch provided by Taylored Expressions.
Both cards use patterned paper from the same package of DSP: Petals and Paisley but each card has it's own color scheme and personality!  The same teal striped grosgrain ribbon is used on both cards as well.

The card on the left has a So Saffron base with a layer of Whisper White, and then several coordinating DSP prints.  The image panel has layered paper flowers held together with white brads and scattered on a section of Old Olive stem and leaf rub ons.  Light green rhinestones were added to highlight the rub on flourish and where the leaves meet the stem.

The card on the right has a Cool Caribbean base with a layer of Taken With Teal.  The image panel uses the 2-step flower stamps from Polka Dots and Paisleys, colored direct to rubber with markers in Pretty In Pink and Old Olive.  A Rose Red ink pad was used for the flower outline with the help of a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  (Hey!  I have tools and I'm not afraid to use them!) The blue ground (what's up with that?) from Impress was stamped in Cool Caribbean, after stamping off once on scrap paper to lighten the blue (?!!) ground.  Rhinestones were added to the base of the blooms for some sparkle!

Off to stamp some more!

Friends and Flowers

So are you confused about how the post title goes with this particular card?  To clear up your confusion, Friends and Flowers is the name of an old SU Simply Scrappin' kit used to make this card!  The SS Kit is one of the treasures I rediscovered when looking to find papers to CASE the card on page 26 of the April 2010 issue of cards

Except for the ribbon and the tiny birthday stamp (Vintage Labels), all other elements came from the SS kit.  I'll be making more cards from this kit, as there are plenty of fun elements yet to be used!

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Three Swaps and a Card

This card came together as a result of some cleaning up in my stamp room.  I was putting away some treasures from three recent supply swaps and saw how the three of the main elements (pre-printed notecard, 3D bouquet sticker, striped ribbon) could work together for a spring card.  I should clean up my piles of mess more often!

No stamping on this card yet, maybe something for the inside before I send it away.

Three Swaps and a Card:
Paper:  pre-printed notecard, Perfect Plum
Tools:  SU Top Note Bigx Die, SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots
Misc: striped ribbon

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, April 9, 2010

For You

And yet another CASE from the cards magazine!  You're probably thinking "does  SWMS not have any original ideas of her own?"  And the answer is not very often!  In fact, very seldom!  Besides imitation is the highest form of flattery and the April 2010 issue has so many great cards just waiting to be imitated, and who am I to disappoint!?!  The original can be found on page 67.

For You:
Stamps:  vintage Labels
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, apricot Appeal, SU DSP: Sweet Always, Ballet Blue
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie
Tools:  Mat Pack, paper piercing tool, 1 3/8" circle punch, flower punch, Classy Brass Template: Pick a Petal
Misc:  rhinestones

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vellum Butterfly

  The inspiration for this card came from the April issue of cards, page 102.  Actually I have the corners of many pages turned down in this particular issue for CASEing, so I hope I have the time this weekend to get more cards made!  I like to stamp up a stash of cards for swaps and blog fodder, to keep you all coming back to SWMS!

I've had this sheet of patterned vellum in my stash for a very long time and was delighted to find an idea for its use.  Searching for just the right color combo took a little more time, but I turned to my trusty SU Color Wheel (one of my favorite tools!) to give me some guidance on this one.

Vellum Butterfly:
Paper:  More Mustard, More Mustard DSP, So Saffron, Vellum
Tools:  Eyelet border punch,  SU Bigz Die: Beautiful Butterflies
Misc:  rub ons, rhinestones, half back pearls, pop up glue dots

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big Bloom

 The CASEing continues with this card from page 12 in the 2007 May issue of cards.  What caught my eye was the stem of buttons which looked so fun with this big bloom!

Now I kind of like the look of the distressed petals, but it was not my intention.  I'm afraid my SU markers have seen better days!  They have seen a lot of use over the years and it is time that many of them need to be replaced.  Sigh!

Big Bloom:
Stamps:  Big Blooms               
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink:  SU markers: Rose Red, Bashful Blue
Misc:  buttons, rub ons

Off to stamp some more!


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