Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #14

 Yep, it's Tuesday!  So that means it's time to party at Party Time Tuesdays!  The theme this week is to use brads on your card and remember to put a birthday sentiment on the front of your card.  Check out the awesome creations by the Design Team this week as they always do their best to inspire you!  Show us what you have created by uploading your cards to the link provided!  You inspire us as well!

My card features the too cute brads: Confection Assortment by Doodlebug!  I am so in love with their collections and seriously want them all! 

Challenge #14:
Stamps:  Birthday Whimsy
Paper:  SU Flower Power Card Kit
Ink:  Black
Misc:  Doodlebug Boutique Brads: Confection Collection, ribbon, SU EF: Perfect Polka Dots, Scrapper's Floss, Scallop border punch, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Purr-fect Sketch

 Here is Miss Purrfect again, but this time on a girly card!  A sketch swap was the inspiration for this card.

 The ribbon is ruffled on either side of the image and the flowers on the top and bottom sides are beads.  I won't use those again on a card that needs to be mailed!

Purr-fect Sketch:
Stamps:  Cool Cat
Paper:  PTI white, Whisper White, SU DSP: Print Series
Ink:  black
Misc:  corner rounder, ribbon, rhinestones, beads, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


This is my first Halloween-ish card for 2010!  Actually the only true Halloween thing about is the background paper which has words on it like "trick or treat", "boo", etc. Oh, and the JOL button!  Otherwise the cat is too sweet to be scary!  But it's a start!

The "Purrfect" at the bottom of the card is black felt and one of several words on a self-adhesive strip.  I purchased these felt fusion strips made by Queen & Co. from some online store in their clearance section and of course bought a ton because they were...well clearance priced!  (Hey, at least I didn't hoard them for five years before breaking open a package!)

Stamps:  Cool Cat
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Whisper White, black, SU DSP (so old, I don't remember the name and it is single sided!)
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Misc:  Ribbon, Q&C Felt fusion: Cool Cat,  rhinestones, button, corner rounder, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reverse Prints ATCs

 While I had this stamp set out from making cards shown on this post, I decided to use the images and make ATCs for another swap.

I changed the cardstock colors, the DSP, and used Chocolate Chip Craft ink.  The images dried looking splotchy, but I decided I liked the distressed look!

Reverse Prints ATCs:
Stamps:  Reverse Prints
Paper:  Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, SU DSP: Afternoon Tea
Ink:  Chocolate Chip craft ink
Misc:  buttons, linen thread, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Circle Circus Sketch #2

Today's card uses the same stamp set as yesterday (Circle Circus), but a different image, sketch, and a different color combo.  SU's DSP prints make it so easy to coordinate papers with ink colors.

I used some brads to embellish the stamped and embossed circles.
Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Circle Circus Sketch #1

Today's card follows a sketch provided by one of my Yahoo swapping groups.

It's funny, (strange, not ha-ha) when I need to make a monochromatic card, my mind goes blank, but when I'm just playing around, I can make one!  Go figure!

Circle Circus Sketch #1:
Stamps:  Circle Circus
Paper:  PTI white, Whisper White, SU DSP
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Misc:  silver rhinestone stickers, punches, ribbon, dimensionals

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Corner Bookmarks

These two fun bookmarks were made for a recent swap.  Here is a link for a tutorial on SCS.  Give them a try, they are lots of fun to make!

 Corner Bookmarks:
Stamps:  Garden Collage, Circle of Friendship
Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, PTI white
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  Cuttlebug EF: Flower Vine Border, Square Lattice, Nesties: Label Three, circle punches, ribbon

Stamps:  Espress Yourself
Paper:  PTI white, DSP: Sweet Pea
Ink:  black
Misc:  ribbon, Cuttlebug: Scallop Border, Nesties: Labels Three
Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #13!

 The theme this week at Party Time Tuesdays is Birthday Cards For Children!  Stop by and see what the Design Team created for you this week!  We hope we have inspired you to join us this week, so be sure to link up your card at PTT!   Remember to have a birthday greeting on the front of your card!

For my card I used a cute image from Hero Arts, which I paper pieced, using some DSP from SU.  I made a little banner, strung with Scrapper's floss, for Hannah to hold.

Challenge #13:
Stamps:  Hero Arts: Just Hannah, SU: Party Hearty, All About U, Birthday Whimsy
Paper:   PTI white, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, SU DSP: Sweet Always
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Copics
Misc:  Scrapper's Floss, Nesties: Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Reverse Prints Trio

These three cards are almost identical, except for the images.  I used an older SU set called Reverse Prints.   I left the sentiments off (see where one would fit so nicely in the bottom portion) until I decide how the cards will be used.

Reverse Prints Trio:
Stamps:  Reverse Prints
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, DSP: Sweet Pea
Ink:  Early Espresso
Misc:  brads, oval punch, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Illuminations Thanks

Smooch Spritz in Vanilla was used on this card.  Although difficult to see in the photo, it was sprayed lightly over the main image panel.  So IRL it has a subtle shimmer.  I'm going to love using this product!

I also love how the pearl flourish on the satin ribbon turned out.  It adds a beautiful finishing touch to this elegant card.
Illumination Thanks:
Stamps:  Illuminations
Paper:  PTI white, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, DSP: Bella Birds
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  pearl flourish, ribbon, Vanilla Smooch Spritz
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Stamps:  Sweet On You
Paper:  Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Garden Green, DSP: Darling Doodles
Ink:  Purely Pomegranate, Garden Green
Misc:  rub ons, Thickers, Nesties: circles, Stickles, buttons

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Just Because I Care

 I was in a monochromatic mood when I made this card.  The colors are white and ivory, River Rock, and Soft Suede.

Just like the card posted yesterday, I stamped a flower behind the sentiment.  I really like that look!
Just Because I Care:
Stamps:  Best Yet, Itty Bitty Buds, 
Paper:  PTI white, DSP: Ginger Blossom
Ink:  Soft Suede, River Rock
Misc:   ruffled ribbon, 1/8 taffeta ribbon, oval punch, metal frame, rub ons
Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Glad We're Friends

This is such a pretty card if I do say so myself!  The colors are mainly Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede, with some Certainly Celery and Ivory for contrast.

I used two Cuttlebug embossing folders for the background layers with twill tape across the middle.  Layered onto the twill tape is some silk stem and leaf ribbon.  A fabric flower blooms at the end.

Not sure if you can see it in the photo, but stamped behind the sentiment is a soft pink bloom.
So Glad We're Friends:
Stamps:  Best Yet, Itty Bitty Buds
Paper:  PTI ivory, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Misc:  brads, fabric flower,silk stem/leaves, pearl brads, twill, Ivory Hodgepodge Hardware, SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots, Cuttlebug EF
 Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Polka Dots and Paisley

Today's card is a big color change from the last couple of days!  With school starting (me this week, next week for students) I'm getting into the "autumn" color mode on my more recent cards.  I still have several summer cards coming up in posts that will keep those colors alive for awhile longer.

I've always liked the SU stamp set Polka Dots and Paisley, but have always had a hard time using it.   Until I saw this sketch from Christyne at Handstamped From The Heart!   Most every Sunday (hey, she has a real life too!) she provides a sketch for inspiration.  Check out her blog and join us in this week's sketch, won't you?

When I saw Christyne's sketch I knew immediately which stamps I wanted to use and the color combo too!   ( It was almost as if the card almost made itself! )  Then I had fun adding details to the stamped images.  For example, on the polka dot piece I placed some brads on some of the larger dots.  On the paisley piece, I punched out the small dots around the image to let the navy layer show through.  Then I added a brad to the center of the image, and popped this layered piece over the stamped background square.  The Cajun Craze layer was embossed with a paisley embossing folder ( I turned it over to the de-bossed side for this card! ) and brads in sets of three were added to two opposite corners.

Polka Dots and Paisley:
Stamps:  Polka Dots & Paisley
Paper:  More Mustard, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze
Ink:  Night of Navy
Misc:  brads, dimensionals, punches, Cuttlebug EF: Paisley
Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Kristie!

 Head on over to Party Time Tuesdays and wish Kristie a Happy Birthday!  While you are there, check out the beautiful cards by the Design Team.  The theme for this week is to make your birthday cards in Kristie's favorite color combo:  pink, brown, and white!  We would love to see what you do with this pretty color combo!  As always, put a birthday greeting on the front of your card!

My card is a five inch square.  The DSP I used has some glitter on it, but it's hard to tell by looking at the photo.  The sentiment is a rub on and the flower on the large pink brad is a rub on too.  A rhinestone in the center of the brad adds some sparkle to mimic the glitter on the DSP.

Happy Birthday Kristie!:
Paper:  PTI white, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, SU DSP: Sending Love Specialty
Misc:  ruffled ribbon, satin trimmed ribbon, brad, rub ons, rhinestone, SU top Note Bigz die
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Long and Narrow HB

This long and narrow birthday card is a CASE from the Sept. '09 issue of cards, page 81.

I love how the rub ons look against the dotted striped sage shadow piece of DSP from the Autumn Vine package.

Just as I like to layer papers on cards, I also like to layer flowers.  So this pretty bloom is two silk flowers with a flocked flower in the center, all adorned with a ribbon knot.
Long and Narrow HB:
Stamps:  All Holidays
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, DSP: Autumn Vine
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  ribbon, rub ons, fabric flowers

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


 This card was made so I could use up some of the striped ribbon I've had for too long. I also wanted to use those swirly clips since they matched so well to the ribbon.  The three clips at the bottom of the card were attached to the ribbon and green layer with staples. 

The word "friends" is a rub on and was added to the green layer before sending it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.

Paper:  PTI white, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore
Misc:  rub ons, ribbon, spiral clips, staples, SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


 My DD is a nurse (RN) and I love making cards for her.  I only have two nurse stamps, but this one from Wordsworth is my favorite. (If you know of any other sources for fun nurse stamps, please let me know!)

She's been working at a nursing home, but recently interviewed for (and got) a job at a major hospital in her city.  We are so proud of her and she is so very excited!  Well of course this deserved a card at the very least!
Stamps:  Wordsworth
Paper:  PTI white, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue
Ink:  black
Misc:  ribbon, staples, chalk, corner punch, dimensionals, Cuttlebug EF: Congrats
Off to stamp some more!

Friday, August 13, 2010

G is for...

 This card was sent out a while ago for a Letter "G" swap.  And like most of my cards from this summer, this one was also CASEd.  Page 68 of Just Cards, Fall 2006 gave me the inspiration for this card.

I did some paper piercing on the brown layer behind the square metal tag.

The brads under the sentiment have loops on them where I tied some twine.

 My summer break is coming to an end early next week - boohoohoo!  But I did so much stamping (ahem... CASEing) this summer, that I have cards to post to the end of the month!
G is for...:
Stamps:  Fox & Friends, Warm Words
Paper:  So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, DSP: Spring Showers
Ink:  So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Misc:  metal edge tag, brads, twine, dimensionals, piercing tools/template
Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Butterfly Trio

The size of this card is unusual for me:  61/2x4.
I used a pre-folded piece of cardstock from  a package of cards with matching envelopes.

So to use up the extra space I did a lot of layering, which I love to do anyway!

There is no stamping on this card - Gasp!  Don't tell the stamping police - I feel guilty enough already!

All three butterflies are popped up with dimensionals.  All three also have a cluster of bling for their bodies!  The brown butterfly has an extra layer

Oh yes, this was one of my summer CASEs from the cards magazine, August 2009, page 46!

Butterfly Trio:
Paper:  PTI ivory, Real Red, DSP: Sending Love Specialty
Misc:  rhinestones, MS border punch, Sizzix Bigz die: Beautiful Butterflies, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

An Opportunity To Embellish...

...or how to cover up a boo-boo or two or three!

Have you ever made a card and then just when it's almost finished you become butter fingers and oops?   Well that's what happened with my card today.  I dropped the stamp and got three spots where they weren't supposed to be!  So I added ribbon to cover one spot and then needed to add the two butterflies to cover up the other two spots.  Sheesh!

Well, I suppose I could have started over, but I already had the flowers in place.  All in all, not a bad save...whew!

An Opportunity to Embellish:
Stamps:  All The Best
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White,  Pacific Point, So Saffron, DSP: Good Morning Sunshine
Ink:  Old Olive, Pacific Point
Misc:  glitter flowers, rhinestones, velvet rick rack, SU Embosslit: Beautiful Wings
Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Party Time Tuesday!

 We're up to Challenge number 11 over at Party Time Tuesdays!  The theme for this week is the ever popular Anything Goes!  That means you can pick your own birthday card theme!  Just remember to have the birthday greeting on the front of the card!  Join us, won't you?  We'd love to see your birthday cards!

My festive card is a CASE from page 131 of the new SU catalog!

 Challenge 11:
Stamps:  Perfect Punches
Paper:  PTI white, Whisper White, Rose Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Soft suede
Misc:  Wide Oval punch,  Paper Piecing punch, piercing tool/template, Scallop Trim Border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, dimensionals, pearls
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cute Alert!

Is this not just the cutest thing you've seen on my blog in a long time!?!   I am just in love with this little purse and am trying to hold myself back from making a ton more!

Wouldn't some cherry bling look just adorable in the lower corners?  I don't have any or it would be on there now, but I know it is out there, and I will find it!

Sorry I don't have the link to the tutorial so you can have fun making these, but maybe if you use Google  you can find the directions. 

I can give you some sketchy directions and measurements.
Here is a side view of the purse.  I had a red lunch size bag and used that, but any color will do.  I cut the bag 4 inches up from the bottom.  The back piece of card stock is 6 x 5 1/2; scored at 2 inches  The front piece of cs is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Two pieces of DSP were cut to 4 x 5 1/4 and the smaller front piece is 1 3/4 x 5 1/4.

Two holes were punched in the back piece of cs right under the score line about an inch in from each edge.  Ribbon is inserted through those holes and taped down to the cs before gluing the paper bag to the cs.

Velcro keeps the purse closed.

This is a close-up of the scalloped  "clasp" .  I layered a circle of DSP and put heart rhinestones on those cherries.  Two metal Classic Clips were added to the corners of the top portion of the folded cs.

Cute Alert!:
Paper:  black card stock, SU Rockabilly Specialty DSP
Misc:  paper lunch bag, heart shaped rhinestones, velcro, ribbon, punches, Classic Clips

Off to stamp some more!


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