Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sending Many Thanks

 I'm having so much fun today digging through button jars as I play with SU's "Button Buddies"!  This card uses retrosketches #5 and was so much fun to use!  I paired the image from BB with a sentiment from Petite Pairs, also SU.  The fun  and colorful patterned paper is SU's "Jersey Shore".  Brads, Baker's Twine, and some punchies complete the card.

Off to stamp some more!

Cherry, Cherry

 I used the SU set: "Button Buddies" and "Rockabilly" DSP to make this card today. 
Additional tools and supplies used were markers, buttons, Nestibilities Eyelet Circle die, scallop border punch, dimensionals, and Baker's Twine.The sketch came from the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges.

Off to stamp some more!

So Many Smiles...

 Two challenges today were the inspiration for this card.  The awesome sketch comes from The Sweet Stop with sketch SSS152.  The theme of my card comes from the inspiration challenge today at Splitcoast.  You can see the challenge using Harabu House as the inspiration here.  I used the fourth picture in the group of inspiration pictures in the post.

This cute image is a Hero Arts stamp from their set :"Three Christmas Dolls". (I'm choosing to ignore that it is a Christmas image, play along, okay?!)  I colored it in with copics and added some touches with glitter pens.  Then it was just a matter of layering my image and cutting circle shapes from some Washi paper with Nestibilities.  The sentiment is from SU: "Petite Pairs".  The first part of the sentiment is on the outside of the card, the sentiment continues on the inside, which you can see in the top photo.

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sweet Skullduggery

It's been way too long since I've joined in on a challenge at Dilly Beans.
The challenge this week is "Skulls and Skellies", so I went into my stash and found this whimsical little sweetie called "Zombie Cupid".  So how does she fit the challenge?  Look in her hair.  See the tiny skull?  There ya go!  Oh, look closer at the skull.  See the Stickles in the eyes?  Her wings sparkle too!  What a fun way to start the day!

I colored the image with Copics and used a Labels Eight die to cut out the image.   Then sponged it with So Saffron ink.  The SU DSP is called "Rockabilly", layered onto Kiwi kiss and then a white card base.  Ribbon is the only embellishment on this card.

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rustic Flowers

 For today's card I dug into my stash of CTMH acrylic stamps. I used "Love Tags" for the image background, "Beauty" for the leaves, and "Rustic Flowers" for the flowers.  The ink colors are SU and were chosen to go with the SU DSP: "Sunny Garden": Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, and Soft Suede.  Dew Drops were placed in the flower centers and along the edges of the "Sunny Garden" tag shapes in the background.  The ribbon is SU.

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SCS Sketch Challenge #378

Sorry for the lame title for today's card!  Some days my mind just draws a blank for a catchy post title.  Anyway, as the thitle suggests, I made this card for the sketch challenge today on Splitcoast, which can be found here.

The patterned papers are SU's "Walk in the Park".  The ink colors are Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, and Kiwi Kiss.  Card stock colors include: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, and white.  The stamp set is also from SU called: "Wonderful You".

Other tools and accessories used are: Sizzlets: Little Leaves (SU), Baker's Twine, punches (SU), Stickles, and dimensionals.

Off to stamp some more!

Twitterpated Thank You

Your challenge for the next Belli Challenge is to use three different shapes on your card.

I saw this card sketch on Pinterest and was anxious to use it ASAP, as I love layering, but am not usually very creative with my layers!  The papers I used include a white card base, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, a scrap from the sticker package (gray patterned tag), and SU DSP: "Twitterpated". 

Ink colors are Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, and Baja Breeze.

Tools:  Nestibilities, tag punch, MS border punch, wood grain embossing folder

Other accessories:  rhinestones, K & Company sticker, ribbon, Baker's Twine, and dimensionals

Thanks for looking and be sure to link up your card at the Creative Belli Blog!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DD Grapes

Today's card is for two challenges which is unusual for me. Most days cards I can only think about one challenge at a time!  As I was planning out the colors and images to use for the sketch challenge at Sketch N Stash, I also checked out the color combo challenge at Splitcoast here.  So I decided to put the two challenges together today.

The colors are Elegant Eggplant, Concord Crush, and Melon Mambo for the color challenge.  My card also uses Garden Green for the grape leaves.  For the stash part of the sketch n stash challenge I used a SU set from 1996 called "Definitely Decorative Grapes"!  How's that for digging deep into my stash!?! 

The grapes were inked with Elegant Eggplant and then I added some additional color with a Concord Crush marker.  The two grape bunches are popped up with dimensionals.  For the sentiment I stamped off the image once before stamping it onto my card stock.  Then I stamped the vertical sentiment over the vine with Elegant Eggplant.  Both the image and sentiment panels are layered with Concord Crush card stock.  The stripes going across the card are Melon Mambo.

Off to stamp some more!

Circles, Spots, and Dots

 This week at Shopping Our Stash we are into circular designs: spots, dots, circles.  Use paper, punches, dies, whatever you have hanging around!

 I love polka dots!  They make me happy!  So I paper pieced this image from Bugaboo with some polka dotted papers from SU.  Even the yellow brads have polka dots!

The card base is River Rock.  The image is layered onto Marina Mist.  The Rose Red border is from a Spellbinder's border die.  The patterned papers are in Rose Red and River Rock.  The top left flower is popped up with dimensionals.

Hope you'll come around the SOS blog and show us your spots

Off to stamp some more!

Anything Goes at Party Time Tuesdays!

 Party Time Tuesdays is back this week with one of our most popular challenges : Anything Goes!  Hope you'll join us!

Our sponsors this week include:
Robin's Nest
Crafty Sentiments
K 'n K Designs
The Ribbon Carousel

My card features an image from K 'n K Designs printed three times on white card stock and colored with Copics.  I then cut out the first image with a circle die, the front part of the cat from the second image and just the head from the third image and layered them all with dimensionals.  Except for the black card stock, white card base and image, all other papers were provided by Robin's Nest, as were the Dew Drops.  The sentiment is from Recollections and I popped up the heart with a dimensional.

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Faux Patina

The "Try a New Technique" challenge on Splitcoast today is "Faux Patina" .  What fun, you gotta try this!  You can see the steps for this technique here.  I checked out the challenge and technique before I headed to the Y this morning and all through my workout I planned my card!  (Had to do something to keep my mind off of exercise!)  Actually I do this often; plan cards while working out, so when I come home I am ready to stamp!

Moving on to the details of this card.   The card base is Crumb Cake followed by a layer of Wild Wasabi and then dark gold metallic card stock.  The faux patina is on white card stock.  I swiped the Leafy Branch embossing folder with a Crumb Cake ink pad and then embossed.  I used sponged So Saffron, Marina Mist, and Wild Wasabi inks onto the raised image on the card stock.  Then I ran a Versamark ink pad over the sponged leaves and stems and embossed with gold embossing powder.  My embossing powder is quite old, so it didn't melt evenly, but I loved the uneven look; shiny in some places and dull in others.  In fact, I like that mottled look so much I decided to emboss the dragonfly rather than use my first plan to just stamp the image in colored ink.

The "bow" is actually a piece of gold stretchy mesh wrapped around the layered image panel and tied into a knot.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wonderful You

It's really fun discovering new blogs and challenges while cruising through the blogs on my Google Reader.  Today I made my way to Gayatri's beautiful blog and saw her Pinterest inspired challenge here!  Check out her gorgeous card! 

I immediately thought of my poor neglected Sizzlets collection, and just knew I had some butterflies in there!  I used butterfly #13 and #14  from Sizzix with Melon Mambo and Regal Rose to make my two-toned butterflies.  I popped them up with dimensionals over a panel that was embossed with the "Floral Screen" folder.  I punched an oval in the white layer and then stamped a sentiment from SU's "Wonderful You" in the cut out.  Easy peasy, quick and slick - my kind of card!

Off to stamp some more!

You and Me in the Sahara Sand

I seem to be hit or miss on the challenges at 365 Cards.  I start out each Sunday with the best intentions to get to all the challenges for the week, but then life gets in the way.  So here I am again making a card for their Sunday sketch to start the week out right!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get to more of the challenge cards this week!

I must have been in a mellow mood when making this monochromatic card!  I know I felt quite calm when I was done with this one!  I used the Sahara Sand pattern from SU's "Delicate Dots" for the layering and paired it with white.  The tab has a rub on, well actually two layered together.  The sentiment circle is a rub on too, all from SU's "Cherished Memories".  They were still on my table from a card I made for a challenge on Splitcoast, which I just realized never made it to a blog post.  I'll do that soon!

The velvet ribbon is actually a better match, but it showed up so much darker and off color in the photo.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunflower Collage

 Woohoo!  I made a card for another challenge at Come and Get It!   Two weeks in a row for me!  For this challenge we were to make ribbon frames - thank goodness they provide a link to a great tutorial on how to do this!

I was planning my card in my head as I was digging through a drawer for a stamp when I came across this one from PSX.  Since i couldn't locate the one I had in mind, I changed my train of thought and went with a sunflower collage image instead.  I just colored a small portion of the image with Copics, as I wanted my image to be mostly white and black with kraft card stock. I love this color combo!   Thanks for looking!

Off to stamp some more!

CASEing Marilyn

On my Splitcoast Stamp Addicts blog group we have a challenge every two weeks to CASE one of our members.   It's Marilyn's turn to be CASEd and here is the card that inspired me to make this one.  I loved her embossed borders at the top and bottom of her card, so that is what I did here with a Sizzix border embossing folder.  My posie image is a D.O.T.S. stamp and the sentiment is Inky Antics.  I colored with Copics and layered with Brilliant Blue card stock.

Marilyn has a major talent for coloring with Copics and making the most beautiful cards.  I hope you'll take time to visit her blog and see her amazing work!

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Wise Friend

You're so wise, I bet you think this card is about you!   In actuality this card was made for the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges!  Owls is their theme this week.  I was so happy to be able to dig out my CHF: "U R A Hoot!" stamp set for this one.  As you can see I did some paper piecing on the owl and some stenciling for the clouds.  The DSP from SU is called "Good morning Sunshine".  I used some Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, and Marina Mist card stock.  Nestibilities dies were used to cut the three ovals.

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dark Chocolate Bunny

 I started to make this card for a challenge, but then it got a life of it's own and ended up not fitting the requirements.   Has that ever happened to you?  Well at least I have some blog fodder and a card too!

This square card has a white base and then several patterns from SU's "Sweet Pea" DSP.  The papers are separated with some velvet ribbon. The image is SU's "Chocolate Bunny" stamped with Early Espresso ink( I love dark chocolate!).  It is layered onto two scalloped ovals: Taken With Teal and Early Espresso and popped up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from an old SU set called "More Great Greetings" and was stamped on a copper colored metal rim tag.

I used a Spellbinder die from "Fanciful Holiday" and copper paper to make the flourishes.

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I'm back with a card for 365 Cards.  The challenge for today is to include a sticker, some ink, and patterned paper onto your card.  I have that!  The awesome 3D sticker is from K & Company and has some metallic shine to it!  I was so excited to tear into the package!  The patterned paper is from SU called "Paisley Petals".  It was still out on my desk from my this card posted earlier today.

Crumb Cake ink can be found sponged onto the white oval and the edges of the patterned paper.  Black ink was used on the sentiment from the SU set called "Wings of Friendship".

I'm off to link up my card.  Think about joining me in this challenge!

Off to stamp some more!

Vintage Easter

I'm back with another beautiful vintage image for Easter.  This time I trimmed down the tag and used just the image portion.  I found this lovely printable along with some others here. 

I made this card for the sketch challenge at SCS, SC377, making mine into a square card.  The many patterned layers are from the SU DSP set "Paisley Petals".  Each layer was matted with black card stock to make the layers stand out against one another.  I die cut the leafy stem using a Sizzlet and added some paper flowers.  To balance out the opposite corner I added a pearl flourish.

Off to stamp some more!

So Sweet

 It's been way too long since I participated in the challenges at Come and Get It Challenges.  So I decided to check out their current challenge here

For this card I stamped the image from SU's Up in the Air with Chocolate Chip ink.  the posies and leaves were colored in with markers:  Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, and Lucky Limeade.  I stamped two of the tiny butterflies a second time, cut them out, and popped them up with dimensionals.  I'm counting these three butterflies as the three elements on the sketch, hope it's okay that they are on the other side!

The DSP is SU's "Holiday Happenings".  The card stock colors are: white, Baja Breeze, and Chocolate Chip.  The embellishments in the lower corner are called "candy dots". Oh, I almost forgot!  The centers of the posies are dotted with Stickles!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chocolate Silhouette

 I made this simple card for the Color Combinations challenge CC367 (Chocolate Chip, River Rock, and Baja Breeze) at SCS.  The images are from SU's "Easter Blossoms" set.  The floral branch was stamped with River Rock and the silhouette was stamped with Chocolate Chip.  The scalloped oval is in Chocolate Chip.  The patterned paper is SU's Parisian Breeze.

Off to stamp some more!

Shopping Our Stash: Buttons and Bows

Welcome to another chance to use your stash at Shopping Our Stash!  We are on
Challenge 44 and are asking you to use buttons and/or bows on your creation. 

I used this cute Spring/Easter snow globe image from ADFD.   I colored the image in with Copics and then cut it out and popped it up with foam tape onto some patterned paper.  Other patterns from the same SU DSP pack: "Sweet Pea" were used on the background.  I tied coordinating ribbon around the card front into a bow.  For the buttons I looped some Scrapper's Floss through the knot of the bow and then tied the ends through the backside of the buttons.  This allows them to dangle freely.  How fun and playful!

Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesday: Picture/Color Inspiration

 This week at Party Time Tuesday we have a picture/color challenge.  Stop by the challenge blog to check it out!

Our sponsors this week include:
Robin's Nest
Digi Stamps 4 Joy and
Digital Delights
You can read more about our generous sponsors at PTT.

I have two cards to share with you for this challenge:

The card above uses an image from Spesch, one of our sponsors this week.  I colored this cutie in with Copics and then embellished with some paper flowers with brad centers.  She is layered on two scalloped ovals cut from papers from Robin's Nest with Spellbinders oval dies.  The background papers were donated by Robin's Nest as well, along with the Dew Drops.

 My second card uses a fun image from our sponsor Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  This one was also colored in with Copics and layered onto two scalloped ovals.  All patterned papers are from Robin's Nest, as are the Dew Drops.  I used a punch from SU on the striped paper.  The sentiment is from CHF: "Spring Tree".

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sculpted Daisy

This sunny yellow card was made for today's 365 Cards challenge.  Wow, that makes two in a row for me!   I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can participate again tomorrow!

Here are the supplies used to make this card:
Sizzix Paper Sculpting Daisy die
ladybug brad
pompom trim
patterned paper from SU 

I slightly "molded" the petals on the flowers to give some dimension.  I kept the leaves flat, but now wish I would have given them some dimension as well - next time!

Off to stamp some more!


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