Monday, March 30, 2009

New JustRite products at Stamper's Dream!

I don't have a new card to show you right now, but I do have a fun project that I will upload soon. I just wanted to let you know that Michelle, owner of Stamper's Dream, has the new JustRite products in her store. You really need to go check them out. Michelle is also giving away some JustRite products. All you have to do is leave a comment on her most recent Blog post HERE about which JR product would be at the top of your wish list, and you have a chance to win that product. How cool is that?!?!?!

Be checking out the Stamper's Dream Team blogs all this week for projects demonstrating the new products. They're awesome, creative and fun!!

Here's our schedule:
Monday - Kimberly and Michelle
Tuesday - Charmaine and Michelle
Wednesday - Denise , Kimberly and Michelle and Me
Thursday - Laurie , Cindy , Kimberly and Michelle
Friday - Cammie , Kimberly and Michelle

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Alota Supplies

Can you believe it's the last few days of March? Well, this is the last of the challenges that Frances has provided for us this month. Thanks Frances!! Thank you too for being such a good sport when we changed up last weeks challenge...*grin*

For this week, we were all sent a variety of images from Alota Rubber Stamps. Thanks Helene.

I chose to use this sweet little egg image called Egg with Flowers (Alota Rubber Stamps). The card is pretty straight forward, so I won't go into many details. I will tell you how to make the corners though. All I did was take one of the smaller Square Nestabilities, placed it in the center of a larger Scalloped Square Nestability, and ran it through my cuttlebug together. I then cut the square in half. Easy as pie.

One more hint....when adding glitter to an image, run an *embossing buddy*...(that's the Stampin' Up! name, I don't know what else it's called. All I know is that it eliminates static cling)...anyway, run it over the image, then add your glue and glitter. The glitter will only cling to the glue and not the paper.

Too see what the other girls have come up with with their Alota Rubber Stamps, click HERE.

Stamps - Egg with Flowers (Alota)
Paper - DCWV, Iced Kiwi, Nautical Blue Light, Simply Smooth (Prism)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Copics, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Piercing Tool, Dew Drops, Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!), Dimensional Tape

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I missed your birthday...

I started making this card yesterday for SCS's sketch challenge found HERE. But I went to the foothills to photograph wildflowers with my son (he's taking a photography class in college) before I could finish it. Then life just got too busy to get back to it until this morning.

I stamped this cute beaver image from the Bubs The Beaver set (Our Craft Lounge) with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Simply Smooth (Prism) cs, and colored it with copics. I then stamped and cut out the frog and placed him on the logs. Isn't he just the cutest? Notice the heart? Sweet!!

The rest is pretty straight forward. Hope you're having a fabulous week!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Bub's the Beaver (OCL)
Paper - Stormy Medium , White, Simply Smooth (Prismatic)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Milled Lavender (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Flower Punches - SU, Carl CarlaCraft, EK Success, Flora Doodles Brad (Petaloo), Leaf punches (Martha Stewart), Celery Grossgrain Ribbon (SU), Tag Corner punch (SU), Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape, Distressing Tool

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yoo Hoo!

This is my first....scrapling that is. A scrapling is the left over piece of cut cardstock. I've been told they're generally 1.25" to 2.25" in width and 5.25" high. I made mine 2.25" wide.

Edit to add: I forgot to tell you why I actually made this card. You see, this week's CCEE challenge was supposed to be a Scrapling. But since we changed the challenge on Frances for her birthday, I made a different owl card for her instead. I got buzzed by her and was told I wasn't getting by without making here's my scrapling Hoots! Happy? *grin*

I received these darling "What a Hoot" (Clear Dollar Stamps) owl images from a stamping friend who I admire greatly! Her talent has no boundaries I tell ya!! She's an amazing stamper and just as sweet as she is talented. I had the honor of meeting her at CHA too. Woot! Ya'll probably already know her work, and if not, you're in for a treat. Head on over to Kim's blog: Paper in the Works.

I colored the owls with copics and paper toled them. The flourish branches are Doodle Parts (Spellbinders). The flowers were made with a Carl CarlaCraft Punch, and the buttons are from the Porcelain (Basicgrey) collection.

See that little clip thingy on the side? Love that little bugger. It's a Paper Fastener by 7-gypsies and has prongs on the inside. All ya do is squeeze it together and it grips. Way cool and sweet. You can get it at Michelle's store: Stamper's Dream

Michelle also has all the new JustRite products. Click HERE to see what's new. I'll have a project to show ya real soon. Love their new stuff!!

Hope you're having a terrific day!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - What a Hoot (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper - Basicgrey, Birchtone Medium, Simply Smooth (Prismatics)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Spellbinders, Oval Punch (Stampin' UP!), Flower Punch (Carl CarlaCraft), Buttons (Basicgrey), Paper Fastener (7-Gypsies), Copics, Twine, Dimensonal Tape, Ribbon (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Surprise Frances!! *grin*

Each Monday, I post a card that was made for a weekly challenge that a group of eight of us do together. We've been challenging each other for almost 2 years now, and Frances (StampOwl) has even set up a blog for us to share some of our contributions. Well, the 24th is her birthday, and since she's a day ahead of most of us, one of our members thought it'd be fun to turn the tables on her. You see, she's in charge of the challenges this month and has challenged us to make a Scrapling card. Well, since some of our members like to give the old *BUZZER* when challenges are not followed correctly, we thought it'd be fun to change her challenge. We all made Owl cards instead and conveniently forgot to send her the memo stating the change. *grin* Evil little monsters aren't we?

Head on over to our blog to see what the other girls have done and to wish Frances (who we affectionately call *Hoots*) a Happy Birthday. Click HERE.

Okay... now onto the card details:
I started off creating my bg. I took a 5x5 square piece of Memoirs (Inque Boutique) dp and scored it from corner to corner. I then sewed along the score lines. Went back to my Scor-Pal and repeated the process from the other corner. I then scrunched the paper in my hand into a ball, unfolded it, and rubbed Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink) over the edges and the wrinkles. I took another strip of dp and sewed horizontal lines across it and did the same with it as the first.

The Patterned Birds and Bugs owl (Inkadinkado) was stamped with Vintage Sepia (Versafine), heated, then colored with copics. I also added a touch of glitter with my Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.

The flower was made with the 5-petal Flower Punch (Stampin' UP!), a Martha Stewart Flower Punch, and a Carl CarlaCraft flower Punch. All were ink distressed with Brushed Corduroy and wrinkled up a bit. The flourishes were diecut with the Doodle Parts die (Spellbinders). The papers I used were all Prismatics: Birchtone Light and Medium and Tawny Medium.

The sentiment was stamped with Vintage Sepia (Versafine) onto leftover handmade dp from a card I posted a few days ago HERE. It was then diecut and embossed with the Curved Rectangle Nestabilitey (Spellbinders), and popped up on the Labels II (Spellbinders) piece that I cut out of the Inque Boutique dp.

The ribbon is organdy and various fibers, and the lacy border was made with a Martha Stewart border punch. The metal photo corner is by We R Memory Keepers, and the teeny tiny Chocolate Pearl is by Kaisercraft.

That about sums up the card. I hope you all have a fantastic week.
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Patterned Birds and Bugs (Inkadinkado), Inque Boutique
Paper - Memoirs (Inque Boutique), Birchtone Light and Medium and Tawny Medium (Prismatics) Simply Smooth White (Prism)
Ink - Vintage Sepia (Versafine), Brushed Corduroy and Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Labels II Nestabilities and Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Doodle Parts diecuts (Spellbinders), Copics, Metal Photo Corner (We R Memory Keepers), Quickie Glue Pen, Ultrafine Transparent Glitter, Sewing Machine, Flower Punches - Martha Stewart, Carl CarlaCraft 5-Petal Flower (Stampin' UP!), Lacy border punch (Martha Stewart), Chocolate Pearl (Kaisercraft), dimensional tape.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CASEing Cindy for Stamper's Dream

The Stamper's Dream Design Team is CASEing one another this week for our monthly challenge. Each member was assigned another member to CASE. I was assigned Cindy Motherway (Mothermark on SCS). And here is my story...

1. How in the world is someone supposed to CASE the queen of creativity and out of the box thinking?
2. Black/White Polka dots? Me? Really now. Have you ever seen me make a card with black/white polka dots?
3. Creative writing is so not my strong point. I'm a straight to the point with the facts kinda writing a story? PAHLEASE!!
4. Teapots?'s coffee all the way for me.
5. Intimidated? Yep...that's me!!
6. Thanks Cindy, my friend, for the inspiration!! You're the BOMB!!

So, here goes: HERE is the card of hers that I cased.
I changed the colors, the image and the corners. I loved the way she centered the hummingbird in the scalloped circles, so of course I had to keep that the same. Didn't fold my scallops over though. That's all Cindy and her wonderfully creative idea.

I also had so much fun making my own dp on the last card, that I wanted to try it again with a different color and image. For the dp on this card, I just rubbed Milled Lavender and Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink) onto Simply Smooth White (Prism) cardstock. I then stamped the Filigree (Impression Obsession) image onto the paper with the Milled Lavender again.

The owl from the Patterned Birds and Bugs Set (Inkadinkado) was stamped with Tuxedo Black (Memento), onto Natural White (Neenah) cardstock and was colored with copics. I colored the dots on the wing with a Sakura Stardust pen to give them just a hint of sparkle.

The corners were made with a Martha Stewart border punch, and the embossed background was made with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

We'd love to have you participate also and win some blog candy. All you have to do, is CASE (which means use one of our cards as inspiration and change at least two things about the card) a Design Team member's card and post a link to Michelle's blog: Stamper's Dream. Include the link of the card you CASEd too please. If you upload your card to a gallery, please use the key words SDDC6.

To see what the other designers have done for this challenge, click on the following names: Michelle, Charmaine, Cindy, Denise, Kim, and Laurie

Stamps - Patterned Birds and Bugs Set, Filigree
Paper - Simply Smooth, Wizard Dark, Vanilla Cream, (Prismatics) Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Milled Lavender and Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Circle Nestablities (Spellbinders), Martha Stewart border punch, Sakura Stardust Pen, Copics

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

House warming gift

Friends of ours had a House Warming party this past weekend, and I needed a *warming* gift. Of course, when I think homey, I think of candles. Most days I'll have at least 3 candles burning. I love the warm, cozy feel they bring to a home.

Well, Yankee Candle did most of the work for me on this project. Their box was already decorated with these warm colors. So I just added the band, medallion, and scalloped card to the top.

For the Medallion, I used the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II Emsemble (JustRite).

For the Card Topper, I used my Harmony Rectangular Set with the Curlz and Brayton Fonts.

For all the shapes...well, that's where my Nestabilities and Cuttlebug come in handy. Rarely do I make a project without using one or both of them. I also used a hole punch for the scallops and the Horizontal Slot Punch (Stampin' Up!) for the ribbon. The band was made with a Martha Stewart border punch.

Stamps - Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II Emsemble, Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II Emsemble, Curlz and Brayton Fonts (JustRite)
Paper - Crabapple Dark, Sunflower Dark, Herbal Garden Light and Dark
Ink - Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Aged Mahogany (Ranger Distress Ink), Pesto (Adirondack Dye Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Brad (Heidi Swapp), Twill Ribbon (May Arts), Decorative Ribbon (?), hole punch and dimensional Tape
(Prismatics), Neenah Natural White

Hope your week is off to a great start.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

CCEE Sketch with Handmade dp

It's time once again for a CCEE challenge. Frances has given us a sketch to work with. Click HERE to see it and what the other girls have done with this sketch. We'd love to have you play along also. Head on over to the CCEE Stampers blog for instructions on how to do just that!!

I thought it would be fun to make my own dp with this gorgeous Filigree Fantasy set by Verve.
I also tried a (new to me) smooth white paper, that I'm now in love with. It's called Simply Smooth White and it's made by Prism. Yummy stuff!! I've used my copics on it too, and it's wonderful with them also. But, for this project, I took my Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink) pad and rubbed it directly on the paper. Then I used two Filigree designs and stamped them onto the paper with the same Old Paper Distress ink. Here's what the paper looked like and the images I used.Since the Verve images are clear, it's very easy to line them up.

I finished off the sketch with a Verve Plain Jane: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

The Crocheted Ribbon is May Arts, and the flower was created with the SU 5-petal flower punch, and Martha Stewart flower punches, along with an Anna Griffin decorative brad.

Stamps - Filigree Fantasy and Psalm 51:10 (Verve)
Paper - Simply Smooth White and Sugar Cream (Prism)
Ink - Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - SU 5-petal flower and Martha Stewart flower punches, Decorative Brad (Anna Griffin), Latte Pearls (Kaisercraft), Corner ticket punch (SU), Crocheted lace (May Arts), Organdy Ribbon, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape.

I hope you have a fantastic week!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fishin' for Ed and a Blog Candy winner...

It's my husband Ed's birthday next week. In fact, he's a St. Patrick's Day baby. Well, he loves to go deep sea fishing, and always comes back with a load of fish...but, if he lake fishes, he always, and I mean always, catches everything but fish. Thus the sneaker in this card. Isn't this Bear-ly Fishing (Our Craft Lounge) bear the cutest? I thought he was perfect for my DH.

I stamped him with Versamark onto watercolor paper and embossed him with Detail Black ep (Judikins). I then colored him with Adirondack Dye Ink Reinkers (listed below in the supplies).
I added stickles to the water, ink distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink)...which Michelle now carries in her store!! Woo-Hoo!! You really should go check out all the Distress Inks...I ADORE working them. I use them on the majority of my cards.

The sketch was the challenge on SCS this past Wednesday, found HERE.

Stamps - Bearly Fishing (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper -Crate, Spring Willow Medium, Watercolor
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine), Versamark, Latte, Ginger, Espresso, Lettuce, Denim, Cranberry, Stonewashed (Adirondack Dye Ink Reinkers)
Accessories - Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copics, Sewing Machine, Distressing Tool (SU), Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), Dimensional tape, Stickles

Now, onto the winner of the Blog Candy I offered earlier this week. picked this number:

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-03-13 18:08:55 UTC

Congratulations to: Kari

who said:

Congratulations on getting 100,000 hits! Your card is beautiful, So delicate and elegant. Thank you for the chance to win your blog candy. My favorite flower have to be roses, because they are elegant and in different colours.

Kari :-)

Email me with your address info Kari, and I'll get these stamping supplies out to ya ASAP. If I don't here from you within 48 hours, I'll be picking a new number.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Smile...tomorrow's a new day!

These colors are not my usual style. Pretty bright and busy isn't it?

But I'm happy with the outcome for three main reasons:
1. I love this darling image - Willow Umbrella Girl (Whiff of Joy)
2. I love the papers - Bloom and Grow *Bloom* (My Mind's Eye)
3. I love the Easy Brad Maker Kit (Chatterbox)

I colored this sweet little girl with copics and popped up the umbrella and her arm with dimensional tape. I then sewed around all the edges of my panels after ink distressing them with either Stream or Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Ink), or Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink). The corner piece is a Cuttlebug corner die, and I added a few dew drops too. The ribbon is Making Memories and American Craft.

I made the inside sentiment with the Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, along with the Trompe Script and Brayton Fonts:
Okay...while at CHA with Michelle Rodgers (Owner of Stamper's Dream), back in January, one of our favorite finds was Chatterbox's Easy Brad Maker Kit. Not only does it come with the brads and epoxy circles, but it comes with each size circle punch needed for the 3 different brad sizes. Now, before you ask, these punches are not regular sizes. You can't find them anywhere else. But I thought they'd come in handy for those *in between* sizes that I never seem to have...ya know?

Anyway...let me show you how I made my *smile* brad.

Remember: At any time, you can click on the photo for a larger view, or click on the bold underlined words to take you directly to the product in Michelle's store: Stamper's Dream.

First, I designed my sentiment using my Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set , the Trompe Script Font and the C-45 small letters (JustRite), and stamped it with Tuxedo Black (memento) onto Sunflower Light (Prismatic).
I then punched out the sentiment with the middle sized punch, and ink distressed it with Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink).

Then you lift the same size circle adhesive protector, lay the circle on top, rub gently and lift again. Your circle now has the perfectly sized adhesive circle on the back.

Just lay it in the brad center. Perfect fit.

Finally, lay the middle size epoxy circle on top. That's it. There are so many possibilities.

Here's a close-up of the dimension and the finished brad.
Stamps - Willow Umbrella Girl (Whiff of Joy), Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, Trompe Script and Brayton Fonts (JustRite)
Paper - Bloom and Grow *Bloom* (My Mind's Eye), Intense Teal, Intense Kiwi, White (Prismatic), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Stream, Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Ink), Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Copics, Nestabilties Rectangle (Spellbinders), Corner die (Cuttlebug), Scallop border punch (Martha Stewart), Brad (Chatterbox), Ribbon (Making Memories, American Craft), dew drops, sewing machine, dimensional tape

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope your week is off to a great start and only gets better!!
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Floral Elgance and blog candy...

I love flowers!! Love them!! Basically I just love nature...birds, flowers, clouds (as you probably noticed a couple of posts ago), sunsets, waterfalls...yep, nature. So when I saw this new Inkadinkado set Beauty Stems from Here, I had to have it! You can get it too from Michelle's store Stamper's Dream. She has oodles of new stamps from a variety of companies, along with papers, ribbon, and new fun embellishments too.

For this card, I stamped the image twice onto Neenah Solar White with Tuxedo Black (memento), and colored it with copics. I then cut out the flowers and leaves and popped them up with dimensional tape. I thought the Ivory Crocheted Ribbon along with the irridescent ribbon would make a good combination with a buckle slider, so I added that above the scalloped border created with a Martha Stewart punch.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the Wonderful Wishes set by Verve. They have the most fabulous sentiments in the most wonderful variety of fonts.

Stamps - Beauty Stems from Here (Inkadinkado), Wonderful Wishes (Verve)
Paper - French Flea Market (BellaBella - My Mind's Eye), Sage Medium and White (Prismatic), Neenah Solar White, Vellum (SU)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Cloudy Blue (Adirondack Dye Ink)
Accessories - Labels I Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copics, Crocheted Ribbon and Iridescent Ribbon (May Arts), Buckle (JoAnn Scrap essentials), Scalloped Border and Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder punch, Rhinestone stickers (Kaisercraft), Fancy Decorative Corners (Simply Swank), Ultrafine Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape probably are wondering about the BLOG CANDY mentioned in the title...*grin*
Okay. Well, I recently hit 100,000 views and wanted to thank you all for stopping by. Especially those who have been so supportive and have left comments. So, I have some fun goodies that I'll give away Friday before noon. All you have to do is leave a comment about what your favorite flower is, and I'll use to pick a winner. Simple as that.
Mine is the Sunflower. I love it's texture, size, and actually the different colors it can be!!
Did you know there's actually a sunflower called a Teddy Bear Sunflower? They are so fluffy and soft!! Love them.
Here's a photo of the blog candy:
Included: Click on any of the items listed below for a closer view. They're all new items available at Stamper's Dream.

Easy Brad Maker Kit (Chatterbox)
Beauty Stems from Here Clear Stamps (Inkadinkado)
Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Pearls (Kaisercraft)
Everblooming paper (Kaisercraft)
Everblooming Epoxy Brads (Kaisercraft)
6X6 Chipboard Binder (Maya Road)
1/4" Olive Ric Rac Ribbon (May Arts)
5/8" Teal Sheer Ribbon (May Arts)

Thanks again!! I hope you all have a fantastic week!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

CCEE features Knightrone

This is my favorite challenge done by the CCEE group each month. This month Frances (StampOwl) chose Knightrone from SCS (Splitcoaststampers) to feature. We were to make a card with a knight on it and mail the finished card to Jesse.

I don't own any knight images, so Frances was kind enough to send this one. I don't know the company it's by, but I'll edit this post as soon as I find out.

eta: The image is by Elzybells

The image was colored with copics, and the bg is done with pastels.
I stamped the sentiment along the side with my Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, the Brayton Font (JustRite), and Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink).

To see what the other girls have come up with, check out our blog: CCEE Stampers

Supplies: Stamps - Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, Brayton Font (JustRite), Elzybells Paper - Archaic (Basicgrey), Suede Brown Dark and Kraft (Prismatics) Ink - Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress) Accessories - Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), Dimensional Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Have a fantastic week!
Happy Stamping!

The poppies are blooming!!

The poppies are blooming all over the place here in central California, inspiring me to make this card with one of Anna Wight's gorgeous poppies from her Blossoms and Butterflies sets (Whipper Snapper Designs). The sentiment is from her Blooming Expressions set (Whipper Snapper Designs). The poppy is colored with copics and is 3 layers.

I also added a bit of glitter to make the poppie sparkle and pop.

Stamps: Blossoms and Butterflies, Blooming Expressions (Anna Wight - Whipper Snapper Designs)
Paper - Sweetbay (Memory Box), Birchtone Dark and White (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder, Copics, Button (MME)
Quickie Glue Pen, Ultrafine Glitter, hot glue gun

Hope you're have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Stamping!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

No stamping...just clouds

I love nature!! And one of my favorite things to observe in nature is God's creativity with clouds. All these pictures were taken within about 5 minutes of each other in the East (over the mountains, overlooking our neighbors dairy), and in the west, overlooking our dairy.

I realize these aren't cards, or stamped projects, but I just had to share these artistic creations by the master artist.

The first one was in the east, and the last two were in the west.

Have a fantastic weekend!
Happy Stamping!


I was inspired to make this card the other day after seeing a photo in our church of a man with his arms raised in praise in between two torn black pieces. It reminded me of Christ's resurrection and his being the light in the darkness. The back piece is actually in a type of shadow box. I raised the black panel and the frame.

The subtle hills and sky were created with Pastels (chalks) and torn paper, and the black pieces were edged with white craft ink. The frame was ink distressed with Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink). The crosses were colored with Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!) markers.

I made the sentiment by using my trusty Harmony Rectangular Stamping set with the Brayton Font. I finished off the card with Black Pearls (Kaisercraft).

Stamps - Crosses/Horizon (Stamp a Mania), Harmony Rectangular Stamping Set and Brayton Font (JustRite)
Paper - Ancestory (K&Company), Black (Prismatic), Neenah Solar White
Ink - White Craft (SU), Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink), Close to Cocoa Marker (SU)
Accessories - Pastels, Black Pearls (Kaisercraft), Clear ep, Dimensional Tape

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What's the dirt?

I just got these Our Craft Lounge images in the mail, and set right to work. They are adorable and so much fun to work with. I used images from 4 different sets. And Michelle is carrying quite the variety of OCL sets! Check them out HERE!!

I first stamped this *Pat the bad dog* image onto Neenah Solar White, masked him and made the wall with the stone image from the*Whispy Patterns* set and Slate (Adirondack Dye Ink). The little dog bones are from the *Pat the good dog* set, and the chewed up shoe and tipped dog dish are from the *Pat the Dawg House* set. See how wonderfully they all work together? Such fun.

They're all colored with copics, and the sign and main image were diecut and embossed with the Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and my Cuttlebug.

All the edges were ink distressed with Walnut Stain, (Ranger Distress Ink) and the dp is Old World (Kaisercraft)

The dots? My favorite!! They're called Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), and they're holes need to be punched!! And they have a nice matte finish.

The curvy border on my brown panel was cut out with the largest Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), but unfortunately most of it got covered with my vertical panel...*grin*.

All the panels are matted with Black Prismatics, and the card base is Suede Brown Light (Prismatics)...Prismatic papers are my paper of choice. I LOVE the texture, and it distresses beautifully with light or dark inks!!

Stamps - Pat the Good Dog, Pat the bad dog, Pat the dawg house, Whispy Patterns
Paper - Suede Brown Light, Black (Prismatics), Old World (Kaisercraft), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink), Slate (Adirondack Dye Ink)
Accessories - Nestabilities, Copics, Candy Dots, Cuttlebug, Gingham Ribbon, Dimensional Tape

Thanks for visiting!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Where flowers bloom, so does hope.

I am so grateful for sketch challenges. Sometimes, all that is needed is a little direction. That was so the case for today. I made this card according to the SCS Sketch Challenge found HERE. I colored the flower from Anna Wight's Blossoms & Butterflies (Whipper Snapper Designs), with copics and added some ultrafine glitter. The sentiment is from the set Blooming Expressions (Anna Wight - Whipper Snapper Designs) The rest is pretty self explanatory.

Supplies: Stamps - Blooms & Butterflies, Blooming Expressions (Anna Wight - Whipper Snapper Designs) Paper - Baby 2 Bride Collection (Graphic 45), White and Island Mist Light (Prismatics), Vellum Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink) Accessories - Copics, Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Glitter, Dimensional Tape

Thanks for visiting my blog!
I hope you're having a great week!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Labled Bird Cage

It's a new month, and that means CCEE has a new Challenger. Frances (StampOwl) has come up with some wonderful challenges for us each week. This week we were to use labels. I did an emboss resist with the Porcelain Aviary images from the clear Basicgrey set, that I got from Stamper's Dream. I wish I had colored the cage a complimentary color, but I was pretty tired after returning home from a trip to Seattle, and didn't feel like starting over. Thus the cage of blues...*grin* It's colored with copics and the wires are all sparkly with Clear Ultrafine glitter.

For the labels, I stamped the Porcelain Aviary images with Versamark, and Clear embossed them. I then took my Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress Ink), and rubbed it directly on the labels giving it a colorwash, shabby look.

The lattice in between is a Martha Stewart border punch, and the butterflies are vellum colored with copics with a touch of glitter in the centers.

I made the sentiment with the 25 pt Trompe Script letters (JustRite) and the Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set. The flower button is from the Tres Jolie line of My Mind's Eye, and the organdy Ribbon is Stampin' Up!.

To see what the other girls have created with labels, click HERE. They are such a talented group of women and have come up some gorgeous creations!!

Stamps - Porcelain Aviary (Basicgrey), Trompe Script (JustRite) Harmony Rectangular Stampers set
Paper - Porcelain (Basicgrey), Iced Orange and Black (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Labels I and Ovals (Nestabilities - Spellbinders), Border punch and butterflies (Martha Stewart), Button (My Mind's Eye), Organdy Ribbon (Stampin' UP!), Corner Rounder, Labels (Avery), glitter, Copics, Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Clear embossing powder

Thank you so very much for stopping by!! I hope you have a fabulous week!
Happy Stamping!!
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