Saturday, May 30, 2009

Picnic Time

Okay...I recently just got some dp in the mail from Stamper's Dream. If you follow my blog, you know that I'm a HUGE My Mind's Eye fan. LOVE their paper. Well, I thought this new line Breaking Free fit wonderfully with this sweet Sarah Kay image called Picnic Time. She's perfect for any little girl who likes to play with dolls, or play dress up.

The image was stamped with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Neenah Solar White, and was colored with copics. The frame was cut with my Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and the flower poking out of the side is one of Spellbinder's new (released this spring) Nestabilities called Blossom.

The corners were made by using a Martha Stewart border punch at an angle. And the pearls in the Carl CarlaCraft flowers are Blush Pearls by Kaisercraft. The Button and Twine are PTI.

eta: There's a trick to getting the corners to look the way I did. I totally forgot to include that earlier. Before using the MS border punch, I punched the corners with my Ticket Corner Punch (Stampin' UP!)...otherwise you won't be able to fit the 3 little lacy punched teardrops on the corner. It will cut them off. Does that make sense? You probably can just trim off the corner a bit to fit it in too. That's just how I did it.

That about covers it!
Have a fantastic weekend my blogging friends.
I will be cleaning up my Stamproom...I literally have no room to work any more. So sad. I'm pathetic. Everything has a place, it's just not in it. And when it's not in it, it takes me all that much longer to make a card because I can't find it!! no more fun for me's work, work, work. *groan*.

Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Picnic Time (Sarah Kay - Stampavie)
Paper - Kraft (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White, Breaking Free dp (MME)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Accessories - Curved Rectangles and Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Border Punches (Martha Stewart and Fiskars), Ribbon (Chatterbox), Button and Twine (PTI), Flower Punch (Carl CarlaCraft), Pearl (Kaisercraft)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wishing you Comfort

This is quite a busy card I made for today...but blame it on the SCS Sketch Challenge...*grin*...I only followed the rules of the sketch. LOL

I LOVE the variety of lanterns in the Inkadinkado set appropriately called "Lanterns" that I got from Stamper's Dream. I just think they're so classy and elegant. I stamped this lantern with Versamark and embossed it with Detailed Black ep (JudiKins). The sentiment is from the Verve set "Wonderful Wishes", and it too was embossed the same way. All the edges were ink distressed with Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink), and I added a couple of extra touches. I added a Multicolored Mini Rhinestone (Zva Creative) to the elegant Cross Ribbon Slide (Maya Road). I also added some dew drops to the corner and Frosted Lace Stickles to the inside of the lantern. The Rectangle and ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders) were diecut with my cuttlebug and to finish it all off, I sewed around all the edges. The decorative paper is all Wisteria (Basicgrey).

Thanks for stopping by today!!
I hope you're having a fantastic week!!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Lanterns (Inkadinkado), Wonderful Wishes (Verve)
Paper - Wisteria (Basicgrey), Wizard (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Versamark, Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Border Punch (Fiskars), Ribbon Slide (Maya Road), Dew Drops, Ribbon (May Arts), Frosted Lace Stickles, Black Detailed ep, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cards for Heroes with a Supply Challenge

The card I made for today is going to Cards for Heroes. I am so grateful to our men and women who serve this country, not only by being in one of the armed forces, but also by being family members of those fighting for our country. What a huge sacrifice they are all making to keep me and my family safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I don't have many A2 cards. Especially those without many layers, but I've found about a dozen or so in my stash that I'll be sending with this one too. If you'd like to send cards to Cards for Heroes so that the men and women serving have special cards to send to their families, click HERE to learn how to go about doing just that. There's an awesome YouTube video showing how much the cards being sent mean to the men and women serving found HERE.

This card was also created with supplies provided by fellow CCEE member Deb Mills. She sent us 3 pieces of 6x6 Bittersweet Basicgrey dp and required us to use two of them.
Now, I'm going to get buzzed by some of the members because the ribbon was optional, and a brad that was sent was required. Being *duh* comes natural to me, and I used the ribbon and not the brad. I didn't even realize it until reading the post that Frances had ready on the CCEE Stampers Blog. Sorry gang!

But, we'd love to have you play along too. All you have to do is make a card with 2 different decorative papers, and add a brad. Ribbon would be great too if you'd like. To see what the other gals have done with this paper, head to the CCEE Stampers Blog.

Now, about the card, to achieve the embossed circle, I first cut out the center circle with a Circle Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders), and then leaving it in place, I added the next larger circle to it and embossed it with a tan mat behind it and 3 shims (pieces of cardstock). I then stamped the gorgeous heart image from Impression Obsessions Filigrees Clear Stamp Set that I got from Stamper's Dream. I used a Fiskars slot punch to punch places to thread my ribbon on the left side of the card, and scalloped the edges with the SU scallop border punch. The flowers were made with a Carl CarlaCraft Punch.

The other end of the card was created by using a Spellbinders piercabilities border. I then added a couple of Soft Pink Kaisercraft rhinestones and some brown embroidery thread for the bows.

Thanks again to all our service men and women, and to their families!!
Take care everyone!!

Just a little reminder that Michelle has all the Our Craft Lounge Images marked 25% off! Go check them out!!!! Just click on the Sales and Specials button in the top left corner of your online store. Or click HERE.

Stamps - Filigrees Clear Stamp Set (Impression Obsession)
Paper - Kraft (Prism) and Bittersweet dp (Basicgrey)
Ink - Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Brown Satin Ribbon, Piercabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop border Punch (SU), Slot Punch (Fiskars), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Piercing Tool

8th Grade Graduation...

My nephew graduated from 8th grade last night. So I needed to make him a graduation card. I liked the this Old World dp (Kaisercraft) with compasses because the compass represents direction and heading into High School is a whole new direction for a 13 year old.

Very easy card. I'd say *clean and simple*, but it's very dirty with all the Walnut Stain ink distressing. *grin* The sentiment is from the Stampin' UP! set Congrats.

Have an super duper week!!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Congrats (SU)
Paper - Old World (Kaisercraft), Blush Red Dark, Suede Brown Dark, Neenah Natural White
Ink - Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Chocolate Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), Buttons (SU and PTI), Ivory embroidery thread, Distress Tool

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Butterfly Beauty

I made this card a couple of days ago and just haven't gotten around to uploading it. We've been busy with graduations and buying our youngest her first vehicle. It's a truck (father wants her to have as big a vehicle as she can handle. He's a firm believer that the bigger the vehicle, the more protection. She is his baby girl after all. *grin*). They're picking it up as I'm writing this post. It's not the color she wants, but she's happy. She actually wanted red!!! Are you kidding me? That's like a ticket waiting to happen. She insisted that she would never drive fast enough to even be considered for a ticket, but sheesh...blending in is much better. LOL

Anyway...sorry for rambling. Back to the card. I stamped the images God's Beauty (Stampin' UP!), with White Craft Ink (SU) onto kraft (SU), and embossed them with White Detailed ep (SU). I added a bit of glitter to the butterfly, and colored the leaves with SU's watercolor crayons using my aquabrush. The vellum leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart Punch, as is the tiny butterfly on the sentiment. Oh, the sentiment was stamped with Vintage Sepia (Versafine), and the Ribbon tag was made with a Spellbinders diecut, as are the Scalloped and Curved Rectangles. All the edges were ink distressed with Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink).

The sketch is SCS's sketch that was posted this past Wed. Love that sketch.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - God's Beauty (Stampin' UP!)
Paper - Kraft, Vellum, Parisian Breeze dp, Ivory (SU)
Ink - White Craft (SU), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Watercolor crayons
Accessories - Glitter, Scalloped Rectangle and Curved Rectangle Nestabilities and Ribbon slides (Spellbinders), Butterfly and leaves Punch (Martha Stewart), Satin Ribbon (May Arts)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stamper's Dream Dreamy Challenge

Stamper's Dream is having another Dreamy Challenge!! This time it's a color and product challenge. We'd love to have you participate too. All you have to do is make a card with similar colors, and use texture and bling, and post a comment on the Stamper's Dream Blog with a link to your card. If you're uploading to Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword SDDC7. Michelle has some blog candy available too!!

The colors we were to use were Blush Red, Island Mist Medium, and Birchtone Light by Prismatics. (Compatible SU colors are Riding Hood Red, Baha Breeze and Sahara Sand) Prismatic papers are my go to for paper. I'm a fan for three reasons. 1. They have a textured side 2. They have a smooth side 3. They ink distress beautifully!! Love them!! The other products we're focusing on are Spellbinders' Impressabilities, and Zva Creations' Mini Multicolored Rhinestones.

First off, I stamped the Baby Hammock (Penny Black) image with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Neenah Natural White cardstock and colored it with copics. The daisies are paper toled as are the butterfly and bows. I stamped the Tiny Words and Centers (JustRite) sentiment onto Neenah Natural White also and added a bit of bling with Mini Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations).

I left the Labels I tag blank so I can add the baby's name later.

I embossed the background with one of the Spellbinders Impressabilities. I just ran it through my cuttlebug and ink distressed it with Old Paper Ranger Distress Ink.

That's it for the card, now go check out what the rest of the Dream Team has come up with for this month's challenge.

Also, just a little tip....Michelle marked all the Our Craft Lounge images 25% off!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Baby Hammock (Penny Black), Tiny Words and Centers (JustRite)
Paper - Blush Red, Island Mist Medium, Birchtone Light (Prismatics), Neenah natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Impressabilities and Circle and Labels I Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copics, Cuttlebug, Ribbon (SU), Border Punch (Fiskars), Sewing Machine, Mini Multi-colored Rhinestones (Zva Creations), Glitter, Dew Drops

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I tell ya, sometimes life gets in the way of stamping. I started this card this morning, and things just kept popping up all day. I finished it this afternoon, and am now just getting it posted. Whew!!! Anyway, I made this card using SCS's Sketch for today. You can find it HERE. I turned the sketch on its side.

One of my all time favorite paper companies is My Mind's Eye. And their Penny Lane line has a variety of fun colors, and fabulous texture!!! The designs you see on my card are the reverse palettes of the paper not shown in the store link. I loved the subtle stripes of my base paired with the Violets by Flourishes. The image is colored with copics, and has a hint of Ultrafine Glitter to make the blooms and leaves pop. They are also all paper toled. All the edges are ink distressed with Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is going well!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Violets (Flourishes)
Paper - Penny Lane (My Mind's Eye), Neenah Natural White, Twightlight Medium (Prismatics)
Ink - Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink), Black
Accessories - Labels IV Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Copics, Spring Rain Luxe Satin Ribbon (PTI), Tag Punch (Martha Stewart), Border Punch (Fiskars), Button (PTI), Mini Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creative), Dimensional Tape, Sewing Machine, Ultrafine Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tri-Shutter Card

I don't normally attempt too many new techniques. Mainly because I hate making mistakes and having to start over. But Lynn provided one on SCS today that didn't scare me too much. It's called a "Tri-Shutter Card". All it involved was some scoring and a bit of cutting. I can do that. *grin* To check out SCS's Technique Challenge today, click HERE.

All the images stamped onto the Dancing Jewel Kaisercraft dp, are by Verve. I'll list the links in the supply list below.

The decorative brad was made with Chatterbox's Easy Brad Maker Kit. All I did was punch a circle out of the dp with the punch provided and added the epoxy circle....also provided. Way easy and elegant. I made the tiny bow with a Bow Easy tool. Sharon sells them HERE, and and Jerri provides a very easy tutorial HERE.

Here's the card closed. It will fit into a standard A2 envelope.

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!!
Happy stamping!

Stamps - Because of You, Fairy Tales, Artful Elegance, Beautiful Kindness, Filigree Fantasy, Thankful Blossoms (Verve)
Paper - Dancing Jewel (Kaisercraft), Birchtone Light and Dark, Vellum
Ink - Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink), Currant (Adirondack Dye Ink)
Accessories - Corduroy Brad (Stampin' UP!), Easy Brad Maker (Chatterbox), Organdy Ribbon (Offray), Ultrafine Glitter (JudiKins), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Paper challenged

This week for our CCEE challenge, Deb wanted us to haul out some designer paper that we've been hoarding. well, this scroll-cut dp has been gracing my shelves for quite some time. So when I saw that Joan Ervin over on SCS was being featured today, and saw THIS CARD, I knew just what I wanted to do. I LOVED the technique and colors she used, so I used the same ink colors. She rubbed the Ranger Distress Inks Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain onto a craft sheet, spritzed it with water and drug the cardstock through the watery ink. Woila...the background. I then stamped the branch with Walnut Stain, and the bird and flowers with Versamark. The bird was embossed with Black ep, and the flowers with White ep., and the edges were all ink distressed with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.

Here's the inside.

Thanks for the inspiration Joan!! I so enjoyed going through your fabulous gallery!!

Featured Stamper Changes:
Added bow instead of flower

To see what paper the other CCEE gals have dug out of their stash, visit our blog: CCEE Stampers

Hope you have a fantastic week!
My son's home from college, and my daughter has half days this week with exams...then summer begins. Although the weather seems to think it's already here. 104 degrees today...*groan*

Happy stamping everyone!!

Stamps - Bird on a Branch and Sweet Serendipity (Stampin' UP!)
Paper - Suede Brown Dark and Black (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White, Scroll cut dp (?)
Ink - Versamark, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Buttons (PTI), Curved Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Fiskars), Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Detail Black and White Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP!), Dimensional Tape

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Patriotic Shadow Box

While shopping with my daughter yesterday, I saw some shadowbox type frames and was inspired to make one with Our Daily Bread Designs' Patriotic images. The box is 1/4" deep with the middle striped layer 1/8" above the In God We Trust Image and the God Bless America sentiment. The eagle was stamped with Vintage Sepia (Versafine), and the sentiment was stamped with Tuxedo Black (Memento).

The Patriotic Moxie dp was bright red and white stripes, and since I prefered a vintage look, I distressed it by rubbing Old Paper and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Inks) directly on the paper to age it a bit. As you can see, I made the window with a layer of acetate. I have the hardest time photographing that stuff. *grin*. The corners were made with a Martha Stewart border punch, and I blinged it up a bit with Black Rhinestones (Kaisercraft) and Star Brads (Stampin' Up!). I also trimmed the edge of my box with Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon (SU). That's it.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - In God We Trust and God Bless America (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper - Moxie dp, Mystic Dark and Kraft (prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Vintage Sepia (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Paper and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Brads (SU), Black Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Martha Stewart Border Punch, Scor-Pal, Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Tape

Friday, May 15, 2009

Patriotic with Porcelain

For the month of May, Judy, challenged the Our Daily Bread Design team with a sketch and a product focus. The product I was challenged to use was Basicgrey's Porcelain Paper and the coordinating buttons. Not your typical patriotic colors, but I like how it turned out. The sentiment is from the In God We Trust set.

Stamps - In God We Trust (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper - Porcelain (Basicgrey), Kraft, Neenah Natural White
Ink - Vintage Sepia (Versafine), Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Stars (SU Punch), Buttons (Porcelain - Basicgrey), mini multicolored rhinestones (ZVA Creations), Kraft Satin Ribbon (SU), Fiskars Borders Punch, Sewing Machine

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sweet Peas

I LOVE flowers. Real life and stamps!! When I saw this Sweet Peas image by Flourish, I was in love. Michelle kept selling out of them at Stamper's Dream, though, so I never got a chance to use it until now. If you like this image you might want to get it very soon though, because they sell quickly. She'll also have the new Flourishes releases available on Friday. So stop by the store!!

The Sweet Peas were stamped with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Neenah Natural White and were colored with copics. I stamped the Sweet Pea sentiment with Smokey Gray (Versafine), and ink distressed all the edges with Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink).

edit to add: I was asked what copics I used...well, here's the list:
BV13 - Hydrangea Blue
B63 - Light Hydrangea
B60 - Pale Blue Gray

G99 - Olive
YG63 - Pea Green
G21 - Lime Green

I highlighted with W1 - Warm Gray

It's almost Friday!! Happy Dance!!
Happy Stamping my friends!!

Stamps - Sweet Peas (Flourishes)
Paper - Provence (Memory Box), Mystic Medium, Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Old Paper (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Long Rectangle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Copics, Button (Basicgrey), Dew Drops, Sewing Machine, Spring Moss Grosgrain and Luxe Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Ivory embroidery thread

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Elegance with Anna Griffin

I couldn't wait to make this card. I LOVE Anna Griffin images, and Anita has a fabulous kit of borders in her Anna Griffin Elegant Borders Clear Stamp Kit. It includes 21 of Anna's Favorite borders, and they are GORGEOUS!! It was tough to choose only two, but this is what I came up.

If you click on the photo you can see the details better.

I stamped the borders onto Birchtone Light (Prismatics) with Perfect Plum (Stampin' UP!), and glitzed it up a bit with Ultrafine Transparent Glitter (JudiKins), and Multi-colored Mini Rhinestones (ZVA Creations).

The main flower was made with the Stampin' UP! diecut Flower Daisies #2. I diecut them them, spritzed them with water and rolled them onto a stylus. They maintain their shape when they dry.

Hope you're having a fabulous week!!
I'm getting ready for my son to come home from his Freshman year at college. Woo-Hoo!!!

Happy Stamping my blogging friends!!

Stamps - Anna Griffin Elegant Borders Clear Stamp Kit, Sentiment - (Verve)
Paper - Birchtone Light, Wizard Medium and Dark, Champagne Pearl Irridescent (Prismatic)
Ink - Perfect Plum (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories - Flourish (Stampin' UP!), Flower punches (Martha Stewart), Daisy Flower Diecut (Stampin' UP!), Tags 5 (Spellbinders), Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Multi-colored Mini Rhinestones (Zva Creative), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Organdy Ribbon (Offray), Border Punch (Fiskars and Martha Stewart), dimensional tape, Cuttlebug, Flower Ribbon Slide (?)

Monday, May 11, 2009


One of my favorite challenges that I participate in, is when our CCEE group picks a unique user name to feature from Splitcoaststampers. This week Deb picked IMAMUTTNUT (Laurie). Our requirements were to make a card with a dog on it. So I chose to use this sweet Our Craft Lounge troublemaker Pat The Bad Dog, and Pat the Dawg House. I hand drew the fence and colored it all with copics.

The sketch is from the SFYTT sketch, except I moved my sentiment medallion to the right.
To see what the other mutts the girls used today, stop by the CCEE Stampers blog. We'd love to have you participate too.

Well, hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Pat the Bad Dog and Pat the Dawg House (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper - Sassafrass, Prism
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Copics, Cranberry Stitched Ribbon (Stampin' UP!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

In God I Trust!

When I saw this sentiment in Kelley's new set "In God We Trust", from Our Daily Bread Designs, I knew I wanted to make a card that focused strictly on that statement.

I saw a pillow a couple of days ago with this type of color blocking, so I thought I'd make this Clean and Simple. I punched the stars out of each colored panel, embossed them with the Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), and mounted the top panel on top of each of the other colors with dimensional tape. I then added a strip of the sentiment to divide each color and a Multicolored Mini-Rhinestone between the statements. There are Black Candy Dots in the corners also.

It doesn't get much simpler than that. *grin*
Have a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!


Stamps - In God We Trust (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper - Prism
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Star and Corner Tag punch (Stampin' Up!), Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug - ProvoCraft), Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), Dimensional Tape

Friday, May 8, 2009

You Inspire Me...

This is a project that is near and dear to my heart. While I was at CHA with Michelle (Stamper's Dream) and Laurie (Just give me stamps), we saw such fun chipboard books in the Maya Road booth. When I saw this one, I just knew what I would do with it, and Michelle was kind enough to indulge my inspiration and order some of these.

Many of you know that Laurie and I are good friends that actually met through Splitcoaststampers almost 2 years ago. We had an immediate connection and have been close ever since. We've been through a lot these past 2 years with both ups and downs, and through it all she has inspired me in many ways with her strength, hope, faith, and much more. So, I thought I'd make this book highlighting what I admire so much in her and how she inspires me daily.

All the decorative paper used for this book is from the K&Company Line Madeline, and any other paper used is Prismatic. The inks used are either Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress), or Vintage Sepia (Versafine)

So, onto the first page:

Labels IV (Spellbinders)
Vertical and Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Times Roman Upper and Lowercase (JustRite)
EK Success Border Punch
Kaisercraft Wood Flourish
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)
Rose Sheer Ribbon (May Arts)

Page 2:

Grungepaper (Tim Holtz)
Peony Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Rub-ons (My Mind's Eye)
Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Lowercase (JustRite)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Button (My Mind's Eye)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Wood Flourish (Kaisercraft)
Center Flower punch (Carl CarlaCraft)
Copper Pearl (Kaisercraft)

To make the flower, I just rubbed Worn Lipstick and Aged Mahogany (Ranger Distress Ink) directly onto the Grungepaper and ink distressed the edges with Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink). For the leaves I rubbed Frayed Burlap and Pine Needles (Ranger Distress Ink) and then hand cut them.

Page 3:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Long Rectangle Nestabilties (Spellbinders)
Chipboard Bird and Branch (Maya Road)
Border Punch (EK Success)
Buttons (My Mind's Eye)
Rub-ons (My Mind's Eye)

Page 4:

Mini Chipboard Trees (Maya Road)
Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase (JustRite)
Times Roman Lowercase (JustRite)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Organdy Ribbon (Offray)

Page 5:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Invisibles Chipboard Frame (Heidi Swapp)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Roses (Prima)
Brad (Chatterbox Easy Brad Maker)
Rhinestone (K&Company)
Pearls (Kaisercraft)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)

The frame is like an emboss resist, only you don't have to do the embossing. The intricate patterns are already done for you. All I did was rub Frayed Burlap over the whole image, the Vintage Photo around the outer pattern (avoiding the center), and finally edging it with Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Inks).

For the ornate brad, I just took one of the brads for the Build-a-Brad Kit (Chatterbox), and filled the center with a large Rhinestone (K&Company)

Page 6:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Border Punch (Fiskars)
Brad (Chatterbox - Easy Brad Maker)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)
Patterned Ribbon (Chatterbox)
Ornate Die (Cuttlebug)

Whew....that was a long post. Thanks for sticking with me.
To see what the other Dream Team gals have come up with today, click on their names below:
Cindy , Cammie , Michelle, Denise, Kim

Have a fabulous weekend my blogging friends!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Framed Pledge

When I saw these wonderful patriotic images by Our Daily Bread Designs, I knew I wanted the Pledge of Allegiance stamped over the flag. I tried it out different ways, and finally settled on stamping the Pledge on vellum and framing it over a watercolored flag.

Stamps - God Bless America and I Pledge Allegiance
Paper - Vellum, Beach and Pier (Prism Seaside Trio), Blush Red Dark and Simply Smooth (Prism)
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Black (Stazon), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Star Punch (Stampin' Up), Hole punch, Watercolor Crayons (Stampin' Up) Water Brush, Dimensional tape

Check this out!!!
Are you an Anna Griffin fan? Well, you're going to want to check out the Anna Griffin Elegant Borders Clear Stamp Kit found HERE. It has 21 of her best clear border stamps, a chocolate pigment ink pad and a clear stamp mount. I'm blessed to have just received these gorgeous images yesterday and will have some projects to show you soon. In the mean time, go have a look.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Express yourself with JustRite

Kids today are expressing themselves with text messages on cell phones, wallpaper and flares on Facebook, and even tattoos. So I thought it would be fun to make these *old fashioned* looking letter blocks for my daughter to put on her desk to display her mood for that moment. The words that are missing are *unhappy*, and *exhausted*. She loved them and wanted to put them on her desk right away. She should know better than that...they had to be photographed first, of course!!! Duh!! *grin* Kellie Fortin (from JustRite) came up with a clever name for this set of blocks. She calls them the *moodometer*. I like it. *grin*

Now you may wonder about the color and paper choice for a girl. My daughter loves jewelry, even wears make-up on most days, but she hates flowers and pink. She also loves sweatshirts, t-shirts and hats. Not your typical teenage girl I guess. She even hates talking on the phone. I should probably count my blessings on that one...LOL

Anyway...back to the blocks. First I gave the blocks a primer coat of ivory acrylic paint. While they were drying, I stamped the 90 pt Brayton Font letters (JR) with my 1/2" Vertical Stamper (JR) ( I was able to put a different letter on each end...very handy) onto Neenah Natural White, cut them out with the Octagon Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and matted them with the Labels III Nestabilities shape (Spellbinders). The 1" blocks were then covered with the Cosmo Cricket Line "Lil' Man" using Mod Podge, and were ink distressed with Vintage photo (Ranger Distress Ink) to give it that aged look. I then added another coat of Mod Podge. That's it. It's a very simple project, although a bit time consuming with all the steps.

Be sure to check out what the other Dream Team girls have have up with. They have some fabulous ideas. Here's the schedule again:

Monday - Kimberly , Laurie , and Michelle
Tuesday - Charmaine , Michelle, Cammie , and me
Wednesday - Denise , Michelle, and me
Thursday - Cindy , Laurie , and Michelle
Friday - Cindy , Cammie , Michelle, Denise , and me

Stamps - 90 Brayton Complete Font Set (JustRite)
Paper - Lil' Man (Cosmo Cricket), Intense Teal (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Labels III and Octagon Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 9 - 1" blocks, Ivory acrylic paint, Mod Podge, Cuttlebug, Vertical Stamper (JustRite)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Encouragement with JustRite

A dear friend of mine is having a very rough time right now with her health. So I decided to make some encouraging magnets for her to put on her refrigerator. Not only will they remind her that God is there for her, but also that I'm praying for her.

JustRite has some wonderful new products. I LOVE this new Tiny Words and Centers set. It has quite a variety of sentiments. I just stamped the *Have Faith* sentiment on my favorite dp Bella Bella (My Mind's Eye), and framed it with the Blossom Nestabilities Shape (Spellbinders). I then layered that onto the Labels IV Nestabilities (Spellbinders), added some ivory satin ribbon (SU), some pearls (Kaisercraft), and a Mini Multicolored Rhinestone (ZVA) to the little square on the front.

Here are the magnets I included inside. If you'd like a closer view, just click on the photo.
Each magnet was cut with the Labels IV Nestabilities shape (Spellbinders), and was coated with Detail Clear ep (JudiKins). Two also have Mini Multicolored Rhinestones added. Here's a close up of one of the magnets. The stamped rose in the background is from the Basicgrey stamp set Porcelain Avery. The verses are all computer generated.

When I ran the magnet through the cuttlebug with the Labels IV diecut (Spellbinders), it didn't cut completely through. But it was easy to follow with a scissors.

Stamps - Tiny Words and Centers (JustRite)
Paper - BellaBella (My Mind's Eye), Island Mist Dark (Prismatics)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Cuttlebug, Labels IV and Blossom (Nestabilities), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Ivory Satin Ribbon (Stampin' UP!), Mini Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva), Dimensional Tape, Tin Box

Now for my second JustRite project for today. It's quite simple actually. Very easy to make.

The template is shown below. The Image is from one of the new JustRite sets called Girl Time Borders and Centers. I thought this *Shopping* sentiment was perfect for a gift card holder, and I wanted to make it a different shape other than a circle. So I used the Octagon Nestabilities shape instead. The pink paper, Artsy-licious, by Chatterbox has flocked swirls. Love the texture!! I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Simply Smooth cs (Prism), and colored the top of the shoes with my stardust Gellyroll pen (Sakura). I framed the sentiment with Mini Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva)...LOVE these little guys!! Michelle just started carrying them in her Stamper's Dream store, and they are so inexpensive!! 400 gems for $2.49. It doesn't get much better that!! *grin*

Now, my corners were made with the Provencial decorative scissors (Fiskars), and the corner Black Rhinestones are by Kaisercraft. I believe the ribbon is May Arts. I just had it in my stash.

Here's the inside of the Gift Card Holder:

Here's the template I made for the Gift Card base. I just scored at each measurement with my Scor-Pal.

Stamps - Girl Time Borders and Centers set (JustRite)
Paper - Arsy-Liscious (Chatterbox), Black and Simply Smooth (Prism)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Octagon Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Provencial decorative scissors (Fiskars), Rhinestones (Zva and Kaisercraft), Ribon, Scor-Pal, Dimensional Tape

Sorry for the long post. Hope you're having a fabulous week.
Check back often. I have projects lined up for the next 3 days.
Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I'm a bit late posting today. It's Monday and Deb (88Keys - SCS) is in charge of the challenges this month for our CCEE group. This week we were to making a Mother's Day card. To see what the other girls have come up with, head on over the CCEE Stamper's Blog.

This card is rather large. I just took a standard sized piece of black cardstock and folded it in half. The images were stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black and embossed with Clear Detailed ep (JudiKins). The Rhinestones are Kaisercraft, and Multicolored Mini Rhinestones (Zva)

This week is also JustRite Week over at Stamper's Dream. Members of the Design Team will be posting each day this week with May's new JustRite images.

Here's the schedule:
Monday - Kimberly , Laurie , and Michelle

Tuesday - Charmaine , Michelle, Cammie , and me

Wednesday - Denise , Michelle, and me

Thursday - Cindy , Laurie , and Michelle

Friday - Cindy , Cammie , Michelle, Denise , and me

Stamps - Verve
Paper - PTI
Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories - Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Flower Punches (Martha Stewart, Carl CarlaCraft, PunchBunch), flourishes (Stampin' UP!) Rhinestones (Kaiser and Zva), Border Punch (EK Success), Sheer Ribbon
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