Today I took a trip to my local craft store to pick up some glue dots.  Seriously, I can NEVER go into a craft store and just get adhesives.  This visit was no exception because I left with some beautiful mulberry flowers and gorgeous flocked papers, too.


And after seeing the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, I knew I was going to play with some of my new stuff immediately!


Have a great weekend and HAPPY CRAFTING!!


Stamps: SU! ‘Elegant Cheer’

Papers: SU! Real Red and Basic Black; DCWV ‘La Creme Bottom Edge Black Flock’

Inks: Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’

Accessories: Petaloo ‘Mulberry Street Flower’; May Arts Ribbon


Cards for Heroes

Have you ever been to Viva Las Vegastamps?  What a fun store.  On my last trip to Vegas to see my granddaughters, one of my sons took me downtown to shop for a few of their unique sometimes quirky sometimes beautiful always fabulous stamps!  I came away with some WONDERFUL images.  Here is one of them.


This large palm tree image makes creating so quick and easy.  For these scenes I first inked the trees with Memento’s Tuxedo Black Ink and VersaMark together.  More embossing powder sticks to the image when VersaMark is added before stamping.  I have two VersaMark pads, a clean one and an inky one.  After putting the black ink on the stamp, I pressed it onto the inky VersaMark pad and then stamped the image out onto card stock.  I then embossed with a black embossing powder, masked the moon or sky area with a punched circle and brayered away.  A few highlights were added to the trees and “water” with a white gel pen on the night scene.


If you have never brayered before and would like to give this technique a try, visit Michelle Zindorf’s blog, “Freedom in Creating”.  She is most definitely the QUEEN of brayering and has many tutorials and endless inspiration there.

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Viva Las Vegastamps “Palm Forest”; SU! “Thoughts & Prayers”

Papers for Sunset Card: SU! Summer Sun and Basic Black
Papers for Moonlight Card
: SU! Whisper White and Basic Black

Inks for Sunset Card: SU! Yoyo Yellow, More Mustard, Pumpking Pie, Really Rust, Basic Black and VersaMark
Inks for Moonlight Card
: SU! Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black and VersaMark

Accessories for Sunset Card: SU! Black Embossing Powder, GG Ribbon, Grommet and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
Accessories for Moonlight Card: SU Black Embossing Powder, Hemp and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; White Gel Pen

I’m over at the CLASSroom today using my Ranger Distress Ink Pads for a fun technique.


Hope you can come on over and check it out!


Today’s Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers comes from a fun pillow company called Bonjour Mon Coussin.  Here is the pillow that inspired me.


I recently saw a tutorial on Dawn’s (Flowergal36) blog “My Stamping Thyme” for these wonderful little quilled roses.  I decided to give them a try.  Dawn has written a great tutorial that was so easy to follow.  Thank you, Dawn!

The only thing I did slightly different was to reverse the order of the circle punches.  It is easier for me to punch the smaller hole first and then center it in the middle while punching the larger hole.


Since I don’t have a quilling tool, I used her suggestion and directions for making one out of a paper clip.  It worked great!



I cut up and used a couple of SU!’s green felt flowers for the leaves.


I just love trying something new and these little lovelies were so easy and such fun.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


All products used for this card are sold by Stampin’ Up!.

Stamps: “Baroque Motifs”, “Together Forever”

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, “Taste of Textiles”

Ink: Jet Black StazOn

 Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1/4″ Circle Punch, So Saffron Poly Twill, Small Flatback Pearls, Felt Flowers

May 072009

From the moment I saw this fabulous chair from Flourishes “Chairs for You” set, I knew I had to have it.  And with paper piecing being such a favorite technique of mine,  I couldn’t wait to pair it with these wonderful Mini Papers by Jenni Bowlin.


I colored, paper pieced, cut out and then mounted each chair onto the card with dimensionals.



I love this beautiful wide May Arts Crochet Ribbon, too.  How could I not!?!  lol



The sentiment is also from the “Chairs for You” set.  It has been divided between the front and inside of the card.


A little sparkle was added to each chair with my Stardust Glitter Pen.  Gotta have my sparkle fix!


Here are the Copics I used to color in the chairs. The final colors of the chairs vary depending simply on the order in which the color was applied and the amount of each color applied.


And because the chairs are cutout and designer paper covers areas not colored in, it was SO EASY to color because I didn’t have to worry about going outside of any of the lines!  Doesn’t get better than that!!

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: FLLC “Chairs for You”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Real Red; Jenni Bowlin Mini Papers

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: May Arts Crochet Ribbon; GG Ribbon; Kaiser Flatback Pearls;

It’s May already!?!  Well I never posted April’s calendars for my sisters (they were sent in time) and now I have May’s calendar all delivered as well.

So here is April’s calendar.



I just can’t resist a little sparkle!  lol


And here are the Copic Markers used.


Then there’s May’s calendar.



Again, I just had to add a little sparkle to the flowers.


Here at the Copics used for the May calendar.


This is turning out to be such a fun project.  And I hear from my sisters each month now, too, of how much they are enjoying receiving them.


Happy Crafting!



Stamps: SU! Flower of the Month

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Basic Black, Cameo Coral, Watercolor

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke; Copics; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch; May Arts Scalloped Edge Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon; Flatback Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case


Stamps: SU! Flower of the Month

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics; SU! Garden Green Marker; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Organdy, Satin and Gingham Ribbons; Primas; Flatback Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

This weekend Ellen Hutson, LLC is having a Spring Fling offering 15% off of everything currently offered in her store!!  This includes the new Lockhart Stamps just released!  And if you visit the CLASSroom you will find a Sketch Challenge and Blog Candy all part of the celebration.  My Sketch Challenge card can be found there, too.


Hope you can join in on the fun!

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