It’s Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers (SCS)!  If you’re a Fan Club Member, this is your chance to play along with Dirty Girls, past and present, in a ton of fun challenges.  We’d love to have you join us!  There are 33 challenges to choose from.  Play one or play them all!  (And if you’re not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one!)

I’m so happy to be hosting one of these challenges today.  Here is the card I created to serve as a sample for it.  You can find my challenge on SCS here.


I love the stamps from this Flourishes “Summer Botanicals” set.  The image was made by coloring directly onto the stamp with water based markers and then lightly spritzing the stamp with water before stamping.  The image was lightly filled in here and there with a few Copic MarkersFlower Soft was added to the herb’s blossoms.  After cutting out the flower pot and part of the plant, the flower pot was shaped/rounded and adhered with foam tape.  It was placed on the back in the middle of the bend to give the flower pot some dimension.


The second card was made as a sample for Dawn Burnworth’s (flowergal36) DTGD Challenge.  Here is Dawn’s challenge.


The butterfly image is from Hero Arts “Antique Engraving”.  Coloring was done with Copic Markers, and Stickles was added to the butterfly bodies for some sparkle.


For anyone interested, I have made a template for this 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ butterfly card.  If it is saved and then opened and printed as a jpg from Adobe Photoshop, I believe it will print to that size.


Hope that you can join in on the DTGD fun over at Splitcoaststampers.  Happy Crafting!


Herb Card

Stamps: Flourishes Summer Botanicals

Papers: PapertreyInk Vintage Cream, Spring Moss and Ocean Tides; SU! Really Rust; Basic Grey Oliver Designer Paper

Inks: SU! Markers Pretty in Pink, Really Rust, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; Copics:



Accessories: Flower Soft Raspberry Fizz and Glue; SU! Photo Corners Punch and Hemp Twine

Butterfly Card

Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engraving ; Savvy Stamps Happy Birthday

Papers: PapertreyInk Select White, Aqua Mist and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Basic Black Marker; White Gel Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Prima Say It in Pearls with Flowers; May Arts Black Silk Ribbon; Ranger Stickles

Jul 172010


By now most of you have probably heard that Cornish Heritage Farms is closing up shop.  So today I’m over in the CLASSroom with a couple of cards using some of the CHF stamps that as of this typing are still available in Ellen’s Store.  And they are on sale at 50% off the original price!  Hope you can stop on by.

Happy Crafting!

Hmmm…  When it comes to submitting cards to a certain paper crafting magazine for possible publication, it is becoming obvious that someone is clueless as to what it is that that paper crafting magazine is looking for!

Anyway on a completely unrelated story *wink*wink*, I thought I would share a couple of random cards today.  No particular reason why except that they just happen to be laying around… you know… with no particular purpose.  Okay, okay.  Yeah a couple more rejects!  LOL!!


The lace on the house is hand crocheted antique lace that Sharon Johnson‘s grandmother made.  Sharon (notimetostamp) sent me a box of such treasures a couple of years ago.  She is so amazing!


On this second card, the tag is separate and removable from the vellum pocket.

I’ve been busy this week getting ready for Splitcoaststampers upcoming Dare to Get Dirty week!  Hope you can join in on any or all of the fun challenges that SCS’s Dirty Girls past and present have been planning.  Read all about it here.  (Pssst…  I’ll be hosting a sketch challenge on Monday, July 19th.  Hope you’ll join me.  I promise not to reject a single creation!)

Happy Crafting!


Reject Random Card #1

Stamps: Hero Arts “A Simple House” and “Mi Casa”

Papers: PapertreyInk “Vintage Cream”, SU! “Handsome Hunter”, Graphic 45 Designer Paper “On the Boardwalk”

Inks: SU! “Handsome Hunter”, “Ruby Red” and “Creamy Caramel”

Accessories: Tim Holtz Grungeboard Keys; Rhinestones; Organdy Ribbon, Elastic Cording, Antique Hand Crocheted Lace

Reject Random Card #2

Stamps: Hero Arts “Stencil Art” and “Hello Birdie”

Papers: PapertreyInk “Select White”, “True Black” and “Pure Poppy”

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: Martha Stewart Edger Punch; Kaiser Flatback Pearl; Brads; Gingham Ribbons; Silk Flower

Jul 102010

Today’s card was made for a couple of different challenges.  A sweet blogging friend, Elena, has begun a new monthly challenge on her blog The Red Haired Girl.  This month’s challenge was to use “Funky Patterns”.  Being a complete patterned paper junkie, I had hundreds of choices to choose from.  (Actually, this is not an exaggeration!!)smileyastonished1ani.gif

However, I settled on these two designs from Basic Grey’s “Max and Whiskers” designer paper pack.


This set “Cats Galore” from Inkadinkadoo, has a particular image that looks a lot like the old tomcat with whom I grew up.  Wilbur and I were roughly the same age.  He lived a pretty long life for a cat and was around until I was a senior in high school.


The other challenge is the “Inchie Card Sketch #8” and can be found over on the Inchie Inkling.  After making the card, I’m not so sure I really followed the sketch completely.  Here’s hoping the sketch police don’t find me!  hehe

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Inkadinkadoo “Cats Galore”

Papers: Memory Box “Water”; PaperTreyInk “True Black”; Basic Grey “Max & Whiskers” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pack

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics:


Accessories: Inchie Arts Inchies; SU! Buttons; SU! Photo Corners Punch; Puffed Floral Ribbon

Ellen Hutson, LLC is saying goodbye to Cornish Heritage Farms with a HUGE sale.  All CHF inventory is 40% off!  If you’ve been wanting some CHF stamps, NOW is the time to head on over there while supplies last.

My first card today is for this week’s Sketch Challenge #288 over on Splitcoaststampers.  I used CHF’s “The Ranch” to make the scene.


Not sure what this cowboy is doing… rounding up stray sprockets I guess.  But it all seemed kinda guy-ish, so I went for it!  hehe


A few months ago I made my first attempt at submitting to a paper crafts magazine for publication with a couple of cards.  Well neither card was accepted, but I still thought I would share them here on my blog the rejects that they are!  LOL!!

The Lined Paper Backgrounder stamp used on the first card was from Cornish Heritage Farms.  (I went to link it to Ellen’s store and it’s already gone!)


Some of the fish were popped up on foam tape, and all the fish are behind some clear cardstock.


The second card used a CHF scrapblock called “Vintage Text” stamped over the embossed leaves.


This post shows how I made the embossed leaves background.


Hope everyone has a great day.  Thanks for dropping by today.

Happy Crafting! smileyscrapperani.gif


The Ranch Card:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “The Ranch” and “Everyday Petites”

Papers: Neenah “Classic Cream”; Memory Box “Blue Poppy” and “Vanilla Bean”; Graphic 45 “A Proper Gentleman”; Basic Grey “Basics Kraft”

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics:




Accessories: Circle Nestabilities; Tim Holtz idea-ology “Sprocket Gears”; Linen Thread

Back to School Card:

Stamps: Rosie’s Roadshow “Flo”; Hero Arts “September” and “Woodgrain”; Cornish Heritage Farms “Lined Paper Backgrounder”

Papers: Papertrey Ink “Select White”, “Vintage Cream” and”Pure Poppy”; Crystal Clear Cardstock

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics:


Accessories: Circle Nestabilities; Screw Brads; McGill Pine Punch; Painted Wooden Apple; Twine

Autumn Card:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “Vintage Scrapblock”; Inkadinkadoo “Trees& Leaves”; Flourishes “Autumn”

Papers: Papertrey Ink “Vintage Cream” and “True Black”; Graphic 45 “A Proper Gentleman”

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black” and “Rich Cocoa”; SU! “Old Olive”; Serenade “Red Shades”

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Leaves” Die; Ellen Hutson Craft-a-board; Button; Silk Ribbon; SU! Scalloped Punch

True or False? It’s a great time of the year to craft with your kids.  True!  And to help you get some of those crafty items, Ellen Hutson is having a 10% discount in her store!


How about having some Summer fun and making bookmarks using Basic Grey’s “Max & Whiskers” designer paper.  Use the actual paper pad cover, too.   The cover is adorable.  It shows a sampling of the different paper patterns and is thicker than the paper contained inside.  And, the back cover is even thicker than the front.  When used together with a couple pieces of the designer papers, you can make a sturdy but not too thick bookmark.


After removing the papers, a narrow strip may need to be cut away from the top of the front cover to eliminate any glue that did not come off with the paper.


On the bookmarks that I made today I used some of the Max & Whiskers “Gummies”.  These are coordinating rubber stickers and are so cute.


And get this… I used some Inchies to make a topper for each bookmark.  *Shocker* I know!!  They were colored with a Copic marker (any kind of marker will do if you prefer that your kids not ruin… er-r-r-r  I mean use your Copics).  A small hole was punched on each Inchie which was easy to do using a Crop-a-dile, and a couple of twill ribbons were threaded through.  By pulling the end threads on the twill, a small fringe was created.  Then one of those sweet Gummies was applied to each topper.


Mod Podge was used to adhere the bookmark pieces together while also giving them a protective coating.  Martha Stewart’s Alphabet Punch Set supplied some added fun as the words “dog” and “cat” were spelled out and placed onto the wet Mod Podge.


And all those extra little letters can be stored for some future crafty day.  The kids will use them.  They love to spell things out… especially their names.


A top coat of the Mod Podge was the finishing touch along with two more Gummies on the back side of the bookmarks.  So fun!


These will be great for the kids to use, exchange with friends or give to their teachers as gifts.  And who knows, maybe it will encourage them to read a good Summer story or two or mark a couple of adventurous science experiments to try.




Happy Crafting!


Papers: Basic Grey Max & Whiskers Designer Paper; Memory Box Vanilla Bean Cardstock

Inks: Copic bg05.jpg

Accessories: Basic Grey Max & Whiskers Gummies; Martha Stewart Alphabet Punch Set; Inchie Arts Inchies; Orange and Antique Gold Twill Ribbons; Crop-a-dile; Mod Podge

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