Sep 272012

My but a year goes by quickly!

Made this card for one of my newest little granddaughters whose big day is today.  Hopefully it is fairly kid safe with no little rhinestones and bits just in case she eats it!

Making shaped cards is always fun!  I made a template with the measurements to help anyone who may wish to make “one” too!

Here is a quick tutorial of how the designer paper (dp) was put on the front of the card.

Adhesive was placed on the front of the card base.

This was then adhered to the back of the dp making sure to line up the fold on the card base with the edge of the dp.

Finally, I trimmed off all excess dp.

There is still a little time left to play along in my September Sketch Challenge.  An SU stamp set is being offered as some candy!!

Happy Crafting!

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; DCWV The Glitter Mat Stack

Accessories: PTI Satin Ribbon

Sep 242012

This card was made for a couple of challenges this week.  The first is this week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to make a clean and simple project inspired by autumn.

The other challenge is the “Less Is More” Challenge Week #86 to combine and use 3 past challenges.  The weeks I chose were: #15-Embossing, #55-Punches and Dies and #84-One Layer Foliage.  The embossing was achieved by using my leaf die , which coordinates with these beautiful leaf images, to cut some cardboard leaves.  These leaves were then used to emboss the card base.  I used this technique on another card, but on that card I stamped the image first and then embossed.  This time I embossed the leaves first and then stamped the coordinating image.  Both methods seemed to work just fine.

The same die was used to cut the acorn.

The water color look of the images was made by inking up the stamps using different colored markers and then spritzing them with water before stamping.

The Stampin’ Up “Bells & Boughs” stamp set is the blog candy in connection with my Sketch Challenge for September!

If you haven’t seen my Sketch Challenge, check it out HERE.  There is still lots of time to play along!!

Thanks for “dropping” by today!  hehe

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Wonderfall and Day of Gratitude

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream

Inks: SU Really Rust, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Rustic Retreat Ribbon; Sizzix Big Shot Autumn Accents Die

The color challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week is one of my favorite color combinations, so I just had to play along.  Dessert for the challenge was to also make it a Christmas card.

I didn’t have any of the new SU colors named in the challenge, so I got as close as I could using my pink and yellow/green Copics.

This image and sentiment are from Stampin’ Up!’s “Bells & Boughs” stamp set.  This stamp set is the blog candy in connection with my Sketch Challenge for September!

If you haven’t seen my Sketch Challenge, check it out HERE.  There is still lots of time to play along!!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Bells & Boughs

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Pretty In Pink

Inks: Memento “Rich Cocoa”; SU Old Olive; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangles Die


I’m having so much fun with these sketches!  Here is the sketch for September.

And here is my take on it.

The blog candy this month is this brand new Stampin’ Up! “Bells & Boughs” stamp set.  It will be sent to a randomly drawn winner from those who participate in the challenge.

To play just leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be drawn on October 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to participate in the challenge.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

Edited 10/1/12: This Sketch Challenge is now closed.


Stamps: SU Bells & Boughs; Verve O Christmas Tree

Papers: SU Whisper White; PTI Pure Poppy; Daisy D’s Paisley Sugarplum

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Garden Green; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Nestabilities Rectangles and Scalloped Ovals; SU Corner Punch; Brad



Sep 122012

Today’s cards are for this week’s Less Is More Challenge.  The cards needed to be one layer and were to feature “Foliage.”  Texture was given by adding score lines and embossing to the card bases.

Since the only embellishment was a sparkly ribbon, a little interest was created by dotting each of the berries with a white gel pen.

Here is the second card.

A closeup shows the added score lines and embossing on this card as well.

The embossed leaf shape was made by cutting a cardboard template with the leaf die that coordinated with the stamp.  After stamping the image, the leaf template was placed on the cardstock matching it up to the image.  It was then run through my Cuttlebug.

I was having so much fun, that I made one more card with the holly and berry image.  It is dressed up just a bit more with a sparkly brad, some paper piercing and a bright red card base, so it does not qualify for the Less Is More Challenge this week.  But it was fun, nonetheless!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!!


Holly Cards

Stamps: SU Bells & Boughs and Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy

Inks: SU Always Artichoke and Close to Cocoa; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Ribbon (from Michael’s); SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; Brad; Corner Punch; Piercing Template; Paper Piercing Tool

Leaf Card

Stamps: SU Tweet Leaves and Apple Blossoms (sentiment)

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: SU Always Artichoke, Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; SU Autumn Accents Die


Sep 062012

For the past several days my DH and I have been in Las Vegas celebrating our twin granddaughters’ 8th birthday.  On Saturday (their actual birthday!), the girls were baptized.  Of course I had to make them a couple of cards for their big day.

I love this little ark and the sweet sentiment, and felt like a rainbow (computer generated) would be a perfect background for it.

Congratulations, girls.  Love you so much!


Stamps: SU “God Is Love”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Rhinestones; White Satin Ribbon; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs Die; Printer (Rainbow Clip Art)

Sep 012012

My twin granddaughters are 8 years old today.  Their cards this year are identical.

Lots of yummy designer paper was used.  Even the insides are covered with it!

Happy Birthday, sweet sweet girls.


Thanks to everyone who played along in my August Sketch Challenge.  As always, a winner was drawn by placing all the names in a hat.  (I literally do this! lol)  Congratulation to Carol L!!.  I will be emailing you soon to get your snail mail address.  My next sketch challenge will be posted on September 15th.  There will be a beautiful Stampin’ Up! Christmas stamp set up for grabs!!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Aviary; PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Berry Sorbet; Bo Bunny Little Miss Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pretty in Pink; Copic

Accessories: Lace; Satin Ribbon; Rhinestones; Prima Roses; Nestabilities Classic Ovals Dies



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