Mar 022015

So is this bird cute or what!

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The grass was added and the little bird was colored with Copics.  A black Copic was also used to color the edges of the image circle and sentiment strip.

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The miniature doily was made using a Spellbinder’s die and cutting it from a larger doily.  LOVE how it turned out!

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Here is the card with some pearls added across the top of the patterned paper.  Too much?  Do they distract from the cute little image or just add to all the fun dots and circles that abound?  What do you think?

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Entered into some fun challenges:

Splitcoaststamper’s Clean and Simple – CAS314: “For the Birds”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: “Anything Goes”

CAS Colours & Sketches – #113: Sketch
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: BoBunny Doily; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif Die

There’s a great sketch for this week’s challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I played along.

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The embossing, sponging and piercing was done using an embossing folder and piercing template.  Using the piercing template as a stencil, ink was sponged on the embossed areas.

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This card is also entered into a couple of other challenges:

 Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Pick a Fave”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Fancy Pants “Happy-Go-Lucky” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral

Accessories: Cuttlebug Plus Embossing Folder and Piercing Template “Blooming Bouquet”; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; SU Button “Designer Naturals”; Corner Rounder Punch

Oct 252014

Finally ordered some fun and beautiful Christmas sets from Stampin’ Up.  I couldn’t decide which set to use first until I checked out this week’s Inspiration Challenge over at SplitcoaststampersThis was one of the first pictures that I saw, and the decision was made… “Partridge & Pears”, of course!!

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Are partridges blue?  Well, this one is! Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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This card is also playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Anything Goes”.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Partridge and Pears”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; Echo Park “Very Merry Christmas” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Washi Tapes; Spellbinders “Lacy Circles” Die

Sep 022014

Sometimes the crafting is put on hold, and that’s what happened this summer.  Besides moving (again), I learned to surf!!  What FUN (the surfing.. not the moving)!!

Now I’m getting back to crafting and starting on some Christmas card designs.  Here’s one that is playing along in today’s color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.

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The ornament image is from the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog.  I’ve colored it with Copics.

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This card is also playing along in a new challenge on Tracy’s blog called the Monday Mood Board.  Just love the colors and the black and white and gray leafy images in the Monday Mood Board Challenge #2.

This second card uses a new (to me) stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

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Gotta have a little glitter here and there!

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So glad that I’m finally getting going on some Christmas cards.  Have a long way to go, but at least it’s a start.

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Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Christmas Bauble”; Flourishes “Sleigh Ride”

Papers: PTI Select White and Berry Sorbet

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi; Rhinestone

Card 2:

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse Stamps “Festive Foliage”; Flourishes “Sleigh Ride”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pinefeather

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter and Basic Black

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp “Ornament on a String” Stencil; We R Memory Keepers Washi; Stickles “Xmas Red”; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; SU Piercing Template “Essentials”; Red Elastic Cord

Aug 022014

Today starts the week long Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers.  I’m excited to be hosting a CHALLENGE again this year.  If you are a Fan Club Member, I hope you will come on over and check out all the fun.  Plus there are some fabulous prizes offered!!    If you’re not a member, its not too late to join and then play along, too!

Happy Crafting!  Hope to see you there!!
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Stamps: SU ‘The Great Outdoors’ and Verve ‘Birthday Bash’

Papers: PTI Select White and Ripe Avocado; BoBunny ‘Camp-a-lot” DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Twill Ribbon; Rope Twine; 1″ Square Punch

Jun 122014

It’s almost Father’s Day!  Here are a couple of designs that are for three of the special men in my life.

The front card is for my father-in-law.  It will be delivered in person this Sunday.

The Spellbinder’s Labels Two Die was used to emboss around the tractor.  Then, leaving the die in place as a mask, a light blue ink was sponged around the outside.

The card will be playing along in Splitcoaststamper’s Thursday Challenge WT483 to use twine or rope.

The other two cards are for my sons.

It’s been crazy times here at home so crafting has had to be put on the back shelf.  But I was finally able to use some “new” stamps, a punch and embossing folder that had yet seen any action.  YEAH!!

Both card designs are entering the:
“Father’s Day” challenge at The Male Room and
“For the Boys” challenge at Papertake Weekly Challenge.

Hope everyone else gets some crafty time, too!
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Tractor Card

Stamps: SU “Harvest Blessings” and “Itty Bitty Backgrounds”; Inkadinkado “95590-MM”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and New Leaf

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Bordering Blue; Copics:

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Paper; SU Linen Thread; Spellbinders Labels Two Die

Black and White Cards

Stamps: SU “Banner Blast”; Great Impressions “C322”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Banner Punch and “Stripes” Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Labels Two Dies; Decorative Brad

Jan 072014

Here’s another CAS card for Christmas 2014!  My goal is to make at least a couple of Christmas cards each month between now and October. Then during the holiday crunch time I will already have several designs to choose from to mass produce.  It’s the designing and not the producing that seems to take the most time for me.  That’s the theory anyway!

The tree image is a stamp that I have had for years but haven’t used for sometime.  But because chevrons are so trendy right now, the image seems very up-to-date!   This card works for a challenge to use chevrons that is over at Crazy for CAS.  Not only are the trees themselves chevrons, but the strip of designer paper incorporates them as well.

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Working along with my goal to make at least a couple of Christmas cards each month, there is a Fan Club challenge at Splitcoaststampers to do exactly that!  This month’s challenge “New…with the Old” is to “grab and dust off some of your “older” stuff and make it new again.
Well… this “old” image just turned into chevron trees!

Also to motivate with the Christmas card creations is the Weekly Christmas Card Challenges found at Sparkle Creations.  My card works in this week’s challenge there, too.

Christmas Card Challenges #6 – No Coloring

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Sign Language”; Three Trees Stamp (Unknown)

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Sage Shadow; My Mind’s Eye “Stella & Rose Hazel”

Inks: SU Handsome Hunter and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Pearls

 

I love this graceful cardinal image from the “Warmth & Wonder” set.

The arched top on the red card’s image panel was made by trimming off three sides from a panel made with a Nestabilities Labels #10 die.  (I used this particular die as it was “handy”, but I’m pretty sure just a regular oval shaped die would have worked just as well.)

The stamp was colored with SU markers, stamped and then shaded with Copics.  A teeny tiny bit of Stickles was added to the berries  on both cards.

There is an elegant deer image in this set, too.

To play along in this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers to “tear or distress”, one of the cards is distressed using SU’s Creamy Caramel ink.

Whether left clean or distressed, I love this embossing folder paired with the simplicity of the deer image and sentiment.

One of the cards follows the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches #109 Challenge this week.

This is one of my favorite embossing folders from SU.  Love the look of the texture right on the image and sentiment.

To add some sparkle on the final card, Stickles was added around the deer’s neck.

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The winner of the “Merry Christmas” sentiment stamp by Stampabilities was post #6 – Bensarmom . Congrats, Bensarmom!! I will be emailing you to get your snail mail addy.


Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


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Stamps: SU “Warmth & Wonder”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; SU Handsome Hunter; Graphic 45 “French Country” DP; My Mind’s Eye “Christmas Wish” DP

Inks: SU Handsome Hunter, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Basic Black and Creamy Caramel; Copics:

Accessories: Stickles “Christmas Red”; Grosgrain Ribbon; Glitter Ribbon; Snowflake Eyelets; Couture Creations Annalee Embossing Folder; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Die, Nestabilities Labels #10 Die and Floral Doily Motifs Die

Jul 272013

Today starts the week long Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers, and I’m excited to be hosting a CHALLENGE again this year.  If you are a Fan Club Member, I hope you will come on over and have some creative fun.  If you’re not, its not too late to JOIN and then play along, too!  Oh, yes, I forgot… THERE ARE LOTS OF AWESOME PRIZES!!


Happy Crafting!  Hope to see you there.

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Stamps: SU “Flower Shop” and “Postage Collection”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “French Country” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Ruby Red

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; KaiserCraft Pearls, Brads, Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders One” Die; SU Pansy Punch

Mar 282013

Each month Splitcoaststampers hosts a Christmas Card Challenge in the Fan Club Forum.  I decided to play along for the month of March.  Hopefully this will get me going again with some creations for this year’s cards.

It is so nice to have a collection of Christmas cards all ready to go once the holiday season arrives.

Card 1:

Stickles was added to all of the flowers’ centers for some sparkle.

Card 2:

Here’s some faux stitching just for fun.

Card 3:

A little bit of the image was cut out to give that out-of-the-box look.

If you are a member of the Fan Club over at Splitcoaststampers, come join the fun and get those Christmas cards started!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Rubber Soul “Merry Christmas”; SU “Sanded”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Bravo Burgundy
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape

Card 2:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Rubber Soul “Merry Christmas”; SU “Aida Cloth”
Papers: PTI Select White: SU Not Quite Navy
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape; Piercing Tool and Template

Card 3:
Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Glow”; Art Impressions “Merry Christmas”; SU “Aida Cloth”
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Bravo Burgundy; My Mind’s Eye “Oliver” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Stickles; Masking Tape

 

 

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