Saturday, July 31, 2010

You've Got Mail


Hi everyone!  We are headed out for a family reunion this morning so I thought I'd pop in quick to share this cute card I made using the You've Got Mail digital image from KLM Designs.  I've been watching all the birds come and go from our backyard this summer and knew I wanted to make a card using this digital image as soon as I saw it!  I get such a kick out of those crazy birds building a nest in the mailbox.

The card base is Basic Grey layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White.  I embossed Real Red cardstock for the background using my Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls Embossing Folder. For the shadow layer I used Bashful Blue patterned paper from the Stampin' Up Prints Pack. The image was printed on PTI White and colored in using copic markers then die cut and embossed using the Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities. I layered it on to a piece of Basic Grey die cut using the Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities.  To embellish the card I added an antique silver flower brad in each corner.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: You've Got Mail (KLM Designs)
  • Paper: Basic Grey, Real Red, PTI White, Bashful Blue Patterned Paper (Stampin' Up Prints Pack)
  • Ink: Copics B93, R29, YG67, E47, E49, YR24, T2, T4, T8
  • Other: Birds and Swirls Embossing Folder, Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities, Antique Silver Flower Brads, Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hummingbird


Hello, my craft friends!  Today is Thursday which means it's time for another challenge with the Digi Doodle Shop's Best!  This week we were challenged to create a card using die cuts or punches.  I'm loving spellbinders dies lately so I used some of those to create my card.  The beautiful Hummingbird is a digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop.  Don't forget there are only a few days left to save UP to 50% off everything storewide.

As for the my card, the base is a half sheet of Summer Sun cardstock folded in half.  Next I cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of PTI White and created the rest of the card on this layer before attaching to the card base.  On the PTI White I layered a slightly smaller piece of Brown Brazzill the a 1 1/2 x 5 strip of Riding Hood Red cardstock.  I wrapped Gingham ribbon around the PTI White and taped the ends down on the back side.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I die cut and embossed the image using the Classic Scallop Rectangles Small Nestabilities then attached the image to the card base using mounting tape.  I embellished the card by making a beautiful bow with the Gingham Ribbon and attached it to the card base with glue dots.  I also added two small buttons threaded with DMC White in the lower left corner of the image.

Hope you have a humming good day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Hummingbird (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Summer Sun, Riding Hood Red, PTI White, Brown Bazzill
  • Ink: Copics E07, YG63, YG67, Y26, YR24, E44, E47
  • Other: Gingham Ribbon, Buttons, DMC White, Classic Scallop Rectangles Small Nestabilities, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Echinacea Window Box


Hi everyone!!! Before I share today's card creation I wanted to let you know about a new challenge blog kicking off their first challenge on September 5th, Let's Ink It Up. For this challenge blog you'll be called back to your wood block and acrylic roots, no digi images allowed. If you haven't been by there yet you will want to enter for a chance to win some awesome blog candy and check out the design team call.

I went back to my acrylic roots in making this card. The Echinacea Window Box is an acrylic stamp by KLM Designs that I love because the flower overflows the outline and is perfect for cutting out and layering. The layout for this card is inspired by the OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #27.

My card base is a half sheet of Basic Black folded in half. The rest of the card was created on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of PTI White and attached to the card base using mounting tape. On the PTI White I layered a slightly smaller piece of More Mustard Patterned Paper from the Stampin' Up Patterns Pack.

The image was stamped on PTI White in Memento Tuxedo Black using the Echinacea stamp and colored in using copic markers. The background was colored in using an Aqua Painter and the Going Gray Watercolor Wonder Crayon. I cut out the image and layered it on to a 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 piece of distressed Basic Black cardstock.

The strip is a 1 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock. I cut the edges using my Fiskars Deckled Edge Scissors then wrapped 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon around the strip and taped the ends down on the back side. I made a beautiful matching bow and attached it using glue dots. To embellish the card I added a button threaded with DMC White to the center of the bow.

Hope you have a fabulous day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Echinacea Window Box (KLM Designs)
  • Paper: Basic Black, PTI White, More Mustard (Stampin' Up Patterns Pack), Garden Green
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Y15, Y26, YG63, YG67, Going Gray Watercolor Wonder Crayon
  • Other: Aqua Painter, 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Fiskars Deckled Edge Scissors, Edge Distresser, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer By The Sea


Wow, yesterday the weather was beautiful and we had a great time at the zoo.  I love seeing all the animals and could spend hours watching the antics of some of them.  As always, I took tons of photos and don't know what I'll ever do with all of them.  It has been about a year since I've scrapbooked anything but oh well, I'm really loving cardmaking which is my first passion!

Today I have something other than a flower card to share with all of you!  I'm not sure that the sentiment I put on it really goes but I love the card none the less!  My card base is a half sheet of Always Artichoke folded in half.  Next I cut a slightly smaller piece of Bravo Burgundy and layered it with a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of sand colored cardstock by DCWV.  I wrapped white grosgrain ribbon around it to cover the seam and taped both ends down on the back side then attached it to the card base using mounting tape.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Summer By The Sea stamp set and colored in using copic markers.  I sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink along the bottom to resemble sand (looks a little rough though) and Bordering Blue to create the sky.  I also sponged some of the ink along the edges to give them a distressed look.

Next I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black using the For Every Occasion stamp set.  The image was layered on to a slightly larger piece of Always Artichoke cardstock and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I made a bow using the white grosgrain ribbon and added a button threaded with DMC White in the center.

Hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Summer By The Sea (Stampin' Up) and For Every Occasion (CTMH)
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Sand (DCWV) and PTI White
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Bordering Blue and Copics E00, E55, E57, R89, G21, G85
  • Other: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

You Warm My Heart


Hello, my crafty friends!  I'm popping in quick before we run off to the zoo with some close friends of ours.  Today's card was creating using the Tulip digital image from KLM Designs.  I'm trying not to leave all the corners square on my cards these days so on this card I rounded the corners on the image as well as on the outside edges of the card.  I love the softer look and when combined with the scalloped edges on the layers it really looks beautiful.

My card base is a half sheet of Basic Black cardstock folded in half.  Using the Corner Rounder Punch I punched the outside edges only.  I layered this with a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of PTI White with the outside edges also punched with the Corner Rounder Punch.  Next I added Certainly Celery then Groovy Guava finished with the Scallop Edge Punch.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I punched each corner using the Corner Rounder Punch then layered on to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I wrapped the Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon around the image and taped the ends down on the back side before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.

The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on the Groovy Guava cardstock using the Snowy Day stamp set.  To embellish the card I made a beautiful bow with the Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon and attached it with glue dots.  I also added small Kaiser Pearls along the Certainly Celery scalloped edge border.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Tulips (KLM Designs) and Snowy Day (My Favorite Things)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava and PTI White
  • Ink: Copics R02, R22, G82, YG63
  • Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Kaiser Pearls, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lily Of The Valley


Hi everyone!  Welcome back for another weekly challenge with the Digi Doodle Shop's Best.  I'm excited to share with all of you that the Digi Doodle Shop has a special running through the month of July, UP to 50% off everything in the store!!!  As for this weeks challenge... I'm sure whatever you have on your craft table will work because this week ANYTHING GOES.  That's right, so go on and finish up that project (don't forget to add any finishing touches) then follow me on over to the Digi Doodle Shop's Best for lots of fun and inspiration!

For this week's challenge I decided to work with another flower image (surprise, surprise), LOL!!! I love this Lily image from the Digi Doodle Shop! Judy and her mom, Joy make such wonderful digital images that I can't wait to get my hands on all of them!  My card base is Regal Rose and the background layer is Basic Black cardstock embossed using the Fleur De Lis Embossing Folder. To change things up a bit I punched the corners using the Ticket Corner Punch then added a small gold brad in each corner. The shadow layer is two 1 1/4 x 3 3/4 strips of Wild Wasabi cardstock.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I die cut and embossed the image using the Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities then layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Regal Rose cardstock die cut using the Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities.  To embellish the card I added a bow made with 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon and finished it with a button threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a great day, until next time...


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Lily (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, PTI White
  • Ink: Copics RV13, RV19, G82, G99
  • Other: Classic Ovals Large and Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilties, Fleur De Lis Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner Punch, Small Gold Brads, 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Baby Bluebirds


Hi everyone!  This cute card was created using the Baby Bluebirds stamp from Heartfelt Creations although at the time I created it I thought the birds were little sparrows, LOL!  I'll just have to create another card to share later on with the right colors for Baby Bluebirds!  The layout for this card was inspired by this week's OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #26.

The card base is PTI Kraft layered with a slightly smaller piece of Ruby Red then Brown Bazzill cardstock.  The shadow layer is a 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 strip of Wild Wasabi.  I wrapped Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon around the strip and taped the ends down on the backside before attaching to the card base. 

The image was stamped on PTI White in Memento Tuxedo Black using the Baby Bluebirds stamp and colored in using copic markers.  I punched each corner using the Ticket Corner Punch, added a small silver brad in each corner then layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of PTI Kraft before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.

To embellish the card I made a small bow using the Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and attached it using a glue dot.  I also added two red paper flowers and finished them with a small silver brad in the center.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Baby Bluebirds (Heartfelt Creations)
  • Paper: Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi, PTI White, PTI Kraft, Brown Bazzill
  • Ink: Copics E07, E43, E44, E47, G82, G94
  • Other: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Red Paper Flowers, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A HUGE Happy Birthday!


I've had this big Happy Birthday stamp for what seems like forever now and have never used it!  Mainly because I'm always making standard A2 size cards which this baby clearly doesn't fit.  So, instead of trying to use the greeting on the inside of the card I decided to make a square card featuring the seniment on the front.  Wow, was that ever a challenge for me since I rarely ever think to add sentiments on my cards.  I have to say that I love the result and will definitely be adding more sentiments on my cards, obviously not all of them this big though, LOL!!!

My card base is Basic Black and measures 5 3/4 on each side.  The rest of the card was created on a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of PTI White and was attached to the Basic Black using mounting tape.  On the PTI White I layered a slightly smaller piece of Baja Breeze then Generations Patterned Paper.  The shadow layer is a 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Barely Banana cardstock finished on one side using the Eylet Border Punch.  I wrapped 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon around the PTI White and taped the ends down on the back side.

To make the image I first made the blue background paper using PTI White cardstock, Baja Breeze and this fun Wax Resist Background Tutorial.  I completely forgot to crumple the wax paper but as you can see the background still turned out great, LOL!!!  After making the background paper I stamped the HAPPY BIRTHDAY in Memento Tuxedo Black then die cut the sentiment using the Top Note Sizzix Die.  I cut out the sentiment along the dashed line then layered it on to the same die cut from Basic Black cardstock then attached the sentiment to card base using mounting tape.

To embellish the card I made a beautiful bow using the same White Grosgrain Ribbon and attached it using glue dots.  I added a paper flower finished with a Pearl Flower White Acrylic Embellishment.  Below the sentiment I added two large buttons threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a fantastic day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Happy Birthday (Victorine Originals)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Barely Banana, PTI White, Generations (Momenta, A Family Affair Collection)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze
  • Other: Eyelet Border Punch, 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Flower, Pearl Flower White Acrylic Embellishment (Accent Creative Designs), Top Note Sizzix Die, Buttons, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Best Wishes Penguin


Hi everyone!  I have some exciting news to share with all of you!  I've been looking for a blog that lists all the fun challenge blogs out there along with what the current challenge is so I don't have to spend so much time keeping track of it.  Well, the blog may be out there somewhere but I haven't found it just yet and have finally given up looking for it.  Instead I created a sister blog (my dream challenge blog) to do just that myself. 

So I present to you my sister blog, FELINE PLAYFUL.  Each day (or as time allows) I will visit and update the challenge blogs listed.  I'm still in the process of adding challenge blogs as I visit them and read their rules so the list of blogs will grow over time.  If you too love entering your creative projects in as many challenges as possible then FELINE PLAYFUL is purr-fect for you!

Today I have a really fun card to share with all of you!  The little penquin is the Best Wishes Penguin digital image from KLM Designs that is so very easy to color and die cut!!!  I also love the sentiment already included in a circle format around this image.  I had so much fun with this image I printed more and made several of this card to send to Operation Write Home.

The card base is a half sheet of Night Of Navy cardstock folded in half.  Next I cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Blush Blossom cardstock and layered it with a 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Pherris Wheel patterned paper.  I cut a 1 x 3 3/4 piece of PTI White and finished one edge using the Scallop Edge Punch then layered it underneath the patterned paper so the scalloped edge was showing.  Next I wrapped navy ribbon around the Blush Blossom and taped the ends down on the back side.  I added a small antique silver brad in each of the lower corners before attaching this entire layer to the card base.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I die cut and embossed the image using the Standard Circles Small Nestabilities and layered it on to a slightly larger circle die cut from the Blush Blossom cardstock using the Standard Circles Large Nestabilities then Night of Navy die cut using the Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities.  I then attached the image to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I added a bow finished with the a pink button threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a fantastic day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Best Wishes Circle (KLM Designs)
  • Paper: Blush Blossom, Night Of Navy, PTI White, Pherris Wheel (BasicGrey Aged & Confused Collection)
  • Ink: Copics C2, C4, C6, Y11, Y21, R30, R32, E43, E44
  • Other: Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities, Scallop Edge Punch, Ribbon (Offray), Button, DMC White, Small Antique Silver Brads, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

North America Blue Jay


Hi everyone!  Welcome back for another weekly challenge with the Digi Doodle Shop's Best.  This week the challenge is to use up your SCRAPS.  My husband and I are avid bird lovers and really enjoy seeing all the gorgeous birds that come to our backyard.  This past year our first Blue Jay showed up so I couldn't resist making a card with this beautiful Blue Jay digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop.  During the month of July everything over at the Digi Doodle Shop is UP to 50% off and this beautiful Blue Jay digital image is 35% off!

The layout for my card was inspired by the OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #25.  I lengthened the squares to cover the entire card base since I printed the image larger than planned.  My card base is a half sheet of Blue Yonder cardstock folded in half.  I created the rest of the card on a slightly smaller piece of PTI White attached to the Blue Yonder using mounting tape.  On the PTI White I added four scraps of Chocolate Chip cardstock each measuring 1 3/4 x 2 3/8.  I punched the outer edge of each piece using my Ticket Corner Punch then added a small silver brad in each of those corners.

The Blue Jay image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I die cut and embossed the image using my Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities and layered it on to a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock die cut using the Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities.  To embellish the card I added a bow finished with a blue button threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a marvelous day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Blue Jay (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Blue Yonder (DCWV) and PTI White
  • Ink: Copics YG63, YG67, E29, E57, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
  • Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Small Silver Brads, Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities, Offray Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Paper Piercing Tutorial


Hi everyone!  In addition to this beautiful card today I also have a paper piercing tutorial to share with all of you!  The Tulips are a digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop that I love so much I actually printed out several images to color and just need to find more time to transform them all into cards.

My Tulips card base is a half sheet of Basic Black cardstock folded in half.  Next I cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of PTI White and created the rest of the card on it.  On the PTI White I added three 1 1/2 x 3 3/4 strips of Yoyo Yellow cardstock.  The shadow layer is a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock finished on both sides using the Arch Lattice Edge Punch.  I wrapped ribbon around the Wild Wasabi strip and taped the ends down on the back side before attaching to the card base.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I paper pierced around the edges (tutorial below) then layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I added a beautiful bow finished with a black button threaded with DMC White.

PAPER PIERCING TUTORIAL
Paper piercing is a method of decorating paper by inserting a needle through the paper (piercing it) to make a series of small holes that create a design or pattern. There are several paper piercing templates available depending on what design you are looking for. I mostly paper pierce around the edge of my images because I love how it softens the look. When creating landscape or wildlife scenes paper piercing gives the allusion of bringing the edge of the image in a little so the scene no longer looks like it runs off the edge of the paper.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to paper pierce around the edge of your images.

Before we get started, here is a look at the supplies you will need: a mat, paper piercing tool and paper piercing template.  In the photo below my mat and paper piercing tool are from CTMH and the paper piercing template is from Stampin' Up.


Cut your image to the finished size you want to work with leaving a little space around the edge so that you don’t paper pierce the image itself. Lay the image on the mat and place the template over the image lining up the template so that the gridlines are lined up with the edge of your cardstock. This will ensure that your pierced holes are even all the way around the image. Push the paper piercing tool into each hole in the outside row of holes around the edge of the cardstock. When you complete one side simply turn the image, line up the template again and continue until you’ve pierced holes all the way around the image.


When you are finished paper piercing the image should look like this.


Some fun variations are to pierce designs in the corners (triangles, photo corners, etc.) or to pierce two rows around the image. Wherever your creativity takes you, hope you have lots of fun!

Thanks for coming by... hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Tulips (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Wild Wasabi and PTI White
  • Ink: Copics YG17, YG67, Y08, YR23
  • Other: Arch Lattice Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Vision Of Beauty


Hi, my crafty friends!  Hope you are having a great weekend so far!  We spent all day yesterday with my in-laws.  No card games for us this time, we took the pontoon boat out on the lake and had lots of fun soaking up the sun and fishing.  If you've ever ridden on a pontoon boat before you know how slow they are compared to fishing or speed boats. 

Well, when we finally got all the way across the lake to the fishing spot a storm cloud rolled in with lightning, thunder and heavy rain so we had to go all the way back across the lake and park at the boat landing dock until the storm cloud rolled over.  Then when it finally did... we slowing made our way all the way back across the lake again to our fishing spot.  Gave us lots of time to talk and catch up, LOL!!!  And yes, we did catch lots of sunfish and had lots of fun together!

Today I want to share with you another card I made from the Generations patterned paper I've been working on using up.  My card base is a half sheet of Basic Black folded in half.  I created the rest of the card on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Baja Breeze cardstock attached to the card base using mounting tape.  On the Baja Breeze I layered a slightly smaller piece of Generations patterned paper then a 2 x 4 strip of Barely Banana cardstock finished on one side using the Scallop Edge Punch.  I wrapped ribbon around the Baja Breeze and taped the ends down on the back side.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Sweet Of You stamp set and colored in using copic markers.  I paper pierced around the edges then layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I made a beautiful bow and added small Kaiser Rhinestones along the scalloped edge.

Hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Sweet Of You (Stampin' Up)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Barely Banana, PTI White and Generations (Momenta, A Family Affair Collection)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Y32, R39, BG72, BG75
  • Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Kaiser Rhinestones, Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beach Globe


This card has me wanting to make a trip to the beach! Anyone live near the ocean... I'll pack my bags lightning quick and be on my way, LOL!!! The Beach Globe is another fun digital image I got from KLM Designs. I had stamped and cut out the letters KLM and attached them to the globe base but then thought... if I send this card to OWH what are the chances that someone will have the initials KLM and want to send this back home so I took the letters back off again. It is the thought that counts, right!

As for my card, the base is PTI Kraft layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then Chocolate Chip cardstock. I embossed a 2 x 4 strip of Buckaroo Blue cardstock using the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder then cut one edge using the Wave Scissors before attaching to the card base.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers. I punched each corner using the Ticket Corner Punch then layered on to a slightly larger piece of PTI Kraft. I added a small copper brad in each corner before attaching to the card base using mounting tape. To embellish the card I added three brown buttons threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have lots of fun at the beach this summer!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Beach Globe (KLM Designs)
  • Paper: Buckaroo Blue, Chocolate Chip, PTI White and PTI Kraft
  • Ink: Copics R24, R46, B91, B95, E43, E44, E47
  • Other: D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder, Wave Scissors, Small Copper Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Buttons, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mother Bird and Babies


Hi everyone!  This week the Digi Doodle Shop's Best were challenged to create a card with texture.  There are many fun ways to add texture to your card and I decided to go with my favorite... embossing folders.  I created this cute card using the Mother Bird and Babies digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop.  My husband and I love watching birds and have created an awesome bird oasis in our backyard.  A couple times now we have had a Robin nest in our backyard so I used these photos as inspiration to color the image.


My card base is PTI Dark Chocolate layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then Wild Wasabi cardstock texturized using the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder. The orange strip was made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock using my brand new Die-namics Jumbo Ric Rac die from My Favorite Things.

The Mother Bird and Babies digital image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I paper pierced around the edges then layered on to a slightly larger piece of PTI Dark Chocolate cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I added two flower buttons threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Mother Bird and Babies (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, PTI White and PTI Dark Chocolate
  • Ink: Copics Y26, YR14, YG63, YG67, E43, E44, E47
  • Other: Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder, Die-namics Jumbo Ric Rac, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Buttons, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tulip Town


Hi everyone!  Today's card was created using this beautiful Tulips digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop.  I actually have several more colored waiting to be transformed into beautiful cards but those will have to wait for another day.  The layout for this card was inspired by the OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #24.  I turned the sketch on it's side and enlarged the shadow layer to cover the bottom portion of the card.

My card base is a half sheet of Green Galore cardstock folded in half. I created the rest of the card on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of PTI White and attached it to the card base using mounting tape. On the PTI White I layered two pieces each 1 3/4 x 5 of background paper I created using PTI White cardstock, Elegant Eggplant ink and this fun Wax Resist Background Tutorial. The shadow layer is a 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 piece of Green Galore cardstock. I wrapped White Grosgrain Ribbon around the PTI White and taped the ends down on the back side.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I paper pierced around the edges then layered on to a slightly larger piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I made a bow with the White Grosgrain Ribbon and attached it using glue dots.  I tried to align the bow so it would sit over the strip of ribbon I added earlier.  To finish off the card I added two large Kaiser Rhinestones in the upper corner of the image.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Tulips (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Green Galore, Elegant Eggplant, PTI White
  • Ink: Copics YG17, YG67, V09, V15
  • Other: Wax Resist Background Tutorial, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Kaiser Rhinestones, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless America


Happy 4th of July everyone!  Hope you are enjoying this long holiday weekend!  My husband has to work some of the weekend so we are hanging out near home.  I'm having lots of fun bird watching, stamping and playing along in the OWH Independence Day Blog Tour.  Today I'm sharing another card I made in honor of America's 234th Birthday.  This gorgeous Eagle digital image was created by the founder and president of Operation Write Home, Sandy Allnock, for all the cardmakers to use in making cards for OWH.  Thank you, Sandy, for all the awesome digital images!

Today's card base is Basic Black layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI Cream then Starlight patterned paper.  The black shadow layer is a 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of Basic Black die cut and embossed using the Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small Nestabilities.  The other shadow layer is a 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of paper pierced PTI Cream. 

The Eagle digital image was printed on PTI Cream using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I cut out the image and attached it to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I punched out stars from Cranberry Crisp cardstock using the Star Punch and attached them to the card base using medium black brads.  I love how this card turned out and think it is the perfect patriotic card in honor of our great nation!

Hope you are having a great weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Eagles (Sandy Allnock for OWH)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Cranberry Crisp, PTI Cream, Starlight (Pink Paislee)
  • Ink: Copics B91, YR23, E17, E29
  • Other: Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small Nestabilities, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Star Punch, Medium Black Brads, Mounting Tape

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Patriotic Audrey


Hello, my crafty friends!  This weekend Operation Write Home is celebrating America's 234th Birthday with an Independence Day Blog Tour over on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog!  To join in the fun simply create any Birthday themed card then head on over to the OWH Stars and Stamps blog to enter your card.  While you are there don't forget to check out all the activity on the new forum and the OWH facebook page.  There are lots of fun games and prizes going on throughout the weekend!!!

This is one of the cards I made in honor of America's 234th Birthday!  The image, Patriotic Audrey, is a digital image sponsored by The Stamping Boutique for last week's OWH Stars and Stamps Midweek Challenge.  I'm a little slow in getting my card made for the midweek challenge as always.

My card base is as a half sheet of Night Of Navy cardstock folded in half.  The rest of the card was created on a 4 x 5/14 piece of Cranberry Crisp cardstock and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  On the Cranberry Crisp I layered a slightly smaller piece of American Stars patterned paper then a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 strip of Cranberry Crisp.  I wrapped 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon around the Cranberry Crisp and tied the ends down on the back side.  The two 1 x 1 1/2 tan strips are DCWV cardstock.

The image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Night Of Navy cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I punched two stars from the DCWV cardstock using the Star Punch and added a small white star brad in the center before attaching to the card base with glue dots.  I also made a bow with the 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon and attached it above the image also using glue dots.

I hope you enjoy the long holiday weekend, whatever you end up doing!  Hopefully the weekend involves time with those you love and lots of stamping!!!  Thanks for stopping by!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Patriotic Audrey (The Stamping Boutique)
  • Paper: Night Of Navy, Cranberry Crisp, PTI White and American Stars (Reminisce)
  • Ink: Copics E00, R01, E07, E55, E57, B99
  • Other: Star Punch, Small Star Brads, 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
CHALLENGES:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Beautiful Swan


Hi everyone!  I have to admit that I fell in LOVE with this beautiful stamp as soon as I saw it.  The Swans are a digitial image from the Digi Doodle Shop and the card was created for this week's Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #14 to use Circles or Dots on your card.  After I finished the card I realized I could have used my Swiss Dots Embossing Folder on the background to go along with this week's challenge but oh well, it's a little late now, LOL!

My card base is a half sheet of Basic Black cardstock folded in half.  The rest of the card was created on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock attached to the card base using mounting tape.  I love doing this because it gives the card a lot of dimension.  On the Wild Wasabi I layered a slightly smaller piece of PTI White embossed using the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder.  I went with this embossing folder thinking to make the background look like water.

The shadow layer is a 1 3/4 x 4 strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock distressed on all sides.  The Swans image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I die cut and embossed the image using my Standard Circles Large Nestabilities then layered the image on to a piece of Basic Black die cut using the Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilites.  The image was then attached to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I made a bow using 5/8" Whtie Satin Ribbon and finished it off with a black button threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a beautiful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Swans (Digi Doodle Shop)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, PTI White
  • Ink: Copics B91, B95, E47, G94
  • Other: D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder, Standard Circles Large Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Edge Distresser, Satin Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape