Wednesday, April 15

POPS OF COLOR SPONGING


Class last night was a success!!!! Even when my girls were hesitant because the cards they were about to make looked so intricate, they plugged on.


They began slowly by doing a little sponging, and eventually each additional element caused their excitement to soar, and they were  thrilled to see the cards come together with POPS of color and richness right before their eyes. So take a peek!


Monday, April 13

Spring Scene


Hey Stampers! I have a class tomorrow evening making some cards that have scenes. This is one that I can show you because it is a sample and the girls will not be doing this one. Be sure to come back and see the ones they make on Wednesday!

The trees in this card are retired that is why I am not doing this card in class, but you can substitute another set for the same effect.~Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8

Framelits Door Key Plate





Hey Stampers...sorry I didn't post much last week...just busier than usual I guess. Today we are sad to lose our grandpuppy Gus. He is a smooth coat chow and a wonderful obedient gentle member of my son's family.I thought I would pay tribute here......I made this card for his family to show that he has gone through a new door and on the other side will play in gardens of floweres and bluebirds.

I made the card with Labels Collection Framelit Diest to make a small door plate. Then I used the tie Framelit from Baby's First to make a key hole! So easy and so unexpected! ~Enjoy!



Tuesday, March 31

Sketch Challenge Fun!

Hey friends! Wow it is April tomorrow and we still have snow everywhere. I am beginning to see little patches of brown grass where the sun has gone to work but we are no where near seeing anything springlike anytime soon! It is beginning to get a little old! LOL! Anyway here I have a spring colored card with some summer juiciness to bring hope to all of us up here in New England! I hope you are inspired to grab some pussy willows at least!

Enough of the depressing talk about weather lets get on to this card. I used a Heart Die to create the straberry and just rounded the bottom point a tiny bit. Then I created little seed pods along the surface with a Stamp 'n Write marker and a White Gel Pen. So cute. I used the Build a Bird Punch for the green leaves and mounted it on black for a pop of lusciousness.

This was all done for the challenge over at Try Stampin On Tuesday  They had a photo of Strawberry Shortcake and a sketch to follow for inspiration. I did both! ~ENJOY!

Saturday, March 28

SWEET SUNDAY CHALLENGE

Hey Stampers, today I made a card for the challenge at Sweet Sunday Sketch Blog that I am calling the Flip Flap Card. It also works for a FUN FOLD over at SUOnly! The flowers are cut out at the edge after they have been stamped to allow for the front panel of the card to slide underneath them. When you open the card it is decorated to express the sentiment. Easy fun ONE LAYER CARD!~Enjoy!

Friday, March 20

METAL PAPER PLUNGE CHALLENGE

Couldn't you just kick yourself after you have made a card only to realize there was an error. I didn't even see it until after I had photographed it and went to put it here on my blog... I could have sworn the word was THANKS! So I had to take it back to my stamp room and add YOU! I actually like both layouts, but the final one is definitely more symmetrical! 

This card was for the challenge over at Paper Plunge and the challenge was to use metal on the card. I took a piece of roofing flashing and cut it with a die for my background layer. I also twisted a little strip for the stamen of my flower, which was made with the Build a Bow Punch...so cool! Have a great weekend! ~enjoy!

Thursday, March 19

Challenge at Freshly Made

Hey Stamper friends! Well Spring is tomorrow and it still feels like January here at 29 degrees! So thanks a lot spring and let's go on vacation!

Well, I decided to look up some challenges and I liked the design layout for the one at Freshly Made today, so I used it for my card. First I created the background by sponging random colors all over a piece of card stock. Next, I stamped images from Gorgeous Grunge, Open Sea and a retired background map. I drew lines on each size using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and punched a circle out of the center. ~Enjoy your day! I sure hope it is SPRING where you are!

Friday, March 13

COLOR THROW DOWN FUN!

Today's card is quick and simple. It took less than 10 minutes to make and is perfect for a class.  I used twine and twisted it together to make a stem and leaf! So easy peasy fun!  This card was inspired by the colors over at Color Throw Down....then I watercolored the center for the challenge at Stampin' Royalty hope you have a fun day!~Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12

SPRING STEMS

  Hey Stamper friends....today I needed a password notebook. I don't know about you but I must have 100 different passwords from everyday simple ones for things like my blog and facebook to complex upper case, lowercase, numbers and colors...and if YOU ARE like me then you know I am always forgetting the combinations of them. So, now I am back to writing them down because I may actually lose my ipad or have my cpomputer crash and then I am too old to know what to do. WOW, what a rant!
  Anyway I decided to make my own. The notebooks out there that are cute are too expensive, so I took Simple Stems to make a simple book. (which after I made the dang thing realized I had grabbed a set out of my retired stash)  ARGH! But you can use a set like Flower Patch or Crazy About You  to create the same feel.

To create the notebook, I used a regular lined steno pad for the paper and made a book jacket to decorate it with. Enjoy your day!

Friday, March 6

Dreams Come True


Hi Stampers! I used reinkers in a bowl of water for this background paper. It actually textured the paper a bit and made it resemble water color paper. For the butterfly I used a scrap piece of my technique I tried last year and have not perfected yet. But, you can see that even by using the same reinker colors the brightness is exaggerated in the butterfly. Oh! if I could just get this to work EVERY TIME! Today, Just Add Ink has a fun challenge, and I too used the Butterfly as my inspiration, but with some other colors to go along with in. Stampin' Royalty chose embossing  this week so, I added some embossing on this card as well. Finally, the all around theme of Thinking of You was inspired by the gals over at  The Card Concept  Have a great weekend! Hugs~

Wednesday, March 4

SPRING IS A COMIN' ...right?


Hey Stampers! I have missed you guys and I have missed stamping too. As you know I was on vacation for four weeks and within 12 hours of being home I had elective surgery for my gall bladder. I have to say I thought I would be a lot more spunky by now but that ain't happenin' (insert sad face).

Today, is the first day I have been out of bed, and I felt well enough an hour ago to make a card; but in all honesty it has wiped me out. I am not at all used to this, I thought after 5 days I would be feeling much more energetic. Anywhooooo enough about me, how are you all doing? What have you been working on and what has inspired you lately?

I had no idea where to begin to make a card after being gone for so long so, I took a peek at some challenges to get me going. I chose a layout from Hand Stamped Sentiments and turned it on the long side of the card and used circles instead of a tag motif so I could incorporate it into the challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown and finally used Washi Tape for the challenge at City Crafters  . I used the Washi Tape for my banner and then punched wholes in it to mimic the circle motif.

OK! It is time for me to go take a nap.....I sure hope I get spunky soon....hugs to all of you! ~Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25

RAINY DAY SUNSHINE



Hey there stampin' friends...I leave my month long awesome vacation today, so I made a card for you that is perfect to cheer anyone up who is having a little bit of an off day. Afterall " sunshine" we all have a rainy day once and awhile! I used acetate to stamp the fox image and then turned it over onto the card to create a mirror image. The acetate does not absorb the ink and acts as a stamp! So fun. Then I took the image and stamped in Staz on just above the lighter "water" image and colored it with Stamp n Write Markers! Love it. I also cut the front of the card in half to create a flap and added the layered fox to it to hide the inside sentiment! ~Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21

BIRTHDAY BASH

One of my last classes before I left made this adorable Birthday Card using the set called LIFE'S ADVENTURE! I have used this for many cards here's one here  and another HERE it is just a bersatile fun set! So here it takes the CAKE with a surprise under the tag. I used the DSP called Birthday Bash Specialty in the NEW Mini Occassions Catalog! It has Gold Foil Acents on the balloons and just makes you SMILE! I took a strip of it to add a small accent to the inside of the card too! If you notice on the tag I also used the Handpicked Framelits Dies to accent the sentiment! ~Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17

BITTY BOW and BITTY BUDS


Hey stampers! Well the weekend is here and I hope you will find some time to play with some of the NEW items you have received over the past few weeks. Today I used the stamp set called "From the Garden" to create a pretty background for my three squares. To make this card I first ran a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock through the Big Shot using a retired  Embossing Folder, but you can easily use Lovey Lace Embossing Folder and it would be striking! Next I added a piece of Very Vanilla to the inside of the card to stamp a sentiment. Take a piece of White Jute Ribbon that is 5 1/2" long and adhere it to the left side of the card about an inch in from the crease. Cut three Very vanilla squares
1 1/2" square. Then punch three Blackberry Bliss Squares using the 1 3/8 square punch. Finally Punch (3) 1 1/4" squares and stamp them with the small bud image. I used Blendabilities to color my images, but you could use markers, blender pens or aqua pens too! For the little sentiment on the front I used the NEW Handpicked Framelit Dies and added a ribbon bow. Want to see how I make mine? Only if you want to chuckle it was the very FIRST video I ever did...YIKES it was bad.... CLICK HERE! ~Enjoy!

Thursday, February 12

WOW VALENTINE BE MINE!

HEY STAMPIN' FRIENDS!  Today I have a very special PRESENTATION CARD for you to look at. Shhhhhhhh......I made it for my hubby for later this weekend!  I used the Framelits Hearts Collection  for this. First I cut the LARGE Scalloped Framelit in Very Vanilla and embossed it. Then I used that same framelit and cut along the outside of Basic Black CS with scissors to make a card that doubled as a mat. Just fold the card base in half and then cut along the outside edge being careful to leave the top two areas of the heart uncut. I took strips of card stock and rolled them on my scoring tool to make swirls and curly Q's and added some petals using a retired punch but you could use the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for a perfect bud! Finish it off with some pearls and satin ribbon and you are DONE  and ready to present your special someone with a WOW card. ~Enjoy!
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