Monday, April 18, 2011

More Easter Eggs.....

Thought I would share some more Easter Goodness. The sentiment I know is from Stampendous. I have had that stamp for years. The eggs are a bit newer so I don't know who made them. I colored the eggs with some Stampin' Up! markers. Then stacked complimenting layers of cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of cardstock cut with my Papertrey Ink #8 fillable frames die. I just love that die!

Hope you are having a great week so far!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Time to get out the Easter eggs.....

Wow, life took over and I haven't been posting. I wanted to get in the Easter Cards I made awhile ago. This is noting Just a simple egg image stamped in purple. I used the happy from a Stampendous set and one of my alphabet stamps sets to spell out Easter. For a little bit extra I also stamped a stitch stamp to the right of the egg. Give it a bit of homespun fell to it I think. All in all this is a simple card that you could replicate easy if you had lots of people you wanted to send a card to. Sorry I don't have the details of this card but my stamps and such aren't where I can get to them at the moment. More on that later. Hope you are having a Blessed Sunday with your family.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bundle of Joy

I have a couple of co-workers that are expecting. I decided that was enough to get out some stamps to get ready. Will this be the one of the cards I give? Nope! Another co-worker has already bought it. Maybe she'll give it away. That would be great.
On to the card. The main image is one that was given to me years ago by my nephew Zach. Didn't he do a great job picking this out? I colored the diaper simply with pink markers. I then layered it with pink paper and the striped paper in the background. For interest I added a strip of embossed flower paper. For the Sentiment I used Studio G on some vellum. Colored the joy section with pink markers from the backside to make it a bit more muted. I covered the glue dots with a bit of bling stickers. It's simple. But it was fun to make.
The ink is Staz on. Got a bit of a smudge at the top, but doesn't that make it clear it was hand stamped... :) Next time got to remember this stamp does that so I won't get a smudge.
Anyway, time for bed and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Would you tatoo your wall?

So, I am sure you are wondering what in the world I am talking about. Well, once again, I was inspired by a challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. You can find the challenge here. This time the challenge came from the website WallTat. It is a really cool site. You can buy tattoos that go on your wall. Personally, I would definitely tattoo a wall before I would myself. I try not be exposed to pain voluntarily. :) The tattoo I liked and that my card is based from is this one. I think it would look great in my stamp room.

The card, well, it's not one of my favorites. Actually, I am not sure I like it. I think the idea was there. I just didn't execute it the way I wanted. What would I change? The box in the center with the sentiment. I used some glossy chipboard and colored it with colorbox pigment ink. Next time, I would cover it with paper and then stamp my sentiment on it.

The big stamp is from Prima Marketing and stamped in Stazon Timber Brown ink. The frame around the chipboard is also from Prima marketing. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The ribbon is from my stash.

Well, thanks for checking it out. If you would pick a tattoo for your wall, look around the website, and leave me a message. Would love to see what you are drawn to.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Not always about stamping, right?

Ok, so it really is all about stamping. Every card I make has to have something stamped somewhere. It's a sickness I pretty sure, but it works for me.
This card is inspired by a scrapbook page I saw in Scrapbooks Etc. Feb 2011 issue. The scrapbook page uses a quilted heart to simulate a heart necklace the girl in the pictures is wearing. Well, I knew I didn't want to make a Valentine's card with a quilted looking heart. But, I did want to replicate the idea, so I took out my trusty Spellbinders Nestablities Labels 8 Die and cut it. I then scored the shape using my bone folder and paper cutter. I don't have a Score Buddy, (I think that is what they are called), so I used my "old" tools. I then put a flower with a little bling in each section.
Behind this I place some pp from my stash, Stamped some stitches using a Stampendous stamp set. Finally the sentiment is by Studio G. The black ink is from Ranger's Adirondak line and called Pitch Black.
It turned out pretty good. The "quilting" isn't even, but I can live with that.
So, my challenge to you is find something in a magazine that gives you a great idea. Then go for it!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Keeping it Simple

This card I made as part of a Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. This one challenged us to make our own background. You can look at the forum here.
I had played with my pigment inks in a while to make a direct to paper background in quite a while. After looking at the Gallery for this challenge here, I was inspired to try this again. There is some talented work in this gallery, so make sure you check it out.
Anyway, I got out my ColorBox pigment inks and went to work. I cut out the size background I wanted using Spellbinders Nestabilities Lables Eight die. I then stamped the truck image on top using Ranger's Adirondak line Denim. The truck is made my River City Rubberworks. It's a perfect image for those men who love old trucks.
Behind the main image I used Caramel ink again by Ranger's Adirodak line and used a stiff paint brush to just add some color to the edges. Then placed some Magic Mesh down.
The sentiment is stamped on a tag in my stash and was made by K & Co's Tags to Go. The sentiment is by Stampendous and is stamped in Denim.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let's Get Lucky!

With St. Patrick's day coming, I thought I would get some luck going by making a card to celebrate.
It's just a simple card, but I really like it. One of my better ones I think. White cardstock makes up the majority of the card. I have a scalloped light green strip peeking out that I used my Martha Stewart punch to do. The lucky and clover stamps are from Studio G. I added some color with my pencils and the ink's are Adirondak's Pitch Black and Meadow. I used a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder to make the panels at the top and bottom.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Birthday cupcake anyone?

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Today I am sharing a birthday card I made for my stash the other day. The oval and scallop frame I made using my scallop oval frame die in my big shot. I did this in black and white cardstock. On the white cardstock I stamped a cupcake image with black stazon ink. I stamped it again on yellow cardstock, cut out the bottom to paper piece the cupcake wrapper at the bottom.
I layered a piece of happy birthday paper on yellow printer paper and then added an orange strip of cardstock again backed by yellow printer paper. I used a black sharpie and drew the stitches.
For a bit of extra wow for the cupcake I colored the top using pink makers made by Stampin' Up! Then put some Judkins Diamond Glaze on top and let it dry. It gives it a nice shine which is much better in person.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Here's a Birdy for you!

I have a confession to make....I do not own one single copic. In fact, I have very few markers of any kind. I know, I know, I am so behind the times. I want some Copic Markers but I haven't found an economical way to add them into my budget. So I stick with what I have. The bird in this cute Studio G stamp is colored with pencils. I have used him before. I think he is so cute! The "ribbon" at the bottom is actually a stamp. I love that set of stamps. If you have ink in the right color you can make your own paper ribbon. The set by Stampendous, also has different buckle stamps you might would use with actual ribbon too! It is a very versatile set. The papers are from my stash along with a bit of black and white cardstock. I added a bit extra at the bottom of my paper ribbon with black paper frills made by doodlebug designs. The only thing I would change is re inking my adirondak pitch black ink pad before I had stamped the buckle. It isn't dark enough for me, but I am still satisfied with the results.
Now the sketch for this I got here. It's a great site and you need to check it out. Jen offers a sketch once a month I believe. Now I am not trying for the grand prize and I haven't uploaded this on her site since I have no stamps by the sponser. But, I enjoy sketch challenges. Hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Live Laugh Love

So, can I tell you how much I love Splitcoast Stampers? Well, I do. You can learn, share, and be inspired all in one site. It's wonderful. Thanks to Splitcoast, this card was born.

Each day of the week they have different challenges and lately the Saturday challenge has inspired me. This time I played along with the Inspired Challenge. More importantly, it is called IC270. Another wonderful thing about these challenges is that you can play without a deadline. I love that! With my busy schedule deadlines are a drag. They issue a challenge each week and it is based on finding something inspiring from the chosen webstore of the week. This card is based on hummingbird feeders from the Uncommon Goods Webstore. They have lots of great things, but when I saw the feeders, I loved the color and the filigree etching. Not to mention they remind me of my mom. She loves hummingbirds and has away of attracting them each summer she puts out a feeder back home in NC. So here's to beautiful birds and my mom.

So, now about the card. I used a white cardstock base and three panels of blue, green, red cardstock. All of this is out of my stash of cardstock that I have no idea where I got what, because I have had it all for years and never kept up with that kind of thing. I promise, whenever I start adding to my cardstock collection from now on I will keep up with who makes what. So, the panels are stamped with various images from Studio G and Autumn Leaves in Vintage Cream ink made by Papertrey Ink. This is one of the few colors they still sell. I am patiently waiting till they come up with a new ink series. Vintage Cream was my first try at their inks before they discontinued them. I hope over this next year they will come out with more. Ok, so the tag I had in my stash and it is stamped with adirondak black ink. The sentiment is made by papertrey ink and can be found in their Filliable Frames #8 collection.

Wow this was a long post, now I have to remember to load my image etc. on Splitcoast Stampers tomorrow. Sunday is the day off for the moderators. Well, Happy Sunday! Make it a blast.

Friday, February 18, 2011

So Valentine's is over...but

I had to share the Valentine's card I made for my Valentine! Well technically it's from my sweet son and I to our husband and friend, Kevin.
So, it's pretty simple, which is why I like it. Three cupcakes stamped with stazon ink. I have no idea who makes the cupcakes since I have lost the packaging for these particular stamps which is how I keep up with who makes the stamps I use. (Yes, this is one of the things that drives me crazy about myself. I love to organize, but, when it comes to paper and sometimes my stamps I do a poor job.) So, as I was saying...I stamped the cupcakes with stazon, then used my twinkling H2O watercolors to color in the images. The Be Mine stamp is a Studio G stamp. I framed this with some pp that is cut in a labels 2 Spellbinder shape. I then used two snaps. I still love my crop a dile when it comes to placing eyelets and things. Don't you?
Anyway, happy belated Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday

Papertrey Ink now has begun Make it Monday's. There will be short video showcasing one of the designs team members to teach a technique/card, etc., every Monday.

This week Erin Lincoln showed us a go-to technique. Using all the PTI sentiments to center around a theme to make an awesome card.

I have a small stamping budget, so my PTI collection is quite small, but I came up with this card this week using Erin's technique. It uses PTI's Merry and Bright, Silent Night, and Filliable Frames #8 stamps sets. The cardstock is out of my collection and I used all Adirondak Inks.

With my new found time to stamp, it takes me about 3 nights to do a card like this. I do everything at the end of my day but even taking 15-20 minutes each night before bed to do something creative like this keeps me happy. It may take me longer but I am enjoying getting my fingers inky again. And guess what? This is my second post within a week! Wow!

Hope you enjoy! Remember to take some time out for you today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sympathy Card

Today I am sharing a card I made for a friend who recently lost her father. The script in the background is an Inkadinkado and I stamped it in Stazon Timber brown. Of which, I need a refill. Anyone have suggestions on where the most cost effective place do buy a refill would be? The sentiment is a stamp I have had in my collection for years by Stampendous. The other images are from one of my favorite stamps companies, Papertrey Ink. The background paper is from my stash like it always is and die cut using Spellbinders Nestablities Label two. Also the ribbon is from my stash.

So next question, I have never kept my cardstock seperated by company and it's all in a big pile so I never know who's pp I am using. There are so many wonderful blogs out there that do awesome at keeping all that straight. As I buy new pp I am going to try to be more diligent at that, but since I have enough to last the next several years who knows when that will be. :) How do you organize your patterned paper? Is it a big deal to you to keep up with who makes it?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday. Leave me comments if you have the time. I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wow It's been a long time

Well, it has been 14 long months since my last post. Lots of things have happened. Having a little one to care for has been the biggest. Stamping, scrapbooking, and those things definitely have taken a back seat. But, lately the muse has been here and I have learned to balance things so that I get a few minutes to create something. You've missed out unfortunately, because I haven't been ready to add blogging back to my life. But, I think I am ready. I can't promise daily blogs, but my goal is at least a weekly one so you can see what I have been up to. There have been projects since Christmas, but they were gifts and I have already given them away. :( So those I can't share. But here's one I did just for fun last week. I hope you enjoy it.
On the background of the card I used a stamp set by Art Warehouse I believe that is supposed to be used to stamp ribbons. The set even has buckles you can add to your ribbons. I used it to make a plaid type background using my kaleidascope ink pad. Royal satin is the name of the ink. The sentiment is made with PTI's Life set and I used their fillable frames #8 die. Stamped the frame from fillable frames. The sentiment I used from the Life set. I love it. The pocket die and flowers are sizzix. The gold center is painted with a gold pain pen and from some chipboard shapes I had on hand. All the cardstock is from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by and glad to be back up and running.
PS.. You might want to stop by Nicole's blog who is a co-owner of PTI ( Papertrey Ink). It's their anniversary and they rock out when it comes to give away's.