Sunday, February 28, 2010

Silk Ink Card!

It's another lazy rainy day in Arizona! Unfortunately I didn't get too much done today but that's ok! This is a card I made yesterday in a class I took. It is made with silk ink. It comes in a bottle just like finger nail polish but dries much faster! I just brushed a color on glossy paper and then sponged it with a cosmetic sponge quickly before it dried. It took lots of sponging and putting more color on to get the look I wanted. If you weren't lightening fast then the way you put the ink on was the exact way it dried - streaks of color on the page. I had to come back a few times with darker colors to hide the streaks I got from my lack of speed! But, in the end, I am happy with the results! A large stamp was stamped on top of the colorful artwork with black ink. Can you see it? The sentiment is by SU. I stamped the image crooked TWO times in class so gave up and came home to finish the card! I really prefer the verse from class but unfortunately I don't have that stamp! Have a great week!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Leafing technique

What a fun day I had today! I went to a Rubber Stamping Expo in Glendale today and had such a good time spending money and taking classes. I learned so much! This is a class I took on "leafing" and the picture does not do it justice at all. We took a sheet of transparency and stamped the leaf with StazOn ink. We then ran it through the Xyron machine. We pulled off the sticky side and then dipped it in a bowl of the leafing STUFF. We gently rubbed it off with a cosmetic sponge and then it was done! The right side is now the shiny side of the transparency. I really wish the picture was better but it seems anytime I take a photo of something metallic, it is not good. I'm certainly not a photographer but I do try hard!!!
I don't have the recipe for this since it was a class.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Time to celebrate!

I've said many times before that I have a hard time making cards for males. Well, I have lots of them to make this month so I thought I would get busy and start on them. I love how this card turned out but I don't think it's "male" enough for my teenage nephew. I'm so frustrated!!! Oh well, I guess it will work for someone else....and I'm back to the drawing board!!! There is a lot of layering here and the circular lattice work design is actually a Spellbinder's pendant and I have used "Coordinations" cardstock that has a core of a different color. So...when you sand the top, the other color comes through. It is so neat! The mouse image is stamped and cut out and then placed on the scallop nestie which has been distressed on the edges. It was such a fun card to make even though I'm back to ground zero!

Paper: Papertrey Ink, SU, Coordinations

Stamps: Whiff of Joy, Rubber Stampede

Ink: SU, Memento

Accessories/Tools: brads, nesties, dimensionals

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another Copic sample!

Well, I think I jinxed myself! Would you believe that my hubby got called out on a trip for 2 days?! Never in a million years!!! But, he was pretty insistent that I go to Harbor Freight today and get my compressor, so of course I didn't argue with him!!! He had a few things for me to pick up for him too so that was probably the reason he sent me!!! So, I'm a happy camper! I still have to order my adaptor kit to put the markers in so it will be a few days before I get that. Then of course I had to order some more markers while I was at it!!! Is there an end to this madness???
This is another sample from my Copic class and it's my favorite! It shows the airbrush technique a little better. I'm hunting for these stamps and hope to find them this weekend at the Stamp Expo in Glendale. I don't have high hopes but you just never know! Hope you have a fun day!
Stamps: Hero Arts
Tools: Copic Airbrush, markers, nesties, glitter pens

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Copic class sample

I took a class this past weekend on Copic Markers. It was so much fun and lots of new info. This is one of the samples I made. I believe this was using the feathering technique. My favorite part of the whole class was using the airbrush! You can see a little bit of it on the background here. As with the markers, it takes practice to learn the technique and I need lots of it!!! I showed my hubby the things I did and he was all excited and wanted to go buy me an air compressor tomorrow!!! He said he would go to Harbor Freight and get one since so many of the Splitcoast Stampers swear by it. And it's a whole lot cheaper!!! So, we'll see what tomorrow brings. I'm excited!!! Hope he doesn't' get called out on a trip tomorrow - just my luck!! The sale ends tomorrow too!! Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Color Challenge 259

I checked out the daily challenge on SCS today and thought I would try it. It's a color challenge where we were to use any or all of the colors of the Olympics Logo. I thought the colors would make a good card for one of my nephews who has a birthday in March. I have such a hard time doing boys cards so this made it a little easier for me. I have several more to do in the next month so I hope there are more fun challenges to inspire me!
These are supposed to be candles! The stamps are by My Sentiments Exactly (MSE). Very simple card!
Paper: scraps from my scrap file!
Stamps: MSE
Ink: Memento
Accessories: dimensionals

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pretty Shoe!

Another rainy day in Arizona and a good day to spend in the craft room! So that is what I will do!!!
I found a shoe template in my template drawer and thought I would play around with it. It was really easy to put together which surprised me when I looked at the template. The directions can be found here. It is pretty easy cutting and folding. I added a flower to the toe and used a button for a buckle on the strap. Have a fun day!
Paper: DCWV
Other: button, flower, bow

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dots and stripes Bunny card

After I got this card done I realized that it's all dots and stripes! It wasn't planned that way! This was another MOJO Monday challenge #124. The circular design was made tracing half way around a nestie and then just extending it up. This paper is a striped paper so it's a bit hard to figure out how it is put together from a picture. The blue at the bottom is a nestie that was cut to fit under the circle. The bunny was stamped and colored with Copics.
Have a great week!
Paper: Stampin' Up, Bazzill
Stamps: Penny Black (I think)
Ink: Memento
Accessories/Tools: Ribbon, nesties

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Easter!

I haven't done a MojoMonday card lately so thought that would be a great way to do a quick card since they have the sketches and you just have to put the card together! The sketch can be found here. I love how it turned out too so that makes it even better! I have a pad of paper by Debbie Mumm - Baby Girl and all of these prints are from that pad. I added a few cardstocks from Coordinations and SU. The bunny was stamped and colored with Copics. I took a Copic class today so hopefully I can start using some of the new pointers I learned! Have a great day!
Paper: Debbie Mumm, SU, Neenah
Stamps: $1 Michael's
Ink: Memento, Colorbox
Accessories/Tools: ribbon, rhinestones, nesties, punch

Friday, February 19, 2010

LSC260 Limited Supplies Challenge

I'm trying really hard to get back into the swing of things with my blog. It's been hard. I think once I get all the wedding decisions made, then things will be easier.
So...this is a card I made for the Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS. We had to use ribbon and a border punch. I tied this in to Brittany's wedding colors and this is what I came up with. This may be another one of her thank-you cards since my other is so much more detailed and involved and I'm getting tired of making them!!! The DP is a flocked paper. The edging is a punch. The "S" is from the Justrite sets. This is so much easier than some of the other things I have been working on. I think I like it!!!
Paper: DCWV, Paper and More, Neenah
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Memento
Accessories/Tools: square punches, Fiskars border punch

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Matchbook candy holder TLC260

I took a few minutes and did a challenge on SCS. It looked fun and it was! It is a matchbook candy holder. The directions can be found on SCS, Monday, Feb 15 challenge. I popped my bunny up so he has the eggs behind him. The brads hold the inside candy holder. This is just too cute and pretty easy to make! If I didn't already have an idea for a wedding favor...this could easily be used for that! Have a fun day!
Paper: scraps of cardstock!!!
Stamps: Bunny - The Stamp Pad Co. (old stamp), $1 Michael's stamps
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Accessories/Tools: Brads, dimensionals

Monday, February 15, 2010

Single Flower

This is a rather easy card using lots of nesties and punches. The single flower is stamped and colored with Copic markers. It is cut out using a nestie and then mounted with dimensionals onto another larger nestie. The green paper has a border made using a Martha Stewart punch. The medallions on the bottom are also Spellbinder's pendants. There are actually two, and one is mounted on top of the other with dimensionals. The ribbon is a suede ribbon. Have a great day and enjoy the Olympics!
Paper: various cardstocks, K & Co. DP
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Accessories/Tools: Nesties, ribbon, punch

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Just for you

I'm back again! It's just so hard to get back into the swing of things when you've been out of it for awhile. I have been staying pretty busy with wedding research and getting approval from my daughter and future son-in-law on things I will be doing. So far, everything is going great. They love everything I have come up with so that is good.
This is a card I wanted to do with a punch I purchased recently. It wasn't what I thought it was so decided to find a way to use it other than what I intended to use it for. The flower does not punch just punches the petals and then they are raised up a bit. It's really kind of fun but not what I expected. The rest is pretty easy layering. Have a great week!
Papers: SU, DCWV and scraps of the plaid
Stamps: Heidi Grace
Ink: Memento
Accessories/Tools: Martha Stewart punch, ribbon, nesties, pearls

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Easter

It just occurred to me that Easter will be here before we know it and I really needed to start my cards with all I have going on. So, this is my first. The eggs are so fun to stamp in different colors. The butterfly was stamped and then colored with one of those Gelly Roll glitter pens to give it some sparkle - yes there is a bit of sparkle on it! The "Happy Easter" sentiment was done with Zing glitter embossing powder so it also has some sparkle! The grass was cut with some special scissors that are really for shredding paper but I bought them for crafting! It was a pretty simple card to do and that's exactly what I needed today! Have a wonderful day!
Paper: My Minds Eyes
Stamps: $1 Michaels stamps, SU butterfly
Ink: SU, Versacolor
Accessories/Tools: shredding scissors, nesties, Zing

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Highschool Graduation Announcements

I have a friend who has a daughter that is graduating from high school in May and they wanted me to do her announcements. This is what I came up with. It's a pocket card. I did all of it on the computer except the graduation cap on the inside announcement. It was stamped. I couldn't decide on a way to put her name on it so after I was all done I came up with the idea of putting it behind the card so that when you pulled the card out of the pocket...her name appears! It is just too cool! I hope she likes it because I sure do!
Paper: Papertrey Ink and the dark blue is from an unknown source and I have to find more!!!
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Ribbbon, punches

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Thinking of you

Well, I'm finally back again! I have been so so busy researching everything for my daughter's wedding. I decided today that if I didn't do anything else...I would make a card for my blog. So, here it is! This is a relatively new stamp and I spent lots of time coloring all the little cherries and flowers. When I was ALL done, I realized the ink had smeared inside the rectangular shape! I didn't want to scrap it after all the coloring so I decided to just stamp the image again on yellow paper and then cut out the shape. I think I like it better than if I had left it white. The sentiment was stamped inside afterwards. The cherries are also stamped twice and then cut out and popped up with dimensionals...hard to see that in the picture! The red border at the bottom is a Martha Stewart punch and I put rhinestones inside each flower...look hard or blow it up and you will see them! Have a great day!
Paper: Stampin' Up
Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Accessories/Tools: dimensionals, MS punch, rhinestones

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Soft Blues

This card has such a relaxing effect when you look at the beautiful colors of the paper. The flower stamp is colored directly with Marvy markers of various shades of green and blue. It is then stamped on paper. The stem is stamped separately in sage green. Other than that, it's a simple card yet so calm and relaxing! I need to have more of these sitting around while I go through the wedding planning process! I can not believe all the research I have done in the past week and I don't think I've made too many firm decisions yet other than it will be an expensive day!!! Thank goodness I just have one daughter!
Paper: BasicGrey, SU, Neenah
Stamps: G Studio
Ink: Marvy markers, Versacolor
Accessories/Tools: Ribbon, Nesties, Martha Stewart punch

Monday, February 1, 2010


I'm back! I've been so busy and sick on top of that so I have spent zero time in my craft room! But, I still have a stash of cards to post and this is one that I really love. The papers are by Daisy D's Paper and I believe the solid color cardstocks are SU. The flower was stamped and colored with Copics. It was cut out and placed on the red paper. I had a big decorative embellishment that I put in the center of the flower. I made an edging for the red paper using a punch and then placed all this on the yellow paper. Lots of layering on this card. The "thanks" was done using Marvy markers directly on the rubber stamp and then stamping on paper. I used 4 or 5 colors of markers to get the varigated effect. The card front is not quite a full opens right beside the "thanks". Have a great week!
Paper:, SU
Stamps: Inkadinkado. Dee Gruenig
Ink: Memento, Copics, Marvy markers
Accessories/Tools: embellishment, ribbon, punch, glitter dots