Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Delicious Apples - CAS 82

I had this idea running around and around in my head all night long for the Clean and Simple challenge #82 over at SCS.  I had to get up this morning and make it before heading out to work.  Now I'm going to be late but that is okay ... I'm kinda waiting for the FROST to melt off my car windshield before I have to go scrap it!!  Sheesh, frost on the 31st of August!!!!

I dropped the cranberry alcohol ink onto glossy paper and then moved it around with a can of air!  (so much fun!).  Then I stamped the open apple strategically on top.  Originally I had planned to use only 1 apple but I liked all of them so picked the best 3 and added them to the card.  Then I colored the leaf and stems with Copics.  Finally, I have been meaning to do some scoring (I've had my Score Pal since Christmas and haven't "thought" to do it yet!!! sheesh!!) so I added scoring lines above and below the apples and again at the bottom of the card.  A simple thinking of you sentiment finishes the card!  Good, clean, and simple!!

Supplies: Stamps-TEahcer's Apple, Beyond Basic Borders (Papertrey Ink); Paper - Kraft (SU!), glossy paper; Ink - Jet Black (Ranger); Other - Alcohol ink, Cranberry (Ranger), Score Pal, Copic markers (YG03 and E44).

Hope you have a "Delicious" day!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Love My Tapes Challenge - Pink and Turquoise

Okay so Monday's are getting a little better!  Over on the Love My Tapes blog, they are hosting challenges each Monday.  And they are using the most amazing photos for inspiration!  Check out the amazing colors here!!

I don't own any of their fancy tapes yet ... but I do have a package coming in the mail since I was lucky enough to win their challenge a few weeks ago!!!  I can't wait to get it in my hot little hands and start creating!! 

For now, I must settle for making cards without such lovely tapes.  But it is easy with inspiration like this!! 

So for my card I decided to focus on that picture of pink flowers on the bottom left.  I loved how bright pink the centers of the flowers were!  And I, of course, had to use turquoise as well - these colors are amazing together!!   The flowers and background are colored with a mix of Copics, pencil crayons and watercolor pencil crayons. 

I kept the card really, really plain - white on white effect so that the colored flowers would take center stage.  I wasn't so sure I liked it so stark when I first finished it .. but the more I look at it the more I do like it. 

You have to head over to Love My Tapes and add your card to the challenge!!!!!  What's to loose and you could WIN one of the hottest new trends in the industry!!!


Stamps used Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)

Monster Cards - Inspired by Lucy

Hi all!!

The other day I was blogging around the www and found some great inspiration pieces.  THIS card by Lucy got me started on a monster frenzy!!

Here is a paper pieced monster for a friend!

These guys were lots of fun to pull together with a bit of masking!

I love this guys' blue tongue!!

And this guy is sooooo cute!!

Supplies: Stamps - My Little Monsters (REcollections), Birthday Basics and Paper Tray (Papertrey Ink), Paper - white, kraft (Stampin' Up!), all designer paper are from my scrap bin; Other - various Copic, black marker, googlie eyes, chipboard letters (Heidi Swapp).

I hope my monsters don't scare you ... they really are friendly!! 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Answering Questions

Hey everyone.  I received a number of questions after yesterday's post so I thought I'd answer them as best as I could.

First, a few individuals wanted to know about unmounting my wheel stamps.  I had heard of this from various threads on Splitcoaststamping but was very tentitive to do it!  I mean, it feels like you are 'ruining' your stamps, right??!!  But then I look at my box of wheel stamps that sit, neglected, because I find them too hard to use.  So I decided to take the plunge.  I have no idea if this is the way others have done it ... just sharing what I did. 

If you look at your wheel stamps from Stampin' Up! you can see the 'seam' of the rubber where they connected the image.  I took my hobby knife and just slowly and carefully started cutting at that location.  It took a number of runs over the seam but eventually the old glue gave way and the rubber peeled off easily from the wheel base.  I actually wrote the name of the stamp on the bottom with a Sharpie Permanent pen so I wouldn't forget.  Someone asked about foam mounting or tacky glue...I don't use either for my unmounted stamps.  I use either double sided tape (3M) or removable adhesive (Tombo Mono) on the bottom of the rubber and just stick them to my acrylic block!  I find that, overall, that works perfectly!  Sometimes I do need to put my computer mouse pad (soft and foamy one) underneath the paper I am stamping onto which makes the ink meet up with the paper better.  I don't need to do that often but I did when I used my new border stamps (the one that used to be a wheel!).

The other questions I got were about my photo box.  I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who bought me one a few years ago for Christmas! You can see it HERE.   I have however, read that you can create one but it looked like a lot of work if you ask me!  But then I'm pretty lazy!! Hehehe!  I had been using the 2 lamps that came with my photo box but they were not bright enough.  Today I bought 2 desk lamps, just $9 basics from Walmart that I think will give me much better lighting! 

About the photo box, it can be a pain sometimes ... because my cat loves to sleep in it!!  Sheesh!!

Have a good evening.  I'm off to be creative :-)

Friday, August 27, 2010

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) - Border Stamps

First of all, sorry for the strange photo.  As many of you know, I've been struggling with getting enough light in my photo box.  Then, a few days ago one of the bulbs blew...making me have an even bigger lighting issue.  I went all over my house trying to find somewhere to take a half decent picture...it wasn't easy.  In the end, my sons room was it (as you can tell by the Mario behind my hand (sheesh!).  I am hoping to buy new lights this weekend which will solve the problem!

Well, Susan R. has issued another great challenge!  This time she asked us to create a one layer card using our border stamps!  I have a few border stamps ... more than I realized once I started looking!!  I actually like useing them quite a bit.  However, I have a few from Stampin Up! that are on the wheels and I never use them!!  I think it is just too hard to roll them straight, even when I use a guide.  So, when I read this challenge I considered if I wanted to "unmount" my SU! border stamps and ... I did!!  Well, just one for now.  I'll see if I use it more often and if I do then the rest will follow! 

The stamp is Garden Annuals (retired) and is one of those stamps I "had to have" to go with my All Through the Year (retired) set.  Neither of these have been used enough for the money I paid so I happily pulled out the border image to use today!

I stamped the image with Susan's favorite color Orchard Oppulance (SU! .. and I lie, Susan thinks it looks like fairy vomit!!) onto an OO card base.  Then I offset the stamp slightly and stamped again for a shadow effect.  Next, I used a sentiment from Spiral Bouquet (Papertrey Ink).  Interstingly, I am using those large sentiments a lot lately.  I didn't realize I liked large sentiments but I guess I do.  I might have to buy more!!
Finally, I added some purple bling ... just to make up to Susan for using such a 'horrid' color, LOL!!!

Off to see what everyone else has done with their border stamps.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Masculine Wishes

A Clean and Simple masculine birthday card.  Should make 100 of these, need them all the time!!  I have had this piece of designer paper in my scrap bin for a while.  I am challenging myself to use the supplies I have!!  My scrap bin is shrinking ... but just a little.  Like I've said before, I could probably make 500 cards with my scraps and still have some hanging around! I just can't part with it!!  Sheesh!!

Design note - see those black lines, lots of fun.  I used my t!m holtz ruler and the 03 and 08 markers from my Prismacolor Premier set I bought (love them!).  It finishes the card and give the bottom of the card some weight!

Stamps - Beyond Basic Borders (Papertrey Ink).

Thanks for dropping in!  Hope you are having a great scrappy day!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Polka Dot Skinnies

I made these cards a LOOOONG time ago.  But I just came across them when I was cleaning out my scraproom so I thought I would post them.

I love polka dots ... a lot!!  LOL!!  As you can tell from these cards. 

See those clear Maya Road flowers on there...with a hint of red ink on them!  I htinkt hat looks great!!  Must dig them out and use up a few!!

Supplies: Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Beautiful Blooms, Borders & Corners {Square}, Faux Ribbon (all Papertrey Ink)

These cards are an interesting size becuase they fit into a "purse" that I had created from an old template (no longer available, sorry).  I had to make home-made envelopes for them to fit into.  I don't do that very often except when I end up making odd sized cards! 

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Birthday Picnic Basket

I love this stamp set, I really do, I just never seem to have the time to color the images!!! 

So I pulled it out a few weeks ago and set to coloring this basket with a yummy picnic inside.  I used Copics and then stamped the sentiment on the side. 

Do you ever stamp the sentiment on sideways like this??  I think it is fine but I know others do not like it done like this!!  I guess it is "to each his own". 

This is a pretty plane and simple card.  I guess I could have dressed it up a bit. 

Oh well.

Have a great day.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Birthday Celebrations

I saw this color combo on a challenge site a while ago.  It was SO out of my comfort zone that I decided to give it a try.  As well, I've been trying to use stamp sets that have been sadly neglected.  Flower Garden (Papetrey Ink) has definatley been one of those sets!!  Lisa Johnson just made it look so easy when she released it with Papertrey Ink, but I just get stumped when I pull it out!! 

I kinda like how the solid flowers are on the background and the outline flowers are on the strip. 

The sentiment is from Upsy Daisy or Pocket Silhouettes - both Stampin' Up! {I have placed them together in a clam box and can't remember which set this sentment goes with} (again, a sets I had to have but never use). 

Hope you have a great week!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Masculine Glitter Card

I just found a blog called Critter Challenge!!  (edited to add ... guess what ... the challenge is actually closed ... story of my life!!  Ha!)

This week's challenge is to create a masucline card .. but you have to use glitter on it.  At first I thought that would be hard...but then it turned out being VERY easy!!  :-)

Simply adhered some Sookwang tape onto white cardstock, stamped the rocketship image onto the sookwang tape and cut each section off glittering as I went!!  Easy peasy!! This would make a great gift tag for a young boy (or maybe even an old one!). 

Stamp set: Robots by Recollections; Glitter Ritz, Sookwang tape, white cardstock (Stampin' Up!).

Off to see what everyone else did with glitter.  Maybe I'll make a few other glittery cards while it's all out on my desk.  You'll probably see them in the near future.


SRM Sticker Challenge and more Pink and Green

Well, you can definately say I'm on a pink and green kick!!  I have 2 cards today but I also just posted THIS card and THIS which are also pink and green!!  Maybe tomorrow I'll use different colors!  Ha!!

I was blogging around this morning and found SMR stickers blog.  It is not the first time I've run across their blog, name, or products and I have to tell you ... their products are intriguing to me!!!  So, when I saw that they have a sketch challenge going on where you could WIN some of their products, I jumped on board.  I'd love to try out some of their stuff!!! 

So, I created this first card based on their sketch.  I flipped the sketch as you can see.  The pink with white polka dot chip bord piece and the littler pink circles (Heidi Grace) are from my Secret Sister (thank you Banu!) and the brown letter stickers are Making Memories.  I've had them forever and this is the first time I've used them!  The papers are from the Sultry collection (BasicGrey).  Many of these products I've had forever, yeah for me for actually using them!!
Of course, after having made the first card I had a bunch of scraps laying around.  So, trying to be thoughtful and use up my scraps when I make them, I created a second card.  I actually like it better!!  It all started with that strip of the designer paper.  I liked the pink flowers on the right.  They were in the perfect spot for the sketch!!  So I took one of my long owned Metal Edge Tags (Stampin' Up! - retired). However, it was the copper color which wouldn't work.  So, I used my silver Sharpie marker and it colored it perfectly!!  Then I added the flower (Prima) which I dyed a darker brown, a piece of punched paper for the center and leaves (Martha Stewart) and added my sentiment (Birthday Basics, Papertrey Ink).  It is a bit hidden up there but I liked it better there than on the green base!

Sorry for the horrible photography!  I am still waiting on new lights for my photo box and today it is dark and dreary here.  I also am having trouble with running photoshop for some reason so I am using a different, less effective editing program!  :-(

All in all, a good morning's craft!!  Now I'm off to Michaels for a craft supply run :-)
Have a great day.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Loonie Stamper's Challenge - #106 - Fabric

The latest Loonie Challenge is to use fabric.  Well, I just happen to have acquired a ton of great fabric scraps and also recently purchased a package of K&Co. fabric so this is a perfect excuse to get off my duff and actually use it! 

I started out with the flower.  A few days ago I had made THIS card using pink and green reinker inks.  Not wanting to waste anything, I took the left over pink and green ink and brushed it onto a piece of scrap cardstock.  I used this scrap today (see me trying to be better at using my scraps!) by stamping this lovely flower (smARTworks), a waterlily I would say, onto the paper.  I mostly got the pink part of the paper but the tips of the middle petals have a bit of green on them.  Then, I picked this green and white fabric (K&Co.) to combine with the pink color.  I adore pink and green together (as you can see on the card that I posted where these colors of ink originated).  The little strip of pink at the bottom is also the painted reinker scrap and I stamped this swirl border (Stampology) on it.  The black under the flower is some True Black twill (Papertrey Ink) and the sentiment is from the Birthday Basics set (Papertrey Ink). 

Okay, now what did those loonie ladies do with fabric ... I can't wait to find out:

Hope you have a good and stampy weekend!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Moon and Star Welcome Baby

More attempts to use items from my scrap bins.  See that moon and star...I've had them for at least 2 years sitting in my "small" scrap bin.  The swirly heart background has been in my "medium" scrap bin for at least 2 years as well.  Time to use them up!!

I don't make many baby cards because I don't have many friends having babies these days.  But a few younger friends have gotten married recently and one of my friends has both of her children due for babies this year. 

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Colorful DUDE!

I saw a card like this done with a Verve stamp set but I knew I could replicate one similar to it using my So Cool set (Stampin' Up! - retired).  Again, another stamp set I felt I had to have but haven't used nearly enough!!

I used my markers to ink up just the word Dude in Ruby Red, then Pumpkin Pie, then Summer Sun, then Garden Green and finally Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up!) using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the word lined up each time.  (I see the orange does not look all that orange in this photo but it is in real life - sheesh!).  Then I cut the cardstock down to the size I wanted, did some faux stitching around the edge and matted it on some black cardstock.

Next, I took the circle birthday sentiment from Around and About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink) and stamped it with black onto white cardstock.  Then, using the star from the set, I colored small strips using the same colors.  I huffed and I puffed ....oops, wrong story.... I huffed on the image and stamped it into the middle of the sentiment.  Punched it out and layered it onto more black cardstock.  I used the star and a small dot (also in that set) and Versamark ink to give a small amount of "texture" to the kraft card base, added some hemp and adhered it all with dimensional tape. 

My son gave it a pre-teen boy thumbs up ... "even if it is a rainbow...you didn't use the purple so that is good".. LOL!!

Thanks for dropping into my little world of the blog.  Feel free to leave me a comment so I know you are really out there :-)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) - Stamp a Scene

So this week's challenge issued by Susan R. on the Simplicity blog is to Stamp a Scene.  I knew instantly that I wanted to use this lovely lighthouse image that I got from Cornish Heritage Farms a few years ago.  However, I didn't know exactly what I would do with it.  In the end, I stamped the image with Close to Cocoa ink and then added the pale brown organza ribbon and a few sea shells for embellishments. 

This was a great CAS challenge becuase I do tend to color in this image (although I have created other cards HERE and HERE where the image is just stamped).  It is always fun to have alternative ways to use your stamps!! 

Off to see what other "scenes" are used in the challenge!

Purrrrfect Birthday

This card was created based on an old CPS sketch.  I really liked it.  I did flip it though, so the cat would be looking into the card.  I wanted to use some of the images form my Inkadinkado inchie set called Cats Galore.  I love the tiger strips and that magical cat image is perfect for a card for a cat lover!!   I created the sentiment using Simple Alphabet (Papertrey Ink) and the stitched circle is from Borders & Corners {Circle} (Papertrey Ink). 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Enjoy the Roses

Love My Tapes is a company that sells tapes with flair!!  Their latest product is Fabric Tape - wow, what a great idea!!  They have started challenges on their blog and the winner is lucky enough to get some of their products.  Well, I love the idea of tape but don't yet own any....so I decided to enter their contest and try to see if I can win some!!  Besides, the inspiraiton photo was just too good to ignore!! 

Here is the card I made.  Obviously, the inspriation came from the colors, the doily under the cup, and the roses, oh and the background design!  The roses were heat embossed with black, spritzed with LOTS of water and then drops of pink ink were added.  A great effect!!

Stamps - In Bloom, Background Basics: Retro; Mixed Messages (all Papertrey Ink).

Have you joined in on the doily bandwagon yet??  They are certainly pretty little things to play with adding a lot of frill easily.

Thanks for dropping in for a peek.  Share your thoughts!!

Hello Squares

I LOVE this layout!  It is not my own original design, I borrowed it from 'the' Teri Anderson.  I saw it on her blog HERE and wanted to try it for myself.  (sorry for the poor photography - the embossing made it difficult to photograph and I still have not gotten better lighting for my photo box).

A few weeks ago, I picked up a stamp set by Stampology (sold at Walmart) called Paisley Backgrounds.  They are not the best quality but they work and are quite inexpensive.  And besides, I love paisley -- I know it is not "in" right now, but I don't care, I love it anyway!!
I stamped the lined image background onto some white cardstock and embossed it with black embossing powder.  Then I colored it in with blue (B14, Copic), pink (Cameo Coral, SU!), and yellow (Staedtler fineliner).  Love the results!!  To see it close up either click on the image or right click on the image and select "open" in the menu you get. 

The sentiment is a rub on (Stampin' Up!) and the lines are faux stitching were done with my white gel pen (Signo).  Everything here is scrap or old products I've owned and need to start using (the rub-ons!!).  Yeah for me!!

Enjoy your day!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Home from Camping!

The boys and I just got back from camping at Dinosaur Provincial Park!  Loved all the hiking we did!! 
And here is a pic of the new Camper Van.  We LOVE it!!  It is perfect for our little family!!!
Hope you had a great weekend too!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Silver Embossed Flower Card Set

I saw a set like this on SCS a while ago - can't find it now so whoever you are please let me know so I can give you credit ... oh yeah, and thanks for the inspiration!!  
Whoever it was, they had used silver embossing on colored cardstock to make a little set of cards.  I love it! These ones are 3x3 sized.  Unfortunately, the purple card was really hard to photograph for some reason. 
The flowers all come from the stamp set Life (Papertrey Ink) and the sentimetns are various ones from Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink).

Thanks for dropping in today! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Purple Snowflakes??!!

Well, what do you expect??!!  Susan R. handed out the latest One Layer Wednesday challenge and made me do it!!  She told us to create a holiday card using "unexpected colors".  Well, here are my purple snowflakes :-)  I used more Twinkling H2O's - this time, English Lavender.  I created 2 cards actually.  The first one just got "busy" and I wasn't sure I really liked it.  The second one was less busy ... but like usual, I stamped the sentiment on crooked (that is why I photographed it on the side...so you wouldn't notice so much ... but then I went and told you .. sheesh!!). 

Which one do you like best (assuming the sentiments were both straight!)??

Have a great evening,

School Time - Waltzingmouse Makes Competition

I was browsing around blogland and spent some time on Claire Brennen's Waltxingmouse Makes site.  She is away on vacation, but Lisa the Mousekeeper is updating the blog.  And you'll never guess what ... she is hosting a little competition!!  She likes the old saying ... "When the cat's away the mice will play"!  Well, I'd be happy to play along.  You need to go to the Waltzingmouse Stamp Store and download one of the FREE templates and then create something with it!!  What fun!! 

I saw Claire's gingerbread house template and thought of starting an early Christmas project but then I got to wondering if I could adjust the house, just a bit, and create a nice little School House.  So that is what I did.  Sadly, I don't own one single Waltzingmouse stamp ... but maybe I'll win one!!??  (crossing my fingers and toes).

It was hard to photograph but I put a chalkboard on the inside wall that you can see through the windows that I created.   And I added an old wooden floor too!!  And a little chimney was needed of course!! 
I think I'll add a few "treats" in this house for my son on his first day back to school.  Thankfully that is not for a few weeks so I have some time to pick up the treats! 
So, are you going to play???? 

Twinkling Butterflies

Susan R. totally inspired this card with here version HERE (scroll down).  I thought I could make the black text (Background Basics: Text Style) look worn but it didn't quite turn out how I envisioned.  Regardless, I like the butterflies.  I painted on 3 different colors of Twinkling H2Os and then, once dry, I stamped this butterfly (Antique Engravings, Hero Arts) with black ink.  I cut them out and adhered them to the middle of the card.  I have added antenna since taking this photo (drat!). 

Thanks for dropping in.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Baby Doily Card

Remember those Martha Stewart Doilies I had been making (Here, Here, Here and Here if you missed them), well, they are really addictive!!  There is a whole group on Flickr if you'd like to see called The Embellished Paper Doily Project.  I saw this one by MariePscraps and loved the colors so I decided to use it as inspiration.  Here is my end result! 
I decided to make it into a baby card (the tag says Sweet Baby - Mixed Messages - Papertrey Ink) but I realize you can barely see it).   While it doesn't look like there is much stamping on here, there is more than you might think.  The white swirls on the blue are Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink) with white embossing powder.  Aslo the yellow has yellow polka dots (Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink) done in a slightly darker yellow than the cardstock.  The key to these doilies is all in the details!!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you like the doilies?  and share if you've made one of your own!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pink Frosting Cupcake

There are days when I know I have too many stamps ... when a see one set I have barely used but have owned it for more than a year!  Yikes!!  This cupcake bottom belongs to one of those sets.  It is from the Everyday Classics set that Papertrey Ink gave to it's loyal customers last February if you had purchased at least 12 sets.  I qualified, of course.  But I saw the set the other day when I was cleaning out some supplies and realized that I haven't actually used the cupcake (or most of the other images) yet!   Then, while cleaning, I came across a sheet of used stickers belonging to my son.  It was a sheet with various candies and cupcake toppings.  This pink frosting (looked delicious and...) looked like it might fit the top of the cupcake bottom.  When I checked, it did - perfectly!!  I think I haven't used the image much because I think the top looks funny on the stamp!!

The sentiment is from Limitless Labels (another rarely used set).  I also made the pretty polka dot pink scallop edge by stamping polka dots (Polka Dot Basics II - Papertrey Ink) and setting with white embossing powder. Then I cut out 1/2" circles and adhered them to the back of the vanilla panel. 

Sadly my photos look dark because my Photoshop program is not working and my husband is!!  LOL (he's the tech geek in this house!!).  The pinks, vanilla and kraft looks so much softer in real life!!

Thanks for dropping in for a peek today!  Hope you are having a great week!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dewy Bloom

This card is created for the awesome layout on Card Positioning System (#177).  Of course, like always, I'm too late to enter the card into the actual challenge -- sheesh!!!  I did move the focal image to the left a bit to allow for the sentiment.

The flower was fun to create.  I took the image (In Bloom from Papertrey Ink) and embossed it on white cardstock with silver embossing powder.  Then I spritzed it with water and dropped on bits of Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink) ink from my reinker.  I did add a bit of pink Copic (RV11).  Then, the neatest thing - the dew drops!!  It is simple, you just rub on some glue stick, then add some UTEE and heat a bit (not too long).  I learned this technique from Godelieve who does it brilliantly ... I still need more practice!!

The sentiment was also added with silver embossing powder (Flower Garden - Papertrey Ink).  The dotty paper is from Rusty Pickle -- love it!!  There are pink skull and crossbones on the flip side .. you will be seeing them some time in the future!!

Thanks for dropping in!!  Have a great day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fortune Holder

I was checking out Lisa Spangler's blog the other day and she had created the best "fortune cookie fourtune holder".  Well, at work we often go out to the restaurant in town that has fortune cookies for "dessert" so I had to make one of these holders. 

Lisa even did a great tutorial on how to do the japanese binding.  Mine did not turn out as lined up as hers, but hey, it was only my 2nd time doing this kind of binding.  (If you are a long time reader, you might remember THIS card I did way back in Nov. 2007). 

The papers are oragami papers given to me from a friend.  I used it as inspiration to create the circle focal point (which uses Asian Frames by Hero Arts) colored with Copics. 

As you can see, I added various colored pages inside the book and stamped a single flower image randomly with Versamark ink.  It adds just a bit of interest on the pages. 

I can hardly wait to start adding our fortunes into this book.  I think it will be a lot of fun!!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Flying By - Secret Sister supplies

This awesome balloon image is one I received from my Secret Sister in a swap I'm in over at SCS.  Isn't this the best image!!  I love that she was sweet enough to also stamp the image on some designer papers so that I could do some paper piecing .. how sweet and thoughtful she was!! 

I kept the card pretty clean and simple.  I cut the balloon out using an oval nestabilities (Spellbinders) and sponged around the outside of the oval with some blue ink.  I then popped it onto this matching red strip of designer paper.  In order to make it match the balloon strips better, I stamped Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink) onto it with Versamark ink.  Soft and subtle!!  I added the sentiment (from Bird Watching from Ppaertrey Ink -  my favorite sentiment in that set) onto the blue card base (it looks white in the photo - sorry!). 

I can't wait to create even more great cards with all the other goodies my SS sent me!! 

Until next post ....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Baby Cards ... Squared!?

Hi everyone!   I told you I had some baby cards and here they are.  I don't make baby cards very often since most of my friends have pre-teens or teenages!  But I couldn't resist using these cute little stickers that I actually found at Dollarama!  But there is an item on these cards that I have had for at least 3 years ... just sitting there waiting to be used!  Those epoxy sqauares!!  They came on a sheet with the various shades of blues, greens, and some purple and yellow!

I created the hippo card first.  I selected various colors of green and blue and added a few purple squares in the desgin.  Then, I matted it witha piece of light blue paper.  Tied a purple know, added the hippo and a small sentiment.  I added all of this onto a white card base. 

The second card, the duck, was created with the left over squares - greens and the yellow.  While I like purple, green and blue color combo I think I like the duck card best!! 

It feels so nice to finally use these squares.  I have a bunch of other colors too (browns and greys) that will make really interesting cards as well.  You will likely see them some day in the future!! 

Supplies: Stamps - hippo sentiment from Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink), duck sentiment from Limitless Labels (Papertrey Ink); Paper - various from my scrap stash!!; Ink - hippo card uses Lavender Lace (Stampin' Up!), duck card uses Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink); Other  - yellow ribbon (Michaels'), Lavender Moon silk ribbon (Papertrey Ink), epoxy square stickers (Dollarama), animal stickers (Dollarama).

Well, have a wonderful day.  Hopefully the sun is shining where you are :-)