Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jerri made me do it!!!

Seriously, Jerri Jimenez's (A Touch of Grace) card, here inspired me to design this card which I'm also using for yesterday's Splitcoast Stampers Limited Supplies Challenge (LS235) where we had to include at least one butterfly as well as a money card/envelope! For those of you that have not registered at Splitcoast Stampers, you really should.....the challenges are so much fun and they really get your "mojo" going!!!

I used an Anna Griffin stamp for the bottom centerpiece of my card and also used my Pazzles Inspiration Studio software to create a mat for the image which I cut using my Pazzles Inspiration. I also designed the card base, small envelope, and the butterflies using my Pazzles Inspiration Studo software and then cut them with my Pazzles Inspiration! For the centers of my butterflies I used black crushed velvet flock. In the center of the bow I affixed an "Ivory Pearl Seal" from Micheals, but before I did I painted the pearl part of it a pink color using Making Memories acrylic paint. Another little note is that I used gold wire to make the antennae for the butterflies. Here is a photo of the inside, showing the little money envelope that I made.

I embossed the "liner" of the envelope. This was a lot of fun, plus I now have a special birthday card ready to give to someone very special!!!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5/5"


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, Westrim Crafts Black CS, Ampad Pink CS & Paper (for envelope liner) and Vellum (Pink & White)
Stamps: Anna Griffin "Flourishes" (large centerpiece) and Lotus Greeting Stamps by Amy Butler for K & Company (sentiment and stamped image)
Inks: Tsukineko VersaMark "Watermark" and Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Embossing Powder: Ranger "Queen's Gold"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Bow Easy" and Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories: EK Success "Morocco Lace" Border Punch, "Crystal", "Diamond" and "Golden Rod" Stickles, Making Memories "Rose Petals" acrylic paint, "Black" Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Flock", Michaels "Ivory Pearl Seals", "Petal Pink" Liquid Pearls, Recollections "Pink" Pearl Stickers, "White" Pearl Stickers by the Paper Studio, Krylon "18kt Gold Leaving Pen", Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Textile" embossing folder, Stampendous "Wild Roe Gold" Class A Peel Stickers and Offray "Wired Taffeta" Ribbon

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WOW...this is my 3rd masculine card in a week!!!

But...the important thing about this card is that it is for my husband's birthday, today!!!

I had been working on creating a card (in my head) for my husband for days and then yesterday when I saw the Sketch Challenge (SC243) at Splitcoast Stampers the ideas started coming! A few weeks ago I had bought three sheets of 12"x12" "specialty" papers at Hobby Lobby and I thought two of them would look great on a masculine card. They are both by the Paper Studio.....the first one is the brown "flocked" paper and it has paw prints on it. My husband is crazy about our little Yorkie ("Miss Dani") so I knew I just had to use that one. The second one is the the gorgeous "gold striped glitter" paper. I also had bought some linen samples from Paper and More and used a couple of them on the front panel. They are 84# card stock and I'm just going to have to break down and order several different packages of them. I'm afraid I was not able to pick up all the beauty of these papers in my photo, but trust me IRL (in real life) they look fantastic!!! All of the silver items on the front panel are Peel-Off stickers that were a gift from my UK Scrappers friend can see her blog here. The "velvet looking ribbon tabs" were actually made using some suede paper that I bought years ago from a stamp store in GA that is now closed. I also used my Pazzles Inspiration and a gold pen in the Pen Tool to do the "faux stitching" on the two middle panels. It may not show in my photo, but this card is just a mass of wonderful textures and I think it really has a nice masculine look!!!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5/5


Papers: "Flocked" and "Stripe Glitter - Gold" by the Paper Studio, "Metallic Cream Linen" and "Metallic Gold Linen" Card Stock from Paper and More, "Striped CS" from DCWV All Dressed Up Stack, and "Black CS" by Westrim Crafts
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter"
Accessories: "Metal Corner" by Spare Parts, Silver & Gold Beads from Michaels and "Gold" RoseArt Pen

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I LOVE this little frog image!!!

I'm really pleased with this card that I've made for my brother for his birthday. The frog is a digital image that I created in Photoshop CS3 from a font called "KiddyDing". I used the "w" for the frog and the "q" for the mushroom, printed it out twice and colored the image using my Copic & Neopiko markers. I also have to add that the frog was a "boy" and I turned him into a "girl" by adding the eyelashes and the red lips!!! The "sentiment" was done using my "Basic Black" Stampin Up marker in the Pazzles Inspiration Pen Tool and a Pazzles font called "Engineer" other words, my PI did the writing for that feature!!! The "52" was cut out of "Sequins Silver" vinyl using my Pazzles Inspiration digital cutter too. The cupcake is clipart from Graphics I used a Card Sketch (SC79) from Splitcoast Stampers.
Finished Card Size: A2/5.5"x4.25"


Papers: Embassy Black Cardstock (card base), Westrim Crafts (other black CS), Darice Paper Crafter CS (green CS) and GA Pacific White Carstock
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and Provo Craft "Cuttlebug"
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities "SM Classic Rectangles & SM Classic Scalloped Rectangles", Copic Sketch Markers, Neopiko Markers, The Robins Nest "Dew Drops", Marvy Uchida "White Liquid Applique" (I colored it green using Making Memories "Celery" paint), Stampin Up Black Marker, "Sequins Silver" vinyl and Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Stylized Flowers" & "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folders.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

How about a masculine touch!!!

I made this card today for the Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge (FS132) and I'm so pleased that when completed, it really took on a nice masculine look! We have a dear friend whose birthday is on the 25th and I've earmarked this for him! You can find all the details about this challenge here if you would like to play too! Here is the card that inspired me!!! She did not mention the size of this card, so I decided to make mine 4"x9.25".

The main difficulty with this project was getting a good photo of it, which happens quite often! In the previous photo, the middle "square's" stamped image can hardly be seen, so here is a close-up of it!

The stamped sentiment is hard to see in the full photo too, so here is a close-up of it too!

Thanks for looking!!!

Finished Card Size: 4"x9.25"


Papers: Westrim Crafts (Black CS), "Silver Swirl on White" by The Paper Company and "Kings Gold" Metallic CS by Wausau Paper
Stamps: "Lotus Greeting Stamps" by Amy Butler for K & Company (sentiment) & Hero Arts "Leaf Prints"
Ink: VersaMark "Watermark" by Tsukineko
Embossing Powders: Ranger "Super Fine Detail Gold, Old Town Crafts "Ultra Fine Silver" and Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail Clear Transparent"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", Cuttlebug, Ranger "Heat It", Martha Stewart "Arch Lattice" Border Punch
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities"Small Standard Circles" & "Small Scalloped Standard Circles",
Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Vintage" die & "D'vine Swirls" embossing folder, Offray "Black Satin" Ribbon

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mother's Day........already?????

I've actually made this card for my seven year old grandson to give to his Mom for Mother's Day 2010. That adorable little "Precious Moments" boy reminds me of him!!! I will just store this card for him until May. I'm using this card for Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge (CC231 & you can find it here) "Don't Fade Away", where you use bleach to do your stamping and use whatever color the cardstock bleaches out to as your second color (in this case a cream color). I'm also using it for the Sketch Challenge 241 and you can find it here.

I actually used a dingbat font called "Precious Moments Love 1" (letter "L") to make a digital stamp that I then colored with a combination of my Neopiko & Copic markers. I used some Stickles in the center of the flower. I designed the striped overlay using my Pazzles "Inspiration Studio" software and then cut it on gold metallic cardstock. I have not completed to inside of the card yet, as I want my grandson's input before doing so!

PS. I just changed out the photo of this card because today (8-14-2009), I found some ribbon that kind of matches the card that I like better, so I removed the old bow and added a new one!!!

Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5.5"


Papers: Best Occasions "Metallic Paper Pack" (gold metallic CS), Gina K "Pure Luxury" (digitally stamped image) and GA Pacific (card base)
Stamps: StampCraft (bleached images)
Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and Provo Craft "Cuttlebug"
Accessories: Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Leafy Branch" embossing folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Long Rectangles Large" and "Long Rectangles Scalloped Large", The Robins Nest "Dew Drops" and Offray Ribbon (tied using the "Bow Easy")

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Let's utilize our "nail art"!!!!!!!!!!!!

This past weekend I started working on this birthday card for a dear friend who's birthday is this month and I decided that I would use the "Precious Moments" font to do her name (Marti). I did this in Photoshop and actually decided to go ahead and color it with Photoshop as well! I actually had colored the "letters" with a lavender color but after I printed it out I did not like it and decided to go over it with a glitter pen. I discovered that I did not have a glitter pen that was the right color so I wound up using my red Beifa glitter pen....mixed with the lavender it became a really pretty reddish purple color that went well with the Wausau cardstock!!! I also used one of my Neopiko markers to color the cheeks and the Bunny's ear. Well now, here comes the "nail art"!!! While using the glitter pen I made a couple of "boo boos" and instead of starting all over I decided to use some stickers to cover my mistakes (they were really small, but to me showed up big time!) and I really did not have any that were small enough and while going through my drawer I came across some "nail art stickers" that I had purchased some time ago from Walmart and they were tiny and they worked out perfectly. I then decided that I liked them so well that I would use some on each letter and then used some at the top left of the card to "balance it out". Needless to say, I will be going by Walmart this week to see if I can find some more "nail art stickers" to stock up on!!!!

I also want to add that the tiny strips of cardstock that I used as embellishments were cut using my Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter". I love how they cut so evenly using it,, as I could never attempt to get them that even with my paper trimmer!!! The "Happy Birthday" was done using Photoshop and the "CAC Lasko Condensed" font and printed on my inkjet. Another thing that I want to mention is that in my photo the dark cardstock almost looks black but it's actually almost a purple/burgundy color called "Sparkling Merlot" and it has a beautiful golden sheen to it that I was unable to capture with my camera.
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5"


Papers: Neenah White CS, GA Pacific White CS (card base) and "Sparkling Merlot" Metallic Cardstock by Wausau Paper
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", Martha Stewart "Arch Lattice" Border Punch and the EK Success "Morocco Lace" Border Punch
Accessories: Nailene "Bedazzle Rhinestone Nail Art", Neopilo marker (Y504) and blender, Marvy Uchida "White Liquid Applique" (on Bunny's tail) and Beifa "Red Glitter" pen

Sunday, August 9, 2009

WOW, this has been the most enjoyable crafting weekend........................

that I've had in months. I've only completed two cards, but I've got another project in the works too! I do think that maybe my "mojo" is coming home!!!! A little earlier today, I was checking out the Splitcoast Stampers "Gallery" and I came across a "hinged" card made by Wendy (aka/Wendybell @ SCS) and she has a fantastic video on how to make it...if you are interested in checking out her video, you can find it here! Well, here is my version of it and I had a blast working on it!!!

Here is a view of it opened up....I've not yet added the wording on the inside, as I will do that when I decide who I going to send it to!

The beautiful crocheted flower was made by my friend Teri's (tlfrank at SCS) mom. Teri was kind enough to send me some and I really treasure them....this is the first time I've used one of them. You know....I think I might be a "hoarder"!!! Here is a close-up of it.

Some time back I bought a "Bow Easy" from Sharon at "No Time to Stamp" blogspot. At here site she has a tutorial on how to use it and if you would like to purchase one and see her tutorial, you can see it here. I made my gingham bow using my "Bow Easy" and here is a close-up of it.

This was fun and thanks for stopping by!!!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5.5"


Papers: GA Pacific (white CS base), Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock (gray textured CS), Wausau Paper "Smooth Finish" (lavender CS) and Me & My Big Ideas Specialty Cardstock "Parisian Flourish" designer paper (PADX-18)
Stamps: Studio G (sentiment)
Inks: Tsukineko Brilliance "Pearlescent Purple" & "Victorian Violet"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and Provo Craft "Cuttlebug"
Accessories: Provo Craft "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, Recollections "Pearl Stickers", EK Success "Victorian Lace" Paper Shaperss Corner Adorner, Martha Stewart "Branch" punch, Fiskars "Lace" Border Punch, Spare Parts "Brad", "Bow Easy" and Michael's Basic Basic "Gingham Ribbon"

Let's do a little quilling....................

I had some very special company come to my house on July son, his wife and my two adorable little grandsons! They were with me for almost a week and then a week ago today, they headed home, to Alabama. I miss them so much, but they sure can wear out their "Nana"! I guess I'm not as young as I sometimes think I am!!!

At any rate, while they were here Splitcoast Stampers had a "Quilling" challenge for the "Try a New Technique" (TLC231) and I had wanted to participate, but did not have time and then this week I really liked the "Card Sketches" challenge, so late last night I decided to combine the two and this is what I came up with.

The quilled butterfly and flowers were some that I had made some time back when learning how to quill and I had them in a box to use as embellishments when needed and I had actually forgotten about them. During that time I had made a quilled project that I gave to a friend as a birthday gift. Here's a photo of it....I actually put it in a "showdow box" prior to giving it to her.

When making the "Thank You" card, I decided to use some cardstock from the Core'dinations "Whitewash Collection". I am on the Pazzles Design Team and we are supposed to incorporate some of this cardstock into our projects for this month, so I figured this would be a good chance for me to play with it prior to doing that....and I love it! I used it for the two inner panels and then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder. I also used a "nail buffer" to sand them afterward. With that cardstock there is an inner core that shows through when you "sand" and in this case it was a blue color that was similar to the blue than I used in the quilled butterfly! Don't you just love that effect?!!

Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5"


Westrim Crafts (Black CS), Core'dinations CorlorCore Cardstock and DCWV "The Pocket full of Posies Stack" (Designer CS)
Stamps: Studio G (sentiment)
Inks: Tsukineko Brilliance "Victorian Violet" and Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and Provo Craft "Cuttlebug"
Accessories: Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Lables 4", Recollections "Pearl Stickers" and Target Ribbon