Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Thank You, and CR84FN49 and JAI106

 Holy cow!  I seem to have been caught in a Liebster-storm!  Thank you everyone for either awarding me or mentioning me on your blog--it is very much appreciated!

I also want to thank JustRite stamps for the prize they sent me (I chose Botanical Butterflies) when I won honorable mention in a recent challenge.  I absolutely love the set and have used it to create this card, which uses the colors of CR84FN49 and the sketch of JAI106 (Just Add Ink):

Here are the supplies used for the card:

Stamps:  Botanical Butterflies from JustRite
Paper:  Canson watercolor paper, kraft colored handmade mulberry paper
Inks:  black craft, Tim Holtz distress inks (Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint)
Other:  paper flowers and half pearls from Recollections (Michaels brand), grey satin ribbon from SU, yellow fiber from EK Success, Copic markers, clear embossing powder, water spray containing PearlEX pearl powder, dimensionals, Glossy Accents, brown Prismacolor pencil.

The flowers and butterflies were watercolored using the distress inks diluted with the pearlized spray.  I tried to capture the pearlized painting with a closeup but it is hard to see:

The patterned paper for the center panel was created using the floral sprig in the stamp set, on watercolor paper.  The little paper flowers were twisted a little to give them dimension, and little lines added with brown Prismacolor pencil to help them match the stamped flowers.

That's all for now--thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Am Overwhelmed! The Liebster Blog Award.

 Okay, guys, you are seriously too nice to me.  Just a day or two ago my friend Tracey conferred upon me the honor of the Liebster Blog award (more about that below), and before I could even pass it along my friend Suzanne did it again!  And as it happens, I first received this award last year from Anna!  (My awards are all displayed on a separate page here, although I don't really keep it up to date).  Unbelievable!  I am so blessed.

Here are suggestions that come with the Liebster Blog award, which as I understand it is intended to encourage and showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers:

--Thank the blogger who presented your award on your blog, and link back to them.
--Show the Liebster Blog badge on your blog (copy/paste from the presenter's blog).
--Present the Liebster Blog award to 5 blogs that have less than 200 followers.
--Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

Now my only problem is, as far as I can tell my very favorite bloggers already have received this award!  So I'm going to do something a little different.  First, I'll give links to some of my favorite bloggers that have already received the award so you can check out their fabulous work, then I will give you links to some wonderful bloggers that (as far as I can tell) have not received the award, so you can show them some love too!

So, here are some past recipients of the award (in alphabetical order):

Anna, who does absolutely lovely card designs.  And her recipes are incredibly drool-worthy!

Cassandra, who has totally mastered the CAS concept.  Her beautiful creations featuring intricate cutting have to be seen to be believed!

Lisa, who always has a cute and quirky touch of genius in her cards.  Not to mention the ability to combine patterns perfectly (especially polka dots!)!

Suzanne, who has a wonderful design sense--I always wonder why I didn't think of that when I see her cards!

Tracey, who, besides her wonderful color and pattern sense, displays a playfulness in her designs that I wish I could achieve!

Thank you my friends for all your inspiration!

And now for the designers whose work is a little newer to me but I will certainly be following your work and be inspired by it:

Carolanne, who does wonderful paper piecing and is very inventive!

Kelly, who works wonders in three dimensions--check out her valentine card especially!

Michelle, who designs lovely, lovely cards created with a wonderful eye for color.

Susan:  Not only a creative paper crafter, but a master seamstress as well!

Missy, who has a way of combining colors and patterns that is just fabulous!

Ladies, please know that you are under no obligation to tag anyone if you'd rather not, but I hope you enjoy checking out these blogs as I did.  And Anna, Tracey and Suzanne, thank you for choosing to tag my blog!

Now, of course I can't do a posting without a photo, so here is a card I did a long time ago that I never found an opportunity of posting.

This card was done before I had a good photography set-up, so apologies for the poor quality.  As near as I can remember, the bee came from a SU set (In Full Bloom I think) and the DP is from DCWV.  The caption at the top was created with JustRite Stampers letters.  Spellbinders die cuts and thin yellow ribbon mounted behind the die cut finished off the card.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Two Challenges

 Greetings all!  I'm finally ready to do some challenges (I promised myself that I would not do anything in the craft room until I finished the taxes, so this is my reward).  I'm combining two challenges with this card:  Play Date Cafe PDCC120 (Baby Blue, Orangesicle, Basil) and PTI's Make It Monday #54 (Glittered Buttons).  I especially wanted to try the glittered buttons because I got this cool new material at a local stamp store and just HAD to try it out.  It's called Art Parts Clearly For Art Whiteout modeling film--you can heat it to distort it to any shape and it doesn't shrink, just forms the shape and stays that way when cooled.  Here is the card I made from it:

The "buttons" were die cut from the Art Parts material using PTI's Buttoned Up #1 die, colored with Copic markers, then heat-distorted with a heat gun, then glittered.  It's hard to see the dimension in this straight-on photo, the card actually looks really cool in real life (if I do say so ever so modestly).  The rest of the supplies are as follows:

Stamps (all PTI):  Turning A New Leaf, Healing Touch Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham.
Card Stock:  White, PTI Spring Moss
Ink:  Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Certainly Celery
Dies (all PTI):  Buttoned Up #1, Turning A New Leaf, Edgers #1
Other:  green embroidery thread, ultrafine glitter, diluted white glue, Crystal Accents

Well, that's all from me--have a nice day!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm Baaaaack!

 Hello friends!  The situation is much better and I'm back in town again.  Long term is not so great, but for now the family member is out of the hospital and doing fine at home.  I just want to thank my friends for their very kind well wishes.  Isn't it wonderful that people you have never even met can be so caring, and so nice?  It bolsters my faith in the human race.  Anyway, thanks everybody, and I will be checking your websites soon to see what I missed!


Monday, February 13, 2012


Hello friends-- just a quick update to let you know that I will be missing in action for a while. I am currently out of town attending to a very ill family member and have no access to card making supplies. No interest either, to be honest. I'll be in touch, and thanks for checking in.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary - Day 5

 Hi Folks!  Back again with my latest entry to PTI's ongoing 5th anniversary challenges.  This time we are to create a project inspired by an item in Pinterest.  I'm not a member but it looks like you don't have to be to get inspiration.  For my card I chose this woodburned image on Pinterest.  My project also features woodburning:

To do this I stamped a frame image from PTI's Mat Stack 2 Collection on a die cut (Spellbinders Petite Ovals) piece of maple wood veneer using SU Creamy Caramel.  I wanted the image to be barely visible on the wood so the burning could be seen.  Then I carefully burned the image into the wood using a fine point woodburning tool.  A closeup of the wood plaque can be seen here:

The rest of the card is pretty straightforware (read:  boring!) because I needed to keep it simple as this card is intended for my husband's birthday--he's a wood nut so I think he will appreciate the woodwork in this card.  The patterned paper came from DCWV's Nana's Kitchen stack, and the solid card stock is from PTI's variety pack (not sure of the color name).  The ribbon came from my vintage stash.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Day 4

 Hello everybody!  As promised I'm back today (here is my earlier card) with a card for the Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Day 4 challenge--a color challenge.  I chose Lisa Johnson's favorite palette for my card, although I did substitute a dark brown for the kraft to get more contrast:

I've always loved this PTI set (Wonderfully Whimsical) and I don't use it nearly enough.  I stamped the image (SU Chocolate Chip) on a Mat Stack 2 die cut, colored the image with Copic markers, then mounted it on a Mat Stack 2 Layerz die cut (SU Chocolate Chip) that I trimmed with pinking shears in the round area.  This was mounted on pop dots then on an Aqua Mist die cut (Spellbinders Pinking Circles Small) which I stamped with phrases from the PTI set Simple Sunflower by mounting them on the acrylic block in a curved shape.  The card background (PTI Spring Moss) was stamped in Versamark with the tree from Wonderfully Whimsical, then Chocolate Chip cardstock, Happy Spots patterned paper (for you, Lisa!), and vintage mini rickrack and tiny red buttons were added.

This is not a color palette I would normally have chosen but I really like how it came out.  It's good to stretch yourself sometimes.

Thanks for looking!


Make It Monday 52 and ColourQ 123

 Greetings all!  For this week's Make It Monday (double-sided stamped die cut) I am stepping outside the box a little bit by making a tag.  Also couldn't resist using this gorgeous color combination from this week's ColourQ123 challenge.  To dress up the simple tag I also added some dyed silk ribbon and beads--I kinda like how it came out:

(How do you like my prop assistant?)  I used PTI's Mat Stack 2 die and stamp collection, as well as the Butterfly Dreams set (stamped then cut out the smallest butterfly).  I didn't have the exact challenge colors but I used SU Regal Rose and Groovy Guava (retired).  The beads were strung onto 1/8" silk ribbon that had been dyed with Copic marker, and secured with crimp beads onto small jump rings.  Here are some additional photos including a view of the flip side:

Back side of tag

Closeup of beaded trim

Well, that's all for now but I will definitely be back later today with my entry for PTI's 5th anniversary celebration--be sure to check back!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Day 2

Hello friends! We just lost Internet for some reason so I'm updating from my phone--never tried that before so please excuse any errors. So anyway, we are on to Day 2 of PTI's 5th anniversary celebration and the excitement definitely continues. Today we are to make a card using an image from the free download generously provided by Nichole (thank you!). I chose the cute 'Hello' image provided by Maile Belles--I love the graphic simplicity combined with a feel of motion:

No stamping, just that wonderful image printed on laser transparency and colored on the back with Copics. I used Text-Style 2009 Bitty Dot Basics and adhered it to white card stock, die-cut a round hole, and mounted the image behind the hole. Here is a side view so you can see the window:

Then I tacked down some of that wonderful vintage mini ricrac my Mom gave me, and finished off the card with a trio of buttons. Also chomped off the corners. Whew! I hope I get Internet back soon--typing on this tiny screen is the pits (I am NOT a texter!).

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Day 1

Greetings folks!  The excitement at PTI is well underway with the beginning of their 5th anniversary celebration.  Today's prize is so amazing, I just can't imagine what else could be in store!  For the contest (in which we are to CASE a favorite project from the Design Team's favorites) I have prepared a couple of cards.  I decided to CASE Becky Veldman's card set that focuses on combining sentiments with a theme.  Her original post about it is here.  I only had time to make these two cards (I am in awe of the productivity of the DT--how they keep turning out so many top-notch projects just amazes me!); supplies for each card are listed under each:

Stamp sets (all PTI):  Mat Stack 2 Collection, Quilter's Sampler, Mega Mixed Messages, Autumn Abundance, Vintage Picnic
Paper:  white, PTI Happy Spots, SU Tempting Turquoise, SU So Saffron
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU markers
Dies:  PTI Edgers #2

Stamp Sets (all PTI):  Think Big Favorites #5, Mat Stack 2 Collection, Vintage Picnic, Healing Touch Sentiments, Butterfly Dreams
Paper:  white, SU Ruby Red, DCWV Citrus stack
Embellishments:  vintage mini ricrac (from about 20 colors collected by my grandmother and given to me by my Mom last time I visited--am I lucky or what!?!)
Ink:  SU markers, Copic multiliner, Sakura Clear Star gel pen
Dies:  Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangles, Classic Triple Scallop Edgeabilities

Well, that's all for now--it's gonna be a wild ride, hope I can keep up!


Friday, February 3, 2012

ColourQ #122 For My Valentine

 Hi all!  I was inspired by ColourQ's challenge #122 colors (Basic Black, Real Red, Regal Rose, Kraft, White) to get my husband's valentine card done.  Perfect time to do it since he's out of town at the moment (back tomorrow though!).  I love these colors--I'm a traditional girl at heart (sorry for the pun) when it comes to colors for Valentine's Day.  You don't get a chance to go crazy with these colors but once a year.  Since I incorporated one of those cool offset banners I learned about on PTI's Make It Monday #51, I'll submit the card for that challenge as well.  So, here is my card:

The heart was die cut from kraft card stock using Spellbinders' Hearts dies, and white lace and black beaded trim was adhered around the outside of the cut using Glossy Accents.  The inside heart was also die cut, in a larger size, from watercolor paper that had been stamped with a flourish from PTI's Fancy Flourishes using Regal Rose craft ink, then clear-embossed, then sponged with Tim Holtz Barn Door distress ink.  The red heart was adhered inside the card behind the die cut on the front.  The sentiment panel was designed using a French curve (yeah, one of those old-fashioned templates!) and hand-cut, then stamped with the sentiment from PTI's Mega Mixed Messages.  The arrow was die cut from glossy black card stock using the rod die from Spellbinders Charms & Rod set, then one end was trimmed with scissors to an arrow shape.  

It was fun to make!

That's all from me today--have a nice day!