Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Christmas Card

I got this idea and pattern from Vintage Image Craft. The inside reads: "This is a Victorian scrap from the 1890's. Scrapping became a favored pastime of women early in the 19th century. They would scour magazines and advertisements for small black and white illustrations, cut them out, often hand-color them, and paste them in albums and journals. By the 1820's, printers began to produce materials just for scrapping, and scraps soon became more elaborate with embossing, color printing and gilding, and finally die-cutting. By the end of Queen Victoria's reign in 1901, Victorians were scrap-happy and decorating everything from gift tags to furniture with these little cut-out pictures." This site has wonderful Victorian images that are free. I used yarn for the strings on the tags. The tags are on with glue dots so they may be peeled off the card and used for a Christmas tree ornament. I used green cardstock and cream cardstock as I could not decide which I liked better.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Penny Black Challenges

I am entering this card for the Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge to "Punch Away", and Penny B. Friends Saturday Challenge which is "Indian Summer." I used gold cardstock for the base of the card. I used some dp from the Dollar Store (I believe it's "Miss Elizabeth" brand.) I used a Penny Black image colored with Copics. I used the polished stone technique for the square where the dog is. I punched out a bunch of leaves with scrap cardstock and then added a ribbon. I did not use a sentiment as I'm not sure yet what I'll be using the card for.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Paper Punch Addiction

I'm submitting this for a blog candy challenge at Paper Punch Addiction. I used DCWV paper, punched out a pumpkin, bat and a ghost (the punches are so old they do not have a company name on them). I used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp "Miles and Maisie" which I colored with Copic Markers. Check out this site, it is awesome:

Two Challenges

I used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp (haunted house) on this card colored with Copic markers. The dp is DCWV, the ghost is a punch as is the cat and the bat in the left corner. The punches do not have the company name on them as they are several yrs. old. I am entering this card in to 2 challenges...Allsorts #70 to use 3 punches, and Pals Paper Arts #60 to make a Halloween card. The ghost has some sparklies around the edge but the scanner did not pick it up well.

JUGS #51

This card is for the Just Us Girls challenge #51 to use red, black, and green. I used an image from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, colored him with Copic markers, and used a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment. I used DCWV paper for the background. I blobbed a little ink above the sentiment and used a bat I punched out (punch manufacturer unknown) to hide it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Caardvarks Challenge

Caardvarks challenge was a Tiffany Doodles sketch challenge. I did not follow the sketch closely but I did use a Tiffany Doodles digi. I colored it with copic markers. I used CTMH green paper and DCWV dp. There is silver on the pc. that goes along the center but it did not scan well. There are some gorgeous digis over there as well as some freebies on Thursday.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Claudia & Co. #3

This is for Claudia and Co. monthly challenge # 3. I used the Ella digi image and used Copic markers to color her. I used DCWV papers "All about Girls." for my dp.

The Pink Elephant 82

The Pink Elephant challenge was to use mostly white on your card. My digi image is from Meljen. I used my cuttlebug with the argyle folder. I used Copic Markers to color my image.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Allsorts Wk. #68

Allsorts challenge this week was "New Beginnings" so I made this wedding card. I used a sample from this blog
This is a gatefold card. On the inside is the saying "Love is patient, love is kind...." I used coredinations paper for the card, CTMH white cs for the dress and shirt, and some pearls from my stash for the buttons. I also used my cuttlebug for the dress design.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lil' Red Wagon

This is for Challenge #41 "Summer Theme". I love this image of a baby inside a flower. I made this card for my niece's baby shower. I used a Hero Arts image, Copic Markers, CTMH dp paper, and a computer-generated image.

JUGS #46 Wild, Wild, West

I made this card using a Pink Cat Studio free image, DCWV dp paper, and a computer-generated sentiment. It is for my niece's baby shower next weekend. She is having a boy. The inside of the card says "YeeHaw!" which is from a CTMH set. I used Copic markers to color the baby cowpoke and his horse.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Two Challenges

I made this from a template that I purchased on My Favorite Things, using it for Cooking it up with Katie challenge #17, to do paper piecing, add something fruity, and a circle or two. I decorated it with some paper I had laying around and put a cherry on top. Sentiment is computer generated using "Snoopy" font.

The Pink Elephant

The Pink Elephant challenge theme this week is "Summer Fun". I know when I was little, nothing was more fun on a hot summer day than a big old popsicle. Here is Ella colored with Copics. I used DCWV paper and an MS punch for the grass.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Allsorts Challenge #64

Allsorts challenge was to use red, blue and yellow. The background of this DCWV paper is blue although the scanner did not pick that up. I hope they make exceptions for my branches and leaves!! I used the SU bird punch with yellow and red cardstock.

Penny Black/ABC challenges

This card is for Penny Black challenge "On the Beach" and ABC challenge "A is for August". I used a Penny Black hedgehog which I colored with Copic Markers and cut out. I used Distress inks for the background of the card, the sandy paper is something from JoAnn's and I drew the birds.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Making Margaritas

I had this card laying in a pile and thought I would throw it on here. I colored the images with Sakura jelly roll pens (love 'em!) and the inside sentiment reads "When life gives you limes, make Margaritas!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

House Mouse Vintage

This card is for House Mouse challenge #75. I used my Prisma pencils but couldn't find my blending stubs. So I had to color it and not blend. I made the crocheted flower and put a hat pin in it. Oh to have Great Grandma Rosie's button jar and old hat pins! I could slap myself for not keeping them. Who would have thought??? I distressed the edges of the paper with distress ink (vintage photo). I used a dp on the background that looked like an old newspaper.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crafty Hos' Theme Challenge

Crafty Hos' Theme Challenge this week is "Back to School." Always Playing with Paper's Challenge this week is "Vintage." I used DCWV background paper, a pc. of lace with a hat pin, and a vintage picture of a school girl.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dave Miller, Rubbernecker Stamps, Etc.

I worked for Dave Miller of Rubbernecker Stamps this weekend in Syracuse, NY. Check out his site
You'll love the stamps and his prices are great!
So I got some great goodies to play with, thanks to Dave. This technique is called polished stone and can be found on Tim Holtz's website. Basically you take at least 3 Adirondack alcohol ink colors, put them on a blending pad, and "pounce" them on glossy cardstock. You wait a bit and then stamp over with a stamp using Staz-On. All the stamps I used are from Rubbernecker. Check them out. Dave and Pat are great to deal with, and they have killer sales. See how you can get freebies for every $25 you spend. Once you make an order, you will get e-mails when there is a sale.
I love all these cards I made BUT my absolute favorite is the last one. Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Elmo and Cookie Monster

I got this idea for Elmo and Cookie Monster from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. Aren't they cute? Dawn did a video on how to make them. I made them birthday cards. I have a craft show coming up and needed to make some cards to go into my card rack.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Another Easel Card

Here is another easel card I made. My camera is broken so I have to lay it flat to much for the easel effect. I used CTMH cardstock, Tim Holtz images and spinner and I used vintage photo distressed ink. If you could lift the card up into an easel it says "Enjoy the Journey." I distressed the sides and sponged the ink over the edges to make it look old.

Always Playing With Paper #4

The challenge was to make an easel card on Always Playing With Paper. This is the first one I've done. No...I didn't do it wrong, the camera is broken so I had to scan it. Use your imagination. It folds down and catches on the brad and stands up. The cardstock is from CTMH as well as the sentiments (Happy Birthday and Make a Wish) The dp is from DCWV stack called "Nana's Kids." The paper punch is MS. These are fun to do. Think I'll make a boy one next. The easel card tutorial is on Split Coast Stampers.

JUGS apron card

Here is my apron for the Just Us Girls challenge #39 this week. I love making these! There is a template on their site that you can print out. When you pull the flower up a message saying "Forever Friends" is printed on the tag. I used some lace from JoAnn's, some brads and ribbon from my stash, some paper from Walmart, a paper punch for the flower, and CTMH argyle backgrounds stamp for the dots and the sentiment. Gotta go make more, these babies are addicting!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lots of Challenges

I haven't even counted all the challenges this card covers...Let's see...Penny Black #107, Paper Patch, The Pink Elephant...use pink and black, and Cute Card Thursday, recycle and reuse....I punched the squares out of those paint chip samples you get at the store in the paint dept. I used a Penny Black image and colored it with Copic Markers. The inside of the card has pink paper in it and says "make a wish."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Three Challenges

I made this card with 3 challenges in mind: Crafty Ho's sketch #23, Heart 2 Heart color challenge using Black, Tulip, and Buttercup, and Pals Paper Arts "summer theme." I used CTMH paper in the specified colors, CTMH Beach Baby set (very old, rubber stamps!), Staz-on ink, and my nestabilities for the scallop. Oh no, I forgot one...make it 4 challenges...Shirley's 2 Girls challenge was to use something "old" on your card. I used the CTMH rubber stamps.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Pink Elephant #71

Challenge #71 at TPE was a sketch. They are also using Baby Bud designs. This one is Violet. I colored her with Copic Markers, I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the scallops, I used CTMH flowers with pearls in the middle. The paper is some I had in my stash and the ribbon is from Offray.

Just Us Girls Challenge #37

This is so weird, it scanned twice!
I made this card for the JUGS #37 challenge to use a digi. I used a free digi from My Time Made Easy. Aren't they cute? They come with 3 sayings too. I used CTMH Just Chillin' paper for the top and some paper I bought at JoAnn's that looked like sand. Sometimes I use sandpaper, but I didn't have any to use today. I used Copic Markers to color Water and Waverly Wiggles.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Louby Lou Digi

This is a digi by Louby Lou called "Sitting Penny." Isn't she cute? I made it for a birthday card. I used Copic Markers to color her and I used some purple cardstock I had laying around that I embossed with divine swirls embossing folder in the Cuttlebug.

Baby Bud

This digi image is from Baby Bud Designs. I colored it with copics and used some background paper I had hanging around. I love it. Here is the site to purchase:
They are being featured this week on The Pink Elephant Blog challenge. I bought 2 and got a freebie.

Three Challenges

I had 3 challenges in mind for this card. Cute Card Thursday #116 was "anything but a square" so I made the flowerpot card; Crafty Hos challenge was to "think bright"; and Allsorts #56 was a challenge to use buttons and or lace. I used those paint "chips" you get at the store and punched out the flowers. I use them quite a bit. I'll bet those stores wonder if I'm an interior designer or something. LOL

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mission 4 Macie

You can purchase this digi Rainbow for Macie for $5 and help out Macie. For info go to to read about Macie and find out how to donate to the cause.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

House Mouse #71

The House Mouse Challenge called for something "Sweet". I didn't have a sweet image so I improvised. I love this image with the mouse juggling peanuts. I added a peanut brittle recipe so I could maybe squeak into this challenge. How did I do? LOL! I used Copic markers to color the image and DCWV "Old World" mat stack for the background paper (I thought it looked like wallpaper.)

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Pink Elephant #70

The Pink Elephant challenge this week was to use the color red, a bow and scallops. I'm using this card for my cousin whose birthday is on July 4th. I used CTMH cardstock, stamp, and ink. I used ribbon and paper from my stash. I'm unsure of where the punch is from.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Three Challenges

I made this card with 3 challenges in mind: Penny Black #104 Use "swirls", Allsorts #55, "strawberries and cream", and Crafty Ho's, "Anything Goes". I used paper and cardstock from CTMH and it really is strawberry colored, the printer made it look weird, more like orange. The swirls are from CTMH, the images and sentiments are Penny Black, and I colored with Copic Markers. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Six Challenges

I made this card with 6 challenges in mind.
Penny Black-In the garden, I used the mouse and hedgie images colored with Copics.
Pink Elephant- Bright fun colors
Cute Card Thursday-no designer paper
Just Us Girls-dry embossing (used the cuttlebug)
Cooking It Up With Katie-wings, petals, and pink. If you look really close by the hedgie's foot you can see an orange butterfly.
Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot-Graduation card

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

I want everyone to check this site out if you're interested in seeing some beautiful tags. Mary is giving these away to a lucky winner if you leave her a comment and put a little blurb on your blog about it. It is a challenge from Corrosive Challenges she entered. Good luck everyone and have a great Memorial Day. Remember, it's not all about the BBQ.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

House Mouse challenge

This is my card for the House Mouse challenge...saying Goodbye. I love this image. I used Copic markers and a MS punch for the grass.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mary Annette

My scanner really washed out the colors on this card...WOW! I have entered this into 3 challenges, The Pink Elephant, using the color orange which is really washed out on my paper, The Crafty Ho's, using a photo inspiration which was a hat, and Busy Beauties Creation Station, using this sketch. The marionette is a digi from the Busy Beauties boutique. The inside says
"Dear Charlie,
I'm sick of you stringing me along.
We're through!
Mary Annette"
I was thinking of the dummy Charlie McCarthy from the old days (and boy am I old...LOL)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Penny Black Wk. #102

Penny Black week 102 was to use Lots of Dots. I used a Penny Black Hedgehog image (I love the hedgies!) I colored them with Copic Markers. This is a birthday card for my brother Kevin.

Clean and Simple Stamping #91

I made this birthday card for my brother Keith using the sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping. I used a free cupcake image sent to me by Busy Beauties when I made an order for another digital stamp. I colored the image with Copic Markers. I think the papers are CTMH. They were in my stash. Now I'm off to make another card for my other brother Kevin (their twins!)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Three Challenges

I rocked 3 challenges today: Haunted Design House; devious doctors and fiendish Florence Nightengales...I used a Daniel Torrente stamp for the creepy female doctor; Allsorts; use a tag...mine is a used as a gravestone that says "Is there a doctor in the house?"; and Burtonesque use black flowers and skulls. I colored the image with Copic Markers, the background paper is DCWV, I used a Fiskars flower punch and dotted the flower with a white Jelly Roll pen, the tag punch is from Paper Shapers, and the skull fell off a kids charm bracelet. Enjoy this beautiful day.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cooking it up with Katie

Cooking it up with Katie challenge #17 is "3 Colors of a Charming Man." I used CTMH cardstock, Copic markers, a charm that says "That's my boy" from Creative Imaginations Simply Charming, and the dog and hydrant image called "Alfie raising leg" by Rubbernecker stamps. I doodled around the card with a Sakura Jelly Roll pen. Thanks for looking, have a nice day.

Happy 1st Birthday, Allsorts!/ Penny Black #101 and JUGS #33

I completed 3 challenges with this card. Allsorts Wk. #52 was to make a birthday card to celebrate their first birthday, JUGS #33 was to have red, white, and blue (kraft optional), and Penny Black #101 was to have flowers and a PB image (dog and sentiment are PB). I used CTMH cardstock, CTMH flowers, nestabilities, and Copic markers. Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tile Coaster

I finally got to Lowe's to buy tiles to make some drink coasters. I saw the instructions online on Split Coast Stamper's. The tutorial was by Gina K. I wiped the surface with nail polish remover to clean the tile. After that dried I stamped the stem with Staz-on olive ink and the flower outline with black Staz-on ink. I then used a dark pink colored Sharpie to color in the flower petals and also used yellow for the center and lt. green for the stamens. You then spray it with sealant and let it dry. I used CTMH stamps for the flower and stem. These are so inexpensive to make. The tiles are only 32 cents each!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Technique Challenge

I used the Polished Stone technique on my card. I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger in Ginger, Latte, and Caramel. I placed them on the ink applicator along with a dab of silver metallic and pounced the applicator on glossy cardstock. I then used blending solution all over the piece to lighten it up. I used CTMH Four Solid Stamps stamp set, Moondoggie designer paper, and garden green cardstock. I used a paper punch to round the corners of all the papers. Although I love all techniques, this is one of my favorite techniques.