Friday, December 31, 2010

BC 184 Reuse/Recycle

Happy New Year Everyone,

Does anyone have any fun plans tonight?  Our family has a fun (but not very exciting) tradition for New Years Eve.  We go to a movie and get chinese food.  It's always a big debate what movie everyone will want to see.  over the years we've seen some great ones and some flops as well. 

The card I've posted today will go to my Father in law.  His birthday is next week.  Can you guess what the reuse/recycle element is?  It's the twill ribbon.  Santa brought the family some snuggly couch blankets and I was so excited to see that they were held together with twill.  As soon as we opened these I snatched the twill and set it aside.  I knew right away that this is what I'd use for this weeks challeng.

The blankets are already a huge hit.  My son watches ESPN every morning and he loves to cuddle in with a blanket while doing so.  These are fabulous.

So back to the card.  The base is PTI Kraft and the blue layer is Baja Breeze from SU.  I roughed up the edges with my roughing tool.  The stamps are from A*Muse.  I inked them up with momento black and colored them with my copics.  To do the chair, I did the blue first on everything.  Then I went back in with the light tan and colored in the flowers.  Copics are interesting that way.  You do the dark first and then you can back with light and it pulls the dark color out.  The image is centered on some PTI layering dies and the patterned paper is some great retired DSP from SU.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great day.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

MFT challenge MFTWSC12222010

Hi all,

Today I a m playing along with the My Favorite Things Wednesday Challenge.

The challenge this week was to use a Dienamics die as the main focal image.  This was not very challenging with a great die like this one.  The tree and it's leaves make a great focal image.  This card is for a man my husband used to work with.  He is struggling with cancer and is about to undergo another round of treatments and my husband wanted to send a note to let him know that he cares.  I thought this bright and cheerful blue and ivory color combination with the tree image would be pefect for this situation.

The card is made with SU Very Vanilla and SU Baja Breeze.  The patterned paper is from the 6X6 paper pad from basic gray marjolaine.  This paper pad has become my 'go to' set for masculine cards.  I am loving it.  The tree base is made of cork (love, love, love it) and the leaves are a combination of SU old olive and the basic grey green.  I added a layer of twill and stamped my sentiment (SU teeny tiny wishes) in soft suede.  It's finished off with a PTI button with a twine bow.

Thanks for looking.  Thanks also for those who leave comments.

Friday, December 24, 2010

BC 183 - Christmas

Can you guess what my favorite kind of stamp is?  Come on, take a guess.... If you guessed flowers - you were close.  If you guessed whimsical images you were also close.  But if you guessed BIRDS - you were 100% right.  I have no idea why I love bird images so much.  Maybe it was because my grandmother (God bless her soul) loved images of birds.  She had a wonderful collection of hummels with birds.  They now sit on my dresser-top.  She also did a lot of cross-stitching and crewel needlework and yup - a lot of her work was with birds and I adored my Grandma. She was always there for me and was a kind, sweet influence on my life all her days.  Whatever the reason, when I see a bird stamp - well - I flock to it!

So, this Christmas card I'm showing you today is a bird image.  This baby is part of the PTI Christmas set.  There are many darling images including Santa, Candy Canes, Penguins and of course this darling bird.  I stamped him with momento black and colored him in with copics.  I made him blue to match the blue in the holly bush paper behind him.  I added blues and greens to the evergreen branch.  The Card Stock is SU cherry cobbler and crumb cake.  The ribbon is basic twill.  The sentiment is from Elzybells (gone now) and it is heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added some stickles to the hat and the corners (white and red glitter.)  The sentiment on the inside is a retired SU star studded season.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Thanks so much for looking.  Thanks so much for leaving comments!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  I hope so.  It really is a wonderful time of year.  I hope you are choosing the meaningful traditions and not getting all stressed out.  It's hard to balance that fine line.

Today's post is for My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  It was an easy one; Christmas.  I've been busy doing Christmas cards all week and had so much fun playing with this image.  I don't actually own this stamp, but my friend Kimberly let me stamp the image onto some card stock last month.  This stamp didn't take.  The christmas tree that she normally tugs behind in a sled was all faded and not clear.  But I didn't want to waste the great stamped image of the christmas girl, so I decided to get creative.  I made her a  Christmas dog walking girl but coloring her up, cutting her out and adding a memory box doggie to go behind her.  I used the SU cute christmas paper and added stickles to resemble snow.  I think she's just darling.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cards for Soldiers - Valentines

Aren't these valentine girls just darling?  I had 6 lovely ladies over today to make valentine cards for this batch of cards for soldiers.  This card was the most fun since Kate decided early in to make some non-Caucasian girls.  That opened up pandora's box and all of us challenged ourselves to make the girls in all different color combinations.  We have Asian girl, Latino girl, Spanish girl, African-American girl, irish girl (red head) and a wide variety of Caucasian girls as well.  They are just darling all lined up in a row.

We also made some other cards, my favorite is the traditional red rose valentine card, but the love birds are quite sweet and the gender neutral birthday card was fun too.  However, not everyone loved the complicated stitching!!  I will box these up and mail them out this week.  Now on to make 15 more Christmas cards to get in the mail soon.  Every year I say I'm going to get an earlier start and this year I think I'm running later than ever.  Oh well. Maybe some people will get new year cards!  Thanks for looking and have a great night.

Friday, December 17, 2010

BC 182 - December Sketch Challenge - Brother Birthdays

Hello Bloggers,
Did you all have a great week?  I'm sure everyone is busy.  If you are like me you do one of the two things - you either go into denial and pretend you don't really have a million things to do or you go into withdrawal mode where you just give up on doing the million things that should be done.  This week was a denial week for me and therefore not only haven't my christmas cards gone out in the mail yet, they aren't even done!  Sigh.  Hopefully they will go out on Saturday and get to everyone on Christmas eve!
Today's challenge was to use a sketch.  I loved this sketch, so much so, that I made two cards with it.  My brother in laws birthday was Wednesday so the top card went to Scott.  He's my husbands younger brother, but still middle aged and I wanted a nice masculine card for him with a non-christmas feel to it.  The second card (on the bottom) is for my brother Christopher.  Christopher turns 18 today.  I wanted to give him a fun loving card to reflect his youth.  It's interesting how both cards use the same sketch and designer paper but yet each has a very different feel.

The recipe is below and a photo of all the supplies is included as well.

Recipe for Scott's owl card:
Stamp:  Memory Box winter owls
Paper:  Basic Greay
Ink Momento Rich Cocoa, tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen (sponged on)
Accessories: Copics (greens and grays)

Recipe for Chris's snowflake boycard:
Stamp:  A*Muse Snowflake Boy and Happy Day sentiment
Paper:  Basic Gray
Ink Momento basic black, SU pear pizzaz

Accessories: Copics (greens , blues and grays)
Glue and flocking for hat pompom
Bling for snowflake from memory box
DieNamics circle set
Buttons from PTI

Inside sentiment for both cards from SU Wonderful You set.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Joy to the world card

Hi all,

I did something unusual this weekend.  I saw a card I loved in my magazine CARDS and copied it.  I am typically doing new designs for all my cards, but I still needed a bunch more christmas cards and wanted something more traditional and this fit the bill.

Mine is slightly different than the one in the magazine, but mostly because I had to adapt for limited supplies.  I do love this card.  The colors and design elements are really neat and it has a nice christmas feel to it.

I don't have a photo of the original.  I guess I have to have a subscription to the magazine to access it online, but theirs was very close to mine.  They had a different sentiment, a wider die cut on the left and more embellished leaves.  The card in the magazine was also PERFECT in every way.  Mine is perfectly hand made with a few imperfections so the receipient will know that I made it!

Recipe:  PTI stamp set silent night.  This set has the swirly image and the sentiment.
Paper:  SU Kiwi, SU old Olive, SU real red
Accessories:  SU real red ribbon (super thin), SU real red satin ribbon (wide), red sparkly stickles, Dienamics tree die (just used the leaves), circle punch, scallop punch (done twice one on each side.)
Ink:  SU craft white (bordering the edges of the green), Versamark (for the white embossed swirly), old olive (to do a shadow layer of the swirly after the embossed white image was set)

The PTI stamp set is shown below.  It's an oldie but goodie.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let's talk about boo-boo's

One of the joys of card making is the ability to make a new design for a card when you have something go wrong.  Too bad all of life isn't so easy ~

I was working for a while on this black eyed suzie card for my mother in law.  Since the mason jar is vellum, I never have a good way to adhere vellum onto the paper.  Even my 'invisible' glues always show through.  So I decided to use my Jenome Sew Mini and stitch the mason jar onto the card.  So, I have finished coloring (time consuming) and added my green ribbon and twine and my last step is to stitch.  I start stitching when (sigh), the machine jams.  The stitching gets all cruddy and I have to pull the stitches out.  On fabric, this is no problem, but on paper - big problem.  Even though I re-stitched, the holes still exist and are noticeable. 

So, what to do?  Well, add another design element of course and cover up the boo-boo.  Don't you think a button on the lower left corner of the card is order?  Of course you do.

Above is the card with the boo-boo.
Below is the card with the fix.

Voila.  She'll never know that this button was not part of the design all along.  Like I said, if only other things in life were so easy to fix!!!

Below is a photo collage of the supplies used.

Stamp Set:  Friendship fillers and Friendship jars from Papertrey ink (PTI.)  Twine from PTI.  Mason jar die from PTI.  Copics and spica pens.  When coloring with copics, plan to color 3-5 times over the same image to blend and bring shadowing in.  Start with lighest (cashmere Y32), then do outline in darkest (Napoli Yellow Y19), then blend with middle (Golden Yellow Y17), repeat until the color shows through on the other side.  After color is done, then highlight with spica pens to bring bling into the image.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cake Girl

Hello Bloggers,

Isn't this My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girl just darling?  I love her.  I love in with the greens and blues also.  Such a fabulous image and I think she's a great way to wish someone a happy birthday. 

Below is the recipe to make her.  I apologize that I've been a little slack on my recipe's lately.  I will be better about documenting the materials I use and including photo's of supplies as well.  I really appreciate that when I look at other creations.

So this card used the following:
Stamp Set:  MFT, Pure Innocence Birthday Princess, sentiment Impression Obsession Happy Birthday.  You can see the MFT PI stamp on the link below:
Papers:  SU DSP (retired), Basic Grey designer paper (Eskimo kisses), SU old olive, SU soft sky, SU whisper white
Accessories:  Copic markers, Dienamics die (scallop strip), Nestie dies (oval and oval scallop), Sizzix embossing folder (polka dots), Ribbon:  SU satin (old olive), stickles in platinum.
Note:  If you use stickles, finish the project completly and then as a last step, apply a generous amount of stickles and let it dry overnight.

Lastly, below is a photo of all the cards going to my cousin Lin.  She commissioned me to make a pack of cards for her sister.  I had so much fun making these cards and below is a quick view of the gift pack.  Check out the plastic card pack that is holding the apron card.  These plastic packs are a great thing to have around.  This one is from PTI and it easily holds 6 fully embellished cards and makes a great way for a professional presentation of a gift.

Thanks for looking and thanks for all of you who often leave comments.  I love hearing from all of you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

BC 181 - Birthday Theme

Hi Bloggers,

Boy am I glad it's Friday.  I had three full day meetings at work this week and I feel like I haven't been home at all.  My doggies and my boys missed me!

For today's post, I have a bunch of photos to share for this challenge.  This is because I've been busy working on a BIRTHDAY BOOK as a christmas craft gift for my cousin Tracy.  So when the Bloggers Challenge came up as birthday theme I knew I would share this book with you all.

The first photo is the cover.  Tracy is a teacher so I couldn't resist using this cutie pie on the cover for her.  I love how my copic marker in olive so nicely covers the chalkboard.

The second photo is of the binding.  I added this text from my computer since I didn't have anything else to work with.

The next photo shows one of the pages.  This book came from PTI.  It was sold as a binder and then the insert pages.  The insert pages have a line for each day of the month.  I added the A*Muse calendar titles because I was too cheap to buy a stamp set with the months.  I just printed these, cut them out and adhered them to the top of the page.  I also added a strip of adhesive to the edges to cause the page to be secure.  Ideally I would have included one card in each month, but I tried that and the book was so fat it hardly closed, so I'm giving it to her with no cards in it and the cards separate in boxes.  I also stamped and colored the back page of each page to match the month so the girl with the umbrella is opposite the March month.

And lastly are a bunch of photos of the cards I made to go in the birthday book.   If you couldn't tell, I wanted all the cards in the book to be My Favorite Things Pure Innocence.  My friend Kim let me 'stamp off' a ton of images from her collection, but now that I've played with these sets I know a few are going to be added to my collection over the next year.  Below are the 'not previously posted cards.'  I've posted all others during the last few weeks.

 Thanks so much for looking.  Contact me if you need det's on any of the cards.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

MFT MFTWSC12082010

Today's post is for My Favorite Things Wednesday Challenge.  the challenge was winter wonderland so I am posting my Snow Days Rock card for this.  Isn't this boy so cute?  Doesn't it make you wish you could still have snow days too???  Thanks for looking.  Leave a comment if you like!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More Pure Innocence Cards

Hi all,
Another post today to show you my MFT pure innocence cards.  I've been a card making machine this week as I try to finish up my chrismas craft gift.  I wanted to do a full PI theme and make 12 cards all using MFT PI stamps.  I just finished the last of them last night.  Aren't they darling?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Snowflake card for Lois

Hi Bloggers,
I hope you all don't mind that I've posted 3 times in 3 days!!!  I just have a lot of things to share this week since I've been busy in the craft room working on so many different things.  Today's card is for my friend Lois.  I wanted to make a snowflake card to celebrate her adult baptism today.  I also got baptized in December and when I did I thought of the analogy of baptism to snow.  Just like a cool gray New England Day can be transformed from something dead and ugly into something completely different and beautiful in a moment, so can Christ transform a human.  I am a great example of that beautiful transformation.  As I've mentioned in other blog posts, I was a nervous and guilt ridden mess of a human being and then when I began to study the bible and learn about Christ, was transformed.  Lois will today publicly declare her faith in Christ and go in the baptism tank for a complete submerge.  At our church we teach that the act of being baptized isn't the thing that causes her to be right with God.  We teach that the person acknowledges his/her sin, asks Christ to forgive the sin, invites Christ to be Lord of their life and then as a result of the persons humble confession, they desire to publicly demonstrates their faith by being baptized.  It's a cool thing.    Lois is very excited to be baptized and I'm excited for her.  I made a bunch of snowflake sugar cookies and this card to celebrate the occasion with her.  Since I know I don't do a good job of explaining this, I'll give you a link below that has some interesting info on baptism including how different christian faiths interpret complicated things like when should someone be baptized and are you saved from baptism.  check it out.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set:  NONE - I printed this scripture verse from my computer.
Card Stock:  SU Crumb Cake, Bo Bunny Frost, SU Whisper White, SU Night of Navy
Accessories:  DieNamics Snowflake die, PTI buttons, stitching on my Jenome Sew Mini, Mini Pearls from Memory Box.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

MFT sketch

Happy Saturday,
How are all you bloggers out there today?  It's a cool but sunny day here in New England.  I just got back from a fun morning at a SU tag making workshop.  A friend of mine just became a demonstrator this September and this is the first workshop she's done that fit on my schedule.  We had a great time.  She has a nice group of stampin friends and she had some lovely designs for us to work on. I was able to invite a non-stamping friend to come and she had lots of fun learning all the techniques.  But onto my post today.  Some of you may know that our family has a christmas craft tradition.  Each year we pick names and we either buy or make a hand made gift for that person.  For my christmas craft this year I am making a birthday book.  The book will include 12 hand made cards.  So, I am busy making those cards.  This grouping includes 2 cards that will go in that book.  Since I am using Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things as the theme for all these cards, I decided to work with the MFT sketch challenge each week to inspire me.  Aren't these ladies just adorable???  I can't choose which one is cuter than the next.  This sketch was super fun to work with.  I turned it on it's side for the Christmas card and left it vertical for the other two.    Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, December 3, 2010

BC 180 - Ornaments

Hi Bloggers,
Happy Friday.  Did you have a good week?  My week was busy - but fun.  A old friend of mine from North Carolina was up here in New England for a visit and we had a nice time catching up on Wednesday night.  I also had a great dinner with my bible study ladies on Tuesday.  Then on Thursday, I got to go to Ink About It and got to see my friend Kim.  With all this socializing, I hardly had time to stamp, but I did manage to whip up this clean and simple card for the bloggers challenge.

This card has a retro/modern feel to it.  The light green reminds me of the 60's and I love it.  The stamp image is from SU's cute christmas and the sentiment Merry and Bright is from PTI's 'Have yourself a merry little christmas' set.  The light green solid is A*Muse (great because it is white inside) and the patterned paper is also SU cute christmas.  I used a punch on the candy cane border and then just layered it onto the red and pink stripe.  There are two layers of ribbon on the edge - A*Muse on the bottom and SU certainly celery satin on top with the bow.  The scallop circle is from PTI and is in riding hood red.  I did a certainly celery sponge edge on the ornaments and they are colored in with copics and then topped with stickles for sparkle.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great weekend.