Thursday, July 31, 2008

Angel Card

This angel is from the TAC set, Just Dreamy. I stamped her with Brilliance ink and colored her with a mixture of Sharpies and Copics. I used the Sharpies rather than my Prisma markers because of the size of the tip. The ultra fine point on the Sharpie worked a little better for coloring in the small area of her socks. The card base is from DCWV's spring card pack. I had the coordinating cardstock to use behind the image. The black paper is from Making Memories and the brads are from Paper Studio. Her wings are colored with a Gelly Roll glitter pen.
I was so excited when I got home, my first Angel Company order had arrived! I have a couple of new things to play with, including the Just Dreamy set I used for this card.
Tomorrow night is our Card Making night at church, hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yellow Daisy

This is another flower from the TAC set, Friendship flowers. The design paper and cardstock are from DCWV. The scalloped edge is made with my Fiskars Threading water border punch. I am in love with scallops right now. I have seen several things in the gallery at SCS made with this punch and have heard several people say how hard it was to find. I was in HL one day as they were just putting them out and so I grabbed one. This is the first card I have made with it though. I picked up the ribbon at Big Lots, a huge roll for only a dollar! I decided to play with the Liquid Applique that has been in my drawer for while. I have used it to make snow and that's about it. I was trying to come up with another use for it. It looks better IRL, here it looks a bit squished or something. I think this is the card we are going to use for our workshop at church this Friday night, but we will probably color the flower instead. I may change it up a little bit before I decide on the final project.
We went and saw the new Batman movie at the IMAX theater tonight. Wow. It was a good movie. Very intense, no dull moments at all. It was Kip's third time to see it. He went on opening day, then while we were in Gatlinburg, he, my Dad and my nephew went to see it and then again tonight. We split up on movie night, the girls went and saw Mama Mia! That was a great movie!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Zoie

My niece turned 10 last weekend and to celebrate we met my parents in Gatlinburg and they brought along my niece and nephew. We had a great time, but I am exhausted. This was the card that I made for Zoie. Since she has an unusual spelling for her name, she can never find anything that is personalized so I stamped background paper using her name and added some pink cardstock from DCWV. The letters spelling out her name are from CTMH Solo letter sets. I just randomly stamped her name using CTMH Bubblegum ink. The darling pigs and the Happy Birthday are from the CTMH set, Nursery Bash. I think they are just too cute. I colored the image with Koh-I-Nor pencils and used OMS to blend and shade. The cupcakes, I colored and then topped with Doddlebug glitter in pink, purple and green. The bling are rhinestones that I picked up at Target in the dollar area. When she opened it so said she loved the diamonds on there!
We had so much fun on our weekend away, but the most fun was of course going to Your Scrapbook Superstore. It is so overwhelming to go in there, if I had the money, I think I could have easily spent a thousand dollars. I don't even know where to begin! They carry so many things that I can normally only see online, and it is all right there to see and touch. It also begs to be taken home with me! I was good though. I bought a punch and a couple of small See D stamps sets, plus a few other odds and ends. I didn't find that much in the Clearance Store this time but I did manage to find a few things there too. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jenna's Party Invitations

So, even though Jenna is having a pool party as part of her birthday Slumber Party, invitations with the pool theme weren't saying "birthday party" to her. I was thinking more along the lines of pool party and she was definitely thinking Birthday Party. Turing nine is a big deal! So I let her pick from all my stamp sets and she wanted a Riley image. Not the one in water, not the one in the hula skirt, not water skiing, although she likes them a lot, they still weren't saying birthday. Then she finally told me that to be a birthday it had to have a cake or something on it. So I grabbed this one and immediately she said "I want that one". We colored the cake with different shade of pink with Prisma Markers and covered the little heart on top with pink Doodlebug glitter. Yes, Riley's ears are sparkling with his/her pink rhinestone earrings! Pink and green are her favorite colors so she was very happy with this pink and green paper we found in my stash, I think it is from a summer pack of DCWV. The paper flowers are Making Memories I believe and the brads are from Paper Studio. The sentiment is from a Fiskers Party stamp set. Hanna stamps, Riley: $3.99, ink:$5.00, paper $1.00. Getting the stamp of approval from a very happy, almost nine year old: absolutely priceless.
We are headed to Gatlinburg for the weekend and will be back on Monday evening. Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wishing I was on the Beach!

I cannot remember where I saw the idea that I CASED this card from. I do remember that it was a magazine that I ended up not buying though. I had been playing with ideas to make sand, I stamped several different pieces of paper with lots of colors of browns and every technique that I could think of and I was happy with none of them. I even tried real sand mixed with Glossy Accents. That ended up looking like a blob which was not the look I was going for. Then one day we were at Books A Million and I was glancing through magazines and saw the idea for using sandpaper. Brilliant! I decided to use my Cuttlebug swirly embossing folder because it looks a little like water. This DCWV cardstock has a white core so I gently brushed over the raised image with sandpaper to expose a little more of the white. I then used a Palette glue pad over the water area and attached white glitter. The stamps come from three different stamp sets: the umbrella is from a Hanna Stamps set and colored with Prisma Markers. The bucket and shovel are from a Provo Craft set and the flip flops are from CTMH 's On the Beach set. I was going to use this as a birthday party invitation for a nine year old, but she decided on something else, because this just didn't say birthday to her! That's okay, she picked out something really cute and I will post her party invitations tomorrow. Have a great night!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Camping Riley

I am having some camera issue this evening and this was the best picture I could get with my temperamental camera. I have such a small amount of patience with electronic things. They were made to do a job and when they decide not to do it, I get a little upset! This was the lightest picture I could get. Fortunately I have much more patience with people.
Onto the card now. Here we have Riley going camping, I think he is so cute. I love all the Hanna Stamps sets but especially the Riley images. I colored him with Prisma Markers. I have been trying to work with shading a little more lately. I think I did an okay job shading around his nose area, but can definately use some mre practice. It is easier for me to shade with the Prismacolor pencils but I really love coloring with markers. I used some kraft paper (source unknown) for the base of the card. The green cardstock is from DCWV and brads are from Jo-Ann's. See you Thursday!

Monday, July 21, 2008


I have been wanting to try stitching on paper. I am not patient enough to get out my sewing machine and learn how to use it, just to stitch across a card! The last time I was in my LSS I saw these cute template by Bazzill. I got the Girly Girl set. Evidently there is a tool that you can get that works with these templates but they were out of stock. I tried using my paper piercer to make the holes from the template, but the holes were too small for my needle to pass through. So, fortunately my LSS also had this paper, also from Bazzill that already had the holes in it! I gave up on the other template until I can get some medium size needles. I have the big needles that I got when I got the templates and I have small needles that I cross stitch with. The problem with the smaller needles was that I couldn't get enough thread through the eye to get the look I was wanting. So, stay tuned to see if I can make it work!
Look at these colors! I was definitely experimenting today! I was reading in Paper Crafts magazine that grey is a hot color right now. This was one of the color combinations that they used with grey. Yellow is my favorite color so I added lots of that! The black and grey cardstocks are from Making Memories. The brads are from Joann's and the floss is DMC that I had from another project. IRL the grey is a little lighter than it appears here. Have a good night, TFL.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Welcome Little One

Hi, thanks for stopping by today. I survived yesterday and managed to learn all thirteen songs that I needed. Due to time, a couple of them got cut, including the one that I was the most nervous about. It has been a busy weekend, today we went back to the Viking Store for cooking lessons. My first lesson was a birthday gift from a friend, but I signed Kip and me up for this one. We learned how to make sushi! It was another fun class. We ate so much sushi though, I was so full when we left. It was a great time.

This card was made with the CTMH Flower Child stamp set. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps and reads "welcome little one". I stamped it onto white paper and colored it with Prisma markers. I cut out the images and used dimensionals to attach them to the pink squares. The paper I used is from Making Memories. The squares and the pink strip are the reverse of the patterned paper. The ink is CTMH Orchid Bouquet. This was a pretty simple card to make. Have a great day.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hats Off

I made this card with The Angel Company set Hats Off. There are several images of these cute little girls wearing hats. The image is stamped using Brilliance ink and colored with Prisma markers. Usually I pick out paper or a color palette before I color an image, but this one I stamped and colored at our workshop we had last week. So I matched paper to the marker colors I used. These papers were from a DCWV fall stack. I used square and round Nestabilites to cut and emboss the cardstock. The little beads are the pretend dew drops from Micheal's floral area. I stamped the sentiment that came with the set using CTMH Cranberry ink. Normally I wait to stamp a sentiment until I am ready to send a card because so many can be used for different purposes. Since this one is about friendship it could be for a birthday, get well, thank you or just a thinking of you card. Happy weekend to everyone!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Another Thank You

I needed another quick thank you card and came up with this one. The stamp is from the CTMH set, Celebrating Life. I stamped it three times and colored in the flowers with my Prisma markers. For the center of the flowers I used Doodlebug glitter. The blue of the glitter matches the blue of the paper almost perfectly. IRL the paper is a little more blue, here is looks more green. This paper, I believe is from My Mind's Eye and the cardstock behind the flowers is DCWV. Lately I have really enjoyed working with polka dots and bright pink paper. I have always kind of preferred softer, more muted colors but I have made several cards over the past couple of weeks using brighter colors. Thanks for stopping by tonight!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Christmas Card

I may actually do it this year, and have all of my Christmas cards made early enough to send out to all our friends and family! This is another ASL stamp that I purchased from Lost Angeles Rubber Works.The hands around the wreath spell out Merry Christmas. I stamped the hands with Brilliance ink and colored the hands with an assortment of skin colored Prisma and Copic markers. The wreath is also colored with a Prisma marker. You can't see it in this picture, but there are little beads where the holly berries are on the wreath. I cut out the circle and the scalloped circle with Nestabilities and used SU Dimensionals to pop them up. The ribbon is from HL's floral section. The plaid paper is from The Paper Studio and the cardstock is DCWV.
Most of my marker collection are Prisma Markers. I do have a few Copics, a couple of soft pastels and skin colors. I like the fact that the Copics are refillable and I like the brush tip on them for some things, but overall I think I like the Prismas a little better. Cost being the number one reason why. Also, for really small areas I like the fine tip on the Prismas a little better, I find I have a little more control. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Thank You

I made this card in response to a RAK on Splitcoast Stampers asking for cards to be sent to a soldier on deployment. I thought a "thank you" card would be an appropriate choice. The paper is from the DCWV Summer Stack. The Checklist stamp is from CTMH. The set is a blank checklist and has several more words to choose from. I chose these words because to me they represent what a soldier is, and all those words to me sum up the last word: hero. The words Thank You are from the Clear Dollar Stamps Basic Script set. The words actually are on the same line but I wanted something to so in a smaller area so I stamped the words separately. I cut out the checklist and used SU Dimensionals to make it stand out more. The star brands are of unknown origin. I have had them for a very long time and never used them until last week, now I have used them twice!
A couple of friends have asked me about some abbreviations. Look to the bottom left and I am starting a list of commonly used abbreviations. Thanks for stopping by tonight.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Paper Piecing

This was my first attempt at paper piecing. I have seen a lot of cards made using this technique and I have been wanting to try it. I love the look but was a little intimidated because I don't really enjoy cutting out small things. I thought this My Favorite Things stamp set would be great to start with, it's not too small. I stamped the image and sentiment with Brilliance ink and colored in the coffee mug and arms with Copic markers. The paper on the dress and the background paper are both from DCWV. The pink is from a box of DCWV pre-made cards, the spring collection, I think. The brads are from Jo-Ann's they were in a larger pack with a lot of bright colors. Pretty simple, but I liked it. It is something that I think I will do again.
I have learned an important lesson; never agree to do something without getting very clear details of what your involvement with be and get it in writing! Don't take anyone at their word when they say three songs and add the words "maybe a couple more"! Three plus a couple does not equal twelve or thirteen. I am trying to learn all these songs and (gulp) learn them before Saturday morning. Fortunately someone took a couple of hours out of their busy schedule today to help me, so I am not feeling quite as sick about it. He also talked his wife into helping me with a couple of the songs too. Have a great week!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Like a Kid... a candy store: I was on stamp overload today, I had so many new images to stamp and color in! What a problem to have, right? Well, I got all of my TAC stamps yesterday, Julie brought over my new CTMH stamps and I stamped a bunch of Angela's images last night at the workshop. I couldn't decide where to begin. I love the flowers in this set so I decided to start there. This set is from The Angel Company and it is called Friendship Flowers. It is colored with Prisma markers and then I went over the edge of each flower with a Jelly Roll clear glitter pen. The sentiment is also from the same set and stamped in black ink. The beads at the bottom are the decorative accents from Michael's, and I colored the bottom of them with my black Prisma marker so it would match the rest of the colors. Coloring those little things wasn't the easiest thing in the world to do and now my fingers have black streaks on them. This paper is from a pack of paper that was given to me as a gift and I am not sure of the maker and the cardstock is DCWV. Have a great rest of the weekend. I am off to color and stamp more!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Granddad Birthday

This is the card I made for my Granddad's birthday next week. I just love all the Riley images. I used paper from DCWV mat stack. These are great to work with when I am in a hurry, the colors are already coordinated for me and due to the size there is less trimming to do. I ran the brown cardstock through my Big Kick with the CB Tiny Mosaic embossing folder and then used sandpaper across the surface a few times to distress it just a little. I colored Riley with Prisma Color pencils and OMS. The mug is covered with Glossy Accents. You can't really tell but the cupcake is covered with "sprinkles", actually they are purple and blue micro glass beads that I got from Michael's. The "cherry" on top is a larger plastic bead that I got last week at HL in the Christmas area. I think that is what got me in the mood to start my Christmas cards in July. The birthday stamp is from CTMH's Express Postage set. The 14th is actually Papaw's birthday. Those were some tiny numbers to work with though. I stamped it with CTMH Cocoa ink. The stamp that makes it looked canceled out is stamped with the same ink but I stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping over the birthday stamp.
Speaking of Christmas in July, I felt like that today. My The Angel Company demo kit arrived in the mail today!! It was like Christmas going through all those new stamps and paper packs. I can't wait to get ink on them. Keep checking back and I will have some cards made with them in the next day or so. Thanks to everyone that leaves comments, I love reading them!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Welcome Little One

Another baby girl gift! I made another set of onesies from the same CTMH set, Whimsical Butterfly and this card to go with it. Everyone is having baby girls! For this card, I stamped the butterflies and the dragonfly onto bright pink cardstock for a background paper. The ink is CTMH Pink Carnation. It is hard to see the details in this picture, but I stamped the butterflies onto the white paper and then stamped another set of them onto a separate piece of paper. I cut out one set of the butterflies, covered them with glue and poured iridescent glitter all over them, then I used SU!Dimensionals to put the cut out butterflies on top of the stamped butterflies. I am not sure of the maker of the ribbon. It was in a giant pack that I got on clearance at Jo-Ann's a while back. Hope to see everyone tomorrow night!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I did it!

Every single year I say I am going to start making Christmas cards early. Every year I put it off and end up buying cards to finish up my list. But this year I did it! This is the first actual finished card, but I have several that are stamped out and some that are colored. We send out quite a few cards so I make several different types of them. I get bored after making about 8-10 of anything. So this is my first card and here it is not even the middle of July! This is Curly Surpriseabella and I thought I should color those packages in Christmas colors. I used my Prisma color pencils and OMS. The paper and cardstock are from DCWV. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set, December and the little star brads are from Jo-Ann's. Thanks to Angela for the Bella images. Merry Christmas in July!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Watercolor Blossoms

This is a preview of the card we will be making this Friday night at our workshop at church. I was playing around with a couple of different designs before I decided on this one. I guess I was still in a brown/blue mood for today! I have decided I really like this combination of colors. The blue cardstock has the slightest tinge of green in it and is so pretty. The stamp is from Rubber Stampede and was stamped with CTMH Chocolate ink onto watercolor paper. I colored in the branch with my watercolor pencils and then went over it with an aqua pen. I mixed two different shades of watercolor paint (the kind from the art section that comes in tubes) and then painted the flowers. All the paper is from DCWV. The brads are from Paper studio. Friday night at our workshop I will be bringing a couple of other options for coloring the flowers in case people don't want to paint the flowers. It wasn't any more time consuming that coloring the flowers with pencils or markers but it did require some extra drying time. TFL!

Sunday, July 6, 2008


This is one of my favorite Stamping Bella images. I colored with with my Prisma pencils and OMS. I am really enjoying using this technique to color my images. I find it much easier to blend that with using the markers. It took me a long while to decide to invest in the Prisma pencils, but I am so happy I did. I think I was thinking of the coloring pencils I used in history class to color maps with, I didn't realize how vibrant of a color I could achieve with pencils. I do still love my markers too, but have been very pleased with the Pencils as well. Anyway, the background paper is from My Mind's Eye and the cardstock is DCWV. You can't see it in the picture here but the strip of brown was embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder. I only wanted a small area of that so I cut out one strip of the flowers. In the center of two of the flowers I put in some pale blue eyelets (Making Memories). I used to same brown cardstock behind the Bella that was cut out with my rectangle Nestabilities. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 5, 2008


This was a fun project. My cousin and his wife recently had a baby and so did a childhood friend. I wanted to try and do something a little different for a gift and decided to try making personalized onesies. It was pretty simple after I got the hang of it. I called my friend Julie (she knows how to do EVERYTHING!!) and she wanted to try making some too. So we got together for a stamping "playdate". We used PTI hybrid inks for these and Art Wear transfer paper. The little chick and the little diva are both colored with my Prisma markers. All you do is stamp the image, color if needed and then cut out the image. You have to be very very careful coloring on the transfer paper because it will come up easily. After I got mine stamped and colored I had a slight moment of panic when I thought I was going to have to iron on the image face down and my words would be backwards! But after rereading the directions, I saw that you ironed it image side up. For the set on the left I used an Inkadinkadoo stamp set and the butterfly and dragonfly are from the CTMH set Whimsical Wings. Julie was also kind enough to let me borrow this set to make my matching card with. I was quite impressed with my self that these turned out so well. Here is a close up of the Little Diva:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone is having a great holiday! I am so very happy to have today off. I got up very early this morning and have been playing in my craft room all morning. I've made a couple of cards, cut out some pieces for some baby cards, made a gift card hold for my father-in-law and started a gallery on SCS. That's a lot for one morning for me! We are headed to my sister and brother-in-law's house this afternoon to celebrate the 4th as well as my father-in-law's birthday.
I made this card using a Stampendous Bee stamp which I colored in with my Koh-I-Noor pencils and OMS. I found these star brads in my drawers of embellies and am not sure who made them. I have had these for a looong time and haven't used them before. The ribbon is also something I have had for a while. I covered the watermelon with Glossy Accents to give it some shine and dimension. All the cardstock is from DCWV. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Ava

On Sunday we are going to a birthday party for the daughter of friends of ours. The lovely Ava will be celebrating her first birthday. This stamp came from Lost Angeles Rubber Works. They have the best selection of ASL stamps I have been able to find anywhere. They were a great company to order from too, very quick shipping. I like that because when I order something I want it ASAP! Anyway, back to the card, after stamping it, I colored it in with my Prisma Markers to match the colors of the polka dots on the paper. After that, I used Glossy Effects to cover the balloons and the I-L-Y hand. The paper and cardstock are from DCWV. The letters spelling out Ava's name are from Paper Studio and the sentiment is from CTMH's From Me to You set. The green stitched ribbon is from American Crafts. I used my CM corner rounder to round off all the corners. I hope everyone has a great 4th. I am so excited to have the day off!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Poor Riley

This is one of the newest Rileys from Hanna Stamps. I absolutely love all the Rileys. He is colored with my Prismas. I used Making Memories paper and DCWV cardstock. The little blue flowers are from Joilees. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Ink with the CTMH stamp set, Say It in Style.
Back to my love of Rileys and other stamps... I was not a stamper a year ago. Then my friend Kay invited me to her house for a CTMH party and I met Julie, I introduced Julie to Angela and the obsession began! Who knew there were so many wonderful images out there? Once we discovered SCS and other blogs, an obsession began! I love the images that I get to color in myself. Have a great night, my husband wants dinner and some company.