Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fairy Garden

This is a larger card than I normally do a 5x7 I think. I used some pre-made cards and envie sets I found while cleaning :) The patterned paper is from DCWV and is called Pocket Full of Posies. The orange paper is from Hollo's (of course!)

I stamped the image of the fairy on white cs (Hollo's also) with my Palette Nior Ink and then colored it with my Copic Markers. I mounted her onto the patterned paper.

Along the side I used the Attic Gallery - Cracked Glass Nostalgiques by Rebecca Sower to spell GARDEN out.
I added some copper colored brads on the lower right hand corner of the patterned paper for a finishing touch.

Overall a simple card but I think it is very striking!

I am really enjoying my markers! I NEED more LOL!


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Doodle It

So the swap called for doodles and I was having a hard time but then I thought this little bear that I got in an image swap along the way somewhere was adorable so I picked him up and colored him with my **new**Copic Markers!

Oh yeah I splurged when I finally got back my insurance money from the PO for a package they botched last summer!

Yeah he was pretty cute I figured I could doodle something to go with him. I picked coordinating papers I had on hand from Hollo's to match the colors of markers I had chosen while coloring the bear in. Then I used my TAC Level C Hostess Set from the Fall/Winter 2007 catalog and my Palette Noir Ink Pad to make the doodles around the edges of the top brown layer. After layering up I kinda thought it all looked naked still so I added the pretty May Arts polka dot ribbon along the side. To get rid of some of the "white glare." I then used the Ellison thin cuts corner die to add the pink corners on top of the bear image piece.

I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and I hope my partner will enjoy it too!

I am still not able to access all my pics from the old computer but I am able to scan and use some from this one now so hopefully I can get back to the business of blogging regularly!


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Technical Issues

So I upgraded to a newer computer this past weekend and am having a few technical issues and being able to retrieve my photo's from my old computer so I am not able to post the things I had been making. I am working on some new things and hope to have some photo's or scans to share soon....thanks for your patience with me :)


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Modern Grid Sparkle & Shine Valentine

I played a little with the Modern Grid technique from TJ.

Using my CTMH Love set (booking W 2002) I randomly stamped hearts with my L'Amoure Red Palette Ink onto a piece of white card stock from Hollo's. I then used the word stamp from the same set and stamped Love a few times using my Bordeaux Palette Ink.

Using my ruler and pencil I lightly drew my lines in being careful to not run over my images/words. I then used my AWESOME Spica Lavender pen to trace my lines over. The glittery effect is great and no mess! LOL right up my alley!

With my Pink Slick Writer Marker I colored in a few random squares and then using my Le Plume II Pastel Markers #62 Wisteria and # 47 Pale Pink I colored other random squares in, again being sure to not go over my stamped images.

To add to the subtle effects of the Spica Pen glitter I added some Diamond Stickles to two of the hearts! Since the card really doesn't lend itself to embellies I decided to "pop" up two other hearts using some foam tape. Also two of the squares have 3D Crystal Laquer on them for some shine value :)

I am happy with the results and this card will be part of a valentine package I am sending out! I hope they enjoy it.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Valentine ATC

This was a fun ATC - I just kept looking and looking at the heart die cuts that were laying on my work table and finally when the washer was done spinning and my TAC Mini Tuplip (T-546) set had fallen into my lap - literally! I thought there you go! Heart flowers!

LOL !!!!

I stamped the stems and some leaves with my Palette Ink in Viridian Leaf and then thought it looked kinda stupid with the ends all jutting out at the bottom so I grabbed my CTMH Explore Set (booking set W 2000) and used the grass stamp to fill in along the bottom of the atc.
I then used my Belle Rose Palette Ink and my Hero Arts Etched Heart (A 340) to stamp some "flowers" along the tops of all the stems. I put my foam tape to work to pop up those heart die cuts that started this whole thing and then looked at it and looked at it...naked top corner....hmmm what do I put there? Think Think Think...

ok no idea so clean up all the other stuff that fell when the washer was spinning...Oh hey look there is a cute dragonfly in my TAC Oopsie Daisy Delight Set (T-1117) Stamped it over the flowers with my Bordeaux Palette Ink Pad...they look good but no that doesn't fit at the top so still have a naked corner. Edge the corners with the Bordeaux pad... Go back to cleaning.... oh hey look Stickles! Dab it on the Dragonfly wings! Yeah that looks good! Clean more, see my CTMH Love Set (booking set W 2002) and use the word stamp in it with my Bordeaux Palette Ink to fill the top corner! Hey I like it! LOL and such is how it goes sometimes when trying to find the right thing to put where

This was made for a one on one swap and I hope the recipient likes it as much as I enjoyed the whole making process ...he he.....


Thursday, January 17, 2008

First Generation

This is another Wednesday Challenge image from one of the Yahoo Groups I belong to. I printed her on regular copy paper and she is sorta sepia tones but a little more orange looking to me. So I picked this fabulous pumpkin colored paper I got at Hollo's and punched out a Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle in the pumpkin and also one in white. I used my Memory makers Paper Piercer Deluxe to put holes in the edges of the pumpkin one all the way around. I then turned it a bit and mounted it onto the white one. I used my Marvy Mega Circle punch to cut out the girl and mounted her into the center of the scalloped ones.

I folded my pumpkin card stock base in half and using my Pallete Noir Ink and my So Splattered TAC set (TA-2621) I applied some off-stamping to the edges all the way around. I used some rub-on's for the words "First Generation" that were from Simple Scrapbooks. Then I found a key in my embelly box and added it to the bottom corner. I ran a piece of white ribbon across the card and then mounted the scalloped circle piece onto the ribbon.

It is a simple card but I liked how the colors came together.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Valentine Carol

This is one of the images that was shared for the Wednesday Challenge on one of my Yahoo groups and I finally got a chance to play with it. Isn't she the cutest baby!

I used my sizzlits die to cut out the red heart, glued it to a scrap of the black cs and then cut it out by hand for a small mat. I printed the image from the group on regular copy paper and then used my Mega Marvy Scalloped punch to cut her out. I put her on at an angel and trimmed it to the scrap of red printed paper I found in my stash, then I mounted it all on a base of black card stock from Hollo's.
I used Scenic Route Paper Co. Carnival Alpha Rub On's for the L, V and E. The heart was the O and I used a Zots pop up to put it on. I thought the corner was looking a little bare so I set it off with one of the doodlebug design jewels (ladybug).


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Portfolio for Special Dates/Events

My friend Sheryl held a wonderful class today and taught us how to make this portfolio! It was quite simple and fun but best of all it will be USEFUL!

I used some grey flecked paper from Hollo's for my base and then matted with the floral paper from DCWV Pocket full of Posies Matstack. I used my Bordeaux Palette Ink Pad to edge all the papers with for a little more definition.

The tie is made from Karen Foster Design Scrappers Floss and the beads are from the Bead Shop in Oberlin, OH. (wonderful place if you are ever near there it is worth a stop!)

The inside looks like this, you can see it has little pockets to put reminder
cards in for special dates you need to remember or events you need to go to!
I am not to keen on my month tabs so will change that a bit of the next one :) you can see I used the Orangerie and Bordeaux Palette inks on the inside envelope portion too along with my All Night Media Flower and Noir Black Palette Ink.

Here is a picture of the back so you can see how the Pocket full of Posey paper looks on it.

thanks for looking!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

B&W Floral Flip Flap Card

This card was made using the Flip Flap fold as featured in TJ online bonus this month. I LOVE this card! I will be making more of these for sure. Great way to show off some of that patterned paper I have been hoarding! I don't know why the pictures are small but if you click on them it brings up a HUGE one you can get a closer look at. I took these with my camera instead of scanning them...hmmmmmmm....maybe I need to resize them - didn't think of that till just now LOL!

I used my semi-glossy white card stock from Hollo's for the base. I cut and folded it then added my folded piece of patterned floral paper from DCWV Black & White Prints Paper Stack. Then I added the red & black polka dot ribbon (I believe May Arts brand- not 100% positive though.) Tied it off with a simple knot and trimmed the ends. I used the leftovers from my card stock base and also my patterned fold to make a layered piece for the flap front. I added 3 silver mini brads along the bottom of the floral paper and then layered it on white which I used my Carl CarlaCraft corner punch on to make the little notches. Then matted it all with a piece of heavier black card stock also from Hollo's. After I layered them all up and played around with the placement of it I thought I would set off the red & black polka dot ribbon with the words "friendship in bloom" from TAC Friends LE T-2591 stamped with L'Amoure Red Palette Ink. Inside the flap opening I also stamped the saying from TAC Nothing is Better T-675 with my L'Amoure Red Ink.

Here is another picture of the inside of the card:

As you can see it opens to the left (flip) and then up on the other ends (flap) You can write a short note inside the flap portion..

I am really enjoying my TJ newsletter and online - if you aren't already a member you really ought to check it out! I am kicking myself for waiting so long LOL! Tell her I sent you :)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wintery Note

I made this card for a Winter swap theme. I used my craft mat that my friend Anna Banana sent me :) I dabbed my Prussian Blue Palette Ink on it a few places then spritzed it with my mini spritzer of alcohol. I turned my glossy card stock over and dropped it onto the ink mess LOL.! I picked it back up and walah a one of a kind background! Since I was going for a wintery look I didn't use any other colors but I bet it would work with multiple colors too and I will surely be giving that a try soon here!

Once I had my background paper made I gathered some scraps of paper from the huge pile I am trying to clean up and made a cuttlebug piece with snowflakes, I used my McGill Craftivity Square Punch to cut it out. I used my Marvy Scalloped Square (Red square one) and punched a piece of the glossy white cardstock. I edged it with the Prussian Blue and then mounted my cuttlebugged piece onto it.

I used another scrap piece of the same color blue, stamped it with my New Canvas Palette Ink and a cute little snowflake stamp, edged it with the Prussian Blue; then put it along the side using 4 light blue brads to keep it attached. Then I edged the background paper I made with the Prussian Blue too. I stamped the Just a note also with the Prussian Blue and then mounted this onto the blue card base. I then turned my snowflake piece at an angle and affixed it with some thin foam tape above the saying. Pretty simple card and I like the use of only 2 colors.

Items used:
Prussian Blue Palette Ink
New Canvas Palette Ink
Just a note - stamp from Rubber Stampede
snowflake stamp - unknown
Double sided foam tape
alcohol in mini mister
craft mat
mini light blue brads


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wintery Faux Silk

I played some more with the faux silk last night and did a wintery set of ATC's.

I used my Mini Snowman set from TAC (T-1183) and stamped one of the cute little guys onto my white tissue paper. Then I used my Palette Inks in Sun Flower and Prussian Blue to dab a bit of color onto his jacket and scarf. I used white paper from Hollo's for my background and edged it with the Prussian Blue to give it a little definition then layered it onto yellow paper that I had also edged with the Prussian Blue. I then layered this onto some pretty blue scrap paper I had laying around, probably from the Paper Place here by me. I then cut a circle with my Marvy Jumbo out of the yellow, edged it with the Prussian Blue, added a snowflake brad and added the giggle sticker (a scarp from somewhere). I set it to line up with the opposing sides of the ATC so it sits off kilter a little when I adhered it with my handy dandy glue dots! LOL

I think it is pretty cute - I love the texture that the faux silk has and I wish my scanner picked it up better.

If you haven't tried this one yet give it a go - there is a link in post from yesterday to the technique directions.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Faux Silk Card

I saw the tutorial for faux silk in my email earlier today and didn't think much of it, I figured I would get to it eventually LOL. Well I had to stop off at the Dollar Store on my way home and they had tissue paper on sale :) So I gave it a try!

I used Swirly Flowers from TAC (2338) and stamped the outer flower with my Bordeaux Palette Ink Pad and then used the second stamp to fill it in with Belle Rose Palette Ink Pad. I cut a 3" square of the faux silk and layered it on pink and then mauve paper from Hollo's. The mauve is textured and has a really nice feel to it. I used some of my Offrey Spool O Ribbon and tied it around the layered squares.

On my base cs I cut a piece of the mauve paper but it wasn't long enough so I cut it in half and lined it up with the sides - the square would cover the gap so no problem! LOL! I used some corner stick on pieces for the opposing corners/sides of the mauve pieces to give it some more oommmph! Once I had these pieces lined up and glued into place I layered my square on.

Then I cut a scalloped oval with my Marvy Super punch (blue one) and I layered a circle of the faux silk that I cut with my Paper Shapers circle punch ( I think this is the Whale of a Punch one it is gold.) Since the flower on the faux silk was off to the side I punched 3 small holes and added 3 pink brads to it. I then used glue dots to affix it to the scalloped circle and then more glue dots to add it to the top of the card.

I really need to learn how to better photograph or scan my cards - this looks so much better IRL! Anyway I hope you enjoy!


Sunday, January 6, 2008


I am getting ready to make a bulk order of Permanent refills. We are
at the lowest rate of $2.25 each. You can order as many as you like
just please note that payment is required in advance. Shipping will be
actual and therefore I won't know that until after they arrive. You
will need to pay the shipping before I mail the packages out to you.

I really want to place this order by next weekend if it is at all
possible. (the 12th or 13th) Which means I need your pre-payment for
the refills by then.

You can send a check or cash too if you like - email me for my address if
you need it :) Payment must be received before I place the
order - and remember if you say you are in we are counting on you to
get the LOWEST price!

If you need a "roller" they are $3.75

Please let me know if you are interested and the quantity you want
ASAP. Please also tell me how you will be making payment so I can be
on the lookout for it.

Toby - 20 YES (paypal)
Corinne - 20 YES (check)
Karyn - 20 YES
Fran - 12 (paypal through Toby)
Alanna - 30 YES (paypal)


Funky Bug!

I wanted to play with my new Doodlebug Design Jewels tonight so I was glancing through some sketch challenges and found one I could somewhat tailor to an atc without much problem. I started with an atc base that I edged with my Jardin Moss Palette Ink pad. Then using a piece of scrap plaid paper I found in green I cut to lay inside the rectangle of the base card but with 4 pieces not 2 just laying side by side and with a bit of the white base showing through. I then stamped the funky bug (from TAC was a past GWP) on another piece of white that I had also edged with my Jardin Moss Palette Ink Pad. I used my Blender Pen from SU and picked up some ink from my L'Amore Red Palette Ink Pad to color my funky bug in with. I also added a bit of stickled to him down the body and also in the lower wings where the circle and eye are at but the scan didn't pick it up to well :( I then had these little green clips I had found sitting on my work table. I put them on the side and then used my button shank cutter nipped off the piece that was sticking out. Finally time to use my Doodlebug jewels! LOL I lined 3 of them up side by side next to the clip piece along the top of the funky bug. I like how they turned out.

While walking in the parking lot after shopping at the Wal-Mart today my daughter commented that it smelled like Spring so I thought the green and bugs would be fun to play with! LOL you never know where some inspiration will come from!

Hope you enjoy!


Friday, January 4, 2008

Canceled Postage Stamp ATC's

Canceled postage is one of my favorite things to use for ATC"s. I really enjoy making and receiving them. This is a stamp of Ella Fitzgerald that I thought looked great on a scarp of paper I found in my scrap stash. I added a Prima essentials to it and mounted it on some green background cs again from my scrap stash. No stamping here but I still like it all the same.