Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shades of Blue

Here's another card using the Serene Silhouettes flower.  I love this flower!

When I saw this card by the Queen for the Day Carole, at SCS this week, I knew just what I wanted to do.  If I had time, I would CASE many of her beautiful cards.  Such an inspiration!

The colors are from Dynamic Duos: Monochromatic shades of Teal.  The design team has outdone themselves this week! So many beautiful creations!

Just us Girls has the same colors in their photo inspiration.  Again, some wonderful inspiration from the design team!

Simon Says Anything Goes.  How easy is that!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes
Ink:  SU Markers (Pool Party, River Rock)
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo
Other:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips EF,  Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Pool Party Seam Binding, Basic Pearls

Thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Serene Silhouettes Sponged

The Featured Stamper this week on SCS is Andrea aka stampinandrea.  What a wonderful gallery full of CAS inspiration!  This is the card I chose to CASE.  I used the purples, sponging and a similar layout.

The layout looks like the  Seize the Birthday sketch to me.  This week it's a feminine card. Check, check.  And another birthday card for the stash.

Here's the sketch

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes
Ink:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, DSP
Other:  Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Lacy Brocade EF, Stampin Sponge

I'm so glad you could stop by.  I hope you'll come back again soon.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Vintage Collage

First of all, you don't see much vintage on this blog.  I enjoy seeing all the vintage cards.

Usually when I try it, I make an ugly mess.  

But I keep trying.

I even used my least favorite color, Soft Suede on this card.  The style and the color seem to be growing on me.

After randomly stamping the images, I sponged a bit of crumb cake on the edges.  I went really light with it and I think I like it better this way.  LOL, it's almost invisible.  Then I spritzed a little Cherry Cobbler over it all.  Again, very lightly.

I kinda like it.  Something different.

If I'm not too late, I'll take this to the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge  that's calling for Vintage cards.

And at Addicted to CAS they're calling for cards for men

Hope this is CAS enough.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Papaya Collage, Three Little Words (retired)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip (for sentiment), Crumb Cake, SU Marker (Cherry Cobbler)
Paper:  Naturals White, Soft Suede
Other:  Color Spritzer Tool, Stampin' Sponge

Maybe if I hurry, I can get this in on time.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Merry Monday Honeycomb

It's Merry Monday time again and this week we're playing Tic Tac Toe.

This is nothing like I'd planned!  Have you ever started to make a card and it seem like something takes over and you have no control over what happens?  Kinda scarey!  I was holding this new Honeycomb Embossing Folder and one thing led to another and here we are.

In part this card was inspired by my friend LeAnne.  I loved her random placement of the DSP hexagons.

Here's the board we're working from this week.

I went straight across the top with Red, Dry Embossing and Ribbon.  Three of my favorite elements for a Christmas card.

I know you'll enjoy what the other designers have created this week.

I hope you'll join us this week.  This is a fun board to play with and there's one more card for my Christmas card stash! 

I had fun using up some more snippets so I'll take this to play at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

And Sarn is hosting her Rudolph Day from now til the end of the month.  Yikes, that's only a few days!  I'm glad I have a little something festive to take over there.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Seasonal Sayings
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, DSP scraps
Other:  Honeycomb EF, Real Red Satin Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Butterfly for the Queen

I'm late for the Queen for the Day challenge for last week at SCS.  Do the days fly by for you like they do here?  Queen Mary has a wonderful gallery and I so enjoyed browsing through it. This is the beautiful card I used for inspiration.

I didn't change much.  There's no vellum on my card, just regular card stock.  Actually I found all the elements for this in my UFO (UnFinished Objects) box.  I'm so glad I had the inspiration to put them together like this.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, SU Marker (Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Other:  Big Shot, Elegant Lines EF, Designer Frames EF, Ovals Die (retired), Elegant Butterfly Punch

Luke and I were so excited to see that our Spider-Man card was the winner at Seize the Birthday this week.  So I get to fly this banner.

And I won a fabulous stamp set from Alley Way Stamps. 

They have a wonderful CAS sketch there this week.  Check it out.  You know you always need birthday cards.

Gotta run.  Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Quite a Pair

I have a really simple card for you tonight.

I finally got to play with the Saturday challenges.


I masked an area and sponged using a scallop strip as a template for clouds, removed the mask and scored along the edges of the sponging.

All that was left was to stamp the geese.  There are actually 3 geese on this stamp but I only inked 2 since I thought I would use it as an anniversary card for my hubby this year.  I've told you how he thinks everything should have a duck on it.  Geese are close and they mate for life.  Like we did.  Our anniversary isn't for several months, but it will be ready when it rolls around.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Pines (retired), Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Tuxedo Black (Memento), SU Marker (Basic Black) 
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Other:  Stampin' Sponge, Simply Scored, Large Scallop Edgelit (for template)

I hope you've had a great day and found some time to stamp.

Thanks for the visit.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Embossing, Embossing for Mary

The Featured Stamper this week is the sweet Mary Marsh.  She's so talented and encouraging.  I'm so happy for Mary!  I printed off 4 of my favorites from the first page of her gallery.  This is the first one that I chose to CASE.  And here's my card.

I love the soft shades of pink on Mary's card, but wanted to do a white on white card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and Mary's layout was perfect for that.

I'm not sure that you can tell, but the top layer is heat embossed.  I stamped it with the rose spray from the Elements of Style set with Whisper White ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

I didn't add a sentiment since I'm not sure what it will be used for yet.  It will be easy enough to add a sentiment later or just write a note on the inside.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Elements of Style
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Whisper White
Other:  White EP, Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF,  Floral Fusion Sizzlit, Large Pearl Basic Jewel, White Satin Ribbon (retired), Snippet of lace (unknown origin)

I really enjoyed making this card.  I hope Mary likes it.

I'm so glad you could stop by.  I hope you'll be back soon.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Merry Monday Elegance

This is theme week at Merry Monday.  And the theme is ELEGANCE.

The Ornament Keepsakes set always makes me think of elegance especially when I add some embossing.

After stamping the ornament in Cherry Cobbler, I smacked it with the VersaMark pad and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  It gives it a shine like a glass ornament.

The rest of the design team has some gorgeously elegant cards to share too.  I hope you'll pay them a visit.

Sue Joyce
Sherry Eckblad
Margaret Moody 
Vicki Burdick
Judy May (FD)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, Come to Bethlehem
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark, Encore Gold
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Other:  Clear EP, Big Shot, Holiday Frame EF, Delicate Designs EF (inside), Bitty Banners Framelit Die,  Gold Cord (non SU)

I hope you'll join us at Merry Monday and get a jump start on your Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spectacular Birthday

Our Luke celebrated his 5th birthday last week.  I had made him a paper pieced card but then decided to use the pattern I'd found for a Spider-man card.  He's crazy about Spider-man and all those Avengers.  He really liked this card and that made me happy!

Spider-man is copyrighted by MARVEL.  I found the pattern for him here.  Natasha did a wonderful job of using Stampin' Up! punches for him.  Her pattern was very easy to follow.

The spider web on the top was a lucky find from the clearance shelf at a local craft store.  When I asked how much it was, it rang up at 1¢.  It was my lucky day!  The spider web on the white is embossed with my Stampin' Up! folder.

I'll take this over to  Pixie's Playground, since I used only snippets for the design on this card.    It's a 5" x 7" card so the base wasn't a snippet but everything else was.

Seize the Birthday challenge this week is to make a masculine card using this sketch.

I'll be Lesley didn't envision Spider Man as any shape.  Hopefully they won't kick me out!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Wacky Wishes, Spider Web (Hero Arts Cling)
Ink:  Whisper White, Pacific Point
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Pacific Point, Basic Black
Other:  Big Shot, Spider Web EF, Punches (Extra Large Oval, Full Heart, 1 3/8" Circle, Word Window, Modern Label, Retired Small Oval,), Decorative Label Punch, Tiny Spider Punch (Studio G)

I'll leave you with a  shot of our little Hero himself.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and that you get some time to stamp.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love is in the Air

Here's another card made from the leftovers of the last class.  I love using the components of one card and challenging myself to make something a little bit different.

Again I used the Sahara Sand card with Island Indigo and White.  The heart from Punch Potpourri (retired) was stamped in Sahara Sand then overstamped with the butterfly from Kindness Matters and the postmark from French Foliage. (I stamped off on scrap paper before stamping on the heart.)

CAS at SCS Love is in the Air

CAS-ual Fridays: Love Song.  
     I'm going to show my age here.  The song I'm thinking of is "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck".  I sing it to my grandchildren all the time.

Simon Says Stamp:  Have a Heart

Stampendous February Challenge: Love is in the Air

CASology:  Red  (I hope this tiny red heart is enough for them. It's what draws my eye.)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Punch Potpourri (retired), Kindness Matters, French Foliage, Itty, Bitty Banners
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Other:  Square Lattice EF, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, Bitty Banners Framelits, Full Heart Punch

I hope all is well with you today.  Thanks so much for sharing your time with me.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Merry Monday Winter Sketch

Good Merry Monday morning.  This week's challenge is a sketch.

Here's what I did with it.

I actually used 2 (count em) different papers on this card!  The design piece is from my January calendar page.  It fit perfectly with this sketch.

The shaped mat is actually 2 cuts of the same die as the design piece.  I cut one piece in half vertically and one horizontally and pieced them together.

The CCEE challenge this week is create a card that features some sort of weather eg sun, clouds, rain, snow etc. 

The Christmas Card challenge at SCS is to do cards that showing Winter sports.

Just wait til you see what the other Merry Makers have come up with

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Memories
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn,  Pool Party, Island Indigo, SU Markers
Paper:  Naturals White, Island Indigo, Whisper White, DSP
Other:  Labels Collection Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

I know some of you have more snow than you want right now.  I hope you are warm and dry.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I love having you come.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

For Queen Susan

My friend Susan is the Queen this week at SCS.  I am so excited for you my friend!

This is Susan's card that I've CASEd.  I sponged the background instead of using that distressing technique, used the sponging as the second layer of the die cut, a different stamp to remind her that Spring is on it's way and a big blue layer.  I probably could have left the bow off, but it's too late now.  It seems to be on there to stay.

If you have a chance, check out Susan's gallery.  You'll have to scroll down a bit to see her cards as all the beautiful cards made in her honor are posted at the top.

To make the frame, I cut a frame from scrap paper using 2 of the Labels dies.  I used some removable adhesive on the back of the frame, laid it on the cardstock diecut and sponged the inside of the frame having the ink heavier on the edges and lightening as I got toward the center.  Leaving the frame in place, I inked the stamp with markers and stamped the design.  

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Love and Sympathy
Ink:  River Rock, SU Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist)
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist
Other:  Big Shot, Fancy Fan EF, Labels Collection Framelits, Stampin' Sponge, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon

I'm so glad you could visit.


Thursday, February 7, 2013


I haven't had much time to play this week but I saw a challenge that reminded me of this card that I made some time ago and never shared.

Green is the Ways to Use It Challenge at SCS today and this card has lots of green.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  French Foliage
Ink:  Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Whisper White, Garden Green
Other:  Argyle EF, Linen Thread

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you're in the path of this super winter storm, be safe!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Merry Monday Mr. Snowman

It's Merry Monday time again and being the first week of the month, it's a color challenge.

The only thing I could think of that Pumpkin Pie would work for was a snowman.  And I still had a couple of these embossed snowmen in the UFO box.

This time I cut him out and actually amputated his nose and put it on his face different.  Doesn't he look like he's saying "Howdy, Ma'am"!  He's making me smile anyway!

I tore some scraps of typing paper for the snowdrifts and sponged the sky with Marina Mist. His scarf is cut with the Bitty Banners Framelit die and embossed.  The fringe is a scrap of Pumpkin Pie that was just the right width.  I cut it off and snipped one end with snips. 

The band on his hat is a tiny piece of Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon and the eyes and buttons are Basic Pearls colored with a black Sharpie pen.

His arms, hat and nose were colored with markers.  The mouth is drawn with a pencil.  I didn't trust myself to do it with a marker.

Dazzling Details on the edges of the "snowdrifts" and around Mr. Snowman finish off the scene.

I was delighted to see what the other Merry Makers had done with these colors.  Check them out then get out your inks and give it a try.  We'd love to see your card at Merry Monday.

Other Challenges:

The Christmas Card February Challenge at SCS is to do Christmas cards that depict some sort of Winter exercise.  Last week Vixen was doing some weight lifting.  This week Mr. Snowman is doing hat lifts.  Great arm exercises!

The Ways to Use it Challenge also at SCS wants to create a gallery of snowmen sending warm thoughts. 

Jingle Belles is doing Ho Ho H2O create a holiday card which features icicles, snow, frozen ponds, or any water-related imageOR use water-based products on your project, such as watercolor paints, water-based markers or sprays, etc.

I'm so glad you could stop by.  Special message for Charlotte. The embossing folder you asked about is a Sizzix folder.  You didn't leave me a way to get in touch with you.