Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Best fishes!

I made this card last month for Ellen Hutson's Inchie Challenge, but just realized that I didn't post it here at the time. The theme was 'top coat', and my top coat was a layer of Glossy Accents over the goldfish bowl. The coloring was done with Copic markers and the inchie was edged with a silver leafing pen. The inchie was mounted on the card with foam tape to add a little dimension.

The embossed border around the inchie was made using two of my square Nestabilities - I love that look.

The watery-looking paper at the bottom of the card was made using a background stamp from Stamp Camp and my Ranger Big and Juicy Waterfall ink pad. I topped it off with a little ric rac to resemble waves.

These little inchies are a lot of fun to play with if you haven't tried it.

Hope you're having a good week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Card stock: Papertrey Ink Kraft
Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Company, Inkadinkado, Stamp Camp
Ink: Memento Black, VersaMagic, Ranger Big & Juicy
Miscellaneous: Glossy Accents, Copic markers, ric rac, Nestabilities, Silver leafing pen

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Pumpkin Day.....again!

This card was made for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge for this weekend. This was a fun sketch, although it always throws me a bit of a curve ball to figure out which papers to use and where each one should go. After trying several combinations including additional pattern papers from the BasicGrey Ambrosia collection, I decided to limit it to just these three as it was getting a bit busy.

The pumpkin was stamped on some rust colored cardstock so I didn't have to color it. I did add a little yellow Spica pen glitter to his eyes, nose and mouth, as well as on top of the sentiment. Each of the squares was cut out with my Nestabilities, as were their scalloped mats. I used my perfect layers to cut out the mat for the sentiment. The center square, the pumpkin and the sentiment are all adhered with foam tape to make them stand out a bit. Add a bow and bam, you're done!

Hope you're having a nice weekend! I'm definitely on the mend from my cold and am looking forward to a busy and productive week that will hopefully include a little stamping and coloring time. Have a great week!

Card Details:
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Ambrosia
Cardstock: Prism Desert Coral Dark and Kraft
Stamps: Repeat Impressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: EK Success Overtone House
Misc.: Nestabilities, Spica yellow pen

Friday, September 26, 2008

Comfort & peace

Happy Friday! Boy am I glad this week is almost over. I'll be even more glad when I'm feeling 100%. My sore throat turned into a full blown head cold and I was miserable Wednesday night and all day yesterday, but I'm feeling a bit better today, so hopefully I'm on the mend.

This is a card I made recently for a friend whose mother passed away. I love this color combination and thought it was good for a sympathy card. It was also my submission for last week's sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I stamped the flower image using two Colorbox Cat's Eye ink pads and stamped the sentiment using the same ink pad as the flowers. The panel was cut out and embossed with my long rectangle Nestabilities dies and the border panel was cut out using my Perfect Layers ruler set. I aged the panel with some Ranger Distress Inks and mounted it with some foam tape on top of the other panels that were affixed to a kraft cardbase. The panels on the card base were also aged with Distress Inks.

There isn't a lot to this card in terms of techniques, but the tricky part for me with cards like this is selecting coordinating papers and getting the panels all the right size and mounted straight and even.

I'm hoping to be feeling better over the weekend so I can get some stamping in since I've only made one card this whole week. Hope your week has been better than mine and that you have a good weekend!

Card Details:
Pattern Paper: Prima Tea & Silk Collection Daigoji; Prism Island Mist; BasicGrey Two Scoops
Card stock: PTI Kraft
Stamps: Gina K. Designs
Inks: Colorbox Cat's Eyes - Sea Glass & Stucco; Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Pumpkin Day!

I made this card for the SC195 Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today. I think this little kitty is so cute, but he was a little tough to color. This was my second attempt at it and it's definitely the better of the two, but I'm not happy with it. Oh well, that's the thing about Copic markers - practice, practice.

The papers are from the BasicGrey 6x6 Ambrosia paper pack. It's the first 6x6 paper pack I've bought from them and I'm really liking the miniaturized versions of the papers. The stamps are from Repeat Impressions. I used my yellow Spica glitter pen on the pumpkin's face to give him a little sparkly glow from inside. There's not much to it - very simple card.

Hope you're having a good week. I'm feeling better, but still not completely over the sore throat. Hopefully today will be the last of it.

Thanks for looking!
Card Details:
Pattern Paper: BasicGrey Ambrosia
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Kraft
Stamps: Repeat Impressions
Inks: Memento London Fog; Ranger Distress Inks - Weathered Wood and Soot Black
Markers: Copic and Copic Spica - yellow and clear
Other: Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest; piercing tool and template

Monday, September 22, 2008

Seize the Cupcake!

This card is a two-fer - I made it for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge using my Krafty Kats kit. The Krafty Kats is the stamp group that I get together with each month and we take turns putting together a kit of supplies and the following month when we get together, we do show-and-tell of what we made using the materials from the prior month's kit. The theme of last month's kit was food, so this cherry paper worked out perfectly for Taylor's challenge.

The cupcake was stamped once on white paper and again on the striped paper. I cut out the cupcake liner from the striped paper and pieced it on top of the one stamped on the white paper. The frosting is a combination of two colors of Glazed Dimension. The cherry was also stamped on white paper and 'colored' in with Glazed Dimension then cut out and adhered to the top of the cupcake.

The faux stitching along the borders of the striped paper was done using the zig zag stitch stamp from Sassafras Lass Stitched Borders set. That's the only way this girl will be doing any 'sewing' on her cards!

Thanks for stopping by. I'm feeling a bit under the weather - I came down with a sore throat yesterday and it hit me hard last night as we were driving home from having dinner with some friends for Tim's birthday, which is today. I'm sipping on some tea at the moment and about to head back to bed. Hope you're having a better Monday than I am!

Card Details:
Pattern paper: Paper Pizzaz
Stamps: Hero Arts (cupcake and sentiment); Sassafras Lass (stitched border)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versa Magic - Red Magic; Adirondack - Cranberry
Other: Ribbon; Glazed Dimension - The Stencil Collection

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kind Thoughts

In keeping with the fall theme I started earlier this week, here is a card I made using Lockhart Stamp Company's Pumpkins in Wheelbarrow stamp (thanks, Jenny!) and BasicGrey's new Ambrosia papers. I'm not typically a fan of orange, but I like the way this card came together.

The image was colored with my Koh-I-Noor pencils and blended with Gamsol. I airbrushed the sky and the grass using my Copic Airbrush System. I accented the veins in the pumpkins with a yellow Spica marker and also went over the leaves and stems of the pumpkins, as well as all the grassy areas, with a clear Spica marker to give them a dewy look. The edges of both stamped pieces were inked with Ranger Distress Inks to give them a bit of a vintage feel. The upper left corner needed a little something, so I added a few Dew Drops. A raffia bow was the finishing touch to complete the autumn feel.

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you 'Kind Thoughts' for a great weekend! I know I will have a great weekend - I'm getting together with my stamping buddies, the Krafty Kats, tomorrow for lunch and an afternoon of playing with some fun stamping toys. Then on Sunday I meet with my Stamp Club from Scrap Chic Boutique, so I'll be a stamping fool this weekend! What could be better?!

Card details:
Pattern paper: BasicGrey Ambrosia 6x6 paper pack
Solid paper: Marco's Paper - Stardreams Stationery
Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Company; Stampin UP! (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
Colored Pencil: Koh-I-Noor
Other: Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest; Spellbinder's Nestabilities; Brads - Making Memories; Raffia; Copic Spica markers

Thursday, September 18, 2008


This is a new Fiskars punch I picked up a couple of weeks ago and have been itching to use . It is a combination corner and border punch. The background paper is the reverse side of the paper I used for my last post (Give Thanks). The raspberries were colored with my Sugarloaf Whispers markers and then spritzed with a little water before I stamped the image on the chipboard label. I outlined the raspberries with my pink Spica marker and added a little yellow Spica to the flower stamens. The edges were inked with some Ranger Distress Inks and it was adhered to the card with foam tape.

Happy Thursday! Thanks for looking!

Card Details:
Pattern paper: Scenic Route - Scenic Route Sonoma - Oak Lane
Card base: Stampin' UP! - Purely Pomegranate
Stamp: Stampin' UP!
Markers: Sugarloaf Whispers; Copic Spica - pink and yellow
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
Punch: Fiskars Read Between the Vines

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Give Thanks

We are feeling a little bit of Fall in the air here in Atlanta - the lows are in the low 60's and it's nice and crisp in the mornings. So, with that in mind, I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. The butterflies were cut out with Spellbinder's Butterflies 2 dies. I rubbed some of the Metallic Rub-ons over them to bring out the texture of the cardstock. I added some rhinestones to the middle of each to give them a little body....har, har, har...
I did a little paper piercing in each of the left hand corners to add a little something in those bare spots. I dressed up the pattern paper by going over all the veins and outlines of the leaves with my clear Copic Spica marker - it really adds a nice sparkle that is so difficult to photograph. I also ran it over my sentiment to give it a little sparkle. Not much else to it.
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Thanks for stopping by - hope your week is going well!
Card Details:
Pattern Paper - Scenic Route Sonoma - Oak Lane
Stamp - Lockhart Stamp Company
Ink - Ranger Adirondack Caramel
Brads - BasicGrey
Rhinestones - Hero Arts Gemstones
Other - Metallic Rub-ons - CrafT Products; Spellbinders butterfly dies, Copic Spica marker (clear); paper piercing template - Darice

Monday, September 15, 2008

Butterfly Wishes

This is my entry for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge this weekend, although I didn't use a cupcake image....I needed to make a card for Scrap Chic Boutique using the butterfly die and the patterned paper, so this sketch worked well.

I finally got around to using the CrafT Products Metallic Rub-ons that I bought at a stamp show a year ago....they are very fun and I'll be sure to use them some more. I used them on the embossed butterfly and I think it really makes the textures pop.

There's not a whole lot to this card (I seem to say that a lot....). I stamped a flourish in the bottom left and upper right corners because I have a hard time with white space. All of the swirls in the flourish stamps were colored over with my clear Spica marker, as were the purple swirls in the patterned paper. I also scribbled it all over the butterfly - I wish all the sparkle showed up in the photo.

The mats were all cutout with my Nestabilities. A little bling in the center of the butterfly and that's the card. Thanks for coming by. Hope you have a great week!

Card Details:
Paper: Glitz Design Gigi Swirls; green, purple and pale yellow card stock
Stamps: Autumn Leaves Elegant Flourishes; Savvy Stamps - sentiment
Bling - Heidi Swapp Pink Jewels
Marker - Copic Spica clear
Ink - Ranger Adirondack Eggplant
Metallic Rub-ons - Craf T Products

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Got Snow?

I love the way this little card turned out. The paper is from October Afternoon - they have some terrific papers. I'm not sure why, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do a winter-themed card. I also took this opportunity to play with my Copic airbrush system.

I stamped the image on Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White and colored it with my Copic markers. I cut it out with a circle Nestability die, and while it was still in the die, I masked the image and airbrushed the sky in blue, then took it out of the die, masked the top portion and airbrushed the grass. The edges were distressed with Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink. The scalloped mat is the reverse side of the patterned paper and was cut out with a scalloped Nestability die.

The card base is Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock. I wrapped the ribbon around the patterned paper, and adered it to the card base. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a Spellbinders label die. While it was still in the die, I airbrushed it with the same markers as the sky and then distressed it with the Antique Linen ink. I also distressed the ribbon with the Antique Linen ink to tone it down and keep it more in line with the vintage look of the rest of the card. It was attached to the ribbon with two brads and then I adhered the bow to the ribbon strip with some glue dots. That's about it!

It's been a long, busy week for me - hope yours has been good! I'm looking forward to getting some stamping time in this weekend. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Card Details:
Patterned Paper - October Afternoon
Card stock - Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock and Stamper's Select White
Stamps - Gina K. Designs
Markers - Copic
Inks - Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Other - brads, ribbon -Fancy Pants

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The great thing about rubber stamps....

....is how many different looks you can get from a single stamp. This is the same cat as the one on the last card I posted, but colored in brown tones instead of grays.
Like the last one, this is a pretty simple card. The background paper is BasicGrey and the stamps are Repeat Impressions. I also colored this kitty with my Copic markers and added a little glitter to her eyes with my blue and green Spica markers. The image was cut out with a square Nestability and I colored the embossed edges with my black Copic marker instead of matting it. It was mounted to the card front with foam tape. That's about it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Details:
Patterned paper: BasicGrey Ambrosia-Quince
Markers - Copic, Spica
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon - Making Memories
Other - Ribbon Punch - StampinUP!, Nestabilities

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Remember me??

Hi! It's me, the world's worst blogger...Sorry for the long dry spell, but I've been on the road for the last few weeks, including last weekend, so my card making time has been quite limited.

I found a few hours yesterday to make some cards, so I've got a few I'll be able to share this week. This is one I made using stamps from Repeat Impressions and some new Basic Grey paper. This cat's colors are similar to one of our cats, Statia. She's a beautiful, very loving, albeit skittish, grey kitty.

I’m not very good about taking my card making supplies with me when I'm on the road, but I managed to take a few stamped images and my Copic markers with me last week so I could do some coloring, then I just had to put the cards together when I got home.

There’s nothing complicated about this card – the kitty was colored with Copic markers and her eyes got a little glimmer from my green and blue Spica markers. I cut out the image of the kitty and the sentiment using my Nestabilities and then colored the edges of both with one of my Copic markers instead of matting them. A few pieces of raffia were wrapped around the bottom of the patterned paper, and then both stamped images were adhered with foam tape. I added a raffia bow to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your patience during my blogging lapse!

Oh, by the way, check out the new Repeat Impressions Design Team Gallery, including a few from yours truly. ;-)

Have a great week!

Card details:
Patterned paper - Basic Grey Granola - Jute
Card base - Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Stamps - Repeat Impressions
Markers - Copic, Spica
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Raffia, Nestabilities