Friday, April 29, 2011

Three of a Kind

I made the following cards for One Layer Wednesday challenge 51.  The challenge this week is to make 3 one layer cards using the same image on 3 separate cards, 3 different ways.

I used a stamp from Papertrey Ink and sentiments from Hero Arts.  The first one's stems are stamped in black , the flowers with red , adding black shimmery stick on dots to the flower's centers and ribbon.  The second is stamped with brown stems and versamark for the flowers then embossed in white, the sentiment in brown and blue shimmery stick on dots and ribbon.  The stems on the third are stamped with old olive, and the flowers with yellow the sentiment in brown and brown shimmery stick on dots and ribbon.  I was going to stamp the middles into the flowers, but these dots fit PERFECTLY and made me feel happy(I'm all about the happy!!)...and when I finished...I thought that a ribbon at the top was needed...the flowers and sentiment looked a little lonely.  I know that we are supposed to keep embellishments to a minimum, but they are one layer, and in the end...being that I"m all about the happy...I'm happy.
What  a fun challenge, and quick and simple...and now I've got 3 new cards instead of 1...thanks, Jennifer:)!!

Things I used:
 Stamps: Papertrey Ink Women of Life, Hero Arts: Friends, Birthday Messages, Everyday Sayings
 Paper: Papertrey Ink White, kraft
 Ink: stazon black, early espresso, old olive, daffodil delight, poppy parade, versamark
Extras: shimmery stick on dots(Mike's), gingham and satin ribbons, white and clear embossing powders
 Thanks for looking, hope you have a glorious day!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Think Pretty in Pink

I made this card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #330:

Here is the sketch:

The challenge was yesterday...I ran out of yesterday before I got to this, but DID get to it:)!!  The main panel was long, so I opted for a longer image, and this set from A Muse was a perfect fit(well, I cut the bottoms of the trees off)...I loved it's long look!  I stamped in black and dotted with 2 shades of pink rhinestones.  Used a background stamp from Papertrey Ink for the panel behind the trees...stamped in versamark and clear embossed.  Used 3 medium sized black brads and framed everything on black card.  Super simple...but I DID love this sketch, even though I found those 3 circles a bit intimidating...conquered!!
Things I used:
Stamps: A Muse Avian Notes, Papertrey Ink Background Basics Tin Type, Hero Arts(sentiment)
Paper: pretty in pink, black, Papertrey ink white
Ink: stazon black
Extras: rhinestones, brads, clear embossing powder, polka dotted embossing folder, SU pretty in pink ribbon

Thanks for looking, hope you have a blessed day....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loving Teal...Clean and Simple!

I made this card for Clean and Simple's challenge, sketch 137 found below, or HERE 

 I had to try a whole bunch of things before I settled on these vines and flowers...and colors.  I know that I made a card a couple weeks ago with teal...what can I say, I am DRAWN to the color.  When I was choosing markers to color the flowers, I thought red, pink, but no, the teal was what made me happy.  I had tried other vines and other flowers, and although I think these flowers are a little small,  other ones I tried were a bit too overwhelming and overpowering, and these little guys fit just right, so that's it:)!!  I dotted the spots on the vines with the same little dots I used in the center of the flowers:

Because the base is one layer, I opted to put the piece of ribbon I had decided to use THROUGH the card rather than AROUND it.  Karen Dunbrook on Splitcoaststampers had made the coolest card using a tool that you hit with a hammer to make ribbon slots...well I got one, and used it for my card.  I  want to be able to show you the tools and things I use, just in case you'd be interested, like I was!!  Just don't use this if there's someone trying to sleep close's hitting metal on metal and it's kind of noisy, but works like a charm:)!!!  I got mine at Create for Less(hammer sold separately:)!!) it is:

Things I used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Beyond Basic Borders and Beautiful Blooms II, Hero Arts Thinking of You
Paper: Gina K white, black, taken with teal
Ink: stazon black, mark it markers
extras: polka dot embossing folder, gingham ribbon, black stick on dots, pop up dots, Making Memories ribbon slot punch
 Thanks for looking, hope you have a great day:)!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mojo Monday Mother's Day

I made this card for Mojo Monday challenge 188...a square or round card using the sketch below or find the challenge  HERE:

I chose the square and decided to make a Mother's Day card (I'm going to send my mom a few this year:)!!).  I thought the set Because of You had wonderful sentiments, so decided to use that for my card.  I spied the stems in the set that looked like grape hyacinths...sweet I used them behind my sentiment and decided then, that my card would have a purple flavor.  I used Stampin Up flower and border punches and embossing folder for the back panel.  Had a piece of Bazzill polka dotted embossed paper and some Enamel accents for the white dots.  A great sketch...thanks for taking a look:)!!

Things I used:
Stamps: Verve Because of You
Paper: Lavender Lace,  Concord crush, Bazzill polka dotted, bazzill white
Ink: wild wasabi, lavender lace, stazon black
Extras: Circle and scallop nesties, SU embossing folder, flower punches, and border punch, Enamel accents, white ribbon, black stick on dots, pop up dots

Monday, April 25, 2011

Casing Silke in Pink and Yellow

I made this card for Case Study Challenge 36, found HERE .
We were to case this beautiful card by Silke Ledlow:
I chose to keep the layout...did my out-of-the-box on the other side with a totally different set of images and colors(the colors are kinda "out there" for me...hmm:)!!).  I colored the flowers with Prismacolor pencils and used baby oil.  I popped up the layers, added ribbon , button, sentiment and pearls.
Things I used:
Stamps: Penny Black, Hero Arts(sentiment)
Paper: daffodil delight, Papertrey Ink white, scrap dp 
Ink: stazon black
Extras: Prismacolor pencils, baby oil, SU butterfly die, black wire, silver pearls, embossing folder,Papertrey ribbon and button

Thanks for looking, hope you Monday is marvelous!!

Crazy Daisies

Ever have an evolution card?  One that started out with an entirely different thought, for an entirely different challenge, and it "evolved" into something TOTALLY DIFFERENT?  This was THAT kind of card!!
I began with the thought of making a card for the Clean and Simple blog with a couple flowers made from a die I have.  I wound up scraping the original flowers, and going with another on the same die, but then scraping the challenge(for now) to use the couple flowers I made, made ANOTHER flower, and made a card for SCS's CAS116 make a card using the artist's rule of 3 on your card.  It's funny how things go, sometimes:)!!  This is the die I used to make the flower:
I found the simple scalloped circle very intriguing...and thought....what if I cut in between the scallops and made a crazy daisy???  So that's what I did. I cut into the center of the circle...not too far and definitely not perfectly(no matter, the brad covers the imperfections)...just always look to the center when cutting, otherwise your cuts will go sideways a bit...well, mine did:)!!    I also used a die for the leaves made by QuicKutz that I purchased from some time ago when looking for leaves and vines.  The die is 12" long, but I use it to the length and sections that I want.  I ran it through once in yellow, and once in black and filled in the black vine with the yellow vine's leaves.  I added sentiment and a rhinestone to dot the "i" .

Things I used:
Stamps: Hero Arts Birthday Messages
Paper: Papertrey Ink white, black, daffodil delight
Ink: Stazon black
Extras: QuicKutz Leafy Vine Die, Provo Craft flower Die, Doodlebug chunky brads, clear embossing powder, yellow rhinestone

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sentimentally Framed Tulips

I made this card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge make a one layer card with an old stamp and make it a thank you card.  The challenge can be found HERE .
The basket of tulips is my old...very old stamp.  The date on this stamp is's one of the few I kept after giving up stamping some 10 years ago.  I began anew a couple years ago, but STILL love this stamp...and was excited to be able to pull it out and ink it up again.  I colored it with SU markers, stamped and framed with sentiment.  I took pictures of how I framed it...just in case you were wondering(if you click on any of the pictures, it will give you a closer look:)!):
I used  a nestie and marked the corners with light pencil(to be erased later:)!):
I then took my sentiment stamp that I centered from top to bottom  ON A LINE of a gridded block, and lined the grid line the stamp was sitting on with each of the sets of corner lines.  It looked like this:
Did that all the way around, added rhinestones, scored lines at the bottom and added ribbon...I know...a bit heavy with the embellishments...but I thought they really "fit"...and weren't too heavy??!!:)!

 This is the first card I made...had it done, and then realized that the challenge was a Thank you made another with a bit larger sentiment stamp.

Being this was my first one, I think it's a little "off",  I learned so many little things as I went... but it's ok.  Somewhere I read, recently said that  the flaws are what make our cards a little "off" is ok.
Things I used:
Stamps: Annette Allen Watkins, Papertrey Ink Giga Guide Lines(thank you), Hero Arts Everyday Sayings(thinking of you)
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, real red, old olive
Extras: MS scoreboard, gingham ribbon, nestie, red rhinestones

Thanks so much for looking...hope your day is filled with inspiration:)!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Casing Silke Ledlow

I made a card for Case Study Challenge 35, found HERE .The guest muse is Silke Ledlow and the card we were to case was this one:
Inspirations, ARE a challenge for me, as I guess I tend to see them and want to case them literally as I view them, instead of inspirationally...does that make sense?  Immediately, I was scouring my brain and stamp room to find hanging fruit!! But, had none...well a pear...but it wasn't red and was WAY too much work to make look right. As I was looking through my stamps, though(after spotting the pear), I found my PSX stamp that I purchased on ebay last year(I have always LOVED it:)!!)...and thought, big, red, gray(silver), green...THIS IS IT!! this is what I made:
I already had a few stamped images, so all I had to do was color and cut.  I used Prismacolor pencils and baby oil, two each color of red, green and silver/gray...I don't color often, but I must admit, it can be fun and very relaxing:)!!
I had a piece of gray designer paper, and red SU textured cardstock and added piercing to the top and bottom.  I used a sentiment from Verve and added ribbon and top of brad to bow.  Popped up both panels.  I thought to "add" more, but opted to keep it somewhat simple.
Things I used:
Stamps: PSX tulips, Verve
Paper: Textured real red, dp, PTI white
Ink: stazon black
Extras: Prismacolor Pencils, piercing tool,  ribbon, brad, pop up dots, black stick on dots

Thanks for looking, hope you have a wonderful day:)!!                                                                  

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Clean and Simple Challenge

I just love the Clean and Simple Blog!!  I decided to try my hand at yet another card for this week's challenge:

Here's a picture of the sketch:

I decided to take the 2 darkest panels, and make them one piece...they ARE the same color in the picture:)!!  I used a piece of black paper, and embossed with stripes. I used a strip of daffodil delight and with versamark, stamped polka dots and embossed.  I used a flower stamp by stampendous, a label stamp by PTI, and a sentiment by Hero Arts.  I colored the dots on the flowers with daffodil delight marker and dotted with diamond glaze.  I decided that rather than add the embellishment to the right lower corner, I'd use a rhinestone on the "o" in  "hello" as my "button".  I popped up both the white and black panels as well as the's a different view:

Oh, I just LOVE these layouts:)!!!
Thing I used:
Stamps: Stampendous, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics and Label Basics
Paper: PTI white, black and Daffodil Delight
Ink: stazon black, daffodil delight
Extras: striped embossing folder, clear embossing powder, diamond glaze, yellow rhinestone, pop up dots

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a wonderful day:)!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I made this card for Clean and Simple's FTL136 sketch, found HERE .  
This is the sketch:

I haven't been to Mike's (Michael's) too much, of late, but had a coupon and a day to "flit" and bought this book of design paper.  I am not one who uses a lot of design paper, but every once in a while I do, and LOVE to have dp that I LOVE!  I thought, unlike a lot of design papers, this woud be GREAT for cards(the patterns were smaller and closer together),and... I LOVED the colors AND the designs!!!
This dp has embossed patterns...the black pages, so an angled look at this card and the dp...just in case you are visual, like me, and like to see:

So....the card was super simple...the only hard part, deciding on which papers.  The bermuda bay colored paper actually has circular designs on's very faint, but not plain.  Natasha on Clean and Simple's Blog, had used a ribbon as one of the worked on my card...thanks for the inspiration:)!!  I used another new set from Papertrey Ink...a set of frames, to put the sentiment on.  I added a PTI button with a white stick on dot placed in the middle making it not look so much like a button.

Things I used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Label Basics, Hero Arts(sentiment)
Paper: Black, SEI design paper
Extras: clear embossing powder, ribbon, button, pop up dots

Thanks for looking, have a great day:)!!

Friday, April 15, 2011


I made this card...super late...for Clean and Simple's challenge#135 found HERE:

This was the sketch:

I used a new stamp I got from Papertrey Ink(thanks Mom:)!!) which stamps a gingham pattern and a flower from another PTI set.  The doily design is a die from PTI, as well.  It was a little tough figuring out how to make it work...the first couple times I used it, it didn't cut the paper too well.  I put an extra piece of packaging paper(really thick) behind the cutting part of the die, and it worked like a charm!  I struggled with the sentiment...tried a bunch, but settled on a simple "hello"...I thought it just fit:)!!  I know I may be in the minority...but I was sad when Taken with Teal was Taken Away...I LOVE teal!!  Oh well....I bought a bit before they stopped making it:)!!
Now, I'll be right in time for the next Clean and Simple sketch....YEAH!!
Things I used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Background Basics: gingham and Beautiful Blooms, Stampendous Happy Messages
Ink: Taken with Teal, stazon black
Paper:  Taken with Teal, bazzill white
Extras: Papertrey Ink Doily Die, stick on glitter dot, pop up dots

Thanks for taking a look, hope you have a great day!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I have been out all day working in the up and cleaning out my has been A LOT of work!!! I made this card early this morning for One Layer Wednesday, this week hosted by Jennifer Styles, her blog and the challenge found HERE    The challenge this week is to make a one layer card with green and pink and a stamp that has never seen ink!  I hate to admit...I had a lot of choices:)!! 
This is a stamp from Gina K Designs( a set that included MANY stamps...but this one required coloring, and I  don't do a whole lot of that, so never used.).  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and also, has never been used.  I stamped the image and then the sentiment and THEN colored.  I colored a perfect image earlier, and then added another(but different) sentiment and it goofed... and all my work....gone.  So, I decided to stamp the image, then stamp the sentiment and if all goes well...then color!!  I have a little wooden frame I purchased at Mike's(Michael's) for 99cents that allows you to emboss leaving a rectangle untouched...the size was's a picture:
So after I put the card in the embossing folder, I put the frame over the image and sentiment and embossed  with one less acrylic plate(I have a Big Shot).  I then took my Martha Stewart scoring board and scored a frame around the image and sentiment.  I goofed with putting the frame a little too close to the flower...but it will have to do:)!!  I added 2 rhinestones in the centers of the 2 open flowers and done!!
Things I used:
Stamps: Gina K Designs Enjoy the Sunshine, Papertrey Ink Asian Fusion
Paper: Bazzill white
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, stazon black
Extras: clear  embossing powder, pink rhinestones, sizzix embossing folder, wooden frame, MS scoring board
Thanks for taking a look...I hope you have a wonderful day:)!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The sketch challenge today, at SCS is this:
This is what I made:

This is a close up on the diamond glazed middles.

I decided on a daisy bouquet by Gina K Designs and after stamping it, decided to try the  clean and simple look and style of Silke, once again(it's addictive:)!!). By that I mean the simple layering and the use of silver pearls that she is known for...but it DID just feel right with this stamp and this card.  This will be my mom's card for Mother's Day....she LOVES daisies!
I stamped the flowers, colored the stems and centers, and then used diamond glaze to put a shine in the middles of the daisies...rhinestones or pearls just don't have the right shapes, and this makes it a little fancier than just leaving the centers plain.  I added ribbon also from Gina K, and used a sentiment from Stampin Up's Teeny Tiny Wishes, here:
The small circle did not afford the opportunity for a large sentiment, so I masked each word, and stamped them vertical.  I started with the word "mother's" first, making sure it was kinda centered, and then stamped the other two...just a thought.
Used a piece of Bazzill embossed paper from Mikes, and a striped embossing folder for the yellow.
Things I used
Stamps: Gina K Designs Enjoy the Sunshine, Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Papertrey Ink white, bazzill embossed green, daffodil delight
Ink: certainly celery, old olive, daffodil delight, stazon black
Extras: Circle and scalloped circle nesties, ribbon, silver pearls, clear embossing powder, SU border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, diamond glaze, pop up dots

Thanks for taking a look, I hope you have a wonderful day:)!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Mojo Monday 185

Ever make a card that just ISN"T you??  I know there are many stampers who LOVE lots of "stuff" on their cards, and they do it beautifully... me...not so much.  I love to make a one layer card...I love to make multi layered cards...and everything in between.  But when I make a multi layered card...I like it most if it doesn't LOOK like it has alot of layers, or has a lot going on...I'm realizing that I really AM a clean and simple kinda stamper.  This is my second attempt at MojoMonday185...the first one I wasn't "me" and had lots of stuff on it.  I made a card yesterday casing Silke Ledlow, and loved the layers but incredible simplicity and clean look her cards have, so I decided to make yet another MojoMonday185 card, but with her influence!  Here's what I made:
This is the first time I have pierced this much...before maybe a corner, but decided to take it all the way around the panel.  I added a border piece on the bottom and added silver pearls.  The rest is pretty simple...and with the butterfly...I had black 26 gauge wire and wound it around the body of the 2 butterflies and twisted it once at the top, and cut and sort of curled the antennae.  Now THIS is more me:):)!!  Just goes to show you that you CAN make a cleaner card, no matter how many elements or layers are in the sketch:)!!  Thanks Silke for the wonderful inspiration your cards bring to me:)!!!!
Things I used:
Stamps: Stampin Up For All  You Do, Stampendous(sentiment)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink White, Old olive,daffodil delight, barely banana, SU hostess designer paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, stazon black
Extras: SU border punch, olive ribbon, piercing tool, silver pearls, black wire, pretty in pink brads, pop up dots, nestie circle and lacey circle dies, SU butterfly die

Thanks for taking a look...I hope your day is filled with wonder!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


This month at Case Study Challenge the featured stamper is Silke Ledlow!  I have greatly admired her work since I first saw her cards 2  years ago!! She has clean and simple lines and her cards are beautiful!!  I remember messaging her when I first joined Splitcoast Stampers about her silver one uses them so wonderfully!!The featured card this week is this one:

I really didn't want to change anything...I wanted to totally case the card, but changed a few things and made this:
I changed the color, the border, the sentiment, and the embellishments, but I LOVED the images and I kept that all the same!  I LOVE how she doesn't have to frame each panel, pops it up, and it looks beautiful...sooooo cool!!
I used Papertrey butterfly dies, and then the stamps, colored with old SU markers and layered.  I used the SU border punch, and the black dots are Enamel Accents(I use them ALOT!).
I am looking forward to the rest of the month...but I doubt I'll veer too far from her's my chance to have Silke's cards for my own:)!!
Thanks for looking, I hope you have a great weekend!!!
Things I used:
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Turning a New Leaf, Fiskars All Year Greetings
Paper: Papertrey White, textured Taken with Teal, SU design paper(Apricot Appeal)
Ink: Taken with Teal, Bermuda Bay, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Stazon black
Extras:SU border punch and satin ribbon, Enamel Accents, silver pearls, PTI butterfly die, clear embossing powder

Friday, April 8, 2011


I made this card for One Layer Wednesday Challenge make a one layer sympathy card using no flowers or trees.  The challenge is found HERE.  A sympathy card without flowers or trees IS a challenge.  I must admit, I looked at the gallery for I had none, and was inspired by the butterflies I saw.  Here's what I came up with:
I used one of my favorite butterfly stamps, from Gina K Designs, and inked the stamp with Sahara Sand.  I stamped the butterfly on scrap paper each time I stamped, to get a lighter image.  I then stamped the sentiment over the 3 butterflies with Early Espresso and embossed.  I added 3 scored lines on both sides, and that's it.  I thought that when I started this, it would take a long only took and easy!!  Now, it's on to another challenge!!
Things I used:
Stamps:  Gina K Designs Enjoy the Sunshine, Paper Inspirations
Paper: Bazzill white
Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Extras: Scor Buddy, clear embossing powder

Thanks for looking, have a great day!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


On SCS, Irene(DandI93) is the featured stamper of the week.  Irene has an amazing gallery, and I chose to case this  beautiful card:

I chose the same flowers, and layered on a piece of colored card stock, but wound up changing almost everything else:

I embossed the white paper, traced the oval and cut it out.   I suppose you could use a nestie to cut the hole, as well, but I embossed first, so I hand cut the oval:)!!  I used an oval nestie and a scalloped one a couple sizes bigger for the frame.  Stamped the flower and stems using a stamp a ma jig for positioning and used it for the sentiment, as well. I like the textured look of Bazzill paper, so I used the back side of a piece of bazzill white for the flowers, so the whites matched.  Attached the white panel of flowers directly to the blushing bride card, and popped up the embossed and framed piece.  
Thanks for looking...hope you have a fantastic day!!
Things I used:
Stamps: Stampin Up Close as a Memory and Warmest Regards
Paper: Bazzill white, blushing bride
Ink:  blushing bride, old olive
Extras: Petite oval and scalloped oval nesties, stamp a ma jig, SU embossing folder, pop up dots

Monday, April 4, 2011


I made this card for SCS's CAS113 use soft aqua, soft yellow and white:

I LOVE the clean and simple sketches...I have them laminated and go to them when I have a stamp in mind, and find a sketch to fit my stamp...WONDERFUL...I have and will use them ALOT!!!  I used sketch ftl43 found here(although not followed to the tee):

I stamped the flower from Unity Stamps twice in cool caribbean and once in so saffron. I cut them out and popped them up.  Made two strips of so saffron and one of cool caribbean using a polka dotted embossing folder on the blue.  LOVE these colors, too!
Things I used:
Stamps: Unity Now and Always, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Paper: cool caribbean, so saffron, bazzill white, and black
Ink: Stazon black
Extras: white vinyl brad, polka dot embossing folder, pop up dots

Thanks for looking, hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hellen Keller Quote

This started out as an old Clean and Simple sketch...but it grew a little...a few extra layers and my line of hearts, but was going for ftl25:

 I am trying to pull out old stamps...well old is relative...this Helen Keller quote stamp is less than a year old...but I hate to admit it, I've NEVER used it.  I stamped a stamp from A Muse(I inked and stamped on white two times....each time stamping once lightly on a scrap piece of paper to get a lighter color on my card) with certainly celery and then stamped the quote over it with early espresso.  I found a piece of SU designer paper and embossed a piece of certainly celery with a heart embossing folder. I used this punch, below, to get the hearts, and glued them on with a glue stick.
Things I used:
Stamps: A Muse Beautiful Botanicals 2, Victorine Originals
Paper: certainly celery, white, bazzill java, SU designer paper
Ink: certainly celery, early espresso
Extras: sizzix embossing folder, Martha Stewart punch, scallop scissor(rounding corners)

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Another FTL134

I made another card with this sketch from Clean and Simple...challenge 134:

I made this:

I used this die and punched 12 flowers using 1 1/2" squares, so didn't waste paper:
Popped up the flowers and added $1 rhinestones from Mike's, then popped up the black panel.  The sentiment is stamped in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.

Things I used:
Paper: bazzill white and black
Ink:    versamark
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
Extras: white embossing powder, Provo craft flower die, rhinestones, pop up dots

Thanks for looking, have a great day!!