Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beautiful Butterflies

Hmmmm, life before computers... can you remember? After a very long 5 days, my computer is back and virus free! Thank you so much Tim for getting rid of that 'pesky little sucker'. Who knows how that little bugger got in, with all our anti-virus software etc - so be careful out there!!! Hopefully this will not happen again anytime soon!!!

Is anyone else out there lovin' the Cottage Wall DSP? I know more than a few of you are saying me, me, me :) This DSP paired with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive - its just so darn purdy!!!
* Started with an Old Olive standard size card base
* Added layers of Cottage Wall DSP, Rich Razzleberry and Pale Plum
* Butterflies were popped out of Rich Razzleberry and Pale Plum using the Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die
* The edges of my Pale Plum butterflies wings were lightly dragged over a VersaMark Pad. Sprinkled on some Iridescent Ice and heat set with my heat tool to give these wings some sparkle. The Rich Razzleberry butterfly got the full sparkle treatment and then some. A few non SU rhinestones kreates the body. Bling Bling :) love this butterfly!
* Set this beauty on Old Olive, given a decorative edge with my Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, and gave her a 'flight path' with a sentiment from the Flight of the Butterfly set. TIP: If you don't own the Big Shot (why not?), but you have this stamp set, you could easily replicate the same idea. And if you have the Butterfly Punch (116629), well, a lot quicker than snippin' them out by hand :)
* An Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and tiny bow add the final touch.

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Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Cottage Wall DSP, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, VersaMark
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Old Olive Grosgrain

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Under the Weather

I kinda wish it was me (might be easier to deal with than technology), but my computer has a VIRUS :( It has completely locked down and won't let us get onto the internet. So I'm at my parents computer writing you a quick note to let you know. My poor hubby was up for hours last night trying to figure things out, hopefully I won't be down for too long. Technology, hmphf!!!
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Harvest MOJO

Yesterday was the final sketch of the week celebrating Mojos 100th sketch. This is MOJOMARY sketch (fun one Mary, thanks) and also doubles for the OCC In Color Challenge. Hmmmm? I'm not sure about my kreation, hoping it may grown on me more, but I'll share anyway :)
*Started with a Soft Suede standard card base and layered with Dusty Durango, with two opposing corners clipped with my Corner Rounder Punch.
*Very Vanilla was decorated with random leaves, from the Autumn Harvest set, in Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Rich Razzleberry.
*Then I cut apart into 1-1/4" squares giving each square the same Corner treatment
*Soft Suede Ribbon breaks up the pattern a bit. Are you wondering where that Soft Suede Ribbon is in the catty? This is the reverse side of the Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon - so versatile right?!
*The focal image was stamped with other images from the Autumn Harvest set, in Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede and Choc Chip. Using my Markers in these colors, I was able to color on my stamp to give it the look I wanted. A little huff of breath to remoisten and stamp.
*I used a masking technique, using post it notes, to give my picture depth with images in front of others. CLICK HERE to see a masking tutorial on another card I did
*Finally I went back with my Aquapainter and a minimally wet bristle to color in the images. If you are not using Watercolor Paper(105019), be very careful not to over saturate or pill your paper. TIP: Kreate a little pool of ink in the lid of your SU ink pad, simply by squeezing the pad together in the center, when you open, the lid will have your palette to dab your coloring tool into. I got an unintentional striated look on my pumpkin, but I think it looks kinda cool and a bit more realistic.
*Then I adorned 3 Soft Suede faux brads to the bottom left. Hint: Punched out with a handheld hole punch (non SU, mom was a school teacher :) ), then used some Crystal Effects on them to give them a bit of a glossy look.

Hope you like it more than I do :) Maybe it will grow on me :) Happy Monday

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Stamps: Autumn Harvest(110372)
Paper: Very Vanilla(101650), Soft Suede(115318), Dusty Durango(115321)
Ink: Soft Suede(115657), Crushed Curry(115659), Dusty Durango(115654), Rich Razzleberry(115658), Always Artichoke Marker(105113), BashFul Blue, In Color Markers(116329)
Accessories: Corner Rounder(109047), Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon(115612), Aquapainter(103954)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Sweet Peek

Do you see something unique on this card? That little 'Sweet Treat Cup' along with a very cute stamp set called Sweet Centers will both be available to order Sept 1 in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.
*I started with a standard Bashful Blue card base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 scored at the side
*I free formed a cloud and cut it out and used it as my template to kreate my sky - using Bashful Blue and my Dauber, I lightly dabbed around the edges of my template and moved it around and continued daubbing until I achieved my cloudy sky
*Then up up and away, I used the basket image from the set and stamped it in Choc Chip Craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing powder.
*Added a Circle Fire Rhinestone to the basket with a dab of Crystal Effects. TIP: The rhinestone pops right out of the brad, simply by opening up the brad and prying back the little tabs that hold the rhinestone in place.
*Used my 1-3/4 Circle Punch to kreate the perfect opening to pop my sweet treat cup through. TIP: The cups have their own adhesive to keep them secure on your card.
*Paper pierced a frame around my image
*Using the Oval All set, I inked up my sentiment with my VersaMarker onto Real Red and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder and punched out with my Scallop Circle. Real Red was sponged onto the edges for some depth
*A scrap Crushed Curry Scallop that had been run through my Big Shot using the Scallop #2 die was looking to be used, so I layered it behind. Lets not be wasteful :)
*Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon with dove-tailed edges is the final touch with my scalloped sentiment set on top with dimensionals. TIP: Dove-tails, so easy -fold your ribbon in half and cut at an angle (now if you do it wrong the first time, yes I'll admit it :), you'll kreate a point - go back and snip in the opposite direction. You'll get it :)

Really a quick card to kreate, no frills. I think the longest part was trying to draw my 'perfect' cloud LOL. So do you like my sweet peek card?
You are going to love this set... Shhhh, I'll let ya in on a secret :) the other images involve Christmas, Halloween, Valentines, a flower - oh are you gonna love it!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cold and Cuddly meets Warm and Yummy

I will have to admit, I am having a very hard time stamping fall and winter themed kreations. I am very much a summer girl and I hate that it is quickly coming to an end. But with PPA's Anything But a Card challenge I decided to use this mug template and these new sets, Cold and Cuddly & Serene Snowflakes, both will be available Sept 1 in the new Holiday Mini.
*Cut out the template onto Night of Navy. Used my Wide Oval Punch to kreate my handle.
*Stamped my Serene Snowflakes image in Whisper White Craft Ink and sprinkled with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Set the sparkle with my Heat Tool.
*Inked my polar bear in VersaMark, stamped onto Bashful Blue and covered with White Embossing Powder and heated. TIP: You will need to use either Craft ink or VersaMark when applying embossing powder as these specific inks will allow the powder to stick
Snipped him out with my Paper Snips (scissors)
*Inked my glacier onto Whisper White paper, in Bashful Blue Craft Ink and gave it some sparkle with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Snipped out my ice.
*Little mug was inked in Choc Chip Craft ink and carefully sprinkled some Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on the steam. Carefully snipped out and was even able to slip part of my bears paw into the handle
*Inked up my hat in Real Red and decided he needed a scarf too. Now this set doesn't have a scarf, but if you look closely, it is another hat that I inked and snipped out twice and finagled until I got my scarf look. I love it :)
*My polar bear, hat and mug were all placed on dimensionals.
*Finally the sentiment and edges were inked in Bashful Blue Craft and again, sparkle with some Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.
*And a White Taffeta Ribbon completes the project.

I had a hard time photographing this little gem :) Clicking the photo to enlarge may show a bit more detail. Unfortunately you can't see much of the sparkle, it is subtle but a perfect wintery feel. A package of cocoa is the perfect fit to warm your recipients heart :)

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Stamps: avail Sept 1 in Holiday Mini: Serene Snowflakes, Cold and Cuddly
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bashful Blue (105120), Night of Navy(100867)
Ink: Whisper White Craft(101731), Bashful Blue Craft(105233), Real Red(103133), VersaMark
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder(101930), Heat Tool(100005), Paper Snips(103579), White Taffeta Ribbon(109070), Large Oval Punch(107305), Dimensionals(104430)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mojo 100 Baby

My girlfriend has baby number 4 on the way. WOW! I can't believe 4. Since she's like me and waits to be surprised by the gender, I decided to go baby neutral colors. I love to start a card with a sketch, so I went with Mojo 100. If you like sketches too, go check it out, all this week in celebration of the 100th sketch, there will be a new sketch every day.
I've seen these cute baby buggies pop up here and there, so I will not take credit for the idea, but I will take credit for kreating my own :)
*I used my Circle Scissor Plus to kreate my Whisper White circle and then cut out a pie shape.
*Ran it through my Big Shot with my sm polka dot Background Texturz Plate. Instead of raised dots, I flipped my image. Randomly in a few 'holes' I added some color with my Pastel chalks.
*Using my Eyelet Border Punch, I kreated my buggies eyelet ruffle.
*The Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit die was run through the Big Shot and a piece used to form the handle (cute right?)
*No small circle punch for my wheels :( - no problem, I traced the bottom of my Dauber for the perfect fit. Added my Flower Brad to become my wheel spokes. A black sharpie pen kreates the 'axel'. A little basic gray sponging highlights the edges of the wheel
*The buggy was placed on dimensionals on a Bashful Blue rectangle and a Certainly Celery Scallop using the Big Shot and Scallop #2 die
*The buggy layers were placed on a standard Whisper White card base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 scored at the top and layered with So Saffron and the polka dots from Cottage Wall DSP
*Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon hide the seam between my two papers.
*A central bow and a dangling Metal Edge Tag. Isolated the word 'baby' from the sentiment 'hello baby' in the Teeny Tiny Wishes set using my Bashful Blue Marker. Added a dash more using my Certainly Celery Marker around the inside of the metal edge. Isn't it a cute accent!?
So how's my mojo? I'd love to know your thoughts. Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Stamping

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Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes(115370)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), So Saffron(105118), Certainly Celery(105125), Bashful Blue(105120), Cottage Wall DSP(115671)
Ink: Bashful Blue Marker(105111), Certainly Celery Marker(105106)
Accessories: Big Shot(113439), Scallop Circle #2(113469), Background Texturz Plate (114512 sm dots), Swirls Scribbles(113441), Circle Scissor Plus(112530), Paper Piercer(116631), Mat Pack(105826), Eyelet Border(113692), Certainly Celery Grosgrain(109031),Metal Edge Tags (103374), Flower Assortment Brads(112583)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Retired Sets For Sale

It's time to finally say good bye to some of my sets. I've neglected them long enough and I NEED to make room. So out with the old, in with the new! This will be based on a first come first serve basis, so if there is something you like, email me right away! Place the name of the set in the Subject Line so I don't delete anything accidentally as SPAM. Thanks :)

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BURST INTO BLOOM (wood stained) - $5


CUTE AND CURLY (coordinating Curly Label punch is in current catalog) - $12SOLD

DAD'S DAY - $18



PUNCHES THREE(coordinates with current SU Punches) - SOLD

SO MANY SCALLOPS (coordinates with current Scallop Circle Punch) - $12

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Thursday, August 13, 2009


I'm so excited and honored to be the Featured Stamper today at the new Pals Paper Arts Blog. I had such fun and I hope you will play along this week and upload your kreations to Mr Linky on the PPA Blog. Hop on over and check out the AMAZING talent of some of my Pals!
A bit of a long post as I listed the details of each project for you. Hope you like them :)

This is the photo I was given to work with as my 'Kid themed inspiration'. Lots of different ideas running through my head... I think it all came together nicely. Looking at my inspiration photo, I see color combos, animals, boys and that chalk board. I immediately thought back 2 school (it is right around the corner and for some of you has already begun). So I used the new Animal Stories set to kreate my fun little set. A pencil holder, my trinket box - perfect to store little thumb tacks, rubber bands, extra staples, erasers, paper clips... speaking of paper clips, you'll see that here too. Enjoy the projects. Here are the deets :)

Using the new Perfect Details Texturz Plate, I ran a piece of Very Vanilla through my Big Shot, layered ontop of Brilliant Blue and my standard Very Vanilla card base of 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 scored at the top
*Inked my giraffe from Animal Stories in So Saffron and removed ink from his mane,antler and tail with a Blender Pen and with a Close to Cocoa Marker went back over them. Huff to remoisten the image and stamped on Very Vanilla. Sponged edges with So Saffron and mounted on dimensionals on Certainly Celery.
*Popped out the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (great set with every occasion) with the Word Window punch and layered on the new Modern Label punched out in Brilliant Blue. A 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch helps me kreate my splash of Real Red Circles. Placed onto a rectangular strip of Bashful Blue
*A few ribbon tabs and Fresh Fav I buttons finish off the card

Pencil Holder - ok, trash into a treasure :) My empty plastic wrap cardboard roll cut down, became my holder. A 1-3/4 Circle Punched piece of cardboard (the one you find in the back of your Designer Paper) fit perfectly to the bottom, adhered with Multi Purpose Adhesive. Cut my Very Vanilla piece to fit just right around the 'tube' and then stamped my Animal Stories friends randomly on the sheet. Adhered that with some Sticky Tape and then continued to decorate.
Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbons and small buttons from Fresh Favorites I,II were the perfect embellishments for this stylish little holder.

Coordinating little owl paper clip. Cute and easy! See this post for more details how to make your paper clip.

And finally my trinket box. Another cute and FUNctional project.
*Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and So Saffron were run through the Big Shot with the Matchbox die. Each box was assembled and then adhered to each other using Sticky Tape
*Old Olive was run through the Big Shot with the same Perfect Details Texturz Plate used in my card and sized to fit around my 'tower' of boxes.
*The front of each box were given a toggle ribbon handle (knotted at each end) feed through a Jumbo Eyelet placed with my Crop a dile.
*Stamped my Animal Stories friends again onto Very Vanilla, used my paper snips (scissors) and then adhered them to my box. Love it.
You can see my 'girlier' version HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the details. It was super fun to kreate this little set. Hope you like it. Leave me a comment, would love to know what you think. Don't forget to hop on over to PPA and play along.

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Stamps: Animal Stories (116716), Teeny Tiny Wishes(115370)
Ink: So Saffron, Close To Cocoa, Dusty Durango, Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Brilliant Blue, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Big Shot(113439), Perfect Details Texturz Plate(115962), Soft Suede Ribbon(115612), Crushed Curry Ribbon(115614), Scallop Circle Punch(109043), Word Window Punch(105090), Modern Label Punch (116630), Fresh Fav Buttons (107421,107422), Crop a dile (108362), Jumbo Eyelets(108432), Multi Purpose Adhesive(110755), Blender Pen(102845), Dauber(102892), Dimensionals (104430), Snips (103579)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Snow is Glistenin'

Phew, it was a scorcher here today - HOT and humid! So when I sat down to look at the Clean and Simple card challenge (CAS27) on SCS it was to incorporate bling. So I cooled myself off with this simple and sparkling snowfall. It really is so pretty in person. I used my Christmas Punch Hostess Lev 2 set and finished this card in under 15 minutes.
First used the snowman head that appears in the tag image. Using my VersaMarker, I outlined his head and stamped him peering from the lower right corner. Made him dazzle with some Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and used my Heat Tool to set the sparkle.
My sentiment comes from a retired set of Rub Ons
Then inked up my snowflakes in VersaMark ink and randomly stamped around my sentiment and snowman. Turned them blingy with the same procedure above, adding Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.
Tied a Whisper White Organza Ribbon across the top.
The final bling, added a Filigree Brad and Clear Rhinestone brad to my knot.
Cooled ya down? I love the crisp white look and who doesn't love a little bling :)

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Stamps: Christmas Punch (lev 2 115366)
Paper: Whisper White (100730)
Ink: VersaMark Pad(102283), VersaMarker(100901)
Accessories: Iridescent Ice (101930), Heat Tool(100005), Organza Ribbon (114319), Filigree Brad(112577), Clear Rhinestone Brad(113144)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Late with MOJO 98

A little late with my MOJO98 (a little rhymin' too).

* Started with a Pale Plum card base of 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 scored at the top
* The Scallop Circle #2 Die was run through the Big Shot with Rich Razzleberry
* My Circle Scissors Plus kreates my perfect Old Olive matte to layer with my Rich Razzleberry Scallop circle and then a smaller Whisper White layer for my image. I love how easy it is to kreate the perfect sized circles with this cool tool :)
* The square layers behind were also layered with the beautiful new Cottage Wall DSP
* The floral image from Friends 24-7 was inked up using my Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry markers colored directly on the stamp, huff of breath to remoisten and stamped. Repeated the coloring on my stamp and stamped the image again in my circle. Yup, you read it correctly, my IN COLOR marker - the new in color markers family are available to purchase in this catalog (116329)
* The sentiment was inked in Rich Razzelberry and nestled in next to my buds.
* Each bud was touched with a 2 way glue pen and dazzles with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds sprinkled over top.(click photo to enlarge - you may see the sparkle better - sparkle is never easy to photograph)
* The finishing touch a Rich Razzleberry ribbon and bow. Two different ribbons you think? Nope, that is what is so great about these new In Color ribbons - they are reversible. Polka dots on one side, plain on the other - so versatile!!

Hope you liked this kreation. Leave me a comment and let me know what ya think. Love it when you do :)

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Stamps: Friends 24-7(113218)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry(115316), Old Olive(100702), Cottage Wall DSP(115671)
Ink: Old Olive(100079) and Rich Razzleberry Markers(116329)
Accessories: Big Shot(113439), Scallop Circle #2(113469), Circle Scissor Plus(112530)
Rich Razzleberry Ribbon (115613), Dazzling Diamonds(102023), 2-way glue pen(100425)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Refuge and Strength

Time for another challenge at PPA. This time a sketch challenge. I turned the sketch to accommodate my 'need'.
*Started with a standard size Kraft card base of 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 scored across the top
*Took a piece of Bella Bleu DSP and gave it a decorative edge with the Scallop Edge punch and matted it with Not Quite Navy
*Using the Refuge and Strength set, I inked up my cross in Close to Cocoa and stamped onto Very Vanilla. Then inked up my sentiment in Not Quite Navy and stamped it directly over my cross
*Roughed up the edges with my finger nail and using a dauber inked with Close to Cocoa, lightly inked up the edges. TIP: For those of you that want to save your nails, the Cutter Kit (106958) has a distressing tool along with some other cool gadgets.
*Added some Not Quite Navy punched Photo Corners to my focal point
*Three Choc Chip Corduroy buttons were given a decorative touch with a sliver of Not Quite Navy cardstock threaded and gently tied and then placed on top of Not Quite Navy 3/4" Circles.

Hope you have some time to play.
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Stamps: Refuge and Strength(115056)
Paper: Kraft(102125), Not Quite Navy (101722), Bella Bleu(113974)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (103008), Close to Cocoa(103139)
Accessories: Choc Chip Corduroy Buttons(114339), 3/4" Circle (107217), Scallop Edge Punch(112091)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Manhattan Flower

Oooooh, aaaaah I wish you could see this card in person. And it took under 15 minutes to kreate. No joke!! Sorry the first photo is a tad blurry, I was trying to play with my photo program the best I could to try and get the glisten of the Iridescent Ice to show. If you click on the photo you may be able to see it a bit more clearly.
*I ran a piece of Vellum Cardstock through my Big Shot with my very neglected Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder. That in itself was so pretty, BUT I needed more :)
*I cut out the flowers and then lightly went over the embossed area with my VersaMark pad. Getting it all over the raised edges of the flowers and also hitting inside some petals.
*Sprinkled Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder all over and set the sparkle with my Heat Tool. SO pretty!! The shimmer and glisten from the Iridescent Ice screamed Rich Razzleberry.
*Placed the Vellum on just a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of Rich Razzleberry with a single Clear Rhinestone Brad which allows you to swivel the vellum to reveal my message. *My sentiments were inked in Craft Whisper White and again given some pizazz with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.
If you have the Big Shot and this folder, give yourself a few minutes and try this, you will see just how pretty this is in person. Hope you like it!

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Stamps: Sincere Salutations (115068), Heard from the Heart(111644)
Paper: Vellum Cardstock (101856), Rich Razzleberry(115316)
Ink: Whisper White Craft(101731), VersaMark(102283)
Accessories: Clear Rhinestone Brads(113144), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder(101930), Heat Tool (100005), Big Shot(113439), Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder(114517)