Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Happy Hello gift bag

Wow - the Timeless Tuesday #137 Challenge this week at Flourishes is so awesome! In gearing up for the holidays which are fast approaching, the requirement is to make something to adorn the holiday table. I made an adorable little Thanksgiving gift bag for each placesetting at the table; the one photographed has my daughter Angie's name on it. The idea is to give each member of the family a gift bag (with their name on it) that has something special in it just for him or her since I'm so thankful to have them all together at the same table! It doesn't happen often enough! At this point, I haven't decided exactly what I'll put in them - either treats or some sort of small gift. :D

I attemped Joan Bardee's "Copic + Distress Ink + Water = Color!" technique on my focal point image. I modified the technique a bit by using Bic Mark-It alcohol-based markers rather than copics because I've just begun collecting copics and I don't have very many of them yet! My image didn't turn out quite as "water-colory" as Joan's - probably because of the difference in markers - but I think it turned out pretty nice anyway! I used stamps from the Gina K Designs Heartfelt set and layered the sunflowers for a 3-D effect.

  • White, green and gold shimmer cardstock
  • Patterned beige and green stripe papers
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and lacey ovals dies
  • GKD Heartfelt stamp set
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Bic Mark-It alcohol-based markers
  • Antique linen distress ink
  • Bronze embossing powder
  • Green ribbon, yellow flat-back pearl
  • Buttons, twine

Thank you friend

Woo-hoo! When I logged into StampTV to check out this week's Mix It Up Monday Challenge, I saw that my card entered into the 9/19 Mix It Up Monday Challenge had been chosen as winner! I was super excited, to say the least! How 'bout another woo-hoo!!

This week's Mix It Up Monday Challenge at StampTV was very, very fun! It's an Inspiration Challenge and requires making a card inspired by the autumn/fall colors in Tami's photo. Fall is my favorite season, so I knew this was going to be an awesome challenge! My "Thank You Friend" card features embossed resist and blending of four different distress inks, and stamps from the Gina K Designs Botanicals stamp set. I really enjoyed this technique!

  • White, brown, kraft and burnt orange shimmer cardstock
  •  Ivory paper
  • GKD Botanicals stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool
  • Rusty hinge, crushed olive, tumbled glass and walnut stain distress inks
  • Terrifically Tacky Tape, banana flocking
  • Puffed buckle
  • Burnt orange gemstones


I entered the Touch Twin Markers' very first challenge called "Playing With Our Peeps." This challenge requires the use of some type of people image - cute, realistic or whatever the cardmaker desires. I made my "hi" card with Karber Digital image "Cocktel Deny" created by Karla Barradas. What a fun diva image! The "hi" sentiment is from the Gina K Designs Various Versus stamp set.

  • White, pumpkin and sand cardstock
  • Antique linen distress ink
  • Bic Mark-It markers
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Wide woven gold ribbon, narrow gold ribbon
  • Karber Digital "Cocktel Deny" image
  • GKD Various versus stamp set
  • Tuxedo black Memento ink
  • Blue gemstones
  • Blue flowers on a stick pin

Thanks So Much

Last week's StampTV Free For All Friday Challenge was great fun! It was called "CASE the DT - Deb Felts." The requirement was to CASE any one of Deb's cards in her gallery and change two things. Deb has many, many wonderful creations in her gallery that would inspire anyone, and it was truly difficult to pick one card to CASE, but I chose her "Thanks So Much" card to CASE, and changed the color scheme (from red and black to pink and black) and the orientation of the three panels (from vertical to horizontal). The tag and sentiment are from the Gina K Designs All Occasion Tags stamp set. I loved this challenge!

  • White, black and pink cardstock
  • Black and white polka dot paper
  • GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sakura pink gel and Stardust pens
  • Pink floral ribbon
  • Pink flat-back pearls

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Miss You

OMG! StampTV had the most fun Shaker Cards Blog Hop called "Shake It Up Baby"! All the shaker cards were so gorgeous! I love making shaker cards so I was really digging this! I made a tri-fold "Miss You" card. The sentiment was one from the Gina K Designs Botanicals stamp set. This was awesome fun!

  • Light blue and hot pink cardstock, pink floral mirror cardstock
  • Pink dotted and blue swirl paper
  • Spellbinders Labels Eight dies
  • Sheet of acetate
  • Oval scallop punch
  • GKD Botanicals stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • White ribbon
  • Silver and purple butterfly
  • Purple gemstones, striped brad, seed beads

Thinking of You

I entered Karber Challenge 41 - my first Karber challenge - with a "Thinking of You" card made with an ADORABLE digital image named "Coffee Leslie". I fell in love with all of their "Leslie" images! She is just too cute! The requirement for this challenge was to make a card with either a dots or stripes theme. The sentiment is from the Gina K Designs All Occasion Tags stamp set.

  • White, kraft and medium purple shimmer cardstock
  • Dark purple shimmer and striped papers
  • Karber Digital "Coffee Leslie" image
  • Bic Mark-It markers
  • Sakura Stardust and white gel pens
  • Spellbinders classic circles and lacey circles dies
  • GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Purple and white polka dot ribbon
  • Gold flat-back pearls

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Well, it's Tuesday and time for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge over at Flourishes! I logged on this morning to check out today's challenge and saw that the card I entered into last Tuesday's challenge was picked as the winner! OMG - I was sooo happy and grinnin from ear to ear! :D  Today's challenge is called "All Dolled Up" and requires all kinds of girly things like ribbons, bows, pearls, etc. I made a "Congratulations" card with a tiny glittery wedding dress!

  • White, brown, beige, blue floral and brown stiped cardstock
  • White handmade paper
  • Oval punches, 3 varying sizes
  • Frosted lace Stickles
  • Spellbinders classic oval and scalloped oval dies
  • Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
  • Gina K Designs All Occasion Tags set
  • Antique linen distress ink
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Flowers, blue gemstones and eyelets
  • Blue ribbon

Hi note card


Yesterday's Mix It Up Monday Challenge at StampTV was called "Colored Pencil Magic" and involved a technique that was new to me. The "black magic technique" is stamping on black cardstock with white pigment ink, then coloring/blending the image with colored pencils to see the color come alive. I really enjoyed this! I made a "Hi" note card using two stamps from the Gina K Designs Various Verses stamp set. I think it turned out okay... certainly better than some other things I've tried! It kind of reminded me of a drawing on a chalk board!

  • White, black, green, yellow and patterned cardstock
  • Corner rounder
  • GKD Various Verses stamp set
  • White pigment ink
  • Crayola colored pencils
  • Green polka dot ribbon
  • Orange sherbet and lemon drop flat-back pearls

Wishing you nothing but happiness and joy

Last week's Free For All Friday Challenge at StampTV was called "Non-Traditional Holiday Colors" which involved making a Christmas/holiday card without using the traditional red and green. I chose blue, white and gray for my "Holiday Wish" card. This was a little more difficult for me because I am a fairly new stamper and I don't have my stamp collection built up yet! I don't have any Christmas/holiday stamps! I'm determined, so I had to improvise... I used the "wishing you nothing but happiness and joy" sentiment from the Gina K Designs Botanicals set on the front, and "this holiday season" off my computer on the inside! I think it worked!

  • White, blue and gray cardstock, silver mirror cardstock
  • Blue striped paper, gray snowflake paper
  • Cutlebug swiss dots embossing folder
  • Spellbinders scalloped oval and classic oval dies
  • Mary and Baby Jesus free public domain image
  • GKD Botanicals stamp set
  • Memento black ink
  • Light steel blue ribbon
  • White flat-back pearls

Birthday Wishes

I entered a very Fall-color-oriented card into the StampTV Facebook Challenge. The requirement was to use three different patterned papers and Gina K Designs stamps. I used a really neat set of three patterned papers of cardstock I had in my stash - polka dots, stripes and paisleys - that were full of those wonderful Fall colors of brown, ivory, orange, red, olive green and aqua blue. I used two stamps from the GKD Various Verses set.

  • Ivory and burnt orange cardstock
  • Corner rounder
  • Set of three patterned papers
  • Spellbinders scalloped ovals, classic ovals and grommet tags dies
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Walnut stain and tumbled glass distress inks
  • Flowers and sentiment from GKD Various Verses
  • Red mesh
  • Wide and medium width red ribbon, narrow gold ribbon, aqua ribbon slide
  • Tiny red gemstones, gold eyelets

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thinking of you

I entered this week's "It's A Bit Sketchy" challenge at Flourishes. The requirement was to interpret a sketch to make the card, and I came up with a glittered flower, an embossed piece and a giant two-looped bow, all keeping with the colors of the glitter on the flower. Hope you like it!

  • White, pink and orange sherbet cardstock, white glossy cardstock
  • Aqua and white watercolor paper
  • Dark aqua vellum
  • Tim Holtz swirls embossing folder
  • The Essential Glue Pad
  • Orange, pink, yellow and aqua Reggae glitter (fine)
  • GKD Thinking of You stamp
  • Memento black tuxedo ink
  • Large yellow gemstone, two white flat-back pearls
  • White ribbon

A Happy Hello

OMG - I got my order of three (plus one) Gina K Designs stamp sets in the mail today and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!! Woo-hoo!! So of course I had to immediately make a card... and used the pumpkins and the hello sentiment from the Heartfelt set to make a Thanksgiving holiday card for the GKD September Release Challenge 2! How about another woo-hoo! The challenge required the use of 4 colors, 3 embellishments, 2 diecut or punched elements and 1 stamp set.

  • Ivory, dark brown, orange floral, peach, medium orange, deep orange and white cardstock
  • Spellbinders lacey circles, classic circles and grommet tags dies
  • GKD Heartfelt stamp set (pumpkins and hello sentiment)
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Walnut stain and antique linen distress inks
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls, black eyelets
  • Bic Mark-It markers

Friday, September 16, 2011

Home is where the Heart is

The GKD September Release Challenge 1 was great fun this week! It was a Color Block Sketch and the requirement was to have three separate color blocks across the bottom of the card. My color scheme was red, orange, light blue and yellow.

  • White, black, red, light blue and yellow cardstock
  • Orange vellum
  • Birdhouse and Home stamps
  • Black Memento ink
  • Spellbinders classic circle and scalloped circle dies
  • Bic Mark-It markers
  • Red ribbon
  • Assorted buttons
  • Large yellow and tiny red gemstones

Thursday, September 15, 2011



I entered this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge with a shaped card. That's it. The only requirement was that the card had to be shaped, so I made a "Friend" trellis card with a bunch (and I mean a bunch) of flowers! This was a fairly simple card to make!

  • White and peach cardstock
  • White vellum
  • Green paper
  • Spellbinders Labels Eight and Foliage dies
  • Friends stamp
  • Black Memento ink
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls, tiny orange and large yellow gemstone
  • Orange ribbon

Love Laugh Dream

OMG... This week's Mix It Up Monday Challenge over at StampTV was SOOO much fun! The challenge involves mixing art media, and boy did I ever mix it up!! I used three colors of adirondack inks swirled into shaving foam and random gold dots, and then faded background text over top of all of it. I used wet and dry embossing on the Love, Laugh and Dream squares. I indulged in a little more mixing of media by using purple microbeads and green flocking. I finished the card off with a gold Dazzle butterfly and pink and white coaster circles for a little more texture!

  • White and black cardstock, white glossy cardstock
  • Eggplant, cranberry and lettuce adirondack inks
  • Shaving foam
  • Gold adirondack mixatives ink and a pencil eraser
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Love, Laugh, Dream and faded text background stamps
  • Versamark and clear embossing powder
  • Pink, green and purple inks
  • Swiss dots embossing folder
  • Purple microbeads, green flocking and Terrifically Tacky Tape (1/4")
  • Gold Dazzle butterfly, vellum and wire
  • Bic Mark-It alcohol-based markers
  • Pink and white coaster circles

Good Luck

I entered the Colors of Fall Challenge at Flourishes last week, which required a card made with one (or more) of the ten "in" colors this fall. I chose purple with a little green. Yes... purple and green look great together! And I used paint color cards from a local hardware store! It was so much fun - I think it turned out great!

  • White, green and purple cardstock
  • Purple paint color cards from local hardware store
  • Photograph of flowers
  • Spellbinders scalloped oval dies
  • Good luck stamp
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sakura gel pens
  • Purple and green bling
  • Green ribbon

I'm So Sorry

Last week's entry into the StampTV Free For All Friday Challenge was a sympathy card, as the challenge was called "With Sympathy". I used spirit-lifting colors of pink and orange, along with black, on my "I'm So Sorry" card, and demonstrated my first-ever attempt at blending colored pencils with mineral spirits. I think it turned out rather nice - it's definitely unique! :)

  • White, black, pink and orange cardstock
  • Black and white polka dot paper
  • Spellbinders scalloped circle dies
  • Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
  • Flower stamp
  • Versamark and black embossing powder
  • White ink
  • Pink, orange and purple colored pencils
  • Flat-back pearls in black and orange sherbet
  • Black felt border

I Love You

I entered last week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes with a spring card I made for my husband's birthday. The challenge was called "Keep Calm and Play With Water", and required a card made with water - either images that include water or technique that involves water. I really enjoyed making this whimsical card in his two favorite colors - blue and burgundy - and in the theme of his favorite past time - fishing!

  • Burgundy and navy blue cardstock
  • Blue water paper
  • Fish stamps
  • Sakura gel pens
  • Happy Birthday rub-ons
  • Blue and clear gemstones
  • Fishing lure brad
  • Wire
  • Alphabet beads
  • Coffee stir stick wrapped with handmade paper (to make the fishing pole)
  • Coral and starfish embellishments

Happy Birthday

The September 5th Mix It Up Monday Challenge at StampTV was really awesome and defnitely came from the heart! It was called "Think Pink for AJ" and involved making a pink card to honor a design team member who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The first thing that came to my mind was a pink purse with animal print! And inside this sweet little purse is a coupon for a hug that's redemable at a moment's notice! Needless to say, it was great fun!

  • White and three varying shades of pink cardstock
  • Pink animal print paper
  • Fabric covered button, black ribbon, pink bling and pink roses
  • Black flocking and 1/4" Terrifically Tacky tape
  • Spellbinders scalloped oval dies
  • Cuttlebug swiss die embossing folder
  • Black and pink ink
  • Happy birthday and hug coupon stamps
  • Small vellum envelope and tiny pink paperclip


The beginning of September brought back the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge at Flourishes. This challenge was called "The Beauty of Color" and required the use of monochromatic colors. I made a tri-fold card in black and white which I love together because of the 'simple elegance' factor. I'm very pleased with the result!

  • White and black cardstock
  • Spellbinders classic circles and scalloped circles dies
  • Flower stamp
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Regal flourishes embossing folder
  • Black ribbon, narrow white ribbon
  • Black gemstones
  • Corner rounder

You're Right

I entered the StampTV Free For All Friday Challenge on September 2nd with a card that has the most awesome sentiment! "Whether you think that you can or think that you can't, you're right" - quote by Henry Ford. This challenge was called "Sew Sentimentally Embossed" and required sewing and embossing, and the sentiment had to be the focal point on the front of the card. I really enjoyed this!

  • White, kraft, brown, navy blue and patterned cardstock
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Antique linen and walnut stain distress inks
  • Gold ribbon
  • Brown and gold gemstones
  • Spellbinders scalloped circles dies
  • Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
  • Sewing machine loaded with blue thread
  • White memory thread


I entered the bingo-themed Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes on August 31st with a card I made following the 'bingo rules' - going straight across on the center row - using embossing, pearls and the color pink! I'm a girlie girl, so I didn't have any trouble finding lots of pink stuff in my stash! I paired the pink with black and got a stunning result! My card features dry and wet embossing - one using the swiss dots embossing folder and the other using Versamark with clear embossing powder. I used six flat-back pearls - four white, one pink and one black.

  • White, pink and black cardstock
  • White shimmer paper
  • Black ribbon
  • Pink and black inks
  • Faded background text and flower stamps
  • Versamark
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Crayola colored pencils - two shades of pink, orange and two shades of green (blended with mineral spirits and a blending stump)
  • Yellow glitter dragonfly brad
  • Silver "Hi" peel-off


My entry in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at StampTV on August 29th showed the hippie in me! :) This challenge was called "Let's Get Sentimental" and required the use of only a stamped sentiment; in other words, the card had to be designed around the sentiment. My card, entitled "Peace", was a blast to make! I really enjoyed myself!

  • White base cardstock
  • Light purple paper (in three coordinating patterns)
  • Martha Stewart flowers border punch
  • Handmade light purple paper
  • Silver mirror cardstock
  • Dark purple cardstock
  • Shiny medium purple cardstock
  • Peace sentiment stamp
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Purple gemstones
  • Spellbinders Petite Scalled Ovals Large dies
  • Four chipboard paisleys
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks in Eggplant and Cranberry
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Mixatives alcohol ink in Silver


I missed a couple StampTV challenges but I'm once again going strong! This Free For All Friday Challenge is called "Get Sketchy With A Twist" and requires using the sketch provided (with a twist, of course) and using the colors of the rainbow. My entry was entitled "Confidence" and was done in red, orange, yellow and green. This was great fun!

  • White base cardstock
  • Rusty orange cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Swirls embossing folder
  • Orange, red and green inks (direc to paper technique)
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangles and Classic Rectangles Large dies
  • Spellbinders Labels Twelve die
  • Zinnia DP
  • Sakura gel pens
  • Confidence stamp
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Wide red ribbon
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls
  • Narrow white ribbon


I entered my first Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes in mid-August with a card requiring the use of the color pink, one button, ribbon and lace. This was an awesome fun card to make - it features a distressed eyelet lace punched piece with handmade paper roses (made from scraps), lace and ribbon, and of course a little bling!

  • Pink cardstock
  • Ivory cardstock
  • Spellbinders scalloped oval and foliage dies
  • Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page set
  • Ranger antique linen distress ink
  • Clear acetate for window
  • StazOn black ink
  • Small paper roses (made from scraps)
  • Ribbon, lace and button
  • Pearls and pink gemstones


I entered a unique design in the August 15th Mix It Up Monday Challenge at StampTV! The challenge was called "Striped Background" and simply required the creation of a striped background. I created my striped background with flocking. This is the first time I've worked with flocking and really enjoyed creating this "Flocked Stripes" card! I used colors that I wasn't sure would go together - a deep shade of green, medium shade of purple and light shade of brown - but they definitely worked!

  • White cardstock
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Flocking - green, purple and light brown
  • Terrifically Tacky Tape by Provocraft
  • Celebrate stamp from Stampin Up! Lexicon of Love set
  • Dark green embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Ranger walnut stain distress ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Twine
  • Brads - dark green and tan
  • Rox gemstones

Relax bookmark

Yet another great StampTV Free For All Friday Challenge! This challenge was called "Hold Your Place" and simply required the creation of a bookmark. I've never made a bookmark before, so my "Relax" bookmark was my first shot! I think it turned out kind of cute!

  • Pink cardstock, three varying shades
  • Spellbinders scallop circle die
  • Bloom stamp from the Stampin Up! Fun Filled collection
  • Black ink
  • Sakura gel pens
  • Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch Around the Page set
  • White embroidered butterfly
  • Green embroidered alphabet
  • Yellow and green bling

Happy Bird-Day!

Another great StampTV Free For All Friday Challenge entered! Have I mentioned that I'm REALLY loving this?! These challenges are bringing my cardmaking to a whole new level! This challenge was called "For The Birds", and simply required a bird-themed card. I had the perfect "bird-day" card in mind!

  • White cardstock
  • Yellow glitter cardstock
  • Black ink
  • Spellbinders oval dies
  • Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page set
  • Paper cutter with decorative blades

Grunge birthday

I entered my second cardmaking challenge - StampTV's Mix It Up Monday Challenge - in early August. This one was called "Breaking All The Rules" and required two (or an even number of) brads, flowers or pearls, angled or not centered focal point image, colors that clash, and an odd size. I entered my first-ever "grunge" card which definitely achieved "Broken Rules" status! AND I had fun doing it!
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Cardstock scraps including one embossed piece
  • Sewing machine
  • Black ink
  • Sanding tool
  • Assorted embellishments: staples, bottle cap, twine, black vinyl, heart paperclip, beach sandals, a hinge, brads, pearls, Rox gemstones, star button, rub-on flowers, stamped images and chalk

Summer Memories

In the Splitcoast Stampers General Stamping Talk Forum, 
this card was in the Favorites for the week ending September 4, 2011!

I entered my first-ever cardmaking challenge - StampTV's Free For All Friday Challenge - in late July and found it to be awesome fun and very inspiring! The challenge was called "Lazy Summer Days" and required a clean and simple card with a summer theme and a stamped image with no color. I did my "Summer Memories" card in white and shades of green since green is my favorite color! 

  • White cardstock
  • Green cardstock, three varying shades
  • Simple flower stamp from the Stampin Up! A Greeting For All Reasons collection
  • Spellbinders rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies
  • Clear Expressions Memories stamp
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Dark green mesh
  • Green organza ribbon