Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thank You

Big Shot - Love

Late August my husband encouraged me to purchase a Big Shot machine after showing him other card blogs. What fun it is creating more texture and adding new toys to the crowded craft room!  I like making different sized cards and thought this would be fun to show the colors of autumn leaves.  The leaves were stamped with various Distress Inks and then further enhanced by distressing the edges.  They were also mounted on pop dots before adhering to the embossed Cuttlebug swirl designed kraft paper.  The cardstock for the card is a creamy ivory that I stamped with Hero Arts amazing envelope pattern background stamp using HA sage shadow ink.

Merriest Wishes

Holiday Card Boot Camp 2011

It's November so that means Christmas isn't too far off.  I've enrolled in the Holiday Card Boot Camp and just now got to creating some stuff.

Materials Used:
Hero Arts Sizzix Holly Stamp & Embossing Folder 657769
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight Die
Hero Arts Cling Christmas stamp set CL 113
Basic Grey Nordic Holiday paper pad for tree & labels
Pearls colored with copic 'Lipstick Red' R29
My Mind's Eye Lime Twist twine
Paper Zone Facets green card stock A2 card

Monday, August 22, 2011

August Cards

Three cards plus this year's anniversary card.

This is my anniversary card for Jim - #38 on Aug. 19.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fun Stuff

Week 4, Card #2

Using my square scalloped Marvy punch, I punched four different prints and lined them along the middle of a business envelope size card. The dragonfly was stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed with white powder. The green polka-dot square has a Making Memories green printed strip and baker's twine bow.  The 3rd square used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch; the butterfly was laid on the VersaMark pad and then embossed with platinum tinsel powder. The last sq. has a Paper House daisy sticker.  I used 3 round platinum brads under the 1st square. The bottom corners of the card were rounded off.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sea, Sun, Sail

Week 4, Card #1

I used a corner punch on all four corners to secure the paper square, backed it with dimensional tape and then placed it over nautically stamped stripes and a strip of corrugated paper.  A small shell would be a nice touch but all my shells looked to large. 

Monday, July 11, 2011


Week 3 of Card Camp

I love these colors - reminds me of a cappuccino!  
Here's my 1st card attempt with a few close-ups to see more details. 

The paper card is a textured paper but doesn't show well in the photo.  I stamped a dark brown ink with my wood grain stamp to create the frame for the window.  The owls were stamped with Color Box Red Chalk ink on a white glossy paper and mounted with dimensional tape.  The branch was stamped on dark brown paper and fussy cut.  I designed the "hello" tag using small oval punch with paper stamped with VersaMark ink and the hello embossed in white and mounted on a strip, hung by a strand of twine from the branch above. The Hero Arts Village background stamp was stamped with Color Box Dune ink on plain white card stock.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

i love u

Week 2 of Card Camp           

                                                     I'm loving these vivid color combos.  
                                   It was fun creating my love note and hope you like it!!

Materials Used:
Card base: Kraft paper
Stamps: Hero Arts LL848 Assorted Patterns
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Marvy LePlume Pen- Butterscotch #83.
Letters: American Crafts Trademarks Rub-on letters
Pumches: Marvy Uchida Scallop Square; Fiskars Border Punch
Adornments: button, floss, Memory Makers Heart Clips

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Your Day

June 30: Week 1, Card #2

Last night was frustrating trying to add a 2nd post to this new blog of mine and then upload a 2nd card to the online class.  This morning blogger is back online and things are going better.  

Yesterday I played around with a pad of paper from me & my BIG ideas, Destination Paradise; it has many sheet with our color challenge colors.  I stacked three strips of paper, punched a large scallop to create a 3-layer flower with message center and a pearl strip to balance things per Kristina's video.  It's hard to see but I used Hero Arts envelope pattern stamp with a blue shadow ink on the top half of the card background - love that stamp!  The inside message is "Life should not only be lived but celebrated" from Penny Black.  The purple middle layer of the flower was created by rubbing a Marvy ink pad on paper, punching it with a Marvy 2" circle punch and fringing the edges with Martha Stewarts' fringe scissors - kinda hard to see this.  Hope you enjoy this one!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Fun

Summer Card Camp 2011

Today is the first day of the Hero Arts Summer Card Camp of online card classes.  We were given 5 colors to design with and Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner shared a sample card each using those colors.  I hope to find those colors in my existing stacks of paper and inks! Ready, set, go!  Since it's only paper & ink (and other "stuff") I try several different ideas before committing to my card.  Fun - maybe not my best card but a start!