Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Simon Says...

.... White on white,  that is the challenge this week over at Simon Says stamp.It was quite a challenge for me indeed.  However, I did manage to get a card made and I just might actually get it posted in time.  Here is the card I made.

I started with the cupcake image and stamped it on some white card stock with brown memento ink.  I coloured the bottom with a copic marker and covered the top with diamond stickles.  It looks blue in the picture because the stickles are still wet.  I cut the image and the mat out with spellbinders large & small labels. I used the Happy Birthday cuttlebug folder for the background piece.  I edged the pieces with just a tiny bit of pink chalk ink to make them stand out a bit.  I used an old EK Success flower punch for the flowers and added a few champagne rhinestones to them to add a bit more detail.  I attached the image piece to the card with foam dots.
I should be back in a couple of days with a few more cards.  I still have a couple of challenges I want to take part in this week.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Hearts!!!

I have been a bit swamped with work this week and haven't had much time for crafting.  I had all kinds of plans and ideas for Valentine cards but it just didn't happen.  I had a whole bunch of challenges I wanted to take part in this week and I ran out of time, again!!! I can see I am going to need to start my Easter cards now if I expect to get many ready on time....LOL.

Anyhow, I did get to spend about an hour or so in my studio a couple of nights ago and this is what I came up with.  It is another card for the Simon Says "Have A Heart" challenge.
This is a redesign of a card I made last year. I decided to add more detail to this card.   I cut out several different sized hearts using the cricut and "George" cartridge (the "I Heart You" is also from that cartridge).  The paper is all from the Basic Grey "bitter sweet" & "Eva" lines.  I edged all the papers with  versa magic jumbo java chalk ink and layered the hearts over each other.  The large heart in the middle is popped up with foam dots and edged with diamond stickles.  The greeting is from Flourishes and stamped with memento rich cocoa ink.  I also used the rich cocoa ink to stamp a border around the background paper with a stamp from the basic grey "flourish corners" set.  The pink rhinestones are from Kaiser Craft.

Time to get back to work!!! Have a great week everyone!!!


Thursday, February 7, 2013


The goddess of Love & Beauty...I couldn't think of a better stamp for some Valentine cards and challenges!!!  I made this card for the Kraftin' Kimmie "Texture" challenge and the Simon Says Stamp "Have A Heart" challenge.

The picture isn't the best and the stickles were still wet at the time.  It is hard to see all the spots the star dust pens have been used (head piece as well as dress).  It looks much better in person.

I started by stamping Aphrodite by "Kraftin' Kimmie" stamps with black memento ink and colouring her with copic markers (E0000, 00, 01, 02, 23, 25, 27, 29 - R20, 22, 24, 27 - N0, 1, 5, 7 & B000)  I also added some sakura star dust pens to her outfit both red star and clear star.  I wanted lots of texture on the card so I  used swiss dot embossing folder for the piece behind the image.  I then decided to pop up some of the hearts  at different levels some with glue dots and some with foam dots.  I had originally coloured the hearts with red star dust pen but it didn't seem to show up enough so I covered them with Christmas Red stickles.

The patterned paper is from the Echo Park "Yours Truly" collection and I stamped a couple of swirls in the corners to match the Love sentiment (Flourishes stamps) and then added a little more texture with some rhinestones.  I cut the hearts out of white card stock with an old EK Success double heart punch and coloured them with copic R27.
That's it for tonight, thanks for stopping by.  I hope to be back tomorrow with another post.  Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!


More Cute Stamps!

I just got another email from All That Scraps blog with more fabulous new Easter & Spring stamps.  You can check these samples out on their blog.  These samples feature the new stamps Found It & Eggstra Special Sentiments.  

Well that's it for now, I'll be back in a little bit with another card for another challenge!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Love Is In The Air!

I was able to spend most of Monday in my craft studio with a good friend and we got so much accomplished.  She made a journal and I made a bunch of Valentine cards.  I decided to use some challenges as my inspiration as well as some of my favourite techniques.

The first cards I did are for the Simon Says challenge for this week.  It should have been really easy "anything goes" but, I needed a jumping off point.  I looked back through some of the cards I made last year and some of the techniques I've taught and decided to go with making my own patterned paper.  I used this layout before but with patterned paper.

For these cards I started with ivory coloured paper and used an script stamp by inkadinkado and frayed burlap ink to create main background.  I then inked the paper with distress inks (antique linen, spun sugar, vintage photo & walnut stain) and added some decorative edges with basic grey "flourish corners" stamp set and walnut stain ink.    I did the same technique for the image piece and used the Eiffel Tower stamp from crafty secrets as my main image.  The "I Love You" and "Be Mine" are from Flourishes and the Je t'aime is from crafty secrets (all are stamped with the walnut stain ink). I added a little more pink to the image with ribbon and pale pink rhinestones.  The image piece is popped up with foam dots.
I will have a few more cards to post later this week.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone.

Monday, February 4, 2013

New @ All That Scraps!

I just received an email from All That Scraps with some adorable new samples.  The samples are all made with the new C.C. Designs stamps.  You can check them out here.  Since I can't link the banner in the post... I've added it as a direct link in my side bar so I can keep checking on all the new February releases.  They have some amazing samples on their blog.  

Well I'm off to spend the day in my craft room so I should have some more cards to post later today or tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!