Saturday, January 28, 2012


I've started making Valentines, how about you?  I make them for my grandkids, and this year I decided to put their names on them, using the alphabet dies from Papertrey Ink.  I used a gift bag I bought at Michaels to cut them out, as they were out of red glittered paper.  It worked perfectly, as one side was shiny and the other glittered.  I'm using the shiny for the grandsons and sparkly for the granddaughters.  First up is for Gabe:
I've used the Heart die, Tag die and Making a Statement stamp set from Verve. The papers are from Lily Bee's collection called Head Over Heels.  Next up is for Brooklyn:
Hope you can see the sparkle in the border and her name!  I love how it's simple, yet girly.  Both cards feature Viva la Verve sketches.  Two down, two to go...!  :-)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MIM #50 Shaker Card

I've only made one shaker card before, so being challenged to try another this week was a good one!  I don't own a sticker type machine, so I improvised a little.  I knew right away I wanted to use some new Mica Flakes inside, and my new Winter Penguin Die and Stamps worked perfectly to create my card!
Don't you love it when it all comes together?  I had fun doing this one!  Thanks for stopping by.....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop!

This  month we've been challenged to choose one of our favorites from last year and case our own creation.  I knew right away what mine was.  It was when we used dark cardstock, embossed with white, and then colored with Copics.  This is my first creation:

I loved the shading I was able to get with the poppies, and wanted to try it again.  This time, I used the Daydreamer roses, and changed the colors to yellow.  At first I wasn't real happy with it, but after adding more layers of color, and changing my ribbon from Lemon Tart to the olive color of the grasses, I was much happier!  This is my inspired card:

(Finally able to fix my sideways photo!)  Thanks for dropping by!  Enjoy the rest of today's beautiful creations!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

MIM Sympathy Card

We attend a great couples class on Sunday mornings, and our teacher and his wife were absent today.  His father had passed away early this morning.  So this will be sent to them.  I chose to use this weeks Make it Monday technique, and to use my new Mat Stack 5 die.  When I realized there wasn't an outline stamp, I decided to use a fine black pen around the die to frame it.  It worked just fine. :-)

I love using Smokey Shadow for a softer look.  (The sympathy stamp is new too!)  Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MIM#49 Dreams

I've borrowed "Daydreamer" from my stamping buddy this week, and I am having a lot of fun with it.  It definately stays on my wish list!  I love the sentiments, and the mix of blooms.  Using this week's Make it Monday technique, I put together this card.  It's colors are a little out of my comfort zone.  I used the music score background stamp under the die, just to soften the yellow a little. 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Make It Monday #49: Ghost Masking

Good morning!
  I had a chance to make a card for this week's Make it Monday yesterday.  First attempt, so-so.  But I do like the Autumn Rose colors of this card! (Love this color!)  I paired it up with some ivory cardstock and used Spring Moss for my stems, from the Botanical Silhouttes set.  What a quick and fun technique this week ~ thanks Betsy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MIM #48 Border Backgrounds

Today I'm sharing a masculine card for this week's Make it Monday from Papertrey Ink.  I was inspired by yesterdays post from Dawn McVey that used Smokey Shadow and Kraft to create her masculine card.  I also used two new products that my kids got me for Christmas - the rick-rack border die, and Masculine Motifs stamp set.

I used the main strips of rick rack first, and the put in the narrow edges from in between cuts of the die in the middle. (if that makes sense?)  The Mat Stack 3 die was put on Rustic White cardstock, and stamped with Kraft ink.  The Tag It's circle and sentiment were stamped in Basic Gray ink.  The Dragonfly was stamped in Kraft and cut out. It's wings have a touch of sparkle, from a Spica Clear Glitter gel pen.  It was all put on a card base of Rustic White. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

MIM #2 - Vellum!

Got a chance to make another catch up Make it Monday this afternoon.  I had about three more I wanted to try out, but time got away from me this afternoon.  I'm also getting a card ready to make for Stamp Club next week, so I worked on that too.  I love Stitches and Swirls, so I pulled it out to make a card with a Vellum Sentiment.   I used two of my favorite colors together - Royal Velvet and Hawaiin Shores.  I loved how Nicole's video showed how to do some highlighting with Copics too.  It adds so much

  Thank you to all the design team for a wonderful year of techniques!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

CAS Red Thank You

Good Morning!  I made this Clean and Simple thank you card to send to my dad.  I pulled out my Mendhi Medellion set, I had forgotten how pretty it is!  I added a little piece of DP, some ribbon and a button to the spellbinders tag, and it was done. 
The base and ribbon are Pure Poppy. The black print is from Basic Grey's Little Black dress. It really was fast and easy...Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MIM #47 - Cracked Cameo

Happy New Year All!  Hope your Holidays were filled with love and laughter!  I'm starting (like many others...) major life changes with healthy eating and exersize...! :)

I was excited to see this week's Make it Monday, and as I browsed the different techniques, realized I missed several!  Hopefully I can catch up with a couple of them...  Today's card is from #17: Cracked Glass Technique.  I'd never done this at home (just at a class) but had a big jar of UTEE, so it was a perfect time to open it. 

I used Iconic Images to creatie my focal point.  I started with stamping French Script on some ivory cardstock.  Then the sillhoutte was stamped in Basic Grey. (Can't wait for Smokey Shadow ink...)  I sponged the edges with Antique Linen distress ink, and then did my embossing.  The frame and cardbase are a soft blush color, and I found a scrap of ribbon that reminded me of a ribbon choker type necklace. Her little necklace is just a couple of leftover rhinestones. I left off a sentiment, and will stamp something inside.  Oh, and the dp is from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress.  Thanks Heather, for inspiring me to try this fun technique!