Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last card of 2009

This is the last card I will be posting this year! It is a large card....for me anyway. It is 6"X 6".
I used an Anja Style corner 4 stencil to do the embossing using a light box. The cutouts were done with a swivel knife and then I used scrapbook paper behind the cutouts. This was mounted on blue cardstock and then on a white card base. The 3D flowers are from a sheet I purchased.

I have enjoyed sharing my cards with you this year and I look forward to sharing more in 2010. I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

White Roses

I had embossed and cut out this shape a long time ago and didn't know what to do with it so it went in the box with all the other stuff I have colored, cut out or whatever and then never used. I also found this 3d element so I decided to mess around and see if I could come up with a card using the two pieces.

On the wrong side of green scrapbook paper from my scrap drawer I traced around the embossing stencil that I had used and cut it out. I adhered the green paper to the blue card base and attached the embossed piece using dimensional tape. The 3d element was then adhered with dimensional tape and I used a silver peel off sticker. Not sure that I am thrilled with it but I have two less pieces in my box!

Back to creating!

I hope everyone had a good holiday and that Santa was good to you!
I did do a little creating right before the holidays, just playing around really. Here are the results.

I usually don't do Valentines day cards but I love this stamp from Stampin Up!

This is a card I made for a swap. The stamp is from a clear set I bought at Michael's a while ago.

I usually don't do ATC's but I found this pattern for a parchment craft (also known as Pergomano) ATC and had to try it. After doing the embossing on vellum I cut it out and mounted it on black cardstock.

My other experiment with vellum was to trace a stained glass pattern with gold ink and then color on the back side with colored pencils. It was long and narrow so I decided to make a bookmark with it. I mounted the vellum on white cardstock and then cut an aperture in pink cardstock. I didn't have a tassel to add to it but I will either find one or make one at a later time!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays

It is my hope that you all make it home for the holidays!

I want to thank all who have followed my blog this year, especially those who took the time to leave such uplifting comments and those who have emailed me. I really do appreciate you all.

I will be back after Christmas with more cards and look forward to another year of crafting and blogging.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For a friend

It is so nice to have finished making Holiday cards and have time to make a card for a friend...just because. I used a Marianne Designs Lacy stencil. The 3d pansies are from a sheet by Nikki. The card is winging it's way to someone who reads my blog!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pretty In Pink

This is another card made with the digi pics from Fred She Said. For this card I colored everything but the rose and cut it out and embossed it with an oval Nestie. Using a second image I colored just the rose....I hope to look like a Peace rose.... and cut it out and mounted it with dimensional tape. For this card to fit in the envelope the card base has to be cut so that the overall height when the oval is mounted fits the envelope.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Singing in the rain

I don't know many children to make cards for but I just loved this picture of Paddington Bear that I found online and had to make a card using it.

I reduced and printed the image and colored Paddington with colored pencils and OMS. You can find great images for cards by doing a search for coloring pages.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cherish .... Live .... Dream

I was going through my digi pictures from Dover Publications to see what I had and came up with an idea to use this corner Clematis.

I printed the Clematis and colored them with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Then using the 'out of the box' technique I used a ruler and craft knife to cut the straight lines and then cut around the flowers with scissors. The sentiment from Stampendous was stamped with purple pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used a green mat behind the stamped panel and adhered them to a purple card base. This may or may not be for a swap...haven't made up my mind yet!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

One image two ways

I thought I had finished with holiday cards until I saw this digi image from Fred She Said and I just had to have it! Although it is a 'Christmas' image I thought it could also be used for general cards.

This is the Christmas card I made with one of the images in the set. There are different images as well as a set of sentiments.

I colored the roses a different color and used a peel-off sticker for the sentiment on this birthday card. Now I am off to make some more cards with the images I downloaded.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thank you Rita

I received this award from my dear friend Rita. Check out her awsome blog! Thank you Rita!

The rules for this award are:

1: Copy the award and post it on your blog.
2: Thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog.
3: Write 7 things about you that we don't know.

1. I am English. I have never become an American citizen although I have lived here for 44 years.
2. I still have an English accent
3. I do not like tea
4. We are a multi-racial family. My two oldest children are 1/4 Filipino and my youngest is 1/2 African American.
5. I am an Ovarian cancer survivor
6. I got poor grades in Art in High School
7. I didn't go to a Beetles concert when they came to my home town.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

For Unto Us..........

This card features yet another $1 stamp from Michael's that I bought last year.

This stamp has nothing much to color except the star so it really posed a problem for me. I started by stamping in the middle of a white panel and coloring the star with a gold metallic gel pen. Then I didn't know where to go from there! After staring at it for a while I decided on dry embossing. I cut the openings with a swivel knife, backed them with gold metallic paper and added flat backed pearls and mounted the panel on a white card base.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Merry Christmas

I am continuing to use stamps I bought last year but never used. This stamp really stumped me last year!

For this card I cut a white panel 4-3/4" x 5-1/2" and used a Martha Stewart border punch on the long sides which made the panel 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". I used my Scor-Pal to score between the borders. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and used fine detail gold embossing powder and scored a line above and below the image.. The ornament is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS.

This card is similar to the first but for this one I cut the card base so that the opening is at the top. The white panel is cut 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and I used a different Martha Stewart border punch on one short side. I trimmed the edges to make the scallops even and then used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder above the border and scored a line between the two. I also scored a line above and below the image which was stamped and finished the same way as the first card.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holly Jolly Christmas

I have a few Christmas stamps that I bought last year but didn't know what to do with them so I did nothing! This year, instead of buying more stamps I was determined to use the ones I didn't use last year. The stamp I used on these two cards is a little $1 stamp from Michael's. I decided to use it for two cards with two different colorways, one traditional and one non traditional.

I colored the stockings with Prismacolor pencils and used Gold Stickles on the pompoms.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Holiday Joy

I love this stamp from Stampendous that I bought last year. It is so much fun to color!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Angels

These cards are for two little girls who are sisters so I had to make them kinda the same! They are self explainatory I think. The stamps are from the Snow Angels series by Stampendous. They are old stamps but I still love them!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cuttlebug Christmas

HSN has some Christmas Cuttlebug folders that are exclusive to them. When I heard about them I couldn't resist buying them! You can find them HERE I used the same folder for both of the cards making them simple and quick.

After embossing the panel for this card I used Versamark ink to stamp the sentiment directly onto the panel and stamped a snowflake onto a scrap. I embossed both with silver detail embossing powder. I cut out the snowflake and attached it with dimensional tape and the card was done!

For the second card I stamped the sentiment and then cut a couple of trees from a scrap, used the Swiss Dots folder and attached them with dimensional tape.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CCC Weekly Challenge

Over on craftycardcreators we have a weekly challenge. This is the card I made for this week's challenge which was to make a card with a tag or in the shape of a tag. A little late I know but I forgot to post it on Monday! The holiday really messed me up!

I used a green panel that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Textile Textures folder and then used a white ink pad and rubbed it over the embossing. For the tag I used a Marianne Designs Luxe Labels stencil that I embossed using a stylus and light box. I cut out the spaces with a swivel knife and cut around the outside with scissors.

The flowers are from a 3D sheet but I don't remember where I got it. I mounted the tag with dimensional tape.

More Dear Deers

I made another couple of cards using the deer stamp I got at Hobby Lobby.

This one is for a friend who loves country. I used some scraps to make a quilt design, used a black pen to do some fake stitches around each square and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls folder. I also did some fake stitches around the image panel.

This one is similar to the first deer card. I just used a different background paper and this one is for a 12 year old boy. I find it so hard to make cards for boys and men!

This is another card I made to send to a man. I stamped the holly branch and the sentiment and then used a ruler and craft knife to cut the rectangle leaving some of the holly branch outside the rectangle. I cut around the overhanging holly branch with scissors and then mounted this panel on a black panel.

More of the Christmas cards I have been making tomorrow!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Rose

I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend with lots of good food and time with family and friends. For those braved Black Friday I hope you got what you wanted!

I am continuing to make holiday cards. For this card I used a Marianne Designs 'Emily' stencil which I embossed using a stylus and lightbox and cut out using a swivel knife and backed with green paper. The stamp is an old one by Stamping Up that I colored using Prismacolor pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits) I stamped a second image and colored and cut out the center flower and attached it with dimensional tape.

Monday, November 23, 2009


These are another couple of cards that my non-card maker friend Mary made. I think she did a fabulous job!

I have been busy preparing a class Mary persuaded me to teach at the miniatures show in St. Louis in April. It might sound like April is a long way off but the prototype has to be in by the middle of December!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dear Deers

I picked up this cute little deer stamp at Hobby Lobby. The original price was $1.99 but it was on sale for 50% off so it qualifies as a $1 stamp! I decided to use the same stamp and make 2 totally different cards with it.

For the first card I was trying for a country color scheme. I stamped the deer with brown ink on cream cardstock and colored him with Prismacolor pencils and OMS and then cut him out leaving a small border. I used Diamond Glaze on his nose to give it shine. He is mounted with dimensional tape.

For the second card I went for a more non-traditional color scheme by using pink with the traditional red and green. I stamped the deer with Memento London Fog ink and colored him with pencils. After I colored him the stitching didn't show up too well so I used a .005 Micron pen and went over the stitching.I stamped the sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder

Friday, November 20, 2009

Anchuca Weekend

This is the project I made at a Miniature Retreat in Vicksburg, MS. this past weekend.

This is the project in the handmade stained glass case. It doesn't show up in the picture but the base and the knob on top of the case are purple glass. The base of the project is 4-1/2" square and from the base to the top of the statue is 5-1/2"

This is the front of the project. We chipped and painted bricks to age them and then laid a patio. I chose to lay my patio bricks in a herringbone pattern and then built the pedestal for the statue. We painted and aged the statue and added snow.

Wire was twisted to form plant stems and then we cut leaves by hand and added holeless beads for berries.

This is a closeup of the aging on the statue and bricks. When I got home I added the little bunny and the bird feeder and cardinal

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I am back!

I am sorry I have been gone so long but I was in Vicksburg MS on a Miniatures Retreat. A friend from St. Louis went with me and has been at home with me for a few days. I had her making some cards and I am going to be posting some of those she made. She had never made cards before and I think she did a wonderful job!

These are the first two cards Mary made. Didn't she do a wonderful job?!

I have a couple of things to add to the project I made at the retreat and them I will post a picture

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another snowman

I like this layout as it is simple and uses those small stamps that are sometimes hard to find a use for and you can use those up those small scraps! It is also quite easy to make multiples and use different stamps and scraps for a different look. The snowman stamp is from Hampton Art and the greeting is from a clear stamp set of mixed greetings that I bought at either Hobby Lobby or Michael's....I don't remember which. The stamp is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Makes you say ....'awe'

This is the first card that I have made that fits in a business sized envelope! The snowman image is from a clear set from Michael's colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. The sentiments are from a bulk buy of un-mounted stamps from My Sentiments Exactly the outside sentiment say's 'What is it about snowmen that make to say'..... and inside the card it says ' ...awe'

The cuttlebug folders I used are Snowflake and Snowdots.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I don't have the time to reply to comments left for me, they are just comments after all, but I do appreciate them very much. If you would like to ask a question however I will be glad to answer to the best of my ability. Please just email me with your question. My email address is in my profile.

For all those who leave such sweet comments this is for you!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Take a chair

I bought this un-mounted stamp from Impression Obsession last year but didn't use it. I really like it so I thought I would use it to make two different cards using the same stamp.

For this version I used papers from a Basic Grey Wassail 6" x 6"pack. I stamped the image with Memento London Fog and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. I used Old Paper Distress Ink around the edges of the panels and the greeting is a clear stamp from a set from Flourishes.

For this version I used brown Stazon ink to stamp the image on vellum. I used pencils again and colored the chair and seat cushion on the back. I used a dark green pencil to color the wreath on the back and then using a lighter green I added some more needles on the front to give the wreath more depth. The bow was also colored on the front. I used a Nestablities curved rectangles die to cut and emboss an aperture from a red panel. The vellum was then adhered to the back. I used a piece of striped paper from a Basic Grey Figgy 6" x 6"pad and adhered it to a gray card base then used mounting tape to adhere the red panel to the base. The greeting is a silver peel off sticker.

Monday, November 2, 2009

May all your weeds......

This is the card I made for the weekly challenge on the Crafty Card Creators Yahoo group. The challenge was to make a gate fold card. I used polka dot paper. The flowers are from an old Stampin Up set colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. The sentiment on the inside says 'May all your weeds be wildflowers' from Rubber Stampede.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thinking of you today

While blog hopping this morning I was inspired by a card on this blog I started by using a Martha Stewart border punch on the edge of the card base front and added a panel of blue paper to the card base. The blue paper on the side of the card is adhered to the inside of the card. The same border punch was used on the front panel. The sentiment is a part of a Michael's $1 stamp and the image is from a sheet by Nikki.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tunnel card challenge

The challenge for this week on the Crafty Card Creators group is to make a tunnel card. This is the card I made.

This is the front of the card. The image is part of a stamp from Whipper Snapper colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS.

This is the inside of the card, It is actually a paler shade of lavender than the outside but looks kinda white in the picture. The flowers are from a set from Rubbernecker Stamps and the sentiment is from Impression Obsession.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holiday Heart

Another Christmas card today. I am slowly getting holiday cards done. This stamp is Holiday Heart by Rubber Stampede. It is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. I cut four small panels, stamped them with a Petite Backgrounds stamp from Stampin Up using Versamark ink and then inked the edges and the edges of the heart with brown. Simple but the coloring took some time!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


This is a card I made back in August for someone who loves lighthouses.