Tuesday, August 30, 2011


This should be a card for spring; but just acquired another LaBlanche stamp and had to try it out.

The image was colored with distress inks, as well as the background. For some reason, the tulips look pink-ish here, but I used fired brick distress ink, so they really look more red in real life!   I added a flourish (Stampington & Co.) here and there and the word stamp is from Impression Obsession. 

Haven't had time to participate in any challenges this week; time gets away from me!  I do love seeing what all of you talented gals out there create for the various challenge blogs, so keep up the inspiration!!

Thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Just making it in under the wire for this challenge:

The challenge is to use dry embossing, heat embossing or both.  I decided to use both:

I dry embossed the taupe card with a Sizzix folder.  The Hero Arts hydrangea was stamped with Versafine sepia ink and clear embossed, cut out and attached to the card with dimensional dots.  The sentiment is from PTI and the small frame is from Martha Stewart. 

Thanks for visiting - have a great day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

page maps sketch challenge

My friend, Lin, has been making some fabulous cards for this challenge!  The prize for the challenge is so fantastic that I had to give it a try, too.

This is all done with DCWV citrus mat stack patterned paper and one Hero Arts sentiment.  A pearl from Hero Arts embellishes the center of the die cut flower.  I copied the sketch almost to a T!!!

There is one more challenge I would like to enter; hope I have time tomorrow to get a card done.  From there on out, my week will be much to busy to do any cardmaking :(

Blessings to all!


Here is my card for Simon Says this week:

Pretty much self-explanatory - paper pieced and colored with colored pencils, cut with Spellbinders and layered to a doily and Basic Grey Hello Luscious paper.  The cupcake is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment is from A Muse.  A bit of Stickles glitter glue was added here to the frosting and bow and around the scallops of the die.

Sunny, warm and beautiful here in Ohio today!  Perfect weather for late summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lucy's rainbow week

Lucy is having a challenge on her blog this week to make a card using a rainbow of colors.  I know my colors aren't the exact colors of a rainbow, but I like them against the pink checked background:

The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts.  Hearts are one of my favorite shapes; this is a punch I have had for years.

Hop over to Lucy's blog and check out the details of her challenge. 

la blanche again

Here is another card that I made with this beautiful bird collage from LaBlanche:

Again, I just colored it all with Ranger Distress inks and layered it to a white embossed magical background (Hero Arts) and adhered it to the front of a card.  The stamps are so detailed that I don't feel the need to do much, or any, embellishing.  BTW, the specks on the eggs are my own addition :)

A much different look could be achieved just using colored pencils or Copics or any number of coloring methods. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

seriously in love

Yes, I have fallen in love - with LaBlanche silicone stamps!!!!!!!!  After seeing Jill Foster's videos this past week, I just knew I wanted some of these beautiful stamps.  Lo and behold, my LSS is carrying them and I was able to purchase three of them today.  Now, believe me, I wanted every stamp she had in stock.  But, I am not independently wealthy.  So, until "my ship comes in", I will have to buy them little by little. 

Here is a card I made when I came home:

A lot of different distress inks went into the coloring of this image on plain white cardstock.  I added just a hint of sparkle on her buttons and flower on her hat and then went around the edge, too, with Stickles platinum glitter glue.  The seam binding was white and I colored it with broken china distress inks.  The piece was then layered to a Bazill tan card base. 

Can't wait to play with this one some more and the other two, also! 

Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 15, 2011


This week's challenge on Simon Says Stamp is to make an all white card with just a colored image.  Here is my card:

The image and the sentiment are from My Favorite Things.  The border punch is from Martha Stewart and the lacy edging is from JoAnn's.  I added some glossy accents to the heart and some Stickles glitter to her shoes and hair clip.

Looking through my last few posts, I see that I have used butterflies on many of my cards lately.  Gotta' get out of that rut and use some other images for awhile. 

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Your comments are so appreciated.

playing with paint

My grandaughter's birthday is this week.  I decided to use Shari's technique from last week to make her birthday card. 

Love the antique engravings set!  The sentiment is an older HA stamp - the font is so pretty, isn't it?

Thanks for visiting.  Have a good week!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


For this month's card chain challenge (CCC) on The Lily Pad blog, we could used chocolate brown, lipstick red and aqua for the colors.  And, since I liked the sketch they provided, I decided to use it along with the friendship theme.  This is the first time I have used the sketch, colors and theme for my card:

The patterned paper I used for the background is from the HeroArts/Basic Grey Hello Luscious pad.  I trimmed it to layer on a cream card base and then added a strip of chocolate brown cardstock which was dry embossed with a polka dot folder.  The Hero Arts friend definition was stamped in brown on cream and the Prima flowers were fastened with a tiny aqua brad. 

There's still time to participate; just upload a card by the 17th.  Check out Lily Pad Cards for the deets!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dawn McVey cased!

Recently I purchased a publication called "Create:Stamping Let's Ink It Up!" which has a beautiful card created by Dawn McVey (one of my favorite designers) on the cover.  It is also inside on page 12.  I loved this card so much that I just had to case it.  The first one I made I used white cardstock as the base.  Then, I did another using a tan 
cardstock from a pack I purchased at Walmart:

The punch I used is from Martha Stewart and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Otherwise, this card is pretty much exactly like Dawn's. 

This little book was a bit pricey, but holds a treasure trove of cards and other projects.  I used my 40% off coupon, so didn't feel so bad about buying it. 

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Hello!  It's hard to believe it's been almost a month since I have posted anything on my blog!  Let's just say that my life has been super busy and I haven't done any cardmaking for way too long.

The challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is Christmas in August.  Here is my card:

I created the background by stamping a Studio 490 stamp (Wendy Vecchi) in pine needles distress ink on a white square of cardstock.  Used tumbled glass and broken china distress inks to color the cardstock.  Overstamped a snowflake (Hero Arts) with broken china and then added Stickles glitter on the vine berries.  The Joy stamp from Paper Bag Studios was stamped on white cardstock with broken china ink.  Cut it out and added glitter to the letters and let dry.

I attached a strip of white lace from Hero Arts to the background; then added the sentiment with pop dots and a snowflake brad at the corner.  The whole thing was layered to a 5 x 5 inch white base card.  

Hopefully, I will have more time to get back to stamping now.  Summer will be gone before we know it!  I hope everyone is having a great August!

Thanks for visiting.