Wednesday, January 23, 2013

the eiffel tower. . . .

is one of the things I am known for - I have an ongoing collection of E. T. items!

Here is a card I made for the Simon Says Stamp and Show

The Eiffel tower stamp is from Stampendous and was a Christmas gift.  A French dictionary page was torn, distressed with a tea dye pad and placed on a cardstock panel.  Then I brushed a bit of gesso over it and swiped it with a tumbled glass distress pad. After stamping the main image, I added various other stamped images for interest.  A punched flower strip was distressed and embellished with tiny gems.  The seam binding was dyed with the tumbled glass pad.  The panel was then placed on the blue card base.  

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 21, 2013

everything flowers. . . .

is one of my new Hero Arts stamps with which I have been making cards this past week. 

This first one I have to share with you I white embossed and then rubbed a spun sugar distress pad over it.  I used Memento markers to color in the flowers.  Love the way it turned out!  (sorry for the poor photo!)

Secondly, I rubbed the embossed image with a brushed corduroy pad for this card - what a difference!  Love this vintage look, too!

The last card (for now) is not embossed at all.  I stamped it with a festive berries distress pad to make a flowery Valentine. 

Which one is your favorite?   As you can see, this stamp can be very versatile. 

I am entering these in the Hero Arts challenge to try something new.

Hope it is warmer where you are - it's very cold here!

washi tape . . .

is all the rage now, isn't it? 

This is my card for the current challenge at Simon Says.  And since the Paris clear set and the background flourish are old Hero Arts stamps, I will send it along to A Blog Named Hero also.

I have a tin of Cavellini tapes with a Paris theme (purchased from Simon Says) and I've used two of them on this card.  I used a Sakura glitter pen to highlight the greeting and the tower.  A corner punch and some tiny flower gems from Hero were also added.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

new stamps . . .

are always fun to play with! 

This new dotted background and the fancy basics sentiments are two stamps from the Hero Arts 2013 catalog that I knew I wanted right away.  I am entering this in the Hero Arts monthly challenge to use something new

and the CAS-ual Fridays to make a card with long and short sides.

After stamping and masking off the sentiment, I used mowed grass and picked raspberry distress inks to stamp  the background twice for some color interest.  A black Sharpie pen defined the sentiment area, with two gems to embellish the card.

It isn't often that I make a one layer card - not sure that I like this one very much.

Thanks to my newest blog followers; I appreciate it!!  And thanks to all of my followers/friends for your sweet comments - you brighten my day with them!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

a blog named hero . . .

currently has as a challenge to use a golden oldie stamp. 

Here is my card:

This Hero Arts sentiment may still be for sale but it has been in my arsenal since the late '90's!  Today one of my friends and I had a luncheon for another friend's birthday and this is the card I made for her. 

I used a Brilliance peacock pad for the background and Brilliance pearlescent jade for the sentiment.  I am still in love with these beautiful inkpads!  The patterned paper is from the Basic Gray paper cottage 6 x 6 pad.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

black and white . . .

with a touch of color is the challenge at Simon Says this week.  My card ended up being a very CAS one:

I don't use my embossing folders nearly enough.  I am going to try to remedy that this year.  The "you" is from a Hero Arts thank you sentiment.

Hope your day is wonderful!

Monday, January 7, 2013

so happy to be . . .

back home again!  I had a wonderful time in Colorado and now I am ready to get back to my own little world.  :-)

Since I had a few thank you cards to send, here is one I made:

This is a new (to me) woodblock stamp from Hero Arts  and it has been on my wish list for a long time.  The sentiment is an old one from Penny Black.  After masking the edges of the white panel, I used picked raspberry and salty ocean distress inks to create the background.  Some diamond Stickles were added to the tips of the images.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenge, the A Blog Named Hero challenge and the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

The good news is that I got a new laptop for Christmas.  The bad news is I haven't yet mastered Windows 8 and all the differences there are from my OLD Windows program.  It has taken me a long time to actually get this post ready to go!  Which defeats the whole purpose of having a new computer!!!  Grrr.

Have a great day!