Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mousy Birthday Card

This is another sketch from the SOA, it was sponsored by Taylored Expressions. I LOVE the layout! I love using embossing folders and this layout works wonderfully for them, and the best part is you can see more of the folder! I will definately be using this layout often!!

The stamped image is called Party Mouse by Kidstamps. I bought this stamp years ago when I worked at a scrapbook store...and haven't used it until now. I think he is too cute!! I colored the image with copic markers and punched it out using 1 3/4 inch circle punch. Then I punched out the ek success 2 inch scallop punch and attached it to a piece of computer paper with double sided removable tape. I put the scallop circle back into the scallop punch and turned it so the points of the punch were in the center of the already punched out scallop, and punched it again leaving more of a sunburst affect rather than a scallop. I thought it would coordinate with the pattern paper I chose. Speaking of the paper it is from a K & Company paper pad called "Citronella Mat Pad." All of the other cardstock was purchased from Hobby Lobby, and the ribbon is from Joann Fabrics.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Little Paper Shop Sketch Challenge

Boy, Stampin' Out Alzhiemer's sure has kept me busy! They really had some fun challenges, sketches, and daily giveaways! I even just won a daily giveaway today! WAHOO! This is a card sketch by Little Paper Shop. Very fun sketch! I went a little embossing folder crazy on this one. I used the Happy Birthday and Numbers by Cuttlebug and the Polka Dot one is by Quickutz.

Here is a close up of the focal image. This cute bee is from a Stampendous set made for Archiver's. I stamped it in memento tuxedo black in and colored it with copic markers. I used a cuttlebug die for the circle. It cuts out the circle and the blue circle frame. Then I punched out the scallop circle from the purple marvy punch, and pierced the scallops.

The last thing I wanted to show you is the embellishment at the bottom This is a cupcake punch from Tonic. I punched it out of white paper. Then used a 1 inch punch to make it a circle. I also punched out a light blue 1 inch circle to put behind the cupcake. The red scallop is a punch from ek success. I saw this idea at Archiver's, it was so cute I had to try it. I will definately be trying technique again!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Anniversary

I have another SOA sketch for you today. This one was created by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs. The winner of this sketch will receive the new Stamp TV kit AND a stamp set of their choice?! Who wouldn't love to win that ??!! I wanted to use Gina K stamps, but couldn't find a set of mine that would work the way I wanted it to. So, I used this stamp by American Art Stamp called "Couple in Love." I thought this image would go well with the paper line Sabrina by Making Memories, so I chose a background and got started.

For the focal image I stamped it on cream cardstock, and again onto the pin dot charcoal paper from the Sabrina paper pad so I could paper piece the umbrella. Gina K. had a video tutorial on this technique this week. Hop on over to Stamp TV to check it out! I cut out the umbrella and glued it onto the image. Then added some soft color to the image using my copic markers.

For the sentiment I stamped Papertrey's mega mixed messages in true black papertrey ink, and punched it out with the large oval SU punch. I adhered it to the SU scallop oval using pop dots.

For the remaining elements of the sketch I used making memories flowers and prima flowers, for the three circles at the top. For the bottom embellishment I punched out a flourish from ek success, and add some self adhesive pinks gems to sparkle it up a bit!

When I was putting the card together I left a little too much room at the bottom for my liking, so I added this black polka dotted ribbon. Now I am glad that I left too much room, I like how the ribbon looks?! I guess everything happens for a reason!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Verve Sketch for SOA

Hi Everyone! I am enjoying the SOA challenges, I am a sucker for sketch challenges. I have been busy cleaning though, so I have been a bit slow to participate. This is a card I made for the Verve Sketch. I received the Beautiful Kindness and Fluttering By Verve sets for my birthday (I had a very Verve birthday!:) So I was anxious to ink them up. For the focal image I stamped the butterfly in charcoal chalk ink on my white square, then I stamped it again in the light blue and cut it out. After I cut it out I sponged around the edge so you can’t see the light blue edge that is left after cutting. Then I glued this on top of the already stamped image. I matted this on the light blue, then the black onyx paper by Gina K. After this I added the pewter self-adhesive pearls by KAISER. For the scalloped border I used the SU scallop border punch. For the ribbon (don’t remember who makes it, but I do know I bought it at Hancock Fabrics) I tried making a stay put bow. Have you ever tried this?! Very cool, if you haven’t click on this link and watch the tutorial, and give it a try. My Mom found this tutorial for me, thanks MOM!

That’s it for the focal image, on to the rest of the card. The flower border was made using a punch made by Paper Studio sold at Hobby Lobby. And for the sentiment I used the following punches: word window, designer label, and 1 inch circle. The sentiment is from Fluttering By, and I used the same pewter self adhesive pearls. And lastly, the flowery paper is by Heidi Grace, Midnight Kisses Double Sided Cardstock.

I think I covered all of the details. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mojo Monday and SOA

The sketch this week for Mojo Monday is also a sketch over at the Stamping out Alzheimer's site. If you make a donation you will be able to access many challenges and free downloads. If you participate in the challenges you are entered into drawings to win a variety of fun stamping and scrapbooking supplies!! For more information check out Jen Tapler's Blog. For this Mojo Monday sketch you are entered to win TWO free Verve sets. You can never have too many Verve Stamps!! So check out the SOA, for a week of fun!

For this card I used paper from the K & Company mat pad, called Sweet Cherry. Then I stamped the thinking of you from Verve in mango madness by versamagic chalk ink. I punched it out with 1 3/8 inch circle punch. Then I punched out lime green cardstock with 1 1/2 inch circle punch. The scallop circle is the 2 inch ek success punch, and then I pierced the scallops. Then I tied on the ribbon, and attached on orange paper strips. The butterfly brads are by Making Memories, I added some stickles to add some sparkle. Lastly, I added a photo corner using the SU photo corner punch.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!

Well, yesterday was my I decided to make myself a card using my favorite things.

I love pink, so I of course needed to use pink! I also love paisleys, so I had picked this patterned paper up at my lss a few days ago and thought it would be perfect! To keep the paisleys flowing I broke out my paisley embossing folder by sizzix.

The focal image is my favorite birthday cake stamp. It from Gina K's Make a Wish stamp set. It is so fun to color, and I love adding sparkles to the flames of the candles. I colored it in using my copic markers which I have grown to love! I also added some detail using a white gel pen.

I cut out the focal image using my nestabilities and embossed it as well. Now I nearly had a heart attack after I took the image out of the cuttlebug and noticed that the image moved on me when I was making my die cut sandwich. After all of that work coloring, I biffed I decided to line it up again and try to re-emboss it. I figured I didn't have much to lose if it didn't work. To my suprise it did work!! I was so excited!!!! Then I used my sponge dauber and sponged on some blue.

I also LOVE punches so I had to choose some to use. I wanted to add a photo corner, so I punched out the scallop corner by ek success and then punched out the SU photo corner. The smaller photo corner fit just perfectly, then I pierced it to have it coordinate with the border punch I used.

Next for the three brads I added these hero arts circles that I had picked up at archivers. They just add a little bit of fun color to the card.

Now it was time for the ribbon, don't you just love ribbon by American Crafts. It is just the best, the colors, designs, and the texture is just so nice! I love it, so I used it! :)

My last favorite thing that I used was a card sketch! I love using sketches, they just give me a jump start to a card. They really inspire me! This sketch is from Stamp TV. If you haven't checked out Stamp TV, you should go right now! They have weekly challenges and great prizes! If you are the lucky winner (chosen randomly) you are able to chose a set of your choice from Gina K. designs! I was lucky to have won once already!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Verve Release Party Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone! If there weren't sketch challenges, I don't think I would make many cards. I just love participating! This sketch challenge is being hosted by Julee on behalf of the release of her new Verve stamps tomorrow. By participating you are entered into a random drawing to win some of those fabulous stamps, and she will be choosing her favorite entry to play along with the verve divas as a guest designer for June! How exciting would that be?! So I broke out some new Verve stamps that I got for my birthday! I chose the set Grateful Elegance, what a fun set to work with. I started by stamping the background in Aquatic Splash, I definately used my stamp-a-ma-jig to align this stamp to make the background. Next I matted this onto black cardstock. I then worked on the focal image, I stamped the flowers in memento tuxedo black and colored them in with copic markers. I really wanted a stem on these flowers, and after looking through my images to find a stem stamp that would work...I didn't come up with much. So, I used my memento tuxedo black marker and drew some stems. Then I matted this onto black cardstock and tied on the black sheer bow. Then to spruce up the flowers I added an adhesive pearl in the centers, and shined them up using diamond glaze. I set this aside to let it dry, and finished up the remainder of the card. I stamped the aqua strip in versamark, matted it with black, and added adhesive pearls. Then I worked on the sentiment, I embossed the aqua cardstock using a new Quickutz embossing folder, cut it out and then stamped the thanks a bunch! Then it was time to assemble, I decided to add a layer of vellum over the background, to give the card a softer look, and attached it with black brads, and glued on the rest of the pieces.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Aluminum Foil Embossing

School's out for Summer!!! I just love summer vacation! I have time to do all of the things that I am too tired or stressed out to do during the school year! On my first "official" day off I went home to my parents house and spent the day organizing (I store a lot of my school stuff in the crawl space of their basement!), and then there was some time for shopping and card making. My mom had embossed this piece of aluminum foil and applied the luster. Then we were at Michaels and she picked up this fantanstic ribbon by Martha Stewart (on clearance) that matched the background perfectly. When we got home she said O.K. make a card! So, I did. I thought the stamp set Best Blossom from SU would compliment the background as well. So I stamped the flowers in red brick versamagic chalk ink, and cut them out. Then I stamped the leafy image in wheat versamagic chalk ink, and stamped the thinking of you on top (using the stamp-a-ma-jig) using the red brick ink again. I used the circle nestabilities to cut the sentiment out and emboss it. And then glued everything together. It was a trick to apply cardstock on top of the aluminum foil, a stronger adhesive like score tape was needed. Then, I decided to add a little bling, and applied some adhesive pearls to finish it off.

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Part 2

This is the other card I made for Mother's Day, for my Mom. I know, I know, the cabbage flower again?! I just love it!! This time I used peachy colors for the theme, because it went with the calendar that I made for her. Details include: pattern paper Martha Stewart, border punch: new ek success border punch, su oval punches, martha stewart tag punch, hero arts happy mom's day, and ribbon by offray. I used the sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers for the layout of this card. is the calendar that I made for my Mom! I got the idea from the blog Creative Stampin Spot.

That's all for now and probably until the weekend. This is my last week of school!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) So I just am trying to make it through the week! Then I will be doing a lot more posting while I am enjoying my summer vacation!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mother's Day Part 1

This is one of the cards that I made for Mother's Day. She doesn't check this blog so I think it is safe to post it. I'll be able to post a couple more things my Mom should be receiving her gift soon. I used the same cabbage flower stamp by Savvy. I really had a lot of fun coloring this image so many different ways. It was great practice as I get used to using my Copic markers...I think I have finally gotten the hang of it. The layout of this card is a case from SparkleGirl over at Splitcoast Stampers. I absolutely love her style!! Thanks for the inspiration! More details: I used Gina K white for the base, cardstock scraps, SU scallop border punch, rectangle nestabilities, and the ribbon is by May Arts. Well that's all for now! Check back soon as I post part 2 of my Mother's Day post.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mojo Monday 85

Hello Everyone! I have been busy making Mother's Day suprises...but I can't post these projects until my Mom receives them, because she checks my blog and I don't want to ruin the suprise. I did find some time tonight to complete the Mojo Monday Sketch of the week. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, the cabbage flower was a tough one to color. I printed out a picture from the internet and went from there. It turned out pretty good.

I will post more details tomorrow, I am off to bed. . . . .