October 31, 2015

Autumn Leaves Altered CD Case

It's so nice when Autumn finally arrives. Our Texas temps have dropped and the leaves are starting to turn. The altered CD case below was fun to make. I had this great gold and brown metallic card stock that I used to make the case insert. On the outside front of the case I attached an oval die cut with brown trees stamped on it. I added a little embellishment goody inside and sent it on to a stamping friend.

May 23, 2015

MISTI Stamping Tool

Today is the day. Today I try out my new MISTI. I bought it from My Sweet Petunia after seeing the videos on YouTube and hearing so much positive feedback about it.

I began by gathering my supplies...the MISTI, magnets, baby wipes, card stock, ink pads, mini daubers and my new stamp. I saw a YouTube video of someone using this exact stamp with the MISTI, so of course I had to have it.

I first used a light green ink for the stems and leaves. Once stamped on several cards, I repeated the process using a little darker green for the edges of the leaves. It was so satisfying to see the way it stamped right on top of the first image, giving just a shadow of a color. Once I was satisfied with the stems and leaves, I started on the flower petals. I used a light pink first, followed by another application of a darker pink closer to the center of the larger flower and on the edges of the top flower. Lastly I added a red color to the center of the large flower by using my new Fantastix coloring tool (mini daubers). These little daubers have both a brush tip and bullet tip, so they work great for dabbing on color in tiny areas.

I then stamped on the sentiment, my friend, in red. I made the card using a coral colored card stock to back the stamped piece then a blue decorative card to attach the layers to. I must say, this being my first time using the MISTI...I am impressed. It was also a lot of fun using different colored inks to add color then raising the lid and seeing the results.

Gentle Whisper Clear Mount Flower Stamp - Penny Black
my friend clear mount stamp - Stampin' Up!
SU Stampin' Spot - Rose Romance, Rose Red & Forest Green
Memento - Angel Pink & New Sprout Green
Fantastix Color Tool - Tsukineko ImagineCrafts

May 20, 2015

Polka Dot Blended Bloom

I just purchased a Stampin' Up! rubber stamp set titled Million & One. I love the script font of the two images, so had to have it to use on my cards. Today I embossed a few more Blended Bloom images, this time using red and white polka dot paper. I love the brightness of the blossom. Starting with a coral colored base card I made the card below, adding a layer of white dot embossed card stock under the images. Love it, love it!

April 22, 2015

Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge #537

I really enjoy all that the Splitcoast Stampers website has to offer...inspiration, tutorials, challenges and more. Today is a sketch challenge that I had to participate in. I had recently purchased some gorgeous card stock at our local art supply store, so wanted to create a card using some of the brown.

I began by making a 5-1/2" x 8" card base using the decorative brown card stock. On a tan strip I stamped NATURE is the ART of GOD Dante quotation. For the left image layer I attached branch die cuts and a redbird on another piece of decorative card stock. I really like this card.

Dante Quotation - Impression Obsession
Branch & Bird Die Cuts - Memory Box

February 11, 2015

Chinese Peony Birthday Card

I love the Stampin' Up! set, Oriental Gardens. I'm up late, so I decided to make a few cards using the Chinese Peony image from the set. I saw a pretty card on Sandi MacIver's website and just loved everything about it, so thought I'd try and make one. On a white A-2 card, I attached a blue card layer, then added a layer of white that I embossed with my new Anna Griffin cuttlebug folder. A piece of decorative card stock was added to the bottom with white ribbon across the center.

I used the Chinese Peony image and colored in the leaves. I then cut out another flower that had been stamped on pink card stock, and attached it to the image on the white card. I made a blue frame for the flower and attached it with pop dots. The framed flower was then attached to the card. I colored a separate leaf image and added it on top of the blue frame. I made a white bow and attached it to the corner of the blue frame and finished the card with three small pink pearls.

February 5, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge #383 - Pink Lady

This morning I had a card idea in my head. When I saw the sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge this week, I thought the sketch would work well for the card idea I had in mind. I started with an A-2 light pink card then built up the layers from there. I added a strip of pink and green floral paper, then added a stencil-embossed white layer (backed with green). Following the sketch, I then added two smaller pieces of the pink and green card stock.

I've had the Stampabilities That look rubber stamp for years, so used it as the main focus of my card, stamping her in pink on a white circle die cut. I added a pink tulle diamond studded veil and then added three pink pearls to balance the card.

January 22, 2015

Minion Card

I keep coming across these cute Minion cards made by paper crafters. I decided I'd make one for my grandson, who is recovering from strep throat. He loves getting mail, so off it goes to him today. Of course, when children get cards they immediately look for cash enclosed, so I slipped in a $5 bill. The card was fun (and easy) to make and I think it came out cute.

January 16, 2015

Hearts & Flowers Valentine

It has been a l-o-n-g time since I've participated in a card challenge. I've been thinking about changing my blog, so I decided this week to update a few things and add some challenge sites. I looked for some challenges that worked with my style of stamping and card making. My first challenge this year is the Mojo Monday Challenge #380. I decided to use my newly acquired rubber stamp set Letters of Love (Stampin' Up!) for the card. I also used a heart (brass) stencil image.

I attached my layers to a white card layer then to a burgundy base card. I then decided it needed a little something extra for the white space at the top right. I had just the thing...a Prim Poppy die cut. I just slid it under the LOVE layer, and it completed the card.

Finished Card Size - 7-1/2" x 6"
Ink Color - Stampin' Up! Baroque Burgundy
Heart Stencil - T.S.C. Designs #510
Prim Poppy - Memory Box Die