Sunday, January 30, 2011

Most Valuable Player

My friend Kristin chose this LO for me to lift. It was so much fun and it came together so easily.

Papers by WRMK. Title cut from paper.

Found these baseball theme buttons at HL. Used hand stitching and machine stitching on this LO. Border punch by Fiskars and outlined with white Signo pen.

My usual random brads. Most of you know about my brad addiction and my rule to use them on every single LO to curb the addiction.


Got this done while cropping with my friend last night. Um. It's pink.

All of the pp is from Alissa by BoBunny. I've been dying to use it (yes, simply because of the name) and thought it would go perfectly for a LO about me, wearing pink for my first half marathon. The black acrylic paint on the background was stamped with the shoes I ran in for this race.

A faux tag and "BELIEVE" is a rub on. Inked all paper edges in black.

The photo corner is a rub on by BG. The "me" brad is from K and Co. "run" is cardstock alphas from the Alissa collection.

The flower is a cs sticker from the Alissa collection. I have my usual whimsical assortment of brands in place and a row of dew drops. "RISK TAKER" is a rub from LYB.
Based on a sketch by Twisted Sketches.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

yes no maybe so

This is my DT submission for the love theme over at Crop Chocolate. This is such a unique DOD website! They feature one single deal at a time, but several throughout the day. You can save items to your cart and you have up to 45 days to check out. Free shipping for $60+. You will also find chat forums and projects posted by customers and DT members.

All pp from A Walk in the Park by Echo Park. I LOVE EP! And have you seen the CHA sneak peeks? I want it all. The "yes no maybe so" is a stamp from Michael's that I bought last year. The ribbon is Prima. See how I tie my bows here. The scalloped mats are cut with Spellbinders and the circular mats are cut from my Expression. The scalloped edge at the bottom is a cardstock sticker from the same EP collection.

I wrote the sentiment with a micron pen. Added a little pp and machine stitching for fun.

This card design was inspired by mrupple.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dress Form Card

This is not a recent card but it sold recently and I found myself studying it. Why is it special? It's one of my first attempts to design on my own. I'm forever borrowing inspiration from others and I really wanted to see what happened if I worked out of my head. Now, I did gather a few ideas from here and there but, for the most part, this is mine.

I found this dress form stamp at Stamp Antonio in San Antonio, TX. Love that store! The papers are by K and Company.

I used a six petal punch to make these roses. I learned how from a tutorial posted by GabrielleP over at My Creative Scrapbook. I think. If I find the link, I'll come back and post it! The sparkle is from Glimmer Mist. The charm is from The Girl's Paperie. I used glossy accents to attach the trim, roses, and twine.

Birthday Cards

Or anytime cards.

You can see step by step coloring here. The stamp is by Northwoods. The bling is by Stephanie. The flowers are Prima and American crafts.  The papers are from Lemonade by BG. I used blue chalk to color the mat under the stamped image.

You can see step by step coloring here. This stamp is by Inkadinkado.

I used a card sketch from pagemaps for these cards.

Lighthouse Thinking of You

I needed some Thinking of You cards in my stash but I also wanted to do something quick in the hour before my online crop last night. Got these done thanks to heavensent.

Left: Paper from the Holiday Stack by DCWV. Ribbon by WRMK. Stamped with Archival coffee ink. Right: Paper from a boy collection by MME. Stamped with Archival crimson ink. Hobby Lobby carries a good selection of these Archival inks, my FAVORITE!

Heavensent stamped her scene on tissue paper which gave it a bit of a wrinkly, worn look. I didn't have any tissue paper but liked the look. I recreated it using Versamark, a weathered background stamp, and chalk. 

1. Stamped the lighthouse with Archival ink.
2. Stamped the weathered background on top with Versamark. I used the sparkly champagne color but plain Versamark will work.
3. Use a dauber to apply chalk (I used the brown) over the stamped image. The chalk will stick to the Versamark and show up really nicely.


I hosted an online crop last night and got "santa" done. Santa Claus visited our house a few days early to check on Chance. He brought Chance a Scooby Doo playhouse.

All of the flowers and bling were made by my dear Stephanie. I love using her stuff! The pp are a mix of the Signature collection by MME and Fruitcake by BG. The flourishes in the left and right corners were stamped with Archival black ink. The stamps are by Fancy Pants. I cut the circle and the decorative red corner with my Expression, Plantin Schoolbook and Picturesque respectively. The glitterly green leaves were cut from holiday craft picks that I picked up for dirt cheap at Michael's. The rolled up corner was fun to do, just wish I had gone a little deaper into the LO.

I scraplifted this LO by craftysprinkles.

More photos.

All flowers and bling by Stephanie. Die cut from Picturesque.

Look at that diamond dust!

My signature cluster of brads.

Craft pick leaves and rolled paper.

Stephanie flower.

More brads and a trimmed leaf from craft pick.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Thanks You Cards with Tinkering Ink

I've had this Tinkering Ink paper for awhile. I got a small collection of it for a steal at some discount store like Ross last year. Last night, I was determined to use it and here is what I came up with.

The card design was inspired by Myprincess-peaches. Her cards are so adorable! The flocked paper background is another item I found for a "steal" and had to have it. It's from Hobby Lobby. I think I bought it two years ago and have only used it once before last night. Such a great feeling to dig out old supplies and put them to good use! The decorative border punch is by Fiskars. The scalloped mat was cut from Spellbinders, Cuttlebug and the circle was cut with my Expression. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the decorative clip is by K and Co.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Original and Pooh Bear

I have a couple of LOs to share today.

This is a scraplift but I don't know who did the original. The pp are from Doodlin' Around and The Green Stack by DCWV. I cut the top note shape with my Expression. The green frame is from Chloe's Closet by MM.

 The epoxy brads are from Fine and Dandy by MME. The tag is a rub on by Kaisercraft. I cut the scalloped shape with my Expression a long time ago, a leftover. I stamped the script and doodled with a red marker. The peaking flower shape is also a leftover from two years ago.

 Letters are Thickers by AC. The arrow is a rub on by The Paper Studio from HL.

Mandi (briannasmom) picked this LO for me to scraplift over at The original is by Luzma. I love this new line Fine and Dandy by MME!

 The drew the clouds and cut them out, inked the edges and pop dotted for dimension. 

A cluster of leftovers. 

Brads and bling from Fine and Dandy by MME. The journaling tag is from Colorbok.

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Elf Cards

Finally got these done the other day. I used a card sketch by Amber Hight at Viva La Verve. You can see my coloring process here. The elf is a clear stamp by Stampendous. The squares are all cut with Spellbinders.

PP Eskimo Kisses by BG. 

PP by MME. 


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Covered Bridge Card

Covered Bridge by Heartfelt Creations. Left: stamped with archival black. Right: stamped with stazon brown. Cut both images with Spellbinders in Cuttlebug. Card design I'm using today is from Mojo Monday, Week 171.

Gave all my edges a little brown ink.

Here's how I mat things these days. I used to measure then cut my next piece larger/smaller by a quarter of an inch but I like this eyeballing game better.

Cut and mat again.

Cut and mat again.

All the patterned paper is Origins by Basic Grey. The fabric brad is also from the Origins collection. The beautiful, brown ribbon is from the wonderful collection of xmas ribbon Michael's had last year (last year, as in 8 days ago!).

My very own chipboard sentiment embellishment button thingy! Stamped and punched and matted to a thin piece of chipboard, highlighted a bit with green chalk and tied down with bamboo twine.

Same kind of card but decorated differently.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Coloring with Pencils (Elf)

I picked up this little Elf set by Stampendous for 50% off almost a year ago and never used it. Got him out yesterday and decided to use pencils and a little chalk on him.

Stamped with Archival black on recycled Bristol paper. 9x12, 96 lb,  $6.99 at HL for 25 sheets. This paper has a textured side and a smooth side. I'm using the smooth side. Picked two shades of green to use on this elf. Laid down my lightest shade, coloring in small circles for smooth texture.

Few strokes of the darker green on his hat.

Blended. I just continue with the darker color and work the color outward. No gamsol or water or anything.

Few strokes of darker green on his mittens.


Few strokes of darker green on his jacket.


Darker green on his shoes.


Used chalk on his face and on the white pieces of his outfit.

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