Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Love You

This card is going to be for my very own mommy! She loves pink, blue, green, flowers, and 
stuff that sparkles. Think I covered all that?

I've fallen in love with using 6x6 papers on my cards over the last month or so, thus a buying addiction. However, I always sighed and rolled my eyes when I flipped through this MME Miss Caroline paper pad and saw that background paper, with the dark wood and flowers. I just didn't like it. Then, I saw this card by Claudia. So THAT'S how it's done! As usual, she is brilliant with layering. I always love how she mixes colors for matting. It certainly takes the fuss out of matching everything. Well, let me just admit it: most of this card is fashioned after hers. At least, it's for someone really special!

I know I just posted my farewell to Whimsy Stamps but I'll never be tired of their digis. This one is by Crissy Armstrong. I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. I used Distress Ink on the edges, blue and green.

The flowers are a blend of Prima and Recollections. The little metal piece I found on eBay. I used my Cricut to cut a perfect paper oval and filled it with a sentiment from Hot Off the Press, 
topped with Glossy Accents.

Have you made something for your mom? Leave a direct link in the comments and I will check it out!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Waterfall Card *Heartfelt Creations*

This is the third item I submitted as a Heartfelt Creations Semi-Finalist.

My first official Design Team piece is coming up soon!

Papers are from 29th Street Market by My Mind's Eye. I stamped the Flirty Fleurs image with colored markers and colored in with chalk. Check it out in my video below!

To make the waterfall card, I followed this tutorial.

STAMP(S) AND INK: Heartfelt Creations Flirty Fleurs. Heartfelt Creations Filler Leaves- unmounted. Colorbox. Versamark.
PAPER: My Mind’e Eye 29th Street Market
COLORING MEDIUM: Whispers markers by Sugarloaf. Shimmer chalk by Pebbles.
TOOLS: Making Memories Tool Kit Deluxe
EMBELLISHMENTS: Micron pen. Eyelets. Sewing machine. Twine. Tim Holtz.
Background: Purple cardstock is 4 1/8” x 5 6/8”. Ink the edges. Using the Filler Leaves stamp, stamp the edges in several places with Versamark ink. Use green chalk on stamped images. Ink the edges of the purple cardstock. Mat and glue to green cardstock.
Waterfall: Use purple and green brush tip markers to ink the floral stamp. Stamp onto white cardstock. Color with chalk. Repeat. Use a trimmer to cut four 1 3/4” squares from the two stamped images. Use the Micron pen to draw a border on each piece. Glue the four stamped squares to 2” mats. Next, cut a 2x9” strip from polka dot paper. From one end, score at 2, 2.75, 3.5, and 4.25 inches. Starting at the 2” scored section, carefully glue one of the stamped squares to the solid side of the polka dot cardstock. And the remaining three pieces to the .75”x2” sections. 
Click HERE for video tutorial on stamping with markers and coloring with chalk.
Center the waterfall piece on the card. Do NOT glue. Secure with tape or magnets. Cut a strip from the striped paper and position with magnets. Add a dot of glue on each end. Do NOT glue the entire strip. The piece with the pull on it should move freely under the strip. Glue the stamped section to the top of the strip. Add eyelets to each side. Pull out the pull tab and install an eyelet. Reinsert the pull tab under the striped strip. Machine stitch around the edge of the card. I used a Tim Holtz safety pin, twine, and a Tim Holtz charm to create a pull.
Card base: Cut Cut a 9x6 inch piece of thick, white cardstock. I like textured CS for card bases. Score at 4.5. Attach the card front to the base.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hello You- Heartfelt Creations

The second card I made for Heartfelt Creations.

This one is my favorite. I love shabby chic colors!

I want to give a shout out to Iwona. I had been looking at her "Thanks a Bunch" card 
when I started on this rose. I really liked her green ink accents.

I followed Card Sketch Pattern 158. The papers are from Beautiful Dreamer by Glitz Design.

This gorgeous stamp is Katie Rose by Heartfelt Creations. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. I cut it with room to spare at the bottom, then inked with green and brown and finished with Stickles.

A random punched piece left over from a previous project. It was pink! Perfect.

The sentiment is a die cut from Random by Crate Paper. For the large posy die, I cut it from white cardstock, topped with Clear Rock Candy and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.


STAMP(S) AND INK: Heartfelt Creations “Katy Rose” Unmounted. Archival black ink. Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
PAPER: Beautiful Dreamer by Glitz Design, DCWV, American Crafts
COLORING MEDIUM: Prismacolor pencils, OMS
TOOLS: HC Spellbinder Dies “Layered Scalloped Posy”. Sewing machine. Glossy Accents. EK Success.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Stickles. ribbon. stick pins. Maya Road. Crate Paper “Random.” TH Clear Rock Candy. Glimmer Mist. Lace trim.
SKETCH: Card Patterns Sketch 158.

  1. Stamp the image with Archival ink. I like to use the textured side of Canson Bristol XL Recycled with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Color the image. Cut to 2.75 x 4 inches, leaving some white space under the image. Ink the edges with distress ink. I used TH vintage photo and old paper (kinda green). Stickle the edges and set aside to dry.
  2. Use the larger die from the Layered Scalloped Posy set and cut from smooth, white cardstock. Use temporary adhesive to hold the die cut on nonstick splat mat. Brush on clear rock candy. Let air dry.
  3. Cut a 3.5x5 inch piece from the rose paper. Distress and ink the edges. Adhere to 4 3/16 x 5 11/16 from greenish paper. Mat to pink cardstock. Machine stitch the edges.
  4. If the die cut is not dry, finish with a heat gun. Spray with pink glimmer mist and wipe away excess. Heat some more to dry. Adhere to card.
  5. Use Glossy Accents to attach lace trim. Use foam dots to attach stamped piece. Tie a bow from white ribbon and attach with glossy accents. TIP: Set a hammer on top to secure the bond. Do not move the hammer for at least ten minutes.
  6. Use foam dots to attach the “hello you” die cut sentiment.
  7. I had a tiny leftover, border punched piece from a previous project. It was pink. So, I inked the edges attached to the top of the card, kinda like a whimsical banner.
  8. Finish with a couple of stick pins.
  9. CARD BASE: Cut a 9x6 inch piece of thick, white cardstock. I like textured CS for card bases. Score at 4.5. Attach the card front to the base.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My First Card- Heartfelt Creations

When I first got my Semi-Finalist package from Heartfelt Creations and saw the contents, 
I almost immediately had this first card in mind.

I did a search for an extra boost of inspiration and I'd like to give a shout out to these ladies:

I started by stamping the door with Archival ink and adding a bit of color and distress with Distress Ink. The paper is from Miss Caroline by My Mind's Eye.

I accented the sentiment with Distress Ink and Stickles. Finished the look with a post and flowers.

I stamped this image with Archival Ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils, using OMS to blend.

I used a fun green trim to allude to grass.

STAMP(S), DIES AND INK: HCD 717 Layered Scalloped Posy Die 
HCPC 3439 Flirty Fleurs PreCut Set
Archival black and sepia inks. Tim Holtz Distress Ink. 
PAPER: Miss Caroline from My Mind’s Eye. Bazzill. American Crafts.
COLORING MEDIUM: Prismacolor pencils, OMS
TOOLS: Cuttlebug. Heat gun. Glossy Accents.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Stickles. Green trim. Glimmer Mist. Screw brad. Gems. Stardust pen.

  1. Stamp the sentiment with Archival black ink. Cut to 2x.75 inches. Ink the edges and top with Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp the door with Archival sepia ink. Ink the edges and distress with Vintage Photo distress ink. Cut out.
  3. Stamp the flowers with Archival black ink. I like to use the textured side of Canson Bristol XL Recycled with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Fussy cut. Accent with Stickles. Set aside.
  4. Die cut the smaller half circle pieces from the HC Spellbinder Dies “Layered Scalloped Posy” set. I like to use thin cardstock with these dies. Spray with glimmer mist. I used Wheatfields.
  5. Die cut an elegant post and ink the edges.
  6. Heat emboss some posies and die cut. I cut 9 flowers. Used a stylus to curl the petals.
  7. Cut a 5 3/16” square piece from MME wood paper. Ink the edges. Mat to brown cardstock.
  8. Glue down the door. Glue down the three half circle die cuts. Use foam dots to adhere the flowers on the right. Use Glossy Accents to attach green trim for grass.
  9. Glue the elegant post. Embellish with a screw brad. Attach the sentiment below the post. Arrange and glue down the posies. Accent with gems.
  10. CARD BASE: Cut a 5.5 x 11 inch square piece of thick, white cardstock. I like textured CS for card bases. Score at 5.5. Attach the card front to the base.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Announcement


I get to announce that I am officially a member of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team!

Check out all the other talented finalists HERE!

Here are the three cards and video I submitted. I will feature each card separately over the next few days, complete with supply lists and details.

a friend's house

hello you

Flirty Fleurs Waterfall Card

Stamping With Markers

Monday, April 23, 2012

So Long, Farewell to Whimsy Stamps

I started with Whimsy Stamps back in May 2011. I have absolutely loved serving on the design team. Debbie and Denise were wonderful leaders and they maintain an outstanding group of designers.

With a heavy heart, it is time for me to move on. But first, I wanted to showcase all of the digital stamp designers with my favorite pieces from over the past few months.

Image by Lia Stampz.

Papers from Michele R Designs. Image from StampArt Design.

Image from StampArt Design.

Image from LivvyBo Designs.

Goodbye, Whimsy Stamps!

Christmas *Whimsy Stamps*

Followed a sketch by Mojo Monday. The stamp is by Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps. Papers are from Christmas Emporium by Graphic 45.

Added a wee bit of color to this image with Loew-Cornell pencils. 
Inked the edges and topped with Stickles.

Who else is working on Christmas cards in April?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mom *Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog Guest Designer*

Hello, Everyone!  I am delighted to present my second Guest Designer project for you today!  I made a Mother's Day card for the current challenge at Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.  Please play with us for your chance to win the fabulous prize package!

How cute is this bear?!! This is Popcorn the Bear from Thanks A Bunch stamp set. I followed a sketch from Hanna and Friends 132. The papers are from A Walk In the Park by Echo Park.

The stamp package came with a lovely print that helped me navigate coloring. I used Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. This is a rather large image so I always fussy cut this bear and attach with foam adhesive.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I've really enjoyed being the guest designer for April.  Don't forget to enter to win the S.W.A.L.K stamp set giveaway this week.  And if you haven't already entered our Mother's Day challenge you need to get scrapping!!  lol


Stamp(s) and Ink: Thanks A Bunch from Crafter’s Companion. Archival black. Colorbox. 
Paper: A Walk In the Park by Echo Park.
Tools: Spellbinders. Martha Stewart. Paper Studio.
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor pencils with Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Embellishments: Buttons. Authentique.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hi *Whimsy Stamps*


Your new challenge at Whimsy Stamps this week is to use punches or die cuts
Play along for your chance to win free stamps!

Followed Sketch 198 by Mojo Monday. Papers are from Fly a Kite by My Mind's Eye. I used previously cut hexagon as a stencil for the one on this card. The cloud is a leftover from a previous project using 29th Street Market by MME.

Digital stamp by Moon Cookie Gallery for Whimsy Stamps. Colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended using burnishing technique.

My Mind's Eye- Hexagons
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog- April Showers/Spring Flowers

Monday, April 16, 2012

Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog- Guest Designer

It's time for me to share my guest designer projects for Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog. I still can't get over my excitement about being a guest designer there!  I hope you enjoy today's post as much as I enjoyed creating it and I have TWO videos to share. I must admit I was feeling ambitious. lol

I followed a sketch by Mojo Monday. The papers are from Lost and Found by My Mind's Eye.

This adorable flower is from Thanks a Bunch by Crafter's Companion. I stamped it with Archival black ink on Kraft card stock. Check out my quick video below for more details!

I love whimsical bows, clouds, and butterflies. I used TH Distress Ink on the clouds and butterflies. I accented the clouds with Stickles. I love the look of Diamond Stickles over Distress Ink! The chicken wire image on the yellow paper is from Prima. I used Colorbox brown chalk ink to stamp it.

"Just because..." is a sentiment from the same Thanks a Bunch set by Crafter's Companion.

Check out the assembly of this card from start to finish in this five-minute video.
And the Prismacolors On Kraft that I promised.

I have another project to share with you this week on Wednesday so please stop back by and check it out!  I'm really just so happy to be able to share my projects with you.

Now to share with you something else that is awesome.  This week we are giving away the S.W.A.L.K -Mummy stamp set.  This stamp will be perfect for making a project for this months April Mother's Day Challenge here on the Crafter's Companion USA Challenge Blog!! 
To enter to possibly win this adorable stamp set you need to be a US resident and leave a comment on this post.  This giveaway ends on Thursday, April 19th at 8pm pst.  Check back on Friday to see if you have won.  See you Wednesday!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Born To Rock


I have a masculine guitar theme to share today.

Started with some inspiration from Sarah-Louise's gallery at KennyK Downloads
Decided to keep it simple and I think this will do well for a teenage boy. Papers are from 
Vintage Findings by Making Memories.

This digital stamp is from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils 
and blended with OMS. I used distress inks to color the "wall." Love me some distress inks! When I trimmed the image, I trimmed a white border. I didn't want to distress ink the border so I masked with Scotch tape. I used the TH handle and two foam pad applicators. I started with the Old Paper ink and finished with the Vintage Photo ink.

Some decorative tape by Tim Holtz, accented with a photo anchor.

Simon Says Stamp and Show- Lord Tim Technique

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Skating Snowman *Whimsy Stamps Challenge*

Your challenge from Whimsy Stamps this week is to use ribbon and add a sentiment.

Come over and play for your chance to win digital stamps!

It's already April so I decided it's time to start on my holiday cards.
I followed a sketch by Viva La Verve. Papers are from Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey. The trim is Making Memories.

To get the decorative top note shape, I cut my largest Spellbinder shape in half.

This cute little guy is by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps
I colored him with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Guest Designer for Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog

I have some exciting news to share!

I've been asked to guest design for Crafter's Companion this month!


I'll be playing along with the current Mother's Day Challenge and doing one additional project with a tutorial. I hope you'll come by to check them out!

Come over to Crafter's Companion for your chance to play and win prizes!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring *Whimsy Stamps New Release Blog Hop*

Welcome to my post for the Whimsy Stamps Blog Hop!

Lost? Start HERE.

Leave comments along the way for your chance to win free digital stamps from Whimsy Stamps!
The hop will run for 1 week and end on Sunday 8th April at 12 Noon EST.

The lighter background papers are digital papers from Michele R Designs. The darker pink/purple piece is from Bayberry Cottage by Pink Paislee.

This adorable bunny is by StampArt Design for Whimsy Stamps. 
I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Alissa Wells-- you are here
Sarah McLaughlin 
Juelmarie Morgan
Evi De Herdt
Charlene Brown

Just Keep On Creating- Anything Goes