a scrappy shabby card

Do you ever make something, and you just feel so proud because its awesome lol, snort >"<  I started this last night, the ribbon was not cooperating, so I decided to finish it today.  Sometimes you just have to put it down, and come back to it later or else you end up with a disasterpiece hahaha thats what I call my cards that started out great but somehow I took a wrong turn and ended up with a big ugly disasterpiece.  Anyhow, this card I just really like, it just flows, has a good design & the right amount of emellishments.
I first picked out the paper I wanted to use, so I grabbed some of this Noteworthy paper from MM, I love the shabby look of it.  The card base is vintage cream from PaperTrey Ink.  The stamping is pretty simple, the panel that has "Mr. & Mrs. Forever Love etc..." are images in, I *think* is Sweet Love from PTI and the main focal sentiment is in the stamp set Anniversary Birds from Verve.  To add to the shabby feeling of this card I added a few buttons and tied twine thru them, I add a glue dot to the bottom of the button, to make it stick to the paper, I don't sew it onto the paper.  Lastly the ribbon is very vanilla 5/8 in grosgrain ribbon by SU.  Oh to get your ribbon to run all the way around the card, I get an exacto knife and make a slit in the fold, thick enough for my ribbon to get through it.

quick card and blog facelift

Well if my sleep schedule wasn't messed up before, it sure is now >"<  I am up giving Jacob his medicine, so I thought I would post.
I made this card yesterday, its not the best, but I needed to do something creative.  I used the cc177 colors, whisper white, groovy guava & sahara sand.  I didn't have sahara sand so I substituted it for river rock.  The layers in the middle is actually an ATC {artist trading card}  I have never made one of these before, so it was a little challenging at first, but I can see how people really like to do these.  The stamps are from the Feeling Groovy set from Verve.  The white twill is from Martha Stewart, everything else is SU.

I re-did my blog, & I am trying to remember who I was linked to.  So if you don't see your name anymore, let me know so I can link you up again, thanks~

Quick post >"<

I found a little bit of time today to make these cards.  Jess came home and I took a nap, I needed it.  I am still really tired, but that is life when you have a sick child.
Both of these cards are cards for the Dare to get dirty challenges going on over at SCS.  This first one is a sketch challenge from Holly, I switched the oval for a circle, it just worked better for me, I combined this sketch challenge with Joan's challenge to use a silhouette.  So I used Flourishes Spring Ephemerals set {which is all silhouettes} All of the card stock, ribbon and ink is from Papertrey ink.
For this card I combined two challenges again.  RoseAnn's challenge to make a flap card & Taylor's challenge to use a cupcake on the card.  Flap cards are fun and really easy to make, so I pulled out some leftover materials from my last class, that was already cut and scored {SCORE!} so all I did was stamp the cupcake in the middle, masked it and then stamped the two behind it.  Colored in the images with Copic markers and added stickles.  The ribbon is Martha Stewart white twill.  The dp is from BasicGrey and the card stock is Bazzill.

sick baby

Sorry I have not posted.  My youngest has a viral infection which caused him to get a freaky rash all over his body.  I have to give him medicine every 3 {different med each time} hours so I am exhausted.  Needless to say its going to be a long 4 days >"<  Not getting more than 3 hours at time is taking a toll on this Mommy.  
I need to catch up on a few crafty things, so check back later & I might have something posted.

Papertreyink July Blog-Hop

So this months theme is to use vellum.  Can I just say, vellum and I battled it out today, things were not going well LOL.  So finally I made this.  The card base is sweet blush, layered with the vintage cream.  On top of the vintage cream card stock I put polka-dotted vellum from the Paper Company.  The smaller rectangle, I layered it the same as the base, but I stamped on the plain vellum using Spiral Bouquet.  I used sweet blush & berry sorbet ink.  The "Enjoy" sentiment is stamped in Stazon ink.  The ribbon is sweet blush  also from PTI.  You can't see them but I attached the vellum to the card stock with brads {I don't like adhesive to show}  I know this is super simple, but it took so long to make, but I like it.  
thanks for stopping by~
*my first few cards were horrible, the vellum and I had a battle & it was winning for a while, its so easy to mess up using this stuff, so I settled on the less is more philosophy*

Stamp Simply

Isn't this a fun set!  So perfect in so many ways >"<  So yesterday was Sharon Johnson's turn to host a Dirty Dozen challenge, hers was to stamp simply.  If some of you are wondering what the dirty dozen is, they are Splitcoast Stampers design team, they are the best of the best stampers out there.  If you look at the design teams for major stamp companies, like PapertreyInk, Flourishes, GinaK, Verve, they all have prior Dirty Dozen girls, so its a big deal...oh and the dozen part is because there are 12 of them.
This is a simple card, but I love it.  I paper pieced the quilt blocks, to make it look more *quilty* lol  and paper pierced around the edges of the card just to finish it off.  The patterned paper is from Prima's Sasha Collection.

***Come back later for my blog hop post >"< 

Fun cards and challenges

I am not one to usually combine challenges on SCS but I had to on this one, I really feel I need to improve on my watercolor skills, they are seriously lacking.  Anyhow Christine's challenge was to make a card and watercolor on it.  So I started on this Iris from Flourishes, I would like to say this is the only Iris I colored, but that would not be the truth.  So finally I liked this one, and I sat it aside.  I went and saw Jenn's challenge, and it was an inspiration piece, and I knew I was going to use the Damask background {Flourishes} so after I started with Jenn's card, the Iris that was going to be its own card, found a new home.  So I didn't plan on combining them it just happened.  The base is either PTI or SU cardstock, I don't remember {if I wasn't being lazy I would get up and look and feel it, you know the difference right away, but I like sitting on the couch lol}  The green paper is from Bazzill, the ribbon is from May Arts and the Su stylized hardware I colored with a sharpy, it matched better being black.  The way I watercolored this was with Prisma water color pencils.  Once the image was dry I put Diamond Glaze over it, and as it was starting to dry I curled the edges of the flower and stem with a pencil, thats how its curling.  To show the curling, I popped the image up with dimmensionals.
This card was made using this weeks color challenge on SCS, river rock, very vanilla & soft sky.  I didn't have any soft sky, so I used bashful blue instead.  Its a very simple card but I really like it.  The dp is from the Basic Grey Lily Kate line.  The stacked coffee cups is one stamp, I stamped the image onto the paper, cut it out and then used dimmensionals to pop it up so it would go over the ribbon.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set {coffee with friends by Flourishes}.  It didn't look finished so I paper pierced around the sentiment, I think it gives it a nice touch.

*Thank you all of you who either commented or emailed about my spotlight over on Unity, I was scared at first that I shared so much, but after reading what some of you have said, I am glad I shared it.

Spotlighted at Unity & challenge cards

The DTGD {dare to get dirty} challenges all have been really fun so far.  There were 3 challenges yesterday, but I have only done two of them so far.  I still have to do a watercolor card...eeck, not to good at that.  
Guess what Unity has me spotlighted on their blog today, go over and check it out, you will find out a lot more about me in that post click here to go to the post or go to www.theunitystampco.com  They are also giving away Blog Candy!

The first card is supposed to be a masculine card, I don't think its super masculine but it would work for a little boy.  The paper is bazzill and we r memory keepers and the stamps are from Unity.  I used prisma watercolor pencils and mineral spirits to blend.

This second card is the challenge to embrace white space, and for it to be a one layer card basically.  So I made it simple simple and put a few antique brads in the corner to finish it off.

So go over to the Unity blog and come back over here and tell me what you think?

getting dirty with the dirty girls

So today the challenges started on SCS {the dirty girl challenges}.  Every year the Dirty Dozen {the best of the best stampers and SCS design team} have challenges and the fan club members get to play along.  Laurie challenged everyone to use vellum on a card today.  I had no vellum, so I ran to Michael's to pick some up.  I don't like my adhesive to show through on vellum {I have tried them all and they all show through} so I tend not to use it very much.  If any of you have any tricks or the best adhesive to use with vellum, please let me know >"<.  I had no clue what I was going to do, so I just picked out some cute paper and that lovely black lace ribbon, and decided I would just stamp a big quote on the vellum and mount it with brads.  So thats what I did.  It needed something more so I added some primas to fill some space, the primas make it look pretty too.  
If you participate in all of the challenges this week your name will be put in a hat to win a prize, I want a prize >"<.  If any of you are a fan club member you have, I think a week after this week to post your creations.  

This second card, is the ribbon challenge that Jody { confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com } gave.  You needed to let ribbon influence your card.  This was really easy, well because I love ribbon.  I got some new {to me} vanilla grosgrain ribbon, I love this thickness it makes really pretty bows and knots.  The designer paper is from Prima's Tea and Silk collection, the card stock in river rock and basic black.  The stamps are from the Fluttering By set from Verve. 
I have been hanging out the last couple of days, and have nothing to show {sorry}.  So I thought I would share a picture.  This is my husband Jess and I in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I had my daughter Kendall take this picture of us, on our last trip home.  We are from N. California, so I got to see the GG bridge my whole life.  It will be nice to frame this picture, to look at when I am missing "home".
On a side note, we went and saw Dark Knight {Batman}...it was really really good!  We bought tickets last night for the early show today, 10:50 am.  The movie theater was packed, and when we left there was a line 1/4 mile long!  
Anyhow, I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I have lots of swaps and projects to do, so maybe I will have something tomorrow. >"<

A-Muse Coffee

About a month ago or so I bought this cute cute clear coffee stamp set made by A-muse.  I have only inked it up a few times, so I brought it out and gave it some inky love >"<.  I am so happy that A-muse makes clear stamp sets, with us moving around so often its just easier for me to store clear stamps.  Anyhow, this is from today's sketch challenge on SCS, very easy and clean layout.  I made mine into a square card {A-muse card pack} instead of a rectangle.  The thick grosgrain ribbon is regal rose from SU and the brown stitched ribbon over that is by A-muse.  The designer paper is the Office Lingo collection from Pink Paislee {cute!}  Oh the sheer ribbon is from May Arts and the brads are SU.  I used Memento rich cocoa ink, and copic markers to color in the coffee cup.  Not sure if you can see the sentiment but it says "...with enough caffeine anything is possible!" isn't that the truth.  Last thing I used the cute little spiral notepad punch from SU to make the edge of the designer paper to look like that.
Well I hope everyone has a great day, I am off to the Zoo.

Sunday Sketch #2 & Winners

Is it Sunday already!? Chris & Carol I will be sending you some goodies in the mail.  Thank you for participating >"<.  Could you both email me a picture of your cards so I can post them on my blog.  :)

So here is this weeks sketch and my sample card.  Feel free to play with the sketch.  I couldn't get the text box to disappear, so that isn't part of the sketch.  So you have a week to create a card or layout, then next Sunday I will choose a winner, send out a goody and post your card on my blog.  Its an easy one this week.

The card base is of course my favorite Kraft.  I stamped the dragonfly once on the kraft and then again on white card stock.  On the white card stock, I colored in the image with Copic markers, then went over the wings with Diamond Glaze.  Once the glaze dried I cut out the wings and popped them up on dimmensionals over the wings on the Kraft paper, it gives it a cool look and texture.  I also put Diamond Glaze on the black body an antenna's.  The ribbon is scalloped May Arts and the hardware is from SU.  Oh and the dragonfly image is from Unity.  
*A little tip, as the diamond glaze it starting to harden and dry, you can bend and shape the image the way you want, in person it looks really cool because I bent the wings a little.
I hope  you all are having a great Sunday, I am exhausted and need a nap!  See ya later >"<

Its Friday!

*Don't forget about the Sunday Sketch you have today and tomorrow to link your card to me, if you want a goody.  Scroll down a few posts to see my sample and a bigger image of the sketch.

So Chris had sent me some Primas that she picked up from convention and she stamped off a few images for me so I thought I would put them to use >"<
This first card, I made right after the circle card below it.  I was still inspired by circles and had this image in my head, using Fantasy Floral Garden from Flourishes.  I just stamped some of the flowers in different spots at the bottom of the circle to make it kind of seem like a flower garden.  I colored the flower in using Copic markers, then went over them with Prisma pencils and a black micron pen.  I layered the circle onto a black circle, black really makes a card pop try it you will see >"<.  I couldn't figure out where I wanted the circle, I just didn't want it centered, so I put it on the side and then trimmed the part that was hanging off.  I layered the Primas and attached them together with brads, I didn't want the brads to go through the card, so I put a glue dot on the back of them and stuck them to the card.  The black and green ribbon are May Arts.  If you cannot find May Arts ribbon in your area, Flourishes ( www.flourishes.org ) sells all of the May Arts ribbon you see me use, they are a little boutique they have more than just stamps.
This card is for today's limited supply challenge on SCS.  You couldn't use patterned paper, not a lot of embellishments, and a limit of 3 layers.  I so achieved this.  Chris stamped a few of these chairs off for me {she is the best} and I love them!  To make a circle card, super simple.  Fold your card how you normally would, and then with whatever you are using to make your circle like a coluzzle, cm cutting system, nestabilities, You need to leave part of the fold in tact, so you put your circle a little over the edge of the fold, then cut away.  
The card stock is all from PTI, summer sun, berry sorbet and stampers select white.  The image is colored in with copic markers and the ribbon is satin summer sun. 
I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!  I am off to go teach a stamp class, wish me luck >"<  I don't know any of them.

Guest Designer & other stuff

My daughter Kendall is in a kids swap over on SCS and she did her swaps last night.  Sorry for the poor pictures, but I had to take them inside with bad lighting.  Anyhow, I think she did a great job on her cards.  She really wanted this stamp set from Unity, so i picked it up on my last order.  It really is a fun set.
The paper and ribbon is SU except the patterned paper, I have know idea what it is.  She colored in the image with some fancy markers she got 
from her Grandparents and you can't really see it but there is stickl
es on the ice cream.
Here is my project for today's challenge on SCS...using anything mini
Here is my card for yesterday's sketch challenge on SCS, this is a fun winter set, the penguins are too cute.  I had to mask the penguin, and stamp the background a few times to achieve the hill scene.  Do you think penguins watch tv?  I love love love Eco-Chic, this is my favorite card I have made so far with this set.  I love kraft paper, the perfect combination >"<

A sketch and a few cards

Here is my card sample for my sketch this week.  I had originally made a different one, but I like the way this one turned out better.  Plus its today's color challenge {cc174} on SCS, barely banana, groovy guava & chocolate chip.  I am always skeptical about the color combinations, but they all usually turn out pretty nice.  Everything on this card is SU except for the stamps.  I embossed the background with clear emb powder to give it a little texture without it being too much.  If you don't have a scalloped border punch, you can get a scalloped border two different ways. 1. you get a circle punch {i used 1/2 in on this one} and punch out a bunch of them, and then you line them up on the backside of the paper with 1/2 of the circle hanging over the edge or 2. Get your SU corner rounder, take off the blade, line it up straight with the paper and just go along the edge of the paper until you reach the end.  

Here is my sketch challenge for the week, to see a larger picture of it scroll down to Sunday's post.

I made the first card today, I needed to send out a "thank you" card to the owner of Unity Stamp Co., Angela.  I ordered stamps and pay-pal wasn't working at the time, so she sent the stamps and handles to me any ways with out payment.  So I sent her a check and a thank you card today.  All of the stamps on the card are Unity stamps, go check them out you will love them!
This next card I made yesterday for the featured stamper on SCS.  I love this challenge because you get to go into the featured stampers gallery and case a card.  I rarely case cards so Sunday's are fun when I don't have to think up a sketch.  The image and sentiment are from Flourishes LLC, they are classic images with a lot of detail.  I like them because I get to color.  I used versamark ink and stamped the image all over on the card base.  Versa mark is an ink that leaves a watermark or you can use it to emboss, or to apply pastel/chalks.  It is a must have for every stamper.  You can get it from any craft store or your local Stampin Up demo.  When you buy it from a demonstrator, she will actually show you all the different ways to use your products.  
I then stamped the image on the white card stock and colored it in with Copic markers.  The black ribbon is by May Arts, and the bling I stole from my daughter Kendall, she got it in the $1 spot at Target or Michael's.  My paper piercer is lost somewhere, so I used a safety pin to pierce the paper lol.

Sunday Sketch #1

Is anyone else in a summer funk?  I have been playing around with different programs on my computer and guess what...I can make card sketches!  How cool is this...very!  So to get us out of a funk, I created this sketch.  Feel free to play with it, or use it as a starting point.  I will put my card up later when I can get a good picture of it.  Make sure to leave a comment and link me so I can check it out.  I will pick a winner next week and send out a nice goody.

Eco Chic

Eco Chic is going to be one of my favorite stamps sets, you know when you can just tell.  I bought it mainly because my 12 year old thought it was a really cute set, and its young and fresh.  Some stamps sets do not appeal to a younger audience.  Anyhow, I inked them up and boy so I love it, I just have a million different thoughts on what I can do with this set.  
The two cards below are from CC173, using purely pomegranate, wild wasabi & certainly celery.  I actually really liked this color combo, once I got started, everything flowed well.  

supplies used:
kraft, purely pomegranate, wild wasabi, certainly celery, & whisper white cardstock, Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon, Regal Rose grossgrain ribbon, staple, circle punch, copic markers, tim holtz ink, Ledger paper from Making Memories, Score-pal to score the lines on the first card

Its July?!?!

I really can't believe its July 1st!  This year is really going by fast, & I can't believe I have been in San Diego for almost 3 months now.  I really miss my Florida beaches and afternoon thunderstorms...I will be back soon.  Until then I will enjoy the constant sunny weather of San Diego.
This first card, I did for Monday's technique challenge on SCS, it was chalk pouncing.  First you get your chalk/pastels and a tissue, put chalk on the tissue & rub over your paper.  Get the stamp you are going to use, ink it up with Versamark, stamp it on the paper, get out your chalks again and kind of bounce/pounce your chalk color onto the image.  Do not rub your image because you can smear the ink.  If you do not have pencils or markers this is a really fun and cool technique  to do with really lovely results.  The stamp is from the Spring Ephemerals set from Flourishes LLC.

Jan Marie, one of the owners of Flourishes had back surgery a few days ago, so I made this card for her to cheer her up.  This card took FOREVER to make, but its so freekin cute in real life >"<  This is from the Sweet Treats stamp set.  I stamped, colored and then cut all of these out.  Once they all were layed down I put Diamond Glaze over the top of them so they look nice and shiny.
For all of you SU demos out there did you see the sneak peek today?  I really want all of the new in colors & the level 3 window set, the monkey set is cute, I think we all had a sock monkey when we were little.

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