Friday, December 25, 2009

Embellished Photo Card

In Rememberance of my brother during this season I added a special emellishment to our annual Christmas Card. I just created the ornament image w/clipart and wordart and printed it out. Glued one of Tim Holtz' ornament shaped fragments on top of image with Glossy Accents then cut out, added gold ribbon and attached to card. The ornament reads, "We Remember 2009".

To My Few, but Faithful Blog Followers: Merry Christmas

Used my distress inks: Aged Mahogony and Pine Needles using Tim Holtz mini mask on tag. Also, used my new santa collage stamp w/Stazon Black inkpad; misted w/white perfect pearls mixed w/water for glistening effect; added the fibers as final touch

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A gift for a gift

We are thankful for all those relationships our brother has nutured and maintained. We can feel the love he shared through you. We will be eternally grateful to you all.................

Thank You for all you have done, Tammy!

This goes out to some what of a philanthropist in Laguna Beach. She has helped memorialize my brother in numerous ways. From our family to yours............Thank You.

I am thankful for my gift from beyond

To my newest, nearest, dearest friend..............Thank You

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween cards from this weekend

Used Making Memories paper on left side and Stampin Up! paper on the right; Spider Image was cut from vintage halloween paper by The Rusty Pickle.

On this one I used Black Magic Core'dinations Paper run thru the Cuttlebug using the Spiderweb Texture plate by Fiskars then sanded to reveal the purple core of the paper; Added a Martha Stewart spider sticker and used Stampin' Up glitter to color it; The Oct 31st stamped image was cut out using deckle edge scissors then inked w/ Concord distress ink.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Neglectful Blogger.................

Okay, so it's been awhile---I apologize (especially to my faithful followers!). I actually made a few cards on World Card Making Day. Here are a couple:
On the first card: used Martha Stewart Spider Stamp on Stampin Up! orange polka dot paper; added Making Memories spiderweb/scripted papers. Cut out Oct. 31st stamped image w/deckle edged scissors and inked w/ Spiced Marmelade Distress Inks.
On the second card: used my new Stampin Up! From the Crypt stamp w/starry night black embossing powder on the green Basic Grey papers from the Lemonade collection.
Hope you enjoy them. Will post the others I made later (hopefully tonight).

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A 3-fer: 3 Challenges in one Card!

This card is for the following 3 Challenge Blogs:
List of ingredients:
Monument theme
color blue
use cork and a metal embellishment
technique: Cuttlewax (used to
make background)
3) Pile it On! Challenge # 12: Good Things Come in Threes (3 cork cirles, 3 images, 3 metal snaps)
What I used to make this card:
  • White and blue cardstock
  • cork sheet and cork cirles
  • Distress inks: Broken China and Vintage Photo (from stamped images and edging)
  • Stamps: Face by Rubber Stampede and Colosseum w/Lady and Car by Hampton Arts
  • Patina Perfect pearls by Ranger spray with Mini Mister on main image for glimmer effect
  • vintage travel image cut from designer paper by K&Company: Life's Journey Stamp Collage Embossed paper
  • Cuttlebug die cut machine
  • Fiskars texture plate used w/wax paper in Cuttlebug and ironed for Cuttlewax technique
  • sponge
  • oval postage stamp frame die cut by Provo Craft
  • Stampin' Up! Curly Note punch
  • fiber by EK Success
  • Metal copper snaps by Tim Holtz Ideology
  • Deckle edge scissors

Friday, August 7, 2009

Gatefold Sun Card

Okay, so this Gatefold Sun/Friendship card is for two challenges: Cuttlebug Challenges Be Inspired #42and the new Ready-Steady-Stamp challenge blog.
Cuttlebug Challenges blog's challenge was to create a gatefold card for friendship week, of course using the Cuttlebug!
Ready, Steady, Stamp's challenge was a list of ingredients:
  • use a triangle
  • the color yellow
  • the sun
  • use acetate
  • use ribbon
  • and, of course, use a stamp!

Here is my tool/supply list:

  • Cuttlebug embossing folders: Cirles and Dots, Bubbles, Swiss Dot
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Mustard Seed
  • Core'dinations Mustard paper w/light yellow core
  • sanding block
  • acetate
  • clear embossing powder/heat gun
  • gold Sun charm
  • Butterscotch alcohol ink
  • white cs, DCWV yellow textured cs, yellow cs
  • sun stamp by Club Scrap
  • glossy cs
  • white ribbon w/orange and yellow starburst flowers

First, I inked up a panel of glossy cs w/Butterscotch alcohol ink. Then, I made a gatefold card out of white cs; I cut stripes of the textured yellow cs, the white cs, the yellow cs, the Core'dinations Mustard cs and the inked glossy cs. I embossed the yellow and white cs w/Swiss Dot ef. The white stripe I inked over w/Mustard Seed distress ink. I embossed the Core'dinations cs w/Circle and Dots ef and sanded it do reveal the core. On the left side of the card I created a mosaic with triangles cut from these five stripes. On the right side of card I centered a panel of the inked glossy cs and layered it over with acetate that I hand printed out on my printer and heat embossed w/clear embossing powder to set the ink. I added triangles above and below this panel. I stamped the sun image on white cs w/Mustard Seed Distress ink; cut it in half diagonally to make two triangles. It is difficult to see but I cut triangles out of acetate and embossed them w/the Bubbles ef; then colored them with Butterscotch alcohol ink; then layered them on the two previous triangles of stamped image then added the sun charm; layered this on the Core'dinations square and sanded edges; layered again on white cs that was inked with the Mustard seed; adhered to left side of gatefold card. On the inside, I embossed the center and right panels. Added the ribbon to the right panel. I hope I remembered everything.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ready.... Steady.... Stamp: Challenge #1

Ready... Steady, Stamp is a new stamping challenge blog that provides a list of ingredients for the projects their followers are to use. Here is my submission for the very first challenge!
The ingredients were:
Theme: cat or dog
Colors: Black and gold
Technique: Faux Batik---which they provided a video tutorial for!
page of an old book
3 different brads
Here I edged the ripped printed paper w/a gold ink pen; added gold accents to the word 'boo' with the same pen; used Martha Stewart spider stamp on dictionary page for faux batik technique (that was sooooooooo cool, BTW); the cat/pumpkin/boo are a rub-on as well as the sentiment; added gold ribbon and three different colored brads.
Hope I entered in time as I know most followers are 'across the pond'!

Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #41

Here is my entry for Cuttlebug Challenge's Be Inspired #41 Challenge---to alter something. Here I have altered a glossy front journal and made it into a scrapbook that looks like a purse for my daughter to fill up with her many treasures and memories :)
Since the original journal was glossy I used alcohol inks w/blending solution to create that deep purple watery effect. I used glossy white and gold papers. I embossed the gold paper w/Sizzix embossing folder (from a birthday set but it looks like eyelet to me) and edged both the gold and white papers with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch. I used the Paper Shapers corner punch on the embossed gold paper to add to bottom corners. I took the Memory Boutique shaped chipboard and used gold mixative alcohol ink on it to make it gold. I then heated up some gold embossing powder (3 layers) and stamped my daughter's initial "D" into it before it cooled. Added the ribbons and chain to make it look like a purse.
  • Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch
  • gold and white glossy cardstock
  • journal
  • Memory Boutique shaped chipboard
  • alcohol inks, gold mixative and blending solution
  • Paper Shapers corner punch
  • Sizzix embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • gold embossing powder/heat gun
  • letter 'D' stamp
  • ribbons and chain

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #40---a sketch

The Cuttlebug Challenge blog this week had a sketch. Here is my entry. I am just lovin' the pink and black together! And I love my new Core'dinations papers!! Way too much fun!


  • Black Core'dinations paper w/pink core
  • sanding block
  • pink card
  • black and pink brads by Making Memories
  • pink silk flowers by Memory Boutique
  • corner punch from Stampin' Up!
  • black ink pad
  • Design Runner for sentiment
  • black w/white polka dot ribbon by American Crafts
  • Designer paper: Pirate Princess papers by the Rusty Pickle
  • Circles Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sometimes.....ya' just gotta LAUGH

The Cuttlebug Challenges blog has provided us with a woodsy creature challenge with a color palette of orange, lime green and turquoise. Additionally, they asked that we use twigs or stones or something else from nature.

Don't you just love the moment in a very frustrating situation when you realize---ya' just gotta laugh!!! I can't wait until such a situation comes up for a friend now because I have just the perfect card for that moment!!!

  • Friendly Forest paper from Colorbok
  • vellum sentiment: Friendly Forest line by Colorbok
  • deckle edged scissors
  • Distress inks by Ranger: Broken China and Dried Marigold
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Distressed Stripes
  • misc orange fiber
  • pop dots and glue dots
  • orange gel pen
  • twigs from outdoors
  • textured turquoise cardstock

I cut out a panel from the Friendly Forest papers w/owl on branch part. Added vellum sentiment; The right side I embossed w/folder and inked over w/Dried Marigold Distress inks; hand wrote two parts of sentiment w/orange gel pen and cut out w/deckle edge scissors; inked edges w/sponge and Broken China Distress ink; adhered w/pop dots; added fibers and twigs to finish it off.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Challenge blog coming soon..........

A little plug for a new challenge blog coming soon that I know I will be interested in. Check it out to see if it is up your alley or not.....................deanna

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired! #38

First picture is of the front and the second pic is of the inside of the card.
This week's Be Inpired! challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge is to use red, white and blue with buttons. Also, they are showcasing the new Cuttlebug Star Embossing Folder. Since it is not yet released, we are to use the Swiss Dot embossing folder in our designs (but their design team used the new folder so check out their creations!!). The new Star Folder has a repeated star pattern----with the stars being a bit larger and more "tented' if you will---meaning a deeper impression. Being inspired by the embossing folder, I decided to hand cut my own stars and use my stylus to make score lines from the tip of each point of the star and folding to re-create that 'tented' look on the folder. I ran two of these white stars thru the Cuttlebug w/Swiss Dot ef and then inked over using a direct to paper techique on the stars to pop the dots and tented edges of each point. Additionally, I used the new Core'dination paper (the dark blue w/light blue core) for the center hand cut star and sanded the 'tented' egdes of each point to reveal the light blue center of the paper. These papers are SO much fun to use with your Cuttlebug embossing folders----and our Joann's just started carrying them (thanks again June!). I used foam dots to maintain the dimension of the stars before adhering them over the red and white striped ribbon strip on card. Added the buttons to the center of each star.
I used a stamp I had that looked like a firework spray for the background effect on the white panel on the card and also as a background under the sentiment in the inside. I used my Design Runner w/red ink cartridge and Greetings cartridge to print out "Celebrate". I cut this sentiment out using my deckle edge scissors. The sentiment inside was stamped w/both inks on white paper and cut out using these same scissors. Both sentiment panels were inked using a sponge for a kind of distressed look.
Supplies and tools:
  • Distress ink pads: Fire Brick Red and Broken China
  • buttons and ribbon from my stash
  • red and white cs from my stash
  • Core'dination paper: Dark blue w/light blue core
  • sanding block
  • sponge
  • Clear Stamps by Marcella K: firework spary and Happy July 4th
  • foam adhesive dots
  • deckle edged scissors
  • Design Runner
  • stylus/ruler

Floral Giggle Tag for Sheryl

My friend Sheryl had seen a birthday card I made for a blog challenge last month and requested she get it as her birthday card. So, I decorated the inside special for her but I couldn't not make her something special just for her for her birthday. I ended up making her this giggle tag using some of the items we purchased together at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention that we attended together last weekend.

I haven't had any projects to blog lately. I was beginning to think I had lost my mojo altogether when my Design Diva friend, June called (actually an enabler call to inform me that Joann's now carries Coredination papers---but I digress). While we were chatting on the phone I was working on this tag and by the time the phone call was finished I had completed this tag. I teased her that the inspiration came thru the phone lines----she IS one of the new DT members for the one and only Cuttlebug Challenge Blog :)

So here is what I used and what I did:


  • Tim Holtz's Ideology mini masks: florets
  • Distress ink pads: Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo
  • sponge
  • white Perfect Pearls by Ranger
  • mini mister by Ranger
  • tag from Tim Holtz's booth at the convention
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder: Script
  • misc fibers
  • postage stamp stamp by Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
  • Adage Tickets by Tim Holtz: giggle
  • metal photo corner by Memory Boutique
  • image was cut out of vintage image paper (unknown)

I used the floret masks with distress inks and sponge to create flower and flourish on tag; ran it thru the Cuttlebug w/embossing folder and inked over w/Vintage photo ink; inked edges of adage ticket and vintage sqaure and attached; attached metal photo corner; stamped postage stamp image on top left; inked mesh ribbon in the Worn Lipstick inkpad; adhered both ribbons to tag; sprayed entire tag with mister filled w/water mixed with white Pearl Ex for shimmery effect. Can you tell that Tim Holtz's booth was my fav at the convention?!?!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge's Countdown to CHA

You don't want to miss out on this!!!! Checkout their blog on the different challenges to enter and win!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Final Father's Day card for the hubby/Use Your Stash Challenge

This is my final Father's Day card. It is for my hubby. He is obviously into his motorcyles. The top pic is of the front of the card. Middle pic is the inside. The bottom pic is of the picture we bought for him for his Father's Day present (used it for the inspiration for the card; thought it would be cute to make a matching card for the present). It is for the Use Your Stash Challenge blog---this week's challenge was to use paint.
Here is what I used:
Black cardstock for card base
Making Memories Scrapbook Acrylic Paints: Black, Red, Grocery Bag, White
Stampin' Up! Born to Ride stamp set for images on front
Stampin' Up All Year Cheer II for sentiment inside card
I have NEVER painted before but have to say I had a BLAST. I really only painted the background and mimiced the actual painting but that was way too much fun! I also used the paints on the stamps to stamp the images and sentiment.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day card for DH

This is the sweet card I made for my sweet hubby for Father's Day. I managed to fit it into 5 challenges. Here they are:

Cuttlebug Challenges-Be Inspired #36: Father's Day/Masculine card using grungeboard

Cuttlebug Spot #35: Father's Day/Masculine card (is that cheating---hee hee)

Heart Hugs Designs: Etsy Inspired---from the Naturally Felt shop (dino bag)

Our Creative Corner: Border punches

What I used:

  • grungeboard

  • Distress inks: Peeled Paint and Tea Dye

  • Cuttlebug embossing folders: Distressed Stripes and Mosaic

  • olive green cs

  • clear stamps by Studio G

  • EK Success border embossing punch

  • Dino from Basic Grey: Archaic line----chipboard

  • kraft paper from The Paper Company

  • pop dots

I embossed the grungeboard w/distressed stripes eb and inked up with Peeled Paint distress ink then added to card (made out of kraft paper); embossed a square of the kraft paper w/mosaic ef and inked over top w/Tea Dye distress ink; layered on a green panel onto card; added dino. Stamped sentiment on kraft paper and inked edges; cut strip of green cs and edged top and bottom w/embossing border punch. Layered stamped sentiment on top and pop-dotted onto card.