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?!?!!