Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I used Noel for my card. He's just a sweetie and trying so hard to find his Christmas cheer. I colored him with copics and cut out the image with the Peony nestie. My papers are single sheets that I picked up at Hobby Lobby and the sentiment is from the PMS Little Moments sentiment set. I used the TESC #134 for inspiration for the layout.
The next stop on the hop is Tina so go see what holiday fun she has for you. Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I've been trying my hand at square cards lately and used the Mojo Monday 167 sketch for this card. The papers are from the DCWV Christmas Combo matstack. The sentiment is a Paper Makeup Stamps sentiment that can be found here and just happens to be one of my favorites. I stamped the sentiment with cranberry ink and embossed it with A La Mode sparkle embossing powder. It adds a nice little shimmer to it. My photo skills aren't great but if you enlarge the photo, it shows up a little better.
The ribbon is from my ribbon box and the Prima flowers are centered with a Spare Parts glitter brad. Thanks for stopping by today!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I just have to share a story that happened yesterday. I came home from work at noon because I really didn't feel well (and that's pretty usual for me). My dd skyped us last night and my husband was talking to our grandsons when the oldest asked, "Where's Gramma?" "She doesn't feel good", dh replied and turned the laptop toward me as I'm laying on the couch feeling really lousy. My sweet 4 year old grandson decided he would sing me a song to make me feel better. He sang I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (or at least the first two or three lines). It must be something new he's learning at pre-school because I had never heard him sing that one before! If there was anything that could make me feel better, that was definitely it! (I went back to work today.)
And now for my card. I've always been a little fearful of coloring the Moody girls from Paper Makeup Stamps but I decided to give it a try since I received Moody for Holly (found here) for my birthday. She just seemed to fit the color challenge this week at JUGS. I colored her with copics and framed her with a cut-out using the inverted scalloped circle nestie. My red dp is My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary collection. The sentiment is also from Paper Makeup Stamps.
Hope everyone finds Christmas in their heart this holiday season.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This is the Nutcracker from the November release at Paper Makeup Stamps. Isn't he handsome? He's colored with copics and I used a gelly roll glitter pen in Copper Star on his buttons, epaulets, and hat. He's cut with the Labels Four nestie and the edge is smudged with Color Box prussian blue fluid chalk ink. I used 1/8" ribbon to create the "star/snowflake/sunburst" embellie and added a Kaiser Craft pearl to the center.
I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week has wonderful day. Don't eat too much!! :)
Monday, November 15, 2010
I'm really liking my new Lacey Circles nestie. You may be seeing it alot! And now a cinnamon dolce latte is sounding so gooood.... :)
The challenge over at Just Us Girls this week (JUGS #59) is to make a gate-fold card. I hadn't done one of these before. I stamped the Paper Makeup Stamps sentiment on patterned pattern from Debbie Mumm's Noah's Ark Paperpack. I cut the sentiment and a backing with the Labels Fifteen nestie. The panels are from the same paperpack. (but I bet you could have figured that out!) My closure really does tie with a bow through the button. I'm not sure the recipient of my card will find it easy to "put back together" as it's a little tricky to thread that little ribbon through the button. :)
Have a great week!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Merry Christmas w/Holly and Christmas Light papers are The Paper Studio. I added some bling to my paper pieced tree and sparkled up the star with Stickles. I got lots of new stamps, some news inks and new stickles for my birthday a few weeks ago so I'm hoping that you'll be seeing more from me in the next few weeks. I finally have my craft room "kind of" back in order since having every ceiling in our whole house painted plus 4 rooms and hallway. My craft room only had the ceiling painted but it became the storage space for everything we needed to move. We have LOTS of art work, posters, photos, etc. on all the walls of our house so it was quite a job taking everything down and then putting it all back up. Whew! We're happy with the new colors and I'm glad it's DONE! Have a great week and I hope to back soon.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Here's a couple closeup photos of individual cards.
My sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps and can be found here. I stamped it with Versafine black ink and cut it out with my circle nestie. I think it works very well for a wedding card. I used black cardstock to back the sentiment and cut the shape with my new Peony nestie. I added a few blue rhinestones and a double bow of black organza ribbon. What shows up as black blobs on the photo are actually large faceted black jet "jewels".
I added the star in the corner because the bride and the groom both have degrees in theatre performance and are moving to NYC early next year to begin their careers as professional actors. Here is a photo of the wedding invitation. They are great young adults who have a really bright future. It will be fun to celebrate with them this weekend.
Hope your weekend is fabulous!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I used one of the flourishes in Paper Makeup Stamps Dream Big set. I stamped it using Adirondack Eggplant ink and then embossed it with A La Mode sparkle embossing powder. The shine doesn't show up very well in my photo. The ribbon may have been in one of my Paper Makeup kits...or it was a gift from my dd. I'm not very good at remembering those things. :)
I hope I "see" lots of you at the Paper Makeup Release Party on Thursday (October 7). Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, September 20, 2010
My papers are from the Blushed Kaisercraft sampler pack I got at Paper Makeup Stamps and the sentiment is from the "When There's Nothing Left to Say" sentiment set. I combo'd organza and grosgrain ribbon to set off my sentiment. A CAS card for a heartfelt message.
Have a fabulous week!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
My mom (who is 88!) is coming to visit for a few weeks so my crafting time will be limited for a while but I'm so happy she is still able to come and stay here. She lives in Nebraska and my sister is bringing her to my house and I'll take her home in mid-October. She moves very slowly due to arthrytis but still knits or embroiders nearly every day. Enjoy any time you have with your family. It's precious!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I was going for bright and cheery and the dp is from A Day at the Beach paper pack by The Paper Studio. I used by scalloped oval nestie for the sentiment and then I stamped the bee on it letting it go over the edge. I stamped the bee again and colored it and popped it up using a foam dot. I put stickles on the bees wings and created a little "fly line" with gold bling. Here's a close up that shows it a little better.
The edges of the scalloped oval are sponged with memento ink in angel pink. The yummy striped ribbon was a gift from my dd. :)
Hope you're having a great week!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This is a little card, literally. It is a gift card and is 3" x 3". It went along with my gift at a baby shower/brunch for a friend who is having their first child in October. It's a girl and her name will be Clara Rose. She's due on October 20 and her mom hopes she comes that day so her birthday will be 10/20/2010 :)
The papers are from the Echo Park Life is Good mini kit and the flowers are from the Will to Day Dream kit at PMS. The center of the flower is a sparkly brad from Spare Parts. There are two sentiments on this little card.
The one on the outside is a simple sentiment from Paper Makeup Stamps. I added the Little Baby soft and sweet poem/sentiment (also from PMS) on the inside. The card stock was textured so it didn't stamp as clearly as I'd hoped. The colors on this card are pink, brown, and aqua for the challenge from the Paper Makeup September Release party. There's still time to play. You have until midnight on Tuesday, 9/14 to enter and there are prizes!
Friday, September 10, 2010
The Autumn fairy weaves her spell
Spreads out her cloth of gold
Adorns the fields and woodlands both
With the riches of days so old
Displaying Nature's glory
For soon cold Winter's dismal gloom
Will tell a different story
My card was created as a thank you for colleagues who host an "end-of-summer/beginning-of-school cookout every year. I used fall colors and "Will" from The Will to Daydream PMS kit. The papers in the kit are wonderful, fun, mostly bright colors so the papers on this card are not from the kit. I wanted to have him laying on grass or leaves but was afraid to try to color that in and end up ruining my image since I thought he'd turned out pretty well. And I just don't have that "sponging" technique down yet either. I just need to keep practicing. :)
The inside is stamped with a sentiment from the Everyday Thanks sentiment set. The foks at the cookout are all colleagues from the College of Fine Arts so the Shakespeare quote is especially appropriate.
Thanks to you for visiting today!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The design team over at Paper Makeup has been showing fabulous sneak peeks for the September new releases. Stop by the Release Party in the PMS Forum on September 7 at 9 p.m. EST. There are prizes and maybe you'll win something!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The patterned papers are from the Summer Dreams matstack (I think) and the cardstock is from my stash that my dd gave to me. :) The flower is Prima that I fastened on with a button and some carpet thread. I finished the inside of this card so it really is a birthday card. Here is the inside of my card.
This also fits the Flutter By Wednesday challenge. I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful Danni card. I was surprised and honored to get one of her beautiful creations in the mail. "Just because" cards are the best!!
Have a "fairy" happy day!!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This week's Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge is for the main image to be a circle and to use 4 of the same embellishment to celebrate a 40th birthday. My card uses several things from The Will to Day Dream kit from Paper Makeup Stamps (found here). The cloud paper, the orange cardstock base, the wonderful wordart, and the fun "sun" are all from the kit. The green flowered dp is Provo Craft's In the Meadow and the buttons are from my button stash. I strung the buttons/flowers together with embroidery floss and used copics to color in some of the letters on the sentiment.
Have a sunny week!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Using turquoise, lime and kraft are the challenge for this week's Makeup 4 the Weekend at Paper Makeup Stamps. I've been traveling, having company (our two adorable grandsons stayed with us for 4 days while momma was at CHA), and then more traveling so I haven't crafted for quite a bit. I was ready to try to play this week! I used PMS's Angie and colored her with copics. My dp is from the Summer Dreams matstack and the matting behind my dp almost matches too well. You can hardly see it in the photo. I had trouble finding a good way to include kraft so it's pretty small, but it mats the sentiment! Angie has a cute heart shaped bubble but I covered it up this time with some turquoise rhinestones. My sentiment is also from Paper Makeup and can be found here.
The students are moving back to campus and things are started to buzz. Classes begin next Monday so it will be a crazy week. Hope life is good wherever you are!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This one is on kraft colored paper, has the stitching done and I've started adding the white beads in Santa's beard and the red beads on his hat. They
are pretty hard to see in the photos.
In the next two, I've completed the stitching and beading but haven't cut them out of the paper yet. They are about 2 1/2 - 3 " tall when completed.
Here's one more that is cut out,
backed with felt, and has a ribbon
added for hanging on the tree.
Everyone remember that the Paper Makeup August Release Party is Saturday night (August 7) at 8 p.m. EST! I can't be at this one because I'll be at a Ball State Theatre reunion with former students but I hope everyone has a great time chatting. There are great new Everyday Fairies (Carter and Tangii are my favorites!), new Moodies, new Wordart and former digi stamps that have been "rubberized". Check it out here if you've haven't already.
Summer is slipping away so fast. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The tiny flowers in the half circle and the star were stamped with bright pink ink and then embossed with sparkle embossing powder. I stamped a sentiment on the back of the "card".
I was reasonably happy with my first try and I called my daughter to tell her about my purchase. This was quite surprising because I rarely (never) buy any stamping supplies without her guidance. After some excellent suggestions from her, I tried more embossing and here is card #2.
It doesn't show up in the photo but the silhouette flowers are embossed with clear embossing powder and have a lovely shine. The card is a pretty simple one as I was mostly practicing my embossing. Thanks for allowing me to share my experiments.
Details of the paper, ink, punches,etc.
Circle card: DP from the Summer Dreams matstack
Cardstock from Flower Shower matstack
Blossom and Lg. Circle nestabilities
Stampabilities bright pink pigment ink
A la mode Sparkle embossing powder
satin ribbon from my ribbon box
Star stamp and Sentiment from Starstruck set by Paper Makeup Stamps
Silhouette card: Cardstock from my stash provided by my dd :)
DP from the Summer Dreams matstack
Flower Stamps from Faith, Hope, Love set by Paper Makeup Stamps
Onyx Black Versafine ink
A la mode clear embossing powder
Sentiment first released as a "thank you for your order" from PMS but now available for purchase
organdy ribbon, satin ribbon, and buttons from my ribbon box and button box
Fiskar diamond punch
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Where has the summer gone? I can't believe that July is half over! This week's Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps was to use felt. I had to go digging to find felt. I knew I had some when I made my grandsons' Ninja Turtles halloween costumes but if there was any left, it was nowhere to be found today. I did find some green felt that I use to back cross-stitched and beaded Christmas ornaments. I'll show one of the ornaments (the base is perforated paper) in another post sometime.
My card today uses papers and brads from the Celestial Possibilities kit at Paper Makeup. The sentiment is from the Friendly Flowers set (also PMS)
I wasn't sure it would work, but I cut my felt to back the big brad in my Cuttlebug with the Labels Two Nestabilities. I'm pleased with the way it sets off that gorgeous big brad.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The image is a fairy named "Rose" from Paper Makeup Stamps and the sentiment is from PMS as well.
I colored the image with copics and cut the image and the sentiment with the Labels Four nestie. I distressed the edges just a bit with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.
The patterned paper is from Debbie Mumm's paper pack called Noah's Ark (found on sale last week at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts).
The flower is prisma and just a little bling finishes it off.
Here's another photo at a slightly different angle. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I've had the Celestial Possibilities kit from Paper Makeup since it was released and have not done anything with it so I decided that's what I would use to create a window card for the Makeup for the Weekend challenge. This is my first window card and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
After I put the rhinestone in the center of the blossom punch, I thought of the gorgeous brads that came with the kit :( And that corner still looks like it needs something else to me.
I used a scalloped rectangle nestie for the Celeste image and colored it with copics (although I do not have the coloring ability that my daughter has!). I added some stickles to the stars and moon. I used the blossom nestie to create the window and again for the patterned pattern that shows through the window. The sentiment is from the Dream Big set (also PMS). Here's the inside of the card.
The button (which I found in a drawer while looking for something else!) has stars and moons on it although it's hard to see if the first photo so
I took a closeup of the button.
I hope everyone's fondest dreams come true.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This card is one I made a few weeks ago in anticipation of her arrival. Catie Rose's nursery is decorated in lavendar and sage green so I made the card to go with her room. (It's true, she is very likely to be just a tad bit spoiled... :)
The sentiment is from the May release at Paper Makeup Stamps stamped with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves. The dp is by Paper Pizazz, flower is prima, gemstones from The Paper Studio and Offray satin ribbon. Everyone have a babeautiful day!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I just love "summer" food; watermelon, hamburgers grilled outside, corn on the cob, potato salad..... There's no reason we can't eat those foods all year long but they just taste better in the summertime! My card today uses Paper Makeup Stamps' "Picnic Duo" for the All Things Food challenge.
I tried cutting out the image for the first time and that's no easy task! I colored it using copics after I cut it out and I'm thinking I should have colored it first but I didn't want to color it and then ruin it by trying to cut it out if it didn't work. :) I used the Labels Two nesties along with grass paper, DP from the Summer Dreams matstack, kelly green organdy ribbon and turquoise satin ribbon, a Prima flower with a SpareParts sparkly brad and some stickles on the fairy wings. My sentiment is also a Paper Makeup Stamp from the Lucky Me Sentiment set. My talented and generous daughter gave me a huge stack of various colors of cardstock for Mother's Day which I love but that means I don't have any idea what the color names are for the cardstock.
Hope you all are enjoying yummy "summer goodies"!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I got a free notebook at a series of meetings I had to attend last week and thought this would be great to take in the car for the boys to draw in. Now I've not done any 'altering' in the papercrafting world although I've done LOTS of altering in my sewingcostume making days and thought I'd give altering this notebook a try. I covered it with green cardstock and then some dp that is called Jurassic from The Paper Studio. I added a Paper Makeup stamp image of Stegster that I colored with my copics and added 4 buttons to the side because 4 is the 4-year old's favorite number! I kept it pretty simple because I figured lots of embellishments wouldn't last long. :)
Have a great week!
Monday, May 10, 2010
My hubby is away visiting his mom for a few days but it's a really busy time for me at work (which is why I didn't go along to see my MIL) so I don't think I'll get much crafting done, but the great thing is I don't feel like I have to clean up each time. I can just shut the door to my crafting space to keep the dogs out. No cleaning for me 'til Wednesday!
Have a great week!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I used a PMS stamp -"Ashlie", prima flowers, double sided design paper that I bought a long time ago at Funky Munky Scraps and brads from Spare Parts. Hemie's (what all her grandchildren call her instead of grandma) favorite color has always been aqua so I hope she likes this. I wish I had a Happy Mother's Day stamp for the right hand corner. Maybe I'll try to print something on the computer and add it yet.
Everyone have a great day!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Granted, I used the sailboat in the "Sailing By" set by PaperMakeup Stamps and the shapes were pretty simple but I like to start easy! I cut out my image and my sentiment with my Spellbinders ovals and chalked around the edges with Prussian Blue from Cats Eye. The little piece of twine was stolen from my hubby's "junk" table in the garage. I hope everyone has a great day!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Image: Carma by Papermakeup Stamps colored with Copics
DP: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Brads: JoAnn Scrap Essentials
Flower: from Hobby Lobby
I hope everyone is having a lovely spring day!