Saturday, March 28, 2009

World Record Inspirational BLOG HOP!

Edit: The link is now working! Sorry for the mix-up!

Welcome to Unity's World Recover Inspirational BLOG HOP! Wow, I'm thrilled to be a part of this awesome event.

If you want to start at the beginning go to Angela's blog. She also has some really great specials going on in her store so check them out here.

I won't hold you up since I know there are a ton of other blogs we all wan to visit so here are the deets to my card:

The base of my card is Clear Cardstock. I used one of my fav Unity stamp kits: Hey Chick! I stamped these cuties onto several different Basic Grey designer papers and paper pieced them together onto white paper. (Click on the images to get a closer look!)

I used oval and scallop oval nestabilities for the base for the birdies. The cool heart is from the center of Creative Memories' new Sweet Heart Maker. (More about this fun punch at the end of this post). I embossed the clear cardstock with Cuttlebug's "With Love" embossing border. I added a little bling to the centers of the flowers. (I LOVE this effect on the cardstock!)

On the inside of the card I folded some pink cardstock and adhered the cute Heidi Grace dp. The purple dp is from Anna Griffin and punched with Martha Stewart punch.

View of the inside of the card.

See how the pink paper in the center opens to allow the sender to write their own thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. Now stop on by
Emily's Blog: Buzzy Blogger
and see what she has prepared for today's blog hop!

Here is what the CM Sweetheart maker does:Unfortunately the Sweetheart Maker is on backorder but will be in stock sometime in April. Isn't it cute?! Interested? Contact me.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Watercolor Rose

I made this card for last week's sketch challenge on StampTV and also a challenge on SCS (Splitcoast Stampers) .

I used Melanie's "A Year Of Flowers" and stamped the rose in Ridinghood Red and I stamped the leaves in Garden Green and embossed both in clear embossing powder. (I stamped them all on watercolor paper) I used my waterbrushes and Peerless Water Colors to watercolor the images. The "thank you" sentiment was from Rupa's "So Grateful". I also popped up the rose and all the leaves on pop-up dots to give them fun dimension. The DP is an old DCWV Spring matstack from several years ago. I embossed the bottom of the card with a cuttlebug border and rubbed a reddish-pink "metallic rub-on" onto the raised part.

I have to admit that I'm quite happy with how the water coloring turned out. The peerless watercolors are sheets of paper with the watercolor on them. I took a ninji waterbrush and touched the tip to the color of my choice. I then colored the rose petals adding more water to lighten the color as I needed and even leaving some areas white. Of course I did the leaves the same way. Here's a picture of what it looks like. Very interesting and cool way to watercolor at a very good price! hhhmmm.... I wonder if I should invest some stock in Gina K Designs? ;-)

I also have this lovely card on my wall right where I can enjoy it... that is until I send it off to a very special person who has probably thought I've forgotten to thank her properly. I am usually soooooooo slow at mailing things. My poor brother and his wife are still waiting for their Christmas card w/gift! *sigh* Whatever are we going to do with me???

Ladybug Party

I made this fun card for two challenges. The first challenge was for Gina K's Release Party challenge #3 - a sketch. I really enjoyed making this fun card since the other challenge was to make a funny card - Paper Garden Projects Birthday Blog Bash week 1). I used SU's "Very Punny" set. I found a matstack that I had purchased several years ago and it had a few sheets of this CUTE bug paper. Of course I had to use the ladybug from the SU set! I masked off the sentiment which is directly below the bug, inked it in black, took off the tape and stamped it. I also stamped it again, colored it and then cut it out. I popped it up with a pop-dot after I had cut the main image out with the spellbinder, embossed it, masked off the ladybug and sponged around it with Bashful Blue. *deep breath!* lol The rest was easy. Cut, adhere and show it off!

In real life the ladybug really pops off the card and is the highlight of the party! I have it showcased directly in front of my laptop on my craft room wall. FUN! (I also have other cards on my wall too. I'm trying to clean up a bit so I can take some photos of my work space and craft room.)

You can probably see in the picture below that the ladybug is floating in front of the card. lol

Here's the inside of the card. This time the ladybug is flat... but still so cute!

More to come in a few minutes!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Do you remember THIS post? Well, this card won the color challenge on StampTV and I get to choose one stamp set from Gina K's store! I LOVE the stamps she has to sell and so of course I already own several sets... so how do I choose just ONE? LOL

I finally did choose a set and I chose "Friendship Blooms". Karl helped me choose the set since I just couldn't decided on my own. Karl saw a couple of other sets that he liked and I said, "I already have that one". I guess I had better get them out and use them in more challenges, huh?

I just thought I'd let you all know my FUN news and to encourage you to go to StampTV if you stamp, and enter in some of their challenges because guess what? They choose winners RANDOMLY! haha! If you participate you have just as much of a chance of winning as a professional designer. Cool, huh? I've made some fun friends on StampTV as well so you might as well give it a shot. Who knows? Maybe I'll win again? *crossing fingers*

Thanks for stopping by! More cards coming up a bit later!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Silhouette Butterfly

I made this card using Jessica's sketch on StampTV from 3/5. I was also doing a black/white color challenge from Kwernerdesign Blog Color Inspiratioon #45. I stamped the butterfly from Gina K's "Take Flight" set onto black cardstock and embossed it in white. The layers of DP are from Making Memories and other unknown brands (scraps from previous projects. I didn't have a black ribbon (although Robyn tried to give one to me during Gina K's Release Party last night - LOL ) ..... so I took some white ribbon and colored it with my black copic marker. Genius! I have seen other crafters use copics to color buttons and even flowers so I figured it should work on ribbon - and it did! YAY!

The punches I used were EK Success's dotted scallop - my new favorite punch! And on the inside I also used Fiskar's threading water. I also used SU's ticket punch in the corners and Kasier pearls. *deep breath* Did I remember everything? LOL

Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a side view.

This is the inside of the card

I've really been having fun in my craft room... can you tell?
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Inspired Card:

This card is Spring inspired. Little Sophia is out hunting Easter Eggs. I made this card for the "Spring Fever Challenge" at Pink Persimmon. The sketch I used was from Our Creative Corner Sketch 28. I used my new stamp Paper Prettie's Hippity Hop Sophia. The DP is DCWV and the great shinny white (stripes) and shinny yellow is from The Paper Temptress. Isn't it awesome? I colored Sophia using my Copics.

Inside of the card. I did some paper piercing but I'm not sure if you can see it very well.

Side view hoping that you can see the shinny papers. LOVE this stuff.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mojo Monday 77 & color challenge

I made this card for Cammie's color challenge on Stamp TV. I used my houndstooth embossing folder (by cuttlebug) to emboss the light pink card. I stamped one of the images from SU's "Pocket Silhouettes" in black onto light pink paper. I used my NEW EK success's dotted scallop on the bottom of both the small light pink paper as well as the black frame. The DP is Stampin' Up. The brads and pink ribbon are from my stash. (In case you can't see, the DP has both red and pink in it)

I also used the sketch from Mojo Monday week 77. I love their sketch challenges.

Here is a different view of the card.

I'll be posting another card in a few minutes!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Butterfly Card

Here is a card that I made for Kwernerdesign's Color Inspiration #44, Mojo Monday's sketch challenge # 76 and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday (March 2) which was to use Spellbinders die cuts. I used my JustRite Harmony Classic Circle Stamper III to stamp the main image. I love how the sentiment has a butterfly with it and one of the papers that I used also has butterflies.

I used some really fun paper for this card. The paper with butterflies and the pink strip is from DCWV's "The Garden Party Stack". It has glitter and so many fun prints! The shiny white paper is from the Paper Temptress. It has really cool swirls to it. It's called the Vintage Silver Lustre (at least I'm pretty sure that's what it's called... it's from an awesome pack that I recently won as Blog Candy!) It's soooooo purdy! I hope you can see some of the shiny swirls and the glitter on the butterflies in the picture below. The card is Stampin Up's Chocolate Chip.

Here is the inside of the card. Of course the pretty white paper is too pretty to cover up so I used my spellbinders label die cut to remove the middle of the paper that is on the front of the card (and was going to be covered up by the butterfly paper) and adhered it to the center of the inside of the card.

The tiny heart border was punched out using my new EK Sucess punch that I bought at Michaels. So many punches... so little time. (and money! lol)

Hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stopping by!