Monday, February 27, 2012

Simon Says Stamp Challenge- 3 papers

Here I go with another card entry into the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I love SSS.  They have such a great variety of things-- and they sell PENNY BLACK!!! :)

Here's my card for the challenge (click HERE to see the challenge):
I used 3 different pattern papers.  I used a new Penny Black ("Mimi" series) image and colored it with Copics. I applied Glossy Accents to the umbrella.  The image was cut out using a Spellbinders diecut.  The sentiment came from My Creative Time.    I used a Spellbinder diecut to border the sentiment.  The ink I used was Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up) and I did use my Tim Holtz' piercer to make little holes in the scallops.

I thought this would be a nice card for OWH.  What do you think?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Let's Get Physical, Physical...

I LOVE this image...  It reminds me of Olivia-Newton John's "Let's Get Physical." (What a video!!! -- It's the headbands).  The background was created with Distress Inks (Concord Grape and Milled Lavender as well as Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage).  I colored with Copics (and a Silver Gel Pen).  I also put flocking powder on the towel.  The sentiment came from Hero Arts Clear Stamps (CL351 "Friends"), purchased at Michaels. I embossed with Martha Stewart Dove Powder.  I cut the scallop circle with Spellbinders nestabilities.  I used my Tim Holtz piercer to pierce holes in the scallop.  I glued that pierce to another white scallop so that the white would show through the pierced holes.  I popped it up on a foam square.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tremendous Treats with Paper Trey Ink

Here is a series of cards I made because I wanted to play with my Tremendous Treats - Valentines stamp set.  I colored the images with Copics.  I also incorporated some background stamps that I've been wanting to play with. 

Background stamp is from Hero Arts

Background is a Hero Arts CLING 'dots' stamp

Have a great weekend, everyone.

PS: Go check out Jennifer McGuire's site. She has the promo code to get 10% off of Hero Arts supplies.  [Check out those new ink pads.]  The code is good until 2/29/12.
AND I see that they have the Penny Black LONDON stamps in their stock (well, the ones I want are 'sold out.'  BUT AT LEAST THEY HAVE THEM!!!!) yay!!!


He's hilarious.  He is so funny. 

"Going Buggy" with Cardztv Stamps

Here is my fourth card featuring Mary's "Going Buggy" cardstamp set.

You can find more of Mary's fabulous stamps HERE.  

I used a Hero Arts CLING stamp with white ink on pink paper.  I cut the buggy from Simply Charmed (Cricut).  The stamped face is from Peachy Keen stamps.  The paper is actually white cardstock but I made the flesh color using Tea Dye Distress ink.  The black wheels are actually white cardstock that was inked with Black Soot Distress Ink as was the pink fringe to the buggy.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress ink to color the fringe.  The sheen on the buggy is from pink Liquid Pearl.  Pink Stickles were used on the bow. 
The sentiment was stamped with Melon Mambo.  I cut the corners on the white sentiment cardstock by hand and layered it on rectangle pink cardstock.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cricut Challenge with Cardztv "Going Buggy" stamp!

Here is my third card featuring the Going Buggy set from Cardztv
I'm actually entering a challenge (Shock.... Awe).  It's Mary's Cricut Challenge.  See HERE.

You have until February 28, to enter.  All you need to do is incorporate stitching (faux or real).

This card that I made used an EK Success (3-layer) butterfly punch with various color pattern paper.  I used my Tim Holtz paper piercer and stitched with a needle and embroidery thread that I had purchased at Michaels.  I also used clear Stickles on the butterfly wings.
The sentiment is from Mary's "Going Buggy" sentiment set (found HERE).    I stamped it with Jenni Bowlin's Lavender Sachet. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Bee Happy" with Cardztv Stamps

Here's my second card featuring Cardztv Stamps (card # 1 can be found on the post of February 21, 2012).  

For this card, I used a combination of two Penny Black background stamps from the clear stamps called "Trims."  I stamped them in white ink and Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up).
I cut two mattes from Elegant Edges (Green and the pattern paper). The bee came from Create a Critter (Cricut) with Liquid Pearl on the antennaes and distressed with Tea Dye ink.  Stickles were placed on the blue wings. "Bee Happy" was stamped in Melon Mambo and cut with a Spellbinders Nestability.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A week of Cardztv Stamps!!!!

I recently won a set of Cardztv Stamps over at Mary's blog.    Mary let me choose the set I'd like. I selected "GOING BUGGY." They're so cute. They can be used with colored stamped images or with Cricut Cartridges. PERFECT for Spring!

I have made a card for every day this week to showcase one of her sentiments!!!

Here we go with Card #1.

The image came from Campin' Critter (Cricut Cartridge).  I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to color the bear and Ranger's White/Enamel liquid drops for the eye.  The Banner came from Stand and Salute (Cricut Cartridge) and was distressed with my Tea Dye Distress Ink pad.  The green paper was stamped with a 'bee' stamp using Versamark Dazzle stamp. The bee hive was cut from Cricut's Create a Critter with textured Bazzill cardstock.  I took yellow Liquid Pearls to simulate honey dripping down the side.  I also drew by hand little lines on the bear paws to mimic digits.  The sentiment was stamped with Brown Sugar (Jenni Bowlin ink).

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fun with friends...

I was able to get together with friends in the last few days...
Today, I met with a fellow scrapping friend and we talked... crafting (of course), over Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt.  (Yummy Salted Caramel yogurt with seasalt sprinkled on it).  It tasted like a toasted marshmellow.

Here is a paper box that she made me.  She is sooo good about the finite details in her cards and projects (including scrapping)...
Look how she topped this box.  She is SOOO CRAFTY!!!  :)

The tutorial for this box is here....

The other day, I got together with friends for some Southwestern food. 

Of course, we HAD to start off with a margarita.


Yellow corn tortillas filled with sautéed shrimp, asparagus and red bell peppers. Topped with a peach and cranberry salsa and accompanied by zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus and southwest turmeric rice.

A warm chocolate raspberry-pear cake is oozing with a white chocolate center and topped with fresh whipped cream.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Good friends....

I hope you all have good friends in your life that you can laugh, eat, and cry with.  (Eating is a priority!!!)

Here's a super cute image from Penny Black (No! (gasp), Really?  Penny Black, again?).  It's from the clear Mimi stamps.  I just love Penny Black's cute cartoon images.

I used red cardstock from Paper Trey Ink, followed by white cardstock that I pressed through my Cuttlebug with a swirls embossing folder.  The corners were cut with a Corner Chomper.  I then used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut a red matte (red cardstock, stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp that I displayed on my post 2 entries ago).
The image was colored with Copics but for the flowers, I used Smooches Liquid Paint.

A little crispy cheer....

 AGH!  I cannot remember where I got this image. If I stumble upon it in my files later, I will update the information.  :( 

Ha!!! Sentiment came from Scrappy Mom's.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Comical Valentine's Card

Here's a comical Valentine's card...  This was made with a Dude Time Doodles image (colored with COPICS), Spellbinders die, Fiskar's punch, and Scrappy Mom's sentiment stamp.

A close - up view.

The 'phrase' is mine... stamped with Lawn Fawn (Jessie's ABC's) stamp with Black Tuxedo (Memento) ink.  The corners were punched with a 4 -variety corner punch by Fiskars (available at Michaels).  The red hearts are from Scrappy Mom's.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


This image is a Penny Black image from her "Mimi" series. I LOVE PENNY BLACK.  As you can see by my posts, I love her farm animal series but now, I have found her Mimi series-- just . so . cute!!!  (I'm waiting anxiously to get her London series--- check them out HERE.  Look at the farm animals driving the double decker bus!!!)
(If you want to see more of my Penny Black stamps, check my sidebar for "Penny Black.")

Here's my card from the Mimi Series:
 This was made with Spellbinders Nestabilities. The sentiment is from Scrappy Mom's stamps.  It was stamped in Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup ink.  The red matte with the image on it, is a Hero Arts background stamp (see the end of my post for the stamp).  I used Cough Syrup ink to stamp the image on the red cardstock.
The image is from Penny Black, colored with COPICS and Stickles were used to bling everything up.   Barn Door Distress Ink was used on the outside edge of the diecut image.  The white paper is THICK Paper Trey Ink cardstock.  I tried to keep it simple and clean... but it kinda looks plain.
Oh well...

Here is the inside of the card:
 The sentiment is from Scrappy Mom's. 

My personalized envelope.  Simple but theme-approriate.The hearts came from the Scrappy Mom's sentiment set.
Here is the background stamp that I used on the red Spellbinders matte:

Amuse-bouche:  Netflix now has streaming of the Supernatural TV series.  YAY!!!  Sam and Dean, 24 - 7.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sebastian's card

Creepy Glowbugg has a link to the story about a little boy who is going in for (another) surgery on 2/15/12.  His medical condition isn't one that most people have heard of... Arthrogryposis.   Please click on the link to learn more about Sebastian and his condition. 
***If you have an extra card, laying about, perhaps you could consider sending it to him.  :)
Here is the address to send the card to: 
c/o Ms. Brown's Class
Greynolds Park Elementary School
1536 NE 179 Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

and here is the link to his story.

Here is the card I made for him....

For the front of my card, I used the Hoot n Holler Cricut cartridge, Scrappy Mom's sentiment, and an Action Wobble.  The banner is Lawn Fawn, stamped in Jenni Bowlin ink.  The color of ink for the sentiment is Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz Distress Ink).  I used some glitter to bling up my owl.  

The inside sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. The cut out Giraffe is from the big pack of Recollections (Michaels) Zoo assortments.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Birthday!!!

Using one of my most favorite stamp series, Penny Black's (farm animals), I created this birthday card for my little friend, Hannah Banana.   I colored the image with COPICS and used Glossy Accents on the cow balloons.  Stickles were placed strategically on the image to bling it up.

This sentiment stamp is from Paper Trey Ink (stamped with Melon Mambo by Stampin' Up).  The hippo and the flower came from a package of Zoo embellishments from Michaels. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

A wedding gift box

Today we had a wedding shower for someone at work. I made my exploding gift box however THIS time, I made my own paper.  Here's my wedding gift box....
(for a video tutorial on the exploding box, click HERE)

I used a Hero Arts background stamp with VersaMark/clear embossing powder.  I then dabbed a combination of Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress STAINS and blended with a gloved finger.  The flowers came from the wedding section at Michaels.

Here's the lid.  I gathered some Recollections wired flowers into a bunch. I used a medium size DOT to glue it down.  Those things are super sticky!.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo (I've used it before on prior wedding gift boxes).  I used Tumbled Glass distress stains on the edge of the tag.
 When you open the lid... here's what you see. The car and phrases were cut from the Sweethearts cartridge (Cricut).  The matte that I wrote on was from Spellbinders. 
TO make it look like the doves and hearts were floating, I used clear sheets that I bought at Michaels (in the painting/water color section).  I inked the edges of the doves and hearts (from Sweethearts cartridge).  I used the thick red clear tape but it wasn't strong enough so I had to bond the strips with Glossy Accents. BOY That stuff worked great!!!
I put red bling for the tail lights and red Stickles for the license plate.  I used the Zip 2way glue and then sprinkled Crystal glitter to bling the car up.  I applied Tea Dye Distress Ink (brushed it with an ink pad) to the silhouettes of the man and woman). 

Here is the lovely shower cake we got the employee.  Isn't it gorgeous?  It was purchased at VON's grocery store and it was really yummy!!! (in case you're looking for a nice cake for a party).

One of my employees made these gorgeous cupcakes for the wedding shower potluck. The inside had strawberries and a cool-whip type spread. Isn't it beautiful?
She got the recipe from Giada de Laurentiis however I can't find it on the internet. It might be in one of her cookbooks.