Monday, November 15, 2010


This challenge is to pop up a sentiment. Well, that field is wide open and when I'm given that many choices I'm practically overwhelmed. I was this time...UNTIL I pulled out one of my new Pure Innocence stamps. Is she not the cutest little girl you've ever seen or what? I love the sentiment that came with it, too.

This was an easy card...believe it or least, it came together easy. The card base is white with another white panel on top of it that has been embossed with the Dotted Swiss EF. My favorite thing to do with these little Pure Innocence stamps is to paper piece. She just looks like pink to me. I first stamped her on white. Then I stamped her clothes on two sister pieces of designer papers. I even paper pieced her little flower on her blouse in the same as the pants.
I cut that piece from a rectangle Nestie and embossed, sponging Summer Sun and Cameo Coral for the sky and Old Olive for the ground. I cut another larger piece from Pretty in Pink and embossed it, too.

After this, I colored her with Copics and glued the clothing pieces on. I used a Fuschia Glitter Marker and colored her barrettes, shoes and the center of her little flower. Because the marker is wide, I went outside the lines a little on her shoes. I couldn't have that, so I thought to cut a little piece of grass to cover them. You can still see the shoes but you don't see the boo-boos...whew!!

Then I stamped the sentiment in Pretty in Pink then again in Rose Red. It kinda gave it a shadow. With the die still in place, I sponged Pretty in Pink around the edges. I had this pretty little pink ribbon so I added it and of course, I had to add some of my favorite butterflies. The sentiment was raised with foam adhesive and placed over the image piece.

I hope you like this card as much as I did making it.

Stamps: Pure Innocence-Being Cute is What I Do (MFT)
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, misc pattern papers for outfit
Ink: PIP, Rose Red, Summer Sun, Cameo Coral
Misc: Dotted Swiss EF, Rectangle and Circle Nestabilities, Copics, Ribbon, MS Triple Butterfly Punch, Grass die (MFT), foam adhesive


I did this in a hurry and the silver layer got bent. I hate it because it is generally a cute card. This challenge is to use blue and white with a bonus to use silver.

Base card is Bashful Blue. A panel of white embossed Dotted Swiss was placed on the base. A piece of satin white ribbon was wrapped around the card base and tied with a piece of silver cord. The center of a 4" silver doily was cut out and a white circle was placed behind it to give it some stability. The silver piece was a tiny bit larger and since it was so thin it bent a little...grrrr!! An ornament was stamped in Bashful Blue and punched with the accompanying punch. A tiny light blue Kaiser Rhinestone was place din the middle.

Stamps: Ornament set (SU)
Ink: Bashful Blue
Paper: Bashful Blue, white
Misc: 4" Silver Doily, White Satin Ribbon, Silver cord, Blue Kaiser Rhinestone


Great challenge. You are to use the same image three times as a focal point. The first thing that came to my mind were these cute little stockings. This set has a double die for the two different size stockings. How cute is that?? First I die cut three little stockings. Then I took one of the stamps (since the image was to be the same) and stamped them on the die cut using Old Olive. Don't you just love clear stamps? It was so easy to do because you can see through the stamps to the die cut. Then I took a piece of Pure Poppy and Harvest Gold felt and die cut just the top part of the stocking to give me a cuff. I used my scissors to cut the length to fit. Then I added rhinestones, cotton balls and a tiny piece of Real Red ric-rac left over from a previous card and placed on the top of the middle one. Yellow Stickles were used on the ric-rac.

The card base is the next to largest Nestability circle. Be sure to cut it on the fold leaving a little bit of it out of the die to ensure you have a fold for the card. Cut and emboss the largest scalloped Nestability circle. Place this on top of the circular white base. Cut another piece of white and emboss it using the Dotted Swiss EF.

Take the little stockings and place them on the front with the center one raised on foam adhesive. I have the card propped against a styrofoam cup. You cannot see anything underneath the green scalloped piece. Hope you like it.

Stamps: Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: White, Wild Wasabi
Misc: Stocking Die (PTI), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, mini cotton balls, Rhinestones, Pure Poppy and Harvest Gold Felt (PTI), Dotted Swiss EF, Yellow Stickles


I don't think I've done a challenge to utilize "white space". I hope I left enough to be acceptably classified. I used another one of PTI's wonderful sets. I wish I owned all of them but as it is I hardly get time to use the ones I have (I have so many and keep an open Shopping Cart all the time...blush, blush).

Base card is white. A piece of Kraft Prints Pack was placed on the lower third of the card. Taupe Kraft Grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the seam. I had a pack of vintage stickers and used a bow with pearls and a rhinestone. "Amazing Grace" was stamped in Close to Cocoa. A sentiment from the same set was stamped inside. It reads "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller" Let me know what you think.

Stamps: (PTI) Out on a Limb Sentiments
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Paper: White, Kraft Prints Pack (ret. SU)
Misc: Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon (Wal-Mart), Vintage Bow Sticker (Michael's)


This challenge is to make a Thank You card. Base card is black followed by a red panel. A piece of pattern paper was used on the bottom and placed on a white piece of cardstock. I used my new PTI ric-rac die...I LOVE it!! It is so cute and it's long so you can make a long strip. This piece was placed over the seam. I used PTI's Thank You stamp from Big & Bold Wishes. You must get this set. It's great. The inside was lined with white and another strip of red ric-rac. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: (PTI) Big & Bold Wishes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Black, Real Red, White, Speciality Cardstock (Me & My Big Ideas-black and white stack)
Misc: (PTI) Ric-Rac die


This challenge was to make a card using fabric, cotton, flocking and the sort. I chose this really cute little image. I love this set! I love stamps that make me smile; I enjoy every minute I'm using them just giggling and smiling like I was in grade school again. Okay, I've said it, it doesn't take much for me. If it's cute or whimsical I usually love it.

I believe the set is called "Nikki and Friends"...I'm sorry, I can't remember and it is not listed anywhere. The whole set of three are just adorable. After stamping and coloring with Copics, I added tiny little cotton balls for the snowballs and Stardust Stickles for the snow drifts and on the lake. Don't they look cute just waiting for a skater to come by and whopp 'em one??? Look at the mischieveousness on that face. The base card is Bashful Blue with a white panel embossed with Snow Dots EF. There's a piece of light blue Martha Stewart self adhesive felt borders on the bottom. The main image was cut out using an oval Nestability and embossed. Hope you like it. It was a very fun card to make.

Stamps: "Nikki & Friends"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Bashful Blue, White
Misc: Mini cotton balls, StarDust Stickles, Copics, various SU inks for sponging sky, Snow Dots EF, Oval Nestability.

Lots of Challenges=Lots of Fun

I have finally completed and photographed all my challenges from VSN this weekend. So far, my Internet connection is holding on. It has been coming and going. I will post each challenge separately so I can link to it directly. Hold on, here goes...

The first one is NOV10VSNA to make a Christmas card without using red or green. I chose this wonderful old time Santa from Flourishes. I used Taken with Teal and Fruit Punch Stickles for my alternative to red and green. Fruit Punch is a pinkish orange, not red. He was stamped in Chocolate Chip and left as a silhouette with his eyes and the berries on his hat stickled. Being left as a subtle image, the sparkle really brings it to life. Base card is white followed by a piece of Kraft embossed with the Textile EF and distressed. Taken with Teal was distressed next and taped down. The main image has been described and was not distressed.

Stamps: Flourishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: White, Kraft, Taken with Teal
Other: Textile EF, Teal (don't remember the name) and Fruit Punch Stickles

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

NOV10VSNJ-On Cloud 9

The theme for VSN today is "On Cloud 9". Hostesses are presenting some good challenges. I'm so excited to be asked to host one of them. My challenge to you is to make a card of something you see in the air. It can be anything from butterflies, birds, trees, skyline, clouds, rain, planes, etc. You can use punches, stamps, stickers, designer papers, rub-ons or chipboard. It's your call. Take it easy and let's see what you got to share.

My first one I used Sahara Sand as a base. I used PTI's Wise Owl set. I stamped the large outline owl on pattern paper and cut it out; as well as the belly of the owl. The belly was raised on the main image. Eyes and nose were stamped on white scrap and black stickles were used on the eyes. When the owl was cut out and put together, foam adhesive was used to make it pop off the card. I used Always Artichoke for SU's Little Leaves and MS's leaf punch. Always Artichoke was also used on top of the base card. The ivory on top of that was embossed with Cuttlebug EF Distressed Stripes. I've always thought it looked kind of like a woodgrain pattern. I put Green Organdy Ribbon (SU ret.) across the bottom with Ivory Grosgrain on top of it and attached it to the Artichoke piece. The leaves were tucked between the top ribbon.

Stamps: PTI Wise Owl
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Ivory, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Scrap pattern paper
Misc: SU Little Leaves Sizzlits, MS Leaf Punch, Wide Green Organdy & Ivory Grosgrain Ribbons, Distressed Stripes EF, Foam Adhesive

My second one is similar as I used a different kind of bird. I just love this little bird and branch punch from SU. I used a different pattern paper for its body and touched the rim of the body and wing with Bravo Burgundy. The wing was raised with foam adhesive and placed on the body. A silver gem is the eye. I used my new Labels 10 Nestability on Rose Red, cut and embossed. Pearls were placed on either end in the scallops. A little swirly stamp was stamped in Always Artichoke on the bottom edge of an embossed oval with Happy Thanksgiving stamped above it. This was placed on a slightly larger oval. A MS leaf punch and flower punch was then placed at the bottom with a tiny pearl inside the flower. Two corners were pierced.

Stamps: PTI
Ink: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy
Paper: Sahara Sand, Ivory, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, pattern paper pieces
Misc: Distressed Stripes EF, SU Bird and Branch punch, MS Leaf punch, pearls, silver gem, mat pack/piercing template, foam adhesive

I hope you liked my examples. Thank you for joining in and coming by to visit.