Tuesday, February 22, 2011


When I saw the challenge at CCEE, I knew I had to participate. I admit, this is the first time I've scored on a card. I have a board but usually use embossing folders when I want to have that dry embossed look. It is actually my favorite look and is how I started making cards. At that time, before embossing folders and Cuttlebugs, I used a stylus, light table and brass templates...it's such an elegant touch to even the simplest design.

This is a sympathy card and those, to me, should be simple in design so the focus can be centered around the person/circumstance as oppose to the card maker. In my honest opinion!

Only two cardstocks are used: SU's Very Vanilla and Creamy Caramel. Creamy Caramel anything was my favorite go-to neutral. I absolutely hate that SU retired it. I believe it is to their detriment. A flourish image was lightly stamped using Versamark ink to give a subtle image to go with the sentiment, again, trying to keep the emphasis on "Praying for you". Three lines were scored at the top. A narrow piece of ivory organdy ribbon was tied and wrapped around the panel then the sentiment was stamped in Basic Brown with three tiny pearls placed underneath it.

Stamps: Sketchy Flourishes (Inkadinkado), Damask Designs (PTI)
Paper: SU Very Vanilla and Creamy Caramel
Ink: Versamark, Basic Brown (SU)
Other: MS Scoring Board and stylus, Vanilla organdy ribbon, pearls (SU)

Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Getting Crafty

I love this little crafty set by PTI. It's called Studio Style. The sentiments are perfect for the way I feel most of the time. I have a love relationship with my stamps and this set expressed me all over.

For this card, I chose to make it vintage style. I had a scrap piece of this paper that looks like it's been stitched and from there, the card took off. The base is Baja Breeze (SU). The dsp was cut in 3 strips with some space in between them and placed on the base. I colored my little jar of buttons with various Copics. Isn't that little jar just the cutest thing?? After stamping the jar and sentiment in Basic Brown (SU) they were die cut and embossed with the accompanying larger scallop layer underneath them. I got some of this old lace from a vendor at a crop I recently attended and thought it's proportion went perfect with the paper and jar size. Cute tiny buttons I've had 4-evah were placed at the bottom of the sentiment. Inside it reads: "I thought we were just collecting them!" Such a cute stamp set. The edges of the card inside and out were smudged with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Love those inks, too! What do you think??

Stamps: Studio Style
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, White, DSP scrap
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink, Basic Brown (SU) and various Copics
Other: Spellbinders square, rectangle and scallop Nesties, old lace, old buttons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Little Spring

I really enjoyed making this little card. I LOVE Papertrey Ink products and used several on this one. When purchasing the triple window die I wondered if I would ever really use it. So when I got it, the Take Three: Spring stamp set just jumped in the box with it. Well, not exactly. But now that I have it I can see it being used a lot. Gotta get more of those Take Three sets. Hey, PTI, make more stamps that fit inside this cute die!! I love that the die has soft rounded corners. As a bonus, you have the squares to use, too. Go PTI!! Getting more bang for your buck. The images in the Take Threes sets fit perfectly inside these little windows...I mean perfectly. Sorry about my finger in the picture...I couldn't get it to stay closed without something holding it that way.

The card base is Certainly Celery and has dsp on top. I did not distress it, it came that way and I have no idea from what company this is from. It was a sheet I've had for a while and only pieces were left of it. I love the look and had to have it. You know what I mean, you have these things, too. I covered the base with the dsp then die cut it using PTI's triple window die. It cut through both pieces like butter. Their dies are great. Have I told you yet that I love PTI? (Wish everything I use was theirs...BUT...it's getting there.) Take Three: Spring little birdies were stamped inside the dies. The card was closed when I did this so as to get a perfect alignment inside the cut outs. A piece of antique lace was placed across the top, then using Spellbinders heart dies I cut two graduating hearts out of PTI's wonderful felt. A light green pearl brad was placed in the center of them. They were placed at an angle on top of the lace. Clear rhinestones were used for the little birdie's eyes. Inside the little flower in this set is randomly stamped and "Celebrate You" was put in the corner. I love the way this turned out and hope you do, too.

Thank you for leaving me some love! It's always appreciated...

Stamps: Take Three: Spring (PTI)
Paper: Certainly Celery (SU), unknown dsp
Ink: Ruby Red (SU)
Other: Felt and triple window die (PTI), Spellbinders heart dies, green pearl brad (Recollections), clear rhinestones, lace.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

SC318 & CC308

Today I have a couple of cards for two challenges on Splitcoast. The first challenge is for Color Challenge 308 to use River Rock, Gray and White. The second one is for Sketch Challenge 318 on Wednesdays.

I wanted to make the first card more subtle than the second one so the main image got a softer, shadowed look. The image was lightly stamped in white pigment ink onto Basic Gray cardstock. This piece was placed in the upper left corner with paper piercing in the lower right corner. The punched butterfly was lightly stamped in River Rock with the French Script stamp. A glue dot was added only to the body of the butterfly to give it flight. Tiny silver rhinestones were added.

The second one I stamped the image more distinct with a piece of satin ribbon around the upper left corner.

Stamps: Take Three: Summer (PTI), French Script (ret. SU)
Paper: White card base, River Rock, Basic Gray
Ink: White pigment, River Rock
Accessories: Satin ribbon, MS butterfly punch, Silver Rhinestones, Paper Piercer, Rectangle Deckle Nestabilities, foam adhesive.

Though I enjoyed making these it was hard to not to more to them. I really like the CAS style. Thank you for looking.