Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eiffel Tower for the Blushing Bride

Today's cards have oodles of details on them.  These were made for the shop, A Beautiful Touch, in Westmont, New Jersey.  I made two versions, both basically the same except for the card base color. The first features a chocolate card base:

The next card was created on a cocoa card base, so just a wee bit lighter than the one above.  You can see the gold embossing of Leafy Vine / Hero Arts better here:

Loads of details if you look closely:  pearls, Liquid Pearls, doily, fleur de lis, Eiffel Tower, and a Colleen bow made with my FAVORITE seam binding in Mottle Brown, from the Zipper Stop.

So glad you dropped by today!  Thanks!

Stamps: fleur de lis - Paris - Inspired By Stamping; Eiffel Tower - Mon Ami Paris - Technique Tuesday; Leafy Vine background - Hero Arts; sentiment - Happily Ever After - PTI Paper: Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip - SU; Vintage Cream - PTI Ink: Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa - SU; Antique Linen - Ranger; Versamark - Tsukineko Fibers: Mottle Brown seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: gold embossing powder - SU; doily die cut - Martha Stewart; pearls; White Opal Liquid Pearls - Ranger

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin on a shelf

Hello everyone!  Today's card was made for Seize The Sketch, before it closed its doors.  Glad I still get to share this with you.  It's a great sketch, if you ask me:  it's so simple, that this card came together in no time.

The pumpkin sticker is shiny and fabulous, thanks to Jolee's Boutique.  I had a piece of espresso cardstock already punched into a border like this, and it said, "Use me."  It kind of looks like a shelf, doesn't it?  Paired it with a pretty scrap of Stampin' Up! paper, and a sentiment from Verve, and it was done.

Hope you have a wonderful week, my friends!

Stamps: Happy Fall - Verve Paper: Early Espresso, pattern - SU; Vintage Cream - PTI Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: pumpkin sticker - Jolee's Boutique; Scallop Diamond punch - EK Success

Friday, September 26, 2014

Believe In Fairytales

Crafty confession:  I just had to have Hero Arts' Leafy Vines background stamp after seeing it on various blogs.  If you're a stamper, you know exactly what I'm talkin' about:  the desire, the need to possess the thing you covet so.

So, I did get Leafy Vines and am completely happy with it.  It makes a fabulous background in any color, which means it is earning its keep in my craft studio.

I added a sentiment from Verve's Fairy Tales and a couple of punched-and-glittered cereal box chipboard hearts.  The white rose ribbon is from American Crafts.

This one went to the shop, and am keeping my fingers crossed it sells!

Stamps: Fairy Tales - Verve; Leafy Vine - Hero Arts Paper: kraft, white - PTI; cereal box chipboard Ink: Crumb Cake - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers:
Accessories & Tools: pearls; Full Heart punch - SU; white roses ribbon - American Crafts; Crystal glitter - Martha Stewart

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CASEing a Crafter: Baby Bee

This is my second post for today.  Please click HERE for 
"CASEing a Crafter:  Welcome Home."

Hello!  I've got a ca-yoot baby card to share today.  Adorable bee stamps?  Check.  Love 'em.  Real bees?  Respect 'em, but keep my distance, thank you very much.

I was inspired by THIS card, designed by the amazing Iwona Palamountain.  Love the sketch, and applied it to my own card.  The strip of black punched edging is an Iwona-touch, as is the black die-cut sentiment.

The cork circle was sitting in my bits-and-pieces box, and seemed a good fit with the ADORABLE bee (Circle Friends / Simon Says Stamp).  It's the first time I'm using the bee in the stamp set.  You can see two other cards I made with other animals from the set HERE.  (By the way, I don't like those cards as much as I like this one.)

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

I'm entering my friend Darnell's NBUS Challenge #2.  She challenges us to use "never-before-used-schtuff".  Heck, we've all got loads of that kind of stuff, don't we?

Stamps: bee - Circle Friends - Simon Says Stamp Paper: white, True Black - PTI; yellow flower - SU Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: adhesive cork sheet; circle dies; yellow gems; 'baby' die - PTI; Copic markers; Postage Stamp border punch - EK Success

CASEing a Crafter: Welcome Home

Hello!  I have unintentionally begun a series of posts called "CASEing a Crafter", with a few previous posts HERE and HERE.  CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything, and other crafters call this "lifting." Sometimes I see creations that make me want to copy nearly every lovely little detail, they are that amazing.  Love seeing the creativity from people around the world!

The card below was inspired by the incredible Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink.  She posted a card on the PTI Forum (where you need an account to access the content), and I had pinned it on Pinterest.

My patterned paper is different than Nichole's, but I kept many of the loving details she featured using the set, Boards & Beams.  Look at the golden doorknob (made with Gold Smooch Ink).  That touch is Nicole's, too.

The next one is my own idea, but is similar to many of my New Home cards.  It's rather plain compared to something the Papertrey Ink gals come up with, but it's sweet in its own way, I think.

Thanks so much to Nichole Heady for providing marvelous inspiration at all times.  I would love to peek inside that girl's mind!

And thank you for your visit today!

Stamps: 'home sweet home' - Daily Designs Sentiments - PTI; all other elements and sentiment - Boards & Beams - PTI 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Tissues

Who wouldn't love a box of happy tissues to help them feel better?

The card started with strips of scrap paper, laid diagonally.  Then I stared at it and thought, "What could this be?"  A Baby Girl card would've been a good occasion, but I need more Get Well cards, so...

I used Lawn Fawn's On The Mend set, and masked the tissues so I could get the vase of flowers behind it.

It's a pretty simple card overall, but keeps the "Feel Good" factor intact.  :-)

Have a beautiful day!

Stamps: On The Mend - Lawn Fawn Paper: white - PTI; Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz designer paper - SU Ink: Pear Pizzazz - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: white seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Copic markers; circle punch; Labels One die - Spellbinders

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golden Maple Leaf

Welcome!  We've been having some cooler temperatures since school began in early September, and I am a happy camper.  Fall is my favorite time of year (minus the ragweed allergies, thank you very much).  Hot weather makes me a little cranky, when paired with the humidity we have here in the summer.

Today's card truly feels like Autumn to me:

Just as I did on THIS card, I sprayed some ink onto cardstock through these bottle-protectors, as a sort of stencil.  (I bought BBQ sauce at Bed Bath & Beyond, and the bottles were packed in these sleeves to keep them from clanging into one another.)

After mounting the leaf from With Gratitude (Stampin' Up!) onto the sprayed panel, it looked a little plain.

That's when I decided to add a piece of book page paper behind the panel, along with some abaca ribbon.  I used Smooch Ink in Gold to drop splotches over the panel and leaf for more interest.

I colored in the half-circles of the stamped frame (from Cherish by Inspired By Stamping) with a marker, to match the card base.  A bit more Smooch Ink was smeared on here, too, and then the punched circle was matted with crinkly gold paper from Stampin' Up!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today!  I appreciate your visit.  :-)

Stamps: leaf - With Gratitude - SU; 'for you' - Cherish - Inspired By Stamping Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, white, gold crinkle - SU; book page Ink: Khaki ink spray - Tattered Angels; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Walnut Stain - Ranger; Early Espresso - SU Fibers: vintage thread; abaca ribbon Accessories & Tools: button, circle punches, Cajun Craze marker  - SU; corner rounder punch - Fiskars; Gold Smooch ink

Monday, September 22, 2014

Eclectic Grand Butterfly

Hi!  There's a lot going on with this larger-than-A2-size card today.  It is rather eclectic.  My inspiration was the jumbo half of a butterfly, cut from a DCWV stack, Vintage Collage.

Ugh.  Just realized I never took a picture of the inside, which says "You make me smile."  The outside sentiment makes sense when you know what's inside.

See how the butterfly shines?  It came like that in the paper pad.

Wanted you to see the sprinkling of matte gold sequins near the "you" sentiment, best seen in the photo below:

It's not among my fave cards, but it IS different.  Sometimes you just need to do stuff outside your comfort zone!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Fresh Cut Wreaths - Wplus9 Paper: polka dot pattern, black, white, vanilla - SU; large butterfly cut from paper - Vintage Collage - DCWV Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Argentina seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Champagne glass glitter; Full Heart, Heart-toHeart, circle punches - SU; matte gold sequins - MJ Trimming; Corner Flourish die - Spellbinders; Resplendence Burgundy glitter - Creative Inspirations

Friday, September 19, 2014

A pair of New Home cards

Boring post title, huh?  Where words fail, perhaps pictures make up for the lack:

The ever-lovely Webster's Pages makes this patterned paper.  All I needed to do was add a sentiment, and on another piece of WP paper, stamped the bird and cage from Inspired By Stamping's Aviary to create a little accent.

Stamps: sentiment - Boards & Beams - Papertrey Ink; bird, cage - Aviary - Inspired By Stamping Paper: Soft Sky - SU; patterned - Webster's Pages Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: pink twine - American Crafts Accessories & Tools: one pearl

More gorgeous Webster's Pages paper on the next card.  My only contributions to the card:  a sentiment from PTI (again), and a sweet little focal point up top.

The bow was made with Mottle Brown seam binding from Hug Snug / The Zipper Stop (100 yards for $9.50...I'm tellin' ya, it's a bargain over there!  Be aware that there are so many color choices, it'll make your head spin.), and a bit of twill and crocheted lace.  A key from Tim Holtz dangles from the ribbons.

Stamps: Boards & Beams - Papertrey Ink Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; Webster's Pages pattern Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Mottle Brown seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop; bit of twill; bit of crocheted lace Accessories & Tools: metal key - Tim Holtz

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cherries in September

I'm kind of CASEing myself today, because I'm trying to use up this adorable cherry-patterned paper.  If you follow that link above, you'll see a card I made in 2010 (eons ago!) for my daughter.

I enjoy creating punch art now and then, like these cherries and their leaves.  The stems were hand-trimmed.

Thanks for letting me share a fruity card with you today!

Stamps: Mason Jar Add-On II - Inspired By Stamping Paper: cherries, Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black - SU; white - PTI Ink: Bravo Burgundy (to shade the cherries), Handsome Hunter (to shade the leaves) - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: oval, scalloped oval, circle punches - SU; Rose Leaf punch - Martha Stewart; white gel pen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Trio of Sympathies

Welcome!  I make so many sympathy cards to sell in the shop that I thought it best to lump a few into one post.

I had to have the Penny Black Botanical Notes stamp after seeing it on others' blogs, and found it makes a lovely background in gray.  The sentiment is from my oft-used Hero Arts set, With Sympathy.

I stamped the image twice on pale gray cardstock, and cut out one butterfly to place on top.  I used a white shimmer Smooch ink to paint the butterfly, but I couldn't adequately capture that in a photo.

Stamps: Botanical Notes - Penny Black; With Sympathy - Hero Arts Paper: Going Gray - SU Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Mushroom seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: pearls; doily - Wilton; white shimmer Smooch ink

The next card is one I've made many times over.  It's a CASE of a card by Susan Raihala of Simplicity.  She's got such a way with the clean and simple style.

Stamps: All Year Greetings - Fiskars; Happy Harmony - SU Paper: True Black, white - PTI Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: gray velvet ribbon - May Arts Accessories & Tools: Lacy Brocade embossing folder - SU

The last involves subtle sponging, and a stamping-off technique:  stamp an image full-strength on scrap paper, then stamp on your card panel to get a softer appearance.

Stamps: Large Agapanthus - Stampendous; Kind Words - Verve Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White - SU Ink: Orchid Opulence, Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant - SU; Milled Lavender - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Glossy Accents - Ranger; Ornate Flourish embossing folder - The Paper Studio 

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you find it in the dryer, use it on a card!

Hello again.  :-)  Yes, I've used something I found in my dryer on this card:  gemstones.  They fell off my cardigan sweater, and I'm okay with it.  The sweater had oodles and oodles of gems along the opening, so I won't miss these.  And, actually, I think they were glued on anyway.  Humph!  The quality of clothing today is lousy compared to that in the past.

I kept the card simple, with a 'hello' die from Memory Box atop a punched-border kraft panel, so that it looks like one piece.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Stamps: none! Paper: white, kraft - PTI Accessories & Tools: Double Embossed Dotted Lace punch - EK Success; gems from my sweater; 'hello' die - Memory Box

Monday, September 15, 2014

Texty Shower Umbrella

Happy Monday!  Today's card reminds me of a quilt, with that pretty paper from Authentique's Uncommon paper pad.

This could be used for a bridal or baby shower, with the sweet little DeNami Design Umbrella sporting a shiny coating of Glossy Accents.

Thanks so much for coming by today.  I hope you have a week full of blessings!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU; umbrella - DeNami Design Paper: patterns - Uncommon - Authentique; Vintage Cream, white - PTI Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Basic Gray - SU Fibers: thread Accessories & Tools: doilies - Wilton; pearls; sewing machine; Fancy Tags die - Spellbinders; Glossy Accents - Ranger
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