December 23, 2012

Penguin Thanks

I got this set of adorable penguin stamps (Cold Nose Warm Heart ) from Penny Black.  I colored them with Copics and added some stickles and a snowflake that was cut using MFT Die-Namics. That is my last post for today and I'm off to watch the 49ers hopefully win tonight.  Thanks for looking.


MFT Sketch 103 - Warm Wishes

I made this card for the weekly sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  I hate to admit it, but my stitching on this card is horrendous lol.  I am still working on learning to stitch on paper and to be honest, I was never very good at stitching a straight line on fabric.  Must be why I have so many quilt pieces and no quilt :)  Anyway, I colored this cute girl with Copics.  The papers I used are from Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection.  I didn't want to use Christmas colors since it will be after Christmas before anyone gets this.  This is going to be another card for the kids at Newtown.  I don't think I'll get too many done by the first week in January but I'm trying.  Here is my card.  The border and sentiment tag were done with Die-Namics from MFT.  The stamp is Pure Innocence -Warm Wishes.  Now back to making cookies :)   Happy Holidays everyone!


December 20, 2012

TSG 186 Sketch Challenge and Newtown

The challenge at There She Goes Stamps was a sketch challenge which I always love.  Coming up with a design is the hardest part for me.  This was a great sketch.  I have really been loving this Holiday Cheer set.  The stamps are so cute.  I colored this stamp with Copics and added some stickles to the snow.  I embossed the purple strip with snowflakes.  This card will be sent to Newtown for the Drawn Together Fundraiser.  They are collecting art supplies for the kids but are also collecting cards for them.  I'm fortunate that I have a lot of cute stamps that could be used for adults or kids :)  So anyway, here is my card.

I came across a post on Splitcoaststampers on how to photograph your cards.  Lately my pictures have been going downhill, but this one seems better.  The post can be found here in case anyone else has trouble. It's a good tutorial.

Supplies Used:  TSG Holiday Cheer, My Favorite Things FishTail Flag Die-namics, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Stickles, Copics., Echo Park Winter Wishes

December 16, 2012

KK Challenge 159 - Keep Cozy

The Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie's this week is Keep Cozy.  To me, nothing is cozier than cuddling with my kitties. I love this stamp..it cracks me up.  Probably because it hits very close to home.  Am I the only one who finds their unmounted rubber stamps all over the house thanks to a cat?  I used Copics to color the image and since she is so big, I decided just to use her as the focal point and not add paper. The cat is supposed to be black, but that is an area I'm still working on.  I love black cats.   I got some glare taking this photo so it didn't come out as nice as I would have liked.  Thanks for looking.


 Supplies Used:  Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Katastrophe, Copics, Memory Box Dark Grey card

December 13, 2012

Angel Mail

I decided to make this card for a change of pace.  Originally, I started making cards because there weren't any good support cards for women with breast cancer.  All of my recent cards have been "Thank You" cards that I donate to cancer centers for women to give to friends, doctors, family, etc.  The problem with the support cards is that we leave a box in the office for people to take cards from and I'm not sure someone with cancer would want to take a support card for themselves.  I'm hoping that a family member or friend will take this one for them though.

I recently discovered There She Goes Stamps and I am really loving these stamps.  I used the Angel Mail set for this card.  I colored the wings with Copics and then covered them in Stickles.   The paper I used is Memory Box. I used the Fishtail Flag Die-Namics from My Favorite Things (I seem to use this a lot lol).  I'm not too sure about the wings..having fragile things on my cards makes me nervous.  Hopefully they will hold up okay :)


December 11, 2012

Angel Thanks

When I saw this Pure Innocence Angel from MFT I knew I had to have it.  I like the idea of guardian angels and would like to think we each have one by our side when we go through especially tough times.  This sentiment is also perfect for a thank you card.

Supplies Used:  MFT Pure Innocence Angel, Simple Stories Handmade Holiday, Copics

December 4, 2012

Baby It's Cold - KK Challenge #157

I suddenly realized it is now December and I haven't made any Winter/Christmas cards. I don't usually send them out to people, but I do want some wintery thank you's for the cancer center and support groups, so I need to get going. My first one I actually made for the latest challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie - Baby It's Cold Outside.  Hopefully this will start a roll for me lol.  I used Joy for this card.  I colored her with Copics and put her walking in the snow. The picture did not come out as well as I would have liked but I do like the card in person :)  I added some Stickles to her for some added sparkle.  My paper is Winter Wishes from Echo Park and the sentiment and die for the sentiment are both from Verve.  Thanks for looking.




October 28, 2012

Calm Before the Storm

I am assuming I will lose power soon, but I wanted to do a post of a card I finished recently before it gets too bad.  This is my favorite angel from Kraftin' Kimmie; Felicity.  I colored her with copics and added glitter to her wings.  The quote is from Paper Makeup stamps.


Thanks for taking the time to look and stay safe.

September 9, 2012

Poppy

It's been awhile since I've done a sketch challenge, but I really liked this one and since it was sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie, I just had to do it :)  I think this is one I will use a lot.  The sketch is the SFYTT (sketch for you to try) for September.  This is the sketch:


For my card, I used Poppy from Kraftin' Kimmie.  The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.  Poppy was colored with copics.  For the background, I put 2 squares of Memory Box paper over a piece of kraft paper embossed with square lattice.


Thanks for looking and I hope everyone enjoys the first Sunday of football.




August 18, 2012

Thank You Beary Much

I've gotten behind in my stamping, but not in my buying so I have a pile of new stamps I need to get to lol.  The layouts of the cards are always a problem for me for some reason. First up is Lili of the Valley. I am so in love with their stamps and now they have free worldwide shipping (I am in trouble). These cuties are called The Posy Trio.  They were colored with copics.



Next up..Oceans of love.  This is from the Sea Jewels set from Kraftin' Kimmie.  The sentiments that come with this set are so cute!  I colored her with copics and added some silver spica for the stars in her hair. 


I'm starting to feel more inspired finally so hopefully I can keep the cards going.  All of these get donated to a local cancer center for patients and I've gotten behind a little.  Thanks for looking and have a great weekend :)

June 4, 2012

Time Flies...

I feel like it's been forever since my last post.  I seem to have spurts of creativity and then nothing lol.  I have been dealing with a grandmother who can no longer live alone as well as with a sick dog (thanks to a dog food company).  When it rains, it pours.  Anyway, I finally managed to complete a couple of cards.  I have been away from digital stamps for a little while due to printer problems but I downloaded this great image last night and couldn't wait to color it.  This is Lady of Opal by Sara Burrier.  I love her images.  I colored her with Copics and used papers from Bo Bunny Abrosia.  Thanks for taking the time to look.



April 15, 2012

MFT Sketch - Magician

Here is my card for the MFT sketch this week.  I used the Pure Innocence Magician stamp.  I guess I'm a little bit in a dark mood this week since I've been using dark colors on all my cards.  My grandmother has been having some health problems this past week and it is so hard to watch someone who has never been sick suddenly have a lot of health problem at 89.  I still see her as in her 60s :)  I used some papers from Memory Box and colored her with copics to match.  I used the new fishtail flag from MFT for the sentiment and the scallop ribbon die for the borders of the paper.  I added 2 pearls to the sentiment.
Thanks for taking the time to look.


Supplies Used:  Pure Innocence Magician from My Favorite Things, Copics, Memory Box paper and A2 black card, grey pearls, Fishtail Flag Die-namics from My Favorite Things, Scallop Ribbon Die-namics from My Favorite Things

April 1, 2012

MFT Sketch - Sunflower

Hello.  I made this card for the MFT sketch this week but it is also appropriate for today.   To some people it's April Fool's Day.  To me it's the day my aunt lost her battle with Cancer.  My aunt loved sunflowers so this card is for her.  I am addicted to the Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things.  I colored her with copics.  I added a thank you sentiment from Verve stamps.

Supplies Used:  Sunflower Girl by My Favorite Things, Celebration of Thanks by Verve Stamps, My Minds Eye Lost & Found Blush, Bo Bunny Country Garden Collection, MFT Die-namics Dainty Doily

March 29, 2012

Happy Spring

I realize it's been Spring for awhile but technically, it started this month so I'm gonna celebrate it now :)  I am so excited for all the new stamps I just got but some that I've had for a little while needed to get inky too so I made a card with this cute bunny.  This little guy is called "Spring Bunny with Daffodils" by Lili of the Valley.  I just love their bunnies!


Supplies Used:  Spring Bunny with Daffodils by LOTV, Thanks so much by Verve Stamps, My Minds Eye 6x6 Fiddlesticks, MFT Die-namics First Place Award, Memory Box A2 card

March 12, 2012

MFT Sketch - Have Hope

My card for today was made using sketch MFTWSC62 from My Favorite Things.  At first I wasn't sure how this would look since I had to make the panels small for my A2 card, but the stamp was perfect for this size.  I used Pure Innocence Have Hope from MFT and stamped her on 2 of the panels.  I decided to do the sentiment in the middle one.  The sentiment is by Verve my papers are My Minds Eye Fiddlesticks.  I used a die from Memorybox to cut out a button in matching paper.  I tried to tie a cute bow on it with twine, but it didn't go too well so I gave up :)  Here is my card.  Thanks for looking.  Sorry about the angle.

Supplies Used:  Pure Innocence - Have Hope from My Favorite Things, Celebration of Thanks sentiment from Verve stamps, My Minds Eye-Miss Carolone Fiddlesticks paper, A2 card Dove Grey from Memorybox, Copics, Buttons die from Memorybox

March 11, 2012

Case a Krafty Girl

The challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie this week is to case a Krafty Girl.  After going through all the blogs of the Krafty Girls I decided to case Alice Wertz.  There were so many gorgeous cards that all the Krafty Girls make but Alice has been doing something that has caught my eye lately.  Several of her cards are done on Kraft paper and she has been using a background stamp.  I really like the way these have come out so I picked one of those to case..specifically the one she did for challenge #115 here.  Here is my version of it:
I started with a Kraft card and stamped the background using Versamark and a flourishes cover a card stamp by Impression Obsession.  I then decided to use paper from Konnichiwa by BasicGrey.  I added a top and bottom border of Cherry Blossom pink paper by Memory Box and stitched them to the patterned paper.  Felicity was colored using Copics and I added a little Clear Spica on her wings.  Alice's card used a technique which I tried but failed at so I cheated a little.  She had used the technique where you cut around the stamp a little and then use the Nestability die so that your image is partly inside and partly outside the shape.  I cut too much around her hair and the shape didn't come out right so I just cut her out and put her on a white and pink frame.  I didn't add the pearls or flowers since this is another card I'm giving away so I want it to be able to be sent in a regular envelope and not cost more.  I like the way this came out and really hope I did Alice's card justice.

Supplies:  Felicity stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie, Thank You stamp by Verve Stamps, Cover-A-Card Flourishes by Impression Obsession,Nestabilities, Konnichiwa paper by BasicGrey, Kraft card, Cherry Blossom Pink paper by Memorybox, Heavenly White paper, EK scallop border punch, My Favorite Things scallop ribbon border, Clear Spica Pen

March 6, 2012

Coffee Break

I fell in love with Lili of the Valley stamps awhile ago but haven't made too much with them yet.  I used the Coffee Break stamp on this card and colored these sweet girls to match the new Viola papers from Memory Box.  For this card I used the Sweet and Sassy Stamps Sketch 148.  I rotated the sketch.  The flower embellishments were made using the Upsy-Daisy set by My Favorite Things.  The Thanks So Much sentiment was from a collection of thank you stamps from Verve Stamps.  The girls were stamped on Heavenly White paper and colored with Copics.  Thanks for looking. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Sweet Stop Challenge -  SSS148-March3
Papertake Weekly-Anything Goes


Supplies Used: Lili of the Valley Coffee Break, Memory Box Dove Grey A2 card, Memory Box Viola papers, Swiss Dots embossing folder, My Favorite Things Upsy-Daisy Die, Celebration of Thanks by Verve Stamps

February 26, 2012

Purrfect Thank You

I made this card for the challenge at My Favorite Things this week.  I was really wishing I had the mini tabs die but it's on my wishlist so maybe I'll be able to get it soon.  For this card I used Pure Innocence Purrfect and my new Memory Box papers.  I just love the purples in this paper collection.   I colored this image using Copics. 

Supplies Used: Memory Box card A2 Grape, Pure Innocence Purrfect from My Favorite Things, Scallop Ribbon Border die by My Favorite Things, Copic Markers, Memory Box Viola paper pack.

February 19, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #116

The challenge this week at Kraftin' Kimmie is a sketch challenge.  It also happens to be the first sketch I've attempted.   Most of the sketches seem to look nicer on square cards and all I use is A2 so they are intimidating.  Thanks to the cards of some design team members, I was inspired to try it on an A2 card.  This card felt like it had soooo many layers to me..I am such a clean and simple girl.  I love all the layers but am trying to keep postage costs down since I give them away and don't want people to make an extra trip to the post office.  So anyway, on to the card.  I used Seraphina which is becoming one of my favorite stamps.  My papers are from the Hunt & Gather pad by Kaisercraft.  Seraphina was colored with copics, fussy cut and then popped up a pop dot (what you don't know here is that she was originally on the same piece as the quote but I stamped the quote upside down and had to cut her out instead lol).  The  border was done using a ribbon border die from My Favorite Things. I hope I came close to the sketch.   Thanks for looking and I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend.

January 30, 2012

Follow Your Heart - Support

I made this card using the Support Bird stamp from Outlines.  I am entering it in Outlines Challenge #37 - Follow Your Heart.  I colored this bird using Copics and used papers from Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection for backing.  When I saw the challenge I thought this bird would be perfect since he has hearts on his wings and tail.  I must say I really enjoyed coloring it and can't wait to try out more color combinations.  Thanks for looking.


January 29, 2012

A Little Southwest

When I first learned to stamp it was in Arizona, so I was using a lot of Southwestern stamps.  I'm in the East now where there isn't as much interest in these kinds of cards, but I still love to make them from time to time.  This card also uses a technique I learned that is great with Prismacolor pencils.  I used a stamp from Copper Leaf Creations.  I colored it using Prismacolor pencils and cut it out.  I put an embossing stamp pad over the whole circle and dipped the image in clear embossing powder, embossed and repeated two more times.  What makes this so nice is that since the pencils are wax based heating them makes them blend together more.  Once I was done embossing, I backed the image with black and put it on a piece of Glitz French Kiss paper.  I used my scalloped ribbon border die for the black border.

 

January 28, 2012

Pure Innocence

Good morning. I actually made two cards last night which is a big accomplishment for me. So far my New Year's resolution to craft more and play games less is working (yes I'm a gamer). I have two sets of Pure Innocence stamps that I bought and hadn't managed to make a finished card with yet so I used those last night. I am still going with CAS since these are going to the Cancer center and I want to avoid bulk if I can. I absolutely love these little girls! I swear I'd buy them all if I could lol. My first card is using  Pure Innocence -Have Hope from MFT.  I colored her with Copics and tried to create the needle hole border around the outside.  She is backed using paper from Basic Grey kissing booth and put on a Latte A2 card from Memory Box.  The ribbon was from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club and I used my favorite thank you stamp which is from A Muse.



My second card uses Pure Innocence-Girl Doctor from MFT.  I colored her with Copics and used papers from the Winterland paper pack.  I used my Nestabilities Oval as well as  the scallop ribbon border die from MFT and sponged some distress ink around the oval to make it blend in a little more.  The card is a natural card but I'm not sure on the exact name. 



January 25, 2012

KK In the Spotlight

I decided to enter this card in the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge this week - In the Spotlight. To be honest, I don't love this card but I really wanted to try out some new dies I got and thought this would be a good image to try it with.  I used Kimiko and put the focus on just her face.  I haven't quite mastered the use of greys for skin.  I also wanted to put the focus on her umbrella.  I colored her with copics.  I must say I do love these new dies.  They are the layered label die set from My Favorite Things.  I use the swiss dots embossing folder on a piece of grey stock paper for the background.  I wanted to keep it simple so the focus was on Kimiko. 
Thanks for looking.

January 16, 2012

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #117

I just finished this card last night and it turns out it fits into  challenge #117 at Mo's -  Clean and Simple so I figured I'd enter it.  I don't do too many guy cards so I'm trying to make some more of those.  I chose Fishing by Mo Manning.  I decided to use watercolor pencils for this one and keep it simple.  The striped paper is from one of the Memory Box packs. Thanks for looking.

January 15, 2012

Happy Sunday!

It is definitely a happy Sunday for me since the 49ers won last night.  Yay!!!  During the second game I made this card.  I have really been struggling with good designs.  Many of the cards I see have many layers and embellishments which makes them look great, but since I'm trying to make cards to give to cancer patients to give to their caregivers and doctors I am trying to go easy on the bulk so if they mail them they don't have to pay more. My cards seem plain to me but for my purpose I guess they are good.  When I saw this stamp my first thought was "watercolors".  I've been using Copics a lot lately but felt that this image would look good watercolored.  The image is Wryn-New Nest by Tiddly Inks.  I used my watercolor pencils with her and just matted her on plain green cardstock on a kraft card.  I really like the way she came out.  However, as is typical with me, I felt I put her on the card crooked and of course ripped the paper trying to get her off ( I should really use re-positionable tape lol).  Since I liked the card I thought I'd just use her as a sample.  I'll make more of her now that I have the basic design down.  I am not all that happy with her hair so it gives me a chance to do it over.  I know the colors to use for red with copics, but pencils is another story.  My niece is a redhead and a tomboy so Wryn reminds me of her.  Have a great rest of the weekend!

January 8, 2012

Kraftin' kimmie Challenge #110

The challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie this week is to use 3 shapes. I usually think of shapes as your typical square, circle, triangle, etc but used some different shapes on this card.  I used Takara for my stamp. I colored her with copics.  My shapes are rectangle, flourish and the sentiment tag with rounded rectangle and circles for the gems.  The card base is by Memory Box and the background paper is stock paper I had laying around.  Thanks for looking.

January 6, 2012

Tiddly Inks Wryn

As soon as I saw the new Tiddly Inks release I fell in love.  These girls are so adorable!  I thought that Wryn - Grow a Little Love was perfect for a thank you card and since that is my current focus that is what I made :)  For the "Thank You" I used a stamp from Penny Black.  I colored her with my Copics and decided to use Glossy Accents which I have but hadn't even opened yet.  I put those on the heart flowers to add a little dimension to it.  The card and solid papers are Memory Box and the print is Basic Grey - Apple Blossom.  I can't wait to color the other Wryns.