Friday, October 3, 2014


I saw this card by Michelle Zindorf and thought I would give her technique a try.  I made an A2 card instead of a square card but kept the same basic layout.  I need more practice on the direct to paper technique, but all in all I think it turned out pretty nice.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Black, More Mustard, Dusty Durango
Ink:  Black, So Saffron, More Mustard, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  Versa Mark Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Dusty Durango Ribbon, Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Birthday Bliss

I made this card for a very good friend and I'm finally getting around to posting it.  This took me about 3 hours to create.  It isn't the putting it together that takes time, it is all the little elements that have to be created before you can even begin to assemble the box.  It was difficult trying to get a photo that captured all of the elements and also showed all of the dimension.  I'm still not happy with the photo but this does show all of the little elements that were put into creating this piece of art.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Starburst Sayings, Birthday Bliss
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Birthday Basics, DSP
Ink:  Versa Mark, Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Starburst Framelits, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch, Merry Minis (ornament) Punch, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Ribbon, White Bakers Twine, Acetate Strips, White Gel Pen, Tombow Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christmas Banner

The September 2014 Christmas card challenge was to incorporate the "chalkboard" technique on a card.  Instead of using black card stock I chose to use always artichoke card stock.  It is dark enough to get the chalkboard effect but is green in keeping with a traditional Christmas color.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sidekick Sayings
Paper:  Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Silver Glimmer, Wintergreen DSP
Ink:  Craft White
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Various Star Punches, Banner Framelits Dies, Silver Cord, Silver Mini Brads, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fresh Flowers

Another quick birthday card for a co-worker.  This stamp set was sitting on my work table so I went with it, then I dug through some of my discontinued card stock for colors to use and this card is the result.  I think the color combination is really fresh.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Petal Parade, Bring on the Cake
Paper:  Whisper White, Mint Melody, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Mint Melody, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Accessories:  Edgelits Finishing Touches, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Rhinestones

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wonderful Weaves

I went digging through some of my older stamp sets to come up with something different for a masculine card and saw this set called "Wonderful Weaves".  The images remind me of fabric that would be used for a man's sport coat.  I inked up the images and spritzed them with water and then stamped them onto some watercolor paper. I'm not sure if I should have used more water or possibly wet the watercolor paper first but I was afraid that I would end up with images that were blurred or just big splotches of color.  I'll have to experiment more with this technique.  I do like how the card turned out and overall I'm pleased with the result.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderful Weaves, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper:  Watercolor, More Mustard, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Black
Ink:  More Mustard, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Black
Accessories:  Small & Large Star Punches, 1/4" Circle Punch, Spritzer, Dimensionals