Sunday, May 31, 2009

Spoil Yourself Silly! Penny Black

Holy cow, I had a time of it trying to get this card's colors right in my camera! That Elegant Eggplant cs just thumbs its nose at every effort to get it to look like it's supposed to! So the purple is off a bit. Strangely, everything else looks right. What is it with reds and purples? They are so hard to photograph! Should I thumb my nose back at it? That would be kind a weird, wouldn't it?

I was playing with my new Penny Black stamps yesterday and chose my card colors based on the challenge at the Color Throwdown blog for this week (CT44). The colors for this challenge are Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant and Barely Banana. The hostess chose these colors based on the Basic Grey Wisteria collection. I just happened to have recently bought the 6X6 pad, and was eager to use it. I ended up going more subtle in the end, with only a hint of one of the wilder papers.

That smeary looking part near the word "silly" is actually the way the paper looks. I wasn't thinking when I was placing it on the card, that the saying would be right there and it would give the illusion of a smudge. Oh well.

One thing I love about the Penny Black images is that they are fun to color. And they're just so dern cute! I see lots of stamps that are far less cute getting far more attention. It's a crime! I mean, just LOOK at this kitty!! And look at his little mousey friend! So CUTE! Why aren't these all over SCS??

I stamped the little guys on Canson watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I colored them with SU markers, a water brush and some ink pads. I used the Inkssentials opaque white gel pen to highlight the bubbles and such.

Not much else I need to say, I'm afraid. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. This was my Napoleon Dynamite card. IOW, I watched ND while making it. I love that totally nerdy, weird film! Do you watch movies while you stamp?

Thanks for looking! Have a lovely evening!

Stamps: Penny Black "Bubbly" set

CS: Elegant Eggplant, Bordering Blue, Basic Grey Wisteria papers, black, Canson watercolor paper, white

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, CTMH Pansy Purple, True Thyme, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral

Markers: Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Oval Scallop, ticket corner punch, Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag border punch, sewing machine, black polka dot ribbon, 3D-Dots

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Clear stamp cleaner

Good afternoon!

I wanted to share with you a product I found at Archiver's the other day. I just had to try it because my regular stamp cleaners were turning my clear stamps yellow!

It's by Ranger Ink and it's called Inkssentials Clear Stamp Cleaner, made especially for clear stamps (acrylic and photopolymer). I've used it to clean off Versafine Onyx Black ink, Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Memento Tuxedo Black with great results. The hardest to remove was the Stampin' Up! black. It's always been one of the hardest to remove from any stamp, but if I clean it right after stamping, this new cleaner takes 90% or more of the ink off my clear stamps. It removes 100% of the other two inks.

The price for a 2 oz. bottle was $3.99. Not bad!

So, if you also are looking for a good clear stamp cleaner, I recommend this one. It does the job without yellowing! Yay!

End of commercial. lol

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hi There! Penny Black cuteness and an award!

Good evening!!

I have loved Penny Black stamps ever since I saw them for the first time over 7 years ago. But do you think I ever bought one?? Why I hold off on getting things I love I do not know.

Well, I went into Archiver's yesterday. Need I say more? Penny Black is now offering their adorable images in clear stamp format and in sets!! Now I have no excuses. I was totally taken with the Micey Day set. I couldn't wait to get them home and color them!

And do you know what I found to be a perfect mouse-y color? True Thyme. Remember True Thyme, one of those Stampin' Up "In Colors"? It is PERFECT. Perfect Perfect Perfect. I hardly ever use that color even though I like it. But I can see that there will be more opportunities now that I have mice to color, and cats and dogs! (more on that when the time comes) If you have any True Thyme ink and you have any animal stamps you'd like to color, I recommend it as a wonderful color choice!

I want you to know that I could not get the colors adjusted right in these pics. The purples are redder than they really are and the blues are bluer than they really are. I used Pale Plum and Perfect Plum and Bordering Blue and Brocade Blue to color with. So try to imagine that when looking at these.

I was so taken with Tosh's Wisteria card and Amy's also, that I grabbed a Basic Grey Wisteria pad while at Archiver's. It's colors are just perfect for the inks I chose.

This sketch is from this week's Mojo Monday (week 88). I went a bit outside the box and used the Labels One Nestabilities dies to create my 2 columns behind the circle. I hope you can see the tiny greeting to the left of them. I bought that in a set by TAC years ago and can't recall the name. If anyone knows it could you educate me so I can write it on the stamp storage box they're in? I thought it went so well with this image. So sweet!!

You'll notice, no Cuttlebug embossing! I know, hard to believe! I just decided to skip it for a change. I thought there was enough busyness on this card already. I did add the Sizzix Architectural Accents die cuts, though. The corner on the top left just needed something. Then I felt it needed to be balanced on the bottom right.

I had so much fun watercoloring this image! I used Versafine Onyx Black ink on Canson watercolor paper (found at Hobby Lobby). Then I colored with markers, water brush and ink pads.

In case it's hard for you to see, I wanted to point out that I took a scissors blade to the edges of the Wisteria papers as I wanted a really rough edge on them. The thread cutter does a nice job for a light distressing, but the scissors really rip that edge!

Now, on to the award! Sandee over at Simply Southern Sandee has awarded me the Exalting Christ award! This is my second time receiving it and I feel honored that Sandee would pick me as one of her recipients! Thank you, Sandee!! You're a dear!

Well, thanks for looking and have a wonderful day tomorrow! Can you believe that the weekend is already so near?

Stamps: Micey Day set by Penny Black, "hi there" sentiment by TAC

CS: Black, Basic Grey Wisteria, Canson watercolor paper

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, True Thyme

Markers: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss

Other: Nestabilities Labels One, Standard Circles Large, Standard Circles Small; Sizzix Architectural Accents die, Basic Grey Porcelain brads, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos, water brush, black rick-rack ribbon, sewing machine, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Xyron 150 Create-a-Sticker, scissors for creating rough edges on dp, Inkssentials opaque white pen (for highlights on cup handle)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My time with ODBD is coming to a close

Well, my goodness, how fast the last 2 months with ODBD have flown! You know what they say about time flying when you're having fun? Well, it has truly zoomed by. I've had such fun getting to know the wonderful ladies in the bread basket as well as the other guest bakers, Tosha Leyendekker and Sandee Shanabrough who worked alongside me in April and May (Sandee will be filling in for a regular designer who had to take a short sabbatical through June, so you'll get to see her a bit longer).

What a great experience it has been! I often felt like I was hanging on for dear life, this being my first experience as a design team member, but with such wonderfully supportive ladies surrounding me I kept flying somehow.

Who were all these wonderfully supportive ladies? Here's the list (since the list will change over time, I want to remember the current crew):
Kelley, thank you for giving me the honor and privilege of representing such a fine company! It was a blast!

Now, who takes my and Tosha's place as guest bakers, you may ask? Well, you will not be disappointed, let me tell you!

The new designers are: Grace Nywening (aka scrappigramma2 on SCS) at Th-INK-ing of You and Kathy Jones (aka Wattle at SCS) at Inspired to Stamp. Please go check out their blogs for some sneak peeks at what is coming up at ODBD in June!! Really nice stuff! I've already gotten to know them a bit and they are just wonderful ladies! Grace is a southern belle and Kathy is an Aussie! The time difference has been interesting for Kathy and us. As soon as she's up we're going to bed in the states! lol

Well, I know I still have a few days left, technically, but I figured it was a good time for me to bid my fond farewells to my fellow designers. Except, I will be seeing them on their blogs, so it's not really goodbye, is it?

God bless you, ladies!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks to all those who have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy! We owe you so much.

For this card I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge for Week 87.

Have a blessed holiday! We'll be barbecuing and relaxing!

Stamps: God Bless America, Pledge of Allegiance and In God We Trust sets by Our Daily Bread Designs

CS: Black, Brocade Blue (DTPed with Bashful Blue ink), white, More Mustard, Real Red

Inks: Bashful Blue, Versafine Onyx Black, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and D'Vine Swirls embossing folders, Nestabilities Large Pinking Circles and Classic Circles Small, 1&1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Fiskars Diamond border punch, Bashful Blue marker, Rose Red marker, piercing tool, sponge mat, star template, sewing machine, jumbo black brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Post-It Note (for blocking), Sticky Doos, 3D-Dots, Crop-a-Dile

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Keepin' it real

This is not conducive to creativity!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I was trying to find a way to store a small amount of bleach for stamping purposes so I wouldn't have to haul out the gallon jug every time I needed some. If you let bleach see any light it will lose its potency and start breaking down pretty quickly.

I thought putting it in a plastic medicine bottle and sticking the bottle in something dark would do the trick. It didn't leak when I first put it in this cardboard deco box.

But apparently it did at some point. The bottle was too tall to stand up in the box, so I laid it down. Bad idea.

Oh well, back to the drawing board! Do you have any ideas you can share with me? I tried storing bleach in one of my water brushes. I even taped it all up with duct tape trying to keep the light out. It didn't work.

Do you think one of those dark eye dropper type medicine bottles would work? I think I'll have one available pretty soon. Will share what happens if I try it out!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Grand Old Flag

If I told you how many hours I spent trying to get this card done, you would fall over in disbelief. But it's done, praise God! This was one prayed-for card!

Sometimes it's that way when I sit down to stamp. Other times it comes right to me and everything works. But most of the time I do struggle a bit, at least, to get it to where I like it.

This card actually started yesterday. It's gone through so many metamorphoses that I don't think much of the original idea is even evident in the finished product at this point. It was to start with the flag stamp from the God Bless America set by Our Daily Bread Designs.

I tried many different ideas and color schemes and got closer to the finish line once I picked those Sizzix Architectural Accents corners and a piece of Ruby Red card stock. I DTPed the RR cs with Ruby Red ink and sponged the edges with Versafine Onyx Black ink and voila! I was inspired! I don't know if it's sacrilegious to have a bit of an Oriental theme for an American flag card, but I like it.

Nifty tip alert! The sandwich I use for this particular Sizzix die in my Cuttlebug is A+1 piece of scrap cs+B+die (facing up)+cs+B. Basically, it's the sandwich for the embossing folders plus an extra piece of cs tucked in between the A and B plates to add just a bit of extra thickness. If you use designer paper, the extra piece of cs might not be necessary. Experiment on scraps to find the best sandwich for your machine.

To get those die cut corners to stick I ran them through my Xyron Create-a-Sticker (Model 150) using permanent adhesive and then used a rubber eraser to remove the goo that was visible once they were positioned into place.

For the flag, I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink on white cs and colored it with Ruby Red and Night of Navy SU markers. Then I DTPed it with Tim Holtz's Antique Linen Distress Ink. While it was still damp I crumpled it up and spread it out. This caused it to rip a bit which I liked. It gave it an old feel. Old, worn flags are the dearest.

The Pledge circle was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Creamy Caramel cs and then DTPed with Antique Linen ink. Then it was sponged with the black ink around the edges.

TFL and have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: I Pledge Allegiance single stamp and God Bless America by Our Daily Bread Designs

CS: Black, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, white

Inks: SU Ruby Red, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink

Other: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Architectural Accents die, Nestabilities Large Pinking Circles, Standard Circle Small and Long Classic Rectangles Large, sponge daubers, SU Ruby Red marker, SU Night of Navy marker, gingham ribbon, Sticky Doos (for flag to raise up high), 3D-Dots, Xyron Create-a-Sticker Model 150 with permanent adhesive, rubber eraser

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Horsey Birthday

My fourth child turns 13 on Saturday and her daddy will be taking her, her little sister and a friend trail riding! She's so excited!

Since she's going to be having a horsey birthday I thought I'd do a horsey birthday card for her.

I stamped the PSX horse stamp on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored it with SU markers and a water brush and ink pad. Sometimes you can get a nice water-colored look by touching the water brush tip to the marker itself. I did that to get the lighter green grass by using the Old Olive marker with the water brush. Then I went in with the Always Artichoke marker (without the water brush) while the paper was still wet to get the shadows.

The horses started out with the lightest marker I could find: Creamy Caramel. I added layer upon layer of CC to the image until I got it as dark as I could. Then I used the water brush and the Close to Cocoa ink pad to give the darker places a bit more color, but not too much. I used the Close to Cocoa marker for the manes and tails.

For the "sky" I used a sponge dauber very lightly inked with Bashful Blue ink and gingerly went over the sky area. It might not even be visible in this pic. It's very lightly done.

The designer papers I used are from the Memory Box Brandywine (the top one) and Poppyfinch (the bottom one) collections.

I used the Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder on the top dp. It didn't pop out as much because, like an idiot, I glued several layers together beforehand and had to create a different "sandwich" to run it through the Cuttlebug with. I used the Swiss Dots folder on the lower piece.

The rest is pretty much self-explanatory. TFL and have a lovely evening!

Stamps: PSX horse (G-1876), Happy Birthday stamp by Savvy Stamps

CS: Black, Memory Box Brandywine and Poppyfinch dps, watercolor paper

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue

SU Markers: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Other: Cuttlebug Forest Branches and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Fiskars Diamond border punch, Labels 3 Nestabilities, water brush, sponge dauber, 3D-Dots, black gingham ribbon, Bo Bunny Sadie icandy brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, ticket corner punch, Inkssentials opaque white pen (for horse blazes)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rightly govern

I love this George Washington quote: "It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible." How true that is. We are seeing unprecedented evil creeping into our laws because those who create them are not looking to the One greater than they for guidance. They have taken God's place in deciding what is right and wrong and now moral relativism rules the day. *sigh*

Anywho, this is a gatefold card. I love doing these so much that I created a category in my sidebar for them.

I wanted to play with a Memory Box Glitterati paper I really like because it goes so well with the Daisy Dreams Lagoon Prima and the cream daisy Prima. I ran the panels of dp through the Cuttlebug using the Distressed Stripes ef. Then I sponged them a bit with Sage Shadow ink to cover up the cracks in the DP (this happens to thinner papers like DPs). Then I used the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template to do a little paper piercing in the corners.

I had gotten the Pinking Nestabilities for Mother's Day and couldn't wait to play with them. What a fun shape! I pierced holes around the pinked edges. Not sure how easy it is to see, though.

For the eagle from ODBD In God We Trust set I stamped on white cs with Sage Shadow ink. Then I stamped over it with a quote from the God Bless America set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel inks.

I put the teal flower on top of the cream flower with some Mono Multi glue. Then I stuck them on the card using 2 Sticky Doos because they are so thick and would allow the flowers to stand up high enough.

And of course, I can't seem to make a card these days without using ye olde ticket corner punch, although I TRY to refrain!

I forgot to mention that I did DTP to the Chocolate Chip base with Chocolate Chip ink. It adds such a richness to the look, almost looks like leather.

TFL! Hope you have a good day! I'm a bit down as we had to put our old dog to sleep yesterday. He was a sweetie and it was the hardest decision to make. Poor thing had terrible arthritis in his back legs and got to where he couldn't stand or walk anymore. I miss him so!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs In God We Trust and God Bless America

CS: Chocolate Chip, black, Memory Box Glitterati, white

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Versafine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel

Other: Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Nestabilities Large Pinking Circles, Standard Circle Small, ticket corner punch, paper piercer, sponge mat, Ornare Decorative Corners paper piercing template, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Prima Daisy Dreams Lagoon flowers, Sticky Doos, 3D-Dots, sponge daubers, black organdy ribbon

Saturday, May 9, 2009

For my mother

To make my mother's card I went with a card sketch at the Mojo Monday blog. This one is from Sketch 81.

I just love the girl image from the retired SU set Friendship's Journey. It's so versatile. I like versatile stamps. Stamps can be so expensive. If they're not versatile they're wasting money no matter how cute they are.

One set I have not used much at all, but need to is SU Travels Abroad (also retired). I used the Arc de Triomphe stamp from that set to visually balance the girl image.

The "Mother" image is from a Hero Arts stamp that I blocked. It actually says "Happy Mother's Day", but I blocked out everything but "Mother".

I used the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder on both front panels of Basic Grey Porcelain paper. The buttons are also from the Porcelain collection. I tied embroidery floss to them and glued them down.

I'm recovering from some minor surgery I had yesterday, so please forgive me for not putting in more details on this post. I'm in a bit of a Lortab fog. TFL!

Stamps: SU Friendship's Journey, SU Travels Abroad, Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day (C1402)

CS: Mellow Moss, Basic Grey Porcelain collection, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Ivory

Inks: Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel

Other: Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, Nestabilities Labels One, Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Classic Rectangles Small, Standard Circle Large and Classic Scalloped Circle Small; Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, Tsukineko sponge daubers, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos, paper piercer, sponge mat, buttons from Basic Grey Porcelain Collection, embroidery floss, moss organdy ribbon, sewing machine, Post-It notes for blocking, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sun-Ripened Thank You

I needed a thank you card for my sister and decided to play with the retired Stampin' Up! Sun-Ripened set. I've had it forever and rarely played with it. Such a pity as it's a very nice and versatile set.

I stamped the pear stamp twice and cut out 4 of the leaves and the pear after coloring them with SU markers (see colors below). Then I colored the main image and ran it through the Cuttlebug to cut it into an oval. After that I added the cut-out leaves and pear with 3D-Dots.

I used one of the Memory Box Brandywine papers which has a soft gold undertone. I thought it would set off the yellow in the pear nicely. I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder and then sponged Really Rust ink over it to cover up the white core that was showing through on the dots. I liked it so much I sponged the ink all over the paper.

I used a design from the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template in the bottom left corner and free-handed the continuing lines along the bottom and sides.

You can't really see it in the pic, but I sprayed a very soft layer of Pearl Glimmer Mist over the pear oval (not the black scalloped part, though). It really is pretty. I wish it was more visible in the pic.

Thanks for looking! I have one more Mother's Day card to share. Maybe I'll get that up tomorrow. Have a lovely evening!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Sun-Ripened and Cheery Chat

CS: Black, Memory Box Brandywine, white

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Really Rust

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallops Large, Classic Oval Large, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, paper piercer, sponge mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig, olive grosgrain ribbon, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel SU markers, 3D-Dots, Pearl Glimmer Mist, ticket corner punch, Tsukineko sponge dauber

Daisy Pledge of Allegiance

I went lighter on the blue with this card because I wanted to showcase the lovely blue Primas from the Daisy Dreams Lagoon collection. Thankfully, each Prima flower set also comes with some creamy white flowers, so there is lots of versatility there.

I used the flag stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs' God Bless America set and the I Pledge Allegiance single stamp.

I'm really happy with the way this flag turned out. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink on plain white cs. Then I colored the blue area with an SU Bashful Blue marker. I colored the red stripes with an SU Ruby Red marker. I touched up the flag's black lines with my Special Black Copic marker since I didn't get a strong impression and didn't want to waste the image. With a light hand I was able to improve things without making it look overdone.

I used Brocade Blue cs because it matched so well with the 2 coats of Bashful Blue ink I had applied.

The red gingham ribbon reminds me of picnics (checked table cloths) and this card has that 4th of July feel about it. And what do we usually do on the 4th? Picnic!

Thanks for looking! Hope you have a great weekend! Pray for our nation!

Stamps: I Pledge Allegiance single stamp and God Bless America by Our Daily Bread Designs

CS: Real Red, black, Brocade Blue, white

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles and Traffic Jam embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallops Large and Classic Oval Large, Prima Daisy Dreams Lagoon flower collection, paper piercer, sponge mat, red gingham ribbon, ticket corner punch, Bashful Blue marker, Ruby Red marker, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos (behind flowers)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Apricot Daisy Mother's Day

Here's the card I made for my grandmother. She suffers from dementia and doesn't know me anymore, but I always acknowledge her on Mother's Day because she was and is a special person to me. We were close before her mind started slipping and I miss those days years ago when we could talk about so many things together. I look forward to the day when her mind will be restored and we can be close again.

I did the Scor-Pal treatment like I did in the previous card. This time I used Apricot Appeal cs and the matching ink to get the dimensional effect. I rubbed (dtp'd) the ink pad all over the cs until it was well saturated. Then I set it aside to dry.

I wanted a really simple sketch design. So often when I try to follow someone else's card sketch ideas I end up pulling my hair out trying to make things work. I do much better if I start with an image I like and design my own sketch around it, taking ideas from the many sketches I've seen, of course.

For this one I wanted to use the Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day stamp and it has its limits on where it can be placed on a card since it's a bit long. Can you see it? It's a bit obscured by the Script embossing. I heat-embossed it using VersaMark ink and opaque white embossing powder. Then I cuttlebugged it.

I used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch on the centerpiece's black cs and also on the vellum. I attached the green dp from DCWV Pocket Full of Posies to the black with 3D-Dots and then sewed around the edges. It created a pillowed effect that looks quite nice. Then I added it to the base with more 3D-Dots. I go through a LOT of 3D-Dots!

The daisies are from the Prisma Daisy Dreams Snow Collection. I colored in the centers with an SU Apricot Appeal marker.

Then, of course, there's the black gingham ribbon which goes PERFECTLY with the other colors. That was my source of inspiration.

Thanks for looking and have a lovely day! Today, I go for my pre-op for some minor surgery I'll be having on Friday. I hope to have lots of time to sit and stamp during my recovery (about a week)! You'd think that I'd be sick of stamping by now, but, surprisingly, no!

Stamp: Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day (C1402)

CS: Black, Apricot Appeal, vellum, DCWV Pocket Full of Posies dp

Inks: Apricot Appeal, VersaMark

Other: Scor-Pal, Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, Primas from the Daisy Dreams Snow collection, Apricot Appeal marker, black gingham ribbon, ticket corner punch, opaque white embossing powder, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos (for flowers), sewing machine

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Daisy Green Mother's Day

I have several Mother's Day cards to share, but am short on time right now. So I'm doing them one at a time. I have more stamping to do for ODBD, so I will post these as I am able.

This card is for my mother-in-law. I'm blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law. I know that's probably a rare thing. She is always so supportive of me and of our family. I thank God for giving me such a wonderful husband along with his wonderful mother! On top of being so supportive, she is very appreciative of my handmade cards. So it's always a pleasure to make them for her.

I decided to do the scoring thing with my Scor-Pal on the base. But I didn't do the DTPing like I usually do because I wanted the Old Olive color to stay just as it was.

I used the Diamond border punch by Fiskars on the black cs. The black gingham ribbon is what actually inspired the use of black as an accent color. I wasn't going to use it until I saw the ribbon over the Pocket Full of Posies dp.

The "Mom" stamp is by PSX. I really need to get some more Mother's Day stamps! I keep reusing the same ones! I heat embossed it with VersaMark ink and Judikins Detail Black ep.

The daisies are Primas from the Daisy Dreams Snow collection. I colored them with markers to match the card's colors.

Gotta get my Mother's Day cards mailed out and start stamping for ODBD, so I better git going!

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Stamps: Mom (D-2463) by PSX

CS: Black, Old Olive, DCWV Pocket Full of Posies dp

Inks: VersaMark

Other: Scor-Pal, Fiskars Diamond border punch, ticket corner punch, Prima Daisy Dreams Snow daisies, Basic Black marker, Certainly Celery marker, Cameo Coral marker, Judikins Detail Black ep, black gingham ribbon, black mini-brads, sewing machine, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos (for daisies - thicker)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Convertible Birthday

Our son turns 16 this coming Monday. He's a joy to us all and a blessing in every way. I wanted to make him a special card. I hope he'll like it!

All the stamps used are Stampin' Up! I used Cheery Chat for the sentiment, Collage Alphabet Numbers for the 'no. 16' and Classic Convertibles for the car.

This card is pretty simple and straight-forward. The base is Chocolate Chip and was cuttlebugged using the Traffic Jam embossing folder.

I cuttlebugged the side panel of dp (Basic Grey Archaic) with the Mesh embossing folder. I glued it to the black background and stitched it on the sewing machine.

For the circle I stamped 'Happy Birthday' on ivory cs, cut it out using a Nestabilities circle die, ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles EF, and then sponged around the edges with my awesome new Tsukineko sponge daubers using Creamy Caramel ink.

For the car, I heat-embossed it with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and Judikins Detail Black embossing powder on ivory cs. Then I colored it with a Creamy Caramel marker, layering the color heavier in some areas and barely coloring others. I finished it up by using a silver Sharpie for the chrome and metal parts and a white Prismacolor pencil for the tires.

I stamped the 'no. 16' part on ivory cs, punched it out with the large oval punch and sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel ink.

Thanks for looking! Now I better git a move on and finish up the Mother's Day cards I need to make! Whew! May is a busy month!

Stamps: All Stampin' Up! - Cheery Chat, Classic Convertibles, Collage Alphabet Numbers

CS: Chocolate Chip, black, Basic Grey Archaic, ivory

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Brilliance Graphite Black, Creamy Caramel

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders - Traffic Jam, Mesh, Tiny Bubbles; Nestabilities Standard Circle Large and Small, Judikins Detail Black ep, large oval punch, 3D-Dots, black zigzag ribbon, silver Sharpie, Creamy Caramel marker, Tsukineko sponge daubers, sewing machine, white Prismacolor pencil (for tires)

Friday, May 1, 2009

ODBD May Release Day!! Blessed is the nation...

Today is the day if you've been wanting to purchase some great patriotic stamps with a Christian bent for your 4th of July cards! Our Daily Bread Designs has some nice new sets!

Not only is ODBD releasing new stamps, but there's also a sketch challenge for May! Yes, ODBD is having a sketch challenge! If you choose to play, please watch the ODBD blog for details. The info you need will be posted on Saturday, May 2nd.

This card is my first for the sketch challenge. I'm using one of the sentiments from the In God We Trust May release.

Unlike most patriotic cards, this one has very muted reds, whites and blues. I actually did not intend that. It just happened. I actually started with very vibrant versions of those colors. And I just wasn't happy with anything I was doing. So I dug into some new designer papers Kelley is now carrying in her store. and found some great choices. Who says you must use only bright colors on a patriotic card?

The ones I used are not specifically patriotic, but still work. They're from Memory Box. The biggest and smallest pieces are from the same paper taken from the Poppyfinch collection. The bigger one was just sponged a lot with ink and looks more muted. The reddish piece is from the Rhubarb Tart collection. The oval piece is from the Basic Grey Granola collection. Kelley doesn't carry that one, but she does carry several Basic Grey papers and is expecting more in!

I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder on the biggest piece and then sponged Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distressed Inks very lightly over the raised part. Then I sponged some SU Bashful Blue ink over that. I just recently bought some Tsukineko Sponge Daubers after avoiding them for years because of the cost. I LOVE them! They are so much nicer to use than the big pieces of cut-up sponges I've been using all these years! I should've given in sooner!

I sponged a bit of the brown and black inks around the reddish piece (although, it's not terribly visible) and then used SU's spiral punch on one side.

The smallest piece and the piece with the Scripture have paper piercing done with the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template.

I did the scrolled corners using my Cuttlebug and a Sizzix Sizzlit die from the Architectural Accents set. Boy was it hard getting the pressure right to cut them out! Too much and it feels like you're gonna break the die. Too little and you can't punch it out completely. Oye!

The cross is a sticker from EK Success Jolee's Boutique. I found it at Target. I sponged it with the brown, black and blue inks and added 2 small pearls to the one in the center which came with the sticker. Kelley doesn't sell this particular cross, but she has some similar ones in her store.

Well, thanks for looking and I hope you play in the sketch challenge! At SCS please put in the keywords: ODBDSC03 and ODBD.

Stamp: In God We Trust by Our Daily Bread Designs

CS: Black, Memory Box Rhubarb Tart and Poppyfinch, Basic Grey Granola

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distressed Inks Vintage Photo and Black Soot, SU Bashful Blue

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Large and Small, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, Sizzix Sizzlits Architectural Accents, Pearls, EK Success Jolee's Boutique cross sticker, SU spiral punch, 3D-Dots, Tsukineko sponge daubers