Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heart To Heart Card Drive

When you see the amazing card drive that Cammie King has put together to celebrate her late grandmother's birthday, you will just want to be a part of this amazing cause. Her grandmom passed for Alzheimer's Disease. The challenge is to create a card to share with a caregiver of an Alzheimer's Disease patient. It is very hard work and these individuals should be acknowledged every day! I have posted the link in the side bar, so you can go check out all the details.

My card was created using Nina Brackett's set called Hugs and Prayers. The Poppies just caught my eye when I was looking for the right image. Pretty Poppies is the dp I chose to accent the flowers. I also used layers of Gina K. Designs, Pure Luxury card stock in Onyx and Lipstick Red. I colored directly onto the stamp with Marvy Brush Markers. Sponging was done with Memento Tuxedo Black. Red gems, a tiny tag, and a little black jute bow are my accent.

My inside uses a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs set called Lean on Me.

Thank you for taking the time to read the details of this worthy cause. My card will be sent to the family of my dear friend Rose, who have been struggling to keep their Mom in a home setting. Alzheimer's Disease can be so devastating to everyone involved. They need love, understanding, and prayers. Please hop over to Cammie's blog to see what you can do to add your support.

Hoot! Hoot! ..... My Friend

I saw this great challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations and just had to give it a go. Don't you just love the look of these yummy cuppies?

My card bases are Chocolate card stock, and a sky print digi paper. My owl is an i.cling stamp form Studio G. My sentiment and popped up flowers are from The Unity, September Store Kit. Coloring was done with Copic Markers, and gems and ribbon were added for accents.

It is a day full of flooding rain, here in PA. My trip to NJ has been postponed until tomorrow. Guess it will be a fun day of stamping for my DD and I. You know that just breaks my heart! LOL!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bring on the Neutrals!

Since my DD is visiting, and she brought some of her new goodies for us to play with, I wanted to make sure I used them! My card is created with a base of Ivory, then Soft Suede with images stamped in Memento, Rich Cocoa. My stamps are from the SU! set called Day Of Gratitude. I stamped one extra of the medallion, that I could cut out and layer. Three layers, to be exact, Soft Suede, Ivory, and vintage dictionary paper. I found a tan flower from Prima, with different tones, added some jute, and an antique brass flourish button. My sentiment is stamped on an SU! Designer Label.

I would like to enter this card at the following:
Joan's Gardens #16: Brown and Tan
You can just bet I stamped a couple of these medallions for future use. LOL! Have a wonderful evening, and thanks for stopping by.

Dog Gone Cute!

I have had this little guy for a couple months and just knew he needed to see ink! He is one of the Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things, called Dog Gone Cute! Now, I am not usually one who is drawn to the children/people stamps, but he tugged at my heart!

I used a Kraft base with scraps that I paper stitched together with some Technique Tuesday "Hanging By A Thread" stamps. Images are colored with Copics and the little guys shirt is paper pieced. My ribbon is from the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Monthly collection.

I will be entering my card at:
Incy Wincy Designs: Anything Goes

I just had to enter him in something! Hope you are having a peaceful Monday! Rainy and dreary here, but I am so thrilled to have my DD home for a few days that it just does not matter. Hope we can do a bit of creating tonight!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friends are the Best!

Friends just know how to make our hearts smile sometimes! I received a gorgeous card yesterday from my GF, Olga. Tucked inside was a little die that I had been wanting for ages. Well, of course I had to start playing with it! LOL! It's the little leaf spray from SU! It is the perfect accent, and size to go with so many of the Prima's and other flowers we use regularly.

I also needed a card for a stamping friend that has been under the weather lately, so I thought I would create it with her in mind.

My layers are created with kraft and seafoam card stocks. The seafoam is embossed with a Tim Holtz, Texture Fade called Swirls. My digital image is an unknown, and has been colored with Copic markers.Touches of glitter and Glossy Accents were added and then it was cut out with Spellbinders, Scalloped ovals. I have added some MM paper flowers with Dewdrop centers, and of course, my new Little Leaves Sizzlits, diecuts ! Love them!

I would like to enter this in:

Paper Sundaes #37: Things with wings.
Flutterby Wednesdays: All Winged Things

Fall Is In The Air

This first weekend of Fall has been a warm one, here in Pennsylvania, with temps soaring into the upper 90's. That is not stopping the leaves from beginning to show subtle changes. There are touches of red in the Dogwood trees, and the farm fields are full of dried corn and Goldenrod. Achoooo!
I thought that it would be fun to create an Autumn card using a new Impression Obsession stamp that I acquired recently. I enjoyed coloring it so much, that I made 2! It is called Colonial Fall!
I stamped my image with Memento, Rich Cocoa, and colored it with Copics. I then highlighted different places on the scene with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. Ivory and Rust were my primary card stocks and I added SU! punched corners from a scrap of K&C0. I added 4, brown mini brads as accents.

I would like to enter this card in the following:

Stamp Something: Fall Colors
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #22: A pumpkin on your card.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Been Wild!

Where has the month gone? It feels like just yesterday, I was waiting for my set from Melanie to arrive, so that I could get it inky and create. Wild At Heart, has made creating so much fun! It was an exciting month, with everyone trying new things, and techniques that have not been used for a long time! So many times I found myself saying "Why didn't I think of that?", but I was pleased that I came up with some different cards. Here is my creation for this final week as guest designer.My card base is Ocean Mist and Soft Sand, Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K. Designs. I found a coordinating scrap of DP in my stash. I took the large background stamp and using Marvy brush markers, I just inked around the flower images. They were then stamped directly over my DP. I thought they still needed a little pop so I highlighted the images with a white gel pen. I pierced all around the outside edge to add some flair. I have been learning how to make extra embellishments by rotating Martha Stewart, corner punches. The Modern Garland punch was used to make my medallion and then I added a circle punch with a stamped sentiment. Two trios of Dewdrops are used for accents.

I want to thank Melanie for having the faith in me to showcase her set and I hope to work with her again in the future. Can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the next release at Gina K. Designs! If you have a few minutes, please stop over at Melanies blog to catch a couple of other cards I whipped up!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge #15

When I first read Joan's challenge for this week, I let out a groan. Oh yes I did! She has asked us to do 4 things:

1. Use the colors green, blue, and orange.
2. Use a printed ribbon
3. Include 3 different patterns
4. Add something that dangles

Here is my fun card!
My card base is Grass Green, Pure Luxury card stock. I then included 3 different patterns of paper from the Basic Grey, Marrakech paper collection. My stamp is from Inky Antics and is colored in Copics. I distressed my image with Baja Breeze and Old Olive ink from SU!. My ribbon is organza with glittered polka dots of blue and green. For my dangle I added an orange/rust tag from K&Co, tied on with copper cording. Oh goodness, I almost forgot that I used tiny orange Prima's and pearls!

Having one of those great, crafty Sunday afternoons, with football as background noise. "Go Eagles"! If you have a minute, stop over at Dee's blog, and check out her cool Halloween card!. So great to see my DD being crafty also! She has been absent for a bit.

Beautiful Colors!

Love the inspiration the Kim Wilson has given us for this weeks challenge #25 at Off The Wall Craftiness. I just happen to have won a few older sets of SU! stamps on Ebay this week. Now, you know I wanted to ink them! Since I have not had time to do Kim's challenge for a couple of weeks, I had to make the stamps work. Here are the colors we are to use.

Soft and pretty colors, don't you think?

This is what I came up with. I have so many friends that love pretty flowers. I am sure this will not sit in my stash for very long. The SU! set is called Flower Garden, from 2004. I stamped all of my images with Going Grey ink so they would not be too bold. Coloring was done with Copic markers. I sponged with Going Grey and Pallette ink called Belle Rose. My butterflies were double stamped, cut , and popped. Glossy Accents and a wee bit of Stickles, were added as subtle touches. I used a shimmering grey card stock from Bazzill called Tiara. The DP is from The Mariposa Matstack made by DCWV. The gossamer grey flowers are Prima's and my centers of Gun metal beads, are from MM.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It is beautiful here!

Friday, September 17, 2010

In The Still Of The Night.........

Things have finally taken a cooler turn here in Pennsylvania! It is so good to be able to shut off the AC for spells and open windows. There just seems to be one problem. Long about 10 or 11 p.m., a visitor comes to spoil all of our fresh air. We have to do the nightly run to slam all the windows shut. I swear that this little critter, squirts just for something to do! Even the dog does not want to do her nightly walkies. This is my little skunk creeping around my yard, hunting for tasty morsels in the fall leaves.

When I saw this adorable new set from Mark's Finest Paper, I just had to get it. The sentiments are so versatile and I am sure I will be using it to create some little projects for the girls at work. The set is called Stinky Situation. Don't you just love it? This is for Speedy's challenge #20, to use fall colors.

I added a few little extra stamps from assorted companies to create the rest of my scene. Everything was stamped in Memento, Tuxedo Black. My card stocks are Gina K. Pure Luxury. Touches of color were added with Copic Marker. I did a little embossing with a TH Texture Fade. Accents are amber pearls from Queen & Co.

Have a wonderful weekend. After work today, I plan on a stampfest the next couple days! Hope you can stop back around.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Another Visit with Wild At Heart!

When Melanie asked me to be Guest Designer for her latest set for Gina K. Designs, called Wild At Heart, I was not sure how I was going to showcase a single large stamp in so many ways. I soon found out that the slightest change would give it multiple personalities! Throw in all the wonderful sentiments included in the set, and you have a recipe for creativity.

Today, I decided to try something a little fun and funky. I started with a base of Sweet Mango Pure Luxury card stock form Gina K. Designs and a layer of designer paper. After adding another popped layer of Sweet Mango, I used Melanie's beautiful floral stamp that had been inked with A Dee Gruenig Blending Blox, called shades of orange. It is a variegated pad, and I dragged it slowly across the stamp to give it a wild, wood grained look. Once my image appeared from stamping, I got the brainy idea to outline all of the flowers and details with Liquid Applique, and heat it up. I added tiny touches of color to the top of the puffy paint, and just stood back and giggled. It worked. For embellishments, I used a double row of ribbon and a glittery daisy button. To my sentiment, I added a couple of pearl studs.Card #2 is just a little bonus card using one of the sentiments from Wild At Heart. Some card stock, animal print dp, flowers & punches, and you have a simple little note card.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today, and please remember, try new things! If you have a few more minutes, pop over to Melanie's blog, to see another card I created with this wonderful set!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Moxie Fab World's Offset Scallop Gallop + More

Cath, at MFW, comes up with some of the best challenges! If you have time to play in this challenge, please check out Moxie Fab World, here! This challenge is for us to use offset scallop, otherwise known as fish scale pattern. I kept the card simple, and let the pattern do all the work.

My designer paper is a digital that did not have a name. My card stock is Soft Suede form SU!. The large circle, date stamp, is from Catslife Press. I showcased a date on here, as I will be using this for a very special Birthday. I colored areas with Copic marker, especially adding shadows with a C1 marker. My leaf was accented with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen for sparkle. Golden yellow pearls, and some rust lace, were added for embellishments.

I will also be entering this card at:

Allsorts Week 69: Colours of Autumn
Other Lovlies: A is for Autumn

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wild About Gingham!

This week, my post using Melanie Muenchinger's new set, called "Wild At Heart", took to places I don't usually like to go. I combined an element that I just love, which is gingham, with the color that gives me the most trouble when I am creating. That color is purple! There is something about that color that never seems to photograph correctly. Well, I think I finally conquered the beast with my love of gingham.

I used an A2 base weight card stock for my card and added a beautiful layer of purple gingham. My main image was inked with Color Box, fluid chalk ink in Dark Peony. I added a layer of scalloped, satin ribbon, a vintage openwork floral button, and Dew Drops to accent the centers of my flowers.

I hope you enjoy my creation for this week! Melanie's new set can be found over at Gina K. Designs. If you have time, please pop over to Melanie's Blog for a peek at another card I created using Wild At Heart. Bye for now!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Joan's Gardens Challenge #13

Wowzer! Joan threw in lots of little criteria for this weeks challenge! Stop over to Joan's Gardens and check this one out!!! We had to use rich, deep purple, use a Pendant die or make something similar, and use a border punch! Yipes Stipes!

This whole card started, because I got a new MS punch that I wanted to create with. It is the Quilted corner punch. As I was playing, I realized it was just like a piece that a Pendant die would make. I also added Dusty Concord Distress Ink to my collection, yesterday. The papers are all scraps from my stash, with the teal color being Bermuda Bay. For my border punch, I used an MS but unsure of the name. My flower is made from punching 8 layers of tissue paper, with a large 5 petal flower punch, and inking it in the Dusty Concord with touches of Fiber Scraps Tintz. The little butterfly stamp is from Judith and has touches of Stickle for sparkle. I added a gem flower center and larger deep purple gems up the side as accents. The sentiment is from Me & CarrieLou.

Have a glorious day, my friends! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #19

This week over at SCF, the challenge is to use five of something. I decided since I made a fall scene to make my five be leaves!

My DP is Mango Frost from DCWV. The falling leaf stamp is from Stampendous, and the dove is from The Artist Stamps, and I have had this one for years. I used a sentiment from Mel's Wild at Heart, from GKD. Images were colored in Copics, and then the dove was popped. I used an oak leaf punch and accented it with Copic and added touches of gold Stickle for sparkle. Dewdrops and a bow finish off the card.
We did not get a drop of rain from mean old Earl, and he left gorgeous temps and low humidity in his wake! Hope all is well in your little part of the world, and that you have a fun, safe holiday weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wild At Heart Meets Fun Year Round!

Good evening, everyone! I would like to share with you another creation I made for my Guest Designer spot, using Wild At Heart, by Melanie Muenchinger. This set is exclusive to Gina K. Designs. I hope Mel doesn't mind, but I decided to combine her previously released set, Fun Year Round, to make this card. I was trying to do something different and eye catching. I am pleased, and I hope you will agree!I started with a base of Kraft, Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K. Designs, followed by a layer of Onyx Black Pure Luxury. I first stamped the large background stamp from Fun Year Round onto some newsprint DP that I had in my stash, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I repeated this using the large background stamp from Mel's new set, Wild AT Heart. I carefully cut out the corresponding circles that I wanted to paper piece and after applying a Quickie Glue Pen, gently set them in. I highlighted a few other circles using shades of brown Copic Marker. My sentiment was cut with Spellbinders, double matted, and popped in the center. I used a triple wrap of hemp twine around my image, and topped it off with a silver flower charm with it's loop removed.

Please take time to stop over at Melanie's blog, to see some of the awesome work she has been doing with Wild At Heart, and to view another one of my creations.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our Craft Lounge DT Challenge #28

Here is the sketch we are asked to follow for this weeks challenge over at Our Craft Lounge.
As i have stated before, I have very limited sets from Our Craft Lounge, but I wanted to make sure I did all the challenges for the month. Here is what I came up with.

The stamp set I used is Hangin Loose with Kona. My card base is Chocolate Kiss and I used scraps of two tropical papers from my stash. I cut the top from a tag and used it for my sentiment and the bottom was used for a background for my little turtle dude. He was colored with Copics, and buttons were used as accents.

For all of my friends along the eastern shores, please be safe as Earl comes knocking. I am far enough inland that I will probably not see anything, but I have been evacuated from the Outer Banks 2 years in a row, this past decade. I know it can be frustrating, but listen to warnings, cause it sounds like they still don't know exactly what this big boy is up to. Be safe.