Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pot of Gold

Combined some stickers with stamps to make this card.  The words were stamped with a Gamma Green Brillance pad onto the cream paper which was punched out with a Marvy pink oval.  That was layered onto a purple scalloped punch piece.  The shammrocks and pot are the stickers.  Two ribbons were knoted together and glued down.  This was all layered onto printed paper, then cream paper, and then onto the green card.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Memory Box Technique Card

You may have noticed that I have begun doing classes again.  Did think it was time to update my Technique classes and this is one of the new cards for my Stamping Techniques I class.  The world of stamping is ever changing.  In making this card you'll learn how to color different colors on a stamp, how to use dye and pigment inks, how to incorporate punches, and how glitter glue works, and how a few embellishments complete a card.  I'm still working on the cards, so the store site doesn't have the changes yet on the class description.  Keep posted here for more peeks at what's coming for this class.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sew Happy Card

I have a friend who loves to sew.  This paper seemed perfect for her.  Then button and brad scissors seemed a good fit with the paper.  The words are by Hero Arts. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lockhart Apples Card

Copic markers were used to color in the picture.  I'm trying to expand my coloring skills with the Copics.  Lockhart images are small and seem a good way to work on the coloring a little bit at a time.
The pink Marvy round punch was used around the apples, and then the purple Marvy round punch was used on the green piece.  A tab punch was used on the "Happy Birthday" piece which was slipped behind the ribbon.  Inside is stamped,"His fruits manifested in you are a delight to behold."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring Action Birthday Card

What you can't see in this card is that the "Make a wish" is attached to a self adhesive spring.  The card was stamped with a background stamp by Cat's Pajamas onto the card.  Then a white piece and a piece of ribbon were attached next.  Finally, the preprinted piece was placed on top.  Some irridescent glitter glue was added to each flame.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Embossed Birthday

Here's another version of the embossed Cuttlebug folder.  This time I punched it out with a purple Marvy round punch.  Double stick tape was layered twice on the back so it is raised enough for the folded flowers to fit behind it.  Small blue gems were added to the middle of a few of the flowers.  Paper and felt flowers were used.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Embossed Birthday Card

Took one of my embossing folders for the Cuttle Bug and used it to make for one of the many birthdays coming up in March.  The background on the green used a paisley background stamp by Impression Obsession and was stamped in blue. On the edges of the card a white pigment pad was rubbed on the edges of the card.  The white behind the words is white card stock that was punched through an EK Success punch so the candles show at the top.  A little bit of glitter glue was added to each flame.  The lace is actual lace found at a flea market. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents' Day Post

Today all children and Federal employees are especailly grateful for our two Presidents who have birthdays this month because it gives them an extra day off of work.  It seemed appropriate to have a USA tribute card to both presidents.  They valued the country so much they sacrificed much of their personal happiness to preserve the nation.  Great men.  If you have never read much about them, they are worth reading up on.  Lots of good books out there on them.  Of course here in DC we have wonderful opportunities to see and be where they have been.
This card uses a transparent slide of Miss Liberty with USA cut from some printed paper and layered up on card stock.  The three other printed papers are also layered on card stock.  Found some star self adhesive gems to finish off the card.

Laser Cut Butterfly Paper

Have you seen these types of paper?  They are 12x12 paper with images cut out already.  Really neat, but often you don't know what to do with them.  So, I took this butterfly paper and made some cards with them.  This is a nice generic card you can use whatever way you need at the moment.  Birthday, Easter, etc.  The butterflies were layered onto the top of double sided sticky paper.  Loose glitter was then poured over the whole sheet sticking to all the open spaces.  The other side of the sticker sheet was attached to a metallic white paper.  The white paper was then glued to the front of the card. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Celtic Cross

This Celtic Cross was embossed with copper embossing powder onto green card stock.  It was cut out and placed on a scalloped circle of metallic bronze.  The printed paper was layered onto another piece of metallic bronze paper.  Copper brads were attached at the top to more green card stock.

Friday, February 17, 2012


I'm used to spring coming in February  in CA.  However, I'm in VA, and yet it's starting to feel like spring.  Not sure that's a good thing-if we get a late cold spell I'm afraid it'll reek havoc on the plants that are coming to life.  But, it has put me in the mood to start on spring cards.  Here's one using an Irish Blessing.  The blessing is stamped in a dye green on to vellum.  The Celtic circle is also stamped in a dye green.  The vellum was then attached to the card with the ribbon.  Two printed papers are behind the vellum, and all are secured to green card stock. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Let Your Light Shine Birthday Card

In my ever expanding effort to organize, I've been sifting through my printed paper stash and taking out papers that may be good for a project or season and placing them in a 12X12 plastic holder.  Then, as I'm working on cards, I can look more easily through my papers.  Got several cards out of this paper by TPC last night.  The words are by Printworks and are stamped with Versfine black.  The paper clip embellishment was found at Papersource. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ladybug Birthday Card

I have a little friend who has a birthday right at the start of the month of March.  Her nickname is "ladybug" and she loves pink.  This card covers it all.   The pink paper is double sided, so the polka dot pieces are from the back side of the ladybugs.  The words are by Hero Arts.  A friend put together a book of templates from the Splitcoast stampers site.  I love having them in book form so I can keep it right on my desk to refer to when stamping.  This card was made from one of the templates.  I like using templates to keep me from being in a rut when making cards.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

One last spritzed card for the big love day.  We're hosting a friend who just finished school and is looking for a job.  She'll be joining us tonight, so we also invited our great neighbor and an international teacher she's hosting for dinner tonight.  Looking forward to a great home cooked meal and the chance to enjoy each other's company.  Hope you have a chance to enjoy those friends today who are special to you.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stampscapes Sampler

I played the snow card today.  Stayed home all day and had a chance to clean the stamp room and put things in order that have needed it for a longer than I'd like to admit.  Started gearing up for the double digit birthdays coming up next month.  Will start posting some of those next week. 
For now, am posting this sampler of scenes from my Nightscapces class.  The frame was done with the Accu-cut.  The scenes are all done on white glossy paper and stamped with dye inks.  All images were stamped in black and colored in with sponge daubers. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bo Bunny Heart Card

My brother and his wife live in the coldest part of PA.  So this winter paper by Bo Bunny seemed perfect for their Valentine's Day card.  The great part about nice paper is it means you just have to cut and assemble.  The heart was punched out with a Marvy punch.  The rest is just parts of the paper.  The words are all from one stamp that is actually two long lines.  It wouldn't fit that way on the paper, so using an ink marker, I inked small sections and stamped each part seprately on the paper. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sweet and Sassy Card

This is the Valentine Card for my hubby this year.  It was made with stamps from a set by "Sweet and Sassy".  Inside the card it says, "You complete me." We have had quite a few challanges this year and often it was our humor that helped get us through the hard times.  Thought he'd really enjoy this slightly quirky card.  The stamps were inked with a black Momento pad and then colored in with Copic markers. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

From the Heart

Been cleaning up my work area and guess what I found?  Yep, another sprized heart.  The great thing about the spritzes is that you can crank out a bunch of them all at one time.  Along with the papers, two heart paper clips were added to the corner.  A find from Staples, I believe.  Words are by Hero Arts, and the stencil is by Dreamweaver. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Savvy Heart

A simple card today using the same heart used for the Make It Take It this week.  It was stamped in red and punched out.  The printed paper has a white piece under it.  The words are by Hero Arts.  I wanted to send this to a friend who recently lost her husband.  This will be her first Valentine's Day without him, so simple seemed best, and the quote seemed just right.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Victor Hugo quote

I looked at all the cards I'm posting this week and realized the theme of "hearts" is the theme this week.  The quote here is a little hard to read.  It says, "To love another person is to see the face of God."  The heart was created by spritzing through the stencil.  A sticker with the gem in it, was added to the top of the flower.  This was applied over two different printed papers.  The bottom card is gray.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thinking of You

This is the card we'll be doing at Angela's Happy Stamper store this Thursday.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  Simple, yet complete.  The bird and heart are by Savvy stamps.  The words are from a clear set by Hero Arts.  The bird is stamped on the paper and then the wing was spliced with an exacto knife.  The heart was stamped and cut out and then slid under the wing.  I like this card because it's one you can send anyone for Valentine's day.  I like focusing on the overall idea of love and like to send cards to folks who may not get Valentine's from a beau or spouse.  Hope you'll think of someone like that who would really enjoy knowing they are loved and send a card out to that person.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Truth about Cats

I sure do miss my kitties, but can't help admit this card tells a truth about cats.  The cat was stamped with Versafine black and cut out and placed on some Lasting Impression's stencil paper.  The word stamp is by Rubbermoon.  The cat stamp is by Coranado Stamps.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Verses Anniversary Card

A quick and easy card here for an anniversary using a Verses stamp.  If you need a good saying, Verses is a good place to look because all they do are word stamps.  This card was done on Memory Box printed paper.  The words were inked in Versafine black and then the solid  heart was inked in a pigment white ink and stamped over the words. (Once the words were heat set.)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Card with Judith Stamps

If you ever go to stamp or scrap conventions, the booth for Judith stamps is always swarming with folks enjoying the whimsical and cute stamps.  She creates lots of little stamps that go together to make fun scenes.  Angelas's Happy Stamper picked up Judith stamps this past year.  I made this  Make It Take It for the store last week with these stamps.  Everything was inked with Momento's black ink first, then colored in with Copic pens.  The balloon is one of the small stamps, and was inked and stamped  3 times here.  Then a Tombow black was used to draw in the strings.   To finish off the image, a Quickie glue pen was run over the sketch lines which instantly creates a tacky surface, and then fuzzy brown flocking was applied on top.  The excess flocking was then shaken off and saved for another day.  It leaves the bear not just cute, but fun to touch.  The words are from a clear set by Impression Obsession.