Monday, December 27, 2010

My Favorite Things Winter Stamping


We had a very Merry Christmas in the Gates household this year.  The plumbing and heating tech just left our home.  A new water heater was put in-YIKES!  Not the cheapest thing to have installed.  My husband was able to score a dented 50 gallon water heater for cost at work so that gave us a little better total, but not by much.

So on to the post....                       

Today's image is from My Favorite Things. Love the stuff from the Pure Innocence collection! I used papers from Basic Grey and added coloring with my Copic markers.  I love adding winter blues and greens to my cards this time of the year-so cozy!
Hope you enjoy!

2010 Christmas Card


I am finally posting my 2010 Christmas card.  This year I made a minimal amount of cards-40.  I decided that it would be enough-well it wasn't.  Less time and a more challenging card is what I was dealing with this year.

So here is what I came up with:
And the inside features:


Lots of painting with Distress Ink and perfect pearls.  In real life it looks all sparkly and pretty.  I hope you enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Unity Christmas Resist


Today's card features a itty bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Co.  I love the look of the cardinal with the music note background. 

To create this look, I first cut the cardstock with my label 4 Nestabilites.  I then stamped the image in Versamark and added white embossing powder-heat with tool. 

The color was added with my Ranger foam applicator and (Barn Door and Vintage Photo).  I then wiped the areas I wanted white clean with toweling.  I cut two small strips of Basic Grey Jovial Collection paper and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  Last, I added the jute and tied a bow.

The cardstock was cut to 41/4 x 8 1/2. 


Cardstock:  Paper Co. and Papertrey Ink
DP:  Basic Grey (Jovial)
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Ink (Barn Door and Vintage Photo)
Jute:  Joanne's
Stamp:  Unity Stamp Co
Embossing Powder: Stampendous
Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers 
Die Cut: Nestabilities

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura's Sketch 64


Here is my card I created for 2 Sketches 4 You- sketch challenge.

For this challenge, I created a card using Sassafrass' Indie Girl line.  I love all the blue and green soft floral tones.  With the papers, I added an Itty Bitty image from Unity Stamp Co.-"What's Shakin'".  The little salt and pepper shakers have small hearts on them, so I thought the tiny printed heart design form Indie Girl would be the perfect addition.

I pleated the paper and ran in through my sewing machine to make it look like real ribbon. The sentiment was embossed with Red ZING embossing powder. A bit of coloring with my Copic markers and distress ink and I am finished.

Hope you enjoy and join in on the sketch challenge this week.


Cardstock:  The Paper Company, Papertrey Ink (Vinatage Creme)
Pattern Paper:  Sassafrass- Indie Girl
Stamp:  What's Shakin -Unity Stamp Co.
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Embossing Powder: ZING American Crafts
Copic Markers
Ink: Momento and Distress Ink (Pumice Stone), Distress Embossing Ink

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Little Halloween Love

I had the chance to create a little something special for my co-workers this weekend. Last weekend, I spent a time creating little felt flowers, so I added a pin back to them for a little gift to give.

The tea bag holder/treat holder was something I saw over on Beate's blog Fresh and Fun.  You can find out how to make your own here.

I used a digi image from The Greeting Farm and sized it to fit the holder.  I then colored the image, cut it out with a Nestabilities die and added to the candy container.

Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics 
Patterned Papers:  Basic Grey, Echo Park, Scrappy Cat, and others!
Ink:  Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
Momento Ink (Tuxedo Black)
Digi Image:  The Greeting Farm
Die Cut:  Nestabilities (Large Circles)
Ribbon:  Michael's Basics
Copic Markers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Fall!


Yep, I am back after what some might say...A SUPER LONG BREAK!  I am finally finding some time to create and more importantly post my creations.

Today's card features a digi image from Pink Cat Studio.  A little love from our friends Billy and Lily.
This image reminds me of my two little leaf pile jumpers.

Hoping you are enjoying or enjoyed the colors in your area.  Until next time.  Enjoy!


Cardstock:  The Paper Company
Pattern Papers:  Basic Grey -Pyrus
Digi Image:  Pink Cat Studio
Stamped Background: Hero Arts-Graph Background
Stamped Sentiment:  Unity Stamp Co. KOM-October 2010
Ink:  Distress Ink-Scattered Straw, Copic Markers
Circle Cutter:  Martha Stewart
Twine:  American Crafts
Button: Prima

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Greetings!  I was so surprised to receive a free issue of Just Cards Holiday Special Edition in the mail today.  As I read the letter attached, I realized that one my submissions from over 6  months ago was published.

This is my first time being published and boy am I excited!  Here are some pics of me with the magazine and my card (with my name, of course).  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Flashback Friday-What Did You Post?

Greetings!  Have a look at your very first blog post.  The Flash Back Friday post for this week is all about your first entry.  Here is a picture of the first cards I posted back on November of 2008:


Yes!  I have been blogging for quite some time now. Are you interested and brave enough to post your first?  Well, then head on over to Amy's bog to see all the details~  Enjoy.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

2 Sketches-Kazan's 58

Here is the card I made for this week's sketch challenge:

For this card, I used papers from Basic Grey's Oliver collection.  The stamps are from Lawn Fawn's
How Delightful set.  Lamp images are everywhere and this set is so great.
I stamped the lamp in grey Momento ink and paper pieced the lamp shade with BG paper.  I then cut out the lamp with the small circle Nestabilities. The sentiment was heat embossed and I added a button with some string to top it all off. Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Bazzill and Papertrey Ink
DP:  Basic Grey-Oliver Collection
Ink;  Momento
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn
Scallop Punch:  Fiskars
Die Cut:  Small Circle Nestabilities
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Button:  Foofala
String:  May Arts
Other:  Embossing Powder

Etsy Inspired Challenge


I have a post tonight that showcases Etsy Inspired creations from Becky Kazana.  I found the Days of the Week underwear print to be quite inspiring.  I remember as a little girl having days of the week underwear.  Luckily, I had a stamp set from Our Craft Lounge that features not only underwear but bras too.

Here is my card:

I chose papers from my Cosmo Cricket Material Girl Mini Deck.  I paper pieced the panties and added them to the undies I stamped in Tuxedo Black Momento.  The card base was stamped with the graph background stamp from Hero Arts in Soft Pool ink.  The underwear are stamped on PTI's cardstock cut into a Label 8 shape from Nestabilities.
Cardstock:  Bazzill, Papertrey Ink
DP:  Cosmo Cricket-Material Girl
Stamps:  Our Craft Lounge, Hero Arts-Graph Background
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers


Friday, July 30, 2010

Berry Fun Basket

My post today features a digi template found over at My Favorite Things.  If you follow my blog, you know how I love MFT's Pure Innoscence collection.  Not only does MFT have stamps but they also have an array of digital papers, stamps and templates.  Check them out here.

So using their digital template, I created this berry basket along with some yummy paper strawberries (well, not really yummy).
First I downloaded the template and saved it to my digital stamp folder.  I then printed the template off (any size I wanted, might I add) on colored cardstock.  I then cut out the design with scissors and scored with my Martha Stewart score board on the dotted lines.  To add extra texture, I Cuttlebugged my basket with an embossing folder (Weathered Wood for the basket and Swiss Dots for the berries).
To keep the basket and berry pieces together I used my Score-Pal tape.  I then used string to tie the holes together for the berries and added a Cream Saver (Cream and Berry flavor-of course) to the center.  The tops were created with string, my pinking circle Nestabilities and a button.
I also included a small mini card to coordinate with the berries and basket.

Digital Template:  My Favorite Things
Sentiment on Card:  Unity Stamps-April KOM 2010
Embossing Plates:  Cuttlebug
DP:  October Afternoon-Go Fly A Kite
Die Cut: Nestabilities-Pinking Circle
Scoring Tool:  Martha Stewart Score Board
Adhesive:  Scor-Pal Tape
Other:  String, Buttons

Hope you enjoy and have a "berry" nice day!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura 57

Today's post features a card I created for the challenge over at 2 Sketches 4 You.  This sketches uses a longer card size along with a heart embellishment.
Here is what I created:   
I used my new papers from Basic Grey-Oliver Collection.  I just love all the male colors (blues, teals and reds). Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
DP:  Basic Grey-Oliver Collection
Stamps:  Unity July 2010 KOM
Ink:  Momento and Distress Ink-Old Paper
Punches: Fiskars-Scallop Sentiments and Marvy-Heart
Other: Pops Adhesive-This to That 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Embellish Magazine Challenge

My post today features a color and product challenge from Embellish Magazine.  The challenge:  to incorporate  the colors teal, orange, kraft, brown and ric rac in your creation.

I made a standard A2 size card along with some pattern papers from October Afternoon.  I did not have ric rac to match my color scheme, so I decided to find a pattern that resembled it in my paper.  To add special interest, I used my embossing pen from Inkadinkado and added some clear embossing powder to the ric rac design in my paper.  (a little hard to see in the photo).  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink and Bazzill
DP:  October Afternoon-Go Fly A Kite
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (July KOM) and Hero Arts-Thank you sentiments
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, Distress Ink-Worn Corduroy
Embossing Pen:  Inkadinkado
Corner Rounder:  Corner Chomper -We R Memory Keepers
Punches:  EK Success and Marvy
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Pen: Signo White Pen


Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Fruity Creation


My post today features a card I made for Sarah Martina's blog challenge.  The challenge is to make something incorporating fruit!              
I chose to break out some of my new Hero Arts stamps (Simply the Best).
I decided to do some paper piecing on these cards.  I thought that the Garden Variety papers from Cosmo Cricket would be perfect; fresh and fun patterns.  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Bazzill 
DP: Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety)
Stamps:  Hero Arts (Simply the Best) and Dots 
Ink:  Colorbox (Fluid Ink)
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Punch:  Fiskars (Scallop Sentiments)
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers-Corner Chomper 

Friday, July 16, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You- Laura 56

Greetings!  I was able to find time to participate in a couple of challenges this week.  One of the challenge I usually choose is 2 Sketches 4 You.  I like having the sketch challenge to work with.

Here is my card for the week:

I decided to make some more use of my October Afternoon Thrift Store paper pack.  I paper pieced a little scene for the birds (stamps from Unity Stamp KOM-June).  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink and Bazzill
DP:  October Afternoon (The Thrift Store)
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (June KOM)
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Circle Cutter:  Colluzzle 
Ink:  Fluid Chalk Ink (Colorbox), Distress Ink (Old Paper)
Copic Markers  

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Favorite Things-A Wagon Full of Love

I've been creating a ton of cards lately.  This one uses stamps from My Favorite Things.  MFT just released some new stamps and die cuts yesterday, so head on over to their web site for some SUPER CUTE ideas and images.                                     
This set is called A Wagon Full of Love.  This little set has a great selection of images.  I chose to add some of my own tiny flowers to the wagon vs. the stuffed animals included with the set.  There are quite a few possibilities with the wagon (hearts, flowers (paper or stamped ) and little animals.
Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Bazzill
Stamps: My Favorite Things (Wagon Full Of Love) Hero Arts (Thank You-tiny flowers)
DP:  October Afternoon (Go Fly a Kite)
Ink:  Momento (Tuxedo Black) and Distress (Old Paper and Worn Corduroy)
Copic Markers (see photo for colors used)
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Other:  Button, String (Martha Stewart) and Ribbon (Michael's)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge

Today's post features a color and design challenge from Embellish Magazine.  The challenge was to create a invitation using the colors green, red and craft/gold. 

The invite I created is to a wedding.  I love the sentiment from Unity's May KOM.  I decided  to incorporate it along with some letter stickers from Cosmo Cricket.  It reads "join us...for happily ever-after".
The stamped sentiment says " once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life love gives us a fairytale." 

Hope you enjoy! If you would like to play along, you have until July 17th.

Cardstock:  Bazzill and Papertrey Ink
DP:  Cappella Basic Grey
Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket
Stamps:  Unity Stamps (May 2010 KOM)
Punch:  Fiskars (scallop sentiments)
Ribbon:  Michael's 
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Copic Markers

2 Sketches For You-Kazan's Sketch 56

Love the sketch challenges posted on 2 Sketches 4 You.  This week's sketch is no exception.

I created a card using my Unity Stamps (November KOM 09)...yes, I went way back.  I love the crossword stamp!  It has a TON of possibilities!

Have some extra time?  Why don't you join this week's challenge?  Enjoy!

Cardstock: Bazzill and Papertrey Ink
DP:  October Afternoon (Go Fly A Kite)
Stamps:  Unity KOM (Nov 09)
Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Distress Ink (Pumice Stone and Brushed Cordory)
Punch:  Fiskars (scallop sentiments)
Ribbon; Michael's 
Corner Rounder:  Wr R Memory Keepers

Etsy Inspired Challenge

Today's post is all about inspiration.  Kimmieprout (on Etsy) designs polymer clay buttons.  The challenge on Etsy Inspired is to create something (card, layout, altered item) that brought you inspiration from the patterns and colors found on the designer's buttons.

I created this card by pulling the stamped images from the button in the Edithos collection.  I love the subtle pattern and simple design.  The stamps are from Unity Stamps (June KOM 2010).  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Papertrey Ink (antique white)
DP: October Afternoon (The Thrift Shop)
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (June KOM 2010)
Copic Markers
Ink:  Momemto (Tuxedo Black) and Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) (Barn Door Red)
Corner Rounder:  Corner Chomper-We R Memory Keepers
Ribbon: Michael's  

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Embellish Magazine Challenge

Here is a card I created for Embellish Magazine's Color Challenge.  The challenge was to create a card using 
peach, cream, green and yellow.  One also has to incorporate a baby theme. Play along until July 1st.  Enjoy!

Carstock: Bazzill 
DP:  Basic Grey (Olivia)
Punch:  Fiskars (scallop) and EK (Circle Punch)
Rub Ons: Doodlebug
Ribbon: Michale's Back to Basics
Pen:  Inkessentials 
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge

Today's post features a card I made for the Mojo Monday blog.

For this card, I used my new Unity June KOM.  The stamp features lots of butterflies inside a tree top.  In order to stick with my patterned paper colors, I chose to use Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  (Love this color!)
I also stamped the sentiment in the same color and used my Copic markers to color a few of the detailed butterflies (which was stamped twice) and the heart in the sentiment.

Patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Cappella line.
Supplies Used: 
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink 
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (June KOM) Paper Salon (tab)
DP:  Basic Grey (Cappella)
Ink: Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) 
Copic Markers
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder:  Swiss Dot
Jute, Corner Rounder and Brad Gems (Making Memories), Scallop Punch:  Fiskars 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura's Sketch 54

Check out the new sketch posted at 2 Sketches 4 You.

I hope to take the kids strawberry picking tomorrow. It is the season for picking yummy things to eat!  I thought this stamp from Unity was very fitting.

For my card creation, I turned the sketch slightly and added a square element along with a rectangular one.  I REALLY wanted to use the strawberry image and well IT IS SQUARE!

The stamp, sentiment and stamped pattern are from Unity's KOM (May).    I have going a bit gaga over October Afternoon's papers and the stripes are from their Road Trip Line.  I purchased this paper for the polka dots on the back, but ended up using the striped instead.  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Bazzill (Orange Peel Texture) and Papertrey Ink
DP:  October Afternoon (Road Trip)
Stamps:  Unity Stamps (May KOM) 
Ink:  Momento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Old Paper) and Barn Door Red 
Copic Markers
Bazzill Edger (white)
Ribbon:  Michael's Basics
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Monday, June 14, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge

Embellish Magazine has a great color challenge posted.  Use the three colors (coral, brown and yellow) along with a label and create something!

The card I created uses papers and a label tab from The Thrift Store by October Afternoon. I love the simplicity of the paper along with the sentiment and tab.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps KOM (April).

Check out Embellish Magazine's challenge and link up before June 17th to play along!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
DP:  October Afternoon (The Thrift Store) and Tab
Ink:  VersaMagic (Java), Distress Ink
Punch:  Fiskars (Scallop) and We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Copic Markers
Ribbon: Michael's

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Kazan's Sketch 54

Summer is in full swing at our house.  Both kids are done with school and I'm trying to think of what to do with them.
Fortunately, I have found some time to participate in a few card challenges.  I just love the sketch featured at 2 Sketches 4 You!
My card uses paper from Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety) along with stamps from My Favorite Things.  Don't you just love the sentiment?  (Gardener's Know the Best Dirt!)
My garden this year is off to a roaring start.  Hopefully, I can make more use of this paper line on my scrapbook pages!  Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock:  DMD and Papertry Ink
DP:  Cosmo Cricket -Garden Variety
Ink:  Distress Ink  (Worn Corduroy and Broken Glass), Momento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and Versa Magic (Java)
Copic Markers
Punch/Dies:  Fiskars and Nestabilities (Small Oval)
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Ribbon:  Michael's
Corner Rounder:  Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Other:  Button and Twine)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sending You A Little Happy


My card today used my Unity May KOM stamps.  It has been almost an entire year since I started my KOM membership.  In my opinion, the stamps just keep getting better.
For this card, I made use of my October Afternoon The Thrift Store collection.  I can't get enough of this paper.

I stamped the main image in Tuxedo Black Momento ink and added additional color with my Copic markers.
I accomplished the distress look with my ink blending tool from Ranger with my Worn Courdory Distress ink.

The semtiment was stamped in Java Versa Magic ink.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
DP:  October Afternoon (the Thrift Store) 
Ink:  Momento, Distress Ink 
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Punch:  Fiskars
Flowers:  Prima

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Butterfly Thank You

Today's post features cards I created using dolies.  I love the look of all the stamped backgrounds using this type of image; however, I have not wanted to lay down the money for such an image.
So to save a few dollars, I purchsed some Wilton dolies from Michael's.

In order to add to the doily, I added a few simple butterflies from my Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamps.

I first stamped the butterflies with Pumice Stone Distress Ink directly on the doily.  I then stamped the main image on Papertrey Ink's paper and colored it with my Copic markers.  I also did some additionally inking around the card base with my inking tool  in Pumice Stone as well.

Other Supplies:

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  Hero Arts (Antique Engravings) Thanks You Sentiment
Ink:  Momento (tuxedo) and Distress Ink (pumice stone)
Copic Markers
Pearls:  Hero Arts
Corners Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers
Other: Doily (Wilton)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hero Reverse Image

Here is a card I created using one of the new Hero Arts reverse cling images.  I love the unique look of the reverse images.
For this card, I used distress ink in broken glass along with clear embossing powder.  Even though distress ink is a dye ink, it can be used to emboss because the ink stays wet for a longer period of time.
After I embossed the image, I colored the open areas with my Copic markers.  I then inked the edges a little more with Saphire distress ink.
Papers are from October Afternoon (The Thrift Store).  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flower Picks-Teacher Gifts

I thought I would share what I'm giving to my kid's teachers this year.  Each year I try to think of something handmade and school-themed.  This year I decided to make  flower picks.

I created these flower picks with some school-themed papers from October Afternoon.  As you can imagine, I love all the vintage images.  Who can resist vintage report cards, flash cards and details from days of long ago?      

I simply added papers, punched elements and did a little stamping, inking and coloring.  After adding a skewer to the back with some Scor-It Tape I was finished. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies Used:
DP:  October Afternoon
Punch:  Marvy (scallop) Stampin Up (notebook punch) Fiskars (scallop)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Thanks)
Ribbon:  Michaels (Back to Basics)
Ink: Distress Ink, Versa Mark and Copic Markers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Embellish Magazine Card Challenge-Sweet Simple Card

The fine folks over at Embellish Magazine have a card challenge which not only incorporates the colors green, craft and black, but also uses BUTTERFLIES!  Who doesn't love butterflies?  Maybe dragonfly fans?  Who knows??!! I am posting this card using the above requirements.  My attempt was to keep all the elements fresh, clean and simple.  Not a lot of layering here people.
The paper is from my Thrift Store October Afternoon Collection.  LOVING IT!!!
I also used some extras like buttons, pins and pearls.  Enjoy!
Supplies Used:
DP:  October Afternoon (The Thrift Store)
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (March KOM)
Die:  Nestabilities
Punches:  Butterfly-Martha Stewart  Scallop-Fiskars
Button : Foofala
Pin:  Tim Holtz
Ink: Distress Ink (Bundled Sage and Old Paper), Versa Magic (Java)
Pearls:  Hero Arts

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 70

It has been a wee bit since I posted last. The end of the school year is quickly approaching and that means I'm very BUSY!
Moving along...
Today' post is a challenge featured at Sweet Sunday Sketch.  The challenge is to use the posted sketch which has three small square and a flourish.  My card uses the sketches basics and rather than a flourish; I've incorporated a banner.
Unity's May KOM has some super cute images (as it always does).  The banner was stamped on DP from October Afternoon.  Just love the colors and designs!  The paper line is called The Thrift Store.  (I love to shop at stores like that!  I always feel like I am getting a whole ton for NOTHING!)  Enjoy!
DP: October Afternoon (The Thrift Store)
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (May KOM)
Stickers:  October Afternoon
Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers
Ink:  Momento, Old Paper Distress Ink
Pen: Zig  

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Kazan's Sketch 52

With all the gloomy weather we've been having here in Minnesota, I have to keep reminding myself that tomorrow is a new day. I thought the sentiment in the Unity April KOM was fitting.

My card today utilizes the sketch over a 2Sketches4You.  It seems as though I can't get enough of scallops lately.  I use them on virtually every card, so this sketch was one where I could use what was in reach at my crafting desk.

Hoping the sun returns soon!  Enjoy.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Unity April KOM
Paper:  CS Papertrey Ink - Cream and Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Collection (Hot Tomato)
Punch and Dies:  Fiskars (scallop) Nestabilites (small oval, oval scallop), Cuttlebug (Swiss Dots Folder)
Copic Markers:  G20, G82, G99, W2, R27, Colorless Blender
Ink:  Momento (Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink (Bundled Sage)
Corner Rounder: Corner Chomper

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence (Make Mine A Double Stamp Set)


Hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day!  I know I am taking the day to relax and unwind a little.
I have a sweet little card for you today from MFT-Pure Innocence Collection.

If you know me, you know I love ice cream. So when I saw this set, I immediately thought about how I needed it and how I would use it. ( I even added marker dots for mint chocolate chip ice cream-my favorite.  It is also the favorite of my good friend who will be receiving this card.)

I kept the design simple and had the chance to utilize some of my new papers from Graphic 45.  I just love the shabby vintage look of this paper line.  This line is called Times Nouveau.  The paper is titled Bee's Knees.

Hope you enjoy!

DP: Graphic 45
Stamps:  My Favorite Things ( Make Mine A Double-Pure Innocence)
Punch:  Fiskars
Dies: Nestabilites (small square)
Copic Markers
Corner Chomper
Button and String

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fitness Birthday Card and Tealight Cake

Last Friday, Splitcoast Stampers had a fun tutorial posted using battery operated tealights.  I guess I would had never thought of making a tealight into a cake.  What FUN!

My BodyPump instructor has a birthday coming up next week, so I created a card and calorie-free cake for her.
The stamp images comes from Hannah Stamps.  I think I purchased these a few years ago.  ( It is always nice to revisit an old purchase!) Don't you just LOVE the hand weights and tennis shoes???

If you are interested in creating your own tealight cake click here.  Enjoy!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
DP:  Basic Grey (Green at Heart)
Stamps: Hannah Stamps 
Sentiment:  Pink Cat Studio
Ink;  Momento (Tuxedo Black)
Copic Markers
Flower:  Prima
Punch:  Fiskars (Scallop) 
Adhesive:  Scor-Pal Tape and Glossy Accents
Other:  Button and String

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with Embossing

Greetings!  There is a fun color and embossing challenge over at Embellish Magazine.  The challenge is to incorporate the colors pink, green, blue and yellow into a card along with dry/heat embossing.  FUN!

For my card, I used my new 6X6 paper pack from Cosmo Cricket (Joy Ride) collection.  I love the fun and energetic papers in this line.  I thought it would be funny to incorporate my December KOM from Unity Stamps.  After all, snails are not the quickest of animals.  The sentiment that goes along with this image is the best.  I'm not slow, I'm just trying to savor the journey.  (hee hee). 

Embossing is one of my favorite techniques (dry or heat embossing).  But for this card, I tried something totally different, which may be hard to tell from the picture.  In order to create an embossed paper (circle paper), I used Stampendous' Boss Gloss and covered the circles with clear embossing powder.  Embossed paper at a fraction of the price!
Hope you enjoy!
DP:  Cosmo Cricket (Joy Ride)
Copic Markers
Pen: Inkessential
Boss Gloss:  Stampendour
Embossing Powder:  Stampendous
Glitter Pen:  Sakura
Gems:  Mark Richards
Ink:  Momento, Distress (Pumice Stone)
Circle Cutter: Colluzzle
Dies:  Nestabilities (Small Oval)
Punch:  Fiskars  (scallop)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura's Sketch 51

This week's sketch at 2Sketches4You is a fun one.  I have to admit that I really had trouble keeping to the sketch.  This has to be one of the simplest cards I've made in awhile.

This card features some new goodies from Cosmo Cricket and Unity Stamps.  The Garden Variety stamps and papers are so great!  I can see myself using both the papers and stamps on many of my garden scrapbooking pages.


Papers:  Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety)
Stamps:  Unity/Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety)
Punch:  Fiskars
Dies:  Small Circles (Nestabilities)
Ink:  Momento and Distress Ink
Copic Markers
Other:  Stitching, String and Button