Saturday, September 21, 2013

MarkerPOP! Challenge #30 Second Entry - I Heart You

Here's my second entry to MarkerPOP! This time I used a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks


This digital stamp is called Wryn Blooms. I love digital stamps because you can resize and reprint over and over. 

This is also a submission to Viva La Verve September Week 1 Challenge (VLVSep2013)

Here are the Copics I used

Thank you for looking.

Digital Stamp: Tiddly Inks (Wryn Blooms)
Markers: Copics
Paper: Echo Park (Sweet Girl)

MarkerPOP! Challenge #30 First Entry - Let's Hang Out

Hi all, it's been awhile since I posted a card. The reason I started blogging my cards was because I was sick. I had to stay home so I made cards specifically for challenges. I am better now and so my cardmaking has almost stopped completely. I do love coloring so I couldn't pass up this challenge.

Aren't these guys soo cute!

This is for the MarkerPop! Challenge #30 in which anything goes. Just use your Copics or ShinHan markers on a project. 

The challenge is sponsored by Tiddly Inks. I happen to have their stamps so I used them in the challenge too. This stamp set is Flying High Anna Belle. 

Here are the Copics I used. 

Thanks for looking.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Tiddly Inks (Flying High Anna Belle)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Markers: Copics
Paper: Colorbok (Light Bright Designer Paper)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

9.15 Love You

Hello Everyone, It's been awhile since my last card. I was in a negative funk and now I'm better and slowly getting back to my crazy routine. I missed a whole week of challenges... Oh, no!

Did I ever mention before that I like stamps with matching dies? I do! They're so much fun. 
I don't know why.

I used Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day and Petals & Stamps set and their matching die set.

Thank you Mojo Monday  for the great kickstart of inspiration. This will be my first entry with you guys. 

Thanks for looking. I'll be back soon!

Materials Used:
Stamps: Avery Elle (Petals and Stems, Oh Happy Day)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud) Stampin' Up (Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight)
Dies: Avery Elle (Petals and Stems)
Paper: ColorBok (Textured Cardstock) Recillections (Graceful)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Birthday - Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Hello everyone. It's been three days since I made a card. I felt I deserved to be really lazy this weekend and all I did was watch TV and movies with my boys. Here is a card I just finished for the Wednesday Challenge of Simon Says Stamp. 

The challenge is Animal Antics. Since Simon Says Stamp was featuring Lawn Fawn, I used my only Lawn Fawn stamp set I had that had an animal in it. This turtle is a cutie!

My oldest came to me and asked what I was doing and I said, "I'm thinking this card is almost done but I'm thinking I want to make the shells 3D." I showed him an example and he said, "That's tight, mom! You should do it!" and so I did.

I colored and cut out another turtle shell, added thick dimension adhesive in the middle and glue on the edges. It looks more 3D in person. 

Thank you for looking. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Year Two)
Paper: Colorbok (Light Bright)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copic Markers

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Birthday - Fresh Made Sketches #102

Hello to all that visit me here!!! Here is a simple card I made for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm very happy with my bow. 

Super easy card (well... took a while to tie that perfect bow.)

Thank you Freshly Made Sketches for your inspiration. I plan to take on more challenges from you. 

Thank you for being here!

Materials used:
Paper: Recollections (Graceful)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Year Two)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Misc: Flowers and clear embellishments were from a grab bag in a scrapbook convention

Love You

Hello all! I made a card without stamps. It was pretty easy and it felt good because there was no accidental smudge or a badly stamped image. I do like coloring, so I missed that.

I followed the color scheme from Pretty Pink Posh and the Sketch from Deconstructing Jen

Ready. Set. Go! Make a card in ten minutes or less. 

Easy Peasy. 

Thank you Pretty Pink Posh and Deconstructing Jen for your fun challenges. 
Thanks for looking!

Materials used:
Paper: DCWV (The Linen Closet)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dare to be You

Hello everyone! Here's a card that I completed this morning for two challenges combined. Cas-ual Fridays and Retro Sketches.

It's not exactly Clean and Simple, but for me it is. 

Here are the combined challenges. 

The Cas-ual Friday challenge was to use craft paper and text. I wanted my patterned paper to match the craft paper so I added some beige tissue paper on top. 

I added glue to the paper and spritzed it with water. I used a brush with more diluted glue and smooshed the tissue paper to the patterned paper. Do you remember doing this in elementary school? The old school decoupage method. 

I let them dry on some clear acetate scraps and cut them out when they were dry.

I liked the Dare to be You sentiment. The card in a way is crazy, different and daring. 

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Materials used:
Paper: Kraft paper, cardboard, Colorbok (Beach House)
Stamp: Verve (Dare to be)
Ink: Stampin' Up (Baked Brown Sugar)
Misc: Yarn, Drops were from a grab bag from a scrapbook convention. Maker unknown. 

Less is More Challenge

Hello everyone. I finished this card yesterday during some free time. Well it was a lot of free time because it took three tries to be very happy with the final product.

I am a fan of Stacey Yacula. She is a very talented artist that I discovered in Purple Onion Designs. I subscribe to her blog and love getting her new posts. The cute little critters she creates makes me want to go back to graphic design or take art classes but I cannot draw at all. I'm really good at doodling, but drawing... I wish! 

What a cutie this snail is! I had to freehand the rest of the grass to the edge of the card. That's just controlled scribbling. 

It took me three tries to like the final product. The first try (on the left) I was using my shimmery powder paint (maker unknown). Then I tried watercolor pencils and I didn't like seeing the pencils lines. When I tried to blend, my inexpensive watercolor paper was being destroyed. 

Then I used my Koi Watercolors and yay....Success! Some of the darker colors were hard to tell from so I used my previous attempts to check colors and practice on.

I made this card for the Less is More Challenge. Use rubber stamps and watercolors. 

Materials used:
Stamps: Purple Onion Designs (Stacy Yacula stamps)
Watercolors: Koi Water Colors

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Hello all who has come to visit me today. Let me express my sincere gratitude and happiness that you are here to support me in my creativity. Thank you.

This card is a mash up of two challenges. Cas(e) this Sketch and The Paper Players

Thank you and your team for always sparking my creativity. 

Thanks for looking. Have a very wonderful day.

Materials Used
Stamps: Stampin' Up (Day of Gratitude)
Dies: Circles
Ink: Stampin' Up (Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar)

You Inspire Me

Hello all. Did you see the new release at My Favorite Things or Wow! Lots of new goodies. I just finished a card for their sketch challenge using their dies and stamps.

 After I made this card, I sent a picture of it to my sister. In the text I put, "Hey, Sis....." and then You Inspire Me card picture. She's my little sister who after high school as ventured of to Berkeley and then to New York. She travels a lot and always has great adventures. She wants me to visit her in New York and just the traveling there frightens me. Afraid I'll get lost in those huge airports.
Here is the sketch I based it on by My Favorite Things. Love their stuff. Oh, I already mentioned that.

Here you can see that I diecut my card base with the scallop. I just placed the large scallop die on the end of my card and just ran it through half way. My die cutter is electric run and was scared I would cut all the way to the end of the die. 

Thank you My Favorite Things for your sketch. You inspire me as well.

Thanks for looking. 

Supplies used:
Dies: My Favorite Things (large scallop)
Paper: Colorbok (Beach House)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Misc: Staple

Sunday, September 1, 2013

OHW Labor Day Weekend VCMP (Virtual Card Making Party) Challenge 4

Yesterday, I received some Avery Elle stamps and a lot of Memento Luxe ink pads. The ink is so rich and juicy in color. I love them.

I'm on my 4th challenge for OHW Labor Day Weekend VCMP (Virtual Card Making Party). My goal was to do the challenge and finish it on the day it was posted. Ha! I'm still on yesterday's challenges. 

We are to use this sketch with a Love theme. Interestingly enough one of the ink pads I used is named, Love Letter.

Love those ink colors, right! I love stamping on die cuts. I don't know why. I'm weird like that. If someone would just diecut them out and I stamp them, we would be a very happy and productive team. 

Again, thank you to Operation Write Home for a great challenge with an awesome cause!

Thanks for looking!

Materials used:
Stamps: Avery Elle (Petals and Stems, Oh Happy Day)
Dies: Avery Elle (Petals and Stems die)
Memento Luxe (Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Love Letter, Pistachio)

OHW Labor Day Weekend VCMP (Virtual Card Making Party) Challenge 3

Hello all. Here is my third challenge entry for OHW's VCMP. I have always wanted to learn this triple diecutting or triple stamping technique. I've seen a lot of tutorials out there, but like Seongsook in Seongsook's Creation said, there is a lot of paper waste. I understood her tutorial found HERE  but I didn't have any rectangle dies or even square dies (never thought I would need them because it's easy to cut those out...hahaha) So I improvised and I didn't stamp the page either. This is a pretty patterned paper.

This is my second card based on Seongsook's tutorial. I learned from previous mistakes I made in the first card. Instead of taking a ruler and making "frames" on my paper, I cut transparencies to the measurements I wanted (I used to be a Kindergarten teacher and still have my supplies) I used a Copic mark to color the edges or I would not see what I'm doing. This is the idea I want to achieve. I am also going to extend part of the leaves outside the rectangle.

So I lightly traced the bigger rectangles first with pencil. My idea is to not cut off the leaves.

This is what I mean. Anything outside the rectangle I kept. 

I did a better  job cutting this second card out with the x-acto knife. My blade just didn't want to follow the ruler the first time.

I glued the backs carefully, placing glue in the skinny parts of the cut. Then to avoid wasting paper, I cut a rectangle out of the center of the bigger piece. The leaves that are hanging out are not matted. 

I had a piece of scrap paper and I wanted some flowers to pop out. I didn't cut it exactly.  I wanted that red flower, but not that hard edge so I improvised and made a slightly smaller flower. 

The bottom mattes have no dimensional tape to it. Just dimensional tape to the small matte on the front of the card is elevated. I wanted this red flower in the corner so I put some dimension adhesive on outside of matte to support it. Did the same thing to a leaf. 

I accidentally ripped my outside leaf when trying to attach it to the card so I cut  out the blue flower and placed it on top of the tear. 

Here is the first card I made. Maybe you can tell, but the x-acto knife cutting is very crooked. 

Thanks for looking. Take care!

Materials used:
Paper: Colorbok (Beach House) and matching cardstock
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp! (Talk Bubbles 2)