Wednesday, March 31, 2010

John 3:16

Hello again. I made this card for the Our Daily Bread Easter challenge over on Splitcoast. I love this passage in the bible because it speaks so much about God's love to me and to anyone who believes in Him and His Son.

For my card I wanted to keep it clean and simple and have the image and passage speak for themselves. The nail cross is stamped in Stampin Up! creamy caramel ink and the John 3:16 passage is stamped in memento java ink with the background in creamy caramel and chocolate chip inks.

I'm a who so ever (John 3:16 NIV). Are you? If not, make today the day you believe.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs He Is Risen
Ink: Memento Java, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Nesties, Primas, Glue Dots, Gold Pearl Sticker, Gold Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stipple Brush

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's A Dog's Life!

Happy Tuesday. No card today, just a cute pic my husband snapped really quick of Bella and Mittens chilling in my recliner Sunday afternoon.

Usually we don't see the dog and cats in the same chair, or couch, at the same time, so this was rare and Ken got lucky to find the camera before Bella moved. Earlier, the dog was growling while Mittens was trying to get onto my lap for some mommy time because it seemed Bella was "hogging" mommy to herself. :)

Aren't fur-children just too cute to have around?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Oriental Inspiration

Second post today. If you're looking for my Color Throwdown post, please scroll down.

It's been a while since I've done any of the SCS challenges, so I took a look at yesterday's inspiration challenge from the store Thymes. I went with one of the pre-uploaded favorites from the hostess since it reminded me of an oriental flavor, or look.

So I pulled out a stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers called Lady Serene and stamped it in memento tuxedo black on plain white cardstock. Pulling out my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender marker, I set to work and tried to keep the image as soft looking as possible to match the inspiration piece and my background paper as possible.

Once all the watercoloring was done, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around her before sponging sage shadow around the edges of the image panel and then the card itself before layering. Gold brads and pink organdy ribbon with gold trim finished everything off with the final touch being golden ice stickles added to the center of the flowers on the kimono (which you can't see in the picture).

Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers Lady Serene
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, White, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Gold Embossed Mulberry Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Blender Marker, Gold Ice Stickles, Ribbon, Brads, Dimensional, Stipple Brush, Sponge,

Bird's Nest Color Throwdown

Hi there. Here's another card that only took me 20 minutes to make and 3 days to upload thanks to an aggravating migraine started by some nasty perfume someone at work just had to wear. Ugh!

This is my entry for the Color Throwdown #85, and the last one for a while according to the CTD blog. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do all of the challenges, but I did have fun with them.

The image is stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender marker. Afterwards, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue dye ink around the bird and nest to fill in the remaining white spots before stamping an old retired script background stamp and then adding some glittered silk flowers.

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Stampin Up!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Garden Green
Cardstock: White, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Blender Marker, Bling, Silk Flowers, Glue Dots, Stipple Brush, Baby Brads

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Watercolored Sympathy

I had the need for a sympathy card this last week and had an Inkadinkadoo stamp for a while that really needed to see some ink. So I stamped this in memento tuxedo black on plain white Georgia Pacific white cardstock and then decided to pull out my Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and a blender marker.

Let's just say I am impressed! I am in love with the way this image turned out. Stampin Up! going grey is lightly stippled around the outside edges of the image as well as the card itself. The saying is an old retired Stampin Up! set who's name escapes me right now.

It's amazing how clean and simple can be so pretty sometimes.

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Stampin Up!
Cardstock: Going Grey, Real Red, Basic Grey, White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Going Grey, Basic Grey
Accessories: Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Blender Marker, Stipple Brush, Brads

Monday, March 22, 2010

Going Green With A Fairy Jolinne

This week's Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to Go Green or basically recycle something.  Well I chose to recycle some ribbon from my mother-in-law's 80th birthday that I "borrowed" from the left over decorations.  I also used some leftover punched shapes that just didn't work out for other cards or projects. 

I started out by stamping MFT's Fairy Sweet Jolinne twice on MFT's perfect panels in memento tuxedo black in and colored with prismacolor markers leaving the wings blank.  The wings I colored with Twinkling H2O's before lightly stippling Stampin Up! soft sky around my fairy and then drawing in a small hill for her to sit on and adding a couple of punched flowers around her.  Once this was done, I added the second Jolinne image I had colored popping it up with dimensionals to give a little added dimension before popping the whole panel up over the ribbon.

Reusing and recycling is a great way to stamp!  You never know what you can find.

Stamps: MFT Fairy Sweet Jolinne
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky, PTI Landscape
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Garden Green, Pretty In Pink
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Brass Brads, Ribbons, MS Punched Shapes, Bling, Stampendous Class-A-Peels, Dimensionals, Twinkling H2O's

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Friends and Stiches

Second Post Today

I finally got a chance to do this week's teapot challenge which was combined with the color challenge for the week. Since we were to do something with quilting, I pulled out some dusty Stampin Up! sets to make it appear I had done some sewing instead of stamping.

I stamped my backgrounds in celery and bashful blue, before over stamping my saying melon mambo and layering. The flowers are also stamped in melon mambo and then cut out and layered with a button embellishment in the center.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Aida Cloth, Sew Seasonal, Sampler Sayings
Ink: Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Dew Drops, Glue Dots, Buttons, Soft Subtles Brads, Sponges

Apples and Little Girls - WSC Templates

Howdy all! Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted. This week's Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to use one of MFT's templates available on the website. Since I used dog bone template for the blog hop while I was guest designer last month, I decided I would use the apple one this time especially since I love caramel apples. There's nothing like a caramel apple from the fair.

Once my template was downloaded, traced onto my cardstock and cut out, I stamped different backgrounds in corresponding inks then stippled around the edges to add some color.

I decided to use the Pure Innocence Apple For You stamp and stamped it twice in Memento Tuxedo Black on MFT Perfect Panels and colored with Prismacolor markers cutting one image out to pop up on pop up glue dots later. Once my image was colored, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! soft sky ink around it so fill in the white spots before layering.

Once I added a popsicle stick, some MFT polka dot ribbon, and a nekkid chocolate kiss button, I then added some glitter to the center of the button where the glue from the glue dot was showing through to cover that up.

All of the templates are so easy to use, you should give them a try!

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Apple For You, Let's Go For A Walk, Branch Out, Rainy Day
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky, Real Red, Green Galore
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Green Galore, MFT Perfect Panels
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Vintage Brads, MFT Polka Dot Ribbon, Pop Up Glue Dots, Stipple Brushes, Popsicle Stick, MFT Chocolate Kiss Button, Glitter, Apple Template

Friday, March 5, 2010

Watercolored Flopsey

Hello everyone. I sure had a blast the last week bringing you all of MFT's new release teasers and the Shop-N-Hop. Thanks to all for the love and comments that were left.

Today I have a card to share that wasn't made for a release, or a challenge, just for fun. This is the Basket O' Flopsey image from February's release paired with some Imaginesce background paper.

Flopsey is stamped on MFT Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and watercolored using Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and a Prismacolor Blender Marker. Once that was done, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around him before layering and then doodled using a black marker. The lattice background is the new Martha Stewart lattice punch with Stampin Up! soft sky ink sponged around the sides of the card with silk flowers and Robin's Nest Dew Drops for the center. Quick and very simple.

Stamps: MFT Basket O Flopsey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Soft Sky
Cardstock: White, Imaginesce, Stampin Up Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Garden Green, MFT Perfect Panels, MFT Banana
Accessories: Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Blender Marker, Martha Stewart Lattice Punch, Silk Flowers, Robins Nest Dew Drop, MFT Spring Baby Braddies, Sponge, Stipple Brush, Spica Pen, Glue Dots, Black Marker

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Little Bit Of Shamrock Pure Innocence

Hello again. I had so much fun with these Pure Innocence kids, I just had to make another one.

This little girl is 4 Leaf Clover Pure Innocence and she is another cutie pie. I stamped her on MFT Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and colored her with prismacolor markers twice leaving one aside to cut out and pop up on dimensionals later.

Since I was going with a St. Patty's Day theme, I decided to pull out some Imaginesce paper and use the back side with the clouds only on it, matched up my ribbon and cardstock before pulling out a gem sticker shamrock I had found at Michaels for a $1. After adding some green brads, primas and shamrock gem stickers, my cutie pie is finished.

So what do you think? Aren't these Pure Innocence kids just too cute?

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence 4-Leaf Clover
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Imaginesce, Stampin Up! Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise,
Accessories: Dimensionals, Prismacolor Markers, Ribbon, Primas, Glue Dots, Brads, Gem Stickers, Stipple Brush

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

MFT'S Blog Hop-N-Shop

Welcome everyone to MFT's Shop N Hop! I sure have enjoyed being guest designer this month! You should have come from Megan's blog. If not, you should start at Kim's blog because you don't want to miss any of the eye candy along the way.

I'm showcasing a couple of different sets because I just couldn't make up my mind because this release is just so awesome! For my framed scene, I stamped both Jolinne Best Friends Always and Heart Sings Jolinne on MFT Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and colored them with prismacolor markers.

Taking some confetti flowers, I colored them with my markers to match the K&Co Wild Rose designer paper, then cut them up and adhered with glue dots before adding gem stickers and a ribbon bow.

Once my confetti flowers were glued down, I took the Jolinnes and added them to the frame, popping them up on dimensionals, mini pop dots, and regular pop dots as needed for added dimension.

My second project uses the wonderful bone template Kathy Daume created for us paired up with the Pure Innocence set A Boy and His Dog.
Once my template was downloaded and cut out, I stippled creamy caramel ink around the edges of the bone to "dirty" it up a bit like it had just been dug up out of the ground. Then I took some pop dots and popped up the second bone over the card itself before adding some MFT Coffee and Cream Ribbon Nest.

I then stamped my Pure Innocence guy on MFT Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers before lightly stippling bashful blue and caramel inks around the edges.

Finding a bone brad in my stash helped add just a little something extra to the card.

Now since you're at the end of the hop, you are ready to start shopping right here.

Stamps: MFT Heart Sings Jolinne, Jolinne Best Friends Always, Pure Innocence Boy And His Dog
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, Going Grey, PTI Avocado
Cardstock: MFT Whipped Cream, MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Pacific Pointe, Creamy Caramel, K&Co Wild Rose Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Chalks, Santa Suit Baby Braddies, Martha Stewart Glue Pen, Chalks, Stipple Brush, Sponges, Spica Pen, Pop Dots, Mini Pop Dots, Dimensionals, Confetti Flowers, Gem Stickers, Bone Brads, MFT Bone Card Template, MFT Coffee Ribbon Nest, Silk Flowers, Glue Dots

WTG Turns 40!

Have you ever needed a snarky, but classy 40th, over the hill birthday card? Well, this month MFT's Who's That Girl set lets you do just that and more.

I started out by pulling out some DCWV flocked black/white mat stack designer paper. Then I stamped my images twice on white MFT perfect panels and colored with prismacolor markers, placing one set to the side for cutting out later.

After coloring in grays and blacks, I pulled out some primas and pearls to use as embellies.

What I really like about this WTG set the best is the number candles that allows you to personalize the card & cake with, plus the sayings that go with it.

Stamps: MFT Who's That Birthday Girl
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panel, Black, DCWV Mat Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pearl Stickers, Dimensionals, Ice Stickles, Primas, Glue Dots, Making Memories Baby Brads, Word Window Punch

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jolinne And Her Bear, Jolinne Sings Too

Isn't this little girl precious? She's one of the new Jolinne releases this month called Jolinne - Best Friends Always.

When I first stamped this image, I thought it was a little dog she was holding, but then realized it was a baby bear. Still so cute, and still so precious.

Stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with Prismacolor markers, the grass is stamped in PTI avocado ink around the rock she's sitting on. Sage shadow chalk is rubbed around the base of the rock before lightly stippling bashful blue ink for the sky and then mauve mist/sage shadow around the outside edges before distressing and layering.

Since I wanted to keep a softer feel to the card, embellies were kept to a minimum with only a mauve organdy ribbon and a K&Co chipboard butterfly with gem stickers for the body.

Normally I don't decorate the insides of my cards, but with this release, the images have been so cute, I've found myself doing that, so here's a look at the inside of this card.

My second card showcases Heart Sings Jolinne and she is just as adorable as the first set.

I stamped her on MFT Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo Black ink twice and colored with Prismacolor markers setting one image aside for cutting out and popping up later. Once I was done coloring, I then lightly stippled Stampin Up! regal rose ink around the sides of the card and image before layering then adding MFT Chocolate Kiss Baby Braddies to the corners. Once I had her popped up, I had decided to add some Skinny Spring Nest Ribbon, so I just slid it underneath my Jolinne, then dug through my Valentine stickers to find a cute heart one to add to the bottom corner, then highlighted her eyes with a Copic Spica pen.

Doesn't that Heidi Grace designer paper just totally match the musical notes? It totally reminds me of the stanzas at the end of a line of music.

Stamps: MFT Jolinne Best Friends Always, Heart Sings Jolinne
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Mauve Mist, Sage Shadow, MFT Perfect Panels, K&Co Wild Roses DP, MFT Bubblegum, Heidi Grace Designer Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sage Shadow, Mauve Mist, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Sage Shadow Chalk, Gem Stickers, K&Co Chipboard Butterflies, MFT Spring Baby Braddies, Sponges, Stipple Brushes, Mauve Organdy Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, MFT Chocolate Kiss Baby Braddies, MFT Skinny Spring Ribbon Nest, Stampin Up! Regal Rose Marker, Heart Sticker, Sponge

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Vespa For A Bunny

This weeks Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to stamp Flopsey in all of his glory - in other words totally nekkid. You got it, no coloring, no markers, no watercoloring. However, we could paper piece Flopsey. So I figured if we could paper piece Flopsey, why not use fun flock too. I'm sorry but a bunny cannot be nekkid. I decided to pair him up with one of the soon to be released sets on March 3rd from MFT called Joy Ride.

If you've seen any of the teasers so far this week, you might remember Kim's secret desire to own, and eventually tootle around town on a pink vespa. So my flocked bunny is standing right next to Kim on her pink vespa selling flowers. ;) Since I'm also the Guest Designer this month and can't participate in the challenge here but thought it looked like a lot of fun, I pulled out my K&Co Life's Journey designer paper that had writing on it just like the challenge called for and I think it turned out pretty good.

I stamped Flopsey and my Joy Rider on MFT Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Prismacolor markers. The flowers I stamped on some scrap perfect panels, colored and cut out to add later once I was totally done. Once my main image was done being colored, I lightly sponged Stampin Up! soft sky and mauve mist inks around the edges of the image panel and the card itself before adding some Making Memories vintage brads I've had forever and a day in my stash. I then added some ribbon, primas, fun flock to Flopsey and Stampendous Class-a-peels to my flowers before popping up one set just above Flopsey's basket.

Here's a close up of the inside where I added some K&Co vintage postage looking sayings.

Stamps: MFT Joy Ride, Basket O Flopsey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky, Mauve Mist
Cardstock: Vanilla, K&Co Life's Journey Designer Paper, MFT Perfect Panel,
Accessories: Ribbon, Prismacolor Markers, Stampendous Class-a-peels, Primas, Glue Dots, Ice Stickles, Fun Flock, Sponge

It's A Pure Innoncence Kind Of Day!

If you love the Pure Innocence stamps, well then you won't be disappointed in this months release! MFT will be releasing FIVE Pure Innocence stamps this month, and I'll be showing you three of them today.

The first one is called Happy Mail, and for some reason she reminds me so much of Charlie Brown standing by his mailbox waiting for that elusive valentine from the little red-headed girl. However, I didn't color her up that way. Instead I went with some Basic Gray urban prairie designer paper for my background and then designed my card around that.

My PI girl is stamped on MFT white perfect panels twice and then colored with prismacolor markers; placing one image aside for cutting out later. After lightly stippling bashful blue ink around the edges and layering, I added my additional image popped up on dimensionals before placing the whole panel on the card. Then I threaded some bakery blend lace ribbon underneath and tied it into a bow before adding some primas and dew drops to finish it off.

For my second sample, I stamped my boy and his doggie on white MFT perfect panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers before stippling bashful blue ink around them. Taking the grass stamp from Hanging With My Peeps, I stamped the grass in PTI ripe avocado before lightly sponging old olive around the edges.

Since I've finally taken my Janome sewing machine out of the box from last summer, but still haven't used it yet, I took a black marker and made some faux sewing doodles along the edges of the image panels and then again along the sides of the card to match it up before adding some clear MFT chocolate kiss glittered garnishes.

This third Pure Innocence girl is my 12 year old DD perfectly - always with her MP3 player plugged into her ears. If I want to say anything to my DD, I have to pull those earplugs out to get her attention.

I found this really cool Cloud 9 Cinnamon Stick paper that reminded me of record albums growing up. I had a ultrasound tech of mine explain to her 9 year old son record albums as "really big CD's". I kind of let the paper decide the color scheme with this card, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Stamped in memento tuxedo black on MFT perfect panels and colored with prismacolor markers, really rust ink is sponged around the edges of the image, card and embossed allegro panel.

I hope you enjoyed my Pure Innocence samples today and you've gained a little bit of inspiration. I've had a blast making them.

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Happy Mail, Boy & His Dog, Tweeny Teen Rock On
Cardstock: White, MFT Perfect Panels, Buckaroo Blue, So Saffron, Basic Gray Urban Prairie, Cloud 9 Cinnamon Stick, Really Rust, Pink, Rose Red, Old Olive
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Buckaroo Blue, Really Rust
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Making Memories Baby Brads, Primas, Glue Dots, Gem Stickers, Sponges, Cuttlebug Allegro Embossing Folder, Big Shot, MFT Chick Flick BB's, MFT Chocolate Kiss Glitter Adornments, Black Marker, MFT Bakery Blend Lace Ribbon, Dimensionals, Pop Dots, Dew Drops,