Friday, April 30, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Birthday Challenge

It's Waltzing Mouse Stamps 1st Birthday and this is a card I made for their challenge.  I used a Hero Arts Mother's Day sentiment and a new paper flower I recently tried.  The glitter borders were done by placing double stick tape down and sprinkling on some Judi-Kins embossing powder (extreme peacock).  What I like about this glitter is that you heat it with a heat gun like you would embossing powder and compared to regular glitter, I find it to stay on better because it's melted.

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Super Super Hero

I've had this Amazing Duo stamp set from Greeting Farm since its release but only inked it up now.  This guy is such a cutie, I'm wondering what else I can do with him.  I've also had the Hero Arts Row of Houses stamp for a while, too.  I embossed the image in black on a shimmery gun metal colored cardstock and love how it turned out.  Funny that I bought the cardstock for another project and it ended up looking better for this.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Emboss & Copics - A Nice Combo

This was a fun card to try.  I took a blossom from SU's "Fifth Avenue Floral" and embossed it with white embossing powder on colored cardstock.  Then I took a Copic marker in a darker shade of the cardstock and colored random petals of the flower.  I used Crystal Stickles for the flower centers.  I used a white gel pen to draw the white lines and I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Framed Farm Animals

Hi there! I tried out this Folded Paper Frame card last night and finally opened my Martha Stewart scoring board to make this.  Love the scoring board and had fun making this simple card.  The October Afternoon "Farm Fresh: Farmyard" paper is so darn cute!

I was side tracked last week trying to rescue a dog and find him a good home.  He had been roaming our neighborhood for almost 2 months.  I tried not to get involved but the animal lover in me couldn't ignore it any longer.  So I spent time trying to win the dog's trust to assess if he was adoptable or not.  He had been skittish so no one in the neighborhood had been able to get close to him.  After hours of working with him (and lots of snacks and food) I was able to get close to him.  I was even able to get him on a leash so I walked and ran him (in the rain) to build a closer bond with him.  It was then that I believed he would make a very loyal companion if someone gave him a chance.   Next step was to find him a home before Humane Society would try to take him.  I was worried sick I wouldn't be able to find  him a home, but my amazing friend Julie came through.  She also loves animals and despite already having 4 dogs and a whole menagerie of animals, she and her family rescued this amazing dog.  I am thrilled to report that the dog is doing well.  He isn't shy anymore and he's adjusted well in his new home.  It's a very happy ending!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Animal Notes

I wanted to make some quick note cards and decided to use this 2-sided Jillibean "yellow sugar" paper.  Love the design on both sides and I had fun playing with them.  I chose stamps that didn't need to be colored from a couple different SU sets ("Wild About You", "Forest Friends".  I love coloring with my Copics, but sometimes it's fun just to stamp.   I used the SU scallop border punch to create a valance like look at the top of the card.  To make matching envelopes, I used the same DP and covered the flap of the envelope.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Flowers are Blooming

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  I needed to make a birthday card last night and was able to put this one together pretty quickly.  I used various sizes of circle punches for the flowers and buttons for the centers.  The stem was drawn in like stitching with a white pen.  The leaves were cut free hand and I wrote the birthday greeting free hand.  I cut off about 1/2" from the right side of the card cover and used the MS Daisy Border Punch to create some contrast on the front.  If I needed to mail this card, I would probably replace the button with a circle punched out of glitter paper and adhere it with a pop dot.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Birthday RAKs

It was my birthday in March and I received the following creative and most thoughtful gifts!

The above birthday RAKs are from my friend Jenny.  She made the cutest double shaker card using a Lili of the Valley bunny stamp.  This card is over the top fun!  She also made the gift bag and filled it with cute stamps (that I've been eyeing) and embellishments.  Love them!  Thank you Jenny!

The above RAKs are from my friend Donna.  She coordinated the card, note pad holder and clothes pin and packaged it in a matching glassine bag (I should have taken a photo of the bag).  I love the note pad holder which I carry in my purse all the time now.  Sure beats writing on the back of receipts or on a napkin.  What wonderful and thoughtful gifts!  Thanks Donna!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In the Garden In the Garden

I cased this card from the Hero Arts blog and it was such a fun card to make.  As soon as I saw their idea, I had to have this In the Garden stamp.  This stamp stamps the negative of the image so I stamped clear Versamark on pink cardstock and embossed it in white.   The acetate is stamped with Hero Arts' Flourish Background in white StazOn.  Then I layered the dark pink cardstock on the inside left the light pink again on the inside right.  You can make the boy handing anything to the girl and make it fit any occasion.    Such a sweet image!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter and Girl's Day RAKs

Hope you had a nice Easter weekend.  Today I'm posting some creative RAKs from my friends Jenny and Donna.  First one is from Jenny and OMG, the work that must have gone into this.  Just amazing!
She used the SU Sizzix Milk Carton die to make the mini milk cartons (4, each with yummy goodies inside) and she also made the carrier they're in.  On top of that, she made two "Kathy" bunnies, for two sides of the carrier.   Wow!

The next one is a sweet treat bag made by Donna.  I believe she used SU's Sizzix Top Note die and a Denami chick stamp. What a great idea and she managed to make these for us before she went on vacation.

And last but certainly not least, these were Girl's Day goodies I got from Donna and Jenny.  On the left is a bag that Donna made and it was filled with yummy cookies.  Very sweet!  On the right is a match box created by Jenny and it was filled with sweet star shaped candies.  Cute kokeshi dolls and nice sentiment on inside of box.

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and creative gifts, ladies!  I really appreciate them!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope you're having a great day.  We did a little egg hunt in the house for our 17-month-old.  I put his favorite snacks in the plastic eggs and tried to get him to grab the eggs.   It sort of worked.  He got frustrated trying to open them, but he knew there were "mum mums" in them.  All the excitement wore him out so he went down for his nap pretty quickly.   And while he napped my husband and I watched a couple of movies.  Nice and relaxing nice day.

So onto my card.  I love trees and decorating them for the seasons and holidays.  What I did here was take SU's Season of Friendship stamp set and made my card version of an Easter tree.  The ornaments are buttons and to make them flat, I just cut off the bulky part that you would normally use to sew it on.  This way they lay flat on the card.  The bunnies are from cc Designs Spring Elves set and the bunny is why I bought the whole cute!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

It's an EGGsravaganza

Time is running out before Easter so I wanted to us this cc Designs image one more time.  I made this card for last night's card swap at Island Scrapbooking's Craft Night.  This Swiss Pixies Bunny Hansel sits on a Hero Arts mushroom with his newly colored eggs.  I think he's ready for Easter, don't you?

I took my son to an Easter egg hunt yesterday and although he's a little young to understand the whole concept, we went in the spirit of colored eggs and the fun of the hunt.


  • Stamp: Hansel Bunny-cc Designs, Mushroom-Hero Arts, Happy Easter-SU Tiny Wishes, Small Eggs-Stampendous-Egglet Border
  • Punches: Butterfly Border-MS Punches Edge Pop Up Butterflies, Scallop Border - SU, Grass - MS Grass Border
  • Big Eggs: Spellbinders Ovals
  • Cardstock: Bazzil
  • Copics
  • Stickles: Crystal
  • Diamond Glaze

Friday, April 2, 2010

Trevor on the Farm

As soon as I saw this October Afternoon Farm Fresh paper, I had to get it and use it.  So I took a specific part of the paper and combined it with cc Design's Spring Trevor  and bench stamps.  This easel card box is so fun to make and was inspired by Michele of My Simple Crafts.  You can check out her blog here and she has easel box projects on Feb. 17 & Dec. 23.   Thanks Michele!

The drawer knob was created by using a felt flower  and a brad through the middle.  I cut out the flower from the Sizzix Hello Kitty "Kathy" die.  The felt flower just adds a little extra dimension and interest to the knob.  And I love it when there's multiple uses for a tool.


  • Stamp: Boy-cc Designs Sugarplums "Spring Trevor", Bench-cc Designs Sugarplums, "You Make Me Smile"-Hero Arts Thinking of You Messages
  • DP: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Farmyard and coordinating pattern on back
  • CS: Bazzil
  • Punches:  Marvy Uchida Scallop Square Pink, Marvy Uchida Square Blue
  • Felt Flower: Sizzix Hello Kitty "Kathy" die
  • Copics
  • Brad