Sunday, December 20, 2009

A {Scrappy} Christmas Card

So I've been making a small load of Christmas cards for the last few weeks, using my fave-paper-pack-of-the-moment Eskimo Kisses. The problem was, since I was cutting up the patterned paper into 4"x5.25" sheets to cover the pre-scored notecard, I was left with a lot of little strips of paper that couldn't be used for anything but was too cute to throw away. What to do?

Enter The Scrappy Christmas Card. Dum-dum-duuuuuuu...

The more I gathered little scraps of paper, the more I pondered how not to waste them. Then I realized something - each strip is exactly 4" long as well, the perfect size to fit on a notecard. So I gathered 7 of these strips in various patterns and oula - it provided a super groovy background for a Christmas card!! Wahoo! No waste and I think it looks pretty.

So since there is only 1 of these, this one is for my hubs. He gets the special, unique one. hehe.

I had bought matching Eskimo Kisses buttons but didn't use them on any of the cards I made. So I decided that I better make use of them lest they go to waste. I used Nesties Labels 1 and Vintage Labels, and the sentiment "joy" is from an old Memory Box Vintage Ornaments set. I don't know if you can see it, but I also used a star-like stamp behind the "joy" part, which is also from the same MB set. Also, the reason I used a "joy" sentiment is b/c the "Merry Christmas" sentiment didn't fit...heheh...

Card Details
Stamps: Memory Box Vintage Ornaments set, PTI Vintage Labels
Paper: Memory Box pre-scored notecard (water), BG Eskimo Kisses
Ink: Brilliance Pearl Chocolate, VersaMagic Sea Breeze
Accessories: BG Eskimo Kisses buttons, Karen Foster's scrapper's floss, Offray brown ribbon

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dashing Through the Snow!

This is my favoritest image from the TCP Candyland Christmas set! The penguins look like they're having so much fun wherever they are going!

I used a Clean & Simple sketch from awhile ago. To make a snowy mountain for the penguins to sled down, I cut a hill from DCWV glitter mat stack in white. Soooo pretty...I like sparkle and bling!

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas
Paper: Memory Box pre-scored notecard (water), BG Eskimo Kisses, DCWV glitter mat stack
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Ribbon (Joann's), Nesties circles

Monday, December 14, 2009

Toasty Penguin Card

Penguins!! Yay! The penguin characters are my favorite in the TCP line. They are just so darned cute.

I used Spicas on the fire to give it a glittery, cracklin' glow. I wish it would show up better in the pics!

Oh, yeah, this is a Taylored Expressions sketch again.

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas
Paper: Memory Box, BG Eskimo Kisses
Ink: Memento black, Copics, Spica
Accessories: Nestabilities Circles

Friday, December 11, 2009

Choo-choo Christmas

Quickie post - got nothin' clever to say. Another TCP Candyland Christmas used. I gotta say... the kitty in the TCP set kind of creeps me out. I think it's the eyes. It's still a cute image, but I prefer the doggie and penguin images in the set best. I think I'm going to give this to my sister-family-entity - my niece likes mao maos...

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas
Paper: Memory Box pre-scored notecard, MB Holiday Brights
Ink: Copics, Brilliance Rocket Red, Memento Black
Accessories: Random lime ribbon

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's the Holiday Season...

...the holiday season! So a whoop-dee-doo and dickory dock...

Yay! Christmas! I have a pretty tree up and a stock of hot cocoa so life is good. Now if only I could figure out a way to stay home and stamp all day...then I'd have to tell Jamie the secret as she would never forgive me for withholding the secret to life's happiness. haha...

Anyhoo, here's a Christmas card I made based on a Taylored Expressions sketch from a few weeks ago. I'm making good use of my TCP Candyland Christmas (but seriously, it's hard not to make good use of it b/c all the images are sooooo cute!) and made a TCP card.

It's fairly simply, not too many embellies, just simple paper layering and copic coloring. I used Spica glitter pens on the gumdrops and candycanes but, again, you can't tell. Must get a better camera...

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas
Paper: Memory Box pre-scored notecard, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Ink: Memento Black, VersaFine Onyx, Copics, Spicas
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities circles

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Twofer...

Today's card is a "twofer" - a two-fer-one card challenge requirement meeter. :)

I used Jen del Muro's latest SFYTT for the layout and used a santa image as per the Sparkle Creations requiriments. Super groovy!

I just love TCP images - they are so cute that they just make me happy and they are easy to color, which makes me even happier (as I lack superhuman Copic Coloring Skills). I used some Spica glitter pens on the plane, but you can't really tell from the picture. Too bad...

Also, I had this lime green grosgrain ribbon that I don't know where I got from but have been saving because I can't throw away anything, not even a little scrap, but didn't think I would ever use. Lo and behold - it matches the DP!! Wahoo! And I think it looks great.

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas
Paper: Memory Box Holiday Brights & scored notecard
Ink: Memento Black, Brilliance Rocket Red, Copics, Spica glitter pens
Accessories: Nesties circles, random lime green ribbon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Hubs!!

I made this card for my hubs for our wedding anniversary. It's 3 years today and it's been the best so far. He's a very good hubby. :)

I used a sentiment from the Verve Beautiful You set. It makes me cry but it feels true to me... :)

I started out using an old Taylored Expressions layout, but it didn't quite work so I kind of flipped and modified and moved things around until it kind of worked.

Card Details
Stamps: Verve Beautiful You
Paper: Memory Box, Martha Stewart
Ink: Brilliance
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, Pearl stickers from Michaels, flower punches from... Punch a Bunch (I think)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Whimsy Mini Comp Book for Ky

So my sister wanted a modified mini comp book too. Since I am so magnanimous, I offered her the chance to select the design paper she wanted me to use from my latest Basic Grey Porcelain paper stack - but she didn't like any of them. So it was off to the stamp store to pick out a special design paper just for her. What a princess...

Heh. Who am I kidding? I just wanted to buy the BG Eskimo Kisses pack and she provided the perfect excuse to get it!! :)

Anyhoo, this modification is a lot simpler than the one that I did for Jamie's mini comp book. My sister really liked the little deer and she likes simple designs, so I decided to leave as much of the pretty design paper as visible as possible. This also made it much easier to finish in one night as I didn't have to sit there and try to think of a fancy image/design to put on top.
Again, I left a ribbon loop on the spine to stick a pen in. My sister is picky about her pens so I figure just let her attach one that she likes. And I also don't have a pen for her.

Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels & Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Stardream Chiara, random kraft cardstock
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, Joann's ribbon

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More PTI Grooviness

I'm on a background-making kick! I can't help it! PTI makes such perfectly suited stamps for background making! Oh, but the one on the fuschia cardstock is a stamp from Savvy that I love but haven't used enough. The PTI stuff is on the linen cardstock. They are from the Simply Stationery set (that I just got - EEEEEEEE!!!). I love the color combo - I'm way big on pink and green!

Jamie and I agree - PTI and Verve stamps seem to go so well together! I've been doing a lot of PTI background with Verve sentiments and love the combo!!

I stamped the Savvy Outline Tile background directly on the cardstock (something I never do) because it seemed awfully bare without it. It turned out *relatively* okay, but I definitely need to practice more.

Card Details
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Labels and Simply Stationery, Verve Beautiful You, Savvy Outline Tile
Paper: Memory Box Peony notecard, Nekoosa Linen cardstock, random kraft cardstock
Ink: VersaFine Raspberry, VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: EK Success border punch, Nestabilities Labels 1, random ribbon

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A {Pretty} Subtle Background

I absolutely loooooove the way this card turned out. It's so simple, but I think it's so pretty! I don't know why the stamp image turned out the way it did; must be something about the ink, but it did this faded look thing where it started out solid and gradually faded as it made its way down the image. Whatever the magic, I love it! Looks so vintage-y!

PTI does tons of amazing backgrounds using their stamp images, and I wanted to do the same. So I chose this image from the uber-groovy Vintage Labels set and very carefully aligned the image all over the paper. Originally, I had a bigger Nesties Labels 1 size cut out, layered and stamped with sentiment, but I thought it covered too much of the background and I really wanted to showcase the background. So I used the smallest Labels 1 size and just did a simply with no layering and oula! Worked out perfectly!

Card Details
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Labels, Verve Circular Sayins
Paper: Memory Box Moss and Mocha cardstock, Nekoosa Linen cardstock
Ink: VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, random green ribbon

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Return to Simplicity

I've been into making cards with loads of layers and embellies due to influence from uber-fabu DT members. However, in looking at genius creator Nichole Heady's blogs, I've noticed that she makes simple cards that are still fabulous. So I thought I'd try my hand at making simple cards again and I love the way it turned out. And it's purely coincidence that the white stamp background shape somewhat matches the design on the green DP. Super groovy! And don't you just love how the PTI Vintage Labels set coordinates fabulously with Nestabilities Labels 1?? Nichole Heady is a total genius!

Card Details
Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels, Verve Beautiful You
Paper: Memory Box Bayou scored notecard, Memory Box Sweet Bay dp, random kraft cardstock
Ink: Brilliance Moonlight White, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, Nestabilities Labels 1

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Modified Mini Comp Book

I saw this modified mini comp book on the Poppy Paperie blog awhile ago and was inspired ever since to do it! It took me awhile to get my act together but I finally did it and made one for my pal Jam. She likes pink and brown, so I used some dp that had those colors. Then...I got stuck. I couldn't think of an image to decorate the book with b/c the pattern on the dp is not subtle. It stumped me for about a week and then I decided to use the hot air balloon from the TGF Fly Away set. A little name customization courtesy of a groovy PTI alphie set and I was set. Wahoo! I likes. She did too. The only lame thing was that the pen I was going to attach to the notebook didn't hang snugly against the spine of the notebook. The clip was curved, so when I tried to hang it from the ribbon, it dangled loosely (lame). Luckily, Jamie has plenty pens and didn't need me to provide one. But it's still kind of lame to not provide one. Anyhoo, here's the comp book!

Stamps: PTI Fresh Alphabet, TGF Fly Away
Paper: DCWV, Stardream Chiara
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, Spica glitter pens, EK Success scallop border punch, Nesties petite scallop ovals large

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last of the Set!!

This card turned out differently than I had originally planned. It was supposed to follow the layout the first card of the birthday set (with the "birthday wishes" sentiment), but then, because I suspect that I'm slightly ADD, I got "creative" and did some double stacking ribbon thingy and centered the sentiment circle. I like how it turned out though. And I used DP that I've been hoarding for awhile. I think it's Memory Box Enlighten paper pack. And notice I went back to a green/pink color scheme? Told ya I love this color combo a lot!

Card Details
Stamps: Verve Circular Sayings
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, clear embossing powder
Paper: Memory Box notecard - Mocha, Memory Box Enlighten design paper, DCWV summer mat stack (pink paper)
Accessories: Nestabilities circles and scallop circles, pearl stickers from Michael's, random ribbon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Smiley Tuesday

Here is card #4 of the birthday set (I made 5 total...although there are 6 sentiments in the Circular Sayings set, but I ran out of time. Besides, 5 is a nice round number, right??!! And to make up for it, I did make a simple pearl coin pendant for my friend as part of her birthday gift so I figure it's all good).

The layout is somewhat similar to the layout of the card on the previous post (with the "thanks" sentiment). I didn't have any buttons or ribbon that matched the color scheme of this card though, so had to I did the trio of eyelets at the top of the card so it wouldn't be too plain.

Card Details
Stamp: Verve Circular Sayings
Ink: VersaFine Cyan, clear embossing powder
Paper: Memory Box scored notecard - Pear, DCWV summer mat stack (blue paper), DCWV summer glitter stack (design paper), DCWV La Creme mat stack (white paper)
Accessories: Nestabilities circles and scallop circles, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Making Memorys eyelets

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bubbly Thanks

Card numero tres of the card set I made for my friend. I actually really like this one b/c it seems rather whimsical with the bubbles on the DP, round buttons, and swiss dots.

I sure hope she likes this card set because it took me all week to make!!

Stamps: Verve Circular Sayings
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, random kraft cardstock
Ink: VersaFine, clear embossing powder
Accessories: Swiss Dots embossing folder, BG buttons, Nesties circles and scallop circles, EK Success border punch, ribbon

Friday, October 23, 2009

Feel Good Friday Card

This is another card from the set I'm making for my friend's bday. I love this DCWV paper pack. Can't remember what it's called right now but it's very elegant and vintage-y. Super groovy! And ironically, the ribbon on this card was a bday gift from the same friend who I'm giving this card set to! Lucky it matched so perfectly with the DP. hehe...

And just FYI, this entry is called "Feel Good Friday Card" because the sentiment is "Just Because You're You" and doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Awww...blech...

Card Details
Stamps: Verve
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: VersaFine Black, clear embossing powder
Accessories: Nesties circles and scallop circles, Martha Stewart border punch, ribbon

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Way, Way, Way Belated Post

So it's been ages since I've posted. I've been quite unmotivated about stamping for the last few weeks. Then I realized my friend's birthday is coming up and decided that I wanted to make her a card set as a gift. I wanted to use my Circular Sayings set from Verve since (1) I just got them and (2) felt the need to use them.

I actually made this card on Monday night but due to finishing late and procrastinating, I never took a picture and never posted (much to Jamie's annoyance, I'm sure ^_^).

So anyhoo, I like how this card turned out. Love the color scheme - pink & green is one of my all time favorites, and I think this worked out well. This is the first of the card set...I made a 2nd one tonight...trying to make 3-4 more cards but I'm not sure I'll finish by Sat.
I attempted to tie the ribbon by the flower using a Nichole Heady technique where she just looped the ribbon and tied it with twine, but since the flower is so big, you can't really tell. Oh, well.

Anyhoo, here is the card and "the deets":

Stamps: Verve Circular Sayings
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV Sweet Things and a solid mat stack
Ink: VersaColor
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Nesties, Prima flowers, BG buttons, scrappers floss, MB crystal stickers, random ribbon

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Finally - Verve!

Whee!!! I ordered my first sets of Verve stamps last week, got them Monday, and have happily made my first Mojo Monday card with actual Verve stamps!! Wahoo!!

So the paper scheme might look familiar - I used this combo in a recent post and just love how it turned out. So I had to use it again. Though this time around, green is the more prominent color.

I used Martha Stewart border punch to make the "band" part of the sketch. Normally, I would use ribbon but I love this punch and really wanted to use it and thought it'd make a most excellent band.

Card Details
Stamps: Verve Beautiful You
Paper: Memory Box
Ink: VersaMagic Sea Breeze, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder, Joann's ribbons, MS border punch, pearl stickers from Michaels

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to Ky'k!

Yesterday was my sister's birthday, so the card today was made for her. I used my new stamp set from C.C. Designs called Sweet Treats. It is just so darned cute! It might not even be meant for birthdays, but it has ice cream on it and ice cream says birthday to me!

Anyhoo, the card is based on an Amy R sketch and I thought it was perfect to showcase the monkey. Now, as Jamie knows, I don't have a lot of Copics right now and am limited in coloring. Normally, when I make a card, I figure out what paper I want to use and then color the image accordingly. This time around, I just wanted to use the image so I stamped and colored it in without planning the paper first. I used whatever pastel colors I had to color in the ice cream, and then when I was done coloring the image, just went to search for whatever paper might fit. Luckily, this pack of DCWV line, uh...Sweet Things or something like that, had this plaid paper thing going on that went perfectly with the monkey. Wahoo!! The other paper is just some random Michael's paper pack that I Cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots and another one that I can't remember the name of but I just got because I was ordering some books from Amazon and shipping was $5 but if I just spent $5 more, than I would get free shipping. And it just so happened that this embossing folder was $5 so I thought might as well get it as not. =D hahaha!!

Also, I had actually stamped a sentiment on a round piece of paper and mounted it on another round piece of paper, but when it came time to position it on the card, it ended up covering the cool embossed paper. So I decided to place it on the inside but unfortunately forgot to take a picture of it. Oh well, I got a picture of the important part at least.

Card Details
Stamp: C.C. Designs Sweet Treats
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, some Michael's paper
Ink: Copics, Memento
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folders

Sunday, October 4, 2009

An Oldie but Goodie for WCMD Japan Challenge

I was trolling through blogland last night and wandered to one of my fave sites, Nicole Heady of PTI. It turns out she was hosting a card challenge in honor of World Card Making Day, the first of which was to make a card inspired by Japan. It just so happens that one of my favoritest cards that I ever made in the history of my card-making life is very Japanese-y. I actually made this card awhile ago and had it lying around - I guess it was just waiting to get posted for this challenge! What luck!

I have a ton of origami/washi paper hoarded in my paper stack and I never use it. One day, I literally forced myself to use it. I picked 2 papers that I wanted to work with and sat there until inspiration hit. This is also the first time I started using sketches. This particular card is actually a modification of a Mojo Monday sketch. The original layout didn't quite work out for me, but the modification to it made it PERFECT. :)

Card Details
Stamps: Mari & Me (both sakura & fan)
Paper: Washi paper (2 kinds), DCWV, Memory Box pre-scored notecard
Ink: Brilliance Rocket Red ink
Accessories: Memory Box green jewel stickers, ribbon

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Anyone for Anya? ME!

Today's card is for the challenge posted on the "Anyone for Anya?" blog. This is my favorite image from the Miss Anya stamp set. I think it's b/c I find her easier to color than the other two. Of course, I haven't actually exerted as much time and effort on coloring the other two...

The paper I used in the card is from an old, I think maybe discontinued, Memory Box line...Sweet Bay? I think. I love the patterns in this pack - very soft, delicate, and pretty! The grayish-brownish paper was perfect to use an embossing folder on. I was actually going to use that paper where the blue paper is right now, but it seemed like a waste of embossing paper if most of it was covered up. So I swapped it to showcase it better and it voila! It worked out perfectly!

I seem to be on a blue/brown color kick lately. Not sure why, but it seems to be working for me. I really ought to expand but I can't help but gravitate towards the color combos I like best. Oh well.

Anyhoo, I've gotta run b/c I have to finish carpet cleaning. Yay, what a fun way to spend a Sat. Luckily, it's somewhat gloomy out so it's not like I feel like I'm missing out on any sunshine fun.

Card Details
Paper: Memory Box scored notecard, Memory Box Sweet Bay design paper
Stamps: Miss Anya, Memory Box (sentiment)
Ink: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories: Nesties Label 1, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder, Joann's ribbon

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Club Anya {hearts} punches

It's raining, it's pouring! It's the perfect day to curl up in the house...and stamp! But first, I wanted to post this card that I made on Sunday that just so happened to meet the Club Anya "I {heart} punches" challenge! Wahoo!! I met a challenge without even trying! That's a total first. And super groovy!

Anyhoo, here's my card. This is the first time I'm using this stamp even though I bought it a few months back. I actually inked and colored this image right when I got the stamp, but couldn't seem to make a card with it. I'm glad I finally did b/c she's such a cutie!

I'm not sure if you can see, but I put glittery stickles on the wings to give Anya some shine! So pretty! AND it matches the white circle of glittery paper (not sure if you can tell it's glitter paper either).

I am eyeing the Nestabilities tag set for Christmas, but for now I have to make due with mock tags...I cut a rectangle of paper and used the Making Memories slot punch to make the slot where the ribbon ties through. Not too shabby, but definitely not as clean and groovy as a Nesties tag die would be!!

Card Details
Stamps: TGF Angel Anya, Savvy (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box, various DCWV paper
Ink: Memento, Copics, Stickles (wings)
Accessories: Nesties, Joann's ribbon, Making Memories slot punch

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Xie Xie Ni (Thank you)

This is the last of the dolls in my Hero Arts Chinese stamp set. I actually have 2 Chinese dolls stamps sets - this is from the wood block set. The Chinese chars and the clover-like images are from the acrylic set. Hero Arts has really improved their Asian images! My pal Jamie has the Japanese doll acrylic set (but I think she has yet to make a card with them). I kind of had to force myself to use them b/c they've been sitting there for the last, oh, 4 months which, compared to some of the other stamps I have, isn't all that long...but shhh, don't tell my hubs.


Card Details
Stamps: Hero Arts
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: Nesties circles

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Operation Rediscover Mojo: China Doll Kick (Round 2)

Still trying to rediscover my stamping I continued making China Doll cards. For once, I had a productive weekend - I made 4 whole cards! I don't feel completely wowed by my cards though. I don't know...I probably need to have a Craft Day with Jamie...we haven't had once since...before summer, I think. NO WONDER I'm all dried up of ideas!! hehe...

Anyhoo, here's my card for ORM (Round 2). Oh, mojo, where are you?!

Anyhoo, I paper-pieced her dress and colored in the details with Copics. I love the little flower jewel sticker...I bought it at Ben Franklin Crafts in Hawaii when I was last there...however, upon comparing the price and quantity with Taylored Expressions, these were more expensive. DOH! But a lot can be said for instant gratification, right?? hahah...

The card layout isn't based on any particular sketch. Sometimes, sketches are GREAT and helpful but lately, they've been making it harder for me to stamp and put a card together. Too much going on and I suspect I'm slightly I end up staring at the sketch, my stamps, my paper, and my embellishments for awhile before giving up for the night. Anyhoo, I thought I'd revisit the days when I didn't follow a sketch and see what I could come up with.

Card Details
Stamps: Hero Arts, Impress Rubber Stamps (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: EK Success scallop border punch, Joann's flowers, Midori flower jewel sticker, Making Memories brad

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

So it's been freakishly long since I last posted. Been lacking the stamping mojo still and been busy with life in general. Today, however, was a completely free day at home. Got the grocery shopping for the week and laundry out of the way so I was home free to stamp, stamp, and stamp! Yee-haw!

I bought a bunch of Hero Arts stamps back in May, including the little Chinese girl in the card below. She is soooo cute and I don't use her nearly enough, so I decided to break her out of her holding cell (my stamp drawers) today and make a card with her!!

You ever see the Nickelodeon show "Ni Hao, Kai-lan"? She's not Kai-lan (not to be confused with the vegetable kai-lan), but she sure looks like it to me! So cute with the little hair buns!

Anyhoo, this card is based on this week's JDM SFYTT. that I look at the sketch again, I suddenly realized that I forgot to include an embellishment for the star she has on her sketch. Oh well...close enough, right? And besides, I'm just getting back into the stamping mode so I deserve a little leeway, right???

Card Details:
Stamps: Hero Arts, Mari & Me (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV, origami paper
Ink: Memento, VersaFine, Copics
Embellishment: Making Memories snaps, Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder, Nesties

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quickie Card

Last week, I saw an episode of Martha Stewart making a simple card using border punches. They looked so pretty that I wanted to try it too! Problem was, I didn't have any border punches. What to do, what do to...well, wasn't it lucky for ME that Michael's had a sale on Martha Stewart crafts this past weekend! Wahoo! Shopping spree!! haha...

So here's the card:

And here's the inside:

As you can see, there is no "stamping" involving, just a lot of punching and a bit of Cuttlebugging. I tried to dress up the front of the card by testing out tying ribbon in the front in a knot, positioning flowers...nothing seemed to work. So I left it as is.

Card Details
Paper: Stardream, Memory Box
Accessories: Martha Stewart punches (various), EK Success punch, Nesties

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Operation: Rediscover Mojo (Round 1)

So it's been a loooong 2 weeks since I last made any card. Not just make a card that I like - I haven't been able to piece together any kind of card no matter how hard I stare at my stamps and paper and will myself to make something dagnabbit!

So I finally just decided to put whatevers together - anything to get my stamping mojo back. So this is my first attempt at making a card.

It's based on a Mojo Monday sketch 103. It's okay...not my best work, but I'm hoping that the more I stamp, the faster the mojo will return.

So here's the card + details:

Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Stamps: Memory Box, Savvy

Ink: VersaColor
Embellishment: Morex ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch

Monday, September 7, 2009

Jamie No Mojo

...and neither have I. I've run out of ideas. Can't make a card take shape and form for the life of me. How do people do it - everyday, they make something super groovy and can post it before I even get out of bed? It's sad. I've sat at home all day, staring at sketches, trying to make a congratulations card for someone and absolutely NOTHING is happening. What the heck, man? It's annoying...

Jamie no mojo...and neither have I.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


OMG! I'm soooooo excited! I finally made an Anya card that I actually, truly, really, freakishly am pleased with!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

I bought this paper today and KNEW right away that I wanted to use it for The Greeting Farm challenge. It seemed perfect for this Anya image, delicate girly-girl carrying flowers and gives it an almost vintage-y feel. I tried to keep the colors toned down and muted to go with the cream/black color scheme...soft pink was the way to go to compliment this.

Sometimes, the right patterned paper can totally make or break your card.

EEEEEEEEEE!!! I totally love it!! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF Miss Anya
Ink: Memento, Copics
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties, ribbon, Joann's flowers

P.S. My hubs just read this post and totally made fun of me. "Don't you always say you're 'so excited' at the beginning of every post?" Dear hubs, that's because every pretty card makes me excited and happy. Silly boy, you should know by now. :)

All About Pink and Brown

I need more pink Copics. That's the conclusion I've come to after making this card. More pinks to color her clothes in...but we make due with our limited colors and funds. *sigh*

Anyhoo, this card is based on the Club Anya "I Wanna Be Just Like..." challenge. Oooh, and I so do wanna be like this lady who made such a beautiful card!! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF Miss Anya
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Memento, VersaColor, Copics
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, flowers, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another TCP Tues Challenge

Wahoo!! I finished my 2nd card of the night, so that's a double-header of posting for today!

Anyhoo, I totally LOVE this week's TCP challenge hosted by Leigh of Sunflower Studio! The color scheme was absolutely awesome: chocolate, sky blue, and kiwi!!

I thought it'd make a cool color scheme for a Christmas card, so I dug out my recently purchased, but not-yet-inked Candyland Christmas set from TCP!! Whee!! I'm always happy when I manage to use stamps that I buy (cuz we all have stamps that we haven't used yet even after 2 years!!).

Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the mountain that the penguins are sledding on and the snowflakes are made from sparkly DCWV paper. Cuz the snow glitters in the sun, ya know! Whee!!

Card Details:

Stamps: TCP Candyland Christmas

Paper: Memory Box, DCWV

Ink: Memento, Copics

Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Nesties, random ribbon, snowflake punch

Pretty Anya!

Whee! Pretty Anya card! This is another one of the new sets that I got recently from The Greeting Farm. At first, I didn't care too much for the Miss Anya line, but the more I saw cards with her, the more I liked it!! I'm very impressionable... haha...

Although my Copic marker technique is far from Kiyomi Krafts or Wicked Pixie levels, I was quite pleased with how the coloring turned out with my limited skills and markers. Wahoo!!

Anyhoo, this card is for Jamie, who's been harping on me about my slow posting. It's also based on a Taylored Expressions sketch challenge from last week. I'm late, I know, but gets in the way of stamping...

If I'm productive, I may post a 2nd card tonight!! Wish me luck, I take forever to figure out layout and stamps to use...

Card Details:
Stamps: TGF, Savvy (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box
Ink: Memento, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties, Joann's ribbon

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My camera battery is DEAD. Just as I was about to take a picture of my latest card, I discovered, as I tried to turn it on, that the battery was dead!! :(

So no new card picture today. Possibly tomorrow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fly Away!!

Whee! I loooooove my new set from The Greeting Farm! It's called "Fly Away" and the hot air balloon is purrrrfect for paper piecing. Muy cute, huh? Doesn't it just make you want to float away happily into the wild blue yonder? hehe...

So this card was made at the request of my mom - my sister-in-law won 1st princess in a pageant and my parents wanted to send a congratulations card to her. So, since I wanted to use my new set, and rather than use a boring ol' "congratulations" sentiment, I thought this would be PERFECT to evoke a "Great job! New horizons are open to you!" kind-of-an-emotion. Yay or ney? Well, no matter b/c I love the way the card turned out!! :)

It's based on a Jen Del Muro sketch b/c she just had fabulous layout ideas.

Card Details:
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Fly Away set
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Memento, Copic (for the balloon tail)
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

Friday, August 21, 2009

Asian-y, Guy-ish Birthday Card

So here's the aforementioned birthday card that I made for hubby's daddy's birthday. I rather like the blue/brown/gold color scheme. Seems appropriate for a guy, right? I have lots of girly stamps and not very many dude stamps. Actually, I did just buy a Cowboys & Indians set from TCP, but I don't think that would go over well with a 50+ year old guy... heh... anyhoo, on to the card details!

Paper: Memory Box, washi paper
Stamps: Hero Arts (butterfly), Kodomo (I think)
Ink: Versacolor Cyan, clear embossing powder


I started the blog and only got 3 posts in. LAZY. Actually, I was busy all last week with stuff to do after work, packing for a weekend trip, came back and have been bumming ever since. Well, not exactly. I cleaned my house. But that really shouldn't take precedence over stamping should it?? hehe...

Anyhoo, I did make a card last night for my hubs's daddy's bday. I haven't taken a picture of it yet b/c it was too dark in my house when I finished and I don't have a lightbox. But it's Japanese-y and I used a stamp with the Chinese character on it for "longevity." It's the kind of thing you put on stuff you give to old people for their birthdays. Hahah!! Joking!

I'll try to take a pic and post it within the next day or so...b/c I'm seriously behind on the blogging.

OH! On an unrelated but supremely exciting note, I got my new stamps from The Greeting Farm!! Wahoo! They are not new releases but ones I have been coveting for awhile. I hope I can get around to stamping sometime this weekend with the piggy from the Fly Away set!! Whee! Piggies!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Greeting Farm Challenge

Wahoo! I am on a roll. Participating in two challenges in a single weekend? I don't know if this will ever happen again.

This card is for The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday challenge. This week, they provided a sketch to make a card. Thank goodness it wasn't one of the fancy modify-an-image challenges. No way I could do that!

Anyhoo, this card is using the Hula Anya stamp. Isn't she cute?? Lots of cuttlebugging going on with this card, which is a good thing - otherwise, my hubs wouldn't be happy if I wasn't maximizing the usage of my birthday present.

I used raffia for the lines going across the top and bottom (was a bit of a pain to gather and tape), Island Heritage origami paper (the hibiscus pattern), various Nesties, the floral screen embossing folder on the green paper (hard to see), and Memory Box cardstock and "aloha" stamp.

Friday, August 7, 2009

TCP Tuesday 70!

So this is the reason why I started this blog - to enter this challenge hosted by Susiestampsalot! I thought, hey, a card using cakes??! That's something I can do! Not best copic marker coloring challenge, best use of Cuttlebug folders - nope, purely, simply - cakes. I aim low, don't I? ;) heh.

Anyhoo, here's my card! I like it a lot - it's so colorful! I should've juxtaposed the little cupcakes, but I only thought of that after I mounted them on the card. So it was either live with it or rip it off the card, potentially ruining it. I don't think so! This took me the whole week to make - determine the layout, the stamps/paper/embellies to use...inspiration takes a long time to hit.

Card Details:
Stamps: TCP Smells Like Cake & TCP You Say It's Your Birthday
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Versafine black, Copics, Spica pens, embossing powder
Accessories: Memory Box crystal stickers, Crop-a-dile eyelets, Nesties Labels 1 and circles, CB swiss dots embossing folder

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monkey Card

I hadn't really intended to start a blog...but I found that I wanted to partake in various challenges that are hosted by supremely talented bloggers (TCP crew, TGF, etc). The card that I'm posting here isn't for any challenge in particular; rather, it seemed the most appropriate based on the name of my blog.

As you can see, I don't even have a lightbox to take pretty card pictures (that's how spontaneous creating this blog was), but it suffices for now. Maybe I'll go use Jamie's one day.

Anyhoo, this card is based on a layout that Inkastamp did once. I love her cards - they are so fabulous, creative, and beautiful. She's so great at layering patterns. Well, that's it for now. Let's see how long I keep up this blogging!

Card Details:
Stamp: All That Scraps
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Versafine, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Making Memories flower brads, leftover wedding favor ribbon