Monday, September 20, 2010


Time for another Take a Seat Sugar Plums post using...Taylored Expressions sketch 128! I'm so glad people put out sketches. Otherwise, I would be at a loss with what to do with my stamps most of the time!

This card uses stamps from C.C. Designs Take a Seat and and Gingersnaps Spring Thing! set that I've had for over a year now but never used. But I thought the picket fence was perfect for the bottom panel of Taylor's sketch. I picked DP that I thought created a background for Emma and the fence - trees and clouds. Then used the Die-namics die to cut a cloud, and stamped the sentiment on it. Emma, her pal the sheep, and the cloud are popped up on foam tape to give the card dimension.

On a Shimmer Spritz Rampage!

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Take a Seat & Spring Thing!, Pure Innocence (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box mocha notecard, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg, PTI kraft cardstock
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics
Accessories: Tsukineko shimmer spritz, MFT cloud die

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glitterfied Birgitta

My pal J had this really ambitious goal of inking up all her uninked stamps by the end of August. Mad props to her for achieving that goal. I, on the other hand, proceeded to add even more uninked stamps to my pile. I pretty much doubled it with the addition of the C.C. Designs Take a Seat set, along with this cutie, Halloween Birgitta. But dude, how adorable are Sugar Plums and Swiss Pixies?!

Anyhoo, since I really should ink up uninked stamps, I decided to use this week's ATS Wed Challenge sketch to showcase Halloween Birgitta. I used Cosmo Cricket Matilda DP, choosing to keep the color scheme black, orange, and purple, as is the same as my last Halloween post. In place of the circular panel on the sketch, I die cut fluffy felt clouds using MFT Die-namics.

Close up of the sparkly explosion. I sprayed Tsukineko shimmer spritz on the black cardstock after I ran it through a polka dot Cuttlebug folder. Crystal Stickles were added to her wings, and I used a glue pen to outline the spiderweb on her hat and dress, and then proceeded to dump black glitter on it. Unfortunately, the glue pen was not fine tip, so I ended up with a black glittery mass. To uncover the spider web design, I took an Exact-O knife and nudged the black glitter mass back into the spider webby lines. As you can see, I worked hard on the hat... and gave up on the dress. =D

Then I decorated the interior. It kept turning out blurry no matter how many times I tried to take a picture of it, so this is the best I could do. I decorated the interior with a panel cut from Nestabilities Labels 9, a strip of Matilda DP, and a Jack o' Lantern stamp from My Favorite Things.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Halloween Birgitta, My Favorite Things Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl (sentiments and Jack o' Lantern)
Paper: PTI black cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Matilda
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics, Brilliance Crimson
Accessories: Ribbon from Impress, Offray black satin ribbon, MFT Cloud dies, Nestabilities Labels 9 and Labels Trio, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tsukineko shimmer spritz, Martha Stewart glitter, crystal stickles, Kaiser crystal stickers

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tricky Bunny

This week's Mercy's sketch was so cute, I had to try it. I saw the rectangular panel on the sketch and just knew that my new "Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl" stamp would be perfect for it!

I've had my eye on this super adorable stamp since last year - I thought it was so funny that Flopsey was pretending to be a kid dressed as a rabbit for Halloween - but never got around to buying it. And then I guess Halloween passed and it was removed the MFT online shop and I thought it was gone forever. I was quite sad. Oceans of tears were shed. Okay, maybe not, but I was quite disappointed.

LUCKILY, MFT brought it back and I snatched it right up. No was was I going to shed oceans of tears again. *grin*

So I started with the very Halloween-like color scheme of purple, orange, and black. I stamped the WTG panel over 2 different Matilda DP and then cut out WTG, Flopsey, and the poor unsuspecting ghost friend who is Flopsey's unknowing accomplice in his plot to trick candy out of people to paste over the DP. I paper-pieced WTG dress and gave her some fabulous shiny purple heels.

On the side panel, I wrapped black & white Divine Twine randomly over it just to give it some texture. Then I die cut some felt pieces to give the card even more texture and oula, fin!

Close-up of the super delicious Glossy Accents on the shoes and pumpkin candy holders.

Card Details
Stamps: MFT Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl
Paper: PTI True Black cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Matilda
Ink: Memento Black, VersaFine Black, Copics
Accessories: Smooch, MFT open scallop die, Nestabilities circle dies, Divine twine, orange felt

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MTSC89 with SugarPlums!

When C.C. Designs came out with their super awesome Take a Seat set, I just had to have it. There are very few stamps that I feel I must have like right now, but this was one of them. I think it had to do with the armchair and the enormous paper piecing potential it presented. And the awesome stone wall.

But once I got the set and cut out the stamps, I didn't know what to do with them. The images are It's like they take up the whole entire space of a normal sized card.

*Queue Jamie voice* Enter Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #89.

The challenge was to make a long card, and lo, it solved the dilemma I was facing with the images taking up the whole entire card face!

I used PTI True Black and Simply Chartreuse cardstock, embossing the SC paper with Birds & Swirls embossing folder. For the scallops in the sketch, I used my brand spankin' new MFT open scallop border die. I laid a black strip of paper across the middle, but it looked so plain, so I topped it with a sheer purple ribbon that I had lying around. All this was finished off with 2 PTI Simply Chartreuse buttons.

As for the sentiment, Verve's Circular Sayings are seriously my go-to set of sentiments. So simple, yet so pleasing to the eye and fits many card situations!

Close up of the image.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Take a Seat, Verve (sentiment)
Ink: Copics, Memento black, VersaFine black
Paper: PTI True Black & Simple Chartreuse, My Mind's Eye (dp)
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, PTI buttons, TCP beige twine, MFT open scallop border