Monday, March 29, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 57

Although this is Card Patterns 57th sketch challenge, it is my first time playing along.  I had some time to stamp this weekend, my NEW Gina K stamps were calling my name and Mr. Mojo paid me a visit. LOL!  Here is the card I made using the sketch.  You can click on the photo for a closer view.  I would love to know what you think of my project. I enjoy reading the comments and seeing who is visiting. Makes me feel like I'm not just talking to myself. :o)

Card Details
Stamps: Nana's Needlework and StampTV Spring Mix Stamp Kit {Gina K Designs}
Paper: Lipstick Red, Soft Sand & Ivory {Pure Luxury, Gina K Designs} & Baja Breeze {SU}
Other: Mosaic CB Embossing Folder, misc. buttons and ribbon, sewing machine thread for the stitching

Sunday, March 28, 2010

StampTV Color Challenge

I made this quilt card for Tina's color challenge over at  I love the new Gina K Designs sets Nana's Needlework & Nana's Needlework Sentiments (illustrated by Nina Brackett).  Since green, purple and white were the colors for this challenge, I pulled out my Basic Grey Wisteria paper pad for this one.  Using this set has put me in the sewing mood.  So I used my sewing machine a few times on papercrafting projects this weekend.  Including this card.

Stamps: Nana's Needlework and Nana's Needlework Sentiments {Gina K Designs}
Paper: PL Fresh Asparagus and White {Gina K Designs}, Basic Grey Wisteria

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gina K Designs March Release Sketch Challenge

I am adding a quick post tonight. I made this coffee card for the Gina K Designs March Release Sketch Challenge being hosted by Lee Murphy. 

I used the coffee mug from the Signs of Autumn and the sentiment is from Heartily Yours Additions.  I have been trying to make a point of doing more stitching on my cards. I really love the look and never seem to get my sewing machine out.  I stitched around the border of the yellow panel with a straight stitch. And I used a zig zag stitch to attach the ribbon to the two Wine strips.

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers {R59, E37, E31}
Other: Labels 8 Nestability Die, Paisley Embossing Folder

Friday, March 19, 2010

Monochromatic Monogram Cards

Wow, Gina's party was hoppin' last night. It is's First Birthday and the release party to celebrate was so much fun. And Gina hosted the party at this time.  So much more organized and really felt like home.  There are a bunch of challenges posted and we have until Monday to participate.  I made the following two cards for Donna's Monochromatic Monogram Card Challenge.  I decided to use black and shades of white for my monochromatic colors.

This is my funky card for the challenge.  I bought that paper a few months ago and finally had a chance to use it. 

And this is my elegant card for the challenge.  I found this pattern paper in my stash and have no idea how long I've had it.  I adde the pearls to make it look more real.

For the main image on both I printed the text with Publisher in 2" x 3" boxes.  I used Nestabilities Dies to cut out the white and black panel.  Then I stamped the scroll design from Vintage Borders above and below the text.  I used a Stamp A Ma Jig to line it up.  It is a little hard to see, but I drew a silver outline on the white text panel with a gel pen.  I also did some real sewing on this one.  I love the look of real stitching on cards and need to make a point to use my sewing machine more often.

After doing this challenge I definately want to make more cards like this.  They would make great gifts for people who like to send little notes to friends and family.

It is supposed to be warm and sunny here in south central PA tomorrow.  Great weather to move my sister. Have a beautiful weekend!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day Dreaming Among the Flowers

I was never a big fan of digital images.  Mainly because my printer doesn't have the right ink to use with Copic markers.  But then I came across Mo Manning's site, Mo's Digital Pencil Shop. Her images are amazing. And I decided I had to find a way to use them. I found that laser printing the images is almost as good as using Memento ink with stamps.  The only issue I had was some of the toner getting on the tips of my lighter colors. But it didn't smear on the image. So I am happy with the results.

The image I used on my card is titled Rae with Journal and is from the Dani and Friends set of three images. The thing I like most about the images from this set is that I can experiment with so many fun colors.  I love to use different colors and experiment with them.  Such a cool image to use for teen cards and my niece will be an official teen in about 7 months. Although she acts like a teen now. :o) 

The pattern paper is digital paper I downloaded from Basic Grey's website.  Yeah, they have some of their papers in digital form now.  I used some retired Stampin' Up colors, Vintage Violet and Marigold Morning, for the card stock. 

Well it's a dreary rainy day here and I need to get some housework done.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

StampTV Sketch Challenge

I have a quick post before I head off to sleep.  I made this card using Vicki's sketch challenge over at  I discovered tonight that Basic Grey now offers some of their papers and other items as digital downloads. How cool is that?  I love Basic Grey.  The floral and purple prints on this card are digital paper download from Basic Grey.  They were only 75 cents each and you print them any size and as many times as you need them.

Stamps: Little Tees {Gina K Designs}
Paper: Pure Luxury Kraft {GKD}, Vintage Violet {SU}, Digital Paper {Basic Grey}
Ink: Wisteria Chalk Ink {ColorBox}, Rich Cocoa {Memento}
Other: large scallop border punch, ribbon, mosaic CB embossing folder, Nestability scalloped rectangle die

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pink and White and Oh So Girly

I made a pink and white card for Tina's color challenge over at  She is the new color challenge hostess for the next three months and this is her first challenge.  I have to admit this was quite a challenge for me.  I love pink. But is was very hard not adding any other colors. Just Pink and White.  So I went with a monochromatic card.  I pulled out some old Bazzil pink card stock I had in my stash.  And I pulled out an older set. When Gina first released the Little Tees set I instantly fell in love.  I just adore the mini t-shirt in this set.  And it has been a while since I've used yet.  So I dusted it off for this challenge.  So here is my Pink and White card:

I stamped the mini t-shirt from Little Tees on both PL Passionate Pink and some Bazzil pink card stock.  I cute the entire tee out of the Passionate Pink.  From the lighter pink I trimmed off the sleeves and collar and layerd them together.  I stamped the larger butterfly from Dream Birds onto the bottom corner of the tee and colored the body with a white gel pen.

I made the background with a piece of PL White card stock embossed with an inked embossing folder.  The ink did not completely cover it, but I like the look anyway.  I added a big white flower with a cute little pink button.  I made the bow with the Bow Easy. First time I've used that since it arrived.  It is easy after a few practice bows.  And finally I used the LOVE phrase from Dream Birds and added some funky little white dots with a gel pen.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Hope is Faith Color Challenge

It took me a while to decide how to incorporate the Hope is Faith set into Gina's Color Challenge.  I actually started looking through my pattern paper stash for inspiration and found a beautiful piece with pink and blue very close to Innocent Pink and Ocean Mist.  So that helped me decide which colors to choose. I added in some Lipstick Red for contrast and was ready to start creating.  Then I had to decide what layout to use.  So I started looking at some of the card photos.  I found a card with the same fold I used for this card and decided to use that.  I don't recall what this fold is called but I think it is very cool and worked well for my design.  After watching a couple of episodes of Little House on the Prairie and some Starbuck's ice cream my mojo arrived and I was able to put the card together. LOL!

Here is the card closed.  You can click on the picture for a larger image.

Here is the card opened.

The top panel fits over the inner panel to hide it until it is opened.

I embossed the butterfly on Pure Luxury White with Memento Rhubarb and VersaMark ink with clear embossing powder.  You can ink your stamp with VersaMark ink first and then with the dye ink of your choice to emboss with clear embossing powder.  The VersaMark ink helps the ink stay wet longer so you have time to add the clear embossing powder.  I cut it out and shaped the wings.  I also sponged a light layer of Cool Carribean and Pink Pirouette onto areas of the wings.  And then I added some rhinestone bling to her body.

I used some silouhette floral stamps from Framed Flowers and Elegant Flowers on the white panel with pink, Cool Carribean and Rhubarb.  I added some liquid pearl drops to the centers of the red flowers.  The Lipstick Red panel and the Ocean Mist back panel are both embossed with Swiss Dot embossing folder. I tied the pattern paper that inspired me into the card by adding some to the front half and the sentiment panel.  Finally, I tied some red and aqua ribbon on the side panel and added some more bling.

I think this is one of my favorite color combos.  I just love red, pink and aqua together.  And works well with so many occasions and holiday.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Dream Birds Color Challenge

I fell in love with the adorable images that Asela illustrated for Gina's new set Dream Birds. I love coloring and the images from this set are so much fun to color. So when I read Gina's blog post about participating in the Illustrator Color Challenge and enter to win a chance to be the CSS Designer for the next release, I knew I was ready to go with this set.  Here is a link to Gina's challenge.  And here is my card for the challenge.

For those of you that want to know how I made the card, here are the details:

I actually used more than two of the spring colors.  I used Creme De Menthe, Ocean Mist and Lovely Lavender

For the green layer I stamped the stars from the set on Ocean Mist and Lovely Lavender card stock with Cool Carribean and Pale Plum ink.  I cut out the large and medium stars.  And yes it took forever. LOL!  I glued them to the Creme de Menthe layer and then ran it through my Big Kick with the Mosaic Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I think the embossing makes it look like it is quilted.  I finished it off with some stitching around the edges. 

Now that did not take nearly enough of my time, so I decided to paper piece the entire main panel. I started by stamping the branch and the sentiment on a piece of heavy weight Pure Luxury white card stock.  I cute the white panel using the Labels Eight Spellbinders die.  I cut the next size larger from Chocolate Kiss card stock and ran it through a Sizzix flower embossing folder before applying the white layer onto it with Scotch foam tape.

Then I stamped the branch on a piece of woodgrain paper from Cosmo Cricket Nutgmeg Mini Deck pad, cut it out, and applied it to the white layer. 

I stamped the leaves part of the branch image on Creme de Menthe twice.  I ran it through my little Xyron Sticker maker.  That thing was very handy for this part of the project.  I cut out the little leaves from one of the stamped portions and applied them to the white panel.  Then to add even more dimension I cut out some of the leaves from the second stamped portion and applied them on top of the already pieced leaves.  Whew!!! 

I stamped the cute little bird on a piece of Lemon Drop (oh yeah, I used some of that too) and a piece of Ocean Mist.  I cut the whole bird out of the Ocean Mist and just the belly portion out of the Lemon Drop.  I glued the Lemon Drop layer onto the Ocean Mist layer and added him to the white panel with some Scotch foam tape. 

I stamped the smaller butterfly on some Lovely Lavender card stock and cut it out.  I colored the body with a white gel pen.  I applied the butterfly with some more Scotch foam tape.

Finally I created a little ribbon button treatment with some blue gingham ribbon and purple grosgrain ribbon from the Spring Ribbon Assortment.  The green and blue buttons are from the Spring Button Assortment.  I used a little DMC white embroidery floss to tie the ribbons together and then tied them around the criss crossed ribbon.

So there it is. I really like how it turned out.