Oct 112013

Yesterday was Hana’s birthday.  Her favorite color is pink, so I created a card for her that is just bursting with it.

She is the girlfriend of my youngest son, Zach.  And she is adorable and smart and so very talented.

She loves kids and just graduated in Elementary Education.  As she does her student teaching this year, I hope it is a wonderful one.

Hana is also a very talented musician.  Zach gave her a mixer as an early birthday present a couple of month’s ago, and he asked me to make her a birthday card to look like one.  Yikes!  lol  Well this is what I came up with… in pink of course.

She dedicated one of her recent YouTube videos to Zach!  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJGxygE2BWc

Hana and Zach sitting on our dock on Lake Sammamish at sunset.  Life is beautiful.

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Floral Card:

Stamps: PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Kate & Co. “Cambridge Court” Designer Paper; My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found – Blush” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Prima Marketing “Tea Rose – Sweet Teal”; 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Elements Rhinestones; Corner Rounder Punch

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Mixer Card:

Stamps: SU “Gorgeous Grunge” and “Remembering Your Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Hibiscus Burst

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Cloud 9 Design Metallics Eyelets; White Brads; Rhinestone Brads; Grosgrain Ribbon; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Classic Circle Dies

Oct 072013

It’s another Doggie Card.  This one is for my granddaughter who just turned 2.  She absolutely LOVES dogs.

Embossing gives some great texture to the dog.

The fold is at the top and is reinforced to make it a little stronger.  The inside is finished as well.

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Brooke’s favorite color is yellow.

Amazingly, considering the amount of patterned papers that I have, I couldn’t find any yellow plaid paper in my stash.  So a suitable plaid with a light background was found and then colored with a Copic Marker.  Problem solved.

I recently made a similar card for another granddaughter.  However, I followed the TEMPLATE completely on this one.  Instead of notching out some legs, a ruffled ribbon was adhered across the bottom of the card.

There is a fun challenge right now to make a shaped card.  There’s still lots of time to play along.  Click on the Badge to take you to the challenge!


Shape it Up
(make a shaped card)

Happy Crafting!
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Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, True Black and Lemon Tart; My Mind’s Eye “Oxford Lane” Designer Paper

Inks: Copic Marker

Accessories: Kaiser Pearl; Maya Road Ruffled Ribbon; SU ‘s Square Lattice Embossing Folder and Oval Punch; EK Success 1/2″ Circle Punch and 5/8″ Circle Punch

Here’s another card using SU’s “Off the Grid” and “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp sets to create a backdrop for some sweet florals.

A dry embossed brick design adds interest to the background as well.  To get evenly stamped images, always stamp them first before embossing.  Look at the difference between the stem on the left (stamped after embossing.. oops) and the center and right stems.

This card is for three challenges this week.  For the Muse challenge, I was inspired by the embossed background, the three flower image and the touches of purple.  I rarely use purple, but am trying to incorporate it more into my creations.  Click on any of the badges to take you to that challenge!


Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Too Kind”, “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Off the Grid” and “Express Yourself”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Elegant Eggplant

Inks: SU Pale Plum, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Summer Sun, Really Rust and Always Artichoke

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; American Crafts Elements Eyelets; Spiral Paper Clip; Tim Holtz “Bricked” Embossing Folder; Corner Rounder Punch

Yup it’s my last post as the September Guestie with the Color Throwdown Challenges.  I’ve had a ton of fun.  Thank you Joan for asking me to play along with all the talented ladies on the CTD design team.  Here is my card for this week’s challenge.

Here are the fabulous colors!!

It was great fun combining several stamp sets to create not only the flowers but the background, too.

And a little embossing added some texture across the top.

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  And remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some awesome inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger -
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer -  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Field Flowers”, “Summer Silhouettes”, “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Off the Grid” and “Blooming with Kindness”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Not Quite Navy and So Saffron

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and So Saffron

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Frills” Embossing Folder; SU Not Quite Navy Brad and Filigree Brad

I so love the inspiration picture for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #260.  Fall is here!

Here is my card for the challenge.

Orchid Opulence was the only exact color that I had, so a little mixing and matching came in handy.  Copics made a pretty good “Baked Brown Sugar” as seen on the wheelbarrow.  (Well, at least it matched the color sample in the SU Catty.  lol)

So remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some wonderful inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger -
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer -  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Summer Afternoon” and “Remembering Your Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Orchid Opulence, Pumpkin Pie and Mellow Moss

Inks: SU Orchid Opulence; Pale Plum; Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss and Really Rust; Copics:

Accessories: SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons; Paper Piercer; Ric-Rac; Raffia


It’s my second week to guest design with the Color Throwdown Team.  This is so much fun!!  Here is my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #259.

The leaves have been stamped and cut out with a coordinating die.  A chipboard leaf was also cut to adhere to the paper leaf; so the leaves are super sturdy.  And again this week a Copic marker was used to color the cream colored pearl to a yummy chocolate.

Loved these colors so much that I just had to stamp some autumn flowers, too!

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  And remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some fabulous inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger -
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Oak Leaves Card

Stamps: SU “Wonderfall”; CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Truth Is”
Papers: SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss; Kaiser Craft “Marigold” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Creamy Caramel; White Gel Pen; Copic
Accessories: Kaiser Pearl (colored dark brown with Copic); SU “Autumn Accents” Die and “Needlepoint Border” Embossing Folder; Raffia; Gingham Ribbon; Lace Ribbon; Hero Arts Art Flower; Corner Rounder Punch

Trio of Cards
Stamps: SU “Bring On the Cake”, “Too Kind”, “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Bright Blossoms” and “Express Yourself”; PTI “Watercolor Wonder”
Papers: SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Creamy Caramel; White Gel Pen
Accessories: SU Scallop, Large and Small (retired) Oval Punches, Paper-Piercing Pack “Essentials” and Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Grosgrain Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls; Swirl Clip; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; Corner Rounder Punch

I have some fun news to share!  I’ve been ask to be the guest designer for the Color Throwdown Challenges for September starting with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #258!!  Here is my creation.

Check out this week’s beautiful color palette.  Aren’t those greens gorgeous!!

And see those pearls?  They used to be a pretty off-white until they were colored with a yummy chocolate Copic marker.  I love how they turned out!

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  You don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  Oh and for some fabulous inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger -
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Casual Elegance”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthdays II”

Papers: SU Chocolate Chip and Whisper White; American Crafts Pebbles Basics Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Old Olive; Copic (close match to Kiwi Kiss) and Copic

AccessoriesKaiser Pearls (colored with Copic E79); Hero Arts Art Flowers; Grosgrain Ribbon; EK Success Plaid Edger Punch

My twin granddaughters turn 9 years old in just a few days.  Here are their cards this year.

The “pockets” were adhered to the card front with dimensional tape on the bottom and sides leaving the top elevated and open.  It made them just right to insert some birthday spending money or gift card!

The cards were inspired by the “CASE Study #154 Challenge”.  Besides the colors, the yellow polka-dot pocket on the card with the stamped sentiment imitates the sentiment strip on the inspiration piece.  The cards also qualify for the “Seize the Birthday ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge”.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye “Unforgettable” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Karen Foster Metals Antique Gold “Alpha Charms”; K & Company Pearl Brads; SU “Adorning Accents” Edgelit; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool

This was a fun one-layer CAS style card to make.  It is for three challenges:


(Click on a badge to link to that challenge.)

Love this “Sweet Posies” embossing folder.  I think it worked great for this CAS design.

Thanks for dropping by today.
You still have time to play along in these fun challenges so…
Happy Crafting!!

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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: SU “Very Vanilla

Inks: SU Old Olive

Accessories: Sizzix “Sweet Posies” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Art Flowers; Rhinestones

With an uncle and a father-in-law’s birthday coming up this week, here are a couple more cards made “for the guys.”

A white gel pen was used to accent the grasses.

I have had this next image for years.  It was about time it found some ink!

Here the gel pen helps add the look of some whitewater rapids.

Guy cards can be fun, too!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Wetlands” and “Gorgeous Grunge”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Authentique “Loyal”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Paper Piercer; Button

Card 2:

Stamps: Thomas Kinkade “It Doesn’t Get Much Better” Vignette; A Muse “Happy Birthday Mix”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Echo Park “For the Record 2″ Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Twine

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