My DH and I just recently returned home from a month long trip to Mexico.  Of course, I had to take some stamps and papers and Copics on the trip!  Here is a card I made while there. Since there was a limit to the supply of colored cardstock I could fit in my one allotted “play” suitcase, the red border is instead a piece of Select White cardstock which was colored with the Copic for a perfect match to the lanterns.

A white gel pen was used to draw the pattern on the lanterns.

This card is playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  “Winged Things”.

Just for fun I thought I would share some pictures of mangroves and critters that I took while on a little side trip into the jungle!  You can click on them to enlarge.

Remember to keep hands (and arms!) inside the boat!!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Happy Congratulations”; Clear Art Stamps “Born To Fly”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart “Royal Butterfly” Punch; KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Black Pearls

Isn’t it beautiful!?!  It’s more of the Decorative Handmade Paper that a good friend gave me a little over a year ago.

Even the Bitty Blossom and leaves are made with it.

Now don’t tell anyone, but a large area of the bottom layer of this precious paper (the part that is covered with a coordinating designer paper) was actually cut out.  It only looks like it is layered.  So now, instead of being covered up, I have a good sized piece of paper to use another day while still getting the look of layers.  LOVE.

One of the challenges that this card is playing in is Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge.  I’m hoping that this little trick on the bottom layer doesn’t break the rules to cover the card base with dp…  I mean there is designer paper all over the front of the card… right? 

There are four other challenges, too:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday!

Seize the Birthday:  “Buttons and Rhinestones (Any type of Bling will work!)” I used a whole bunch of lovely black KaiserCraft Adhesive Pearls.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Lavender Moon and True Black; Handmade Mulberry Papers

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Long Classic Rectangle Dies; KaiserCraft Adhehesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

Apr 012014

No Stamps. No Ink.  Just pure delicious paper goodness.  Sometimes this addiction of mine just has to be realized!

The text on the “Forget Me Nots” paper reads, “rain, rain go away come again another day” which suggests maybe a Get Well or Encouragement type of card.  But with that exception, all the other cards could be used for lots of occasions… Birthday, Thank You, Hello, Happy Spring, Easter, Mother’s Day and of course Get Well or Encouragement, too.

Below are individual pictures of each card.  If you want to see a larger image of them, just click on the thumbnails.

Playing along in the following two challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge “Anything Goes”
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April

Happy Crafting!

All Cards:
: PTI Select White; Pebbles “Garden Party”
: Dear Lizzy Crocheted Flowers

: PTI True Black
: Recollections Crochet Embellishments; 3mm Black Rhinestones

Forget Me Nots:
: PTI Hawaiian Shores
: 2mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI New Leaf
: 3mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI Harvest Gold
: Recollections Crochet Embellishments; 4mm Adhesive Pearls in Pearl

: PTI Berry Sorbet
: 3mm Clear Rhinestones

: PTI Dark Chocolate
: 3mm Adhesive Pearls in Chocolate

Love this “Trendy Trees” image from Memory Box.  Both the Spring and Autumn cards today use this fun stamp and are colored with Copic Markers.

The Spring card also uses the “Trendy Trees” coordinating die… twice!  Got a forest goin’ on here!

A white gel pen accents the leaves and branches.

Here is the Autumn card.

The leaves and branches are highlighted with the gel pen here as well.  It really pops them.  Love this effect.

The Spring card is entering three challenges:
**Addicted to Stamps: #87 “Make Your Mark”**
**Crazy for CAS: #40 Inspiration Picture**
**Muse: #60** I was inspired by the forest of Birch trees, and created my own “forest” with the “Trendy Trees.”

Edited:  Cornelia over at Stamplorations suggested that I also enter the Spring card in their March Challenge: “Spring”.  So I did.  :)

The Autumn card is playing along in the:
**Clean & Simple Stamping: FTL Sketch #285**

Happy Crafting!

Spring Card:

Stamps: Memory Box “Trendy Trees”; Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Memory Box “Trendy Trees Die”; Grosgrain Ribbon

Autumn Card:

StampsMemory Box “Trendy Trees”; MFT “Triple Scoop Promo”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate

InksMemento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Brown Brad; Corner Rounder Punch

Mar 162014

With three brothers-in-law whose birthdays fall very close together, I will often make their birthday cards at the same time and with a similar design.

To begin creating these scenes, I sponged the blue ink lightly at the top of the cardstock.  Then, to create the mountains, a large piece of masking paper was torn and placed across the top of the cardstock with the torn edge facing down.  The blue ink was then sponged on again at the torn edge.  The masking paper was then moved down and slightly to the left or right.  Then the sand colored mountains were sponged.  The process was repeated for the front brown mountains.

If you want to have a lake, a straight edge piece of masking paper should be placed at the bottom part of the cardstock covering the area where you want the lake to be.  This should be placed the entire time you are sponging the mountains.  When you have completed the mountains, turn the straight edge of the masking paper 180 degrees so that it covers the mountains and sponge in the lake.

The trees are then stamped.  Some ink distressing can be added by sponging a dark shadow border.

It always feels so good to get these masculine cards completed!

The first card shown today is playing along in the Creative Knockouts Challenge #28 – “Border Time” and the Fusion Card Challenge #6.  I used the sketch.

The second card is playing along in the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #9 – “Typography”

The bottom card is playing along in the Simon Says Monday Challenge – “Distress” and the Papertake Weekly Challenge – “Bingo”.  This card’s Bingo = Ribbon / Free / Punched Shape

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!!

Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”; PTI “Sign Language”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Masking Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Oval Punch; PTI Birthday Trio Die; Grosgrain Ribbon; Brad; Spellbinders “Large Labels”

My new Garden Grace set from PTI just arrived!  Couldn’t wait to play with it!

The pink flowers were heat embossed.  They then “resisted” the ink of the clock where it was stamped over them.  This makes the clock appear to be behind the flowers without having to mask them.  This technique is known as “emboss resist”.

Playing along in some challenges:

CAS-ual Friday #129 “Shades of Gray”

PTI Make It Monday “Color and Texture for One Layer Cards”
Texture was added by the heat embossed flowers, the dry embossed stitching folder at the top and bottom of the card and the punched out window with inset.  Since the inset is adhered to the inside of the card, no additional layers, bulk or thickness was added to the “one-layer” card.

Simon Says Monday “Tick Tock”

Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes Birthday with NO Toppings”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Soulful Journey”; PTI “Garden Grace” and “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and SU Basic Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Grey, Going Gray, Rose Red and Regal Rose; VersaMark

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Pinking Stitch Border” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder; 3/4″ and 1″ Circle Punches

Mar 052014

A good friend’s daughter is expecting twin boys… Just 10 weeks to go!

The onesies were colored with Copics and accented by drawing diagonal lines to create a diamond pattern with a White Gel Pen.

The little stars were stamped and then fussy cut.  A black Copic marker was used to color around the raw edge of the stars so that no white paper would be visible.  I think this helps to pop the star and give it a more finished look.

Playing along in 3 challenges:

Addicted to CAS #33 “Baby”

CAS on Sunday #28 “Color Me Pretty”

Eterno-ly Yours “Something Old, Something New” : Linda has challenged us to “create a project using both your old and new stash.”  The Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper is brand new.  The cute little onesies image is from a retired SU set.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “By Ones & By Twos”

Papers: PTI Select White and Blueberry Sky; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Button Brad

Mar 022014

My great-niece was born on my mother’s birthday.  Mom never knew that she would have a great granddaughter share her day, but Rose shares at least one of her great grandmother’s traits.  She LOVES to craft!

Thought she would enjoy these patterned papers and all of these fun little embellishments.

This card is playing along in several challenges, too:

Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Week #114 “Snippets”

Mod Squad Challenge “Thinking of Spring 2.0″

Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes with Pearls”

CASE Study Challenge #180

The Friday Mashup #149 “Create a Project with Flowers”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March Challenge

Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Lace; Button; BoBunny “Frosting Jewels” Pearls; SU Stitched Felt Flowers and Leaves

There’s a fun challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, and this set of cards is playing along.

With some simple stamping, designer papers, ribbon and a border punch these came together super fast.

Here’s a closer look:

Thanks for dropping by!

Stamps: Artful Inkables “Wedding Silhouettes”

Papers: Card 1: PTI Select White; Authentique “Irresistible” Designer Paper; Card 2: PTI Vintage Cream; 7 Gypsies “Gypsy Market Flocked Paper” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch; Card 1: Darice Rhinestone; Clear Rhinestones; PTI Grosgrain Ribbon; Card 2: May Arts Ribbon

Feb 222014

I love this PTI set “Through the Trees,”  and today’s posting is three Christmas cards that were made with it.  With each card, the sentiment treatment is a little bit different.

Here the sentiment runs across the popped up image.

This card is playing along in the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #12 “Trees:

Over on Splitcoaststampers there are some fun challenges going on with their member companies.  Today Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a challenge to use dies.  So this card will play along in that as well.  You can find the challenge HERE.

This next set of cards is playing along in Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge:

Well I have SO MUCH patterned paper.  What a great challenge to use some of it!!

On these cards the sentiment is stamped on the patterned paper or just below the image, respectively.  Both images are again popped up for some added depth and dimension.

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!

Lattice Card

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Glitter Ribbon; Spellbinders Basic Lattice Die

Card Set – Green

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Sign Language”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; SU Old Olive; Authentique “Peaceful” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Glitter Ribbon

Card Set – Blue

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Sign Language”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; BoBunny “Snow Day Collection” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; Pearls

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