Sunday, August 22, 2010


This is a fun way to make a gift card holder or just add a little surprise element to a card. 

The drinks stamp set is Cheers to You. The designer paper is Island Oasis from the summer mini. Get it now, because it's going away after August 31st.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inspiration Challenge

Today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS caught my eye and I came up with the following cards. 

The first card uses the medallion from Artistic Etchings. For the black and white base is I ran black cardstock though the Big Shot with Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then rubbed my white ink pad on the raised image.  I'm still perfecting my technique for placing the self-adhesive pearls so my spacing is a bit off.

For the second card, I used Awash With Flowers. The colors are Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue. You can't see very well from the picture, but I used the new Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Gold Lame (that's la-may, not lame!).

I've got time to myself for a while, so I'm going back to my stamping table.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

If you want something that'll help you make beautiful cards in a snap, you have to get the Elegant Lines embossing folder for the Big Shot. This is a b-day card I made for a friend. I hope she liked it.

The card base is Poppy Parade, the yellow is Daffodil Delight, the sentiment is from Word Play, and the bling is from the self-adhesive rhinestones.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Yes, Virginia, You Do Need Cherry Cobbler

My phenomenally talented friend Joanne was asking whether or not she needed to order the new Cherry Cobbler color. My answer was a resounding, "Yes!"  It's a  beautiful, rich red.  Here are a couple of cards I made with it.

The above card uses the Ornate Blossom stamp as the large focal point.  The smaller one of the same shape is from Friends Never Fade. The sentiment is from Thank You Kindly.  The other colors are River Rock and Basic Black. I love the self-adhesive pearl accents.

The card below uses Friends Never Fade again.  The card base's beautiful texture is from the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. The ribbon  is Vintage crochet trim.

As a side note, it's important to photograph on your deck railing only when the dog isn't in the back yard.  A slight gust of wind can blow the card off the railing and the labrador retriever will succumb to its instinct and retrieve the card.  Sigh....toothmarks = extra texture?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Other Half

This is the other half of the circle from yesterday's card. 

Stamp set is Friends Never Fade. The card base is Chocolate Chip. Other colors are Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze and Pumpkin Pie.  Don't you love the gorgeous new Antique brad at the top? They're beautiful.  The designer paper is from the Greenhouse Gala pack.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Morning Cup

This card uses the Morning Cup stamp set.  The Designer paper at the bottom is from the Greenhouse Gala pack.  Colors are Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. In addition to the little pearls on the red strip, there's one on the tea kettle lid.  The layout is from Papercraft's Go To Sketches special publication. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Uncharted Territory

This is a great masculine stamp set that's just made for watercoloring.  The colors in the first one are Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue. The birthday greeting is from On Your Birthday.

The second one also uses Inspired by Nature for the grass. The blue layer was crumpled up and then flattened out. Then I used the mahogany ink from the Distressing Essentials kit to highlight the wrinkles (kind of opposite what I do for my face!).

Happy sailing,