Thursday, April 30, 2009
Dreams are a Wish your Heart Makes
I'm having major Internet problems today. I've had to shut off and reboot my computer three times already and I am really tiring of it, so I'm going to say a quick goodbye before I lose my temper and throw a shoe through my computer screen. LOL! Have a great day! Amy
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Blue and White
For my first card I used last week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge (SC225). I know its April, but as most of you already know, I make five Christmas Cards a month so I don't have to make them all at once during the month of November. This is one of this month's five Christmas Cards. The image is from Crafty Secrets 'Sweet Kids' and is mounted up on dimensionals. The snow is Liquid Applique. And I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to create the Snowflakes.
My second card was created for this week's Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. The Featured Stamper is Wattle, and you can see her card here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1219067 I kept the same layout, used the same butterfly stamp, but changed the colors, papers, and sentiment stamp. I also added pearls to the heads of the butterflies. I used the Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch on the Stampin Up! Bashful Blue Designer Paper. There are blue adhesive rhinestones in the corner. The butterflies are glued down only on their bodies and I bent the wings up.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Digital Tuesday Challenge #4 "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
This week's challenge is 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'. Simply create a card or project using digital images that have rain or flowers on it, or simply evokes a 'feeling' of a storm or a beautiful spring day. The winner will receive three free images of their choice from this week's sponsor Dustin Pike http://dustinpike.blogspot.com/. One lucky winner will be chosen by random next Tuesday. If you'd like to play along with this challenge, simply click on the Digital Tuesday Blinkie in my sidebar, and it will take you right to the blog.
Here is the card I made for the challenge. I chose this GORGEOUS Digital Image by Digital Stamp Oasis called 'Susie Squirrel in the Rain". You can find her images by going clicking on the Digital Stamp Oasis Blinkie in my sidebar. For my card, I colored the image with Copic Markers. I printed the image out twice so I could cut out and mount up the daisy so it has a lot of dimension. There is a side view picture below so you can get a better idea of the what the dimension looks like in real life. The papers are all Stampin Up!: White, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue Designer Paper. I mounted up both the main image panel, and the designer paper panel. The White panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.
I hope you have time to join us and play along! Its a lot of fun, and you may win some free images too! Have a great day! Amy
Monday, April 27, 2009
Shout Out to Sheetload!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
From One Bag to Another
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
His Holy Name Challenge #6 and Scripture Challenge Words # 11 and #12
The first picture is of my 6 x 6 scrapbook page, that when completed with the year-long challenge will become a book of all the names of God. This week's Name was 'Almighty'. I chose the verse "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty' from Psalm 91:1. I chose a tree (Stampin Up! 'Season of Friendship) as my main image because a tree represents shelter for both animal and human life. I hand drew the grass.
For my first card (the second picture) the scripture word was 'Listen'. When I tried to think of an image that symbolized the word 'Listen' to me I thought immediately of the grass image from Stampin Up! 'Inspired by Nature'. I have some ornamental grasses in my garden and on a breezy day I just love the sound of it as it blows in the wind. My daughter took a video camera outside one summer day and accidentally captured this beautiful image and sound on her camera. It really touched me, the simple beauty of it all. And it reminded me of God and how His voice is in the wind. The verse I picked is 'Listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him' Deuteronomy 30:20. The butterflies are Cuttlebug Dies.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Just a Few More Mother's Day Cards
My second card also uses an image from 'Heartspeak'. It is mounted up on dimensionals and colored with Copic Markers. The Papertrey sentiment is stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink directly on the designer paper. The large flower and small flower attached to the stamped image panel are actually 3D stickers. The card stock colors are Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, and White. I used a Ticket Corner Punch to create the corners, and then applied adhesive pearls.
My third card also uses an image from "Heartspeak". The card stock colors are Bashful Blue and White. I ran the White Panel through the Cuttlebug using the 'Swiss Dots' Embossing Folder. Lace, ribbon, and dew drops were added for embellishment.
My last card I'm not crazy about, but I'm posting it anyway. The sketch is from Paper Craft Planet, but I don't really like it and struggled with it, that's probably why my card turned out so poorly. The image is from Penny Black, and the colors are also from this week's Color Challenge on PCP: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, and Very Vanilla. I used the Stampin Up! Scalloped Border Punch to create the border under the image. A Coluzzle was used to create the ovals for the sentiment.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
More Sympathy Cards
The first card uses an image from the retired Stampin Up! (SU!) set 'Heartspeak'. I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder for the top edge. The designer paper is unknown. I stamped the sentiment from retired SU! 'Brighter Tomorrow' directly on it. Card stock colors are Mellow Moss, Blue Bayou, and White. The image is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol and is mounted up on dimensionals.
The second card uses the retired image from SU! 'Touch of Nature'. It is colored with Copic Markers. The card stock colors are Blush Blossom, White, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, and Mellow Moss. The flowers are from Martha Stewart's Wedding Collection, I just colored them with Copic Markers and put a adhesive crystal in the center. All the backgrounds were embossed with Cuttlebug Embossing Folders.
The third card uses a stamp from Inkadinkado. I colored it with Copic Markers and put Stickles in the flower centers. Adhesive crystals are from Martha Stewart. Card stock colors are White, Pretty in Pink, and Wild Wasabi.
I cased my fourth card from an SCS gallery but unfortunately have since lost the link. This image is also from the "Heartspeak" stamp set and is colored with Copics. The background is retired SU! 'French Script' stamped in Blue Bayou ink. I used a Sizzix Photo Corner die and put blue adhesive crystals on it. Sentiment is from 'The Stamp Pad Company'.
My fifth card uses a sentiment from 'Stampabilities'. It is stamped in Lovely Lilac Ink and is mounted up on dimensionals. The poppies in the background is actually unknown designer paper. The butterfly is a sticker that I attached to card stock and just glued the body of the insect down so its wings are popped up. This card is so much prettier in real life because the wings of the butterfly have glitter on them and it really 'sparkles'! Card stock colors are Almost Amethyst, Mellow Moss, and White. Adhesive pearls and ribbon were added for embellishment.
My seventh card also uses another message from 'Heartspeak'. What a versatile set it is, heh? The designer paper is basic grey. Card stock colors are white, Close to Cocoa, and Pink Pirouette. The image is colored with Copics and mounted up on dimensionals. Sentiment is stamped in Close to Cocoa ink. I used Nestabilities to create the scalloped square. The four corners of the card are pierced. Ribbon was added for embellishment and Stickles were applied to the flowers in the heart.
My eighth card uses an image from the retired Stampin Up! set 'Symbols of Salvation'. Card stock colors are White, Basic Grey, Black, More Mustard and Summer Sun. I colored the image with Copics and applied Stickles to the center of the cross so its really sparkly in real life. The photo corner is a Sizzix die. The More Mustard background was embossed with the Cuttlebug 'Textiles' Embossing Folder. Ribbon was added for embellishment.
For my ninth card, I actually cased the layout for this card from my good on-line friend Susan and her blog Susan's Day Off. Just click on the link in my blog list in the right side bar if you'd like to pay her blog a visit. Susan loves Clean and Simple Cards, and I really needed some Clean and Simple Design Ideas since I had to make so many cards! LOL! My background of flowers on my card is actually designer paper from DCWV 'The Spring Stack'. Card stock colors are Bashful Blue, Rose Red, and White. The butterfly is a Cuttlebug die with an adhesive crystal on its head. I cut out the circles with Nestibilities.
For my tenth and FINAL card, I used the sketch from last week's Paper Craft Planet (PCP) sketch challenge. Yes, I actually 'wove' the card stock strips. It wasn't fun. LOL! I can promise you I won't do that too often, even though I love the card and how it turned out. I think it has a great modern look to it. The card stock colors were also last week's Color Challenge on PCP, they are: White, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Bashful Blue, and Riding Hood Red. It was probably THE MOST CHALLENGING COLOR COMBO I have ever done, but the easiest way to work with challenging color combos is to use LOTS OF WHITE! LOL! The Butterflies are Cuttlebug dies with adhesive crystals on them.
Monday, April 13, 2009
SCS Challenge Cards
Well I hope you all had good Easter Celebrations also. Now onto my cards. My first card was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) and the monthly Christmas Card Challenge. The Featured Stamper this week is Inge. I had never heard of her before, but I'm sure glad she was chosen as the Featured Stamper so I could be introduced to her wonderful work. You can see Inge's original card here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/701892?cat=500+ppuser=107578 I changed the colors, papers and stamp sets, but basically kept the same layout and concept. The stamp set I used is retired Stampin Up! 'Sweet Seasons'. Card stock colors are white, Chocolate Chip, and Brocade Blue. I put Liquid Applique on the tree, ground, and the boy's hat. The image is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol. And would you believe there are four different sheets of designer paper on this card? They all match so perfectly, it doesn't look busy! They are all pre-glittered and are from 'My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas Stack'. The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.
My second card is for Saturday's Inspiration Challenge on SCS. The postcards from Grandin Road was my Inspiration Piece. To make my card, I took a piece of designer paper by Brenda Walton and stamped the retired Stampin Up! background image 'French Script' on it. The main image is retired Stampin Up! 'Measure of a Life' and is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol. I put stickles on the dragonfly's wings and mounted it up on dimensionals. Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, and Pink Pirouette are the card stock colors. Ribbon and Dew Drops were added for embellishment. The words around the dragonfly read 'To everything there is a season and a time to every activity under heaven Eccl.3:1'. The inside of the card says 'With Sympathy'.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Mother's Day Cards
The first card uses both the sketch and color challenges on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) this week. The image is retired Stampin Up! 'Tu Tu Terrific'. The sentiment is computer generated, and the inside of the card reads 'I'd pick you. Happy Mother's Day'. Both of the squares are mounted up on dimensionals. The card stock colors are white, So Saffron, and Bashful Blue. The Designer Paper is SU! Bashful Blue. The white panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder 'Swiss Dots'.
My second card was made for the Technique Challenge on SCS. It is a Flower Pot Pocket Card. Card Stock Colors are Really, Rust, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Rose Red, Pale Plum and Lavender Lace. I used all Cuttlebug Dies to make the Flowers, tag, and lattice trim. The leaf is a punch by Martha Stewart. Sentiments are from Papertrey.
For my third card, I paper pieced the image from My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from Papertrey. Card Stock colors are Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, and Certainly Celery. I used the SU! Scallop Border Punch on the DCWV 'Baby Girl Nursery Stack' Designer Paper.
My fourth card is actually a card I made in a Card Class I take every Tuesday at my local scrap booking store. I did not design it, I just put it together. I just wanted to show you how pretty it was. Its not a stamped image, but a pre-printed image that you cut out and then layer with dimensionals. Stickles were added on the flowers. The inside sentiment is by Papertrey and says 'Mother, Everything I am today, I owe to you because your love showed me the way. Happy Mothers Day'.
My fifth card actually uses an image from a Father's Day Set, but I thought it was appropriate for a Mother's Day Card too. The image is from Stampin Up! 'Thoughts of Father' and is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol. Card stock colors are Certainly Celery, white, Mellow Moss, and Bayou Blue. Designer paper is unknown. The Mellow Moss Card stock was embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then cut out. Sentiment is from Papertrey.
For my final card I used a retired Stampin Up! image from 'Abundant Joy'. I colored the image with Copics and put Stickles in the flowers. The frame was cut with Nestabilities and is mounted up on dimensionals. The white lace border was done with a Martha Stewart Punch. Card Stock colors are Wild Wasabi, Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant and white. The Elegant Eggplant panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. The jewel in the center of the Prima Flower is from Martha Stewart 'Weddings'.
Friday, April 10, 2009
First Holy Communion Cards
The first card uses images from 'Our Daily Bread Designs'. They are a Christian Stamp Company that sells stamps with Christian Images that you can find no where else. I just love all their images and wish I could own them all. They are so beautiful and inspiring. To make this card, I cut the stamped image out and mounted it up on dimensionals. The sentiment is also mounted up. The designer paper is unknown. Card stock colors are Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa, and Creamy Caramel.
The second card you might recognize from a previous post. I used the same colors and layout, but just changed the sentiment. The image is from Inkadinkado. Card Stock colors are white, Pretty in Pink, and Kiwi Kiss. I put Stickles on the inside of the flowers.
I wanted to do one card only in white since that is the color the children wear on their special occasion. To make this card, I embossed one of the white panels with the Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' Embossing Folder. The image is embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and is mounted up on dimensionals.
The gold card was made using the cross image from the retired Stampin Up! set 'Symbols of Salvation'. I put gold Stickles on the cross so its very sparkly and pretty in real life. The sentiment is also from the 'Holy Communion' stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs. The Card Stock colors are White, Basic Grey, More Mustard, and So Saffron. The So Saffron panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug 'Textiles' Embossing Folder. Ribbon is from Michaels.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
A Featured Stamper Christmas Card
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The fourth card also uses 'Tassel Time', but I used the 'hats off' sentiment from the retired Stampin Up! set 'Eventfull'.
The Hat on the fifth card is from 'Tassel Time'. I mounted up the main image panel on dimensionals.
The hat on the sixth card is from 'Eventfull'. It is also mounted up on dimensionals.
I bought this cute stamp on the seventh card at my local scrap booking store but unfortunately cannot read the label on the side of the wood block to let you know what company it is from. The artist's name is Carolee Jones if that helps. I made this card in red/white and purple/gold too but I'm only picturing the Blue and White one. I colored the big star with a silver gel pen so its nice and sparkly in real life. I pierced little holes all around the card using a paper piercer. The diploma is a Cuttlebug Die.
For the eighth card, the hat is from 'Tassel Time' and is mounted up on dimensionals. Sentiment is from 'Congrats'. The stars are adhesive embellishments given to me by my Divine Secret Sister (MaryAnnK) on Splitcoaststampers. Thanks Mary!
For my tenth and final card, I used the Caardvarks Sketch Challenge. The stamped background and sentiment are from 'Tassel Time', the year is from retired Stampin Up! 'Brushstrokes Numbers'.