Thursday, April 30, 2009

Girl / Boy Graduates

Two more grad cards using the unknown digital images. They certainly are great images so thanks for whoever designed the images. I used the same basic layout for each card...just changed the embellishments. I used the curved rectangle in different sizes and embossed all of them. I also embossed one sheet of black CS using the circles folder.
I gold embossed the edges of the image layer and then attached it with dimensionals onto glossy white SU paper. This follows the challenge at Cute Card Thursday Mirror, Mirror. I used the Marvy flower punches to the embossed paper to create the flowers. The brads are from SU soft subtles collection. I used a black spica pen to trace the outline of the yellow embossed edge.

I on the boy card I used die cuts from the cuttlebug graduate die. I used glossy paper to make these die cuts pop.

The cap and diploma stamp is one of my first stamps and is unlabelled. I used the Harmony stamper from JustRite to add the 2009.

This is the inside of both cards. I embossed both images with detail black powder. The Happy Graduation is from Rubber Stampede and I used orange Prismacolored Marker to fill in the letters and the ribbon. The sentiment stamp is from Stampentous.
I plan on making more of these two cards...they are simple to do yet give some character to the cards. Both sons are home from school today...teacher's meetings so I must get them to do some yard work. We are fortunate to live on over an acre of land but that means a lot of raking and mowing .... jobs that teens never seem to have time for! Off to encourage some hard labor...have a great day.
PS: I have heard from some readers that these are images from the Greeting Farm. I am very impressed with them...go check out their site.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Graduation Girl

For the first time I have made a card that fulfills two challenges.

I think this is a great card for some of the girl graduates I have to make cards for. I used a digital image and I am sad to say I have no idea where I got it from. I downloaded it and saved it perfectly except I forgot to include the source. If anyone knows, please tell me.

The photo really doesn't do it justice...the white layer is actually glossy paper from SU and I used a spica pen on her hair, color and shoes to really add some oomps. I also outline the gown and hat in black spica. The poke-a-dot flowers are Primas and the others I made using marvy punches and the Swiss Dot embossing folder. The half pearls are from the Pretties Kit fr SU.
On both the front and inside I used MS Dollie punch and Dashes, Dots and Checks ribbon from Michaels. The grad stamp is from Rubber Stampede.

I have been making the invitations to my son's Grad Party so not too many cards to show. I will show the finished invitations soon. We had a beautiful day here...26C...too hot but I can't really complain. This is the actually is my chosen temperature but since we had snow last week it is too much of a change.... Must go make super for the family. Talk later.



Sunday, April 26, 2009

WOJ pre-order

Just a little reminder about the stamp kits from WOJ. I order time to get all those wonderful new stamps. I have already ordered mine so get going ...they are great stamps. Katrina even has 2 sets to give away so check out her blog

Fishing for a Diploma!

I followed the sketch on Friday Sketches to do this Grad card. I need about 15 male grad cards and I think this is a great image to for a diploma! I cut out the fish from scraps and hope people will catch on that they are fish. I embossed the Happy Graduation (Rubber Stampede) with Marcasite powder and then used the Crimson Red marker.
The image is a Magnolia...Edwin fishing and the diploma is from a Cuttlebug die. The cap at the top is actually a sticker that I attached to the scalloped circle (SU punch) of the DP. All the papers are from My Mind's Eye. I colored the image with my Prismacolored Markers and I love how the jeans turned out. I used Indigo Blue and then used a blender pen to create the faded sections.

Just a strip of the DP and the second largest long rectangle nestie on the inside for a personal note.
This is one of my first label. I embossed it as well and used the bronze and black markers.
I think this will make a great male grad card. It is so hard to make male cards especially for High School aged boys who have grown up in front of you. My how those boys have turned into young adults.
Must go and watch DH outside raking those dead winter soggy leaves. Talk later.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Imagine It Dream It Become It

I have not shown this card to my son who is graduating since he will not approve of the Pinkness of this card. I made it following the Just Magnolia Challenge call for Pink and Green. So let's just keep this one a secret!

I love these allows me to match the graduates. My youngest son is graduating and this card represents him and one of his closest "girl friends" who is very blond and loves green. This card will work for her.

I colored using the Prismacolored Markers. I added the diplomas and hats from the graduate Cuttlebug die. I love this die....all kinds of small images. I ran the pieces through my xyron before attaching them. I used the label 1 nestiblity and distressed the edges with tattered rose and peeled paint. The hats are grad hats and SU mini brads.

On the inside I made two pockets to hold the tag and a gift card on the other side.
This sentiment is from stampendous and I think it is absolutely perfect for grad cards. The weather is so great here today so I have to run off and enjoy it.
Talk later

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Goal in Life

I love this Tilda...she is so shy but thoughtful looking. I chose her to be my thinking Tilda. I am thinking of graduation cards but this is just a thinking of you card.
I painted with Twinkling H2Os using a waterbrush. The colors I used are:
dress and socks: Guatemalan Green and Mystic Blue
blouse: Pink grapefruit
Wings: Pewter
Hair: Nutmeg
This is not my usual style leaving it so faded but I rather like it. I also have never used a hat pin on a card before. This is made from the SU Pretties Kit as is the flower and the half pearls. The ribbon is Sheer Creations from Michaels.
The papers are from My Mind's Eye and DCWV Asian Slab. The papers have created a lovely soft BG for the image and the sentiment. This is the perfect sentiment from our home of 5 dogs. Love the sentiment which is from Cloud 9.
I used the corner punch from SU to create a little uniqueness and I really like the effect. We are expecting perfect weather this weekend....22 C tomorrow and 26C on Sunday. I plan on spending oodles of time outside so you probably will not hear from me till Monday. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your life.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

91st Birthday Gift

I made this framed art for my Mom's 91st Birthday. She loves hummingbirds and green yellow so I combined the two and got this. I used Me and Carrie Lou stamps which I gold embossed. I used my Kuretake waterbrush and Twinkling H2Os. I have always used a paintbrush and misters to paint with before but I am very pleased with the effect achieved using the waterbrush.
I used two copies of the violet border which I cut out with cutting blade and attached to the mat.

I used Golden Rod stickles for the center of the flowers . It just finishes off the sparkle. To do this project I used the following Twinks:
flowers: Garnet
leaves: Key Lime, Sweet Alfalfa
swirls: Bolivian Blue
hummingbird: Bolivian Blue, Jasper Red, Kiwi, Mystic Blue, Evening Primrose and Sapphire on Ice.
I am really pleased with this project. The photos don't due it twinkles and shimmers and looks very elegant. I know my Mom will love it. The weather is rainy and gloomy but that is melting the ice and that makes me sooooooo happy. Not the greatest weather for my back but hey I am so glad it isn't snow that no pain is too great.
I plan on getting back to challenges tomorrow so don't give up on me. Off to get my eyes tested so talk later.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fan Card and Mesh Galore

Just call me stupid...I thought I had posted this early this am and guess what....I didn't! So be prepared for oodles of cards. This really should be two posts but I am putting it all together.

Card #1 Me and Carrie Victorian Fan Petal card. This makes a long card...7.5 inches by 3.5. I embossed it with detail gold and painted it with Twinkling H2Os: Fuzzy Peach, Blush Pink Nutmeg, Sweet Alfalfa, Kiwi and Golden Sand. I layered it on Pearl Pink from the Paper Company. The ribbon is from Michaels .
On the inside I used the largest of the scalloped long rectangle nestibility and used Tattered Rose Distress Ink on the edges. The pearl pink paper extends beyond the edge and allows the Doily edge to show (MS punch).
Card #2 Me and Carrie Lou Victorian Background and Violet Border.
I embossed with gold detail powder on both images. The border image was cut out and attached using the Xyron sticker machine. I cut the image out using both scissors and a craft knife. I also cut out the background stamp and attached it to the white layer. I embossed the edges on both of the next two layers. The Twinks used were Sweet Alfalfa, Razzleberry, Wisteria,Ginger Peach, Apple Blossom.
I used the curvy rectangle nestibility was cut out and embossed and the center section of the violet border was added.

Card #3 was done the same as #2 with the addition of the wedding stamp from Outlines Rubber. These are the Twinks used: Dutch Irish, Stargazer, Fresh Oregano, Sweet Alfalfa and Ginger Peach.

I am really enjoying the Me and Carrie Lou stamps. They are beautiful, give perfect images and are affordable. I love the way they emboss and using the Twinkling H2Os makes them beautiful.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge #1

A new challenge blog just started today. It is Just Magnolia found at It is a fun place and for this first challenge it is a sketch challenge with a prize for one lucky player. And boy is it a prize. Please, go check it out and if you love Magnolias then play along.
I colored with Prismacolor Markers and used Stary Night Stickles on the lilacs. As I look at this photo I noticed it is without the sentiment which is a get well note. The Prima flowers add embellishment. The half pearls are from the Pretties kit from SU.

I used the same papers on the inside and used the same layout without the circle shape. It's Friday night and everybody is out but me....yeah no distrubances ...and loads of stamping. Check back tomorrow for something new....I hope. Talk later.

Me and Carrie Lou

For those who have never seen these stamps, let me introduce you to the most wonderful stamps to watercolor. They are Me and Carrie Lou stamps. I ordered quite a few (I mean it was love at first sight) and love them all. The stamps are large, very detailed and fully cushioned. I saw them first on Jerri's blog. She does lovely work with these stamps and I had to find some. After looking for almost a year I finally found this new store. Go check it out.

So, here is my card. My Mom turned 91 yesterday and this is the card I made for her. I used gold embossing powder and Twinkling H2Os to get this done.

There is so much detail yet lots of opportunity to create your own beauty. I had such fun doing this card. My Mom loves hummingbirds so it was just the perfect image. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then layered it using DCWV Textured Metallic paper. The sentiment was hand printed using a Zip pen. I used the large and small oval punched for the sentiment.

I used my second Me and Carrie Lou stamp on the inside. This one is the Romantic Border stamp which I gold embossed and water colored with Twinks. I am very happy with these stamps and recommend them to all.
I hear another one of those stamps calling me so off I go to stamp some more. Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wagon Full of Tulips

I took lots of photos of this card so I am only going to say a little. The stamps are from Alota Rubber stamps and they are wonderful to color. I used my markers and spica pens to color and used Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade Stickles to highlight and trim. I put a dimensional under the flowers at the top to raise the buds. Label 1 nestibilites were used on the front and Long Rectangle Scalloped nestibilies were used on the inside. The Swirl embossing folder was used with the Cuttlebug on the green papers. I brushed Antique Linen Distress ink across the top to highlight the swirls. The charm is from the dollar store. I used my Marvy small and medium flower punch and the scalloped circle punch to create all the flowers.

They say a pictures tells a 1000 words so this is a really long post! I must go...trouble happening again with my back so sitting a long time does not work right now. Have a wonderful day. Talk later.

A New Award

What a lovely Easter gift I got today from Cheryl. Thanks so much for this wonderful award. I am sending this off to some of my blogging friends:

Thank you for this wonderful award Cheryl and all have a wonderful day.



Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Surprise

This is what we woke to on Easter Sunday....SNOW! We had snow all day but what we didn't have was power. Our electricity went out before 6am and finally got it back at 7pm. My wonderful Easter dinner managed to be from Kentucky Fried Chicken! It was less work but wow did I miss that wonderful food. We managed to get to church and had a wonderful service without actually was nice to sing without the organs. Our plan to watch movies was scratched and instead we all wrapped up in blankets and ate the treats from the bunny. Thank goodness the fireplace worked because it actually was cold! We did survive and now wait for the snow to end and then I would like it to melt immediately.
I had managed to get the sketch from Saturday Sketch challenge so I had something to do. I had embossed the imaged with gold detail powder so I colored and cut without power.

I used my markers to color image from AllNight Media. The stamp has an ornate frame around the flowers that I left off. It is just too fancy for what I had in mind. I used the square nestibilities and embossed the edges. Gotta love my power needed. I layered the image on Kiwi Kiss and a scrap of golden orange paper.

I made this wonderful flower using two marvy punches and the Martha Stewart oak leaf punch. I love these punches...they make perfect flowers.

I used the remainders of the paper from Provo Craft and attached another of the punched flowers on the inside. The sentiment on the front is from Cloud Nine Designs Puppy Love set and I wrote the sentiment on the inside with a Callipen from Sakura.
So far the snow has stayed at the light flurries stage today and the powder if on so hopefully I will be able to answer some emails and surf blogland. Have a wonderful week.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

WOF Cute Card Thursday

I was able to fulfill two challenges with this card. I followed the sketch on Whiff of Joy Challenges and used the brown pink combination for Cute Card Thursday.
I love this sketch...such a wonderful way to show off some DP. The pink DP Provo Craft. Isn't it lovely. The brown is from We R Memory Keepers. This paper is very thick and so smooth. I outlined the front panel first in brown and then in the pink I used for the cardbase.
I love this Kneeling Willow stamp. I seem to use it more often than any other stamp. I colored her in Deco pink, Light Umber and Dark Brown. I used the same marker for the apron and the dress. The apron is colored more than once. I also used a clear spica pen on the white trim and the bottom of the apron. Cotton Candy stickles were used on the blossom pattern on the dress and around the scalloped oval.

I used the largest oval and it's matching scallop to hold the sentiment on the inside. All in all I really like this card.
It is so cold here today. I have the fire going in the fireplace and I know that Spring must have ' hard to believe that Easter is this weekend. Oh well the Easter bunny will be able to hide in the snow. Talk later.