Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Birthday Jackpot

There are a few times when I receive a special request for a card and I instantly feel nervous that I won't be able to pull it off. They're either vague in their description, or they ask for an image or theme I don't have and it makes my stomach drop that I won't be able to give them what they're asking for. Then there are the cards that just completely fall into place and this is one of them. I received a special request for someone who loved the casino and especially loved playing the penny slots. I had recently found this great casino paper and did a quick search for some digital casino clip art, and everything just happened.

I colored the slot machine with my Prismas before matting it to a scalloped circle and adhering it with foam tape. I used a plain black ribbon to separate the green DP from the casino themed DP and then added a sentiment with a single brad so that it moves. For the inside, I added "Hope your birthday hits the jackpot!" and called it a day. If they could all be this easy... :)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Penguin

 I'm hosting the Embellishment Challenge over at CDAC and decided to go with a "Glitz and Bling" theme. Check it out if you get a chance. The winner will win three free digi stamps. 

I love this black and white paper. It's definitely one of my all-time favs because you can use it so many different ways, and really, what better than when you're making a penguin card!  I colored the penguin with Prismas and then matted him with some scalloped Nestablities before adhering him with foam tape. The snowflake was a diecut I had which reminded me yet again that I don't have a snowflake punch and desperately need one. I glittered the edges with some Stickles for the "glitz" and then added the rhinestones for the "bling." The sentiment was from a foam stamp I've had for years and never used, and though you can't tell, the blue border is actually a ribbon.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pine Needles Everywhere

Just finished filling the last of my Christmas tree and wreaths orders (I hope at least). I really enjoy making them, and I really love the fact that people still ask me for them each year, but I have to admit, there comes a point when my hands are literally raw from the wire and pine needles and I'm just "done" with the whole thing.

A few people have e-mailed me for pictures of what some of them look like so I took a picture of the last three of them before they get shipped to their homes. Sorry for the bad pictures, but like I said, I'm just really done with this. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa at the Beach

For the next two weeks, the ladies of Stamps R Us are challenging everyone to show us their "Anything Goes" projects, and because our challenge is being co-sponsored by StampitCrazy and Bonibleaux Designs, I just had to use this adorable digi "Santi Beaches" from Bonibleaux.

I tend to make and sell a lot of holiday trees and wreaths around this time, so I think because I've been so busy doing that, plus finishing up my holiday shopping, I haven't been feeling like making cards recently, let alone holiday cards, so this was the perfect card to kind of get me back in the swing of things. I embrace the non-traditional cards because you really can get creative with them so this was a lot of fun. The paper is from Stampin Up and I just love how it all coordinates in a tropical theme. The digi is colored with Prismas and inked at the edges, and there's a lot of dimension you may or may not be able to see.

I hope you all join us at Stamps R Us sometime in the next two weeks!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa & Rudolph

This card was a custom order that I'm really considering making more of just for ME! I love this image from Sassy Cheryl's so much - it's just adorable! I wasn't sure what to put on the inside, so I just used "Have yourself a merry little Christmas," but I'm thinking for my next set, I'll have to come up with something more clever. The image is colored with Prismas and chalks and then inked at the edges with more chalks. Icicle stickles was used for the snow. I went with a very, very simple layout on this one just because the image is just too darn cute!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Santa Baby

I just love love LOVE this "Sassy Christmas" digi from Bugaboo! Jodie, the talented artist behind Bugaboo is sponsoring our Holiday Card challenge over at Stamps R Us for the next two weeks and our DT has come up with some really great samples, so don't forget to check us out!

I colored the digi with my prismas and then added some snow glitter to her outfit and hat to give it her fur a little dimension. I used my K&Company holiday paper stack for most of the layering and used my scallop punch on the red swirl paper just to change it up a little bit. I popped the image up with some foam squares for added dimension, too! I made a gift card holder to coordinate with this and I'll post pics of it soon!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthday Polka Dots

So this is a little different from me. It's a card made without any stamping whatsoever. Very very rarely do I do this. In fact, I don't even think about it, but I sold this card early in the morning and by the night time, I had 4 more requests for it, so if that doesn't get it through my head that I don't absolutely have to stamp, I don't know what will... The paper is a mish-mosh from my collection, and the tag embellishment is from K & Company. I raised the tag and the sentiment paper flower with some foam tape, and the rest is as simple as it gets.

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Monday, November 15, 2010


It's time for another challenge at Stamps R Us! Challenge #9 is Sparkles and Scallops and I must say that after throwing a hissy fit about not having my scallops show up the first 3 attempts, I really enjoyed it. :)

I really love the digis at The Stamping Boutique who is sponsoring us for the next two weeks. I'll definitely be doing a little more earlier Christmas shopping there! The digi I used is called Snowfriends. Isn't it adorable? I colored the three little guys with Prismas and then used my tried and tested method of laying down some Stickles before throwing a whole ton of glitter on top. It's amazing how that stuff gets into everything for days! Because I wasn't happy with my scallops not showing up well enough (hence the hissy fit) I finally decided to just lift both the scallops and the image itself up with foam tape. It creates the separation I needed and it also gives a little dimension.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Warm Wishes Snowman

I had a hard time watching this card walk away today. Isn't it funny how we get attached to certain cards? At least I really like the person who bought it. :)

Though I really love the Cappuccino Snowman digi stamp, I think I really liked the colors I used for it. I wanted to try something different and get away from the traditional holiday colors, seeing as though snowmen can be very generalized, so I went bold...literally. I chose 5 different sheets of DP and went a little crazy with the layering before settling on the layout. The snowman is colored with prismas and outlined and shadowed in chalks to give him so definition. The best part was the mug of cocoa embellie I found laying around. I thought it was the perfect card to use it on. Hopefully this will be my motivation to get a ton of Christmas cards done this week... wish me luck! :)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Buttons and Bows

I made this card for the Buttons and Bows challenge at Stamps R Us. For the next two weeks, we are challenging everyone to make cards with a theme of, obviously, buttons and bows. The challenge is being sponsored by KLM Designs, so check it out!

For this card, I really struggled. I don't tend to use a lot of buttons OR bows on any of my cards, so incorporating the two was challenging for me. For whatever reason, this theme screamed baby card for me personally, so I went with that and pulled out a lot of my pastel paper to work off of. This is the first card I've created in a long time that has absolutely no stamping or coloring, but I've had these adorable baby chipboard cutouts for the longest time and I've been dying to use them! I propped the little dress up with foam squares, and then popped up the frame it's on with more foam tape for some dimension. I then added the "buttons and bows" for my embellies and it was history!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Congrats to the Bride & Groom

Finally got some time in my craft room this weekend to make a few cards. This card was a custom order for an upcoming wedding. The wedding colors are black, white and raspberry. Isn't that pretty? I chose to use this adorable bride and groom digi stamp set from DigiStamp Boutique and colored them with my Prismas. I was so happy to find this bride and groom DP in my collection and even happier that I had cranberry ribbon with a little sparkle to it. Perfect timing and color for this card! By the way, the inside says "Congratulations to the happy couple!"

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Monday, October 18, 2010


This card was a custom order for a bridal shower, and it came in the perfect time for our next Stamps R Us Challenge which was based off of one of my layouts.

I have had this paper in my possession for at least a year and never used it because I was waiting for the perfect occasion, and I thought a bridal shower, where I could be a little more girly, was the perfect time to bring it out. I wish you could see the paper in person because there is a pearlized sheen to it that is SO pretty!

The stamp is from Rubbernecker, and in the past I've always used it for bridesmaid's dresses, but for this occasion I basically decided to load it up with glitter which my Chihuahua is currently wearing and tracking throughout my house. :)

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

My First Christmas Card of the Season!

Well I did it! I finally made my first Christmas card of the season. I have a looooooooooong ways to go but hey, it's a start! I absolutely LOVE this stamp from Sassy Cheryl's. Isn't he the cutest? I wanted to try to make this card as colorful as I could so I went out of my way to throw in a lot of DP. Probably went overboard again but I can't help myself. :) 

He's colored with Prismas, and I tried to give it a slightly older look by using a little grey for shadows. Don't know if that really ended up being worth it or not, but hey. I added the snowflake to the top left corner because it needed "something" and then added a rhinestone for a little color. That was my last snowflake though so I have got to figure out where to buy more.... oh well, I guess I"ll just HAVE to do some more paper-craft shopping! :)

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mommy to Be

Hope everyone's having a great weekend! I was able to make a couple cards over the last two days so I'm feeling very productive for a change. My cousin is pregnant, so the inspiration for this card definitely came from her. I just love the colors of the DP. I've been dying to use this paper for awhile, I just never thought I'd be using the combination in quite the same way. Anyways... the stamp is from Mo's Digital Pencil and I just adore it! The paper is from My Mind's Eye and I'm just realizing now in the picture that I can't really distinguish between the two pink DPs but believe me, there are two there! :)

I busted out my scallop punch which I never remember to use for the edging of the chocolate brown paper and made my flowers with my old school Sizzix. Then I went adhesive pearl happy so I'm off to replenish my stock now.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

SRU Challenge #6!

I just finished this custom ordered card for someone whose mother is turning 60 and it was perfect timing to use it as a little inspiration for the Stamps R Us Challenge #6 all nature theme! The request for this card was that fall colors were used and a wheelbarrow of flowers was the focal point. How'd I do? I originally tried to use a scalloped Nestie for it but it didn't work out so I ended up trimming it and just having it be a straight edge. Because of this, it's cut a little bit too close but I didn't end up cutting off any of the good stuff so I guess I'm okay. I used my Prismas for the coloring and shading and inked the edges up a little bit to reflect a sky (which I can't even see in this picture but believe me, it's there!) The image is adhered with my trusty foam tape, as well as the sentiment which I got to use my smaller Nesties on. Hopefully the recipient, who I've been told loves to garden, really likes this card.

Don't forget to check out Challenge #6!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hugs & Kisses

Just finished making another Hugs & Kisses card and gift tag set. This DP is still one of my favorites. I picked up a few sheets of it when I was at Joann's months ago and since then, have gone back for more. The blue/brown combo gets me every time!

Anyways, I finally got to use my "How Sweet It Is" stamp from MFT. I really love MFT's stamps and just wish I had more time in my days to actually use them all. I watercolored the image and then matted it in chocolate and blue sky cardstock. The image is attached to the DP with foam squares. I knew the card needed more than that and after about 30 minutes of trying to figure out what embellies to use, decided to stamp a flower onto more of the blue sky cardstock and cut it out. I popped a little cranberry brad in there for the center and attached the whole thing to the stamped image. I repeated the same technique for the gift tag.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

New Baby Girl Shoes

I've been so nuts getting custom orders done that it was nice to finally design a card with one of my own stamps. I ended up selling it today but I thought I'd post anyways. I realized making this card with all the tons of paper I have, I have very little baby pink. This card ended up being a little more hot pink/fuscia than I would have liked but again, beggars can't be choosers. Guess I'll just have to buy so more! :)

The card was very basic so I added the flowers for a little oomph! They're all popped up with various height foam tape to get a little dimension in there, too. As always the digi is Prismacolored and chalked. The inside sentiment is "Congratulations on your new bundle of joy" and is framed with some more of the pink.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Frog Prince

Another quick post tonight. I sold this card Friday and realized I never posted it! I've had this DP for years and years and I just love the safe and red combo. The digi is from Hambo and it's called Frog Prince. He is colored with Prismas and then propped on top of a scallop Nesties. The flowers were punched from Anna Griffin papers I had bought when I first started scrapbooking (over 10 years ago). Everything is popped with foam tape in various heights - probably should have taken a picture of the card laying down, but you'll just have to trust me. :)

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Eat, Drink and Be Scary

I made this card for Stamps R Us Challenge #5. For the next two weeks we're challenging everyone to make an all Halloween themed card, altered item or scrapbook page. The winner will receive one free digi stamp from FireCracker Designs by Pamela so make sure you join us!

For this card, I used the "Witchy Poo" digi stamp from FCD. I designed the card around a mish-mosh of DP which thankfully all came together and them matted some black ribbon with raspberry cardstock to make it pop. The scalloped sentiment is popped up with foam tape for dimension and the rhinestones were added for a little bling.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Ya Big Baby!

Really quick post tonight as Monday Night Football is starting in 5 minutes...  I made this card with one of my friends in mind. This person shall remain nameless but acts like the biggest baby when they are sick - hence the inside sentiment. :)

The card itself was layered with five different types of DP and is matted with orange cardstock. I actually worried about the orange being too bright but it ended up blending in just fine. The image itself is colored with Prismas and chalks. I may revisit this card this weekend because it just seems too plain, but for now, this is it.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

For the Birds

Just made a new card with another one of my digi stamps. I must say I'm really having fun with this whole new element to my cardmaking. For this card, I finally got to use this gorgeous DP from a My Mind's Eye paper stack. Have you ever had paper that is too pretty to use? That's when you know you have a sickness. :) There's probably 6 more sets of DP from this set, but I'm working in baby steps. For this card, I used 4 different sheets from this set and layered them every which way. I notice now that some of the layers I can't even see, but at least I know they're there! The bird digi is from my shop (woo hoo!) and he's colored with my Prismas and chalks. I framed it in a large Nestabilities circle, and then matted it with a larger scallop, and then popped it up with a little foam tape.

The ribbon was a bit of an issue at first because I had two different teal ribbons but one was too light, and the other too dark. I solved this problem by layering one on top of the other, and then folding them and adhereing them to the DP under the Nestabilities scallop. Then I used the same makeshift ribbon for the bottom for contrast.
Stamps:  Bird on Branch 
Ink:  Prismas and chalks
Paper:  My Mind's Eye paper stack
Accessories:  Stacked ribbon, foam tape, Spellbinder's Nestabilities
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Have a Fairy Happy Birthday!

I made this card for Stamps R Us Challenge #4 and I’m excited and proud to announce that our challenge this week features Operation Write Home. Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization whose mission is to send handmade cards to our armed forces to write home on. Our challenge was to create a children’s birthday card.

For this card, I used one of my new fairy digis from Mo’s Digital Pencil and colored it with my chalks and Prismas. I would have loved to have been able to glitter her all up but that’s a big no-no with OWH so she’ll just have to be sparkle-less for this one. :) She is inked at the edges with a little gold chalk and propped up just a teeny weeny bit with some foam tape for dimension. (OWH doesn't really like a whole lot of bulk.)

I chose six different sheets of miscellaneous DP and cardstock that all coordinated for the most part and basically just did all kinds of crazy positions with them. Then I used the same DP to create two small paper flowers complete with rhinestone centers and one larger flower cranked out with my old school Sizzix machine (all 200 pounds of it). The sentiment was printed on my PC and "Nestabilitized."

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