Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mug Card Cocoa Holder

Today I have another project to show you. I discovered this mug card/cocoa holder tutorial online here
My brown paper is SU chocolate chip. The DP is BoBunny. I cut out the inside instructions with a nestie. I used my swirls CB embossing folder for the whipping cream topper and then added some glitter to the swirls with my glue pen. The cute bunny on the front is Flopsey from MFT. The sentiment is also MFT. The hot chocolate is a premium melting chocolate with curry spice in it. It comes from a local chocolatier named "David Bacco". He is a chocolate god and this is one of his brand new melting chocolates for 2009. It's a little piece of heaven.
I actually had some last night after I spent 2 hours clearing off the first foot of snow we got in our first bad snowstorm of the year. Everything was closed today while we continued to dig ourselves out. The kids were thrilled with their first snow day of the school year. And it's not even winter yet!! Now we are going into the deep freeze with wind chills near -25 for tonight and temps getting up to 6 degrees tomorrow. At least the sun will be out, but there's no doubt that we will be having a white Xmas this year:))

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cute Fire Hydrant Doggie Treat Box

I have one cute little project to show you today. I needed a new idea for a treat box for a special doggie that I give treats to each year, so I just googled "Doggie Treat Box Template" and low and behold, up popped a link to this adorable fire hydrant treat box. You can see for yourself right here if you are so inclined

I immediately went to the "My timeless Templates" link to order the template for the matchbox and was surprised at how fast I was able to get the download email and download the template. It really was simple to print right to my cardstock, cut, score and assemble. I am sure that I will use this template again and again. After the box was done, I simply followed the directions on the you tube tutorial. If you attempt to do this, you will discover that there was an error on the size of two of the pieces that make the hydrant. I adjusted for that just by guessing at what the size should be and I think it turned out okay. The only thing I did different, was to add a reinforcement piece of cardstock to the back of the inside of the slider box, punch two holes, add eyelets and a piece of ribbon for a pull to make it easier to open the box. To finish it all off, I stamped some white tissue with paw prints and dog bones, lined the bottom of the box with that, added my treats and then more stamped tissue across the top before I pushed the slider box into the cover. I also added the tag, which was cut out with a spellbinders die. The cute doxie image I stamped on the tag is by Hampton Art. I think my friend will love it. I can't wait to give it to her on Thursday when we meet for lunch. Oh, and I did get my friend a movie gift certificate and a bottle of chocolate wine...just so you don't think I forgot about her:))

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mojo Monday 114

Mojo Monday sketch for this week. This is about as clean and simple as I can get:)

Sorry you can't see how silver and shiny this card is. We've been having some gloomy rainy days so I was forces to take this shot at night.

The detail of this are very short: The blue paper is Night of Navy from SU. The white is some more glimmer paper from Paper Studio as is the shiny silver paper. I embossed the background white with my CB ornaments embossing folder and punched the double border with my MS punch. The ornament image is SU from the Holiday mini catalog. I embossed that with versa mark and a glitter silver EP. It's backed with silver and blue paper and popped up on dimensionals. That pretty ribbon is some I found on sale in the Holiday ribbon at Michaels's a few weeks back. Finally, I added some gemstones around the image and on a few of the ornaments and snowflakes in the white background for a bit more sparkle.

I think I have enough cards done now for Xmas. I just have to finish off the insides now. Wish me luck with that. I usually try to find some nice verses to put on the insides and create them on my computer. The clock is ticking:))

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sweet Sunday 45

Here is my Sweet Sunday card for this week. I had to dig through all my Xmas stamps to find one that I thought would work with this sketch and that I hadn't yet used this year. I'm sure glad I found this guy.

Here are the card details:

Paper: SU Holiday Lounge DP, SU real red and some sparkly white paper from my stash.
You may want to click on the picture to see how sparkly it is.

I double stamped the penquin image from Sudio G (Michael's), colored both with my copics, embossed the second one with clear embossing powder, cut it out and popped it on dimensionals over the original. I cut the original with a nestie inverted scallop circle and backed that with a nestie regular scallop circle cut out of the red dp. I used my CB dots embossing folder on the sparkly white behind the image and trimmed the bottom of that piece with my MS icicle punch. I just love that punch for Xmas trim, as you can tell with a number of my other recent posts:)

The sentient is from a "Recollections" clear acrylic set called "Merry, Merry". It's a long border stamp that I embossed on real red with Zing white embossing powder. I used the SU word window punch to punch just part of the border to make my sentiment. I mounted that on more sparkly white paper punched with one of the new SU label punches. Finally, the pretty red striped ribbon was some that I found in my Xmas ribbon stash.

I liked how this turned out so I think I will make a few more for Xmas this year. Thanks for stopping by:))

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Sunday 44

Okay, so it's Sweet Sunday after Mojo Monday this week. I just had to think a while on Karen's sketch this week. I also struggled to get a decent photo as it is overcast today and I couldn't get my lighting right on this shiny background paper. It really is a pretty shade of teal blue, even though the picture shows some greener cast in it.

Here are the details:
The DP is SU's Designer Holiday Lounge, the tan is Bazzill and the shiny blue/teal is from a DCWV cardstock stack called "Citrus". It matches so perfect with the DP. The image is from a clear acrylic set from Inkadinkadoo called "Christmas Characters" and is stamped with SU Taken With Teal ink. I added just a little gray shading with my copics and cut out the image with a nestie label. The circle DP was cut out with my Making Memories cutting tools.

I ran the strip of shiny blue on the bottom through my cuttlebug twice using the dots embossing folder and then added the white borders punched with my EK success wave punch. I stamped the "Merry Christmas" with the teal ink, punched it out and backed it with two more punched circle/scallop pieces, then added the silver brad to the center. Finally, I punched a hole in the center of a ghost snowflake, added a snowflake brad to it and mounted it with a glue dot. Oh, and I did add some little rhinestones to a few snowflakes around the image. The nestie and sentiment are popped with dimensionals. This is one very shiny card. Hope you like it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mojo Monday 113

Mojo Monday on Monday!!! This may be a first for me!
Here are the details:
The DP is SU Holiday Lounge, which I just got on Saturday so couldn't wait to start using. The red is SU Real Red and the brown is the new SU suede color. The ornament, snowflakes and sentiment are from an acrylic stamp set by Inkadinkado called Pepperment Twist. I stamped the ornament twice, cut out the second one and popped it over the original. Then I stamped a third ornament and punched out the snowflake center and popped that over the second image. Both the image and sentiment were stamped with versa mark and heat embossed with SU irredescent ice embossing powder to make them sparkly. The image is cut out with a nestie and the red strip in the middle is embossed with one of the SU embossing folders. I added some Holiday ribbon from Michael's to the tops of the ornament and sentiment and criss-crossed behind the ornament. Finally, I added some rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes. I posted a close up so you could see them better and get the feel of how sparkly the ornament and sentiment turned out. Thanks for taking a peek:))

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mojo Monday 112

Woohoo! It's only Tuesday and I have my Mojo Monday card done for this week! I do believe in miracles...I do, I do!!!

I had fun with this sketch after I decided I would use this little Stampabilities mouse as my image. Click for a close-up look at how glittery the card is.

Here are the details:

The candy strip DP is by My Minds Eye, the sparkly white is glimmer paper by The Paper Sutdio and the dark red paper is Bazzill. I colored my image with copics and prismacolor pencils. As I said in my last post, I don't have a lot of copic colors yet, so I struggled a bit with this poor mouse's ears. They turned out more orange than pink like I planned. Obviously, I'm going to have to find a better pale pink for things like mouse ears and cheek color. I'm open to suggestions from the copic pros out there. Back to the card...I added some white sparkly fluff to the mouse's hat, then punched out the image with a circle punch and mounted it to a nestie. I used CB embossing folders on the two white pieces and then punched the mice with MS's mouse border punch. I created the sentiment on my computer and then punched that with a SU label punch. I sponged the edges with SU Riding Hood Red and then backed the label with red that I punched with the label punch and then cut in half, and overlapped on the ends. Finally, I added 2 clear rhinestones for accent on the ends of the sentiment, a glitter brad on the half circle on the top and some irredescent Offray ribbon behind the brad . Oh yes, I also attached a couple of individual mice strategically placed on the bottom of the card. I hope that's not overkill. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by again:))

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sweet Sunday 43

Wow! Could it really be Sweet Sunday 43 already? I remember doing Karen's first Sweet Sunday sketch and it seemed like yesterday. I've only missed a few of Karen's sketches when life was just too busy.

I've been waiting for a sketch like this so I could ink up this cute Penny Black image. I'm still a beginner with these copics, and I don't have all the colors I would like yet, so please bear with me. I'm definitely going to have my own style.

Here are the card details:

Both DPs are Bo-Bunny and I love them together. The blue paper is SU's Baja Breeze and the brown is Bazzill. I double stamped the Penny Black image so I could cut out the Santa face on the second image and pop it over the original. I used a nestie to cut out the image and then backed it with the Baja Breeze which I handcut. The border is MS's icicle border punch. I punched that out of some scrap glitter paper. To finish it off I added a Heidi Swapp ghost snowflake. On top of that I layered a snowflake punched with a MS punch from glitter paper and put a heart brad through the center of both. The image and snowflake are both popped on dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mojo Monday 111

Here is my creation for this week's Mojo Monday sketch. We've been having such nice weather lately that it's been hard to think about card crafting. Somehow I did manage to get a few cards done this week.

The snowflake DP is by Kelly Panacci. The blue cardstock is from my scrap pile and the purple is SU's new Razzleberry as is the ribbon. I embossed the snowflake design on the blue paper with my new CB border embossing folder and then scored a few lines for accent down the sides of the paper. The image and sentiment are from a clear acrylic Inkadinkadoo set called "O Holy Night" and both are stamped with SU razzleberry ink and cut out with nesties. I inked around the edges of the sentiment and then added some rhinestones on some of the circles above and below the sentiment as well as on a few of the snowflakes. I also added some glitter pen to around the star on the sentiment and around the halo on the baby Jesus. Finally, I added the silver snowflakes that I found in my stash and took the liberty of placing them a bit different than the sketch did. This card will probably go to my Mother-In-Law, who will really appreciate a religious card.

B-Day Card for my daughter

Just a quick post of my daughter's birthday card. She loves shiny, glittery cards so I think she'll like this one.

I used my new candy cane stripe CB embossing folder on some shiny red paper for the background. Then I added some shimmer white paper embossed with my swirls CB folder.
I heat embossed both the image and the sentiment. Both are from and Inkadinkadoo clear acrylic set called "Birthday Sentiments". I double stamped the image and cut out and popped the gift box and a number of stars on dimensionals. The backing papers on the image and sentiment are also shiny papers. Finally, I added a red cord bow to the bottom half of the gift box. Thanks for taking a peek.

We are currently enjoying some unseasonably nice weather here in Wisconsin. Temps are in the 60's today with lots of sunshine. I hear more is on tap for tomorrow. Woohoo! Hope your day is filled with sunshine no matter where you are.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mojo Monday 110

My take on this week's Mojo sketch. I just found this Prickly Pear snowman today and couldn't wait to ink him up. I thought I would have another go with my shimmery blue and white cardstock for this card.

Here are the card details:

The shimmer paper is from The Paper Studio. The background white was embossed with a brand new CB embossing folder that came in the mail today. It's a larger size than the previous folders, so it works nicely on a 5x5 card. I also got that cute border embossing folder with the trees and house on it today and thought it would fit on this card nicely. My snowman was stamped and colored with copics. I'm still very green with copics so bear with me while a try to perfect some type of I added some sparkly fluff to the snowman's mittens and scarf and below him for snow. Then I used my Jelly Roll glitter pen to highlight the dots on the CB folders, the stars, the holly, the roof on the house and at the snowline. The sentiment is SU which I embossed with versa mark and SU's irridescent ice to make it sparkly. Finally, I added the silver gemstones around the sentiment and some Kaiser red pearls to the holly berries (I added the pearls after I took my picture and I was too lazy to take another picture, so you just have to use your imagination).

Hope you all had a great Halloween (if you celebrate it)!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sweet Sunday 41

Here is my take on this week's Sweet Sunday challenge. It turned out to be a rather shimmery sparkly card after all was said and done and I got to use a few new nesties that I recently picked up.

Here are the details:

My shimmer blue and white paper are from Archivers. The snowman and sentiment are from Stampendous Snowplace clear acrylic set and the tree is from Recollections Winter Wonderland clear acrylic set. The background stars and dots is from The Angel Company. I colored the snowman and tree with some new copics markers that I recently picked up. I'm slowly getting accustomed to them. I added some glitter to the stars in the background, colored the star on the tree with my yellow Spica pen and added some Sparkly Fluff to the snowman's earmuffs and below the snowman and tree for snow. I love how easy that fluff is to use, even on small areas. Then I added some Kaiser red pearls to the tree for ornaments, cut out the stamped scene with a nestie, sponged the edge with Adirondack Stonewashed blue and mounted it over 2 layers of shimmer paper that I texturized with CB dots and snowflakes embossing folders. The sentiment was stamped, embossed with versa mark and SU irredescent ice, punched out with a circle punch, sponged with blue ink on the edges and backed with blue that was cut with another new nestie. I mounted both nesties with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by again. I'm off to carve pumpkins and then on to my Mojo challenge for this week.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mojo Monday 109

Woohoo! I'm back at last! I feel like it's been forever since I've posted and guess has!!
We had a great vacation in California during the last 2 weeks of September. I've been crazy busy since I got back from vacation and just couldn't find my mojo for card making. I guess this week's Mojo sketch just inspired I needed a couple extra Halloween cards:) I hope all of you are still out there keeping an eye out for me. I hope to get back into full swing next week with at least 2 cards a week again.

Here are the details of my card:

The DP is by Reminisce. The red cardstock is SU Ruby Red. The black piece on the bottom is the reverse of the DP which I texturized with a CB embossing folder. The image and sentiment are SU. I double stamped the dog and colored him with prismacolor pencils, then cut out and popped the second doggie over the original one. I used MS's web and goo edge punches for accents (I love both of these for Halloween). I added some piercing around the sentiment and image and on the red strip below the image. Finally, I punched and popped a spider below the sentiment and added the shiny bat (from my stash) as a substitute for the bow shown on the sketch. I'm thinking of sending this to my sister with her Halloween chocolate. It would be oh so appropriate. Thanks for stopping by:))

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mojo 103

Here is my take on this week's Mojo sketch. Just barely got this post done before the deadline! I've been busy trying to clean house and pack for our upcoming vacation. I'm hoping to get a couple of challenges done before I leave this week. I'll have my laptop with me, so I will be checking in on everyone's blogs on a regular basis.

Here are my card details:

The DP is by Ann Griffin Inc. and the rest of the paper is SU (rose red, tangerine tango, kiwi kiss and taken with teal). The images and sentiment are Inkadinkadoo, which I double stamped, colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol, then I embossed the dog and catus with versamark and clear embossing powder and cut and popped them over the originals with dimensionals. The images are cut with a nestie and then backed with the green and blue cardstock which I handcut. I punched the sentiment with a papershapers oval punch and sponged around the edge with SU rose red ink. The border punch is a MS punch. I made this card to send to my sister to thank her for her hospitality during my recent visit. I think she'll get a kick out of it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sweet Sunday 34

Here is my Sweet Sunday card...a bit late this week due to my mini-vacation over the weekend.
This was a bit hard to photograph with all the silver on it especially at night. You may want to click on the photo to get a better look at the image. I made this card for my son's wedding anniversary, which is tomorrow.

Here are the details:

The DP is from The Paper Company, the shiny silver is from my local scrapbook store and isn't identified by company, the black is from my scraps and the pink is SU. The main image is Stampabilities and the sentiment is SU. Both are stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The silver strip behind the image was embossed with a CB embossing folder. The borders behind that strip are punched with a MS punch. The main image is cut out and backed with nesties. Finally, I used some Hero Arts clear gemstones for a few of the champagne bubbles and then colored the rest of the bubbles in with my gel glitter pen. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now to quick finish off the inside and the envelope so I can drop it off tomorrow.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mojo 102

What a fun sketch this was this week! I'm sure to use it again, perhaps for some Xmas cards.
I added two views so you could see the shiny embossing on one and then get a head on look on the other.
Here are the details:
The pumpkin image came from a clear acrylic set by Heidi Grace. The other two images are from a Halloween set from Inkadinkado. I embossed all the images and then colored the pumpkin with SU markers. I did a lot of sponging on each white piece to give them a more spooky look. I cut out the "Trick or Treat" with a nestie and mounted to the back of a piece SU pumpkin pie cardstock. I punched the corners of the pumpkin pie piece with my new MS web corner punch. Then I did a little paper piercing around the top and bottom of the circle on the orange paper. I really like how this turned out. It's a bit of a stretch for the sketch I know.
I also used the web punch on the upper righhand corner of my black backing piece. That black paper is by Bo Bunny and I ran it through my CB using the trees embossing folder for some texture. The ribbon is from Michael's and the brads were in a pack called "Fright Night" by Queen and Co. I found them on clearance on some website a while ago. I popped the orange piece, the "Trick or Treat", the Boo and the pumpkin all up on dimensionals because I just don't do flat cards:))
Has anyone seen the new SU mini? Well, there is a Halloween set in there I simply have to own
called Twick or Tweet. It has a skeleton with one leg held up in the air that has a small dog attached to it. There is a sentiment to go with it that reads "It's Halloween...enjoy every bite. I'm ordering it this weekend and hope it will be here so I have time to whip up a card before Halloween with it. The mini has a picture of a darling treat box done up with that stamp. Very cute!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sweet Sunday 33 - Popped Candy Corn

Here is my take on Karen's Sweet Sunday challenge for this week. I'm trying to get all my Halloween cards done because we are going on vacation in 2 weeks so I won't have much time to do them after that.

Here are the card details:

The orange paper is Basic Grey, the brown is Bazzill, and the DP stripe was borrowed from a friend so I don't have the brand name for you. I used a CB embossing folder on the orange for texture. The candy cane tree, owl and sentiment are from and acrylic set by Impression Obsession. I double stamped the image with Memento ink and colored in the candy cane with SU markers and the tree, grass and pumpkin with prismacolor pencils. I clear embossed the second image, cut out all of the candy corns, the owl and pumpkin and popped them on dimensionals over the original image. By the way, there are 58 little candy corns on the tree...thus proving, once again, I am the Queen of Pop:))) Finally, I added more of those crystal candy corns down the left side of the card with glue dots.

We have been having some great cool weather this week with temps barely getting to 70 degrees. It's been great for late August and early September when we usually have hot, hot, humid weather. Fall is definitely in the air.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Busy Bee Bloggers and Mojo 101 Challenges

I finally got around to last week's first Busy Bee Bloggers challenge and decided to combine it with this week's Mojo 101 sketch. The Busy Bee blogger challenge was to do something 3D on your card. Easy peasy for me:)) I love to pop everything!! I also found some cute crystal candy corn stickers in my stash to add to my card too.
Here are the details:
All DP is Doodlebug Design Inc. The orange behind my image is SU's pumkin pie and the other orange is from Lasting Impressions. The boo punch is a new MS border punch. The image is Amuse and is double stamped and colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I cut out and popped the little spooks on dimensionals. The corner punches were done with my EK success punch. Finally, I added a little paper piercing around my image backgrounds, along the bottom of the border punch and in the upper left corner just for fun. It took me a while to figure out what paper to use for this, but when I saw the candy corn stickers, it sort of all came together. I'm happy with the results. Don't you just love that MS border punch??

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mojo 100

Mojo Monday on Tuesday! I'm on a roll! I wasn't exactly sure about this sketch until I sat down to do it and I must say, I am happy with how it turned out. I love frog stamps almost as much as those cute Mouse House stamps.
Here are the details:
That cute frog image is from a brand new Penny Black acrylic set that I just love. I stamped it twice, colored both with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I cut one image out with a nestie and then cut, embossed with clear ep and popped the other one over the original. I added some Blue Moon yellow seed beads to the flower center and popped that up separately. I also stamped, colored, embossed and cut and popped 3 dragonflies just for fun. The paper is all DCWV Citrus Stack except for the white and the SU Kiwi Kiss. The green backgrounds were cut out with nestie scallops. I used my CB dots embossing folder for the large scallop and the small white circle just for extra texture. That sentiment tag is from a clear acrylic set I have of unkown origin. I added a brad to that along with a dragonfly for extra embellishment. Finally, the blue polka dot ribbon came from Michael's. I think I will just put the word Birthday in the inside in great big letters. Hope this brings a smile to your face and a little cheer to your day:))

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sweet Sunday 31

Woohoo, Sweet Sunday on Monday! I've been waiting for a sketch that I could fit this stamp into and along comes Karen with the perfect one for me! Thanks Karen! This card is for my friends who are avid Packer fans and waited some 20+ years to finally get some season tickets a few years back. They have a family room in their basement dedicated to the Pack, so I know she's just going to love this card. Last year she told me that she uses my Xmas cards to decorate her tree every year. Now that is a card worthy friend!!
Here are the card details:
The Packer Paper is by Scrappin' Sports and the cardstock is SU's Handsome Hunter and Marigold. The sentiment is from a "Close to My Heart" acrylic set called "Christmas Scripts".
These guys do look like a bunch of snowflakes, dressed up in their green and gold:)) I stamped and colored them with my prismacolor pencils. Then I cut them with a nestie and stamped over the whole thing with versa mark and embossed with SU's irridescent ice powder to make it look snowy. I punched out some tiny snowflakes and added them to the nestie and the sentiment.
The green background piece is embossed with a CB folder and so is the yellow/gold piece. Hope you enjoy it, even it you aren't a Packer fan:))

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mojo 99

Tada! Without further ado, my Mojo Monday 99 card! I've even got time to spare this week:))
My excuse...I was out having fun at the State Fair this week and NO, I did not sample the chocolate covered frozen bacon on a stick! But yes, I was all over the cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts! My, my, that was tasty, as was the every wonderful, calorie laden fresh cream puff, Wisconsin's finest! Oh yes, and there were other yummy treats too, like the butter dipped roasted corn on the cob and the giant piece of barbequed pork on a stick and the frozen chai tea and the elk burger, oh my!! After all that we got to kick back and listen to a great concert with some oldies but goodies...The Spencer Davis Group, Gary Pucket and last but not least by any means, Davy Jones of the Monkeys. The weather cooperated with us with temps in the low 80's and a nice breeze off the lake to keep us comfy. All in all a funtastic day!
Back to my card details:
All the paper I used was from the DCWV "Citrus Stack". The birthday sentiment is from SU's "Sincere Salutations" set. I cut it out with a nestie and mounted it on dimensionals. I added punched corners and flowers for accents that were punched with my EK success punches. The flowers are also up on dimensionals and have pearl centers. I included a close-up so you could see how sparkly the paper is. I think I'll save this card for my mother-in-law's birthday in October.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sweet Sunday 30 there hope for me yet? It's only Monday and I already did my Sweet Sunday sketch challenge! I've been waiting for a sketch to come along that I could use these Judith stamps on. This one is nearly perfect for it. I did alter the bottom a little so I could fit in my sentiment.

Here are the card details:

The red paper is SU Real Red. The glitter paper is from "The Paper Company" and is called "White Glimmer". The shiny blue paper is some from my scrap pile. I stamped the snowman twice and the fence once, colored each with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I cut out and popped the nose and legs on dimensionals and mounted the snowman on the fence and then onto a nestie. I outlined the nestie with some red paper which I cut free hand. The nestie is popped on dimensionals on top of more glimmer paper that I embossed with my CB snowflakes embossing folder. I tied some irridescent thread to 3 tiny blue buttons and used them as accents on the bunny's arm and leggs. The snowflake was punched out of shiny blue paper with my new MS snowflake punch and then embellished with a rhinestone in the center. I added a small heart brad from my stash and then I added some glitter to his hat. Finally, I stamped my sentiment banner from "Recollections" with versa mark and then embossed it with real red EB powder and popped it up on dimensionals. I hope you can tell from the picture how sparkly this card is, if now, just click on the picture for a closer look. One more Xmas card done:))

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mojo 98

My take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I decided to flip the sketch on it's side so it would better fit my birthday theme. I'm also giving you a peek at the inside of the card to tie the theme together for you.

I liked this sketch and may try making a Xmas card with it.

Here are the card details:

I triple stamped my Whipper Snapper worm image that is on the front of the card, colored each with prismacolor pencils and gamsol, cut the original out with a nestie, embossed the other two images, cut one and popped it over the original and then cut just the party hat on the other one and popped that over the second image. I added a seed bead to the party hat topper just for fun.

I backed my image on a scallop nestie and added some white dots with my Sakura pen. I added some texture to my Doodlebug DP with my bubbles CB embossing folder. I also used CB embossing folders for the green backing square and the top half of my blue cardstock. I then stamped the 5 and 0 candles that were from a clear acrylic set I own, colored them with my prismacolor pencils, embossed them with clear embossing powder and then cut them out and popped them on dimensionals. I added some ribbon from Michaels and a cute button that was in my stash, to which I tied some red twine. The sentiment was created with SU's Teeny Tiny Words and punched out with the new SU label punch. I doodled around the label and cut one edge to look like a banner.

On the inside, I used a nestie for the sentiment that I created on my computer. I stamped the cute worms from an Inky Antics acrylic stamp set, colored, embossed, cut out and popped them on dimensionals. I just drew in the dirt mound on the bottom and colored it. Finally, I used some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distressing ink around the edges of my sentiment and background paper and finished off with a bit of doodling around the background edges and the sentiment.

This card is for a friend who turns 50 at the end of this month. I know she will get a kick out of it. Hope you do too!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mojo 97 Updated

Okay, so here is my finished Mojo Monday last. I really posted under the wire tonight and then went and added a few more things.
Here are the card details:
The chocolate brown paper is Bazzill, the DP is Paper Pizazz and the lighter brown embossed piece is from The Paper Company. My hope was to make the embossed piece look like a tile floor and the DP like wallpaper in a bathroom. I stamped my Stampabilities image twice and colored both with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I popped the second image over the first, colored the bubbles in the tub with my Souffle pen to give them some dimension. I cut out the image with a nestie and backed that with a scallop nestie. I added the pearls around the scallop to make it look a bit dreamy and also added 3 pearls for the floating bubbles above the tub. I created the sentiment on my computer and then doodled around the edge. I also put some small black dots around the brown sentiment backing paper and popped both the sentiment and backing with dimensionals. The corner was punched with an EK Success punch and then embossed with the "Textiles" CB folder. The flower embellishments are SU and those yummy center brads are from Creative Cafe. Finally, I used some crystal effects on the tub to make it nice and shiny. Now I just want to crawl in that tub myself:)) Hope you like it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sweet Sunday 28

Here is this weeks Sweet Sunday card. I tipped the sketch on it's side so it would work better with the image I wanted to use. I've included a close up of the snowman so you can see how sparkly he is.

Here are the details:
I started with a base of shiny blue cardstock that came from my stash, layered a piece of baby blue paper next and then embossed a piece of vellum with my CB dots embossing folder to go on top of it so it would look like snow. I added some blue ribbon from my stash and a strip of the shiny blue paper that was embossed with my CB snowflakes embossing folder.

The image and sentiment come from a new set I just picked up at Michael's that is made by "Recollections". I'm the biggest sucker for snowmen of any type and I love this little guy.
I first cut out my circle with a nestie. I double stamped the image, versa marked over both and then embossed with SU irridescent ice embossing powder to give the whole thing a snowy look.
I cut out the scarf and stars on the second image and mounted them with pop dots over the original image. I did the same embossing method on the "let it snow" sentiment. Then I added a cluster of snowflakes to which I added some glittered pearl centers. I added a blue rhinestone to the center of the snowflake on the sentiment circle and some bigger glittered pearls around the top of the snowman to make it look like he is juggling snowballs. At least that was my intention:)) Finally, I used my EK Success corner punch to add a little frame to the scene.
This card was hard to photograph with all the shiny glittery stuff going on, but I came pretty close to the actual card color in the end.

Update: I broke down and made one adjustment to this card after I originally posted it. I added the cross ribbon on the bottom because I just couldn't deal with the wide open space on the left side of this card. tee hee It breaks with the original sketch somewhat, but I like it much better

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mojo 96

Well, here it is Saturday already and I'm finally getting around to doing the Mojo sketch! It's been a busy summer! I struggled a bit with this sketch just trying to figure out which image to use, then after I decided on the image I had to sort through a lot of paper before deciding what would work with it.

Here are the card details:
The striped DP is Doodlebug design which I embossed with my "bubbles" CB folder for texture. The red and blue papers are Bazzill. I scored down the center of each blue piece with my scor pal for more texture. I cut my white image circle with my Making Memories circle template and mounted it on a nestie scallop. I double stamped the Mouse House image and colored both with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol, then I added some crystal effects to the balloons to make them shine. I popped the bunny and balloons of my second stamped image over the original on dimensionals. I drew over the balloon strings with my Sakura gelly roll pen to glitter them up a bit. The ribbon is from Michael's. I had to add the "Happy Birthday" sentiment to the circle because there was just waaaayyyy to much white space for me to handle LOL. I sponged around the edges of my sentiments with SU real red and added the brads for a bit more color in that great big white space:) I also pierced around the circle edge. This is as clean and simple as it gets for me folks. Hope you like it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sweet Sunday 26

At last, here is my take on Karen Sweet Sunday sketch for this week. I've been thinking about doing this all week and just finally sat down to get it done. I had to flip the sketch to make it work for this card. I made this card for my martini lovin' sister.

Here are the details:

The stamps and sentiment are from a set called "Merry Christmas" by MFT (My Favorite Things). The martini glasses were stamped on polyshrink plastic, colored with colored pencils and shrunk with a heating gun. I partly colored my image with prismacolor pencils and gamsol to blend and paper pieced the chair, floor and wrapping paper. I double stamped the image so I could cut out the tree, the person, the wrapping paper, the ribbon spool and the packages. I put the packages up on dimensionals and added some kaiser red pearls for the Xmas balls. I punched two pink corner pieces with an EK success punch and added a MS border punch of scallops and circles. The sentiment and image are popped on dimensionals as well. All of the paper was from my stash of scraps.

Gotta run and get this posted before the deadline. Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mojo 94

This week I decided to use some newly purchased Asian stamps from Inkadinkadoo to create a thank you card with the sketch from Mojo Monday. I started by pulling out some DP by Kaisercraft that I thought would work with my Asian theme. I decided to use the bamboo stamp from the set to enhance the DP by embossing it with gold. Then I used a CB embossing folder on the red cardstock piece and the dots CB embossing folder on the white background piece for texture. I stamped my image on white and then stamped again on red so I could cut and paper piece the red hairpiece decoration and the dress. I colored some mettalic gold on the hairpins and on the pieced dress and then embossed it with clear embossing powder, cut it out and popped it on the mettalic gold paper from my stash. I embossed the sentiment and punched it out and then backed it with red and black punched circles. The gold trim is from Hobby Lobby. Finally, I clear embossed more of my DP and then punched out some flowers for embellishments. I added some small pearls to the centers of the flowers and there you have it!

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you like it too!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mojo Monday 93

Whoa!!! What's this, Emily's Mojo Monday card on Tuesday? LOL, This must be a first!!!
It just so happened that this stamp set was sitting out on my table when I pulled up this weeks Mojo sketch and I took it as a sign that it was exactly what I needed to pull this card together.

I took some inspiration from my blogger friend, Judy, and this card ( she recently posted. I absoultely loved the all white look and although mine isn't totally white, this type of card is a first for me. If you go to check out Judy's card, take a look at all the other great creations she has on her blog. You won't be sorry.

Here are my card details (they are pretty simple):

I used the Textile and Dots CB folders, my nesties for the image background and the sentiment and an EK Success flower punch. The image and sentiment came from a clear acrylic set by Inkadinkadoo called Wedding. I embossed both using VersaMark and Ranger gold EP. Both the image and sentiment are up on dimensionals. The ribbon is from Michael's craft store and the pearls are from another local craft store. The gold and white paper both came from my stash.

I'm saving this for the next relative who gets married.

This is a great sketch that I am sure I will use again sometime. Hope you like it.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mojo 92

Here is my take on the Mojo sketch this week. I've just been cooking this up in my head since Monday and finally sat down to get it done. So much going on in the summer that it is hard to keep up with even 2 sketch challenges a week for me.
Here are the card details: I stamped the Mouse House stamp twice, colored both bunnies so I could pop one over the top of the original for more depth. I used my prismacolor pencils and gamsol for blending, then I added some crystal lacquer to the fish, duck and lemonade.
I used my EK Success waves border punch for the background strip. I didn't want to cover up all my paper and the wave border, so I used my Megabilities curved nestie and cut out the outside frame. I thought the striped DP looked like a sunset so I thought I'd used it in my frame. I added some Paper Studio water DP for my bunny to float on. The other DPs are by Pine Cone Press Papers and look oh so summery, don't you think? The sentiment is a clear stamp from Stampendous and I paper pieced the umbrella with my striped DP. The big umbrella is Jolee and I paper pieced over the original blue pieces with my striped DP so it would match better. The flip flops also came in the same pack of Jolee stickers. I paper pieced over the original paper on those with the flip side of my bottom DP. The image is up on dimensionals so there is lots of depth to this card. I'm happy with how this turned out.
I will probably save this card for my friend who takes a cruise every year. I always wish her "Bon Voyage".

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sweet Sunday 23

Here is my take on the latest Sweet Sunday sketch challenge. You might want to click on this to see the images close up.

I get a bit nervous when I see an unconventional sized card, but when I saw this sketch I couldn't help but see that it was perfect for the stamp set I just bought called "Its a dogs life" by Inkadinkadoo. I wanted to do a card for my brother and sister-in-law, who just got a new puppy. Animals have been a huge part of their family for some time now and they have always had a bunch of them at once...cats and dogs. We recently received an email with pictures of the latest addition so I thought I would fire off this card to them.

Here are the card details:

All of the paper is from my stash. I stamped, colored, embossed and punched out the image squares for the bottom of the card and then I mounted them on black paper and put the 3 dog pictures up on dimensionals. The two pictures with bones on them were mounted flat to the background. The Woof ribbon was part of my stash too. I printed the sentiment off of my computer, sponged the edges and punched it out with the SU word window punch, added a couple of black rhinestones to it then mounted it with dimensionals. Lastly, I pierced the paper on either side of the ribbon for accent.

Thanks for the great sketch Karen. My biggest problem will be finding an envelope to mail it in:))

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Grad Card Updated

Had to update this post, as we have been having some problems with internet connections and the first post had only half of what I originally typed in but didn't get saved before it published.
We've been having some pretty nasty storms lately and lots and lots of rain so I think it's reeked a little havoc on the internet provider. They are apparently working on the problem.
Just thought I would give you a peek at another graduation (high school) card I created today. This one is for my husband's great niece who will be coming to Madison for school next year.

This card is completely different than the one I thought I was creating. Ha! I bet you've all experienced that before! I actually was going to make another card just like the last graduation card I did, but I really don't like doing the same card more than once (unless it is a mass production of Xmas cards). I stared at the DP (Best Creatoin Inc) for a long time before I decided that I just didn't want to cover it up too much. I cut the cardstock so that "the ski is the limit" showed on top and just by luck, when I went to position my star, it framed the words "Be a star" perfectly. Gotta love it when that happens:).
I cut those stars from a newly purchased Sizzix die and then embossed them with a CB folder to make them pop. I love how they turned out. I added a large rhinestone brad in the center to finish off the star and then popped it with dimensionals. The DP is glittered, so the card is pretty sparkly which does show up pretty well in my picture. I used a QuicKutz die for the flourishes on either side of the stars. That was a 50% off find at Archivers today. Finally, I stamped and embossed the graduation cap with silver ink and clear ep. I mounted that flat to the card so it wouldn't take away from the star focal point.
I added a picture of the inside of the card because I like how it turned out. I often struggle with what to do on the inside and lately I've resorted to using embossed backgrounds which I have been very pleased with. I hope she'll like it and that you will too.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

BDay card for friend

Here is a card I made for my friend Jane for her birthday. She is a fellow card maker and loves butterflies. Her butterfly cards are always awesome because she uses mica powders and pearl ex on the paper she crafts them with.

There's a lot of shiny stuff on this card. I'm not sure you can tell from my photo even when you click on the picture to enlarge it. I couldn't seem to get the right angle to capture all the glitter and shine when I took my picture. The layout for this card is the one from week 89 over at Mojo Monday. I know I will be using this layout a lot. I love it for bigger cards.

Here are the card details:

Both of the butterflies are embossed with Versamark Dazzle and clear embossing powder. I stamped 2 of the bigger butterflies and layered them for dimension. My DP is DCWV Petite Purple Posies and is a glittered paper. I also used SU appricot appeal, kiwi kiss and baja blue and white from my cardstock stash. The big butterfly stamp is from Putting on the Ritz @ The sentiment and corner stamps are from an acrylic set I have that has somehow lost it's packaging so I don't know the maker. I stamped both with kiwi kiss and then stamped over that with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I cut out the sentiment and popped it on a piece of baja blue with dimensionals. I used a CB embossing folder to give some texture to the baja blue and the appricot appeal strip on the bottom of the card. The circles were punched with various punches from my huge collection of punches. I sure hope she likes it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweet Sunday 22

Here is my take on the Sweet Sunday 22 sketch this week.

Do you have a very favorite picture of your mother? Well, from early in my childhood, ever since I saw this picture in a family photo album, it has been my fav. My mom was just 18 years old on this high school graduation picture. This card is for her 80th birthday which will be on July 4, 2010. I always tell people that I have the best mom in the world and that she is a real saint. Well, I've sort of given her a halo of pearls around her picture on this card.

Here are the details: I printed the picture on white cardstock and then embossed it about 5 times with versa mark and clear embossing power to give it a glassy look. I mounted it on a black scallop that was cut from a nestie. The DP is from Kaiser Craft and is 2 sided. The white flourish was along the side the striped side of the paper which worked out perfect for this challenge. The black is linen from Archiver's. I embossed the SU pale plum with a CB folder. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado "Garden Flowers" clear acrylic set and the flourish above and below the sentiment is from Memory Box "Vintage Garden" clear acrylic set. The border punch is MS. Lastly, I added 3 clear rhinestones on a few flowers along the bottom DP.

Thanks Karen for a sketch that inspired me to create this. Hope I can actually save it for her birthday next year and don't break down and give it to her this year instead:))