Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Last Monday Stamping Club

On the last Monday of the month, I meet with a group to make paper projects. This past Monday, Brenda and Karen presented the projects for us to make and what fun they were. (Both the projects and the girls!)
The first project was very simple.  Brenda  found a great buy on Christmas tins from last year that we can use  for candy treats or a gift card holder. We made a simple band to wrap around the tin which can slide off . We decorated that with a cut out and stamped an image to coordinate with the tin. Included inside the tin were red and green M&M's and a copy of "The M&M Christmas Story".  I ate the  M&M's already so guess I will use my tin for a gift card. LOL

LMS Handbag Card

Brenda had a great handbag card for us to make as our second project. We started with a print paper cut to 6"x8".  Fold in half with the fold at the top. Cut 2 handles of black CS from the template provided. Add the hardware to the straps as shown and attached to the bag. Cut bottom corners front and back of bag with corner rounder punch. Punch 3 squares 1 3/8 " from Black CS. Cut 2 of the squares in half diagonally and then round the corners of the 4 triangles to fit on corners of the handbag.  Attach. Trim sides of bag  as shown.   Finish with squares for the sentiments. See picture for final details. Now we have the cutest Handbag. Thanks to Brenda for her design and templates.

LMS Card with Hats

The third project at LMS was a Hat Card in Turquoise and Chocolate Chip Brown. The hats were all made using the following SU punches:
Round tab punch  ( Fold and trim for Left Hat)
Word Window punch (Brim on Left Hat)
1 1/4" Circle punch (Center Hat)
3/4" circle punch (Attach w dimensional -Center) 
Key tag punch ((Right Hat)
Trio flower punch ( flowers from polka dot paper )
Karen did a great job with the colors  aand directions on  how to assemble this card.
Flowers and the ribbon were great finishing touches.
Our hat is off to Karen!
Thanks for visiting, Theresa

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kate's Birthday Card

My great-niece, Kate, will be 7 years old  Sunday, Oct 4.  For her birthday card, I was inspired by a digital image of a little girl holding a dog because the girl in the image resembles Kate and she loves her dog, Alvin. I paper pieced  and colored  the image. I used markers and pencils with OMS. I used Versamark and clear EP and heat embossed the eyes and nose of the dog and the handles and buckle on the purse. I added a ribbon belt and chenille scarf to the girl. Since Kate loves her crocs, I tried to make shoes that look like them. I sponged the edges of the image with pink and purple and added  rhinestones in the corners. For the backgound, I embossed glossy white CS with CB's Happy Birthday folder that I inked with pink. Then I rubbed the embossing with a purple ink pad. I attached this to a mat of purple CS and attached  a polka dot wired ribbon to the bottom of the mat. I added more bling to the embossed CS.   I printed the inside and back of the white CS (see pictures) with the computer and assembled the card.
What girl her age does not love pinks and purples? I know that Kate does!

Wishing Kate a Happy Birthday,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Spotlight on a Snow Woman

 This week Gina K demonstrated the spotlighting technique on Stamp TV and her challenge was to make a card using this technique. Check out her video on STV.
I made this card with a snowman stamp that I bought at a garage sale --never had been used---and I've been itching to use it for a project.
I stamped it on a white CS and added some sky and clouds at the top and placed snow using stickles at the bottom and did some sponging too. I also stamped some snowflakes in the sky.  I stamped another copy of the stamp and colored in the snowman or "snow woman" that I wanted to spotlight with markers and pencils. I cut her out with a circle cutter and edged the circle with a blue inkpad. I then attached the circle directly over the other image. I placed this on a red mat stamped with a sentiment and put some hightlights on with stickles. This was attached to a green base card.
Stamps: Snowmen by Inkadinkdo,  Happy Holidays SU, Sky Tool by Alextamping
Ink: SU Bordering Blue,  Versafine Black
Asstd Markers and Pencils
CS: From my Collection
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Fall is on the way!

 I made this card for Jessica's sketch challenge on Stamp TV.  I started with a base card of orange and layered a mat of goldenrod. I layered 4 rectangles of striped DP---2 vertical and 2 horizontal. I cut a scalloped square of orange and yellow square with nestabilities. I sponged the square with pumpkin spice. I stamped 2 leaves with Versamark and  embossed . Cut out leaves and attached to squares.   Stamped the  sentiment and added 2 leaf brads. Assembled the card.
Stamps: Sentiment from Melanie's A Year of Leaves-Gina K designs
            Leaves from Hero Arts and PSX
CS: Striped Paper from All About Leaves Digital Paper Pack by Theresa-Gina K designs
        Solid CS from Stash
Ink: Veramagic Pumpkin Spice
       Memento Rich Cocoa

 Enjoy the beginning of fall!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

STVC Potluck Friday Challenge

Lyn's STV challenge this week is to determine what item of clothing or accessories you can't get along with out and include an image of that on your project.
I love to wear dresses but today's lifestyle does not present many opportunities to "dress up", everyone dresses so casually.
I made this card using digital images,  freebies from Mel McCarthy, at her blog
Using a digital image of  a dress on a dressmaker form, I paper pieced the dress from CB embossed digital papers, another freebie from   I added a belt made of black ribbon and a hook and eye as a buckle which I sewed on to the ribbon ( I saw this idea on Mel's Blog). Also added an edging on the hem of gold vellum punched with hole punch. The DP that I used for background under the dress had white dresses and was too pink so I sponged it with pumpkin spice ink to get the colors  that I wanted. Used black CS for base. On this I used a DP mat that I embossed with CB. I then added a mat of black CS. On this I layered the dress patterned paper which I used black snaps on the top of each dressmaker form. I attach the dress with dimensionals. I finished with a rhinestone at the top and a stand to the bottom of the form. ( Made of toothpicks---my own idea.)
Added a string of rhinestones to bottom edge of card for some extra bling.
Digital Images:
Digital Papers: Rich and Shabby by E. Giovanni
Inks: Versamark Pumpkin Spice
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, Floral Fantasy
From Stash: Black CS, Ribbon, Hook and Eye, Snaps, Rhinestones, Toothpicks

Let's do lunch and dress up!

Sketch Girl 5 Challenge

SG5 Challenge

This is the first time I have entered a challenge from     See Sketch above.
I stamped the snowman on a circle of white CS with black ink and colored with markers and pencils. I sponged the sky with blue and added some stickles for snow. I placed this on mat of darker blue. I cut dark blue mat 5.25" by 4" and stamped the sentiment and snowflakes with Versamark and heat embossed with White EP. I stamped other snowflakes with Brilliance Ink. On 2 small circles I stamped snowflakes again  with Versamark and heat embossed with White EP. I cut 2 rectangles and dry embossed. I cut a strip and punched with a scallop border and place a white ribbon underneath. I assembled the elements following the sketch. See photo of inside to see the stamp I used.
Stamps: Creative Clear Stamps-Let It Snow
             Larger Snowflakes-Misc Stamps
Inks: SU Bordering Blue,
        Brilliance Moonlight White
Asst Markers and Pencils    
CS: Bazzill Asst Blues and White
Tools: Fiskars Circle Cutter and Border Punch
           Fiskars Snowflake Texture Plate

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Great Prize from Creative Creations

Thanks to Laura at Creative Vision for the great Blog Candy that I received this week from the Creative Clear Stamps Store.  I won the "Let It Snow" stamp set when my name was drawn on Monday, Sept 21.  And thanks to Linda for telling me about this store.

Please check out their blog  and their store to see what I won. I can't wait to use my new holiday stamps.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

House for Rent for C4C3

For the STV Color challenge this week, Nina chose any shade of Red (Rocket Red, Bravo Burgundy or Rose Red, or pinks), Soft Sand (or Kraft), Chocolate Kiss and Cream or White.
I used a layout Crazy 4 Challenges.This is for C4C3 Challenge.
I stamped a Bird House stamp with brown on white CS and colored with various shades of red and browns. I versamarked the eggs and heat embossed but it does not show in the photo. Did some piercing in the corner and edged the card with brown. I colored some kraft CS by using the marble technique using ruby red reinker. Cut a strip and added ribbons and attached to base card of Kraft CS. Attached my finished image on top.
Stamp: Stampendous
Inks: Cocoa Brown, Ruby Red
Markers and Colored Pencils: Various Shades of Red and Brown
CS: Misc Kraft and White
Ribbons: Brown Organza and Red from Stash

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

STV Potluck Friday Challenge 1+1

Lee's challenge was to use One Color + One Nuetral Color in a card. I do not know why I chose pink but this is what I came up with. Used 4 panels in 2 shades of pink CS. In one I embossed a flower with a Sizzix folder and sanded to bring out some white. In another panel, I embossed with CB Swiss Dots, one of my faves. In lower left corner, I stamped a sentiment and heat embossed with white EP and embossed  and sanded rows of dots with CB border. On last panel I added a flower that I stamped with versamark and embossed with the white EP. I cut out flower and  added white brads to center and mounted on the panel with dimensionals. Added a bit of bling to the other flower with a pink brad. Added ribbons...first  white grosgrain one and then layered with pink organza ribbon with a stripe. Ribbon looks a little crooked in photo but not in real like. Attached to a white  base card.
Stamps: Sentiment-Inspiration Mosaic-Gina K designs
             Flower-Scrappy Cat
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug, Sizzix
Ribbons, Brads and CS:  Misc

Have  a great day!

DH's Card Challenge to Me

This morning while we were having coffee and sweet rolls, which my DH had made, he challenged me if I could make a card inspired by our napkins. The napkin is pictured on the wood easel in the picture above. This is what I came up with while I had another cup or two of coffee.  First, I stamped  a butterfly with black and masked it. I stamped the sunflower with pumpkin spice and stamped the stem and leaves with green with the sunflower masked. I colored all with markers and pencils. Then I covered the images with versamark using the versamark pen and heat embossed with clear EP. I cut image with a square nestabilities and sponged all over with pumpkin spice while in the nestabilities frame. I attached this to a scalloped mat of Gina K's Sunlit Summer DP, then a mat of dark brown and card base of the DP. I stamped sentiment on a scrap of  the Sunlit Summer DP and attached over the image.
Stamps:  Leaves, Stem, Sentiment from Elegant Flowers-Gina K Designs
              Sunflower-Scrappy Cat, Unknown Butterfly
Inks: Memento Black and Cottage Ivy, Versamagic Pumpkin Spice
Marvy Markers, Color pencils

Enjoy a coffee break today!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Poinsettia Under Glass

I had so much fun with the Cracked Glass Technique, I 
decided to do another Christmas card using it.
I stamped a poinsettia on white CS cut with nestabilities and sponged the edges. After cracking the "glass", I matted on green and red CS also cut  with nestabilities. Matted this on white glossy CS embossed with CB Swiss Dots. Stamped Merry Christmas. Attached to base card of red CS.
Stamp: Tropical Windows Gina K Designs
            Sentiment PSX
Inks: Memento Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy
        Marvy Markers Red,Pine Green, Ochre
CS: From Stash

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Golden Autumn Leaves

This is my card for Charlene's sketch challenge for STV this week. I turned the sketch to make a horizontal card so I could used the verse from the stamp set I won from GinaK last week. This was very difficult to photograph since I used gold vellum and printed the digital paper on glossy paper...lot of reflection going on.
I began with dark brown CS as the base card. I cut 3 circles from gold vellum and stamped the leaves with brown ink. After letting dry overnight, I colored leaves with  pencils and sponged the larger circle with pumpkin spice. Attached circles to brown CS circles. I cut all circles with Fiskars circle cutter. On gold vellum cut 5.25" by 4",  I stamped  the sentiment in upper corner and a row of acorns across the bottom. Again this had to dry awhile. Attached vellum mat to brown base. Attached the strip of digital paper and then the 3 circles. Raised the center circle with dimensionals.  Hope you can see details in the photo.

Stamps: Large Leaf, Acorn, and Sentiment from Melanie's A Year of leaves Gina K Designs
             Small Leaves Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa , Versamagic Pumpkin Spice
Paper: DP "Leaves" from All About Autumn GKD
           Brown CS and Gold Vellum from Stash
Color Pencils

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cracked Glass Technique

This week, Gina K showed a technique for making a cracked glass look. Check StampTV for her video. I chose a pumpkin stamp which I inked with orange and green and stamped on a square of ivory CS. I colored with pencils and OMS. After completing the cracked glass technique and aging by sponging with brown ink, I framed my image with brown CS and placed it on a mat of grass cloth wallpaper scrap. My DH says I never throw anything away.... scrap was from a room I wall-papered 30 years ago.
I added ribbon from my stash---green ribbon with orange leaves...does not show up very good in photo. Used goldenrod CS as my base card.
Stamp: Unknown
Ink: Pumpkin Spice, Hint of Pesto, Green Marker, Cocoa Brown
CS and Ribbon: From Stash

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DH Helps with STV Sketch Challenge

I almost gave up finding an idea for Shelly's Sketch challenge this week. I finally asked my DH to help me come up with something. Of course I had to first explain to him what was  a sketch challenge. But he did help and got me thinking about a Christmas card  and then he helped me to pick out the stamps to use. I had drawn a rough outline so he could see what the size would be.  I then remembered  this handmade paper I had bought at a garage sale and then found this patterned CS I had made when I was playing with my marbles making backgrounds. (See Gina K's video so you will know I have not really "lost my marbles").
The juices started to flow. I cut 2 strips of the handmade paper-one of red and one of green and attached to the marbled CS which I had edged with  gold using a marker. ( CS that I inked with marbles has a texture which you may or may see in photo.)
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto a white CS square and embossed with gold EP. I colored the flowers and berries with a red marker.  I cut 2 small circles and cut in half and colored with gold marker. Attached these half circles to back of square to make the design in sketch. Added cord across mat and attached the square with dimensionals because of thickness of cord. I stamped holly leaves with black ink on the scraps of green handmade paper and glued on berries punched from the red handmade paper scraps. My surprise was how great the holly came out. Attached bottom holly with dimensionals. I added brads ...did not have red ones so painted white ones with Sharpie. Used white CS as my base. Also edged this with gold.  Attached top layer with dimensionals again because of cord. Gave the whole card a 3D look.  Thanks to my DH for giving me inspiration when I needed it.
Stamps: PSX Christmas Stamp
             Jo-ann's Holly Stamp
Paper: Sanook Paper Co. Handmade Paper
           White CS from Stash
Pilot Gold Marker
Cord  and Brads from Stash

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Iris Card Series

Al is a great photographer and makes a lot of pictures of our garden. I enjoy making cards using his photographs.  I have been working on making sets of cards which make great  items for  holiday gifts and  hostess gifts. This set is the Iris Series.I  have  added  adhesive cardstock mats in which I cut out a window and attach over the photo and then attach onto the base card.  Very simple card but does take a little time to line it up exactly.
 I used a textured white card stock for the base and left it blank so the cards can be for any purpose. Colored CS is from DCWV Matstack.
I printed the back with the computer as shown to the left. I pack 4-5 cards with envelopes in a clear plastic box.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Autumn Color Challenge

This week at StampTV, Lee's color challenge is to use Autumn Colors of orange, green, and yellow.
My card is made by using nestibilities squares and just inking and stamping.  No embossing or coloring involved. Even used adhesive backed yellow CS.
I wanted to use one of  the new digital papers from Theresa Momber's "All About Autumn" pack that I just purchased. I selected the Apple Diamonds DP and used it for the top layer. On 1" squares of  yellow CS, I stamped pumpkins and sunflowers. On larger 1.5" squares, I stamped the sentiment and leaves. I arranged  and attached the squares on the green paper. I placed this on an orange CS mat and used yellow CS as the base . I finished with a raffia bow and green brads.
Stamps: SU, Hero Arts, Misc
Inks: Versamark Pumpkin Spice, Hint of Pesto
Used markers to add other color to sunflowers and leaves.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Basket of Hydrangeas

For Stamp TV Potluck Friday's Challenge, Dee Marie  challenged us to add paper weaving to a card with strips of card stock, designer paper, ribbon, or whatever else you can think of!
I weaved a basket of 1/4" strips and other scraps to hold flowers on my card. I stamped hydrangeas on watercolor paper using the water misting technique which I love to use. The finished card size is 8.5" high and 5.25" wide to acommodate the stamp size. Used light green CS as base card and medium green CS as mat. Punched corners to hold the watercolor.
Stamp: PSX Hydrangea
CS: Brazill Greens, Scraps of Brown
Punch: EK Success Lattice Corner Punch
Makers: Marvy Brush Markers-Jungle Green, Periwinkle, Ultramarine
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Soot is Simple

This week's technique challenge on Gina K's Stamp TV is to use Soot Stamping. This technique is to add soot  from a candle flame by moving the CS quickly over the flame. Rather than tell you how, go check out her video at Or, go the bottom of my blog and find the video.
After "sooting" the CS, stamp directly onto the soot and see what you get. You then  have to spray with a fixative to keep from rubbing off.  I made this card and finished  it very embellishments.. just matted on  red and yellow CS and onto a ivory base CS. Of course it took some practice and I still need to practice more. I admit I did burn the corner of one of my practice cards. I was disappointed that I got too many spots from the fixative... you can expect to have some. My DH did come to watch ....I think he was making sure I did  not burn the house down.  This is the card I am going to post to Stamp TV but it could be better.
Stamp: SU Sentiment
           Hero Arts Maple Leaf
CS: Bazill Lemon bliss. Red and Ivory from stash
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

STV Color Challenge

The color challenge at Stamp TV this week is  dark brown, yellow, and ivory. I began by stamping the bear on ivory CS with brown and colored with pencils and OMS and yellow marker (for bow). I embossed his eyes, nose, bow, and feet with clear EP.  I cut out the bear and placed on a mat cut with nestabilities that I sponged with rich cocoa.( First time to use sponging). I stamped flowers on yellow CS with brown and colored with pencils and OMS. Stamped stem on ivory with brown ink. I cut mat for sentiment and stamped sentiment. Used ivory CS for card with yellow and brown mats. Added ivory ribbon from stash. Attached yellow mats with bear and sentiment. Added stem. Attached flowers with dimensionals.
Stamps: Gina K Elegant Flowers for stem and sentiment
Psx for Bear
Scrappy Cat for Flowers
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
CS: Bazill Lemon Bliss, Ivory and Brown from Stash

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Teacup Card

Rita and I designed Teacup Cards for our Last Monday Stamping Club's August meeting. This is one I made when were planning our design.  I used a template for the teacup that I found on She has many, many wonderful templates to download. I resized the template so that the cup would fit into an envelope. I cut the teacup from a folded white glossy CS...lay the template so that the top of cup is on the fold....that handle cutout is tricky. I then embossed the cup using Cuttlebug Argyle embossing  folder. There are 3 ways you can do: 1. Just emboss the front of cup. 2.Leave cup folded in EF and emboss front and back in one run thru 3. Emboss front and back separately so design is same on each side.  
I then cut a layer for the front of card...used blue vellum for this one.
Using the same template, cut cover without handle and trim off
bottom pedestal. Emboss with Argyle CB folder. Using the vellum
I was able to line up the argyle design in the folder to match the embossed design on the cup. You can use another folder design for the top layer and any choice of paper. I cut strips of white glossy CS and embossed with a row of  dots. Attach vellum to cup. Make tea bag and attach to string with a staple or brad. This teabag I cut out of paper and covered with a scrap of plastic (leftover of Xyron laminate) after stamping sentiment on bag.  Tape string to top edge of card....let string hang over to back or whatever. Attach strips to upper rim and lower part. Embellished with silk flowers with yellow punched dots in center. For the inside, cut insert of tea stained paper using template but trimmed a little smaller. Print or stamp sentiment and attach. (I stained the paper with a wet teabag because I did not have any paper of the color I wanted but you can just use any CS or plain paper). (Also use tea stained paper in the teabag).  I finished off by adding a teabag but this is optional.
Another design using different CB folders-Swiss Dots for cup and
Bird in Tree for top layer. Used punched border for rim.
Embellished teabag with punched flowers.

Take time out for a cup of tea!
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Stamp TV Potluck Friday Challenge Sept 4

This week's Potluck Challenge involves adding one or more elements beyond the boundaries of your card base. You can go over the top like a tent topper, off the sides, and feel free to play with the card shape as well if that fits your theme.
This is my design for "Outside the Lines". I made a slit in one of the grids of this card and slid in a matching bookmark that goes over the top. Trimmed the grid so the finished card is 5" hi by 3 7/8" wide ...fits in envelope. Bookmark measures 5.25" hi by 2" wide and is laminated with Xyron. Top photo shows the bookmark out of the card..."a gift with card".  Both the card and bookmark are stamped on Confetti CS with a green CS mat.
Stamps: Gina K: Melanie's Inspiration Mosaic for mosaic, dots, and sentiments.        Gina K Elegant Flowers for the gold flower.
Hero Art bluebonnet stamp for the other flower.
Inks: Pumpkin Spice, Hint of Pesto, Eggplant, and Jumbo Java (Versamagic Chalk Inks).
Green ribbon on the punched bookmark is the finish.
Footnote added 9-11-09: My name was drawn as the winner of this challenge.
I was thrilled to win a Gina K stamp set. Chose Melanie's  " A Year of Leaves"
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Have a good day.

STV 3D Challenge Entry for September

This Stamp TV 3D challenge was to alter a book..notebook, notepad, etc.
Cover was made of Kraft CS stamped and embellished with cutouts from Susan Winget Scrapbook Paper. Cover goes around notepad and has pocket insde. Added ribbon and shell for a bookmark.
Shorebirds, Sand Dunes, and Grass from Seaside Stamping .
Seashells from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
Sentiments: Cut from Susan Winget Paper.
Mats for sentiment : Orange and Blue from Scraps.

Ink: SU Really Rust, Basic Brown. Seashells: Collected from beach at Captiva Beach, Fla.( Most fun part of this project.)  Ribbon from Stash.

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STV Potluck Friday Challenge Entries Aug-Sept 09

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Cards Entered In STV Color Challenges Aug-Sept 09

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Cards Entered In STV Scrapbook Challenges To Date

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Cards Entered In STV Technique Challenges Aug 09

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