Saturday, December 12, 2009

A traditional A6 card

A6 cards are the size I have decided to go with. The reason may be because I have about 800 envelopes that size - LOL!

This is my first break from easel cards. I hope I can stay away. They are so tempting!!!!!

Anyway, I believe this is a Stampendous stamp but I forget.  I went back to my prismacolors and gamsol for this card.  The background sky is done with a ColorBox Chalk pad and a Kosh, another oldie but goodie.

I hope you enjoy it!

Easel Card #4

This is my favorite. I am not sure I can do better than this so I am going to quit making christmas easel cards. (Yeah, right!)

This card just fell together. I realized that the texture of the beard and the fluff of the hat should be different so on the beard, I used Liquid Applique. Any of you remember that baby? I used that years ago and now I am using it again.  I then stamped a tiny holly and mounted it on a dimensional to keep the "easel" in place.  Don't forget to click!

Easel Card #3

Boy, it really is hard to stop making these babies.  This card is really cute. I found this stamp at a convention in Las Vegas and thought it was so cool!

I used the same paper as I used in the first easel card I made.  If you click on the card, you can see I used the new cuttlebug borders for 5x7 cards on each side. That tied the paper in.  I used a christmas bulb as the stop for the fold.  For the beard and the hat I used faux flower soft. It is so easy. Just get styrofoam balls from the dollar store. Rub them together over a ziploc bag or something. Then take glue and put it where you want the fluff. Sprinkle the fluff and you're done. Easy Peasy!

Don't forget to click so you can see the affect of the styrofoam.

Easel Card #2

I decided that I didn't want to make small cards anymore. So this easel card is 5" x 5".   I never thought I would have a use for the background paper but it was a perfect fit to this Holly Card.  The holly and the berries are sealed in diamond glaze. It is a very pretty affect.

Don't forget if you want a larger look, click on the picture.

Easel Card #1

I have to say that when I first saw easel cards, I wasn't impressed. Then I was looking for an easy and fast card to make. Well, let me tell you, I fell in love with easel cards.  I am crazy about them.

I first started out with a 4" x 4" card.  I had some paper that I had for ages so decided to use it on this card and it really looked great!!  You can't tell that the dots are red rhinestones but they are.

Thanks for looking!

BTW, to see a bigger picture of the card, click on it.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


This stamp is a Penny Black stamp.  Really cute.

Meetup card #2

This is a Gina K stamp set called "Very Merry Christmas" I fell in love with the set the minute I laid eyes on each sneak peek.

Meetup card #1

This is a stamp set made by TAC called Vintage Santa.

Meetup Group

I have started my own Meetup group and the first class is tonight. I have made 3 cards for them to do.  I will post them individually but at this moment can't provide any details to them because I am busy being the caregiver for my sister and BIL and I have to get down there.

But I really like these cards.  With my state of mind, they may stink.  Any constructive critism will help!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Copic and embroidery Birthday card

This card is for a very special sister -in- law. It is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
First I did some simple embroidery on all four sides using the colors I wanted to incorporate into my image. The image is done completely with Copics. Oh, I need so many more Copics so that my blending is better.  I then stamped Happy Birthday with my beloved Memento ink!

I hope you enjoy this. If you would like to see a close up of the card, please click on it.

BTW, I have so many sketch book pages to put up. I am really far behind on my postings.  It is on the list for this week but I have joined Pulmonary rehab at the Hospital and am going to Vegas Thursday and may stay overnight.  Lots of books to finish!  Got to get caught up because I am picking up more bookos on Wednesday after I go to the Doctors.

I have been moving things around and assembling new toys and have sprained my back.  This is going to be a fun week!!

See you all soon!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Purchase

This is my new purchase swap for this month on Inkyfunstampers Yahoo Group. I love their swaps. I just purchased 5 Sugar Nellie stamps and already one is missing. They are so beautiful and they really scream "COPICS" to me. This image is called "Fragile Beauty". For the base card I used Co-ordinations and then took a Cuttlebug embossing border and ran it through my Big Shot. Then to take advantage of the core color, I sanded the embossed design til the core showed through.
The image was colored and blended using several markers. Unfortunately I put them away so that I can't tell you which ones I used. I stamped the image with Memento ink onto Neenah 110# paper.
Now it is back to the drawing board. I have 6 more swaps and 4 more sketch books waiting.
I will be gone to Vegas tomorrow and come home Friday and then stay with my sister until we go back to Vegas Monday to pick up her hubby at the airport. Things should be back to normal (whatever that is) by Wednesday. I am really really glad Hubby bought me a laptop for my birthday!!!

Side Step Card

The side step card was a challenge on ScorPalPals yahoo group. If there is a tutorial on how to make a card using my Scor-Pal, I am right there ready to make it. I absolutely adore my Scor-Pal. TAC carries it. It is item # F-358 and retails for $43.95. I have the Scor-It and I thought that was great but there is no comparison between the two at all. As a matter of fact, I should probably sell my Scor-It.
Anyway, the card is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
You first cut your line. Turn your card vertically and at the two inch mark, cut a line from 2 1/8" to 7 1/2" then place the card horizontally with the cut more towards the bottom. You then score at 2 1/8", score the entire way down past the cut at the 4 1/4" mark, next you need to score at 5 3/8" and only to the cut line. Since there is no mark there but there is one at 6 3/8", move your card over to the right by 1". This will give you the score at 5 3/8". Put your card back to the far left and score at 6 1/2" and 7 1/2". Now fold the score lines. On the step side beginning at the front, fold mountain, valley, mountain, valley then Mountain. On the side piece. fold as a Mountain fold. Then you are all ready to decorate. I chose Karen Foster's Purple marble Designer paper for the background. Then I took light purple from the DCWV purple combo - non textured pack you buy at Michael's or Jo-Ann's and punched it using the scallop edger punch with the holes from SU.
The image is an iris from PSX' botanical stamps. They are no longer in business to my knowledge. I went around the edge with a Spica glitter pen.
It was fun and I hope you try it.

Birthday Card for a Friend

This birthday card is so long overdue. I tell myself every year that I am going to make Char a card and I never do. I feel badly because she is such a loving and giving person. This year I am really a stamper instead of a collector. This card was so much fun to make mostly because it is for her.

I used Amberly Grace SWIC paper V-840 and retails for $6.95, from TAC. The flower is a strip of the same paper as the background, scored every eighth of an inch and folded mountain then valley all the way. Then you glue the ends together from the inside out. I kinda squished the flower so it would form a tight circle flat on the desk. Then I glued a scrap of paper to the wrong side and then added the rhinestone.

Isn't the kitten adorable? I love this set.It is called "Playful Kitties" T-2655 and retails for $12.95. There are four images to the set.

I used colored pencil and Gamsol on the image. What a surprise!!

I am actually going to post a card that I used Copics on. Look for the last post of the day. Next up is a "side step card".

Friday, August 28, 2009

Renaissance Scenes

This one I kept very simple. I love the new Renaissance set that TAC brought out in the Serendipity magalogue. I used a Nestability die from Spellbinders for the frame. The ink I used was the Palette "Cognac". I don't know why, but I am into browns and greys this season.

Moon, Stars and the Universe

This was a strange one and I don't even know where I got the idea. I took black paper and sprayed gold and silver paint by Krylon. Then I took the section that I liked the best and stamped a moon using SU's Craft white ink. I added some yellow to the moon but with all the bumps from the spray, it really didn't take too well. But it was fun to experiment.

Brown cats Sketch Book

Leave it to me to be the first one to get this tiny tiny book.  Well, this stamp represents my darling boy, Michael. Since I could only do brown cats, I couldn't add in all his extra coloring. It was such a tiny page so I had no idea how to embellish it until I tripped over my sticker book. I never use stickers and I don't know why. I am a collector of stickers, among other things.

Mingle Bookmark Card

I have taken a couple of photos because in addition to the bookmark, I made a flap on the other side so it wouldn't slide out of the book. So easy peasy!!! If you love your ScorPal, you should really join this group. The site is They have some great tutorials.

For the directions, head on out to

Busy Busy

I have been a busy little bee. I am going to post sketch book art, a "mingle" for ScorPalPals and a special birthday card for a friend who is turning 72.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sympathy card

It has been a while since I have posted. I am TRYING to get my stamp room under control. The task is bigger than I am.
At the same time, I have been starting on various cards - not finishing any except for this sympathy card.
Unfortunately, a person who I know through two groups had her sister pass away. Very sad.
So I wanted to make her something because believe me when I tell you she is one special lady!
I used 110# paper by Neenah so that the embossing would really stick out. I used the cuttlebug folders, Flower Fantasy and Swiss Dots. I did one on top and one on the bottom. Then I used my Scor Pal to score twice after each one. I wanted something simple yet elegant, so I chose the calla lily to be my image. It is colored with colored pencils and Gamsol. I used nestabilities to cut out the scalloped circle and the the smaller circle. I used Memento ink to sponge the scalloped circle. I then used a darker purple Memento ink to edge the smaller circle and the outer edge of the card.
I hope you like it.
I will be posting again soon, maybe tomorrow, because I have a swap to do that is a card with a bookmark built in. So be sure to check in soon.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cards For Heroes Blog Hop

There is an organization that collects cards to send to soldiers so they may send them to loved ones. It is called Cards for Heroes.
This is very dear to my heart. So I have chosen to join so that I may help in some small way.

The card I made is very simple. It is made entirely with Cuttlebug folders. The cardstock measures 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". Then you score it at 5 1/2". This card is based on a design by Pat Genardo. Her card was absolutely breathtaking.

I chose three different folders.The backgound for the base card is done using the Snowflakes folder. I took the 5 1/2" length and only embossed the left hand side. The I turned the card over and only embossed the 3" side. This left a 3" space for the soldier to write. Then I took a 3" square and used the Swiss dot folder on that. Next for the Ice Crystal, I used the combo folder that has the cutter and the folder. I attached that to the Swiss dot with pop dots and adhered it to the left side of the embossed base. The right hand side tucks in behind that flap.
I hope this inspires you to make simple cards for the soldiers. They really need the motivation. Homemade cards are a godsend to them.

Now link back to the Cards for Heroes Site.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Trees Indigenous to your area

This was a difficult one for me because we are in a 30 year drought. There is nothing really green here unless you have an irrigation system that uses a lot of water. We chose not to. So we have no trees. LOL

This page is a combination of colored pencil with Gamsol and dye ink sponged on.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Anything Goes

This is a card that would not normally be my style. Since I am coming out of comfort zone, I have decided to use this card for my swap. I do like the nestabilities die and I am starting to use buttons on my cards. Stamping ribbon doesn't come easy to me. I guess I just don't do it often enough!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Missing You

It has been awhile since I used my pastels. This card was actually completed at an SU party. Of course, I had to do it my way, mostly because I didn't know where the original card was. It was the first time I had used a stamp with Versamark and then used my pastels. Neat trick. I also used my chalk enhancer with it. I love that stuff.

Hot Hot Hot Swap

I finally did a tri shutter card! I have been putting it off for so long. My friend Kathy McGuire even DARED me to do it. I can't stand when someone dares me. So I think she will be proud of me.

I followed Beate John's tutorial on You Tube. You can see the video on the right column. I wouldn't rate it as easy but I had a lot of fun doing it.

I am showing you the inside and then the folded card.