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.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Swap for Latest Purchase

This is another triangular card that I have made. The stamp inside is a TAC stamp from the set in the Serendipity magalogue called "true beauty". I think every single stamp in this set is gorgeous. I love butterflies, can you tell?

The paper I used was a Soar With It Collection called Hemingway along with the matching card stock. I actually took white itty blossoms and dyed them with "Wheat" Versa Magic chalk ink. The tiny flower was also dyed to match the blossoms over the butterfly. I used a metallic gold prismacolor pencil to outline the postage stamp frame then used prismacolors, along with Gamsol and tortillions, for the remaining colors of the stamps.

It is actually brighter in real life. I hope the recipient likes her card.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Violet, Green and Orange Swap

Today I have a couple of swaps that I will post for you. These are for Inkyfunstampers.

This one really surprised me. I couldn't imagine these colors together but what the heck! That is why I am doing swaps. I want to get outside my comfort zone. Oh Boy!!

The image is from a retired TAC set called Pansies. They happen to be my favorite flower. (Along with roses and frangipani.). For the orange, I used the Pansy stamp with versamark to break up the brightness. For the image itself I used prismacolor pencils, Gamsol and spica glitter pens. I then cut it out and added to a paint sample from Home Depot.

It still looked too blah so I needed something. Ribbon didn't work nor did brads. But what a difference when I added the TAC buttons. I was happy that it came out well enough that I could send it to some one.