Sunday, July 31, 2011

Vintage collage with faux buttons!

I made this card today using two wonderful vintage images from Clearly Vintage, one of my favorite sites! Then I realized the "sewing" theme was perfect for the Designed2Delight Saturday design team challenge, which is to include at least 3 buttons. I also posted my card at One Stop Card Challenge because their theme is Vintage this week.
I made the 3 buttons for this card with the Marvy Uchida button punch. My papers are Cosmo Cricket, Bo Bunny, and scraps from stash. Edges distressed with Ranger Vintage Photo; I made the little photo corners. Thanks to Cora for posting such yummy vintage images at Clearly Vintage and her other site, Digital Two for Tuesday.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pirate Hambo

I forgot to email my mosquito card, so I decided to use this fun Pirate digi I had purchased at the Hambo store. The Hambo hoedown this weeks calls for using real or faux stitching (as you can tell, mine is faux). The background paper with the parrot is from a Me & My Big Ideas mat pad. Isn't it perfect for this jolly pirate and treasure chest! I think I'll stamp Happy Birthday on the inside before I send it to Operation Write Home.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Smooth sailing: OWH Midweek Throwdown

The theme for the MWT is "water" so I pulled out this cute Hambo stamp and sentiment. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is "smooth sailing" too!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Stamps R Us!

It's the first birthday celebration at Stamps R Us and the challenge is to make a birthday card. I saw a really fun tutorial on inchies at YouTube which made me want to make an inchies card. I used OWH Sketch #60, a tiny new "piece of cake" rubber stamp, DPs and ribbon from stash, Ranger distress inks, and a 1" punch. I had all these little inchies on my table so I made two cards:

If you'd like to see that Youtube video, it's called "Inchies Tutorial" by Papercutsgluesticks. It's really short and neat music.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shepherd boy card

I purchase my first stamp from Inspired Stamps and it is so cute! It arrived packaged so nicely. I just love the big eyes. I felt that paper-piecin' urge again, so that's what I did on part of the image. I think I love paper piecing because I loved making paper dolls when I was little. I colored the rest of the little shepherd with Copics. I put some Glossy Accents on those big beautiful eyes.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vintage little girl in emerald coat & hat

Thanks to my sister, Mary, who found this cute old image (and a few others she sent me) in a book in her collection. Mary often sells rare and antique books in her Ebay shop, Books of Sterling. I just had to try to color this child's coat & hat to look like emerald green velvet for a holiday card. I happened to have a Marvy LePlume marker in emerald (thank goodness). I put her in those sensible thick tan stockings to keep her legs warm under her socks and "patent leather" shoes (Glossy Accents.) I like how this DSP already had the word "love" on it - perfect! I put some little touches of gold pen on the coat & hat, so I used this really nice gold ribbon I have (very easy to tie, yay) and added a couple of white half-pearls for that fancy look.

Monochromatic Mosquitos: Hambo Hoedown

The challenge this week at Hambo Hoedown is to use this new Mosquito digi to make a card with a monochromatic color scheme -- using a color we don't often use. Yellow is rarely the main color in my cards, even though I love yellow, so that's what I chose for this card. Using the mosquito was challenging, too! I always say mosquitos go for people who are sweet, so I had the perfect SWEET sentiment! Who knew a mosquito card could turn out kinda cute?
I put one more little mosquito on the inside of the card.
Thanks for buzzing by!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

OWH Sketch 79

Hi! I decided to make two card samples, one for gals and one for guys. I used Stampin' Up and other DSP I had in my stash, I've gotten better since I made these (I hope) about getting a stronger inked image when stamping! Here are the deets on the rubber stamps:
Ducks: "Loons in H20" by Stampscapes
Flowers: Hampton Art
Sentiments: Stampendous
Vintage metal button: Stampin' Up
I hope these give you some ideas for using Sketch #79! It's another great OWH sketch! Thanks for stopping by and see you at OWH.

Paper piecin' pumpkins!

This little cutie is a clear stamp set called "Li'l Pumpkin" (Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things). I pieced it with DSP from the "Matilda" Mini Deck from Cosmo Cricket. I just love her little shoes, which I colored with gold pen and Glossy Accents!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood: Through the Garden Gate Challenge

I visited the Stamps R Us Challenges blog today and saw the current "Through the Garden Gate" challenge. I remembered this cute image of Little Red Riding Hood from an old book that I found at Digital Two for Tuesday. I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. I like the bright red against the soft aqua.
Thanks for stopping by!

Full moon missing you card

Every Thursday at my LSS, Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, has a card make-and-take. I sent the one I made to my friend for her birthday, and made this version at home with the supplies I have. You just cut a circle mask for the full moon, brayer over it with a couple of shades of blue (and/or distress the edges with blue); remove mask and apply your rubber stamp (I think I should have repeated this stamp twice) maybe; then I drew in the tiny dragonflies because I don't have that little stamp. I added little touches of gold pen.

Cards for Kids: OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge

This cute digi was a freebie from Meljen's Designs. I colored it with Copics.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Vintage flower fairy

This cute vintage flower fairy image is from Clearly Vintage, which is Digital Two for Tuesday's blog. Thanks to fellow OWHer Lee Mae, who made a card with one of these images recently and reminded me of all these flower fairies that Cora posted at Clearly Vintage some time ago! This little cutie was already colored; she reminds me of a pumpkin.

OWH Sketch #78 - Hugs & Kisses

Welcome! I used a little Hugs & Kisses rubber stamp I found on sale at The Paper Source. The sentiment is one of those great rubber stamps from the $1 bin at Michael's. That's an EK border punch, and the black and white DSP is from my stash. Sorry, I thought I saved the name of it. Love those little flat stick-ons from JoAnn's (I hope they stay on all the way to Afghanistan and back, lol!).
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Peacock Beauty" - D2D's Friday Freebie Challenge

I think this week's digi from Designed 2 Delight is gorgeous. I was tempted to not even color it and leave it as a line drawing, but I also wanted to try using my Prismacolor pencils with baby oil or odorless mineral spirits. My friends at OWH have told me about that technique. This is the first time I tried it, using baby oil. Then I covered it with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Glam in "Icicle", and added a few dots of Glossy Accents. I still would like to use this digi in its original b&w form, on a background of b&w papers. Thanks for this pretty digi, Faith, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Steamroller gatefold birthday card

This week's challenge at the Hambo Hoedown, sponsored by Hambo Stamps, is to make a gatefold card using the new Steamroller digi. It was the first time I made a gatefold, so that made this a new challenge for me. I decided to paper piece the steamroller; all that fussy cutting probably made my idea harder to carry out, lol. But I like the way the striped paper with the bow kinda looks like a birthday present being squished. The DSPs are Bazzill Basics Grandma's Feather Bed. That is a good heavy duty double sided DSP pack I've gotten a lot of use out of.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paper piecing/miss you

I have been having a lot of fun with this pink and black DSP pack (I think it was like $1 or something ridiculous like that) I found in a bin at AC Moore! I love paper piecing so I used a My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamp that is actually a St. Patty's day stamp. She's hold a shamrock, so on one card I colored it as a flower and on the other I put in a flower brad with a dot of pearl pen. What I love most about these two little cuties are their SHOES, ooooh! I love making "patent leather shoes" with Glossy Accents!
Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sketch #77 card using a Create With TLC freebie!

When I saw this cute record freebie digi at Create With TLC I thought it would be fun to use with this very reasonable little teenybopper DP pack I found at AC Moore. My circles aren't exactly according to sketch; I just realized I forgot the 3 little embellies; and pay no mind to the off-center brad, (oops) but I think it's kind of cute!
I realized my printout of the digi was pretty bad so I put Glossy Accents over the black part of the record to enhance the black and make it shiny like a record. If it ever dries, lol, I'll be sending it to OWH!
Using these same DPs, I decided to make a paper ruffle card; this technique is in a tutorial over at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog:
Stay cool! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Strawberries with a vintage French flair!

This is my second week playing in the Designed 2 Delight weekly freebie progressive challenge & I got mixed up with one of their other challenges that asked for a French or vintage flair! But, you know, it was a challenge and I enjoyed it. Strawberries are very romantic, oui?
Here are my ingredients:
Designed 2 Delight strawberries digi
DP: "toile" type DP is Recollections "Elegance" Printed Cardstock Paper (a
gorgeous 25-sheet pack I spotted at Michael's yesterday; love love it)
Paris map paper from Me & My Big Ideas "Journey" 5x7 Mat Pad
Black script paper: stash
Eiffel Tower and "amour" rubber stamps: Stampin' Up set
Victoria lace trim: Stampin' Up
Ranger Distress Ink in Orange Marmalade
Tim Holtz distress tool
Black sticker embellies from Joann's
Sometimes I remember to add my watermark, lol; it was made for me by Whimsy Stamps.
I'm also posting this card at Flourishes' Farm Fresh Challenge. This strawberry digi is so beautiful and what could be fresher than strawberries?
Come back and visit again soon. I love company and love your comments.

Cool Dog Round card: Hambo Hoedown!

The Hambo Hoedown challenge this week is to make a round card using this new Cool Dog digi. I need to get a circle cutter! I tried tracing the lid of one of my pots (not!) and then used my largest Nestie scalloped circle (I don't have the large plain Nestie circles yet). So it's a cute little "gift" card type size, hehe. Colored the cooldog with copics and embossed the scalloped circle with Tim Holtz ef -- I like the way it looks like a seashell now. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Here is my card for this week's Designed to Delight progressive challenge, using their cute flipflops digi. Note the touch of purple bling I added to the flipflops. I just came back from a weekend at the beach and this reminds me of that feeling I love of the sand between your toes! Thanks for stopping by.

Christmas in July with Operation Write Home

My card works for OWH's Midweek Throwdown Challenge (Christmas in July) and the latest OWH Sketch, #76.
I picked up a Melissa Frances vintage DP pad and sheet of Christmas stickers when I went to the Great American Scrapbook Convention. The little green DP mat is from my stash. The distressed edges are inked with cranberry ink and that's cranberry ribbon. Ho ho ho!