Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cute as a Button trumps SAD

Lately bright colors are just making me happy.  Although I live in California and really can't complain much about bad weather, I too seem to have fallen into a bit of "Seasonal Affect Disorder". At least that's the fancy term for winter depression.  It's humorous that the acronym is SAD...wonder what genius thought that one up?  Hey at least I still have a sense of humor right?  All that to say, I have been creating with happier colors and this challenge was right up my alley!


So with the colors and a button as the only requirement here's my card;

It makes me smile and feel good to prepare some Valentines cards and here is the start of this seasons V-Day creations.  I think I will decorate this week and it will help out too!

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges;

Shopping Our Stash #87 valentines, hearts, red, etc.
Challenge #102 pink and red

Please tell me what is helping you get through the Winter Doldrums??
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Play Date Cafe Splash of Retro take 2

This week Play Date Cafe challenge was so cute I just had to participate not just one time, but twice!  Here is the Inspiration photo:

                                              It's called "A Splash of Retro" #166

Here's my second tag:

I used Hero Arts / Basic Grey PB & J photo-polymer stamps with Archival ink in black and Ranger Adirondack Pigment ink in Clover. 

Here's the link for the challenge ; 

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Easy Peasy Retro Tag

This week Play Date Cafe challenge was so cute I just had to participate, even if it is last minute!  Here is the Inspiration photo:

                                              It's called "A Splash of Retro" #166

Here's my tag:

The punch in the middle is from Martha Stewart.  I adore that 60's icon pattern!
I stamped the center with a My Minds Eye polymer stamp which also had a matching boarder stamp down below.  A Prima bling center was added, some Washi tape and a Hero Arts / Basic Grey sentiment and were done!  EASY PEASY!

Here's the link for the challenge ; 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

"Just Pretty"

I just love pink and white and black together!  It's one of my fav's!  The recipient can remove the flower and turn it into a pin!  It's a card that keeps on giving!  I created the stick pin with a  fabulous ceramic bead that reminds me of a porcelain tea cup. I love it combined with the cameo, tule and toile!  The stamps are from Verve, paper from my stash.

I am entering this into The Shabby Tea room Challenge #150 'Just Pretty'

DL art Thankful Thursday Challenge #102: use Red or Pink

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Technique Tuesday Crew Call

Several months ago I discovered Mynettes blog and entered one of  her challenge's.   One of the things that I really liked about her challenges is the fact that in order to participate I had to learn a new technique!  Her instructions are always well written and include lots of photos, making it fun and easy to learn something new.    I am answering the crew call that Mynette issued at the Technique Tuesday Blog...go here to check out her call :

I chose to try her very first technique entitled  "Stamped Punch Window".  It's a simple technique that produces a really outstanding result.  I chose to put a twist on it by stamping a whole image first, coloring it with my new Copic Markers ( which I got a STEAL on from  EBay !).  I then used a Spellbinders die to cut out my shape and dry embossed the whole stamped card front with a Spellbinders Embossing folder.  I added various colored rhinestones and added pop- dots to the backside.  I glued down the die cut onto hot pink cardstock and then placed the whited stamped/embossed negative image centered on top. 


Here is a close-up of the details.  

I really love this technique !  So much that I created one more variation of it!

This Kraft tag began with using a stencil and my Copics.  I colored in the leopard stencil with two shades of Copic turquoise ink and then used a Sizzix die and cut out a heart.  On a deep teal sheet of  Cardstock I heat embossed an A and then added dimensional's underneath the stenciled paper.  I set that on top and then added a piece of Rhinestone mesh below.  Believe it or not the rhinestone piece came off of a fancy pair if flip flops that fell apart!  Sometimes pack-ratting stuff does pays off!!!  A black satin bow on top covering the tags' hole and voila,  a fun gift tag to add to a card front or hang from a gift, wine bottle, jewelry box nob, the possibilities are many! 

Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ooh La La Creations Wheely Good Challenge

This fortnights theme for Ooh La La Creations Blog challenge is Wheely.  I used this snowy Christmas themed image.  Be sure to enter your creation for a chance to win one of their fabulous CD's!

To embellish the image I used embossing powders in an untraditional way.  I have some Lindy Stamp Gang two toned embossing powders one was called Madonna Robe, its a light blue/gold combo  and a pearlescent white called Magic Moon Pearls, two-toned.   I used an Ranger Perfect Medium brush embossing ink pen and filled the moon in with the ink on the top of the moon.  I poured the powder, heat set it and then repeated the process twice more, filling more of the moon and retracing over the already embossed areas making them thicker.  The effect is more pronounced in person of coarse!   The other LSG was used on the trunk,  and on the tree branches I used Stamp N' Bond with a layer of Tim Holtz's Distress dry glitter.  

Christmas may have already passed but hey now I am one card down for Christmas 2013! 

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Winter/Let it snow



Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My cards gonna be on TV!

Some fun news....I just recently created and mailed out a couple of cards that will be featured on British TV!!!!  Being a part of the Ooh La La Creations Design Team I agreed to make a few cards from their new Cd entitled "Yesterdays Memories," you can purcase it here: .  There are lots of lovely Vintage images available to make cards with.  I just adore vintage so it's great fun for me to work with these images!  The program is like our US QVC shopping channel only it is dedicated to Arts and Crafts 24/7!  Its called Create and Craft TV and can be seen online at on Sunday,  January 27th at 2:00 pm in the UK, they are 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (9 am) and 8 hours ahead (6am) for me in California, so I will be waking up bright and early in the morning to watch it online !

Here are the cards I sent out:

I used the Tea Time Pyramid topper for the first card.  This is an image printed about five times that gets smaller and smaller.  You cut out each image and layer one on top of the next with pop-dots.

Here's the close up so you can get an idea of what I am referring to.  I placed the image on top of a Spellbinders rectangle frame which I folded down on the sides to create a square that utilized the top and bottom design.  The die also had these pretty corner tabs that I utilized to highlight the corners.  I used two coordinated black and white stripe and polka dot papers (Michael's Recollections).

Here's the details inside:

The Cd also includes a multiple variations of the images from interiors for your cards to coordinating design papers.  This really helps you to quickly create a lovely interior.  If you are anything like me, by the time you get to the interior you maybe short on time or ingenuity to create a truely "finished" card!

Here's the second card:

This image is called Washing day, and I just  adore it!  Vintage images of children are really some of my favorite to work with and always have been!  I have various child vintage images throughout my home, they make me happy, looking at their innocent faces!  I mimicked the clothes line with a little banner that I used a Fiskars Jenni Bowlin punch from various My Minds Eye and Studio Calico.

This is the inside, I recently purchased this sentiment stamp, so sweet!

This is the back, there are also postage stamps that can be printed for the images.  I printed them onto Vellum and then adhered it, the vellum makes a thin smooth sticker-like embellishment that's nice for a decorative back.

I also made a quick little Thank You card to send along with the package, just because;

Not a OLLC, but just used a embellished piece I made that was sitting around.  Basically it's a Spellbinders die cut that I cut, embossed, stenciled with Distress ink and added this fun sticker to.  The background was stamped with white ink and then added jewels and added the heat embossed sentiment to.

I am entering this Thank You card into the following challenge :

Challenge #18 Golden Oldie

Challenge #45 Punch Card