Sunday, July 11, 2010

This week's Challenge - Vintage (?)

This week's challenge was to creat a card using a Vintage Theme. I haven't done Vintage before, so I'm not really sure I quite nailed it, but I think the card is cute (and rather simple). I inked up a new stamp I had not yet used (Princess Tilda) and paper pieced her dress to give her a dress with flowers. She was colored with copics and I used some stickles on her slip, crown and lace on her dress. I used cats eye inks to ink the edges of all my papers and a CTMH stamp for the designer corners. Prima flowers were also edged with cats eye ink & a brown brad from my collection used in the middle of the flower. I was distracted * a LOT * while working on this card, so not everything is as I wanted it - plus I noticed that my tilda was put on there crooked! It's too late now - next time I'll make my card when I'm not so distracted! Hope you enjoy & be sure to come over to Creative Stamp Friends to join our challenge!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sketch Challenge

Good Morning!

This week's challenge over at Creative Stamp Friends was a sketch challenge. I couldn't wait to do this sketch - it had so much versatility and was right up my alley! I knew right away I wanted something bright & colorful for summer. This weekend I'd gone to the Great American Scrapbook Convention and came home with this adorable chicken stamp. I just loved this fluffy gal out getting "cooked" in the sun! I colored her in with copics and had to try to make it look like she was lying her towel down in the sand. My cardstock is all from the Citrus Stack by DCWV and my pp is also DCWV and it's actually from the Nanas Kids stack. Prima flowers & star brads in the center (the orange flowers reminded me of bright sunshines). My sentiment is a SU stamp. Hope you'll come visit our blog and join in!

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Blog!

Good Morning! I have not posted in quite a while. Life has been so hectic. Not that it has slowed down much, but I'm excited about the new blog I am designing for. The Just Christmas and Birthday Cards Blog is gone, I'm afraid to say :( BUT - there's a new blog being run by Andrea (from JCBC) and I think you're gonna love it! Be sure to check us out at:

The first challenge was a color challenge. You need to use the colors brown and pink - such a gorgeous combination! So I pulled out some of my favorite paper from CTMH and a new (to me) Tilda stamp and got to work!

All my papers are CTMH. I colored my image with copics as usual - I love the soft colors. I used Distress Inks and a blender tool to set my background, which was cut with a nesties. The swirl is cut from a Sizzex Die and the flowers are primas with the leaves from a MS punch.

Hope you enjoy this weeks challenge and I look forward to seeing *your* card posted! :)

Have a great one!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Criss Cross Birthday Card

Hello! Happy Sunday! I am sure enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having this weekend! I had a scrapbook friend come over yesterday and we had a blast! I needed to make a card for Just Christmas and Birthday Cards (be sure to check them out - link on the top left of this page) - which needed to be a criss cross card. Since I was at a point to make a Birthday Card, I pulled out an older set of SU stamps that I think is fun & just adorable! I used various cardstock from my stash and the pp was from DCWV Safari stack - it just screamed "swamp" to me with all those leaves! My froggy was colored in with copics and I used SU ink to match my burgandy cardstock. The trim on my envelope is the apron edge puncher from fiskars. Hope you enjoy & let me know what you think!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

First Birthday Card

I have not posted in a LONG time - I've been busy with my new job & very little free time. Someone I work with recently had a birthday & she loved the card I gave her (it was my previous posted card). She asked me to make a card for her granddaughters first birthday, so that's what I'm posting today. I was really happy with how it turned out. I used CTMH Sweet Pea paper & the image is CTMH as well. The font is cut from Ashlyn's Alphabet and outlined with pink copic glitter pen - the flower stems was cut from cricut using home accents and was also outlined with green copic glitter pen. I used copics to color in the stamped image and though you can't see it, used clear glitter pen on the flower petals of the baby. I also used my pink copic to make the "centers" stand out of the prima flowers. The brads in the middle are little buttons (which I thought perfect for a baby-ish card). Well I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just a Birthday Card

Happy Monday! Today is a new challenge over at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - the link is over to the left <---- so be sure to click it & join in!

I used this week's sketch to make this elegant birthday card. I really wanted to do something special so I pulled out my La Creme paper pack from DCWV. The floral paper is flocked so the flowers feel like velvet. I think it really gives it that extra touch!

I colored Tilda with copics using colors to match the papers. I wanted a "champagne" color look to her dress - which I was very happy with the end result. My CS is Bazzil and the sentiment is Inkadinkadoo (from a set). The black satin ribbon is from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed todays card! Be sure & let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pirate Mailbox

Another mailbox for a family member. More K&Co (last years) Valentine's paper. I used the Paper Dolls cartridge for Cricut to cut all the images. I have some really cute sizzex rub ons for the faces. Ribbons on the side of the lids from my stash, as is the sheer ribbon on the mailbox. Again, I used my SU scallop square for the flag, and the apron edge punch from fiskars. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dragon Mail Box

My last mailbox for now. This one was done using the Indie Art cartridge with this neat dragon! This is for a "teen" family member. The same K&Co Valentine's paper (from last year) and carstock from my stash. I used the apron edge punch from fiskars and all the ribbon (along the lid edges and the flag) are from my stash. The flag was punched using a SU scallop square punch. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hello Kitty Mailbox

Today's mailbox is for a friend. I thought these Hello Kitty(s) were cute and Valentine-y, so I used them. PP is the same K&Co from last year. Ribbon along the edges is from last years Taget $1 spot as is the white mailbox. Various cardstock from my stash and sheer ribbons on the flag stem. Used my SU scallop square for the flag too. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tinkerbell Mailbox

I created this for a family member who likes Tinkerbell. I was happy with the way it came out. I used one of the $1 spot mailboxes from Target (it was white). I used K&Co Valentine's pp (from last year) and various carstock from my stash. The ribbon along the edges of the front & back is also from the $1 spot at Target (last year). I used sheer ribbons & prima roses around the flag and a SU scallop square to punch the paper for the flag. I used my Tinkerbell cartridge for my cricut for all the paper piecings. Stayed tuned for more mailboxes to come!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sketch Saturday #87

Hi again! I managed to get several challenge cards done this week. Today's card is from this past weekend's Sketch Saturday. I liked this sketch a lot - it gave me a lot to play with. Pretty much everything I used on this card was taken out of stash - all the papers were already things I'd used and had a piece left of - so I can't really even tell you where they are from (sorry). I was glad to use up some stuff, though. The stamp was a freebie I got from somewhere, so even that I don't know what it is. I colored the bunny with copics and used a little diamond glaze for the eyes. I used an MS punch for the scallop and the sentiment is CTMH. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Todays card I made for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #38. I liked this sketch a lot & had a hard time choosing a stamp to use to base this on. I'm happy with the results. Colored my image with copics. PP is Basic Grey and Cardstock is SU. I inked the edges of the inside circle and used Primas and pearls for the flowers/jewels. Hope you enjoy!

Mojo Monday 123

Sorry I haven't posted in a while - life gets in the way a lot!

Today is this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I really liked this challenge because you had the choice of doing a round or a square card. I have not done a round card like this before, so I thought it would be fun.

My pp is DCWV sweet stack (the blue on the left side with the cupcakes). Cardstock is CTMH and I used a cute stamp set I got from AC Moore. Colored the cupcake in with copics, stickled the frosting, and covered it in a layer of Diamond Glaze (I was only planning to put glaze on the cherry, but the bottle had other ideas). The edges of the white cardstock was also inked in light blue (it's hard to see from this picture). I cut all the circles & scallop circles out with my nesties. The ribbon & brad were just from my stash.

Hope you enjoy today's card!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Printed Image

Hi there! I promised a cute card for today & I sure hope this delivers. I was really happy with it minus one thing - this is a printed image - and I did have some smearing from the black ink into my image (esp on her face), so I was not totally thrilled with that, but I love this Tilda so much - I just had to use her!

I used a sketch from the Midnight Madness Challenge 36 - which ended on 1/18 - so it doesn't qualify for the challenge, but I really liked the sketch. You can see it here:

I used the typical K&Co Valentine Stack pp from last year & cardstock from my stash. Tilda was colored in with copics, and I used my heart nesties to cut the hearts she is sitting on. The sentiment is actually a $1 stamp I found at Michael's recently - I think it's a cute one! And the price can't be beat!

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Mojo Monday 121 Jan 18th Challenge

Hi there - how's it going? I managed to get a couple of cards done this week, although I've had a bunch going on.

Today's card is for the current Mojo Monday Challenge. I liked this sketch a lot & found it really versatile. As you can see, I changed it around a bit to suit my card, but I was happy with the way it turned out.

I turned my sketch sideways and used a rectangle instead of an oval. I colored my image with copics and used a hint of spica on the accent on her jeans. Paper is K&Co Valentine's stack from last year. Cardstock is just from the stash. Prima Flowers & CTMH sentiment. I used a pale pink ink & sponge to edge the outside of my image.

Hope you enjoy today's card - come back tomorrow for another Valentine's Day card! I promise you won't be disappointed!

Monday, January 18, 2010

JCBC Challenge

Happy Monday! Todays card is used with a sketch that I created for the DT over at JCBC. I hope you like it! I decided to use it to make a birthday card. The paper is DCWV and I used copics to color my image. The ribbon is sheer ribbon from my stash & the sentiment is CTMH. A little stickles for bling - and I love it! Hope you do too! Be sure to check out the JCBC challenge & join in (click the top left corner of my blog) and - Have a great Monday.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Just a little bling!

Hoppy Monday! I pulled out this cute Happy Hoppers stamp (from House Mouse) and decided to use it finally (had it forever & never used it). This brought out a little bling today.

All my cardstock is from SU and the pp is DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies. I just thought it went well considering the image. The sentiment is CTHM. I used my MS apron lace punch for the scallops and ended up using stickles on the bunnies wings & the flower. I started with a spica pen, but it just needed a little more to keep up with the paper.

I'm happy with how it turned out - it reminds me of spring (which is a nice thing to think about right now in the middle of this COLD weather!) Hope you have a great Monday!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sketch Saturday 01/09/10

Happy Saturday! It's a quiet day at home & I decided to participate in this weeks Sketch Saturday (

I used a 5x5" piece of CTMH cardstock. Other cardstock is SU and Bazzill and my PP is K&Co. I used a Whiff of Joy image from Susana's store and colored her in with copics. Used a MS scallop punch with hearts for the inside boarder, and I used a CTMH sentiment with Tulip ink. I also used my tulip ink and sponged around the image rectangle. The flowers are Mulberry and I used some raindot hearts for the red hearts.

Hope you enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

TGIF! I don't know about you, but I'm glad it's Friday! We've had a dusting of snow here - enough to delay school for 2 hours. So I had plenty of time to put together a card for today.

I used another older Mojo Monday sketch but I altered it a bit to fit my card. I colored my image with copics & spicas for the sparkle (wings, hearts, jewelry). I used my heart nesties for the big hearts and embossed them with my cuttlebug. I used a MS punch for the scallop punch. Paper is Basic Grey Two Scoops line. The sentiment stamp is CTMH. I wanted to do another Valentine's card, but was tired of JUST pink & red, so I think this fit the bill perfect. I was happy with the result - I hope you enjoyed it too!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thursdays Card

Hello there! I'm very close to reaching my goal of posting a new card each day this week - I've been putting a lot of work in & actually getting it done. I guess making it a true goal does help.

For today's card I followed an old Mojo Monday sketch (that I had not used yet)and am using this for this weeks Cute Card Thursday. The challenge was to use something new - for me, the punches I used for my tag are new (I had not yet used them yet).

I colored my image with copics and used a spica pen for her wings, hearts & dots on her shirt to add a little shimmer. Cardstock is from my stash, and pp is K & Co from last years Valentine's release (I still have a lot of it left). I used ribbon from last year also, which I got at the Target Dollar section. The stamp is CTMH as is the ink. It's one of my favorite colors - it's called tulip - it's very close to red, but more a very dark pink. I used the color on my sentiment as well as used it with a sponge around my image for the soft look.

Hope you enjoyed today's card & would love to hear your thoughts on it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cute Card Thursday

Good Morning & Happy Wednesday!

I used a sketch over at Cute Card Thursday for my card today. I colored the image with copics and used all paper from my stash today. The sentiment is from CTMH. Just kept it simple, but think it's cute. I've used this stamp before, but it's really versatile how you can suit it to any occasion by changing the colors.

Hope you enjoy!

Midnight Madness

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday! I'm going to do my best to post a card every day this week. I can't guarantee it, but I'm going to try! I'm working on Valentine's Day cards now, so that is primarily what you will be seeing this week.

Today I used a sketch from the Midnight Madness challenge. There were a lot more paper layers on the sketch than what I used, but my image was too large to create more layers. I'm still happy with the way it turned out.

I colored the image with copics. I used the clear spica on her wings & the polka dots on her belt & headband (hard to see in the photo, but it gives it a pretty sparkle). I've used this image before & made it very soft and pale colors - it was fun trying it out using much more bold and bright colors. I was really happy with the way it turned out - especially her hair.

Cardstock is from the stash (various kinds) and the PP is Basic Grey (you will notice it's the same from yesterday). Ribbon is from my stash and a Prima flower on the front. I didn't use a sentiment on this card but I'm sure I will put something on the inside of the card.

Hope you enjoy today's creation.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mojo Monday 120

This card was a true labor of love! I got this stamp today and of course could not wait to use it. I decided it would work great with the Mojo Monday sketch for this week. I'm also using it for a new challenge blog called Stampin' Royalty. I'm loving how it turned out (and it's going to a family member for a birthday). I used a boatload of copics on this and it took me a good hour at least just to color the image. The paper is Basic Grey, and cardstock is just from the stash. Used a Fiskar boarder punch and Basic Grey swirl/bling thing in the corner. Hope you enjoy it!

Used the following copic colors:
Reds(R): 89, 59, 39, 37, 35, 32, 12
Yellows (YR): 23, 21
Greens (G): 29, 28, 24, 21, 20
Violets (V): 17, 15, 12, 09
Blues (B): 39, 37, 34, 32
Grays (C): C3, C1

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I'm hoping to get more crafting done now that the holidays are over, school has returned, and things are settling down a bit! Which means - I will be posting more, too.

For today, I am posting my DT card for this weeks Just Christmas and Birthday Cards challenge. The great sketch this week was done by Georgia and this is my take on it (a Christmas card).

Pretty much everything I used was from my stash - including the stamped & colored image. It was an image I stamped from a friend & had even already colored, but never used for anything. It was perfect for this card. She was colored using copics, and the PP and carstock was just from my stash of pre-cut pieces (extras from other cards & projects). The ribbon was also from my stash of ribbons (unless it's a specific SU or CTMH ribbon, I couldn't tell you where I got it from). The snowflakes are a MS punch and the skittles I got from a trade I did a long time ago.

Hope you enjoy & have a great day!