Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  I am back today with another sketch share between my friend Debbie, and I.  As you know, every week, Debbie and I each create a card from the same sketch and then we mail our cards to each other.  And then on Saturday, I post my card, her card and the sketch.  It is always so interesting to me to see how the same sketch is transformed into cards by two different creative people.  Let's get to it.  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch
(Remember you can always click on the cards, to get a closer view)

Recipe -my card:

Paper - Echo Park Sweet Summertime line, Cardstock White, Rose, Turquoise
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas What A Blast stamp set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, MFT Grass Die, Lacey Circle (this smallest die doesn't have the open areas but it was the perfect size) & Classic Circle Nestbilities
Other - Twine by The Twinery, Button, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas, Rhinestones

That's it for this week!  But, I already have a card made and set up to post for Monday, so I will see you then!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Triple Card Treat!

 Hello!  Great news ... I got all three cards for Viva laVerve April's sketches done yesterday.  And I got up early to finish this post so you can see them and I can get the cards entered in the challenge.  My hubby & I have Ranger game tickets today and because we now live a couple of hours away, it is more of an effort to get there.  But, it is a day game, which is my hubby's favorite.  Of course, I like the Friday night games because they have fireworks.  My hubby looks for good ticket deals on ebay and so this year, we have two day games and two Friday night games.  Woo Hoo!  O.k. gotta get back to today's post, because it is a long one! And, I guess we should get right to it.  I think I will show you my card, the sketch, give you the details, and the recipe and then move on to the next one.  Normally, I would have done three separate posts but there is no time for that.  Here is the first one.  Enjoy! 

My card

A close-up

The sketch
Wow ... that is a lot of layering, but it makes for one pretty card, don't you think?  When I have a sketch that needs a lot of coordinating papers to make it work, I always go right to the Stella & Rose pads!  They are so perfect for this.  I gave you a close-up of the butterfly.  This little guy was one of the stamps from the set of chickies that I used last week for Easter.  I love this butterfly - perfect for paper piecing.  I went with the very small pearls and a little lace for my embellishments.  I did not want to take away from all the pretty papers!


Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose Hazel 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Natural White
Stamps - Verve - Sentiment is a Plain Jane (this is one of my favorite verses), Butterfly from Chicks Rule set
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Lacey Circles, Classic Circles Nestibilities
Other - Lace across middle panel is from Hero Arts (called Hero Hues - set of 5 self adhesive laces ...too cool!), Pearls from Hero Arts

Let's get to the next one ... enjoy!

My Card
Do you like how this one came out?  I have stamped this cake before and have paper pieced the base like I did this time, but usually the rest of the cake I color instead of stamping it onto colored cardstock.  I wasn't sure if I liked it this way, but it was getting late, so I went with it!  I love the cardstock colors with the DP.   Thoughts?


Paper - My Minds Eye Tickled Pink 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Pastel Green, Dark Rose
Stamps - Cake and Sentiment from Verve Birthday Bash set
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Tim Holtz Sizzix Ornate Die (new ... love it!), Classic Oval, Classic Circles Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Other - Stickles Glitter, Art Institute Crystal Glitter, Prima Flower, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

On to the last one ... enjoy!

My Card

The Close-up of Rosette

The Sketch

The Rosette Die

The 2  Rosettes before adding Banner

This last sketch is one of the reasons why I knew I had to complete the challenge, as I love the colored rays of pattern paper.  I love how my card turned out.  And, I got to use my new Rosette die from The Cat's Pajamas.  They have a very simple youtube demo here.  Above, I have a pic of the actual die and a pic of my rosettes before I added the sentiment.  Remember, back in March how I made one on my own and I had trouble with getting it to lay flat?  Well, with this die, I did not have that problem!  But, of course, I am limited to these two rosette sizes.  But,  they are good sizes.  Not too big!  I also want to note here that I looked at a you tube video of the new Tim Holtz rosette die (which I considered buying) and when it is made you see the perforation lines on each fold.  With this one, you don't.  Now, I am so glad I got this one instead!  Love it!  There are many more rosettes in my future!  Do you like how my card came out?


Paper - Sei Jocelyn 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Wine, Dark Brown, Pastel Green
Stamps - Verve from One Person set
Ink - Versafine Vintage Brown
Tools - The Cat's Pajamas Easy Rosettes die (die includes banner that I used under my sentiment), Stampin' Up scalloped border punch, Cuttlebug polka dots embossing folder
Other - Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

That is it until Saturday.  Make sure you come back by because I am using my other purchase from The Cat's Pajamas.  And it is sooo cute.  You are gonna love it! 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You're So Tweet!

Hello!  I bet you have been wondering about me.  The last two days, bad thunderstorms have been rolling through our area.  Which has put a damper in my creating time, because I didn't want to be outside in my "shack", which is a metal building, if a tornado was coming.  I had a vision of an "Antie Em, Wizard of Oz" moment!  It seems the tornado sightings ended up being a little north of here and mostly we just got alot of very hard rain.  But, today we have sun and I have a card to show you!  Woo Hoo!  I knew I had not done Jen's sketch challenge for the month and that I had better get to it!  You only get entered into the drawing if you do all 12 months sketches and I would be very mad at myself if I skipped month 4!  Her sketch this month is a square card, but I decided to change it into an A-2 card which is much easier for me to work with.  I love my card.  Let's get to it.  I will show you my card and then the sketch.  Enjoy!

As you can see, other than changing the size of the card, it follows the sketch very closely.  I did go with one of the Spellbinders label dies for the square panel to add some interest.  I absolutely love how it turned out, don't you?


Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose - Gertie 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Yellow, Teal, White
Stamps - My Favorite Things You're So Tweet
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Labels 16 Nestibilities (Tina Tip: To get second layer of same shape, I traced around the die onto the teal and cut it out with my scissors)
Other - Round Teal Dots by Unknown (a find in Jo Ann's bargain bin, I think)

I made another card in the last couple of days, but you will have to wait until Saturday for the card share to see that one.  I used some stamps I just got from The Cat's Pajamas ... yes, that is a teaser!  I also want to complete April's VivalaVerve challenge but that would mean I would have to get all three cards made today, as their deadline is tomorrow!  We'll see!  I'll be back tomorrow with one or three.  Tune in then!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  You know for the last four weeks my friend and I have made cards from February's Viva laVerve's sketches, a set of 4.   Don't you fret thinking we have no more sketches to work from!  You know that wouldn't be true as there are thousand of sketches out there.  We are taking the Mojo Monday sketches and starting at the first week of January 2010 and working one sketch a week forward.  (With the exception of the ones I did last year, as we want it to be a new sketch for the both of us).   So, as always, I will show you my card I created, the card my friend, Debbie created and the sketch we both used.  Love this week's cards ... I know you will too!  Let's get to it!  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

This Week'a Sketch
I have something to share about my card.  Well, really it is about all the "chick" stamps I have been using the last couple of weeks.  On today's card, I finally used the third chick from Verve's Chicks Rule set. All three are adorable and I know you will see them often throughout the year.  They are just too cute not to be used other times than just Easter.  I wanted to share with you the description of all the chicks from Julee the owner of Verve.  On her blog, she writes ...  "Meet Chloe, Charley and Chaz.  I like to call them the Chicklets.  Chloe's ALL girl, and refused to be seen in public without a flower in her hair. Her big sister, Charley, prefers to rule the roost with a crown and sceptor and thinks flowers are for little peeps.  Speaking of little peeps, Chaz is the baby of the bunch.  He's all fluff and feathers and chicks totally dig him.  Together, they're the Chicklets and they're here to tell you that Chicks RULE!"   I loved her description and I just had to share it with you!  So, today we welcome Chaz ... I, for one, dig him, especially since he agreed to sit in my pink basket!  LOL!

That's it for this week.  I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter! 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 22, 2011

To One of My Favorite Peeps!

Hello!  Today, I have the last of the three cards I made to send.  I almost always make A-2 size cards and very rarely make shaped cards, but ... when I saw this idea, I just had to go with a egg shaped card!  You can go here to see the card that I cased!  And here are the pics for my creation ... enjoy!

Is this not too cute?  I used the largest size I have in the Petite Oval Large Spellbinders set for the shape.  My friend, Eileen, helped me pick out the paper.  It so reminded us of a Faberge egg.  This card got sent to a few of my stamping friends, as they would "get" how it opens on the front panel and then how the whole card opens too!  Such an adorable idea!  Thoughts?  Love to hear from you!


Paper - Best Creation Inc. Jubilee line, Cardstock White, Light Blue
Stamps - Verve set Chicks Rule
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Petite Oval, Classic Scalloped Oval, Classic Oval Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder
Other - Prima Flower, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

Tomorrow, I will have my weekly sketch challenge cards my friend and I exchanged.  My card is one more Easter card and her card is a very pretty spring card.  Be sure to stop by.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chickadee, Chickadoo!

Hello!  I am back today to show you the second of the three Easter cards I made to send.  Today's card is a fun one.  I just can't keep my hands off of the Verve set of chickies and sayings I recently got.  So cute.  Let's get right to it.  Here is my card ... enjoy!

The inside verse is from the Our Craft Lounge set I got that had the cute bunny that I used on this card.  I love this sentiment!  So perfect with any little Easter chick!  The layout for the front of the card is one of the sketch challenges from Viva laVerve for April.  This particular challenge is one where to get in on any of the prizes, you have to do all four weeks of sketches, so normally if I didn't think I could do all the sketches in a month, I wouldn't do any of them.  But, I decided this sketch was just too perfect not to use.  So, next week ... I might be trying to complete the other three!  Plus, I still have Jen's sketch I have to do.  But, back to this week ... here is the sketch I used.

One of the reasons why I went with this sketch was I wanted to use that cute chick paper which I had already used for a previous card here, but I only had one 12 x 12 and now not a whole sheet.  I thought there was enough left to made seven cards ... not!  I could only make the chick paper go as far as five cards.  So, I had to go with another design for the last two.  Here is that one ...  I don't like this one layout as much. But, what's a girl to do? I already had the chick and basket colored and cut out ready to use, so this is what I came up with.


Paper - American Crafts Spring Line, Cardstock White, Pale Yellow, Coral Pink
Stamps - Verve set Chicks Rule
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Ovals Nestibilities, Marvy Corner Rounder, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Other - Rhinestones, Button, Twine by The Twinery, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas (When adding buttons, I still like using the linen thread instead of  the twine.  Easier to thread thru the holes!)

I will have one more chickie card for you tomorrow.  So be sure to come back by!  And I have one quote to leave you with today ... " Easter is the only time when it's a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket!"

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter is the Gift!

Hello!  For the next three days, I will be showing you the three cards I made to send.  They are going in the mail today, as that should be enough time for them to receive them by Saturday.  Last night when I sat down with my list, I started regretting that I didn't make more cards to send to everyone I know.  But, that just isn't possible.  At Christmas time, I try to make more so I can send more.  But then again, by having the blog, I am actually getting to share the cards with so many more.  I love that!  And, that is exactly how I need to think of it!  Now, let's get to today's card.  I love the Easter images ... bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc.  But, I know that Easter is really about the resurrection and I always try to make one card to reflect that.  My card today does just that.  I love the simplicity of the Morningstar stamp of the three crosses on the hill.   I think I used this same stamp last year, but so what?  It is a wonderful stamp. Here is my card ... enjoy!

I recently purchased a scrapbook paper that had butterflies all over it, but when I got home, I looked on the reverse side and thought about how the simple lilac, white, with a touch of green pattern would be perfect for my inspirational Easter card.  So, off I went to my little local scrapbook store to find some coordinating papers to help my card come together.  I also found this beautiful ribbon which is a combination of satin and sheer.  So pretty!  Now, the sketch I was using, had a bow under the round panel.  But it just made the card too busy, so instead I added three small rhinestones down the ribbon.  Perfect!  I am also showing you the inside of the card so you can see the verse.  This is also a stamp from Morningstar.  So beautiful!  What do you think?  Do you like my inspirational Easter card for this year?


Paper - Purple Pattern by 3 Bugs in a Rug April Showers Line - reverse side of springtime butterfly, Green pattern is by Cosmo Cricket Pixie Dust line, Purple Plaid is a text-weight by unknown, Cardstock White, Lilac, Med. Purple
Stamps - Morningstar Stamps
Ink - Sentiments -Versafine Spanish Moss, Crosses - Versamark and Stampendous Pearlescent embossing powder (this was from my stash, not sure if they still make it. it came in a set of about 10 different pearlescent colors)
Tools - Classic Circle, Lacey Circle, Labels 4 Nestibilities
Other - Ribbon, Rhinestones

I will be back tomorrow with some Easter "chicks"!  See you then!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Eggs & Bluebonnets!

Easter eggs & bluebonnets?  Sounds like spring in Texas to me!  And that was my idea for today's Texas Tues-Step card.  Now, getting the idea out of my head and onto my card, was not as easy as it should have been.  I had trouble making the card all come together.  In fact, at one point, I thought about changing and making a tag instead of a card, but went back to a card when I realized my main panel was wider than a tag would be.  I just kept playing with ideas until I found one I liked.  Let's get to it and then you can see if you like it too!  Enjoy!

Click on the card above to give you a closer look.  The easter eggs are hard to find.  Wait, maybe that makes it an easter egg hunt!  I own other easter egg stamps.  Maybe I should have used some egg images that would show up more.  What do you think?  Do you like how this card came out?


Paper - Plaid DP by Best Creation, Inc. Bunny Love line, Cardstock White, Light Blue, Lime Green
Stamps - Bluebonnet by The Stamp in the Hand, Eggs are peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Sentiment by Darcie's
Ink - Tombow Markers
Tools - Grass Die by My Favorite Things, Classic Scalloped Oval, Classic Oval Nestibilities
Other - Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones by Kaiser

Be sure to check out the other Texas Tues-Step members cards and leave them some comments.  You can find the list on the right side of my blog.  I know for sure that Danielle, Betty and Mark are participating this week. 

I am almost done with my Easter cards and am working on getting them finished, addressed and in the mail.  The next 3 days, I will be back here to show you those Easter cards.  And then Saturday, I have one more for the sketch challenge share. 

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  It is Saturday, so that means I have two cards and a sketch to show you.  One card is the one I made, the second card is the one my friend, Debbie made, and lastly I will show you the sketch we both created our cards from.  Enjoy!

My Card
Debbie's Card

The Sketch

This is a perfect example of why this is so fun.  Our cards are totally different!  Cool, huh? 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.  See you next week!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 15, 2011

With Sympathy!

Hello!  I promised you a card on Friday. It is still Friday, at least for two more hours!  I actually got this card made a few hours ago, but after I finished it, I went right back to my Easter card production.  I am happy to say that at this point my Easter cards are now 2/3 done!  Woo Hoo!  I decided to make 7 or 8 of 3 different designs.  Two are totally done, and I am working on the third.  I should be able to share the finished cards with you the middle of next week.  Now, let's get to today's card.  A husband of a very good friend of mine, lost his dad a few days ago, so this card is for him.  The most interesting thing about this card is that I used the exact same pad of paper as I used on Monday's post for a girlfriend's birthday.  Her card, had a white base with a beautiful deep blue and pretty flowers.  Today's dark brown base and cream totally changes the look.  Here is my card.  Enjoy!


It just goes to show you how versatile designer paper can be.  Her card is very feminine and this card is very masculine.  I love both!  Don't you?


Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose Hattie 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Dark Brown, Cream
Stamps - With Sympathy by Impression Obsession
Ink - Versafine Vintage Sepia
Tools - Cross Collection, Classic Ovals Nestibilities
Other - Blue Rhinestones from Kaiser

I will be back with the Saturday card share in the morning. 
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Congrats On Your Big News!

Hello!  I only got one of the cards done that I had hoped to show you today and tomorrow.  We'll see if I can get the second one done in the morning and then posted sometime on Friday.  Today's card is very simple.  The scrapbook store, where I taught last weekend, is celebrating 6 years in business and are having a little event this Saturday.  But, my hubby and I already have plans to go up to see the granddaughter play a double header softball game so since I won't be at The Crafty Scrapper's celebration, I thought I should at least make them a card.  I found a sheet of scrapbook paper, which I am not sure who makes it, but it has all kinds of "scrapbook words" on it ... you know like "so many pictures, so little time" or "paper princess", or how about "brads, buttons, and bling"?  (oh my!)  Anyway, I found the rectangle I thought would work best and cut it for my card.  But, then I thought, what now?  I didn't want to cover up the paper but I needed to add a cake or balloons or something.  I went with some vellum.  It is perfect because it allows me to emboss my cake stamp from Verve on it and still be able to see thru it to the words below.  I attached the vellum with glue dots and covered up the adhesive with brown pearls from Hero Arts.  My sentiment from Stampin' Up was the perfect small sentiment to add.  Here is my card ... enjoy!

What do you think?  Simple, but fun? I hope they like it!  I have got to run.  My friend, Donna & I are doing a road trip today.  We are going to Fort Worth to check out the artists at the annual Main Street Arts Festival!  This is a Fort Worth tradition that I never MISS!  And this year will be no exception! 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hello!  I know my blog posts have been a little sporadic lately, but in between making cards for my blog, I have been trying to come up with a couple of card ideas that can work as Easter cards that I can send to family and friends. Actually, today's card would be a perfect Easter card design, but I don't have enough of this paper to make more than a couple of cards.  Will I be near somewhere that I could get more?  Maybe, maybe not.  But then again, the card is so cute, I might have to do more with some other papers ..."hmm"! O.k. I had better stop teasing you about my card and get to it!  I found on one of the blogs where they used a straight border punch and added a few cuts so they could make it into a circle!  They call it a "punched circle edge".  I had to try it!  Wait until you see... so cool!  Here is the post where I first saw this done.  She linked this post here for the tutorial.  Now, let me show you my card and then I have a tutorial for you too!  Enjoy!

You recognize this border punch, right?  Is this not cool, or what?  Yes, I know we have Spellbinders dies that do this, but not the same design!  In the first tutorial I read from the blog, they suggested you measure your circle that you want your punch edge to go around.  I couldn't find a measuring tape so I went with a smaller size circle and "hoped" that my 11 inch strip would make it all the way around ... and it did!  Yea!
Below are my instructions combining info from both the blog tutorial and a tutorial I found on Splitcoast Stampers, plus my tips -
1. Cut a piece the length you need x 1 inch.
2. Use a small scalloped punch to punch one of the long sides.
3. Now, cut little triangles from the long, unpunched side towards the scalloped edge every 1/4 inch along the whole piece ... be careful not to cut into the scalloped area.  You want to end up with a piece no wider than about 1/2".
4. Apply adhesive to the back of the round layer along the outside curve, working about 2 inches at one time.
5. Adhere the punched border to the backside making sure the punched edge shows from the front.  Just work one section at a time, manipulating it around the circle, being careful not to tear the punched border. One tutorial suggested to start applying the strip at about where "8" on a clock face is.  This person says that when you look at something, you eye goes up and to the left - so you want to avoid starting/stopping the strip in the upper left where your eye will detect it. I think this is probably true.

I had a little trouble where the two ends meet, I just overlapped them as much as possible.  And then ... I put the bow and button there to cover it up!  I also had one place, that tore apart.  You might can see it in the above photo.  It is on the left bottom side.  As it turns out, my little tag covered this up too!  So, no one would ever know that there were a couple of problems.  Well, you do, but that is because I told you!  I definitely think you should give this a try.  If you do, let me know what you think!  And let me know also what you think of my cute bunny card!


Paper- We R Memory Keepers Peep Line, Dot pink on pink by unknown, Cardstock Pink, White, Brown
Stamps - Our Craft Lounge Hey Chick Set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils (for carrot)
Tools - Martha Stewart scalloped border punch, Classic Circle Nestibilities, McGill tag punch
Other - Grosgrain Ribbon, Button by O'Scrap, Linen Thread by TCP, Pearls by Queen & Co.
I have a couple of cards I need to make to send so if I get those done, I will be back to show you those tomorrow and the next day.  And then Saturday, of course, I have another card share. 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Embedded Embossing Technique!

Hello!  Before I get to today's card with a new technique, I wanted to let you know that my class that I taught on Saturday was a success!  And I had 12 ladies in class!  Wow!  I was actually nervous at first, which seems so silly, but once I said out loud that I was nervous, I got over it!  And you know what?  I had a lot of fun.  Already working on the next one!  So, lets get on to today's card.  Remember the card I did here, where I placed Prima flowers on a panel and ran it thru my cuttlebug machine?  That technique they called Faux Pressed Flowers.  A few days ago, I saw a similar technique here, but this time they used punched out pattern paper instead of the Prima flowers. I needed a birthday card for a friend, so I thought it would be a perfect time to try out a new technique!  Here is my card!  Enjoy!

Pretty, isn't it?  Of course, the colors are not as bright as I like, but the card wasn't made for me.  My friend likes "blues" and I know for a fact she bought this particular paper pad, making it a good one to use for her card!  So, basically, all I did was die cut with some flower dies out of some of the same papers from the pad and then use a glue stick to make them stay where I wanted to on my blue panel.  And then I ran it thru one of the tight weaved embossing folders and voila!  Love it!  Don't you?  So, now we know you can use paper or prima flowers ... very cool!  Give it a try and let me know your results!


Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose Hattie 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Blue, Natural White
Stamps - Happy Belated sentiment by DeNami Designs
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Flower dies from Papertrey, Inc., Classic Circles Nestibilities, Marvy Corner Rounder, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder
Other - Buttons, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share Week 3!

Hello!  I have another sketch share for you today!  Each week, my friend Debbie, and I both create a card with the same sketch and send it by snail mail to each other on Tuesday.  I look so forward to the mail lady coming on Wednesday and I always know that one day a week something fun will be in the mail for me!  So, let's get to this week's!  Here is my card, her card and the sketch.  Enjoy!


My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch

We both did great ... don't you think?  Both cards are a perfect match with the sketch, yet so different!  That is it for me this week.  Have a great weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Favorite Things Class Share!

Hello!  I promised I would try to be back before the end of the week with a new card to share with you.  Well, for two days I have been out in my shack, doing my class preps for the class I am teaching tomorrow.  I think I forgot how long it takes to cut all the pieces, and there are many more pieces than the cards I made for the store because now there is so much layering of the designer papers.  Not complaining, just telling ya how it is.  One of the class kits, had 16 pieces of paper, plus twine, and, plus baubles. I also had to check and recheck the kits to make sure I didn't leave anything out.  When I had my own store, and taught classes, if I didn't cut all the pieces, I just went and cut what I needed.  I will not have that luxury now.  And you should see my list of what to take for the class.  All I can say is wow!  Again, I won't have the luxury of taking what I need off the shelf.  Thanks for letting me vent a little here!  Since, I don't have a new card, I thought I could share my class cards.   Enjoy!

I am not going to talk about how I made them, since I am teaching a class. But, I can give you the recipes. I made two extra kits so if no additional people sign up or claim the kits, I will be trying to find someone to buy them from me. We'll see. Wish me luck. I hope I like it and I hope they like me!


Card #1 You're So Tweet
Paper - 3 Bugs in a Row Chloe Line - Mini Floral, Bicycle, Chloe Borders, Cardstock White, Pink, Aqua
Stamps - You're So Tweet by My Favorite Things
Tools - Grass die by My Favorite Things, Corner Rounder by Marvy, Classic Ovals Nestibilities
Other - Pearls by Queen & Co., Button, Twine by The Twinery

Card #2 Hopping By
Paper - Echo Park Springtime Line - Colored Dots, Floral Fun, Cardstock Kraft, White
Stamps - Birthday Flopsey by My Favorite Things
Tools - Classic Circle Nestibilities, Scalloped border punch by EK Success
Other - Rhinestones by various, Twine by The Twinery

Cards #3 Hey, There Sunshine
Paper - My Minds Eye Good Day Sunshine Line - On the Spot, Pristine Plaid, Sunny Stripes, Head in the Clouds, Cardstock White, Pale Green, Mustard, Dark Orange
Stamps - Sentiment by Verve
Tools - Classic Oval, Big Scalloped Ovals Nestibilities, Kite and Sun dies by My Favorite Things, Polka Dot embsossing folder by Cuttlebug
Other - Pearls by Queen & Co., Twine by The Twinery

Come back by tomorrow, to see this week's sketch challenge share between my friend, Debbie and I. See you then!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hola Chica!

Hello!  I am back with a card with another little chickie from my new Verve Chick's Rule set!  Love it!  For the sketch, I went with the current challenge from Mojo Monday.  To me, they have the best sketches!  Anyway, I also saw Verve is doing a "color me spring" color challenge this week, and since my card definitely has spring colors, I will be entering my card in that challenge as well!  So, let's just get to it!  Here is my card and the sketch.  Enjoy!

For once, I don't have a lot to say about how the card is made!  Can you believe it?  No long winded details?  But, I do have to say, I think I followed the sketch pretty darn close.  And it is definitely a sketch I will do again.  Love the layout, and love my card!  What do you think?


Paper - American Crafts Spring Line - Blissful Bunny and Friendly Fern, Cardstock White
Stamps - Chicks Rule set by Verve
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Blossom & Classic Circles Nestibilities, Ek Success Border Punch, Stampin' Up Word punch
Other - Prima Flower, Ribbon by May Arts, Yellow Pearls by Queen & Co.

I am in the middle of cutting all my layers for the class I am teaching on Saturday, so not sure if I will have time to get another card made today.  So, I will either be back on Thursday or Friday.  You will see me for sure on Saturday because I will have another sketch challenge share. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Have A Bluebonnet Day!

Howdy!  This is my greeting for Texas Tues-Step!  As promised, I made a bluebonnet card for you.  After all, it IS that time of year!  We have had such a drought that I don't think there are as many out as there were last year, but I still have seen a lot and love it every time I see a field of them!  Or any wildflower for that matter!  I think my hubby thinks it is kinda silly how excited I get when I see a field of wildflowers and several times I have asked him to pull over so I can take a picture!  Love the wildflowers, especially the bluebonnets!  Let's get to my card ... enjoy!

A Close-up!

I hope you can see my card all right.  It didn't scan so well because I added that bulky beaded pin.  I have seen many packages of beaded pins in the scrapbook stores.  But this one, I made myself!  I purchased a package of fancy head pins at Michaels with a coupon (of course!) and added a couple of beads, one from my stash and one I also got at Michaels.  I bought a whole string of the clear beads for accent.  To make them stay, I just add a drop of Diamond Glaze.  Easy Peasy!  And each one will be a match for my card I am making!  I also want to talk about how I did the bluebonnet and only cut out part of the oval.  I know there is a tutorial on how to do this somewhere but I didn't have it, so I improvised!  I did direct to paper for the bluebonnet, Tombows colored on the stamp and spritzed with a little water, before stamping.  Then, before I ran the panel thru the Big Shot with the Spellbinders oval die, I layed a thick piece of cardstock over the top of the flower image so that it would not cut where the flower was.  I then could go around the flower with my scissors.  It worked pretty good, but I could see the shape of the cardboard impression in the paper.  So ... I ran the whole thing thru an embossing folder to cover it up.  It worked and it gave the card more interest ... a happy mistake?  Yes, I think so!  What do you think?  Do you like my card?


Paper - Dots by Bo Bunny, Cardstock White
Stamps - Bluebonnet and Sentiment by Deadbeat Designs
Ink - Versafine Majestic Blue, Tombows, Stickles Waterfall
Tools - Petite Ovals Nestibilities, Sizzix Basic Grey Diamonds embossing folder, Stampin' Up scalloped border punch
Other - Rhinestones by Hero Arts, Fancy Head Pin, Beads

I haven't heard from the Texas Tues-Step team about who is participating this week, but check my list on the right side panel and if you find they have a Texas card for you today, be sure to leave them a little love and a comment!

Enjoy the spring flowers!  See you tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!

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