Monday, March 22, 2010


Next week starts Passover so I made this card for my husband's family. Because I wish not to offend anyone, I checked with my sister-in-law before posting this card. I do not have a stamp that says Passover but I did have a Happy Pesach so I used that one. I made the background using my Star of David stamp. I then sponged the smaller square blue and embossed "Happy Pesach" using White Craft ink, and clear embossing dust. I then heated up the dust and was able to get this nice bright statement. I felt like it needed something more and because I didn't want to introduce a new color I didn't want to use the brads I had on hand. Therefore, I added Ice Stickles Glitter Glue. I am very happy with the results. Hopefully next year I will be able to design something a little more elaborate. I have an idea in mind but have to see how to put my idea on paper.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Blessing

I used for the base of a card a really soft blue card stock paper that I was fortunate to receive from my sister-in-law. I then added the designer paper pack that was in the recent Stampin' Up mini pack. I colored the flower with colored pencils and blender pen. When I putting the card together I thought the flower needed something in the background and sponged it with Ranger Ink Orange Marmalade. I added Diamond Stickles to the middle of the flower to give it a little sparkle and stamped "Easter Blessings" and the design on the side in Lavender.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Goodies

It was the perfect combination. My girlfriend Julie's birthday and my new Stampin' Up toys came. Julie is a Stampin' Up consultant. You may visit her at Julie challenged us last week with some origami cards. Anyway, the paper was not new, but the flower punch and the bird and leaf punch were new. I also, splurged and got the new corner punch. I found two different ways to use the corner punch. The way I punched here leaving a triangular shape on each corner or you can punch so that the scallops are the only shapes on the corner. With three new punches I didn't know which way to turn so I used them ALL on this one card.


Next week is my brother-in-law's birthday so I have to make a non-feminine card which is a great challenge for me. I love all the fuss and muss with ribbons, beads, scallops, eyelets, and different shades of pinks and purples. I'll let you know how I do sometime in the next few weeks. Normally, I like to show the card after the receiver has actually received the card.

However, I was also asked if I would do a card stack workshop so I have some designs down but want to make a few more for that event coming up. That should help me stay in tune with my feminine side.

I then want to conduct a spring class featuring flowers and events for this spring like Mother's Day.

And, also, I volunteered to design Mother's Day Cards for my daughter's Daisy Troop. Of course, with 6 and 7 year old girls I am assuming they will do whatever it is they want to do. Which is perfectly fine. I am sure the moms would rather see their daughters creativity rather than mine.

Hoping you have a sunshiny day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Faded Jeans

I was looking through People magazine and saw that denim is used in addition to jeans for items such as bags, shoes and other accessories. With that in mind, I started using my Faded Jeans Ranger Ink. For this card I used SU stamp from the SU 24-7 Set and inked it in Faded Jeans. I then took the corners and cut it with the new corner punch that was in the mini catalog. I needed to pull in a little more color so I sponged Faded Jeans ink on a slightly larger rectangle. I wasn't sure if I should use an additional color but went for it with Ranger Ink Aged Mahogany. I liked the way everything look but wanted to try the Distressed Stickles so I added some Faded Jean Stickles to the blue paper and Aged Mahogany Stickles to the heart. I am very happy with the way this card turned out.

Sometimes I like to just sit and stamp with no real thought or direction. Today I stamped two of SU 24-7 stamps in Watermark Resist Ink and then sponged it in Faded Jeans ink. I was very happy with the results from that project and decided to cut the paper in half and make two cards out of it. I then stamped the bird again in Faded Jeans ink and cut it out. I then highlighted part of the bird with Faded Jeans Distressed Stickles. I took a sponge to a 1 inch strip of paper and added Stained Walnut Ranger Distressed Ink and then cut it with the Eyelet Punch from Stampin' Up. In addition I stained another small piece of paper in Faded Jeans and Stamped Happy Birthday in Walnut Stain ink. For my last card I punched out one of the corners and stained the edges with Walnut Stained Ranger Distressed Ink. I took the Walnut Stained ink and punched out an oval scallop shape and stained it. Finally with Faded Jeans I sponged an oval shape and stamped Thank You in Walnut Stain ink.
These two cards (Happy Birthday and Thank You) are now listed at my on-line store

Faded Jeans Distressed Ink and Glitter glue, Walnut Stain Distressed Ink and Glitter glue, and Watermark resist Ink is now on sale now at

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Victorian Birthday

I should apologize now to my husband's aunt. I made her card purely with my own wants and desires in mind. I put a splash of lavender on the card as I know she likes purple, but now as I write this, I think the purple shade she leans towards is amethyst which would be a darker purple than the one I chose. When I was making her card a month ago, I was purely thinking of the beautiful Tattered Rose Distress Ink from Ranger Ink that I've really taken to liking. It gives a white paper just a tinge of pink. I love the feminine aging it provides on paper.

I was in a very girly mood. I wanted pink and ribbon, lace and frills; I wanted a fussy card. The base of the card was white and stained pink with Ranger Ink Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then added a SU stamp from the Sprinkles set in Ranger Ink Tea Dye Distress Ink. The top layer was stained with Ranger Ink Milled Lavender Distress Ink and cut with Stampin' Up Eyelet Border punch. The ribbon was very vanilla satin. I colored a stamp from SU Friends 24-7 with green and pink markers. I couldn't fit the entire image with the oval scallop punch I used, and I like the way the image pops from the oval cut out. I cut a rectangle out and then went around it with the Eyelet Border punch and took the Tea Dye stain and colored that rectangle. I cut a smaller rectangle and did the same thing with the Tainted Rose. I also added "let's celebrate" in Tea Dye. For a little decoration and to secure the rectangle tags I added two off-white brads.

I am currently selling these three inks in my Etsy shop with a special FREE SHIPPING offer.