Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where Is Spring???

The only place where there's some Spring around here is on this card!

Using soft colors and airy flowers, I stamped while it was getting ready to snow again today. As I post this, the snow has begun to fall.

For the background, I created a very subtle chevron design and mounted the flower on it with dimensionals. The colors are muted to reflect the softness of Spring, which will get here someday...

Sunday, March 27, 2011


I knew I'd find a use for that brown Flower Soft someday!

The sketch for this challenge can be found HERE.

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Friday, March 25, 2011


Using the "Clearly Inspired Challenge" sketch, here is yet another daffodil card (see previous post.)

This challenge can be found on the Clear Dollar Stamps website HERE at the March 18th post.

Three of a Kind--Daffodils

This was a bit of a challenge to come up with three ways to use such a delicate stamp without overpowering it. All three were stamped with India Ink Black and colored with SU markers.

The first one was stamped twice on white so that the two main blossoms could be cut out and popped up with dimensionals over the full image. After mounting on green cs at an angle, I placed it on the sun dsp and stamped "Happy Easter" in the lower right corner. A tiny bit of orange Stickles was added to the rim of the daffodil trumpets.

The second card was first stamped with Versamark on Crumb Cake, then stamped again with black ink on a neutral piece and colored with yellow, orange and green SU markers. I trimmed it down to a narrow rectangle and mounted it with dimensionals toward the left side of the card, leaving room for the oval greeting.

For the last card, the image was stamped on another piece of neutral cardstock and colored with a SU yellow marker, then white lines were added to the petals with a Pen-touch white fine-point marker. (I've just about given up on using white roller ball pens--they dry out too fast.) I used an oval cutting set from Creative Memories to cut the image and underlying dsp, then mounted both on a green card. After adding some sparkle to the blossoms with a gold Spica pen, a gold metallic cord was the final touch.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LESS IS MORE--Masculine

This card started out with the Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp over which I stamped the tool box. The tools were colored with SU markers and Spica glitter pens. The top edge of the paper was torn, a red cardstock piece was added and torn, the greeting was stamped and the brads "screwed on." *wink*

The link for this challenge is HERE.


I hope you can see the glitter from the Stickles on these Easter eggs--they really make the card! (Click for a closer view.)

The colorful strip was made by masking off the top and bottom white space and sponging Easter colors in the area. I then removed the masks and stamped the eggs and the greeting. After applying the Stickles, the card was done.

This was soooo easy! Check out the other OLW entries HERE.

...and on the Third Day of Spring...

...another view from the tower!
Plant boxes, tomato cages
and deer fencing ready to go.
Meanwhile, it's good stamping weather.

Monday, March 21, 2011


A Winter Wonderland this morning!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


Click HERE for photos and descriptions of the Spring Fling at my house today. The theme was ladybugs, and a good time was had by all!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

LESS IS MORE--Off the Edge

I've been living on the edge for so long myself, I wasn't sure I could do this! *wink* (The link for Less Is More is HERE.)

The Hero Arts flower and stem were first stamped with Versamark on SU Crumb Cake cs, then colored with chalks. The greeting was stamped in black, and the card was done--soooo easy!

Here's a Photoshop tip: When I went to photograph the card, it kept flipping up the wrong way to get a clear shot. So I turned it upside down, took the photo, then flipped the image 180 degrees when I cropped it...much easier that way!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


All three pre-stamped images were in my file folder from ages ago, and I recently re-discovered them.

The first one is a gate card accented with yellow Stickles in the crocus centers, a silver cord bow and some purple gems. The blooms were colored with a purple marker, and the edges of the scalloped square were sponged with purple ink.

The orange card was first clipped with a postage scissor and double mounted. The blossoms were done with SU "elegant eggplant" markers for the stripes, and finished with purple chalk over them. I used orange chalk for the centers. A rick-rack die cut the bottom of the orange gingham, and the piece that was cut off is placed above the white ribbon. Purple Hero Arts gems provide the accents.

Finally, the last card was done with yellow markers and yellow Stickles for the centers. The green dsp and yellow cardstock were accented with a Martha Stewart lace punch. Green and yellow embroidery floss provide the final touch.

Enjoy! (Double click for a closer look.)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

LESS IS MORE--Pastel Colors

This week's challenge was to use pastel colors, perhaps in anticipation of Spring. Since I was in the mood for doing some watercoloring, I stamped this image and gave it an April look.

The stamp is "Forest Cottage Scene" from Stampendous, and today is the first time I've inked it up since it arrived last Fall. It appealed to me because it could be used for any season of the year, but somehow I never got around to using it until now.

For this Spring look, I used yellowish greens, particularly for the emerging buds on the trees. The grass could easily become snow for a winter scene, and the leaves would look vibrant with Autumn colors.

Although I prefer the full image of the card on the right, the card on the left is more in keeping with the "Less Is More" concept of leaving lots of "white" space.
The partial image was mounted on dark brown cardstock and popped up with dimensionals. Either will probably serve as a note card.

HERE is the link for this challenge.