Saturday, July 27, 2013


 Our challenge for this class was to try a different technique or look.  Since I usually don't do a lot of layering or edging, I decided to try the vintage look by distressing the panel and sponging the edges.  I meant to crinkle the paper before sponging, but forgot--that's how new this style is for me!  The same color combo of 2 shades of brown, aqua, and 2 shades of purple have become easier to use.

Following one of the sketches for this week helped me break out of my usual pattern.  There are also a lot more layers on this card, thanks to my scrap drawer.  I even dug out my button maker for this one, too.

I like how this turned out and will probably try to incorporate more of these techniques and styles in future cards!  (Once in awhile...)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Now that I'm getting used to this color combo, I'm finding more ways to use it.  Using two shades of purple and a darker turquoise on the kraft card base works very nicely I think.

The jute matches the card base, and the white flower centers match the white embossing for the greeting.  This was a very simple card to assemble, thanks to the die cuts!

Summer Card Camp/Week 3, Day 3

I'm finally liking the color combo for this week.  This card went very fast, mainly because of the die cuts I used.

First, I stamped the flower in purple and put the turquoise centers in.  Then I sponged 2 shades of purple and some turquoise on a scrap of white cs and die cut the butterfly; then I die cut the black overlay.  After adding the purple embroidery floss to the panel, I attached it to the card with ds tape.

Next, I white embossed the greeting on the turquoise banner and added it to the card; then I a attached the butterfly with foam tape.

I'm much happier with this card than the previous one.  I just wish it would have photographed better!

Card Camp Week 3/Day 2

The color combo for this week is two shades of purple, two shades of brown and turquoise--not a favorite combination for me.  However, it does make me stretch!  This card features a new stamp set from Paper Trey Ink which arrived here yesterday.  I also ordered the matching dies, so of course I'll never need another floral set (HA!)

I started by stamping in white ink on Crumb Cake cs, then overstamping the blossoms in purple.  After stamping the inner lines of the flowers, I highlighted the centers with a light turquoise marker.  The sentiment is from the same set, and I stamped it in Wisteria chalk ink.

Once I established the colors needed for this challenge, I added the dots around the leaves and stems with a Picket Fence Distress ink marker.  One word of caution:  when you first apply the pen to the paper, it looks blank for a minute or so until the white appears.  At first I thought it was out of ink; but it just takes time to show up.

The colors on this card look a little stronger in real life, but I think it would be much better on a darker Kraft cs.

 Since this card was too pale for me, however, I cut it down and remounted it on an Early Espresso z-card.

Before attaching the front panel, I ran the left side of the "z" through a Cuttlebug folder for added interest.  I also edged the sides of the panel with my turquoise marker.  (Part of the problem with this card is the camera shot itself.  It's not this pale IRL.)

If you click on the photos to enlarge, you can see the details and colors much better.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Happy Shaker Card

One of the nice things about signing up for Summer Card Camp is that you can go back to catch up if you miss a class or two.  During Week 1, I didn't miss a day; but last week I had a hard time keeping up because of the oppressive heat wave.  So here's the shaker card I would have done for Week 2, Day 3.

Using an oval shaker from Impression Obsession really makes it easy.  All I did was add some beads and sequins for the shaker, with a scrap piece of dsp for the background.  The rest is pretty straightforward.

TIP:  Before adding the shaker contents, use an embossing buddy or brush to eliminate static.

Summer Card Camp/Week 2, Day 5

There's a lot going on here, thanks to our classes this week:  the color combo, the fancy fold and overlap, the ink carving and the base.

Starting with the blue flowers, I inked them on a blue Kaleidacolor pad so that the centers would be light and the edges dark.  Then I "carved" the ink to create the white lines radiating from the center. (Sorry, you have to take the class to find out how...)  I used Versamark ink on green cs for the leaves.  The greeting is from my pre-stamped folder, and was just the right color for this week's assignment.

Next, I chose the dsp from a pad of recycled paper by DCWV.  Using the red for a background on the top part, I also cut out two of the circles for the flower centers.  After assembling the upper part of the card, I cut a strip for the bottom which included the cute little beaver and snail.  The red bird was cut out separately and attached above the greeting.

As you can see in the next photo, I added a stem and flower that would show up on the inside.  When all was done, I mounted the card on a gray base.  Lots of new ideas were used on this one fun card!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Our challenge in the Summer Card Class was to take a Christmas stamp and make a non-Christmas card.  I thought the SU Cardinal stamp would do the trick!

First, I masked off the word "cardinal" along the bottom of the stamp and used Versafine Smoky Gray ink.  Following a bird book that I keep in the Tower for coloring birds accurately, I used colored pencils and the color palette for this week.

This "Z-fold" card will make a nice masculine birthday card for someone this summer!

(Click on image to enlarge.)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Card Camp Week 2/day 1

This turned out OK, but getting there was NOT half the fun!

Every time I try to use my Distress Inks and craft sheet to do a watercolor effect, it fizzles.  Haven't figured out why yet!  After toying with this card for about an hour (it was 95 degrees outside anyway) I finally finished with a card I like.

It was so easy at first when I cut out the scalloped card shape with my Nestabilities die, then die cut the dsp with a circle.  I chose not to cut it straight at the top so that it would emphasize the complete circle.

Next I got out my craft sheet, Distress Inks and watercolor paper; and then the fun began.  I clear embossed the butterflies; but when I tried to apply the ink, somehow it didn't take as well as it did in the class video.  Had I done the embossed resist on regular cs and sponged the ink, it would have been fine.  Rather than scrap it, I decided to cover it as much as possible.  The Sizzlet butterflies served my purpose perfectly.

Instead of using vellum, I stamped the greeting on a scrap of Very Vanilla cs, cut it narrow and added the dots with a brown Distress Ink marker to coordinate with the dots in the dsp.  After adding gems on the bodies, I'm now happy with the results.  Whew!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Birthday Card

The weather is supposed to be in the 90's all this week, so I guess I'll be stamping more than usual!

This card doesn't photograph well and is a little more vibrant than it looks here.  The butterfly has Swiss Dot vellum underneath the black wings.  The leaves were stamped in Versamark and chalked with 3 shades of green.  I used the matching embroidery floss on the side and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for the greeting.

The butterfly body has a line of black gems which give it a little bit of sparkle.

Hope you're all staying cool!


This week my order from Simon Says Stamp arrived, so today I played with the daisy and "Oh Happy Day" dies.  The bee was in my pre-stamped images folder, so all I had to do was color him, fussy cut the image, and add some Stickles to his wings.

To assemble the card, I chose the light green cs.  Then I die cut the daisies twice, colored them with SU markers and mounted them as shown.  The bottom one is attached with snail and the top one is mounted with foam tape.  The bee is also popped up with a piece of foam tape.

Mounting the "Happy" was a little tricky.  I used TomBow Mono glue on a piece of scrap, pressed the word into it to coat the back of the letters, and pressed it onto the card front.  After rounding the top right corner,  the card was done.   This will make a nice summery birthday card!

Saturday, July 13, 2013


The assignment at Card Camp for this weekend was to choose another color combination and make a new card.  Since my Simon Says Stamp order arrived this week, I decided to make use of the solid leaf die, the "Oh Happy Day"die, and the coordinating stamp set.

First, I used the solid leaf die to cut the side of the card and a strip of the striped dsp.  To assemble the colorful "vine" on the right, I mounted a piece of white cs on the inside of the front so that I would have something behind the cutout to attach the striped dsp to.  Then I attached the leaf outline piece using TomBow Mono glue at various points.  Using the same color green cs, I cut the "Happy" from the word die and stamped "birthday" from the stamp set (in black.)

For embellishment, I strategically placed a few tiny gems, pearls and Hero Arts flower gems along the vine.  Using dies on a card sure does simplify things!

Friday, July 12, 2013

10-Minute Challenge at Card Camp


A little bit over the time limit!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Using one of  the Card Camp Sketches for this week, although I modified it a bit, I made this birthday card for my Dad who will be turning 95 in August.

I die cut the "you" from a scrap of silver paper and added the silver cording for some added sparkle.   After attaching the wavy pieces to the card front with ds tape, I used a paper piercer and black ink pen to make the faux stitching.

The Scrap Drawer is finally getting used up, thanks to the projects at Camp!

(Click to enlarge.)

Monday, July 8, 2013


...AND I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE MY HOUSE!  It's not too late for you to join in on the fun and new ideas/techniques HERE.

Today's challenge was to use this color combo, one which I never would have tried otherwise.  First, I used a die on a piece of white cardstock, mounted it on a piece of the aqua cs and then re-attached the die cut a little off set up and to the right.  Then I clear embossed some leaf sprigs on the front of a white card and sponged over it with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  After adding the blossoms to the overlay piece, I mounted it on the card front with dimensionals.

I really like how this turned out and can't wait to see what the design team comes up with for tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


I finally got around to trying this new die from Impression Obsession that I picked up at the Allentown Stamp Show.  It seems I never have an Anniversary card handy when I need one, so now I do!

First, I ran the die through on green dsp for the branch, and again for the birds and hearts.  Next, I ran a piece of scrap Confetti cs for the tree trunk and ripped the one side to make it look rough.  After attaching the branch with TomBow mono glue, I perched the birds on the branch with dimensionals.  The hearts were added with mono glue.

For the sentiment, I used an old wooden Hero Arts stamp and Adirondack "Denim" dye ink.  Not wanting to take chances on the greeting coming out crooked, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Last, I rounded the bottom right corner.

Except for the white card base, this card was made using all scraps!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Same stamp, different look!

For this card, utilizing scraps and a pre-stamped image from years back, I decided to go vertical.  Using the daisy scrap as a sample for coloring, I used Barely Banana and Creamy Caramel markers (SU), plus a Gelly Roll pen over the center of the bottom flower.  The bottom flower was colored, cut out and popped up over the same image with dimensionals.

The greeting is from a Hero Arts set, which I chose for its font and size.

I think I like this card more than the previous post!