Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall colors

The Playdate Cafe  has a wonderful color challenge of wine, pumpkin, and moss, What great fall colors. I chose a Thanksgiving card.
The frame is cut with Nesties 6 on the Big Shot. I have been into making my own background DPs so I took a small piece of ivory and stamped a small leave in red, orange, bronze, and yellow. The larger leaf is Stampabilities. I stamped it first in brown then sponged on the smae colors as the background, thn cut out and glued  to the background. The red/white twine is Tim Holtz. The sentiment is computer generated and then punched with windows punch from SU. I backed it with the same color of the frame.
Here is the color inspiration photo from The Playdate Cafe:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Inspiration

The clean and simple challenge at cas-ual fridays and Tuesday Throwdown this week is fall inspiration. My card is not only fall inspiration but it turned out sort of like my lawn was this summer with our severe drought. I think fall colors always give the solemn look needed for sympathy cards.

Card base: ivory
Background: DP from SU
Image: grid from Penny Black, Flower ?, both stamped with Tim Holtz Distress tea dye.
Sentiment: studio G
Raffia ribbon. Guess that raffia is a little crooked. We'll just pretend that was on purpose for some special effect! HaHa!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Paper Craft Star challenge for this week is "stars". I was shopping in Nashville, IN yesterday at Papertrix. It is the most awesome stamping store. They have everything. Anyway, I found this adorable hippo with a star and just had to get it and use it for this challenge. Of course the sentiment is so cute too. I hope you can read it. It says "Where's that fairy godmother when you need her?"
I have been looking for some humorous ideas for birthdays. I think this sure fits.
The hippo is Mostly Animals and the sentiment  is TooMuchFun Rubberstamps.
The DP is from Nana's kids paper pack. I added pink rickrack and a bright yellow bow to accent. You cant tell from this pic but I used a star gel pen to dot the eyes and it makes them sparkle. Hope the recepient thinks this is as funny as I do.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hero Arts Tag

A Blog Named Hero published by Hero Arts has a challenge of using tags on a card. I like the look of tags and use them quite a bit.
My neighbor, who is a quilter, gave me some fabric scraps she had left over. I think she must have more fabric than I have paper--if that is even possible!! HaHa!!. Anyway I have been experimenting with using fabric instead of DP. I glued this piece on Kraft cardstock. The blue seam binding from SU picks up the blue tone on a flower in the fabric. The red netting is new in the SU Holiday Catalog. I cut a strip and bunched it up and secured it with glue dots before putting on the seam binding. The sentiment is PTI stamped with Tim Holtz tea dye ink. I anchored that with a button tied with embroidery floss--another thing I have an abundance of left over from my counted cross stitch days before I got bifocals! This is all mounted on an ivory card.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Black & White

The challenge at CAS-ualfridays is black and white  with a splash of color of choice. I just about always go with red when I think of black and white. I learned this really cool technique with rubberbands, acrylic block, and stamp ink. I tried it and am loving it so much I stamped several pieces while I had the messy rubber bands. So I am totally casing Brian's idea. See it here. Brian always has cool techniques and tips on his blog.
 I used the rubber band technique with black SU ink. The red flower is from a package I picked up at Michael's dollar rack. It is secured with a black brad. I scrunched up the flower for some depth but that doesn't show very well. I'm thinking maybe I'll go back and use some shimmer spray or glitter glue to perk up that flower a little. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Paper Craft Star Girly Card

This week's challenge at Paper Craft Star is "girly" cards. As I have 2 granddaughters age 5 & 8, I have some experience in "girly" things so really enjoyed this challenge.
The front:
The inside:
The card base is white. DPs are The Paper Studio for the words & My Mind's Eye for the stripe. The girl stamp and the pink daisy strip are from the dollar bin at Michael's. Love those bargains!! What would a girly card be without bling? There are pink rhinestones at the center of each daisy and I used a pink star gel pen to trace over the word girl. The Happy Birthday and the inside sentiment are SU. On the inside, I anchored each corner with a daisy cut from the strip. I think every girl--young or older would like a "spoil yourself" day. I know I am certainly ready for a spa day!!