Sunday, October 18, 2009

Preview of Swaps No. 3

This was an ATC I made for a swap on Splitcoaststamper's website. I would the stamp at Michael's in their dollar stamp bin. It was just too cute to pass up. I got the Martha Stewart Halloween Fence Punch to make the boarder on the bottom of the card. The background cardstock is a metallic black that just shines a lot better than the picture shows. For added spookyness I punched out a half moon with an one inch circle punch and added some green glitter glue to make it sparkle.

I just had too much fun with this swap. I have the recipe cards back from the first swap and I will post them as soon as I can.

Thanks for looking,
Have a great day.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Swap-tastic #2

Here's a preview of yet another swap I joined. I know I said something about a fall ATC in the last post, but like the silly person I am I forgot to scan a picture of them. :) But I did make one for me to keep, so I'll show that one off later.

This time its a holiday card swap. This one was a swap challenge for me. It was an all white swap with choosing which holiday you wanted to do from Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Years. I signed up for two spots and did a Christmas Card and an New Years card. The New Year's one was a fun one to do.

Christmas Card:

I used two my cuttlebug embossing folders and white ribbon just to accent the contrast between the snowflake side of the card and placed the embossed square on the plain side. It makes just a simple christmas card. I did not put on a sentiment on it because I could not decided which to use, so I kinda left it up to whom ever gets the cards.

New Year's 2010:

I used one my favorite techniques on this card. I learned of the "waterfall" on another site and had to learn how to do it. As you pull on the ribbon, the card flips the numbers over to reveal the year "2010." I cut the numbers out on a shimmer paper to give it a little sparkle. The base of each square and the card itself is embossed with the cuttlebug folder "swiss dots" and I accented the star brads with some glitter glue. What a fun way to tell a family member "happy new year."

Thank you for looking again....
Stop by again for another peek at a really fun swap that I just could not say no to. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


So, work has been crazy as it can come!!! To help me keep my sanity I joined like 8 swaps. I know, can you say overachiever?

So for a little fun over the next couple of weeks I'll display my wonderful little works of art. :)

The first is one is for a swap on It's winter/holiday themed recipe swap. The recipe itself does not have to be a holiday recipe, but the card needs to be in a winter theme. I did one of my favorite cookie recipes of a fudge nut brownie cookie. SO YUM! To go along with the winter theme, I printed the recipe out on a snowman bordered recipe card. Isn't it cute!?!?!?! Then I made "cookies" with a scollped circle punch and decorated the cookies with some extra christmas stickers. For a little added detail I wrapped white thread around the circle, just to make it stand out a little bit.

This one was soooo much fun that I can't wait to see what the other 5 ladies made. Stay tuned, when I get them I will post them.

Thank you for looking, see you next week for a fun fall themed ATC swap. :)


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekly Challenges

I did a couple of challenges this week. I'm in a totally creative mood! I used my favorite stamp sets for it this week. Later today I am heading to a Stampin' UP! thingy. I will post some picks of the cards I make when I get back.

So the first one I have is the CK Sketch Challenge hosted by BeachBum/Chris:

Paper: DCWV Green Stack, Grey CS
Stamp: Colorbok Friendly Forrest
Ink: Black
Other: Markers, Glitter Glue

The other is for the ISC Weekly Challenge was to create a window card hosted by LisaAnn:

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps, Farm Critters
Paper: DCWV Spring Stack
Ink: Black
Other: Foam Tape, Coloring Pencil

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Clearly iStamp Challenge

I stumbled across this blog Clearly iStamp from a website were I buy clear stamps, Clear Dollar Stamps.  I love their animal stamps!  Clearly iStamp is hosting a challenge  for a guest designer for one month.  This month's challenge was to use brads, designer paper, ribbon and 1 stamp set for images and sentiment, or 1 stamp set and a computer generated sentiment.  Since I've been on an ATC kick lately, I made one for this challenge.

Ribbon: KI Memories
Brad: Paper Studios
Paper: DCWV Summer Stack, White CS
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps, What a Hoot
Ink: Whisper Inks
Other: Markers, Emboss Powered, Foam Tape

Sunday, April 26, 2009

ISC Weekly Challenge for 04/26

This week's challenge was hosted by Antme/Patti.  She asked us to the make an ATC that will make you "Laugh out Loud."  

ATCs seem to be popping up lately.  I joined a swap, now a challenge...what will be next?

I made two for this challenge.  One was a chance to use my new set of Stampin' Up! stamps and the other was to use my new Cricut Hello Kitty.  

The top ATC was fun to do.  With the image being an old 35 mm camera I went with a sepia inspired scheme.  I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots emboss folder and lightly inked over it so the dots would pop out a little more.  I just finished it off with some brown/cream ribbon.  You can't really tell, but there is some glitter glue on the lens and flash of the camera.  The sentiment reads..."Everyone has a photographic memory...some just don't have film."  I used the set "That's Funny!"  I will be playing with that one later.  :)  It has some cute/funny phrases.

The second ATC was rally fun to do.  I just got my Cricut and I'm still learning how to use some the cartridge features.  I picked up this Hello Kitty one during the awesome sale Michael's had this past week.  Hello Kitty is one of my favorite images and I'm super excited about this cartridge.  I used HK paper for the background and added a quote of "A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway."  I find this quote both cute and funny.  Mostly because it's very honest.  I tied the ribbon just under HK paws to make it look like she is holding onto to it.  It was really fun to use this image.  I think I got it down how to make the characters from Cricut.  I will blog on that one day down the line.

I thank Patti for this challenge.  I connected me back with my love of quotes.  I have many webpages bookmarked that I use in my scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I hope that others will enjoy these.  I actually can't wait to use them on some cards I am planning in the future.

Thank you for looking today.
I hope this inspires your imagination.


Hello again.  I'm going to do a follow up to the last post.  This time I'm going to show what you can do with an ATC (artist trading card). 

I made this card for my cousin who is graduating from college this summer.  The little mouse stamp was made as an ATC.  Remember that they measure out to be 3.5" x 2.5."  They can either be collected, swapped or used on a card.

I used my new House Mouse stamp.  I first stamped it lightly and colored in with colored pencils.  Then I stamped over it again and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is a Studio G wooden stamp.  I just stamped it in black ink and embossed with glitter embossing powder.  I layered it similar to the mouse grad.   I wrapped some ribbon around just to make a little embellishment for the card.

It's just a simple card.  The ATCs make great little additions and make card layouts a little easier.

Thanks for looking.

Hope this helps gets your imagination started.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

So...I have been looking at different sites on the internet to gather so new ideas for cards and things.  On this website, Inspire, Chat, Swap, I found some interesting swaps.  One in particular was for ATCs.  After I posted a thread on the forum, I found out that ATCs are cards the size of a baseball card (2.5" by 3.5").  They are little pieces of art that showcase your talents.  One of the swaps caught my eye.  It was for Cartoon that we Grew Up to.  I had to try it out.  I picked one of my faves from the eighties...The Care Bears.  After mulling around how I was going to do it.  I downloaded pictures of the different bears and made little cards to match up with the names.  This was so much fun that I'm already looking for another swap to do.

Now...I know what you are thinking.  What do you do with ATCs?'s very simple.  You can collect them or use them.  But you CAN NOT sell them.  They are given away in good faith from the artist who created them.  They make great accents to cards, or if you wanna frame them instant inspiration when you get stuck on a project.  With their size they make perfect "card candy."

Each of my ATCs are one of kind.  But they have the same basic components.  I used velum stickers for the clouds, embossing for the stars (either clear powder or glitter powder), a cute sentiment and of course a Care Bear.

Thank you for looking.  Please come back.  I hope this helps to get your imagination going.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CKMB Challenge 03/08/2009

This week's challenge was interesting.  It was hosted by Lavenderblue.  It was a very creative choice for a challenge that really made me think outside the box.  

This is a stamp set that I have purchased a couple of years ago to make invitation for a friend's baby shower.  I have really used them since then.  I made this card for a co-worker who is having a little girl soon. This color combo is based on her nursery color choice.  The paper flowers are something new I'm trying.  I inked them to match the color scheme.  Also, with the sentiment I tried using markers to highlight only one word 'stardust.'

I hope she likes this card, it really was fun to make.  Lavenderblue had a great idea with this challenge and truly made me think outside the box.  

Hope this gets your imaginations going.  As you sit around your craft room looking at all your supplies, wondering why you bought that item, just think outside the box. ;)

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Spring Card

This one I had a little fun with. ;)

Supply List:

Main Cardstock cut at 5.5 in x 4.25 in (lavendar)

Layer Cardstock cut at 5.25 in x 4 in (grey)


2nd Layer Cardstock cut at 2.75 in x 5.5 in, folded in half (dark blue)

3rd Layer Cardstock cut at 2.5 in x 2.5 in (light grey)

Final Layer Cardstock cut at 2.25 in x 2.25 in (white) I started simple with stamping the image onto the white cardstock. For this one I used the stamp set "Tree for all Seasons" by Stampin' Up! I colored in the image to bring it a springy feel. Next the punched the corner the a Ticket Punch (also from SU). I layered on the the light grey CS and punched the corners out as well. Then I layered that onto the dark blue CS, this makes it a mini card. For a little added fun I punched the corners on this as well. Then on the grey layer of the CS I put a bit of ribbon off centered and made a bow. I then layered on the the main lavendar CS. 

I placed the mini card on the layered to card. To finish it off I did some siggly lines around the white cardstock and a hand written greeting on the inside.

I wanted a simple spring card. With the mini card being where you put the greeting this makes it easy to send off to friends and family. It can easily be changed for a birthday or get well card as well.

I hope this put your imagination into gear,

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

CKMB Challenge for March 1st

This week's challenge was to create a "thank you" card using only a color scheme of orange and grey, with just a touch of white. 

I had a little bit a trouble with it, mostly because I did not have any grey paper.  After a quick trip out to J's, I got started.  

I used the new Citrus Pack from DCVW for the orange.  I just fell in love with that flower paper.  Accenting it just a little with some grey organza ribbon.  The sentiment is from SU that is stamped out in orange on light grey paper.

I have fun with these challenges because they push my creative mind.

Thank you for looking, I hope I've inspired your imagination.