Friday, May 29, 2015

Penny Black Poppies In a Fancy Frame

I was shopping at my local hobby and craft store the other day and I found a "Fancy Frames" Cricut cartridge in the clearance rack . Of course I had to buy it!!!

Since then I've spent  entire afternoons cutting out  frames that are just the right size for my greeting cards.

The image on the card front is a Poppy Stamp from Penny Black. I colored the image using Derwent Colored  pencils and blended the colors with baby oil. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of velum and then backed with a snippet of white card stock. A few  little snippets of ribbon were added to the sentiment.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenges 178 & 179
 Mynn's Birthday Bash Giveaway Celebration at her blog "On A Stampage" 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a great day.
Ta Ta For Now,

Monday, May 25, 2015

City Crafters Challenge Blog

The card I'm sharing today is my entry for the current challenge  at City Crafters Challenge Blog

We are to use the picture shown below as the inspiration  for our card

The theme of this challenge is Inky-nes"S"
We are to create a project that features one or more of the following techniques


My card was made using watercolor paper for the background.
I  "S"mooched the color in the masked off center square.
I "S"plattered  on the background with some gold colored acrylic paint.
I "S"ponged the background with a cloud template and distressed inks
I used some bits and pieces of leftover watercolor papers to die cut the flowers and stems. Painted them with distress inks and layered the flowers, stems and leaves.

This card is also being entered in 
Mynns Birthday Bash Giveaway at "On A Stampage Blog"
A big Thank You to Mary H whose blog is  Carolina Cards and Em Fairley who blogs at Creative Em
They are my two new followers. Click on the links provided and visit their blogs.  

Have a great day and thanks for visiting. Ta Ta For Now,

Friday, May 22, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Card In Blue

I made another birthday card for Mynn's Birthday Bash Giveaway over at "On A Stampage".  To visit Mynn's blog and see all the other birthday cards in the challenge just click on this link or on the link in my sidebar.

 I used the same Burned Batik Background Technique as I did in my last post, but this time I used blue and purple distress inks to color the background.
The base of the card is a Gelli Plate print that I made a while back.
 I'm not a very good stamper so the Elizabeth Craft "Happy Birthday" die gets used a lot on my cards.
 I added a  ribbon on the side with my favorite little Memory Box Butterfly die and some little brads and this card is ready to go.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you'll come back and visit again soon.
Ta Ta For Now,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Birthday Card With A Burned Batik Background

Surprise! Another Butterfly Card!

I tried another new technique for making a background for this card. The Technique is called the "Burned Batik Background" and if you are interested in trying something like this the link for the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers is HERE.

Mynn, over at the blog "On A Stampage" is doing a Birthday Bash Giveaway! She will be boxing up tons of stamps, paper, bling, etc. and sending it off to one randomly chosen winner at the end of May! Go to her blog and follow the giveaway rules and Good Luck! Today's card is the birthday card that I made for her. 

I am also entering this card in the Pixie"s Snippets Playground Challenge #177
I love this challenge and I make more friends every time I play there. Di is a great challenge hostess.

For this card I used:

 Clear Embossing Powder
Stampendous Butterfly Stamp
Background Stamp by Inkadinkado  with  Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Distress Ink in Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio
Elizabeth Craft "Happy Birthday" sentiment die
Heart Brads (NBUS)
Paper Doily Scrap found in Leftovers Box
Background also leftover designer paper

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Have a great day!
Ta Ta For Now,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Birthday Card With Butterflies

The card I'm sharing today uses two different butterfly dies and two different  techniques for making backgrounds.

I love the Bokeh Effect stamping technique, so I had to try it using inks in shades of yellow and orange with the dots made using white pigment ink. Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial on Bokeh, check out the link provided.

I made a cloudy sky by cutting out a cloud shape from scrap paper and inked around it  by using sponge daubers and  "Broken China" Distress Ink. If you are interested in trying this technique check out the link to Splitcoast  Stampers.

The gold colored base layer on this card was a bit of left over card stock from last years graduation cards.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground/Weeks 175 &176
Papertake Weekly Challenge "In The Garden"
Sister Act Card Challenge, Challenge #105
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog/Challenge #79
Dream Valley Challenges/Challenge #106

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Seize The Birthday Challenge - Use The Negative!

I made this card for the Seize The Birthday Challenge.

The  challenge rules are that you must use the negative portion of your die cut. The part that you would normally throw away.

The base of this card was inked with "Broken China" Distress Ink. Blue glitter paper was used for the card  layer and also the butterfly die cut. For the negative space I used a Penny Black die "Fresh Breeze" and saved the die cut for a future project.  I love how the blue glitter paper shows through. I used a Elizabeth Craft "Happy  Birthday" die.

I almost forgot to mention that the background of the butterfly was cut from a left over piece of paper that was stamped using the Bokeh Technique.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you like this birthday card.
Have a great day,
Ta Ta For Now.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Spring Birthday Card

 This picture, from "The Shabby Tea Room",  Week #251 "Pretty In Pink Challenge" was the inspiration for my card today.

 I finished this card just in time to send to a friend  for her "Spring Birthday."

The background  for this card was made using the "Bokeh Effect Technique". I used an assortment of Distress Inks in pastel colors  and sponged them onto card stock. I then used several different  sizes of circle stencils and sponged white ink over the surface.

I used the Memory Box "Orchard Tree Frame" die and the Spellbinders Inspire "Bicycle" die.
The tiny little flowers were made from the snippets or the throwaway portions from my Spellbinders "Floral Ovals" die.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

I certainly hope you have a great day and please come back and visit again soon.
Ta Ta For Now,

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My New Favorite Mini Album

This mini album was designed by Laura Dennison from "Following The Paper Trail".
This is The Shabby Pockets Mini Album and if you click on the link it will take you to her  instruction video.

I've  followed her blog for years and I think she designs the most wonderful mini albums. She gives excellent  instructions and also her you tube videos are great.

The cover of this album was made with burlap covered chip board and gesso. The flowers used to decorate the cover were from "Paper Studio".  The leaves behind the flowers were made with cheesecloth  that I dyed with distress ink.

This book has many pages for displaying  pictures and there are also many, many  pockets.

There are photo mats to fit in  all the pockets.

I found this designer paper at my local Hobby Lobby. It is  by "Prima" and is the "Romance Novel Collection". I combined these papers with pages made from Kraft paper.

I love the vintage look of this paper collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by to look at my new mini album. I love getting comments so let me know if you like this book.

Ta Ta For Now.