Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Birthday America!

I am celebrating early. :-D I made this gift bag as an adaptation Diana Crick's Star Box I wanted to make a gift bag, so I added a piece of abaca twine. You can also use raffia. Cardstock used is from Core'dinations. The designer papers are from Me And My Big Ideas (stripe) and g.c.d. Studios (diamond). The buttons are from Dress It Up. The tag was made using dies from Nestabilities, stamped using JustRite Stampers.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blog Candy Winners!!!

I am pleased to announce the blog candy winners for the month of June! The winners were chosen using Congratulations, ladies!

The winner of Set A: 6x6 Basic Grey Cupcake paper pad
Jelly Beans ColorBox Classic Pigment Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday Stamp Set entry number 162! r0sie11111

The winner of Set B: 6x6 Basic Grey Granola paper pad
Chocolate and Blueberries ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Birds Galore Stamp Set entry number 80! Butterflies

The winner of Set C: 6x6 Basic Grey Offbeat paper pad
Primary Elements ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eyes
Inkadinkado Doodle Flowers Stamp Set entry number 264! ScrapAddict'sAttic

I will send a message to all the blog candy winners to notify them of their prizes. Please email me back at regarding your mailing addresses.

Thank you so much to all who participated and stay tuned...I will have more blog candies in the future. ;-)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Oval Stamps

I have been playing with the oval stamps from JustRite Stampers, available at My Sheri Crafts. All the images were colored using Copic markers and Stickles. I followed the sketches at RAQ's Challenge for my first two cards.

For sketch 1, paper that was used is from DCWV, ribbon is from Offray. The buttons were colored using alcohol ink. I used Spellbinders for the frame and embellished it with liquid pearls.

Sketch 2 uses the colors from the Ad Challenge that Carolyn Deline hosts every week at the Cricut message board.

I used Grace's Frame and Plum Blossoms embossing folders from Cuttlebug. The paper is from Basic Grey Cupcake paper pad. The scalloped frame and the flowers were cut using Spellbinders die. The skittles were dyed using alcohol inks.

I used the sketch from for my third card. The sentiment is a retired Stampin'Up stamp. The lace is from The Paper Studio. Button is from Basic Grey. Paper is from DCWV. Punch used for the border is Daisy Chain from EK Success.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Altered Jar

The theme for this week's challenge at My Sheri Crafts is "Altered Objects". Sheri sent each Design team member a different object to alter, and I received a jar from her. She also sent a Martha Stewart Elegant Paper Pack and the Martha Stewart Elegant ribbons to use for the challenge.

I covered the jar lid with cuts using Contemporary Hearts Spellbinders dies, and used flatback pearls from The Paper Studio as embellishments. The label is from the Mother's day cartridge, cut at 1".

Happy Father's Day!

Dad loves spaghetti Westerns, and that was my inspiration for making this card. The photo was printed using sepia tones. The handbills were from Old West, cut at 5 1/2", the words "Wanted" were cut at 2 1/2" and the cowboy hat at 1". The background paper is from The Green Stack from DCWV. The abaca rope is from the Philippines. The brads are from The Paper Studio. The ink is from ColorBox.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cheeky Cherry!

Here's guinea pig #2, albeit a glamorous one. I collect the Cheeky Cherry stamps and made a total of nine cards, all the while, experimenting with the markers. The rest will be posted by next week. As with all the other coloring media, the principle remains the same: "To add dimension, remember your low, medium and high tones--and blend, blend..bend!"

I used Anna Griffin paper for the background. The ribbon is from Celebrations, and the flower is from Petaloo. The frames are from Spellbinders, embellished with Liquid Pearls. The sentiment are lines from Maya Angelou's poem.

My First Attempt at Copics Markers

I have played with several different types of coloring media including markers, but never with Copics. Here is my first attempt. The image is called Iris Bookmark, from Hero Arts. I pop-dotted the main image and embossed the panels using Cuttlebug folders. The first panel was colored with metallic inks. I used Just Rite Stampers for the sentiment and Spellbinders for the circle frames. The papers that were used were: Gina K (for the stamped image-- it's reputed to be the best but it's a royal pain to cut), Me and My Big Ideas for the designer paper, and of course, Bazzill Bling. The punch is from Martha Stewart.

I used the sketch at RAQ's Challenge for the card's format.

The colors for this card were patterned after the Ad Challenge that Corolyn hosts every week.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Fairy Birthday Card

I made this card for this week's Design Team entry at The theme is "Birthdays". I used paper from DCWV's The Green stack, Two Scoops from Basic Grey, and The Paper Studio. The stamp is from Inkadinkado, colored using Prismacolor Pencils and embellished with Stickles. The flowers are from Prima. The die cut flowers were cut using Dahlia from Spellbinders.Ribbon is from Offray and the brown lace paper is from K&Co. The butterfly die is also from Spellbinders.

The pop-up inside the card is an adaptation of a card project from the Scor-Pal website.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Version of Tim Holtz's Curio Cabinet

I went to Tim Holtz's class last Sunday. The project was for a curio cabinet I do not necessarily subscribe to the darker colors, so I made my own modifications. My theme colors were peach, coral and sunset orange. I also highlighted the edges inside the cabinet with copper-colored ink from ColorBox. I know, I cheated and used some non-Ranger products, but hey...for opaque inking, nothing compares to ColorBox inks. The hands and the knob kept on falling off--so I just used Gorilla Glue for them.

The title of this piece is "Fractured Love".

Spontaneous ideas were encouraged during the class, but I wanted to create something that would have special meaning to hubby and I, hence the choice of paper and trinkets. His favorite number is 7 and mine is 8, and there are several 3s in the projects, since I was born on March 30th. Tim gave us free rein over the little treasures he had on the huge table, but I opted to use some embellishments from my stash--the Art Nouveau Fairy, the miniature medallions, flowers(grunge rose and Primas), and the crystal squirrel.

I filled the bottle up with half a dropper of Worn Lipstick, mixed with water. Vanilla is supposed to be an aphrodisiac, so I labeled it as such. :-) The cigar label is just for a touch of color.

At the back of the cabinet is a piece of bingo card with the numbers 74 and 75--he was born in '74 and I on '75. I was also lucky to get hold of a music book page with my favorite song in it, "Hosea". There is a vintage picture of a couple and a map. I absolutely love the page from a vintage French journal that I incorporated into the mix. The whole cabinet was inked using Victorian Velvet, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

Of course, I used a piece of paper with a cat in it.

I used Tim Holtz's tissue tape for the edges of the box.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pink Cupcake Card

I made a card for this week, using Carolyn's sketch at RAQ's Challenge. Here's the original sketch, which I had taken a lot of artistic freedom with.

The card measures 5"x5". The designer paper is from DCWV Sweets stack. The cupcake is from Sweet Treats, cut at 2 1/2". I colored the heart with Stickles, and when the Stickles dried, I applied a think layer of Glossy Accents on it, for added shine. The red sprinkles are Liquid Pearls.