Tuesday, September 29, 2009

my first ATCs

I have had the 7Gypsies ATC Cardholder and the ATC Cardholder Tags ever since they first came out. I loved the idea of the Cardholder that allows you to display them and was really fascinated by all the beautiful ATCs the various artists has made, but I have never got the chance to do anything with them.

Now with Hero Arts blog's ATC challenge I finally dug them out of my stash, cleaned off the cobwebs and tried to make ATCs for the first time. The featured artist at Hero Arts blog is Shari this week and she has made some very inspiring and amazing ATCs for this challenge, so please go over and check them out if you haven't done that already!

This was an easy one to make. I just picked a spot that I liked on the Delicate Branches background stamp, stamped it then colored the image with Copic markers. I used some distress inks to make the sky. I was really having trouble deciding if I want to put any sentiment on it... Any suggestions? I am not used to making cards without sentiments...

This one was made with some scraps of Hero Arts digital images. I clear-embossed the Antique Flower Background then distressed it as well as the text paper.

Finally, this is the last one for today... I clear-embossed the Grid Pattern background then colored/distressed the tag with Broken China and Peeled Paint. I folded some flowers from Prima into quarters just as Jennifer McGuire demonstrated in one of her Thinking Inking classes then glued them in place.

Well, that's all I have for today! I had a lot of fun making them and I hope you enjoy them! Let me know what you think about them and hopefully I'll get to make some more later this week!

ingredients used:
cardstock: 7Gypsies ATC tags
stamp: Hero Arts, Hero Arts Digital
ink: Memento, VersaMark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers: Copic
button, twine: Papertrey Ink
flowers: prima
pearls: Recollections
embossing powder: Stampendous

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World Card Making Day and a card

Hello my friends! Happy Tuesday!

Do you know that October 3rd is World Card Making Day? It is a special day to celebrate my favorite hobby!

Come and join the fun! Moxie Fab World started their Would Tour of Card Making Day on Monday. It's a five-day celebration with card makers from around the world! This is a great chance to meet talented card makers in the comfort of your home! Please go over and click on the links and get inspired!! You can also post your blog here to join all the card makers that are celebrating this special day!

I'll be celebrating the day by making cards, hopping along the listed blogs on the WCMD website and being inspired! How about you?

Here is a card for a little celebration! Not exactly for the WCMD, but for a day that we all look forward to and treasure!

I actually made this card a while back, but didn't get a chance to introduce it to everyone.

I used a cupcake border stamp from Hero Arts to create a subtle background behind the piggy. I was just thinking that there should be some sort of cake on this birthday card... =)

Hope you like it and please come back tomorrow for some ATCs that I made for this week's challenge at Hero Arts blog!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket
stamps: The Greeting Farm (pig and balloon), Hero Arts (cupcake, sentiment)
inks: VersaMark, Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers: Copic
glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
embroidery floss: DMC
other: Glossy Accents by Ranger

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Monday, September 28, 2009

two cards for "Gradient is Radiant"


The always inspiring Moxie Fab World's new challenge is called "Gradient is Radiant." I love that they always have really pretty and inspiring photos that relate to their challenges. No exception this time either! Please hop over and check out the challenge and get your creative juices flowing!

I know I have shamelessly used this design/layout two or more times... I guess it's just a versatile design... =)

This is the second card. The stamped images on both cards are colored with chalks.



ingredients used:
for both cards:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (kraft card bases), Stampin' Up
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: VersaMark, Papertrey Ink Perfect Match
ribbons: Papertrey Ink
chalks: EK Success
pearls: Recollections
punches: Fiskars

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sketchfest Saturday

This is for Sketchfest Saturday and also the final sketch at Caardvarks. Big thanks to Caardvarks for the awesome sketches and incredible inspirations for the past week! I enjoyed it very much!!

I fell in love with this little birdie from Pink Petticoat. This cute little birdie belongs to a set of digital images called Chirp Up. I love all the images in that set and the whimsical style the artist has. She also has some freebies on her blog. I love finding talented artists online and the incredible imagination and creativity they have. This is one thing that I am grateful for technology for!

I tried to keep the background simple so that it doesn't overpower the image. Hero Arts background stamps are perfect for this! I am so in love with the Hero Arts Shadow Ink in "soft pool." I used chalk on the DesignBlock Tree.

Anyhoo... Hope you like it and hope you all have a beautiful Sunday!

ingredients used:
cardstocks, twine: Papertrey Ink
patterned paper: Basic Grey
stamps: Pink Petticoat (digital bird), Hero Arts (backgrounds, sentiment)
inks: Memento, Hero Arts Shadow Ink, VersaMark
markers: Copic
chalk: EK Success
corner rounder: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
die cutting machine: CuttleBug

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Friday, September 25, 2009

two photo cards


We took Mr. Little Naked Bear and Little Rubber Frog with us to Osaka in 2003. Little Naked Bear was just waring a spare hair band for me if you are wondering why he wasn't naked.

Here is a card made with a photo of Little Naked Bear and Little Rubber Frog at Osaka Jo (Osaka Castle). You can barely see Little Rubber Frog since he is so much "un-taller" than Little Naked Bear.

They both are very excited that these cards made with their photos will be entering Hero Arts blog's " Photo Card" challenge this week.

This one was shot at a ramen shop in Osaka. It took them a little while to decide what to order, but they settled on sharing a pork-flavored soup base ramen with a super yummy soft boiled egg in the end. They still talk about that meal until this day.

Just FYI: Little Naked Bear is completely naked now and is hibernating. Little Rubber Frog has chosen to reside in our shower... =)


ingredients used:
for Osaka Castle:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: VersaMark, Memento
markers: Copic
pen: ZIG

for ramen shop:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Bazzill Basics (orange)
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: VersaMark, Memento
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three
die cutting machine: CuttleBug

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Sketchfest Friday

This card is for Sketchfest Friday at Caardvarks.

I have something to confess though... I don't have any, yeah none, zip Halloween themed anything... I know, as a card maker this should be a crime... And I am guilty!

Big big thanks to the sweetest Donna for those cute Spooktacular characters. If not for these images I wouldn't be able to make this card!! Also thanks to the incredibly talented girls at Hero Arts Flickr Group that gave me the idea to use black ink for the clouds background stamp for a spooky Halloween night sky. You are the best, girls!!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Bazzill Basics (orange)
patterned papers, ribbon, twine: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts (clouds background), The Greeting Farm
chipboard letters: American Crafts
markers: Copic
ink: Memento
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares Large
die cutting machine: CuttleBug

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sketchfest Thursday #2

Yay! I am back for another card for Caardvarks' Sketchfest Thursday!

Told you that I adore this sketch... I had this idea when I was making this card. I was just rotating it to see which orientation looked the best then this idea popped in my mind! So I had to try it...


ingredients used:
cardstocks, patterned paper: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
punches: Fiskars

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sketchfest Thursday

I made this card for Sketchfest Thursday at Caardvarks.

I adore this sketch and think it's really cute!!

The Asian Frame image is colored with Copics and I applied some Glossy Accents from Ranger on the three flowers.



cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Bazzill Basics (pink)
patterned papers: Prima
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Memento
markers: Copic
pearls: Michaels
other: Glossy Accents by Ranger, machine stitching

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sketchfest Wednesday

I made this card for Sketchfest Wednesday at Caardvarks. However, I originally made a card with the same sketch last night (or early this morning around 2 am), but I think I may have interpreted the sketch too liberally... So this is my second try...

It makes me happy whenever there are scraps involved in making a card. Except for the card base, all are scraps from making this card. All the panels are clear-embossed with Hero Arts stamps then colored/distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The Hero Arts digi-butterfly is colored with Copics.



ingredients used:
cardstocks, twine: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts, Hero Arts Digital (butterfly, text background)
inks: VersaMark, Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers: Copic
punch: Stampin' Up

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Sketchfest Tuesday

This card is made with Tuesday's sketch over at Caardvarks.

I am so in love with this "Whimsical Girl" from Bee Crafty. She is so fun to color and don't you just want to give her a big kiss? The artist has many other cute designs, please go and check it out!

I printed this out knowing that it wasn't big. I just thought that this is a cute size and forgot that I needed to get my Copics in it and not mess up the little spaces... Think it came out okay?

ingredients used:
cardstocks, patterned paper, buttons, twine: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Bee Crafty (digital Whimsical Girl), Hampton Art (alphas), Hero Arts (background)
inks: Memento, VersaMark
markers: Copic
corner rounder: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom
die cutting machine: CuttleBug
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo Broad
floss: DMC


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Sketchfest Monday

This card is made with Monday's sketch over at Caarkvarks.

I had a patterned paper as the background at the beginning, but decided it was a little too busy for the simple foreground... I used a quarter of a scallop circle as the photo corner.

ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
patterned papers: October Afternoon (orange corner, strips), Making Memories (green), Collage Press (ledger)
stamps: Studio Calico
buttons: Making Memories
punches: Stampin' Up, Fiskars
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo Broad
strings: DMC

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

it's Sketchfest at Caardvarks!!


It's (okay, it was technically...) Sketchfest Sunday over at Caardvarks!! It's seven days of fun sketches and creativity!

Okay, I didn't know about this until about 11:30 pm PST!!! I felt a little relieved to find out that I had until 7 am PST on Monday to finish my card and enter it for the challenge.... HA HA!!

This card for the first sketch was done at around 12:10 am Monday!! Phew~~

Okay, so what was I doing all day and wasn't smart enough to check what was going in the cyber world? Well..... I was coloring all day..... Yeah, this Heidi was one of the images that I colored. So glad that it paid off!!

Well, I think it will be a super fun week with this on-going challenge at Caardvarks! See ya tomorrow!!

By the way, the very talented and sweet Lucy has an awesome giveaway, go and check it out!!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamps: C.C. Design (digital Heidi), Hero Arts (sentiment)
patterned papers: Sassafras
flowers: Prima
ink: Momento
markers: Copic
pearls: Michaels

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