Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hi all! I have a couple of Halloween cards to share with you today!!

I made this card for the Halloween card challenge over at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge Blog. This stamp is called Sugarplums Cow Emma from C. C. Designs. I just think Emma is so adorable in this cow costume!

I found this set of 3D embellishments in my stash the other day. According to the package, I got it the last time I was in Taiwan and that was about 3 1/2 years ago! I cut out an extra pumpkin candy carrier and bended it a little on both sides to make a tiny pocket for those little candy embellishments.

This one was made for the Halloween card challenge over at the Cards Blog a few weeks ago.

I didn't get a chance to share it with you here until now. I was so happy and honored to find out that this card was featured in the Challenge Gallery!

The funny thing was that I made this card for the "banner" challenge a week prior to the Halloween card challenge. But I completely missed the deadline yet again... It just so happened that I made a Halloween card that qualified for the next challenge!

This last one was inspired by the cute Halloween card made by Kristina Werner in this post. I happened to have those same Making Memories goodies, so I just had to make a card with them!

Well, that's all I have for you today! Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!


Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
for "Cow Emma" card:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: C. C. Designs (Emma), Hero Arts (clouds background), Close To My Heart (sentiment)
patterned paper: Making Memories
inks: Color Box Fluid Chalk, Memento
punch: EK Success
Copics used:
V17, V15, V12, Y17, Y15, Y11, E11, E00, E000, E20, (sorry that this image was colored waaaaaay before I started write down the color numbers, so these are all that I could recall...)

for "BOO!" banner card:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Inkadinkado
patterned paper: Making Memories
inks: VersaMark, VersaFIne
chipboard letters: American Crafts
punch: EK Success
embroidery floss: DMC

for "Boo!" witch boots card:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamps, patterned papers: Making Memories
inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink, VersaFine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
punches: Fiskars

Friday, October 30, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #89

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!! It's time for another fun sketch from Taylored Expressions! I made two cards for this sketch. First the sketch:

Here is my first card:

I used another adorable digital image from Pink Petticoat. This cute little birdie is from the set of images called " Chrip Up."

Isn't she adorable? I love the little skirt (or so I think) she is wearing! And the little hearts are so sweet or should I say "tweet!" =)

Here is my second card for this sketch:

This cute stamp is from Taylored Expressions called "Wings of Joy". I think I just don't have any resistance for adorable images and cute stamps! This is a very sweet holiday birdie set!

I colored the stamped image with some Copic markers then covered the word "joy" with some Star Dust Stickles. I layered two punched out snowflakes before I added the button.

That's all I have for you today! Don't forget to check out what the other members of the TESC Sketch Crew came up with! Here are the links:

Don't forget to visit Taylor's blog to find out how you can play along!


Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
for "Tweet" card:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Neenah Classic Solar White
digital image: Pink Petticoat
patterned papers: Memory Box
buttons: Papertrey Ink (green), Bazzill Basics (purple)
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
embroidery floss: DMC
Copics used:
bird: V17, V15, V12, YR18, YR12
cage:Y17, Y15 Y11, E29
sentiment: G82, G40, G20

For "Joy" card:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Neenah Classic Solar White
stamp: Taylored Expressions
patterned paper: BasicGrey
button: Autumn Leaves
punch: Martha Stewart
glitter glue: Star Dust Stickles
string: DMC
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
embossing folder, die cutting machine: CuttleBug
Copics used:
BG11, BG10, B000, RV42, R20, R11, R89, R29, R27, YG63, G82, G40

Thursday, October 29, 2009

two tall cards for Caardvarks

Hello everyone! Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my not-so-good day blog post on Monday. I am all right now and am here to share two cards with you!

These two cards are for the " A Tall Order" challenge over at Caardvarks. All you need to do is make a tall card and you will get a chance to win some yummy goodies sponsored by Nikki Sivils.

I adore these cute curly Christmas trees from Pink Petticoat. They are in the set of digital images called "Tall n' Skinny Pom Pom Trees." See they even have a cute name!

I stretched them a little in Photoshop to suit my design for the challenge. I hesitated to use the traditional red and green with these non-traditionally colored trees. But I went for it anyway in the end thinking that it's what makes it pop!

The deadline for this challenge is Friday. So head over to Caardvarks and check out the rules and the fabulous sample Crew Cards and get inspired!



Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card bases), Neenah Classic Solar White
digital images: Pink Petticoat
patterned papers: My Mind's Eye
corner punch: Fiskars
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo Broad
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
die cutting machine: CuttleBug
glitter glue: Star Dust Stickles
Copics used: BG01, B000, B0000, R22, RV42, R11, Y17, Y15, Y11, C1

Monday, October 26, 2009

a card for "Embellish the Cure with Bling"

I made this card for the "Embellish the Cure with bling" challenge over at the Embellish Magazine.

This challenge was inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness, so the colors we are supposed to use for this challenge are fuschia, light pink and grey plus a little rhinestone to embellish it.

I am feeling a little down today. So sorry for not saying much...


Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (fuschia, light pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (grey)
stamps: Papertrey Ink (flower), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink: Memento
border punch: Fiskars
blings: Hero Arts
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
die cutting machine: CuttleBug
Copics used: R22, R20, R11

Saturday, October 24, 2009

paper tearing fun!

This week's challenge over at the Hero Arts blog is all about "paper tearing."

The first card I made for the challenge was really simple. I stamped the cute tulip from the Three Flowers cling set then pieced the flower and the leaf from separate papers that I colored with Copic markers. I tore out a piece of white tissue paper just slightly bigger than the text paper then glued them together. I then did some simple sewing on it.

The butterflies were leftovers from making my second card.

I remember Dawn McVey made a tutorial on how to make a paper tearing/distressed flower in this post, so I decided to make one for my second card.

I clear-embossed the Hero Arts Antique Flower Background then colored it with three distress inks. I then made the flower according to Dawn's instructions. The green grass/ground is also clear-embossed with the new Branch Background cling stamp then colored with Peeled Paint and a little bit of Tea Die then torn to the shapes and sizes that I wanted.

The sky was yet again clear-embossed with the Flourish Background cling stamp (this is a must-have!) then lightly colored with Broken China. The butterflies were punched from scraps from making the flower. I also borrowed the stem from the biggest flower in the Three Flowers cling set for mine.

So I wanted to round the bottom corners as an afterthought. After I jammed my card (carefully...) into the punch it was too thick to be punched (I squeezed as hard as I dared to)... Luckily, it left good enough marks so that I could just trim them off with my scissors... The Corner Chomper is SOOOO on my list!!!

Well, that's all I have for now. Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Classic Solar White
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, VersaMark
punches: Martha Stewart (butterflies), Fiskars (corner rounder)
pearls: Michaels
others: sewing machine, thread
Copics used:
V17, V15, V12, G82, G40, G20

Friday, October 23, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 88

Happy Friday!

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by for my first sample card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge as a TESC Sketch Crew member! First of all, here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Once I saw this sketch, I knew which stamp set I was going to use right away. The problem was patterned paper... I turned my paper storage area upside-down in search of some baby themed paper to no avail. I ended up using some of my favorite PTI dotty DPs with some Sassafras Sunshine Lollipops paper.

I also turned the sketch 90 degrees. The piece of sentiment punch-out has a dimensional in the middle and a rolled up glue dot at each end so that it gives an arched look. All four stamped images are colored with Copic markers, cut out, then raised slightly with some rolled up glue dots. The circle and flower "cushion" that the baby is sitting on is then popped up with some dimensional adhesives.

That's it for my first sketch sample! Hope you like it!

Don't forget to check out what the other members of the TESC Sketch Crew came up with! Here are the links:
Please go to Taylor's blog to find out how you can play along!


Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Neenah Classic Solar White (stamped images)
stamps: The Greeting Farm
patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (dots), Sassafras (flower grid, blue)
imk: Memento
punches: Fiskars (corner rounder), Stampin' Up (sentiment)
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle Large, Blossom
Copics used:
baby: E11, E01, E00, E000, E93, R22, RV42, R20, Y17, Y15, Y11, E39, E33, E31
bottle: R20, R11, BG10, BG11, BG0000
duck: Y17, Y15, Y11, R22, RV42
toy: R20, R11, BG10, BG11, BG72

Thursday, October 22, 2009

no ribbons!?

I made this card for the "Sans Frill" challenge over at The Greeting Farm blog.

It was so hard to stop myself from putting some ribbons or twine on this card... Luckily, buttons are still allowed. =)

I colored this image before I started to write down the markers that I used, but I tried my best to figure them out. I am sorry about the ones that I couldn't recall...

That's it for now. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my first TESC sketch sample card!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by!

ingredient used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
stamps: The Greeting Farm (Miss Anya), Hero Arts (sentiment)
patterned paper: Close To My Heart
buttons: Making Memories (blue & yellow), Autumn Leaves (brown)
ink: Memento
corner rounder: Fiskars
Copics used:
skin tone: E11, E00, E000, R20
hair: E29, E25, E53
hair band, skirt, socks: Y17, Y15, Y11
handbag: BG18, BG15, BG32

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

a few ruffles and some pink


I made this card for Moxie Fab World's "Not Your Regular Ruffles" challenge. There are tons of incredibly inspirational photos over at the Moxie Fab site! Please click on the challenge link and get inspired!

This turned out pretty minimal which is what I intended. I set it on my table and stared at it for a couple of days trying to decide if there was anything that I could add to it. In the end, I decided nothing more would go on it.

This vintage dictionary page came with a scrapbook kit a while ago. I trimmed it to size and backed it with some cardstock. I threaded embroidery floss through a piece of PTI Sweet Blush Luxe Satin Ribbon on both sides and pulled it tight to create the ruffles. It's the back or "wrong side" of the ribbon that I used.

I covered the stamped images with some Perfect Pearl, but it really made it difficult to take a good photo... It turned out that the images stamped on the kraft card base didn't show in the front shot, but showed up in the sideways one, and vice versa. Hum... interesting...

Let me know what you think about this! You know I love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Close To My Heart
inks: Time Holtz Distress Ink
embroidery floss (for ruffling the ribbon): DMC
others: Perfect Pearl by Ranger

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

fall colors


This week's challenge over at the Mo's Challenge Blog is to use colors that remind you of fall and to use only two embellishments.

Orange, yellow and brown represents fall to me. They are the colors of fall leaves, pumpkins and yummy pies! =)

This image from Mo's Digital Pencil is called Makin Cards. How cute is this? As a card maker, I just adore this image. Since this is such a big/long image and I refuse to make cards that's larger than 5" square, I kept this very simple. And you know what? A long card would be the best solution! Duh! Why didn't I think of this earlier!? Well, I guess that will be my next card with this image!

That's all for today! Hope you have a beautiful day!

Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (card base), Neenah Classic Solar White
stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil, Hero Arts (sentiment)
pattered papers: BasicGrey
ink: Memento
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
punches: Fiskars
Copics used:
skin tone: E11, E00, E000
shirt, socks: Y26, Y21, Y13, Y11
skirt: YR18, YR12, YR00
boots: E39, E35, E33, E29, E25
hair: E29, E25, E53
dog: C7, C5, C3, C1

Monday, October 19, 2009

a card for TESC87

Hello everyone! How is your day? The weather is a little gloomy here in the Bay Area, so I thought I'd share a Halloween card with you!

I made this card using TESC87. Here is the sketch:

I love this pack of Memory Box Twilight paper! I love how they can make the Halloween themed paper so elegant! I am not sure if I can use some of the very beautiful paper in this pack... I do have a tendency to hoard pretty patterned paper.... =)

Sorry for the late post! Also sorry about the photos being slightly different in color... I couldn't get a consistent result due to the gloomy weather...

Hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Thanks for stopping by!

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamp: Close To My Heart
patterned paper: Making Memories (purple), Memory Box (all others)
ink: Memento
ribbon: Offray
border punch: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Standard Circles Large
die cutting machine: CuttleBug

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