Thursday, March 28, 2013

LOVE-ly Lady Tag

Here's a special card for you, lovely lady!
Today's post is a tag/card made from the New Prima products I purchased from Paper Wishes/HOTP.

The tag is a large tag made by Prima, it's measurements are 3 3/4" x 8 1/2" and it is a heavy weight stock preprinted with an antique writing lightly in the background.  They come in a pad of 48 tags for about $7.00.  The back side is white, so you can decorate it also, or leave it plain for writing a special message.  It then fits easily in a #10 business size envelope for mailing.

The tall Doll stamp, also from Prima, is designed by Julie Nutting. They are just labeled as Doll and then a number. The companies where I have seen them, have them numbered #1, #2, #3, and so forth, but not every company's numbers are the same, so you have to remember which one you saw where.  There are two styles I have seen so far, a younger little girl, and the older looking tween or young woman. Then each doll has different poses and dresses. I stamped the doll on the tag with memento black ink and then colored it in with my copic markers.  I didn't really like the way the dress looked when I finished, so I paper pieced a dress to pop on top with foam dots. That gave the image some dimension anyway. I then stamped and punched a few various flowers and leaves from stock and assembled them together to form the floral arrangement in the bottom left corner. I used Ranger Glossy Accents to glue the flowers together, and Liquid Pearls to dot the centers. The sentiment "love" was colored with copics and then heat embossed with Vintage Gold embossing powder from Globecraft & Piccolo, and adhered with Glossy Accents. To finish off, I tied a bow at the top with a thin brown plaid ribbon.

A handwritten message on the back, and then pop it into an envelope and off it goes to a dear friend who is celebrating a birthday this month. I hope you have enjoyed this tag, and hope you will check back in a few days for more stamping and paper fun. See you soon.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shake A Leg . . . . . Go Find an Egg!

 "Spring is here,
 So shake a leg. . .
Hurry up! Hop to it!
Go find an egg!"

I love the sentiment on this card, it came with the bunny stamps on the Inky Antics clear set titled,
"Bunny #2". In fact, all of the stamping on the card today came from that set.

I started out by stamping the bunny and his basket on white card stock, and coloring him with my copic markers. When I started fussy cutting him out, I noticed there were a lot of details that I could not cut around, such as the shaking of his leg, and a loose egg or two. So I decided to stamp the bunny again on another piece of white card stock that was 3 3/4"x 5". I then stamped the egg and polka dot background stamp across the top of it, along with the saying stamp. After I colored in all of the eggs in the background, there was a lot of white space left that I really didn't care for. I got out my Smooch Ink spray in the Gingerbread color and spritzed the background here and there. I then trimmed down both sides of the background with the EK Success Scalloped Scallop edge punch, and added three gold Dazzles swirls along the sides. I used some foam tape to raise the bunny cut-out for dimension, and then adhered it to the front of the card base.  I tied a lavender sparkly ribbon on the left side in a knot and the card was finished.

I hope you have enjoyed my Easter cards this year. I have to get a few of them in the mail so they will reach their destinations before Easter Sunday. If I have any more wonderful card ideas for Easter,  I will share them with you. I have a few birthday cards I need to make for the first few days of  April, so my mind won't be in bunny or egg mode much longer. Have a great week, and I will share with you again soon.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Happy Bunny Day!

Easter is just around the corner, and here is a cute card that can be sent to young or old alike. The sweet little bunny stamp is from Darcie's stamps. I stamped the bunny with egg on white card stock and colored it with my copic markers. I did not color the bunny himself white, I just outlined it and filled in a little shadow to make the white show up more. Next, I started putting the background card together. I first adhered two lengths of pale pink dotted grosgrain ribbon to the card front about 1/4" from the top and bottom of the card. I then used a very thin width of red line tape to adhere the green leaf ribbon right above the grosgrain ribbon, again at the top and bottom of the card. I found a pre-stamped label the same color as the card, and attached it between the two rows of ribbons, using glue dots to adhere it. Then using foam tape, attached the bunny and egg to the card front overlapping the edge of the label.

To finish the card, I cut six tiny pink velour flowers off a length of ribbon and attached each one to the card front with a glue dot. Three on the top, and three on the bottom, with an adhesive crystal in the center of each. I then added a tiny hot pink bow at the bunny's neck, and the adhesive stick-on letters spelling out "Happy Bunny Day."

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter week. Here's hoping the best for you and your families in this upcoming spring season.  Blessings upon us, one and all.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's Time for Bunny Hugs!

It's time for great big Bunny Hugs!
Good day one and all, hope you are having a wonderful day.  The card for today is a very "blingy"(is that a word?) bunny card.

I stamped this huggin' bunny on white card stock with black memento ink. The bunny is from the Inky Antics Clear stamp set called "Bunny #2." There are two very cute bunnies in this stamp set, and I don't know which is #2, so I will just call this one the huggin' bunny.  I'll use the other in another card later this week.

I colored this bunny with my copic markers, because I can blend and shade colors better with my copics than all of the other markers I have. The background behind the bunny is the Dandelion embossing folder from Sizzix. I ran the gray card stock and embossing folder through the Cuttlebug machine, and then punched the small heart border punch from The Punch Bunch on the top left corner. It was so plain up there in that corner, it needed something.  I also attached a small tied bow in that corner as an accent. I used foam tape to pop the bunny out from the card, so the card would look more dimensional.  I also used adhesive stick-on letters to add the phrase, "Bunny Hugs".

I then started accenting the embossed flowers of the design with pink adhesive crystals, dots of pink liquid pearls, and lots of chocolate brown stickles. I didn't accent all of the embossed dots, just most of them! ( I probably did too many, but oh well, some of us just love our bling!) All I can say is that this is one SPARKLY card!

I want to thank you for stopping by for a visit today. I hope you have enjoyed this card, I know I sure enjoyed making it. Give someone you love a "Bunny Hug" this week, and have a happy Easter! See you again soon.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Tulips: Stained Glass Window

Hello Everyone!  I have another Easter/Spring card for you today.  This one is made from hand tracing a metal stencil of the Tulips Stained Glass Window on white card stock. I traced it twice, once for the background, and another time just for the frame around the window. It is hard to see in this photo, but after coloring the tulips, leaves, frames, and background with my copic markers, I trimmed the gray frame off the second stamping and used clear foam tape to pop it up around the image.

I also stamped a dangling banner from the Lawn Fawn's Bannerific stamp set with Memento ink, and then colored it with copic markers. I used the Pixie Antique Alphabet set to stamp the phrase "Happy Easter" and then used foam dots placed inside the frame to pop the banner just a bit higher than the frame. I need to mail this card, and I don't want it to be so dimensional in the envelope that it will cost extra to mail.

To assemble the card, I took a gray sheet of card  stock and trimmed it to 3 3/4" x 5" and ran it through the Cuttlebug machine with the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. I then mounted the colored image to the embossed stock, and trimmed the top left corner to match the design image and added three pink acrylic stones to the right corner for accent. I left the "grout lines" of the image white on this card, because it looked better. I used the image I cut from the framed pieced and colored in the grout lines with black, gray, and a light gold, just to see how it would look, but I didn't like the look at all. I guess the white worked better with the light colors I colored the image with. Maybe if you colored the image with darker colors the darker grout lines would look OK.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting today. I hope you have enjoyed my card, and will try to stamp a few cards for your family and friends. See you soon.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Easter

Greetings, Fellow Papercrafters!  Today's post is an Easter card, since Easter is so close to St. Patrick's Day this year. Two weeks separates the holidays, so there is not much time to get Easter cards done if you want to send them out.

This card features my favorites, Tilda from Magnolia Stamps, and Hero Arts. The little girl is Fancy Romantic Tilda, and the stamp has her holding an umbrella.  I cut off the umbrella after stamping the design on white card stock, and added the basket of eggs from an Inky Antics clear stamp set. I colored all of the stamped images with my copic markers, along with the two flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts "Blossom" set.

After all of the images were colored, I set them aside, and got out my pink card stock background and a piece of pink vertical striped paper and stamped the sentiment Happy Easter in Rose bud Memento ink. I believe the Happy Easter was from an assorted holiday stamp set from Fiskars.  To give it just a bit of twinkle, I added a few pink faceted stones for the middles of the flowers and attached them to the card front, using foam squares to pop up Tilda just a bit, so she would stand out on the card.  As a last thought, I used some Smooch ink on the edges of the flowers, just so they would sparkle just a little.

I will try to post a few more Easter cards this week, that are fairly easy to complete. Then if you are like me and running behind in getting your cards done, you will still have time to finish them and get them in the mail by next week.  Take care, and Stamp Happy!  See you again soon.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thank Ewe Mark, from Deadbeat Designs Stamps

Thank You Mark, from Deadbeat Designs Stamps!
My post today is a card I made after the mail-lady came. I received a small package from Mark Jetton at Deadbeat Design Stamps, with stamps that he sent thanking me for entering his Texas Independence Day Card Challenge.

I think I liked the "thank you gift" more than the prize offered, especially since the stamps I received aren't even on his web site yet! The shadow Texas stamp, the barn/house with Texas Flag roof, and the small distressed Texas cut-out stamp, are the new stamps and when I added a few others from my stash of Deadbeat stamps, I had a cute landscape card to play with.  Of course, I will have to work on my content and perspective a little bit more, along with my shading and coloring, but all things considered, I think it made a pretty cute "quickie" card.  Adding Deadbeat's Clouds and Buzzards stamps, and a little banner that said "Thank Ewe!"  covered part of the "coloring" I really didn't care for. 

On the inside of the card, I typed with the computer; "No sheep, you say! They are inside the barn, hiding from the buzzards!"  That's my slight attempt at humor since thank EWE, (refers to a female sheep) and there are no sheep in the picture...... OK, I didn't say I was funny!

If you are interested in checking out Mark's great stamps, visit his web site He has all types of fun and interesting stamps, not only Texas stamps.
 I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Take care, and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Today is the first day of Spring Break 2013 here in Texas. In honor of all those who leave town to hit the water at the beaches near by, I have created this cute little House Mouse card titled "Sail Away".

The card base is a pre-printed card with glitter and sparkle squares. I stamped out a sheet of chevrons from Hero Arts stamps on their Pool colored paper, and then cut it to size for 1/2 of the card background. I used some silver thin background strips from Dazzles to divide the various chevron stamped panels, and then adhered a border around the entire stamped part.

I then stamped the House Mouse rubber stamp with Memento black ink on specialty stamping paper, and colored it in with my copic markers. I added some stickles to the water lines to make the water stand out, and give the card some motion. After cutting out the stamped area, I popped it up with foam squares to give the card some dimension, also.  To make the banner, I cut small triangles from white card stock, stamped the letters with Versafine ink and smugged a little chalk ink around each pennant, and then used a strip of Dazzles to "hang" them across my card. I also added a tiny grosgrain ribbon where the two backgrounds met, with a bow tied at the top of the card.

I hope the weather on the Texas coast is as nice as the weather casters say it will be; sunny with no chance for rain Monday through Thursday with highs in the 70's. The water may still be a little cool for playing in the surf, but there are still may other water sports you can partake of down there.  Have fun, stay safe, and have a great week!

We'll be Friends Forever!

Welcome Friends,
Today's card is a very simple card, that takes just a few moments to put together and color. It uses a Color Me tag and some Dazzle Borders from Paper Wishes/Hot Off the Press.

First of all I cut a rectangle of printed scrap book paper 1/2" smaller than the card base itself (3 3/4"x 5") and adhered it to the card base. Then I added a border of the Dazzles twinkly stickers to both the top and bottom edges.  I then took one of the Color Me tags, that are a pre-printed design that is already embossed in gold, and colored it with my copic markers. I then cut it out with my sharp scissors and then stamped my greeting from the Heart to Heart stamp set from HOTP.
I used foam tape to pop the tag off the front of the card, and adhered a scrap of the printed background paper to the inside of the card.

There you have it, it's DONE!  Another card that uses the same supplies, but a different shape of tag, is the Good Friends are Like the Stars card, below.

On this card I used the Dazzles Border stickers around the whole piece of background scrap book paper. The tag again, was colored with my copic markers and stamped with a sentiment from the Heart to Heart stamp set. This time I used a bit of scrap book paper for a decorated tab on the side of the tag, and tied a scrap of mesh ribbon through the hole in the tag. The Color Me tags come in a package of papers that contain 12" x 12" size scrap book pages along with a sheet of tags, with at least 8 - 10 tags on the page. Some of the Color Me sets also have borders that can be used on your cards or scrap book pages.
 For more information on these Color Me pages, cards, and papers check on the Paper Wishes web site. and search for the Color Me products.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and a creative and inspiring Spring Break. If you are travelling this Spring Break, have a safe and happy trip. See you soon. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Irish Eyes are Smiling. . . . .

Happy Wednesday fellow papercrafters and cardmakers!

Today's post is a St. Patrick's Day card that I made, and I really like the way it turned out. I started out with a 4" wide strip of dark green card stock and cut it at 6" long.
I then scored it at 1" from the end and attached a rectangle of light green stock 4" x 41/2" overlapping just as wide as my red-line tape. This completed the card base.

For the embelishments on this card, I cut two more scraps of card stock; one from a peach and green muted background 3" square, and one dark green stock 2"x4".  The dark green piece was the leftover from the 4" strip cut from the 8"x8" paper pad. I adhered one strip of a yellow and green print washi tape and a strip of beige tape measure style washi tape leaving a space in the middle for my handwritten sentiment banner, "When Irish Eyes are Smiling".  I then handstamped the double dot strip clear stamp from Paper Wings Productions on the left side of the card, and stamped some clover plants from the Louise clear stamp set also from Paper Wings Productions. The stem with leaves stamp and teeny heart stamps made the clover plants, then I colored them in with my Copic markers. I printed the leprechan from an online copyright-free image and colored it with copics also.  To add just the right amount of bling I dabbed a bit of Stickles in Firefly to his shirt, tie, and socks. Foam dots poped him up from the surface of the card, and a bit of peach twine was tied in a knot above his head.

I have a bit of Irish in me, but it must be just a wee bit, because the Guinness makes me woozy! (even a wee bit!) I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and try to make some cheery St. Patty's Day cards. (even if you aren't Irish!)