Thursday, February 28, 2013

CCEE Fairies

Frances challenged the CCEE Stampers to use a fairy image in our design today.  I got several free images, including this sweet Lili of the Valley fairy image, out of a Papercraft Inspirations (a UK publication) magazine last year and totally forgot I had them until I was searching for something else one day and came upon them.  I colored her with Copic markers and added turquoise stickles to sections of her wings and wand.

The crocheted flower was white, but I colored it with my Sage Bundle distress pad to match my Sage ribbon.  The button in the center is a dark eggplant color.

Here's a closer view of this sweet little image

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Lili of the Valley
Paper:  White, Eggplant
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic markers, crocheted flower, ribbon, button, Polkadots Card Creator die, Labels Seventeen Nestability

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More Old Muse Color Challenge

This week's color challenge at Splitcoaststampers is being brought to you by yours truly to use More Old Muse: More Mustard, Old Olive, and Midnight Muse. Dessert option is watercoloring.

I watercolored my bird and my background. I used a direct to paper technique for the background, running my More Mustard and Old Olive ink pads across my card stock and then applied a light spritzing of water. Once dried, I stamped the Inspired by Nature image with Midnight Muse.

I used my bird punch for the bird and leaf branch, watercoloring him with reinkers and a watercolor brush. I sponged the edges with Midnight Muse for definition.

I love how vivid and rich these colors are together!



Thursday, February 21, 2013

CCEE "C" is for Cocoa and...

Frances is the March CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess. This week, she challenged us to think of as many things as possible to use in our card that begin with the letter "C".

 My "C's" are:  cardstock, Cherry Cobbler, circle card, Cocoa the Mouse image, Copic markers, Certainly Celery ribbon and brad.

If you'd like to play along and/or see the designs of the rest of the team, please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Color Challenge

Today's color challenge hostess, Peggy, on Splitcoaststampers, gave the colors of Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Certainly Celery. In my mind, these are fabulous colors for a masculine card.

I stamped the ferris wheel with Chocolate Craft ink and heat embossed with brown embossing powder. After I die cut the image with a rectangle Nestability, I left it in the die so I could lightly sponge Crumb Cake around it. I also lightly sponged Certainly Celery on my houndstooth embossed bg panel.

Supplies I used:

Stamps: Feeling Sentimental by Stampin' Up
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake
Accessories: 1" circle punch, houndstooth embossing folder, brads, corner rounder, brown embossing powder, heat tool, sponge dauber, rectangle Nestabilities

Monday, February 18, 2013

A New Day

Mary Marsh was chosen as the featured stamper on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) yesterday. Mary's gallery is full of wonderful designs. I chose her A Special Purpose card because I love the butterfly theme, and I also need a card with an encouraging sentiment.

 Per challenge rules, we are required to change two or more things in our casing of the featured stamper's card to make it our own.

Things I changed:
1. sentiment stamp
2. colors
3. added punched corners
4. added pearls
5. used various colors of card stock vs dp for the small butterflies

Supplies I used:
Stamps: Sentiment by Rubbernecker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, dp
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, ticket corner punch, pearls

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CCEE Flat Backed Treat Box

The CCEE Stampers' challenge this week is to make a Flat Backed Treat Box. Bonus points if we included a heart in our design.

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Splitcoaststampers (SCS) has a great tutorial on their website for this fun treat box.  I used some old designer paper from Stampin' Up (a part of my New Year's resolution to use my designer papers and ribbons!).  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with glitter gel pens.  I made a faux heart button for the red heart at the top, die cutting the heart three times out of Ridinghood Red card stock, gluing them together, piercing two button holes, and covering with Glossy Accents.  The hearts at the bottom right were stamped and punched with my heart trio punch.

Click here to check out the creations of the rest of the design team!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Love You Much (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Ridinghood Red, Very Vanilla, designer paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  trio heart punch, corner dimple punch, heart die, paper piercer, glitter gel pens, dimensionals


Friday, February 8, 2013

Blue Secret Garden

I love the blue/brown combo for the Free for All challenge on Splitcoaststampers!

 My card base is Bashful Blue; the brown matting and leaves are Coredinations card stock.  I used a Gesso resist technique for my flowers.  You apply Gesso to some kind of text print, let it dry, stamp your image with Versamark and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.  I then die cut the flowers with the Secret Garden Framelits, sponged Bashful Blue ink in the center and Midnight Muse on the outer edges.  Added blue Liquid Pearls and a light sprinkling of dazzling diamonds.  For the white base, I lightly sponged Bashful Blue toward the center, added Midnight Muse on the outer edges, and then finger walked the French Script text.


Thursday, February 7, 2013


Frances is the February challenge hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and she's kicking off this first Thursday in February with a weather challenge in honor of Weatherperson's Day, which was on February 5.  She challenged the team to create a card that features some sort of weather, e.g., sun, clouds, rain, snow, etc.

I went with clouds and rain for my theme, using my Friendship is Shelter Jolinne image by My Favorite Things (MFT).  I paper pieced her umbrella, jacket, and boots, and colored the rest of the image with Copic markers.  I also used my MFT Clouds Die-namic, dry embossing the largest one with a polkadotted embossing folder after I stamped the Forever Friends sentiment.  The background designer paper is also cloud themed.

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Please visit the CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the rest of the team members created and perhaps join us in our challenge!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Friendship is Shelter Jolinne by MFT; sentiment from The Journey set by Gina K
Paper:  White, cloud dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  copic markers, Mesh on a Roll, clouds Die-Namics, Labels 23 Nestabilities, dimensionals 


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Inspired by Earrings

Stef gave us the Villa Sorgenfrei website as our inspiration website today. What beautiful items they have! I love these gorgeous earrings and drew my inspiration from them for my card today.  This is also for the first Mixed Media challenge that started yesterday on Splitcoaststampers. Lydia's challenge is called Yin Yang to use one shiny medium and one matte medium. I used Distress Inks sponged on Crumb Cake card stock, and I used Glossy Accents for the center of the flower as well as a red glitter gel pen for the outer stitching and dotting on the flowers. I also used black embossing powder on the two flowers and separated them with dimensionals. I used Pumice Stone ink to stamp the leaves in the background.

Supplies I used:
Stamps: Secret Garden
Paper: Crumb Cake
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks in Pumice Stone, Fired Brick, and Black Soot; Stampin' Up Marigold Morning
Accessories: Secret Garden and Labels Collection Framelits, Blender Tool, Glossy Accents, black brad, dimensionals, red glitter gel pen, black embossing powder, heat tool