Saturday, December 24, 2011

Class Challenge: Repeating shapes

This is my inspiration pic for my latest sketch class challenge. The pillow is from The Textile Blog which has some pretty cool shapes and pattern work.
We were supposed to draw a repeating pattern, and make it go to the edges of the paper. I was trying to make it look like it has depth, and found I liked using watercolor to make shadows better than pen/crosshatches.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

One Layer Card

I loved this painting when I saw it in a Pier 1 ad, and had to keep it for inspiration. This is the card that resulted.
I NEVER do one layer cards. They are so difficult for me. But I am loving this one. I used a PTI Mat Stack die on a post-it note, to make a mask. Then i used the straight edge of other post-its(I went thru quite a few!) to mask off stripes and sponged.
I have been inspired by the Alisa Burke sketch class that I am taking to go out on a limb and paint on this card, instead of stamp. I then sponged PTI tea dye around the edges, and off the top of the mask too, to bring the color up to the top. (It was really a mistake, but a happy one, I went ahead and sponged a mix of colors all the way across, and like the way it turned out.)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mushroom Sketch

I was inspired by a pic that I saw on Flickr, for this sketch. The homework for Alisa Burke's class was repetition of shapes. I don't think this what she had in mind, but this is all I could think of that was my own idea, and not copying hers. I also like the way she did her shadows very dark. So that is the thought behind this one.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CFC 30

As soon as I saw this Tic Tac Toe challenge from CASual Fridays, I thought : I love the orange and aqua combo! I just had to try it! (especially when Michelle said she would never use it in a million years! This one's for you!) This one uses SEI Dill Blossom paper, an old SU stamp.
Our local scrapbooking store is going out of business, and I just had to get these bright orange jumbo eyelets. I would like to put something in the center of that eyelet on the flower, just not sure what?!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pot Pourri Challenge

this is for the Moxie Fab Get Inspired: Pot Pourri challenge. i wanted to do a cream on cream card with hints of black and silver. so i stamped the PTI Medallion in Sand ink to make it represent the doily in the pic.
the big silver brad is from SU, and the patterned paper is recycled packaging from an Amazon Kindle (not mine :(, unfortunately)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sketch Class

I am taking Alisa Burke's online sketch class. I have been having fun doing the homework. I didn't realize that a regular pen would run when you add water with a watercolor brush.
This is the assignment for finding shapes, I liked the dried blooms on this hydrangea. I changed the background a little. (who wants a parking lot in a sketch?!!)

Friday, November 25, 2011

PPA 121 Pearls

This is for the CAS Elements of Style: Pearls. These are from a Pearl Pen. And I am loving this new color from Papertrey: Autumn Rose.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I am so excited!! I made my first etsy sale! It was my purple/pink/gray/black ruffle scarf. And I just had to make tag to match it.
Stamps: PTI: Background Basics: Houndstooth, Daydreamer, Fillable Frames #10, Just for You
Paper: PTI: Autumn Rose, Smoky Shadow, White, A Muse: Blackberry
Ink: PTI: Snow White, A Muse: Blackberry
Other: A Muse Blackberry buttons, PTI FF 10 die

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clean & Simple 167

This card is for the Clean & Simple #167 challenge. I know it is not much stamping, but stamping on vellum is not always easy, there was some effort involved. ;)
The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, and the brad is SU.
I took the picture below at my mom's new house, this is one of 2 bushes on each side of the front door. We don't know what kind of bushes these are, but they resemble grapes. So I was playing with my 100 Cameras app on my iphone, and got the above picture. Dave said it was hard to discern what it was, but I liked the abstract look.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Got Published!!

I am so excited!! I hate to be a bragger ;) but look at page 124. This card is my first publication.
My boss knows about my love of paper and card making, so when he saw the packaging on his Ipad, he gave it to me to play with. So, I made a Boss' Day Card.
The ribbon is A Muse, the library clip is Stampin Up. I printed the sentiment off the computer, used nestabilities to cut it out, and left the nestie on the die cut, then sponged ink on it to leave a white frame. The lines on the clipped layer is from PTI's Mini Scrapbooking Series:Library Ledger.
Hey Michelle! Look, I used kraft paper. I usually never use kraft paper, but it matched the letters, and I tried sponging the edges with PTI snow white ink to cover some of that kraft up.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

CFC 28

I am not sure this qualifies for a Clean and Simple Tag, but I had fun making it for the CASual Friday challenge. The flower is from A Muse. I stamped it in Memento Ladybug, cut it out, then pressed it into the Versamark, and covered it with Utee thick clear embossing powder.
The card base is a about an inch shorter than the standard card size, because i folded it up for the bottom pocket.
All the background stamps are from PTI, and the cream patterned paper is from SEI Moonrise pad.

Pay It Forward Challenge

This card is for Moxie Fab's Pay It Forward challenge, the Day of Encouragement card. I stamped PTI's Background Basics: Houndstooth on one edge in Ocean Tides ink. All of the patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist:Happy Go Lucky 6x6 pad.
I stamped the A Muse Mad for Plaid zig zag stamp, then stamped it again on the green check paper, then lined it up on the card, so that I wouldn't get one of those gaps of no ink like you get when you stamp on the edge of 2 layers. The butterflies are A Muse dies that Michelle let me use. She is sweet that way! The sentiment is from PTI Everyday Button Bits set.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Masculine Sympathy Card

I needed a masculine sympathy card, and thought this SEI Moonrise paper worked well. The sentiment is PTI Fillable Frames Additions set stamped in black on PTI vintage cream cardstock.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Make It Monday #39 & Tuesday Trigger

I combined 3 challenges for today's card. This is for the Make It Monday challenge to make a multi stamp background, and i used some of the colors from the Tues Trigger Beads pic. Also the Ribbon Carousel challenge 27 to use any ribbon or twine. I tied button twine thru the button, then instead of trimming, let it stay as part of the ribbon strip.
For the background, I used PTI's Harvest Berries stamp set for the leaves in pink (see the pink leaves in the trigger pic?) I also used PTI's Daydreamer set for the aqua mist blooms(for that big bluish-green bead in the center of the trigger pic), and the snow white trio of beads (taken after the pearls in the trigger pic).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crocheted Flower

Can you tell that I have been crocheting more than card making? I have been having fun.

Ruffle Scarf

I learned to crochet just so I could make this ruffly scarf. I love it! I had enough yarn leftover to make a second one, and have put it in my etsy store, if anyone is interested.

Friday, October 7, 2011

CPS 238 & Timeless Tues

This is the card that I did for the CPS 238 sketch challenge, and the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday pic challenge. I loved all that green in the photo, so I did a multi green card.
The base is SU old olive, with PTI spring moss strips stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves, and the image matted in PTI ripe avocado.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Make It Monday #34: Chipboard Accents

this is for Make It Monday 34 :Chipboard Accents. it's a gift tag for one of my latest creations, a crocheted ruffle scarf. i did 3 layers of cardboard plus a cardstock layer for the leaf/vine die cut.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day

This is a no stamping card, just patterned paper, and a little die cutting. A very quick card, thanks to My Mind's Eye paper, and Papertrey Ink dies!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Crochet Crazy!

This card is for 2 challenges. One sketch challenge from Paper Players, and a ribbon challenge from the Ribbon Carousel blog.

I took a "learn to crochet" class at our new Joann's store this week, and I am hooked! (pun intended ;)
So I crocheted some purple ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and wrapped it around itself to make this flower with tails. It looks really cool in real life, if I say so myself.

Paper: Happy Go Lucky: Lime Twist: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: PTI Turning a New Leaf & Fillable Frames sentiment