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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stampendous Fillly

I've been wanting to color this Filly Sketch for some time. I was playing with it several months ago when some of my students asked me to teach them how to color this with Copic markers. I don't know that I've mastered it, but I've certainly had fun playing with it. I used the following markers to complete this project.:

E53 Raw Silk
E55 Light Camel
E57 Light Walnut
E71 Champagne
E74 Cocoa Brown
E77 Maroon
E79 Cashew

E81 Ivory

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day -- To the Irish in All of Us

So, what do you do when you receive a card swap for St. Patrick's day when you forgot you signed up for the swap? You think green, of course! My impromptu Irish holiday card came from a Sizzix Heart Step Card Die and some pre-cut paper mats that I got from my friend Becky. She gave them to me back in January.I created my Shamrock by cutting two shades of green from hearts in the die set and cutting the messages from the March Flourish paper in the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish collection. It turned out pretty well, I think. So, Top of the Mornin' To Ya

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lighthouse Card

When it's not a stamp and not a die cut, what is it? It's an OUTLINE STICKER! I crated this porject for a card swap. I love the way it turned out . . . and there's twelve more stickers that I can use for future nautical, By the Sea, and Sun on the Beach projects. Here's what i used to create this card:

Card materials:

·         Elizabeth Craft 2574B Lighthouses Outline Sticker
·         ElizabethCraft Accordion Rectangle Die #972
·         Polka Dot paper from Hot Off the Press Rhapsody Double-Sided Scrapbooking Paper Pack
·         Black Cardstock
·         White Cardstock

Copic Colors Used

·         B0000 Pale Celestine
·         B00 Froast Blue
·         B37 Antwerp Blue
·         B39 Prussia Blue
·         B91 Pale Gray Blue
·         E04 Lipstick Natural
·         E08 Brown
·         E09 Burnt Sienna
·         E40 Brick White
·         E41 Pearl White
·         E43 Dull Ivory
·         E53 Raw Silk
·         E55 Light Camel
·         E57 Light Walnut
·         T4 Toner Gray #4
·         T6 Toner Gray #6
·         T10 Toner Gray #10
·         Y02 Canary Yellow
·         Y06 Yellow
·         Y08 Acid Yellow

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Morgan!

Today is my grandbaby girl's fourth birthday. I created this card for her:


o   Elizabeth Craft 947 Birthday Pop UP Card
o   Elizabeth Craft 782 Agatha Edges
o   MFT-554 Overflowing Joy
o   MFT-271 Button Border
o   IO-DIE057-AA Small Bow


o   MFT-PI-554 Overflowing Joy



  •  Pebbles Peony Dot Cardstock
  • The Paper Cut Pink Lemonade
  • The Paper Cut Licorice Black
  •  Elizabeth Craft Gold Shimmer Sheet

Adhesives & Inks:

  •  2.5" Wide Scor-Tape
  • Tombow Adhesive
  • Memento Tuxedo Black


o   WeR Memorykeepers Evolution Die Cutting Machine
o   Tonic Piercing Tool
o   Fiskars Compact Stamp Press

Copic Markers

  •  Colorless Blender


  •  E19 Redwood
  • E93 Deep Orange
  • YR18  Sanguine


  •  E00 Skin White
  • E01 Pink Flamingo
  • R20 Blush


  •  T3 Toner Gray #3
  • T6 Toner Gray #6
  • T8 Toner Gray #8


  •  BV000 Pale Thistle
  • BV02 Prune


  •  R81 Rose Pink
  • R83 Rose Mist
  • R85 Rose Red
  •  R89 Dark Red
The Birthday Pop Up card is a Karen Burniston creation and is absolutely brilliant. I started with a 4.25” x 11” pink lemonade card base, scored it at the 5.5” and folded it over. I then took a 12” x 12” piece of American Craft’s Pebbles Peony Dot Cardstock and cut it to 4” x 11”. This is part of the Pebbles Basics collection and features a gingham print on one side and polka dots on the other

I limited my use to the gingham sides for this project. While the Pure Innocence overflowing joy has a Christmas sentiment on the stamp set, it lends itself for year round use with “overflowing joy” and “just for you” messages. I created the additional box on the front with scraps and topped it off with an Impression Obsession bow..

Another of my favorite pieces is the button border die from My Favorite Things. The card front design is strong enough to stand alone which makes the pop up birthday component just one more thing for a four-year-old to giggle about

Monday, January 26, 2015

Elizabeth Craft Thinking of the Beach Card

I find it much easier to paper piece from metal dies than from an electronic die cutting machine. This pop up card is from Elizabeth Crafts' new dies for 2015. And shock of all shocks! No Copic markers were used in the construction of this card. I used assorted paper and scraps from my stash along with the following dies:
  • 985 Rocky the Crab
  • 987 Palm Tree & Pail
  • 975 Adirondack Chair
  • 981 Beach Edges
  • 972 Accordion Rectangle (it had the “hello” sentiment on it)
  • 789-Thinking of You

I managed to lose the pail and coconuts in the Palm Tree and Pail die. I searched for more than an hour but failed to find it. I finally stopped looking and took my Impressions Obsession coffee cup die and cut it down. I attached the Elizabeth Craft handle and shovels and I was good to go. NEW RULE: Do not do cards on a table that is not perfectly clean . . .well, maybe not perfectly . . . 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Scrappigators 1501 So Very Loved Kit

I've been asked to start making my project kits again, so this is the first on our list. I only have six available, so if you find it interesting, I suggest you visit our website sooner than later. You'll find it under Scrappigators Kits.
This card comes from our Impression Obsession collection. Let's face it, love isn’t just for Valentines Day! We need to see it bloom every day of the year. Whether our love one is deployed overseas, a child away from home for the first time, or a parent who needs a reminder or two, this card sends the perfect message.
We have included enough card product to complete 3 love-messaged cards. But you shouldn't stop there. We would love to see how  you  use these versatile stamps your very own special projects. 
While we have suggested colors and markers, you are certainly free to shop from your own stash first. Thank you for crafting with us.

This kit includes
  •        3 impression Obsession rubber cling stamps
  •          1 A2 top fold card in red
  •          1 pre-cut pink cardstock
  •        1 white cardstock strip
  •       1 4” square cardstock
  •        Instructions & Envelopes

You will need:
  •        Memento ME302 Love Letter Dye Inkpad
  •      Versafine VF-82 Onyx Black Pigment Inkpad
  •     Copic R81
  •      Copic R83
  •      Fiskars Stamp Press or Acrylic block
  •        Scissors
  •        Adhesive
  •       Foam Tape

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rubber Stamp Tapestry’s Heart Deco Love You Card

I love cardstock and the incredible preprinted patterns that find their way onto our scrapbook and card layouts. But there’s something I like equally as much – creating my own backgrounds with the good quality inks and stamps. When my downstate Delaware customers steered me towards Rubber Stamp Tapestry, I knew I found the perfect medium for creating stunning but simple backgrounds every time.

I created a three-layered card with an A2 cream-colored card base. Layer 2 is Sour Apple Green cardstock from the Paper Cut which is 3 ¾” x 4 ½”. The top layer is made from the cream colored cardstock measuring 3 ¼” x 4”.

I edged all three layers with ME302 Love Letter using my Darice sponge dauber. I created the red heart on the top layer with the Rubber Stamp Tapestry’s heart stencil, my sponge dauber, and ME 302 Love Letter Memento ink. I then punched a heart out of a scrap of cream cardstock using my Fiskar’s Heart Punch, I created color with my sponge dauber and my ME302 and stamped a “love you” sentiment with Versamark ink. I sprinkled the sentiment with Sparkle N Sprinkle EP Black Detail Embossing Powder and heated it with my Heat Gun.

Next I stamped the leaves around the bottom and top layers with ME706 Pistachio and the flourish with ME802 Peanut Brittle. I stamped the middle and top layers with hearts using ME302. I used foam tape to raise each layer above the preceding one and attached the heart on top with foam tape as well.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year's Hug For You

What better way to start 2015 than with a hug! I used two dies and one stamp to create this adorable card. I especially enjoyed using My FavoriteThings Blueprint Die Set 1 to construct the background. Not only is the background stunning, but it is easy to create, construct and coordinate. Then I got to create my Pure Innocence Hugs girl with the die and coordinating stamp. When I added the button, I realized that it was a bit flat. So I pulled out my Scor-tape and white cardstock and started die cutting six buttons. Then I  stacked the sticky side of the die cuts creating a six-layered button. It actually feels a bit like leather once you’ve assembled that many layers. All in all, I think that this is a perfect way to start this new year.




American Craft Pebbles Basics: 751369 Rouge Dot
The Paper Cut Wild Cherry
Georgia Pacific White
2.5” Wide Scor-Tape
Xyron Tape Runner


We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board
We R Memory Keepers Evolution Die Cutting Machine
Fiskar’s Compact Stamp Press


Face: E00, E01, E02
Hair: E97, E19, YR18
Dress & Socks: R20, R24, R29

Shoes: T3, T6, T8