Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Scrappin' We Will Go

This week's Stampin' Royalty Challenge is scrapbook pages! hooray! It is where i began 15 years ago! I still love scrapbooking, I just do it digitally now on My Digital Studio! It really makes it easy and fast. I made this page in about 20 minutes start to finish. the best part is, i can move things around, resize them, or adjust the colors to exactly what i need. I still love making things by hand, but digital scrapbooking is awesome!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Couple of Love Birds

Hello everyone! Here is this weeks sample for Stampin' Royalty's sketch challenge!

I used the Love You Much set, and the large circle punch and large Scallop Circle punch for the main image, used a marker to color only the portion i wanted to use for the word "Love", stamped it and cut it out, then stamped the hearts, colored them with my watercolor brush and punched them out with the Heart to Heart extra large punch. I used a black marker to create the border around the birdies, colored them with my watercolor brush, added another punched out heart above the birds, used the tiny hole puncher to create the holes in the scallops, and used some retired patterned paper for the background panels. Oh, and i used a Real Red marker on the "Love"
Colors used:
Staz On Black, Real Red

Monday, December 20, 2010

Super Simple Monday

This card is actually easier than it looks. I stamped the image and sentiment, colored the image, punched out the images, and then the mat and scallop circle, and put it on a cardbase that has patterned paper and a border punched with the scallop edge trim border punch. Pretty easy! Might take about 15 minutes for everything including the coloring.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snowflakes and Joy

I wonder sometimes if we have a 'creativity' tank where if we over use it, it can deplete and need recharging somehow...
I feel like my creativity is tired! I have been in a mad dash the last few weeks trying to get ready for the craft bazaar that happened last week. It ended up being a complete success! so much so, that I have sold out of almost everything i took, including my cards! what didn't sell at the fair, people bought afterwards! I even had several orders for more! I can't keep up! I'm going to have to double my inventory for next year! I better get to work!
Anyway, here is one that sold!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This card was made for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge, Bring on the Bling!
So that's what i did!
This card is even better in person, the camera just can't capture how pretty the Glass Glitter is in real life!
I used Crumb Cake cardbase, patterned paper from the Neutrals collection, the Champaigne Glass Glitter adhered with Sticky Strip, I embossed the images in gold, and added a few rhinestones. Not very difficult, really, it is just a matter of using the right colors, patterns, and embellishments.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Super Simple Monday

For this one, I added patterned paper with a border, then embossed the reindeer in black, cut him out, then used markers on a stamp to create the sentiment, then used the oval punch to punch it out. The cutting out of the reindeer took the longest, but even that wasn't too bad. This one may take a little longer than 10 minutes, but not more than 15 once you have all the supplies ready to go, including the embossing materials. and it would be a fairly easy one to do lots of them.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Can You Name All the Reindeer?

I'm not sure which of the reindeer this one is, but he must be cold because he needed a scarf!
after putting some patterned paper with a border on a green cardbase, I stamped the image on a circle of white, colored him in, added a scallop circle mat, then hand cut some holly leaves out of green cardstock and added buttons for holly. I stamped the sentiment and i was all done.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Let It Snow!!!

Here is today's project for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge! Winter Holidays! Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, my husband decided he wanted to "borrow" my monitor on the computer where i do photoshop my images to make them look nice. So I am left with a raw image.
This little snowman Christmas decoration was made with a dollar store frame. I started with a beautiful patterned paper from a few years back, but you can stamp snowflakes in Whisper White craft ink on Baja Breeze cardstock or paper, then i added some Whisper White cut into snow banks, then stamped misc. snowflakes and used circle punches to punch them out, and added die cut snowflakes in random pattens. The snowman is made with circle punches, and his buttons are black brads, I hand cut his arms, and used the little bird from Season of Friendship for his little buddy. I stamped the sentiment and saying from the Many Merry Messages and Snow Swirled sets. I drew the face on the snowman and added a little sliver of pumpkin pie for his nose. a little glitter and a few rhinestones and the project was complete!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Super Simple Monday

I know this post is actually Monday night, but it is still technically Monday! : )
this one is really easy. You just need a circle punch, and a butterfly punch. I began by using a stampin' wheel to create the background pattern, but it would have looked good without that too.
I then added a small strip of turquoise cardstock to the bottom, and then a polka dot ribbon along the seam.
I happened to have a bunch of scraps of cardstock that were close in color, but just different enough. So I used the scraps to punch the butterflies, added rhinestones to them, layered them on the circles, and placed them on the card. All done!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Birthday Roses

Here is the card I made for this weeks challenge over at Stampin' Royalty! It's a color challenge, and we were to use Marina Mist, River Rock, Early Espresso, and Rich Razzleberry.
I started with a base of Marina Mist, then punched a scallop trim border in Early Espresso, put textured River Rock on that, stamped the roses from Fifth Avenue Floral in Rich Razzleberry then cut them out, used a blender pen to create the shading, stamped the sentiment from Sincere Salutations on River Rock then punched it out using the large oval punch, then punched a scaollop oval for the mat, and lastly, punched several leaves from the bird punch in Wild Wasabi, layered them all on the card, and as a final touch, i used an Early Espresso marker to create the stitching holes along the River Rock strip.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Merry, Merry!

For this one, I hand cut the holly leaves and used small red buttons as the holly berries. I cut out the sentiment in silhouette style, and added a red bling on the snowflake!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

here are a few cards for your Thanksgiving viewing!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa Sighting!

I know Christmas is still several weeks away, but i thought I would post a few extra cards this week! Here is one with happy little Santa in the snow!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Super Simple Monday

just stamp an cut out the birdcage, stamp the base on a seperate piece, stamp the sentiment, put it on a cardbase with patterned paper and a border, then add some buttons! this is something that can be done in about 10 minutes after you have all the supplies ready!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Jolly Happy Soul

Isn't this snowmas SO CUTE! what a happy little guy!
Ok, so if you break it down, it's not that difficult. Stamp and color an image on a piece of white, put a mat on it, stamp a sentiment and cut it out in silhouette (love doing this!) the cardbase has patterned paper with a scallop trim border, and add a button on the bottom!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Here is my card for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge! Patterned Paper! The challenge is to use patterned paper as an element on the project to highlight it in some way. I used the super cute Candy Cane Christmas paper for this card, along with Blushing Bride, Real Red, and Whisper White cardstock. I used Real Red ink for the sentiment and to edge the candy cane and background paper. I used buttons from the Brights and Subtles collections.

I bet you are wondering how I made that candy cane? Easy! I had a candy cane shaped cookie cutter that i just traced onto the paper, then cut out! You can totally do that! just think of it...stars, angels,.....gingerbread men!

Ok, so now it's your turn! Get out that patterned paper (and if you are anything like me, you have HUNDREDS to choose from!) and start creating!

I would love to see what you make, so go to Stampin' Royalty and show us your patterned paper project!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Today's card is easy! All you have to do is put patterned paper with a border on a cardbase, stamp on a panel (in this case, one cut out with the Top Note Die) with this easy stamp, then color the image! you can color it as detailed as you want! I also added glitter to the letters, but it is hard to see that in this photo...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Frosty Forest

Sorry I missed posting yesterday! Today is as good as any, huh?

Ok, so this one is actually pretty easy. I just stamped the trees in a row, added 'snow' with a grey marker, then stamped the snowflakes in grey. I then colored in the trees and stamped the sentiment. Plop it on a cardbase with some patterened paper, add some glitter (can't forget the glitter!) and you got yourself a card!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Inspirations

It is a picture inspiration, and so I took the colors, layout, and other things that stood out to me in the picture as the things i translated to the card.
I used Night of Navy, Real Red, and Sahara Sand cardstock, Sahara Sand patterned paper, gold brads, and used markers to color the wreath stamp from the Welcome Christmas set.
So it's time to get inspired too! Take a look at the imspiration picture, and make your beautiful project, then go post it so we all can see!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Todays card is one that has a few details, but is overall pretty easy. patterned paper with scallop edged gold cardstock strip, scalloped circle, and a stamped image on a white circle, then the sentiment stamped onto a scrap piece cut in an uneven style. This card may take a few extra minutes, only because of the scallop edge and die cutting the circles and scalloped mat. But it is worth the extra few minutes!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cute Critters

Here is a card that is fairly uncomplicated, it just takes a few steps. But they are easy steps! The image is from Merry Crittermas, which is so darn cute, I can hardly stand it! My son happens to love squirrels, so in honor of him, I made this card. It made him smile. (he's 18 by the way!)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Butterfly Garden

ok, are y'all ready for this weeks Stampin' Royalty challenge? Its a fun color challenge! I actually really like these colors! It did take me some serious thinking before I was able to come up with a final design, but I did have lots of fun making it!
The colors are:
Pear Pizzaz, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, So Saffron
I basically used the Big Shot and a few different dies to cut out most of the elements( Top Note, Beautiful Wings, Birds & Blooms). I used the scallop oval and oval punches for the sentiment portion, and then stamped the stems using the Apple Blossoms set. I used markers to create the stitching.
Be sure to try this weeks challenge and upload your beautiful creation at Stampin Royalty!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Ok, If you have read my blog for any length of time, you will know I'm crazy about using my scraps to create something! Here is another example of how I was able to do just that. This is a very simple notecard, and all the pieces were scraps, and the stamping was easy! You will notice, however, that I followed the lines on the birdcages with a marker just to give them some color, and I also added a bling here and there.

If you already have little strips of paper like I did, this card would take less than 10 minutes to put together. Love that!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trimming the Tree

This one doesn't take a lot of effort, which is always nice when making lots of Christmas cards!
Its basically patterned paper with a border, a stamped and colored tree cut out in a circle, matted by a scalloped circle, and the sentiment stamped right on the cardbase.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thinking of Saffron and Pears

Today's card was made for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Sketch Challenge.
It is pretty self explanitory as to how to put it together, but here is what I used:

So Saffron Cardstock
Pear Pizazz Patterned Paper/ Ink
Basic Grey Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Sincere Salutations Set
Just Believe Set

Be sure to stop by Stampin' Royalty and submit your creation!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Super Simple Monday

This one really IS simple!
I just used patterned paper layered on a mat piece, stamped in coordinating ink, and added a few gold embellishments, and it's done!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Big Wishes

Here is one that I kind of CASE'd parts of it from a swap I had gotten a while back. Just fun card that can be put together easily.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wrapped in Ribbons

This card was made for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge of Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons!

I had made a ring out of cardboard, wrapped Old Olive ribbon around it, put brads as 'holly' added a bow, Stamped the sentiment and cut it out, layered them on a panel cut with the Top Note Die, then layered all those fun things on a Real Red panel with faux stitching made with white gel pen, and an Old Olive cardbase.

Ok, it's time to get out your ribbons and start having some fun! Be sure to head over to Stampin' Royalty and upload your creation!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Super Simple Monday

For this one, I just cut some patterned paper in a wavy edge, added letter stickers, punched 2 scallop circles in white, cut inward at each scallop to create petals, added a large pink button, leaves and a stem, some stitching drawn with a pen around the patterned paper portion, and inked the edges a bit with pink, oh, and drew a little smile on the flower to give it a face. Really very simple, just takes a few steps!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Snow Easy!

Here is another example of how you can take paper that was meant for scrapbooking and use it for cards. I just took a few different elements from the paper, cut them out, and placed them on the card. Add a few embellishments, some glitter, a sentiment, and you can do up a card real quick! Even the stitching was part of the paper!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Little Spooky!

Todays post is for this weeks challenge over at Stampin' Royalty!
It's all about Spooky, Kooky, halloween!
I made this scrapbook page on My Digital Studio. I really love that program! It makes scrapping so easy! I love how you can color coordinate, resize things, and change things around without wasting anything!
If you will look closely, you will see how I made the little spiders eyes white. Let me tell you how I did this...
I layered 2 very small circles underneath each eye. That easy!
To make the "glowing" happy halloween, I gave the image a shadow, centered it behind and just turned the shadow color orange. Would have looked good glowing green too, but then it wouldn't have worked as well with the rest of the page. But it is fun to experiment with it!
Be sure to go to Stampin' Royalty and submit your halloween projects! We love to see what you make!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I'll Have A Blue Christmas

Another card with ornaments in black. this one is not difficult, but sometimes the placement is tricky.
I embossed the ornaments in black, cut them out, added a few tiny rhinestones (hard to see in the pic), put a strip of matted patterned paper, stamped the flourish on one corner, stamped and punched out the sentiment, and put it all on the card. You can do this too!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hang In There, Little Bird!

This weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge was a little difficult for me! When i pulled out these colors, i had to look at them for a while before i was able to come up with a final choice! But I do have to say, the bright colors really begged to be paired with the Aviary set! Can I just say I am in love with this funny little owl and the look on his face! he looks so surprised all the time!
I bet you're wondering "how did she do that sentiment piece..." Well, i will be glad to tell you!
I went to my trusty My Digital Studio, and used it to create an oval within an oval ...within an oval...then added the text over it, printed it, and used the wide oval punch on it to punch it out!
I did the clouds by creating my own cloud template, then sponging over it in different areas on the Whisper white. I used the Scallop Edge Punch on the Tempting Turquoise strips, and the Curly Label Punch cut in half so it fits behind the sentiment oval. Add a couple Tempting Turouoise buttons, a few birds, and you got yourself a card!
Supplies used:
Aviary Stamp Set
Tempting Turquoise Ink/Cardstock
So Saffron ink/Cardstock
Concord Crush ink/Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Ink
My Digital Studio
Wide Oval Punch
Curly Label Punch
Scallop Edge Punch

Monday, October 4, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Ok! here is one that can be done easily! Just cut out a panel, in this case i used SU Top Note die with gold cardstock, then stamped the reindeer in gold, then stamped the sentiment in black, and put it on a cardbase with a strip of patterened paper with a coordinating strip. easy! shouldn't take much more than 10 minutes once you have all your supplies out!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Bee-ing Thoughtful

this is such a happy little bee! had this stamp a while, and brought it out to make a card or two!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Best Day Ever - SR#39

I have been dying to post about something WONDERFUL that happened recently, but wasn't sure if I should say anything yet....but today is the day! I had recently been asked to join the Stampin Royalty Design Team, and today is my first official day!!!!!!!!!
Here is the card I have submitted for this weeks sketch challenge. It really is a fun little layout, and I had so many ideas, I had a hard time deciding which one to go with....but as you see, I went with this one, because I can never have enough christmas cards, you know?
I substituted a circle for the oval in the challenge inspiration, don't feel like you have to follow it exactly, use your creativity, and use what you got!
You should head over to the Stampin' Royalty Blog, check out this week's challenge, see all the wonderful submissions, get your stamp on, and submit your card so you can play along too!
For this one I used the following:
Always Artichoke cardstock
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Crumb Cake cardstock
Deck the Halls Designer Seiries Paper
Early Espresso Ink
Northern Frost Decorative Border Die
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Curly Label Punch
Dasher Stamp
Tags Till Christmas Stamp

Monday, September 27, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Ok, I know this one looks as though it has a lot of stuff going on, but let me explain....
all you see, is actually a cardbase, a strip of scrapbook paper cut at just the right place, a punched white border, 3 snowflakes, 3 buttons, and some glittler.
and it was all put together in that order! that's it! Take another look at your scrapbook papers and try seeing the individual elements on the page as card pieces. Add a few coordinating 3D embellishments, and you can make something very simple look like it took hours!
Oh, and have I mentioned yet how I absolutely
L-O-V-E the Northern Frost decorative snowflake die out of the current Holiday Mini?!?!
Be prepared to see lots of snowflakes in the coming months!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Buggin' Out

Ok, here is yet another from a class I did several months ago.
I had seen the flower made from the oval punch before, not sure where the idea originated from, but thanks to whomever it was!
I made the ladybug out of punches as well.
This is such an easy and fun little card to put together. Everyone at the class just loved it. It is a great way to use your punches too!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Ok, so I pulled out this old "Merry" stamp set, which I LOVE by the way! and wanted to make kind of a retro looking card with it. Somehow, my idea in my head didn't quite translate right in real life....there are a few things about it that if I were to do it again (which I might) I would adjust to where it didn't bug me so they have therapy for that?
Anyhow, I decided to post it anyway, in all it's imperfect glory!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Super Simple Monday

This card is pretty easy, but might take a few extra minutes to color the image.
Basically, I used scrap strips and layered them on the cardbase to create the background, then on a piece of white, I stamped the image in Stazon, then followed the "let it" with a blue marker, colroed in the hat and nose, then used my blender pen to give a background color 'shadow' behind the image in blue. You could also do this in chalks.
all done!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wonderfully Wintery

I think this card looks very wintery!
I found this fabulous stamp set last year of these GORGEOUS reindeer! They look so pretty when embossed in gold or silver! This card is not difficult to put together, you just have to take the time to emboss it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Vanilla Frosting.

I have done similar cards like this before, but I had this one sitting in my folder of cards to be uploaded, so I thought today was this cards day!
Sorry for the quality of the photo, I was having lighting issues that day!
For this one, I stamped the cupcake image on patterned paper, then cut out the bottom portion, then stamped it again on Whisper White, cut it out as well, and did the same for the candle portion then layered it on.
The sprinkles are glittery, but it's hard to tell from this pic.
This one is not really difficult, but the piecing can take a few minutes.

Friday, September 10, 2010

How Many Days 'Till Christmas?

Here is a card I made last year and never got around to posting!
A bit of a non-traditional color scheme, but I really like the berry and black colors together.
I used one of the ornaments to stamp the background, then stamped and embossed them in black, then cut them out. I used markers on the sentiment stamp to get the different colors.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oh, Happy day!

Well, I am SO excited about todays card! not only because of how fun it is, but because it is also the card I made after I was asked to be one of Stampin' Royalty's Guest Designers!!
The theme we were given was a picture (from the SU catalog)
It only took me a few minutes to come up with the design.
For this card, I used Bashful Blue, Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Pumpkin Pie. I did use a few retired patterned papers, but most everything else is still available, and you can use the newer style of patterned paper in these colors.
I stamped seperately and cut out each of the hats at the bottom.
I used the Party Hearty stamp set for this card as well.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sparkles and Snowflakes

This weekend I started working on some Christmas cards, and so here's a card that I made. I actually made it for this past weeks Stampin Royalty Challenge, but didn't get a chance to post it until today and I missed it.
I know the challenge is Rhinestones and pearls, but I'm hoping just rhinestones are ok!
Anyway, hopefully it will give you some inspiration!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Super Simple Monday

Cute and easy! This one mosly uses punches. Punches are so much fun, aren't they?
Scallop circle, 2 sizes of circles, and the word window punch. White gel pen, ribbon, and a stamp fo the background.
I used the circle punches to make the leaf, just punched a circle, then stuck it back in from the bottom to create the leaf shape. To make the petals on the flowers, I just cut inward towards the center with scissors.
This one may take a little over 10 minutes because of the stitching and the cutting of the flower petals, but it is really easy to make!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Little Celebration!

Ok, this picture doesn't translate this card very well....the sentiment piece is actually Sahara Sand but looks grey.
but I stamped and colored the little celebrating mice, stamped the white polka dot background with white craft ink and a pencil eraser!
The rest is easy to figure out, scallop edge trim, ribbon, buttons, and an easy rectangle sentiment layered over the top of the image.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Colorful Thank You

I had seen someone somewhere do a beautiful multi colored peacock, and wanted to try it myself. I did this with sponge daubers directly onto the stamp. I think it turned out pretty!