Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oh, Little's off to Grandmother's house we go!

Hi all! I will continue with my flower themed cards again after today, but since today is Halloween, I wanted to share a card and my Halloween costume - I was sooo inspired by this cute little image below, isn't she darling:

Little Red

Little Red2

...that I just had to be her for real:

Costume inspired by My Cute Stamps card

This is the first time ever I am dressing up to go trick-or-treating with my little boy. The most inexpensive outfit! The skirt, shirt(which poses as the cape), the blouse, the hood, the basket, and the paper bib were all items I had in my closet. The only expense was the apple from the grocery store! ;)

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!! Hope you don't get poisoned by a red, delicious apple.....whoooaaaaaaaaaah!

My Cute Stamps - Picnic with Little Red.

CL353 - Hero Arts - Happy Halloween.
PTI cardstock - Pure Poppy.
My Little Shoebox patterned paper.
Red Gingham Ribbon.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Black Ink.
Copic Markers.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Yellow Daffodils

Continuing my little theme on flowers for today's card:


It's been awhile since I've played with all black and yellow colors....all papers and stamps are from PTI. I layered the floral center on the top flower.

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

Papertrey Stamps:
Year of Flowers - Daffodils.
Year of Flowers - Roses.
PTI papers - True Black and Lemon Tart.
Tim Holtz Ink - Mustard Seed.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Copic Markers.
Memento Dandelion Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Friday, October 29, 2010

So Sweet of You

Hi all! What a day, I am finally settling down now from a day filled with errands, a school party, and a teachers meeting. Chris had fun receiving candy and toys from a classmate, and some cool looking stickers. They had their annual "Halloween Parade". There is a carnival tonight but I think I will go next year instead. I saw the MOST awesome costume by one of the!

Enough rambling, here is a card I started early this morning and finally finished:

So sweet of you

There's just something about flowers that really relaxes me when I stamp.....I don't think any other image truly captures so much beauty than a flower stamp, don't you think? You'll probably be seeing a lot of floral cards from me in the next few wks. These are some yummy PTI stamps that are a bit older but I LOVE them!

PTI stamps -
Year of Flowers - Roses.
Turning a New Leaf.
Signature Greetings.
PTI cardstock.

Copic Markers.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Ribbons, lace, and green papers from Sanne.
Memento Inks.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Pink Pearl Trinket pin from Jo.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Paging Dr. Ervin...

Hi all! There are two 'sides' to this layout here.....a fun side and also a sentimental side that has a lot of meaning for me, I'll explain:

Paging Dr. E.

This is Chris' Halloween costume for this year. He LOVES the doctors fact he was giggling, and jumping up and down the minute he put it on, I had to settle him down for some photos....he adores it and that makes me giddy too!! I had him pose with both of his arms on his know like the doctors on the show 'ER'.

Paging Dr. E.3

The stamped journaling says, 'dr. e. head neuro-surgeon.' For some reason, I just wanted it all playful and in small caps.

Now the sentimental part of this layout has to do with the die-cut sentiment on the upper left hand corner....and also the fact that this is a doctors costume....the sentiment says:

"Promise me you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -A.A. Milne."

I love that and I am humble....and it makes me wonder how much Chris has accomplished thus far, and the potential he has as an adult....he is truly such a gifted child intellectually and I do feel he will do many great things as he gets older. He may become a doctor, a musician, an engineer....wherever his talents may take him....I don't know, but I do feel in my heart, he has immense potential....and for that, I admire that saying.

Paging Dr. E.2

There are no traditional Halloween colors on this layout, since I was matching the paper colors with his outfit.


Papers: Sassafras, My Little Shoebox, Dear Lizzy/American Crafts, The Girls Paperie, Websters Pages.
Hero Arts stamps - CL138, CL260.
SEI die-cut accents - Moonrise collection.
Prima flowers and pearls.
Making Memories flower - Love Struck.
Making Memories buttons.
Cosmo Cricket Buttons.
EK Success edge punch.
EK Success circle punch.
Marvy oval scallop punch.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Corner punch.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hope is born...

Hey, hey, I'm back! I haven't played with challenges for quite some time, so thought I'd join in on the vintage color challenge at Embellish Magazine:

Hope is born

Had fun with this one! I think my rust color is a tad darker than the color challenge photo, but love that deeper hue. The stamp is another wonderful sentiment from Penny Black, it is called Hope is born! It is a large sentiment stamp that is perfect if you want to make your sentiment the focal point on a card, love the words and the charming font!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend! Will be back with some more cards featuring PTI and My Cute Stamps!

Supplies for card:
Penny Black - 3227K - Hope is born.
Websters Pages and Trims.
Memento Cottage Ivy Ink.
Graphic45 - Christmas Past.
Hero Arts cardstock.
Vellum recycled.
Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sentiments to live by...

Sometimes I love to make the sentiment the focus of the card if I can. I tried to limit the amount of embellishments on both of these designs, in hopes that the sentiment still reaches out on these cards:

There is only one happiness in life is to love and be loved

Translated....this states, "There is only one happiness in life is to love and be loved."

Here is the 2nd card:

Change yourself

Enjoy! I'm still trying to get back on track with visiting blogs and such, but the cold and flu has hit our house a little early this year....but I'm getting there! I'm glad I was in a good enough mood to make these cards last night, yay!

Websters Pages, Websters Bloomers, The Girls Paperie, Bazzill Basics, Prima, SEI, Moonrise collection, white doily, Papertrey Ink cardbase, white cardstock, pink silk ribbon, pink roses from sweet Jo.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The little green suitcase

When I saw this stamp, not only was it cute, but I knew that it was the perfect stamp for someone I know, it's really soooo her. This is called Jet Setter from Penny Black:

For the world traveler

Don't you just love this girl perched on her luggage? I will be very quick today with this post, lots of errands to run and will be off soon to visit my family. Catch you all later!

Have a great weekend!

Penny Black:
3956K - Jet Setter.
30-025 - Sentiments.

Memento Inks - Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and New Sprout.
Hero Arts papers.
Blue twill ribbon.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Prima pearls.
Copic Markers.
Neenah Solar White Cs.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just a little bit of pink...

Just a few cards I made but haven't blogged yet, and they all have one thing in common, first up - CAS and a blossom of flowers a dear friend sent me, so I turned it into a sweet bouquet topped with a ribbon:


This card was an initial idea I had for a class, I was going to do a "Pastel Christmas" theme in which all Christmas cards were to use non-traditional colors....but changed my mind at the last minute and completely changed all of my cards. This eventually went into the "I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-it"


And finally, this card was made for a fellow Hero Arts Hostess as a surprise virtual 'Wedding Card Shower' that was organized by an HA artist and involved many Hero Arts Flickr members:


Wow! That was a lot of pink, hope it didn't hurt your eyes! Enjoy!

Hero Arts, Bo Bunny, The Girls Paperie, Penny Black,
Spellbinders Nestabilities, Swiss Pixies, C. C. Designs, Prima,
Maya Road, Making Memories, Pitter Patter collection, copic markers,
Dear Lizzy, American Crafts, Bazzill Basics.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cards for Penny Black Class

Hi all!! Here are a few cards that I have made for an upcoming Penny Black class that I will be teaching on Sat., Oct. 23rd at Stamp Fever:

Letters and Flowers

All of these cards will focus on how to incorporate Floral stamps into Christmas/Holiday cards!

Here is the 2nd and 3rd card:


Purple folds

If you are in the Southern Calif. area on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, come on by, we would love to see you! Pls. call Linda at Stamp Fever to reserve your spot at 714.974.3552.

Penny Black:
4117H - The gift of peace.
4116H - A wonderful Christmas.
4041J - Purple Folds.
4039K - Candid.
4035K - Letters & Flowers.

Graphic45 papers.
Websters Trims.
Hero Arts papers.
Maya Road.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Neenah Solar White Paper.
Copic Markers.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Versamark Ink.
White Embossing powder.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Martha Stewart Punch.
EK Success Corner Punch.
Double sided tape.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Birgitta and an accordion fold

This is very similar to an easel card, but a little different. I was just playing around with a white piece of paper and started making an accordion type of fold, flop,, two, three, four, and this was my card:


The little girl on the tree stump reminded me of the outdoors, with all the cute little flowers and mushrooms, so I paired her with some fresh and pretty Webster's Pages and some other knick knacks worth of papers and embellies. Here's what it looks like at an angle:

Birgitta folded angle

We are enjoying a tremendously quiet day today at home and resting.....Mom and child have a touch of a cough but nothing severe....I'm sure it was from the extreme weather change as of late. Back to the grind tomorrow with school and work for everyone.

C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixies - Birgitta on a tree stump. Amy R. - Summer Sentiments.
Papers - Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages.
EK Success Punch.
Making Memories gems.
Copic Markers.
White Cardstock.
SEI Moonrise Die-cut embellishments.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Swiss Pixies...

Hi all! Happy Friday....I've only been able to make 2 cards this week, wow! It's just been busy around here. My card for today is a fun one, I saw a design online that was too stinking adorable and it had 3 of these images layered upon each other, so I wanted to give it a try myself using my own colors:

Swiss Pixies

There are 4 different stamps on here from C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixies Collection. I stamped the fence on the main white panel and colored in. For the grass, I blended several colors of yellow together. The girl and boy are stamped separately and colored in.

Then, I trimmed them out and adhered in front of the fence. Fun little scenery. I LOVE these images, they are too adorable! Enjoy!

C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixies - Thinking of You, Hansel with Big Flower, Field Fence, and Laying Nora.
Bo Bunny pp.
Bazzill Basics.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Aqua ribbon.
Copic markers.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Swooning for pink

Hi everyone, happy Sunday! I just LOVE this reindeer, the flourishing antlers really does it for me:


Simple, hah? Makes my heart happy! :)

Winking Reindeer - H5457.
Butterfly Field - CG176.
Elephants - CL280.
Just Find Me - CL434.
Copics - E31, E34.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Memento Angel Pink Ink.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Square Eyelets.
Bazzill Basics cardstock.
Round corner punch.
Prima pearl.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Happy World Cardmaking Day everyone! I just couldn't pass up the chance to make some fun cards for this day! There's nothing I love to do more than mix and match beautiful papers together and add just a touch of stamping to it:

live richly

Chocolate and orange has always been a favorite color combo of mine, it's definitely at the top of my I thought I'd use these pretty designer papers from SEI and paired them up with the Fabulous Flourish stamp and sentiments from this set called Essential Messages!

Hope you enjoy and got in some fun stamping today too!


Hero Arts:
CL371 - Essential Messages.
S5449 - Fabulous Flourish.

SEI Moonrise collection.
SEI Moonrise die-cut accents, gleaming pearls.
Memento Tangelo Ink.
White Cardstock.
Chocolate Misc. cardstock.
EK Success punch.
Round corner punch.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's a Monster Birthday Bash!

I am so happy to announce that I am a Guest Designer today for the very sweet and talented Jane Beljo! She is releasing her newest stamp design for Claudia & Company, and are you ready to see this?? He is super cute........introducing Mr. Smiles:

Mr. Smiles Party Invitation

This set was a real delight to work with, the monster image was stamped, colored, and trimmed and adhered to the party invitation.

I used the fun, polka dotted arrow stamp to make a border around the invitation text. The sentiment was stamped directly onto Mr. Smiles!

Mr. Smiles Party Invite Border Detail

And what fun would a party invite be without a few tasty treats to share too? Here is a table centerpiece that you can make using the Mr. Smiles set or they can be individual take home favors for the children:

Mr. Smiles Candy Flasks

Mr. Smiles will be available for your purchase at the Claudia & Co. Stamp shop! Now head on over to the following links and see what Jane's fabulous Design Team has come up with:

Alice Wertz

Lucy Abrams

Mariana Grigsby

Kelly Booth

AND, in addition to all the excitement, Jane is giving away some goodies over at her BLOG to include (1) Mr. Smiles stamp, a pack of her cute handmade fimo buttons, some Japanese Masking Tape, and a white gel pen!

Hope you've enjoyed today's project!

Supplies for Party Invitation:
Mr. Smiles by Jane Beljo.
Papers: Bo Bunny, Martha Stewart, My Little Shoebox.
EK Success border punch.
Cosmo Cricket buttons.
Birthday Text and font is computer generated.
Copic Markers.
Bazzill Basics.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Supplies for Party Centerpiece/Candy Favors:
Mr. Smiles by Jane Beljo.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Cardstock: Martha Stewart, Hero Arts, Bazzill.
Plastic candy flasks and glass stands.
Assorted flavored jelly beans.
Assorted colored curling ribbons.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Memento Ink.
Large Swirl Lollipops.
Shredded crate paper.