About Me

I am a new empty nester, and I love to make cards and ATCs. I am always looking for ways to use the product I have, to learn new techniques and ways to do things, and most of all, to have fun with the creating of my art.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Penny Black Challenge: Lucy's Lovely Lines

This is my entry for the Lily Pad  challenge "Penny Black - Lucy's Lovely Lines".  I started with Kraft cardstock, cut and scored to standard card size. I used the 1/2 inch rounder on the Corner Chomper and rounded all corners.  I then took some patterned paper (WalMart) and cut it to 3.75 x 5 inches and rounded the corners.  I took some  harlequin patterned paper, rounded the corners, and stamped the Penny Black stamp (Letters and Flowers) in Broken China Distress Ink, then adhered it to the light green patterned paper.  Using some sheer white ribbon (Michaels) I tied a knot in the front of the harlequin paper, around the light green paper.  I adhered the patterned paper panel to the card base.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #78

This is my card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge #78.  I wasn't sure if my blue was close, but it looks like it... I started with Regal Rose SU cardstock, and stamped Antique Letter Writing (Hero Arts) using Victorian velvet Distress Ink.  I layered some butterfly patterned paper in blue on the left hand side of the card.  I took some white scrap cardstock, and stamped the flowers (Penny Black) in Barn Door Distress Ink.  I edged the white cardstock with the Barn Door Distress Ink as well. With a scrap of the blue patterned paper, I used a SU punch, and punched out the label, stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, and also inked the edges with the same ink.  I  adhered the white panel to the base cardstock, then foam mounted the sentiment.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Joy's Giveaway!!

Joy is having a giveaway HERE to celebrate having 100 followers.  You need to comment on her blog post each day to win :) Good luck!!

PS- I made some cards on the weekend, I just haven't been able to photograph them yet and upload them.. Hopefully I'll get that done tonight or tomorrow :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I got my first set of LawnFawn stamps late last week, and Tuesday was the first day I had to play with it.  I had won the Lunar Lights set,  and I've heard so much good about LawnFawn that I was eager to play with the stamps.

For the butterfly ATC, I was doing a Oh Canada! theme, and the flourish and butterfly stamp are Quietfire Design.  However, I didn't have a Quietfire stamp that was short enough (height wise) to fit in the space for the sentiment, so I used LawnFawn's "Shine Brightly" sentiment from the Lunar Lights set.. Let me tell you, I was very impressed with the clear, crisp impression of the LawnFawn
stamp.  I did wonder if I was just lucky, or if it was really as great as the first stamping.  I didn't take long to find out.

For the second ATC, I was making my Christmas ATCs, and I wanted to paper piece my present.  I took the box from Lunar Lights, and stamped it on patterned paper.  It stamped like a dream.  And the bow that came with the Lunar Lights set did well too.  Safe to say, I'll be buying more LawnFawn in the future. With this ATC, I stamped the star from Hero Arts in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink randomly over the grey/beige cardstock.  I layered a piece of DCWV cardstock from "The Four Seasons" over top, then I foam mounted my paper pieced present on the snowflake cardstock.  I stamped "Noel" (Unknown company) in the bottom right hand corner.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ATC Crazy!!

Well, Tuesday was stamping day for me ( a group of us in town here meet weekly to stamp and share ideas, and supplies :D).  I haven't touched making ATCs for a while, simply because there are so few swaps that I'm involved in.. it's sad, but on one group I'm in, I am the ONLY ATC swap going.  However, a friend of mine hosts a vintage collage ATC group, and I am blessed to be a part of it.  So, I decided I was going to catch up, and try and get most of the year finished yesterday... not hard when I have some Tim Holtz stamps to play with, that I hadn't even inked up before yesterday.

For the first ATC, I took some pale pink patterned paper (close to Tim's Tattered Rose colour), and added a strip of Nostalgia tissue tape to it. I then stamped the image over both the patterned paper and the tissue tape with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  I finished the ATC with 3 gems in pale pink in the upper right hand corner.

The second ATC was done on some cardstock I had. I was playing with my Distress Inks one day, and made a sheet of distressed blue cardstock. I added some shimmer to it with the Tsukinenko shimmer spray.  I stamped the image  in Majestic Blue Versafine, and finished the ATC by sponging some Memories Soft Peach ink on the ATC.

The car ATC was fun to do.  I had some travel patterned paper that I had no idea what to do with, so I cut it to ATC size, put it on some cardstock backing, and stamped the image in Vintage Sepia Versafine.  I was going for a masculine feel for this ATC (for Father's Day), so I didn't add anything else to the ATC.

The Fourth ATC was done on some Distressed Yellow cardstock.. I had just randomly stamped some yellow Distress Inks on some acetate, misted with water, and laid the cardstock on it.  It needed a punch, so I just randomly stamped some Wild Honey Distress ink in places and spritzed with water. Once it was dry, I stamped the image in Versafine Vintage Sepia.  I sponged some Memories Soft Peach ink on the edges of the ATC, and completed the ATC with some fun fibre that I had lying around.

The Tattered Sparrow ATC (the only name I can remember :)) is just the Tattered Sparrow stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia over some WalMart patterned paper backed on to some cardstock.

Please pardon the photos.... I am having issues with my camera not staying in focus,  and I tried to photograph the images with a fabric backing.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CAS Card

I wanted to do a CAS card, so I used a chocolate brown card base, cut and scored to a standard sized card. I cut some pale yellow patterned paper (WalMart) to 3.75 x 5 inches. I took my flower stamp (Inkadinkado) and stamped it in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I really wanted the flower to be the focal point of the card, so I used Mustard Seed Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment (Hero Arts). To make the card even softer, I rounded all the corners of the card base and patterned paper. I used some yellow ribbon (Michaels), wrapped it around the patterned paper, and tied a knot. Then I adhered the patterned paper to the card base. To finish the card, I added 5 yellow gems.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Crazy 4 Challenges 82 card

This is the card that I did for Crazy 4 Challenges week 82, which was the colour challenge Brown, Green and Vanilla. I started with a chocolate brown card base, and cut some pale moss green and vanilla patterned paper to 4 x 5.25 inches. Using a Tim Holtz stamp, I stamped the butterfly 3 times on the patterned paper, using Forest Moss Distress Ink. I rounded the bottom corners on the card base and patterned paper. Taking a small vanilla panel, I rounded the bottom corners, and stamped “Thinking of You” (Hero Arts) in Forest Moss Distress Ink. The card needed some dimension, so I stamped the butterfly again twice, once on vanilla scrap and once on the patterned paper, and cut them out. I adhered the vanilla panel to the moss and vanilla panel. I used some sheer chocolate brown ribbon, and ran a piece across the front of the patterned paper. The card still needed a little something, so using a light brown button and some linen thread, I wrapped the thread around the sheer ribbon, through the button, and tied a knot in it. I taped the bodies of the cut out butterflies to the bodies of two of the butterflies that I had stamped on the patterned paper. I finished the card with 5 tiny gems above the Thinking of You.

The Lily Pad - Kathy's Colour Thrown Down

This card is my entry for the Lily Pad Colour Throw Down. It was to use Lilac, Sage, Lime green, a bold yellow and a bold orange. I don't have much but cardstock in those colours, so I did something quite different for me. I took some 1.25 inch strips of cardstock in orange, yellow, sage green and lime green, and stamped different patterns on them. On the orange, I used the Envelope Pattern stamp (Hero Arts). On the lime green a leaf cluster from Delicate Clusters (Hero Arts). On the yellow, the Eiffel Tower from Paris (Hero Arts), and on the sage green French Script (SU). I then took the strips and cut them to .25 inch wide. I already had a lilac patterned paper piece on some Kraft cardstock from a card that didn't come together for me, so I used that as my base, and added the .25 inch strips, trimming to size. I stamped “Best Wishes” (Inkadinkado) in Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I tied the card all together with a lime green ribbon, tied in a knot at the top of the card.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #076

This is my card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge 76. I started with pale blue cardstock as a base.  With white cardstock, I cut to fit the white a little smaller than the blue cardstock, and in Majestic Blue Versafine ink, I stamped Hero Arts Floating garden.  I coloured the leaves a bright green with a gel pen, and highlighted the one flower with a white gel pen.  I tore the bottom of the white cardstock on an angle, and edged it in Sky Blue Brilliance ink.  I layered the white panel on to the blue card base.  Using the same green gel pen, I wrote "For You" on the bottom of the card.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pretty Pink Posh Giveaway!!

Paulina is generously giving away some Denami buttons in really great colours on her blog!! You have until Saturday the 16th of April to enter.  Go HERE to get your name in for the draw :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Hydrangea Birthday Card

This is a card I made for a friend whose birthday I thought was late next week, not this week.. Ooops.  I started with an Almost Amethyst SU cardstock, which I stamped with the Envelope Pattern stamp from Hero Arts in Victorian Velvet.  I added a pink bling Bazzil scalloped edge border on the left hand side. Using a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the Hydrangea  Hero Arts stamp in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  Using some SU watercolour pencils, I coloured the hydrangea and leaves.  I  rounded opposite corners on the white cardstock, and adhered it to the amethyst  base.  I stamped Happy Birthday (Hero Arts) in Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hero Arts Sketch Card

This is a card that is for the Hero Arts challenge this month.  They had a technique, a theme, and some sketches to play with.  I chose one sketch, and made this card.  I started with Bazzil bling pink cardstock, cut and folded to a standard sized card. I added a strip of patterned paper that I got at WalMart, then went over that with a kraft scalloped edge piece.  I added a turquoise button.  I took some green and pink patterned paper from WalMart again and punched a 2.5 inch circle.  I stamped the butterfly ( Hero Arts - Antique Engravings) in Broken China Distress Ink.  I adhered the patterned paper strip, the kraft strip, and the punched circle to the pink card base.  I stamped "just because" (Hero Arts) in Broken China Distress Ink.  I finished the card by added 5 light blue gems to the card.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More One Sheet Wonder Cards

These are some cards that I did with  Jessica Taylor's One Sheet Wonder .  I used some MME for the patterned paper, Marina Mist and Mellow Moss SU cardstock, as well as cream and kraft cardstock.  All the stamps are Hero Arts.  I used Type, Joy Ride, Hydrangea, Paris, Friends, Envelope Pattern and Musical Walk.  I used Agean Blue and Spanish Olive VersaMagic ink, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stamps for Sale

I have these SeeDs for sale.  It's not that they're bad stamps, I'm just not giving them enough love, so maybe someone else can love on them. I am asking $5 each, plus shipping (as exact as I can be).  I'm Canadian, so I am willing to ship these without the hard case, as it keeps it thinner and lighter, making shipping much less expensive.  I am also willing to trade, if you have something that needs someone to love it more than you:)  Please email me HERE if you are interested.

I worked on a One Sheet Wonder set of 16 cards this weekend, but I haven't had a chance to get them scanned / photographed.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

More Clean and Simple Cards

Here are a couple of CAS cards that I did this week.  The top card uses all Hero Arts stamps, some DCWV paper, some gold corrugated cardstock, Certainly Celery cardstock (SU), and Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I had cut some labels from white cardstock and gold corrugated ( I can't remember the label number, but it's a Spellbinders label).  While the white cardstock still had the die on it, I inked the middle with Old Paper Distress Ink.  I cut the gold corrugated cardstock with a larger size label. When I went to assemble the card, I stamped Musical Walk in Vintage Photo ink on the Old Paper label.  I rounded the corners of the DCWV paper, and  the Certainly Celery cardstock.  I layered the DCWV paper on the SU cardstock, then I added the labels, which were  already adhered to each other. I finished the card by stamping the Hero Arts Happy  Birthday in Peeled Paint.

The second card I did, I had much fun with.  I started with a white card base, then used Antique Linen Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment 3 times on the right hand side.  I took a matching piece of patterned paper, and rounded two corners.  I used Black Onyx Versafine ink and stamped the Flower.  I finished the card by adhering the patterned paper to the card.  All the stamps are Inkadinkado.

April's Christmas Card Challenge

For April's Christmas card challenge,  I would like to try something different.  Rather than doing a theme, I'd like to see you do a One Sheet Wonder.  The One Sheet Wonder I have used for this month is Jessica's Taylor's OSW, which you can find HERE.  I used some white cardstock for a base, and some Wal Mart Christmas paper I picked up on Boxing Day.  The stamps are Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, and Recollections.  Jessica's One Sheet Wonder makes 16 cards, I am only showing 5 of them here.  I did find that the card looked a touch bare, so I used some Hero Arts background clings to add some interest.  The ink I used was Distress Inks, in Shabby Shutters, barn Door, and Tumbled Glass.

My "Daughter's" Going Away Card

Well, my "daughter" is leaving us come Monday April 4th for Manitoba.  She's actually my daughter's friend, but with the witness of my daughter and us, she became a Christian, and my husband and I have kind of taken her in as a "daughter".  Since she's moving to Manitoba permanently, I wanted to do a neat card for her.  I love this card , it's vintage, but still very clean and simple.

. Using some patterned paper, I stamped the HA classic Fabric stamp in versamark, then clear embossed. I distressed the paper in Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Tumbled Glass. I ironed off the EP, leaving the background. I rounded the corners. I took 4 circles of white cardstock in varying sizes, distressed the edges,, crumpled, then ran Tattered Rose Distress Ink on it. I took a big brad, inked it in black pigment ink, then embossed with Kaleidoscope EP. I attached the flower with the brad, and attached the flower to the scrapbook paper. I added the ribbon, then mounted the piece onto white cardstock, rounding the edges. I finished the card with "Journey" (Quietfire Designs) in chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.