Monthly Archives: October 2012

Belated Birthday – 365 Cards Day 241 Challenge

  • Stamp – Hero Arts
  • Die cut – made from Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Floral Doily Motifs”
  • Border punch – Stampin’ Up “Scallop Edge”
  • Sentiment – computer generated
  • Patterned paper – SEI “Happy Day: Make a Wish
  • Pearls – made with Viva Decor Pearl Pen “cream”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

Here is a bright card for a Monday! The Day 241 Challenge at 365 Cards is Belated Birthday–it’s not too late! I found the sentiment among many belated birthday sentiments online. I jazzed the scalloped edge up a little bit with my pearl pen, which is a quick way to add “pearls” to a card! Thanks for visiting today.

Merry Christmas – Penny Black Fir Branch

  • Stamp – Penny Black “Christmas Text”
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey “Jovial: Crushed Velvet” (green) and Melissa Frances “Kisses Under the Holly” (red)
  •  Border punch – Martha Stewart
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Bling – Memory Box “Pearl Berries”
  • Stickles
  • Distress Inks

I made this card some months ago, but just hadn’t gotten around to posting it. I entered it in the Oregon State Fair, where it earned a second place ribbon. The beautiful Penny Black stamp is the focal point, with distress inks, Stickles, and Memory Box pearls accenting the image. Thanks for the visit.

Spooky! Day 237 at 365 Cards

  • Stamp – Paula Best “pumpkin cat”
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen “Copper-star” and “Green-star”
  • Inkssentials Opaque pen – White
  • Kraft cardstock

I made this spooky little ATC after being inspired by “Zentangle-style Doodles” article in the November 2012 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. The article is written and projects created by artist Lisa Mason and opened up a little bit of a different creative outlet! It shows how to use your stamps as a starting point and doodling around the image for a whole new look. So for this one, I used an opaque white pen to doodle on the Kraft paper, then I added outlines to the pumpkin and cat’s eyes with Sakura Sparkle pens. The challenge today, Day 237 at 365 Cards, is Spooky. So this fits the bill, even though this Paula Best stamp is pretty cute, while being spooky! Thanks for visiting today.

365 Cards – Day 227 – School Themed ATC

  • Stamp – Postmodern Design – “Wooden Ruler”
  • Stickers – 7Gypsies “School” and Pebbles Inc. “Masking Tape Labels”
  • Distress ink – Ranger “Dried Marigold” and “Walnut Stain”
  • Heavy-weight Kraft paper

This was a fun challenge that made me dig into my stash of supplies! The 365 Cards Day 227 Challenge is to make an Artist Trading Card (ATC) with a school theme. I’ve had the ruler stamp for years, and with its distressed look it begged to be stamped with Distress inks and spattered with a bit of water. The stickers again have been in my stash for years as well! I need to do more with all of the stickers I own! Great challenge! Thanks for visiting.

Freshly Made Sketch #56 – Poinsettia

  • Poinsettia image – Penny Black Stickaroos “Christmas Everywhere”
  • Patterned paper – Teresa Collins “Christmas Cottage”
  • Decorative tape – Teresa Collins “Christmas Cottage”
  • Twine – The Cat’s Pajamas “Divine Twine: Peppermint”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used a classic design for this card: Sketch 56 at Freshly Made Sketches. The focal point is a lovely sticker by Penny Black. The colors are just on the edge of traditional–a little brighter than the standards. Thanks for stopping by.

Flourish Pansies


  • Stamps – Flourishes “Calendar Set 1”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Dotted Scallop”
  • Die cuts made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Seventeen”
  • Ribbon – Creative Expressions
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils

This is just a simple floral card. I colored the stamped image with Copic markers and then went back in with Prismacolors to add some additional shading and highlights. Then I just layered it up and that was about it! Thanks for the visit!

Clean & Simple – Sketch 212 – Pumpkin Birthday

  • Stamps – pumpkins and foliage from Hampton Art Stamps/Graphic 45, “Happy Haunting 2” set
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers “Black Widow” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Jennie Bowlen
  • Distress Markers – Ranger

I used Sketch #212 from Clean & Simple Stamping for this birthday card. It has a real Autumnal feeling to it. I combined three stamps from the Hampton Art set, masking one pumpkin behind the other. I colored them with Distress Markers and spritzed them, then went in with a water brush to do more watercoloring. Thanks for stopping by.


Packing Tape and Leaves Birthday Card

  • Stamps – Inkadinkado “Leaves” clear mini stamps set and Penny Black “Flourish Birthday”
  • Pearl pen – Violet – Viva Decor
  • Alcohol inks and Distress inks – Ranger
  • Packing tape
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was an incredibly well timed challenge! I was in the middle of playing with this packing tape technique when 365 Cards issued its Tape It Challenge! My stamping group was experimenting with this technique, which was featured in Craft Stamper magazine (October 2012 issue, pp. 38-39). We applied packing tape to an old dictionary page, ripping off small pieces and then taped the whole thing down to a piece of white cardstock. Then I applied Ranger alcohol inks to make a mottled, stone background. If you look very closely you can barely see the text mixed in with the background colors. The background is nice and shiny thanks to the tape. I then stamped the leaves in Distress ink on watercolor paper, spritzed with water and cut them out. I mounted the leaves on cardstock and popped them up with dimensional adhesive and then added the sentiment. I added the “pearls” in the top right corner with pearl pen. Thanks for visiting today.

OWH – Midweek Throwdown – Crocus Anniversary Card

  • Stamps – Flourishes “Calendar Set 1” and sentiment from Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Die cuts made from Nestabilities “Classic Ovals” and “Lacey Ovals”
  • Patterned Cardstock – BoBunny
  • Solid cardstock – Bazzill

I used a lovely crocus stamp from Flourishes for this card. I colored the image with Copic markers first, and then added colored pencil for highlights and additional shading. I layered the die cut ovals for an elegant look. This week’s Midweek Throwdown Challenge at OWH was to make an anniversary card, so this technique worked well for such a card. Thanks for visiting.

OWH Sketch #141 – Santa!

  • Stamps – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Candyland Christmas” set
  • Die cut – from Spellbinders Poseabilities “Snowflake Wonder”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Merry” 6 X 6” paper pad
  • Rhinestone – Mark Richards, Inc. – Citron Round 3mm
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

This is one of my first Christmas cards for Operation Write Home. We need to ship our Christmas cards early in order for our overseas heroes to send cards home for their families. This is a fun one with lots of color and Santa, so I’m hoping it is cheery for both the sender and the recipient! I used the sketch #141 at OWH Stars and Stamps and stamps from The Cats Pajamas. I colored the images with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by!