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Sunday, January 31, 2010


I have been wanting to use this stamp, so today was the time!  I used my Prisma's with Gamsol and did the shading at the bottom of the flower pot with Copic.  The scallop circle was a Nestabilitie.  Also added a little bling with the tiny yellow rhinestones in the center of the flowers.  Sweet and simple!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


I don't know why, but I really like this one!  I think it's because I want to be the one in the tub!  This is for the SSS41 challenge over at The Sweet Shop.  I really liked the layout and am sure I will use it again.  It is also combined with The Paper Makeup Stamps Blog challenge.  Their beautiful, peaceful colors really helped inspire!  And Scrap and Stamp challenge, because their theme was Monochromatic.  WOW, 3 in one, that's a first, LOL!

The paper I used is some that I've had for a long time, and I have used frequently.  It was in a big pack that I got at Big Lots over a year ago...  I colored with Copics, added the "dew drops" and then some "Liquid Applique" to the bubbles to give it some dimension.  All in all I am very pleased with this one!


Layout :

Friday, January 29, 2010


This is just too cute!  Thanx Cheryl!  OK, I'm supposed to list ten things about me...

1.  My favorite food in the whole world is Hagn Das COFFEE ice cream
2.  I'm a jewelry nut
3.  Golf is my "other" passion
4.  I've worked as a dental assistant and an executive secretary
5.  Autumn is my favorite season, I miss it here...
6.  I grew up in Phoenix, and I don't miss it there at all!
7.  The ocean keeps me sane
8.  My cat Georgie is the best cat I've ever had, he's the best cuddler
9.  I would love to visit South Africa
10.  I drive a 16 yr. old Jeep named "Nellie" (by choice)!  I love her!


Just Magnolia has another fun challenge this week.  With it being near Valentine's Day, their subject is hearts and flowers.  All of my Valentine's are finished, but hey, how could I pass up such a fun challenge.  Especially when the blog candy is SO divine!!   I can't find those tiny little roses here on the island, and I would LOVE to have some.  All the Tilda cards look so pretty with them.  I am going to the mainland next Tuesday and they are on my list of things to look for!  Used SCAL to cut the big heart, the flower border is from a Fiskars punch and then trimmed down.  I colored with Prisma's and also my Copics.  Then I added some Flower Soft to the roses in Tilda's bouquet. It's all been raised with pop dots.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This was a fun challenge!  "Inchies" refers to a square, circle or shape that measures one inch.  Lots of possibilities with this one.  Check out the inspiration and join the challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Cahllenge Blog.  Also, I entered this over at Frosted Designs as it fit in with their embossing challenge.  It's the first time I've combined one card with two entries.  I know lots of you do that, but I never had!

I am back in my Asian theme because the clean, square lines were perfect for the idea I had.  I purchased the coins at the craft fair I went to last year in Tucson.  They have been sitting here staring at me, begging to be used!  So, at last I answered their call!  The paper is by Creative Imaginations, love the bamboo pattern.  I heat embossed the bamboo with gold.

Monday, January 25, 2010


HOW FUN!!!  This is my FIRST ever baby card!  My best girlfriend's daughter is expecting their second child and we are all so excited!  She found out it's a girl, so I knew I wanted to do something sweet in pink.  I tied it in to challenge #43 at Stamp With Fun.  I used my CB for the plain pink paper and then put on the embellishments.  I added the pearls as an after thought, but really like the little bit of bling it added.


I have had this paper for quite some time and actually, I had forgotten about it!  Yesterday I was organizing and cleaning up my craft space and came across it.  I immediately knew why I had bought it - I loved the little flower print and the colors.  There is a tiny bit of sparkle on it too, very cute.  (It's called Posies Glitter Print, Petite Sunrise Posies by DCWV.)  So as soon as I finished my cleaning I got to crafting and did this card.  I used watercolor inks on the stamp to get the various colors.  I have to remember to do that more often, I like the result!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


It seems the longer I make my cards, I see my "style" emerging.  In my own personal life I have always leaned towards things that are more "tailored" and have simple clean lines.  I do cards that have a lot of fancy flowers, embellishments, etc., but I always seem to prefer the cards that are more simple.  This one is a perfect example.  It was inspired from a sweet blogger friend, Cheryl, whose cards I adore.  It was from a layout she did at Splitcoast Stampers.  As I have said before, I love the simplistic Asian designs, and I find myself returning to them again, and again.  Like they used to say in design class, "less is more", and for me it's so true!  I still like to go beyond my comfort zone and experiment, but here I am again back where I like to be.  

The background paper is from a beautiful stack called "Far East" by Premium Stacks.  I gold heat embossed the stamped areas that are from a set by All Night Media.  Also I inked the edges with Distress ink, "frayed burlap".  Simple, clean lines and no embellishments and I love it!  MAHALO Cheryl for the great inspiration!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I sure am having fun trying some new techniques!  Here is another one from over at StampTV.  It is done using Baby Wipes as an ink pad.  (Check out the video)  You put drops of ink - re-inkers that you refresh your ink pads with - on a baby wipe and use it as your stamp pad!  Clever!  The colors I used are Carmel by Adirondack, New Sprout and  Rich Cocoa by Memento, and Olive by Ranger.  The design down the left side is a rub-on, then I put it through my CB for some texture.  Added a little inking on the edges of the flower piece and the sentiment, then added piece of ribbon and there you have it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

FRIENDS (#42 Friendship)

We all like a little "bling", right!?  Well when I saw this challenge at "Stamptacular Sunday Challenge" I immediately thought BLING!  Your design had to be black, white and  silver.  What better way to sparkle it up!  Personally, I love black and white, it can be so dramatic.  I've had this paper for a while and knew it would be perfect for my idea.  The little hanging crystals are trim for around the bottom of a lampshade!  (Good ol' Dollar Store in Phx!)  I used my CB for the scalloped edge circle, a Fiskars edge punch for the bottom trim and then heat embossed the sentiment.  Simple but fancy-schmancy!


I have been itching to try a technique they call "emboss resist".  Gina K. has a great video over on StampTV that shows this fun process.  She shows you all the supplies you will need, and simple step by step instructions.  When I saw the challenge over at "Crazy 4 Challenges" I knew that I had found the perfect layout to give this a shot.  So here is the design I did, and it sure was fun and very easy.  If you haven't ever done this technique, give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it!



This is another one of those cards that I saw a long time ago, and just fell in love with!  I did a few things different as I didn't have the correct lace edge punch that was used, but that's ok.  I used SCAL to do a border file that I had, Copic's to color, and CB to make the scalloped oval.  I LOVE the elephant, she is just too cute in her ballet shoes and tutu!  (Put some Stickles on them, but I wish I had used a more shiny glitter...) 

CHEERS! (Crazy Creations Challenge #51)

I'm a martini lover, and I love martini glasses!  I have a collection of them, all different styles and shapes.  So when I saw this adorable stamp I had to have it.  It originally has a piece of holly and a berry on the end of the swizzle stick, but I taped over it when I did the stamp.  I can use it for any holiday or theme that way.  For the Valentine theme I glued on a little red glitter heart.  It was colored with Copics.

I did this card for the challenge over on "Crazy Creations Challenges".  The theme is Valentine's or Love.  That made it real nice for this time of year!  I've been making so many Valentine's, and I decided to use this one just because I liked it!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


We all know what has happened in Hati, but have you taken the time to HELP!    Reach out and do what you can.  Instead of buying that treat at Starbucks, give the $$ to your favorite organization to help save lives.  I have posted a link on the upper right of my blog that will take you to an accredited place to donate. It's an organization called Partners In Health .  PLEASE give what you can to them or to an organization of your choice.  You never know when it may be YOU that is in need!

Friday, January 15, 2010


Since I am lucky enough to live in the land of almost "perpetual summer", I was delighted with this challenge!  It's over at Paper Cutz and the theme is SUMMER!  I decided to do a card that I did a long time ago because I like it!  The cuts are from the LAB cartridge.  I need to use it more often...

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Aloha ladies (and gents!) and happy Thursday!  

One of the things we seem to struggle with in our card making is coming up with ideas for a man's card.  Personally, I like making them, but I do have to "think" on them for a while.  My guy is pretty easy - cars!  So of course that's what I did for this challenge , which was to make a male birthday card.  

I used SCAL for the great car that I found over at  "denises scrapbooking room . What a great selection of super art work she has done - and almost all of it is free!  The frame is from a set  called 4x6 Picture Frames over at  I raised the car and sentiment with pop dots, and put on the brads"...  I will be using this card with another sentiment that says, "You make my heart race!" for Valentine's Day.  (I just put this sentiment on for the challenge...  and on the inside you could say, "I'm still so happpy you're my guy!") 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PAPER PLEATING - Just Magnolia Monthly Challenge & C4C19 Challenge

Time for another new technique, this one is called "paper pleating".  And like my previous adventure into new territory, it is simple but a little time consuming.  Check out the technique over at Just Magnolia.  

This card is for two challenges, one at Crazy 4 Challenges, which was to be a birthday card,  and the monthly challenge at Just Magnolia using the paper pleating.  I have a dear cousin with a birthday coming up so that was perfect!.  I think it came out ok, but you can hardly see the paper pleating - it's used for the bottom of the cupcake - YES, that is a cupcake hiding in there under Tilda and all the flowers, LOL!  Oh well, Tilda is a flowery, sweet little thing and I think she looks pretty happy!

Monday, January 11, 2010


WOW!  I can't believe the response to this card!  MAHALO ALL!  I will try to do my best on this, as I have never done a tutorial before.  Please have patience and send any questions you may have if I am not clear on the directions...  

As I said, I saw a picture of this card and DID NOT have written info on the dimensions.  Here is the BLURRY picture that I got it from:

I chose an envelope and made the card to it's size.  Scoring your fold lines will really make it easier.  Also, remember you can click on the picture to make it larger and easier to see.  So here we go!

Envelope measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/4 "

The card base is 11 1/4" x 6"

Score and fold the base card piece in half (5 1/8")

On both sides of the center fold make two more folds 3/4" apart

At first fold line, fold the paper upwards toward you.  At second fold, fold the paper away from you, third fold up, fourth fold away, and last one up creating the accordion in the middle!  YEAH, the hard part is over!

The little panels that flop up measure 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" and you will need to cut 6 of them.  Decorate them any way you like, the sky is the limit!

Attach the tabs as follows:  On left side of first accordion pleat glue one at top and one at bottom 1/8" in from edge:

Next, on the right side of the first accordion pleat glue one in the center of the pleat so they are centered evenly.

Repeat this process again on the second pleat!  Way to go, you've got it!

I sure hope this was not too confusing and that you are inspired to make a beautiful new kind of card!  They are lots of fun with so may different possibilities, go for it!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


This sure was a fun project!  I was looking through some card making books on and came across this fold which I had not seen before.  It looked fun, so I dove in!  I love the way the little cards inside flip one direction then the other - hence, the flip-flop name!  It is an accordion fold down the middle that gives it its unique look.  I used SCAL for the circle on the front.  It's part of a great group of freebies over at SVG (click here to download it if you have the SCAL program!)    

In all the card was a bit labor intensive, but only because I wanted both sides of the smaller inside panels to be "finished off" on both sides.   It was fun putting on all the different little sentiments on each one...



I also discovered a great video today over at StampTV  that shows a gadget called the "Bow Easy" used to make perfect bows.  It's really a neat gadget:

I was impressed, so I decided to track one down.  I found one on e-bay for $6 but decided I wasn't THAT impressed, so, I made one of my own out of card board and it works great!  Neccesity Is The Mother Of Invention!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Up late tonight, can't sleep and feel like crafting!  Thank goodness I don't have to be up early in the morning.

Another challenge, this one over at "Crazy 4 Challenges".  You had to do something with polka dots and that sounded really fun.  I just got this background paper when I was in Phx. for the holidays and immediately thought of it.  I wanted to stay in the Valentine theme because I have so many to make, so here's the simple little ditty I came up with.  I love my SCAL program!  I needed a long stem and had nothing that matched.  Sooooo, I drew it out in my paint program, imported it into SCAL, used the "trace feature, and voila!  Too fun!  The flower is raised with pop dots, but that is hard to see.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A LITTLE BIT OF CHEER (Double Dutch Challenge)

My cousin's grand-daughter is very ill and in the hospital.  I've never met her, but have seen lots of pictures of her and hear she is a very sweet and talented young lady.  I wanted to let her know that even though we have never met I was thinking of her and wanted to send a little bit of cheer.  I used the current sketch layout from "Double Dutch" and entered it in their challenge - nothing wrong with killing two birds with one stone!  I got to use a "drop" of my new "Flower Soft" (on the flower Tilda is holding) that I had ordered, and I can't wait to use it more, it's so neat!  Tilda was colored using my Copic's, then added a few little pearls for some bling.  I hope she brings a little smile.....


Sunday, January 3, 2010

1st CHALLENGE OF 2010!

I was so in the mood to do something different so I decided to do my 1st  challenge for 2010 over at "Just Magnolia".  I LOVE TILDA!  She is so sweet and never fails to make me smile.  While I was at it, I thought I might as well make a card that I could  use for Valentine's Day.  

The layout is a great one, and I had no trouble getting inspired right away!  I had fun with the flowers - I bought them on my trip to the mainland and was itching to do something with them.  Note the cute little heart brads in their centers!  Another fun item I picked up.  Hope you like this one as much as I do!



Saturday, January 2, 2010


WOW!  Where does the time go!?!  It seems the older I get, the faster it flies by!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  I don't know about you, but I am ready to move on to new card designs that are not about Christmas, they wore me out!

Here is my first card of the new year.  It's for a dear friend that I had not sent a Christmas card to (I didn't have the correct address, duh on my part!).  It was a fun and easy one, but I really like the results.  I also just entered it in a challenge over at Frosted Designs. So onward card makers, into the new year with creativity and enthusiasm!