Monday, August 31, 2009

The Rubber Cafe Spooky Bat Motel & Where's My Treat Labrador

This Bat Motel from The Rubber Cafe is a fun one to color. I colored this one with copics and spica glitter pens; black so it looked spookier with the yellow glow from the windows! I cut it out and mounted it on some dark blue glitter cardstock. The tags are actually tombsones cut from American Craft's Halloween Collection; Undead. I decided they looked like tags, so used them to frame my other images. Charming and the kitty come from the Charming Kitty set. The jack-o-lantern comes from the Trick-or-Treat set. The skeleton is called You Shake My Bones. This is actually a christmas ornament I picked up at Michael's and sprayed black. I glittered the edges in black and tied the tags on with embroidery floss. I left look more spider webby!

This card features the shaving cream technique for the sentiment panel. I used the Classic Happy Halloween for my sentiment, and the You Need To Dust spider web, Where's My Treat Labrador and some candy from Halloween Candy. Designer paper is from Imaginisce's Hallowhimsy Collection. The candy is covered with Glossy Accents.

Be sure to check out The Rubber Cafe's Blog to see lots of other inspiration using these stamps!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lemonade Coffee!

Gotcha with that title, didn't I?! LOL! These are two more of the coffee themed cards I made using the papers from BasicGrey's Lemonade Collection! The images are from Inky Antics and are colored using the Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. For this card I again used the pattern in the paper to create a card this case, framing my image. For the sentiment, I used a Sizzix die, Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch and a circle punch. I cut out the little flowers, they are the perfect finishing touch!
I used many of the same supplies on this card....with the addition of the Fiskars Threading Water Punch.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday Challenge 57 ~ Making The Grade

School is almost we were off playing yesterday and last fling before school starts again! The challenge at was Danni's this week. We were to use one school supply on our cards. I chose to use those brass brads we all remember...and these were actually ones that I reclaimed from Nick's homework last year! They make dandy flower centers!! I also used a staple on the one card....a fun touch on a school-themed card!! Nick chose the vertical one to give to his teacher this year!
~cardstock: black, kraft, basic gray
~punch: SU!
~images: WhipperSnapper
~writing lines image: Creative Cafe
If you can play along....we'd love to see your creations! Please use keyword FC57 when you upload your card to the gallery and post a comment here!

Friday, August 28, 2009

First Kiss ~ MMSC16

This was a fun sketch from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Blog! I used Stampavie's First Kiss as my focal image, colored with Copic Markers. Designer papers are by SU!, and the matting papers are actually some glimmery stuff I picked up at a scrapbook convention.
I used Faux Foldy Flowers from Fred, She Said Digital Designs for my floral element. A Sizzix die and SU! punches finish out the sketch.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Froggy Went a Courtin' - Digital Tuesday Challenge 21

Hee hee! that song running through your head now too?! These frogs by Penny Black just crack me up! The sentiment is from Impression-Obsession, and it fits just perfectly!! I just love their expressions! Anybody knows that if you're *courtin* you need to have flowers and lots of Mr. Frog musta picked some up at Fred, She Said! I just love these digital flowers...they are so fun to combine and embellish. I simply printed them out in different sizes, layered some, glittered some and even mixed styles!
~Fred's Flowers
~Fred's Big Dahlias

This card fits the challenge this week on the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog! They are looking for some new design team check it out here!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Haunting!

Today's cards feature stamps from The Rubber Cafe. This first card features the stamp set Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match. I used three of the faces....but there are three other pumpkin personalities for you try out with this set as well! Another possibility is to use these pumpkins without faces.

I used paper pieceing for this card using BasicGrey's Oh Baby! Boy Collection. Copics and a bit of doodling finished off this fun but quick card.

Here is another fun card using Creepy Fence and Tree from The Rubber Cafe. This tree looks like it's a really windy night....check out all the little masks it's collected! The fence has collected a few candy bags itself! The masks, candy bags and happy haunting come from the Trick or Treat set. The bat is from the Pumpkin Face Mix n Match set, and the moon/bat image is called Just Batty! I used paper piecing, a bit of doodling and distressing to add to the spook factor on this card.

Tomorrow I'll share some more *lemonade coffee* cards....they are cuter than they sound, promise!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MMSC15 - Dimensional Card

This is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 15! I've been running this week...but I just had to get this one's so fun! I used my SU! Scalloped Edge Punch for the scalloped strips of paper. They are my *ribbons* on this one....I wanted all of the dimension to be on the focal image.

The focal image is by Penny Black. Dimension has been added by shaping the pieces and then layering them with hot glue. This image has been on my desk for friend Sally made it for me as a sample piece showing this technique. Tonight was it's night to get it's very own card!!

The designer paper is BasicGrey's Oh Baby! Boy collection. I ran it through the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug Embossing folder and sanded it for added dimension.

Check out Priscilla's AWESOME blog candy giveaway HERE! Check it won't want to miss it!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Here are some fun cards for the coffee lovers out there! These images are the new ones from Ronnie Walter through Inky Antics! This card features papers from the lucious BasicGrey Lemonade collection that I picked up at Check out the wire steam on the sentiment panel! Good ole' Sharpie marker on silver wire! A fun touch is to cut your designer paper along it's pattern like I did on this card. The image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.
For this card I used the same supplies. I distressed and faux stitched strips of cardstock to mimic chenille. Check out the fuzzy flock on her robe! I love it!! Fiskars threading water punch was my lace edge to this card. Come on back tomorrow for another cuppa!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Welcome to the Farmer's Market Blog Hop!

The Pick of the Crop is at the Farmer's Market

Good Morning Everyone! ....and a fine morning it it to check out the Cream of the Crop at our Farmer's Market Blog Hop with! Summer is coming to a close and there are lots of new products and ideas to harvest!

At this Farmer's Market the venders are offering up some dynamite designer papers, spectacular stamps, beautiful bunches of flowers, rockin' ribbons and just about every embellishment you could ever want! BasicGrey has Lemonade, and it's wonderful!! Don't forget, the Early Bird gets the worm! Whoo Hoo!

A little gift package has been put together by the various vendors which will be awarded to one lucky person! Nope, its not tomatoes, corn or carrots! It's a special collection of American Crafts, May Arts Ribbon and Thickers!

Here is a little ditty by Cindy to tell you how to qualify:

Hey Diddle, Diddle...
You have to Solve a Riddle...

Hop like a Frog.....
To each and every blog....

Then you can Park It...
At the Farmer's Market....

Put your answer in your post....
And the Winner we will toast!

The Riddle:

What is black, sings at night, the latest rage and ends up glued to a page??

Farmer's Markets are just so much fun....there are flowers....and families....and fun food! I decided to make a cookbook of our family's favorite recipes! What a fun idea to gift a new bride, a collection of tried and true recipes for her to get started with! I'm making some for our children....I'm going to add a little background info about each recipe, so they will not only get our family's favorites, but a bit of their mom's hobby and a little recipe history thrown in there!

This is a Bo Bunny chipboard album that holds 6x6 inch chipboard pages. I altered the cover using Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird Crafting Kit. I used a chipboard sticker and circle-punched some of the designer papers for embellishments. Thickers are are a favorite, and fun to use for part of the title!

I used faux stitching on every page to unify the album. Some pages feature distressing as well to mimic an old well-loved cookbook! I created pockets so I can tuck multiple recipes in each page.

The pocket image is from the Cut-Apart Element Sheet. It is double-sided, so you get LOTS of options! I printed the recipes on Very Vanilla Cardstock, laminated them and left them un-embellished so they will be easy to read.

This page combines the designer paper, chipboard stickers and cut-apart elements. A fun touch is the cuttlebug embossing that is reminiscent of the old tin tiles. I highlighted the embossing with a Fresco Chalk Pad - Medici Marble. The arrow has an ad for an apple corer - how cool is that?!

For this page I embellished one of the cut-apart elements....I added the dots, the faux stitching, distressing and I cut out the litte coffee cups! The recipe tabs are chip stickers!

These cut-apart elements just had to go together....and what better, than with pancakes?! I just love the bird and the sun with the rise & shine!

So, that is what I've got for you today here at my *booth!* I will be posting more of the pages as I finish them....I'll have soups, salads and side dishes soon.

Be sure to finish *hopping* to the rest of the desingn team's blogs! Julie's booth is your next stop!
If you are joining us mid-hop and want to get in on the fun....start here:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tea Bag Folding - Kite Fold Two Ways!

Well, if you follow my blog, you know I enjoy tea bag folding on occasion! It is fun and easy and provides cards with some *pop!* These cards use a simple kite fold!

For this card I folded my four kites with my daisy tip on the large end of the kite. Then I folded four kites with my daisy tip on the small end of the kite.

Assembly for this is as easy as it looks....I matched up the four larger ends of my similar kites. This gave me two four-point medallions. I layered them so that I ended up with an eight-point star. Of course, had I flip-flopped them, my medallion would have a different center, thus a different look! I liked the tiny daisy in the center of this one!

Stamp is by Impression-Obsession, cardstocks are by Stampin' Up!, brad is by BasicGrey, embossing folders are by Cuttlebug.

This card features the same stamp...this is the opposite corner from the daisy tip. For this look, I folded the small end of the kite up to the larger end, essentially folding it in half. I layered them on a piece of red cardstock and then trimmed around them leaving a narrow border. Of course, this would look entirely different if I had folded them the opposite way and the daisy tip was on the wide end of the kite! The possibilities are endless!!

Same materials as above....with these additions:
~vintage button
~BasicGrey Journal Block Stamp
~Happy Birthday - Savvy Stamps

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MMSC14 Meets Fred, She Said Designs!

Whoot! This was a fun card to put together! I normally don't pick this color combo....but for some reason I colored this awesome medallion from Fred, She Said with Copics and Spica Glitter pens. This layout from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenges was the pefect one to highlight the image!

Card details:
~Doodle Dallion Digital Image ~ Fred, She Said Digital Designs
~Copic Markers
~Spica Glitter Pens
~Nailheads ~ Mark Richards
~Misc Ribbon
~Fiskars Threading Water Punch
~SU! Oval Punches and Rub-On
~Signo White Gel Pen

Monday, August 17, 2009

Where's My Treat card and secret box!

Today I'd like to share some more design team work for Melissa has a lot of new images for the Halloween holiday. The spider web just calls to be used in windows I think!

Card details:
~window card and window frame - The Paper Cut
~misc. glitter cardstock
~Cuttlebug Forest Branches Embossing Folder
~spider web image ~ You Need To Dust
~candy images ~ Halloween Candy (I stamped them with stazon on the glitter cardstock)
~sentiment and dog images ~ Where's My Treat Labrador
~cat image ~ Charming Kitty
~Copic Markers
~Copic Spica Glitter Pens
~Glossy Accents (puppy's pumpkin)
~BasicGrey Lime Rickey
~Memories White Ink
~Black Stazon

This little Secret Box from Maya Road was just begging to become a little treat box! The lid has a sheer window. I added the black frame and acetate window to form a shaker box for the candy! ....just how bad do you want that candy?! LOL!

The candy is colored with copics, then spica glitter pens and finally glossy accents....they look like they are wrapped in cellophane!

The details:
~spider web image - You Need To Dust!
~sentiment ~ Where's My Treat Labrador
~cat image ~ Charming Kitty
~candy images ~ Halloween Candy
~Copic markers
~Glossy Accents
~Copic Spica Glitter Pens
~Sheer Black Ribbon
~Imaginisce; Hallowhimsy Collection; Lollipop Lizzy
~BasicGrey; Lime Rickey; Orange Cream

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Challenge 55 - Cool Blue!

It's the Friday, and time for a new challenge at! This week is my week as hostess!

Challenge: It's likely sweltering where you live, so use COOL COLORS to create cards, layouts or projects this month!

I loved this image layout so much that I'm using it on another card....for a totally different feel! I love the soft colors of Imaginisce's Baby Powder Collection!

Items used in this card:

~Imaginisce Baby Powder Collection Bubble Bath

~Imaginisce Baby Powder Collection Baby Talk Journaling Tags

~Imaginisce Baby Shower Pocket Full of Posies

~Copic Markers

~Spica Glitter Pens

~Making Memories Springtime Pebble Brads

~BasicGrey Boxer Buttons

~May Arts 1/2 inch Ric Rac

~Kraft Cardstock, Bashful Blue Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock

~SU! images

If you can play along with us, please use code FC55 when you upload your card to the gallery!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Rubber Cafe's Spooky Bat Motel - Take 2!

Here I am for with their Bat Motel image. I find it interesting to take a single image and make as many different cards as I can with it. It always amazes me what a change of color, paper or technique does!

For this card I stamped the image on kraft cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. Do you see the *bricks* that I made with the Copic Colorless Blender?! It's a very fun way to add subtle interest!

I highlighted the shingles, windows, tree, moon and bats with Spica Glitter pens. I colored the hill black to add to the *spooky* mood of the card. Charming comes from the Charming Kitty set. I kept this card simple with only a Cuttlebug folder to add some texture.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Rubber Cafe's Spooky Bat Motel!

Melissa at has come out with a new line of Halloween images. This card features Bat Motel and Frightful Halloween. These images come mounted on cling foam, so it is easy to shape the sentiment like I did on this card.

Designer paper is from Imaginisce's Hallowhimsy Collection. I used faux stitching and distressing for a fun touch. I ran the photo corner punches through a cuttlebug embossing folder for a bit of added dimension....look like spider webs, don't they?!

The image is colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The tree and bats are accented with Spica Glitter pens. The moon is cut out and lined with yellow glitter cardstock.

As a final touch, I masked the image and then used my Copic Airbrush with the 110 Special Black marker to add to the *spook factor.* I'd love to hear what you think about this card!

Be sure you check out all of Melissa's halloween collection HERE.

Monday, August 10, 2009

MMSC13 - Sweet Baby!

This is my submission for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 13! It is a variation of a thank you card I sent to my folks when my son was born. I hand stitched around my *quilt squares* that are cut from some pretty wrapping paper. I *tied* my quilt with blue floss.

The image is a SU! image from 1994....but I still think it's just adorable! I colored it with Copic Markers and highlighted it with Spica Glitter pens. The star was another from that set. I stamped it on the back of glitter paper and cut them out to be different sizes, matted them on Bashful Blue cardstock and cut them out again.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer Days....

Well, hello there! I've been on summer vacation...and though I had planned to post some cards....I ended up simply taking a break! It's seldom that I don't stamp for a whole I'm anxious to get back at it and hopefully I'll find my mojo as I attack the laundry piles!

This card features a Stampin' Up image that sums up where we were....a week at a cabin on a lake in Wisconsin's beautiful northwoods! The image is colored with Twinkling H20's and Copic markers. I used the deckled rectangle Nestibilities to frame the image. Cardstocks are Night of Navy and River Rock by SU! I stamped SU!'s Sanded background in Night of Navy ink and added a bit of faux stitcing and distressing. The ribbon is navy and is wired so it holds it's shape!