Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inky Antics Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Inky Antics Binding System Blog Hop! The Inky designers are featuring projects made with the CarlaCraft Binding System.  If you're hoppin' with us, you’ve just arrived from Keri's blog. Here is my project...

This was my first time using this binding system, and I have to say twirling those little spirals in is a hoot!  The punch was very easy to use, and Jackie's video explains everything you need to know!

I used a variety of Inky Antics products to dress up my note pads.  I used the cover of a pretty shoe box for the two covers on the right.  I *knew* I saved that cover for something!  My 9 year old son decorated up himself a cover today...very fun for kids to do too!

Pink Notebook:
~Circle Sentiments #2 Clear Set (phone and sentiment circle)

Cupcake Notebook:
~Cupcake Birdy Honey Pop Clear Set
~HoneyComb Paper (pink, brown)
~Circle Sentiments #2 Clear Set (flower)

Turtle Notebook:
~Turtle Honeypop Clear Set

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, July 3rd at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their project and leave feedback. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a CarlaCraft Binding System and coil assortment. The lucky winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Your next stop on the hop is Debbie's blog!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flower Power!

It's Digital Tuesday and our challenge this week is Flower Power!!  Our sponsor this week is Karen's Doodles, and I chose to use her Princess Pony image for my card. 

I used the Copics shown below to coordinate with BasicGrey's Hopscotch Collection. 

Be sure that you check out the challenge and prize details on the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Masculine Card Duo!

Today I'm sharing some cards made entirely with Bo Bunny's Timepiece Collection from One Crazy Stamper.  I am in need of some masculine cards...and this paper pack immediately came to mind. 

I combined some vintage buttons and vintage seam binding with some faux stitching for my embellishments. 
Using your coordinating papers to make a beautiful set of cards is a fun way to use up scraps and stock up your card collection!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rubber Cafe Card Trio ~ Birthday and More!

I had so much fun last week with the Asian Floral set from The Rubber Cafe...I kept right on playing with it for this week and have three more cards to share with you! 

For my first card, I changed up the color scheme and stamped the images tone on tone, and accenting each with coordinating markers.  I pretty much kept this one monochromatic.  I fussy cut out one flower and one dragonfly.  The dragonfly is accented with a touch of glitter. 

I used the beautiful Imagine sentiment, which makes this card fit in perfectly for this week's Rubber Cafe Challenge which is birthday cards.  Happy birthday to me tomorrow!  My age shall remain a secret!!
I have seen images colored in shades of brown or grey...and decided to give it a whirl with this image.  I liked the effect, and went with a bold and striking color combo for this card which could maybe be used for a sympathy or get well card.  A touch of piercing and distressing were my only embellishments.
And finally for this card, if you know me at all, you know I love to use up every last thing I stamp...and so I used up the strip of green background paper that I created last week and simply changed the layout and color scheme a bit.  This card could be used for an anniversary or other life step moment.  I used a bit of faux stitching and piercing to finish my card.

I hope this card trio has given you a bit more inspiration using this gorgeous Asian Floral stamp set.
We hope you pop by and join our challenge!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Floral Card Trio

Whoot!  It's a gorgeous summer day today!!  Started it out with an 18 mile bike ride with my are spending the weekend with their I'm off to play in my real flowers for a bit!! 

Thought I'd share some of the fun stuff that I've been gardening with indoors!  I am sneeking one more tulip image is the gorgeously pre-colored Tulip Bouquet set from Fred, She Said Designs.  I framed it with Spellbinders' Fleur De Lis die.  I fussy cut the image and popped it up on foam tape for a touch of dimension.  A few Martha Stewart butterfly punches and pink pearls were my finishing touches.
This card came together with some bits and pieces I had on my desk.  The pricking frame from the Spring Flowers and Paper Pricking set was leftover from my previous FSS printing....and I have myself a nice little bin of FSS flowers that are all cut out and ready for a project I just dug out some pretty Faux Foldy blue flowers and leaves....ta-daa....quick card!
Finally, for this card I printed the Sentimental Doodle Dallion Flower set on designer paper and then accented it with Copic Markers.  I accented my design with copper nailheads, glitter dots and some vintage seam binding.

Be sure to check out Tracey's beautiful store....whether you like to color or just use the beautifully pre-colored images....she has both options available!  Enjoy your weeked!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Owl Trio - Prickley Pear

Today I'm sharing a second card...a Clean And Simple design featuring some Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  The images on this card are from the Clearly Beautiful Birdcage stamp set. 

I colored my branch image directly with my markers before spritzing it with Shimmerz Spritz in Baby's Breath.  I paper pieced my owls using scraps that coordinated with BasicGrey's Hopscotch Collection.  The owls are popped up on foam tape.

McMahon Five Release

Happy Thursday!  A new realease is ready for you at McMahon Five Designs today!

I contintued to play with the Studio 313 Modern Flowers and Modern Flowers Paper...this week in a new color scheme!  It is so much fun to print out the pre-colored images and papers in different sizes and then play with them to create some striking cards!
Be sure to check out the McMahon Five Blog to see my teamies' projects...and to see the new schedule for releases!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Summer, schmummer!  Not sure where the summer weather is in Wisconsin this year...but I'm still pretending it's spring so I can share beautiful tulip card.

I used the Spring Flowers and Paper Pricking Frame images from Fred, She Said Designs.  I used the pre-colored image because it perfectly matches the BasicGrey Sweet Threads designer paper.  I added paper pricking, glitter, gems and butterfly punches to embellish my card, which measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Inspired by Ice Cream!

Happy Tuesday!  This week's Digital Tuesday Challenge is to make a card based on your favorite flavor of ice cream!  I'm the boring's vanilla for me!   My card is inspired by Vanilla ice cream with a strawberries and an Oreo cookie on the side!

For my card I used Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry Collection and the Fresh Cut image from Designed2Delight.  I colored my image with the following compic markers:
R29, R27, R22, E49, E41, Y32, Y21, YG17, YG03.  The image is printed on white cardstock, the scalloped die is in ivory cardstock.  I love the creamy combination!

We hope you join our challenge...check out all of the details on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Runaway Cake!

I'm posting for One Crazy Stamper today with an adorable image from Your Next Stamp called Runaway Cake!  This image just makes me grin and it seems to fit me...the cardmaker who is *always* last minute with my cards!  No excuses...I just want to make the *perfect card* and with that intent I often flub up and am late or forget!  Silly me!
I used the following Copic markers to color my image:  E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, T4, T2, BG15, BG10, R39, R21, R20, YR16, Y38 and BasicGrey's Sweet Threads Collection.  I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to smoosh my ribbon to.

Summertime With The Rubber Cafe

This is my second post today...if you are here to CropStop Hop...scroll down here.

It's almost summertime and we're celebrating at The Rubber Cafe!  Our challenge this week is to make a card that reflects summer!

I chose to go with images from the Asian Floral set.  I stamped the floral image on the cardstock in coordinating ink and then accented it with a coordinating Copic marker. 

I colored and fussy cut one of the flower images as well as the dragonflies.  The dragonflies are accented with Spica Glitter Pens and shown below.
I kept my card clean and simple which is what this set seems to me.  I hope it makes you think of summertime! 

Please join us for our challenge....check out the rules and the prize information on the Rubber Cafe Blog.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

CropStop's Celebrate Summer Blog Hop!

Welcome to CropStop's, "Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop!  We are happy that you could join us!
As you hop from blog to blog, you will find that each of our Creative Team members has posted a challenge for you.  My challenge to you is to reflect the great outdoors!  I want to see bugs, flowers, scenery....something from nature please!!  Post your card in the inlinkz at the bottom of my post!
You will also need to collect a letter from each of the blogs that will complete the "magic" word and an extra chance to win a prize!
The hop begins today, June 19th and ends at midnight, Eastern time on June 30th. You have 12 days to complete and link your challenge projects.
You will receive a prize ticket for each challenge completed. Prizes will be chosen by random draw. The more you complete, the better your chance to win! Magic Word prize by random draw also.
There will be a first, second and third prize awarded along with a "magic" word prize!
Here is what you need to do....
1. Visit each of the Creative Team Member blogs listed and complete their challenge.
2. Link your completed projects using the inlinkz tool found at the bottom of the blog post in each blog. Your projects must be linked from your blog or site in separate posts. They cannot all be in one blog post.
3. Collect all 9 letters and punctuation mark and send the completed word to
Visit our Creative Team Member Blogs in the order listed to get your letters and challenges!
Vicki's Blog
Kaori's Blog
Rosemary's Blog
Heidi's Blog
Gloria's Blog
Michelle's Blog ~ you are here!
Agnes' Blog
Katie's Blog
Veronica's Blog
Dalis' Blog
My magic word letter......R
Don't forget to grab the letters from our blogs as you hop along! Send the completed word to for an opportunity to win the "Magic" Word prize!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Threads of Friendship

Today I'm sharing a card featuring Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps images.  I have a mother-in-law who she'll be getting some of these cards! 

I used the Old Fashioned Sewing Machine, which I colored with Copic Spica Glitter Pens for a subtle touch of color and shine.  I paired it with the Threads of Friendship sentiment.

Other items on this card include a Spellbinders Fleur De Lis die, vintage buttons, Prima roses, gold embroidery floss and some tiny beads.  I distressed my die cut panel with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Inks before taking it from the die.  Designer paper is BasicGrey Sweet Threads.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

McMahon Five Designs News!

I'm excited to share that I'm now designing for McMahon Five Designs!  You may have seen this name floating around on my blog because Sue carries Shawne's Studio 313 Designs images in her store.  She carries a wide variety of designs that I look forward to sharing with you in addition to Shawne's great images.  Be sure to check out the McMahon Five blog today to see samples of all of the newly released images and cutting files!
I used an image from the Studio 313 Modern Flowers Green Tea set and the Modern Flower - Bright Retro digital designer paper from the Studio313 release.

Paired up with a Martha Stewart punch around the page panel, a touch of embossing and some gems, it makes for a happy summery card!

I also have for you an Awareness Freebie that will be available until the third Thursday of the month when a new image becomes available! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prickley Pear Sketch Challenge!

Welcome to Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp's new monthly sketch challenge!  Check out all of the challenge information and inspiration on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp's Blog.   I can tell you that you have until the end of them month to play along for a fabulous prize.....a clear set AND the coordinating die for one random winner! 

I chose to go vintage with my take on the sketch!  I chose the Old Fashion Sewing Machine and the
Threads of Friendship images for my card.

I stamped my image on white cardstock and cut it out with a circle Spellbinder's die.  I then distressed the circle with Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and layered it onto a scalloped circle Spellbinder's die.  I hand stitched a delicate frame with pink embroidery floss and accented my frame with adhesive pearls. 

I used the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Accents die for my border strip.  I cut off all but one of the Fleur De Lis accents to fit the sketch and accented it with pearls.

What better to use for designer paper than BasicGrey's Sweet Threads collection, prima flowers and vintage buttons.  My sewing machine is accented with Spica Glitter Pens.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Skippitydoodah, It's Digital Tuesday!

This week's Digital Tuesday Challenge is to use gingham! 

I love this adorable image from Fred, She Said Digital Designs called Emma The Skipper.  I used the pre-colored image and paired it up with some  DCWV designer papers.  My touch of gingham is my ribbon.  ....and you just gotta love that sentiment!  It makes ya grin!

Be sure to check out all of the details of our challenge and find out how you can win some goodies from our sponsor! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Vintage Spring!

This is my second post today!  For more inspiration, be sure to scroll down and check it out!! 

I'm sharing this vintage card today for OneCrazyStamper!  I just decided to pile on all the things I love and of course it ended up being girly!!  *wink!*

I colored my Stampavie Bernadette Admiring Spring Flowers image with Copic markers.  I framed my image with Spellbinders Labels Four dies.  The beautiful papers are from BasicGrey's Sweet Threads collection.   There is a beautiful array of crocheted flowers in the store.

Be sure to check out all of the NEW items in the store today!!

iCopic Card Quartet ~ Coloring With BROWN!

Today I'm posting four cards that I made for iCopic.  The challenge was to color our images using only BROWN copics.  So here is my take on that challenge!

My first card uses the adorable Mia With Cupcake image from Wild Rose Studio as well as the Wild Rose Milton & Co. desinger paper collection.  I colored my image, fussy cut it and the popped it up on foam tape.

All of my cards use patterend papers from the same collection.  This card uses several different images available at 
Gorjuss - Little Red
Sp&Co - Candy Hearts
Lawn Fawn - Sew Lovely
These last two cards use images from Lawn Fawn's Sew Lovely set as well.
I hope you have enjoyed some cards that I have fun putting together using only the Copic Markers listed:  E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, E57, E55, E53, E29, E27, E02, E00.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Buggy Challenged Designed2Delight!

Summer has arrived...and with all the wonderful blooms come lots of bugs! This week's Designed2Delight challenge is to use an image with a BUG in it!   Did you know that Designed 2 Delight has at least 22 digi sets containing a cute bug?   Kristine actually went through and counted!! So if you need one for our challenge, head on over to the store! *Ü*  And, if you'd like an additional challenge, you can Cuttlebug your cardstock or even use your Cricut--after all those are "bugs" right?

I chose to use the Ladybug Balancing Act image, which I colored with the Copic markers shown below.  I used Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety papers and Washi Tape.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Criss-Cross Fishing Card

Today I'm sharing a project that I made for Inky Antics.  If you sign up for the Inky Antics Newsletter, you will receive complete project directions for a fun project like this each newsletter as a bonus!  Be sure to sign up so you don't miss out on some fabby inspiration!

This project uses these fun images:
Fishing Background
Gone Fishing

This project was based on the SCS tutorial. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Digital Tuesday Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  Our challenge this week on the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog is Garden Inside and Out! 

I chose a fun new image from Faith at Designed2Delight.  You just may want to check that link out ASAP!! *wink!*

My photo turned out funky tonight...and I apologize.  It is actually chocolate truffle cardstock with some beautiful designer paper from Girls' Paperie.  I cut my image out with a circle Spellbinders die and then layered it on a Spellbinders Labels One die.  I fancied up  my corners with the SU! photo corner punch and added a spot of vintage seam binding and a few Martha Stewart butterflies.

This image reminds my of my Mom's's such a beautiful happy place!!

Please be sure to check out the challenge information.....Spesch is our sponsor this week and a lucky participant will receive some goodies!!  Hope it's YOU!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Teddy Bella Times Three!

Today I had fun playing with the Teddy Bella image and the paper piecing technique.  I used the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl collection and came up with these three fun cards.

I kept my embellishments punches, tiny primas, adhesive pearls and some embroidery floss. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Elegant Wedding Wishes

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is right up my aisle!  We were challenged to make a wedding or anniversary card.  I love making white or nearly white cards.   The first image that popped into my head was Solid Leaf Spray, and what better for a wedding card than the Congratulations!

I stamped the Solid Leaf Spray in Versamark ink on ecru cardstock and then used clear embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and then used fine line gold embossing powder.

My finishing touches are Prima flowers and some Tim Holtz Vintage Ribbon. For more beautiful inspiration, be sure to visit The Rubber Cafe blog all week long!  We'd love to see your creation and you just might win the random prize!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Copic Polished Stone Tutorial for Crop Stop!

Today I'm posting be sure to check out the other post for more inspiration!!

Today I'm sharing a tutorial I did for CropStop for the Polished Stone Technique using CopicVarious Inks.
This is a great way to use your copic reinkers for more than just refilling your favorite pens! 

I have a special coupon code to save my readers 10% off of their CropStop purchases, sure to check out the store often....always something new popping up!

When I do this technique, I usually use semi-gloss photo paper scraps.  I love the way it takes the alcohol keeps the ink lines crisp.
Click on the photos below to enlarge them and read the steps.

Copic: Various Ink Refills
Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Doily Accents
Tim Holtz Alochol Ink Applicator/Felt
Inkssentials Craft Sheet
Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch Flowers
Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Swirls
Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch Diecuts

Each week on the Crop Stop Blog we share a new challenge/prize and each month there is a product focus and a fabby grand prize!  Check out all of the details....Be Inspired!!