Tuesday, July 31, 2012

MIM #76-Double Time Bleach Stamping

Nicole Heady is revisiting an old technique with a bit of a fresh twist as shown in her video HERE  
She takes this technique  a step further and stamps over the bleached areas with color. 
I have never tried stamping with bleach, but it looked interesting, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm kinda liking this method and you may see me again ;o)

My Card ~ click on the photo for a more detailed look

Cardstock:  Base card is Kraft, Melon panel is Wausau; stripe is from g.c.d. studios Loverly collection pack
Stamps:  PTI's Fancy Flourishes in bleach; Martha Stewart Carmelia flowers  in bleach first then inked with Terra Cotta from Ranger
Tools & Embellishments:  Corner Rounder from EK Success; bling from Crystal Stickers at Michaels

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


PTI has supplied this gorgeous inspiration photo for the  July Blog Hop.  

The challenge is all about pairing up these beautiful citrusy, summer colors with some pretty floral images to create the perfect project that embodies everything summer.  

My Card - click on the photo for more details

PTI products used:   
White Stamper's Select cardstock and Banner Borders dies

I stamped my daisy image (Inkadinkado) in embossing ink then heated with white powder onto colored cardstock.  Then I fussy cut each flower. The leaves are felt (from Martha Stewart) and maybe a bit too dark green for all these pastely colors (?)  The Banner Border die is cut from a glittery card stock pack from DCWV.  The satin ribbon is from Michael's.

Didn't add a sentiment, cause I am not sure who/what this one is destined for yet.  I really like how the pastel colors look together and luckily stamped/embossed a couple of the flowers to make another similar card for another time *     ;o) 

* those of you who know me, realize I never do this...have to re-invent the wheel with each and every card I make ~ sooooo annoying am I.

I'm off to check out all of the "real talent" now ...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I wanted to show the couple of little changes I made on these two cards. I am always tweaking my cards that get posted cause I am in a hurry to post them and NOT usually happy with what they look like :o)  

Can you see what is different? Check out my original post HERE 

  This one has some changes too.  See my original post HERE

 I am so impressed with myself ~ being able to figure out this "link" thingy on my Blog it is such an accomplishment for me ... you have no idea how lost I am around anything technical  :-o 
I can almost hear my DH's exasperating sighs when he tried to  explain techy things to me.

Monday, July 23, 2012

PTI - Stamp a faire - Ribbon Technique

OK, my card was the very last post of PTI's Stamp-a-faire - Ribbon Technique challenge~wish there was a prize for that cause I would be a winner every time!

 I used Melissa Phillips first technique as shown in her video HERE.  Isn't she just the sweetest?
My blue flowers came out a little darker than the Blue Plumbego bush outside my craft room window, but I couldn't find that color ink in my rush to finish this card ~ next one will be better and of course, I've already tweaked this card a bit, I will add the "new" revised card photo tomorrow  :*)

I wish I had more time to play this weekend, but, other commitments got in my way of my crafting time. 
Geez, I hate when that happens. :( 

There were so many techniques and how-to-videos by Nicole and the Design Team that I had not tried before in creating cards.  I will be going back again and again to try my hand at most of these. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone at PTI for all of your hard work putting this entire program together!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

MFW - Stamp It Congratulations Challenge

Made this card for my neighbor's daughter who graduated from High School this year. 
Posting it to Moxie Fab World's Stamp It Cards week "The Congratulations Challenge".  Lots of great creative projects HERE

PTI - Stamp a faire - Tie Dye Technique

Weeeellll, I am not too sure about this technique...never tried it before and my card looks like I need a lot more practice :o)
Nicole Heady has three different tutorials on this technique and all of her cards are fabulous.  Check it out  HERE 

I gave it a shot, not really happy with my card ~ but, here it is

My PTI products:  "Happy" sentiment from Fall Elegance; White panel is Stamper's Select.

PTI Stamp a faire DIY Embellies & MFW-Stamp It Cards "Hello"

Another card for two Challenges:

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire - Homemade Embellishments

Dawn McVey shows us in her video how to make awesome butterfly embellishments ~ I don't have all the different size butterflies that she shows in this video, so I had to improvise a bit by using hearts and buttons with my butterfly  ;o)

Moxie Fab World's - Stamp It Cards Week  "The Hello Card".   Check it out HERE
I love the cards Cath is showcasing from this issue of Paper Crafts special magazine...guess I'll have to add this one to my library too.

Here's my card ~

PTI Products on this card:
Card Base-Whitel Stampers Select Cardstock
Panel- True Black cardstock
Butterflies punched out of Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Papers

MIM #75 and MFW- Stamp It Cards Week

Happy Sunday!  I am frantically trying to get some cards finished that HAVE to be mailed early this week (of course!).   

I am entering this B-Day card in two challenges:

Make It Monday #75   Roll the Die Challenge was just THAT ~a real challenge for me.  Just finding and pulling everything out to write on the list was pretty time consuming cause we had 6 choices in most of the  categories on  Erin Lincoln's Download Sheet which she provides. We were to fill it out and use a game die to determine what products we were to use for our project. Here is my outcome:

-  Horizontal Orientation
-  Layout #2
-  Fancy Flourishes Stamp set
-  Party Cupcakes Sentiments
-  Color Combo:  Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz,  Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, (I used PTI's Polka Dot Parade pp to cut out the flowers and I think I covered all those colors :^)

-  Embellishment: Buttons

Moxie Fab World - Stamp It Cards   Cath has 5 challenges going on which started last month and ends today!! 
My card is for "The Birthday Card" Challenge.

PTI products used:
Flower punches - Polka Dot Parade Patterned Paper
Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes on the bottom to look like water :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stamp-A-Faire - Make & Take

 I am too late to add my card to PTI's Stamp-A-Faire First challenge :(
But I think we have until Monday 7/23 at noon time to post to the others ~

The first one of the day was the "Morning Make & Take", to get things rolling at 7 AM.  Nicole's card is gorgeous (of course) and her video is excellent.  Your can download instruction sheets for each challenge and the Design Team has created fabulous videos throughout the day showing their techniques and the projects they created. Sooo much to learn from these talented ladies!

Check it out on Nicole Heady's Blog Capture The Moment.

Anywho, I am posting this card just cause I like the way it came out and definitely need to replenish my Birthday card supply :) 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

MIM #74, MFW, Crafty Month

This is a birthday card for a special young man who is turning 25 next month. 
It seems to fit three challenges - soooo, YAY! 

Make It Monday #74 - Stamp on Texture
 See Heather Nichols video for this great technique

Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger
I chose the colors in this inspiration photo and a little bit of the diagonal lines design :^)
Use something at least one year old:  
This striped patterned paper ( purchased in 2009)
Use something new:
Peaches & Creme twisted yarn and Studio Calico's Cardstock Stickers

My Card ~ click on the photo for more details

Cardstock:  Base card is Stamper's Select White from PTI; patterned paper if from  DCWV-Citris Stack (which is actually a  striped sheet that I cut to look more like the design in the MFW photo); yellow and aqua blue are from my stash

Stamps:  happy happy happy, etc from Doodlebug Designs; 
Long Writing Background from Hero Arts

Ink:  Bright Yellow is from  Ink It Up; Black is from Whispers

Tools:  Banner Borders from PTI; Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug; Tag punch from Marvy; Corner Rounder from Zutter 

Embellishments: #25 cardstock stickers are from Studio Calico; green/white yarn is from Peaches & Creme Twists

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MIM #74-Stamping on Texture

This week's Make It Monday  features Heather Nichols showing us a technique that I have not used before, but plan to use again and again.  I really like how this changes the look of embossed images :)

I needed a masculine card for my friend's husband who is dealing with some health issues.  I think this does the trick.

My Card ~
Cardstock:  base card and birdcages stamped on Stamper's Select White from PTI; Kraft and shadow blue tags and orange stars CS are from Michael's 
Stamps:  Writing Background from Hero Arts stamped onto embossed tag; Birdcage from Studio G, sentiment printed on my computer
Tools & Embellishments:  Birds and Swirls embossing folder from Cuttlebug; Banner Borders die from PTI; brown and white twine, flower brad and natural hemp from AC Moore

Thanks for stopping by :o)