Sunday, March 31, 2013

Secret garden

Happy Easter everyone!  

Yesterday a friend and I went over to the scrapbook store that is closing and then over to another stamp store.  The stamp store had a card using Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper and a they used the Spellbinders lovely floral oval die cut with gold metallic paper.  So I had to come home and make my own card using Graphic 45 paper too.  

I love Graphic 45 paper and I seem to hoard it instead of using it.  However, I have bought extra.  Even so I  cringied as I started to use it.  My card is 5 1/2 inch square card made from dark blue SU card stock from their current in-color line.  My next layer is gold metallic paper.  Then comes the Graphic 45 paper.   I then made a strip to go across the card and tied some pretty blue seam binding to it.  I added some blue rhinestones at the top right hand corner.  I used a Hero Arts sentiment in the both right hand corner. 

I'm making a few Mother's day cards.  I hope to be in a craft show on May 4th at a local elementary school.  I sent my application in last week.  Applications are due April 19th so I'm hoping they still have room for me.   I figure I'm going to concentrate on some Mother's day, teacher appreciation, and graduation cards for the sale.  I'll keep everyone posted to whether I'm accepted as a vendor.  

That's it for today.  Take care everyone and God bless! 

Monday, March 25, 2013


Hi everyone! 

Is everyone else tired of snow?  I certainly hope that the eight inches that we received Saturday night into yesterday morning is the last of it.  I'm definitely ready for some spring! 

Three of my friends and I gathered at one of their homes last Thursday for stamping and coloring fun.  I took a bunch of my stamps with me.  I was really surprised that they had not heard of Flourishes stamps.  They really got hooked on the flowers.  Here's one of the images I colored last week.  It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto Blend It Express card stock and colored with Copics.  I'll give the list at the end of this posting. 

I made a 5 1/2 inch white card base from Georgia Pacific paper.  The next layer is a hot pink card stock and I'm not sure of the manufacturer.  The designer paper is from an Echo Park 6 x 6 pad called Sweet Girl.  I used the floral oval from Spellbinders to cut more of the hot pink paper and used a regular oval for the magnolias.  The sentiment is from Pink by Design.  There are three pink pearls at the bottom of the right hand side and they are from Hero Arts.  The pink seam binding is some that I order through Flourishes stamps. 

It was fun to get with my stamping pals and do some coloring.  We won't be able to do it as often as we used to since our favorite store is closing in April.  We'll have to meet at homes or hopefully somewhere along the way can find another scrapbook store that will have space available to crop during the day. 

Take care and God bless. 

Copics:  Pinks RV66, RV63, RV00, Greens YG67, YG63, YG61, Yellows Y38, Y35, and Y23. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Some bunny loves you

Hi everyone! 

I was happy with the number of cards that sold at BCBSKC craft show on Friday.  This above card sold real fast and I picked up one order for another one just like it.  I also told some other employees to check this blog as I would be posting the picture.  Of course that promise was for a Saturday posting, but I was too into college hoops this weekend to do any postings.  I also had my last Copic class at The Scrapbook Page on Saturday.  I'm really going to miss that place once their Going Out of Business sale is complete.  I do wish Cameron and Carolyn a happy retirement! 

I used white Georgia Pacific card stock as my base.  I then added a layer of Marina Mist card stock from Stampin' Up.  My nest layer is designer paper from BoBunny from the Surprise collection 6 x 6 paper pad.  I cut out some Marinia Mist card stock using one of my circle Spellbinders dies.  I cut out a piece of white card stock and sponged Marina Mist ink on to it. 

The little bunny girl is from My Favorite Things (MFT).  I stamped her on Cryogen White and used E27 and E35 to color her skin.  I also stamped her on to some of BoBunny paper.  I cut her out of the Bo Bunny paper and paper pieced her onto the Cryogen paper and then also cut that out.  The sentiment is also from MFT.  I added some yellow and white baker's twine from Doodlebug designs. 

Well back to finishing the order.  No more craft shows until August 16th.  Hopefully, I'll hear about something else in the the meantime. 

Take care all and God bless! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hope your day bloom

Hi everyone! 

I think everyone know I spend a lot of times getting ideas for cards from Pinterest.  When I saw this card on Pinterest I had to have the stamps to copy it.  The card features two clear stamps sets from Penny Black.  They are:  Blooming Garden and Friendship. 

My base card stock is white Georgia Pacific card stock.  My next layer is a beautiful deep blue from Stampin' Up. 

For stamping, I stamped both the sentiment and poppies on to Cryogen white card stock using Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I then colored the poppies with my Copics.   I just love how bright and cheerful this card is.  With the cold snowy weather we had at the end of February, I know myself and a lot of other people are looking forward to spring...just for color in our world. 

I know I'm going to make more of this card and I'll use some different sentiments with it.  However, I do believe I'll do the same poppy placement and coloring with Copics.  I used the following Copics: 

Pink:  RV04, RV02, RV00
Oranges:  YR09, YR07, YR04, YR01
Green:  YG07, YG05, YG03
Blue:  B00, B000, B0000

Take care everyone and God bless!  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tilda with big tulips

Hi everyone! 

Today's card features Tilda with big tulips which is from the last release, With love collection, from Magnolia stamps.  She was stamped on to Cryogen White card stock and colored with Copics. 

I finally opened and cut some my 6 x 6 Graphic 45 French Country paper.  I really love this release of papers from Graphic 45.  I'll eventually use by Secret Garden paper too, but right now I'm hoarding it.   I used the Memory box tulip and tulip blossoms and they were also cut out of the Graphic 45 paper. 

I already had Tilda colored up before I chose the papers.  If I had to do it over, I would use different red and green copics to match the die cuts.  Otherwise, I'm very happy with how this A2 size card looks.  Usually when I use Tilda stamps, I make larger 5 3/4 inch square card.  The Happy Spring sentiment is from Pink by Design. 

Today I delivered 12 cards to my sister-in-laws niece.  That means that the next few days will have to be a card making frenzy for me to have some inventory for this Friday's craft sale at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.  At least I have a sympathy card class this Thursday evening so that will help build my sympathy card inventory.  

Take care all and God bless! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rain or Shine

Hi everyone! 

I've been having some fun card making, cropping, and attending a Copic card class the last couple of days.  So today I'm showing a card I created earlier in the week. 

I've used the Memory Box Petite Umbrellas die cut along with some Stampin' Up papers and embossing folder. 

The sentiment is from Stampin Up from their Rain or Shine set. 

With the rain we have had (and we're very grateful for it), I could have used an umbrella.  Most of the time I head out without one.  I figure I won't melt :) 

Well back to stamping and coloring as I want to have a few more cards made for a craft show this coming Friday, plus I want to make a card for a niece's birthday that is next Saturday. 

Take care and God bless! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Sending Smiles

Hi everyone! 

I was doing so good about posting every other day and then blew it.  Oh well so it goes.  Between one of my favorite scrapbook/stamping stores closing and another stamping store receiving a bunch of new stuff, I haven't had time to concentrate and make cards.  Poor me right!  Yeah right. 

Today while going through e-mails, I received an e-mail from the Penny Black blog with a real nice card.  I didn't have the stamps that they used, but sitting right in front of me was the Stampin' Up Secret Garden stamp set and die cuts.  Also sitting in front of me was the Print Poetry paper stack also from Stampin' Up which had some very similar papers in it that were used on the Penny Black card. 

So here's my card.  I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them using my Copics (Y38, Y35, Y23, Y21).  Face it, I'm a Copic gal and it's real hard for me to go back to using my Stampin' Up or Tombow markers.  However, I won't get rid of them. 

The green leaves, I decided instead of stamping them I would just die cut from the same paper as the top piece on this card.  The lacy border is from Basic Grey.  The sentiment and rhinestones are from Hero Arts. 

I think it turned out pretty good. 

Now I've got to go get some lunch and get ready to go to one of the last crops at the Scrapbook Page. 

Take care and God bless! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Butterly Vine Thinking of You

Hi everyone! 

Here's a card I copied from one of card designer's at The Scrapbook Page.  Yes, I made some changes.  I used a different sentiment and additional butterflies. 

I started cutting two die cuts from the Memory Box Butterfly Vine Border.  I cut one in green card stock and the other from yellow card stock (colored card stock from Recollections).  

The polka dot paper is from Bo Bunny, one of their 6 x 6 dot pads.  I used a corner rounder on the white card stock base (Georgia Pacific) and on the polka dot paper.  I cut the polka dot paper 2 3/4 inches X 5 1/2 and glued to the right on top of the card base.  Then in the left area, I glued the green butterfly vine down.  I snipped the yellow butterflies from the border and glued them on top of every other butterfly on the green border.  I used two other butterflies from the yellow border on the card. 

The cat is die cut from Poppy stamps and I cut it out of black felt that I bought at JoAnn's.  Here's a hint for you:  When using felt with die cuts make sure it has at least 20% wool in it.  The cheap stuff falls a part when you cut using die cuts.  I understand that's because the cheap stuff is made from recycled plastic bottles. 

The black around the sentiment is also black felt.  I used the same Spellbinder to cut the felt and the white card stock.  I then cut the edges of the white card stock. 

I also added to small yellow pearls to the butterflies that are on the polka dot designer paper.  

I'll be making at least three more of these cards.  This card went to Ink, Paper, Rubber yesterday on consignment.  I imagine my cousin will also buy at least one and another customer of mine is also in need of some Thinking of You cards.  I also want to make one more for the craft show that will be at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City of March 15th.  I will be there selling my cards. 

I hope you all have a great day and week.  Take care and God bless! 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Easter card - Remember This Remember That

Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday. 

This morning I decided after reading e-mails to head to Gardner, Ks. to do the card Make 'n Take at Remember This Remember That.   I really thought the make 'n take was cute card and it was worth the 45 minute drive to Gardner. 

I was not disappointed.  Four ladies had just left the store before I got there so I was pleasantly surprised to be the only person in the store.  It gave me some time to do some catch-up with Rene K. who I haven't seen since last fall (maybe even summer).  Not Rene's fault as I just don't usually head to Gardner when I'm out shopping for stamping/craft supplies.

However, I am glad I went today.  The cute set that was used today is from Lawn Fawn.  The top card is the one that was sent out to those of us who receive the store's e-mails.  The bottom card is my version.  I personally do not like glue sticks as I prefer to use my Zip Dry when making cards.   I thought I would remember how the card went together, but I ended up making my version a little bit different.  I like my version and I like the store's version too. 

While at the store, I also signed up for a Copic class on the 9th.  It will be fun to visit with my other classmates next week. 

Take care and God bless!