Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sympathy Card

I decided to play along with Runway Inspired Challenge this time around. What an inspiring (and beautiful) dress!

The sheer overlay struck me the most, so that's what I chose as my focal point.

The flower is made of several layers of progressively smaller flowers that I sketched and cut out. To add some interest and to keep fraying to a minimum I burned the edges.
The bottom portion of the card was stamped using black ink and highlighted with white gel pen. For the sentiment banner I used distress ink for a more subtle look.

Cardstock: Kraft-the Paper Studio
Stamps: Hero Arts - CL342, Inkadinkado - Circle and Dots
Ink: StazOn - Jet Black, Distress Ink-Pumice Stone

Accessories: Organza fabric, button, embroidery floss

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave questions or comments!

Until next time,

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Alcohol Marker Mosaic

I created this mosaic tile by starting out with a rectangular piece of mint green cardstock. Why mint green, you ask? Because I have wayyyyy too much of this color. From there, I just colored patches with various Bic fine-tip markers. These are another (cheaper) kind of alcohol marker that are similar to Copics. Then I outlined each patch with a black marker - wait until the first layers of color dry so you get nice crisp lines.  I then covered a few of the patches with glitter glue. Then, I stamped a sentiment in Versamark on a strip of vellum, embossed with black embossing powder and wrapped it around the tile and adhered to the back. Then, matted the tile on piece of black cardstock and adhered to the card with some foam dimensionals. Done! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave questions or comments below!

Mint green cardstock tile base

Paper: GP pastels and white 110 lb. cardstock, vellum
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: American Crafts - Thanks
Other: Embossing powder - Ranger ultra fine in black, Bic fine-tip markers, yellow glitter glue.

Until next time,

Friday, June 7, 2013

Thank You Case Card

When I saw this card (pictured below) created by Ardyth, I knew I had to Case it. Isn't it lovley?

Here is my take on Ardyth's card.
This card provides yet another fun way to use those scraps that I can never seem to throw away.

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Until next time,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nail Polish Tag

Months ago, I was reading Kristina Werner's blog and she had used nail polish to create a card. Now that's a novel I idea, I said to myself. Being the pack rat that I am, I have plenty of nail polish on hand - even some crazy colors that I used to wear as a kid that I would probably never wear again. What a perfect use for something that I would otherwise throw out! I even found a few colors that had thickened with age and would now be hard to use for actual nail polish. The thick ones actually give a nice effect on paper, I think. You can decide for yourself! Here is the finished product using said thickened nail polish:

Just pour a line of nail polish onto your paper, then take another piece of paper and squish it down. Wiggle the paper around a little bit to get a nice rippling effect. Separate the paper, and voila!

The color is actually quite striking in real life with a nice iridescent sheen that doesn't photograph well.

A few tips: when you apply the second tag on top of the first with the nail polish on it, wiggle it around a little bit to get some nice rippling action. Let dry completely; if you do decide to use a heat tool, be careful because the nail polish may start to burn before the paper.

The embellishment is created using Hero Arts stamp with black embossing on vellum with christmas tinsel adhered to the back and popped up using a dimensional. I used my fingernails to curl the tinsel.

Lastly, the great thing about this technique is that nail polish is cheap - and you don't need the fancy stuff. Many colors also have glitter and opalescence contained in the pigment so you don't have to worry about adding your own.

Supply List:
Nail polish (Petites - Iced Grape)
Stamp: Hero Arts CL469 (Christmas)
Ink: VersaMark watermark ink
Ranger Super Fine Detail embossing powder - black

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave questions or comments below!

Until next time,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Card Time!

After a LONNNNNNG work-related and lack of mojo-related hiatus, I'm back with another card. While I have some spare time now, I expect that to be going away again in a week or two...sigh. The sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch inspired me this week. It was really cool to see all the different takes on the same design. Here is the sketch, and here is my card.

The stripes on the side are made with embroidery floss. I thought about adding little knots or little bows because it seemed a little too plain, but then again, I like plain so I decided to keep as is. I can also go back later and add something if I change my mind!

Paper: Georgia Pacific 110lb. white cardstock
Stamps: TPC Studio - Greetings
      (the stars come from various stamp sets)
Ink: StazOn - Azure, Sunflower Yellow, Jet Black
       Memento - New Sprout
Other: Embroidery floss

As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave questions or comments!

Until next time,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Decorating Gift Bags...Part 2!

Jennifer McGuire is one talented lady. After watching her tutorial on making pretty sweet-looking flowers, here, I was inspired to make some to use as the focal point on some gift bags.

As I mentioned before, these are very inexpensive and the flowers are easy to make, I promise. Instead of using Scor-tape (like it shows in the tutorial) I used something cheaper - Elmer's liquid glue. It is harder and messier to work with, but it is super strong when dry and it's what I have on hand. Also, since the flowers have a pretty decent depth, I ended up cutting slits in the gift bag and gluing them in so they didn't pop off the page so much. The tags were made from an old greeting card I had that matched the color of the flowers. The sentiment on the tags was printed from my computer onto white cardstock.

Thanks for looking and feel free to leave questions or comments below!

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I love making scrap cards. It's so satisfying to use up the last little bit of paper you've been saving forever because it was too (psychologically) hard to throw away. I used the same "technique" as in a previous post (click here) ; that is gluing strips of paper to a thin piece of backing paper before adhering to my card.

Cardstock base: GP 110lb. white cardstock
Paper: Various cardstock, patterned paper, and vellum
Stamp Set: American Crafts - Thanks
Ink: StazOn - Jet Black

Thanks for looking and feel free to leave questions or comments below!

Until next time,