Sunday, July 29, 2012

Brush Marker Flowers

This is one of the cards I'm making for the Dare to get Dirty Challenges

I couldn't find a flower stamp that I liked in my stash, so I drew one myself...
easy's how:

 Step one:                                                                                                                                                           mark where you want the base of the flowers to be with pencil ( ...make it very light you'll erase it later)

Step two:
with a light green brush marker...I used pear pizzaz by Stampin' Up
hold the brush horizontal to the paper , touch it down  the whole length of the brush
and flick it up..lifting as you do...try it on scrap paper a few times till ya get the feel of it.

step three:
using a shade darker marker add more leaves right over the light ones
....make them shorter and angle them a little more.
with the other end ...the writer end....   make stems, three or four..
.make them different lengths.

step four:
choose two flower colors... I used rose red and pretty in pink...
at the end of each stem, make a dot with the darker color...
this is the flower center,so make it whatever size you want .
now you're ready to make a petal...
place the tip of the brush next to the dot you just made ...
press the brush down...wha-la, press it down just a little and you've got a tiny petal...
press it down it's whole length and you get a bigger petal!
Add as many petals around your center as you want.
don't try turning your wrist... turn the paper... it's easier and looks better!

step five:
grab the lighter green marker and make a leaf...
 same technique as the petals ..except place the tip of the brush
away from the stem and press back toward the stem.

step six:
stamp your greeting along the same visual line as the base of the leaves

step seven:

I like to scatter little dots around the flowers...but you don't have to...
then using a ruller draw lines around your card
and...your done!

I hope you give this a try.

Here's pictures of the other cards I've made for the challenges:

whew....I'm on a roll!    LOL

till next time,

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Inspiration Challenge

This is the card I made for Splitcoast Stampers Saturday Inspiration Challenge.
This is where I found my inspiration:

I ..of course...used my chalks to color the background and the stamp was one I 've had for a long time called Life's Possibilities by Tim Holtz.

If I were to do this card again ...which I'm not... I think I would mask the rectangle right on the card front then chalk and stamp...thus making this a one layer card.

till next time,

Friday, July 27, 2012

Just Chillin' Penguin

I've been working on paper piecing again this afternoon.....Isn't he just the cutest little guy?
 I found the pattern for him at
I used pale blue vellum inside his glasses much fun!

till next time,

Monday, July 23, 2012


This is the card I made for TCP Tuesday...

This is the first time I've tried my hand at a challenge  at The Cats Pajamas...I can't quite figure out if it should be (TCPTUES219)  or (TCPTUES220).....I guess I'll go with 219!

The challenge was:
Use any TCP Bear stamp. This should be super easy because there are so many! Combine your bear stamp with one of these CutUps dies:Queen of Hearts or Apron Border

I just got this cute Bear holding a package stamp...thinking that I might use him on my christmas cards this's  nice to see that he works just as well for birthdays!

I shaded his body with...what else ..Chalk...mostly because they were sitting open on my desk!

The package was paper pieced with a scrap from my stash . The ribbon and bow were paper pieced with sugar coated cardstock from Doodlebug... the color is called Ladybug. 

I chose to use the Apron Border the loopies...inside each loop ..if you look close , is a glassy looking dot...these are called rain dots by cloud 9 design. I've had them forever...I may be dating myself here!

Finally , I die cut the letters HB2U from cardstock using a quickutz alphabet called Aquarius...and since they looked a little naked...I outlined them with black marker slashes.

Now, to figure out something cute for the inside....please feel free to coment and leave me some know what they say..." it takes a village" to make a card..............or was that to raise a child.?  Either way I'd love to hear from you...

till next time,

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Candles


This card makes me smile:

I was inspired by this hero arts card:

Pinned Image

I stamped the Happy Birthday with a  Paper Smooches stamp ( I love the weird font)... But, more important.... ya gota love the paper pieced can purchase the pattern from      look for pattern #353

I'm making a bunch of them.....I have a feeling that they'll be a good seller  at the crop at Zincks this August ....Man...I am SOooo ready for a three day girl's  cropping weekend.....scrapbooking, cardmaking, friends giggles galore and bunches of chocolate!

till next time,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Welcome Little One

Hi !
Today I'm playing along with the " My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge"
Here's the sketch:

and here's my card:

I used the paper from the 6x6 paper pad by My Minds Eye called "Be Happy"
the bears bow and the girls pants were paper pieced, the coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils  blended with Gamsol.... the card really does look better than the picture..really!  :)   of course if I were to do it again, I'd probably paper piece the bear too!
I had fun making I guess that's what counts!

Enjoy today ...
till next time

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Hello..... I wanted to do a quick post.
I'd seen this candy bouquet on pinterest  (yes, I am totally addicted!)

This is what mine looks like:

This was so fun and the vase cheap at Hobby Lobby, the big pink ..can you believe it's marshmellow...sucker and the green candy twist at the World Market, the sour apple twists and purple rock candy at Schlishlers, ribbon from my stash and the pink butterfly was cut with my Silhouette.

Oh, yes...and lots of malted milk balls in the vase to hold every thing together ( I think I ate as many as I used!)

I think Isabella should love it !

Till next time,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gift Bags

This is what I worked on this was fun!

My oldest Grandaughter will be turning 14 soon...
I wonder which bag  she would like more.....Yeah,I know ..
she probably won't even notice the bag because she'll be
too busy diving inside to see what's there!

First bag...

Love the bright colors....for this next bag, I borrowed a (Hero Arts - Sizzix ) stamp and cut combo....loved it, I may have to get myself one.

On this last stamp the polka dots, I used a Ranger Adirondack Brights stamp pad called "POOL" ...yep it is bright aqua blue...except when you stamp it on Kraft...then it's GREEN!
But, we all know what my favorite color all is good!

Here's a close-up of the tag...not my favorite, but ..hey... by this time my mojo was running thin!

Have fun today!
till next time...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

These are for the people who love books....
in other words, those who have said NO to the e-readers.
Although...I might just put one of these inside my Kindle case
just because they're so cute!

Here's how to make them:
  •  cut a strip of cardstock weight paper 1 3/4 " wide by 10" long
  • fold in half
  • stamp or print a sentiment on the lower front ( I printed mine using the Open Office program that came on my computer. This is way easy to do:
     type your sentiment( I used CK Retrospect font size 18...yes I can spend hours  scrolling thru fonts !...anyhow, position your sentiment to print on the lower right side of the paper. Print this page...then tape ( with Scotch REMOVABLE tape...this is important because if you use regular tape it will mess up your cardstock)...back to tapeing...then position your paper strip over top of the printing and tape in place. Put this sheet back into the printer and print again! like a charm!
  • now you'r ready to decorate the top...I chose to cut a scalloped circle and add a die-cut daisey.   Easy-Peasy!

  • to finish the bookmark
  •  add magnetic strips to the on each end of the strip.
That's all there is to it!
Here's a picture of the supplies I used:

Have fun !

till next time,

Monday, July 9, 2012

 I thought I'd play along with July's SFYTT...(sketches for you to try).
you can find them here:

This is the perfect opportunity for me to use the MFT A'La Modes stamp "Something's Fishy".
I've had it for awhile but somehow haven't got around to inking it up yet.....I need to remind myself that the idea is to use these stamps...not to just COLLECT them!

This is what I came up with...

and this is what I did inside:

 OK...this was fun! all I have to do is wait for someone I know to feel rotten so I can send them this card!!

Till next time,

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Thanks Coach!

I just love this little guy!  I found him over at Paper Piecings by Nikki.

He's easy to paper piece, but for anyone who hasn't tried it yet, here's some help:

Like Nikki says "paper piecing is just the cutting various shapes of paper and then piecing them all back together like a puzzle."  Before I piece them back together I chalk the edges (a shade darker than the paper) and use markers for detail if needed.
Do this to all the pieces.

Be sure and print a full size picture of what you're making and use it as a guide for where to put back all the pieces.  I actually put the picture in a sandwich bag ( it keeps the adhesive off the picture) and work right on top of it.
Have fun and give paperpiecing a try!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I'v been wanting to have a blog for quite some time.  All the wonderfully talented girls I follow on the different card challenges make it look like so much fun!

So here it goes... my very first post to my brand new BLOG (thanks to my wonderful daughter Jennifer who is masterminding the technical stuff)!