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Thursday, March 29, 2012

CAS Thanks

Wow, look at this...no flourishes, no bling, no coloring.  I must be sick or else recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction.  Yep, the latter.  Not much ambition today, but just playing around with paper suddenly I've become addicted to making medallions.  They're SO easy with the Scor-Pal!  A strip of pretty paper 12" by 1 1/2" scored every 1/4" fanfolded and collapsed onto a circle of strong glue creates all that creased loveliness.  Today just for fun, I lined up my edge punches and tried different ones on the strips before scoring.  I rather like the results.  Here's a simple thank you card featuring one of my experiments.  What do you think?

CS: Bazzill; dp and button are ancient from stash; Stamp from Michael's dollar bin; Ink: Color Box White Frost pigment; Baker's Twine is MME; Scor-Pal for creasing medallion and scoring card base and MS Loop punch.

Entering into these challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #56 Thank You
Divas by Design - Challenge - Stamp Something
My Mum's Craft Shop - Challenge #50 Stamp it
Make it Monday - Anything goes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Hugs

Had to go buy one of Mo Manning's adorable new Easter images.  Meet Easter Carly all dressed up and on an egg hunt.  Mo's ability to capture personalities and attitudes with a few simple lines always amazes me.   I used some new purchases, the most striking is that Spellbinders Borderabilities Grand 12" On the Vine border die.  I only have a Cuttlebug but you can cut/emboss these long dies with 2 passes on each end.  I only used a few inches of it and popped it over the popped image panel.  I also used a new MS punch...the picket fence which Michael's had on sale.   I'm not very good at using sketches but Debby4000 inspired me with her adorable card here, so this is my take on EAC's challenge.

CS: Bazzill; DP: MME Happier; Mo Manning Easter Carly digistamp; Sentiment is computer generated; Copics & Prismacolor pencils; Foam dots; Nestie ovals, labels and Vine Borderability, MME Baker's Twine, American Craft ribbon, MS fence and eyelet border punch, a bit of stickles on the eggs; a tiny button and flowers from my stash.

EAC Challenge - Challenge #186 Sketch
Make it Monday – Anything goes 
Anything goes challenge - Challenge #63 Get Ready for Easter
Clear it out challenge blog – Pastel papers theme: Easter
Craft Sentiments – Theme Easter 
Creative Card Crew - Spring
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Challenge #162 - Easter ends April 2
Oldie but a goodie challenge - Easter Wishes   that teeny button is probably 8 years old!
Paper and such design blog  - Spring or easter card
Ribbon Carousel  - Challenge #46 - Anything goes  I used twine as spooled item
Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge Blogspot - Easter Parade – Bunnies and/or Bonnets
Try it on Tuesdays - Easter
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge #39 Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Easter
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges - Challenge #56 Spring Colors
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #73 Anything Goes 
My GraficoChallenge -  Easter and spring

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lady Madonna

So I was playing around with my fairly new EK Success Deep Scroll Edge punch trying for a punch around the page effect, which kinda works, and it left a long narrow center panel.  I had just been looking over my a Day for Daisies stamps thinking I might enter a card in their latest challenge and remembered this precious Mother and child image which would be perfect for that narrow spot.  Wooohooo...I call that serendipity.  Then I was thinking I ought to play up the stars and added all the bling.  So, are you asleep yet?  I used my Prismacolors and OMS and added the seam binding bow with a bit of flower and snuck in a new Memory Box die that came in this week.  I think it makes a pretty nifty Mother's Day card.  
Hope you're all having a terrific weekend.  It's in the high 70's-low 80's here in the high desert of Arizona...beautiful weather.


Digistamp:  A Day for Daisies; CS Bazzill; DP unknown ancient from my stash; punch EK Success; seam binding, flowers from Michaels, Memory Box Ivy tendril die, rhinestones from stash Me and My Big Ideas.

A Day for Daisies - Challenge #39 Shades of Blue
Stamping for the Weekend - Challenge 6 Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - Week 12 Mother's Day
Guylous Inimitability Monochromatic Challenge
Fun with shapes and more - something punched or cut
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


This card was inspired by the double matting technique using Nesties shown by the very talented Miss KittyKraft and uses four of my current favorite things:  B&W damask, roses, songbirds and those sweet Marianne Doohickey flourishes.    I wish my photography skills were better...the entire front panel on this card is popped to show the double matting around the recessed oval center.   Yesterday Mr. Postman brought three new dies, including this super sweet little Memory Box bird die (LOVE her).   Anyway, to all you ornithologists out there shaking their heads, I know there probably aren't really any black songbirds, so I'm claiming artistic license! 

By the way, have you seen the embossing technique called Belleek (for the gorgeous Irish porcelain).  It is SO beautiful!   My fingers and cuttlebug folders are all inky.  I'll share when I have something worth showing.

Paper is Teresa Collins CS Bazzill, roses are from a Michael's bin, flourish is Marianne and pearls are Kaiser Craft.  I also used these cool black foam mounts
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Went a little wild

Splitcoast Stampers technique challenges are always fun.  I'm a bit late for this cascading card challenge from January but I saw so many possibilities for this fancy fold card I had to give it a try.  Here's my first...a birthday card for my beautiful daughter April. Photo doesn't really show the cascading effect very well, but it's such a cool look.  It folds flat for mailing but accordians out about 4 inches to show off the layers.  I backed  my card so as to create a pocket for a tag with a gift card for a local nursery (to buy and plant a tree) thus the theme of my card.

I'm definitely going to make more of these...they're deceptively simple, and you get a lot of bang for your buck.  Thanks for looking and Happy Birthday to my dear April who made me a mother 38 years ago and has blessed my life in too many ways to count since then!


DP: Jillibean Apple Cheddar Soup, Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends, MME Happier; Sentiments:  SRM sticker, computer generated; punches:  MS butterfly and edge punch, pine bough; Die cuts:  Nestie scalloped circle, assorted foliage dies (some sent by BFF Wendy B).  Little Hampton Art owl rubber stamp I've had forever stamped and embossed.  I free cut the tree branches.

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Use lots of green (my owls are stamped & embossed)