Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Earth Laughs In Flowers

The Papertrey Green Thumb set is quickly becoming my favorite stamp set (at least for the moment). I just love the variety of stamps that come with this set.

Again, I was inspired by a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers. I just love this layout and will have to use it for some more cards.

I was finally able to get my hands on the Spots and Dots (I think that is the name) embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. I love this folder.

This is the first time that I have done a curved line on my cards. I drew it with a pencil and then cut it out. I'm not sure that I like this method. If anyone uses any tools to do their curved lines, please let me know what you use. I did see a flexible ruler by B0-Bunny in an ad in I believe the last Paper Crafts magazines. Has anyone used this ruler? If you have, let me know what you think. It would make drawing the curves easier but I would still need to cut it out by hand so I'm not sure I would like that part.

I used SU's slit punch to make my scallops at the bottom. For the center of the flowers, I used CTMH's liquid glass and sprinkled a little prisma glitter.

For this card I used:

Stamps: Papertrey's Green Thumb

Paper: CTMH's key lime, sunkiss yellow, hollyhock, white daisy

Inks: CTMH's key lime, spring iris, sunkiss yellow, hollyhock

Ribbon: CTMH's spring iris

Another Green Thumb card by Papertrey

I was finally able to purchase the oval and circle scalloped punches. These punches are certainly hard to get a hold of because they always seem to be sold out. Luckily, I found a site that you can receive notification when the item is back in stock so I ordered these as soon as I got the notice.

This is the first card I have made with the punches. This card is similar to the Friendship Flowers card I just posted but instead of making a smaller triangle for the right side, I just made another larger triangle.

For this card I used:

Stamps: Papertrey's Green Thumb

Papers: CTMH's black, clover meadow, white daisy, holiday red gingham

Inks: CTMH's holiday red, clover meadow

Spinner card

I needed a card for my youngest daughter's 4th birthday. We had the party yesterday but her birthday isn't actually until tomorrow. I was going through some old cards I had made and came across this one and figured it would be perfect for her. She loves the color pink.

I found the directions for this card in a Paper Crafts magazine. Basically what you do is stamp your spinning image on two circles and then sandwich a string (or thread) between them. Make sure though that you have one image right side up and the other image upside down when you put them together. That way when you open the card up, the back image will be right side up in the card. You will also need to make a cover with a circle cut out for the inside front of your card so that the ends of your string are covered. When you are completely done making your card, you twist your image around a few times and then hold it while you shut your card. When the recipient opens the card, the image will spin.

For this card, I used:

Stamps: CTMH's Kid's Art-Party

Papers: CTMH's watermelon, hydrangea, white daisy

Inks: CTMH's archival black, baby pink, watermelon, hydrangea, chocolate

Baby card

This card is for a friend of mine who had her second child last week. This card was inspired by a card on Splitcoaststampers.

For this card I used:

Stamps: CTMH's Classic Caps, Geometric Thoughts, Botanicals Superset

Inks: CTMH's blush, breeze, buttercup, spring iris

Papers: CTMH's breeze, buttercup, white daisy

Ribbon: CTMH's Spring Iris

Friendship Flowers pop up card

I finally got around to scanning my artwork to post. This is the first time I have done a pop up card. They really are quite easy and I will definitely be making more in the future. It adds a nice surprise to the inside of the card.

After I made this card, I realized that I should have just inked up and stamped the "i'd pick" on the stamp since I already had the "U." I guess it is OK the way it is because your eye automatically goes to the big "U" instead of reading the word "you."

For this card, I used:

Stamps: CTMH's Friendship Flowers, Rustic Alphabet, Spunky Greeting
Inks: CTMH's hollyhock, twilight, goldrush and garden green
Paper: CTMH's Best Friends Forever My Reflections kit and My Stickease (large flower on front), twilight, colonial white

Saturday, May 26, 2007


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Happy Shopping!

Blog Candy

I've been thinking about doing some type of blog candy but I'm not sure how successful that would be since I have only had 3 people make any comments on my blog. So readers, if you are interested in getting some type of blog candy, please start commenting on my artwork. Once I get about 20 comments on my blog, then I will seriously start considering what I can offer to my readers.

If there is anything that I can do to improve my blog, please let me know.

I do have some more artwork to add. It is just a matter of getting some pictures taken and download to my computer so I can post them.

Frappr Map

I have added a Frappr Map to my blog. Please scroll down to the very bottom of the page and add yourself to my map so that I can see where everyone is from.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Papertrey tunnel card and another CTMH Rustic Flowers card

Yesterday I made my first tunnel card and I also used my new Papertrey Green Thumb stamp set for the first time. I am going to have so much fun playing with this set. If you don't already have it, you really should check it out at Papertrey Ink. This is the first set that I have purchased from them and I will definitely purchase more.

I found the pattern for the Tunnel Card on Splitcoaststampers. I really like how the inside turned out, but I am not sure that I really like the front. After I had adhered the white for the inside of the card to the petal cardstock, I had decided that I really didn't like the canvas stamp for the background but I was running out of time for stamping (had to pick by 3 year old up from preschool) so I just left it. Any opinions on what I can do to the front to make it better?

For this card, I used:

Stamps: SU! Canvas and Print Pattern background stamps, Papertrey Ink Green Thumb

Papers: CTMH Petal, Honey, Garden Green and White Daisy

Inks: CTMH Brown Bag, Chocolate, Garden Green, Twilight, Petal and Honey

Ribbon: CTMH Sunflower

I made this Thinking of You card last week. It is very similar to the Mother's Day card that I made.

I didn't have time to finish it the first time I was working on it. I had decided that I was going to mat the oval with crystal blue but when I went back to finish it, I forgot about the mat. Of course, the adhesive that I use is not forgiving and will not allow for things to be moved so I just left it unmatted.

I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the background and used liquid glass and prisma glitter for the flower centers.

For this card I used:

Stamps: CTMH Rustic Flowers

Papers: CTMH White Daisy, Chocolate

Inks: Chocolate, Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue

Sunday, May 6, 2007

A better picture

I used a different camera this morning and got a better picture of the shadow box Mother's Day card. As always, pictures never do artwork justice. Enjoy!

I've been challenged!

I was challenged by Awna to make a Mother's Day card this week using pink and green. Amazingly, I was actually able to come up with something that was worthy of the challenge.

It is kind of hard to tell from the picture (sorry it isn't the greatest but I am not a great photographer) but the card is a shadow box card.

The flowers are CTMH's Rustic Flowers and the sentiment is from Paper Impressions (I purposely looked at the company name but now I can't remember if Impressions is right or not). I used CTMH sweet leaf, pink carnation, baby pink and archival black. The sentiment is stamped on acetate. I also used liquid glass on the flower centers and sprinkled with prisma glitter.

I am pretty pleased with the results and can't wait to make more shadow box cards--they are so easy. Hope you enjoy the card and PLEASE post your comments so I know if you like my artwork or not.

Friday, May 4, 2007

No Artwork--pics of my dds

I was going to post this on Wednesday but got busy and forgot. On Tuesday my dds each had 8 inches of hair cut off. Instead of donating their hair to Locks of Love (requires 10 inch minimum), we will be donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths ( requires 8 inch minimum).

This is their hair before :

And this is their new do:

Both of them said they didn't like their shorter hair but I think they do but just won't admit it. My oldest wanted her hair to be shoulder length but she was sitting crooked so it had to be cut shorter to even it up. My youngest told me today that she likes her hair "a little."

I hope to get some more artwork posted soon. My stamping time is limited since I keep my stuff at my sister's house and can't get over there very often. I was challenged to make a Mother's Day card using pinks and greens so, hopefully, I can get to my sister's tomorrow to do some stamping.