Friday, April 29, 2011

CSS Alumni StampTV Kit Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another StampTV CSS Treasure Chest Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from  Carla's blog.  If not to start at the beginning go to Sharri's blog.  I would hate for you to miss any of the beautiful creations that the CSS group has to share.

This time we are using stamps from  StampTV Kits. Here is a list of all of the StampTV Kits.
  • Autumn Splendor
  • Blessed is the Season
  • Bold Flowers
  • Eclectic Summer
  • Eclectic Summer Sayings
  • Elegant Flowers
  • Enjoy the Sunshine
  • Holiday Cheer
  • Holiday Greetings
  • Organize It!
  • Picture It!
  • Sent with Love StampTV Kit
  • Signs of Autumn
  • Spring Mix
  • Springtime Silhouettes StampTV Kit
  • Thanks a Million
  • Winter Wonderland
I chose to use Eclectic Summer and Eclectic Summer Sayings.  I just love the hot air balloon in this set.   Your next stop is Betty 
Make sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs as one random commenter will get to  choose ANY past StampTV stamp set of their very own! The winner will be  announced  Tuesday morning on StampTV, Good luck!

I also used this weeks sketch from Card Positioning Systems.  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: eclectic summer, eclectic summer sayings-Gina K Designs
Paper: pure luxury in the navy-GKD, Lime Rickey-Basic Grey
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, summer sky, new sprout, bamboo leaves
Other: pearls, ticket corner punch, nestabilities

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Miracles Blossom

Hi today I have a card I made for the color challenge on StampTV.  The colors are bubblegum pink, lemon drop yellow and white.  I am also entering this card into Stamptacular Sunday's Challenge to Pile It On, use at least five layers. Piece of cake for me!  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Hope Grows- Gina K Designs
Paper: pure luxury
Ink: memento tuxedo black, dandelion
Other: nestabilities, clear embossing powder

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Go Barefoot

Hello I hope you had a very happy day how ever you celebrate.  My card today is for Cat's challenge for the release party on StampTV for Gina K Designs.  Cat's challenge is to use something that you wouldn't normally use on a card.  I scoured through the house and a couple of times in DH's garage and still was stumped.  I couldn't find anything to stimulate my creativity then I remember years ago when DS was a toddler he had a sandbox and being always the crafty one I took a small container and filled it with some of the clean sand before it went into the box.  I have had it for years (DS is almost 21), but I couldn't find it.  Late last night DS was working on his truck out in the garage and found my container of sand, yay.  Now I was faced with how I wanted to use it on a card.   This is the best I could come up with.  Not really that happy with it, but hey it is what it is.  I used two strips of ScorTape and then pressed the sand down into the tape.  I wish you a wonderful week.  I have to work some, but hopefully I will get done quickly and have the rest of the week off for our Spring Break.  I have been on a huge Kraft kick lately and will be entering this into The Spotted Chick's challenge to use Kraft on your project.   Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Aloha-Gina K Designs
Paper: pure luxury
Ink: memento tuxedo black, summer sky, bahama blue, desert sand
Other: nestabilities, scortape, sand

Saturday, April 23, 2011

You're A Star!

Hello I hope your Saturday is going great!  Today I have a card I made for one of the release challenges for Gina K Designs over on StampTV.  This one is hosted by the newest design team member Jimmi Mayo.  I am super excited to see Jimmi on the team.  I have been a fan of Jimmi's since the beginning of Unity stamps, she is super talented and will be a great addition to the fabulous  GKD team.  Jimmi's challenge is to use three patterned papers on your card.  I chose to use this weeks sketch for Card Positioning Systems and as usual I am getting it in just in time.  I am also entering this card into The Spotted Chick's challenge to use Kraft on your project.  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Hip To Be Square-GKD
Paper: pure luxury kraft, in the navy, Basic Grey life of the party
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Other: brads, nestabilities, pop dots

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Celebrate in Style

Hello I am back with another card I made today.  This one is for a few more challenges.  I am keeping this post short as it is almost time for the release party on StampTV.   I had this all typed up once and some how lost it, ugh I hate it when that happens.  Thank you for stopping by.

StampTV: white, wild dandelion, in the navy
Color Throwdown: white, navy,  pick a color
Cute Card Thursday: No text
Simon Says Challenge: Emboss it

Card Details
Stamps: Celebrate in Style-Gina K Designs
Paper: Pure luxury-Gina K Designs
Ink: memento
Other: cuttlebug, nestabilities, ribbon, twine, scallop edge punch


 Hello, I have a quick card I made for a few challenges.   I used one of my all time favorite stamps from Gina K Designs Take Flight. One of the challenges is to make a collage card.  That is a true challenge for me and I have never felt I have done one.  After doing some looking around I decided that I have done that type of card before. I started by using some mask from Tim Holtz and sponged lightly.  Then I stamped some small butterflies in coral and aqua on top.  Sadly though it is very difficult to see after I had added the butterfly and flowers.  Here is a close up.
Marks Finest Papers: Collage Card
StampTV: Sketch

Card Details
Stamps: Take Flight, A Beautiful Life-Gina K Designs
Paper: BoBunny, SU
Ink: Memento
Other: prima flowers, pearl brads, nestabilities
Copics: R20, R22

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Design Divas Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Design Diva Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop for April.  You should have came here from Maria's blog.  

Today I have a couple of cards I made using some old stamp sets that have been neglected.  First is the one using Funny Farm from Gina K Designs.  When this set came out I had to have it and then I never once finished a card using it.  It was a shame, but every time I tried it got stumped and so I move on to another set.  I will be using it more in the future.  Now as if that wasn't bad enough I also had never used the embossing folder or the fence punch.  I am so glad that we have these hops as it really helps me to get out some older supplies.

For this card I pulled out this image from Happy Camper from Gina K Designs and made this very simple card.  It was for my father in law's birthday and I knew he would want something with a nature theme.  The background was made by scoring the card stock every 1/2 inch and then running an ink pad over the whole thing which leaves the grooves un-inked.  This is a super simple technique that gives the look of wood.

I hope you are enjoying you way through the hop.  You next stop is Cindy's blog.

I am entering these cards in the following challenges

Card 1
  1. Copic Creations: Favorite paper to use for copics (I love Neenah for copics)
  2. Lawnscaping Challenge: Calling all Critters
  3. Creative Inspirations: Pets/Animals

Card 2
  1. Pile it On: Smells like rubber
  2. The Spotted Chick: Use kraft paper
    Thank you for stopping by.

    Card Details
    Card 1
    Stamps: Funny Farm-GKD
    Paper: pure luxury red hot, sweet corn, black onyx
    Ink: memento tuxedo black
    Other: ribbon, MS fence punch, plaid embossing folder, cuttlebug

    Card 2
    Stamps: Happy Camper-GKD
    Paper: pure luxury kraft, chocolate brown
    Ink: memento tuxedo black, desert sand
    Other: nestablitilies, cuttlebug, scor buddy

    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Let your life bloom

    Was it just me or did this weekend fly by?  I am happy though as I have most of the following week off for Spring break. Not that I am counting or anything. Okay on to my card.  I made this one for a bunch of challenges which I have listed below.  I just love this adorable little duckling, he seems to be having fun.  It works so well with one of my favorite spring color combos, blue yellow and green.  I will be back on Wednesday morning with another Diesgn Divas Oldies blog hop.  Thank you for stopping by.

     StampTV: Sketch
    Cute Card Thursday:Weather Inspired
    Stamp Something: April Showers
    Color Throwdown: teal, summer sun, celery
    iCopic Lover: color an embellishment(I colored the pearls)
    Stampin' Royalty: Spring has Sprung
    My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge: Anything Goes

    Card Details
    Stamps: Spring has Sprung-Gina K Designs
    Paper: pure luxury-Gina K Designs, DCWV
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black, new sprout, summer sun
    Other: pearls, trim, nestabilites, scallop boarder punch

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    iCopic DT Call

    Hello I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  This is a card I made for the DT call for iCopic, wish me luck.  I like their challenges and would absolutely love to be a part of their team.  I used my favorite Cheeky form The Greeting Farm.  Pink is not a favorite color of mine to color with, but I gave it try.  I am also entering this card in iCopic's weekly challenge, to color an embellishment.  I colored the ribbon to match the outfit.  I have the details for this card at the bottom of this post. I will be back Sunday afternoon with a card I made yesterday.  Thank you for stopping by.

    Card Details
    Stamps Cheeky Rockabilly, The Greeting Farm
    Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black
    Other: ribbon, cuttlebug, nestabilities

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Technique Card

    Some title huh?? I know it is kind of lame.  I have the hardest time coming up with new titles.  Anyway I used a couple of techniques in this card.  I started by embossing the image with clear embossing powder on white paper.  Then I did the baby wipe technique over it.  I came out pretty cool.  This is another multi challenge card, they are listed below.


    Thank you for stopping by,

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Simple Joys

    I would like to start today with a HUGE Thank You to everyone who has stopped by the last couple of days and left such wonderful comments on my CSS Blog Hop cards.  I have a card I made for this last weeks MoJo Monday sketch.  I love their sketches and try to play along as much as I can.  And as always I waited until the last minute. I used my glitter gel pen on the wings of the butterfly.
    Here is a close up

    I am also entering this into Copic Creations challenge to use your favorite technique with copics.  I have recently discovered flicking with copics thanks to a fabulous video from Suzanne Dean.  I thinks flicking works very well when trying to blend two completely different colors like in the center of the iris petals.
    Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week.

    Card Details
    Stamps: Warm With Love- Gina K Designs
    Paper: pure luxury, Basice Grey Kioshi
    Ink: memento, tuxedo black, new sprout
    Other: ribbon, pearls, nestabilities, glitter pen

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    CSS Alumni Blog Hop

    Welcome to another Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from the beautiful Betty's blog.  Today we are using the photo below full of awesome cookies for our inspiration. 

    I picked the number three for the cookie I was inspired by.  I love the crisp clean and fresh look of blue and yellow with some white.  It is a color combo that really speaks to me.  My first card took three tries to get it the way I have it envisioned.  

    I started by stamping the daisies on white paper and then with a couple of masks I cut out I sponged the background.  Next I took a Sharpie Paint Pen to add the white dots.  When I decided that this one was a keeper I colored in the centers of the daisies.  On my first try I tried to use emboss resist.  The problem was that in Versamark pen was nearly dry and thus it didn't work very well.  So I cut those daises out to use as my masks.  On my second try I smudged blue ink on some of the flower petals.  Finally I was able to get it to work and with only a few tiny smudges I finished. 

    My next card only took me about 15 minutes to make.  I had this small piece of daisy paper and knew I had to use if it for this challenge.

    This stamp set was free with a $35.00 purchase for the second aniversary for StampTV.  Love this little set.

    Your next stop on the hop is the fabulously creative Carla. If you would like to play along we would love to set what you create.  Make sure to post a link on the StampTV Forum.  Thank you for stopping by. 

     Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (April 12th), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

    Card Details

    Card #1
    Stamps: Eclectic Summer- Gina K Designs
    Paper: Pure luxury, white, in the navy, wild danelion
    Ink: memento tuxedo black, bahama blue
    Other: nestabilities, cuttlebug, sharpie paint pen
    Copics: Y11, Y15

    Card #2
    Stamps: Celebrate in Style- Gina K Designs
    Paper: pure luxury white, in the navy, wild danelion, unknown scrap of DP
    Ink: memento tuxedo black
    Copics: B41, B45, E50

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Happy Birthday

    I am here with a super quick post (yes I am squeezing this one in just under the deadline.  I made  it for the sketch challenge from Just Us Girls.  I really liked this sketch and I already had the floral wreath colored so it was pretty fast to put together.  I will be back late Friday with another CSS blog hop, now to make that card.....   Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a happy Friday.

    Card Details
    Stamps: Floral Wreath-Gina K Designs
    Paper: Basic Grey Curio, pure luxury
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black, new sprout
    Other: cuttlebug, nestabilites, ribbon

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Dinomite Birthday

    Today I have a card I made for my sons girlfriend.  I know this doesn't look like typical card for a 20 year old girl.  She is very into dinosaurs and green is her favorite color so that directed my card and here is the result.  I really wasn't liking it very much up until the very end.  When I finally picked the colors and laid it out I began to really like it.  By the time I was taking a photo of it I loved it.  Funny how that happens some times.    I love the sketches at The Sweet Stop and have not played along in a very long time so it was definitely time.  Thank you for stopping by and have a happy Wednesday!

    Card Details
    Stamps: Dinomite- Gina K Designs
    Paper:pure luxury
    Ink: memento tuxedo black, desert sand, rich cocoa, dandelion, cantaloupe
    Other: cuttlebug, nestabilities

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Hello Friend

    For today's card I have one that I made using A Year of Borders from Gina K Designs and illustrated by the fabulously talented Melanie Muenchinger.  I love the set it makes for great borders, but also as a focal image and background stamping.  Thank you for stopping by.

    Challenges for this card

    Card Details
    Stamps: A Year of Borders, Funny Farm- Gina K Designs
    Paper: pure luxury
    Ink: memento tuxedo black
    Copics: Y11, Y15
    Other: border punch, nestabilites

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Happy For You

    Hello I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. The sun has been out here today and it sure feels nice.  I am sure that I am not along in the desire to have some nicer weather. Today I have a card that I made for a few challenges that I have listed below.  The main image is done with emboss resist.  I stamped the floral image with versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next I stamped the text image over the top.  For a final step I sponged memento angel pink over the top.  The circle piece is dry embossed with my cuttlebug and sponged with the pink.  A while back I saw this ruffled ribbon on a circle I think I was from Donna Baker and I loved it and when I saw this sketch on StampTV I knew I wanted to try it.  This is one seriously thick card.  I measured it and it is 1/2 inch!  Thank you for stopping by. Have a happy week!

    Card Details
    Stamps: Botanicals Gina K Designs
    Paper: pure Luxury GKD, Basic Grety Urban Prairie
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black, angel pink
    Other: stain ribbon, nestabilities, cuttlebug