Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #93

This week's Make it Monday is to extend your die collection by splitting (and in my case, trimming) them!
Check out the video here:

I again used my Movers & Shakers die but the straight one this time and split each cut into two. I had to trim them shorter here and there to fit over the length of the page.
Sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites #12.

(another happy way to use up scrap pieces of cardstock!)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

(Click HERE for the Digistamps4Joy Release Sunday Post)

I was intrigued by the inspiration source for the November Papertrey Blog Hop challenge.
Here is the blog URL:

I was drawn by the "LIARS" book cover, especially the wavy strips going from the fan and it immediately reminded me of the curvy die that is part of the PTI Movers & Shakers - Sliders set.
I used the larger die from the PTI Simple Sunflowers die set and the sentiment from the stamp set (

This was a nice project to use up some scrap paper. There is some Basic Grey, Prima and We-R-Memory Keepers there.

Be sure to go to the blog and see all the other inspiration entries!

Release Sunday @ Digistamps4Joy!

It's Release Sunday again at Digistamps4Joy!  Go here >> << to find links to the new release as well as the current challenge!

I wanted to go back a bit to CAS so here is a cute, simple card - maybe for a 1-year old? I think I'll keep this one in my stash :D. I used Margy's "Buttons Galore"!!
 I covered the 'top' buttons with Glossy Accents and popped them with foam tape over the bottom ones but slightly off-set: The sentiment I created in MS Powerpoint with the bottom buttons before printing out.
There are lots more cute images in this release so go take a look!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

PTI's Make It Monday: Vellum layers

I made this card for the PTI Vellum challenge:

 I used the Simple Sunflowers dies and stamps to create the layered flower. I layered a vellum-cut flower inbetween the stamped flowers.
I don't have black embossing powder but I saw somewhere how to mimic it. You stamp with black ink and very quickly cover it with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder adheres to the ink and you get the same effect.

Stamp used to create background paper & sentiment:
Sunflower stamp:
Sunflower die:

Thank you (batch 3)

I somehow deleted the original post for this card! I hope it reposts correctly. For this reason I'm re-entering the challenges below.

Main image: Faithful Florals (GinaK Designs)
Sentiment: All Occasion Tags (GinaK Designs)

I wanted to enter it into:

I'd like to enter this into:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thank you (batch 2)

Here's another sample of a thank you card I made from my MIL (made 3):
The stamped image is from Joanna Sheen: Fantasy Flowers - Garden Elegance
The sentiment is from GinaK Designs "Petals & Wings)

I made three of these, each with a different background. The DP for all three came from a paper pack from Prima "Meadow Lark"

I'd like to enter this into:

Thank you (batch 1)

My Mom-in-law asked me to make some thank you cards for ladies at her church. Here is what the first batch looked like (made 4).
The sunflowers are from Unity Stamp's "Best Wishes and Blooms".
The sentiment I got from a grab bag of sentiments, also from Unity.

I made this for;

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fruit bowl

Here is another card I made with one of the new release images for Digistamps4Joy.

I Googled "fruit quotes" to get the quotation I used in the front. I covered the bowl with Glossy Accents. Looks almost real!!

To see what else the wonderful illustrators have come up with, go to:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Release Sunday at Digistamps4Joy!

It's release Sunday for Digistamps4Joy! Here is a cheeky card using the "Neighbor Nancy" image from the new release:
She's so cute and I added a little "speech bubble" from We-R-Memory Keepers (Text messages).
Background DP: GinaK Designs "Petals & Wings"
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers

To see what else the wonderful illustrators have come up with, go to:

Release post:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Isabel's page updated

{Click HERE for my post on the current Digistamps4Joy Challenge #55}
I have updated Isabel's Creations page:
She creates SO much every day that it's impossible to keep track of everything. But these have stood out for me as I scanned my photo folders.

Challenge #55 at Digistamps4Joy

It's time for a new challenge at Digistamps4Joy! The theme is...
So create a papercraft project  to depict something/someone you are really thankful for/to!

I made this card for my darling daughter. She is a real budding artist and creates from the moment her eyes open in the morning until they close at night. I think she also dreams of projects, because the first thing she said the other morning when she woke up was, "I have to draw". Since this is for her, I threw a couple of her favorite things in: ribbons, bows, buttons, flowers and pink!

Here she's opening her card. I think she liked it :D

Head over to to join in the fun and to see what great projects the other DT's came up with!

I'd love to share this with:

Fairy wishes

Here is another card I made using Beatrix the bead fairy from Digistamps4Joy's latest release (

Sentiment: GinaK Designs "Petals & Wings"
Background DP - scrap pieces from the Petals & Wings paperpack (GKD)

Head over to to see more images that were released on Sunday!!

I'd love to share this with:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

New release at Digistamps4Joy!

There is a new release over at Digistamps4Joy!!  Here is a card I made with the Wisteria Splendor image created by Margy:

I left it "blank" so it can be used for "Welcome home", "Welcome to the neighborhood" etc...
Background paper is We R Memory Keepers "Anique Chic".
Colored using Spectrum Noir.

Head over to Digistamps4 Joy to see what the other members of the design team have come up with!
All the new images for today's release is at

And to spread the news I"m also entering this into:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Hubby!

I made this card for hubby's birthday TOMORROW!!
Since his name is Conrad, it's also an entry-with-a-twist for Mo Manning's "C is for ..." challenge!
We've recently finished a bit of home renovations so I have a STACK of paint sample cards in my DP box. I cut two of them into strips as the background.
Sentiment: GinaK Designs Petals & Wings
Main image: Mo Manning "King for a Day"


Sympathy sunfllowers

A friend pinned this sunflower image this morning and I'm so happy she posted it to Facebook as well! I found it here:

I was also checking out some of my favorite challenge websites this morning and was inspired by:
CAS-ual Fridays' "SO TORN" and SSS's Thinking of You / Sympathy. I had to make a card for friends from church so it all came together well.

Sentiment: GinaK Designs "Faithful Florals"
Brown & Green cardstock: Tim Holtz distress cs
Yellow cardstock: Bazzill

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Scooting to number 171

And here is a very special card. This is the last card I had to make for my church ministry for 2012. This is the last one for December. I did a quick count this morning and I made 171 cards for the ministry. What a blessing for me!

This is the last image from my pack of Tilla's embellishments (I bought it locally here

I just LOVE it when I have something in mind and then I can find something to make it work! When I saw the scooter I thought of it travelling somewhere. Then I searched for background images and found this FREE one at "I Need a Pic"!!

I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers. The sky was lightly sponged with distress ink.

I'm entering this into:

Birthday Formula

Here's another Tilla embellishment card:
(I bought it locally here
This was a LOT of fun to make.
The lights were made by punching circles out of scrap pieces of cardstock. The checkered flag was drawn by hand and cut out. It was popped up with 3D foam.
I used my mini sponge dauber to make a background mimicking the crowd and the paper strip is some scrap piece (I think BasicGrey). I just added the two lines on it.
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #12

I'd like to enter this into:


I've been having so much fun creating "scene" cards with the embellishments from "Tilla's Handmade Stickers"
(I bought it locally here

Here's another scene:
I made this one for my boy who is turning 3 (!!!) at the end of the month. He LOVES it when we go 4x4'ing and although this is not a Toyota Hilux he'll get the "picture" :D
This was actually so quick and simple to make. Background clouds sponged with a scalloped circle as mask, a piece of brown Tim Holtz cardstock torn to make the "mountain" and the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites #12.

I'm entering this into:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Flighty birthday cheer

The main embellishment image I got here:

The background was sponged with distress ink and using a scalloped edge die-cut to shade around.

Sentiment: GinaK Designs Petals & Wings (see "Stamps I use" for link)

I'm entering this into:

Cosmos any-occasion

This gorgeous image is from Digistamps4Joy and can be found here:

I made this for the current Digistamps4Joy challenge - BINGO with a difference:
I went with the: No orange - No leaves - Flowers - No sentiment - No halloween option.

Die: Spellbinders Labels 8
DP paper: Prima "Meadow Lark"
Brads: We R Memory Keepers
Markers: Spectrum Noir - "Lights" set

I'm also entering these into: - I haven't used that die since May!

Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm on the Digistamps4Joy team!

I am THRILLED to announce that I'm on the design team for Digistamps4Joy!! I'll be playing along very, very soon. I've my images ready and can't wait to share with you.

Here's the web address with links to the shop and challenge blogs:


Watch this space!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Floating Fishies

I made this card by following the great tutorial at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week. It's specially for a really cool 2-year old boy!

Fish image: Finny Fish (FREE image) at Doodle Pantry
Inside sentiment: Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites #12
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl
Leaves: Spellbinders

Vine Flowers

Here's a card that I spent quite some time coloring on. I made 6 of these for the church ministry (Ladies' birthdays for December).

Stamps used (GinaK Designs):
The Vine
Sentiment: Enjoy the Sunshine
Since I made this also for the Spectrum Noir challenge (Flowers), I thought I'd show which markers I used from the Lights set:

I went over the CR6 pink on the top petals with GB1. It gave it a nice dappled look: 

I then went over the inside of the petals with CR6 again to shade darker. 
I'm also entering this into:

Snowboard Santa

I was looking for a cool image for a teenager and found this gem at Mo's Digital Pencil: