Friday, May 4, 2012


The new QFTD was announced on Splitcoaststampers and it is none other than Betty Wright aka gbedwright. Wow! What a gallery and it is a bit intimidating to try to case one of her cards. Here is why....isn't that beautiful? Her work is beautiful and her photography is awesome.

To learn more about this and other images from Digital Two for Tuesday, see my last card done with one of them.

I am entering this card into the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown -In the Garden

Stamps-Digital Two for Tuesday- Bright -Eyed Coreopsis, Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps/Poppies and Greetings (Sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cs, Black cardstock from Hobby Lobby, Designer Paper is Mimosa daiquiri
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch, Button, Seam Binding (I dyed black), Copics

Edit: Ooh, la, la....I see Lydia over at SCS put this on Facebook today. I love when she does that.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

CCEE Stampers-gingham challenge

Charlene Merrick is our hostess this month at CCEE Stampers and gave the challenge to make a card using gingham in your design (ribbon, designer paper, buttons, fabric, etc.) I happen to love gingham so it was a fun creation.

My sister gave me this wooden flourish from KaiserCraft a while back and I thought this was the perfect time to use it. It is called iron fence.

I've added some flowers (Martha Stewart hydrangea punch) growing along the fence. The grass is part of the paper. As I love birds, I had to add a blue bird (Martha Stewart punch) perched on the fence. The sun is a Martha Stewart cornflower punch. This punch can also be used to make mums in the fall (tutorial-Chocolate Crafts and Bears, Oh My!) and my card here.  I've added brown and white  gingham ribbon from Offray.

My sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers, A Heinrich Company  stamp set-Mother's Magnolias. The paper is Stampin'Up! Real Red and PTI white cardstock. I believe the dp is DCWV.

That's it for me. Hope you have a day filled with sunshine. Come join us at CCEE Stampers and show us how you create your gingham creations. Check out the lovely cards from the rest of the team, too.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
 Tuesday Throwdown-In The Garden
Scrapalicious USA-Flower Power

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cloud tutorial

I made this tutorial for Home of Speedy TV where you can find this one along with several others from Design Team members.
I posted these two cards earlier today and left a link to my tutorial on Speedy TV but decided I would post my tutorial on my blog, also. For details on the cards, see post below this one.

 Making clouds is really simple. I am showing a few ways
to accomplish it.

Dauber or sponge
Scissors if cutting out template

I have shown a few punches you could use to make clouds. I only used one of them and for the other I used a die cut template. I believe this is a PTI die. You can make your own template by stamping, punching, or hand drawing a cloud.

 I placed the template on my white cardstock and used the dauber to sponge around just the edges where there are scallops. You can see the clouds forming where I sponged at the top of the cardstock. I usually only sponge around about half the template.

Here is a card using the above method

For my next card, I punched out a cloud template using a Fiskars cloud punch.
I used blue cardstock and placed my punched piece on the cardstock and
sponged white ink inside. Very simple!

My card for this method:

Another way to create clouds is to make cloud masks and place over your white cardstock.  Be sure to tape your clouds to your cardstock so they don’t move around. I’m using a double sided scrapbook tape which can be removed when finished. Sponge or brayer  the entire piece of cardstock with blue ink or whichever color you prefer.You can use gray for a cloudy day or I’ve seen very pretty clouds in brown for a little whimsy .Remove your masks and you have some beautiful, white clouds. For my example below, I used Memento London Fog ink:

Shown With Templates

Remove Templates

Hope my tutorial will be helpful and you'll have beautiful skies ahead.

Cloud Tutorial Photos

I have a couple of cards to show you today that I made for my cloud tutorial at Home of Speedy TV.
Clouds are really simple to make and I showed three ways to achieve it. I'm showing two cards. Here is the link to the tutorial:
My first card is using Mark's Finest Papers, A Heinrich Company  stamp set Daffodil Greetings. The cardstock is MFP Aged Mottled Berry Smooth Finish cs and MFP white premium cover cardstock. I stamped the butterfly twice, cut out, and popped top layer. I colored with Copics. Ink for sponging is ColorBox Mermaid. The banner was cut out freehand.

This card uses the stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers, A Heinrich Company called Fabulous Dogs.
I'm using a Fiskars cloud punch X large and inked inside the punched area with with white Stampabilities ink. The cardstock is MFP premium cover white cardstock and Aged Mottled Berry.
My designer paper is Paper Adventures Green Brush. The twine is Cappuccino from The Twinery.

Monday, April 30, 2012

FOSTV challenge--- May Theme

Hope you'll join the challenge this week at Friends of Speedy TV at Home of Speedy TV. The challenge this week is to make a card with a May theme. I think flowers says it all for May. You know Spring Showers bring May Flowers. :-)

I'm using a Mark's Finest Papers, A Heinrich Company stamp set called Black Eye Susans for Encouragement. Yes, I did my flowers in blue...I'm not one to think you can't get off the path a bit and do something that isn't real life. The sentiment is also from Mark's Finest Papers and is Mother's Magnolias. I split the sentiment to fit the nestabilitie.

If you play the challenge with us this week, here is the stamp set you could possibly win. It is called Pucker Up.

Stamps-MFP, A Heinrich Co.-Black Eyed Susans for Encouragement and Mother's Magnolias (split sentiment)
Paper-MFP Old World Gold, Aqua light, and  Premium cover white cs
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-EK Success zig zag chain punch, Spellbinders oval nestabilitie, Copics