Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not Snow Much

This is my second post of the day. For my SP DT post featuring my Valentine's card scroll down to the post right after this one or clcik HERE.

I scrapped. It's true. It finally happened again!

I used this sketch from this month's Authentique challenge:

And I came up with this:
Yeah, so I flipped the sketch and added and extra photo. And moved the journaling. But I liked the way it turned out!

For details on how I created the background paper see my post here.

Supply list:
AC white cardstock
Authentique Freebird Endless (polka dot)
Authentique Journey 6x6 (blue and grey damask-like paper)
Authentique Freebird Delight (journaling)
Authentique Glowing (black paper, Classic Type alpha stickers)
Authentique Petite Type Circle alpha stickers
SP&Company Falling Snow stamp set
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Frost

Monday, January 30, 2012

I Love You

It's Tuesday and time for my DT post for SP and Company.
Today I've got a Valentine's Day card (and it's not even February yet. Yay me!!).

I used this MCM #67 sketch from
This was a great way to use up a bunch of different papers!

Supply list:

I've also got a post on the SP Stamps blog today as well. Check it out if  you have time. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A preteen journal

I made this journal for my little niece as a Christmas present.

I started by taking some of my white printer paper and folding it in half for the insdie pages. The covers are made from an old Cheerios box! I covered it in this really cool Basic Grey paper from the Obscure line. Then I bound it with my Cinch tool with that hot pink wire because what little girl doen't love pink? 
To  make a few pockets (for collecting photos, tickets, notes, etc) I cut some patterened paper and adhered it to a few pages (gluing only on the sides and bottom).

Then I put my die-cutter to work! Using the Indie Art cartridge I cut the skull and cross bones but added wings and a tiara! In metallic paper. Because it's for a girl. And girls love tiaras and sparkly things!
 I also cut the butterfly in 2 sizes and layered them and covered the body with glitter glue and added a random heart I had leftover from another project.

Then I cut the heart locket and key several times. I think the locket was cut about 5 times from cardstock and I glued all the layers together to make it thick. I then covered it in about 3 layers of silver metalic embossing powder (heating and cooling between each layer).
The red key was cut about 3 or 4 times and glued together to give it substance.

 To close it I intended the key to hang from a string to wrap around the front. So to lift the locket and give some room for the wrapping I hot attached a big eyelet (or grommet - I still don't know the difference honestly!) to the cover and then hot glued the locket to it. See how it raises it up from the cover?

Look at this pic again to see how I tied the twine to the heart. And I know you can't see but the twine is attached to the inside back cover and then covered with another sheet of pretty paper.
 Now to close it she just has to wrap the twine around the back of the locket. I left the twine fairly long so there is plenty of room for it to grow as it gets stuffed full of trinkets and memories.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hello, DT Tuesday

It's Tuesday and time for another SP&Co Design Team post.
I used the Ultimate Sentiments II set again- this is one of my favorite all-purpose sets!

 I actually double-stamped the sentiment, something that is easy to do with a clear stamp. First, I stamped it in pink, then stamped again in green after carefully lining up the stamp. It gives a shadow effect:

I also entered this into Stacy's Stash Challenge,over at Sketches 4 All, which is to use an edge punch. I used the Flowerburst punch - I put two lengths together to form a full flower and hid the seam with the ribbon punch in pink.

p.s. I didn't use any twine or foam adhesive!
I felt like I've been using those on everything recently. :)

Supply list:
SP&Co Ultimate Sentiments II set
EP A Walk in The Park 6x6 pad
Flowerburst border punch
SU ribbon border punch
Marvy Uchida scallop circle punch

Monday, January 16, 2012

DT Tuesday, Thanks a Bunch

It's Tuesday again, so time for another SP&Company Design Team Post.
I used the Bold Sentiments I stamp set along with papers from the MME Lost & Found 2 Breeze 6x6 pad again. These papers are so soft and pretty, yet can have a masculine feel as well - they are very versatile.

I used this Pagemaps sketch for Stacy's challenge over at the Sketches for all:

I added faux stitching and added some I-rock gems in a flourish shape.
Thanks for looking!

Supply list:
SP&Company Bold Sentiments I stamp set
MME Lost &Found Breeze 6x6
SU scalloped border punch
SU scallop punch
Marvy Uchida scallop punch
I-rock studs
White signo gel pen
SU Early Easpresso Ink
MS Ocean, Dusk Blue, and Copper ink

Cheer up Buttercup

I'm up today on the SP Stamps blog to show you how to make this card by stamping with bleach!

Please go over and take a look. Thanks!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

filled with LOVE

I've got a double challenge entry today.
First is Unity's January KOM challenge using this sketch:

And the second is a Pinterest-Inspired Challenge at the Sketches4All group using this photo:

So using Unity's  December Kit of the Month I came up with this card:

I stamped and fussy cut the jar and filled it with punched hearts.
Then I inked a doily and wrapped it with red twine.
I created the banner by stamping the sentiment in pieces to make it long rather than a square.

Supply list:
Unity December KOM {...filled with love}
Twinery Maraschino twine
SU Basic Black ink
Studio G grey ink
Wilton doily

Friday, January 13, 2012

My first art journal and FWF

It's Friday and time for another Friends with Flair blog hop over at Unity stamps.

Once upon a time I used to love to draw and paint and doodle. It's been much too long. So I made this multimedia art journal in hopes that I would actually use it and start creating again. I wanted it to be all about things that inspire ME. Hence the title and pic. In retrospect it seems kinda silly.

I went through my dusty art drawer and pulled out some drawing paper, watercolor paper, and some canvas. From my craft supplies I pulled printer paper, white cardstock, and some envelopes. I bound it all with my Cinch tool:
So now I can open it up draw or paint or collage. I even have pockets and envelopes to collect little treasures or ideas or some journaling. Theoretically anyway. It's still empty. And I made it a few weeks ago. : \

For the cover I used some old packaging. It's basically just raw chipboard. I think it was the backing that came with a kit or tool or something. I stamped Unity's Up Against a Wall with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged on distress ink in Rusty Hinge all over. The chipboard just soaks up the ink so I had to apply it again a few time to keep the vibrant color. I stamped a sentiment from Unity's Imagine It set in black embossing powder and a flower from the Insightful Meadows set in black ink.

 Then I took the Polaroid stamp from Wilson Designs Everything's Owlright set and created a frame for my pic. I distressed the frame with Old Paper distress ink and the photo with Vintage Photo distress ink. I added some letter stickers, painted over them and them removed them to reveal - kind of the opposite of a stencil I guess. Then two Sassafrass flowers, some twine, and I-rock bling and it was done.

Oh, can't forget that MME pompom trim around the border.

Now it's done.

Except for the art I need to put inside!

So leave a comment and go take a look at the other entries on the blog hop for your chance to win!

Monday, January 9, 2012

So Happy for you

It's Tuesday again and time for another design team post for SP&Company.
Today, I've made a card to go along with the white color challenge they have going on now too.
 I embossed my white card base with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.
I wanted this to be an anniversary card but didn't have an anniversary stamp. I could have spelled it out with alpha stamps but it wouldn't have fit in this frame. And I just had to use the new frame I got for Christmas! So I went with this "So Happy for you" stamp from the Bold Sentiments I set from SP&Company stamps.

The frames are from the Twisted Metal Tags & Accents Shapeabilities dies from Spellbinders. I cut and embossed them on white cardstock, then inked them up a bit to match the ribbon. And I love how the sentiment just pops in it!

 It's also the 10th of the month which means NEW STAMP RELEASE day at SP&Company. So there is a blog hop HERE. Make sure to enter for your chance to win! And don't forget to enter the color challenge as well for another chance to win!

Supply list:
SP&Co Bold Sentiments I stamp set
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Twisted Metal Tags & Accents Shapeabilities
Martha Stewart ink in Ocean
SU ink in Basic Black

Friday, January 6, 2012

Paper-pieced snowman

Today is my day to post over at the SP Stamps blog!

Head over to see how to make this card with the paper-pieced snowman and snowmound:

Monday, January 2, 2012

DT Tuesday and a Thank You card

This is my first post as a Design Team member for SP&Company stamps! WooHoo! I will be posting on my blog every Tuesday and then 2-3 times per month on the SP&Co blog.

For my first project I decided to make a Thank You card. We need to send many of these out for all the wonderful presents our family received at Christmas. 1 down, many to go...

I started by using a sheet from the MME Lost & Found 2 Breeze 6x6 pad. I cut it in half and mounted on turquoise cardstock and centered it on my white card base. I love the font of the SP&Co Ulimate Sentiments II stamp set and I wanted to highlight the Thank You stamp. So I hand-cut this frame from the top half of the leftover Breeze sheet and stamped inside it. The sentiment fit perfectly!
I inked the edges and popped it with foam of course!
 Then I used some of these wonderful corduroy buttons in Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss and tied them up with some Aqua twine.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
 For more inspiration using SP&Company stamps visit the blog at

Supply list:
SP & Company Ultimate Sentiments II stamp set
MME Lost & Found 2 Breeze 6x6 pad
SU! Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons
SU! Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button
Divine Twine Aqua twine
SU! Early Espresso ink