Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 Christmas Cards

For the top card I used a package stamp and used colored pencil to color the ribbons. For the bottom card, I created the swirl background with the Cuttlebug "swirl" embossing folder on shimmering gold card stock. There was a blue version, too. This was a big hit this year!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blue Birthday Card

I recently purchased some watercolor pencils and began using them to color in my stamped images. The image was stamped in black and I used Light and Dark Blue pencils to color it in. The border was created with a Corner/Border Punch combo. The textured background was created with a Cuttlebug embossing machine/folder. I miss my cardmaking! I can't wait to get back to doing this more frequently!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Starburst Technique

I learned this from Cardmaker Magazine. Place a sticky-note in the center of a white piece of cardstock. Dab a cotton ball into an ink pad. Place the cotton ball in the center of the sticky-note and pull away from the center over the card stock. Repeat in another color, then remove the sticky-note. Add embellishments or a stamped image as I did on this card. The butterfly is stamped on white card stock, then layered with a dark purple paper. The white area around the purple is the white space where the stick-note used to be.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hand-painted background and a simple card

I hand-painted the background using acrylic paints on white card stock. Just dip a foam brush in the paint and lightly draw it across the card stock alternating colors. The flowers are stamped with versamark ink, then embossed with fine white embossing powder. The center is made from two circles. I sliced the edges off to create the straight edges.

A great way to use up scraps.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Cuttlebug Creations

I used the Cuttlebug to create the floral background and to die-cut the larger of the two flowers on all three cards.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Love the Cuttlebug!

A couple of weeks ago my husband convinced me to buy a "Cuttlebug" embossing/die-cutting maching. It's amazing. I made this card using one of the embossing folders. I took a simple blue ink pad (dye ink) and gently swiped it across the raised pattern. I then used a second (purple) ink pad - this one had a foam base -and swiped it across the raised pattern directly over the blue ink. Because of the soft foam base of this ink pad it sank into the non-embossed areas. I distressed the edges of the white card stock for a more tattered look. Amazing tool!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quick 'n Easy Easter Cards

I downloaded the free Victorian Easter images, printed them on card stock, added a little bling and/or ribbon and there you have it - instant cards!

Monday, April 18, 2011

So-called "Hello Kitty" Card

My hubby deemed this my "Hello Kitty" card. LOL!
I used cotton balls and ink pads to create the multi-colored background, then spritzed it with water and set it with a heat gun. I then added another layer of the same formula behind the black frame.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm always amazed by embossing powder...

I created the flourish background with a repeated stamped image using versamark ink on cream card stock. I used white embossing powder over the versamark, heated it to emboss, then rubbed a cotton ball dabbed in blue ink over the embossed images to create the greenish colored background. (Use an old towel or a paper towel to rub the ink off the embossed flourishes to remove excess ink.) I added the flowers, ribbon and a gem to complete the card.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Supplies

 Used a new sponge applicator to apply the two colors on and around the kitten. To me it looks
like we're peering back at her through our own oval window.
 Use my new Tim Holtz Mask to mask off the printed paper, then applied the black ink with the sponge applicator leaving a little room for a message at the top right of the card. I used Glossy Accents to make the little "pearls", let them dry and then went over them with markers to add color.
Same square sponge applicator applied without swirling the sponge to soften the edges.
Just ink it and press down. The sponges are, obviously, rectangular!

This was a VERY quick Saturday morning "I have and idea in my head and I have to get it out" card.
It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but now I can improve on it.
I love the new color box inks and the Tim Holtz mask.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink Happy Mother's Day

I was cleaning my office and going through an old "supplies" box and found a scrap of this paper. It had Mother's Day written all over it - so to speak! I printed the message, cut it out with my new circle cutter and attached it with glue dots. Since I'm mailing this one, I couldn't use dimensionals...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Key Rings / Dangle

My sister found these at her local bead store and sent me a few. I couldn't resist.
Just add easy is that?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Earrings

Thought I'd add some jewelry to the mix...since it IS a blog about Papercrafts and Jewelry!
Earrings are $3 each!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Curve Cut Card for 9.5" x 4.25" envelope

I've had the green enevelopes for two years. I used a few of them for holiday money holders and had a few leftovers. I loved the color and wanted to do a non-holiday card that would fit into this envelope. My first attempt was the black one on the left. Satisfied with the design, I moved on to the green...
What do you think?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mish-Mash of Designs

I worked and worked on this one...tring to come up with a cute layout. I made the frame, loved it and had to figure out how to use it!
Another purse idea...
This was inspired by a card I saw on Flickr. The cat in the window idea was mine, as was the beadboard idea, but the curtains were someone elses.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring is in the air...

It's all in the bling...and the paper. I bought the pink and green paper recently and found a great use for it last night. The bling on the floral cards above are buttons from a "bag of buttons" I bought months ago. I adhered gemstones to them and viola!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Antique Photo Card, Magazine Scan, Quilled Flowers

I received my new Stamp it! kit last night which included a bundle of clip art and images. I LOVE these antique photos so I couldn't wait to make a new card with one.

I saw this flower in a magazine and thought it was gorgeous! So, I scanned it into the computer, printed it on cream card stock and layered it with purple and pink.

Latest quilled card. The new corner punch makes all the difference on this card! It's all in the details!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Frilly Corners

Above: New technique using a corner punch - all around the page.

Also a corner punch. I just love this striped paper. I used pastel chalks to color white flowers
to match the paper.

Flowers and a Flower Pot

Above: I bought a new punch and LOVE the border it creates!

Above: This one has a message card. Pulling the ribbon reveals the message.

Above: I love using pastel chalks to color white flowers...

Pulling the flowers out of the pot reveals the message. You can just see the bottom of the message card poking out from the bottom of the pot. This card doesn't open.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekend cards...Thinking of Valentine's Day

Chalk Technique - Download image, print on pearl card stock, use your chalk applicators (i.e. eyeshadow sponges) to apply the chalk and Bingo - Pink with Dark Pink Outline.

 Note the glitter on the wings on this card...this paper was just too pretty to pass up!