Thursday, April 30, 2009

Diva Handbag

When I got this Girl Time Set with all the girly-girl images and sentiments, I immediately thought of my cousin, Linda, and making something for her with the set....she's ALL about purses (especially purses), shoes, shopping, and girly-girl things like that! Then when I saw Maki's post with this handbag card, I thought that's it, that's what I'm going to make for Linda...who's the definition of the term "40 and fabulous!"

Here's a close-up so you can see the clear flower rhinestones I added to the letter "i" in "Divas" and to the clasp on the purse.

Most of the products I used on my project can be found at Stamper's Dream. Scroll down to the Supply List for product links.

Here's a tutorial on how I made my handbag and card. You can click on any of these photos for a larger view.

- Seal a regular #10 envelope closed:

- Cut the envelope to 5.5" high, and then give it a decorative edge with one of your punches or dies. I used a Spellbinders Victorian Border Pierceabilities template for my bag. After cutting the border, my envelope is now 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"

- Cut two pieces of CS to 4" x 5-1/4" for the front and back of the bag. The panel for the back will hide the seam in the #10 envelope. My CS bases are Prism Crabapple Light. Then decorate the front panel (or both panels) just like you would decorate a card front. I embossed both the front and back panels with my Paisley Impressabilities template.

- Glue the front and back panels to the envelope and then punch holes in the top for the "handles" of the bag. I used the May Arts 5/8" Sheer Rose Ribbon for my handles.

- Cut a third piece of colored cardstock to 3-3/8" x 4-7/8" for the inside tag/card, then layer a white panel over top of that. Mine is cut 1/8" smaller all around. The Brown Suede circle tab was made with a 1-1/4" circle punch, then I just punched another hole in it with my Cropodile and ran some more Sheer Rose Ribbon through it.

That's it! All three of my circles are up on dimensionals and I tied knots on the inside of the bag to secure the ribbon handles. Just like Maki mentioned in her post, if you limit the dimensionals or foam tape (I never limit the use of them, LOL!) and fasten the handles somehow that doesn't make the bag too thick, the entire bag and card insert will fit in a regular A2 envelope!

Stamps: JustRite Girl Time Set
Paper: Prism Crabapple Light, Prism Smooth CS-Simply White, Penny Lane Tiny Dancer DP, Prism Suede Brown Medium
Ink: Memento Cocoa
Accessories: 2" JustRite Wooden Stamper, May Arts Sheer Rose 5/8" Ribbon, Spellbinders Paisley Impressabilities, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, Clear Flower Rhinestones, Spellbinders Victorian Border Pierceabilities, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze (to glue down the clear rhinestones), Cropodile

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sandy Sunsets from OCL

I'm back with another sneak peek for Our Craft Lounge. This set is called Sandy Sunsets. If you like silhouette stamps, you're gonna LOVE this set!

The layout is Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch. It's a 5" square card. I sponged the Wisteria DP panels and the main panel with River Rock ink. Michelle sent me these CUTE mini flower rhinestones from Stamper's cute, thanks Michelle!! They're glued down with a small dot of crystal effects. I like how they match up with the black flower brad in the center of the Prima.

Here's a close-up:

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge Sandy Sunsets
Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Prism Smooth White, Wisteria DP
Ink: Black, River Rock
Accessories: Mini Flower Rhinestones, Black Brad, Prima Flower, SU Word Window Punch, Oval Nestabilities, 1/16" Foam Tape, Striped Ribbon
Technique: Sponging

Here are links to more OCL sneak peeks: Cami, Kendra, Joy, Val, Heather, Pam, Lila, HB, Roseanne, Debbie, Cindy, Charmaine

See you on Friday with another OCL card and a giveaway!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Yahoooooooo, Wisteria is now at Stamper's Dream and I'm beyond excited! I've been anxious to get this paper in my hands ever since I saw it on all the blogs during CHA. I needed me some gooooood purple/blue DP (why is purple DP so hard to find??), and I think this stuff is gorgeous. Thank you, Basic Grey!

The layout is today's Timeless Tuesday Challenge #13...a sketch challenge from Cindy Haffner. The adhesive pearls on the sentiment were plain white, I colored them with a V15 Copic marker. The matted squares and the main matted circle are up on 1/16" foam tape.

Here's a close-up:

Stamps: Flourishes Thank You Tulip
Paper: PTI Plum Pudding, Wisteria DP, Watercolor Paper, Neenah Natural White (inside of card)
Ink: PTI Plum Pudding, Craft Black, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Bordering Blue , V15 Copic
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Circle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Double-Ended Tag, Kaiser Craft White Pearls, PTI Plum Pudding Ribbon, 1/16" Foam Tape
Technique: Watercoloring, Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Stuff from Our Craft Lounge

Hey gang! Our Craft Lounge is releasing a bunch of new stamp sets this Friday and Cami invited me to play along in the sneak peeks this week. Whoo-hoo, thank you, Cami!! I was excited just to get the email from her but then when I saw this Coastal Wishes set...OMG!...I was practically jumping out of my seat. I love beach stamps!...I have a small obsession with them actually....and I absolutely LOVE this set.

Here's a close-up so you can see what's up on dimensionals:

Stamps: Coastal Wishes (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Pacific Point, PTI White, Far & Away 3382 Tropical Waterfall DP
Copics: B21, B24, E42, E43, E35, G24
Accessories: May Arts Satin Ribbon (thanks to the lovely Jodi Collins for sending it to me!), Brown Burlap String, Dimensionals, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects, Rectangle and Square Nestabilities
Card Size: 5" Square

I'll be back later this week with another sneak peek or two....and on release day (Friday) I'll have a giveaway, compliments of Cami, Joy and Kimberly. Whoo-hoo!! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

JustRite & Sparkly Fluff

Hi everyone! I have two cards to show you today.

For this one I used my JustRite Celebrations Demi Phrases and 2-3/8" Wood Stampers with Cupcake Center. The cupcake was paper pieced and popped up on dimensionals. The largest Suede Brown circle is also up on dimensionals. The layout is Mojo Sketch #77 from March 9th.

See the fluffy, sparkly icing? That's a new product from Our Craft Lounge called Sparkly Fluff and it's also available at Stamper's Dream. I tried using crystal effects and flower soft glue, but I wasn't getting the right effect with wasn't coming out all smooth and pretty like I saw on Cambria's blog so I PM'd her. She told me the best adhesive to use with this stuff is a Quickie Glue Pen or the SU 2-way Glue pen. Worked like a charm, thanks Cami!

Here's the inside of the card:

Stamps: JustRite Demi Phrases, 2-3/8" Wood Stamper with Cupcake Center
Paper: Prism Crabapple Light, Prism Suede Brown Medium, Neenah White, Penny Lane Tiny Dancer DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Our Craft Lounge Cotton Candy Sparkly Fluff, Hero Arts Adhesive Pearls, Circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, White Ribbon, SU 2-Way Glue Pen

The next card is for Lauren Meader's NEW Color Challenge and Sharon Harnist's Weekend Sketch.

I used more of the OCL sparkly fluff ("sugar") on the daisy petals and yellow Stickles on the flower centers. All three of the deckled rectangles are up on dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card:

Here's a closeup:

JustRite 2" Wood Stamper with Bonus Flower Center
Paper: Prism Smooth White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Bella Rose DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (W1, W3, 0, YR21, B93, B95, B97)
Our Craft Lounge Sugar Sparkly Fluff, Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities, Yellow Stickles, Circle Nestabilities, SU 2-Way Glue Pen, Yellow Brads, PTI Lemon Tart Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy what's left of the weekend!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Caribbean Butterflies

Here's a card for Taylor's TECC65 sketch.

The clear flower in the center of the vellum butterfly and the Prism Frosted Teal CS were from my April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit. The Celebrate sentiment, clear tiny twinkles, caribbean satin ribbon (love love LOVE Taylor's Satin ribbon!), and Spellbinders butterfly Impressabilities are all available at Taylored Expressions.

All of the white panels and the vellum panel were dry embossed with the butterfly Impressabilities. The white panels were then sponged with Cool Caribbean ink.

*Edited Pic*...Here's the new picture of the inside of the card. When I originally posted this a.m., I didn't include the plain white/kraft panel....the textured panel wouldn't have been easy to write on, would it? Hehe! Anyway, now there's a smooth panel to write on when it comes time to mail out the card.

Here's a close-up showing what's up on Taylor's 1/16" foam tape (same height as SU Dimensionals...but it comes in a gigantic roll!):

I used my Spellbinders Impressabilities in my Cuttlebug with the following "sandwich" (from bottom to top): A Plate, B Plate, Tan Pad, Paper, Impressabilities Template, B Plate, Chipboard (one or two sheets of chipboard depending on the thickness)

It's going to be a GORGEOUS day today...going up in the 80's believe it or not...WOW! We're headed to our 4-year-old's t-ball practice this morning so I'd better get a move on. Enjoy your day!!

Stamps: SASI Year of Sweet Sentiments
Paper: Prism Frosted Teal, Kraft, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Butterfly Impressabilities, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Clear Flower from April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit, Caribbean Satin Ribbon, 1/16" Foam Tape, Martha Stewart Doily Punch, Sponge
Technique: Sponging, Dry Embossing

Friday, April 24, 2009

Notecards for Mom-Mom

My Mom-Mom (grandmom) asked me to make her some notecards so I decided to use the sweet papers and ribbon in the April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit and my Fresh Flowers set from Taylored Expressions.

I took it a step further and decorated one of these PTI clear boxes with the same papers and image so she'd have a nice little box to keep them in. There are a total of six A2-sized cards (three blush red light and three blush red medium) and six envelopes that fit inside the box.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Fresh Flowers
Paper: TE Choice Buttercream, Prism Blush Red Light, Prism Blush Red Medium, Prism Dessert Coral Dark, and Designer Papers...all from the April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (BG10, BG15, G24), Really Rust, Ruby Red
Accessories: Ribbon from April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit, Oval Nestabilities, Dimensionals
Technique: Sponging

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Critter Party

I keep seeing all kinds of awesome cards with this Bloom & Grow DP, so I just had to pull mine out today. I also wanted to play with my new Critter Party clear set and this SUPER cool Butterfly Impressabilities template. I'm still figuring out all that can be done with it, but here I used it as a stencil and sponged around it.

The papers, stamps, and Impressabilities template can all be found at Stamper's Dream. All the product links are in the supply list below.

The cool layout is today's Twisted Thursday Challenge. I just recently found these challenges and I love them. It's a sketch challenge with a "twist" thrown in. Today's "twist" is to pair the sketch with ribbon. Well, heck, how easy is that!!

I colored my plain white pearls with a BG15 Copic marker.

Here's the inside of the card:

Here's a close-up of what's up on foam tape:

Penny Black Critter Party Clear Set
Paper: Prism Vibrant Teal,
Bloom & Grow "Bloom" DP, PTI White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Brilliance Pearlescent Orange
Copics: YR00, YR21, YR24, G40, BG10, BG15, 0, E33, E42, E43, E93, E95
Spellbinders Butterfly Impressabilities, "Pearl" White Kaiser Craft Pearls, Circle Nestabilities, Rectangle Nestabilities, SU Word Window Punch, Light Orange Grosgrain Ribbon, Foam Tape, Sponge
Technique: Sponging
Card Size: 4.25" Square

Hope you're enjoying your day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2 Red Bananas

Hi everyone! Hmmmm...why would I be posting a blinkie?....

Yep, you guessed it, I'm going to be guest designing for 2 Red Bananas in May and June! Guess who else is joining me in the guest spot for those two months?? girl, Silke!! Whoo-hoooo! HUGE thank you to Jami Bova and Jeanette Fincher-Lagniappe for inviting me to play along with the DT. I can't wait!

Jeanette has lots of announcements today on the 2 Red Bananas Blog. Stop by and check it out.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Acetate card...Cammie style

Today's Timeless Tuesday challenge is to make a card/project using acetate. Well, there was one card that's been in the back of my mind for weeks now....Cammie's Floating Kitty card. I LOVE how she made the circle "float" with acetate and I've wanted to try it ever since I saw her card. Thanks for the inspiration, Cammie!

I used my new Flourishes Sweet Violets set from Stamper's Dream.

Stamps: Flourishes Sweet Violets
Paper: PTI Plum Pudding, Prism Smooth White, Acetate, Cosmo Cricket Storytime Jumping Joan DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (G21, G24, G28, V15, V17, V91, V95)
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Ornare Piercing Template, Olive Satin String from StarLit Studio
Card Size: 5" Square

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

April KI Subscribers Challenge

Hi everyone! Have you joined in on Taylor's Key Ingredients Subscription Program? Check out THIS POST of Taylor's for all the details.

My cards today feature papers and embellishments from the April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit. I decided to make a 5" square card and a circle card using my scallop circle nestie. On the square card, I added two strips of sticky tape to the buttercream CS and then sprinkled on some of the blue glitter...SUCH an easy way to add glitter to a card. On the circle card I cut out a vellum butterfly, embossed it with my swiss dots embossing folder, added crystal effects to the dots on the outer edge of the butterfly, and then sprinkled on the glitter. Crystal Effects is another great way to add glitter to a card.

If you're already a subscriber and you've received this subscription kit, YOU can join in on our challenge by making a card or project using the kit and then upload to SCS with keyword TEKISApril. Feel free to use the papers and embellishments any way you like. Taylor also has a Mr. Linky box on her blog post today that you can link to.

Here's a picture of the dimension:

Here's a picture of the inside of the square card:

Stop by the following blogs to see more awesome samples with the April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit: Taylor, Sankari, Dawn, Laurie, Jen, and Karen!

Stamps: SASI Year of Sweet Sentiments
Paper: April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit (DP, Buttercream CS, Prism CS), Vellum
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: April Key Ingredients Subscription Kit (Blue Glitter and Ribbon), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Square Nestabilities, SU Word Window Punch, SU Corner Rounder Punch, SU Beautiful Butterflies Die, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Closed Wing Swallowtail

Hi everyone! I have a Northwoods card to show you today.

This stamp is called Closed Wing Swallowtail and it's available at Stamper's Dream along with the MME Maggie May DP and Neenah Natural White CS. The black mat panel behind the main image is up on Dimensionals. A second butterfly was colored, cut out, and popped up on Dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card with more of the DP and another butterfly that's up on Dimensionals:

Stamps: Northwoods Closed Wing Swallowtail
Paper: Neenah Natural White, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, My Mind's Eye Maggie May DP
Ink: Black, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Lavender Lace, Marigold Morning
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, PTI Plum Pudding Satin Ribbon, Pearl Stick Pin
Technique: Watercoloring
Card Size: 5" Square

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Coffee Creams

Here's a new stamp I just got from Stamper's Dream...isn't it cool?! It's called Candy Time. I love it!! You can also find the Madeline DP and Suede Brown Prism papers in the store as well.

The other day I briefly explained how I made the mat behind the curved mega rectangle panel but a couple people had questions about it, so I thought I'd just take some pictures of how I did it. Scroll down below for the quick tutorial.

Here's a picture of the inside of the card:

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension:

Matting Tutorial

1. Cut two curved mega rectangle panels the same size, one with your main image and one in the color CS you want as your mat:

2. Cut the mat panel corner to corner:

3. Glue the two pieces to the back of your main image, separated a little. This is the back view of the main panel:

That's it! Like I said, two of the corners aren't covered by doing it this way. If you want ALL your corners covered, check out Michelle's awesome tutorial that she posted HERE. You rock, Michelle!

Stamps: Penny Black Candy Time
Paper: Suede Brown Dark, Suede Brown Medium, K&Company Madeline DP, PTI White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (0, E00, E02, E04, E08, E33, E35, E37, E42, E43, E95, V91, V95)
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals, Curved Mega Rectangle Nestabilities, Ribbon (thanks to the lovely Jami Bova!)
Technique: Paper Tole

After TOOO many days of rain, the sun is FINALLY shining again here in PA so I think we're going out to get some fresh air! Have a great day!