About Me

Using bits and pieces of paper I have created many cards and scrapbook pages to share with my family and friends. Occasionally, I have taught classes in scrapbooking and was a Design Team Leader at a local store. Lately, I have been focusing on creating cards for various challenges.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thoughts Are With You

Color Throwdown #298
A mix of pinks and purples for this card. The script background piece was achieved by first layering Tim Holtz Distress inks in dusty concord and spun sugar then stamping a script background stamp in vintage sepia ink. 

Stamps-Hero Arts, Stampabilities (Thoughts are with you, Faded Text Background)
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress (Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar), VersaMagic (wheat, sahara sand), VersaFine (Onyx Black,  Vintage Sepia)
Patterned Paper-MME (29th St. Market/Graceful)

For All You Do

Deconstructing Jen #157
Colour Q #247
Deconstructed Sketch No. 157     
The flowers in the dress and the color combination from the Colour Q challenge inspired this card. I used the sketch from DS to highlight the patterned flowers that I made for the corner.

Stamps-MFT (Grand Greetings), Hero Arts (Envelope Pattern), Stampendous (Pattern Trio), Autumn Leaves
Inks-VersaFine (Satin Red), ColorBox (Harbor, Sweet Melon, Cyan)
Punch- EK (Rock Fern, 1/2"Circle)
Marker-AC (Rouge)

Monday, June 23, 2014


Freshly Made Sketches 141 challenge was the inspiration behind this card. I had paper from Kaisercraft that I wanted to use so that's where I started. Instead of cutting small pieces and placing them on the card, I cut one large background piece and layered black strips for the cross-sections.

Stamps-Inkadinkado, Hero Arts (Everyday Sayings)
Inks-Tim Holtz Distress (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather), Versafine (Onyx Black)
Patterned Paper-Kaisercraft (Afresh)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thoughts Are With You

Began this card with the Retro Sketch and added a script sentiment for this simple Thinking of You. I used the papers from the Carta Bella Traditions 6x6 paper pad. Somewhat reminiscent of one of Gramma's patchwork quilts which reminds me of comfort.

Stamps-Stampabilities (Thoughts Are With You), Technique Tuesday (Little Sentiments)
Ink-VersaFine (Onyx Black), VersaMagic (Wheat)
Die-MFT (Framed Greetings)
Patterned Paper-Carta Bella (Traditions 6x6 pad)

Sailboat Birthday

June's Diva Dare at Verve Stamps was to create a masculine card. I started with this week's Mojo Monday sketch, added the sailboat image which I had colored with the watercoloring technique. I decided on vibrant colors of red, white and blue to add to the celebration feeling.

Stamps-Verve (Small Celebrations), Inkadinkado
Ink-Staz-On (black), ColorBox (Harbor)
Patterned Paper-Bazzill Basics (Ticking)

Sweet Pea Inspiration

Using the photo as inspiration, I started by using Tim Holtz Distress inks in 3 colors on white cardstock (spun sugar, worn lipstick, dusty concord) and then stamped the image in black. I used a pink floral patterned paper for the background and added a lavender trim.

Ink-Tim Holtz Distress (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Patterned Paper-Embellish by Dena (Little Azalea)
Stamps-Vere (Treasured Words), Hampton Art (On Butterfly Wings)

Distressed Gardener

Saturday's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge #234 was to use distressing. I began with the sketch from Tuesday Morning, added papers from Carta Bella Traditions 6x6  paper pad, and an adorable gardener from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. The edge was punched with an EK border punch.

Stamps-Kraftin' Kimmie (Springtime Lulu)
Ink-VersaFine (onyx Black), Tim Holtz Distress (Tea Dye), VersaMagic (Sahara Sand)
Patterned Paper-Carta Bella (Traditions 6x6 pad)
Border Punch-EK (Fancy Flight)
Punches-EK, Marvy, Punch Bunch
Dies-Spellbinders (Oval), MFT (Sentiment Strips)
Colored Pencils

Swinging Lulu

Couldn't resist using this adorable image of Lulu swinging. I used this bright and cheery paper for the background. Added a simple flag and flowers for dimension.

Stamps-Kraftin'Kimmie (Springtime Lulu)
Ink-VersaFine (Onyx Black), VersaMagic (Persimmon)
Patterned Paper-Doodlebug (Citrus Squeeze Dotted Line)
Die-Spellbinders (rose creations)
Colored Pencils, Brads

Floral Wishes

I'm not quite sure what happened to the background color but in person it's much closer to the bermuda bay in the challenge. I was inspired by the swirl of floral up the side of the cake so that's the focus of my card. I layered several paper flowers on top of a white embossed stamped image.

Stamps-Hero Arts (Flower Swirl Vine), Verve (Small Celebrations)
Ink-VersaMark (watermark)
Embossing Powder-Stam 'n Stuff (Opaque Detail White)
Flowers-Bazzill, Kaizer, Prima
Brads-Doodlebug, Making Memories
Patterned Paper-Echo Park (Summer Bliss 6x6 pad)

Golden Birthday Wishes

I used both the photo and the sketch to design this card. Gold is the obvious theme for this card. I layered the stamps across the bottom added butterflies, ribbon, and a decorative tag.

Stamps-Hero Arts (Earth Flowers), SU (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Ribbon-Anna Griffin
Die-Whimsy Stamps (Notables 3)
Punch-SU (Lg Word Window)

To the Bride and Groom

Used the inspiration photo from CAS(E) this sketch #81 to create a wedding card for a family member. Used white and gold for the color scheme and added a butterfly to the upper corner.

Stamps-My Sentiments Exactly (bride & groom), Cloud 9 Design (4x8 Butterfly)
Ink-ColorBox (gold)
Embossing Folder-Sizzix (starry night)
Ribbon-May Arts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Best Wishes

Best Wishes was created for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #233 which was to create a birthday card. I've chosen a cute stamp from Rainy Day Fun for the image. It's new and I couldn't wait to make a card with it. I also used Birthday Trinkets for the sentiment on the card. This card will be perfect for a little boy's birthday!

Supplies: Stamps-Kraftin'Kimmie (Rainy Day Fun & Birthday Trinkets), Ink-VersaFine (onyx black), Memento (tangelo), Patterned Paper-Chatterbox (olive poolhouse paisley, poolhouse stripe), buttons, colored pencils

Enjoy the Season

It's been a while since I've posted any of the cards I've made. Today I'm adding a card for the Merry Monday #112 challenge which need to include a santa hat. This cute bunny dressed in his santa hat seemed to fit the bill.

Supplies: Digi Image-Wee Stamps (christmas bunny), Inks-Tim Holtz Distress (frayed burlap), Patterned Paper-MAMBI (kraft with white christmas words), Dimensional Tag-Making Memories (St. Nick collection), Die-Spellbinders, Liquid Pearls (white opal), Ribbon, Colored Pencils

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Birdbrain Birthday

I adapted this sketch to fit an A2 card, chose the birdbrain image, and some bright colorful papers from Scenic Route. I colored the bird as if he were a parrot. I can think of a couple of people that would love to get this birthday card! Thanks for looking.
Stamps: FTHS (birdbrain balloon), Hero Arts (petite messages)
Ink: Versafine(onyx black)
Paper: Scenic Route (Providence, Franklin Street, Ashville)

Rain or Shine

This card began with the challenge from Sassy Cheryl to use flowers or showers. I picked Lulu and her little froggie friend as the subject since they are so cute with their umbrella and raingear. Then I worked with the sketch at Unscripted Sketches. Chose papers from MME Happy Day paper pack. I added diamond glaze to the raindrops to give them dimension and a few raindots from Cloud 9 in the upper corner.
Stamp: Kraftin'Kimmie (lulu and friends)
Digi: By Lori Designs (umbrella sentiments)
Ink: Versafine (onyx black)
Paper: MME (happy day paper pack)
Cdstk: Bazzill
Raindots: Cloud 9
Other: Diamond Glaze, Colored Pencils

Monday, April 21, 2014

Graphic Grad Card

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 172
Chevron Chic Verve Challenge

Tried to work with a bright cheerful color (yellow) and some bold graphic prints to create a graduation card using the MFT challenge 172. The sentiment is small celebrations stamp from Verve and the banner is MFT bitty banner stamps. 
Stamps: Verve (small celebrations), MFT (bitty banners)
Ink: Versafine (onyx black)
Paper: Pebbles (black chevron, black dot), Doodlebug
Cdstk: AC (sunflower-weave)
Dies: Spellbinders (circles, inverted scalloped circles)
Brads, Flower punches, Prima flowers

Purr-fect Friend

Using the colorful paper from My Mind's Eye Happy Day paper pad, I combined the colors with the sketch from Seize the Sketch. I followed the sketch pretty closely adding layers to incorporate all of the colors from the challenge.
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie (Best Fur-iends)
Ink: Versafine (onyx black)
Flowers: Prima
Brad: Oriental Trading
Ribbon: Offray
Colored Pencils

What's Cooking

I started this card by finding paper's that worked with the color challenge which was from Little Yellow Bicycle. The stamp I decided to use was the cute little cook from Kraftin'Kimmie. Putting everything together using the Sweet Sunday Sketch. 
Stamps: Kraftin'Kimmie (Lulu and Friends), Our Daily Bread (Baking Tag Sentiments)
Ink: Versafine (black onyx)
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Savor-kitchen medley)
Buttons, Colored Pencils

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Start with Whee!

Colour Me 16
Deconstructed Sketch 147

This sketch looked like a challenge to me. First, I made a template from cardstock to make sure I had a match for the sketch. I traced each piece on the patterned paper and cut them out. The center image is a Pure Innocence stamp from My Favorite Things called Start Each Day with Whee!. Her dress was paper pieced with matching paper from part of the background. A prima flower with a button center and faux stitching finished the card.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just for You

MOJO Monday 341
Thought I'd give this week's sketch a try today. I'm not so sure I like the finished card but I decided to post it anyways. I think I might try this one again with a mix of patterned papers. Since one of the challenge on the Verve blog this month was to use chevrons, I embossed the green cardstock with a herringbone pattern which looks similar to chevrons.
Stamp: Verve (purely sentimental)
Ink: ColorBox (cranberry)
Dies: MFT (LJD Bitty Banners), Spellbinders (circles)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (herringbone)
Paper: Frances Meyer (passionnant), Pink Paislee (365 degrees paper pad)

Thanks in Bloom

Deconstructing Jen 146
Thought I'd try another card using this week's sketch. I replaced the circle elements with layered flowers and button centers. Added a sentiment from Verve. Thank you cards are always in season, especially bright and beautiful ones like this one.
Stamps:  Verve (treasured words)
Paper: Frances Meyer (passionnant)
Flowers: Prima (daisy doodles-cherry, lemon)
Other: Buttons, Embroidery Floss

Thankful Friend

Deconstructed Sketch 146
Kraftin'Kimmie 225
Today I chose to work with this adorable little boy and his dog from Kraftin'Kimmie Stamps and a sketch from Deconstructing Jen. I turned the sketch on the side and added the picture as the center element. Black, white, and red were the colors I chose for this friend card.
Stamps: Kraftin'Kimmie (best fur-iends, down on the farm 2)
Ink: Versafine (onyx black)
Paper: Queen & Co (pet bones), Reminisce (stripestock-ryan)
Die: MFT (LJD bitty banners), Spellbinders (circles)
Buttons: Simplicity
Other: DMC embroidery floss, colored pencils

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baby Girl Card for Grandparents

April 2014 Chevron Chic Challenge
Viva La Verve Week 1 Sketch
April Diva Dare -  a baby or kid themed card

I tried to incorporate all three of these challenges in this baby card. I really liked this sentiment from Verve called Promoted. I threaded pink baker's twine through the dots around the oval open scallop doily die from My Favorite Things. 

Stamp: Verve (Promoted)
Paper: Pebbles (peony dot, peony chevron)
Border Punch: EK (open scallop)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (spun sugar), Versafine (onyx black)
Die: MFT (oval open scallop doily)
Ribbon: Michaels
Punches: Fiskars (that's amore med & lg)
Baker's Twine

So Happy

Mojo Monday Sketch 340
A friend is graduating from college in the next few weeks so I wanted to create a fun card for her. The papers from Pebbles were the starting point with a mix of pink and tangerine. The Treasured Words stamps from Verve provided a unique sentiment for the card. Inside it reads: Congrats You Deserve It. The flowers were made using Doodlebug papers and punches. 

Stamp: Verve - Treasured Words
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
Paper: Pebbles - Party Time Girl (pink, surprise, orange)
Doodlebug - Petitie Prints (tangerine daisy, tangerine dot, cupcake dot, cupcake grid)
Flowers - Prima
Flower Punches - Marvy Uchida & EK

Ella's Umbrella Just for You

Tuesday Morning Sketches 244
I started with the original sketch and moved things around a little to work with the digi image Ella's Umbrella from By Lori Designs. The twist was "rainy days" so I immediately thought of this adorable image. I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug and some handmade flowers along the side. Thanks for visiting.

Digital Image- By Lori Designs (Ella's Umbrella)
Stamp- Verve (purely sentimental)
Papers- Doodlebug (fruitstand paper pad & petite prints)
Ink- Versafine (onyx black)
Flowers- Prima
Brads- Doodlebug
Colored Pencils
Punches- EK (1"square, 1 1/4"square)