Monday, June 27, 2011

Mojo 197

It has been many a moon since I last played Mojo Monday.  I am thinking I have a little of my own mojo back.  Here is my submission for this week's Mojo sketch
 Inside of card:
Card Recipe: (all items SU except where noted)
Stamps:  Fabulous Florets (SU), Psalm 51:10 (Verve)
Paper:    Beyond the Garden DSP, Pacific Point
Ink:         Pacific  Point, Black
Other:     White Ribbon, Little Leaves embosslit,
               Labels 15 (Spellbinders), Pearls,
Technique Tips:
     -  I cut out the flowers and used my blender pen to "smudge" the center of the flower to give it a little more color.
     -  My bow is a double loop bow.  I didn't know that one of the loops was messed up until I was posting the pic (grrrr).  I purchased a great bowmaker from Lee Conrey you can find HERE  And while you are there check out her blog.  She is an awesome card artist.
     -  On the inside of the card, I sponged the bottom layer.  I have been studying Teneale Williams' cards a lot and I noticed she does a lot of sponging and I really like the way it looks.  I thought I would try it on some of my cards.  What do you think?  You'll have to leave me a comment and let me know!
      -  I placed a medium sized pearl in the middle of the flower to give it a little bling.  It looks so much better in person.  It made a world of difference in the look just by adding that one little pearl.
That's it for me today.  I hope everyone has a great week.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

PPA99 and SC338

Two for Thursday!  I can't believe it.  I knew I liked this week's SC layout.  And now I am using it to play along with the Pals Paper Arts 
Which I haven't done in a while!  Here is my card:
Card Recipe: (all items used are SU unless noted)
Paper:      Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, white
Stamps:   Scripture Collection I ODBD
Other:      Star punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
              yellow ribbbon 
Technique tips:

     -  I used the embossed bedding technique.  I cut the strips, circle and stars, glued everything down and then ran the front of the card through the square lattice embossing folder.  I have loved  this look since I first saw it and I am finally utilizing it!
     -  The scripture used on the inside is by Our Daily Bread Designs.
     -  Yes, I did use white strips along with the red strips. 
I'm going to send this card to a dear friend who lost her Grandson Sep 21, 2010, in Afghanistan.  He was hit by an EOD.  It has really been hard on her and I thought for July 4, this would be a great card for her.  I am calling it "In Remembrance".
Blessings to you all,


I can hardly believe my brain was actually giving me ideas for a card.  I saw the Splitcoast card sketch challenge for this week last night and thought it looked simple enough, but that doesn't always mean anything. However, when I started looking at it today, it just seemed liked ideas popped in my head.  I'm very grateful and I really liked the way this turned out.  Here is my card:
 Here is the inside:
 Some close ups:

Card Recipe:
Stamps:   Happiness Shared
Paper:     Springtime Vintage DSP, Baha Breeze, Vanilla
Other:      SU markers:  Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz,
                Always Artichoke; chantilly crochet trim   
                vintage flower adornment; pearls
I hope you like it! 



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Flowers Abound

I cased another Teneale Williams card today.  You can find her card HERE  However, I must ask her forgiveness, because other than the layout, it looks nothing like hers.  I didn't have the stamps she used and had to come up with something that was comparable.  I don't think I hit the mark.  Oh well. Here is my card.  The first image is the outside of the card; the second image is the inside of  the card.

Card recipe: (this card is 5x7)
Stamps:  Style Beautiful
Paper:     Springtime Vintage DSP, Pear Pizzaz, Rose Red,
                Pink Piroutte, very vanilla
Ink:          Rose Red
Other:     Dimensionals, Pearls

I almost think I like the inside of the card better than the outside.
Technique Tips:
     -  There are many layers to the outside:
            - there are two layers of the pear pizzaz
            - there are two layers of the very vanilla
    -  There are dimensionals under the pear pizzaz layer and under the flowers.
     - the flowers both inside and out were cut from the Springtime Vintage DSP.  Now if I had been as detailed as Teneale, I would have been cutting out more flowers and layering them.  I was already so tired when I got through making this card, I couldn't even think straight to consider adding more flower layers.  Maybe later on another card, lol!
On the Outside:
     -  The top Pear Pizzaz layer is sponged in pear pizzaz
     -  The top Pink Piroutte layer is sponged in Rose Red
     -  The Rose Red strip at the bottom is sponged in Rose Red
     - The Pink Piroutte layer has been background stamped with one of the stamps in the Style Beautiful set.
     - Pearls were added.

On the Inside:
     - The Rose Red bottom layer is sponged in Rose Red
     - The Pink Piroutte layer on the bottom is sponged in Rose Red
     - The Flowers are popped up with dimensionals.
     - Vanilla layer and the pink layer was stamped with one of the stamps in the Style Beautiful set.
   - If I had thought about it before taking the pictures, I think I would have added pearls to the inside on the strip of Rose Red that is showing. I may even do that!
 Whew!  The End!  I did enjoy making it.  My only wish is that it could have been more like Teneale's. Sigh....


Friday, June 17, 2011

Casing Teneale

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a great card I want to share with you.  I have found two of the most wonderful card makers I have seen since I have been making cards.  I am going to be casing a lot of their work.  The first artist I'd like to introduce you to is Teneale Williams, from Australia.  You are going to love her work.  Teneale's card I cased can be found HERE
And here is my version:
I have to say, my card is not as good as hers.  I made a few mistakes.  Hopefully, as I continue to try to make cards like this, I will get better.  I forgot to put the pearls on until after I had already taken my pictures, but I did add those.  The only things I changed were the green DSP and the ribbon.  I didn't have either of the ones Teneale used.  I attempted to sew on the green sections, but my sewing machine wasn't working right. So, I had to take out the thread and it just left the holes.  That's not too bad.  I didn't want to change a thing.  As you can see, the card is so beautiful it didn't deserve to be changed.  Here is the recipe:
   Stamps:  Inspired by Nature
    Ink:         Old Olive, Ballet Blue (retired)
    Paper     Concord Crush, Old Olive, 
                  Old Olive DSP
                  Ballet Blue (retired)
    Other:    Old Olive satin ribbon, dimensionals
Of course, I am guessing at the colors she used since I didn't find any specifics on her website.  But, I think they turned out very similar.  
That's it for me.  I hope you have a great weekend and I can't wait to introduce you to my next card making inspiration!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Open Seas

I got four more cards made today.... sort of.  Since I was running out of time, I ended up using two cards I had made from a previous stamp club meeting. I actually forgot I had them.  That is so sad.   This is the card I made today.  Actually I made two of the same card.  That made things go much faster.  Here is my card:
 I actually cased this card from Connie Babbert.  You can find her card HERE  I changed the large stamp image, the sentiment and the ribbon.  The paper stayed the same as well as the sketch which is Stamping 411's sketch #204.  I like this sketch!
Card Recipe:
Stamps:   Sail Away, The Open Seas
Ink:          Early Espresso
Paper:      Nautial Expedition DSP, Sahara Sand
Other:      Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon
                Early Expresso taffeta ribbon
I only have one more card to make.  Hopefully, I'll get that done tomorrow.
Have a great day.

Friday, June 10, 2011

McKenna's Birthday

Things have been hairy around here this week, literally.  My dog Max, got sick and has been in and out of the vet for three days.  On Monday, I had to transfer him from our regular vet to an emergency vet so he could be monitored all night.  Tuesday morning I got up, picked him up and took him back to his regular vet.  He was on IV fluids for three days.  I brought him home on Tuesday night.  He and I slept in the recliner all night;  I was trying to keep him warm.  Their normal  body temperature is 101 and his was 97.  Finally, on Wednesday, he started feeling better.  Today, he is at home and playing.  At one time, we thought we were going to lose him. Thank the Lord we didn't.  So, that makes me a little behind in getting cards made.  Especially, since I need all but one of them made by Tuesday, at the latest.  I hope I make it.  And, since I last blogged, I found out I needed one more birthday card.  My Great Niece Mckenna will be celebrating her second birthday this month.  Her card design came to me while I was sleeping last night.  I was inspired by this week's Splitcoast Sketch No. 336.  You can find the sketch HERE.  Here is my card:

This was a simple sketch, but I thought it would work wonderfully with this gorgeous new paper I got.  The paper is by The girls' paperie.  I saw it first on Becca Feekan's blog (Amazing Paper Grace).  I only found one website that carried it.  It is called Blue Moon Scrapbooking  From this link you should be at page 2. Page 3 also has more paper.  So, here is my Card recipe:
Stamps:  Bundle of Joy (borrowed)
Paper:     English Garden by Girls' Paperie
                white and Prettin in Pink (SU)
Other:    Scalloped edge punch, Polka Dot EF,
That's it for me right now.  Hopefully, I will get at least one more card made today!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Birthday

For the month of June, I have five cards I have to make.  I have two female birthdays, one male birthday, one christening, and of course, one father's day.  This is the first one.  I hope I get everything done.  I have to apologize, between working in my yard and just not having any real mojo lately, I have not been in the card making business.  Hopefully, these "have" to makes will spur me on.  Here is my first female birthday card.
I cased this card from Jenna Barber.  You can find her card HERE.
Her card is so much better.  When I CASE someone, I feel like I have to change something so that it is not identical and most of the time, it is just not as good as the original.  I think for my second female birthday card, I will make it identical and just change the sentiment.  I'm not sure what size Jenna's card is.  This one is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Oh well.... it is  what it is :)
Card Recipe:
Paper:    Bashful Blue (retired), Basic Grey
              Bella Bleu DSP (retired)
Stamps: Four frames, Sweet Summer
              Watercolor Trio (Sentiment)
Ink:        Black Stazon, Black, Bashful Blue,
              Not Quite Navy
Other:    White Gel Pen, Dazzling Diamonds
               glitter, dimensionals,
               Designer Label Punch, white ribbon,
             Scallop trim border punch
That's it for me today.