Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Special Announcement!

Upon returning from my two week vacation, I will be joining
the terrific Design Team at
Stampin' for the Weekend!
(Thanks, Rebekah, for this great opportunity!)

They feature some amazing sponsors, only one of which is
Saturated Canary!
 I love their images and can't wait to work with these and many other sponsors!

Here are a few of my past projects using Saturated Canary!
Aren't they adorable?

If you aren't already familiar with this blog,
go check them out!
Great challenges, wonderful prizes,
and a terrific team! 
See you October 2nd!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dear friend...

I made this card for a good friend who recently took a nasty spill off her bike.
She is recovered now, but spent a long while in the hospital.
Being a retired "cowgirl" myself, I knew she would appreciate the ol',
 "Get back in the saddle" attitude!
The layout I copied from Jennifer Dove's amazing card that's very similar, except that I added the charms and crackle painted my fence.
My friend received her card the other day and couldn't stop gushing over it!
Now that's why I, as a card maker, do what I do!
Bringing a little happiness into someone's life!
 Entered in challenge at
Stampin' for the Weekend (Summertime colors)
and they're having a DT call!  Fun blog!  Check them out!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Catch me if I fall...

This little guy appears to have a nice, soft place to land!
The leaves were colored with Copics and fussy-cut so they could pop up off the card.  Not an easy task. 
I am now appreciating the girls efforts who have been
cutting out these little leaves for their projects!
I actually stamped one of the House Mouse images (Fall Float) twice in order to have the extra leaves for the "landing pad".
With some curled edges, they really appear to be FLOATING on the page!
This is definitely one of my fall favorites!
I will be entering this card at

Simple SPOOKY Easy Easel Card!

As long as I had my
Stampendous, "Pumpkin Gate" stamp
all inky,
I decided to make a second card for the
I love the Halloween paint chips from Stampendous.
Makes for a GREAT place for these guys to rest.
A simple sentiment was all that was needed.
I also decided to punch holes on each side of the gate post so I could slip a small ribbon through and tie a tiny bow.
Enjoy your week!
Thanks for looking and please leave a comment!
I love knowing you were here!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Craft's Meow September Challenge!

Sending Butterfly Kisses!
What a terrific way to celebrate saying goodbye to summer!
Cooler weather is on its' way!
Techniques abound over at Craft's Meow this week!
Check out all of the DT's great tips on how to ink up your projects!
I used the blending ink colors to mimic water colors and also used the metallic look for my background.
Using my favorite little stamp,
"Butterfly Kisses"
I heat embossed her over a misted green/blue background, and then highlighted her delightful little wings with some vibrant color!
The background is embossed with
M-Bossabilities, "Flora".
I inked it in Momento, Gold and Copper, and then rubbed on some
Copper metal Rub-n-Buff.
It really shines!
My little butterflies were stamped and fussy cut to pop off the card!
This card says so long Summer and welcome Fall !

Entered into the challenge at Craft's Meow (techniques)
Moxie Fab World, (All that Glitters)
Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog (Embossing)
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog (Embossing)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stampendous Faux Watercolor

I was thumbing through my copy of Paper CRafts magazine and I was so impressed by Stampendous' DT Tenia Nelson's inked "watercolor" project, that I had to see if inks could really look like true watercolors!
I combined the two stamps, "Castle Gate", and "Pumpkin Gate" by
blending my background "watercolors" with regular ink pads and blotters, and then stamping and heat embossing the Castle Gate on top.
I think it worked very well! 
Tenia used much brighter colors on her card, so the variations really popped. Mine is a more subtle, blended style.
I also took a tip from another blog site, and added the small swirl at the bottom using the lower portion of the "Thinking of You" sentiment stamp from Stampendous, turned upside down!
You simply wet your stamp with water, stamp your image over the dry ink, and allow it to pull up some of the color!   I love the effect!
The little pumpkins were inked and fussy cut, then popped up over the gate image.
I am entering this in the Stampendous September Challenge, "Fall Fun"!
And throwing out a big thanks to Tenia at the DT for the terrific idea!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Doodle Dragon Christmas in July

Here's yet another of the adorable images available right now at Dustin Pike's store!
blog has so many cute samples for you to enjoy.
Check out this terrific collection where you buy 50 images
and get 50 more free!
There are also monthly challenges where you can win some images!
Just use a Doodle Dragon image on your card, and your illegible!
And we have freebies on the website!