Monday, January 31, 2011

An inspired valentine

Today’s card is a Valentine that was inspired by the Tuesday Trigger Challenge

Creamy Fudge Hearts from Martha Stewart

I love the colors and pattern of the paper (lid top?), the sweet little white fudge hearts, and the colors of the ribbon!

I used the scallops from the fluted cups, the pattern and colors of the paper (with the help of a Rubbernecker stamp), the hearts, and the ribbon colors as a jumping off point for my card.Trigger Valentine

The stamped image--under the die cut heart window is from Rubbernecker Stamp Company. I colored it with colored pencils.


  • Stamps: Floral Circle SKU:507-02 by Rubbernecker
  • Paper: various cardstocks and dp from My Mind's Eye (red/pink)
  • Ink: StazOn Jet Black
  • Accessories: heart and corner punches, spellbinders dies, colored pencils, home made glimmer mist (perfect pears + water), foam tape

Thanks Moxie Fab World for the fantastic inspiration!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paper Piecing & Pennants

Has there ever been a technique that you are slow to try out?  For me it is pennants!  I think they are so darn cute on other folk’s creations, but I had never incorporated them into my own…till today!

blessed birthday

Materials and details:

  • Surprise Juniper and sentiment from Starving Artistamps;
  • StazOn Jet black;
  • Designer papers from: Cosmo Cricket, Chatterbox, DCWV, and My Mind’s Eye;
  • Punches from Martha Stewart, EK Success, and $ spot at Michael’s;
  • Foam tape and Liquid Pearls (lemon yellow); and colored pencils;

Juniper’s dress and headband are paper pieced from a yellow patterned paper with white pin dots.  The pennants were cut by hand, inked and sanded from the same paper.

I love her party shoes!  Did you have little mary janes when you were younger??  I only had black ones—but my daughters have have many colors through the years—FUN!

Thanks for stopping by, today!


Jewel Tone Flowers

Moxie Fab World is having a few color challenges…and this one was calling my name!


Though I couldn’t find the specific colors in my local stores, I found very close matches in my stash.



I stamped the boxed flowers on cardstock and hand trimmed them.  I stamped the flower and the sentiment in the center of the main card.  The 3 boxes were attached with foam tape.  The main card was attached to the dark purple card base and stickles were applied to each flower center.

A clean and simple card (CAS) that lets the colors really shine!

Since these stamps are from Rubbernecker Stamp Company…I wanted to take a moment to welcome 3 new design team members to the Rubbernecker Team!

  • Maria Gurnsey
  • Jacquie Peifer
  • Jenny Erickson
  • I hope you can take a moment to visit each of them!  All three of them are so very talented and the Rubbernecker Family is so blessed that they are sharing with us!

    Have a great day!


    Monday, January 10, 2011

    It’s just one of those days…

    Yeah, some days it is.

    one of those days

    Stamps: Drama Queen sentiment; Madge and sofa by DoodleFactory; ALL from Starving Artistamps;

    Paper: Bazzill cardstock and My Minds Eye patterned paper;

    Ink: StazOn Jet Black;

    Accessories: foam tape, colored pencils; corner rounder;

    I am hopin’ that today is not “one of those days” for you today!

    Saturday, January 08, 2011

    Shades of White

    I love color.  I love to color.  Basically, I cannot leave anything white!  When I moved into this house, ALL the walls were white!  Once I got a few painted, I INSTANTLY felt better—and actually more at home. 


    There was THIS challenge on the Moxie Fab World Blog.

    Embroidered Lace and Appliqued Wedding Cake from Martha Stewart Living That is one WHITE cake!  I love how, though there isn’t any color, you don’t miss it because of the texture!

    So I came up with this:

    Forever and Always

    The images are from the Juniper and Jupiter stamps from Starving Artistamps.  The image is colored with colored pencils—using as little color as I dared.  If you look closely one of the layers is stamped with the “ornate tooled leather” background stamp (also from Starving Artistamps).

    Other materials I used to continue the “white on white” theme:

    Martha Stewart Hydrangea punches; Spellbinders die; Liquid Pearls (white opal); Stickles (crystal); clear glitter embossing powder; Adirondack Pigment Ink Pad (snow cap); foam tape; Perfect Pearls (perfect pearl) and water in a misting bottle;

    Aren’t they a sweet couple?

    Thanks Cath for the great inspiration—and the push to get me out of my color dependency!


    Wednesday, January 05, 2011

    Fresh Eggs!

    Well, not really…

    Below is a gift set for my husbands secretary.  She raises chickens so I thought she would appreciate a set of cards using my “Kittie Kit-Cause a Scene-Chicken Coop” set.

    Box of fresh eggsopen boxCard 1 Card 2 Card 3 Card 4 card 6Materials:

    • Kittie Kit-Cause a Scene-Chicken Coop stamp set from;
    • StazOn Jet Black for outlines and Tim Holtz Distress Ink-refills to watercolor
    • Watercolor paper; Cosmo Cricket DP; Not quite navy SU! cardstock; Pre-folded cards from Michaels;
    • Foam tape and Martha Stewart border punch; Spellbinders dies; May Arts Ribbon;

    If you haven’t tried a Kittie Kit—I highly suggest trying one (the Outdoor Master is a good place to start).  They are fun and easy to use.

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Sunday, January 02, 2011


    One of the other churches in our community is celebrating 100 years as a congregation this year.  One of our church leaders commissioned me to make a card “from all of us to all of them”.

    I like the lighthouse theme and how it relates to a church (or what a church is meant to be): a light in the darkness; a guide in a storm.  So, with this theme in mind I set out to create this card:


    The stamp was designed by Donna Duquette, one of my fellow design team members from Starving Artistamps.

    • Stamp: Donna's Lighthouse from Starving Artistamps;
    • Color Medium: Watercolor;
    • Other Materials: watercolor paper, stickles; Judikins’ Diamond Glaze;

    The inside of the card accordion folds out to let MANY people sign and still have room for a greeting.  I will not attach the front till we (our congregation) have all signed it, so fingerprints on the front image won’t be a problem.  Also, the ribbon on the front is left a little long since there will be some handling before the card is sent.  I will re-trim the ribbon before sending.

    I have done a few “from the group” cards before, and this method seems to work best.

    Thanks for stopping by, today, I hope this post was a blessing to you!


    Saturday, January 01, 2011


    Happy New Year!

    Today I am using the layout from Mojo Monday #171;


    This card uses an image from the new "Juniper and Jupiter" stamp set from Starving Artistamps.
    The paper is from Reminisce and the letters are from American Crafts.  I colored the image with colored pencils.

    Isn’t he a cutie!

    I hope your new year starts off warm!!