Friday, September 30, 2011

World Animal Day

Do you love critters? We do! Join us on Monday & Tuesday October 3-4 to celebrate World Animal Day as we honor those beloved creatures who share this earth with us. As always, there are fantastic cards and prizes! See you then!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's Halloween Time .... almost.

Are you sending out Halloween cards?? No???

Instead of a card you could also attach the design to the front of a trick or treat bag or a gift bag. So think outside he box and have fun with this.

This image is one stamp and isn't it cute!!!! I colored it with Copics and cut out the blank area in the center and mounted a grey brown colored CS to that area. I added a little PearlEx to give it some pizzazz . I have a fence border punch from Martha Stewart and used that to frame the card on 3 sides. Added a little ribbon and this card is finished.

Supplies used:
Stamps - Art Impressions U1546
Punch - Martha Stewart fence
Black Detail EP - EP171 Sparkle N Sprinkle
Copic Markers - C-1,E43, E57, YR09, YR68, YR69,YG03
Spica Pen - clear (Made by Copic)

Make sure to stop over at the Art Impressions blog and check out the challenge this week. It's all about Halloween. So get out your stamps and enter, you could be the winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to use in their store. Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Snowman's coming

Well we have just reached the fall season and where I live they are calling for some pretty cold temps at
night within the next few days. You know what that means, ole man winter is coming quicker that we want him to. So here is a card that will remind you of the upcoming winter weather.

Even though winter brings snow, you have to admit, snowmen are so adorable.
Check out this guy. He is one of the sets in the Mouthful collection.
Click here to see the complete snowman set.
Supplies used:
Gray/Blue speckled CS
Holographic Paper
Silver CS
White CS
Designer Paper (Scarf and Hatband)
Ink - India Dye ink, Fresco Chalk Ink - Indigo Velvet
Copic Markers: C1, R29, E33, E43, B24

Thanks for stopping in,


Saturday, September 24, 2011

And the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop winners are.......

Hi everyone
Announcing the winners are from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop:
Grand Prize – Stamp Set of her Choice – Karen Ladd
Prize One from Barbara Bruder – 2 tinsel glitter colors of her choice! - Margaret Tower (flamingo girl)
Prize Two from  Marie Berquist – 3 embossing powders of her choice – Shartl (apedoaak)
Prize Three from Julie Zippel – 3 glitters of your choice – Aileen Freeman
Sparkle N Sprinkle decided to add a SURPRISE PRIZE! 
One new Stampette Set of her choice awarded to Carrie (cardmakingqueen). 

Congratulations to all winners.Visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog for instructions on how to receive your prizes. 

Sparkle N Sprinkle has a new Blog Hop coming up Mon. Oct 3-4 in celebration of World Animal Day.I am really anxious to see all the creations that the rest of the designers have come up with. I hope I see you at the hop and there will be more prizes that will be up for grabs. See you then.

For the Girls

Hi everyone

First I would like to thank all of you who stopped by and left a comment on my blog during the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop. I received so many comments about the holographic snowflakes. That card stock is available at Sparkle N Sprinkle here at their online store. My sincere apologies for not adding that link for you in my blog hop post. Speaking of blog hops, there is another Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop scheduled Mon. Oct.3 and Oct.4. Oct 4 is World Animal Day so stay tuned for additional information the hop, you know we will be celebrating our love of critters.

OK let me share with you a card that I created for Art Impressions. They have their weekly challenge going on right now and this weeks theme is "For the Girls".

I used a few of the stamps that I feel represent "girls". Lace and hats and shoes and female faces are the stamps that made me think of girls. Actually they made me think of my mom. She is gone now but I still feel her every day. She would have liked this card.

Supplies used:
Shoe - H1969
Hat - L2268
Joy - D2554
Helene Profile - E2518
Nora Profile E2517
Silver CS
Card Stock - Lilac and purple
Copic Markers
Distress Inks

Please stop over at the Art Impressions blog and check out the entries for this weeks challenge. Design a card and enter it in the challenge, you might be the next winner of $10.00 gift certificate to spend at the Art Impressions store.

Thanks for stopping in, stop back tomorrow for a card using one of my new punches.

See you then.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop

Hi Everyone, 
Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September blog hop. This month we are showcasing cards for the upcoming  joyous and holiday season. A reminder that through the end of the month, Sparkle N Sprinkle is offering all the Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter, Christian, Jewish, Sympathy and Lisa Hillaker artist stamps on special - 15% off! To view all our specials, including stamps, glitters, EPs, and other fine SNS products, just click here.

Important things first: The Grand Prize is a stamp set of the winner’s choice.  As you visit each artist’s blog, there is the possibility of winning one of THREE more prizes! No one knows who “Those Three” are, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog. 

Winners will be announced Saturday, September 24 between 11AM-3PM on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.

If you arrived here from the blog of Shona Erlenborn then you are at the right spot. To see the complete hop list click here.

I have three projects for you to check out today. The first is a card that celebrates the Hanukkah season.

The Menorah is here and the verse is in set 388 

Everyone likes penguins so here are two cards from the new Pengie sets.

Here he is, Sir Pengie now appearing in set 438. This guy just stole my heart. 

That big snowflake is covered with Sparkling Snow glitter G1003

And next on my agenda is a card using Noelle's Pengie and she can be found in set 439.

Those snowflakes were made using holographic paper I have in my stash and it really makes those snowflakes stand out.

Now, before you move to the next blog, please leave a comment to be eligible for a chance to win a great prize. The next designer you will be visiting is Julie Zippel. Julie has a really great creation for you to check out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog , have a great day and I will see you soon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,
When it comes to card making, birthdays are not like all the different seasons/holidays of the year.If you are like me, I  kind of wait to see what the new stamps that are coming out on the market are going to look like before  I make my Christmas cards or a fall/Halloween or an Easter card. I might want to get that newest stamp or maybe I just use a stamp from my stash. When it comes to birthdays it seems that there is always a birthday coming up for someone in the family or a friend.And I usually just go to my stash and decide who the card is for, what they like and go from there.

This is a card I designed for a friend who's birthday is coming up soon. I used my newest Martha Stewart Punch around the Page set. I must say, this is my favorite so far. Even though we are going into a season of browns and oranges and reds I decided to use a shimmery yellow cs and that is how this card started. I selected a pretty stamp from Art Impressions, mini sunflower F2692. And as I looked for a Happy Birthday sentiment, E597, I found that I had one that was written all the way across, however I needed one where the word "happy" was above the word "birthday". I didn't have one so I decided to take the stamp I have and make it look the way I needed it to.
Here is a trick to change the look of the sentiment:
I just stamped the sentiment, and I then stamped it again underneath the first stamping, lining up the word Birthday underneath the word Happy. Wella, I now have the sentiment in more of a square shape instead of a rectangle and it looks better on this card.

Supplies I used:
Art Impressions Stamps - Mini Sunflower F2692, Sentiment E597
Inks - Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Fresco Chalk Ink Cortez Sun
Copic Markers - Y11, Y17, YG45
Paper/Card stock - Shimmer Yellow, Shimmer White, Yellow CS

Tomorrow and Friday will be the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop stop back for that and Saturday I will have with another card design using Art Impressions stamps. See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's the Fall Season

Hi Stampers,
I want to share a card that I think shows the colors of fall. I used one of the Flower Fairies Friends sets from Crafters' Companion. I used Lavender. She is beautiful however I wanted to use the beautiful fall colors, so I cut off the sprig of lavender that she usually holds in her hands and replaced it with a beautiful leaf. I used a combination of Copic Markers and Fresco Inks to color the fairy.

This card will be entered in the following:
Crafters' Companion September Challenge
Crazy4Challenges C4C104

Cardstock Used: Rich Brown CS, Orange CS, Sage Green and Sherbert Orange Coordinations CS
Inks used: Distress ink, Fresco Inks India Ink
Spellbinders Die: Assorted Leaves  S4-076, Labels Twenty Two S4-346
Sizzix Tim Holtx Alterations Bigz Die -Elegant Flourishes - 656639
Punch - Martha Stewart -Branch

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Favorite Art Impressions stamp

Hi Stampers,
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite stamps from Art Impressions.Of course it's really hard to pick just one stamp from Art Impressions and call it your favorite, cause if you are like me, you like them all.  But I do really like this one.

Supplies used: 
Copic Markers 
Fresco Inks: Giovanni's Garden, Venetian Sunrise, Sistine Sky
India Ink Black
Spellbinder Dies: Labels One  S4-161
Cardstock: Blue Shimmer CS 2 shades blue, Coordinations, Cream CS

Make sure to stop over at the Art Impressions blog to check out their new weekly challenge. They are always a lot of fun and you might win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Art Impressions store.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Foggy Nite

Hi Everyone
I just love trees and since fall is on its way in, I thought I'd use this tree that I just received. And I tried to make it really eerie looking.

I added 2 corners using holographic paper and I toned them down using a Copic Marker and the bottom one looks a little scribbly, sorry for that. Sometimes lighting or lack there of, just works against me.

To achieve this look, stamp black CS with VersaMark, cover with clear EP and heat. Next using chalks or Perfect Pearls sponge on the gold color around the moon and purple thru the mid section and a green gold at the bottom.Next ink up the stamp again and then stamp trees again to make the scene appear to have more trees in a foggy area. When you stamp the VersaMark onto the chalked CS make sure you clean the stamp, as it will be removing the chalk for the CS. I also extended the trees to the purple panel just to add more interest.

Supplies used:
Art Impressions Stamps - Lg. Birch P1398, Bats w/ Moon F1108
Perfect Pearls - Gold, Green, Purple
Ink - VersaMark
Paper - Purple CS, Black CS, Holographic CS

This is a  great technique so give it a try.

Thanks for stopping in 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Holiday Cheer

Hi Everyone,
I've been working on holiday projects lately and I thought you might like to see the tag I just finished. I know, you are thinking.... Christmas??? Now??? Halloween isn't even here yet. Christmas will be here sooner than you think. It always sneaks on me.  And, if you are like me, I usually wait to the last minute to get my Christmas packages wrapped and ready to give.So here is a great idea for a tag to use on one of your gifts and I am making mine early this year and placing them with my Christmas wrapping so at least the tags will be waiting for me. I used the Just Imagine /Kreations holly punch 914, which is the perfect punch to go with the Sizzix leaves I used on this tag. Check out the bottom corners, I used insert C on the punch to get that corner punch look. The penguin and the sentiment are stamps from 2 new sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The Pengie is in set 438 and the sentiment is in set 439.

Products used:
Tag - Accucut die
Holly - Sizzix Die
Glitter - Sparkle N Sprinkle - Parisian Mist G1007, Fire Engine Red G1007
Stamps - Sparkle N Sprinkle: Penguin in the Playful Pengies set 438, Sentiment in Tis the Season set 439
Ribbon - May Arts
Paper- Green CS, Red CS, Designer Paper
Copic Markers- YR65, YR61, R29, C-1, C-5, 100
Punch -Just Imagine/Kreations - Punch 914

Well that is it for today. Stay tuned for more card creations
Have a great week,

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Meet the Teachers

Hi Stampers,
Art Impressions' challenge this week has a theme of "back to school". Well I don't have kids or grand kids so this theme was definitely a challenge for me (no pun intended). I thought stamp U1552 Party Group, was a perfect stamp to use. Now I took some creative license with this stamp, I cut off the dancing lady in the spaghetti strap gown, too risque' for a school function, and Cliff was holding a package and I changed it to a folder. Can't you see these guys as teachers. What a hoot that would be. LOL

We'd like to see your card entered in the challenge at Art Impressions this week, for a chance to win a $10. gift certificate from Art Impressions.

Copics used:YR61, YR65, Y06, Y11, Y21, G21, YG45, R000, R02, R29, E08,E33, E51, E71, B21, B24, BV00, BV08
Spica Pens used: Lilac, Garnet, Lipstick, Black, Clear, Silver, Chocolate
Sizzix Die - paper Clip
Embossing Folder - Pin Stripe Couture Creations
Accu-cut Die - Tab  
Papers used -Designer Paper, Core'dinations, Mirror CS, White CS
Sentiment used - Computer generated
Embellishments - Brads

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hello everyone,
I just received this elephant stamp (U2285) and I wanted to use it right away because this is such a cool stamp. I love elephants and would love to go on a real safari to see these huge animals in their own environment. But in the meantime, I guess I will have to go to the zoo, instead. However since the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best zoo's in the US, that will be a great adventure all by itself.

OK, here is the card that was created with that elephant stamp as the focal point.

Products used:
Art Impressions Stamps - Elephant U2285Adventure F2563
Ink - India Ink Black
Spellbinders Dies - Ironworks Accents S5-058
Card stock/Paper - Background -Designer paper, Cream CS

Well that's it for today. Stop back tomorrow for my design for the Art Impressions Challenge for the week.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Hi Stampers,

Whoa, it's September 1. Where has this year gone?? I know I am a little early, but the stores are getting their Christmas stuff out already.So I think I am getting in the Christmas mood because of that.So with that in mind this cute little stamp was just begging to be used. So, I thought I'd pass on some Christmas inspiration to you today. This stamp would look so cute adorning a gift tag as well.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Art Impressions - G1582 Tiny Carolers, E2760 Noel
Ink:India Ink (Dye ink), Fresco Dye Ink-Da Vinci Violet
Copic Markers: E33, E71, Y11,C-1, R000, RV06, RV14, YG45, BV00, BV08, V04
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug - Dots
Spellbinder Dies used: Oval S4-110, Grand Labels One LF-161, Labels One S4-161
Cardstock: White, Petallics - Juniper, Silver(This really is a white shimmer not a silver color as we are used to)

Thanks for stopping in