Monday, October 19, 2009

Clean and Simple....

Sometimes you just gotta go simple...either you want to reproduce several of one card, you have limited supplies, or like me, you juts get lazy and need some quick gratification! Actually, I pulled my back out this morning (blow drying my hair, uh nice) so I just knew I wouldn't be able to spend much time on anything today.

This card I made last week using the thumping technique. Super easy and looks like watercoloring.
recipe: stamps- Unity KOTM
paper- confetti white, bermuda bay, watercolor paper
ink- chocolate chip, bermuda bay, apricot appeal
accessories- ribbon, stapler, paper piercer, marker

This one is for the Clean and Simple challenge on SCS today...make a sympathy card. This is useful because it's not really fun to make sympathy cards first of all and second, unfortunately, you always need them when you are not prepared to make one. SO I made a bunch of this simple one to have on hand just in case.

recipe: stamps- SU With Sympathy, Unity KOTM
paper- kraft, night of navy
ink- night of navy, craft white
accessories- ribbon, nestabilities

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Crackle Paint Tutorial

I have been making alot of frames lately and thought
I would give you the how-to on crackle paint!

I made this Spooky Halloween Frame (that I found in the Clearance section at Michael's for $2!) using acrylic Paint and Crackle Paint.
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. 2 different colors of Acrylic Paint (one light and one dark)
2. Crackle Paint (I used Plaid Brand)
3. Foam brushes
4. Wood Frame
5. Assorted stamps (I used Boo To You and Spooky Sweets II from PaperTrey ink)
6. Assorted Embellishments
1. Paint your frame with the color you want to see through the crackle (I used bright Yellow to show through black). Usually this is your darker color
2. Let it dry (or if you are impatient like me use your hairdrier!)
3. Paint over with an even coat of the crackle paint. This will be clear but will leave a shine on top of the color. Make sure you evenly cover it and try not to reapply or paint back and forth.
* see the shine? 4. Let it dry...try to let this coat dry a little longer....In the meantime, stamp out some embellishments to add on your frame. I stamped and cut out a bunch of things not knowing what I may want. 5. Be brave! Paint right over your nice shiny color with your top coat. Again, go for even strokes in one direction. DO NOT keep painting back and forth, you will lose the crackle effect. You will start to see crackles as it dries.
** after 5 minutes of drying.... ***see the crackles! :) 6. Embellish your frame as you like!
The felt leaves were self adhesive... I cut a circle for the moon and stamped the witch on it. Then, I cut a circle the same size out of clear acetate and inked the edges with white craft ink. I attached it behind the frame with a stapler. The other embellishments I added with craft glue dots.
Aren't my little Pirates adorable?? Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Shout Out To SheetLoad!

Wow! If you ever want to make a bunch of cards in one shot.....this is the way!

This month's sponsor is DRS Designs (ya know how I {heart} them!)...I'll be back with some cards I made for the sheetload later this week!
Check it out!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


I have been making a lot of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 cards....maybe I should get some envelopes for them? LOL If anyone knows a cheap on line place to get them, leave me a comment!

This is a two-fer challenge...Firstly, it is for this week's challenge on Res-Q-Challenge...Jean has set up an awesome mind teaser with our Flight medics....She has some blog candy to give away with it for someone who answers it correctly! Just guess where the medics are headed to ( I happen to think they are headed towards Bar Harbour, MI but don't quote me on that! ) and she will chose a name randomly to win! (PSSST...She has cool stuff...) The cute little owl on my card is from jean herself, she cut it out and pieced it all together for me!
For this challenge we were to use Fall colors and something from nature plus and uplifting sentiment!
Secondly the technique lovers challenge this week on SCS was to make Faux's really easy and looks so cool! Just run a piece of cardstock through a crimper a few times in different directions then peel the layers apart and viola!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink First Fruits
paper- Basic Grey, Dark Chocolate, vintage cream, really rust
ink- dark chocolate
accessories- tree branch, Die cut Owl, sheer gold ribbon

This card is for the color challenge today...mellow moss, white and kraft...I just can't resist anything with kraft in it! This was an easy card but I like how it came out!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Boards and Beams
paper- mellow loss, kraft, vintage cream
ink- fresh snow
accessories- ribbon, nestabilities, white EP, paper piercer

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the challenge and blog candy on Res-Q-Challenge!

Sunday, October 04, 2009


In addition to the things I made for SCS and Res-Q-Challenge for World Card Making Day, I also did all 4 challenges over at Papertrey ink! I told you it was raining yesterday!

For the first challenge, Nichole took us away to Japan! I was inspired by the Japanese flag which is all white with a red circle in the center. Along with that, the flowers from the Floral Fusion set gave a really nice Asian flair to this simple card.

recipe: stamps Papertrey ink Floral Fusion, TAC crackle BG
paper- PTI White, pure poppy
ink- pure poppy, berry sorbet, black, chai

accessories- paper piercer

The next challenge took us to Mexico! Nichole hinted about Mexican tiles and I just couldn't get it out of my head! After I showed this card to my hubby he said it made him think of our local Mexican Restaurant, Pancho's Border Cafe...I guess I got it right!
recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Guide Lines II, Star Prints, Background Basics Text (yellow panel), Friends till the End (blue panel), Little Lady (small orange flower)
paper- crushed curry, dusty durango, white, ballet blue
ink- ballet blue, dusty durango, crushed curry, black
accessories- edge distresser

Next we were off to India and were challenged to use rhinestones on our card. I was going for a Sari kinda thing, but in the end I disliked the card so much I kept adding stuff. I hate when that happens!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Guide Lines, Fancy Flourishes, Cupcake Collection
paper- only orange, melon mambo, white, gold
ink- only orange, melon mambo, black
accessories- rhinestones (alot!), sheer ribbon, gold cording

And our last stop on this World Card Making Day was Australia! We were challenged to use a white gel pen to make a dotted outline and/or use masking. I kinda did both...I made a dotted outline around the frame of the cupcakes and yes, the cupcakes are all masked! Took a while but I got what I wanted! There are also stickles on the sprinkles but the picture is not showing it clearly....

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Cupcake Collection
paper- melon mambo, dark chocolate, white
ink- close to cocoa, pretty in pink, melon mambo, black
accessories- stickles, white gel pen

SO that is FINALLY it for what I did on World Card Making Day!
Hope you all had a great day too!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Immunzation Time!

Well, I guess I am ready for my immunizations now....LOL I GAVE people needles for years but I am always a big baby when the needles are in ME! At least this was virtually painless....
Michelle challenged us to use piercing on our card...It took me a while to go all the way around but I like the look! I also combined this challenge with 2 others (yea me!) on SCS...
The Saturday Inspiration challenge and the World Card making Day color challenge. For the inspiration I chose this cute tote and the colors were exactly the same as the Flag of Yemen.

recipe: stamps- Rubbernecker BG, Papertrey ink Garden of Life
ink- black
paper- real red, white
accessories- black embossing powder, tag punch, ribbon, gold cording

Thanks so much for playing along at Res-Q-Challenge ...hope you had an inspirational World Card Making Day!

What chart?

Hi again! I just went for my Vision Test over at the Health Fair on Res-Q-Challenge! Pat has challenged us to make a card with a Large Letter as dominant...just like on the eye charts! Did you know that the chart is called a Snellen Chart? Me either! Tuck that little gem away for the next episode of Jeopardy!

recipe: stamps- CK Foam Stamps, Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
paper- Ocean Tides, Black
ink- White acrylic paint, black
accessories- grungeboard letter, acrylic paint, ribbon

See you back in a few hours!

World card Making Day Challenge #1

This is for the first WCMD challenge over on Res-Q Blog from my good friend Jean.
We are having a health fair and first up is a vision check! She has challenged us to
make a really LOUD card that screams "LOOK AT
I used a new technique I saw on SCS called Acrylic Smash...
you can see the instructions HERE.

recipe: stamps- Hero Arts Italian Script, Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
paper- new leaf, night of navy, white, acetate
ink- stazon black, acrylic paints
accessories- cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, pearls, ribbon

Thanks for looking see you back here in a few hours for the next challenge!

Happy WCMD!


It's a grey, rainy day here in New York....what a perfect day to stay in my PJ's and stamp all day! My DD is more than willing to join me as the boys go out to play football later (ugh)...

Go check out RES-Q-Challenge and Splitcoaststampers today for some exciting WCMD challenges...that's where I'll be all day! See you there