Circle Card

I have a tutorial up on the Just Imagine blog today on how to create this lovely circle card.

It really is quite easy with the right tools and the Kreaxions Circle Cutter is a must have in my opinion.


Put Your Best Foot Forward

Show off those shoes for Mother's Day. Using a pattern I found on the internet years ago, I created these shoes. Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I filled them with candy.

Using Scor Tape, I adhered the lace to the inside edges of the shoes.

Flowers adorn the front of each shoe, held together with a large American Crafts brad.

I colored a white Prima flower with a mist of Smooch ink so it would match my green shoe.

Cardstock: DCWV
Pattern paper: Chatterbox, K&Co.
Ink: Memento, Colorbox
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Flowers: Prima, Bazzill
Brads: American Crafts
Lace: Hobby Lobby
Adhesive: Scor Tape

Entered in the following challenges:

Craft Us Crazy
My Mum's Craft Shop


Blog candy

Check out these blog candies I found:

Cabios Craft Corner
ends: May 14, 2011

Tracy's Stamping Corner
ends: April 30

Make It Crafty
ends: May 22


I was having a fun day creating so I pulled out my GinaK and Technique Tuesday stamps. Since we are hopefully getting some spring weather soon, I thought this image would be a great way to celebrate. I first die cut my card with Spellbinders Nestabilities, laying part of the folded paper away from the cutting edge. This allowed me to create a card. To regain the full die as the card front, I cut it again from a single piece of paper and mounted it on top.

After stamping the image on Papertemptress cardstock, I colored it with Copic markers. The image was die cut and embossed with Spellbinders Nestabilities and then inked with Colorbox Ice Blue ink. I then added this to some Blue Ruche cardstock (Papertemptress) that was also die cut and embossed. Once the card was assembled, I stamped the sentiment, allowing it to run off the card.

Clearsnap Smooch was added to the grass patches and the darker patches of blue water for a glistening effect (love this stuff).

Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Cardstock: Papertemptress
Ink: Memento, Colorbok, Smooch
Stamps: GinaK, Technique Tuesday
Markers: Copic


You're Purrfect

I have had this Flowersoft stamp for awhile and finally decided to work with it. I honestly didn't realize how pretty she would be.

I used Core=dinations cardstock and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I sanded it so the other side would show through. The image was stamped on Papertemptress' white irridiscent paper (gorgeous!!) and colored with Copics. I then die cut it with 2 layers from the Nestabilties set. I inked the edges with Ranger Walnut Ink, then added Flowersoft for a little color in the grass.

Cardstock: Core-dinations
Dies: Spellbinders, Nestabilities
Stamps: Flowersoft
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Markers: Copic
Other: Flowersoft


You know.....

Rain, rain go away. It's been raining non stop for 24 hours and I am tired of the rain. But it does give me an excuse to create. So I pulled out my stamps and my copics and created this little beauty today. Since ICOP is having a monochromatic challenge, I think it fits the bill.

I love this set by GinaK . It has tons of fun images and phrases and I know I'll get a lot of uses out of it.

Cardstock: Papertemptress White Irrediscent
Pattern paper: MyMindsEye
Stamps: GinaK
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copic, Spica

Thank you flower basket

It's a flower challenge this week at Justrite Stampers,
so I picked up some white tissue paper and began to play.

I cut tissue paper in assorted sizes and layered them. Then I accordian pleated the paper. I taped together the center then cut it into 2 sections. Then I began seperating the tissue layers, fluffing them up.

Once I had the layers seperated and fluffed up, I sprayed assorted Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on each one.

Using my Scor Pal, I created a basket to hold my flowers. I die cut the leaves with my Cricut, sprayed them with Glimmer Mist also then spread them amongst the flowers.

I used Justrite's Friendship stamp set to create the sentiment, cutting each layer with a Spellbinders Nestability circle and/or scalloped circle die. These were then assembled together on the basket with pop dots for dimension.

Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Colorbox
Dies: Spellbinders, Nestabilities Circle, Scalloped Circle
Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Other: Tissue paper


Friendship Goodie Purse

I finally got the chance to purchase a Grand Calibur Nestability set today. Use my Michael's coupon at ACMoore and got it for 50% off! That's my kind of shopping and I've been waiting for a 50% coupon to be able to purchase a set. I bought the Scalloped circle as I thought that would be very versatile for my creations.

So of course, I just had to create with it. This little basket was quick and easy to make and it came together as I was playing around with the dies. The basket itself was cut with the largest die. I had to cut off some of bottom piece to create a straight edge, but then I used my Scor Pal to help create the bottom and the side pieces.

Several layers later, I also used the regular Scalloped circle and circle dies for the front of the basket. A number of rhinestones just added some much needed bling. The handle was cut from white cardstock and positioned just behind the top edges.

Now I'm thinking this would be fun for a girl's night out goodie bag or even something for Mother's Day. Will let you know what I come up with shortly with a tutorial to follow.

Cardstock: Recollections
Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Dies: Spellbinders
Stamp: Art Impressions
Ink: Memento
Rhinestones: Mark Richards


Stitched with Love

The newest challenge at Justrite is to create dimentional flowers on a project.

I chose to use the Stitched with Love set to create my card. Using the patchwork flower stamp, I stamped it 3 times and then cut apart the petals. This allowed me to remove several petals to create a more rounded flower.

I then rolled the edges of each petal and sprayed them with glimmer mist. I used a border from the same set and mounted the flower on the border and then on a heart doily which I also misted. A ribbon tied to the right side kept my card in balance.

Cardstock: Worldwin Double Mates
Pattern paper: Scrappin Stuff
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Colorbox
Mist: Tattered Angels Copper
Ribbon: Offray
Brad: SEI


Quick Quotes DT Call

I recently disovered that Quick Quotes is having a Design Team call. This is truly exciting as I have always loved QQ papers and vellum quotes since finding them several years ago at a CK convention. Pulling out my papers, I knew I just had to apply.

So I've created the following projects:

Happy Mother's Day Card:

I used a pre made card and cut brown cardstock to fit the card base. Strips of assorted QQ pattern papers were matted on brown cardstock and added to the card. I added a heart doily on top, then stamped the sentiment on cream cardstock which was die cut into a circle. A pink scalloped circle was then added as a mat. This was added to the card with pop dots. After assembling the card, pearls and rhinestones were added for some bling.

Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations
Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Rhinestones: Mark Richards, Want 2 Scrap
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Die cuts: Spellbinders, Nestabilities

Friendship Card:

QQ paper collage was perfect for this stamped image. Brown cardstock was cut to fit the card base. The pattern paper was cut slightly smaller and the edges were rounded. After stamping and coloring in the image, I die cut it with a Nestabilies shaped die. A friendship sticker was lightly inked and then matted on cardstock and added to the card with pop dots.

Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations
Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Stamp: Stampavie
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Markers: Copic, Spica
Sentiment: Making Memories
Die cuts: Spellbinders, Nestabilities

Fairy Dust Card:

I created a 5 1/2" square card from cardstock and then added QQ pattern paper which I first embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The felt border was matted on matching cardstock to help it stand out. The fairy image was stamped and then colored with Copic markers before die cutting and adhering to a scalloped circle. The image was added with pop dots to the card.

Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations
Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Stamp: Justrite
Ink: Memento, Ranger
MarkersL Copic, Spica
Felt: Prima
Embossing: ProvoCraft, Cuttlebug
Die cuts: Spellbinders, Nestabilities

Altered tin box (holds candy for mother):

I have had this tin box forever!!!! It was about time I altered it. Since the tin was blue and cream, the QQ paper worked well with it. I first fit QQ pattern paper around the tin, then cut additional strips to mat on top. I die cut the doll with my Cricut and dressed her in coordinating papers. Pearls were added as earrings and a rhinestone was added to the purse.

Flowers were added to the top of the lid with a stamped sentiment and a brad.

Assorted candies were placed inside.

Doll: Cricut Expression
Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations
Pattern paper: Quick Quotes
Stamp: Stampabilities
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Tin: Michaels
Rhinestones: Mark Richards
Brad: Basic Grey
Flowers: Bazzill, Prima


Fiskars - Part 1

Fiskars is having and Open Design Team Call so I am submitting an application. Based on their requirements, this project provides step outs and directions for creating this Congratulations Card.

Congratulations Card

I love to create cards and after finding this lovely flocked and embossed paper, I knew it would be a perfect Congratulations card.

I gathered all my supplies as follows:

I cut the green cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11" and folded it in half to create a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square card. I then added a square of pattern paper which was cut 5" x 5". Using the border punch, I punched a strip of green and a strip of pink cardstock. Although the pink border was not long enough, I knew I would be covering it, so I wasn't concerned.

Cut ribbon approximately 12" long, wrap it around the card and tie it on the right side.

Cut the bird paper 3" x 3", mat with green and pink cardstock, then adhere to card front, covering the border "issue".

Stamp sentiment on pink cardstock with black ink and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Lightly ink edges and then mat with green cardstock.

Add pop dots to the sentiment to add dimension and place it centered as shown. Cut a strip of the pattern paper for the bottom edge of the card's interior. Lightly ink edges and adhere.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Heidi Grace
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Tools: Fiskars Oval Punch, Paper Trimmer, Threading Water Punch
Stamps: Fiskars Clear Sentiments
Embossing Powder: Stampendous
Ribbon: Offray

Fiskars - Part 2

Fiskars is having and Open Design Team Call so I am submitting an application. Based on their requirements, this project is the article requirement based upon a Thank You card I created.

My mother has been hospitalized for most of this year and the rehab facility is doing an awesome job caring for her and working to get her back home. I wanted to show my appreciation for all they've been doing for her. So, in addition to providing some yummy boxes of chocolate, I wanted to send a special card.

Thank You Card

Using a standard card base (5" x 6 1/2"), I cut brown cardstock to fit the base. Then I trimmed the pattern paper slightly smaller. Flipping the pattern paper over (I love double sided papers!), I cut the floral side 3 1/2" x 6" and matted it with brown cardstock. I layered all these pieces together and machine stitched them together.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink on a small piece of cream cardstock, then inked the edges. I then matted the sentiment with brown cardstock and adhered it to the card. I cut out 3 flowers from excess floral paper, inked the edges and added them with brads for a nice 3 dimensional look.

I love to finish the inside of cards, so I added a small floral strip along the bottom edge. I stamped another small saying on cardstock and punched it out with the oval punch. After inking the edges, I added it to the bottom strip, along with another flower that was cut out, inked and added with a pop dot for dimension.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Heidi Grace
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Brads: Making Memories
Tools: Fiskars Oval Punch, Paper Trimmer
Stamps: Fiskars Clear Thanks
Other: Machine stitching

Fiskars - Part 3

Fiskars is having and Open Design Team Call so I am submitting an application. Based on their requirements, this project shows a unique tool use. I chose to create my own background paper with clear stamps and create my own flower with the oval punch.

It's a Bridal Shower Card

To create this bridal shower invitation, I used a word stamp from the clear Romance stamp set and stamped it 12 times on white cardstock. This created a nice background for my card. After tearing all the edges, I lightly inked the edges and mounted this piece on brown cardstock which was slightly smaller than my card (5" x 6 1/2").

Using an oval punch, I created the "petals" that surround my focal image. I punched 8 white petals which I lightly inked and 8 brown petals. Once I positioned them around the card, I machine stitched them in place. Using the Clear Wedding stamp set, I stamped "love" on each white petal. "It's a bridal shower" was stamped and matted with brown cardstock. This was also added to the card front with pop dots for dimension. Rhinestones were added.

After stamping the wedding clothes, I cut the image with a circle punch and lightly inked the edges. I added this image to the card with pop dots for dimension. Rhinestones were added along the right edge.

Inside the card, I stamped a border and champagne glasses in pink from the Clear Wedding stamp set. I added rhinestones around the glasses, following the bubbles and then added rhinestones inside the border stamp. The wedding details were then stamped in black.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Heidi Grace
Ink: Memento, Ranger, Colorbox
Rhinestones: Michaels
Tools: Fiskars Oval Punch, Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Stamps: Fiskars Clear Wedding stamp set, Fiskars Clear Romance stamp set
Other: Machine stitching


Assorted cards

Have you ever tried to see what exactly you can create with the 4-in-1 punches? Well, for my post on the Just Imagine blog today shows how I created 4 different cards created 4 ways.

Here's a look at Kreaxions Punch #906 ........

This Mother's Day card uses the "C" insert. It's a wider insert and cuts off the tip, providing a really nice looking scalloped edge.

This Hello card uses the "B" insert. I first cut the mat to fit my card front then used the punch on the edges. I then cut my yellow paper and slipped it under the punched edges. I can also see using this punch on a photo mat and just slipping the photo underneath.

This Thanks Card uses the "A" insert. This allowed me to create a really fun triangular punched border which I punched from 2 different papers.

My Thank you card uses punch 906 as a border (no inserts). In punching the border, I was able to easily seperate the 2 pieces and use both on my card. To make each border stand out, I lightly inked the edges. I love this effect.

Hop on over the to the blog and see all the wonderful creations we've been making with our punches.


You Add Sparkle

This week's challenge at Justrite Stampers is to create a project based on this inspirational photo.

I just love the soft color pallette and created the following card.

The stamp is from the Garden Fairy Seeds set created by Elizabeth Dulemba - I just love it. I colored her with Copics to match the photo and added some stickles for added bling.

Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copic
Pattern papers: Fancy Pants


Spring Time

I have a set of spring cards on the Scrappin Sports blog today.

Remember, the store has awesome non-sports related products. So don't forget to check it out.


My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

I am so excited because Core'dinations is having a design team call. I love Core'dinations cardstock and just had to submit my work. Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I've been busy creating new project for this call, so here they are:

In my garden layout - this is my friend's granddaughter and she is just so much fun to scrap - so totally different than scrapping my 16 year old son!!!!!

Using my Cricut, I cut the gardening tools from Walk in My Garden. I used a punch to punch a border for the top of my layout and then machine stitched it in place.

Using my Cricut, I cut the flower from the Easter 2010 cartridge. I cut an additional layer which I embossed and sanded, then placed on top with pop dots.

The date was cut with my Cricut using the Plantin cartridge. Thickers were used for the title in assorted fonts.

Cardstock: Core'dinations Super Assortment, American Crafts (silver paper), Bazzill
Tools: Cricut Expression, Cuttlebug
Die cuts: Cricut Walk in My Carden, Easter 2010
Letters: American Crafts Thickers
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug
Ink: Ranger Distress ink
Punch: Kreaxions
Other: Machine stitching

4 Seasons Cards:
I love to create cards and love challenging myself to create a set of cards along a theme. These cards were created based upon Hero Arts Stamps for all Seasons.

Using my Cricut Expression, I cut the images from Nate's ABCs several times. The boots and umbrella were embossed and lightly sanded. I then pieced everything together. I lightly sanded the water, giving it a "moving" effect.

I cut a green circle and stamped the Spring sentiment several times. Since I wanted Spring to stand out, I used a brown Tombow marker on the stamp. Once finished, I sewed this to the background sheet on which I used a Tim Holtz distresser along the edges. I then added the rest of the elements to complete the card.

Using my Cricut Expression, I cut the scalloped circle card from the Wild Card Cartridge in yellow. I then cut the layers twice in black and purple. I then embossed the purple, but first I put a layer of white ink on the embossing folder. This allowed the white to be impressed into the purple circle. Love it!

I tied a ribbon around the purple circle, then mounted this to the black circle, then added pop dots for a 3 dimensional effect. Hat pins were added to the ribbon. Summer was colored with a Tombow marker and stamped on yellow cardstock, then punched out. It was attached to the ribbon with a paper tagger.

Using my Cricut Expression, I cut the pumpkin card from the Wild Card Cartridge in brown and orange and the layers in green. I embossed the orange pumpkin with a Sizzix embossing folder and lightly inked the edges. The grass was added with pop dots. The Fall sentiment was stamped on the card very lightly to provide a little bit of dimension (I didn't want anything to overpower the card).

I stamped the sentiment on the same papers and layered it along the bottom of the card so it would not peak out onto the card.

I embossed the blue cardstock with a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder. I tore the edges of the embossed piece and placed it on top of a darker blue. I ran a Ranger ink pad across the snowflakes. The snowman was cut with a Sizzix die and several colors were pieced together. Using white Ink, I stamped Winter on black cardstock and then embossed it till it appeared shiny. I cut this out with a Spellbinders Fancy Label die. I stamped snowflakes (MyStampBOX) to the centers of some of the embossed snowflakes. Silver Stickles were added after the card was completed.

Cardstock: Core'dinations, Black Magic, Super Assortment
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Ribbon: Offray
Hat pins: Close2 My Heart
Tools: Cricut Expression, Cuttlebug
Die cuts: Cricut Expression, Wild Card Cartridge and Nate's ABCs cartridge
Spellbinders, Nestabilities (Fancy Lables), Sizzix (snowman)
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug, Sizzix
Stamps: Hero Arts, MyStampBOX, Stampendous
Brads: Making Memories
Flowers: Prima, Bazzill
Paper Tagger: Around the Block
Other: Machine stitching

Mother's Day basket

My next project uses pattern paper in conjunction with Core'dinations cardstock. I just wanted to showcase how strong this cardstock is and how pretty it makes pattern paper appear when used together. I decided to make this for Mother's Day and added some favorite little candies.

I started with an 8" square and scored it at 2 1/2" around the paper. I cut down 4 edges and applied pattern paper. By folding in two edges you create the box. The handled was cut at 1 1/2" x 12" and pattern paper was added on top. The handle was stapled to the box and I added a Nestabilities scalloped circle on top to cover the staples. The stamp was then colored with Copic markers and added to the scalloped circle. The sentiment was stamped on white and matted with the raspberry then applied on top of the rose.

Cardstock: Core'dinations
Pattern paper: Wild Asparagus
Stamps: Gina K
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copics
Punch: EKSuccess

As you can see from my projects, Core'dinations cardstock can be used in so many different ways. I've cut it with my Cricut. I've inked it. I've stamped it. I've torn it. I've distressed it. I've sanded it. I've sewed it. I've punched it. I've die cut it. I've dry embossed it. I've heat embossed it. There is nothing you can't do with this cardstock.

I am excited to be submitting this application for the Core'dinations DT call. I would be thrilled to work with the team. Good luck to all who apply.