Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Marvelous Birthday Wish

This is a card I designed for our NEPA Giggler's June birthday party.  Once a month we get together at a local restaurant, The Riverstone Inn (great food) to have dinner, give the birthday girl her card and have a lot of giggles.  In June, we celebrate 4 birthdays - my sister (in-law), Pam, my California sister, Vickie, Shannon, and Elaine) so I made 4 of the same card and 1 candy bar wrapper which I'll tell you about later.  First I decided I should use some of the designer paper I've been collecting.  I started out simple with a strip down the left side and then added Wanda, from the SU 2003 set "Words by Wanda".

In the left pic, I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and then used pop dots so it would stand out.  The inside of the card says "and on my birthday you must say I look marvelous".  What a way to get a compliment!   I decided to paper piece her dress to match the strip on the right.  I haven't done a lot of paper piecing but really like how it came out.  I used my SU markers to color her hat, shoes, etc.  It's hard to see but the flower on the hat has Stickles in the center to add a little bling.   In the pic to the right, I felt it looked plain so  I criss-crossed lavender & white twine and added a clear button to dress it up.

Now for the candy bar wrapper.  At our past birthday parties, we've all been roasted and received gag gifts.  This was Elaine's first time so it was her turn but she's so sweet it was hard to come up with something so we decided to decorate candy bar wrappers.  I had just enough DP so I decorated it to match her card and had just enough twine too.  The sentiment says "Wishing you the sweetest day ever".  She was thrilled with all the fancy candy bars she received.

Supplies:  SU card stock- ;

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Wishes II

This card is a variation of my last post. The white card stock is 1/4" less than an A2 card then its mounted on a single layer of Old Olive cut to the A2 size.  It was my project for my Stampin' Up Party in March.  On this card, the front and inside of the card were the same size so the flower wasn't half punched out of the card front...did you get that??  I stamped the grass all the way across, added a ribbon and moved the punched sentiment to the center.  And no, that isn't designer paper on the bottom!!  It's a letterpress technique but more about that later.  

Here's a better view of how the flower was punched out of the front of the card.  I stamped in on another piece of white card stock and punched it out, then lined it up so it shows perfectly through the front of the card.  Again the center of the flower is cooper glitter.  There is also a sentiment on the inside.

My SU demo, Jeannette Kinney, who I must say is an awesome demo.  She is a perfectionist and her projects are always creative and well...perfect.  Jeannette came up with adding the letterpressed card stock to the bottom of the card.  The letterpress plate was inked really good with White Craft then we layered Daffodil Delight card stock on top.  Place them between the plates and ran it through the Big Shot.  You need to let it dry a little before placing it on the card.  Doesn't it look like DSP?  My guests also did a technique card to take with them for future reference.

Supplies:  Card stock - GP White, SU Old Olive & Daffodil Delight. Stamp - Punch Bunch;  Ink - SU Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, White Craft, Basic Black

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Wishes

This card was designed for a shoebox project at the February gather held in Ilion, NY.  I was inspired by a card on Splitcoast which had a heart half punched out of a front panel that was popped out on the front of the card (that was a mouth full & you probably don't know what I said).  I decided to change it a little so the right front of the card was a little shorter than the back.  Then the punched image would fit on the inside of the card.  I also added a label with a sentiment stamped on it so it hangs over the edge of the card to give it some balance.
Here's a close up of the punched out flower and how its positioned on the inside of the card.  I used double sided sticky paper in the center of the flower and put cooper glitter on it.  The butterfly is a SU Sizzlet.

Supplies:  Stamps - SU Mixed Bunch; Punch - SU Blossom; Sizzlet - SU Butterflies; Card stock - SU Old Olive, GP White; Ink - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive;  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pretty Lady ATC

ATCs are one of my favorite things to do.  This one was for a swap at the Ilion, NY gathering in February.  I used Copics to color in the image.   I'm still in the process of learning how to shade.  One minute I have it and the next I don't.  I really enjoy coloring so I'm not giving up.  I used Crystal Effects on her lips for glossy lipstick and a jewel in the center of the flower in her hair for a little sparkle.  Her necklace is half pearls.  There were 24 in the series.

Her dress is MS micro beads (found them on the clearance rack at TJ Max). It was the first time I had ever used beads and I really enjoyed it but I swear they multiply and have legs...they were all over.  From what I read using the right adhesive is key and from what I experienced, they' re right.  I see a little glare in the photo so I probably should have taken it out of the sleeve but I didn't want to take a chance on having to round up any run away beads!

Supplies:  Stamp - Outlines Rubber Stamp Co (I was very disappointed to visit their website and found they are closed for business); Cardstock - SU Black, GP White; Other - Martha Stewart Micro Beads; Copic Markers; SU Half Pearls; Art Institute Glue

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wizard of OZ ATC

I designed this ATC for a swap held in Buffalo, NY at the end of April.  The theme was The Wizard of OZ which my grandson loves.  He also loves to stamp and I must say he stamps straighter than I do.  My sister (in-law), Judy had bought these stamp sets for my birthday (& Zach).  Talk about perfect timing.  I decided a step card would give the poppy field alot of dimension.  My friend, Mary Ann (Geraldinesmom )supplied the DSP for the poppy field.  I stamped and cut out the characters (5 X 40 cards) and used my Copics to color Dorothy and the Scarecrow's shirt.  The two glitter half beads symbolize her ruby red slippers.  I bent the Tin Man's arm so he could hold the ax up.  The Emerald City was cut from green glitter cardstock on my Cricut.    I did cheat a little with the's clip art.  I couldn't find a rainbow stamp that fit and wasn't happy with my attempt to freehand one.  I ended up making 40 of these ATCs for the swap and for some of the NEPA Ggglers who also trade ATCs.  I must add that my sister (in-law), Judy helped me finish these up or I'd probably still be working on them!!

This view shows the yellow brick road that I stamped and cut out by hand.
I thought Dorothy's arm looked a little odd and needed something.  I cut a basket out on my Circut and stamped it to give it some texture.  It hangs perfectly over her arm for a nice finishing touch.

Supplies:  Stamps - Graphic 45 The Magic of OZ Cling 1 & 2, Aida Background (for basket); SU Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Grey; SU DSP - Unknown; Cricut - Paper Doll Dress Up; Other - Copics, SU Window Puncch, glitter beads, Scor-Pal.

Father's Day Card

This is a card I did for a shoebox swap in Buffalo, NY at the end of April.  I was afraid I was going to run out of the ribbon but luckily I had JUST enough.  

My friends, Diane (Cookiestamper) & Jeannette Kinney suggested the score lines around the ship which you can see on the card above and making a flag for "Best Dad Ever".  I used a bone folder to curl the flag and placed a deminisional underneath the middle to make it appear like it was waving in the wind.

I also stamped the anchor inside the card on the bottom right and on the lower left corner of the envelope. Cute, huh?

Stamps - SU The Open Sea & Best Dad Ever; SU Paper - Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Natural White; Ribbon - SU 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Night of Navy; Embelishipment - Gold Brad; Tools - Distressing, Bone folder, Scor-Pal