Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter wonderland Snowman

Hola friends, thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a great weekend, my was very windy. The weather in Southern Cali is what my friend would call "bipolar"? It changes from one extreme to another. It really doesn't help my cold situation, because I've basically been hibernating since Monday of last week. It's been extremely cold for my taste during the night, and we've had fog. rain, and really gusty winds..... I know there's no such things as tornado's or hurricanes in L.A., but I imagine that's what the winds may sound like if I ever experienced one? Anyway, since "the weather outside is frightful".... lol. I thought I'd make this lovely card featuring a snowman in a "winter wonderland" motif. Again I'm experimenting more with lifting the backgrounds inches off the base card, it just gives it a more special feel to the card other than just the centerpiece to be the focal point. The snowman stamp I've had for quite some time. I like that it has it's own shadow as oppose to me adding the light blue hue to give it that effect. also it gave me the chance to finally use some of this SU! Baja Breeze striped ribbon.

And for the inside I wanted to play with another scene, by cutting piece of the same color card stock, Baja Breeze, and edge it with embossing glitter. Unfortunately the camera didn't capture it as I liked but trust me, it looks very And lastly I just wanted to add a simple sentiment, so as to give it room for a written message. I hope you like it. Tootles


Paper: SU! Baja Breeze, Whisper white
Stamps: SU! Serene Snowflakes, Inkadinkado snowman
Ink: SU! Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Stazon black
Accessories: Baja Breeze striped ribbon, pop-ups
Tools: Spellbinder Scallop circles (large)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Your kindness warms my Heart!

Hello Folks, I hope you had a pleasant and hearty meal this Thanksgiving. As for me I could be doing better... I've been ill with the flu these days, but I at least have my love ones and a roof over my head, so I can't really complaint, right? So I mustard up some strength and made a trip to the local craft store for their sale on paper and stamp sets. I found this really cute set from "Fiskars" called Latte Love. It has a variation of tea cups, mugs and coffee containers with cheeky phrases like "you're tea-riffic", "thanks a latte" etc. The best part about clear stamp sets is that you can shape them to whatever angle you want. I wanted to fit the focal point with the phrase all in one to follow the sketch from "Taylor Expressions". I just missed it's deadline but I really liked the sketch that I still wanted to make something with it. I hope you like it?


Paper:  DCWV Christmas classic, SU! Chocolate chip, Very Vanilla, Crumb
Ink:  Stazons black, SU! Real Red, Baja breeze
Accessories: Crumb 1/4" ribbon, silver brads, button, twine, pop-ups
Tools: Cuddle bugs "D'vine swirl, Seeing spots,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Um from Umbridge Birthday

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by...Today's card was inspired by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland..... particularly the scene where Alice runs into The Queen of hearts, she introduces herself as "Um from Umbridge". I really fell in love with the dress they made her from the once she went into the Queens castle.

Well this was my inspiration, so the hard part was yet to come. It took me about two weeks to implement this onto a card?! I knew that I wanted to use the same colors shown on the picture but how do I use the same sheering of the dress. I kept in mind the McQueen card I did months ago and try to come close as possible to the design. For days my desk was in disarray.. failed designs, different drafts of cut pieces of black and white design paper and no success?! Then finally a break... Monday rolled around and Mojo Monday came to the rescue... after studying the sketch I knew I could come up with my card.

I started with a plain white base, then layered it with basic black. I used Real red cardstock for the left side and embossed it with Cuddle bug's "seeing spots" for texture. For the right side I used a stripped black and white design paper I purchased from the local craft store. now here comes the head scratcher... how would I add a sheered look for the card....? Then it hit me that I still had scraps of the chifon from my halloween costume... I stamped black hearts with "Stazons" black ink and to my surprise, the ink did not bleed through... so I didn't have to wait for it to dry. I then hit the sewing machine and sewed on the middle to then pull the thread for a ruffle effect.

To avoid the lift of the ruffle, I secured a piece of Real red 1/4" ribbon from the top of the card and use strong adhesive tape and strapped it down on the other end. For the centerpiece, I used the plain white paper layered with black and added the final piece.

I used my Spellbinder, Nestabilities scallop circle edge, sponped Baja breeze in the middle for shadow and added my digi-dressy Camille from Greeting Farm. And just like "Um's" dress I added itty bitty little hearts and stripes on her dress. And for the sentiment I used , what esle but the SU! Itty bitty birthday set of

And here it is, the finished product... It took a while but it paid off in the end..I hope you like it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Autumn Greetings

Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today's card is inspired by Taylored Expressions sketch artist Jami Sibley.

So far this is one of my favorite sketches this month. I wanted to make a fall or autumn card, especially since I recently purchased a clear stamp set from Inkadinkado called Autumn foliage. Very pretty for set for thanksgiving or fall cards and crafts by the way.

Even though I mentioned the the new set I purchased I did find it hard to implement those images on to this card so I just used the sentiment and save it for another sketch.. so stay So for the base of the card I used SU! Crushed curry card stock followed by Very vanilla and for texture I used My minds eye Quite Contrary set and embossed it with Cuttlebugs D'vine swirl folder. For the middle pieces I used the Martha Stewart doily edge punch and a piece of the SU! Bella Rose dsp (retired) brown polka dot paper.  For the centerpiece I used the Nestabilities Labels 3 to cut out the Crushed curry and Vanilla white. On the Vanilla piece I sponged the edges with SU! Baja breeze ink. for my sunflower and leaf images... I wish I remembered where I purchased it... it was so long ago... I just remembered that the place I purchased it from was called Stampa-Barbara.. neat, huh? lol And for the finishing touches, I used the Inkadinkado called Autumn foliage and for a splash of added color I used the black and white checkered ribbon... pretty huh..I hope you like.