My friends and I gather in my card cave to stamp, share ideas, talk, and eat!
Enjoy some of my card cave creations!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Funky Fold Butterfly Birthday

UPDATE:  My card won an "Honorable Mention Cup of Tea" for The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #44.

I had to make a birthday card for someone in our card club, so I thought I'd use my latest favorite DP, Mariposa by DCWV.  Since I love to find different folds for cards,  I used a "funky fold" video to make this card.  I am entering this card in two challenges, The Shabby Tea Room's Sketch This, and JustRite's Friday Challenge 046.

Stamp:  JustRite Just A Note;  Paper:  DCWV Mariposa, SU Marina Mist and Ruby Red;  Punches:  Paper Shapers 1-3/4" circle and 2" scalloped circle; Ink: Tsukineko Rocket Red Gold; Accessories:  Prima flowers, ribbon and green pearls from my stash.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Think Spring "Thinking of You"

     JustRite Friday Challenge 046 involved scoring, so I decided to make a step card, using the directions I found on Dawn Griffith's blog.  Since we are having a terrible winter (three snow and ice storms so far), I decided to use springtime colors.   I used a piece of DCWV's Mariposa designer paper for the background and cut out some butterflies from the same paper.  Not only did I have to score four separate times in order to make the steps, I also decided to score the green side panels to add a bit of texture.

Stamp:  JustRite Just A Note embossed with SU silver emboss powder; Paper:  Wausau Textures CS, DCWV Mariposa; Punches:  SU Scallop Trim, Paper Shapers 2" scallop and 1-3/4" circle; Accessories:  Flowers from ACMoore.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What a Great Way to End 2010!

Can you imagine how thrilled I was to open an email from Pals Paper Arts and find out that my card was selected as one of the Best of the Best for 2010!  Wow!  What a honor to be chosen from over 2,913 participants in the PPA challenges!  Check out the PPA blog, scrolling down to May. I'd like to thank Gina Shaw and all of the PPA DT members whose blogs are a constant source of new, creative ideas!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lush-cious Thank You Cards

For Christmas, my daughter gave me some designer paper and other goodies from the Lush collection by My Mind's Eye.  The papers are in my absolute favorite colors of red and black--although judging from the cards I've made, you would think that pink would be my favorite color!  I decided to use the papers to create thank you cards for all of the Christmas gifts I received.

UPDATE:  My card was a Top Three Pick for Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #33!

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #33 was to create a card with black, white, silver, and sparkle!  The inspirational photos also featured touches of red, so I chose one of the flocked Lush papers as my background and then added some bling.

Paper:  Lush by My Mind's Eye, SU Basic Black, red paper from stash; Stamp:  SU Elegant Thank You embossed with Ranger Silver Embossing Tinsel; Punches:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles; Accessories:  Me and My Big Ideas Rhinestone bling, Lush rhinestones, Reflections silver flowers, and Wilton silver foil doily.

I made several of these thank you cards to send to family and friends, including my daughter who gave me the paper. 
Paper: Lush by My Mind's Eye; Stamp:  SU Curly Cute; Ink:  SU Cajun Craze; Punch:  SU Decorative Label (love that punch); Accessories:  Ribbon and button from Michael's.

I decided to look through my stamp sets to find a stamp that I had not used in quite awhile.  SU Cause for Celebration not only had a clever thank you stamp but also a butterfly stamp.  I sponged SU Very Vanilla with Stazon Red ink in order to separate all of the different patterns.
Paper:  Lush by My Mind's Eye, SU Very Vanilla; Stamps:  SU Cause for Celebration; Ink:  Stazon Red;  Punches: Marvy Uchida scallop ovals; Accessories:  ribbon and glitter (on butterflies) from Michael's.