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Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun Fairy

This card was made for Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge #65.  The challenge was a recipe and called for 3 main colors, I used turquoise blue, light green, and purple; 2 patterned papers, have that with K&Co.; one ribbon, check Offray light blue distressed with lavender; and one button - oops over did it and added two.

The image is Krafin' Kimmie's "Daphne".  I have a number of friends and daughters (3) who are quite fond of fairies.  So this image will be see quite a bit of use around my craft room.  In fact I have a darker version of this fairy ready to go for another card.    I also have had a small bottle of very fine glitter in my stash for years which was a gift from an ATC swap.  I always thought it looked like fairy dust so I included the entire thing on the card; after all, what's a fairy without a little fairy dust.

Seeing Red

This card was made for Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge #64; Seeing Red.  I just love the image "Small Talk"  It reminds me of my sister Theresa when she was young.  She used to drag a teddy bear with her everywhere.  I even colored the image to look like her and her bear who was of course named Ted.

Using red was not a problem for me.  It is my favorite color. It is my mother's favorite also and she used to dress me in red all the time when I was young and Theresa, of course, received all my red hand-me-downs.  When mother bought for Theresa it was usually light blue to go with her eyes.

I really wanted a sort of girly, old fashioned homespun kind of look for this card so I added punched lace using Martha Stewart border punches and cream instead of white.  This card was paper pieced using red check another of my mom's favorites.  I really like the way it came out.  I only recently began paper piecing cards and I think the effect when it matches another part of the card is very cute.

Stamp - Kratin Kimmie - Small Talk
Design Paper - K&Co.
Prisma pencils and oms
Martha Stewart border punches & Butterfly punch
Offray Ribbon
Button from stash
Ink Stazon black distress fired brick, chalk French blue

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Patriotic Valentine

I wanted a special valentine for my Johnny Luv this year.  Something that reflects his personality and that would be something to remind him of me every time he saw it (not that he needs reminding, my sweetie keeps me in flowers, showers me with thoughtful gifts and calls me just to tell me he loves me).  Johnny Luv received a cowboy hat from my father when he was voted into the leather workers guild.  The guild has a dress code of cowboy hats and boots.  Since my dad is one of the last of the old time cowboys and Johnny Luv truly loves and respects him the gift of the hat means quite a bit.  Back to valentine,  Johnny is always loosing his hat in the house since it doesn't have a designated home soooooo I created a place for him to hang his hat.  Johnny Luv is also very, very patriotic so I used red, white and blue to create his valentine.  Needless to say, he was thrilled.

The valentine was a coat/hat hook I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was an ugly gray striped square of wood, but it did have a lovely navy blue hook.  I covered the base in dp and embellishments and added a nestabilities heart die cut.  Everything was antiqued with distress ink.  I added a series of hearts, again from the nestabilities heart dies, and stamped them to match the hook.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bombshell Stamps February Sketch

Here is the February Sketch for Bombshell Stamps

This is my take on it.  I used two different stamps from one of my  Bombshell stamp sets.  I was inspired by a pin-up calendar I have in my office.  The pin-up on the calendar  is holding up a heart while sitting on a tall stool.   Since this is a February card I decided to add the cherub, I mean after all it is  Cupid's busiest month of the year.

Johnny Luv actually took a picture of the inside of this card.  He doesn't usually do that.  So, since he went to the trouble, I let you see that too.  I often put something on the inside of my cards since I put so much work into the face it seems kind of sad to me to leave the inside bare.

Stamp - Bombshell Stamps - Bombshell Angel
Stazon Ink
Prisma Pencils and oms and copics
offray satin ribbon
recollections heart blingj
gold paint pen
Sakura glitter pen
paper - unknown from stash
Martha Stewart heart punch (inside)
German gilt paper (inside)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Koi Pond

I love koi.  I enjoy watching them at the botanical gardens here in St. Louis. I had some smaller ones in a bowl at work.  Someday I will have a koi pond here at home.  I have a some beautiful artwork of Koi in my home.  Johnny Luv's other name is Koibito, which is my forever love.  I was absolutely blown away by this stamp from Peddlar's Pack.  It was great fun to color and it was perfect for my daughter who loves all things Japanese.
I used Prisma Pencils and oms to color this card.  I think there are 6 colors in the water alone.  I am very pleased with the color shading on the koi. I used my fav white Signo pen to add high lights and a Sakura glitter pen to add some "fishy" sparkle.  The design paper is Kodomo, who btw also has a great koi stamp that is on my wish list.  Not too much fuss on this card.  The image is the focus on this one which is unusual for me. lol.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I made three cards using my newest favorite stamp.  This stamp is called Charlotte and is made by Kraftin' Kimmie.  I had to have it.  I reminds me of my youngest daughter.  When she was little she loved pretty dresses and had two dolls, that went through some very, very tough times. She has grown up into a very lovely young lady and is the apple of her father's eye.  Hmmm - I just might need one of Kimmie's apple themed stamps...

Ink - stazon
Prisma Colored pencils and oms
Martha Stewart border punches
recollections checked bows
heart brads by Making Memories
Seam binding
Design Paper - Paper Studios Design Basics pad
Stamp - Charlotte  by Kraftin' Kimmie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fancy fold tea mouse

Tea is one of my favorite things in life.  I love the ritual of boiling the water, selecting a pot and cup, creating a tea tray, having a tea party or just soothing the spirit with a hot cuppa.  Every morning depending on who is up first, Johnny Luv and I  start the day by preparing a pot of tea. Part of our ritual is to make the other guess which tea we were drinking which isn't necessarily easy as we have a cabinet full of tea.  When Johnny Luv was working third shift and I would prepare tea and breakfast for him before I went to work; he was always glad to come home to a warm cup of tea.  My children have even gotten into the picture by preparing a pot of tea for me when I am returning home from a long day at work or caring for my mom. 

Paper Martha Stewart Baby Girl Pad
Paper Lace from the Dollar Store
Prima Flowers
Recollections rhinestones
Martha Stewart loops border punch and butterfly punch
Ribbon Offray
Silk Flowers and charms from stash
Stamps House Mouse and Sentiment from Stamping Up