Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summer celebrations...

Birthday card supplies:

Stamps: A muse (marigold solid, leaf frond, happy everything)
Ink: palette hybrid burnt umber, PTI tea dye, SU (cameo coral & mellow moss)
Paper: A muse (watermelon), SU (very vanilla)
Accessories: liquid pearls, Tim Holtz styled labels die, pop dots, corner chomper

Our family got together this past weekend to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and an engagement (!) from the summer months. Our city had Ribfest going on at the park - we devoured 10 full racks of ribs drowning in sauce in addition to salads, veggies and my husband's baked beans...yum!!  I managed to squeak out a few cards for the occasions at the last minute...

You may notice a few things I cannot stop using on my cards lately - the corner chomper and liquid pearls.  Both of these cards feature dotted borders...love the look!

Anniversary card supplies:

Stamps: A muse (kissing couple, congratulations)
Ink:  Palette hybrid noir
Paper:  A muse brown kitchen notecard & blush pink, SU (very vanilla)
Accessories:  A muse twinkle heart, pop dots, liquid pearls, copics, corner chomper
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Great use for scraps...

I made this card after coming home from dinner at the Mandarin and loving the multicoloured scallop design on their cheap paper placemats. I grabbed some scrap pieces of A muse dp for my scallops (I keep them in a folder in in my filing cabinet in front of my full sheets, and always check that folder before I slice into a fresh sheet!). I punched out 3 different sizes of circles, glued them together and cut them in half. I think they made neat waves for Moby to splash in. because the biggest circle was similar in colour to my card base, I added some piercing for contrast. Whew - another card for "Stick to the Pattern", the latest A muse Lounge challenge. Hope you like it!! I have one more card that fits this challenge...stay tuned!


Paper: A muse, Gina K
Ink: Palette hybrid noir
Stamps: A muse
Accessories: SU circle punches, paper piercer, copics, pop dots
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gingham & Roses...

...and polka dots...perfect for the latest A muse Lounge challenge "Stick to the Pattern".

This card features my new label die from Tim Holtz and some yummy patterned paper & stamps from A muse. I don't know what I would do without my stampamajig - it was perfect for figuring out where to put everything on the label! The leaves and the rose are rock & rolled for added dimension. I debated quite a while about what patterned paper to use for my card base...I almost put the label on a more monochromatic green madeira paper, but in the end, went for the pop of red kitchen paper. Hope you like it!


Stamps: A muse (wild rose, wild rose branch, many thanks fl)
Ink: SU (old olive, certainly celery, cameo coral & rose red), PTI tea dye, palette hybrid noir
Paper: A muse (red kitchen, yellow gingham)
Accessories: Tim Holtz styled label die, pop dots, corner chomper
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Sunday, August 8, 2010


After having the honour of being the Featured Stamper on SCS all of last week, I decided to play in the challenge this week. vdutchr has a great gallery full of bright colours and great layouts. I cased her Pretty Butterfly card, keeping the same colour scheme as well using two pearls as embellishments. I changed the layout and stamps. The gorgeous Oak Leaf Flourish stamp is rock n rolled for a bit of dimension. This is truly a 5 minute card...definitely mass-produceable - it may very well be my Christmas card layout...We'll see in November when I start my cards (love the last minute!!)


Stamps: A muse
Paper: A muse, SU real red & very vanilla
Ink: Palette hybrid burnt umber & moulin rouge, PTI tea dyes
Accessories: A muse pearls, pop dots
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Monday, August 2, 2010

News...Challenge cards...I'm back!

The month of July was so busy but ended with a great vacation...I am so relaxed and so sure I'd rather not go back to work tomorrow!

On our way back from camping, I checked my email on my phone in the truck and saw a message from Beth (MyPrecious on SCS) letting me know I am the Featured Stamper this week. WOW!! How exciting! There are so many gorgeous cards inspired by cards in my gallery - check them out here...I'd love it if you played along too!

I really haven't made a card for a month now...but all the nice comments from everyone gave me a shot of inspiration and made it easy to get started again! This card is for two challenges...the Clean and Simple challenge on SCS {polka dots} and the latest A muse Lounge Challenge {Stick to the Pattern}.



Paper: A muse (wheat)
Stamps: A muse (coffee break)
Ink: SU (ruby red, pumpkin pie), palette hybrid burnt umber, PTI tea dye
Accessories: ricrac, sewing machine, pop dots, twine

I made my own patterned paper using the coffee cups (which are so conveniently polka dotted) and the spoon image. I saw a fabulous window display at my favourite bakery driving home tonight - a line-up of old red and orange colanders on a shelf - so rustic/vintage...now you know why my card is all aged, distressed and stitched! I used a neat trick I learned from my copic certification class on the ricrac - it was originally red & white - I coloured over it with a light brown marker to age it too - love it even better that way! Loved the frayed ends too...

Glad to be getting inky fingers again...thanks for visiting!
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