Thursday, April 9, 2015

My First Collective Card...


Hello! Today, I am sharing my first card as a member of the Lili of the Valley Collective Design Team. So excited to be a part of this great group of artistry and such a wonderful stamp company. For this card, I chose Annabel Upside Down...she is so cute and whimsical and how could she not make for a cute card? Impossible! Below, are the Copic Sketch Marker colors used on the main stamped image.


Pictured, below, is the card interior with
coordinating designer papers and design.


Now, don't you just want to pop over to Lili of the Valley
and snatch Annabel up? Of course, you do!

Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: LOTV "Annabel Upside Down"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Doodlebug "Snips & Snails" Designer Paper Pad, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Stitched Cloud Die, My Favorite Things Stitched Scalloped Border, My Favorite Things Square Die, Memory Box Tree Die, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: The Twinery Twine, Doodlebug Enamel Dotss, Jolee's Boutique Daisy

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Little Therapy Today...


Hello! It's been awhile since I've posted a card. A lot going on in the family...my Daddy has been hospitalized, various diagnostic tests and now on to a rehab center. My sister had knee surgery today! It has been one stressful week...so I sat down for some cardmaking therapy today. The card features a girl stamp from There She Goes "Blossom by Blossom" and it just spoke to me that Spring is here and everything is going to be alright. Below is a photo of the Copic Marker colors used for the main image.


Below, is the card interior with coordinating papers & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: There She Goes "Blossom by Blossom", Inkadinkado Exterior Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers & Cardstock: LOTV Nitwit Collections: "Up, Up & Away" & "Country Meadow"
Accesories & Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Circle & Scallop Border Die, Lawn Fawn Grass Border Die, My Favorite Things Fishtail Die, Copic Sketch Markers, Sewing Machine Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Crochet Thread
Embellishments: Simplicity Mini Daisy Trim, Doodlebug Button
Techniques: Machine Stitching & Copic Coloring

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Monday, March 30, 2015

A New Beginning & A New Opportunity!


Hello! I have some exciting news to share...I am thrilled to announce that I have been offered an opportunity to serve on the Lili of the Valley (a rubber stamp company in the UK) Design Collective for a 6-month term. I am honored &  humbled to be a part of such a wonderful stamp company along with so many gifted, creative ladies. What is blowing my mind is that I am serving on an international design team! Woo hoo!!! Starting in April, I will be sharing card creations featuring the lovely LOTV products. You're going to become addicted to LOTV when you see their beautiful products!!! Look for my first Lili of the Valley Design Collective posting in a week or so.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This Card Drove me C-R-A-Z-Y!

 

Hello! Boy, have I got a card to share with you...a real humdinger and not in a good way. When I reached for this cute Lili of the Valley stamp, I envisioned a fun, cute card that would give me much joy to create. NOT. I colored the little girl, had all my papers cut and trimmed and embossed the exterior white background...all was going famously well. Things started going south when I started sewing on this humdinger. The inside sentiment panel shifted while sewing and the stitching at the top of the panel almost ran off the panel...Grrr...But! I had a fix for that. A punched flower would cover that just fine...tee hee. So after solving that problem, I proceeded with embellishment...that ribbon bow...gave me a fit! I don't know why but I had a personal wrestling match with it. I won!

Continuing the headache of the making of this card...I cut out a 4.25"x11" piece of white cardstock for the card base and after I glued the card interior to the base, I realized that the card interior was wider than the card base. Grrr...I thought, "Hmm...I'll just trim that edge when I'm done." So, I glued the card front to the card base and that was a little larger, as well. You'd think, I'd check all that before gluing, wouldn't you? So, then I try peeling the whole card base away from the card front & card interior and the thing starts ripping. DRIVE ME CRAZY! Did I mention that yet? So, I got it peeled away and cut a new card base a little larger than the first one and then I saw that the card front was too long, so I proceeded to trim the bottom white area (which was below the green scalloped bottom on the front of the card). It finally fit the dang card base and I was so over this card by the time that I photographed it, that I'm only blogging it out of principle.  AAAUUUUGGGHHH! - As Charlie Brown said. I'm so glad this card is DONE.

Below, is a photo of the Copic colors
used in the main image.


The card interior, photographed below
with coordinating design and papers.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley "Blossom", Inkadinkado "Hello, Girlfriend", "There She Goes "Blossom By Blossom" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley NitWit Collection "Pastel Dreams" Designer Paper Pad, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebud Argyle Embossing Folder, Spellbinders' Circle Die, Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers, Sewing Machine, Thread.
Embellishments: Paper Trey Ink Aqua Mist Ribbon, Teresa Collins, Doodleug & Queen & Co. Enamel Dots
Techniques: Machine Stitching & Copic Coloring

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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Little Out of the Zone...



Hello! Today, I'm sharing a card that definitely put me in the no-comfort zone. I typically make cards along the cutesy flavor and rarely do cards that are romantic or femininely girlie. I purchased this cute Taylored Expressions Tea Stamp and wanted to make something feminine. So, after 2 or 3 days of doing and undoing the main layout and design, I finally said to myself, "Let it go....it will be fine." I'm not sure how I feel about the finished card, but hey, it's finished, lol.

The photo below is of the Copic Sketch Marker
colors used in the image.


Pictured below is the card interior with coordinating design & layout.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Taylored Expressions "In Other Words - Tea", Paper Trey Ink "Autumn Abundance" Sentiment
Papers: Basic Grey "Mint Julip" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Spellbinders' Large Scalloped Border Die, Spellbinders' Circle Die, My Favorite Things Fishtail Die, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: Paper Trey Ink Polka Dotted Satin Ribbon, Flower Brad, Doodlebug Sprinkles Enamel Dots
Techniquies: Copic Coloring, Machine Stitching

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Birthday Stash


Hello! I'm trying to increase my birthday card stash, so I have a simple birthday card to share. I used a Lili of the Valley stamp but I don't know the name of the stamp, as it now is retired...sorry. I colored the little girl and balloons with Copic Sketch Markers, popped her up on Stampin' Up! Dimensionals and added a few embellies and Voila! Below are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used for the image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior with matching designer papers, layout and design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Girl and Sentiments
Papers: Pebbies "Family Ties" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Circle Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Die, EK Success Border Punch & Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Millinneum Fine Point Marker
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon Polka Dotted Sheer Ribbon, Doodlebug Buttons, Doodlebug Sprinkles Enamel Dots
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Copic Coloring

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Hug & A Squeeze From Me


Hello! I have another card made with another Lili of the Valley stamp! Am I hooked or what? This stamp is called "Kitten Cuddles". I just love that sweet kitty face! Lots of die cuts (clouds, grass, oval opening) made this card come together fast. The slowest part of making this card was the fussy cutting of the girl in the swing...I had to leave 2 small white areas uncut, as I didn't want to make the image too vulnerable to tearing. Below is a close-up photo of the popped up clouds behind the popped up girl in the swing.


Below, are the Copic Sketch Markers used in this image.
I also used a few Prismacolor Colored Pencils
to highlight and deepen the overall image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior
with coordinating papers, layout & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley "Kitten Cuddles", Stampi' Up! Exterior Sentiment, Stampendous "Squeeze from Me" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collection "Promises" Designer Paper Pad, Docrafts Papermania "Capsule Collection" Designer Paper Pack, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Oval Die, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Dies, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Embellishments: The Twinery Baker's Twine, Doodlebug Button, Jolee's Boutqiue Flowers

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