My Heart Belongs to You

It’s time for the color challenge over at Splitcoast today.  I really love this color combo…SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral and Pool Party.  And for dessert today…make it a valentine.  Although these aren’t traditional colors for a valentine…I like it!

My card base is a standard 5.5″ x 4.25″ size in SU! Soft Suede.  Next, I’ve used a template and all three colors of ink to sponge a background.  Then a die cut doily in Calypso Coral followed by a die cut border in Pool Party.

The heart image is from Verve.  It’s been stamped in Pool Party and then die cut with the coordinating Verve die.  I inked the edge to give it a little more definition.

The sentiment, again from Verve has been stamped in Soft Suede and I added a little trio of hearts in the Calypso Coral.

Then a few scattered rhinestones in different sizes for a little bling and done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Georgia Pacific
Ink:  SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral and Pool Party
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, TCW Mini Word Collage template, Memory Box Cherish border die, Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry doily die, Verve A Cut Above Jotted Heart die, distressing tool, sponges, Recollections bling and dimensionals

See you soon with more!

Heart Hugs

It’s the Technique Lover’s Challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Judy wants our cards to focus on die cuts.  So the only stamp I used was for the sentiment.

My card starts with an A2 card base in SU! Early Espresso.  Next comes a piece of designer paper that’s been distressed and inked.

Now for the die cuts…first two sets of clouds cut in white, then two trees cut with a couple of different designer papers.  Then lots of little hearts in three different colors.  The largest clouds are popped up on dimensionals and then the smaller ones glued on top.  Then I shaded the clouds with a Copic marker.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Crate Paper On Trend and MME Lost and Found 3 Ruby
Ink:  Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Love Notes
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Impression Obsession Bare Tree, Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Heart Delights, distressing tool, sponges, W1 Copic, Jody boosters, glue stick

Have a great week dear stampers!

CAS204 It’s Your Day

It’s a sketch challenge for the Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge this week.  As soon as I saw the sketch my mind went to buttons…

I took a standard A2 card base and used my craft knife and cutting mat to remove about 1″ of paper from the right border of the front of the card.  Then I cut a piece of designer paper, slightly larger and adhered it to the inside of the card.

The front of the card was dry embossed with the dots folder.  Next I cut a rectangle, again in white card stock and stamped it with the Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Birthday image.  Then I swiped three different colors of Distress stain across it.  It’s been popped up on dimensionals.  And, although you can’t really see it, there’s Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the rectangle to add some bling…subtle but it’s there.

Added some black thread to the three little buttons and then glued them onto the designer paper with Ranger Glossy Accents.  Quick and easy card!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Crate Paper On Trend
Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Birthday
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, SU! Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, craft knife, cutting mat, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, Shabby Shutters Distress Stain, Broken China Distress Stain, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, MFT buttons, needle, thread

Old Stamps Old Technique

Pulling out some of my older stamps to give them some love today.  Also used a new stamp I recently purchased too!  And went back in time to the emerging color technique.

I’ve used the Splitcoast Stampers sketch from today:

My card base is a standard A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″”) size.  Next I inked a piece of plain white card stock with Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  Then I stamped the large floral/script stamp in embossing ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next I sponged lots of Chipped Sapphire Distress over the entire piece thus deepening the background and bringing the colors to life.  Hence the name…emerging color.

The dotted rectangle that peeking out from behind the larger floral image has been made with a dot image stamp in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Then using the direct-to-paper technique I added some smudges of both the colors used in the main panel and inked the edges.  The smallest rectangle is a piece of SU! Tempting Turquoise that’s been simply stamped with the Sweet ‘n Sassy floral image and again, inked edges.

Then I sponged some Picked Raspberry ink on some white card stock.  Next, I inked my craft sheet with the same color and spritzed it with water, then pulled the paper through the it to add the deeper splashes of color.  It was then die cut and stamped with the sentiment.  Final touches…a few scattered rhinestones.  Note:  the rhinestones are all the same color but for some reason the top ones look more red???  I have no idea why…one of those great mysteries of the universe right? LOL!

This card is headed off to Martha in Texas, our focus of the Teapotter’s Challenge at Splitcoast this week.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx, Georgia Pacific and SU! Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, Ranger Embossing Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Stampington and Co., Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Savvy Stamps and Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, sponges, craft mat, water spritzer, heat gun, clear embossing powder, MFT Fishtail Flags Die-namics, misc. rhinestones

…back soon with more!

Graffiti Love

It’s the color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today and we’re using SU! Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder (or any comparable colors that you have).  And the option for dessert today is circles.  No dessert for this stamper today…watching those calories 🙂

And it all starts with a card base in Wisteria Wonder, with the bottom corners rounded with my Corner Chomper.

Next is a layer of white card stock that’s been dry embossed with a brick pattern.  The edges have been distressed and inked with Wisteria Wonder and the bottom edges, again rounded.  Then I stamped the various sentiments in Rose Red and added little heart-shaped rhinestones to the words “love” replacing the “o”.

I cut the two hearts from corrugated card stock with the Tim Holtz Heart Wings die, then inked them with Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder.  Added a few more rhinestones and done!  Easy peasy…quick as a wink!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! Wisteria Wonder, white corrugated card stock and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  SU! Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Smooch by Ali Edwards
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Heart Wings die, Tim Holtz Bricked embossing folder, sponges, distressing tool, Corner Chomper, and Recollections rhinestones

Hope you are not getting tired of Valentines…it’s where my head’s at these days…so brace yourself…you may see a whole lot more before February 14th :)!!!

Water Stamped Grace

A card for several challenges today:


TLC412: The technique challenge at Splitcoast to let paper on the inside show.

FS310:  The Featured Stamper at Splitcoast this week – allee’s.  Lynn is such a warm, kind person and has a vast gallery full of beautiful cards!  This is her gorgeous card that I chose to CASE. Yes, you’re saying to yourself but this doesn’t look anything like her card.  Well, what I pulled from her card was the technique and the brilliant colors.  The technique is called water stamping. There is a fabulous tutorial by Splitcoast’s very talented TexasGrammy (Bev Girard) located here.

OK, now onto the card…it starts with a standard A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card base in SU! Early Espresso.  I cut the edge of the front of the card with the Verve Flourished Trim die, then cut an extra piece in the Early Espresso and place it on top of the striped edge.

The paper on the front of the card has been made with the water stamping technique.  I sponged three different Distress Inks on some white card stock and then stamped several different Tim Holtz images with water.  Next, I flicked more water to add some water spots too.  Because the Distress Inks are so reactive to water, I find they really work well for this technique.

Next comes MFT’s Sentimental Flourish in Early Espresso.  I offset the sentiment die cut from Verve so that the little tendrils of the flourish wrapped around the edge of the sentiment.  It’s been stamped with Verve’s Grace Plain Jane sentiment.

I cut a couple of leaves with the Dreamy Leaves die set from Verve, again in Early Espresso.  Over those…some bling!  Then the flower from Verve was stamped and fussy cut and layered with dimensionals.  A little rhinestone and button adorn the center.  And, for a little more interest…the pink rose trim was added.

The inside has been finished with plain white card stock and a 1″ strip of a coordinating designer paper showing.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory and Crate Paper On Trend
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso;  Victorian Velvet, Picked Raspberry, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks
Stamps:  Verve Grace Plain Jane, Verve Sunny Days, Tim Holtz Fancy Flourish, Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Flourished Trim A Cut Above Die, Verve Curvy Bookplate A Cut Above Die, Verve Dreamy Leaves A Cut Above Die, MFT Sentimental Flourish Die-namics, Recollections bling, MFT button, pink rose trim, ATG, Jody boosters, sponges, water, paper towels, plastic container

Well that’s it for today my stamping lovelies…have a great week!

My Funky Valentine

It’s time for another CAS Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers…a color challenge.  Our colors to work with are SU! Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay and Chocolate Chip (or any other inks in red, lime green, turquoise-green, chocolate brown).

When I’m making a CAS card sometimes I tend to make a little more detailed card and sometimes I just really love to do pure plain and simple.  This doesn’t get a whole lot more plain or simple!

My card base is a standard A2 (4.25″ X 5.5″).  It starts with stamping the text image in SU! Kiwi Kiss about 2/3 of the way across the card.  Then changing to the Bermuda Bay ink, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I stamped it again the rest of the way across the card.

Next, I used SU! Chocolate Chip to stamp the sentiment and SU! Ruby Red to stamp the heart image.  And although it’s not really easy to see, the large red heart has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then for just a little bling…red rhinestone hearts and a few clear rhinestones in the flourishes.

A very simple card…quick to make and fun colors!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury in white
Ink:  SU! Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip and Embossing Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Love Struck
All the other stuff:  misc. rhinestones, clear embossing powder, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, heat gun

Thanks for hanging out with me today…see you soon!