Wednesday, January 30, 2013

With Heartfelt Sympathy, Traci

I made this card for my dear friend who just lost her Father.  Wishing you and the family comfort and strength in knowing others care and share your loss.  
The inside sentiment reads:  Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory comfort you tomorrow. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our every thought and prayer.  

This card has been created digitally in Photoshop from elements and designs by Rina Kroes found  her kit In Memoriam.

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

Pretty border, pink and white, and have a heart---guidelines for the cards created during this week at Joan's Gardens. This card uses two embossing folders, one SU Sizzix "Perfect Polka Dots" on the Top Note die cut polka dotted pink paper,and the other the Flourish & Dots 65690 Sizzix embossing folder available at Joan's Gardens. Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour is the diecut for the heart that I got at Joans. (Beautiful set, I've used a lot this week) 
 Organza ribbon bow is accented with a light pink inked edge Facial Tissue Carnation, inspired by the Wednesday Tutorial at SplitCoastStampers, by  Joanne Allison. The tiny pink roses (and textured leaves) are from I am, and the sentiment to welcome a baby girl is from Pop Ups Etc.   The baby girl is due Feb 2  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This is a second card I made using the wonderful Accordion Flip 3-D Sizzix dies (658035 and 658037).  I tried something new---spritzing an m-bossabilities folder ( El-005 called Splendid) with Glimmermist then embossing the paper.  Sometimes good, sometimes bad, I need to try this again with a much lighter spritz (but "as usual" that bottle of Glimmermist the bubblegum color was Clogged, and I threw it away)  I am liking VERY MUCH the spritzers and all purpose glimmery Stampin Up inks and also the Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists.  I was inspired to try that by Linda Duke   Hers was gorgeous!    I used the Punch Bunch Begonia Petals punch to create the rose, one of the first paper flower crafting I ever tried when Selma and Joan taught it. The rose  is backed with pearl centered organza bows, and "Little Leaves" Sizzlets die cuts (SU). The silver open heart border (from Popups Etc)  is accented with Ranger's Silver Liquid Pearls. Diecut glitter paper accents other folds in the accordion fold project.  The letters for "love" are from the designer kit, Bella Grace by Just  So Scrappy in alpha Set 2. And Pepe and his girlfriend are from Cheez the One by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen.

Monday, January 28, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

OH OH OH---is this a fun die to work with--it's really quick, it's really pretty and there's no end to what you can do with the Accordion Flip 3D album set.  Sizzix.  650835 and 650837 from Joan's Gardens. The letters are from the designer kit Bella Grace, by Just So Scrappy in her Alpha set#2.  The backside of this accordion card features elements from Cheez the One by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen, little Pepe and his girlfriend.  The side borders are commercial, (no idea what company), and the little bows are commercial too, because I am totally out of pink organza ribbon! With a little help from scor-tape and the xyron, this card went together FAST!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This pink and white card with a heart and decorative borders is inspired by Cely (Carolina Girl's) post for this week's challenge.  The dies for the borders are from the Spellbinders Lacy Squares collection, available at Joan's Gardens   The plaid digital paper is from Just So Scrappy's kit Bella Grace, available at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  The holographic tape is by Starform, and available at PopUps Etc.  The grosgrain ribbon is a sewn in flat bow, and a  "Fold Over" tutorial I wrote for creating these stunning bows will appear in the March 15 edition of the Papers and Pixels Magazine.  The adorable graphic is by Dearie Dolls Digital Images

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This pink and white bordered card is a variation of a gate fold card, with a punched border edge (Martha Stewart punch)  peeking through to sentiment that is on a pocket for a gift-card.  The die is Timeless Amour by Heartfelt Creations that I got at Joan's Gardens over white glitter paper (Walmart). The flower is a K&Company embellishment.Elegance Daisy.  Sentiment Stamp is from SU and is from the stampset "Your are Loved. 

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This pretty Valentine done in pink and white, and with pretty border and a heart  is created with Musical Flourishes embossing Folder by Cuttlebut, and an EK flourish border punch.  The design is created with the dies in "Timeless Amour" by Heartfelt Creations (HCDP1228) that I got at Joan's Gardens.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This is one of my favorite scor-pal and embellishments cards...the Never Ending Card that reveals-and reveals and reveals as you unfold it!  The challenge is pink and white with pretty border, and a heart.  You'll see all three as you peek through reveals of my Never Ending Card.  I used Sizzix Vintage Wallpaper and Square Lattice embossing folders (SU),  parts of Memory Box Madera Corner, some commercial K&Company products, the Spellbinders S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts dies all  available at Joan's Gardens  And graphic embellishments printed on photo paper from Karen Schulz at Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen, in her kit Cheez the One. Rhinestone ribbon is the Disney Princesses (from Walmart). Gel Pen sparkle and rhinestones and punched out little and larger hearts finish this card. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

The challenge this week is a pink and white valentine, with a pretty border and a heart.  For this card I used  an embossed pink border with ribbon for the belly band of a gate fold card.  The Dies are Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Hearts (S4_137)  (available at Joan's Gardens)  The embossing folder for the white matting is a SU folder Vintage Wallpaper.  The inside of the card sentiment is stamped from Lace Heart Set number 12, and says How do I love the?  Let me count the ways (Elizabeth Barrett  Browing) Glitter paper lattice heart is a cutout from Martha Stewart Heart Border punch available at Joan's Gardens.  This design was inspired by a tutorial written by Laura Boetto.  (Papers and

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

Pink and white, a heart, a pretty border Valentine card is the challenge this week At Joan's Gardens.
This card's  has a scored and inked left edge overlaid with Martha Stewart Border punched from photo paper.  The White part of the mat is also photo paper, and is embossed with a Sizzix lattice embossing folder.  The stamp is from Lace Heaert by The heart on the corner punch is a brad.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

At Joan's Gardens #3

This card is layered up cardstock bordered with a Stampin Up corner, and edge punch.  The medallion is cut with a scalloped circle punch.  The lattice heart is glazed with 3D Galaxy Gloss over inked pink paper, and part of a Martha Stewart heart-edge punch.  The Butterflies stamped on the background, and the sentiment are by SU.  I made it for the Joan's garden, pretty border, heart, and pink and white card challenge, and the design was inspired by Sandi McIver of SU.

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

This card (pink and white, with at least one heart and a pretty border), is unlike anything I've tried before.
The background cardstock is stamped with a Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Heart Flourishes.  The edge diecut border  is created using Tim Holtz  Alterations Brackets Die. (Available at Joan's Gardens) I have NO idea where the heart shaped doily came from, but most likely the cake-decorating section of Walmart in a doily pack. Metal charm hearts from my stash---don't know the manufacturer. (It was at the bottom of my paper embellishments and cut outs box.  I ran it through the bigshot to flatten it completely, then adhered it to pink inked-edge cardstock with Glue N Seal.  

I tried a rub-on from K&Company called Sweet Talk. I did not like the way that the rub-on stuck (probably too many surfaces for a good adhere---so I will either spray or brush the surface with something to be sure that the big flourishy word "Love" is stuck down.  I'm thinking ModPodge, or Clear Acrylic spray---any suggestions? --OR just a light coat of  Inkessentials Glue N Seal  Both my ModPodge and  Glue N seal give a matte finish, and I really don't want a matte surface on this card.

At Joan's Gardens Challenge # 3

This week the challenge is to use a pretty border, and create a pink and white Valentine's Day Card, with at least one heart on it.  The Tag frame surrounding the sentiment is from Joan's Gardens, and is a Just  Rite Cling from the Fancy Tags Set.  The teeny hearts are punched from a Studio G (Walmart) punch.  The border is from Pop-up's Etc, with some of the negative hearts used on the tag.  I didn't have any pink paper in my stash that was what I wanted for the background so I made it in Photoshop.  The adorable mouse is an element that is in the digital kit, Cheez the One, by Karen Schulz of Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen.  

At Joan's Garden Challenge #3

The challenge this week is to make a pink and white Valentine card with a pretty border and at least one heart. 
 I used Spellbinders Labels 17 to cut out a stamped sentiment by SU from Delightful Dozen stampset.  The border is a Martha Stewart heart border punch from plain pink cardstoc spritzed with Sheer Sparkle Shimmer by Tsuineko.  I outlined the lattice in the hearts and the diecut with a gelly roll glitter pen, and edged the centerpiece with holographic sparkle strips from pop-up-s etc. The background lightly stamped with a flourish from SU Strength and Hope stamps and grosgrain and a rhinestone heart from my stash complete the first pink and white card for this challenge. The dies, the punch, and most supplies for this one are available At Joan's Gardens  Many of my "heart' dies and punches are  out on loan right now so I started with what I still had in my stash this week.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Week #2 Challenge

Create a tent fold card worked in purple, light green and aqua was the challenge this week. This card is a 5x5, brushed with purple cream chalk by Pebbles, Tiny Studio G punch outs from scrap papers of the challenge colors are centered with Stickles  (Platinum).  The decorator paper is  from Company Collection "Happy Trails," and the die I used was Labels 20 S5-026 by Spellbinders.  The light green paper is very very lightly embossed using Crafts-Too embossing  Folder "Swirl Christmas Tree"  The stamp is from the Because I Care stampset from Stampin Up. (120118) colored with Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens ink (and frost blue under the little flowers.) Dies, papers, Ink and Stickles are available At Joan's Gardens.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Week #2

This card is of white cardstock, 7x5, for the aqua, light green and purple challenge At Joan's Gardens this week.  I used part of the Sizzix 656980 Embossing Folder, the Flourish, Dots and Ribbon Set available at Joan's Gardens. The stamp's manufacturer is unnamed; I've had it many years since Lavender Festival times in Sequim Washington.  It is embellished with the Fuschia Flower Soft, and Stickles.  The sentiment and the gold line trim is from PopUps Etc.  The card is lightly burnished with aqua pigment inks.  I'm sorry that the vibrance of the rich purple paper  (from SU) doesn't show in the photo; this is really quite a dramatic card.

At Joan's Gardens Week # 2 Challenge

For the week 2 challenge, this aqua, purple and light green card (on oyster textured deckled cardstock) is done with Cheery Lynn's  Build a Flower #1 (for the purple Clamatis flower, which is created out of suede paper (don't try it--it won't "warp"), and using Marianne Designs Creatibles #LR0250, and Spellbinders M-bossabilities, the debossed and letter-press technique with purple ink on the embossing folder "Splendid" EL-005.....all available at Joan's Gardens.    The tiny flower accents are a GStudio (Walmart) punch centered with buttercup Liquid Pearls by Ranger (also available from Joan.)  Sentiment Stickers are from PopUps Etc.  This is a large 7x5 card.

Friday, January 18, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Challenge Week #2

Build a tent-style card in purple, aqua and light green is the Challenge for the second week at Joan's Gardens. The adorable bee is a digistamp (colored with  Copics) by Wendy Hall at Louby Lou  Designs.  The dies are Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals. Spellbinders dies are available at Joan's Gardens  The background paper is from DCWV's Glitter Mat Stack. Besides Hope you'll Be Better Soon sentiment, I  created BEE good, and some other ones with BEE in them.  The purple rhinestones are by Studio G (Walmart). LIghtly accented with Stickles Diamond, also available at Joan's Gardens.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Week #2 Challenge

The Challenge at Joan's Gardens this week is an Aqua, Purple and Light Green Card. For this challenge I used Spellbinders Edgeabilities E8-06, Classic Petal, available at Joan's Gardens, Sizzix Textured Impressions Square Lattice and Little Leaves (SU), and a McGill Punch for the purple flowers behind the textured suede crush-paper for the main flower.  Sentiment die cut from Spellbinders Labels 17.  Inking is with Colorbox inks.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SCS Weekly Inkling Technique #346

This card uses the Puzzle Resist technique found at Split Coast Stampers.I used a wheel stamp embossed with clear embossing, then resist of rich razzleberry and regal rose inks (by Stampin up)  The die is nested leaves (Spellbinders)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Papers and Pixels Magazine is Out Today

The January-February edition of the Papers and Pixels Magazine is out today.  You can get it HERE

It's another WONDERFUL edition!  My article this month is about "finding edges" in Photoshop to create line drawings and special effects.  Pick up your copy today and have some  fun with paper (and pixel) crafting; meet new designers, new companies, and new techniques each month in across-the-board crafting from the heart with PnP!

Monday, January 14, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Week of Jan 10th Challenge

This card was inspired by Valita, who contributed an article in the November edition (p. 87) of the Papers and Pixels Magazine.  I used "Winterland" paper by Moxie.  Cheery Lynn Designs Borders, Flourishes and Edges Build a flower #1 dies for the flowers which include the layers of the waxed paper in the feathery flower.  Also the four corners are cut with B161, also Cherry Lynn,  Lace Corner Deco A. The beveled oval is a  Spellbinder's basic oval die. The card is edged in gold leafing, and the rolled back front edges of a gate fold are popped up slightly.  The dies are available At Joan's Gardens. The gold Thank You sentiment is a sticker from Pop-Ups Etc.

Friday, January 11, 2013

At Joan's Gardens Jan 10 Challenge

This card is doubled mounted on shimmiring blue paper and stamped with Elements of Style (Stampin Up) roses in Kaleidacolor graduated Blue inks.  I don't have a lot of corner dies that work well on A5 cards, so the corner die I used for these are the corners cut from the largest Spellbinders "Romantic Rectangle" set.  The flag, "Thank You" is Itty Bitty Banners (Stampin Up) stamp and die. And the flowers I chose for this card are bright blue rhinestone flowers on the organza bow and corner accents. Romantic Rectangles, and other supplies for this card are available At Joan's Gardens.

At Joan's Gardens Challenge Week of Jan 10

This card is worked in white and light aquamarine blue using the Macarena Corner Die (cut in half) by Memory Box. The " Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment is from Just Rite Fancy Tags.   The oval cuts are Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals and nesting Ovals..  These products are available at Joan's Gardens.  The flowers are mulberry paper flowers touched with Diamond Stickles and 3Dcrystal Lacquer. They are lad over tulle and white feathers. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

At Joan's Gardens_Week of Jan10 Challenge

This first challenge of 2013 at Joan's Gardens is to create a blue and white  thank you card using 4 corner dies, and a flower.   I used a Sizzix embossing folder (Vintage wallpaper), organza ribbon, a thank you sentiment stamp from Stampin Up, inked in Kaleidacolor Blue Frost. The pearl accents are from SU, and the inked roses are from I Am Behind the roses are tiny leaves taken from the leaf Sizzix die.  The corner die cuts are Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco A (B161) available at Joan's Gardens.
The blue paper is by DCWV and is part of the shimmer paper group.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SplitCoast Stampers #345

This Mini Blinds Card was inspired by the tutorial by Diane Zechman at Splitcoast Stampers.  

I used paper by Colorbok and Core'dinations, Embossing folder by Sizzix (Vintage Wallpaper-Stampin Up), pearls by KaiserCraft, a Martha Stweart edge punch, sentiment stickers by Starform, and Spellbinders Large Labels S4-295, and of course my indispensible Scor-pal.. for this fun Window-blind card.

This card uses digital papers and digital stamps and elements created by Karen Schulz (snickerdoodledesignsbykaren) in her kit 'Puppy Love' printed on glossy photo paper. The little heart and the pawprint are by Loucee in her kit Love Me Love my Dog. I used Poppy Stamps #816 Small Madison Window, and Spellbinder's Labels 17 and Large Labels S4-168 dies. I used butcher's twine for the ribbon pulls, and a Martha Stewart edge punch for the valence. The Small Madison Window is very narrow, and I would like this better if the blinds were folded into a narrower accordion.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Split Coast Stampers #344

This flip-down-stack  4x6 Card is created from a tutorial by Sabrina Friel at Split  Coast Stampers.

I used butterflies punched with a Martha Stewart punch, Stampin Up stamps from Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage, and a detail outline stamp from Sweet Stamps called  Fancy Flower 2.  The cardfront is embossed with Elegant Lines embossing folder from SU and the little clear gem-flowers are by  Darice.  The ink is "fresh Greens" by Kaleidacolor, and the square die on the two sided design paper is Spellbinders Lacy Squares.