Saturday, January 27, 2007


I cut a piece of Vanilla card stock to 5 1/2" by 1 3/4", and stamped the medium sized snowflake (from the Snowflakes set) all over with Versamark. I used a cotton swab to dab three colors of blue from my Stampin' Pastels over the snowflakes, and then rubbed it softly in to the Versamark.

I matted that with Bravo Burgundy card stock. The card base is Not Quite Navy card stock, with the big snowflake all over in Versamark for my background. "Just because" from Simple Sayings II is stamped in white ink.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Floral Thanks

I've been experimenting with the Nature's Wonders set, and have come up with several designs I like. I really like the torn paper in this one. Somehow it seems to really complement the stamps from nature.

I stamped the flower in Rose Red ink on Vanilla card stock. It is matted with Rose Red and then Regal Rose card stock.

I cut pieces of Regal Rose, Vanilla, and Rose Red card stock about an inch wide, and 5 1/2" long. I tore them, leaving the Regal Rose widest; then I layered them behind each other, and put it at the folded edge of my Pretty in Pink card.
The greeting is one of my favorite "thank you"s, and is from the Vintage Postcard set, and stamped in Rose Red ink.

The sand dollar card has a base of Vintage Violet card stock. The three layers are Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and Basic Black card stock, and the ink is basic black. The greeting is from the Sincere Salutations set.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Provencal Flair

I had such fun with this pattern. I love the rooster stamp, and the French Country look, so this was a fun card to make. I liked this so much, I decided to try several, with different stamps and colors.

For this card, I stamped the rooster from the Provencal set in Basic Black ink on More Mustard card stock. I matted it with Basic Black card stock, extending 7/8" below the rooster. Behind that is Real Red card stock.

I used another piece of paper to make little dots to mark the place for the eyelets, to make sure they were in a straight line. The eyelets are More Mustard alternate with Real Red.

The card base is More Mustard, with a leaf from Simple Sketches stamped all over in Versamark. "Just Because" is from Simple Sayings II, and stamped in Basic Black ink.

For the leaf card, the card base is Really Rust card stock, with the Fall Frolics wheel in Really Rust ink for the background. The leaves are stamped on More Mustard card stock with the Pumpkin Patch spectrum pad. That was matted with Close to Cocoa and then Creamy Caramel card stock. The eyelets are: Really Rust, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Really Rust.

The yellow and pink card has a So Saffron base, with a background stamp from Wee Watercolors in Versamark all over. The flower is from Stippled Stencils, and is stamped on Pretty in Pink card stock with Rose Red ink. I used a sponge to scrape the edges of it with Rose Red ink, giving it a work look. It is matted on Regal Rose, then Pretty in Pink card stock, with yellow flower eyelets. The greeting from Sincere Salutations is in Rose Red ink.

The green card's base is Mellow Moss. The background is the fleur-de-lis from the Timeworn Trim set, stamped with Versamark. The apple stamp (from the same set) is stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink on Apricot Appeal card stock. It is matted with Bravo Burgundy, then Apricot Appeal. The eyelets are metallic, and the greeting (from Sincere Salutations) is in Bravo Burgundy ink.

The Purple card base is Elegant Eggplant, and the background is Versamarked from Wee Watercolors. The rest of the ink is Basic Black. The grape vine stamp is from Stippled Stencils, and the greeting is from All Year Cheer I. The motif is stamped on Perfect Plum card stock, with Basic Black and Always Artichoke mats, and metallic eyelets.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Bee and Daisies

I like the cool, calm colors and layers in this card. It's been one of my favorites.
I stamped the bee from Definitely Decorative Daisy in Bordering Blue ink on a 1 3/8 " square of Creamy Caramel card stock. Behind it are squares: 1 5/8" Bordering Blue, 2 1/2" Creamy Caramel, and 3'' Bordering Blue again.
I cut a piece of Creamy Caramel card stock to 3 7/8" by 5 1/8" for the front of the card. I stamped a small daisy from Definitely Decorative Daisy in Mellow Moss ink on a 1" by 3 7/8" piece of Mellow Moss card stock. it is matted on strips of equal length of 1 3/8" wide Creamy Caramel, then 1 3/4" wide Bordering Blue.
I assembled the whole card top, and made the antique metallic eyelets all the way through to the last layer of Creamy Caramel piece. It was a bit of a stretch getting them in over all that paper, but it worked. The greeting from All Year Cheer I is stamped in Mellow Moss ink, and the card base is Bordering Blue.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Crystal Snowflake

This card base is Ballet Blue card stock, with the background done with the Snowflake wheel in Ballet Blue all over.

For the snowflake, I stamped the snowflake (from Snowflakes) in Versamark on Vanilla card stock, and embossed it with Antique Ivory powder. After it cooled, I inked my brayer with the Blue Frost spectrum pad, and covered the paper with it. Wiping the embossed snowflake with a paper towel removed the ink from it, and left my white snowflake standing out against a wintry background. I trimmed it, and matted it with Basic Black, and added the greeting in Basic Black.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


My standard card base is from Bordering Blue card stock. I cut Vanilla card stock to 3 3/4'' by 5'', and used the By the Sea wheel with a Bordering Blue catridge across the bottom. I stamped the shells (from Stipple Shells) in Bordering Blue ink on Vanilla card stock, and cut them out. After I attached the shells to the Vanilla card stock with the border, the greeting (from All Year Cheer I) in Bordering Blue ink. Then I added white eyelets and attached it to my card base.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pastel Butterfly

This card base is Sage Shadow card stock with the Leaf Prints wheel all over in Sage Shadow ink. The Stipple Butterfly is on Barely Banana card stock. In the corners I used Sage Shadow eyelets.
To emboss the butterfly, I had four pieces of scrap paper. I used the stack of Subtles embossing powder, and had each one open in front of its piece of paper. After I stamped the butterfly with Versamark, I held the paper and shook the light pink embossing powder down the middle of the butterfly. Then I moved to the next piece of paper, and shook the lavender embossing powder on either side of the pink. Then so on with the light blue, and lastly, the sage. Then I heated the whole thing, and it looks like the colors are melting into each other across the butterfly.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Gentle Roses

This card base is Blush Blossom card stock. I used the border stamp from Gentler Times with Versamark on Elegant Eggplant card stock to make a border the length of the card. I trimmed it to size and cut a piece of Rose Red card stock the same size. I tore the Rose Red, and attached it to the Elegant Eggplant so it would show. The rose was stamped on Vanilla in Rose Red ink. I scraped the edge of the rose piece with a sponge with Rose Red ink first, and then lightly with Basic Black. I also brushed the sponge over the whole rose piece with Basic Black ink to "weather" it. The rose is matted with Rose Red card stock.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Feathered Thanks

I ended up making this card when I was trying to use up the little scrap pieces of card stock in my folder! My card base is Brocade Blue, with the cute little bird from Feathered Hope stamped all over in Versamark. The greeting from All Year Cheer I and the birds Seasonal Birds from were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Vanilla card stock. I matted the greeting with Chocolate Chip card stock, and the birds with Close to Cocoa. The square of Chocolate Chip behind the birds is the same size as the Close to Cocoa square that mats it. The eyelets are brown.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Snowflake Window

My card base is made from Night of Navy card stock. On top is a piece of Ballet Blue card stock (3 3/4'' by 5'') with a snowflake from the Snowflakes set stamped all over with Versamark. I used the same snowflake and the Blue Frost spectrum pad for the "window panes" on Vanilla card stock. They were each matted with Brilliant Blue, and set on Night of Navy. "Thinking of You" from Sincere Salutations is stamped in Night of Navy ink.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Winter Sparkle

I made the standard card base with Ballet Blue card stock, and used the little snow stamp from Snowflakes all over it with Versamark. The other images are all stamped on Vanilla card stock: the snowman in Night of Navy ink, the mittens in Cranberry Crisp, the hot cocoa in Vintage Violet, and the snowballs in Ballet Blue. I trimmed and matted them with Basic Black card stock. The snowman block was colored in with the watercolor pencils. Then I dotted the 2-way glue pen all over the snowman, and applied Dazzling Diamonds stampin' glitter. Silver Shine glitter decorates the snow under the snowman.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Rosy Elegance

The base of the card is a standard 5 1/2'' by 8'' piece of Rose Red Cardstock folded in half. Pretty in Pink cardstock cut to 5'' by 3 3/4'' is on top. I used a rose from Simple Sketches stamped in Rose Red ink twice on Pretty in Pink card stock. I trimmed it to leave just enough room for my eyelets. I matted that with Rose Red card stock, and set my pink eyelets. I've learned that Stampin' Up eyelets are easy to set, and any other eyelets I've found really have to be hit hard! After attaching the rose piece, I added my greeting from All Year Cheer I, stamped in Rose Red ink.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Thinking of Butterflies

I made a standard 5 1/2'' by 4 1/4'' card base from some light lavender card stock I was trying to use up. The color is closest to Pale Plum, but I think I would use Lavender Lace to make it again. A stamp from Wee Watercolors with Versamark made the background. I stamped the Stipple Butterfly on Vanilla card stock, and colored it in with the watercolor pencils. After cutting it out, I put tape in the middle, and stampin' dimensions on the outsides of the wings. When I attached the butterfly to the card, it looked like it had it's wings slightly lifted. "Thinking of You" from Sincere Salutations was stamped in Perfect Plum ink.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Made from Scratch greetings

I saw this "pattern" and really liked it, so I decided to make several using all the stamps from Made from Scratch set.

I made this card with Chris in mind. "Always" is one of our special words. The card has a black base, made by folding a 5 1/2'' by 8'' piece of cardstock in half. The heart stamp is in black on Real Red card stock, and cut to size. I used a sponge with black ink to scrape the edges of the heart squares. I cut a strip of Apricot Appeal to 5'' and stamped the heart from Wee Watercolors in Versamark all over it. I tore the bottom of the card stock just enough so that my greeting at the bottom would show. After I put it all together, I stamped "always" from Small Script in white ink.

The flower card was done in Yoyo Yellow, Regal Rose and vanilla card stock, with Regal Rose ink. The background is from Fresh Fillers, stamped with Versamark.

The leaf card was made with Not Quite Navy, Really Rust and Apricot Appeal card stock, Not Quite Navy and white ink and Versamark. That background is also from Fresh Fillers.

The snowflake card is in Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue and Basic Black card stock, Basic Black ink, and silver embossing powder. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations.

The last heart card is with Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy and Apricot Appeal card stock, with Bravo Burgundy ink and Versamark.