Monday, May 30, 2011

A Card for the Man in Your Life

The following is my entry for the CPS Card Sketch #220 as well as the Stamp TV Free For All Friday Challenge to create a masculine birthday card. 

Here is the CPS Card Sketch #220 from which I based my card:

I used Stampin' Up cardstock as my base and my layers and then added World Map designer paper as my second layer.  This was from my scrap paper so I am not sure who made it.  I then cut a small square of the same Stampin' Up cardstock and rounded the corners for my third layer and for the fourth layer, I stamped the writing image from the Open Sea stamp set from Stampin' Up to cover the entire piece of ivory cardstock I cut from Stampin' Up scraps with Crumbcake ink from Stampin' Up.  I then placed the ship image from the Open Sea stamp set for the focal image with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

To finish the card I set eyelets at each side of the focal image and then pulled some baker's twine through the holes and tied a knot.  Finally, I added the sentiment with dimmensional dots.

Thanks for looking!  Have a great week!  Abby and I are headed to Arlington for the GASC show on Friday.  Maybe we will see you there!



Good Memorial Day!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful  and crafty Memorial Day...

The following is my entry for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge and the Stamp TV Mix it Up Monday Challenge.  I love to sew, but I never have been good at sewing by hand so this one presented me with quite the challenge!

I created the card using Stampin' Up cardstock and then hand sewed along the right edge of the background using a blanket stitch.  For the focal image, I colored Stripes from the Kraftin' Kimmie collection using a mixture of Copic markers and Primacolor pencils and then affixed him to the card using Stampin' Up dimmensionals.  The bow was tied using my Bow Easy.  If you don't have one of these handy tools, believe me, they are worth the $5 unless you are exceptionally gifted at bow tying.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My first Copic picture

Good evening crafty friends!

I just finished my very first full page digi stamp colored with my Copic markers. It took me two evenings to finish it, but I think it turned out pretty good. I am thinking I will frame it and put it in my craft room. What do you think?


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Abby's Stampin'

Abby and I got to go to our monthly stamp club this weekend!  We sure do love hanging out with those ladies!!

I just had to show the cards we made in the club.  This is a Stampin' Up club so we obviously used all Stampin' Up products.  They are such wonderful products and we just love our demonstrator, Sandy Jordan.  We always have wonderful food, cards, entertainment, and socializing when we attend the monthly club and can't wait for the next one...



Kimmie Challenge #79

Hello Crafty Friends!
Abby here. Well, after another fun filled weekend of crafting with my mom, I have some cards to show you!

Not as many as usual. I got to go to the races with my husband and his parents yesterday. The first time I have ever bet on horse races! Sadly, I still have to go to work this week, I didn't hit it big, beginner's luck notwithstanding. I did get to bet on the Preakness, however, which was pretty cool!  All that to say, I had one day less than usual to craft, so here is what I have gotten done today:

For the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge number 79-Text me!

I started with a SU certainly celery card base.  I then took some scrap cream colored cardstock and stamped all over it with the SU "define your life" stamps to satisfy the text requirement. I added some green ribbon, and a stamped and colored "Isabelle" image.  I just LOVE this fairy kit, don't you? The "wish" sentiment came with a different fairy, also Kraftin' Kimmie. On the inside is the SU "wish" definition stamp.  I really liked the copic coloring on her hair, I've been working really hard at getting better at coloring.

My next card is for the Gina K Designs "Mix it up Monday" focus on flowers! I used the "black magic stamping" technique for this card. See the tutorial HERE on SCS. It is very simple, but effective.

I definately looks like I had a few too many drinks when I stamped that sentiment, as it leans to the side a bit. Oh well I guess. The stamps are all from the "Just believe" SU stamp set.  The cardstock is all scraps from my mom's box.
My next card is for the Gina K Designs "Free for all Friday" challenge-Get Krafty! ...sounds familiar right?
I started this card with a Kraft base, and the focal image is actually a stamp.  I just LOVE Leonardo da Vinci, so I just HAD to have this stamp.  Although it is a father's day card, I certainly won't be giving it to my dad, because I know the first thing he would say is "You're giving me a card with a naked man on it?" lol.  And who could blame him? I just liked the image and needed a father's day card, so here it is. haha. Anyways, this one is pretty self explanatory.  I did cut off the right most 1.5" of the front flap to add a little bit of interest. The "world" stamp is from SU-The Open Sea.

One more card-and that is for the CPS sketch. Here is the sketch:
...and here is my card...
This is a image I had already colored up from earlier this week.  I know it looks like Halloween, but I do love that color combo any time of the year.  Plus, I would be happy if it were fall year round! It's a little hard to see but the 2nd black layer is cuttlebugged with a circlely dot embossing folder thingy. I don't know what it's called.  Obviously. 

Well, hope you all enjoyed looking at my cards.  I sure did enjoy making them. See everyone back here next weekend!


Stamp TV - Friday Free For All

Here is my entry for Stamp TV's Friday Free for All - Let's be Krafty. 

I didn't want to use kraft paper for the base because I would just have to cover it up and well, what's the use of that?

I selected a nice blue scrap piece I had to make the base.  I then cut strips of green and green plaid from scrap and attached them together.  I embossed a "Happy Father's Day" sentiment on the upper right corner using my fav - a la mode copper embossing powder.

I then cut a piece of kraft cardstock and stamped the truck from the Stampin' Up stamp set, Countryside.  I have had this stamp set for months and never found a place to use it.  You all know how much I love Copic markers, but for this image, I decided to try my Prismacolor pencils.  I like the results!

I colored the image with the Prismacolors and attached it to the previously attached strips.  I cut the bottom of the truck image to size, then attached it to the card.

All-in-all this was fun project.  I am amazed how many cards I can make from my scrap bin.  I have been challenging myself to use those scraps first.  I am getting overrun with them...I know you all know what I mean.  :)

Abby will be posting her challenge cards next....I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!


Stamp TV - Mix it Up Monday Challenge

The following is my entry for the Stamp TV Mix it Up Monday challenge - "Flowers".

I chose scrap cardstock from Stampin' Up to make the card base.  I then added another scrap piece of  rose pink Stampin' Up cardstock for layer #2.  I wanted some flowers on the third layer so I chose a scrap piece from DCWV's Black Currant stack. 

I added a pink organza ribbon and stamped a "thanks so much" sentiment from Stampin Up's hostess stamp set, "Swirls and Curls Verses" with Versamark and embossed with pink al la mode embossing powder.  I cut the sentiment using my labels die from Spellbinders and attached it to the card using Stampin' Up dimmensionals.  To finish the card, I added a Jolee Dimmensional flower sticker to the bottom of the sentiment.

CPS Card Sketch #219

Using this week's card sketch...

...I created the following Father's Day card. 

I used Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy Cardstock for the base and then added a layer from DCWV's Lemon flower stack.  I embossed a scrap of a coordinating yellow with my Sizzix and plain embossing folder then added a navy ribbon across the center.

To create the focal image, I stamped the sailboat from my brand new Stampin' Up's The Open Sea stamp set and added the "Best Dad Ever" sentiment from Stampin Up's Best Dad Ever stamp set on a scrap of ivory cardstock.  I colored the sails of the boat using my Gelly Roll White pen.  (Have you ever used your souffle' pen instead of your gelly roll when you meant to reach for your gelly roll?  Let me tell you, it is not pretty!)

Finally, I put the card all together with scrapbooking adhesive and added the focal image with Stampin' Up Dimmensionals.

For ease of writing inside the card, I added a panel with "Happy Father's Day" stamped on it in the lighter ivory color.

Happy Viewing!


Kraftin Kimmie Challenge #79 - Text Me

Abby and I have been really busy crafting today!  We are making some Father's Day cards to display on our Etsy shop and working to improve our Copic marker skills.  We will be posting some stuff to the shop later today, but for now, the following is my entry for the Kraftin' Kimmie Text me challenge this week.  The challenge is to use text somewhere on the card so here it is...

This sweet little summer gal is Olivia.  I created this card by selecting the card base from Stampin' Up In Color Peach Parfait.  I then added a second layer of pattered paper from DCWV's Citrus Paper Pad.  Finally, to satisfy the requirement for text, I embossed a piece of yellow scrap using my Sizzix and my Cuttlebug embossing folder with writing all over it and placed it as the 3rd layer of the card.

I colored the focal image with Copic markers and then cut out a scalloped oval of the same Stampin' Up In Color Peach Parfait paper.  For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment that comes with the stamp, "Orange you a great friend!" and cut it out using my ribbon tag die and my sizzix.   I placed the sentiment on the card using the ribbon that inspired this entire card.  I don't know who made that ribbon, but I saw it at Hobby Lobby and immediately thought of this stamp.

I hope you have as much fun viewing this card as I did creating it.  This is one of my favorites so to Drucilla of course!  ;-)

More to follow later today!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

CPS Card Sketch #218

This is my entry for the weekly CPS card sketch.  In honor of all the Dads, I decided to make a Father's Day card!  This card is made 100% from scrap materials I had in my scrap box.  Don't you just love it when a card works out using all scraps?

I found all the squares already cut from scrap cardstock and I punched the circles using some scrap Graphic 45 paper I found.  I stamped the focal image using my Tim Holtz 'Enjoy the Journey' stamps.  The sentiment was stamped from my brand new Stampin' Up Best Dad Ever stamp set.  Finally I added square brads to stay with the square theme and put it all together on my card base.

I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, May 16, 2011

DIY Patterned Paper - Stamp TV Free For All Friday

This is my entry for the Stamp TV Free For All Friday challenge to create do-it-yourself paper and use it in a card.

For this card, I used Stampin' Up cardstock for the base and then cut a piece of ivory cardstock for the second layer of the card.  I used my two step stamp set from Stampin' Up named "Baby Blossoms" to create the floral pattern on this cardstock.  I then stamped a "Congratulations" sentiment on a scrap piece of cardstock and inked the edges to match the pink floral pattern.  I attached a ribbon and some brads in the corners of the sentiment to finish the card off.

I like creating my own patterned paper.  Perhaps, I'll try a different pattern next time!

Happy Crafting!


Sassy Drucilla

This card is my entry for the Kraftin Kimmie Girls Rock challenge.

The focal image is Drucilla. She was my first ever Kraftin' Kimmie stamp and she remains my favorite!  To create the card, I used Stampin' Up cardstock for the base and a pretty patterned dot print for the 2nd layer.  I cut Drucilla out using my Spellbinders petite ovals and then placed glitter accents on her hair bows, barettes, and around her feet using my Atyou Spica glitter pens.  I also added some flower buttons on the top left.

I hope you enjoy Drucilla as much as I do...I'm sure you will be seeing her often on this blog!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Stamp Tv - Mix it Up Monday (Purples)

This card is my entry for the Mix it up Monday Challenge on

The card base is made of Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant smooth cardstock.  The second layer was created from white cardstock and inked around the edges with Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant ink.  The final layer is two different designer papers from DCWV.  One layer was cut away at an angle to reveal the other layer.

The focal image was colored using Copic markers and glittered using Copic Atyou Spica glitter markers.  I cut the image with my Spellbinders Petite Scalloped ovals.  (I know, I know...I always use these, but I absolutely love this design!)

Finally, I inked a piece of white cardstock with the same Elegant Eggplant to place into the interior of the card for easy writing of a special note.

This card will be for sale in our etsy shop at  Remember to KRAFTYSALE through May 20 to receive free shipping on any purchase.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thanks a Latte!

This is my entry for the CPS Sketch #217 and the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge # 77.  I created this Krafty card using the following supplies:

Stampin' Up Cardstock Crumbcake (that's the Kraft-y part!)
Stampin' Up Cardstock Pumpkin Pie
Patterned paper by DCWV
Kraftin' Kimmie Angie Stamp
Copic Markers
Fiskars Corner Punch
Spellbinders Deckled Edge Die
Spellbinders Ribbon Tags
Miscellenous Embellishments

The card will be for sale on our etsy shop at  Check out the shop...There are lots of great cards to see!  Enter coupon code KRAFTYSALE for free shipping...through  May 20, 2011.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge

Hello all crafty people!

Well, I missed the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge to use flowers. I even had my card made, I meant to post it last night, but I was feeling so under the weather that I just went to bed.  Now that I'm feeling much better (if not just a little hung over from the Benadryl I took last night) I saw the next challenge is to use KRAFT paper.  Some people love it, some people hate it.  I just so happens that I LOVE kraft paper. It also just so happens that the card I made for the flowers submission is on kraft paper! WooHoo! So here it is:

I made the card with kraft cardstock.  I colored my Kraftin Kimmie Abigail Apple (get it HERE) and cut it out with my new spellbinders petite ovals.  I embellished it with some flowers that I got in a grab bag from Stampin Up and some ribbon from Hobby Lobby, I believe.  Overall, not my favorite card that I have ever made, but I suppose it will do.  Now on to the next challenge....

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-Love, Abby

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Stamp TV Free for All Friday

This card is my entry in the Free for all Friday challenge for Stamp TV.  The card is made from Stampin' Up cardstock and Stampin' Up designer paper.  I stamped the background flowers using and focal image using the Just Believe stamp set from Stampin' Up.  I inked the background using a scalloped circle as a mask and sponging white and blue ink onto the cardstock.  To finish the card, I stamped and inked a "thanks" sentiment and cut it out using my Spellbinders Nestibilities Petite Scalloped Ovals.  Finally, to match the sketch, I attached three coordinating blue buttons to the bottom right corner.

This card will be available for purchase on our etsy shop at

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

StampTV - Mix it Up

This is my entry for the StampTV Mix It Up Spring Inspiration card.

To create this card, I began by cutting the card base from Stampin' Up green cardstock, then cut the layers using a darker green and pink for the background layer.  I ran the background layer through my plaids Sizzix embossing folder using my Big Shot.

I then stamped my focal image on some white cardstock using a sunflower stamp I had tucked away.  I added leaves using the leaf stamp from my Stampin' Up Sweetheart stamp set.  I cut the focal image using a square die from my Spellbinders and the background was cut from some yellow cardstock using my scalloped squares dies from Spellbinders.

I stamped some small flowers on the small piece of green using the same color of green ink and then attached it to the pink background layer.  I added a coordinating green sheer ribbon bow which I tied using my Bow Easy (best tool ever!) and then attached it to the background layer. 

Finally I placed my focal image on the layer and after using my corner rounder to round the corners, I attached the background to the card base.

It was a very fun card to make.  I hope you enjoy looking!

Happy Crafting,


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #76 - May Flowers

This is my entry for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge - "Show Us Your May Flowers".

I first cut the card base from Stampin' Up Cardstock and then proceded to the layers.  The pink layer was run through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder (my absolute favorite embossing folder ever - it is so versatile!).

The image was stamped using the Shy Emmylou stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie.  If you have been following this blog, you will notice that Kraftin' Kimmie stamps are also a favorite of mine.  I colored the image using my Copic markers in pinks and blues and then cut an oval the size of the image.  I used this oval as a mask and sprayed the image with my Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream.  *This was one of our best finds while on our Tennessee trip.  We found it in Little Rock - DIRT cheap!*

After spritzing the image and heat setting it, I cut it out using my Sizzix Big Shot and a label die from the Labels Eight die set.  I finally added a subtle gold organza ribbon and a matching pink paper flower to satisfy the flower requirements of this card.

To complete the card, I stamped a friend verse in the interior.

I hope you enjoy viewing the card.

Happy Crafting!


Cute Card Thursday

Using the card sketch #157 from the Cute Card Thursday site, I created this card for this week's challenge.

My focal image was created using the Kraftin' Kimmie Stella Strawberry stamp and sentiment which I colored with Copic markers.  I created the card base as a 6x6 card with Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The glittered cardstock layer was cut from DCWV glitter cardstock.  The remainder of the layers were cut using coordinating Stampin' Up pattered paper.

I inked the edges of the card and stamped the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Finally, I cut the circular image in the background using my Sizzix Big Shot and a Spellbinders Contemporary Hearts pendant die.

I placed three of the cut out pieces of the hearts at the bottom right to add balance to the card.

This card will be placed on our etsy shop for sale.  Check out the shop...