Sunday, April 27, 2014

Seize the Sketch #18

I was up too late last night cheering on my favorite Halau at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.  They danced beautifully, and it was well worth the droopy eyes today.  Hopefully I am making it just under the wire for this Seize the  Sketch #18.  When I saw this sketch, I thought it would be perfect for the wedding card I need to make.  Here's my take...

Loved the sketch, love the stamp from Stamping Bella.  I colored with Copic Markers and plan to lighten up on the grey shading in the card I send.  Since this is a dry run, I may add just a few pearls on final card.  It's hard to see, but I used Stickles along the ruffles and Wink of Stella in her hair for some subtle shine.

Thanks for looking!


Paper:  Mohawk White Copy Paper, Crate Paper Portrait Collection Design Paper.
Ink:  Clear embossed VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  seam binding, Stickles Crystal, Taylor embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, Wink of Stella, Copic Markers, clear embossing powder

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Diva Dare April 2014 Week 3

Just a quick post, a card I did for the Verve Stamps Diva Dare.  I used the inspiration picture and the card sketch.  The colors and patterns of the papers were also inspired by the picture.   It's really funny that these are the papers I had on my work table because I am in the process of working on my nieces wedding card.  With any luck it will be posted sometime this week.

If you look closely behind the card, you can see the orchids that bloomed for us for Easter!  Maybe I should post a picture of them too, they are beautiful!  Thanks for stopping by!


Paper: American Crafts cardstock,  Stampin' Up Whisper White, Crate Paper Portrait Collection Honeymoon and Pearls
Stamps: Verve-Wings of Love and No Matter What
Dies: Verve-Wavy Hearts and Flag It
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Brilliance Lightning Black,Pool
Accessories: metallic thread, pearls

Monday, April 21, 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  My day was nice and quiet with some time to stalk Pintrest and do some card making.  The end result was this, inspired by this card and how to by Kristy Luccketta.  She credited Jennifer McGuire with the technique.  They used distress ink to create a watercolor look.  Loved doing this and really makes me look forward the Online Card Class, Watercolor for Card Makers!

I agree with Kristy, the Delicata Gold ink is beautiful in real life.  So glad I got this when I saw it.  I also used my new Winnie and Walter stamps which I love.  Their service was also excellent!  I was so pleasantly surprised that the stamps sets were wrapped in bakers twine and had a hand written tag attached!  They also included a little goodie bag of sequins!  Made my day...
Have a great week.

Ink- Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry
Stamps- Winnie and Walter The Big the Bold and the Happy, Stampin' Up Bright Blossoms and Printed Petals
Paper- American Crafts Cardstock, watercolor paper

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Bunny Flip Card

I was so inspired by Alma's flip card tutorial, I did one for my daughter for Easter.  The details for how to make this clever card are here.  

I am bound and determined to be a creator this year and not a collector, so I brought out some of my "vintage" Springy paper to make this card.  I colored this image with Copic markers and added some of my dots for a little something extra.  

I was very honored to have this card picked as one of the "Favorites" in the General Stamping Forum on Splitcoast Stampers.  This little hobby of mine brings me great pleasure, but to hear some others like what I do even a tiny bit is validation that I greatly appreciate!

I hope you have had a Blessed Palm Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!


Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Lavender Lace
Design paper-?
Cardstock- Mohawk Copy Paper, DCWV
Stamps- The Cat's Pajamas Kick Some Grass
Accessories- TCP CutUps die, Copic Markers, stipple brush. Liquid Pearls, homemade dots, pop dots

Monday, April 7, 2014

What's Your Number?

The TCP challenge 263 is to use a number on your project.  I just got the new die and stamp set, Your Number Is Up, but I was so inspired by Alma's flip card and chalkboard video I changed my plan.  Wasn't quite sure how to photograph started misting as I was trying's the end result.

Both techniques where fun to do.  I ended up doing my chalkboard look a bit different than the video.     I just smeared chalk on black cardstock, printed the images using a white pigment ink and drew around the embossed part of the die cut with white pencil.  I dusted off some old Making Memories stamps to complete this card.  Do you remember the magnetic stamp sets they came out with years ago?  I took off the magnets and put the rubber on to EZ mount,  they work much better for me this way!  

I have lots of birthdays this month, so this card will be put to good use!  

Aloha, Brenda

Stamps- The Cat's Pajama's; Sassy Birthday, Say It's Your Birthday.   Making Memories: Magnetic Alphabets Ornaments
Dies- Framed Up CutUps by TCP
Design Paper- The Paper Studio
Cardstock- DCWV
Ink- Paint Pad Pigment Ink; white
Colored Pencil- Derwent Coloursoft white
Chalk- EK Success white

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bunny is Back

I made this little card a while back using scraps on my table and the Sweet Sunday card sketch #209. The parachute is paper pieced and Bunny is colored with Copic Markers.  I have used more of the  "dots" made from melted pony beads.   Sewing was done using the little Singer Quick Fix.

Hope your week is going well.  It is a little less hectic here this week.  Hoping to get some craft room time in this weekend, I got the goodies I ordered from the new TCP release!

Design Paper: Neapolitan by American Crafts. 
Cardstock: Mohawk Color Copy
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas, Paper Smooches
Dots: homemade (how-to here)