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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Birdie Delivery - Sweet Stop Sketch 41

I have a little announcement her today. As of February 1st, I will become a Sugar Baby Dt Member and be the DT Coordinator for the Sugar Babies Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog. I am so excited about this because sketches are my passion. Along with card making and sewing. So joining this wonderful group of ladies just makes my day. If you haven't checked out this wonderful sketch blog yet, today would be a great day to do so and be sure to become a follower and join in each weeks challenge.

Here is my card for the sketch challenge. I used a NEW Digi Stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Birdie Delivery. There were four new releases on Thursday. So, if you love Digi's or want to try one for the first time, Sweet 'n Sassy stamps is the place to go.
On this card, I did paper piecing for the birdie and bag.

The papers are all from Close to my Heart. The flower was made with punches and coordinating papers.

The Yellow Grosgrain ribbon and buttons are also from CTMH.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery floss.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Enjoy Every Moment 2 - Mojo Monday 123

Well, here is another card with this fantastic Stamp set called "Enjoy Every Moment" from Close to my Heart. I love flowers and these highly detailed images are the greatest.

For this card, I used a wonderful sketch from Mojo Monday. I turned it 45 ° to accomodate my image better.

The designer papers are from Basic Grey.

The Buttons, Ribbon, cardstock,  and half pearls are from CTMH.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Enjoy Every Moment - Inspirational Card Sketch #51

Well, the weather has turned cold and blustery and for some strange reason, my motavation just isn't here this week. I normally have at least four cards made this week so far and this is only my second. I don't know if it's just the winter blah's or the pain in my hip. But, I need to give myself a good swift kick and shake it off.

I love the color in this card. Such a pretty blue with just a touch of green.

I used this weeks sketch from "Inspirational Catd Sketches.". And what an inspiration it was.  

Along with the sketch, I played along with Stampin' B's Challenge to use a flower, Butterfly and Die Cut.

I've had this new stamp set form Close to my Heart for two months now and finally inked it up. There are three different flower stamps in this set called "Enjoy Every Moment.". The sentiment is called "Fringed Phrases." The designer paper is also from CTMH and called "Caboodle."

All images were stamped twice with black Memento Ink and embossed with clear EP. They were then colored in with Copic Markers, cut out and layered for a 3D affect.

The white punched area behind the flowers was made using a Spellbinders Pendant Die.

I used two of the colors of Blue Dew Drops from the Waters collection in three of the corners and for the Butterfly's head.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daffodils - TCP Tuesday94


I came across this great blog the other day and you know how I LOVE sketches. So, I thought I'd play along with the TCP Tuesday Sketch Challenge 94. What a great sketch.

For this card, I used The March Daffodils Stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. There's a huge sale goin on over there right now and the stamp sets are flying out the door. So get yours before they are all gone.

The image was stamped twice with Black Memento ink and heat embossed with clear EP. It is then colored with Copic Markers. The second image was cut out and layered with the first for a 3D affect.

The designer paper is from SEI.
The Hand Stitching is done with matching embroidery floss.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Trees of the Field Birthday























This card was made using the Delightful Sketch #15 for inspiration.

I also made this card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday. Their requirement was to make a scene. It's not a big scene, but a scene non the less.

And, it also works perfect for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge to use green somewhere on your card. I think I've got this covered! I've been wanting to play along with their challenges for some time now.

The Card was made using a tree from A stamp set called "Trees of the Field" from Sweet & Sassy Stamps. It's on sale so you may want to rush over a pick up a set for yourself before it's gone!!!
I always have such a problem making more masculine cards and this sets works perfect for both genders.

The designer papers are from Closed to my Heart, called Veranda. I've used this on several cards and each one looks different. I just love the versatility of their papers.
The ribbon is Garden Green Gorsgrain from CTMH also.
The tree is covered with Faux Flower Soft in two colors of green, a light and a dark.

The Hand Stitching was done using matching embroidery floss.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Butterfly Thank You Card - Mojo Monday #122





This card uses a Mojo Monday week 122 sketch challenge. The Butterfly and Thank you is from a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set called "In His Time".
The designer papers, cardstock and ribbon are from Close to my Heart Veranda Creative Basics Collection.

The image was stamped with a black Memento Ink Pad then heat embossed with clear EP. Then colored with Copic Markers. The butterfly was stamped twice, then both cut out and layered for a 3D affect.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Daffodils & Butterfly - The Pink Elephant Challenge #50



















Here's just one more card using the March Daffodils stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I also used the Butterfly from "In His Time", and the Sentiment is from "His Eye is on the Sparrow." All of these wonderful stamps are also from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. These stamps are all on sale and flying out the door, so check them out today. And while you're there, why not try a Digi stamp. They are so much FUN to use, a great price, and no storage problem. TODAY is Digi Day and a few new releases.


So onto my card. For the inspiration for this card, I used a Sketch Challenge from The Pink Elephant. This was such a perfect sketch for these stamp sets.  This was also made for Danni's Flutter By Wednesday challenge for embossing and a butterfly. All of my stamped images are heat embossed with clear embossing powder before coloring.

The papers are from Close to My Heart, called Caboodle. I just love thesae colors. Sweetleaf, Crystal Blue and Sorbet.

The images were stamped with black Memento Ink and colored in with Copic Markers. The Daffodils were stamped twice. The second set was cut out and mounted for a 3D affect.

The hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery floss.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spring is Sure to Follow - SSS39


My card today is for the Sweet Stop Sketch #39 with a twist. We were to use the sketch and use no other stamps except for a sentiment. Well, I cheated slightly.  I've been wanting to use this sentiment since it seems appropriate this time of year but when I stamped it, I just wasn't happy with it. I didn't like it with the pattern of the paper I used. SO, I stamped the image from Melody of Love VERY LIGHTLY on my paper so it looks like background paper. But, Shhhhhhh...Don't tell anyone! *Ü*

Now, I like it.
The Sentiment is from a stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, called "His Eye is on the Sparrow." I just thought this was so appropriate since our winter has been exceptionally cold and we can't wait for it to be over.

The papers are new from Close to my Heart, called Veranda. The colors here are Juniper and Creme Brulee. The creme Brulee organdy ribbon, The Juniper mini brads and the half pearls is also from CTMH. The flowers and leaves were made with punches with the Veranda Papers. Some were cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Daffodils - Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Sketch



So, are you sick of my Daffodils Yet?  I love Daffodils because of their sweet smell and it's the first sign of Spring. The only problem is, when you make cards with them, their colors are very limited. They are mainly yellow or white with touches of orange or pink. Lucky for us there are so many designer papers to use to make our cards just a little different.


For this card, I used a fantastic Sketch from Flourishes Timely Tuesday Challenge 49.  I just discovered this blog and I think it's a keeper!!!       

The stamp set is March Daffodils from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, one of six new releases this month. I stamped it with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers twice. I cut one out with a Nesties Die leaving some of the image outside of the circle. I cut out the daffodils from the second one and layered for a 3D affect.
The designer paper is Basic Grey and the cardstock & Sunkiss ribbon is from Close to my Heart.

The hand stitching was done using matching Embroidery floss.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hugs & Kisses - Friday Sketchers























Due to all of the different challenges I found this week, I finally cleared my mind of snow with this stamp set called  Love You This Much  from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. After all, snowmen are WINTER images and not necessarily snow scenes.

So, I started with a fantastic sketch from  Friday Sketchers. I loved all the layering with this sketch.
Then I teamed it up with a color challenge from Cute Card Thursday using Pink and Grey. I LOVE pink and grey together but actually forgot how much I loved it until this challenge jogged my memory.
Last but not least,  Sherrod Studio had a challenge to use stitching. Well, this was the easiest one since I use HAND stitching on 95% of my cards. Here is the sad thing about my stitching. Many months ago, I decided I wanted to stitch on my cards, so I went out and bought Embroidery Thread for my sewing machine in about 50 different colors. AND THEN, I fell in love with hand stitching and only used the sewing machine once.

Anyway, here is my card. I stamped my image three times with black Memento ink. I then colored them with Copic Markers and cut out certain portions of two and layered them for a 3D affect.

The Hugs & Kisses is a Digi set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. The thing I love most about Digi stamps is that you can make them any size you need. I made it just the right size to fit in this heart die from Spellbinders.
All papers are form Close to my Heart.

I used the Cuttlebug Heart Embossing Folder for the pink background.

The mini hearts around the snowman was left over from the Fiskars Heart Border Punch I used on the pink at the bottom. I shaded them with the matching Copic Markers, clued them where I wanted them and coated them with Liquid Glass.

I then hand stitched around the card with Grey Embroidery Floss.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

March Daffodils - Mojo Monday

Hello again!  I've just been in a creating mood lately. Creating is my stress release. And with taking care of my six month old grandson, who is teething right now, and an active 3 yr. old granddaughter, I need as MUCH stress release as I can get.

Here is another card made using the newly released stamp set called March Daffodils from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.



I used a great sketch from Mojo Monday  for the inspiration for this card.                                                                                               
The designer papers, cardstock, buttons and ribbon are from Close to my Heart.
The daffodils were stamped twice. Then colored, cut out, and layered for a 3D affect.
The handstitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Forget-Me-Nots - Midnight Madness #36

Today is another great day for getting creative. Besides the fact that it's Friday, the weather outside is really gorgeous for January. It's sunny and the temperature is expected to reach 50°. And for the middles of January in Pennsylvania, that's wonderful!!!


As soon as I saw this sketch #36 over ast Midnight Madness Blog I knew I had to design with it. It's been a while since I used the Forget-Me-Not Stamp Set  from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and knew this sketch was just perfect for it. AND, I just love the colors in this new paper pack from Close to my Heart called "Caboodle".
It has such gorgeous spring colors. The Happy Birthday is from the "For Every Occasion" stamp set form Close to my Heart,


This card was also made for:
The Pink Elephant Challenge #49 - Birthday
And Paper Makeup Stamps - Birthday.

You can't see it in the photo, but I coated eachn of the flowers with Liquid Glass so they shine and it adds so much dimension. The flowers were stamped with Memento Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. They were actually stamped three times, colored, cut out and layered for a 3D affect.

The hand stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.
The Half pearls were colored to match with Copic Markers.
A Martha Stewart punch was used on the CS down the left side and a Spellbinders Pendant die was used behind the main image.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

March Daffodils - SC263

















I'm really thinking Spring today. Here is a lovely Daffodil stamp set  from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This is one of the three Birth Month Flower Sets that was released this month.
I also used the bird form the Melody Of Love set.

This card was designed using sketch 263 from SCS. I turned it 45° to make it work with my image.

The daffodils and bird were stamped with Memento Black and colored with Copic Markers.

The Designer Paper is new from Close to my Heart. It's from the Veranda Pack. The ribbon and half pearls are also from CTMH. I colored the pearls with Copic Markers.

The leaf sprig is from a Sizzix Die and the yellow lace is from a Martha Stewart Punch. The Ovals and circles are Nesstabilitie Dies.

The hand stitching is done with matching embroidery floss.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Melody Of Love - SSS38


This card was such a joy to make since I am thinking Spring. I'm just super tired of this cold weather and want it to go away. But, I am grateful that I don't live in the Mid West with all of the frigid cold AND snow.
Once again I am using the image from  Melody of Love stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
This happens to be one of my favorite images and I find myself looking for sketch challenges that would accomodate this image.  Not to mention that Valentines day is just one month away and would make an ideal valentine card. As a matter of fact, I can't think of any occasion that this card wouldn't fit in. OK, maybe one or two. 
This is just one of the six new sets that Sweet 'n Sassy released this month. AND, you can save money by picking up the bundle of six sets for only $30. But, you need to hurry because there are only FIVE left in stock!  Of course, you can pick each set up individually too.

I used Saturday's  Sweet Stop Sketch #38  for this card.                  

The image was stamped with Memento black ink pad and colored with Copic Markers. The two birds and one small flower were stamped again, colored, cut out and layered for a 3D affect. Don't strain your eyes looking for the popped small flower because I forgot to put it on before taking the picture, but it's there in real life.
The Designer papers and cardstock are from Close to my Heart. The larger flowers in the corners were made with a combination of dies and punches using matching papers with a mini brad for the center.

The Hand Stitching inside and out was done with matching embroidery floss.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Elegant Blessings_2


I don't think I'll ever get my grown daughter to stamp & make cards. It's way to easy for her to come to MOM for them. Last night she asked for two Sympathy cards. She's a travel agent at AAA and over the past few years, many of her customer or their family members have passed away so I'm the one she comes to to make my least favorite type of card.

So, I had a sketch from Just Us Girls #14 (JUGS), that I was going to use for another sample of the newly released stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy, However, I decided to use the Cross and Sympathy saying from their Elegant Blessings stamp set.

Since I needed to make two cards in one night, you will notice that it doesn't have any hand stitching on it. Yes, this was difficult for me to do. I think every card I make has hand stitching on it. I may have to go into therapy after this.

The paper I used is new from Close to my Heart. It is called Veranda Creative Basics. I think this and the regular Veranda Paper pack is the prettiest paper in our new catalog.
The flower was made from various punches.

Now, the best part about this picture is........Some of my very dear DT friends, Kristine and Lorie, turned me onto a new paint program so I could add this very pretty watermark that Korin had designed for us. I'm so excited that it only took me about 15 minutes to figure it out. HOWEVER, now the problem is to remember how I did it. That's the problem with Trial & Error. Thanks Ladies!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Love You This Much - SNSS New Release Day!


Well, today is the day when Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing SIX new stamp sets.I've been giving sneak peeks for the past few days of"Melody of Love". Well, here is another set call "Love Your This Much". 

We have about 10 more weeks of winter so I thought this would make a great "Any Occasion" Winter Card. We're going through an extremely COLD winter so far here in Pennsylvania, so these types of cards are easy for me to make right now. I do my creating in front of a BIG window and all I see is SNOW!!!

Now, I actually started making this card last week for the Pink Elephant Card Sketch # 47. However, because sometimes, life happens, it didn't get finished in time to post it for the Challenge. Well, low and behold, when I went into their blog Monday, their challenge this week was to make a card with two designers papers, three buttons, and snowflakes. SOOOOOOOO, Here is my card with last weeks sketch added to this weeks challenge #48. That worked out pretty darn good.

Well, my card has plenty of  BLING to it, however, it is hard to see in the picture. There are small crystals in each of the five buttons on the snowman's coat. The snow and the snowflakes are all heavily glittered.

The image was colored with Copic Markers. I'm not sure where the papers are from.
The snowflakes were made from a Spellbinders Die and a Martha Stewart Punch.
The Ribbon, Buttons and Cardstock is Close to My Heart.
I used matching embroidery floss for the hand stitching around the card.
The snow was made using Liquid Applique and glitter.

Hope you like it. This stamp makes me smile!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Melody Of Love - Another Sneak Peak - SSS37


Here is another card I created using a new stamp set called Melody of Love. This set is being released on Thursday over at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This set is a MUST HAVE!!!

This card goes with the sketch challenge over at the Sweet Stop Challenge Blog.
This card is also for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge  for Something New. Well, it doesn't get any newer than this Gorgeous stamp set.
I teamed this all up with a paper pack called "That's Amore" from Close to My Heart.

The image and half pearls were all colored with Copic Markers.
The stitching around the card was all done by hand with matching embroidery floss.

Drop by tomorrow for another card made with one of the new Stamp sets being released.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Melody of Love - Sneak Peak

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Can you believe that's it's January already. Spring will soon be here and I have the most perfect card for you. This card would be perfect for a Valentine's card or for any Spring Time All Occasion Card.
I just love this set. As a matter of fact, with the right papers, I can even see it as a Christmas Card. How's that for versatility.
The stamp set is a new one being release by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps on January 7th and is called Melody of Love. There are so many great word phrases in this set also. The image was colored in with Copic Markers.


I used a skech from Card Positioning Systems (CPS), It was our choice of any of their sketches from 2009. I chose Sketch #54 because it worked perfectly with this stamp.
Also playing along with Clearly Inspired Challenge which required the use of Brads.
Also played along with Crazy 4 Challenges using Polka Dots.

The white frame was made using a Martha Stewart punch.

The card is hand stitched using white embroidery floss. Not sure where the papers are from.