Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another case of CASEing

For a while now I've had my eye on a card from Card Creations, Favorite Occasions, vol. 2. I can't post a photo for copyright reasons, but you should be able to see the original inspiration here. As you can tell from my first card below, I hardly changed a thing becaus I loved its simplicity and color.

After doing the first one, I decided to change things up a bit and use Juliette paper and Vintage Plum embossing powder. It looks like I messed up with ink under the sentiment, but it's a fiber in the Aspen cardstock--I promise!
Hey, why not try it with Hemingway paper and Copper embossing powder too? I left the insides blank so I can turn them into cards for anniversary, birthday, just about anything!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I just LOVE TAC's Emma double-sided paper and thought it was perfect for a beautiful sympathy card.

The damask image is a Gift With Purchase (don't you just love those freebies??!?!), and I (again) used a card from Paper Creations as if it were a sketch. This one was on page 49 of the Spring 2011 magazine.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

For my January stamping class I wanted to offer a nice Valentine's card that could easily be used for some other occasion. Combine that with the fact that our class was all about glitter that evening, I ended up designing this card with a glitter window.

We used the stamp set Linear Sentiments because it has a flower, star or circle that someone could use instead of the heart. I had never before tried a glitter window but was inspired after participating in a technique swap that another angel hosted. Even though you can't see it well in the photo, there is a stamped image under the ribbon, and the polka dots are with Versamark Dazzle.
Below is the card by Shirley H. that I received in the technique swap. I loosely based my design on hers.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Not sure what to think...

This time I CASEd my friend Amy K. I saw her card here (scroll down to the Amore card with the green bow) and loved it! I knew I didn't have anything that dainty or delicate to try, so I used one of my victorian images to give it a whirl. I'm not sure what I think of mine, but I LOVE hers and the one she CASEd in the first place!

The rhinestones are from the sewing department at Wal-Mart. ;-)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birthday and Sympathy

These next two cards are CASEd from the cover of the same magazine as many of my previous posts. I used TAC's fun Catelynn paper for mine and punched my flowers using two sizes of our flower punch.

My first CASE.

A CASE of my CASE since I'm always needing a pretty sympathy card at the lastminute.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Quick & Easy

In the Quick and Easy section of CARDS, March 2007 (page 148) there was a square card that caught my eye. I don't normally do square, but I sometimes do tall just to be different. That's where I went with this one. The set is a retired TAC set.

Once again I CASEd my CASE and made the two cards below so I could add to my stash. Not so sure I like the stark contrast of the black/white with the Belle Rose ink.

Instead of using plain white ribbon, I made my own polka dot ribbon with Palette ink and satin ribbon. The stamp is a big square stamp that I stamped repeatedly. I'm pleased with the result and hope you are too!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

ok, I admit...

Remember when I admitted that I'd lost my mojo? Well, I had lost it big time. I did A LOT of CASEing to get back in gear. I had also got a hold of several old CARDS magazines that I browsed and marked the ones I wanted to try. That's where a lot of the ideas for the next several posts come from....

This idea came from a St. Patrick's Day card, which I don't do. I changed it up quite a bit, but the basic idea came from page 81 of the March, 2007 CARDS magazine. I let the ribbon dictate the colors on this one.
Using that card like a sketch, I changed it into another baby card since I always seem to need those. I used Frost Versamark Dazzle just a little bit offset on the giraffes. You can kind of see the sparkle on the first image.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


My nephew and his wife had an adorable baby boy, and I needed a card for them. After making one, I went a little crazy and made a few more for the stash!

My inspiration came from page 13 of the Cards magazine from March, 2007. Mine looks different, but you can tell that's where I got the idea.
This picture shows how the card closes. You can see the scalloped edge with the back of the card showing through. I love how it looks!
Here's one I tried but didn't like as much...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cup of Love

Today's TAC blog hop is with Cup of Love. When I was making this card, I knew I wanted to do something with the dog looking out of a window or an opening. I came across a card from my friend Laurie and knew it was the layout to go with. (You can see her card below.)

Is this puppy not the cutest thing?!?!? Of course, I think my two real dogs are pretty cute too... :-)

I colored with Copics. The dog is actually slightly gray, but you can't see that shading here. :-(
Below is Laurie's card. I wish you could see it in person to see the details! She is quite the artist. Even though she's no longer with The Angel Company, I still follow her blog. You should check it out too!
Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who used this set!

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Cupcake For You

Today's TAC Blog Hop features the set Cupcake Cuties and guest designer Mabelle (she's the stamp designer of this set and all "MRO" sets)! After you view my blog, be sure to check out the others.

This is another image that I've had colored for a while and finally decided to put her on a card. Those green pearls are from the "Bright" Gem Collection and go perfectly with TAC's Lilly Anna paper. See that pink button sitting there for no good reason? Well, there IS a good reason! I accidentally ripped the paper and had to cover it up somehow! :-)
When I did the next card, I had this sketch of Heather's in mind but not in front of me. I wasn't sure of the exact sketch, but I had the idea. Looks like I wasn't so far off! You can see Heather's card here. I colored this with my Copics, then used LOTS of Stickles!
The Dew Drops aren't from TAC, but I'm lovin' them!!!

In case you can't read it, the front of the card says, "I just read a report that said birthdays are good for you." Inside it says, "The more you have, the longer you live!" :-)
It's hard to see, but I paper pieced the bottom of the cupcake from Catelynne paper and colored the candle with a glitter pen.

Now go check out all the other wonderful creations!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lilly Anna Mouse

Once again I decided to use an image that I had colored a while back when I was practicing with my Copic Markers. There's more shading in real life than what shows on the computer. For this card I used a card on page 54 of Paper Creations, Summer 2010 as if it were a sketch. I don't think I can post a picture of it for copyright reasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Spring Friends

I've got spring on the brain! I'm soooo ready for 80 degrees and warmer, lots of sunshine, the smell of fresh air...sigh...

This set is called Spring Friends. The paper is Maggie, one of TAC's newest double-sided papers. It's hard to tell here, but the sheep is outlined with a gray Tombow marker and has pink ears. The flower was colored with Copic markers before I added Stickles.

This post is now part of The Angel Company's Spring Friends Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the other great cards!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Warm Weather!

Yippee!!! Today's weather was in the 70's! It was like this yesterday too. Tomorrow and the next few days? Freezing drizzle, snow, etc. Dislike. Sigh... (I should let you know that I'm actually pre-scheduling this, and it'll probably be FREEZING by the time this posts!)

This is an image that I had used Prsimacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color a long time ago--shortly after Seminar in June, in fact. I decided it was time to put it on a card.

Since the image is big and colorful, I kept the card simple and bright. :-)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Elephants on Parade

TAC has great little stamps that are FREE with a purchase. This adorable elephant stamp is one of them. I'd had him sitting there for a while and I wasn't sure what to do with him until I saw this card by Laura. I went a little crazy making elephants one evening! It seems as though I'm always needing a baby card, and I also thought I could use some of these for Valentine's Day.

I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder for all of the cards above. You can see the hearts on the one below. It's hard to see, but the white elephants are all outlined in either gray or a light pastel color to match the card.
This one uses all TAC--Impressie, Scor-tape, everything!

To change it up even more, I made the one below. Unfortunately I took the picture before the glue dried on the heart. It did dry clear (just like the name!), and I have a purple, glittery heart there now.
We made this card as part of our "Glittery Gala" class in January.

Watercolor Plants

You're going to get TWO posts today! I have one already scheduled for this evening, but when I realized that today was the day for TAC's Watercolor Plants Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to post this one too!

I'm always needing nice, appropriate sympathy cards so I came up with this one. I used my Aquacrayons on the stamp and misted with water before stamping.

Oh, how I LOVE this stamp set--it is soooo versatile!!! At one event, I used it at 4 different stations to make 4 totally different cards and not one customer even noticed it until I pointed it out! Be sure to check out my previous post using this set as well. Scroll to the end of this post.

If you want to see more beautiful samples, be sure to go to TAC's Savvy Projects Blog and see Holly's samples today!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brayer Bonanza

That was the name of my November stamps class--Brayer Bonanza. I was inspired after participating in a technique swap with other TAC Angels. In class we made the cards below.

Faux Suede: All of the lighter brown on this card is the faux suede--done with Liquid Applique, a brayer, and a heat gun.

Bouncing Brayer: That's what gives it the effect of light streaming out of the left side of the card. I'm embarrassed that the eyelets at the bottom aren't straight, but I won't let this one go out the door without fixing or re-doing it. :-)

Joseph's Coat: I'm not thrilled with the overall card on this one, but I like the way the technique itself turned out.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Who would've thought...

...that the snowflake card in the previous post would be so appropriate when I pre-scheduled it?!?!? It's a blizzard here, so my class tonight is cancelled. School for my daughters is called off again for tomorrow too. Just thought I'd set the record straight. :-)

Back in School and a snowflake

As of this evening I'm officially back in school for the semester. I'm taking two classes and looking forward to it. Last semester I only took one, so we'll see how well I can keep up with this blog thing...

This card was one we did at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack in November. I love the way the Scor-Pal adds extra texture. The Snowflake itself was done by coloring directly onto the stamp with Aquacrayons and then spritzing with water before stamping.

To be honest, I'm not sure where all my other SAS cards went!?!?! I know I mailed one to someone, but I'm not sure about the others. Oh well...sigh... :-)