Friday, June 24, 2011

Speedy’s Challenge #61

Carol challenged us to ~ make it sparkle

Beach Scenes mmmmmm what a wonderful thought; a day at the beach.  Faith captured it with her set Beach Greetings. And isn’t that font for the sentiment beautiful?

June #61

I love this card and all it portrays. I have to admit though that I CASED it from LuvLee over at SCS. I glittered up the shells with Holographic Embossing Powder and used Heat and Stick for the glitter on the turquoise shells.  A glitter pen highlights the waves and scallops.  And what’s a beach scene without raffia? A Pearl Pen is a fun little thing to have.
Have fun taking a look at what our Design Team created and be sure to leave them some loving comments.
You get a chance to win a gorgeous set of stamps when you play along with Speedy the Cat.  Join in the fun.  Remember if you use stamps from Mark's Finest Paper you are entered twice.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Speedy’s Challenge #60

Use buttons on your card

Wouldn’t this train make an adorable New Baby Card?
The challenge is to use a button on your card and I snuck one in as the center of the flower.  A little squarish one that I tied with green embroidery floss.


The All Aboard set from MFP is such a versatile set that you will use for many different applications.  It’s going to be one of my favorites, I can tell.
Card Stock:   White and green  from MFP
Stamps:  All Aboard MFP, Argyle Background stamp from SU.
Tools:  Cuttlebug and Fancy Labels Nestabilites Dies
Accessories: Two varieties of flowers, button, embroidery floss
This fun card is pretty self explanatory.  Very easy to put together and can be made in minutes.  Love those kind.  Smile  Thanks for looking and remember to add your submission to Speedy’s blog for a chance to win a stamp set that will be released next month. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

more on A few of my favorite things

cloud stencil

This has been sitting waiting on my computer for over a month.  I wanted to post it shortly after my other favorite things post but….I realized I had made the tutorial with stamps that I had to wait to be released from MFP before I could show them.   This cloud stencil came from a rummage sale and I think it was Stampin’ Up. I use this thing ALL the time.  It does make the most gorgeous skies.

Here is the image just stamped, then I


use the Encore Metallic lightly with a sponge. you are looking at the first lay down of the ink.  It looks like the image is on top of the cloud but it’s not.  The cloud stencil is on top of the image, just sponge softly.  I just barely tap my sponge onto this ink pad, it picks up quite a bit of ink right away.


So here is the first layer done.


Place the stencil over the image again and lightly sponge with the remaining ink on the sponge to get a soft looking sky, turning the stencil at a different angle each time you sponge. That’s it, and it is a great effect.  You will notice I use this a lot on many of my cards. 


Just a simple piece of plastic but it really adds a nice touch.  You an just cut some extra heavy cardstock with cloud shapes  and use that.  That’s what I did before I found this stencil. That works well too. This just holds up better over the long haul.  Here’s the finished project.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Stamp TV GKD


Over at StampTV they are having two challenges per week on Monday and Friday.  They are so much fun. Kind of stretches us outside of our comfort zone.  Here’s my two cards I am entering into the random drawing over there. The boat image is from MFP

boat 5 layersFor this one it was a recipe.

5 layers, 2 embellishments, 3 images, and 4 colors. It makes a nice looking card doesn’t it? baby shoes girl (2)

For this one we were to use a lot of white.  I used white ribbon, white embossing powder and white die cut.  My niece is going to have the 2nd girl out of 8 grand boys for my brother.  This card is for her. She’s got about 15 weeks left to go. This was one of the stamps I picked up at the rummage.  Love those good rummage sales.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Speedys Challenge #59

Geri challenged us to make a  Fathers Day card

We spent many days at the lake with friends when we were kids.  Very good memories.  We would go after
MFP June #59
Dad was finished putting in a long hot day at the Ford Foundry.  The lake must have been very appealing to him after those conditions all day long.  Seems there was always the long tall grass growing off the edge of the lake.  When I saw this scene from MFP I knew I wanted to recapture that relaxed, carefree time.  Look at me, Dad, Look at me, I can swim now, all five of us vying for his attention at the same time. Happy Father’s Day, Dad, I miss you a lot.
Card Stock: Black Blue and White and White Glossy
Ink:  StazOn Black, Rainbow Pastel Spectrum Pad
Tools:  Cuttlebug , Embossing Folder, Circle Dies
Accessories:  String, knotted
Stamps: MFP Beach Greetings, MFP Big Boy Toys sentiment, Small Back Ground Stamp
I stamped the boat, masked it and then brayered around it with only a couple of the colors from the Spectrum pad.  Mat it on black.  I used the debossed side of the cuttlebugged image and brayered very lightly over that.
The Happy Father’s Day stamp comes horizontal, I layered it word by word which is so easy to do when you have clear stamps from MFP. Winking smile  Thanks for looking. 
 MFP gives away one of their stamp sets to a randomly drawn winner every weekJoin in for the fun.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Trying Something New

Easel card

This has been on my mind since I received my first easel card for my birthday from Patricia C. Now, I have never met Patricia but we are stamping buddies.  That’s what’s so great about the social network.  Patricia and I met on SplitCoastStampers known in the stamping world, simply as SCS.  These cards are simple and fun to make and a bit interactive for the recipient.  So here it is…drum roll please…..Smile with tongue out

easel card (2)easel card

Here’s the inside view up above.  See how the outside of the card stands up against the pearls?  It was really quite simple to make.

Here’s a picture of the example from SCS that I used and you can see why it’s called an easel card.  That’s it, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Speedys Challenge -- 58

 Speedy’s challenge is to use a flower, either paper or silk.   When I received this BEAUTIFUL  All Aboard set from MFP, I knew I had to use it.  My Challenge:  how to fit a flower in with a masculine like card?  The train and old station stop ,reminded me immediately , of olden days and I thought of WW I veterans returning home after long years at war.  Imagine their delight to see the familiar train stop of their home town.  The flower has the symbolism of the red poppies we see offered today for the Veterans and prompted my little computer generated “gratitude” tag to attach to it.  All papers, embellishments, ribbons come from Mark’s Finest Papers. Click on the blinkie for shopping fun. Smile
Join us in the challenge and you could win a free stamp set, a surprise set that will be released next month.  What’s better than free? Open-mouthed smile

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rebekah has a Give-A-Way


My friend Rebekah is such a great blogger and her blog is always refreshing and inspiring to read.  She is offering a give-a-way (blog candy) for anyone interested in journaling type things or hands on scrapbooking.  Look at this.

What a great beginners give-away.  Visit her blog and she’ll tell you how you can get your name in a drawing for this great line-up of tools.  That’s it for now. Happy JUNE-that means summer’s coming…(I sure hope so)