Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I'm afraid I don't have any postings prepared at this time, but hope to get back on track soon. Thanks for your understanding.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Stretch Your Imagination

I often try to think of different card themes for the same stamped image. Here I've used a piece of grid paper, similar to what I have used on recent cards, to create a Valentine. Without the date, of course, this card could be transformed into a card for another occasion.

Sentiment was printed on the computer.

Card Recipe
Stamp: date (?)
Papers: patterned (Tickled Pink, Fin & Dandy)
Inks: Colorbox Stucco, Distress Tea Dye & Vintage Photo
Accessories: Spellbinder Classic Hearts, paper flowers (I Am Roses), border punch (EK), pearls (Kaiser)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Perfect Palette

For this card, I stamped on almost every element: the background, the library card and the border. Varying the sizes of the stamped images allows them to stand on their own.


Card Recipe
Stamps: background (SU), library card (CTMH), text (Hero Arts), flower (Basic Grey), foliage (?)sentiment (PTI)
Papers: off white cardstock (Staples), Tim Holtz Cor'dinations Distress Fired Brick
Inks: Distress Vintage Photo, Fired Brick and Bundled Sage
Accessories: ribbon (stash), buttons (stash), embroidery thread (stash), border punch (EK Success)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Distress Cor'dinations Cardstock

Here I've dry embossed and sanded the Distress Cor'dinations cardstock to bring out the underlying cardstock colour. Having the matching Distress Inks made the stamping a breeze.

Card Recipe
Stamps: PTI
Papers: cardstocks (Tim Holtz Distress Fired Brick and Bundled Sage), patterned (MME Stella Rose, Hazel)
Inks: Distress Fired Brick and Bundled Sage, Versafine Onyx
Accessories: brads (stash), Spellbinder Standard Circles Large & Small) and Labels 18, Sizzix Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, ribbon (stash)

Friday, September 9, 2011

On the Grid

Grid patterned papers and stamps are found in many product lines at this time. They provide a perfect base for stamping images and sentiments. The Distress Inks compliment each other so well that any choices result in a coherent result. The Distress Cor'dinations papers, which match the inks, make card making even easier!


Card Recipe
Stamps: PTI
Papers: coloured cardstock (Tim Holtz Distress Cor'dinations Worn Lipstick), patterned (MME Stella Rosa Hazel)
Inks: Distress Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey
Accessories: button & embroidery floss (stash)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time for Tea

This card could be used for anything from "Thinking of You" to a birthday celebration. The coordinating "solids" in the Basic Grey patterned paper pads are perfect for matting your focal image since they coordinate perfectly with the patterned papers.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Basic Grey), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), patterned paper (BG Perhaps)
Inks: Colorbox Pink Pastel, Staz On Timber
Accessories: ribbon (Fabricland), embossing folder (SU Square Lattice)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sweet & Very Simple

Here's a quick solution for a card using the library card image. Foam squares elevate the stamped image from the card base, giving it dimension. The ribbon scrap and paper clip are inexpensive embellishments for this card.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (CTMH), sentiment (PTI)
Paper: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Inks: CTMH Seafoam, Versafine Onyx
Accessories: ribbon (stash), paper clip (stash)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Play Your Cards Right

In this case, in addition to using contrasting colours to separate the sentiment from the busy patterned paper, I used a somewhat simple element (the library card) to make the word stand out.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (CTMH), teapot (Basic Grey)
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), pink cardstock (Bazzill Orange Peel Cotton Candy), patterned (BG Sultry)
Inks: Versafine Onyx, Colorbox Pink Pastel
Accessories: twill (Martha Stewart), rhinestones (Kaiser), border punch (EK Success)

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Million Little Things

It is a challenge to have a card design which includes many elements to have those elements be recognized. Keep contrasting colours close to make individual elements "pop". White alpha letters with a black background make the sentiment easily identifiable.


Card Recipe
Stamp: CTMH
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), patterned (BG)
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Accessories: doily (stash), buttons & embroidery thread (stash), tiny alpha stickers (MLS), floral sticker (Mrs. Grossman's), ribbon (Fabricland)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rounded Corners

I don't know why I don't think of it more often, but rounding the corners of a square or rectangular element within a card design also adds interest.


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Magenta), sentiment (Verve)
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), patterned papers (BG Perhaps)
Inks: Memories Crimson, Versafine Onyx, Colorbox Antique Pewter
Accesssories: fabric brad (Sandylion), paper flowers (Prima), pewter brad and velvet brad (MM)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Just for a Change

In addition to varying your card design, it's fun to make a card of a different size, just to mix things up and make things interesting. The CTMH adhesive border strips take ink wonderfully, making it easy to have them coordinate with your card elements.


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Magenta), bird (Technique Tuesday), siwrl (Autumn Leaves)
Papers: cardstocks (Bazzill)
Inks: Colorbox Lettuce & Dark Brown
Accessories: adhesive border strip (CTMH)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Non-Traditional Christmas

Using non-traditional Christmas colours to make a Christmas card is always a nice surprise for the recipient. A little bit of glitter always brings snowflakes to life.


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Magenta), snowman (Inkadinkado), sentiment (Gina K)
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), blue cardstock (Bazzill Stonewash)
Ink: Colorbox Smoke Blue
Accessories: Spellbinder Squares & Labels 16, PSX Diamond Sparkles Glitter Glue

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ribbons in the Wind

Attaching the ribbon to the metal embellishment creates some movement on this card front. Once again, the red ink colour was chosen to match the cardstock.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Stampin' Up), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: Bazzill cardstocks
Ink: Distress Aged Mahogany
Accessories: ribbon (Fabricland), metal embellishment (WeR)