New Year's 2010

New Year's 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Contest Entry 1

Way to go Carole!  You are the first to send in an entry for my contest!!!
I just love the idea of a "joker"!  That's one I didn't think of!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

You Are Getting Sleepy

I saw a cute card in Crafts 'n Things/Apr '08 and decided to make my own version.  I started with white cardstock and cut a window in the front.
Since the word "relax" is 5 letters I needed 6 papers of different colors to make the pockets for the tags.
I cut the papers 3 inches tall and wide enough to fit behind the cutout.
Next I scored each paper down the center and folded in half.
Each of the papers when attached behind the cutout form a shallow pocket.  I made sure the folded edge faced up and the raw edges were in the back.  I taped all the edges on the back so the pockets would form.
As you can see from the finished card, the letters for "relax" are placed in the pockets and are glued in each pocket.  For the letters I punched out tag shapes and printed each tag with a different letter.  
After arranging the letters to my satisfaction I shortened the tags to fit the pockets.

I used a stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs called "Poolside Chicken" that epitomized "relax".  After coloring it I trimmed it out and then realized it was kind of floppy so I attached it to a stiff piece of clear plastic and then attached it to the card with foam dots.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Swap Fest 26

J'lu from Pennsylvania recycled the front of a card her friend made her and "gifted" it to me last Christmas.  I think it is so sweet!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Contest Time

Now it's your turn!!!  I started each card with my harlequin stamp but for those who don't have this stamp I've created a line drawing of the harlequin stamp and used it myself in several of the cards.  Here is where you can find the line drawing.  Now all you have to do is create a card of your own starting with the harlequin design and e-mail a picture of it to me along with your name to enter.  Deadline is June 30th!

Now for the exciting prize for the winner!  I have the cutest "House Mouse" stamp to give away and the creator of the card that is picked will receive it!  The winner will be selected by my good friend. 
Here are the cards I designed with the harlequin stamp to remind you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Swap Fest 25

Karen from Canada sent me this adorable kitty card.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Swap Fest 24

Here's a cute surprise RAK (random act of kindness) that I got from Annika in Sweden!  She also sent me some stamped images!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Swap Fest 23

Here is the most gorgeous card from Winnie in Holland.
It is a combination of Paper Embroidery and Iris Folding!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Swap Fest 22

This clever card came from Meg in North Carolina.  It is a beautiful teabag folded Christmas tree with an embossed background.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Swap Fest 21

Here is a beautifully stitched card from Thelma in California.
In the center is a cute little 3D.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Challenge Card 20

Well, here we are at number 20!  This time I used the harlequin as part of a fence.
I made "wooden" framing for the fence and then painted in the sky and grass with my paint pens.  Found a picture of a cat sleeping on a fence and cut it out and added it to the top.  The sentiment is made with Microsoft Word.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Challenge Card 19

I started this card by using my paint pen to color in the harlequin.
I used my cranberry ink pad to rub on the card base around the edges.  After attaching the harlequin I stamped it with a Stampendous stamp called "Agapanthus Cluster".  Lastly I attached the little sheep (another Whipper Snapper Design) stamp with the message.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Challenge Card 18

Here's a cute little frog sitting on a mushroom.  I colored the harlequin with a green and red colored pencil that matched the colors of the central stamped image which is from Whipper Snapper Designs .
I randomly stamped flowers around the edges of the card base.  I inked my stamp with Le Plume II brush markers so that I could have a variety of colors for the flowers and then drew in flower centers.  The sentiment was made with Microsoft Word.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Swap Fest 19

This gorgeous paper embroidered card came from Judith in New York!  The stitching is so delicate and neat.  In the center is a 3d pyramid of glittery daffodils.

Monday, May 17, 2010


It's that time of the year again...graduation.  This year a former math student and daughter of a friend of mine has graduated from the University of Alabama.  This is the card I made for her.
I used a 3d sheet from Penny that you can find here.  I only used part of what was available.  On the inside I used another design of Penny's that can be found here.
Of course there is a little somethin' somethin' (if you get my drift)!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Challenge Card 17

Looks like I'm on a chicken kick, lol!  Today's card started with a printed version of the harlequin.  I didn't color or stamp it because I decided it looked something like chicken wire and that gave me the idea for today.
I don't remember where I ran across these cute ballerinas but I thought they were so cute.  I used yellow colored pencil to make hay around the edges, added the sentiment and voila'!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Challenge Card 16

I did something a little different today.  I took the base card and embossed the front with Cuttlebug's "Tiny Mosaic" embossing folder.  Then I stamped the harlequin in brown on top of the embossing.
I used stamps from Whipper Snapper Designs to make the hen and her chickies with "nesting hen" and "hen and chicks".  I used a marker to make extra grass for the hen.  The sentiment is done with Microsoft Word.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Swap Fest 18

This darling little card came to me from Penny in Arizona.  Penny is well known for her teabag folding and decorative tiles that she makes.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Challenge Card 15

This card started with a "basil green" harlequin.
I love basil and always grow it in the summer.  This made me think of lazy days when I was young.  We always went to visit my Great Aunt Annie and Great Uncle Ted at their farm in upstate New York.  They had a hammock strung between two chestnut. trees and my sister and I loved to lay in the hammock while the adults were talking.

I added the hammock to the card and "attached" it to the tree trunks that I made by using the edge of the ink pad on some white paper.  Before adding this section to the card base I stamped some leaves in basil ink around the edges of the front.  I used Hero Arts stamp called" Woodland Fern".  The sentiment was made on Microsoft word and I lightly dabbed the basil ink on each word.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Challenge Card 14

My next card started with a light green harlequin which was the perfect choice to go with the pear pictures I had.  I trimmed the pear pictures and attached to the harlequin.  The background was stamped with basil green ink using a Stampabilities stamp called "Textured Flourish Background".  The word "pear" was written on a piece of used teabag and then I stamped the back with the same ink and glued it in place.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Swap Fest 17

Here is my latest swap card.  It is a diagonal double pocket card from Janet in Florida.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Challenge Card 13

Here's the next challenge card starting with a light tan harlequin.
This stamp is from I Brake for Stamps and is called "Read My Lips Lucille".  She's pretty sassy so I went for bright colors!  The sentiment was done on Microsoft Word.