Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sneak Peak of Belli Challenge

Would you like a sneak peak of the item for next week's Belli Challenge? Hee hee! See if you can guess what it is.........

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo
CS: White, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Designer Paper: Basic Grey Perhaps
Other: nestabilities, dew drops, Fiskars Doily Edge Lace punch

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

No Belli Challenge this week

Chrissy (of Chrissy's Belli Challenge) is on vacation this week, so we will not have a Belli Challenge this week. This gives you an extra week to work on your paper bag card, paper bag album, or paper bag gift bag. Yay! Pull out those lunch sacks and get creating! :-)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Glimmered Thanksgiving

I wanted to play with my glimmer mists, and when I pulled some colors together, they said "FALL!" Hahaha! So, with that in mind, I found my All Things Fall set from Cornish Heritage Farms.

For the brown suede-y looking layer, I sprayed Naturals Ivory cardstock with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and wiped away the excess. While that dried, I stamped the Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock onto Naturals Ivory cardstock with Stazon Olive Green ink. Then I sprayed over that with Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and wiped away the excess. It's so sparkly and shimmery!

Continuing on, I stamped the pumpkins with Stazon Pumpkin ink, sprayed with Sunflower Glimmer Mist, and let that dry before cutting them out. Finally, I stamped the thanksgiving sentiment with Stazon Timber Brown ink, sprayed with the same Sunflower Glimmer Mist, wiped it and let that dry. I love all the shimmer on this card!

Stamps: All Things Fall, Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Stazon colors - pumpkin, timber brown, olive green
CS: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Glimmer Mist colors: Sunflower, Olive Vine, Coffee Shop
Other: corner rounder punch, chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Card Keeper

This was a totally FUN project to play with today. I ordered this cardkeeper kit from and I just had to start playing with it. This kit comes with two super duper heavy cardboard pieces (front and back), two rings, and 10 plastic sleeves that are perfect for storing my A2 sized cards. I am definitely going to order more - I love this!!!

For this first keeper, I pulled out my Basic Grey Two Scoops paper and cut it to size. I lined them up and used a pencil to draw where the two holes are in the top, and I punched those holes out with a hole punch. After I covered the heavy chipboard with a glue stick, I pressed the paper down into it and let it dry. Then the fun began!

I picked out the chipboard letters and covered them with Worn Lipstick Distress Crackle Paint. I used the same crackle paint on the swirly grungeboard piece as well. Once these pieces dried, I glued them to my front, added the buttons and the alphabet stickers ("my"), and covered the "my" with Yellow Stickles for some sparkle. All that was left was to add some ribbon to the rings, and then fill up the plastic sleeves with cards. Believe me, that did not take long! LOL

Now I need to order some more so I have some place to put all these cards. I have boxes and baskets everywhere filled with cards. They would look so much prettier in a decorated Card Keeper, wouldn't they? :-)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I went shopping in my mom's stamp cupboards yesterday while hubby was fixing her computer. Hee hee! I saw this beautiful snowy image (Stamp Oasis) and I knew I had to take this home and play with it. I inked this up with Night of Navy craft ink and poured Irridescent Ice embossing powder (Stampin Up!) on top. A quick touch of the heat gun, and wow! This is just gorgeous. I don't think Mom is getting this stamp back. Hehehehehe!

I used A Merry Little Christmas (from Cornish Heritage Farms) for the sentiment at the bottom. I stamped it with Gold Encore ink, covered it with Gold Glory embossing powder (Stampin Up!) and hit it with the heat gun.

As I was tying the ribbon on, I looked at the heat gun. Why not? I hit the ends of the ribbon with the heat gun as well. That's how I got those curly ends.

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? I think I'll make some more of these and have them ready when December comes around. :-)

Stamps: snowy trees image (Stamp Oasis), A Merry Little Christmas (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Gold Encore, Night of Navy craft
CS: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Other: Irridescent Ice ep, Gold Glory ep, retired narrow gold organdy ribbon

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Belli Challenge #22 - Paper Bag Card

Have you ever made a card from a paper lunch sack? They are fun and easy. These have the added benefit of the fun little tag inside the opening of the lunch sack. All you do is fold the lunch sack in half, and start decorating. I left the inside part of the card blank so there is plenty of room to write a note to a good friend.

This sweet kitty is from Cornish Heritage Farms. It is called Sleepy Kitten, and it is part of the new Tom Allen line of Friendly Kritters stamps. These are just adorable! Go check them out. Oh - and there will be some new ones coming out tomorrow (Friday), from what I've been reading! I can't wait!

To make the individual balls of yarn, I stamped this kitty image 4 times, and then I cut out the balls and colored them. I wish you could see the shimmer - after I colored them with pencils, I went over them with pink shimmery chalk. They are so sparkly, just like the real yarn that is tied on the card.

I don't know who makes this gorgeous yarn. My friend gave me a little handful of this last year, and it is just perfect for this card. Thanks, Teresa!!!

If you upload your Belli Challenge to SCS, please use keyword CBC22.

Stamps: Sleepy Kitten and Friend Centers(, Everyday Flexible Phrases (Stampin Up!)
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
CS: Naturals White, Green Galore, Pretty in Pink
Other: yarn, Hodgepodge Hardware, brown paper lunch sack, nestabilities, Crayola pencils (yup, the kiddie kind LOL), Pebbles shimmer chalk, Rounded Tab Punch (Stampin Up!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Belli Challenge #22 - paper bags

Good morning! Are you ready for a new Belli Challenge? Today's challenge is to use paper bags. You could make a paper bag album, decorate a paper bag for a gift, or even use paper bags to make a card. Here is a quick and easy gift bag for Christmas.

I did the penciled twinks technique from Technique Junkies on this angel. I'll try to whip up a paper bag card for you later on today or tomorrow. They are fun and easy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Belli #21 - Cowboy Up!

This week's Belli Challenge is to use your watercolor crayons. My previous entry showed you how I colored directly on the stamps in place of an ink pad. For this card, I used watercolor crayons as a normal coloring medium.

I stamped the boot and hat image with Adirondack Espresso ink, let it dry, and then pulled out my aquapainter and watercolor crayons. I touch the aquapainter to the end of the crayon to pick up some color, and then just color in the images normally. Can you see the toe of the boot where it looks sort of silvery? That was from my pot of Silver Pearl Ex and Gum Arabic mixed together (I did this several years ago).

I used blue on the boot in honor of Chrissy's Lake Delton. The awful flooding and erosion in Wisconsin has wiped out Lake Delton, which is right there where Chrissy lives. She and her family are safe, thank goodness, but who knows how many of her neighbors are now homeless? So if you think blue was an odd choice of boot, please forgive me. It's my way of paying tribute.

Let's all honor Chrissy and her neighbors by pulling out the watercolor crayons and coloring in an image with some blue. If you upload your card to SCS, please use keyword CBC21.

Stamps: I picked these up at a LSS - these are rather old stamps. Sentiment is from Joyce Meyer, and the image is © '04 DRS.
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Walnut Stain distress ink
CS: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Weathered dsp (retired SU)
Other: distressing tool from tool kit, sponge, hemp, aquapainter, watercolor pencils

Belli Challenge #21 - watercolor crayons

This week's Belli Challenge is to use your watercolor crayons. If you don't have any, then pull out your old watercolor pencils or even your kid's watercolor paint. ;-)

We did this card last year during one of my stamp camps. It's fun and messy, and no two cards will ever be alike. To do this, spray your stamp with a fine mist of water. Pick up your crayon and color directly on the stamp. Keep repeating with other colors until you get your stamp all "inked" up. Spray it again with another fine mist of water, and press down on your cardstock. Fun!!!

Stamps: With Gratitude, Hugs & Wishes, Sanded (Stampin Up!)
Ink: River Rock, Not Quite Navy
CS: River Rock, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, watercolor paper
Other: watercolor crayons, spray bottle with water

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Belli #20 - vellum

This week's Belli Challenge is to use vellum on your card or project. Here are two cards that I made for this challenge:

I loved creating this card above. CHF just recently retired their stained glass backgrounder stamp, but I won't be getting rid of this. I love this stained glass. It's so much fun to color. I chose to go pastel for this card, and I picked out some pale shades of Twinkling H2O's to paint on here.

The vellum on this card actually came from junk mail. Yup! I gutted out the junk mail and kept the gorgeous shimmery vellum envelope. To attach it, I did something new. I punched holes on each side and tied some ribbon through.

Stamps: Stained Glass backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), sentiment by Inkadinkadoo
CS: White, Amethyst, shimmery vellum from junk mail envelope
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: aquapainter, hole punch, white narrow ribbon (Offray), light blue narrow organdy (retired SU)
Twinkling H2O's - Pink Crocus, Pink Cloud, Chiffon Pink, Mint Julep, Periwinkle, Icy Iris, Plum Blossom

For this card above, I did something totally different. I stamped the flower with Stazon Black onto vellum, let it dry, and then cut it out. I colored in the little circles with a white gel pen just to give it a little depth. This is a very different look with the button on top of the vellum flower. All supplies on this card above are from Stampin Up!

Stamps: Embrace Life, Short & Sweet
CS: River Rock, Ginger Blossom dp, vellum paper
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: white gel pen, Earth Elements button, linen twine