Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink Butterfly Wishes

I love the color combo of pink and brown and white, and I wanted to try stamping a sentiment over a butterfly. I love how this turned out, and I'm inspired to try something like this again. The tiles in the background are from a new backgrounder that Cornish Heritage Farms released last week called Fuchsia Tiles.

Do you love CHF stamps? Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from CHF in a couple of weeks. You won't want to miss this!! :-)

Fuchsia Tiles backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms
Vintage Butterflies (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Rich Cocoa Memento (Tsukineko)
Toile Pink Palette (Stewart Superior)

Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms

pearls (Basic Grey)
oval die (Spellbinders)
Labels 10 die (Spellbinders)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

QKR Ragdoll Love

Are you ready for a sweet ragdoll card this week? :-) I used this cute Best Friends image from QKR Stampede along with the "Love" sentiment (from the "Love, Faith, Hope" set) for this sweet and feminine card. I was just in the mood for a red and pink card, and I added a touch of brown to offset all the pink-ness.

The image is colored with Copic markers, and I used some retired Stampin Up designer papers for the background layers. Don't faint now, but I actually tied a bow on this card! Yes, ME!! I'm not a "bow" gal, but this card just needed a bow, dontcha think?? LOL

Best Friends from QKR Stampede
Love, Faith, Hope from QKR Stampede

Tuxedo Black Memento
Close to Cocoa

Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, retired SU papers

Copic markers
scallop edge punch (SU)
sheer white ribbon (May Arts)
oval & scallop oval dies (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Belli #92 - Sketch #2 and Flat Bellies

Happy Wednesday! Today is Belli Challenge day, and this particular belli proved to be a real challenge for most of us Belli Girls. We are using our special Belli Sketch #2 AND incorporating flat bellies with it. What's a flat belli? Anything that is flat - stickers, ribbons with NO knots and NO bows, punched cardstock, glitter, etc... No bumpy embellishments are allowed with this challenge. :-)

For my card, I added layers of lace and then ribbon over the top of the lace for my flat bellies. I used a whole lotta Killer Red Tacky Tape to make sure my lace and ribbons stay good and stuck on my card.

The old-timey looking Newspaper Ads is a wonderful Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms, and I also used their Classic Essential Expressions for my sentiment. I sponged some Tea Dye ink over the edges of the stamped Newspaper Ads, and I randomly splotched some more Tea Dye ink on the lace.

When I showed this to my husband, he said "Cool! It looks like a garter belt!" ROFL! I did NOT intend for this to look like a garter belt, but ya know, he's
right. How serendipitous that I used the anniversary sentiment on this!! :-)

Wanna see more artwork from the Belli Girls? Head on over to the Belli Blog and see what they have created for you today. If you play along and upload your artwork to a public gallery, please use keyword CBC92.

Newspaper Ads Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms
Classic Essential Expressions from Cornish Heritage Farms

Tea Dye distress
Rich Cocoa Memento
Soft Leave from Hero Arts

Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms

lace - Walmart
ribbon - May Arts
Killer Red Tacky Tape

Monday, May 24, 2010

QKR - Wordy Butterflies

Have you seen this Love Faith Hope set over in the QKR Stampede store? I had to have this as soon as I saw it, and here are some quick and simple cards using each of the four words.

I love seeing sets of cards in different colors, and that is what I've done here. I chose to use some bold summery colors - Olive, Pumpkin, Teal, and Riding Hood Red from Stampin Up. The butterfly is die cut and then dry embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I stamped each word and then punched it out with an oval punch and matted them with a scallop oval punch.

Instead of using pearls or bling for the butterfly bodies, I decided to go bold and chunky with large clear buttons. I tied them with some tiny white ribbon (1/8") and adhered them with glue dots.

I hope you head over to QKR Stampede to see all the great stamps they have in their store. It's so much fun to browse through all the different categories. :-)

Love Faith Hope set from QKR Stampede

Teal, Olive, Pumpkin, Riding Hood Red

White, Teal, Olive, Pumpkin, Riding Hood Red

clear button
white ribbon - Offray
oval and scallop oval punches - EK Success
Swiss Dots embossing folder - Provocraft
butterfly die - Sizzix

Cappella Serenity

I saw this sketch on my friend Robin's blog, and I thought I'd try it out. So I pulled out my Thomas Kinkade Scriptures I set and my new Basic Grey Cappella paper pad and made a big ol' mess tonight. LOL

I didn't have any cardstock that looked just right with the patterned paper, so I ended up making my own. I sponged some Bundled Sage and Forest Moss distress inks over the edges of my Simply Smooth White layers. The ribbon is from May Arts, and I used a Bow Easy to make the double bow. Love that Bow Easy!

Thomas Kinkade Scriptures I from Cornish Heritage Farms

Bundled Sage distress
Forest Moss distress

Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Cappella from Basic Grey

ribbon - May Arts
Scallop Edge Punch - EK Success
dew drops

Mountain Cabin Birthday

I mailed this card to my brother for his birthday. This beautiful mountain cabin image is a new stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms that was released last week. I stamped this on watercolor paper and pulled out all kinds of inks so I could have fun watercoloring.

Have you seen all the other gorgeous creations with this stamp? Go check them out in the gallery and enjoy the wonderful eye candy! Have a great day!

Mountain Cabin (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Thomas Kinkade Birthday (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Timber Brown Stazon (Tsukineko)

Distress Inks (Ranger):
Brushed Corduroy
Tumbled Glass
Pumice Stone
Barn Door
Crushed Olive
Forest Moss

watercolor paper from Cornish Heritage Farms
Bazzill Smoothies
My Mind's Eye

hole punch
brads (Making Memories)
watercolor brush

Saturday, May 22, 2010

CC&M Bright Bookmarks

I'm still on a big bookmark kick after creating some for the big Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop on Monday. I absolutely LOVE the die cut Tag #03 Large with Layer - so perfect for bookmarks. For the following creations, I wanted to go with fun and bright to provide something different from my sponged "nature" bookmarks earlier this week.

Can you tell I was just having too much fun playing with these bright colors? These stamps from Ippity were just perfect for these bookmarks and I would have kept on making more except I ran out of tags! Oh heavens! Time to order some more from Creative Cuts and More!! :-)

Die Cuts:
Tag #03 Large with Layer from Creative Cuts and More
tags - Bazzill Smoothies
(pink = Berry Sensation)
(blue = Caribbean Breeze)
(purple = Grape Delight)
(green = Lime Crush)
layers - Bazzill Smoothies White

Books a Flutter (Ippity)

Tuxedo Black Memento

Copic markers

Friday, May 21, 2010

Inchie Rainbow of Butterflies

I have found that being challenged to make inchie cards really inspires me to try things outside my normal scope of stamping. I am loving the inchie sketch challenges that Lisa is posting on the Inchie Inklings blog. Here is my card for Inchie Challenge #6.

I stamped the French Script backgrounder with a soft brown ink first, then I cut my inchies apart. I stamped a small butterfly in the center of each inchie and colored it with Copic markers. Then I sponged some distress ink around each inchie to match the color of each butterfly.

Vintage Butterflies (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms
French Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Tuxedo Black Memento

Ranger Distress inks:
Barn Door
Mustard Seed
Spiced Marmalade
Peeled Paint
Dusty Concord
Chipped Sapphire
Antique Linen

Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Linen Black from Cornish Heritage Farms

Copic markers

Thursday, May 20, 2010

QKR Cowgirl on Rocking Horse

Did you have a rocking horse when you were little? I sure did. Mom says I used to rock on mine all the time til I was almost asleep and she would run to catch me before I fell off the rocking horse. LOL

This sweet image is called Lil' Cowgirl from QKR Stampede. I used some retired Stampin Up paper with this great peeled bark background with this card along with some hemp twine and rustic wooden buttons. The cowgirl image is colored with Copic markers, which took me less than 30 minutes to color, even with all the shading. Such a cute and fun image to color!

The sketch is from Mary Jo's Technostamper blog - #TSSC122. I modified the oval panels a bit so they would fit my cowgirl image, and I used the larger buttons for the four circles at the bottom. Fun and different!

Lil' Cowgirl from QKR Stampede

Rich Cocoa Memento

Kraft, Ruby Red, Whisper White, retired wood background paper (Stampin Up)

wooden buttons (PTI)
hemp twine
oval dies (Spellbinders)
Copic markers

Sunday, May 16, 2010

CC&M Blog Hop - Celebrations!!

Welcome to the BIG blog hop for Creative Cuts and More!
Weren't Silke's projects great? If you didn't arrive here from Silke's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The Celebration Blog Hop starts at If for some reason one of the links is broken along the Hop, do not worry. Hop back over to Die Cut Diva where the complete list will be.

We are celebrating the launch of Creative Cuts and More’s brand NEW website. In addition, Terry (the owner of CC&M) has over 100 brand new die cuts in the store, and we are going to show off some of these new die cuts throughout this blog hop.

The official start time of this Hop is Monday at 8:00 AM (EST). If you arrived early, please be patient as all the links may not be live yet. Be sure to read the news after viewing my pictures to see how you could win a FREE gift certificate to shop at Creative Cuts and More.

For my projects, I chose to celebrate the fact that Terry is following her dreams for Creative Cuts and More. She has worked so long and so hard on this new website and I am so happy for her that this finally came to fruition. Thus, my first bookmark bears the title "Follow Your Dreams" and this is dedicated to Terry. You did it, girl!!

I used the new Tag #03 - Large with Layer die cut for all of these bookmarks. The "tag" is Bazzill Smoothies Blackberry Swirl, and the "layer" is White. I used Rubbernecker weeds silhouette stamps and Stampscapes sentiment stamps with black Stazon ink. Various distress inks (by Ranger) were sponged on each bookmark to achieve different looks.

There will be 5 prizes in the form of Gift Certificates. 1 - $25.00 Gift Certificate, 1 - $20.00 Gift Certificate, 1 - $15.00 Gift Certificate, 1- $10.00 Gift Certificate, and 1- $5.00 Gift Certificate.

Ways to win ONE of the gift certificates (one per winner):

(A) Leave a comment on the post at the Die Cut Diva blog. (This is limited to one per person unless you meet the criteria of B, C, and/or D below.)

(B) Leave one extra comment if you've posted a link to this blog candy on your own blog. Make sure to include a link to your specific post in your comment.

(C) Leave one extra comment if you become one of our blog followers. See the right-hand navigation column to follow us on the Die Cut Diva blog.

(D) Leave one extra comment if you click over to our new page on Facebook and become a fan.

(E) Leave one extra comment by commenting on ALL of our talented Designers in our Blog Hop!

(F) Go to the store website and subscribe to the mailing list at Creative Cuts and More.

For this week only, ALL of the new die cuts will be on sale! After you are done hopping, please stop by the Creative Cuts and More store to place your orders. I know you will have a huge list of "must-haves" after you see all these great projects! :-)

Ready to go to the next blog on the hop? Get ready to see some great eye candy on Becky's blog HERE.

Have a wonderful week!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flowers in the Chicken Wire

Cornish Heritage Farms released a beautiful new sentiment set yesterday called Thomas Kinkade Expressions. I was in the mood to make a romantic, old-fashioned card with a country-ish feel to it with one of the sentiments.

I cut an oval frame using two different sizes of oval dies and some lightweight chipboard. The frame was painted with crackle paint and left to dry.

The flowers already had those wonderful dark purple speckles/splatters on them, so I wanted to incorporate that into my sentiment. I loaded up a paintbrush with water and dipped it into some of the purple ink and then flicked it over the sentiment.

I didn't have the right shade of purple cardstock, so I sponged some purple ink onto the edges of the white cardstock. That's my little trick when I can't find the cardstock I want - make your own colored cardstock. :-)

There are more gorgeous samples in the CHF gallery using this new stamp set. Go check them out here and enjoy the beautiful eye candy this weekend.

By the way, the Chicken Wire backgrounder is on sale right now, and you can get a FREE stamp when your order is over $25. But you will have to hurry - this offer ends next Thursday, May 20. Click here to get started. Happy shopping!

Thomas Kinkade Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Chicken Wire backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Dusty Concord distress (Ranger)
Milled Lavender distress (Ranger)

Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Kraft from Cornish Heritage Farms
lightweight chipboard

flowers (Prima)
Dusty Concord distress crackle paint (Ranger)
aged copper brads (Making Memories)
oval dies (Spellbinders)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

QKR "It's a Boy Thing!" Blog Hop

Welcome to our QKR Stampede "It's A Boy Thing" Blog Hop! Didn't Ceal have a great project on her blog? If you didn't come here from Ceal's blog, please start at the QKR Stampede blog and hop on through to see all our manly samples.

If you get lost or one of the links is broken, don't worry. Simply hop back to the QKR Stampede blog to see the complete list and make your way back through the hop.

For my card, I used this manly bear who is trying to decide which tie to wear. This image is called All Tied Up, and the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday set at QKR Stampede. I stamped the bear with black ink and then colored him with Copic markers. I made his little suit a traditional blue/gray color, and then colored in the ties so that they don't exactly match his suit. Hee hee hee! At least I didn't give him an electric pink tie! LOL

Have fun hopping through this masculine blog hop today. Hopefully we have given you some great inspiration for your own manly cards. To purchase any of the stamps you've seen on this blog hop, you can go shopping at QKR Stampede. When you leave a comment on each blog in the hop, you have a chance to win a FABULOUS prize! You could win a $25 gift certificate (with free shipping) to QKR Stampede! How awesome is that prize? Be sure to leave a comment on each blog - that will increase your chances to win!

Now it's time for you to hop on over to Jenn's blog. Have fun!

Here is the Blog Hop order:

QKR Stampede Blog -
Carol Lecian -
Chris Dickinson -
Desiree -
Barb -
Ceal -
Holly -
Jenn -
Jerusha -
Laralee -
Sarah -

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Belli Challenge #91 - hole punches

Welcome to Belli Challenge #91! Our challenge this week is to use hole punches. You could find your old punches that you used for setting eyelets way back when, you could punch tiny holes with a needle/pin/thumbtack for paper piercing, or you can use regular handheld punches to make holes for your brads to slip into. I chose to use my 1/16" handheld punch so I could add some brads to my card.

See that adorable little puppy? Our sponsor this week is Sew Many Cards, and they have tons of adorable digital images in their store. I used this Hershey with stocking image to make a Christmas card. I needed a little push to get started on my Christmas cards for this year, and here it is. :-)

The image is colored with Copic markers, and I used some retired Stampin Up holiday papers in the background. The sentiment has some brads on each side, and I also added some brads underneath the sentiment after punching the holes with my handheld hole punch. I used the TESC112 sketch from Taylored Expressions - perfect for the image and for adding some hole punches to my card!

Let's see what you create with hole punches this week. When you upload your card or project to a public gallery, please use keyword CBC91. Add your link to the end of the post on the Belli Blog so we can see your creation. You could win five FREE digital images from Sew Many Cards!

Hershey with stocking (digital image) from Sew Many Cards
sentiment from Verve

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chip
Whisper White
Old Olive
retired holiday papers

Copic markers
Word Window punch
Label punch
1/16" hole punch
circle nestabilities

Monday, May 10, 2010

Buzzing By scenic card

I stumbled onto this challenge over at the Embellish blog. We have to use four colors (seafoam, terra cotta, green, and brown) and dimensionals on our projects. With that in mind, I pulled out my gorgeous silhouette weed stamps from Rubbernecker and started stamping them all over a sheet of vanilla cardstock.

The weeds needed something buzzing around them, so I pulled out my Bee-Mail set from Renaissance by Design and added some bees to the scene. Once I was sure the brown ink was dry, I sponged the terra cotta, green, and blue inks onto the cardstock. Not knowing what "seafoam" was, I opted to use my Bermuda Bay ink from Stampin Up. It was the closest match to the color on the challenge blog. :-)

For my dimensional requirement, I stamped the sentiment (also from Bee-Mail) and cut it out with an oval Nestabilities shape. While it was still in the die, I sponged some blue and green ink very lightly around the edges. There are dimensionals on the back of this sentiment so it pops up off the scene.

To be honest, I never would have put these colors together, much less used them, if it wasn't for this challenge. Now that I've created this card, I love how this came together. I kept this card embellishment-free so that it will be easy to mail. Gotta love those mail-able cards!! :-)

Bee-Mail (Renaissance by Design)
Weeds silhouettes (Rubbernecker)

Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Bermuda Bay (SU)
Citrus (Adirondack)
Terra Cotta (Adirondack)

Vanilla (SU)
Chocolate Chip (SU)

oval Nestability die

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gypsy Tiles

Lisa issued a fun inchie challenge over on the Inchie Inklings blog, so of course, I had to give this one a shot. It was easy and fun to put this together. The only hard part is having the patience to line up all these tiles just right. I tried the ruler trick that Lisa shared, but it just confused me even more.

Here's the little trick that I figured out. By sheer luck, for my background I chose a patterned paper that had tiny little rows of dots on it. I used these dots to help me line up all my tiles. :-) So that's my tip for the day - if you want to try this sketch, be sure to pick a background paper that has rows of something (lines, dots, words, etc...) to help you line up all the inchie tiles.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Thomas Kinkade Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) - Cornish Heritage Farms
Botanical Bliss (All Things Considered) - Cornish Heritage Farms

Antique Linen distress (Ranger)
Black Soot distress (Ranger)

Simply Heavy Black - Cornish Heritage Farms
Victoria - 7Gypsies

copic markers
pearl - KaiserCraft
butterfly punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
7/8" punch - The Paper Studio
1" punch - EK Success

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Patience Bookmark

***BREAKING NEWS*** Due to unforeseen server problems, the blog hop will be postponed until the following Monday, May 17. I hope you join us starting at the Die Cut Diva blog on Monday the 17th for some fantastic eye candy!

This is a sneak peek just for you! I've created this bookmark using one of the brand new dies that will be revealed during the Creative Cuts and More blog hop on Monday. Be sure to check back here on Monday (May 10) to see the entire set and join the blog hop to see even more wonderful new die cuts!

Die Cuts - to be revealed on Monday
(from Creative Cuts and More)

Stamps: Rubbernecker (Weeds) and Stampscapes (sentiment)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Other: sponges, ribbons

Thursday, May 6, 2010

QKR - Flower Pot Girl

It is in the 90's here in Texas and some of you folks up yonder are getting snow this week??? Crazy weather, I tell ya!!! LOL

We planted some flowers last week and this sweet image from QKR Stampede reminds me of the fun we had putting the flowers into the pots and setting them up by my front door. The name of this image is "Planting a Flower" - appropriate, huh?? I picked my papers first and then colored the image with Copic markers so that they matched the colors in the papers.

You could use this adorable image for a birthday card or a Mother's Day card or even a "just a note" type of card. Wouldn't it be fun to give this card away with some potted flowers to a dear friend or neighbor? I love to use images like this that can be used for so many different types of cards.

Planting a Flower from QKR Stampede

Tuxedo Black Memento

Whisper White
Old Olive
retired Stampin Up patterned papers

copic markers

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Store for CC&M!!

Creative Cuts and More has been busy behind the scenes working on a new store front and stocking it with tons of brand new die cuts and papers! The Design Team is hosting a Celebration Blog Hop in honor of the new store. Be sure to check out the Die Cut Diva blog next Monday to see some great new samples and join the Blog Hop!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tutorial on CHF blog

Head on over to the Cornish Heritage Farms blog today to see my tutorial on paper piecing with backgrounders. It is fun and funky and you could win a free backgrounder stamp! Go check it out HERE.

Here is a little sneaky peeky of what you will see in the tutorial. :-)