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Stitched Rose

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Hopefully I can get this card entered into Torico’s Sitched Rose challenge in time. I think Japan is a day ahead of us but, that would make it the 30th and I would still be in time. A few months back I bought some digital images from Torico’s Etsy site and I got all impatient when they weren’t emailed right away. (I am American afterall and I need instant gratification at all times.) So I shot an email over to Torico expressing my worries about my digi order. She emailed me a few hours later and kindly explained to me that I bought my digis at 2am Japanese time and she was sorry about the delay. I felt like a big dope and told her that I would take the time lapse into consideration in the future.

In honor of Memorial Day I went all out with patriotic colors. The stars on the card were embossed with my Cuttlebug folder and my big shot machine. (That I bought with my craft show earnings! Woot, Woot!) I cut the petals out and painted them with watercolors but, I really concentrated the color to make the red and blue stand out against the white. When the paint dried I covered the petals with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. To create the stripes on the leaves I used my copic markers and then I covered the leaves in Smooch Spritz too. The ribbon is a bargain grab that I found at Walmart a few months back and the bronze frame is from Stampin’ Up.

Thanks again to Torico for sharing her gift with all of her reader’s this month.

Happy Stamping,


Birdie Brown’s Blooms

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Torico shared this great digital image of a Stitched Rose on her blog. She is sponsoring a challenge that features this image. You have a chance to win one of her adorable digital images too!

I used water colors to paint the petals and the leaves. After I printed the image out 4 times I cut out the layers of petals to give it a little more dimension. For the leaves and the card I used my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and bone folder to create the embossed features. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up set called Pursuit of Happiness. And lastly I used my Smooch Spritz in color vanilla to coat the petals and leaves in a sparkly blanket. However, I can’t get the darn thing to spray well so I squirt some on my plastic table and then paint it on with a brush 🙂

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Card Making Mamas: Challenge #45- May Flowers

Birdie Brown’s Stitched Rose Freebie Challenge

and Lawnscaping’s Embossing Heat or Dry #34 challenge

Man, I’m getting all competitive this week! It’s good to be in the craft room again after taking a few weeks off due to my Mom’s broken hip. I just didn’t feel very creative for a while there but, my mother is home and doing well in her recovery, so I feel like making cards again.

Happy Stamping,



April Showers Bring May Flowers

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I am loving the weather here in North Florida right now. It is 72 degrees with blue skies and sunshine. Too bad I am sitting indoors here at the flooring showroom my husband and I own and operate. But at 4 o’clock I will be fininshed with work and I will be my 1 day weekend! (Every weekend is a 1 day weekend for us because we work at our store 6 days a week. Just one of the many perks of being your own boss. Not!) Anyway the point is that I love Spring and the beautiful weather that comes with it.

Hero Arts and a few other blogs are hosting contests for Spring Cards so I made the following card to enter into a few contests.

This is a Birdie Brown digital stamp. I colored it with Copic markers and used paper piecing for the umbrella. The ribbons are just strips of colored card stock with a V-notch on the end. I gave the paper some bend by rubbing it with a pencil and then I glued it in spots to create a raised ripple effect. The clouds are just hand cut from watercolor paper scraps.

I took a close up photo of the puppy and chick so you can see the black glossy accents I used to give their eyes some dimension.

Here is a closer look at the faux ribbon effect I created with the card stock strips. I simply held the paper against the side of a pencil and apply pressure as I slid the pencil barrel down the strip of paper. This created a soft bend in the paper and made it easier to glue the paper in a wavy pattern.

I am entering this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge: #31 Add Some Coloring, Do You Stack Up #66 Friendly Critters, and to Card Making Mamas Easter contest.

Happy Stamping and Happy Easter,


Here Come Peter Cotton Tail or You Spin Me Right Round

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With all of the preparations and card making I have been doing for the upcoming Craft Fair I have been procrastinating making my Easter cards for my nieces and nephews. When I was a teenager I was the Queen of Procrastination. One of those who was known to say “I work better under pressure” but, now that I’m in my 40’s I am the Empress of Pro-activeness.  So having to whip up 10 of the world’s cutest Easter cards at the last minute is not my favorite thing to do.

I used an adorable digital stamp from Birdie Brown for my one of my Easter cards. I also used micro beads to give the bunny’s egg a little sparkle. Here is a closer look.

I used white chalk ink to sponge the clouds onto the blue paper and I used the Stampin’ Up Word Window punch to make the fence. As much as I would like to take credit for the fence it is not my original idea but, one that I saw when surfing the web a few weeks back.  I saw the idea for the fence here

I used Martha Stewart Flocking for the grass and then I used some Easter Egg stickers I had leftover from last year to make it seem as if this little bunny had just finished his deliveries. Cute, huh?

If you saw my post from yesterday you know that I made a spinning rack similar to  a Clip It Up. It only cost me about $20 to make including the clips that I bought from JoAnn’s,  the lamp kit parts I purchased at Home Depot and the two lamp shades I got for $4 at Goodwill. There are plenty of great step by step tutorials on how to make your own spinning rack on YouTube. Here are a few photos of the rack I made.

Ha, Ha. You can see my bloody Halloween heart in the background there. Halloween is always lurking around the corner in our house.

I am entering this card for the following Challenges: Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge, The Festive Friday Easter Challenge for Nicole Derendorf and at Card Making Mama’s Easter Challenge

Teeny Tiny Cake Boss

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I recently purchased a few digital images from Birdie Brown on Etsy. One of which is an adorable little chef. I paired the image with some stamps from my Gina K. Candles on Your Cake set to make a whimsical birthday card.

  This little guy reminded me of Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss. (If you put a rockin’ mustache on Buddy that is.) And the size of the spoon made me think that this must have been a monster sized cake! So I went with a birthday cake inspired theme in honor of Buddy.

I am going to submit this card for the Lawn Fawn Inspired By Challenge.

Happy Stamping,


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