Sunday, December 30, 2012

Baby Bath Time

Here's another quick CAS baby card using the newest release from LOTV, 'Bath Time'. Instead of stamping and coloring directly onto the base layer of cardstock, (which makes me nervous) I chose to use a separate piece of cardstock to color on. Then I simply matted it with a piece of pretty pattern paper and adhered the whole thing to the card base.

This way if I mess up on the stamping, or coloring, I don't have to waste an entire 5" x 7" card base. The stamped sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, which I also colored a bit with my Copics, and embellished with a little rolled felt rose. The rose was easily made from a die cut from My Favorite Things.

I added some Stickles to the bath towel, and some Crystal Lacquer to the bubbles to make them shine. Easy enough, right?!

Well, it's almost the new year, and although we don't have any big parties to attend to I still get excited about the whole thing. 2013, can you believe it?! It's almost here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Monday, December 24, 2012

I hope all my wonderful blog followers have a happy and healthy Christmas full of peace, love and joy.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Postcards for Christmas

Good morning friends, I think this is the longest I've gone without blogging! I'm not sure what's going on with me, but I am not going to stress about it. I feel some changes coming on, an urge to branch out and try new things but am not totally sure what they will be. So I will continue on, maybe not as regularly as usual, but hopefully enough to satisfy our LOTV sweet tooth, LOL!

This is a card I made last week and it sat in my 'To be photographed' pile ever since. It's one of my favorite stamps from this Christmas release, 'Christmas Star'. 

The postcard is from the lovely clear stamp set 36 'Christmas Icons'. This set has everything you need to beautifully embellish all your holiday cards, I love it.  I silver embossed the pretty postcard to add to the background. The aqua BG paper was also stamped with all the lovely snowflakes from the same set. 

To tie into the silver embossing on the postcard, I went around with some metallic silver embroidery thread and did a simple running stitch, and a strip of silver cardstock die cut with Memory Box's Tessatina die. A pretty red bow with some jingles and a snowflake charm finish this card off nicely. The sentiment is from the clear set 26, 'Simply Sophisticated'. 

I'll try to come back with one more Christmas card before the big day, my last I think, for a long, long time. I am quite burnt out from all things red and green and sparkly!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ramona Loves to Glide...

Good morning friends, I have a sweet simple card to share with you all today using Stamping Bella's 'Ramona Loves to Glide' stamp. 

I stamped this cutie directly onto the paper that I printed out using a digitally created pattern from Lily Bimble's Christmas Village collection. (I love saying Lily Bimble, it's such a fun name, lol!) I was on a mission to find paper that somewhat resembled an older pattern collection from October Afternoon called Verry Merry. Click on the link, do you remember it? You do? That means you must have it! Pleasepleaseplease email me if you do, LOL! 
Just kidding, but I had to come up with a substitution because that OA paper is nowhere to be found! Lily Bimble comes the closest.

Ramona is colored with my Copics, and I added lots of glitter all around her because she's skating on sparkly ice of course. I didn't want to cover up too much of the image with ribbon, so I opted for a cute baker's twine bow with a snowflake brad and some colored bells.

Now that I look at it, I wish I had added a sentiment to it. I still can, and I will do that today. I'm home today because I broke my toe at work on Friday. I dropped a heavy box on it and let me tell you it hurthurthurt! Owwie! It's all sorts of ugly rainbow colors today, but it doesn't hurt nearly as much anymore, thank goodness.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Monday is not terrible today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Christmas Bears Make a Snowman

Hello everyone, how about a Nordic card today? I am a huge fan of all things with pretty Nordic and Fair Isle patterns. I am looking for the perfect scarf for myself so I can put it on my Christmas list. In the meantime, I have to be content with using stamps to create my own patterns. I used the Little Bears Snowman for my card today, from Lili of the Valley. 

I used Waltzingmouse Stamps' Nordic Winter to create the pattern on the bottom half of the card. I had the urge to water color with my SU inks, so out came the paint brushes and water pot. Not a single Copic in sight! Sometimes, one just needs a bit of change...

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy it, have a great day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Spread Christmas Cheer

Good morning friends, can you believe it's December already? I have been a busy little beaver decorating and crafting for the holidays. Putting up lights, decorating the fireplace mantle, making all sorts of crafty Christmas things that are not cards, lol! I'll take pictures soon, I need lots of natural light to get a good shot of the mantle where I have displayed a lot of the things I've been working on. Most of these crafty projects are all thanks to my Pinterest addiction! I've always been a crafty sort, dabbling in one thing or another, but cardmaking kind of grabbed me and kept me at it for the longest time and I ignored all my other hobbies. I think that's changing. I've even gotten the itch to paint again, I miss it so much! I'll try to share my other projects soon. In the meantime, here's another CAS card I created using Stamping Bella's Uptown Girls. LOVELOVELOVE these gals, they look like such a fun bunch don't they?

They're colored with Copics, glittered with Stickles and Spica pens and I heat embossed a Papertrey Ink sentiment all on one layer of cardstock. I added a tiny bit of patterned paper border around the whole thing because I just can't make a card without using a little bit of it!

I added my signature bow with some colorful tiny jingle bells and call this card done! Another simple card I am very pleased with. 

Well it's the start of a new work week, so fun hobby time is limited till I get a day off again. poo... Thanks for visiting, I'll be back with another card soon!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello Snowman!

Good morning all! How about a cute snowman card today? This one is from Purple Onion Designs, by the super talented Stacy Yacula whose Etsy shop I stalk on a regular basis! She makes the most adorable paper clay characters, you must check them out. Needless to say, I was a happy camper to see her characters in rubber stamp form from POD, much more affordable for me, lol! Ok, enough gushing...

This was one of those cards that took me forever and a day to make. I had lofty aspirations but by the time I was done with the stamped image panel, I lost interest in the rest of the card, lol. I just plunked down the whole thing on some digital text paper from Mel Stampz I printed on my computer. 

A little about how I colored the stamped image layer- I used art masking fluid ( my new favorite tool) to mask off the entire snowman after I stamped him in Versafine on water color paper. I just used a small round paintbrush to apply the fluid, then waited a few minutes for it to dry. Once dry I spritzed, stippled, sponged and stamped all over the background using mostly Distress Inks. When the ink was really dry, I removed the masking fluid with a gum eraser and water colored the snowman. I used an old toothbrush and some watered down acrylic paint to flick and spatter the 'snow' all over the layer. It's my favorite technique for a snowy effect I learned a long time ago when I was a decorative painter. The sliver snowflakes are some old stickers I had laying around.

A lot of work for a card! But sometimes I just gotta get inky and play.

Hope you like it, thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Peace, Love and Joy

Hello everyone, I just wanted to drop in with another of my CAS creations using LOTV stamp Girl Sledging and to remind you all about the LOTV Virtual Christmas Facebook Party going on right now. It's an all day affair with many of the other designers who will be available for chat with tips and tutorials. I have to work so I will be missing from the festivities I'm afraid. 

This card measures 5" x 7" and the image was colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I hope you'll pop in to the FB party and say hello to the DT, sounds like a lot of fun! 

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

You are my Sunshine... Blog Hop

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! Welcome to the Lili of the Valley blog hop showcasing the last new stamp release of the year. We have some prizes to give away so make sure you read the rules carefully before entering.

There will be 18 baby and animal designs (unmounted rubber) and also 2 new A5 sheets of clear stamps (a companion set and also an everyday version of the Grungy Christmas Messages).

The stamps will be available to buy on the Lili of the Valley website from midday on Sunday the 25th November (UK time).

The entire DT is involved in the hop, so make sure to follow all the links below and leave a comment for a chance to win. We don’t know where the prizes are so make sure you visit every blog. We will let you know Friday evening which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and 2 winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left 

There will be 2 prize winners, each winning the 2 sets of clear stamps and 6 rubber stamps of their choice from the new designs (each prize value £52.00 approx. $83) 

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part  ...and remember you will need to visit them all to have the best chance of winning; 


And now here's my card...something very different from what you're used to seeing!

 I don't know about you all, but I've secretly admired and drooled over the CAS (clean and simple) design style for a loooong time. I even attempt to create one every once in a while, without much success. At least, I was never too happy with the final result. Until now. I think I have found my happy balance of simple and pretty with a touch of frou-frou. It makes me happy. And that's what matters to me. 
I've masked off the stamped image called 'You are my Sunshine' with some post it notes. I used some liquid masking fluid with a small paintbrush to mask off the bear and flowers so I could sponge the background with Distress inks. When that was dry, I used a gum eraser to rub off the masking fluid and I colored the rest of the image with colored pencils. I really wanted the image to POP because there was so much white space, so I used really bright colors. 

A simple ribbon and bow/button/charm embellishes the top of the card and that's it. Oh, a tiny little border of patterned paper around the edges of the card front. That's as CAS as I could manage, lol! 

So what do you all think of the new stamp release? Pretty awesome, I bet.

Now I'm off to start cooking ham and mashed potatoes, manicotti and couple of pies. Oh and maybe some blueberry cheesecake bars too. I feel stuffed and tired already! Thanks for visiting, and good luck if you're entering the contest! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Cuties

Good morning friends, I have a quick Christmas card to share with you today. Time has been in short supply lately and I can't say I have a very big stash of cards ready to send out. Coloring is usually what takes me the longest when making a card, so I pulled out these beautiful Christmas Cuties Die Cut Designs that are already colored. I've never used them, I just admire them every once in a while. It's too bad they're being discontinued, because I love the soft water color look to them!

The whole card was a matter of putting together some pretty papers and embellishments. These patterned papers were printed from a digital collection called Alpine Frost from SEI. Snowflakes are Amuse Studios dies.

I added lots of glitter and bling to this card, since I didn't do any coloring, it sure does shine and sparkle!
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Sweet Shoppe

Happy Friday friends, the weekend is almost here! Of course, that doesn't mean much to me this week, I have to work tomorrow, poo! 
I made this very colorful card using Waltzingmouse Stamps Candy Jar Christmas set a little while ago. The papers are October Afternoon Holiday Style, I think.

After coloring the image with Copics, I applied a thick layer of Crystal Lacquer over the jar.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! I can't believe how fast the time is flying, it's scary.  I'll be mailing Christmas cards before I know it, eek!

That's all I've got for now, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Snuggle Time

Good morning blog friends, it's the final release of 2012 from Lili of the Valley and it's a great one! With a new year comes new things, and babies are as new as you can get. For all the new babies in your life LOTV presents some adorable and sweet baby themed stamps for your cardmaking arsenal! Do I sound like a commercial yet, lol?!
All joking aside, it seems like those nearest and dearest to us are always having babies, and cards are always needed. In my stash, they are as essential as birthday cards. Not to mention, I just love making them. I love pastels, I love baby animals, I love babies, so of course, I love making baby cards.

This little cutie is called 'Snuggle Time' and it's a stamp that will be released along with a lot of other beauties at the end of this month. 

In keeping with tradition, along with some beautiful focal image stamps will be a nice variety of companion stamps, sentiments as well as smaller images to decorate the insides of your cards.

Cardmaking has come such a long way since I first started this hobby, it is amazing! When I first started, my goal was to create cards that were almost as good as the ones you could buy in the card boutiques. Now, with the supplies and tools at our disposal, I can create cards that exceed the ones you can buy in boutiques! I LOVE that! Card boutiques are emulating us! 

The patterned papers used on this card are all from Raspberry Road Designs called 'Lullaby'.

I hope you're as excited about this release as I am, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wintergreen Harlequins

Good morning friends! I was quite productive last week because work was closed due to the power outage, so I got a chance to play a little more than usual. Normally, I only have just enough time to whip up my design team obligations, and I don't get a chance to 'play'. As much as I love designing fancy, hand colored cards, sometimes I just love using beautiful papers, dies and solid color stamps!

Here's one card using an old, old paper collection from SU, 'Wintergreen'. This is probably one of my all time favorite papers and I have plenty of extra to keep me for a long time! Isn't it gorgeous?!

Almost all the supplies except the paper, ink and the ribbon are from Papertrey Ink.

If this card didn't take so long I would most likely use it for my Christmas card this year. Oh well, I think I'll keep it anyway.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gliding through the City

Today starts a regular work week, no more days off this year! Hopefully power is restored very shortly for most of New Jersey and we can get back to our normal lives. 

I have another LOTV card to share with you using the most recent Christmas release stamp, 'Ice Skating'. 

I've cut them out after coloring with Copics so I could mat them right into the scenic background paper from October Afternoon. LOVE this paper and will be very sad when it runs out!

Added a little mini pom pom trim along with the bow, and a glittered ornament I cut using my Cameo. 
That's it, hope you enjoy it, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Autumn Fairy

Good morning all, it's good to be back on the interwebs, being without power is tough! But, if you can believe it, I was getting so restless I decided to try to color with only a couple of flashlights for illumination. I only chose colors I knew worked together, I wasn't going to rely on color charts for coordinating! I was kind of worried what it would look like in daylight, so I tried to be very careful. Fortunately, it looked fine when morning came and I assembled it onto this card.

I chose 'Bumble Bee Fairy' for my card and colored her in autumnal colors to coordinate with these papers from an Authentique paper pad.

I added a simple sentiment from the clear stamp set 'Simply Sophisticated'. The pretty fall leaves were cut on my Cameo and I inked them with assorted inks and Stickles. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I made it by the skin of my teeth! We just got our power back on half an hour ago, and cable and internet soon followed, imagine that! We've been out of power since Monday afternoon, and even with a generator it was NOT fun. The poor kiddies all along the East coast have no Halloween to speak of. Fortunately, my kids are older and don't mind it too much. They've been out of school all week and they're happy about that. 
Fortunately, we escaped from any damage to our home, we're all safe and sound, although our neighbors were not so lucky. They weren't home when a tree fell onto their house, so we can all count our blessings. I'm sure there are thousands of other families who were not that fortunate and are struggling with being displaced from their homes, keeping warm and/or feeding their families. It was a terrible storm, very scary.

I just wanted to pop in and share a Halloween card I had ready a while back to share this morning. I actually have quite a few others, but wasn't able to take pics yet.

This card features stamps from Waltzingmouse, Authentique papers and Memory Box apothecary jar dies.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Li'l Wizard

Good morning friends! I keep wishing that Lili of the Valley would make some Halloween or Autumn themed stamps, imagine how cute they would be!! I know, I know Halloween is not a big thing in the UK, so I have to be content with this adorable little guy dressed up as a wizard, 'Abracadabra'. I'm afraid he couldn't be spooky no matter how hard he tries though, ha ha!

He's colored with Copics, cut out and mounted on this awesome spider web frame from the Silhouette Store (digital die cut).

Papers are from Authentique, and the sentiment seal is Catslife Press.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sweet Gingers

I was so glad to see these little guys from the Gingerbread Joy stamp set show up on the Waltzingmouse blog recently as cut files. I love the look of cut out images, but usually am too lazy to handcut them. Claire was sweet enough to offer the cut files for free here

I stamped the Gingers in vanilla scented embossing powder, then added some shading around their edges with Distress inks. I tied their hands together with baker's twine.

The background paper is from Lili of the Valley's Christmas Kraft paper pad, they have the perfect Ginger cookie colors. A big red/white striped bow finishes it off nicely, don't you think? 

Hope you like them, thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fairy and her Birdy

Good morning all, I've been flat on my back all weekend, a back injury again. I wanted to wait it out and rest it at home to see if it would ease up, but it seems to be getting worse. So, I'm going to visit the Dr. today to see what's going on and maybe get some relief. 

It's been very hard to do any sitting at my craft table for any length of time, so this card was made in little bits and pieces as long as I could stand it. I hate laying around on the couch, I get so restless I feel like I could scream, and with TV just being the absolute pits, I just have to get up and do something despite the pain. 

This little beauty is another fairy from the new release coming out at Lili of the Valley the end of this month.

The vine on the left was cut with my Cameo from a Silhouette Store file, and the tiny flowers are an old punch I had laying around. Sentiment is from Lili of the Valley clear sentiments 26 set. Papers are from LOTV Bonnets and Bowties paper pad collection.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sea Nymph

Good morning all! It's time for a Lili of the Valley fix once more, a new release coming up at the end of October. We've got fairies and mermaids coming up, and you are just going to swoon when you see them all!

I did some fancy paper piecing with the waves in the background, using the beautiful papers from the 'Promises' pad available at LOTV.  I used some wave cut files from the Silhouette Store to cut them out.

I also cut out some sea life shapes using my Silhouette, then Stickled them. The sentiments are also from LOTV, 'Sentiment Tags', and 'Girly Banners'. 

So what do you all think, love the mermaids? I sure do. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Haunted Hills

Hello everyone, how about a Halloween card today? Halloween cards are one of my favorite kinds of cards to make. I don't really give out any :-o  but I love making them all the same. This one is a hodge podge of several different digital and clear products.

The cute witch and her sidekick is from Mo's Digital Pencil (at least it was, I can't seem to find it in her web store anymore!), I think it's called Trick or Treat. I colored them up with Copics.

The papers are digital as well, from Design House Digitals 'Halloween Vintage Findings'. If they look familiar, it might be because I believe there's a paper pad from My Mind's Eye that has these same papers. I freehand cut some rolling hills using different patterns to create the background. I also stamped the haunted house and trees in the BG with a clear stamp set from Inkadinkado, I think. 

And last but not least, the Haunted House ticket is a printable from the Silhouette store. I really wanted coordinating ribbon too, but of course had nothing even close in my stash. So I striped a plain piece of grosgrain with a ruler and Copics. It actually bled a little and I thought I ruined the ribbon, but after tying it into a bow, turns out I LOVE the effect! One of those happy accidents I will be using again in the future, kind of an 'ombré' look to it. 

Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dance Child

Good morning everyone, I finally have another card to share using the new Geisha girl stamps. Creating has been pretty slow lately, took me quite a while to complete this one. Although the mojo seems to be getting ready for winter, I'm going to keep plugging away. I love this hobby and won't give it up!
Anyway, here's Aimi with Lantern.

She's colored with my Copics,  I pulled coordinating colors from the gorgeous peony papers from and older SEI paper pad. I save these papers for those really special cards, that's how much I love them.

I fashioned a little 'folding' paper fan out of some handmade paper I had laying around. I cut the thinnest little slivers of real wood paper to make the handles. It doesn't really fold, I wasn't that ambitious, I just glued it into place. 

The sentiment scroll is from the Geisha Companion Set and Scroll Sentiments

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

'Twas the night before Christmas

Ooops, forgot to post this card last month! I used one of the new Christmas stamps 'Wishing and Waiting'. So cute! 

I used the Kraft and pink color combo again because I liked it so much that last time I tried it. The pretty patterned paper is from LOTV's paper pad, 'Krafty Christmas'. I embossed a pretty snowflake pattern using an impression plate for the pink paper.

The Poinsettia is a Spellbinders die, and I added some pink pom pom trim. The sentiment is from 'Set 33, Christmas Grungy Messages'. 

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Festive and Frosty

Good morning fellow LOTV fans (and other fans too!) here's another Christmas card to add to the pile, the Merry Christmas Penguins in all their cute and adorable glory. 

I tried something a bit different when coloring these cuties, instead of using black Copics, I used dark browns. I didn't think it would work, but guess what?! It looks great! I chose the dark browns hoping it would coordinate a bit with the background papers, and I am very pleased with the result. Who'd a thunk...

The papers are actually a digital collection from SEI called Alpine Frost. It was out years ago and I LOVED it and was in a panic when I ran out. Boy was I relieved to see I could still get it in digital format and use whenever I wanted forever and ever and ever! I wish ALL paper companies would do this, it would save me all that hoarding I do because I never want to run out! Pay attention paper companies, I need to make space on my dining room for actual eating, not paper crafting so can you digitize all your paper collections pleeeease?! I have hundreds of GB on my Google drive, but no GB on my dining room table, lol!

ahhh well, I tried.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Follow your Dreams

Hello again friends, Lili of the Valley has done it again with another release scheduled for next month. Something new and different, with beautiful little Japanese themed images. I'm so happy, they're so lovely!

The cherry blossom branches are a cut file from The Silhouette Store, I scratched some texture into them with my paper piercer. The flowers are the smallest flower from the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch that I shaped with my embossing stylus on a foam mat. The butterfly is also from the Silhouette Store.

Background paper is 'Meadowlark' from a Prima paper pad. 

So what do you think of the little Geishas? Wait till you see the rest of them, there are accessory stamps, sentiment stamps to complete the whole line. I'm in love...

Thanks for visiting!