Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happiness Always

This is for Anyone for Anya's June sketch and Paper Sundae's Sundae Bar challenges.  For the Sundae Bar we have to use at least two of the following: purple, gems, wings, paper piercing.  I got three of the four in by using purple on her top, pearls in her hair, and piercing the image.
The base is Whisper White cardstock with layers of Basic Grey and water B&T papers.  I embossed the Whisper White in the swirls folder, alternating between the embossed and debossed sides.  The image is Mermaid Anya from TGF and is colored in watercolor pencils with accents of Sukura Stardust gel pen.  I cut her bodice, arms, face and part of her hair in two layers, then added mini pearls to the hair.  The image is cut out using deckled rectangle Nestabilities, then pierced at opposite corners.  The sentiment is from SU's Whimsical Words and is stamped in Dove Grey Staz-On.  I added a safety pin and tied a bit of jute twine before mounting with a dimensional.  The mini bottle is from Tim Holtz.  I used a piece of Very Vanilla, stamped with "faded script" stamp from Stampabilities in Brown Bag.  I distressed the edges and inked in Chestnut Roan and Charcoal cat's eye chalks, then rolled into a scroll and placed in bottle.  I used a bit of liquid glass to seal the cork and attach to the card, adding a scrap of jute twine to the bottle.  Thanks for looking!  April
close-up to show layers

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sugar & Spice?

Here is one for TGF's Mystery Monday CASE
The base is Whisper White from SU with layers of Basic Black and the really cute pink baroque paper from Hobby Lobby.  I added some skittles around the edges and made custom skittles from scraps of paper.  I used a 3/16" punch and some liquid glass to attach them to the skittles, then used glue dots to adhere to the card.  The sentiment is printed on cardstock using Curlz MT font and punched out with the decorative label punch from SU. 
The image is Wild Sprout's Ebony from TGF.  Ebony is colored in watercolor pencils and has accents of Sukura Stardust gel pen.  You can't see it and I didn't take a pic, but she is pieced in several layers.  Layer 1 is the base with Ebony stamped on it, Layer 2 is the shirt and head, and Layer 3 is the bangs and headband.  She is just to cute and very much like Twilight's Alice.  I just love the Wild Sprouts!  They come in rubber or digi formats and are just so much fun. 
Inside, I used some scraps and a pieced flower to coordinate.  Thanks for looking!  April
close-up of inside of card

Monday, June 27, 2011


This is for TGF's Farm Fresh Friday 4th of July, Stamp Something's 4th of JulyStamptacular Sunday's Stars & Stripes challenges, Pixie Dust Studios patriotic, Anyone for Anya's show your colors and Creative Inspirations stars & stripes challenges.
The base is white cardstock, layered with black and the western B&T papers are from Hobby Lobby.  I sewed around the edges and used the notebook border punch on the inner layer.  I wrapped the base in jute twine and added some knots to try and make it look it bit like barbwire or really worn rope.  The image is Wild Sprout Hugh rubber stamp, stamped in Jet Black Staz-On on Whisper White cardstock and colored with watercolor pencils.  (I can honestly say I just don't like how it blends on the SU cardstock as it is so smooth the pencil just doesn't stick.)  I did cut the neckerchief and face in a couple of layers for added dimension.  The star is cut from Cricut's George and Basic Shapes at 1 3/4".  Thr circles are 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" with a hand-drawn sentiment, mounted on dimensionals.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sweet Treat

This card is for Deconstruting Jen's sketch challenge and Pixie Dust Studios Counting Along challenge.
The base is SU's Pear Pizzaz.  The lilac and dark purple are generic cardstock I got at Michael's and the print is from a stack I got ages ago.  Following Jen's sketch, I rounded the corners of the large square layer and then zig-zag stitched around it, after running it though the cuttlebug with the distressed diamond folder.  Then I ran stitches along the straight layer.  Next was a quick spritz with Vanilla Shimmer and Berry Smooch spritz.  (My vanilla sprayer broke, so it is in a mister bottle, but I think it sprays a bit heavy and wild...oh well.)  I cut a slice in the Pear base along the fold to thread some jute twine.  I then threaded it through the sentiment and button, tying it in a bow.  The sentiment is printed on white cardstock and I added the "4 U" rub-on.  The image is a darling pixie from PDS, colored in watercolor pencils, and cut with the deckled Nestabilities die.  I added a few accents with the Sukura Stardust gel pen in clear.    Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cheeky girl

This is for TGF's WOW sketch #6 and Stampers R Us "There was a little girl..." challenge
Papers are Bo Bunny Pep Rally and Stampin' Up cardstock Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron.  The image is TGF's Wild Sprout Audrey and she is colored in grey and black watercolor pencil.  She is just so cheeky and fun!  I used an ultra fine pen to doodle around her edges (CASED from Deconstructing Jen - thanks, Jen!).  Audrey is cut and embossed with the Classic Oval Nestabilities.  I used a scrap of leftover ribbon to make the little knot and attached with a glue dot.  I took the base layer and stitched around the image, layering the strips and stitching around those, adhering to the card base.  The image is mounted on dimensionals, then mounted on card.  I chose to skip a sentiment so I can add it later on.  Thanks for looking!  April

And they lived happily ever after...

This is for TGF's week 4 royalty challenge.  This week we needed to be as creative as possible, but include at least one of the following: castle, crown, carriage or carats.  I managed three of the four, so I am pretty happy with myself.
The carriage is from Cricut's Happily Ever After cartridge and is Cinderella's carriage cut at 5 1/4".  It is backed with chipboard and I cut a chipboard easel for displaying.  It is decorated with Sukura Clear Stardust pen and pearl accents.  The images are TGF's Dressy Edward and Dressy Camille digis and are colored with watercolor pencils.  I added the ribbon sash to Edward and cut the crown, dipping it in silver glitter, then making a cut in her hair to slide it in.  I also added pearl earrings and bracelet, as well as adding some extra bling to her dress.  They are mounted with a thick foam dimensional.  The sentiment is printed in Twilight font and cut out with the decorative label punch.  I love the TGF Twilight inspired characters and thought they were fitting because the story is so much like a modern fairytale.  I just couldn't resist using them!  Thanks for looking!  April
view to show dimension
carriage assembled before characters

sk8r grl

This is my entry for this week's TGF Mystery Monday CASE challenge.  In place of a card, I decided to make it a LO for my daughter's new hobby.
The papers are Bo Bunny Mama-razzi.  Image is skater Anya from TGF's Later Skater set.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the bottom and Tim Holtz tag, mini paper clip, and tissue tape to accent.  Title is cut with Cricut's Doodletype at 1 1/2".  I tied a bit of Night of Navy ribbon to the "k"  and used a scrap of the Mama-razzi papers to cut a design for the skateboard.  Anya is colored with watercolor pencils and is layered at the head.  She is mounted on dimensionals against a rhinestone star sticker I found on clearance at Michael's.  Thanks for looking!  April
close-up of layered image

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rock Star

This is for my BIL's birthday and for Anyone for Anya's stitching challenge
Directions for the pop-up card can be found on Splitcoast Stampers.  Papers are Bo Bunny's Mamarazzi and DCWV's Tattered Time.  I stitched around the edge of the tag on my sewing machine, but the bobbin ran out, so I reused the holes and did it by hand.  It is double thick, but it looks kinda cool too.  The image is TGF's Later Skater and is colored in watercolor pencil on Whisper White.  I don't like how it blends on the WW, it almost blends better on regular copier cardstock.  The guitar is from SU's Grunge Rock and is printed on Whisper White with Momento Tuxedo Black.  The sentiment is Inkadinkadoo and is printed in Jet Black Staz-On on Very Vanilla, then chalked with Chestnut Roan cat's eye.  I used a scrap of Basic Grey at the top of the tag to make the shank.  The ribbons are Night of Navy from SU, black plaid from Michael's, and the music ribbon is specialty printed from a LSS.  I ripped a Tim Holtz journalling ticket to print the Happy Birthday sentiment, and used the tiny attacher.  I used left over pieces of jute twine to tie off the ribbon.  The center of the music ribbon is tied with twine, then layered with a black button gem.  Thanks for looking!  April
Update:  I won the Anyone for Anya Challenge!  See the list and the new challenge here!
close-up of tag
closed card

Monday, June 20, 2011

Onesie baby card

Here is a baby card I put together for my son's physical therapist.  I have seen it done tons of times, but never tried it.  It was quick, easy AND I got to pull out a stamp set I don't get to use that often, Greetings Galore.  It, and Pun Fun, are my two favorite sets.  All you need is a 4.25x11" piece of paper, a circle punch, the scalloped circle punch and your choice of embellishments.  The options are endless...patterned papers, inking, stamped backgrounds, etc. 
The base is Certainly Celery with Whisper White for the trim.  I ran the top half of the card through the cuttlebug to dry emboss the dots.  Next I added the trim by running it through my stickermaker and adding the buttons with glue dots.  I wanted to keep the inside simple and let he sentiment speak for itself, so I chose not to color it in.  Thanks for looking!  April
inside card

Sunday, June 19, 2011

School Spirit

Here is my entry for PDS School themed tag or bookmark challenge, and Creative Inspirations stitching challenge
The red and black is my kids school colors with the adorable cheerleader image from PDS.  Both have stitching around the base.  Punches include EK Success dotted scallop and SU's scalloped border.  The other is Hermoine from their HP digi and uses Bo Bunny Pep Rally papers and Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive SU cardstock.  The font is Harry P and is available for FREE from dafont.  It is pretty basic and just a matter of building layers.  What I love is that I can use them as quick card fronts, bookmarks, etc.  Thanks for looking!  April

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I want my Mummy!

This is for TGF's Farm Fresh Fridays "Sentimental" Challenge and Paper Sundae's easel challenge.  
card on display

 I found this super neat pop-up card on Splitcoast Stampers and wanted to give it a try.  The papers are Little Yellow Bicycle's Booville papers, and Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey, and Very Vanilla.  The image is the mummy from TGF's halloween digi set.  He is colored in watercolor pencil and inked in CTMH's Brown Bag.  The tombstones are Jolee's.  The moon is punched from a scrap of VV, then crumpled and inked.  The tag is inked in Charcoal cat's eye chalk.  The sentiment is one I typed using Chiller font.  The eyelet reinforcer are two punched scrap circles I layered and set with a jumbo eyelet.  Some jute twine and a scrap of ribbon finish it off.  Thanks for looking!  April  

flattened for mailing
close-up of tag

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Girly wish

This card is for TGF's Wow challenge and Deconstructing Jen's sketch challenge.  I drew from the purple in the photo and used pink as an accent.  I still wanted it to be light and girly, so the pastel colors, pearls and cupcake Anya were great picks.
All papers were scraps that I have been working on using up.  Anya is colored in watercolor pencils with a few touches of sharpie marker.  I chose not to blend Anya's hair.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Word Play.  Some hemp twine finishes the card.  Inside has the lighter cardstock and a couple of strips of the banner papers.  I love how simple and sweet this looks...very girly.  I am really kicking myself for not having Flutter Anya right now, but what can you do???  Thanks for looking!  April


Here is my entry for week 3 of TGF's Royalty challenge.  
The card base is from SU's retired Bold Brights collection.  It is layered with some scrap B&T paper and cardstock run through the cuttlebug with the polka dots embossing folder.  I then spritzed the paper layers with Berry smooch spritz.  The image is Ballet Anya digi from TGF and is colored with watercolor pencils.  The bodice and crown coated in glitter, using a ball point glue pen and then sprinkling with glitter.  Once set, I cut and embossed the image with deckled nestablilities and used an ultra fine pen to add a border.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and is from the Word Play set.  I added a pearl to the sentiment and the middle of Anya's bodice.  A little ribbon at the bottom and a corked bottle (from Tim Holtz), filled with some of the glitter from Anya's outfit and some confetti hearts finish the card.  I wanted it to seem like pixie dust.  Thanks for looking!  April

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pretty Cool

So here is my entry for PDS Cool Down Challenge

The card base is retired SU papers the inside layers are DCWV.  The card is designed to stand by itself.  You simply make an accordian fold on each side, then adhere the outermost tab.  The image is January Pixie from Pixie Dust Studios colored in watercolor pencils.  I cut multiple layers of the image and layered with dimensionals.  The buttons on her coat and shoes are mini brads.  The sentiment is from TGF and is punched with the designer label punch.  I added a couple of gems and lightly inked the edges.  The front of the card is sprayed with Silver Foil and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  The snowflake is from Cricut's Pooh & Friends.  I added a little hemp twine and a SU glimmer brad to finish it off.    Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hot Stuff

The base is Pumpking Pie layered with Bo Bunny's Pep Rally and Night of Navy cardstock. I used Cricut's Mini Monograms to cut the scallop and inset circle. I used hemp twine and tied off around the circle. The image is a mash-up of TGF's Wild Sprouts Jeremy and Michael. I used Michael's body and Jeremy's head. I did the multi-layers in his arms, face and hair. It looks similar to the Joyce I used in last weeks royalty challenge. The sentiment is from TGF's Roll Call kit and is stamped in Jet Black Staz-On and punched with the designer label punch. I used my fingernail to rough the edges and stapled it to the circle with Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. The scallop circle is on dimensionals to help make space for the twine. Three coordinating brads finish the card. Thanks for looking! April


Here is my card for TGF's WOW , the Stampers R Us 1,2,3 challenge, and Anyone for Anya's color challenge. Can't you just see the colors? Green for lettuce and pickles, yellow or orange for cheese, brown for meat, light brown for buns, etc. So cool.

This is TGF's Wild Sprout Daniel digi colored in watercolor pencil and cut with nestabilities deckled die. Card is layers of Bo Bunny Pep Rally and Back to Basics yellow and blue. The tissue box idea is CASEd from Artistic Avenger (thanks Carrie!). She has the directions...super easy and too cute! Add a couple of brads and done. The sentiment inside is stamped in Jet Black Staz-On then stamped again on a scrap of the B2B blue and mounted with dimensionals. Super easy and too cute! Thanks for looking! April


This card is for this weeks TGF Royalty challenge, Stamp Something's Punch Something challenge, and Paper Sundae's Girly Girl challenge.

Base is Basic Black cut at 5 1/2x11. Layers are Recollections TimeFrame and Whisper White with accents of Basic Grey. Images are Camille and Edward from the Greeting Farm and cut with Nestabilities classic oval die. They are colored with watercolor pencils and blended with SU's blending pen, then mounted on another oval that was cut, embossed, and inked. I used the Sakura clear Stardust pen for some accents. The sentiment is printed on WW using the Twilight font, then punched using the wide oval and mounted on the designer label punch. I used half pearls to frame the sentiment. The dotted scallop border punch was used on one of the base layers. Sentiment and images are mounted with dimensionals. Some organza ribbon with a black gem finishes the card. Inside is done using scraps from card front. I left it unstamped so I could use it for a wedding, anniversary or other card. Thanks for looking! April

Fantastical Father

Here is my hubby's father's day card. I have entered it into Creative Inspirations Challenge 61 and Stamptacular Sundays Dad and Grad challenge.

Image is from Pixie Dust Studio's Harry Potter collection and mounted with dimensionals. Base is Basic Grey with layers of Creamy Carmel. The printed paper is discontinued from Michaels and has a velvet griffin on it. Isn't it awesome? I couldn't resist using it for Griffindor! The ribbon is Night of Navy. The sentiment is printed using Lumos font from dafont, then punched using the wide oval punch and mounted on curby label punch using dimensionals. I added topaz gems and inked the edges with CTMH Brown Bag that was dried on a sponge. I made a bow, then mounted it with a glue dot. I sewed around the edge for some extra texture.
Inside is layers of Creamy Caramel and scraps of Basic Grey and printed paper. I used the scalloped dot border from EK Success. I sewed around the top half of the paper, then stamped the sentiment from a retired Sale-a-bration set. Thanks for looking! April

Friday, June 10, 2011

let's bowl

This is from my youngest first trip to bowl. It is inspired from June 2011 pagemaps. It was a 8 1/2x11 LO, but I altered it to fit the 12x12 format I use.

Base is Bo Bunny back to basics, layered with a sheet of More Mustard cut to 10x10. Then I used scraps of Bo Bunny Christmas papers I used to make a album a couple of years ago. The stripped piece at the bottom, was a scrap that I used one of my Martha Steward border punches, then cut the curve on either side. I printed the pins on cardstock from a yahoo image, then punched the balls using a 1 3/8" circle punch on Basic Black. Then, I used a white gel pen to add details to the balls. I sewed some green polka dot ribbon to the bottom, arranging the pins and putting a couple on dimensionals. I used a scrap piece to punch the tab. The title is rub-ons and Basic Grey chipboard letters inked in a retired SU craft ink. Thanks for looking! April

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fairytale Fun

TGF is introducing new princess stamps and is having a Fairy tale fun challenge. Here is my entry. Papers are Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride from SU! The patterned paper is from a local scrap store. The ribbon is pale pink satin from Michael's. I also used the super thin white satin to make the bow and tied it to the button, mounting with glue dots. The sentiment is printed from the computer and punched with the new designer label punch. I punched another one in Rich Razzleberry and cut it in half to mount behind the sentiment. The crystal apple is Crystal-It from Michaels and super easy to use. The image is Dressy Joyce from TGF. She is colored in watercolor pencils and I colored the face and bangs from two other printed images to make layers. I cut the crown from Cricut's Happily Ever After (Aurora's icon), then ran through a sticker maker and dipped in glitter. I added stones and pearls. Thanks for looking! April

Monday, June 6, 2011


My youngest was Joe from Blue's Clues for Halloween, so instead of a halloween themed LO, I did a Blue's Clues centered one.

It is based on an August 2008 pagemaps. The background is Blue's pawprints and Marina Mist with a Blue stamped in Versamark, on a Green Galore base. I used retired Bold Brights (Yo Yo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, etc.) scraps to make the squares from Joe's shirt. I used the 1 3/8" square punch from SU to make the blocks. The tag and characters came from the same coordinating sticker sheet, just mounted on paper, then dimensionals. I mounted and cut the tag, then added a large eyelet. I found a leftover keychain to make the tag hanger. The chipboard letters are Basic Grey. The Blue sticker, Tickety, and Mr. Salt/Mrs. Pepper are from a dimensional sticker set. Thanks for looking! April

Sunday, June 5, 2011


This is my entry for Desconstructing Jen's sketch challenge and TGF Monocromatic challenge.

The image is cupcake Anya from TGF and is mounted with dimensionals on layers of Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, and generic patterned paper from Michaels. Anya is colored with water color pencils and highlighted with Clear Stardust gel pen. It is cut out with Nestabilities. I added accents of Very Vanilla. I used CTMH Brown Bag to ink. Ribbon is from Michaels. The ticket and paper clip are from Tim Holtz. Inside is matted with scraps and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for looking! April


Here is my LO inspired by November 2008 pagemaps. Base is SU's textured Marina Mist. The B&T papers are open stock papers from Michaels. I cut the title with Cricut's Alphalicious with regular Marina Mist, then ran it through the Cuttlebug with the dotted embossing folder, then used the Xyron sticker maker to adhere to page. I then ran it through my sewing machine. I made the bubbles by using liquid glass on clear film from the dollar acryllic sets you get at Michael's. Once dry, I used a punch to clean the edges. (I tried pealing them off, but they cracked or split.) I made the bubble wand by punching a 3/4" circle, then a 1" circle, repeating with 1" and 1 1/4", then cutting a straight piece from the remaining. Next, I ran it through the sticker maker. Once on the page, I used the liquid glass to make it look wet and add drips. I also ran the bubbles through the sticker maker, then applied. Thanks for looking! April

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Super Grand-dad

Here is my card for Pixie Dust Studio Challenge's Homemade-Handmade. I made the little paper buttons to go on my Father-in-law's card. I also entered it into Paper Sundae's Sentimental challenge. Put a sentiment on the front of the card. What fun challenges this week!

Card base is Whisper White, with red Moxxie (left over from Matt's chocolate milk LO), and the blue cowboy print (leftover from the Miracles in Motion LO). I also used a scrap of Basic Black for the dotted scallop border from EK Success. The sentiment is printed in Batik Regular font and punched with SU's wide oval punch and layered with the curved tab punch and curvy label punch on dimensionals. I added a bit of ribbon for some texture and sewed the various layers with a wide straight stitch. The image is Captain Cash from PDS and is colored with watercolor pencils and accents of liquid glass on the eyes, puppy nose, and heart on cape.

Inside is finished with leftover pieces and room for a note. Thanks for looking! April

Update: I won the Pixie Dust Challenge!!!

Witch way?

Here is a card I started for last week's FF Friday challenge at TGF, but I got sidetracked and had to put it aside...BUMMER! So I decided to enter it into Anyone for Anya & friends polka dot challenge.
Card base is retired Lovely Lilac from SU and layered in Basic Black and Only Orange. I punched circles from some left over Booville paper and embossed some of the circles with the dots 5x7 cuttlebug folder. You can't really see them under the vellum though, so that didn't work so well. I sewed the vellum along the edges, but left most of the circles free floating under the vellum. The don't wiggle around as much as I hoped, but the do move some. The witch is TGF and colored in watercolor pencils and coated in black micro glitter. The setiment was printed on white cardstock, then I used the new designer label punch from SU and punched it again in the lilac, cutting it in half to frame the sentiment. I added some ribbon for texture and the jewels for some dimension. Thanks for looking! April

Friday, June 3, 2011


This is a pic of my hubby and littlest guy last summer.

LO is inspired from November 2008 pagemaps. Base cardstock was Michael's open cardstock. Animal print is from DCWV pad. Martha Stewart border and corner punch used on animal mat. Title cut from Cricut's San Serif on Night of Navy and Old Olive from Stampin' Up! Scalloped border punch in Night of Navy from SU! and Notebook spiral from EK Success. Journalling is printed in Batik Regular font. Ribbon from Michael's and SU! Giraffe border cardstock sticker finishes the photo. Thanks for looking! April

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Altered Beanie Baby Box

This box used to house beanie babies and now that they have been disbursed to the kids, I have several of these just sitting around. I decided to use it to gift some cookies to the kids TaeKwonDo teacher.

The paper is Moxxie and the border punch is Martha Stewart. The inner border punch is EK Success. The image is Karate Ian from the Greeting Farm. I printed the sentiment on cardstock using Creating Keepsakes Kimono font. The sides are 4" each, so the paper only covered three sides. I wanted to avoid it looking bulky with trying to wrap extra layers around, so I left the back bare. I used tacky tape to secure the paper and the ribbon at the lid. Super simple and so cute! Thanks for looking. April