Saturday, October 16, 2010

Simple Chic Sunflower Thank You Greeting Card

This card was a personal challenge for a 'Single Layer'. No ribbon, no layers, and no embellishments. The card features a simple chic sunflower. By stamping the petals in different colors, you have the ability to create a layered look. For this card I used More Mustard and So Saffron. The simple tag 'thank you' in chocolate ship completes the look.

- Card measures a standard 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"
- The exterior message reads: "thank you"
- The inside is blank

Sunday, September 19, 2010

PPA60 - Spongy Spooky Halloween

This week's PPA challenge ( is a wicked one! Check out the site to see all the wicked, good fun they are having sharing cards in the Halloween theme.

For this card, I went sponge crazy. I started with the partially colored-in tree stamp. Using a combination of Basic Black and Whisper White, I sponged a foggy background over the entire card. Then I punched a 1-1/4' circle and used it as a mask to sponge in More Mustard and Daffodil Delight for the moon. To create the fog effort over the moon, take the edge of your sponge and swipe white across. Finally to complete the card, I added a two step stampin' process with the 'Goblin Greetings' message.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mojo Monday 156 - Birthday Striping

Another Monday, Another Mojo. This week's sketch allows you to get creative with patterns and stripes. Check our the site for more examples of fellow stampers. (

For this project, I used an embossing folder with the Big Shot to create the patterns stripes of paper. I also used a striped ribbon in Daffodil Delight to provide another level of striping across the card.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

PPA59 – Celebrity Color Challenge

PPA ( offers a weekly challenge to help you get through that mid-week slump. Each Wednesday you can find a new sketch, color challenge, or a variety of other options to get your creativity going.

A beautiful speckling effect can be created by layering stamp over stamp over stamp. If you add a set which features the two stampin' option you can generate a dimension effect. To complete the look, I added a few stamped and cut out flowers and added a simple message.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mojo Monday 155 - Beautiful Bunch

It's Mojo Monday time! First week of the month means contest, prizes, fame, fortune! Or you can just play for the love of the mojo. It's a great site to get alittle kick start to your creativity each week. Check it out here -

This card features a fresh bunch of beautiful flowers. The two-step stampin' technique was used to created the dimensional effect. I stamped the images on Very Vanilla paper and cut out each one leaving about a quarter inch border around the image. Several of the new Stampin' Up colors help create the bright and rich palette. Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, and Baja Breeze.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mojo Monday 150 - Trendy Trees

Mojo Monday is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. ( The site provides a new sketch each week. This week's sketch features a hidden scallop edge. I think it's a great way to incorporate alittle extra flouirsh in any card design. The set used for the card is from Stampin' Up - Trendy Trees. The color scheme is great for a nature look or for a masculine card need. (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, and Chocolate Chip.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

PPA38-A Sketch Challenge - Pocket Silhouettes

This week's Pal Paper Arts Challenge is A Sketch Challenge. Pal Paper Arts site is a great opportunity to help inspire you every week in a new challenge. Visit here for further information. 

This card features a series of three framed nature sillohouettes. The green scalloped borders of each frame set off the blue ink beautifully. To complete the look, a larger panel contains the thank you message.
  • Card measures a standard 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"
  • The large panel uses a un-re-inking technique - Ink you image once and stamp several times without re-inking in between

Baby Wipe Warm Sunset Strip Greeting Card

This card features a series of warm sunset colors stripped across the background. The black imagery completes the sunset feeling. This card uses the baby wipe technique. You can use any type of wipe you have at home. (a baby wipe, windex wipe, etc.) Fold the wipe in fourths and apply a few drops of several color reinkers to the folded edge. Once colored, swipe the wipe across the gloassy white paper. Make sure you use glossy paper otherwise, the swipe is not to smooth.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mojo Monday 131 - Thankful Spring Panels

Mojo Monday is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. ( The site provides a new sketch each week. This week's sketch is a three panel layout. I used the 'Sweetest Stems' set along with the 'Frames with a Flourish' to create three outlined panels.

Using markers to just outline the content of the images provides a beautiful coloring technique. I used Spring colors here to compliment the Springtime weather starting to bloom outside.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pals Paper Arts Challenge - Spring Flowers Hello Greeting Card

This week's Pal Paper Arts Challenge is a Springtime Splendor! This card features a garden of red flowers blooming. The flowers and butterfly each have a 3-D popped up accent. To complete the look, the card has a bordered top header Hello message attached via two gold brads.

Mojo Monday 128 - Sweet and Delicious Cupcake Birthday

Mojo Monday is a great opportunity to try a new design have some fun! This card features a soft spring color pattern. The cupcake focal point is accented with edged markering. To complete the look, the 3-D dotted background creates a festive feeling.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oversized Scallop Medallion Thank You Card

This card features a oversized scallop design. The scallop is created by tracing a oval shape across the bottom of the white center panel. The scallop is divided by double stitched chocolate ribbon and golden medallion. The layered circles creating the medallion is a great way to accent any card or scrapbook page. To complete the look, the Thank You Message is right aligned in a lower portion of the card.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sponged Lattice Design Card

This card utilizes a great technique traditionally used on walls, Sponging! It's started by obtaining a cut out of a design. In this case, I used the lattice cut-out from Stampin' Up. Then, by using a sponge dabbed on your ink pad, sponge all over and around the cut-out. Simple sponging over the Lattice die-cut creates a beautiful design.

Heavy vs. light sponging can easily change the intensity of the coloring and appearance.

I would also recommend sponging in multiple colors. It can create a fabulous blending and shading of colors.