Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I created a card today for the City Crafter Challenge which is to use two ribbons and nine words or more.  Perfect for Leap Day!  Happy Leap Day to everyone! Enjoy your extra day. :) I also used the sketch from Mojo Monday #230 as my design.

This card is inspired by the ever so talented Jacqueline and includes a beautiful wine label butterfly. Thank you Jacqueline for sharing wine labels with me.

The papers come from a prize I won from Snazzy's in playing in their first challenge. They are gorgeous papers and I also received some wonderful stamps. (Yet to be inked up and can't wait to use them!). The reason I was playing there was because of another friend Lesley (very talented) who is on their design team.

The card:
The verse from Verses Rubber Stamps - A Friend Strengthens - FS1134-A  is very appropriate. 

I used my much loved Hero Arts Hydrangeas and Butterflies to stamp over the paper.  The diamonds in the background is a new stencil from The Crafters Workshop that I bought to play with. I love the distressed effect and will be playing with it some more.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adventure is Worthwhile

The Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is Ideology Bonanza this week. 

Here is my take:

I had a bunch of these pieces left over from the Artistic Outpost Release.  All I had to do was create a patchwork on a chipboard tag.    I had to stamp the motorcycle and a few of the little pieces. The hard part was finding the metal accents. 

Products: Artistic Outpost - Diesel Punk, Industrial Backgrounds, Route 66, Charles and Amelia, Ranger Archival Inks - Coffee, Black, Glimmer Mist - Sunflower, Ranger Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Ideology

Hope your week is off to a good start!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

CR84FN49 - Thinking of You

The colors for  CR84FN49 are kraft, grey and yellow.  Very pretty! 

My card started with the pretty paper from Authentique Blissful collection.  I then looked for stamps to work with the layout. I stamped the Hero Arts flowers and added a simple sentiment.  A few highlights using a white gel pen.  Quick and easy card.

Here are the beautiful colors:

For all the details on the challenge this week go to the CR84FN blog. 

Please visit the wonderful CR84FN Design Team:

Deborah Frings * Sue Lelli  * Andrea Matthews *  Stephanie Kraft * Suzanne Czosek (me)  *  Heather Jensen * Mona Pendleton  * Lisa Somerville

We also have a new guest designer this month... Shannon White!  Stop by her lovely blog Enchanted Ladybug Creations  and see her wonderful creations! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampendous Challenge - By The Sea

It's Stampendous Saturday!

My card uses a lot of texture this week. This month's texture challenge is wrapping up and a new challenge will start next week.

I used the Calligraphy Sampler Stamp in the background on the tissue paper waves. Spritz tissue paper with glimmer mist.  Stamp over with black ink the scripted background. Tear and apply to top half of the card. Layer on the tissue.

The shells are new stamps called: Spiral Shell and Heavy Conch .  They were stamped using versamark and heat embossed using the Aged Copper Embossing Enamel.  Then colored with watercolor pencils.

The sand texture is in the ripped paper and layering of embossing enamels.  I applied versamark ink onto my ripped cardstock and added a layer of Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel.  After that I heated up sections and poured a little of the Aged Rose Embossing Enamel and reheated for the touches of pink.  I repeated the process using Aged Copper Embossing Enamel

For more  inspiration:

And don't forget....about the monthly challenge!  Just add your direct link to your card (make sure you've included texture) to the linky tool below  (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we love it when you do!  And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive the gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Have a wonderful Saturday!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Music with all my Soul

The Mojo Monday Sketch #229 and City Crafter Challenge to use neutrals inspired my card today:

I started with the sketch and modified it a bit to add the ribbon across the length.  The sentiment and bird are from the Our Daily Bread Designs - You will find Refuge.  The papers were in my scrap pile So I don't remember whose they are?  But it was a lovely music sheet paper.  The doily was a beautiful find at my local antique mall.  Love browsing through looking for little accent pieces. (The buttons are from there as well)

A little stamping, distressing, sponging and done. :) 

Happy Thursday to you!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artistic Outpost - Feb 2012 Release

I am so excited to share the February release of Artistic Outpost Stamps! 

Diesel Punk includes images of good looking guys, a beautiful dame, a kid ready to be a rocketeer, and fast machines to tempt their fates. It reminded me of the old Hollywood movies! 

Charles & Amelia includes  images featuring the king and queen of the skies when flying was more than transportation – it was an adventure.

Industrial Chic includes backgrounds for any of your projects – steam, diesel, or any other kind of punk.

London Elements includes more iconic images of London that are wonderful by themselves, and work beautifully with the London Underground or Loverly London plates. 

My first card comes from the Diesel Punk plate:
These two gentlemen in their leather gear reminded me of  the open road and the old movies.  I stamped the background using the images from the Diesel Punk plate and added a touch of color using watercolor pencils and waterbrush. 

The background layer of maps is from the Route 66 plate. I stamped the image repeatedly and added a touch of  color.  The sentiment is from the Charles & Amelia plate.  I stamped the first portion of the sentiment onto a piece of cardstock and created a banner with a few brass brads.

The next card is a gate fold card created using the new Charles & Amelia plate: 

I combined the images from the fun & funky Industrial Chic mixed with the Charles &Amelia plates to create fun backgrounds on the inside and outside of the card.  The main image is stamped in black archival ink and color with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. The Ephemera Backgrounds Ledger provides a wonderful backdrop to Charles and the front of the band on the card. 

My last project is from the London Elements plate:

The last card uses a die cut for the birdcage and the lovely teacup and Afternoon Tea sentiment in a fun and frilly card.  I accented the tea cup with a flower from the  Bloom & Grow plate. The birdcage is stamped with the ledger from Ephemera Backgrounds.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the new plates, for more inspiration you need to stop over at the rest of the design teams blogs:   

Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ODBDLYLS14 Recipe Challenge

Today I am sharing my layout for this month's  Our Daily Bread Designs Scrapbook Layout Challenge.  The challenge this  month is to choose 3 ingredients from the recipe and use them on any size scrapbook page along with ODBD stamps. You may use more ingredients but you must use at least 3 from this recipe.
Recipe List:
Sewing (hand or machine)

ODBD Products Used: Honeycomb Background, It is Well With My Soul, The Mighty Sea, Simple Things
  1. Cut white cardstock 11 1/2" x 11 1/2". Spray with grey and yellow glimmer mist. 
  2. Stamp honeycomb using grey ink over background. 
  3. Distress edges with distressing tool and sponge gray dye ink around the edges. 
  4. Spray honeycomb mulberry paper with yellow, orange and gray glimmer mist. Tear edges. 
  5. Stamp image three times using gray versafine on white cardstock. Color with a combination of glimmer mists, watercolor pencils and sponged on gray dye ink around the edges.  
  6. Cut three various sized circles around image. Distress edges with distressing tool and sponge edges. 
  7. Stamp music on white cardstock using gray ink. Spritz with yellow and gray glimmer mist. Distress edges and sponge with gray dye ink. 
  8. Stamp sentiment over honeycomb background. 
  9. Layer and assemble. My three recipe items are bling, button and twine. :)
For more inspiration go to Lisa Somerville's fabulous blog and see what she has created. The challenge runs through Wednesday, February 29th, at 6 p.m. Eastern. You can enter as many times as you like, just remember to link your creations here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 20, 2012

New York, New York

Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is London, Paris or New York.  I have been working on some lovely new stamps from Artistic Outpost (being released on Wednesday!) featuring London elements, so I decided to switch up and create something featuring New York. 

We took a road trip a couple of summers ago to New York and I really enjoyed it. We stopped at various points along the way and were able to visit quite a bit of different places.  I enjoyed New York although a little too busy for me. :)

The project started with a page from a world Atlas featuring New York. after that I stamped images from the Artistic Outpost She-Roes plate with an addition of the New York Skyline from the Stampers Anonymous Artistic Journey.

The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and distressed with a touch of vintage photo dye ink.

Have a wonderful Monday!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Keep a song in your Heart

Week two of the beautiful colors  at  CR84FN. I created a card using the colors and for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes.

I was inspired by a couple of projects on pinterest.  They used paints, birds, and text all elements I love to mix together. :)

My project doesn't look like there is any lavender in it, but it is there. :)  I promise!  I started with a surface of white acrylic paint misted with Lavender glimmer mist.  I also misted the soft mulberry paper used in the nest.

The background was painted, misted and stamped using the text from Bluebird. I love the text as it is from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The edges were distressed with the distressing tool and sponged with brown dye ink.

The center house is from Whimsical Melange stamped with black archival ink.  The banners and butterfly have  a touch of green watercolor pencil.  The bird is from the Birds of a Feather plate. The sentiment is from the Songbirds plate.

Here are the beautiful colors:

For all the details on the challenge this week go to the CR84FN blog. 

Please visit the wonderful CR84FN Design Team:

Deborah Frings * Sue Lelli  * Andrea Matthews *  Stephanie Kraft * Suzanne Czosek (me)  *  Heather Jensen * Mona Pendleton  * Lisa Somerville * Monika (Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampendous Saturday - Texture Challenge

Today is  Stampendous Saturday!

I am sharing one of my projects from the new release.  I saw this Medieval Unicorn and was inspired to create a shield.

I started with finding a shape for a shield on-line and cutting it out from cardstock.  After it was cut I followed the process of covering the surface with versamark ink and heat embossing with Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. I repeated this about 4 or 5 times.

Next, I inked up the stamp with versamark.  I then heated up the shield until the surface was moving so I knew the embossing powder would take the impression. Quickly set down the heat gun and press your image into the center of the shield.  Let sit there for a minute to cool down.  Remove stamp.  You should have a great impression in the center. (Now here's the beauty of this technique.... If it didn't take the way you wanted heat it back up and it should all melt together again and you can try again!)

After you get an impression that you like the versamark from the stamp will be in the impression that you have made so you can add another layer of embossing powder!  I poured black embossing powder into the impression and shook off the excess.  I then heated the image again.  This is tricky as you don't want to lose your impression so keep the heat further away and wait a little longer to get your black embossing powder.

I would try this out with a smaller stamp until you fill comfortable playing with this as it can be tricky. ;)

I also used this cool gadget from scor-pal that allowed me to make impressions around the edge of my shield. I did it after I had stamped the unicorn before it was completely cooled off.

The rest of the project was just layering papers onto the card base adding a ribbon and a cool medal found at my local thrift shop.  (I got a great deal on a bag of pins.  Something to look for if you go to the thrift store)

For more  inspiration:

And don't forget....about the monthly challenge!  Just add your direct link to your card (make sure you've included texture) to the linky tool below  (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we love it when you do!  And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive the gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Have a wonderful Saturday!


Friday, February 17, 2012


Let's try this again. :)  Simon Says Stamp and Show anything Goes, Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Monochromatic +1, and yeah!  Tim's 12 Tags.

I feel much better about my tag today than my card yesterday.  Yesterday's card needs something else but I couldn't think of what so I moved on. 

Tim has decided to make his 12 tags a monthly tag. Here is Tim's Tag.

Here is my tag:

I had seen this beautiful tinsel at Michael's in the spring section.  Yesterday it was on sale for 40% off and the end of the tinsel roll had this adorable cupid image on both sides. So I picked it up and brought it home and popped those images off the sides. :)

That was the inspiration for my tag.  I glimmer misted canvas tape and stamped the Verses How Do I love Thee on the tape in black ink.  I used that to form my frill around my image.  I applied the beautiful tinsel around the edge.

The background on the tag is the same Verses Rubber Stamp stamped in versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  I then sponged on Ranger Distress Inks - Victorian Velvet over the surface. I added a little watermarks with some Perfect Pearls Misting.

The Love sentiment is Memory Box.  The flourish is from Hero Arts and is stamped using Ranger Distress Inks Vintage Photo.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

 I combined the lovely sketch from Mojo Monday #228, the monochromatic +1 color challenge from the Fashionable Stamping Challenge and Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp and show to create a masculine birthday card.
 I started with the shapes/layout from the sketch and started pulling out stamps to create backgrounds on my shapes. I mixed in the Hero Arts stamps to create the backgrounds.  The main sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps - Happy Happy Happy.

The monochromatic is supposed to be blue but it is more gray and my plus one was the pop of orange.

Have a lovely Thursday!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bits of London

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Blog Hop!   Today the DT is sharing projects featuring London!

Here is my project inspired by London: 

I used a fun fold called the Diamond Fold.  I love how it gave me a chance to add different images on the various surfaces.

Here is the full card laid out to show the various panels on the card. 

I used the Artistic Outpost plates: Loverly London, London Underground, Neverland, Windows and Doors and Jane's Countryside

After all the scoring, I cut pieces of white cardstock to fit each panel.  After that I stamped the background of all the panels using the text from the Loverly London in Versafine Toffee.  I sponged the edges of each panel with Ranger Distress Inks - Stormy Sky.  Then each panel contains images in Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and Crimson Red from the various plates. 

To see all the other fabulous projects from the design team:

Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Verses Rubber Stamps Challenge

I mentioned last week that the Verses Rubber Stamps was holding a challenge starting today.  Here are the details:

Black and White with a Splash of Red...  this will be the theme of the first challenge.  Using a Verses rubber stamp as the focal point of the card, you may use backgrounds from other companies, papers of your choice, any size card you prefer and enter as many card samples as you would like.  The deadline is Tuesday, March 7 at 11:59 EST.  Scan your card and send it to  There will be a gallery on the website to view all the entries.
The design team will be the judges.  The prize is a $25.00 on-line gift certificate for any rubber stamps from the Verseswebsite.

Here is my inspiration based on the challenge: 

I used the beautiful Grow Old  verse (again!) along with a Hero Arts Flourish. Very simple and sweet Valentine's card. I hope you get a chance to play along! 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentines Day!  I was all out of Valentine's cards to share and decided to share a wedding card instead. 

The full card: 

I love the aged gold embossing powder and how chunky it is and the richness it gives to the card.  All the images are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed using the Aged Gold embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped with versamark but embossed using the gold embossing powder. 

The flower is the Jumbo Cling Orchid stamp from Stampendous.   The background is stamped using the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Zinnia set.  The sentiment is from the Stampendous Cherub Wishes Perfectly clear set.  I accented with the Rose Color Fragments. The flower is colored with glimmer mist Pink Bubblegum.

Hope you have a wonderful day spent with the people you love. 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

CR84FN48 - Clovers and Bees

 Today is a new challenge at  CR84FN.   The colors are  lovely and remind me of spring.

I used the sweet Our Daily Bread Designs Simple Things set to create my card:

I stamped the Honeycomb background using a purple dye ink onto the background of two panels. The clover was stamped twice using gray Versafine. The image was colored using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.  The sentiment is from the same Simple Things set and is stamped in black ink. 

Here are the beautiful colors:

For all the details on the challenge this week go to the CR84FN blog. 

Please visit the wonderful CR84FN Design Team:

Deborah Frings * Sue Lelli  * Andrea Matthews *  Stephanie Kraft * Suzanne Czosek (me)  *  Heather Jensen * Mona Pendleton  * Lisa Somerville * Monika (Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampendous Blog Hop - Things with Wings

Today is a special Stampendous Saturday!  The design team created special projects using products from the latest release and are sharing them via a blog hop. 

My project  is a curio box of things with wings.

 My box started as a shoe box top.  I covered the entire surface using old music paper, white acrylic paint and distressing using Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo.  the little compartments were cut from the shoe box and reinforced with tape and glue to stay in place.

A close up of each of the sections to share the wonderful texture and stamps:

I started with plastic eggs and a nest from my local hobby shop. I added Taupe Color Fragments and Blue Color Fragments onto the eggs by applying Versamark and a little Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel.  I heated up the embossing enamel and while it was still hot I dipped it into my fragments.  (I did this using my tweezers which have a nice rubber handle to keep my fingers from getting warm.) 

The second compartment contains the beautiful Songbird stamped in black and colored with Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage photo.  I added some of the beautiful sage color fragment to his chest and a feather to his wing. The nest is a combination of moss mixed with the sage and Taupe color fragments.In the background is the Cling Jumbo Rosehips stamped in brown ink and colored with watercolor pencils.

The next box contains the lovely Cling Rose Corset stamped in black.  Colored using an orange dye ink. Accented with butterfly wings from Cling Butterfly Post.  I stamped the butterfly on white cardstock using black ink.  Cut out butterfly. Cut it half. Glimmer mist the butterfly with blue glimmer mist. Accent the butterfly wings with Rose Color Fragments. Glimmer mist coordinating flowers.

The last box on the top row features the new Jumbo Cling Hollyhocks (Love this stamp).  Stamp twice on white cardstock and spray with pink glimmer mist. Cut out outline for background and cut out flowers only for top layer. Accent centers of flower with Rose Color Fragments.  Stamp Dragonfly Vine using black ink on white cardstock. Two times. Spray with blue glimmer mist.  Cut out outline. Cut out wings from second dragonfly. Attach wings to body.  Apply glue to top wings and sprinkle Steel Blue Glass Glitter to wings.

The next two boxes:

I die cut the Sizzix birdcage two times.  Stamped the Postal stamp from the Eiffel Tower Perfectly Clear Stamps using brown ink. repeat until surface is covered. Sponge brown dye ink over surface. Repeat on both birdcages. Cut opening in one of the birdcages.  Accent cage with blue color fragments. Stamp bird and color with distress inks.  The trick to the suspended cages is acetate. I folded acetate to hold my floating objects in place.

The next scene is the corset and wings from the lovely Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamps.  Stamped twice once on white cardstock.  The second image was stamped on acetate. The wings are speckled with Blue Color Fragments.  the background includes the text from the set stamped over the music sheets.

The final boxes:

It is difficult to see in the little box, but the flowers are made from tissue paper stamped with the fun Cling Distressed Type and spritzed with pink glimmer mist.  The centers include rose color fragments.  The bee is a metal charm encrusted with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel and Bronze Glass Glitter.

The last box is from the Time Flies set. The clock is stamped multiple times on acetate using StazOn ink. The main image was stamped on white cardstock with a hint of blue.  The wings embossed in Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.

Sorry for the long details!

If you have not checked out this month's great texture challenge, you can read all the details on the Stampendous blog.  Now, hop along to all the wonderful inspiration:

As you hop from blog to blog, being wowed by all the amazing new goodies we are showing off, be sure to leave some love (and your contact email) for the designers, as well as on the Stampendous blog. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win one of these five fantastic prize packs.  Each one includes a brand new stamp set and bottle of color fragments from Stampendous:

Winners will be randomly selected from all comments left on blogs, so the more you comment the better your chances are to win one!!  You have until Sunday, February 12 th at 8:00 PM EST to leave a comment on each blog; winners will be announced on Monday, February 13th. Due to shipping restrictions, all winners must have a US/APO/FPO mailing address. 

And don't forget....about the monthly challenge!  Just add your direct link to your card (make sure you've included texture) to the linky tool below  (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we love it when you do!  And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive the gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Verses Rubber Stamps Challenge

Verses Rubber Stamps is kicking off a challenge next week.  To get the all the fun details on the challenge you need to sign up for the email list at Verses Rubber Stamps.   Click on  the Subscribe to our Newsletter Here.  If you play along in the challenge you will have a chance to win a store credit worth 25.00.

Hope you can join in on the fun! 


Flourishes Challenge - Black, White + 1

The Flourishes challenge is black, white + 1 color.  I decided to use Aqua.  I wanted to create a quick Valentines card for my son and of course ended up with another card entirely. :)  I will have to still work on my son's valentines this weekend.

Here is the finished card.  

 I had started with the heart without flowers: 


Not sure which I like better.  But now I have a wedding card on hand. :)

  1. Lay down Heart die (Memory Box) onto white cardstock as your mask.  
  2. Punch multiple hearts (Martha Stewart Punch) from white cardstock.  Lay on white cardstock as additional masks. 
  3. Glimmer mist with Patina over masks. 
  4. Let dry. Fold up little hearts and attach to masked hearts. 
  5. Stamp Verses Rubber Stamps sentiment using black ink. 
  6. Apply mask and stamp flowers using black ink. 
  7. Spritz more glimmer mist on craft mat. Use waterbrush to add a touch of color to the flowers.
  8. Mount on card base. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cherry Blossoms & Dragonflies

Today over at Outside the Box I am sharing a project using the new Memory Box -What's In The Box Release.  All week the DT has been sharing projects 3x a day using the new release.  You can win new MB products by commenting on the Outside the Box blog or creating a card using MB products and sharing it in the MB Flickr Group

I was inspired to create a wall hanging using the lovely branch, flower and dragonflies dies.

All the details for my project are on the Outside the Box.  All the details of how you can win some new MB stamps and papers are posted here.

Hope you get a chance to play along!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mojo Monday Chick & Moxie Fab Valentine

Happy Wednesday!  I am having a crafty friend over today which means fun inky time.... I have two cards and two challenges in one post. :) 

This morning I finished my Mojo Monday card to share.  A super cute chick from Verve stamps.

I  used the Mojo Monday Sketch #227 and some lovely October Afternoon papers to create my background.  I stamped the chick and basket a few times to create layers on the ribbon and the chick.

Quick and easy card. It will go in my stash for one of my DD for Easter.

Here is the sketch:

My second share today is my DH valentine's card. I was inspired by the Moxie Fab World Cool Tools Challenge for around the house.

I created a card using sandpaper, wood veneer, and my inks. 

I started with the strip of unfinished wood veneer in light brown.  I applied layers of white acrylic paint, weathered wood dye ink smeared using sandpaper across the finish.  I repeated the process on the cardstock.  I sandpapered the surface of the cardstock and sponged on layers of the inks and paints. I typed up the sentiment on the computer an printed it out.  I sponged the edges to blend in.  I then dye cut the hearts from sandpaper pieces and flipped them back and forth to show the alternate sides.

A CAS card. My kids are so trained with my cards that when I asked my son what did he think he said it needs something more in the empty areas. LOL!  He knows my style well.  I decided since it was for my DH I would keep it CAS.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Scrapling of Love

I am playing along with the Moxie Fab World - Cool Tools Week - Die Cut challenge. I am also celebrating the new What's In the Box release over at Memory Box.  The Outside the Box blog is highlighting the new stamps this week with a few giveaways! 

A little scrapling:

I used a scrap of kraft card stock and a scrap of sticky back canvas to put together a scrapling.  The flower is a new stamp from Memory Box called Dogwood Branch. I stamped on the canvas using another new stamp called Vintage Dreams.  The butterfly dies are from Memory Box Love and Kindness release. The back of the butterfly is glimmer misted.  The front sponged with dye ink.  The flower is water colored using the same glimmer mist.  The butterfly body and center of the flower use the Stampendous Bronze crushed glass glitter. 

Details on the Memory Box celebration:
If you head over to the Outside the Box blog and leave comments on blog posts you have a chance to win a prize.  At the end of each day, one comment will be selected at random from all of that day's posts to win a prize.  There will be 2-3 posts a day, so if you leave a comment for each designer, you will have multiple chances to win that day's prize.  A winner will be selected at 11:59pm EST each night.

There is also another way to win a prize:

Upload a card (or many cards) to the Memory Box Flickr gallery this week.  New cards uploaded to the gallery between Monday, Feb 6 and Fri, Feb 10th (11:59 pm EST) will be eligible.  You can make any themed card, but we ask that you use at least one Memory Box stamp or die in your creation.  Two winners will be selected and will be featured on the Outside the Box blog.  Each winner will also receive the Memory Box stamp of their choice as well as the brand new 6" x 6" Viola paper pack. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Papillion - Pocket Tag

The Simon Says Stamp and Show and the Lessology challenge popped up in my reader this morning and inspired me to create a pocket tag.  The SSSS challenge is a recipe which involves wings and the Lessology challenge is Flights of Fancy.

Here is the tag:
and here is the pocket:

And here they are together: 

The best part is that all of the pieces of the tag were in my scraps file.  I pulled out the pocket already shaped folded and punched.  All I had to do was distress it and add the tissue tape. 

The next step was to pull out the die cuts (in the scrap pile) and stamp and distress them.  I had the tag in the pile which I just had to shorten up to fit in my pocket.  I stamped the flower and colored it.  The butterfly was stamped with no color so I added a touch of color using glimmer mist and watercolor pencils.

Products:  7Gypsies Tissue Tape, Verses Rubber Stamps - Flowers in Bloom - FS1119-D, Ranger Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Memento - Bamboo Leaves, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Starfish, Hero Arts - Classic Tea Rose, Hero Arts - Design Block - Antique Flower Background , Hero Arts - Papillions, EK Success Border Punch

Have a lovely day!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

CR84FN47 Part Two

 Today is week #2 of the CR84FN  challenge I combined the color challenge with the fun Lessology challenge #10 which is to use blossoms.  The Lessology challenge also requires using one up-cycled item.  My up-cycled item is the lace trim and embossed panel.

The blue panels are stamped with the beautiful brocade background from Our Daily Bread using Stormy Weather from Ranger Distress Inks. I used the same stamp to create a soft background on the oval only switching to Memento Angle Pink.

The white panel was embossed using embossing folder.

The sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps - An Irish Blessing - QQ0811-F. With a soft pink brocade background. The butterfly is Memory Box - Cocoa Butterfly stamped in StaZon on vellum.  The flourishes are from ZVA Creative.

Here are the colors:

For all the details on the challenge this week go to the CR84FN blog. 

The wonderful CR84FN Design Team:

Deborah Frings * Sue Lelli  * Andrea Matthews *  Stephanie Kraft * Suzanne Czosek (me)  *  Heather Jensen * Mona Pendleton  * Lisa Somerville *

Don't forget to visit  Monika  our guest designer for this challenge at her blog: Igla i Nitka

Thanks for stopping by!