Saturday, April 30, 2011


I thought it would be fun to play along with the current "Bold and Bright" challenge on The Penny Black Blog. I colored little bits and pieces of it throughout the week, and it really was therapeutic considering how dull and dreary it has been around here.

I stamped the Penny Black image "Portraiture" with Marvy black dye onto Neenah solar white cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and a lemon yellow atyouSpica glitter pen.

I cut around the image using a Nestabilities die. Patterned paper from My Minds Eye and DCWV help form the layout of the card. The sentiment is computer-generated.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I wish you a great weekend, filled with inspiration.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sneaky Bear

Sassy Cheryl had an Easter Sale, so I went ahead and filled up my basket with lots of sweet, sweet images. You know, in the spirit of Easter. ;-)

This card is made from her image "Sneaky Bear Birthday Cupcake". Isn't he just adorable peaking around that delicious treat? I printed this digital image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I put some very faint highlights of Stickles onto the cupcake, just to add a little sparkle.

I cut around the image with a Nestabilities die, and framed the image with more Nestabilities die cuts, using white and pink cardstock. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny and one strip of the white cardstock was run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. A tag was cut with a tag punch, and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and is from Studio G, one of the Michael's $1 stamps. Some pink rhinestones were added to give the card just a little more bling.

I am going to enter this card into one of Cheryl's fun challenges, Color Me #19, which was to color this adorable image. So much fun!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I sure do appreciate you taking the time to look at my latest creation.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Brighter Days Ahead

No, nothing is wrong. No worries here. I guess all of the rain we've been having here has made it into my stamp room. Funny thing is, when I started this card, my vision was to make a bright, bold card. And this is the gloomy result? LOL! I actually have no idea how my final product will ever look, until it is done.

I printed the digital image "Rainy Cynthia" from The Stamping Boutique onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. The patterned paper panels are scraps from my blue paper bin. I am sorry I don't know the source of these papers, but I can almost guarantee I purchased them at JoAnns and/or Hobbylobby and I've seen them there time and time again. Black cardstock frame these panels, and the layout is from Sketch Challenge #327 on Splitcoast. Three crystal beads were affixed to the card. The sentiment is computer-generated and the cloud around the sentiment is hand drawn by me.

Make your day a bright one, regardless of the weather! Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I was so delighted when Tracey Malnofski drew this image for The Stamping Boutique. It is called "Easter Cupcake", and though that cupcake looks divine, those that know me know that the Peeps are what call my name this time of year. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Peeps, to the point I'll probably go into some form of mourning after Easter when they are no longer available.

I printed the digital image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers. Some sparkling highlights were added to the Peep bunnies using an atyouSpica pen and a Sakura glitter pen. I cut a frame around the image using a Nestabilities die. The image was then adhered to a Lasting Impressions patterned paper panel. A sheer white ribbon was added, along with what seems to be a perfect sentiment from Whimsie Doodles.

I created this card for the current challenge at Hanna and Friends Challenge Blog. The challenge is to simply make an Easter card. Very appropriate indeed. Hop on over, as The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring this challenge.

Wishing you all a very Peep-filled weekend!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Glitter Hummingbird

Here's the pain-in-the-you-know-what card that has had so many starts and blunders and mess ups throughout the week. I have been sparkling all week because of this card, glitter, glitter, everywhere. And, yesterday I mentioned that Martha Stewart glitter glue leaves a lot to be desired. Well, let's just say that after about a day, Martha Stewart glitter glue removes itself from acetate. Delightful.

So, when someone asks me tomorrow what I did on my spring break...the correct response will be I made a glitter on acetate card.

I actually like the look of glitter on acetate. When I first started stamping years ago, I was drawn to this look. This was before my coloring addiction fully kicked in. I took a class on how to do it, which was great because the glitter was all over the rubber stamp store, not my house.

It is actually quite easy, just messy.

I stamped the Terry Medaris hummingbird with Stazon Jet Black ink onto a piece of acetate. Then on the opposite side of the ink, I covered parts of the image with Art Institute glitter glue (gets my vote!) and then applied the appropriate colored glitter, also from Art Institute. Then the drying begins. This particular one took about two days. This was just one of many takes with different glitter colors, etc. I really liked an attempt I had with a green hummingbird, but Martha didn't.

Once dry, I then used Terrifically Tacky Tape to adhere the acetate to a base of patterned paper from Lasting Impressions. I then made the front panel of the card from a bag (I like the pattern of the blue flowers) and cut a circle. Then, putting things all together, I added a light blue sheer bow, along with two flowers from Michael's Recollections.

If you run into me and see that I sparkle, you now know the reason why. ;-)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Faux Cloisonne Hummingbird

As promised, I have another card to show today. Though a very easy card to make, it took all week for me to get the colors and layout right.

The hummingbird is a Terry Medaris image. I stamped it with Versamark onto a picture from a gardening/outdoors type of catalog (If you look closely, you might see part of a frog statue). I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and cut around the image. This technique is called "Faux Cloisonne" and I thought it would be interesting with this image.

Patterned paper from Lasting Impressions and Scrapping Sports and More are used for the panels of this card, along with some shiny gold cardstock from my Hollo's stash.

To put some finishing touches on the card, I used a flower from Michael's Recollection line and a bow. I didn't want to detract from the image too very much.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my card. I did intend on sharing one more card with this image today, but let's just say Martha Stewart Glitter Glue leaves a lot to be desired. I'll see if I can work things and perhaps share later.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

"Seas The Day!'

I have been off the entire week for spring break. Though an ocean getaway sounds delightful and certainly would have been my first choice, it has been relaxing just to be at home. I've tinkered a lot in my stamp room, worked on a bit of organizing and cleaning around the house, had some routine doctors' appointments and spent a fun day yesterday in Cincinnati with my husband, seizing a rare common day off.

I want to share my latest creation using the image "Uncommon Friendship" from The Stamping Boutique. I printed it onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. The layout is a simple one, using patterned paper from Colorbok and The Paper Studio. The sentiment of "Seas the Day!" is computer-generated. Small crystal beads and a sheer off-white ribbon put the finishing touches on this card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've got a couple cards to share with you tomorrow, so I hope you'll return.

Until then, seas the day!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Birthday Hop

Blog Hop time for The Stamping Boutique!

Today we are showing you some of Tracy's images that are just perfect for birthdays. We all need birthday images, right?

I printed the image called "Cynthia On Birthday Cake" onto some X-Press It cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. The wings have Crystal Stickles on them to give the image lots of sparkle. The image panel was cut using a Nestabilities circle die and sponged with Distress Ink Spun Sugar. The layout was created with patterned paper from Lasting Impressions, a scrap piece of pink velvet-like paper, and brown cardstock.

I created some button balloons with twine string and added the sentiment from Stampendous. Four brown brads were also added details to this card.

Hop on over to the amazingly talented Marie's blog, to see another birthday treat.


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