Saturday, June 27, 2009

Inventive Recycling two

Summer Haven is up and running! You can participate for free. Here is the link to come join us.

This medallion was made using foil seals from yogurt containers. The blue was added using a StazOn pad direct to foil. This is a Dahlia fold piece. You'll find it in the Yellow Pages! It is fun to use a page form the yellow pages which relates to the theme of your car. The golf ball is a dollar stamp from Michaels. The sentiment was printed on the computer. Yes, you can run a sheet of Yellow Pages through your printer.
Attaching it to a sheet you have test printed lets you select just the spot you want the printing on the yellow page. Love these Mylar seals which come of various canisters. They emboss beautifully with Cuttlebug folder.

This owl is an Inkadinkado stamp.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inventive Recycling, one

This was the card I sent my dad this year. The blue patterned squares are all envelope liners. This sketch was designed by Kristina Werner for her A Year in Cards class at Two Peas in a Bucket. The star stamp is from Outlines Stamps.
The center image is from Scottish Borders Stamping. It goes amazingly well with the 2 envelope liners I used!

For this card I used 3 envelopes all of which had that cross hatched pattern. It made a nice quilt style background for the dragonfly stamp. The sentiment and the dragonfly are from Serendipity Stamps. The pieces really are sewn together on a sewing machine.

Summer Haven, the stamping event at StampHaven begins on Saturday the 27th. I'm hosting a challenge on Inventive Recycling. The idea is to use things you would recycle to make or embellish your card. You can join in the fun. It is free and welcoming!

Using the liners of bills is a favorite bit of recycling here. My family saves their liners for me too. (We're a big recycling family!) What will I do when we are all paying our bills online? LOL

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Cat's Pajamas

The sketch is the only part that is from The Cat's Pajamas actually. This is Carole's sketch found on Jen del Muro's blog. How fun it is that! I like stampers helping stampers.
The River City Rubber Works stamp of the 2 boys is a current favorite of mine when paired up with the sentiment from Inkadinkado. Such a guy card!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cheeky little card

I made this card hoping it would make a soldier laugh. The fun little creature is from Starvingartistamps' line- DoodleFactory. They are so fun! The background I made on my computer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Michael Strong stamps

I love hot, bright colors but don't use them as much as I might. When the Michael Strong stamps arrived I decided to just play. Out came my homemade spray mist colors, Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and I did a sheet of resist stamping. Then I did a sheet of unstamped sprays that I stamped with Versafine black when the paper had dried. At some point is struck me that it would be fun to use the frame stamp corners "spooned" and this card came about.
The sentiment stamp is by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Hummingbirds were around my parent's garden so much when I was growing up that I associate them with home. I love the wonderful graphic design of this bird. The leaves are an Outlines Stamps design. The origami flower is like my previous post only a size smaller. I guess you can tell I love them.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Missing you

This origami flower is a favorite of mine. It takes a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders for cutting the circles. The orginal instructions called for two sided paper but I always ink, paint and stamp my own. The green and yellow background paper was bleached in spots and over stamped. All the stamps on this one are from Cornish Heritage Farms.And here are the links to the Origami flower tutorial videos
The background on this one is more of the Technique Junkies Camouflage technique paper. The long landscape panel is one of my favorite Biblical Impressions stamps. It reminds me of the time I have spent in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I used markers and a waterbrush to color it.
These will be going to Cards for Heroes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The first time I saw this stamp I knew I wanted it. Over Memorial Day Pamela at FireCracker Designs had a blog hop featuring this image AND a sale. That did it. I had to buy the set. This is my first card made using it. The sentiment stamp is by Rubber Stampede. Any travel changes a person. It is hard for me to imagine how intense the change would be from serving in war time.

The background paper is made using the Technique Junkies' Camouflage technique (Oct-Nov 2008). The stamped image is colored with a combination of Prismacolor pencils and Fresco chalk inkpad used direct to paper. I was so happy to discover that the arch of the stamp fit with the curve on the Petite Ovals from Spellbinders.

I made this card for the Journeys challenge at Gingersnap Creations blog The card will be written and sent to Cards for Heroes.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Occasionally on one of the stamping message boards a mother will ask if any stampers among us will make and send a card to her son or daughter serving overseas. Most of my cards go to people I will never have any connection with other than an inked up and embellished piece of paper. I find it feels different to get to write to a particular person whose name I will know. This is one of those cards going to a particular young man who is serving far from home. I'm glad to be sending this card to him. I was glad to be asked.

The card is made using the sketch this week from SplitCoastStampers. The background stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms. The sentiment is a 'g' stamp.