Friday, October 22, 2010

Distressed Ink card...

I spend a lot of time playing with Rangers Distressed Inks.  I love how versatile they are and hte way they react with water.   I use them mrow than any other ink. 

This card was one of those cards that came from playing.  Both stamps are from Penny Black (another one of my faves) and I used a few different Distress Inks.  When I was done I misted with water and that caused the speckled texture.   Sorry but I can't remember which colors of ink I used. 

I think this card needs "something" but for the life of me I can't figure out what to add.  Think I will just hang onto it for a bit until I figure it out...


Cardstock: SU black, Gina K white
Ink: Versafine black, Distressed Inks
Stamps: Penny Black
Accessories: Hero Arts black pearls
Tools: Tim Holtz Ink Blending too, Nesties Labels 17

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I lost a stamp making this card...

I made this card two weeks ago and lost the smaller flower stamp.  I have looked everywhere and still have not found it.  It looks like I am just going to have to break down and get another set.  I use this particular set quite a bit. I know it is going to turn up as soon as I buy a new one.    :P

I used Hero's "Dandelion Frame" and added the flowers and butterfly from the "Real Flowers" and "Watercolor Petals" clear sets.  I also did some distressing with Distressed Old Paper ink.  The sentiment is from the clear set "Just Find Me".   I love how Hero's chalk inks coordinate with their notecards... plus they are priced very reasonably and they are white on the insides so adding sentiments and signing them is easy.  They also have matching envelopes.   :)


Cardstock: Hero Arts notecards in Iris, SU black, Gina K white
Ink: Memento black, Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Green, Hero Arts Chalk Inks in Cerulean and Iris, Distressed Old Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts
Accessories: Black ribbon
Tools: Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A lesson learned...

I like how this card turned out with one exception-- you can see the adhesive on the self-adhesive pearls I used.  Ugh!  From now on I will be using Ranger's Enamel Accents.  I bought some a few weeks ago and you will be seeing them on my cards soon.  They come in a double pack in both black and white and they form a perfect little dot because they are self-leveling.

I am thinking about taking off the pearls and substitute the self-adhesive with Enamel Accents.   If it works I will post a picture.  I love trying out a new product and find out it is really great!


Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury kraft, SU red
Designer Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Memento black, Distressed Old Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts
Accessories: Hero Arts black pearls, ribbon from my stash

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pastel theme mouse...

I fell in love with this Basic Grey paper the minute I saw it so I had to make a card.  I really like how Basic Grey 6x6 pads have solid color papers to match the other paper in the pad.  It is an easy way to coordinate!


Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury white (card base), Basic Grey
Ink: Memento black
Stamps: Whippersnapper Designs
Accessories: White satin ribbon, Hero Arts pearls (colored with Copics)
Tools: Copic markers, Nesties

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A rough week...

I'm sorry I have not had a chance to post this week... it's been a rough one.  On Monday I had to put my 13 year old Brittany, Ginger, to sleep.  It was heartbreaking but she was suffering and I could not continue to let her suffer.  I miss her so much. 

Also, my son Jeremy (21) is going to be moving back home in the next month or so.  He moved out on his own in February of this year but his employer has cut everyone's hours so much he can not really afford to live on his own and so he's back home.  It will be nice to have the company but we have both gotten used to living alone so it will be a bit of an adjustment at first. 

I will get some cards posted this weekend or early next week.  I broke down and bought a light tent on eBay.  I lost the one I had a few years ago when my neighbor was irresponsible with fireworks and caught my house on fire.  I am glad to have one again.   :)


Thursday, October 7, 2010


I was looking at Jennifer McGuire's blog a while back (she is my stamping idol) and saw a technique where she used a white pen to add dots to her images.  It was beautiful so I had to try it and here is the result.  The image is from Hero Arts (of course... I love Hero!) and the papers are Basic Grey.  I have done this technique a few more times since this card and have improved a bit... the trick is you just need to be patient and take your time making all those dots!  I will post more cards using this technique soon.  :)

BTW, Jennifer recommended the BEST white pen ever... the Signo UM-153.  You can get them at Two Peas and eBay.  I loved these pens so much I bought a box of them on eBay!


Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury white (card base), SU black Designer Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Memento black
Stamps: Hero Arts
Accessories: black ribbon
Tools: Copic markers, Nesties, Signo UM-153 white pen

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I was into mice but now...

It's BUTTERFLIES!  I know, I know... I get on a kick and can't stop making cards with the same animals and insects.  Lately I've just really enjoyed butterflies.  This card was really easy to make... I layered the same stamp in different ink colors and then stamped the Hero Arts "Old Writing" on the top of them.  I stamped two of the butterflies from Hero's "Elegant Engravings" multiple times, cut them out, and layered them for a 3-D effect.  A few brown pearls and some brown ribbon and this is what I ended up with. I love the softness of pink and brown together!


Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury white, SU brown
Ink: Memento brown, Distressed Spun Sugar
Stamps: Hero Arts
Accessories: brown ribbon, Hero Arts brown pearls
Tools: Bow Easy

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fun with my new punches...

I'm back!

I bought a few new EK Success punches a while back.  They are the "deep edger style" punches and I love playing with them!  This card came together while I was playing and I really like how it turned out.  Sorry for the poor picture quality but I can't seem to find my background I use for photos.


Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury (black and white)
Designer Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Versafine black
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Accessories: black ribbon, Hero Arts black pearls, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, EK Success border punch
Tools: Copic markers