Sunday, April 29, 2007

coloring with pastels

Good Morning! I've had a lot of emails asking how I color with pastels so I thought I would try to show you a step by step.

First I must tell you I only like Naturals White Card Stock by SU! for coloring with pastels.

Second I use the cheapest q-tips I can find I show them in the picture above. If you use real q-tips they have to much cotton and will loosen and become a cottonball soon as you start blending. You want to find ones that are wrapped really tight. I bought these at the dollar store.

Now that you have your correct supplies let's get started, I'm using Stampin' Pastels, Naturals White CS, and Jet Black Stazon.

Stamp your leaf in black, using a circular motion add pastels to the leaf as follows

Step 1. I used Mellow Moss

Step 2. I added Glorious Green sorta heavy down the center and on all the heavier inner lines.

Step 3. I added Old Olive to the open areas in a circular motion, leaving small areas without color

Step 4. I added Only Orange not to much and blended, I went back over the center line with Glorious Green, blend some more.

Step 5. I used Bravo on the left side of the leaf and alittle on the upper right, blend, blend, blend. I used the eraser that comes with your pastels to lighten color where I saw fit!

As you play with the pastels you'll see the colors really blend well together and by using different colors like orange really pops your leaf.
I do the same process when coloring my butterflies. I hope this was helpful. I would love to see what you make, send me a link to your card so I can take a peek:)
Thanks for stopping by
Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 27, 2007

For my man!

Good Morning!

Today's challenge LSC113 on SCS is to make a card for a guy without using masculin stamps. This was the first thing I thought of. The card is 5.5 square. I used my cricut doodletype cartridge for the words. The butterfly is from the retired Wonderful Wings set. I used chalk and q-tips to color the butterfly. I used a cloud stencil with chalk for the sky. The butterfly is cut out and the wings are curled.
Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day:)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

First Bella! Thanks Hope

Okay it happened, I'm in love with the bella's!!! I just wasn't sure about them and guess what Hope sent me several images of 5 bella's. This is my first card using one along with my can't get enough of BG Blush paper. I made this for the SC121 on SCS.

I smeared Distress ink all over the Cool Carribean and Vanilla Card stock to tone down the color. I also ran my Choc Chip marker over my ribbon to tone it down.
I hope you're having a great Thursday!
Happy Stampin

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Today Is SC121

Good Morning! Hee's my card for today's SC121 on SCS. I love all the great sketches every week. Today's card image is from my friend Hope. She sent me a envelope full of stamped images for me to try before I buy:) How sweet is that? Thanks Sis! Loving my Basic Grey paper and thought it was perfect for the image hope you like it! Check back later I have another card in mind for the challenge:)

Stamps: So Very, Stampendous
Paper: Artichoke, Vanilla, Basic Grey
Ink: I used markers, chalk, and colored pencils
Accessories: silver gel pen used on the bottom tier for the cupcake liners

As always thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Today's Color Challenge VT

This is my card today for the families of VT on SCS. This is really simple but I'm very pleased with it. Like all of you my heart just breaks for the families.

I love Botanicals I couldn't decide if I wanted it when it retired, as soon as it did I had to have it! My girlfriend Pinky found it on ebay I gave her my limit and for months we were out bid. Then the HAPPY phone call came we won!!!! and at a great price. I use it more than you can imagine and the leaf is one of the reasons I had to have it. I only used pumpkin and bravo ink. Vanilla and bravo paper.

If you have time please join in and make a card for the families of VT you can see the challenge here

Thanks again for stopping by!

Mother's Day Card

Good Morning! This is a card I made for my mom. I love IFB and I like to use it for cut away cards. I hope she likes it.

Stamps used
In Full Bloom

Card Stock

I used Distress Ink ( antique linen ) over the entire cut out peice and mounted with thick pop dots.

You can find directions for cut away cards on SCS it was TLC30
Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 23, 2007

TLC113 My Heart

Hi there, I hope you're having a great day! Today I decided to do the TLC challenge over on SCS. Here's the card I made.
I used Cranberry, Thyme,and Vanilla CS. Versa Mark,and Black Ink. Brads, Ribbon, and Ticket punch. Stamps used were Fine Lace, Looks Like Spring, Small Sayings.
Enjoy your day!! As always thanks for stopping by:)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Playing with Basic Grey

So while I had the paper and everything laying around I made these two cards.

I saw the directions for this card holder on SCS it was in Starlitstudio's gallery. I've made this a million times it's super easy to make. I've used it to hold small popcorn bags as well as hot chocolate. I make a wrap around band to hold it close. Here are two cards I made to go inside.

Supplies used
Card Stock

Choc Chip, Vanilla, Cameo, Blush, BG Blush DP


Cameo, Choc Chip, Sage

Cricut to make the hearts and tags

Ribbon, Brads, Linen Thread

Blossoms Abound, Linen, Small Sayings, Stampendous ( Just for you)

Well I have been super busy and didn't have a chance to post a project or card yesterday. I hope this makes up for it! I want to thank you for stopping by.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 20, 2007

I got tagged twice!!

How very cool is that? Well I got tagged twice I'm so excited to play:) Thanks Leslie and Karen. Please check out their blogs they are awesome

Leslie's can be seen here
Karen's can be seen here

Most of the blogs I visit have been tagged. I tried to find some you may not have seen check them out! Listing is in no special order



Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wt109 Heavy Metal

This was a fun one. I had very little time to stamp for me today, but I had to do at least one fast one. I wanted to thank Leslie for tagging me, I had no idea what it meant. I'm excited to play. I have to stamp with the Girl Scouts in 2 hours so it will be much later this evening or in the morning before I can post my 5 fav's
I hope you're having a great day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You know what today is??? SC120

Good Morning, I made this card for today's SC120 on SCS. If you don't do the challenges you really should they are a blast!

I love this stamp made by Magenta it requires a lot of coloring but the end result is so worth it.

Not many supplies for this one. I used Buckaroo, Choc Chip and Vanilla Card Stock.
Choc Chip ink and colored pencils. I used the Linen BG stamp on the panels

here's a picture of the stamp

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Today's CC110

I hope your having a great day:) This is my card for today's Color Challenge over at SCS. I hope you like it

I cut around my stamped image of Toile Blossoms on the outside edge only, and popped some of the flowers and leaves. I'm very pleased with the out come.

Happy stampin!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Pop Up Birthday

Hi there! Today's project is a pop up card I found the directions over on SCS
look under MarVSN

These are really easy to make and way to much fun. Can you tell I love Doodle This?

I used the following supplies, crayon resist is the technique used on the flowers
Rose Red, Olive, Banana CS
Black Stazon ink
asst colors for the flowers
white crayon

I hope you had a great Monday!

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Who knew posting directions would be so hard my words, pictures whatever would not go where I WANTED them grrrrr anyway they are there now. I put them under the slider card please email me if you have questions!

Today's cards and the story goes DD age 22 told me last night she needed 30 thanks by 1pm today! Well I do think of myself as a cardmaking machine but...... Seriously, Yep I got them finshed and WooHoo 30 mins early :) they are simple but nice. I took a picture of 15 of them. My not so new but new to you watermark was made by Beth a link to her site can be found on the right side of my blog
Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Doodle This Dbl Slider Pocket Card

Happy Saturday! Today has been super busy and now it's starting to storm, I wanted to post the card I made for you today, due to weather I will not post the recipe until the morning weather permitting. Sorry!
Have a great evening!!!!

Happy Sunday! Well I hope this card recipe is helpful

All supplies are SU!

You will need the following

1-1/4 inch circle hole punch
Word Window punch
1/8 inch circle punch
Stamps of your choice
4.25inch x 11 inch CS (I used Celery)
3.5inch x 5-1/8inch CS (I used Choc Chip)
2inch x 3-1/4inch CS ( used Banana)
3.5 inch x 3-1/8 inch CS ( I used Choc Chip)
Smaller CS of your choice for layering main image ( I used Pretty IN Pink & Banana)
Pop Dots (small enough to slide inside of the window punch) Not to small though:)

Fold your 4.25 x 11 CS in half, punch holes using your 2 circle punches and your window punch through the top piece only as shown in picture

Stamp and tape your 2 x 3-1/4 inch CS now. Next insert your 3.5 X 5-1/8 inch CS do not tape this piece down

place your pop dots as shown in the picture to your left at the bottom of both window punched areas

Next layer your finished top layer on the pop dots the picture will only show your 3.5 x 3-1/8 inch ( choc chip layer ) remember you will layer and stamp your main image as you like do this before attaching to the pop dots

tie knots in the small hole on the side and your finished I hope you like this project:)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Inside LSC111

Here's the inside

Blast from the past

Good Morning,
Today's challenge on SCS LSC111 no flowers! Make a card from a kid for grandma. My grand daughters love strawberries so this old old SU! set came to mind right away:)
The layout is from back in the day as well TLC53. The inside of the card says " You're the berry best"
I had so issuses with my WW cardstock the ink refused to dry and before I knew it I had slight smears of red ink, since the idea for the LSC was a card a kid would make I decided to post it smears and all (wink)
TGIF everyone

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Floral Beauty

Good Morning! I want to thank you for stoppin by, I'm having a blast doing this I hope I can keep your creativity flowing!

So yesterday when I was coloring the flowers for the SC on SCS I colored a total of 6 main images to use later:)
This morning I made this card using one of the images. I changed the card stock color from Thyme to Mellow moss, instead of Basic Grey Blush paper I used my floral BG totally different looking card.
I hope your having a great day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Today's Card

Well if you know me you know that Wednesday is my all time favorite challenge at SCS. The Sketch Challenge well today's Wednesday and here's my card!

I used True Thyme, Cranberry, Vanilla (Stampin Up!)
Basic Grey (Blush)
Hodgepodge Hardware (Pewter)
Happy Harmony, Natural Beauty, and Floral background (all Stampin Up!)

Designer Tip:
I used a Q-tip and Stampin Pastels to color the flowers I used barely banana and Bravo the old one:)

Don't you just love what I did with the hodgepodge WooHoo!!
Hope your having a great day!! As always thanks for stopping by:)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Thanks Beth!!!

I love my new banner Beth ROCKS!!! The banner is actually of a mural my husband had a artist paint on my stamproom wall! I love him, and I love the mural. If you want to get a cool banner look on the right side of my blog you will see Freckled Fun Designs that's Beth's website.
The mural was painted by Val Elliott from a image I gave her she painted me and some of my stuff in there. The hat boxes in the mural were a house warming gift from Pinky over at SCS. Too fun and such a great place to stamp!!!
Val is awesome to work with I have a link to her site on the right side as well.She can paint ANYTHING!!!!

WOOHOO!!!!!!!! I just saw the counter 500+ vistors who are you and why not leave a comment? Thanks for stopping by:) Oh Happy Day!

Reverse Masking

Well on yesterday the TLC111 was reverse masking here is the card I made for that challenge.

Supplies used:
All supplies SU! unless otherwise stated

Stamp Sets
Simply Said
Fine Lace
All In A Row
Snow Flurries

Lavender Lace
Basic Black

Lavender Lace
Black (Stazon)
White Craft

Cricut ( to make the 2 hearts)
Mat Pack and Piercer
Stipple brush

How I made this card
I first cut out two hearts ( Doodle Type Cartiage ) with my Cricut I cut one at 2 inches and the second at 1.5 inches. I then removed both inner hearts and placed aside. I placed the cutout cardstock with the centers removed onto my 3 inch square WW cardstock I took my sponge and sponged on the lavender lace ink as soild as possible, next I placed the smaller heart the one you set aside, inside the larger heart and sponged eggplant ink, let dry, with the smaller heart still in place I used one of the flurries stamp and stamped on top of the eggplant with craft white. Let dry. Remove the smaller heart and you should have the larger heart dark and the smaller heart inside lighter. I than stamped the Simply Said Heart words in black and then the flower heart inside. Make sure everything is dry and now cover the large heart with the one you place aside, sponge artichoke and craft white to fill in around the heart covering all of your WW 3 inch piece. Next finish your card
I hope this was helpful! Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by

Sunday, April 8, 2007

What can you make with one 6x6 DP?

Happy Easter!!
I love my Basic Grey 6x6 packs it pains me to cut them lol so I wanted to see how many things I could make using 1 6x6 sheet and one stamp set, I used Like it a latte because I love that set I hope you like the projects. I would love to see what you can do with one 6x6 sheet!

Here's what I made
Top Left : A recycled hot cocoa tin, after cleaning it out I refilled it with our favorite winter drink called Fireside

Here's the recipe you will love this:)
2 cups instant hot chocolate
2 cups coffee creamer
1 cup instant coffee
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix well. Store in airtight container or glass jar. Add 2 tablespoons of mix ( or to taste) to 6-8 oz of hot water. Stir and enjoy!

lower left: 2oz Gourmet coffee found at any grocery store in the coffee section

lower right: Starbucks gift card holder
upper right: a card

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Hi there! Well here's my card for today. I wanted to use basic Grey Paper and Like It A Latte. I sure hope it makes it into the new catty!

To make this card I used the following supplies
Cocoa SU!
Vanilla SU!
Choc. Chip SU!
Basic Grey DP

Like It A Latte SU!
For You ( also SU! I just don't know what set)

Hodgepodge Hardware SU!
Chocolate Ribbon SU!
Sm and Lg oval punches Su!
Cricut for the tag I just cut it to the size I wanted

Designer tips!
I used my caramel inkspot DTP on the tag and all cardstock, the coffee beans were stamped on the BG paper in Choc Chip.

I hope you're having a great stampin day!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Wow talk about a ugly card making day. I have wasted so much paper, ink and time!!! I'm sure it's because I've been awake since 3am Yikes!! I was at target the other day and saw a card that looked alot like this card except it had no piercing no background stamps and the layers were faux! Can you image this card? Well the kicker was they wanted 4.99 for it I almost passed out! Oh I forgot to tell you it didn't have any ribbon either. So with all the additions I was thinking I could get at least 10 bucks. what do you think? LOL
I hope your stamping today is going much better than mine:)
Have a great evening

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

SC118 Crate Blossoms

Well here is another one for today's challenge. I couldn't get a great picture of this but I would love to hear what you think! I ran my choc chip marker on the edge of the flowers. I made the pierced swirls free hand they're on the top of the card as well I don't think it shows in the photo. The gorgeous paper is Crate Paper Kate Collection I purchased mine from Jacksonbelle's ebay store. I really would appreciate feedback as well as what you think of my blog so far and what you would like to see when you stop by. Have a great stampin day and give today's challenge a try:)


Sc118 CC108 Birthday Card for Beate

Well I hope your having a great Wednesday, I'm thrilled to be back online. Today's card is for the SC118 I love the sketch challenges they make you work outside your comfort zone. You can find the challenge at
Supplies used
Paper: SU! Bravo, Artichoke, Pretty in Pink (also the CC108 this week)
Stamps: Doodle This, It's your Birthday, Small Sayings, Itty Bitty ( All Stampin Up!)
Hodgepodge Hardware
Ink: White Craft, Artichoke, Bravo
Stampin Pastels

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Todays FS08 Emily

Here's my card for today's FS08 at SCS. Emily is the featured stamper this week. I didn't stamp on this card the flower was cut from the BG Stella Ruby 6x6 pack.
Hope your having a great day!

This is Emily's card

here's her beautiful card;ppuser= 2042

I think I got things fixed now

You may have noticed some technical difficulties with my blog the past few days, as if that wasn't bad enough my computer died soooo.... I worked on some of the issues this morning and hopefully all will go smoothly from now on. I'm still trying to learn what I can and can't do so hang in there!

I hope to load a project or card later today
Enjoy your day! happy stamping everyone!

Triple Layer Roses

Here's today's card (Triple Layer Wild Rose)

Here is what you will need

Stampin Up! Two Step Stamp Set of your choice ( here I used Wild Rose)
Stampin Up! Cardstock (I used WW, Cranberry, Basic Black)
Stampin Up! Markers to match your ink ( I used Bravo and Mellow Moss)
Stampin Up! Classic Ink Pads ( I used Cranberry and Thyme)
Hodgepodge Hardware
Glue stick
Stampin Up! Mini glue dots
#2 Pencil

1. Stamp solid flower in cranberry, or color of your choice.
2. Re-ink stamp and stamp second flower.
3. Without reinking stamp, stamp third flower.
4. Stamp outline of flower on top of the flower done in Step #3.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for leaf and smaller roses.
6. Cut out all flowers and leaves. Use a coordinating marker on the edges of all flowers and leaves for a finished look. (I used Bravo Burgundy and Mellow Moss markers).
7. Cut petals to seperate run your marker on the edges between each petal
8. Using a #2 pencil loosely curl the edges of the petals and leaves
9. Stack your roses a little off center as you layer them using a total of three per rose do the same with your leaves.

When you are happy with the look using your glue stick glue the centers only of your roses and only the bottom of your leaves together, arrange on your card. I used mini glue dots to place all the layered roses and leaves on my card.

I hope this was helpful. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day

Posted by Dee at 12:37