Monday, 29 September 2008

Crafty Secrets DT Challenge

September 29, 2008

Vicki Chrisman our DT leader has given our DT Team another challenge this month. Challenge is for us to use the Artsy Alphabet stamp set in a project. So, for this challenge I have made 2 projects. Guess what, it is not a card.

First one is a Journal Book entitled "Journal of Hope". I bought this pink journal book at the clearance section of Michael's for $1. Not a bad deal. I immediately thought of doing something for the upcoming 'Run for the Cure' that is happening this coming weekend, October 5th. My daughter Nicole is joining her co-worker's from La Vie en Rose in an effort to raise money for this worthy cause. If any of you would like to support a participant like my daughter you can do that online here. Now back to my project. I covered the front of the pink journal with DP from the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets. Stamped Journal of Hope with the Artsy Alphabet stamp set on a pink cs with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Sponged the edges with the same Distress Ink. Mounted the Pink cs on Gold cs. Stamped the 'J' on a another pink cs and cut it out and distressed the edges with a distressing tool and sponged some more Walnut Stain. Cut a strip from another DP from the Radiant Paper Designs and glued it to the left side of the journal. Layered some Prima flowers and held it together with a pink brad and glued it to the left bottom portion. Added some green punch ferns to the flowers. Stamped 2x the pink ribbon from the Support the Girls stamp set(symbol for many Breast Cancer causes) on pink cs and added some clear liquid embossing and cut it out with scissors and mounted it on top of the flowers and to the top of the title. On a pink tag, stamped some more ribbons in pink and Support the Girls in Walnut stain. On another DP stamped the image of the bra, cut it out and mounted it on to the tag. Then tied a pink polka dotted ribbon to the tag. Stamped the image of the girl on white cs and on DP from Crafty Secrets. Colored the body with Skin White Copic markers and cut out the underwear from the DP and glue it onto to the white cs.

Stamp: Artsy Alphabet and Support the Girls Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: DP from the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Onyx Black Versafine and Copic markers
Accessories: Prima flowers, pink brad, clear liquid embossing, distressing tool and punch ferns

For my second project I made a picture frame. Used a picture frame from the $ section at Michael's. First of all, I painted the frame with a peachy pink acrylic paint. Let it dry. Then cut the DP from the Classic Paper Design of Crafty Secrets in an oval shape. Glued it to the frame. Outlined the edges with a gold gel pen. Stamped a small flourish border stamp from the Frame It stamp collection all along the edge of the oval frame that did not have any paper with Walnut stain Distress Ink. Added a sheer ribbon on the bottom on the frame. Stamped the Rose from the Cherish Stamp set 6x on white cs with Walnut Stain. Colored the rose with Rose Tombow marker and added clear liquid embossing. Set aside to dry. Once dry, used scissors to cut the whole rose and also the layers. Mounted the different layers on top of the ribbon and added some punch ferns. For the top of the frame, added some DP from the Classic Paper design onto a chipboard piece. Stamped the letter MOM with stamps from the Artsy Alphabet set with Walnut stain on another DP. Topped it off with clear liquid embossing and let dry. Once dry, mounted it onto the covered chipboard, added the other rose layers and finished it off with some punched ferns. I will add a picture of my mom to the frame and with update this blog once done.

Stamp: Artsy Alphabets and Cherish stamp set Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp
Paper: Classic Paper Designs Crafty Secrets and white cs
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink, Rose Tombow marker and gold gel pen
Accessories: ribbon, punched ferns and clear liquid embossing

Make sure to go check out the blogs of the rest of our talented Design Team members for more projects using the Artsy Alphabets.



Pam -




Sunday, 28 September 2008

Happiness Always

September 28, 2008

Well another Sunday and another Featured Stampers challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's Featured Stamper is Terry (Terrore3). Check her gallery out here. Terry does amazing work and she has tons and tons of beautiful creations. Here is the card I selected from her gallery for this challenge.

Stamped the diamond flowers (Magenta) on white cs with Onyx Black Versafine 6 times. Colored the image with various Tombow markers. Cut the diamonds out and heat clear embossed with UTEE 3x. Matted the diamonds on black cs and cut out. Cut a piece of designer paper and adhered to white base card. Added black scallops to the top. Place a pink ribbon across the middle of the dp and then stuck the diamonds one after another with double sided tape. Stamped the flower on white cs and colored with Pink Tombow markers. Cut the flower up with scissors and added Versamark on top and poured clear UTEE and heat embossed the flower 3x. Used double sided foam tape to stick the flower on the card and added some punched ferns underneath. Stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black Versafine.

Stamps: Diamond stamp (Magenta), Flower (Inkadinkado) and Sentiment (Stampin Up)
Paper: white and black cs and DP from my scraps
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine and various Tombow markers
Accessories: Pink Ribbon from American crafts, punch ferns and UTEE

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Donate to Alzeheimer's Association

September 25, 2008

How many of you have a loved one suffering from this disease. Help this worthy cause to try to find a cure for Alzeheimer's by donating to the Alzeheimer's Association. And do check out Carolyn's blog for more infromation. She is also giving away a a prize to one lucky winner who win over $1000 worth of prizes!!!!!!! There are certain conditions and part of that is to send a card to a "caregiver" and I will be sending my card to my brother.

Here is the card I will be sending.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Enjoy the Journey

September 23, 2008

Another Tuesday has come and there is another challenge over at the Crafty Secret Forum at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's host is Joanne, who has challenged us to make something to reflect the theme of 'going places'.

For this challenge I made a tag using the Journey Stamp collection of Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps. Distressing technique used to make this tag is taken from Tim Hotlz Blog.

First stamped the image of the globe and compass with Broken China on a shipping tag. Then covered the stamped images with clear embossing powder and heat embossed it with a Heat It Craft tool. Distressed the tag with Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain by using a sponge. Then stamped the images of the ticket, binoculars, plane and sentiment with Black Soot. Covered the tag with a brown paper bag and ran a heated craft iron on the brown paper to remove the embossed parts of the tag. Used a distressing tool along the edges of the tag to further distress it. Inked the edges with Walnut Stain.

Stamps: Journey from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: shipping tag
Ink: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Disress Ink
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Heat It craft tool, Craft iron and Distressing tool

Sunday, 21 September 2008


September 21, 2008

Here is a card I made for the Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Gallery. Today Featured Stamper is Shannon. Go check her gallery out and you will find lots and lots of beautiful cards. For this challenge, here is the card I cased.

I stamped the turtle image on white cs 2x with Black Soot Distress Ink and colored the image with various Copic markers. Cut the image out and also cut the shell from the second stamped image and popped it up to top of the first with double sided foam. This was then mounted on top of the oragne dp from the Cupcake paper pad of BasicGrey. Then cut 4 pieces of the striped dp (Cupcake paper pad) at the diagonal and matted it with black cs. Cut out the blue and green layers and also matted on black cs. Placed the different pieces and layers together. Stamped Special from the Mini Memories stamp set of Crafty Secrets, all around the blue layer and added dots with various Souffle pens on the black cs.

Stamps: Great Impression and sentiment from Mini Memories Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp
Paper: Cupcake from BasicGrey and black cs
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink, various Copic markers and various Souffle pens
Accessories: half pearls

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Halloween House

September 20, 2008

Just wanted to share with some pictures of the Halloween House that I have been working on.

Dashing thro' the Snow & Happy Holidays

September 20, 2008

Here are 2 cards made with the same stamps and paper.

First card is for the Wednesday Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Gallery. Used a stamp from the Vintage Christmas stamp collection of Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps. Stamped the image of Santa with his sleigh and Reindeers on white cs with Black Soot Distress Ink. Then colored the images with Copic markers. Cut the cs in rectangle shape and distressed the edges by sponging Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Main image was mounted onto a green distressed cs. Used left over Christmas paper from last year to follow the sketch. Used rub-ons from America Crafts miniMARKS for the Sentiment.

The second card was made for Beate's weekned sketch challenge which you can find here. Used the same image and stamping technique as the first card above and used the same left over Christmas paper. For the sentiment I used another stamp also from the Vintage Christmas collection, which I stamped with Black Soot and colored the pinecones and Holly leaves with copic markers. Cut around the music sheet and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain. Used foam tape behind the music sheet to pop it up. Added some red brads to both ends of the center panel.

Stamps: Vintage Christmas Craft Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: Left over Christmas paper (Deja Views - Flurries & frost), white, red and green cs
Ink: Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Ink and various Copic markers
Accessories: rub-ons and brads

Friday, 19 September 2008

Dreams are a Wish

September 19, 2008

Here is a card made for the Limited Supply Challenge over at Splitcoast stampers. Challenge was to use three colors in the card with white or vanilla as the predominant color. Used little Angel stamp from the Cherub stamp collection of Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp and colored the image with Raw Silk and Lime Green Copic markers. Cut the image in the shape of an oval with a coluzzle and mounted it on to an oval scalloped lime green cs. Used a Cuttlebug Embossing folder on the white part of the card. Stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Kids stamp collection of Crafty Secret with Walnut Stain and mounted it on lime green cs with scalloped edges. Tied a lime green ribbon on top of the main image and mounted the white panel on lime green card base.

Stamps: Cherubs and Sweet Kids stamp set from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: white and lime green cs
Ink: Walnut Stain and Copic markers
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing folder and ribbon

Tuesday, 16 September 2008


September 16, 2008

This is an ATC card that I made for the Tuesday challenge at the Crafty Secret Forum over at Splitcoast stampers. The challenge is to make and ATC card using three things that start with the letter 'P'. I haven't made to many ATC cards and this is about the 4th one that I have managed to make. Started of by cutting an image from the Birds & Botanicals Images & Journal Note with a postage stamp scissors (first 'P'). Mounted that on an ATC card that was distressed with Walnut Stain Distressing Ink. Cut out the letters 'A', 'R' and 'T' from the Divine Alphabets & More and glued it to the right side of the card. Stuck a rectangular page pebble (second 'P') on the letter 'R'. Used stickles to glitter some of the flowers in the image. Cut out a piece of pink paper ribbon (third 'P') and glued it to the bottom of the card. Stuck a Prima flower to one of the flower images with a half pearl (oops fourth and fifth 'P') and final touch to the card was a gold butterfly on top of the butterfly image that was on the paper. So I cheated and used 5 'P' in this card. The more the merrier.

Paper: Divine Alphabets & More and Birds & Botanicals Images & Journal Notes from Crafty Secrets
Accessories: Half Pearl, Prima Flower, Pink paper ribbon, page pebble, gold butterfly and stickles

Monday, 15 September 2008

Glittery Happy Birthday

September 15, 2008

Here is a card made for the Try a New Technique challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's technique to try out is to use glitter with your background stamp.

For the background of this card I used a stamp from All Night Media - The Netherlands by Anaa Griffin. Used Palette Stamp and Stick Gluepad on the background stamp and stamped on a Rose colored cs. Heated the image with a Heat It Craft Tool until it got sticky and the poured Rose Copper Glitter Ritz. Tapped out the excess glitter and set it aside for a little bit. Stamped the Azalea on white cs with Jet Black Impress Ink and then colored the flower with Copic markers. Cut it to an oval shape with an oval Coluzzle and then matted it on to a light green Bazzil cs that was cut with an Oval Scallop Nestabilities. Heavily sponged around the scalloped area with Certainly Celery. Then made a glitter panel by using double sided tape and more Rose Copper Glitter Ritz. Burnished the glitter to let the shine come out. Adhered the glittered pieces to a light green Bazzil cs that was sponged with Certainly Celery. Then used double-sided foam tape to add dimension to the Azalea image. Stamped Happy Birthday on another piece of light green Bazzil cs and mounted the whole piece to the Rose based card. For the finishing touch added ribbon between the glittered pieces.

Stamps: Azalea and The Netherlands
Ink: Jet Black Impress, Certainly Celery and various Copic markers
Paper: Rose cs, Rose and Light Green Bazzil cs and white cs
Accessories: Palette Glue pad, Rose Copper Glitter Ritz and ribbon

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Just Imagine

September 9, 2008

Well another Tuesday is here, and it is the day that we have a challenge over at the Crafty Secrets forum at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's challenge is hosted by the talented Darlene, who has challenged us to use ANGLES on your cards/projects.

For this challenge I used a page from the 'Little Dolls Images & Journal Notes' of Crafty Secrets. This booklet is filled with adorable images, easy to use for a quick card of project. It even includes some journaling lines that matches the main image. The page I used consists of the image of the child in bed and the bottom part is an image of a half turned page along with some journaling lines. I cut apart the 2 images and cut a slit were the turned up page ends. I inserted the main image of the child into the slit, then mounted it to a creamy caramel sponged cs which was sorrounded with a creamy brown vintage lace. I then glued the image to the DP taken from the Classic Paper Designs collection of Crafty Secrets. Sponged the edges of the DP with creamy caramel and then adhered it to the base of the creamy caramel card. Ifinished the card of with some layered Prima flowers which was held together with a glazed designer brad from BasicGrey. Added some punched out fern leaves underneath the flower (first saw this fern leaf technique from Markie's mom, aka Faith)

Ink: Creamy Caramel
Paper: Little Dolls Images and Journal Notes and Classic Paper Designs from Crafty Secrets
Accessories: ribbon, Prima Flowers, Glazed Designer brad from BasicGery and punched fern leaves

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Card Crazy Flowers

September 7, 2008

Here is a card for the Featured Stampers challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's Featured Stamper is Denise (Card Crazy). Do check her gallery out as Denise has a gallery full of beautiful cards. Here is the card I selected to copy for this challenge.

Stamped the image on white cs with Jet Black Impress. Colored the image with various colors of Towmbow markers. Cut the image with a Making Memories Circle cutter. Sponged the edges with Certainly Celery and then dotted the very edge of the circle. This was then mounted on to a Yellow Green cs, which was cut into an oval scalloped shape with Spellbinders nestabilities. Added dots to the scallop with an Opaque white Inkssentials pen. Cut DP from The Sasha Paper Collection into 2-1/2 by 2-1/2" four times. Then glued the 4 pieces to the yellow green base of the card. Added some die cut photo corners from Cuttlebug and glue them to the 4 corners of the card. Also added some brads and mounted the main image onto the middle of the card and raised it up with dimentionals.

Stamps: Great Impression
Paper: The Sasha Paper Collection from Prima, white and 2 shades of yellow green cs
Ink: Jet Black Impress, opaque white Inkssentials pen and various Tombow markers
Accessories: Brads

Saturday, 6 September 2008


September 6, 2008

Here is a card I made for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. Every Friday, Beate posts a new sketch on her blog. Go check it out, she has lots of great sketches.

Image of the cat was stamped on white cs with Jet Black Impress ink. Then colored with Skin White, Cream and Pale Sepia Copic markers. I first colored the whole cat image with Skin White, then with Cream and leaving just a little of the skin white. Went over the whole image again with skin white to blend in the 2 colors. Then colored just the edges of the image with Pale Sepia and again went over the Pale Sepia with the Cream to blend in the colors. I then cut out the image and mounted it on to a 2-1/4 x 2-1/4" white cs that I sponge on the edges with Dark Moss and stamped the 'purrr' also with dark moss. This was mounted on to a solid dp from the Sugared collection of BasicGrey. All background paper is from this same collection. For the striped strip of dp, I ran a double sided tape and glittered the strip with Pastel Crystal and rubbed the glitter to let it shine more. This technique is called 'burnished velvet'. I then added some brads along the glitter.

Stamps: here kitty, kitty - The Paper Studio
Paper: Sugared - BasicGrey and white cs
Ink: Jet Black Impress, Pumpkin Pie, Dark Moss and skin white, cream and pale sepia Copic markers
Accessories: Pastel Crystal Glitter and brads

Wild About You

September 6, 2008

Here is a card made for the Inpiration Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. This Saturday's challenge is to get inspiration from a picture in the website Catherine's Animals. I selected a Zebra for this challenge.

Stamped the Zebra on white cs with Onyx Black Versafine. Cut a circle with a Making Memories Circle Cutter and then sponged around the edges with Canary ColorBox. This was then mounted on to a yellow round scallop, then black round scallop. Round scallops were cut using Spellbinder's nestabilities. Used a souffle pen and black Sharpie to make the dots around the scallops. Sentiment was stamped on Yellow cs with Onyx Black Versafine. Dotted the edges with a black Sharpie and mounted it on to a Black rectagular scallop. Dotted around the scallops with a Souffle pen. Background was made by stamping a white cs with Wildflowers in Versamark, then heat embossing with white embossing powder. Sponge Canary ColorBox all over the cs, then wipe off the ink from the embossed images with a tissue paper. The background paper was mounted on to a black cs which I dotted with a Souffle pen. Added ribbon and brads to finish the card off.

Stamps: Zoology and Dreamer
Paper: White, yellow and black cs
Ink: Canary ColorBox, Onyx Black Versafine, Souffle pen and Black Sharpie
Accessories: White Embossing powder, ribbon and brad

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Happy Birthday You Old Bird

September 3, 2008

Here is a card made for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

This card was made using stamps from the Bird Assortment collection of Inkadinkado. Owl stamp was stamped 3x on white cs with Jet Black Impress Ink. Colored the 3 images of the owl with Skin White, Cream, Pale Sepia, Apricot and Colorless Blender Copic markers. Cut out 2 of the images and layered it on top of the first owl. Extended the branch with another stamp from the same collection and randomly added more branches and leaves with still another stamp from the collection. Colored the branches with Light Walnut and leaves with Celadon Green Copic markers. Sponged the sky and clouds with Sky Blue ColorBox. Clouds were made by using an oval scallop and sponging heavier just around the edges of the scallop. Sponged Brocade Blue on the edge of the white cs and stamped sentiment with Chocolate Chip using sentiment from the same collection. Punched out some flowers using the reverse side of the DP Meadowlark and glue the flowers to the branches. Added lemon ice stickles to the center of the flowers. The main panel was mounted on to Certainly Celery then brown cs. Added dots with a souffle pen on the brown cs and brown dots on the green cs. Background paper is from the Chatter Box Chateau collection, Meadowlark and Chateau Stripe. Added a brown dotted ribbon from America craft were the 2 DP's met.

Stamp: Bird Assortment from Inkadinkado
Ink: Jet Black Impress, Sky Blue, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, various Copic markers and souffle pen
Paper: Chateau Stripe and Meadowlark from Chatter Box, Certainly Celery, Brown and white cs
Accessories: Flower punch, stickles and Ribbon from American Crafts

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


September 2, 2008

Can't believe it has been several days since I last shared a card in my blog. Went away camping for the long weekend. I just had to do something before the summer was over. Spent 2 days in Watcom Lake in Washington. This was my first time to camp out of Canada and we sure had a lot of fun. Wish the weather were warmer though.

For today's post I am sharing a card that was made for the Tuesday challenge over at the Crafty Secret Forum at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's theme for the challenge is Friendships/Girlfriends with a bit of Glitter. For this card I selected an image from the Joys of Life Heartwarming Vintage Booklet from Crafty Secrets. Image is a picture of 4 girls sharing their secrets to one another. Image was distressed around the edges with a Making Memory distressing tool, then sponged some Walnut stain on the edges. Put a little glitter with a Spica pen in the dresses in the image. This was then mounted on cs that was sponged with Oasis Green VersaMagic and Walnut stain. Background DP is from the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets. cut a little piece around the flower to insert the main image panel. I also added Lemon Ice Stickles to the flower on the DP. Edges of the dp was distressed with the distressing tool and then sponged with walnut stain. This was then mounted on to the card that was sponged with Oasis Green and walnut stain. Stamped the words Girlfriends by curving the clear $ stamp from Michael's to matched the curve on the DP. For the finishing touches to the card I added ribbon, Prima Flowers and some punched fern leaves. Added some more glitter to the words, fern leaves and flowers with a Spica pen.

Stamps: Girlfriends clear $ stamp from Michael's
Paper: Radiant Paper Designs and image from the Joys of Life from Crafty Secrets
Ink: Walnut stain, Oasis Green and Jumbo Java VersaMagic
Accessories: Ribbon, Prima Flowers, punched ferns, Designer brad from BasicGrey, Clear Spica pen, Lemon Ice Stickles and distressing tool