Monday, February 25, 2008

CHA Sample # 2

Here's another sample that I created for CHA.

Sticking with the fashion theme and the color combination for the team, I made this quick tag. The Summer Fun set was any easy pick! That bikini and the swim trunks scream fashion!!!

I do know that it was used... since I spied it on the Kim Hughes Collection display table. I couldn't have been more proud!

I love rounded / dome shaped tags. I think they look so finished. I used my trusty Coluzzle to give the half-oval shape. I kept the round element through the project with more ovals, circles and soft edges. All the images are watercolored from the Adirondack inks - a perfect match.

Thanks for stopping by,




Stamps: Summer Fun, Scripty Words, Scratched Grid Backgrounder by CHF

Paper: Papaya Puree Med, Spring Willow Med, Birchtone Dark, Poison Ivory

Ink: Watermelon, Willow, Rust - Adirondack inks by Ranger; Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Tea Dy - Distress inks by Ranger

Other: Coluzzle oval template, Putty Herringbone Twill tape, 3/4" circle punch by EK Success, Gold Cord by May Arts, We R Memory Keepers large eyelets

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Flourishes Party

It's the lovely Jan Marie's Birthday on Monday. She’s throwing a party and giving away presents! How sweet is that?!?!?
She will be giving away:
1 Xyron 900
1 Nestabilities-Standard Classic Circles
1 Nestabilities-Classic Scallop Circles-LG
A pair of Fiskar scissors engraved with Flourishes, LLC
Various Flourishes stamp sets and lot of smaller gifts throughout the 24 hour period.

To win, upload any card or projects made using Flourishes, LLC stamp sets to SCS gallery using the keyword: fllcjanmariesbirthday

If you don’t have a SCS Gallery, you can post to your blog and post the link here.

Uploading can start on midnight Feb 24. There will be drawings throughout the day and the big prize winners on Tuesday. Check the SCS thread above for all the fun. Help Jan Marie celebrate! Come on join the fun and have a chance a some great prizes.

Paper: Rose Red, River Rock and Whisper White cardstocks by Stampin' Up
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack ink by Ranger
Other: Small and Large Oval punches by EK Success, Photo Corner punch by EK Success, Brown satin ribbon by May Arts

Saturday, February 23, 2008

CHA Sample #1

I'm finally home, but dragging. The jet-lag going West is always harder on me than going over. I've done a little stamping since I've been home (I'm woefully behind in projects and obligations), but haven't had a chance to photo things. I'll have some new things soon.

I do have a few projects to share that I'd sent off to CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association) with Cornish Heritage Farms. We all used the same color scheme - Prism cardstock:

I borrowed the picture from Tami (also on the CHF team).

The theme for CHA was fashion. Looking at all the lovely Kim Hughes Collection stamps, I knew I'd need to be creative.

Cute Curls Dress:

I used the Cute Curls stamp set to make a dress - the heart for the bodice and the curled tree (upside down) as the flouncy skirt. I thought of this in the middle of the night. I literally sat up in bed, dashed to my stamping space and found the images to test the idea. I love how it turned out...

I used a bit of jewelry wire to make a hanger. Using my bone folder, I wrapped the wire around and trimmed at neck. It was the perfect size for the dress to hang onto it.

To tie into the fashion theme, I used the Faux Silk technique for the background. It's a simple process that yields a very sophisticated look. I stamped the Scratched Grid background (inked in Peeled Paint Distress ink) onto the smooth side of the tissue paper. I crumpled the tissue, gently opened, and set aside. I applied glue (regular glue sticks work best here) to the background panel and carefully positioned the tissue onto it. After it was burnished to the panel, I trimmed the excess and inked the edges. Using the smooth side of the tissue (and most tissues have two distinct sides) gives the background the look of raw silk. Perfect!
I'm not sure if it was used in the CHF booth... but I enjoyed making a fashion statement with an otherwise non-clothing inspired set.

Thanks for looking,

Cute Curls Dress Supplies:
Stamps: Scratched grid BG, Cute Curls and Scripty words from the Kim Hughes Collection at Cornish Heritage Farms

Paper: Papaya Puree Med, Intense Pink, Spring Willow Med, Birchtone Dark by Prism Cardstocks, Poison Ivory from

Ink: Watermelon, Willow - Adirondack inks by Ranger; Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Tea Dy - Distress Inks by Ranger

Other: May arts gold cord, Making Memories gold eyelets, jewelry wire from Michaels, Dimensional tape, tissue paper, 1" circle punch (EK Success)

Technique: Faux silk

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Quick Post

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick post tonight as I'm still "across the pond" for work... I only have a few more days and then I'll be home. Yeah!

The purpose of my post is that I want to announce and direct you to a new blogger. I'm INTENSELY proud of my mom, Linda, for jumping into the wide world of blogging!!!

Cards for Linda

I've seen these cards in real life (her first two blog entries) and they are so wonderful. I really love that she's decided to write about her creative journey... so stop by when you have a minute!

Talk to you soon. Cheers!


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Swap card and some travel...

Hello! I wanted to share with you a card I made for a swap I did on the CHF Gallery, using anything but Christmas. It was easy to do, since there are SO many beautiful new images available from the artists at CHF.

This card uses a new set by the talented Lesley Langdon, Beautiful. It is beautiful!!!

I like adding a bit of the swirls from the Beautiful set to designer paper. It's a subtle difference to the paper that add so much. I used a designer paper that has rich colors and added only those same tones with my inked images.

I hope everyone that joined the swap liked their cards. I hope mine come in the mail soon!

As a quick sidenote, I'll be traveling for work next week in Europe... so I'll see you soon when I get home!

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies:Stamps: Beautiful and Cheesecloth Backgrounder

Paper: Poison Ivory shimmery cardstock, Prism Blush Red Dark, Daisy D’s Attic Heirlooms designer paper

Ink: Adirondack inks in Cranberry, Espresso, Latte, and Caramel

Other: Clear buttons by Foo-fa-la, ¾” circle punch, linen thread, sewing machine / thread and sponges

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Is it Spring yet????

I'm ready. Winter hasn't been that bad for the St. Louis area... but I'm ready.

This image just speaks of soft weather and budding trees. The stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms and are the Stamp of the Month for January / February. If you've never taken the plunge and bought a SOTM before, I highly recommend it. The images are top notch and a wonderful value. Asela Hopkins is the artist who weaved her magic for this beautiful butterfly... and you can find it HERE.This layout is a very different one for me, but I love the effect. I tend to layer... until you can't mail, much less lift the card. The main focal point for the card is single layer (watercolored with Adirondack inks). I added the interest by punching out squares in a couple of sizes and randomly adhering to the cardfront. I add the swirls to the designer paper so that they look as though they were part of the original design.

Thanks for stopping by,



-Delicate Wings - Jan/Feb Stamp of the Month

-flourishes from Beautiful stamp set (The Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Spanish Script Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms


-Meadow, Watermelon, Espresso, Mushroom, Sunshine Yellow, Terra Cotta Adirondack Dye inks by Ranger

-Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Distress Inks by Ranger

-Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger


-Watercolor cardstock from artist drawing pad (Michael's purchase)

-Classic Red and Classic Orange cardstock by Prism

Patterned Paper:

-Daisy D's Beacon Hill designer paper


-3/4" square punch by EK Success

-Classic oval Nestabilities from Ellen Hutson LLC

-Niji Watercolor brush


-dimensional tape




Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Kitchen Sink Sweetie

I love the ease of using clear stamps. It's so easy to line up the images.

This card is a one I made with Kitchen Sink's valentines's set - Forever & Always:

This was really fast! I used Basic Grey's Stella Ruby designer paper (I prefer the 6x6 pads for cardmaking since the size of the pattern is smaller), as the inspiration for the color scheme. The main image is the gorgeous swirled sentiment of the set... and a peak of the same swirl was inked on the Rose Red layer. Nothing else is needed! Purely beautiful in it's own right.

I distressed the edges with my paper snips after I stitched around the edge with my sewing machine. I added a bit of ink to add to the roughed up charm and embellished with some Flame Dew Drops. Very simple.

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, February 4, 2008

Aces Up!

I had to!!! I just had to make a deck of cards from the Harlequin & Accessories set by Flourishes LLC. This card was super fast too.

I made small rectangles, rounded the corners and stamped the suits from the Accessories part of Harlequin & Accessories. The letter was from my very lonely (but much loved - and GREATLY missed) Karen Foster Classis snap stamps. WHY, oh WHY did they quit making these gems?

OK... I'm back...

The sentiment is from the Mardi Gras set... and reminded me of something I'd link to a casino night. The last little bit was some striped red May Arts grosgrain ribbon. My husband loves to play poker, so I may give this to him. Super simple, but fun, right?

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, February 2, 2008


I AM smiling! Today, a tutorial I'd written for CHF went on-line, giving an overview of alternate uses for Copic markers. If you're interested in seeing it, please click HERE for the full write up.

This is one of the cards featured in this tutorial:

I used Copic markers to:

  1. Color the flowers in the main image.
  2. Airbrush around the main image.
  3. Dye the ribbon.
  4. Custom color the Dew Drops - perfect match to my color scheme.
  5. Create a unique background paper - the orange strip of paper here.

Here's a close-up of the Orange background paper:

To create the paper, I colored an entire sheet of shimmery cardstock with Chinese Orange Copic marker. It's easy to cover the full sheet, as Copic are truly streak-free. Then, I filled a mini spray bottle with Copic blender solution. An alternate solvent you can use in this case is isopropanol / isopropyl alcohol. You'll get a softer look with the alcohol versus the blender solution... but both are really wonderful for a truly splotched, random textured background.

For all the tips, I hope you'll check out the write up on the CHF Technique Talk forum. If you have questions or would like to show off your creations using these tips, post them here. I'd be happy to help!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by,




-Bloomin' Beautiful (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-"hi" from Scripty Words (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: -Pitch Black Adirondack Dye ink by Ranger


-Frosted Kiwi, Frosted Orange, and Iced Orange Prism Cardstocks

-Curious Iridescent shimmery cardstock


-Copic airbrush system

-Classic and scallop oval nestabilities from Ellen Hutson LLC


-Copic Markers- E00 – Skin White, R02 –Flesh, YR09 – Chinese Orange, G40 – Dim Green, G14 – Apple Green, YG06 – Yellowish Green, B00 – Frost Blue, W1 – Warm Gray 1- blender pen

-plastic pallette

-Dew Drops by Robin Nest from Ellen Hutson LLC

-Ranger mini mister spray bottle

-white May Arts grosgrain ribbon


-coloring with copics see tutorial for details---> HERE

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Latest CHF Release

The release for two new sets at Cornish Heritage Farms is here!!! I wanted to show you a quick project, using both. I honestly consider the addition of these Mona Lisa Moments sets to be the basic stamp / supply on everyone's shelf.

The two sets are Classic Essential Expressions and Cardmakers Shapes... I've used both here!

Such a simple card, but sometimes it's just what you need. I used the oval shape in the set to make a fast flower - rock and roll technique. The fun element to the center of the card is Red Flocking. I used the circle shape from the set and pressed into a Tsukineko Glue Pad.

The great part about Classic Essential Expressions is the versatility. I think I'll make a stack of cards without sentiment... adding whatever I need for the occasion. Perfect solution for busy lives!

Thanks for stopping by,




Stamps: Classic Essential Expressions, Cardmakers Shapes

Paper: Shimmery White

Ink: Terra Cotta, Espresso, Butterscotch Adirondack inks, Antique Linen Distress Ink - all Ranger

Other: Red Flocking, Glue Pad, brayer, coffee filter, dimensional tape