Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Found What Little Boy Bunny Was Missing...BUTTONS!

Yesterday, I posted this card. I knew it needed something, but I wasn't sure what exactly.

Behold, along comes Karen from http://littlescrappieces.blogspot.com/ with the answer. She suggested adding three small buttons to the top corner of the card.  So, I got to work and added the buttons...

...but I couldn't stop there. I had to add a few more among the flowers. It's perfect! Thanks Karen.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Monday, March 28, 2011

Little Boy Bunny...Needs Something, but I don't know what.

Today was such a fun, but exhausting day. I had the privilege of judging our State's FCCLA Star Events. I judged the Chapter Project Display. It was so inspiring to listen to young adults talk about how they made a difference their communities.

For today's card, I used a CC Design Digi Image on this card. I colored it with Copic markers and added it to my card.

All the papers are from my scrapbox. I added a grouping of flowers to the front of the card.

I really think this card needs something else, but I can decide what. maybe a bow or some sparkle. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge

This week's sketch can be found at http://peachykeenstampschallenge.blogspot.com/.

With the big snow we had yesterday, I've been dreaming of planting my garden this spring. That was the inspiration for this card.

The image stamp is from TPC Studios and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. The papers are from DCWV Autumn stack and Pumpkin Pie cardstock from Stampin' Up. The ribbon is from Walmart. I used my Nestabilites to cut the oval and scallop oval.

I colored two images of the carrot with my Copic markers. I cut them out and layered them together with a pop dot.

I stamped the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie ink and embossed it using clear embossing powder. Then punched it out with my 1" punch.

I haven't posted much lately. Mostly because I've been trying to do more scrapbooking. I'm not really a scrapbooker, simply because I need more practice. I had such a hard time with the notion I had to scrapbook in chronological order (and I have 20 years worth of photos to scrapbook) that I just had a block on what to do.

Finally, I decided to just pick out pictures I like and wanted to preserve. Then the ideas just seemed to flow. I will post some of my pages later. Maybe I can get some good advice from all you scrapbookers out there. Until then...

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Beautiful Handmade Roses.

While watching youtube, I ran across a video by Kimberly, the Sentimental Crafter. She came up with a way to make the beautiful Prima-style roses using her Gypsy. I loved it so much, I thought I would give it a try. (Click here for Kimberly's Video)

Kimberly used an image from Mother's Day Bouquet, but I don't have that cartridge. I really couldn't find an image on my limited supply of cartridges, so I welded together 5 egg images from the Create-a-Critter and a circle from Plantin Schoolbook. I cut out five of these, layered them together and followed the rest of Kimberly's instructions.  I even experimented with making rose buds.

I love how they turned out. I saved this file on my Gypsy so I can make more.

For this card, I made two roses, one slightly smaller than the other. I added glitter to them for a little extra sparkle. I used to make jewelry, so I have a huge stash of beads that aren't being used. I decided to find a way to use them in my paper crafting. Gluing them on just didn't look right, so I strung them together using embroidery floss and stitched them to the from of the card. I love how they turned out.

The bird image is from Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration catalogue. I stamped the image on white cardstock, added color with my Copic Markers (BG10 and BG11), and cut it out. I covered the entire image with Versamark Dazzle and embossed with clear embossing powder. I popped this up on the front of the card.

Other materials used:
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge - Challenge 12

Here's another Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF challenge. This week the objective is to create a project that includes Peachy Keen Stamps faces AND a handmade flower.

 The vine and butterfly stamp is a set I just bought. It's called Beauty Stems from Here, from the TCP Studios. I embossed the vine in green and colored the inside of the leaves with my Copic Markers, YG13 and YG17. Then I added pink brads.

I used the dragonfly image from Doodlecharms. I cut it at 3" and 2". I stamped each using the Everyday Face Assortment. I love all the sizes you get in this set.

Since I'm not fortunate enough to have a cartridge with a good flower image that would work for what I needed, I used my Gypsy to weld together five egg images from Create-a-Critter and a circle from Plantin Schoolbook. I cut this in several sizes. I layered them together, added a brad, and fluffed up the petals.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge - March 17, 2011

Emma's challenge for this week is to create a project using green. I decided to create an Easter card.

All papers and ink for this project are from Stampin' Up.

There's quite a bit of Gypsy work on this card. First I welded together egg images from the Create-a-Critter cartridge to make the card base, which I cut out in Marina Mist cardstock. I cut another egg, a little smaller then the base, out of Whisper White cardstock. I inked the edges of the white egg with Marina Mist ink.

I used my Gypsy to hide the contour of the chick face. I cut all layers of the chick out of Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Crushed Curry cardstock and the egg out of Very Vanilla. I inked the edges of the chick with Daffodil Delight and So Saffron ink, assembled the chick. I added the face from my Critter Faces set from Peachy Keen Stamps. I inked the edges of the egg with Crumb Cake and used my E11 Copic marker to add the cracks.

Using my Gypsy, I welded several images together to make the grass. I cut two layers and sandwiched the chick and egg pieces between them.

I cut the sun out of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and More Mustard, inked the edges with Daffodil delight. I assembled the sun, stamped the face using my Everyday Face assortment.

To finish the card, I added flowers and sparkle brads from my stash.

I didn't post pictures of this project on my Gypsy. If you would like to see those, leave a comment below and I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge #6

This week Erin Lincoln presented a card using impression plates to deboss a portion of a die cut tag. The challenge is to use some form of embossing/debossing on a project. I chose to use two kinds of dry embossing for my card. One using my Cuttlebug and the other using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.

It all starts here,

I used the flowers from the Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set. I stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Stamper's Delight cardstock. I colored it using my growing collection of Copic markers.

I die cut the image with my Nestabilites Label 8 dies. I also cut a piece of Sunrise cardstock using the Labels 8 die set to. I ran this through my Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots folder. I layered these two pieces together.

I wrapped this piece with crinkle ribbon I found on sale at Hobby Lobby and topped it off with a pearl brad, also from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment and stamped frame are from Friendship Jar. I used the smallest die from the Labels 8 set to cut the tag. Before I removed the die, I inked the edges with Stampin' Up's Perfect Plum classic ink. I attached this to the card.

Using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, I added diagonal score lines to the Plum Pudding cardstock. I layered the Plum piece to a 5" x 5 1/2" piece of patterned paper from the Egg Hunt pack. I added this to my 5 1/2" x 6" Sunrise card base. I popped up the focal image and called it done.

I love how this card turned out. The colors in the focal image go great with this paper pack. If you can't tell from previous posts, I love Papertrey Ink cardstock for cards. It's very sturdy and takes Copic coloring very well.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Thinking of You Mr. Spring.

I colored this Stampin' Up image a few weeks ago with my Copic Markers. Then I realized the color matched perfectly with the Papertrey Ink Egg Hunt paper pack.

I used Nestabilities to cut the Oval and Scallop from Papertrey Ink cardstock.

I used the Decorative Labels Die and a sentiment from The Paper Studio stamped in Stampin' Up Old Olive. While the die was still in place, I inked the edges of the label with Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight ink. I layered this over Papertrey ribbon and secured it with brads.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthday Card for My Favorite "Old Bird"

I finally was able to make my husband's birthday card, but first a little update on the water situation.

We still don't have the pipe fixed, but it's not leaking. The basement has dried up for the most part. I worked for about 4 hours Sunday putting my craft area back together.

OK, on with the card. This card started with a great deal I found on stamps at Joann's Friday night. I purchased $40 worth of stamps for $4. I bought 4 Inkadinkado sets that normally retail for $10. They were marked between $3 and $4 per set, which is still a good deal. When I got up to the register, they all rang up for $.97.  Can't beat that.

This set is called Inkadinkado Bird Assortment. It has all kinds of birds and bird sayings. I saw this one and it reminded me of my husband. I colored the image with my Copic markers. I used my Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Scallop Ovals to die cut the image. Then I inked the edges of the both pieces.

I used a piece of patterned paper and ribbon from my stash. The white and blue paper is from Papertrey Ink. The card base is Stampin' Up cardstock in Chocolate Chip. The ink is Momento Tuxedo Black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Vintage Photo.

By my husband's reaction to this card, I'm not sure he saw the humor in it. He doesn't do birthdays very well.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Could Have Been Serious...

My son came upstairs and said, "Mom, I think the basement is leaking." His tone was so matter-a-fact, that I didn't rush. Big mistake.

Water was pouring out of the wall in my craft room. The entire length of one wall, about 3 ft. from the wall was a lake. I started moving craft supplies pronto. Apparently, you're not supposed to leave a hose attached to the outside faucet over the winter. It apparently it will bust the pipe inside the house. I did not know this. I do now.

Luckily, I don't store supplies on the floor, for the simple fact I was raised in a house where a leaky basement was the norm. The only things that got wet were the legs to my desk (it's that pressed board furniture, so we will see how that turns out) and the cord to my Cricut. I think I can dry out the cord, so we're all good.

Also, I have been trying to update my Gypsy since about 7:00 a.m. now it's to the point it won't work. I restored it and still no dice. I don't know why I even updated it. I don't have an Imagine and I didn't purchase new carts. Now, I'm a little mad at myself.

To top it off, my husband's birthday is tomorrow. I purchased a special stamp set for his card AND I wanted to use my Gypsy. Now I can't do either and I refuse to give him a purchased one.

My brother's a plumber, so he's been called and will be over either tomorrow or Monday to fix the leak. Till then, my craft area will remain in disarray. NO CRAFTS FOR YOU! What a bummer.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Friday, March 11, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamp Challenge #47

Wow, three posts in one night. I know, I should have waited to post some of these, but the next few days are going to be so busy, I was afraid I wouldn't get a chance to post them to the challenge pages.

This week's sketch and challenge info can be found at http://peachykeenstampschallenge.blogspot.com/.

I used my Gypsy to design the elements for this project.

I found a way to use my Peachy Keen Valentine's Day stamps that I won a few weeks ago. I stamped the mouse in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I used my Copic marker to color it. Then I cut out the mouse, making sure to cut off the wings and bow.

All card stock is from Papertrey Ink. The designer paper is from DCWV Sweet Shoppe stack.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Peach Keen Stamps LFIF

This week's challenge can be found at http://peachykeenstampschallenge.blogspot.com/.

The assignment is to create a project using Peachy Keen faces and some type of stitching. I purchased the bunny and chick stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's a few weeks ago. If you remember from one of my previous posts, they already have faces, but they weren't too spectacular. So, I used my craft knife and removed the faces from the stamp. Then I stamped the outline of the critters and added my own faces using Medium Critter faces.

I colored the images using Copic markers. You might also remember these stamps had bodies as well. After I cut out the images, the bodies were so small, I thought they looked funny. So, I cut them off.

All cardstock and ribbon is from Papertry Ink. The pattered paper is from DCWV Nursery stack. The bling is from The Paper Studio.

I started to add an Easter sentiment, but then I decided this card could work for a baby shower as well. So, I left it blank.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Challenge: My Creative Time with Emma

Emma over at http://www.creativetimeforme.com/ has had a rough few days. So, if you get a chance to head over to her blog and give her some words of encouragement, I know she would appreciate it.

This week's challenge for Throwback Thursday is to use any older cartridge, but it must be something for St. Patrick's Day.

I used my Gypsy to plan this whole project.

The frame is cut at 5 1/4 from the Storybook cartridge. I used Stampin' Up cardstock in Soft Suede for the base and Very Vanilla for the layer. I inked the edges of the Very Vanilla with Crumb Cake ink.

I didn't have a cartridge with a shamrock on it, so I welded together 4 hearts from the Gypsy Font cartridge. I used an exclamation point from the Blackletter cartridge for the stem. I used the hide contour feature to turn off the point of the exclamation point.

I cut the shamrock out of Old Olive cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder. I inked the edges using Crumb Cake ink from Stampin' Up. I added a stitched brad from the Paper Studio.

My card base is Old Olive cut at 11" x 5 1/2", folded to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". The designer paper is from DCWV. It measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I inked the edges of both pieces with Crumb Cake ink.

The sentiment is from Stampabilites. I stamped it in Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla card stock. I layer everything together, popped up the shamrock and  finished by adding pearls and a brown piece of 5/8" ribbon from my stash.

This card was so much fun. Every time I use my Gypsy to plan a project, I'm not disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Thank You Card

Thank you card using a Stampin' Up image colored with my Copic Markers.

Stamps: Stampin' Up, 40:31 Creations
Papers: Papertrey Ink, DCWV Nursery Stack
Ink: Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Embossing: Cuttlebug, Border folder

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge

A few weeks ago, the Papertrey Ink design team started presenting Make it Monday videos. At the end of each video, the designer presents  a challenge to us fellow crafters. You can find the this week's video and challenge at Nicole Heady's blog.

This week the challenge is to make something with distressing. I decided to make, what else, a card. All materials are from Papertrey Ink, except the ink, twine, and button.

The stamp set is Vintage Picnic Basket and Vintage Picnic Basket Sentiments
The paper is from the Egg Hunt stack.

I used my Copic Markers to color the basket and letters. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen to distress the edges of all layers. I used scissors to rough up the edges of the Sunrise paper.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond