Saturday, February 23, 2013

Card Makin' Mamas - Happy Birthday

Do you have stuff in your studio/craft room that you haven't even used, yet? I've been going through my supplies, organizing and taking a loose inventory and I rediscovered a brand new, never used roll of foil tape! While foil tape by itself is not too exciting, what happens when you work it with an embossing folder and alcohol inks? Well, see for yourself!

Love this image from Sassy Studio Designs - Steampunk Josephine! She's a little more racy than what you see here, but she worked beautifully as a cameo on my card. That lovely bow looks like the rest of her dress, doesn't it? (Want to know how to tie this multi-loop bow? Click here to watch the video.)

Josie is colored with Copics and aged to perfection using Vintage Photo and Black Soot with a few spritzes of water. Distressed the bow by spritzing with water, scrunching up the ribbon and then letting it air dry. Rayon seam binding is still one of my favorite types of ribbon.

Fabulous, right?

Used a texture hammer to distress the metal brads.

Used Glossy Accents to embellish the googles.

 Distress Stickles in Honey to add a little more glam to Miss Josie!

Copper embossing powder around the die cut frame and the large lace trim finish off this one of a kind piece! Hmmm...this one may have to grace my studio wall for a bit before it makes an appearance for someone's birthday...

Visit the Card Makin' Mamas Challenge Blog for more HAPPY BIRTHDAY inspiration and to link up your card. Can't wait to see what you've created!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with these fun challenges:
Inspired by Stamping Feb Blog Hop - Bow
Simon Stamp & Show - Metal-ology
Outlawz Friday Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sentimental #142 - Lace & Pearls

Happy Sunday!

It's time for another Sentimental Sunday Challenge - Pretty Laces & Pearls (plus a sentiment)

And we are sponsored by the lovely Krista of Saturated Canary!

Krista's images are darling and perfect for coloring therapy...and if you're in need of a little happy, be sure to grab a cup of something yummy and take time to visit her blog and say hello!

Speaking of color therapy, have you been by Designed to Color (DTC)? Need some color inspiration? How about a sketch? Using the current DTC sketch challenge and the Tuesday Trigger (Moxie Fab World) ...

I designed this card:

Sometimes we need a card that isn't celebratory. LET IT RAIN is a lovely digi that reminded me of 'the winds of change' and that Life can be less than...well, whatever we wanted it to be.

I'm not really a Led Zeppelin fan, but "The Rain Song" has lyrics that are thoughtful:

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall,
This is the wonder of devotion - I see the torch we all most hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall.

Lots of 'rain' going you remember my dirty tags? Here's the one I used on this card, used as is, before I added a few more card layers, made with Distress Inks and Glimmer Mists:

On the inside...Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist drippage and a bit of splatter. 

Glossy Accents used to make 'rain drops' and more Tattered Angels mist used for the cloudy background. Click the picture to see more detail.

I adore the melancholy, thoughtful feel of this digi. I'm humming Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine as I'm's hoping to a week of sunshine and happy.

Can't wait to see what you make!

Inky hugs,

Outlawz Challenges Copics/Promarkers - Sympathy
Designed to Color #9 - Sketch
Cute Card Thursday - An Eye for Detail (raindrops & scattered bling)
Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - I've a Notion
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Something Messy (my favorite kind of art!)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sentimental Sundays #141 - Love is in the Air

One of the wonderful perks of being on a design team is getting to create with companies I have not heard of. This week the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is:

sponsored by:

I absolutely love the fun and funky and sometimes quirky designs! (There are even fab steampunk designs!) When I saw Big Love Gun Lola, I knew I would be making another Valentine for the hubs...

Bon Jovi, anyone? This past summer the family took a road trip to the coast and for 3 days 80's rock played. Bon Jovi was a favorite!

(Of course, Bon Jovi was favorite pre-summer road trip! Did you know "You Give Love a Bad Name" was #1 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1986?!

My hubs has told me I'm glitter thru and thru! How could I not include that little detail?

You know I love texture...these little nubby hearts are perfect!

I enjoyed putting together this card. Pink/reds & grays with turquoise...silver sparkle paper, glitter, dies, punches, sprays...there's a lot going on here!

There is something special about designing a card for someone you love and adding meaningful details...especially when they're the 'private joke' kind! Hopefully, the hubs won't peek at the blog until after the Big Love Day!

Inky hugs,

Playing along in these challenges:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Card Makin' Mamas - LOVE

We're a family of 6. 2 guys and 4 girls. Obviously, the female persuasion is in the majority and most of my projects tend to border (or sit in the lap of...) girlyland.

My mind is usually working to find FUN masculine cards. I don't want droll, fuddy-duddy, boring cards for the men in my life and they need some paper love, too! Know what I mean?

I had designed and created this card awhile back, but had never shared it. Definitely created for my son. Just in case you were wondering. 

My boy seems to be in constant motion, so a swing card seemed appropriate...check it out.

No silky ribbons or cute buttons here! Fun textures and lots of metal accents.
(the paper clip is just to hold the card closed for the picture)

See what happens? The middle panel is swinging as you open the card!

Here's the swing card totally opened. 

Certainly not the most traditional LOVE card, but my son thought it was cool! And that's all that really mattered...

Inky hugs,