Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oh So Girlie Jane Austen Inspired Card

Hi Dreamers!
I am back today with one more of my Jane Austen themed cards.  This card features an Artistic Outpost stamp set, die cuts and lots of girlie embellishments.  

Ink: Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Distress Markers (Ranger)
CS: Medium blue, pale green textured, gray, and white
Spellbinders die
Sky Blue Seam binding (Stampin' Up)
Paper flowers
tiny Pearls


  • Make a folded card from the Medium blue CS and layer with pale green textured CS
  • Die cut a shape from white CS
  • On white CS die cut shape-- stamping off once, stamp  the background with Bordering--repeat once more to cover the background.
  • Stamp Jane with Tuxedo Black

  • Color the image with Distress Markers
  • Die cut  a larger shape from gray CS and layer with the stamped piece
  • Add to card front

  • Make a bow with gathered tails---starting at the outside edge of one tail, hand sew gathering stitches along the tail.  Run the thread through the knot and continue the gathering stitches down the other tail. Pull up the stitches to gather and knot the thread.

  • Distress the paper flowers with the Bordering Blue ink and glue to card
  • Add pearls to the center of each flower and also scatter some pearls around.

***********A Few Fun challenges for my Oh So Girlie Jane Austen:
Artistic Outpost: anything goes with AO stamp
Avenue 613: anything goes
Pile it on: cool or warm colors---I used cool colors
Sister Act: anything goes
Crafting by Design: anything goes
Lil red Wagon: back in time
Simon Wednesday: anything goes

Just loving my Jane Austen stamps!!  So, let's see, what do I have for you next??  I have a elegant baby card I could post.  Yes, I think that will be next.  See you soon for the Welcome baby card.  Have a super day!!  Love ya.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Embossed Vintage Cards

Hi Dreamers!
Today, I would like to share two cards that I made with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and---no stamping!!
I know, shock--horror!  Just for today.  But, the cards still have lots going on and are interesting even without some stamping.

CS: green, red, Kraft
Lace, fabric scraps, pearls, rhinestone, and paper flowers


  • Mark two cards:one from red and one from green CS
  • Dry emboss Kraft CS
  • Highlight the embossing with Distress ink

  • Add fabric strips tied in a bow or knot
  • Add lace and paper Flowers
  • Add a pearl or rhinestone.

I found the cards to be very quick and enjoyable to make.  Sometimes it is fun to not stamp---BUT only sometimes.

A Few Fun Challenges
Brown Sugar: shades of brown
Chocolate, Coffee and cards: anything goes
Crafts Too challenge you: texture + shiney--I added a gold rhinestone!
Left of Center: no DP
Simon's Wednesday: use a product the Simon Store carries---Vintage Photo Distress ink and embossing folders

I will back next time with another Jane Austen themed card---it definitely has stamping on it!!!  See you soon. Love ya.  Happy Weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Elegant Jane Austen Card in Blue and White

Hi Dreamers!
How is your week going?  Doing good here.  I sent out the box of 50 cards to my customer yesterday. So, all done with that!!  Today's card is one of the cards that went into the order.   I love this Jane Austen set from Artistic Outpost!! This is the second card I made with this set and I have a couple more on the work table that are almost finished.   I used one of my favorite color palettes for elegant cards---blue and white. 

Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Bordering Blue Stampin' Up
CS: white, Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up)


  • Make a card from Bordering Blue CS
  • On white CS stamp the background stamp (also in the Jane's Countryside set) with Bordering Blue ink stamping off once
  • Stamp the Jane Austen figure and the sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink
  • Add to card base

This went  together pretty quickly once I got the placement of each stamp correct.  A few did go in the trash basket...LOL  I think this could be used for any occasion by changing  the sentiment--like a birthday or get well too.  I would also add a sentiment to inside for a birthday card.   For the inside of this card, I stamped the background only.

*********A few Fun Challenges for my Blue/White Jane Austen card:
Artistic Outpost: anything goes with AO stamp
Cards in Envy: Retro and must be A2 size
4 Krafty Girlz: anything goes
Charisma Cardz: favorite color combination----mine is blue and white--what could be more classic??!!
Divas by Design: anything goes

So, for my next post I have some vintage cards made using embossing folders and no stamping.  Eek!!  Did I say no stamping??!!  Yes, well just once in awhile it is fun to not stamp.  LOL.  I hope you have a great day!!  Love ya.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lovely Jane Austen Images

Hi Dreamers,
I am back from a busy weekend--had a family birthday party on Sunday.  Very fun.  Spent some quality time with my family.  I am back and refreshed with some new projects to share with you.
My favorite author is Jane Austen.  And, when I saw this Jane Austen Set from Artistic Outpost--well I just had to have it.  I have made several cards with the set so far.  Here is the first.

Inks: Espresso Truffle Memento
Distress Inks: Mowed lawn, Victorian Velvet, and Scattered Straw (to color the image)
CS: Cream, Pale Green (Bazzill); Bright green (A Muse Studios)
Decorative paper: medium olive green
Paper Doily
Spray Ink- green
Pale green Pearls
Spellbinders Die cut


  • Make card from the bright green CS --This card measures 4.50 x 5.75"
  • Layer with pale green CS and decorative paper
  • Spray a white paper doily with green ink and let dry
  • When doily is dry add to card front

  • Stamp Jane on cream CS with Espresso Truffle ink
  • Cut image with a die
  • Add the distress inks to color the image-use the Ranger tool, sponge, or even just your finger tip will work.  I used my finger tip in the pink and yellow
  • Add to card front

  • Stamp the Jane Austen Quote on the light green CS and add to front with dimensional adhesive
  • Add five small pearls

This card will be included in my big customer order.  My customer also loves J. Austen.  So, this should be a favorite with her.  I am now done with the order and have made a total of 49 cards.  I guess I should make one more for an even 50...I will.  LOL  50 sounds much better, doesn't it??  I will share a few more of the cards over the next several posts.  

*******Challenges for dear Jane Austen Card
Artistic Outpost: anything goes + AO stamps
Cheerful Stamp pad: love your hat
Designed to Color: anything goes with a colored image

Well, that's it for my today.  I will be back with another Jane Austen card  in the next post.  Have a great day!!  Love ya.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pretty Decorative Papers Take the Limelight

Hi Dreamers,
Back today with two more cards that feature pretty decorative papers.  I also added some snow globe dimensional stickers that coordinate with the paper.  You know how you are walking down the aisle of the craft store....and find all the interesting coordinating stickers, chipboard cut outs, etc.  Well, I just can't resist some of them !!   I always seem to pick up a couple packages!   I wanted to use some of those as they have a striking visual impact.  But, you can't just stick them on a card.    I always have to design a card around them.  So, I designed today's  cards around the snow globe stickers to make these uplifting cards.

All the Decorative papers and the snow globes are from K & Company.

The first card also has an inspirational sentiment from The Stamping Place and a Bashful Blue  (Stampin' Up)  card base

I added a pale blue satin ribbon and pearls (A Muse Studios)

The second card has a card base made from Sage Shadow CS (Stampin' Up retired color).  

I added a pale green satin ribbon  and pearls ( both from A Muse Studios)

A few fun Challenges for my Winged Cards:
Penny's Paper-Crafty: anything goes
Word Art Wednesday: anything with an uplifting sentiment
Anything Goes Challenge: In the garden with butterflies
Creative Card Crew: wings
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: blue

I am still working on the card order.  I have 40 cards made now.  I am going to make a couple more and that should do it.  That will keep my customer happy for a while sending out happy mail!  I will photograph a few more of the cards from the order to share with you next time.  So, see you then!  Love ya.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Make Your Decorative Paper the Focal Point

Hi Dreamers,
I had a nice weekend celebrating my birthday.   We went out for dinner on Saturday.  And my brother and his girlfriend treated my to lunch on Sunday.  Very fun!  I am back today with a few cards that showcase decorative paper.  I have lots of beautiful papers that I sometimes neglect.   I decided to make the papers the focal point.  I made seven cards total and will share the nautical/ beach themed cards today.  (I am saving the other two for another post.)    The cards have a  masculine  feel, but could be used for the ladies as well.

The papers are all from K & Company.  I also used some of K & Company's Dimensional Stickers that coordinate with their papers.  I left some blank on the inside and added a sentiment to some.  Just a nice group of general cards.

 This palm tree card is a retirement card

I did stamp a sentiment on this last card.

******Challenges for my Decorative paper cards:
Loves Rubber Stamps: a sentiment on the front--the last card with the ship
613 Avenue: anything goes
Unstampa belles: old stash---I used some pre-cut cards with matching envelopes that I have had for a year
Craft-Room: trees or leaves--the palm tree card
Through the craftroom door: anything goes

Well, that's it for today.  I will back soon with two more cards that feature Decorative paper.    See you then!!  Love ya.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cards Using Memory Box Die Cut - One Spooky, One Not Spooky

Hi Dreamers,
A few weeks ago I won some really cool Blog Candy from Memory Box Design Team member, Bibiana!
Check out Bibiana's Personal blog too.  The blog candy was  a die cut called Willow Tree from Memory Box.  Bibiana asked if I would make a sample and send it to her.  Well, I made two samples and here is the first card--which is  not spooky.

Willow tree die -Memory Box
CS: White, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzaz (Stampin' Up)
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Dye Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
Stipple brushes


  • Make card base from Bashful Blue CS and layer with Pear Pizzaz
  • Using a fairly large piece of white CS, die cut a tree
  • The waste will be used as a stencil/mask

  • Lay the waste/stencil/mask on top of a piece of White CS
  • With stipple brush apply Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress inks to color in the tree
  • Remove the mask
  • Using the stipple brushes and the Distress inks, add more color onto the white CS--blue for sky, greens for leaves and add to the card front

  • Add the White die cut tree to the card allowing the "shadow" of the tree peek out
  • Stamp a sentiment with Rich Cocoa ink and tear out
  • Add a ribbon tied in a knot and some tiny pearls.

And, now for the Spooky card!

Willow tree die -Memory Box
Stamps: A wood/tree Grain stamp, Halloween Owl-Warmest of Wishes Set from Stampin' Up, Sentiment from A Muse Studios
CS: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black, and Cream all from Stampin' Up
Ink: Chocolate Chip-SU: Toffee Crunch-Memento
Orange Marker
Owl Punch-Stampin' Up
Spellbinders die to cut sentiment
Black satin Ribbon


  • Make a card base from black CS and layer with Soft Suede
  • On the Crumb Cake CS stamp the wood grain stamp with Toffee Crunch ink
  • Die cut the tree from the wood grain stamped piece and add to the card front

  • Stamp the Owl with Chocolate Chip ink and punch out
  • Color the treat bag with orange marker
  • Add to tree branch with dimensional adhesive
  • Stamp and die cut the sentiment

I really loved working with this fun Willow Tree Die Cut !!  And, I have showed how easy it was to make a Summer card and a Fall card with the same die.  I will be using it to create a few more Halloween cards and Fall cards and lots more. Thanks to Bibiana and Memory Box!

*********Challenges for my Tree cards:
Card a day: Autumn/ Halloween
Craft-Room: trees or leaves
Cuttlebug Mania: back to nature
Loves Rubber stamps: anything goes
4 Krafty Girlz:---A new challenge blog---anything goes
As you like it: favorite tree---love this tree die cut as it is so versatile and can be used on cards and altered projects
Aud Sentiments: any sentiment
Addicted to Stamps and More: anything goes
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: animals

Well, I guess I slipped this post in--Surprise!!  So, the next post will be some of the cards I am making to fill that order.  Have a great day!!  Love ya.

My Garden -- End of Summer

Hi Dreamers!
I am taking Dreamland outside today into my garden.  We are reaching the end of summer here in Michigan, USA.  Many of the flowers are passed their prime, but some are at their height now.  The dahlias and zinnias are really looking good!  I was out in the garden with my camera and shot some pics.  Some were shot in the afternoon and the others is the early evening around 6 or 7 pm.  When I am not in my studio making cards, I like to get out in the garden and make it pretty!

So here is what my garden looks like at the end of summer.  Enjoy!

Giant Zinnias (four feet tall)

Tall Dahlias (5 feet tall)

Brown eyed Susans

Coleus (an annual), cornflower and hydrangea


Begonia (an annual)

Hardy Geranium ( Cranes Bill)

Hostas blossoms

Krossa Regal ( in shade)

Krossa Regals (in part sun)

Guacamole Hosta

Variety of Hostas ( This is in the bed that had to be replanted after the tree removal in June.  It will look better next year.)

Green overload??  If you are going through card withdrawal,  I will be back next time with a few cards.  LOL  I am working on that order for a customer, so I can get a few of those photographed.  See you later!!!  Hope you day is going well!  Love ya.