Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fifth Avenue Sympathy

This card was pretty easy to create.  I first sponged the Very Vanilla cardstock with Antique Distressed Linen then stamped the flourishes from Elements of Style in ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.  The rose was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I then sponged the rose with Apricot Appeal & Groovy Guava ink.  To add some shimmer I applied Interference Gold PearlEx.  The sentiment was stamped in Groovy Guava on Barely Banana cardstock, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and lightly sponged with ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.  Lastly, I added some champagne pearls to finish it off.

Here is a peek at the inside.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Elements of Style, Cathedral Sympathy by My Sentiment Exactly!
Paper: Groovy Guava, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Barely Banana
Ink: Distressed Antique Linen, ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown, VersaMark with Gold EP, Apricot Appeal, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Interference Gold PearlEx, Basic Grey Champagne Pearls
Techniques: Sponging, Nesties Labels Eleven

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flying Solo

This card was for a co-worker who just retired.  Lucky guy!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Stampscapes Pine & Rocks, Lakeside Cove Lg., Solo Duck, Verses Retirement Stamp
Paper:  The Paper Company White Card, Night of Navy Mat, The Paper Company Glacial Blue, Glossy White
Ink: Images - StazOn Black; Sky - Adirondack Cloudy Blue & Adirondack Sailboat Blue; Water - Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Adirondack Sailboat Blue, Adirondack Denim, Night of Navy around edges; Sentiment - Night of Navy
Accessories:  Vintage Brads
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  4 ¾” x 6 ½”

Monday, June 28, 2010

Asian Artistry with Dragonflies

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Asian Artistry
Paper:  Black Linen, Taken with Teal, Purple Texture, Whisper White
Ink:  Garden Green, Adirondack Purple Twilight
Accessories:  1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Black, PearlEx

Sunday, June 27, 2010

ATC - Regal

ATC Recipe:
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Regal
Paper:  Brushed Gold, Basic Black 
Ink:  VersaMark with Gold EP
Accessories:  Recollections Fleur de Lis Gold Brad, Sizzix ATC Die

Give To The World

This card was made using the '08-'09 In Colors.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Elements of Style, Verses Give To The World
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Ice Blue, Brilliance Pearlescent Olive, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown
Accessories:  Brown Satin Ribbon, Spellbinders Classic Lace Border, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Opaline Chocolate Pearls
Techniques:  Sponging, Blender Pen

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Good morning!  I have to say I am just so grateful by everyone’s generosity.  I never anticipated so many comments, followers, and emails.  I am truly touched each of you took the time to come visit my blog.

A special thank you to those who announced my blog candy on their sites with a link back to me.

Now the news you’ve been waiting for!  The winning # for our blog candy is 7 ... Bizee Fingers said "Hi Donna, What a beautiful blog, I love the cards you have featured, such soft pretty colors..I look forward to more of your posts!!"


Congratulations Karen, please email me your address and I will get these stamp sets and paper items in the mail to you.

Thank you to all who participated and I look forward to doing this again in July.  Watch for Donna’s Garden Contest …

Blog Candy!

I am happy to announce my blog is up and running so I thought we could celebrate with some blog candy!  I have the following items to give away:

Stampin' Up Yummy Stamp Set
Stampin' Up Botanical Blooms Stamp Set
Patterns Pack III Designer Paper
Crafty Secrets Words from the Heart Packets

All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave me a comment on this post by Friday, June 25, 2010.

I will select a winner on Saturday, June 26, 2010 using and will give the winner 48 hours to contact me via email. If you prefer, include your email address with your comment and I'll contact you if you're the winner.

Thank you and good luck!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dreaming of Mariposa

This card is made using the DCWV Mariposa paper.  There is not a lot of stamping on this one as I didn't want to cover up this gorgeous paper.  If you haven't seen this stack it is decorated with enchanting butterflies, swirling florals, and birdcages ... very pretty.

Next month I will be giving away a pack as blog candy!  Please be sure to stop back for your chance to win.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  DRS Designs
Paper:  Black Linen, Blush Blossom, DCWV The Mariposa Stack Designer Paper
Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia, Antique Linen, Creamy Caramel, Distressed Black Soot
Accessories:  Nesties Labels One, Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Die, Martha Stewart Florentine Gold Glitter
Techniques:  Sponging

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sorbet Violas

I love violas because they are so pretty and delicate.  This unique miniature hybrid combines the charm of violets with the fantastic colors of pansies.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Grapes of Wrath

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Definitely Decorative Grapes, Inkadinkado Wine Stamp
Paper:  Crestwood Matte Marble Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, DCWV The Old Word Stack Designer Paper, Whisper White
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Adirondack Cool Peri, Distressed Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Accessories: Naturals Hemp Twine, Nesties Large & Small Octagons, Tearing Tool
Techniques:  Sponging

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice!

Summer is finally here and so are my coneflowers.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my Mango, Orange Meadowbrite and Tiki Torch Echinacea's in bloom!

Dreaming of roses, containers overflowing with flowers and longer days under sunny skies gives us more time to embrace all that summer has to offer.  When we come to the garden seeking rest and rejuvenation, it serves as our sanctuary - a treasured place we can go when the world becomes too much for us and we need to find some peace.

Remember ... keep your dreams alive, faith makes all things possible and believe in yourself.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Garden Silhouettes Wildflowers

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Garden Silhouettes, Growing Free by Penny Black
Paper:  Pale Plum, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White
Ink:  Adirondack Currant
Accessories:  Nesties Deckled Rectangles & Classic Rectangles
Techniques:  Sponging

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Watercolors Garden Gate

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Today’s card was inspired by one of my gardens.  I have had this Spellbinders gate die for quite some time and never used it – shame on me!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Wonderful Watercolors, Petal Prints, Branch Out, Stone Path, The Oak Branch (203G) by Stampscapes
Paper:  Sage Shadow, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Gray, Going Gray, Garden Green, Lovely Lilac, Rich Razzleberry, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Adirondack Purple Twilight; Butterflies - Ballet Blue; Bird - StazOn Black; Gate - Brushed Silver paper with Distressed Black Soot & Basic Black
Accessories:  Vintage Brad, Spellbinders In My Garden Shapeability Die
Techniques:  Sponging

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scrollwork Friends

Just a quick card today using the Friends 24-7 set.  This is one of my favorite stamp sets.  I am really loving Tim Holtz's On the Edge Dies.  They are perfect for that vintage look.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Friends 24-7
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Damask image - VersaMark with Bordering Blue & Brocade Blue Chalk; Sponging & Sentiment - Chocolate Chip 
Accessories:  5/16" Neutrals Brad, Sheer Ivory Ribbon, Nesties Classic Rectangles & Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Tim Holtz On the Edge Scrollwork Die
Techniques:  Poppin' Pastels, Sponging

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pink Peonies

I was able to snap a shot of my peonies the other day before the rain came.  If only I could cut them to enjoy in the house, but those darn ants!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blog Design


I know some of you have asked me about the colors on my blog.  This Victorian design is the new Stampin' Up colors of Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Marina Mist.

Thank you for coming to visit!

French Charming

Here is a quick tutorial for this card:

1.  Cut a mat out of Sahara Sand Cardstock 4” x 5 ¼”.
2.  Stamped the En Francais background stamp with Sahara Sand ink.
3.  I used my Martha Stewart Ribbon Slot Punch at the bottom of the mat and added my ribbon.
4.  I cut the bottom off of a manila tag so it would fit on my mat and randomly stamped the medallion image in Sahara Sand (first stamping off once on scrap paper except for two locations)
5.  I added a piece of Sage Shadow Cardstock at the bottom of the tag and used my tearing tool to rip it.
6.  I stamped the small damask image in Sage Shadow (first stamping off once on scrap paper).
7.  I then positioned the flower image & butterfly and stamped them using Sage Shadow.
8.  The border & sentiment were stamped on Sage Shadow Cardstock using Sage Shadow ink with VersaMark and clear embossing powder. This was then cut out by hand.
9.  Next I sponged the edges of the Sahara Sand mat, manila tag and Sage Shadow Cardstock with ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.
10. I added a piece of ribbon through the tag.
11. Lastly, I sponged Candle Light Shimmerz Paint on the Sahara Sand mat for a vintage look. Unfortunately, it does not show up in my scan, but it gives it a pretty shimmer.
12. Everything was mounted to a cream linen card base 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Charming, En Francais 
Paper:  Cream Linen, Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow, Manila Tag
Ink: Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow, ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown
Accessories:  Tearing Tool, Martha Stewart Ribbon Slot Punch, Martha Stewart Dusty Green Ribbon, Candle Light Shimmerz Paint
Techniques:  Sponging

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