Friday, June 29, 2012

Oh, Baby

I needed two baby gifts and wrapped them in the paper shown in the photo.  Then I decided to create a coordinated card.  The letters were cut using my electronic cutter and adhered to yellow cardstock.  The border was punched on blue cardstock and backed with lavender.  I punched the multi-colored circles.  The image is stamped and matted on blue and I popped that portion up with foam tape.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I wish these were in my garden but I saw them at one of our local businesses.  I liked the lines the leaves created and the texture of the stones.  But the star of the composition has to be that vibrant color of the lilies.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Black Hexagons

This is another card made for stamp club exchange.  The hexagons were created with a die cut and the cream flowers were cut with my electronic cutter.  The small black flowers are punched.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I wish the beautiful lilies I saw last week were in my yard but, no, I saw them at a local business.  I zeroed in on the stamens as I liked the contrast the black provided.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Flip It In Tan and Turquoise

The flip it die makes these cards so quick and easy!  Even the score lines are made for folding.  I added patterned paper, die cut flowers and punched leaves.  The text is stamped.

The second image shows the card in the ope position.  I die cut the tan paper and added more die cut flowers with stamped text.  Pearls as flower centers and in the bottom right corner complete the design.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flip It in Pink

It's another flip it made with a die cut.  Our theme for stamp club exchange was "flowers" but we had to create our own with punches, die cuts, etc.  I cut the flip it from white and added the text paper and a punched border.  Thin satin ribbon on the left balanced the design.  The flower was cut on my electronic cutter with the other pieces die cut and punched.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flowers Everywhere

There's always something in bloom in the Portland OR area and that's especially true this time of year.  Not only do the bushes have blossoms, they are covered with blossoms and they come in many colors.  It's too beautiful for words.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Burgundy and Black

I don't often use burgundy but I like it paired with the black and kraft.  The patterned paper is from the dollar bin at Michaels.  I matted a rectangle for the left-hand edge and topped it with some black satin ribbon.  I cut kraft paper for a flag and added black brads to it.  The focal point is one-inch squares with opposing corners rounded.  I added them to cream cardstock and matted that with back.  The flower is a Tonic punch with a faux jewel center.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's Not Yucca

Although this plant resembles our southwest yucca, that's not what it is.  Nor do I know what it is.  But I thought it made an interesting photo, especially after I used Photoshop filters on it.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Let's Flip It

Have you seen the new Flip It die cuts?  They come in several shapes but I liked the label shape best.  I remember back several years when we had to cut these by hand and it was very difficult to get them done accurately.  The die makes it a breeze and it even does the score lines - and without making them cut!

I folder embossed the right edge and added a die cut butterfly with faux jewels for the body.  The flowers are punched but I also used a corner punch on the white flower petals for added interest.

I finished it off with sheer ribbon and a white bow.  Stamp the text on the reverse of the flip it label and the card is complete.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Brown All Around

I called this artist trading card "Somber Spring."  The background was colored with dye and overstamped and the diamond pattern and stem are alaso stamped.  The flowers and butterflies are punched and I added dimensional paint for flower centers.  The butterfly bodies are fiber.  I added thin black ribbon as a sort of frame at the bottom.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mallard Family

We had the opportunity to spend time on Oswego Lake in Oregon.  Since it's a large body of water, birds are quite plentiful.  This is a family of mallard ducks.  It's difficult to get things entirely in focus while riding in a boat, but this one turned out fairly well.  There are six of the little guys, the mama and the papa.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shades of Blue

This is an artist trading card.  The "ledger" is stamped and the flower is punched.  I embellished with a foil "coin" and brads.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This photo was taken in Beaverton OR.  It's definitely an urban setting and I liked the texture in the bricks and foliage and the lines of the building.  

Monday, June 11, 2012


I challenged myself to make some quick, simple cards using up bits and pieces left from other projects.

The leftover here was the frame left from a die cut tag.  I put some patterned paper behind it and stamped it with "joy."  I added punched flowers and put it on a pink and then a black mat and adhered it all to a white card.

Though it's not my usual style, it was quick.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Scatter Joy

More leftovers, this time the white tag.  I stamped the text and added a flower I created with several layers of punches.  The flourish on the yellow mat is a border stamp.  I adhered it all to a white card.

This was one of my "quicker" cards.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

There's A Hole!

This artist trading card started with a piece a paper towel that was well smeared with acrylic paint from a previous project.  I liked the hole in it so decided to make that the focal point.

I adhered the towel to white cardstock then added punched flowers in yellow and white.  The yellow flower had a brad center and I used dimensional paint for the centers of the tiny white flowers.  I added a couple of punched orange leaves (yes orange) and finished it with the gold bee charm.

You won't see another card like this anywhere!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Labeled Again

Remember those tag stamps I used last week?  This round tag is also part of that set.  I stamped it on paper that had been stamped with a Hero Arts text background, colored the leaves and added some punched flowers and butterfly.

The white label is a die cut and the border is a punch.

Why didn't I add some fibers to the hole?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dwarf Broom

This dwarf broom plant in our front yard really outdid itself with bright, colorful blossoms.

The photo above is the original photo.  I opened the same photo in Phot Effects Lite and applied the "fisheye" effect to get the result on the right.

Most unusual.  I think it will make a nice background for an artist trading card.  Stay tuned.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Labels in Shades of Brown

This card started with some die cut labels I had leftover from another project.  The smaller label is covered with decorative tape from Tip Holtz.  I die cut the heart and added some UTEE to it before embossing the stamped image in gold (haven't played with that UTEE for ages!).  I adhered a gold sunshine charm.  I folder embossed the dark brown and added two pieces of metallic ribbon to the center before adhereing the labels.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tagged No. 3

Getting tired of seeing this tag?  Just wanted to show you how different it could look if treated differently.  In this case I white embossed it on black cardstock and added faux jewels to the centers of the flowers.  I added ribbon to the tag and embellished with a punched butterfly.

The tag was mounted on patterned paper and which was matted on white with a punched border.  I added dimensional paint to the center of the flowers on the border.

Black and white with just a touch of red.  Nice!