Friday, November 27, 2009

Good News and a Card!

Hello everyone! I have some awesome news, I have been selected to be on a design team for a temporary time period of December 1st- March 1st for Soft Pencil Designs! The owner Elizabeth, sells digital stamps/images and other things on For those of you who are unfamiliar with Etsy, it is a website similar to ebay, but you can only sell things handmade! Anyways, there are a couple of links to her company blog and then from there to her online etsy store. Just scroll down a bit and look on my sidebar for the links. Digi images are becoming quite popular and are fun to use, as you can copy them into Microsoft Word, and change their size to smaller or larger, and print more than one out at a time. I still love the old fashioned way to stamp, but why limit ourselves to one method or one product!?

Ok, on with the card. I used a free image today that Elizabeth is offering on her blog. It is of her cute little kitty character Michu, and Michu is peeking out from behind a Christmas Tree!

Is that the cutest image or what? You may recognize the background on this card. I used it for some of my own hand cut Christmas trees on a previous post here. I had the base sitting on my craft table, the colored and cut out image you see here was on my table too. My nosey, but very supportive husband came in the room to see what I was creating, and said "Hey, that cute kitty would look great on that card you started". No joke! So, the above card was a creative collaborative effort from Steve and I. That has never happened before, and may never happen again. But, I promised him that I would give him credit. I did all of the hard work though, isn't that the way it usually is with marriage?! LOL! I still love him though!

Ok, I colored the image with my Stampin Up markers, all except the star on the tree top and the white area on Mich's hat. Those two things were colored with some shimmer paint called smooch. You know me and bling, so I had to add some chunky glitter to the snow, some sticky gems to the tree, and the little stars falling from the sky were punched form foil card stock. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set. The rest of the card stock is from Stampin Up.

I hope you enjoyed today's post, go on over to the Soft Pencil Blog and try out a free digi image, and visit me every Thursday for Soft Pencil Designs card day!

Until next time...........Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pinky's Home

is the name of the digital image that I used on today's card. It was a freebie that Elizabeth over at Soft Pencil Designs offered over on Splitcoast Stampers website. By the way, thanks Elizabeth.

I decided to step away from the traditional card fold, and make a gate fold card, which I haven't done in quite awhile. With the help of my handy Scor Pal tool, it is very simple to do. I colored the image with my Stampin Up markers, cut it out and added it to a scalloped square mat that I made with a Spellbinder's Nestibility di-cut. I think you can tell in the photo, that it is attached on the left side of the card, with some foam dimensionals to pop it up just a bit. Some sticky gems from Michael's dress it up a little, and the DSP on both side panels, is from Stampin Up. The border fence at the bottom was made with a Martha Stewart border punch. The card stock used was Stampin Up Whisper White, and Pale Plum. The butterflies at the top were also made with a Martha Stewart punch. I think that sums it up.

My nephew is home visiting from San Diego where he is stationed in the US Navy. I am so proud of him, so I will be back to blogging after the weekend is over.

Until next time...................Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Soft Pencil Designs on Some Cards

Well, I am having an absolute blast coloring and placing my Soft Pencil Designs digi images on cards. There is a link to Soft Pencil's blog and store on my side bar; just scroll down a bit and you will see it.

The first card is from a digi image called "Home Sweet Home". The kitty's name is Michu, and isn't she adorable. If you have been following my blog for very long, you know that I am a huge animal lover. Maybe this is why I fell in love with Soft Pencil images, or maybe because they are just so cute. Anyways, I colored the image with my Stampin Up markers, mounted it onto some SU card stock, and then some SU DSP, and the sentiment is from the SU set "Teeny Tiny Wishes". The final touch was a couple of tiny Prima flowers with some Faux Silver Pearls from Michael's.

Card stock Colors: SU - Whisper White, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, DSP is SU Basic Gray from Pattern Pack II.

The next two cards have the image called "Good Friends" on them, I used the same layout, just a different color scheme. Again on this card, the image was colored with Stampin Up markers; but this time I used my Spellbinder's Nestibilities Rectangles to cut out the image, popped it up with some foam dimensionals, added some DSP, a Prima Flower, an SU brad, and a few sticky gems. The sentiment is again from SU's "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set.

Card stock colors: SU Bashful Blue, Taken With Teal, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, GP White, and DSP is SU "Flock Together".

Well, I that is all that I have for today. I will have a few more tomorrow with some more Soft Pencil digi images.

Until next time...................Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Simple Cards with Merry Details Sizzlet

Hello. So sorry for my long absence! I have some super quick and easy cards to show you using one of the Sizzlet di-cuts from Stampin Up's current Mini catalog, called Merry Details. Merry Details have 4 cute mini shapes on it, two Christmas Trees, one Snowflake, and a cute little dove with a swirly tail. I took some paper scraps that I literally had laying around on my craft table, and cut a bunch of the little trees, and punched some 1" circles to mount them on. Here is a photo of four different cards that I made with them:
The colors that I used here were all from Stampin Up........Garden Green, Real Red. The DSP used is from one of the patterns pack and is Ruby Red, and Certainly Celery. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set.

Come back and visit my blog tomorrow and the rest of the week, I have some cards in the works using some digital images from an awesome artist named Elizabeth from Soft Pencil Designs. She creates the cutest images.

Oh, and Happy Birthday To Me today! My fabulous husband and daughter are taking me out to dinner tonight! Yay!!!!!

Until next time................................Blessings, Lisa

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving cards

Hello. I decided to make a couple more Thanksgiving cards before it was too late to get them mailed out. I hope you like them.

The first card uses a stamp from Just Rite Stamp Co. I got it in a set that I won as blog candy over on Becca Feeken's blog. I must admit, their stamps are fun to use, but a little too expensive for me at the present time. I was very fortunate to win this set, it has something for almost every holiday we celebrate here in the USA. I punched the image out with a circle punch, then mounted it on some SU card stock that I cut with one of my Scalloped Circle Nestibilities. It is popped up with a foam dimensional and colored with Stampin Up Markers. The card base is Stampin Up's Certainly Celery, and the DSP is Really Rust from SU's 6x6 Patterns Pack III. The Orange Rectangular gems are from my stash and are made by EK Success. There is also a sentiment inside that simply says, "Happy Thanksgiving" which is from Stampin UP's Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

The second card has a digital image and sentiment from Whimsie Doodles digital stamp Co. Melyssa who designs and owns Whimsie Doodles (see my side bar)is such a great artist, her images are so adorable. I colored this chubby turkey with Stampin Up markers, cut it out, then decided that I would rather have it on a rectangle (what a waste of time cutting it out). The yellow strip at the bottom is Stampin Up's Crushed Curry cs, and is stamped with SU's Woodgrain Background stamp with Crushed Curry ink. The three rectangles of DSP are also Really Rust and come from SU Pattern Pack III. I cut out the sentiment and brushed it many times on the Crushed Curry ink pad to get that look that you see. The final touch was of course some bling which was in my stash and from Michael's. I love bling!

If you need a Thanksgiving stamp, I highly recommend the turkey image in the current Stampin Up Mini Catalog. Scroll down and you will see a card that I made with it.

Until next time..................Blessings, Lisa

Friday, November 6, 2009

Of The Earth

is the stamp set that I used for today's post and it is from Stampin Up. I posted previously with the square bird stamp from that set which you can see here. Here are a couple of cards using the other two images and the sentiment from that set.

I had a negative oval image leftover from my blue bird card from 2 posts ago (scroll down to see it), and so I thought I would try something that I saw on Sandi MacIver's blog which you can find over on my favorite blogs list on the sidebar. I held down the negative oval, and sponged some ink all over inside it. Then, stamped my images in the center of the sponged oval with black ink. It is fun, easy, quick to do and looks very pretty. I hope you enjoyed it and take a look over on Sandi's blog, she is so creative.

Supplies Used: Ink ~ SU Crushed Curry, Regal Rose, Memento Tuxedo Black
Card stock ~ SU Whisper White

Until Next time............Blessings, Lisa

Prayer for Soldiers

Please take a moment and say a prayer for those wounded, killed, their loved ones and yes the mentally ill man who shot them at Fort Hood Army base in Texas!

God Bless the USA!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blue Birds

Hello. I have been so busy, and I have a feeling life is not going to slow down until after the holidays. I did manage to make a card to share with you. I have been playing around with some of my digital images, and here is what I made with a new digi image from McMahon Five Designs.

Aren't these two birdies adorable? I couldn't resist them. I printed them out on Canson 90lb Watercolor paper, and colored them with my Stampin Up Markers. I usually use 140lb watercolor paper like what Stampin Up sells, but I was afraid that it was too thick to go through my inkjet printer, so I am saving the heavier stuff for use with regular stamps. I cut the image out with some Large Oval Nestibilities, mounted on a Scalloped Oval Nestibility. The card base is Bashful Blue, the DSP is from one of the Stampin Up Hostess 6x6 DSP pads, the blue sticky gems are from Michael's, the flower is from Prima, and the sentiment is from the Stampin Up Hostess Level II stamp set called "Kind and Caring Thoughts". I also sponged around the edges of the image oval with Bashful Blue ink. It looks more prominent in person. I have a little icon over on the right side of my blog for McMahon Five, if you want to see this image and others, just place your cursor over it and click, and it will take you to their store.

Until next time............... Blessings, Lisa