Friday, May 20, 2011

Pixilicous Verve

This is an old Mojo Monday sketch. But it was way long ago and I'm too lazy to go through and find exactly which one it is.

I recently saw Joanne Basile's video tutorial on how do use that rolled rose die. And let me just say it's fabulous. When I tried to do it only own, it came out lopsided and flimsy (from me unraveling and re-raveling too many times). But that tweezer thing she does to hold it in place - genius. And while my rose is still a bit lopsided and I still need practice, that tweezer trick is soo cool.

So basically I did the rose and didnt really have a card to put it on. So I put together one pretty much based around that rose. I grabbed some pixie-licious paper (and I totally love that line) and went for just a purple and green color scheme. Sponged around the sentiment while it was still in its die. I stamped the "thoughts" on some left over scrap paper to make it stand out a bit. And I still say this is one of my favorite fonts from Verve. Its so whimsical and pretty. Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Always on my mind
Paper: MB key lime notecard & dotty paper, Cosmo Cricket pixie-licious
Ink: Memento black & plum
Accessories: MFT open scallop border & rolled rose die, Spellbinders labels 2, sizzix flourish die, felt, kaiser jewel

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Missing Ewe

Now I know what you're thinking...its not winter, its spring. But trust me, if you lived in my house, you'd sure think it was still winter. This is one of two completely non-traditional cards I passed off as Mother's Day cards this year. I think I got bored w/ the traditional "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment (that and I forgot to buy a new one this year).

But me mum's a knitter, in a really bad way too. She's a tad obsessed with knitting. I only wish I was as good at it as she, b/c its like the perfect mobile hobby. Take it on the plane, to baseball games. You know those copics and stamps and paper (and now dies) just dont travel as well as a ball of yarn and some knitting needles.

So when I saw this TCP image, Sheepish, come out (a really long time ago) I thought it'd be perfect for her. The sheep. The Scarf. It all just works. And I got to use my giant icing die that I've been hoarding.

You know what would be the perfect adornment? Some knitted flowers. I think I've seen crocheted ones in blogland somewhere. I believe my mom, with her awesome knitting powers, had promised to knit me some. But alas, I have yet to get any...*hint, hint*

The Dets:
Stamps: TCP Sheepish
Paper: PTI ocean tides, MME stella rose, vellum
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: MFT snowflake die, TCP icing die, felt

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


This is one of the seven cards I made for mother's day. This PI, Something special just for you, reminds me a bit of Birthday Princess but I just couldnt resist the cuteness and had to get her too.

For the card, I pulled out a cosmo cricket pack I've had for a while but havent used that much. I just love the simplicity of primary colors and kraft color combination. Originially I had put glitter over her crown, but it was showing up a bit too faintly. So I pulled out my handy dandy glossy accents and added a few layers to her crown and then to her shoes.

The Dets:
Stamps: MFT Something special just for you Pure Innocence
Paper: PTI craft, cosmo cricket togetherness
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: MFT stacking stars die, glossy accents, glitter

Monday, May 16, 2011

Just Because

I got a sewing machine for christmas and just five short months later, I'm finally putting it to use. I sewed a grocery bag holder for my pal, N, since her hubs likes to hoard plastic bags. At least now she'll have something pretty to put it in. The pattern is based on the one listed on Moda's Bake Shop with a little tweaking. I like ruffles, so the one I made had to have ruffles.

As for the card, I kept it simple, opting for a coordinating color scheme. I stamped the sentiment panel with PTI's Matstack #1 and Beautiful Blooms II. Then I used the stripes in Retro Backgrounds to build a pattern on the four squares. I also stamped some polka dots in the background but they didnt turn up too well in the picture.

Here's a close-up of the grocery bag holder, using Moda's Giddy charm pack-

The Dets:
PTI Matstack #1, Beautiful Blooms, Giga Guidelines, Polka Dot Basics II, Retro Background
Paper: PTI pure poppy & hawaiian shores, cream cardstock
Ink: Brilliance pearlescent chocolate, Versamagic red brick, Versacolor turquoise gem, Versamark
Accessories: kaiser gems, PTI matstack #1 die

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ninja Bunny

It was rather cold and rainy when I made this card. So perhaps it was the icky, winter-like weather we were having that inspired this card. Mostly I love the sentiment and needed an excuse to use it.

I actually had TCP's Deep Breath bunny all colored up, so it was just a matter of finding the right papers. I mixed dp's from two separate packs, something I rarely do. Then topped it off w/ a few snowflakes. And embellished his scarf with a bit of stickles.

The Dets:
Stamps: TCP Deep Breath, Skating Bunny
Paper: MB notecard, MME fine & dandy, vellum
Ink: Memento black, Brilliance black, Copics
Accessories: stickles, MFT snowflake and small open scallop dies, kaiser pearls

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hoo Hoo There

This was one of those stamps I saw in blogland and thought it was adorable. Very strange as I'm deathly afraid of birds and other assorted flying things. But there's something about these owls that are just so darn cute. My only problem was I had a hard time locating them in blogland.

Cut to many months later on a visit back home, in a little shop called Cute Stuff. Lo and behold, there's my little owls just waiting for me to take them home. I even got them free to me as my mama bought them for me in return for some not-so-slave crafty labor I did for her.

I stamped the owls on an oval nestie and sponged the edges before I colored them up in copics. I added some glossy accents to juicy worm. Then I used MFT's baby banner for the words. I didn't have any sentiments that go w/ the stamp, but every time I see those owls I think they're saying "ooh dinner!"

The Dets:
Rachel Miller Hoo Hoo There, MFT baby alphabet
Paper: MB notecard, MME so sophie, October afternoon
Ink: Memento black, Versafine ocean tides, copics
Accessories: glossy accents, oval nesties, PTI lemon tart ss ribbon, divine twin, MFT baby banner, kaiser pearls

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Happy Cinco de Mayo! I wish I had an in-themed card to share today but instead I have a nice fall-ish one to share. I've heard rumors that its supposed to be spring, but looking outside - cold, dark and rainy, it seems more like fall.

Anyway, this week's episode of ATS Wednesday Challenge was all about whatevers. Well officially its called "Anything Goes" but I occassionally revert to high school vernacular. So I pulled out Spring Emma and paired her with fall papers. Aint it great? And its going to the MIL in the forever summer state (aka Hawaii). Perhaps I should've embellished with a bit of snowflakes just to complete the whole seasonal theme.

My sentiment is from Verve and let me just soapbox for a bit. I totally love their fonts. That "hello" is just soo pretty. Wouldnt it be awesome if I could type all my work emails in that font? Unprofessional? Probably. Pretty? Definitely.

The Dets:
Stamps: ATS Spring Emma and Pixie stool, Verve Always in my heart
Paper: PTI true black & kraft, BG pyrus paper pack
Ink: Memento black, copics, Brilliance graphite black, PTI tea dye
Accessories: Cuttlebug polka dots embossing folder, fancy square punch, ribbon, rectangle spellbinders

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I've come to the conclusion that I really, and I mean reeeally, need some doily dies. But when I tried to be bad (b/c I'm supposed to be on a shopping hiatus) and buy some, they were sold out. The three little words a fanatical stamper doesn't want see in her internet shopping cart - out of stock. Its heartbreaking really. Thwarted by the universe. Again.

But despite my lack of doily dies (cue mournful music here), I was able to finish my card tonight. TGF launched a new challenge blog and this is my first Mystery Monday case under the new management. I pulled out my Special Autumn Anya and colored her in copics. Then I used my banner day dies to create a fun little sentiment. Ever since we got unlimited texting, I find my vocabulary getting worst and I'm using alot more acronyms.

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Special Autumn, MFT Banner Alphabet
Paper: MB espresso notecards, MME fine & dandy
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: MFT banner & flower trio dies, glitter brads, divine twine

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cutie PI

Its been a while since I've participated in MFT's Wednesday Stamp Challenge. But when I saw this week's sketch, MFTWSC17, I thought it'd be perfect for my new (to me) Being Cute is what I do Pure Innocence.

I broke out my new cosmo cricket paper and discovered it matched awesomely with a few PTI colors. Which was excellent except for the fact that I'm now running low on Ocean Tides cardstock. Oh well, guess a PTI order is just closer into my future than I thought...

The Dets:

Stamps: MFT PI Being cute is what I do
Paper: PTI enchanted evening, ocean tides & terracotta tile, CC salt air
Ink: Memento black, copics, spica glitter pens
Accessories: MFT flower trio die, spellbinders, PTI ric rac

Monday, May 2, 2011

Celebrate Good Friends

It's been an embarrassingly long time since I've done anything crafty. Needless to say, there's been no posts b/c there hasnt been anything to post. I couldnt even post pretty tulip pictures as the late Seattle rains crushed them all.

But Mother's Day was coming up and I figured I had to get cranking on those MD cards. This, however, is not an MD card (obviously). I got the TCP Good Friends set without any particular idea in mind. I'm just a sucker for those wee penguins. I colored most of it w/ copics and paper pieced the rug. I was too lazy to paper piece the couch, but maybe one day I'll get ambitious. Then I added some glossy accents to the remote and the popcorn. Strange combination but I digs.

The Dets:
Stamps: TCP Good Friends, Verve Birthday Bash
Paper: PTI ocean tides & dark chocolate, MME fine & dandy
Ink: Memento black, Brilliance pearlescent chocolate, copics
Accessories: TCP pinking border dies, MFT button dies, glossy accents, divine twine