Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rudolph Christmas

I won the random drawing at the Karber Weekly Challenge a few days ago and received two free digital stamps!  Whoo-hoo!  One of the images I picked was this adorable Rudolph digi-Isn't he cute!  You can find him here. I thought he would be perfect for a Christmas Card (Well I do still have 40 or 50 to make....)

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: Card -Christmas Sparkle -Cute & Charming -Critter Mad -Tag
I colored Rudolph using my Copic Sketch Markers, then added some white flock to his Santa Hat and some Candy Cane Red Stickles to his nose.  I used some old winter themed patterned paper from my stash; hand cutting some "snow" banks from white cardstock.  I then added glue to the top portion of the layers and sprinkled some White Flower Soft.  I used some crystal stickles to highlight the snowflakes on the patterned paper.

I made the base of the card out of black cardstock and coordinating pattered paper.  Naturally, I inked and distressed the edges of almost everything before putting it together.  I used foam adhesive to pop up the snow scene and to place the pull-out sentiment tag.  Finally I added some Candy Cane Twine, a Red Button and a Jute bow-tied by my deft-handed daughter!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Only You Card

Close-up of Dress

I knew that I wanted to use this beautiful image from Tiddly Inks to create an oriental themed card.  (The image is called chi and you can find it here).  I have seen people use patterned paper to paper-piece clothing.  But I wanted something really unique. So I used a oriental floral stamp from an old Close to My Heart Stamp set to make a pattern on her dress.  I colored the dress using my Copic Sketch markers and then created a mask around her dress-then I stamped with versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I also embossed the chopsticks in her hair to match!  I used a gold leaf pen to color in her shawl.  I put the card together using the Tiddly Inks Challenge Sketch (shown below). 

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: (see below) the World (China) it!

Tiddly Inks Challenge Sketch

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Warm Wishes Card

Front of Card

Close-up (Used foam adhesive on Leslie and the Snowflake)

I used the adorable Coffee Leslie digi stamp from Karber Digital Images.  You can find her here.  I am not really a coffee drinker (Gasp!  I shouldn't be allowed to live in the Pacific Northwest.) so I like to think that she is drinking hot cocoa.  I will most likely use this as a Christmas Card but it work for a general winter card too!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: and Beverages (see below)'s all about the girls Goes

I created this card using the above sketch from Pixie Dust Studio.  I colored Leslie using my Prismacolor pencils and a blender.  I used coordating pattered papers from a set I picked up at the Target dollar spot last year.  I inked and distressed the edges of each layer, using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I stamped and heat embossed a snowflake-cut it out and added some snowy glitter.  I added some glittery aqua ric-rac and some crystals for bling!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just Saying Hello Card

For this card I knew I wanted to use a butterfly-it was tough to choose (Somehow I own several butterfly stamps!) but I ended up using one from an old Stampin Up collection.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: (Butterfly) and a Flutter (see below) inspiration photo below

Sketch Saturday #121

Inspiration Photo-Off The Wall Craftiness
I colored my pretty lil' butterfly with Prismacolor Pencils, blended it with my blending pencil and gamasol,  waited for it to dry and cut the it out.  I added crystal stickles and while it dried I put together the rest of the card to match the sketch above.  I used some Bazzill Cardstock and some coordinating patterned paper by Three Yellow Bicycles that matched my color scheme perfectly!

I used a Magnolia Doo-Hickey's Die (Old Swedish Lace) to cut the border on the patterned paper and a Nestibiliites Scalloped Circle.  I stamped my sentiment (from hero arts) and inked and distressed all the layers.  Finally I added the butterfly using foam tape, two flowers with buttons and string bows.  (Just a note-I couldn't find any grey flowers in my stash so I used the back side of some Prima flowers...Can you believe the other side is glittery bright blue!)

Elena Card

Front of Card

Inside of Card

This card is for the latest Tiddly Inks and Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenges.  I wanted to use this image because it reminds me of my little sister, Elena, who loves animals!  Technically her hair is really is straight but when she was younger it was often a little wild and messy...  Now that she is a teenager she spends waaaaay more time on her appearance!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: Pets -Fur or Feathers

I printed my image onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock (the best I have found so far for copic coloring) and colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers (Y11/13/15/18, E000/00/11/13/40/41/50/53/55/57, B00/12/14/16, and R20).  My magic colorless blender which helps cover my smooth the background-is out of ink and the refill cartridge hasn't arrived yet.  Grrrrr-one of the difficulties of ordering online.  I cannot wait until technology advances enough to bring products to my door immediately after I order them! 

I masked my image and used my Inkessentials blending tool to apply Sky Blue Colorbox ink to the entire front of the card for the sky.  I used some clouds and a sun (also colored with copics) from a Hero Arts set-popping all three up and adding some crystal stickles to the clouds.  Yeah...I know-I use stickles almost as often as I distess!  I cut two strips of green cardstock and cut the top to make grass.  I distressed the edges of the grass-cutting a few blades for the sake of realism and layered both strips to my card.  I stamped the sentiment Life is brighter with you in it and a little shooting star (both from Hero Arts).  I colored the star with a Blue spica pen-though it is a little hard to see in the photo!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

London Card

The challenges over at the Burtonesque Dolls are so much fun!  When I saw their latest challenge-Ghoul School I knew that I wanted to use one of my new Simply Betty Digis...  London fit perfectly for the chalkboard sentiment-I will not hit boys!  You can find London here.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges School to School

Since I really wanted the focus to be on London and the chalkboard, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple using some purple plaid patterned paper and grey bazzill cardstock from my stash.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, my sanding block and my making memories paper distressing to ink and distress the edges.  (My daughter asked me if I distressed everything and I had to admit....pretty much yeah!)  I added a lime green bottle of poison and ribbon to match!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Flower Cards

These cards were inspired by a challenge by Card Positioning Systems.  I used some digital flower stamps I found through Free Digital Stamps on Friday through the Rusty Pickle.  All of the digis are now free!

I made the Daffodils Card first and I ended up loving it so much I immediately made another!  I plan to make a few more for a card set-Just need to get more of this shade of kraft paper!  I'm thinking maybe purple hydrangeas and something in blue...

I plan to enter these cards into the following Challenges: it Simple and Simple

I really enjoyed the challenge of making something simple.  I have to admit I usually create cards with lots of layers and techniques...  It was amazing how easy these cards were to create.  I just printed out my flower image on to Kraft paper that I cut down to letter size.  Then I cut out the card and rounded the corners.  I colored the flowers using my prismacolor pencils and a blender.  I stamped my sentiment and then added a little crystal stickles to the inside of the flowers for a little extra oomph!  Here's a close-up...

Rainbow Balloon Card

The Crafty Pad and Ones Stitch at a Time are combining for a challenge in honor of a young boy named Cameron.  For more information click here.  I  had the perfect image from One Stitch at a Time-the Balloon Bear.  I combined that with the Rainbow stamp and sentiment from Hero Arts to make a sweet card for a child!

I plan to enter this card in the following challenges: (Cameron's Challenge) (Cameron's Challenge) (see below)

I colored my images using my prismacolor pencils, gamasol and copic sketch markers for the popped up Balloons (B16, G07 and R27).  I added some crystal stickles for the clouds and some white thread for the balloon strings-which proved to be a bit trickier than I imagined!  I have been dying to try my new Inkadoo masking paper-One of my idols-Nichol Magouirk uses it to mask her stamped images and create beautiful cards and scrapbook pages.  You can check out her blog here.  So I masked my stamped images and used the inkessentials blending tool and colorbox blue ink to create the sky.  I then added googly eyes to the sweet little bear because what kid doesn't love googly eyes?!  (Well and me too!)  Then I inked and distressed each of my layers and assembled the card to match the sketch above. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bunny Christmas Card

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't send out Christmas Cards last year.  I know...I know...a crafter like me.  Sometimes I am on top of things and sometimes not!  This year, though, will be different!  Behold my very first Christmas Card!  I used a cute digi stamp from The Greeting Farm called Snowball Fight.  You can find it here.

I plan to enter this card in the following contests: a Note/Notecards -Pearls & Gems

After cutting a circle around my image, I colored it with Copic Sketch Markers (B00/12/16, BV00/4, C1/3/5, E50/41/40 and R20) and added white flocking and glitter to both the fuzzy areas (like the girl bunny's hat and the boy bunny's tail) and the snow.  I cut a scalloped circle from lavender cardstock (to match the base of the card) with my Nestabilities and after inking and distressing each-I used the scalloped circle to matte the image.  I embossed  the blue cardstock using my cuddlebug and snowflake folder and cut the paper in half.  I inked and distressed each layer before adhering it to the page.  I used an old Theresa Collins-notecard journaling spot and stamped a sentiment from Inkadoo that I felt matched the spirit of the image!  Hee-hee!  Then finally I cut out three snowflakes using my Seasons Slice Cardtridge and covered them with glitter.  I put a gemstone in the center of each snowflake!  Tadah-my first Christmas Card is done!  Let's not talk about how many more I have to go....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You're a Star Card

So it's no secret that I love the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps!  I was literally giddy with excitement when I received my first two KK stamps last week.  I purchased Snow White because I thought she would be versatile and I just love her hair!  (I also got Zelda the Zombie because how freakin' cool is a Zombie stamp??!!)

I thought Snow White would work well for my first KK challenge.  Doesn't she look like she could be on the red carpet at a Hollywood premiere?!
I plan to enter this card into the following challenges:'s Be Girlie Girls (see below)

I colored my image using my Copic Sketch Markers (V01/12/17, E000/00/11/53/55/57, and R20/22).  It's hard to see in the photo but I added some sparkle to her bow, her puffy sleeves and the lines of her dress with a clear spica pen.  I stamped the sentiment from hero arts at the bottom of my image.  I used Bazzill cardstock as my card base and I used my fiskars edge punch on a matching scrap.  I cut a star from gold paper and embossed the same gold paper with a texture fade embossing folder from Tim Holtz and then cut out a rectangle.  Using the sketch above I assembled the card, inking and distressing most of the pieces.  I used sequined ribbon to make a border for the image and I popped the star up using foam adhesive.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Zelda the Zombie Birthday Card

I made this card for a friend's birthday.  She, like me, is a big fan of horror and supernatural stories and Zombies in particular.  So Zelda the Zombie from Kraftin Kimmie was absolutely perfect!  You can find it here or here.  I stamped the inside of the card to say Happy Birthday Ghoulfriend!  I really hope she likes it.   

I colored Zelda with my Copic Sketch Markers (G07, YG23/25, C1, E50/41/40, B16/12/04/00 and BV04/02/00).  I used some coordinating patterned paper from SEI from my stash.  I layered some green ribbon and twine and added a little star button with twine.  Of course I inked and distressed the edges of all the paper-can you make a card without doing that?!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thinking of You Little Lolita Card

This card was made for my first Lil Lolita challenge.  20's Evie can be found in the All That Scraps store here.
Doesn't she look so sweet in blues and pinks?  I colored her with my Copic Sketch Markers (B00/12/16, R22/20, E11/00/000, and Y18/15/13).  I used blue music sheet paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Collection, patterned paper from Iron Orchid Designs, and Cardstock.  I inked and distressed all the edges and used a hero arts sentiment stamp.  The flower I made from the matching patterned paper using a technique I found in the Summer 2010 issue of Magnolia Ink.  You punch or die cut three small flower, three medium flowers and four large flowers, poke a hole in the middle with a push pen or paper piercer and place all the flowers on a brad.  You then mist the flowers with water thoroughly soaking them.  Next you fold in each petal.  Finally you unfold the petals, shaping them as you go and let it dry.  (The tricky part is unfolding the petals.)  The final touch was a little butterfly from my stash!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: Sheet Card Freestyle

Jessamine Corner Bookmark

For the record-I am officially a crafting nerd!  I actually woke up early to work on this project.  Have I mentioned that I hate waking up in the mornings?! 

I made this corner bookmark for the latest challenge over at All That Scraps.  I was really excited for this challenge because I love to read and I always need bookmarks!  I love the Sweet November Line, especially the Twisted Sisters.  So I decided to use Jessamine who you can find here in the All That Scraps store.

I plan to enter this bookmark into the following challenges: -Corner Bookmark Something New Into Fashion

Since I have never made a corner bookmark before I followed the link from the ATS Challenge Blog to Splitcoaststampers for a tutorial (click here for the tutorial).  I was happily surprised to discover it was pretty easy!  I followed the directions using my pre-colored Jessamine Image (I colored her with Copic Sketch Markers using the following colors: BV00/02/04, R20/83, YG23/25, E11/00/000, cut her out using a scalloped oval nestabilitie in my Quickutz Revolution and inked and distressed the edges), Violet Bazzill Cardstock, Euphoria patterned paper from Basic Grey and a bright green gauzy ribbon.  I punched the bottom edge of the bookmark with the Doily border punch from Martha Stewart.  Now that I know how-I'll probably be making tons more!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Harvest Fairy Card

In the mail today I received some stamps I ordered from All That Scraps.  I have to admit I was pretty excited to use my new Nichola Fairy Stamp from Wags n Whiskers!  It was a challenge to color her in the Autumn colors because I usually go for colors in the cool category like purples and blues, but I am really happy with how she turned out!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: Colors and Pink is a Comin''eva into Autumn

I colored my image with my copic sketch markers (E57/55/53/18/11/00/000, R24/22/20, YR82/68/65, and Y15/13/11).  It's a little hard to see but I also used a clear spica pen to put a touch of glitter inside the wings.  I used my nestabilites labels one die in my Quickutz Revolution to cut out my image and matted it on brown Bazzill cardstock to match the base.  I used a sentiment from Studio G Stamps-Happy Harvest.  I stitched my Basic Grey Indian Summer Paper around the edges, then I inked and distressed all the edges before assembling the card.  I used a cream ribbon from my stash and tied a bow.

Hoppy Birthday Card

Howdy!  What a busy weekend-hosting a book club (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-I highly recommend it), attending a baby shower, taking my daughter shopping and of course family movie night-Resident Evil 3D at the Theater!  No Resident Evil was not my pick-but my husband and my daughter didn't want to see a romantic comedy.  -Sigh-  The things we do for love...

So sadly-I didn't much crafting done this weekend.  I am really happy to get back in the groove-especially since my latest order of copic markers arrived today!  Yay!  This birthday card was made for the latest challenge at Tiddly Inks.  I used the adorable image Donna that you can find here.  My daughter and I just fell in love with this image.  I planned to use a different image for the challenge but I just had to play with sweet little Donna and her frog!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: Birthday (see below) on words

I used the sketch above from the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge as my basis after I colored my image using my Copic Sketch Markers (BV00/02/04, UT23/25, E13/11/00).  I cut my image into a circle and matted it with Black Bazzill cardstock cut with the scalloped circles nestabilities.  I then stamped a smaller circle with the sentiment using Studio G and Hero Arts stamps.  I inked and distressed the edges of all the papers and punched holes in either side of the circle-I thread a piece string through and adhered the image using foam adhesive.  I finished off the image with three black gems at the bottom  right of the card!  Viola!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Willy Wonka Christmas Mint Circle Card

This card was created for the latest challenge at the Burtonesque Dolls (see link below).  I have to say this was a fun one!  For research I re-watched both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (i.e. the one with Gene Wilder) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (i.e. the one with Johnny Depp). I used Mad About You from Tiddly Inks.  You can find him here.  He is actually the Mad Hatter but I thought he looked a little like the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka!

I plan to enter this card in the following challenge: Candy/Willy Wonka Twist Goes/Digital Image

I colored my digital image with Prismacolor pencils and gamasol.  I cut two circles out of white Bazzill cardstock using my Cricket.  For the front piece I took my liquid glue and starting at roughly the center made a spiral out from the middle of the card.  I then added the fuzzy red ribbon very carefully to the glue!  While that dried I created the title using my computer and a font called Ravie.  I printed it out on purple cardstock and matted it on green.  I used a little studio g letter set to stamp new at the front of the title and then using foam adhesive to the card.  I attached the two pieces of my card together with a brad.  This was my daughter's brilliant idea-so when you open it it just rolls up and doesn't fold or hurt the card!  I cut out Willy Wonka and used more foam adhesive to add him to the card, cover the brad.  The I took green tissue paper and made the sides of the candy wrapper!  I figure this will work for a Christmas Card for a nearby relative or friend.  This baby's not going through the mail!!!

Fairy Gift Set

I made this Fairy Gift Set for a Birthday gift.  I used the Fairy Fae Catches a star digital stamp from Tiddly Inks.  You can find it here.  She is just so beautiful!

I plan to enter this challenge into the following contests: to Summer a Gift Set with a Digi Image (see below), birthday card using a butterfly, fairy or angel -Clean & Simple colors (see below)

 I picked some soft summery patterned paper by SEI (mimosa) and Bazzill cardstock to begin with and colored five of the Fairys with Prismacolor pencils and gamasol.  I added a little crystal stickles to the wings and some gold stickles to the stars.  I made the card first-to match the above sketch.  I kept it simple only using three fibers from an old Close to My Heart collection and coloring three gems to match.

I made the bookmark next-patterning it loosely off a one of my personal bookmarks-using a corner rounder and the same patterned paper and cardstock as the card.  I cut a scalloped circle using my quickutz revolution and a nestabilities die.  I add some fibers to complete the bookmark.

Finally, I made some magnets using modge podge, three of the colored fairies and two pieces of the matching card stock! 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Leilani Card

This is one of the first digital images I ever purchased-It's Leilani from Michelle Perkett's Etsy shop.  You can find it here.  Not only did I think she was adorable-cause she is-but I thought she would make the perfect accent to a scrapbook page about our recent trip to Hawaii.  I have to admit that particular page is...uh still...uh... in process.  For some odd reason, I have been spending an awful lot of crafting time on cards lately!

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges: on to Summer Fun (see below) It

Sketch from iheart2stamp
I started with some coordinating patterned papers from Fancy Pants Designs (Rusted Sun).  I love the bold but slightly muted colors and I knew they would be perfect with the Leilani image for a summer card.  I colored Leilani with my Copic Sketch Markers (E57/55/53/18/17/13/11/000, YG23/25, Y13, YR15, R29 and BG45) matching the colors of the patterned paper as best I could.  I then cut down my patterned paper and cardstock-playing with the arrangement to match the sketch until I liked the combination.  I then cut a scalloped circle from green cardstock using my nestibilities in my Quickutz Revolution.  I cut out my digital image and then proceeded to ink and distress each layer before adhering it to the base.  I added a bit of jute and used foam adhesive to pop-up the scalloped circle and the image (see below).   And finally, I added a homemade-Lei of flowers and the top right corner to finish the card off!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Betty Belfrey Halloween Card

When I stumbled on the I started to get excited about Halloween.  Yeah I know-it's still almost two months away.  But Halloween ties with Christmas for my favorite holiday.  Ever since I was a kid, I have loved getting to play dress-up.  Probably why I was an actress for a long time!  I found the perfect image for my first Halloween card here at Tiddly Inks!

I plan to enter this card in the following challenges: -Creepy Cute -Sketch (below)

I used the above sketch from the Pixie Cottage to make my card.  I colored my digit Betty Belfrey by Tiddly Inks with my Copic Sketch Markers (V01/12/15, YG25/23, E00/000, C5/4 and E57/55/53).  I added some distress stickles to Betty's dress and then I stamped a couple of spiders at her feet.  I inked the edges and matted it with purple cardstock.  I'm not usually much for measuring out my cards but I wanted the three spots of patterned paper to be about the same-so I cut three strips My Mind's Eye Boo to You patterned paper of 1 1/2 inches tall and 6 1/4 inches wide.  I inked the edges using distress inks and glued them to the card base.  I added a ribbon and my matted Betty image with foam adhesive. (Yes I love my images to pop!!) I then stamped the sentiment Trick or Treat from Hero Arts-Happy Halloween and added one more spider in the web of the patterned paper.  Finally I added three glittery chipboard skulls-also from My Minds' Eye.  First Halloween Card-Check!

Back to School Card

So my daughter, Jade, heads back to school on Wednesday of this coming week!  She will be in the 7th grade.  -Sigh- I don't know if I really am ready for the teen years...  But I digress-I meant to tell you that I wanted to surprise her with a card Wednesday morning.  (So hopefully she doesn't read this post!!!)  All the Fall challenges seemed perfect.  I colored my digital image School Days Ivy from the Wild Flower Patch to look a little like Jade, dirty blonde hair and blue eyes!  I decided to use the card from the Case Study Challenge (shown below) as my inspiration for Jade's Card.

My card will be entered in the following challenges: Colors -Muse Card -Back to School

Muse Card from Case Study Challenges

I used the above card from Case Study Challenges to create my own card.  I cut my digital image into an oval and colored it using Prismacolor Pencils and Gamasol.  I used Ruby and Bronze Metallic Rub-ons around the oval and used distress ink and paper stain on the edge of the paper.  I then matted it on brown Bazzill cardstock cut into a scalloped oval.  I rounded the corners of my cardstock card base and the patterned paper-Indian Summer by Basic Grey.  I cut down a piece of light brown Bazzill cardstock-scalloping one edge with a Fiskars rolling cutter.  I then cut a strip of the coordinating patterned paper and adhered a strip of fiber.  I stamped three leaves from Studio G stamps and colored them with Prismacolors and Gamasol, cut them out and spread Crystal Stickles over them.  I finished up with a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts-Sky's the Limit.

Bears Card

I used the cute digi image of two bears hugging called Missed you that can be found at Mo's Digital Pencil Shop.  I left the inside blank as I am not sure what I will be using this card for yet.  It is pretty versatile!  This one was a breeze to put together...which I probably needed after my last elaborate card!

This card will be entered into the following challenges: of Brown, Age it, Antique it Challenge: Kraft, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip

I colored the bears using my Copic Sketch Markers (E57/55/53/50 and R20). To make this card I pulled out my Kraft Cardstock and some yellow Bazzill textured cardstock.  I found some patterned paper to match my color scheme from my stash and a brown lace ribbon.  I used a fiskars border punch on the kraft cardstock and punched some butterflies from the yellow cardstock and a bit of vellum and then I distressed everything using distress ink and paper stain and roughing up the edges and papers..  I put it all together using the sketch from Card Positioning Systems, popping the image with foam adhesive and adding some pearls for the butterflies bodies!

Vintage Mermaid Card

I just purchased Bubblies Lostlagoon-Sweet November (CC Designs)  from All That Scraps.  I have to admit I have been eyeing the Sweet November mermaids for a little while!  I thought she would be perfect for the latest ATS challenge.  This card was a lot of work...but definately worth it!  Some of the techniques I used were a little messy!  Of course in all honesty-my creating style is pretty chaotic.  Somehow even though I begin with a decent sized workspace-as a project continues I find the area I am working in steadily grow smaller and smaller...

I will enter this card into the following challenges: -Lace shades of vintage -Simply pearls Stitches

I colored Bubbles and her Octopus friend with my Copic Sketch Markers: B00/12/14, R20/22, E55/53/50/17/13/11/00/000, RV91/93/95.  I used a white Marvy gel pen to highlight her eyes and I used my new baby blue spica pen to go over her entire tail, bikini and the pins in her hair.  I have to say-the spica pen was worth the hype.  (Crud-that just means I will have to get more!) I then colored some pearls with my Copics to match and glued them into her hair.  I used my Pebbles Chalks to create a softer edge around the sides of the image, then using a technique borrowed from Annika Clare ( I inked the edges with my distress inks and paper stain, then I rubbed the edges with versamark and embossed it with a mix of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder), Perfect Pears (Turquoise and Smoke Blue) and MS Glitter (Turquiose and Lapis Lazuli). At this point the image looked like this:

Not too bad-but I wanted to use this card for the challenge at which was to use soft shades of vintage.  Soooo...I decided to try a technique that I hadn't done in a while.  Using lots of layers of UTEE and then freezing the paper for a few minutes-you can create a cracked class effect.  It took three layers of UTEE and I probably could have done another layer or two and about 7 or 8 minutes in the freezer.  Much more vintage-don't you think?

I distressed and inked the edges of some Vintage Shabby patterned papers by Tim Holtz, used a Fiskars corner punch on the corners of the music note paper.  I stitched part of a flourish on the top left side of the card and layered cardstock, blue lace ribbon and a string of pearls down the middle.  Then I attached my mermaid image matted with coordinating patterned paper using foam adhesive.  I added three pearls to the top and two flowers with one last pearl.  Cause really can you ever have enough bling?  (My husband certainly thinks so-after I added the flowers and pearl he told me that I should stop before it became too busy.  Expert that he is-I decide to follow his advice!)

Happy Millie Thank You Card

Full Card

Close-Up of Happy Millie
Sketch #57-Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good Morning!

Had a lot of last night working on a couple of cards!  First up is my Happy Millie Thank you card.  This card was so much fun to make.  As soon as I saw this image of Millie at Karber Digital Images, I knew what the sentiment would be immediately.  I can just picture her jumping up and down excitedly-Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!  Now I can wait to receive a present that makes this happy!  So I can use the Thank you card of course.  You know...I have a birthday coming up... 

I plan to enter this card in the following challenges: -Thank you Card - Pretty In Pink -Let's get Digital

I colored Millie with my Copic Sketch Markers (R24/22/20, E57/55/53/50/000/00/11, and 0).  I added a copic colored pearl to the flower in her hair and added Crystal Stickles to her head-band, pockets and the lace on the edge of her dress.  I created the journaling tag using and old font I have on my computer by Creating Keepsakes (CK-handprint), printed it out on pink patterned paper and turned it into a tag using the Making Memories Tag Maker.  I embossed my bright pink patterned paper with the Sizziz Damask #4 Embossing Folder in my cuddlebug and then distressed the top and inked the sides with distress inks and paper stain.  I did the same to my cardstock base.  I added a ribbon and following the sketch at I backed my Thank You tag with a round paper flower and put four flowers together with a light pink brad.  Then I cut Millie out, backed her on patterned paper and matted it with Doodlebug Glitter paper.  Voila-Done!