Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thinking of You

This is my card for day 2 of the GKD Stamp TV "countdown" Challenge. We were to create a "faux window". I just love this technique.

It's 0320 and I need to get a couple hours sleep.... Need to get up at 0500 to go to work!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Magic

Gina K will have 10 days of new and exciting challenges. Day one.... drumroll,... a split image design. It is not as easy as Gina K makes it look but it is alot of fun to create! This is my take on the challenge...

Hope you enjoyed this. Let's see what challenge we have for tomorrow!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stamp TV Sketch Spotlight Challenge 6

It's time for another Stamp TV Sketch Spotlight Challenge. This is the challenge...

This is my card taken from the sketch. It is so versitile...I have a feeling I will be using this template many times again.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. Please feel free to leave a commnt.

STV Color Spot Challenge 5

I particpated in a STV Color Spot Challenge this week. We needed to use Infarant Violet, White and Fresh Asparagus. It was a challenge for me because I would not have thought of combining those colors!. This was my card

I used the wonderful stamp set "A Year of Borders" by Gina K Designs and illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger.

I am under the weather today but I plan to attempt some cards anyway. I have to get my crafting fix!

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift Giving

Irecently had the privilege of being asked to create 50 cards for our County Social Service Departent. Many generous people donated gifts to the foster children and in turn, the children signed thank you cards and put their own personal messages in the cards. It just warms my heart! Here are some of the cards I made for the occassion.

Thank you for taking time to look at my cards. Please feel free to leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful time getting ready for the holidays!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Day Too Late

Have you ever heard the saying "a day too late and a dollar too short"? Well, I made this card for the wonderful Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central. As I was getting ready to upload the photo, I realized the deadline passed. Entries were due yesterday. The challenge was to be a card with black and yellow.

I had a lot of fun doing this and will watch my deadlines closer next time!:)LOL

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deck the Halls

"Color Me Creative Classroom" is having another fun challenge. The inspiration comes from this great picture...

I decided to use some of the festive holiday colors for my card and used the and the christmas ornaments for inspiration for my card.

The edges of my layers look very "frazzeled" but then... Sophie the cat looks pretty "frazzeled" too. Guess it is time to change my cutting blade.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Winter Birthday Card for Someone Special

I have a special birthday celebration coming up this week for someone very special and wanted to make a card for the occassion. She loves, loves, loves birds!

Focal Image: GKD: "Winter Wings" Illustrator Asela Hopkins
Background Image: GKD "Winter Wonderland"
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury "Black Onyx", "Little Boy Blue" and "Pure White"
Ink: Memento "Summer Sky" and "London Fog"
Background covered with ultra fine Silver Glitter Ritz
Copics: R20, 24, 27, 29, 89 and Black Multiliner

I hope you enjoyed this and thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

STV Color Spotlight Challenge 1

Hello friends. Stamp TV has some really wonderful entries in the Color Spotlight Challenge. This is my card I created with the new GKD "Winter Wonderland" stamp set. I hope you enjoy it.

I have a few days off and hope to be posting more cards soon so check back! Thank you for stopping by... company is ALWAYS a good thing!

Hugs, Marie

Monday, November 15, 2010

Magic Moments

The card I have for you today reminds me of the wonderful HOLIDAY season! I created this card for the Gina K Sketch Spotlight Challenge. Barbara won this challenge with an absolutely beautiful card. Stop by and see her beautiful creation at

Card Base: Gina K Pure Luxury "Black Onyx" 8 x 5.5 inches. Score at 4.25 inches.
Base Layer: 5.25 x 4 inches
Focal Image: GKD, "Very Merry Christmas" by Theresa Momber
Background Image: GKD "Tree Silhouettes"
Ink: Memento Ink "Summer Sk", "Paris Dusk", and "London Fog"
Copic Markers C3 for shadows and any color families of your choice for bow and swag.
I used a green blending family and blue.
Optional: Embossing pen and Micro Glitter - silver for stars.
White gelly roll pen for snow on trees

I cut my oval using Spellbinder's Petite Oval Large and sponged with Memento "Summer Sky" and "Paris Dusk". I used a masking technique to create my snowline. This is a technique I learned from watching Theresa Momber's wonderful tutorials! I have seen many books with this technique but Theresa's is "over the moon"!

I used Memento "London Fog" sponged the snowbanks using the masking technique.

I moved the sticky notes and continued to sponge the snowbanks.

I stamped the background image with GKD "Tree Silhouettes" with Memento "London Fog"

Used an embossing pen and Micro Glitter Ritz for stars.

I created tree shadows with a C3 Copic marker.

The small sentiment oval was cut with Spellbinders Petite OvalLarge (I used the smallesst. I then sponged around the Nestabilities die with "Summer Sky".

I shaded my bow with Copic markers in the blue and green families. I used reds for the berries.Copics: B32, B32 BV31, R35, $32, G7, G24, G28, G20, E74,C3

I embossed the base layer of Little Boy Blue with the Cuttlebug "D'Vine Swirls" folder and assembled the layers. I popped the focal image with "Pop Dots".
I hope your enjoyed this card. I really enjoyed creating it. YOu know how I love to participate in challenges!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hello Friends

This is a card for those moments you want to just say "hello" to a special friend and to let them know you care.

Image: "Winter Bouquet" Flourishes/Illustrator: Marcella Howley
Paper: Gina K: Pure Luxury Pure White, Black Onyx, and a Bazzill lavender smoothie
Sentiment: "Buds and Vases" by GKD Inc/Illustrator: Melanie Muenchinger
Nestabilities: "Petite Oval Large" I used the smallest
Memento Ink: "Lulu Lavender" and "Grape Jelly"
Copics:BV00, BV02, BV04, BV06, G20, G22, G24, G27, G28, R20, $22, R24, R27, E18, E17

Thank you for taking the time to look at my site today. Please feel free to leave a comment. A big "thank you" those who signed to follow my site. Remember when you first started your site and you would rushed to the computer to see if anyone new signed up? Oh ya! Thank you so much :)


Friday, November 5, 2010

Ocean Fun!

I have a few days off and drove to the beach to spend a few days at Sycamore Springs - a wonderful spa resort. I just love mineral springs. I will spend some time this afternoon on the beach and enjoying the Pacific Coast!

Just a note - I won the Gina K challenge. "Winter Wings" was the featured card! I won a free stamp set... always a fantastic win!!

This is a card I created using the Cricut Expression die cut machine. I have a soft place in my heart for owls. The base card was created using a "gate fold".

The flower image is a stamp from "Flourishes". I absolutely love the flower and ordered it after seeing the beautiful work Theresa Momber created with this flower. To be honest, I have difficulty getting a good crisp image with the stamp. I have one with a peacock and one with a basket of flowers from Flourishes and have been unable to get an image I find acceptable. I have large parts of the image that doesn't stamp. I have tried different surfaces and checked for air spots but still have problems. The flower seems to work the best.

I will be returning home late Saturday. I look forward to making more cards. My mind is busy thinking about possibilities... but I am still having withdrawals. All you die-hard crafters know what I am talking about. Thank you for stopping by and looking at my site. Please feel free to leave a comment!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winter Wings

Winter Wings is a card inspired by some of the creative work by Theresa Momber. I created this card for a challenge at Gina K's Stamp TV website. I recently started posting on Gina K's site and I discovered a wonderful opportunity to participate in some fun challenges. This is the site if you are interested in joining in on the fun!

Measurements and Supplies
Focal Image: Gina K Designs "Winter Wings" Illustrator Asela Hopkins, Inspiration: Theresa Momber
Background Image: Gina K Designs "Tree Silhouettes"
Pure Luxury Cardstock:
Black Onyx: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in
Moonlit Fog: 5 1/4 in x 4 in
Pure White and Black Onyx cut with Nestabilities die Label 11
Forest Branches embossing folder
Memento London Fog Inkpad
Adhesive of choice
Glue of choice

Background was sponged with Memento Ink "London Fog"

Snow line masked and sponged with Memento Ink "London Fog" Trees were inked with London Fog. I added some shadows to the trees with Copic marker C3.

The Layer of Moonlit Fog was embossed with "Forest Branches" and muted with Memento ink "London Fog". .

Focal imaged stamped with Memento "London Fog".

Imaged was colored with Copic Markers C6, C4, C2 and C0 After uploading the picture, I discovered the eye was too light. I have since, darkened the eye with C6and it looks much better. I cut the focal image out with a pair of sharp scissors.

I applied craft glue to the back of the focal image and allowed it to dry in order to add strength to the image.

I muted 2 brads with Copic Marker C6 and assembled the card.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed creating the card. Thank you for taking the time to look at my site.


Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm Yours, Hook Line and Sinker!

The fun CMC Color Challenge for "sheer" finished October 22. Sue won the contest with her very cute "Tilda" card. Head on over the the CMC Color Challenge and look at her fantastic work!

This was my entry for the "sheer" challenge. The image just makes me laugh!

Image: Gina K Designs - "Quite a Catch"
Fishbowl: Drawn freehand with black Copic multiliner. . (Didn't have a fishbowl large enough)
Copics: B000,00,01
YG 05, 17, 63
C1,3, Blender
YR 14, 16, 18
Image of fish stamped in memento london fog and upper body highlighted with black multiliner

This was another monochromatic image I did earlier with brown tones.
Focal stamp image: "Hey Soul Sista" Digital by Squigglefly
Background image: Gina K Designs, "Tree Silhouettes"
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury "White", "Chocolate Kiss" and "Pumpkin Spice"

I just love monochromatic techniques- can you tell?!

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