Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring has Sprung

Hi Everyone
Since it's Thursday it's time to check out the Art Impressions Weekly challenge. This weeks theme is Spring Has Sprung. A few weeks ago the theme was Watercolor and ever since, I've been working on a project and this came to be. It really reminded me of spring and I decided to submit this card for this weeks theme, Spring has Sprung, since the window box is abloom with flowers.

I had finished this card had the photo taken and was editing it and I just thought it needed something so I added a bow and rephotographed the card and edited it. That helped finish it off. That brick background... it was an experiment that was I testing and it turned out pretty good. Also, one other tip, for those of you who use the Memento markers, they work extremely well for the Art Impressions watercolor technique.I figured they would since they are water based. So, no need to buy a different brand if that is all you have in your stash. On the window, I used the Memento Rich Cocoa marker and I am so pleased with the outcome.

Supplies Used:
Art Impressions Stamps - J3379 Watercolor Window, BB2061 Sm. Vine, AA3384 Tiny Vine, AA1366 Leaves, AA3017 Daisy Bunch
Markers - Marvy #83Bitterscotch,  96 Jungle Green, 15 Olive Green, 12 Grey, Memento Rich Cocoa
Cardstock - Orange, Dark Brown

Orange and colors in that family are the colors that you will be seeing frequently since Pantone has intro'd  Tangerine Tango as the color of the year. So you will be seeing oranges of all different hues in a lot of areas, fashion, home decor and crafting too.

Try to enter a card in the Art Impressions weekly challenge, you could be the next winner. Thanks for stopping in today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter message

Welcome to Wednesday!!!

Do you believe it, this month is almost over and we are less than two weeks away from Easter!! I am so amazed at how fast time is going. Speaking of Easter, I have another Easter card for you. I love Easter lilies and I decided that I had to use this stamp for this Easter card, although I could use it after Easter as well.

OK check out that trellis looking light pink accent behind the lily, I made it using a Martha Stewart border punch. Yep I did and coming soon will be a pictorial how to. That darker pink panel was made using a Spellbinder M-bossibilities folder. That was one of the goodies that I won from Spellbinders back in January. I have to tell you that those folders are AWESOME.What a great idea, embossing designs on both sides of the folder. duh!!

Supplies used:
Art Impressions Stamps - Easter Lilies  L4022, Easter Message  F1420
Spellbinders Die - Crown Ovals S4-303
Spellbinders M-bossibilities folder - Nobility ES-002
Ink- India Ink Black, Fresco Florentine Rose
Copic Markers- BV00, Y17, G21
Paper/Cardstock - Green cs, designer papers

Thanks for stopping in today. I will be back tomorrow with my design based on the Art Impressions Weekly Challenge. Hope to see you then.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flower Child Blog Hop Winners

Hi all
Thanks to everyone who hopped along with us on the Flower Child Blog Hop!!!  Your comments were much appreciated by all of the Design Team members and we’re glad that you enjoyed the hop.  I think the everyone on the Design Team outdid themselves on this hop!!!   They’ve set the bar pretty high for the next hop – so mark your calendars for :    May 17-18  for our next hop -  Celebrating Summer.
And now……………….Drum roll please!!!
Here are the winners for the Flower Child Blog Hop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Grand Prize #1:  A Stamp Set of your choice on cling cushion  Carrie
Grand Prize #2: A Stampette Set of your choice on cling cushion  A French Accent
1st Place:  From Julie Zippel’s Blog       2 Glitter Tinsels of your choice  Katy
2nd Place:  From Brenda Smalle’s Blog     3 Embossing Powders of your choice  Sherry Murphy
3rd Place:  From Charlene Driggs’ Blog   3 Glitters of your choice   Susannah
Will the winners please e-mail Brenda with your  full name, address, phone contact and their prize selection as soon as possible………….
If you live in the Ruskin, Florida area and choose to visit the Shoppe and pick up your prizes in person – please – still e-mail Brenda with the information so that they can be prepared in the Shoppe.
Thanks to everyone who participated and hope you’ll hop with again next time!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Flower Child Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
I have 2 posts today so if you are looking for my post showing my card based on the weekly Art Impressions Challenge, please scroll down to the next post.

Otherwise, thanks for joining the Flower Child Blog Hop today.

If you hopped here by way of Shanna's blog then you are in the right spot, however if not, you may want to start here at the beginning to become eligible for one of FIVE great prizes.

In keeping with today's theme Flower/Child I decided to use Sue in my card today and I think she is just perfect to represent a child. She is standing in her flower garden checking out the birds that have landed in her hands. Since we've had such a mild winter, a lot of the trees and flowers are already in bloom and spring was just celebrated on Tuesday March 20. So this card fits in perfectly with spring and flowers and birds. For the complete instructions in making this card, please click here.

This would make a great card celebrating a birthday or for no special reason as well.

Thank you for stopping in today and please remember, to become eligible for a prize  you  must comment on every blog on the hop. NOTE:  There are 2 grand prizes and 3 “random” prizes that are attached to 3 different designers blogs!

Just a reminder, the items on special at Sparkle N Sprinkle in March are:  Flowers – Children – Spanish and Artist Tom Jones, click here to check them out.

Next up on the blog hop is Angie's blog, she always has unique and fun things.

Just in case you get lost along the way:

Barbara Bruder  ***you are here***
Angie Blasingame

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone
Today is Thursday and I want to show you the card I made in this weeks theme for the Art Impressions weekly challenge.

The theme this week is monochromatic and I decided to use a pink color.

The stamps I used are from Art Impressions. Looks like the lady is wearing her Easter hat.

Supplies used:
Art Impressions stamps - Helene G2522, Happy Birthday E597
Cheerie Lynn Die - Lattice Die
Spellbinders - Lace Doily Motif  S5-063, Lace Doily Accents S5-062,  Classic Circle S4-114
Cardstock/Paper - Pink CS, Med. Pink CS, Designer paper
Ink used - India Ink Black

Thanks for stopping in today

Warmer Easter Wishes

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to Wednesday!!!  Have you been out getting the Easter candy?? Or maybe getting an Easter outfit?? I love all the soft pastels that are out at this time of the year.

I just got some new stamps from Art Impressions and since they are Easter themed, I will be showing these off in my next few Wednesday posts. Hope the cards inspire you and give you some great ideas.

This card is using a new set called Kate - set 4118. And this bunny is sooooo cute. the set even comes with a seperate little pinafore stamp as well. I stamped the rabbit on white cs and colored the rabbit with Copics. Next I stamped the little jacket part of the stamp on a small piece of designer paper and I stamped the dress part of the stamp on another designer paper. I trimmed the dress, jacket and the rabbit out and layered them all together. It was like playing with paper dolls. I remember how fun that was when I was a kid. Next, I added the matching bow in her hair, or should I say fur. Then I added the glitz. The background  I used is an embossing folder and I colored it with distress inks. Lastly I added a pastel yellow bow, punched a few corners and added the sentiment and the card is done.

Supplies used:
Kate set - 4118
Copic markers - E57, E71, R81
Cardstock/Paper - White CS, peachy pink cs, designer papers (3 different ones)
Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Spellbinders Die - Labels Sixteen  S4-301
Punch for corners
Inks - Versafine black, Distress inks scattered straw, victorian velvet

Tomorrow I will have 2 posts. I will have the card for next week's Art Impressions weekly challenge and I will have a post for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop. Please stop back for both posts I would love to see you again.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Hi Everyone
Sparkle N Sprinkle has a few new pirate stamp sets that they've introduced recently and today I want to share a card using one of those sets. The set I used is called Treasure Hunt, set 458.

I know lots of little boys are into the pirate theme and these stamps would look great in a scrapbook or how about a cute card for the birthday boy. I can envision a pirate themed party and the invitations would be so cool done up in the pirate theme.

OK, so let me show you what I came up with using this great new set.

Click here for the instructions for this card. The template that is mentioned (Stairway Accordion Fold Template) is available here.

This card when folded will fit into a 6X6 envelope for mailing.

This is an easy card to construct and is so perfect for this set.

Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon,

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Water Color

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to Thursday! Today it's time for a new challenge over at Art Impressions. This weeks challenge theme is Water Color Inspired. I have so many of the Art Impressions water color series sets. The stamps I've used today are from project 7 set 1, In My Garden. Have you tried any of the water color sets. The sets are all so great and water coloring the Art Impressions Way is so easy and the results are quite dramatic.

Ahh..............water color scenes are so relaxing aren't they???  You should try this if you haven't yet. You will be amazed at the outcome you will get. I also suggest you purchase the How to Watercolor DVD. It is like you are having a one on one instruction. It really is a great help and a wonderful tool.

Supplies used:
Marvy pads and/or markers - Jungle green, Celery, Caribbean, Salvia Blue, Grey, Brown
Paper/Card Stock -Watercolor Paper, Purple CS, Green CS
Watercolor brush
Spritz bottle
Little Round Gems
Punch (Corners)

Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping in today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Hi Everyone,
Well it's Wednesday, also know in some circles as hump day. Hope your week is going great so far. Today I thought I'd use a brayer to make a morning sky of a skyline where the city sits on the edge of a river.

This city view reminds me of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River. 

Supplies used:
Art Impressions Stamps- Skyline P2975, Mini Adventure F2563
Ink - Versafine Black, Stonewashed, Butterscotch
Paper/Cad Stock - White CS, Bronze Shimmer CS
Spellbinders Grand Circles
Embossing Folder

Stop back tomorrow to check out the card I've designed for next weeks Art Impressions challenge. Oh and before I forget it, there is a monthly card contest over at Art Impressions. Click here to read all about it and I hope to see your entry.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Hi Everyone,
Happy Monday. It's the start of a new week and I am popping in to show a quick card. A clean and simple one.

Supplies used:
Art Impressions Easter Script - P3095
Spellbinder Dies - Scalloped Edge Frame S5-011, Labels Fourteen S4-290
Gold Embossing Powder
2 Embossing Folders
Gold Leaf Pen

Hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping in today.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cornish Heritage Farms

Hi Everyone

I've been itching to tell you all this for a few days and it's official now!!!! The Cornish Heritage Farm Design Team has been finalized and I am so excited and thrilled to have made it as a member of this team. This team is made up of a whole host of talented ladies!!!! I am also really excited that CHF is back and will soon be offering rubber stamps again.

Here are two cards I want to share with you today. These are two of the cards that I submitted to CHF.
The first one is a Thomas Kincade image and I colored this with Marvy Markers. This technique is very easy to do and the results are quite remarkable. The camera really doesn't do this justice. Also this card pic was taken with a green background in order to show off the trellis border of the card.

The second card is really a cutie. It consists of the Flower Wheelbarrow Digital Stamp (it a freebie over at the CHF site, so go download it!!) and since I had some stamp sets on hand from the original CHF days, I used the sentiment and the tree from a Kim Hughs set.

The first blog hop will take place in April and there will be prizes so stay tuned for more info about that in the coming weeks.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my exciting news with you.

See you soon,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ole MacDonald

Hi Everyone
Since it's Thursday, it's time for the Art Impressions weekly challenge. This weeks theme is Sparkle and Bling.

After using the Copic air brush system on the ribbon on the top of the card, the ribbon looks light and somewhat blotchy.For the ribbon used for the actual bow, I dragged it directly across the ink pad, and got a darker color, just what I wanted.I think the ribbon is just too porous to get the darker color I was after using the air brush.But it does look better in person.

I used the Copic air brush on the sentiment and that came out just as I wanted. 
OK on to the stamp. I added glitter and some bling to the card to compliment these chicks.
These chicks are having a blast singing to Ole MacDonald.

Supplies Used:
Art Impressions Stamps - Chick Trio  U1876,  Ole MacDonald  J1896
Ink - Black VersaFine, Distress Ink Persimmon
Copic Markers used - Y11, R81, RV13, V04,V12, R29, YR09, YR68, YR65, YR15, E33, YG03
Card Stock - Orange/Yellow CS, Red CS, White CS
Glue Pen
Bow Maker - Craft-Dee BOWZ

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Got Eggs

Welcome to Wednesday!!!
I love this cute chubby bunny over at Art Impressions.He looks like he is handing out Easter eggs to all. Great for your Easter card or in a scrapbook layout showing kids on that Easter egg hunt in the back yard.

Supplies used:
embossing folders (3)
embossing powder - Sparkle N Sprinkle Shimmer EP - EP137 (on eggs to give them glittery effect)
copic markers - RV21, RV13, V12,V09, R81, R00, E43, E51, G21, G82, YG03, Y08,Y11, B32, C-0, C-2.
Egg Die - Nested Eggs S4-264 Spellbinders

Still need to make your Easter cards??  Still looking for that perfect stamp?You might want to check out the Art Impressions 2012 Easter Series for a great selection.

I get a lot of great comments on my bows. Most of my bows are made using Craft-Dee Bowz maker. Easy to use (trust me when I say that). Tell Donna Barbara sent ya, if you order one.

Thanks for stopping in today. Stop in tomorrow for my next Art Impressions weekly challenge card.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Green Alert

Hi Everyone,
I am not Irish however I thought it would be great to make an Irish card, since I just received these two stamps in with my new stamps.I really love green. I think it goes with so many colors and if you think about it, in the spring when the grass really greens up, the green looks spectacular with all the beautiful soft spring colors of the flowers.

Supplies used:
Cardstock/Paper - Dark Green CS, Light Green CS, Marbled Green CS, White CS
Spellbinders Die - Lrg Deckled Rectangles S4-202
Ink - VersaMark

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Liebster Award goes to

Hi Everyone,

I received the Liebster Award today from a dear friend Donna  over at Creative Smiles. Donna does amazing work. Please give her blog a visit and check her creations out. What a great surprise.Thanks so much Donna, I appreciate the award!!

What is the Liebster Award??

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is a German word that means “Dearest” or “Beloved.” It also means ” Favorite .” So, in a way the award not only recognizes these bloggers as amazingly gifted in their own right but also as your very own personal favorites.

The Rules Of The Liebster Award:
1) Thank the fellow blogger who awarded it to you.
2) Link back to the said blogger who shared the award.
3) Post the award on your blog.
4) Pick 5 other blogs you want to recognise.
5) Visit the 5 bloggers and let them know that they receive the award.

Now the hard part for me was to pick 5 people to bestow this award on. These people are gifted in my opinion and I visit their blogs quite often. I receive inspiration from their blogposts.So here they are my 5 picks for the Liebster Award:

Angie Blasingame - hopemore studio
Ginni Gass - ginni scrappy world
Wendy Price - paper ink and smiles 
Karalee Ingram  - Karee's Cards and Crafts of Course
Jenny Johns - Jens Cup Of Creations

OK now it's time for me to leave comments on their blogs and to give Donna a big than you.

HUGS to all and I will see you soon

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jelly Beans

Hi Everyone,
It's Thursday and that means its time for the weekly challenge over at Art Impressions. I thought I'd share with you my take on this weeks challenge. The theme is: Inspired by Candy. At first I had a devil of a time coming up with something for this theme. But,as I thought about candy, the upcoming Easter holiday came to mind.  I remembered chocolate bunnies and then jelly beans came to mind and then I remembered when I was a kid I used to get hollowed out sugar eggs in my Easter basket. So, with those ideas in mind, here is what I came up with.

Supplies used:
Spellbinders Dies - Nested Eggs S4-264
Copic Markers - E25, E71
Embossing Powder - Sparkle N Sprinkle -  Shimmer EP137
Designer paper & various colors of card stock

I made the large egg to appear to be hollow with a chocolate bunny inside.  Those sugar eggs that I received as a child, were always decorated around the opening and they were always so cute.I used the shimmer EP to make the inside of the egg sparkle. I also colored the bunny using brown copic markers to make him look like chocolate. OK, now I have just awakened my sweet tooth, I guess I will have to get some jelly beans. Yum,Yum.

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