Thursday, April 30, 2009

cute mouse & flowers

I just love this adorable decoupage image. Hearts, flowers, butterflies--then that adorable mouse to boot! I just had to make a card with it. This was pretty straight foreward--print and cut the images, stack them on 1/16" foam dots, then add some stickles in lavendar, fruit punch, and star dust. Don't ya think this image just begs for some stickles? I matted it all against some white and green cardstock. The green is a pearlized cardstock and is about as heavy as chipboard. Great stuff I think I bought from Marcos and worth the money! Anyhow, it turns out in my arsenol of border punches I somehow don't have a scallop (I really must remedy that soon) so to make the scallops I ran my largest scalloped square nestabilities through my cuttlebug then cut off the edges. Worked pretty cool! I stamped "Hi!" and matted to match the image and added some cute flower buttons. If you want to try this image, just click HERE Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

50th Anniversary

Ok, here's a pretty simple card that took me 3 hours to do. That's because after figuring out what the basic sketch would be, I decided to mix things up, switch things around, and experiment with techniques. Eventually I was sick of it all, had lost my creative mojo, and didn't have a clue what I was trying to do! So, back I went to my original sketch and was done in 15 minutes. UGHHHHH--the wasted time! And that's why I'll never be able to post more than a few items here a week.
Anyhow, this card is pretty self explanatory. I used the scor embosser ( I think that's what it's called) directly on the card. I put some white cardstock through the cuttlebug using the birds and swirls folder, then matted it on gold foil cardstock. The swirl and 50 were cut on the cricut using Storybook, and the birds are from Joys Of The Season. I love using those "2 turtle doves" as love birds on cards like this. (Plus I didn't buy the cartridge until after Christmas so I didn't get to use it for the holidays). A nice white and gold card for a golden anniversary--hope they like it! Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swan Decoupage

I managed to get a card done today even with the grandbaby underfoot. It's amazing how much fun a little one can have with a pile of buttons and some old stickers!
This swan was from another decoupage sheet online. The swan was edged with star dust stickles, and liquid glass was applied to the water. I matted the swan background with white cardstock and put some self adhesive pearls in the corners. The black cardstock was embossed with swiss dots. I used the Martha Stewart border punch on it too. Added pink ribbon and more pearls. If you're liking that swan, you can find it HERE . Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lavender Fairy Card

This card is one of my favs--I got to use sooo many toys and goodies on it! Butterflies and the fancy border were done on my cricut. The interior of the frame was embossed on my cuttlebug. I lightly inked it and love how it makes the fairy look like she's right down in the grass. The purple frame was "glitterized" with stickles, and boy did that turn out sparkly. I stamped, colored and cut out the fairy image several times and used foam dots to layer. Liquid glass on her wings and touches of glitter in her hair and skirt make her nice and sparkly too! I finished it off with bunches of primas, gem brads, and tiny rhinestones dotted about. Definately a girly-girls card!

Black and White Anniversary

Here's an anniversary card I made for our soldiers, and it's a great way to get more use from a Christmas cartridge. I cut the 2 turtle doves from Joys Of The Season and matted them 3 times. Can ya tell I really love my ticket punch? Sometimes getting rid of those pointy corners is all you need. I used little touches of red to give this some pop--somehow I just can't do a totally b & w card! Thanks for taking a peek!

Lily stamp card

This is the first time I've used this Lily & Milo stamp and it was perfect for my granddaughter's birthday card. I colored it with Prisma pencils and added just a touch of sparkle to the dress. The blue glitter cardstock is super sparkly. The pattern paper was just some dollar store stuff, but doesn't it go pretty with this? I doodled around the stamped image--my first attempt at that. Thanks for taking a peek!

With Sympathy

Here's a sympathy card I made when I was first experimenting with embossed backgrounds. I stamped and embossed the white cardstock--love the satiny look it gives to it! The bird and branch were cut with the cricut using Home Decor. I added some little pink primas and pearls and stamped the sentiment. Thanks for looking!

Totally scraplifted...

So, I totally stole this card. Well, not the card--I made that! But the idea for it came from some talented individual on, whom shall remain nameless because, well, I'm terrible at remembering names! I thought these colors together were just so striking, I had to do one. The blue paper has been stamped and heat embossed with white powder, as was the sentiment. The white cardstock was embossed with the cuttlebug and a border added with the Martha Stewart lace doily punch. The edges were inked with green, which I also used on white ribbon to make my own matching ribbon. And the brad was one of those plain silver ones you get from a hardware store. I dragged it across my glue pad then dipped it in blue embossing powder and applied heat. I love embossing!

Anniversary card

This is the card I made my husband for our anniversary a few weeks ago. The cuts were made with the Storybook cartridge and I stamped and heat embossed the pink paer, the letters, and the black scallop. Little mini pearls were added to the heart, black scallop, and the center of the little pink flower. The larger flower has a Martha Stewart punched butterfly and a heart brad holding it all together. It may be hard to see, but above LOVE is a rub on Celebrate. Thanks for taking a peek!

Sailboat card

I just love this sailboat stamp for guy cards, and when I found this sentiment stamp, I just had to pair them up together! The stamp is from a series called Words Worth Remembering. I stamped the boat then colored it in and added a touch of stickles. Liquid glass was added to the water. The sentiment was stamped using versawatermark pad (my new fav) and heat embossed with blue powder. The white cardstock was mounted onto blue pearl cardstock (gives it a cool little sheen) and some silver brads added. Thanks for taking a peek!

3D Blue Rose

Here's another 3D card done with a decoupage sheet. This was a little picky to cut out but I think it was worth the effort. The sheet was printed on white cardstock, I and cut out most of the layers--there were one or two I opted to not bother with. I pop dotted the layers with 1/16" foam dots and mounted it on an oval I cut with my nestabilities. I ran the oval through the cuttlebug for added interest. I matted that against a scalloped green oval (also nesties) and mounted that on purple cardstock. I made a scalloped square with nesties and put that peeking out from behind part of the purple. I've seen that done many times and like the effect! I made a swirl on the cricut and shadowed it, added a touch of ribbon and some silver dew drops. I may experiment with a little stickles next time.
So far I have not been able to find where I got the rose, but I'll link it here as soon as I figure it out. Thanks for having a peek!

3D HUGS card

This card was my first attempt at a 3D card using decoupage images. I LOVE how these cards pop! I printed this sheet up on white cardstock and cut out the 8 layers (I did that while watching TV so I didn't feel like I was wasting time). I matted the base background layer on white cardstock, then mounted 4 layers on top of that using 1/16" foam dots. I felt using all 8 layers was too much, and so used the 5 (think every other layer). This is all on a blue mat I embossed with my brand new scor-bug embosser--LOVE the look it gives! Then that's all matted on white and deep rose. I cut HUGS out on the cricut using Alphalicious and shadowed it, then pop dotted that on. Butterflies and branches were made with Martha Stewart punches (used the cuttlebug on the butterflies), and some Making Memories button brads.

The second picture shows the great dimension, and the third one shows what I did inside. I used the remaining 3 images, popped them up and taped it in. The sentiment was computer generated. This card is heavy and thick. It'll be mailed in a bubble envelope.

If you want to try one of your own, here's a link to the image.

Friday, April 24, 2009

In The Beginning...

A couple of people have been asking me if I have a blog. Ummm...what's a "blog"? Then I began noticing links others posted to their sites of musings and creative expressions. I began thinking, "Hmmm, maybe I could do this". And then a year (or two) passed. And after much blood, sweat, and tears, (and a sledgehammer to several laptops--just kidding--sort of), here I am! This is still a work in progress, as am I, and the skills necessary to do work that one dares to display in a public forum! So bear with me as I show off my creations, and my grandkids no doubt, and put in the occasional shameless plug for my daughter's website at And thanks for stopping by Paper Hugs!