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Thinking of You (CTD #108)

4 Sep

A couple of days ago, I ran into some old friends and heard some sad news. I wanted to send them a card and today I had time to create. The color combination at Color Throwdown is perfect for a subtle yet elegant card. See what you think:

The second photo shows details in the card. Look at the yellow background. It is embossed with a Spellbinders Impressabilities template. Also, butterflies’ bodies have a sprinkling of brown Flower Soft. It gives the body dimension while keeping a natural look…it goes in the mail tomorrow.

Important Stuff
Pens Sketch E47 Dark Brown, E04 Lipstick Natural (Copic Markers);
Die Cuts S4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilties® Petite, S5-019 Labels Eight, Wizard™ system, S3-146 Butterflies Two, I2-1006 Flower & Stone Impressabilities (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Nut Brown decorative sprinkles (Flower Soft)

Other Stuff Brown, Kraft cardstocks, Yellow handmade paper, Ultra-fine tan marker


Shabby Chic Thank You card (2S4Y 59)

25 Aug

A simple but wonderful sketch challenge over at 2Sketches4You this week:

And here is my rendition of it:

In this close up you can see some of the intricate machine stitching I did. It is actually a hem stitch with every fifth stitch being created in a zigzag and “couching” the specialty fiber in order to keep it on the card.

It was fun to create and hopefully will be fun to receive.

Important Stuff
Papers ColorMates purple cardstock (WorldWin); Purple patterned paper (Provo Craft); Dark purple textured paper (Core’dinations); Green lined paper (Making Memories)
Stamps Square frame (JustRite Stampers); Stampabilities Thank You (Crafts, Etc!)
Inks/Colorants Memento Lilac dye ink (Tsukineko); Atyou Spica Mint glitter pen (Copic)
Tools/Die Cuts Wizard System, S4-161 Labels One, S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares LG (Spellbinders Paper Arts)

Other Stuff Cream fibers, sewing machine, purple thread, white paper

Sweet Holiday Tags (Caardvarks: August)

6 Aug

Caardvarks teamed up with JustRite® Stampers this month and challenged participants to create Christmas tags and Mini cards with their supplies. JustRite® is one of my faves, so how could I resist.

I chose to use the Christmas cup from the Something Sweet set along with the Sweet Holidays border. This is a 2-3/8″ set. Here is the set of six mini cards:

I think it would make a great gift or maybe it will find its way into my Etsy shop…hmmmm?

To create this set, I began by stamping the image and border onto white cardstock. I colored the cups with glitter pens to give them a bit of shine. {I liked how the pastel colors set off the image but didn’t overwhelm the design.}

I cut the images with Spellbinders™ circle die templates and matted them. Then each got a mini card to reside on {double sided papers cut to 3-1/2×6″, folded in half and torn bottom edge}. Check out the close up.

For some of the cards with dark interiors, I cut/embossed the S4-247 Labels Twelve die template (#3) from white cardstock and adhered it to the inside.

These were fun and quick to create! Thanks for the fun challenge, JRS and Caardvarks.

Important Stuff
Something Sweet, 2-3/8″ round stamper (JustRite® Stampers)
Papers Patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye)
Colorants Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko); AtYou Spica glitter pens: Baby Blue, Blossom, Garnet, Gold, Lilac, Mint, Olive, Peach, Pink, Sand, Silver (Copic)
Die cuts S4-247 Labels Twelve, S4-114 S4-116 Standard Circles LG and SM,  Wizard System (Spellbinders™)
Adhesives Scrapbook Glue Dots (Glue Dots, Intl.)

Other Stuff Assorted ribbons

“Citrus” Memories Board Book (Color TD 104)

5 Aug

I love, love, love this color combination posted by Color Throwdown (#104). It reminds me of citrus fruits: lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, etc…and makes my mouth water with anticipation of a cold summery beverage. Check it out.

When I’m looking for some inspiration to start a project, I sometimes go to my “alter it” drawer. Today, I found a shaped board book just smiling up at me for some attention. I gathered some great papers and went to work.

To alter the board book, I cut the yellow, green and orange papers to 6×6″ and glued the squares using PVA Glue (used by book makers for its great holding power and acid free treatment).

After allowing then to dry a bit, I turned over the page, trimmed it using a craft knife and then sanded the front edges, tearing some pieces for a super distressed look.

To further decorate the pages, I cut/embossed scalloped circles and strips from patterned papers. I glued them to the page overlapping the edges and then allowed them to dry. I used the same trimming technique as the pages. Check it out.

I finished the pages with ribbons, gems and stickers. Here are a couple more images to enjoy.

In a couple of days, I’ll share my technique for airbrushing through Spellbinders die templates. Come back and see.

Important Stuff
Papers Green-Celebrate Pad (Me & My Big Ideas), Yellow (Provo Craft), Green and Orange cardstocks (My Mind’s Eye)
Colorants Sketch Markers YG23 New Leaf, YR09 Chinese Orange (Copic)
Die Cuts S4-252 Big Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two, S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles SM, Wizard™ (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Marcella by Kay, Essential Mini Word Stickers (K&Co.)

Other Stuff Shaped chipboard book, hole punch, ribbons, gems, sandpaper

Dream Clipboard (Color Throwdown #103)

4 Aug

I saw this color combination over at the Color Throwdown blog and it really reminded me of strawberries but for some reason (maybe the fact that I just got some new stamps, not including strawberries) when I put this little project together there were no strawberries. It’s funny how the brain begins in one place and ends in a totally different one.

Although I’m late to enter the challenge, I figured I might as well share with you all anyway.

And here are the papers and some of the other supplies I chose:

I had a mini clipboard hanging on my bulletin board above my craft table for some time…can’t even remember where I got it. I thought it would be a cute project (at least I hoped it would…you decide)

Want to make one? Here are some quick tips…

  • Cover the back and front with tan cardstock, cutting the cardstock larger than the clipboard. Sand the edges of the paper to get a perfectly fitting edge.
  • If you are unable to remove the clipping mechanics, measure and notch.

  • Cut ruched paper with Spellbinders Labels One and Floral Accents. Cut celery paper with heart from Decorative Photo Corners. Stencil as desired.
  • Trim a 2″ ruched paper strip for the front. Distress edges and adhere.
  • Stamp Rubbernecker’s Woman with Parasol (three times) and Mystic Dream onto cut celery paper.
  • Cut the stamped woman with Petite Scalloped Ovals, SM. Use Copic markers to color shoes and parasol.
  • Use Air Brush System to color the dress. Cut it out. Cut out the woman’s arm from the third stamped image. Layer elements onto scalloped oval and add, along with the Labels One, to the back of the clipboard.
  • Hand print “dreamy” words around the label on the back.
  • Add heart to top of clip and Floral Accent just behind.

There are so many things you can do to decorate this little dude. Why not pick some up today and give it a whirl.

Important Stuff
Papers Red ruched and Light Coffee Brown (WorldWin); Chloe’s Closet green patterned (Making Memories)
Stamps Woman with Parasol, Mystic Dream (Rubbernecker)
Colorants Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko); Sketch R85 Rose Red, YR61 Yellowish Skin Pink, Airbrush System, Garnet Spica Glitter pens (Copic)
Die cuts S3-107 Decorative Photo Corners, S4-161 Labels One, S4-199 Floral Accents, Wizard System (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Adhesives Glue Dots, EZ-Dots dispenser (Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L)

Other Stuff Sandpaper, PVA Glue

Thanks for stopping by…Cheers, Eli

Welcome Friends (Color Throwdown 100)

9 Jul

Although the Color Throwdown challenge blog is celebrating their 100th challenge. CONGRATS!!! It’s a first for me. I often visit but just never set my mind to it. Today was the beginning of something new, I loved it. Here is the challenge:

I gathered cardstocks and this is what I chose. (The lower right corner shows the pages for the guest book.)

I created a guest book for friends who are newly married and have a cute little apartment. I thought it would be fun for their marriage as they adventure through life.

This was fun to put together. I began cutting: rose background squares, red scalloped oval, celery oval, blue border…

To create the blue border, I first cut/embossed the s4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite. Then I airbrushed through the stencil holes.

to get this…

I cut the border into four pieces… in half vertically and horizontally. I made two identical borders to go all the way around the 6×6″ square cover.

I used a long rectangular stamper from JustRite™ to stamp “WELCOME” in the celery oval. Then I stamped the friends stamp with a border onto the blue cardstock and cut/embossed it with the S4-194 Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles LG. I gave the ink a bit of sparkle with a blue glitter pen.

I adhered all the pieces, punched the coil holes, added the coil binding and finished it with ribbons. Voila! Gift is ready.

Important Stuff
Papers Pink metallic (WorldWin), Blue and Red (Core’dinations), dot paper Feelin Groovy “Blue Sky” Forget Me Not (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps Curls letter stamps, Friends circle stamp, Stitched with Love border, Horizontal Stamper, Circle Stamper (JustRite® Stampers)
Inks/Colorants Memories Bluebird Pigment ink (Superior); Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko); Atyou Spica Sky Blue, Clear glitter pens, R29 Lipstick Red Sketch Marker, Airbrush System (Copic)
Tools/Trimmers Bind-it-All binding system, Silver coil binding, Wire cutters (Zutter); S4-194 Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles LG, S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals LG, s4-244 Fair Isle Borderabilities® Petite

Other Stuff Ribbons, celery cardstock, PVA glue, dimensional adhesive

Sketch Challenge at PPRS

17 Jun

I’ve heard it said that the third time is the charm, and I sure hope it is true because this sketch over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, took me three tries to get something that I am proud to post. (Some weeks are just like that, you know.)

So, first, go over to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the sketch. Then grab some time in your craft space and create something lovely. Here is what I managed to create by try #3.

I love how the little birds have the door open and are welcoming…so it occurred to me to make this a guest book. I can imagine lots of other sentiments: summer love, spring awakening, bliss, friends, the list goes on. There are so many reasons to love this stamp. Here is a close up:

To add some special touches to this, I used Copic Markers to color parts of the image and airbrushed around it to give the impression of the sky.

I added a few die cuts, some dimensional adhesive, a few stickers and a fabric flower that I colored to match. So let’s see what you got!!

Here’s a close up of the title! It’s subtle but important and yes, I used a pencil to write “Welcome!”

Important Stuff
Stamp Flourish Bird Cage (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Ink/Colorants Archival Ink, Sepia (Ranger), Sketch Markers-B32 Pale Blue, R85 Rose Red, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green (Copic)
Papers Pink textured paper (Die Cuts with a View), Spring Fling patterned paper (Making Memories), 6×6″ Chipboard Covers (Zutter)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, white 1/2″ coil (Zutter), Wizard, S4-140 Petite Ovals, SM; S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals SM , S4-217 In Spades Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Glitter Brad (Creative Impressions),
Adhesives Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Sticky Strips (Therm o Web)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, PVA glue, wire cutters, pencil

You’re the Best (Sketch Challenge)

5 May

Stamper’s Dream and JustRite Stampers…what a fabulous combination. This week Stamper’s Dream is sponsoring a sketch challenge using JustRite Stampers. I couldn’t pass that up. You can see the info about the challenge and the sketch, of course, on Stamper’s Dream’s blog or on JustRite Stampers blog.

First, let me share the card I created. I had a friend in mind while I was making it and that always makes it so meaningful. I will give it to her today.

I was going for a shabby-chic look here and I think I found it.

Some features of this card, include: The embossed chipboard is a Glimmer Chip from Tattered Angels and I lightly colored the embossing with a Copic Marker and then, using several thin layers, I added Liquid Laminate from Beacon Adhesives.

To make the Glimmer Chip stand out even more, I sandwiched it between a Scalloped Oval die-cut from Spellbinders and a die cut and stamped oval. (Here are my JustRite stamps). Add a couple patterned papers, a satin bow, a torn edge and there you have it: shabby chic-ness for a good friend.

Here’s a close-up of the medallion.

Important Stuff
Stamps: You’re the Best, Damask 1 Letter Borders, 1-5/8″ round stamper (JustRite® Stampers)
Die CutsS4-217 In Spades Borderabilities™ Petite, S4-138 Petite Ovals (#2, counting from the center), S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals, LG (#4), S4-202 Deckled Rectangle, LG (#5) (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Paper: Orchid/Green, green and brown patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye), Clear Vellum (WorldWin), Glimmer Chip (Tattered Angels), Purple textured cardstock (Core’dinations)
Adhesive: Zip Dry, Liquid Laminate (Beacon Adhesives)
Inks and colorants: Sketch Marker V04 Lilac, E47 Dark Brown (Copic)

Other Stuff
Corner rounder punch, Brown Satin ribbon, White detail embossing powder, sandpaper

Prickley Pear comes to Frillions

19 Apr

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be designing with a fabulous company, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps®, “Where Classic Meets Whimsy.” This is an amazing stamp company with over 600 designs from florals to fairies, pirates to polka dots and vintage to valentine’s. Definitely go check it out.

My first post HAD to be with this new, brilliant image of the 50’s Lady.

The look on her face just cried out for a little sarcasm. That’s how I came up with the sentiment, “Thanks…I think.”

WARNING: If you decide to create a card using this as an inspiration, please only send it to friends with a sense of humor. (LOL)


  1. Stamp 50’s Lady onto color copy paper with black dye ink.
  2. Color the image using Copic Markers.
  3. Cut/emboss image using S4-144 Long Rectangles SM, #5 (count the center as #1)
  4. Airbrush in the center of the image with it still in the die template.
  5. Using a black pen write “I think” in a conversation bubble.
  6. Cut/emboss dot paper using S4-145 Long Scalloped Rectangles SM, #5
  7. Trim striped paper to 3-1/2×5″
  8. Trim textured yellow cardstock to 4×12″; fold in half for 4×6″ card base.
  9. Edge the papers (as shown) with brown marker.
  10. Adhere paper elements to card placing them (as seen) above the card fold.
  11. Add a letter bead to a decorative pin, {I colored mine with Copic Sketch Marker first.} and drop a tiny bit of gem glue into the bead.
  12. Add another letter and continue until the sentiment is complete.
  13. Lay aside to dry. Add to the card with more gem glue.
  14. Send to one of your sassy girlfriends.

I think she’s ready for her close-up:

Important Stuff
Stamps 50’s Lady (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps®)
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Papers Brown dot and blue/brown stripe (My Mind’s Eye)
Die Templates S4-144 Long Classic Rectangles SM, S4-145 Long Scalloped Rectangles SM (Spellbinders)
Sketch B32 Pale Blue, E11 Barely Beige, E39 Leather, G21 Lime Green, O Colorless Blender Markers; AtYou Spica Peach glitter pen (Copic)
Adhesives Gem-Tac (Beacon); Pop-up and Craft Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff Yellow cardstock, ultrafine black pen, letter beads, heart pin

Spring Fling (CPS 158)

15 Mar

The air is warm and I am feeling it. I just got a stamp set that has a Paris flair and I knew that it would be perfect for a Spring theme. I saw the sketch at Card Positioning Systems (CPS) #158 and thought it was perfect for this theme. Here is the sketch:

So I stamped the fresh Parisian on a scooter and colored with Copic Markers. I cut out the image and adhered it to blue patterned paper that I cut/embossed with a Spellbinders Labels die template.

Then a stamped sentiment and layers of cardstock and a ribbon accent. I think it turned out fab. Here is a little close up on the colored image.

Important Stuff:

Die Cuts: Wizard™, S4-233 Labels Nine (#5, counting #1 at the center), S4-114 Standard Circles LG (Spellbinders™)
Papers: Cream textured cardstock and Lime Caribbean Colors cardstock (WorldWin), Blue patterned paper (Fancy Pants)
Stamps: Paris in the Spring (Stampin’Up!), Spring Fling (Studio g)
Embellishments: Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Colorants: Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink (Tsukineko), Sketch Markers: BV01 Viola, E11 Bareley Beige, E57 Light Walnut, RV11 Pink, W5 Warm Gray No. 5, YG23 New Leaf (Copic)

Other Stuff: PVA Glue

One more look:

Hey, thanks for checking in and we’ll see you soon. Happy Creating. Eli