Saturday, January 31, 2009

Our Craft Lounge Pat the Dog

Happy Saturday, Everyone!! I decided to work on a card using Our Craft Lounge "Pat the Dog"!! I've been working on so many different things that I haven't had the chance to ink up my Our Craft Lounge stamps for the past weeks.

I finally had a chance to ink up the image and finish up the card but now that I look at the card, I should have used a Valentines sentiment.

Not to change the subject but just wondering. . .are you a multi-tasker? I'm a multi-tasker with a single focused mentality. You're saying you can't be a multi-tasker if you can only focus on a single thing at a time. There's the true multi-tasker . . .for example, some mother's can rock their baby's swing with their foot while watching TV and make a card while talking on the phone all at the same time. LOL!! Now that is what you call a multi-tasker.

I'm a multi-tasker in that I'll work on 5 different things but one at a time. For example, I'll fold the laundry and half way through the process, I'll remember that I need to go to the grocery store so I'll change my clothes and get ready to go out but for some reason, I'll step into my craft room and I'll see an image that I stamped so I'll start coloring the image. I'll do it part way and walk out, head to the grocery store, return home and remember that I need to vacuum the house. so I'll start to vacuum.

As I'm vacuuming towards the laundry room, I remembered that I did not finish folding the laundry so I'll stop vacuuming and start to fold the laundry. I'll finish it and decide I'm hungry so I'll eat lunch, watch a little TV and remember that I need to bring the dogs out into the yard. I'll then play with them for a little while then return to the house and walk past my laptop and check my email. I'll check my blog, comment a few people then return and finish off my vacuuming.

You see. . .I can do many things but single focused and quite disorganized. I eventually will complete everything that I'm suppose to do but it comes in different parts and there's time when I don't finish things and everything is half way done. LOL!!

Anyway, back to my card. I colored the image with my Copic Markers and drew the heart flower background and grass and added a bit of SU Crystal Effects. That's about it!!

Stop by Our Craft Lounge and check out their awesome stamp sets.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!! I think we're going to go bowling today instead of Sunday or watch a movie at the theatre. See ya' all later!!

Card Details:

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge Pat the Dog
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Designer paper (not sure - I used my scraps)
Ink: Copic Markers
Accessories: Paper cord, Fiskar mini scallop scissors, SU Crystal Effects, Coluzzle Circle Template, CB Embossing Folder, SU Photo Corner punch, Joann large brads

Friday, January 30, 2009

Embossed/Copic Tinted Elegant Image Tutorial

Hiya Everyone!! Remember yesterday I said that I was going to create an elegant card? Well, here's my elegant card. I had bought this really cute cube stamp that has 4 images on a square cube months ago and never used it. Well, last night I decided to ink it up. . .finally! LOL!

I thought embossing the image would be really nice so I embossed it and colored the image using my Copic Markers rather than just embossing it.

I created a short tutorial on how I did it. I mean it's simple but if you need instructions scroll down and check out the tutorial.

I didn't know what to title my tutorial so I just called it "Embossed/Copic Tinted Elegant Image".

I found this cute button in my scrap box and I thought it would go perfect with the embossed design.

Not much chit-chatting today. . .I need to pick up my daughter from school soon so I'll save my chit-chat for tomorrow.

Card Details:

Stamps: Stampendous Tiled Quad Cube, Heidi Grace, Fiskar clear stamps
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Copic markers, Versamark
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Joanns scrap essential, organdy ribbon, button (?)

Embossed/Copic Tinted Elegant Image Tutorial


1 Very Light Shade Copic Markers (E02)
1 Medium Shade Copic Marker (RV42)
Neutral Card Stock (Creamy Caramel)
Versamark Ink or Embossing ink
Gold Embossing Powder (or any color desired)
Heating Tool
Elegant/Swirl Rubber Stamp

Stamp the image on to a neutral card stock using Versamark or Embossing ink

Apply embossing powder to the image and heat emboss the image. Metallic colored embossing powder works really nicely with elegant or swirl images

Using the lighter shade Copic Marker (E02), color the whole image

With the medium shade Copic Marker (RV42), shade parts of the image.

When you're done, parts of the image are shaded as shown in the picture

Run the edge of your card stock on to the Versamark ink (similar to swiping your credit card through a machine), apply the embossing powder, and heat it with a heating tool. This will give a subtle embossed frame around the image

This completes this tutorial. Design your card as desired.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

InStyle Stamps Thankful Thursday Sketch Challenge

Hey Everyone!! This is my second post of the day! Wow, I'm rock n' rollin! Today is InStyle Stamps "Thankful Thursday Sketch Challenge" Yipee. I wanted to be a good DT member so I decided to participate in the challenge!! I've been challenge happy lately. LOL!

Stop by InStyle Stamps for the full details of this challenge and to check out the sketch.

Some simple guidelines:

1. The project needs to include the work “Thanks” in some form.

2. You do not have to use an ISS stamp. However, if you have one, pull it out and use it.

3. All participants must post a link to their project in this post no later than Wednesday, February 4th before 11:59 pm PST.

4. The winner will be announced Thursday, February 5th with the next Thankful Thursday Sketch Challenge.

5. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If not claimed within that time, another winner will be chosen.

6. Those that hold a design position of any kind with ISS are ineligible, but are welcomed to participate.

This week’s prize is Iris Lil’ Davis Designs Tinsel Town Glitter Glaze. Just beautiful stuff!

If you upload your project to PCP or SCS, please use keyword ISSTT1-29 to make it easier to locate. Thanks!

Stop by and check out the other cards created by the fabulous Instyle DT:

Just a little info on my card. I decided to use "Marti" for my card. Not sure why. . .I just chose it randomly! All of the Instyle Stamps images are all so pretty so it doesn't matter which stamp you use!!

Again. . .I did the dots thing. I've been feeling dotty lately!! LOL!! I followed as close to the sketch as possible but I wanted to use the pretty Prima flower so rather than a rectangle shaped sentiment, I decided to make a circle one.

Anyway, stop by InStyle Stamps and check out their awesome stamps!!

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone. . .p.s. scroll down to check up my other post for today!! I also posted a project on Card Inspired. I've been busy. . .:)

Card Details:

Stamps: InStyle Stamps Marti, Heidi Grace
Paper: SU Cool Carribean, Pumpkin Crunch, My Minds Eye designer paper
Ink: Copic markers, Sakura Gel pen
Accessories: Prima flowers, Fiskar border punch, Fiskar mini scallop scissors, organdy ribbon, 1 1/4" circle punch, SU Ticket Corner punch, SU Crystal Effects

Kiki Square Coat Card

Hi Everyone!! I decided to create another "Square Coat Card" using Pink Cat Studio Kiki Kitty. Meow. . .LOL!!

Isn't she adorable with her balloons or what? I had such fun creating this card!!

I was going to post this card yesterday but I needed to announce the Pink Cat Studio challenge so I switched the cards to be posted.

My goal for this weekend is to create an elegant card. I tend to create cute cards and I've been wanting to be all sophisticated and such. . .LOL!! I'm going to look through a few techniques and come up with something elegant.

Anyway. . as you can see, the card opens open up like a gate fold card. . .similar but different!! Click here for the tutorial on this Square Coat Card.

Isn't this the 3rd Square Coat Card you've made already, Maria? LOL! Yeah. . it's so easy to create and it's different from my regular cards so I wanted to milk it just one more time!!

Anyway. . .I don't have much to say today. I'm sorta busy right now. . .on the subject of busy. . .I better work on my laundry before I forget to do it again!!

Hey stop by my Card Inspired blog site and check out the "Altered Shortbread Cookie Tin" project!

Hope you all have a fabulous day and don't forget to stop by Pink Cat Studio website and PCP Site!!

Card Details:

Stamp: PCS Kiki Kitty
Paper: K&Co designer paper, SU Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Copic Markers
Accessories: Organdy ribbon, Round corner punch, hemp cord

Photo of the Day
My Little Helper

Meet my little helper. . .Roomba! (Robotic vacuum) LOL! Seriously. . .he helps me out a lot. Without him, our house would be a little bit dustier, our floor a bit dirtier, and with his help every other day at 9:00 am (he is scheduled to work at that time), he has kept my floor clean. I have major allergies and he has been so helpful. Because he turns on all by himself, goes on his merry way and vacuum the house and returns to his charger all by himself, I don't have to think about it. We have two of these little helpers, one upstairs and one downstairs. You're like. . .sheesh, Maria are you that lazy? LOL! No. . .I vacuum regularly the normal way but Roomba maintains our carpet and wood floor.

Roomba is forbidden to enter my craft room. It's a hazard zone and detrimental to his health. I have too many little things on the floor. . .ribbons, card stock, beads that sometimes makes him sick so he can't vacuum my craft room! LOL! Do any of you have a Roomba? Isn't he a sweetheart or what?!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

LOVE My Pink Cat Stamps - Challenge and Contest

Hi Friends!! Pink Cat Studio has a challenge and contest in progress!! It started today and will end February 10th!! Scroll down for all the yummy details!! I decided to participate in the challenge and created this Square Coat Card. I created a tutorial for this card yesterday. . .Click Here for the Tutorial.

I used my Pink Cat Studio "Lily Billy Sweethearts" stamp set. The 4 elements of my card spells "LOVE" (you'll understand what I'm talking about when you read the challenge details)

Okay. . .here are my four elements:

L - Lace
O - Oval
V - Valentines
E - Embellishment

Not very original but I tried! LOL!! I colored Lily with my Copic Markers and while making this card, I was channeling "Markie's Mom" with all the dots!! LOL! Seriously. . .I thought of her when I was drawing the dots on my card.

I decided to add that swirly thing sorta last minute. . .what do you think? Does it enhance or make my card look gaudy? I guess it depends on your perspective, huh!!

Anyway, hope you all will stop by PCP Pink Cat Studio Group Site and play along!! You may win a yummy prize!!

Card Details:

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Lily & Billy Sweethearts, Autumn Leaves
Paper: Prima Inc., SU Berry Bliss, Rose Red
Ink: Copic Markers, SU Rose Red, Sakura gel pen
Accessories: Fiskar Cloud Scissors, SU Key Tag Punch, Lace, Making Memories Heart Brad

LOVE My Pink Cat Stamps – Challenge
hosted by Janna Hull

Challenge Description:

Since Valentine's Day is coming up fast, I have a LOVE themed Challenge for you! But this isn't any old love themed challenge, this is a special one!

My challenge for you is to create a card or project with at least four elements (you can have more if you would like), but four of your elements have to spell LOVE.

For example, you can use Layers, Ovals, Violet, and Embellishments; see spells love. Or you could use Lily, Owls, Very pretty sequins and Emerald brads. Spells love. The possibilities are endless and yes, V can stand for very! Just remember that four of your elements must spell LOVE. Have Fun, can't wait to see what you come up with!

Date the challenge ends:Tuesday February 10th, 5 pm EST


A Pink Cat Studio stamp must be used as the main stamp on the card or project. It is okay to use stamps from other companies as well. Your entry can be a card or any type of 3D project.To be eligible for the prize you must upload your card before the deadline to your Paper Craft Planet gallery and include the tag PCSDTC1. You may enter only 1 project for this challenge.If you have questions about this challenge, please post them in the challenge discussion thread in the Pink Cat Studio group on Paper Craft Planet. Here is a link to the group:


On February 11th, a winner will be chosen by a random draw from all of the challenge participants. The winner will receive a grab bag of Pink Cat Studio stamps. The winner will be announced in the PCP challenge discussion thread and on the Pink Cat Studio blog. Some cards from the challenge will be displayed on the PCS blog and all entries will go into the PCP gallery.

Sweet Spring Card

Hello Friends!! Just a card I created! Ummm, yah. . .LOL! Of course it's a card you created, Maria! Silly.
No, I did not draw the bench this time around but I did draw the grass, little flowers and butterfly! You should try drawing stuff yourself. It's just doodling stuff. . .you don't have to be a good drawer or anything like that. It's just fun to add your own scenery!

Anyway. . .I had fun creating this card. The image is Magnolia . . .darn I don't know the name of the stamp. .. the stamp is downstairs in the family room. Anyway, check out Jen's store "Little C's Stamps n' Things" and you can find a whole buttload of Magnolia stamps. I got this stamp from her store.

I colored my image using my Copic Markers and added a bit of stickles to the wings of the butterfly and the girl image.

The designer paper is also from Little C's! I thought the paper matched so nicely with the colors of my image. Because the dp is already all by itself. . .I didn't add more to my card except the "All Natural Accents" flowers. . .again from LIttle C's, the ribbon, paper clip, and sentiment.

You're like. . .that's a lot. . .well, trust me I could have added more but I didn't want to go overboard! KWIM?

Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous day!!

Card Details:

Stamp: Magnolia, Fiskar clear stamps (sentiment)
Paper: From Little C's (don't know the brand name)
Ink: Copic Markers, SU Blue Bayou
Accessories: All Natural Accents, Paper clip, Satin ribbon (?), Hemp cord, Provocraft Scallop Scissors, Coluzzle Circle Template

Photo of the Day

Not So Perfect Form

On Sunday we went bowling. . .we wanted to go "Cosmic Bowling" but it was too crowded. We decided to return and bowl when the crowd died down a bit but Cosmic Bowling was already over. Shucks! I love Cosmic Bowling.

Sorry for the picture of my behind and worse, not in perfect form! Argggh!! I actually bowl sort of weird. I tend to bend down real low when I throw the ball. I didn't do to well this week. I only bowled a 99. My daughter, believe it or not, had 4 strikes in one round. I was impressed. Anyway. . .we had a fun time bowling. You should try it. . .bring your kids. It's a fun family activity. . .bring them to Cosmic bowling if your bowling alley has it. . .your kids will love it!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Announcement!!! Christmas Group Blog Debut

Come and join the group site on Paper Craft Planet
Click on the banner below or here

Hello, Friends!! I have a big announcement to make! I started a group blog called "Chistmas Stampin' All Year Long". Stop by and I would love, love, love to have you play along. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and the card above is my sample. Check out the other blog member's samples. . .all their cards are "inspirational"!!

Were you behind on you Christmas cards and handmade gifts last year? Did you feel overwhelmed during the holidays trying to catch up on creating your cards? Did you fail in sending your Christmas cards on time or not send any at all?

Well, this challenge blog is the place for you to get motivated to start NOW!!! Each week, I'll post a challenge (sketch, color combo and others) each and the group members will show samples of their cards on the group blog.

You can participate by creating a card based on the challenge and commenting on the post with the link to your picture from your blog, SCS photo, PCP photo, or online album. You may also send the photo to my email address

I will upload your card photo on to an album on Paper Craft Planet so everyone can see your lovely work. This blog site is primarily a motivational site but from time to time, I may do a contest . . .maybe once a month and I'll have the group members vote on which card they liked best.

Anyway. . .stop by the group blog today and check out are first challenge and the samples!! I hope this challenge blog will help you to get motivated to create your Christmas cards.
Meet the Chistmas Stampin All Year Long blog members are:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

InStyle Method Monday Challenge - Square Coat Card Tutorial

Hi Everyone!!! It's Method Monday Challenge time again at InStyle Stamps!! Whoohoo! This week is my turn to create a tutorial so it would be fabulous if you all play along!!

I decided to use an old tutorial I created over a year ago but an updated version of it using InStyle Stamps!! Yay!!

This week's Method Monday tutorial is a "Square Coat Card". Basically, it's a gate fold type of card with a twist. . .a "coat" wraps around the base card and closes with a ribbon at the center!! For my card, I decided to use my "Pam and Buster" image because Pam is gorgeous and Buster. . .well, he is adorable. I colored my image and my background using my Copic Markers.

Anyway, stop by InStyle Stamps blog! To play along, post a comment on the InStyle posting of this tutorial with the link to the picture of your card from your blog site, SCS photo, PCP photo, or photo album. If you're uploading your card at PCP, tag it with "InStyle" or "ISSMM1-26" so it'll be easy to find.

You don't have to use InStyle stamps to play. . .just follow the challenge! Have fun!!

Hope you try it out. . .don't forget to scroll down for the tutorial!!

Check out the other cards by the InStyle Design Team:

Square Coat Card Tutorial

5 x 10" card stock folded in half to create a 5 x 5" card base
5 1/2 x 9 1/2" card stock for the outer coat
2 x 11 1/4" strip scrapbook or patterned paper
Round corner punch (optional)
1/2" circle punch (optional)
1/8" circle punch
Glue or double sided tape
Card fits into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" square envelope

Score the 5 x 10" card stock at 5" to create a 5 x 5" square card base
To create the "outer coat", score down the 5 1/2 x 9 1/2"card stock at 2" on the 9 1/2" side. Score on both ends of the card stock.

This will create a flap on both ends of the "coat".


Punch the corners of your card base, "coat" and 2 x 11 1/4" strip of designer paper

Adhere the 2 x 11 1/4" designer paper centered on to the "coat".


To create a "washer", punch a card stock with the 1/2" circle punch. Punch two circle shapes.

Fold the "coat" at the score line, the center strip should be centered at the front of your card Adhere the circle card stock to the ends of the 2 x 11 1/4" strips as shown in the picture
As an option, rather than creating a washer, you may use a large brad


Punch a hole through the center of the washer using a 1/8" hole puncher

Your washers should appear as shown in the picture

Decorate your 5 x 5" card base as desired
Adhere the 5 x 5" card to the "coat" centered as shown in the picture

Thread a ribbon through the front strip as shown in the picture

Tie a bow. This completes the "Square Coat Card"

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