Thursday, June 20, 2013

Got Tools?

How adorable is this image? Can you see why I love Doodle Pantry so much? This card was created using the Handy Birdie set from the May 2013 release. I used Laurie's pre-colored image because I've been dying to have a green bird, but haven't been able to color him correctly myself. But, why mess with perfection anyway, right? I also used one of her fabulous designer papers from the set, and the Got Tools? sentiment, as well. All of the individual pieces have been distressed with Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin' Up! The workshop apron is a cut file from Silhouette of America's online store. It started out life as a grilling apron, but I changed it up a little bit. I added the pocket on the front and then put some small metal tool charms that I had inside it. I also added a metal clip on the neck of the apron and 2 metal nailheads where the ties meet. The original cut file had the card squared off on the right side, so I hand-cut it to keep the shape in apron form.

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Baby Boy Shoes

This is my second card using this digital image set from Doodle Pantry called Baby Shoes.  Can you tell I just love it? I needed another baby card, so I used up all the stuff I had left over from the other card. I had printed the baby shoes 3 times and only used 2, so I used the 3rd one here. I know you probably can't tell in the picture, but that is a frame on top of the white card stock the image is on. Marvelous Squares by Spellbinders. I used the pre-colored version of the image Laurie did because I just don't think I could color them better. The designer paper is also from the set. The sentiment is silver glitter alphabet stickers that I colored blue with a Copic marker. I used clear crystal bling around the entire square of the designer paper in each of the centers.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Birthday Fish Tank

This is a project that is very dear to me. It is for my nephew Ryan. He LOVES fish tanks and I thought it would be wonderful to make him one that he doesn't have to change the water or feed the fish.. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but that goes to Kerri Hortle. Here is a link to her card on Pinterest. The moment I saw this, I knew I would make one for my nephew. Isn't she clever?

So, here are the details on how this was made. I cut the box on my Silhouette Cameo using a cut file from a 3d fern box. It was square, so I had to manipulate it a bit, and I only used one piece from the cut file and removed the fern from the inside of it. I just didn't want to buy another box cut file. I measured and cut a piece of acetate to put on the inside to enclose the box. The background was made using Encaustic Wax on white card stock. I cut the piece to be a little bigger than the box and scored and cut the edges to make the inside of the box. That way, I could glue the sides of the bottom box to the top box to keep everything inside. I had to use glue dots, because the wax wouldn't hold white glue.

I used black lava rocks from my stash for the bottom of the ocean. This was done by squeezing a generous portion of Martha Stewart white glue (dries clear) along the bottom edge, pouring the lava rock on top and setting aside to dry completely before dumping the excess back into the container. The coral was made using a McGill punch and then dipping it into colored UTEE using the melting pot. I did the orange first, and then added green and got this dark green effect. The fish are from Gina K. Design's Under the Sea set.  They were stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic markers (orange fish - YR12, YR14, YR16; starfish - E11, E13; yellow & blue fish - Y04, Y06, Y08, BG02, BG05; turtle - YG21, YG23, YG25). One of the fish was stamped onto a clear block and then onto card stock, so I could get it faced in the opposite direction.

I mounted the fishtank on a piece of black card stock, then added a 3-tiered, sponged set of rectangles and then the metal sentiment (Tim Holtz Ideaology Word Bands) and then used black metal circles to make it look anchored.

I had the best time making this card. It has already gone into the mail to him today and I'm praying it makes it in one piece. I hope it doesn't get crushed.

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Angel Baby

For this card, I used one of the new June release sets from Doodle Pantry called Oh Baby. This set is spectacular for all kinds of baby cards. Laurie created some fabulous designer papers for this set as well. Just look at all the great images you get with this one:

I chose the pre-colored images to create this card. They are perfectly colored. I printed the onesie in pink and 3 of the safety pins in pink, yellow and blue. I hand-cut the onesie and used Spellbinder's classic circles to cut out the safety pins. I did a horizontal flip on the yellow safety pin so it would be facing the opposite direction. All of the card stock is Stampin' Up! (Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and Barely Banana). After using the circle die on the safety pins, and a larger die for the coordinating color of card stock, I used the coordinating ink in the center of the circles. I then layered them, popped them up, and then added coordinating crystals to each and then coordinating smaller crystals around the edge of the circle. The onesie was cut and layered on white card stock that was distressed with Barely Banana ink and then layered onto the designer paper that comes with the set and then once more onto Bashful Blue card stock. The white card stock base was also distressed with Barely Banana ink. The word "Angel" is a stamp from Gina K. Design's Wee Tee's set. I added a crystal at the collar and 3 silver pearls at the bottom to represent snaps on a onesie.

There is still time for you to pop over to the Doodle Pantry Blog and play in our challenge. You will receive the Quirky Stork set just for playing along. If you are the winner, you will receive a gift certificate to use in the Doodle Pantry store. The challenge ends June 24th.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Birthday Eagle

I got the idea for the design layout of this card from one that I repinned in Pinterest. I just loved this layout. The card stock is all Stampin' Up! (Ivory and Early Espresso). I used Early Espresso ink to distress the Ivory card stock and to stamp the sentiment, which is a set called Birthday Greetings from Stampin' Up! The Eagle is a cut and print file from Silhoutte's online store. I colored the Eagle some time ago, and unfortunately, did not write down the Copic marker numbers used. I did use Inkssentials white opaque gel pen on the head and in various parts of the feathers. I finished off the card with brown stitched ribbon from Gina K. Designs and brown metal nail heads from my stash.

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Bling Birthday Peony

I got the idea for this card from a card I pinned on Pinterest. I used Pixie Pink and Pretty in Pink inks from Stampin' Up! to distress the opposite corners. The peony is an 8-layer cut file from Silhouette, which I cut out of pink card stock, with a lighter pink center. I used Pixie Pink ink to distress all 8 layers before bending them a little and gluing them together. The bling is 2 pieces from my stash. I layered the white card stock onto a small piece of black and then onto pink.The sentiment is from Gina K. Design's Arranged with Love set.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013


This is my entry for Tuesday's Color challenge over at The Outlawz. This week's color combination is Apricot, Dusky Pink and Cream. The added twist is to use 3 or more layers.

For this card, I used another spectacular Doodle Pantry image. This set is called I Will Survive. Here is a picture of all the wonderful images you get in this set.

I didn't use a sentiment on the outside of the card because I think the image speaks for itself. But, there is a wonderful quote from Emily Dickinson that comes with this set that I used on the inside of the card. I took one of Laurie's pre-colored images, removed the colored background and printed it on ivory card stock. I re-colored the image using Copic markers - Y15 for the bird's body; YR14 for the beak and feet; RV13 for the ribbon. I used Spellbinder's Marvelous Squares die to cut the image out and mounted it on melon card stock. The designer paper is unknown from my stash, but I used YR14 to color some of the dots and layered that on apricot card stock. I then layered that on more melon card stock and then ivory card stock for the base. The flowers are a die from Cheery Lynn. I finished the card off with 2 apricot and 10 raspberry goosebumps from Queen & Co.

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God Bless America

This is my entry for the Monday Greeting Card challenge over at The Outlawz. The challenge this week is Stars and/or Stripes.

For this challenge, I used one of the new sets released this month from Doodle Pantry. This set is called Freedom Eagle, and is just one of several awesome patriotic sets Laurie has created.  Here is an image of all the wonderful images and paper you get in this set:

I started off with her pre-colored image with the banner. I added the sentiment "America" inside the banner before printing. I pulled the image into my Silhouette Cameo software and traced the image to make a print and cut file. I then made 2 outlines to go around the image, both using white card stock (the first layer I used Brilliant Blue ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the outer edges and the second layer I left white). After printing and cutting the image, I re-colored some portions of the image. I used Copic markers, a Marvy Glitter marker and an Inkssentials White Opaque gel pen. I used E27 and E29 on the Eagle's wings and body and then used the Inkssentials White Opaque gel pen on the tips of the wings. I used a Sakura clear glitter pen on the tips of the arrows. I used a red Marvy Glitter marker around the banner, then used R00 to pull the color into the banner to give it shading. I used E40 on the Eagle's head, and then used the white opaque gel pen over the top of that for dimension. I used G28 on the leaves for added depth. The shield was left exactly how Laurie colored it. Using pop dots, I layered the image on the inked outline and then onto the white outline. The designer paper is from the stamp set. I typed the "God Bless" portion of the sentiment on my computer using the Colonna MT font, which was a good match for Laurie's "America" sentiment. I used the small oval punch from Stampin' Up! to punch that out, and added 3 little red star crystals. To finish the card, I used Queen and Co.'s Goosebump stars in red, clear and blue and put then diagonally on both sides of the focal image.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

1st Birthday

This is a card I created for our Great Nephew Scottie, who will be 1 year old next month.

 For this card, I chose to use Birthday Birdie from Doodle Pantry. I think this is one of the most adorable images for a 1st birthday card. The image, sentiment and designer paper are all from the set. I know I have said this before, but Laurie's designer papers are incredible. I took my color palette from the designer paper to color the image. I used the following Copic markers for this project: cupcake wrapper, candle, hat & some sprinkles - BG02, BG05, BG07 and BG09; candle flame, beak and feet - Y35 and Y38; ground - G40; some sprinkles and pom pom - V06 and V09; cake - E33; frosting - E40; bird and some sprinkles - Y02, Y04 and Y06. I also added some small clear crystals with the sprinkles to give it a look of sugar. I added a yellow balloon brad next to the sentiment. The image was layered onto a small piece of black card stock, then the designer paper and then yellow card stock.

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Thankful for You

This is my entry for Sunday's CAS Challenge over at The Outlawz.

This card was made using the negative space of a flower I had cut from black card stock with my Silhouette Cameo. The cut file is from their online store. I glued the black card stock onto a piece of white card stock. I had intended to leave it black and white, but my Copic markers started calling my name, so I went with it. For the petals I used R02, R14 and R17 and for the leaves and stem, I used  G20, G24 and G28. I wish I could have left it unmounted, because when the light shines through, it was such a beautiful color. I mounted the flower onto a piece of silver glitter card stock and then rose red card stock for the card base. The sentiment is from Gina K Design's Thankful for You Stamp Duo set, which I embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I added 3 silver pearls at the top and 3 silver pearls under the sentiment.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Something to Crow About

Oh boy, did I have fun with this card! I used three different sets from Doodle Pantry to create this scene. I used the brand new set Rooster, and two older sets Old Barn and Wagon Wheel. Because I wanted to use the colored versions of each of these images, I had to remove a couple of things using my computer software Fireworks. I removed the grass and sky from the Old Barn, the sky from the Wagon Wheel and the piece of board from the Rooster. I didn't have to do anything about seeing the outline of the grass on the Old Barn because the fence covered it up nicely. Although I used all pre-colored images, I did need to color the ground behind the fence and because I used the wrong color, it matched the fence too closely, so I needed to darken the fence a little bit. I just love the way this scene came out. I added the sentiment and a little bit of black bling then layered it on black, cherry cobbler and white card stock.

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Vintage Shoe

I decided to combine two challenges into one card this week. I finally got a chance to use the Fancy Shoe set from Doodle Pantry. I love this image, and the designer paper Laurie created to go with it. The set also includes several really fun sentiments too. I decided to use the pre-colored version of the shoe, because, well, it was perfect. I added tiny white pearls around the jewel on the shoe, then slightly larger white pearls on the pink lace and then green pearls for the buttons on the shoe. I added the Spellbinder's pearls around the sentiment as well. The lace doily was cut on my Silhouette Cameo using a cut file from their store. The flowers are from Stampin' Up! and the pearl flourishes and flowers are from my stash. I distressed all the paper with a light sandy colored brown ink to give it more of a vintage look.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Congratulations Graduate

This is my entry for the Tuesday Color Challenge over at The Outlawz. It seems like forever since I have entered any challenges, and I'm so happy to be back creating again.

I created this card for my nephew Ryan who just graduated with Highest Distinction from UVA with a degree in BioMedical Engineering. This card started off with the graduation cap, which was supposed to be the card, but I decided it was too small, so I built the card around it. The cap, tassle, Class of 2013 and Congratulations Graduate were all cut on my Silhouette Cameo. The "button" in the middle of the cap is a logo from UVA's Engineering department that I cut out with a Spellbinder's circle die. I then mixed up some resin and did a dome effect by dropping resin onto the circle until it was covered. I didn't realize the resin was going to make the paper transparent, but that's what happened. Using the same logo, I created a half sheet of designer paper for the background. I made this card into an easel card and used the sentiment inside to hold the easel open. I added some metal bling at the top to finish the card off.

Follow Your Dreams

This is my entry for the Mix It Up Monday - Sentimentally Layered challenge over at Stamp TV. I am so excited to be entering this has been entirely too long.

This card was done using the Triore Folding technique. For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a lot like Iris Folding, except all of your folds are in the shape of a triangle. There are many patterns you can use. This card is a pattern that was created by Dorothea Stone, a very good friend of mine who passed away recently. She made her own patterns and used to teach classes at one of our local stamp stores. What I loved about this pattern is that she used one of Spellbinder's die cuts, and since I have that die cut, I can put it wherever I want to on the card. All of the papers used on this card were from one of Dorothea's kits. I used a corner punch to add a bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Design's Follow Your Dreams set. I added the extra metal dragonfly and a bit of bling to make it pop. This card has four layers.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tiny Feet

Are you ready for another fabulous release from Doodle Pantry? Well, it's June 1st and that means Laurie has even more terrific digital stamp sets for us.

I used the absolutely sweetest baby set called Baby Shoes. This is a picture of all the wonderful images and sentiments you receive when you purchase this set.


 Here is the card I created for this release:

I used the baby blue colorized version of these Baby Shoes. Laurie also made them in pink and a neutral color, as well as giving you just the outline so you can color them yourself. The designer paper I used came from the set, as well as the sentiment. I used Spellbinder's Marvelous Squares and printed an extra copy of the shoes and cut them out by hand. I layered them on top of the other image to add dimension to the card. I purchased these cute little charms from Joann's and I punched little holes and added them to the bottom of the image. I used white and navy card stock for layering.

A new digital challenge will also begin at noon today and run until June 24th over at the Doodle Pantry blog. The rules are simple...just use a Doodle Pantry image, not just a sentiment, and enter your card using the inlinkz button. There are lots of images on Doodle Pantry's Freebie page. Just for entering the challenge, you will receive the Quirky Stork set free. Here is a picture of that set. 


Always look on Doodle Pantry's Specials page before checking out. This month, the free with purchase set is Vintage Cooking. But you need to hurry, it is only free with purchase until June 24th. Here's a peak at that wonderful set too.


I think you will agree with me, this is one fantastic release. I hope you all enjoy this fun new release as much as I do! Please stop by my fellow design team members pages and see what they have created. You will find the links to their blogs on the right-hand side of my blog.