December 31, 2009

Diana *Day 6*

Today is our last day of inspiration with Diana. Remember you can always check out her flickr photostream and blog for more of her beautiful pictures and to see some of her great cards. Here is today's photo:

This picture is sooo fun! I just love the concept--so creative! The lightness of the colors adds to the mood of the picture. I can just imagine the couple relaxing on the beach together!

Here is my card:

Thanks so much for visiting this week. I hope you've enjoyed Diana's photos. I have had so much fun making cards inspired by them. For me, it's been a fun, new way to find inspiration! Diana- thanks again for playing along! You are talented in so many ways!!

I hope to see you tomorrow, my friends! :) I have a handful of cards to share for Jennifer McGuire's Cards for Kids card drive.


Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts CL342), Heart (Hero Arts JS143), Splatter (All Night Media), Shells (Hero Arts Digi Kit); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Pearls (Recollections), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media)

December 30, 2009

Diana *Day 5*

Yesterday we had a warm sunny photo by Diana, today I've chosen its opposite:Isn't it pretty, though? I love the winter wonderland look where each branch is coated in sugary frost and sparkles in the sun. I especially love looking at it in beautiful photographs like this (not in real life!). Diana did such a great job of capturing the feeling one has when they look at the fresh snow and blue skies. So refreshing!

Here is my card--I was especially inspired by the colors in Diana's picture:

Thanks again for stopping! I hope you will join me tomorrow when I share our last inspirational photo by Diana.

Stamps: Flourish (Hero Arts CG119), Butterfly (Hero Arts CG130), Sentiment (Hero Arts CL342), Polka Dots (Martha Stewart); Ink: VersaMark and VersaMarker (Tsukineko, Inc.), Markers (EK Success for Martha Stewart), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up); Other: Corner Rounder (EK Success), White and Clear Embossing Powder (JoAnn Craft Essentials), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Pearls (Recollections), Misc. Cardstock and Thread

December 29, 2009

Diana *Day 4*

This bright photo by Diana is sure to make anyone smile, especially if you are somewhere surviving COLD weather right now!

The details in this photo are magnificent! Check out the beautiful center of the flower! The colors captured by this photo are so bright. I love the combination of red, pink, and orange. I hope this sunny photo brightens your day today! :)

Here is my card inspired by this photo:

Thanks again for stopping by!


Stamps: Flowers (Hero Arts Digi Kit Poetic Petals), Text (Hero Arts Digi Kit Dictionary Page); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Distress Stickles (Ranger), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Leaves Die Cut (Sizzix), Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft for Cuttlebug), Pearls (Recollections), Scallop Punch (Fiskars)

December 28, 2009

Diana *Day 3*

You are going to love this sunset photo by Diana:

The orange in this photo is absolutely magnificent! The sun's halo creates a warm glow. A sunset always reminds me of God's greatness and the beautiful gifts He gives us every day, as long as we stop our hectic lives long enough to enjoy the simple things in life.

Here is my take on Diana's photo. I just had to play with those oranges and the bright sun. This card will soon be on its way to my favorite snowbirds... :) Can't wait to see you!

Thanks, my friends, for all of your comments! Your encouragement ALWAYS inspires me! :)


Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts CL146), Caravan (Inkadinkado), Background Plaid (Martha Stewart); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up), VersaMark and VersaMarker (Tsukineko, Inc.); Other: Misc. Cardstock and Button, Watercolor Pencils (Stampin' Up), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Twine (Darice, Inc.), Circle Punches (EK Success and Martha Stewart), Notebook Border Punch (EK Success)

December 27, 2009

Diana *Day 2*

Hi! Welcome back to our week of cards inspired by Diana's gorgeous photography!
This is our next beautiful photo:
This is a powerful image to me. I am amazed how Diana was able to capture the bird in flight and the rippling water. The mountains are so dark and dramatic. I love the contrast between the large, dark mountains and the small bird making its way across the grey sky.

Here is my card inspired by this photo:

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind comments! See you tomorrow!


Stamps: Bird (Papertrey Ink), Sentiment (Hero Arts CL156); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up)

December 25, 2009

Inspired by... Designs by Diana!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are still enjoying the company of friends and family. I am very excited to share the work of this week's featured artist--Diana. Diana is an accomplished stamper as well as photographer. You can check out her work on her blog and also her flickr photostream. You will be in awe of her talent! Often Diana combines her photography and stamping into lovely creations like this beauty and this one, too. This week I am going to be making cards inspired by Diana's photography.

Here is Diana's first gorgeous inspiration photo:

I love these cheery, pink flowers! Such a pretty arrangement. I love the contrast between the natural beauty of the flowers and greenery against the stone walkway. Plus, pink and grey make such a nice color combo.

Here is my take. (I used this technique to create the brick. BTW Beate's blog is loaded with awesome tutorial videos like the one I used here.)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are as excited as I am to see more of Diana's stunning photography! See you tomorrow!


Stamps: Flower (Hero Arts Digi Kit Poetic Petals), Leaves (Hero Arts Digi Kit Delicate Leaves), Text (Inkadinkado); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Distress Stickles (Ranger), Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Scallop Punch (Fiskars)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

See you tomorrow with our next "Inspired by..." artist!

December 24, 2009

Linda *Days 4, 5, and 6*

Hi everyone! Happy Christmas Eve day! :) I hope you all are celebrating with family and loved ones! Today will be our last day of inspiration with Linda. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks again, Linda, for allowing me to share your fabulous cards!! I hope you all continue to stop by Linda's blog and photostream for inspiration-- I know I will be!

Because of the holidays, I have a triple dose of Linda's creativity today! Here is her first inspiration card:

I just love Linda's mix of patterned paper and stamping--this is so challenging for me! Linda's sentiment is perfect for this fall card. I love the little punched or cut-out leaves. They are such a great touch! Finally, I think the overall design of this card is quite appealing--a great starting off point for a card.

Here is my take:
Here is the next inspiration card by Linda:

Isn't this a beauty! That sky is just too good!! The bright pink flowers are so cheery. And nothing is more fun than ric-rac-- an embellishment I need to set out on my craft table so I remember to add it to more cards! I also really love the blue butterfly which adds a great texture as it is the same blue as the sky.
Here is my take:

And finally, here is our last card by Linda, aka Oz, AND aka The Background Queen:

Isn't that background simply gorgeous!? I love the mix of text and light butterflies. I can't get enough! The elegant sentiment adds to the design! The lacey embellishment under the sentiment is the perfect femine detail for this dainty card!
Here's my take:

Thanks again Linda for all of the inspiration! Merry Christmas everyone!

Card 1 Supplies--Stamps: Flourish (Hero Arts K5285), Sentiment (Hero Arts JS144), Flower (Manf. Unknown- sorry!); Ink: VersaMark, Memories Dye Inkpad in Chestnut, Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Patterned Paper (K&Co. Wild Saffron), Misc. Cardstock and Staples, Clear and White Embossing Powder (Joann's Craft Essentials), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), White Gel Pen (Sakura), Watercolor Pencils (Stampin' Up), Clear Epoxy Sticker (EK Success)

Card 2 Supplies--Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts CL156), Flowers (Hero Arts CL290); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up); Other: Pearls (Recollections), Misc. String and Cardstock, Butterfly Punch (Fiskars), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Top Note Die Cut (Sizzix for Stampin' Up)

Card 3 Supplies--Stamps: Butterfly (Hero Arts Digi Kit Winged Friends), Sentiment (Hero Arts CL146), Text (Inkadinkado), Crackle (Rubber Stampede); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Misc. Cardstock, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Distress Stickles (Ranger), VersaMarker, Clear Embossing Powder (Joann's Craft Essentials), Kraft Paper (Stampin' Up)

December 23, 2009

Linda *Day 3*

Here is the next brilliant card by Linda:

I love how Linda has arranged two different "panels" plus a circle as the focal point on her card! They really pop against the nuetral background. The shading with distress ink is perfect and includes white "highlighted" areas to add even more visual interest! Finally, I love the subtle stamping of the pine needles in the background.

Here is my card inspired by Linda's gorgeous holiday creation. I decided to do an arrangement of panels/tags. Linda also inspired me to break out the distress inks for each of my tags.

Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you are all enjoying the holidays with friends and family! :)


Stamps: Flourish (Hero Arts K5133), Sentiment (Tim Holtz Visual Artistry), Crackle Background (Rubber Stampede); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Making Memories, Memories Dye Inkpad in Chestnut; Other: Misc. Cardstock, Kraft Paper (Stampin' Up), Twine (Darice, Inc.), Rain Dots (Cloud 9 Design), Circle Punch (Martha Stewart), Gold Perfect Pearls (Ranger)

December 22, 2009

Inspired by Linda *Day 2*

Here is the next inspiration card by Linda:This Christmas card is so charming! I love the aged, vintage style. You have got to check out this video by Linda which demonstrates how she made that beautiful background. Her masking technique lends itself to so many different ideas. This card demonstrates Linda's keen ability of combining different images together to create one, seamless look!

Here is my take. I had fun using Linda's masking technique to create the background for my card. Thanks again, Oz, for your inspiring video! :)

Stamps: Dragonfly (Hero Arts Digi Kit Winged Friends), Sentiment (Hero Arts JS143), Background Paisley (Hero Arts JS160), Text (Inkadinkado); Ink: Making Memories, Memories Dye Inkpad in Chestnut, Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Cardstock (SEI, Stampin' Up), Corner Rounder (EK Success), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Misc. Gems, Embroidery Floss (DMC)

December 21, 2009

Inspired by... Linda (aka Oz)!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Because of the holidays, this week I am sharing a shortened version of "Inspired by.." featuring the talented Linda aka Oz. One fabulous talent of Linda's is making stamping videos. Be sure to check out her blog, as she always posts links to her fun videos there.

Here is our first card by Linda:

I love her beautifully distressed background featuring holly leaves and vintage text. The combination of the grossgrain ribbon and the satin ribbon is so pleasing to the eye! Her sentiment looks great with the die cut. Finally, the gems below the sentiment add the perfect bit of bling to this gorgeous card!

To see how Linda created her gorgeous background, you can visit her videos here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Here is my take on Linda's card:

I created my background using the techniques in her video, then cut it apart into three panels. I had so much fun distressing and building up the layers on this particular background. Linda's video mentioned some great tips and I was SO inspired to start stamping after I watched her create!

See you tomorrow with another of Linda's great cards!


Stamps: Butterflies (Hero Arts Digi Kit Winged Friends)Sentiment (Hero Arts JS143), Woodgrain (All Night Media), Label (Stampin' Up "Cute and Curly"), Fern (Rubber Stampede); Ink: Memories Dye Ink in Chestnut, Perfect Medium (Ranger), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up), ColorBox Pigment Stamp Pad in Frost White; Other: Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Pearls (Recollections), Ribbon (Offray), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Label (EK Success for Stampin' Up)

December 19, 2009

Inspired by... Emma!

Maddi and Emma definitely have an impatient Auntie. I just couldn't wait until tomorrow to share Emma's card! :) Make sure that you scroll down to see this post if you haven't seen Maddi's card yet.
This card was sent to me by my sweet 7 year old niece, Emma. I can't get enough of her bright fun card. It reminds me of her bright personality which I miss so much! I love her spikey flower and isn't it so cool how she drew a plaid pattern to the inside of the flower?! Finally, the big white button on the bottom is the perfect finishing touch to this pretty, PRETTY card! Emma, you are so thoughtful and your card makes my day every time I look at it!
Here is my take on Emma's stunning creation:
Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I know that Emma will love reading your comments about her card! :) Oh- and don't forget to check out Miss Madeline's creation below. I can't say this enough --everyone's comments and support mean so much to me!

Stamps: Butterfly (Hero Arts Digital Winged Friends), Sentiment (Cornish Heritage Farms), Plaid Background (Martha Stewart); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up); Other: Misc. Cardstock & Gems & Thread, Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft for Cuttlebug), Misc. Button, Scallop Punch (Fiskars)

Inspired by... MADDI!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the late post today. Because of the holidays, I've decided to do a special week of inspiration by various artists. To begin with today, I will be featuring one of my favorite artists, my 9 year old niece, Maddi. Tomorrow I will feature one of my other favorite artists, Maddi's sister, Emma. On Monday and Tuesday, I can't wait to show you some "Inspired by..." cards featuring a Hero Arts flickr friend who also makes videos that go along with her cards...hhhmmm, who could it be.... :)

As I said before, this gorgeous card was made by my 9 year old niece Maddi! Whenever I get mail from Maddi, I can't wait to open the envelope because I know it will be some kind of beautiful card creation, coloring, or picture she has made herself. I love how Maddi drew her own flower and made a color pattern when she colored in the petals. Don't the leaves on the stem make the perfect heart!? Finally, Maddi is so creative to think of weaving the ribbon to decorate the front of the card. Maddi- I love you so, so, SO much and I always have your card sitting out where I can see it. You always make me smile BIG!
Here is my take on Maddi's BEAUTIFUL card:
Thanks everyone for stopping by! I know it will just make Maddi's day to read your comments about her card. Please be sure to stop by tomorrow, when I share Emma's fun card!
Supplies: All stamps by Hero Arts, Ink by Tim Holtz and Stampin' Up, Corner Rounder (EK Success), Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Leaf Die Cut (Sizzix), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), Pearls (Recollections)

December 18, 2009

I love Fridays! :)

Hi everyone! Just thought I would pop by to thank you all for your comments this week. You are all so kind! I had a ton of fun making cards inspired by Virginia's! Because of the holidays, I have a couple of special "inspired by..." cards in the works. I hope to post them Saturday through Tuesday. Hope you all had a great week and are enjoying the Hero Arts Blog Hop today!

December 17, 2009

Virginia **Day 6**

Here is our last inspiration card by Virginia: Isn't this the prettiest scene?! This card has so many wonderful textures- from the frayed grass to the mulberry paper on the clouds. The purple of the flower contrasts perfectly with the green grass. Finally, I love the innovative way Virginia used that sweet handmade button!

Here is my take:
I want to especially thank Virginia for a wonderful week of inspiration! Thanks also, Virginia, for all of your encouragement and contagious zest for stamping and life in general! We are all so lucky to have your special personality adding flavor to the flickr gallery and blogland! :)


Stamps: Flower (Hero Arts Digital Kit Poetic Petals), Sentiment (Hero Arts A2917); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media), PP (Michelle Underwood Digital Kit), Flower Pot Punch (McGill Inc.), Leaves (Punch Bunch), Twine (Darice, Inc.), Misc. Button and Embroidery Floss

December 16, 2009

Virginia **Day 5**

This next card by Virginia could not be any cuter: I love all of the glittery snow! Virginia designed the most creative torn paper snow banks. I love how she added a touch of color to the edges with the glitter. The coloring on the little girl is fantastic and isn't it fun how she is peaking out from behind the snow?! Finally, I love the sparkling snowflakes with the tiny white snowflakes in the sky! This card really highlights the magical feeling of snow in December. :)

Here is my take on Virginia's card. I just had to make some glittery snowbanks, too! :)

See you tomorrow for our last day with Virginia! Thanks again for stopping by!


Stamps: Penguin (Hero Arts Digital Kit), Snowflakes and Sentiment (Inkadinkado); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Blank Ink (Stampin' Up), Perfect Medium (Ranger); Other: Misc. Cardstock, Perfect Pearls (Ranger), Die Cut (Sizzix for Stampin' Up), Corner Rounder (EK Success), Stickles (Ranger), Dimensional Adhesive (All Night Media)

December 15, 2009

Virginia **Day 4**

Get ready to feast your eyes on this pretty card by Virginia:To begin with, I love the soft pastel sky on Virginia's card. It reminds me of a cool, spring evening. The butterfly coordinates perfectly with the background colors. And did you see the pretty ribbon which is woven across the card? Such a nice touch!
Here is my take:

Hope to see you tomorrow! Thanks again for all of your kind comments. :)
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms; Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Versamark; Other: Embossing Powder (Joann's Craft Essentials), Scallop Punch (Fiskars), Pearls (Recollections), Perfect Pearls mixed in a mini mister and sprayed on image (Ranger), Misc. Cardstock and Thread

December 14, 2009

Virginia **Day 3**

I love this next card by Virginia:

Can you believe that she made this fun card with leftover scraps?! I love the little birds which carry are carrying the sentiment. The trees are perfectly placed and have a fun sparkle, too! Finally, Virginia chose the perfect patterned paper to go along with her design.

Here is my take:

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you tomorrow!


Stamps: Outline Flourish (Hero Arts K5285), Sentiment (Stampin' Up Cute and Curly), Bird (Wonderful Christmas Time Digital Kit by Michelle Underwood); Ink: VersaMark, Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Memories Die Inkpad in Chestnut, Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Misc. Cardstock and String, Label Punch (EK Success for Stampin' Up), Embossing Powder (Joann Craft Essentials), Stickles (Ranger)

December 13, 2009

Virginia **Day 2**

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card by Virginia:

The bold colors on the butterfly really "pop" against the distressed background. I also love the dimension Virginia added, making the butterfly look as if she could just fly right off the card! And the little matching envelope is too fun!

Here is my take:

My card was also inspired by the beautiful teal color on this Hero Arts Sneak Peek.

Thanks for looking!


Stamps: Butterfly (Hero Arts Winged Friends Digi Kit), Foliage (Lotus Flowers by Amy Butler), Text (Inkadinkado), Postage Stamp (Stampabilities); Ink: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up), VersaInk, VersaMarker, Memories Dye Ink in Chestnut; Other: Misc. Cardstock and Thread, Embossing Powder (Joann's Craft Essentials), Postcard Image (Michelle Underwood Wonderful Christmas Time Digital Page Kit)

December 12, 2009

Inspired by... Virginia!

(After you check out Virginia's great card, be sure to scroll down for my Caardvark's entry.)
I am so excited to feature Virginia on the blog this week! Her cards are as sweet as she is! If you are ever in need of some fabulous inspiration and a smile, be sure to check out Virginia's blog and photostream! But, I'm warning you, if you visit Virginia's blog when you are hungry the results could be disastrous-- she frequently posts pics of her delicious cooking! :)

Here is the first inspiration card from the lovely Virginia:

Every time I look at this card I can't help but smile! The bright colors are so cheery. I love the glossy butterflies and Virginia's coloring is divine. The scallop stamp along the sides complements the gorgeous text background. Finally, the gems add the perfect touch of sparkle.

Here is my take. This is also an entry for the Cardvaarks challenge- to use a digital element on your card. My digital element is the bird from Brandy Buffington's kit "Sketchy Birds."Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow with another of Virginia's fun cards!


Stamps: Bird (Brandy Buffington Digi Sketchy Birds), Leaves (Hero Arts CL298), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other; Misc. Cardstock, Gems (Brenda Walton), Flower Punch (Punch Bunch)

December 11, 2009

Thanks again!

Thanks again, Pia, for all of your wonderful inspiration cards this week! Pia's blog is loaded with tons more inspiration so be sure to check it out. I will see you tomorrow with our next "Inspired by..." stamper! Happy Friday, my blogging buddies!

December 10, 2009

Pia **Day 6**

(note: after you check out Pia's beautiful card, scroll down for my entry to Lucy's challenge)
Here is our last inspiration card with Pia:

I can't get enough of the colors on this card-- so striking! I love the plaid, too. The scallop shape adds to this lovely design. The beautiful patterned circle is the perfect place for Pia's gorgeously colored butterfly to perch! Finally, Pia's beautiful photograph shows off this unique birthday card!

Here is my take. I was inspired by the plaid in Pia's card and also her beautiful butterfly. My card is also for Lucy's card challenge -- "Wings and Strings." I used Tim Holtz's technique with alcohol inks to make the plaid and I stitched the grass on top of the Stampin' Up grass stamp. Thanks again for looking! And I hope you all believe me when I say I just love reading your comments and when you just stop by to take a peek!! I have been completely blown away with all of your kind comments and encouragement this week! AND Pia-- thanks for the amazing inspiration!!

See you tomorrow! :)
Stamps: Text (Inkadinkado), Grass (Stampin' Up), Butterfly (Martha Stewart), Sentiment (Hero Arts JS143); Inks: Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Black Ink (Stampin' Up), White Ink (ColorBox); Other: Scallop Rectangle (Nestabilities), Twine (Darice, Inc.), Misc. Cardstock, Glossy Paper (Kodak Photo Paper)

December 9, 2009

Pia *Day 5*

Here is Pia's oh-so-pretty inspiration card for today:I just love the colors on this card! The bright oranges and yellows contrast perfectly with the pale blue sentiment. Pia has successfully combined several patterns to create an eye catching design. How creative to use a heart stamp as the flower petals!! This card is so cheery!

Here is my take: (So sorry for the bad photo. I didn't have time to get a picture outside like I normally do, so I had to make do with artificial lighting.)

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you will join me tomorrow for our last day with Pia!
Stamps: Splatter Pattern (All Night Media), Woodgrain (All Night Media), Sentiment (Hero Arts JS143), Flower Pattern (Hero Arts JS160) Text (Hero Arts Digital Kit); Ink: Distress Ink (Hero Arts), Memories Dye Ink in Chestnut; Other: Pearls (Recollections), Misc. Cardstock, Sentiment Die (ProvoCraft), Heart Punch (Marvy Uchida), Corner Rounder (EK Success), White Embossing Powder (JoAnn's Craft Essentials)

December 8, 2009

Pia *Day 4*

I love this card by Pia:

First of all, I love that the rich orange background is done on fabric/canvas!! I love the eye- catching colors, from the beautiful gold to the deep blue and purple of the flower. Finally, the wire antennas on the butterfly are the perfect unexpected touch to finish out this beauty!

Here is my take:

Pia inspired me to finally pull out some scrap pieces of fabric and paint away. So fun!


Stamps: Sentiment (Papertrey Ink), Butterflies (Hero Arts Digital Winged Friends); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Other: Leaves (Sizzix Die Cut), Misc. Gems and Fabric Scrap, Music Paper (Michelle Underwood Digital Vintage Holiday Memories Kit), Acrylic Paint (Making Memories), Corner Rounder (EK Success)

December 7, 2009

Pia **Day 3**

Check out today's wonderful card by Pia:

This card is pure perfection! I love Pia's coloring on Kraft- such a great idea. Her bright colors with lovely shading just "pop". Pia chose the perfect striped patterned paper that ties all of her colors together. And that big red bow is so fun! This card is sure to make anyone smile on their birthday.

Here is my take on Pia's beautiful creation. I was so inspired by her coloring on kraft that I had to give it a try. I used watercolor pencils and a gel pen and when I was finished I went over it all with distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Sentiment (Hero Arts JS143), Floral (Rubber Stampede); Ink: Black Ink (Stampin' Up), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), White Ink (ColorBox Pigment Frost White); Other: Kraft Cardstock (Stampin' Up), Text Paper (Michelle Underwood Vintage Holiday Memories Digital Kit), Watercolor Pencils (Stampin' Up), Scallop Punch (Martha Stewart), Velvet Ribbon (Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy), Pearls (Recollections)

December 6, 2009

Pia **Day 2**

Check out this set of gorgeous cards by Pia:

I love the soft, yet bright colors of these cards. They look beautiful against the dark brown backdrop of the scalloped circle. The fun shape also adds to their appeal. Finally, the butterflies look great against the beautifully stamped backgrounds!

Here is my take on this amazing set:

Thanks again for looking and for your comments and encouragement!


Stamps: Flower Background (Hero Arts JS160), Sentiment (Hero Arts), Butterflies (Hero Arts Digital Kit Winged Friends); Inks: Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), VersaMark, Memories Chestnut Dye Ink; Other: Misc. Cardstock and Embroidery Floss, JoAnn Craft Essentials White Embossing Powder, Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearls (Recollections)