Saturday, August 28, 2010

Baby card, SC294

Here's a card that I didn't intend for it to be what it turned out to be! I was just going for any old card and when I was done I decided to use it as a baby card for a co-worker. I used SCS's SC294 for the layout and 3 bugs in a rug for the paper. The white paper came with embossed swirls on it which matched perfectly with this card. A simple ribbon and flower embellishment and ta-da! here's my card!

Stamp: Paperworks Co, The beary best of friends
paper: 3 bugs in a rug

Monday, August 16, 2010

PWCO's Ultimate Summer Challenge--Colors

Happy Monday, Stampers! I was on the team to do the color challenge found here at Paperworks Co. The theme for this week is animals and our challenge was to use the colors yellow, red, green and blue.
I used stickles for the lion's mane and a sticker above his head and paw print stickers in the lower right corner.

For the inside I decided to make a pop up, which is my favorite 3D card and they are sooo easy to make. This time for the lion's mane I used flock. I drew in and cut out a branch for the bird and the snake in the tree is a sticker. The sentiment was typed out on my computer.
I sure hope you enjoyed my card today and don't forget to leave a comment!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

You are my #1

Happy Saturday, Stampers! For today's sketch I picked SCS #291. A very simple but adorable sketch. I was surprised at how well this Basic Grey paper went with the image and the card. The whole sheet of paper, called Liquid Candy, is quite busy, but this small section of it works really well.
I like how I colored Zach's hair. It reminds me of my boys who still don't know what a comb or a brush is. They cringe when I try to comb their hair. Zach looks like he's earned his hair-do through all of his hard work playing soccer.

paper: Liquid candy by Basic Grey, Red, black and white
Copics: 100, C00, C5, C8, R59, B21, B95, B97, E44
Accessories: circles cuttlebug folder

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Happy Saturday, Stampers! For my Saturday Sketch I picked the sketch challenge # 283 from SCS.

I love the toucan and decided to use that stamp again. I didn't want the bird floating in nothingness so I drew in branches and leaves and then sponged in some old artichoke to fill in the background. From this comes my tip for the day, draw in other elements to add to the image as necessary. Don't tell me you can't draw. You have such talent in your fingers and hands, just look at the wonderful creations you make! You can do it!

I decided to color the bird blue instead of green to match the pretty basic grey papers. Finally, I used the cuttlebug folders on the blue and brown panel.

Stamp: Toucan

Paper: Basic Grey Cardamon and blue, Lime Rickey Rob Roy, Orange Coordinations

Copics: E49,77,57; Y17,38; B24; YG93

Accessories: flower sticker, argyle folder, happy birthday folder

Friday, August 6, 2010

Meet and Greet with Radio Connie and Curtis McSmertus

This evening I got a chance to meet the radio DJ's I listen to in the mornings. I am on the radio at least once a week trying to answer a question for a prize on Jump Start Trivia. I am known as "Cardmaker Karen" (original, isn't it?) and us regulars each have our own unique and bizarre names. Also in attendance tonight was Mother Teresa. It was nice to meet another JST regular. So, here I am with Connie and Curtis.

Cross Stitch Eagle

In December of 1999 I started this cross stitch. I know the exact date because I wrote it on the masking tape that borders the fabric. I got tired of it and put it away until about 2 months ago. I picked it up again and felt overwhelmed with the detail and where to start. I finally took the plunge and started going at it again. When I started again I had the whole top half done (see where the break is on the left side and continue that across as well as a bit under that on the right. I have made good progress since I started this again. I included the photo on the cover of that pattern so you can see what it will be when it is finished. I didn't realize how cool it looked until I saw this picture of my progress. Up until now I have only seen it as I have been working on it. By the way, it's kind of eerie having the eye looking at me so intently as I am cross stitching the darn thing. The detail of this cross stitch is unbelievable. The color changes on it are maddening. I counted and there are 60 colors in this cross stitch! Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at it!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

PWCO Announces....

Here's what Peggy at Paperworks Co. has to say....

Wanna meet new friends? Challenge your skills? Share your work? Most of all WIN SOME PRIZES?!?

I know alot of you out there are in the summer funk – that is not really motivated or have much crafting time.

We have been wanting to so something interactive for the longest time, and thought, why not now! For the past little while, we’ve been lightly teasing you about some fun and games, so its time to actually throw out the details!

Welcome to our first annual Ultimate Summer Challenge! – ANIMAL Edition

What is it?

  • Make sure you have some crafty friends – this contest is designed for you to work in groups of 4!!
  • Starting on August 15th- 18th, we will be throwing out daily challenges for your team to play! – that is, each person in the team will be doing one challenge.
  • as this is an animal edition, make sure you have your PWCO and RAM Animal stamps handy! - if you dont own any PWCO stamps, dont worry, we’ll have you covered :)
  • this is a contest, so of course there will be some competition.. and MAJOR PRIZES!

What kind of PRIZES:

  • GRAND PRIZE: $100 Gift Cert from PWCO (to be shared by the entire team)
  • SECOND PRIZE: each member from the winning team will get an Animal Bundle (4 characters with matching sentiment set) of their choice.
  • THIRD PRIZE: each member from the winning team will get 2 animal stamps of their choice.

BONUS PRIZE: EVERYONE who joins this challenge will receive a 15% discount for the upcoming RAM collection in Sept - you dont want to miss out, it’s OH SO CUTE!

How to start:

  • form a team of four, make up a team name, and delegate a team captain – team captain will act as the liason between the team and PWCO.
  • submit your application by emailing our Coordinator:, subject title: PWCO CHALLENGE TEAM SUBMISSION with the following info:
    • Team Name
    • members’ name, email, and blog addies
    • Once you are approved, your team will be posted on our blog
If you want to play along, but do not have a team of 4, just comment on the bottom of this post, and we will assign you with a team. Deadline for sign ups is Aug 12th. – we will post the official team list on August 13th

    How are you going to be graded:

    • the DT along with 2 guest Judges will cast their votes on their favorite projects from each category.
    • After we collected our favorites, we will set it up for public voting.

    And just because we are nice, we’ll even let you know what kinda challenges we have in store (in no particular order):

    1. Technique Challenge
    2. Sketch challenge
    3. Inspiration
    4. Color combo challenge

    So thats it for now! If you’re interested join us for a week of FUN FUN FUN…..

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post in the comment section below.