Finally... this may seem like a very silly thing to everyone else but, i have not been able to make one of these Nestibility Die "embossed frames" into a card base. love the look, each time i tried i cut a hole into it instead of embossing, so since my last OWH challenge card i had left to do had to use an technique i found the one on embossing with these dies inside SCS, then scrolled down to using other machines, then scrolled down to the cuttlebug section. ( there are not photos) but here is what i did. (that actually worked I'm not going to bore you with all the cardstock shots that i killed before i figured this out... but the directions are missing one KEY piece of information.. and the Directions if you have a cuttlebug are:
A plate
Die frame up with die cut in center
tan mat
both B plates
now the part that messed me up each time was the not having a die cut in the center of the Die, (if you do not have a piece of cardstock inside the die it will cut a hole not just emboss with no hole) so if you want a frame bigger then your image you have to cut a scrap cardstock in the size you want the frame to be and leave only the die cut inside the die, peel away the left over piece of cardstock outside the die ( or this will emboss too) the use the sandwich above... and it works...
This is an RAK Emerson image but, i no longer remember who sent her to me, she was colored a long time ago with prisma pencils and the skin is an prisma marker. ( brick beige if i remember right) she's die cut with an labels 4 die, the edges have some milled lavendar distress along them. and the silk is # 175. this is up on pop dots, the Labels 4 embossed frame was done into a quarter of Perfect Plum and the cardbase is Pale Plum. that fabric floral ribbon was purchased at Micheals in the cut by the yard section. this is A-6 in real life. This was done for the May Wish Rak challenge that was to use this Sketch from Theresa GKDJAN10TM This site is totally wonky today and it ate the photo i had in here of just the card, but I started with thumbing through this pad of DCWV The cafe Mediterranean and then spied these vintage buttons (hiding under the webesters page bloomers) and thought those colors are pretty close the holes are pretty big and thread looked silly in them so when i was considering thin ribbon spied this piece of green tulle that was RAK'd to me from Alison and thought hmmm., then dug out this sheet of Paper Trey Ink spring Rain that Leigh Anne RAK'ed to me (that seriously is blue and i thought i would never use it lol) show's me to think... anyways this is 5 1/2" square in real life. that image is one of the oldest very first RAK'd images i have ever received, colored it years ago. its die cut with an Labels 2 die. and up on pop dots. This was done for the May Wish Rak Color combo challenge of Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss & Sahara Sand . the Serendipity Image was RAK'd to me from Shannah (Photoholic) all the way from down under in Oz. I colored it straight out of the envelope and it's just been waiting for a card... die cut it with an Labels 10 die and then added the Hero Arts Sentiment in Close to Cocoa that was RAK'd to me from ReginaBD. there is a bit of bundled sage distress ink along the edges of the diecut. The sheer ribbon just Say's made in china on the side thinking its an 7/8" size. used an bow easy on it of course.. The ancestral teal brocade ( the back side of it anyways) printed paper looked pretty close to close to cocoa to me so used an Paper Trey Ink medium scallop die along the bottom of it and layered it to a mat of Mellow Moss that was run twice through an Script cuttlebug folder. It's 5X7 in real life.
just a closer peek :) hope you all are enjoying the Holiday Weekend too!


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Pocket card had to be based on the directions found here... Fancy Fold I did not follow the directions regarding paper size so this one ends up being 5" X 6" in real life because i used an 6X12 piece of cardstock and then sewed up the sides on the bottom inside flap to tuck the letter paper into. WRMDCC1012 Letters home challenge card the printed paper is from 365 degree's Pink Paislee pad. the textured cardstock's are Bazzill. Websters Pages "petal" colored bloomers on the centers of Impress open Poppy images stamped with Versafine Habanero ink. these are stamped on an quarter of Apricot Appeal cs that came to me via wish rak recently from Jodi66 { Thanks Jodi!} The sentiments from Great Impressions die cut with an labels trio and layered to an fancy tag ( spellbinders dies) the orange-ish ribbon was found in the Halloween decorations isle years and years ago when i did PH parties. (had it forever just generic made for wally world stuff) Done for the WRMDCC1007 Woman's birthday card challenge. now this stipple gardenia image has a story.. once upon a time i had an "in search of" post inside split coast stampers to buy one... and after the post had been up for a while i got an PM from a lady ( forgive i have forgotten who now and its been a long day) and she was not willing to sell her stamp but, she was willing to gift me with images... ( this was way before i ever did wish rak) so i colored this bloom and matted it with a sheet of bazzill and its been in my colored images tin ever since ( years and years )The sentiment i added to it with versafine vintage sepia & the stampin up filigree background is heat embossed with Pink Moire embossing powder the buttons from Basic Grey and the crochet lace is from May Arts. This is 5 1/2" square in real life. Done for the WRMDCC1006 Happy birthday for an Boy using an designer bedroom for the inspiration. I chose room # 7 Simply because i spied the fishing wall hanging in the photo without really thinking it through that I have never wished for fishing as i own so much of it and happened to pick up this Paper Inspirations stamp ( brand new never inked) at an yard sale sat am for a whopping .50 cents. :) so the rak item on this card is the Brown cardstock came to me from Newstampinaddict ( Thanks Alison! ) for one of the exchanges last spring. SU sentiment, hemp string, recollections mini brads, basic grey pp. this ones A-6 in real life. And I think that some people will have old teen or college age son's so it still works for an "boy" card.

8 done... 4 to go...

this fluffy fiber was machine stitched to the orgin's background paper. Happy Birthday for a Man. WRMDCC1008 Dealer's choice on style or what ever... This is A-6 in real life, Bazzill cardbase, Basic Grey Orgins line pp, PSX image colored with prisma pencils die cut with an labels Labels 9 die, creamy brown fluid chalk ink (colorbox) along the edges, Stampin Up sentiment, word window punch, Tim Holtz trinket pin, hemp string. Gina K Designs stamps, I have been heat embossing this particular doily on Staples vellum with some ranger seafoam white for a friends so they can see how big it is in real life, and the last ones i did, I made an extra for me, added this Gina K ( make a wish ) sentiment along the bottom and tore the edges decided to stitch it to the background panels. This was done for the Girls birthday WRMDCC1005 which needed to use one of the bedrooms as the inspiration. I chose room 8 Caroline's room which was green and pink and white... To me all that's missing from that room is a birdcage... ( almost tossed one of those on here too) so it was more shabby chic looking then some of the other rooms in my mind is how i picked it, didn't hurt that its some of my more favorite colors... the green shimmer pp is from an dcwv mat stack pad, the background pp is from Websters Pages ( an combo pack that includes papers from the lullaby lane & life's portrait lines) there is an American Crafts pearl brad in the center, some sewing thread & a piece of May Arts puffy shinny floral trim that was rak'ed to me. This card is 6 inches square in real life. Monochromatic Anniversary WRMDCC1009 This one is 5X7 in real life, the sentiments from Stampin up done with Versafine Toffee on a piece of PTI vintage cream layered to another fancy tags die cut done on a piece of shimmery textured provo craft paper. Kraiser latte pearls, Antique Linen distress ink. ( lots of pop dots there are dots between the tag layers and also holding the bottom tag into place on the cardfront. Stardream Opal shimmery cardstock run through an "5X7" Meadow Lark cuttlebug embossing folder. May Arts ribbon ( bow easy) May Arts iridescent cord, Colored with prisma pencils to look "scruffy & well loved" so, not blended. short strokes kept turning the image as i colored. this was done for an "recipe card" challenge (you have to use all the recipe on the card)WRMDCC1011 The particular recipe rules for this challenge were:
Peck (3) colors, Stitching, Jigger of winged thing, seasoned with love...
So, I know i had a wish for popcorn bear images and i also received some via PIF so, not sure how i got this critter. Its cut out and i cut off the tag that comes with the image (because it was too small for the sentiment i wanted to stamp) so, that was punched with an EK success ticket punch ( one that does 3 sizes at once) the sentiments from the Stampin Up set fancy flexible phrases. the Paisley is also from SU and done with summer sun ink on barely banana cardstock, sides were punched with an EK success bracket border punch. the Swiss dots brown ribbon is unknown. the stitched texture pp is from Provo Craft. This is A-6 in real life.


Cards 4 The Troops

The ladies who belong to Wish Rak inside the SplitcoastStampers RAK user group are holding another Cards for the Troops challenge weekend. You can read the details and or send in cards of your own to any of the Operation Write home card collectors. ( click the blinkie on the side of my blog. This card above was done for WRMDCC1002
This particular challenge was to create an Thank-You card for an deployed service member with an handwritten note inside and using the color combo Red, White & Blue. this Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock came to me via wish rak (yesterday from Misse336 ~ Thanks Melissa!)
The Stamps are from Stampin Up colored with prisma pencils. die cut with an Spellbinders labels 11 die. This was done for the WRMDCC1003 Miss you challenge that needed to be an CAS card. ( Clean & Simple) This is an A-6 card in real life, I have not used my corner rounder punches in forever so, they were dusty in side and so my "lots of white space" quickly became my creamy brown fluid chalk ink dragged all over it... (yes i am rolling my eyes) may add some distress over the top of that later too. The frame is the negative part of the image on the card above. the big red heart brad is unknown and the pp is basic grey. Believe that House Mouse image is called Eek, Eek, Eeek. sentiments from Stampin Up. done in Memento Bamboo Leaves This is was done for WRMDCC1001 WHich had to use this OWH sketch.
This Gina K fresh asparagus cardbase came to me via wish rak from Catcrazy { Thanks Janice!!} the background was done with ranger alcohol inks on SU glossy cardstock. The Hero Arts thinking tag was stamped with Olympia Green versafine on a scrap of pale blue cardstock then layered to another scrap of faded blue cardstock that was rak'ed to me from Leigh Anne :) these were die cut with Large petite circle dies from spellbinders & are up on pop dots. the sheer ribbon is (unlabeled) and the simmery brad i think came off packaging of something Alice gave to me ( its been in a bin on the table for months) This one's A-6 in real life. WRMDCC1004 Love You challenge could not use red or pink. this tag came to me via wish rak a very long time ago ( an whole little baggie of them) it has a faint cinnamon smell to it, I no longer remember who gave it to me though ( sorry )
This one is 5X7 in real life, the Stampabilities love script was stamped with versafine olympia green and the buttons are from basic grey. they have some scrappers floss through the holes. the green satin ribbon is one sided, used an Bow easy to make that double bow. ( and in the crop view you can see it shreads really really easily) so the glue is not all the way dry on this ribbon yet. the paisley background was stamped with SU old olive onto SU very vanilla cardstock. there is some machine sewing along the edges of that panel too.
4 down 8 to go... ( good thing its a 3 day weekend)


Waste of Makeup kind of a day...

River City Rubber Works... Stamped with Memento on Neenah & colored with Copic's. The PP is from Websters Pages ( don't ask me its name bought both asst packs Limelight carries) Its printed a little off center... so it became more and more apparent every time i tried to line it up straight so i just went for crooked. ( it fits with that sentiment) ticket corner punches, distress inks, Nunn designs flower brad, Ocean tides base is 5 1/2" square in real life. 3" square scraps on the table. :)


Who stole the cleaning Fairy??!??

This was done for the current stamp tv color challenge STVCCTG13 {Burgundy, White & Metallic Gold}
The Lovely Labels was stamped with Versafine Crimson red then heat embossed with detail clear powder. this was die cut twice with spellbinders Labels dies to create the frame. the girl (inkadinkado?) is stamped in Versafine toffee ( which looks gold to my eye more then tan) Sentiments from Eureka! Stamps (cut with an & the fishnet backgrounder is from Cornish Heritage Farms. the lace is vintage and the ribbon is from an roll that came out at one of the chains around Christmas time ( but years ago so not sure where now) the paper flower in the hat i took an Copic to the stamen in the center and changed it from white to burgundy so the flower would "pop" a little better. Sentiment tag was curved a bit and held into place with the mini brads.

Heat Flash

hee hee hee... Art Impressions Maude ( the sm version) and Rivercityrubberworks sentiment. the whole panel has both of the newer shades of pinkish distress inks.. ( spun sugar and velvet something) She's colored with copic's and has some stickles for the buttons on the robe and a spot in the headband. Stardream shimmery (pale green) cardbase, Basic Grey PP, vintage trim. the image panel is up on pop dot's and this ones 5X7 in real life.


Burgundy Lace

Had the embossing powder out and was granting some wishes with the big doily from the Nana's Needlework set and when i was done though you should do some backgrounds for yourself since its already a mess going on... so this was a sheet of cranberry crisp with some Hero Arts lace stamps also heat embossed with ranger superfine detail black. Rubbernecker gal with an SU sentiment. the black lace along the bottom i think could be "wrights" the Brad is from MM, the bulb safety pin is from Fancy Pants. this is 5X7 in real life.


Simple Sympathy

an outlines sentiment, stamped a very long time ago, (its been sitting on the table for months) and i decided at the last minute when i was done cleaning yesterday to color the border with copics... then i noticed this scrap of basic grey on the table and though hmmm. so i did cut the larger piece of basic grey ( phresh & phunky ) lines for the mat then added the base. at the very last minute spied these button photo corners ( have been on the table for years) were previously on a scrap something or another and it didn't work so they had half dead glue dots on the backsides and decided the colors were "close enough". Then told my self that was really OK to have a sympathy card in the stash, then turned on the computer and found i have need of an sympathy card to go out in the mail. ( someday's it seems like this is NOT the card to be made) It's 5X7 in real life.


For Keeps

So, I've been on this clean it up jag with my space last week and the double sided sheet of pp ( the red/cream) has been laying on the table since mid Feb. ( yes, tired of dusting it finally) the thought way back when was to use it for Hubs Valentines card... nope, he didn't get one this year. Amazingly enough he didn't care... ( we have never done anything "romantic" or out of the ordinary for that day anyways) So... the thought at the time was to have the card look like the Queen of Hearts button was saying something, hmmm something funny. but, couldn't think of anything ( 'cept off with their heads!) which probably would not work for a love ya card SO... this is what happened to that paper since then, added the canvas tag ( no idea who makes those but, i have a stack of them some have black stitching on them) the red buttons from Jenni Bowlin, the Brown buttons unknown, the tan buttons vintage. the For Keeps puffy plastic-y heart thing is from MM. This ones 6" square in real life. the photo corners are from Heidi Swapp & the cream text cardstock is Bazzill.


Fabric Flowers...

Started fingering the scraps from yesterdays card ( clean up attempt don'tcha know it) and the same kind of thinking that lead to that card started off this one, punched the edge of the stardream with an PTI border die. and layed it on the base color thinking thinking, remembered about this ( very expensive ) ribbon that has been being hoarded (from Michael's) its an have it cut kind not on a roll... Decided the colors were OK together then dug out this SU sentiment from the Bella's Blooms set. now this was stamped with Memento bamboo leaves and then when i laid it across the copper at the bottom it was ya know bumped but i didn't to raise it all on pop dots so, cut a scrap of the celery to fit under the sentiment on the side of it not already under the copper. ( so it would lay flat) this is a fun 3 1/2 X 7 size in real life.


Cosmo Birdy's

Do you ever just buy a piece of paper and think it would be a shame to cover this up? or this could work all by it self... that is what i thought as a held this sheet of pp in my hands at the store and thought "why not?" whose to say everything needs stamped over? well it did get this A Muse sentiment heat embossed on the base but, you know what i mean... Very simple, cosmo cricket pp, Stardream shimmery cardbase, the liner inside is SU certainly celery. It's 5X7 in real life.


Ippity Photo Inspired

Can you see the net? :) Deliberately stamped the tumbled glass butterflies first then over stamped with the Stream to make it look like movement, trail is an BG10 copic marker. This was done simply & quickly for the Ippity Stamps challenge based on this inspiration Photo. so when i seen the photo i almost flipped this idea upright instead of landscape and cut it into sections to mimic the shelves in the photo then thought nah just stick with the colors...
Ippity :Devoted set done on Neenah Classic Cream with some Bazzill layers and base.
so the inks are:
Versafine Spanish Moss , Habanero & Satin Red. Distress Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage, Adirondack Stream & Carmel. the colored cardstocks are Bazzill. Had intended to tie on white swiss dotted ribbons but, came across this tulle netting in the box and thought oh caught in a net... hmmm this is 5 X 6 1/2 ish in real life. (had too much mat on the vertical sides so some got whacked off at the very end.

Hello from the Butterfly fields

Small Jonathan ( Stampington & Co. ) colored with copic's bitty butterfly is from the SU sizzlits die. on a scrap of WCP dyed with paas Easter egg dye. A Muse sentiment. PP is from the Orgins Basic Grey pad, spellbinders dies, Heidi Swapp photo corners, Antique linen distress...
the fun part about learning to use these markers has been it just goes QUICK. it takes so long to get such a depth of color with pencils that is the most amazing thing to me i suppose about the whole journey. This one's A-6 in real life.


Blessed Lace Pocket

Still playing with baby congrats card ideas, this is vintage lace with May Arts ribbon in it. used an SU punchie on the vellum. the blue bead flower came to me as part of the packaging on the fabulous RAK from Mary Ann and i switched out the rhinestone brad for an American Crafts pearl brad. The Blessed & Congrats sentiments were stamped with Fresco Blue Grotto chalk ink on the die cut (which pulls out ) so there is room for an gift card to hide behind it. With the sentiment tag pulled out. this ones 5 1/" square in real life. The Cream is Neenah Classic Cream, the Blue vellum is unknown and the Bazzil base is an RAK from Leibetty ( Thanks Leigh Anne!!)


STVCCTG12 ~ Unconditional Love

Current stamp tv color combo challenge is for Red, White & Blue... now Tina didn't name those colors as "flag colors" but, her sample is that way so... I didn't do these in faded versions although i was very tempted to.
Gina K stamps sets are Botanical Dreams and Masculine Messages, Inks are Versafine Satin Red & Majestic Blue with Ranger Distress barn red ( on the cut out bloom ) Vintage button & ric rac. Bazzill & Neenah Cardstocks this ones A-6 in real life.