Sunday, March 28, 2010

Zero Calorie Cupcake

Here is another little stuffed creation I made last night... a zero calorie cupcake! Surely my doctor would approve, right?

The pattern is a freebie from A Bit of Whimsy called Krista Cupcake. I didn't add the cupcake face on this one, but I did add a vintage button from my collection (I rarely actually USE those, LOL) and a Hero Arts flower from my cardmaking stash.

I even broke out the dusty ironing board and iron to press the seams. Still need to practice on the actual sewing of the seams... I was a bit off in a few places.

Pattern(s): A Bit of Whimsy, LLC (Krista Cupcake)
Fabric(s): JoAnn's (Fat Quarters)
Other: Hero Arts (CH167 Art Flowers Vintage Collage); Unknown (Vintage Button)

Hope you are having a good weekend. I was supposed to have a class about polymer clay flowers yesterday but the instructor didn't show up!

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bunnies and More

Another long week here. Hope you are doing well.

Here is a sweet little Easter card. Aren't those bunnies cute?

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (F5394 3 Bunnies, CG123 Flower Wallpaper)
Ink(s): Hero Arts (Cerulean); Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Paper(s): The Paper Cut (Pacific Blue & White Oval Window Overlay Kit); Neenah (Classic Crest Solar White)
Other: Hero Arts (Gemstones); Copic (Assorted Markers); Michael's (Ribbon); Doodlebug (Grass Border)

This next one was super simple and flat for ease in mailing. I had this page from a vintage hymnal on my desk for a few days and decided to put it to good use! I also used the floral stamp from an Archiver's Exclusive set for the first time. I believe someone said there is a die that matches it, but I cut it out by hand.

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (AR166 Silhouette Garden, CL380 Truly Appreciated)
Ink(s): Hero Arts (Punch); Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Punch Folded Card); Vintage Hymnal (Sheet Music)

And here are two more cards I made:

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (CG152 Two Birds, LP169 Bird Trio, CL380 Truly Appreciated)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Rich Cocoa)
Paper(s): The Paper Cut (Window Overlay Kit)
Other: Copic (Assorted Markers); Michael's (Ribbon)

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (H5380 Bunny With Egg, CG139 Cling Dots, CL280 Elephants, CL342 Everyday Sayings)

Ink(s): Hero Arts (Grass, Punch); Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Paper(s): The Paper Cut (Pillow Box); Neenah (Classic Crest Solar White)
Other: Copic (Assorted Markers); Bazzill (Ribbon); Michael's (Grass)

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just a Note

I can't believe the March Hero Arts Blog Challenge is almost over. Where did the time go?

Here is another card using the lovely Hydrangea stamp. It is quickly becoming a new favorite! This time I used Crackle Accents on the flower and leaves after coloring. I chose the sentiment to go with the Aged Sheet Music background and it fit just right. I also threw in some machine stitching since I'm on speaking terms with my sewing machine again!

Here is a close-up showing the crackle finish on the flower:

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (K5193 Flower Word Pattern, K5376 Hydrandgea, CL342 Everyday Sayings); Cornish Heritage Farms (Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock)
Ink(s): Hero Arts (Cerulean); ColorBox (Charcoal); Memories (White); Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Powder & Cerulean Folded Cards); The Paper Company (Kraft)
Other: Copic Markers (Assorted); Ranger (Crackle Accents); Machine-Stitching

Speaking of sewing machine, here is another project I have been working on, a stuffed kitty. It is almost done except for the face and stitching up the back. I didn't fully understand the "dart seam" in the rear end so that came out a bit funny. If any of you sew maybe you can help me figure it out for next time!

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

Monday, March 22, 2010

you're sew lovely

Here are a couple of cards for the current Caardvarks lace challenge. I used my sweet Sew Lovely stamps by Lawn Fawn plus a Vintage Text Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms. Oddly enough the text is full of sewing/fashion related terms like tailor, collar, plaids, buttons, stitched, etc.!

On the first card, I was trying to capture the look of an old storefront. The lace is the curtains, the window is from an old sewing pattern, and the sign says "you're sew lovely".

On the second card (shaped like a tag but opens to reveal a message) I used more old sewing pattern to create a crumpled flower embellishment.

Stamp(s): Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely), Cornish Heritage Farm (Vintage Text Scrapblock)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Rich Cocoa); Ranger (Spun Sugar)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Carnation Folded Card); The Paper Cut (Fossil Folded Tag Card, Fossil Window Overlay w/Card)
Other: Prima (Flower); Unknown (White Vintage Lace, Pink Eyelet Lace); McCall's (Vintage Pattern); Copic (Assorted Markers); i-Top (Brad); Claudine Hellmuth (Sticky Back Canvas)

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Bloghop

Welcome to dustypenny designs!  I am so happy you have joined me today for the OperationWriteHome Spring Break Bloghop! To start at the beginning, please visit OWH Stars & Stripes!
I learned about OWH last year and sent in more than 400 cards. This year I am trying to go for 500 cards -- 200 down, only 300 more to go!  I really like that the mission of OWH is simple: "Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." That is perfect for me since I love cardmaking. I am so happy to use my hobby to help heroes stay in touch with their families and friends at home.

Here is the card I made to share with you today! It is hard to tell from the photo, but this is a tag-shaped card! It opens up to reveal a message inside.

The two Hero Arts stamps I used were perfect for a springy card! The Hydrangea is just beautiful. It really makes a big impact when colored, cut out, and mounted to the card base with foam adhesive. I also shaped the leaves slighty to add to the dimension. If you look closely, the text background (very trendy right now) has the words "spring", "flowers", "blossoms", and more. Love that!

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (K5193 Flower Word Pattern, K5376 Hydrandgea)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black); Tsukineko (Rich Cocoa)
Paper(s): Neenah (Classic Crest Solar White); The Paper Cut (Fossil Folded Tag Card)
Other: Michael's (Ribbon); Copic (Assorted Markers); Sakura (Glitter Pen)

I challenge YOU to send some handmade cards to OWH soon! There is still time to send Mother's Day cards before the April 1 postmark deadline and you can send general cards (thinking of you, love, happy birthday, etc.) anytime! You can find all the pertinent details HERE.

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!


Please continue your hop at Hello From Kate.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Easter Bunny Card

I am thankful that this week is winding down, that I have a few lovely people (like you!) who visit my blog and leave a nice comment, and that spring has finally sprung! What are you thankful for today?

If I haven't visited your blog lately, it is because my Google Reader is about to explode. I think I added too many blogs too fast and now I'm having trouble keeping up. I might need to make some categories or other adjustments so it isn't so overwhelming.

Hubby liked this cute little bunny stamp so that was a good excuse for it to arrive in my mailbox this week! I am still trying to figure out Copic Markers. I don't think I am following the official technique, but I am trying to get better at it.

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (H5380 Bunny With Egg, CG139 Cling Dots, CL180 Happy Greetings)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black); Memories (White); ColorBox (Chestnut Roan)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Carnation & Celadon Folded Cards); The Paper Cut (Fossil Bib Card)
Other: Copic Markers (Assorted)

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

dustypenny (aka Joy)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sew Lovely by Lawn Fawn

Aren't these stamps just the cutest? I was super lucky and won them over on the Lawn Fawn blog earlier this month! Thanks again, Kelly Marie! I really love them.

Stamp(s): Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Rich Cocoa)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Carnation Folded Card); The Paper Cut (Fossil Tag Cards)
Other: Martha Stewart (Bows); Sakura (Glitter Pens); Copic Markers (Assorted); Recollections (Pearls)

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

dustypenny (aka Joy)
Monday, March 15, 2010

Un(Caged) Bird Card

I used lots and lots of Tim Holtz and Hero Arts goodness for this shiny springtime card. Just couldn't bear to put the birdie inside his cage!

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (CG125 Friend Definition, CG119 Flourish Background, CL342 Everyday Sayings)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (VersaMark), Hero Arts (Soft Sand); Ranger (Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain)
Paper(s): Hero Arts (Powder Folded Card); Upcycled Packaging (Chipboard)
Other: Sizzix (Caged Bird); Recollections (Pearls); Ranger (Perfect Pearls); American Crafts (Embossing Powder)

Now I'm off to eat dinner (thanks hubby!) and then play with some new stamps that arrived today. So many stamps, so little time!

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

dustypenny (aka Joy)
Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Card Chain Challenge

Hello. Remember me? It's been awhile again. Today is the first day in a very   l--o--n--g time that I didn't have to leave my house. It felt great!

Among work (aka stress) and other things (birthday, not so great doctor visit, etc.), I was also busy attending CKC Louisville and the Indianpolis Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. I have lots of cards and things from those weekends to share with you soon.

Now on to business... This sweet card from Donna Mikasa in HI arrived in my mailbox yesterday for Deborah's March Card Chain Challenge! The sentiment is a good reminder. I really need to put this card somewhere I will see it every single day!

Donna's cards always look so beautifully colored online, and this one is no exception. It is even more impressive in person! Just lovely.

As if the card was not enough, Donna also included a lovely My Sentiments Exactly stamp set. And finally, Donna has the most perfect handwriting I have ever seen. Such flair. Thanks so much, Donna!

Here is the card I sent to Marcy, which arrived in MA yesterday. I'm so glad she liked it! I was really happy with the way it turned out, even if the picture below looks crooked.

Stamp(s): Hero Arts (F5293 Bicycle, CL280 Elephants, CL180 Happy Greetings)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black); Ranger (Shabby Shutters); Copic Markers (Assorted)
Paper(s): The Paper Cut (Pink Lemonade/Fossil Scallop Circle Layered Kit)
Other: Royale (Crochet Thread); Bazzill (Ribbon); Prima (Flower); Flower Soft (Sweet Pea); Cuttlebug (Embossing Folder)

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

dustypenny (aka Joy)
Monday, March 1, 2010


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