Monday, August 31, 2009

Holiday Classy & Elegant

Happy Monday, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for another week!

Still in the Christmas mode here today. I've got another Moxie Fab Stretch Your Holiday Style Challenge card to share today. This card is my submission for the Classy & Elegant Challenge. It's super simple but that satin ribbon and those rhinestones give it great glitz and glamor.

Look at that shine! I looks even better in person.
I've been trying out a new background for my cards, thanks to some helpful info from Shannan. What do you think?
Can you guys believe that today is the last day of August, where did the month go?! Christmas will be here before we know it! Thank goodness for these Moxie Fab Challenges, getting me into the holiday mood and giving me a head start on the season.
Well, thanks for visiting me today! Hope you enjoyed the card, I've got one more holiday challenge to do then its back to the everyday cards. Have a wonderful Monday! Bye, bye!
Peace: (all PTI unless noted)
  • Stamps: Snowflake Serenade
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides & Aqua Mist
  • Cardstock: White
  • Accessories: Ripe Avocado Satin Ribbon, KaiserCraft Rhinestones & Corner Rounder

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Holiday Fun & Cute

Hi all, hope you are having a great weekend!

I have yet another Christmas card to share with you today. This is what I came up with for the Stretch Your Holiday Style: A Fun and Cute Challenge over at the Moxie Fab World Blog... My cute Santa was cut from some PP I have had forever. Since he was cut from PP he was a little flimsy. So in order to strengthen him and attach him to the card with dimension, I adhered him to white cardstock and then cut him out again. The "ho ho ho" is a rhinestone sticker I have had forever as well. It's good to finally use all these Christmas goodies I have been hording.
I finished the card of with some polka dot scallops, floss and a rhinestone on top of cute little Santa's hat. Oh, can you believe it... not a single stamped image or sentiment on this card! I think that's a first for me on my blog.
I had the hardest time trying to get the perfect shots with this card. I think all the bling was too much for the camera. The photos I posted were the best I could do and I'm still not very happy with them. It looks so much better in person. Oh well, you get the idea though, right?!
Hope you enjoyed your visit with me today!
ho ho ho:
  • Stamps/Ink: None (he,he!)
  • Cardstock: PTI White
  • Pattern Paper: Provo Craft Holiday Slab V
  • Accessories: Me and My Big Ideas Rhinestone Sticker, KaiserCrafts Rhinestone (for hat), DMC Floss

Friday, August 28, 2009

Holiday Vintage Style

Happy Friday to you all! Yeah, the weekend is just around the corner!

I am playing along with the Moxie Fab Stretch Your Holiday Style Challenges again. Today's card is for the Vintage & Shabby Chic Challenge. I am stepping way out of my element on this one... I went for more of a vintage style on this card. These stamp from SEI were the best images I had for something vintage. To add to the vintage feel I distressing the edges of the green stamped cardstock and the sentiment. The edges of the card base and the green cardstock were inked with Vintage Cream ink. To add the perfect vintage touch I pulled out my PTI vintage buttons... I stitch a row of my most vintage looking cream and brown buttons, then finished off the sentiment with one last button.

So what do you think? Does it have a vintage feel to it at all? I've stretch my style on this one, so I'd love to here what you think!

The weekend is almost here, Yeah!!! Do you have any big plans? I have my 10 year HS reunion on Saturday, hard to believe it already been 10 yrs! Well, hope you have a good one! Thanks for stopping by today!


Merry Christmas Vintage Style:
  • Stamps: SEI Alpine Frost & Hero Arts Holiday Messages
  • Ink: PTI Vintage Cream, Versamark & SU Mellow Moss
  • Cardstock: PTI Dark Choc & Vintage Cream, SU Always Artichoke
  • Accessories: PTI Dark Choc & Cream Vintage Buttons, Cream Twine

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Holiday Clean and Graphic

Happy Thursday! Today I'm playing along with the Moxie Fab Stretch Your Holiday Style: A Clean & Graphic Challenge. I know Christmas is still a ways off, but it's never too early to work on my holiday stash. Here is my attempt... Clean and graphic style is described as having white space, clean lines, and simple treatment of text. The purpose of these challenges is to stretch your own style and use styles you would not usually create with. For my card I went with a design that I would not normally think to use for a Christmas/Holiday card. I really like the way the "mod" flower turned out, it's funky and fun!

So what do you think, would you call this clean and graphic? So stop on by the Moxie Fab World Blog and check out all the other challenges going on there too. Maybe you can give them a try!
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Holidays:
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Holiday Messages
  • Ink: PTI Ocean Tides
  • Cardstock: PTI Ocean Tides & White, SU Certain Celery
  • Pattern Paper: Holiday Slab V Provo Craft
  • Accessories: Corner Rounder

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Clean and Simple Blossom

Hi all and happy Wednesday! Today I have another card made for the CAS (Clean and Simple) Autumn 09 Design Team Search. The sketch challenge is to make a card based off of this card. Here is my take... Very simple. I wanted to keep the focus on the flower. The flower was cut from my Blossom Nestabilities, I embossed the largest blossom with swiss dots. The remaining smaller blossoms I crinkled up, then layered the blossoms together and held them in place with a button and thread.
Yesterday Blog Hop fun got me all excited about fall, so now I'm off to go bake banana bread! Mmmmmmm! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!
Get Well Wishes:
  • Stamps: Beautiful Blooms & Floral Frenzy (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado & Berry Sorbet
  • Cardstosck: White
  • Accessories: Berry Sorbet Twill Ribbon, Blossom Nestabilities, Spring Moss Vintage Button, DMC Floss, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder & Corner Rounder

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August PTI Blog Hop

This months PTI Blog Hop challenge is to create a project inspired by Autumn. Here is what I came up with...

This is my favorite time of the year, what's not to love about this season! There is so much to be inspired by... the changing of the leaves, warm fuzzy sweaters, roaring fires, rich colors and so on. My choice for adding texture was embroidery floss (no surprise there since I've been using it like crazy) and a torn and distressed edge. I stamped my Beautiful Blooms leaf image in brown then added little berries by tying french knots with red embroidery floss.

Wrapped more embroidery floss under the punched apron lace border and finished the card off with a sentiment and another cute little berry.
I find it hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but it can't get here soon enough! So what is your favorite season of the year? I'd love to know!
Oh, and another note... I have been blogging for just over a month now and I'm loving it! I have been blessed to meet and become friends with many incredible and talented people through this outlet. Thanks to each and everyone of you who take the time to visit me!

Well thanks for hopping by! Hope you enjoyed!


Hello: (all PTI unless noted)

  • Stamps: Beautiful Blooms & Beyond Basic Borders
  • Ink: Dark Choc
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream & Dark Choc
  • Accessories: DMC Floss, Apron Lace Border Punch & Corner Rounder

Monday, August 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #15

Another fabulous Raspberry Suite Color Challenge by Dawn McVey! Here is what I came up with...
The card base is made from cream cardstock, even though it looks white. The butterflies were punched from melon and pink cardstock then crinkled, for a bit of a distressed look, to match the torn edge of the pink cardstock below. Then embellished with spring moss buttons. The vine border was inked in spring moss and the apron lace border was punched from melon cardstock. Finished the card of with a touch of cream twine and a sentiment.

That girl always amazes me with her creative color combos!
Aren't you amazed...No stitching or knots! :D Except for the buttons of course, but that doesn't count. Anyways, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Thanks for visiting me today, hope you enjoyed the card! Bye, bye!
It's A Girl!: (All PTI unless noted)
  • Stamps: Beyond Basic Borders & SU Nursery Necessities
  • Ink: Spring Moss & Pink
  • Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Bazzill Med Pink & SU Groovy Guava
  • Accessories: Spring Moss Vintage Buttons, Twine, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Fiskers Apron Lace Punch, Corner Rounder

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Purple Inspired

Hello all! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Ok so I must admit, purple is really growing on me. :) When I saw this beautiful card (scroll down to the second card on her post) by Dawn McVey I knew I had to try that color combo. Here is a simple card I came up with in no time...
Again with the embroidery floss, french knots and the In Bloom stamp set. I hope you aren't sick of them yet. :) This is such a cheery color combo, thought it would work well for a "pick me up" card.
Sorry for such a quick post. I have company coming over for dinner today and need to prepare.
What kind of weather are you guys having today? We are getting a little rain! I'm loving it, reminds me that fall is just around the corner. Hope you have a great weekend!
Oh, and one more thing... I think I finally figured how to upload my pictures so that when you click on them, they enlarge. Hope it works. Bye, bye!
Hope you're feeling better: (all PTI unless noted)
  • Stamps: In Bloom
  • Ink: SU Perfect Plum
  • Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Kraft & Vintage Cream
  • Accessories: DMC Floss, Apron Lace Border Punch

Friday, August 21, 2009

With A Twist

Happy Friday!!! Yeah! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. Thank you all for your supportive comments about my masculine card from yesterday.

So, over at the Splitcoaststampers Forum a search for the new Autumn 2009 CAS Design Team is underway. I've been having fun keeping up with the weekly challenges lately so I figured... what the heck, I could give that a try. So here is my first submission...
There are 3 different challenges to participate in: Sketch, Color & Theme. Today's card is what I came up with for the Color Challenge: Monochromatic With A Twist. The rules are to use different shades of brown and just a tad bit of red. I only have one shade of brown and kraft cardstock, so I hope that kraft counts as a shade of brown too.

For the "tad bit" of red I used embroidery floss and tied french knots to make my flowers. I also used the floss to wrap and tie around the bottom of the image panel.
Well, thanks for stopping in and visiting with me today. I hope you enjoyed the card and hope you have a great weekend!
Thank You: (all PTI unless noted)
  • Stamps: Beyong Basic Borders
  • Ink: Dark Choc
  • Cardstock: Dark Choc & Kraft
  • Accessories: DMC Floss, Apron Lace Punch

Thursday, August 20, 2009

That Was A Toughie!

Hello my friends! Ok, so today's card I keep going back and forth on whether or not to post it. So, I'm going for it...I better post it before I change my mind!This card was created for the CAS28 Challenge, to make a masculine card. This is definitely not my strong point, in fact it's probably my weakest! Masculine cards are always a challenge for me. I was going for Clean and Simple (but I think it may be a little to simple) and no frilliness. I used the same frame idea used on this card, just adjusted the size to fit this card. Rounded the corners of the image panel. Use black DMC embroidery floss for the cross stitches (along the sentiment and image) to match the buttons. So that's pretty much it.

I'm not sure how I feel about this card. So please let me know what you think, good or bad, I can handle it!

Thanks for stopping in today and have a wonderful Thursday!


Enjoy The Ride: (all PTI unless noted)

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
  • Ink: True Black
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Ocean Tides, White
  • Accessories: White Vintage Buttons, DMC Floss and Corner Rounder

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hey There, Chickadee!

Hello there my friends! Hope you are having a wonderful day! First off I wanted to thank all of you for the super sweet comments you left for me about my good new! I am so blessed to have made so many new and great friends through my new blog. You guys are the best!!!
So here is today's card...I whipped out the polka dots and heat embosser for this card. It's hard to see in the picture but along the edge of the bird image panel is a border of brown apron lace punched cardstock. The border stands out so nice in my original picture, but here it's really hard to see. For some reason when I post my pictures on the blog they do not look as good as the originals on my computer. Any of you have any suggestions on how to fix this? I'm still learning here and need all the help I can get!

What do you think of my grounding effect, under the birds? This happened totally by accident, but I think it turned out kind of nice. Some of the ink on my stamp block came off onto the image panel as I was stamping the sentiment. I was upset at first (I seam to do this a lot, mess up my cards on the very last step) but then I realized that I could make it work. I just needed to continue the effect all the way across the panel. So I inked up the block (on purpose this time) and stamped the ground under my birdies. Kind of neat, wouldn't you say?! I'm definitely going to have to try this one again!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your little visit with me today!


Hey There, Chickadee: (All PTI unless noted)

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits & Polka Dot Basics II
  • Ink: Dark Choc & Versamark
  • Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream & Dark Choc.
  • Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Vintage Buttons & Twill Ribbon, DMC Floss, KaiserCraft Rhinestones, JoAnn's Clear Embossing Powder, Fiskers Apron Lace Border Punch & Corner Rounder.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bringing Back the Blooms & Good News!

Hello my friends! I've brought In Bloom back out to play...

Yes... I still love this set! :) It's hard to see in the photo but the green strip is embossed with blooms in cream embossing powder. Behind that I slipped in a textured torn edge and then tied it together with a button and bow. The bloom image is stamped in vintage cream ink onto the craft card base...Then embellished with a few french knots, more of that wonderful embroidery floss I've been using lately. Oh, and added a few stitches to the sentiment for good measure! What do you think of the color combo? It totally reminds me of sorbet ice cream, mmmmmm! I'm not sure if sorbet ice cream and flowers mix well together, oh well.

Anyways, I'm very excited to share my news with you! Today I received a very sweet email from Susan Opel with PaperCrafts Magazine, accepting a few of my cards for publication in the March/April 2010 issue! This will be my first time ever being featured in PaperCrafts! I can't wait to see them in print, it's going to be a long 7 months!

So, thank you all for taking the time to visit me and for all your wonderful comments. Have a blessed Tuesday!


There's Nothing Better Than A True Friend: (all PTI unless noted)

  • Stamps: In Bloom
  • Ink: Vintage Cream, Dark Choc & Berry Sorbet
  • Paper: Kraft, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet & Vintage Cream
  • Accessories: Summer Sunrise GG Ribbon, Berry Sorbet Vintage Button, DMC Floss, Fiskers Apron Lace Border Punch & JoAnn's Embossing Powder

Monday, August 17, 2009

All Things Grow With Love & Patience

Happy Monday to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today I have another Everyday Button Bits card to share with you. This time I used the flower bunch image...

I pulled out the good old needle and embroidery floss again and straight stitched a couple of rows (also stitched on that cute white button flower along the bottom, the flower detail is there its just hard to see in the picture). The polka dots were all embossed in clear embossing powder. Check out these cute button flowers...I really love how they hang over the edge of the circle.

Thanks again for stopping in and visiting me today! Hope you have a wonderful Monday! I've had a pretty crazy day so far, nothing seems to be going right (praying for patience!).


All thing grow with love:

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits & Polka Dot Basics II
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz & Versamark
  • Cardstosck: Kraft, Spring Moss, Spring Rain & White
  • Accessories: Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz & White Vintage Buttons, DMC Floss, Circle Punch, Embossed Curves Border Punch, Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gettin' My Brain In Gear

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Do you ever get stuck on a card, just can't make it work, and have to walk away? It happens to me quite often. Anyways today's card was one of those cards...
I started on it yesterday and knew I wanted to work with this topiary image and I thought it would look great pair with embossed leaves from In Bloom. So the original color combo was ripe avocado, brown, kraft and cream. I played around with different layouts, different buttons, whatever I could think of! Nothing was working! So I though enough is enough and left to go to my work out class. I guess getting a good buns kicking work out must have kick my brain into gear! As soon as I got back I took one look at my card and thought "COLOR!" So that's when the raspberry fizz came into play and everything else just fell into place.It's kind of hard to tell in the pictures but the leaves are embossed with clear embossing powder. The topiary pot was stamped a second time and cut out, then mounted with dimensional adhesive for a little bit more dimension. For the selection of the buttons, I thought it would be neat to pair a fun textured button (top, but it's hardly noticeable) with a simple one (bottom).

I think it turned out all right, considering the struggle I had with it.

Thanks for stopping in! I hope you enjoyed spending a little time with me today.


From Me To You:

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits & In Bloom
  • Ink: Dark Choc. & Versamark
  • Cardstock: Dark Choc., Ripe Avocado, Kraft, Cream & Raspberry Fizz
  • Accessories: Apron Lace Punch (Fiskers), Raspberry Fizz Vintage Buttons & Twill Ribbon, DMC Floss & Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Published Work & Other Accomplishments

Last Updated: 8/23/11

Just thought I would share a few places you could find my creations...

Stamp Designer:

  • Papertrey Ink - Stamping Simply (Feb 2011 - Current)
  • Stamp Sets I've Designed:

Design Teams:

Paper Crafts Magazine:

  • Jan/Feb 2012 - 2 Cards & 1 Gift
  • Card A Day - 6 Cards
  • Nov/Dec 2011 - 4 Cards
  • Holiday Cards & More, Vol 6 (Nov 2011) - 4 Cards & 5 Gifts
  • Go-to Sketches for Card Makers (Aug 2011)- 1 Card
  • Stamp It! Cards Vol 8 (Jul 2011) - 11 Cards
  • Jul/Aug 2011 - 5 Cards
  • Card Creations: Vol 9 (May 2011) - 9 Cards
  • 225 Cards & Gifts (Mar 2011) - Card Set & 3 Gifts
  • Mar/Apr 2011 - 3 Cards
  • Stamp It! Technique (Jan 2011) - 9 Cards
  • Jan/Feb 2011 - 2 Cards
  • Card Creations: Favorite Occasions - 10 Cards (COVER!)
  • Nov/Dec 2010 - 2 Cards
  • Holiday Cards & More, Vol 5 2010 - 5 Cards & 1 Gift (COVER!)
  • Sept/Oct 2010 - 2 Cards (COVER!)
  • July/Aug 2010 - 4 Cards
  • Card Creations 8 (May 2010) - 10 Cards
  • May/June 2010 - 3 Cards
  • Go To Sketches (March 2010)- 13 Cards (COVER!)
  • March/April 2010 - 6 Cards
  • Stamp It (Jan 2010) - 6 Cards

CARDS Magazine:

  • January 2012 - 1 Card
  • October 2011 - 1 Card
  • May 2011 - 1 Card
  • March 2011 - 3 Cards
  • February 2011 - 2 Cards & 1 Tag
  • December 2010 - 2 Cards
  • November 2010- 1 Card
  • October 2010 - 2 Cards
  • September 2010 - 4 Cards
  • August 2010 - 1 Card
  • July 2010 - 3 Cards
  • June 2010 - 6 Cards & (Designer of the Month)
  • May 2010 - 3 Cards & 1 Tag
  • April 2010 - 2 Cards
  • March 2010 - 4 Cards
  • February 2010 - 2 Cards & 2 Tags (COVER!)
  • January 2010 - 4 Cards
  • December 2009 - 2 Cards & 1 Tags (Tag also featured on the CARDS blog)
  • November 2009 - 2 Cards
  • October 2009 - 4 Cards & 2 Tags
  • August 2009 - 2 Cards
  • May 2009 - 2 Cards (Also featured on the CARDS Blog)
  • April 2009 - 1 Card
  • March 2009 - 2 Cards
  • February 2009 - 1 Card
  • January 2009 - 2 Cards
  • December 2008 - 2 Card

Embellish Magazine:

  • Spring 2010 - 1 Card

Featured Here:

Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenges:

In the Spotlight:

  • 10/30/09 - #18 (2 Cards)
  • 8/6/09 - #13
  • 7/22/09 - #12
  • 7/9/09 - #11
  • 06/29/09 - #10
  • 6/22/09 - #9
  • 6/3/09 - #7

Moxie Fab Challenges:

Embellish Magazine Challenges:

Whats Hot:

CARDS Magazine Blog Challenges:

Hero Arts Challenges:

Papertrey Ink:

Guest Star Stamper:

You're So Sweet

Happy Friday!!! Yeah the weekend is almost here!

Today's card it based off of the Fall To Layout #54. Here is my take on it...Yes, it is a skinny card again, hope you aren't bored of them yet! :) Anyways, today's card is super simple, it literally took me about 10 minutes to make!

To create the black frame all I did was cut a piece of scrap cardstock to the size needed, rounded the corners (still using that corner rounder, just in a different way! Got to love that tool!) and traced it with a black ultra fine point Sharpie. I made sure to leave space for the sentiment. I wanted "sweet" to stand out a bit more, so I embellished it with some bling. I use my Everyday Button Bits again, it has such a great assortment of images! Using the cherries today, I stamped the stems in ripe avocado onto a spring moss circle. Added two berry sorbet buttons, stitch with black floss, to match the frame. Then just popped it onto the card making sure to extend it over the edge. So that was it! Easy Peasy!!! What do you think?

I think this weekend will be another laid back weekend for us! Do any of you have any big plans? Well, hope you have a good one. Thanks for stoppin' in today, hope you enjoyed! Come back soon!


You're So Sweet:

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado & Berry Sorbet
  • Cardstock: White & Spring Moss
  • Accessories: Berry Sorbet Vintage Buttons, DMC Black Floss, Black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie, Kaiser Rhinestones, Circle Punch & Corner Rounder

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #14

Hello my friends! So it's time again for Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Challenge. I tell ya, this was a challenge for me. First it took me forever to come up with and idea and once I did, it kept changing. Second I found it hard to combine these colors without a dark neutral, like a brown or black. I kept wanting to throw a green in there too and do flowers, but I refrained. So here is my take...I went with a skinny card for this one, they are just so much fun! I inked the balloon baskets and sentiment in burgundy. I don't have Scarlet Jewel (yet!) so I improvised and used a burgundy ink and button I had in my stash. I used SU Perfect Plum for the stamped background and had a purple button in my stash, for the balloon. I have tons of Raspberry Fizz so I pulled out my "bag o buttons" and GG ribbon.Aren't these Hot Air Balloons too cute?! Its so perfect for Papertrey Ink to create a set made for buttons, it's a great way to incorporate any color combo!

So hope you all have a great Thursday. The weekend is almost here! Yeah! Hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stoppin' in, come back soon!


Soaring By To Say Hi:
  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits & Background Basics: Retro
  • Ink: SU Perfect Plum & Burgandy
  • Cardstock: Vintage Cream
  • Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Button & Grossgrain Ribbon, Burgandy and Purple Buttons from my stash, Circle Punch & Corner Rounder

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Just A Little Something

Happy Wednesday! Today's post is going to be a quick one. My son and I have a picnic lunch to go to with friends and I'm running late! So, the card I'm sharing with you today is "Just A Little Something" I whipped up in no time...I love the bold color with the pop of white. This card is for you Jessica, I know how much you love pink! The background image was stamped and embossed in white for a little extra texture and pop. Don't you just love that button! It totally looks like it's on fire!

So I hope you liked today's super simple card. Have a wonderful day and hope your week is going great! Talk at you later.


Just A Little Something:

  • Stamps: Background Basics: Retro & Everyday Button Bits (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz & SU Craft White
  • Cardstosck: White & Raspberry Fizz
  • Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Vintage Button, Twine, White Embossing Powder & Corner Rounder

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Life's Simple Pleasures

Hello my friends! So I've finally taken a step back from my In Bloom set. :) Today I bring you this cheery little card...I use the Beyond Basic Borders tree again. This time I gave it some foliage! I punched a circle from spring moss cardstock and stamped text in Ripe Avocado (did this along the side of the card as well). Topped it off with a flowery button.

I'm really enjoying adding buttons to my ribbon accents, it's a fun switch from the usual knot or bow. I love how simple this card is but at the same time it's loaded with lots of texture and interest. The torn cardstock strip adds a bit of texture, I just tore it by hand and curled the ends up a bit. It was super easy! The ribbon and the buttons all have their own great texture and shine to them. Extending the tree top and sentiment over the edges adds a touch of interest, as does the stamped text background. Oh, and of course the rounded corners (gotta love that corner rounder... lol).

So what are some of your favorite ways to add texture and interest to your creations?

I hope this was a nice change from all those In Bloom cards. :) Glad you stopped in for a visit, now you all have a wonderful day!


Life's Simple Pleasures:

  • Stamps: Beyond Basic Borders, Background Basic: Text Style & Shapes By Design (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Choc. & Berry Sorbet
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Spring Moss, Dark Choc & Vintage Cream
  • Accessories: Berry Sorbet & Spring Moss Vintage Buttons, Twine, Berry Sorbet Twill Ribbon, Circle Punch & Corner Rounder

Monday, August 10, 2009

Flourishes In Bloom

Happy Monday to you! Hope the weekend didn't go by too fast.

So today I have yet another In Bloom card to share with you. This time I paired it with some flourishes. I layered the bloom again, but this time I used raspberry ink on kraft cardstock (Mmmmmmm, love the look). So this is how it turned out...
I used my apron lace border punch on kraft cardstock, then stamped text using raspberry ink onto the punched border. A small and a large flourish were stamped behind the bloom, its amazing how flourishes just add the right touch to a card. I added a little something special to the center of the bloom...The way I cut and layered the bloom enabled me to tuck a little black button in the center. Just thought it was a unique and cute little detail. It's the details that count right?

So have I exhausted you with this set yet? I hope not, I plan to be using it a lot. It has now become a go-to set for me. Although, I do plan to use a different stamp set on my next post! :)

I hope you liked the card today. So, just like the sentiment on the card... Thank You for stopping by today and for all the wonderful comments you leave me. It's like a little bit of extra sunshine in my day, I love each and every one of them!
Thank You:
  • Stamps: In Bloom, Fancy Flourishes, Background Basics: Text Style and Beyond Basic Borders (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado & True Black
  • Cardstock: White, Raspberry Fizz, Kraft & Black
  • Accessories: PTI Vintage Buttons, DMC Floss, Apron Lace Border Punch, Corner Rounder

Sunday, August 9, 2009

True Friend

Hello my friends!

So, I am excited to share today's card with you all! As you know already I am having a blast playing around with my In Bloom stamp set. I love it, it's such a versatile set and I can't quite put it down! On yesterdays card I layered the bloom image and showcased it as the main focal point. Today card uses it as a background for the sentiment. So onto the card...
Since the sentiment is so long I chose to layer the sentiment over the image. The sentiment comes as one stamp, but to get the two colors I carefully inked up one side in brown and then the other in raspberry. Then placed a few buttons in a way to help draw the attention to the sentiment.

Are you loving this color combo as much as me? I think it may be one of my faves! Oh, and can you believe it, I resisted the corner punch on this one!!! LOL!

Hope you are enjoying your last bit of the weekend! We are headed to a friends house for dinner and dessert, I'm bringing the strawberry shortcake! Mmmmmmmm! :)


Nothing Better Than A True Friend:

  • Stamps: In Bloom & Background Basics: Retro
  • Ink: Dark Choc, Summer Sunrise & Raspberry Fizz
  • Cardstock: Kraft, White, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz & Dark Choc
  • Accessories: Rasp Fizz Vintage Buttons, Twine, Apron Lace Border Punch

Saturday, August 8, 2009

In Bloom

Hi there! Hope you are all enjoying you're weekends!

So as promised yesterday, today I share with you my card using the new In Bloom stamp set from Papertrey Ink. So here you go...
This flower image would be fabulous all colored in, but I am not a colorer at all! lol! So my way of adding color is to stamp the images in different colors. The large bloom was stamped in Raspberry Fizz and the smaller ones were stamped in red. I stamped the images multiple times and cut out different sections of each flower, then adhere them together with dimensional adhesive to give it a layered look. Just like Nichole Heady did for this card.

I gave the card a little extra detail with black rhinestones, black scallops and a sentiment stamped in black as well. Again with the "skinny" card, it just makes such elegant cards. So this may seem like a lot of work for a card, since this is the first time playing around with this set. But I have had this idea in my head ever since ordering it and couldn't wait to create it. It turned out just like I had envisioned, which rarely happens. Usually my cards come out completely different from the original idea. How about you, do your cards usually come out as planned or off on some other tangent?

So, I'm loving this set and have already made a few more cards with it. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. So hope you'll stop in again soon. Talk at you later!


Thank You:

  • Stamps: In Bloom & Damask Design (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado, True Black & SU Real Red
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream & Bazzil Black
  • Accessories: Kaiser Craft Black Rhinestones, Apron Lace Punch & Corner Rounder

Friday, August 7, 2009

Button Tread

Happy Friday everyone!

I have some more new goodies to share with you (I promise, I'm rarely this fortunate), my new PTI order came in yesterday. Yeah! :) In Bloom and Everyday Button Bits were on back-order, so as soon as they came in I had to place an order. So today's card was made using Everyday Button Bits (I'll post a card with In Bloom tomorrow)... Using my punches again! :) As soon as I saw these Spring Rain vintage buttons I immediately thought of tire tread. What better way to use them than on a bike! Here is what I am talking about...

See that tread like detail, it's a perfect fit! Did you notice the button threading? Just thought I would try something new (sorry for the glare), I thought it might make the bike look like it's in motion. Not sure if it worked. It is a cute detail though!

If you guys haven't noticed already, I love my corner rounder!!! I use it on almost every card, it just adds a nice subtle detail. Don't get me wrong, I love all my punches but this one just seems to fit every card no matter what the style is. Do any of you have a go-to tool like this?

Anyways, I have a birthday celebration to go to tonight (my niece is turning 5!), but other than that no big plans for the weekend! Hope you all have a wonderful one!


So Sorry I'm Late:

  • Stamps: Everyday Button Bits & Polka Dot Basic II
  • Ink: SU Bashful Blue & Grey
  • Cardstock: PTI White & SU Basic Grey
  • Accessories: Spring Rain Vintage Buttons, Twine, Spring Rain Twill Ribbon, Apron Lace & Embossed Curves Border Punches, Corner Rounder

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hey There cupcake!

Hey there! Hope you are having a good week.

Earlier this week my sister and I (Hi Sis!) did some shopping together. I found a great sale on a couple of border punches I have been eyeballing. I've been seeing them all over cards lately and have been dying to get my hands on them. So today's card showcases my new toys...
Another purchase I made was with my 40% off Michaels coupon, on a new Heat Embossing Tool. A few months ago I had dropped my last one, it didn't like me after that (lol), and it quit working. I had forgotten how much fun this tool was! The polka dots on the blue strip are embossed with clear powder. For a special touch on the cupcake I gave it a good coating of yum yum frosting using white embossing powder. Mmmmmm! :) Check out this yumminess...

The flower button and ribbon detail (one on the left side) is one of my favorite things about this card. The button is adorable, but it only had one large hole in it. So I tied a knot in the ribbon, strung it through the hole and wrapped it around the card. Such a simple detail but it adds a lot, going to have to do it again!

So what do you think of my frosted cupcake? Does it look good enough to eat? I'll pretend it's my sisters homemade frosting, she makes a killer cream cheese frosting! Lol! Mmmmmm!

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting me today and sorry if I've given you the urge to eat something sweet and unhealthy. :)


Hey There Cupcake!

  • Stamps: Cupcake Collection, Polka Dot Basic II
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz, SU Bashful Blue, SU Choc Chip, SU Craft White & Versamark
  • Cardstock: Kraft, White, Dark Choc & SU Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Apron Lace & Embossed Curves Border Punches, Corner Rounder, Raspberry Fizz and Spring Rain Twill Ribbons and Fizz Vintage Buttons, Twine, Clear & White Embossing Powder, Stickles

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bold & Bright

Today's card was inspired by this photo in Better Homes And Gardens Magazine, August 09 issue...This photo really stood out to me because of its bold, bright and fun colors. This is not a usual color combo for me, I'm not really a fan of purple and don't usually go so bold; but I just love how these colors came together in this bouquet. Here is my interpretation... The colors used were: Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado & SU Perfect Plum. I have a very small stash of purple cardstock (one 12X12 sheet) and this card almost used it all up! lol!. I may not be a fan of purple but the other two are a couple of my favorites.

The sentiment is a little hard to see clearly, here is a better shot...Now that I'm thinking about it, I should have stamped the sentiment on a purple strip of cardstock in white ink. This probably would have helped it stand out better. Too late now, oh well. Live and learn. :)

Ok... I guess the purple is kind of growing on me. :) Maybe it just needs to be combined with the right colors.

So how about you, what are your favorite colors or least favorite colors? Do you like to go for Bold & Bright or Soft & Subtle? I'd love to hear your take!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!! Thanks for visiting!


Thanks You:
  • Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Retro, Fancy Flourishes & Damask Design (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Su Perfect Plum
  • Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz & SU Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: Ripe Avocado Satin Ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Raspberry Fizz Vintage Button, MM Button, Twine, Scalloped Edge Punch, Corner Rounder

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I'd Pick You!

Happy Tuesday!

Today's card was inspired by a challenge I gave my self. I have this huge white button that I could not figure out what to do with. So I challenged my self to put it to use and I turned it into a double button flower...

Wow, look at me... no polka dots this time! :) To make it look more like a flower, I gave it a green center using a smaller Spring Moss button. Three buttons are place on the right side of the card to help balance out the massive button and to make your eye flow along the card from left to right (to make it visually pleasing).

Here is a better shot of the double button flower...

I'm sure you've already noticed, but I've been trying out a new card size. This card measures 7" X 3 1/2" (7"X7" folded in half). It's fun to work with the extra length and it looks great with lots of blank/open space. It's easy to work with visually too.

For a challenge I think it turned out ok, let me know what you think! Maybe you too can switch up the dimensions of your next card or challenge your self to use something from your stash that keeps you puzzled. :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a good one!


I'd Pick You:

  • Stamps: Beyond Basic Borders, Background Basics: Retro & Green Thumb (Sentiment)
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado & SU Craft White
  • Cardstock: Kraft, White & SU Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: White & Spring Moss PTI Vintage Buttons, Twine, Scalloped Edge Punch & Corner Rounder

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cupcake Goodness

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a very productive one, finished painting the ceiling in one day! Very glad its done!

So this weeks CAS Challenge is to use stitching, real or faux. I kinda laughed when I first saw this, it's the perfect challenge because I had been working on this technique for the last week. So here is a card I made before the challenge was posted, but fits it perfectly...

I prefer to do my stitching by hand with embroidery floss, I really like the thicker stitches and prefer the look. I'm also too lazy to keep lugging the heavy sewing machine in and out of the closet. :) Here I did a Zig-zag stitch along the seem of the two polka dots. I'm not sure if Zig-zag is the correct term exactly, but that's what it looks like to me... lol. The button is threaded with the same brown floss to match the stitching. Here is a tip I find very handy: Make sure to pierce all the holes, with a paper piercer, before using the needle and thread/floss. Its much easier on the fingers.

I'm really liking this color combo, Chocolate with berry and orange. This combo was made for cupcakes! Polka dots were made for cupcakes too, hope your not tired of them yet.

I pulled out my neglected Stickles for this card and went to town. Here is a close up of the glittery goodness!...

I really like the way this card turned out. It's cute, simple and has lots of fun details! Hope you like it too!

Hope you have a great Monday!


Eat Cake:

  • Stamps: Cupcake Collection & Polka Dot Basic II
  • Ink: Summer Sunrise & SU Choc. Chip
  • Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Dark Choc. & White
  • Accessories: DMC Floss, Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Stickles (Stardust) & PTI Berry Sorbet Vintage Button