Friday, April 30, 2010

Be Fabulous

I am going to be in NYC for a week starting tomorrow.  So, if the blog-o gets a little stale, I am sorry.  I had good intentions to make up some cards and post some scheduled posts.  I am running out of time and do not know if I will get them up in time.  Ekkk!!  Let's just say that we don't have all the details final yet.  Double Yikes!!!!    Thanks for looking!  I will see you on the flip side!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Die Cuts: Gypsy Wanderings (Cricut), Scallop Border (PTI)
Paper: Pink Leopard (wall paper sample book that was given to me), Dark Pink (MME)
Other: Black Felt (PTI), Tiny Pink Flower (MM), Jewels (dollar store), Copics

ScrapbookPal Design Team Entry

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sunshine and Smiles

Another quick one . . . . thanks for looking!

Stamps: Fillable Frames #3, Polka Dot Basics (PTI) Let It Shine, Thankful Accents (Verve)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, True Black (PTI)
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Stampers Select (PTI)
Other:  Fillable Frames #3 Die (PTI), Copics

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wonderful Friend

Quick post today as I am working on getting ready for NYC next week.  Today's card is another coloring card - my favorite new kind.  :)  Thanks for looking! 

Digital Stamp:  Spring Flower (Jessica Lynn Original)
Stamp: Round and Round, Polka Dot Basics, Year of Flowers: Violets (PTI)
Paper: Sweet Blush Bitty Dots, Stamper Select White, Spring Moss (PTI)
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby Satin Ribbon (colored with Copics)
Other: Copics, Sweet Blush Ink (PTI), True Black Ink (PTI), Spring Moss Ink (PTI), Spring Moss Button (PTI)

This card was made for the Spring Flower Contest at Jessica Lynn Original.  You should go get this flower for free and join in!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 2010 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It is that time again for the monthly PTI Blog Hop.  Ok, let me just say this to get it off my chest.  I REALLY wanted to do something super creative.  But life just didn't allow it this time around.  So, I was able to make a fun card.  Thanks for stopping by!  I so appreciate the comments and having such a great community share in one of my passions, card making.

Stamps: Big and Bold Wishes, Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms 2, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper: Stamper Select, Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores
Other: Tissue Paper (PTI), Button (PTI), Ribbon (unknown), Flower Die from Beautiful Blooms (PTI), Ribbon (unknown)

I hope you enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Challenge Redo

So, I sorda kinda missed that there was a color challenge to go along with the Papertrey Chicks Argyle Challenge.  So . . . I made another card.  :)

You can go and get all the details and participate by going to the Papertrey Chicks blog.

Thanks for looking!  I still have one more argyle card I am going to share and then I am done.  I think!  Have a great day!!

Background Paper: self-made and colored with Copics
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams (PTI)
Other: Pink Scallop Punch (Marvy Uchida), Butterfly Die (PTI), Smokey Shadow Ink (PTI), Ribbon (Paper Studio), Jewels (Dollar Store)

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I love to color with my Copics.  My entire life is an expanse of coloring with markers.  Seriously, it is weird.  But, I think you can guess that by this post.  :)  In college, I would sit in chapel and color for all the teacher ed majors.  They loved it, but I secretly loved it more.  So, now I am all grown up and found a more sophisticated (at least that is what I am telling myself) art form - Copics!  I wish there was a cure, but unfortunately I haven't found it yet.  (or fortunately)

Today is a fun, quick card I made.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Dafodills (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Noir (Palette)
Other: Copics, Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Argyle Inspiration

The very first Papertrey Chicks challenge is up.  I am going to have a crazy schedule the next couple of weeks and wanted to get in on the action quickly.  So, without further ado . . . here is my "Argyle Inspiration" card.

So, I don't really have anything argyle AND I didn't order the argyle stamp from PTI's release (shame on me).  In fairness, I went back yesterday to get it and it was sold out.  So, I created a digital file with an argyle pattern and colored away with my copics.  I love to color, but it is not for the faint at heart.

Thanks for looking!!

Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms 2, Fillable Frames #1 (PTI)
Paper: Mine - yes I did all the coloring
Other: Beautiful Blooms Dies (PTI), Black Felt (PTI), Lemon Tart Ribbon (PTI), Black Ink (Staz-On), Black Button (PTI), Tissue Paper (PTI)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to You

Quick post today.  I am still using through my stash.  I found this ribbon and new it had to be a bow on the front of a card.  Thanks for looking!!

Pattern Paper: Toile Paper (The Paper Studio)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Stamps: Fillable Frames #1, Damask Designs, Distressed Stipes (PTI)
Ink: True Black, Spring Moss (PTI)
Ribbon: Black (Hobby Lobby), Green (no idea!!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Favorite Little Stamp Set

I thought I would share a small little addiction I have.  It is for a particular stamp set. Actually it is a stamp and die set.  It is Fillable Frames #1 from Papertrey Ink.  I find myself reaching for it on almost every single card.  I have to literally tell myself NO.  I have to on purpose not reach for it.  I think it is so fun, classic, clean, and whimsical all at the same time - not to mention that I adore polka dots.  I just thought I would share something near and dear to me (well, in the inky world at least).

Today's card uses up some more of my stash.  I have determined to use through all of my older supplies.  I keep buying more and more only to have more and more.  I cannot tell you the dollar amount of the supplies I have just given away because at the time I loved it, refused to use it, and now think it is looking stale.  So, this is a continuation of Use It or Lose It.

Stamps: Fillable Frames #1, Through the Trees (PTI)
Ink: Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Paper: Basic Grey

What a simple, yet elegant card!  Well, to me anyway!!  Thanks for looking!  I totally enjoy reading all the comments and such sweet feedback.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Celebrate Life

I was ordering some supplies from Papertrey the other day and decided to throw the stamp set Life in the order.  Wow!  It is awesome!  I immediately took it out of the packaging and inked it up.

Stamps: Life (PTI)
Paper, Ink, Ribbon: Orange Zest, Terracotta, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Pattern Paper: Basic Grey
Other: Versa Mark

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Challenge

This card is for the Happily Ever Crafter blog.  This challenge was "A Mother of a Challenge" where we had to make a Mother's Day Card without florals, pinks, purples, or mauves.  I scratched my head and then this immediately popped in my head.  The embossing was so messy.  I tried 3 different times and that embossing powder clung hard to the pure poppy card stock.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  Happy Mother's Day (SillyLeAnn 2.0)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Other: Hawaiian Shores Ribbon (PTI), Vintage Cream Felt (PTI), Scallop Border Die (PTI), White Fillagree Embossing Powder

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Color Book for my Papertrey Colors

I filmed this video in February.  I wasn't too impressed by the quality and kept thinking I would go back and re-film it.  Well, here it is April and I am just going to share it.  I am a tad gun shy about putting myself out there, but I really love this little tool I made and wanted to share it with all paper crafters.

Without further ado . . . my video about my color book . . .

I am going to show you some photos of my book.

I wanted to note that this could be done for any company of card stock and ink.  I just happen to exclusively use PTI.  And you could further embellish your book with ribbons, copics, etc.  I didn't show it, but I chose to do my copic colors in the very back of this book (mostly because copics are not "perfect matches" and I find that I use variants of different colors depending on the project anyway).  I didn't include ribbon either because this book is a color tool and not a inventory.

Of note, since I filmed this in February, I filled all my color holes and now have a complete color set.  :)

Two Cards, One Inspiration

This is another of my Use it Up Challenge. I have this entire sheet of glittery spring stickers. I am almost all the way through using it. YEAH! These two cards looked better in my head, but I am still enjoying the final product. I was hoping the plum purple would show through a bit better on the kraft and had to change directions when it didn't. Thanks for looking today and enjoy!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics (PTI), Birthday Blessings (SillyLeAnn 2.0)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Plum Pudding (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Plum Pudding, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Ribbon: Ocean Tides (PTI), Lavender (Rabom)
Other: Beautiful Blooms Dies (PTI), EK Success Flower Punch, Glitter Stickers (Portabello), Glitter Glue (Hobby Lobby), Clear Embossing Powder

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Life, Love, You

I am a huge Weeds and Wildflowers fan. When I opened my Sweet and Simple Life #3 digital kit, I was blown away. As soon as I saw this word art, I knew it had to be a card.

I have been into purple lately.  No idea why, I have never really liked purple before now.  Aren't these blues and purples dreamy?  I thought so.

Thanks for looking today!  Have a great one!

Digital Papers & Stamps: Weeds and Wildflowers Sweet and Simple Life #3
Ribbon: American Crafts

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mojo Monday #133

I complaining this morning that I lost my crafting mojo.  I have been furiously working on my DH's 10 year anniversary book (digiscrap) that I haven't had time to think about paper, scissors, glue.  I went into my craft room several times and nothing.  Nothing at all.  So, today I was reading some blogs and happened onto one who participated in the Mojo Monday.  I needed some mojo so I headed over there.  Here is the sketch . . . .

This is what I did with it . . .

I have to just put this out there.  This is by far the most stuff I have ever put on a card.  I kept layering and layering and layering.  It was fun and definitely got my creative juices flowing.  I never thought of myself as a simple designer.  But, now I am thinking maybe I lean toward the more simple side of things.  Either way, it was fun and I am super glad I tried it.

Stamps: Let It Shine (Verve), Polka Dot Basics, BB2, Damask Designs (PTI), Little Flowers (Michael's)
Paper: Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Fresh Snow (PTI), Nior
Other: Rapberry Fizz Ribbon (PTI), Copics, Scallop Die (Spellbinders)