Saturday, May 9, 2015


Today I made a card for the the Colour Me Challenge which is to use monochromatic colors of Crisp Cantaloupe.

I stamped an array of butterflies in Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Sweet Blush.  I added a layer of vellum over the top and embossed the sentiment in silver. 

I had a really difficult time getting the vellum attached because it was warped. I need to work on that.  I thought I might need special vellum tape but my XL Runner Tape worked well and doesn't show through.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Greaceful Greetings (pti)
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White (SU), vellum
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral (SU), Sweet Blush  (pti)
Other: Versamark, Silver embossing powder

Edited 5/13:  My card was chosen as a Colour Connoisseur Honorable Mention. Wahoo!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Good Morning! Today is Papertrey's monthly blog hop. Shaker cards are really big right now and when I saw the inspiration photo I thought Mother's Day and shaker.

I used my new Quickutz Nesting Squares Rounded dies to make the shaker frame. For the acetate window I used a sheet that a PTI stamp had come on. I keep all those clear sheets and figured I could finally use one. I found it to be a bit thick though. I used a metal shim and ran it through my Big Shot 3 times and it still didn't cut all the way through. I needed to use scissors to cut one side. Regular acetate sheets would be better. I stamped a few flowers in Sweet Blush on the backing piece of the shaker before assembling. The flower is stamped in  Hibiscus Burst and Ripe Avocado. (As an aside, I got the seed beads from Amazon and as far as I can tell they are exactly the same as what SSS is now selling for over twice the price.)

I used my Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal to cut the black strips. I used the outer frame to help me position the strips. Then I stamped the sentiment and the card was done.

Here's the challenge photo:

Hope my mom likes this card!  Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Saturday!!

Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Keep It Simple: Mother (PTI)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse Bitty Dots DSP, White, Black (PTI)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush (PTI); Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Bitty Bouquets die, Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal, Double sided adhesive foam (PTI); Nesting Squares Rounded dies (Quickutz); Bead Box seed beads (Blue Moon)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sprinkled With Love

This card is for my daughter and SIL for their 6th anniversary. Happy anniversary Vickie and Brian!

I followed Betsy Veldman's video on how to make the shaker.  I die cut the "Sprinkled" twice and glued it together to give it some depth and then glued it onto the heart.

Stamps: Make It Market Shaker & Sprinkles
Paper: Brocade Blue & Basic Black (SU), Tropical Teal, White & Aqua Mist Bitty Dots (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Make It Market Shaker & Sprinkles Kit (PTI), Stitched Rectangles dies (SSS), sequins (Avery Elle)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Cards After the Fact

These are the Easter cards I made this year. I couldn't post them until I knew that my family had received them and I was a bit slow getting them out. Oops. Sorry family!

My first card is a CASE of this card.  First I stamped the chevrons on a 5-1/4 x 4" panel. Then I used one of the In the Meadow dies to cut the arc at the bottom. It works as a nice substitute for one of the new Sentiment Splits dies by Papertrey. I played with angling the sentiment on my acrylic block until it fit the arc. Then I trimmed some off the top because the panel was now too big to fit on the card. 

The flower petals and leaves are two-step stamping with the new Brushed Blooms set. It looks like it is two colors for the petals and two colors for the leaves but overstamping like that produced a darker color for the second stamp. The Chevron panel and the flower are all popped up on Kool Tak Clear Foam Pads.

Stamps: Brushed Blooms, Wet Paint Holiday, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes (pti)
Paper: white
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, black
Other: Brushed Blooms die, In the Meadow die, Kool Tak Clear Foam Pads

My next card uses the PTI December 2014 freebie Pretty Petals Mini stamp set.

This card is pretty straight forward. The tag is popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Pretty Petals Mini (pti)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, white, Dotted Vellum (pti)
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate (pti)
Other: Monthly Moments Journal Card 6 die (pti), button & Bakers twine (SU), dimensionals

My last card is for my 2 year old grandson.

I stamped the bunny in Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then I watercolored over the bunny mostly in blue but with a little added pink and green around the edges. When it was dry I lightly rubbed a dry baby wipe ( I guess I don't use them fast enough) over the bunny to remove any ink on the embossed areas.  Lastly I tied some Bakers twine around the watercolored panel and added some dotted paper behind.  Done.

Stamps: Hippity Hoppity (pti)
Paper: White, Spring Rain bitty dots (pit), watercolor paper
Ink: Versamark
Other: Bakers twine (SU), watercolors, white embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PTI March 2015 Blog Hop

Today is my birthday and what better day to spend in my craft room making cards. Today is also PTI's March Blog Hop and here is my card for the challenge (see the photo below).

I used my new Petite Pots set and just started playing with layout and colors. It was fun! Thanks for stopping by and sharing my birthday.

Here's the challenge photo:

Stamps: Petite Pots (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dots DSP, White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Simply Chartreuse
Other: Petite Pots die, Tipped Tops die, dimensionals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bind-It-All Post It Note Pads

I made these for the same lady mentioned yesterday raising money for Relay For Life.

You can find the tutorial that I used for these little note pads HERE.  I decreased the size slightly as I didn't like so much extra space around the pads but I don't have my final dimensions in front of me. Just play with your sample until you get a size that you like.

For this 3x3 Post It note pad I used some black chip board that I had on hand. I only covered the outside since the black chipboard looked good on the inside with this paper. I cut the felt apple using PTI's Seasonal Stitching: Apple die.  The black coil is 3/4".

On this note pad I used a free Prima flower that I got from somewhere.  I see now that I should have added a pearl to the center of the flower but I was in a time crunch to get this made and out the door and that detail missed my attention.

These are fun little pads and I hope that you try them out! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bitty Bouquets Card Set

Good Morning! A friend at church is raising money for Relay For Life and asked if I would contribute some cards.  I created a set of 4 cards using PTI's new Bitty Bouquet set. I have started to save the plastic cases that my PTI stamp sets come in. They work perfectly to hold 4 cards & 4 envelopes.

This first card uses Wisteria Wonder & Bashful Blue ink (SU) for the flowers and Limeade Ice (PTI) ink for the leaves. The sentiment  is Keep It Simple: Get Well (PTI).

Card #2:
Harvest Gold and New Leaf ink (PTI). The sentiment is Handwritten Borders (SSS).

Card #3:
Pure Poppy and Ripe Avocado (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU). Sentiment is Keep It Simple: Birthday (PTI).

Card #4:
Berry Sorbet & Simply Chartreuse (PTI). Sentiment is Keep It Simple: Thank You (PTI)

Hope you like my simple set of note cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to my girls :-)

There is clear embossing powder on the shamrock & sentiment. It doesn't show well in the picture and in fact doesn't look as good as I would like IRL. Does embossing powder go bad? I didn't think so.

Happy St Paddy's Day everyone!! Don't forget to wear your green.

Stamps: Got Treats (SU)
Paper: Glorious Green, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Glorious Green (SU)
Other: Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti), Zig Zag Dots stencil (SSS),  Baker's twine, spackling paste, dimensionals, clear embossing powder

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Bitty Bouquets

I have a couple friends at church who have birthdays next week so it was the perfect opportunity to use my new Bitty Bouquets stamp set by PTI.

Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Birthday Classics: March (pti)
Paper: Lucky Limeade , Basic Black (SU), white
Ink: Island Indigo (SU), Simply Chartreuse (pti- I should have used Lucky Limeade by SU), black
Other: white Baker's twine (SU), Linen Impression Plate (pti), Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), sequins (Avery Elle), dimensional

Here's my second card...

Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Swoosh (pti)
Paper: Lucky Limeade (SU), white
Ink: Island Indigo (SU), Simply Chartreuse (pti- I should have used Lucky Limeade by SU), black
Other: white Baker's twine, Scallop punch (SU), Stitched Rectangles die (SSS), dimensional

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I'm Back with 3 Challenges - Amazing!

I've been itching to get back into card making but so much life has been happening. However, today I made it happen.

For such a simple card I managed to squeeze in 3 challenges. ColourQ #281, Retro Sketches #154 and CAS on Sunday #52 (Chevrons)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back soon!!

Stamps: Live, Love, Life; Keep It Simple: Get Well (PTI)
Paper: White, Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dots patterned paper (PTI)
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Wisteria Wonder (SU)
Other: Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Certainly Celery button (SU), dimensional, glue dot

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