Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #7

Hi all-

I had the gift of productive crafting time Saturday night and made, not one, but TWO cards for the Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #7 currently being featured on the Paper Crafts Connection blog. 

This color combination was taken from the pages of  Color Inspiration of Card Makers. The Bazzill equivalents are Caribbean Breeze, Petty Cash shimmer, Mango and Candlelight:


Below is my first card using Maile Belles new Background Basics Vines set from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped the vines in Hawaiian Shores, Mango and Aloe Vera on white cardstock.  The simple sentiment was stamped in Verafine Black.  I rounded one corner and mounted the stamped panel using pop dots on a piece of Candleglow cardstock. (My LSS did not have any Candlelight, so I had to improvise.) I finished off the card with a yellow button tied with twine. 

Hello Friend

The second card is in honor of my friend and coworker who is having her first baby- a little boy- in about a month.  I was making decorations for her shower when I discovered this little star die cut in my stash of goodies. The star just so happened to feature the petty cash, mango and candlelight colors.  I die cut a onesie, trimmed with more petty cash, added some eyelets for the snaps and stamped the sentiment (Bitty Baby Blessings additions).  Don't you just love it when projects come together super easy like that? 

A Star is Born 

There is still time to play along with this challenge if you are so inspired!  You have until Aug 2 at midnight, MDT to upload your project. Thanks for stopping by!


CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC13

Hello friends!

Today I am playing along with the CAS-ual Friday blog.  This week's challenge is to create a Clean and Simple 4" x 9" card.  

I used a new Papertrey Ink set, Sweet as Can Be, to create a card that is both simple and long on extra scoops of sweetness.

Hope you enjoy my take on this week's challenge!  Looking forward to seeing all that everyone else has dream up this week.  Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: (All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)

  • Cardstock- Hollos Papers
  • Stamps- Sweet as Can Be
  • Ink- Dark Chocolate, Old Paper- Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
  • Dies- Sweet as Can Be
  • Patterned Paper- Happy Spots
  • Other: Sweet Blush Button and Rustic Cream twine

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC12

Hello friends-

I am playing along today with the weekly challenge on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog. The challenge as always is to create a Clean and Simple card using the inspiration element.  The inspiration element this week is rub ons- how fun!

Below is the little card I came up with.  I had a pack of rub-ons from American Crafts that just happened to coordinate with a pack of American Crafts Paper- I love product that just go together.  They make CAS cards almost effortless!

Congratulations Card

Hope you like! Looking forward to seeing all that everyone else has dreamed up for this week's challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Rub-on: American Crafts
Ribbon- Making Memories
Button and Twine: Papertrey Ink
Die: Spellbinders

Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink: July Blog Hop

Hello friends-

Today is the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop. Our challenge this month is to create a card based on the following image:

Doesn't this photo just say "summer" to you?  I found inspiration in the colors, textures and patterns of this charming window seat and came up with the following card.

I cut a window from a piece of Ocean Tides cardstock, embossed it with the woodgrain impression plate, and mounted it with foam tape to a piece of craft cardstock that I stamped with a morrocan tile.  The focal point of the card was created from Mat Stack 3 and Butterfly Dreams in Melon Berry and Ocean Tides.  I finished the card with a couple small melon berry buttons and a piece of green twine to tie in the fabric from the seat cushion in the photo.

Check out Nichole Heady's blog for all the deets and to hop along.  I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful creations that everyone else has created. Thanks for popping by to visit!


Supplies: (All supplies are from PTI unless otherwise noted)

  • Cardstock: Ocean Tides, Kraft, Rustic Cream
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides and Tea Dye Duo
  • Dies: Mat Stack 3
  • Impression Plate: Woodgrain
  • Stamps: Mat Stack 3, Butterfly Dreams, Timeless Textures (Skipping Stones Design)
  • Buttons: Melon Berry
  • Other: Twine

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Trigger Tuesday: Perty and Flirty

Hi friends!

Did you see the Trigger Tuesday inspiration pic on Cath's Moxie Fab World?  I don't think this coat could be any cuter. Totally dreamy!

Our challenge was to create a card that pays homage to this lovely inspiration photo, and here is what I dreamed up. 

You're Lovely

I echoed the yellow coat through the yellow flirty bloomers on the dress form.  I also selected a soft pink background to represent the floral background in the photo.  The buttons on the coat translated into the touches of black and of course the button in the center of the newsprint flower- see close up below. 

I incorporated prints like the houndstooth and polka dot that you would find in clothing because the inspiration was fashion and finally, the florals,  glitter, scallops, and ruffles just up the feminine ante just enough, I hope to capture the essence of this beautiful trigger.

There is still plenty of time to play along (deadline Sunday, July 24), and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Cardstock: The Paper Company
  • Stamps: You're Lovely from Waltzingmouse Stamps
  • Ink: Verafine
  • Patterned Paper: Websters Pages
  • Ribbon: Offray
  • Button and twine: Papertrey Ink
  • Glitter: Martha Stewart
  • Dies: Papertrey Ink
  • Border Punch: EK Success
  • Other: Bookprint

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's a Good Day and Thank You!

Happy Saturday!

First of all, thank you SO much for all the congrats on the Trigger Target and Beautiful Border wins this week!  Your kind comments are truly appreciated!!  I am so humbled to be among the company of so many amazing paper artists.  I get so much joy and inspiration from this community and I hope through my postings, in some small way, I am returning the favor.

This weekend is crazy!  We are having a ballerina birthday party for our newly minted seven year old later today.  Lots of details go into planning a kid's party, so I am currently somewhere between bone tired and brain dead.

Before I get back to prepping the veggie tray and the white chocolate chex mix, I have a simple card I wanted to share.

It's a Good Day

I thought the sentiment was appropriate for today, because despite all the details and challenges that go into life, it's a good day and a good life for that matter!

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!



  • Cardstock: PTI
  • Stamps: Unity Stamp Company
  • Ink: Stampin Up and Verafine
  • Ribbon: Bazzill Basics
  • Button and Twine: PTI
  • Other: Adhesive Cork- The Board Dudes- purchased at JoAnn's

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moxie Fab- Stamp It Cards Challenge

Hello friends!

Before I post my card, I just wanted to share Birthday Wishes for my little pumpkin, Paige.  She is seven years old today.  She is a wonderful girl!  She (and her little sister, aka partner in crime) definitely keep me busy, and I am so blessed to be her mama.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

The other reason for my post today is to share the card I created for the Stamp It Cards Challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog. (Follow the link for more details and to play along.  You have until 7/13 to post your project.)

Well the name of the challenge is Stamp It, so below is a little card I stamped using a cutie set from Amuse Studio. 

Home Tweet Home

I used one of my favorite color combos of gray, yellow, black and white.  It's a relatively clean and simple design with lots of white space and just a touch of scallop, ribbon and flower. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!


  • Cardstock: White (PTI), Yellow (Stampin' Up), Gray (Bazzill)
  • Stamps: Amuse Studio
  • Ink: Black (Versafine), Yellow (So Saffron- Stampin' Up)
  • Punch: Corner and scallop- EK Success
  • Ribbon: Bazzill 
  • Paper flower: Creative Memories  
  • Bling: The Paper Studio
  • Finished card size is 4.75" square

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge- Beautiful Borders

Hello friends-

I am back with a card I created for the Moxie Fab World Beautiful Borders Challenge.  (Click link for the deets and to play along.) This challenge centers on using border strips in an innovative way.

For this challenge, I used the Simple Circles Die from Papertrey Ink, sliced in half with my trusty paper trimmer, and placed on a piece of white cardstock to make a kind of patterned paper.

Hooray for You card

I finished off the card with Mat Stack 1 die cut and a sentiment that is a mix of stamps and die cuts.  For accent I added three buttons which coordinate with the green cardstock and a black and white polka dot paper flower.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!

Supplies (All supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted): 

  • Cardstock: True Black, Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Purple (Coredination)
  • Stamps: Mat Stack 1, Wonderful Wood Additions
  • Dies: Simple Circles, Wonderful Words
  • Buttons: Simply Chartruse
  • Ink: Versafine
  • Other: Paper flower (Creative Memories) and Floss (Bazzill) 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Stamp It Cards!

Hello all and Happy July 4th Weekend!

Between family vacation to Chicago and working on a slew of projects for submissions, I wasn't sure if I was going to get a chance to play along with this week's Tuesday Trigger on the Moxie Fab World blog (click link for details), but that's what I love about summer- long summer afternoons and the opportunity to steal away a day to spend with crafty friends and work on cards including the one below.

Before I show you my project, below is the trigger photo- this time a fabby card by Tina Fussel from the newest edition of Stamp It Cards.

Here is my take on this week's target. 

Thank You Vases

I incorporated several elements from the trigger card into my project including the sentiment, vases, floral element, and brilliant use of a doily as a tablecloth.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Cardstock- The Paper Company and Hollos
Clear stamps- Gracious Vases and Fillable Frames 8- Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper- Basic Grey- Sweet Threads
Embossing folder- Cuttlebug
Other- Ribbon and Doily

Saturday, July 2, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays CFC11 & Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #6


The Paper Crafts Connections blog is hosting a color challenge to design cards using the following colors:

In addition, the CAS-ual Fridays blog is having a challenge to create a clean and simple card featuring a sweet treat and I thought the card I designed would fit the bill! 

Below is my take on these challenges.  My inspiration for this card, besides the color, is the heat.  The sticky, humid, dog days of summer heat.  It's been so warm here, that the only thing my kids want to eat these days is ice pops. It's warm enough, that a Popsicle would certainly melt for you. *wink*

I Melt for You Card

Thanks for popping by!  Stay Cool!

  • Cardstock- White, Black- Papertrey Ink; Pink- Bazzill Basics
  • Patterned Paper- Bitty Dots Basics- Papertrey Ink
  • Die Cut- ProvoCraft (Simply Charmed)
  • Font: LD Vanilla
  • Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug
  • Other- Popsicle stick