Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #95

Hello friends!

It's Tuesday- which means it's time for another Skipping Stones Sketch!!  All of our sketches this month are designed by Amy Sheffer.  We are also incredibly fortunate to be joined by some very talented guest designers,  Cristina Kowalczyk, Amber Daigre, Nicole Mullan, Chan Vuong, and Vanessa Menhorn.

Here is this week's sketch: 

And my card:

I took some liberties with the sketch and kept the back panel in one piece.  I stamped the music bars from Heartsong to the panel with Cream ink for some visual interest. My focal point is that adorable birdie from Heartsong and the sentiment is also from Heartsong.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more fabulous inspiration:
Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Kandi Phillips

Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Hope you enjoy my take on the sketch and get a minute this week to try it out for yourself! Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sketch for you to try!

Hello Friends-

This is the last week for you to enter the Sketch for You to Try challenge over at Jen Del Muro's blog.  In case you haven't heard- Skipping Stones is sponsoring this months challenge. :o)

Here's the sketch:

And here is my take, using one of my fav SSD sets, Birthday Donuts! 

And the inside.....

This set cracks me up!!!! 

Hope you find a minute this week to try your hand at the sketch and play along with Jen's challenge.  Have a great start to your week!


  • Cardstock: Hollos Paper
  • Patterned paper: Bitty Dot Basics- Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: Birthday Donuts- Skipping Stones Designs
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate- Papertrey Ink
  • Markers: Copic
  • Die: Spellbinders
  • Tool: Corner Rounder- Creative Memories

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #94

Hi all!

Today, I am sharing my take on SSD #94 by Amy Sheffer.  Many members of the Design Team are also highlighting Halloweenie- which just happens to be on sale this month for $12.49.

Here is my card:

There are tons of fabulous images in Happy Halloweenie. Creepy spiders, witches hats, ghosts, and an adorable doggie dressed like a hot dog- hence the name of the set- Happy Halloweenie! I decided to focus on the candy corn image in the set to make a sweet focal point and I coupled it with a sentiment from Birthday Donuts.  The patterned paper is from the old stash-a-roo.  Heidi Grace circa 2006 to be precise! 

Hope you enjoy my version of the sketch and feel so inspired between me and the other designers to  make room in your hearts and homes for Halloweenie! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Hopping with my Rejects!

Hello blog friends!

Well, no happy mail today for me from the latest Paper Crafts call. 10 cards submitted, but alas, nothing was selected. That said, I am so, so excited for all the designers that received requests for projects, especially the newbies!!  I still remember getting my first email from Susan Opel requesting one of my cards- it was St. Patrick's Day 2011 and I felt like it was truly my lucky day.

The silver lining in all this is that I get share some of my beloved rejects with you!!  The lovely and talented Amber (of Damask Love fame) is hosting another reject blog hop and I decided to play along. Here are some of my creations by category that will NOT be appearing in an upcoming issue of Paper Crafts magazine. :o)

Spectrum of Color
Twine Friend Card

Dotty Hello

You Rock- Tie Dye Card
(This one was my fave. The kids and I used shaving cream to create this effect and it was a lot of messy fun!)

Silhouettes for Babies and Brides
Princess Baby

First Birthday

Text Style
Lucky Friend

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great rest of the week!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #93 and Holiday Cats Release!

Good morning!  

It's a big day here at Skipping Stones Design!!  A double header of sorts!  Today we are unveiling Sketch 93 by the Amy Sheffer and introducing SSD's newest set, Holiday Cats!  If you just came from Shannon's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease. 

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Nicole Mullan, Amber Daigre, Cristina Kowalczyk, Vanessa Menhorn and Chan Vuong to our team as Guest Designers! Amy Sheffer will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Without further ado, here is this week's sketch: 

Holiday Cats is totally cute!  This set is "purr-fect" for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday and just because.  Putting together this sketch and these stamps, here is my card: 

What's Mew With You?

 I interpreted the layers on the sketch as Polaroid photos tacked to a bulletin board and finished it off with the oh, so punny "What's Mew" sentiment.  The bulletin board is actually made from cork.  I picked up a roll of self adhesive cork at JoAnn's in the bulletin board section.  It's super easy to work with- note the rounded corners- you can also stamp on it, die cut it, etc...

Head on over to Amber's blog for more inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #92

Hello friends!

This month Skipping Stones Design is joined by talented sketch artist, Amy Sheffer who will be designing the Skipping Stones sketches for the month.  In case you missed it- here's the sketch:


And here is my take on it.  I used Cupcake Cutie to create a Sweet Cuppie card for someone special.  

I stuck pretty close to the sketch. I paper pieced the cupcake and mounted it to a circle matted with a scallop circle.  Hope you have fun trying this sketch on for size.   Thanks for stopping by!



  • Stamps: Cupcake Cutie- Skipping Stones Designs
  • Cardstock: Kraft- The Paper Company, Vintage Cream- Papertrey Ink
  • Patterned paper: My Minds Eye
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI) and Sage Shadow (SU)
  • Button and Twine: PTI
  • Ribbon: American Crafts

Monday, September 5, 2011

Felt Challenge


Happy Labor Day- for those of you in the US!  I was able to get some quality time in my craft room this long weekend, so I will have lots of projects to share with you in the coming week! One of the challenges I was looking forward to playing with is Cath's Fabulous Felt Challenge at the Moxie Fab World.  I have two cards that I created for this challenge.

There is a distinct chill in the air which is a sure sign that summer is giving way to fall. One of my favorite fall activities is picking apples at one of the many local orchards we have near our house, so with that in mind, I came up with the following card:

I die cut and pieced together three apples from pink and yellow felt, brown felt, and green felt.  Once I assembled the apples I added a single cross stitch.  I stamped the sentiment, adhered the apples and created the rest of the card.

For my second card, I stuck with pink and tried to make something super sweet.

I cut 2 long thin pieces of felt and rolled them together to make a lollypop. For added stability, I glued the felt roll to a 1.5" circle with white glue. I cut the lolly stick from kraft cardstock and tied a tiny tag to the faux stick.  A button in the center of the lollypop finished of this sweet confection.

Here's a close up of the lollypop.

The rest of the card features some cutie Doodlebug paper from the stash, yellow cardstock with a decorative border, some polka dot ribbon, and a button with twine.
Hope this challenge inspires you to get warm and fuzzy with some fabulous felt very soon! Thanks for stopping by!


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

Apple of my Eye Card

  • Stamps: Fruit Fusion Apple
  • Cardstock: Lemon Tart, White
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz
  • Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
  • Die Cut: Oriental Trading 
  • Border punch: EK Success
  • Ribbon: Making Memories
  • Felt: Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz
  • Floss: Bazzill
Sweet Lollypop Card

  • Stamps: Sweet as Can Be
  • Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Kraft
  • Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
  • Border punch: EK Success
  • Ribbon: Offray
  • Die: Tiny tags
  • Felt: Hibiscus Pink, Vintage Cream
  • Button and Twine: Hibiscus Pink and Vintage Cream

Friday, September 2, 2011

Just had to share....

Hi friends-

Just posting to share that I have been invited to join the awesome ladies on the Skipping Stones Design (SSD) Team!!!  I am so, so exited and thrilled to have the opportunity to create with these amazing stamps and be in the company of such talented designers, guest designers and sketch artists!

Below is a little card I recently created with Sentiment Frames and Always Here. Click here to visit the SSD store and check out these awesome sets for yourself!

Butterfly Birthday Card

You will be seeing lots of SSD goodness appearing here in the weeks and months to come, so please be sure to stop back soon!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps- Always Here and Sentiment Frames- Skipping Stones Design
  • Cardstock: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Lemon Tart and Kraft- Papertrey Ink
  • Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug
  • Ink: Versafine
  • Pearls: The Paper Studio