Thursday, April 17, 2014

No Stamps, No Ink

Today I'm taking the day to try some new recipes and make some cards!  I could run around town doing errands, but I'm choosing to stay home today and dig into some crafty goodies that have gone unused lately.  Yay for a day off work!

Here's a quick birthday card using Papertrey's Text Block Birthday die.  I received this die as a birthday gift from a sweet stamping friend.  It was such a wonderful surprise.  I love that I can make a super quick birthday card with this.

I cut the text block out of gold glitter card stock and layered black behind it to make it pop.  It's difficult to capture the sparkle of the gold papers in a photo but in real life this card shines.

I'm playing along with two birthday challenges:


Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Garden Grace Birthday take two

Okay, I couldn't resist making one more quick card using Garden Grace and the stitched rectangle dies.  I just changed up the color of the card base and the sentiment from the last card.  I like the brighter look of this base.  I also added a few more flowers in the lower right corner.


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Garden Grace, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Paper:   Simply Chartreuse, White
Ink:   Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink (SU!), Pear Tart, Black (Memento), Ripe Avocado
Other:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Garden Grace Birthday

I'm back with a quick card I made for my mother.  Her birthday is on Wednesday so I'm ahead of the game:)

I finally broke down and bought these awesome stitched rectangle dies from Lil' Inkers.  It's ridiculous that I waited so long.  These dies add just the right touch to your card panels.  I love them!

The stamps are Garden Grace from Papertrey.  My friend loaned me her set for a wedding project I was doing.  While I had them here I thought I'd make a quick card.


Hope you are enjoying your Saturday,

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Garden Grace
Paper:  Ripe Avocado, White
Ink:  Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery (SU!), Ripe Avocado
Other:  Stitched Rectangles (lil' inkers)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Golden Birthday

Hi all!  I really didn't intend to take that long of a blog break.  Just got busy and didn't feel like blogging.  I know most of you get that.  I have still been making cards -- mostly because my friends and family still have birthdays coming up.

Here's one I made for my daughter using some of her favorite colors: black, gold and burgundy.

I just loved this Apache Blessing and doesn't it look cool embossed in gold?  Love it!  The gold strips are mulberry paper.  I used my hole punch to make the little gold dots from some gold Christmas stickers.

She adored this card.  It's totally her style - a bit busy for my taste, but just right for her.

Hope all is well with each of you!

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Inside Out Birthday II
Paper:  True Black, Scarlet Jewel, mulberry paper (unknown)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  circle nestabilities, gold Christmas stickers, gold EP

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Make a Wish

I'm back again with another card for the festivities at Papertrey.  I decided to try my hand at another color combo and sketch challenge.  I took some creative license with the sketch:)

Here are the color combo and sketch I combined:

I had these two Kraft "rings" sitting on my desk as scraps from my father's birthday card here, so I decided to use those as the top half-circle piece of the sketch.  I layered them over some guidelines card stock that I chose for the base.  The candles were cut out of Kraft paper as well so the ink colors are not as vibrant.  I added touches of gold glitter pen to everything to make it sparkle and shine.

The photo doesn't really do it justice.  It really looks better in real life.

Well it's back to work tomorrow so we'll see if I can squeeze in any more crafty fun this week.


 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Polka Dot Parade #12
Paper:   Guidelines cs, Kraft
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise
Other:  Polka Dot Parade #12 candle dies, circle nestabilitites (spellbinders), gold glitter gel pen

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Monthly Moments Trading Cards -- Masculine

Papertrey is introducing a new line called Monthly Moments for scrapbooking products.  Our challenge was to create a 3x4 trading card that could be used in a pocket page or placed onto a card.  I decided to make one feminine (see previous post) and one masculine scripture card.

For the masculine card I used a thin piece of balsa wood and stamped a tree image for the background.  The little scroll images in each corner are from the long forgotten set called Boxes, Bags and Tags.  I then used a thin black pen to draw the lines.  The sides look messy because of the way the ink soaked into the woodgrain.

Masculine Card --
Stamps:   Through the Trees, Beautiful Blessings, Boxes, Bags & Tags
Paper:  Black, White
Ink:  Haystack (palette), Black
Other:  thin balsa wood, black micro pen

Monthly Moments Trading Cards -- Feminine

I have two little 3x4 cards to share with you today (see next post for masculine card).  Papertrey is introducing a new line called Monthly Moments for scrapbooking products.  Our challenge was to create a 3x4 trading card that could be used in a pocket page or placed onto a card.  I decided to make one feminine and one masculine scripture card.

I have only used my Delightful Dahlia additions set once since I bought it so I had to break it out.  I just love the effect of the triple stamping.  Once I recalled how to line each layer up it turned out beautifully:)

I really enjoyed how quick and easy these were to make.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Feminine Card --
Stamps:   Delightful Dahlia additions, Beautiful Blessings
Paper:  Black, White
Ink:  Buttercup (CTMH), Dandelion (Memento), Summer Sunrise, Haystack (palette), Limeade Ice, Black
Other:  gold pearls

Friday, February 7, 2014

72 Amazing Years

Hello again!  It's been a long few months.  I think I remember how to write up a post:)

Well once more the Papertrey anniversary celebration contests get me back to card making after the busy holidays, etc.  I had to make a card for my father's birthday this weekend so I played along with the color and sketch challenge HERE.

Here's the color scheme and sketch I chose:

Since it was for my father I went light on the Scarlet Jewel and Pure Poppy, only using them on the gift.
It was fun to get crafty again!  Hopefully I'll have even more time to play along with more contests tomorrow.

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes, Make a Wish Additions
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft polka dot patterned paper
Ink:   Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow
Other:  Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), By the Number border dies

Monday, September 30, 2013

Rustic Snowflakes

Here are two quick Christmas cards using the largest of Papertrey's new Fancy Flakes dies.  I decided to use colors that weren't quite traditional.  A brighter green and rust colored papers did the trick.

Rustic Snowflake

Rustic Snowflake2

I love how the middle of these snowflakes are stars.  I layered them up in the centers and added a black gemstone on one and a black brad on the other.  It also allows me to play along with the Festive Friday challenge to use stars on your holiday card.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Think Big Favorites #20
Paper:   Kraft, White, 2009 bitty dots pp
Ink:  black
Other:  Fancy Flakes die, black brad, back gemstone

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Love Never Fails

Happy Saturday!  It's been a beautiful day here.  I'm back with a super, super quick card.  I wanted to play along with the Colour Q challenge because I love black and white cards with one other color.

I needed a card for a wedding we are going to next week.  I think this will work.

I stamped the verse onto the Top Note die cut and then again onto my patterned paper.  Then I die cut the patterned paper with my heart die and adhered it over the verse on the white panel.  Easy peasy and perfectly CAS.

For Colour Q 208:

And Simon Says Stamp -- Anything Goes


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Beautiful Blessings
Paper:   Black, White, SU pp
Ink:  black
Other:  Heart Prints die

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Trio of One Layer Cards

Here is a quick trio of one layer note cards that I made to donate to my local cancer center.  I know that they could always use cards of encouragement.

I used some old stamps for the background and silhouette.  Just because they are retired doesn't mean I don't still love them:)  The distressed block background stamp is from a set called Rustic Flowers by Close to My Heart.  The silhouette is from Silhouettes by Inque Boutique.  The sentiments all come from PTI's Faith and Hope set.

I'm playing along with Addicted to CAS:

and Less is More - Get Well Soon challenge

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FM127 With Sympathy

I have decided to donate a few cards to my local cancer center.  When I spoke to the director she said they could use all types of cards, but she specifically asked me for some sympathy cards.  Here is one that I made using some scraps I've had lying around.  If you cannot tell, I'm big on using up all the scraps I can.

The top die cut piece is part of a Top Note die cut and the flowers were punched out using a Martha Stewart flower punch.  I added some liquid pearls to the centers.

I'm entering this card into the Friday Mash Up challenge for thinking of you / sympathy cards to be donated.

I'll be back with more cards that I'm donating to the center.


 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Fancy Flourishes, Birds of a Feather
Paper:   Ocean Tides, scraps?
Ink:   Scarlet Jewel, Black
Other:  liquid pearls. Top Note die (SU), MS flower punch

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CASE Study #157

Hi all!  I finally had some time to make a card.  I actually was supposed be cleaning up my messy desk but then I started looking at a few current challenges.  When I saw the CASE Study challenge today I knew I wanted to put the scraps on my desk to use.

I was inspired by the blues and purples on the card and the pattern on the ribbon.  It just so happens that these blue and lavender chevrons were leftover from two of my daughter's cards.

I also had the soft stone die cut on my desk because I intended to use it on another card but never got around to it.  Life has gotten a bit busy now that school has started again:)  Anyhow, to finish off my card I found this cute button with a flower impression on it.  Thought it would work great with the flower from the inspiration card.

It felt great to create a quick card again.  Now I just need to finish cleaning up this space so I feel like creating more often.

Have a great week!

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Boutique Borders: Baby
Paper:  White, Soft Stone, Lavender Moon, Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Ink:   Tempting Turquoise (SU), Black (memento)
Other:  Chevron Cover Plate, Boutique Borders: Baby die, Lavender Moon button

Saturday, August 17, 2013

One More Happy Background

I'm so glad that I had a bit of time today to join in on the birthday bash at 10 Minute Craft Dash.  My card was super quick to put together.  I used the "Happy" background that I created for these two cards.  I just had to create one more card before putting all those stamps back into their sets:)

I stamped the white panel a few times to create the background paper, then I taped two chevrons together that were in my scrap pile.  I die cut the birthday word from a scrap of Pure Poppy card stock and adhered it all together.

Total time:  6 minutes 28 seconds!  Does that count since I had all the scraps laying around already?  I hope so.

I'm also playing along at Seize the Birthday -- anything goes.


 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Various "happy" clear stamps
Paper:   Black, white, Pure Poppy, tempting turquoise (SU)
Ink:   black
Other:  Chevron cover plate, birthday trio dies