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

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sweet Days of Summer

Oh the sweet days of Summer!  They are a thing of the past for us starting on Monday.  I cannot believe that our summer is over and it's back to school.  The girls start high school and junior high this year.  Makes me feel really old:)  We have made the most of our summer though.  Lots of fun and relaxation!

I created this card by scribbling lightly on a piece of acetate with various Distress Markers.  I then spritzed the sheet with water and pressed my Top Note die cut onto the acetate.  Once that was dry I stamped the images and sentiment from the Flourishes "Sweet Days of Summer" set.  Quick and easy!

This is for the Addicted to CAS "Summer" challenge.

I'm also linking this up to the Smackin' Acetate challenge at Technique Time Tuesday.  The have a cool video tutorial over there on this technique.


Stamps:   Sweet Days of Summer (flourishes)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  black (memento)
Other:  distress markers, water, top note die, so saffron ribbon (SU!)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My "Happy" Background

Here are two fun birthday cards that I made using a variety of "happy" sentiment stamps.  I went through all of my clear stamps and pulled out any sentiments that were simply the word HAPPY.  I found nine different stamps and arranged them on a block.

As you can see I started by stamping the card base with white ink.  I then die cut a circle and stamped it a few times in black.  I mounted that up on pop dots and added the die cut "birthday" word using my new Birthday Trio dies from Papertrey Ink.

Here's another color combination.  For this one I colored in the drop shadow to match the birthday die cut on one of the "happy" words.  It's a subtle touch but it adds a little something to the card.

I'm entering both of these into the Moxie Fab World birthday card challenge.

I'm also submitting these into the Words, Words, Words challenge at Our Creative Corner.



Stamps:   variety of "happy" sentiments (mostly from PTI)
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise / Pure Poppy, Ballet Blue / Orange, white 
Ink:   White, Black
Other:  Birthday dies (pti), circle die (spellbinders)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dahlias and Chevrons

I just couldn't resist playing along with the great challenge at Fusion.  I loved the simple sketch and the photo so I pulled out my new Papertrey goodies and went to work.  The dahlias were die cut then the outline was stamped in berry sorbet using the original Delightful Dahlia stamp set.  Afterwards I used the new Additions set to add shading with sweet blush, lavender moon and berry sorbet.  The leaves were done in the same manner using shades of green.

I trimmed a piece of sweet blush card stock to just under 3" wide and cut it out with my Chevron cover plate.  I left all the pieces in the plate and ran adhesive across the back so they would stay as one panel.  I decided to hand cut a little banner for the sentiment and then trimmed the panels in gold using a gold paint pen.  I also added gold to the flower centers.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it looks so pretty and shimmery in real life.

I'm also submitting this into the Moxie Fab birthday card challenge and Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia, Delightful Dahlia Additions
Paper:   White, Sweet Blush
Ink:   Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Other:  Chevron Vertical cover plate. Delightful Dahlia dies, gold paint pen

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thank You Banner 2

Here's another quick card using the same basic layout as the card in my last post.  I just used up some stamped circles from the 2009 Autumn Tags set that I had laying in my scrap pile and cut another banner for the sentiment.

Gotta love quick and easy cards.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Paper Players #155

Happy Sunday everyone!  I'm back with a super CAS card for the current Paper Players sketch challenge.  The banner is an image from Sketched Shapes that I stamped and trimmed by hand.  I just love how fresh and clean this card looks.

Here is the sketch:

Have a wonderful week!

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  A Big Thank You, Sketched Shapes
Paper:  white
Ink:  Summer Sunrise, black
Other:  Swiss Dots Embossing folder (cuttlebug)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Our Own Little Challenge

I'm back today with a fun little challenge that my girls and I decided to do together.  My youngest daughter loves all kinds of crafts and often makes cards.  My oldest daughter has never been interested in card making.  She's an artist and prefers to draw.  However, she has suddenly shown an interest in card making and it was her idea for the three of us to make cards today!  I jumped right on it and turned it into a challenge.

 We each had to make a card using a Kraft card base and stamps from Beautiful Butterflies.  The other supplies were optional.  Here's what I set out:

I knew that I wanted to use some polka dots for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, so I decided we could use bitty dot patterned paper too:)

Here's what I came up with.  Although I didn't create a birthday card I used the sketch from the current birthday challenge at Moxie Fab.

Here is the card that my oldest daughter made.  She actually lit the corner on fire to distress it.  Then she sponged distress ink on the edge.  She came up with the embossing on her own (without seeing my card).

And here is what my youngest daughter created.  She sponged the colors on her die cut.  She actually asked if it would be too ironic for her to stamp the sentiment in black when it was referring to rainbows.  LOL!!

We had a lot of fun making these and then sharing the end results with each other.  I'm sure they'll want to do this type of challenge again soon.

Have a great weekend,

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies
Paper:   Kraft, white, bitty dot pp