Friday, July 18, 2014

Shine on You

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you had a great week.  Here's a quick and easy card I whipped up for a friend.

The beautiful embossing folder from Darice made this card a piece of cake.  My sweet friend recently gave me the folder as a thank you gift.  I just had to put it to use.  It's funny that I have sooooo many embossing folders in my stash and I never reach for them.  Why not?  They make such quick and interesting cards.

I'm playing along at Curtain Call for their Anything Goes challenge


Simon Says Stamp Spots and Dots challenge

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps:   Shine on You (Stampendous)
Paper:   White, Orange Zest (PTI), Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Ink:  Black
Other:  Blue gemstones, embossing folder (Darice)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Captain America Birthday

Wow, it's been a busy Summer so far.  I have not made anytime to sit down and make cards just for fun.  Seems I'm always making one quickly as the need arises.  This card came about because my daughter asked me to make a card for her friend's 16th birthday.  Her request was to make it in the theme of Captain America because that's what her friend likes.  I guess it's an inside joke that he thinks he's Captain America :)

I started with a Navy card base and stamped the medallion and stars in white ink.  I added the die cuts and voila!  Such a quick and simple card.  I just love how it turned out.  I really do need to make more time to create easy cards.

I'm playing along with two challenges with this card:


Hope you all had a fantastic weekend,

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  2012 Birthday Tags, Everyday Classics 
Paper:   Enchanted Evening, White, Men of Life pp
Ink:   White
Other:  By the Numbers dies, Suffix Style dies, One Liner dies

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Simple Graduation Card and Money Lei

Here is a quick and easy graduation card that I made for my nephew.  I also made him a money lei as is our tradition in Hawaii.  Although he was graduating in Washington State we wanted to be sure he had lots of leis to celebrate his special day.  My mom made a different style money lei and my brother, sister and grandma all sent flower leis.

I made the graduation cap using this tutorial.   Here's a peek under the cap:

And here's the money lei which is the real gift.  Fifty one dollar bills all rolled up and tied with ribbon in his school colors.  It's not the prettiest lei by any means, but I don't think an 18 year old boy cares about pretty vs. money:)

And here's the handsome graduate:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Isn't this a great sentiment?  I created a simple card to let the sentiment take center stage.

I used a few chevron pieces cut out from Papertrey's Chevron Vertical Cover Plate along the side of the card.  I really like this look and need to remember to use it again.  I also stamped a row of triangles below the sentiment for some visual interest.  Still loving these awesome Stitched Rectangle dies from Lil' Inkers!

This is a card for the Less is More Die Cut challenge


Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Hope you are having a great week,

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   A Little Inspiration, Sketched Shapes
Paper:   Tropical Teal, White
Ink:  Tropical Teal, Black
Other:  Chevron Die cover plate (pieces), Stitched Rectangles (lil' inkers)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Diagonal Stripes Birthday

Here's a quick birthday card using Papertrey's Diagonal Stripes cover plate.  I love these colors against the black stripes.

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Boutique Borders: Birthday
Paper:   white, black
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Black
Other:  Stripes- Diagonal cover plate, Hawaiian Shores buttons, Pink Sorbet twine (Twinery)

Friday, May 9, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #75

It's been a long time since I've played along with CAS(E) this Sketch.  I love the simplicity of the sketch for this challenge so I gave it a go.

I wanted to finally ink up my Circle Scribbles stamp set so I used it to create the background.  It ended up a bit busy for my taste, but it will make a fun birthday card for someone.  The little banner is trimmed from a stamp set in the 2012 Birthday Tags set.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Circle Scribbles, 2012 Birthday Tags
Paper:   White, navy
Ink:   Pinkolicious (color box), Tangelo (memento), Buttercup (CTMH), Brilliant Blue (SU!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

So Very Grateful

Here's another simple card I made using scraps and die cuts that were on my desk.  More cleaning up going on today too.  Who knows what I'll find:)  I used distress inks to create an ombre effect on the "grateful" die cut.

This card was most definitely inspired by Julie Ebersole's awesome card HERE.  It's it stunning?

I made this for Simon Says Stamp Keep it Simple challenge.

Stamps:   Counting My Blessings (Papertrey)
Paper:   Barely Banana, Basic Gray (SU!), Martha Stewart pp
Ink:  Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose (Distress Ink), Basic Gray (SU!)
Other:  Counting My Blessings die

Friday, April 25, 2014

CASEing Butterflies

Happy Friday everyone!  I had some time today for crafting so I attempted the Watercolor Spat technique for Papertrey's Make it Monday this week.  It was a fail so I'm not posting it:)

Instead I'll post a card that I know is a winner because it's a direct CASE from the amazing Stephanie Wincott.  You can see her original card HERE.  Aren't all those butterfly cards gorgeous?

This was so quick and easy and I love everything about it!  I die cut each butterfly and backed the openings with scraps of card stock I had in my stash that matched the ink colors I wanted to use.  After adhering the butterflies centers I popped up the wings and added some drops of pearls using my pearl pen.  I'm planning on making a few more cards like this to have on hand.

Have a wonderful weekend,

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies, Inside & Out: Love
Paper:   White, colored paper scraps (?)
Ink:  Tropical Blue (delta), Pear Tart (memento), Pinkolicious (Color Box)
Other:  Beautiful Butterflies dies, Cream Pearl Pen (viva)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello There

Here's a super quick card that took me months to make!  Okay, it didn't really take months to make but I started it months ago and then left the die cuts laying in a pile for months.  I finally put it all together and added some sequins to finish it off.

I started by cutting out the "hello" from the white panel and backing the opening with black bitty dot paper.  I then stamped the die cut in red.  That's where I stopped months ago (can't even remember why).  This is why I need to clean up my desk more often:)

This is for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to Keep it Simple.

Have a wonderful day,

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Wonderful Words: Hello
Paper:   White, Black, Bitty Dots black
Ink:   Pure Poppy
Other:  Wonderful Words: Hello die, sequins

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Divided Panels

Happy Easter everyone!

As soon as I saw Maile Belles' card HERE (third card down) for the April Papertrey release I knew I wanted to make a card using divided panels.  Then a few days later Maile posted more cards with divided panels HERE.

Here is my attempt.  After I stamped the entire white panel I used the largest die in the Curved Rectangles Nestabilities set to cut it at an angle.  I then adhered both pieces to a Tropical Teal card base trimming away the excess at the top.  What do you think?  I really like how it came out.

I'm playing along with a birthday challenge again.

 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Embellished Elegance, Damask Designs
Paper:   White, Tropical Teal
Ink:   Tropical Teal (PTI), London Fog, Rose Bud, Dandelion (memento), Breeze (CTHM)
Other:  Embellished Elegance dies, Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

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