Monday, June 4, 2012

Its your day birdie!

Little Birdie has got her bling on so she is going into the Charisma Card Challenge

She has her wings on so she is going into the Rainbows, Clouds and Wings Challenge at Little Miss Muffet

This Tweet Tweet Set from Papertrey Ink is currently my favorite set so she is going into the Sweet Stampin Challenge

And into Anything Goes at the Saturday Challenge
Fab and Funky challenges us to Celebrate and so she goes into their challenge too!

Tweet Tweet Stamp Set Papertrey Ink
bling...AND I actually stamped the inside!  It must be a special day for someone!  Don't know who it will be, or why it will be special, but I thought it would be a great card to have on hand for any "special" occasion when you forget!  :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Purple birthday

So many challenges crafted this card
Kraftin kimmie sentiment
Papertrey ink make it monday pocket card.
Purples at
Tag inside is embossed with happy birthday
Main image is kraftin kimmie but all other items are papertrey ink, except the ribbon and sewing/thread
Will be a great bday card for my niece next week!
Thanks for looking!

Make It Monday pocket card

I went to Target today and finally found that deco tape everyone has found and are using!  So of course I got all three package colors. (some are seen on the left  :))

So I am finally getting around to the pocket card on the make it monday challenge at Papertrey Ink and just made this gender neutral card for any celebration.  No sketch, no inspiration, just me trying to be creative.  And...just to let you know...blank areas on the inside card is to make sure that we have room to put our names....and might actually attach a gift card in the middle over the tape...just have to decide how it looks!

The outside has a scallop patterned paper 12x12-- origin unknow-- that I cut out by hand.

Target "washi" tape.  (I use the quotation marks because I know it is just printed/colored masking tape!)

The rest is Papertrey Ink:
framed out 2
postmark background basics
Think Big 13

Entered into....

Simon Says Stamp Challenge of Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge of Circles/Dots

Friday, May 25, 2012

Make It Monday #2

3 patterned paper challenge from papetrey ink for the make it monday.  4th card tonight and I had to go masculine.  2 papers are from one pack yellow bicycle travler, the third is from echo park stripes and was a scrap.  And actually the main focus paper was actually from a random 12x12 I found on clearance.
Border punch from joannes
Sentiment papertrey ink "think big favorites 13" set.

Thanks for looking!  :)

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday

3 patterned papers challenge.  I did a cross between the scrap bin and a paper pack.  Might have done the tone on tone too but I didn't have enough variety in my paper packs....have always been a more clean and simple gal.

Make it Monday CHallenge of the 3 patterned papers

Bling it on Challenge at the Paper Shelter is why she has such a sparkly tailfeathers....I wouldn't have done that without the challenge, so I guess it was a good thing I entered....I love the sparkle bling.  I might even add a few extra rhinestones in the centers of the flowers on the Birdie...hmmm.

Fab n Funky is asking for new beginnings and since I have no reason for a new something card...I have used my new stamp set of the Tweet Tweet from Papertrey Ink.  

Sketch Saturday is where I got my sketch.  Love where it led me on this card.  Love the look.  CAn't wait to give this to someone.

And the colors were inspired by the Bright bold colors challenge of the Paper Pretties


Patterned papers from echo park, spring time and dots and stripes
Tweet Tweet stamp and Tiny Tags from Papertrey Ink
SU dark pink (don't know name anymore)
Stickles on the tail
Black embossing powder
Yea!  Fun card!  :)  thanks for looking!

May Papertrey Ink Blog hop...masculine

This is the photo inspiration for the Papertrey Ink's May Blog Hop.
I am still trying to make a male card every time I do any female card.  It is not as good as my first.  At least in the way of matching the inspiration photo, but I am sure it will be loved as a fathers day car.
Clear embossing chevron stamp on the black cs, white circle embossed with embossing folder...kinda like stripes, don't know name...celebrate stamp set and die with masculine motif sentiment for the happy fathers day.

These are the challenges that I will be entering this card into beyond the pti blog hop!

Simon Says stamps  Special Male CArd
Charisma Cardz Challenges us to use no flowers

May Blog Hop for Papertrey Ink

Here is the photo inspiration for the may pti blog hop.

Here is my first interpretation.

Supplies used....

All pti cardstock

Stamps: frilly flowers, out on a limb for sentiment, houndstooth

tools: mat stack 4 and layerz and frilly flowers dies, lace impression plate

White embossing powder

I think next I will try and do a black background what I come up with in an hour or so more...but  I like this photo and love the colors and simplicity it insprires in me, so I am running on this one trying to make as many as I can tonight!  I made this half as my kids were getting ready to go out to eat, finished it while they "watered" the plants...aka, half of themselves...and got half the posting done while doing teeth and jammies!  Now they are asleep and I want to try and get more done!  I am motivated!  :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My first rosetta/rolled flower

This week at Papertrey Inks make it monday challenge, they challenged us to use border dies to make felt rosettes.  My first time ever even USING a rosette on a card.  I am really out of my confort zone!

Krafting kimmie challenge was a sketch and I got my new little fairy from 7 kids college fund online store (paid for from a CHALLENGE I won last week!!!)  today in the am, so I was really excited to ink her up!

I felt the flowers and hummingbird made this card work for a "in the garden" challenge at the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge.

Isabella the fairy fits the "fairy, angel"challenge at Sweet Stampin Challenge.

The fairy wings and the humming bird are covered in sickles gives the sparkle which is the Cute Card Thursday challenge.

Sweet Blush Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Echo Park Patterned paper dots/stripes
SU brown Cardstock
Spellbinders Oval and Oval Scallop dies
Joannes Pink Felt
Papertrey Ink Border Die: Rick Rack
Papertrey Ink Frilly Flowers Leaf dies
Copic markers, Stickles

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Design one, case three day!

So, I decided I needed to stamp tonight and inked up some stamps that had never been touched, some lightly used and one used a lot!

I had made these diecut flowers for the Papertrey Ink Make it monday color challenge and never made a card with them.  So I did tonight.

But, then I did a big oops when I stamped the inside!  Hehe...
Stamps used:  PTI: Frilly Flowers (matching) dies), sentiment from Heart to Heart #2

Used stamp set/dies from PTI for bird called Tweet Tweet and the oval/scallop are spellbinders

Colors were based off the MIM color challenge again, the picture inspiration is above.

I had never used the medallion stamps and just love them, but never got them Off to case I did.    Used blueberry sky pti ink and cs.  sentiment is from masculine motifs.  Mendi medallion stamp set is also from pti.  I love that I got a manly card done today! 

Entering into the following challenges:
All Sorts Challenge Blog --for a man
Totally Papercrafts:  No pesky Girls allowed
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge: for the boys

  I used  the colors from the color challenge above again to do this medallion make a wish card.  I used the rule of three to make sure I had 3 of every color to help balance it out and it really made the difference!  I really like the way it turned out and love the colors together.  Raspberry fizz, summer sunrise, enchanted evening (I don't have royal velvet, figured the enchanted evening is pretty close!)  No poppy, too simple of card for too many colors!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Masculine birthday color challenge

Wow....creating original designs are just so much more difficult to do then just CASEing someone!

I have really been challenged...I think/hope in a good way in stretching my creativity in doing cards from scratch as challenged by the Make it Monday challenge of using color inspiration!

The picture of the color inspiration uses the following colors (I leave out vintage cream)
I chose this color combo because I thought it was the closest to being Masculine compared to the others!

I always try to make a masculine card when I am working on cards because I need them just as much in my life as the others!

I am not sure I like the leaves in right side and right bottom (which are covered).  but it is done and I hope it passes my husband's okay for guy enough so I can use it for my married nephew's birthday coming up! :)

Products Used:  all pti unless designated
Cardstock:  Kraft, linen, terracotta, aqua 
inks:  ranger distress inks vintage photo, antique linen, pti aqua
stamps:  masculine motif set, postmarks backgrounds set
others:  framed out 3 die, linen thread, spellbinder circle die, stars border die, sewing machine

I am also entering it into several other Challenges as follows....

Fab n Funky Maleness challenge...well, it is hopefully full of male ness
Simon Says STamp Birthday does say happy birthday
Papertake weekly Anything Goes...think it qualifies :)
Craft Your passion Lots of texture challenge...linen thread, sewing, tearing, poped up frame die...hope it counts!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MIM color challenge #2, sympathy card

Second combo done....2 in one day! Impressing myself!  I never get this creative, this often.
Here is the color inspiration picture from the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge.

I left out melon berry color because I believe all sympathy cards should be some what simple, and boy was I having a hard time with even this many colors!

Stamps:  Out on a limb , tweet talk
Cardstock: blush, canyon, leaf lemon,
Inks: canyon, leaf, black, versamark
Others:  Spellbinder die, SU button die, linen thread, glossy accents

(The versamark ink was using the tweet talk bird tail outline on the yellow for a little something, not sure how will it showed up!)

There are 3 button diecuts glued together and topped with glossy accents to try to make it look real.

Is there too much going on for a sympathy?
Thinking back looking at it I think I should left out the canyon base layer, made the blush later under bigger, then made a big button out of the canyon and put it under the yellow one.  Hmmmm.....  a thought for next time.

Make it monday wedding shower card.

Actually designed my card from start to finish just like Nicole challenged us to do in the Make It Monday Challenge.  She walked us through her design process starting with a color combo inspiration.  I loved learning how she uses 3 of each color to make sure things are balanced out.  That was good to know.  I think it helped me out alot on this card.

I have never used so little white cardstock in my LIFE!  But I love this card. 

First time I used all stamps and dies.  Just got the tag sale 6 die, tweet talk stamp set and dies and ric rack die yesterday, houndstooth is just seeing its first ink from last months order.  heart is from the heart to heart 2, which mostly got inked, just not the heart!
All cardstock and stamps/dies are from PTI.  Yellow/white bakers twine is from unknown place! :)

Here is my color inspiration choice.  Left out the melon berry color, although it is the cardstock under the houndstooth stamping....stamped with berry sorbet.  Only two aquas, but it takes center stage, so I let that one slide.  Blueberry On the birdie, heart and "a little birdie told me" (3).  Berry Sorbet ink for houndstooth, "you're getting married" and birdie die.  Harvest Gold on rickrack, tag topper and the white/yellow.

Overall I love how it turned out.  Will be giving to my niece for her wedding shower coming up in ...oohh... 16 days from now!  Yikes!  What gift will this be going on???  hmmm...have to work on that!

I plan is to make a card from each of the color challenge colors or at least from 6 more and enter them into the make it monday challenge!  :)  I love this challenge!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cutie birthday card

When I first saw the "springtime" theme at the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge blog I first thought of Lilly Lemon....but then as I sorted through my stamps, I was drawn to Charlotte.  I was torn...Honestly, it was hard because I was thinking of my daughter Lilly while making this card...but, she is so much more like Charlotte....curly hair, loves her dollies, and has *THAT* gleam in her eye.  She is almost 3, but my wonderful husband and I do think that she will be our biggest challenge, (even though she is the biggest lovey!)

So, I am trying to use up my scraps, so I started with the small square in the right is a floral pattern that matches the stripes from a Echo Park Springtime paperpack.  Since I am using floral papers...She is my flower power gal as challenged by Joanna Sheen.  I browsed the challenge blogs to find a sketch that would work and found it at Sketch Saturday.  I subsituted the ruffled dark purple for a paper in the sketch, but I like it.  I found it a bit challenging to use this sketch, because I made this card into an easel card.  (This is only my second time doing an easel!  Don't know why!  I love them!)

So...I think she is adorable, fashioned after my own little I entering her into the 7kidschallenge blog for "make it cute".  I also used the recipie from One Stop Craft Challenge of 1 image, 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments.  I almost couldn't make it work with the 3 embellishments because I had the ribbon and the bling, but couldn't decide what else to add (I am CAS at heart!)  So....I then realized that I had not colored the ruffle at the bottom of the yellow overskirt, so I decided to add purple stickles.  What Little girl DOESN'T want a little sequin or sparkle on her gown???  Lilly Loves to wear dresses...and actually, if she doesn't behave, I threaten her with "I will make you wear PANTS!"

The sentiment at the bottom of the yellow stripes is from gina K sentiments (can't remember which...says happy birthday) and is on a spellbinder that is only half showing.

On the inside, there is a tiny tags stamp "wish big" from papertrey ink and there are fake dew drops above it to hold the card up.  Hope you like!  I do!

CAS masculine glitter birthday card

Stars on left are the centers from the top star border.  I topped them with glossy accents to give them a little something.  I always love the paint splatters I have seen, so I tried it with my glimmer mist, which was a light brown, so it doesn't make such a statement....but doesn't look horrible.  Just doesn't show up much in the picture.

The border stars were run through the xyron and then glittered.  This was the make monday video at papertrey ink.  Tell you what!!!  I will NOT do it again on such an intricate die.  The sticky stuff stretched over the centers and I had to use an exacto knife to get in all the corners to get the extra adhesive off!  Should have gone with my second idea with the balloon, but, I only had brown glitter and didn't love the brown balloon look!

Glitter die cut stars border from pti make it monday.
CAS card for paper pretties challenge.
Texture in the glossy accents and glitter on the stars for cards for men challenge
And no dp for the  Fab n Funky Challenge.
Sketch provided by Retro Sketches for the week, I just love their designs!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Papertrey ink april blog hop card

So, I began with this photo from pti for inspiration.

  I decided to take away colors, floral and damask print to begin gathering supplies.  Got out a cuttlebug embossing damask folder and then I ran through one and decided I wanted a more double look and ran it through between the plates plain to make it less embossed.

I used the only floral diesI had in raspberry fizz and their blush from pti and held them together with a brad....which I think I will color or something to change it's color.

Now I had my main concept down I needed a sketch because I kept going back to the same sketch I have been doing forever.

I am not sure if I am going to make this into a birthday card or into a bridal shower for my neice.  I wiped out my stash of birthday cards....a gift of cards to my mother for her birthday, but I have both coming up soon.  I figure I would just add a tiny tag under the bow for the sentiment when I decide what I need!

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

So I used the sketch for there she goes clear stamps challenge.

Text on the papers is from the pixie dust studio challenge.

More then 1 ribbon from the sweet stampin challenge.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Need help current projects....

So, husband is sick, got kids to bed and figured I might try and do another case card.  There was a wonderful card with strawberries that was super simple and stunning....and I wanted to recreate it and went instantly knew I wanted to use flourishes stamps, decided on the long apple stamp. 

Problem is, I stamped it on the pure white cardstock, imagining the coloring I would do with my copics, but once the image was on the paper, I'm not sure if I want to add to it.  What do you think??  Color or leave be adding only sentiment?

A papertrey ink/nicole heady release CASE

My kitchen is clean.  Honest.  littlest was sleeping, the middle little was too busy working on building transformers out of legos that he want talking (this is huge cause he never stops talking!  5yr old)
So rather then fold the mountain of laundry, 4 or 5 loads sitting on my couch, decide to craft.
Today it's the 4th Day of papertrey ink's april release.  I love so many of the design team's creations I have decided to start CASING them with things I already have rather then lust over then thinking I need then all.  I no longer have play money AT ALL since my dh's new job is MUCH less pay.  Ouch, family of 5 with stay at home mom!  Might have to get a job!

Anyways....very proud of how great my knock off looks. 

I have enteed this card into several challenges:

Cute Card Thursday--Spring Flowers
Simon Says Stamp-April Showers brings Spring Flowers
Creative Card Crew--Kraft cardstock
I used....

  • Frilly flowers from papertrey ink in their sunrise yellow, avocado leaves, and poppy for dots and small flowers. 
  • Dots from the pti harvest berries (ginko leaves) set.
  • Pinking shears for the edges
  • PTI twine
  • buttons from my mom's collection, was just plain mother of pearl, but I colored it with dk brown copics and now I have brown buttons!
  • Framed Out #2 Stamp Set and Die form PTI.  Sentiment is from that set too.  With pure poppy ink and Distress Ink, vintage photo on Kraft paper.
Not the same as the original seen here... Click picture to go to the Blog posting!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sugar nellie thank you card

I made this card for the Sugar Bowl Challenge...a sketch and I used the optional Stripes challenge too. Loved how it turned out!.
Sugar Nellie Image:  Windswept???
Tag die and sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags.

Make it Monday, leaves made into flowers

Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink was to make a flower using a leaf die....Honestly, I felt like I was cheating...since I was using the die from the Frilly Flowers! 

I started with the small scrap of striped paper....(both patterned papers from Springtime Echo Park) and built my color scheme and design from there. 

The aqua paper looks like raindrops and there is a giant it works with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge of April Showers brings Spring Flowers.
Since I used two patterned papers, I am entering into the Paper Pretties Challenge.

I love the aqua with the raspberry fizz and the fizz kinda matched the dark pink stripe on the paper.

Since I used a Button AND a Bow (I rarely use both!), I am entering into the Paper Shelter Challenge.

This card definately has flower it is entered into Crafty Creations Challenge.

Sentiment is from PTI Out on a Limb set.  Button was a random one I had that I colored with a copic to look raspberry fizz like....really should by some actual buttons....and ribbons that match eventually...but for now, I am getting the inks and will have to be satisfied with just that.  But hey, a girl can dream....I will just have to hit the family hard to get me gift certificates for my birthday coming up!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fathers day spring like card

Okay...WoW...2 cards during nap time!  I have been moving on this! 

I really wanted to do this sketch from Retro Sketch because I really love it.

 I had a little inspiration from a design team member from over at crazy for Challenges (who challenged to use blue/white and one other color)  So, I don't know if I count, but I used blues white and the extra colors were really only the fault of the only matching paper that was I hope it qualifies, I am very happy with it!

I haven't been doing so well about keeping up with my personal masculine challenge of always making a masculine for every girly I did today!  I am joining Cards for Men in their Springtime colors challenge  I hope the colors are sprng-like enough, they were the only patterned papers I had that were masculine and matched my blue I wanted to use!

Image:  Papertrey Ink Masculine Motifs
Ink/Cardstock:  papertrey ink--blueberry sky and white
Patterned papers:  Little Yellow Bicycle :  Traveler paper pad

Flourishes Mothers day card

Totally Gorjuss Challenge had this wonderful sketch, so I started figuring out what I wanted to make with it!  Love the clean and simple look to it!

I had some time while the kids were coloring, so I stamped and copic colored (R81,83,85) these lovely flowers from Flourishes...I just love Cherry Blossoms, and so springtime that I had to do it!  I found that Flourishes Blog had a Mothers Challenge, so I decided to make this mother's day card, my second this season, so I guess I might have to let my husband choose which his mother will get....I am guessing this one!  :)

I couldn't figure out the embellishments to add and use to this stamp and sketch, so I saw that Totally Papercrafts had a Bingo Challenge, so I went with the Pink/glitter/pearls combo

Used Glitter on the centers of the Flowers, pearls actually covered holes, which were not cut nicely by my edge punch...looks nice this way anyways!  :)  Cardstock base and lt pink are Papertrey Ink.  Oval cut with Spellbinder Nestie using the OUT OF BOX techinque (tutorial found at  The small sentiment by the flower is from Tiny Tags (papertrey Ink).  And finally, the Background paper is Echo Park Springtime 6x6

Finally, I did use my cuttlebug, which has been my favorite tool recently, so I entered into Simon Says Stamp Challenge for that!

This is definately a spring time card, so I am also entering it into Karen's Doodles Challenge, Crafty Creations also has the Signs of Spring ChallengeCupcake Craft Challenge: Spring is in the air,and Full of Flowers for the 4 Crafty CHicks challenge.

Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Kraftin kimmie birthday card

Pixie cottage challenge for sketch....I really didn't like any of the embellishments I had for the three circles at the bottom, so I decided to go with my sentiment three times there!  :)  Since my Main image is on a tag, thought the sentiment can be my embellishemnt!

kraftin kimmie challenge for tags.  It is kinda funny that this is the week for tags, I had colored this gal and slapped her on the tag, but I never figured out how to use her,but now I was able to get it working out nicely on a card! 

What I am doing at sassy cheryls

Embossing at fab n funky challenges.  I actually did two embossing, dry with the folder and heat for the sentiment.

Sentiment is from Tiny Tags at Papertrey Ink, Twine is also from PTI.  Lovely mermaid is from Kraftin Kimmie.  New Leaf  and Kraft cardstock PTI, Purple is from Echo Park Springtime 6x6 pack.  Unknown stamp is a crackle on the New Leaf CS, stamped in versamark.  Tag was from a scrapbooking kit of unknown origins.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Make it monday Generational stamping

The Challenge at Papertrey Ink Make it monday is Generational stamping:  Stamping off.

Keeping with my "make masculine" pledge, I made several cards for the make it monday challenge.  I used my new stamps and ink that just arrived yesterday..yea!

The first card is on an old stamping up grey blue with black ink stamped off twice to make shades of greyin the Chevron stamp set. Celebrations stamp and die for the sentiment.

This is also going into the Papertake Weekly Challenge of ANything Goes...I think it might qualify for the additional one color monotone...although it is hard to see that there is any color in there at all! 
Additionally entered into Joanne Sheen Masculine challenge also.

Second card uses new think big set for the celebrate....stamped in 3 colors (chartruse, clay, harvest gold) and stamped off once.  Added a little bling to give a little something extra to it, cause I just couldn't figure out what more I could add to it without ruining it.  I have a problem with that.  I don't embellish well.  If I don't case it, and I embellish it, then often it ends up looking a little odd!

I entering this into Simon Says Stamping Challenge of ANything Goes too.

Third card uses the new ballon Heart 2 Heart #2 stamp set and Think Big Favorites #13.  Used 3 new inks, blueberry, leaf and harvest gold.

I used my phone to add the pictures, b/c it is fastest, but I can't figure out how to turn pictures in blogger on my phone or edit the pictrues on my phone to change I guess this is what you see today! :)

So now, the question is....which of the three is the best?  And are they all good enough for a male?  Or is the celebrate on in the middle have too girly of colors...or are the ballons too girly? the yellow make it to unmasculine?  Have to see what my husband things when he gets home...I am guesing that he will say only one is truely good for a man...  :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Make It Monday...graduated backgrounds

So I finally got back to stamping today.  (instead of stamping eariler this week I made my youngest 2 summer nightgowns considering it had been in the mid 80s....crazy.)

So the make it monday challenge is to make graduated backgrounds...with ink refills and water color or copics...I used  the latter till I get refills to try the others style.
This is actually my second time doing these....i copied Nicole from her blog post when this stamp set (Happy Trails) first came out.

I did 2 cards this time....keeping with my masculine challenge to make a man card for at least every girly card.
This was my first background.
Yellows, oranges, reds
Then I sprayed with glimmer mist...Love the outcome.

Then, I had to find the masculine colors, and I always look for my husband's approval on these so I went with greys and blues

I finished the card off with the light blue cardstock and a black shimmer paper, the shimmer was also die cut with the matching pti dragon fly die and stamped and embossed on black.
I only inked up the celebrate on the sentiment because the rest I figured would seem girly to my guy.

On the sunset colored back ground I also used the black shimmer again for a mat and for the pen.  I sprayed the background with glimmer mistand love how it looks.  messed up the stamping on the sentiment because the paper was curling and I didn't have enough hands, and didn't think to put it on the mat first to flatten it out...duh!