Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a wonderful new year! I don't have a new year's card, but here's a birthday card for the new year
As you can see, I'm getting more use out of my Cuttlebug embossing folders. This paper is actually a shimmery Mother of Pearl paper from Couture Cardstock. IT's just beautiful in real life and embosses perfectly. Make sure you check them out, they've got the best specialty papers and cardstocks!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snow snow snow

Well, we sure had a white Christmas this year! It was so cold on Christmas that pretty much everyone stayed indoors and traffic was a no go due to icy roads and white outs. Good thing we had planned to stay here anyway :) Now that the weather has calmed down, it's nice. Everything is white and yesterday we had freezing fog all day so the trees were all heavily frosted. It looked like a winter wonderland! Since I don't go back to classes until Jan 11, I hope to get some good scrapping and card making in. The kids are with my parents for the next few days, so the odds are with me so far!
I recently got my hands on some new Cuttlebug folders and I am loving the fleur de lis folder. So versatile and elegant! Here is a baby/wedding shower card I whipped up a couple days ago. Love how the embossing looks on the black paper, I should emboss on black more often.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the shapes and used a Melissa Frances rub-on in the center of the umbrella. Pretty easy!
I hope you are all enjoying the holidays, thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Break!

That's right! Finals are over and I don't have classes until January 11th. It feels so good to be done for a few weeks. The kids have 2 more days of school and then they're on break as well. I can't believe that it's only a few days until Christmas, I need to get presents wrapped!
In the mean time, here is a poinsettia card I made last week. It started out being an Anniversary card for my parents - they got married on Christmas Eve - but I did another card for them instead. I love this color combo and I'm pretty sure I've never used it before, especially on a Christmas card.

The stamp is one of my new Flourishes stamps, "Poinsettia & Boxwood." I stamped it and embossed with Copper embossing powder onto light pink paper. Then I used Copics to shade the flower tips and blend them into the paper. I used a Gold Leafing pen to go around the sentiment and patterned paper (G45 "Christmas Past"). Gives the effect of being layered over gold foil paper, but not! I used Prima Marketing pearls on the poinsettia for some dimension as well.
That's about it, thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow Day!

That's right, the kids and I have a snow day from school today, woo hoo! Unfortunately it's FREEZING out so the kids won't get a lot of outside play time. Here's another card with my new Flourishes set All That Glitters. I colored the stamp with Copics and then used Glossy Accents over the top to give it a glassy look. I cut it out and layered it over the pink papers. I really like non traditional color schemes for Christmas cards.

Thanks for taking a peek! We're supposed to get more snow today, so *maybe* we'll have another snow day tomorrow...probably not...but I can dream! :)

Paper: Couture Cardstock
Stamps: Flourishes "All That Glitters"
Ink: Memento, Clearsnap
Markers: Copic
Tools: EK Success "Diamond Scallop" border punch, Spellbinders Standard & Scalloped Ovals, Cuttlebug "Textile" Embossing Folder, Ranger Glossy Accents
Ribbon: Decorative Ribbon - Hobby Lobby

Monday, December 7, 2009

Flourishes "All That Glitters"

I have been a long time admirer of Flourishes stamps. One of my blogging "heroes" Becca Feeken uses them frequently and she got me hooked before I even had any Flourishes stamps! On Friday I got my very first sets, one of those sets is All That Glitters. It's an absolutely GORGEOUS set of vintage ornaments and other trimmings. My favorite element is the frosted pinecone, because I remember having these colored ornaments on our tree when I was a kid, and I loved them so much. On this card, I stamped the pinecone in Memento "Rose Bud" ink and used Memento "Bamboo Leaves" ink on the pine needles stamp. I love that the set comes with an ornament string stamp, it's so cute :) I used a Hero Arts sentiment for the card with Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink. I used Glossy Accents on the froted part of the pinecone and sprinkled ultra fine glitter over the top.
I used Spellbinders Labels Five and the Fleur De Lis Pendant die along with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I accented it with some Offray ribbon and Prima Marketing gems. All of the cardstock is from Couture Cardstock, love the bright colors!
Thanks for taking a peek, hope you're staying warm. I know I'm not, my fingers feel like frozen hotdogs as I'm typing this, eeek! Sounds like we're in for blizzard like conditions later on tonight and tomorrow as well. ick.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh my word it's COLD!

It's so cold today, I do believe that December is here with a vengeance! So maybe by posting this "warmest wishes" I can trick myself into thinking I'm warm. It would be nice!
I used a Stampabilities tree stamp for this card, it was so easy. I just stamped two trees in light green Memento ink and then the center one in darker green Memento ink. I used a glue pen on the unstamped parts of the tree and sprinkled glitter over the top for some snow. Then I just stamped with a Stampendous! sentiment stamp (Holiday Sayings) and cut it out with a Spellbinders Label Five. I just love that labels set, it's so versatile and elegant. I tied a ribbon around the front and glued the label to the bow with Beacon Adhesive's Fabri-Tac and I was done!
This is a really simple card that you could make a lot of at a time, I think it took me about 4 minutes to make. Well, I hope YOU are all staying warm. If not, just know that I understand your pain!
TFL :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Snow Globe

I was looking through my drawer of older stamps this week and found this snowman stamp. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby in a holiday set several years ago, but if I remember correctly I bought the set for the snowflake stamps and sentiment that came with it - not for the snowman. Not that I don't like the snowman, but it's a little plain I guess. When I looked at it this week I pictured a snowglobe, so that's what the inspiration for this card was.

I used Spellbinders Standard Circles to cut out the "globe" that I had stamped on and then I cut out a transparent piece of packaging and layered it over the globe when it was finished. You can't really see it in the photo, but it's there. I also used Spellbinders Labels Eight and Create a Flake 1. I'm glad I kept this stamp, I forsee more snowglobes in my future!

And now we're off to Hobby Lobby - I got a call that my Spellbinders Ovals came in. The kids are also picking out their annual ornament to put on the tree and we will be putting that up tonight as well. We also have a houseguest, our friend Wade Jagmin. Things are getting busy!
Hope you all have a great Thursday, and thanks for taking a peek :)

Paper: October Afternoon "Cherry Hill"
Cardstock: Couture Cardstock "Macintosh"
Tools: Spellbinders "Labels Eight, Create a Flake 1, Standard Circles", EK Success Border punch
Stamps: The Paper Studio
Markers: Copic
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Decorative Ribbon (HL)
Misc: gems, button, thread, pearls

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spellbinders 50% off at HL?!

I couldn't believe it when I went to Hobby Lobby a few days ago and saw that they were having a 50% off sale on their Spellbinders products! The highest they've ever gone before is 40% and that wasn't very often. So I got Labels 4 and got a rain check for the large ovals, 2 sets that I've really wanted for a while. I used Labels 4 on this card along with Scalloped Ovals. I used a Gold Leafing pen to outline the embossed part of the die cuts. TFL!

Paper: DCWV cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Demask Designs, Mega Mixed Messages" and misc. Angel stamp
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink "Fired Brick" and Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Markers: Copic
Misc: pearls, ribbon, gold leafing pen

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Winner is comment #6, which is:

Gina L said...
First off, that was super sweet of you to change the settings. I appreciate that you did that! I am thankful for the huge support system that I have in my friends and family, who have helped me through a really terrible time in my life. I don't know where I'd be without them. - Gina L (siameseplease)

Congrats Gina!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US! I hope that you have a wonderful day, full of friends, family and food. ☺

To celebrate, I'd like to offer up some blog candy! It's quite a special give-away because this is a limited time seasonal product. I'm giving away the Spellbinders S4-226 Harvest Border Petites ! Soon you won't be able to buy these, they stop selling at the end of November. Here's your chance to WIN a set, just leave me a comment telling me what you're thankful for.
On December 1st I will choose one winner at random. This is only open to US residents. Be on the lookout for more give aways coming up!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Graphic 45 Christmas

I think the Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection is just beyond gorgeous! I love every single paper, front and back. There are beautiful images like the Christmas tree on this card, that make great card fronts or additions to layouts/mini albums. Way to go G45, you've done it again! ☺ This card is all G45 papers, I used Prima Marketing pearls and some Ribbon FX ribbon along with my Scalloped square Spellbinders dies. That's not a mistake, yes I said square, not rectangle. I don't actually have a rectangle, so I just cut out 2 squares and layered them. Pretty easy, huh?
Thanks for taking a peek, and check out G45's Christmas Past!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Angel

This is one of my favorite stamps for Christmas! I got it last year from my hubby, he ordered it from an Orthodox Christian website, and that's the only time I've ever seen it. I stamped it with Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink and colored it in with Copic markers. I accented the stars with Stickles. The background paper on this card was made with Tim Holtz distress inks and Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs clear stamps. I love that set for making my own custom paper. I used a small square Spellbinders and the small Scalloped square Spellbinders along with Labels 5 (for the joy tag). The pearls are from Prima Marketing and the ribbon is from Decorative Ribbon. I also decorated the inside. I used the same pale yellow paper I matted with on the outside of the card and used the Damask Designs with Papertrey Ink "Fresh Snow" ink. The other stamps are by Hero Arts. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More fall

Here are 2 more fall cards that I made last week to sell in the store. This first one is a vintage Thanksgiving card, I used a Paper Inspirations stamp with Memento ink. The paper is from Graphic 45. For the decorative ribbon piece, I used a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis pendant and threaded ribbon through it. The paper punch is by EK Success. On this card, I again used the Nestled Maple Leaves from Spellbinders along with Long Classic Rectangles and Labels 9. I also used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass and a Prima pearl. The leaves were cut out with adhesive on the top (3L adhesive sheets) and then I peeled off the paper backing and sprinkled fine glitter over the top. I used Pop Dots to adhere them to the Labels. TLF !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spellbinders Nestled Maple dies

I love doing fall cards! I've been getting some good mileage out of my Spellbinders Nestled Maple leaves with this batch of fall cards, they are so darn fun. :) On this card, it's hard to tell exactly how it's composed. First of all, I punched a large leaf in the FRONT of the card. I stamped the sentiment and the light text background. Then I layered a swirled Hambly transparency behind it and then layered dark brown cardstock behind that on the inside of the front of the card. Then I turned the card over the right way and adhered a medium glittered leaf on the front with a pop dot.

On my next card, I wanted it to look a little more distressed, so I cut leaves of different sizes. I cut some with adhesive backing so I could peel off the paper and sprinkle glitter over the top. On the large leaf in front, I sprayed it with Tattered Angels and stamped the image. The large letters are an old stamp set (I don't have the brand info), the "thanks" and the damask background is from Papertrey Ink. I added some machine stitching and Prima pearls as well.

More to come, TFL!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Altered state of mind

For anyone who may read my blog, I'm sorry that I don't post more often. Being a full time college student on top of having a family, being a Sunday School teacher, and doing Scrap 'n Art is just keeping me super busy! At the moment I am right in the middle of 3 college papers, it seems that they always come in bunches of 3. Today I have a service learning project to do for my teaching requirements and that will take up most of my day. The good thing is that I get to make cards! How funny is that? :) I went to my service learning location (a historic house here in town) and thought that I'd be doing cleaning or helping to move furniture, etc. Nope, they needed someone to lead a stamping and card making workshop for girl scouts! They had no idea that I made cards either, so it was just kind of a funny circumstance, but one I'm glad of. Here are a couple of altered items that I did a few months ago. The first is just a tea box that I covered in paper (Black River Designs), it only took about 15 minutes. I inked the edges to cover up any imperfections and added the tea bag sentiment from the Crafty Secrets "Tea & Coffee" stamp set. I cut out some yellow flowers from the same paper and then propped them up with pop dots on the box for some dimension.
I thought about gifting it with specialty teas inside, but then realized I needed it to store some ATCs. So that's what I did :)

This wall hanging was really easy to do as well. I used chipboard shapes from 7 Gypsies and covered them with paper that I had already stitched around (also 7 Gypsies). I used some 7 Gypsies clear stamps with Distress ink to stamp over parts of the paper and also inked the edges. I used my Silhouette to cut out "is where the" and used 7 Gypsies sticker letters for the additional words. The black buckle is alsy from 7 Gypsies. I used my cropadile to cut the holes and then threaded the polkadot ribbon through.

Well, TFL and hope you all have a great week!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Scrap 'n Art November/December is here!!!

If you're a subscriber, make sure you check out the Scrap 'n Art issue that just came out, it's a lot of fun! If you're not a subscriber, get yourself on over there and subscribe! ;) Here are a few items that were pubbed several months ago in Scrap 'n Art that I can share. I just love making baby cards! On the girl card, I used a Crafter's Workshop template (card size) to make the crown with texture paint. It's raised and a bit crackly looking in real life, I like it! I cut the crown out and inked it a bit. The paper is by Melissa Frances, I love her papers for baby cards. The stamp is from Papertrey, and I used a Spellbinders scalloped oval.
On the boy card, I used Graphic 45 paper. The train is just cut from paper as well and inked. I propped it up on foam dots as well. I used an old Miss Elizabeth rubber stamp for the sentiment, and the border punch is by Martha Stewart.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Last weekend we went to a wedding in Lincoln, NE. It was a BEAUTIFUL wedding, and here is the card I made.
Sorry the photo is so bad (bottom especially) but I can't retake it! The paper is from the "Enchanted" Cosmo Cricket line - a gorgeous collection. All I added was a bow and the line of bling, the rest is Cosmo Cricket. On the inside, I used a 3L Scrapbook Adhesives clear adhesive backed pocket. The gift card slips right inside, it's a perfect fit. That way it doesn't get separated from the card or fall out.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Scrap 'n Art Jan/Feb

Scrap n’ Art is looking for the following for our January/February 2009 issue. Each project submitted will earn the submitter a raffle ticket in our drawing for a prize pack worth over $200, including products from Karen Foster, Nikki Sivils, Genuinely Jane, Hambly Screen Prints, and Prima! Submit as many projects as you’d like to all of the categories below:
  • January Jewels – Layouts/projects featuring lots of bling-a-ling!
  • Winter Blues – Layouts featuring the color blue
  • Slush happens – Layouts featuring snowy, icy, winter photos
  • Valentine Gifts, Layouts, and Cards
  • Love Notes – Layouts featuring notes written to others
  • Hybrid Layouts & Projects – combining both digital and paper
  • “New You” layouts – Scrapbook pages about your goals, resolutions, intentions
  • Before and After – Layouts/projects showing the beginning and end result of a project or
  • journey. Examples: A weight loss journey, remodeling your kitchen, etc.
  • Masculine Layouts & Cards
  • Layouts featuring negative space
  • Layouts & Projects featuring your favorite tool techniques
  • Page layouts featuring pink, red, and white
  • Layouts featuring clear/transparent elements

Deadline extended to November 15th, 2009Email submissions and questions to

Monday, October 12, 2009

With Sympathy

Well, technically it's still Fall. However, we have gotten snow and FREEEEZING temps the last few days, ick! I took a peek at this weekend's temps and it's supposed to be back in the high 50's so we'll see how that pans out. I'm about ready to break out the Christmas tree!

Here's a fall-ish card I made a while ago. I love these colors, and I'd better do some more cards with these colors soon or I'll run out of fall. Christmas will be here before I know it...sigh.
I used Papertrey Ink "Demask Designs" stamps and Sunrise Ink along with Memento ink to create the patterned paper. I love that set, it's so fun! The sentiment is also from Papertrey. I layered two punched borders (Martha Stewart "lattice) and tied some little flowers in the polka-dot ribbon to finish it off.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


To start things off today I have a few funny photos of Alexis. She's just so goofy! Here she is with her cousin in Ohio.
Here she is getting ready to eat a fish. Yum, bronze!
Here are both the kiddos with Stage Coach man in the museum. I don't know what that face has to do with anything.
And here's a sweet picture to balance them out. Here she is with daddy at the wedding in OH.

In scrappy news, I got to work with some fun Nikki Sivils Halloween paper recently, I love the bright colors! I also love those candy corns, I could almost eat them up.
The candy corns are actually part of a clear stamp set from the Target $1 spot. There was a cutie pie ghost, jack-o-lantern and some stars and a sentiment as well. Let me warn you though, those stamps are VERY low quality. If you're a beginner stamper, don't get them because they're pretty hard to use and get a good image. They also kind of start to degrade after a while. I only bought them to do a set of cards to sell at the store because for $1, you really can't complain. ☺ I can totally afford to just toss them after I'm done, and that's what I plan to do.

Not until after I make up a bunch of candy corns though, LOL! For the candy corns, I just stamped them with Memento "Tuxedo black" ink and colored them in with Copics. I used Glossy Accents to fill in the yellow part and then sprinkled super fine Stampendous! yellow/gold glitter over the top. Then I used Glossy Accents on the white tips and sprinkled super fine white glitter over the top. I didn't have any dark orange glitter, so I just used the Glossy Accents and made it shiny.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

back from vacay!

We drove into our driveway at about 9:30PM Sunday night. It was a looooong trip from the part of Ohio we were in! Levi's brother Brandon got married and we also went to MI for a few days to stay with Levi's mom and family. It was a great trip and I also got my hands on some new photos to scrap :)

As usual, school has been keeping me pretty busy. I'm caught up now from the week I missed while on vacation, so it should be a bit better for a while. Ugh, I do have a big paper to do this weekend though, so not a lot of scrapping.

Here is a card that I made with one of the new release Spellbinders dies. It's the poinsettia frame, the outside part. The image is from an Orthodox angel stamp I purchased from an online Orthodox Christian website. It's really a gorgeous stamp! I used Copics and Copic Spica pens to color it in, so it's pretty glittery.
I'm trying to get some Halloween cards finished to take to the store. Hopefully they will sell pretty well! I got a couple of $1 stamp sets from the target dollar spot the other day and have used those on them. The $1 stamps are really poor quality, but if you are careful, they actually turn out ok...for $1. ☺

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pink Persimmon Stamps!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Some more Christmas

Here's a card I made sometime this week with my new Spellbinders Nested Poinsettia dies. I used The Paper Studio glitter paper and added a couple yellow Stickles accents to the middle. Pretty darn easy!
The embossed background is Cuttlebug's Swirls and Birds and the flourish on the bottom is one of the new edge embossers from Cuttlebug.
This is going to be another busy couple of weeks. We're going to be gone for a week to go to MI and to a wedding! Levi's brother is getting married. So that means I have to miss a week of classes and make up a bunch of papers and stuff before I go THIS week. booooo...
In other news our computer monitor is going bad. It keeps switching to a horrible green/yellow tint that makes it really hard to see. Seeing as how we got this computer in 2002, I guess I can't complain too much.
Well, I have class in a bit, thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

where have I been?

I don't know, but where ever I was, I was busy! The last couple of weeks have just been a blur it seems, everything is coming at once. Between college, the kids' activities, our awesome friends Ryan, Lauren and Lexie coming for Labor Day weekend, my birthday and Alexis' birthday, we've been running like crazy. Oh, and I've also been creating for SNA, deadline is approaching!

Because I was such a bad blogger (noticed 2 people even stopped following me, LOL!) I will post a couple different cards. I picked up a rooster stamp at HL when wooden stamps were half off and just had to do a couple of country fresh cards. My mom is really into chickens, so these will be part of a set that I'm making for her.

I colored in the images with Copics and went over the roosters with Copic Spica glitter pens. Those babies are amazing! You can see the glitter more in this close-up. Click on the image for an even closer look, it's really glittery!

I loved the country feel of this Cosmo Cricket "Enchanted" paper, so I colored the roosters to compliment it.
I also used some of my brand new Spellbinders Nestabilities. Love the new Labels!

Well thanks for taking a peek, and I promise I will try harder to be a good blogger :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

September - Scrap Your Food!

I'm hosting a new challenge at called September - Scrap Your Food!

For this challenge, you will be scrapbooking some sort of food. You can do your favorite food, a food that you think is interesting, a beautiful plate of food, etc.

There are a few twists:

1. No photos of people on the layout!
2. Use some sort of fun trim or ribbon.
3. Use the color brown on the layout.

As far as rules, we're pretty laid back. Try to leave some love, but don't feel like you have to hit every single person. Do your best. I don't want any challenge drive by's though! If you enter a LO, come back around a few times during the month to see what everyone has done. Enter from now until the end of September. This challenge is for love/fun! Here are 2 examples to get you started.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

College girl again

I've now finished my first week of college classes, whew! So far so good. I think I'm starting to get back into the groove of college...and being asked what hall I live in helps! ☺

Between classes and running around getting books, parking permits, and all that other stuff, I haven't had time this week for fun new scrappy stuff. However, today is my blog day at Scrap 'n Art, so if you want to see a quick blog post on manual photo editing (not digi), check it out!

The new issue of SNA comes out soon, you won't want to miss out. ☻

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One more day of work

That's all I have left! Tomorrow is the last day that I will be working at Snickerdoodles and then I start classes on Monday.
I only have one class on M/W/F, and 3 on T/Th. I'm kind of excited :)

School is going well for the kids, they seem to be enjoying their teachers and being back with their friends. Alexis' teacher reminds me of the teacher from The Magic Schoolbus. Hehe! She kind of looks like her and is just that fun kind of teacher.

Today, I'd like to share a card with you that I made with one of the new Spellbinder Pendants, the Fleur de Lis. I used the largest pendant and the next size down in the set. I love the elegant touch that these pendants add to cards!

I hope you're all having a great week, thanks for peeking!

Other products:
Paper: American Crafts Cardstock
Tools: Cuttlebug, textile embossing folder, Spellbinders Standard Circles
Stamps: Papertrey "Mega Mixed Messages"
Misc: ribbon and pearls

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blessed school!

First day of school has arrived for my kiddos! They were so excited this morning - and last night...until 10PM or so when they FINALLY got to sleep. I've gotten them off to school this AM and they're all settled into their new rooms with their friends. Looks like it's going to be another good year!

Here is a card that I made with the new Spellbinders Fleur de Lis pendant. I just love that set, it's so fun! You can't tell very well by the photo, but the blue pendant was covered with Glossy Accents all around the scroll work and then sprinkled with a layer of super fine glitter. It is very sparkly IRL. I'm not sure exactly where the idea for this card came from, I don't do a lot with red and blue. I do love cherries though, so I decided to coordinate with the pretty patterned paper.

It's an amazingly gorgeous August day here, it's only in the 60's so far! I have all the windows open and it's lovely. So far this day is off to a great start ☺

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Christmas cards already

Yep, I give up, I had to start making some Christmas cards!

This card came together very quickly, because it had been in the back of my head for a while. The blue paper is from Daisy D's (their Christmas line from a few years ago). The tag is from the new Spellbinder's release - Ribbon Tag Trio 2. It's from my amazing and fantabulous prize package that I won last month AND received yesterday! I have been shooting out cards like crazy, those dies are so inspiring.

As for the branch on the card, I picked it up off the floor in the floral dept at HL and the guy who cleans the floors told me to just take of course I did! The ribbon is from a grab bag at HL, and for those of you who have HL, go to their ribbon section and check to see if they have them. Ribbon grab bags are like little bags of heaven! You get 30 different ribbons, a yard of each. Oh, and they're $1.99, but on 50% off ribbon days, they're only $1!!! You just can't possibly beat that.

The border was made with my EK Success diamond scallop punch, and the mica glitter on the tag is from Martha Stewart. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Mega Mixed Messages set.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

And the pink continues...

Here's some more pink for ya. If you don't like it, too bad! I still can't get pink out of my system, so I guess I will continue making pink cards. I actually hated pink when I was a teenager and well into my early 20's. I don't know what happened.

This was made with my new Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant I got at HL with my 40% off coupon. I used the rest of my scrappy sale money that I got earlier in July. I've really loved playing with it!

The paper is also from my friend Alyssa, the DCWV "Be Mine" stack. I used my Cuttlebug and swirls and birds embossing folder for the pink circle behind the sentiment and the pearls are from Multicraft. This is a really simple card to put together, the hardest thing was cutting out the sentiment from the paper it was on.

Well, thanks for looking, hope you're having a great middle of the week ☺

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where did it go?

Summer, that is. It's already the 2nd week in August, and it seems like I didn't get around to half of the summer plans I had. Next Monday, the kids both start school, and the week after that is my first week of college classes in 10 years. So here's to the last days of summer vacation! ☺

Sorry I took a little hiatus, it seemed like I just had no projects to post since they were tied up in challenges or contests. And the longer I don't blog, the harder it is to come back to it. I have a sweet little card to share today though, a simple baby card I made for a friend who is expecting. The paper was from my good friend Alyssa, she sent it to me just for the heck of it! Gotta love scrappy friends ♥ However, I don't know who made the paper, it appears to be from a stack. ****update, Alyssa says that it's from the DCWV stack "Be Mine."

I folded the largest pink ribbon back onto itself 5 times, securing it with tape on the card base and then a strip of tape on top of the folded ribbon. The 2nd pink ribbon was tied around that to keep it in place, and then the lacy ribbon on top was adhered to that. The bottom of the card was cut with an EK Success diamond scallop border punch. I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities scalloped oval for the light pink oval in back, and the front oval was cut from patterned paper. The blue flower is a Prima, and the buttons are just from my stash. Last but not least, the sentiment is from Papertrey's Mega Mixed Messages (love that set btw!) and I used RoseBud Memento ink.

Hope you all enjoy the moment today, those summer days are dwindling!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

SNA Blog today

Hi my creative peeps! Today is my blog day at Scrap 'n Art, so go check out the post and card I made! ☺ I had some fun making custom stamped paper, one of my absolute fav things to do. This is just a little peek at the card on today's post.
Today after Levi gets off work, we're planning on taking the kids to the county fair! They only get to go on one carnival ride, but they're super excited. They can't wait to see all the animals and they're especially psyched to see the bunnies for some reason. This fair is way smaller and shorter than the one I am used to (Scottsbluff Co Fair) but it's a fun time.
In scrappy news, I'm waiting for a HL 40% off coupon so I can go get another paper trimmer. Mine is so old and has never worked well. Now I can't even easily find the blades for it because Fiskars seems to be phasing out this model. So good riddance! I'm leaning towards the Cutterpede because I don't want something huge or too expensive. So come on 40% off!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CHA news and give aways!

If you're wondering what's new and amazing at this season's CHA in Orlando, get right on over to the Scrap 'n Art Blog! There are give aways, sneak peeks, and videos of some of the coolest new things. Don't miss out! For instance, would you like to win this?
Get over there!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tickled Pink

On the cardmaking forum, there is a laid back daily challenge that some of us try to do when we can. Saturday's challenge was to do a monochromatic card. I usually don't do cards in just one color, so I had to try it out :) I ended up with this pink card, which Alexis is totally head over heels about.

On Dawy McVey's blog she had a gorgeous card using text, so that was fresh in my mind. Come to think of it, she also has been posting a wonderful pink series of cards...but I promise I didnt' copy her on that! :) Pink was just in my brain today, probably from a certain little girl that lives at my house. I didn't use any patterned paper, because I didn't have any pink paper the shade that I wanted. So I pulled out an old text stamp that I got at Goodwill this year and stamped with Versamark onto white cardstock. I embossed it with clear powder and then rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink over the top with a cloth. The end result is raised white words on a filmy pink paper. I used Rose Bud Memento ink to stamp the butterflies (Verve Stamps) onto the paper as well as the flourish at the bottom left (7 Gypsies). Where the embossing is, it resists any ink, so it creates a neat effect.

I stamped the same butterflies onto light pink cardstock and cut them out to place them over their stamped images on the card. I glittered them with Stickles and Martha Stewart white mica flakes and curled their wings out. Really this all sounds like such a process, but the card only took about 15 minutes to make because I knew what I wanted to do. And because I had twice the amount of hand stamped paper I needed, I made this card as well!

I used a pretty damask stamp from Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs and the Rose Bud ink and stamped it along the edge of the embossed paper. I loved how the white words showed through the damask!

Both of the scallops on the cards are by Spellbinders Nestabilities, and I used a Martha Stewart Lattice punch on both cards as well, and an EK Success Diamond Lace punch on the 2nd. The sentiments on both cards are from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages. Such a versatile set!

Maybe I got pink out of my system now :) Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot Stuff!

I think that boy's cards are very hard to do for some reason. I guess part of the reason for me is that I rarely find paper or embellishments that I really like for boys. I don't want to give an 8 year old kid a card and have him stare at me like, "what are you thinking lady?" Luckily I happen to have an 8 year old son at home, so I run my boy card designs by him first :)

This is one that he was especially excited about, so I thought I'd share it. I bought the cute dragon stamp at a garage sale for 10 cents about 4 years back. Micah has always loved dragons, so I knew I'd get to use it some day. When I was looking at the new Prima paper I had in my drawer, I realized that they were the colors that I needed AND they were boy papers that I actually liked. So the Hot Stuff card was born!
The cool paper is the Just Corina "Little Guy" line from Prima Marketing. The whole line is very bright and fun. The stamp is by Stampendous! and the red letters are from my stash. I used Spellbinders nestabilities circles for the white and black circles.
The dragon image was stamped with Brilliance black ink and colored in with Prismacolor markers. You can't see very well, but I used Glossy Accents on the blue parts, so they're shiny and raised. Isn't that dragon cute?
In kitty news, Sohpie had 5 kittens! Sadly one was dead when I went in today to see them :( It was one of my favorites too, and all gray one. The others all seem healthy though, so hopefully they'll be ok. Now we have an orange and white one, a black and white one, a calico, and a cream colored one. They're so cute!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Where has summer gone?

I know it's still summer, but wow it's been flying by! I can't believe that August is just around the corner. And once that hits, it's just a matter of time before fall because we'll be so busy getting ready for school - and college for me!- and getting back into the school routine. We've had a weird summer weather wise. In June we had several days of 100+ heat index and that's not very common. We usually get 100+ temps in late July and August, not in June. So we were worried that it was going to be a very hot summer! However, once July rolled in, we got some wonderful weather that is usually reserved for June. Now it's getting into the 90's again, but it's still wonderful :)

I got to sell some of my excess/old scrapbooking items at the annual down town sidewalk sales this week. It's for down town stores, but my LSS is in the old down town area that's near our house and the owner rented me an 8' table for $5 to sell some stuff. I sold more than half of it, but would have loved to get rid of more! I have several friends who scrap here though, so I know I won't have a problem giving it away.

In other exciting news, my sweet cat Sophia is ready to have her kittens! I'm hoping she'll have them today, she's been nesting in a cardboard box in the basement. It's her first time, so she's a little stressed. I can't wait to see the new babies!

Today I'd like to share a card I made for a Paper piecing challenge at It's a daily challenge, each day is different, so come on and join us sometime. It's in the cardmaking/stamping area of the forum.

I used Daisy D's paper for the paper pieced background and sewed it before adhering it to the white paper. The brown piece of paper was embossed with my Textile Cuttlebug folder and inked slightly. The gold sentiment was made with a corner punch from MultiCraft and inked. The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey Ink. The flowers are from Prima, the butterflies from K&Co. and the lace is from my stash. I have a tiny bit of Martha Stewart lattice border punch peeking at the bottom.

Oh I almost forgot my extremely EXCITING news! I was the Day 13 winner of the huge Spellbinders blog give away! So that means I won a whole load of the beautiful new dies that were just released. You can scroll down to see my response and the dies I won at their blog:
I'm so excited!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Damask Designs

Here is another card I made with my new Damask Designs stamp set. I love making coordinating paper!
Paper: Bazzill cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Damask Designs" and "Mega Mixed Messages"
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, EK Success border punch, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities
Misc: pearls, ribbon

Monday, July 13, 2009

I ♥ Damask!

I got my Papertrey Ink package last week, and I have had a bit of time to play today. Still not feeling great, but if I take cold medicine round the clock, I can function. I hate being sick in the summer time!

Here is a card that I did with the Demask Designs stamp set and my new Summer Sunrise ink.

Paper: Bazzill, Kraft paper
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
Tools: Cuttlebug machine, "Swiss Dots" Cuttlebug folder, Spellbinders Nestablilities
Misc: ribbon

Thanks for coming by!