Monday, April 27, 2009

Sherbet Challenge at

One of my critique groups at is doing a Sherbet color challenge and here is my LO.

I think I may add another title in pink Thickers above the buttons and below the rub-ons, it just doesn't seem complete yet. I don't know, I have to look at it for another day and see if it grows on me.

I love the colors though, I've been using them all spring if you didn't already notice, LOL! I used my new butterfly die for the Cuttlebug. I just love that thing, I've been using it like crazy. I love how you can have so many different looks with the different butterfly embossing folders or just leave it plain.

Paper: Cosmo Cricket "Honey Pie" and American Crafts Tropicals cardstock
Rub-ons: Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: The Paper Studio Buttons, Cuttlebug (machine, die cut, embossing folder), Misc. beaded trim, Signo Uniball white pen

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Hi everyone, notice I did NOT wait a week to post this time, so hopefully all is forgiven by the thousands of people who come and visit my blog on a daily basis...LOL! Well anyway, the 2 of you who visit my blog, I'm back! :)

This is actually a card that I did 3 weeks or so ago. I tried taking a photo of it on at least 3 different occasions and could not get a decent shot. I don't know what it is about this card, but it does NOT photograph well at all. This shot is semi-ok, but you really can't see the details and it just doesn't look like it does in real life. But I'll share it with you anyway, because I give up on it!

The "hello" sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets "Tea & Coffee" stamp set and the butterfly is from Verve Stamps "Fluttering By." The lace at the bottom is a border stamp from Clearly Inspired. I used white Sea Foam embossing powder by Ranger on the butterfly and the border, plain black Brilliance on the sentiment. Just a simple Swiss Dots finish on the white circle, and a bit of layering. Very simple card actually. Oh, and the ribbon is from Luxe. They have the prettiest color combos.

In other news, I'm going to be selling my cards at a Country Decor and Gifts store in the downtown area! The owner seemed pretty excited and that made me excited. She was glad to be able to sell locally made cards...and I'm happy to sell them, hehe ;)

Well, I'm off to work this AM, people gotta have cookies! Thanks for coming by.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wow, sorry about that!

I can't believe a week went by and I didn't update! Now in my slight defense, this weekend was our Easter (called Pascha) and so we were pretty busy. I have also been working on new Scrap 'n Art items for the July/August issue, so I can't share any of that. Hopefully this next week will be a little more productive for the 'ol blog!

Hobby Lobby has their inks 50% off this week, that is one of the best sales EVAH! I probably need to go today if I'm going to get anything because by the end of the week it is so picked over. I don't really need a lot, but I realized I no longer have any brown dye ink and that is a huge staple for me. In order to actually go to HL though, that would mean I have to get dressed. DRATS! I'm still drinking coffee! Ok, maybe in an hour ;)
Anyway, this is a card I did a couple weeks ago and submitted to a mag. Well they never contacted me so here it is! So is the papercrafting life. I used Cosmo Cricket's "Honey Pie" paper, that stuff is so cool. I cut out the scalloped oval and the circle with my Spellbinders, the pale pink die cut behind that was done on my Silhouette. The white paper is embossed with the Cuttlebug "textile" embossing folder and the ribbon is from HL. Part of my bag o ribbon that I got (30 yards of ribbons for $1.99) The sentiment is from JustRite Stampers.
Well, thanks for coming and taking a peek, hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Some Easter Candy

For those of you celebrating Easter today, I've got some candy for you! Go to Inked Inspirations for a chance to win this!
And then head over to the Artistic Stamper for a chance at these goodies.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Weekend, ah

I don't know what it was about this week, but it just seemed packed FULL of stuff! I didn't have time to play (scrap) with my new stuff yet and I didn't get any cards done either. boo. Part of that was that the kids were home on Thursday and Friday, so our schedules were changed a bit. I usually have an hour and a half to myself when I get home from work. I get off at 1:30 and the kids get out of school at 3.
Also the weather can't seem to decide what it's doing. One day was 70 and the next was 32 and it SNOWED AGAIN. Major unhappy face. We don't have any snow on the ground now, but I know it was there and that's enough to bother me ;)

The card I'm sharing today is one that I made last weekend. I just can't get enough of this Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie paper! It's not a new collection, but once I started using it, I just couldn't stop.
The stamped hearts and sentiment are from Verve Stamps, I started with a white square and then cut away the corners with a decorative corner punch. I used chestnut pigment ink from Clearsnap (colorbox) to ink all around the edges. I love how the cat's eyes are their own sponges for blending!
I added the pearls and then attached it to the card with foam dots. TFL!
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Studio
Ink: Tsukineko, Clearsnap
Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch, misc. pearls

Friday, April 10, 2009

Quick, here's some candy!

Here is some too good to pass up blog candy, but you've got to hurry! Go to this blog and check it out ASAP :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Just a bit

Ok, so I admit, this is a bit of a blogging drive by, but I've gotta leave for work! Yesterday was crazy busy, I was sooooo tired last night I dropped off to sleep and didn't open my eyes till 7AM this morning.

In celebration of the 2 NORMAL spring days we just currently had, I'm posting this bright and cheerful card. Although today is currently cold, dark and rainy (booo, hiss) I'm hoping this will lighten things up a bit ;)
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dawn's Color Challenge

It's week three of Dawn's color challenge! Here are the yummy colors she picked this time around.
And here is the card I created for the challenge. Once again, my colors are NOT translating well. My berry looks kind of red, but the large scallop at the bottom of hte card is really berry. And the card itself is light buttercream, not white. I just wish it would get nice outside so I could photograph with good light again.
Thanks for the challenge Dawn!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I've Just About Had it!

With this weather that is. It's April and the high today is going to be 34 degrees. Not only that, but winds are gusting up to 35 MPH out there. YUCK! :(

The only thing that makes me feel better when the weather is like this is to make nice warm cards. Here is one I'd like to share today.

I got this pretty pink ribbon in a bag at Hobby Lobby this week. It was a GREAT deal, and I will be doing this more often! It was a bag of 30 different ribbons, each one yard long. They're all solid colors, but some are satin, some are gross grain. All of them beautiful! The bag was only $1.99, so I'm thinking this is how I'm going to buy my ribbon from now on. 1 yard of ribbon makes several cards, and then I don't have a ton of ribbon spools to store either. So check out your local HL, and see if they have these bags!

And speaking of other awesome deals, don't waste any time - go to Melissa's blog! She's giving away a Cuttlebug...yes a CUTTLEBUG! And that's not even all, so get over there :)

You Are My Sunshine Card

Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Daisy D's, American Crafts Cardstock

Sentiment: Cosmo Cricket

Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots folder, Textile folder, Fiskars scallop scissors, ColorBox pigment ink, Misc Ribbon

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Old Supplies and a Winter Warning

I love when I look through my supplies and find an old item that goes perfectly with some new supplies. That's what happened on this card. The white circular stamp is an old Inkadinkado stamp that I've had for several years. I wanted to do a circular cut out, but the idea just didn't seem complete until I added the white detail around it.

For this card, I cut and scored the yellow base and adhered the lined paper journal spot I had stamped the sentiment upon. With the Inkadinkado stamp, I used clear embossing ink and white embossing powder and heat set it.
I then cut the blue paper to size and used my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders to make the circular cut out. I cut the border on the blue paper and adhered the black ribbon strip. After the strip, I tied a bow and adhered the bow on top. To set it away from the base of the card, I adhered the blue with foam dots. Seeing it wasn't quite finished, I used a black damask stamp over the top.

Paper: American Crafts Tropicals stack
Stamps: Verve Stamps, Inkadinkado
Ink: Tsukineko
Accessories: Ranger embossing powder, Martha Stewart border punch, Stampendous! damask sticker, Misc. ribbon

On to another topic, we're under a Winter Storm Warning Never fails, when April comes around, the storms roll in. So far it's clear and sunny. However, the wind is really blowing, and I'm afraid it's blowing that YUCK right at us. Come on Spring!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

One can never have too many...

Extra Thank You cards! I had some odds and ends left over from other projects, and that's how this simple card was born.

The tan piece is handmade paper that I've had for years. It's the kind of paper you would make a "tear bear" out of. I embossed it with my Cuttlebug and inked over it with some Linen Distress Ink. I used an old pair of fiskars decorative edge scissors to cut out the white part of the card in the center. I used Verve and Luxe stamps for that and distressed around the edge with ink. The lace trim was a small piece that I might otherwise have thrown away...but if you know me, you know I just don't DO that! ;)
This card represents one of the wonderful reasons I love card making - With just a few scraps and handy tools, you can always make a fun card.