Saturday, April 30, 2011


I wanted to make some Mother's Day cards that were a bit more hip this year. On this card, I used Cuttlebug embossing folders - a zebra and a crocodile pattern. I inked over them with white and black inks to make them stand out a bit. I die cut white glitter paper with a Spellbinders Labels Fourteen and used American Crafts Thickers for the word "mom." I really like the embossed patterns, so I think I'll do a few more similar to this. I also have a peacock feather folder and a leopard print; they came in a package of 4 at Hobby Lobby.

I finished my last week of classes and so now I just have finals. Bring on the summer! Thanks for taking a peek - have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Can't Say I Didn't Warn You!

Here is another doily stamp card. Same premise as the one from yesterday, but I wanted to use a different color scheme. I embellished the doilies with stars and periods from the same American Crafts Thickers set I used for the "mom." I have to say, I really liked how crisp the doilies looked with the black ink!

This is "dead week" for the semester - the week before finals. I am SO ready for summer break. Bring on the card making!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More doilies!

I just can't stay away from this Delightful Doilies stamp set by Papertrey Ink. It is entirely too much fun to use and there are so many possibilities. Here is one of the cards I made with the set recently. I couldn't stop at the front, so I had to stamp the inside as well.

Many of the sentiments from the Papertrey Mega Mixed Messages fit inside the medium doilies, so that's fun too.

Well, if you don't happen to like doilies, you might want to stay away for a while. I believe the craze has just begun ;)
Thanks for taking a peek!
Ink: Memento
Embellishments: Prima Marketing
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: American Crafts

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Be Good

I love the embellish stamped images, and I knew when I saw this pretty corset, I could do so many things with it. I stamped it in Rose Bud ink by Memento on light pink cardstock. I used a mini bead garland for the top hot pink trim. On the bottom, I used a lace trim and mini pink pom poms. The corset and sentiment is by Rubber Cafe and it's cling mount rubber.

That's all for today; thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Steampunk Wonderland

You have probably heard the term, "Steampunk" at some point. This style has really taken off in the papercrafting world in the past year. At Scrap 'n Art, we currently have a special issue dedicated to Steampunk, so if you want to learn more about it and see some rockin' Steampunk projects, you'll want to check it out! This is a Steampunk piece that I created. My daughter loves Alice in Wonderland and I have already made her custom Alice decor for her room. When I saw that pocket watch from Stanislaus Imports, I knew that I had to create a Steampunk Wonderland. The book itself is a Secret Storage Book. Isn't it neat? It lends itself perfectly to alteration. Honestly, this book took a while to do and I used a bazillion techniques. If anyone is curious about anything, don't hesitate to let me know and I will explain what I did. For now, I'll just leave it at this. :) Thanks for taking a peek! :)
Supply List: Metal Embellishments: Stanislaus Imports “Gears, Pocket Watch, Watch Parts”; Flower Soft “Shamrock Green” Book: Secret Storage Books "Alice in Wonderland"; Cardstock: Paper Accents "Extra Heavy Chipboard White 12x12 (128CB)"; Adhesvie: Beacon Adhesives "Zip Dry," Glue Arts "Adhesive Squares"; Ink: Tsukineko "Memento: Tuxedo Black"; Paint: Apple Barrel “Black, White,” Folk Art “Metallic Blue Sapphire”; Pens: Copic "Ciao: 36 D Colors"; Stamps: The Rubber Cafe “Candy Rosenberg: Steampunk Charity Wings”; Misc: Wooden book

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Anyone remember that pivotal scrapbook issue a few years back that featured a white paper doily on the cover project? After that, doilies were everywhere! I happen to remember that moment because I had submitted items a year prior to that which featured doilies - even to that same magazine. Now, I'm not saying anyone copied my stuff. It's just funny to me how trends work! At any given moment, artists all over the world are coming up with new trends. Sometimes they last and sometimes they fade quickly. I'm just happy that the doily is here to stay. :) I just purchased the "Delightful Doilies" stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I got my package yesterday and so I had to crank out something to show for it. Here is what I came up with.

The doilies come in different sizes that you mix and match. There are the small centers, the medium middles that go around them and the large outside borders. I have to say these are TONS of fun! I can see myself using them for all sorts of layouts and cards.

That's all for today - just wanted to poke my head in and talk about doilies for a minute. ;)

Monday, April 11, 2011


It's that time for me to work on my Mother's Day cards. Not only do we usually send out four cards, but I also have to make quite a few for the store. Last year I think I only sold 2; the year before I think I sold more than 12. So who knows how many I will sell? :)

For this card, I wanted to showcase these two flowers, so I kept the rest pretty simple. I stamped the flowers onto the white cardstock and then stamped the iris again on purple and green cardstock so I could cut out the respective parts and layer them over the lily of the valley. I also used Copics to add some shading. I attached the iris flower with a foam dot and used some lavender chunky glitter.

Then I matted it on yellow cardstock, adhered that to the white base and stamped the sentiment - Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Lily of the Valley), Stamp Zia (Iris)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Five minute card #2

If you follow any trends, you know that banners are still pretty popular in papercrafting. By now, there are many stamp sets, dies, cartridges, stickers, etc. that you can use to make your own banners. However, for those of you who like to make things on your own, banners are as easy as pie.

For this card, I cut triangles ahead of time. I like to use up scraps of paper for this task - long strips work especially well. First I get a strip of paper; the wider the paper, the bigger the banner.

I am not the measuring sort and I do not care for extreme uniformity so I just start cutting! If you get anxious about going with the flow, then you can measure with a ruler and mark where you need to cut.

I like to use double sided paper for this, because you can use either side. You can also cut a lot of triangles for later use. I used some on the inside of my card as well. Once you have the triangles, you can also adhere them to another paper and cut around them with decorative scissors to create a fun border.

To string the banner, you can draw straight or curved lines with a pen and then attach the triangles where you like. You can also just adhere the triangles to the project like I did and then embellish with gems, pearls, buttons, ribbon, etc.

If you own a square punch or die, you can also just cut them in half and make easy banners like I did on this card.
As you can see, banners are a fun and quick way to add custom embellishment to a project. Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Five Minute Card

I know that sometimes I just need a quick birthday card - something that I can throw together in five minutes or less. This is definitely one of those cards! I've made lots of cake cards before, but this one (excuse the pun) takes the cake! It's so easy to make and it can be made from scraps. Each card is different and just by using different papers, you can make a card for anyone. For this card, I used paper by Crate Paper and a sentiment sticker from SRM Stickers . I used a Fiskars Sunburst border punch and a Martha Stewart border punch to create the "frosting" decorations.
You can also make this for a bridal shower, wedding, name it! It can be decorated with pearls, gems, lace, flowers, and all manner of yummy stuff. As you can see, these cards are a great way to use up extras that you have laying around.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


I am thankful that this past week is over! It was one of the busiest (and stressful) weeks I've had in ages. It wasn't the fault of any one thing, but with everything together, it seemed like the week that would never end.

Now, the weather has decided to shape up a bit (NO more snow, please) and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as classes go. So in celebration of giving thanks, I'm sharing this card. I created the sentiment label with a Spellbinders Beaded Oval die. Before I took the die off of the paper, I put a heart over the top and I sprayed it with Bubblegum Tattered Angels. The sentiment itself is a rub-on by Melissa Frances (as is the patterned paper). Everything else is fairly self explanatory and made with items from my stash.

Thanks for taking a peek :)