Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

The card I have for you today was actually completed about a month ago. I say completed because I stamped the main panel right after Vintage Picnic was released (which was almost a year ago), but I couldn't decide how I wanted to finish the card. None of the patterned paper I had seemed right and I didn't want a stamped background that would take away from the main image. So, my little patriotic panel was set aside. It wasn't until my Woodgrain impression plate came in the mail that I knew exactly what this card needed. I used my Woodgrain impression plate on a piece of Kraft cardstock and then lightly rubbed the raised part with PTI's tea dye duo to enhance the look of the woodgrain. For the main panel I stamped the flag/stars image and then masked them and stamped two images from Fancy Flourishes so that it would look kind of like fireworks coming out of the basket. I stamped the basket on a seperate piece of cardstock, cut it out and adhered it with pop dots. The edges of the main panel are also inked with PTI's tea dye duo. I love how this card turned out even if it did take me almost a year to complete! I hope you enjoy it, too, and have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Papertrey Ink-cardstock (kraft, enchanted evening), stamps (vintage picnic, fancy flourishes), ink (tea dye duo), ribbon (pure poppy), Woodgrain impression plate.

Copic markers, twine, adhesive rhinestones, dimensional adhesive

Saturday, May 29, 2010

College bound

I don't know anyone who is college bound this year, but I do have a fun card for the occassion. I love this bug image paired with road map patterned paper (I did a similar card with this combo a few posts back). The patterned piece I used today is also from October Afternoon, but from an earlier line called Road Map. I was originally going to use this car for a baby card, but then I decided the colors were more collegiate than baby so I stamped a new license plate, cut it out an adhered it on top of the old one. Then, I found some clear domed stickers in my stash that were the perfect size to fit over the headlights. Last, I adhered a piece of black scrap cardstock to a scrap of blue and then die cut it to the shape I wanted. It's easier to do it that way than to cut them seperately and try to line it up later. I made the white lines on the road with a stamp from Faux Ribbon and used dimensional adhesive to adhere my car to the die cut.

Papertrey Ink-stamps (enjoy the ride, faux ribbon), ribbon (pure poppy), cardstock (pure poppy, true black, white), button (true black), twine, ink (true black), die (car)

Stampin Up-ink (white), cardstock (baja breeze, soft sky)

October Afternoon-patterned paper(road map)

Nestabilities-labels 1

Copic Markers

Cloud Nine-rain dots (clear dome stickers)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wish Big

Today I am going to share with you another card made with Cosmo Cricket's fabulous Delovely line. I don't usually go for such bold bright colors, but I am really enjoying this line. I also decided to make a felt embellishment after having felt on the brain for a week while I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for the PTI blog hop challenge. The yellow frame is from the Delovey Elements page and I used Papertrey Ink's Big and Bold wishes for the sentiment.

Papertrey Ink-stamps(big and bold wishes), felt(hawaiian shores, raspberry fizz), cardstock(hawaiian shores, kraft), ink (hawaiian shores)

Stampin Up-cardstock(melon mambo, kiwi kiss), corduroy button(kiwi kiss)

Cosmo Cricket-Delovely

twine, adhesive rhinestones, corner rounder

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome blog hoppers! For those of you who don't know, it is time once again for Papertrey's blog hop challenge. The challenge this month was to use felt in some way. I took my inspiration for this challenge from the "touch and feel" books geared toward toddlers. Here is an example of a touch and feel book:As the cover of the book states, you can "pet" the animals in this book because parts of the animal are covered in some type of fabric or textile. I used Baby Button Bits to create my own touch and feel card.

I used the bear image and decided to have his tummy be the touch and feel part. It is easier if you die cut the circle first and then stamp the bear. I adhered the felt to the back of the sqare piece and used a dimensional sticker under the felt to pop the felt out of the circle a bit. It makes his tummy look nice and round. I finished off this card with a background stamp from Petal Power and a sentiment from Baby Button Bits. Thanks for hopping by!

Papertrey Ink-cardstock(vintage cream, kraft, dark chocolate), stamps (baby button bits, background basics-petal power), ribbon(sweet blush), button (vintage cream),felt(vintage cream).

Stampin Up-ink(chocolate chip),cardstock(pink pirouette)

Versamagic-ink(pixie dust)

Nestabilities, copics, twine, dimensional adhesive

Monday, May 24, 2010

Up, up and away

I love this new set by Papertrey Ink. I wasn't sure how much I would like some of the distressed images, but once the image is stamped, I don't even notice the distressing much. I stamped the hot air balloons and focal panel without much of a plan and thought I would just do a neutral card front. When I went to put everything together, something was missing. I went through my patterned paper and couldn't believe how well this piece by Comso Cricket matched the colors I had already used! I am really happy with how this card turned out! I also used the "hill" from Wonderfully Whimsical and a sentiment from Enjoy the Ride.

Papertrey Ink-stamps (Up,Up and Away, Enjoy the Ride, Wonderfully Whimsical) cardstock(kraft), balloon die

Stampin Up-cardstock (kiwi kiss, soft sky), ink (melon mambo, pumpkin pie, bermuda bay, chocolate chip, white, kiwi kiss)

Cosmo Cricket-patterned paper

Misc. Amuse jewels, Martha Stewart banner, dimensional adhesive

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Good Saturday afternoon everyone! I hope you are having a nice weekend wherever you may be. Today I have a fun, bright card to show you. I used the new Cosmo Cricket line called Delovely and my Vintage Picnic stamp set from Papertrey Ink. For some reason when Cosmo Cricket first showed this paper line on their blog, I kept thinking of tulips. Good thing I have a few tulip stamps otherwise, I would have felt the need to buy one. With all of the compulsive buying and supply hoarding we papercrafters do, I am beginning to think that papercrafting is an illness rather than a hobby! : )

Papertrey Ink-stamps (vintage picnic, vintage picnic sentiments), cardstock(kraft), ink(true black)
Stampin Up-cardstock(melon mambo, taken with teal)
Cosmo Cricket-patterned paper(delovely)
Copic markers

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hello again!

Whew! We have been busy around here with the end of school, birthdays, graduations and such. I can't believe it has been a week since I last posted. The card I am showing you today is another older one from my stash. I pulled it out last weekend to give to the little boy next door for his 1st birthday. He is such a sweet little thing! The very first present he opened at his party was from his parents and guess what it was......a t-shirt that said "I am going to be a big brother"! Yep, they found out the week before he turned one that they are expecting agian. Seems like everyone I know is either expecting or just had a baby. So fun to have babies nearby! Anyway, the card is a simple one-the stamp is from All Thgt Scraps (C.C. designs, I think) and the patterned paper and rub-on are by American Crafts. I hope you are all enjoying the festivities this month brings (and finding some time to relax,too)!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CPS 166 and Versatility

Enjoy the Ride is quickly becoming one of my favorite stamp sets. It is perfect for baby cards, cards for young children, teens, and adults-masculine as well as feminine cards. Perhaps best of all, it can even go vintage! That is what I chose to do today. I used the CPS sketch 166 as inspiration for this card. I first die cut the car and stamped the outline image in black. Then, I stamped the solid car image in versamark and used black Filigree embossing powder. I stamped the liscence plate on spring moss and cut it out and adhered it to the car. I also used Ranger's crackle accents on the windshield which I thought added to the vintage look. I finished off the car with some colored adhesive pearls and colored the bumper gray. The patterned paper (pp) is by October Afternoon and was the other inspiration for this card. I added ribbon around the pp and tied some black embroidery floss around it. I used Papertrey Ink's chamomile cube to ink the edges of the car and around the cream cardstock. I then used dimensional adhesive to adhere the car to the card front. This was such a fun card to make and a fun stamp set to play with!

Papertery Ink-stamps (Enjoy the Ride), cardstock (vintage cream, spring moss, spring rain, smokey shadow), ribbon (spring moss), ink (true black)
October Afternoon-patterned paper (Thrift Shop)
Ranger crackle accents
Filigree embossing powder (black)
adhesive pearls, embroidery floss,

Monday, May 10, 2010

What would I do..

This card took forever to complete-mostly because I kept changing it. I had first stamped the flowers all on the same panel. Then, I decided I didn't like that so I cut them apart. Then they each needed a mat, but I first had to cut them smaller so they would still fit on the card front. I ended up adhereing the orange and blue flower panels straight to the card and popped the purple one up on dimensional adhesive. I then tied a lovely, silky white bow around the bottom of the card but decided it was too fancy looking for the whimsical images. I took the white ribbon off and decided to go with a sentiment instead. I chose the sentiment from PTI's Friends til the End set. I wanted to make the sentiment multicolored to bring out the colors of the flowers and tried to use markers to achieve the look. However, the markers were not working-the image was too light and not very crisp. I decided to stamp the sentiment in different colors and just cut out the pieces I wanted and adhere them over the main sentiment. I like it, but I wonder...does it make it look a little ransom note-ish? LOL I then adhered the sentiment to a piece of ribbon, attached it to the card and was finally done. Oh, I also added some little rhinestones to the center of the flowers. Do you ever have a card like this that you just can't seem to get right?
(click on picture to enlarge)

Stamps-Papertrey Ink (springtime doodles, friends til the end
Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (white), Stampin Up (old olive, rich razzleberry)
Ink-Stampin Up (rich razzleberry, old olive, pumpkin pie, bermuda bay)
Ribbon-Stampin Up (old olive)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

CPS 165

Today (at the last minute) I decided to do a card for the CPS 165 sketch. I used one of the new Doodlebug lines called On the Go. If you haven't checked out the new lines by Doodlebug, you definitely should. They are too fun and are perfect for making cards for kids. This would make a cute congratulations card for a little boy-maybe for a kindergarten graduation or just for doing a good job throughout the school year. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and I want to wish all the Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Simply Sublime

Today I have a card to share with you using some fun Amuse stamps. I love this little submarine stamp and sentiment. I like Amuse for their simple and cute designs. I, however, ended up doing everything but simple since I decided to paper piece everything on the card! LOL It was a fun card to make though, and I think the Joy Ride patterned papers by Cosmo Cricket work well with this submarine. I also used my Fiskars punch to do the water and my Creative Memories wavy cutter (don't think that is the official name) for the sand. Thanks for looking and I hope your day is "simply sublime"!

Stamps:Amuse (submarine, sentiment, sun, clouds)
Patterned Paper:Cosmo Cricket
Cardstock:PTI and Stampin Up

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cosmo Color challenge

Did you see Cosmo Cricket's new line called Delovely? It is very bright and springy and fun. To celebrate the new release, they are giving a way a Delovely crafting kit on their blog. There are a few ways to win, and one of those happens to be a color challenge...

I chose to use their Early Bird line which matches the color challenge perfectly. I also added some blue to my card, but since there are a few blue flowers in that picture on the right, I thought it might be O.K. The converstaion bubble came from thier Early Bird elements page. I knew when I first saw that bubble that I wanted to do something fun with it. By putting the couch and sentiment inside, I think it also says "I've been thinking about you" without actually saying it. (Does that even make sense to anyone but me?) Anyway, here is my card-don't you want to play along, too?!

Cardstock:PTI(pure poppy, white), Stampin Up(kiwi kiss, not quite navy)
Patterned paper:Cosmo Cricket
Stamps:PTI(On My Couch)
Embossing Folder:Cuttlebug(polka dots)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Soaring by

I finally decided to use some of my new October Afternoon goodies. I always have a hard time using my favorite supplies. It seems the opposite would be true, but I tend to hoard my favorites. I always feel I need to save it for some super special project that I have yet to think of. I am finally deciding to enjoy my supplies and not just store them. On this card I used a few patterned papers from the Thrift Shop line and one from the Fly a Kite line. The kite and cloud stamps are from the Fly a Kite line as well. I paper pieced the stamped images and used dimensional adhesive underneath the kite to pop it up off the card. As usual, PTI had the perfect sentiment to finish off my card!

This second photo is the enhanced photoshop version. I was trying to lighten the pic up a bit, but it makes the ribbon look darken than it actually is.

On another note, I used my newly homemade light box to photograph the card above. I love the box! I need to make a few adjustments with my light source, but the light box eliminates all the shadows I was getting before. If you are interested in making one of your own, you can find a tutorial here It doesn't take very long to make and you probably have most of the supplies already on hand!

Stamps-October Afternoon and Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper-October Afternoon
Cardstock-Papertrey (Kraft,White), Stampin Up (Not Quite Navy)
Ribbon-Taylored Expressions
Button-Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides)

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I am sharing a card today that I made quite awhile ago. I pulled it out the other day to take to a birthday party for a 5 year old boy. I like having some simple birthday cards on hand for those times when I remember at the last minute that we have a party to go to! :)

Cardstock-PTI:summer sunrise, pure poppy; Stampin Up:tempting turquoise
Patterned Paper-American Crafts

P.S. Coming Soon-better photos! I found instructions for a DIY light box and made my own. Now I need to go get a good light to use with it.