Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #24-Texture

My 8 year old daughter always asks about the cards I make and the challenges I enter. She is especially interested in the comments I get on my cards and has decided she would like to enter a challenge so she can receive comments, too.
She is playing along with the newest Lawnscaping challenge. Here is the challenge:

Here is the card she made for the challenge. She didn't use any Lawn Fawn sets, but she did come up with this card all on her own! She used Liquid Applique to add textured snow to her card. I did not help her in any way on this card except when it came time to use the heat gun--and she tried to do that on her own. She would love to hear what you think of her card. Thanks for stopping by!

(She took this picture of her card by herself, too!)

Monday, December 26, 2011

PTI December Blog Hop

Here is what I came up with for the PTI "Holiday Leftovers Challenge". I cut the elf image out of a Lego gift card holder and used some PTI dies to embellish the main panel. I used one of the dies from PTI's doily detail collection to die cut 2 shapes. Then I cut them apart and positioned them around the elf image to make it look like a bigger die cut. I then added a layerz Mat Stack 4 behind that (stamped with Stampin' Up's woodgrain background). I finished off my card with some PTI ribbon and a little corner swirl from Borders and Corners: Square. The inside of the card simply says Thank You. Now the kids can send it to thank someone for a gift they received for Christmas. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo. I left my camera at Grandmother's house yesterday and had to use a phone to take the pic. :) Thank you for hopping by!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:11-14

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Don't Forget the Pumpkin Pie!

I forgot to show you this little pie before Thanksgiving. Isn't it cute?! I found the tutorial here. It is even filled with a little pumpkin pie spice sachet so it smells yummy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

turkey + mashed potatoes = happy turkey day

I know I am a little late with the Thanksgiving card, but I wanted to play along with the newest Lawnscaping challenge and the inspiration photo begged me to do a fall card. I used the colors and the fall feel to make the following card. The turkey and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's Turkey Day and the bowl and spoon are from Lawn Fawn's On the Mend set. I added Liquid Applique to the bowl to make instant mashed potatoes (haha)

Obviously, family is what really makes a Happy Thanksgiving and we were able to spend ours with my husband's family at the beach (and then we came home to a chance of snow)!

We have been so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksiving, too!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I made this card using Lawn Fawn's Happy Haunting set and We R Memory Keepers Spookville paper pad. The crocheted bat was made from another free pattern I found at

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #20

This week's Lawnscaping Challenge is to use paper piecing on your project:

I chose to use the fireplace from Lawn Fawn's Cozy Christmas and I paper pieced it with some patterned paper from American Crafts Boo! line (from last year). Then I used a small piece of patterned paper from American crafts current Halloween line to put inside the fireplace (Night Crawler from the Night Fall line). I then cut the pumpkin from yet another piece of American Crafts patterned paper (Halloween Night also from Night Fall-the same piece I used behing the main panel on my card) and stuck him on top of my fireplace. Can you see the little mouse beside the pumpkin? That is actually the mouse from Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Farm set. I just stamped him on some Shrinky Dinks paper, colored him, cut him out and shrank him down with my heat gun. For the finishing touch, I stamped the ghost from Lawn Fawn's Happy Haunting on the same patterned paper that I used for the inside of the fireplace, cut him out and adhered him to the card with foam dots. The sentiment is also from the Happy Haunting set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PTI blog hop

Today is the PTI blog hop, and this is the inspiration photo:

I used the colors as my inspiration and came up with the card below. I didn't use any PTI stamps on this one, but I did use PTI dies and cardstock.

One of my other hobbies is crocheting. I made this little pumpkin from a free pattern I found at I thought my little jack-o-lantern went well with this card and thought I would share him with you as well. I hope you enjoy the hop!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Paper Smooches

I have a little something to show you today that ended up totally different from what I had originally planned. I had planned to make a regular card using my Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters set and this fun travel theme paper by Imaginisce. I made the main panel (with the scooter image) first and then started on the rest of the card.
I trimmed a strip of my Go, Scooter, Go! paper, but my main panel ended up covering most of it up when arranged on the card. Yes, I could have just cut another strip, but I only have one sheet of this pattern and I didn't want to waste it. So, I decided to make a pocket card instead. As soon as I slipped my scooter panel into the pocket, a light bulb went off. Wouldn't this pocket card made out of travel themed paper make a fun little suitcase?! I rounded the top edges of the card and cut a little handle to add to the card. Now that my card was a suitcase, I decided to add the little stamp (cut from a different piece of patterned paper from the same line) and the two banners which are stamped with sentiments from PTI's Road Trip stamp set. It kinda reminds me of the old suitcases that people used to put stickers on.

Once the scooter panel is placed inside the pocket, it looks like a little photo or postcard tucked into the pocket of a suitcase. I didn't photograph it, but I did stamp the back of the scooter panel to make it look like a postcard. Now it is the perfect place to write a note for the recipient. I am very happy with how this card evolved and I will definitely be playing around with some more shaped cards in the future! Thanks for stopping by.

I plan to enter this card in the Paper Smooches November Guest Designer Search. If you are interested in entering, too, you can check it out here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #19

Hello again! The newest Lawnscaping Challenge is all about dimension. I chose to work with the ferris wheel from Admit One for this project. First I made my main panel by using Distress Inks to create a background and my copic markers to add the red border. I then stamped the ferris wheel on the main panel and again on a piece of teal cardstock. I paper pieced the ferris wheel and added adhesive crystals. I also used my copic markers to shade in parts of the ferris wheel. I then made the main card using red cardstock and that fabulous piece of green hounstooth from October Afternoon. I added the ribbon ruffle by adhering my tape to the card front and then working the ribbon into loops. I adhered my main panel using foam dots and then layered the red button with a heart button and tied them together with twine. I also used foam dots to adhere the buttons so that they would pop up just above the main panel. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Pink Paislee Soiree stamp set + Kaisercraft glittered butterfly paper = a very sparkly birthday card that did not photograph well :). Happy Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hello, again.

I can't believe it has been 3 months since I last posted. I didn't intend to take a long break, I just stopped feeling crafty for awhile. I am back today with a card for the Lawnscaping Challenge: stamp a scene. I have to confess that I had just finished this card when I looked to see what the challenge was. I was very happy that my card fit the bill!

I had the idea to do this Charlotte's Web inspired card back when I first saw that two of the new Lawn Fawn sets included a pig and an award ribbon. Now that I have the card finished, I have to ask myself.....when would I ever have the occasion to send someone a card that said "some pig" on the front of it?! There is a bar-b-que restaurant nearby called Big Bob Gibson's (they have an awesome loaded pork potato and are rather famous for their white sauce). They win awards all the time for their bar-b-que and have even been featured on the Today show, Unwrapped and several food networks. I guess I could send it to them! Ha ha!! But really, creativity needs no reason..right?

Head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and play along. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Make it Monday #10

This week's Make it Monday challenge is Masking with Dies. I used my PTI dress form die to make a mask and then sponged pink ink over the mask onto my die cut button card. Then, with my mask still in place, I stamped my gingham background stamp over the dress form. My mask was a little too thick and didn't allow the gingham to stamp off completely, but I like how it turned out and the look it gives the dress form! I then added various elements from Button Boutique to finish off the button card. The buttons and fabric swatches are also cut with my PTI button card dies. Last, I finished off the card with some Stampin Up patterned paper and Hibiscus Burst ribbon. Thanks for stopping by!

PTI stamps: Button Boutique and Background Basics:Gingham
PTI dies: Dress Form, Button Card collection, and Buttoned Up #1

Lawnscaping Challenge #7

This week's challenge is a fun one! Challenge #7 is to make you own patterned paper using stamps. I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I read the challenge...It just took me a week to get around to actually doing it!

I used images from Plus One, Bannerific and Cozy Christmas for my card. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite so I used the plate of cookies, the glass of milk and a heart to create my patterned paper. For my focal piece, I stamped the oven and then cut it out (including the oven window). I stamped the plate of cookies on a piece of cardstock and then used dimensional adhesive to adhere my oven over the cookies. I added a few hearts above the oven and my sentiment banner beneath. I love how the main panel turned out. I will be using those cookies in the oven again! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Make it Monday #8

Wow, I actually have my Make it Monday card finished on a Monday! This week's challenge is titled Ink Blending Techniques. Good thing I picked up a Tim Holtz Ink Applicator on Saturday, because it was just what I needed for this technique. I started by applying two shades of yellow ink (Barely Banana and So Saffron) to the center of my cardstock and then added 3 different shades of blue (Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, and Night of Navy) around the outer edges. I did this so that when I adhered my car it would look like headlights shining into the darkness. For the grass, I used some Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss ink. Then, I cut a piece of Smokey Shadow for the road and used my white gel pen to add the dashed line. I die cut the car and colored it using my Copic Markers. I used PTI's For the Graduate set to add numbers to the license plate and adhered red jewels for taillights. Last, I cut out the car window and added a piece of a transparency sheet behind it. I wanted this card to look like a photograph, so I just adhered my main panel to a piece of white cardstock. Since it is supposed to look like a photo, I used Library Ledger to add a "date stamp" to the upper right hand corner. Want to know why I used 2005? Because I always forget to set the date on my camera so, every time I have a picture printed it is stamped 2005. Apparently 2005 is the default setting. Nice, huh? I hope you are enjoying your Monday! Thanks for stopping by.

PTI: Enjoy the Ride stamp set, Library Ledger stamp set, For the Graduate stamp set, car die, banner die, cardstock (white and smokey shadow), black ink, tea dye duo

Stampin Up: ink

Copics, white gel pen, ink applicator

Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink March 2011 Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the hop! The challenge for PTI's March blog hop is to use embroidery floss in a fun and inventive way. I chose to do some stitching with the floss, and I also used it as an accent on the dress form. I went with a shabby chic look for this card-my first attempt at this style. I used a few elements from Button Boutique (big suprise :) for my focal peice and added the embellished dress form to finish it off. I paired my focal peice with some new paper from Pink Paislee's Daily Junque line. The patterned paper was actually the inspiration for my card. So, let me know what you think and enjoy the hop!

PTI: cardstock (black and cream), buttons, ink (black), dress form die, button card die, Button Boutique stamp set, Library Ledger stamp set, Fancy Flourishes stamp set, Tea Dye Duo

Pink Paislee: Daily Junque patterned paper

We R Memory Keepers: embroidery floss and Sew Easy tool

Daisy D's: rub-on borders (tape runner style)

Stampin Up: taupe cardstock

VersaMagic ink and adhesive pearls

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Make it Monday #7

This week's Make it Monday challenge is to use Copic markers to add color to non-neutral cardstock. I started on my card right away and made the card below. As soon as it was finished, I realized that I had used my Copics to shade white and kraft cardstock-both neutrals. I had gotten so excited about the design of my card that I completely ignored the challenge! (Scroll down for my second attempt)
Inside of card:

I decided to make another card and this time I followed the directions. I used my Scattered Showers umbrella and stamped it on Bermuda Bay cardstock (it looks darker in the photo than it actually is). I then used my Copics to shade and add contour to my umbrella. Notice I used the rectangle frame stamp from Button Boutique on both cards. I think it is my new favorite stamp!

I also made this card a window card so I could play along with the Papertrey Posse March challenge. The challenge is to make a window or frame card. I used the Button Card die to make the window and to cut the white piece inside of the card. It's the perfect size for this type of card! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to play along with both of these challenges!

Lawnscaping Challenge #6

Hello! I am back with another Lawnscaping Challenge. They currently have two challenges going on over at their blog, so head on over there and play along! Challenge #6 is called Color Splash. The idea is to go for a neutral focal point with a splash of color. I chose to use my Plus One set again and stamp that cute little oven. I colored the oven with some of my neutral Copic Markers and made the little "bun" or cupcake the splash of color. I paired my focal piece with some October Afternoon Modern Homemaker patterned paper. The piece I used has recipes on it so it goes perfectly with the oven. This was such a fun challenge! Here is what I came up with:

Thanks for stopping by!

Cute and Cuddly

The Lawnscaping Challenge blog is teaming up with Wee Memories to present a special co-challenge this week titled Cute and Cuddly. My new Lawn Fawn stamps just arrived a few days ago, so I couldn't wait to make a cute and cuddly card with my new Plus One set. Here is what I made:

I paper pieced the mobile and then added the tiny hearts and sentiments from the same set. The red banner strip is also stamped with hearts, but they don't show up very well in the photo. The patterned paper is October Afternoon's Thrift Shop. If you are interested in playing along with this challenge, check out the Lawnscaping blog for more info. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Make it Monday #6

This week's Make it Monday challenge is all about impression plate tricks. The idea was to use an impression plate to emboss only a portion of your cardstock. I went pretty simple with this one and used the woodgrain impression plate to emboss the bottom half of my kraft cardstock. I then covered the line made by the edge of the impression plate with some ivory ribbon. For my focal point, I used the rose again from PTI's Year of Flowers series. I had a hard time getting a good picture of this card! I took the first photo inside my photo tent,but the embossing on the bottom of the card didn't show up in any of the photos. So, I took my card outside to photograph it and the embossing does show up in that photo. The funny thing is that in real life, the leaves on my card aren't as bright and the rose isn't as dark as they are in the photos. Oh well, I hope you enjoy it anyway! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #5

This week's Lawnscaping challenge was to use a stamp in an unconventional way. Since the only two Lawn Fawn sets I own are Bannerific and Cozy Christmas, I was having a hard time coming up with an idea. I ended up taking a cue from Kary's card (guest designer for the Lawnscaping challenge) and making a flower using the banners from Bannerific. I started out by stamping a circle from PTI's Borders and Corners set. Then, I inked up one of the banners and stamped it repeatedly around the circle.

After that, I stamped the same banner several times on some Basic Grey PP and paper pieced the flower petals. I finished off the center of the flower with a die cut circle and a corduroy brad. I used more Basic Grey PP for the base of my card and added the scroll banner (also from Bannerific) with a PTI sentiment. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Make it Monday #5: Distressing Edges

I am loving the Make it Monday challenges. This week Lisa Johnson issued the challenge to use distressing. This is one of my favorite techniques. For this card I used the Year of Flowers: Roses stamp set. I stamped about six roses and then cut them out omitting certain petals each time. I wanted to have several layers in order to make a 3-D rose. I then used my copic markers to add depth and curled and distressed the petal edges with my fingernail. Yes, my fingernail-my favorite tool for distressing! I layered the rose pieces using regular adhesive as well as foam adhesive in certain spots. I also added a little distressing around the River Rock cardstock using my PTI tea dye duo-another favorite of mine! The beautiful patterned paper is Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Make it Monday #4

Hello! Today I have another Make it Monday card to show you. The challenge for this week was to use fun foam! I used some white fun foam and die cut a few clouds and banner shapes using my PTI dies. I then covered the banner shapes with some patterned paper and strung them together on pink baker's twine (Martha Stewart). I finished my card with a Welcome Spring sentiment and a few pink rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #4

Time for another Lawnscaping Challenge. Have you played along, yet? If not, head on over the the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and see what it's all about. Challenge #4 is "All About Paper Piecing". Paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do to add interest to a stamped project. Here is what I came up with:

I used the flag banner from Lawn Fawn's Bannerific set and paper pieced it with October Afternoon's Seaside collection. Since I used the Seaside paper, I decided to add a twine "rope" for the banner to hang from. I then added a sentiment from PTI's Out to Sea set to finish up my nautical theme. Super simple card (I couldn't decide if I thought it was finished enough or if it needed something more), but I am happy with how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop + Make it Monday #3

Welcome! I combined the Make it Monday challenge (use a glitter strip) and the Papertrey blog hop challenge (use scallops) and came up with this little gift box. This is the first time I have tried the glitter strip, and I love the way it looks! This is also the first time I have used the cupcake dies-lots of fun, too! For more information on both of these challenges, check out Nichole's blog. Have fun hopping!

ETA: In the comments, Terri asked if this is the Favor It Box 2. Yes, I did use the Favor It #2 die by Papertrey. I just covered the little scallops at the top of the box with my pink glittered strip because when I ran it through my Cuttlebug the die didn't cut all the way through the paper on the scalloped edge of the box.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Make It Monday #2 and February Parade of Blogs

I finally have my Make It Monday #2 card ready (just hours before the next challenge goes up)! Nichole's challenge this week was to make a card using a vellum sentiment strip. This card is also for the Papertrey Posse February Parade of Blogs. The challenge over there is to make a card using things you love. I chose to use the jar from PTI's Frienship jar set, (because I love that jar) and make a shaker card with my heart confetti. Shaker cards are alot of fun to make and pretty simple to do. I really like the idea of the vellum sentiment strip because it doesn't hide the contents of the jar. If you would like to play along with either of these challenges, check out Nichole's blog and the Papertrey Posse blog for more details. Thanks for stopping by!