Monday, November 19, 2012


Here's this week's CTS challenge, and my card...
I decided to keep it very clean looking by using all white, with the exception of the grey text background and sentiment.  The focal point is vellum, with a white heat embossed image, which has been framed and raised, so that you can ever so slightly see the text boarder peeking underneath.
Stamps:  PTI (Background Basics Text Style, Harvest Berries,
Peaceful Garden, Botanical Silhouettes)
Here's a peek of the inside...
Stamps:  PTI (Background Basics Text Style,  Botanical Silhouettes)
And here's a couple more items in celebration of fall...
Stamps:  Wplus9 (Happy Harvest)

Stamps:  Wplus9 (Happy Harvest)
Live well, 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Hello there!!  Today's card combines two challenges; CTS#5 and CFC78.  I must admit, I was totally stuck on this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge - for some reason, I just didn't feel the creative juices flowing for something "torn" (in fact I scrapped my first attempt).  Here's what I finally came up with...

Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Snowflake Serenade)

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, then went over it with Peeled Paint and Broken China distress inks, tore some paper, and added rhinestones...very easy and very fast to make...I like!

Live well,

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Sharing two cards with you today - here's my first card, which is for this week's Runway Inspired Challenge...

I'm so in love with the shoes - but who could see them, with that oversized out when you put your purse down, it may roll away...hehehe.
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Swanky Snowdudes, My Peeps)

The next card is for Day 7 of Holiday Card Workshop.  I tried to use Jennifer McGuire's technique of Inner Masking, but I just couldn't get it clean enough...tried several times, then gave up.  I truly think in order to get a clean embossed image, I'll need Eclipse Masking Sheets, post-its just ain't doing it.  So, I decided to follow Kristina Werner's lead, and play with my Distress Inks, and work with a "reverse" stamp...
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Holiday Lights, Snowflake Serenade)
I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black, then used Ranger Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks.  I then stamped snowflakes over it in white, and heat embossed it with a kaleidoscope embossing powder, which gave it a glittery shimmer.

Live well,

Sunday, November 4, 2012


As promised, back for one more post today - this one also incorporates what was discussed in today's Holiday Card Workshop, with this week's CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge, which is to create a clean and simple masculine project.

For this challenge, my card may not be the typical masculine card, but still, I thought as a holiday card, it could easily be given to a male coworker, or maybe our mail courier.  As for how it fits with today's workshop topic...I mixed a traditional holiday stamp, with a non-holiday stamp (the airplane).  Honestly, this is why I take these open my eyes, and learn how to use all my stuff more effectively, and creatively. 

 I would never have thought to put these two stamp sets together, but as soon as I laid my eyes on the plane, I knew what to do.  I love how the Christmas lights are being pulled by the plane.

Live well,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  PTI (Fly Away, Holiday Lights)
Paper:  PTI (Enchanted Evening, White)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black, Red Magic, Tea Leaves, Ocean Depths)
Etc:  PTI Fly Away Die, Copics

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #4

Hi - will be doing a couple short posts today, the first for CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #4. 

Aren't these snow dudes cute?! I love this set from Paper Smooches - I made another card with one of them having a mustache (too cue!)...will try to share that one later.  Was trying to use nontraditional colors for this holiday card...which was the topic of discussion in yesterday's bonus class for the Holiday Card Workshop I'm participating in.  I like how the pastels against the dark background really make the snow dudes pop.
Live well,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Swanky Snowdudes), PTI (Happiest of Holiday)
Paper:  PTI (Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, White)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Etc:  Fiskars Punch, EK Success Punch, Copics

Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 1

Hey friends - popping in really quick to share two cute little 3"x3" cards, inspired by Day 1 of Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop.
Learned so much from the last workshop, that I decided to take another class...

These were fun and quick, and because they are only 3"x3", got to use up some scraps (which has taken over my desk).

Live well,

Card Recipe:  Believe
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Winter Snow Globe)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, White)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black, Cloud White)
Etc:  Papertrey Ink (Fabulous Frames Die, Winter Snow Globe Collection Die), Copic Markers

Card Recipe:  Merry Christmas
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Winter Snow Globe)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Hibiscus Burst)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black)
Etc:  Papertrey Ink (Polda Dot Basic Impression Plate, Snow Globe Die Collection, Limitless Layers Die), Staedtler Colored Pencils

Friday, October 26, 2012

My First Christmas Cards of the Year

I cannot believe that I actually made two Christmas Cards today - usually I'm scrambling around, frazzled with only seconds left, trying to get cards made.  Not this year...I made a vow to myself that I would try to get as much Christmas stuff done by the end of November (this includes the shopping as well), so that I can actually enjoy what's happening around me...wish me luck :-)

The first card is for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge:

And here's one more - I combined this week's Runway Inspired Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

(LOVE this outfit!)


 Live well,

Card Recipe:  CTS#3 - Let it Snow
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Winter Snow Globe)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (White, Aqua Mist)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black, Pearlescent Sky Blue, Pink Grapefruit)
Etc: Papertrey Ink (Sunshine Impression Plate, Snow Globe Die), Fiskars (Circle Punch)

Card Recipe:  RIC#2 and CFC76 - Silent Night, Holy Night
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Happiest of Holidays)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft, White, Pure Poppy)
Ink:  Tsukineko (VersaMark)
Etc:  Papertrey Ink (Tag Sale #4 Die, White Ribbon)

Monday, October 15, 2012

CTS#1 and CFC74

Hey friends, I'm back with four new cards, so let's get to it.
The first is for a brand spankin new challenge - CAS(E) this Sketch!  Very excited about this - lots of talented folks on the design team.

The next two is for CFC74...

...a fun one....
...and a sweet one...

And here's one more card that  I made for a sweet little girl turning five (and I can't believe I didn't use one single stamp!).  It doesn't show up very well in the pic, but I made the "5" extra glittery for the little princess, using a kaleidoscope embossing powder (it reflects different colors when looking at it from different angles).

Live well,

Card Recipe:  CTS#1 - Hello Sunshine
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Sunny Side Up), Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #2)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Spring Rain, White, Harvest Gold)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black, Mango Madness)
Etc:  Copics, MFT Cloud Die, Fiskars Punch

Card Recipe:  CFC74 - You're HOT!
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn (Love 'n Breakfast)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (White, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black
Etc:  Copics, Papertrey Ink Block Alphabet Die

Card Recipe:  CFC74 - I Love You Snow Globe
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Winter Snow Globe), Lawn Fawn (Love 'n Breakfast)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft, White, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Red Magic, Pearlescent Sky Blue)
Etc:  Papertrey Ink (Winter Snow Globe Die, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate)

Card Recipe:  "5"
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (White, Spring Moss, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest)
Ink:  Tsukineko (VersaMark)
Etc:  Martha Stewart Balloon Punch, Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder, Papertrey Ink (By the Numbers Die, Polka Dot Basic II and By the Numbers Impression Plates)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

CFC72 and RS#31

Hi y'all - back today with two cards from two different challenges. 
The first card is for CAS-ual Fridays, with this week's challenge having to do with using our own blog as our inspiration.

A little color blocking, heat embossing, and viola, we got ourselves a nice, clean, elegant card - can't get easier than that.
The next card is for Retro Sketches.  I decided to turn the card around and make it into a portrait layout, and try to use some scraps, which has taken over my craft studio (I think they multiply while I'm sleeping..hehehe).

Live well,

Card Recipe:  CFC72
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Berries, Peaceful Gardens)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Smokey Shadow, White, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate)
Ink:  Tsukineko (VersaMark)
Etc:  Embossing Powder

Card Recipe:  RS#31
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Sheet Music, Daydreamer, Happy Trails)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft, White, Dark Chocolate)
Ink:  Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Persimmon)
Etc:  Papertrey Ink (Happy Trails Die, Twine), EK Success boarder punch

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Day 7 and 8 of Kick Start is about challenging today's card is based on a sketch challenge, and a photo I saw in a Crate and Barrel catalog.  I picked this color combo, because it's outside my comfort zone.  The background was made using PTI's Botanical Silhouettes - don't usually go bright and bold, but I think it works for this card. 

Here's the sketch...

Here's my color inspiration...

And here's my card (sorry about the bad lighting)...

Live well,

Card Recipe:  Warm Thoughts - RS#30
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Botanical Silhouettes), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink (White, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy)
Ink:  Tsukineko (VersaMark, Red Magic, Purple Hydrangea, Mango Madness)
Etc:  Rhinestones

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kick Start Online Card Class

Hi everyone - I'm back with a card to share based on my learnings from an online card class I'm currently taking, hosted by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire.  It's called "Kick Start" - it's great source to learn how to "kick start" your creativity (click on the link below for more info).

For this card, I wanted to use some scraps (which I'm learning how to bundle together for future use), something I forgotten I had (this means cleaning up a bit to rediscover these), and something new that I haven't used yet...and here's what I came up with...
I used some scraps, washi tape I had forgotten about, and a new die.  I must say,  it felt good to be able to use all, especially scraps that I tend to let pile up. I never thought to spend the time to organize my scraps to have groupings to use for a future cards (thanks Jennifer for that great tip!).

Live well,

Card Recipe: Kick Start Card
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Teacher's Apple, Background Basics-Sheet Music), Paper Smooches (Falling For You)
Paper: Papertrey Ink (White, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, Patterned Paper) 
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaMark, Persimmon, Tea Leaves, Tuxedo Black, Gingerbread)
Etc: Papertrey Ink (Teacher's Apple Die, Sunshine Impression Plate), Washi Tape , Copics

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Got a BIG shipment from PTI, and another on the feels real good to get back into the swing of things.  Today's card is for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenged (CFC70), which was to use black and white, plus one color of our choice.

I love this stamp and die, you can make a fabulous and fun card so easily.  I forgot to take a picture of the insert - when you pull on the slide, there's a little message waiting for the cute is that?!

Live well,

Card Recipe:  CFC70
Stamps:  Shutterbug Special (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  True Black, White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Cloud White (Tsukineko)
Etc:  Shutterbug Special Die, Book Print Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)