Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place card Holder

Today I wanted to share with you a cute little pumpkin I made for the CutCardstock blog today.  Isn't it sweet?

I used their Basis cardstock in Dark Orange, Light Brown and Olive, which happens to be on sale this month. The neat thing about this cardstock is that it's slightly textured, which I LOVE for fall projects.

For the complete tutorial, head on over to the Cut Cardstock blog.

In the blog post I suggested
curving the strips before adhering.  The pumpkin on the left is a little wonky because I thought of curving the strips AFTER I made this guy. :)

It's just a few strips of cardstock,  but so cute.  I even added a little flag with Evan's name on it, like a placecard holder, in the event I needed to set a place for him at our table for 3. (ha ha).

Happy Stamping!  


Monday, October 22, 2012

Party Time Tuesdays Halloween Challenge

For this time, I'm posting a card I made for Party Time Tuesday's Challenge 90  A Picture/Inspiration challenge!  

Here's the picture: 

And here's What I did with it: 
Supplies Used are CTMH stamps and inks with the Moonlight Paper Pack and Workshop on the Go Stamp set.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Helmar and May Arts September Challenge

Hi there!  I was one of the lucky 25 crafters who got chosen to complete a project using Helmar's 450 Quick Dry glue and ribbons from May Arts in the September Ink It Challenge.

I have to say, I have tried a lot of glue for tough projects, that have disappointed me, so I was happy to put Helmar's 450 Quick Dry to the test.  I also got to work with some very lovely ribbon from May Arts, as shown below.

I could make any crafty project I chose, but I had to use Helmar's 450 Quick Dry glue and all four ribbons I was provided - AND I had to ink all the ribbons.... So, here's my project:

First, I dyed the net ribbon with a mixture of CTMH's Barn Red reinker and a little water.   I made sure that the ribbon was saturated, then set it aside to dry.

Next, I cut apart a grapevine wreath, I found the whole thickness did not lay as nicely on the canvas as I would like, so I cut about a third out and wrapped it tight using the dyed net ribbon, cut in half.  I tied it in a bow on the side for something a little different.

Then, I started in on the flowers.  I cut each flower apart, to be sure I wouldn't ruin a flower with runaway color.  In the end, all the flowers shown were colored with my Copic markers and then spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  These ribbon flowers are so easy to color- they take the ink really well, and I could even add the orange center to the yellow flower with no problems at all.  I added rhinestone brads by CTMH to the centers of two flowers.  After coloring the purple flower on the upper right, I also painted on some Smoky Plum reinker by CTMH to give a little contrast to the flower.

When I got to the canvas leaf ribbon, I cut each leaf off the strand separately.  Then, using my Copic markers again, I added some veins and then colored the entire leaf.  I used a gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels to add a little shimmer to all the leaves.

I used Olive Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on the May Arts canvas ribbon.  This ribbon is so awesome!  It took the misting very well, and it was very easy to work with to get the look just right.

I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry glue to start attaching flowers and leaves to the wreath.  Luckily, I read a blog post that reminded people that there's a seal on the bottle, so I quickly discarded it.  The glue comes out fabulously.   The glue worked great to hold all these ribbon pieces to the grapevine wreath.  I was patient and allowed them to set for about 5 minutes, just to be sure, but they were nice and stuck!

I added a cardstock banner using my Cricut with the words "Happy Fall" and then got to work on the canvas.

What started out as a blank canvas, like the one shown here ------>
I turned into my background with just a handful of dye ink reinkers by Close to My Heart, one of my son's leftover paint brushes and a small cup of water!  At first I was worried that it wouldn't look as I had intended... In fact, I almost got another canvas to cover with fall themed patterned paper.  BUT I waited for the ink to dry, and the colors to blend together, and I got this:  
Not to bad for a stamper, right?   LOL

To put it all together, I wrapped part of my dyed canvas ribbon around the top of the wreath, and then adhered the ends of the ribbon to the back of my canvas.  Again, it dried in a flash and is holding tight!!  I added another bit of the olive-dyed ribbon to the hanger, just above the wreath.  I love the way the variegated colors on the ribbon make it look more natural!

Anyway, there you have it!  My entry into the Helmar and May Arts September Challenge.

Happy Stamping - and inking!


Monday, September 10, 2012

A Sugar Hi!

I made this card for the Raisin Boat Blog's challenge #3, a sketch challenge.

And here's my take on it, using Raisin Boat's Sweet Shop stamp set.  I love this set for all the yummy treats!

I turned the sketch, then made it my own. :)  I used some Liquid Glass by CTMH on the glass part of the gumball machine to make it seem more like glass.  And yes, I did stamp, color and fussy cut each of those little gumballs on the card front!   (Using Copics, of course).

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge

Hi there, friends.

August has been a busy month for us - Cub Scout resident camp, back to school, and tons of fun to squeeze out of the last days of summer vacation!!

I made this birthday card because I couldn't resist this cute set by The Alley Way stamps called "Admit One".  This is for the Party Time Tuesday's Anything Goes Challenge  (#83).

Enjoy, and happy stamping!


PS Details for the ingredients can be found at my post. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

TAWS Inspiriation Challenge #7 & PTT #79

I recently discovered a cool stamp company called The Alley Way Stamps.  I am LOVING so many of them, and decided to try to win one by participating in a fun BE inspired challenge
What a fabulous inspriation, right?? 

Well, here's my take on it, using one of their Freebie digital images.   This is also being submitted for the Party Time Tuesday's Anything goes challenge #79.

I used a hodge-podge of different papers by CTMH from Victory and Pemberley.  The images are by TAWS (freebies) and the markers are, of course, Copic. 

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

29 Again?

This GPS stamp set by Raisin Boat called "Navigator" is just too cute!  Since I celebrated another birthday inching me towards 40, this sentiment really made me chuckle, so I had to use it for my latest blog post at .  Here it is! :)

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dude! card for MSSCC # 16

I'm  feeling crafty today!

This card is for the color challenge at Market Street Stamps.  I love their stamps - they are terrific!

The colors in this challenge look great together.  I used some of the Close to My Heart retiring colors:  Pansy Purple, Dutch Blue, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, and Sunset (not retiring).

The stamp is by Taylored Expressions - I have a boy birthday party to send a card for, so I used it. He's called "Justin."

Here's my take on the color challenge:

Enjoy!  Happy Stamping!


I'm a Hula Girl at Heart

"In world that needs more dancing, she's a hula girl at heart..."  Jimmy Buffett (of course!)

This card was SO FUN to make for's blog!  I am also entering this card into the Paper Craft Connection's gallery for shaped cards, and MoxieFab World's Hello card challenge. :)

I made the lei by using my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge by CTMH to cut 1/2" flowers.  Then, using a needle and clear thread, I threaded each one (about sixty!) onto the string.  I punched a hole at the top of the card with my needle, and threaded one end into each hole.  I tied the strings in a knot inside the fold of the card, and since it's clear, you can't tell! :)

For complete how-to instructions, please visit my blog post at's blog!

Happy Hula-ing!


Thanks, Friend! Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 18

Sketch 18 
Hi there!

This sweet card is for the Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 18.  Love this little stamp by Lawn Fawn.

My take on the sketch

Papers are by My Mind's Eye. Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Holy Carp! Lucky Me!

I can't believe it - I was randomly drawn on a blog to win a great stamp set called Holy Carp by a Skipping Stones Design Team designer in their last blog hop!  I love punny sayings, and funny cards, so this is right up my alley.  The sketch is the Skipping Stones Design Sketch #108.

I decided to create a card for the occasion, and Frosted Designs  Friday challenge is to create something using stamping.  Easy trapeezey! I love stamping, and coloring, and fussy cutting!  So... anyway, here's my first card with my NEW stamp set. :) 

I used real hemp for the fishing line, and one of my favorite Fiskars border punches to simulate stitiching on the lower piece of cardstock.

Happy Stamping!


Frosted Designs Challenge #22

I love card sketches!  To me, the challenge of making the design my own really challenges me and inspires me!   Here is my take on the Frosted Designs Card Sketch Challenge #22 .  

I used the This & That paper pack by Echo Park, along with some brown pearls by Close to My Heart.  The image is a new one I recently picked up on sale by Unity.  I don't know why the mustaches crack me up, but they do! :)

Love it!  Makes me smile.  

Anyway, I've had a lot of fun time down in my craft room, so it's been a productive week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!


Skipping Stones Design Challenge #136 & Moxie Fab Thank You card


This week, Skipping Stones Design's blog challenge features an inspiration photo instead of a sketch.  I love this photo, and what their design team did with it.  I also love these colors together.  So pretty! It also fits nicely with the Moxie Fab World Thank You card challenge.  

Here's my take on the challenge. 

I used grey wool and buttercup cardstock by CTMH.  I also used some seam binding ribbon I colored with a copic marker to match.  I used tons of tiny pearls in the center of the flowers, and topped the ribbon with a pearl-topped pin.   Lovely!

Happy Stamping!


Great Impressions July Monthly Challenge & The Ribbon Carousel Challenge #61

The other day, I was strolling through blogs on the internet, when I ran across some super cute cards using Great Impressions images.  When I went to their website, I was immediately transported back to a time when our local stamp shop was still in business, my normal Thursday night with the girls...  I LOVED Great Impressions stamps then... the artwork was always great, the stamps ink wonderfully, and the images are SO CUTE!

Lo and behold , they were having a Great Impressions coloring challenge (hooray!) this month.  Leave it to me to sneak in under the wire, but here I am on deadline day.  I pulled out an old Great Impressions stamp I had, and colored to my heart's content.  I am also linking this to the Ribbon Carousel's challenge #61 Buttons and Bows - Oh my!   I pulled out my favorite gingham ribbon, added a bow and button.  Ta Da!

The sentiment is by Watlzingmouse stamps.

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

A happy thank you!

This card was made using the Paper Smooches Sparks blog challenge to use this sketch: 

Here's my take on it, using Material Girl papers by Cosmo Cricket and Paper Smooches "FOLKal Poinst" stamp set.

I love the little stitches stamps that  come with this set.  Cute!  I finished it off with a bit of baker's twine.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 15, 2012

You color my world

Just another quick card I made last night... love kraft paper and baker's twine...  and my new Paper Smooches stamps! :)

Happy Stamping!


Sweet Baby Card for Cas-ual Fridays and Twisted Tuesday Challenge

I created this card for my friend Amy, who greeted her second daughter, Della Rose.  This is also for the Cas-ual Fridays #57 of using something clear and keeping it simple, and the Twisted Tuesdays challenge of using something clear and your favorite thing (mine is the color purple!).

Thanks for stopping by!  The baby carriage is from my Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridge.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Gingham card for SSD #131

I {heart} gingham.  I have oodles and oodles of retired CTMH gingham ribbon that I just can’t part with, unless it’s part of a card! I am using the Skipping Stones Design Sketch #131

This card is using a Hero Arts stamp set, and is also my take on the Moxie Fab World challenge to use Gingham. 

Makes me smile.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Damask Challenge

I created this card for the Moxie Fab World challenge of using damask.  This is an older sizzix folder that I’ve never used before…. along with a piece of core’dinations cardstock.  I love that stuff!  It doesn’t take much sanding at all to make the complementary color shine through!  

Sentiment is by Wilson Designs.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Card

This card is not only my Mother's Day card for my mom, but it also is a multiple challenge piece, as well! 

First, the sketch is from the Skipping Stones Designs #127  as seen here:

The card also meets the Heart2Heart Challenges Blog for a mom card, and the Party Time Tuesdays challenge #67 for a mom card.

Finally, my monochromatic color scheme is for the Paper Craft Weekend Challenge Blog.  I had to make a card using my new favorite color - purple!

Supplies:  Cardstock by CTMH (Amethyst, Pansy  Purple, Petal, Smoky Plum, White Daisy). Ink by CTMH, (Pansy purple - the lighter flowers by "Mom" are second generation!)  Stamps are CTMH's Remarkable Wreath and A Typeface.  I also used 3D Foam Tape, Bitty Sparkles (CTMH) and some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.

Happy Stamping! 


CPS264 Happy Birthday!

This weekend, my guys are calling it "mom's weekend." I get to choose what we eat, and I also get to hide downstairs in my art room playing! Today, I played along with the Card Positioning Systems sketch 264 .

Here's my take on it:

Stamps are by PTI.  The makers, are of course, Copic: BG10, BG48, B00, BV13, Y28, E19, and YG11.  The patterned paper is by the Paper Studio, cardstock by CTMH (sky, lagoon, kraft and cocoa).  Stamped images in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Happy Stamping, and Happy Mother's Day!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Unity National Scrapbooking Day Challenge

I really like Unity stamps.  They have some really cute images!  They have sponsored a challenge for National Scrapbooking day at Splitcoast stampers to create a project using their sketch at UnityNSDC2012.

This is my take on it:

Stamps used by Unity :  Wheely Fun and Destination Happiness.  Holiday Red, Lagoon and Cocoa cardstock by CTMH.  The kraft cardstock is by Greengrocer.  Buttons and ribbon, unknown.  Markers, of, course, are Copic.  Patterned paper is by Echo Park (This and That Collection - Charming).

I used 3D Foam tape to pop up the vehicle images.  Border punch by Fiskars.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fun Challenges! CPS 164, Whimsy 38 and 2TC6

Yep, I've been hitting the blogs again to come up with some fun inspriation. 

For this card, I used CPS sketch #164 :

I combined this with a challenge at Twisted Tuesday Challenge, which was to make a birthday card including ribbon (2TC6). (the yellow/cream stripe is actually a ribbon).

I also used 3D Foam tape to pop up the cake panel, meeting the "give dimension" aspect of Whimsy's challenge #38.

Stamp set is by Unity "It's your Day".  The cardstock is a mish mash of all sorts, and the markers were, of course, Copic. :)

Happy Stamping!


Monday, April 30, 2012

A challenge combo! SSD125 and PTT #65

Wow!  I can't believe it's been so long.  I'm inspired to start posting art to my blog.  The challenges have gotten those creative ideas flowing!

For the SSD125 Challenge at Skipping Stones Design, I followed the sketch below:

For the PTT #65 Challenge at Party Time Tuesdays, it was anything goes, including Kraft paper.

My supplies were Close to My Heart's Cotton Candy, Tulip, Olive and Colonial White cardstock and brads.

The sentiment panel is from Jillibean Soup, the heart punch is SU! and twill is some bit I had leftover in my bin. :)

I used a fun shimmery pink cardstock from Curious Metallic that I like to get at .

Happy Stamping!