Monday, February 28, 2011

Cameos and Pockets

Happy Monday everyone!!! It's hard to believe that today is the last day of February, but hopefully March will arrive like a lamb and we will see some signs of spring!!! The weather has been so cold lately, I have been dreaming of tropical breezes and I find myself scrapping with soft pretty colors that remind me of spring! Glitz Designs papers are perfect for those of you who are like me and want to make some soft pretty cards that remind you of spring!

In my first card I used some Love Nest papers along with the cameo image from the Scarlett Collection. I trimmed the edges of the cameo and glued some Tim Holtz Lavish Trimmings to the backside, making a sweet little focal point.
Supplies Used:
Glitz Designs "Love Nest Collection" papers: Stripe and Floral
Glitz Designs "Scarlet Collection" Cardstock Stickers

other supplies: Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Bazzill yellow; Tim Holtz Lavish Trimmings; Papertrey Ink buttons; lace, stick pins and ribbon from my stash.

For my second card I decided to make a fun little birthday pocket. The Hoopla Collection is perfect for everything birthday!!!
Here's a peek at the tags that are inside:
and here's a close-up of the Glitz Hoopla embellies:
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Hoopla Collection" Polka
Glitz Design "Hoopla Collection" Glitzers
Glitz Design "Hoopla Collection" Cardstock Stickers Titles
Glitz Design Distressed Couture Flower Stamp

Other Supplies: Prima Florals; Recollection Florals; PTI Stamps Signature Series Dress Form and Make a Wish; PTI button, twine and Vintage Cream Twill; Martha Stewart Glitter; Tim Holtz French Script Stamp; ribbon and lace from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you have an absolutely amazing week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

PTI February Blog Hop

Hi there dear friends!! I have been very sad this week and missing my sweet Lily, so I haven't been in a very crafty mood. I finally decided it was time to break out my crafty supplies and I didn't think I was going to make it, but here is my submission for this month's PTI Blog Hop. I love the challenge this month:

This month we decided to dedicate the Blog Hop to scallops! We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project! This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops, scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!

I knew that I had to play with my new button goodies and decided to make a little gift pocket.
Here's my take on the challenge:
Vintage Gift Pocket
and here's my first button card!!! I just love these stamps and dies!!!
and here's a close-up of the scallops:
Supplies Used:
Websters Pages Sweet Season Patterned paper
PTI Stamps and Dies: Button Boutique, Friendship Jar, small scallop
PTI Buttons: Sweet Blush
Martha Stewart Punch
Died Seam Binding: Memrie Mare
Prima Floral
Lace from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Missing our Sweet Lily!

Today was a very sad day in our home as we lost our Sweet Lily girl. She fell ill over the weekend and we knew that there was nothing more we could do for her today. She was a huge part of our lives for 14 years and she brought us so much joy and love!
We miss you Lily and we will love you forever!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet songs and CPS

Hi there dear friends!!! Happy Friday!! The last few mornings it has been a such a treat to hear the little birds sweetly singing as they greet the day. When I hear those beautiful melodies, it makes me remember that despite the gray skies and snow, spring isn't far away!! It is so good to take that minute and enjoy those heavenly tunes. Sometimes in the rush of life, I forget to take a minute to enjoy those simple pleasures that surround me and thank my Creator for all He has done. I hope you remember to take a minute to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. It is good for the soul.

Birds have definitely been on my mind these days, as I have been stamping like crazy with PTI's Little Bitty Birds. However, today I thought I would play with my new October Afternoon papers and incorporate a stamp that I have had forever from Studio Calico. It is good to get out those oldies but goodies out and rejuvenate them!!

Here's the CPS #205 Sketch:
and Here's my Take on the Sketch:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Schoolhouse
Cardstock Stickers: October Afternoon Schoolhouse
Stamps: Studio Calico Limited Edition Bird
PTI Fillable Frames #1
PTI Die: Banner Borders
PTI Vintage Cream Button and Twine
Martha Stewart Lace Punch

Thanks for stopping by!!! I treasure all your comments!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Little Bird with a Big Song

I have one last post for today my friends!!! It has been a very creative week and it feels so good!!!The joy that creating brings to my soul therapeutic and healing! Like Jerry Van Amerongen said, "I feel like a tiny bird with a big song!" and I want to share that song with you today! I hope you all get the chance to create this day or in the days to come and may the melody be sweet to your souls!!!

This project was made for the Make it Monday Challenge. The challenge is to use a Vellum Sentiment Strip. I haven't used Vellum since my daughter's wedding which was over four years ago. I love these challenges! They make me get out of my box and try something new!! I was also challenged by my friend Cathy to use the hand image from the Love Lives Here set. Thanks for the inspiration Cathy!!!
For this card, I used the Fillable Frames #1 stamp. I stamped the framed image first and I added the flourish stamp from the Mat Stack I Collection and cut the tag and flourish out as one piece. I created my own patterned paper using stamps from the Mat Stack I Collection.
I embellished the tag with a die cut and glittered hand from the Love Lives Here set, ribbon, Prima Floral, died seam binding from Memrie Mare, Tim Holtz ribbon, Kaiser Craft pearl, buttons, and a scalloped edge cut with the Banner Builder Die. I stamped the sentiment onto the vellum with Dark Chocolate ink and hand-cut in the shape of a banner.

Thank you for allowing me to share my love of crafting with you!!!
I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you!!!
Have a wonderful evening!

Little Red Scrapbook Reveal

Hi there dear friends!! It's time for the full Little Red Scrapbook reveal!!! This kit was so fun to work with!!! I love all the color and all the fun, glittery embellishments!

This first layout is of my sweet daughter Beth. I am so excited to share that she has started her first blog and she participated in her first card challenge last week!!! How fun is that!! I really wanted to put a picture of her blog on the layout, but it just didn't work. The title, however, tells the whole story! She truly is close to my heart!!! You can check out her blog Here.
The next two layouts feature pictures that my dad took while the girls were modeling for him, hence the titles. My dad is an awesome photographer, but my girls are absolutely gorgeous models!!! I am so happy that he has taken so many amazing pictures of them!
Last, but not least, is a fun little card using a tag that was included in a kit. Just shows how much a button and a bow can dress anything up!!
Thank you so much for stopping by!!!
I appreciate you tremendously!

Glitz inspired Valentine's Tag and Cards

Hi there dear friends!!! I'm excited to share with you some more Glitzy Goodness! The first card I have for you today features a soft romantic feel using Glitz Design's Love Nest Collection. I thought it would be fun to make a little card and tag set for a Valentine's Day gift.
I ended up making two tags and using one of the tags as a focal point on the card. I really like how colorful this project turned out. These papers by Glitz Design are absolutely gorgeous!!! Here's a close-up of the tag:

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Papers: Floral, Stripe, and Damask
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Papers: Polka
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Titles
other: PTI cardstock Rustic White; PTI Tag Sale #1 die; PTI sweet blush ribbon and button twine, Prima floral; Martha Stewart glitter, lace, trim and chipboard heart from my stash

The second card features a cute little vintage image from the Scarlett Collection.
Aren't those two little Love Birds adorable!!Supplies used:
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Paper: Polka
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Paper: Pipework
Glitz Design "Scarlett" Paper: Map
Glitz Design "Scarlett" Titles
Glitz Design Cardstock Stickers Vintage Journaling
Glitz Design Teeny Black Alpha
other supplies: PTI Cardstock: Kraft and Rustic Cream; PTI Ribbon and Twine: Vintage Cream; Melissa Frances frame; Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Wishing you a very Glitzy day!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's a happy mail day!!!

Happy Tuesday evening dear friends!!! It was a long day, but I found some serious sunshine in my mailbox today!! Whooo hoo! I love Happy Mail days!!!

First off, I participated in a Valentine's Day swap at Papertrey Ink and my friend Noora sent me a sweet little package full of homemade goodness!!!! Look at these beautiful works of art!!!

The absolutely beautiful Take Note card has some post-it notes and a sweet little pocket inside. The butterfly on the front of the card is just gorgeous and the little package behind the cards was full of beautiful embellishments!!
I will have a blast playing with these sweet little embellies for sure!!! Thank you so much Noora!!! I treasure every single part of your wonderful gift!!! You are soooo sweet!

Next up is a beautiful card from my friend Lorry!!!! Isn't it positively gorgeous!

Thank you Lorry for thinking of me!!! You are the sweetest!!

I am so thankful for all of the amazing friends I have met through paper crafting!!! I am blessed indeed!!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Surprises and Sneaks!!!

Good Morning my dear friends!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!! I had a wonderful day, in fact, I'm still jumping up and down for joy!!! Why am I jumping up and down for joy? I still can't believe it, but I won the first Make it Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink!!! The prize is a $250.00 gift certificate for goodies at PTI!!! Whooo hoo!! How exciting is that?? What a wonderful surprise and I just have to say that I am very thankful and very blessed! Thank you PTI! Not only was Valentine's Day fabulous, but the evening was perfect!! My sweetie and I went to dinner at Audrey's Pizza with Ron and Linda and had a very nice and relaxing time!! After dinner we had dessert and we fast forwarded through The Bachelor and all I have to say is, see ya Michelle!! Whooo hoo!

Sorry for all the gushing, but it really was a wonderful day!!! I also finished up on my design team assignments and I have some Little Red Scrapbook sneaks for you:

Thank you all so much for stopping by!!!
I love my crafty friends!!! You are all the best!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Think Big Challenge

Hi there dear friends!!! I am still having a ton of fun with PTI's anniversary challenges! Today's challenge is to Think Big and boy did I think big. Check out that bow!!! I have been working on this bag for a week and it just wasn't coming together and when I found out about this challenge, my creative juices started flowing!!! Whoo hoo!! This pretty little bag I made for my daughter took flight!!!
The fun thing about this little bag, is I made it out of a 6" x 9" envelope!! I scored the envelope at 1" along the sides of the envelope and at 1" along the bottom of the envelope. I also scored a diagonal line from corner to corner along the bottom of the envelope as shown.
After scoring the envelope, I folded along the scored edges both ways. Then I cut the top flap of the envelope off and punched the edge with a decorative punch.
I folded the bag as shown and glued the flaps to the bottom of the bag. Once the bag was together, I stamped some dots on the front and the sides of the bag.
Added some fun stamped embellishments from PTI, some Prima Florals, and some ribbon and lace from my stash.
Such a fun project that will be sent to my sweet daughter for Valentine's day!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I truly appreciate all the comments you leave!!!
Have a wonderful evening!

Card Patterns and Papertrey Goodness!!

Hi my friends!!! I hope you are having an absolutely awesome Saturday!!!! I have been having so much fun over the last few days playing with my Papertrey Ink goodies during their 4th anniversary celebration!!! The last couple of weeks have been a little stressful and all the creative therapy has done me a world of good!!! I have also been working on a Guest Design Team submission for the Card Patterns Challenge Blog. Thank you to Card Patterns for this awesome opportunity and I just have to say that this sketch was especially fun to work with!!! Here is the sketch:
and here's my take on the sketch:

I just have to smile because I have been wanting to use these birdcages along with my favorite Bitty Birds and I just wasn't able to make it work until now! I really feel like the larger than life flowers really pulled the focal point together!! Yay!!! I just love it when something works!!!!! I also had some fun with my favorite Background Basics stamps too!!! Oh PTI, how I love you!!!
Words cannot express how much this card means to me as I put my heart and soul into it's creation!!! What a great therapy day it was!!!

Supplies used:
PTI Cardstock: Sweet Blush and Rustic Cream
Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Red
PTI Stamps: Little Bitty Bird, Larger than Life, Love Birds, Background Basics: Hearts and Sheet Music
PTI Dies: Larger Than Life, Love Birds, Little Bitty Birds, Banner Borders
PTI Ribbon: Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch
PTI Buttons: Vintage Cream and Button Twine
Patterned Paper: The Girl's Paperie Newsprint Stripe
Ink: PTI Sweet Blush; Memento: Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Crushed Olive and Brushed Corduroy; Stampin Up!: Real Red
Kaiser Craft Pearl

I hope you have a very crafty day and I just want you to know that you all mean the world to me!! I love my scrappy friends!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

I've been Framed

It's Friday night and time for a little scrap therapy!! Thank goodness Nichole over at Papertrey Ink gave us a challenge yesterday to create a tag that incorporates a frame of some kind. I am so glad it was a tag challenge!! I didn't have to think too hard and I was able to make a fun little vintage-themed tag which was very therapeutic challenge after a very long week!!!!
For this tag, I took the Tag Sale #1 die and cut it out of Kraft paper. Then I took the fillable frames #10 die and cut it out of the middle of the tag leaving a nice little frame. I inked the kraft tag with Embellished stamps in black. I used a nice little scrap of Girl's Paperie paper for the window of the tag and added the sweet little house from the Love Lives Here set.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a relaxing and joyous weekend!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Buttons and Dreams!!!

Hi there dear friends!!! I have been dreaming about buttons ever since I saw the post over at Nichole Heady's Blog yesterday!!! This month's release features Button Boutique and if you haven't seen it yet, you are truly missing out!!!! I love this whole concept and I am hoping that all of the Button Boutique products will make their way to my craft room sometime in the near future. Be on the lookout for my ETSY store to open up in the next few days so that I can accommodate my addiction, lol!!! In the meantime, PTI is giving away some amazing gifts during their anniversary celebration and I am hoping and dreaming that I will be a winner!!! I didn't have much time tonight to create something elaborate for this challenge as I was working on some Design Team assignments, but I just had to create something just in case!! I so want to find a way for those stamps and dies to make their way to my house!!

The challenge is to use buttons in a creative way and here is my take on the challenge:
Of course, I had to used my favorite PTI stamp sets, Love Lives Here, and Little Bitty Bird in this project. I am going to have to get out of my rut and work with some different stamps!! You all must be bored sick with all these cards I have made with these sets! I just can't help myself!

Supplies Used:
PTI Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Rustic Cream and Aqua Mist
Bazzill Basics Brown Cardstock
PTI Stamps: Little Bitty Bird, Background Basics Sheet Music, Love Lives Here, Larger Than Life

I am off to bed!! It is way past my bedtime! I will try to fill in the rest of the ingredients tomorrow!!! Hope you have a fantastic Friday!!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PTI Color Scheme Challenge

Hi there my friends!!!! We made it through Wednesday! I am so thankful!!! Today was a beautiful day, very cold, but a beautiful day just the same! The sky was so blue, you forgot just how cold it was!! I'm still dreaming of tropical breezes, but I'll take a blue sky kinda day any time!!!

After a long day of work, I thought some scrap therapy would cure all that ails me! I am happy to report, that I had some serious fun participating in PTI's Color Scheme Challenge!! Aaaah, creating feels so good!!

Here's the color scheme I played with:

Here's my take on the challenge:

Anyone who follows my blog knows how much I love pink and of course, the color scheme had to have some pink in it!

Supplies used:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Kraft, Spring Moss and Bazzill Green
PTI Stamps: YOF Mums, Background Basics Sheet Music, Background Basics Hearts, Little Bitty Bird
PTI Ribbon: Hibiscus Burst
PTI Ink: Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy
Kaiser Craft Jewels

Thanks for stopping by!!!! I appreciate all of you!!!

PTI Challenges and Birthdays

Happy Wednesday dear friends!!! What a whirlwind this week has already been!!! Yesterday was my sweet daughter Heidi's birthday!
I just can't believe how the years have gone by!! Although it was a busy day, we were able to take her out to dinner and we had a wonderful time!!! Happy Birthday my sweet girl!! I hope you have the best year ever!!

Since PTI is having their anniversary week and issued the Make-it-Monday Challenge, I thought it would be fun to do a card for her that fit the challenge.These types if cards are not my strong suit, but I did get some layering in there just the same! It is good to stretch yourself, that's for sure!

My sweet daughter Bethany also participated in the challenge. I am so excited that she did because this is her first ever challenge!!! Way to go Beth!!! You can see her card here!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Make It Monday Challenge

Hi there dear friends!!! We made it through another Monday!!! God is Good all the time and I am thankful!! Today I did a quick card for the first ever PTI Make it Monday Challenge!!! What a fun challenge! You can check it out on Nichole's Blog!!!

Here's my take on the challenge:
PTI Supplies used:
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss
Stamps: Inside and Out Thank You, YOF : Morning Glories, Signature Greetings, Embellishments
Ribbon and button from my stash

Thank you all for stopping by! You are so very appreciated!!
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

PTI Stamp Designer's Challenge

Hi there dear friends!!! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! Today was a busy day with family including church and watching the Superbowl, but I did want to take a few minutes out to try my hand in the Stamp Designers Challenge. You can find a free tag down load and info regarding the challenge on Nichole's Blog!

Here's my take on the challenge using Heather Nichol's tag:
I didn't have a whole lot of time, but I had fun just the same!! I plan on making more cards with these tags since they are so cute!!! I pulled out my Red Lead Vintage Dot stamp to add some color to match the flower in the tag. Love those dots!!

Supplies Used:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic White and Sweet Blush
Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsies Conservatory
Dies: PTI Limitless Layers, Victorian Lace and Banner Borders
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy
Bazzill Flower
Hug Snug Seam Binding dies with Worn Lipstick Reinker
Joann Fabric's Button
Sizzix Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I wish you a wonderful week!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Playing Favorites with Papertrey Ink!!

Hi again dear friends!! I hope this Friday evening find you healthy and happy and enjoying some time out with those you love!!! I was able to spend some time tonight crafting with my dear friends and what a therapy session we had!!! I didn't get much done myself, but I did get the chance to visit and laugh with my dear scrappy friends and there is no better therapy than that!!! Thanks girls! You are the best!!

Those of you who follow my blog know all about my love affair with Papertrey Ink Products!! I love everything PTI does! Paper, stamps, dies, name it I love it! Well, this month they are celebrating their 4th Anniversary, and the contests and drawings have begun. The details are all on Nichole's Blog, so stop by to enter!

Today is all about favorites and I am excited to repost my favorite project from 2010 using PTI products! Most of the projects I made with PTI goodies were my favorites, but this project is my all time favorite:

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Peace be Still and On Ice
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon and Webster's Pages
Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow and Dark Chocolate; Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger, Brushed Corduroy
Fancy Pants Pom Pom Ribbon
Seam Binding died with Egg Shell Copic Marker
Kaiser Craft Pearls dies with Aqua Copic Marker
PTI Vintage Cream Button
CI Imaginations Paper Lace
Martha Stewart Glitter
EK Success Snowflake Punch
Thanks for stopping by!!!
I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Little Glitzy Romance

Hi there dear friends!!! Once again it is my privilege to share some more Glitz goodness with you! I've been having some fun exploring the romantic side of Glitz Design and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to get a little romantic!

In my first card, I chose the pretty pink Damask from the Love Nest Collection and added some black accents along with some fun embossed edges to add texture. I layered a Black Glitzer frame onto a rustic cream background that was brushed with some distress ink and then I layered the rub ons on top of the Glitzer. It is such a fun challenge to mix and match all the amazing Glitz elements!! All the layers made a gorgeous romantic medalliion!

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Papers: Damask
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Rub Ons
Glitz Design "Scarlett" Glitzers
Glitz Design Tulle
Glitz Design Giant Rhinestones: Pink, Black, Green

other supplies: cardstock: PTI rustic cream, Bazzill black; ribbon: Joann's; embossing folder: Stampin Up!; punch: Stampin Up!; stamps: Hero Arts Canvas Stripes, PTI Love Birds; Die: PTI Heart Prints Collection; Kaiser Craft Jewels; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Brushed Corduroy and Worn Lipstick, Memento Tuxedo Black
In my second card I pulled out the gorgeous Red Polka paper from the Scarlett Collection and I added some of the rub ons from the Love Nest collection. I just love how easily Glitz Designs Collections all mix and match so well together!!
I was looking for a simple, yet shabby chic feel for this romantic card. I crimped the Red Polka paper to add some texture, and then I let the rub on's speak for themselves!!! I think the Love Nest Rub Ons are my very favorite embellishment by Glitz Designs!
Supplies Used:
Glitz Designs "Scarlett" paper: Polka
Glitz Designs "Love Nest" Rub Ons

other supplies: cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream; ribbon: PTI Rustic Cream grosgrain; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Worn Lipstick; Fiskars Crimper; PTI button and button twine; lace and from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a very Glitzy day!!!