Friday, January 28, 2011

A Little Love Lives Here Goodness!!!

Hi there dear friends! I wasn't kidding when I said I needed a little craft therapy this evening!! Two posts in one night is totally out of the ordinary for me, but I just had to get out my Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here stamps that were inspired by my favorite paper crafter of all time Melissa Phillips. I used CPS Sketch #202:
I took some liberties with this sketch, but once I made the bird houses, the rest just fell into place!! I just love my PTI stamps!!! There are so many possibilities with them!!!

Here is my take on the sketch:
Supplies Used:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic Cream
Bazzill Cardstock: Red
PTI Stamps: Love Lives Here and Merry Little Christmas
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Crushed Olive and Worn Lipstick
PTI Ink: Dark Chocolate
Stampin Up! Ink Real Red
Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening!!
I appreciate you!

Card Patterns #99 and Papertrey Ink

Happy Friday my dear sweet friends!!! I am so happy today is Friday!!! It's been a great day, but a little taxing on my brain. The computer techs are still working on fixing our Library Software and in the mean-time we are having to adjust for all the discrepancies when checking out books. For the most part I have been enjoying the challenge. I have had to learn where books are located by the Dewey Decimal System rather than relying on the computer. Today however, we checked out a ton of books and we had a lot of steps to follow to make sure we have record of patrons and books alike....whew!!! What a day! Let me just say, computers aren't fool-proof! You always need a back-up plan!

Thank goodness for crafting! I can lose myself in the art of creating and I can relax and let my brain recover! Ah...creating is a balm to my soul!!!

Today I thought it would be fun to take part in the Card Patterns Challenge!!!
Here is the challenge:
and here's my take on the challenge:

I have been having so much fun with my Papertrey Ink Little Bitty Birds stamp set, I just had to use them again!! This is my new favorite stamp set!!!
Supplies used:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic Cream
Bazzill Cardstock: Red and Green
Pink Paislee Patterned Papers Cupid Collection
Making Memories Patterned Papers: Love Struck
PTI Stamps: Little Bitty Birds and Love Birds
Martha Stewart Doily
PTI Ink: Dark Chocolate
Prima Floral died with Adirondack Color Wash: Red Pepper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose
McGill Punch: Pine Bough
PTI Ribbon: Vintage Cream
I do feel better after doing a little craft therapy!!!
I wish you a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PTI January Blog Hop

Hi there my dear sweet friends!!! Today is the Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop!!! I can't believe it, but I finished my challenge piece in time!!! Whoooo hooo!!!

Here's the challenge:
With the new year comes a clean slate along with many resolutions. This month's blog hop challenge
involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that
might be collecting a little dust! Go through your stash and see what little used treasure it might hold.
Here's my take on the challenge:
I just had to make something fun for Valentine's Day which was perfect for this challenge since I haven't used my Valentine's stamps for quite some time!! I also decided it would be fun to use a My Timeless Templates for this challenge too!! I don't think that I have even used the Tucked Away Template yet, so it's about time!!
Supplies Used:
Papertrey Ink My Timeless Templates by Lauren Meader: Tucked Away
Papertrey Ink cardstock: Sweet Blush and Rustic Cream
Bazzill Cardstock: Red and Green
Papertrey Ink Stamps: Background Basics Hearts, Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers
Papertrey Ink Ribbon: Rustic Cream Topnotch Twill and Pure Poppy Saddlestitch
Prima Floral
Martha Stewart Glitter
Stampin Up Ink: Real Red
McGill Punch: Pine Bough
Valentine Embellishment from my stash
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Happy Hoppin!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Glitzy Birds and Banners

Hi there dear friends!! I am so very excited to share some more Glitzy goodness with you today!!! This time of year, as we draw close to Valentine's day, I tend to feel a little romantic and I pull out my lace, ribbon, buttons and vintage images and put a little shabby chic into my creations! I guess you could say I've got that "Loving Feeling"!!

For my first card, I combined the Hoopla Collection and the pretty pink in the Love Nest Collection and I just love the results!!! This card totally fits my shabby chic mood!

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Paper: Polka and Frames
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Paper: Damask
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Cardstock Stickers: Journaling
Glitz Design "Love Nest" Rub Ons

other supplies:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic White; PTI dies: Victorian Lace Border; PTI Stamps: Love Birds; PTI Felt; Button, Seam Binding and Lace from my stash; Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Brushed Corduroy; Copic Marker: E 50 Egg Shell; Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
I colored the white seam binding with a Copic Marker and tied a double bow. I inked the first word in the sentiment and stamped it at the top of the tag. I inked the rest of the stamp and I applied it to the bottom of the tag and then I adhered the birdie rub ons in the middle of the tag. Then, I added a decorative border cut from patterned paper and a pretty button to finish off the bow.

For my second project, I designed a little card for my sweet daughter's birthday. I used the beautiful Love Nest line, a little glitter and added a hand cut banner.

Supplies used:
Glitz Designs "Love Nest" Papers: Damask, Stripe and Polka
Glitz Designs "Love Nest" Glitzers Transparent Stickers
Glitz Designs "Cardstock Stickers" Teeny Alphabet Ivory
Glitz Designs "Bling" Giant Rhinestones Pink Black Green

other supplies:
PTI cardstock: Rustic White; PTI dies: Border Builder Collection; PTI Stamps: Make a Wish and Baby Button Bits; PTI Buttons and Button Twine; Glitter Martha Stewart; Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Brushed Corduroy and Crushed Olive.

I stamped the cupcake onto two different types of paper and pieced them together. Then I added glitter to make the frosting shine. I colored the cupcake wrapper with Crushed Olive and Brushed Corduroy ink. The banner is hand-cut and I added Glitz Alphas for the happy sentiment. I hung the banner on button twine and added buttons then I stamped the birthday sentiment and I hand-cut it out as well. For the final touch I layered the cupcake onto a Glitz Design Glitzer to add interest.

Wishing you an absolutely fantabulous day!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A little Webster's Love!!

Happy Friday evening my sweet friends!!! I hope you have been able to spend some time doing what you love to do!! Those of you who follow my blog know how much I love to make cards and I have been in scrappy heaven this evening!! I have been playing with Webster's Pages WonderFall papers and a Wee Memories Challenge:
Your challenge: This weeks challenge theme is "FOR THE LOVE OF RIBBON" ... make a project of your choice using ribbon.
Here's my take on the challenge:
Here's a close-up of the sweet little birdie:
Supplies used:
Webster's Pages Wonderful papers: Learn Your ABC's
Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Rustic White
Bazzill Flower
PTI Button Twine
Jenni Bowlin Button
PTI stamp: Blooming Button Bits
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Brushed Corduroy
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Lace and Ribbon from my stash
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! I hope you find time to take care of you and do something you love to do!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Little Red Scrapbook Reveal

Happy Thursday evening my dear friends!!!! I am so happy we are approaching the end of the week!! I'll let you in on a little secret....I have a hot date with my husband and some dear friends on Saturday night and I can't wait!!! Until then, I have a lot of work to take care of and posting my Little Red Scrapbook designs is one of those things!!!

I just loved this month's Little Red Scrapbook kit with all it's fun colors and tons of flowers and goodies to play with!!
This is one of my favorite card designs! I wanted to take advantage of the different patterned papers in the kit and I also wanted to incorporate one of my favorite Papertrey Ink stamp sets!!!
I stamped PTI's Little Bitty Birds onto some cardstock and patterned paper and glued them to a chipboard flourish. I stamped the sentiment onto the chipboard tag and added some parts of the Noteworthy transparency sheet. I glued the flourish on the top and added some bling and a bow. Way fun!

It was my turn to provide a sketch for Little Red Scrapbook. I used one of my older layouts for inspiration and this is what I came up with:
and here is my take on the sketch:
I used my grandpuppy as inspiration for this layout. The journaling states: we may not have any grandkids yet, but we have an awfully sweet Grand Puppy!
I used my Egg Shell Copic Marker to add some color to the white flower. I just love my Copics!! I also cut the gate in half so it would show above and below the patterned paper.
I borrowed a picture from my dad for this layout!!! Thanks Dad!!! Your photography is amazing! I totally love this photo of Heidi and I wanted to use the colors of the kit to highlight the black and white photo!!!
The Bo Bunny Papers had so many opportunities for fussy cutting which is my very favorite technique!! I just love making my own embellies!! I used some photos that were taken during Christmas break of my kids celebrating their relationships!!!! What a blessing my kids are!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by sweet friends!!! I appreciate you!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gift Giving CPS Style!!

Good morning friends!! It's a beautiful morning here in Southwestern Montana!!! The temperature is a balmy 37 degrees and the moon looks spectacular shining in the clouds. My sweet hubby had to go to work early and so I was up early enough to catch a glimpse of that glorious sight!!! What an amazing God we have to paint such beautiful pictures for us to enjoy!! It is so important to take a minute to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day, even at 4:00 in the morning!

Today I want to share a little gift I made for my sweet Mother-in-Law using the Card Positioning Systems sketch for this week. Here's the sketch:
and here's my take on the sketch:
This little pocket card is inspired by Betsy Veldman and is full of little tags, bookplates, and book marks and is perfect for those who love to read!! I used my January Little Red Scrapbook kit and Papertrey Ink's All Booked Up stamp set!
Supplies Used:
Little Red Scrapbook January Kit featuring Bo Bunny Olivia papers
PTI Cardstock: Rustic Cream
PTI stamps: All Booked Up, Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers
PTI Dies: Limitless Labels, Mat Stack 3, Bookmark, Jar Label, and Tag Sale 1
PTI Ink: Dark Chocolate
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive and Brushed Corduroy
PTI Felt: Ocean Tides and Simply Chartreuse
Creative Imaginations Lace Tape
Kaiser Craft Pearl
PTI Button and Button Twine

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a day full of sunshine and smiles!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Birthday Wishes and Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks!!!

Hi there sweet friends!!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! It has been quite exciting in our home as Benny's car broke down and I had to be chauffeur for a few days. We also had our microwave catch on fire. What an awful smell an electrical fire leaves in the air! Thank goodness for Scentsy!!! I doubled the scent in the warming pot and that helped tremendously!!

Thursday was our sweet daughter's 25th birthday!!! Boy do I feel old! I just can't even believe that I have a 25 year old daughter!!! Where has the time gone???
This picture was taken during the surprise party we had for her while they were visiting during Christmas break. Isn't she the cutest!!! I love my sweet girl so much!!! She fills my heart with so much joy, I can't even begin to describe it!! I just have to share a layout I made a year ago with a photo of my sweet girl when she was a year old. Look at those gorgeous eyes!!!
I have 25 years of wonderful memories and I cherish each and every one of them!!! Bethany Marie you are my treasure and always will be!!!

Ok, enough gushing about my sweet girl and on to my Little Red Scrapbook Sneak Peeks!!! January's kit is full of Bo Bunny-Olivia goodness!!! I just love this kit!!!!
Here are my sneaks:

Thank you so much for stopping by!!! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hoopla Birthdays!!!!

Hi there dear friends!!! I am so excited to bring you my first post as a Glitz Design Team member!!!! I really wish you could see the smile on my face right now...It's the biggest smile ever!!! I just love this company and being a designer for Glitz Designs is a dream come true!!!

While contemplating about what I would do for my first projects, I was creating a banner for my daughter's surprise birthday party and the light bulb immediately went off! Birthday cards!!!! January and February are birthday months in our family, and since the Hoopla line is all about celebrations and birthdays, birthday cards became the perfect choice!
For the first card I decided to play with the Hoopla Cake Stamp. I stamped the image onto 3 different patterned papers and fussy cut each layer out. I die cut a piece of cardstock and added rub ons that I cut apart making it look like they covered the whole die cut. No use putting rub ons underneath the focal point! Of course I had to add punches, ribbon, and a pretty button!!

Supplies used:
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Papers: Polka, Pipework, Frames
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Rub Ons
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Clear Acrylic Stamps: Hoopla Cake

other supplies:
Kaiser Craft Pearls, Joann's Buttons, PTI Die: Mat Stack #4, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger, PTI Rustic White cardstock, punches: Stampin up and Martha Stewart, ribbon from my stash
For the second card, I stamped a Glitz Design Fancy Frame onto the backside of the Hoopla Zebra papers and heat embossed it. I cut out the frame and attached it to the front of my card. Then I adhered the rub ons and added some tulle, felt and a flower. So easy and way fun!Supplies used:
Glitz Design "Hoopla" papers: Zebra and Polka
Glitz Design "Hoopla" Rub Ons
Glitz Design "Distressing" Clear Acrylic Stamps: Fancy Frames
Glitz Design Tulle

other supplies:
PTI Cardstock: Rustic White and Black, Tim Holtz Ideology Trimmings: Lavish, Kaiser Craft pearls, PTI felt, Versamark Ink, and Ranger Super Fine Detail black embossing powder

Wishing you the happiest of days!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CPS and Little Bitty Birds

Hi there dear friends!!! I hope you are some place warm with those you love tonight!!! It is cold and snowy once again here in Montana. Typical weather for January and I love to hunker in, put on my jammies, a new scent in my Scentsy Burner, and craft the night away!!!! Tonight I thought it would be fun to get back to the challenges I love so much. Card Positioning Systems has a great sketch for this week and I have some Little Bitty Birds Calling my name!!!!

CPS #199

Here's the sketch:
and here's my take on the sketch!!
Supplies used:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Cardstock: Fancy Pants Vintage Valentine
PTI Stamps: Little Bitty Bird, Love Birds, Wreath For All Seasons
PTI Die: Little Bitty Bird
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, Brushed Corduroy
PTI Felt
PTI Button Twine
Ribbon and Lace from my stash
Martha Stewart Doily
Pink Paislee Cupid Punchouts
McGill Punch: Pine Branch
Fiskars: Pinking Shears

Oh how I love these sweet Little Bitty Birds!!!! I know I will be using this set all the time!! It's really quite funny, I had such a hard time transitioning out of the Christmas mode, but the romantic feel of Valentine's Day did get my creative juices flowing!!! However, you will be seeing some Christmas cards on my blog each month as I have joined a challenge over at PTI to set goals for Christmas 2011...we'll see how I do!!!

Well, it's time for bed!!! I want to thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!!! I appreciate you all so very much!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Year and Exciting News!!!

Happy Sunday Evening my dear friends!!! I just can't believe that Christmas Vacation has come to an end and we are already into January 2011!! I do have to say that I am convinced that 2011 is going to be an amazing year.....and speaking of amazing......I am truly excited to share with you that I am a part of the 2011 Glitz Design Team!!!!Whooo hooo!!! I can hardly contain my excitement!!! Glitz Design is one of my favorite manufacturers of 2010!!! The lines they unveiled at Summer CHA were absolutely amazing and if you haven't seen them yet, check them out here!!! You can see the announcement and the rest of the DT on the Glitz Desgin Blog!!!! I am so excited about this new venture and the rest of the ladies on the DT are amazing!!! I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!!!!!

I have one last thing to share before I really do start dreaming since it is way past my bedtime. I spent the days just before Christmas frantically making gifts and goodies for friends and family and I wanted to share one of my projects with you!!! I made 10 of these calendars, and since time was an issue, I decided to make 6 months worth of pages now and send out the rest of the pages later in the year.

2011 Calendar
Supplies Used:
Taylored Expressions Frame Your Imagination Vertical Stand

PTI Cardstock: Rustic White, Kraft, Blueberry Sky
PTI Stamps and Die: On Ice
PTI Calendar Page Die
PTI Stamps: Calendar Basics, Take Note, Peace Be Still and School Time
PTI Ink: Fresh Snow and Chocolate Chip
PTI 2011 Mini Calendar Pages

In addition to the previous list, supplies used:
PTI Cardstock: Sweet Blush
Bazzill Cardstock: Red
PTI Stamps: Background Basics Hearts and Embellished
Hero Arts Stamps: Sweet Hearts
Kasier Craft Jewels
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door
Versamark Ink
Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this evening!!
I will be back tomorrow to post the rest of the supplies used!!!
I can barely keep my eyes open!!!
Have a wonderful evening!