Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Hi there dear friends!!  I have a fun card inspired by Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday.  Laurie Willison shared this week's Ombre Stamping challenge and you can find it here.  This card was also inspired by this card by Audrey Tokach who is one of my favorite card makers!! Thanks Audrey for your inspiration!!!
Here's my take on the challenge:
I used PTI's Baby Button Bits and Fly Away Stamp sets along with some PTI Cloud dies for this card.  For the Ombre Technique, I used Spring Rain, Blueberry Skies, and Enchanted Evening inks.  Love, love, love the ombre effect!!
The sunburst and stitched circles are Simon Says Stamp dies.  I layered the scene on top of Blueberry Sky patterned paper.  I love the more masculine card that will be perfect for a Man Shower my hubby has at work tomorrow.  My hubby was happy with the design and of course I was blessed with some much needed crafty time.  It's a win-win situation for us both!!

Thanks for stopping in and I wish you a very happy end of the week!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday - #206: STAMPING AND MIXING PATTERNS

Happy Sunday dear friends!!  I hope you have enjoyed your weekend!!  I haven't been feeling too well lately, but I was able to take some time to spend time with my kids,  Spending time with family definitely makes this mom happy and helps to heal what ails you!!  I was able to spend some time today working on Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge #206 - Stamping and Mixing Paper.  Danielle Flanders shares with us how to create and mix patterned papers.  She is amazing!! Here's the challenge:
--Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and at least three stamped patterns.

Here's my take on the challenge:
 I used this photo as inspiration to create my patterned papers:
Dyptique + Jonathan Adler
These are the papers I created:
I used Background Basics: Super Stripes and black ink for the first pattern.  I used a Tim Holtz Stamp and black ink for the second pattern.  To create the third pattern I used The Sweet Life stamps and stamped them Sweet Blush Ink on Sweet Blush paper.  The next pattern was created  by stamping leaves from Garden Grace on Simply Chartreuse paper using Versamark Ink.  I love those little leaves.  The final pattern was embossed with gold embossing powder using the Crackled stamp.  I love all of these patterns and colors!  So Shabby and very chic!!

I used the You've Been Framed: Oval Die and cut out the various patterns and layered them all on a Smokey Shadow card base.  The florals and dies cuts are stamped using Sweet Blush and Simply Chartreuse Ink.  The sentiment from Brushed Blooms was stamped in Black and Soft Stone.  I added a Hug Snug Seam Binding bow, a strip of striped patterned paper, a strip of gold paper and a little scalloped strip as the final touches.  Such a fun card!! I love all these new stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink!!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Make It Monday #204 - Watercolor Smooshing

Hi there dear friends!  It's Sunday night and I finally finished my Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge - Watercolor Smooshing.  Here's my take on the Challenge:
I used Hibiscus Burst and Summer Sunrise Ink for the smooshing and I used a punch to punch out my butterflies from the smooshed paper.  What a fun technique and if you've never smooshed before check out Betsy's video for more!
 I used some PTI Banner Dies and printable paper from Melstampz to create the banner.
I die cut the PTI Block Alphas from PTI Silver Cardstock and Double Sided Foam Adhesive sheets and layered them onto PTI a Doily Details Die.
The florals were stamped using PTI Bitty Bouquet stamps and Dies.  These florals are my new favorite stamps and dies!! They are absolutely beautiful!!
I added a double layered border at the top of each of the banners using PTI Heart Border dies in Silver and Stamper's Select Cardstock.  
I added some little antennae to the butterflies using black cardstock and PTI Be Happy Dies.  I also added some rainstones to the butterflies for fun.
I tied the banners together using white Hug Snug Ribbon.
 I used my brand new MISTI to stamp all the flowers!  What an awesome tool!! If you haven't heard about the new MISTI tool, you are definitely missing out!! It is definitely the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented!
Thanks for stopping by!!!  I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Girly or Feminine

Happy Friday!!! I have a fun and easy little card to share with you this evening using Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Girly or Feminine.  My sweet girlie has a baby shower to go to for a friend who is having twins.  I wanted a quick and easy card so I could take it to her tomorrow morning before we go on a hike.  I chose this card by Maile Belles as my inspiration for today's card using Papertrey Ink's Swoosh Stamps and Dies.
I die cut the patterned paper with the Swoosh die and stamped the Swoosh sentiment onto my card base with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I stamped the babies onto white cardstock and then I fussy cut them out.  I stamped the blankets with PTI Hibiscus Burst and Spring Rain ink.  I added a little seam binding bow with a pearl to add a sweet little touch.  The paper is from Betsy Veldman's Beautiful Brushstrokes Make It Market kit.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Whooo hooo!!! I finally finished my card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!  I wanted to keep my card very fresh and bursting with everything spring and here's my take on the challenge:

I downloaded the cup image called Coffee Anytime from Evelin T Designs and printed the cup twice. I fussy cut the cup and colored the image with Copic Markers,  I die cut the sunshine using a Simon Says Stamp die and added some pretty Bitty Bouquet Florals from PTI.  
I printed the sentiment using DJB Holly Berry Wonderland and Contribute fonts and die cut using my PTI Banner Die. There's just something about bright and cheery colors that make me smile!! 

Supplies used:
Coffee Anytime Digital Stamp by Evelin T Designs
Simon Says Stamp Full Card Sunshine Die and Stiched Circle Die
Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquet Die and Stamps
Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White and Summer Sunshine Bitty Dot Paper
Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal and Simply Chartreuse Ink
Copic Markers: BG45, BG15, BG000, BG05, E57, E29

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Wishing you a day full of sunshine and joy!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Good Morning dear friends!!!  Happy Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!!  I finally found my mojo during the PTI Anniversary celebration and I have got to keep it going!!  This month's Blog Hop is full of gorgeous color and I let the colors inspire me with my creation.

  Here's the challenge:


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and here's my take on the challenge:
I stamped and embossed the background panel with Background Basics: Venice and then I sponged the base with Hawaiian Shores, Plum Pudding, Hibiscus Burst and Blueberry Sky inks. The Butterfly was inspired by one of my favorite card makers Melissa Phillips.  She is amazing!!  I added some stamped banners and a die cut sentiment.  I die cut the rolled rose and added a pearl and leaf embellishment to complete the card.
PTI Supplies Used:  Beautiful Butterfly Dies, Life Is Beautiful Dies, Songbirds Stamps and Dies, Swoosh Dies, and Background Basics: Venice Stamps.
Thank you so much for stopping by!! I can't wait to see what  you have created!!!
Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Papertrey Ink MIM #201: Cover Plate Stencils and Embossing Paste

Good morning sweet friends!!  I have a fun little card to share with you today for the Papertrey Ink MIM Challenge.  Here's the challenge:


--Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a Cover Plate Die stencil.
and here's my take on the Challenge:

I used Betsy Veldman's Beautiful Brushstrokes stamp set and the Chevron Cover Plate for this challenge.  I started by die cutting the Chevron Cover Plate and then adhered the die cut to the white card panel with some Washi Tape.  I spread some Teresa Collins Essential Modeling Paste onto the panel with a spatula tool and let it dry.  Love the dimension it creates!!  I then die cut and stamped the florals with black ink.  I then stamped a light base on the florals and then added some watercolor contrast.  Love, love, love these florals!!

I added some rub ons to add a little more black contrast and then mounted the panel onto a Hibiscus Burst Card base.  I plan on adding a bible verse to the inside for a card to send a bright ray of sunshine to a friend who needs a little encouragment in her day.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge - Heavy Metal Challenge

Good Morning friends!!!  I am here with my final post for the Papertrey Anniversary Challenge.  
Here's the challenge:
With today's product introductions being geared around metallics, your challenge is to incorporate nothing but metallics and neutrals into a new card creation!  Think heat embossing, metallic papers, embellishments, fibers or ribbons.  Time to pull out all of your heavy metal!
and here's my take on the challenge:

I used metallic gold paper, printed paper and gold embossing for this challenge. The stamps and dies include PTI's Life Is Beautiful butterfly die, Circle Scribbles Die and the sentiment is from the Friendly Flowers stamp set.

This was such a fun card to make!! Gold is one of my new favorites!!
Thanks for stopping in!! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge - Blue Ombre

Hi again!! Whooo hooo!!!  It's a record!! Five projects in two days!! Thank goodness for the PTI Anniversary Challenges!  Here's the challenge for this project:
Today we introduced Blue Skies, which has us thinking about the color blue!  Your challenge today is to create a blue ombre card using all your favorite shades of this beautiful color,  It can be an ombre background, several of the same image stamped in shades of blue, ombre inking of a bold stamp or whatever else you dream up!
Here's my take on the challenge:
 I used my favorite PTI Polka Dot Basic Stamp and inked it up using Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, and Enchanted Evening.  Love, love, love Ombre Polka Dots!
Thanks for stopping by!! I appreciate you all!!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 4 - Bouquets with more than one set

Hi there dear friends!! I have another project to share for the Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge!!  Here's the challenge:

1. Create a new project that features a bouquet created with more than one floral stamp set.
and here's my take on the challenge:
 I used Papertrey Ink's Mini Blooms and Bigger Blooms sets for the bouquet on this card.  I just love both of these sets!!
I created the background stripes using Papertrey Ink's Watercolor Wonder stamps with Sweet Blush Ink.  I used Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist , Harvest Gold and Simply Chartreuse  Inks for the bouquet.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 3 - Tag and Bag

Hi there friends!!  Two posts in one night!  Whoo hoo!! I am on a roll!!  Craft therapy is the best therapy there is!!!   Here's the challenge for day three of Papertrey Ink's  Anniversary Challenge:

  •  Create a tag for a gift bag that you make from scratch or pick up at the store.
I had these cute little craft bags in my stash and thought it would be fun to add a little shaker heart for a fun little Valentine Gift!!  I stamped the bag with Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow using Polka Dot Basics III.  Love those polka dots!!

 I created a little shaker tag using Betsy's Make It Market Sparkle and Shine Kit.  Oh my goodness, I just love this kit!!  These little shaker tags make my heart sooooo happy!!

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

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 2 - Maile Returens

Hi everyone!! Whooo hooo!  It's hard to believe it, but I am back once again with a project for the Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge!!   I can't even say how much I have missed crafting so this challenge is absolutely just what the doctor ordered!!!  Here's the challenge:
I think it is safe to say that we ALL admire Maile and her incredible sense of style!  Take a few moments and peruse through her blog to explore all of the amazing projects she has made over the years.  Select a project that you find particularly inspiring and make your own project using elements from her card.
Maile is so amazing and has so many amazing designs to choose from, it was hard to pick just one.  After much searching and deliberation, I chose this card of Maile's for my inspiration and here's my take on the challenge:
 I used a black card base and layered a white panel on top.  I cut several happy's out of Tinsel and Tags patterned paper along with a stamped birthday banner.  I added a fun little arrow from the Phrase Play #3 die to complete the design.
Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hope you have a wonderful evening!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Celebration Day 1 - Inspiration Cards

Whooo hooo!!  Hi there dear friends!!  I am so excited to get out my stamping goodies and participate in Papertrey Ink's  first day of festivities!  

Here's the challenge:
1. Create a new project that uses one Color Recipe Card and one Sketch Recipe Card:

and here's my take on the challenge:
I stamped the pattern with one of my old favorites, PTI's Polka Dot Basics in Aqua Mist Ink that I misted with a spritz of water.  I was going for a bit of a watercolor look with this card.  I inked up the Rosie Posie florals and spritzed each one with a squirt of water and stamped them onto a watercolor paper panel.  I used Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado, and Spring Moss.  I totally love the watercolor feel of the stamped images!
I die cut the Wet Paint sentiment and stamped the birthday image.  I layered the watercolor panel on top of a Aqua Mist card base.

Very quick and simple and I am loving the color combination!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Have a wonderful evening!!