Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PTI Blog Hop Challenge

The December Blog Hop Challenge over at Papertrey Ink is to make an all white card, pops of color or neutrals are ok but the focus is to be white.  Well I just love all white cards so I decided to play this month.  I had to make a few more Christmas cards so I decided to bring out he In the Meadows dies and the Hill dies and create this card.  I looked through all my card stock and DP's to find whites and the options I had were fun.  First off is the card base which is Papertrey Ink's Rustic White, the hills are Papertrey's Linen Vellum.  The boy on the sled is Neenah Esse Pearl card stock.  The trees were cut from some scraps of DP that I bought last year to make wedding cards with and I don't remember who's it is, to bad since it is gorgeous.  The only color I used was a Copic marker C01 to color the edges of the hills.  I love the textures and different shades of white on this card.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Bit of This, A Bit of That

When I sat down to make Christmas cards I realized that I had quite a few bits and pieces left over from last year (and the year before I'm ashamed to say).  Among the bits and pieces were the makings for several cards that I had gotten at a class (I think).  I don't remember where the class was or even when.  The card bases were an odd size so I think that is why I never finished them, additional postage on off size cards is a pain in the you know what.  I decided to clear out the bits and pieces and make standard A2 cards.  For this card I used a snowflake background stamp from Stampendous with Memento Summer Sky.  The sentiment is a really old one from I don't know where and the image was included in the packet and I think it might be Penny Black, and colored with Copics.
I like how it turned out, what do you think?  Thanks for stopping by.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Autumn Splendor Touched by Resist

I was looking through the photos of cards I've made and came across this one.  I think I made it for one of my Thanksgiving cards and forgot about it.  I really like the resist technique and I wanted to see how it would work on kraft card stock.  All the stamps are from a Gina K Stamp Kit called, of course, Autumn Splendor.   I think it works well.  I stamped the background sunflowers with Versamark and heat embossed with clear Martha Stewart powder.  I rubbed the centers with Memento Tangelo (I think), wiping off the excess.  I stamped the script background with Memento Peanut Brittle and then the flowers in Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics.  After adding some scraps of card stock I was done and happy with how it turned out.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Truckin' Birthday

Among the cards that I need to make for my gift packets are of course birthday cards.  I especially need cards for guys, both for me to send and for the packets that guys will use.  I had a request from one of the female halves of couples that I give to that her hubbie asked that I make cards that he could send.  I guess men don't like to send frilly, flowery, girly cards. Go figure.
So anyway when I was looking through my DP I came across my October Afternoon Sasparilla paper pad and it had this map designed paper.  Perfect to go with the truck from Papertrey Ink set Tremendous Treats:Birthday.  Another great set that is really for children but I think this image could go for any age.  I used the curlicue image for the road, works great.  I used scraps for the other parts of the cove and a punch for the circle mat.  Colored with Copics and was done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Detail Glitter Technique

Last Monday on Papertrey Ink's blog Design Team member Erin showed this technique in their Make It Monday segment. I am in the process of making cards for my Christmas gift packets (only 75 more to go) and needed to make some baby cards.  I've had the Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings for quite awhile and it is the perfect set for the cards I need to make.
The DP is DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper pack.  The neat thing about this paper pack is that it can go girl or boy, so cool.
Since the set has a co ordinating die I just cut out the images stamped them with Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Copics.  I used punches to cut out the circles for matting.  When I was all finished coloring I realized that this was the perfect card to use this technique on so I got out my Quickie glue pen and Martha Stewart white glitter and embelished the Baby Buggy. The stamps in this set are so cute and I'll post some of the other cards I made with this set (I made 6  in all).
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Guardian Angel

I love using this Stampendous stamp for Christmas cards.  It's also one of my sisters favorite images so I made two cards using it in the dozen she requested.  I colored with Copics and a silver pen.  Then mounted it onto some silver card stock.  I decided to go with some non-traditional colors for the base, just for some fun.
Easy cards to make.  Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Santa Loves Golf

I finally started my own Christmas cards, and I'm really loving it.  These are the cards for our golfing friends.  I started out making them on a horizontal card then switched to the vertical, using Papertrey Ink's New Leaf cardstock.  The golf hole stamp is from Nortwoods Rubber Stamp company and I stamped that in Versamark then heat embossed with Recollection's white detail powder.  The Santa is also from Recollections and also stamped with Versamark but I just let it dry, now powder, since I wanted it to appear faintly in the background. 
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rustic Manger

These are some more of the Christmas cards I made for my sister.  I wanted to see how this Papertrey Ink set 'Nativity Silhouette' would look on kraft card stock.  It's hard to see from this photo but on the left side card I made a little goof on the card and had to stamp extra stars to cover up.  (did I go to far???).  I did like how they turned out so I hope you do too.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 30, 2012

In addition to the Hanukkah cards that I made for my sister, she also asked for some Christmas cards.  I made a dozen cards and these are three of them.  I chose to use this verse from Papertrey's 'Beautiful Blessings:Holiday' stamp set.  (Lucky choice it's one of Ann's favorite verses.)  I decided to make it the focal point of the cards and keep the card very simple so it stands out.  She called me to say how much she liked all of the cards, but these especially were her favorites.  Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I wanted to make some more masculine cards for my gift packets at Christmas and this is what I came up with.  I cut the hills with a Papertrey die and the tree deer are coordinating dies from the 'In the Meadows' set.  The blue check DP is Gina K's 'Casual Friday' paper pack.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink's 'Trendy Trees' (love the font). The card base is Gina K's In the Navy.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rolly Polly Dreidels

These are the two children's Hanukkah cards I made for my sister. I stamped the dreidels from Papertrey Ink's Mazel Tov set, on card stock with Memento Paris Dusk and cut them out.  On the focal page I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then embossed them.  After cutting the slot (twice with a Stampin Up punch) I pop dotted the image onto pennies (one on each side of the slot) then mounted it onto the card base with a double layer of dimensional tape.  It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is, but I think it makes a fun card.                                                          Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

                                                 Hanukkah is coming up soon and my sister Ann asked me to make some Hanukkah/Chanukah cards for her.  She need adult and children cards and wanted some variations on them.  Well I was all set for her.  (The real truth is, I had received a new set from Papertrey Ink, Menorah Medley, with coordinating dies and I have another set from them, Mazeltov, so I called and asked her if she needed some so I could play with them.)
So I made 6 adult cards and 2 children's.  These are 3 of the adult cards using the dies and sentiment stamps.  With the different DP's it was easy to make a variety of cards.  Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 23, 2012

An Anniversary Butterfly

I had some time to play the other day and decided to make use of some card bases I had previously made up.  The DP I had used on these cards is some that had beautiful texture and design and I've had it for so long I have no idea who the manufacturer is and I really wish I knew so I could buy some more.  But anyway, I also had these butterflies I had cut out with Papertrey Ink  dies that coordinate with their 'Beautiful Butterflies' stamp set.  I goofed up on this one but really like how it turned out.  I had stamped another butterfly using Memento Cantaloupe and didn't clean the stamp off and for this one I used Pear Tart and the colors mingled and since I had used Cryogen white card stock there is just a little shimmer, really pretty in person.  Adding the flat back pearls on the butterfly and the sentiment strip finished it off nicely. 
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Mary

I had to come up with something special for my cousin Mary's birthday.  I decided to combine a few techniques and colors for her card.  I used the Beautiful Butterflies set from Papertrey Ink stamped in Memento Love Letter and added a couple of rhinestones. It is stamped on a die cut and I stamped the antenna directly onto the barn wood layer.  The other times that I've used the barn wood technique I used brown and grey or blue and grey, this time I thought okay, barns are red so that's how I rolled.  Memento Love Letter first then Grey Flannel over top.  After I finished the butterfly I felt that it looked a little to bare so I went into my stash and pulled out a string of small red rhinestones for a little flourish.
Hopefully she'll like it (especially since I'm adding a little something, something into the card).
Hope you like it also and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Deer on the Hills

I was watching a card making video last week on Stamp TV called faux torn edges and it reminded me of this technique that I saw way back when on Splitcoast Stampers (love these resources) to use torn paper to create the look of hills or mountains.  I had my Papertrey Ink set 'In the Meadow' out and decided to make some "guy" cards.  My base is kraft and just a single layer using the torn edge of paper I rubbed along the edge with Memento Rich Cocoa turning the paper for dimension.  I stamped the deer and sentiment (also in Rich Cocoa) and rubbed along the edge of the card (after rounding off the bottom) with Papertrey Ink's Fresh Snow.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Girly Card with Bling

When I needed a card for my step-daughter, Marianne, I went immediatley for pink and bling.  Suits her perfectly.  I pulled out my Cuttlebug and embossing folders for this one.  It's so easy to make great cards with this combo.  I made the card base white, then a layer of Memory Box's 'Taffy' then the embossed layer with some pink rhinestones and the sentiment.  So easy, but she loved it so that was good.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Halloween Tree

I needed to make some Halloween cards for a card sale at church and I had this paper pack from Doodlebug Designs 'Haunted Manor' so here is one of the many cards I made. (I usually don't so Halloween, but I ended up making 18 cards, almost everyone I know got one.)
The tree is from Rosie Roadshow and the rest of the images are from a Fiskar's clear stamp set 'Trick or Treat'. This paper pack really let me have fun with Halloween this year.  So much so that I've been on a card making binge and just haven't had time to post them (ok that's not really true I was just to lazy to download the cards and post them).  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Paul's Birthday

I made this card for my brother-in-law Paul's birthday.  He is turning the big *0 today.  My sister informs me that he was really happy that the number was not on the card as all of the other cards he received  did.
For this card I used the technique I learned from Gina K for the weathered barn board look using Memento Paris Dusk and Grey Flannel.  The card base and matting is Gina K's In the Navy and the focal point is on Beckett Expressions white.  I used Gina K's 'Country Road' stamp set for my focal point and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's 'Beautiful Butterflies' (I just love the font).  I stamped it all with Memento Paris Dusk, stamping the little flowers twice without re inking
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Last week I received and email from one of the sites that puts out card designs for people to follow and then submit to the site.  Well I decided to play along and this is the card I ended up making.  Of course it doesn't look like the design at all but I did use up a lot of scraps.  The tree is Gina K, the sentiment is an old one and the pumpkins are from I don't know where, but I did use up a lot of scraps (did I mention that already, do I sound like I'm proud of myself???).
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Doing the Happy Dance

This is another of the cards I made using the Sasparilla paper pack form October Afternoon.  There was one 8x8 sheet that had and assortment of cowgirls and cowboys on it, so I split them up and made several cards.  For this one I used a sentiment from Gina K's 'Tag Lines' set.  Inside it says Fantastic news!  I could have used happy birthday or congrats but this one seemed like a good one.  The other DP's were scraps.  The matting for the cowboy was a scrap that I had run through my Cuttlebug with Papertrey Ink's Wood grain Impression plate.  I had let my craft desk get very messy and when I straightened it up I found all kinds of bits and pieces just waiting to jump onto a card.  Mission accomplished.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 12, 2012

An Almost One Layer Card

Over on Stamp TV there are a great many really good videos made by Gina K showing many different card making ideas, tips and techniques.  This one; autumn-who-needs-tape, is really an almost one layer card.  I liked the idea of it but chose to use a different stamp and sentiment.  I used the textured treatment on the dress, making it a polka dot dress this time.  I had some scraps of card stock laying on the desk that I had cut out an oval for other cards so I used that for my mask and then another scrap became my banner for the sentiment.  I'm really using up those bits and pieces.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Barnwood Technique

On Stamp TV Sep. 18th, Gina K demonstrated a technique to make a background that looks like weathered barn wood.  I really loved it so I had to copy it.  I only changed the greeting.  You can see the video here Autumn Forest with Woodgrain Barn Wood.  It is so simple and makes such a great background.  The technique for the trees is also a neat trick.  My one caution is when using the colorless blender pen don't and I mean don't get too close to the edge.  The color will bleed outside the lines and it doesn't look pretty.  Please don't ask me how I know this.
It is a technique I plan to use again.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
P.S.  I've been busy making cards and cleaning up outside so that's why I haven't posted lately.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just a Happy Card

Boy did I have fun making this card.  I bought this wonderful 8x8 paper pack Sasparilla from October Afternoon at the last craft show I attended.  It's all cowboy/cowgirl themed paper and I thought it would be great for kid cards.  Well surprise, surprise so far all the cards I've made are for adults. 
While I was making this card (and it was so simple, just cut along the lines and glue to the card base) the song kept singing in my head and it really made me smile.
A day or so after making the card I talked to my sister and she was having a down day so I said to myself; self I said send this girl a happy card, so I did.  On top of that I didn't sign it I just enclosed a note and an extra envelope so she could pass it on to someone else who needs a happy card.  This could start a whole new trend.
Anyway I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.  I will be posting the other cards I made from this set over the next few days.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This is the card I made for my nephew Dylan on the completion of his training at barber school.  We are so proud of him, he's very good.
I made this card some time ago so I don't remember all the details except that I wanted it to be relatively simple and manly.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the stars are also from Papertrey dies.
The paper is this lovely shiny stuff that is so pretty.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tara's Card

I really haven't forgotten about posting my cards, I've been so busy that I didn't have much time to make cards, but things have settled down and I'm baaaack!
One card that I had to make was for a special girl, our granddaughter who is starting college this year and I wanted to make something special for her.  I had this gorgeous DP from the Paper Studio called Multi-colored Damask, such gorgeous colors.  The card stock is Jelly Bean Green and Passionate Pink from Gina K.  The Lily is from the Stampin Up set Long Stemmed.  I just stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and lightly edged the inside with Copic marker YG03.  I added the border (from an EK Success punch) backing it with more of the green.  When I had it taped down I realized that I had not punched it quite right do I added the flat back pearls to cover it up.   Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.                                                       

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another Crayon Experiment

I really had a great color pallette for this card.  The card base is a deep dark brown and the plaid is from my scrap drawer.  I still had some of the ovals left and that worked as a background for my flower.  I colored with the oranges from my box of Crayola crayons and cut it out.  I shaped the petals a bit so that it sits up a bit, using glue dots only in the center.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 2, 2012

At my last Card Ministry meeting we had a discussion about holding some craft retreats again in the fall.  We discussed several options of topics to play around with and this is one that I came up with.  I thought it would be fun to see what a card would look like when colored with plain old crayons.  So the other day I pulled out a couple of old favorite stamps that are of the line art type and went back to kindergarten and had a whole bunch of fun.  My first task was to set up my card base and find a DP that would work, I found this piece in my scrap drawer and it provided a good color pallette for me to work with.  Then I dumped out my Crayola box of 24 colors and used the red/violet hues along with the yellow/green colors.  It really is so much fun to play with colors and crayons are just as much fun as ever.  After I had the flower colored I took a grey crayon and outlined the petals for a little bit of shading.  I mounted the image onto a piece of burgundy card stock and then stamped the sentiment on a double ended strip of card stock.  I did one more card with crayons and I'll post that one tomorrow.  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Double Stamping

Double stamping seems to be a popular technique lately.  Several of the card making videos I've watched lately have used this technique (which of course has been around forever) and it is very effective.  This particular stamp from Inkadinkado works well with double stamping. I used a kraft card base, rounding off the edges and then matted a chocalate brown card stock, also rounded.  To add some interest I layered some of my Simply Jane DP from Papertrey Ink on top of that after I rounded the edge and swiped some Chamomile ink arond the edges.  After I stamped my images I stamped the sentiment over it with Memento Rich Cocoa, matted it with a softer brown and assembled the card.  I love making Thinking of You cards, they can be used for any occasion.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Lone Fisherman

This card shows off some of the other translucent DP from The Paper Comapny called Swirly White that I found in my supplies.  I wanted to use some of my stamps that have been sitting idle for way to long and I needed a masculine card so I combined the three thoughts and came up with this card.  The card base is a very deep purple from Gina K (I think).  The stamps are from two different comapanies, Seagulls from Stampendous, Fisherman and Sunrise/Sunset are from Northwoods Rubber Stamps.  Once again I used a leftover oval die cut to make my focal point.  I just lightly colored the birds, the clouds and some of the water and made the sun pop out brightly.  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Kristi

This is a card that I made for my cousin Kristi,  She's a beautiful girl and so terrific as an artist that I try very hard to come up with a cool card for her.  Well this one was almost a no brainer for me.  I wanted to do something pretty and feminine for her and to me that means pink.  The Swirly White translucent card stock from The Paper Comapny over the pink card base was my jumping off point.  Then I chose this Gina K butterfly for my focal point.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and went over it with a black Copic Spica pen, it has a touch of gold shine to it that you can't see without tilting the card.  I colored the butterfly with various pink Copic markers, added a couple of pink gems and was done.  Hope she likes it and that you do also.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bach on Black

While going through my boxes of stamps I came across some old favorites and decided to ink them up.  I've used this stamp from Inkadinkado several times years ago, it was one of my first stamp buys, but I always struggled with the layout for the card.  This card just fell together.  I stamped the image on white with Memento Tuxedo Black and then just layered it on black, white and black then onto a white card base.  The sentiment on white then black and the card was done.  I'm not sure just who this pianist is but for my card I call him Bach.  It works for my post title.  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Did you ever have what you thought was a really good idea, start it and then have it fizzle on you???  This card is the result of that process.  While going through my DP's I found this gorgeous translucent DP from the Paper Comapny called Floral Dainty that I had forgotten about ( I also found some others that I'll show in the future) and had to come up with a way to use it.  I went ahead and set up the DP with card stock that showed it off the best, then I had no idea about what to do from there.  Luckily while I was sleeping it came to me.  I remebered the cards I made using DP's as wall paper and thought of this twist on that idea.  I had been going through my boxes of stamps and came across so many that had not been used in a long time and needed some loving.  This flower is one I'm very fond of and it is from Stamps by Judith.  I had some of these ovals left over from other cards I made so I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa, colored it with Copics and edged it with Papertrey Ink's Chamomile.  A brad and some ribbon finished it off.    Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Starting Christmas Early

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to start making my Christmas cards early, so here's the first one.  I pulled out Papertrey Ink set Nativity to start with.  Lucky me I found some die cuts in with the set so this card went together fast.  I used Memento Cantaloupe and Morocco for the sun and the star and Rich Cocoa for the rest, took me all of maybe 5 minutes.  Love this kraft card stock from Ellen Hutson.
Hope you like it and thanks fro stopping by.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Comfy Robe

When you're not feeling well a comfy robe feels so good while laying on the couch sipping hot tea and trying to rest.  Not too long ago I saw this kraft card stock on Ellen Hutson's web site and thought it looked like a really good thing to try.  Well let me tell you it's gorgeous, so smooth and just the right color.  While trying to fall asleep the other night I got to thinking about it and the left over card parts I had sitting around and came up with this card.  The robe is a Lockhart stamp from ellenhutson.com as is the sentiment (there's a tissue box that goes with it also).  Inside I stamped another sentiment  that says 'get comfy,rest and get better'.  I stamped the robe on the front of the translucent card stock and clored from behind using RV69 Peony, it has kind of a cashmere look.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christmas Tags

When I was done making the wedding rehearsal invitations I had 36 of these cut outs left, so I had to come up with a way to use them.  The obvious way was to use them on the front of cards but there are just so many ways to go with that idea and I wanted something different.  While talking to my sister Ann I mentioned that I was going to get started making Christmas cards (her response was 'great I get first dibs') and that got me thinking about gift tags.  I hauled out my Christmas stamps,all from Papertrey Ink, and whipped these out in no time at all, I just have to find my TO and FROM stamps and I'll be all set.  Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Long Stemmed Flowers

When I had finished making the wedding rehearsal invitations I was left with some card parts so I decided to use some of them up.  My 6 card ministry cards were due so that's what I decided to work on.
The Stampin Up set had the iris and paperwhite flowers in it along with the calla lily and one other (I can't think of what it is at the moment) but I only wanted to use these three flowers.  I used the same format of translucent card stock for the flowers and then Cryogen white for the card base and the overlay.  The overlay was cut with the oval Nestabilitie then embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  The flowers were stamped on the front and colored from the back using Copics.
I'm happy with how they turned out and I hope the ladies I send them to will enjoy them.  Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rehearsal Dinner Invite

Four years ago I had the pleasure of making the rehearsal dinner invitations for my nephew Steve's wedding, this summer his brother is getting married and I asked my sister if I could do the same thing for Greg.  She was more than happy to let me.  The process of designing the card was easy this time because I wanted to do the same basic idea but with a twist.  The bride (Erin) chose Calla Lilies in eggplant for her flowers and I took that and ran (after getting her ok of course).  Let me tell you it was hard finding a calla lily that I liked, but I finally found a Stampin Up set on ebay that had this calla lily in it (the set is called Long Stemmed and has 4 different flowers so it was a real bargain).  I wanted to use Cryogen white card stock since it is a somewhat creamy white and has a shimmer to it, beautiful.  I knew that I wanted to use clear translucent card stock to stamp my image on so I found some Core'dinations packs on sale and I was all set.
I stamped the image on the front and colored from the back for a softer effect.  The stems are done with YG03 and G99, the flowers Have YG03 then RV95 with RV69 along the edges then blended with RV95. Whew.  To mount them I cut a 4x5 1/4 piece of Cryogen white and cut out the center with Nestabilities Label 4, which I then ran thru my Cuttlebug with a Sizzix embossing folder, I'm not sure what the correct name is but I call it Hearts & Flowers.
For the inside I typed up the details and printed onto more of the clear translucent card stock and mounted it to another piece of Cryogen white that I cut out with a Papertrey Ink die Card Base-ICS #1.  I used score tape to attach it to the back top of the that.   After adding a snapshot of the happy couple I packaged them all up and shipped them off to my sister to be mailed out to the lucky invitees.
I am so looking forward to this wedding.
Hope you like these and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wedding Shower Favor bag

The cards that I made for the wedding shower favors had to be in a fun packaging.  I remembered one of the Papertrey Ink design team members making similar (ok exactly like)bags.  I used the Front and Center #1 die to make the front and back parts and cut down some small white lunch bags that I picked up at Michael's for the center.  To embellish I used a Nestabilities Heart die and added the bride & grooms initials with a stamped heart (Stamps by Judith) in between.  After punching a small hole in the corner of the heart it was easy to attach it to the bag with a piece of ribbon.  I was really happy the way they turned out and they made a festive addition to the table decorations.  BTW the guests loved the cards but I think they loved the cookies (made by one of the other aunts) that were another part of the party favors more, at least I did.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

House Cards

 One day many months ago I had too much time on my hand and I started to make card bases.  For some unknown reason I made several of these gatefold cards.  Then I just had no inspiration to make anything with them.  That is until one night when I was trying to fall asleep (and having no luck) I remebered an idea I had when going thruough my stash of DP.  Several of the DCVW paper pads had the look of wallpaper.  Thus this card was born.  I actually made 6 of these cards to send out to my card ministry people.  I used two sets, one is from Art Impressions, Doorways.  The main set is a doorway, then there are sets for every two months with different themes.  I used elements from the April/May set and the Feb./March set to decorate the front of the card.
Then going inside I used Papertrey Inks Chair-ished and On My Couch setsfor the furniture and wall art.  I had so much fun making these cards and best of all I used up all the gatefold cards.  One more part of my stash gone.

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Lighthouse

I have always loved Art Impression stamps and was thrilled to find this stamp at the Scrapbooking convention last month.  It's funny, since I already have the different elements as individual stamps and have used them in different configurations but this stamp just wowed me.  I wanted to keep my card somewhat subdued so that if someone wanted to they could use it as a sympathy card or a masculine birthday card.  I kept the coloring very monochromatic and the matting and card base carried that on.  I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Another Wedding Card

Making 50 wedding cards was one of the tougher projects for me.  There are just so many ways to be creative and this was one of them.  I had this gorgeous DP that has been in my supplies for a very long time and just had to find a way to use it.  Of course I didn't want to cover it up so I went looking for my bridal flowers and stacked them used a Copic marker to add a little color and anchored them with a heart brad.  I love the way it turned out and I hope you do also.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trendy Trees

One of the newer sets from Papertrey Ink is Trendy Trees and it has matching dies (of course).  What fun it was to make this card and so easy.  The card base is Smokey Shadow and is also from Papaertrey Ink.  I rubbed a little Vintage Cream ink along the edges to soften it up a bit.  I cut the trees from brown and tan card stock and the circles from yellow and tan.  On the one yellow circle I stamped one of the images from the set and popped the little bird from the middle tree onto one of it's branches. ( Hate to waste a birdie.) The DP is just a piece of scrap from my stash and the same goes for the piece I used for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the same set, I just love the font.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wainsot Technique

This weeks technique demo at StampTV was how to make wainscoting by Gina K.  What a really neat idea.  I was in the process of finishing up the last of the cards for the wedding shower and needed some masculine cards and these worked out perfectly. 
You can see the video here, and believe me it is so simple.
I chose to make two cards and use images from JustRite's By the Sea set for my focal point.
My card base is Kraft, then a layer of Chocolate Brown and the technique was done on another layer of Kraft, all from Gina K.  I used Memento Desert Sand for the distressing and for the card on the left I used the mountain side of the card stock.  The card on the right is the same format but I used the valley side of the card stock.
I like how they turned out what do you think?  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Dash Dalton Rides Again

When I went to the scrabooking convention with my friend Sandy I picked up the Sasparilla paper pad from October Afternoon.  What a fun set.
I always think that boys just have to love cowboys and this sparked an idea for a card.  It's an 8 x 8 pad and I'm sure it's meant for a scrapbook but I had to make a card with this sheet.
I chose to cut the strip up into segments and make a comic book card out of it.  I couldn't fit it all onto the inside so the last panels had to go on the back.  I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.