Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Last of the Christmas Cards

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know I absolutely did! I loved everything about it and didn't want it to end! I meant to get online and post the rest of my Christmas cards, but time just seemed to slip away from me! I'm sure you know how that is! :)
First, I'd like to share my very favorite Christmas card of the season! I made it for my hubby!
I told my husband he was definitely special, because I used my precious Papertrey Ink felt for the tree on his card! ;) The stockings are some brads I've had in my stash for years! The patterned paper and border sticker are last years Echo Park collection. I added some gems to the felt tree and tied some jingle bells on with some twine! Oh, and the sentiments got stamped on the inside.

Next up, a card for my Mother and Father-in-law:

October Afternoon patterned paper. In The Meadow stamps and dies heat embossed in silver. The snowflakes are punched out using Martha Stewart punch, then coated in Martha Stewart glitter. The trim was in my stash. and both this card and the previous I used Edgers die #1.

And for my final card:
Patterned Paper is October Afternoon, Holiday Style. I hand cut the snow drifts from vellum, and punched the snowflakes from vellum. The top was cut with Edgers Die #4 (I Think). Aqua mist ink and buttons and a Ripe Avocado button. and In The Meadow stamps and dies again.

One last thing I thought I'd share before I go. In my last post I mentioned the Cream Cheese French Toast Souffle I'd be making for Christmas breakfast. I was just so proud of it, I took a picture and thought I'd share with you how it turned out:
It was good. But, since I used this baking dish, instead of the 9x13 the recipe suggested, I ended up having to cook it for quite a bit longer than the 50 minutes suggested. But in the end, it was a tasty treat!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to be back very soon with non-Christmas projects!  :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve

I hope you are having a lovely Christmas Eve and all ready for tomorrow! I thought I would jump on and post a few more of the Christmas cards I sent to my family before running out to do all my last minute Christmas shopping! I am very excited to make this delicious recipe I found on Pinterest for Christmas morning breakfast! It is called Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole, and looks dreamy! The best part is how easy it is! You do all the prep the night before, stick it in the fridge, then on Christmas morning you take it out and let it sit for a half an hour, then bake! Virtually no work Christmas morning! I am all about that! ;)
Click Here if you want to get the recipe for yourself.
So, on to my cards:

I just love those little hoof prints! Though my husband said I stamped them backwards...who would know the difference!?

And one last card for today that I made because I was inspired by a set of cards I saw at the store made by Hallmark. It was black with gold leaves and red berries and gemstones.

Ok, that's all for today! I will stop in tomorrow with my last few cards of the season! I hope you have a great day! And thank you so much for stopping by and spending your time with me!

*Christmas Hugs*

Friday, December 23, 2011

A couple cards and some sad news

Here we are two days until Christmas! I still have some last minute shopping I am really waiting until the last minute to run out and do tomorrow. It is the second day of my Christmas break, and I'd planned on playing with all my December release Papertrey goodies the whole time, but unfortunately I have been a little down, and it's killing my mojo at the moment...When I got home from work Wednesday night, my little Miniature Pinscher, Mickey, who I have had for all the 13 years of his life passed. He was old, no denying that. But he still had some spunk and was such a little fighter, and even though he'd been a little slower and wasn't eating much for the last few days, I thought it was just a momentary thing, and he'd come back to his normal crazy self like he always did! I was standing next to him and watched him take his last breath! Just like that, he peacefully went! I wish I had taken more pictures of him recently, but I did take this one of him last week when I had just bought him a pink Snuggie. He did love his Snuggie!

So, I am hoping my mojo will come back sooner rather than later and I don't waste my whole Christmas break moping around the house! I am sorry to be such a downer today, so I will change up the tune by sharing some cards!
Today is my sisters birthday, and this is the card I sent her:

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Rustic Cream, patterned is Authentique Splendid
Stamps: Modern Wood Mats, Think Big favorites (selectively inked)
Dies: Block Alphabet, Medium Scallop border
Ribbon: Summer Sunrise
Misc: Gems

And this is the Christmas card I sent my sister and her husband:

I just love those cute little animals and the footprints! I will be back tomorrow with a few more cards. Thank you so much for stopping by and listening to me talk about my little Mickey! More upbeat next time, promise!
Enjoy the eve of Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More Christmas Cards

Good Morning! I am sitting at work waiting on 5 o'clock so I can start my 5 day weekend! I am nearly alone, as just about everyone else has started their holiday weekend already, so it is very quiet! Mix that with the fact that my December Papertrey release package is sitting on my doorstep at home, and I'm thinking this may be the longest day EVER! Ugh! So, I figured I'd pass some time and post a few more Christmas cards that I gave out to some co-workers this morning.

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)

Tree Card:
Cardstock, Stamps (LLH: holiday), dies (LLH holiday, Tag Sale #3, medium scallop), Ribbon, and twine are Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper is Echo Park
Holly is Martha Stewart Punch

Ornament Card:
Cardstock is Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper is Stampin' Up
Ornament and Sentiment are Dazzles
Ribbon from stash

Poinsettia card:
Cardstock, stamps (YOF collection, Signature Christmas), dies (Mat Stack 2 and Layerz, Edgers #3?), ribbon, and buttons are Papertrey Ink
Patterened Paper is October Afternoon
Gold Embossing Powder is Martha Stewart, and gold dots over buttons from stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back again soon with more!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Card

Hello! I know it's been awhile since I posted, I have been spending all my crafty time making Christmas cards, and was afraid to post them, because I wasn't sure who was getting which card, and didn't want them seen on my blog beforehand. Which is probably pretty silly considering I don't think my family really visits my blog, but just wanted to be safe. ;)
I have many more cards I'll be sharing over the next few days, but wanted to share this one today, because I just gave it to my friend at work.

Stamps (Wreath for all Seasons) and Cardstock and dies (Mat Stack 3 and Layerz, and Banner) are Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper is October Afternoon
Yummy Ribbon is May Arts
The 'berries' are a Viva Decor Pearl Pen, the little red buttons were in my stash
The Ink is Jenni Bowlin, and the sentiment is heat embossed with gold ep

Hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back real soon, promise!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Hello and Happy Friday! Who is happy it's Friday? I am! I am! I am definitely ready to start my weekend! However, this weekend we will be changing our clocks back, which I have been dreading for months! It means my hour long drive home from work will be in the dark and the deer will literally be lined up along the highway! I have never hit a deer, and I really hope and pray I never do! But it seems that everyone around here eventually does at some point, and the thought of it scares the heck out of me! Let's move on to something a little more cheery, shall we? My mother-in-law and father-in-law celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary a couple weeks ago, so I made them this card:
I used some pretty Echo Park, Victoria Gardens paper, some Papertrey Ink stamps and dies and the button, and I finally used some beautiful seam binding ribbon I'd gotten from a super sweet Papertrey forum friend. My husband and I will be celebrating our 3rd Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday, so I have a few things I'll be working on for him this weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Make It Monday #39

Good Morning! I am just stopping in to share a card I made last night for this weeks Make It Monday. This is actually my first time participating in Make It Monday! I have always wanted to, but just never seem to get it together to play along...this week I decided to change that! I actually came home from work last night with this card in my head, and got it done from start to finish! Something else I never seem to do during the week! The challenge this week was to use your stamps to make your own background paper, and this is what I cam up with:
I used the solid and outline leaf images and acorns from Gobble, Gobble, as well as the leaf and acorn from Tag It's #7 to fill in a little more. The sentiment is also from Gobble, Gobble. The paper is Ocean Tides, Harvest Gold, and Rustic Cream. I thought, or my husband thought it needed something else, so I put those little leaves in the corner, that I have had in my stash for ever! That's all for now!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Hello friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! Did yours fly by as fast as mine? Always over too soon! I worked on a lot of laundry, nursed a sick hubby, and worked on some Trick or Treats for my girls at work and my nephews across the street. Oh, and last night we watched the movie Bridesmaids! Have you seen it? Such a cute and funny movie! I LOVED it! SO FUN! I didn't do a lot of Halloween cards and crafting this year, but since it's Halloween, I thought I'd share the treat bags I made for a couple of my close friends at work.

I used my cricut and the Wrap It Up cartridge to make the bags and Pumpkins on the front and some Echo Park stickers for their names. I did not get a picture of all the little boxes and containers I made for my nephews, I was so rushed. If I have any daylight left when I get home and before I deliver them tonight, I'll try and snap a pic. But, either way, I'll be back soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hello and Happy Friday!!! It has been a very long and stressful week at work so I am elated that the weekend starts in 1 hour and 41 mins..not that I'm counting! ;)
Anyway, I thought I would stop by and share another card I finished up last weekend...
 I started by making a flower out of the Beautiful Blooms II #1 dies and vintage book pages. I scrunched them up really good, and spritzed them with some copper Shimmerz, which you can't really see in the photo...then I had a package of vintage-y looking brads I had never opened, and thought it would be a cute flower center. Then I stamped the houndstooth background on Kraft cardstock, cut and stamped the sentiment from Think Big Favorites on Fillable Frames #4, tied some twine, stuck on a couple gemstones, and called it done!
Well, I'm off to countdown the remaining minutes until 5 o'clock! I still have a card from last weekend to photograph, so maybe I get it posted over this weekend! I also hope to have a productive weekend so I have lots to share next week! So, I hope to see you real soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a birthday card

Hello and Happy Wednesday crafty peeps! We are over half way through the work week! Woohoo! Come On, Friday! In my October Papertrey Ink order, I threw the Sheet Music Background set in my cart as a last minute decision based on a Christmas card I saw from one of the Design Team members, so naturally I was itching to use it and had the perfect reason to! This past Saturday was my mother-in-law's birthday, and she loves the piano and plays for our church, so I dusted off my cricut, and finally made her the card I've been thinking of making her for a couple years now!
I had also just gotten the new Aqua Mist Ink, and since my mother-in-law loves blue's, it was the perfect choice for my main color! You can't really tell in the photo, but the paper I used for the piano, and as the Mat Stack 3 Layerz is a dark gray shimmer paper, which looks pretty nice in person. The little white music notes are brads I have had in my stash for the longest and I finally used them up on this card! I was pretty happy with how the card turned out, and even more importantly, my mother-in-law really loved it! :))) I have a couple more cards I need to share, so I'll be back soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My first Christmas card for the year...

 Hello and Happy Thursday! I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend! I just wanted to stop in and share a card I made on World Card Making Day, actually. It was the only card I completed. I had started a mini album/ journal that I spent most of the day working on, and most of my craft time since then, too! I've been having a lot of fun with it, and this is the first time I've made anything like it, but it's so time consuming for me! Well, maybe I can get some pictures of what I have done with it so far this weekend.
I had to at least make a card with Love Lives Here: Holiday, so I just kind of threw one together real quickly, and this was what I came up with:
That sweet little angel is what sold me on this set! Especially when I saw the ornaments that Erin Lincoln made with it! They reminded me of the little figurines that I collect! There are a lot more cute images and dies that go with this set, so I plan on using it a lot more in the coming months! Actually, the plan was this would be the only Christmas set I would need and use this year...that was until today and what the Papertrey Ink Design Team did with the set being released this month! UGH! 
Anyway, this card is pretty much all made up of the stamp set Love Lives Here: Holiday and coordinating dies, along with the Mat Stack 3 die and the Medium Scallop Border die. The pattern paper is DCWV and really did all the work for me. If you have any questions let me know. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Friday, September 30, 2011

Hey There

Hello and Happy Friday! I made a card for my sister over the weekend that I wanted to stop in and share real quick. Unfortunately, it's getting darker earlier these days, so by the time I get home from work, I don't have time to get a picture outside. So, I had to take these with my cheap-o light box. I already stuck the card in the mail, so I can't retake. She probably won't receive the card until tomorrow, but I know she doesn't check my blog, so I feel safe in posting it and not ruining the surprise! My sister has been having a rough time lately, and to top it all of, she was laid off from work last week! I haven't seen her since I moved from Florida to Mississippi in October 2008. To say I miss her and my mother and they miss me would be an understatement! The last time we talked, when she gave me thins news, she was saying how much she missed her sister, and wished she could have some 'sister time'. I hope I can make it down there to visit them soon, but in the mean time, I thought I'd let her know I was thinking of her the best way I know how...with a card...
And a close up of the dimension in the sunflower:
And the inside:
Now, if this card looks familiar to you, it was kind of a CASE. I combined inspiration from two different cards. It's a cross between THIS (the last card on the post) card from Maile and THIS card by Heather Nichols. Anyway, I hope you like my version, and I'll see you tomorrow for World Card Making Day!


Supplies:(All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified)
Paper: Ripe Avocado and Stamper's Select
Stamps: Simply Sunflower and Big and Bold Wishes
Ink: Jenni Bowlin- Chicken Feed, Lemon Drops, Malted Milk, Stick Candy, and Brown Sugar
Other: Simply Sunflower die, Edgers die #4, Leafy Vine border die, and adhesive foam roll by 3M

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birthday cards

Hello! We are half way through the week and I am so ready for Friday! I am really looking forward to Saturday, and participating in some fun World Card Making Day activities from around the web! I already told my husband to clear my schedule! ;) Do you have any plans? Will you be participating in the festivities?
In the meantime, I thought I'd pop in to share a couple cards my sister-in-law commissioned me to make for her son and step-son over the weekend. They both turned 14 on Saturday. Well, we all know 14 year old boys are not the easiest to make cards for, so I ended up making them both the same card, just reversing the colors. I also put different sentiments on the insides. Here they are:
That's all for now! I hope you like them! I'll try to stop in again before the weekend to share another card from the weekend, if I don't get a chance, then I'll be here all day Saturday! :) Hope to see you then!


Supplies:(All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise mentioned)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, and Kraft Cardstock. 2009 Bitty Dots patterned paper.
Stamps: Just the Ticket
Ink: Enchanted Evening; Cough Syrup by Jenni Bowlin
Other: Just the Ticket die, Fiskars star punch, Pure Poppy button and blue button from stash, Vintage book print, Airmail twine.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Garden Variety Birthday

Good morning! I am back again today with another attempt to catch up on some cards I never got around to posting, as well as get back into a regular blogging routine! :)
So, I'll jump right in and share today's card!
I made this card a few months ago for our Aunt and owner of the jewelry store my husband works for.
I guess that's all for now! I'm glad we are getting closer and closer to the weekend! That means I will have some fresh cards to share with you! :) Anyway, enjoy your day! And thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the WWW!


Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted)
Paper~ Hawaiian Shores, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate base
Stamps~ Garden Variety, Year of Flowers Collection, Inside and Out Birthday
Ink~ Fresh Ink: pool, Dark Chocolate, Promarkers, Fresh Snow
Other~ Hawaiian Shores twill, Garden Variety dies, double ended banner die, Vineyard Impression Plate, Kaisercraft Rhinestones 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Note of Thanks

Happy Humpday! We are half-way there to the always highly anticipated weekend! Even more so it seems this week, as I had my September release Papertrey Ink package show up on my door step uber quickly on Monday! Oh, how I am looking forward to playing with those goodies! I'm sure you understand! ;) I don't get much crafty time during the week. I just don't have the energy once I get home. It's too bad, because most days I spend a majority of my day, daydreaming of a card or project I want to work on when I get home...I feel so inspired and full of ideas, but by the time I get home and get everyone (fur babies) walked and fed, and changed and all the other daily stuff, it is usually after 8pm and my mojo is sucked right out with my energy! Does that happen to you? I am always so envious of those crafters who work late at night, or when they are tired!
Anyway, in an attempt to keep things a little more active here on the ole' blog-o, I found this card I made a few months ago, and never got around to posting. I liked it. I hope you do!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted)
Paper~ Rustic Cream, Melon Berry cardstock
Stamps~ Mat Stack 4 Collection, Fancy Flourishes
Ink~ Versamark, Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet
Ribbon~ Fine Linen twill, Lace by Simplicity
Other~ Clear embossing powder, Mat Stack 4 die, Edgers #2 die, Double-ended banner die

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A baby card

Hello crafties!!! Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Just a quick card to share today... My sister-in-law texted me yesterday needing a baby card for a girl pretty much within an hour or so, so I whipped one up real quick! I was glad to have recently purchased Bitty Baby Blessings Papertrey Ink stamp set for occasions such as these! So this is what I threw together real quick!
I had some car troubles on my way to work on Friday, and a couple guys from work took such good care of me and probably saved me a couple hundred dollars, at least! So, needless to say I have a couple Thank You cards to whip up for them today, so I should be back real soon to share those!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy the rest of the beautiful weekend!

Paper~ Vintage Cream, Papertrey Ink; Patterened~ Imaginisce
Stamps~ Bitty Baby Blessings, Papertrey Ink
Ink~ Fountain Pen, Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon~ Vintage Cream, Papertrey Ink
Dies~ Mat Stack #3, Envelope Liner die, Papertrey Ink
Other~ Vintage Cream Envelope, Papertrey Ink

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello! I hope you're enjoying your weekend! I was trying to figure out the InLinkz manager to display my product lists. I figure it would be easier than writing everything up, every time. However, I do not have the patience to figure it all out right now! It is not a simple process! Hopefully, I can get it figured out pretty quickly.
Anyway, I wanted to stop in to share a card I made last weekend for my mother's birthday, which was Thursday. I had just gotten the Houndstooth Background set, and wanted to play along with it. I thought it looked pretty in grey, Jenni Bowlin Weathervane on Sweet Blush. It gave it kind of an elegant feel, which I though the silhouette would look nice, along with the new Mat Stack 1 Layers, some cream silk ribbon, a little bling and this card was born:

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Sweet Blush and Smokey Shadow
Stamps: Background Basics: Houndstooth, Iconic Images, Peaceful Gardens for sentiment
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Weathervane
Other: Bling, Pearls, and Ribbon from stash.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Iconic Images

Hello and hope you are having a lovely weekend! I am just stopping in to share a card I made a couple weeks ago.

I used Iconic Images and Peaceful Gardens for the sentiment. The patterned paper is Echo Park. The ruffle ribbon is Stampin' Up, and the white ribbon on the tag is Papertrey Ink white silk. The tag is Papertrey's Tag Sale die, and the rhinestones are Kaisercraft Champagne color. The inks are Jenni Bowlin's on the bird and Papertrey Ink for the sentiment. Cardstock is PTI Ocean Tides and Kraft.
I plan on spending the rest of the afternoon in my craft room, so I hope to be back with more soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your Sunday!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thank You

There is not much better than waking up on Saturday morning and the mailman dropping off a big box from Papertrey Ink! Perfection! So, of course I had to play right away! This is a card I made using Peaceful Gardens and Half and Half.

When stamping the bamboo, I used the Rock and Roll technique using Jenni Bowlin inks. I first stamped the whole image with Stick Candy, then I just rolled the outer parts of the image in Seed Packet, the darker green. While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled some clear embossing powder on, and heated it. It gave it a really cool effect, that my poor photography skills did not quite capture in this photo.
The patterned paper is Echo Park, Victoria Gardens. And I think that's all for now! I hope to get a few more cards finished up today.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PTI Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #10

Just stopping in to share my card for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge #10. Due to the original post not posting on time, we were given until tonight to complete this final challenge! I really wanted to participate in this one, so I rushed right into my craft room after work, and put something together.
I used Rustic White for the base, and stamped Text Style for the background with Chai ink. Then I stamped the lavender sprigs from Life in Plum Pudding, and highlighted some of the tops with a Sakura sparkle gel pen. I tied on the Plum Pudding saddle stitch ribbon, stamped the sentiment from Gracious Vases in Dark Chocolate ink, and threw on a few Basic Grey gem stones for good measure!

I hope you like it, and good luck to all! Such a fantastic prize for this one! Especially for those of us who missed out on being there......THIS time! ;)

Have a GREAT night!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

PTI Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #3

I'm sneaking in with one last Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire Challenge for the night. This one is for Challenge #3, which was to make a window card using dies or punches and tie a ribbon or twine on one side from the window to the side of the card. I had a blast playing along with the challenges today and watching the videos from Stamp-a-Faire, and chatting on the message boards with the other lovely PTI lovers playing along from home!
I worked in no particular order for the challenges, I just basically ran with any ideas that popped in my head along the way! This last card I am not very happy with, and would normally just scrap it, and it would certainly never make it to my blog! However, I am running out of time, and I really want to get one more card in before the challenges close!
Oh, and I ran out of daylight, so please excuse the photo quality!
 I made my window with the Mat Stack 4 die, and I liked the way the Edgers #1 die matched in shape, so there's that. Then, I layered the inside with Stamper's Select. I stamped each of the vases on the same pattern of paper with each just having a slightly different shade of grey/ black. That paper is from Stampin' Up. Finally, I just stamped the flower, colored with my Promarkers, and stamped the sentiment and tied the Papertrey Ink twine to the side. Then I called this card done!
I am so glad these challenges got me to finally show this set some ink! I wish I could have gotten a couple more cards in, but I am a SLOW stamper/ card maker! I am also so glad for these challenges because I finally updated my blog after a couple months! I do actually have quite a few more cards I've made, so I'll definitely work on getting those posted over the next couple days or so! I hope you'll come back then!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PTI Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #4

I'm back with another card for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire challenges today. This one is for challenge #4, which is another color challenge, and the colors are Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, and Enchanted Evening. You can find the details of the challenge, and play along at Nichole's blog here. And here is my card for this challenge:
Another birthday card, but you can never have too many of those, right? I think this would be good for a male. I hope, anyway. ;-) So, the card base is Hawaiian Shores, and is a standard 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 size. I added a layer of Simply Chartreuse, which I embossed using Versamark and clear EP, stamped with Polka Dot Basics 2. As you see, I used every size dot, from smallest to largest. I have seen this done before, as well as using balloons in this image from Everyday Button Bits that I stamped as the focal point onto the die cut notebook page using paper from My Mind's Eye. I didn't have a balloon punch, so I cut the balloons on my cricut. The patterned paper the balloons were cut from are Stampin' Up. Finally, I cut the sentiment label from Label Basics, and stamped it with Enchanted Evening ink. And my Ripe Avocado came in on the middle balloon. I think that's it for this one! I'm off to try and get in maybe one more challenge tonight!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PTI Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #2

Hello and Happy Saturday! I just wanted to pop in for a quick second to play along with Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #2, which was to make a card using the colors Raspberry Fizz and Smokey Shadow. The challenge can be found on Nichole's blog here. I made the following card:

Oh my gosh! I just noticed there is a dang date across my card! Ugh! How embarrassing! I was using my husband's camera, and I don't know how to fix that right now...I want to link up my card, so I will try to fix the picture a little later.

**Here is a picture without the date! :)

Anyway, the card is 4 1/2 X 4 1/4. The Stamper's Select base is stamped using Dot Spot with Raspberry Fizz and Smokey Shadow inks. I used one of the Doily Detail dies and Raspberry Fizz popped on foam adhesive, to frame the flower and lace border from Tag-it's #5. And the Sentiment is from Inside and Out: Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Monday, May 16, 2011


Hello! Somehow it is Monday already! Ugh! I am really dragging today! I hope you had a nice weekend! I did, it just wasn't long enough, as usual! 
In April, Papertrey Ink released a stamp set called Gunge Me. I thought it was really cool and immediately wanted it, but when I placed my order, it was out of stock. I knew I was going to be placing an order on May 15th, but since it was release night, if I waited until then to buy Grunge Me it would be a while before I would get it, and I wanted it sooner rather than later. I was very excited last Wednesday when I saw a very nice forum friend was selling their set. Of course I jumped on it, and she was so nice to go right off to the Post Office to mail it! I was even more excited to find it in my mailbox when I got home from work Friday night! She lives in CA, so I really hadn't expected it quite that quickly! I needed to make a birthday card for a male, so I thought this would be a great way to break in this new set! This is when I came up with:

And the inside:

This is so completely different than any kind of cards I normally make, so I'm not even sure it's nice or how much I like it. I mean, I do think it turned out pretty cool, but I'm just not 100% sure. Anyway, I will hopefully be using this set more in the future and continue getting comfortable with it. I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions!
Thanks so much for stopping by!