December 26, 2011

Papertrey Ink - December Blog Hop


I hope everyone had a great Holiday, i sure did!! My big surprise was a Teresa Collins Stampmaker!! I can;t wait to get home and start making my my own stamps!!!

The challenge this month for Papertrey Inks blog hop is to use leftovers, not the food kind but the wrapping, bows, ribbon etc!! Since i am traveling out of state using leftover from Christmas wasn't an option, but i happened to bring home a holiday Kleenex box from work last week that i wanted to do something with in the future. This box is perfect for the challenge. The pattern on the box is very pretty and though you can;t really tell in the pictures below, if you tilt the card this way and that it has a pretty hologram dots that sparkle.

So to use the box, i die cut one side with a spellbinders label and adhered it to a square card. Next i die cut a smaller label and stamped a pitcher and flowers. For the pitcher i used aqua mist, this is a perfect match to the color of the Kleenex's box. I used true black to stamp the small Happy Anniversary sentiment on the small label.

Across the card i used twill that i dyed with the aqua mist ink. I created a loop at one end and adhered it across the card folding it around the back at the other end. Then i adhered the small label over the twill ribbon with pop up dots. Last i rounded the corners of my card.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holiday!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Mixed Messages, Iconic Images
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist, True Black
Twill: Offray by the yard
Cardstock: Bazzill
Other: Holiday Kleenex box
Die: Spellbinders labels

December 18, 2011

CAS-ual Friday - Signed, Sealed & Delivered


This weeks challenge at CAS-ual Friday's to create a CAS card with a coordinating envelope.

I have a friends birthday this coming week so i decided to make a Tag birthday card, in her favorite color, purple! :)

First i used PTI's button card die. This fits in PTI's seed packet envelope perfectly. A quick whole punch at the top and i added ribbon to make the tag.

Next i did a bit of masking and stamped a cute little banner. I stamped the tie first in black ink. Then i masked and stamped each flag a different color purple. To add a little bling i used purple pearl like embellishments to each flag.

Across the bottom i stamped a line in black ink and added my happy birthday sentiment. For the envelope i stamped the black banner ties and the flags in purple ink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Birthday by the Numbers, Christmas Labels, Modern Basics. My Minds Eye: 12 days of Christmas.
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Seed Packet, Button Card
Ink: Paptertrey Ink: Black. Purples: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray
Embellishment: Martha Stewart

December 17, 2011

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, after Thanksgiving my card making mojo was missing and then I got a cold! But regardless i finally got my Christmas cards done (and mailed yesterday!!), ornaments and the last of my Christmas shopping done. All that is left to do is wrap!

I also got some happy email from PaperCrafts Magazine late last week and there’s nothing like good card making news to inspire you to make more! In fact I am a bit behind in posting my published cards (yay!), but here is the very 1st one. (sorry the photo is not the greatest, this was before my new spiffy light tent!)

You can see it in Holiday Cards & More Vol. 6, and if you don;t have a copy you can it at PaperCrafts. As soon as I saw this stamp I thought Got Presents? and the card was born!

I'll be back later this weekend with some more cards as i get back to my usual card making challenges. I also have a new weekly post starting with the new year as a part of my card making New Years Resolution. So stay tuned!!

Have a great day!!

November 26, 2011

Snowflake Tag


Today i have a card that i made for this months Hero Arts challenge. One of the challenges is making tags. I made a tag and put it on a card. The tag is made out of natural colored muslin. I used a tag die, it didn;t quite cut all the way through, but i just snipped the the few spots with my fabric scissors.

Next i stamped snowflakes all over the tag. Then i die cut a tiny snowflake and stamped the snowflake in the same ink that i used on the tag. I added a rhinestone to the snowflake middle and adhered little snowflake to the tag with a pop up dot. I used glitter glue on the tag snowflakes, i just used the bottle to spread the glue around lightly. I just used a little glitter, as i didn;t want it to be too sparkly.

For the ribbon at the top of the tag, i actually dyed it. This is the first time i have ever died ribbon and i learned a bit, but plan on doing it some more! I started with white twill ribbon and used a small bread pan i got at the dollar store. I used pearlized water (learning that you don;t see any sparkly from it, so use regular water!) and a few drops of ink. I used to ribbon to soak up the color then left it in the pan to dry. When i did this the dye had evenly spread through the twill. But when i came back after it dried, the die/water had settled. But regardless i liked the look of the ribbon. Next time i can find some white twill i want to experiment with my other colors i have.

After i threaded the twill trough the tag i tied a piece of twine at the top. I adhered the tag to the card with pop up dots and stamped Let It Snow along side the tag. Last i edged the card with ink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Hero Arts: Holiday Cheer, Get Merry  Papertrey Ink: Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist
Twill ribbon: Unknown
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream
Rhinestone: Unknown

November 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink - November Blog Hop


I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, mine sure was!! Lots of yummy turkey and pumpkin pie!!  Because i traveled out of state to my Mom's i made the project and did the photos before leaving.  This months inspiration is the lovely photo  --->

You could go a lot of different ways with this photo. My 1st thought was the Love Lives Here: Holiday. But as i was looking for it i found Bells & Boughs set. The branch from this set is bigger and my 1st thought was to make a big card.... that soon changed!

As i started i wanted to try the stamped watercolor look. So i started with some watercolor paper and PTI's Spring Moss and Ranger's Peeled Paint. I inked up the big branch with spring moss and spritz it once with pearlized water, then stamped. I did this roughly in a circle then extended it out horizontally.

Next i used the darker Peeled Paint. Also i stamped the branches a few times with out re inking. My intention was to make a card, but when i started added all the embellishments i didn;t want to squash it  to make it fit on a card. So i decided to make a sign. I had picked up a metal sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby who knows how long ago, i knew it would come in handy one day! :)

So before i started stamping on the nice (and expensive) watercolor paper i tried it out on a some inexpensive watercolor paper. This is what i used when i stamped the red circle sentiment, so some of my stamped experiment shows through the circle. I then cut out the circle, free style! :) Then i used a distress tool on the edge. I layered this over twine loops, placing it at the center of my branch 'circle'

I found some really cool rust hearts and stars on wire at Hobby Lobby. It was in the mini tree decoration isle, and if i get back there soon, I'm getting more! I think these can be used for love or even birthday cards!!  For this project i used the hearts. There is lots of wire btw each heart, so i wrapped that wire around a pencil, then flattened it. I did this for each section btw the hearts.

Next i found a branch with red berries and kind of threaded it through the rust hearts & wire. Next i added a little pine cone btw the circle and wire along with a couple of berries and red paper flowers. The flowers were originally light pink. But i used PTI Pure Poppy ink to die the flowers. In the pics they look a lot darker then they really are, a nice dark red (but not too dark!)

I trimmed the water colored paper and inked the edges. To cover the metal sign i used some pattern kraft paper and adhered it to the metal, then added the water color paper. Then i stamped Merry Christmas in red and last i hot glued all the embellishments.

Hope every one has a great Thanksgiving holiday.


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Bells and Boughs
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy. Ranger Distress: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye
Watercolor Paper: Hero Arts
Metal sign & rustic heart wire - Hobby Lobby is were i found them, but i am not at home as i type this up so i don't know who the manufacture is.
Holly Pine cone branch & paper flowers- Micheal's is were i found, and same as sign and wire.

November 12, 2011

CAS-ual Friday's - Tag You're It


Today i have a card for CAS-ual Friday's Tag You're It Challenge. The challenge is to make a tag or a project with a tag, in the clean and simple style.  This card is easy to mass produce and i am planing on using this as this year's Christmas card.

From cream rustic cardstock i die cut a PTI tag. Next i inked the sentiment in red for all but the word Singing and stamped it on the tag. After cleaning the stamp i then inked Singing in green ink and stamped again.

Then i placed the tag on my card front and stamped a little bird in blue ink at the top left of the sentiment, with birds tail ending up on the cardbase. I used antique linen distress ink to ink around the tags edge.

I tied twine in a bow at top of the tag and adhere it to the card front with pop up dots.

Have a great day!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Love Birds
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist. Ranger Distress Ink: Antique Linen
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream Cardstock
Die: Papertrey Ink: Tag

November 6, 2011

Casual Friday - Over the Edge


After a very busy week i finally got to my craft nook and was able to make a card for CAS-ual Friday's challenge. I also submitted it for this months Hero Arts Bling Challenge.

I stamped the wreath on natural colored muslin in a dark green. The holly leaves i had already made a week or two before, i used a die then stamped the leaves. I added a twine bow and a red star button to the wreath. For the bling i added several red and dark red rhinestones around the wreath.

Next for i frayed the 3 edges of the fabric. This frayed edge is larger (hanging over the edge) then my 5.5x 4.25 card. I adhered the muslin to the card front and stamped Merry Christmas in red ink. Last i added a tiny red rhinestone to the end of Merry's swoosh.

Have a great day!!


Stamps: Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink: Bells and Boughs. Cling stamps: Hero Arts: Wreath of Leaves
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Poppy Red. Studio G: Green
Rhinestones: Recollections
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Holly Jolly
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cardstock
Markers: Memento: Green
Button: Unknown

October 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink - October Blog Hop


Today is Papertrey Ink's October Blog Hop.
<------ This photo is the inspiration this month.

When i saw it i knew exactly what i wanted to do........ it was just a question of whether it would come out like i pictured it. I really like the different orange patterns in the photo and wanted to make an actual pumpkin with different pattern papers.    I think it turned out pretty nice. :)

I started with an envelope, I wanted a card that i knew for sure fit in one. I used a ruler to get the measurements of the card and to know how high to make the stem. Once i had the measurements i made the cardbase out of rustic cream cardstock and rounded the corners. For the steam i sketched a steam free hand on scratch paper, with a few tweaks it was about as good as it was going to get :) I used it as a pattern and cut one one from brown paper. Then used a little bit of ink to make it weathered along with a little sandpaper for the edges

For the pumpkin i used a Halloween paper pad, this way all the patterns would match. I picked out a few of the best orange paper and played with the best order for the patterns to go in. When i was happy i cut them out ranging from 1 inch to 1.5 inch wide. I inked the edges of each stripe with orange ink.

Next i traced the cardbase on some plain white paper and cut it out. Then i used a strip of double sided tape across the middle of the white cardstock and adhered the paper stripes. I then trimmed off the extra at the top and bottom and adhered the steam to the back of the white cardstock. Next i used the sewing machine and sewed around the edge of the pumpkin. Once that was done i adhered the panel to my cardbase.

For the tag i stamped a leaf wreath in orange and stamped Happy Thanksgiving in brown. I added a little paper clip from Tim Holtz to one side of the tag. Next i wrapped twine around the steam and threaded it through the tag and tied it in a bow. The leafs are from the new PTI Christmas Poinsettia, while not technically pumpkin leafs i thought they looked good with the pumpkin and a good size for it. I used some markers to ink up the leafs and stamped them on the leaf die cuts, then adhered them to the bows center. Last i added a Tim Holtz stick pin and an orange rhinestone.

Have a great day!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Christmas Poinsettia, 2009 Autumn Tags
Die: Papertrey Ink: Tag Sale #5, Christmas Poinsettia
Ink: Studio G
Markers: Memento
Pattern paper: Echo Park: Apothecary Emporium
Embellishments: Time Holtz
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream

October 23, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays - Just Add Color

Today i have a card for CAS-ual Friday's challenge, Just Add Color, to any image. I colored a snowflake after stamping it in brown ink on a circle. To the snowflake center i added a green metal embellishment. Below this i stamped the sentiment Let It Snow in brown ink, and cut triangle out of each end.

For the cardbase i made the bottom half with transparency. I stamped a small snowflake with versamark and embossed them with sparkle embossing powder. I used a PTI die to cut the transparency out and it has a nice wave shape to it. I added glitter pattern paper to the top of the card and adhered the snowflake with pop up dots.

This pic below shows the nice wave to the edge.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Tiny Treats: Christmas, Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Dies: Papertrey Ink: In the Meadow. Spellbinders: Circle
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye
Ink: Studio G
Embellishment: Joanns
Embossing Powder: Joann's: Kaleidoscope

October 22, 2011

Make it Monday - Layered Mats & Frames


Today i have a card for PTI's Make It Monday. This week challenge is to use dies to make layered mats or frames. Since Christmas is getting ever closer, i made a Christmas card! :)

I started with the button card die and cut rustic cream and some red from my scrap bin. I used the square die from the button die set. Next i stamped  the cute little Santa in the window. Then i colored him with watercolors and added glitter to his had and stars.

Above the window i added some patten paper tape. I adhered the red layer over the Santa with pop up dots and added ribbon at the top.

For my card base i drew diagonal lines with a pencil, then went over the lines with red Stickles. Then i used the half and half die and stamped ho ho ho in red ink, i also inked the edges with red ink. I adhered this strip over the glitter lines and adhered my tag on pop up dots.

Have a great weekend!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Tiny Treats: Christmas
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Button Card, Half & Half
Glitter glue: Stickles
Ink: Ranger: Distress Red Brick. Studio G: Black
Paper Tape & Kraft Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream and misc. scraps

October 17, 2011

Casual Friday - Orange you Ready to Trick or Treat?


Today i have a card for this weeks Casual Friday's challenge. The challenge was to make a Halloween card... BUT you can;t use orange. Not even a speck!! This was hard for me, as orange is my favorite color and Halloween is my favorite holiday because of all the lovely orangeness!!

For this card i started with a spider web pattern paper and added a little bit of stickles to the center of the spiders web. Then i wrapped some black and white twine and made my own spider web.

Then i stamped a little spider from the twins web center. I stamped him again, cutting him again and adding him to the card front with pop up dots.

To the web center i added a tiny tag with a black brad. For the tag i stamped the sentiment Creeping by to Say Hi!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Stamps: Spider: Stampendous
Pattern paper: Unknown
Kraft cardstock: The Paper Studio
Twine: My Minds Eye
Die: Spellbinders: Tiny Tags

October 12, 2011

Birdy Birthday


Today i have card i made back in June for a good friend and coworker. She loves birds so i made bird card and a bird ornament all in one.

I started with her favorite paper from Basic Grey, trimming it about 1/4 short of the cardbase. At the bottom i added big scallops, then i layered (starting at the bottom) with a jute ribbon, white ruffle ribbon and twine wrapped around it all and tied in a bow at the left. I threaded a tag in the twine. The tag has happy birthday and a small tiny bird, and the edges are inked. Then i added a flower embellishment to the middle of the bow.

Above the bow i wrapped white twill around the card. Then i sewed around a vintage inspired piece of pattern paper. To this i adhered a cut out of the bird, then adhered this to the card front.

To make the ornament i used a bird chipboard and traced it out on the pattern paper, inked the edges and adhered it to the bird chipboard. I did the same for the birds wing. Around the birds neck i wrapped the ruffle ribbon and twine. Added another flower embellishment to the twine bows center. To make it an ornament i made a loop with twine and adhered it to the back of the bird. Then i used scotch tape at the back of the card to hold it to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


(you will have to forgive me but its been a few months, i'm doing to by memory:) )
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - i think the bird is from Grunge Me, can;t remember what it set.
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Pattern Paper: Basic Grey
Flower embellishment: Martha Stewart

October 5, 2011

Papertrey Ink - Make It Monday's - Stamped Washi Tape


Today i have a card for PTI's Make it Monday. The technique this week is handmade stamped washi tape. I have been wanting to try washi tape, but didn;t want to pay shipping for a roll or two. So being able to make my own is awesome!! I know i will be doing this again!

First i don;t have score tape so i used  a sticker maker, which worked perfect!! I stamped violet flowers in black ink on white tissue paper. Next i trimmed it to the width of my sticker maker and ran it through it.

Then i stamped the same violet flowers on purple cardstock with versamark ink. I added the faux washi tape across the card. I love how it wrinkles here and there, adding texture to the card.

I stamped thanks on a small tag and tucked it behind a purple glitter heart. I threaded the heart with white string and tied it in a bow. Last i adhered the heart to the card.

Have a great day!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Year of the Flowers Collects, Gracious Vases
Ink: Studio G, Versamark
Button: Unknown
Die: Tag: Spellbinders

October 4, 2011

CAS-ual Friday's - Feeling Loopy


I have a card for CAS-ual Friday's Feeling Loopy challenge. I had no real plan when i sat down to make this card. I just knew i wanted to do a Christmas card, so i pulled out my holiday ribbon to start with. I found some great wide, wired ribbon and started playing with it.

The ribbon has these snow flake squares that i folded into a loop. I adhered the loops to black cardstock. Next i used some dark pattern paper and inked the edges with black ink. I stamped Tis the Season and embossed it in gold.

I don;t have any gold buttons, so i took a wood button and inked it with versamark. Then i embossed it with gold embossing powder. To get in the nooks and crannies i used a versamark pen and embossed the button again. Then i attached it to the cardstock with gold metallic thread.

I adhered the pattern paper over the black cardstock, leaving a black border above the ribbon. Then i adhered this all to the cardbase. Last i used my finger to plump up the ribbon loops.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Signature Christmas
Pattern paper: Basic Grey
Embossing powder: Joann's gold powder
Button: Unknown
Ink: Versamark
Ribbon: Micheal's

October 2, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday - Chipboard Accents


Today i have a card for PTI's Make it Monday. The challenge was to use dies and thin cardboard (think cereal box). This is a great technique that i have used a time or two before. Today's card i used the mittens from Love Lives Here: Holiday.

First i cut out the mittens and glued about 4 layers together. For the top layer i stamped some snowflakes and added a touch of glitter to the snowflakes with stickles. Next i stamped the mitten cuffs in dark pink and added a little bit of twine to attach each mitten together.

Then i stamped the garland across the card along with some ornaments, stars and hearts. Next i added a strip of dark pink card stock with a dash border across the top. Then i stamped the sentiment in dark pink at the bottom right. Last i used the dash line in the set and extended it across the card.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic White
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Love Lives Here: Holiday
Die: Papertrey Ink: Love Lives Here: Holida
Ink: Studio G, Ranger distress inks
Punch: Fiskars - Dash lines

October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day 2011


It's finally here!! Its going to be a super fun day, that after a little History test and a stop at Walmart i will be card making my buns off!!! I've set this post to go live while i take the test, then its back home to check out blogs and more blogs before heading to the craft room!!

The card i have to share today, i actually made a few months ago for a coworker. Her mom was turning 50 AND going on an Alaskan cruise!! (FUN!!) So she wanted an Alaskan themed card for her mom... and boy it was a challenge! But in the end it turned out perfect as her mom loves bears!!

I layered some great tree pattern paper on brown card stock after sewing and inking the around the edge. I used the back of the same paper for a vertical strip across the card (the wood grain tree stumps).

Then i used my computer and printed out the sentiment 'Walk on the Wild side with Alaskan Treasuers' (it took me days to come up with the right sentiment !! :) ) I then split the sentiment in two and die cut each with a label die, placing the labels above and below the tree stump strip. Next i tied a brown sparkle ribbon in a bow below the pattern strip.

For the 3 animals i used a cricut cartridge for the moose and dear. But for the bear i googled a silhouette bear, printed him out then used the craft knife to cut him out. I added a gem to each animal and layered them on circles. Then adhered the circles over the pattern paper.

Happy World Making Card Day!!


Cardstock: Coredinations
Pattern paper: Not sure, i might have some, but i can;t find it right off the bat!
Cricut Cartridge: Give a Hoot
Gems: Unknown
Die: Spellbinders, Label and circle
Ribbon: American Crafts
Ink: Studio G