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Thanks a hooot!

It's Pile it On time again! This week's challenge is to make a thank you card and I had a lot of fun with this one!

Here is a list of the challenges I included:

Pile it On: Thank You card and add at least 1 challenge!
Card Patterns: Sketch
Limelight Papercrafts: Etsy Inspiration
Crafty Creations -- Thanksgiving/ Gratitude

The Etsy Inspiration on Limilight Papercrafts is the reason for the owl, which I made by hand.   I did cheat on the wings... I used a normal set of scallop scissors and a 1" circle punch to make those.  That way they're pretty much identical!

Anyway, I'll have to add the materials later because I should be getting ready for church!

Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Winter, I mean Fall!

There's a bite in the air here in Kansas today, but this is the first week I've really seen the leaves in their beautiful Autumn state :)  I just LOVE Kansas in the Fall!

I don't have a card to post right now (because the images are on my other computer and I'm getting out of here for my sister's super fun Bunko party soon), but I wanted to share that one of my cards was featured on the Cards Trends Blog today!!!

Here's the link if you would like to take a look.  Mine is the 5th card in the post.  The challenge was to make a collage-y card.  I was showcased for my unique color combination.  So fun!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!  Ours is pretty busy.  I'm singing at a funeral tomorrow for the younger brother of one of my friends from high school.  Then, we're meeting up with my sister on Sunday evening after church to take some pictures (if the weather cooperates).



Pile it On is Ready for Halloween!

This week's Pile it On! challenge is sponsored by Trish, who is the designer/owner of Simple Doodles.  I fell in love with this little witch bird as soon as I saw it and had a lot of fun using it.  This week's challenge is Halloween!  This happens to be the theme for many challenges this week, so I was able to pile on a whole lot of challenges.

Here are the challenges I used for this card:
Enjoy!  :)


Moxie Fab World and CARDS blog

I have been having a lot of fun making cards lately. Even though I don't have a craft room anymore (our recent move caused downsizing by 1 room), my husband has been very supportive in letting me spread out on the dining room table. These 2 cards today are for a couple of challenges. The first inspired the second and I love them both!

This first card is a challenge for the Moxie Fab World blog, to use ruffles!  For this I used Papertrey Ink's (Spring Moss) Perfect Match paper and ribbon.  I like the contrast between the ruffled paper vs. the softer look of the ribbon.  I knew I wanted to use my Basic Grey woodgrain paper for this card and the rest just kind of fell into place.  This is probably my favorite card that I've done in a while.  The pink glitter heart is actually chipboard that had stuff on it, but I just used Mod Podge to cover it with Martha Stewart glitter.  What do you think?  (materials/details below)

This next card is actually for the Moxie Fab World challenge AS WELL AS the Cards Blog challenge to make a design that looks like a collage, with lots of negative space.  I started out with the owl printed on more of that woodgrain paper and the Spring Moss paper ruffle that I had made for the other card, but was the wrong size.  I love making collages and feel like the process is somewhat therapeutic.  Hopefully CARDS and Moxie Fab don't mind that I'm using this for both challenges!  They're kind of rivals when it comes to card publications ;)

You can see that I've tweaked my photos a little more.  The last setup really wasn't bad, but the dark countertop was absorbing so much of the light!  That was an easy fix with a white piece of paper.  For once, the colors are very accurate and maybe now you can see why I love that Spring Moss color now!  Thanks for stopping by; more soon!!!  Enjoy :)

Enjoy the Moment details:
-Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Spring Moss)
-Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Granola line)
-Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss grosgrain, Vintage Cream twill)
-Stamp & Ink: Papertrey Ink (Mega Mixed Messages, Fresh Snow Ink, Vintage Tea Dye Ink)
-Misc: Papertrey Ink button, Fashion Cord hemp, Martha Stewart glitter, Fancy Pants chipboard accents (All Fall line), Fiskars scallop scissors, Creative Memories corner punch, Mod Podge

From Owl to You details:
-Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy)
-Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Granola line)
- Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (owl), Papertrey Ink (Everyday Button Bits - sentiment)
-Ink: Papertrey Ink (Fresh Snow, Vintage Tea Dye)
-Misc: Papertrey Ink button, Fashion Cord hemp, Roseart glitter pens, Fancy Pants chipboard accents (All Fall line), The Paper Studio rhinestones, Fiskars scallop scissors, Creative Memories corner punch


just a little something with flowers :)

Today I have a just because card for you. This is a card I made when I was playing with new stamps and I really love how it turned out. I have been on a yellow, green, and pink kick lately and this pretty much proves it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Only two items not Papertrey Ink on this card and they are the brown ink I used on the sentiment (Memento Rich Cocoa stamped about 3 times) and the hemp twine (by Fashion Cord) used to tie off the buttons. Everything else you can find at Papertrey Ink, my FAVORITE place to buy stamping/papercrafting supplies.

Enjoy and happy Monday!!


thanks so much - Pile it On!

Another card! I tried a different technique for photographing this card and I like how it turned out! Next time I'll use white instead of the yellow paper as the background, but it was the first thing I grabbed :)

This is my card for this week's Pile it On! Challenge. It is based off of a sketch by Aly, who is a 10 year-old pro stamper. She is amazing! Go take a look!

As usual, I needed to pile on some challenges, so here's my list for the week:

I hope you'll go take a look at these challenges and even participate! All you have to do for Pile it On this week is use Aly's sketch and of course pile it on!!

Enjoy :)

details: all supplies are Papertrey Ink (cardstock, stamps, buttons, Vintage Duo ink) EXCEPT Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Fashion Cord Hemp, and ribbonFX (super cheap Hobby Lobby brand) ribbon.


another radiant gradient! (+ bonus card)

Good morning and Happy Saturday! It's pretty chilly out today and my husband hurt his back yesterday, so we're staying in this morning. That means I get to upload some more cards! I absolutely LOVED making this card! It felt a lot more like art than crafting, which I love. I really love using my trusty school supplies Crayola watercolors. I'm always trying to find ways to use inexpensive materials to make something really great. Anyway, this is another card for the Moxie Fab World Gradient is Radiant Challenge. There are so many fantastic cards uploaded already, so you should go take a look if you get a chance!

The card base is Classic Craft by Papertrey Ink and then for the part I watercolored, I used Vintage Cream cardstock, also by Papertrey Ink. I did a second layer of watercolors after the first coat was mostly dried - that's how I got such rich colors. And I actually did the flower stamping before the second coat, which gives an effect of even greater depth, kind of the way your vision for detail is a little hazy during a sunset. The sentiment felt completely appropriate and I love the white dragonfly, which also plays with gradient a little on top of the brown flower silhouettes. The button is a Raspberry Fizz button from Papertrey Ink, which tied in perfectly. Then a little distressing, a little inking with my Vintage Duo Inking System (also by Papertrey Ink), and some finishing touches and there you have it. I did take a picture of the inside, but it just says "enjoy" in the same red as the "Life." I think I might try to recreate this without the setiment and embellishments and frame it in our brown and bright orange bathroom (that sounds weird, but it's really not!!)

Now for a bonus card!!!

I somewhat recently got the Background Basics: Text Style stamp set from Papertrey Ink (PTI), so I made a few cards experimenting with it a little. I really love the way this card turned out. The butterfly is made using a scrap leftover from when I cut out a butterfly for another card. I used it as a stencil then just used the text style stamp to create the general shape of the butterfly. Then I went in and filled the whole space with the chamomile ink from the Vintage Ink Duo set (PTI). I also used the chamomile ink to stamp the text on the base of the card, which does stain your stamp a little, but that doesn't bother me. I love how it turned out.

The sentiment is from the Everyday Button Bits stamp set (PTI), which I stamped with Martha Stewart Ink. Everything else that I have mentioned is also PTI. The flower border stamp is by Heather Bailey, which is so stinking cute. Anyway, enjoy! More to come soon!


Radiant Gradients!

Hello hello cardmaking world! :) It's been a while because we just moved, so I had all my supplies packed up for a bit. I have quite a few cards to show off in the next few days, so stop by often!

This card is for a challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog, which I visit regularly. The challenge was to use gradients on the card and I chose to do a gradient from green to blue. I REALLY love these colors together and wish these pictures even kind of did this card justice. I need to figure out a better way to take quality pictures without having to spend a lot of cash. Any ideas? Maybe I just need a better light and some smoother white paper/fabric covering the inside of my homemade photo box. I'll have to play around with it some more.

Enjoy! (and come back soon!!!)


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, White)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (from the Offbeat collection)
Ink: Papertrey Ink Vintage Duo, the rest are Martha Stewart
Buttons: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Text Style, Around About, Everyday Button Bits)
Misc: Homemade paper (unknown origin)


fun & cute christmas!

I decided to do at least 1 Moxie Fab challenge this time around -- a fun & cute Christmas card. I have a hard time doing a card in just 1 category (fun & cute, graphic, shabby chic, vintage, classy, elegant, etc), so this may have some other elements in it as well, but I hope you like it!


Paper: Vintage Cream cardstock (Papertrey Ink), All Fall paper line (Fancy Pants)
Buttons: Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Ribbon, etc: Vintage Cream Topnotch Twill (Papertrey Ink), Hemp (Fashion Cord)
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink) -- this is both sentiments, Mindy's Flowers (Stampology) -- this is where I got the flourishes on the tag, a stamp set I don't know the name of (Martha Stewart) -- this stamp set is where I got all of the snowflakes)
Inks: Martha Stewart, Memento Rich Cocoa


A SWEET Birthday!!

It's time for another Pile it On challenge! This week's theme is a birthday card, which is always something you need, right? The sponsor is Hambo Stamps this week and I had fun with this cupcake digital stamp. It started out quite differently, but I did a little playing on photoshop and ended up with this great cupcake paper :) -- I'm not going to share my secrets and how-to's for that, but I love that I was able to do so much on the computer and then print it into my own custom paper!

I combined a couple of different papertrey stamps for the sentiment on the inside of the card.

And of course, I made this card for some other challenges as well, so I could "pile it on." Here's what I did:


Paper: Papertrey Ink - Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink - Dark Chocolate Grossgrain
Stamps: Digital Raining Cupcakes Stamp by Hambo Stamps, "Everyday Button Bits" and "Birthday Basics" by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Martha Stewart, Memento - Rich Cocoa, Canon Printer Ink :P
Bling: self-adhesive rhinestones from the stash


with appreciation

Hello everyone! It's time for a new card. I've been doing a lot of graphic design lately and not a ton of card making, but here's something I got done. This is for Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge#16. Here are the colors she chose for the challenge. I have to admit that I forgot about the kraft color, but it gives a nice finished look, I'd say.

If you have never looked at Dawn's blog, it's worth taking a look! She has had over 100 cards published in magazines in the past year and I really like her style. I blame her for the polka dot kick I'm on :) For the orange paper, I just creased it a few times and inked it . The "with appreciation" tag is just a clear embossed pattern by Heather Bailey, who I love! The clear embossing over the vintage cream paper gives a really elegant effect, I think (perfect for a wedding card, right?). Anyway, enjoy!


Paper: Papertrey Ink Cardstock in Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Classic Kraft; Fancy Pants orange w/polka dots from the All Fall line, American Craft (the leaf was cut out of American Craft paper)
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink), Floral Border Stamps by Heather Bailey (Stampology)
Ribbbon: Dark Chocolate by Papertrey Ink
Ink, etc: Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa, Clear Filigree fine embossing powder, Martha Stewart glitter


Pile it On! Good things come in threes!

This week's Pile it On! Challenge is "Good things come in threes." For my sets of 3s I did: 3 colors, 3 scalloped edges, 3 buttons, and 3 letter stickers. The challenge is sponsored by another digital stamp company called Doodle Palace and I got to use this great elephants stamp. I printed it on patterned paper, then cut it out.

I made my own photo light box to try and make my photos a little better. I'm still trying to figure out all the settings, but these pictures have much more accurate colors and the details are much clearer, so that's definitely good. Part of the Pile it On challenge is to combine it with at least 1 other challenge and these are the other challenges I combined:

2 Sketches 4 You - Sketch #33 (i kind of turned parts of the sketch on its side)

Basic Grey Challenges - Color Challenge : brown, pink, yellow (and at least 1 BG product)

ABC Challenges - B is for Buttons

I really like this one. Anyway, enjoy!

Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate: Papertrey Ink
Paper: yellow and pink papers: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: "Rich Cocoa": Momento
Letter Stickers: Basic Grey
Twine: Offray
From the stash: buttons, rhinestones



Today's the day! I am so glad to be the guest designer for Card Patterns this week! This past week they chose my entry as the winner! I've been following Card Patterns since week 1, so this was a treat! Anyway, this week's sponsor for Card Patterns is the Cutting Cafe and I got an awesome heart bag template to use for my take on the sketch!

This is a lot more feminine and pastel than what I usually do, but I had a lot of fun doing it! I thought of this technique to make the heart just kind of out of nowhere and I love how it turned out! I just started weaving ribbon onto a piece of paper (securing it only at the edges with adhesive). Then, part of what came with the the heart bag template was a great shaped heart, so I cut it out and pinned it on to the ribbon and started sewing around it! Paper is really easy to get out of stitching if a little bit of it overlaps, but then after the first time around of sewing, I took it off and just gave it the look I wanted. Then, I trimmed around the heart with my trusty Fiskars and cut little slits all the way around to give a little frayed look.

The buttons on the heart are just for show. I hot glued them on with the twine through the button holes and then tied them together after that. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this!

Come back tomorrow for a new challenge from Pile it On!!

By the way, if you're still reading at this point of the post, I figure you probably like the things I've done. SO. Feel free to follow my blog! I update regularly!


Template: Cutting Cafe!
Patterned papers: My Mind's Eye
Ribbon, twine: Offray
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Buttons: Papertrey Ink
pink and brown cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: "Mega Mixed Messages" Papertrey Ink
Mini flowers/brads: Making Memories
Sketch: the lovely Michelle at Card Patterns!



another challenge, of course! there's a great new sketch challenge site: GET SKETCHY! This is their first sketch and I kind of strayed from it a bit, but I hope you can still see where it came from. I flipped it on its side (clock-wise) and used the flowers as the big curve.

I really love the flowers with the glittery leaves. Have I mentioned that's my favorite color? That light green?



CPS Sketch 129!

I decided it was finally time to participate in a Card Positioning Systems sketch and fell in love with this one. I've been on a Christmas kick lately because I want to have a lot of beautiful cards to send out to family and friends (I've got a LONG way to go). I'm also loving these double-sided Martha Stewart stickers with the brown glitter, so there you have it.

This is similar to my Friends to the End card that I made last week, but I'm okay with that. If I'm imitating my own work, I must have done something right... right? :)

I've been trying to organize my craft supplies and rediscovered this brown polka-dotted paper (My Mind's Eye), which finished the look perfectly I think. Also, you'd never know, but I cheated on the ribbon. There's only a small piece of ribbon barely covered by the Joy part of the card, then I just made a bow and stuck it on the other end. I love finding ways to spend less and stretch my supplies as far as possible, since I don't get to spend too much on crafting supplies. Anyway, enjoy!


paper: Classic Kraft Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), brown polka-dotted (My Mind's Eye), patterned Christmas papers (Basic Grey - Blitzen Collection), printable vellum (XEROX)
ribbon and buttons: Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
misc: twine (Offray), , letter stickers (Basic Grey - Blitzen Collection), tree branch sticker and brown glitter (Martha Stewart), red glitter glue (Roseart), black ink (Papertrey Ink)


Tuesday Taggers Guest Designer!

Late last month, I was selected to be a Guest Designer for this wee's Tuesday Taggers challenge. It's a great site with a great theme this week: Retro Heaven! I love retro colors and designs (especially for Christmas), so I was so excited to contribute to this week's challenge! And I love how simple this card is. Enjoy!

For the 'bow,' I copied a technique that is really trendy for making flowers right now, then just added a ridiculous amount of layers and added a couple of buttons :)


Kraft Cardstock - PTI
Designer Paper - Basic Grey (some of the paper I've been hoarding for a couple of years now)
Chipboard Letters - K&Company
Ribbon - clearance ribbon at a local fabric store
Buttons - Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink, and the little one is from the stash


365/Card Patterns

I decided to participate in a couple more 365 Cards challenges this week since they extended the deadline and there's a great prize (i love me some glitter!)!

So, this first card is for the Toile challenge, to use toile as a background. I found some toile Making Memories paper that I had and scanned it into the computer and then printed it onto Papertrey Ink Spring Moss cardstock. I really like the combination and may be doing it more in the future! I also used the Card Patterns sketch for this week! What do you think?

I just made this next card about 5 minutes ago and it only took about 10 minutes. I skimped a little on the details and the (Roseart) glitter pen on the chipboard 'H' is still wet, so it doesn't display the true effect. The challenge for this one was to make the card look like a gift. I enjoy doing that a lot because it's so easy and adds some fun. Anyway, I'm just under the wire, so enjoy!


A 365 CARD! (and Card Patterns)

Well I got some clearance card making stuff last week and one of the things I got was a Martha Stewart "botanicals" card making kit. It was $5 and it came with 8 cards/envelops, 4 containers of glitter (brown, pink, 2 shades of green), and a bunch of tree/flowery shapes that have REALLY sticky adhesive on both sides, so one side gets glitter and the other side gets stuck to the card. Anyway, the kit by itself is pretty plain, but I was so excited to try out the glitter on all these pretty cut-outs.

So, 365 Cards had a recipe card challenge yesterday and it used glitter, so of course I had to participate! The recipe is:

4x7 card
5 blossoms
wet embossed sentiment
3 different patterned papers

The "Friends" metal tag is actually from an old gift bag that was going to get trashed. I love reusing stuff and not spending a lot of money on embellishments. Also, I stamped the rose pattern on the background cardstock with Martha Stewart ink.

I also used the Card Patterns sketch for this week and here's the final product:

I bet you were wondering where the other 2 flowers and wet embossing were... on the inside!



Paper: Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), 3 patterned papers (My Mind's Eye)
Ribbon: Spring Moss Grosgain (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: rose stamp (Martha Stewart), "to the end" - Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
((The rest is from the stash!))


Pile it On Challenge #10

Time for another Pile it On Challenge! This week's challenge is to make a card using NO patterned paper. The design team had the opportunity to select from digital stamps designed by DIGI Stamp Characters. Visit their store at Etsy! I had a lot of fun using this stamp because I have NEVER used a digital stamp before! I tried the paper piecing technique and love the result (click on the image to enlarge and you can see the paper layers on the image)! All of the paper, buttons, the Merry Christmas Stamp, and the green ribbon are by Paper Trey Ink. I LOVE the Spring Moss coordinates of the paper, ribbon and buttons (and the pink color is Berry Sorbet). This is a great challenge to combine with others, so I can't wait to see everyone's creations over at Pile it On (post your card by Saturday night)!

Here are the challenges I combined!


Weathered Wings for Card Patterns!

I haven't been making as many cards lately and I think it's because I felt like I needed to catch up on the challenges where I usually participate. So, I decided to do a card for just one challenge this time: Card Patterns. I felt like the sketch was kind of challenging, but could be beautiful, so I took a go at it! My sister Lori gave me a 6x6 pack of Basic Grey paper, so I was excited to use it! Lori, what do you think?


Stamps: Sans Serif by Martha Stewart
Red Letter Stickers: Basic Grey
Papers: The butterflies are cardstock from Papertrey Ink as well as the card base, the other papers are Basic Grey "Ambrosia"
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart
Button: making memories
Everything else: from the stash! The "weathered" is just my handwriting.


Pile it On Challenge #8: Watercolors!

It's that time again: another challenge from Pile it On!

I started about 4 different cards before I went this direction, but I enjoyed using watercolors, which is something I don't usually think to use. The watercolor portion is the green circles on the green paper. I really like tone on tone and I use it a lot.

Here are the challenges I used to pile it on:

The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink as well as the sentiment stamps. The watercolors are Crayola and the rest is from my stash (mostly stuff i've purchased from hobby lobby over the years). I created the butterfly embellishment on Photoshop and then printed it.

Enjoy and happy crafting!


Pile it On Challenge #6!!

Welcome to my first week as a Design Team Member for Pile it On! This week's challenge is a sketch (as well as to incorporate at least 1 other challenge with it!). Some of you may know, and you will learn very quickly, that I am somewhat of a thrifty crafter. My personal style is somewhat simple and clean, but fun and classy all at the same time! I like to hand make a lot of the elements I put on cards and do a lot of handwriting rather than using punches and stamps all the time. I really enjoyed making this card and hope you'll join us at Pile it On this week with your own interpretation!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take.

Challenges I used:

Pile it On: Sketch!
Color Throwdown: to use the colors olive green, turquoise, and red
CCEE Stampers: to use the Modern Grid technique
Stamp Simply: something glittery
Flutterby Wednesday: buttons, bow/ribbon, butterfly or fairy
Papertake Weekly: my favorite things (olive green, turquoise, and dark red for Christmas colors, the song "Silent Night")
Creative Inspiration: gems or pearls
A Spoon Full of Sugar: heart



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