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!


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