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)


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