Isn’t this a fun sketch!  It is from the Cosmo Cricket Blog.

And, if you create a card using Cosmo Cricket, the ‘prize’ may be a publication in Cards magazine!

The designer papers used on this card are all from the Cosmo Cricket “The Boyfriend” collection.  The ribbon and chipboard tennis shoe are also from this line.

My sister is here visiting.  Its always fun to catch up with her.  We went and saw “The Help”.  I highly recommend it.  It’s one of those movies that stays with you as opposed to the ones that you have already forgotten about by the time you get to your car in the parking lot.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Hero Arts “Be Happy”

Papers: Cosmo Cricket “The Boyfriend”; PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; DCWV Scalloped Cardstock Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Cosmo Cricket “The Boyfriend” Ribbon and Chipboard; Buttons; Photo Anchor; Brad; SU Photo Corners and Spiral Border Punches

Aug 242011

My twin granddaughters are having a birthday next week.  Instead of a traditional birthday card this year, I made them these altered 3-D chipboard letters.

I left the chipboard natural and adhered the patterned papers with Mod Podge.  A second coat of Mod Podge was applied over the papers to seal them. The lace and rhinestone ‘ribbons’ were added as well as the flowers and feathers with a combination of Mod Podge and glue dots. The flourishes were made with Spellbinders “Illuminations Border” die. (You can get this Large 12″ Illumination Border die at Ellen Hutson’s store for 75% off the retail price!!!)

The backs of the letters were left blank to write messages to the girls.
Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Papers: SU “Springtime Vintage” DSP

Accessories: Spellbinders “Illumination Border” Die; 3-D Chipboard Letters; Primas; Lace; Rhinestone Ribbons; Feathers; Mod Podge

Today’s card is for this week’s Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge #60.

I had a little fun with this sketch by making it a square 4-1/4″ bifold design.

To keep the card/flap closed, a magnetic snap was incorporated into the flap and the corresponding image panel.

The Waltzing Mouse stamps are a clear photopolymer which makes it possible to bend and manipulate them a little.  By putting a small piece of removal double sided tape on the acrylic block to help hold the stamp in place, and also placing the die cut that was used for the flap on the block, I curved the sentiment stamp to match the curvature of the circular die.

And because the stamps are clear, placement was easy.

So glad you stopped by today.  Hope your weekend is a great one.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Waltzing Mouse “Teeny Trees”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Not Quite Navy; Graphic 45 “Le Cirque Collection”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Magnetic Snap; Nestabilities Classic Circles and Beaded Circles; Rhinestones; Organdy Ribbon

Aug 152011

Played in the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  Today’s challenge was to use a “partial image”.

I used the Nestabilities Labels 10 die as a template for sponging and finished off the edges with a faux stitch.  This helped to better define the sponged shape.

An inside sentiment with the same font worked nicely with the front sentiment even though the two were from different companies.

This particular card is going into my Operation Write Home box.  The pearls are quite small and hopefully not too bulky.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Happy Crafting!!


Stamps: SU Upsy Daisy, Butterfly Prints and Three Little Words; Verve Heartfelt Phrases (inside sentiment)

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black, Real Red and Brocade Blue

Accessories: Flatback Pearls; Nestabilities Labels 10; SU Butterfly Punch

I love this image.  It reminds me of a good friend of mine who has a Vespa Scooter.

Funny Story:  She donated the Vespa to one of our favorite charities to be auctioned.  But at the auction her husband had second thoughts about giving it away, and he outbid everybody for it!  So it came back ‘home’ and still sits in their garage.

Quite sure this little scooter card will go to her someday, too!

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU On the Grow and Bring on the Cake

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: SU Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Rhinestone; Lace

The last DTGD challenges were posted yesterday, so this is my last card for the DTGD week.  It fits into three of the challenges.  If I had read one of the challenges a little more closely, it would have fit into four.  But I didn’t follow the directions closely enough.

This is a cute new set from Stampin Up.  A little tip:  Since the stamps are all a solid image in this set, by coloring the stamp with a marker rather than stamping it on an ink pad, I was able to get the look of separate wood boards on the barn.

It’s not too late to join in the fun over on Splitcoaststampers.  Cards and projects have until Monday, August 8th, to be uploaded into the gallery there.  Fun stuff!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Have a great weekend.


Stamps: SU Barnyard Buddies and Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; SU Summer Sun and Cheerful Treat DSP

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Old Olive and Real Red; VersaMark

Accessories: Nestabilities Circle Dies, Sunflower Die and Leaf Die; Gingham Ribbon; Raffia; Bee Button; SU Black Buttons; Magic Mesh; Black Embossing Powder

Still playing in the Dare To Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoaststampers this week.  I am always so inspired by Heather Telford’s creations, and this first card is a direct result of that inspiration.  It fits into two of the DTGD challenges and is an SUO (Stampin Up Only) card.

The front of the card was masked except for the striped area.  After sponging this area with several inks (lightest to darkest), the wheat image was stamped across the front three times.

This second card qualifies for three of the challenges.

This is a pretty ancient SU stamp set, but anything to do with rain always seems to melt my heart.  So when it showed up on eBay for almost nothing… well you can guess the rest of the story!

The leaves on the designer paper were colored with a Copic marker for a closer match to her jacket.  I made a matching envelope just for fun.  All the images in this set are so darn cute!

Isn’t she adorable.

I came so close to adding dots to the umbrella, or the boots, or her jacket (especially her jacket to match the ribbon).  But this time I resisted.  Instead, using PhotoShop, I added the dots just to see what they would like like BEFORE actually doing it to the card itself.  I’m learning!

So… what do you think?  Do you like the dots.. on the umbrella?.. the boots?.. the jacket?  Or was it best to leave them off altogether!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Card 1 (SUO):

Stamps: Farm Life and Bring on the Cake
Papers: Very Vanilla
: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Basic Black
: Grosgrain Ribbon

Card 2:

Stamps: SU Rainy Days; Anita’s ‘Get Well Soon’
: PTI Select White and True Black; Graphic 45 Le Cirque Collection
: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

: Ribbons; Circle Nestabilities

Aug 012011

This card is for 4 of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges going on right now over on Splitcoaststampers!

If you haven’t already joined the fun, there is still plenty of time to do so.  The challenges last all week long with 5 or 6 new challenges each day.  And you have until August 8th to upload any cards or projects into the DTGD Gallery.

Oh, and did I mention there are prizes!?!  Read about the DTGD week HERE.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU The Open Sea and Uncharted Territory

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa; SU Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Martha Stewart Anchor Punch; Nestabilities Circle and Labels 12 Dies; SU 1-3/4-inch Circle Punch; Twine; Paper Piercer and Template; Paper Distressing Tool

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