Aug 282012

The end of August… Growing up I always had such mixed feelings about this time of the year.  The warm and wonderful summer was almost over, and it was back to school and studying and going to bed at a much earlier hour.  But it was also exciting.  New classes and classmates, new teachers, and new adventures all awaited just days away.

I love this image for those feelings of long (long) ago that it invokes.

It’s always easy to add some fun by adding a couple of strips of designer paper to the inside of the card as well.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Just love it when you do that!  Oh and if you haven’t checked out my current Sketch Challenge, you can see it HERE!  There are still a couple of days left to play along.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU Summertime Afternoon and Happiest Birthday Wishes

Papers: PTI Spring Rain and Vintage Cream; Lawn Fawn “Bright Side” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; SU Bashful Blue; Copics:

Accessories: PTI Satin Ribbon; SU Designer Naturals Button; Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Die


This card is for a couple of different challenges.  The first is the Operation Write Home’s challenge found HERE, and the second is the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ’s Challenge found HERE.

Weight and thickness matter when making cards for OWH so by making the red gingham a frame, you get the look of layers without actually having them.

Because of the dark cardstock, some white was added for writing.  A little dp brightens up the inside as well.

If you haven’t seen my Sketch Challenge for this month, check it out HERE.  There is still a week left to play and some blog candy.. a brand new 6 x 6 pad of designer paper is looking for a new home!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse “Back in the Saddle”

Papers: PTI Pure Poppy and Select White; Lily Bee Design “Double Dutch” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Fiscars “In Stitches” Border Punch; SU Star Punch; Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities Dies; String

Aug 202012

I LOVE paper, and my card today uses Basic Grey’s “What’s Up” designer paper rather than stamped images to create a fun little scene.

The only stamping is the sentiment.

I remember when I used to stamp everything.  I was so intimidated by patterned paper.  Boy has that changed.

If you haven’t seen my Sketch Challenge for this month, check it out HERE.  And there is even some blog candy.. a brand new 6 x 6 pad of designer paper!  Who would have guessed.  hehe

Happy Crafting!!

Stamps: SU Patterned Party

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Basic Grey “What’s Up” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Rhinestone; Nestabilities Classic Oval Die

Yup.  It’s the 15th, and I have another Rainy Day Sketch!

Here’s my take on it.

Love this peaceful sweet kitty.

And I also love this sweet “Pretty Party” designer paper from Crate Paper that was used on the card as well.

A brand new 6 x 6 pad of it is my blog candy this month for the winner who will be drawn from those participating in the sketch challenge!

To play along, leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be selected on September 1st giving you more than 2 weeks to play.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

Edited:  This Sketch Challenge is now closed.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Peace Within; Hero Arts Birthday Messages

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Crate Paper Pretty Party 6 x 6 Pad DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa; White Gel Pen; Copics:
Butterfly: Flowers:
Leaves:  Pot:
Sand: Chair:
Pillow: Cat: Blender:

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool; Template; Twill Ribbon; Button; Linen Thread

Aug 112012

Recently I had a box of chipboard butterflies that I gave to my twin granddaughters.  However the box had come with an uneven number of butterflies.  Figuring that that could be a problem when they went to divide them, I took one out and used it myself!  lol  Problem solved.

You know those little ribbons that come sewn into the shoulder seams on the inside of women’s tops?  Well mine always get cut off and put into the ribbon drawer.  Used some of them here on this card.

Thanks so much from dropping by today.  Hope you have a great weekend!


Stamps: Rubber Moon “Happy Birthday”

Papers: PTI Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate and Select White; Cosmos Cricket “Evangeline Designer Paper; Crate Paper “Pretty Party” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Rhinestones; Ribbon; PTI Doily Details B Die; K & Company Madeline Chipboard Butterfly; Tim Holtz Sizzix Wooden Embossing Folder; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch

Aug 072012

Made this card for yesterday’s Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  It was a color challenge using blue and white.  (Some people think of aqua/teal as a green.  I’ve always thought of it as a blue.)

As I was going to upload the card, I noticed the challenge said, “DARK blue.”  Oops.  One can get away with claiming aqua to be blue… but “dark” blue?  Nope.  However, I enjoyed this CAS sketch so much that I decided to use it for some needed Christmas cards.  I loved that 3 different coordinating designer papers were used on each card.

I have punched enough of the scalloped squares to make a dozen Christmas cards.  Quick.. easy.. fun.. what could be more perfect?  (Well I guess I could have read the challenge details a little more closely.  There is that.  LOL)

Happy Crafting!

Birthday Card:

Stamps: SU Curly Cute

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Fresh” DP

Inks: SU Taken With Teal

Accessories: Clear Button; SU Scallop Square Punch

Christmas Cards:

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Scarlet Jewel or Pure Poppy; My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found Christmas” DP or Lily Bee Design “Jingle” DP

Inks: SU Always Artichoke

Accessories: SU Designer Naturals Button and Twine or Glimmer Button and Michael’s Ribbon; Paper Piercing Template; Paper Piercing Tool

Have you played along in any of Splitcoaststampers’ Dare to Get Dirty Challenges?  Well today it’s my turn to host a challenge!  Woohoo!!  Here’s a little teaser of the card I made for a sample.

If you are a Fan Club member at SCS, I hope you’ll be able to play along.  And remember there are prizes!!

Oh yes, one more thing…  The winner of the Hoop La La stamp set given as blog candy for those participating in my July Sketch Challenge is Joan Ervin!  Congrats, Joan Ervin!!  I’ll be emailing you soon to get your snail mail so that that cute little set can settle in to its new home.

Happy Crafting!!

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: PTI True Black and Sweet Blush; Graphic 45 “A Ladies’ Diary” DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Kaiser Blush Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

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