You Are So Sweet

Last minute post! I hope this doesn’t become the norm! I created this card (most of if) middle of last week and then just didn’t have a lot of time to assemble it, afterward. Finally did it and then took pictures over the weekend. Whew! This is for last week’s Make It Monday Challenge for Papertrey Ink – Masking Sentiments.

This is a two-layer card with lots and lots of stamping and masking for my sentiment per Ashley’s challenge!!

All stamps are from Papertrey Ink!

Thanks for stopping by!



Quilted Dahlias

Hi there!  It’s been a long time.  I’ve invested a lot of my personal time on work, but I have finally made some time to craft again.  Yeah!  I had missed this.  I’m always in awe at the beautiful creations other crafters make and I always save projects thinking “I love that look, or technique & I’ll use it soon.” But when it’s time to create I sit and draw a blank.  A couple of days ago, however, I was watching an older Make It Monday video by Dawn McVey for Papertrey Ink (on YouTube) and then I ended up watching several others by her.  I mean, I love ALL her videos. Dawn is so creative and she’s NOT afraid of color.  So, I immediately jumped in and created a card totally inspired by one of hers, minus the bright colors… because I’m not as daring as she is in that sense!  HahaPhoto May 05, 10 10 06 AM

Isn’t that quilted background pretty?  I love the look and the feel!  With Spring here and Summer approaching (not to mention that I just love using floral stamps) I reached for my new Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp set by Papertrey.  I’m glad I finally made the purchase before it was discontinued.  It’s beautiful and I’ll be using it a ton!  No doubt. Anyway!!  I stamped the background using only 2 layers for each flower and one layer for the leaves.  I used a very light blue ink because I didn’t want the background to POP in your face more than the focal point.  By the way, the cardstock I used for the background is Rustic White cardstock by Papertrey and I’m in love with it. After stamping my background I embossed it using the Quatrefoil Cover Plate.

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I used the Basic Bookmark 3 die and gold foiled the top of it, placed it directly on the background, slightly off center and then I die cut 2 flowers and leaves and this time I stamped every layer for each.  I arranged the flowers and leaves on top of the bookmark, adding a pearl in the center of each flower.

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Lastly, I used the Boutique Borders: Thanks border stamp and die and then I used a sentiment from the Boutique Borders: Birthday. I placed that whole panel on fun foam and glued to a light blue card base.  I had a lot of fun creating this one.  I do like the overall look.  It may be a little busy but hey… live and learn, right? And now, I’m off to try another technique!

Hope to see you back for my next post!



Thankful For Your Friendship

Here’s another for the Make It Monday Challenge with Papertrey Ink. This week, Melissa  Phillips showed us different ways to create a wreath.

I created a fall themed card. This is the first year I try fall themes on my greeting cards. I love the colors I can play with and the look of Distress Oxide Inks on these projects!



  • Beautiful Berries: Autumn stamp set – Papertrey Ink
  • Sunflower Harvest stamp set – Papertrey Ink
  • Stitched Leaves dies – Lawn Fawn
  • Brown Ribbon from The Paper Studio-Hobby Lobby
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • MFT stamp pads
  • Brown Sequence found at Hobby Lobby 
  • Orange Liquid Pearls

See you next time!


Heart’s Desire 

Hello you! Thanks for stopping by. Today I’m sharing my card for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday Challenge #299 – Sentiment Windows. 

The challenge was to create a card with a sentiment on the inside of the card with a window on the outside/front panel that lets us see the inside. It’s a neat idea that I use from time to time, but not often enough. 

I wanted to steer away from a birthday card, because that tends to be what I always do. It’s a CAS card but I did like the end result. Could also be given to a guy, I think, as there’s foliage but no flowers. 😉

Stamp sets and dies used:

  • Songbirds from Papertrey Ink
  • Year of Psalms, April from Papertrey Ink
  • Rosie Posie (1 & 2) from Papertrey Ink
  • Stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn
  • Scallop Oval STAX from My Favorite Things

Have a great week and see you soon!


Christmas Morning

It’s only beginning to feel like fall here in NW Arkansas, but I’m already thinking of the Holidays! I made this card while thinking of a cozy Holiday season. I was picturing my little family waking up on a crisp winter morning. Having hot cocoa with breakfast and gathering around the Christmas tree to then play with Copper, our new pup.


This is another simple card I made using the same concept as the one I did on my earlier post. I used the Stampin Up Ornament Keepsakes stamp block and then used the branch from Papertrey Ink’s Songbirds stamp set to build the full picture! I really liked it but felt it was missing something, so I added a strip of red ribbon and a bow.


I added red patterned card stock to the card base to help the ornaments pop! The stitched edge on the front card panel was done using Lawn Fawns Stitched Rectangle die. I think it compliments the stitching on the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by here! I hope you enjoyed and hope I inspired ya!


Christmas Shimmer

Hello there! Welcome to my blog! I’ve got to say that I’m a little impressed with myself, today. Only because I have a clean house, did laundry, attended my adorable nieces play and I also have a blog post! Whaat?!

On to the card… Christmas Shimmer. Because, well, I used glitter and I loved the result on this! I created it for the October Christmas Card Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. For the front of the card base I used some beautiful patterned card stock from Papertrey Ink. One that they released about 2 years ago, I think. I had bought it but didn’t really know how to use it. Finally, I feel more comfortable with patterned paper on my cards. So I decided to put it to good use. On the front panel, I started with a script stamp from stampabilities. I used a soft brown to stamp the entire background and then I used the Peaceful Pinecones stamp set to stamp the pine tree branches and pinecones. It’s from, you guessed it… Papertrey Ink. The Ornament is from Stampin Up: Ornament Keepsakes. I didn’t use the misti, because these are in stamp blocks. So I pulled out my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped the Ornament in green first, then added a darker green to one side of the Ornament to create a shadow effect, and stamped again. Finally, for all that shimmer I used glittered embossing powder to emboss the ornament. I. LOVE. IT.


If you can’t see all that glitter in the top picture, then here’s another. Is that too much glitter? I think not! I used a gold pen to draw the string.


On the back of the front panel I used fun foam to create an even level of dimension. Very sturdy if I send it in the mail. Thanks for stopping by! Posting another one tonight! Yeah!


Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-A-Faire 2017: Cotton

Ok, so how late am I on posting this?  Only about a month… oops!  I loved this year’s Stamp-A-Faire with Papertrey Ink.  They had great guests and really cool techniques to share with us.  I made several cards using the different techniques but I didn’t get around to posting most of them because I was getting ready to go on vacation several days later.  Packing is not a whole lot of fun for me, but we had a wonderful time during our days off.  Now that we’re back and caught up at work and at home, I want to share the card I made that was inspired by Stephanie Gold’s technique using cotton balls.  It was one of my favorites because I enjoyed getting a bit creative and coming up with a way to incorporate cotton into my greeting card.

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I, too, created a background with glitter.  I used double sided tape to create sticky stripes half an inch wide and then took very fine, iridescent glitter and poured all over the background… burnishing the glitter into every sticky crevice with my fingers.  And for my take on the cotton, I took a cotton ball and died it with bright magenta water colors.  With it being watercolors, the color isn’t very strong.  I pulled and stretch the cotton ball and then let it dry.  Once dry, I pulled small bits from the cotton ball and rolled then twisted to make them look like little rose buds.  I took double sided tape, again, to stick them down where I wanted my flowers on the card.

This is the card in the sunlight.  I love the look of the soft, pink rose buds against the textured, iridescent glitter. I couldn’t be happier with the result of this little project.

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This one was so much fun.  I hope you give it a try!

Stamps and dies used:

  • Spring Woods stamps and dies by Papertrey Ink
  • Stitched Frame dies from Lawn Fawn
  • Ink Pads from MFT Stamps

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp-A-Faire: Paper Challenge

Y’all, I must be really slow at card making.  When I go checkout the projects other people are submitting I notice that a lot of them are participating in many challenges while I’m running behind and worked on only a handful.  Haha!

Anyway, on to the card!  This was my take on Rebecca Luminarias’ inspiration on dyed paper leaves. Photo Aug 26, 10 56 42 PM

I used water color paper for the leaves.  It wasn’t really absorbing much of the color when I tried dipping them in a small bowl with water color, so I made sure to let the paper get really wet and then I created a small, very concentrated puddle of green watercolor and hung them to dry so that the color would be more concentrated towards the tips.

Stamps and dies used:

Ink pads used are from MFT Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon.


Stamp-A-Faire Warm Up Challenge

Today I’m playing along in Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-A-Faire “Take Ten Challenge”! It’s going to be an entire weekend of paper crafting fun for me and many other paper crafters out there! Woohoo! The challenge was to chose an inspiration from 1 of 10 pictures provided by Papertrey Ink.

This is the inspiration (Picture by Leslie Keating). Click on the picture to view the challenge details.

Take 10 Challenge

And this is my card.  I might have gone a bit literal… but I really loved the picture!

Photo Aug 26, 10 19 46 AM - CopyI did some ink blending on the paper layers that have grey and a blue-grey tint as I didn’t have any card stock in those colors.

For the flower buds, I didn’t glue them all the way down. They were glued from the stems but I added foam tape to the back of the buds and slightly curled the bud tips for additional dimension.

Although just a warm up, it was still a challenge for me. Definitely out of my comfort zone as I usually like to leave a lot of white on my cards and like full blooms to cover my card.  Ha! I wouldn’t have thought of this color scheme on my own, either, but I really enjoyed playing with these colors! I love the pop of yellow!

I hope you all join in on the fun!  Hop on over to Nichole’s blog to find all the Stamp-A-Faire details and challenges!

Tools used:

Thanks for stopping by!



Forget-Me-Not Birthday

imageGolly! It’s been a long time since I last posted. Life happens and we get sidetracked. Thankfully, I’m back to paper crafting again, and loving every minute! So, welcome!

I made this birthday card using the Forget-me-not stamp set and dies by Papertrey Ink (PTI) for the flower clusters, used the leafs from Gran’s Garden stamp set (also PTI), as well as the sentiment from the Inside and Out stamp set. Used the second largest stitched die from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

To those that have visited lately, I’m sorry I didn’t have anything new here, until now. I hope you enjoy taking a look around! Come back soon!