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!




Happy Summer Birthday

Hey there!  Long time no post, huh?  I think it’s this heat that’s got me all kinds of exhausted!  I love summer.  I just wish we could have spring weather all summer long!  Say, 75º F!  Some of you probably have that, but not me… not here in Arkansas.  90º+ F is what I have.  My weather app says it’s 85º but feels like 92º… whaaa?!  I think it’s hotter… it certainly feels hotter… and that’s with some rain we had today.  It’s scorching hot without rain.  I hate heat waves.

Anyway, moving on to the card.  The reason for this post, of course.  🙂  I created this card, well, one like it, for a coworker… and I liked it so much that I had to recreate and share it!  Aren’t you lucky!  Ha!  No, but really!  In all honestly, this is one of my favorites.  I  recently purchased the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle, the  oval, and the circle die-namics STAX sets from My Favorite Things and I was eager to use them, as usual!  I love all MFT products.  So, take a looksie, below, and then I’ll tell you all the products I used. 😉


I started with heavy card stock from Hobby Lobby and cut a few strips of blue painter’s tape.  Oh my… I looove that stuff!  I’d seen a couple of other crafters use it (YouTube) and I gave it a go!  I like using it better than sticky notes (it’s more inexpensive, too)… like, when I run craft paper and die through my Big Shot and I want to make sure my die doesn’t move- that’s when I use it the most.  I can use it over and over…and over again and it stays sticky forever and a day!  And it doesn’t damage my card stock when I remove it.  Always peel back at an angle, though.  🙂  Ok, ok… back to the card.  So, I taped my painter’s tape to my glass cutting mat and cut the tape in half, long-ways, with my craft knife.  Used a ruler, too, just to make it easier for my craft knife to slide right down where I need it (the middle).  I then used the glass cutting mat, again, as a guide, and stuck tape on my card base, evenly spacing the tape out (1/2 ” apart).  I hope that makes sense… if not, just look at the stripes on the card.  That’s what I was doing!  Haha!  I used the Grapesicle ink pad from MFT and an ink blending tool to apply the ink on the card stock on the open spaces.  Blend, blend, blend.  Remove painter’s tape. When it dries, it’s beautiful!

Then, like I said earlier, I used the rectangle (largest in the set) and the oval (second largest in the set) – stitched mini scallop die-namics to cut out two pieces of card stock. I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting with a sentiment from Tulip Time from Papertrey Ink, and used Winter Wisteria ink pad from said company at top of rectangle piece.  🙂  For the flowers; I used the Bitty Bouquets stamp sets from PTI, because I love their stamp sets!  This stamp set is new to me, too.  I’m in love!  It’s adorable. Silly me, when I ordered it I didn’t think I was going to use the  matching die set and now I’m sorry I didn’t get it – I will get it on my next order! Anywho – I first stamped the roses inside the oval die cut piece, and then I stamped the little hydrangeas and tulips on a separate card stock and fussy cut them… (super time consuming for me).  Kudos to those of you that enjoy that!  I’m not patient enough. *Insert exhausted emoji here*


Next, I centered the rectangle and temporarily adhered it to the card base so that I could use it as a guide to glue down my oval. Then I glued down my oval. After that, I lifted the rectangle off, added my ribbon and bow (inexpensive from Hobby Lobby), placed foam tape on the back of, then set rectangle back down (using oval as guide), and pressed to make sure it stuck well.  I used the fussy cut images that I stamped with Berry Sorbet, Winter Wisteria and Plum Pudding dye ink pads from PTI, as well as the Bubblegum and Razzle Berry dye ink pads from MFT.  I did a little blending of the inks with the blending tool right on the stamp itself, before stamping the card stock.  I placed the fussy cut images and glued them on top of the rectangle. I also used foam tape for support under the flowers that hovered over the oval area.  Lastly, I used iridescent sequins from Hobby Lobby. Yes, I know… I haven’t gotten my hands on those pretty ones from Pretty Pink Posh… yet!  Those are on my wish list, though!  One of the other items on my wish list was just ordered earlier this week and I can hardly wait to get it in the mail!  I ordered my very own MISTI!!  Woohoo!  I can’t wait to create a project with it.  SOOO excited!!

Ok, that’s it for today.  I hope you liked the card and were inspired!  Thanks for stopping by.  See you back here soon!


Easel Card

So, here is my first attempt at an easel card.  Haha!  I love the cards and really enjoyed putting it together.  No instructions, by the way, only saw a picture and thought I could recreate it.  I think next time I will read the instructions, though!


I used the stamp set called “Cutting Garden” from PTI.  I’ve used the leaves and the other flower stamps but I hadn’t used this one in particular.  I like it!  I only need to get my creativity flowing to make something pretty with it.  The sentiment is from the “Spring Woods” stamp set and it’s covered by Wink of Stella, along with the entire flower and its foliage.


Next time I make one of these I will have to measure and make the fold in a different place.  In this one, I didn’t leave enough space for a long message.  I guess if you keep the message short and sweet it will work too!

The stitched rectangle die I used for the pink background is from Lawn Fawn and the white sitched wonky die is from MFT.  It’s my new favorite!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Go get crafty!