Monthly Archives: January 2010


   Ooh, this was such a fun sketch to play with!  I had so many ideas, but ended up chopping the sketch in half (sorta).  I was playing around with that little owl while watching tv the other night.  I just cut him out of the paper and knew I could use him for something.  I’m pretty happy with how he turned out, complete with his curled leaves that are difficult to see in the photo. 

supplies:  Papertrey Ink cardstock (white) and ribbon (new leaf), DCWV patterned paper (The Green Stack), Colorbox chalk ink (charcoal), Provo Craft embossing folder (swiss dots), Spellbinders die (Labels 4), DMC floss, buttons. 

  Thanks for stopping by!

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Inspired by Debbie Seyer (“XOXO” card)

  So, as I was reading over the January/February 2010 issue of PaperCrafts, my eye was (more than) caught by this beautiful card.  It was my favorite card in the whole issue, and it only got a little peek of a photo as it was included in the “online content” section.  It was made by Debbie Seyer, who designs for Spellbinders. So excited to find someone new to me to glean inspiration from.  

  Well, I {heart} Nestabilities and was so excited to run out and buy the Dahlia set after seeing Debbie’s card.  I have running wish list of the sets I want and usually wait until Hobby Lobby has their 40% off coupons going.  Dahlia wasn’t one I would have really considered before seeing Debbie’s creation, but I’ve used it left and right since I purchased it a few weeks ago.  Since I loved so much about the card, I decided to stick pretty much to a direct copy of it. 

supplies: Papertrey Ink cardstock (ocean tides, kraft),ink (ocean tides), stamp (Mega Mixed Messages), and ribbon, DCWV patterned paper (The Green Stack), Spellbinders dies (Dahlia and Labels 4). 

  I had some trouble embossing the flowers after cutting them on my Cuttlebug, mainly because I had to transfer them to another plate and it kind of popped them out of the dies.  I really wanted to redo it, but my husband was waiting patiently for me and I am battling some perfectionism, so I am just going with it.  I love the way the ocean tides color works with the red, and that little mushroom paper makes me smile.  Thanks for peeking in.  Hope you have an inspired day! 

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Inspired by Dawn McVey (Poofy Flowers)

   Wish I could blame my lack of recent posting on the fact that I have a new little one, but I can’t!  He’s absolutely a dream baby and his big brothers love him so.  I have kind of spun myself into this web of thinking that my creations don’t measure up (to what?!?!) and that I should abandon my blogging efforts.  It’s a bit hard to get started at this, but I do have to try.  My husband is so incredibly supportive and has been the cheerleader who made me come back.  Goodness, do I love him!   I think I may need to make some time to re-read The Creative Life by Alice Bass.  In the past, it helped me put my creative fears and blocks into the right perspective.  Okay, enough of me.  On to an inspired creation… 

  Don’t you just love Dawn McVey?  She seems so real and perky and friendly- and her cards are, too!  She is full of color and creativity and has such an unpretentious way of sharing.  Well, recently she’s done some tutorial videos on her blog.  Awesome.  I loved her instruction on making these poofy button flowers.  Her button centers were much bigger, which I think I like better, but I only had one purple button in my whole stash- and it was a bitty one!  I think some shopping is in order, don’t you?  Dawn’s tip on purchasing a cheapy vintage book and using the pages is so clever. 

  Dawn also did a video on lining up background stamps, which I found helpful.  I honestly didn’t think my technique would change before watching the video, but it really did.  She shows how to line up the stamp first, then line it up on your block, and how to line it up so it stays straight on your paper.  Love the procedure and attention to detail!  I had a bunch of fun just stamping some patterns on 11 x 4.25 cardstock while my boys colored one afternoon.  It’s so great for me to create in pieces like that.  If you haven’t yet, you should surely check the video out! 

supplies:  Papertrey Ink cardstock (vintage cream, lavender moon, dark chocolate) and stamps (Polka Dot Basics & Background Basics: Retro), Versamark ink, EK Success scallop punch, Ranger stickles (silver), Book print, Button, DMC floss. 

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  Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by today.  This is my first attempt at a sketch challenge, so we’ll see how this goes…  Would’ve liked to have given myself some more time to make sure I get the link posted correctly and everything, but our computer crashed and we’ve had to buy a new one!  Luckily my smarty husband was able to salvage our old hard drive and all of its contents!!! 

  So…here’s my card:

  supplies:  Papertrey Ink cardstock (vintage cream, spirng rain, enchanted evening), ink (vintage cream, enchanted evening), and stamps (Giga Guidelines & Polka Dot Basics), Autumn Leaves stamps (flourishes), Versamark ink, EK success pen, Nestabilities die (long rectangles)

 I felt a little stuck trying to “fill in” the elements on the sketch.  Decided not to make too much of it and stick with something simple.  I love clean lines and no fuss.  And this color combo is such a fave of mine-cream, a light blue, dark blue, and gold.  Warm and wintery at the same time.  It’s hard to see the embossing detail, but the swirls are embossed in gold and clear.  I love the look of the clear embossing on the cream cardstock.  Oh, and those stamps, so old, I know!!!  They were everywhere a few years ago, and mine haven’t been put away yet.  Tell you the truth, I’d love to upgrade to a more sophisticated version.  As soon as the budget allows!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

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Inspired by Kristina Werner (“Love” Card)

   This is one of those cards that after I first saw it, I couldn’t stop thinking about.  Is that too much to admit this early in the game?  Do you obsess over pieces of paper too?!?  Tell me I’m not crazy.  Seriously though, Kristina Werner is full ideas & is an awesome teacher.  I especially enjoy that she has a graphic design background and thus seems to have a reason for every element in her creations.      

  I decided to make a very similar version of it for my niece’s 7th birthday.  It’s a 5.5 by 4.25 single-layer card.  I used a similar white gel pen (though not as great as the one she uses) and the same Diamond Stickles.  Obviously, I kept the layout (or sketch) of the card identical and also used the techniques of masking, tone-on-tone stamping, and heat embossing.  Check it out…     

supplies: Papertrey Ink cardstock & ink (melon berry) and stamps (Giga Guidelines, Mega Mixed Messages), Sakura gel pen (white), Ranger stickles (diamond), Versamark ink, Embossing powder (white)      

  The biggest challenge for me was creating the dots with the white gel pen.  I got too excited and didn’t pay much attention to the spacing.  AND, this was my very first time using Stickles.  I know.  I live under a rock.  If you do too, I highly suggest you try them out.  So fun to play with.     

  Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!  Hope to “see” you again soon!      



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Happy New Blog!

Hey there!  Welcome to the blog and to 2010.  (What a cool number to write!)   With it being the first day of a new year, I thought it an appropriate time to finally start journaling my papercrafting adventures.  Though I’ve had many ideas floating around for a while, I’ve settled on some that will hopefully stick and guide me through this new journey.