Monthly Archives: February 2010

I’ve gone challenge CrAzY

…and I love it!   I am just so infatuated with the process of creating.  Love being stretched and twisted- yes, sometimes it is uncomfortable!  But, it’s always (okay, most of the time) so fun to see what the end product is and know how you worked it out to get there.  

There are such a vast number of challenges out there in blogland and I am so excited to start dabbling in them a bit more.  Love to see what’s current and how I can mesh that with upcoming card-giving occasions on my personal calendar!  That being said, let me show you my first go at Embellish Magazine’s most recent challenge: 

(The challenge was to utilize 1)borders and 2)the four highlighted colors)

Pretty springy, right?!?!   I was shakin’ in my boots- so many colors for me! 

 supplies: PTI cardstock (white, lemon tart, sweet blush, spring moss, melon berry), PTI ink (lemon tart, sweet blush, spring moss, melon berry), PTI stamps (Damask Designs & Beyond Basic Borders), Spellbinders die (Dahlia), Provo Craft embossing folder (swiss dots), Stickles (diamond).   

Had to use a LOT of white space to not get overwhelmed by those sweet colors!  I love my border punches, but saw this as an opportunity to think outside the punch drawer.  So, for my “border” I used the Dahlia Nestabilities and cut my flowers in half, then lined them up next to each other.  I also added that little strip of Melon Berry cardstock on the edge there to help balance out the sentiment (stamped in Melon Berry).    The little strip was kind of plain, so I added some Diamond Stickles to spice it up.  (Why is it so hard for me to photo Stickles?!?!  Come on!)  Here’s a close up of that bit: 

Ah, I did it.  Feels so good & I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, too!  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you’re challenging yourself to grow & create today!

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PTI Blog Hop

   Happy Design Team Appreciation Day!  Can’t think of a more inspirational bunch to honor, can you?  So diverse in stylings, but all such high quality.  What a great team!  This is my first time playing along with the blog hop, and I’m quite excited!  I chose to put my own spin on Dawn McVey’s Make a Wish card.   Here’s Dawn’s creation:           


Switched up the colors a bit to make it fit a with sympathy tone.  My favorite part was stamping the flourish in new leaf and in spring moss to give it a bit of a shadow.  Seemed like just the new leaf alone was a bit flat.  (Sorry my pic is a bit dark- it’s cream on smokey shadow).           


 I also thought it was fun to leave the die on when I stamped the flourish in Versamark- kind of keeps the frame around the label.               


 Thanks for hopping by!  I’m looking forward to checking out everyone’s creations tonight!                


supplies: PTI cardstock (smokey shadow, vintage cream, spring moss), PTI ink (new leaf, spring moss), Colorbox ink (Charcoal), Versamark ink, PTI stamps (Polka Dot Basics, Fancy Flourishes, Mega Mixed Messages), PTI ribbon (new leaf),  Spellbinders die (Labels 4), Martha Stewart punch (butterfly) DMC floss, button, rhinestones.   
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Moxie Fab Embroidery Floss Challenge

    Could not wait to give the current Moxie Fab challenge a spin!  Floss is so incredibly inexpensive compared to other paper crafting supplies, so I knew I wanted to stock up on a rainbow of colors.  For some reason, the image of a child’s maze came to my mind when I was thinking about what to stitch, so I just went with it…. 

supplies: PTI cardstock (white), Pallete ink (noir), PTI stamps (Friends ’till the End), Fancy Pants acetate heart, DMC floss.

  Love how simple and colorful it turned out and how the sentiment is punny, but not over-the-top.  Do you use floss often?  My head is spinning with the possibilities and I especially can’t wait to try stitching a stamped image!  Maybe I’ll wait until my poor fingers recover for that, though!  Thanks for taking a look! 

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Jessica Witty’s 10MSPC

  The 10 Minute Scrap Pile Challenge.  I’ve been watching this idea evolve on Jessica Witty’s blog and have intended to play along for some time.  Glad I finally did it.  Unfortunately, she went with a collage this week and I am so not ready to go there!  

  This weekend, my big guys and I made some little paper birds that we found in Family Fun magazine.  Well, the birds were cute, but got a bit roughed up while being loved on, so there’s no pic of them.  Ah, boys.  Anywho, I used the scraps we had leftover on the table and collected them with a piece of double-sided tape.  After I adhered them to the card base, I coated the tape in some white glitter and accented it all with some bits from an old sheet of stickers.  I was amazed at how quickly this came together- a bit wonky and quirky, but so fun.  Thanks for looking! 

 supplies: Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft), American Crafts cardstock (red, green, orange, blue),  American Crafts patterned paper (play collection), Brand ink (color), Doodlebug stickers (hopscotch), double-sided tape, glitter.


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CPS 155

    Loved playing along with this sketch this week at CPS.  I’m not used to doing this much stamping, but it was such fun!  The color combo was inspired by one of my friend’s shirts that I just couldn’t stop staring at during church on Sunday- couldn’t wait to give it a spin.  I love this big chunky bow- one of those things that I salvaged from a Christmas gift a long time ago!  It’s a bit hard to see the stickles in the flower centers, but I think it really adds something to the scene.  Thanks for looking!   

 supplies: Paptertrey Ink cardstock (kraft), Papertrey Ink ink (pure poppy, sweet blush, hibiscus burst), Close to my Heart ink (cocoa), Colorbox ink (pink), Papertrey Ink stamps (Life and Mega Mixed Messages), ribbon, Spellbinders die (rectangles and Labels 4), DMC floss, Papertrey Ink button (pure poppy), circle punch, Stickles (gold).     


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Hello Friend (inspired by Maile Belles french knots)

  Since I’ve got a bunch of catchin’ up to do, I’m going to keep things a bit short and sweet.  Love how Maile Belles uses those french knots.  Her style is so clean and fresh- that takes a lot of work!  She has a tutorial here for you to check out.  I feel pretty good about this little one, especially since it was my first go with those knots!  A lot of stamping and just stuff here- this was my creative therapy after being cooped up the hospital with my little guy for a few days!  I do keep looking at it wishing I popped that bottom blue square up, but I just have to go with it… let it go and call it a day.  Thanks for looking.    




supplies: PTI cardstock (kraft, cream, sweet blush, ocean tides), PTI ink (ocean tides, sweet blush), Versamark ink, PTI stamps (Mega Mixed Messages, Giga Guidelines, Fancy Flourishes, Polka Dot Basics II), Provo Craft embossing folder (swiss dots), DMC floss, Fiskars border punch.   


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Ah, sweet neglected blog daughter

  Remember me?  Well, probably not.  You see, I had this little routine of making cards and posting them kicking into gear… until I decided to throw a birthday bash for my 4-year-old, and the whole family got sick, and my sweet baby ended up in the hospital.  So, really I have reasons.  But, I have still been creating, just not posting.  So I’ve got some catching up to do.  As I was attempting to get a bunch of cards photo’d this morning, my husband said, “your daughter blog is forced into last place isn’t she?”  He’s right- I’m just in it right now caring for my sweet boys and keeping this house running (kind of).  So happy to know that those little pieces of paper are waiting for me at the end of a hard day.  What a break! 

 This little friend was made so long ago, I don’t really know where the inspiration came from!  I do love that loopy font though.  I had the idea for the circle background in my head forever- what a relief to get it out.  Thank goodness for the stamp-a-ma-jig, I tell ya!  Thanks for looking & hope to talk soon!

                                supplies:  American Crafts cardstock (brown), Papertrey Ink cardstock (red), Michael’s ribbon (blue),  patterned paper (?old mystery?),Versamark ink,  Maya Road stamps (you spin me right round) K & Co letter stickers, Sakura gel pen (white), EK success corner rounder punch


     SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?  It’s so cliche’, but I never win anything.  Totally at a loss for words.  I get all of those fabulous sets.  Where am I going to find the time to do all of that stamping?!?!?  Looks like I’ll be up into the wee hours of the morning in my little scrap closet.  Oh, I SO cannot wait.  PTI is so incredibly awesome.  Wow.