Monthly Archives: April 2010

Happy Retirement

  Hey there & thanks for hoppin’ by tonight.  Hope you’re enjoying a nice day of rest on this beautiful Sunday… more rain for us here in the Midwest, but that’s the way I like my spring!  Anywho, here’s my little creation for this month’s hop:  (the “assignment” was to use tissue paper)

    I had lots of intentions of trying something beautiful, but the reality was that I needed to make this retirement card for my father-in-law and, well… I was married to the idea of a mountain, and thought it would be appropriate to have some clouds up there.  Nothing fantabulous by the way of tissue paper, but I like it just the same. 

  My favorite part is actually the “hazy” background – its vellum dry embossed on a woodgrain texture plate!  It reminded me so much of the time we spent in the Pacific Northwest hiking and a little storm would roll in and suddenly we couldn’t see 5 feet in front of us!  Talk about rain!  Ah, I love it. 

  Okay, enough rambling from  me – you’ve got lots of blogs to check out!  I really appreciate you visiting tonight!


Paper- PTI rustic white, ocean tides, white, kraft; vellum

Ink- Tsukinenko jumbo java

Stamps- PTI mega mixed messages

Accessories- DMC floss, MM eyelet, tissue paper, PTI new leaf grosgrain ribbon, staples

Tools- Fiskars woodgrain texture plate

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You’re So Sweet

  Not only does today’s creation make me giddy to look at, but (more importantly) it was just an awesome experience to put together.  You see, I try to incorporate my boys in a lot of the crafting and creating that I do.  My attempts usually end with me frustrated (I am a control freak) and them disinterested (they are 3 & 4).  But every now and then they exhibit some signs of enjoyment that makes my heart leap… the best was when my 4-year-old asked my husband if he was considering any masking or resist techniques while painting our bedroom.  Giddy, I tell you.  So anyway, I got the idea to frame the cupcake image in a candy shop window type of scene from one of the boy’s I Spy books.  The picture is a “sweet shoppe” with lots of different candies and such scattered and in it you have to find particular hidden items (just in case you’re not familiar).  I sat down with the book and showed them how to draw a sketch from the picture in the book, and then went on to ask them help me figure out what we should use to represent each element of the sketch.  It was so stinkin’ cool to show them how creativity can work from the beginning of an idea through to the end result.  They love to look at the picture in their book and compare its elements to the card we made. 

 Besides my sweeties, parts of this creation were inspired by the current Around the House Challenge at Everything But the Kitchen Sink.  The challenge was…. (drumroll): StringLove me some string.   

Sorry for so much babble before the pic!  Here she is:


 See how the scalloped bit sticks out like a candy shop awning?  That was so fun!  The string (just DMC floss) represents columns on either side of the store front “window”, and it’s gathered by the string threaded through the buttons.  Ah.  I need some sugar now.  Hope you get some, too.  Thanks for looking!


  • Paper: PTI (kraft, white, raspberry fizz, dark chocolate)
  • Stamps: PTI (cupcake collection, polka dot basics II)
  • Ink: PTI (lemon tart, raspberry fizz)  Tsukinenko (jumbo java, versamark)
  • Accessories: DMC floss, buttons, embossing powder
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Thank You

Do you have creative play sessions?  I love just busting out the stamps and seeing what comes out- without any expectation of an end product.  Very freeing.  And sometimes among the new ideas, you get pretty little pieces to use at a later time.    I’ve had this little medallion made for a month or so (from my last play date) and I was ecstatic when it fit in with the latest Embellish Challenge! 

I remembered this awesome idea that Nichole Heady came up with some time ago and had to give it a try.  The floss center totally worked with all the symmetry in the medallion!  How lucky was that?  Here’s the full card:

The little bit on the right is just a little strip of aqua mist cardstock with a rhinestone on each end.  Without it the sentiment strip looked empty and floating to me.  It may be more apparent in the first pic, but the centers of each stamped bit are filled with some diamond Stickles.  Nice & shiny.  Alright, had to get this posted before the kids’ bathtime…so, I’m off!  Thanks for taking a look! 


Paper: PTI kraft, stamper’s select white, & aqua mist

Stamps: PTI Mod Squad, Big and Bold Wishes & Polka Dot Basics II

Ink:  PTI sweet blush, ocean tides & Palette noir

Accessories: Diamond stickles, rhinestones, DMC floss

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Bundle of Joy

  Today I’ve got a little card to show you that I made for a sweet, sweet friend of mine.  She’s expecting her 3rd child in a few months and is a bit stressed out about life right now.  I’m so excited to offer her a bit of encouragement and remind her what a sweet bundle of joy she’ll be adding to her life soon!  Ah, isn’t this obsession hobby wonderful?  (Oh, and I also decided to give the paper piecing challenge on the Moxie Fab blog a whirl).  Enough chit chat…

The first pic is a bit washed out due to my (lack of) photo editing skills.  Hope the second is a bit easier on the eyes.

So, I got the idea from my little guy’s crib bedding.  As I drowsily stared at the crib skirt, sheet, and bumper pad I liked how the slats of the crib broke up the pattern.  That’s why I cut the strips and made them a bit wonky.  Each originally started off as a scrap of paper with some full-sized stamping.  My favorite part about this card is how the “bundle of” sits right in the corner of two pieces and that corner is repeated in the floss border.  Also lovin’ that white space.  Can’t go wrong with that, in my opinion!  Okay, enough from me… off to feed the sweet babe sleeping in the crib of inspiration.  Thanks for poppin’ in! 


  • Paper: PTI Rustic White, Stamper’s Select White & Spring Moss
  • Stamps: PTI Baby Button Bits, Damask Designs & Background Basics: Retro
  • Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Spring Rain, Lemon Tart & Tsukinenko Jumbo Java
  • Accessories: DMC FLoss & Button
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WPlus9 Color Cue Challenge #2

Playing along again with Dawn’s Color Cue.  She is releasing some really awesome stuff, btw.  I have got to find some room in that budget!  Here are the challenge details:

White, teal, light yellow & bright pink.  Never in a million years would I think to combine these colors…guess that’s why they call it a challenge, eh?  I gave it a shot and I love how it turned out!  Now I can’t wait to use this combo again!  Funny how we can grow out of our comfort zone so quickly sometimes! 

 My favorite part was the scored vertical lines on either side of the sentiment.  Here’s a (shadowy) close up: 

Well, thanks for taking a look today! 


  • Paper: PTI Stamper’s Select White & Raspberry Fizz
  • Stamps:  PTI Life & Birthday Basics
  • Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Ocean Tides, Lemon Tart & Palette Noir
  • Accessories: Buttons, DMC Floss, Provo Craft Embossing Folder

PC Go-To Sketch Challenge #1

  Happy Monday!  Just popping in to post what I came up with  for Papercrafts Magazine’s new Go-To Sketch Challenge.  I totally {heart} sketch challenges and cannot wait to get this new special issue in my hands!  Here’s the sketch I went with (there were 2 choices):   


And here’s my creation:  

 This was one of those that kind of took me on an adventure… lots of experimenting and playing with the transparency and little accent flower.  Here’s a close-up for you:  

Supplies: Paper- PTI ocean tides, aqua mist, & white, transparency, vellum; Stamps- PTI Blooming Button Bits & YOF:Violets; Ink- PTI fresh snow & ocean tides,  Pallette noir;  Accents- PTI vintage buttons, ribbon, diamond Stickles & Nestabilities labels 4  

The transparency is sandwiched between the two frames I cut with Nestabilities dies.  I adhered the buttons to the card base and then popped the frame up with some dimensionals on top of the buttons.  The flower center is colored (with a crayola marker from the kids’ marker box!) and then topped with some diamond stickles.  Honey, if you’re reading this, I’d really like some big-girl Copics for my birthday!  

 Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a sunny, springy day!

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Happy Easter to you!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.     

 John 3:16   

Supplies:  Paper- PTI Rustic White, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, & Kraft; Stamps-PTI  Damask Desgins & Mega Mixed Messages; Ink- PTI Sweet Blush, Tsukeninko Jumbo Java; Other- Adhesive Pearls & Paper Piercing tool