Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Blog!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to finally announce that my new blog has gone live -

If you followed me here, I'd love it if you followed me over there! All new posts will be over on the new blog starting today.

Many thanks for all of your support!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

You're Sweet

Back after a long weekend in Las Vegas where I was reunited with 25 of my Chi Omega sorority sisters from USC! What a wonderful trip - lots of hysterical memories, singing, laughter, and the crazy feeling that we somehow very easily picked up where we left off 18 years ago! Crazy!

Prior to leaving on the trip I worked my fingers to the bone making cards for a big card call. Now that submissions have been selected for publication, I have a few I can share. This sweet card was my first foray into lace and I think it turned out pretty cute. I definitely have to work on my technique since I couldn't really get it to lie flat. Never fear, foam squares to the rescue!

Supplies: Cardstock - Riding Hood Red (SU!), DP - Garden Variety Paper Kit (Cosmo Cricket), Stamps - Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket for Unity), Ink - Riding Hood Red (SU!), Lace - Joann

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

All My Love is Yours

The theme for this month's waltz is masculine cards and I made this one for my hubby, incorporating this week's sketch into the design. Yes, I know it is pink and red but he will love it! If you've just happened by, head on over to Claire's blog or the 'Mouse house to get started! Even though the Seasons of Love set has been around for a little while, I just got it and haven't had much chance to use it yet. The heart stamp coordinates perfectly with the heart nesties and makes such a beautiful focal image. Of course I couldn't leave it alone so I added some blingy rhinestones to the edges of the scallop and the center of the white heart.

Why a bear you ask? Well, a long time ago my hubby and I started calling each other "bear" (kinda like dear I suppose but much bigger and, um, hairier? lol) Anywho, the nickname stuck and one of our wedding gifts were towels embroidered with Mr. Bear and Mrs. Bear. I've had this bear charm kicking around for a while and thought it would be the perfect touch for the card to "my bear."

Supplies: Seasons of Love (WMS), Riding Hood Red, Blush Blossom, Whisper White cardstock (SU!), Riding Hood Red, Basic Black ink (SU!), DP My Mind's Eye, Rhinestones (Crafta), Twine (PTI), Bear Charm (a great bead store in Phoenix that I will never be able to remember the name of!)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birthday Wishes

I made this card for the Embellish Magazine Color Challenge and really like the way it turned out! I loved the leather hair clips inspiration photo and mulled quite a few ideas over in my head before settling on this one. I've not used much coral in my crafting before and really like it! I did mute the color of the ribbon a bit with some distressing ink and think it blends in with the card much better. The yellow panel in the center has some flowers stamped directly on to it (I stamped off once before stamping on the panel). I also stamped some flowers in versamark onto the coral cardstock, cut them out, and adhered them using foam.

Supplies: Stamps – Asian Gardens (WMS) DP – Garden Gala (Webster’s Pages) Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Melon Berry, Tea Dye (PTI)Cardtsock – Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Melon Berry (PTI)Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, SpellbindersMisc - rhinestones (Crafta), ribbon (PTI), Corner Chomper (Crop A Dile), Foam Squares (3M)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Celebrate the Day

I made this card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge and really like the way it came out! I just got the Basic Gray Cappella collection so I can start working on our wedding album (yes, 3 1/2 years later...) and thought I'd make a card for my hubby to give to him once I get our album finished.

You can't really see it in the photo but I used some Glimmer Mist and some Stickles on the center of the flower to give it some bling. There are a couple of different layers popped up and the fussy cutting of the leaves give the card a lot of dimension.

Supplies: Stamps - Love's Flower (Verve); DP - Cappella (Basic Gray); Ink - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI); Cardtsock - Blush Blossom (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI); Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders; Misc - rhinestone (K&Co), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), ribbon (Michael's), Scallop Edge Punch (SU!), Corner Chomper (Making Memories), Foam Squares (3M)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bon Voyage, Connie

I just finished making this card for my friend's mom who is finally retiring after talking about doing it since I used to work with them (almost 5 years ago!) I am so excited that Connie will be able to do more traveling and I'm sure my friend will be happy that she can do more babysitting! ;)

Oh, one more detail - since this is a card for her party that a lot of people will be signing, it is 8.5 x 11! Yes, definitely the largest card I've made, by far but I think it came out great!

Supplies: Stamps - Travel (Cloud 9); Ink - Tea Dye (Distress Ink), Tea Dye (PTI), Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red (SU!); Cardstock - Kraft (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI); DP - Travel Matstack (DCWV); Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Labels 10 (Spellbinders); Misc - Travel Stickers (Jolee's), Twine (SU!)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Just Because

I made this card for the Reader's Choice Color Inspiration Challenge over on Kristina Werner's blog and realized it would also fit the Cinema Saturday challenge to use plaid!

My personal challenge this week was to try and stamp the background rather than relying on designer papers. Don't get me wrong, I love my dp but I also want to incorporate more stamping into my cards. I've had the argyle set for a couple of months now but haven't used it and thought today would be the perfect chance to get it inky! I love how cute the panel turned out!

Supplies: Stamps - A Little Argyle, Beautiful Blooms II, Round and Round (PTI); Cardstock - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI); Ink - Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Certainly Celery (SU!); Misc - Vintage Sparkler (Webster's Pages), Distressed Seam Binding (DebsSimpleTreasures, Etsy)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Welcome Little One

I utterly adore Waltzingmouse Stamps and can't believe I almost missed the very first sketch challenge! This week has been absolute chaos and I didn't think I'd be able to get it done! But, I got home at 7pm and whipped this card out with life or death urgency! Well, maybe not quite that much but pretty close! I think it came out great for a "quick and dirty."

You only have 12 minutes to participate but head on over to the new WMS Sketch Challenge blog and check it out! I think you'll have another chance to participate this Saturday!Supplies: Stamps - Lil' Buddies (WMS); DP - Ducks in a Row (October Afternoon); Cardstock - Blush Blossom (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI); Ink - Basic Black (SU!); Ribbon - Crafta; Button - Favorite Findings; Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities; Misc - Puff Ball (Michael's), Copic Markers

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

You're Invited

This week's challenge over at Cinema Saturday is to make something out of the box inspired by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland!" While you may look at this and think it looks like a traditional card, it posed a big challenge to me to think outside of the box!

I had a stamp of the White Rabbit that I thought would be just perfect but when I pulled the stamp off of the backing, I saw that his scroll was filled in and would always say "You Are Invited." Outside the box #1 for me was making an invitation I was grumpy about. How can I use just one invitation? :)

The next part of my adventure started when I saw another stamp in the set that I realized I'd much rather use in the Rabbit's scroll. Who wouldn't agree that the "congratulations" message is generally much more useful?

Tada!! You can see my outside the box moment #2 below! I used my craft knife to remove the part of the stamp that had the message permanently attached to the scroll! Clever!!

As stampers, it is rare that we find something that is perfect, as-is, and since we are such a crafty bunch, we can certainly tailor things we buy to suit our needs a bit better. I am thrilled with my new stamp and will get a ton more use out of it this way!

Supplies: Stamps - Card Sentiments (Clear Art); DP - Garden Gals (Webster's Pages); Cardstock - Certainly Celery (SU!); Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye Chai (PTI); Misc - Distressed Seam Binding(DebSimpleTreasures (Etsy)), Vintage Sparkler (Webster's Pages)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Die Tulpen

Two posts in one day - I have to settle down! I've never participated in one of Mercy's sketch challenges and, since I had some time this holiday weekend, decided to give it a go! I am seriously loving this cute flower set from Taylored Expressions - it will definitely be out for a while!

Supplies: Stamps - Garden Party Blooms (Taylored Expressions), Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Versamark, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Perfect in Pink, Gable Green (Stampin' Up!); Cardstock - Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Whisper White (SU!); Ribbon, Lace - Joann; Punch - Fiskars; Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

You Are My All Star

I made this card for the Go To Sketch Challenge #3 over on the Paper Crafts Blog. I just got these great sports sets from Papertrey Ink and hadn't used them yet and thought they'd be perfect. I stamped all of the balls and ran the footballs and basketballs through my Swiss Dots embossing folder for the proper texture, and added red Stickles to the baseballs for the stitching, cut them out and used foam squares to pop them up. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom and thought it needed more so I stamped the sentiment on some navy cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder. This one is going to my little brother who is a sports fiend - I have no idea how my dad and step-mom keep up with his sports schedule!

Supplies: Stamps - All Star Team, Have a Ball (Papertrey Ink); Cardstock - Stamper's Select White (PTI), orange and navy construction paper (my stash); Ink - Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Brilliant Blue (Stampin' Up!); DP - Get Happy (Cosmo Cricket); Misc - White Embossing Powder (SU!), Red Stickles (Ranger), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thanks a Bunch

I am totally digging the Reader-Inspired Color Challenges over on Kristina Werner's blog! Wow, we'd been away from them for so long and being back has been a lot of fun!

When I first saw all of these colors together, flowers were the first thing to come to mind and I went straight to a new set from Taylored Expressions that totally deserved to get inky! I finished off the stamped flowers with purple stickles on the tulip and rhinestone centers for the other two. The "thanks a bunch" sentiment was the perfect finishing touch.

Supplies: Stamps - Garden Party Blooms (Taylored Expressions); Cardstock - Brocade Blue, Whisper White (SU!); Ink - Certainly Celery, YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue (SU!); Misc - Purple Stickles, Rhinestones (Michael's)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mojo Monday 140

This is a card I made for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. If you haven't tried it out, you should! It is a lot of fun and, as I've mentioned before, really gets me out of my comfort zone. I am so nervous of mixing patterns - love it but terrified I do it poorly - but was determined to give it the old college try and I'm so happy with how this came out! I love the twine with the little "wish" charm at the bottom, too. Cute!

Supplies: Stamps - Big Wish (Verve), Vintage Labels (PTI); Cardstock - Kraft (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI); DP - Joy Ride (Cosmo Cricket); Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Berry Sorbet, Tea Dye (PTI); Twine - PTI; Charm - Frost Creek Charms; Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sizzlin' Summer Fun with Verve!

I made this card for the Sizzlin' Summer Fun challenge which is part of the May project parade over on the Verve Stamps blog. I got a couple of Julee's awesome sets during the last release and am having so much fun making summer cards with them!

I've been loving the beachy scenes that others have made with these sets and tried my hand at one of my own for this Father's Day card. I used some Cor'dinations and embossed, tore, and sanded it to make the sand, used some DCWV paper for the summer sky, and stamped the Father's Day greeting on the front. For the inside, I stamped the waves and bubbles on the bottom and cut out the cute sun on top.

Supplies: Stamps - Relax, Happy Days (Verve); Ink - Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange (SU!); Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White (SU!) Chocolate Box (Cor'dinations); DP - Tahiti Stack (DCWV); Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hats off to the Grad!

I can't believe my little brother is going to be in high school next year!! And, just in case you were trying to do the math, I was 25 when he was born! :) I just got this great graduation set and had to put it to quick use because he graduates in a week!

Supplies: Stamps - For the Graduate (PTI); Cardstock - Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU!); Ink - Perfect Plum, Basic Black (SU!); White Embossing Powder - SU!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

This Sunday is the first anniversary of the first sale in my Etsy shop and I'm celebrating with a sale of my own! For every 4 single cards purchased, you will get the 5th free! My shop announcement has all the details!

On to what is really on my mind and what is really important...thank you!!

This has been a whirlwind year and I've been so blessed to find a little online community of peeps just like me! "Meeting" all of you talented crafters via this blog, my shop, challenge sites, and forums in the past year has been so much fun! As big as this world seems sometimes, it is also very small and filled with so many wonderful people.

Crafting has been a wonderful outlet for me. Nothing clears my head after a stressful day at the office like rummaging around for the perfect paper and the perfect stamp that will ultimately make something lovely for someone equally lovely. I love every minute of it (well, unless my crafty mojo has gone missing) and always look forward to my "studio" time. Someday I hope to have a real studio (or at least a room in the house that isn't triple booked!) so I can be even craftier.

Many thanks and much love!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thinking About You

I really can't explain how absolutely thrilled I was to see this color challenge on Kristina Werner's blog again!! Color challenges were the first challenges I started to participate in and one of the reasons this blog was started just about a year ago!

Talk about a challenge - this one has 6 colors! I turned straight to this great paper for inspiration - the paper has all of the colors in it except the gray and white so made a tag out of those.

Stamps - Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse)
Ink - Soft Sky (SU!)
Cardstock - Basic Gray, Whisper White (SU!)
DP - Honey Pie (Cosmo Cricket)
Ribbon - Soft Sky (SU!)
Pearls - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May Blog Waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps!

I am so happy to be able to participate in another blog "waltz" with Waltzingmouse Stamps! If you've just happened by, please head over to Claire's blog or to the 'Mouse House to see all of the amazing creations folks have made with their WMS goodies! I for one am quite anxious to see creations from the new sets!

The volcano made transport difficult from Ireland and I don't have my new stamps yet, so I decided to use an "oldie but a goodie," and one of my favorites - Faux Fun Circles. Making stamp sets so Nestie friendly was a brilliant idea!! I heart my Nesties!

I cut the scalloped circles out of a chocolate card base and a kraft overlay, stamped the interior of the card with my favorite image from the set and then embossed it with white embossing powder. I then stamped the leaf image from the set around the scallop and tied it with a pretty bow. Don't you just love this ribbon? It was clearance priced at Stampin' Up and I think it works perfectly with these colors! Next I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from my Lil' Buddies set in red on cream cardstock, distressed the edges, and attached it to the center of the circle with a foam square for some dimension. I really like how it came out - seems a bit Tyrolean, don't you think?

Stamps - Faux Fun Circles, Lil' Buddies (WMS)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Kraft (SU!)
Ink - Craft White, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Tea Dye Chai (PTI)
Ribbon - SU!
Embossing Powder - SU!
Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Scalloped Circles (Spellbinders)

All You Need is Love...

I made this card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge using a few orphaned supplies in my stash. First I found the card base sitting in a pile and decided to use it and thought chocolate brown would be the perfect compliment. I immediately knew I wanted to use Verve's "Love's Flower" set.

Stamps - Love's Flower (Verve)
Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Cardstock - Whisper White, Regal Rose (SU!)
Punch - Fiskars
Pearls - Hero Arts
Ribbon - Crafta

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Time to Celebrate

I made this card for my dear friend Beth. This is a special weekend for her - birthday today and her first Mother's Day on Sunday!

Stamps - Hero Arts
Ink, Punch, Cardstock - SU!
DP - K&Co
Distresser - Making Memories
Ribbon - my stash

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Gifts

I made sets of these lovely general purpose cards for our moms for Mother's Day. Just got them into the mail this morning and I sure hope they like them!

All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps - Vintage Vogue
Ink - Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss
Cardstock - Kraft, Cream
Misc - Scallop Border Punch, Pearls (Martha Stewart), Distressing Tool (Making Memories)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mojo Monday 137

It is contest time over at Mojo Monday - there is a fabulous prize for multiple winners so go check it out! Here is my take on the sketch -

I just adore my Fairy Tale set from Verve and just got to try out a new stamp from Hero Arts. I think they go perfectly together!

Stamps - Fairy Tale (Verve), Vine Panel (Hero Arts), Paris (PaperSource)
Ink - Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye Chai, Chamomile (PTI)
Cardstock - Kraft (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ribbon - Crafta

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Waltzingmouse Stamps!!

This month, Waltzingmouse Stamps is celebrating its first birthday with EIGHT new sets that will be released tomorrow. As part of the celebration, Claire has a little contest going on over on her blog - play along you can win the whole release! The card I made above features stamps from the L'il Buddies and Sweethearts sets.

I stumbled across WMS last October when looking for Halloween stamps (check out Halloween Party - I don't have it yet but will be getting it this weekend along with a few others!) and have been in love ever since. Waltzingmouse has quickly become my go-to company for fabulous and unique acrylic stamps that fit Nestabilities perfectly.

Thank you, Claire - you are a total inspiration! And, huge, huge, huge congratulations for getting your company off the ground and giving all of us so many amazing stamps and ideas with which to create such "fabby" projects!

Stamps - L'il Buddies, Sweethearts (WMS)
Ink - Melon Berry (PTI), Basic Black (SU!)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI)
DP - Be Loved (My Minds Eye)
Ribbon - Crafta
Copic Markers

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

North By Northwest

This week's movie over on the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is North By Northwest - one of my favorite movies! The challenge requrement is - uh oh - I completely missed the challenge requirement of adding paper piercing! Or maybe I didn't and you just can't see it? Allright, nevermind.

Because I was fresh out of "Mistaken Identity" paper, I decided to go with a travel theme since Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint are literally all over the place in this movie! There is a bit of busyness in this paper that I think lends itself well to the chaos of the film. I thought the sentiment was perfect, too. Sometimes we can be so conflicted or lost but our hearts always know the way!

Stamps - Whimsical Words (SU!)
Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Cardstock - DCWV, PaperSource, SU!
Ribbon - Crafta
Die Cutting - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mother's Day

Glen and I are so blessed to have four amazing women about whom we celebrate Mother's Day - our mothers, my step mother, and Glen's aunt!

I really hope they aren't peeking because I finished these cards for them over the weekend. I'm trying to get used to my Copic markers and I'm really liking using them, just don't have too many. Thankfully I had several shades in the pink/salmon family so I could color these flowers.

Stamps - Verve
Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Forest Foliage, Rose Red (SU!)
Ink - Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
DP - Porcelain (Basic Grey)
Other - Pearls (Hero Arts), Stickles, Corner Chomper, foam squares, edge distressing tool

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I've had the Basic Grey, Origins paper pad for a while now and haven't used it! A travesty, I know! Anyway, I've had the Old Olive paper and this great floral print sitting on my desk forever and finally made this card! I love how the black pops off of the greens and the little silver buckle was the perfect add for the right side of the card to balance it out.

DP - Origins (Basic Grey)
Stamps - Whimsical Words (SU!)
Ink - Basic Black (SU!)
Cardstock - Old Olive, Basic Black (SU!), Rustic Cream (PTI)
Border Punch - Fiskars
Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities
Ribbon/slide - my stash

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


The movie of the week over at the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is Oklahoma and the challenge is to use a bit of gingham in our creations.

Now I haven't seen Oklahoma in a very long time and am not sure I ever finished it when I did watch it but who doesn't know the songs? "Surrey with the Fringe on Top?" Or, my favorite, and inspiration for this card, "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." I thought the sunshine and the sentiment conveyed the "beautiful morning" while the subtle blue of the gingham and the distressing gave it a vintagy, barn feel. In my mind, the twine is an old, rusty piece of barbed wire and little miss lady bug is just along for the ride. :)

Cardstock, ink, twine - SU!
Stamps - Verve, SU!
DP - K@Co
Ladybug - Meyer Imports

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps!

I am so excited to be able to participate in the 2nd waltz with Claire and all of the talented crafters who love Waltzingmouse Stamps! If you've happened over here, waltz on over to Claire's blog to get started! You can also head over to the 'Mouse house to take a peek at what everyone else has done!

The April waltz is in honor of our mothers and Mother's Day! Daffodils and Narcissus always remind me of my mom since she has them growing all over her yard. I just love walking through her garden! So, it was easy to choose the stamp I was going to use on a Mother's Day card inspired by her.

I used the Spring Baskets set using the masking technique Anya showed us a couple of months ago. It is the first time I've masked and I think I'll be all over it from now on! Not hard at all and it gives a very nice impression of a bit of depth. I colored the flowers using Copics (really the first time I've used those, too) and filled the centers with Liquid Pearls. I hand cut the grass border and added a yellow button sun and some floaty clouds. I also sponged the "sky" with blue ink. Cute!

Stamps - Spring Baskets (WMS)
Ink - Soft Sky, Garden Green, Basic Black (SU!)
Cardstock - Garden Green (SU!), Stampers Select White (PTI)
Button - my stash
Twine - PTI
DP - K@Company
Copic Markers, Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The movie of the week over at the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is Up - one of the best yet strangest movies I've seen in a while! Our mission, should we have chosen to accept it, was to create a card inspired by the movie using balloons.

I loved Up! Watched it with my hubby and we were both so incredibly sad at the beginning wondering what the heck Pixar had done this time. To see that Carl and Ellie couldn't have kids and then when she got sick - oh boy! Long story short, that was only about the first 10 minutes or so of the film. The rest of the film is Carl's story of trying to make Ellie's dream come true and in the meantime, having a big adventure of his own.

I started with a fun paper kit from Cosmo Cricket to make the hills (in a world where dogs can talk and birds are named Kevin, striped and polkadot hills seem positively dull...), used a sticker from the kit for the large balloon and 1/2" circles punched from other papers in the kit for the smaller balloons. If you look closely, you will see the small balloons are covered with clear epoxy stickers to give them some dimension. The sentiment I chose was inspired by Carl's new aquaintance, Russell, who came along for the ride quite by accident but was there to give Carl a lift!

After putting the card together, I didn't think it was quite finished so I found some pom poms, cut one in half and spread the halves around to make the clouds! Aren't they adorable?

Stamps - Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Paper Kit - Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Pom Poms - my stash
Epoxy Stickers - PTI

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Small Wonder

I made this card for my friends who just had their first baby - a little boy!

Cardstock - Soft Sky (ret.), Kraft, Barely Banana, Whisper White (SU!)
Stamps - Whimsical Words, (SU! I'll have to get back to you with the other set name)
DP - Itsy Bitsy Baby Boy (K&Company)
Ribbon - Crafta

Mojo Monday 133

I always get nervous when I see the Mojo challenges that appear to include lots of patterns and lots of layers and this week was no exception. My husband always says, "it wouldn't be a challenge if it was easy, right?" Right! This week I decided to take the spirit of the challenge and make a card in my style which is a little more simple. Trust me, I've tried layers, and they don't look good on me, lol.

I've had this great crafting kit from Cosmo Cricket for a few weeks now and have been dying to use it. After seeing how the banner sticker was the perfect fit for this challenge, I decided to build the card around it.

Paper/Stickers - Cosmo Cricket "Garden Variety"
Cardstock - PTI "Vintage Cream", SU! "Riding Hood Red" (ret)
Ink - PTI Tea Dye "Chamomile"
Leaf Ribbon - PTI
Flower Punch - Marvy Uchida
Buttons/Twine - my stash

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sense and Sensibility

Oh, Sense and Sensibility is one of my all time favorite movies! I've seen it countless times and love it every time and cry every time Edward declares his love for Elinor! Oh my goodness, who wouldn't want a love like that? I feel super thankful and lucky to say that I've been blessed with that kind of love!

So, the challenge this week was clean and simple and while I think I may have stumbled into territory a bit more complicated than "clean", this card was still pretty "simple" to make! I just got some great lace (which I thought was cloth but feels like it is made of fibers - strange but cool!) and thought it would be great for the period aspect. And, the new stamp set from Stampin' Up! fits just perfectly.

Stamps - "Vintage Vogue" Stampin' Up!
Ink - "Mellow Moss", "Perfect Plum" Stampin' Up!
Cardstock - Kraft Stampin' Up!
DP - "Bittersweet" Basic Grey
Lace - Crafta
Pearls - Martha Stewart

Mojo Monday Challenge #132

The last time Julee challenged us with a round or square choice, I chose the round - first time I'd ever done that and I had a ball! So, when the choice came 'round again, I tackled the square card! I hold back on the square cards because I don't know how to maximize use of the cardstock I have. I really only buy the 8.5 x 11" cardstock so maybe I'll have to get some larger stock so I can tackle some of these great cards!

And, in honor of making two cards trying to minimize scraps, here is the second (not for the Mojo challenge but for my "minimize waste" challenge!)

Cardstock - "Soft Sky" - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - "Big Wish" - Verve
Ink - "Soft Sky", "Perfect Plum" - Stampin' Up!
DP, Chipboard Sticker - "Kioshi" - Basic Grey
Ribbon - Crafta
Punch, Rhinestones - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities