Thursday, September 29, 2011


{{So the following story doesn't have anything to do with the card, but I wanted to document it.}}
{{Thanks for humoring me!}}

It's my baby's fifth birthday today (because as I'm posting this it is still technically Thursday). He woke up this morning, looked himself up and down and then looked at me with big brown sad eyes and questioned in a disappointing voice. "Mama, Why am I not any bigger?" I'm not exactly sure if my answer was what he wanted to hear. "Baby, you are one year older. But... I think you might be bigger." He stomped off and mumbled something like "I wanted to be big like Cole." Ahh, to think that being one year old meant being a foot taller... And just now he told me after I asked him how his birthday was: "I've waited years for my birthday to come!"

The newest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge does have to do with the card! The challenge this week is to Get Loopy and use a ribbon tab or loop on your project. We were supplied with some Halloween ribbon by this week's sponsor, The Ribbon Carousel. I used the ribbons as an accent for a graduation card-Tiger Country over here with the local high schools so I'm set for June!

To check out some really fabulous creations by the Girl Fridays, read additional details about the challenge and rule and find out more on our sponsor, head on over the CAS-ual Fridays blog!

Cardstock: (White) Office Max

Stamp: (Think Big Favorites #5) PTI
Ink: (Onyx Black) Versamagic
Fiber: (Black Webbing, Thin Orange/Black Grosgrain) Ribbon Carousel, (Black Twill) May Arts
Tools: (Labels 4 Nestabilities) Spellbinders, (Linen Impression Plate) PTI

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peace & Joy

Peace strolled down the lane, taking its sweet time to enjoy its surroundings when suddenly it came upon another. "Hello, there," Peace kindly reached out. "Hello," said Joy. Together they went, skipping down the road. Along their way they found Happiness, Patience, Innocence. And then they came upon Love, Understanding, Liberty and a whole slew of others...

Today is a Carbon Copy day and Lora from Fluer de Lo is joining me in using Wplus9's Poinsettia Patterns for an entry into Yvonne's Guest Designer Challenge: Clear Block Stamping with Piali Biwas. Lora has an exceptional writing ability and her cards are purely clean and simply gorgeous.

My card today is another attempt at a modern design with it's off center stamping, clean lines and fresh color combination. In this card, I took creative liberties and used the poinsettias and rhinestones to represent snowflakes. Gotta love creative liberty!

Please hop on over to Lora's blog to check out her take!
Cardstock: (White) OfficeMax, (Basic Black) SU, (Kraft) PTI
Stamps: (Poinsettia Patterns) WPlus9
Ink: (White Craft) SU, (Onyx Black) Versafine
Other: (Rhinestones) Michaels

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Tree Stump

**To see my Lawnscaping entry, please click here!**

I welcomed packing up my crafty space for this past weekend in order for my sister to have a place to set her things and sleep. This included dismantling my normal photographing set-up, so I ventured out in the great outdoors for a picture. Finding a place that wasn't covered with dew proved near impossible but this tree stump did just fine and kind of lends itself to the overall design of the card.

Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #95 features a fantastic sketch from Amy. Of note, I distressed a plain white die cut to match the patterned paper and stamped the beautiful little bird from Heartsong and a sentiment from Always Here. Please check out the guest design and design team samples and get more details over on the Skipping Stones Design blog, and link up your take for a chance to win a really great prize!

Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI, (White)
Patterned Paper: (Curio) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Heartsong, Always Here) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress) Ranger
Fiber: (Linen Burlap String) May Arts
Tools: (Woodgrain Impression Plate, Die) PTI
Other: (Colored Pencils ) Primsa

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Newspaper Dog

He would race out of the door, skid to a halt as he reached the end of the pavement, swipe up the paper in his jaws and eventually trot back to the doorstep. His job was to bring the newspaper to the house every morning and he was quite good at it. It wasn't slobbered, chewed, ripped or otherwise ruined. Every morning he did this. Every morning...

Sneaking in to post this idea I had for the current Lawnscaping Challenge: Getting Texty. My sisters were here this past weekend and we reminisced a lot, still doing so myself after they've left. An image of our old black lab fetching the newspaper for my dad on a cold winter morning popped into my head and I had to replicate the memory (insert small cute white dog in place of handsome large black dog as it was easier to color!).

There is only a strip of the white cardstock base showing on the left side of the card on purpose, I wanted the overall feel to be fun and cute, but modern and graphic.

Memories are the driving force behind most of my cards, what is yours?

Cardstock: (White) OfficeMax, (Rust) Bazzill

Stamps: (Critters in the Burbs, Sophie's Sentiments) LawnFawn
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other: (Newspaper), (Markers) Copic

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Artful Hugs

I'm thrilled to participate in Artful Delight's Birthday Bash! If you are following the hop in order, you should have arrived from June's blog. Today marks the second day of celebration in honor of Leeanne's own birthday, the mastermind and talented individual behind Artful Delight and delightful monthly scrapbook and card kits. I've "known" Leeanne for a while now, and had the chance to design a blog header and badges for her and am so honored to help spread the word about her Birthday Bash!
There is a super challenge going on right now to win a chance at a six-month free subscription to Artful Delight's Monthly Custom Kits, something you don't want to miss out on, seriously, that is huge!! If you missed the first day of the hop or would like more details on the challenges through tomorrow, head on over to Artful Delight!

Today's challenge is a tic-tac-toe board. I chose to work with kraft, light pink and I also used a button in the beautiful bloom from a friend.

Also, Leeanne is offering up super savings for one week (ends 09/30/11), a perfect time to purchase an Artful Delight Subscription through a pre-pay kit at 34%, in honor of her birthday age! Simply use the coupon code BDAYBASH during your checkout. Every month kit is custom, and features some of the newest products out there! You can also save 15% off your order - minimum purchase $23.00 ----Enter code BDAYBASH15 at checkout to receive your discount. Details are here!

Your next stop is Julie! For complete details and for a list of all participant's, stop on over to the Artful Delight blog. *Enabling Hint* Comment on as many blogs in the hop as you can because random commenters will be chosen to win a prize!  
Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI 
Stamps: (Timeless Textures) Skipping Stones Design, (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Pink) Versamark, (Vintage Gream) PTI, (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fiber: (Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Other: (Button) 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

B is For

B is for...
Be kind.
Be true.
Be yourself.

CAS-ual Fridays has a really great challenge this week: Create a clean and simple project using at least 3 shades of a monochromatic color of your choice plus brown. We have a fantastic sponsor, Stmapotique Originals.

I stamped the Big Bee from Stampotique and a sentiment on a white cardstock base. The other layers were glued onto each other and then popped up with dimensional adhesive. 

As always, I invite you to please check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog for additional challenge details, read more about the sponsor and rules and see some fabulous designs by the Girl Fridays!

Cardstock: (White) Office Max, (Yellows) Bazill
Patterned Paper: (Life's Portrait) Websters
Stamps: (Big Bee) Stampotique, (Sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages) PTI
Ink: (Java) Versamagic
Other: (Circle Cutting System) Creative Memories

Ribbon Masking

May Arts has teamed up with Tattered Angels this week! I've got a tutorial up today that showcases a way to get more out of your ribbon-please stop on over and leave a comment!

All week long you can leave comments for your chance to win some
May Arts and Tattered Angels products!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Rusty Whale

If I ever owned a restaurant, I think I would call it the Rusty Whale. Patrons come in to quench their dry throat and end so hungry that they'd eat up everything on the menu. I also think it would make for a cute name to a crafty blog too, it's along the same lines as The Bald Dragonfly...

Heather I., from Come on get Scrappy, and I are teaming up on this fine day for a Carbon Copied post! We are featuring Critters in the Sea and Sophie's Sentiments by Lawn Fawn. Our challenges of choice are: Wee Memoreis-to not use any patterned paper and the sketch challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.

I created my own patterned paper by using the bubbles from the set with embossing powder and distress inks. The whale features a kind of similar technique, but with a lot less water! I really wanted to play off the rust/teal/kraft color combination.The sentiment is a mix of three. (The picture is a bit fuzzy again, I promise you can see more detail if you click on it to make it larger.)

Heather is a whiz when it comes to thinking up creative ways to use Lawn Fawn stamps, she's downright creative and so talented! Please visit Come on get Scrappy and see her take!

Cardstock: (Kraft) SU, (White) Office Max
Stamps: (Critters in the Sea, Sophie's Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (Java) Versamagic, (Peeled Paint Distress) Ranger, (Really Rust Pigment) SU
Other: (White Embossing Powder) SU
Tools: (Corner Rounder) WRMemoryKeepers

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Been Boo'ed

Someone who thinks you are very dear,
has "BOO"ed you with Halloween cheer.
Now take this note & make a copy or two,
add fun & treats, and goodies will do.
Leave it on their stoop & make it quick,
keep your "Boo"ing a secret, that's the trick.
~H. Timmins

Such a cute little saying... My boys will get a kick out of it this year. I totally simplified the Skipping Stones Design Sketch and it is flipped 180 degrees.  I took a cue from one of the Guest Designers this month, the ever so talented and always inspiring Cristina, and replaced scored lines for some of the panels from the sketch. The ghost was made using the same tips and tricks from this post.

Please check out the other gals' blogs over at Skipping Stones Design. I happen to know for a fact that they are all fun and perfect for Halloween! Happy Halloweenie just so happens to be the set of the month-in time for you to pick it up and create some "Boo"ed projects too! {The poem at the beginning of this post is a stamp from the set!}

Cardstock: (White) Office Max
Stamps: (Happy Halloweenie) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Black) Stazon
Fiber: (Embroidery Floss) DMC
Other: (Lemondade Mr. Huey Mist) Studio Calico, (Marker) Sharpie, (Acetate/Transparency)
Tools: (Circle Cutting System) Creative Memories

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Times Three

1. Happy that the heavy rain outside hasn't turned over to snow yet. Hoping that it holds out until at least mid-October. Please, Mr. Weatherman?
2. Happy that I'll get to spend time with my two sisters, my brother-and-law and my sweet baby nephew soon, very soon. Gotta be honest, hoping that the stranger anxiety that the little boy is starting to experience might be a little bit lessened (since I kind of look and sound like his mama?) and he'll let me hold him as much as he can stand.
3. Happy that the husband volunteered to take the boys so I could have some "quiet time" this morning. Quiet time equals productive time.

I pulled out my favorite background stamp at this moment, Vintage Notepad, and created a clean and simple masculine card for the Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge (hah! that's a neat name!) I often times wonder how many masculine cards are rescued from the trash from crafty spouses, since women seem to appreciate hand-made paper goods more then men...

I love to make cards without patterned paper too, it is challenging but I usually like the end result. Making your own patterned paper is fufilling, I wish I could design a line of patterned paper off of making my own with inks and such. This card uses no patterned paper which is perfect for the Wee Memories Challenge.

Cardstock: (Ivory) Office Max
Stamps: (Vintage Notepad, Celebrate Cake) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Marigold Morning, More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip Pigment) SU
Other: (Marker) Copic

Thursday, September 15, 2011


 Thoughts On Submitting and Rejection
1. First and Foremost, you can't get accepted unless you submit: Sometimes Submitting lives a normal life and walks hand and hand with Rejection. Just a matter of fact.
2. Don't take rejection personally: It could be that your card couldn't find its soul mate for the magazine in terms of color, style or product. Who knows, it just might find the love of its life in a future issue if you decide to give it the chance again!
3. Dare to be different: Perhaps Rejection decided to be an unwelcome house guest this month as it knew it'd be comfortable with the familiarity of design and product in your projects?
(The same thoughts I apply to challenges as well.)

Just  had these thoughts in my running around in my head recently and decided to share them with you. They don't really have anything to do with the cards...unless you received an acceptance email recently or gave your first go-round to the submission process-then Congratulations!

Today marks the 20th Challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. Thank you, everyone, for making this such a great and go-to challenge site. We love to see your creations! It's all about making mini cards this week and the fabulous sponsor is Annabelle Stamps. For more about the challenge, challenge rules, sponsor prizes and to see great inspiration from the Girl Fridays, mosey on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog!

For me, mini cards and card sets go hand in hand so that's what I've done here! I limited myself to work with one stamp set. It offered a variety of different sentiments that allowed me to keep the same design for an overall cohesive look. The size of each card measures 3.25 x 3.5 inches.

Cardstock: (White) Office Max, (Purples) Paper Co.
Stamps: (Sentiment Flags) Lil' Inker Designs
Ink: (Onyx Black) Versafine
Tools: (Banner Die) Lil' Inker Designs, (Impression Plate) PTI
Other: (Marker) Sharpie

Clear Flutter

Over at the Skipping Stones Design blog I'm showcasing easy way to replicate the beauty of a butterfly in 3-D for a card, layout or home decor project. But, I can post it here too! The butterfly or even dragonfly in the Skipping Stones Design's set, Always Here, is a wonderful set to use for this technique because of their size and intricate details.

You'll need just a few supplies and a few short steps to produce the stunning effects of a 3-D butterfly.
• Acetate or Transparency Paper-thick grade
Skipping Stones Design stamp set, Always Here
• Watermark Ink
• Embossing Powder (I've used black)
• Alcohol Based Markers (optional)
• Heat Gun
• Static Resist Tool (optional)

Here's what you do to get started...
Before stamping your image, wipe down a piece of acetate to prevent static cling of the powder (optional).
1. Stamp your image with watermark ink onto acetate, sprinkle with embossing powder.
2. Remove excess powder with a small paintbrush.
3. Heat your image from both sides of the acetate, moving your heating gun in small, rapid circles.
4. Trim your image and color on backside with marker, if desired.

5. Conform your image into a 3-D shape using the heat gun and a cylindrical object. (If your heat gun produces low heat, you can carefully use your finger to shape.)
6. Adhere your 3-D piece onto a card with clear drying glue or a glue dot.

So easy and such a stunning effect with this particular stamp set!

The colors for this project were influenced by the stunning combination over at CR84FN.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Three Kites

"I often sit and wish that
I could be a kite up in the sky,
and ride upon the wind
and go whichever way I chanced to blow."
~author unknown

Today Wendy P. from Paper, Ink and Smiles is joining me with a Carbon Copied project using Practicing Creativity Designs stamp set called You're Dandy and Moxie Fab World's Vertical Sketch Challenge. I've followed Wendy's amazing work for quite a while now and am delighted to share a spot next to her on the Skipping Stones Design Design Team.

I've flipped the sketch upside down and paper pieced the kites. After inking all the edges of each piece of paper for a vintage inspired look, I adhered them all to a rustic card base. Simple, yes, but it brings back memories of the simple days when I was a kid and that is why I make cards. I remember now why I don't make cards the "normal Hallmark" way with the vertical orientation and the fold going down the side rather than the top-they are a bugger to photograph.

Thanks to Wendy and please go check out her card today featuring the same set and the same sketch challenge (and you may want to scroll down a bit on her blog for a wonderful tutorial on a wood-burned is of the upmost beauty...ah-mazing!)

(I have a link to sign up for a Carbon Copied feature on my sidebar, if you are interested!)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Natural White) SU
Patterned Paper: GCD
Stamps: (You're Dandy) Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: (Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stitched Nose

My twin sister is a veterinarian, I've probably mentioned that oodles of times. I should say she is a great veterinarian...her suturing is very meticulous which makes pet owners very happy and the animals themselves heal quickly. She's doctored quite a few cats in her career so far, possibly even sutured a few noses, but I'm pretty positive that she hasn't ever used coral thread to stitch a nose!

I studied the lovely blog of Amy, Skipping Stones Design's Sketch Artist for September to gather inspiration to create a shabby chic, vintage, multi-layered, highly distressed card for today's Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #93 and Blog Hop. Skipping Stones Design is releasing the cutest of all cute cat stamps, Holiday Cats today!  If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the blog of the talented Amber.

My kitty was first stamped in distress ink and then misted to soften and fuzzy up her fur. I then distressed all the panels, stitched all the panels and adhered them all to the card base after adding some ribbon and twine. definitely more manpower than I've ever put into a card in a long time but definitely like trying new things too. Oh, and I stitched her nose too, with the help of my boys pushing down the reverse button on the good ol' Janome. Sometimes it was a bit hard to see with their eager hands, but they were having a grand time and I didn't have the heart to interrupt them.

Please enjoy the rest of the hop. Your next stop is the fun and awesome, JoAnn. Once you are done, why not create a project using the sketch and link it up to the Skipping Stones Design blog for your chance to win a free set? (The blog also has a list of all hop stops and further details...)

I'm late in posting a winner of Skipping Stones Design's Grunge Stamp Set from August. I had Chase, the younger boy, pick a number one through five, respectively for each Guest Design Post in August. He chose five, not sure why. Then I had Cole, the older boy, pick a number from one to 38, he chose 7, because he is seven. So, Erin T. you are the winner!

Edited to Add: the wonderfully talented Julie referred me to The Pink Elephant's Vintage Challenge. I don't delve into the world of vintage often, but I thought I'd give this challenge a go!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream, Kraft) PTI

Patterned Paper: (Just Chillin' Girls Collection) Making Memories
Ink: (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fibers: (Pleated Ribbon, Natural Burlap String) May Arts, (Coral Thread)
Tools: (Nestabilities Die) Spellbinders

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Where You?

"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day...And I remember this from when I was young...Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us...And the greatest is love..." ~ Lyrics from "Where Where You When the World Stopped Turning" by Alan Jackson

Fear. Sadness. The unknown. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing ten years ago today. I remember exactly what I felt the days to follow. And I remember the feeling I had the first time I heard the song above, as it summed up the entire experience for me. I remember. I'll never forget.

So I'm confident today will end with much better memories. Thank you to the past heroes that perished, the heroes who helped then and now, and the future heroes that will continue to make the world a safe place.

And today, I'm playing along with a number of challenge, they all helped define the design of one of my favorite cards to date!
 The Lawnscaping Challenge: Embossing Extravaganza: I pulled out just about every embossing folder I had to add texture to Lawn Fawn's Bannerific banners and PTI's clouds, as well as the background "sky."

Artful Delight's Sketch Challenge: Its always fun for me to confirm a layout sketch to a card sketch.

The Paper Variety's Blogoversary Challenge: Use Stamping.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Rose Red, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive) SU, (White) Office Max

Stamps: (Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (Walnut Stain Distress) Ranger, (Rose Red, So Saffron, Old Olive Pumpkin Pie Pigment) SU
Tools: (Woodgrain, Spots, Linen, Damask Embossing Plates) PTI, (Cloud Die Cut) PTI