Tuesday, August 31, 2010

OTWC #22 meets MFT dies!

So when I saw this beautiful inspiration photo over on Kim's blog:  Off The Wall Craftiness, I just
had to play along.  This photo just oozed elegance, thus my reason for using Damask Designs. 
I also used many dies from MFT for this card too. 

I really really like the Framed Greetings stamp/die set from MFT and since Damask Designs doesn't need anything more than a sentiment to complete it's elegance, I paired it up!  Another reason just for a sentiment,
I made this for the MFT September Guest Designer challenge.

Do you see a BRAND NEW Die-namics die used on this card? 
It is the new Perfect Bracket Edge Die-namics!
It was designed to cut various widths of paper.....you can simply die cut it out and then
trim it down to the size you need!  Here I used it to make a decorative edge to the bottom
of my card.  For my card, I did have to trim it down as it actually will make a length of
6 inches but I obviously needed it for a standard A2 card.

I'd love to hear what you all think of my card!  Have a wonderful day!

{You Are One of My Favorite Things}
Stamps:  Damask Designs (PTI), Framed Greetings (MFT), Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Paper:  Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White (all PTI)
Ink:  True Black and Spring Moss (PTI)
Misc:  Perfect Bracket Edge Die-namics (MFT), Rolled Flower Die-namics (MFT), Framed Greetings Die (MFT), Open Scallop Border Die-namics (MFT), Fern Frond punch (MS), Black satin ribbon (HL), Silver Pearls (Michaels), Bow-Easy

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thanks Nichole Blog Hop!

This post is for Nichole Heady......she has truly been an inspiration to me and I wanted to thank her for all her beautiful and inspiring creations!  Before I found PTI, I felt like I was "floundering" around with another company.  I'm not sure where I found PTI but I'm sure glad I did!  I feel that PTI's wonderful products are inspiring in themselves and then pair them with Nichole's creative mind??  Wow.  So Nichole, this
"THANK YOU"  is for you!!

I used a "Dawn" idea from one of her cards and CASE'd it here using the little flowers from Spiral Bouquet.  Makes such a cute little flower especially embellished with some buttons for centers!

{Thank You So Much}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Spiral Bouquet, Delightful Dahlia
Paper:  True Black, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Tea Dye Duo, True Black
Misc:  Victorian embossing folder (CB), Scalloped dotted border punch (Recollections), pop dots, ribbon, Jar label Die, twine, circle punch, Hawaiian Shores buttons

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I love to participate in challenges......they really make you think outside the box.  My card here is for several challenges......This one is a challenge of my own:  to use a new die I bought at my LSS the other night from MFT.   It's a new Rounded Banner Trio Die-namics that is debuting with the MFT September release! 
This die cuts out all three layers you see here so that
you can have perfectly even layered banners!!  I wanted to use it as scallops here instead of as a banner.

I was late posting this for one of the challenges but here is the other one:

{Just Because}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  VIntage Picnic Sentiments, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper:  Stampers Select white, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores
Ink;  True Black, Fresh Snow
Misc:  twine (TheTwinery), Rounded Banner Trio die (MFT), Sunshine IP, pop dots, corner rounder (CM) 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How cute is this??

So today, I had the opportunity at my LSS to attend a FREE treat bag make 'n take using the
new MFT Pure Innocence stamps hosted by Kim from MFT!  These stamps are brand spankin' new and UNRELEASED!!!
They even had the new September Die-namics there for purchase too!  I just had to buy a few!
You will not want to miss the release of these dies!

I chose to use the new PI Halloween bumblebee!
I did a horrible job coloring (so please forgive me) as I was late for the class and barely had time
to color the image before the next class rolled in!  So I had to assemble this cute treat bag at home.  The image was colored in with a mixture of ZIG markers and some Copics. 
Can I blame the coloring on that?  hehe

They even had these fancy decorated cupcakes for all of us too using the Pure Innocence stamps
as cupcake picks!  They colored them in and even did paper piecing!  I had to take a picture before
my daughter devoured it!!

There you have it.....what do you think?  Cute right?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 2010 Papertrey Blog Hop!

It is officially Papertrey Blog Hop time!  This is one of my favorite times of the month!

This month's blog hop challenge was this:

"In honor of school going back into session everywhere, we thought it would be fun to issue a Brown Bag
Challenge. We want to see what you can do to dress up, alter, change an ordinary brown lunch bag into
a paper crafting work of art."

I received my new Papertrey goodies in the mail yesterday and broke them out to use for this card.
Leaf Prints.....awesome stamp set. Love love how you can stamp the veins in different colors over the leaves. And can you say matching dies? I am soo giddy over dies lately.....I think it has something to do with Papertrey! {wink}

I used my brown paper bag as the base of my card and I used my new leaf dies to die cut some leaves.  The leaves were stamped and crumpled up.....love that look! 

Have fun blog hopping with Papertrey!!

{Happy Fall}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Leaf Prints, Falling Leaves
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Rustic White
Ink:  Chai Tea Dye, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile
Misc:  Woodgrain IP, Linen/Canvas IP, Leaf Dies, Mat Stack #4 Die, Terracotta Tile button, button twine, Vintage Cream saddlestitch ribbon, pop dots  

Monday, August 23, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #16: A sketch

This challenge is for the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #16 hosted by Lee Ann.  It is based off a sketch from Go-To Sketches magazine and is a sketch by Betsy Veldman.  Here is my card....kinda fun.  I sent this card off with my daughter for one of her friends' birthday parties this weekend.

I, like some others, didn't have any round cards so I had to draw my own and try to cut out in a circle! 
That was really really hard.  I need to invest in larger circle Nesties!

I am loving this sweet baker's twine from Martha Stewart that I got on
clearance last year after Christmas.
Here is the sketch that my card is based off of. 

Why don't you come and play along with our challenges?  We keep them open for 3 weeks for you to link
up your cards!!  We'd love to see what you make!!

{You're so Sweet}
All supplies PTI unelss stated.
Stamps:  Cupcake Collection
Paper:  Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Rustic White, Bitty Box DP
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist
Misc:  Bakers twine (MS), pop dots, Nesties (Spellbinders), Medium scallop die, brown pearls (Michaels), Prisma glitter

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Birthday

I just had to make another card with the CHA exclusive set:  Four of a Kind. 
Truly a wonderful stamp set!  I love how this card turned out!

Nothing fancy to explain here today.....it's the weekend! Hope you have a great one!

{Happy Birthday}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Four of a Kind, Fillable Frames #2 and #4, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper:  :Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, Rustic White
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Misc:  Bakers twine (MS), pop dots, Scallop border punch (SU), Pure Poppy buttons, corner rounder (CM)

Friday, August 20, 2010

I'm so grateful for you.....

I visited my LSS the other day and found they had a small area of MFT products there.  I was super excited as I had been eyeing some more of their Die-namics and Pure Innocence stamps. 
They even had the Sheltering Tree and Leaf Duo Die-namics....the one I was wanting! 
Whahoo.....I didn't have to pay shipping and it was a tad cheaper than the MFT store!
So I went in search of a card to CASE and found this beautiful card
by Melody on her blog A Paper Melody.  I didn't change very much except for the pattern papers on here!

I made this card for a very good friend of mine, Laurie, who shopped for me at CHA during her vacation with her hubby.  I am so grateful that she proxy shopped for me!  Thank you Laurie!
Well, she mentioned that she went to the MFT booth just to get the Rolled Flower die and they
were sold out!  So when I saw that my LSS had them......I went and bought her one as a thank you!
She got this card in the mail yesterday so I am safe to post it now!  LOL

This last photo actually shows where I stamped some text from PTI onto the blue DP
in Vintage Cream.  Like I said, I CASE'd this a lot if you look at Melody's card.

Thanks for taking a peek today!

{I am so grateful for you}
Stamps:  BB: Text Style (PTI), Framed Greetings Stamp and Die set (MFT)
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, and Rustic White (PTI), Wisteria Paper Collection (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, and Spring Moss (PTI)
Misc:  Sheltering Tree/Leaf Die-namics (MFT), Framed Greetings Die-namics (MFT), pearls (Recollections by Michaels)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just for You

Hope everyone is ready for the weekend........I know I am!
These MFT dies were just staring me in the face so I broke them out and made this card.
I also used the Library Ledger paper from PTI.  Ummm.....can you say yum?  I am in LOVE with this paper collection.  The colors and patterns are just fabulous.

I found these embossing strips from Cuttlebug and I'm sure they are nothing new but I fell in love with them and thought they could add just the right touch to cards sometimes.  I used one of them on the side of the sentiment here.  I also used the sketch from Get Sketchy for this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Just for You}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Around and About Sentiments
Paper:  Kraft, Ocean Tides, Library Ledger DP
Ink:  Tea Dye Duo, Dark Chocolate
Misc:  Embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Rolled flower die (MFT), Tree/leaves die (MFT), Open scallop border die (MFT), Notebook page die, Vintage Cream saddle stitch ribbon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #15- Bright, Bold and Beautiful!

I am behind on challenges.......I'll admit it.  Sorry girls!  I will get a card made for every challenge.....I totally missed the InLinkz to one but I will post my card!  This particular week's Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge was hosted by non other than Bonnie Rose.  Please check out her blog......she updates her blog daily with some great creations!  Bonnie's challenge was a photo inspiration challenge using this photo.

I had a very difficult time with this one.........but here is what I finally came up with.

I finally went simple with this challenge.......with COLOR!!  Since Bonnie's challnege was bright and bold, I broke out my copics and colored some butterflies!  Adding a bold sentiment from Giga Guidelines in the center was just what it needed!!

Thanks Bonnie Rose for giving me a challenge to work on! 
Come play along with our challenges!  Link them up so we can see your cards!

{Just Because}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Butterfly Dreams, Giga Guidelines
Paper:  Stamper's Select white
Ink:  True Black, Memento Black
Misc:  Copics, pearls, Scor-tape, Scor-pal, Butterfly die

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happily Ever Challenged #9--The Big Easy

I have yet to participate in one of Ted's HEC challenges but this one was "easy"!!  haha
Ted challenged us to make a card that is simple, no layering, no bling, no ribbon, no glitter, etc.  You get the picture right?  These simple cards are hard for me but right after Ted posted this challenge, I knew I needed to use his challenge to make a BELATED birthday card  for our nephew.  I almost forgot to post my card when I saw today that my friend, Jen Carter, posted her challenge card and our layout is almost identical except for the stamp set used!  Great minds think alike!

I used one of my favorite PTI sets EVER............STAR PRINTS!! 
If you don't have this set, you must get it!  The fonts are absolutely awesome and these stars can be punched out with coordinating punches too!  Who doesn't like that?  This is often the set I pull out when I need to make a masculine card.....it is perfect for those! 
I used the masking technique on my card.....something I don't do very often at all!

Thanks for taking a peek at my card today......why don't you come and play along with Ted's challenge
He is even offering up some PTI goodness!  The challenge is open until Saturday, August 28.

{Wish Big}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Star Prints
Paper:  Stampers Select white
Ink:  True Black, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss
Misc:  Pure Black fine tip marker (ZIG)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back to School

Today was my son's first day of school.  (3rd grade...really??)  In keeping with the tradition I've started when I made them these mini mailboxes, I made a little 3 x 3 card to tuck in there with a little note.  I added a few other things in there too!  He was soo ready to go back to school but am I??  I think what else has been on my mind lately is that my daughter will be joining him at school next year for kindergarten!  So, I have one year left with her before she goes out into the "world". 

Here are some of the pics that "didn't turn out" and those that I love. 

Can you say smile?
Stop Mom!!
This one is my fav! (it was the last one!)
Have a great first day of 3rd grade Brett!  I love you! 

143, Mom

{Back to School}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  School Time
Paper:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Stampers Select White
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, True Black, Fresh Snow
Misc:  Pop dots, Postage Stamp border punch (EK Success), various circle punches

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #14

I am back with a Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge that will be closing soon.  This weeks challenge was hosted by Cecilia at Trade Fish Designs.  She challenged us to 1) use a color you wouldn't normally use and 2) use a technique that you haven't used in a while.  Well, I paired Terracotta Tile up with Enchanted Evening for a fairly simple card.  I can't really say that I used a technique but I did stitch the button to my card and made my own stamped paper.  Does that count? 

I used my new CHA stamp set:  Four of a Kind!  LOVE it soo much! 
Thanks goes out to Laurie for proxy shopping for me on her vacation!  You're the best!

Come play along with the Paper Dolls....there are many challenges still open! 
We'd love to see what you create with our challenges!

All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Four of a Kind
Paper:  Kraft, Rustic White, Enchanted Evening, Terracotta Tile
Ink:  Enchanted Evening, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Misc:  Wavy border punch (EK Success), Terracotta Tile button, Brown baker's twine (MS), corner rounder

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Hello and thank you so much for stopping by!  I have not used the Baby Button Bits set yet for an actual baby card except for one sentiment.  In need of a baby boy card, I thought it was a good time to put it to use!  Lots of Library Ledger papers and I used my favorite new die:  Dienamics banner die from MFT.

I didn't want to try to "color" the teddy bear so I did the easy thing......stamp and cut out!

All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits, Fresh Alphabet
Paper:  Rustic White, Aqua Mist, Library Ledger papers
Ink:  True Black, Chamomile tea dye ink
Misc:  Dienamics Banner die (MFT), Morroccan Impression plate, Top Note die (SU), Labels 3 (Spellbinders)
Aqua Mist button, button twine

Monday, August 9, 2010

Build a Doily....Part 2

Ok, I really can't stop now!  I am having soo much fun making my own doilies!!  I had some more time yesterday to make more.  For this card.....I used one of my favorite color combinations.
Used lots of elements on this one and thus took me a bit more time to complete (not the doily but the
rest of the card!).  Once you get started making a doily, it really comes together pretty quick!

Here's what stamp sets the elements came from to make my doily:
Borders and Corners:  Circles---inner double ringed circle, flower image in inner circle, and scallops
Guidelines Two---center medallion
Simply Stationery---image surrounding the center medallion and images in scallops
Tea For Two Additions---"enjoy" stamp

I wanted to use my Morroccan Motifs impression plate again and I thought why not use that tiny image from Tea For Two Additions inside the impressions!  It fit perfectly!  I inked up that impressed strip with Chamomile ink so that the impressed areas showed up a bit more.  I finished up with more wrinkle ribbon from etsy and tied on a tea cup and a Simply Chartreuse shanked button.  I did want to mention that I colored on my center brad with some copics to darken it a bit as it was a "gold" color before.

Seriously, you may not have seen the last of the doilies from me! 
I'm kinda liking the vintagy look too! 

All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Borders and Corners:  Circles, Simply Stationery, Guidelines Two, Tea For Two Additions
Paper:  Rustic White, Spring Moss, Bitty Dot papers
Ink:  Tea Dye Chamomile, Simply Chartreuse, Violete Pallette
Misc:  wrinkle ribbon (etsy), Simply Chartreuse button, tea cup die, Mini apron lace punch (Fiskars), Morroccan border punch (EK Success), Morroccan impression plate, pop dots, decorative brad (HL)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Build a Doily.......

Can you say fun?  This tutorial by Betsy was incredible......I mean how incredibly creative is this? 
I had to get to my stamp room and try my own doily!!  As someone on the PTI forum
said, "this is addictive!"  That is an understatement!! 

For this doily, I broke a stamp set that I've never used before ......Border and Corners:  Circle.
The large triple lined circle is from this set as is the "scallops" around the outside just inking up half of them.  The little scrolly image just inside the big circle is also from this set too!  Now for the inside of the doily.....the two other images are from Simply Stationery.  The final image used to my doily was from the set
Vintage Labels.....the scrolly image inside the scallops.  So 3 total sets used to make this!!

Now I don't do vintage very well but I knew I would have to TRY when using a doily!! 
I paired my doily card with LOTS of Chamomile tea dye ink and some wrinkle ribbon I bought on
an Etsy shop a while back called PrairieBirdBoutique and used the Chamomile ink as well as dabs of Chai ink to make it vintage.  The fun vintage crocheted trim is a find from a garage sale this summer.  It was neatly wrapped up and tied with ribbon for 25cents or something crazy like that!

So why don't you give this a try.....it was sooo fun!! 
I'd love to hear what you think about this!

{It's Your Day}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Borders and Corners: Circles, Simply Stationery, Vintage Labels, Just the Ticket
Paper:  Pure Poppy, Rustic White, Library Ledger paper, Green Tea Leaves paper
Ink:  Tea Dye Duo vintage inks, Pure Poppy, True Black, Aqua Mist
Misc:  Pure Poppy buttons, vintage crocheted trim (garage sale), wrinkle ribbon (etsy), Just the Ticket die

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #13

Hello there!  I have been MIA this past week as I've been on vacation the past 9 days.....part of the time was on a family vacation to Branson and the other days just hanging out with my kids before school starts up in a week!  Ackk....where has the summer gone?  We had such a great time in Branson.......rented a condo, went to Schlitterbahn and Silver Dollar City, rented a pontoon on Table Rock Lake, rode go-carts, and just had a good time with family! 

I have to give a huge apology to my fellow Papertrey Dolls.....I haven't kept up on these challenges this summer.  I will try harder though!!  Anyway, I thought I would get caught up on some challenges here in the next few days.  So first up, is the challenge hosted by Leish and it was all about using some material as inspiration!  I really liked this challenge......so I got out a new scrub top I bought over a month ago to serve as my inspiration piece.  Scrubs have such unique color combinations....sometimes I get out a scrub catalogue just for ideas! 

Here is my scrub top that I used as inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting!! 

All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia, Just the Ticket, Guidelines
Paper:  True Black, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Grey (SU)
Ink:  Versamark, True Black, Fresh Snow
Misc:  Delightful Dahlia dies, clear embossing powder, button twine, True Black Buttons, Embossed Scallop border punch (EK Success), Grasshopper seam binding (MS)
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