April 30, 2012

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Last day of April!  Wow!  This year is just flying by!

Today's card uses two new stamp sets that I recently got from Papertrey Ink - Garden Variety II and Strawberry Patch Sentiments.  The sentiments set has the little strawberry stamp that fits perfectly with the leaves in the Garden Variety II set.  I was instantly sold on both sets.

For this card, I used Freshly Made Sketch #32 - a great sketch!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Details:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy and Rustic White
Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Double Dutch collection
Stamps: PTI Garden Variety II and Strawberry Patch Sentiments
Ink: PTI Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse and True Black, Memento Pear Tart
Other: MFT Circle Stax 1 & 2, Kaiser pearls
Size: 5" x 5"


April 29, 2012

Mom

Yay!  It's still the weekend!  And it certainly seems that summer is here in Northern California.  After Marley and I had a nice long walk, I settled in for a day of craftiness.  I made cards for my nieces who are graduating from college in May.  I'll post photos of the cards here later in May, I really like how they turned out.  After that it was a day of coloring - playing with my copics, fun!  You'll see those cards later this week.

Today's card was made using Sketch #238 from Mojo Monday.  Surprise!  Another Mother's Day card.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody location
Stamps: PTI Tiny Tags
Ink: PTI True Black
Other: October Afternoon Farmhouse chipboard sticker, PTI Tiny Tags die, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist twine
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 28, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Yay!  It's the weekend!

I made today's card a few days ago.  I used Card Positioning Systems Sketch #262 which turned out to be perfect because it made it really easy to make a quick card.  Perfect for a week night when I'm usually tired from working and doing household chores after getting home.  Great sketch!


I love the pretty blue in these papers.  Another Mother's Day card for my stash.  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Picadilly
Stamps: Verve Love Deepens
Ink: PTI True Black
Other: Basic Grey chipboard sticker, corner chomper
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 27, 2012

Happy Mom's Day

Another Mother's Day card today.  I'm really getting a good stash of these ready for work - sold one already.  With this one I used the new Winter Wisteria cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  I wasn't too excited that the new color released in April was a purple.  I really, really want a medium gray!  Then I saw Winter Wisteria in real life - very pretty purple. And it matched the patterned paper I used for this card, so I got to use it right away.  Check it out!


See the pretty "buckle" on the ribbon?  It's part of an awesome set of dies from Taylored Expressions - Fancy Buckles.  So cute!  Perfect for this sketch from Card Patterns - Sketch #162.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White and Winter Wisteria
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn Bright Side collection
Stamps: unknown
Ink: PTI True Black
Other: Taylored Expressions Fancy Buckles die, PTI Berry Sorbet satin ribbon and buttons, The Twinery Orchid twine
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 26, 2012

Bonjour

It's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge time again!  I'm still having so much fun with the French Country stamp set.  Loving it!!  Here's a card I made with French Country and Sketch #94:


I just love that background!  And the wide border is simply gorgeous!  It stamped beautifully the first time and what you see here was my first stamp with it.  Waltzingmouse stamps are such amazing quality.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White
Stamps: WMS French Country and Vintage Circles Small
Ink: Amuse Slate, PTI Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise and True Black
Other: My Favorite Things Circle Stax 1, The Twinery Lemondrop twine
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 25, 2012

Get Well Wishes

Quick post with a card that I made using Retro Sketches #8; really, really like this sketch.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White
Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins Every Day Moments collection
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Fancy Phrases
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening
Other: Teresa Collins Every Day Moments chipboard elements, The Twinery denim twine
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 24, 2012

If Life Gives You Limes

Today's card was made using Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #156.  I used a really fun stamp set - Chillax.  Mmm, makes me want a margarita right now! 


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI New Leaf and Stamper's White
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup Coconut Lime Soup collection
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Chillax
Ink: PTI New Leaf
Other: Doodlebug mini jewels, Stickles Stardust, Copics
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 23, 2012

Fine Wine

A quick post with my card for My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club using Sketch #68:
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft
Patterned Paper: BoBunny Weekend Market collection
Stamps: MFT Let's Toast
Ink: Colorbox Espresso
Other: MFT Mini Doily Circles die, BoBunny Weekend Market chipboard stickers
Size: 5.25" x 5.25"

April 22, 2012

Blessed

Today's card uses Freshly Made Sketch #31.  Another Mother's Day card, but it can certainly be used for other occasions too.


Yesterday was a productive crafty day -- you'll be seeing the results throughout the week.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Picadilly collection
Stamps: Verve Just for Fun and Leaves
Ink: PTI True Black, Memento Pear Tart
Other: My Favorite Things Circle Stax 1 & 2, miscellaneous rhinestones
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 21, 2012

Spring Fever

I'm scrapping with my friends Kay and Marge today . . . well, they'll be scrapping and I'll be making cards.  I'm a bit behind right now, so I need to get caught up.

Here is a card I made using Mojo Monday Sketch #237.  It's a "lazy" card - no stamping required.  Just what I needed right now.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Konnichiwa
Other: Basic Grey Konnichiwa chipboard stickers
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"


April 20, 2012

Mom You Are Amazing

Morning!  Super busy week, whew!  Today I have a card I made for the Viva La Verve Week 2 Sketch.  This is probably my favorite Mother's Day card so far this year.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Evangeline collection
Stamps: Verve Fabulous You and Love Deepens, PTI Tiny Tags
Ink: PTI True Black
Other: MFT Oval Decorative Doily Duo die, PTI Tiny Tags die, PTI Vintage Cream satin ribbon
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 19, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Today I have a couple of Mother's Day cards using the Viva La Verve Week 1 Sketch.  I was digging through my mini patterned paper collections trying to decide which to use when I came across the Authentique Gathering collection - pristine, not used yet!  How could that be?  Well, not any longer! Ha!


Two more cards for my stash.  I'll bring my stash into work starting next week.  I usually get a lot of sales for Mother's Day.



Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Canyon Clay and Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Authentique Gathering collection
Stamps: Verve Love Deepens
Ink: Colorbox Espresso
Other: MFT Dizzy Doily Duo die, FPT Die-namics Circle Stax 1 & 2, Kaiser pearls
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 18, 2012

With Sympathy

Today I have a sympathy card for a colleague at work whose father passed away recently.  I made this card larger than normal to accommodate all the signatures and messages that will be added to it as it is passed around the office.  I used Sketch #261 from Card Positioning Systems as my inspiration.  Great sketch!


I wanted the card to have a more masculine feel so I chose the teal and olive patterned papers from Teresa Collins' Fabrications collections.  I am very happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins Fabrications Linen and Canvas collections
Stamps: PTI Willow, Verve Forever in Our Hearts
Ink: PTI True Black, Aqua Mist and Dark Chocolate
Other: PTI Willow dies, MFT Oval Stax 1 & 2

April 17, 2012

Happy Easter (a bit late!)

I know it's past Easter but I really did make this card before Easter.  I always forget about the monthly Waltzingmouse Blog Party and so I made this card a couple of weeks ago and have been impatiently waiting to join the party.  The theme for this month is "New Beginnings" so I chose to go with an Easter/spring card.

I was playing with my new Nordic Spring stamps and made this card in literally minutes.  That's what I really love about Waltzingmouse stamps.  They are really fun to play with!  And everything you stamp with them looks great!


Be sure to check out all the other amazing projects.in the April Waltzingmouse Blog Party!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Stamps: WMS Nordic Spring and Compact Sentiments
Ink: PTI New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, True Black
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Hold Christmas in Your Heart

I am participating in the Waltzingmouse Christmas Card challenge every month to build up my stash of Christmas cards throughout the year.  I've been doing great so far!  Today I have my Christmas in April card.  The theme for the card this month is to create a Christmas card with a bird or tree.  I used the birds in the Waltzingmouse Nordic Spring stamp set and mixed it up with the Nordic Winter and Compact Sentiments stamp sets.  I really like how it turned out.


I made 4 cards and added them to my growing stash!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and New Leaf
Stamps: WMS Nordic Winter, Nordic Spring and Compact Sentiments
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky and Sweet Blush
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 16, 2012

Congratulations on Your New Puppy

Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was very nice!  We are having lovely weather here in Northern California, rain is over for now.  I took Marley for some nice long walks and went in to San Francisco for shopping and lunch with my daughter.  And got to spend some crafty time too.

The card I have today is one I made for the My Favorites Things (MFT) Wednesday Stamp Club challenge.  I used Sketch #67  and a new MFT Pure Innocence stamp set - Puppy Girl.



Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Terracotta Tile and Rustic White
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Max & Whiskers collection
Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Puppy Girl
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Espresso
Other: Copics, PTI Ocean Tides buttons, The Twinery mandarin twine, MFT Open Scallop Border die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 15, 2012

It's Your Day! Dad

I have another Father's Day card today.  And for this one I used Freshly Made Sketch #30, a great sketch for clean and simple designs.  I think clean and simple is perfect for masculine cards.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Classic Calico Vol 2
Stamps: Wplus9 Super Star, PTI Heart Prints and My Hero, My Dad
Ink: Colorbox Cranberry, PTI True Black and Pure Poppy
Other: MFT Die-namics Circle Stax 1 & 2, clear embossing powder
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 14, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Weekend!  I have a Father's Day card today.  I used Mojo Monday Sketch #236 as my inspiration.  Great sketch!


Love the color combo in the Echo Park This & That Charming paper collection, it's perfect for masculine cards!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Echo Park This & That Charming collection
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Happy Circular Sentiments
Ink: Colorbox Espresso
Other: PTI Limitless Layers die, circle punch, PTI Summer Sunrise twill ribbon
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2012/04/mojo-monday-236.html

April 13, 2012

Happy Anniversary

More masculine cards are coming your way!  Today's card is an anniversary card which I think works great for the special man in your life.  It's elegant and lovey without being frou-frou.  I used Sketch #260 from Card Positioning Systems for this card and tag:

Love the teal and dark brown combo


What a fun sketch!  Perfect for creating a matching card and tag!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Breeze collection
Stamps: Verve Love Story, PTI Heart Prints
Ink: Colorbox Espresso, PTI Tea Dye Chai
Other: Verve Tag You're It die, Teresa Collins Fabrications "Canvas' brad, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" twine
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 12, 2012

Happy Spring

My card today was especially fun to make.  I used a couple of stamp sets from Wplus9 - Folk Art Florals and Spring Tags, and the awesome Card Patterns Sketch #160 to make this bright, cheery card:


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Blueberry Sky
Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Double Dutch collection
Stamps: Wplus9 Spring Tags and Folk Art Florals
Ink: PTI Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Harvest Gold and True Black
Other: PTI Mat Stack 1 and Mat Stack 1 Layerz dies, Recollections faux pearls (Michaels)
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 11, 2012

Bewitched

Time for another Waltzingmouse sketch challenge!  I decided to go Halloween for this card which uses Sketch #92.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Mischievous collection
Stamps: WMS Midnight Feast and Hocus Pocus
Ink: Colorbox Black
Other: Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows brads, The Twinery charcoal twine, clear embossing powder
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 10, 2012

Pocketful of Birthday Wishes

When I saw Retro Sketches #6 sketch, I knew immediately that I wanted to use PTI's Back Pocket Basics stamp set.  I bought it a while ago but hadn't inked it up yet.  A very cute stamp set and a really awesome sketch!


The pocket drove me a little crazy.  I wanted to heat emboss the stitching but I kept smearing the white ink when I pulled the paper off the stamp.  After ruining five pockets, I finally used a tweezers.  Duh! Should've done that the first time.   The embossing turned out great and it looks almost like real stitching.  I really like how the card turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Enchanted Evening
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side - One
Stamps: PTI Back Pocket Basics
Ink: PTI True Black and Harvest Gold, Colorbox Frost White
Other: PTI Back Pocket Basics dies, clear embossing powder
Size: 5.25" x 5.25"

April 9, 2012

Cherished Mother

A quick post with my card for this week's My Favorites Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge - Sketch #66.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee collection
Stamps: MFT Vintage Cameo
Ink: Memento Angel Pink, PTI True Black
Other: PTI Double-Ended banner die, Circle Nestabilities, Recollections faux pearl and floral embellishments
Size: 5.25" x 5.25"

April 8, 2012

Celebrate Dad

Another masculine card today!  This card uses one of my favorite masculine paper collections - DCWV The Guy Stack.  I used the wonderful Mojo Monday Sketch #235.  I really like how this card turned out:


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Fine Linen
Patterned Paper: DCWV The Guy Stack
Stamps: Wplus9 Super Star
Ink: Colorbox Espresso
Other: PTI Seeing Stars die, circle Nestabilities, My Mind's Eye Abbey Road brad, thin chipboard
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 7, 2012

Thank You!

The cards I have today are for the three students in our department at work.  They are leaving soon and I was asked to make them each an appreciation card.




Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Blueberry Sky, Stamper's White
Stamps: PTI Super Stars, Big & Bold Wishes, Think Big Favorites #5
Ink: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, True Black, Spring Rain
Other: PTI Seeing Stars die
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Cardstock: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's White
Stamps: PTI Dot Spot, Big & Bold Wishes, Think Big Favorites #5
Ink: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, True Black, Spring Rain
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Cardstock: PTI Berry Sorbet, Stamper's White
Stamps: PTI Big & Bold Wishes, Daydreamer, Think Big Favorites #5
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, True Black, Memento Sweet Plum
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

April 6, 2012

Say Goodbye to the Daily Grind

I recently got some new stamps from Market Street Stamps, including a coffee set.  While I think coffee stamp sets are really cute, I just didn't think I'd use them much.  But this set sold me right away when I saw it included a Happy Retirement sentiment. It seems I need to make more retirement cards these days.

So, of course, I had to make a retirement card right away for my stash.  I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch #29 for this card:


And inside:

Oh, and it works great as a masculine card too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI True Black and Kraft
Patterned Paper: Canvas Corp. Coffee Stamps on Kraft
Stamps: Market Street Daily Grind and Candy Stripe
Ink: PTI True Black, Versamark
Other: Circle punch
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 5, 2012

I Love My Dad

A quick post with my card for this week's Retro Sketch #5.  Another masculine card!  Yay!


I love the colors and patterns in the Authentique Celebrate paper collection!  Great for guy cards.  The stamp came as a set of three cling rubber stamps at Michaels.  I can't remember the brand.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Details:
Cardstock: PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Authentique Celebrate collection
Stamps: ?? 
Ink: PTI True Black and Pure Poppy
Other: PTI Seeing Starts die, circle punch
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 4, 2012

Hope Your Birthday Rocks

I made today's card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #155.  I recently got the You're My Hero stamp set because I thought it would be great for making teen cards, but now I think it would make great cards for "old" rockers too. ;-P

I paired the stamp set with an awesome glitter paper collection to make this card:


I don't usually care for glitter papers but this 6x6 paper collection - Rock Star by Best Creation Design -  is really cool!

While making this card, I had a "goof" that turned into a cool thing.  I stamped the images on the music paper first with a dye ink that I stamped off on scrap paper first so the image would appear as a shadow.  And, assuming that the dye ink dried immediately, I proceeded to stamp the sentiment with a black pigment ink, and poured on clear embossing powder.  When I tapped off the excess embossing powder, I saw that it not only stuck to the sentiment put also to both images.  Ack!  Not what I intended.  Oh well, what could I do now.  I applied heat and waited to see what happened.  It actually turned out pretty cool, the shadow images were lightly embossed and looked great (at least I think so).  Whew!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Best Creation Rock Star collection
Stamps: Taylored Expressions You're My Hero
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Black
Other: Petite Oval Nestabilities, circle punches
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 3, 2012

Sweet Birthday Wishes

The challenge at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog this week is to make a one-layer card (Sketch #91).  That is perfect timing for me because I've been in the mood to play with just my stamps and paper the last couple of days.  And with my Waltzingmouse stamps that is so easy!  I used the new Nordic Spring stamp set for this card:


I've also been addicted to my Aqua Mist ink from Papertrey Ink.  I can't stop using it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Stamps: WMS Nordic Spring and Compact Sentiments
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy and True Black
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

April 2, 2012

You Had Me at Woof

I had fun playing with my Copics this past weekend.  I made this card using Sketch #65 from the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse and Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper:  We R Memory Keepers Friends Furever collection
Stamps:  MFT CK You Had Me at Woof
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Colorbox Espresso
Other: MFT Dizzy Doily Duo die, Copics
Size: 5" x 5"

April 1, 2012

You Make Me Smile

Here's a card I made last week using the gorgeous new paper collection from Echo Park - This & That Graceful.  I used Freshly Made Sketch #28, a really great sketch!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Echo Park This & That Graceful collection
Stamps: Verve Fabulous You
Ink: Colorbox Espresso
Other: Echo Park This & That Graceful chipboard stickers
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Happy Happy Birthday

I definitely need more masculine cards in my stash so I'll be trying to work on that this month.  I need cards for boys, teens, young and older men.  This will be a good challenge for me!

This week's awesome sketch from Mojo Monday Sketch #234 worked perfectly for a clean and simple masculine birthday card.


Yesterday was a very productive day in my craft room but today is devoted to other tasks, like getting our taxes done and cleaning house.  :-(  Don't you hate it when everyday life gets in the way of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Dark Chocolate and Stampers White
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Take Note
Stamps: PTI Masculine Motifs, Take Note and Birthday Bash Sentiments
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, and Spring Moss
Other: Circle punch, PTI Limitless Layers die
Size: 5" x 5"

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