Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, Savannah!!

Today is Savannah's birthday.  Where did those 8 years go?  I still remember seeing her little face for the first time just like it was yesterday.  For as many pictures as I take of my kids, I couldn't find a recent one that was just of Savannah.  So, here's a favorite of mine from a month ago of Savannah and Arwen in the pool.

And here's one of her and daddy.  I think the look on my husband's face says it all. . .my little girl.  I'm going to have to make a point of taking a picture of her by herself today when she gets home from school! :) 

Happy Birthday, Sweet Savannah!  I am so proud of you and LOVE seeing the little lady you're becoming!  Wishing you the best birthday yet!  Love you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CASE-ing Amy

This month's Diva Dare is happening over at the Verve Blog.  This month's challenge is to Case-a-Diva!  I was so glad that it was decided for me, which Diva I was to CASE, because I just wouldn't have been able to decide on my own!  I think all of the girls create such fabulous things!  My assignment, though, was Amy!  Have you ever visited her gallery?  Oh my!  It took me a while to settle on which card I was going to CASE, but I finally decided on this one.  I LOVED the colors on this card, the layout and how Amy used that swirl from the Happy Days set. 

When I think of Amy, I think of pearls, lace, layers, unique embellishments and fabulous layouts.  I wanted to copy this card exactly, because I just love it. . .but I decided to go with a different color scheme.  I still used the swirl from Happy Days, but the sentiment and "butterfly" are from the Fancy Florals Remixed set.  The papers are from the Life of the Party Collection from My Mind's Eye. 

I started by created the card base using my Scalloped Square Grand Nestabilities.  For the butterfly, I wanted to add an "Amy unique embellishment", so I create the antennae and flight trail from button twine.  I used Stickles to coat the button twine, then I wrapped it around a paint brush handle and let it dry.  Once it was dry, I slid it off the handle and had this curly flight trail. 

We hope you'll play along in this month's Diva Dare!  All of the details can be found on this post!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Happy Days, Fancy Florals Remixed (Verve Stamps); Ink-VersaMagic; Paper- Life of the Party Collection (My Mind's Eye); Accessories- Scalloped Square Grand Nestabilities, Plain Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), buttont wine, button (PTI), ribbon (May Arts), pearls (Doodlebug Designs);  Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mojo Friendship

Happy Monday everyone!  Monday isn't always my favorite day of the week, but one thing that makes it much better is Mojo Monday!  :)  I haven't been able to play along for a few weeks, so I was happy to get to play along today!  I decided to go with the round sketch since I rarely do round cards. 

I used the Text Objects set from Verve since I haven't inked that up in a while.  I paired it with some patterned papers from the Campfire Collection from October Afternoon.  I used my Plain Circle and Scallop Circle Grand Nestabilities to create the card base.  I stamped the sailboat and colored it in with Copic markers.  Over top of the punched heart, I adhered the sentiment which was stamped in StazOn Jet Black onto a transparency.  I added some stitching and some Liquid Pearls, a button and some ribbon to finish the card. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you're having a great Monday!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Text Objects (Verve Stamps); Ink- Jet Black StazOn; Paper- Campfire Collection (October Afternoon); Accessories- Circle punch, Heart punch (SU), Copic markers, ribbon (May Arts), button, twine, transparency, Plain Circle and Scallop Circle Grand Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger); 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

It's the 25th and time for the Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge.  This month's challenge is an inspiration photo.  It has lots of fun colors in it!  I needed to make a birthday card, so I thought I'd start there.  I just LOVE the Photo Finish Strips Dies, so I cut borders out of Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy and Hibiscus Burst to create the striped pattern on the card. 

Next, I stamped "birthday" along the left border of the card.  I used the birthday sentiment from Wonderful Words Additions and Framed.  I die cut another border out of True Black cardstock and die cut the word "happy" from the Wonderful Words dies in Pure Poppy and glued it to the black border.  I also flagged the end of the banner and added some zig zag stitching across the top. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Wonderful Words Additions, Framed (PTI); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, True Black (PTI);  Accessories- Photo Finish Strips, Wonderful Words (PTI);  Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Make It Monday - Frosted Images

This week's Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink is Frosted Images.  It is a pretty cool technique that I had a lot of fun playing with.  I used the Botanical Silhouettes set for this technique along with a flower I created using the Bloom Builders #3 Die.  I stamped the grass image from the set onto white cardstock in Ripe Avocado and then Fresh Snow to acheive the Frosted Images Technique.  The grass serves as a background to the flower. 

For the flower, I die cut two complete sets. . .one in Ocean Tides and one in Aqua Mist and alternated them when creating the flower.  The photo doesn't show it very well, but the flower has a really nice varigated look due to alternating the colors layer by layer.  I created the leaves for the flower with a circle punch and then I ran them through my Cuttlebug with the Book Print Impression Plate.  I die cut a piece of Kraft cardstock using the Photo Finish Strips Die and stamped the sentiment on it.  Finally, I added some pearls and a glitter border to the card. 

You can see more creations using this technique here.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Botanical Silhouette (PTI); Ink- Ripe Avocado, Fresh Snow (PTI), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Kraft, Polka Dot Parade (PTI); Accessories- Bloom Builders #3 Die, Book Print Impression Plate, Photo Finish Strips Die (PTI);  Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fangtastic Halloween

This set is one of my favorites from the latest Taylored Expressions release.  It's called Fangtastic. . .I even love the name!  :)  The card I created uses the vampire image from the set along with the spooky trees. 

I used the Spooky Project Pantry for this card along with the Spooky Fence Border Die.  I used the Enamel Accents (that you can add to and "spice up" your Project Pantry) for the border along the top of the card.  I also used the black enamel for the vampires head, so it's nice and shiny! 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Fangtastic (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Spooky Project Pantry (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- Spooky Fence Border Die (Taylored Expressions), Corner Punch (EK Success), Enamel Accents (Ranger);  Finished card measures 4.25" square

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I was able to play along in the latest Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  I made a card that's not so spooky using the Spooky A la Carte stamp!  :)  Not every Halloween-themed card has to be dark and spooky, right?  ;)  I used papers from the Finally Fall Collection from Bella Blvd.  I thought these papers and colors were adorable.  I sponged some white craft ink along the edges to give a "spooky haze" to the card. 

I stamped and embossed "spooky" twice with white embossing powder and then cut the letters up to fit the sketch.  Each piece was colored using Distress Stains.  I thought it gave them a really cool look.  I added some zig zag faux stitching as a finishing touch. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Spooky A la Carte (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Versamark (Tsukineko), Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Wild Honey Distress Stains (Ranger);  Paper- Finally Fall Collection (Bella Blvd.);  Accessories- white embossing powder, Medium Scallop Border Die (Taylored Expressions);  Finished card measures 4.25" square

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Get Your Diva On

I am SO late to the party, since the challenge ends today, but there's still time!  This month's Get Your Diva On Challenge is brought to us by sweet, sweet Sankari and it's a monochromatic challenge!  You have until 9pm Mountain tonight to enter!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 20th!  The winner of the challenge (chosen by Julee) will get to be a Guest Diva in an upcoming release AND will receive all of the stamps/dies for that release for free! They will also get to play along with the Divas during the pre-release Spotlights as well as at the Release Party!! 

For my card, I used the Express Yourself set along with Tag Time.  The tags were die cut using the Tagged Rectangle Die.  The papers are from the Victoria Gardens Collection from Echo Park along with some cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped the shoe in Berry Sorbet ink and cut it out and attached it to the tag with foam tape. 

Hope you can play along with the challenge if you haven't already!  Thanks for stopping by!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Express Yourself, Tag Time (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush (PTI); Paper- Victoria Gardens Collection (Echo Park), Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush (PTI);  Accessories- Tagged Rectangle Die (Verve Stamps), Medium Scallop Border Die (Taylored Expressions), bling (Doodlebug Designs), ribbon (PTI);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!

These aren't typical Fall colors, but since the weather has still felt a little like summer, I was inspired to use some brighter colors with some darker ones mixed in!  I used the tree from the Frightful Night set from Taylored Expressions.  The leaves of the tree were created by using the bats image from the set turned upside and stamped in Fall colors.  The sentiment is from the Autumn Wreath set.  The papers are from the Country Drive Collection from Echo Park, which were in my August Key Ingredients Subscription

I created the flower on the card using the Small Scallop Border Die.  I cut the scallop border out of two-toned paper, scrunched them up, flattened them back out, cut slits along each scallop and then rolled the border and fluffed out the flower at the end.  I love when supplies can be used for something other than what they were intended!  :) 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Frightful Night, Autumn Wreath (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint Distress Ink (Ranger); Paper- Country Drive Collection (Echo Park);  Accessories- Small Scallop Border Die, Take Note Die 3 (Taylored Expressions); bling (Want2Scrap);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Enjoy the Journey

I have a pretty simple card today using a pretty cool technique.  It's called Paint Resist.  It's just like the traditional Resist Technique or "Ghosting", except you use paint instead of Versamark ink.  I inked up the fleur de lis background stamp from the Verve Bountiful Backgrounds set with Pearl Acrylic Paint Dabber.  I stamped it several times on a piece of white cardstock.  Once the paint dried, I rubbed Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters Distress ink onto the piece and then wiped it with a cloth.  The paint resists the ink and creates this distressed-looking, textured background!

I stamped the sentiment from Bountiful Backgrounds onto Kraft cardstock and added score lines on the edges.  I die cut a heart out of black cardstock with the Jotted Heart Die and embossed it using the Tropical Paisley Sizzix Embossing folder.  I also applied some Pearl acrylic paint to the edges of the heart. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve Stamps); Ink- Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters Distress inks (Ranger), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- True Black, Kraft (PTI); Accessories- Pearl Acrylic Paint Dabber (Ranger), Jotted Heart Die (Verve Stamps), button (PTI);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Make It Monday - Stamping With Acrylic Paint

This week's Make It Monday Challenge is Stamping With Acrylic Paint.  I haven't been able to play along for a few weeks, so it was a fun challenge to jump in on!  I used the Garden Variety set for my card.  This set worked really well with my acrylic paint daubers.  I inked up the flower pot with Red Pepper Acrylic paint, and the grasses with Lettuce and Lemonade.  After letting the paint dry, I cut out the flower pot image.  I stamped other flowers from the set in Terra Cotta, Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange Acrylic paint. 

I die cut the frame from the set using the Seed Packet Frame Die and attached it to the stamped flower piece with foam tape.  I then attached the cut out flower pot to the frame with foam tape.  The papers are from the Apple Cider Collection from Imaginisce.  You can see more entries for this week's challenge here.  Thanks for stopping by!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Garden Variety (Papertrey Ink); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Early Espresso (SU), Sunshine Yellow, Red Pepper, Orange Sunset, Lettuce, Lemonade, Terra Cotta Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Ranger);  Paper- Apple Cider Collection (Imaginisce); Accessories- Seed Packet Frame Die b(PTI);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Halloween Kisses, Bugs & Hisses

Today I have a little Halloween ensemble to share.  I used the Punchy Potions set from Taylored Expressions, along with the spider and web images from Spooky Expressions.  The papers are from the Spooky Project Pantry

I started by using a Pearl Acrylic Paint Dauber to ink up the spider web and stamp it onto the grey cardstock.  I stamped the spider label from Punchy Potions twice. . .once on black cardstock and once on the patterned paper.  I cut the center of the patterned paper image and attached it over top of the center on the image stamped on black cardstock.  I mounted the whole label onto a piece I die cut with the Frame It Up 1 Die

I added a rhinestone to the spider, then some Baker's Twine and a button from the Halloween Button Assortment.  I filled the Test Tube with orange and purple Skittles and added a tag I created with the Fright Night Favors set,  Favor Frame Die and cutting out a stamped spider from the Spooky Expressions set. 

I'm starting to think about what I can create for school Halloween treats, and these test tubes may just be the ticket!  Thanks for stopping by today!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Punchy Potions, Spooky Expressions, Fright Night Favors (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Frost White (Colorbox); Paper- Spooky Project Pantry (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- Frame It Up 1 Die, Baker's Twine, Halloween Button Assortment, Favor Frame Die, Test Tube (Taylored Expressions);  Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"


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