Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another challenge... Cute Card Thursday

I vowed that I would start entering challenges more regularly in 2014, so there is no better time than the present... though after this I promise I shall be heading to bed! :) The theme is "So Sweet," and while I know there isn't necessarily any sugary foods of sorts, I just thought the flowers were so sweet, especially if they were supposed to be as a 'delivery' to the recipient!

Craft on!

Creative Card Crew Challenge

Hello again,

Just a quick post so that I can submit my card to the Creative Card Crew challenge! It's my first time participating and I'm rather excited. The "recipe" is as follows:

1 ribbon
2 designer papers
3 gems or pearls.

Check, check and check! Here is my submission... hope you enjoy!

Valentine's Day Series: Day 2

Hello all,

Today, as the subject states, is the 2nd day of the series celebrating love!
Below are a few more projects:

Apologies for a quick post-- I'm under the weather so I need to get some shut-eye but I wanted to make sure to post for the series!

Enjoy and craft on!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Series

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I would post a card for the lovers' holiday daily! So here is Day 1:

Lots of layering and stamping in this card! Started with a cream heavy cardstock base, topped with patterned paper from Crate Paper and then overlayed a pink vellum sheet that is held in place with heart brads. I then topped that with Spellbinders' Decorative Labels 22, cut out from paper from My Mind's Eye and then basic Labels 22. The center piece was created using PTI's 2nd to last Polka Dot parade stamp set, which I think is just utterly charming! So there you have it, I'll check back in with another post tomorrow!

Craft on!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

PTI's Make It Monday #149

This week's challenge was to create glittered embellishments, here is my take. Enjoy!

I cut out the banner first by using the Tremendous Tags from PTI and then pressed Versamark ink all over it. I partially heat embossed Ranger's Sticky Embossing Powder and then sprinkled crushed, chunky glass glitter from Stampendous over it and finished the embossing process. I love the sticky embossing powder because once set, the glitter truly does not budge! The next photo is a close up

Here I basically used the same technique but just used a finer glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts for a softer look. Same tag used except in the first example I attached "tails" to create a banner. 

Hope this inspired you and until next time!

Craft on!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

So recently I've been on a shabby chic style kick inspired by Mellisa Phillips-- I just love how romantic and soft her cards are and wanted to step outside my comfort zone. Also, as mentioned I've really been enjoying coloring with my Spectrum Noirs and Copic markers. Here are a few card projects:
This first one is shabby but still a bit cleaner, not too much fuss. Rustic Cream cardstock from PTI for the base, layered with patterned papers from Echo Park and then topped with Spellbinders' Labels 1 & Decorative Labels 8. The stamp set used is Ruby Reprise from PTI, such a charming and beautiful set! Embellished with some flowers, pearls and ruffled satin. I love the combination of cream and various shades of green.

 This anniversary card was quite a bit of fun to create-- It was actually inspired by the large flower. I took apart petals from a fabric flower and took a strip of Blush colored felt, created a 'lolly' flower and topped with various sized pearls. I knew I wanted to use it in a card project and when I came across my stash of Prima Almanac collection papers, I knewI was in business! The base is Cream from PaperAndMore.com (a wonderful source for cardstock!!) , topped with the Prima patterned papers, glued down Flora Lace from The Ribbon Retreat and then I once again used Spellbinders' Decorative Labels 8. I first cutout the largest size and then took the next to largest one and solely embossed it into the first cut. I then layed a tag from Spellbinders' Decorative Tags and topped it off with another die cut from Decorative Labels 8. Finally stamped the sentiment in Memento ink, added pearls et voila!

This card is most likely either appropriate for a baby card or for the special little girl in your life! The stamp is from a set I purchased from Michaels, though I cannot recall the name. I then went ahead and colored it in using my Spectrum Noirs. I backed it with Decorative Labels 1 and a larger sized mat of Labels 1. I slightly distressed the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink . Then to add a bit more interest, I tucked another Decorative tag at the back. The base is a cream cardstock bu layered with 3 different patterned papers all from the Easter 2013 Doodlebug collection. Between each layer, I applied ribbon-- the bottom is ruffled organza, in the middle a ruffled sation and finally at the top crochet lace. Topped it all off with some blush colored pearls and it was done! 

Hope you enjoyed these cards and I will be back with more soon!

Craft on!

Monday, January 20, 2014


I recently received a new stamp set "All Booked Up" from PaperTrey Ink and just absolutely love it! I'm an avid reader and jumped at the opportunity to make adorable bookmarks that could be distributed as gifts to all! Here are a few:

 For this first one, I was going with a Shabby Chic look and what I love is that it allowed me to use a bunch of scraps-- I had a cream card base and then pieced together various scraps I had left over from other projects, added some distressing to each corner, lace between the different patters to break it up a bit and add interest, a sentiment on a Spellbinders label et voila!
Close up 

Here is another shabby chic bookmark-- similar color scheme and design but different colors and patterned paper. I just love the rustic look using distress inks with a stamp gives!
This one I wanted a cleaner and simpler look, though there still is quite a bit of "oomph". I used the brand new, lovely and FREE stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Ruby Reprise. Just a beautiful stamp set that allows for spectacular shadowing and dimension by layering the flowers. 
This bookmark is similar to the previous in that it is not quite as 'frilly' as the more vintage looking ones but still has plenty of interest. I used a stamp set from Penny Black for the florals and then colored them in with my Spectrum Noirs. I just really started getting in to coloring with alcohol markers so you will be seeing quite a bit of it from here on out

This final bookmark resembles the first two a bit more as it does have some of the same elements-- differing patterned papers, distressing, lace etc though the focal is this beautiful stamp from PTI that I of course colored in with my Spectrum Noirs again. As you are sure to notice, I absolutely love any color remotely close to aqua/teal so I implement it quite a bit into all of my artwork and cards!

Hope you enjoyed these and that it inspires you to make some of your own!

Craft on!