Sunday, August 21, 2011

Make It Monday #28

This week's Make It Monday is "Glitter Die Borders." In other words, outlining your die cut with glitter. Trust me that mine is glittered, LOL! You may be able to see it better in the second picture. I used Daydreamer for the first time, and a sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes:

What an easy technique that can give an otherwise plain card a little pizazz. I'll be doing this again, I think. :-)

Stamps: PTI--Daydreamer, Botanical Silhouettes
Paper: PTI--S.S. White, Royal Velvet
Ink: Watermark; Memento--Grape Jelly; E.P.--Stamp Diego Ultra Detail White
Other: Die--Spellbinders Labels 13; Glitter--Doodlebug Design Lily White; Embossing Folder--Cuttlebug; Copic: G28; 2-Way Glue (SU)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

SSIC #102

This week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ (#102) is to add some aspect of music into your project. The scripture is: Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
This spoke directly to my heart, and put a smile on my face! The happiest moments of my week are Sunday morning at the beginning of services, when I am singing and praising God. No matter what's going on in my life, what I'm worried about, I am lifted out of my earthly problems and just feel joy. In fact, I am that annoying woman in the pew ahead of you who is literally dancing, LOL! I've tried to stay still, but despite occasional good-natured teasing by friends, I just can't do it. I'm not out in the aisles or anything, but I just can't hold still. :-D So, here is my card for this challenge (bonus points if you can find the musical aspect without clicking on the picture to enlarge it):

And the inside:

Were you able to see that the sky behind the lamb is musical notes stamped in pink (you know, as in a lullaby)? Sorry it doesn't show up better here, but it's pretty cute IRL! :-D I had so much fun making this. It's for the daughter of one of my mom's friends, her third child, her third girl! Pink and green are the shower colors, and there was a little lamb on the invite, so . . . I tried to go with the flow . . . What do you think?

Stamps: Sandylion--Girl Clear Stamps; PTI--Inside & Out: Baby and Background Basics: Sheet Music
Paper: PTI--S.S. White; SEI--Aunt Gertie's Garden
Ink: Versafine--Onyx Black; E.P.--Filigree Clear
Other: Googly eyes--Michaels; Dew Drops--Stamping Bella; Doily--Martha Stewart; Border Punch--Martha Stewart

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Card Patterns #128

Card Patterns' sketches are the BEST, aren't they? Here is this week's above, and below is my interpretation (it's mirror imaged):

And here's the inside. The picture is funky, but I'm adding it anyway :-):

This is a birthday card for a friend who has had a rough year. She loves burgundy and green, so this should be right up her alley. :-) Did you notice the scallops made out of vintage book print? I have been on the lookout for a suitably "vintage" looking used book, something whose typeface doesn't look modern, and whose pages do look old. Finally, I found something at Goodwill! It's an old children's paperback on fairies, and I think it'll do just fine for adding that vintage touch! (I also finally picked up a pair of jeans while at the thrift store, to rip to make denim "ribbon." Now to just take the plunge and rip into a pair of perfectly good jeans, LOL! Thank you to Renee for this idea!)

Stamps: PTI--Giga Guidelines, Make a Wish, Fancy Flourishes
Paper: PTI--Fine Linen, K & Co.--McKenna; stash
Ink: Watermark, Ranger--Old Paper Distress Ink; E.P.--Filigree Clear
Other: Ribbon--Michaels; Flower--Recollections; Gold Pearls--Recollections; Die--PTI Small Scalloped Border

Monday, August 15, 2011


Isn't this pretty? I always feel inspired by CR84FN's color collages, even when I can't find the time to enter a card in their challenge. Color is what thrills me the most about papercrafting, so the appeal makes sense to me. :-) Here is challenge #36:

And here's my card:

And the inside (the kraft layer is embossed):

I chose cream for my neutral. Kind of out of my usual style--I mean, look at all that white space (or should I say yellow and cream space?)! For me, this is CAS. It still took me 17 hours to make, LOL! I made this for the neighbors across the street who recently had a baby girl, Louisa Marie. She's a doll. :-)

Stamps: PTI--Sweet Baby and Inside & Out: Baby
Paper: PTI--Vintage Cream, Kraft, Lemon Tart, Father Knows Best pp
Ink: Memento--Rich Cocoa; E.P.--Filigree Clear
Other: Dies--PTI--Sweet Baby and Ribbon Tails; Embossing Plate--Spellbinders; Button--PTI Lemon Tart; Floss--DMC Ecru; Border Punch--EK Success

Sunday, August 14, 2011


It seems like forever since I've participated in a Make It Monday challenge! I'm getting this in just under the wire, but early days for the second challenge I'm entering it in, Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #72. The 27th MIM challenge is to use Copic markers to make your own custom ribbon. I've seen Nicole do this many times but had never tried it myself . . . fun! For ODBD, the challenge is to incorporate a tag in your design. You didn't have to make a pocket, although I did. It's something else I've seen many times but had never attempted myself. This is a birthday card for a sweet lady, and I thought she'd appreciate a bookmark along with her card:

Here's the bookmark. Whoa, it looks so much darker to me now! :-)

And the inside (more ODBD):

Well, it's fun & bright, so it should give her a smile. :-) Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: ODBD--Mini Tags 3, Thinking of You; PTI--All Booked Up
Paper: DCWV--Life of the Party; PTI--S.S. White; stash
Ink: Versafine--Onyx Black; Versacolor--Burgundy; E.P.--Filigree Clear
Other: Dies--Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Three, Classic Circles, PTI--Bookmark; Ribbon--Martha Stewart; Copics--R35, R37, R39, YR00, YR12, YR15, G24, G85; Flowers--Prima; Brad--stash; Sewing Machine; Corner Chomper

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SSIC #101, With Sympathy

Hello! Is summer keeping everyone busy? What happened to the lazy days of summer? I think I'm living the crazy days of summer, LOL!

In the last two weeks, I've had two close friends lose a parent. My friends are each other's best friend, and in a way, I think that's actually helped them. Each parent was over 90 (one 97!), so neither passing was unexpected and that's a blessing. But still sad.

So, in these crazy days of summer, with my mojo on vacation without me (again), I sat down to make two sympathy cards. This is the first. I'm entering it in Stampin' Sisters in Christ's challenge this week, which is to use something you've had in your stash for a long time, something you just had to have but have yet to use. My item for the challenge is the light green rose. Michaels had these out quite awhile ago, and I was a little upset that they only had one bottle left when I discovered them because I was so sure that I would use them like crazy and need two bottles! So, there they've sat, in plain sight on top of the organizer I keep flowers and bling in . . . never used. Not once. Until now, thanks to SSIC!

Stamps: Verve--New Mercies
Paper: PTI--Fine Linen; K & Co.--Margo; stash
Ink: Versafine--Onyx Black; Watermark; Ranger--Old Paper Distress Ink
Misc.: Dies--PTI Sending You, Daily Detail Doilies, and Edgers #1; Seam Binding--Martha Stewart; Flower--Michaels; Pearls--Zva; Copic--E43; Sewing Machine; Corner Chomper

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Feel Better

This card was for a dear blogging friend--and Post It--Michelle. She had knee surgery with a *very* painful recovery, and one day I kind of wacked myself upside the head for not making her an encouragement card! :-) So the next time I was in my craft room, I remedied that situation. It must have worked, because even before I wrote inside it, she had posted that her knee was better, and she was starting to get around to important places like Target, LOL! I hope you're still "makin' strides," Michelle!

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms--Get Well Centers
Paper: PTI--Vintage Cream; DCWV--Citrus
Ink: Memento--Tuxedo Black; Ranger--Mustard Seed & Shabby Shutters Distress Inks; Embossing Powder--Filigree Clear
Misc.: Dies--Spellbinders Classic Circles, PTI--Banner Builders; Seam Binding--Etsy; Brad--Basic Grey; Border Punch--Fiskars; Cording--WeRMemoryKeepers