Friendly flower

This is a scheduled post - not back from the trip yet. :)
I have a card today made using my NEW HA stamps I won from last months contest - have been waiting for them for what seems like forever! ;)
Anyways, this post is for the Etsy Inspired challenge, and the shop is Sunshyne Silverware, which came up with the brilliant idea of making pendants out of spoons! I was inspired by THIS spoon;

I took the flower and polka dot idea to make this...

Will add that I used THIS weeks 2S4Y sketch to get me rolling as to the layout of the card. ;)

Cut card base and patterned paper - distress polka dot paper and base with edge of scissors. Stamp image onto white paper, than several times on patterned paper, using the paper piercing technique. Faux stitch border of white paper. Add half pearls to center of flower, and adhere decorated image to base, than tie twine around base. Stamp sentiment onto paper, cut out in tag shape, add button, and adhere to twine. 

You may only see two, but I used three Hero Arts products - the two stamps, and, because I am low on quality white paper, their product packaging! Here's proof...

I love how it says they're a green company, and than I go recycle the packaging. ;)

Anyways, thanks as always for stopping in and leaving those super sweet comments! 

Friendly flower card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil, Hero Arts
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Thrift Shop" and "Fly a Kite"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Bee Happy" and "Tree, Birds and Messages"
Ink: Staz-on
Twine: Making Memories
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: button

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, foam squares, pin


Happy Bird-day

Hi there!

I have card for THIS weeks SSC Card Challenge - it's a color one, and boy, was it a toughie for me! To get me started, I used THIS weeks Card Patterns sketch....

I love tying this double bow, and using this ribbon...so light and feathery. :)

Cut out card base and patterned paper. Faux stitch checkered paper, then tie bow around. Add half pearls to corners, than adhere circular papers on foam squares. Add bird image, then cut out tag, stamp sentiment, adhere button to top, and adhere that to bow.

This is actually the first real time I've faux stitched - I've used the term before, but incorrectly, as I was using the sewing machine. This time, the sewing machine was broken, so I just used a pin and a blankey to poke the holes. :) Oh, and I so wanted to put "Happy Bird-day", but I didn't have that sentiment. :(
Just want to share with you something that I found over at the HA Flikr group - THIS set. Oh my gosh, I want it SO bad! I already played with the digi stamp, and had SO much fun, so I can't wait to try this "real" set. ;)

I'll be gone from late today to Sunday or Monday, just in case you might wonder why I'm not "ooh-ing" and "ah-ing" all your beautiful creations.
Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping in!

Happy Bird-day card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite", Cosmo Cricket "Girl Friday"
Stamp: Sugarloaf
Ink: Ink It Up
Image: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite" shape stickers
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: Sugar Pink Boutique
Other: button, thread

Tools: trimmer, pin, adhesive, foam squares


Lyrical birthday


I have a card today using a challenge I recently discovered - the Shabby Tea Room. I honestly wasn't too excited at first, since I utterly fail when it comes to shabby, but since getting some new, deeeee-licious ribbon from Sugar Pink Boutique, I decided I'd have a go. I also made this for a Flickr gal, Dana C, who is having a vintage contest (RAK up for grabs!). Here's my lighthearted take on it. :)
It isn't exactly "tea" party themed, but the colors remind me of the tea pots/parties my sisters and I would have, and, the card does have polka dots!

Mmmm, love these Making Memories letter stickers....I always liked how they looked on other people's projects, and seeing Valerie's card HERE (a new Flickr friend!) pushed me to finally get some (also, the half off regular price at Michaels didn't hurt....;)).

Cut card base. Adhere patterned paper to base, and sew. Add letter stickers, "birthday" being on foam squares. Stamp butterfly image onto K&Co paper, cut out, and add half pearls. Cut small slit in back of card, threading ribbon through, than tie bow. Adhere button.

First time making this kind of bow...I don't know if I did it right or not, I just kept tying loops...I am seriously addicted to tying bows, as sad as that is. Speaking of ribbon, I saw a tutorial on how to make my own dyed ribbon, using the same material as shown above, so I'm gonna have a go at it - anyone know where I can get Tattered Angels glimmer mist cheaply? ;)

Thanks for popping in!

Shabby birthday card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite", K&Company
Stamp: Martha Stewart
Ink: Martha Stewart
Letters: Crate, Making Memories
Ribbon: Sugar Pink Boutique
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: thread, button

Tools: sewing machine, trimmer, scissors, adhesive, foam squares




I have a card today especially for you people who come here every other day or so to listen to my complaints and leave sweet comments. It really means a lot...really. :)

First things first, I wanted to make a big butterfly - it's been awhile since I've had any butterflies on my cards, so I decided now was the time. Besides, every papercrafter I know loves cards with butterflies, and since this is dedicated to you, why not?

For the butterfly, I took a digital image from Hero Arts and traced it onto the black polka dot paper. Then cut out all the sides and traced the middle piece onto the yellow graph paper. Added some Heidi Grace epoxy stickers Charlene gave me, and recycled some acetate from a Kaisercraft package for the inside spaces. Proof;

Anyways, when finished making the butterfly, and much deliberation on which patterned paper to have in the background, I took the front of the Thrift Shop paper pad because it had almost all of the patterns. Here it is...

Finally I just threw everything together because I was so tired...

{sorry the photo is so crappy!}
Yes, I did cut out all those tiny letters.{sigh} It was a tiring day and I just wanted to finish the card, and I couldn't think of anything else that would finish off the card but the letters.

This was also for a SSC challenge, but since I can't remember which (I'm designing for two of the groups now, so I can get confused), I'll just leave you a LINK to the site.

t-h-a-n-k-s for stopping in! ;)


t-h-a-n-k-s card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Thrift Shop"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Futterbies", "Tree, Bird and Messages"
Ink: Ink It Up!
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: twine, recycled acetate, Heidi Grace epoxy stickers

Tools: trimmer, Nestablilities, adhesive, pop it dots, Cuttlebug, scissors


Get Well, Jenn!

Finally, a card to share with you today! :)

This card is for a special friend of mine who has been having some health problems...made it to cheer her (and me!) up! Used the CardPatterns sketch (and actually followed it!) for my inspiration. ;)

Ruffle ribbon and sew top. Cut patterned paper out and sew. Wind twine around patterned paper, then add button, and letters on foam squares. Adhere ruffled ribbon to card base, and then embellished paper slightly overlapping, set on foam squares.

I actually sanded the edges, but my camera can't capture that - all you might be able to see is a little fuzz.

Anyways, just a quick post today as I still have a lot of catching up to do. :) Thanks for stopping in and for the sweet comments!

Get well card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite"
Ribbon: Michaels
Letters: Hiedi Grace
Button: Joanns
Other: thread, twine
Tools: trimmer, adhesive, sewing machine, foam squares, scissors


Janelle the Tiger

Hello again!
I'm playing catch up this week - my sisters graduated this past Sunday, so at least my mom and I are suffering from post-graduation-party-mess syndrome. ;)
So, while I don't have anything to share with you that I made today, I do have some pics of a cute little tiger my sister made lately....

Janelle - she is shy at first....

....but, once you get to know her, she's a chipper little thing....

She also LOVES cartwheeling...


Resting after a busy day....

Guess who took all these fabulous pictures? ;)
You can find Janelle HERE
I hope to be back hoppin' and poppin' by your blogs regularly by next week....I'll be leaving little comments at random till then. ;)

Thanks for the kind comments!


Old, new, red and blue

 Hello there!

Another Etsy Inspired post - this weeks shop is Creation Designs - vintage yummieness. I chose to be inspired by taking the colors/shape of THESE goodies for my background paper...

But also giving credit where it is due, I must say I was also inspired by THIS beautiful card from Sarah Martina, an amazing artist I discovered several weeks ago (I've been a silent stalker on her blog since ;)). Mmmm! Love it!

My first "truly" vintage card...

This card was a little tricky to take pictures of (as in, I had to take 79 pictures before I figure it out "tricky"!) - the frame is shiny, so it was hard not to get too little or too much light. 

There is also a green tag tucked in the envelope - it shows up better "live" than in the picture.


I had to add a little fiber, to I tied some string around.

The sentiment is stamped on mulberry paper, and I just cut the edges out to resemble the tape, a part of Sarah's card which I really liked.

I created this with the "Something old, something new, something red, something blue" idea. See if you can find everything (the "new" one might be tough) ;)

And you know, I don't really know where to start with this card. I had just taken my Making Memories Vintage Remnants kits out, and these pieces were just lying next to each other, though not arranged in the way I have them now. So I guess that's all the deets. Sorry!

Now I've spit all that out, take a peek at what the other girls have created by visiting their blogs:
Thanks for looking!

Old, new, red, blue card recipe
Cardstock: unknown
Stamp: Sugarloaf
Ink: Ink It Up!
Elements: Everything from Making Memories Vintage Findings except medallion ( ), rub on (Basic Grey), doily (Darice) and half pearl (Kaisercraft)
Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, scissors


Tweet chick

 Hi there!

Sorry I've been gone so long - just catching up with DT assignments and a bunch of other stuff. Hopefully some of the projects that I'll show you as the month wears on (which I'm really excited about) will help make up for my short absence. ;)

Today I bring you an SSC card; this weeks challenge was to make your own patterned paper (view HERE). So I pulled out my handy dandy Prima rub-ons and went to work.
 The rub-ons are super easy to use on CAS cards; problem is, I start out CAS, but have to keep adding stuff on, so I don't know if this counts as CAS.

Stamped the sentiment, then rubbed the Prima image on, and added the half pearl to the flower. Then stamped the grid image onto the card base, tied the bow and added the button. After adding the focal image to the base, I stuck two pins through the bow.

And just because I felt like making a tutorial, HERE one is one how I stamped the Spellbinders shape. ;)

Let me know what you think! :)


Tweet chick card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Stamp: Hero Arts "Whooo"???? and Grid block
Ink: Ink It Up!
Image: Prima
Half pearl: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: Offray
Pins: unknown

Tools: scissors, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, trimmer, adhesive, Popsicle stick


Critter Friends


Today I have a card for this weeks Etsy Inspired challenge...
I had a lot of stuff going on - DT assignments piling up, school piling up, volleyball piling up, so I kinda shoved this card out the door. I wasn't going to spend time fretting over the perfect touch, so here it is, without many wasted minutes trying to figure out what is missing (if, by the way, you notice what is missing, please don't hesitate to tell me! ;))

The shop is Lindsay Art and there were so many amazing photos to choose from. Finally, I decided, and was inspired by THIS photo.

Deer, colors, friendship - really, do I need to say anything else about where I drew my inspiration from? ;)

The prize for participating in this oh-so-lovely challenge?
A "Key To My Heart" stamp set from Practicing Creativity! Want want!
Now view the rest of the DT's examples!

Deets on the card:
I cut and distressed the papers, and then rubbed on the Prima images to the white paper. Added all the papers together (with some added dimension), and then attached that to the base. After adding some foam squares to the letters, I adhered those to the base as well, then tied the twine. Finished off with a half pearl and button.

I'm not used to adding buttons on my bows/ribbon, but the bottom of the card was so heavy, I had to balance it out. ;)

Oh, and one last thing; you still have a week to enter my giveaway!

Thanks for popping in! ;)

friend card recipe
Cardstock: Unknown
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket "Everafter" and "Girl Friday", Making Memories "Just Chillin'"
Ink: Martha Stewart
String: Unknown
Image: Prima
Alphabet: Hiedi Grace
Half pearl: Prima
Button: unknown

Tools: scissors, trimmer, adhesive


Mothers Day


Well, we didn't do so well at the tournament - we were missing various players at various times, plus everyone was out of whack. Only third place, and just barely. :( I will spare you the dramatics/details and move right on to the card I made a couple weeks ago for Practical Scrappers.

I am so blessed to still have both my grandmas, and I thought this vintagy sweet paper was perfect for them. I sewed the yellow paper onto the patterned paper, but forgot to actually adhere it, thus the wrinkled-ish top. The butterflies I stamped onto the back of the paper, cut out and adhered some Kaisercraft pearls. Added the alphas, tied the bow and added the button to finish it off. By the way, we need to talk about this kraft paper - first card using my own kraft paper. Three words.

I. Love. It.

'Nuff said.

Oh, and I know I need to get back to some peoples messages, but right now, I'm concentrating on DT assignments; will get back to you ASAP. :)


GrandMOM card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Thrift Shop by October Afternoon
Ribbon: Offray
Stamps: Martha Stewart
Ink: Ink It Up!
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: thread, button, alphabet stickers by Basic Grey

Tools: scissors, adhesive, sewing machine, trimmer, Nestabilitie die, Cuttlebug


Handknit shawl giveaway


Thanks for all the sweet, kind comments you have left me throughout the week - cardmaking wise I'm feeling fine, but everything else is just crazy, so those helped calm me down. :)

And now...
check out what my sister made..(yes, more bragging)

On a person (yours truly):

Don't you just love the dogwood?

So why am I showing this to you? Because my sweet sister gave this shawl to me, and since I'm not much of a shawl/pink person, I want to give it away to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment, though you can get an extra entry by becoming a follower (if you do, let me know in your comment). Not too much to ask for a free beautiful handknit shawl, I hope. :) I'll leave this open for two weeks (Sunday, May 16th) FYI, the yarn is acrylic, though it isn't scratchy.

Well, tournament tomorrow, so I'd appreciate it if you'd say a prayer my team does well. :)



Etsy Inspired wishing bunny


Sorry this post is late for anyone popping over from Etsy Inspired - I had a wacky past few days, and was thinking today was April 30th. Anyways....

Ashley, from Heart Hugs, asked me if I would guest design for the Etsy Inspired challenge.
Yes please! ;)

Here is the card I made for this week..

The shop to be inspired by this week is Isabell's Umbrella, and I was inspired by THIS.

Simple and sweet, and I love the little hedgehog. There is also a yummy prize up for grabs - the hot new stamp set, "Critters in the Burbs" from Lawn Fawn! Darn it, why am I a guest designer (ineligible for prizes) when this prize is on the line? ;)
Anyways, here are the links so you can see all the other girls awesome examples:


Deets about the card: faux stitched a rectangle, than stamped the sentiment and added the rub-on within the limits. Then tied the string and added the pearls. Simple, just like the card.

Thanks for stopping by, and for all the sweet comments you left on my fuzzy photo yesterday! Oh, and you might want to stick around - I'm having a giveaway tomorrow featuring one of my sis's hand knit items! ;)


Wishing Bunny card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Stamp: Sugarloaf
Ink: Ink It Up!
Image: Prima
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: twine, pen

Tools: trimmer, pen, scissors