Russian doll

Hi there!
I felt bad about not blogging in a while (being busy, and than sick for awhile can really eat up time! ;)), so I thought I'd share this quick little number.

So this was the first card I made after getting my long awaited box full of HA goodies...it brought me out of my two week long creative rut - yay!
I loved THIS set - I knew that I didn't have (and wasn't going to pay for) Copics for these, and that they weren't very paper piecable, but they were just too darn cute. I also didn't use ribbon or twine on this one - a non paper pieced stamped image and no ribbon - how weird is that? ;)

 My "crazy" coloring skillz...;)

Instructions: Take pre-cut base and distress lightly with ink. Stamp border image, cut out and adhere to base. Stamp image onto paper, color and cut out. Adhere to distressed and cut piece of white paper, and adhere this to base. Take light brown piece of paper, stamp ledger image, and than sentiment. Adhere to base right below image. Cut strip of coral paper and adhere to base.

Once other fun thing that happened today - I passed my drivers test the first try! My five older siblings all had to try at least two times, so I was feeling the pressure. ;)

So, yup, that's pretty much the cats meow around here - I hope to be blog-hopping soon this weekend. I know lots of gals will have awesome things to share on World Cardmaking Day - are you doing anything special?
Thanks so much for stopping in!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Hero Arts, Bazzil
Stamps: Hero Arts "Dolls" and "Ledger"
Ink: Staz-on, Colorbox
Gems: Hero Arts
Other: Coloring pencils

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive


My room...ish

Thank you so, so much for all the sweet, encouraging comments yesterday! I feel way better (about scrapping that is - now I have a sore throat!), but, still don't have any card to share with you. Instead, I thought I'd show you bits and pieces of my scrap room (CLEANED!) - I took a video, but, they just take way too long to upload on this computer, so that will have to wait.

So, first off, my desk, where all the "magic" happens...(you can click on the photos to enlarge them)

My drawers that hold most of my embellies on the left of the desk...

On the right of the desk, I store my clear stamps - I forgot to take a picture of my most favorite part! I'll add that later if I have the time (and memory!)

But now, right below the desk, on the right, is where I store all my 12x12 papers - I don't even use half of these! Going to see if I can pass them on soon....(sorry the photo is blurry!)

So, turning to the left of the desk, is this little piece of furniture I picked up free at a garage sale a long time ago; it holds the cards I haven't put away yet, and my ribbon in the drawer...

And my small stash of ribbon found in the drawer...

Than turning left again, I have another table, with my 8x8 paper just lying on it, as I don't like it to get lost with my 12x12's, but don't have anywhere else to put it.

And than some of those adorable Ikea jars on the table to store (in order of there appearance - haha); metal, buttons, random stuff, and chipboard

And on the far left of the table are some coloring pencils, and an 8x8 scrapbook album with which I sort my paper scraps according to color, and than manufacturer

And underneath, on the side of the table, is where I store my non-clear stamps. Inside are HA stamps, along with a few Sugarloaf sets; my entire collection of wooden HA stamps looking at you right there....impressive, eh? ;) haha!

And than of course, there's a bunch of other random stamps and inks I picked up at the very beginning of my papercrafting journey, and this is how they are stored;

And underneath the table, in the middle, is a small cabinet-like piece of furniture that I picked up at another garage sale (loving all the un-coordinating furniture, right? ;)) in which I store, in alphabetical order, the rest of my cards - it's getting pretty stuffed in there now!

and than, my room as a whole...or half, I should say, since it only occupies half of this spare room.

The little blue cubicle on the desk there is what holds my clear stamps, but it looks better from the front - trust me. ;)

So that's pretty much it. Hope you enjoyed this little 'tour' and I would LOVE it if you would take pictures of yours and link them up! I always have so much fun looking at other gals scrapping spaces! :)

Thanks and hugs!


My Love

Sorry for being a bad blogger. :( I'm sharing an old card with you, one I wasn't too happy with, but, wanted to post something on the blog. ;)

Instructions: Trim card base and cut out patterned papers. Adhere patterned papers to base. Cut a slim piece of yellow patterned paper, pleat, and cut ends ribbon-like. Attach this to base, and add sticker on top. Embellish sticker with two half pearls. Tie twine around base, and adhere flower to the center of the bow. Distress edges of card with ink.

Hm....not much else happening card-wise around here, although of course I'm up to my ears in everything else. I apologize for not getting around to all your blogs, but hopefully I'll get some more time this weekend. :)
Thanks SO much for dropping in! :)

PS; What do you do when you've lost your mojo? Look at sketches? Blog hop? I need to know, because I'm surrounded by tons of gorgeous product that are just gathering dust!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket "Everafter" and "Honeypie", October Afternoon "Thrift Shop"
Sticker: Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Colorbox
Flower: Remembrance (Michaels)
Half pearls: Remembrance
Other: twine

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, scissors


Ribbony wishes

Hello there!

Just quickly popping in this card before I head off to Ohio to  spend the weekend with some friends. :)

Ribbon galore!

Instructions: Cut and score card base, and cut out patterned papers. Adhere striped patterned paper and half doily to base and distress. Make a frame using the pink and white die cuts, and adhere to base. Stamp image onto paper, and cut out using punch. Attach this to center of frame, and adhere gem to center of punch. Adhere half pearls to corners of frame. Tie two double bows, and adhere flowers to center.

Sorry, I couldn't make the photos any smaller on here without them being minuscule. ;)

That's it for the weekend - thanks so much for stopping in! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Unknown
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie, Cosmo Cricket "Honey Pie"
Stamp: Hero Arts "Thinking of You messages"
Ink: Colorbox, Martha Stewart
Jewels: Half pearls by Remembrance, gem by Prima
Ribbon: Offray
Roses: Remembrance

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, scissors, circle punch


A vintage Christmas

Hi there!

You may think I'm getting a bit ahead of myself by the title, but seriously, September is the very latest to start making cards for Christmas!

This card was made with this week SSC Card Challenge in mind - it's a color challenge, but the colors don't have to be used just for Christmas! You can find the challenge HERE.

Instructions: Cut and score base, and cut out patterned papers from catalog (yes, I took these from a Websters Pages catalog - they were the perfect fit!). Adhere papers to base. Tie bow around papers, and adhere button on top. Adhere distressed doily and image to base.

Worked on this post while baking brown bag cookies (basically, chocolate cookies with oats and rice krispies, making for an extra delicious cookie!) for my brother, who is living in Wisconsin right now while he goes to college. His birthday is tomorrow, and he loves these cookies, so thought I'd whip some up and pack them off...well, actually, 'whip' them up is kind of an understatement, as one batch is enough to keep you in the kitchen for at least four hours - and that's with the help of everyone else (by eating the dough...ha!)!

Anyways, have an awesome day, and thanks SO much for stopping in! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Unknown
Patterned paper: recycled paper from Websters Pages catalog
Ink: Colorbox
Image: Making Memories
Ribbon: Seam binding available HERE
Other: button, doily, twine

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive


An elephant....

....never forgets, although my Mom said she would put "Too Late!" inside this card. ;)

This card is for the Simply Scrapping Crafts Back to School Online Crop, which is still going on now! You can find the link to the site on my sidebar - tons of awesome prizes up for grabs!

Do I really need to write instructions? ;)

Anyways, enjoy your weekend  and thanks for stopping in!

ETA: I was having some problems with my blogger background - apparently the designer of this template had to move her images, thus all the problems. Since I had made a few adjustments to the template, it took me while to add these same adjustments to her updated template. But, all's well that ends well - let me know if you experience any problems! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Darice
Patterned paper: DCWV
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Staz-on
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: embroidery thread

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive


Be happy

Thanks all for the sweet comments in the blog hop a few days ago! I wasn't able to visit everyone's blog, but the ones I did had some FABulous projects! Gotta love those HA gals and their amazing talent. :)

Today, sharing a quick little card I made, after a couple days of NO mojo...dang it, I hate those kind of days. :( But nothing like a big ol' load of HA product to cheer a cardmaker up! ;)

{this is an older picture, so it wasn't taken very well}

Instructions: Trim card base, and cut out patterned paper. Sew along border of patterned paper, and than stamp sentiment and image onto paper. Paper piece the image with blue patterned paper and yellow cardstock. Color in base of image with coloring pencil. Tie twine around sewn patterned paper, and attach button and half pearls. Adhere embellished piece of patterned paper to base using foam squares for dimension. Distress edges of base with ink.

I placed those pearls on the paper, trying to decide whether or not to use them, but when I finally decided not to, I couldn't get them off! So now I'm stuck with it....ah well.

Hope your hump day went well, and thanks so much for stopping in! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie
Stamps: Hero Arts "Be Happy"
Ink: Colorbox
Half pearls: Remembrance (Michaels)
Other: twine, coloring pencil, button

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, sewing machine


Hugs and kissies


Welcome to the Hero Arts Flickr Group blog hop! I totally got the date mixed up, and wasn't expecting to post today, but luckily I had a card to share, even though the picture is awful (I seriously took over 75 shots of this card, and this one is the best I could get)
So the theme of the hop was just to focus on your style - I'm not really sure how to explain my style...I'm not shabby chic, or CAS....maybe CAS with a lot of little details....? I don't really know - I just make the cards! ;)

Instructions: Trim card base and cut out patterned paper. Sew patterned paper to base. Stamp images onto patterned paper and cut out, than adhere to doily. Stamp sentiment onto paper, cut out than frame with brown paper. Adhere embellished doily to base. Tie ribbon with button around base, and adhere sentiment on top. Distress edges of card with ink.

I want to thank everyone for the sweet comments yesterday - I am so excited, and can't wait to get my two copies! :)

I really am sending out hugs to any HA girls who might stop in here - you girls are soooo encouraging, sweet and kind! I'm so happy and blessed to be a part of this group!
Thanks for stopping in! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie
Stamps: Hero Arts "Elephants" and "Thinking of You Messages"
Ink: Colorbox
Ribbon: Hand-dyed, available HERE
Other: button, doily

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, sewing machine


First pub!

Guess what today is? September 3rd! And you know what that means? I can share my first ever published card!
This card...

...made CARDS August issue!

Does it look familiar? Because I posted its twin back in February (post HERE) - it was a thank you card for my scrappin' buddy, Jill Foster. :)
Only thing is, I'm a little bummed, because I saw the online edition of CARDS, and I was disappointed to see how they took the photo of my card. The white cardstock is glaring in the photo, and they loosened the bow.. :( On the positive side, however, I saw another card of mine that was published in a later issue, and it looks fine! :)
But yet another bummer is that I forgot to submit to there February issue, so now I missed a month. :( Darn it.

So, no new cards to show you, thought this might look new to some new readers...:) Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you have an awesome weekend!



Hey there! Long time no see! ;)

Still trying to get around to everybody's blogs (finally finished my assignment, so more free time!), and thought I'd share a quick, simple card with you today - made with SSC's first September card challenge! We're being sponsored by the fabulous Catherine Pooler, who is a SU! demonstrator, and will be giving away a nice goodie bag this month!

So now onto the card...

I added some beads to the pins for shine....

Instructions: Trim and score card base. Round right side corners. Cut out image and brown cardstock, adhere together, and than add to base. Add pearls beneath sentiment. Tie bow around base, and stick pins through. Add button, and then slightly sand edges of paper (or use a white ink pad).

Quick and easy. :)
Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope to stop in by your blogs soon! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Image: Cosmo Cricket
Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket
Half pearls: Remembrance (Michaels)
Other: pins, button

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, sandpaper