hello chickadee

...what's up? I'm just popping in to share a card I made for this weeks CAS-ual Friday challenge - haven't played along with one yet, and thought it was about high time. :)

Adorable little E.A.D. Designs sticker...having so much fun playing with THIS set!

Some sweet twine...

Okay, so it's a rooster, not a chicken, but I needed some kind of sentiment...and I'm not much of a sticker person, but how can you resist this adorable rooster by E.A.D Designs? :)

Oh, I thought I should tell you that if you view some of my older posts, all you see a black image with a negative sign in it. This is because I finally got my photos organized in Picasa web albums, making the image location change. So I'll try to go back on posts when I see it, but I won't have enough time to go through each post over again.

One last thing - I finally added a couple more posts to the Knitted Tales blog - if you'd like to meet Mortimer and Keith, stop by! :)

Well, thanks so much for stopping in - ciao!

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS, Bazzil Basics
Sticker: E.A.D Designs 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Critters on the Farm", Hero Arts "Ledger"
Ink: Ranger 'Walnut Stain', Staz-on
Other: pearl (Core-dinations), twine (HERE)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, circle punch


Birthday wishes

...sorry my post titles haven't been very interesting lately - it's hard to keep thinking up new, fun ones! ;)

A little something I made for this weeks Waltzingmouse sketch challenge - I haven't played along with one of their fun sketches in awhile, and Sarah Martina's fabby sketch finally gave me the push I needed. I have to admit, ever since the 2 Sketches 4 You challenges (which I loved) closed, I was pretty bummed. Then I discovered the Waltzingmouse challenges - now my favorite place to find sketches! :)
So I was a little loose with the sketch this time, but still had lots of fun! Thanks to the Mischief Makers for the inspiration and sketch!

Trying to use up these flowers I got from Michaels to use on the bridesmaids headpieces for my sisters wedding back in July - I removed the center of the flower and replaced it with an orange mini rose.

Oh, and I have to say - I got the banner idea from the PTI die that was released recently.

Wow, I feel like I haven't used my good ol' Martha Stewart butterfly punch in a looooong time (the card I last posted I made a couple months back, so yes, it's been a while!)

Anyways, I gotta dash - making school preparations, getting ready for a volleyball scrimmage tonight, gotta try getting some stuff out in the mail, and then tomorrow, off to Scranton to take my younger brother to his new high school! Only gonna be five of us at home, which seems soooo small after eleven. :(

Thanks so much for dropping in - I really appreciate your kind words, and once I get a little more time, I'll be sure to return the favor! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe", GCD Studios "The Great Outdoors"
Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps "Fancy Phrases"
Ink: Ranger 'Walnut Stain'
Flowers: Recollection
Pearls: Recollection
Die cut: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe"
Doily: stash

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, sewing machine, Glossy Accents


A little love

A little mini card I made using this weeks Simply Scrapping Crafts challenge - anything goes!
This little card is perfect for slipping inside a purse, lunchbox, anything.

Using a digital image from Tiffany Doodles, our sponsor this month.

I decided to cut the front of the card shorter than the back - something different and interesting for me. :)

Well, gotta go! Enjoy your day! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe"
Stamp: Love Letters

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, printer


Big, beautiful...

butterfly. :) I was so happy when I got this long desired Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and here is the first card made using it...

Using up some scrap seam binding here....

This card is for you, blog reader and putter-upper with my nonsense! I've so appreciated all the comments you leave me, and I keep promising a special giveaway and I keep not getting around to it. Soooo, while I don't have that special giveaway ready yet (it's still formulating), I do have a random, little giveaway here today!

Stella and Rose 6x6 Designer Paper Pad - I think this has most of the designs from all four collections, if not all. It's a nice little pad I picked up at my local craft store yesterday (the same one I get my white speckled cardstock from), and I thought it'd be a nice little thing to pass on.

So there it is! I've just cracked open this pad and made a super clean and simple card with one of the sheets - I'm loving all the sweet patterns in it, and I hope you will too!
Just leave a comment - I'll leave this open until...um, hm...well, until I feel like closing it. haha ;)
Oh, and feel free to let anyone else know about this little giveaway, if you think they might be interested in this paper pad - any random commenter is eligible. ;)

Have a blessed Sunday!

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Thrift Shop"
Stamp: Hero Arts "Dolls"
Ink: Staz-on
Die cut: Travel
Ribbon: Faded leather
Other: doily, rose

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, punch, glossy accents


Birthday wishes

I haven't participated in an Embellish challenge lately, and I was getting kinda antsy to try one. The latest Embellish challenge finally motivated me to do just that - how can you resist THESE colors? If there was some blue in there, you'd have my favorite card color combo ever.

Wanted to take a better pic of this, but didn't have the chance, so you're stuck with this crummy image. ;)

I've been so bad with sentiments lately....just completely forgetting them until the end, then trying to squeeze them in somewhere. Oh, and see the subtle stamping in the background? I thought the white cardstock base was too white, so I stamped it lightly a couple times with Starburst Lace and some Tea Dye ink - love how it mimics the white/cream doily paper in the Emma Shoppe collection.

A lovely flower and cracked wooden button that I glued back together....

And those flowers, colored in with those trusty Prismacolor pencils - these do the job well enough, so I'm determined not to buy Copics...at least until I marry a billionare. ;)

Anyways, a quicky post to squeeze this in the challenge deadline - gotta get back to my family. :)
Have a blessed day!

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe"
Stamps: PTI "Year of Flowers" and "Tag-It's 1", Hero Arts "Starburst Lace"
Ink: Ranger "Tea Dye" and "Walnut Stain"
Ribbon: Bearydo Shoppe "Drop of Sunshine"
Other: pearls (Zva Creative), button (Joann Fabrics), flower (Recollection), coloring pencils (Prismacolor)

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


With love

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments from the last few posts! They mean so much to me. :)

For this weeks sketch challenge over at Simple Scrapping Crafts - it's such a fun sketch, and we have a great prize up for grabs, so I hope you'll play along. :)

How about this little guy (I'm assuming he's a guy ;))? Isn't he sweet? He's a digi stamp from Tiffany Doodles, our wonderful sponsor this month.

A fun button/hemp cord treatment....

Changing the sentiment up with two different ink colors - you don't know how proud I feel of this little tag ;)

That's it for me today - have a great one!

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Crate "Portrait", GCD Studio's "The Great Outdoors"
Stamp: Tiffany Doodles "Warbler", Waltzingmouse "Fancy Phrases", Ippity
Ink: Ranger 'Walnut Stain' and 'Tea Dye', Martha Stewart
Other: lace (American Crafts), buttons (stash), hemp cord (Bearydo Shoppe), Prismacolor watercolor pencils

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, printer


All your wishes

I haven't played along in a Hero Arts monthly challenge for a long time, and this months challenge finally got me to get around to it. :)

The challenge is "Creatures, Cards for Kids, or/and Make a Scene". Make a scene - I soooo love doing this! When I saw the word 'scene', I immediately thought of a Disney princess dressmaking scene, so I mixed up a lot of different Hero Arts sets to make that little princess dress-making scene I envisioned...

Instead of writing a super duper long blog post with how I made this scene, I just made a video - it's been awhile since we've had a chat anyways. ;)

And some close-ups...

I'm a little obsessed with glitter lately, so if I haven't warned you yet (I can't remember if I have already), look out for more blog posts containing glittery cards. :)

I don't know if you can see it, but the Starburst Lace stamp is stamped very faintly on the bottom part of the dress...

Well, I'm off - first day of volleyball practices - two hours less each day to spend sitting on my rear end staring at paper goodies. ;)
Have a great day!

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: K&Company, Fancy Pants
Stamps: Hero Arts "Sew Artsy", "Sending Happy Thoughts", "Mi Casa", "Starburst Lace", "Tree, Birds and Messages" and "Sending Smiles Messages"
Ink: Ranger "Walnut Stain" and "the All Essential Glue-Pad"
Other: glitter (Martha Stewart), ribbon

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, sewing machine


You're a genius

Hey there! I'm blogging over at the GCD Studios blog today, where I'm sharing some fun girl cards, and a video!

So we'll start off with the video, in which I show you a super easy way to round paper corners without using a corner rounding punch.

So here's that card I showed at the end of the video...

And those nicely rounded corners...

I then decided to go on the other end of the spectrum after this pastel card and make a super bright card - I think of how perfect this one is for my younger sister - she loves color (like me!) and she loves to say she's a genius! ;)

Those rounded corners were made with the medium sized scallop scissors. Oh, and see that scallop border there? It's from the Melody Ross "Homespun Chic" die cut borders package - goooorgeous!

Fun, right? Thanks so much for sitting with me today - catch you another time!  

hello! card
Butterfly Border
Garden Mix
Metal Rimmed Glass Brads - Girl Collection
Die Cut borders

Genius! card
Homespun Garden
Vintage Birdie
Inspiration Cards
Chip Art Chipboard Shapes: Basic Shapes - Small
Die Cut borders


Thank you kindly

...for the sweet comments. :)
I realized how little I've been posting lately, so I thought I should share a little something for the Little Red Wagon challenge (birds).
A little mini card with glittery birds (though it's hard to tell in the pic) using some old patterned paper, and some digi paper.

Martha Stewart glitter...sooooo yummy!

Thanks for stopping in and have a blessed day!

Card recipe
Cardstock: watercolor paper unknown
Patterned paper: K&Co 'Classic K' tag book, Vinnie Pearce digi paper (sorry, I can't remember the name of the paper, but it was a freebie on her blog!)
Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps "Fancy Phrases"
Ink: Tim Holtz "Walnut Stain"
Other: pearls, glitter

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, printer


Peachy keen

Hello there! I'm blogging over at the GCD Studios blog today, where I'm talking to ya a bit about the ending of this gorgeous summer and the entrance of a new (and beautiful here in Pennsylvania!) season.
When I think of these last days of summer, I don't muse over the lovely days we've had - I get right to work preparing for fall!
With this inspiration in mind...

....I set out to do just that!
My sister will be going back to college for her sophomore year, and I prepared a little stationary set for her as a gift.
I left the cards without a sentiment so she can use them for almost any occasion - remember, cards don't always have to have a sentiment and those blanks ones can be pretty handy at time!
The gray paper I used here reminded me of those sweaters we'll be wearing here once the fall sets in! Brr! And then some brown for those bare trees!

And some yummy paper from Animal Crackers for boys to capture the sweetness of those peaches {that won't be in season come fall! :( }  in the inspiration photo.

Adorable buttons to top off the telephone images...

So when you say "last days of summer" to me, this is what you'll get - bits and pieces of fall to remind me of the school year looming ahead!
Thanks so much for reading and talk to you later!

Icon Dots
Trail Blazer
Buttons - Sweet Surrender


A silly card

...because I felt like it. ;) When I get stuck in a creative rut, I sometimes just make a card not caring if the design has been used a million times, or if the card is too busy - I just make a mish mash of things, which always helps. And though the card may not be very appealing to other people, just looking at it makes me smile and feel good inside. :)

This is one of those silly cards, made for this weeks Simply Scrapping Crafts challenge - glitter! Please try this one out - even if you're not a big fan of glitter, it's super fun and makes things look so, well, sparkly! We also have a new sponsor this month - check out all the deets HERE.

Had to hand cut this tag to get it right...really wishing I would've bought the PTI tag die when I ordered from them a couple months ago. :(

And some glitter! I'm totally loving glitter right now - love sticking it in random places! As I slowly start dusting off these 90+ drafts, you'll see me using more and more glitter on my latest cards. :)

Thanks for stopping in today - have a great one! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: LSS, Bazzil
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe"
Stamp: PTI
Ink: Ranger 'Walnut Stain'
Other: die cut (Bearydo Shoppe), twine (Bearydo Shoppe), trim (Websters Pages), glitter (Martha Stewart), pearls (Recollection)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors


Vintage kitties

You know, I was just looking at my dashboard, seeing all the new blog posts, when I realized I hadn't posted in awhile. It's kinda funny, when I started this blog, I made cards just to blog, but now, I completely forget about blogging at times! ;)

Anyways, here's a card that was going to be used for the Create blog in April (when I was CARDS featured designer), but I think that was around the time when something happened to the blog and it got all messed up, so this wasn't ever posted. Kinda stinks, as I love seeing how the photographer takes pics of my cards and I was curious about this one - I don't always like their presentation, but it's always interesting to see what they come up with!

Okay, so I was in this weird little "take-the-picture-at-a-strange-angle" phase, but not anymore. Mostly because I'm too lazy heehee. ;)

The image I used is from ClipArt on our computer...rather random, but sweet.

So, thanks for popping in today - enjoy your day! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a kite"
Stamp: Hero Arts "Thinking of You messages"
Ink: Staz-on, Colorbox
Image: Clip-Art
Ribbon: Darice
Doily: Wilton
Other: glitter

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors