I used to be obssessed with putting them on cards, but it's actually been a long time since I used one.
So when I saw this weeks Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger (I usually don't play, but honestly, it was hard not to after seeing the gorgeous inspiration pic)...

...I couldn't help myself.
Here is my take...

 The sentiment is embossed for a little more interest (and I went with the 'get well' sentiment because I never seem to have those on hand when I really need them)

Butterflies. Colors. I don't think it's hard to see how I was inspired. ;) I actually didn't have an orange, but I did have a small Colorbox Cat's Eye with a yellow I wasn't crazy about. So I inked up first with Worn Lipstick, then went over with the yellow inkpad. The yellow ink got contaminated, but since I didn't like the shade anyways, no harm was done.

And while we're at it, this card is also for this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Well, I'm off to finish graduation party plans, trip to Europe plans, playing a game with my youngest brother plans, etc.
Thanks so much for stopping in!

Cardstcok: LSS
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Essential Messages', Martha Stewart
Ink: Ranger, Joann Fabrics, Colorbox, Versamark
Other: gems (Michaels), embossing powder (Martha Stewart)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, heat gun



I'm short on time and couldn't think up a title more original. ;)

Using some fun new paper from the Bazzil Basics 'Wayfarer' collection, I made a congratulations card, as there are SO many graduations, weddings, etc., going on right now! 

A card made for this months Hero Arts sketch challenge - I used the tag sketch vertically (and added a lot more embellishments!)

I found a package of eight wooden tags for $1.25 at my local craft store, and thought I'd give them a go. Stamped my image with no problem, and colored in using watercolor pencils and water. It bled a bit, but I think it added to the distressed look of the card. I also stamped the tag with the ledger background from Hero Arts with Versamark, and it showed up really well (even though I was pressing lightly).

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a blessed day!

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Bazzil Basics 'Wayfarer'
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Past Times', 'Ledger', 'Sew Artsy' and 'Essential Messages'
Ink: Ranger, Staz-on, Versamark
Stickers: Crate Paper
Other: gems (Michaels), paperclip (Tim Holtz), twine (Martha Stewart), wooden tag (Darice), watercolor pencils (Prismacolor)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, paintbrush


A pub

...because I haven't shared one in awhile, and I really like this one. :)

Yes, that's my hand there - I was trying to capture the sparkle of the glitter, but it was super hard to see right then in the bright light, so I tried shading it...and it still didn't work. :(

I went a little crazy with the lace layers here...some pretty stuff I picked up at Joann's for .50! :)

That's all for today - have a great one!

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe"
Stamps: PTI "Year of Flowers", Waltzingmouse "Fancy Phrases"
Ink: Ranger 'Walnut Stain'
Other: ribbon (stash), Prismacolor watercolor pencils, lace (stash), glitter (Martha Stewart)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors



Just sharing a card I made for this months Hero Arts contest - shaped cards. SO fun, and super easy with the HA digikits.

Here's my owl (he stands about five inches tall)

My first use of Stickles...

And a video! This is for those who have said working with digi stamps is too hard/too complicated, or they're not computer savvy enough for it - not true! If I can do it, you totally can! ;)

Sorry if this was a funky video - it was kind of spur of the moment. ;)

ETA: This is totally weird, but as I was blog surfing tonight, I saw a card by Laura Bassen - check it out. So strange, as I just saw it tonight! Hm, maybe great minds think alike...? ;)

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: Hero Arts
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Big Owl' digi kit, 'Made With Love'
Ink: printer ink, Staz-on
Other: stickles

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, printer, computer


Texture-y cards

For one of my last 2011 term assignments, I got to pick any collection I wanted to work with and create some projects with texture, and boy, what an easy one!

So, first collection that comes to mind? You guessed it, Oh Happy Day!

When I was working on these projects, I was totally inspired by the GCD Studios CHA booth - I'll let you guess how on this first one. ;)

LOVED Heidi's banner, and totally had to recreate it on a card. The sewing and bling add a fun touch and some texture to the card.
For my second card, I really loved the flowers in the booth, so I went with a flowery feel for this one...

Aren't these flowers so fun and pretty? And for my texture on this one, I went with some fabric behind those flowers.

What'd I tell you? Adding texture to projects is easy-peasy! I'd love to see what you create with texture!
Thanks for stopping in with me today!

Oh Happy Day - Paper; Item #1763, 1764, 1765, 1773, 1774, 1766, 1768, 1772


Colorful hi

I hope you all had a truly blessed Easter! Thank you so much for the kind comments on my last posts - I know I haven't always been able to return them (I'll be getting to that in a soon-to-come post), but I appreciate them. :)

Here's a card made for Moxie Fab Worlds Paper Scraps challenge as well as the Household Items Challenge, the Simon Says Stamp Favorite Tool (dies) challenge, Papertake Weekly (Anything Goes), 365 Cards (Let's Chat), and Pile It On (S - string).
This is the first card I made when I got the PTI Block Alphabet die - I went totally crazy with them though, so you might be seeing a couple more cards made with them in the future.

I used paper scraps for all those letters - I actually store most of my paper scraps in a 8x8 scrapbook binder, which is where I grabbed these most of the paper from.

Stored first by color, and then some favored manufacturers get their own page. ;)
Oh, and the string on there is actually string we sometimes use to tie up meats in the oven, as well as holding two piece cake pans together - that's my household item. :)

Black letters gone over with Glossy Accents to make them stand out a little more.

Well, I'm rather tired after a loooong Holy Week, so I think I'll spare you from any more of my incessant chattering. ;)
Have an awesome day!

Cardstock: LSS, Bazzil, Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: GCD Studios, Basic Grey
Other: string (stash), pearl (Queen and Co)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, Glossy Accents, Cuttlebug, PTI die


Crazy week

I know, I'm not supposed to be here (it's still Lent - only a couple more days to go!), but I had a couple things to post.
It's been a crazy week, but I'll try to cut down most of it for this post, and share the rest after Easter.

GCD Studio's new monthly magazine, ThePaperCut, is now available for viewing! It's such an awesome first issue, and I know you'll love it. :)

Next, a card for the Moxie Fab World DIY Embellishments Challenge...

Tissue paper, random part of a wooden button (the center was missing), a pearl, a handcut postage-stamp-like frame and some handcut leaves make the focal point.

Now for some non-papercrafting news...
My Grandma on my Mom's side died the Tuesday before last. It was hard, but she had been struggling for about a year in a half now, so at least now she's found temporal relief.

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetuae luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.
Please pray for a family at our parish; their eight year old son had a very bad case of hooping cough, and had to be intibated. He is stable now, but yesterday evening, they had to rush their six month old daughter in an ambulance to the hospital, who has (we think) hooping cough as well, which is extremely dangerous condition for babies. This is such a terrible thing for any family to have to go through, especially with this being Holy Week. Please keep them in your prayers.

Have a blessed Holy Week!

ETA:  Giveaway going on HERE.


Dino wishes

So I know I said I probably wouldn't be back till after Easter, but I just got a Paper Smooches stamp set in the mail, and had to play along again with the SPARKS challenge. :)

Inspired by the line up of the bunnies, and the colors - the red, pink, yellow, and of course, the green...

Both sides of the card are punched with a mini hole punch for a little added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping in and for commenting! I really do appreciate each and every one!

Have a blessed week!

Cardstock: LSS
Stamps: Paper Smooches 'Party Posse'
Ink: Staz-on
Other: embroidery floss, gem (Kaisercraft), pearl (Queen and Co)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, hole punch