For this weeks PS SPARKS challenge

 and the Moxie Fab World Stamp It! Birthday challenge...

Houndsooth, cupcake, banner, colors (peanut, icing, wrapper and banner colors) - yup, I was really inspired by this photo. :)

The tape here is actually from a huge roll of masking tape I got awhile back - cut down to strips, with the edges ripped off, it's perfect (cheap!) imitation washi tape!

I actually don't have a cupcake stamp - I used the tiny cloud (?) stamp from Party Posse, stamped that (after masking the hamsters arms), and used a black Memento marker to draw the liner. Speaking of Memento markers, I got eight of them for a buck each on clearance - I'm not really a marker person, but I've been having so much fun with these! :)

Finally, one last thing - didja notice that one of my cards is featured on the Moxie Fab World Stamp It! Birthday challenge blog post?

As the little hammie up there would say, 'squeal!'! So excited to see my card there, even though my last name is spelled wrong (sometimes we just tell people to write 'pizza' when they have a hard time getting our last name ;)).
Another special blessing from God. :)

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and have a blessed weekend!


Supplies not shown;
Cardstock: Strathamore, DCWV
Other: string, masking tape

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissor, Cuttlebug, PTI Simply Jane die


Die cut maina

I love die cuts.
I really do.
Like really.
I tend to use them as background pieces though, so today I challenged myself to not only use die cuts as a focal point, but to use a LOT of them!
So, tell me, how do you think I did?

I just realized the main sentiment looks kinda like 'nello' instead of 'hello' with the string right there - lol! 
Anyways, I thought a matching envelope was in order - sometimes I spend so much time making a card, I forget to decorate its carrier!
So here's what I did...
On the back flap (where you'd lick to stick!)

And on the front, right before where you'd write the address...

 I didn't stick the letters on the outside (for fear they'd peel off in the shipping process) - I used the negative, and placed some patterned paper behind it.
For illustration purposes...


And one last thing - I had to peel back the back flap of the envelope so I could die cut the 'to' without cutting all the way to the back. It's super simple to just stick it back together when you're done!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today and have a blessed one!

blog: http://bearydocardsinc.blogspot.com/

Splendor -  Candytuft, Labels and Tags, Floral Frame, Tiny Blossoms, and Sunswept


Sketchy Colorblocking

Using one of this months Hero Arts sketches...

....the CAS-ual Fridays 'Pretty in Pink' challenge, and the Stamp It! Cards Thank You Challenge in the Moxie Fab World .

I've never done color blocking on a card before, and it was only when I was taking pictures that I realized I had done it - score! One less technique to my to-try list. ;)

I couldn't decide if I wanted the fine glitter or the chunky glitter for the flowers, so I just went with both...

Some little butterflies from the same sentiment stamp set. I didn't have any thick acetate, so I just used some Jenni Bowlin packaging - it may explain why the image didn't come out perfectly, but then again, I don't really know how nice stamped acetate images are supposed to come out as this was the first time I'd done it. ;)

Oh, and one last tip - the stamped sentiment didn't come out that perfect (I think due to my super old Staz-on pad), so I filled in the small splotchy areas with a black Memento marker. I don't know if you're not supposed to mix the two inks or not (I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to inks and their special properties), but it worked fine!

Finally, if you'd like to win some papers from some of the GCD Studio's Winter CHA '12 lines, leave a comment HERE - easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping in and have an awesome day!


Supplies not shown
Cardstock: LSS
Stamps: Hero Arts digi 'Field Flowers' and 'Made with Love'
Other: red pearls (Hero Arts), gems (Michaels), acetate packaging

Tools: printer, scissors, trimmer, adhesive


Important Nothings

Jennifer McQuire is awesome - as soon as I saw THIS video, I had to try out the technique. Of course, my mind went straight to the PTI Simply Jane dies, as you will discover over time, I am quite addicted to. ;)

And yes, she posted that video quite some time ago, and I made it soon after, so you can guess how long this post has been getting dusty in the draft pile. ;)

My sister looked at the sentiment, then looked up at me and said 'Clare, you've been listening to too much Pride and Prejudice music.' It's true. I love THIS song. :)

Using another material I'm addicted to - GCD Studios Splendor 'Tiny Blossoms'. Swoon.

Speaking of GCD Studios, I just got a box of more yummy CHA '12 release papers...mmmm! I want to share the fun with you, so just leave a comment and I'll pick someone to win one (or two) of the new collections. :)

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: GCD Studios 'Splendor'
Stamp: PTI 'Simply Jane'
Ink: Colorbox
Other: string (Bearydo Shoppe), button (stash)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, sewing machine, Cuttlebug, PTI Simply Jane dies



They're all the rage, so of course, I had to try them out too. :)

Both my cards were inspired by the hexagon shapes in THIS photo...

Since I don't have a hexagon punch, I just stamped the hexagon stamp from the Rosie Posie stamp set, and trimmed them all out. A little time consuming, but way faster than trying to cut them free hand (I should know ;))
These cards were in the May issue of the Paper Cut - just in case you didn't know, whenever the new issue is released, Heidi gives away one of the new CHA '12 collections, so you might want to check out the June issue HERE. ;)
One last thing before I drop off to bed - I have a load of supplies I need to get rid of. HERE is a post showing some on sale, but there is also a TON of free stuff too (just pay shipping!).

Thanks so much for popping in today, and have a blessed one!

PS, thanks so much for your kind words on my last post! I've been wanting to design for a stamp company for such a long time, so this is so exciting for me! :)

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned papers: GCD Studios 'Splendor'
Stamps: PTI
Ink: Colorbox
Other: string, pearls

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors



I am now designing for Precious Remembrance stamps!

"Precious Remembrance Shop stamps are made from a yellowing resistant photopolymers. Photopolymer Clear Stamps carry and transfer inks really well. It gives great and sharp impression every time."
Of course, I'll give you my personal opinion soon - I'm going to do a video with more info, since it's a new shop (and I'm so excited, I just want to make a video). :)

My fellow designers;
Andrea Budjack, Aman, and Elena Roussakis!

I am so blessed to have been asked by Dyane, and to be able to call those amazingly talented gals 'fellow designers'!

Join me Thursdays over at the Precious Remembrance blog for Project Thursday!
If you're looking for any additional info, you can check out Precious Remembrance's Facebook page!

Finally, there is a super adorable stamp set being released in July, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for stopping in - it's been a super busy week here, but I'll be posting some cards soon. :)



...I love wearing it, decorating with it, seeing it - but I always have trouble making cards with it. A card for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS - here's the bit I was inspired by...

...and also for this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Polka Dot challenge and my friend Virginia's rainbow challenge. :)
 Here's that neon, that worked perfectly for this birthday/graduation card...

Some Glossy Accents on the shell, as well as the hearts...

I'm so happy I finally caved in and bought the Nestabilities circle dies when they were on clearance - such a simple shape, but so hard to get perfect by hand! Plus you have the option of window cards. ;)

Finally, thank you SO much for your kind words on my last post! I had been in a mojo rut when I made that last card and wasn't too impressed by it - I'm so glad you liked it though! I will also make the video on my craft corner as soon as I have the chance. :)
Have a blessed day!


Supplies not shown
Other: string (Bearydo Shoppe), gem (Michaels)

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, Fiskars 1" circle punch, Nestabilities circles, Cuttlebug



...I ordered some new stampy goodies and got a new (to me) craft table for my craft corner!

Wondering if anyone would like to see a video of my space? I know I always enjoy seeing other gals crafty spots, but not sure anyone would be interested in seeing my small corner. ;)

Anyhows, here's a card I made for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch and for Simon Says Stamp and Show (texture) challenges. I apologize for the weird lighting - I took it indoors, but I'll (hopefully) replace it tomorrow with a decent one, along with good detail shots.

I also thought I'd make a quick photo tutorial on how I made the ticket border I used on yesterday's card (which I also used on this card)....

First, cut strips of paper (however wide you want), and punch half circle on the sides - I used a mini hole punch.

Run strips through an unthreaded sewing machine, making the sewing line go through the middle of the half circles.

Next, bend the tickets on the perforated lines...

...and rip off pieces for that authentic ripped ticket look!

One last thing - I'm using the link manager by Inlinkz for some of my supplies using a new Simon Says Stamp partnership. Kinda fun, and thought you might like to check it out as well - it's free!

Finally, congratulations on making it to the end of this post - I didn't mean to make it this long! lol
Also, thanks SO much for the kind comments - I'll be sure and return them asap! :)

Have a blessed day!


Supplies not listed:
Stamps: PTI 'Mat Stack 1', Waltzingmouse 'Very Vintage Labels 1'
Other: pearls (the Paper Studio), silk ribbon, button, twine, burlap fabric



...feeling too lazy and uninspired to come up with a better blog post title today. ;)

Here's a card for the CFC55 (bling), Crop Stop (pearls), Simon Says Stamp (gems), and A Blog Named Hero (kraft and blue) challenges.

So wishing I had gotten the Antique Flowers and Butterflies die and stamp set when I had the chance...could've saved me some time on this card and looked a bit more professional. ;)

Added some glitter to the center of the butterfly just because glitter is so darn pretty. :)

I'm obsessed with making these ticket borders! So quick, so fun, and so cute!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and have a blessed one! 

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye 'Be Amazing'
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Antique Butterflies', PTI 'Tiny Tags 1'
Ink: Staz-on
Other: string (Bearydo Shoppe), glitter (Martha Stewart), pearls (the Paper Studio)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, sewing machine



.....and feeling overwhelmed by everything that's happened since I've been gone! I'm pretty much at a loss at what to write, I'm so overwhelmed!
So I guess I'll cut to the chase and show you the cards...
I needed a quick birthday card for my great uncle, so I took the sketch from a card of mine that was published in a CARDS issue - I don't remember what issue it was and I'm too tired to look it up, but here's the published card...

...and my manly version - I usually don't crow about my cards (or at least, I try not to), but I have to say, I was pretty impressed that I made a man card with this many layers in less than an hour and a half! The time spent alone is pretty amazing to me, since I'm on the top ten list of worlds slowest crafters. ;)
Card for the Moxie Fab World Postage challenge - thanks Maria!

 Lovin' these big ol' black gems from Michaels and adorable paperclips by Tim Holtz...

When he came up two weeks later, he told me how surprised he was that I made it and how much he liked it - I love it when people say how nice it was to get a handmade card (though I always feel kinda overwhelmed by their kind words), and I need to remember to send them out more often. I have too many gathering dust, and too many people that would love one to not send them out.

Anyways, I'll share a few of the 2000 pictures I took in Europe another day - right now I'm still recuperating from all the crazieness. ;)
Have an awesome day and thanks so much for stopping in! :)

Cardstock: LSS, Bazzil
Patterned paper: Bazzil Basics 'Wayfarer'
Stamps: PTI 'Mat Stack 1'
Ink: Ranger, Staz-on
Other: paperclips (Tim Holtz), twine (Celebrate It!), gems (Michaels)

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, scissors, Cuttlebug, PTI Doily Details die, MFT Framed Greetings die