Papertrey Ink // City Scene

Popping in with a card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (Anything Goes) and the Michael's Springtime in Paris contest.

I love Papertrey Ink's City Scene stamp set, and decided to ink it up for a quick and easy card. I didn't stamp the center of the sun quite right, so I covered it up with some punched out clouds. An easy way to spice up the clouds from the Fiskars cloud punches is to trim off the bottom half of the clouds, and oila! some adorable little flat-bottomed clouds!

I topped it off with a little Hero Arts gem for some more "spice", gave the Parisian street a road, and called it a day.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

Supplies not shown:
Cardstock: Canson, Core-dinations, DCWV
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "City Scene" and "City Scene Sentiments"
Other: Hero Arts heart gem


Avery Elle // Oh Happy Day

You guys are all really nice.
And for that, I...

A simple die cut and stamped card, topped off with some pearls. The "thank" was cut using my Silhouette Cameo using the Varsity (I think?) font, and then I added the "you" with the Oh Happy Day stamp set from Avery Elle.
I just love that Dear Lizzy paper - I've said it before, but seriously, Lucky Charm is one of my all time favorite paper lines!

Thanks so much for stopping and being so sweet! God bless and have a lovely weekend!



Paper Smooches // Throwback Thursday

Today's Throwback Thursday (a way for me to clean out my 100+ drafts....whew, this is gonna take awhile...) is circa June 2012.
My thoughts on the card from three years ago:

I wanted to make a boy themed card using the Paper Smooches turtle image.

I'm not quite sure if I like it or not, but I decided to share it anyways. ;)

To create the notebook edge without a notebook edge punch, I simply punched holes, and cut slits with a scissors. Ripping the edges up a bit helps add to the look. ;)

Embossed sentiment to make it pop out from the patterned paper...

Thanks for popping in and God bless!


Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: K&Company 'Cut N Paste', My Minds Eye 'Stella and Rose'
Stamp: PTI 'Mat Stack 1'
Ink: Tim Holtz 'Tea Dye'
Other: gems, Martha Stewart embossing powder, Crate Paper sticker, Tim Holtz paperclips

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, Cuttlebug, PTI Mat Stack 1 die, hole punch


Avery Elle // Weather It

Popping in with a card for AEiheartU challenge #22...

...and my take below.

On my first FOUR attempts of this card, I tried using watercolor and masking to create the stripes, but even with drying in between, the colors would somehow manage to run into each other at random spots. I was getting pretty frustrated, thinking "how ELSE am I supposed to get these colors without resorting to cardstock?!" when I immediately thought of Laura Bassen and all her fabulous blending cards. 
That did the trick, and I pulled out some of my new mini Tim Holtz inks - guys, blending is SO FUN. I think I'm obsessed - I'm trying to find more ways to use it. Before, I was limited by my ink color options and preference for watercoloring, but I've seen the light! Dang, I love this technique. 
I tried misting the raindrop image from the Avery Elle Weather It set, and stamping on the stripes for some resist, but it just didn't work with the technique or cardstock. Not sure which. Either way, it made things a little blotchy, but I was too lazy busy to patch up.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!



WPlus9 // Fresh Cut Florals

Hello lovelies! Just popping in real quick with a simple card for WPlus9's Throwback Thursday #2 challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Spring Pinterest Inspiration challenge.

Just some simple stamping with the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals stamp and a sentiment by Papertrey Ink. I added a very slight blue patch of watercolor in the center, just for kicks.

Yesterday morning I looked out my window to see big, fluffy white snowflakes dusting our driveway, but thank goodness, it's warmed up (again) and we have rain.

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: WPlus9 "Fresh Cut Florals" and Papertrey Ink "Wet Paint"
Ink: Tim Holtz, Papertrey Ink, Versafine, Stazon
Other: vellum

Tools: paintrbrush, water


Hero Arts // Butterfly Framelits

Ah, now that I've posted a manly card, I can turn back to my natural inclinations...

Dang, this card was hard to photograph.
I used my Tim Holzt Distress Ink markers to selectively color the stamp. The image was etched in rubber, which works well with the markers. Clear stamps? Not so much.

But now let me pose you a question;
Let's be real here, peeps - do you like it when I link products, using something like Inlinkz? Or is it a feature that just takes up space?

Okay, that's it for today - thanks for stopping in and God bless!
Also, seriously, please tell me if you prefer linked up products. ;)

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Patterned paper: Dear Lizzy
Stamps: Hero Arts "Butterfly #3"
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz, Versamagic
Other: gems (Darice)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Framelits die, heat gun


My Favorite Things // Feathers and Arrows

I was scrolling through my recent blog posts, and (shocker) they're all GIRLY. So here's an older but at least a more masculine card.

I used the My Favorite Things Feathers and Arrows die set - I really haven't used this cool die set as much as I should have.

That's it for today - have a blessed Sunday!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Stamp set: Hero Arts
Ink: Stazon
Other: enamel dots (My Minds Eye), twine (Darice)

Tools: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Feathers and Arrows die set


Throwback Thursday

Today's card is from July 2014! Now for my comments I wrote at that time:

yuck....mostly the only reason I actually finished this card was because I put a lot of time into paper piecing and didn't want to throw it away.

I do love this My Minds Eye woodgrain paper though...

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye "Stella and Rose"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Cuckoo"
Ink: Memento
Other: pearl (Queen and Co)

Tools: sewing machine


Hero Arts // Etched Flowers

Popping in real quick with another card for Hero Arts Nature challenge...

Inspired by THIS pin - I masked off some areas with Post-It notes, and did some inking. I didn't measure the areas because I was too lazy. ;)

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson, SEI
Stamps: Hero Arts "Etched Flowers" and "Everyday Sayings"
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz
Other: gems (Darice), embossing powder (Hampton Arts)

Tools: heat gun


Paper Smooches // Scripty Sayings

I'm free! Spring break is here (unofficially) at last! Now I need to get working on that mountain of homework...

...this card was inspired by THIS pin - I used some pretty Dear Lizzy paper, Lucky Charm (one of my all time favorite collections)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: American Crafts "Lucky Charm"
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Scripty Sayings"
Ink: Versamagic
Other: pearls, gems, embossing powder

Tools: heat gun


Hero Arts // Pattern Hearts and Flowers

Last midterm is FINISHED! A few little odds and ends to tie up here and there before spring break, but after Thursday at 3:30, I am a FREE WOMAN.

Anyways, I digress.
This card is for the Hero Arts Nature challenge and for Virginia's View Embossing challenge.

I was very much inspired by THIS pin, and I used the Pattern Hearts and Flowers stamp set to make it happen.
First I heat embossed the image several times on the grey cardstock, not bothering with masking since I would be covering the majority of it up with some watercolored flowers. Then I heat embossed the flowers on some watercolor cardstock (masking this time around) then colored in using some water and ink pads. Trimmed the flowers out, topped with some gems, and adhered to the base, topped with a Hero Arts embossed sentiment. Ta-da!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson, SEI
Stamps: Hero Arts "Pattern Hearts and Flowers" and "Miss You So Much"
Ink: Versamark, Distress Inks, Color Theory
Other: gems (Darice), embossing powder (Hampton Arts)

Tools: heat gun


Papertrey Ink // Simply Jane

Hi! Just popping in real quick with a simple little number using up more scraps (I tell ya, I've been on a roll)

I die cut the flowers right into the card base using some Paper Smooches dies, but then I wasn't happy with the way they were aligned, so I set the base aside for later use. Looking in my scrap bin, I found a pretty die cut cork piece, and quickly put it together with the base, along with a cabochon and a scrapped vellum sentiment.

Thanks for stopping in and have a blessed Sunday!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Crate Paper (old)
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Versamagic
Other: cork (Joann Fabrics), cabochon (eBay), vellum

Tools: Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink Simply Jane dies, Paper Smooches Flowers dies, Fiskars border punch