Re-starting, because that’s allowed

I re-started on to a new career (Parent Education) via a new degree (Master’s in Education) and restarting my blog to reflect the new stamp-and-die companies I frequently use now. You’ll likely see cards with products from Altenew, Concord and 9th, Lawn Fawn and many others here in the future. I am participating in the Altenew Educator Certification Program, so I’ll be posting my personal renditions of the techniques they show in the Altenew Academy classes. But there are so many amazing companies out there now, creating beautiful, whimsical or ingenious new products to keep card-makers busy!

April 2015 Blog Hop for PTI

This month, Nichole Heady and the design team at Papertrey Ink challenged users to make something based on this scheme

Navy paired with shades of pink is definitely a trend I have noticed popping up this spring.  Try your hand at this fabulous color combo using some of your favorite images. Whether you select pretty florals or bold stripes and patterns, your finished project will be a gorgeous representation of this popular color scheme!  We can hardly wait to see what you create!

So, I got to work and created one card that fits the instructions, but also another one that uses the colors but is much more minimalistic.


For this one, I used the Cover Plate:circles to make the background. I didn’t have any more Enchanted Evening cardstock to cut, so I used a navy blue I had in my stash, sorry I don’t know what company made it. The Rosy Posy dies, stamps, and Step 2 stamps were used for the floral array, with Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, and New Leaf ink pads on Stamper’s Select White cardstock.

I used more Stamper’s Select card to make the second card using the navy and white color scheme. The stamped ‘birthday’ is from the Swoosh set, in Enchanted Evening ink. The ‘Happy’ die was cut from an scrap of an unknown pink cardstock, using one of the word dies from “Tipped Tops” die set. I raised the top and bottom panels with fun foam that has adhesive on both sides.


PTI MIM #209

Yes, It’s true, I am still alive and crafting. Chaos reigns in my temporary digs, and getting the craft room organized, enough to make anything just took a long longer than it should have. (And we’ll be moving in 2 or three months, so it gets packed up again. But hopefully not all of it, still trying to cull out the stuff I don’t use anymore.

Anywho, I actually made a card for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #209. The assignment was white-on-white with a pop of color. Lexi Daly showed some cute examples on the blog.

My offering uses nearly all PTI materials, including stamps and dies from the “On My Couch” set, and Pure Poppy for the easy chair and Memento’s Tuxedo Black for the sentiment.

More felt goodies!

I admit, my attention has been drawn away from cards lately, as I have fun with all the stitching dies Erin Lincoln IMG_1709

Felt snap-clip barettes, in bright colors on boutique card

Felt snap-clip barettes, in bright colors on boutique card

is creating for Papertrey Ink. These are a pair of butterfly barrettes I made at the request of our priest for her niece Gigi. They were relatively quick to make, once I got the hang of it. You can find instruction videos on You Tube on how to put them together. I also used Erin’s dies to create the boutique display card, which gives a nice dimensional and easily customizable way to sell or give them. The yellow and orange felts are from Benzie, floss is by DMC, and all other materials and tools from Papertrey Ink. (Go to their blog, Capture the Moment to see more ideas)

Girly felt booties

Felt baby booties, girly-girl style!

My beloved Papertrey Ink has come out with some more awesome dies for crafting, this time with felt or fabric, primarily. Erin Lincoln designed the set of dies that can be used for little baby booties that would fit little ones up to 3-5 months old (depending on their size, obviously!) The basic dies produce the simple bootie, complete with the little tab at the back to help reinforce them as you pull them on. There is a set of detail dies that lets the user create the cutest embellishments for the booties, plus you can use some of Erin’s other stitching dies, too. A co-worker of mine asked me to create a pair for her soon-to-be born niece, whom the family is assuming will be a girly-girl like her mom and aunts. Jenny and her sister and mom fell in love with them on the spot! The cream-colored felt is from PTI, the floss is by DMC and I found a local source on Etsy for the rest of the felt, a designer called Benzie ( that I ordered an array of colors from, looking forward to making coffee-cozies, barrettes and more with her stuff.

White felt baby bootie, with pink and pale green embellishments

White felt baby bootie, with pink and pale green embellishments

both booties

both booties


PTI Anniversary day 9 challenge-Building Blocks

building blocksToday’s challenge is titled “Building Blocks of Design,” to go along with today’s new reveals, built around the Building Blocks stamps and dies. I’m going to have to get these. As often happens, I wasn’t too sure about these products until I saw the design team’s creations with them, and now I have to find a way to include them in my order on Saturday. (Oh, how I need to win one of the prizes they’re giving away this month! There’s so much on my wishlist from this release, as in all of it!) visiting the blogs of each of the design team, armed with a random number generator, I got my elements to include in my creation. I needed to include Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, New Leaf and Vintage cream, incorporating heat embossing, rhinestones and ribbon on a Thank you card based on sketch #1. Here is the result. ALL products are from Papertrey Ink EXCEPT for: red embossing powder ( Ranger), rhinestones (Recollections-they were clear but I colored them with a Copic marker), and the solid bar stamp between the die-cut “Thank You” and the heat embossed “for all that you do”(Impress). Thanks for checking in.

PTI 7th anniversary Day 3 challenge

IMG_0956Papertrey Ink’s Day 3 challenge for their big 7th anniversary proceedings is to take 7 minutes to gather 7 things to use in a card you can make in 17 minutes. It was tough, and I had to “cheat” a little bit by not counting the different scraps of card I used. I did use 1)one Papertrey Ink stamp set- Stylish Sentiments, 2) Mat Stack 1 Layerz die, 3)VersaMark watermark ink pad, 4)Stampendous detail black embossing powder, 5) PTI White card for the front and card base, 6)green card stock (unknown) for the mat, and 7) various scraps of card stock for the layers I put together after I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on each one! Not perfect, and I’m about to send it to my nephew for his 14th birthday, but done, and (mostly) within the parameters.

New non-PTI stamps added. Mostly for grown-ups.

Ooh, picked up some very funny sentiment stamps this weekend, a a couple of “serious” ones at Stampers, Ink, the home of Riley & Co. and Funny Bones. These new ones include:
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.-Dr. Dr. Seuss
I don’t RUN. And if you ever see me running, you should run too, because something is probably behind me.
Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake it becomes a muffin..and muffins are healthy. You’re welcome.
Coffee keeps me busy until it acceptable to drink wine.
A friend talks to you about your problems. A true friend takes a look at you, sighs, then orders you a big drink without asking.
I was reading an instruction manual, and I got to the part about needing a I got out the vodka and orange juice. Anything after that is still a mystery!
Whether you see your glass half-full or half-empty doesn’t matter. You did NOT pour enough wine in your glass. START OVER.
Add these to previous acquisitions of:
I’ve lost my mind and I think the kids took it.
A little girl seeks revenge. A real woman moves on while karma does her dirty work.
Life is much funnier if you have a dirty mind.
There are two types of people in the world:People you drink with and people who make you drink.
I enjoy a glass of wine each night for it’s (sic) health benefits. The other glassed are for my witty comebacks and flawless dance moves.

Let me know if there’s one of these you’d like to include in a card for your BFF who needs a laugh, or encouragement.