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.


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)

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.

February Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge!

Well, my PTI stamps and dies finally arrived today, just in time for me to participate in the Blog Hop! I am showing a card I made with their Movers and Shakers: Zippers die and the Movers and Shakers stamp set, along with paper and ink in Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Smokey Shadow. These dies are so awesome! I am going to have so much playing with them and creating some wonderful cards to give and sell!

Thank You card and contest entry

This shows a card I made featuring the requirements of two different challenges. The first is from the 5th Anniversary celebration for Papertrey, Ink. (Undoubtedly, one of my favorite companies for all things related to card-making. For their 4th day of countdown activities, they showed the Favorite color combinations of their design team. I picked Heather Nichol’s fave combo, featuring Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft and Vintage Cream. Additionally, I was inspired by the January 31st Tuesday Trigger from Cath Evaldson’s blog, Moxie Fab World. I really liked the stripes of color in this photo, not to mention the thought of yummy chocolate. ( sorry, I tried several times to include the photo of the Trigger here, but something wasn’t working for me. Please, go to the link to see it.) So, I put these together to come up with a card.

The card features patterned paper from PTI’s Everyday Blessings pack, Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist cardstock, Mat Stack 1 die and Mat Stack 1 layerz die, Mat Stack 1 stamp set, Inside and Out: Thank you stamp set, Background Basics: Houndstooth stamp set, Script Sentiments stamp set and Hawaiian Shores Ink. Additionally, I used Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink in Antique Linen and kraft cardstock from an unknown source. Above you see the front of the card, and I am showing a detail of the front sentiment and the inside sentiment below. Hope you enjoy it.