Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yuletide Blessings

I made this pretty holiday card for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - I have so much fun playing with my WMS stamps, and this week is no exception!
I've been trying to be good about using scraps - especially when they are gorgeous papers like these Webster's! For this card, I took two strips and put them on a cheery red base and covered the seam with some pretty green crinkle ribbon. I stamped the sentiment on the papers and finished the card off with some holly leaves that I gave dimension to using Glossy Accents and Stickles!

Supplies: Stamps - Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Labels (WMS), DP - Home for the Holidays (Webster's Pages), Ribbon (Etsy), Cardstock - Real Red, Old Olive (SU!), Stickles, Ink - Riding Hood Red (SU!), Foam Squares

Monday, November 29, 2010


Today I'm sharing a card I made using the Vintage Children set from Stampin' D' Amour - I just love the image of this little girl! I paper pieced the little dress from a pretty floral paper and added a coordinating olive shabby ribbon and some lace that I distressed with ink. Instead of using a patterned paper base over the card stock, I chose to use sentiments from this stamp set to make my own! This set is quite versatile with a number of images and sentiments to choose from.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Children (SDA), Card Stock - Bravo Burgundy (SU!), Ink - Versamark, Tea Dye Duo (PTI), DP - WonderFALL (Webster's Pages), Lace (Crafta), Crinkle Ribbon (Etsy), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Labels 10 (Spellbinders), Vintage Button (eBay), Copic Markers

Sunday, November 28, 2010

For Unto Us A Child is Born

Today I'm happy to share a card with you that I made for the Embellish Magazine challenge! I've really enjoyed these challenges lately and this week's is no different! There's always a color combo to use and another "twist." This time we had to make a holiday card using the colors below:
I started off choosing some lovely papers from Webster's Pages and adding one of my favorite verses and some fun berries from Verve. I outlined the pink paper with 1/8" score tape and sprinkled it with glitter for an extra sparkle. For the berries, I stamped off once and then added Stickles.

Supplies: Stamps - Merry Wishes, Richly Blessed (Verve), DP - Winter's Wings (Webster's Pages), Scor Tape/Glitter (PTI), Card Stock - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Ink - Bravo Burgundy (SU!), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Stickles, Foam Squares, Corner Chomper

Thankgiving Blog Hop Winner

A great big thanks to everyone for joining us at Papercraft Star for the first annual Thanksgiving Blog Hop! We hope you had a lot of fun and got a lot of new ideas! I know I did! In fact, we had so much fun, we're going to do it again!! Be on the lookout for another hop the week of December 19th!

A great big thank you to all of my new followers and all of the comments - I cherish each and every one! And, without further ado, the winner of my Verve stamp/ink pad set is lucky #5, Anna Massie! Congratulations!! Send me an email at jencuthbertson(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Steven!

Just a quick post for today and hoping everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! This card is for my step-dad's birthday today and I'm so happy we can be visiting and celebrating with him!

Supplies: Stamps - Autumn Days, Curly Cute (SU!), Cardstock/Ink - More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Not Quite Navy (SU!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Today, Glen and I are off to visit my folks for a few days and we are really looking forward to catching up, laughing, and eating too much!

But before I head off, I wanted to share these two tags that I made for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! This is the first time I've had a chance to participate (why the week of Thanksgiving felt like the right time to start is beyond me!!) and I can't wait to see all of the rest of the gorgeous projects out there!
This month's challenge was to design a "holiday tag or two" and I'm excited to share these two jumbo tags with you! This first tag is a more traditional/vintage feeling tag using the Tree Trimming Trio set, distress inks, and some yummy lace and scrunchy ribbon. The card is finished off with a gold embossed sentiment and a cute jingle bell.

This next card has a more modern feel again featuring the big tree from the set, a glitter border, silver embossed sentiment and star. The tag is finished with a fun, tinsel hanger for extra sparkle!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! I wish you and yours a very special Thanksgiving and hope you all have an abundance of love and joy to be thankful for today!

Supplies: Stamps - Tree Trimming Trio (PTI), Card Stock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Tags (my stash), Ink - Garden Green, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Versamark, Silver/Gold Embossing Powder (SU!), Glue Pen (Martha Stewart), Glitter (PTI), DP - Jovial Collection (Basic Gray), Snowflakes (Anna Griffin), Lace/Twine/Jingle Bell (Crafta), Ribbon (Etsy), Tinsel (Kate's Paperie)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet Little Valentine

I am so happy to share an adorable Valentine card featuring a lovely image from Stampin' D'Amour's Vintage Children set! I partnered this adorable little girl with some Valentine-themed papers and a fun shabby ribbon!

Why Valentine's Day cards now? Well, let me tell you!! Operation Write Home is collecting cards to send to our troops overseas so they can write home to their loved ones. And Archway is matching sweets with sweets by sending boxes of cookies overseas, too! Pretty great cause and I'm happy to help by sending a box of Valentines this week! If you're looking for something to craft to take a break from holiday cards, consider some love-themed cards and send them over to OWH!

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Children (SDA), DP - Be Loved (MME), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, Ribbon (Etsy), Card Stock - Whisper White (SU!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Moxie Chic

I loved the red ruffles in the Tuesday Trigger photo over on the Moxie Fab blog and immediately thought of this lovely Webster's Pages ribbon that I've had sitting around and never used! Something this pretty has to be seen so I got it out and played along!
I used this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch as inspiration, almost used the last bit of my absolutely fave Anna Griffin snowflake paper (I'm holding on to tiny scraps!!), and heat embossed that fabby label for what I think is a Moxie Chic holiday card!
Supplies: Stamps - Holiday Labels 14, Compliments of the Season (WMS), DP (Anna Griffin), Card Stock - Silver Shimmer, Select White (PTI), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Versamark, Silver Embossing Powder (SU!), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Labels 14 (Spellbinders), Ribbon (Webster's Pages), Foam Squares

Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Blog Hop!

Welcome to the First Annual Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Blog Hop Week sponsored by My Favorite Things. Our Designers have come together to celebrate this special holiday by creating projects inspired by Thanksgiving and all that we are thankful for in our lives, including you!

We are so happy you could join us for this special event! You should have arrived to my blog from Cecilia's, but if not, please head on over to Papercraft Star to start from the beginning so you don't miss a thing! You must be a follower of Papercraft Star, visit all the blogs and comment in order to be entered to win our fantastic Grand Prize!

During this special week of Thanksgiving we hope that you'll find a wealth of inspiration among the beautiful projects our Designers have created especially for you! To add to the fun, we've got fabulous prizes along the way at many of our Designer's blogs and you'll be entered to win our fantastic $25.00 Gift Certificate by our generous sponsor My Favorite Things, if you visit every blog and leave a comment with all of our Designers! You have until midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday November 27, 2010 to leave all your comments and be entered to win the Grand Prize. We'll draw the winners of the prizes and announce them beginning Sunday November 28, 2010.

This year has been such an amazing year for me and my paper crafting! I have been blessed to have two cards published and a third on the way, I've been asked to be a part of two amazing design teams, and my little blog has an amazing 50+ followers! To give a tiny part back to this amazing community, I have a little giveaway to thank you for being here and encouraging me along the way. Just leave a comment by midnight (EST) Saturday 11/27 letting me know what you are thankful for this year, and I'll pick a winner to receive a brand new Verve stamp set and black ink pad! I will announce the winner here on the blog next Sunday!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank you again for joining us for the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop, your next stop on the hop is Beth!

*I'm editing this post Sunday morning because when I woke up to hop, I realized I had published a draft of my post and not my actual post. I am incredibly sorry for all who visited early and didn't see what I had intended - I certainly know how frustrated I get when I come upon a broken link in a hop! Thanks for giving it a second look - I do appreciate each and every one of you and your time!! Everyone who commented that there was nothing to see is also eligible for the giveaway! Thanks for the catch!

Supplies: Stamps - Harvest Season (Lawn Fawn), DP - WonderFALL (Webster's Pages), Ink - Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Dusty Durango (SU!), Felt (PTI), Card Stock - Old Olive (SU!), Ribbon (Etsy)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies

I am so happy to share this project today that I made for the Embellish Magazine color challenge! Embellish challenges are fun because they require use of specific colors as well as another challenge like using felt or rick rack or... This time we had to embellish a bag using these colors:This challenge worked out perfectly because I had just purchased some adorable little bags from It's in the Bag for holiday decorating and the package came in the mail the day before I saw this challenge! Kismet? I think so!

When I saw the pink/grey, I immediately thought of snowflakes and an awesome Verve set I got last year. I embossed the snowflakes using silver embossing powder, cut them out and popped them off the bag, finishing them off with coordinating rhinestones. The bottom of the bag was trimmed with some fun silver tinsel.

Supplies: Bag (It's in the Bag), Stamps - Christmas in the Air (Verve), Card Stock - Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink (SU!), Ink - Versamark, Basic Black (SU!), Silver Embossing Powder (SU!), Tinsel (Kate's Paperie), Edge Punch (Fiskars), Rhinestones (K&Co), Foam Squares

Approved by the Chief Elf

I'm excited to participate in another monthly blog waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps! This month we're celebrating Christmas! If you've just happened by, head over to the 'Mouse House to get started! I'm sure you will find a ton of inspiration as I always do!

Fortunately for me (as I've just returned from vacation) I had this week's sketch challenge as a jumping off place. I flipped the sketch on its side and came up with the cute Santa certification medallion. Love how the little shoes came out as the "tails."
Supplies: Stamps - 2009 Secret Set (WMS), DP - Christmas Past (Graphic 45), Card Stock - Select Cream (PTI), Ink - Old Olive, Basic Black (SU!), Circle Punch (SU!), Felt/Dies (PTI), Stickles, Foam Squares

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thinking of You

Today I'm happy to share another card made with great vintage stamps from Stampin' D'Amour! This time I'm featuring an unmounted rubber stamp with a vintage Hawaiian Airlines logo as well as a sentiment from the Vintage Children set. I adore vintage travel posters and this stamp is a great replica! I combined the stamped images with lovely papers from Making Memories and ribbon I found on Etsy.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Children, Vintage Hawaiian Airlines (SDA), DP - Great Escape (Making Memories), Card Stock - Select Cream (PTI), Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Labels 8 (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper, Foam Squares, Ribbon (Etsy)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today I have two cards to share with you inspired by the Tuesday Trigger photograph over at Moxie Fab World.
Ay yi yi - do you ever have something so perfect in your mind that just doesn't translate on to paper? Well, this first card was just that. If it was a "flop", why am I showing it to you? Well, because it has grown on me a bit and I think I'm starting to like it some more. And, perhaps as some kind of inspiration to try, try again? :) I'm definitely going to try this technique again and hope it will turn out better next time.

I'd never inked up my lily of the valley set and since those were our special wedding flowers, knew they'd mean a lot to my mother in law (her birthday is coming up and I wanted to make her a special card.) I decided to stamp over a page from a vintage book (French, c 1920! Man, did I think twice about tearing that page out!!) I clear embossed the flower image and sponged on ink for the leaves and flowers. The big problem is that the text was way too bold and you definitely see more of the text than the flowers. I used some Stickles to outline the flowers to try to make them stand out a bit more but to not great avail.

Anyway, I went a different route for the second card pretty much straight stamping of the flower images, a bit of scissor work, and a cute vintage button.

Supplies Card 1: Stamps - Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley (PTI), Big Wish (Verve), Ink - Dusty Durango, Garden Green, Whisper White (Craft) (SU!), Versamark, Card Stock - Gold Shimmer (PTI), Dusty Durango (SU!), Vintage Book Page, Filigree Embossing Powder (PTI)

Supplies Card 2: Stamps - Beautiful Blossoms II, Turning a New Leaf (PTI), Big Wish (Verve), Ink - Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Yoyo Yellow, Cameo Coral (SU!), Card Stock - Dusty Durango, Confetti (SU!), Gold Shimmer (PTI), Edge Punch (Fiskars), Foam Squares, Vintage Button (eBay)

Exiting News!

I am so excited to share that I have been selected to be on the Design Team at Papercraft Star and you can see my work over there starting at the end of this month!

Papercraft Star is a great challenge blog that presents crafters of all levels with weekly challenges and inspiration. One of the greatest things about Papercraft Star is that there is a challenge calendar so you can plan your work in advance. Each week there is a different sponsor and a chance to win some wonderful products! You help decide who wins each week by voting for your favorite! I can't wait to see what all of you create!

I'm really looking forward to working with Beth, Kristina, Jan, Tracy, Regan, Liz, Angi, Kim, and Cecilia! Being a part of such a great group of crafters is already such an inspiration!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Valentine Be Mine

I am so proud to take part in the Operation Write Home Blog Hop today and couldn't be more thrilled to support such a wonderful organization! If you're here from Jan's blog, you're in the right spot! If you've happened here by accident, head on over to the OWH blog to start from the beginning!

Operation Write Home's mission is to support our nation's armed forces by sending blank greeting cards for soldiers to write home on as well as to provide them with cards of gratitude and encouragement! If you're interested in supporting this wonderful organization, please check their blog for more details!

It was fun to take a break from holiday cards to focus on a Valentine! I made sure this card could be sent overseas by not using any glitter and making sure all pieces were adhered solidly to the card. I hope to get many more Valentines finished and sent to OWH. I know how much I love getting them from my husband and can't imagine how much they mean to all of the loved ones at home from someone special far away.

A quick reminder that the deadline has already passed for holiday cards but they would love it if you could send some Valentine's cards (due by January 7th!) and hope you'll be inspired by this hop! Also, please vote daily for OWH at Joann's "Craft for a Cause" contest. I can't think of a more worthy organization to receive much needed funds!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now head on over to Yvonne's blog for more Valentine's Day goodness!

Supplies: Stamps - Heart's Desire (Verve), DP - Be Loved (MME), Card Stock - Select White (PTI), Ink - Versamark, Rose Red, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Heart Punch (SU!), White Embossing Powder (SU!), Ribbon (Michaels), Heart Pearls (Hero Arts), Foam Squares

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Let it Snow!

Home from Spain and back to a bit of crafting! I'm still under the weather from my Spanish cold but am trying to clear my head by making a couple of cards! I made this one using the sketch from this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge. Since we've been gone nearly two weeks, I'm desperately behind in my holiday card making. I will be a busy bee over the next few weeks finishing our Thanksgiving and Christmas cards but think I will be able to catch up soon!

It is a bit tough to see in the photo but I used some shimmery navy cardstock as my background and some white glitter paper as my snowdrifts. The large snowflakes were stamped in white craft ink and embossed with clear powder. While the embossing was still tacky, I covered them with some glitter for extra shimmer. The small snowflakes were stamped in metallic silver ink.

Supplies: Stamps - Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Christmas, Seasons of Love - Tags (WMS), Shimmer Navy Cardstock (PTI), White Glitter Cardstock (Martha Stewart), Ink - Not Quite Navy, Whisper White Craft (SU!), Silver (PTI), Clear Embossing Powder/Glitter (SU!)


*Edited - we're home now and I realized the photo never came through for this post! We had a wonderful trip and I have so many wonderful memories to use as inspiration over the next while. Back to crafting in a day or so - right now I'm still a bit tired and recovering from the cold I caught while traveling!

For the next week or so I will be going through the archives for some projects to share with you because my hubby and I will be celebrating in Spain! Celebrating the end of a tough year that we made it through by Grace not of ourselves, celebrating milestone birthdays we both had, and celebrating our future. Things are pretty darn good! :)

I made this card a while back for a script challenge over at Paper Crafts and is the companion card to this one. When you punch holes, you can always use the leftovers, right? I decided to punch two snowflakes out of the pretty script paper and keep it pretty simple on the kraft base. I finished the card with some evergreen twine/buttons and added a cute silver charm.

See you back, live on the airwaves, soon! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what I've picked out for you!

Supplies: Cardstock - Confetti Kraft (SU!), DP - Handmade (K&Co), Punch (Marvy Uchida), Twine (Pink Hedgehog), Charm (Frost Creek Charms), Buttons (my stash), Foam Squares

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just My Type

How adorable are the stamps from Lawn Fawn?! They are perfect for paper piecing or coloring because there is lots of white space. I'm new to this company and love the whimsical style!

Keeping it short today because I'm trying to get packed for Spain! By the time you see this, we'll just about be wrapping our trip up and I'll see you again with some new goodies very soon! I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of the "I'm Crafty" archives!

Supplies: Stamps - Just My Type (Lawn Fawn), DP - Monstrosity (Sassafras), Cardstock - Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (SU!), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Hearts (Hero Arts), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Classic Hearts (Spellbinder), Corner Chomper, Foam Squares

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanks a Million

Today I have a card to share with you using vintage-inspired designs from Stampin D'Amour! I love the vintage images and thought this stamp would be the perfect addition for a "Thank You Teacher" card! This card is inspired by my 5th grade math teacher, Mrs. Camp, who taught me that it was okay to be smart! I will always thank her for that confidence! The Webster's Pages papers are a great background for this image!

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Children (SDA), DP - WonderFALL (Webster's Pages), Card Stock 0 Not Quite Navy (SU!), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey Ink), Die Cuts - Cuttlebug, Labels 10 (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper, Ribbon (Etsy), Pearls (Hero Arts),

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