Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Foreverness

Happy Saturday and today I'm happy to show you the card I made for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Have you been to the WMS Blog this week? The sneak peeks for the new release (whee - tomorrow!!) have been amazing! I can't wait to see the new sets fully revealed!! So sorry, back to the sketch! One of the things I love so much about these sketches is the amount of freedom we have to play with it! This sketch only "requires" a scallop and a tassel - how easy is that?
Who stayed up late/got up early to watch the royal wedding? I wanted to but ended up falling asleep before it started - 2am is too late for me anymore, lol! I'm pretty sure this card was inspired by all the festivities this week!

I stamped the long border stamp from Victorian Fripperie on a cream base in gold ink and then did the rest of my stamping on a vellum panel that I used as an overlay. I stamped the panel with the journaling image from the same set and stamped a small flourish into the scallops, adding pearls to the centers.
I finished the card with a tag and sentiment from the Fancy Phrases set and cut the tag from the Spellbinders foil. I love how elegant it turned out!
The last piece I made was a string of pearls, an iridescent bead, and an "I do" charm and tied it through a hole into the center of the card.

I can't wait to see what you all come up with using this fun sketch! Link up by next Thursday using at least one WM stamp and you will have a chance to be Top Mouse and/or win a stamp set of your choice just for playing along!

Supplies: Stamps - Victorian Fripperie, Fancy Phrases (WMS), Card Stock/Vellum (PTI), Ink (Encore), Pearls (Martha Stewart), Scallop Border Die (MFT), Cuttlebug, Twine (PTI), Pearls/Bead (my stash), Charm (Oriental Trading Co.), Tag Die/Foil (Spellbinders)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Friend

Today I'm happy to share a card I made for the Embellish Color/Crochet Trim Challenge -
I had no problem with the color challenge thanks to some lovely new My Mind's Eye papers that just arrived. I cut the notebook page from one of the coordinating papers that looks like ledger paper and made the rolled flower out of another piece from the pad. Love it!! I really like how it turned out and hope it makes a friend's day just a little bit better!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Stamps - Bannerific, Hello Friend (Lawn Fawn), DP/Brads - Gertie Collection (MME), Crochet Trim (Joann), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Vine Trim (PTI), Foam Squares, Cuttlebug, Notebook Die (PTI), Flower Die (MFT), Pearl (Martha Stewart), Distressing Tool (Making Memories)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Welcome to another fabulous challenge at Papercraft Star! This week, we're challenging you to create a project based on this photo -
Because banners are all the rage right now, I couldn't help but be inspired by this gorgeous banner and all of the fun colors in this photo to make my birthday card. I made this simple banner by using a diamond-shaped punch, folding the diamonds in half along some twine, and then adhering it to the card base - such a perfect way to use up scraps! I stamped the sentiment and a few hearts to jazz up the background and finished the card with a few wee twine bows.

I can't wait to see what you create this week! Remeber to link up by Sunday and you all get to vote for the winner (one of the great things that makes Papercraft Star such a great challenge site!) Have fun!!

Supplies - Stamps - Fancy Phrases (WMS), Card Stock/Twine (PTI), Ink - Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (SU!), DP (various manufacturers from my scrap drawer)

Monday, April 25, 2011

C'est Fantastique

Happy Monday, friends! Today I've got a fun card featuring stamps from the French Vintage clear set from Stampin' D'Amour! I love the images in this set and thought the flapper girls would go perfectly with the new Curtain Call line from Graphic 45.

I stamped the image and "C'est fantastique" sentiment underneath and cut it out with a rectangle die. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and again with ink to give the label an aged feel. I added a couple of layers of patterned paper and finished the card with some lace and vine trims and a bright, red ribbon!

Supplies: Stamps - French Vintage (SDA), DP - Curtain Call Collection (G45), Card Stock - Basic Black (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI), Ink - Riding Hood Red (SU), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Lace/Ribbon - Crafta, Vine Trim (my stash), Foam Squares, Corner Chomper, Distressing Tool (Making Memories), Cuttlebug, Rectangle Dies (Spellbinders)

Happy Father's Day

Hello friends! Today I've got a card to show you that I made for this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop! This month it is all about celebrating the men in our lives and I thought I'd make a Father's Day card!
I started off with these lovely Graphic 45 papers (I am running out of room for all the G45 I've been buying lately) and thought the A Little Argyle set would make fabulous coordinating paper! I stamped a panel of Vintage Cream with the argyle pattern in coordinating greens, stamped a tag with a sentiment and trim from the Men of Life set and added some giant brads for some extra punch.

I actually really like how this card came out - too bad none of the men in my life golf... :) Thanks for joining me today!

Supplies: Stamps - A Little Argyle, Men of Life (PTI), Card Stock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Old Olive (SU!), Ink - Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), DP - A Proper Gentleman Collection (G45), Foam Squares, Brads (SU!), Cuttlebug, Dies (Spellbinders)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen!

Happy Easter, friends! Today is such a special day for me - the day I was given the greatest gift of all! By the time you read this, my hubby and I will have been to sunrise service at Mt. Davidson in San Francisco and may well be back home taking a nap, lol!

I wish you all the amazing blessings of Easter and hope you get to share a lovely day with your families and friends.

He is risen, indeed!

Supplies: Stamps - Spring Baskets (WMS), Jeremiah 29:11 Plain Jane (Verve), Card Stock - Select White (PTI), Chocolate Box Collection (Core'dinations), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Cuttlebug, Ink - Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Yo Yo Yellow, Soft Sky, Dusty Durango (SU!)

Saturday, April 23, 2011


If it is Saturday, it must be my reveal for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Today we have another great sketch for you that gives you a lot of flexibility! One of the elements is embossing and you can dry or heat emboss! I started my card with some lovely new Websters Pages (happy sigh...) and added a panel of embossed Core'dinations that I sanded to reveal the pale yellow interior. I then added some lace and vine trim and finished the card with a stamped label from Victorian Fripperie. I stamped the "Merci" stamp from the same set with Aqua Mist ink and embossed it with clear powder for a glossy finish.

This is a special card for a special someone and I hope she likes it. Without giving this person away (we all know and love her!), I want to share how incredibly grateful I am that I get to play a bit in her whimsical world. Merci, indeed! :)

Supplies: Stamps - Victorian Fripperie (WMS), DP/Lace Trim - Country Estate Collection (Webster's Pages), Vine Trim (my stash), Card Stock - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI), Whitewash Collection (Core'dinations), Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Aqua Mist (PTI), Cuttlebug, Dies (Spellbinders)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Together Always

Today I've got a fun card that was inspired by this gorgeous Tuesday Trigger photo over at the Moxie Fab World blog -
I chose the color palette and the wedding theme (doesn't this look like a lovely attendant bouquet?) and made this lovely wedding card. I embossed and sanded the background panel, added some lace and a felt layer underneath a stamped sentiment label. I finished the card with some coordinating pearls.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Labels 10, Fancy Phrases (WMS), Card Stock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Felt (PTI), Ink - Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery (SU!), Cuttlebug, Dies (Spellbinders), Pearls (Oriental Trading Co.), Lace (Joann), Distressing Tool (Making Memories), Foam Squares

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Blessings

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I'm excited to share with you my reveal for Papercraft Star's Earth Day Challenge! This week the challenge is to include a recycled or re-purposed item in your projects and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Re purposing items for my cards is something I do all the time! A scrap of wrapping paper and a smidgen of ribbon from gift packaging never ends up in our trash can and always ends up in my craft stash! For this Easter card, I used a scrap of polka dot wrapping paper for the background and a vintage postcard as my main image. I took the vintage feel a bit further by attaching black photo corners to the postcard. The card is finished off with a lovely sentiment and some satin ribbon.

Have fun and remember to link up your creations by Sunday and one of you will be a people's choice Papercraft Star!

Supplies: Stamps - Spring Baskets (WMS), DP (re purposed gift wrap), Vintage Postcard, Photo Corners (Michael's), Foam Squares, Ribbon (Crafta), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Card Stock - Vintage Cream (PTI)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday, friends! Many of you know that I've been a big fan of Waltzingmouse Stamps for a long time (I can't say the beginning because it took me a few months to track down the wonderful artist of Wanda, lol) and it is an honor to be part of the Mischief Makers!

Every Saturday on the WMSC blog, you'll find a new inspirational sketch and will have until 10 AM Pacific Time to link up your creations. Three lucky entrants will be selected Top Mice with a fun blinkie to show for it, and one lucky partipant will get to take home a free stamp set just for playing along using WMS! Easy peasy (and lots of fun... but that line is already kinda taken) and more fun than a barrel of mice! Okay, it needs work...

There are still a few days to play along with us this week and boy do I adore this sketch! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

Pie in a Jar

I'm a day later than I had planned with this post but wanted to share with you all the fun that was "Pie in a Jar!" The photo above is of me with a finished pie - yes, getting the lid on was a real challenge! It took one of us to keep pressure on the lid while the other tried screwing on the other part of the lid. :)
This is the finished product on the left (they gave us one to try out at the beginning of class) and the dough balls we used to fill the little half pint jars. The dough is made a little differently than regular dough so that it can stand to be manipulated into the jar without getting tough.
Making the crust took the most time since we really had to push at the dough to get it to come up the sides of the jar and push out any air bubbles at the bottom.
Here is the finished product (eaten - yummy!) and my crumb topped pies. There is a strawberry pie awaiting a lattice crust.

When I baked these three last night, the crust stayed a tad too soft for me and I think it may have been because I overfilled my jars with filling and it was too wet. Or, maybe they needed to stay in the oven a little bit longer?

The class was a lot of fun. Fun to hang out for a couple of hours with my friends, fun for meeting new people, and fun to learn something new that I know I'll try again at home.

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Monday, April 18, 2011


Today I have a fun card to share with you using another great vintage label stamp from Stampin' D'Amour! And, if you didn't see it, here's card I made last week with the SDA vintage root beer label!

I paired the label with my Wanted papers and some coordinating card stock stickers. Something about the old label image reminded me of the old west and these papers were the perfect backdrop! I finished the card with some lovely velvet trim.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Cinnamon Box (SDA), DP/Card Stock Stickers - Wanted Collection (Cosmo Cricket), Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Foam Squares, Velvet Trim (May Arts)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy 17th and welcome to another fabulous waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps! If you've just happened by my blog today, head over to the 'Mouse House to get started! I promise you will love all of the Easter-themed crafty goodness you will see today!
I made this fun Easter card using my Spring Baskets and Li'l Buddies stamp sets. I pieced the eggs from the Kioshi collection and tucked them into the layers of grass, cut the wee bunny and gave him a big, fluffy tail, and added a butterfly from the same paper collection. It came out so springy and cute, it just brings a smile to my face when I see that little bunny!

Happy Sunday, everyone - I'll be off to waltz a bit later today after my "Pie in a Jar" class - I'll be sure to tell you all about it and post some pics tomorrow!

Supplies: Stamps - Spring Baskets, Li'l Buddies (WMS), DP/Chipboard Sticker - Kioshi Collection (Basic Gray), Puff Ball (Michael's), Foam Squares, Cuttlebug, Die (MFT), Card Stock - Select White (PTI), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Micron Pen, Copic Markers

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happily Ever After

This is my second post for today. If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge post, head over here.

I made this card for this month's Get Your Diva On competition at Verve Stamps! This month was a unique recipe based on the first letter of our first names. As a Jennifer, my challenge was to use twine, buttons, and brads, using a pink, turquoise, and brown color scheme in four layers! Wow!

After a bit of rifling through my craft supplies, I settled on these gorgeous new Webster's Pages papers and trim, jumbo brown brads, and some twine and pearls that I colored with Copics to match the blush card stock behind the sentiment.

Supplies: Stamps - Fairy Tales (Verve), DP/Trim - Country Estate Collection (Webster's Pages), Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Blush Blossom (SU!), Ink - Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom (SU!), Brads (Recollections), Twine (PTI), Button (my stash), Cuttlebug, Dies (Spellbinders), Foam Squares, Pearls (Hero Arts), Copic Marker

Best Wishes

Happy Saturday, friends!! What do you all have planned for the weekend? Tomorrow I am going to a "Pie in a Jar" class with a couple of girlfriends - should be fun! We're learning how to put all ingredients in a canning jar which is used to store and bake the crust pie! I'm skeptical but it sounds like a lot of fun! Anyway, on to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #43 and this fun sketch - I love this sketch and can't wait to see what you all come up with! I think it can be elegant or casual, frilly or simple! I chose to go frill-free this week and dusted off my Free Spirit-Boy set to give it some love! I stamped this Tim Holtz tag three times with a sentiment from Fancy Phrases in some tropcial colors and added two sets of hibiscus that I colored with my Copics. I shabbied up some tropical-themed paper as a background and adhered the label and flowers with foam squares. I had a lot of fun with the interior of the card using the surf board images from Free Spirit-Boy and a bit of kraft card stock that acted as my sand. For the background, I used the top of the piece of dp that had the palm trees on it. Fun Hawaiian sunset, right? I hope you can play along with us Michief Makers this week and don't forget to link up your creations by next Friday! There are prizes for participants and Top Mouse awards to be had!

Supplies: Stamps - Free Spirit - Boy, Fancy Phrases (WMS), DP - Travel Stack (DCWV), Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Confetti Kraft (SU!), Ink - Real Red, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Large Ticket (Tim Holtz), Foam Squares

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vintage Root Beer Label

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the Embellish Color Challenge. The latest challenge was to use a range of greens along with decorative trim! I am lucky enough to have some of the lucious May Arts crochet ribbon featured by the DT so thought why not use it, too? I used two colors of green card stock (stamped the celery sheet with a newsprint stamp in Versamark) and a sheet of green dp that I glittered up with some stickles, a great vintage label stamp, the crochet trim, and a couple of felt flowers. I finished the label with a yellow-green Copic marker.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Rootbeer Label (SDA), Background Basics: Newsprint (PTI), Card Stock - Old Olive, Certainly Celery (SU!), Select White (PTI), DP (DCWV from stash), Crochet Trim (May Arts), Felt Flowers (SU!), Distressing Tool (Making Memories), Stickles, Copic Markers, Foam Squares

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Blessings

If it is Wednesday then it must be reveal day for Challenge 41 at Papercraft Star! This week we're challenging you to an Easter creation using this color palette - Since I didn't have anything as bright as these colors, I used some fun, spring papers in more subtle shades of these colors. What's the fun of a challenge if you can't make it your own, right? :) I used my favorite easter set, Waltzingmouse Spring Baskets for the basket, egg, and bow images and the blessings sentiment.

I paper pieced the eggs and the bow and colored the basket with my Copics. I finished the label with some little pink pearls and distressed the layer of egg paper. I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for this challenge!

I know last week's challenge was tough but color challenges are usually a bit easier. Join up by Sunday and you could be a winner!

Supplies: Stamps - Spring Baskets (WMS), DP - Dear Lizzy Spring Collection (American Crafts), Card Stock - Select White (PTI), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Pearls (Oriental Trading Co.), Copic Markers, Distressing Tool (Making Memories)

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