Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hello friends! Just a quick post tonight to share this cute little Oz-themed card with you as well as to congratulate the winner of the two Sassafras stamp sets from my Thanksgiving post! Terriavidreader was the winner and I've already contacted her to let her know she won!

Thank you all for sharing your blessings with me - I was touched by each and every comment! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to be with family and friends! I treasure each and every one of you and am truly blessed by your online friendship! :)

Supplies: DP - Magic of Oz Collection (Graphic45), Stamps (Crafty Secrets), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Glitter Star (MemrieMare), recycled chipboard banner, Distressing Tool (Zutter)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Embossed Snowflakes

Hello friends - I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It is Monday and that means it is challenge day at The Kraft Journal! This week we're challenging you to get started making Christmas cards!

I created this Christmas card using a panel of light craft cardstock that I embossed and brushed with white craft ink. One of the tricks I like when using these vintage-inspired stickers is to stick them on to a piece of cardstock and then cut them out with some scissors. I find that gives them a lot more versatility and dimension. For example, I cut this one out and attached it to the front of the card using foam squares. I finished the card with a seam binding bow and some lovely jingle bells attached with baker's twine.
Something I read out in "blog land" once was why make one card when you can make two? I don't always make multiples but with Christmas right around the corner, I went ahead and made a second one using similar ingredients but because the bow was smaller on this card, I finished it with a button instead of the bigger bells.

I can't wait to see what you create for our challenge this week! Link up by Sunday night for a chance to be named Top 3 and/or to win a $15 voucher for The Kraft Outlet!

Supplies: Cardstock - Light Kraft (The Kraft Outlet), Riding Hood Red (SU!), Salvage Stickers (Tim Holtz), Ink - Craft White (SU!), Seam Binding (7 Gypsies), Twine (The Kraft Outlet), Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), vintage button, Bells (my stash)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Merry Little Christmas

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Stampin' Sisterhood Sunday Challenge sponsored by Rubbernecker Stamps! Each week there will be a new challenge and I sure hope you can join us! All of the details and information about prizes can be found on the blog. This week we have this fun sketch -
I made this card using a felt die cut, some vintage sheet music, and the "Merry Little Christmas" sentiment stamp. I finished the card with some epoxy stickers, some red rhinestones, and a shabby ribbon.

Thanks for visiting and I can't wait to see what you create with this fun sketch! Oh, and if you haven't seen my Thanksgiving post, head over there for a giveaway! I have been so blessed to have so many supplies, my cup (and my craft room) runneth over!

Supplies: Stamps - Merry Little Christmas (RN), DP - Jolly By Golly Collection (Cosmo Cricket), Cardstock - Blush Blossom (SU!), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Christmas Tree Die (PTI), Felt (PTI), Rhinestones (my stash), Epoxy Stickers (PTI), vintage sheet music (my stash), Ribbon (MemrieMare)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Peace and Joy

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope all of you here in the US had a lovely Thanksgiving and are recovering nicely from all of the food and Black Friday!

Anywhoo, on to the fun at hand, our wonderful Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge -
I loved the idea of making place cards and don't have the alphabet set yet so thought I'd stamp some small sentiments instead. I think this maked these placecards so versatile, especially if you have 2 friends named Peace and 2 friends named Joy... ba dum dum... Seriously, these would be wonderful for a table or also wonderful attached to a package using two sided tape as gift tags!

I am so excited to see all of your creations this week! I've been making scores of tags for holiday packages and can't wait to see what you make! Oh, and if you haven't seen my Thanksgiving post, head over there for a giveaway! I have been so blessed to have so many supplies, my cup (and my craft room) runneth over!

Supplies: Festive Foliage, Say it Loud Holiday (WMS), Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Ink - Forest Foliage, Chocolate Chip, Real Red (SU!), Twine (Crafta), Glue Dots, foam squares

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving (and a Giveaway!)

Happy Thanksgiving! This year I am so blessed to be spending the holiday "just the two of us" style with my husband! I certainly miss our family on this special day but we've had a lot going on lately and needed a little getaway of our own!

I am so in love with the "Little Lovin's" stamps from Rubbernecker! Isn't this little pilgrim girl adorable with her little turkey? I don't think that bird has anything to worry about! :) I stamped and colored her with Copics to match the lovely Crate Papers and added some glittery leaves and acorns. The sentiment was stamped in my favorite orange, Dusty Durango.

I have been beyond blessed in my crafty pursuits this year and wanted to share a little back with all of you! You all literally make my day with the lovely comments you leave here and I want to give one of you these two sets of Sassafras cling stamps! All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by 11:59pm this Sunday (11/27) saying what you're thankful for this year! I can't wait to hear about all of your blessings! :) I'll draw a random number to win these two sets and will announce the winner here on the blog on Tuesday!

Supplies: Stamps - Pilgrim Girl, Thanksgiving Text (Rubbernecker), DP/Border Sticker - Farmhouse Collection (Crate Paper), Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Ink - Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Leaves (K&Co), Copic Markers, foam squares

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Notecard Tutorial

Hello friends! Today is tutorial day at The Kraft Journal and I'm going to show you how to make a set of notecards to go along with this week's "Christmas Gifts" challenge theme.

As a cardmaker, I love to give out sets of cards for others to use. For these, I started out with the lunch bag kraft notecard/envelope set chose some coordinating journaling cards, hemp cord, chipboard banners, ruler twill ribbon, and chipboard milk bottle caps.
I chose the Fly a Kite collection papers from October afternoon and cut them to fit the notecards.
I wanted the banners to coordinate so I traced them onto coordinating papers, cut, out and adhered to the chipboard pieces.
After the banners were covered, I glued them to the hemp twine.
Once I cut the papers down to size, I adhered them to the notecards and glued the ruler ribbon over the seam.
I stamped the journaling cards with some versatile sentiments.
I tied the chipboard milk caps with the hemp cord, layed out the elements, and fastened everything down.
I plan to give this set to my mother in law and think she'll love them and find good uses for all of them!

Supplies: Notecards/Envelopes/Hemp Cord/Ruler Twill Ribbon/Journaling Cards (The Kraft Outlet), DP - Fly a Kite Collection (October Afternoon), Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Chipboard Banners/Bottle Caps (Jenni Bowlin)

Monday, November 21, 2011


Hello, friends! Before we get too far past Halloween (and we are full speed into Christmas now, aren't we?), I wanted to share this project that is currently featured in Paper Craft's latest special issue, 365 Cards!

I layered some great flocked papers from the Haunted line from My Mind's eye, added a mini bingo card, and finished the card with a flocked cat sticker.

I have a couple of posts scheduled for this week but will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Tahoe with my hubby! I hope you and yours have a blessed week!

Supplies: Cardstock - Crumb Cake (SU!), DP/Sticker - Haunted Collection (MME), Bingo Card (Jenni Bowlin), Distressing Tool (Zutter), Rhinestones (Recollections)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Goodwill, Universal Formula

Hello, friends! Today begins a new week over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!! If you haven't ever played along, I encourage you to join us! One lucky participant will win their very own set of Waltzingmouse Stamps! :)

Today we have a wonderful layered sketch for you to try! I can't wait to see your take on this sketch -
I have been having so much fun making Christmas cards lately, I couldn't resist an opportunity to make another one! I layered some of my new Peppermint papers and embellishments along with a strand of little Christmas lights, and a wonderful tag and sentiment from the Seasonal Remedies set. I finished the card with some chipboard snowflakes that I covered with chunky glitter.

Have fun with this and don't forget to link up by Friday for your chance to win!

Supplies: Stamps - Seasonal Remedies (WMS), DP/Embellishments (Crate Paper), Christmas Lights (Recollections), Glitter (Martha Stewart), Cardstock - Forest Foliage, Whisper White (SU!), Ink - Forest Foliage, Basic Black (SU!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Peeking

Happy waltz day, friends!! Today is the 17th and that means a wonderful tour of the friends of Waltzingmouse and tons of crafty inspiration! If you're new to our waltzes, head over to our forum to learn how you can participate next month. You'll also find links to all of the participants today!

Today I have two projects inspired by my new Santa's Coming to Town set which just screams vintage Christmas to me! For these gift tags, I cut two sizes of labels, outlined the red one with a glue pen and added chunky glitter and for the smaller one, I stamped the Santa image and sentiment along with some snowflakes from Compliments of the Season stamped in silver ink. I finished the tags with some red puff balls for the tip of Santa's hat.

To carry on with my vintage theme, I used the same label combo (a coordinating card is the perfect way to use a tag you make a mistake on the back of, lol!) to make a label for the front of the card and used a die cut and some paper from my new Jingle Bells Collection from Pretty Little Studio. Have I mentioned I love vintage? Mid-century to be precise, and WMS and PLS really get it! Love!!

Have fun waltzing along - I'm off for coffee and will join you on the dance floor shortly! :)

Supplies: Stamps - Compliments of the Season, Santa's Coming to Town (WMS), DP/Embellishment (PLS), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), Silver (Encore), Cuttlebug, Labels 4 (Spellbinders), Chunky Glitter (Martha Stewart), Cardstock - Confetti, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Corner Chomper

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Steven!

Hello! Today I have a card to share with you that I made for my step-dad's birthday! He's a big outdoorsman so I thought this Campy Trails collection would be a fun background for these wonderful Rubbernecker stamps! I stamped the Candle Set on to some cream cardstock, colored them with my Copics, and then added some Stickles for a bit of sparkle. I finished the card with some cardstock stickers from the same collection and stamped the Make A Wish text at the bottom.

For any of you who haven't hopped along with us yet, we're still hopping until tomorrow so head over to the Rubbernecker Stamps blog to get started! Yep, there's a prize for one lucky commenter, too!! :)

Supplies: Stamps - Wish Text, Candle Set (RN), DP/Embellishments - Campy Trails Collection (American Crafts), Stickles, Copic Markers, Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), foam squares

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gingerbread Man

Hello friends! If it is Monday, it is time for another challenge at The Kraft Journal! This week it is all about "sweet treats and baker's twine!" I incorporated both into this card featuring a red and white theme complete with matching twine and a cute little gingerbread man. I think he's sweet, don't you? :)

I started with a light kraft card base and added some coordinating holiday papers from my new Peppermint Collection from Crate Paper (love them!!) I then chose a shaped tag that I used as the background for the cute cardstock sticker of the gingerbread man. I finished the card with some seam binding, baker's twine, paper tape, and some festive stick pins.

I can't wait to see what you create this week and don't forget you'll have a chance at a Kraft Outlet gift certificate just by playing along!

Supplies: Cardstock/Tag/Baker's Twine/Paper Tape (TKO), DP/Embellishments - Peppermint Collection (Crate Paper), Stick Pins (Jenni Bowlin), Seam Binding (7 Gypsies)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Joy to the World

This is my second post of the day. If you are looking for the Rubbernecker Blog Hop, scroll down just a touch! :)This is a quick post to share a card with you that I made for this week's Mojo Monday challenge! It has been a long time since I've had a chance to play along and didn't want to miss out on another week! I've been busy this weekend making holiday cards and couldn't pass up the chance to make another one! I stamped the wonderful sentiment from Star of Wonder and layered it over some blue snowflake-themed papers. I finished the card with some silver satin ribbon, two beautiful Swarovski crystals, and a glittery star.

Supplies: Stamps - Star of Wonder (Verve), DP - Holiday Collection (DCWV), Cardstock - Shimmery Navy, Select White (PTI), Ink - Night of Navy (SU!), Star (Memriemare), Ribbon (my stash), Crystals (Swarovski), Cuttlebug, Tag Die (Spellbinders), foam squares

Be Merry

Hi friends, and welcome to another fun blog hop with Rubbernecker Stamps! Today we thought it would be a great idea to share some of our holiday images with you!

I started with a shimmery navy card base stamped with various snowflakes from the Snowflakes Set and added some white paper with silver flecks to represent snowy hills. I stamped little "Blake" the snowman onto white cardstock, colored a bit with my Copics and covered him with chunky glitter. I paper pieced his little sign and added a coordinating sentiment die cut. How cute is he?

Now, what's a hop without a prize? Leave comments along the way as one random participant will win the stamp set of their choice!! Yay! You will have until Thursday 11/17 to hop and our winner will be announced on the Rubbernecker blog on Friday 11/18! Here is the link list so you don't get lost along the way!
Supplies: Blake, Snowflakes Set (RN), Cardstock - Shimmer Navy (PTI), Glitter White (Core'dinations), Whisper White (SU!), Copic Markers, Chunky Glitter (Martha Stewart), Ink - Basic Black, Whisper White Craft (SU!)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Joy to the World

Hi friends! Welcome to another wonderful sketch at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch and think you will too!
One of my favorite go-to sets this holiday season is Festive Foliage and I used the big holly leaves and berries on a white panel for this card. I finished the panel with some glossy accents for the berries and a sentiment from Say it Loud - Holiday. I layered the panel over some plaid paper on a red card base, tied a bow around the card and attached a glittery star.

I can't wait to see what you create with this sketch! Link up before Friday for a chance to be named Top Mouse and to win your very own WMS set of your choice!

Supplies: Stamps - Say it Loud Holiday, Festive Foliage (WMS), DP (my stash), Cardstock - Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (SU!), Ink - Garden Green, Real Red (SU!), Edge Punch (Fiskars), Ribbon/Twine (Crafta), Star (Memriemare), Glossy Accents

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Make a Wish

Hello friends! Did I say it was going to be a busy week here or what? I haven't been used to making so many projects because October was such a crazy month with work and other stuff going on. I think I'm making up for it now! :)

I made this card for a special birthday using some great new Rubbernecker Stamps and I really hope she likes it! I have recently rediscovered my Afternoon Muse kit and have been having so much fun with the circus-themed papers! The color palette is muted which gives it a vintage feeling I love!

I stamped the present twice onto two different patterned papers, cut them out, and then cut out the ribbon of one and adhered it to the other with foam tape. I love the dimension it gives to the bow! I used a bit of stickles for the dots and finished the card with the "make a wish" sentiment, some blue tickets, and a touch of shabby ribbon.

Supplies: Stamps - Present, Wish Text (RN), DP - Afternoon Muse Collection (Glitz Design), Ribbon (MemrieMare), vintage button, Twine (PTI), Tickets (TKO), Stickles, foam squares, Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Be Mine...Valentine

Hello, friends! Today I have the honor of sharing a card I made as the inspiration for this week's Operation Write Home Valentine/love-themed challenge! Wow, what an honor to be asked to participate with an organization I love to support!

I've recently unearthed my Afternoon Muse kit and love all of the papers and embellishments! I started with a harlequin-print background paper in muted pinks and cream, stamped the heart tag onto a coordinating pink paper and layered it over a playing card embellishment. I finished the card with a heart sticker, transluscent banner, and a touch of ribbon.

Thanks for visiting and if you haven't heard of OWH, I encourage you to check it out!

Supplies: Stamps - Say it Loud, Seasons of Love - Tags (WMS), DP/Embellishments - Afternoon Muse Collection (Glitz Design), Ink/Ribbon - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Corner Chomper, foam squares, Cuttlebug, Heart Die (Spellbinders)

Monday, November 7, 2011


Hello friends, today is challenge day at The Kraft Journal! This week we're challenging you to "give thanks" and I immediately thought of a Thanksgiving card!

I used a buff ivory card base and some gorgeous fall-themed papers as the backdrop to this Thanksgiving feast-themed card. I covered a shipping tag with patterned paper and a Tim Holtz sticker with an actual apple pie recipe on it (I didn't try it though!) and added a pie die cut to a mini bingo card! I finished the card with a milk cap chipboard button threaded with some hemp cord and two colorful mini clothespins.

Link up your creation to the Kraft Journal Blog by next Sunday for a chance to be chosen one of our Top Three and for a chance to win a Kraft Outlet gift certificate!

Supplies: Cardstock - Buff Ivory (TKO), Hemp Cord (TKO), DP/Die Cut - Farmhouse Collection (Crate Paper), Chipboard Button (Jenni Bowlin), Shipping Tag (TKO), Ink - Tea Dye Duo (PTI), Sticker (Tim Holtz), Mini Clothespins (TKO)

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