Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stretch It - JR

As I was creating a card for the Stretch It challenge on the Wplus9 blog, my daughter thought using embossing paste was really cool.  So I let her go ahead and give it a try.  This is her card.  The sentiment is from one of the very first Wplus9 sets I bought...Sweet Nothings.

Stretch It #2

I couldn't resist trying out another technique, using embossing paste.  Luckily I bought a jar of it a long time ago.  It's been sitting on my shelf just waiting to be used!  I'm entering this card into the Wplus9 birthday celebration challenge. The only drawback of using embossing paste is having to wait for it to dry.  But sometimes that works for me since I use bits of extra time to work on cards, so it usually takes 3 or 4 bits of time just to complete one card.  I love how it turned out! 

Stretch It

The final Wplus9 birthday celebration challenge is to "stretch" your creativity.  The sample they showed was a technique I've been wanting to try for a long time, but it looked so difficult I just haven't taken the time to try it.  It was actually MUCH easier than I thought it was going to be.  For this card I used the inlaid die cutting technique.  I used a couple of Wplus9 pocket dies with the coordinating stamp set to create this card.  I used black and gold embossing powder to make the colors pop a little more.  I will definitely be trying this technique again!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Trend Watch

Hi!  Boy it's been a really long time since I've posted a card.  I have been participating in many challenges, but I've been limiting my time posting so I have more time creating.  I couldn't pass up posting a card for this challenge for the wPlus9 birthday celebration!  There's a $100 prize up for grabs!! I love the grungy look and I've had these feathers in my stash for a while but haven't inked them up yet.  My daughter's wardrobe inspired me.  She wears bright colors and lots of sparkle.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Limited Supply Challenge - 2

This is my final card for Stamp-a-faire!  This is a limited supply challenge, found here.  The supplies we can use are:
  • white cardstock
  • white or transparent glitter(Prisma Glitter)
  • 1-3/4" circle punch or die
  • 1" strip of light gray cardstock (Soft Stone)
  • melon cardstock & ink (Melon Berry)
  • aqua cardstock & ink (Aqua Mist)
  • golden yellow cardstock & ink (Harvest Gold)
I used aqua cardstock, turned slightly.  Then I added grey and white strips with a sentiment on a 1 3/4 in circle.  That's all for now!

Limited Supply Challenge - 1

I have 2 final cards to share from my Stamp-a-faire event yesterday.  Here is one.  This challenge was a limited supply challenge where we could only use the following:
  • white cardstock
  • white or transparent glitter(Prisma Glitter)
  • 1-3/4" circle punch or die
  • 1" strip of light gray cardstock (Soft Stone)
  • melon cardstock & ink (Melon Berry)
  • aqua cardstock & ink (Aqua Mist)
  • golden yellow cardstock & ink (Harvest Gold)
I used one inch strips of light gray and thinner strips of gold.  Then I stamped the sunflower in gold and lightly sponged the middles of the petals with melon.   And yes, I hand cut them (since we could only use a circle die).

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This is a concept that I found very interesting... using the Gallon, Quart, Pint method to add color to your cards.  Basically what it is, is choosing one color to dominate the card, then choose a color that is less dominate, then choosing an accent color.  My dominant color is this orange color (my stamp is showing up way darker in this picture... it actually is a lot closer to the background color than you can see).  My less dominate color is blue, and accent color is grey.  This technique can be found here.


I've been eager to try out this new scratch-and-sniff technique that Papertrey has shown us today.  I love the card that Cristina Kowalcyzk made here.  She did make note that the cocoa didn't have a very strong scent... and I agree.  I also mixed up some cherry and coffee scented embossing powder.  Can't wait to try those out next!

Last Bake and Take card

This is my final Bake and Take card for today.  I love using sketches, and these sketches are EXTRA great!  This card is actually my favorite.  I love the dark grey color on cards.  I have a whole stack of dark grey cardstock, but never really get around to using it.

This card actually looks a little Halloween-ish to me.  I didn't mean for it to, but I still really like it.  Maybe I'll use it for an October birthday :)

Bake and Take 3

This is my 3rd post for the day.  I'm having so much fun using these sketches and color combos provided by Nichole Heady at Stamp-a-faire!  I've not been one to use color combos, but I've been stepping outside of my comfort zone to do something a little different today.

When I first started working on this card, I was thinking it wasn't going to turn out right.  The colors aren't something I'd normally choose, but I just went with it.  And I think it turned out better than I first imagined!  I used Rouge Zing for the flowers.  It's the first time I've used colored (non-neutral) embossing powder.  I love how bold it looks... especially against the soft cloudy sky.

Stamp-a-faire Bake and Take 2

This is the second card I've made for today's Stamp-a-faire.  After the first card took me a long time, I decided to go with something a little quicker.  It was quicker, until I got to the flowers and leaves for the trees LOL!  I'm loving that today, I'm finally getting to open some unused stamps and dies that have been calling my name forever!


Hi friends!  This is my first year participating in Stamp-a-faire and I'm super excited about it!  Last year I had to work over that weekend, so I made sure I had everything done this year so I could have the whole day to myself!   The first challenge I've done is Breakfast Bake and Take.  Here is the color scheme and sketch I used:

And here is my card:

I used the inspiration photo on the color scheme card and made some wonky looking stripes and put little die cut stars all over them.  Then used a Framed Out die (PTI) for the off-center sentiment.  Well... I'm going to get started on the next card!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Few cards...

Hello... here are a few cards I've made lately.  I am getting so bad about posting my cards when I make them.  I actually took these pictures a few weeks ago and forgot to post them!  One day... I'll get with it :)
All of the patterned paper is CTMH and most stamps/dies are Papertrey.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Many cards

These are a few other cards I've been working on.  I've got so much patterned paper, but not good at using it. So I've pretty much just used it as a background to all of these cards.  All of the paper and ink is CTMH, and all stamps are Papertrey.

Mojo Monday Celebration

This is the 2nd card I made for the Mojo Monday Celebration.  I started off wanting to make this for my sister-in-law.  I was going to girly it up a little, but when I got to this point, I realized I might as well save it for a guy... since masculine cards are always so difficult for me.

Mojo Monday 300!

Happy 4th of July!  Normally I would be out celebrating, except a lot of things around here have been cancelled because of the rain.  I can't complain too much, though, because it's giving me a chance to post the cards I've been working on over the past few weeks.  This one is Mojo Monday's 300th challenge.  They are having a huge celebration over there!  Check it out!

Friday, June 21, 2013


It feels so good when I can find the time to make a card... and better yet, for challenge :)  I'm lovin' all the blues and greens I've been seeing lately.  Makes me want to go to the beach!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Couple of cards

Here are a couple of cards I've been working on.  The first one, I used a sketch from My Favorite Things, over on the Splitcoaststampers website.  I know I used a sketch on the graduation card too... but can't remember where I saw it (I made that one a couple weeks ago).

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Father's Day card

I had some time to myself this morning so what better way to spend it than to make a card!  I used CTMH Tommy paper on the card and the sailboat and sentiment from Papertrey's Masculine Motifs.  I didn't follow the sketch exactly, but used it as a guideline.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bride and Groom

I'm finally getting to participate in a Make It Monday Papertrey Ink challenge!  This week's challenge is water coloring embossed images.  I clear embossed the tree image from Love & Marriage and water colored the leaves and branches.  Then I added some ribbon with a little tag that says "Wedding Wishes".

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pattern Play 5

Here is my 2nd card for the Pattern Play class.   I had SO much fun with this card.  The technique I used is weaving different papers together.  In addition to the weaving, I added a vellum label with a stamped starburst behind it.  I love the look of it!

Pattern Play 2

I finally signed up for a card class.  I know I need lots of help with patterned paper, so I signed up for Pattern Play.  So far, I've learned a lot of cool techniques.  One I've learned, which is really quite simple, is to add a white die cut (exact same size) under the die you want to show with a pattern.  Here I added the white die cut, but gave it a tiny twist so it would stand out more.


Catching up!

Hello!  Wow, I've been gone for a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making cards.  Just too busy to post them.  Here are a few that I've made.  As you can see, I'm still doing my holiday cards.  By the end of the year, I should have enough for me, my mother-in-law AND my mom without feeling like I need to rush!