Thursday, April 30, 2015

Miss you

The Just Us Girls Challenge Photo this week is all about the tulip.  The tulip is such a pretty flower!

I printed out my favorite photograph from a recent trip to Keukenhof in Holland to use for this challenge.  

I am also entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge - Mega Mixed Messages came to live with me when it was first released, way back when.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Stamps: PTI (Mega Mixed Messages)
Dies: PTI (Rectangle Shakers)
Paper: PTI (Winter Wisteria, Fine Linen, Spring Moss)
Other: Distress Ink, Photograph

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Notes for a boy

Today I am sharing a set of note cards I made for one of the boys in my life.  Sometimes there are letters and notes that need to be written and, well, it's nice to have your own stuff ready to go.  When I saw the photo at The Card Concept this go round I was really drawn to all the different patterns. 

These are not subtle, hidden patterns.  They are basic and bold.  It seemed so fitting for a tween (does "tween" even apply to boys?)  boy.  The splash of red is perfect.  The pillow on the chair was what sealed the deal for the direction I took.  Here is the set of four cards.

I used bold patterns in Smokey Shadow so it's not quite black.  And I don't think these could be anything but Clean and Graphic.  I chose to use four different fonts for the monogram to add variety. 

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  

Stamps: PTI (Polka Dots 1 and 2, Chevron, Faux Ribbon), Ma Vinci (Letters)
Dies: PTI (Limitless Layers Squares)
Paper: PTI (White, Smokey Shadow)
Others: Embossing Powder (Ranger), Versamark Ink, PTI Smokey Shadow Ink, Copics 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Blog Hop at Papertrey

It's that time again.  Time for the Papertrey Ink monthly blog hop.  This month the challenge was a beautifully elegant photo with many lovely details.

Blog hop inspiration

I love the table covering with its subtle pattern and all the glass wear.  There were so many directions from which to choose.  I went with the idea behind the plates at the bottom of the photo.  And here is my card.

I used an old package and an embossing folder to create a "plate" and added just a couple of flowers to make it a little less flat.  It's a sweet little card to leave in the bedroom for guests.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Serendipity (sentiment)
Dies: Sizzix (Flowers)
Paper: PTI (Hibiscus Burst, Enchanted Evening)
Other: Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Embossing Powder (Susie Sparkle), Brads, Versamark

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Today I am sharing a card for the Fusion Card Challenge - Elegance.  The picture is so pretty; it's almost hard to do it justice.  

I was especially drawn to the plate and flowers.  I used these two elements and the sketch to come up with this card.

This was my first use of clear cardstock as a card base, but the plate called for it.  I love the flowers on this card.  I do not think I would have used this particular embossing powder on this color cardstock if not for this challenge, but I fully intend to use the combo again.  It's so pretty.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Gina K. Designs (Year of Flowers, Flower Quotes)
Dies: PTI (Rectangle shakers)
Paper: PTI (Berry Sorbet, clear cardstock), Stash (Blue)
Other: Versamark Ink, Stampendous Embossing Powder (silver), Susie Sparkle Embossing Powder (Dark Night)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bon Voyage

Good-byes are always hard.  It's nice to send friends off with a little something and here's a card for just that occasion.

I love the map background.  It's simply to the point.  This card was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  As soon as I saw the sketch I saw a globe...sadly I don't actually have a globe stamp.  The map works beautifully too.

I''m sure my friends will like it, but I am very sad to see them go.
Thanks for looking.

Stamps: PTI (Sentiments), Stash (maps)
Paper: PTI (Pure Poppy, White, Enchanted Evening)
Other: Versamark Ink, Distress Ink, Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Have a great day!

Today I'm sharing a card that was a lot fun to make because it was out of my comfort zone.  When I saw the photograph at The Card Concept's latest challenge I couldn't get the glass jar out of my head.

I kept thinking about the beautiful aqua glass jar in the middle.  I wanted to so much to be able use that in a design.  I also wrote down flowers with the list of colors.  And here is what I came up with.

I used an old package to cut the flowers and then inked them with an aqua colored ink.  I wanted something in the background that was patterned without being too perfect.  And here we are.  I think this is along the lines of a clean Shabby Chic.  

Thanks for taking a look.

Stamps: PTI (Handwritten Sentiments), Tim Holtz (background)
Dies: Sizzix (Tattered Florals)
Paper: PTI (White, Berry Sorbet)
Other: Brilliance Ink, Distress Ink, Ranger Paint, PTI Ink, Paper Edger, Package

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Today I have a simple little card to share based on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  This sketch is so easy to work with, I think I might have another card to share tomorrow using it.  

I went a little old school with the world "love" for this card.  Or maybe it isn't old school, maybe it's one of those things that never really goes out.  

I kept it simple, because once I did embossed the letters adding anything else felt like it would be too much.  To add a hint of interest I roughed up the edges and inked them.  The inside uses a similar font to finish up the sentiment.

I really like the simplicity of this card.  And I hope you do too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Ma Vinci (Front font), PTI (inside font)
Paper: PTI (Enchanted Evening), Stash (Purple)
Other: Versamark Ink, Versacolor Ink, WOW Embossing Powder, Distress Ink, Edger 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Birthday Balloons

This week Fusion Card Challenge has a gorgeous photograph as inspiration with a delightful sketch that paired beautifully.  I couldn't stop thinking about all that yummy yellow!

It really makes me want to eat a cupcake.  Anyone got a really great vanilla cupcake recipe?  While the picture makes me want to eat cupcakes, I didn't reach for them in the creative process.  I went with balloons instead.  

Balloons and polka birthday card!  But I still want a cupcake.

Thanks for stopping by my bitty piece of the internet.

Stamps: PTI (Mixed Messages, Polka Dots, Bow)
Dies: PTI (Oval Shakers, Balloons, Tiny Tags)
Paper:PTI (Fine Linen, White, Harvest Gold Patterns)
Other: Divine Twine, Susie Sparkle Glitter, Marvy Matchable Ink, Brilliance Ink, Sticky Stuff Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink Pad, Stampendous Embossing Powder

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello Spring!

Spring is finally arriving!  I hear birds when I get up in the morning so the warmer weather can't be far behind, right?  That's what I'm telling myself.  At least the sun is shining because gray is not my color.  And so in honor of spring and the spring challenge at Just Us Girls I pulled out an oldie, but oh so  goody to try my hand  at faux tiles.  The No Foolin' challenge at Shopping our Stash this week had me taking a look around the web to find something new to try.

The two came together quite nicely, so much so, I think I might try one for autumn also.

The picture doesn't really show  it, but the tiles are all coated with Glossy Accents and then placed on foam mounting tape to give it some lift.  

I hope you enjoy my take on spring tiles!

Stamps: PSX
Paper: PTI (Winter Wisteria, White, Fine Linen)
Other: Sizzix Embossing Folder, Copics, Distress Ink, Momento Ink, Glossy Accents