Friday, September 20, 2013

Country Morning

Hi All!

Happy Weekend!  I have a sweet little country lovin' card for you today.  I've had this stamp set (Country Morning) forever and have never inked it up.  But, I couldn't bear to get rid of it either.  I knew there would be a use for it someday.  When I got this card together, it just called out country to me and this set just happened to be perfect for it.

Wisteria Wonder was a new In Color a couple catalogs ago.  It didn't grab me then, but this time around, I had to have it.  Not to mention, it is paired up gorgeously with so many other colors in the Afternoon Picnic DSP (Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry and many others.)  This card uses one of the hexagonal prints from this pack.  I chose to pair it up with Crushed Curry.  The colors are actually much softer IRL, but seemed to be a bit brighter once photographed.

As if this paper wasn't enough of a show-stopper, the new Chevron ribbon is the perfect accent.  Chevrons are so hot right now and I can't get enough of them.  This ribbon comes in 11 more colors and I'm pretty sure I NEED to have them all!

This paper pack and ribbon are both must-haves.  If you'd like to add these to your collection, just click on the Order Online icon in the top right hand corner: Afternoon Picnic DSP (Item 131390) and the Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon (Item 130017).

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Country Morning (Retired) & Postage Collection (Hostess)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink Pads
Accessories:Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Scallop Circle Nesties, Circle Nesties, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, 1/16" Hole Punch and Crushed Curry Brads

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Praying for Comfort

Hi All!

I hope you're not tired of the sweet Swallowtail that I've been sharing with you this past week!  I have one more for you today...And, I think this one may even be my favorite.  It was inspired by this card from Mary Brown. 

I loved how she incorporated the DSP with the butterfly. The floral print is the perfect match!  This print is from the Afternoon Picnic DSP.  What a beautiful pack of paper.  I love the colors and was sold on the Wisteria Wonder and Coastal Cabana color combos.  One of the other colors in the pack is Crushed Curry.  This is one of the prints.  I paired it up with Basic Gray.  They are gorgeous together. And, I also found that they were subtle enough for a Bereavement Card.

This design has two 'Must-Have' items: the Swallowtail stamp (Clear 129216 / Wood 131943) and the Afternoon Picnic DSP (131390). My next couple of cards will be featuring these beautiful papers.  If you'd like to add either of these to your collection, just click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Swallowtail and Thoughts & Prayers
Papers: Basic Gray & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Gray and So Saffron Classic Ink Pad
Accessories: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon

Saturday, September 14, 2013


 Hi All!

Happy weekend!  I hope you're enjoying it!

I have another sweet Swallowtail card to share with you today.  It's the same background stamp I used in my last post.  This time I used the whole image on the card.  As you can see, when I said it was big, it's pretty big!  So, I kept this card CAS (Clean and Simple) as well.

The Swallowtail has been clear embossed onto Purely Pomegranate card stock.  Yes, this is a blast from the past.  It was one of the first colors that I ever bought from SU....many, many years ago.  It is still one of my favorites.  Rose Red is a shade lighter and a great alternative. 

I love the clear emboss technique.  You stamp your image with Versamark and add the clear embossing powder.  Heat it and your image is set.  It adds a nice glossy effect.

I kept the sentiment simple.  It was stamped and then punched with the Artisan Label Punch.  I folded it over the Pomegranate panel and adhered to the front/back.

What do you think?  Clean and Simple enough?  I sure think so.  That's the nice thing about this stamp.  It doesn't need much embellishing.  It speaks for itself.  If you'd like to add this stamp to your collection, just click on the Order Online icon at the top of the page.  It is Item# 129216 (Clear) or 131943 (Wood).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Swallowtail & You're A Gem
Paper: Crumb Cake & Purely Pomegranate Card stock
Ink: Purely Pomegranate Classic Pad & Versamark
Accessories: Artisan Label Punch, Clear Embossing Powder and Embossing Buddy

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Swallowtails.  Butterflies.  Who doesn't love them?  People plant gardens to get them and here in AZ we go to the Botanical Gardens to see lots of them.  I have butterfly papers, butterfly punches and butterfly stamps.  But, what I didn't have was a jumbo butterfly stamp.

Well, I added one to my collection.  It's a background stamp called Swallowtail.  And, it is BIG, which offers quite a few options when using it.  I got the idea for my card from this card by Marisa Gunn. She had stamped the butterfly and then trimmed it down to create a very interesting fold for the card. 

Loved that idea!  I cut my card stock to 4 1/4 x 11.  I lined the card stock up on the ruler at the bottom of my grid paper, and stamped the butterfly a little to the left of center.   Once the ink dries, you can trim the edge of the butterfly and score at 5 1/2.  You'll want to be sure you leave plenty of room to the right of the edge to add a piece of card stock or stamp another image or sentiment. 

I thought this was a fun design to try.  It would actually be a pretty quick and easy one layer card if you wanted to replicate a bunch of them.  If you'd like to add this stamp to your collection, you can purchase it by clicking the Shop Online icon in the top right-hand corner (Item# 129216 Clear / 131943 Wood).

Hope you like it!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Stamps: Swallowtail, Fresh Vintage and Curvy Verses
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Raspberry Ripple and Early Espresso Classic Pads
Accessories: None

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happiest Birthday!

Hi All,

Happy Football Weekend! As usual, there were some good games and some bad games.  Unfortunately, my team (The Steelers) were on the losing end of the stick.  Injuries are always our biggest weakness.  Oh well, we'll see what the rest of the season has to offer.

The one nice thing that did come out of today, I did get some crafting time in this afternoon.  We'll see that card later in the week.  For now, I have the third, and final, card that I've made with the Oh, Hello stamp set.  This card uses the "arrow" stamps from the set.  One is the full stamp and the second is the outline.  These are to be used together for 2-step stamping, but I used them separately.

My other two designs focused on DSP, so I wanted to do one that was a bit simpler with just stamps.  As always, my first thoughts are of color.  I pulled out my Color Coach and set to work to find three colors that would work well together. In the end, I settled on Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.  They offer such a nice soft touch.

So, what do you think?  Great stamp set, huh?  It's definitely worth having in your collection.  If you'd like to add it, click on the Order Online icon in the top right hand corner.  This stamp set is
Item # 130733.

This week we're moving on to Butterflies.  Be sure to stop back in to see what I have in store for you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Apothecary Art & Oh, Hello
Paper: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso Classic Pads
Accessories: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Linen Thread and Glue Dots

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gorgeous Print Poetry

When I tell you that I fell in love with this card by Jenny Peterson, I mean I really fell in love with it!  I could not wait to sit down and play.  It's a wonderfully simple design that is made fabulous with the many pretty papers that you could add to it.

This is the second card that I made using the Oh, Hello stamp set.  This card is definitely girly with the Raspberry Ripple color and the polka dot prints.  I just love it!

This is the same design using blues and greens.  The focal color is Gumball Green.  Although it's not pretty pinks, it's still gorgeous! 

If you follow my blog, you know that I love to play with different paper patterns.  I could sit around all day pairing up different prints.  That's how I got started with these cards.  The prints I chose for these cards are from the Print Poetry DSP pack.  It was in the 2013 Spring Mini. It's one of the 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 packs.  You get 24 different prints. They are a great deal and usually available in the Minis.  Snatch them up if you see them!

As I sat down, I just started pulling the pad apart and pairing up prints that I liked.  In the end, these are the two pairings I chose.  They are pretty much perfect!  I ended up keeping the basic design that Jenny had used, but instead of the background stamp, I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I love the texture that it adds.

The stamp set, embossing folder, Gumball Green products and the Dahlias are currently available in the catalog.  If you would like to add any of these to your collection, just click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamp: Oh, Hello
Paper: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Print Poetry DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple Classic Pads
Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Dahlias-In Color, Oval Nesties, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots and Pop-Dots/Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Oh, Hello

Hi All,

I'm baaaack! I told you I would be, right?  All I needed was a little motivation from some crafty time with the girls.  We spent a couple of hours together on Saturday and I was in the craft room the rest of the weekend.  It felt really good!

I tried something a little different when I sat down this time.  I took one stamp set and used it three different ways.  The Oh, Hello stamp set made that very easy.  I think it could become one of my favorites.  Here is the first card that I made:

It is a CASE of this fabulous card by Julie Davison.  I loved the design and colors that she chose.  This gorgeous paper is from the Tea for Two DSP that was in the 2013 Spring Mini.  This color combo is Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral.  They are so pretty together.  A perfect addition to these pretty papers is the Doily.  It adds a nice feminine touch.  Not to mention, they are a great deal at $2.95 for 24. 

As I'll show you in my next couple of posts, this stamp set is very versatile. One of my favorite things about it is the chevron background stamp I used for the sentiment. It stamps in an oval and can be die cut in an oval.  Love it! If you're interested in adding it to your collection, just click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right hand corner.

So glad you stopped by!

Stamps: Oh, Hello
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Whisper White Cardstock; Tea for Two DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso Classic Pads
Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Oval Nesties, 1/16" Circle Punch, Everyday Enchantment Brads, Pop Dots-Dimensionals

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Well, with my last post, almost three l-o-n-g months ago, we were headed to Oregon.  Our trip was great and we got to spend time with family...not to mention, the weather was fabulous!  We were actually in Portland for Father's Day, so we celebrated once we got back home...and that happened to push into July.  Better late than never, right???  This is the card I made for my husband.

I had seen some cards that incorporated a few different sentiments centered around a theme.  I thought this would be a good idea for a Father's Day card.  Luckily I had a few sets to pull from. The sentiments were stamped in Crumb Cake onto Crumb Cake cardstock and the "grungy" stamp was stamped in Pool Party on Pool Party cardstock. I love this look.

I know my last couple of posts have been more on the masculine side, but I assure you that I have been in my craftroom ALL weekend and I have some fabulous cards coming your way!  Tune back in later this week to see what I've designed just for you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: My Hero, My Dad (PTI) & Grunge Me (PTI)
Paper: Pool Party & Crumb Cake Cardstock
Ink: Pool Party & Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Accessories: Pop Dots/Dimensionals