February 28, 2009

Inspired by blog hopping

Good morning! My foray into Facebook last night lasted longer than I thought. Perhaps I'm sucked in? *smile*

During my first blog hop this past Wednesday, I was inspired by so many things I couldn't jot them all down. But one that stuck with me was this cool double looped ribbon! Yes, this entire card was created around the ribbon! I wanted to see if I could make one, so I did, and then I needed a card to put it on, so it all just fell into place. Can I just say that I am loving my new Damask Designs stamp set from Papertreyink?!
Oh, and my oldest son insisted I show all my blog readers his new glasses. He is very proud of them and we think they look nice.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Saturday!

February 27, 2009

The land of Social Networking

I did it. Yep. I finally did it. My sister Jane was the "last straw" so to speak. She kept pestering me like a little kid (you KNOW you were!) to join Facebook. I caved. I don't even understand what I'm doing, but I'm doing it.
And now I've got family sending me messages that I've never even met! Distant cousins, nieces, nephews, the whole shebang.
At least with Twitter I got the point! It was simple, straightforward, and relatively unobtrusive. I think maybe I'm getting "old", as in old-fashioned, old-timer OLD!
And now, instead of spending time in my studio making cards, I'm on Facebook trying to understand how to send gifts through cyberspace? bah. I'd rather be covered with ink surrounded by paper scraps and nearly-empty bottles of mono adhesive. Listening to my ipod. Throw in a bit of embossing powder (and a pack of smarties!) and I'm set to go!

Here a photo for the fam:

My niece Michelle and my two boys last summer in our backyard.

Thanks for stopping by while I rant about my jump to cyberworld (this blog not-withstanding!).

Food glorious food...

Happy Friday everybody! Boy will I be glad when this week is out and done. My youngest AND my husband have been sick. Blech. And you know what men are like when they're sick, right? It's like taking care of two children! *grin*

I threw together this card last week for a friend's upcoming birthday. She's not a frilly sort of gal, so I kept the ribbon and bling to a minimum. The frosting is embossed in white, with chocolate cake layers. Background is stamped with Retro Basics and then white gel pen was used to add "ooomph". I used an oval nestability for the plate and once it was embossed it was perfect. All products used are PTI.

I must share a link to some amazing blog candy. You should check out Lim's blog, it's her first anniversary!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a GREAT friday!

February 26, 2009


Good morning everyone!
Just a quick post for CPS 104. I am not sure these colors in these amounts are working out for me, but it was fun to challenge myself to go a little nuts anyway! I used Background Basic: Retro for the yellow strip and Damask Designs for the main image. Sentiment came from Mixed Messages. The green colored glitter isn't correctly showing in this photo, it's a bit brighter IRL. All products except buttons and glitter come from PTI.

Happy Thursday.

February 25, 2009

Blog Hop Night!

I'm so excited to be a part of my first ever Papertrey Blog Hop!

Although I've been a fan and customer of Papertrey Ink since their inception, I've never done a blog hop. Shame on me, I know. *grin*
Here was the task: Your challenge this month is to put a little "spring" into your step, by incorporating the flowers, familiar sights and colors of spring into a project.

So did I do it? Does this card make you think spring? It does me. But then again, I haven't seen anything but snow since Halloween and I am so ready to see the green buds on the trees and the birds chirping!

Supplies: Lemon tart, kraft, white, spring rain, spring mist CS, Out on a Limb, Birds of a Feather, Borders and Corners Oval, and Simple Alphabet stamp sets, Bitty dot basics PP, Chocolate, cognac, Spring mist, and Spring rain inks, Spring rain twill, tiny white buttons and antique brad from my stash.

I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with. That's the best part of the blog hop...inspiration! Thanks for stopping by this evening, have a great night.

Computer woes...FIXED!

Happy Wednesday bloggers! (Ash Wednesday, right?) So are you geared up for tonight's Papertrey Blog Hop? It will be my first and I'm excited, so come back later this evening to see my blog hop post!
I've had a beavy of cards to show you all, but have been having terrible computer troubles where I couldn't view any jpegs. I think I've solved it now though...and just in time! Enjoy the eye-candy below.

This was the first card I made when I received my Damask Designs from PTI. I just love this stamp set. It's gorgeous! I also used the new Retro Background basics too.
This one was pretty simple, and it's also relatively straightforward, don't you think? I really like the new leaf color from PTI, especially with the raspberry fizz!

February 19, 2009

Wedding invitation samples

So I'm back from our mini-vacation and utterly exhausted. Isn't that the way it goes though? *smile* I always seem to need a vacation after returning from vacation!

On a cheerful note, I did receive my Papertrey Ink package containing Damask Designs and had a chance to play around with it last night...Oooh weee, that particular set will be a favorite for years, I know it! AND I discovered that I won a prize package over at the CPS blog too! How's THAT for surprise?

While I have not been creating anything while gone, I do have a ton of wedding invite samples to show. This card above is a rejected (in many ways!) sample I made for a customer months ago. Aside from the fact that I dropped it on the floor while the ink was still wet, and THEN proceeded to roll over it with my stool, it was quite pretty to begin with. (I know you are nodding along with me! We've all been there, right? Right? *sudden alarming look* Please tell me I'm NOT the only one who does absurd things like that!)

This one below is similar (minus the stool wheel marks and smudged ink) just a different LO and size. The embossed frame in the middle isn't so apparent from the photo, but does add a nice inlay look in person.

Inside view:

The bride was looking for cherry blossoms, and although most of the samples I created for her were in the navy/lavender color scheme (as requested), I did step outside their wedding colors and create a few like these two just for contrast.

Thanks for stopping by. Maybe I'll show some more samples in the next few days...
Have a great day!

February 18, 2009

Oven mitt inspiration?

For Christmas, my husband bought me these gorgeous oven mitts (I was sorely in need of new ones) from French Bull.
He also got me an amazing platter too, but I'll save that for another day!
I decided to make a card based on them. But when I started creating, I realised I should probably focus on just one, not both. Here's what I came up with!

Isn't it fun?!

February 17, 2009


Just playing around for fun can be rather theraputic, can't it? Having nothing pressing to do recently I decided to get out my brayer and some kaleidacolor ink pads that have been long neglected. This is what I came up with. Simple, but striking I thought.

Paper: glossy white (SU), white CS (PTI)
Stamps: Kindered Spirits (SU), Sentiment (PTI)
Ink: Greens (Kaleidacolor), black (StazOn)
Accessories: Black satin ribbon (PTI)

Thanks for stopping by, have a GREAT day!

February 16, 2009

Spring! Where art thou?

I'm so tired of this snow! When will spring arrive? I'm ready for birds chirping, crocuses blooming and, mud!

This egg stamp is from Oxford Impressions. I love how speckled it is, and tried to keep that look on the card. Robin's eggs are blue, but not so much speckled...oh well.

Sentiment is also from Oxford Impressions. Isn't it great? *sigh* I stamped it with StazOn onto a clear sheet that PTI stamps come on! Then I brushed some metallic, pearlized paint on the back to make it pop out a bit, cut it out, and used my slot punch to thread the lemon tart ribbon through.
The card base was stamped with a wheel from SU, and I repeatedly stamped an image from PTI's anniversary set from last year onto the main panel to make a background and highlighted with a white gel pen. I'm pleased with it!
Paper: Avocado, Spring mist, spring rain, lemon tart (PTI)
Stamps: Egg and sentiment (Oxford Impressions), vine (SU), small cross-type flower (PTI)
Ink: Spring Mist, Avocado, Spring rain, slate grey, black Stazon
Accessories: Lemon tart ribbon, blue button, hemp twine, white gel pen
Thanks for stopping by, have a GREAT day!

February 15, 2009

Not the last "hearts" card

Hearts don't have to just be for St. Valentine's Day, right? I love people year 'round, don't you? This card was my first inking up of Heart Prints from Papertrey. I made it weeks ago for my sister, Perrin. I used a monochromatic blue-green color scheme, but I think it would look good in any color, don't you?
Paper: White CS (PTI)
Stamps: Heart Prints (PTI)
Ink: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides (PTI), black (Ranger)
Accessories: Twill (PTI), heart punches (EK success)
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

February 14, 2009

Best color challenge EVAH!

I am so psyched! Just yesterday I was asking Dawn McVey to host a color challenge (because that girl is amazing when it comes to grouping unlikely colors together), and today she is! Well, actually, Papertrey Ink and Nichole Heady are hosting it, but it is based on Dawn's work. I think this might be the last PTI anniversary challenge, but it's my favorite so far. I like trying new things, especially color combos!
I chose this card of Dawns to base my submission on because it is such an unlikely combination for me to even think about. Red and green always look christmasy to me, so I don't often pair them together. Add in bright yellow and black and it seems crazy! (How does she make it work?)

This is a paltry attempt, I know, but it was fun anyway. Let me tell you how difficult it was for me to get some green on there! I was cringing the whole time, but once it was finished I rather liked it. I guess it just takes getting used to, right? Large flower is embossed with yellow ep and sprinkled with bright yellow glitter on black CS.


Paper: Black, white CS (PTI), yellow CS (stash)

Stamps: Images (SU), sentiment (PTI)

Accessories: Red ribbon (stash), red heart pin (Joann), glitter (Joann), ep (Sprinkle and sparkle)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT St. Valentine's Day.

February 13, 2009

Happy St. Valentine's Day

Hope you are having a wonderful "heart" day!
Thanks for stopping by.

What a storm!

We had a power-outage for quite a while yesterday! And because it was a snow-day for school everyone stayed home and played games, made cards, and had general un-plugged fun.

I made this quick card using a set of stamps that I haven't inked up in probably two years!

I have to say that I love the way the Vintage Cream hybrid ink really is cream colored and gives such good coverage. It matches the cardstock so well. Paired with black and Berry Sorbet, I thought the cream was very pretty.

I spent some time clearing off part of my desk area and getting rid of scraps. It felt so good to clear all the clutter away. Now I just have to work on the rest...ughh. Oh and see that row of ribbon spools near the top. They have been there for nearly 6 years now, and I rarely use them! I guess it's time to take them down huh? They drive me nuts by dangling down in my face while I'm working. My general ribbon storage is totally different so I never think to look at the one's right in front of my face! Supplies

Paper: Black, cream, berry sorbet (PTI)

Stamps: Flowers (Fontwerks), sentiment (Hampton Arts)

Ink: Black (Ranger), cream (PTI)

Accessories: twill ribbon (PTI), cream flower (stash), button (stash)

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by.

February 11, 2009

Bright light! Bright light!

Short post today, I'm terribly busy. Aren't we all? *grin*
Although I've not been using bright colors recently, I was inspired by Dawn, of PTI fame. She has an amazing ability to pair bright gorgeous colors together that are quite eye-catching and fun. Digging through one of many scrap piles in my studio, I saw this PP from Cosmo Cricket and knew it would be perfect for trying to break out of my color rut.

I took the chance to use some of my under-used eyelets and put an entire row of them along the bottom! Word was stamped using the Trajan Alphabet stamps from PTI. Love those letters!

February 10, 2009

CPS #102

It's been quite a while since I've done a CPS sketch. I used to participate regularly, but had fallen off the blogging bandwagon for a while after my Dad died. The most recent challenges on Nichole's blog for Papertrey Ink have induced me to get back up on that creative horse and have a go at things. I don't have any photo editing software on my home computer, so the past few cards I've posted have been a bit off color-wise, but this one is the worst! It's vintage cream CS base, with PTI patterned paper and Lavender moon cs. I did some paper piecing with the pram (baby carriage) and was happy with how it turned out. Simple cards aren't my first love, but I occasionally pull them off!

Paper: Vintage cream, lavender moon, kraft CS (PTI), patterned paper (PTI)
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (PTI)
Ink: black (Ranger)
Accessories: cream lace (MM), scallop scissors (Provocraft), white gel pen

February 09, 2009

Friends 'till the end Challange

I can't stop with the challenges that Nichole keeps issuing along with sneak peeks of the new Papertrey Ink products. The newest thing is monthly Kits! Each with samples of new paper, inks, and ribbon so you don't have to purchase EVERYTHING in order to make some gorgeous cards.
She has issued a challenge for a chance to win TWO of the newest kits (one for you and one for a friend).Here's the card I made for my BFF, Mary. Our mothers introduced us when I was 2 and she was 3. She's been my best friend ever since. She's really smart, hard working, dedicated, and thoughtful. She's just the best.
Paper: Black, aqua mist, white CS (PTI), patterned paper (PTI)
Stamps: Ladies Drinking tea and blue hair sentiment (VivaLasVegasStamps)
Ink: Black (Ranger), Aqua Mist (PTI)
Accessories: ribbon (PTI), paper piercer, pop dots, blender pen, nestabilities

February 07, 2009

Bitty Dots Challenge

Are you following along with Nichole's challenges this month? Papertreyink never ceases to astound me! I love the new CS and PP sample packs that will be available on the 15th, and that new green leaf color that they are releasing is so pretty. I was hoping for another green!
Anyway, today's challenge is a connect-the-dots puzzler that leads to a card sketch. I love that she is making it fun for all of us.
So here is my sample.
I turned the sketch on it's side to begin with and just knew I wanted to ink up a set that had long been neglected. Men of Life was a "must have" for me when it was first released, but I hadn't ever used it! I decided to make a Father's Day card for my husband, but when it was done I realized it is a bit "boyish". Do you think so? Maybe the colors are wrong...I don't know.
I also used a technique that was popular way before we all started sewing on our cards. Remember faux stitching? *giggle*
Paper: white, spring rain, kraft CS (PTI), Red CS (SU), polka dot PP (PTI)
Stamps: Men of Life (PTI)
Ink: Black (Ranger), Red (SU), Versamark, Spring rain (PTI)
Accessories: White gel pen, paper piercer, pop dots, black brads

February 06, 2009

Over the Rainbow Challenge

Not having participated in any sort of challenge in quite some time, I took it upon myself to break out and give it a shot.
Nichole Heady of Papertreyink is issuing a color challenge today. Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Summer Sunrise, and Pure Poppy. I like these colors together very much so I gave it a whirl. I only had a half hour to dedicate to this project, so it's quite simple...nothing elaborate. As I haven't been in my studio much lately, it was a terrible mess and I couldn't find my Summer Sunrise and Pure Poppy CS, so I substituted with Real Red and Marigold Morning, both of which were within reach and readily available.
Paper: Ocean tides, ripe avocado, and white CS (PTI), pure red and marigold morning CS (SU)
Stamps: Images and sentiment (PTI), background (CHF)
Ink: Ocean tides, ripe avocado (PTI), pure red, marigold morning, chocolate chip (SU), black (Ranger), Versamark ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories: white EP (Sprinkle and Sparkle), pop dots.

February 05, 2009

Baby Christening

I don't think I ever posted this card I made for a baptism last year. I remember I had a lot of fun making it. The LO was from a similar card I saw somewhere online, and I thought that the dress stamp was perfect to use for a baby girl christening.

I was proud of myself for using up some things I had been hoarding! The tiny copper ribbon letters that spell out the baby's name had been hidden away in hopes of just such an occasion! I wanted the brads to match the Aqua Mist CS so I used white brads and dabbed on matching ink. I was happy when they dried to just the right color! The Basic Grey PP was sewed onto the CS and the main image was aged with distress ink. I added the sentiment with PTI stamps. SUPPLIES

Paper: Sweet Blush and Aqua Mist CS (PTI), Cream and chocolate chip CS (SU), patterned paper (Basic Grey)

Stamps: Dress (SU), sentiment (PTI)

Ink: Distress (Ranger), Aqua Mist and Sweet blush (PTI),

Accessories: Copper letters (Joann), Ribbon (Joann), white brads (stash), water brush (Ranger), white gel pen, Janome sewing machine

February 02, 2009

Happy Groundhog's Day!

Yes, you should expect it by now. This is one of my favorite celebrations of the year! Who can resist the chubby, furry, Punxsutawny Phil? (Except for when he sees his shadow and predicts 6 more weeks of winter! UGH.) I am so done with the snowy cold weather...

And yes, I made Spicy Groundhog cookies once again. But no one can resist the crunchy edges and chewy middle and spicy goodness of these cookies. And because I only make them once a year, they are a special treat. Both children take them to school/daycare, and my husband takes them to work, and no leftover cookies ever come home!

So good with a glass of soymilk!

Although I have shared the recipe before HERE, I'll type it again. These are egg and dairy free, but you can substitute whatever you like.


Sift together:

1 1/2 c. unbleached flour, 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. bkg soda, 1 t. bkg powder, 1 t. ground ginger, 1 t. ground cloves, 1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon.

Cream together:

1/2 c. vegan butter (I use Earth balance), 1 c. sugar.

Once fluffy, Stir in:

1/2 c. molasses, 1 egg yolk (I use Ener-G Egg replacer).

Gradually add the flour mixture to the rest and stir until incorporated. Form into a ball and chill, overnight if possible, but at least 3 hours. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick onto parchment lined baking sheets and cut out. Remove excess dough from around the cut-outs and re-roll. Place currents into dough for eyes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, letting them rest on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes after removal from the oven. This is the third year I have shared these on my blog, and I have to say it gets harder to photograph them each time. I mean, how many different ways can you show a groundhog cookie?! I think I like last years photos best...

To top it all off, I found my first grey hair this morning. *sob* Actually, my husband found it when he was kissing me out the door. I didn't believe him at first, but he showed me in the mirror. *sigh* I'm only 31!!!!!