Monday, August 29, 2011


This is a very soothing color combo from Color Throw Down this week. I thought the soft colors were perfect for a sympathy card.

Here is my card, very simple.

Paper is from Stampin' up both Crumb Cake and So Saffron, although the photo doesn't do justice to the So Saffron which the image is stamped on, sorry.

Image and sentiment is from Papertrey Ink stamped in both Crumb Cake and Perfect Plum, ribbon is SU's Perfect Plum Taffeta.

That's it, oops forgot the water spots are from the
French Foliage stamp set, which I think add very subtle texture, don't you?

Thanks for lookin' and love to hear from you...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

JAI#84-Something from your stash!

Just Add Ink's challenge is to use something from your stash that you've been hoarding, but just had to buy and then never used, well that's right up my alley!

So here is my stamp that I've had for ages. When I bought it I was attracted first to the fact that it was a flower, then the size of it and then finally to the detail which I thought would show up nicely, which I think it did.

I did add dazzling diamonds on the edges of the flower, the center and some of the other detail, unfortunately it doesn't show up well in the photo.

I did figure since the stamp was old I could use something new, so I used SU's new ink colors, what do you think?

Supplies used are SU unless otherwise noted

Inks - Calypso Coral, PTI's Fresh Snow
Cardstock - Whisper White, DSP Patterns In-Colors Calypso Coral & Island Indigo
Punch - Scallop oval
Ribbon - Calypso Coral Ruffle

Stamp - Hero Arts Large Flower

Embossing folder Cuttlebug and Antique brad

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Inkspirations chose some interesting colors for this challenge, all beautiful colors, but together I wasn't sure. However I was happy with the end result. It's always helpful for me to have someone else chose colors because they're usually ones I wouldn't have selected and I'm always very happy with the results, so Thank You.

Here's my creation...

I'm really liking the new Letterpress folder from Stampin' Up that I used for the background, it's a little difficult to see in this picture, but if you click on it to enlarge it's more noticeable. I think it adds so much in a very subtle way. No pun intended, but that is the name of a retired SU set "So Much" I used, love the dotted circle.

Can't believe all the ribbon I've recently purchased and not a sliver of Daffodil Delight among them, have to correct that. So I used a polka dot paper and cut it to resemble ribbon.

I thought the card looked very "girly" and I have some friend's birthday coming up so it will definitely be used soon.

I also noticed another of my favorite blogs, Paper Players, has a sketch that my card fits perfectly, if I do say so myself.

I've been thinking about this design for a while. I purchased a new pair of jeans and the tag was what gave me the inspiration for the ribbon threaded through the circle and I thought it would be a fresh way of using ribbon. (I like the jeans too). Isn't it funny how everything you look at lately takes on a different look? I always think of how I could transform the design into a card. Even my little granddaughter recognizes the new SU colors and will comment on how an article of clothing looks just like Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, etc., she knows all of them. I think there's another little crafter comin' along! By the way, she does have her own blog Arden's Garden of Crafts.

Please let me know your thoughts on this card,
I really do appreciate hearing from you, thanks.

Supplies used all Stampin' Up

Card stock - Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink - Concord Crush
Stamp set -Happy Greetings and retired So Much
Punch - Bird Builder
Misc. - Letterpress Fancy Fan and Floral Fusion Embosslet die, rhinestones

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Another interesting challenge from Paper Players Challenge, this time a theme.

Well I don't have anyone in my household returning to school, those days are long gone. However, I do have an adorable granddaughter who I will be seeing next week (along with my daughter). As a matter of fact she and I will spend the entire week together at, what she calls "Nana Camp", we even have t-shirts that say "Nana Camp".

Anyhow she will be entering first grade this fall and I know she is very excited to return to school and see all of her friends and teachers, so I'm sure this card will come in handy very soon.

Unfortunately I do not have any stamps pertaining to school or anything even like that so I had to improvise, but then that's what a challenge is all about, I guess.

My card base as you can see is black card stock with a polka-dot layer. Since I didn't have any stamps to use I went to the computer and typed the phrase "*BACK TO SCHOOL* many times, printed it on white card stock and framed it in black. The ABC letters were die cut in red, ran through the Xyron machine to make them sticky and added them to the base layer. I die cut a piece of adhesive cork to which I added 3 little kids (using my Digital software-wow how easy was that) colored them, trimmed them up and added to the cork die piece.
I was thinking it looked a little bare so I added the year with a little star. Who knows maybe this will go in her scrapbook eventually and the date will already be there!

So here's my little treasure...also a peek at the inside (notice I gave myself an A+)

Thanks for checking out my little school kids!

Supplies: Crushed Curry polka-dot paper, black & white card stock
Digital images from School Days Cricut die cut alphabet letters from Plantin SchoolBook
Adhesive corkstock from Canvas Corp.

Die cut cork piece from Papertrey Ink's 2 1/2" circles

Friday, August 5, 2011


Hi there, another GREAT challenge from Paper Players, a sketch by Nance Lempinen Leedy (my daughter), yahoo!

Anyhow it was getting close to deadline time again and didn't want to miss this one.

So here is my card, what do you think?

I wanted to use some of SU's newest colors, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and the old standby Whisper white.

The stamps are from Papertrey Ink, Botanical Silhouettes and Peaceful Garden. I really like the blossom stamp it looks so real as if it's gently swaying in the breeze. Also the sentiment "May peace fill your soul this day", it's very adaptable to either a special occasion such as birthday, etc., or a sympathy card, which I've been needing too many of lately. The bottom of the card was die cut using SU's Top Note die, another of my fav's.

Thanks for looking.