Thursday, February 23, 2012

Utah Divas International Color Challenge #75

Aren't these fabulous colors from a challenge at Utah Divas International...I remember (way back when, having a chemise dress in these exact colors, doesn't that phrase date me). Anyhow here's my card.
The card base is basic gray with a top note die frame in Tempting Turquoise designer paper.

The three flowers in Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray and Temping Turquoise were stamped on white card stock and spritzed with shimmer. The spray of leaves are also stamped in Lucky Limeade.
The sentiment, which I think is so touching, is stamped in black ink on a base of white card stock with the same image of leaves (stamped off once) as a backdrop. Here's a closer look...

That's it, hope you like it. Feel free to drop me a comment regarding this card.

Thanks for looking.


Stampin' Up Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade
Paptertrey Ink: Basic Black ink, Rosie Posie die and stamp and Turning A New Leaf stamp set. Sentiment also from PTI-Flower Fusion # 12 Stamp set

That's it!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


This coming Saturday will be a BIG day for a dear friend of ours, her 80th Birthday!

I've made this birthday card before, but it's still one of my favorites for "special" birthdays. Quite some time ago Debby Hughes at lime doodle posted a card she created using this design I liked it so much I tucked it away for future use, thanks Debby.

I used a embossing folder with all types of "happy birthday" on it. Die cut a frame and dry embossed that as well (and wonder of wonder, without planning can you see how the die cut matches up with the white card stock-couldn't have done that if I wanted to).

Die cut some snazzy "80" numbers from silver glimmer paper added a sentiment on another die cut piece, the banner, stamped it and called it done.

Here's a little peak at the inside of the card...the sentiment was stamped at the top and bottom of a piece of vellum (mostly to hide the adhesive). I like the way the front focal point ties into the inside sentiment, don't you?

List of supplies:
Papertrey Ink: White card stock Number dies & layerz die Inside sentiment and border Stampin' Up: Mellon Mambo card stock
Cuttlebug: (I think) Happy Birthday embossing folder

Misc. rhinestone

Hope you'll take a moment to comment on the card, thanks,

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Isn't this a cute title CAS-ual Fridays selected for their recent challenge "Tie One on"? Their challenge is..."With Mardi Gras in a few days we thought it would be fun to have a gallery full of Clean And Simple Party cards with ribbon".

I started with white card stock added a panel of Bermuda Bay stamped with the same color wood grain stamp and framed the panel with a scallop border.

The ribbon I used was a narrow striped ribbon which I basket wove onto a small piece of card stock, alternating the strips of ribbon to give it an interesting look (I think I remember doing this craft many years ago in Brownies or Girl Scouts, do you)? I die cut two frames to place the ribbon piece into. Stamped the sentiment on the side and that's it.

Here's my card...
oops, I took the picture outside and didn't notice there was a itsy-bitsy green bug on the upper right hand side of the card, oh well you get the idea, right?

Would love to hear your comments on my card,

Supplies used:

Card stock-S.U. Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay
Papertrey Ink-White card stock
Ribbon-? from my stash, probably craft store
Frames-Fancy Frames from Nesties
Border-Papertrey Ink Heart border
Sentiment- Celebration from PTI

Friday, February 17, 2012

Coffee anyone?

Gosh I wonder what happened to my New Year's resolution to post more often! It's been several days since the last posting, so here goes...

This is a thank you card for a friend who gifted us with a pound of coffee a month for six-months, from Hawaii! How thoughtful was that? I thought this card was on the right theme what with the sweet little coffee cups...what do you think?

My inspiration came from a card Maile Belles, Simply Stamped made sometime ago and I had tucked it away until now.

It was a very CAS card and since I needed it to be masculine I used two of my (many) favorite colors kraft and black with a little very vanilla all Stampin' Up card stock.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.

I'd love to hear your comments on my card, thanks,

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

5TH ANNIVERSARY-Day 4 challenge

Today Papertrey Ink ask the designers to post their favorite color combination along with a card. Bloggers then had the choice of picking their favorite combo's and creating a card using those colors. I like so many of the colors, but truthfully didn't have all of them in my possession so I decided to go with what I did have which happened to be Jessica Witty's color combo.

I started with kraft card stock (because I didn't have Harvest Gold & I really love kraft) and using the XL Rick rack die used it as an embossing plate (not the die side) to create two bands of the rick rack on the top and bottom of the card (difficult to see in the photo). I then die cut the three colors from Jessica's color combo with the rick rack die and adhered them to the middle section of the card front. Using two of the same colors I die cut a flower from Beautiful Blooms (I also snipped into the center of the flower between each petal to give it a little dimension. I happen to find a small silver color thingy which I thought looked perfect in the center of the flower. Since I needed a "belated birthday" card that's the sentiment I used.

Here's a close up of the reverse affect of the rick rack die. Maybe others have already been doing this, but I discovered it by mistake when I inadvertently placed my die wrong side down! I love this, I'll be trying it with other dies.

Items used: XL Rick Rack die Beautiful Blooms # 1 die Sentiment from Mat Stack #3 Collection Cardstock: kraft, Canyon Clay, dard chocolate and Aqua Mist

Thanks for looking, would love to hear from you.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Papertrey Ink's 5th Anniversary-2nd Day Challenge

Check out this 2nd day of challenges at Papertrey Ink.
Nine of the designers were asked to create an image (to be down loaded) to be used on a card. I chose...

Melissa chose a stamp set she designed and created called Sending You one of her many favorites.( I can't imagine having to pick just one as a "fav" after designing so many great sets).

This is what I created using her design.

Some time ago I purchased this window die which I have been waiting to use and Melissa's sketch seemed perfect to me.

It was a very CAS card to make since the image had already been created. I cut out the image adhered it to my embossed card stock, die cut the window and popped it up to give the illusion of looking through the window. The sentiment was typed on the computer and die cut using Papertrey Ink's Angled Label die.
The leaf branch (which you almost can't see) is from Turning a New Leaf and the little heart is from Tremendous Treats Valentine all Papertrey Ink stamps.

What do you think, kinda cute, eh? Please leave a comment if you wish, thanks.


Sunday, February 5, 2012


Congratulations to Papertrey Ink on their 5th Anniversary of business. Here is a snip taken from their blog regarding the anniversary challenge.
I admire all of the design team members at Papertrek Ink, so it's very hard to pick just one as a favorite. I guess I'd pick Dawn McVey as she listed her Five Papertrey Ink Favorites as Mat Stack 4 Die, Rosie Posie Stamp Set, Chocolate baker's twine, Raspberry Fizz buttons and Rustic Cream card stock. I find myself time after time reaching for some of these same items, particularly the Mat Stack dies, and one of the newer stamp sets, Rosie Posie, which I adore!

The card I'm entering in the "Day One" challenge uses the Mat Stack #4 die and the Rosie Posie stamp set. I die cut the shape from the front of the card, ran it through an embossing folder, die cut one of the flowers from the stamp set twice, stamped both, then cut out just the center of the flower on one of the pieces. Die cut and stamped three leaves from the same set, added some glitter to the center flower and adhered all pieces to the lower portion of the front of the card. Stamped the sentiment on a raised strip on the front of the card.

The inside was finished with a piece of designer paper and stamped with one of my favorite sentiments.

I love the way the inside sentiment peeks through the die cut opening and there's still room to sign the card on the inside.

Here's a closer look at the "razzle dazzle on the center of the flower.

Supplies Used: Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack #4 die, Rosie Posie die and stamp set, white card stock. Inside sentiment from Daydreamer stamp set. Stampin' Up's "Bright" designer paper, Melon Mambo & Old Olive inks and sentiment.

I'm sorry the card base looks pink! I'm taking this photograph in the evening (while watching Super Bowl) and cannot seem to get the white card stock to look white, it keeps tinting pink, which it isn't! Perhaps it's my camera, I'll try again in the daylight tomorrow, in the meantime this will have to do in order to meet PTI's challenge deadline.

Okay, next day (too late for challenge) but I think the colors look better, what do you think?

Thanks for taking a look and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this card.