Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Can you believe this is my second post for today, woo hoo!
I needed another birthday card this time for a young man who is absolutely smitten with any sport, but particularly baseball so I tried to make a card he would enjoy.

It's truly a C&S card, not much stampin' at all just the dotted argyle pattern across the center of the card stock and the sentiment "It's your day".  The baseball bat and the "step up to the plate" are both stickers.
Don't think it needs much explaining how I made it.

Here's a look at the inside.  The baseball glove and ball are again stickers, sentiments are stamped. I do prefer to do stamping, but every once in a while when a quick card is needed, stickers sure work!

I'd love to hear from you I really do appreciate your sharing your thoughts with me.

Sentiment stamps & background stamps all PTI
Stickers from Karen Foster Design
Ink: SU Black and Cherry Cobbler

Masculine Autumn birthday

I needed a masculine card for a September birthday so I thought why not use an Autumn theme.  Although it's just the end off August, but some of our trees are already starting to change colors which is what inspired me for this card.

I started by stamping a piece of Kraft card stock with a background stamp of Herringbone.  The bottom half was stamped in a darker color and the top half in the same color as the card base.   I love the herringbone pattern don't you, it really does say "Fall" to me.

I stamped the two leaves on a cream color card stock using the double stamping technique, then fussy cut both of them. Before attaching the cut out leaves I stamped the leaf images onto the card stock and then adhered the cut out leaves over the stamping.   Oops forgot to say before attaching the leaves I obviously added a strip of yummy chocolate satin ribbon.  I then attached the panel to my card base.

Here's a peek at the inside of the card.  I used my daughter, Nance Leedy of Canopy Crafts,  idea of carrying the image to the inside in a lighter shade and then stamping the sentiment over it in a darker color, I love the way it looks and adds a little interest inside.

Inks: PTI's Canyon Clay, SU's Early Espresso & Summerstar Fruit
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Herringbone & SU's Gently Falling
Sentiment Stamps PTI & SU

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you'll leave me a comment, I appreciate hearing from everyone.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pieced not Pierced (hard to say)

Here is a little pieced flirty shoe for The Paper Players blog, a clean & simple card with piecing, not piercing.

 Seems one of the design team members recently had not one, but two foot surgeries, so this card is in her honor.  Hopefully she'll be able to wear similar shoes very soon.

My card base is Melon Mambo card stock with DSP also in Melon Mambo on the bottom part of the card. The adorable shoe image is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with black powder, a little pop of a flower with a rhinestone finishes it off perfectly, don't ya think?

 I used two die cut pieces of the label and cut the black one in half to outline behind the white one.  The white label was dry embossed making it appear that the shoe was sitting pretty on a pillow. A black satin ribbon was adhered under the labels.

Here's a look at the inside of the card with a strip of the same designer polka dot paper at the top and the sentiment in Melon Mambo ink.

All supplies from Stampin' Up
Shoe & Sentiment from "Fabulous You"

Thanks for leaving a comment, I love to hear from  other bloggers.


Friday, August 10, 2012


This card is just for the fun of it.  Inspiration is from PTI's Melissa Bickford's card and her stamp design.
I thought it was perfect for a young man's upcoming birthday without being too frilly or girly,  although I had to add the adorable bow and the green card base is for his last name "O'Brien", had to be green, right?

After die cutting all of the balloons I stamped a variety of colors, drew some "strings" from the balloons and adhered all of the balloons.  Of course I fussied around with placement and finally decided on this arrangement.  I guess it's kinda like arranging flowers in a vase, never quite right.

I'd love to hear your comments on my card, so please leave a word or two.
Many thanks,


Stamps: PTI's Heart-2-Heart #2
Inks:  SU's, Gumball Green,Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals Baha Breeze, Whisper White
Paper: SU's. Gumball Green CS, DSP Summer Starfruite & Primrose Petals
Die: PTI's Bells &  Boughs

Thursday, August 9, 2012


My friend Diane of Rubber 'n Rafters shared this card with me, thanks Di!
The inspiration for this card came from Dawn Olchefski of DOStampingwithDawn.  Dawn shared this technique a while back, if you visit her blog here she gives all of the dimensions as well as a good video tutorial.
This is one of those things you keep in the back of your mind to try at a later date, so here's my version.  I wanted to use a fall color scheme so I went with rust and green .

I love the layering of the flowers and leaves to give the images dimension, I think this technique works best with a large single image, but who knows maybe someone has tried something similar, if so please share with me.  I'd love to hear from you.

Inks: SU Wild Wasabi, PTI Canyon Clay
Papers: SU Whisper White & Wild Wasbi CS
Stamps:  PTI's Year of Flowers: Mums 
              & sentiment from PTI's Pretty Peonies
Misc: Ribbon Unkown, Button SU

Thanks for looking at my blog, hopefully you'll leave even a small comment.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

PPA #140

Here's an interesting color combination from Pals Paper Arts

 so I thought I'd give it a try.  Not sure if I like the colors together or not, what do you think (maybe I just didn't use them in the right way)?  But the challenge does get you goin'!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies, So Happy for You
White cardstock & DSP In color Summer Starfruit
Marina Mist ribbon
Stazon Jet Black Ink

If you take a look, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this card, thanks,

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


When I opened this package of paper it jumped out at me how similar it was to a stamp set I already owned (that doesn't happen often).

My card base is Tempting Turquoise which I stamped with an all-over pattern in the same color hue using the stamp set I thought matched. I added a panel of the DSP framed with a scallop border.  The large die cut flower vase was the perfect compliment to this paper, don't you think?

Couldn't stop there, so I had these little "stems", I think they're something used when making artificial  flowers, here's a picture of them. (they also work great bent in half for butterfly antennae).  Itook my picture outside for better lighting, but my house is surrounded my shade, so the quality doesn't show how the colors pop in real life.

I cut off the "pearl" ends to make it easier to glue little flowers w/rhinestones to the center and adhered them to the backside of the vase with tape, of course the vase neck was just calling out for some bling too.. Added a punched oval with sentiment & scroll and I was done.

It's difficult to see the 3D flowers, so here's a close-up, aren't they cuties?

Supplies used:

S.U. Summer Smooches DSP, CS-Daffodil Delight, Temping Turquoise
S.U. scallop punch, PTI's Gracious Vases stamps, PTI's Mega Gracious Vases dies
S.U. Trio flower punch, Ink Tempting Turquoise,, HB stamp-Teeny Tiny Wishes
Anonymous rhinestones 

I do enjoy hearing from you if you have comments on my cards, thanks for taking the time to look.

Monday, August 6, 2012


While checking out various blogs I found this one from CAS-ual Fridays.

My card isn't so much about clouds as it is more about "things that fly" and I thought with Halloween creeping upon us soon that would be a good choice.

I absolutely LOVE this paper, I purchased it last year it's from Memory Box and it's called Blackbird, appropriate don't ya think!
I think the paper is the star of the card, I matted it in a bright yellow and adhered it to a black card base which I had embossed with a spider web folder. The little birds are wooden veneer from Studio Calico (quite inexpensive too).  I "painted" them with a black felt tip marking pen and glued them to the branches on the paper.

The picket fence is from PTI.  Ater die cutting it twice I ran the pieces through a wood grain folder to give it a realistic look, I think it worked, don't you?  Popped the fence up with pop-dots and added the "Happy Halloween" sentiment to a scrap of the same paper and heat embossed in black powder.  This really was a clean & simple card with very little stamping.
Okay, enough of all that, here is my card.

Don't know why the background is blue, my kitchen is white, must be the time of day.  I'd love to hear from  you with your comments about my card,
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


The Paper Players has their first challenge for the month of  August and this is my interpretation for Back to School.

I used a dry embossing folder with the cute little all-over apple design, colored one of the apples, stamped & then cut down the library card image, added my stamps and tied it to the ribbon (I used a few pop-dots to keep the library card in place).

My focal panel was just a smidge smaller than the card base which allowed me to add a 2-sided green border to pick up the ribbon color, and that's a quick and simple card finished.

Items used:
Embossing folder (unsure of make)
Whisper White, Old Olive S.U. card stock
Library card stamp from Papertrey Ink
Real Red and Basic Black S.U. inks.
Old Olive  ribbon & white  Bakers Twine from S.U.

I'd love to hear from you with your comments on my card.
Thanks for looking,