Sunday, October 30, 2011


If my math is correct, this is my third Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  I really liked this sketch, WMSC71, because of its simplicity.  Here is what I came up with:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  WM Eat Cake, PTI Half & Half
Paper:  PTI:  Aqua Mist, True Black, White

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Make it Monday #38: Harvest Berries

I'm back with another Make it Monday card using my brand new brayer.  I'm also using my new Spring Moss ink.  My opinion on the ink is that it is very nice to have a great ink match to the paper, but I don't think this ink is better or worse than many of the other brands of ink that I have.  However, I only bought the cube, and it was well worth $2.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Harvest Berries
Paper:   Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Fine Linen
Other:  Harvest Berries Die, Mat Stack #1, Woodgrain IP

One more thing for today:  I discovered a fellow PTI forum member's blog when she posted a giveaway.  She requested that we spread the word on our blogs, in order to have a greater chance to win.  I didn't want to do that until I checked out more of her blog.  Well, I am here to tell you that her creations are so fabulous that I practically wore out my 'Pin It' button looking at them all.  So, in good conscience, I can tell you that you should head on over to Neat & Tangled and check out Danielle's blog.  You won't be sorry.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Be Unique!

Today, I am playing along with Cas-ual Friday's CFC #26 as well as the Play Date Cafe PDCC105.  I wasn't sure about those colors at first, but the photo was just so yummy, I decided to try anyway.  I interpreted the colors to be PTI Kraft, Blueberry Sky and Fine Linen.  I also used Colorbox Cerulean Blue ink.  Since the CAS-Friday challenge sponsor is Lawn Fawn, I decided to use my only (so far) Lawn Fawn set, Clear to See.

All the eyeglass images are embosssed with clear ep.  I used a Hero Arts Envelope background stamp on the card base, and PTI Background Basics Text on the blue oval.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Make It Monday #38: Celebrate Today

This week's Make It Monday technique shows us how to make a beautiful background using a brayer and an impression plate.  Click here to see the video.  I've never done anything like this, but was excited to try.  I have several impression plates from PTI, and was able to buy a brayer at Michael's yesterday.

Here is what I made:

I used the Mehndi Medallion impression plate and Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink.  The ribbon is from my special stash of silk ribbon from Britex in San Francisco.  I put the sentiment on a tiny tag die cut, and stamped it with one of the mini images from the Mehndi Medallion.  The panel is popped up from the Smokey Shadow card base with dimensionals.  It's impossible to see from this photo, but there is a real coppery sheen to the card from the Brilliance Ink. 

Here is a peek at the inside of the card.  I stamped it with a very light inking of the Mehndi Medallion stamp, so I could still write over it.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just a Note

I had pinned a set of cards by Debbie at Lime Doodle quite a while ago, thinking I would make a set myself.  Actually, I am often pinning cards from Lime Doodle thinking I will case them, as her creations are some of my favorites.  It took me a while to get to it, but here they are.  I used Harvest Gold, Ocean Tides and Smokey Shadow and played along with this week's CR84FN Color Challenge #41

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps: Background Basics Twinkle, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Paper: Harvest Gold, Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, White
Other:  Double Ended Banner die

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertrey October Blog Hop Card #2

This is my second card for this month's Papertrey Blog Hop.  You can see my first card here.  I really liked my first card, but after I looked at the card and the inspiration photo together, I didn't think that the card was close enough to the photo.  So, I looked at the photo again, and this time the photo said something different to me.  First, it said "Are you sure you don't have pumpkin stamps?  Go check."  Then, it said "Paper piece those pumpkins." I don't know why I didn't see that the first go round, because it seems so obvious now.

The most fun part about making this card was going through my stash of PTI patterned papers, looking for papers that would work.  The least fun part was the actually cutting and piecing.  That was a lot of work.  Paper piecing is officially on my 'only occasionally' list of techniques.  What papers can you spot?  (answer below)

Supplies Used (PTI)
Stamps:  Friendship Jar Fall Fillers, Autumn Acorns
Paper:  Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse, Fall Prints and Patterns, In Bloom, Distressed Dots, Bitty Box, Bitty Dots, Road Trip

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Papertrey October Blog Hop Card #1

Today, I am playing along with Papertrey's October Blog HopWe were challenged to make a card based on this inspiration photo. I loved the picture, and thought about what I saw:  pumpkins (which I didn't think I had), acorns--which I have, fall colors, green polka dots, and three main focal points.

Here is the card I came up with:

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns, Mat Stack #1
Paper:  Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse, Fall Prints and Patterns
Other:  Dies:  Autumn Acorns, Mat Stack #1, Photo Finishers

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Sunday, October 23, 2011


A quick post of a super simple card.  I am entering it into the Clean and Simple Challenge on a new website I just found.  It's a bit hard to see in this picture, but both the front panel and the leaf are raised with dimensionals.

Stamps:  Autumn Acorns
Paper:  Fall Prints & Patterns, Rustic White
Other:  Nestie Maple Leaf Die, Woodgrain IP

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I hope that over time I do so many WM sketch challenges that I lose track of the number, but for now, I can tell you that this is my second challenge.  I made a card for WMSC70 shown above.  I am still using Hocus Pocus, borrowed from Cathy at Empty Nest Crafters.  What a fun set.  I think this set may need to come home with me for good one of these days.

Here is a peek at the inside of the card:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  WM Hocus Pocus
Paper:  PTI:  True Black, White, Autumn Rose, Recollections Patterned Paper
Other:  Nesties Labels 2 & Circles, Sizzix Label die

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Witch's Brew

When I saw this color combination in this week's ColourQ Challenge #107, I knew I would be making a Halloween card.  I had been wanting to use some of the images from PTI Friendship Jar Fall Fillers, and this is what I came up with:

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers
Paper:  White, Orange Zest, Martha Stewart Halloween Pad, Bazzil purple
Other:  Friendship Jar Dies, Twine, Prismacolor pencils

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Thanksgiving Leaves

I've been having fun playing with my Autumn Acorns set.  Here is another card.  I guess I will be making lots of Thanksgiving Food Baskets.  I was inspired by this card to make something simple with the leaf die cuts.  I popped a few of the leaves up with dimensionals.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns
Paper:  Rustic White
Other:  Autumn Acorn Die

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Purses and Friends: Purple

I have another card for this week's CAS-ual Friday's challenge to add color to your stamped image.  Click here for my previous post, which shows the same card in red.

Here it is in purple:

I created a stamped background using one of the stamps, and then randomly colored in parts using purple Copic (V15).

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Clear and Simple Stamps Just My Style
Paper:  PTI:  Lavender Moon, White, True Black
Other:  CSS Just My Style dies, PTI Double Ended Banner Die, Nestie Circle, Copic Marker, Rhinestone

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Purses and Friends: Red

I have a card for this week's CAS-ual Friday's challenge to add color to your stamped image. Because this week's sponsor is Clear and Simple Stamps, I decided to use my favorite (and only) CSS set to CASE a card I had previously made and sent to a friend.  I have been meaning to make more of this particular card, because it is a favorite of mine. Click here for my next post, which shows the same card in purple.

Here it is in red:

I created a stamped background using one of the stamps, and then randomly colored in parts using red Copic (R29).  I love the fact that this stamp set has a matching set of dies.  It made cutting that purse trio a breeze.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Clear and Simple Stamps Just My Style
Paper:  SU Real Red, PTI White, True Black
Other:  CSS Just My Style dies, PTI Double Ended Banner Die, Nestie Circle, Copic Marker, Rhinestone

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Happy Thanksgiving

I made a card just for fun--to play with my Autumn Acorns set, that hasn't gotten nearly enough love--and to have something personal to tuck into one of the Thanksgiving food baskets I will be creating for the needy elderly in my community.  No challenges this time.  I based this card on one of Maile Belle's cards she made for the release of this set.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns, Polka Dot Basics 2, Background Basics Retro
Paper:  Kraft, Orange Zest, Rustic White, Martha Stewart
Other:  Autumn Acorns die

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Make it Monday: Happy Birthday

I've got a birthday card for my brother that uses the technique outlined in this week's PTI Make it Monday #37:  Layered Mats and Frames, as well as the color scheme in this week's CR84FN Challenge #40If you have been following my blog, you will realize that this is my third card with this color scheme.  What can I say--it's a great color scheme...

I used Mat Stack #5 as my main frame, and cut a window out of it with Fillable Frame #11.  

It's a bit hard to see, but I layered the gift die cut over several layers of coaster for a thicker dimension:

Here is a peek at the inside of the card:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI:  Boy Basics Rock On, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, Market Street Stamps Wood Grain, IO Cover a Card Burlap, 
Paper:  PTI:  Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Men of Life, SU Real Red
Other:  Dies:  Mat Stack #5, Fillable Frame #11, Make a Wish, Double Ended Banner

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Happy Haunting

I have a card for today using a very fun Waltzingmouse set called Hocus Pocus, that I borrowed from my friend Cathy at Empty Nest Crafter.   I am playing along with CAS-Friday's challenge #24 which is to make a Halloween card without using Orange.  It sounded hard at first, but actually was actually a fun challenge.  Here is what I came up with:

I used a color scheme of PTI Lavender Moon, Soft Stone and True Black.  Nice and spooky, and no orange in sight. The bats are from a Martha Stewart punch I picked up at Michaels last year, and the sentiment is on a die cut made out of PTI's Christmas Label die.  I am loving that die for all sorts of things, although one day, I really should use it with the coordinating stamp set I bought.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Four-of-a-Kind #3

It is time for our October Four-of-a-Kind post.  This is the third in a series of monthly posts where Cathy, Kim, Renee and I challenge ourselves to make a card out of a kit sent to us by the hostess of the month.  You can see the first challenge here and the second challenge here.

The hostess for the month makes four kits and sends them out to each of us.  We work secretly to create a card using at least 4 items from the kit.   No other rules or restrictions.  We are allowed to use anything else we have on hand.  We get to see each others cards today, on each of our blog posts.  We are scheduling our posts to go live at the same time.  I can't wait to see what everyone has created.

I am the hostess this month, and I chose to create a kit using Up, Up & Away.  I didn't think any of the other gals had this set.  I also sent some Polka Dot Parade paper in Ocean Tides, Summer Sunrise and Ripe Avocado.

Here are all the bits I sent to everyone:

And, here is what it looked like all packaged up.  I put all the little pieces in envelopes made out of maps of San Diego using the Seed Packet Die. 

Now, you would think that I would have had a card in mind as I was cutting and stamping.  If so, you would be mistaken.  I had no idea what I would end up making, until I started playing around with all the pieces, just like everyone else did.  Here is what I came up with:

Here is a peek at the inside:

The other three members of Four-of-a-Kind are:
Cathy Weber:  Empty Nest Crafter
Kim Heggins:  Cupcakes, Cards and Kim
Renee Lynch:  It's a Patchwork Life

Please stop by their blogs, if you haven't been there already, and see what they have created for our third Four-of-a-Kind post.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Up, Up & Away and Additions, Background Basics Text Style
Paper:  Ocean Tides, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, White, Polka Dot Parade
Other:  Dies:  Could be:  Mat Stack #3, Spiral Notebook Die, Tag Sale #3, Angled Label, Clouds, Up, Up & Away, Seed Packet, Sunshine IP, felt, Fiskars Upper Crest Punch 

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Thank You

I am participating in my first ever Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz.  As I only have one WM stamp set (so far), my dear friend Cathy from Empty Nest Crafter sent me a big batch of stamped and cut images so I could have enough to make some cards and participate in all the fun.  The theme this month is Gratitude/Thanksgiving.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  WM Rescue Remedies Additions, Holiday Labels #14
Paper:  PTI Rustic White, Ocean Tides, SU Real Red
Other:  PTI Dies:  Angled Label, Edger #2, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Nesties #14

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Celebrate and Wish Big

I'm back with another card for this week's CR84FN color challenge.  This one is a birthday card.

Here is a peek at the inside:

Supplies Used (PTI unless otherwise noted)
Stamps:  Button Boutique, Half & Half, Botanical Silhouettes, Market Street Bit of Burlap
Paper:  Rustic White, SU Real Red, Chocolate Remix
Other:  Dies:  Button Boutique, Bloom Builder 

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Happy Halloween

This week's ColourQ challenge is a fun color combination for a Halloween card.  I used some Martha Stewart Halloween paper I had left over from last year and my new pinwheel die to create this card:

I used PTI Soft Stone for the gray, and put it on the inside of the card.  It looks white in this photo, but it is actually gray:

I made another card just like this one, but in green.  The patterned paper is from the same Martha Stewart pad.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Tag-it's
Paper: PTI: Orange Zest, True Black, Summer Sunrise, White,  Martha Stewart Halloween pad
Other: PTI:  Mega Mat Stack #2 Die, Double Ended Banner Die, Lil' Inkers Pinwheel Die, SU Spiderweb Embossing Folder

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