Friday, May 29, 2009


Here's a quick card for one of my monthly swaps. This Daisybella image is so cute. I added a sentiment from SU!'s Great Friend set. I colored her with Copics, added some ribbon and a bit of bling and here there you have it! :-) I don't know the maker of the patterned and green papers, but the pink is PTI Sweet Blush and the ribbon is SU! Certainly Celery grosgrain.I hope to be back later this weekend with some more cards - lots of ideas floating around in my mind ... just need some time! :-)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Add it to the list ...

Hey there folks! I stumbled upon a Sew Along on the Old Red Barn Co blog. Crazy me, I pulled out some fabrics, sliced and diced and am ready to see what to do next in week 3. As if I didn't have anything else to do! :-)

Here's a picture of the fabrics I will be using. I still need to choose 3 more fabrics and chop them up - but I am having trouble deciding at the current moment. :-) Maybe I will have to venture to a local quilt shop ... oh darn! LOL
Anyway, I will post my progress as we go along. I think it's a 6 week program. Seems doable and there's prizes to be won.

Have a great day and happy almost TGIF!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kristina's Color Challenge #53

Happy Wednesday! I finally got a chance to play along with Kristina's Color Challenge this week. Whew - this was a challenge. I usually use some type of pink in my cards! LOL

Anyway, earlier this week I posted a card where I created a chevron pattern. I loved it and wanted to try it in black & white. I made my patterned paper and then punched it out into circles. The yellow seemed overwhelming in large pieces, so I kept it under control with a small bordering circle. I also used my Scor-Pal to create a grid in the background (actually this was to cover up a crease that was in my paper - shhhhh!) and I really like the result.
Overall, I am pleased with how this turned out - a little different from my usual style - more graphic or something - but definitely fun.

Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black; SU! Pacific Point, YoYo Yellow
Stamps: PTI Faux Ribbon
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Accessories: American Crafts letter stickers; PTI Pure Poppy saddle stitch ribbon
Other: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, 1-3/8 and 1-1/2 circle punches, paper trimmer, scissors

Monday, May 25, 2009

May Papertrey Blog Hop

It's blog hop time at Papertrey. Every 25th of the month, they have a blog hop and this month's theme was to showcase the color YELLOW! Ok, so I knew I wanted to use some grey with the yellow. I thought about adding navy, and then I looked at my Martha Stewart magazine cover for May 09, which has a yellow background with a orangey-berry colored chair on the front with this chevron style pattern on it. Here's the cover...
And here's my card inspired by the cover (with grey added) ...
I made the chevron pattern by cutting strips of Berry Sorbet and then stamping a few straight lines from Faux Ribbon with matching ink. Then I stuck them down on a scrap piece of card stock to create one piece to work with. I used a few bits of textured Bazzill card stock for the accent on the side and for the flower, which I balled up to make it crinkly. Here's a closer shot, which shows the details a little better, including the stamping on the tag.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Hope you enjoyed my card and your holiday weekend!

Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Card stock: Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet, Bazzill grey
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Faux Ribbon, SU! Great Friend (yellow stems on tag)
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, SU! Basic Gray
Ribbon: Berry Sorbet luxe satin
Button: Lemon Tart Vintage button collection
Other & Tools: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Dies (Flower Layers #3; Tag Scallop Combo #2), SU! Top Note Die, Fiskars paper trimmer, EK Success 3/4" circle punch, DMC Floss, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #7

Happy Holiday Monday! I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday weekend and have also had time to reflect on the reason behind why we get a day off from work! :-)

Time for another Raspberry Suite Color Challenge from Dawn. First of all, her inspiration photo is so fab - I love, love, love peonies and those McCoy vases are just too cool. I thought, this will be easy - pink and green! Ok, well, its taken me about an hour and some change to put this little card together! :-) Here's my card ...
I really enjoy making my own patterned paper and this one was made using Polka Dot Basics. A definite must-have set in my opinion. :-) I will be back later with a card for the PTI Blog Hop.

Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Card stock: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, SU! Great Friend
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz
Ribbon: Raspberry Fizz luxe satin
Other: Paper trimmer, scissors, corner rounder punch, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape

Marriage Paper Quilt

Yesterday, I posted a black, white and red wedding card. Today, I am showing the framed art piece that I made for the happy couple. It went together pretty quickly, despite the little squares - the 3/4" square punch made it easy to get them all uniform! :-) (Anyone who really quilts can appreciate that statement!)

I started by stamping one of the images from Background Basics: Text Style in black onto white card stock. The dotted paper is from PTI's 2008 Bitty Dot Basics paper pack. I meant for the frame to sit horizontal, but I accidentally placed my squares with the text facing the wrong way, so I flipped it. Anyway, I added some stitching with my sewing machine, some ribbon and a sentiment and viola! I hope they will enjoy this little "quilt."

Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Paper: Stampers Select White & Pure Poppy card sock, Bitty Dots DP in Pure Poppy & True Black
Stamps: Quilters Sampler, Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Ribbon: Pure Poppy luxe satin
Other: EK Success 3/4" square punch, Scor-Tape, 5x7 frame from Wal-Mart

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Clean & Simple Wedding Card

Hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend thus far! I am headed to a wedding later today - one of my friends from college is tying the knot and I am so excited for her and her husband-to-be. They have a black and white and red theme going on in their invitations and I believe their kitchen, so I thought I would stick with that theme for this card. (We also went to NC State, so its a GREAT color scheme! :-) I used the Clean & Simple Fall To Layout again from yesterday's post. This layout is so easy peasy and I really like it. I will probably "fall to" it a few more times! I made another "paper quilt" as a gift to go along with this card - I will post that tomorrow.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Card stock: Stampers Select White, True Black
Stamps: Heart Prints, Everyday Classics
Ink: Pure Poppy, Palette Noir Black
Ribbon: Pure Poppy satin
Other: paper trimmer, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Scotch foam tape

Friday, May 22, 2009

Challenge Card x 2

TGIF everybody! I do love Fridays! :-) Here's a card I made for my best friend, who recently graduated from ultrasound school. I decided to use the Clean&Simple blog's Fall to Layout #41 for the layout and Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #6 for this card. I really love how quick this went and classy it looks. :-)
Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Card stock: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Stampers Select White
Stamps: Everyday Classics
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Ribbon: Berry Sorbet twill
Other: paper trimmer, scissors, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, foam dots

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Peeking out to say hi!

Hello and happy almost Friday! I am excited about the long weekend! :-) Whoo hoo!

Here's a card I made for one of my monthly card kit swaps on SCS. I really have no idea about the image - I think the paper is Basic Grey, but I will try and look into it and post more details later. I did use some Copics to color the image and added some PTI Raspberry Fizz card stock and some polka dotted ribbon from Taylored Expressions. Pretty cute!I will be back tomorrow with my belated Raspberry Suite color challenge/Fall to Layout #41 card. :-)

Check it out!

Last month, I made some tea bag holders and table tents for my sorority's alumnae mother-daughter tea and I entered the project in the PTI May Guest Star Stamper contest and I got an honorable mention! Here's the link where you can see all the fab projects that were recognized!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Memories Mini Album

Happy Wednesday! Only 4 more days of classes before we start exams at work and let me tell you - the kids are done and so am I! haha I am actually transferring schools next year, so there is a lot to do with packing my stuff and closing out the year. My commute will go from about 40 minutes to about 3! :-)

Anyway, on to my project. For Mother's Day I collected quotes from my husband and his sisters to create a gift for my mother-in-law. I decided to make a mini album and boy oh boy did this take a LOT longer than I thought! :-)

I did print the quotes onto white card stock and used some cut pieces of chipboard to create the album. All the paper is from that gorgeous K&Company Madeline paper pad and the ribbons are all things I have had for ages from the craft store. The flowers, etc. are from a pack of embellishments designed to coordinate with the Madeline papers. Here are a few pictures - one of the cover and a few pages. I really need to get better at sponging to make things look vintage - but other than that I really love how this turned out!

Hope you all have a great night! The holiday weekend is just around the corner! :-)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Another Paper Quilt

We are headed to visit my grandmother this weekend, so I whipped up a little belated Mother's Day gift for her. It's really cute - a 4 x 6" wood frame I picked up at Target for like $5 or $6 bucks. I used more of that K&Company Madeline paper and quilted it on my sewing machine. I added a sentiment from PTI's Quilted Sampler Sentiments set, some ribbon, and a button. Viola!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: PTI Stampers Select White
Designer Paper: K&Company - Madeline
Ribbon: Satin Sensations by Morex
Button: PTI Vintage button collection - Sweet blush
Stamps: PTI Quilters Sampler Sentiments
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Other: Paper trimmer, sewing machine & thread, Scor-Tape, DMC embroidery floss

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Unity for You

Unity has some pretty neat-o stamps. Some of them are a little far from my usual style, but I am enjoying trying out different looks with them.
This is a stamp from the April Kit-of-the-Month. I stamped it onto cream card stock and added some color with Copics. I cut it out with some small detail scissors and adhered it with some foam dots. The sentiment is from SU's Great Friend set and I used a 3/4" circle punch to create the scallop on the side since my scallop edge punch didn't have the width of scallops I was looking for. I am really digging the wide grosgrain right now ... must try and play with it more! :-)

Happy Friday folks!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: PTI Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Lemon Tart, Melon Berry
Stamps: Unity (April KOTM), SU! Great Friend
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers (E00, E57, R22)
Ribbon: PTI Melon Berry grosgrain
Other/Tools/Supplies: Scissors, paper trimmer, Scor-Pal, Sticky tape (Taylored Expressions(, EK Success 3D-Dots, SU! 3/4" circle punch

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quick Sunny Card

Here's a quick little card I made the other day. I love the Scattered Showers set designed by Dawn McVey for Papertrey. It has some really fun sentiments and is pretty versatile to boot. I made some simple cards to use as prizes for games at our mother-daughter tea the other weekend and I thought this sentiment was pretty all occasion. I stamped a cute umbrella, handle and sentiment and mounted it on a card base. Easy peasy!
Hope you are having a sunshiney day where you live!

Supplies Used (all PTI unless noted):
Card stock: Stampers Select White, Lemon Tart
Stamps: Scattered Showers
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate
Other: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, paper trimmer

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Purple Flowers Swap Card

Hi folks! Here's a little card I made for one of my monthly swap groups. I am terribly behind in my monthly swaps right now. Only 9 more days of school before exams and so *hopefully* I will have time to play with all these great images I need to color. As far as the supplies for this card - I know the image is from SU, but I have no idea who the maker of the designer paper is. Otherwise, I used PTI Kraft card stock, SU! Chocolate Chip card stock, Copic markers and some American Crafts ribbon. In hindsight, I wished I had used a brown card base, but it was too late and I was running low. Overall, I like how this little card turned out.

Hope you are all having a great week! :-)

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Paper Quilt for Mom

Happy Monday! Only a one more "regular" Monday at work before we start exams. Summer is sooo close! I am actually transferring schools next year, so I have a ton of things to do before the end of that last teacher workday! Anyway, here's a gift that I made for my mom for Mother's Day. My mom taught me to sew back when I was in high school. I made my first quilt early in my college years and have been stitching ever since. Sewing and quilting has always been a lot of fun for me and I have the fabric stash to prove I've been at it for awhile! :-) (Speaking of sewing - I had my first major sewing accident this weekend - Saturday, while quilting some book covers, I stitched right through my finger! Let's just say, I do not recommend doing this! I did survive and, thankfully, required no professional medical attention.)

When Papertrey released their Quilters Sampler set I knew I had to have it. For this project, I used K&Company's gorgeous Madeline paper pad to cut 1-1/2" squares. I then used the 5X7 "fake" photo that came in the frame I purchased at Michael's as a guide for placing the quilt squares. I stuck them down with some Scor-Tape and then used my sewing machine to "quilt" them on the diagonal. I stamped the sentiment from Quitlers Sampler in Memento Rich Cocoa on some white card stock before tearing around the edges and layering it on a torn piece of the Madeline paper. The ribbon is from Michael's as well. I actually put the glass under the paper quilt so I wouldn't lose it or break it, but left the frame open so the bow wouldn't be smooshed under the glass. I really like how it turned out and it was a quick and simple gift to make as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: PTI Stampers Select White
Designer Paper: K&Company Madeline collection
Stamps: PTI Quilters Sampler
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Other: Frame & ribbon from Michael's, paper trimmer, slit punch, Scor-tape, sewing machine and thread

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all the moms out there are having a great Mother's Day so far. We had lunch at a German restaurant with my husband's family and later this evening we are grilling steaks for my mom before we watch the Carolina Hurricanes game! (My mom is a huge fan and its playoff season!)

I made a simple card for my mom ... I used some patterned paper I picked up at the craft store and added some card stock from SU! along with some ribbon and a button from PTI. I will post some of the gifts I made later this week.
Have a great Sunday everyone!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: Stampin Up! Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Ribbon: PTI white grosgrain
Button: PTI Hibiscus Burst vintage button
Other: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, hemp twine, paper trimmer

Friday, May 8, 2009

Still alive!

Hey all! I am still alive! I had a great trip to CA for our DECA conference last week and my students did well in their competitions. It's been nuts trying to catch up at work since I have been back, but I have had time to craft a few things in preparation for Mother's Day and also a few swap card sets. I will take some photos in the AM when the light is better and get back in the posting saddle! :-)

Have a great night!