Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Quick post today .... I wanted to share a card I made several weeks ago and sent off to a fellow card maker and blogger. She loves Bella stamps and obviously is online to chat with her stamping friends! :-) So I thought this card was perfect to thank her for her sweet comments and online friendship.I kept the layout simple and used some Copics to color it all in. Pretty basic, but I think she enjoyed getting this card in the mail ... which was the whole goal! :-)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stamping Bella "Clickabella"
Ink: Memento; Copics
Paper: SU! Rose Red, White; PTI Spring Rain
Ribbon: PTI Sweet Blush grosgrain

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Friends til the end

Happy Sunday folks! :-) I wanted to stop in and share a card that I made for some of my girlfriends. (I made several of these in an assembly line fashion.) I started with some pretty sweet paper from Sassafras and then added some lavender and pomegrante and I just love how the color combo turned out. So warm and pretty. Just like my friends! :)
I did do a lot of distressing with ink on this one ... and its so pretty in real life. That big honkin pearl is super fun ... so glad I found those at Archiver's last weekend. Although, these will definitely go in a bubble mailer to head to their recipients.

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Friends til the End
Ink: SU! Purely Pomegranate; PTI Chai; Copics
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Kraft, Lavendar Moon; SU! Purely Pomegranate; Sassafras patterned paper
Accessories: apron lace punch; pearls (Mark Richards); ribbon (Taylored Expressions)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grateful for you

Hiya! Just popping in to share a card that I made as a follow up to the mother-daughter tea I participated in last weekend. I made several of these ... one for each daughter to send to her mom. Aren't these tea pot sticker embellishments just the cutest?I kept them nice and simple, but I really love that pink and green color scheme. So pretty (and preppy, too)! :-)

Gotta run! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Friends Til the End
Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz
Paper: PTI Hibiscus Burst; SU! Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette
Other: Teapot sticker (threw away the package -sorry!); SU! Certainly Celery ribbon; Offray ribbon (white)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dear Friend

Hiya! I made several cards over the past weekend and today I am sharing one of the favorites that I made ... I *really* love this wrinkled seam binding ribbon that I made. It started white and I dyed it this really nice plum color. I can't wait to dye some more of this soon. It's really prettier in real life. I have a few other colors in mind to try dying too. :-) Speaking of dying things ... I also colored the pearls on the butterfly bodies with a Copic marker since I didn't have any brown ones in my stash.

I had been wanting a butterfly stamp for awhile and I picked this one up from Studio Calico. I colored them to go with the ribbon I made and I added a sentiment from the Delightful Dahlia set. I think it turned out really pretty and can't wait to send it to my bestie. But I may just stare at it for awhile first! LOL

Anywho ... lots to do this week! Getting ready to attend a national DECA conference with one of my students so there's packing, orders to finish for my letter shirt business, and of course 4 days of lesson plans and copies to make. Ugh. But hopefully it will all be well worth it.

Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Butterfly - Studio Calico; Delightful Dahlia (sentiment) - PTI
Ink: Rich Cocoa - Memento; Chai - PTI; Copics
Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; Just the Edge border strips - Bazzil; patterned paper - K & Company
Other: Pearls - KaiserCraft; foam tape; Hand dyed seam binding (by me! :-)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ippity Blog Hop

Happy Monday! Today I am joining the fun in the Unity Ippity Blog Hop. You can learn more about Ippity Stamps here or just visit my friend Banu and order some. :-)

This card was all about using some scraps. I had a few pieces of this yellow paper left over from another project and they were a perfect fit for a card front. I added a little distressing with some ink and then some peacock crinkled seam binding that I made and vintage-fied the other day. A few buttons that I called it done. :-)Thanks so much for stopping by! :-) Happy hopping!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Unity Ippity - Because of You
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen
Paper: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate; patterned paper by Sassafras
Other: PTI Vintage buttons; twine; crinkled seam binding (my me!)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tea Time

Hi! I just wanted to stop in and share the favors I made for my sorority's mother-daughter tea yesterday. I found this cute tea cup fabric and decided to make some coasters. Here's how those turned out...I love the colors in this fabric. So fun! To package everything up, I included a coaster, a few assorted tea bags, and some chocolates in a large glassine bag. And then wrapped a piece of paper around the package followed by some ribbon and a tag. Here's a couple of them ...I really love that teal paper with the pomegranate ribbon. And here's a closer view of the tags I made. I used the Warm Happiness set for the sentiment and the tea cup and tea bag from Everyday Classics. Well that's all for now. I have a lot to do today to get ready for the week. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Warm Happiness, Everyday Classics
Ink: PTI Chai; SU! Bermuda Bay, Purely Pomegranate
Paper: PTI White; SU! Bermuda Bay designer paper
Other: Ribbon and twine (craft store); glassine bags (PTI)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Circus Circus!

Hey everyone! Hope your Saturday is going great. I have enjoyed a fun day with my mom and some sorority sisters and their moms. More about that in a later post. But the weather is gorgeous and I made a visit to Archivers today! :-)

I wanted to stop in and share the quilt I "whipped up" last weekend that I mentioned yesterday. Seeing as how I waited until the last minute ... 6:30 the night before the 1:30 pm shower ... I kept the pattern super simple and quick & easy to piece. Here's the finished quilt ...It's a 30 x 35" quilt ... a great size for a little one. I used some circus prints from Felicity Miller that I got from Fabritopia for an amazing deal last summer. I added some Michael Miller polka dots, which I wasn't sure about at first, but am so glad that I did. I had *just enough* for these strips and the binding. I think I had like 8" of binding to spare. A close call! Here's a closer view of the focus fabric. You can see below that I used the same blue circus fabric on the back. Super fun print. And this was one of my better binding jobs ... the corners turned out great. And fortunately the all-over-stippling was quick to do given my time crunch. :-)
And even though I was down to the wire, it was worth it since it was a hit and I hear the big brother is trying to claim it as his own! :-) I plan to make some more this summer in various fabrics and color schemes to use up some of my enormous inventory of fabrics and make a little money to buy more fabric! :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with more of my latest creative adventures!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Boy oh Boy!

Hiya! Sorry to be gone a few days ... been busy catching up on some letter shirt orders. But I did get crafty a little bit in between shirts. One of my good friends from college is expecting her second little boy and there was a shower in her honor last weekend. Of course, I had to make a card! :-) Here's what I came up with ...I started with the super fun argyle stamps from Practicing Creativity. (Who knew I'd be able to use a love-themed stamp set for a baby boy shower card!?) The little rocking horse and sentiment are from Amuse's Baby Wishes set. Such fun little images in that set.

I also made a quilt ... I decided about 6:30 the night before to whip one up. A little risky on my part, but it was worth it and I did finish just in the nick of time! I will share it in a post later this week. Its really cute if I do say so myself.

Well, its been a long week and I am dying to ink up some stamps and make some projects, so I will sign off and be back tomorrow! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Key to My Heart (Practicing Creativity); Baby Wishes (Amuse)
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip; PTI Hawaiian Shores, Chai; Copic markers
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Kraft
Other: Satin ribbon (Offray)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Iguana Sew Some More ...

Hi - happy almost Friday! :-) Love Fridays ... especially on the first week back from Spring Break. But I am not here to chat about my crazy week at school ... I am here to share some stinkin' cute fabric! :-)

One of my buds from college likes to get Bibles engraved for her kids and nieces & nephews to celebrate the baby dedications and she always asks me to make a cover for them. This time, it was for a boy so I knew I couldn't use any of the hoards of pink fabrics in my stash. (And by the way ... enough with everyone having a BOY! Almost every pregnant friend I have is having or just recently had a boy. I guess I will have to buy more fabric! LOL)I was going to use a different fabric, but was then inspired by the iguanas on the actual Bible itself, being an Adventure Bible and all. So I decided to finally use this cutie tootie fabric. The design just kind of happened as I went along, but I was digging it ... especially in real life. I wish had gotten a better photo, but I had to give it away tonight so there wasn't much time. Hopefully the youngin' will love it as he gets older.

Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thinking of You

Hiya! The other day I showed you some fun seam binding and mentioned I'd have some projects using it in the future. Well, here's my first one ... using the pretty Peacock color! :-) I went for a vintage vibe on this one. I started by adhering 3 strips of the seam binding along the edge of the background paper. Then I tied another strip in a bow and jazzed it up with a red button and twine. Its hard to tell in the photo, but there's a hint of glitter in the seam binding ribbon.

I used a butterfly from Victorian Scrapworks. I added some foam under the body and wings to give it some movement. I created the red background paper by stamping off on a scrap before stamping on the red. I wanted brown dots, but I wanted them to seem more aged. I think stamping off first worked out nicely.

That little sentiment is cute with the typewriter-y text and the cursive. Its from the Fillable Frames #2 from PTI. I love how simple this card was to create as well as the old, vintage-y feel that it has.

The seam binding is really lightweight and easy-to-tie. It also smushes down easily, which is great for mailing off cards ... a much flatter bow than a thick grosgrain ribbon would give you. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Card stock: PTI Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper: K & Company; Butterfly - Victorian Scrapworks
Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics II, Fillable Frames #2 (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; PTI Chai
Accessories: PTI Pure Poppy button, twine; Kaiser Craft adhesive pearls; seam binding
Other/Tools: edge distresser,
foam tape

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Man Card

Happy Monday! Party's over ... its back to work today. At least I get to ease in with a teacher workday! LOL

Anywho .... today is my bestie's husband's birthday. He's 32 today and he loves mail, so I whipped up a card for him and hopefully he got it today. I am pretty terrible at "man cards" because well, ribbons just aren't right on them. LOL But I did add some vinyl letters to this card because I thought it would be fun and he's worked in a sign shop cutting vinyl in the past so I thought he'd "get it." We'll see. He'll probably be more excited about the gift card inside! :-) I needed something to fill the space on teh sentiment strip, so I added some punctuation points from the alpha set. I think in hindsight, I'd change the happy to be centered and put a dot on either side. But overall I am happy with how this man card came out.

Have a great day back in the grind! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Amuse - Birthday Builder Set
Ink: SU! Garden Green, Going Gray; PTI Chamomile
Paper: PTI White, True Black; My Minds Eye - patterned paper
Accessories: American Crafts - "Sprinkles" Thickers vinyl sticker letters

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Happy Easter! I hope you are getting to rejoice with loved ones this morning! We are celebrating at church with my husband's mom and then headed over to eat lunch with my family. Should be a beautiful day!

I saved my favorite Easter cards for today and they will go to our mothers. They are basically the same, except one has some pearls and the other doesn't and they have different stitching on them.I really love how these turned out. I think the crinkled seam binding and the lace trim really made them special.Well, that's all for now. Thanks so much for stopping by today! :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Verve Everlasting Life
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; PTI Chai, Chamomile
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream; K & Co - Madeline Paper pad
Accessories: PTI - buttons, twine; Melissa Frances - lace trim; Kaiser Craft - pearls; scrunched seam binding; sewing machine

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Seam Binding ...

Hiya! Quick post to let you know that I have four beautiful colors of sparkly scrunched/wrinkled/crinkled seam binding in my Etsy shop. I hope to add more colors in the future if these sell well. I will be back with some projects for these in coming days. :-)

Colors shown (plum, white, fushia, peacock)

Easter Lily

Hey y'all! Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. The weather has been really nice, so we got out and took a walk this morning. Its so fun seeing all the flowers that are popping up throughout the neighborhood.

I have another Easter card to share with you from my card making blitz the other day. I made two of these and they should have made it to their recipients (I hope)! :-)
I used more of that Madeline paper from K & Co and the Verve Everlasting Life set again here. That chunky twill tape is from Frost it Pink and was dyed by Melissa Phillips. I love that stuff. It was a bit thicker than I wanted for bow tying on this one, so I just added some pleats with my sewing machine and some ivory ribbon from Offray. The flower has some glitter so its really much prettier in real life!

I hope you are getting to spend some time with loved one's remembering the reason for this holiday weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Verve Everlasting Life
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; PTI Chai, Chamomile; Copic markers
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream; K & Co Madeline paper pad
Accessories: KaiserCraft - pearls; Distress Stickles in Worn Lipstick; Frost It Pink - tea dyed twill; Offray - satin ribbon

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You #49

Hiya! Been playing around with some sketches this afternoon. I needed to make some more baby thank yous for one of my friends ... her little boy is due in just a few weeks. In fact, I have 3 girlfriends expecting boys this year ... better stop buying pink paper! LOL

I decided to use this week's 2 Sketches 4 You #49 as a jumping off point. You can see the sketch here. Here's my take on it.
I started with some cute Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper that I've been hoarding for way too long. These birdies are too cute! The sentiment and little overall stamp is from Amuse's Baby Wishes set. I just cut them out and added them on with foam tape. Super easy and quick to mass produce. Here's a shot of some of the different papers I used from the 6x6 pad. These are little ... 3.5 x 5 ... a perfect thank you size. Hope my girlfriend enjoys sending them to thank her sweet gift-givers!

Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Amuse - Baby Wishes
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: PTI White, Orange Zest; Basic Grey Lime Rickey patterned paper
Accessories: SU! Old Olive grosgrain; foam tape

More Easter Blessings ...

Happy Thursday y'all! Back again with another Easter blessings card. I really love this Verve Everlasting Life stamp set for Easter cards. Its elegant and I love the fonts used. I stamped the cross on an oval cut with my nesties and then colored it with Copics. The paper is from Melissa Frances and is super springy. I made three of these really quickly and stamped the Psalm 97:1 verse on the insides of them. Hope the recipients will enjoy getting these in the mail in the next day or so. :-)

Hope you are all having an enjoyable week! Thanks for stopping by :-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Verve - Everlasting Life
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Copics; PTI Chai, Chamomile
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream; Melissa Frances patterend paper
Accessories: Offray ribbon; foam tape