Friday, December 31, 2010

CCCB 37 (2)


As 2010 comes to a close, we in America still find ourselves at war. Not often in my lifetime, if ever, has there been a New Year's Eve where we did not pray for peace.

In my youth it was my peers who died in such great numbers, and now my friends' children, and my children's friends.

Some say we can find peace within ourselves.

As mothers we can become the greatest forces of all for peace - teaching our children love and tolerance, accepting differences, playing fair, telling the truth, performing secret acts of kindness with never a whisper to others.

Let us take one step closer to peace by being the best we can be in 2011.


This card is linked to City Crafter Challenge.

Papercraft Star 26 !


I don't do birthday cards very often, and I think it is because I love to have someone special in mind before I make it. But sometimes, well people in my life want a card to give to someone else, so I must replenish the stash that was completely dissipated over the holidays. Two of my sisters-in-law walked out the door with a box under each arm, filled with the cards I made during 2010, as did my BFF. I figured I had made about 230, based on my posts, so those girlies had a fine old time picking them out ! They did leave me about ten orphans, and I have no sentiment attached to those poor fellas - they will be "chopped" and used again !

Hope you enjoyed today's Executive reveal - remember to link up at Papercraft Star before noon tomorrow to be eligible for both the weekly and monthly prizes !!

Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red
DSP: Love Story

Jewelry cording
Rub-on sentiment: American Crafts


Thursday, December 30, 2010



My daughter gave me some incredible gcd studios paper for Christmas, and I am afraid I did not do it the justice it deserves here.

Nevertheless, in the spirit of full disclosure and at the risk of being thought of as less than perfect, I am still going to enter it into City Crafter's stamp challenge this week.

Can you see what I got for Christmas ? Yup a new sewing machine, and I am lovin' it.

Oh you CCCB ladies - thank you for the Artist Spotlight Award again last week !!! I have 11 on my "mantel" now, and I am darned proud of each and every single one. Being judged kindly by your peers never grows old.

Well, I didn't do so hot this time, but I will get back to work, and see what I can come up with and try it again. Have a wonderful day, and Happy New Year !!


Sunday, December 26, 2010



Aren't they just gorgeous ~ two of my three favorite guys!

Hope you had an incredible Christmas, as we did. Now to clean it all up !!

It was so nice to spend the week preparing for Christmas while my blog kind of took care of itself with the Papercraft Star blog hop !

The winner of a gift voucher to My Favorite Things is...


Lynne, leave me a note here and the prize is yours, but claim it by Wednesday 12/29 !!

We have a whole new year of challenges for you at Papercraft Star - some great sketches, some fabulous prizes and sponsors, and more inspiration from our gifted team of designers. Hope to see you there !


Thursday, December 23, 2010



Aspen is the perfect "city" for this week's challenge at City Crafter. This golden picture is our inspiration for a vintage card - isn't it just so cozy looking !

I chose a G45 Santa for the image, and a wide range of paper - coredinations, Cosmo Cricket, Flower Soft, Basic Grey. The type is Tim Holtz, of course.

I think it looks pretty rich looking, and hey, that is Aspen too !

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas ! I see a box that looks suspiciously like a tripod under the tree, hmmmm.... Spencer told us that Santa was still up at the north pole, getting ready to bring him his Handy Manny Speedboat, which we had no idea at all that he wanted, and started one of those wild Christmas shopping panics as we searched for it.

Merry Merry to you !


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Blog Hop


Merry Merry Merry !!

We are so happy you could join us for this special event, sponsored by Catherine Pooler! You should have arrived at my blog from our down under talent, Liz, if that is not where you arrived from, then please join us at Papercraft Star to start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss a thing! You must be a follower of Papercraft Star, visit all the blogs and comment in order to be entered to win our fantastic Grand Prize!

During this hop we hope that you'll find a wealth of inspiration among the beautiful projects our Designers have created especially for you! To add to the fun, we've got fabulous prizes along the way at many of our Designer's blogs and you'll be entered to win a full month subscription to Club InBox by our generous sponsor Catherine Pooler, if you visit every blog and leave a comment with all of our Designers! You have until midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday December 25, 2010 to leave all your comments and be entered to win the Grand Prize. We'll draw the winners of the prizes and announce them beginning Sunday December 26, 2010.

To win a $10 voucher to My Favorite Things, here at chai tea 'n me, you MUST qualify by doing the following:

1) become a follower, or let me know you already are

AND 2) leave me a comment telling me your Christmas Eve tradition(s).

Gotta have both !

Happy Holidays to you and yours and thank you again for joining us for the Papercraft Star Tags of Christmas Blog Hop, your next stop on the hop is the beautiful and talented Kristina !

Stampin' Up !
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Love Story Designer Series Paper
Crochet Trim, Tinsel Trim & 1.8" Black Taffeta Ribbon

other products:
Library pocket - Kraft Outlet
Image - Tim Holtz
Stamp - craftsmart
Distress Ink - Ranger
Brads: unknown (purchased at Eyelet Factory)


Friday, December 17, 2010

CCCB 35 (2)


Oddly, I found some unexpected time this week, and since I haven't done as much "for fun" work lately, I thought another entry into City Crafter was completely and absolutely necessary. I am also entering this into the new Kraft Journal challenge that ends today.

Today is very crisp and clear here in Eugene - not a really typical winter day, but so lovely. It reminds me of the kind of wintery days I experienced when I lived in Minnesota - except of course, not THAT cold ! Brilliant blue sky. How thankful I am that I live in a moderate climate, whew !!

And now, back to work.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Papercraft Star 25 Now Open !!!


Welcome to Papercraft Star 25 !

Our challenge this week was a photo inspiration, which you can see on my left hand side bar. I don't do dainty little cards very often, so this one surprised me ! It just sorta turned out that way.

Our Senior Design Team is being sponsored all month by Catherine Pooler and her Stampin' Up products. If you have never tried them, drop in on Catherine and have a look - just about the very highest quality of paper and ribbon you could find I think !!

Link up between now and Saturday noon at Papercraft Star ! See you there.

Cardstock - Stampin' Up, Cherry Cobbler, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Paper - Stampin' Up, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Ribbon - Stampin'Up, Certainly Celery Satin
Brads - Recollection
Paper Clips
Swirl and tag - K & Co
Embossing powder
Stamp of unknown origin
Punch - Martha Stewart


Tuesday, December 14, 2010



I have barely had a moment to get out a card here, but I just HAD to get in on City Crafter this week as their challenge is Kraft ! My newest love.

I am just all about the tags right now - I know you all will understand as you have, no doubt, gone through a similar phase.
It grips you, and you just gotta run with it, for as long as it takes, huh. And Kraft, and tags, well they are a true marriage.

My BFF came over and helped me with my photography - Rufina is such an incredible photographer, and with her help I could see results right away. It is funny that you start out making cards, but if you don't become competent with your photos you can't progress along the way.

For her Christmas gift this year I let Rufina go through all of the cards I have accumulated (that are still at home) and keep as many as she wanted. Her husband told me that was very generous, but the truth is, after I photograph them the thrill is pretty much gone ! (I know you know exactly what I mean here !!!) I am not so sure Dan knew what I meant though...

What are you giving your BFF this year ?

Stop in at CCCB if you haven't ever been there, one of my most favorite challenge sites EVER and some truly lovely ladies who brighten my day every time I post there !!!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas is almost here !


I sure do love Christmas ! It used to be my obsession, prior to my paper of course !

Today I hosted a little luncheon for some lady friends, including my blogger friend, Susan.

My daughter cooked a marvelous meal, zucchini spaghetti, green beans, and london broil, followed by a creme brulee.

Now the kitchen is clean, and tomorrow is the next of our parties, an open house for my husband's coworkers.

We have a busy week ahead, with two more sit down dinners planned for next weekend, and an afternoon tea if I can fit it in without exhaustion.

Hope your season is also merry merry ! I hope to be back with a card or too real soon.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Papercraft Star 24 Now Open !!!


Our challenge this week was to create a project from something we recycled.

Everyone in Oregon recycles, there is never another thought about it. Oregon was the first state to pass a bottle bill, over 30 years ago, and our children don't know any other way. If we don't recycle, then we re-purpose!

This is a gift bag originally given to my by my oral surgeon - it was filled with gauze, pills and instructions. As I flitted out the door dangling my oh so charming, silver embossed bag I felt quite beautiful - except for the Novocaine induced drool, lopsided face and gauze packed jaw. Now it will become a gift for another.

I have not used the Stampin' Up products before, and I loved the paper, and that lace, isn't it fabulous.

Check out our challenge this week ! Link up your submissions - I am dying to see what everyone creates with this fun challenge !! Submissions close on Saturday, noon (Eastern,USA). See you there !


Stampin' Up Old Olive Cardstock, Autumn Traditions Specialty Paper, Victoria Crochet Trim
Recollections - Green brad
K & Co - paper for flower
Liquid Pearls
Westrim Crafts - sentiment tag
Recycled bag


Sunday, December 5, 2010

More Kraft Journal


While I was making invitations for our open house I realized I should probably get some photos in the Kraft Journal challenge. One, never let a project leave the house without being photographed ! Two, if it fits a challenge, enter it !

These invitations are being hand delivered to people in my husband's office.

The envelope is simply kraft paper scored and embossed. Very very simple and plain. I wrote on it with white Gelly Pen, and added this darling closure, a treble clef paper clip I bought at Staples. (Thanks to Tracy who turned me on to those !)

The envelope that holds the invitation is a library card envelope I purchased at Kraft Outlet, one of my best purchases EVER, perfect invite holder. I did different colors and different stamps on each one. The black color is Ranger paint dauber, smooshed across the paper a couple times. I stamped and embossed with gold detail power, added some distress inking around the edges, and added some stickles. (I have an invitation inside of it)

The invitation itself was done in Word, cut, punched, rounded edges, then a texture fade with distress ink stamped all over it, and inked edges. I added a little ribbon pull.

Everything is covered in a mist of Marshmallow, and then Gold Glimmer Mist.

Doing different colors and stamps on each card envelope made the task much less boring.

I am so pleased with how they came out. Hopefully the guests will enjoy them too !!

Spencer is visiting today - hearing a (barely) 3 year old trying to say "Abominable Snowman" is pretty hilarious....


Saturday, December 4, 2010



Oh dear, it is getting really close now to Christmas, and any cards I make must already have a destination. Our parties start next week, and my lovely home is still not QUITE ready, ok not at all ...

City Crafter Challenge
has a Blue Christmas theme this week - therefore I named my little snow fella Elvis in His Later Years. A little chunky in a white jump suit, with a scarf to throw to the ladies. I don't quite remember an orange nose, but then again, I didn't see him up close, or at all for that matter.

Ok, off to do breakfast with Dom, and then back for some major housework...

Have a wonderful weekend. GO DUCKS !!! Win today, and on to the National Championship!!!


Friday, December 3, 2010

More Papercraft Star Challenge 23


Part of Papercraft Star's new daily format is to include an extra tidbit from our Executive Committee each Thursday. This week it is my turn ! (though I don't know why Beth, Kristina and I thought we needed one more thing to do, lol !!) Well, it is ALL for you, dear readers ...

You can see the challenge details on my sidebar.

This week I made use of one of Kraft Outlet's darling little bags (official name, Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag). I stamped the bag, added the Melissa Frances paper, popped up the oval "tag", and added the NOEL tag with a little bling brad. The tag itself (made from kraft cardstock) was stamped, and highlighted with a white Gelly Roll pen. I did a little paper piercing around it, added the Santa and another bling brad. Everything got a little Ranger Ink on the edges, and some edge Stickles here and there.

Everything took about half an hour to make, so it was pretty quick for me ! I usually agonize over it all for hours, lol... Very simple, but I think a lot of fun. I especially loved combining the Santa with the perfect stamp !!

Bag and Tag paper - Kraft Outlet
Paper - Melissa Frances
Images - Making Memories
Stamps - Recollections
Distress Ink, Stickles - Tim Holtz
Ink - Versafine
Brads - stash
Jewelry cording - stash


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Challenge 23 at Papercraft Star !!


Welcome to Papercraft Star Challenge #23 !

We are in our final week of goodies from Kraft Outlet, and this is what I have happening !

I have really enjoyed this past month working with these products, seems like I cannot get enough Kraft.

Head on over to Papercraft Star for this week's challenge (see my sidebar for the requirements), link it up and go back to vote in our public voting booth. Submissions close noon on Saturday !!

and for the small print...

All paper tags - Kraft Outlet
Ranger Inks, fragments, stickles, safety pin, grunge frame, metal clasp, acrylic paint - Tim Holtz
Background paper - Melissa Francis
Paper in frames - Graphic 45
Blessings - Making Memories
Bling - Recollections
Cuttlebug folder
Stamps - Inkadinkado, Recollections
Ribbon - HugSnug seam binding
Brads - Recollections, Tim Holtz, stash
Fibers - Stash

Monday, November 29, 2010

365 Cards - recipe, and Kraft Journal


I have two challenges for this card - once in a while two challenges actually fit !

365 Cards had a blog hop vintage recipe card due today - this consisted of finding the ten items during a week long blog hop. Lots and Lots of fun there !
The ingredients were:

5 x 5 card - check
Button - check
Lace - check
Stick Pin - check, Gloria taught me how to do this !!
Dimensional sticker - check, white bird
Die Cut - check, metal tree
Stamp - check, on tag
Stitching - check, ok faux, courtesy of my Cuttlebug !
Paper piercing - check, 3 in each corner
Distressing - check

Very challenging to put everything in there !

My second challenge submission is at the Kraft Journal, where we can enter anything with Kraft cardstock. This is a brand new challenge, and comes from one of my favorite suppliers, and that is Kraft Outlet. This whole card was inspired by that one little tag envelope I purchased there.

Stop in at both of these blogs, you will love them !




Good morning to you !!

The winner of the prize for stopping at my blog (and following my directions !!) is


Leave me a comment here, Melissa, with your email address, (or at to collect your prize !

Thank you all for participating in the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving hop - we have really enjoyed meeting you and hearing your stories.

Be sure to return to Papercraft Star on Wednesday for our next challenge - if you love tags like I do this is a great one !!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Papercraft Star - Turkey Blog Hop


Welcome to the First Annual Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Blog Hop Week sponsored by My Favorite Things. Our Designers have come together to celebrate this special holiday by creating projects inspired by Thanksgiving and all that we are thankful for in our lives, including you!

We are so happy you could join us for this special event! You should have arrived at my blog from Kristina's, if that is not where you arrived from, then please join us at Papercraft Star to start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss a thing! You must be a follower of Papercraft Star, visit all the blogs and comment in order to be entered to win our fantastic Grand Prize!

During this special week of Thanksgiving we hope that you'll find a wealth of inspiration among the beautiful projects our Designers have created especially for you! To add to the fun, we've got fabulous prizes along the way at many of our Designer's blogs and you'll be entered to win our fantastic $25.00 Gift Certificate by our generous sponsor My Favorite Things, if you visit every blog and leave a comment with all of our Designers! You have until midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday November 27, 2010 to leave all your comments and be entered to win the Grand Prize. We'll draw the winners of the prizes and announce them beginning Sunday November 28, 2010.

Here, at Chai Tea N Me I will be offering a $10 gift certificate to My Favorite Things also !!

All you have to do is
1)leave me a comment saying you have become a follower (or already are one!), and

2) tell me a favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition and

3) return on 11/28 to see if you are a winner !

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank you again for joining us for the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop, your next stop on the hop is Tracy - she is sure to have a lovely treat for you !!

Cardstock : Recollections (Michaels house brand)
Stamps : Recollections
Paper: K & Co
White Pen : Gelly Roll
Leaves: Recollections
Ribbon, Button, Tulle, Brad, Jewelry cording: Stash
Flower: Tim Holtz die


City Crafter - Guest Designer !!


I am so very excited to be the Guest Designer this week at City Crafter Challenge !! I have played at this challenge blog A LOT - and the lovely ladies who make up their design team are wonderful !!

Kirsty has chosen the city theme of Seattle, and some coffee cups as inspiration.

I love Seattle ! In fact I lived in Bellevue, one of Seattle's bedroom communities during my high school years.

This is one beautiful city - water to the right and water to the left, floating bridges (much more scary to look at than to cross, honestly), the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, and so much of the old city has been saved. Of course, everyone thinks of the rain !! Yes, it does rain a bit in Seattle, but in actuality, Portland Oregon gets far more rain each year and somehow escaped the bad reputation.

Part of why I love the rain so much is that I grew up in Vancouver BC, and then Washington - and when it rains it takes me right back to those beautiful incredible places.

Coffee - of course, one of Seattle's most notable industries !

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and take a few minutes to head on over to City Crafter and play with us !!

Cardstock - Recollections, Bazzill
Paper - DCWV
Letter tag paper - Paper Pizazz
Large brown brad - MME
Coffee image - Google images
Ribbon and small black brads - stash


365 Cards - Sketch Sunday


Awoke this morning to snow - which I know is no big deal in the midwest, but here, wow. No snow removal equipment in our town, since it does snow so seldom. So, since I cannot make it out to the scrap stores, I must nap !!

This is a submission to 365 Cards, for their sketchy Sunday this week.

One wonderful thing about 365 Cards (of many wonderful things !) is that I have made some lovely friends there. I met an amazing artist at 365 Cards, who turned out to live less than 3 miles from my house !! What are the chances !!

Susan had me to her very cool retro 50's home for lunch this past week, where she fixed me a scrumptious omelet, and muffins - and of course we talked cards ! Oh my, she has some real art in her work, so detailed, so very interesting, all the little nuances.

Susan spent time helping me learn how to stamp a little better, and here are the results, at least so far ! It is only fitting I submit it to 365 Cards, right ?

And again - thank you Susan for the super meal and fellowship, and the stamping knowledge tossed in too ! Stop over and visit her blog - you will be so very glad you did.


Monday, November 22, 2010

365 Cards - Vintage Hat Pin


I just haven't made enough Christmas cards yet ! Oddly, I have Christmas paper to supply an entire scrap shop, but once again, I use something else. Alas, oh alas...

365 Cards
is in the midst of a wonderful vintage blog hop, with lots of cool things going on. Today Gloria has given us a hat pin requirement. I used a Tim Holtz pin, and filled it with glitter and Glossy Accents, just like Gloria taught me to do a couple of months ago !

Lots of stickles and glitter, and I made my own bingo card. I have a standard plain bingo card I made in Excel, and all I do is change up the colors, the font, and the sentiment - and voila - it is done. No one has noticed it is always the same numbers, right ?? lol


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tuesday Taggers - Peace, Joy, Love


Where is the time going ? I haven't done nearly as many cards as I would have liked, ok, like only about 10% of what I want to do !! So, today I decided to visit a site that Tracy frequents each week, Tuesday Taggers, and their challenge is to use one of the words, Peace, Joy or Love. This is my first visit to Tuesday Taggers, and I hope I can return often !!

Maybe some snow tonight or tomorrow night here in the Willamette Valley - that is most unusual for us, not just this time of year, but any year !! Ok, well we do get snow maybe every other year for a day...

Things are bustling around here, getting ready for Thanksgiving, and then CHRISTMAS !! We have done a little bit of shopping already, and have been having such a good time planning our parties and trees. Today I made some almond rocca - everyone's favorite candy. YUM !


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Papercraft Star 22


Another week at Papercraft Star, and here is what I have this time. The challenge was tough, a lot of things on it, bling, a handmade embellishment, a ribbon, a die cut, a Christmas tree - whew !!

I don't usually tell you a whole lot about my cards, since they are pretty obvious (I think) but this time ....

Our sponsor this whole month has been Kraft Outlet, and do I ever love these products !! Today I used quite a bit of it.

The "tag" envelope is actually one of their envelopes, just sealed, then cut very close to the left side. I punched part of a circle into it. Luckily that gorgeous postcard, also from Kraft Outlet, fit in it perfectly !!

I scored the background paper with my wonderful MS scorer, love that puppy. The handmade embellishment is the flower I die-cut from TH's flower die-cut - two requirements in one !! Hey, wait a minute - and bling in the center, that makes three in one !!

The postcard I put a "stamp" (aka, rub-on) on, doesn't it look so real. And I filled in the words Post Card in bronze glitter pen. Stuck a little bling brad on top the top, and hand wrote the message.

Everything I double inked, first with the Ranger Mustard Seed, followed by Ranger Vintage Photo.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this particular challenge, and a lot more time playing with it!
It looks fairly simple and straight forward after all of that, but I hope you like it ! One of my most favorite Christmas cards EVER !!

Challenge is open now, until noon on Saturday - I would love to see what you do with this one !!

Supply list:
Postcard, envelope, cardstock - Kraft Outlet
Patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket
Paper in charm - Flower Soft
Flower patterned paper - Graphics 45
Tree stamp - Inkadinkado
Postage stamp rub-on - Royal & Langnickel
Brads, arrow, picture charm, fiber, ribbon, jewelry cord - stash
Distress Inks - Ranger
Loop punch around - Martha Stewart


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kraft Outlet !

This week, Kraft Outlet is offering an exclusive discount for our readers at Papercraft Star.... shop now and receive 15 percent off your total order at the Kraft Outlet! To claim your discount all you need to do is use the voucher code STAR15 at check out! This savings won't last long, so hurry and get your shopping on!

This offer from Kraft Outlet is so exciting that we also wanted to give you a special treat from Papercraft Star as well! A fantastic tutorial using Kraft Outlet products!

The tutorial, created by our Senior DT member, Tracy, is for a Christmas scrapbook mini album based on a design by Laura Dennison. Information about her YouTube channel can be found in the video. The album was created with several products carried by our November Design Team sponsor, Kraft Outlet, owned by Babette Switzer. The first video is a step-by-step tutorial for the actual construction of the album. The second is a more detailed page by page look at the completed album. The Kraft Outlet products used in this album made it's construction a breeze. We encourage you to visit the store and browse through the great crafty items Babette has in stock and don't forget to enter STAR15 at checkout to receive your 15 percent off discount... pass the word!

Monday, November 15, 2010



Hey everyone -

Our new design team has been announced at Papercraft Star. This will go into effect during the first week of December, along with our new format !

Please stop over at Papercraft Star and see what we have coming up, and say hello to our new team members. Lots of talent. !!!!!!!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wedding mini


Ok, a big bunch of stuff here today, huh !

First, my fall tree is up and lit. I apologize for the lousy picture, but I really need my bff who is an excellent photographer to come over and take a good photo for me.

Rufina, my bff for many many years, is preparing for her only daughter's wedding on Saturday, and she has more important things on her mind. But I will get her over here so you can see how pretty this really is.

So, this is my very first mini, and it turned out pretty ok. I made it of course, for Rufina's daughter, and I hope she will love it as much as I loved making it for her.

I told my pal Ira today I was totally stealing her idea for a little scroll - I just didn't know I would do it this soon ! The wedding invitation was vellum, well the inside was, and I rolled it up and put it on the cover. Thanks, Ira !! It sure added a lot of personalization I think.

There are some tags I didn't pull out to photograph, as I knew this would be a picture heavy post, but if you know me, you know there is often a hidden tag somewhere !!

Have a wonderful day !!