Thursday, April 28, 2011

CCCB54 (2)


This is my second entry into the City Crafter Challenge this week, the theme is Mother.

I don't make cards from scraps very often, and that is because I love to buy paper, and I always have something new around. BUT, this time I have made an exception, as the dp is DCWV (Rustic Stack) and I plan to use every single piece I have.

We have been doing some remodeling here - and we have always prided ourselves on a peaceful home, with all the coziness you can imagine. Now it is just noise and mess ! We will be so glad when it is all done, someday....

Cardstock - DCWV, Recollections
Design Paper - DCWV,
Images - Art Cult and Land of Enchantment etsy shops
Pearls - Recollections
Lettering - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - My Mind's Eye, Delta, Recollections
Stickles - Ranger
Tulle, lace, jewelry cording - stash


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Papercraft Star 43


Papercraft Star
Challenge 43 Opens Today
!! Here is our inspiration photo...

Now, this looks like my kind of party !! Lots of candy - just like we used to buy at the candy store when I was a little girl.

Link up your submissions this week in order to be eligible for our drawing from The Scrapbooking Cottage this month ! Submissions close on Sunday at 9 pm, Eastern US.

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, Crate Paper
Sticker and border - Crate Paper
Chipboard - Bo Bunny
Cupcakes - Recollections
Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Sizzix


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CCCB54, Card Patterns 112


Here is a bright cheerful card for Mother's Day !

The sketch is the weekly sketch from Card Patterns. City Crafter has a "mom" requirement. So I combined the two, since they sorta fit together.

I am thinking I will give this to Spencer for his mom, and he will probably make one himself too. He loves to crank the cuttlebug, so I have LOTS of "samples" !!

Can you even buy laser cuts any more ? The sunflowers came from an unused craft book, from about 2000. I only saved this old book because I actually thought they would be good for Mother's Day.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Design Paper - DCWV
Button - American Crafts
Metal letters - Making Memories
Jewelry cording and lace - stash
Laser cut - Hot off the Press


Monday, April 25, 2011



Hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and ate a little chocolate !!

This week at CR8FN these '50s colors are the color challenge. Now I know most of you don't recall the 1950's, just because you weren't around yet ! But trust me, these are the colors of that day.

Cardstock - Martha Stewart
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Ribbon, punch, blue sentiment paper - Martha Stewart
Glitter Brad - Bo Bunny
Button brad and lace - Stash
Die Cuts - Tim Holtz
Cuttlebug folder


Friday, April 22, 2011

Skipping Stones 73


Skipping Stones Design has this charming sketch for us this week. Generally I manage to get a little closer to the actual sketch, but somehow this one got away from me.

I free hand cut the heart from some packaging, and attached the sentiment with the fleur de lis brad, it flips out.

A quick fun card to make.

Design Paper - K & Co, Graphic 45, DCWV
Postcard - Colorbok
Stamps - Tim Holtz
#4 - Tim Holtz
Brad and Jewelry Cording - stash
Cuttlebug folder


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tutorial at Papercraft Star


Today for my tutorial at Papercraft Star we are going to make your own hole reinforcement labels. This is so simple, and you can make enough for your lifetime in about 20 minutes !

What you will need are: a package of white reinforcement labels, colored ink, black ink, some fun border stamps (I used a Recollections assortment) and I used a Tim Holtz applicator.

Shmoosh the colored ink all over the page of labels. You don't have to be precise, as it looks more vintage or artistic if you have some color variation.

Take your border stamp, and stamp across one row of reinforcers. Vary the stamps all the way down the page.

How easy was that ! I have been using these for quite a while now, and I see that Tim Holtz has just come out with his own variation. Yours will look every bit as good as his, and as unique as you are. Plus, you just spent about 99 cents on 900 labels, wow !

You can use these for mini albums, tags and behind brads.

Thanks for stopping by today !


Wednesday, April 20, 2011



City Crafter Challenge this week is highlighting tri-fold cards. Who doesn't like these - they are really special, aren't they.

I never know how or why things end up the way they do - this started somewhere completely different, and just meandered on its way to this. The map is from The House Across the Bay, my favorite digital shop, and each map on this sheet is really cool.

I cannot get a song out of my head, it has been weeks now I have been singing to myself "lawyers guns and money" - that was kind of the inspiration for this card.

Map - The House Across the Bay
Cardstock - Coredinations, Recollections
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, My Minds Eye, something else really old
Sentiments - Heartwarmingvintage
Metal holder - K & Co
Stamps, journey medallion - Tim Holtz
Ink - Versamark
Brad hook - Karen Foster


Papercraft Star 42


Papercraft Star is celebrating Earth Day this week, and requiring something recycled. Other than using scraps for a card, flowers are just about the easiest thing you can do to recycle on a card.

This particular flower was made from a chocolate box liner. Very easy, and a nice texture when completed. Just randomly cut circles (or ovals) from the liner, punch a hole in the middle for a brad, and curl the petals. This is about a 3 minute flower, but only if you spend a lot of time foofing and mashing it up.

In Oregon recycling or repurposing is second nature, and isn't given any thought any more. It is assumed that is how we live our lives. Even our recycling center is beautiful - and includes a wedding chapel, gardens, and a life-sized rhino. Not much goes to the landfill here.

Link up your creations celebrating Earth Day, at Papercraft Star. You have until Sunday at 9pm, Eastern US time - see you there !!!

Happy Easter - Happy Earth Day - Happy Spring to you all !!

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Prima
Images - The House Across the Bay etsy shop, The Graphics Fairy
Bird sticker - K & Co
Bling - Recollections
Punch - EK Success
Pearls & Ribbon - Stash


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Card Patterns 111


Card Patterns gave us this sketch for this week. I haven't done a masculine card for a while, and DCWV just came out with the most amazing book, called Tattered Time. I ripped that book from the shelf so quickly, and every single page of it lends itself to something in my imagination.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Dom has been named "Captain Hook" this Sunday by our Spencer, and they are enjoying some tv time together while I post.

Cardstock and lettered paper - Jenni Bowlin
Kraft Cardstock - Recollections
Tag paper and ruler - DCWV
Stamp, posts, tape, grunge board- Tim Holtz
Jewelry cording , eyelet and token - stash
Screw brads - Recollections
Ink - Versamark, Ranger Distress
Washers - Hub's junk stash


Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday's Executive Reveal !!


Our color challenge this week at Papercraft Star is to use one or more of these fabulous colors to make an Easter Card !!

I love this pink !!

The bunny/girl image came from The House Across The Bay - Rilly has a bunch of great Easter images for, well, next to nothing cost-wise.

This card was made almost exclusively from scraps, and only took a few minutes to make. Ok, well like 60 minutes...

Still time to link up your submissions at Papercraft Star - you have until 9pm Sunday (Eastern US).

Image - The House Across the Bay etsy shop
Cardstock - Coredinations, Recollections
Design Paper - K & Co, Bo Bunny
Brad - Bo Bunny
Hand dyed seam binding - Hug Snug
Pearls - Kaisercraft


Thursday, April 14, 2011



Happy Birthday week over at City Crafters ! They are celebrating their first year out here in card bloggy land. I didn't make it to their very first challenge, but I was there for the second one, an easel card. Since then I have managed 15 Spotlight Artists awards, and two wins. AND thank you to my lady friends at CCCB for the win last week - I was really surprised !!

So, their challenge this week is a birthday card, with a Sylvia Nelson
creation as our inspiration. I chose the pearls and embossing as my inspiration.

A very easy and simple card, not a lot of rah rah, but something I hope will be meaningful !

Oh, and the purple is just because I always seem to think 'purple' when I participate at CCCB, I dunno what that is all about !

Purple paper on ribbon slide - The House Across the Bay
Cardstock - Coredinations, Recollections
Pearls - Recollections
Sentiment - computer generated
Tag - stash
Jewelry cording - stash
Ribbon - Stash
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Ribbon Slide - Spellbinders


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Card Patterns 110


First of all, a shout out to Card Patterns, who put me in their top 6 last week ! Thank you so very much !! This week Card Patterns has the above sketch for their challenge.

I used some more of the little pins I made this past week.

Dom says we are skipping spring here in Oregon, as the rain continues on and endlessly on - but he has forgotten this IS spring !

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Prima, My Minds Eye
Stamp - Unknown Christmas stamp
Pearls - Recollections
Pins - hand made
Hand dyed seam binding - Hug snug
Ink - Versafine
Punch - Martha Stewart


Monday, April 11, 2011



The color challenge at CR84FN this week - pink, black, cream.

I did a couple of different things (for me) on this card. 1) I crimped the black background paper. 2) I made a pin 3) I created my own paper design (the wording on the band beneath the lace.) Easy card, very simple.

Cardstock - Recollections
Pink design paper - Anna Griffin
Leafy design paper - s-e-i
Pink striped paper (with sentiment) - made by janet etsy shop
Frame - K & Co
Key - K & Co
Flower - Recollections
Punches - ek success, Martha Stewart
Ribbon, lace, brads - stash


Friday, April 8, 2011

CCCB 51 (2)


I LOVED the City Crafter challenge this week, I had to make one more. The requirements are - thinking of you/get well with something digital !

The colors aren't showing up quite right here, as the green bling is much closer to the green color on the paper than it looks. Isn't that flowered s*e*i paper gorgeous - I took a book right out of the cart the store was using to put things in stock.

The digital part of the card requirements are in the two purple papers behind the sentiment. Those are from The House Across the Bay, and brand new in Rilly's shop. She has some grunge papers that are so bright and colorful they are instant cheeriness for the winter-fatigued soul.

The little flower is a couple of punched out circles, and one little teeny petal on top, covered in stickles.

Very simple design, and a simple card. The only difficulty I had was with the piercing punch - yikes that was difficult to line up. The card itself didn't require much else !

Digital backgrounds - The House Across the Bay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - sei
Brad, ribbon, bling - stash
Punches - ek success
Stickles - Tim Holtz


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TKJ 13


I am totally passionate about NOT cleaning - I hate to clean.

The Kraft Journal has a "spring cleaning" challenge this week.

So, this is the truth about spring here

really? spring again? how about if we clean this fall, after we close the windows again? wait until Thanksgiving, and just clean it all at one time ... right before the Christmas trees go up ...

my one regret about not being wealthy - no servants...

Rilly over at The House Across The Bay pumped out this image for me this morning, as I was in urgent need of a cleaning picture. She says it will be available in her Etsy shop soon. Thanks, Rilly !!

Soap image - The House Across the Bay
Design paper - My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey
Punch - EK Success
Alpha stickers - Cosmo Cricket
Clothes pins - @ the Office
Ink - Ranger




Another dreary day here in Oregon, and a few more to come before we welcome some sun.

The ladies at City Crafter Challenge awarded me another of their Artist Spotlights for last week's entry - Thank you all so very very much !!! Very much appreciated.

This week City Crafter Challenge must be a 'thinking of you/get well' theme, with something digital. Both my tag and the music paper are digital downloads ! I love this idea so much I do believe I will have to make at least one more for this challenge, sometimes those themes are hard, and sometimes they just flood your brain, huh.

The lace on this card is undoubtedly true vintage, as I purchased it in a bag with some very old stuff, from an antique store. The seam binding is threaded through it.

Also of note on here is the little resin fairy. I had one of these last year on a card that generated a lot of interest. I got them in a clearance bin at my Ben Franklin for 25 cents each. I still have a few left, and they will probably pop out again here soon ! I added some Rock Candy distress stickles to her, just in case a fairy wasn't sparkly enough.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Melissa Francis, K & Co, Crafty Secrets
Digital images - madebyjanet Etsy shop
Fairy - Accent Designs
Rock Candy Stickles - Tim Holtz
Pin - Tim Holtz
Ribbon, lace, flower - stash
Sentiment - TPC
Hand dyed seam binding - Hug Snug


Monday, April 4, 2011



Well how about these colors for a color challenge ! CR84FN is throwing this one out to us this week....

I know I have never used these three colors together before, but I really like how it all turned out.

This is a hodge podge of a bunch of brands, sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't !

I found that Michael's is now selling a book of "plastic paper", which is what I used behind the sentiment. It doesn't cut very well with die cuts, but close enough that I could scissor the rest out. That was also run through the cuttlebug. I found I was holding onto a lot of old packaging in order to reuse it for just this sort of thing, but this paper is much easier to work with.

The flower is just a bunch of loose petals and a circle punch that I already had laying about the place, so I inked them and mashed them together with a brad.

Had a lot of fun making this one, hope you like it !

Kraft Cardstock - MME
Brown metallic cardstock - Recollections
Leaf DP - DCWV
Green DP - Cosmo Cricket
Sentiment - American Crafts
Flower - stash
Brad - Recollections
Plastic paper - Recollections
Ribbon - Stash
Pearls - a most welcome gift from Tracy !
Cuttlebug folder


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Card Patterns 109


A simple card for the sketch over at Card Patterns this week.

Blue and brown is such a pretty combo for a card. I used an oval here from The House Across the Bay, and an old but still gorgeous book of paper from DCWV, the Linen Closet. The flowered paper has glitter...

Oval paper - The House Across the Bay
Card Stock - Recollections
Design Paper - DCWV
Stamp - Michael's $1 bin
Pearls & jewelry cording - stash
Brad - Recollections
Flowers - Recollections


Friday, April 1, 2011


To begin with - I took a pic of the weeping cherry Dom planted last year. Isn't it beautiful. Just as we had hoped it would turn out.

Thank you City Crafter ladies for last week's spotlight award - winning awards never gets old, and they are appreciated so much !!

And on to City Crafter's challenge this week - where the theme is 'celebrate good times' with a banner requirement, or the word 'Party". Well, let's just say, if I could do this I would have a party !!

Both of the stamps, dream big and the unicyclist, come from Michael's $1 bin - pretty nice, huh ! Love cheap, love fun... and I don't mind looking through those bins for a treasure, as I always find one (or two).

Have a wonderful weekend !

Kraft cardstock - Recollections
Design paper - K & Co
Striped brown paper, and background circle paper - The House Across the Bay
Journal paper - Sabrina Zanetti
Stamps - Michael's $1 bin
Banner - Cassie's Creations
Brad - Bo Bunny
Jewelry cording - stash
Punched Circles
Top punch - EK Success


Card Patterns 108, PPA 87


Card Patterns
' sketch this week - well this card actually made itself. I am not sure I was even in the room when it was born !

I also am entering this into Pals Paper Arts challenge, which is all about punches.

I really enjoy making masculine cards. I don't feel like they need a pic of a guy, or some argyle, fishing rods, golf clubs or angles. When I was a girl I always had such a difficult time buying a card for my Dad, as he was none of those things. No one made cards showing a dad reading his Bible or taking kids swimming.

So, now I have a ball making things I think most men would like, without being too mushy or trite. Hope you like it !

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Graphic 45, Basic Grey
Circle punches
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Ink - Ranger distress
Clock, hands, token and film strip - Tim Holtz
That is all it took !