Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Kirsty !


Happy Birthday Kirstie !

The founder of City Crafters Challenge, Kirstie has given us all a lot of pleasure in the past year + ! One of my favorite challenges out there, Kristie is responsible for the hard work behind the scenes. Now if you haven't been over to visit her charming blog, clicky here, and get in your weekly submission !

Hope you are having a wonderful day, Kirstie ! A surprise blog hop, what will those ladies think of next.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Papercraft Star 47


Hi ! Welcome to today's Executive Reveal at Papercraft Star. This is our last week with most of our Design Team - we will sure miss Angi, Jen and Cecilia. Meanwhile, I will carry on with Tracy, Regan and Kim until the end of the summer.

This week we have this sketch !

And here is my idea of that same sketch .... We also had to include
1) 1 card stock paper
2) 2 patterned papers
3) 3 pieces of bling

Still working on more "girly" with my favorite card colors. !!

There is still time to link up at Papercraft Star - the close isn't until Sunday at 9pm (Eastern US).

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - DCWV
Flower paper - Graphics 45
Flower die cut - Tim Holtz
Bling - Recollections
Rub on - 7 Gypsies
Stamp - TPC
Treble clef clip - Staples (thank you Tracy!)
Jewelry cording - stash
Ink - Versafine, Ranger


Wednesday, May 25, 2011



City Crafter has challenged us to use a frame in our work this week.

This time of year I think back to my daughter's wedding, 5 years ago on Labor Day. She looked like a princess, and had the most lovely garden wedding I have ever been to. I will never forget her and her cousin, Joe, dancing together, whirling around and around. A really happy moment. I have never worn a beautiful dress - it must be amazing.

My Brie

Design Paper - g.c.d., Melissa Frances, Recollections, hand made paper (dress)
Frame - K & Co
Stamps - Inkadinkado
Pearls - Recollections
White embossing

Martha Stewart Punch


Thursday, May 19, 2011



This week, at City Crafter Challenge, our "mission" (as Spencer would say) is the combo of stripes and polka dots.

Now, strictly speaking, these may not be "polka" dots, but nonetheless, I included them. I bought this design paper a while ago, as it was very campy, strictly speaking - the woods and outdoors. It turned out to be more Boo-Boo than Yogi.

I will probably pass this lot of paper on to someone else - that would be a good thing.

Made this as an anniversary card, I probably won't use it myself, but those who receive cards in a box as a gift will.

Spencer decided to make some eggs while his mom was in the shower. He took them into his room, and when he couldn't "open" them, he bit into them. Ooops.

On Sunday we told him we were going to go to Home Depot, Albertsons and then home. After we left Albertsons Dom made some noises about going somewhere else and Spencer said

"Wait a minute guys, we TALKED about this."

Cardstock - Cordinations
Design Paper - ADT, K & Co
Stamps - TPC, Tim Holtz
Gelly Roll pens
Button, cording, ribbon, fibers, staples, brads -- Stash


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Papercraft Star 46


It is always strange to me just how far we actually range from our initial inspiration ! Papercraft Star 46 opens today, and I see all the DT 's projects run all over the place.

I am working on making more feminine cards with my favorite card colors. I think I made this one neutral though ! Or close to it.

The Tim Holtz fragment has an ink technique I picked up from the Compendium - page 55. I need a little practice with this, but I thought it turned out well for my first attempt.

Link up between now and Sunday !! See you at Papercraft Star.

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies, K & Co
Border - K & Co
Embossing plate - Spellbinders
Ink - Ranger
Fragment - Tim Holtz
Jewelry cording - Stash


Wednesday, May 11, 2011



CR84FN always has a color challenge, and this week we are looking at bright pink, gray and cream.

This is a very simple card, about 20 minutes in the making. That means the rest of you could have made it in 5 minutes ! BUT just because cards are made quickly doesn't mean they aren't effective, just as cards that take forever aren't necessarily good. I speak from experience.

I used Recollections papers and a pink gel pen, that is about all. And some pop up dots.

Water lilies are the state flower of Washington. When I lived there I forever had the urge to pick one, as soon as I moved away I never thought of picking one again ! I think they are one of God's most beautiful flowers.


Papercraft Star 45


Papercraft Star opens their 45th challenge today with this photo inspiration, and two requirements - I chose the stamp(s) and metal.

I am sure we have all had our difficulties with challenges, and this sure was for me ! Love the photo, but it took me about 10 hours to finally finish this. In the end, all I really took was the square, two colors, a little swirly pattern and the celebration !

While on our vacation last week Dom swerved off of Highway 101 in southern Oregon when he saw a scrapbooking sign. That is where I found a little package for 25 cents that had a couple of game pieces in it. So, I used the Bingo number here, and covered it in a circular plastic popup I recycled from some packaging. It made me think of the lottery numbers popping up on tv.

Get your submissions linked up at Papercraft Star for a chance at our monthly prize !

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - K & Co, Tim Holtz, Jenni Bowlin, We R Memory Keepers
Bingo paper - Studio 112
Child image, sentiment & metal holder, & tickets - K & Co
Paper clip, hole reinforcements, fragment - Tim Holtz
Stamps - Michael's $1 bin, Inkadinkado
Punch - Martha Stewart
Brad hoop - Karen Foster
Brads, small tag, twine, jewelry cording, button - stash


Tuesday, May 10, 2011



City Crafter has a great challenge this week, something about the sea !

First off, I need to thank all my lady friends over at CCCB for the win that was announced last week. I was gone on vacation, so this is the first chance I have had to say YIPPEE and Thank You all so very much !!! And I thought it was so fun that my buddies Tracy and Ira won the Spotlight awards too !

Yup, just back from vacation, and how appropriate that I was visiting the ocean, at least part of the time. In Northern California and Oregon we just don't have those beautiful blue skies and tropical water that one associates with a lovely beach. Just a lot of rain, grey clouds, grey water, cold weather, but I never get tired of seeing the waves on the sand or the rocks.

So, I made a card that reflects a little bit more about how I see the ocean. The papers are all handmade, except for the cardstock, and the beautiful tall ship is an image from The House Across the Bay etsy shop. That is all that comprises this card. Hope you like it !!

Did you know that as Lewis and Clark neared the Pacific Ocean they began to see items that had been traded to the natives from the tall ships, just like this one.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Papercraft Star 44


Today is Executive Reveal day at Papercraft Star !

Our challenge this week is to create a project based on another sketch. I found this design on Tracy's blog (3/5/11) and adapted it to my own use.

There is still time to get in your submission - we don't close our challenge until Sunday, 9pm Eastern US. !!

Cardstock - DCWV
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, K & Co
Digital image - Art Cult etsy shop
Doily - Artifacts Inc.
Brad and Pearls - Recollections
Ribbon - Stash