Monday, July 30, 2012

The Kraft Journal


Today I am so pleased to announce my addition to The Kraft Journal's Design Team !  Beth, Tracy and I were all old timers on Papercraft Star, way back to its inception.  How fun to back with them again !!

The Kraft Journal is sponsored by The Kraft Outlet - a source for truly amazing kraft products.  AND, I know my readers know how often I use these products already !!

My first challenge is to create a project from a sketch.

The sketch I chose was a scribble in my sketch book, going back to a sketch I found at Tuesday Morning Sketches ... did I use sketch enough in that sentence, I dunno ... lol

and here is my kraft-y card !

My first card at The Kraft Journal began with Kraft Blank Note Cards as a base.  I used design paper from the Kraft & Black Cardstock Pad, and added Film Strip Ribbon, Journaling tickets, and a sentiment made from Chit Chat Word Stickers.  I finished off with a shabby bow and button from my stash.

The film ribbon has had some "pictures" added, with black cardstock behind it.

This is such an easy challenge - most of us start with a sketch.  Hope to see you at The Kraft Journal this week !!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

walk across the fire


Hope you all are having a gorgeous Wednesday !!

Sunny and 84 here, though I did go out this morning in my hoody.  It was COLD !

This afternoon's post goes out to 2 challenges...  Just Us Girls with these colors ...

with this sketch ...

My card looks like this ...

Sadly, she is a little camera shy !

Card stock - Bazzill
Design Paper - gcd
Flower, pearls, lace - Recollections
Punch - ek success
Sentiment - Tim Holtz
Ribbons - stash


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Papercraft Star 105 - Water


Papercraft Star's challenge this week centers around water !

Our design team had all kinds of different ideas about water and summer - but to me it will always mean the ocean.  My dad would take all 4 kids and a couple of neighborhood kids to the beach every week, all summer long.

Here is our inspiration ...

and my card ...

We don't close our challenge until early Monday morning - so join in with us at Papercraft Star !!

Card stock - Bazzill
Design paper - Authentique
Sentiment - American Crafts
Ribbon, button, twine - stash


Sunday, July 22, 2012

we've got some work to do now


It is cloudy and 67 degrees here on a Sunday afternoon - summer has only come in teeny little bunches here.


Today's post goes in 3 different directions !

Sweet Stampin - Monochromatic

Crafting When We Can - also Monochromatic


retro sketches with this sketch ...

and here is my monochromatic and sketchy card !

I hand doodled the tag, and behind it is a hand cut embossed image from THoltz, using some old packaging.

I already had the tag made, well, started I guess, with ink and the doodle, so the color just followed.

Card stock - Bazzill
Design paper - Basic Grey
Circle, tag, flowers - Recollections
Sentiment and tape - Tim Holtz
Ink - Ranger
Glimmer mist - 7 Gypsies
Lace, ribbon, jewelry cording, key hole - stash


Friday, July 20, 2012

Things to do in stormy weather


Ah yes, the July Christmas challenges !
Here we go !

At Colour Q this week we have some delightful holiday colors ...

and thank you so much ladies, for last week's Courtier title !!

a Christmas challenge at PaperPlay ...


a use your stash  Christmas challenge at 

AND, I love getting out all my old Christmas papers, ribbon and goodies, as I have always forgotten what was there.  I don't think I have anything new on here, not even the kraft card stock !  The little greeting comes out of the pocket.  The "flower" is a snowflake die.

well, Merry Merry !!

Card stock - Recollections
Designer Paper - G45, K & Co
Hat pin - Dreamcatchers
Rhinestones - Recollections
Silk ribbon - stash


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Papercraft Star 104


Today marks the 104th challenge at Papercraft Star !

Our challenge this week features ice cream !  Here is the inspirational photo ...

my card ...

My favorite ice cream is definitely, and without a doubt, licorice.

Sadly, one can only find it occasionally, but when I do, it is all mine !

The cone came from a children's coloring page on the internet, an excellent source of images for your copics.

Really easy challenge, but at Papercraft Star they usually are !
See you there !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, Creative Imaginations
Ribbon - Bo Bunny
Alpha letters - unknown, stash


Friday, July 13, 2012

To the next bend


Today's post enters two challenges ...

{PIN}spirational Challenges with this inspirational photo...


Aud Sentiments with a "friend" requirement ...

My card today looks like this ~

I loved the colors in the picture, but I thought oh I will put in a little resin fairy, as I have a half dozen of those ...  So I used these colors, but then the fairy looked too garish, and I thought, well, I WAS inspired by the photo ... and it looks fairy-ish so that counts.  AND my best friend is a good fairy ...  so it all worked.  

But not until I anguished over it all.  Sheesh.  Will I ever learn this is not the end of the world ??

Card stock - Bo Bunny
Design Papers - Prima
Flower and Pearls - Recollections
Sentiment - K & Co
Punch - Martha
Real true vintage seam binding (which is not as good as the fake stuff...)


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Look at all my friends that did


Today's post has a card going in two different directions.

Play Date Cafe has these colors ...

Retro Sketches has this sketch ...

My card today ...

a plain little ol' card.

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Recollections
Brad - Bo Bunny
Sentiment - American Crafts
Punch - ek success
Ink - Mixed Media Colorbox
Medallion, button, jewelry cording - Stash


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm the only one


This afternoon's post is going to two challenges ...

(who awarded me their Chick of the Week a couple of weeks ago, thank you thank you thank you !!)
and their challenge this week is a sketch

and to colourQ who have these inspirational colors !

My card ...

Super easy and fun card to make !!

Card stock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye
Flower - Michaels $1 bin
Brad - MME
Tag - K & Co
Sentiment - Close to my Heart
Ink - Mixed Media Colorbox
Silk ribbon - stash


Papercraft Star 103- Hot Hot Hot


We are back from our little "holiday" at Papercraft Star !

This week we are looking for a hot hot hot sun !!  For most of the USA you have been far too familiar with it so far this summer ...

Our Inspiration Picture is ...

and my sunshine card is ...

I know you have a sun sitting around waiting for the right card to embellish - why not head over to Papercraft Star and link it up ??

Our rules are simple, and we welcome crafters of all abilities.

Hope to see you there !!

Card stock - American Crafts
Design Paper - Fancypantsdesign
Wire - stash


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Winner of Papercraft Star's challenges !


Today I am announcing the winner of my embossed challenge at Papercraft Star, during our 2nd anniversary celebration !!

and here is Calypso's winning entry ...

What a fun entry !  Thank you to everyone who participated both in my challenge, and the challenges of my team mates too !

Calypso - please email me at so I can get your prize from me off to you !!


Friday, July 6, 2012

None today


Today's post goes to the Play Date Cafe -

the colors are gold, silver and nude.

The tag looks pink, but I promise it really is nude.
Matches my skin color exactly !

The design paper is there, but so much has happened since its birth, it is not recognizable any longer.

It has been embossed with UTEE and inked a couple of times.  The heart was cut by hand, chalked and glittered.

Design Paper - 7 Gypsies, Martha Stewart
Charm - Industrial Chic
Lettering - Creative Imaginations
Brad - Recollections
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Stickles and tape - Tim Holtz
Ribbons & tulle - stash
Stamp - Recollections
Ink - Mixed Media Colorbox


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

put him in the house of detention


Today's card is making a little trip over to Anitra's Anniversary challenge at Papercraft Star.  Her theme, shabby chic party.

There are a lot of little things added to this card.

 and since it had to have a party theme ....

It may seem the front and inside have little to do with one another, but
I can see giving this to someone who likes Shabby Chic as a concept only.

I used page 100 from theHouseAcrosstheBay

I copied this page into Word, and added text boxes to read Buttons.

Last week Dom said something funny.

After laughing and laughing, Spencer leaned across him and said to me

"you're so funny Grandma !"

tee hee

Card stock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Prima, K & Co
Wording - Creative Imaginations, Scenic Route Paper
Button card - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Flowers - Recollections
Hand dyed ribbon - Hug Snug
Tapes - T. Holtz, Recollections, Industrial Chic
Cheesecloth - stash


Sunday, July 1, 2012

We are the champions, my friends


Today's card continues on with our multi-challenges at Papercraft Star, celebrating our 2nd anniversary !!

Jinny's challenge was, No Design Paper.

I have said before that I have made cards without design paper, but not strictly on purpose !!  lol

Also, this card is going to challenges at

Papercrafting Journey, with a kraft color requirement


Speedy Fox, with a metal requirement.

As you can see, I did some doodling, added a metal bead and charm, included some kraft, and distressed it.   The background is a digital sheet from our Papercraft Star sponsor, theHouseAcrosstheBay.

My gorgeous daughter Brie won her 12th (?) Oregon amateur state title today in the Oregon Tournament of Champions.  An invitation only event, one must be either a 2011 State title winner, or a club champion.

Card stock - Coordinations, Recollections
Background - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Charm - Tim Holtz
Ink - Ranger, Versafine
Jewelry cording, & bead - stash