Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Favorite Peeps

Hi all!  We have a new challenge this week over at All That Scraps – Paper Piecing – one of my fave techniques!  Here’s my card:


I used the digi set Spring Peeps which comes with 3 adorable images and 3 matching sentiments.  I printed the peep and colored with Copics, then paper pieced the shell.  The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

We hope you’ll play along!  Just remember, you  must use a C.C. Designs stamp, including - AmyR, Mashi's Muffins, Sweet November, Lil Lads & Lolitas & Webbie's Words.   TFL!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wish you were here!

Hi all!  I have a Fun Friday with Your Next Stamp post for you today.  This month our theme is Vacation and here’s what I came up with:


I used Asha from India as well as the Grass Die from YNS.  Asha’s skin and hair were colored with Copics and all the rest was colored with colored pencils and OMS.  The tree is a premade embellishment from Basic Grey and I computer printed the flag sentiment.

Please stop by the YNS Blog for all the rest of today’s fun!  TFL!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mardiana by YamPuff

Hi all!  I’ve been practicing with my Copics for a while and always love to find new images to play with.  Recently I came across an amazing artist named YamPuff and had to play immediately!  Here’s Mardiana:


Isn’t she gorgeous?  LOVE her!!  I didn’t want to take anything away from the image, so I just put her on a card base and left it at that.

This is also for Digital Tuesday – Pink and White.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You Crack Me Up

Hi all!  This is a reminder post that you still have 1 week to play along with the current All That Scraps challenge – Anything Goes!  Here’s my card for this week:


I used Cracked Lula and a sentiment from an old Stampin’ Up! set.  Lula was colored with Copics and colored pencils with OMS and the egg was paper pieced.

The sketch is from Lucy's Cards and the papers are from the Sweet Afternoon paper pad by Teresa Collins.

We hope you’ll play along!  Just remember to use a C.C. Designs stamp, including - AmyR, Mashi's Muffins, Sweet November, Lil Lads & Lolitas & Webbie's Words.   TFL!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Winners!

Unfortunately, the 2 winners that I picked for the Lollipop Die Cover Giveaway never contacted me so I had to go ahead and pick 2 new winners:

Janet Zeppa who said: "I could see using it every season for different reasons. I have 2 grandnephews that love to get treats!"

and Michelle who said: "This die would be awesome!!! I am always making stuff for the gals I work with and they love it when I do. Also, my 7 yr old granddaughter LOVES crafting with me and this would an awesome thing for her to do with me! Thanks for the chance to win it :)"

Congratulations ladies! Please email me (addy is on the right) with your mailing addresses so I can get your dies sent out! Thanks again everybody!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sunshine Again

Hi all!  Today I have another card using the same sentiment that I used on yesterday’s card:


It seemed to fit the image so I used it again.  It’s from the YNS set Heartfelt Sentiments.

This is a digi image called Chibi Lily Sending You Sunshine.  Isn’t she adorable?!  She was colored with Copics and cut out with a thin white border.  Then I foam mounted her on a piece of patterned paper from the Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon paper pad.  Finally I added a bit of Timeless Twine to finish it off.

This is for Alicia's Challenge #3 – use decorated paper and an image from Alicia’s Little Shop.  I hope you like it and TFL!

P.S. I forgot to say that the image does not have a nose - I drew that in just because I felt like it!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sunshine for my soul

I have a CAS card for you today done following the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!:


I cut the fishtail flag with the Fishtail/Banner die set and the sun was cut with the Whatnots Seasons Set One die set.  I sewed the flag straight onto my card and distressed the top edge with my fingernails.  Then I foam mounted the sun on the flag.  I stamped a lovely sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments over the flag to finish it off.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi all!  I just wanted to post a quirky little card I made:


I stamped the vampire from Spookalicious and colored him with copics.  I added a heart from Word Salad (that’s also where the sentiment is from), and colored the heart and his teeth with red Stickles.  Finally I cut him out and foam-mounted him on a doily from Cheery Lynn Designs. 

This is for Paper Smooches – PS project with a heart; Bellie Challenge – Valentine’s/Hearts (the red Stickles are my old, forgotten ‘belli); Divas by Design – Love and Romance.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Easter Wishes

Hi all!  We’re starting a new challenge over at the All That Scraps challenge – Anything Goes!  Here’s my card for this week:


I colored Sweet November Bonnie with colored pencils and OMS and used some really old Making Memories papers and a brad to finish off the card.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  The sketch is from Lucy's Cards.

We hope you’ll play along with us!  Just remember that your project must use a C.C. Designs stamp, including - AmyR, Mashi's Muffins, Sweet November, Lil Lads & Lolitas & Webbie's Words.  TFL!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

YNS Tasty Tuesday!

Hi all!  I have a treat for you today in honor of Your Next Stamp’s Tasty Tuesday.  Here’s our inspiration for this month:

TT February 2013

(here is the original post)


I was inspired by the colors of the cookies and mint wrappers.  Here’s what I came up with:


I used the Whatnots Seasons Set One dies to cut the shamrock out of green felt and added a brown button on top.  The rest of the card was generated in and printed from Make-The-Cut.  You’ll notice it’s printed in brown ink to match the cookies.

We hope you’ll play along with us!  Check out the YNS Blog for all the details.  TFL!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thank you so very much!

Hi all!  I’m back with another entry into the Papertrey contest.  This time I was inspired by the second-to-the-last project by Heather Nichols – the snowflake tag.


I am always inspired by Heather’s use of white ink on kraft cardstock so that’s what I did with my tag (cut with an old Sizzix die).  I stamped a border from Beyond Basic Borders and added a sentiment from Around & About Sentiments (both sets were designed by Heather – love her style!).  Finally I added a bit of ribbon tied with rustic jute button twine.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

CS2 Day 7

Whew!  Ok, this is my last CS2 homework post for today!  Day 7 was more one-layer cards and I did Kristina’s masking and stamping techniques to make this card:


The Thanks die is from Quickutz and I stamped with a mix of border images from Papertrey Ink.  Instead of spraying the color on (which for me just came out splotchy and uneven), I sponged the color all over.  I hope you like it and TFL!

CS2 Day 6

This card was made with Jennifer’s patchwork stamping technique.  It was a little hard to make sure it was lined up exactly right every time, but a neat technique anyway!  Here’s my card:


The fish stamp is an old one from A muse Art Stamps and the sentiment and stars are from Birthday Buddies.  To finish it off I sewed a thin strip of matching cardstock on the bottom.  I hope you like it and TFL!

CS2 Day 5

Hi all!  Sorry for so many posts in one day but I’m trying to play catch-up with posting all my CS2 homework!  Should’ve posted sooner!

Anyway, today I have a card from Day 5.   It was a 1 Stamp, 3 Ways day, but I have to admit that I didn’t use my set 3 ways.  It didn’t really fit with all the techniques shown so I just did it one way – CASEing Donna’s second card:


I used the Women of Life set from Papertrey and inks from SU!  The inking didn’t come out very vibrant so I’d like to do this again with darker inks, but I’m still pretty happy with how it came out.  I used the Insta Love Polaroid die set, a Martha butterfly punch, and some a muse|studio twill to finish off the card.  Oh, and I also embossed the base card with the woodgrain folder from SU!  I hope you like it and TFL!

CS2 Bonus Day 1

Hi all!  I have another CAS card for you today.  This one was based on Kelly Rasmussen’s card (although I just used a piece of patterned paper for the inside instead of sponging a design).


I stamped a sentiment from Kick Some Grass around the cut out circle and sewed a strip on the side.  Finally I mounted this panel with foam tape.  I hope you like it and TFL!

CS2 Day 8

Hi all!  I have more “homework” from my Clean & Simple Cardmaking 2 class.  Today I actually tried out all 3 techniques – I’m so proud of myself!  I don’t have a sample for the plaid stamping because the 3 I did didn’t turn out very nicely, but I do have samples for the other 2.  The first was the DIY inkpad (I used the baby wipe method):


The butterflies are from Flap Happy (and I used the Butterflies 1 dies to cut them out – I LOVE that Paper Smooches has dies now!!) and the sentiment is from Word Salad.

This second card used the salted watercolor technique:


The sentiment is from Flap Happy and I used my Tombow Watercolor Pens to put down the color.  Maybe I’ll be back another time with a plaid stamping card if I ever find a color combo I like!  Until then, TFL!

CS2 Day 10

Today’s lesson was about using 1 stamp 3 ways.  I’ve never done this before so I really wanted to try it out!  It was fun and challenging!  Here’s the stamp I chose:


It’s from Great Impressions and is called Peeking Sunflower.  I got it forever ago and haven’t inked it up until today!  I also used the Word Salad set from Paper Smooches for all of my sentiments.  I also did 3 different card sizes using 3 different coloring mediums!

Here’s my first card using the stamp as is with Distress Inks as my watercolors:


For my second card, I cut out all the squares and arranged them in a square pattern on my card.  They were colored with Copics:


You can’t tell from the picture, but the whole sunflower square is popped up on foam squares. 

For my last card, I stamped the whole sunflower square 3 times, colored just the flowers with colored pencils and OMS and then fussy cut out:


The plain green squares looked a little naked, so I actually stamped the same image in matching ink as a background.  It’s a little crooked, but oh well.  I guess you could say I used the same stamp 4 ways! 

I’m not sure if I’d ever attempt this again, but I have to say that it was a great experience!  I hope you like my cards and TFL!

Friday, February 8, 2013


Hi all!  This is my second post for today.  This time I have a card made for a couple challenges:


Both stamps are from Flap Happy by Paper Smooches.  I cut the butterfly out of polka dot patterned paper with Butterflies 3 dies and then stamped the butterfly over it.  It was then sewn onto the circle panel with a straight stitch.  The flag was also sewn on and the ends slightly curled up.  Finally I stamped the sentiment.

This is for the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge – polka dots and the sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I hope you like it and TFL!

CS2 Day 9

Hi all!  Today I have 4!! homework cards to share!  The first is Julie’s glitter topped ombre effect card:


I used Pretty Phrases and some pigment inks from a muse|studio.  It’s hard to tell but the top of the card is covered in a fine layer of glitter and those dots around the sentiment are Stickles.  To finish it off, I sewed a strip of matching cardstock to the bottom of the card.  I didn’t try the other card that’s totally covered in glitter because I was having issues with glitter rubbing off of this card, and would rather not have a completely untouchable card!

This next card used Jennifer’s paper pleating technique which was really fun!


I used a sheet of MME patterned paper for the pleating and the new Streamers set and matching dies.  The heart is a Nesties shape and all the cardstock is from Papertrey.  I resisted the urge to cover the heart in glitter because I thought the card had enough interest already. :)

Next up is Lisa’s brayered embossing:


I used the Leafy Branch embossing folder and a sentiment from Sentiment Sampler.  I brayered the card with dye-based ink instead of paint and added a little Stickles to each leaf.  I finished off the card with some white twill.

Last, but not least, is Lisa’s layered washi tape technique:


I used another sentiment from Sentiment Sampler and a bunch of different washi tapes from my stash (really love that cupcake one!).  I finished off like Lisa’s with the twine wrapped flag, although I added a bow to mine and left off the flower piece.  I really like this use of washi tape and will try this again in the future!

Whew!  That’s a lot for one post – thanks for sticking with me ‘til the end!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Hi all! This is my second post for the day.  This card was made for Lucy’s Cards Sketch Challenge – Day 1.  I loved the sketch so I had to play along:


All of the papers are from the Sweet Afternoon paper pad by Teresa Collins.  The fishtail flag was cut with the Fishtail/Banner Die Set and the heart is from the Whatnots Seasons Set One.  The sentiment is from We Connect and was stamped in grey ink and cut out by hand.  I finished it off with a tiny bit of machine stitching at the top of the flag.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Just Because

Hi all!  Papertrey Ink has a number of fun contests going on right now and I decided to try one out today – to be inspired by the PTI designers.  The one I’m sharing today was inspired by the third card from Cristina Kowalczyk.


The butterfly is from Butterfly Dreams, the sentiment is from Vintage Picnic Sentiments and unfortunately I have no idea where the leaf spray is from. :(  It was just sitting all by its lonesome in my craft room and I decided to use it.  If you recognize it, could you please leave me a comment? 

I stamped on PTI’s kraft cardstock and then cut the butterfly out with the matching PTI die and mounted it on foam tape.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Be Mine

Hi all!  Today is a reminder post that you still have a week to play in our current All That Scraps Challenge.  The theme is Valentine’s Treats.  Here’s what I have for this week:


It’s a 1x8” cello sack filled with M&Ms and topped with a bit of patterned paper stamped all over with a sentiment from Love Nuggets.

We hope you’ll play along!  Just remember that you must use a C.C. Designs stamp, including - AmyR, Mashi's Muffins, Sweet November, Lil Lads & Lolitas & Webbie's Words.   TFL!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CAS Cardmaking 2 Day 4

Hi all!  I’m back with more from my CAS class.  This lesson was about white space and I chose to create my cards based on the 2 from Maile.  Here’s the first:


The image and sentiment (as well as the image from the next card) are from Cyber Cafe from Paper Smooches.  I stamped the cup on patterned paper, cut it out and mounted it with foam boosters.  The sentiment was stamped underneath and I machine sewed on a thin piece of matching paper to the bottom.

Here’s my second card:


I stamped the sentiment first and then stamped the beans around it with 2 different shades of brown ink.  Finally I machine sewed on a hand cut strip of patterned paper to the side. 

On a side note: I recently came across the blog of Marcy Penner and am completely in love with her style!!  I can’t possibly even imitate her creativity, but I will be trying to find little bits and pieces of her style that I can replicate in my own works.  I got the sewn-on strips above from her and love them!   TFL!

Monday, February 4, 2013

CAS Cardmaking 2 Day 3

Hi all!  If you’re looking for the winners of my Lollipop Cover die giveaway, please click here.

Hi all!  I’m back with just one homework card today.  I struggled a little with the day’s techniques so I have to go back and try the rest again later.  Here’s the one I did manage:


My card was based on Shari’s except I didn’t stamp on labels for the background.  Instead I just cut up strips of patterned paper.  All the stamps on this card are from Cyber Cafe.  TFL!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

CAS Cardmaking 2 Day 2

Hi all!  If you’re looking for the winners of my Lollipop Cover die giveaway, please click here.

Hi all!  I’m back with another day’s homework for my CAS Cardmaking 2 class!  Today I have 2 cards.  The first is my take on Julie’s card, complete with strips of glitter at the bottom:


I did a reverse mask for the bees and sponged the yellow ink inside.  The bees and sentiment are from the Bee Mine set and the trail stamp is from Flap Happy.

The next card uses Jennifer’s technique:


I stamped the sentiment from Pretty Phrases on watercolor paper with Graphite Black ink and did the technique using my Tombow watercolor pens and a waterbrush.  I masked off the strip with Eclipse Masking Tape.  I really like how this one turned out and plan to do more.  TFL!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CAS Cardmaking 2 Day 1

Hi all!  If you’re looking for the winners of my Lollipop Cover die giveaway, please click here.
A little while ago, I was super lucky to win a spot in the Clean & Simple Cardmaking 2 class from Ellen Hutson (thank you so much!!) and I’ve been watching the videos and doing my homework each night, but haven’t had a chance to post anything until today.  Here’s my first card based on Kristina’s card:
I stamped the bear from Chubby Chum Pals and colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from We Connect.
And here’s my second card based on Julie’s card:
The sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler and the word bubble is from He Said, She Said.  The striped strip on the top is washi tape and the little spots are pink glitter.

If you want to know more about making CAS cards, I highly recommend this class – I’m learning a lot and getting great inspiration!  TFL!

Friday, February 1, 2013


Hi all! I'm here just to announce the winners of my Lollipop Cover die giveaway.

 First is Ky: Ky said... Love the project that you have done. Will use it on Teachers' Day and Children Day to blessed the children and teachers for their hard work. January 30, 2013 at 2:32 AM

 And second is terrygray4868: terrygray4868 said... I love these!!! I have a Girl Scout dance coming up and this would make adorable party favors for everybody involved. I liked Crafty Math Chick's idea to use them with cake pops too. January 30, 2013 at 6:01 AM

 Congratulations! Please email me with your addresses so I can get your dies out to you! Thanks everybody for your wonderful comments!