Friday, September 28, 2012

Baby Giraffe

I hope you have all had a fabulous week and are gearing up for the weekend. I have a super busy one planned. Not too sure how much crafting time I may get in, but it's all good.

Today I have a baby giraffe card to share with you. All stamps are DeNami Design. I created a gender neutral card using Celery cardstock. I stamped my Giraffe image across the strip of Cream cardstock and layered it over Black cardstock. Then I stamped Stitched border in cream ink onto the black panel and adhered it to the cardfront. Lastly I stamped the Baby script sentiment. This card is perfect to add to your stash. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DeNami Product Spotlight, Friendly Mummy

***First I would like to apologize for the delay in this post. Thank you, Paulina, for your sweet understanding. And if you are looking for my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down.***

Today is Product Spotlight over at DeNami Design. The talented design team is showcasing Friendly Mummy over at the DeNami Design blog. You can add this fabulous stamp to your shopping cart and save 10%, one week only!

For today's project, I created a little Halloween note set. I used Papertrey Ink's lunchbox die to create the notecard. I stamped Friendly Mummy in black and did some shading with my copics. I used Amethyst, Leaf Green and Desert Orange cardstock for the notecards.

For the inside, I stamped Trick or Treat cling and some Teeny Stars and left some room for a little message. The notecards were closed with some Black Grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful day!

CAS-ual Fridays, Fall Fun

Hello friends! I am back today to share a card with you for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge: create a clean and simple project inspired by autumn.

Our sponsor this week is Great Impressions. They generously gave Facebook inspiration team some stickables. I chose Hermin and this fabulous sentiment. I think it is a fun little card that you can give someone special during the Halloween season.

I used some patterned paper from PTI. I also inked up my Linen/canvas impression plate with Fresh Snow ink and ran it through my cuttlebug. It didn't quite turn out how I had expected, but it gives my card that cob web feel I was going for.

Don't forget that you have until noon on Thursday to link up your creations. Can't wait to see!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PTI September blog hop

Hello friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent mine hanging out with the family. I did manage to get some craft time when my youngest took his naps. Yay! I whipped up this little project for Papertrey Ink's September blog hop. The challenge is to create a project wrapped in fabric or felt. Look at these gorgeous inspiration photos.

I was inspired by the bottom right photo. Since I make some clothes for my kiddos, I always save the scrap fabrics. Those scraps are perfect for these simple handmade gift wraps.

For my project, I created a small gift box using my Martha Stewart score board. I trimmed 2 pieces of Kraft cardstock to 8x8. For the base, I scored at 2 inches and 6 inches, turning the paper sideways once and repeating. To make the lid, I scored at 2 inches and 6 1/8 inches and again, repeated after turning the paper. I found the longest piece of scrap fabric that I had and trimmed it using my pinking shears. To wrap my box, I pulled the fabric up, tied one knot and then pulled the ends back down. I trimmed them to "sit" underneath the fabric on the botton.

For the flower, I used Hawaiin Shore felt. I am sure if you own any of this, you will know just how fabulous it cuts, like butta. I just cranked my Beautiful Blooms II #2 die through my Cuttlebug. I made 8 cuts. I laid one down for the base. Then I placed four of them folded in quarters on top and stitched down. The next layer, I placed two of them folded in half and stitched down. The last one I quartered, but stitched it in place to stand upright. The flower is not currently attached since I ran out of time to make it into a hair clip. I plan on glueing it to an alligator clip and then it will slip back onto the fabric.

For kicks, I thought I would share some photos of where this fabric came from. I have shared it previously on my blog, but here it is again. These photos are of my daughter, a year ago. And  here  is a link to my original post for those of you that sew and are interested in the details.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving some kinds words. Happy blog hopping!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Nami!!!

Today is a very special day. It is Nami' s birthday!!

A couple of other gals and I are helping Nami, the creator of DeNami Design Rubber stamps, celebrate her birthday! We are having blog hop in her honor .You should've arrived from Barb Murphy's blog.  (Otherwise, please see the list at the end of my post for more fabulous birthday surprises!)

I used 2 stamps to create my clean and simple card. I inked up Brushed Present and Happy Birthday script (cling).  I finished off the card with black DMC floss and a large button.
I have had the priveledge of working on the DeNami Design Team for a few months. I am so honored to be a part of this team. Nami, thank you for allowing me to work with your fabulous stamps and product. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Hope your birthday is simply fabulous!!!
Here is the list of participants in case you get lost along the way:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays: Black and White, plus one

Hello, blog friends! Today I have a card to share with you for CAS-ual Fridays. The challenge is to create a clean and simple project using black and white and one other color.

The sponsor this week is Neat and Tangled stamps. The winner of this week's challenge will win a $20 gift certificate.

For my card, I used Fresh Blooms. These stamps are clean hand drawn images and they are so fun to color. Don't you love that sweet little bumble bee?!  Don't forget that you have until noon on Thursday to link up your creation!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DeNami Product Spotlight, Fuzzy Ball

*If you are looking for my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down*
Today is Product Spotlight over at DeNami Design. The talented design team is showcasing Fuzzy Ball over at the DeNami Design blog. You can add this fabulous stamp to your shopping cart and save 10%, one week only!

For my card I used Amethyst cardstock for my base. I laid down a piece of copy paper to help mask out the chickies as I stamped the Long Leg Chickie. Then I stamped Fuzzy Ball and colored them in with Copics. I added the googley eyes and then wrapped black DMC floss around the white inset. Lastly I stamped Happy Halloween. I think I would be delighted to find these little fuzzy monsters  trick-o-treating at my door.

The inspiration for my card came from these little fuzzy balls that I inherited from a conference I attended.

My daughter loves playing with these fuzzy balls and loves this stamp so much that she wanted to create a card of her own. She just turned 5 about 2 weeks ago. The only part I had in helping her with this card was wiping off the stamp between colors and helping to place the googley eyes over where she had put her glue. Her little fingers kept getting too sticky and the eyes kept sticking to her. And she reminded me that she decided to draw an oval on her card. You gotta love a child's creativity!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful day!


CAS-ual Fridays, Embossing

Hello friends! This morning I have a card to share for CAS-ual Fridays. The challenge this week is to create a clean and simple project using embossing: dry or heat.

The winner of this week's challenge will win a $25 gift certificate to SimonSaysStamp. They will also win the spot of guest designer next month.
For my card, I created embossed scoring lines using my Martha Stewart score board. I used the triangle piece that comes with it to help create the angle. Then I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from PTI's Birthday Basics. I think I use this stamp the most in this set. It is hard to see the score lines in this photo. You won't believe how many I had to take to finally get the right angle for these to show up and they are still somewhat hard to see.
After stamping many rainbows of sentiments on the cardfront, I trimmed it out using my long rectangle nestability. Then I added some banners and another piece of white cardstock that was impressed using my PTI Linen/canvas IP. The cardbase was impressed using the other side. The sketch for my card is the very first sketch from Retro Sketches. Don't forget that you have until noon on Thursday to link up and play!
I am also entering this card into the Moxie Fab challenge: The Focal Point.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A day of remembrance and celebration

Hello friends. Today is the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. For many of us, that means we will most likely be glued to the television watching recaps of the tragedy, remembering exactly where we were as the events unfolded. Thank you to all of the heros that day, that saved the lives of many.

Today also happens to be my husband's birthday. For us this day has many mixed emotions. We show respect for those affected by the events of 9/11, but we also celebrate.

As I perused blog land the other day, I saw the challenge over at Runway Inspired Challenge. This is my first time playing along. As a CAS girl, I love those clean graphic lines, perfect for my hubby's card. Since we are both graduates from the University of Florida, I just had to participate with the orange and blue colors.


I trimmed out some squares and adhered them to my card front. Then I used Solid Block Border from DeNami to create my panel. I heat embossed the sentiment from PTI's Birthday Basics in white and attached that to the panel. This also plays along with the fabulous sketch over at Retro Sketches. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 10, 2012


That was exactly my husband's response when I told him that today was my blogaversary. I just had to share a card to celebrate this occasion. I never thought that I would even enter the blog world. And now a year later, I have formed many wonderful friendships, gained tons of inspiration and have even had the opportunity to be a part of 2 amazing design teams.

I had to pay tribute to the stamping company that started my love of cardmaking. Upon discovering Papertrey Ink, I have come to love stamping. I have been making cards with stamps since the fall of 2009. Once I started blogging, I discovered CAS-ual Fridays. It was then that I realized that style of crafting suited me best.

So here is my card for today. I thought it fitting to use some of my favorite colors which you have seen on my header and many cards. I used a sketch from Retro Sketches. This one is super fun and you just may see it again. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

DeNami September blog hop

Hello fellow blog hoppers! I hope you are having a fabulous start to your morning. Welcome to the DeNami blog hop. I am the first stop along the hop. DeNami is giving away 3 $20 gift certificates. One prize for a random participant and two other prizes for those you comment along the hop. You have until September 10th, 11:59 PST to leave comments along all the participants blogs to be eligible for a prize. If you get lost along the way, just head back to the DeNami Design blog. Get ready for tons of ispiration!

I have a few projects for the blog hop today. For my first project, I used the adorable Back to School Chickie. I used my long rectangle nestabilities to trim it out. When I was doing some back to school shopping with my daughter, I picked up this little composition book at Staples, 2/$1 and a pack of pencils in the Target dollar spot. Love that! She also picked out a yummy treat to fill up this boutique box.

For my second project, I created a set of notecards. I used my 3x3 boutique box. For the card base, I trimmed one sheet of red cardstock to 2.75inch. I was able to get 3 cuts from one piece of cardstock. Then I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to fit inside. I stamped Stitched border along the perimeter of the inset and then added Small apple to the corner. What a fun little gift of notecards to give a teacher!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your next stop along the hop is the fabulous and talented

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays, Top of the class

Hello everybody! Last week was so much fun to see everyone's fabulous banners and flag creations. This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a clean and simple back to school project.

 This week's sponsor is Pretty Paper Studio. This week's winner will receive a gift certificate of about $25.

Before I get started with my card, I want to send out a huge welcome to a new Girl Friday, Piali Biswas!!! We are so excited to have her join our team. Please stop by her blog and say hello.

For my card today I used only 1 stamp! I inked up Papertrey Ink's Library Ledger for the handwriting lines and hand wrote the sentiment. For someone who really dislikes their own handwriting, I still went with it. I wanted my card to have that authentic handwritten look. It's hard to see in the photo (trust me when I say I am trying hard to figure out how to better photograph my cards), but I used PTI's Book Print Impression plate. To help you appreciate this detail, here is a photo of the IP. I used side two.

Lastly, I added another one of my apple die cuts from Create a Critter. When I made this card, I decided to make a bunch to have some ready in my stash for the school year. Love it when that happens. Thanks for taking a look. Don't forget that you have until noon on Thursday to link up and play.

Monday, September 3, 2012

DeNami Challenge Theme: Anything goes!

Hello friends! Thanks for visiting! Today I have a card to share with you for DeNami's challenge theme: Anything goes.

Now, if you are familiar with my crafting style, this card will come to you as no surprise: clean and simple. I used some of my favorite colors. They are the same ones that I used to decorate for my son's first birthday party.
To create my card I used white cardstock for my card base. I stamped Three line border in green, orange and blue ink. I stamped Dropping You a Note onto my rectangle die cut and adhered it with foam tape.
Thanks for stopping by! Can 't wait to see what you create!