Monday, August 29, 2011

Ever So Grateful

Another acorn card, another example of crappy photography- again my apologies. :) Everything PTI, except for ink and the patterned paper. That paper is from echo park. Speaking of paper- I think I need to take a little trip down to my LSS because I heard they have some new 6x6 pads in. Yeah, I know I need paper like a hole in the head- but when has that ever stopped me before? Also going to look for some more chalk ink while I am there, sure it stains the stamps but it stamps very nicely.
Its my last few days off before the official start of my school year. I am trying to enjoy it. My house (exterior) is getting painted, the kids are off at school, and so far I have spent a lot of time laying around doing not to much! But Wednesday and Thursday are mandatory workdays and on Tuesday we are back in business for the 11-12 school year! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fall Birthday

Hey there! Good Morning! I just noticed this picture looks a little blurry. Please excuse my poor photography skills. I've got another card and envie combination today. I used the new PTI set called Autumn Acorns. I really like the Acorns. I only wish they would have included an outline acorn for those times when you want to color. Ah well, can't have everything. Most items are from PTI. The polka dot paper is from K&Co. The inks are all chalk inks by Versamagic.
I did up the inside too with a little rustic cream paper and some avocado ink. (Yeah, I had to fix a big smudge, LOL) Thanks for stopping in. And thanks too for your opinions on the dies and envies, I love hearing what everyone else thinks!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunflower Card and Matching Envie

Good morning! Another card with the sunflower set from PTI. Alot of masking on this one. I masked the flower on both the card and the envelope to add the leaves and other flowers. Then I masked the leaf to add the frame. The frame on the envelope is one of my favorite uses for Fillable Frames. I have started creating more matching envelopes but then I wonder if I am wasting a good envelope because lots of times my cards just sit in a box. Am I now condemning the envelope to sit too? I could make the envelope right before sending but I rarely do, usually if I am ready to send a card I am in a hurry (like 4 days passed the deadline). What do you do with your envelopes?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do You Like Dies?

So I have noticed the latest thing is to have dies for all the stamps. Lots of companies are making their own dies (PTI, MTF, Hero Arts) and some make stamps to fit existing dies (WMS). At first I was buying them all up but then I noticed that except for a few I really wasn't using them all that much. Take for example the card above. The stamps are from PTI and both the flower and the leaves have coordinating dies. Now I didn't buy them. I cut those out and really it didn't take that long. I left a little white border like the die does because sometimes I like that look. I also saved some cash because I didn't need to get the die and I can get the same (or similar) look. Now of course if it hurts your hands to cut or something those dies could come in real handy. I do still buy border dies and I love nesties and frames. I am a huge fan of Waltzingmouse's stamps that match the spellbinder nesties. Such great little frames. I am also a fan of PTI's fillable frames series. I have matching dies for most of those because I tend to use them on things that I mass produce. So what's your opinion?
Card Deets:
All supplies from PTI except for ink. Ink is from versamagic chalk inks (the little dewdrop ones)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Long Time...

No write, no stamp, no taking photos. I don't even really have a good excuse. I have been busy getting ready for school to start back up, my kids went back last week as well. Honestly though, I just haven't felt like working on anything. I hate to let my blog sit weeks on end (I hate it when others do that! LOL) but I just dont have anything to contribute right now. Hopefully I will be back at it soon. In the meantime I hope you are enjoying the last of your summer.
I made this a month ago. I think it was for a challenge but then I never got around to posting it. All products from PTI.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Baby Girl is 11

Hi there blog friends! I hope you will indulge me as I write up a little post for my beautiful girl who is now 11! People, I cant keep a plant alive. How did I end up with an 11 year old child? And she has turned out so lovely too; sweet, kind, and beautiful. I am lucky to be her mom. A few pictures of the birthday girl:

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pre-Teen Birthday Party Favor Boxs

Hi there blog friends! My little girl is turning 11 on Monday and today we are celebrating with a party at the gymnastics studio. Even though the gym puts together most of the party I thought some party favors were in order. Its kind of hard to know what to do with girls this age- that whole in between stage.
I decided to use PTI favor box #3. I cut them out with my cuttlebug in three different colors. You can get two boxes out of one sheet of 8.5 x 11 or 2 boxes out of one sheet of 12x12. The 12x12 works better as you will sacrifice a little of the side on the smaller paper. I've got a couple of different sets here: PTI: Just for You, Floral Fusion, and Vintage Labels.
Inside the boxes are these handmade jewelry kits. We bought a thing of beads at Michaels. We also bought some beading thread and some charms. Each kid got a tablespoon full of beads, enough thread for a bracelet, and a charm. We used a spellbinder's die (labels one) to make the topper. I filled out the rest of the box with some suckers and some hard candy.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Remember/ Thinking of you card

Hi there! Here's another card I made using the Remember Set. I used an orange zest, pure poppy, and ripe avocado color scheme. That long green piece was made by trimming out the end with a spellbinder labels one die. I think everything else is pretty self explanatory. Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Hi Blog friends! Quick check in and card for you today! I have been out of town for the last week because my mom was suffering some health problems. Just got back home last night and I am worn out. But I had some cards that I made before I left and here is one of them. I used a kraft base. I embossed it with a spellbinders rectangle. I added some pp and a square stamped with the bird from Iconic Images. The small medallions and sentiment are from the same set. All products are from PTI.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge

Hi there! Wow look at that, two posts in one day! Will wonders never cease? LOL! I made this for the embellish magazine color trends challenge. You can see all the details here. For this card I used a base of Hibiscus Burst. I layered on some Lemon Tart bitty boxes patterned paper. I stamped the leaf on New leaf card and cut it out. I stamped the flowers from Flower Garden on Hibiscus burst card and then stamped them again with bitty backgrounds gingham. I cut out everything and glued it down. The sentiment is from Iconic Images. All supplies are from Papertrey Ink.

All White Ink

Hi blog friends! I made this card for a challenge. Then I realized that I read the challenge incorrectly and it didn't even qualify! Story of my life, I tell ya. I do like the way it came out. I am using a few PTI sets. The flowers and stems are from Honey Bees. (They are the reason I can not sell that set). The frame is from Fillable Frames and the sentiment is from one of the Floral Fusions. Everything is stamped in Fresh Snow ink. Then I went back and added lots of little bling centers. Thats it! Simple, easy, and cute too. Bling is also small, so it will mail just fine. Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Water Pitcher Set

Hi there blog friends! I have a full card set for you today. It features the water pitcher from PTI's Iconic Images. Also used on the card is the frame from vintage labels.
The whole set.
The pink cards.
The aqua cards.
Close up of the envelope. Thanks so much for stopping by! If my ipod is finally charged I am off to go running! (Something I do not enjoy but have been doing faithfully for the past 3 months.) I have so many complaints about running and exercise perhaps it needs its own post. I haven't done a whiny exercise post in so long! LOL!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Colorful Vines

Hello there blog friends! I have a colorful card for you today using an older set from PTI- Beyond Basics Borders. Its pretty self explanatory. I stamped the border in a variety of colors, chopped it up and reassembled it. I added a sentiment and some polka dots. I also inked the edges in white. That's all there is to it! Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Good morning blog land! I have a card using an older PTI set, Remember. I have had this set for quite awhile and I love how many different looks you can get from the stamps included in it. It has solid stamps for the flower color and then line stamps for the design. On the actual card I just used the line stamp and then colored with my copics. On the envelope I used the solid and line stamp in combination. The dotted frame on the envie is from Fillable Frames. The stems and sentiment are all from Remember.
Close up of the card. The frame is hand drawn. I used a white panel on a white card. I did this because of the copics, they bleed through and I didn't want to line the card. In an effort to use more of what I make, this card is written in and waiting to be posted. Yay! Thanks for stopping in today!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Masculine Thank You

Well at least I think its a masculine thank you. I sent it to a man, so hopefully he wasn't thinking it was a frilly girl card. I wanted to put ribbon on it but instead settled for twine. All products are from Papertrey Ink. The stamp sets are Inside and Out: thank you and Through the Trees.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Its summer so we have been traveling off and on. My kids are out of school so I have been taking them places and hanging out with them. I really haven't done a whole lot of crafting lately. I did, however, upload quite a few pics today so I should have some blog fodder this week. As always, thanks for stopping by!