Saturday, June 30, 2012

Colorful Sweet Summertime


Woo-wee are you staying cool??? We are expected to reach temps in the 100's again. Yesterday was the last day of my son's mini British Soccer Camp and they ended with a water-gun fight because it was blazing hot by the time the class was finished. They had a blast and again I sing their praises and if you are looking for something for your little one to do this summer I highly recommend this organization. :-)

Okay, I was able to work on another card during nap time...I wish I could say I got it completed in nap time, but the little man had other plans and only took a quick one today. I figured he would be tired out! Wishful thinking on my part!

I started with a cream card base and decided to shop my stash. I have lots and lots of scraps and lots and lots of patterned paper pads, so I just started pulling things together again to use my stash. I ended up working with bolder colors because my tendency is to use softer colors, so I have a lot more of these bolder brights in my inventory. 
The stamps I used are from Wilson Designs Strawberry Lemonade. This set is just perfect for summer! Lots of layering and die-cuts used, so I feel accomplished in getting my money's worth out of my supplies with this one! :-)

Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts inspired my creation today. She makes amazing creations with her Spellbinders, so I thought I would incorporate several in my make today. 

I am joining along My Craft Spot - Hot Summer Colors and Young Crafter's Unite - Many Layers

I just realized that my colors are in line with The Play Date Cafe so why not throw my hat in the ring there too! 
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wilson Designs June 2012 Introducing Darling Dolls

So happy you are here joining me for the last day of the Wilson Designs Release for June.
I think I mentioned in yesterday's post that I am just smitten with these cuties. The set has been in the making for almost two years.  

I started with a vintage cream card base and added some beautiful patterned paper that I feel was meant to be the backdrop for this darling dolls! J I hand cut a tag out of some yellow patterned paper and applied to the center of the card front adding some yellow baker's twine.  I stamped the Darling Dolls 5 times on kraft card stock and fussy cut and applied to the tag with foam mounting tape. The flowers in the center were added as a decorative touch. The 4 smaller dolls have yellow pearls added to the center of their flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink onto Kraft cardstock and cut into a banner.  The final finishing touch is a length of crochet trim added to the top. 

Now it's time to introduce you to Darling Dolls

The first person to make a purchase of the new release will automatically win next month release FREE.  As always, if you should happen to be one of the lucky ones selected for commenting then you will get your choice of another set in the Wilson Designs Stamp line.

This set is available for immediate purchase and will retail at $12.99. Shipping is free with any $40.00 in the US.  If you are looking for some inspiration....Have you been to the Wilson Design Gallery?  If you use Wilson Design Stamps, please upload your projects there too! We love to see what you create with the darling Wilson Designs Stamp line

I am personally adding this over at The Kraft Journal - Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by!

Love beyond words


{So honored to have this card mentioned as an Honorable Mention Cup of Tea 7/2/12}

It has been one busy week in our little world. My son has enjoyed building his soccer skills this week. We have been going to a mini British Soccer camp. He has liked it so much that I think I am going to look into sending him to a half day camp in August. They are so awesome with the little ones and they have such a great approach to teach them skills while having fun. 

Here is a little card I have made during one of the nap times this week! 

I started with a white card base and inked the edges with tea stain. I pieced together my  patterned papers to include a light pink news print patterned paper scalloped border. I took a length of white grosgrain ribbon and wrapped it horizontally around the card front adding a length of white seam binding just above that tying off in a multi-loop bow adding a button, twine and memory stick pin for an embellishing touch.  A sentiment was added to the right corner.
A chipboard butterfly was painted in Lemonade yellow craft paint and then lightly sanded for a distressed look adding two white paper roses to the center. Various butterflies was stamped in Barely Banana ink to create a pretty custom patterned paper. 
I found inspiration for this card from The Shabby Tea Room color challenge - Soft and Sweet. So nice to pop in for tea this week as it's been while since I have been able to join in. 
Thanks for popping by! Sorry for not getting around blogland like I would like, but it's just busy times right now. I promise I will be visiting soon!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wilson Designs June 2012 Release Day 3

**This is my 2nd card for the day...for my Patriotic IBSIC card click here**

The Wilson Design Team is back again with Day 3 of our June countdown. 
I have to say I am completely giddy with this set. It is just so adorable! I started with a Kraft card base which has had a touch of Vintage White craft paint added to the edges.  I added my vintage book print and red patterned paper to the base.  

A scallop circle in black checked, gingham paper was layered on a white doily.  The Darling Doll was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink to the rectangle die-cut and colored in with copic markers. Some vintage cream buttons and a fussy seam binding bow and twine were added for a final embellishing touch. 

I am adding this to The Kraft Journal - Anything goes Challenge!
I will see you tomorrow night for the release.
Have a fantastic day!

Patriotic Card - Let's Celebrate


It's Thursday and there is a new inspiration challenge this week for Inspired By Stamping Inspirational Challenge.  

Here is my take....
I started with a Kraft card base (The Kraft Outlet)  I used some patriotic paper scraps to add some color to the top and bottom of my card.   A length of white crochet trim was added to the red patterned paper. A Postcard was created using IBS Vintage Postcards adding a red rhinestone flourish and some stars for a patriotic feel. 
The sentiment Let's Celebrate from Inspired By Stamping Big Wishes was stamped in Navy ink. A length of blue grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around horizontally to the card front and tied in a bow adding a red paper flower, button, twine, and a memory stick pin.  

Here is the IBSIC inspiration photo. Joanna wants to see Red, White, and Blue.
I am personally adding this to The Kraft Journal Challenge this week - Anything Goes and Really Reasonable Ribbon - Red, White and Blue plus ribbon!

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wilson Designs: June 2012 Release Day 2

The Wilson Designs team is back today to show you another preview of the set to be released on Friday. 
The drive behind my mojo for this card is the patterned paper attached to my kraft card base. I used some of the elements in the set to create a folk-art pattern. The cross-stitched sentiment Hey is stamped in a one  inch circle and added to the center of the scallop circle stamp with foam mounting tape.  A bit of orange bling was added for some glitz.  A length of organza ribbon was wrapped around the center panel and tied in a fussy bow embellishing with a beautiful aqua button and twine. 

Be sure to check out what the other girls have made to share with you today with this set.   Remember to leave your comments before you go on all the design team blogs for a chance to win. 
Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wilson Designs: June 2012 Release Day 1

I'm popping in to show you a little sneak peek of a new Wilson Designs stamp set coming out on Friday.  This set is super cute and has been in the making for almost two years. It's a must have for your collection.

Starting with a navy blue card base I added the aqua gingham checked paper adding a strip of white card stock with a folk-arty flower image which has been stamped randomly. Various layers have been created to serve as a mat for the darling focal image. A length of seam binding was added to the center of the card front and tied off in a fussy bow embellishing with a flower. A banner was hand-cut to add the sentiment which was stamped repeatedly.  The sentiment is from Wilson Designs, Everything's Owlright

Please visit the rest of the design team for more sneak peeks for the stamp set to come on Friday.  Remember to leave some love on all the blogs for your chance to win.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for another look at this cute set. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wilson Designs Sneak Peek - June 2012

Hello Friends,

We are gearing up for the Wilson Designs June release! 
Here is your sneak peek for June!
For your chance to win this new stamp set you will need to comment on all the Design Team blogs including the sneak peek! So let the guessing begin! Kim randomly chooses the winner from ALL FIVE days from ANY of the blogs, so it takes just a few minutes to increase your chances! It will be worth it! 
Have a great one!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

God Bless America


My little guy took a nap today....worn out from the summer sun, so I took advantage of the down time.  I normally have my 4th of July cards at least started by now. Not this year, I present my first 4th of July card.

To achieve the focal image faded or worn look, I colored the rubber stamp with my Copics and then misted it lightly with a spritz of water. This stamp is from Stampin' UP! and was given to me as a gift. The proceeds were in support after 911 for disaster relief efforts in New York City and Washington DC. 

I took a glittered foam mat and cut a star using my spellbinders and added my focal image to the center of the glittered star. The doily was colored using distress inks. A length of seam binding was wrapped vertically around the left portion of the card front, and tied into a fussy bow embellished with some paper flowers and a button. Prior to adding the seam binding, two scallop borders were cut and applied to the top portion of the card. 

My Mojo was kick started with Just Us Girls - Color Challenge.
I like to Cut and Paste - 4th of July Card.
Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



**Yay! This card made Top 3 in the DeNami Designs Spotlight on 6/29/12**

Two nights in a row of crafty time! Yay! My DH had to work last night, so after the little was in bed, I snuck to the craft room for a bit! It is late, so I am going to keep this short and sweet as possible. 

My focal image is from DeNami Designs and the stamp is called Decorative Crest Circle.   I used alpha beads to spell out the sentiment in the center. Pretty fun right?!?! The doily at the bottom was hand-dyed a light shade of gray. 
My absolute favorite embellishment on this card is the crochet circle from my friend Jessi.  She won't let me hoard them, but it's sooo hard not to. They are sooo beautiful, so it makes me happy to use them! She does absolutely amazing work. 

Inspiration for my card comes from the DeNami Designs Color Challenge
As mentioned, short and sweet. I need to get some sleep! I have a very active little one who will be jumping at the bit to get outside as soon as his feet hit the ground. 

Till next time,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beach Party - Sweet Summertime


Yay, I snuck into my craft room last night and was able to put this card together. I think the blog will be much quieter than usual this summer. I also apologize for not being able to visit often, but I have limited free time right now.

So without blabbing on and on here is the card I have to share today!
I started with a kraft card base (The Kraft Outlet) and started adding the various layers of embellishments  and images. The stamps used are from Wilson Designs Strawberry Lemonade and Our Craft Lounge - Life's A Beach.
It was one of those cards where I used papers laying on my desk and allowed that to drive the outcome. I am a slow crafter and one of the reasons is it takes me forever to pick out papers or decide on placement. Since, I had to make the most use of my time quickly, I literally just flew by the seat of my pants. (ha) I love this vintage beach beauty and knew it would be perfect to use! 

Inspiration for this card comes from The Kraft Journal - Good Ol' Summertime.
Playing with the playmates in the playground!
Krafty Girls - Fun in the Sun

Thanks for dropping by. Have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dad's Day


**I am thrilled that this card received the Comet Award from Papercraft Star on 6/19/12**

I managed to make another "dreaded man card". I took a break from some other crafty assignments and quickly put this together. (i.e. out of necessity)! :-))))

So here we go......
I started with a Kraft card base from The Kraft Outlet. The next is a mix of this and that and all from my scrap pile. I still had a library card on my desk, so I incorporated it in this card too. 

The stamps I used are all from Crafty Secrets: Car Classics. The car was paper pieced using some patterned paper also in my stash. So I got a "little" girly and gave pearls for headlights. :-)))

I am joining in The Kraft Journal - Cards for Him
DYSU - Boys/Men
My Craft Spot - King of the Grill
Papercraft Star: Father's Day
Pink Elephant - Masculine
Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge - Shopping from the scrap pile again! I guess I am making up for loss playtime! :-)

Sorry, keeping it short and sweet! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Watch The Sunset

Hi There!

**I am honored that this card was chosen by the City Crafter Design Team for Spotlight Artist Recognition on 6/19/12**

I love anything to do with the beach and this beautiful inspiration photo we have for you this week makes me sigh!

Here is my card today!
My buttons are showing up more aqua/green, but they are from PTI Ocean Tides which is more of a lighter sea blue. I think my camera flash has thrown it off a bit.

This heart started off as a Trader Joe's cracker box. I cut it with my cricut and and embossed to add texture and finished with painting it Vintage Cream and sanded for a weathered look. Some coarse glitter was added giving more texture. 
A postage tag which has had the edges distressed was added above the doily and patterned papers.  The vintage image was adhered at a slight angle to provide more visual interest. A fussy seam binding bow, twine and button were added to the top of the tag along with two Nautilus stick pins.  A pennant banner was added to the top! The final finishing touches include some blue flowers and buttons.

Further inspiration was found at The City Crafter Challenge: Buttons Buttons Buttons use 5 or more buttons.  I have used 9

Playing in Paradise: Texture 

I hope you all are off to a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy Graduation Day!


I am running on fumes trying to finish up some cards that need to go out in the mail. We are running full speed with outdoor time summer activities plus the regular scheduled activities that keep this taxi driver Mom busy! Less and less crafty time...and less and less blogging time. I expect my posts will be rather short 

We received another graduation announcement, so off to the craftroom I go.  I saw the colors this week on the Colourq blog and really liked them, so I used that as my jump start source of inspiration. 
On the left portion of the card front, I stamped my own patterned paper using PTI: Rosie Posie. The right side is using some fabulous patterned paper from Cupcake Cards and Gifts called Last Summer.    The sentiment die was created using Happy Day Stamp Set. Buttons and twine are added for a finishing touch!

Here is the Colourq Colors where I found my color inspiration.
Sorry to keep this so short! I expect that's how most my post will be for awhile.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Card Patterns - Thank You So Much

Hi sweets!

I can't believe we are in the middle of June already! Wow!

I have a quick card to share with you today. 
I started with my favorite, a Kraft card base and then went shopping in my stash of scraps to see what I could come up with. So the patterned papers are a mix from Stampin' UP! to Cosmos Cricket. 
The fabulous crochet circle is from my friend Jess. She told me not to hoard them, but it's hard not too! The Card Patterns sketch was perfect for me to go ahead and use one of her treasures. Aren't they gorgeous???

The sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping : Heartfelt Gratitude. I die-cut an apple using my Cricut and added some buttons to embellished the focal image. Finishing touches were a twine bow and button and crochet trim.
Here is the Card Patterns Sketch.

Joining in again at Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge. 

I hope you have a wonderful day! 
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping: Heartfelt Gratitude
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, PP:  Stampin' UP!, Cosmo Cricket scraps
Ink: Jenni Bowlin
Other: Dies: Cricut, Crochet Circle: Jess, Buttons: PTI and Hobby Lobby, Twine: Jo-Anne's, Crochet Trim: Etsy

Monday, June 11, 2012

A masculine birthday...

Well, I am waaaayyyy short of having guy birthday cards in my stash. That's because I dread making them and therefore call them" the dreaded man card"...I do cherish those I make them for, but ugg, no seam binding, bling, buttons, bows, flower embellishments...Blah....Well, I did add a ribbon and buttons with this one...J

So here it is: 
The photo is slightly slanted due to the rings on the notebook prop. I started this card with Brown Kraft cardstock from The Kraft Outlet.  I added some red polka-dotted paper rounding the corners to coordinate with the card base.  I took a library card and used a die-cut to give it it's shape stamping images from Crafty Secrets: Office in Versafine Vintage Sepia adding three brown buttons to the lower left of the library card.
A Labels 3 die was used to cut the red checked gingham patterned paper and a typewriter was stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment in a cream circular die and added with foam adhesive over the length of stripped ribbon. 

I found inspiration with The Kraft Journal - Cards for Him
I have played on the swings in awhile with everyone in Pixie's crafty Snippet Challenge! I hope I am allowed in the playground after playing hooky.
Have a good week!
Stamps: Crafty Secrets: Office 
Paper: CS: The Kraft Journal, PP: Scraps
Ink: Versafine: Vintage Sepia, Momento: Tuxedo Black
Other: Buttons: Hobby Lobby, Ribbon: Stampin' UP!, Dies: Spellbinders

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Merry Monday on Sunday :-)

It has been a busy week, so it's been hard finding time when to squeeze this post in. I will be just squeaking  in the final hours. I adore Lesley's CAS sketches, and it's just what I needed. I had the honor of guest designing for her last week, so of course I couldn't let this sketch close out without playing along!

So here we go!

Again, another non-tradional, but elegant Christmas greeting. The patterned paper is from DCWV La Creme stack.
For my reindeer (Stampin' UP! Winter Post), he was stamped in Versamark Ink, and then heat set with black embossing powder. For a fun touch a pearl was added to his nose. :-) He was mounted on a die-cut star adding pearls to each point.
Can I just say I am in love with this beautiful vintage greeting! It comes from Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas. The snowflake is from the same set. You may not be able to see it, but a white pearl was added to the center of the snowflake. The sentiment panel was mounted on a Basic Black scalloped border panel and adhered to my card front.
Clean and Simple, but made with love and one more Christmas card complete!
Here is the Merry Monday Sketch! 
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Stamps: Stamping' UP! And Crafty Secrets
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, PP:DCWV
Ink: Jenni Bowlin 
Other: Pearls: Michael's, Dies: Spellbinders, Punch: Stampin' UP!, Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,