Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary Matt & Katie

Today I made a very quick card for my son Matt and his wife Katie's 2nd wedding anniversary.  I had it in my head that I wanted to use BB: Newsprint and Love Birds for this card.  I went through two prototypes and finally settled on this as my final card:
I ended up using the title from BB:Newsprint and the rest of the newsprint is a CAC Impression Obsession stamp called Newsprint.  It covered the entire rest of the cardbase all at once.  Works perfectly with the PTI set too.  I stamped the birdcage in dark chocolate ink and the birds in Hawaiian Shores, cut it out and suspended it from a little swag of pure poppy bakers twine.  The happily ever after sentiment is from Botanical Silhouettes and I added just a few of the sweet red hearts from Love Birds for an extra pop of red.  Two years ago we were running around like crazy getting ready for their wedding and it is so nice to see how far both Matt and Katie have come individually and as a couple.  They are really very happy and as a mother, that is the most wonderful thing to see!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mojo Monday #200

Hip Hip Hooray!  Hoorah!  Yipee!  Yes, that is about as cheery as I can get for today's card is for Mojo Monday Sketch #200!  For all the details about this great big occasion and the challenge with lots of PRIZES, here is the link and a peek at the great sketch for this week:
Isn't this a great sketch?
Here is my card based on this sketch.
I have to say this is one of my all time favorite cards.  I think it is just so elegant for a wedding card.  I got to use my new Waltzingmouse stamps again on this one.  I used You're Lovely which has a gorgeous long dress perfect as a wedding or prom dress.  The sentiment is from Big Day Additions, also a new Waltzingmouse stamp set with beautiful, swirly and elegant sentiments for a wedding day.  It is embossed with Vintage Cream ink and clear embossing powder.  The card is made on a Vintage Cream cardbase embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder.  The dark chocolate oval is also impressed with the PTI Linen and Canvas impression plate.  If you look closely, you will see that the dress has a damask print stamped on it and a layer of vellum adhered over it to really soften the look.  A border of from Damask Designs is layered along the edge with a row of pearls to sparkle it up.  Makes me wish I had more weddings to go to now that I have these new wedding day stamp sets!  Thanks for taking a look.

Stamp a Faire Challenge #2

Here's a card for Challenge #2 using bright colors and a neutral, Smokey Shadow.  On vacation, but had to enter just one or two chances to win the cute stamp a faire set.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #56

I loved the sketch this week for Waltzingmouse stamps, WMSC#56 so much that I made a second card.  It also helps that I just got my order of new stamps and lots of ideas are bouncing around in my head.  For details about this sketch challenge, here is a link and this is the sketch:
This sketch is so versatile, fits any stamp set you have.
I used one of Waltzingmouse's new sets, Eat Cake.  It's just perfect for birthday or wedding cakes. 
 Actually, I can also see adorable cupcakes sitting on top of that cute little cake stand too, but for today, I needed a birthday card for my baby.  My 29 year old baby, Matt.  That teeny, tiny 5 lb baby born 6 weeks early and in only 30 minutes from start to finish.  That was a shocker for a first time mom who expected labor to last FOR..EV..ER.  I barely made it to the hospital.  My husband threw some clothes in a paper sack for me to take.  I never got over that one.  A paper sack?  No toothbrush, hairbrush, nothing.  Just the most ratty, ripped up nightgown I owned.  That was all.
Anyway, we survived.  He survived and has grown into a wonderful, successful young man who is happy all the time.  Seriously, all the time.  Never gets mad, always smiling, never holds a grudge (unlike his mother) and is so smart!  Computer Science.  Math.  Where did he get that?  Not from his mom or dad, that's for sure.  We haven't been able to help him with homework since 5th grade.

I guess I lost my train of thought.  The card.  Here it is:

I stamped IO Screen Cover a Card onto a Hawaiian Shores cardbase.  I seem to use that stamp on everything these days.  I rarely have a cardbase without some kind of texture in versamark lately.  The polka dots are from PTI BB Polka Dot #2 and the cakestand is embossed with dark chocolate ink.  I stamped my beautiful cake onto kraft with Memento Sand ink.  The flowers are stamped in pure poppy with a little bit of stickles in the center.  At the top, a sentiment from Eat Cake and a few little rhinestone sparklies.  After all, this is a card for a grown man. 
Still my baby at 29.  Happy Birthday, Matt!
Here's a pic of my 29 year old baby.  Ignore the fish.  I just loved the expression on Matt's face. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #56

Today I made a card using my brand new Waltzingmouse stamp set "You're Lovely".  I am playing along with the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #56.  Here is the sketch:
Here is my card:

Isn't that dress form "lovely"?  To make this card I used PTI plum pudding cardstock stamped with the Roses Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamp.  Roses are always vintagy, don't you think?  The polka dot layer is impressed with a polka dot impression plate and the beautiful dress form is stamped onto rustic cream cardstockwith a little tea dye duo on the edges to add to the vintage feel of the card.  The dress form itself is paper piece with bitty dot paper and the sentiment is stamped with Memento Grape Jelly ink, cut out and popped up with dimensionals.  It's hard to see, but there are two little lavender rhinestones on the ends of the sentiment strip.  I added a few flowers up in the corner of the card and I was done.  Make sure you check out all the great cards made with this Waltzingmouse sketch and I hope some of you even have time to play along.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz- Birthday Party!

Today I made a card for my very first Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz.  I just recently ordered some stamps from Waltzingmouse and although they haven't reached me yet, I still wanted to play along with their waltz challenge.  The theme this month is Birthday Party. I need a card for an outdoor birthday party for my sister-in-law whose party is going to be held in the most beautiful backyard I have ever seen.  Tons of flowers and greenery, so unlike my own backyard.   I downloaded a free template from the Waltzingmouse store, Watering Can Card.   Make sure you click on the link to check it out.  It's free!
                                     Here is my card:
Isn't this a pretty little card for a birthday?  I love this watering can, and it was so easy to cut out!  I thought I would mess up cutting out the handles, but they are large enough that even my fat fingers could do it.
I printed my watering can template on digital paper from WaltzingMouse called Victoriana Papers. This paper pack is so reasonably priced and so far I have used two of them for projects.  I love that I can print them on whatever weight cardstock I want.  This time I used heavy cardstock so my card would be very sturdy, but they can be printed on layering weight cardstock and would be just as pretty and reduce the weight on your card too. 
I cut a mat using my Spellbinders Labels Four and stamped it with an image from WaltzingMouse Very Vintage Labels No. 4.  Inside that label, I used a few images from PTI's Garden Variety set.  Doesn't it go nicely with that watering can?  To pretty up the can, I added some hot pink pom-poms.  I had to have something to fill up my watering can, so I cut some Larger than Life flowers from PTI and had them peek out of the can.  I added a little stickles and a cute little yellow tag tied with bakers twine just to add a bit more color to this card.  So, what do you think?  Make sure you check out all of Waltzingmouse digital products.  You can create a very cute card in no time at all!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Impression Obsession "Hello" Challenge and CPS #122

Today I made a project for the Impression Obsession "Hello" challenge.  To learn more about this challenge, you can read about it here.  I used a sketch from Card Pattern Sketch #122 as the basis for my design, allowing me to enter two contests at once.  Lucky me!  I find I often turn to CPS for inspiration and a starting point when I have a hard time getting started.  This weeks Impression Obsession challenge is titled "Hello".  I have been needing to make a notepad for my Mom and thought the CPS sketch looked so much like a cute little notepad.

What do you think? 

Here is my notepad:

The cardbase is PTI Spring Moss and I made some gingham paper using a "Gingham" Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp.  It is stamped onto Sweet Blush cardstock.  I cut the edges with pinking shears and the Pure Poppy layer is stamped with the "Screen" Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp in Versamark.  I then used a Cuttlebug embossing folder with fruit on it to give it a really nice crisp impression.  The focal point panel is Rustic White cardstock and I stamped a 2" circle in Pure Poppy.  Now, my dilema was how to make this have a "Hello" theme.  I decided to use the word "HELLO" from Fillable Frames #1 and then some little parentheses I had and have no clue where they came from.  Inside the parentheses I added the words Note to Self from PTI's Take Note set.  I am always telling myself "Hello", remember this or remember that!  I added just a few rhinestones inside the parentheses and some Simply Chartruese saddle-stitch ribbon and a red button to bring out more of the green color.  I added a few Fruit Fusian Strawberries in the corner and attached a cute little mini pen to the notepad.  I think my Mom will love it. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CAS-ual Friday CFC9 "Krafts-Men"

Todays card is for CAS-ual Fridays CFC9 titled "Krafts-Men".   I love kraft cardstock.  Love it.  This challenge was something I knew I would enjoy and it was just great timing that I need a birthday card for my 25 year old nephew this weekend.  I used Birthday Words Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp in Versamark for the background.  It is subtle, but adds a nice touch for a masculine card.  I cut a Nestie circle and embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder and adhered it to my cardbase.  For the focal point, I used a trio of  labels from My Favorite Things stamped with the Woodgrain Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card and Screen Cover-a-Card stamps.  The sentiment and star are from PTI Star Prints and the star rhinestones were colored with copics to match the navy ink.  Lately, no card of mine goes without some twine, especially masculine cards, so there is a bit of Enchanted Evening twine wrapped around the entire cardbase.  Thanks for taking a look at my "Krafts-men" birthday card.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Today I made a card for Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge #54.  Here is the sketch:

Interesting sketch, isn't it?   Now, what Waltzingmouse products do I have that will fit this sketch?   

Here is my card:                                                                              

Since I only have one set of Waltzingmouse stamps right now, (I have a bunch ordered, but none have arrived yet), I downloaded some of Waltzingmouse Digital Papers.  I used Victoriana Papers, which has a beautiful design with deep cranberry and kraft designs running through it.  Beautiful. 

I printed some of the Victoriana paper and used it for my card base.  I was able to make a very sturdy card since the paper was printed on heavy cardstock.  I added a layer of kraft, stamped it with a Think Big Favorite sentiment and impressed this layer with the Polka Dot impression plate from PTI.  I punched a few stars, ran them through the xyron and placed them right on top of some brown and white bakers twine.  A few rhinestones colored with copics finished the card. 

I am looking forward to receiving my new stamps as Waltzingmouse has some great challenges and Blog Waltzes that I am dying to play along with.  Thanks for taking a look!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Tea for Two Additions and Garden Variety Birthday

Hi Friends!  I am back from vacation and could not wait to get into my craft room to make a birthday card with those super cute teacups my PTI forum friend Joyce (rachnsarahsmom) sent me while I was away.  She was so nice to stamp a great big variety of colors of teacups and teapots for me.  As I was trying to decide which image to use on my card, I realized that the stems and flower images from Garden Variety fit absolutely perfectly within the teacup.  It is such a perfect fit, they look like they were made for each other.  I used a kraft card base which I stamped with the Impression Obsession Cover a Card Greenery stamp.  This stamp looks so much like the patterned paper from PTI "Green Tea Leaves", it was just the perfect subtle backdrop for my focal image.  For the focal image, I used the PTI spiral notebook die to cut some Vintage White cardstock, stamped the sentiment from Wildflower Garden and the branches and flowers from Garden Variety.  I popped up the teacup Joyce sent me and added a few little butterflies, one popped up and a slightly larger one on the kraft cardbase.  Joyce was also nice enough to send me some of the Green Tea Leaves paper (I liked it so much, the paper pack is now sitting in my PTI cart just waiting for me to press "Order").   I used a scallop border punch to cut a little of the Green Tea Leaves paper and wrapped some twine and a button around it.  My card still needed a little something along the bottom, so the sentiment was stamped using another Garden Variety stamp.  This card turned out exactly how I pictured it and I love it!  Thanks, Joyce for the cute tea cup and paper you sent me.  I bet I use every single one of them.