A Ghost in the Pumpkins

Ghost in the PumpkinsAre you a Halloween fan?  I like Halloween, but I really only like fun & cute Halloween. I don’t really like scary Halloween.  So this Fall Fest stamp set is right up my alley.  I like the cute ghost and when you add googly eyes, he becomes fun too.

Ghost in the Pumpkins Close UpI used the Polka Dot Decorative Mask (stencil) for the background.  I used a sponge dauber and Smoky Slate ink as well.

I also pulled out my That’s the Ticket stamp set, which hasn’t seen ink in a long time.  I need to remember to use that set more.  I love the fun touch tickets add.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 3


Well, moving right along…We’re on Day 3 of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop.  It has been so fun to see everyone’s amazing projects up close.  I don’t know about your experience, but at Convention there were just so many people trying to look at the display boards at the same time and it was really hard to see some of the projects.  With this blog hop, I can see so many more details and learn how some of the projects were made.

I have another card for you today.

Artisan BirthdayI wanted to make a colorful, cheerful birthday card.  I do love these colors together.  Here’s a look at the inside of the card:

Artisan Birthday InsideNow you can hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to continue on with the blog hop.  Or you can work your way backwards by visiting Wendy Weixler’s blog.

2013artfinalistback copy

2013artfinalistnext copy

Since this project was made before the current catalog was released, there are retired products on this card.

Enjoy your Monday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Make a Wish, Fabulous Phrases, That’s the Ticket, Pennant Parade
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, World Spectacular Designer Series Paper, 2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Designer Frames Folders, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl Basic Jewels, Subtles Designer Buttons, Large Scallop Edgelits, Scallop Edge Border punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Sewing Machine

A Gorgeous Grunge Scrapbook Page


I don’t show scrapbook pages very often (mainly because I don’t make them very often anymore :)).  I made this page for the Convention display boards, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and a couple of others.  I used the This and That Epic Day dsp, which is a perfect dsp to use with the Gorgeous Grunge set — it looks like they were made for each other.

Gorgeous Grunge Display ScrapbookI also used the That’s the Ticket stamp set and coordinating punch for an accent.  The large glimmer paper letters are from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, and the alphabet which runs down the side is from the Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set.

Gorgeous Grunge Display Scrapbook Close UpHere’s a closer look at the Gorgeous Grunge set in action in the bottom corner.  It also shows the very fun  Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, which I think is a must-have for any scrapbooker.

Gorgeous Grunge Display Scrapbook Close Up 2I have been very touched by all of the kind comments I received yesterday.  Thank you!  If you missed it, I am giving away some blog candy to celebrate my first year anniversary of blogging.  See yesterday’s post for a chance to win.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Come back tomorrow and I’ll have another Gorgeous Grunge card for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!




Pop-Up Posies Meets Epic Day — FMS81

It’s already another Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the fabulous Cindy Hall has this sketch for us:

Since I am currently addicted to the This and That Epic Day dsp, I immediately reached for it (it’s never far away :)).  I hadn’t used any of the Pop-Up Posies products in a while and they go so well with the Epic Day papers, so I pulled that out too.  And here’s what I made:

Wonderul Epic Day

Pop on by (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and see what the other designers made this week at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  That’s the Ticket, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, This and That Epic Day dsp
Embellishments:  Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, 1/2″ Circle punch, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Pool Party Baker’s Twine

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

Once I started piling stuff on this card, I just couldn’t stop.  I could just never seem to get happy with it.  I decide to step away and take a little break, when my eight year-old came over to my desk and asked if she could make a card.  When I asked her which one of the many on my desk she wanted to make, she picked this one.  Just what I needed!

I used a sponge dauber to dye the paper flowers Melon Mambo.

Have a great Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  That’s the Ticket, Beautiful Birthday
Ink:  Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp
Embellishments:  Ticket Duo Builder punch, 3/16″ Corner punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Designer Builder Brad, Paper Daisies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads, 3/16″ Brights Brads

A Flower of Many Textures — PP135

LeAnne has a fun challenge for us this week at the Paper Players that involves “stitches.”  I love how she left room for those who really dislike sewing — your card could be one that leaves us in stitches.

I must say that I was stumped by this one for quite a while.  I like sewing on a card, but I usually just limit that to sewing around the outside edges.  I wanted to do a little more with this challenge.  I finally decided on sewing some stitches on the felt flower petals that I cut with a die.  I used some linen thread for my stitches.

I also wanted to cut a flower layer using some burlap material I bought a while ago for this purpose.  My first attempt months ago didn’t go so well — I couldn’t keep the burlap from making a complete mess because it unravels so easily.  I had tried to make a rolled flower that time, so this time I decided to just die cut a flower layer.  It worked better, but it’s still unraveling.  Any tips or suggestions?

A Flower of Many Textures -- PP 135

Go see what the other designers created with this challenge, and then play along with us at the Paper Players.  Here are links to their websites:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  That’s the Ticket, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Crumb Cake, So Saffron
Paper:  Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Vine Street embossing folder, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Floral Frames framelits, Fun Flowers Bigz die, Sycamore Street button, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels
non SU:  burlap material, felt, sewing machine

Tickets of Thanks

I’d mentioned in a previous post that I was attending the Stampin’ Up! regional event in Dallas on Saturday.  As usual, Stampin’ Up!  put on a great event!  There were great demonstrations, tips, and stamping.  And of course there was swapping!  Here is one set of  swaps I made for the day.  I made 28 of them, and I’ll be happy to not use my paper piercer again for a while.  🙂

Just the Ticket Swap -- group

Here is a close-up picture for you.

Just the Ticket Swap

I hope you have a great Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  That’s the Ticket, Oh, Hello
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper:  So Saffron, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Tea for Two dsp
Embellishments:  Honeycomb embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits, Occasions Paper Piercing pack, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Designer Builder Brads, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button pack, Color Spritzer tool, Bitty Butterfly punch

Valentine Brownies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you receive some special Valentine’s treat today, whether it be chocolate, flowers, a sweet card, or to just hear the words, “I love you.”

Here are the treats I made for my children, husband, and a favorite teacher.

Valentine Brownies -- group

I didn’t want to put too much effort into them, as I know my children will tear into them without spending much time examining the packaging.  However, I still wanted them to be special.

Valentine Brownie

I used some glassine bags that I had on hand.  And what’s inside the bags, you might be asking?  Well, I think the title of my post gave it away, but I put heart-shaped brownies inside.


Hmmm… they don’t look too appetizing in this picture, but they really are good.  I think I need to practice my photography of food.  I’m not very experienced at that.  🙂

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  That’s the Ticket
Ink:  Pool Party
Paper:  Very Vanilla, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Ticket Duo Builder punch, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels, Pool Party 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon and Baker’s Twine, Tea Lace Paper Doilies

A Clustered Valentine

Doily Lacy Valentine

I’ve got another Valentine’s card for you today.    I used some of the Core-dinations cards stock on this one.  It’s my first time to try it out.   I decided I really like it for two reasons.  The first is that its texture on one side reminds me of the textured card stock Stampin’ Up used to offer (I miss that stuff!).  The other reason is that when you sand an embossed image, it really shows up.  Very fun!

I clustered some of my favorite elements on this one — I adore the scalloped heart in the Hearts a Flutter stamp set, the flower trim, pearls, and tickets.  Here’s a closer look:

Doily Lacy Valentine close-up

Thank you to all of you who left comments yesterday with ideas for how I could use yesterday’s card.  Y’all had so many good ideas that now I think I need to make more of this card!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That’s the Ticket
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Versamark
Paper:  Pool Party, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Pool Party Core-dinations, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Delicate Designs Folders, Pearl Basic Jewels, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon

A Valentine with a Little of This and a Little of That

Loaded ValentineHere’s another Valentine’s card for you with lots of pretty new products in the Spring catalog.  I can’t decide if my favorite new product is the flower trim or the honeycomb embossing folder, but I’m pretty sure it is one of the two (at least today).  🙂  Do you have a favorite new product?

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That’s the Ticket
Ink:  Real Red, Pool Party, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Ticket Duo Builder’s punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Color Spritzer Tool, Sycamore Street buttons (available Jan. 22 with Sale-a-Bration)