Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vintage Style Holiday Tags

Hello, friends! I have been having fun making Christmas tags for the fast approaching holidays. Some years this gets left to the 11th hour, but I'm getting starting early this time! These tags have a simple yet elegant look, mostly thanks to the gorgeous script font.

I made a set of 8 and they are now available in my shop.  I love how they turned out, I hope you do too! :)

Stamps: Hand Penned Holidays (SU!)
Paper: Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Embellishments: brown satin ribbon
Tools: Crop-a-dile

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wreath & Swirls card

I have another Wreath for All Seasons card to share today. It started out with the wreath on the lacey circle die and kept going from there. The berries have red glitter on them for a bit of sparkle and the sentiment is from SU!'s Teeny Tiny Wishes, which I cut down into a banner shape.

The background panel was stamped with BB: Sheet Music and also Fancy Flourishes before being run through my Cuttlebug with the Linen & Canvas impression folder. The edges of the Real Red panel were distressed before sewing it all together onto an Always Artichoke card base. It makes for a very worn and vintage look which I love! Both the lacey circle and the sentiment are popped up with foam tape. 

The inside was finished to match with more sheet music and flourish stamps. I hope you like it! Both this card and my previous Wreath for All Seasons card are up in my shop, be sure to take a look! :)
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Fancy Flourishes, BB: Sheet Music (PTI), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Embellishments: red glitter glue
Tools:  Lacey Circle die (Spellbinders), Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI), sewing machine

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spider Web Cupcakes

Happy Halloween! I did a bunch of baking yesterday and this is one of the confections that came out of the kitchen, spider web cupcakes! The chocolate cupcakes are just a box mix (don't judge, it was a busy day) but I did make the cream cheese frosting.  To create the web effect I used Wilton's black decorating gel and drew three concentric circles on each iced cupcake. Then with a toothpick I pulled from the center outward through the frosting. Easy!

Have fun tonight!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Christmas Wreath

I'm moving right into holiday mode with my card making, and Wreath for All Seasons is getting a lot of love! The background panel was created by first stamping the sentiment, which I found in the Michael's $1 bin a few years ago, in Cherry Cobbler ink. Then I scored lines above and below the sentiment to help set it off from the background stamping, which was done with BB: Tin Types in Crumb Cake ink.

The focal point is a Mat Stack 1 die stamped with the wreath image. A few buttons and a banner behind finish it off! I really like the vintage and homey feel this has to it. I hope you like it, too! :)

Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Background Basics: Tin Types (PTI), Michael's $1 sentiment
Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Tools: Mat Stack 1 die, Double Ended Banner die (PTI), scoring board (Martha Stewart)
Embellishment: buttons

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


At long last I am back with a card to share. With Halloween next week I finally got my act together and made some cards. How is October almost over?

The pumpkin was stamped in Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive ink and then fussy cut out. The hills I also cut free hand. The hills are stamped with Text Style and I tied a small "Boo!" tag onto the stem of the pumpkin.

It's a bit hard to see in the photo, but the Very Vanilla background layer has been impressed with my Linen & Canvas impression plate. I antiqued the edges of all of the layers with Tea Dye.

The inside has a matching spider web in the corner and the sentiment is from Holiday Best.  I have some other projects to share with you soon and I'm hoping to get some baking in as well. See you soon!


Stamps: Carved & Candlelit, Tiny Tags, Holiday Best (SU!), Text Style (PTI), Creepy Crawly (Inkadinkadoo)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!), Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Tools:Jewelry Tag punch (SU!), Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI)
Embellishments: embroidery thread, buttons

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Patchwork Baby

This is my last Sweet Baby card, at least for now! This time the cute little elephant image got some love. Whereas the first two cards came together very quickly, I really labored over this one. It took me a long time to figure out where I was going with it and how it was all going to come together. But I do like the end result!

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Once I'd settled on using this layout, it was fun to create different little vignettes in each square. The elephant was die cut and stamped with Cool Caribbean ink. The green mat behind the elephant was embossed with my Textured Stripes embossing folder. Behind the button, the Whisper White layer was embossed with Swiss Dots. And behind the die cut heart the green layer was impressed with a Wood Grain impression plate. Lots of different textures! I used a paper piercer to add some interest under the sentiment. All of the squares are popped up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! :)

Stamps: Sweet Baby, Bundle of Love (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Kiwi Kiss, Cool Caribbean (SU!)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Cool Caribbean (SU!)
Embellishments: button, twine, adhesive pearl, satin ribbon
Tools:  Swiss Dots EF (Provo), Sweet Baby die, Wood Grain impression plate (PTI), Textured Stripes EF (SU!), Heart die (Nestabilities), Square Punch (Marvy), paper piercer 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sweet Boy

Here is my second Sweet Baby card, this time using the lion image. I had extra brown letters cut out from my Father's Day cards, so I thought this was a good opportunity to put some of them to use. I also couldn't resist adding some argyle to the bottom to both reinforce the boy theme and carry on my color scheme.

The "b" and "y" were die cut from PTI's Block Alphabet. I used a button from my stash for the "o" and threaded it with twine.

Both the lion's body and head are popped up with foam tape. The last thing I did was swipe some Tea Dye around the edge of the white panel before adhering it to a Chocolate Chip card base. I'm loving this set! :)

This card and others are available in my Etsy shop. Check them out! 

Stamps: Sweet Baby, A Little Argyle (PTI)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Bliss Blue, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye Duo (PTI)
Embellishments: button, twine
Tools: Sweet Baby die, Block Alphabet die (PTI)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Welcome, Baby

Going back over previous baby cards I had made and posted about, I noticed that most of them all used the same image. Clearly I needed to add some variety. So when I put in my first Papertrey Ink order a little while back, I included two baby sets. Up until now, I hadn't had a chance to use them. That changed this past weekend!

This cute giraffe is from the set Sweet Baby. Three different animals are included, and you'll see cards using all of them over the next few days! But today I wanted to share this baby girl card. The giraffe is die cut from Stamper's Select White card stock and stamped with Pretty in Pink ink. The little heart was stamped with Ruby Red.

I stamped some matching pink polka dots from Polka Dot Basics II along the bottom. Two score lines helped define the bottom portion of the card. The sentiment is from Bundle of Love. Lastly, I adhered the white panel to a Pink Pirouette card base with foam adhesive. I'm so pleased with how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Sweet Baby, Bundle of Love, Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (SU!), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red (SU!)
Embellishments: buttons, thread
Tools:  Sweet Baby die (PTI), Scoring Board (MS)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

You Amaze Me

I have had the SU! set Eventful for many years, but had never used the rabbit image before. I'm sure we all have stamps that have never seen ink. Well, I thought it was high time to give it some love and see what I could make with it. This is what I came up with!

I had a rough sketch in mind so I started by die cutting the two Vintage Labels from Smokey Shadow and Whisper White card stock. On the white layer, I stamped the rabbit image in Onyx black and then went in with an aqua painter to color in the hat.

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 I wanted the rabbit to stand out more, he was getting a bit lost without any color, so I outlined him with a Copic C2 marker. That created a nice shadow which gave him some definition. The stars have a little bit of sparkle thanks to a Sakura glitter pen. I also stamped the dotted frame in Real Red.

The hat band gave me the idea to use the double ended banner die behind the focal point. The red banners echo the hat band. The white mat layer was a bit plain on its own so I impressed it with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

I hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Eventful (SU!), Vintage Labels (PTI)
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red (SU!), Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink: Real Red (SU!), Onyx Black (Versa Fine)
Tools: Double Ended Banner die,  Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI), Vintage Label die (Nestabilities), C2 Copic, aqua painter, Sakura glitter pen

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fly Away, Too

I have another birthday card to share today. I had an extra plane die cut from Fly Away sitting on my desk so I decided to put it to good use! The plane and banner were stamped with Real Red ink, then tied together with some twine. They are also popped up with foam tape. The circle behind the plane was impressed with my Book Print impression plate, the alphabet side.

A Little Argyle was stamped along the bottom to ground the design. I also stitched around the perimeter of the card. Two buttons from my stash finished it off!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Fly Away, A Little Argyle (PTI)
Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake (SU!), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black (SU!)
Embellishments: buttons, twine
Tools: Fly Away die, Book Print impression plate (PTI), Cutter Bee Circle Cutter, sewing machine

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wanted: Get Well Wishes

I made this card for my Dad recently. He's been recovering from surgery and I wanted to send him something to cheer him up. I don't have very many "guy" stamps, and even fewer "get well" stamps, so I improvised with what I had. In the end I chose to use my Wanted set, which has sort of a western theme.

To create the background, I cut panels from Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock. Using Versa Mark ink, I stamped a few of the paisley pattern images over the panels and then embossed with white and black embossing powder. I was going for a bandana look. Each of the panels was also swiped with Tea Dye.

The focal piece was cut using a Mat Stack 1 die from Crumb Cake card stock. I stamped the horse and sentiment and then used a crop-a-dile to set eyelets on either side. I looped a bit of twine through the eyelets to finish it off.

I hope he liked it!

Stamps: Wanted, Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink: Basic Black (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI), Versa Mark
Embellishments: white embossing powder, black embossing powder, eyelets, twine
Tools: Mat Stack 1 die (PTI), crop-a-dile

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Summer

Summer is officially here so I thought I would share a summery card. This one uses an old SU! favorite, Flower Filled. The small flowers were stamped with Ruby Red ink and the larger ones were rock 'n rolled with Rose Romance and Ruby Red. I used a magenta sharpy to color in clear rhinestones for the flower centers. It actually matches fairly well! 

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the butterflies, and then stamped them with the polka dot image from Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  The blue panel was impressed with my Wood Grain impression plate and then inked around the edges with Tea Dye. That panel is popped up with foam tape. A little bit of twine finished it off! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps: Flower Filled, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU!)
Paper: Ruby Red, Whisper White (SU!), generic blue
Ink: Ruby Red, Rose Romance, Kiwi Kiss (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Embellishments: twine, rhinestones
Tools: 3-in-1 Classic Butterfly punch (MS), Wood Grain impression plate (PTI), Cutter Bee Circle Cutter, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day 2012

This is the card I made for my dad and father-in-law for Father's Day. Last year I did something that had more of a vintage vibe, so I went in the opposite direction and kept this clean and modern looking. I used A Little Argyle in Really Rust and Basic Black ink to create the pattern along the bottom. I am seriously loving that stamp set and have to restrain myself from adding argyle to everything lately. Ha! The word "dad" was die cut out of Blue Bayou card stock and then I added a bit of black embroidery floss.

This is the version I made for my two grandfathers. The Crumb Cake layer was impressed with my Linen and Canvas impression plate and also sponged around the edges. I used twine instead of embroidery floss as well.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!


Stamps: A Little Argyle (PTI)
Paper: Blue Bayou, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Really Rust, Basic Black (SU!)
Embellishments: black embroidery floss
Tools: Block Alphabet die (PTI)

Stamps: A Little Argyle (PTI)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Embellishments: twine
Tools: Block Alphabet die, Linen and Canvas impression plate (PTI)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Modern Wish Big

I have another birthday card to share today. It wasn't originally intended to be a birthday card, but sometimes these things just take their own course! I've been wanting to make a card with a yellow/grey color scheme for a while and I am happy with how it turned out.  The focal point is a Mat Stack 1 die cut stamped with a coordinating image from the Mat Stack 1 Collection set. The "wish big" is from Script Sentiments.

The background panel is Smokey Shadow card stock that was impressed with the Linen and Canvas impression plate. The final touch were some sprigs of die cut leaves tucked behind the focal piece.  I like the clean and modern feel of this. I made two, one to give to a friend who's birthday is this week and one for my shop

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!

Stamps: Mat Stack 1 Collection, Script Sentiments (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Basic Black (SU!)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black (SU!)
Tools: Mat Stack 1 die, Linen and Canvas impression plate (PTI), Little Leaves die (SU!)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fly Away Birthday

A very special little boy is turning 1 year old next week so this is the card I made for him.  The theme of his birthday party is fire trucks so I would have loved to make a card to coordinate, but as I don't have any fire truck stamps (clearly a deficiency in my arsenal!) I went with this little red airplane from Fly Away instead. I used primary colors to keep it bright and kid-like. :) Both the plane and the trailing banner are popped up with foam tape.

The blue argyle pattern paper is from Prints Pack, an older retired SU! design. I thought it worked nicely as the sky behind the plane. The banner is tied to the plane with yellow baker's twine and I used pinking shears on the Daffodil Delight layer.  Pretty simple but I hope D. and his parents like it!

Stamps: Fly Away (PTI)
Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Prints Pack dp (SU!), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black (SU!)
Embellishments: baker's twine
Tools: Fly Away die (PTI), pinking shears

Monday, June 4, 2012

Shabby Chic Birthday

I have two cards to share today; same design but different color schemes.  These are actually the designs I made for all of my Mother's Day cards this year and I liked them so much I went ahead and made some birthday variations for the shop.

The main image is from Papertrey's Wreath for All Seasons. So pretty! The wreath is stamped on a Mat Stack 1 die cut, and the birthday sentiment is stamped on a Word Window punch out. Both of those layers are popped up with foam tape.

The Crumb Cake panel was impressed with my Wood Grain impression plate and the bottom was punched with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge border punch.

And here's the second one! Instead of using an impression plate I opted for a pretty pattern paper that closely matched the Mauve Mist card base. It's from SU!'s Springtime Vintage collection.

The paper doilies behind the focal images on both cards were tea dyed. After they were dry I went back and lightly sponged the edges to make them a bit darker. 

I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them! 


Blue Birthday
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons (PTI), Teeny TinyWishes (SU!)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI), generic blue
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bliss Blue, Blue Bayou, Mellow Moss (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Embellishments: paper doily, ribbon
Tools: Lace Border Punch (MS), Mat Stack 1 die, Wood Grain impression plate (PTI), Word Window Punch (SU!)

Purple Birthday
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons (PTI), Teeny TinyWishes (SU!)
Paper: Mauve Mist, Springtime Vintage dp (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Lavender Lace, Eggplant Envy, Mellow Moss (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Embellishments: paper doily, ribbon
Tools: Lace Border Punch (MS), Mat Stack 1 die (PTI), Word Window Punch (SU!)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wish Big

This birthday card was a lot of fun to create. I knew I wanted to use the "wish big" sentiment, and so I thought it appropriate to have a really tall stack of presents to go with it! *grin*

To create the large stack of presents I stamped the image 3 times, masking off different portions with a post-it note. I then went back in with an aqua painter and colored it in.  I also added some piercing below the sentiment to set it off a bit more. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happy Moments (SU!), Script Sentiments (PTI)
Paper: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss (SU!), Onyx Black (Versa Fine)
Tools: stamp-a-ma-jig, paper piercer, aqua painter

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Field Flowers

Today's card uses the Stampin' Up! set Field Flowers.  I think this is the first card I made using this set! The vanilla background panel was impressed with the canvas side of my Linen & Canvas impression plate, though you can't really tell from the photo. I also went in and selectively stamped some areas with BB: Text Style using Crumb Cake ink to help give it more interest. There is some light sponging around the edges with more Crumb Cake.

The flower petals were stamped with Rose Romance ink and I used a stamp-a-ma-jig to help position the darker center portion of the flowers.  I cut them each out by hand and popped them up with foam tape. 

Stamps: Field Flowers (SU!), BB: Text Style (PTI)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Bella Rose dp (SU!)
Ink: Ruby Red, Rose Romance, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Embellishments: twine
Tools: Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI), Corner Rounder punch, stamp-a-ma-jig

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm Back!

Hello! Sorry to have dropped off the face of the blogosphere for so many months. Things got a bit crazy and I didn't do any stamping or crafting for ages. I finally found some creative time and now have a slew of cards I need to get photographed so I can share them on my poor, neglected blog. Until that happens, here is a card I gave to my husband for our 3 year anniversary last month. Have a great 3 day weekend and I'll be back next week with more projects!

Stamps: Turning A New Leaf, Script Sentiments (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Crumb Cake, Pacific Point (SU!)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point (SU!), Tea Dye (PTI)
Tools: Mat Stack 1 Die, By the Numbers Die, Wood Grain Impression Plate (PTI)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Enchanting Birthday

For this card I really just let the gorgeous pattern paper do the bulk of the work. The paper, Everyday Enchantments, is part of Stampin' Up's Sale-a-Bration offerings.  I love every design in it, they are so bright and cheery! I cut the pattern paper to be just smaller than my card base and then stitched it in place.  Then I die cut a ribbon tag, stamped the sentiment on it, and tied it on with some matching aqua ribbon I had in my stash. It's simple, but I really love how this one turned out. :)

Stamps: Warmest Regards
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), Everyday Enchantments dp (SU!)
Ink: Ruby Red (SU!)
Embellishments: aqua satin ribbon, clear button, baker's twine
Tool: sewing machine, ribbon tag die (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

I needed to bring an appetizer to a party last weekend and was flipping through some recipes I had bookmarked looking for ideas when I came across these. They caught my eye because they only had two ingredients, both of which I had on hand. No trip to the grocery store needed! Score! And meat and potatoes, what's not to love?

These are embarrasingly easy to make, though they look impressive. They would also be great to take along to a Super Bowl party this weekend. Enjoy!

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes by Martha Stewart


8 bacon slices, cut in half crosswise
16 small potatoes


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each bacon piece around a potato and secure with a toothpick. Place in a baking dish and bake until bacon is crisp and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Cherry Hello

I've had the idea for this card rumbling around in my head for a while but it has just now come to fruition. <insert bad pun groan> My sister gave me a bunch of paper doilies for Christmas so I was excited to be able to incorporate one into this card. I also love the pattern paper in conjunction with the cherry image because it reminds me of a picnic table cloth.  They just seem to go together. The yellow circle layer behind the cherries was impressed with a wood grain texture to give it some added interest. And then there is the sweet little "hello" tag tied on with baker's twine.  I just love this card, it makes me happy! I hope it will brighten someone else's day, too. :)

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Tiny Tags (SU!)
Paper: Barely Banana, Whisper White, Bella Rose dp (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red (SU!)
Embellishments: paper doily, yellow satin ribbon, buttons, baker's twine
Tools: scallop circle punch, jewelry tag punch (SU!), Cutter Bee circle cutting system, stamp-a-ma-jig, wood grain impression plate (PTI)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Sweet Pea

After a long hiatus it is good to be back! I spent quite a lot of time after the holidays going through my stamping space and trying to better organize and label things; I wanted to utilize every inch of my small space.  It was good to get those chores done (even though I would rather have been stamping!) because now I don't feel so cramped or have precarious stacks of paper and tools about to topple over me. :)

After all of that I finally have a card to share.  There is another baby boom happening amongst my friends and acquaintances so I started by making a stack of baby cards to have handy.  This pea pod image is one of my favorite baby stamps, and the great thing about it is that it can be for either a boy or a girl!

The focal image was done by die cutting an oval twice, once in Whisper White and once in Crumb Cake. After stamping the pea pod image on the white oval, I trimmed the Crumb Cake oval down so that only the bottom portion remained, creating a "ground" for the image. I stamped the piece of Crumb Cake oval with an image from Tin Types in Always Artichoke.  The same image was used to stamp the strip behind the scallop oval, but using Crumb Cake ink instead.

The last thing I wanted to share is that the Kiwi Kiss panel got the special treatment with my new PTI Book Print impression plate. Love! Some stitching around the edges finished things off.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Eventful, Noteworthy (SU!), Background Basics: Tin Types (PTI)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake (SU!), Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Embellishments: buttons
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine, aqua painter, Book Print Impression Plate (PTI)