Celebrate

Hi everyone, and happy Tuesday to you! I have a card to show today that I created this past summer and was lucky enough to have in the July quarterly edition of ScrapStreet Magazine . Since the latest edition was released on October 1st, I’m excited to be able to share this card with you now.

The Card Corner was showcasing cards featuring woodland animals. Given the opportunity to work with animals, chances are pretty good that I’ll go with a sweet little hedgehog. After all, being the proud owner of a real hedgehog pet, I am quite smitten with the little guys. This cutie here is a Hampton Arts stamp. I stamped him on gingham print patterned paper, fussy cut the image out, and popped it up on foam dots for dimension.

Layered lots of patterned papers, die cuts, and journaling shapes and embellished with cardstock stickers and yummy Webster’s Pages trims.

I had so much fun making this card. Thank you ScrapStreet Magazine and Melissa for having me! Be sure to check out the latest fall edition, chock full of fabulous projects and inspiration. I have another card in this issue featuring fun uses for alpha stickers that you can find here……..

as well as another card from the summer edition here.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Wishing you a wonderful day. 🙂

Harvest Joy

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! This week is just zipping by so quickly. Seems like I’ve hardly blinked, and we’re half way through the week already. Today I have a card to share that’s a real mix of old and new, with a little bit of stamping thrown in, too.

While doing a little clean-up yesterday, I uncovered a stash of old fall-themed stamps hidden away in my armoire. I figured it was high-time to pull them out, dust them off, and put them to good use. The leaves and pumpkin used here come from the All About Autumn set from Stampin’Up, circa 2002. The joy sentiment is from the Small Script set, and is almost as old. I stamped the sentiment onto patterned paper, and trimmed it out for a fun look.

Also added some brand-new-to-me items fresh from the post office, including some new Webster’s Pages goodies. Love, love, love that lace trim from the Western Romance Trim Kit. I always love Webster’s trims…….but this one is definitely one of my top faves.

Papers are from the 6×6 Sunshine paper pad from My Mind’s Eye. Thought the October Afternoon alpha stickers and the Crate Paper Portrait brads were the perfect match. Added a new designer stickpin from Webster’s Let’s Celebrate line, as well. Really happy with the whole combination.

How I do love mixing the old with the new. How about you?

The Kraft Journal Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! Happy Monday to you all! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a brand new week. Today we have a new challenge for you at The Kraft Journal. This week’s challenge theme is to use a sketch to inspire your project. Feel free to use any sketch that you wish.

Given the opportunity to do anything I wanted, I of course chose a Halloween design. 🙂 And I was inspired by this fabulous sketch from the Moxie Fab World’s Vertical Sketch Challenge.

Just love the fun banners on this sketch. I know this is a card design that I will turn to again and again.

Started with a card base of my favorite Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock, layered with some adorable, spooky paper from Webster’s Pages Trendsetter 6×6 Petite Paper Pad.

Added a strip of selvage burlap and postage-stamp edged kraft cardstock across the top of the card, along with a bow of  Adelaide Seam Binding. A fun Vintage Halloween Chipboard Button and a felt bat dress up the bow.

Created the banner from Chipboard Flag Pieces covered in Memo Book paper. I inked the edges and added tiny alpha stickers for the sentiment. Hung the banner from Hang Tag String and a vintage button. To give some age to the string, I dyed it with Tea Dye Distress Ink. A haunted house transparency finish things off.

Hope you come and play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal. All of our followers who participant in our challenges for the month of September have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher.  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Sharing today with Moxie Fab World. Thanks so much for the awesome sketch! And thanks to all of YOU for stopping by today!

Let’s Celebrate

Have you all heard the exciting news? Webster’s Pages is celebrating the release of their new line, Let’s Celebrate! Be sure to check out the forum for sneak peeks, and copy and paste this ISpy badge onto your own blog today for a chance to win a special prize.

All the details are in the forum.

And even better news………….Let’s Celebrate is ON SALE NOW on our website.

and……………….there’s a giveaway today on our blog.

Super giant happy face!

The Kraft Journal- Easter Celebrations

It’s time for a new challenge at The Kraft Journal. This week’s theme is Easter Celebrations.

As many of you know, one of my most favorite parts of any holiday celebration is decorating my home with seasonal items. It adds a festive flair to the house and makes each holiday feel special.  And most importantly of all, my kids just love it. So for this week’s challenge, I created a fun Easter egg pillow to dress up my sunroom using Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock, patterned papers, and a few special goodies from The Kraft Outlet.

The body of the egg is made from nested layers of kraft cardstock and Webster’s Pages patterned papers, in one of my favorite color combinations, blue and brown. Inked edges and machine stitching call attention to each individual layer. The front was stitched to a backing, leaving enough of an opening to insert some stuffing before stitching closed.

I just cannot get enough of handmade flowers these days. I created this one using a variety of flower and scalloped circle punches with patterned paper and Vintage Dictionary Pages lightly spritzed with gold Glimmer Mist. I topped it off with an old silver button that was my grandmother’s. A keepsake I will treasure forever.

The egg is wrapped in Natural Twill Tying Tape and tied with a layered bow of twill, Victoria Seam Binding, hemp cord, and another of Grandma’s buttons.

I think perhaps my favorite part is the blue leaves I stitched and cut with pinking shears from cream felt. Blue leaves? You betcha!

A special handmade project needs a Uniquely Handmade stamp, don’t you think?

Well, I think so! If I don’t sign and date this baby, I will NEVER remember when I made this.  🙂

I do hope you’ll play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal. The lucky winner of this month’s drawing will receive a $15 voucher to shop at The Kraft Outlet. You have until 6 pm EST on Sunday the 24th to upload your kraft Easter Celebration projects. Can’t wait to see what you all create!

myStamp BOX Guest Designer

Not all of you may know this about me, but I first began card making, over twelve years ago now, after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping demonstration. That day, I fell hard and fast for stamps, bright colored inks, and pretty papers. In the years since then, my interests have broadened into scrapbooking and altered art as well, but one thing has never changed. I still, to this day, LOVE stamps. So you can imagine how tickled I am to have the distinct honor and pleasure of guest designing for my Stamp BOX for the month of April.

Bettina sent me the fabulous Funky Flowers set to work with.  You can probably clearly imagine the squeal of delight that slipped out as soon as I saw this adorable set. As a HUGE lover of flowers on my cards and scrapbook pages, I was immediately captivated by the endless flower-building potential of these individual stamps.

It is so much fun creating layered flowers with all the different flower options available in the Funky Flowers set. For the flowers on my Thanks Friend card, I used 4 individual stamps together to create dimensional flowers with tons of charm and detail.

How fun is that to use the leaf shadow stamp along with the sentiment stamps included in this set for the card greeting? I LOVE that the Funky Flowers set includes enough images to create an endless possibility of flowers, and it includes sentiments, as well as a couple of really adorable bugs, too.

In the years since I first began stamping, I’ve fallen in love with mixing stamped images with the beautiful patterned papers and embellishments available to traditional paper-crafters. Here I’ve paired the fabulous butterfly and background leaf image from Funky Flowers with bright and happy papers from Webster’s Pages 6×6 Spring Market/Yacht Club/Country Estates Petite Paper Collection, a die-cut journaling spot, ribbon, and trims to create an elegant greeting card, perfect for just about any occasion.

Stop by the myStamp BOX blog to see more detailed descriptions on the stamping techniques seen here today. And stop back in on the 20th and 21st when I’ll have more guest designer projects featuring the Funky Flowers set. Can’t wait to see you all there!

The Kraft Journal- Spring Cleaning

Happy Monday everyone! It’s time for a new challenge at The Kraft Journal. This week’s theme is spring cleaning.

For many of us, spring is a time for renewal and rejuvenation, a time when a thorough scrubbing of the house is in order. Time to sweep Old Man Winter out and welcome in a fresh, new season.  So for this week’s card, I turned to The Graphics Fairy for vintage inspired cleaning ad images, which paired with my favorite supplies from The Kraft Outlet, made for a fun, shabby chic spring-inspired card.

Buff Ivory cardstock forms the base of the card. I added a border of scallops punched from Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock, vintage lace, and machine stitched a large ad printed on more Buff Ivory cardstock to the center. I love the look of  the linen texture of this paper combined with the old graphics.

A second vintage ad was stitched onto a Nestabilities label die cut from PreCut Chipboard and detailed with clear gems, a Webster’s Pages Sparkler, and gorgeous blue Victoria Seam Binding. A tiny hand-stamped spring tag attached with a safety pin finish things off.

Hope you will play along with us this week with our fun spring cleaning challenge. You have until Sunday, April 10th at 6 pm EST to upload your projects for your chance to win this month’s $15 store voucher to The Kraft Outlet. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Don’t forget to use kraft cardstock, or supplies from The Kraft Outlet on your submissions.

And tell me, my friends………………

is spring a time of deep scrubby-dubbing at your house?

Dream Big

Did I ever tell you all how much I love Thursdays?

It’s true. I do.  Thursday is just a happy day to me. I love knowing that the weekend is almost here, but that not a single moment of it is over yet. Everything is still ahead, and full of potential.

And besides, it’s an absolutely beautiful day today. The skies are blue and the sun is shining. And my whole world is in bloom. Spring has sprung in North Carolina. A happy day, indeed.

I’ve been playing with my Webster’s Pages stash.  Some of the new goodies from their Winter CHA releases. This is the Ladies & Gents/Trendsetter 6×6 Petite Paper Collection along with a journaling card from Hollywood Vogue. Great combination, right? One of my favorite things about Webster’s is how well all their lines work together, making mixing and matching a breeze.

Used some of my most favorite things here. Machine stitching and hemp twine, and a handmade flower I created from the 6×6 papers.

Blue Tutu trim makes the most adorable ruffle skirt. A few gems add a touch of glam.

I know many of you are being pelted by rain and snow right now. But I hope that where ever you are and whatever the conditions, that you have a very happy day, too!

Sweet Springtime Greetings

I’ll admit to it. Sometimes, every once in awhile……

I have a tendency to hoard my scrapbooking supplies. Especially my Webster’s Pages stash.

I’ve been hoarding the new lines. Had them spread out on my desk so I could just stare at all the pretty things. But today, it was time to play.

I’ve had quite the case of spring fevers lately, which has inspired me to some springtime card-making. One of my favorite Webster’s products for cards are their 6×6 paper pads. This is the new Trendsetter/Ladies & Gents Petite Paper collection, with a touch of Lullaby Lane mixed in on the background.

The colors are so beautiful for springtime. A perfect match for this sweet vintage image from The Graphics Fairy.

I added lots of detail with the new trims, another of my all-time fave products from Webster’s.  A snippet of Blue Tutu trim and Country Blue lace make for a fun layered bow with a new Vintage Medallion Sparkler and Soft Green trim. I cut the Country Blue lace in half to fit my card, and extend the use of a smaller piece. And speaking of stretching your trims, try cutting apart the Beaded Links for a fun small accent on your projects, like I did here.

Sigh…………..

I do love me some Webster’s.  And did you know??

Webster’s is having a huge sale right now, 50% off many of their collections and embellishments. Not that I’m trying to enable you, or anything. :0

But goodness knows, I’m having a hard time staying away!

Will You be Mine?

Do you all have these books?

I could not wait for book one to come out. After faithfully downloading all the monthly sketches for years and saving them in a binder, I was beyond thrilled to have all the work done for me in book form with 60 never-before-seen sketches along with more than 140 pieces of beautiful artwork. Sigh……

Unfortunately, in the years since the first book came out, I’ve tended to forget about my much loved copy of Scrapbook Page Maps. So I was excited last week when my sweet blogging friend, Kristina, decided to challenge herself to work her way through book one and book two, sketch by sketch. Today she is revealing sketch number two, and I am playing along with her.

Although this sketch is a 3 photo, 12×12 design, I modified my page to fit my favorite 8.5×11 format, reducing the number of photos down to two. Love that you can adapt sketches to perfectly suit your needs.

With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, I’ve been thinking about those certain special someone’s in my life. And nobody comes to mind more quickly than my sweet family, including this little girl right here. Crissy is never more than 2 or 3 steps away from me at any given time. She is my constant companion, my faithful, furry friend. I’m hoping she’ll be my Valentine this year.

Combined some of my favorite Webster’s Pages goodies with last year’s Pink Paislee Valentine line and a bit of Making Memories’ Je t’Adore.

Polka dotted paper and Storyteller Alpha Stickers from Webster’s Pages Lullaby Lane collection. Gorgeous pink trim from Hollywood Vogue.

Hollywood Vogue Fabric Ribbon peeking from the top.

All the reasons I love my pup.

A bit of hand-stitching and a Whimsy heart from Webster’s.

What do you think? Do you think she’ll be mine??