Totally Stoked!

Here's a grungy skater card.  I love the color combo!

The splatter paint stamps remind me of my childhood in the '80s.  :)

Cuckoo for You!

Baby makes three

An adorable baby shower card!

Stamps and dies by Papertrey Ink

#1 Dad

My son and I made this card together for my hubby for Father's Day.  
[Have I mentioned that I'm WAY behind on posting my cards?]

I ADORE the hexagon paper!!!  :)

Home Sweet Home

Here's a cute card using Lawn Fawn's Home Sweet Home stamps and dies.

My friend Aimee moved all the way to California in June, and I sent this card to her in her new home.

I bet she's appreciating the climate now that it's December, and we're enjoying a lovely 34 degrees in Illinois!  LOL  :)

Dear Friend

This was a quick and easy card I made a while back and didn't post.

Papers by Papertrey Ink:
Tropical Teal patterned papers
Tropical Teal cardstock
Stampers Select White cardstock

Paulina and Chrissy Butterfly dies - Simon Says Stamp
Stitched Sentiment Flag die - Lil' Inker Designs

VersaFine Ink
Random white button
Tombow adhesive runner
Zots adhesive dots


I think this is one of my top 10 favorite cards I've ever made!

The butterfly parts are from Simon Says Stamp, Paulina and Devonshire Butterfly dies, and are die cut from Smoky Shadow and Hibiscus Burst cardstocks {PTI}.

I stamped the background using the Peacock Feathers background stamp from Penny Black and stamped it with Smoky Shadow ink on Smoky Shadow cardstock {PTI}.

The ribbon is some of the coolest ribbon I've ever seen!  It has a gorgeous metallic shimmer to it!  I bought it by the yard at a scrapbook store and have no idea what brand it is, but I LOVE it!  I also added some black rhinestones for added interest and dimension.

The sentiments are from PTI, Think Big Favorites #24 and Signature Greetings.  Plus a tiny little butterfly from a paper punch.  This card looks so elegant and beautiful that it was incredibly hard to give away!  I certainly hope it didn't end up in a trash can.  Is that wrong of me?


Paisley Explosion

Here's another Papertrey Ink County Fair card:

Yep....I'm still in love with this kit!!! :)  All products by Papertrey Ink.

Homemade from the heart

Here's a fun card I made with products from the Papertrey Ink Make it, Market: County Fair kit.

I absolutely LOVE this kit!  I know this is going to be one of my long-term favorites to play with!

Twinkle, Twinkle little star.

Here's an adorable baby card I made when a friend of mine had her new baby girl, Melody.

I believe the stamps and dies are all from My Favorite Things and Lil' Inker Designs.

I colored the back of some Rainstones from Papertrey Ink with a Copic Marker and glued them on with Glossy Accents.

The papers are Lemon Tart, Winter Wisteria, and Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink.

Inks are Winter Wisteria and Lemon Tart from Papertrey Ink and VersaFine black.

And what's a cute card without an adorable matching envelope?  :)

Steampunk Pocket Watch Card

Label die from Spellbinders
Pocket watch from Silhouette
Retro Circles embossing folder from Tim Holtz / Sizzix 
Sprockets and Sprockets Border dies from Taylored Expressions
Swivel Clasp, Game Spinners, and Sprockets from Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Alcohol Ink
Metallic Silver cardstock
Distress Inks
Dark Chocolate cardstock from Papertrey Ink
Patterned papers
random brads and findings
Sentiment is typed and printed off my computer


Stamps, papers and dies by Papertrey Ink
Memento and VersaFine Inks
Copic Markers
Stampin' Up Dimensionals
Tombow adhesive runner
Random button and twine

Happy Hallowiener!

I forgot to post this at Halloween time!

So cute!!  :)

A gilded celebration

Large Flower Background - Hero Arts
I can't remember where the sentiment is from....I'll get back to you.

Watercolor Paper - Ranger
Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink

Embossing Powder
Super Fine Detail Gold - Ranger

VersaMark Ink
Copic Markers
Tombow Adhesive
Marvy Uchida Embossing Heat Tool

Some days are better than others....

My sister-in-law had surgery earlier this week, and I wanted to share the get well card that I made for her.

I started by embossing a piece of Rustic White paper {from Papertrey Ink} with the honeycomb embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  I die cut the flower and leaves {MFT Splendid Sunflowers} from Ripe Avocado and Rustic White.

I stamped the flower with several different inks: VersaMagic Mango Madness for the petals, VersaMagic Gingerbread for the flower center, and PTI Dark Chocolate for the seeds.  I also added some dots with a dark brown Copic to add some extra depth to the flower center.  For the leaves, I just stamped them with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder to make them shine.  Then I colored over all the flower petals with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.

I didn't have any tags or tag dies that I liked for this card, so I created a tag using my Silhouette.  The sentiment is from Hello Sunshine {PTI} and is stamped in black ink and then clear embossed for shine and dimension.  I added some enamel dots and a button and twine to finish this off.

On the inside, I stamped a couple more flowers and another sentiment from {PTI} Think Big Favorites #10.

I stamped a couple more flowers on a kraft envelope and then clear embossed the petals to make them pop a little more.  [I felt like the colors stamped too softly on the kraft background, but the clear embossing powder really brought the color out!]

For the record, Jodi's surgery was successful and went even better than we had expected.  They were expecting to find tumors but only found scar tissue instead.  Many prayers were answered!!!  :)

Autumn leaves and Hexagons!

Here's a quick post to share a card I made my boss for his birthday.

The hexagon background die comes from Papertrey Ink.  The two larger leaves were die cut with a the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves BigZ die, and the smallest leaf is from a set of dies by Impression Obsession.

I cut the leaves from patterned paper and then inked up the edges with coordinating distress inks.  I cut the background from multiple patterned papers and then just added a few of the patterned pieces into my otherwise white background.  A little twine bow on the topmost leaf stem, and DONE!  :)

Got wiener envy?

So, I made this card for a friend, and I'm only just realizing that I forgot to take a straight-on photo of the front.  O-well.....this will have to do:

I used some cute coordinating papers from a 6x6 paper pad (can't remember which one), and stamps from There She Goes Stamps.  The adorable little wiener was stamped and then colored with Copic markers.  I used the matching Silhouette cut file to cut out the doxie, but I hand cut the clothing.

On the inside, I stamped just the back end of one of the dachshund stamps....

...and then carried that over to the back by stamping the front half of the little weenie.  I used a Souffle pen to add detail to the doggy's nose and a pupil for the eye.

As the "master" [yeah, right!] of two wieners myself, I adore these stamps!  They include multiple little outfits for the weenies to wear, and several funny, coordinating sentiments.  LOVE!  :)

What time is it? It's TOOL TIME!!

Here is a cute card I made for my Dad's birthday. I got the idea from this post and tutorial HERE.

I used Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy paper for my card base, and several random paper scraps for the rest.

These adorable tools were cut with my Silhouette Cameo using a couple of their cut files, which are currently on sale half price.  Gotta love half price!  I stamped a woodgrain on the handle of the hammer, and each piece was inked up with distress inks and sponge daubers.  I added a dot of liquid pearls to each of the level tubes to create the bubble in each one.

The DAD sentiment is from My Favorite Things’ Masculine Graphic T stamp set.  I used two different sizes of circle punches to create the handles on the drawers.  

My Dad is a marine and automotive mechanic, and he has a tool box just like this in the garage.  Each and every tool has its own spot in a drawer and he always knows if something is missing.  As the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a Dad whose tools are missing”!  [It’s true!]

I used a Papertrey Ink sentiment from their Inside & Out Birthday II stamp set. 

I like to dress up the backs of my cards as well, and this is no exception.  I used another one of the cute tools I die cut and a sentiment stamp [well, two actually] from The Stamps of Life set called created4you.

This card was super easy and fun to make.  It took a lot of time to ink up each of the little tools and adhere everything together, but it was definitely worth the time!  :)