Sunday, December 25, 2011

12 Days - Day 1

I took the online scrapping class from Big Picture Classes called the 12 days of Christmas and this is my first page. We were given photo prompts and now starting today ideas for putting together pages with our pictures. I am excited to say I put this one together today and now I'm waiting for Day 2! I normally don't scrap Christmas so this is really fun for me. Especially because I had to buy a bunch of Xmas stuff for my stash. This was also the photo from our holiday card so it did double duty. Hope you had a happy holiday.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Coloring Embossing

This weeks Papertrey MIM challenge was really fun, something I have never done before and never would have thought of. You were to use your copic markers to color and embossed image. I just got this new Hero Arts zig zag set and thought it was perfect. I also used the snowman from the Holiday Friendship Jar Filler set from PTI. I used three different blues but one color is hard to see.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tag Your It

I usually don't make tags but Tim Holtz 12 tags has inspired me to make one. I also needed a tag for this gift bag. It's kinda sparkles and grunge at the same time. I stamped an angle at the top but it's hard to see in the photo. I used all of his tags for inspiration. Can't wait to see the next one tomorrow.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

MIM Challenge

Today I made a card for the MIM challenge to use ribbon pleating. I love this technique and decided to sew it on. I also like to use the tiny attacher to pleat ribbon but I decided to sew to go along with the rest of the card. My picture isn't very bright but I think it turned out ok in person.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Birthday Cards

Every year for Christmas I give my husbands grandma at least 12 handmade birthday cards. So I usually try and make some throughout the year but this year it must have slipped my mind so I am working on birthday cards. This is card #2 and it is a sketch from Card Patterns. I saw a banner done with circles somewhere and thought that would be cute.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MIM Reverse Applique

This was a fun challenge for Papertrey Ink. The idea was to use a die and then back it with patterned paper. I don't have a lot of PTI dies but thought this basket would be perfect. Plus I needed a birthday card and I'm still making fall cards even though it snowed here last night.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MIM Challenge

This week's Papertrey challenge was to use multiple stamps to make a background. I used three sets: Fall Friendship Filler, Everyday Button Bits, and Grunge Me. This was a really hard challenge for me, but I guess sometimes that's the point. I decided to go with tree backgrounds and tried a number of different stamps for the leaves and ended up using an eyeball stamp from the Friendship Filler set. My images seemed really big to me and it really made me wish I had some PTI flower stamps. Maybe with my next order! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Party

Just had to post a picture of me and my peeps at our annual Halloween party. This year we went with a Saturday Night Live theme and it was so much fun. We didn't have any duplicate costumes. That's me as Rosanna Rosanna Dana. We also had "Pat", Eugene the anal retentive chief, Buc Wheat, and Chris who lives in a van down by the river. Great Fun!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


This week the MIM challenge was to get out your brayer and ink up your embossed paper. I don't have any Papertrey embossing folders so I used this old Quickutz folder that has fall leaves. It was fun getting my brayer out and using it for a different look. The stamp set is from PTI Everyday Button Bits.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Party

After my son stopped dressing up for Halloween I decided that I wanted to dress up and have a party. So this is the 5th year we have had a costume party for Halloween. This is the card I made for our party invite. I just love Papertrey Ink's Jar Fillers and this is from their Fall Filler set. It turned out cute but was a lot more work than I thought for making 25! Trick or Treat.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop!

I am very excited about this Papertrey blog hop. The challenge was a photo inspiration and it was so pretty with the fabric pumpkins and the green and oranges. I can't wait to send this card out. I used my new photo finisher die for the sentiment and a friendship fall jar filler stamp for the pumpkins. I die cut the leaves out of canvas and I embossed the background using core creations paper so lots of fun things on this card.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Layered Frame

Today I made a card for the MIM challenge to use your dies to make a frame. I used two dies from Papertrey but can't remember what they are called to frame this cute little acorn. I used my wood grain folder to give it a woodsy feel. I love that little acorn!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sketch Inspiration

Today I'm scrap booking! I am making an album for a Christmas gift and I need to get moving on it so I went to my favorite sketch challenge for inspiration. I also have borrowed a friends cricut for the week so I need to use it while I have it to cut the shapes I need.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Faux Watercoloring

This weeks PapertreyInk challege was really fun. I had been wanting to make a card with acorns for some reason and this was perfect. I used my Jar Fall Fillers set for the acorn and sentiment and was really excited to use my new distress ink from Ranger, Gathered Twigs from the limited edition set. I love that brown color. So I stamped my image and then used a watercolor brush to fill in the acorns with the brown. Then I had to give it a spray of glimmer mist and that made it even more watercolor like. You can see it better if you click on the cardl. Oh, I also used my new spiral notebook page die. So much fun!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Another Basket

This week the Papertrey challenge was to make your own tissue paper by adhering tissue paper to score tape and then stamping on it. Well since I keep making cards with my basket stamp the first thing I thought of was basket weave. This took a little bit of masking to get the weave on the tape and it isn't perfect. I also decided I should weave the tape a little. I liked how the tape came out and would use this technique again but my card idea is kinda plain. I guess they all can't be your favorite. Maybe I will go back later and jazz it up somehow.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Today I took the Card Pattern challenge and used their sketch to make this card. I had been wanting to use my fabulous Martha Stewart score tool to make some Rosetta's but didn't have a reason. Then the sketch had circles on it so I went for it. They are so cute I made some extras. Might have to make some more cards. This card also has a lot of texture with the ribbon and I added distressed stickles to my brads. It was a lot of fun to make.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Make It Monday

Today I made a fall birthday card for a friend. The challenge was from Papertrey and it was to use your dies to cut a shape and layer it to make a faux chipboard piece. I used a cereal box and cut this basket 5 times and it turned out perfect. I'm still loving my basket set and making lots of cards for every season with a basket. I'm also glad I purchased the extra sentiments. Happy card making.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Card Class!

It's been a while since I posted because I was taking an online card class. It has been so much fun but I haven't made many cards, just having fun learning. This card I made using the resist tech. with paint. It's fun to get the paints out and get a little messy. Can't wait to try more resist.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Card Pattern Challenge

Today I used the sketch from Card Patterns to make my card. I turned the sketch on it's side and did a little sewing. I used my new newsprint background stamp again. I think I will be using it a lot which is good. But I hope I don't overuse it. I also used my new stamp from the fall friendship jar set from PTI.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mail Problems

Okay, I love these McGill punches and how easy it is to make these flowers but I don't have any idea how I am going to send this card. Does anyone have any good ideas? This card turned out really fall like with new paper from Little Yellow Bicycle and the Newsprint stamp from PTI. I made a bunch of the sunflowers and can't wait to make more cards.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Papertrey MIM Challenge

MIM challenge this week is to use a stamp that isn't a background stamp to make a background. I used this gift stamp from the Friendship Jar Holiday set. That made it even more fun for me as it's a Christmas set and I'm using it for a birthday. Very simple card. I feel like it needs some bling or some sparkles for a birthday card but I'm done with it for now.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

MIM Challenge Colored Pencils

This weeks MIM challenge was to use colored pencils and to blend. This is not my strong skill so I chose a small image to color and filled in with buttons. I used my wood grain embossing folder for the background. I can't seem to use it enough. I also used the picket fence stickles on my picket fence! I thought this card was a perfect transition from summer to fall on this first day of Sept. Have a great day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge

Mini cards are so popular right now I decided this would be the perfect time to make one. This card is inspired by the Papertrey Ink photo inspiration challenge. I love this vintage picnic set and the inspiration has books in it so I tore out a page of an old thesaurus and die cut my basket. The daisies were easy with a little stickles for the centers.

Freestyle #2

Okay I guess I really enjoyed the freestyle challenge more than I thought because I made another card with this technique. This time I used it on my background and went for a somewhat masculine look. Green and purple are my favorite colors but had to add blue for balance. I really wanted to add some stickles or glitter but was trying to keep it more masculine. What do you think? Should I add some?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FREEstyle Copics

This weeks Make It Monday challenge at PapertreyInk was to go freestyle with your copic markers. This means coloring outside the lines. sounds fun and easy right??? But when you actually put your pen down on your paper you are like, "Am I doing this right?" That's what I did any way. Needless to say I had to practice going freestyle. Kinda goofy I know but I did like how it turned out. Maybe next time I use this technique I will be a little more free about it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Make It Monday

This weeks PTI Make It Monday challenge was to use your die as a guide for glitter. As soon as I saw the idea I knew I was going to use my new small friendship die and make an outline of a bug jar. It's suppose to be like the glow from the fire flies. For some reason this card looks much better in person than it does flat on my screen. Maybe the glitter just looks better in person. Any way this was a fun one, haven't used glitter in a while.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

RE: Little League

Well I was gone for a while but hope to be back scrapping and card making soon. My son's little league junior all star team won the state tournament here in Iowa which means that we had an unplanned vacation to Indiana to play in the regional competition. The boys did really well and our record we 2-2 so we got to come home. This is a picture of the team watching a game before we are about to play. My son Jake is the tall one #49 in the middle. Just love this shot. They love ball as much as I love scrapping and card making.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers. This picture is of one of the plants in my garden. Living in Iowa the soil doesn't have enough something in it for the flowers to turn blue/purple so every two weeks I have to mix up a gallon of water with mix for each of my six plants. I love them. So any way when PTI came out with a new jar set that had a bunch of hydrangeas in it I just had to get them. Here is my first card with the set and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vintage Picnic Basket!

I can't seem to stop making cards with my new stamp set. It's so cute I have all of these ideas in my head so get ready for a lot of basket cards to come. I will probably have to order the additional sentiments that Papertrey has that goes along with this set.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lift Card

I was so excited to get my Papertrey order last week that I went right over to their web site and lifted my first card with this vintage picnic basket set. I just love it and I'm sure will be making many more cards with this set.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Christmas in July

Okay this week I tried to do the Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink and I thought I did and then when I went to post this discovered that I made a mistake. You were suppose to use white ink and I used white paint. Oh well this card turned out cute any way. I used the brush technique from last weeks challenge and I also used a dobber to form my line. I guess Monday is just around the corner so I have another opportunity to try again. It was fun to do a winter card in the middle of July!

After this post I kept looking at my card and it was kinda plain so I had to go back and add some bling. Much better.

Monday, July 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop

I have a really hard time with photo challenges. I usually end up going with the colors. Here I tried to go with some of the shapes as well. It's the first time I've inked up the rectangle shape so I'm happy to use a new stamp!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stamp-a-Faire #3

Okay, I skipped the second challenge and went to #3 which was to use a window and tie a ribbon on it. Can you see my zig zag stitching at the bottom of the card for grass?


Over at Papertrey today they are having lots of challenges for their Stamp-a-Faire. I had time to make another card today and couldn't resist making strips for this get well card for my friend. I hope she isn't watching today. I also can't believe this is my second post. They have some more challenges so check it out. I might have to do another since it is rainy here.

MIM / Card Class

Today I made a card for two challenges. I'm still using the color combo from the Summer Card Class and I also used a paint technique for the challenge on Make it Monday. I have several friends with birthdays in August and thought it would be a good time to start making birthday cards.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Card #4

Today's card was based off a sketch from my Summer Card Class. I couldn't figure out how to get the sketch on my blog but I did make another card! This one is pretty simple but I like it.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday's Card

I wonder how many cards I can make using this same color combo? I really like how this one turned out. I was using paint on another card and saw the sketches and modified one a lot.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday #2

Okay, here is my second card of the week for the Summer Card Class. I used the embossing technique they showed using ink on your embossing folder. I used the Tim Holz wood grain. A little hard to see in pic. I also used my new Technique Tues. stamp with the tree I am so excited about. Hope this card makes you smile.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Card Class

This weeks colors for my summer card class are my favorite. Green is my favorite color and since I have a son I am always using lots of blue. I decided to grung up this card for some reason and I added a little bird in the corner (doesn't show well in pic) that just came in my new Technique Tuesday set. I was so excited to ink it up, I can't wait to use the rest of the stamps in this set. It's called Get Outside and has a great tree image that I'm going to try and use. I'm also going to try and make a card every day this week and post to kick off the end of class. Well see how that goes.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Make It Monday

I am really slow with this challenge and the card looks like it's a belated 4th card but it's not it's a thank you for a 4th of July cook out. The Papertrey challenge this week was to make your own pocket. I only have one edger die so my choices were limited. Turned out okay for a fast simple card.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Card Camp #3

This weeks color combo at camp let me be a little grungy. They colors weren't bright summer colors this week so I got out the distressed inks and had some fun. I picked up a new sentiment set from Hero Arts so I'm trying to ink them all up.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Card Class #2

Well today I made another card for my on line card class I am taking. This color combo was really fun and bright. I'm also excited about it because I made almost all the pieces on the card. I stamped, embossed, glossy accented, stazon on acetate, stickles on brads, die cut, fussy cut, punches. I think that's it. Boy it's fun to use stuff you already have and be really creative.