Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's almost time - are you ready????

It's almost time for Christmas and Paper and Such wants to know if you have your cards done or are you still finishing the last touches?  Maybe you're even one of those who wait until the last possible moment.  If so, Paper and Such's challenge is just for you!  Here's to all of those who make last minute Christmas cards.  I normally don't wait must past Thanksgiving to do mine, but I always need a few extra for those who send cards to me that I wasn't expecting.  I made up this little cutie using my new Wild Rose stamp - isn't he adorable!!

Card details:
Stamps - Pickle w/Poinsettia (WRS)
Cardstock - Green Galore, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - copics, pearls, flower soft

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Challenge time at Paper and Such!

It's time again for another Paper and Such challenge!  This time, you're to make a card WITHOUT coloring the image!  *GASP*  You can, however, stamp it on dsp or colored cardstock - which is what I did.  I used some dsp from my stash, my new Sweet 'N Sassy die and some vintage lace from my friend, Stacy.  I intended for it to be a Thanksgiving card, but it can be used for almost any occasion.

Card details:
Stamps - Fall Flowers (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - SU, TAC
Accessories - die, vintage lace, tag, twine

Friday, November 11, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge Time

This time around Paper and Such is hosting a paper piecing challenge.  So get out all your scrap dsp and have fun!  I used an old Coluzzle template (remember those?).  I almost got rid of it a while back, but now I'm glad that I hung onto it.  I'm in a Secret Santa swap with some stamping buddies and thought this would make a great addition to the box - filled with some goodies, of course!

Project accessories:
Stamps - Snow Folks (PAS)
Cardstock - dsp, white
Accessories - rhinestones, nesties, liquid applique, punch, coluzzle template

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


The last new set from Paper and Such is something that I've not seen before in a set.  It's all words that you can use to create a card to be sent by a child.  It's set in a kid-ish font that is adorable.  I've altered a notebook to be given to a grandma from her favorite grandchild.

Project details:
Stamps - Wild Rose Studio, Paper and Such
Cardstock - SU
Accessories - nesties, copics, punches, ribbon, border punch

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Inky Blog Candy

My good friend, Sheila (Inky to most of us), is giving away blog candy!  Go check out her site - Inky's Delight!

Snow Folks

The second new set from Paper and Such this month is Snow Folks.  I just LOVE snowmen and this set is adorable!  I've shown two cards using this set, one with the snowman and one without - very versitile!

Card details:
Stamps - Paper and Such
Cardstock - SU
Accessories - ribbon, copics, nesties, embossing folder, border punch

Card details:
Stamps - Paper and Such
Cardstock - PTI
Accessories - embossing powder

Monday, November 7, 2011

Time for November sneak peeks!!

It's that time again - the November release for Paper and Such's new stamps is just a few days away!!!  Today we're showing a background stamp - Chicken Wire!  Don't forget to check out what all the DT has created - this stamp is not just for chickens!

Card details:
Stamps - Paper and Such
Cardstock - SU
Accessories - embossing powder, fence die, copics

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's a Paper and Such Challenge day!

Today at Paper and Such, there is a new challenge posted!  You are to do a paper piecing project.  How fun!  I'm in a Secret Santa Swap with a group of stampers and I made this little popcorn box for her and will fill it with some stamping goodies!  I used an old Coluzzle template - remember those???  I almost got rid of it a while back, I'm glad I held onto it!

Project details:
Stamps - Snow Folk (PAS)
Cardstock - dsp, white
Accessories - rhinestones, liquid applique, nesties, punch

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dog-gone adorable!

As many of you know by now, we've become temporary foster parents of an adorable 1-year old Bloodhound named Sampson.  His "dad" is in the Army Reserves and isn't able to keep him while being deployed to Afghanistan.  Through Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets, we were able to volunteer to be his family until he can be reunited with his real family in a year.  If you have room in your heart and home for one (or more!) pets, please fill out the volunteer application on their page!!!  There are many pets that will have to be given away or put in shelters because our service members don't have anyone to watch them when they are deployed.  Please help if you can!!!

This is the card I made to sent to Sampson's Dad as soon as we have an address for him.  I used the sketch from this week's Sweetest Thing blog challenge.  I plan on putting a cute message inside, a picture and maybe even get him to sign his name.  :)

Card details:
Cardstock - PTI, Basic Gray
Accessories - brads

This is Sampson - isn't he just the cutest!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Clean & Simple

Another great sketch from the Clean & Simple blog!  I was thinking of some of my Colorado friends while making this card.  Can you tell what one of them loves to see this time of year???

Card details:
Stamps - PAS (upcoming set!!!)
Cardstock - PTI
Accessories - embossing powder

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge Time

This week Paper and Such is offering up a sketch challenge!  This design was created by Tami Mayberry.  I had fun playing with this one.

Card details:
Stamps - Swirly Trees
Cardstock - Jillybean Soup, PTI, SU
Accessories - nesties, border punch, buttons, stickles

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sweet Stop Sketch

Time for another great sketch from The Sweet Stop!  We were challenged to use pink in honor of Breast Cancer month.  Here's what I came up with.....

Card details:
Stamps - PTI
Cardstock - SU, BG
Accessories - copics, ribbon, border punch

Friday, October 21, 2011

New stamps!

I finally had the chance to play with another of my new purchases from the York Stamp Expo.  This is a new company to me - Heartfelt Creations - but I LOVE their products!  I used this week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers for this card.

Card details:
Stamps - Heartfelt Creations, PTI
Cardstock - SU, MME
Accessories - rhinestone brad, pearls, copics, lace

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Count Your Blessings

For this week's CPS sketch challenge, I tweaked it just a bit by making the focal image round instead of square.  I really like this stamp from Our Daily Bread and got the die to match.  I'm going to have fun playing this stamp over the months to come!

Card details:
Stamps - ODB, PAS (sentiment from Fall Flowers)
Cardstock - BG, PTI
Accessories - buttons, die cut, pencils

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crafty Creations Challenge

Paper and Such is sponsoring a challenge for the Crafty Creations blog this week.  The challenge is to make a Christmas B'day card and best of all - you could win a $10 gift certificate to Paper and Such!!!!!  Now, as some of you know, my b'day is the day after Christmas.  My parents were always good about keeping the two events separate - I never got b'day presents in leftover Christmas paper and I didn't have a "combined" present either.  They were good to make it feel like a special day.

Card details:
Stamps - Swirly Trees (PAS), PTI
Cardstock - SU, MME
Accessories - nesties, rhinestones

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Snow Sweet!

This little guy is one of my newest additions from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.  Isn't he just adorable!  I used several challenges on this one - Sweet 'N Sassy sketch (modified just a bit) and digi challenge too!

Card details:
Stamps - Holly Jolly Christmas (SNS)
Cardstock - SU, MME
Accessories - silver twine, copics, stickles, snowflakes

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Magic Poinsettias

I recently learned how to do the "Black Magic" technique and absolutely love it!  This time, I embossed the image first, then used my pencils to color it in.  I used the sketch from Clean & Simple's blog, even though it's not very CAS.

Card details:
Stamps - Christmas Flowers (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - SU, PTI, Basic Grey, MME
Accessories - ribbon, button, twine, pencils, embossing folder, embossing powder

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Simple Christmas

This is the current sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I thought it would make a great, easy Christmas card.  It also gave me the opportunity to play with another new Memory Box die that I recently got.

Card details:
Stamps - Swirly Trees - Paper and Such
Cardstock - SU, PTI, Jillybean Soup
Accessories - embossing folder, pearls, doily die

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sketchy trees

This week's sketch challenge over at The Sweetest Thing was a good one!   I had to play quite a big with my dsp before I got it right.  I even had to toss some *GASP*!  This new set, Swirly Trees, from Paper and Such is so much fun to play with.  I masked the center tree before I stamped the others.  I also got to play with a new die I purchased from Memory Box!

Card details:
Stamps - Paper and Such
Cardstock - PTI, Jillybean Soup, SU
Accessories - Border die, punches, ribbon, rhinestones

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Live Laugh Love

For this Clean & Simple challenge, I tried to keep it as plain as possible (with a little bling, of course!)

Card details:
Stamps - PTI
Cardstock - PTI
Accessories - pearls, ribbon, nesties, punch

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge Winner!

The winner from the Paper and Such challenge is.....


Congrats!!!!!  You will be contacted soon on how to receive your new stamps!

Color Challenge - Paper and Such style!

It's time for another challenge over at the DT blog of Paper and Such!  This time around, we've chosen a color/inspiration challenge.  I chose to use the new Christmas Flowers set and a more "rustic" color scheme.

Card detials:
Stamps - Christmas Flowers (PAS)
Cardstock - Gina K, MME, SU
Accessories - copics, nesties, embossing folder, ribbon

Sunday, October 9, 2011


The last day of sneak peeks for Paper and Such's October release!!  This set is three wonderful Friendship sentiments.  I've grown to love using just sentiments as my focal point.  They make a card so elegant and simple.  I paired this up with The Sweetest Thing's Sunday sketch from this past week.

Card detials:
Stamps - Friendship (PAS)
Cardstock - BG dsp, SU, white
Accessories - nesties, ribbon, border punch

Today is the last day to enter to win the entire release!  Make sure you're leaving comments for all the DT members!

Design Team Blog

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Christmas Flowers

Today's sneak peek from Paper and Such is a classic set called Christmas Flowers.  This is such a versatile image and can be colored, left alone, paper pieced or embossed.  Just beautiful!!  Here's what I came up with.....

Card details:
Stamps - Christmas Flower (PAS)
Cardstock - SU, PTI, scrap pieces for piecing
Accessories - pearls, embossing folder

Don't forget to check out all the wonderful creations that the DT has created!  Remember, you'll win the entire release if your name if chosen from one of the comments!

Design Team Blog

Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile


I am so glad that you joined us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile.  If you came here from Kim’s blog, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog and take your time.   You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes!

This weekend we're trying to help a fellow blogger, Julie Ranae Murray.  You can read all about her story HERE.  A HUGE portion of the crafting community is getting together this weekend to help raise money for her.  Please consider donating what you can, either on Paper and Such's site or on The Sweet Stamp Shop's site.  There are over $2,500 worth of prizes up for grabs!!!  How awesome is that!?

One more thing......if you are able to donate, please leave a comment on the Paper And Such DT blog and you'll receive this FREE DIGI!!!!!  This adorable image will be the first in a new line of stamps coming out in November!!! 


Here's my card to help make Julie's day - 

Card details:
Stamps - Penguin w/ Bees (Designs Unlimited)
Cardstock - SU, PTI, MME
Accessories - border punches, baker's twine, prisma pencils, flowers, rhinestones

I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop!  The next stop is Julie's blog.  Make sure you leave a comment here before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend!  Thanks so much!!!

Here's Johnny!

It's time for another Hot Shot release from Paper and Such!  This is Johnny, Julie's brother.  He's an avid angler and a loveable redneck - not to mention Butter's papa.

Card details:
Stamps - Johnny (PAS)
Cardstock - white, Soft Suede, 7 Gypsies
Accessories - copics, baker's twine

Don't forget to check out all the other Design Team's creations!  In order to be eligible to win the entire release, please make sure you leave a comment on everyone's blog!  Good luck!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Swirly Trees Sneak Peek!

It's time for another sneak peek of a Paper and Such new stamp set!  This one is called Swirly Trees and it is just fabulous!  I love how there are four different trees and they are small enough to make such a cute card!  The sentiments are perfect too.   I chose to go with a non-traditional color pallet of black, olive and blue.

Card details:
Stamps - Swirly Trees (PAS)
Cardstock - Jillybean Soup, Paper Trey Ink
Accessories - cording, punches, nesites, embossing powder, embossing folder, metal snowflakes

Now - go check out all the other fabulous items that the DT has created with this set!  If you want to win the whole release (and who doesn't???), make sure to leave some love on each blog!  Good luck!!!

Design Team Blog

CPS Sketch Time!

My good friend, Lee, invited me to play along with the CPS sketch this week.  I had so much fun with this AND I was able to incorporate some new Paper and Such stamps too!!!   I like the simple look of this sketch and how the colors just pop.  This was also my first square card too!

Card details:
Stamps - Swirly Trees (PAS)
Cardstock - Jillybean Soup,Paper Trey, Ink
Accessories - embossing powder, embossing folder, notch punch, rhinestones, baker's twine

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cocoa chip cookies

After typing in that title, now I want a cookie!  Well, this card will have to do for now.  I'm using the sketch from Sweet 'N Sassy this week to showcase this adorable Cocoa image.  I wanted to keep a neutral palate to showcase the pretty blue cardstock and ribbon.

Card details:
Stamps - Cookies for Cocoa (SNS), PTI
Cardstock - SU dsp, PTI, white
Accessories - nesties, prima flowers, pearls, rhinestones, punch, ribbon, copics

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clean & Simple

Wow - it's been a while since I've posted a card, huh?  That's about to change!  I've been very busy this morning getting posts done for the upcoming Paper and Such release starting on the 6th and getting caught up on some of the great blog challenges too!  Here's my creation for the Clean & Simple challenge this week - 

Card details:
Stamps - Coneflowers (Sweet 'N Sassy), PTI
Cardstock - MME, PTI, white
Accessories - ribbon tag, ribbon, copics

Friday, September 30, 2011

So Grateful.....

I received this image thru a swap community on SCS.  I love how you can use it without coloring in anything.

Card details:
Stamps - Grateful (SU)
Cardstock - So Saffron, Early Espresso, MME
Accessories - punches, ribbon

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's a Play Date at the Cafe!

That's right!  Paper and Such is sponsoring the Play Date Cafe challenge today!  This is a great challenge blog with TONS of beautiful creations to spark your mojo.  Here's this weeks inspiration photo - 

 - and here's my card - 

Card details:
Stamps - Butterfly Kisses (PAS)
Cardstock - Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Soft Suede
Accessories - pearls, lace, embossing folder

Now - go make a card based on the inspiration photo and you could win......

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pink Poppies

This Poppy set from Paper and Such is so much fun (not to mention easy) to color!  I know that traditional poppies aren't pink, but don't they look great!  I incorporated The Sweetest Thing's sketch challenge from this week too.

Card details:
Stamps - Poppy (PAS)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream, dsp, white, Pretty in Pink
Accessories - punches, lace, nesties, flower soft, copics

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Challenge time!

It's challenge time again over at Paper and Such!  This time it's a recipe challenge.  Are you going all out or perusing the low-cal section?  This time around, the prize is a stamp set of your choice!   Do what you wish, but you must use at least 3 items off the list:

I chose an extra challenge and added it all!

Card details:
Stamps - Fall Flowers (PAS)
Cardstock - Plum Pudding, Soft Suede, white, dsp
Accessories - brads, lace, ribbon, twine, pearls, buttons, flowers, top note die, nesties, copics


There's a sale going on over at the Paper and Such store!!!!  All paper AND stamps are now 10% off!  Time to go shopping!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Everyone in my corner of the world is hoping and praying that this rain is ending soon!  We've gone over our normal amount for the year already!  My heart goes out to everyone effected by all the flooding.

With that said, I do wanna say TGIF everyone!!!!!  I love weekends, mainly because my DH comes home from a long week away at work.  We have a busy weekend planned including a day-long event for myself at a local recreational park event where I'm hoping to sell out of all my cards. 

This card is one of my last ditch efforts to crank out some more thank you cards - of which you can never have too many.  I'm using the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi challenge this week to use a border punch.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Card details:
Stamps - An Apple for Cocoa (SNS)
Cardstock - Green Galore (SU), Pure Poppy (PTI), dsp, white
Accessories - nesties, copics, border punch, embossing folder

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Regal espresso.....

Nope, not a royal coffee drink, but some of the colors in the Color Throwdown challenge this week.  I've had these hydrangea images staring at me for a while now and figured this was a good time to use them.  For me, it was an easy color combo to use.  What do you think?

Card details:
Stamps - Mixed Messages (PTI), Because I Care (SU)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Early Espresso and Regal Rose (SU), white
Accessories - nesties, embossing folder, pearls, punch

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Recently, I found a blog called CPS - Card Positioning Systems.  They have the most wonderful sketches!  I love using those in conjunction with a color or themed challenge - such a great way to get the mojo flowing.  Here's their sketch from this week:

And here's my card done in that sketch:

Card details:
Stamps - Basketful of Flowers (PAS)
Cardstock - Ripe Avocodo (PTI), Soft Suede (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI), BG dsp
Accessories - lace, slit punch, nesties

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Party Time!

It's time for a party with Cocoa and a Sweet Stop sketch challenge!  I combined this cute little guy with the color challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Isn't it just a fun kids card?

Card details:
Stamps - Party Hat Cocoa, Tag Lines
Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss (SU), dsp
Accessories - copics, ribbon, nesties, embossing folder

Monday, September 19, 2011


For the sketch challenge over at The Sweetest Thing, I chose one of my favorite sentiments from a Paper and Such set.  I also used some of my new My Mind's Eye paper and was even able to use both sides!!!  I also chose an earth tone pallet for the Paper Pretties challenge.   Here's the sketch:

and here's my version - I chose to change it up a bit by hiding the bottom portion of the circle layer.
Card details:
Stamps - A Song in my Heart (PAS)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Early Espresso (SU), MME
Accessories - nesties, pearls

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flowers and Swirls

For this card, I combined 2 challenges into one.  I started with the Allsorts challenge to do a card with flowers and swirls and then I used SCS's  clean & simple challenge sketch.  Here's what I came up with!

Card details:
Stamps - Fall Flowers (PAS)
Cardstock - MME dsp, Terra Cotta Tile (PTI)
Accessories - rhinestone swirl, copics, rhinestone

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cards for a cause

Paper and Such is sponsoring a challenge over at OWH (Operation Write Home) - a great organization that sends blank, handmade greeting cards to our brave men and women serving overseas so that they can keep in touch with their families.  Please check out their site HERE and play along - the prize this time is a Paper and Such stamp set of your choice!!!!

We are doing a color challenge this time around -


And here's my card!

Card details:
Stamps - Poppies
Cardstock - Kraft, Venice (7 Gypsies)
Accessories - copics, pearls