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