Tuesday, December 29, 2009

a BIG Happy Birthday!

Well, Christmas was wonderful to MY family, how about yours? :) I can't believe how much FUN it was to watch my children open their presents on Christmas morning...such sweeties, excited at everything they received!! Of course, I had a bit to get excited about as well...a new desk for my craft corner- about 3 times the size of my old one!! Yeah!! More room to work with and spread out, and the ability to have more tools at my fingertips, instead of getting up to get them from all other areas of my 'space'. AND-- drumroll please....I got a SLICE!!!!!!! YIPPPPEEEEEE!!! I can't WAIT to get that baby up and running! No more holiday cards for me! This birthday card was made using neglected Bella stamps. :)

Stamps: Bella and sentiment (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Antique Linen (Ranger); Copics
Paper: Terracotta Tile, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink); Nook and Pantry collection (Basic Grey)
Other: gems (K & Co.); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder (Provocraft); Stickles (Ranger)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Turning a New Leaf birthday

Well, Christmas is over so no more Christmas cards to show!! :) I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas with their family...this is preposted, so I'm going to assume I had a wonderful day! :) It's not over yet...one more celebration to go and then I can likely say I'm sick of turkey dinners.

I made a birthday card for my mother-in-law for someone ELSE to give her and I loved using Turning a New Leaf with Terracotta Tile paper- my first time using both of these and I'm loving it! My only problem was that I stamped a text background on the Terracotta Tile cardstock in the same colour of ink and it basically blended right in so now the bottom quarter of the card looks bare. Oh well...

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Vintage Picnic, Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: Dark Chocolate; Ripe Avocado, Chai, Terracotta Tile
Paper: Rustic Cream, Terracotta Tile
Other: Ribbon (misc.); gems (K & Co.)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa's house??

My son Jake thinks this is Santa's house... :) Maybe it is?! This is one of Lauren Meader's fabulous templates from Papertrey Ink... Home Made. Very easy to put together with some help from Scor Tape, and it didn't take me too long either once I got going. My mom was helpful in showing me some tips and tricks since she has made a few as well.

Stamps: Home Made (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft, New Leaf (PTI); Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Home Made template, Pure Poppy Ribbon, Pure Poppy buttons (PTI); punches (Martha Stewart); Diamond Stickles; Scor Tape

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa's Clothes A Dryin'

Don't you just LOVE this Christmas image from Stamping Bella?! Sooooo cute!! My son was just thrilled when he saw this card all finished..."Oh MOMMY, those are SANTA'S clothes!!!" To be little again... :)

Stamps: Santa's Clothes A Dryin' (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Chai (Papertrey Ink); Copics
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush, Stamper's Select (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: Oval Nestabilities scalloped and plain (Spellbinders); Scarlet Jewel ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Diamond Stickles (Ranger)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Joy!

I've asked Santa to bring me a photo/light box for Christmas! Crossing my fingers... :) I know the last few pics have been horrible and I'm sorry for that. These cards DO look so much better IRL.

This card tells a tale of Christmas Joy. I LOVE the fabulous images and journal notes that Crafty Secrets offers. It makes card-making SO much easier.

Today I'm off to a family Christmas for my husband's side of the family to experience some Christmas joy of my own. Ever heard any horrible in-law stories??? Well....I don't have any! My in-laws are just fabulous, wonderful people and they don't even read this blog so I'm not sucking up!! Hahaha. I love this particular family Christmas. Good food, lots of laughs, babies crawling all around, sisters squabbling over who makes better gravy and Grandma 'A' (as we call her) getting teary eyed over how much love there is all around...I can't ask for a better day.

Paper: Kraft, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink); patterned Kraft (Jillibean Soup)
Ink: Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Scarlet Jewel button (Papertrey Ink); twine (misc.); Diamond Stickles; Christmas Image and Journal Notes (Crafty Secrets)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Catch me you if you can!!

Making this gingerbread man card inspired me to do some baking and create a gingerbread house with my son. Alright- I'm exaggerating a bit...I bought a kit and all we had to do was put it together! : ) Actually, now that I think about it, I did most of the putting together while Jake stole candies and ate them!!! Now I'm having a hard time convincing him that we can't eat and that it's just to look at! Maybe after Christmas- them we'll probably chip a tooth!! :)

Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: New Leaf, Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush, Stamper's Select (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: Nestabilities; gem (K & Co.); snowflake brad (misc.); buttons (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Joy to the World

After this post, I'm headed back to the couch armed with my box of Kleenex and my cup of tea, and I'm going to settle in to watch One Life to Live...tis' the season for cold and flu! Holiday Buttons Bits again- you KNOW I love it!! :) Paired with bright, cheerful holiday paper from Basic Grey, how can you go wrong?

Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Stamper's Select, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: Nestabilities; Scarlet Jewel ribbon, buttons (Papertrey Ink)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bella baby!

Has is really been since Tuesday that I last posted?? Oh dear...I apologize. Just a little thing called life I guess... :) Hope to get back in gear and post more often these days!

Stamps: Bella baby bubble bath (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics; Chai (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Kraft, white (Papertrey Ink); Lily Kate (Basic Grey)
Other: Ribbon (Misc.); Nestabilities; Top Note die cut (SU!); Cropadile

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The magic of Christmas...

I'll admit, there is not a lot of Christmas magic around our house yet. I love Christmas and my children are at the age to fully enjoy it so I AM looking forward to Christmas Day, but right now with no snow on the ground it's hard to get into the spirit of the season!! I don't even have my tree up yet. Don't worry that will be remedied SOON!

This card is a CASE from SCS. Lots of Christmas inspiration there to be found! Coincidentally, it happened to be created by one of my fave Papertrey Ink designers- Niki Estes.

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel, Vintage Cream; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Kraft
Other: Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon; corner rounder (Marvy)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas CASed :)

Two cards to show you quickly...both CASed. The first is from the 2008 Papertrey Ink holiday card ideas- the list of supplies is given so you know exactly what you need- very helpful! The second I found in the Papertrey Ink gallery by Lisa Johnson.

Supplies: (celebrate the season)
Stamps: pretty pattern backgrounder (CHF); 2008 Holiday Tags (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Chai, Vintage Cream
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Holiday Vintage Prints, Vintage Cream
Other: Ripe Avocado ribbon; scalloped circle punch (Marvy); Stickles

Supplies: (magic of christmas)
Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio
Ink: Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Stamper's Select
Other: Stickles; corner rounder (Marvy)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wishing you...

There is a whole mish-mash of product going on here despite it being a simple card! I love it when that happens, because I usually get stuck on only using a certain companies products all on one card. I find it hard incorporating different papers and stamps...but I think I did it okay this time around!?

Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio, Snowfall Additions (PTI); Heart Warmers (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Ripe Avocado, Chamomile (PTI); red glitter marker (Sakura)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Spring Rain (PTI); designer paper (My Mind's Eye)
Other: Pure Poppy button (PTI); Mega snowflake punch (Marvy); Scalloped border punch (SU!)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Babybabybabybabybaby... Nope, no more babies around here !! :) I'm not sure if I like the black ink for the sentiment, but at the time I couldn't think of anything else, so I went with what was on hand! That happens a lot around here...haha. This afternoon is Christmas cookie day! Jake and I are going to bake some "kid friendly" recipes together. He is SO good at licking the bowl and spoon-haha! It's good bonding time for mommy and son, AND I find the measuring, etc. helps him with early math skills...aren't I smart!? :)

Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Ink: Spring Moss (PTI); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Spring Moss, Bitty Baby Blessings designer paper (PTI)
Other: circle punch (Marvy); border punch (Fiskars); buttons (PTI); Stickles