Saturday, June 30, 2012



So last night as I pondered what to make for today's hit me:

I love to use the 'cover page' of 12x12 collections.

That's what I used for the base panel of my tall card.  I stitched around it and zig zagged inbetween the different strips to give it even more of a realistic look.

I used a journal card from the Peppermint collection and loaded it up with Story Teller chippies, a sticker and I managed to squeeze in a Jillibean Canvas bloom.

Super fun & colorful.






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Friday, June 29, 2012

New & Old....a note of thanks...

Happy Friday!
{s e r i o u s l y}

I've decided to start {yet another} new feature

New & Old

I don't know about you ladies, but I have a ton of New & Old stuff that, sadly, are highly neglected.  So I've decided to load up my card with the lonely goodies:)

Do you think you can spot them?


Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #3
Lifestyle Whimsy embossing folder


American Crafts Remarks Catwalk {Damask Rub on}
Craft Foam

I'm definitely late to the party but I was very inspired by this:

Check out Alexandra's gorgeous card sketch:

Yet another party that I'm late to since she posted this on Father's Day BUT I still wanted to play along...she has since posted another FAB sketch!

It took a ton of patience on my part to get that rub on to 'stick'...perhaps the craft foam isn't the best surface for it?  Anyways, persistance pays I finally managed to get the entire damask image to load up on the tag.  

Definitely NOT a neglected item in my craft inventory...if you've been following me for a smidge, you know how much I use my EAD goodies:)  I've certainly been quite the fan of The Twinery too!

I probably say this EVERY Friday but...

I'm so glad that it's Friday!

Hoping for a relaxing weekend, I'll be happily power crafting:)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

pretty in pink.


A super CAS card using a The Craft's Meow set:

{artist:  Karen Baker}

It's Karen Baker day on my blog!

This is actually a makeover was originally a simple one layer card.  It was hittin' me, kwim?  So it's been shuffling around various places in my house...haha...and I caught sight of it and decided to slice into it....add some stitching and mount it on a white card base...BAM...makes me happy now.

I was inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday challenge:

Have a very pink day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

celebrate life.


Some of you that are on Facebook may have seen this picture of my creative process...

That led to this:

I was inspired by the current retrosketch:

That challenge site is quickly becoming my fav!  I always love their sketches and inspiration!

I used my highly neglected Pink Paislee Nantucket collection and topped it off with a SRM sentiment.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

sorry I'm late...


I wanted to share a Jane's Doodles card that I whipped together using:


The polkas have been heat embossed with Zing embossing powder.  I used copics and some Stampin' Up  Dazzling Diamonds glitter...topped it off with a SRM Happy Birthday.

I couldn't capture it in the photog but the card base is this glorious aqua color with sheen...sooo pretty.

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Monday, June 25, 2012


Hello and Happy Monday!

I love Monday's because that means it is the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from Donna's, our super June Guest Designer!!!

We loved having you this month Donna!!!!!

I have an owlie card for you today!

I tell you, EAD Designs makes it super easy to whip together cards!

Check out the fun Owl Friends Stickerz I used:

Here's what I do...I take the stickerz images that I want to incorporate into my design and pop them on the appropriate cardstock {typically white but it depends on what color my patterned paper is}.  I then fussy cut the images out and BAM...I'm done.  Obviously with today's card, I just popped the sentiment down on the cardstock.  

Check out the EAD Designs Flickr pool, it is chock full of inspiration!  There are almost 1,000 uploads!

Did you see that EAD Designs is looking for a Social Media Girl?!!!
Deadline is July 1


Now hippety hop over to FAB Jenn's blog:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

the american dream.

That's the new theme over at Paper Issues.

How are you inspired by that challenge?

I haven't scrapbooked in awhile and I wanted to feature the Pink Paislee Declaration goodies that I picked up at Paper Issues:

I know, right?  Pink Paislee rocks.

Here's how it inspired me:

I have a box of my Momma's pictures...why?  The girl did a project about her for school...she made a scrapbook {Huge Smiles from the oh-so-proud Momma} about my Momma.  

Both of my parents came to the US in the late 50's...they met in Seattle.    

My Momma came over from Yokohama, Japan to Seattle, Washington in March 1957.  She thinks it was a 10-day sailing.  I can't begin to imagine all the things that she went through...for the good and the bad.

My Momma is on the right...

She has her American citizenship {I don't, I'm still Canadian} and she knows that the move to the states was the best thing for her.  Life would certainly be different if she hadn't made the voyage...

My layout was inspired by the incredibly talented

I'm participating in the Two Peas challenge to 

Seriously, what's not to LOVE about anything Amy Heller creates...that girl is chock full of talent and sweetness:)

Okay peeps...Link up over at the Paper Issues blog:

Wanna see the prize?


Prize deets are on the PI blog!

The blog hop starts won't want to miss it....Paper Issues Girls ROCK.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

super snazzy

Saturday...gotta love the weekends.

Here's another card using the new The Craft's Meow Stitched Flowers

Yup...I totally heart this set.

The super snazzy sentiment is from

Since I didn't want the pretty Authentique paper to steal the show, I heat embossed the images and sentiment.  The circles panel has been fussy cut...the button is from my Foof-a-la 'stache'....

You do NOT have to use TCM stamps to enter the challenge. However, if you are the winner and you have used TCM stamps on your entry, you will not only receive a TCM stamp set of choice as your prize, but also a coupon for 15% off one additional stamp set of choice which can be used one time within 30 days!!! 

You have until June 30th at 9:00 pm Pacific to link your card!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

inspiration friday


As time permits, I'm going to do "Inspiration Friday" posts...

One of my favorite card themes is coffee.

I haven't inked up my Skipping Stones Funny coffee vol.#1 in awhile....

This card was totally inspired by

Ryann's recent card, CASE in Point, utilized a bunch of white...
white card base, white card panel and white stitching.


Lynn's awesome one layer cards.
{okay, I cheated...mine is two layers}

If you haven't checked out these gals, you really should...they are chock full of talent.

That's what I love about this paper crafting community...I'm always so inspired by so many people, I've decided to actually 'act on it'....kwim?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

Today is THEE day!

The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

the craft's meow.

You should have arrived here from 

The Craft's Meow Blog

If not, you'll want to start there so that you don't miss on any of the fun!  We're so very glad that you've joined us for our Blog Hop!  I know that you won't be disappointed.

Here's how I was inspired:

I used:

{stamp illustrator:  NinaB}

{stamp illustrator:  Kaitlyn Ord}
Gift with $50 Purchase!

Want a chance to win ALL SIX new sets?  woooo hoooooo!!!!!  A full reveal is on The Craft's Meow blog!

Start at The Craft's Meow blog and leave comments along the way for everyone that is participating in today's blog hop!  You will have until Saturday, June 23th @ 9:00 pm pacific to leave your comments.

Your next stop is my fab teamie, Amy Wanford at

I know that she is going to have an awesome project for you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Craft's Meow Previews: Day Four!

Well, we're on the last day of The Craft's Meow Previews!

Tomorrow will be the full reveal!

the craft's meow.

Today we have 2 new sets to preview:

Oh Deer
{stamp illustrator:  Amy Wanford...her first TCM set!!!!}

Who can resist that sweet deer?

As my boss was cleaning out her desk, she was going to toss a dictionary and thesaurus...what the heck?  So I rescued them:)  I appropriately used the 'deer' page from the thesaurus.   I used Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg paper to piece the deer and to use for the sweet sentiment:)

Next up is 

{stamp illustrator:  Kaitlyn Ord}
Gift with $50 purchase

Summer fun

Summer should be filled with fun, BBQ's and gingham...dontcha think?

Want a chance to win one of these sets?!  All you have to do is leave a comment on The Craft's Meow Oh Deer/Summer Fun post by 9 pm pacific tonight!

You'll also want to definitely check out the other gals on the Design Team!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Craft's Meow Previews: Day Three!

This is post 2 of 2 for me today....make sure you see my "from my special 'stache" post!

We're up to Day Three of The Craft's Meow Previews!

Whaddya think so far?

the craft's meow.

I know, the new sets are super, aren't they?

Today's preview is for

Lovely Labels 14

I always try to incorporate at least one non-card project during New Release previews:

Yes, I'm a huge fan of kraft pillow boxes.

Check it out ladies...I used PTI New Leaf cardstock with Impress' Grass Fresh Ink...pretty good match if I say so myself:)  I like the tone on tone look for the label.  My sentiment has been stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and run through with the herringbone embossing folder.

I gotta do a big shout out for my older is his 50th birthday.

Jeez that's old {wink}

This little project might be on the way to him with a pretty coolio gift card...

Want a chance to win Lovely Labels 14?  All you have to do is leave a comment on The Craft's Meow Lovely Labels 14 post by 9 pm tonight.

You'll want to hop over to the Design Team blogs...get ready to be wow'd!

Larissa Heskett {guest designer}
Gayatri Murali {guest designer}

from my special 'stache.

This is post 1 of 2 for me today...make sure you check out my The Craft's Meow Preview Day 3!


Here's a fun card for ya....

I've had that fun Mustache Embossing folder for awhile and finally decided to use it!

It goes nicely with The Craft's Meow

I'm playing along with the CAS-ual Friday gals:

I broke out my Stampin' Up embosses like a dream...


I love CASE Study

Check out Joy Taylor's card:

I gotta tell you, my card started off totally different....after my fair share of "grrrrr's"....I changed it up completely but was still inspired by Joy's design.

**Techie Talk**

Woot Woot!  With the help of Darin, we fixed my blog can now see my right side bar.  One of my posts had pictures that were a smidge too big which made everything go wonky.  I'm popping this here in case I forget the next time it happens....and in the event it happens to one of you ladies:)