Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paper Smooches: hello crafty friend


Happy Saturday!

My crafty group is coming over.  We haven't gotten together for awhile so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!  I hope to remember to take photos this time!

Here's a quick card that I whipped together:

I was inspired by Paper Smooches Sparks

Super fun sketch!

I went literal...I love the contrast between the Crate woodgrain paper and the softness of the papertrey ink vellum.

I used 2 of my favorite Paper Smooches Sets


Hope you have a great Saturday!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fusion Challenge: go. see. do.

There's a brand new challenge up on the 

This week I decided to go with the sketch and channel my inner Tenia Nelson:

cardstock:  stampin' up basic black, my favorite things steel grey, papertrey ink vellum  paper:  mme/jubilee/tangerine  stamps:  winner & walter the big, the bold and fun  ink:  stampin 'up white embossing powder  other:  savvy deer head die would have been a complete Tenia card is I could have managed a smidge of washi but I couldn't believe I didn't have something that would tie everything together....

Isn't the paper awesome?

It's MME/Jubilee/Tangerine.

I'm in love with it and will be keeping it on my desk to use for the next couple of weeks.  

Did you spy the stitching on the vellum panel?

I had so much fun putting this together, the Winner & Walter sentiment is perfect.  I'm going to tuck this away for my boy that is graduating from high school this June.  I've been thinking about it more and more...I'm not going to be a happy camper being a empty nester.  gah!  It's all good, of course I want my kidlets to go to college!  

Make sure you check out the Fusion Design Team!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

stories of stamps, paper and... : carbs, schmarbs

So I was up on the 


I was showing my phone wallpaper

and how I translated it to a card:

cardstock:  stampin' up strawberry slush/crisp cantaloupe/blushing bride/pink pirouette/ and calypso coral  stamps:  stampin' up yippee-Skippee!  ink:  stampin 'up white embossing powder

Cardstock...I love cardstock.  

I generally always seem to incorporate patterned paper into my designs so it was fun to go back to the basics.

This is a SUO card {stampin' up only}, I bought the Yippee-Skippee! set specifically for the carbs sentiment :)  I mean, seriously, isn't it true?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAS(E) this sketch: good stuff

good stuff

Isn't that fun?

All my supplies are from the MME/Jubilee/Tangerine Collection.

A big shout out to Laurel Seabrook for all of the fab goodies!!!

I was inspired by

This past weekend we had pretty nice weather in the Pacific Northwest.  The kids and I had lunch HERE on Saturday.  Then the girl gave us a walking tour of the University of Washington campus.  It's one of the places that the boy has applied to.

It was a big day in our household on Sunday...the plane went to the real hangar which is about 45 minutes away from the house.

The EAA {Experimental Aircraft Association} is similar to the Paper Crafting Community in that everyone helps each other out.  Darin had 2 friends help transport the plane to the hangar.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: with sympathy

Happy Monday.

There has been several losses out there...I dread making sympathy cards.  I always tend to go non-traditional:

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious  stamps:  reverse confetti/petals 'n posies  ink:  stampin' up white embossing  other:  reverse confetti square tag/heart to heart confetti cuts, cork

The card base is the denim patterned paper by Chickaniddy Crafts.  I love the color green and think of it as a cheerful but not overbearing color.

I was inspired by

The Chickaniddy Crafts Scrumptious 6x6 is currently available over at

Remember that i {heart} papers is closing their doors so everything is 50% off.  Use code:  BYEIHP

square tag
reverse confetti square tag

heart to heart
reverse confetti heart to heart

petals 'n posies
reverse confetti petals 'n posies

Sunday, January 25, 2015

i {heart} papers: it moose be love

Have you heard the news?

i {heart} papers is closing and right now everything is 40% off  50% off {edited Jan 26}.

I was able to purchase the 

Lawn Fawn/Critters in the Artic 

Unfortunately, the stamps are no longer available but last I looked, the coordinating lawn cuts are still in the store:

I'm linking up to the Lawnscaping Challenge:

I used the Say Cheese set and stamped the Woodgrain Backdrop within the Polaroid image.  I added clouds from the Bon Voyage set.

I'm also sending this card to Winter for her

A big shout out to Kate for having me as a Guest Designer this month.  Best wishes to you and your new journey!

I wanted to recap my other projects I designed for 

i {heart} papers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tag, You're It: you are the best

click HERE for the SugarPea Designs 1st Birthday Bash Blog Hop

click HERE for my cure for the monday blues card

paper:  stampin' up gold soiree, echo park dots & stripes, chickaniddy crafts goldie lox  stamps:  reverse confetti love blooms/all about you  ink:  delicata, fresh ink celery/teal  other:  craft foam, reverse confetti/tag me too & love blooms confetti cuts

So, I had some extra time yesterday to create some projects.  I have a whole list of challenges that I wanted to play with so I decided to start with

What a gorgeous tag by fellow washingtonian, Heather Campbell!

Big shout out to my bloggie friend, Erin, who is now on the tag, you're it Team!  She's a tag-nista so she's perfect for the team!

The yellow diagonal paper is Echo Park Paper/Dots & Stripes.  It's been one of those basic go-to pads these days.

The gold diagonal striped panel is Stampin' Up, Gold Soiree.  For some reason, I hoard all my metallics, trying to break that habit.

Typing about hoarding...I need to make some room.  HERE is a link to some items that I have for sale.  Prices do not include shipping, I use USPS priority only.  Paypal only.  

tag me, too
tag me, too confetti cuts

love blooms
love blooms

love blooms, confetti cuts
love blooms confetti cuts

all about you
all about you

Friday, January 23, 2015

cure for the monday blues: shine bright

click HERE for the SugarPea Designs 1st Birthday Bash Blog Hop


paper:  echo park/dots & stripes, simples stories/vintage bliss  stamps:  neat & tangled/sparkle and shine  ink:  ranger archival/jet black  other:  pebbles tape

Today I'm sharing a card that was inspired by

I was inspired by

the colors
the lighting fixture

I used

Neat & Tangled

Isn't that a fun set?  

I always enjoy Taheerah's challenges!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Curtain Call: a little...

click HERE for the SugarPea Designs Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

click HERE for my a jillian vance design post!

There's still time to join in the 

We have a new sponsor, Hero Arts, for this challenge!  A randomly selected participant will receive SIX new clear stamp sets from the Hero Arts, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

Our Super Guest Designer is Angie Tieman!
Make sure you pop by her blog and say Hi!

Okay, who doesn't love bacon?  Everyone in my household loves the stuff, especially my girl, so this one is going to her!

I've been having fun tilting panels.  I love the interest it gives a design.

That silver clip?  

vintage Making Memories.

hero arts gratitude

a little
hero arts a little

I hope that you join in the fun!

SugarPea Designs 1st Birthday Bash Blog Hop: Wishing you a day filled with ♡

click HERE for my a jillian vance design post!

click HERE for my Curtain Call post!

I'm soooo excited to be a part of the SugarPea Designs

1st Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from my fabulous friend Isha's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the SugarPea Designs Blog!  I'll have the official hop listing available at the end of my blog post in case you get lost along the way!

SugarPea Designs is offering a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky hopper that comments on all of the blogs in the how FABulous is that?!

Guess what?!  This is also a Link Up blog hop where anyone can participate for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate by creating a birthday card and linking up on the SugarPea Design Blog post HERE.

Blog hop and LinkUp ends midnight, January 28th.

More good news, SugarPea Designs is also offering a coupon code:


Get10% off your entire purchase (valid until January 24th).

Today, I have a couple of cards using the SugarPea Designs set

and also

I don't know about you, but I think everyone loves to receive pretty mail on their birthday!

Something that I like to do is make shaker cards.  It is with the intention that the recipient takes apart the card and upcycles the shaker contents:

cardbase:  dcwv  stamps:  sugarpea designs/special delivery ink:  zing black, ranger archival/jet black, copic marker  other:  paper source glassine envelope, freckled fawn washi, studio calico wood veneer, misc doily

 Today's card contains various heart shaped wood veneer in a glassine envelope.

My second card uses the sweet SugarCuts:

cardstock:  recollections white/110, stampin' up cherry cobbler  stamps:  sugarpea designs/special delivery ink:  fresh ink charcoal, ranger archival/jet black  other:  sugarpea designs sugarcuts - special delivery accents  other:  impress gold washi

This tall skinny card was being photo shy.  Do you see the difference in color between the stamped envelopes and the sentiment?  The envelopes were stamped with Fresh Ink charcoal and the sentiment is Ranger Archival/Jet Black.  I used the SugarCuts with Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler. 

 Can you see the smidge of gold washi behind the heart?

That's it for on the hop is the super talented Dina Kowal!

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