Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas Tree

It's only a few days before Christmas and I finally found some time to make a card.  This card is for two challenges.  The CAS-ual Fridays challenge is combined with the 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge.  The theme is a CAS Holiday card in less than 10 minutes.  Well it's a miracle but I did it, and with 1 minute and 17 seconds to spare.

I had an idea to make a Christmas Tree out of the Scalloped Circle Punch and Word Window punch from Stampin Up. For the Tree I punched out one scalloped circle and cut three scallops into a triangle for the top, 4 scallops for the middle and 5 scallops for the bottom.  I used the word window punch for the tree trunk.  I used foam dots to adhere the tree above the sentiment.  I punched the star out and popped it on top.  Then I added the rhinestones.

Here's my stop watch:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card.

Here are the links to the challenges:

CD #9


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Gift Tags

I've been absent from my blog for a few weeks now.  Luckily there are no major problems keeping me from blogging.  I've just been very busy working on projects for the craft show I'm doing in December at the Medical Center where I work.  I've known about this for a year now (I had a table at this show last year too) but really just started working on my projects a couple weeks ago.

I tend to get so focused on designing that I don't take the time to mass produce anything, then at the last minute I'm rushing to finish making everything.

Last night I made up a few dozen gift tags.  I wanted them to be easy to mass produce so I kept the design simple.  Really it doesn't get much simpler than this.


I used Cherry Cobbler and Kraft Paper.  The snowflake is punched out of white glitter paper.  I stamped the kraft cardstock with white snowflakes and added a piece of twine to the end.  The tag base measures 4 inches x 2.25 inches.  The Kraft paper is 3.75 x 2 inches.  The corners were punched with the ticket corner punch, which is probably the second punch I ever purchased.

I'll be back soon with more pictures of my craft show goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I got a chance to make a card this morning.  It's always a good day when it starts with a card.  I've been thinking about what elements I would want in a CAS masculine card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  When I saw the colors for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge, I knew they would be perfect for a masculine card.  

Here's what I came up with:

I used a textured paper for the card base.  The rectangle is very vanilla.  The stripes are more mustard and old olive quarter inch strips.  I used dimensionals to pop the vanilla cardstock up on the base.  Keeping the design CAS and the colors masculine to combine the two challenges.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Big Hugs stamp set.

I changed up my photo location to try something my friend Wida blogged about earlier this week.  I usually use a photo tent and take pictures in my basement.  There isn't a lot of natural light in my basement.  Wida is using the light from a window to photograph her pictures and I thought I'd give it a try.  So far I'm happy with the picture quality using this method.  It was a cloudy day today and I still think the lighting on this picture is better than what I would have gotten using my light tent.  You can find Wida' post HERE

Here are the links to the CAS-ual Fridays and Play Date Cafe challenges:



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card! 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

2013 Printable CD Calendar

Today I have a 2013 Calendar to share with you.  I created the 12 month designs digitallyWhen printed out they fit in a standard CD Jewel case.  These will make nice little gifts this Christmas.

 This calendar printable is available in my Etsy Shop.  You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Poppi Penguin Birthday

The card I'm sharing today is for my Nephew's 3rd birthday party.  The party is tomorrow.  I'm getting the card done just under the wire as usualMost of my cards are geared more towards adults so I don't have a lot of kids cards.  It was so much fun making this card!

I combined 2 challenges in this card.  For the layout, I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch sketch.  I popped the star off the corner for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge to have a tag or element going over the edge.   I had a yellow polka dot ribbon stapled to the top of the card where the star now is.  It just looked like it didn't belong there so I carefully pulled it off and left a gaping hole in the top left corner.  I covered that hole with the yellow star which I punched out of a scrap of yellow paper that had been embossed with the chevron embossing folder from Stampin Up and a small red star. 

The image is Poppi Penguin from Bugaboo Stamps.  I used primary colors for the base and the elements.  The base is real red, the top layer is Night of Navy (even though it looks black in this picture).  I embossed the Night of Navy with the PTI canvas embossing plate. The base layer and stars and sentiment are all adhered with dimensionals.

Thanks for checking out my card today!!

Here are the links to the challenges:


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For The Girls...and a new Digi Stamp

This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a card that celebrates the women in your life.  Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month, I thought it was only fitting to make a card inspired by such a great cause.  Saturday (October 13) I'll be walking in our local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event with my friend and her Mom, who is a 30+ year survivor!

I'm super EXCITED to tell you about the sentiment I used on this card!  
I created the sentiment using My Digital Studio. It's printed on Papertrey Ink white CS.  I added a couple rhinestones and colored them pink with a regal rose marker, which matches the card base.  The card base is embossed with the linen embossing folder from PTI because I just LOVE that folder ♥

If you're interested in getting the digital stamp that I used on this card for your personal use, please mention it in the comments section and I'll be happy to send the file out to you. 

You can find the CAS-ual Fridays Blog challenge post by clicking on the link below their badge:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today and remember Mammograms save Lives so please make sure you stay up to date on your screenings!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blog Banner Inspired

This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is "Toot your own horn"  they want you to use your blog banner as inspiration.  How FUN is that?  I enlisted the help of this week's Retro Sketch for the layout of my card and this is what I came up with....

All of the supplies I used are from Stampin Up (except for the white cardstock which is from PTI - IMO that is the BEST white CS).  I used the SU My Digital Studio software to create my blog banner so I thought it was only right to use SU supplies for my card.  The color scheme on this card is actually the same color scheme I have in my bedroom.

I used the Gallon, Quart, Pint color concept from Julie Day's post for this same challenge.  It reminded me about the post I read on the Moxie Fab World blog about this concept a few weeks ago.  You can read the post HERE.

My gallon color is white, my quart is Baja Breeze and my pint is chocolate chip.
Here are the links to the challenges - just click on the captions to get to the challenges:



Thanks for checking out my card today!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wow, September has been BUSY!!!  I haven't had a post for almost 2 weeks.

This week I've been working on some more digital designs.  I thought I should do some funny cards for something different.  I used the Bugaboo Digital Stamp Stella One More Candle for the image.  I made up my own sentiment - hehe. 

Here's what I came up with.....

 Inside Reads....

I wanted to keep this very CAS so it can be easily reproduced for those times when I just need a quick card.  I colored the image using GIMP and then used MS Word to import the picture and add the sentiment.  I cut it out and mounted it on black cardstock.

I think it still needs something more, but I can't decide what I should add to it.  One thought I had is I could add some paper piercing to create a border.  Or, I could add glossy accents to the candles.  I'd love suggestions from my crafty friends.  What would you do?

I decided to try taking my photo on my window sill the way my super talented friend Wida does for her cards.  I've been having so much trouble with lighting in my photo tent lately and the lighting on this was perfect.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my CAS Digital Card.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

For the past few months I've been dealing with some personal health issues.  Luckily, I'm well on the road to recovery....hopefully there won't be any more speed bumps on that road.  It's been difficult and emotional but I realize that it could always be worse.  One thing I've learned through this is that I have a lot to be Thankful for.  I have some absolutely AMAZING Friends and Family that have been supportive and loving.  I am not the best at letting people take care of me...but the reality is that sometimes in life you're going to need someone to take care of you.  In those times when things have been the most challenging I came to see how LUCKY I am. This card is just a simple and heartfelt THANK YOU.

Besides gratitude, this card was inspired by a couple challenges.  This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use Black & White and another color - I chose RED.  I'm also entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Repetition challenge using my stamped flower as my repeating image.  I stamped a row of 4 flowers followed by a row of 3 flowers to create a repetitive pattern.  Then I colored the centers of the flowers with a red marker.  The flower and sentiment are both from Hero Arts.  (I finally figured out what to do with those little stamps - LOL)

Last, but certainly not least, I'm THANKFUL for my Blog Followers/Friends.  It's nice to know people that really understand what I'm talking about when I describe how I made my card :)


Here are the links to the challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays - CFC70

Moxie Fab World - The Repetition Challenge


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday - Embossed - CFC69

I'm back with another card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  The challenge is to create a card using embossing.  Here's my card:

I am in need of some masculine cards so I made this card using masculine colors.  The chevron pattern on the bottom is dry embossed and the sentiment in the middle is heat embossed.  Even though this card is very simple, I really like the layout and how simple it is.  This is something I can whip up quickly when I need a card.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Thinking of You Butterfly - CFC69

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a GREAT weekend!  My weekend was pretty GREAT!  Now that it's Football season, I get more time to craft.  My team won yesterday in a very close game.  Go LIONS!!!!

This is a Thinking of you Card that I made for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This week's challenge is to use embossing (either dry or heat or both).  I used 2 embossing folders on this card - 3 if you count the embossed butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment on the base layer and let it dry before I embossed it with the linen embossing folder.

Paper:  Baja Breeze, Basic Black.  
Stamps:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Chevron Embossing Folder (SU), Butterfly Die (SU), Linen embossing folder (Papertrey Ink)

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!  I'll be back tomorrow with another card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ava Fairy - Well Wishes Card

A couple weeks ago I played along with the Case Study challenge to CASE another player.  I played with my friend Wida and her fun CASIDEA and much to my surprise the super talented DT at Case Study picked my card as one of their Top 3 for that challenge.  What a super honor!  You can see that post with my card and the chain of inspiration HERE.

This week they have a new challenge and the inspiration photo was so fun I had to play along.  The card we have to CASE is from the extremely talented Yoshie Nakagaki aka. Torico

 Here's the card we are CASING:

Here's my card:

I kept they layout mostly the same. Changed the card base from white to red and cut out the layer of matting.  Then I added a layer behind the image circle.  I used the same basic color combination and even found an image with an antenna and wings.  The wings didn't originally have the black stripe.  I added it to make it a little more like the inspiration piece.  I used the adorable Ava Fairy stamp from Totally Stampalicious for the image.  Instead of stitching on the outside I used paper piercing.  One thing you will not find often on my cards is sewing.  Not because I don't like it but because I am not good at it.  The sentiment at the top is from Hero Arts Big Hugs.  I like that this card can be used for Thinking of you, Birthday or Thank you.  The sentiment is so versatile.

This was a FUN challenge!  If you want to play along you can find the challenge here CSC107.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Banner Anniversary

This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use Banners or Flags on your card or project.  I started out with some great ideas, but they just didn't look right when I was putting them together.  Finally I ended up with a very simple (ie: CAS) banner over a fancy glittery heart with an anniversary theme.

For this card I used some beautiful chevron DP from Crate Paper.  I sponged the edges just a bit to add a little more dimension and used dimensionals to adhere it to the base.  The heart was cut from my red glitter paper and adhered with dimensionals as well.  I used kraft paper for the base and banner.  To dress up the banner I added a pearl to each end.  The sentiment is from one of my favorite stamp sets, Everyday Sayings from Hero Arts.

My wedding Anniversary is coming up in October.  I don't usually make cards for any occasion more than a month before hand, but this card just seems perfect for our anniversary.  It's not too fussy, which is good for a masculine card.  



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CASADIA for Wida

I'm here today with my card for this week's Case Study Challenge.  The challenge is to CASE another player.  My blogging friend Wida came up with this brilliant idea to start a casing chain She called this idea CASADIA because it combines a case with an idea.

Here is the card chain:

First there was  Laura Bassen, who made this card:

Then there was Jennifer Rzasa's card HERE:

Next was Wida's card HERE:

Then Shirley-bee's stamping stuff made this card

Next up is Amy Tsuruta
Then this card by Lorena
 Next up is this card by Ashley Nguyen Newell ...
and then Lalo's card HERE

Finally here is my card for the chain:

I kept the Kraft base with black and red, used some twine and a button along with the focal point having almost the same shape as Lalo's tree background.  I added one stripe at the bottom because this card needed something to ground it.  My own little touch I used my circle punch to cut little notches for my twine.  I resorted back to the sentiment for my focal point.  That's it' contribution to Wida's fun CASADIA and this week's Case Study.  (with just a little more than an hour to spare)

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Got Ippity - Inspiration Blog Hop

You've reached the final stop on the Got Ippity blog hop!  For this hop we used this picture as our inspiration:

These colors are so beautiful!  I decided to make a couple totally different cards for the hop.  For my first card, I tried some watercoloring.  I used chalk inks with the water brush to create the focal point.  The sentiment is from the Love in Return stamp set from Unity's Got Ippity Line. 

My second card is a ONE LAYER card!  I don't think I've ever done a one layer card before.  I used the Counts as Fruit stamp set for this card:

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Be sure to comment on all the blogs in our hop for your chance to win a prize!  Here's the entire hop line up:

You can find the Love in Return, Counts as Fruit, and all the stamps used in this blog hop on the Got Ippity website!  Got {ippity}.   Be sure to pick Maria Levine as your Ippity Chick! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quick Cupcake Card

I TRIED to do the 10 Minute Card Dash.  I tried twice and just couldn't get a card done in 10 minutes.  BUT, I did manage to make this card in 13 minutes and 20 seconds, which for me really wasn't bad at all so I thought I should share it anyway....

I used the Got Ippity stamp set Counts as Fruit for the image and sentiment.  The sentiment reads:  "Because of the Cherry it counts as fruit".  Now, I wanted to put some crystal effects on the cherry but my bottle is jammed and I couldn't get it open.  I probably would have made the 10 minute time if I wasn't fussing with that bottle - LOL.

This card is for my twin sister.  Our birthday was yesterday.  She's also my very best friend.  She's my person.  You know, the person that knows you so well you can tell them anything and they love you.  She's been there through all my life's joys and challenges.  She's that person.  I LOVE her more than I could ever express.  She'll love this card because I made it and she'll be baffled at why I love to make cards but she'll still love it. 


Be sure to check back tomorrow.  I'll have my blog hop post for the Got Ippity design team.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Go With All Your Heart

I'm here today with a card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  The challenge is to create a square card.

The CASE Study challenge this week is "out of the box".  So I decided to pull out a stamp set that I hadn't used before and I went a bit out of my comfort zone with the layout and open space on this card.  I do really like how it turned out.  

The bird is paper pieced in Cherry Cobbler.  The image panel was embossed with the PTI Linen embossing plate.  I think it makes a beautiful background for this stamp set.

Here's the link to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge:


Here's the link to the CASE Study challenge:

CASE Study Anniversary Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Let's Get Digital...

Let's Get Digital, Digital, I want to get Digital....for some reason I have replaced the word physical from Olivia Newton John's song with the word digital and unfortunately, it's stuck in my head.  

Aren't these nuggets adorable?  I created these using my new MDS 2 software from Stampin Up.  The PDF file for these labels is available in my Etsy store.

1.  Here's what the labels look like when they came off my printer. (I know the coloring on this picture is bad)

2. Here are the supplies I used:

3.  Here is what they look like finished

Each strip measures 1" wide by 3 1/8" wide.

4.  and here is a link to my Etsy listing for these printables:

Do you have an Etsy store?  I'm trying to expand my Etsy social network so if you do have an Etsy store, let me know and I'll add you to my circle.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Hershey Nugget wrappers today.