DeNami Anything Goes Challenge!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hey there stampy friends! I have a sweet little card to show you that I am entering in the DeNami Theme Challenge #9 - Anything Goes! My friends' daughter just turned one, and I thought this elephant would be a cute stamp to use on her card. I really don't have any kid themed stamps (just a few Baby stamps), so I had little to work with. I should really invest in some, right?!

Thanks for taking a peek! :)

Stamps: DeNami - Polka Dot Elephant, Polka Dot Background; PTI - Borders and Corners Monogram Edition (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic Cream
Ink: Stampin' Up - Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Perfect Plum
Punch: EK Success - Open Scallop Edger Punch
Twine, Dimensionals

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hey! It's time for a Papertrey Blog Hop! I'm excited to be participating in this one because it's been quite a while since I joined in on all the fun.

The challenge this time is to pick your favorite project from 2011 and share it. To take it a step further, you are also challenged to create a second card that is inspired by the favorite project you select.

Pretty fun, huh?! I had a tough time choosing just ONE project...there are several that I really love, but decided on this (See original blog post with additional photos)

For my new card, I used the same concept of the square card with a die cut from the center, and another die-cut used as a frame. This time the card is larger, measuring 5.5" x 5.5". I used the Delightful Doilies set, which is one I should really use more often because I just love it! Also used the coordinating doilies dies.

The main doily was stamped with VersaMark ink on PTI white cardstock, then embossed with white ep. I used two Tim Holtz Distress Inks to apply color with the ink blending tool, alternating between pink and red. The doily is popped up with some dimensionals.

The small center element is from the DD set as well. It's die-cut, and then stamped using the "Love" sentiment from Gracious Vases, and popped up with dimensionals. To make it complete, I scored about 1/4" along each edge of the card front!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project today...thanks for stoppin' by!!

Stamps: PTI - Delightful Doilies, Gracious Vases
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress - Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet
Dies: PTI - Delightful Doilies
Embossing Powder: Sweet Stamps (white)

PTI Make it Monday #49: Ghost Masking

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hey blog friends! I've got a new card to share with you today. It's time for PTI Make it Monday #49: Ghost Masking. I've never heard of this technique before, so I was very curious as I watched Betsy Veldman demonstrate how to do this technique (and her card is just beautiful)! It's actually very simple. If you haven't already, you can check it out here.

I used two stamp sets: Mat Stack 2 Collection (all the black areas on the top panel), and Giga Guide Lines (tealish color images). Hopefully you can see in the pic that the teal stamps inside the circle are lighter, or "ghosted", compared to the area outside the circle. This way, the sentiment is not overpowered by the pattern behind it! I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out! What about you? What do you think?! I would love to hear your feedback.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!

Stamps: PTI - Mat Stack 2 Collection, Giga Guide Lines
Cardstock: PTI - White
Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas, DCWV
Ink: SU - Baja Breeze; Tsukineko - Jet Black
Die: PTI - Mat Stack 2 Collection
Other: PTI-Hawaiian Shores Satin Ribbon, True Black Grosgrain Ribbon; Maya Road - Trinket Pin; Recollections: Black rhinestones

DeNami Valentine Blog Hop

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hello and welcome to the next stop on the DeNami Valentine Blog Hop!

If you're arriving from Michele's fabulous blog, then you're right on track. If you stumbled over here or are lost and want to start at the beginning, you can start by heading over to the DeNami Blog!

If you'd like a chance to win one of THREE $20 gift certificates to the DeNami website, BE SURE to leave a comment on every blog! DeNami will be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant, and they'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop! You have until Monday, January 9th, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs to be eligible for a prize.

Ok, on to the Craftiness! I will make this short and sweet because I know you have a lot of blogs to visit!

I made a card set with a matching envelope using this tutorial by Amber. If you are not familiar with Amber's work, I highly encourage you to check out her blog. Two words to describe her: CREATIVE GENIUS

I also am entering this in the Young Crafters Unite Challenge #5 - Clean & Simple.

Papertrey Ink
Fillable Frames #11 (be my valentine sentiment)
Diecut - Banner Builder Collection
White Cardstock 
Black Buttons

Stampin' Up
Rose Red, Basic Black, and Going Gray Cardstock
Silver Embossing Powder
Rose Red Ink
Silver Cord

Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder
StazOn Jet Black Ink
Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink - Starlite Silver

I hope you got some inspiration from my Valentine project!
I had such a great time working on these, I want to make more! ;-)
Now, on to your next wonderful creation at

Hi!...Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Mine was great!

I know I've been lacking in my blog posts lately, and I'm sorry about that. The holidays just wear me out and don't leave me much energy for blogging :(

There is good news though. I have a lot of cards that I haven't posted here yet, and my goal for the new year is to post at least once a week. I have cards from magazine calls that didn't make the cut, gifts I've made for people, and I'll have some "experiment" cards as well--meaning there are so many different techniques that I haven't done yet that I am dying to try out (thanks to Pinterest and the Cool Tools special issue from Paper Crafts magazine)!

Ok, on to the good stuff. In honor of my return here to my blog after a month long absence, I'd like to tell you all---Hi!

This was a fun card to make. I stamped the Zigzag Stitch border repeatedly using 4 different color inks. By leaving some space between each group, I was able to stamp "Hello" twice, then adhere the large stickers to spell "hi". The three brads to the left of "hi" add a little something extra (along with the twine)!

I appreciate you stopping by today, and would love to hear your thoughts on this card! Have a wonderful start to the NEW YEAR!

Stamps: DeNami - Zigzag Stitch Border; PTI - Modern Basics (Hello sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin Up - Cherry Cobbler, Kraft; PTI White
Ink: Stampin Up - Cherry Cobbler; Tsukineko - Pumpkin Spice, Hint of Pesto, Jumbo Java
Stickers: K&Company
Other: Bakers Twine - Divine Twine; Brads-Stampin Up