Monday, June 16, 2008

YEE HAW - Girl's Camp Is here!

Howdy everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately... BUT I undertook some huge projects! I thought I would share on of them with you! In my church I work with the Young Women (girls ages 12-18). Our girls are leaving for Girl's Camp tomorrow. They will be gone for a week. Originally I was hoping to go but I ended up not being able to. So I thought it would be fun to send the girls off with care packages to let them know how much we love them. And of course it was the perfect excuse to do some PAPERCRAFTING! Yee Haw!

So here are pictures of the final projects:

The theme for Young Women's Camp this year is "How the West was One"... So basically girl and western themed. I had so much fun creating with this theme. One of my favorite things were the cowprint treat bags I created with white lunch sacks.

I used some plain white lunch sacks that I bought at Target. I then cut out two different sizes (large and small)of cow blotches from some Cut-N- Dry stamp pad foam that I had. I just free handed it, no patterns needed.

Then I started by trying to use a freshly inked black stamp pad to stamp the blotches on with, but it really didn't get a dark enough image. So I switched to black acrylic paint. I just used a foam brush and brushed black acrylic paint onto my two stamps. I stamped it onto the white bag fronts, rotating the shape's orientation as I moved upward. After the front dried I flipped the bag over and stamped the back. The paper on the bags was really thin so once they were open they were rather flimsy and transparent which really washed out the black spots. So I added a second bag inside for better color and more durability.

Once I finished the bags, I filled them and made a cute tag for the front, added a large eyelet and put some twine through it to attach it to the bag. The bags were tied shut with some calico type fabric I had. I just snipped at the top of the fabric then ripped down the strip to give me an unfinished, raw edge.

I just loved the finished product!

Okay, so now you may be wondering what is inside these little bags.... Well, that was half the fun too! I decided to put a bunch of Western and Camp themed snacks inside. Here is what I came up with:

In case you can't see everything clearly, here is what is inside: Fish Bait (Gummy Worms), Moose Droppings (whoppers), Smores (a mixture of Golden Grahms, Mini Marshmallows, and Milk Chocolate Chips), First Aid Kit (a bandaid and 2 kisses for their boo boos), Fire Logs (tootsie rolls), Lassos (rope type licorice), Bear Food (BitOHoney), Kindling (pretzel sticks) and a little note from us. Here is a picture of the note I included:

Okay that was camp project #1. Now here is a peek at Camp Project #2.

Mini Camp Journals!!!!!
I made these using my Bind It All! Love that little machine, but it gets me into trouble! Anyhow, I made 18, YES 18! mini camp journals. Each one has a twine lanyard so that the girls can wear them around their necks and take them with them. I don't know exactly what they will do with them... maybe journal, take notes, get their friends to sign them or later add pictures.

Each journal has about 30 pages... I cut the pages using my Dreamkuts Machine (by the makers of Bind It All). I never would have taken on such a project if I did not have that machine. I cut enough for 18 journals in about 35 minutes. AMAZING!
The gingham patterned paper and the red bandana paper is from K and Company. The blue matte in the center is from Close To MY Heart. It has a white core which makes it perfect for sanding and distressing.

I mounted the patterned paper onto 2 chipboard square coasters to create the front and back covers.

Just thought I would share a fun detail. I used my really fine tipped sharp scissors to cut a fringe border on my brown cardstock strip. It gave it a fun fringed leather look. So Western!
Well now you all can see why I haven't posted in AGES! This is what I have been up to! I had so much fun creating these for the girls! I sure hope they love them!
I hope that you all enjoyed seeing them and that they inspired you to create!
Happy Trails!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cupcake Challenge #17

I have been a fan of Taylored Expressions (Taylor Van Bruggen) for a while now. I love her blog. Lots of fun stuff she shares there! I decided to do one of her cupcake challenges. Taylor posts a sketch and we all get to make something following the general outline of the sketch. I have been following her Cupcake Challenges for a while and today I thought I would give it a try!It was really fun!
I don't have many cupcake stamps but Taylor said it wasn't a requirement....

So I started flipping through my stamps and found this set by Close To My Heart. It has been ages since I have played around with this set and I had recently bought some Martha Stewart BLACK glitter and some pink little rhinestones... Well, they were just beggin to be glued down to something! So this is what I came up with:

I only wish you could see the bling a bit better.
The paper is all Close To My Heart as are most of the stamps. The hanger is made with silver craft wire and the boa is chenille Sassy Strands from Close To My Heart.
The pink ribbon is from Papertrey Ink along with the "frame" stamp that was used around the shoes. The pink rhinestones on the bottom shoe are from Heidi Grace and the pink bling flower on the top shoe is from Kaiser Scrapbooks.
All in all just a very fun GIRLY card. My two girls just loved it. I think it might have had something to do with all of the BLING!
Well hope you all enjoy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday's Two Takes

Every Tuesday my friend Erin and I will be posting the results from our swap challenge. It will be two different takes on the same set of criteria.

So this week was all about finding inspiration for creating in things we see all around us. Their were two requirements.
  1. Find something that you can take inspiration from for your color scheme.

  2. Find something different that you can take inspiration from for your composition.

Then of course we included pictures of those two things along with a picture of the finished product. Alright... drumroll please..... Here are the results:

This is a photo I found at Pottery Barn's online store. I based my color scheme on the chair to the left in the foreground. Fun COLORS!!!

This picture is also taken from Pottery Barn and I used it to help me in my composition. First of all I loved the polka dots... but what I liked was how the colors alternated. I did something similar in my card.

And this is what I came up with. I absolutely loved the color combo! Loved playing with my Polka Dot Basics set by Papertrey Ink. Well if you would like to take the challenge feel free to post a link in your response so that I can check out what inspired you!

Thanks for popping by! Oh and don't forget to check out the darling card Erin made for this challenge!


Supplies used:

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics and Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)

Inks: Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Black (Close To My Heart)

Black and White Cardstock by Close To My Heart

Gingham Ribbon by Close To My Heart

Blue clip by Making Memories

Friday, May 16, 2008

A Little Behind.....Arte Y Pico Award

I have taken way too long to acknowledge that both Lynn Mercurio and Terri Howard picked my little blog to receive the Arte Y Pico award. What an honor! I have been a fan of both of these lady's blogs for a while now!
As I understand it the award is intended for bloggers who contribute artistically to the blogging community. Those who receive the award are to pass it on to 5 others... My delay in passing it on is rather embarassing... To be honest, I didn't know how to hyperlink on my blog. But my patient and wise friend Erin helped me out. So now, without further delay, I happily pass the award onto these five ladies:

Debbie Olson
Lisa Johnson
Molly B
Jennifer Kirk

I have been following Lisa and Debbie's blogs for quite some time now and they are just amazing! Molly, Sherrie and Jennifer are more recent discoveries. You will have to visit their blogs to feast on all of the goodies they have there! Thanks to all of you ladies for sharing your creativity! Now pass it on!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ART BLITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been dying to share all of my May Guest Star Stamper Submissions for Papertrey Ink
But I wanted to wait until the contest closed... Well it is closed! So now you are gonna see them all at once! ART BLITZ! and then in a day or so TUTORIAL BLITZ!
So I will start at the beginning:
Pink, Yellow and Black Floral Card

Supplies used:
Stamps: Garden of Life by Papertrey Ink
Inks: Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink), Black (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock: White, Summer Sunrise, and Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Summer Sunrise Twill Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Buttons and Black Hemp (Close To My Heart)

Triple Color Floral Thankyou
Supplies used:

Stamps: Garden of Life

Inks and Cardstocks and Ribbons: Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, and Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)

Other: Silver Brads and White Daisy Ink by Close To MY Heart

Floral Terracotta Pot Card
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Garden of Life and Polka Dot Basics

Inks: Pansy Purple, Petal, Olive and White Daisy

Papers: Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink) Autumn Terracotta, Pansy Purple, Petal, Olive and White and Olive BT paper(Close To My Heart) and Striped Pattern Paper by Chatterbox

Other: White organdy ribbon (Close To My Heart)

Tools used: Fiskars Diamond edge punch, Cuttlebug Dies, and Qtips

Woven Sunflower Card

Supplies used:

Inks: Olive, Chocolate and Cocoa (Close To My Heart) Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)

Stamps used: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)

Paper: Spring Moss Cardstock, Father Knows Best Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink), Chocolate and White Cardstock (Close To My Heart)

Other: Copper beads (source unknown), Summer sunrise twill ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Cheesecloth and gold thread.

Lollipop Card

Supplies Used:

Papers: Patterned Paper (The Goods by American Crafts, Bubblegum, Clover Meadow and White Cardstock (CTMH)

Stamps: Garden of Life and Its A Celebration by Papertrey Ink

Inks: Sunflower, Sunny Yellow, Bubblegum (CTMH)

Other: Glitter by Martha Steward, Brads and white waxy flax by CTMH, Ribbon by American Crafts, kitchen baggies, toothpicks

Cinnamon Roll Mother's Day Card

Supplies used:

Stamps: Garden of Life and Borders and Corners by Papertrey Ink

Inks: Bamboo and Chocolate by CTMH

Papers: Patterned Paper, Platinum metal paper, and Chocolate Cardstock by CTMH, Patterned paper for heart is from Basic Grey

Ribbon, button, waxy flax all from CTMH

Other: Liquid Applique

Deployed Soldier Father's Day Card

Supplies used:

Papers: Black and white Cardstock (CTMH), Father Knows Best Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink)

Inks: Black(CTMH)

Stamps: Father Knows Best and Borders and Corners: Rectangles by Papertrey Ink

Lemon Tart Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

Black and White Bakers twine by Martha Stewart

Well there you go.... that is all I have been holding back for weeks now. Hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed creating them. Come back through this next week to see the tutorials I will be posting. I will be showing how I created the Sunflower card, the lollipop card, the cinnamon roll card and the terracotta pot card.

Happy Papertrey Release Party to all!


A Card for Miss Terri N Da Hood (A HYBRID)

Miss Terri Howard (aka stampin in da hood) thinks that I have abandoned Close To My Heart for good.... Not so! Close To My Heart will always be, well, close to my heart! A mother loves ALL her children. And just to prove it, I went and made a card with Close To My Heart stamps just for her!

So here you are Miss Hood:

The inside says: "You Party Animal!"

Okay so I did sneak in some Papertrey Ink stamps too... but the focal point is Close To My Heart!


Stamps: In The Wild and Rustic Alphabet (CTMH), Borders and Corners: Square, Polka Dot Basics, Father Knows Best and It's A Celebration (PTI)

Inks: Spring Iris, Honey, Petal, Outdoor Denim, Autumn Terracotta, Pansy Purple, Clover Meadow, and Sweet Leaf (CTMH) Berry Sorbet (PTI)

Papers: Patterned Paper (Basic Grey), Summer Sunrise Cardstock (PTI), Clover Meadow Carstock (CTMH)

Other: googlie eyes (craftstore), Berry Sorbet ribbon (PTI), white waxy flax (CTMH) and a label maker by Dymo.


Monday, May 12, 2008

A Swap Challenge! Brought to You by the Makers of InkySmiles and PaperProzac

Here is one of the HAPPIEST cards I have made! My friend Erin and I love to challenge ourselves and think "Outside the Box". So she and I decided to do a quick challenge/swap. I will be sending her this very happy card.

There were three guidelines to this challenge:
  1. Create a card using Papertrey Ink stamps

  2. Use BUSY ribbon

  3. No Bows allowed: meaning do something different with the ribbon than just tying a bow.

Okay, I have to say that the last one was my greatest challenge.... do something with my ribbon other than tying a bow?? Huh? What?....

Well I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with challenges that make me work outside my comfort zone. I hate them cuz I always worry that I won't be able to come up with anything. But in the end I LOVE them because I usually am able to dig down deep and come up with something fresh, unique and fun and I really end up growing as an artist!

So what about you? Are you up for a challenge? Take me and Erin's challenge! Create a card and post a link to your blog in the comment section and let's see what you come up with following these 3 guidelines!

Come back next week... Erin and I plan on making this a weekly event! Monday nights we will be posting our swap challenge results and then issuing the challenge to all of you!

Have a colorful day! Oh and don't forget to check out Erin's blog to find her adorable card that she made for this challenge!

Supplies used for this card:

From Papertrey Ink: Garden of Life stamp set and White Cardstock

From Close To My Heart: Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Honey, Sweet Leaf, Twilight, Amethyst and Black Ink

Ribbon is by American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers


Thursday, May 8, 2008

My Words about "These Is My Words"

For those of you reading my blog... stop (after you're done reading this post) and run (don't walk) and get this book: "These Is My Words" by Nancy E. Turner. Buy it, borrow it or steal it.... but GET IT! My mom had been telling me for months that I needed to read it. And everyone who read it raved about it. So now it is my turn to rave!

I absolutely LOVED this book! Couldn't put it down, literally! I stayed up til 1:30 am reading and then was back up at 6:00 am the next morning. I read it in about a 30 hour time span. And everyone I have leant it to has done the same.

So do I have your curiosity peaked? Are you wondering just what makes it so great? Well, first off I have to say that it has EVERYTHING you could want! Action, adventure, romance, danger, excitement, fun, laughter, heartache.... everything. And I have to say that the author handles many of the "mature content" scenes with such grace that you understand what is happening but don't feel like you are reading something graphic or offensive.

My favorite part of the book however has to be the main character! Sarah Agnes Prine! When I grow up I want to be her! She is a spunky, independent, hardworking, no-nonsense, "what ya see is what ya get" pioneer woman. And yet through all of that you see glimpses of her feminine and vulnerable side that lends itself to the sweetest love story.

One last thing to say about the book.... I realized half way through the book that part of the reason I couldn't put it down was that I felt like if I left the book for too long that the story would go right on without me and I would miss it! That's when I know I have a good book; when the story takes on a life of its own and feels like it is happening in real time.

So now you all need to go out and find this book and read it! When you are done, come back and leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.

I am reading the sequel "Sarah's Quilt" and then I plan on reading the 3rd: "Star Garden".

Happy Reading! "T.V. will always fail when competing with a good book!"


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Father Knows Best for Mother's Day

Today is one busy day! My daughter Macey has her 2nd grade music program. I also have doctor appointments for 3 of my kids as well as Tee Ball. In between all of this is the usual taxi driving and making meals. But before the madness starts, I thought I would share a quick card I made last night.

I have been wanting to use my Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper for about a year now! Last night I finally pulled it out and coupled it with my latest stamp set from Papertrey Ink: Father Knows Best. It turned out so soft and pretty that I think I just may use this as a Mother's Day card.

Other materials used: Cranberry cardstock, Twilight organza ribbon, silver brads, Cranberry ink, Garden Green ink, and Bamboo ink (All from Close To My Heart)

Everyone have a great day!


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Spending My Time in the Garden of LIfe!

Well it has been a while since I last posted. I have been tucked away in my crafting room playing with my Papertrey Ink stamps! I am loving the new "Garden of Life" set. It is so VERSATILE! I can not create as fast as ideas come into my head! Mostly I have been posting pictures of my newest creations over at Papertrey Inks forum for their Guest Star Stamper contest.... So everything is TOP SECRET! Just kidding....

I have neglected my blog so I am going to post one of the cards that I submitted for the Guest Star Stamper contest. It is nothing spectacular. But I loved how it turned out!

Here it is:

The patterned paper was the inspiration for this card! I just loved the color scheme. It is Tres Jolie paper from My Minds Eye. The Chocolate cardstock and Sunflower brad are from Close To My Heart as well as all of the inks (Chocolate, Cocoa, Ocean and Autumn Terracotta). The ribbon is Saddle Stitched Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink. And of course the stamps used were Garden of Life and Borders and Corners: Square by Papertrey Ink.

As for my other creations using Garden of Life.... Well, you all will have to wait. I will unveil them here on my blog the day of Papertrey's new product release (May 15th). I will be posting step by step tutorials for at least 2 of them, possibly 3... so check back in!

Meanwhile I am working on a fun card/project for my children's end of the year gift for their teachers. I should have it posted in the next day or so. So, hop on over in the next few days.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Having Fun with PTI!

I finally got my Papertrey Ink products on Saturday! That is not to say that Papertrey Ink was slow in shipping.... more that I was so excited to get the new stuff that I was growing VERY impatient! So my blog has been silent for a while because I have been using my spare time to PLAY!!!!

I have so many little projects underway right now.(using my new PTI stuff of course!) A few finished and several that are still under construction! Well today I found my perfect excuse to post something new. I went to Nicole Heady's Blog and found a new post with a card she created layering stamped images to create her own background paper.... Funny... because that is exactly what I have been doing with the products I just received... In fact I had already submitted a card to her Guest Star Stamper file at Papertrey Ink (can't share that one yet...) So after seeing her card and a challenge to create something with our own "homemade" background paper, I felt inspired and ran upstairs to create this:

I started by stamping the large solid polka dots from "Polka Dot Basics" onto white cardstock with the new Summer Sunrise ink. I then added a flower in between each dot using one of the flowers from "Garden of Life" and Lemon Tart ink. The little pink dot was done using the smallest solid dot from the "Polka Dot Basics" set and Berry Sorbet ink. The sentiment is from "Garden of Life" and is stamped in White Daisy from Close To My Heart. Other products used: Berry Sorbet cardstock, Summer Sunrise satin ribbon, a chipboard flower (source unknown) and a pink button (CTMH). All products were from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.

I loved how cheery this card turned out. I must say how happy I have been with all of the supplies I have ordered from Papertrey Ink. If you haven't yet, you must check them out!

Hope everyone enjoyed this little card!



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Creatively Organized

I made myself a planner to fit my needs in the beginning of the year. I have absolutely loved having it! Well I wanted to do something special for my friend Erin and so I made one for her and sent it about 2 months B.C. (before camera). So I didn't get a chance to take pics of hers. If you would like to take a look, she graciously posted pictures of it on her blog:
The post is titled: Life Is Orderly.

But for now, check out the planner I made for my friend Michelle today. She picked out the yummy American Crafts paper and with such great paper to work with, how could I mess up?

Here is the front. In each of my planners, I have added a clear vinyl layer to the front and back in order to keep it functional and beautiful. The vinyl I use is the clear type that is available at Walmart by the yard (super cheap!). It is used for table clothes and I just use my cutting mat, blade guide and rotary trimmer from my quilting supplies to cut it precisely.

The cover is held in place by the large red brads and the binding. My planner still looks great after 3 months of abuse!

The entire planner is 8.5" x 8.5". I bound it using the Bind It All with white 3/4" wires. Inside there are weekly planner pages and monthly calendar pages. Each monthly calendar page is matted on colored cardstock with one monthly calendar on each side. I then attached some photohangers (from Close To My Heart) with ribbon so that the monthly calendar could be flipped to quickly. The little white clip at the top is from Making Memories and is clipped to the current week to make it easy to find.

At the back of the planner there are two pockets for keeping miscellaneous notes, receipts or loose paper. I made these by cutting a 12"x12" piece of Cardstock down to 8.5"x12" and scoring the 12" side at 8.5" and folding the flap over.

Well I think that is about all of the information, feel free to post questions. I forgot to take a picture of the monthly calendar part but you can find it at Erin Grotegut's blog. A link can be found within this post or to the right side of my blog.

Thanks everyone for looking! I'll be back with more goodies later!


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Up late partying with Papertrey Ink

I was up way past my bedtime last night! I was at the party of the month: Papertrey's monthly New Product Release Party! I think I'm a bit exhausted this morning! I hopped into bed a little after midnight, but it was worth it! I spent some time sharing the excitement with the other PI addicts out there and then wandered over to the gallery and checked out all of the great projects everyone did for the April Guest Star Stamper contest. There were some really exceptional things done! I then placed an order for some things I just HAD to have! I am not so tired because I went to bed so late, but when I hopped into bed, my mind was FLOODED with ideas for my new products!

Funny, I haven't even gotten my new products yet, but I have about 4 projects underway (in my mind!) Well I guess I will have to wait to share what is rattling around in my head... so meantime I will post the remainder of the things I submitted for the Guest Star Stamper Contest at Papertrey Ink!

Here is the first card I made. It was made with Papertrey's Boxes, Bags and Tags set. I absolutely love the "interlocking" versatility of the images in this set! The grapevine type weave in the background was made with one circular stamp interlocked with itself. The colors are Aquamist and Spring Moss. The bow was made using a combination of the Everyday Blessings patterned paper and two strips of white organza ribbon. There is layer of vellum over the background to soften it. All products are from Papertrey Ink except the brads, organza ribbon and vellum.

The next card was made using the same set: Boxes, Bags and Tags. I had so much fun exploring (with stamp in hand) how these images could interlock! The background for this card was made with the large flower and snowflake type image. The snowflake image fit perfectly between the petals of the large flower and I was able to create a hexagon tpye pattern. I added the pink center to the flower by using the small flower image. The pattern just seem to need something more... so I used the looped rounded square image that you see in the focal point and stamped around the large flower in Spring Moss. Colors used were Spring Moss, Sweet Blush (from Papertrey Ink) and Chocolate (Close To My Heart).

Okay, last one! This was a little birthday card with a gift card holder inside! Let's start with the front of the card. Again, I loved playing around with the different images to see how they interlocked. But this card was made using the "It's A Celebration" set. The little triangles are the banner image from that set! The colors are Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, and Sweet Blush.

Now for the inside! I made a little popup present. Originally I was just going to pop up the stamped "present" image from the "It's A Celebration" set. But then I decided to created a gift card holder. So I just wrapped a gift card in the polkadotted patterned paper (Papertrey Ink) and then added a bow (Papertrey Ink ribbon). The finishing touch was the banner behind it. It really tied in the images and paper used on the front.

Well that's all of them. They were so fun to make! I can't wait to get my hands on all of the new stuff!

More to come!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Easter..... a little late

Yep! It's an easter card! Even though Easter was a few weeks ago, I couldn't resist sharing this card! Plus, I believe that Easter should always be celebrated in April! What's up with a March Easter?
Loved how this card turned out. I wanted to use my Making Memories grommets for something more than just setting them. I thought this cute flower made a perfect "buckle" for my bow! I did another version of this card with a cracked glass effect over the egg. But I gave it away before I had a chance to take a picture.
The patterned paper is Chatterbox and the ribbon is American Crafts. The texture on the white cardstock courtesy of Cuttlebug embossing folders! The Happy Easter sentiment is from Close To My Heart stamps.
Stay tuned! I have several more Papertrey Ink projects to share with everyone! I am counting down the hours until their next release (tonight)!
I already have my eye on several things that I just have to have!
'Til next time!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Inspired by Spring!

Spring has finally arrived in Oregon! My FAVORITE sign of spring are these puffy light pink trees. I was driving my daughter to school and we saw some of these trees and I told her how much I loved the light pink against the dark brown wood of the trunk. She said that they looked like chocolate cupcakes with fluffy pink frosting! Instant Inspiration!

I had been having so much fun playing with my new Papertrey Ink stamps, inks, papers and ribbons and I knew the perfect card to make! One of the sets I ordered was "It's A Celebration." There are some delicious little cupcake images in this set that I had been dying to use!
Now I had the perfect project to use them on. Here are the results:

I took the cupcake stamps and stamped them in black on a plain piece of paper. I then used my scanner/printer to enlarge the image to the size of a card and used it as a template. The frosting and cake base form two separate flaps that open in the center. I used Papertrey Ink's awesome pink patterned paper to create the frosting and sprinkles. And Bazille textured cardstock was used for the cake base. I used a stylus to create the creases in the cake. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink also.

Now I have always heard the phrase "You can't have your cake and eat it too." But on your birthday that just can't be true! So I decided to tweek this phrase a bit and use it with my card.

Here is the inside ( the cupcake image is stamped using Papertrey Ink's "It's A Celebration"):

Well I hope everyone one enjoys this little spring inspired birthday card! I have a few more Papertrey Ink projects to share with you later so check back in!


Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm Back with a Camera!

I haven't blogged much because I didn't have a digital camera..... But yesterday I finally got one! YAY!!!! I bought myself a Nikon D60! I am so excited! Now I can take pictures of all of my fun creations and share them with you all on my blog! So I thought I would start by sharing a few cards that I made a while back that I love!

This is a baby boy card that I made with My Minds Eye paper. The ribbon is American Crafts. The stamped circle image is an acrylic stamp from Inkadinkado. I made the star by running a foil sheet through the cuttlebug in one of the star embossing folders and then cutting out around the embossed image. The congrats tag is from Making Memories. I just loved how this card turned out. Hope you all enjoy it.

Well I can't show a baby boy card and not share a baby girl card! So here is one that I created with this awesome Cosmo Cricket paper! I just loved how soft it is! I again used American Crafts ribbon and my Cuttlebug and embossing folders to create the focal point. The grommet in the center is from Making Memories and I punched holes in the sides with a nail and hammer to make a place to insert the pink brads. The little footprints are a stamp from Close To My Heart.

Well I hope you all enjoy these cards. I have several more pictures to post! Including some of the projects I have been working on recently after getting my first Papertrey Ink order. I have been an avid fan for a while now, but only recently finally ordered! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their stamps, inks, paper and ribbon! I have had so much fun working with their products! But I decided to submit my artwork for their April Guest Star Stamper contest so I will wait until the deadline passes to share it with you!

Off to the dugout! I am the Team Mom for my son's Teeball team this year! I am taking my new camera!