Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Poppies

A BIG hello to my new followers! I am so happy you have found me and hope you find some inspiration here on my little blog.

Mother's Day is fast approaching. I still have a few cards to make for the special women in my life but here is one inspired by the colors from The Play Date Cafe #129 (inspiration photo below).

I used my Paper and Such Poppies stamp as the main focal point. I colored in the stamp by using a tissue "dipped" in my ink and then smudged the areas I wanted to color. This way it didn't look to perfect. Really it's because I still need practice coloring/shading with markers, etc...just being honest. =)

I'm entering this in the Paper and Such Design Blog Mother's Day Card Challenge  and the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge. There's still time to play along in all these challenges!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Anna Griffin Fifi and Fido
Stamp: Paper and Such Poppy, Clear Dollar Studios
Ink: Studio G
Pearls: Recollections

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Butterflies

The Moxie Fab World Blog is an amazing place to find inspiration. Just the daily "Oh My Moxie Fab" photos can inspire you to create. Personally, it's the first and last blog I check. Their Tuesday Trigger challenges are so much fun and this one is no exception. As soon as I saw the challenge photo I knew I had to play along. Here is what the card I made.

This card is so CAS for me! It was hard not to add extras, but really I just didn't think it needed it. I used Sophie's Crayola watercolor set and painted a white piece of cardstock with red, orange, a hint of purple and brown. I then cut the butterflies out of white cardstock using my Gypsy and Cricut. I've kept the actual butterfly cut outs and will use then on a different project. I then attached the negative cut (which would normally be thrown away) to my watercolor cardstock.

Stamped a little "Happy Birthday" and voila...beautiful, clean and simple card! Here is the inspiration photo...isn't gorgeous?!

An extra special thanks to Cath and her Moxie Fab World Blog. I was a winner of one of her "comment to win" post! I am excitedly awaiting my prize. I know it'll be Moxie Fab!!

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes.

Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Watercolors: Crayola
Stamp: Stampin' Up
Ink: Studio G

Cricut: Gypsy Wanderings
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cute as a Button

There is nothing cuter than a new baby, well except a cute baby card to celebrate! I love the way this card turned out, it is so pretty in person. It just pops with color. Here is a great way to use up your stash of buttons too.

I used some bright and fun paper from my DCWV Butterflies and Blossoms stack. I then added a strip of ribbon and picked out some fun and colorful buttons. I used a cute little stamp set I found at Michaels in the dollar bin (gotta love that). A sweet bow seals the deal!

I even made a faux button (sort of) I just cut out 2 circles and stamp my "So Cute" on the smaller one. I used pop dots to give it some lift and voila...instant faux button!

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge, because well anything goes!

And a big thank you to the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog, I was the random winner of last weeks Anything Goes Challenge (with this pretty card) and have now taken an amazing shopping trip at the Simon Says Stamp Store. Whoo Hoo!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Butterflies and Blossoms
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Pop Dots

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello Friend

Living in Sunny California isn't always so sunny. I live in Oxnard which is along the coast between LA and Santa Barbara. Generally we have sunny warm weather with a ocean breeze, but the last few days it's been gloomy and foggy. Unusal for April, normal if it were June.

With that in mind, I made this bright, warm and sunny card based on the colors from the Market Street Stamps April Paint the Town Challenge. The challenge colors were Berry, Lemongrass, Spring Green and Patina - a very colorful pallette!

I stamped the houses and then cut each one out. I then stamped them again and paper pieced the roofs and doors. I used foam dots to give each one a little pop.

I am also entering this into the A Blog named Hero Challenge #2 - Cards with a View since my litttle houses are in windows.

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Stampin Up Cardstock DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Stamps: Market Street Stamps Neighborhood, Studio G Hello Friend
Ink: Studio G
Twine: The Twinery 
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Recollections Foam Dots

Friday, April 20, 2012


Love is all you least that's what they say. Though I think it's true, love it sometimes all you need. Other times it's a piece of chocolate, but that's a different story for another time.

I was practicing my faux paper lace technique again and love the way this card turned out. You can see my other faux paper lace card and find a link to the tutorial here.

I used the sketch #156 from Taylored Expressions to create this card. The heart and swirl pattern stamped on the white cardstock is from their Miniature Motiffs collections. I am having so much fun playing with the background stamps! Here is the sketch...

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Heidi Grace Forever Love
Stamps: Taylor Expressions Miniature Motiffs
Cricut: Gypsy Font
Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Love
Pearls: ZVA Creative
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Showers of Happiness

I've always loved the saying "Showers of Happiness". It's such a sweet saying and could be for a wedding shower or a baby shower. Either way showering happiness and best wishes to the bride or mom to be is something we all do. I have two weddings to go to this year and have two friends expecting and I made this card with them in mind.

See this "lace"? I love it! It's faux paper lace. I followed the tutorial from Suzanne at the The Paper Variety to make it. You can find the tutorial here. You will be seeing more of this paper lace, much more!

I am entering this card into a few challenges:

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Nana's Nursery, Echo Park Country Drive
Cricut: April Showers
Punch: Martha Stewart Doliy Love
Stamps: Stampin' Up Swirls and Curls Verses, TPC Studio (flowers)
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray Pink Satin
Pearls: Zva Creative
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Recollections Pop Dots

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time for Tea

I have been searching for tea cup stamps for awhile now and I found a set of Inadinkado tea cup stamps at TJ Maxx! No really I did...I was so surprised and best of all they were only $2.50. What a deal.

I was trying to use up some scraps of paper I have lying around and this is what I came up with.

 I stamped the tea cups onto floral print paper and then cut them out. I used a tissue and inked the background behind the cups and around the edge of the paper to give it a more vintage feel.

I love the shabby chic look of this card!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack & Springtime
Stamp: Inkadinkado, Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray
Twine: The Twinery
Buttons: Fancy Pants
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Birthday

I made this fun card for my nephew's 8th birthday. It's super simple, yet so festive because of the papers and colors. The strip of stars in the middle is actually the frames from some stars I had cut before. It was so perfect I figured why not use it on something else, why throw it away right?!

The fun pattern paper I got a long time ago in a set and I don't remember or have the company name. I added a few stars and stamped "Just for You" on the front of the envelope.

This is being entered in The Paper Variety Card and Envelope Challenge. The challenge was to create a card with a matching envelope.

My nephew loved his card and of course his gifts!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Pattern Paper from my stash
Cricut: All Mixed Up, Plantin Schoolbook
Stamp: Stamping' Up
Ink: Studio G
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Xyron 510

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Now that Easter's over it is time to starting thinking about Mother's Day. Here is a bright and fun card I made for Mom following the Taylor Expression Sketch Challenge #155. The colors were plucked from Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #18- really the chevron plate in the middle and pinks jumped out at me.

The green and white chevron print paper is super cool (makes my eyes silly). I stamped the floral damask paper using Taylor's Miniature Motifs Stamps, they are so much fun! I cut the shapes using my Mini Monogram and Sugar and Spice cartridges. The "MOM" is cut using Lyrical Letters.

The inside of the card will say "Happy Mother's Day" though I guess I could always use it for a birthday as well. Hmmm....which one comes first? Haha

Here is the sketch and inspiration photo for the colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Echo Park Summer Days (chevron paper)
Stamp: Taylor Expression Miniature Motifs
Ink: Studio G
Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook, Sugar and Spice, Lyrical Letters
Ribbon: Offray
Pearls: Zva Creative 
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Gift Bag

Easter is this Sunday (hard to believe huh?) and I am going to have a full house of family. I'm so excited because my sister in law is bringing my niece and nephew over for some Easter fun. We live about 2 hours apart and we don't get to see each other as much as I would like. I know 2 hours isn't that far but life, cost of gas and time always gets in the way.

To celebrate their visit I am making them their own Easter bags. Usually I mail them a box full of goodies but since they will be here we are celebrating in style! Here is the bag I made for my niece Gwyn.

I used a bag I found on clearence at Target last year (Yes last year! Haha.). I cut the letters from All Mixed Up and ran them through my Xyron Sticker machine so I could add the glitter - works like a charm! I aslo added some glitter glue to the egg, don't think you can really see it though. The egg and chick (which is actually a duck...they looked so much alike and it was super late) are from the Create A Critter cartridge. It really is one of my favorites! Really my Cricut and Gypsy are my favorite tools.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Paper: DCWV Butterflies and Blossoms, Recollections Cardstock
Cricut: All Mixed Up, Create A Critter, Plantin Schoolbook
Glitter: Stampendous, Studio G Glitter Glue
Bag: Target Brand
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Xyron Sticker

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Love You

And I really love the way this card turned out! I made this card for the Moxie Fab World Challenge Paper Scraps Challegne, though it can also be part of the Don't Throw it Away Challenge as well.

The little squares are actually salvaged from the cover page of the paper pack the cardstock came in. They were perfect since they were already perfect squares. I had the black and white polka dot paper left over from Sophie's 2nd birthday invitations and I always have ivory scraps lying around.

"I love you" are stickers that I purchase many moons ago and I was shocked that I had the correct letters to spell it out. I still hve the sheet of leftover letters that will never get used, but I have some great ideas for them now!

I love any comments you leave me...

Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Cricut: Gypsy Wanderings
Sticker Letters: Deja Vu Clear Letter Stickers
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another Welcome Little One

I got the idea for this card after reading the Moxie Fab World Blog for the Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters post. It's titled the "Don't Throw it Away" Challenge. Trust me I hardly throw any of my scraps away! I'm such a little hoarder I just know I can use it somewhere else. I'm sure there are many people like me!

I bought these Martha Stewart felt letter stickers almost 3 years ago for Sophie's scrapbook and I've been staring at the leftovers since. So I decided to put the to good use and create a background for this sweet card.

I cut the scallop and circle on my Cricut from my Sugar and Spice cartridge. I used adhesive foam to give it some lift and dimension.

Hope you enjoy my sweet little creation!

Paper: DCVW Springtime, Recollections White and Pink Cardstock
Stickers: Martha Stewart Felt Letters
Stamp: Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: Studio G
Cricut: Sugar and Spice
Ribbon: Offray Pink Satin
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Glue Arts Adhesive Foam Blanks

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hey Good Looking

Whatcha got cookin'? I am a country music lover at heart, so when I saw the "Name that Tune" challenge from CAS-ual Fridays I knew I would choose a country song. It was just a matter of which one. I recently purchased "The Best of 2009" Cricut cartridge (on sale - whoo hoo!) and found this sweet little apron. I just love it and I love being in the kitchen!  

I haven't decide on the inside sentiment for this card. It could be used for a birthday, I love you or even a fun anniversary. What do you think?

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh from the Garden Cricut: Best of 2009 Stamps: My Pink Stamper Fontabulous Ink: Studio G Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas Twine: The Twinery Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Zig Zag 2way Glue Pen

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Look Who's Two

Ever look around the house and see something you know you could use for crafting? I have and this time I was looking for something to use as rope for this Toy Story themed birthday card. Low and behold I found my Thanksgiving Kitchen Twine. Now I know I could've used regular craft twine but it just wasn't thick enough. I wanted the rope to, well look like rope. So I looped it and secured it to my card and then I took some brown ink and aged it. Not bad for twine I use once a year!

I cut the sheriff's star out on my Cricut using the Create a Critter cartridge. The Toy Story characters is a sticker that I put on white cardstock then cut out and pop dotted over the star. I used the All Mixed Up cartridge for the font and my In Stitches punch around the border.

This is going into the Moxie Fab World Challenge using Household Items. There's still time to play along!

Paper:Recollections Cardstock

Circut: Create a Critter, All Mixed Up

Stickers: Disney's Toy Story

Twine: Kitchen Twine from who knows where I've had it that long!

Adhesive: Scitch ATG, Recollections Pop Dots