Monday, September 29, 2014

HOC September Challenge

Hi there,
It is, once again, my turn to provide inspiration at the 
House of Cards September Challenge.

This month we were provided with a color/photo challenge:

Love these beautiful Autumnal colors.
I used a new die from Wplus9, with some  blue scrap paper in the background.
Paper pieced an old CTMH set. 
 I really enjoy paper piecing, love the little bit of dimension added with patterned papers.
 Ribbon, a button and a twine bow finishes it off.
Please join us at the HOC Challenge or just visit to see all the gorgeous inspiration from the DT.



Monday, September 22, 2014

I saw this sketch last week...

at the Cardabilities Blog and decided to play along.

I love the hexagons, have punches and dies, but always have trouble coming up with my own designs for them.

Here is what I came up with:
 The patterened paper is from an old BoBunny 6X6 pad. 
 It is the Little Miss Collection. 
 It has a tea party feel to it,  I guess for Little Miss Muffet. 
I wanted a very subtle background.  
Used Ivory on Ivory leaf dies.  
It looks really good in person.
 I wanted to use a little lace on it to go along with the tea theme.
 Found the perfect colored ribbon scrap, so glad I save those little bits.

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

More goodies...

I wanted to share some cards I have made over the last couple of weeks.  
Just for fun!
Both cards use these beautiful feather stamps and dies.
 I cut the bottom of the card like a file folder, hence the shadow over the sentiment.
 Just some scrap paper and ribbon. So simple, yet beautiful.  
The feathers are stamped on and embossed on vellum.

My second card:
I am in love with this one.  The gorgeous background is a piece of  Teresa Collins 6X6 paper.
Pretty ribbon scraps, a die cut thank you, a cute little bird and we're good to go..

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just for Fun

Hi Again,

I wanted to share something I made over the last couple of weeks.  
It wasn't  for any challenges, just for the fun of it.

The entryway in my house has a small mirrored coat rack in it.  
I have made a couple of small garlands to hang on it over the last couple of years. 
I really like making them, they are only about 36" long 
and can be made on a much smaller scale than a larger garland might be.
Here is my latest.

I was originally inspired by the beautiful California poppies that covered Mt. Diablo back in late spring.  We had taken a drive up the mountain and the poppies were everywhere.  I wish I had taken a picture.
I was inspired to come home and make some flowers.  I wasn't sure originally what I was going to do with them except I knew they would be for a new garland.
I had purchased these little burlap bags a while back.  
Again, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, just knew I had to have them.  
Sometimes, that bad habit of mine pays off.

I painted a couple of the bags with stencils, added some leaves and ribbon.

I love how this came out.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WMS Fanatics Anniversary

The Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge Blog is turning 1.  I love Waltzingmouse Stamps and have been a fan of this challenge since the beginning.  While I haven't participated in every challenge, I have done quite a few, and I couldn't pass up this chance to congratulate Tara and Deborah on thier anniversary.
The challenge is to make a birthday or anniversary card.
Here is my card.

I cased this, almost exactly, from Lisa at I'm in Haven.  
I had pinned it a while back.
I used my favorite flower stamp, WMS Funky Flowers.  
I absolutely love this set.
 The scrumptious sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Thanks for visiting.


Monday, August 25, 2014

House of Cards - August

Hi there,
It is my turn to share over at the HOC challenge.  
Here is the sketch:
The challenge is for a card, but once my creativity started flowing, 
I had to make a little wall hanging.
(I made a card too, see below)
I had colored these images, with Copics, a couple of days ago.  I was planning on using them to create a set of cards.  An idea popped into my head for the wall hanging and there was no going back.
It is about 5" by 7".
I covered the images in crackle paint.
The layers from the sketch are done in burlap and vellum.  
I love the heavy weight of the SU vellum.
and added some beads to the hanging cord
I usually give away, as gifts, the things I make but I think this one is a keeper.  

Now, my card:
My girlfriend asked me to make a wedding card for her to send to her cousin. 
We had no color scheme or anything to go with, so I went pretty simple.
Sparkly paper from SU and some gorgeous Authentique paper.
A simple sentiment on the inside.  Voila!
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don't let yourself be fooled...

by this cute little Teacup Stack die from Poppy Stamps  
Image result for teacup stack die poppy stamps 
 Don't get me wrong, I love it but it is a little tough to work with.

Let me backup a little.

When I saw the CASology Challenge #109  key word was Java, I couldn't resist participating.
I love, love, love coffee and coffee themed stamps sets.  I think I may own almost all of them out there.

So I decided top use my new die.  This die begs to be paper pieced.  Once you cut it out some of the little pieces are very thin and do not handle gluing well.  I wanted to layer several cuts to make a thinker stack and gluing them together was torture.  I thought about using my Zyron, but the thought of all the little glue boogers turned me off to that idea.  I think my final piece is about my 15th attempt with this die.  I tried everything, paper piecing, coloring pieces with pens, coloring with Copic's; it was a mess.

I am still not thrilled with the way I lined up the layers of the dies, 
but I knew this was a good as it was going to get.
 Overall, I am pretty happy with the card itself.  
I have the hardest time keeping things CAS.  
This style has to be the most challenging for me.
 The cute little sentiment is from a Purple Onion set I have.
I added some glossy accents to the colored sections.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

HOC July - Add a Bow

Hi there,
It is my turn to provide some inspiration at the HOC July Challenge.
I went pretty simple this time with a tag.  
I intended to make a card but once it started to come together it just needed to be a tag.  
You know how that happens sometimes.
 The tag is made from a new MFT die that I love.  
It makes a little clipboard.  
The gorgeous flowers are SU and the sentiment is Hero Arts.
And there is my bow.

Happy summer,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Long Enough...

I have been gone a while.  Just regular life stuff; end of school year, laziness, graduations, laziness, birthdays, laziness etc.
I have been making cards though (lots of photos).
Love this cutie pie from MFT, so many fun little details:

And this beauty, love the way it turned out:
Sizzix card die and mostly MFT.  The gorgeous papers are from Bazzil.

A pretty simple thank you card:
Another simple card using a mixture of SU and W+9

love those little cloths pins and  some very subtle clouds in the background.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 2, 2014

This was so fun!

Hi Everyone, 

 It's time for an end of the term blog hop over at House of Cards and we have a super fun challenge AND tons of great prize opportunities for those of you who join in the fun! You should have arrived here from Vanessa's blog.  If you haven't, please start all the way back at the House of Cards hop post and follow the list found in the body of the hop post!

This is my first DT Blog Hop.  I am very happy to say that I am staying on with HOC for the next six months.  It has been so much fun and really pushed me out of my comfort zone a couple of times.

Here is the beautiful inspiration photo for the hop.
 I really love this image and was inspired to make two completely different cards.  
Both of which are a little over the top for me, but I love both of them.

We have some great sponsors and they not only provided us all with inspiration; images, digital paper and stamps, they also provided us with some fantastic prizes
Please link over to the HOC post for more details on the sponsors and prizes.

For my first card I chose to use some  Eclectic Anthology (sponsor) digital papers.
 I saw the wire basket and immediately saw weaving. 
 I cut my digital papers into strips and wove them. 
 I really like the way it looked but wasn't exactly sure how to fit it onto the card.
I stamped SU's new background, Hardwood, and die cut into a frame.  
The leaves and sentiment are from Avery Elle's Modern Leaves set.
I even did a little stiching for my flower stem.  The flower center is an old brad I had in my stash.

I really wanted to get some numbers on the card so I added the embossed number strip, on the right, at the last minute.

My second card got a little more elaborate.  

I used  STAMPlorations (sponsor) gorgeous Trendy Feathers set.
I really wanted more white on this card.  I realized that besides a little green and yellow, the inspiration photo was really about texture.  There are a lot of different textures going on.  
I love texture and really had fun putting this card together.

These feathers are stunning.
 The window frame is die cut and then I clear embossed it with the SU Hardwood stamp.  The view out the window is an SU embossong folder.  
I, very lightly, rubbed a little grey ink along some of the cloud edges.
 I had to think about the basket for a bit.  
I remembered that I had some lightweight metal in my stash and went looking for it.  
Luckily, as messy as my scrap space gets, I can usually find what I am looking for, which is kind of astonishing for me.
 I hand cut the little basket.  Glued the little pearl strip to the top for even more texture.  I wanted to add a little bit of the yellow/green to the right side of the basket.  I made a little handle, ran a piece of white satin ribbon over my ink pad, and voila! matching ribbon.

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Rudlis.  If you get lost along the way, you can always head back to the original blog hop post--and don't forget to link up a project at the House of Cards blog after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!

Well, this has got to be my longest post in a while, thanks for hanging in!