Super fast get out the door card hee!

Do you ever have one of those moments where you realize you needed to send a card in the mail a few days ago?  Then realize it is a Saturday, and you have around 5 minutes to make a card, and haul butt to the Post Office?  That was me today.  I just hope this card arrives on time.  It is the thought that matters most right?  Sorry for the terrible picture, however when it is thundering, lightening, pouring rain & looks like 8pm instead of 2pm, it is a little hard to get an okay picture lol.  Let me tell you, there is nothing like getting your heart pumping, by trying to hurry and get a card done super fast style lol.  It really is cute in real life.  I seriously just used what was out, because I didn't have time to think too much.  The sentiment was stamped onto scrap water color paper, and the cute Sassafras feltie & burlap were sitting on my table from a package I just received from iheartpapers.  Before I forget, the sentiment is from the Cake Shoppe stamp set by Mint Motif, which is sold exclusively through iheartpapers.

Materials used:
Cake Shoppe stamps from Mint Motif
Sassafras feltie
Bazzill card stock
water color paper
Tim Holtz distress ink.

Happy for you

Have you checked the Spellbinders Idea Gallery lately?
The design teams June artwork, is now in there.  Go check it out, there is some beautiful work displayed.
Here is one of my cards.
I get a lot of emails asking me how I make shaped cards.  There are a lot of different techniques designers use.  Today I will tell you how I made this card.  I started by making a card base, I believe it was a 4 inch square.  Then, I cut/embossed some pretty My Minds Eye Quite Contrary paper (it is just so happy looking), and adhered it to my card base.  To get the cloud paper to perfectly fit onto the card front, I cut/embossed the paper with the same Lacey Square die.  After that was done, I embellished the front of the card with more embossed die cuts, stamps & ribbon.  Making a shaped card just adds a little extra magic to your card, plus they are so fun to make!

Materials Used:
Spellbinders S4-111 Classic Ovals Large
Spellbinders S4-295 Lacey Squares
My Minds Eye pattern paper
Satin ribbon
Ginak Botanical Stamps
Adhesives by 3L: 3D scrapbook squares
There is BIG NEWS over at the Spellbinders Blog!
They are releasing the Grand Calibur!
Head on over to the blog, to learn more information & to see the Grand Nestabilities!
Holy Moly is all I can say!!!
Also be sure to scroll down on the Spellbinders blog to see all of the new summer releases, they are even showcasing one of my layouts!!

Here is a card, using a new release called S4-297 Nested Crowns Shapabilities.
I cut/embossed the crowns and then distressed them with a light pink ink.  I thought they looked regal by stacking them on top of each other with foam tape.  I added pearls to the top crown.  I love this cream and pink color combination, it is so soft and feminine.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse stamps.

Materials Used:
Spellbinders S4-297 Nested Crowns Shapabilities
Ivory card stock
3L Scrapbook adhesives foam squares
satin ribbon
Waltzinmouse Stamps
Kaiser Craft pearls
pink ink

Love Blooms

After playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty challenges last week on SCS.
I realized that I have not shown any of my cards from when I was on the Dirty Dozen.
I love this card!
The color combination, the flowers along with the ribbon and lace, just make me happy.
I stamped the flowers, colored them in with Copic markers & then cut them out.
The circle was cut/embossed using a Spellbinders  Standard circles small and Flourish Impressabilities.
Sometimes sticking to the basics, using a simple sketch & using minimal product can produce something really pretty.

Materials Used:
Spellbinders S4-116 Standard Circles Sm
Spellbinders I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities
Prism card stock
Zva crystals
lace trim
saddle stitched ribbon
foam tape
Copic markers

Dare to Get Dirty 2010

Have you been playing along this past week, with the Dare To Get Dirty 2010 challenges?
There are so many challenges hosted by Dirty Dozen Designers past & present.
I was a little too busy this year to host a challenge, however I made samples for a few dirty girls.
My card today is a sample card for Edna, who is hosting a challenge today.
Click here to be taken to the DTGD Challenge Thread.

If you are new to the Dare to Get Dirty challenges, please feel free to do this one or ANY of the DTGD challenges at any time. They are not races to see who can do one first, nor are they contests of any sort. All the DTGD challenges are for inspiration, encouragement and FUN!! Play along with all your fave Dirty Girls, past & present and prepare to get inky!

Materials Used:
October Afternoon designer paper
Watercolor paper
May Arts ribbon
Prima flowers
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Kaiser Craft pearls
Papertrey Ink sentiment
Memento ink

Soft and Sweet baby card

Today, I am showing a congratulations/baby card.
When I think of a new baby card, I think of soft colors.
So I went with light lavender, ivory, and green.  The image & sentiment are from Flourishes.  After I stamped the image, I colored in the rattle with Copic markers.  I punched a hole in the oval panels, wrapped ribbon around the card & through the hole, then tied a pretty bow.

materials used:
Spellbinders S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG
Spellbinders S4-110 Classic Ovals LG
Spellbinders S4-229 Labels Five
Copic Markers
Ivory card stock
satin ribbon
foam tape
Melissa Frances designer paper

Lawn Fawn ensemble

Thank you to all of you who have left me the NICEST comments this past week.
It really does mean a lot, and puts a big smile on my face.

Today, I am bringing you a fun project using the Lawn Fawn Harold's alphabet.  I am telling you, a little bit of kraft, grosgrain ribbon, a fun pattern paper & an awesome alphabet can make such a fun gift set.  (cannot forget the Spellbinder die templates hee!)  I made a birthday invite, thank you card and treat bag. This ensemble is more feminine, but with a switch of pattern paper this could be really masculine, especially with the green grosgrain ribbon.  
Well, all of my CHA projects have been sent off, so I am feeling a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.  If any of you happen to blog hop, I am sure you have noticed all of the sneak peeks of all of the new product about to be unveiled next week.  I cannot wait to see all of the new stuff!!  Lets face it, we like new stuff!  There are so many product lines I am excited to see.  Plus, it seems like paper manufacturers are starting to cater to stampers/card makers, so that is really exciting to see.  What are you most excited to see?  Have you all seen that stamp machine from Teresa Collins?  What do you think about that?  I just keep freaking out from all of the new paper lol...add in new tools, and I am freaking my beans lol.

materials used:
kraft treat bag
kraft card stock
ivory card stock
Lawn Fawn stamps
Practicing Creativity stamps
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One
Memento ink
grosgrain ribbon
Kaiser Craft bling

**A special announcement**

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If you register your email address here before July 25th, you’ll get a special pre-show announcement one day before the CHA Trade Show
opens!! One lucky person that signs up between now and July 25th will be chosen at random to win $50 (msrp) of SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™
products (winner announced on their blog August 2nd)!

Card Style Mystery Blog Hop

Welcome to the Card Style Mystery Blog Hop

(do you have a copy? no? click here to get your own)
It is a super sweet issue :)

Do you know your card style?
There is a short quiz at the beginning of this issue, that will help answer that question.  Not only that, but the issue is separated into four sections, Fun & Cute, Clean & Graphic, Classy & Elegant, and Shabby Chic & Vintage.  How fun is that?  Flipping through the pages you can really see each style is so distinctive.  

My go to card style, is Classy and Elegant.  I love ribbon, but my most favorite kind to use is satin.  Putting satin ribbon on a card with a few pearls, for me, is perfection.  Adding an embellishment like ribbon to a card, helps me achieve a nice balance.  A great classy & elegant card is very well balanced, and will flow.  Meaning, your eye will automatically know where to look next.  On an unbalanced card, your eyes kind of go all over the place, and cannot find a place to sit, so to speak. 
While working on this issue, I also discovered that there is a fine line between styles.  Adding a button, twine or a stick pin can turn your classy & elegant card into a fierce shabby chic card.  Or using a bubbly fun font, on your sentiment will turn your clean & graphic card into something fun and cute.  
Here is a never been seen card, that I made especially for this blog hop.
A Classy and Elegant thinking of you card.

Materials used:
Waltzingmouse Stamps
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Watercolor paper
Palette ink
May Arts satin ribbon
Kaiser Craft pearls
foam tape
corner rounder

There are 20 stops on this mystery blog hop.
That means 20 chances to win a fabulous prize worth $350!!
To check out the prize, head on over to the Paper Crafts Connection & Moxie Fab World.

I would love to know, what is your go to style? Also, what is your favorite kind of card to make?

For more inspiration, go to the next blog by clicking here or on the logo below.

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy Day 2!

(The contest for this blog post is now closed.  Good Luck!  Spellbinders will be announcing winners soon)

Blog Frenzy
July 13-20, 2010

Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event!

The BIG Event is Spellbinders™ Paper Arts’ way of introducing some really exciting new products!  This season’s BIG Event is from July 13-20, incorporating 16 fabulous Designers, and you could win BIG!

·      Win today’s new die templates!
·      Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day from each blog!
·      You may enter once from each blog on the designated days!  
·      Each contest is open for 48 hours to enter the contest! 
·      You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time July 15 , 2010 to enter my contest.  Be sure to read the Official Rules before entering so that your entry will be valid!

These are the Designers and their contest dates:  

July 13
        Julie Overby
        Debbie Olson  

July 14
        Judy Hayes
        Latisha Yoast  

July 15
        AJ Otto
        Kimberly Crawford  

July 16
     Becca Feeken 
   Linda Duke  

July 17 
        Sherry Cheever
        Deborah Young 

July 18 
        Gina Hanson 
        Ashley Cannon Newell  

July 19 
        Mona Pendleton
        Heidi Blankenship  

July 20 
        Kerilee Sereika
        Kazan Clark  

Daily contest winners are randomly chosen from valid entries, as stated in the Official Rules.  The winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize.  If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn. 

Entrants that send valid contest entry emails to each of the contests will be automatically considered for the Grand Prize.  The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $700, and includes Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release die templates, Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release punch templates and a Presto Punch™ machine!

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I’m thrilled to share S4-279 Graveyard Scenes and Shapes with you... 

Here are step by step directions on how I made this card.

1.  Using the I2-1006 Floral & Stone Impressabilities™ emboss the Premium Craft Foil.

2.  Using your favorite sanding tool, sand the embossed image.  The copper will be sanded off and silver will appear.

3.  Cut/emboss the foil using the S4-290 Labels Fourteen.

4.  Cut/emboss silver scrapfoil board, using the border die template from the S4-279 Graveyard Scenes and Shapes.

5.  Using a sanding tool, sand the parts where you want silver to show.

6.  Adhere the Graveyard scene to the Labels Fourteen, using Zip Dry Adhesive.

7.  Trim excess off with scissors.

8.  Stamp sentiment onto thick textured card stock.
The sentiment is from the Halloween Party stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

9.  Add 3D Foam Squares to the back of the Labels Fourteen die cut.

10.  Assemble the card:
  1. Layer the card onto the card base.  2.  Add ribbon & bling.  3.  Adhere the Graveyard scene over the ribbon, using 3D Foam squares.

Now what would be a party with out treats?
Here are some party favors I made, using the rest of the die templates from the S4-279 Graveyard Scenes and Shapes set.

This is the Spellbinders product I introduced:

SKU/Product Name:  S4-279 Graveyard Scenes and Shapes
MSRP:  $19.99
Graveyard: 5 1/2 x 1 7/8 inches
Tombstone A: 1 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches
Tombstone B: 1 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches
Skull: 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches

For the official Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event rules, click here.

TO ENTER MY CONTEST: (Contest is open for entries from 12:00 am on July 14th to 11:59 pm on July 15th)

1)  Send your email entry to: (the contest is now closed)
2)  The subject must be Graveyard Scenes and Shapes.
3)  Send!

I love your comments!  Unfortunately your comment does not count towards a contest entry, so be sure to enter and then leave a comment!

 If you have any questions, please e-mail

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!!

Materials used for the projects above:
Spellbinders S4-279 Graveyard Shapes and Scenes
Spellbinders I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Spellbinders S4-116 Standard Circles small
Zip Dry Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares
Waltzingmouse Stamps Halloween party stamp set
World Win black Card stock
Water color paper
May Arts ribbon
Creative Impressions ribbon
KaiserCraft rhinestones
Premium Craft Foil
Silver Scrap foil board
Memento ink
Ranger ink
Offray Ribbon
Sanding tool
Clear treats bag
Assorted candy

More Cake Shoppe sneaks

Today, I get to show you another sneak from the Cake Shoppe & Cake Shoppe Too stamp set.
These stamps are from Mint Motif sold exclusively through i{heart}papers.
I am showing my sneak a day early.
However check back tomorrow for the entire Design Team to be showing you more sneaks.
Also the reveal of the sets, which will also be available for purchase on the 14th.

For this card, I took different elements from both sets to create a layered cake.  I colored in the cake with Copic markers, and stamped the "congratulations" sentiment on the bottom layer.  I think it looks really cool that way, and I didn't have to worry about where I was going to fit the sentiment.  The fun pattern paper is from the new paper line Olivia from Basic Grey.  The shape of the card was created by using the Spellbinders S4-255 Big Scalloped Rectangles large Nestabilities®.  To give the card a little bit more dimension, I popped the front panel up using foam tape.

Check out the design team tomorrow for more sneaks and inspiration:

Materials Used:
foam tape
Spellbinders S4-255 Big Scalloped Rectangles Lg
May Arts ruffled ribbon
KaiserCraft bling

A cute layout of my son

Yesterday, as I was in the middle of deadlines, projects and other things.
I took a little break to create a layout.
These are some photos I have been holding onto for a while, I was just waiting for the perfect paper.  Red and yellow is my favorite combination, so this came together fairly easy.  While I was creating this layout, I was getting a little sentimental on how much Jacob has grown.  Also, how much I miss Charleston, South Carolina.  I scrapbook when I feel it.  Sometimes making a page takes far too long, and that normally happens to me when I am forcing things to work.  So now my approach is to be inspired and then start.  Sometimes, well a lot of times I am inspired from paper, other times it is from shopping, the way things are labeled and branded I find really cool.  I also keep things simple, and I want there to be a nice flow.  
I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday and staying cool!

Materials used:
American Crafts Abode pattern paper
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Puffy alphas thickers
American Crafts Dear Lizzy embellishment
American Crafts Botanique rub on
American Crafts Remarks Alphabet
American Crafts Letterbox pattern paper
Spellbinders S4-116 Standard circles small

Swimsuit season

Happy Friday Folks!
It is hot here, (and I like the heat) however, boy am I thankful for air conditioning.
I am thinking the pool later.
Here is another card I made using the Swimsuit Season stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
The July releases are now available.
Did you know Eclectic Paperie is now carrying Lawn Fawn stamps?
How cool is that!

Okay onto the card, I cut some canvas out using a Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities®  I chose not to emboss the canvas, but it would have looked beautiful if I did, I was just trying to keep things simple :)  I stamped the image with Memento ink & then colored it in using Copic markers.  Remember, when you color with Copic markers onto fabric, the ink will spread out/bleed, so have a light touch.  To make the label stand out a little, I popped it up with foam tape.  The fun pattern paper, is the new Olivia line from Basic Grey.

Materials used:
Lawn Fawn Swimsuit Season stamp set
Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four Nestabilities®
Copic Markers
May Arts burlap
Kaiser Craft pearls
Basic Grey pattern paper
foam tape

Mint Motif sneak of Cake Shoppe

Today the Mint Motif design team is showing sneaks from the new stamp set called Cake Shoppe.
Mint Motif stamps are sold exclusively through i{heart}papers.
This is a fun cake building set, with so many possibilities.
I stamped the polka dotted cake layers onto October Afternoon designer paper.
The frosting border was made my coloring it in with Copic markers.
I mounted the cake using foam tape, to give it a little more depth.
Oh, the sentiment is part of the stamp set :)

Visit the rest of the design team for more sneak peaks:

Materials Used:
Cake Shoppe stamp set from Mint Motif
October Afternoon pattern paper
Spellbinders S4-190 Labels Four Nestabilities®
foam tape
corner rounder
Memento ink

Lawn Fawn Sneak: Judy's Blooms

Today I am showing a sneak of the new set called Judy's Blooms by Lawn Fawn.
If you like florals, then this set is perfect!!
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, as Kelly is giving away this stamp set.
I colored in the flowers with Copic markers.
If they looked paper pieced, it is because they are, and are popped up with foam tape.
It is hot here in Florida, so I am really drawn to summery, vivid colors right now.
Pinks, oranges and reds look really cool together.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn stamps
Copic markers
EK Success punch
foam tape
kraft, berry & white card stock

Lawn Fawn sneak: Swimsuit Season

Today, I get to show a sneak from a new stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
It is called, Swimsuit Season.
So, so cute!!
This set is perfect for paper piecing or coloring in with your favorite coloring medium.
For my card, I colored in the images using copic markers.
But I think the image would look super cute, paper piece with your favorite pattern paper :)
To achieve the look of the stamps I used, I masked them.
Masking is when you stamp an image, cover it up with Eclipse tape or paper, post it, or whatever.
Then, you stamp another image over the masked image.
Masking is really cool when you are trying to merge images or create a scene.
Make sure to head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, I think Kelly may be giving something away!

Materials used:
Lawn Fawn stamps
Spellbinders S4-114 Standard Circles Large
Spellbinders S4-116 Standard Circles Small
Copic markers
Hambly Screen prints
Grosgrain ribbon
White card stock
Memento ink

Simple thank you cards using scraps

When I love a paper, sometimes it can be hard to throw out the scraps.
So instead of holding onto them, and then never using the scraps up.
I take the scrap pattern paper, and make simple thank you cards.
These all will only take one stamp to mail (love that).
To disguise the knot (green ribbon) I put a sheet of card stock over it, or a piece of foam.
That will prevent your envelope from tearing.
I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!

Sending you a little happy

Here is a cute card using my May or June Unity Kit of the Month.
I don't have this kit near me right now, so I am sorry on not knowing the correct month.
Isn't that parachute so cute?
I love it.
I stamped the parachute image onto vellum, then I adhered the vellum onto the My Minds Eye paper.
I love simple witty cards, they are my favorite.
I could see myself sending this to a friend who needs some nice snail mail, or a pick me up.

Materials Used:
Unity Stamps
My Minds Eye paper
White card stock
Satin ribbon

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