Monthly Archives: March 2012

2 Different Cards With Same Layout


Hi all!  Today I got busy and made 2 cards with the same layout for the Makeover Monday challenge over at Paper Crafter’s Library.  The original card was stunning with a green patterned background and 3 black butterflies as the focal point.  It’s a perfect example of how something simple can be just as exquisite as something super fancy.

My first card was made with paper from the Gina K Designs Parisian Garden Collection.  I found an old birthday stamp set with this cute present stamp and decided to do some paper piecing with it.  I coloured over the ribbon on each present with a clear glitter gel pen for a bit of sparkle and stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner from the CTMH Card Chatter Birthday stamp set.

My second card has the same layout but a different theme and bolder colour scheme.  I used kites as the focal point and stamped them in three different colours for interest.

The stamps are from the Splendid Day stamp set.  The ink colours are Lagoon, Sunflower and Tulip.

That’s it.  Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!


Life Is A Journey Card


Happy Friday everyone!  I’m really excited to tell you that my Bless This Nest card won the My Time Made Easy sketch challenge #53!   Yeah.  Playing along with sketch challenges has been really fun and inspirational so today’s card is inspired by this week’s MTME’s Pretty Palette sketch challenge #54.


Pretty much anything goes with this one so I thought I’d make a masculine card using a new stamp set I received from Close To My Heart called A Journey.  It’s a small set which includes footprints, trees and the Life Is A Journey sentiment.  The other set I used was Enjoy Life.

As you can see it’s fairly straight forward.  I distressed the edges of the card because I wanted a more vintage look and, let’s face it, we all get a bit battered up as we go through life!

The trees were stamped in 1st and 2nd generation to get that layered look and then the bicycle guy was stamped in Chocolate ink in the foreground.  I was looking for a masculine ribbon to go at the top but didn’t have anything wide enough so I thought I’d try stamping this piece of white scrap ribbon I had lying around.  The ink of the footprints spread a bit after I stamped them so they are a bit blurry but at least you can still tell what they are!

I added the wooden button and hemp twine as an accent and then stamped the sentiment with Garden Green and Chocolate using the rock n roll technique.

Inside the card, I did a grouping using some stamps from the Enjoy Life set, which I thought fit the theme.  Here I had to do a bit of masking to make it work and I also used the rock n roll technique again with the green and brown ink.

This card was a lot of fun because it relied heavily on stamping.  Most of the prep was in the layout.  No second chances when everything is stamped right on the card!

Hope you enjoyed it and feel inspired to try some of these techniques on your own.  Happy crafting!

Happy Easter To My Peeps!


Hello my peeps!  Since Easter is almost here I thought I’d better get out the CTMH My Peeps stamp set and make something!   I am also playing along with My Time Made Easy‘s colour palette challenge this week, which happens to be Daffodil, Aqua, Pink and Eggplant – very Eastery!

I found this beautiful plaid paper in a DCWV card stock book.  It has all the challenge colours on it so it was a great jumping off point.  There are 4 layers on the cross piece – Lagoon, yellow dots from the Dotty For You paper pack, pink and the Easter eggs.  The pink paper was stamped with “happy easter to my peeps” in the 4 challenge colours.  The Easter eggs were stamped and coloured with Copic markers and popped up with foam dimensionals.

The giant Easter egg was cut out using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I added a few rhinestones and a butterfly for decoration and then got out my glitter pens to add a bit of sparkle (a little hard to see in the photo).  The giant egg is popped up with dimensionals.

That’s it for today.  I will probably have another Easter project coming soon since I have small children and usually make them a basket with goodies.  Stay tuned…

Happy crafting!

Together Anything Is Possible


I decided a couple of days ago to try making a card with the Close To My Heart March Stamp of the Month set (see CTMH Specials page for details).  The set is called Potential and contains two sentiments, which are “Anything is possible” and “We’re in this together”.  So I thought it would be fitting to try and design a his and hers card with a pink and blue colour palette.

The card, flowers and banner were cut out with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I love the bracket edge on the bottom of the card.  It worked really well with the shape of the big, swirly stamp.  Another really fun thing I tried was taking a piece of color-ready seam binding ribbon and stamping it.  Here are the things I used to colour the ribbon…

You can see the finished ribbon at the top of the picture.  To get to that point I took a pink Copic marker and coloured the ribbon with it.  I then took Outdoor Denim ink (navy blue) and stamped the ribbon with a swirly stamp from the Potential stamp set.  The finished ribbon is so pretty.  I will definitely do this again.  The ribbon was glued around the bottom of the card (pleated) and the leftover was used for a bow, which I glued underneath the big blue rose.

For the pink background matte, I decided to emboss a fleur de lis pattern with my Cuttlebug.  I stamped the “Together…” on the pink tag and glued it to the navy tag, then added a couple of blue/grey pearl accents.  The roses were sponged with ink and glued underneath the tag.  And the last thing I did was stamp the inside of the card.

Had to get a few more swirlies in there somehow!

That’s it for today.  Until next time …

Happy crafting!

Wishing You Sunshine


I just received a summer stamp set in the mail from Close To My Heart called Splendid Day along with my preview pack of Dotty For You Paper (see CTMH Specials page for details).  So I decided to try out a boy birthday card using these things.

The layout and colour sketches came from My Time Made Easy.  I’m playing along with their challenges in order for a chance to win a Pretty Package, of my choice, from their store.  They have really great stuff so check it out if you get a chance.

The colours are daffodil, blue, tangerine and grey.  The Dotty For You Paper Pack  just happened to have patterned papers with those colours so this worked out perfectly!  The only things stamped on this card are the sun, airplane and sentiment banner.  I stamped, cut out and popped them up using foam dimensionals for a bit of depth.

I added the grey Baker’s Twine and clear button as accents.  The patterned papers were matted with the same yellow card stock as I used on the sentiment banner.  And there you have it… a birthday card that would be cute for a little boy!

Have a great day and happy crafting!

Bless This Nest


Hello everyone.  TGIF!  Today’s card was inspired by the My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Sketch #53.  I have been playing along with their challenges and having a great time.  It’s been very inspirational for me.   Here is the sketch…

I wanted to make a card for a house warming party so I decided to use a birdhouse theme.  Green, blue and brown were the obvious colour choices here (sky, leaves, tree bark).  The papers were a mix of scraps I had laying around and the stamp sets I used were from CTMH – Bless This Nest (retired) and Splendid Day.  The ink colours are Chocolate and Lagoon.

I cut out the tree branches, leaves and banner pieces using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  A lot of things on this card are popped up with dimensional foam (branches, banner and roof of birdhouse) because I wanted to get the feeling of peeking through the branches of a tree to see the birds and birdhouse.  I strung the banner on Lagoon Baker’s Twine from the Paradise Assortment and added blue gems to the bottom of each banner flag for a little bling.

A very different kind of card but it was fun and challenging to make.  That’s the beauty of crafts – you never know what you will come up with next.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy crafting!

One of a Kind Friend


Hello friends!  Today’s project is a feminine card you can use for a number of occasions such as birthday, thank you, or just because. The design and colours are from another challenge at My Time Made Easy.  They are giving away a $25 gift card to their store at the end of a 4 challenge series so I thought I’d play along for fun, if nothing else.

The colour scheme of today’s card is black, grey, rose and cherry.  These are colours I probably wouldn’t think to pick myself so it was fun to try them out.

The patterned paper is from a K&Company card stock book I picked up a while ago at my local Michael’s.  The stamps I used are from CTMH’s Sweet Moments and Chairs To You stamp sets.

I cut out the scalloped frame, pink oval, and flower with my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The butterfly and heart were stamped and cut by hand.  The black scalloped frame was popped up with 3D foam tape, as was the rose and heart. I stuck the beautiful pearl pin through the foam under the rose to hold it in place.

The last things I added were the little red bow and the two red gems in the top left corner (the gems were coloured with a red Copic marker).

I’ll be back tomorrow with another challenge card.  Until then….

Happy crafting!

Party Animal Card


Today it is 25C outside and it’s only March 20th!  We’ve been experiencing this record breaking weather for the last several days.  Needless to say it has been hard to hole myself up in my craftroom but this morning I came up with a cute child’s birthday card.

The green, white and orange colour inspiration came from a My Time Made Easy colour challenge and the balloons were inspired by a Copic markers graduated blending technique featured on Nichole Heady’s blog.  The papers are from the CTMH Elemental Paper Pack and the stamps are also from CTMH.

The little alligator was also coloured in with Copic markers.  I used YG93 and YG97 for the body and Y21 and YR04 for the belly.  I also stamped “party animal” in Sorbet ink around the outside of the orange tag (cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge).  Here’s a closer look…

The alligator and balloons were popped up using foam dimmensionals.  I used Baker’s Twine from the Paradise Assortment for the balloon strings.  The sentiment is a preprinted border from the Elemental paper pack.

That’s it for today.  I’m off to use the BBQ on this fine day.  Hope you enjoyed my party animal card.

Happy crafting!

Birthday Wishes Card


TGIF paper crafters!  The end of another week.  Where does the time go?

Today I made a card for a challenge put on by a company that I really adore – My Time Made Easy.  They have lots of great products, especially if you are into 3D paper crafts.  Check them out when you get a chance.  There is something for everyone.  Anyway, here is the sketch…

…and here is what I came up with.

I thought it would be fun to make my own patterned paper with stamps and since spring is in the air I decided to go with flowers and butterflies!  I cut the card and background pieces out of White Daisy CS and the matte pieces out of Hollyhock CS.  Four different stamp sets were used to make this card – Take A Picture, Love Life, Card Chatter Birthday and Happy Memory.

With Blush ink I stamped the “rainbow” dotted pattern onto the large background piece of cardstock.  I then took the itty bitty flower and stamped it in the middle of each rainbow.  The butterflies were stamped with part of a stamp from the Take a Picture stamp set using the masking technique.  I also blended the colours gradually from light orange to dark purple to add a bit of interest.

The butterfly was cut out using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I added 3 black pearl accents on the body as well as to the left hand side of the card on the pink ribbon.  The last thing I did was stamped the sentiment at the top in Blush ink.  That’s it – tout fini!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and happy crafting!


Thank You Transparent Pillow Box Treat Holder


Happy Thursday!  Today I thought I’d show you a cute, little pillow box filled with jelly beans that I made as a thank you.  This is a fun alternative to making a card.  And who doesn’t like treats?

The pillow box was cut out with the Cricut and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  I decided to try using a clear transparency sheet that I had laying around and was really pleased with the outcome.  Here is the assembled pillow box without the decorative sleeve.  I put the jelly beans in so the pillow box would show up a bit better.

I used some of the papers from the CTMH Pemberley Paper Packet plus a little bit of Sunny Yellow CS as an accent colour.  The flowers were cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Below is a picture of all the pieces used…

Here are the supplies and dimmensions…

2×6.5″ dark blue patterned paper sleeve (scored at 3 and 6″), .75×6.5″ Sunny Yellow CS strip, 2.5″ light blue patterned paper flower, 2″ flower in Bamboo CS, 1″ flower in Sunny Yellow CS, 1″ blue flower in Sky CS, small stamped flower on light blue patterned paper, Creme Brulee baker’s twine from the Paradise Assortment, sparkle button.

The thank you stamp, small flower (part of the A Huge Thanks stamp set) and the sentiment (from Card Word Puzzle stamp set) were stamped with Outdoor Denim ink.  I assembled the sleeve first and then added the assembled flower after.

That’s all folks!  A transparent pillow box that shows off your treats.  Fun!

Happy crafting!