Mother’s Day Flowers

So, in the UK Mother’s Day is April 2nd and I’m busy making cards for friends. I love making mother’s day cards because I really love my mother! I think even though these are for someone else’s mom, I probably make them with my favorite person in the back of my mind. And, I can pull out all my favorite floral stamps as I think moms generally go for that stuff!

I remember seeing this sketch over at Karen’s blog, The Sweetest Thing, and really was struck by it & wanted to play along. Alas, time was not on my side. But, I’ve used in anyway for my cards today. Got to use lots of yummy new My Mind’s Eye & Crate Paper on these cards. Apologies for the bad pictures as well!!

This last card definitely reminds me of spring & also uses some green, so I’m entering it into the current challenge over at Wee Memories.

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Boy & Girl Baby Cards & an award!

Get cozy, lots going on in today’s post!

I have been making baby cards like crazy lately – everyone I know is having a new little someone! I needed a boy & girl baby card for 2 friends (luckily in different countries!) so the current challenge over at Papertrey Paper Dolls to make matching boy & girl cards was perfect. These cards are also for the Paper Piecing Challenge over at Moxie Fab World and ‘Piece Out, Man!’ challenge at A Passion for Papertrey!

The ‘boy’ card (though I think it could be for a little girl as well!) is also for the challenge over at Jay Gee’s Nook – the colors were inspired by her gorgeous photo. The card is also for the Get Krafty challenge at There She Goes Stamps. This card is also one of my much-loved rejects!

The ‘girl’ card colors were inspired by the colors over at Off the Wall Craftiness – I love the inspiration picture!

Here are Jay Gee & Kim Wilson’s inspiration photos:

Now, on to something very special! The lovely Jay Gee recently awarded me with a Liebster Award – the object of the blog is to point out fairly new blogs or perhaps blogs with less than 100 followers. Now there are dozens (lots of dozens!) of blogs in my reader – I get inspiration from everywhere and all the bloggers I come across are important to me! It is really hard to choose 3-5 to highlight, but here are some that are standing out recently in the personal pursuit:

Damask Love – ‘Dr. Amber’ – such a great CAS style!
Paper Crafts by Laurel – Laurel Beard (she may have tons of followers, but can’t see how many at the moment – either way, she’s fab!)
Humble Chan – Chan Vuong (hugely popular already, but can’t get enough of her cards, so wanted to give a little shout out!)

Britta Swiderski – lots of good stuff going on there!

Ohhh, there are soooo many more I wish I could include, but I think I’ll leave it at that for today!

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Rejection Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday.

First of all, congrats to everyone who had cards accepted into Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches. I didn’t have anything picked up, but trying to see the silver lining – plenty to go on the blog this week! I’m sure like many other crafters, it is hard not to be discouraged, but going to dust myself off & try again. I was so excited to see a great idea for a rejection blog hope on Amber’s blog & delighted to join in!

I had a few cards that I really enjoyed making and I thought I would post them here. They are really patterned paper heavy – I love patterned paper, but do try to keep things simple. For this particular call I wanted to use lots of the newest stuff available.

Here is my card for sketch 59:

I’m also submitting this card for the current Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge & the Color Q challenge. Let me just say – this flower was a real labor of love – lots of paper scoring and folding!
Another card I really loved making that is full of Basic Grey Hopstotch goodness is this one for sketch 55:
There is much more to come this week for reject cards so stay tuned!
Thanks for visiting & thanks again to Amber for this great idea!
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My fave color combo!

I was super excited to see the gorgeous color combo over at Stacy’s Stamping Stage this week – this is one of my all time faves – green & pink. I put together this CAS card using this colors – I really love the two-tone pink with the greens. Very fresh & cheerful!

I’ve also submitted this for the current challenge over at Just Add Ink – Just Add Love. I think its important to shower friends with lots of love as well, so thought this was appropriate!

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Papertrey Ink Anniversary Month

Its a big month over at Papertrey Ink. They are celebrating their 4th year – its hard to believe that they’ve only been around 4 years. It seems every issue of every magazine has at least 1 Papertrey Ink product on every page. I have only recently started card making and have already built up quite the stash – every set is gorgeous!

Over at Nichole’s blog they are doing a BIG giveaway (huge, actually!) and in order to play along we’ve all been asked to select our favorite projects from the last year. This is a tough one as every thing I do probably has a PTI product, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few cards.

I posted this one recently for the January Blog Hop – I like that I did something a bit different on this card with the ribbon vase.

I also like this simple card I made a few months ago:
Lastly, I was happy with this set using Asian Fusion – one of my first PTI stamp sets and still one of my faves!
I can’t wait to see what PTI has in store for the year ahead!
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Sew Lovely is….so lovely!

Hi blog friends!
Thanks for stopping by today – it has been a crazy week and I’m very excited for a relaxing weekend (fingers crossed!). A quick card to share today. I didn’t have a chance to make a single card all week (despite my hubby being out of town…) and finally sat down at my craft table at around 10pm last night. And, when I finally got the chance, my mojo had definitely disappeared. But, I did manage to put something together that I like.
I inked up Lawn Fawn’s Sew Lovely, which is tons of fun to play with and flicked through October Afternoon’s Thrift Shop paper pad for some inspiration, which always helps as I genuinely can’t get enough of that paper. I found a great color challenge to play along with over at Mona’s color challenge blog using Aqua, Red & Brown. This card is also for the ‘Whateva’ challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday – what a great challenge! The sentiment is very hard to see in the picture, but its lovely and subtle in real life!
Thanks for stopping by! It really makes my day :-)
Card details:
Card stock: card blank (Woodware), Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream. Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Stamps: sewing machine & sentiment from Sew Lovely (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Momento), Seafoam (Versamagic)
Accessories: Aqua Mist ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Pure Poppy button (Papertrey Ink), red bakes twine (The Ribbon Girl), stick pin (The Ribbon Girl), foam adhesive, scalloped border punch (Stampin’ Up)
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A cheerful Monday card..

Monday already?!? It comes so much quicker than Friday, right? A quick post tonight – had to squeeze this into for my last entry for the color challenges over at Moxie Fab World.

This card is for the Jewel Tones Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. The sketch is based on the Sketchy Sunday sketch over at Tiffany’s blog, Iheartart - one of my absolute fave places to visit!

I’ve included both of these pics as I’m just getting used to doing a little photo editing and I honestly can’t decided which is better – the first is compeletely natural light & no changes to the image. The 2nd is using the ‘auto-fix’ feature on Picasa – then a little manipulation to the ‘temperature’. Not sure how any of that works! So, any good photographers out there – which image is better??

As I used a bow for a CAS card, I’m also submitting it for the Pals Paper Arts current ‘bow’ challenge. The cheerful yellow was inspired by the sunflower image over at Just Add Ink. Lastly, its going in for the Anything Goes challenge over at The Paper Players.
Here are all the inspiration pics:

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A very pink valentine…

Another quick post tonight – lots to catch up on before the week begins…

I wanted to play along with the current sketch over at Mojo Monday. I never seem to make it in time for this one, but pulled it off today! I chose the colors based on the Monochramatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week  over at Moxie Fab World. I do like pink & use it quite a bit, but never THIS much and it was definitely a big challenge for me. As the colors are definitely outside of my comfort zone, I’ll also going to enter this into the current ‘Out of Your Comfort Zone’ challenge over at the lovely A Passion for Papertrey. I am not crazy about all that pink, but oh well – its very sweet & girly for Valentine’s Day. Its hard to see in the picture, but the small square of pink cardstock is shimmery in real life…

Thanks so much for the visit!
Card details:
Cardstock: white & Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink), pinks (Bazzill)
Stamps: Love Tag (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: pink (Colorbox)
Accessories: ribbon (John Lewis), buttons (Woodware), corner chomper, twine (The Ribbon Girl), dies (Papertrey Ink), sewing machine, foam adhesive
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My green thumb…

Well, not exactly….
This card was for the ‘Grandmother’s Garden’ category in the last Paper Crafts Call and unfortunately didn’t make the cut, but I thought I would share it here.
It uses one of my favorite new stamps, Flower Bird Garden, from the 2011 Hero Arts Release. I used the embossed resist technique – this is my absolute fave! The background of the image is stamped with the Hero Arts Friend Definition, but it is hard to see in the picture. 
As the card uses embossing, I’m entering it into the Wet Embossing challenge over at There She Goes Clear Stamps. It is also a monochromatic color palette, and therefore being entered into the current Just Add Ink challenge and uses ribbon, so submitting it over at Wee Memories current ribbon challenge as well!
Thanks for visiting!

Card details:
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Flower Bird Garden, Friend Definition, Designer Woodgrain (Hero Arts), sentiment from Through the Trees (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: label (Cricut Expression), die (Papertrey Ink), button (Papertrey Ink), twine, lace (The Ribbon Girl), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), foam adhesive
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More Valentine’s Day fun

Hi Everyone!
Hope you all had lovely weekends – went too fast for me as usual and not very much time to get inky! Oh well – hopefully I’ll find a spare minute sometime this week.
I did come up with a few Valentine’s Day Cards for friends & I thought I’d share them. 
I have been really keen to ink up my new Lawn Fawn goodies and they are so fun! The first one is more of a ‘scene’ than I usually create (thus being entered into the Passion for Papertrey challege!). 
The next one is inspired by a card in the Paper Craft’s Color Inspiration for Card Makers magazine that featured a string of hearts – I loved the idea for Valentine’s Day. Here is my take:
Finally used my new Papertrey Ink Heart Prints die & also my Tiny Attacher – what fun!
Thanks for visiting!
Card details:
Doggy Valentine’s:
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, New Leaf, white (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Dog, tree from Critters in the Burbs (Lawn Fawn), sentiment from Love Birds (Papertrey Ink), clouds from Up, Up & Away (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Embossing ink (Versamark)
Accessories: Copics, Pure Poppy felt (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink), rhinestone (Hero Arts), twine (The Twinery), buttons (Papertrey Ink), Stickles (Ranger)

Valentine’s Day Hearts:
Cardstock: White, Pure Puppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Stamps: sentiment from Heart Prints Set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: White (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: Pure Poppy felt (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink), twine (the Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), corner chomper (EK Success), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), border punch (EK Success)
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