Playing along with Play Date & CAS-ual Fridays

Hey everyone! A quick post tonight showing a card I whipped up for the Play Date Cafe & CAS-ual Friday challenges. I knew I wanted to play with both of these – gorgeous colour combo over at Play Date & so many options at CAS-ual Fridays.

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For the CAS-ual Fridays challenge I chose the bottom row – Flowers, Buttons & Twine. I finally inked up my new Hero Arts Blossom Art stamp set – I love it! The sketch is based on the current design over at Clean & Simple Stamping.

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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!
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Is it the weekend yet??

Wow! What a week – I have been super duper busy! Made this card recently to cheer up a friend and I think it is perfect for the middle of winter…
I got to use my yummy new Basic Grey Hopscotch papers, as well as some new Papertrey Ink Blueberry felt for the rolled flowers.
This card is for the current sketch over at Card Positioning Systems, the Make Your Own Embellishment challenge at Simon Says Challenge and the ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ challenge at the lovely Wee Memories.
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Short & Sweet

A super quick post tonight – just about to head out for a date night but no restaurant booking, so its not looking good for 7:45pm on a Friday night. Oh well – we’ll be spontaneous!

Anyway, wanted to squeeze in this card I whipped up for the current sketch challenge over at Card Patterns. I thought this sketch would be very difficult for me, but found that this came together much faster than usual. I also haven’t jumped on the rolled flower bandwagon yet – not that I don’t love them, just haven’t ventured in that direction. I decided to give it a try using felt for this card & I really liked the result – not perfect, but a decent first attempt! One of my fave color combos as well – red, aqua & kraft.

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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!
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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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2 posts in one day – I never thought I’d see the day…

But, I really really wanted to squeeze in one more card for the ‘Case Your Favorite’ Challenge over at the Wee Memories blog before tonight’s deadline…
Not surprisingly, I’ve chosen another beauty by Dawn McVey – her style really inspires me and so does her Raspberry Suite stamp line for Papertrey Ink! I have cased the layout of these card & also used the Delightful Dahlias stamp. set, but changed the looked a little with a white background and gradient dahlias, heat embossed with white. The second card is the same design, but tried it on a kraft cardbase which was impressed with the Linen and Canvas Impression Plate from PTI. Not sure which one I prefer actually….what about you?
This card is also for the current challenge over at one of my fave blogs, A Passion for Papertrey – Perfectly Pretty Pearls.




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You can never have too much pink…

Well, maybe you can, but not for this challenge!
I have another entry for the Wplus9 Color Cue Challenge.There are some amazing entries in this challenge – I especially like the card by Nancy McKinney – her work is gorgeous. I ordered the PTI Sunshine Impression Plate after seeing it on her card – stunning!

This card inspired me to make a whole set with all the PTI colors – I stamped the same flower pattern on the envelope as well.


Heading home soon for some dinner & TV with my other half…and maybe some late night card making….

Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware); card stock (Ryman, Bitty Box – Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress Ink)
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Wplus9 Challenge

My first blog post. This is an exciting occasion.

I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago and took a break from it when I moved from the states to London, England 5 years ago because of some serious space (and time) constraints. However, in the run up to my wedding this past August I decided I could no longer be without one of my true loves. So, on a trip back to Ohio I packed up 2 huge suitcases with all my supplies (albeit rather dated now!) and brought everything back to our crammed London apartment.
Since then I have discovered another true love – stamping. I never thought I would do anything but scrapbook, but I’ve practically given it up now – I just can’t stop making cards. I have built up a considerable stash of goodies and day dream about the day I can commit myself to card making full time. 
This blog is about my journey – I’m just finding my style at the moment – getting inspiration from the amazing people in the card making world. I am still not sure where I want this all to lead – I, of course, would love to be on a design team and have cards published, but one day at a time! For now, I am enjoying participating in challenges and sending out lovely handmade cards to all my nearest & dearest.

On to the business at hand – my first entry for the Wplus9 challenge using pink, black/grey & white (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month) – details can be found here. I love this blog and follow it daily – Dawn’s work is amazing & the design team comes up with incredible cards. 


This is my first entry for the competition (though I have a few more on the way!). I tried a technique I watched on Jennifer McGuire’s Holiday Thinking Inking video – embossing a paper rose – I love the way it turned out. Apologies for the less than stellar pictures – I need to work on my photography skills!

Thanks for visiting – hope to post another card soon!

Card details:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Paperchase
Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White
Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Thrift Shop)
Die cut leaves & Scalloped Circle (Provo Craft)

Accessories: brad: K & Company; lace: Ribbon Girl; corner chomper

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