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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A challenging challenge…

To get back in the swing of things after the break for the holidays I thought I would use some challenges to get me inspired. I chose the current sketch challenge over at Card Positioning Systems and used the colors from the Just Add Ink. The card is also for the background basics challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey – love the cards they came up with for the challenge. I found these colors very difficult, but still took a stab at it. Here are the sketches & color:

I don’t know if I *love* the card, but I had fun making it and using some new stamps, dies, glitter & felt!

Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it!!
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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.

Thanks for stopping by!
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More wedding fun

Feeling pretty exhausted today at work after going to a great wedding last night. My husband was the best man and my in-laws were here as well, so we had a busy weekend. No time for card making, but plenty of time for celebrating. Have a lot of work to do now to get ready for the holiday card rush, but thought I would share the card I made for the happy newlyweds – managed to get this done yesterday about an hour before the wedding!

Over at Wee Memories, Jenny is running a challenge using pink, which is easy-peasy for me as I use it a lot! The design was inspired by the sketch over at Card Positioning Systems – simple, clean lines – just my style. The card is also inspired by a Maile Belles card I saw in a previous issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. I’m also submitting it for the Passion for Papertrey challenge using scraps as I was able to pull all these paper bits from my scrap drawer!

Thanks for visiting!
Card details:
Paper: cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Heart from Heart Prints, sentiment from Mazel Tov (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Accessories: Flourish and black gems (Prima),  foam adhesive

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Autumn colors calling…

I was very excited to participate in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, but just realized I missed the deadline! Oh well – it still inspired the fall colors in my card today. The layout was inpsired  by the current Case Study Challenge. I love Heather’s cards and was happy to change from my standard A2 format to try something a bit different.

The leaves didn’t stamp very evenly, but I’m still happy with the look – a little ghost-like – reminds me of those last days of autumn before the leaves fall.

Thanks for visiting – and come back tomorrow – I have another fun card to share for the CASE card challenge!

Card details:
Paper: cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: large leaf sprig from Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink), sentiment for Mazel Tov (Papertrey Ink), woodgrain backgroung (Hero Arts)
Ink: Terracotta Tile (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

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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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A busy day of card making!

Hi everyone & thanks for stopping by.
I’m so happy its the weekend. My other half is out of town and I’ve been card making all day. Our flat is a big mess, but it has been worth it. I have made quite a few cards for various challenges that I’ll be sharing over the next few days.
My first card today is for the Embellish Magazine challenge – creating a vintage card using green, rust and yellow. The card is also for the Card Positioning Systems Sketch #190. Vintage does not come naturally to me, but I gave it my best shot!
Here are the fabulous colors for the Embellish challenge:

And here is the sketch for the Card Positioning Sketch challenge:
Here is the first card – I used an old book to create the flower – something I’ve seen on quite a few blogs and in magazines lately. The layout is also inspired by a card I saw in Create: Stamping by Belinda Chang Langner.
Here is a detail of the flower – I die cut scalloped circles and inked the edges with Distress Ink.
I have another card to share as well – this one is also for the Embellish color challenge (again!) and also for the 2Sketches4You challenge – I love their sketches, but always struggle to finish cards in time to take part! Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch:
Thanks for visiting – I really appreciate it! Stop back tomorrow for some more entries for the Wplus9 challenge!
Card details:
‘Thank You’
Paper: card blank (Hero Arts); patterned paper (Thrift Shop, October Afternoon, Bitty Box and Bitty Dot, Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: Sentiment (American Crafts)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Chalk Ink (Versamagic); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); button (Woodware); twine (Ribbon Girl); book pages, corner chomper

‘Best Wishes flower’
Paper: card blank (Woodware), patterned paper (Porcelain, Basic Grey, Bitty Box, Papertrey Ink), carstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: sentiment (Hero Arts); leaf (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); brad (Basic Grey), border punch (EK Success); fabric flowers (Petaloo)
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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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