Lacey goodness

A super quick post tonight – I have tons to do, so going to keep this short!

I finally got out my new Turning a New Leaf die today to make this card – I have been wanting to use it since it arrived. I rarely use lace, but was inspired by the challenge over at the Embellish Magazine blog to use decorative trim & shades of green. I also took inspiration from the current card being featured in the CASE challenge. All of this green reminds me of things blooming, so its also for the A Passion for Papertrey challenge.

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A labour of love!

So, thanks to the great challenge over at Lawnscapings to create your own patterned paper with stamps, there have been lots of great videos floating around the blogosphere to  show different ideas (for example, Kelly’s & Mary’s).

For a long time I’ve wanted the American Crafts City Park papers – especially the balloon one. But, alas, I don’t have it. Thanks to some great inspiration, I decided to make my own balloon paper. Now, if anyone has this particular PTI stamp set, they’ll know the balloon & balloon basket are separate stamps…this sheet of paper took me a looong time!!

And here is the first card I’ve made using the patterned paper. I accented some of the red balloons with glitter, but its hard to see in the pictures. The bird and banner are both embossed with clear embossing powder and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.

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This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in Moxie Fab World and the sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Waltzingmouse blog.
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Happy Wishes

Happy Sunday everyone. It is a gorgeous sunny day in London!


Made this cheerful balloon card for my friend’s birthday – hope it brings her some cheerfulness. Balloons are very cheerful to me.


The green hills are inpsired by a card I saw over at the talented Laurie’s blog – I love how she used the Papertrey Ink embossing folder for her rolling hills. She is super creative and clever!

This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. The card colors are inspired by the current Totally Hues challenge at Heather’s blog & this is definitely a springy card, so its also going into the current Springing into Spring challenge at Passion for Papetrey. I used heat embossing for the Papertrey Ink Make it Mondays challenge.


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Not your average baby card

Another baby card to share today and this time using some very nontraditional colors. I loved the colors for the current challenge over The Play Date Cafe, but I had so many baby cards to make & I was determined to make it work! I think it turned out well – who says purple & turquoise can’t be used for babies?



The sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Clean & Simple blog and it is also for the Passion for Papertrey – Hey Baby! challenge. Lastly, as I didn’t use any markers, it is also going into the current challenge over at There She Goes Stamps.



Card details:
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Royal Velvet, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps: sentiment from Plus One (Lawn Fawn), bears from Baby Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Versamark
Accessories: buttons (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), die cut (Papertrey Ink), clear embossing powder
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Glittery, sparkling prams…

If only they came like this in real life…
As mentioned, the week of baby cards continues (though hopefully I’ll take a break for some other creations too!) & today I am sharing 2 cards featuring Lawn Fawn’s adorable new Plus One set. I looove this set and couldn’t wait to ink it up. Luckily for me, everyone I know is having babies or needs baby cards for their friends! These cards are inspired by the card Nichol Magouirk did for the Plus One release.
It doesn’t come out that well in the pictures, but I highlighted the patterned paper of the 2nd card with a glitter pen and it adds the perfect amount of sparkle to this card. I felt it needed a little something as the colors are pretty untraditional for baby cards, but I think they’re so sweet!
These cards are for the current challenges over at Wee Memories – Anything Goes, A Passion for Papertrey – Hey Baby! & CPS – Card Positioning Systems sketch #211.

And, don’t forget to scroll down to check out my supply purge!

Lastly, there’s a new challenge blog in town with articles, swaps, interviews, videos, challenges, great prizes and MORE! Check out Lily Pad Cards! 

Card details
Card 1:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lillian collection (Crate Paper)
Stamps: sentiment & pram from Plus One (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Dies: Double-ended banner (Papertrey Ink), Circle/Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Glitter pen, border punch (EK Success), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), buttons (Papertrey Ink)

Card 2:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lillian collection & Brook collection (Crate Paper)
Stamps: sentiment & pram from Plus One (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Dies: Double-ended banner (Papertrey Ink), Circle/Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Glitter pen, border punch (EK Success), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), buttons (Papertrey Ink)
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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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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hi everyone!
I’m participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop for the first time this month & was very excited about the challenge: ‘This month’s blog hop challenge involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust!’

I have made 2 cards for the Blog Hop. The first uses Larger than Life and the second uses Heart Prints. Both of these sets are beautiful, but I don’t use them nearly as much as I would like.

Here is the first card – the sketch is based on the current challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping – sketch 124 – and the colors are for the Neutrals Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World Challenge. This ‘ribbon vase’ is much better in real life! As I definitely freed my creativity on this one, I’m also entering into the current challenge at Wee Memories.

My next card uses Heart Prints & Fancy Flourishes – the sketch is based on the current challenge over at Get Sketchy. The colors are more pinks for the Monochramatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week  over at Moxie Fab World. This also fits nicely with the current challenge, ‘Sweet Inspiration’ over at A Passion for Papertrey.


Thanks for visiting & enjoy the Blog Hop!

Card details:
Flower Vase Wedding Card:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Mat Stack 1, Larger than Life, Fancy Flourishes, flower & sentiment from Delightful Dahlias (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Light brown (Colorbox), watermark ink (Versamark), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink)
Heart Flourish:
Cardstock: Pinks (Bazzill Basics)
Stamps: Heart, sentiment from Heart Prints, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: dies (Papertrey Ink), rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), foam adhesive, sewing machine, corner chomper
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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…

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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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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!
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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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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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