Love & Marriage…

We are going to a wedding of dear friends this weekend and no better reason to make a card than a wedding!
As I’m still trying to use only scraps, I’ll be entering this card into the fabulous Passion for Papertrey scrap challenge. I was also inspired by the beautiful colors over at Off the Wall Craftiness. I LOVE these colors together and would have no problem making an endless supply of cards in this palette – here is the inspiration photo:
Lastly, this card is my 2nd entry for the Wee Memories ‘Dust of that patterned paper’ challenge. What great motivation to use up patterned paper – I’m such a hoarder and never use any of my beautiful papers!
Phew, now onto the card!
I had a great time breaking some new Papertrey Ink stamp sets for this – used Framed and In Bloom. Love them both!
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Card details:
Paper: cardstock (Papertrey Ink), patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Stamps: Flower from In Bloom & frame/sentiment from Framed (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark 
Accessories: Corner chomper, button (PTI), twine (The Ribbon Girl)
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More holiday cheer

Back again for some more holiday fun.

This card is for the CASE Study Challenge #14 – taking another stab on the rectangular card format. I had tons of fun going through my scrap pile of patterned paper to finish off this card – with that in mind, I have also decided to enter it in the Wee Memories Challenge #31 (using patterned paper) and the Passion for Papertrey challenge (using scraps).

The Passion for Papertrey couldn’t be more perfect for me at the moment – I have made a commitment to make cards only with my scrap bin (which is overflowing) – I think I may have to warn them about the number of cards I plan on submitting to this challenge! Trying to clear some space for the suitcase full of supplies I’m hoping to bring back to London after a holiday in the states in December!

Without further ado, here is today’s card (the one with the pearl is the finished product, the picture on the right is a little better (pre-pearl!):

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Card details:
Paper: cardstock and patterned paper (Green Tea Leaves) (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Friend Definition and Flourish background (Hero Arts), sentiment from Get Merry! (Hero Arts)
Ink: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die Cut tree (Cricut), butterfly stickers (Jenni Bowlin Studio), red pearl (Hero Arts), foam adhesive
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A holiday card

I don’t make a lot of Christmas card, but I love this holiday sentiment set from Hero Arts. This card was so simple and quick! I am going to enter it in the Paper Crafts Holiday Card challenge for November.
That’s all for today – busy weekend & unfortunately not much time for card making!

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Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware), cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: tree and sentiment for Get Merry! (Hero Arts)
Ink: Green Tea (Versamagic); Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: embossing powder (Stampendous), red gems (Prima), foam adhesive

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A quick one!

Currently drowning in my work at the moment, so just a quick post!

I made this card last night and thanks to the lack of sunlight in London I was unable to get a good picture so you’ll have to use your imagination!

The card is for the latest Curtain Call Color Challenge – I love these challenges, but this is my first time playing along. Great colors for this one – had a lot of fun making this card! Here are the colors for the challenge:

Here is my card:
I recently bought this great wood grain background stamp and inked it up for the first time – I love it! The wood grain on the red is so subtle, but just works perfectly. I also heat embossed this graph background, which came out really nice on the black cardstock. The nice ribbon loops are a little more visible in the 2nd picture. Just a note for the competition – the yellow cardstock is more ‘tangerine’ in real life – it is Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink.

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Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware); cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Flower Stems by Rhonna Farrer (Autumn Leaves), sentiment from Up, Up, and Away (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Barn Door (Ranger Distress Ink), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button (Papertrey Ink), brads (Basic Grey), twine (The Ribbon Girl), foam adhesive
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A teal love affair..

One more quick post today.

I was very excited when I saw the Everything but the Kitchen Sink challenge using teal/turquoise, grey and white. I love teal, but don’t use it as much I would like (not sure why!), so I thought no better time than now to dig out the stash of Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores paper and get to work. I also used a very neglected stamp set – Papertrey Ink Heart Prints. This is one of the first stamp sets I bought – I do love it and I was reminded of that last night when I made this card.

The sketch is for Get Sketchy Card Challenge #63 – I love this blog and the great sketches – really helps to get the inspiration flowing!

Enough chit chat, here is the card (apologies again for the bad picture – didn’t have any natural light for this one).

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Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware), card stock (Papertrey Ink), patterned paper (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: hearts and sentiment from Heart Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: die cut label (Cricut), buttons (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Ribbon Girl), embossing powder (Stampendous), embossing folder (Provo Craft)

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Fall is upon us…

Just a quick post this morning – have another post coming tonight…
I did this card over the weekend – really loving Through the Trees from PTI as it is very appropriate for autumn. I think I will do another card similar to this, but do the leaves in reds and oranges to make it more seasonal.
I still think the colors are warm enough, however, to submit this for the Cards Blog Fall Projects Challenge – hopefully they’ll agree!
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Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware), cardstock (Papertrey Ink, Ryman), patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Stamps: tree, birds and sentiments from Through the Trees set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko), VersaMagic. Ranger Distress Ink
Accessories: border punch (EK Success), ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
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A card set & Wee Memories Challenge Entry

Hi again & thanks for visiting. 

Today I have a card set to share. I never make sets, but decided to give it a go. 
I love Papertrey Ink’s Asian Fusion set – the possibilities are endless with the vase and flower combinations. The sentiments in this set are also beautiful. This text background from Hero Arts probably gets the most action of any stamp I own – I love text background and recently order another set from Papertrey Ink. I heat embossed the vase & flower images to add some emphasis. 

I am going to submit one of the individual cards to the Wee Memories ‘Anything Goes’ challenge – details can be found here. Any thoughts on which individual card I should use for the submission?

Here are individual pictures of the cards – sorry for the dark pictures – natural daylight in London tends to be gloomy & grey!

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Card Details:
Paper: Card blanks (woodware), cardstock (Ryman)
Stamp: Asian Fusion (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: VersaMagic, Versacolor, Ranger Distress Ink, Tsukineko
Accessories: rhinestone (Prima), button (Woodware), button twine (The Ribbon Girl), dimensionals
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The fruits of my labor…

Hi again,

I’m very sad to say goodbye to my lovely weekend of card making – it was very indulgent and I’m not sure when a weekend like this will come around again – I nearly started crying last night was I was cleaning up my big mess. One big disadvantage of not having a dedicated work space is the constant clearing up of everything – I would love to have the luxury of leaving out my projects & all my bits & pieces. Oh well – better some space than no space! 

I did have one slight annoyance this weekend – an unbelievably loud party happening in a neighboring apartment on Saturday night – it was unbearable. Slept on the couch for a few hours, but spent most of Sunday bleary-eyed making cards. I was exhausted by the end of it, but unwilling to give up on all my free time!


I had a chance to make a few more cards for the Wplus9 color challenge – I love pink, black & white so figured I might as well go for it with more cards! Details about the challenge can be found here.



Here is my card:



I was really inspired by the dry embossing feature in September/October issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. I don’t have many embossing folders, but I definitely would like to add to my stash.

That’s all for now – thanks for stopping by!

Card details
Paper: card blank (Bazzill), carstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: sentiment from Hearts Print set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Bakers Twine (Ribbon Girl); Embossing folder (Provo Craft), corner chomper
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Another Passion for Papertrey CASE challenge entry

Hello again & thanks for stopping by.

I’m back today with another entry for A Passion for Papetrey’s CASEing challenge – details can be found here.
Not surprisingly, I have gone with yet another card from the talented Maile Belles. Here is an image of the card I am CASEing. I LOVE this card. It uses the Up, Up, and Away stamp set from Papertrey Ink. The possibilities with this stamp set are really endless.

Here is my take on the card – I didn’t stray far from the design but pulled out my Copic markers to do some coloring (I love coloring – still have a lot to learn about shading and the proper use of Copics, but it reminds me of using coloring books and who doesn’t love that?!). The balloons are actually much more pink in real life – for some reason the color didn’t photograph very well (and, again, my camera skills need a lot of work).

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Card details:
Paper: card blank (Hero Arts), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Up, Up and Away (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Swiss Dot embossing folder (Provo Craft); ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers, Cloud & Balloon dies (Papertrey Ink)
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Passion for Papertrey Challenge Entry #1

Another challenge post today – this time for the lovely ladies at A Passion for Papertrey. I was very happy to discover this blog & find fellow PTI enthusiasts this side of the pond. Amy, Kate and Caryn all have such great style and they are definitely an inspiration.

I’m excited about this challenge – which is CASEing a card from a PTI design team member. To say I was spoilt for choice is an understatement. The design team is incredible & I could come up with an endless number of cards based on the designs of these talented women. I will have a lot of entries for this challenge I think…
This card is based on a recent card on Maile Belle’s blog, which can be seen here. This is definitely one of my favorite blogs – Maile’s cards are always clean, simple and stunning. 
I followed her design & also went with a tree motif, but used another stamp set, Through the Trees. I stamped the tree a little off center, which I saw on Nichole Heady’s blog post here.

This card has also been submitted for an Off The Wall Craftiness challenge – I love the colors Kim has chosen for this challenge (and her blog is full of beautiful creations!).



This is the inspiration photo for the Off The Wall Craftiness challenge using green, brown & white:

Card details:

Paper: Kraft (Hero Arts), green (Basic Grey), Rustic Cream (PTI)
Stamps: Tree (Through the Trees -PTI), Sentiment (Asian Fusion – PTI)
Ink: Brown (Colorbox), Green (VersaMagic)
Accessories: Twine (Ribbon Girl); corner chomper
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