Color Me Happy

I love Pinterest. I’m a relatively avid pinner, happily collecting boards of DIY, recipes, card inspiration, color combinations and more. But, after hours get sucked away into the time warp that is Pinterest, what then? Its an amazing site, but a total trap as well. I have recently made an effort to do more with my pins – cook the recipes, do the DIYs – I even have friends who host Pinterest Parties making creations they find on the site.

I have decided to start a new series using the color combinations I pin endlessly to inspire some new creations. I love color – I love fearless combos, pleasing pairings, rainbows. I am always looking for new combinations and how those matches could spark something new in my creativity. This was fun – I highly recommend it. Here is my first experiment.

Here was the color combination 
I pulled some coordinating papers, patterned papers and ink to get things going.


I decided to start off with some navy cards -
This card uses the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots set – a really set this one! And the gorgeous Alte New Magnolias for Her set – love those gorgeous blooms. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Greetings. The card is cut to 4″ wide to allow for the banner & flower hanging off the edge.
A super simple one using some leftover Studio Calico goodies and some fun patterned paper. 
Next, I got inky with a Simon Says Stamp diagonal stripe stencil and one of my all time favorite floral stamp sets. 
Lastly, one of my favorite layouts – the perfect way to show off gorgeous patterned paper and a big sentiment. 


That is all for this instalment of Color Me Happy – I hope you’re inspired to do something with all your pins! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wish List Wednesday

There are so many things on my crafty wish list right now – how about you? Here is what I’m wishing would magically appear on my doorstep (can someone please let my husband know this very handy gift list was posted?).

I love this stamp and die from Studio Calico. Truth be told, I have already preordered this, so no need to send this to me if you were considering it ;-)

Next up, the Notes & Things collection from Crate Paper. All of it. Every single item. Here are some of my favorites – swoon.

Next up, the fun new release at Simon Says Stamp. I love the Enjoy the Journey set for Project Life & scrapbooking.
And the stencil set? Yes, please.
And the Keep Swimming set is adorable. I think I will love this for kid’s cards and card making kits geared at a younger audience.

I loved the new release from Alte New. The Sketchy Flowers Rose – total stunner.

How about those Clearly Besotted Stamps that I have had my eye on for awhile? First up, Fresh Flowers. This set is just stunning – I think it is time to take the plunge and order it.

From their latest release – I love the Simply Quilled set – this is really something different to add to the stamping arsenal.

Lastly, I have a confession. I have a serious addiction to ink. I own just about every ink pad from every major manufacturer. And I can’t stop. There is something about a new ink pad – the color, the juiciness, the endless possibilities offered by such a simple little rectangle! I love all the Hero Arts inks – I probably reach for them first, followed closely by Papertrey Ink & Simon Says Stamp. 
But, I have been wanting to try the WPlus9 collection for a long time – I think the colors are so appealing. I think I will put the original collection & the new colors on my birthday wish list next month. 

Ok, that just about does it – and would definitely do it for my wallet for a long time!

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On the Diagonal

Hey there blog friends! Can’t believe it is Monday again – it comes so quickly, right?!

Anyway, back after a little lull in creativity. Really couldn’t make anything last week- ever have weeks like that? I did manage to do something today, but not sure I’m loving it! Even so, felt good to just get in my room and be productive.


I wanted to play along with some of the WPlus9 anniversary festivities & today’s challenge was to do something in your comfort zone, which I suppose is clean & simple for me. I do love layers & paper, but more often than not I am drawn to clean cards – so thats what I went with. I used the great diagonal sketch at Case this Sketch as my starting off point.

Ok, thats all for me tonight. Thanks for stopping by – really means a lot!

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Fresh Cut Florals

Hello again! So, I’m a bit late to the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals party – it sold out so quickly I wasn’t able to get my set until pretty recently. The set is absolutely gorgeous, but I have to admit I am finding it a little tricky to line up the flowers & dies. And the hyacinth – definitely not perfect – but, working on it!


I made this card for the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board & Case this sketch challenges. Happy I finally got a chance to ink up the set – can’t wait to play more!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

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10 Minute Craft Dash #22


Hey friends! Hope you’re having a great week. I got back late last night from a short vacation. It was nice to be away, but I have a mountain of laundry, so gotta keep this short!

Today is the start of another 10 Minute Craft Dash. We have a great sponsor & prize – $25 gift certificate from Paper Sweeties! The colors are gorgeous as well so I’m sure you won’t have any trouble whipping up a beauty!

My card took me 9 min 43 seconds – even when I think I’m going to make it with plenty of time something always stumps me at the end – this time it was the pearls! Still not sure they’re in the right place ;-)

Make sure to head over to Pretty Pink Posh for all the challenge details & all the DT inspiration. 

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Giving Paisley a Try…

Wahoo – Friday night! Hope everyone had a good week. Ours was busy, but I’m hoping for a relaxing weekend. I’ve been promised some crafty time, but we’ll see – it usually doesn’t happen :-)

Anyway, just wanted to share a quick card. I recently bought the WPlus9 Paisley stamp set – I love the images. I think the options will be endless with this set, but kept it simple for this card. I used the current Studio Calico sketch as inspiration and the colors are inspired by the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board.

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Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
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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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