Friday, March 30, 2012

If I had a Flower...

This card came about as a test run for a swap card that I'm working on (and if any of you HAS swappers are listening, trust me, it will look vastly different!)  But I need to test out my layout & measurements.  The only thing I'd do differently on this version if I was to make it again, is to do black zigzag stems, as the taupe thread doesn't show up enough:
Patterned papers are Wings; Cardstock is Vineyard Berry, Juniper, Black and Colonial White; Stamp set is Thoughts of You; Black Hemp; Black Mini-Medley buttons, Licorice Opaque Pearls; Black Ink - all CTMH; Scallop border die is Taylored Expressions; Spellbinders scallop circle die.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Stella card

The Stella paper pack has such wonderful papers!  One of them is all sewing pattern pieces - so it put me in the mood to do a sewing themed card.  This is one that we're making in my April card class (they'll be doing stamped stitching instead of the real version that I did).  I used chalk to colour in the dress (it matches perfectly in real life, the pic is a bit off) and I used Copic markers to colour the rhinestones to match the dress:

Patterned papers are Stella, Stamp sets are Tailor Made & Happy Birthday, Cardstock is Colonial White & Chocolate; Chalk, Rhinestones and button - all CTMH.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Cupcake Diva's latest

My daughter's cupcake business has been booming this month... and I haven't shared in a while.  Be sure to scroll down, her crowning glory is the last photo!  She started off by making 200 royal icing flowers in 4 different colours, then did both vanilla & chocolate versions:
And finally, she made one special cupcake for her girlfriend's birthday... if you're on Pinterest at all, you've seen this idea floating around, so she just had to give it a try (it was a huge hit!):

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Dotty Butterfly

You're getting a (gasp!) sneak peak of our April/May promotional paper pack called "Dotty" today!  This is a card that we're doing in an upcoming card class that I'm teaching (so if you're coming, it's a sneak peak for you, too!).  I stamped the butterfly a second time onto Creme Brulee cardstock, sponged the center, glittered the edges and glued only the middle down, so that the wings stick up.
Patterned paper is Dotty; Cardstock is White Daisy, Creme Brulee & Grey Wool; Stamp set is A Butterfly; Ink is Grey Wool & Smoothie; Prisma glitter; Licorice Opaque Pearls; Twine - all CTMH.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March Key Ingredients

Just a simple little card, since I wanted to break out my March Key Ingredients kit that just arrived in the mail - along with my new scalloped dies!  I was inspired by the card set that Jessica Diedrich made using these fun papers:

Patterned papers & decorative brad are Graceful, Echo Park; Stamp set is Happy Birthday, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Cuttlebug flower dies, Large scallop border die - Taylored Expressions.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Tree card

Just a little square card to share today - similar to what you'll see in the CTMH catalogue:
Patterned paper is Wings; Stamp sets are A Tree & Happy Birthday; Ink is Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf & Smoothie; - all CTMH; Ribbon, Michaels.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Sketch For You To Try

So far I'm 3 for 3... I've been able to participate in the Sketch For You To Try each month this year - hopefully I can keep it up :o)  I had fun distressing some of my Key Ingredients goodies for my card, and kept it fairly simple - I had a difficult time pulling this sketch together:

Patterned paper is My Mind's Eye, Rosy (Key Ingredients kit); Stamp set is Words of Wisdom, Verve; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Wooden buttons, CTMH;

Sunday, March 18, 2012


This is such a fun stamp set & paper pack - I really love colouring the Superdude!  I wanted the skyline to look a bit like it was in a window, so I framed it in black, and stamped it in a light grey:
Patterned paper is Superhero; Cardstock is Indian Corn Blue, Black and White Daisy; Stamp set is Super Powers; Inks are Black & Grey Wool;

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Elemental Cards

This stamp set definitely is intended for Valentine's Day, but I wanted to make something a little less holiday-specific.  I stamped the heart/flower image and then stamped it again in a contrasting colour that I cut out, scored and stitched down on top, so that the heart edges could be bent up, and the colour underneath would peak out.
Patterned papers are Elemental; Cardstock is Desert Sand & Colonial White; Stamp set is Affection; Inks are Sorbet, Creme Brulee & Sweet Leaf - all CTMH.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A couple of Pemberly cards

This is definitely my favourite paper pack of the moment... I loved the long rectangular wedding card that I made a few weeks back, so I've made a 4" square card using the same design.  I also really love the large floral that comes in this pack, so I've made a 5 1/2" square card and kept it pretty simple:

Patterned papers are Pemberly; Cardstock is Kraft, Outdoor Denim & Colonial White; Stamp sets are Gracious Greetings, Card Word Puzzle; Kraft Color-Ready Borders; Ivory Organdy Ribbon; Bouquet Assortment resin flower - all CTMH; Inks are Outdoor Denim, CTMH and Grey, Memento; Copic Markers; Spellbinders Die.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday!

If I'm not mistaken, I believe that this is the 4th 90th birthday card that I've been asked to make this past year!  I wanted to do something bright & pretty, so I pulled out my Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers and my favourite pink rose ribbon:

Patterned papers are Urban Praire, Basic Grey; Rose ribbon, CTMH; Spellbinder's Die; Stamp sets are Precious Alphabet & Happy Birthday, CTMH; Inks are Cotton Candy & Black, CTMH.  Just Blooms butterfly, in Creme Brulee, CTMH; Flat ribbon & pearl, Michaels; Martha Stewart border punch.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A CAS card for Heart2Heart

This was a hard card to photograph (doing it an night didn't help!)  I'm afraid that the picture looks a little dingy, but the card is very soft and light in person :o)  The Heart2Heart blog is having a colour challenge this week: Sky, Garden Green & Sunkiss Yellow.  Since I don't own Sunkiss Yellow, I subbed in Buttercup.  I've been inspired by what Nancy Ball has been creating lately, and also a card by Maile Belles:

An Irish Blessing with the Deconstructed Sketch #42

I've followed the Deconstructed Sketch challenge for quite a while... but I think this is my first time actually playing along!  'Tis the season to do a little something Irish, so I used a stamp from Verve's Blessings set along with their new shamrock dies:
Patterned papers are Marjolaine, Basic Grey; Cardstock & Ink is Cocoa, CTMH; Stamp sets are Blessings & Lucky You, Verve; Shamrock set dies, Verve.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Key Ingredients Challenge - Note card set

This is an updated post with my entry for the Key Ingredients Feb Kit challenge!  A week or so ago I posted a set of four cards that I made for the challenge... and have since added a 5th & 6th card, plus a little cardstock box that I made as a holder!  So here are a few shots of the set of 6, the holder, and a few pictures of how the holder was put together:

The finished box size is 6"x4 3/4" and it is 1 1/4" deep.  I used a piece of the gold ribbon from the kit to tie it all together, and lined the bottom of the box with a piece of patterned paper.
I still have tons of product leftover - I'm looking forward to seeing the previews of the March kit in the next few days :o)

Inspired By #14

I used Laurel's green/polka dot inspiration at the Inspired By challenge this week, along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch to make my 6th and final card for my set of note cards for the Key Ingredients Feb Kit challenge (I'll show the whole set & the little holder I made in my next post!).

Patterned papers are Lost & Found - Rosy, My Mind's Eye; Ribbon, Pearls & cardstock - all Key Ingredients; Stamp set is Card Word Puzzle, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic marker.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #87

I'm a bright & bold cardmaker for the most part... but I really love the muted neutrals of these October Afternoon papers.  I knew that I had the perfect stamp set to go with them, too!  Here is what I made for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge:

Patterned papers are Farmhouse, October Afternoon; Cardstock is Vanilla Cream, CTMH; Spellbinders Die; Stamp sets are Holiday Labels, Waltzingmouse Stamps & Chairs To You, CTMH; Inks are Grey Wool, CTMH & Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic Markers; Organdy ribbon, CTMH

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lucky You for Mojo Monday #231

Actually, it's Lucky Me!  I was a lucky winner during Verve's last release, and got the wonderful Lucky You stamp set and matching dies, so I'm thrilled to be using it with this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Here's what Lucky Me came up with:

Patterned papers are Wings & Wings Creative Basics; Cardstock is Topiary, Sweet Leaf, Black and Colonial White; Sweet Leaf grosgrain ribbon; Licorice Opaque Pearls - all CTMH; Stamp set is Lucky You, Verve; Sweet Scallop Tag Die & Shamrock set of dies, Verve.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #24

This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is my kind of sketch!  Classic lines, and lots of room for interpretation!  I went back to some papers/stamps that I used for a card about a year ago, and really love.  I wanted my little sentiment to look like a hanging sign:
Patterned papers are Wings Creative Basics; Cardstock is Kraft, Vineyard Berry & Colonial White; Stamp sets are Bless This Nest & Twitterpated; Inks are Desert Sand, Vineyard Berry, Topiary & Juniper; Natural Hemp - all CTMH.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mojo Monday #230

I dug into my February Key Ingredients kit to make a card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I've been making a lot of square cards lately, so I decided to make mine just a standard A2 size:

Patterned papers are Lost & Found Rosy, My Mind's Eye; Cardstock is Black, Colonial White & Kraft, CTMH; Stamps are One of my Nicest Thoughts Plain Jane, and Bloom & Grow, Verve; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento and Olive, CTMH; Ribbon, pearls, flower & papers all Key Ingredients kit, Taylored Expressions.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Birthday

Wow!  This just happens to be my 300th blog post... time flies when you're making cards?!  We have a small friend celebrating his birthday this weekend, so I had a great time making a 1st Birthday card this week... I don't get many opportunities to do young cards anymore.  This CTMH stamp set has been retired for a little while, but I still love it:
Patterned papers are Sidewalks, October Afternoon; Stamp set is Nursery Bash, CTMH; Cardstock is Juniper, Tulip & Colonial White, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic Markers.


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