Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best Wishes

I decided to conclude the 2010 crafts year with another scrap card.  I love it when I go through my scrap bin and find just the right pieces to go together!  This card was so simple because the die cut was already done and the button already had the jute that!  I look forward to all the paper crafts to come in 2011!  Happy New Year and best wishes in 2011!  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December PTI Blog Hop

It is hard to believe that Christmas is over and we are now looking forward to the New Year. 
Today it is time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. 

This months challenge was to use up your scraps.  Since my scrap bin is overflowing with bits of ribbon, card stock, already die cut pieces, this was a perfect opportunity to use up this stash!  I opted to not make a holiday card but thinking of you.
Using my scraps made this card so easy to make... I need to do this more often!  Enjoy!

All products from Papertrey Ink, unless stated
Paper: ocean tides, rustic cream, library ledger
Stamps: wreath for all seasons, through the trees
Other: ribbon, jute twine, buttons

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Here is my final card for Christmas.  I made this card for my 16 year old niece who will much appreciate a girly card and the gift card inside even more!
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Cheer

Here is a great Christmas card I made for my nephew.  He is 16 and while he does appreciate a gift card at Christmas time, he would much prefer a more masculine looking card!  How can you go wrong with green and red and just a simple message.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Here is another non paper Christmas project.  I purchased some vinyl online (she had a great tutorial on how to add the vinyl to wood) and made these Joy signs.  I started with wood and painted it either dark red or creme.  I distress it, added the vinyl and the decor!  Arent' they cute?  My Mom will love one of these and so will a couple of friends!  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From paper to sewing

Christmas time is such a fun time to spread my wings and find creative outlets other than paper.  When looking for crafty ideas, I ran across this quick and easy barely sew scarf!  Here is the link:  All I needed was some felt, matching thread and my sewing machine.  I noted after the fact that I did not put as many pleats in mine...still turned out cute!  After they were done, I easily made some gift tags and wrapped it up as suggested.  So fun to do something different!  I have a couple of more projects to share over the next couple of days!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Clear Stamp Storage Solved!

Since we moved into our new old house recently and I am still trying to find the best places for all of my crafty stuff, I had been pondering for quite some time the best way to store my every growing collection of Papertrey Ink stamps.  While I put them in the CD case that they come with and add a white background for the label, I realized how bulky everything was getting as my CD cases piled up.  So I happen to be on the PTI forum earlier this week and Jennifer from Maple Street Menagerie posted back in August this great way to store PTI stamps.  Here is the link:  So I thought I would try it with one of the latest I had purchased but not put in a CD yet.  Wow....I am so thankful I tried this.  My stamp storage solution has been solved!  Thank you Jennifer!  I still need to get the folder but that will come.  I can't wait to store my other stamps this way, especially the sets that are small and can be combined together!
Here is a picture of my first completed set!  Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Greetings

I have not had a lot of time in my craft "space" since we have been so busy wth our house but I did manage to make some cards for the kiddos teachers.  I love this Trimming the trees set because I can decorate it!  So cute!  Enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gift Purses

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine had an open house.  I had a couple of my craft items there and a mutual friend saw my little gift purses.  She was so taken with them.  Fortunate for me, she sells Silpada Jewelry and she wanted me to make 20 purses to use at one of her parties!  Yeah for me!  Another chance to be crafty!  She told me the colors she wanted and I designed them for her.
I love the clean look of the Black, white and silver.  They are simple but still elegant.  She was not sure what she was going to fill them with but I can't wait to see!  Enjoy!

Papertrey Ink: Die, black and white cardstock
Silver ribbon and Paper from American Crafts
Silpada registered trademark logo

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December has arrived...

December has arrived and so has the snow in northern Indiana!  The kids were excited to see a dusting of snow on the ground this morning and by the time school got out, we had a lot more!  We decided to go ice skating since the rink just opened!  The kids had a blast with their friends.  After a quick dinner of chicken noodle soup to warm us all up, it was time for homework!  Once that was done my daughter decided to get creative.  We have not been able to get any of our Christmas decorations out yet since the living room (and a couple of other rooms) are not done she made a Christmas tree out of some Styrofoam we got in a package today!  I love how she cut it out and then painted it!  Tomorrow will be for ornaments and other festive touches!  So even though the real tree is not up...we still can be festive!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Before I start posting holiday cards and crafts, I thought I better post one more Fall card.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop- November

Well it has been a long time!  We have finally moved and are starting to get settled!  So it was time to participate in this month's PTI Blog Hop!
The challenge this month was to make tags.  Oh How I love to make these.  Not only does PTI make it easy with all of their fabulous dies but tags are a great way to add a great splash of homemade touch to any present!  Enjoy my small collection.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday!

My kiddos turn 9 today!  Where has the time gone?  We had a blast today with friends!  Here is the card that I made for my son.  I love the green and Kraft together!  Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thinking of you

I made this card for a dear friend whose husband passed away last week.  I really enjoyed using the simple wreath and then could dress it up how I wanted.  I will definitely use this set a lot!  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In September, Dawn McVey, had posted a storage solution for her Papertrey Ink dies.  I had been throwing ideas around for quite some time but never really settled on what I wanted to do until I saw her post.  It was clearly a quick and easy solution to my problem!  Well I finally got around to following her suggestion and made my own storage envelopes.  I am thrilled with how they turned out.  Now I have all of my dies neatly organized and so much easier to find then thrown in a plastic bin!  Thanks Dawn.  Here is the link if you are interested:

Not sure why the picture is turned but I opted for Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse and Kraft as my color choice.
 Here is what they looked like before I had them all labeled in an old loaf pan that I already used in my crafting space. 


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thank You

This sweet card provides a little bit of everything.  I really like the background on the aqua mist along with the color combination.  Not one I would have thought worked together but it does!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thank You

Wow, has it been a week already?  Where does the time go?  Even though my craft space is limited at this time, I can still find space to create.
I love this card because it uses my Big and Bold set.  The other bonus is the fall colors!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Hello!  I love how sweet this card looks this time of year.  Before we know it all of the leaves will be on the ground and we will be bundling up to stay warm.  The Through the Trees  set is by far one of my all time PTI favorite sets.  I find that I go back to this set a lot when I am in a rut or need some inspiration.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Birthday

Thank you to everyone for their sweet comments on the latest PTI blog hop.  It is so fun to participate and see what creative juices everyone has!
This month continues with another birthday card.  My niece turns 12 tomorrow!  Hard to believe!  She loves green, so I paired it was chartreuse.  I used a couple of new products from Septembers release.  I love the new impression plate and the Fillable Frames #8.  I pair it was "celebrate" and the candle from Piece of Cake.  Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Friday, September 24, 2010

PTI September Blog Hop

It is time for the September Papertrey Blog Hop.  I enjoy not only the challenge of the blog hop but being able to visit other PTI blogs.  It is win win all the way around.  This month the challenge was to show off different techniques that you have learned from fellow bloggers.  I really enjoyed this challenge because I have been following this persons blog for about 2 months now after I found it.  I love this persons clean style but I also love fact that she usually has some kind of background going on in her cards.  It could be the use of a background stamp and impression plate or a patterned paper.  This seemed to be a piece that I sometimes lacked in my cards.  So I have challenged myself to try to do this with my cards, so this month challenge was right up my alley.  So the blog I have been following is none other than Laurie over at Soapbox Creations.  I am well aware that she does not know me and also does not know that she has inspired me!  Thanks Laurie for your wonderful creations and for inspiring me!  Check out her blog at

My card today uses Book Print Impression plate on the background of my simply chartreuse paper.  Since we in the full swing of fall, I used autumn paper from Autumn Abundance.  Lastly, I used my Four of a Kind set that I got at CHA.  I hope you enjoy the card.

All products are from Papertrey Ink, unless stated:
Stamps: Four of a Kind
Paper: Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Autumn Adundance
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Chai
Other: Book Print Impression Plate, Jute Twine, Buttons, Ribbon