Waltzingmouse Sketch 25


Hello everyone! I have to admit that I had a hard time waking up this morning. It must be the turkey residuals from this past long, but wonderful weekend. I wish I could just capture those kinds of weekends in a bottle and have them anytime I wanted - wouldn't that be nice?

Anyway, even though I'm barely having my morning cup of coffee before heading out for another hard day's work, I wanted to share with you a card I created last night for Sketch 25 over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. I really love their sketches - there are so many ways to interpret them and really make them your own. Everyone who plays along creates such pretty cards and I enjoy seeing everyone's entries throughout the week. 

For my card, I printed out some digital papers from The Digi Chick and used stamps from Papertrey Ink - a true hybrid project if I do say so myself! I love the flexibility of digital papers because you're able to change the size of the graphics to fit the size of your card. Plus, the supply is endless! Buy once and keep printing!

I used white twill ribbon that I stained a pale green color, then added some splotches to make it look vintage. Last, I added some jingle bells to make it fun!

And here is the sketch I played along with...
Thanks for stopping by and now it's off to work I go! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my big reveal as I present my first Design Team project for Papercraft Star's Challenge 23. Here's a hint...tag, you're it!

Cardstock: (Spring Moss) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (A Vintage Christmas) Mari Koegelenberg;
(A Time of Wonder) Danielle Engebretson - The Digi Chick
Stamps and Die Cut: (On Ice) Papertrey Ink

And the Winner Is...


Wow! A huge thank you to everyone who played along during the first annual Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop! We had an amazing amount of people who participated by hopping along to each of the Design Team members blogs commenting for a chance to win amazing prizes along the way including, an amazing Grand Prize from My Favorite Things! The winner of the Grand Prize has been announced over at the Papercraft Star blog - check it out! It could be you! But first, keep reading below to see if you're the winner of my personal blog giveaway!

As you all know, I offered my own giveaway for new and current followers of my blog. I've gathered some goodies for one lucky person to create your own scrapbook mini album. The kit is valued at $14.00 and includes everything you see below, including a chipboard book from Colorbok; an entire Joy Ride Mini Deck full of Cosmo Cricket paper goodness; and, a package of adorable alpha epoxy stickers from KI Memories.

Congratulations, Christiana! Please send me an email (just under my photo on the right side bar) with your address and I will send this prize package your way!

And thanks so much to everyone who played along - you are all so amazing and your comments just made my whole week! I will be stopping by your blogs real soon to see all of your creations. I hope to see you play along for the next Papercraft Star Challenge 23. It's my first challenge as a Design Team member so I'm super excited!

Thanksgiving Blog Hop with Papercraft Star!

Edited to add: This post will be kept at the top of my blog until November 28 when the winners of the Blog Hop are announced. Any new posts will be listed in order below this one. 
Now on to the blog hop...

Welcome to the First Annual Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Blog Hop Week sponsored by My Favorite Things! Our Designers have come together to celebrate this special holiday be creating projects inspired by Thanksgiving and all that we are thankful for in our lives, including you!

We are so happy you could join us for this special event! You should have arrived at my blog from Angi Barrs blog. If that is not where you arrived from, then please join us at Papercraft Star to start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss a thing! You must be a follower of Papercraft Star, visit all the blogs and comment in order to be entered to win our fantastic Grand Prize!

During this special week of Thanksgiving we hope that you'll find inspiration among the beautiful projects our Designers have created especially for you! To add to the fun, we've got fabulous prizes along the way at many of our Designer's blogs and you'll be entered to win our fantastic $25.00 Gift Certificate by our generous sponsor My Favorite Things, if you visit every blog and leave a comment with each of our Designers! You have until midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday, November 27, 2010, to leave all your comments and be entered to win the Grand Prize. We'll draw the winners of the prizes and announce them beginning Sunday, November 28, 2010.

I have created this Thanksgiving inspired card to celebrate all that I am thankful for. During this time of year, it's a reminder to reflect on those we love and for all that we are blessed with - family and friends, moments and memories.

I would love for all of you to create your own memories this season. And so, this brings me to my own blog giveaway for you to win! I've gathered some goodies for one lucky person to create your own scrapbook mini album. The kit is valued at $14.00 and includes everything you see below, including a chipboard book from Colorbok; an entire Joy Ride Mini Deck full of Cosmo Cricket paper goodness; and, a package of adorable alpha epoxy stickers from KI Memories.

To be entered to win my blog giveaway, you must:
  1. Become a follower of my blog, then
  2. Leave a comment here at my blog to tell me you are a new follower! (If you are already a follower on my blog and would like to enter to win, simply leave me a comment saying that you are already a follower.)
The winner of this mini album giveaway will be announced here on my blog on Sunday, November 28.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank you again for joining us for the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop! Your next stop on the hop is Cecilia Stephens.

My Daughter's Clever Idea...


Just a quick post to tell you that my daughter is super silly and totally cracks me up. Tonight, she asked me if she could start her own blog to showcase her own scrapbook creations. She was hoping that my influence would help her to sell her creations to earn some extra money for herself.

I asked her, "what would you name your blog?" She said, "Pencil Loves Ruler, because my blog is called Paper Loves Glue." I completely laughed out loud. What a ham she is!

Even though she is totally silly, I love her entrepreneurial attitude. She's gonna go far in life!

Birthday Gift Package

Last weekend, my son went to a fun birthday party at a park. They had it all set up for the kids to play Laser Tag and they even had a cotton candy machine. Needless to say it was a great time for the kids!

I really wasn't sure what to send as a birthday gift so I knew I couldn't go wrong with a gift card to Toys R Us. I decided to dress up the gift card by creating a little bag, trying my best to make it appropriate for a boy!

I don't have much variety for a boy themed card. So I ran to my computer and chose a digital kit with boy colors. I printed out digital papers from the retired kit, Vacation to the Moon by Camila Designs. Then, I stamped out a little monster and colored him with Copic markers. 

I also had a scrap piece from a cardboard box. I cut out a piece and use the corrugated piece for my background. I thought it was perfect and added that grungy look - perfect for a little boy. I wrapped some twine to give it a little dimension. 

To dress up the gift card, I used the Mini-Envelopes template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs over at The Digi Chick. This is a perfect template to keep around for those last minute gifts or cards! It's so convenient too because you can adjust the size to fit almost anything!

Here is my son at the party, enjoying some cotton candy. Doesn't he look silly with that headband around his head? I just love the way his hair flopped over the edges! What a ham! They used the headband to attach the sensors for the laser tag. 

And here is my little guy running around the boulder trying to hide so he didn't get hit. He hid out most of the game but finally got hit and had to sit out. He had a blast! But I think I had more fun watching him use "hiding" as his game strategy. That's my boy!

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Don't forget that tomorrow I will announce the winner of my blog giveaway as part of the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop. You still have until the end of today to join in on the hop. You can see the details in my post here or start from the beginning at Papercraft Star. You could win an awesome blog candy or Grand Prize from My Favorite Things Stamps

Glassine Bag: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Vacation to the Moon) Digital Kit by Camila Designs
Envelope: (Mini-Envelope Template) Kelleigh Ratzlaff at The Digi Chick
Stamps: (My Little Monsters) Michael's; (Bake Me a Cake) Lawn Fawn
Markers: Copic

Oh Christmas Tree!


How was everyone's Thanksgiving? I hope it was wonderful and one that you'll remember.  Mine was perfect! Family, food, games, laughter, and a warm fireplace. We even did a scavenger hunt with the kids. I had them searching all over the house! At the end, they found some new games that we played around the dinner table while eating pies and cookies.

This morning was just as nice. We woke up and lit the fireplace again and watched a movie in our pajamas while having leftovers for breakfast. After the movie, we decorated the Christmas tree and hung lights around the house, then hit the stores for a little Christmas shopping. 

I was also able to squeeze in a little crafting around mid-morning today. Since we decorated the tree, I thought it would be perfect to decorate a little tree for a Christmas card!

I embossed little polka-dots onto cardstock and added a fun snowflake patterned paper tied with a white satin bow.  

This Christmas tree is a free digital download you can get  here from Sueli Colber Designs. I printed mine out to size, cut it and added various buttons and a little mica flakes for some sparkle!

Last, I cut out a vellum Merry Christmas sentiment from Anna Griffin. I just love the sentiments that came in the package - they are the perfect size for holiday cards!

Now, it's time for some leftover pecan pie! Hee hee! 

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: ('Tis the Season Stack) Die Cuts with a View
Christmas Tree: (Christmas Stamps II) Sueli Colbert Designs
Sentiment: (Holiday Traditions Vellum Quotes) Anna Griffin

If Turkeys Thought & Some Gratitude


"If Turkeys Thought"

If turkeys thought, they'd run away,
A week before Thanksgiving Day.
But turkeys can't anticipate,
And so there's turkey on my plate!

That's a little poem me and my lil' sister used to say every Thanksgiving Day! Yes, we're kind of silly like that! And I'm super thankful this day that she and my mom will be joining us to celebrate all that we are thankful for. I have food prepared and cooking in the oven, games planned, and a scavenger hunt ready for the kids! What could be better? 

I am full of gratitude for so many reasons, including each of you who come to my blog and share my love of crafting! I created a little card this morning to share my gratitude for you, my blogging friends, and in appreciation of my family - who I love with every part of who I am. 

To each and every one of you...have a happy, safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Cardstock: Rustic Cream; Papertrey Ink
Pattered Papers and Frame: Restoration line; Crate Paper
Stamped Sentiment: Spiral Bouquet; Papertrey Ink
Die Cuts: Leaves from Provocraft; Tim Holtz from Sizzix; Woodgrain Impression from Papertrey Ink

Holiday Gift Card Tags Tutorial


Hello everyone! I hope you had fun yesterday on the hop over at Papercraft Star. If not, you may start the hop here and join in the fun and win some free goodies!

I've been busy making lots of projects for my Design Team work and I created another super easy project that I wanted to share with all of you! I created these Holiday Gift Card Tags using products from The Digi Chick. My tutorial for how to make these is posted over at the Hybrid Chick blog. These little pocket tags are the perfect size to hold a gift card, money, candy canes, or little notes. I think they would be perfect to attach to a gift bag or hang from the Christmas tree! I hope you have a look and have some fun making your own version of these adorable little gift card holders.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, for any comments - they make my day!

Patterned Papers: Snow Much Fun by Mari Koegelenberg
Baker's Twine: Pure Poppy from Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Jo-Ann Fabrics

To: Heather Jensen - *Waltzingmouse Sketch 24*


Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a card I created in appreciation for my new blogging friend, Heather Jensen! I was in awe of one of her cards recently (ok well, all of her cards) that had tea-stained ribbon. Heather was so sweet to share with me how to make my own. So, I wanted to tell her how grateful I am for her kindness and share this card I created using my first tea-stained ribbon!

I based this card on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Challenge 24 using papers from Crate Paper and stamps from Papertrey Ink. I thought keeping fall colors was appropriate for Thanksgiving, which is just a few days away! I truly hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! And again, thank you Heather for all your kindness - I am so grateful to have a blogging friend like you!

P.S.....I wanted to let all of my blogging friends know that tomorrow, I will be having a giveaway here at my blog as part of the Papercraft Star Thanksgiving Week Blog Hop. I hope you all take some time from your holiday week to join Papercraft Star and hop along to each of the designer's blogs to win some free goodies! The blog starts tomorrow, Sunday, November 21, at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. See you all tomorrow!

Cardstock: Rustic Cream; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Restoration; Crate Paper
Frame: Tattered Angels
Stamps: Fillable Frames #7, Signature Greetings; Papertrey Ink

Color Challenge CR84FN4


Good morning, rise and shine! I have another card to share with you that I created for the color challenge going on over at Mona Pendleton's blog - Cupcake's Creations Color Challenge 4. When I saw that the challenge was full of purple colors I immediately remembered that used to be my favorite color when I was a little girl. I used to have these purple dress shoes - you know, the kind of dress shoes with the bow on the toes. I wore those shoes everywhere, even while riding my bike. And I didn't care where I wore them because they were the best color ever and that's all that mattered!

Anyway, I used my new stamp set that I won from the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog, called Rescue Remedies. I just love, love, love them! Thanks for sending them to me, Lisa! The stamps are Spellbinder compatible too - how clever is that? To make my card, I used Mitten Weather from Cosmo Cricket and Distressed Dots from Papertrey Ink - added some scalloped punches, machine stitching, and a simple bow. I completed the card with some cute little daisy flowers and small purple gems.

Don't you just love that label? I want to use it again soon to put on a bottle of bubble bath. It has such a vintage, Victorian feeling to it and I just love the font!

So if you're ready to add some purple to your creations, head over to Mona's blog to play. Here is the color inspiration with photos from Leslie at creative MINT. She has a gorgeous blog full of lovely photos and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Mini Album Tutorial and Kraft Outlet Discount!


Hello everyone! Have you seen the awesome projects created this week by the Design Team gals at Papercraft Star? If not then you've been missing out on some fun stuff! Tracy, our Senior Design Team member has created a beautiful paper envelope mini album just in time for some Christmas scrapbooking goodness! Isn't this so pretty? Tracy is one talented crafter!

For this mini album, Tracy used supplies from the Kraft Outlet, the Design Team Sponsor this month at Papercraft Star! In fact, this week all the Design Team gals have been creating projects using their supplies. If you haven't checked out the Kraft Outlet shop, now is the perfect time. This week, Kraft Outlet is offering an exclusive discount for our readers at Papercraft Star...shop now and receive 15 percent off your total order at the Kraft Outlet! To claim your discount, simply use the voucher code STAR15 at check out! This savings won't last long, so hurry and get your shopping on!

Now, on to the video tutorial from Tracy showing how she created this mini album based on a design by Laura Dennison. Information about her YouTube channel can be found in the video. The album was created with several products carried by our November Design Team sponsor, Kraft Outlet, owned by Babette Switzer. The first video is a step-by-step tutorial for the actual construction of the album. The second is a more detailed page by page look at the completed album. The Kraft Outlet products used in this album made it's construction a breeze. We encourage you to visit the store and browse through the great crafty items Babette has in stock and don't forget to enter STAR15 at checkout to receive your 15 percent off discount... pass the word!

Tomorrow, the winner of Challenge 21 will be announced at Papercraft Star and a new Challenge begins on Wednesday - I hope to see some lovely projects from all of you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Waltzingmouse Sketch 23

Hello, today I want to share with you an easy-peasy Christmas card I created based on Sketch 23 over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Literally, the card was only one piece of patterned paper and one triangle cut. Now you might be saying, "but I see 3 papers". Well let me tell you, my friend, that the red paper at the bottom is really the piece you're suppose to cut off from the bottom and throw away because it contains the name of the paper line. Fortunately for me, the title of the paper was not on the area that I used for this card.

And now for the close ups...I simply added some layers of poinsettia with a green button and twine, a layer of lace, and red pearls in the corner. Plus, this card gave me just the perfect excuse to use the "Merry Christmas" stamp - I just love the font! It has such a vintage feeling!

And here is the sketch I played along with. If you'd like to play along, just hop on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch blog and submit your creation!
I have lots of projects to share with you the rest of this week, so be sure to stop by again. And as always, thanks for stopping by and for all your amazing comments you share with me!

Cardstock: Rustic Cream; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: Tinsel & Twig; The Girl's Paperie
Flower: Recollections; Michael's
Stamp: Merry Christmas sentiment; Michael's

A Special Announcement!


Today, I have a super exciting announcement that I have been wanting to share with you! I can hardly contain myself. So without any more delay, here it is...

I have been selected as one of the new Design Team members for Papercraft Star

And I couldn't be happier to join them. Together with the other Design Team members, I will be providing you with inspiration for their weekly challenges, providing tutorials, and sharing with you some fun prizes that you could win by joining in on the fun!

And because I have officially given you the invitation to join in the weekly challenges, I created a special invitation card just for you. My inspiration for this card is based on the color scheme and design of the Papercraft Star blog - how cool is that?

I wanted to keep the "star" theme going for this card, so I embossed stars onto my card base, added lots of fun flowers, and yes - added more stars! Why? Because at Papercraft Star, you get to be the star each week by submitting your creation based on the challenge for that week. The readers get to vote on their favorite submission and the winner receives a prize from that week's sponsor, plus a People's Choice button for their blog! 

I truly hope that everyone will join me and play along with the challenges, meet new crafters, and possibly win some free goodies by becoming the next Papercraft Star! 

But before you leave, please take a moment to visit the other Papercraft Star Design Team member's blogs - a great group of ladies who have tons of talent!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Spring Rain; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Ever After; Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments; Lawn Fawn
Flowers: Recollections; Michael's
Tools: (star punch) Marvy; (star embossing plate) Provocraft

Count Your Blessings


There are many people in my life that I don't thank enough for being there for me. People that have always been there for me - no matter what. With the holidays approaching, it really reminds me that I need to make those people in my life feel special for all they have given to me. Life, opportunity, love, and togetherness - they are truly a blessing to me and I couldn't image being without them. 

I wanted to share this card I made for someone who is very special to me, but lives so far away - my grandma. She is someone who has always shown me unconditional support and understanding through all of life's ups and downs. Because we don't get to be face-to-face with each other everyday, I thought I would send her a hand-made card to remind her what she means to me. 

I just love these frames from Tattered Angels. This is the second card I've created using this frame - and I'm sure it won't be the last one either! They are so versatile because you can mist, ink, sand, or color them to match any thing you create! However, for this card I chose to leave it alone. 

I was really proud of this card, not just because of the design, but because I managed to find matching papers from my scrap stash - yep! This means I did not have to use any new sheets of paper. I might have to add this to my New Year's Resolution....use-my-leftover-paper-scraps!

Anyway, I'm off to go find some stamps now and have this card mailed off to my grandma for tomorrow. I already feel happy knowing it will make her smile. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Cardstock: Rustic Cream; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Distressed Dots, Autumn Abundance; Papertrey Ink
Sentiment: Signature Greetings; Papertrey Ink
Flower: Prima
Butterfly: Classic Butterfly Punch; Martha Stewart
Kraft paper, pearls, and lace doily: Michael's

Winter in the 'Burbs Holiday Tags


Hello everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. I've been getting a head start on some of my Christmas shopping and decided that some hand-made holiday tags would be a fun idea to include with all my gifts! Here are a few that I made the other night while nibbling on some Halloween candy (ssshhhh...don't tell my kiddos). 

I created these using three different Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Winter Bunny, Critters in the 'Burbs, and Frosties. I cut out my tags using Tag #1 die cut from Papertrey Ink. For my patterned papers, I chose Distressed Dots from Papertrey Ink.

Ok, now for the fun part! I started with the Winter Bunny stamp by coloring her with Copic markers - doesn't she look so cute riding the little red sled? I added a white lacey border, mica flakes (for fresh snow), and stamped the borders with Frosties snowflakes.

Next, I used the little dog stamp from Critters in the 'Burbs but used the scarf from Winter Bunny, just flipped upside down. Genius, if I do say so myself! (hee hee!) After all, we wouldn't want this little guy to get cold!

For this last tag, I used the adorable little cat from Critters in the 'Burbs and also added the same Winter Bunny scarf. My daughter helped to color the cat's scarf, but that was only because I had finished my Halloween candy snack and cleared up the evidence!

I have to admit that making these tags was really fun for me! It might be the Halloween candy buzz I had or maybe it's because making tags are just like making little mini-cards. Either way, I am going to have lots of fun this month creating tags for my Christmas gifts and sharing them here with you!

Be sure to check out Melissa's "Tag You're It Link Party" featuring, what else, but more super fun TAGS!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Kraft Cardstock: Michael's
Patterned Papers: Distressed Dots; Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Winter Bunny, Critters in the 'Burbs, Frosties; Lawn Fawn
Markers: Copic
Ribbon: American Crafts
Mica Flakes: Martha Stewart
Die Cut: Tag #1; Papertrey Ink

Hello, Letter!


I really wish that we could all go back to the days when we used to go to the mail box and see a hand-written note from a friend. Remember back then? Wasn't it so fun to open a letter and find a special note from a friend you hadn't seen in a while? With technology now we can just send an email, text message, or change your Facebook status. And while I am the first to admit that my Blackberry almost never leaves my hands (that's how I read most of your blog updates...from my phone during my lunch break), I think it would be so nice to bring back the hand-written letter. 

And so...this card is my attempt at doing just that!

Kelly Marie Alvarez from the Lawn Fawn created a super fun challenge over at Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge. I decided to participate because for one, I just love Kelly's fun stamps at Lawn Fawn; and two, because the color challenge for me was, well, a challenge! Using grays and blues can be difficult because the colors can tend to be drab if not done correctly. So I hope this card is bright, fun, and makes you feel happy!

For this card, I used Just My Type stamps from Lawn Fawn and some Copic markers. Then I decided to do a pleated ribbon for the bottom as a fun border! I added a gorgeous Prima flower, some cute little flower pins and then spritzed by frame with Electric Blue Glimmer Mist. And viola! A super cute card ready to send in the mail. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to send a hand-written letter to someone too - it will definitely make them smile!

Cardstock: Rustic Cream; Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin, Inc. 
Frame & Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Stamps: Just My Type; Lawn Fawn
Pins: Fresh Clothesline; Little Yellow Bicycle
Clock: Flea Market; Making Memories