Top 11 and Some News

12.31.2010



Happy New Year's Eve! 2010 is gone and I am excited to begin 2011. We've been busy at our house this week by giving our home a mini makeover - painting, tossing out old decorations, and swapping out old photos with fresh new ones. Even though you call this spring cleaning, it feels that the new year is a perfect time to get rid of the old and start fresh and new. Plus, it really makes me feel good inside to have this new beginning!

Last year, I started this blog to share my creations with you. I can say that I have made so many friends who share the same joy of being crafty - it's so amazing to see all of your talents. I've been blessed to have been invited on two design teams this past year, Papercraft Star where I post weekly projects and The Hybrid Chick where I post monthly tutorials, a huge highlight of my crafty year!

This brings me to some news that I'd like to share. I have also been invited to join the Design Team at Inspirational Card Sketches starting in January! I will be joining the gals on the team to create weekly projects based on the sketches provided. I hope that I make them proud!


And now, I'd like to share with you my 11 (as in 2011) favorite projects I created in 2010. They were chosen not for their design, but for what they meant to me or for their occasion/purpose. Picking 11 was tough! In no particular order....

Storage Box

Friendship Card (Get Sketchy Challenge Winner)

With Gratitude Card (Papercraft Star Challenge Winner)

Vintage Halloween Card (Waltzingmouse Stamps Challenge Winner)

Mini Album Gift for My Son

Sew Lovely Card (Published in Lawn Fawn 2011 Catalog)

Snowy Greetings Card (Featured on Lawn Fawn's Facebook)

Happy Birthday Card (Shown on Cosmo Cricket's Blog)

Hello Card

Digital Layout of My Son

Happy Holidays Card

To bring in the New Year, I created a few little treat bags to celebrate with some sweetness. At the top of this post is a full view. Here is the close up. The postcard was designed by yours truly! I wanted a vintage feeling, but couldn't find anything that fit - so, I created my own design in Photoshop and I just love it!


I hope the New Year finds you well! Here's to a new beginning. Welcome twenty eleven!

I Made Something Different. Papercraft Star Challenge 26.

12.29.2010

I know that for most of you, creating a layout is not something different. Well for me, this is really different because I mostly create cards and other crafty projects. Today begins Challenge 26 over at Papercraft Star and I decided to create a layout based on the sketch.


To make this layout, I used papers from Crate Paper's Restoration line. In fact, everything on this page is from Crate Paper, except for the doily stamps. Those are Maya Road. I had so much fun creating this layout of some photos from when my daughter was little. She is growing so much and these photos feel like yesterday, even though these were taken eight years ago. Sigh! How I wish she would just slow down and not grow up so fast.  

I really enjoyed my trip down memory lane while creating this layout. I added machine stitching, some stamping, and hand journaling. I even antiqued all the photos using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and did some paper tearing. I love the look! 

I hope you will join in the fun with this challenge by entering your project over at Papercraft Star! You have until Saturday, January 1 at noon EST to enter your project. Then you all get to vote for your favorite project to be the winner of a fabulous prize! Here are the deets...


Create a papercraft project using this sketch as your inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what you'll create based on this sketch! 

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers: (Restoration) Crate Paper
Embellishments: (Restoration) Crate Paper
Stamps: (Doilies Stamp Sheet) Maya Road
Ink: (Vintage Photo) Tim Holtz by Ranger
Alpha: (Giggles) Thickers by American Crafts

And the Winner Is...

12.28.2010

Can I just say "wow" again? You are all the best when it comes to participating in these blog hops. Even during the busy holiday week, you still managed to stop by and join in the fun of the Papercraft Star Tags (and more) Blog Hop. I am even more thrilled to be able to send one lucky gal some free goodies from Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl line. I have chosen some fun papers, stickers, and chipboard for the winner.

So let's get to the big announcement...




Congratulations, Lisa! Please send me an email with your address and I will ship this box of Cosmo Cricket goodies out to you right away. My email is located on the right side bar under my photo. 

A huge thank you to everyone who played along on the blog hop. Your comments mean so much to me and I enjoy being able to stop by your blogs, meet you, and see your fun creations! 

Calendar for the New Year

12.27.2010


Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones. For me, I am enjoying a week off from work with my family and I just couldn't be happier about that! I intend on spending every moment enjoying the restful week, spending time with my family, and catching up on some fun projects. Like this new project I created for the New Year...


It's my turn to bring you a new tutorial for The Hybrid Chick blog. For my project, I created a fun desk calendar for the new year, which is just around the corner! Can you believe it is going to be 2011? Where has the time gone? 


Here at my blog, I am sharing some sneak peak photos. The full tutorial can be seen here at The Hybrid Chick. What is The Hybrid Chick? We are a blog that brings you daily tutorials for amazing projects using digital scrapbook kits from The Digi Chick to create traditional projects using paper, scissors, and glue! Yes, digital scrapbooking can be printed out to create fun projects that you would normally create with scrapbook paper and all your scrapbook craft supplies. For me, it's really the economical way to scrapbook because you can purchase just one kit and reuse it over and over in many different ways. 


My calendar was created using papers from Golden Harvest, a digital kit over at The Digi Chick. I just love the soft, warm colors from this kit. It matches the decor in my home and goes perfectly on my desk. Combined with the Calendar Basics stamp set from Papertrey Ink, this is a true hybrid project!


Here I am showing a sample of one complete page from the calendar and a side view showing the folded base. You can view the full tutorial by clicking here


Join me tomorrow as I announce the winner of my Cosmo Cricket Material Girl Giveaway!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Golden Harvest) Mari and Danielle Collaboration Kit at The Digi Chick
Calendar Template: (2011 CD Calendar Template) by Mari at The Digi Chick
Stamps: (Calendar Basics) Papertrey Ink; (Dot Flourishes) Inkadinkado
Die: (Calendar Basics) Papertrey Ink; (Labels 3) Spellbinders
Tools: (Scallop Border Punch) Fiskars; hole punch; metal binder rings; chipboard

Papercraft Star Tags of Christmas Blog Hop!

12.19.2010

Happy holidays and welcome to the Papercraft Star Tags (and more) of Christmas Blog Hop sponsored by Catherine Pooler. We are so happy you could join us for this special event! You should have arrived at my blog from Jen's 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 hop we hope that you'll find a wealth of 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 a full month subscription to Club Inbox by our generous sponsor Catherine Pooler, if you visit every blog and leave a comment with all of our Designers! You have until midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday, December 25, 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, December 26, 2010.


And now, it's time for me to share the project I created for you! I wanted to create some fun "winter wonderland" inspired tags. I used white cardstock to create my tags and added a small doily tucked behind my patterned paper. Don't you just love this patterned paper? It's so soft and I just love the colors!


I added a gorgeous purple crinkle ribbon, some silver bells, and a little snowball too! Then, for an extra special detail I stamped "to" and "from" on the top of the tag. Perfect for gift giving!


I stamped the "Let It Snow" sentiment and adhered it to my tag with foam tape. For the last special detail, I used mica flakes to give it a snowy look and added a silver pearl in the center. Completed with a row of buttons, I really think these tags have the perfect "winter wonderland" look. 

And now...onto my awesome blog giveaway! I was in the holiday giving spirit, so I decided to make it a BIG giveaway!



For my blog candy, I am giving away a collection of Cosmo Cricket goodies! One lucky winner will receive everything you see above from the Material Girl collection! Included in this set are chipboard stickers, a sticker sheet, border elements, and six double-sided patterned papers! This set is brand new, valued at over $15.00, and is boxed and ready to be shipped! To enter to win my giveaway, here are the deets...


Happy Holidays to you and yours and thank you for joining us for the Papercraft Star Tags of Christmas Blog Hop. Your next stop on the blog hop is Angi.

Supplies Used for "Let It Snow" Christmas Tags:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Sweet Season) Webster's Pages
Buttons: (Holiday Mix) Papertrey Ink
Sentiment: (2010 Holiday Tags Collection) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Ink: (Perfect Plumeria) VersaMagic

Very Merry

12.18.2010

The countdown begins. In just one week Christmas will be here. And because I am in full swing in preparations, I am sending a quick post today to share a holiday card I created. I know most of you are also preparing for the big day, and some are probably still doing some last minute shopping?

I hope that you will find some time from your busy weekend to join me tomorrow. I have an awesome post prepared for all of you and an even awesomer (not a real word) giveaway too! I will be joining the Design Team over at Papercraft Star on a holiday blog hop. There are lots of prizes to be given and inspirational projects along the way! Thanks for stopping by and have a very merry Saturday! See you tomorrow when the fun begins!


Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Christmas Carol) Echo Park
Die Cut: (Mat Stack 1) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Mat Stack 1 Collection) (2010 Holiday Tags Collection) Papertrey Ink

You're Sew Lovely

12.17.2010


Hello everyone! It's a rainy day here in California and the skies are grey, but this rain sure didn't stop me from making this bright and cheerful card today! I created this card for the contest over at the Lawn Fawn blog. When Kelly Marie said she wanted cards created using only one stamp set and no patterned paper, I gasped! No patterned paper? Okay, that is like asking me to make a card blind folded. Not that I couldn't make a card without patterned paper - it's just that it's the "go-to" item for me when I create cards. 


After giving myself a pep talk, this is the card I created. See! No patterned paper! I can't believe how pretty it turned out too. I am so giving myself a big pat on the back for letting go and stepping out of my comfort zone. The real reason for this challenge over at Lawn Fawn is to create a card using only one of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets. The winner will have their card featured in the Lawn Fawn booth at the January CHA show. How fun is that? For my card, I chose the Sew Lovely stamps. And it's no wonder Kelly asked for only plain paper...her stamps are so pretty they should be the only focal point!


I really like how the tan and pink cardstock from Papertrey Ink came together so well with the ink and Copic markers too. 


To mimic the sash around the dress form, I tied a beige crinkle ribbon to the right side of the card and completed the look with two little pins. Notice, the plaid embossing on the plain cardstock? I guess this is one way to follow the no patterned paper rules, without losing texture. Hee hee!


I used my Copic markers to color this dress in shades of pink. Can you believe I only used one pink marker? By coloring in several layers of one color, I was able to create different shades of pink. Last, I added a sweet little button accent to the corner of my card and adhered all the pieces with foam tape to make them pop!


So, what do you think of the card without any patterned paper? How many of you have tried this look? I'd love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Markers: (R20 Blush) (E00 Skin White) (E35 Chamois) Copic
Ribbon: MemrieMare

The Big Reveal! Papercraft Star Challenge 25 Opens!

12.15.2010




Hello everyone! Have we got a fun challenge for you over at Papercraft Star! Today, Challenge 25 opens and I am super excited about it! I had so much fun playing along with the inspirational photo. I had so many ideas for different cards I wanted to create. I finally settled on this one and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! 

Create a Card, Layout, Gift or Tag using this photo as inspiration.
(Photograph from Martha Stewart Living)


The winner of this challenge will have a Guest Designer spot at Papercraft Star! 
How cool is that?


I was really inspired by the Christmas tree in this photo. I used the green color as the primary color for my card, then pulled the color of the red ornaments in the tree as my secondary color. My favorite part about this card are the clustered embellishments. While going through my holiday decorations, I found a few odds and ends that I knew would work perfect for some greeting cards. I really love the pipe cleaner candy cane!


I used patterned papers from The Girl's Paperie Tinsel and Twig line. The label was created from a die cut and stamps from Papertrey Ink and layered onto the card with foam tape. 


I hope you've been inspired to play along with us for this week's challenge! I can't wait to see all of your projects. You have until Saturday, December 18, at noon (eastern standard time) to enter your projects and then voting begins. Now hop on over to Papercraft Star and submit your entry!

Cardstock: (Spring Moss) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Tinsel and Twig) The Girl's Paperie
Stamps and Die Cut: (Mat Stack 1 Collection) (2010 Holiday Tags) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Ink: (Spanish Olive) VersaMagic; (Lady Bug) Memento



Lawn Fawn's Winter Bunny

12.13.2010


Happy Monday! Here we are again, starting out a brand new week and I am so ready for it! I am up bright and early with my morning cup of coffee sharing a card I created yesterday with Lawn Fawn's Winter Bunny stamp. Isn't the little bunny too cute?

I decided to enter this card in the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 27 and I think I followed the sketch exactly with the additional of a bow!


I used my Copic markers to color the little bunny and was just about to color his scarf, but thought better. Instead, I decided to make his scarf match the patterned papers from the Basic Grey Jovial Collection. I stamped the scarf directly onto the patterned paper, cut it out, and adhered it to the bunny. See, I'm so clever! Hee hee!


I wanted the doily and bunny to appear to be floating down from the card, so I tied a bow from the top of the card, strung some little silver bells and tied it with a button! It kind of reminds me of a Christmas wreath, don't you think?

Well, I got to run! My coffee cup is empty and it's time to head off to work. I hope you all enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzil Basics
Patterned Paper: (Jovial) Basic Grey
Stamp: (Winter Bunny) Lawn Fawn
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Sentiment: (On Ice) Papertrey Ink

It's Time to Vote!

12.11.2010


Yep! You read that right...it's time to head over to and cast your votes for your Top Two favorite projects. Even if you missed your chance to play along, you can still submit your votes and show some support for your favorite entry. So head on over to Papercraft Star and vote! You have until December 13th at midnight to vote.

My Favorite Holiday Card

12.10.2010


Hello all my bloggy friends! Can you believe it? We are down to only two weeks left until Christmas. I have to get my Christmas cards out and mailed before it's too late. I'm pretty sure this card might be my favorite card I've created for the holidays. It's definitely one I will be sending in the mail with my other holiday greetings.  I love the shabby ribbon with bells, the grungy text on the patterned paper, and the cute present on the label! 


To me, this card turned out so pretty. It might be my favorite holiday card I've created! I chose patterned papers from The Girl's Paperie, Tinsel & Twig - a gorgeous line of papers! Then, I added a label die from Papertrey Ink to be the focal point for that adorable little present from Lawn Fawn!


And that ribbon and lace! I just love this crinkle ribbon so much. Can you tell how much I like this card? Hee hee! Now I need to get my postage stamps because it's time to mail out the season's greetings! Here's hoping you all have a super fun weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with more to share!

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Deck the Halls from Tinsel & Twig) The Girl's Paperie
Label and Die: (Mat Stack Collection 1) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Bows & Holly) Lawn Fawn
Ribbon: MemrieMare
Ink: (Ripe Avocado) Papertrey Ink

Re-Purposed Holiday Gift - Papercraft Star Challenge 24

12.08.2010

Hello everyone! Today we are playing along with Challenge 24 over at Papercraft Star and our Designer's have come up with some fun projects for you. This challenge is so fun and allowed me to get crafty AND create a fun holiday gift too! It's like a two for one! For this challenge, I was inspired to create a gift using a re-purposed item that I had around my home. Here is what I came up with...


I created this candy box by using a re-purposed package from a stamp set I bought over at Papertrey Ink. The clear boxes that their stamps come in are perfect to reuse and turn into something crafty! Since I've saved several of these boxes from all the stamps I've purchased, I will create more of these candy boxes to give away.


To create this candy box, I started with my package. I removed the label and washed the box in soap and water. After it dried, I decorated the box using papers from Crate Paper's Snow Days collection. I just love this paper line. The colors are untraditional, bright, and the images are so fun!


I used a large star-shaped die cut from Papertrey Ink and added three different layers of stamps to create the sentiment. In my stash I had the perfect ribbon that matched with the Snow Days paper and added some fun little silver bells!


After filling this box with candy and calculating the cost of supplies I used, this gift cost approximately $3.00 to make! How cool is that? 

Now it's your turn! Hop on over to Papercraft Star and play along! You have until Saturday, December 11, at noon (eastern standard time) to enter your project before voting begins! You are all invited to play along! Here are the deets...

Challenge 24: Papercraft Recipe
Green Recipe
Create an altered holiday gift, card or scrapbook layout
using recycled or re-purposed items you already have on hand.

The winner of this challenge will have the chance to win some goods from Purple Pumpkin, featuring handmade embellishments and kits. Be sure to stop by the Purple Pumpkin blog to see what's for sale.

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

Patterned Paper: (Snow Days) Crate Paper
Chipboard: (Snow Days) Crate Paper
Ribbon: (Robin Egg) MemrieMare
Stamps: (2010 Holiday Tags) Papertrey Ink
Die Cut: (Stars) Papertrey Ink