Monday, January 23, 2017

Feeling Crumby?

Hello, Friends!

I've got another card to share with you, today!  As soon as I saw them, I loved the cookie based stamp set and dies from My Favorite Things I used for this card.  The stamp set, "Cookie Crumbs" features wonderful sayings.  I've listed some below.

"Stuff Happens.  Cookies Help"   
"I'd Crumble Without You"
"You're The Milk To My Cookies"
"You're One Tough Cookie" 

Aren't those fun??  This week, Freshly Made Sketches #271 Challenge featured a sketch that would be perfect for a row of cookies.  When I saw Color Thowdown #426's Challenge of using gray, red and brown, I knew I could combine the two and put my new cookie dies and stamp set to work!    


My layers that correspond with the blue layers on the sketch challenge are much larger than the ones on this sketch, but my card is definitely based on it!

Instead of having straight border like the sketch,  I used matching border dies from My Favorite Things.  One set of dies has a stitched shape, where the other features the exact same shapes with scallops added to it.  So, I cut the Tiny Check Brights Paper with the straight dies and the red card stock with the shapes that have the scallops added.  I used the straight lines set, but there are other border designs, also.

You may have noticed that the cookie dies are not perfect circles.  I love this detail because very few homemade cookies are perfect circle.  My Favorite Things also thought to make a die for the chocolate chips.  I didn't put my chocolate chips in the pattern that the die has them and even added a few more because I didn't want each of my cookies to be identical.  Another awesome die included in this set is a line die shape so the cookie can have a bite taken out of it, but again, it's not the perfect bite shape which adds to the realistic touch.  When I decided to make this a Get Well card by using the "Feeling Crumby?" sentiment, I decided one of my cookies should be broken into pieces.  I achieved this by using the "bite" line die to cut my cookie into four parts.  When I adhered it to my card, I made sure to leave a little bit of white space between the pieces to achieve a crumby look.  I added tiny strips of gray paper right above and right below my panel for the cookies and sentiment.  This tied into the gray paper that I used for my base.  I could have used a white base, since I had added my gray in the stips, but it actually looked beter on the gray.

Because I used Never Before Used Schtuff, my stamp set, dies and paper pad, I'm also entering my card in the Never Before Used Schtuff Challenge.

Happy Stamping!

LLD Cookie Crumbs Stamp Set by My Favorite Things
Electric Red Ink Pad by My Favorite Things
Stamper's Select White Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Latte, Chocolate Brown and Cement Gray Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Real Red Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Tiny Check Brights Paper Pack by My Favorite Things
You're The Milk To My Cookie, Stitched Basic Edges 2, and Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics by My Favorite Things

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Masked Heart Wreath

Hello, Friends!

Happy Monday!  Did you miss me last week?  For some reason, I was super tired all of last week.  It was that tired like you feel when you've got the flu, where you just can't go.  Thankfully, though, I didn't have any flu symptoms to go with the exhaustion!  I'm trying very hard to push myself but not to over-do it either, so when my body made it clear I needed rest, I took the time to rest.  Unfortunately, that meant I didn't get to stamp until Saturday night when I made this card.  I am just squeaking by to get it in the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #272 Challenge:  Masked Heart Wreaths.  

In the PTI challenge this week, Melissa who is an amazing member of the PTI Design Team demonstrated how to create a heart wreath use flower stamps and a heart mask.  This is Melissa's card.


A mask is just a covering that prevents all of your stamp from stamping on your paper.  It can be used to make it seem like one item is in front of another item, such as a penguin in front with a palm tree behind him.  The mask would allow the entire penguin to be seen, but only part of the palm tree because the penguin is in front.  In this case, the mask covered up a heart shaped area so when I stamped my images around it, the heart remained untouched.  To create this look, I die-cut a heart out of some card stock I had handy.  I put my white card stock on the MISTI and then used the magnets from it to hold the heart in place.  

TIP:  A thinner paper, like copy paper or a post-it note would have probably been better.  The card stock had just a tiny bit of thickness to it, which didn't allow the stamps to stamp the entire image.  Instead, there was a little bit of space where the stamp had to go back down from the card stock heart to reach the card stock base.  It didn't really affect my heart wreath, but I'm giving it to you as a tip, in case you try this fun project yourself!  

I used the flowers and leaves stamps from the Papertrey Ink stamp set Graceful Greetings to randomly stamp around the heart with an acrylic block.  

TIP:  Putting your stamps on an acrylic block to stamp them is easier and faster than lining up your stamps with a MISTI.  A random looks is fun for your wreath, too.  (I did not have to find this out the hard way, but used my head to figure it out ahead of time!)  

I used three colors of pink ink for my flowers and two colors of green ink for the leaves, which I will list below.  When I had filled the area around the heart, I removed my mask and my floral wreath was completed!  It was way easier than I thought it might be!  

TIP: I wanted to be sure you could see the heart shape at the top of my wreath, so I didn't stamp very much of the flowers or leaves off of the mask.  That wasn't necessary.  As a result, my flowers don't show up at the top of the wreath as much as they do around the side.  Normally, I would have re-done it with this new knowledge, but my back made it clear this version would have to be fine.  :)

Using a new die from Papertrey Ink's Inspired:  Love set, I cut the "love" die cut out of card stock that matched my wreath.  The beginning of the "l" was a little long for the inside of my wreath, so I trimmed it down and adhered it to my heart.  Melissa used the same die cut on her card if you'd like to see what the whole thing looked like before I trimmed mine.

I also used satin ribbon that matched my wreath for an extra embellishment.  I used Papertrey Ink's Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Dies to create the base for my card.  I LOVE these dies!  I can guarantee you're going to see them again and again.  It makes the perfect A2 base for any card with the scallops around the edge!  There are also other dies included with the one for the base that fit perfectly inside the rectangle opening.  The white stitched rectangle my heart wreath was stamped on also came from this set of dies.  Based on the measurements of this rectangle, I added a pink rectangle, which matched my lightest pink ink, as one more mat for my card.  

TIP:  Using products from a company that has set colors that they then make items to match those colors makes life so much easier!  Papertrey Ink makes matching buttons, ribbons, paper and inks all in the same colors.  Knowing I could grab Autumn Rose paper, ink and ribbon made making this card effortless.  Stampin' Up and My Favorite Things also make different products that match the same set of colors.  You'll see I use these products a lot in my card making because I can't stand long enough to try to find random items that just happen to match.

TIP THAT MIGHT COST YOU MONEY:  Right now Papertrey Ink has a huge SALE going on for their 10th anniversary.  All of their ribbon is on sale for $.50 a roll.  They also still have patterned paper on sale for $1 a pad.  Several other items, like ink pads and buttons, sold out on the first night.  For a former ribbon and paper collector who now uses her stash, this is a dream come true!  I already had this ribbon I used on my card, but it's so nice to be able to collect lots of colors, so no matter what your card calls for, you have it at your finger tips.  You can also buy 12 sheets of card stock for $3 and a matching ink cube for $2 from Papertrey Ink.  This is a great way to build your "matching" stash without spending a fortune!  I use their full size ink pads, which are $5.  This is still less than most full size ink pads for sale.   

Besides the PTI challenge, I am also entering my card in my sweet friend's NBUS Challenge #8.  NBUS stands for "Never Before Used Schtuff."  Both my love die, the dies that made the card base, all of my ink colors and ribbon had not been used before I made this card.  

I really enjoyed going to Papertrey Ink's post to see all of the different heart wreaths people created.  There was actually a big variety, considering we were all making the same basic design.  I encourage you to check it out here.

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products to make this card:

Graceful Greetings Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Pale Peony, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Saffron Spice and Ripe Avocado Ink Pads by Papertrey Ink
Stamper's Select White Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Pale Peony, Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Inspired:  Love and Noted:  Scalloped A2 Vertical Dies by Papertrey Ink
Pierced Heart STAX Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Autumn Rose 1/2" Satin Solid Ribbon by Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Winter Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  

I'm happy to report that we didn't get the ice storm that was expected, which is wonderful!  We didn't really even get much rain.  Now if I had not planned ahead, we would have gotten a terrible storm and the power would have been out for a week!  Unfortunately, everyone was not so lucky.  There were lots of car accidents due to the ice in other areas where people were hurt or killed.  Please keep those families in your prayers.

You may recognize this stamp set from Sunday's card.  It is the Fair Isle Borders set which I used for the Scandinavian Noel card seen below.

While I had still had this stamp set out, I saw my email that said the  Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenge is Winter Birthday.   I have made cards for winter birthdays but they always just had the birthday theme, nothing specific for winter.   The brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Chill Out.  I think with my sweater background, my card helps with the chilly weather to warm up the birthday girl, so I'm entering it in that challenge, too.  I am also entering it in the Seize The Birthday Challenge Anything Goes.

Since I already had my Papertrey Ink Fair Isle Borders stamp set out and my stamps on my MISTI, I decided these stamps would work well for this challenge and put it back to work!  Instead of stamping each line a different color, I used my Kaliedacolor ink pad.  If you aren't familiar with Kaliedacolor ink pads, you need to check them out.  ( has the cheapest prices I've seen where you can get them 40% or 50% off, depending on their sales.)  There are five little ink pads that are stored in one case, but with a small space between them.  When you open the ink pad, there's a little piece of plastic that you push which moves the little separate ink pads right next to each other.  In the pad I used, Berry Blaze, this creates an ombre look that goes from pinks to purples.  When you are finished with the ink pad, you move the five little ink pads back to where they were so they store separate from each other and don't all blend into one big mess.  One of the great parts of these ink pads is that the lid won't fit on the case until the ink pads are separate from each other.  This way you can't accidentally leave them close to each other where they would accidentally blend together!  Using this ink pad, it was super easy to create multicolored look on my card!  

After my stamping was done, I mounted my paper on matching colors of card stock from My Favorite Things.  I took pink and white twine and made a big "X" across the front of my card with it.  Then, I added a die cut I made from Papertrey Ink's Fillable Frames series in purple so my words would really stand out against the busy background.  I cut PTI's Wish Big sentiment out of purple, Boysenberry, card stock once and pink, Razzle Berry, card stock three times.  I glued the pink die cuts right on top of each other and then glued them to the purple one so it was offset just a bit.  This gave the sentiment a matching shadow.  It also gave the words a lot of dimension, which you can see in this picture below.

I love the bright and cheery nature of this card.  I'm not sure who I will send this to, however I know how gray and depressing the winter days can get.  Hopefully, this card will really brighten up the birthday girl's day!  

I hope you've enjoyed my three cards as much as enjoyed making them and putting them here for you to see!  Hopefully, I will have more cards to share with you soon!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following supplies to make this card:

Fair Isle Background Borders by Papertrey Ink
Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Stamper's Select White Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Ripe Raspberry and Boysenberry Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Big Basics:  Wish Big and Fillable Frames #10 Dies by Papertrey Ink
Doodle Twine Brights Assortment by Doodlebug
Scotch Double Sided Mounting Tape by 3M

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Present For You!

Hello, Friends!

I am writing this post early because by the time you read it, we may be in the middle of an ice storm.  We've been very fortunate so far because we thought it was going to start on Friday but as of Saturday night, it still has not.  If enough ice forms on the power lines, the weight of it will break the lines, causing our power to go out.  It can be out for days because there will be zillions of lines that need to be fixed.  So, I'm writing these early just in case I can't connect to the internet.

Every week, Papertrey Ink posts a Make it Monday challenge.  Instead of color or sketch challenges, these challenges usually teach you new ways to use your supplies or new projects to make.  They are so creative and I've learned a lot from them even though I haven't been able to participate.  Last year, one of my favorite challenges I saw was to stamp on patterned paper.  Now, I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person, but I had never even had that thought cross my mind, unless it was obviously paper that was to meant to be stamped on.  In the original challenge, which you can see here, Lizzie took mint green paper with white polka dots and added different colored polka dots inside some of the white ones.  Brilliant!

MIM239 - Hello Sunshine Card 

Lucky for me, the Make It Monday Challenge #271 was 2016 A La Carte.  Stampers were to pick a challenge from 2016 that they missed or wanted to do again.  I knew instantly what I wanted to stamp!

I took Papertrey Ink's Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper in Fine Linen and added the pink, Hibiscus Burst, lines to it from their Plaid Builder stamp set!

Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Collection (36 sheets)  

How fun and awesome is that idea???
Think about all the ways you could customize your patterned papers!

I used my MISTI to get my lines straight.  After I got the stamp as straight as I could get it on the MISTI, it was actually much easier than I had expected to add the lines.  After stamping a few lines in each direction...

I now had customized paper to match my present!!!
Except for a couple of items listed below, all of my supplies were made by Papertrey Ink.  I used PTI's Enclosed:  Present Mini Stamp Set and matching Dies for the focal point of my card.  I cut the present outline die from Cocoa Bean paper.  I cut the solid image from Hibiscus Burst Polka Dot paper to put behind it.  I cut the bow from Hibiscus Burst solid card stock and then stamped the image in VersaMark ink.  I wanted to add a little color to it, but not a whole lot.  I cut out the tag, which is also included with the present from Fine Linen paper and stamped "Surprise" with Cocoa Bean ink.  I tied it to the bow with twine and then adhered it to the card so it didn't drop down over the words.  I put all of this on my customized paper with foam tape.  I added a small stripe of Cocoa Bean card stock above another strip of Fine Linen card stock that I had stamped polka dots on in VersaMark ink.  I mounted everything on a small mat of Cocoa Bean card stock so it would show up on the white card base and my card was complete!

The added pink lines make the background paper match the present.  If I do say so myself, this is way cuter than if I hadn't been given the idea to add them!  The gingham paper will still be cute no matter what, but the lines just give it an extra dose of awesome!

I encourage you to check out this post which shows all of Papertrey's Make it Monday ideas from 2016.  If you're not a regular of PTI, I guarantee you'll see at least one fabulous new idea!!

I am also entering my card in the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge.

See you again, tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following supplies from Papertrey Ink to make this card:

Enclosed:  Present Mini Stamp Set
Plaid Builder and Confetti Toss Stamp Sets
Hibiscus Burst and Cocoa Bean Ink Pads 
Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Hibiscus Burst and Cocoa Bean Card Stock
Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Collection
2009 Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Paper
Enclosed:  Presents Dies

I also used:

VersaMark Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Doodle Twine Fall Assortment by Doodlebug
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
Scotch Double Sided Mounting Tape by 3M

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scandinavian Noel

Hello, Friends!

I hope you are reading this sitting down.  If you're not, I suggest you do so.  If you refuse, fall over and bust your head open, it will not be my fault.   You've been warned!

and that doesn't include the flying pig!  
I only made six cards the entire year of 2016!

Can you believe it?  I was here and I can hardly believe it!  I'm telling you this is the year for the unbelievable and so far we're off to a great start!  I worked on them every day this week, a little bit at a time, but I got them done!   I will have cards for you to see today, Monday and Tuesday.  I made them for different challenges, so I have to get them in or I'd spread them out for you. 

Today's card is obviously a Christmas one!  I really missed making Christmas cards this past Christmas.  I have all these wonderful stamps just waiting to celebrate and they all had to stay in their packages.  On the bright side, there are Christmas challenges that go on year round so I could make a card for Christmas in January and look like I was preparing ahead of time instead of like a looney who didn't have a calendar!

Merry Monday is a challenge I used to enter before my back was injured.  I was super excited to participate in their current Merry Monday Challenge #230 to "make a Christmas card with the word Noel and/or a Scandinavian feel to it."  I decided to incorporate both items into my card.   

My card is pretty self-explanatory.  I stamped the Fair Isle Borders stamps from Papertrey Ink repeatedly to stamp my background.  I choose the non-traditional colors of pink and a lime green just for fun.  I cut out the "Noel" word die from Stampin' Up twice, just to give it a little dimension.  This is a very fun font and looks good on fun and whimsical or elegant Christmas cards.  I adhered "Noel" to two rectangles, each cut with a die that adds stitching to go along with the sweater stitched feel of my background.  I put my rectangles on the card base with foam tape, because I believe every card is better with foam tape on it.  At least, that's what it appears from the cards I make!  Besides,  it gives dimension which adds interest!  At this point, it was cute but something was missing.  When I added the holly from a Papertrey Ink stamp set and coordinating die, the missing piece was clearly in place and the card was complete!

This card reminds me of something I would have made before I got hurt.  I know that styles change and in my head, my style has changed, too.  This is how the card turned out, though, with lots of layers instead of clean and simple.  I guess we'll all have to stay tuned to see what my style ends up being now.  From a practical standpoint, it would be much easier to make clean and simple cards that don't require getting up as much!  I think this card is happy and cheery.  I like it and hope you will, too!

I also learned something from this challenge!  The word "Noel" means Christmas.  So when you sing, "The first Noel the angels did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay" it means the first Christmas, Jesus' birth, the angels announced was to poor shepherds in the fields they were laying in (because it was night).  Later, the word "noel" with a lower case "n" began to mean a Christmas carol.  So if you were to sing a noel, it would be a Christmas carol, like Joy to the World.  Wiener dogs, cards and you, too, may have learned something new!  

I will see you tomorrow!!!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products to make this card:

Fair Isle Borders Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Enclosed:  Bell Mini Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Pear Tart Memento Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Ripe Raspberry Ink Pad My Favorite Things
Stampers Select White Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Simply Chartreuse Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Ripe Raspberry Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Enclosed:  Bell Dies by My Favorite Things
Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
Scotch Double Sided Mounting Tape by 3M

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