Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just Popping In!

Hi Everybody!
Just dropping in really quickly today for a super short post because i'm off to maryland in about an hour for a fun long weekend! this weekend's agenda includes a red sox game at camden yards (!yay!), a sightseeing trip to dc, hopefully we'll make it to the spy museum (fun!), and then on saturday we're heading to richmond for a fantastic dinner and then we're seeing beauty and the beast and the landmark theater!!! (so excited about that! i've been wanting to see the broadway production of beauty and the beast for years!)

so anyways - thanks to everyone this week for such wonderfully sweet comments! i had a couple of questions about different things this week and i'll be sending out answer emails sunday night or monday when i get back home :)

today's card is for my dad's birthday and the hero arts contest for this month!
(you can find all of the contest details here)

i loved the wrapping paper i picked up at hallmark and really wanted to carry the design into the card so i was getting ready to just draw myself a plaid design with some markers and a ruler when i decided somewhere on my wall of stamps i had to own a stamp to make it easier and sure enough!

here's the front of the card and the envelope with a coordinating present!
here's just the front of the card:
and here's the inside: (i love how the inside turned out! it's kind of backwards for me - i usually stamp the pattern on the bottom, but i love how it looks on the top!)
thanks for stopping by! i'd love to know what you think!
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, & White
Stamps: Hero Arts My Type, Happy Definition, & Large Plaid Pattern, Lawn Fawn Harold's ABCs, and Papertrey Ink Inside and Out Birthday
Ink: Memento London Fog & Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup and Fountain Pen Dye Inks
Embellishments: Bakers Twine, Copics, Black Enamel Accents, & Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Studio!!!

My studio is fairly organized (and clean!) so i figured it was about time for a tour :)
I took a few pictures and then i filmed a little video walkthrough (it was my first video ever so forgive me for all of my "umm"s and for the less than stellar quality!)

this is the view from the door looking in at my desk
the shelves directly across from desk
and looking out towards the hallway
and here's the video

thank you so much for stopping by! i'd love to know what you think!

April's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

It's here!
One of my favorite days of the month!
This month's blog hop challenge was:

This month's blog hop is dedicated to all the boys and men in our lives! Now's your chance to create Father's Day projects, boy birthday cards and more to build up your stash! Focus on masculine color schemes, fresh pattern combinations, understated embellishments and unique uses of images you may already have in your stash!

There are tons of fun cards to hop along to so i'll keep this short and sweet :)

I broke out my Postmarks stamp set and some Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper to make a fun masculine-ish birthday card.
*note: the kraft glassine gets more fun texture the more you handle/crinkle/ball and twist it up - keep some on hand for a fun and crafty stress release! we're usually so careful with paper but it can be really therapeutic to just mush it and ball it up sometimes :)

So here's the front of my card:

and the inside:
So thanks so much for hopping by! I'd love it if you could take the time to leave a comment or become a follower of my blog!!! :D
Have a fantastic day and have fun at the hop!

Everything's from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Basics Manila Collection, Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper & Journaling Ticket
Stamps: Postmarks, Birthday Basics, Inside & Out Birthday, Star Prints, & Say it with Style
Ink: American Crafts White Pigment Ink, Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder Dye Ink, & Black Archival Ink
Markers: Copic
Embellishments: Rustic Button Twine, Stitching, & Tim Holtz Tiny Attatcher

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter :)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Hi! Happy Tuesday!
Today's card is for Lawnscaping Challenge #8 - to use any critters on a card - with all of lawn fawn's adorable critters to choose from the hardest part was picking which one to ink up!
In the end I had to go with the hedgehog
*fun fact - did you know that hedgehogs float in the water? and that they love shiny things? and if you put them in a tub with some water in it and put a few shiny pennies in the bottom of the tub they'll keep trying to bob down to get to the pennies? fun for the whole family. backstory: one of my boyfriends in college had a pet hedgehog (shhh don't tell res life!) in his dorm room and watching his hedgehog play around in water was a great way to not study :)

anyways... i went pretty simple with this card but i love how it turned out - and i'm LOVING Harold's ABCs my new absolute favorite stamp set.
so here's my card:
The sentiment is totally appropriate - i've been pretty anti-social with some of my extended family which has caused some tensions and whatnot and now i have to be a grownup this week and fix everything. (when all i really want to do is stomp my feet and stick my tongue out at people) sigh.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I'd love it if you could take a minute to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink's Kraft Cardstock
Stamps: Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABCs & Critters in the Forest
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink & Jenni Bowlin's Brown Sugar Dye Ink
Embellishments: Twine from Lawn Fawn's Chipper Ribbon Collection & Ranger's Black Enamel Accents
Copics:YG25, E31, E43, E55, E57, E59, & E71

Monday, April 18, 2011

Make it Monday #11

Happy Monday :)
This week's Make it Monday challenge is to use your papertrey ink dies for embossing.
I went monochromatic today with the shades of aqua :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Supplies: everything's from Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist & Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: Handwritten Notes & Bitty Background Blocks
Dies: Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Collection, Butterfly, Signature Series Butterfly, & Love Lives Here Butterfly
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Soap Powder Dye Ink, Black Archival Ink, & Broken China Distress Stain
Embellishments: Hawaiian Shores Felt, Balsa Wood, Pearls, & Baker's Twine

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Embellish Decorative Trim Challenge

Just popping in to slide this card in for the Embellish Decorative Trim Challenge :)

Everything's from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Kraft, Rustic White, Spring Moss, & Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Ripe Avacado, Memento Black Ink, & Jenni Bowlin Stick Candy Dye Ink
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride, Background Basics: Retro, & Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley
Dies & Embossing: Double Ended Banner & Linen and Canvas Impression Plate
Trims: Lace & Crinkle Ribbon (Dyed with Peeled Paint & Forest Moss Distress Stains)

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Make it Monday #10

Hi! How was your weekend?
Creativity is moving pretty slowly in my studio right now because i just discovered Glee on instant queue on my netflix and i'm officially hooked!
I love teapots so when i saw today's challenge @ Papertrey's Make it Monday for using your dies for masking i knew i wanted to make a bunch of pretty patterned teapots :) I made my mask using the teapot die and tim holtz mask sheets.
Here's my card:

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Have a great week!

Supplies: Everything's from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Fine Linen & Rustic Cream
Stamps: Background Basics: Geometrics, Background Basics: Retro, Background Basics: Sheet Music, Background Basics: Text Style II, Background Basics: Tin Types, Background Basics: Woodgrain, Polka Dot Basics, Postmarks, Tea for Two, & Tiny Tags
Dies: Teapot & Tiny Tags
Ink: Ranger's Antique Linen Distress Ink & Stain, Black Archival Ink, Jenni Bowlin's Brown Sugar, Chicken Feed, Malted Milk, & Seed Packet Dye Inks, American Crafts Apricot, Aqua, Blush, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cricket, Denim, Grapefruit, Lavender, Pine, Powder, & Sunflower Pigment Inks
Embellishments: Crinkle Ribbon & Idealogy safety pin

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Light Up My Life

How's your weekend going? Mine's been fun so far :)
Yesterday i got a lovely box from two peas with a bunch of my lawn fawn stamps and some studio calico fun and today i got my say cheese set in the mail!!! can't wait to ink that one up; i'm betting it'll be like pringles - once you pop, you can't stop! - i totally see me using that fun polaroid stamp on everything!

This card is for CPS Sketch 212 and Lawnscaping Challenge #7 - to make patterned paper with stamps! I am so excited to finally have Lunar Lights and some Lawn Fawn alphabets that i just had to ink them up immediately :)

here's my card:

CPS Sketch #212

Lawnscaping Challenge #7
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink's Raspberry Fizz
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper's Neighborhood Collection
Stamps: Lawn Fawn's Bake Me A Cake, Harold's ABCs, & Lunar Lights
Ink: Memento Black Ink, Distress Embossing Ink, Adirondack Wild Plum Dye Ink, & Jenni Bowlin's Chicken Feed, Chili Powder, Soap Powder, & Stick Candy Dye Ink
Dies: Papertrey Ink's Just The Ticket Border Die
Embellishments: Wire, Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, & Claudine Hellmuth Blank Canvas Studio Paint

Thanks for stopping by!
I'd love it if you could leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Embossed Doilies

Happy Friday!
Today's card was inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World and this week's Make it Monday Challenge from Papertrey Ink!
The Tuesday Trigger picture is so pretty and colorful! I just loved all those multicolored doilies!
This week's challenge for Make it Monday was to use heat embossing so I pulled out my delightful doilies stamp set and started stamping and embossing the different layers of the doilies with a big batch of American Crafts Zing! embossing powder :)
here's the trigger:

and here's my card:
Supplies: Everything is from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Kraft & Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: Delightful Doilies, Distressed Stripes, Tag-its #1, & Tag-its #2
Ink: Clear Distress Embossing Ink, Grape American Crafts Pigment Ink, Mushroom Adirondack Dye Ink, & Jenni Bowlin's Fountain Pen Dye Ink
Dies: Mat Stack 2
Embellishments: Button Twine, Crocheted Flower from SEI, & pearls from Prima
Embossing Powder: Clear, American Crafts Zing! Embossing Powder in Apricot, Aqua, Butter, Cricket, Grapefruit, Powder, Wave, & White

Thanks for stopping by!
Let me know what you think!
Have a great weekend! (i know i will! i got a batch of lawn fawn goodness in the mail today to play with!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Butterfly Hearts

Quick post this evening and then i'm off to the gym!
Papercrafted butterflies are one of the great mysteries of my life (along with birds and purple), never could stand them on anything in life, not even when the butterfly hair clips were all the rage; however, slap them on some paper or give me a stamp, punch, or die cut and i LOVE them. weird huh?

everything's from Papertrey Ink ulness otherwise noted
Cardstock: Kraft
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams & Heart Prints Sentiments
Ink: Black Memento Ink
Black Felt & Butterfly Die
Heart Ribbon is from Making Memories *i think*

Thank you for stopping by! i'd love it if you can take a minute and leave a comment!
Have a great night!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Make it Monday 9 - Heat Embossing

Hi! How was your weekend?
Mine was so much fun! On Saturday Jeff and I had a date! We started off at the farmer's market in Williamsburg, we bought some herbs for the kitchen (thyme, cilantro, & parsley) and some local honey. Then we had an awesome lunch at the Trellis and headed over to New Town where we stopped in at the awesome wine store they were having a wine tasting! we had some gnocchi (my favorite!) with some red wine that was just phenomenal. we brought home a couple bottles (i'm totally going back next saturday - i love that store!) and played board games and watched movies for the rest of the night!

(us in Williamsburg - i love the photo booth app on my phone!)

anywho, on to today's card!
Today's Make it Monday challenge was to use heat embossing!
I love all kinds of heat embossing but one of my favorites is distress embossing - i love the texture - just too fun!

Everything's from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Kraft, & Dark Chocolate
Ink: Distress Embossing Ink (if you've only used versamark before - give this a try - it's super juicy and smells like red hots!), Dark Chocolate, & Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf & Father Knows Best
Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder & Ink
Cork & Rustic Button Twine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I'd love it you can take the time to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Have a fantastic day!
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