Our Creative Corner - Inspiration Challenge

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Hello!  I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday so far. This week is an inspiration challenge at Our Creative Corner.  Diane has picked a lovely and serene image for us.  I took inspiration from the soft, muted colors as well as the vase of flowers.  


I broke out my Pocket Silhouettes set from Stampin' Up.  I haven't used it in forever because, quite frankly, I thought it was retired.  I have to say those images go perfectly with the inspiration photo.  

It's very subtle, but I stamped text using cream ink onto the kraft card base. I think it really softens the card.  

 If you feel like getting crafty you should definitely give this challenge a try.  Make sure you stop by Our Creative Corner and check out the rest of the card samples.  

I hope you all have a great weekend and have a safe Halloween.  Don't eat too much candy!

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Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes (SU), Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, Lemon Tart, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery (SU)
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan (Colorbox), Certainly Celery (SU)
Accessories: Spiral Notebook Page Die (Papertrey Ink), Floss (DMC), Curly Label Punch (SU), Stampin' Sponge (SU), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Latte Pearls & Light Green Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)
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An {I'm So Grateful For You} Card...

Friday, October 29, 2010


Hello!  Today I'm sharing a card I made the other night while my hubby was watching the World Series.  I rarely craft at night so I didn't know how it would go, but I'm in love with the card I made.  My son and daughter both love to make cards, but never quite clean everything up.  I'm sure you know what I mean.  Anyway, I guess they were using my flower punch and when I went to clean up the scraps, I thought about making a card using the negative image from the punch.

This card was super quick but interesting and graphic.  I started with a base of Pure Poppy and adhered a thick strip of patterned paper to that.  Then I trimmed a piece of Summer Sunrise the same height as the card but a little shorter on the edges so it would leave a strip of red on each side.  I punched out three flowers on piece of printer paper and placed them on the Summer Sunrise card stock arranged them where I wanted.  Then I punched the flowers out, although my punch was not very cooperative.  It punches great, put sliding the punch off the paper is a nightmare.  Okay, moving on, I adhered the punched card stock to the card base using a lot of foam dimensionals, especially around the flowers.
The flower centers are small circles of patterned paper with a clear epoxy sticker over it.  These are applied the flower centers with foam dimensionals as well.  I forgot to mention that the flowers and the edges of the Summer Sunrise card stock are sponged with blue ink.  Stamp the sentiment and voil√†!

I'm so glad it's Friday, but I have a busy day.  Two Halloween parties and a Halloween dance.  I hope you all have a great weekend!!!
{I'm So Grateful for You}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (SU)
Accessories: Flower Punch (Paper Shapers), Epoxy Circle Stickers (Sticko), Foam Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge
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Paper Maniac Thursday - Northwoods Stamps

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hello!  It's Paper Maniac Thursday!!!  This week the design team and I are showing off Northwoods Stamps.  You can find the stamp I used on my card here.

The leaf background goes perfectly with these colorful butterflies.  The leaves are glittery.  The leaf paper, the blue sentiment paper, as well as the pink paper behind the butterfly all come from Hippy Girl by Kaiser Craft.  As soon as I saw this stamp, I immediately knew I wanted to cut around the wings and make it 3D.  I was able to do that by using a craft knife.  I took a small square of pink patterned paper and applied it behind the butterfly for some added interest.
The butterfly centers have matching rhinestones so they coordinate well with the glittery paper.

Northwoods Stamps are marked down 25% this week at Paper Maniac.  Check them out!

Have a great day!
{hello}
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink) 
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft) 
Ink: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise (SU), Orchid Pastel (Colorbox)
Accessories: Craft Knife, Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), Foam Dimensionals, Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Stampin' Sponge
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A {So Sweet of You} Card...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hello, hello!  I have a card for you today using today's card sketch at SCS.  I pretty much kept the layout the same, except substituting a labels die instead of an oval in the bn.  I haven't used this patterned paper in a while.  It's Love Me Do from My Mind's Eye.  I pretty much only have scraps left since I love these colors so much.
All of my edges are sponged in red.  My opinion on sponging is that if you decide to sponge an edge, all the edges on the card need to be sponged.  That makes everything cohesive.  What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you are having a great day!
{So Sweet of You}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Love Me Do (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Heart Punches (Paper Shapers), Red Satin Ribbon (Offray), Foam Dimensionals, Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Stampin' Sponge
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A "doilies" card and tag set...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I was tidying up my craft area last night since we're *hopefully* going to be painting and hanging shelves this weekend.  I was making a pile of things I no longer use or need when I came across this sheet of "doilies".  These are from Basic Grey and are from their Nook & Pantry collection.  I could't part with them,but also didn't see how I'd be using them in the future.  I decided to make a set with the same overall look, just different sentiments.  This would make a nice little gift for someone.  Here's how they turned out:




The cards are all 4.25" squares and the tags are 2" x 3.5".  I still have the brown half of the paper to use.  Maybe you'll see me use that one next week.

I almost forgot to mention that this is another attempt at my indoor photography.  I'm getting close, but not quite there yet.

We are having severe weather today.  I need to get this posted before the electricity goes out.  High wind advisory, tornado watch, heavy rain, ugh.  I'm a nervous wreck.  I can't wait until we are all home together tonight.  Obviously there was no outdoor photography today!

Have a great day!
{Doilies Card & Tag Set}
Stamps: Communiqu√© Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Doilies (Basic Grey), Pink Rhinestones (Michaels), Floss (DMC), Hole Punch, Corner Rounder Punch
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A "Holiday Greetings" Card...

Monday, October 25, 2010


Hey guys!  I always forget about the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop until it's too late.  This time Nichole reminded us the day before and she's letting you link your blog all day.  This was such a big help because, I forgot.  So this morning, I made a card, tore it up and made the card you see above.  By the way, the challenge this month was to make a card celebrating winter holidays other than Christmas.  I really like the sentiment "Holiday Greetings" since It covers any holiday.

This card also uses the Mojo Monday sketch, which I love because it's pretty simple.  All of the papers on my card come from the Kaiser Craft paper pad, 'Tis the Season.  The sentiment circle is a die cut from the pad.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a great start!!!
{Holiday Greetings}
Stamps: Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 'Tis the Season (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Chestnut Roan (Colorbox)
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Foam Dimensionals, Red Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)
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OCC Challenge - Spooky Color Challenge

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Hey all!  Sorry I was MIA yesterday, but if you've been following my tweets, you'd know that I was at the zoo on my son's field trip.  Fun times!
On to more serious matters, I'm here with a card sample for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge.  This week we have a color challenge and Diane picked a color scheme that would be great for a Halloween card, but feel free to make any kind of card you like.  My first thought was not to make a Halloween card, but then I remembered the new set, Beware, from Clear & Simple Stamps.  I knew it would be a match made in heaven.

It's hard to see unless you enlarge the photos that the purple and green are actually patterned paper from Hippy Girl by Kaiser Craft.  Love that collection!!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the card samples from the Our Creative Corner design team.  I love seeing the diversity of cards all using the same color palette.

Have a great day!
{Happy Halloween}
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip (SU), SS White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery (SU)
Accessories: Parakeet Brads (Bazzill), Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Edge Diestresser, Stampin' Sponge
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Paper Maniac Thursday - Think Pink!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we though is would be fitting to have a Pink week on the Paper Maniac Blog.  This card was so fun to make.  It uses stamps from the American Crafts set Enjoy.  I've had this card in mind since I first saw this set.  The set includes two damask-like images.  I selected one and stamped it repeatedly over the entire front of my card.  I did create a grid in pencil before stamping to make sure everything lines up perfectly.  Here's a little tip.  To make things go faster, I created lines that were the width of my ruler so I didn't have to measure anything.
The scroll around the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is also from the same set, Enjoy.  The sentiment is actually a sticker from SRM Press that fits perfectly inside the scroll.  This is such a CAS card, but it has a bold and graphic look.

Have a great day!
{Happy Birthday}
Card Stock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pastel Orchid (Colorbox), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Happy Birthday Sticker (SRM Press), Foam Dimensionals
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A card for "My Fabulous Friend"...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I just added my Twitter feed to the side bar!  Now that I have a cool new phone, I plan on tweeting a lot more. 
Hello!  I am finally posting a card for today.  This card has been finished since this morning, but I'm just getting around to posting it.  All of the papers come from Hippy Girl by Kaiser Craft.  I can't tell you how much I love all those papers.  The tag is a die cut that came with the paper pad.
That little line of purple above the orange scallops is a strand of purple floss.  I didn't like the raw edge and the floss covered it up nicely.

Sorry this is so short, but I'm exhausted.  Hope you're having a great day!
{My Fabulous Friend}
Stamps: Friends 'Til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Lime Pastel (Colorbox), Perfect Plum (SU)
Accessories: Purple Mini Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, Floss (DMC), Raspberry Fizz Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)Foam Dimensionals
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Happy Halloween Treat Bag with Tag

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Hey guys!  I have another fun project to share with you today using Clear & Simple Stamps.  I created a little bag of candy with a handmade tag using the October SOTM, Beware.  

First, I folded up the acetate box, securing it together with sticky tape and filled it with candy corn.  Now for the fun part.
I punched an Orange You Fabulous circle and a slightly larger Perfect Little Black Dress circle.  I stamped the larger spider web on the orange circle with Perfect Little Black Dress ink and glued it to the black circle.  Then I distressed the edges of the black circle.  I stamped the sentiment in black on Creamsicle Cardigan card stock along with a little black spider and then sponged the edges.  I adhered that to the circles using foam dimensionals.  I punched a small hole and threaded some polka dot ribbon through and around the bag handle, and into a lovely bow.

An easy and quick gift as long as you can resist eating all the candy!

Have a great day!
{Happy Halloween Treat Bag}
Stamps: Beware (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Accessories: Circle Punches, Edge Distresser, Small Hole Punch, Stampin' Sponge, Polka Dot Ribbon (Offray), Acetate Bag (Creative Cuts & More), Foam Dimensionals
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A "Joy to the World" Card...

Monday, October 18, 2010


Since I was working on my Christmas cards over the weekend, I guess I'm still in holiday mode.  This week's CPS sketch as well as the Everything But the Kitchen Sink challenge were pretty similar.  I think this card would fit both sketches.  Paper Maniac is sponsoring the EBTKS one and giving away a $20 gift certificate.

I used papers from the 6x6 paper pad 'Tis the Season from Kaiser Craft.  There was a sheet of these different colored damask stripes that work perfectly for the sketches.  The newsprint patterned paper has writing about Christmas and Santa on it.
The sentiment is embossed in gold.  I love how it shows up so well on patterned paper.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I'll share some pics of ours soon.  Have a great day!
{Joy to the World}
Stamps: Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 'Tis the Season (Kaiser Craft), Chestnut Roan (Color Box)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (SU), Gold Mini Brads, Gold Ribbon (Offray), Button, Foam Dimensionals, Glue Dots
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Aaaack! Let's try this again... A "Happy Holidays" Card...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Okay, for some reason my post on Friday didn't have the photos loaded correctly and none of you could see the card.  So, I reloaded it and created an entirely new post.  Sorry for the confusion, Enjoy!
Well hello there!  So glad you stopped by today.  I'm so glad it's Friday.  I've been looking forward to this day for about a month now.  Tonight is my craft night with a bunch of girlfriends and most of us will be working on holiday cards.   So, to get into the holiday mood (since it's still around 70* here), I thought I would make a holiday card.  I decided to challenge myself by creating a one layer card.  I thought this was going to be easy, boy was I wrong.  This card took about as much time as any other card I've made.  Plus, there's no where to hide your mistakes.

I started with a Vintage Cream card base.  I took a piece of printer paper and die cut an oval using my largest oval nestabilities die.  I placed the oval where I wanted it on my card and then stamped the text in red covering the entire front of the card (remove the printer paper and you will see a nice oval shape).  Since I used text, the border of the oval wasn't really defined, so I kept the oval printer paper in place and lightly sponged brown around it.  This is how you should do it.  This is not how I did it.  I finished the card and it didn't look right, so I had to sponge the oval with the rhinestones already on hoping it would work and not ruin my entire card.
The rest is easy peasy.  Stamp the wreath, stamp the berries, stamp the sentiment, and then apply rhinestones.    This card really would have been quick if I had chosen a larger background stamp instead of one that needed to be stamped repeatedly and realigned every time.  Oh well, live and learn.  At least it turned out okay in the end.

Have a great day!
{Happy Holidays}
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Text Style, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chestnut Roan, Lipstick Red (Color Box), Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Red Rhinestones, Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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