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Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge


This month's Blog Hop focuses on office supplies, but the sad part is that I don't really have many of those in the house! Sure, we have pens collected from various auto body shops and pet supply places, but they were not making their way onto a card tonight. My only other major office supply is my computer and my statistical computing software - also not small enough for a card. So I opted to use some of my new office-ish goodies from PTI.

The layout for this card is inspired by the sketch in Go-To Sketches Chapter 3 by Kim Hughes, and the color combo is inspired mostly by summertime, and the thought of picnics and sunshine. Here the weather has just been way too hot for that, and I am already itching for winter.

I love the cloth beaded flower at the top! I bought a collection of about 12 or so of them at Paper Source with the intention of using them in my paper crafts projects, in case you were wondering. I haven't seen them sold anywhere else.
Enjoy all the blog hoppin' and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Background Basics: Diamonds, It's Official
Paper: New Leaf, Bitty Box Basics, and Baja Breeze (I think) & retired yellow (SU!)
Ink: New Leaf, Baja Breeze, Real Red & Soft Sky (SU!),
Other: Baker's Twine Pure Poppy, Pretty Crafty Beaded Paperclips - Cupcakes and Cartwheels collection, Felt Border from Creative Imaginations, border punch from EK Success

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Tag Card for Moxie Fab World

I am back again tonight with another creation for the Finding Inspiration in a Layout Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Our challenge was to create a card based on this scrapbook layout:

I searched high and low all over my crafty space to find patterned papers in the same color scheme, because I think the colors are just beautiful, and this is the creation that I came up with:

I haven't made a tag card in ages, probably in four years. I made a huge stack of this style card as the thank-you's for my bridal shower. Great memories! Have a fun night!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Say It With Style 
Paper: Select White, Bashful Blue (SU!), Patterned Paper: In Bloom, Pretty Pastels, Making Memories, Sei Claire, the embossed green paper is either A Muse or Bazzill?  
Ink: Color Box Chalk, Chamomile 
Other: Ribbon by May Arts, Pretty Crafty Beaded Paperclips - Cupcakes and Cartwheels collection, Buttons from PTI and SU!, EK Success border punch



Sign Language & Moxie Fab World

This weekend in the PTI forum, I have had a ton of fun reading about other people's stamping styles and learning about which stamp sets people use more frequently or less frequently than they thought they might. For me, one such set is PTI's Sign Language, so I dedicate this post to the rekindling of my love for that set. It was one of the first stamp sets that I bought and I was sad to admit that it has been one of the more neglected sets in my collection. So here it goes...

I was inspired by one of Betsy Veldman's cards in making this one, and while I was at it, I thought I would play along in the Card Style Classy and Elegant Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!

As you can see, I lined up five of the square images from Sign Language on my stamp block and repeatedly stamped it several times in the background in a few different colors, almost to create the look of tile. The sets Signature Greetings and Dot Spot were used to complete the focal point in the center, and chamomile ink was used to distress the edges of everything! I had a lot of fun adding the ribbon and buttons at the end.

Thank you for checking out my work. Now onto some real work for a 7:30am meeting tomorrow morning. Have a great afternoon.

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Sign Language, Dot Spot, Signature Greetings
Paper: Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Select White
Ink: Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Moss, Chamomile
Other: Hibiscus Burst satin ribbon and buttons, Mat Stack die #2



Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #12

Hi everyone!

It's almost Friday and I am pumped for the weekend! I played along in the PPD Challenge this week, and Lisa was our fabulous host! She proposed that we play along in a color challenge or a flower challenge or both, so I went with the color challenge. Her colors were light blue, green, and red, but I have to be honest - I wasn't feeling the red this week so I skipped it. I know. You can call me a cheater. It's okay.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but I used the tun types impression plate on the green background, and even after that the card didn't feel done to me, so I added the flourishes...I think I could have made this better with something else, but I couldn't find the something else in my craft room. Thoughts? I dunno...I was thinking pearls or glitter maybe?

Have a fun weekend and stop by again soon!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Tea for Two Additions, Fancy Flourishes
Paper: Select White, Spring Rain, Old Olive (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Spring Rain
Other: Tin Types impression plate, EK Success border punch, Ripe Avocado satin dots ribbon & button,m corner rounder



Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #11

Anika is hosting the PPD Challenge this week, and has asked us to make a non-standard sized card! No problemo! I love making non-standard sized cards! Thanks for the fun challenge, Anika!

The finished card size is about 9.5 x 4 inches. I started making cards this shape once I discovered Maile Belles--I really love everything she makes and have a long way to go before my stuff is like hers. {sigh}

A girl can dream, can't she!?

Anyway, I am in love with these papers together and will probably make some more of these. I need more thank you cards and will change out the sentiment. Do you do this -- make several copies of the same card? I think it's easier, actually! I always like to have a stash on hand.

Have a fun weekend!!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Asian Fusion
Paper: Kraft, Ocean TidesInk:  SU! Real Red
Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (Lemon Tart), American Crafts Abode Roosevelt Way Collection
Other: Rustic Cream Button Twine, Large Scalloped Border Die, EK Success Jolees Jewels

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BYOP stands for Bring Your Own Project and it takes place once a month on a Friday night at Marilyn's house. She is wonderfully fun and I love going to it. We are allowed to use any of her supplies or tools as part of the class, which is great because she has everything - she's a SU! demo. I went over there with Jess that night - she was working on her 4th of July cards. This month I grabbed my stack of scraps and headed on over to her house with the goal of using up a lot of the scraps to make cards for Grace (see my earlier post). I made a total of about 10 cards and here are the pics of some of them. Because I used scraps and mostly stamps from Marilyn's stash, I don't have all the details on each of the cards. Sorry 'bout that! But thanks for looking!



The Great American 4th of July Parade

Hi all!

No cards to share this time because it was quite a busy weekend! But I can promise you that I did make a 4th of July card for my friend, Jess, and I used Dot Spot from PTI to make fireworks.

It all started yesterday walking in the Sudbury parade, from which I went directly (read as: sans shower) to our Country Fair. We set up a booth to promote the 5k Free to Breathe that we've been working on. We had balloons, face painting, raffle tickets and lung cancer awareness bracelets, as well as info cards about the event. Here is a shot of my friend, Hal, helping me out at the booth:

The Fair ended at 11pm and I was up at the crack of dawn getting ready for our town's parade this morning. I walked the parade twice - once with my group (to promote the walk) and again with my husband, who is running for office. There were a total of 98 groups in the parade this year, and this is about 20 more than were included last year! I think the temperature today was 98 degrees, so walking back to the start of the parade route to walk with Eric was quite a feat - 2 miles uphill! Anyway, here are some shots of the day for you!

Some of the people who walked with me to promote the 5k:


My sister and my mom holding the banner:




I could not believe they had horses on their float!

"Rod Stewart" came to our parade too! :)

These folks danced the entire time - such energy! They must have had fans installed up there.

My husband, Eric, and our friend Jim, a Minuteman.

I'll be back soon with some pics of some of the cards I made for Grace. Have a great night!