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Heaps of Presents

But not for the holidays - the presents are for our friend, Hal, whose birthday is next week.

I was inspired to make this card for him after discovering Kristina Werner's blog this weekend, where I saw her make a similar card for Christmas. (You can view it here!)

When I saw her "Heaps of Happy" card, I thought it would be perfect for Hal for two reasons:

1. His name also starts with the letter "H" so it would go nicely with the H theme.
2. He LOVES birds!!!! I mean LOVES. Each year I have tried to make him a birthday card with some kind of bird on it.

So that leaves him with this card being popped in the mail this week:

Thanks for stopping by! Lemme know what you think - I haven't decided if it all quite matches on this card yet. But maybe not matching is okay...it just has to "go" together, right? Either way, I do like it. :)

Have a great week!

Stamps: Aviary (SU!)
Paper: Assorted scraps from SU! and Michael's, etc., kraft and white from PTI
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other: Glitter Stickers (Making Memories), PTI baker's twine, white pen



Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

A quick little post tonight for the Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop, the theme of which is "Tag Time." Our challenge was to create a holiday tag using our favorite goodies....so here we go!

I made the trees using the Limitless Layers diecuts, which were pieced and placed to look like a Christmas tree:

I also heat embossed the Dot Spot image to look like snow beneath the tree. I hope you like it! Please be sure to visit all the other blog hoppers' posts, which can be found on Nichole's blog here.

Have a great night!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Dot Spot
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Spring Rain, In Bloom patterned paper
Ink: Fresh Snow
Other: White embossing powder, cork paper, mini pearls (Michael's), Raspberry Fizz satin ribbon, white satin ribbon (Michael's), Limitless layers dies, Tag Sale 2 die



Tuesday Trigger: Moxie Chic

I was really inspired by the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge this week, which was to make a card inspired by this photo from Vogue Magazine:

There are several things that I find so striking about this photo. The color combination or red, white, black, with the hint of pink is simply gorgeous, but the detailing of the ric-rac edging on the jacket ruffles and the curvature of the hat are beautiful as well. The shape of the jacket is very structured, almost geometric, but there is such a class and elegance to this photo. I love it. And I want her hair!!

And thus, this card was born this morning:

This was my first time making a flower like this, and the geometry of the picture is what inspired me to cut flowers from the crossword and Suduko parts of the newspaper. The focal point of the Vogue pic, to me, is the bright satin bow, so that is something I really wanted to use on my own card. I kept the structured theme by adding the black grid paper behind the layers of red cut with ric rac scissors as well. The little detailing on the pink button was done with red DMC floss. The arched backdrop was cut from the Mat Stack die (then trimmed) and the pink piece was cut by hand to layer behind it. I went with the scrolly/ladylike font for the sentiment to add some elegance.

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Damask Designs
Paper: select white, black, red, hibiscus burst, newspaper, Bitty Box Basics
Ink: Real Red (SU!)
Other: Hibiscus burst button and satin ribbon, red DMC floss, Mat Stack die, ric-rac scissors, B.Blooms dies



Happy Thanksgiving!

So here is the card I cranked out for everyone this year for Thanksgiving. I decided not to buy any new Thanksgiving stamps this year, since I really do love these little pumpkins so much...and I used a card layout from one of our previous challenges...


I hope that everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful holiday next week. I hope to post again with some Thanksgiving treat bags, assuming I can make them this weekend. :)

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Fall Elegance, It's Official
Paper: Baja Breeze (SU!), yellowish (SU!), Dsitressed dots, select white, kraft
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU!), Terracotta tile, chocoloate chip, lemon tart
Other: glitter pen, corduroy button (SU!), twine, gingham ribbon (Michael's), notebook die, circle punch, scalloped circle die



Paper Dolls Challenge #26

I am back from Fort Lauderdale and have been busy crafting away. Here is a card that I made for Jen's awesome challenge over on the Paper Dolls blog. I really like the sketch that she posted for us, so thank you, Jen!

This was my first attempt at the fancy folded ribbon and I love how it turned out. I will have to try this out some more later one. These flowers are from Martha Stewart and the coppery glitter center on them is so pretty. I am addicted to these flowers in case you can't tell. :)

I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for Thanksgiving. Today I tested out a 3rd stuffing recipe, "Stuffin' Muffins," and they are great! Here's a pic:

The recipe is from Rachael Ray, but I tweaked it and added some Craisins. You can get all the info on this one here. It's a keeper!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Ink: dark brown magic marker to color stamp, Dark Chocolate
Other: Martha Stewart flowers, Michael's ribbon, corner rounder, polka dot embossing plate



Two for the road

I am going away for a couple nights for work, but wanted to post these two cards before I go. This is a post in progress and I will post more later tonight. :) But I will say this: I'm not so sure about that brown flower ribbon. It is very hard to work with. Not too many places you can actually place it on a card, I think. I am on the hunt for some good examples of what to do with the stuff!

This first card is a card that I made for one of my co-workers for her birthday. It was SO easy to make. I just love making cards on acetate.

The next card is a card that I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I love these colors together - very rish and Fall-ish. I think she'll like it! I just love this little tag set from SU!

Tonight I got my hair cut. Chopped. Very short - I hope I can style it easily in the morning. I told my hairdresser that I was driving to work in the morning with a Snookie Poof to help keep my hair from falling flat before I even got to the office. Don't ask me where I got that crazy idea - but I leave when it's dark so nobody saw me. hee hee.
Here are the supplies for the cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Rainbow Card Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Paper: Certainly Celery (SU!), acetate, patterned paper from AC Moore (?)
Ink: PTI black
Other: Martha Stewart flower stickers

Teacup Card Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} 
Stamps: Damask Designs, Fancy Flourishes, Tea for Two Additions, Tiny Tags (SU!)
Paper: kraft, white, Bitty Box Basics
Ink: Fresh Snow, Crumb Cake (SU!), dark chocolate
Other: red baker's twine, sheer brown flower ribbon, tag punch, teacup die,