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passing the torch

I had a great time during my month as a torch bearer for Amber Ink's Blue Team! Thanks again to Amber and Pam for such a fun month!

The great news is that I am excited to announce that I am passing the torch to my great friend, Jessica at The Paper Parade! I can't wait to see what she makes with all the great digi-papers and stamps - she loves bright bold colors and perfectly layered cards, so please give her a visit and say hello!

Lastly, thanks to Lee Anne at My Happy Place who was so kind to pass this blue torch to me. She is just one of the absolute sweetest people ever!



market street stamps block party

Woo hoo for block parties, especially during a hurricane!

I have a card to share today for the Market Street Stamps Block Party, and think you should play along too! The prizes are awesome: you could win a slot as a DT guest for a month or a prize pack of their adorable stamps and accessories.

Recently, my friend Jessica and her husband bought a camper and I have been meaning to make a card for them using the Gone Campin set from Market Street, and the weather this weekend finally afforded me the time to do just that. I paired all the images from the set with a really cute postcard stamp that I picked up at a stamp show several years ago to make this card:

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I have never paper pieced so much in my life, but honestly these stamps made it SO easy to do. I pieced with patterned papers from Papertrey Ink and Echo Park and adhered all the pieces with a glue stick since I thought that was the best way to make sure all the edges stuck down to the card base.

The clouds were stamped with the Market Street Bit of Burlap background stamp and die cut before being coated with some Distress Stickles for a slight shimmer effect. The same stickles were also added to the mosquito's wings.

I can't wait to send this to them!

Supplies {by Market Street unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Gone Campin', Bit of Burlap, postcard template (Just for Fun Stamps); Paper: White & Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Bitty Dot, Distrssed Dots, Raspberry Fizz Mix, Green Boutique PP (PTI), Walk in the Park (Echo Park); Ink: Dark Chocolate & Aqua Mist (PTI); Other: Raspberry Crystals (PTI), Ranger Distress Stickles, cloud dies (PTI), Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch

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lazy saturday

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Just a quickie card to share this morning - I made it a little while ago but took my time getting uploaded online. I love this sentiment from Verve and the colorfully fun paper is from American Crafts.

We're getting ready for Irene here - I am not going camping, but my husband is still going to go. So Teddy Doggy and I are flying solo, which means more time for crafting (and work).
Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Verve; Paper: American Crafts, SS White; Ink: Dark Chococale; Other: flower dies, twine, button, ribbon & clip (SU!)

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Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to this month's Blog Hop Challenge with Papertrey Ink! Our task this month was to make a card inspired by this beautiful photo:

I was really inspired by the pattern inside the suitcase and by the flowers, as well as by the shape of the suitcase top & bottom. So I immediately knew I had to use a certain patterned paper from Echo Park and my new mum die; I also used the Half and Half dies to add shape above and below the focal point, inspired by the lid and base of the suitcase:

Happy Blog Hoppin', everyone!
Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Simple Sunflower; Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Bitty Dot Basics, Echo Park; Ink: Dark Chocolate; Other: Bloom Builder #3, Half & Half dies, Harvest Gold buttons, cream twine, Mat Stack dies 

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happy fall

I really can't wait for the Fall. The heat and humidity of the summer are somewhat pointless unless I am on a beach with palm trees surrounding me. And the fact that there are so many yummy crafting goodies that are released for the fall and winter only makes me love those seasons even more.

This card has similar paper to the one from yesterday, including the Amber Ink digi-paper, but I had the chance to use my new PTI Simple Sunflower and Verve sentiment:

I love how this turned out. To be honest, I have had a hard time finding ways to use PTI's fine linen paper and ribbon and I think it paired so nicely with the other colors here. Sometimes it looks greenish to me, other times it looks bleh to me. Here, not so much. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on this color too. Have a great day!

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a card for my doggy

The card doesn't have a doggy theme to it, because I decided this card is for my very cute and very sneaky dog just as I was about it finish it. I originally wanted those chipboard letters to read, "HELLO!" - I popped all the letters out of the set and lined them up on the floor, ready for placement on my card.

Then Teddy came into the room and left suddenly. I thought, "That's weird..." And then he did it again...and that was my proof that he was up to something. I looked at the floor and one of the L's from HELLO was missing. The little bugger had stolen it! I ran downstairs only to find the peel-off backing on the floor and Teddy licking his chops. Yep, the little sucker ate the chipboard and left only the white wrapper behind. :(

And since the chipboard letter set only came with 2 L's, this quickly turned into a THANKS! card:

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Thanks for eating my letter L, Teddy!

And this is my second to last project using Amber Ink's digi-paper. My last project will post for you tomorrow!

Hope you had a fun weekend!

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happy birthday, jessica!

I am back with my second post of the day in honor of my wonderful friend, Jessica, whose birthday is today!

We are going out tonight to celebrate, and I made her this card last night. I was inspired by a card that Kara made recently, but I wasn't about to fuss with glitter in the {awesome} way that she did. ;) Instead, I opted for fabric, and a side-tie since that is a trademark of Jessica's:

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I used the most awesome background stamp from Market Street Stamps on this card - it's the full size of the card front and to me that makes for perfection. :)

Happy Birthday, Jessica!


Ribbon Carousel Challenge with Amber Ink

I am back today with a card for the latest Ribbon Carousel Challenge using my fun Amber Ink digi paper and digi image! And LOOK! I colored with pencils and I kinda liked it!

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I had a lot of fun making this Halloween card! Looking forward to the fall, that's for sure. Have a great day!

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Warm Thoughts

A super quick card for my most recent Amber Ink project, again using their awesome digi paper!

I wanted to do more detailing on the ribbon, so I layered the ginham green ribbon under the dark peach ribbon before adding the buttons, and I stamped off the Paper Smooches sentiment in Enchanted Evening a few times to come up with this:

Looking forward to a great weekend? I've got lots to do for work and preparing for the lung cancer fundraiser in September. So I am thinking "warm thoughts," pretending I am on a tropical island until it's over. I even wore my raspberry linen dress today -- maybe I'll order a Bahama Mama tonight at dinner too. :)

Have a fun day!



lovey dovey

The other day I entered some cards into a challenge hosted by Market Street Stamps and was feeling a little bit badly about not having any of their real stamps to use on the challenge - I just discovered them!

So...I placed an order, they arrived (super quickly, I might add) and they are CUTE! Here are two cards I made last night with their Compass stamp set:

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On this card, I die cut the heart out in the center and placed a piece of matching melon berry paper behind the heart before filling it with glue and adding the glitter.

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For this second one, I knew I wanted to incorporate the saying "You are my true north" somehow, so I masked the N, S, E, W with tape before inking the stamp to make the image more like the letter O. Then I embossed it with white embossing powder...

Enjoy your day!


love makes the whirl go 'round

Last night I made this card with this Market Street Stamps Color Cue challenge in mind:

I was itching to use this new Echo Park patterned paper, and Mom needed a card for a bridal shower, so I ended up with this:

I love how the rhinestones look on this card. I even decorated the inside and the envelope for this project, so I am practically giddy about the whole thing. The pinwheel die is adorable!

Have a great day! Weekend is almost here!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, sentiment from Lil Inker; Paper: Sweet Blush, Kraft, SS white, PP from Echo Park; Ink: Dark Chocolate, Snow White; Other: pinwheel die (Lil Linker), rhinestone swirls from Recollections, rhinestone brad (SU!), corner rounder, sewing machine, double ended banner die,

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Fire and ash plaid

Today I am back with another project for Amber Ink, this time using their Fire and Ash plaid digi-paper, which went perfectly so many goodies in my stash... I have to admit that I am loving these digital papers! They are super easy to work with and they print beautifully!

I just think that the bird sticker is so darn funny and cute. I might have to go back and buy more of those.

I think you should try out digi-papers...and lemme know what you think!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Paper: Fire & Ash Plaid (Amber Ink), Red dotted PP (My Minds Eye), Black and white PP (Fancy Pants), soft stone cardstock; Other: Recollections Bird sticker, Martha Stewart Doily, SU! scalled border punch, sewing machine, houndstooth embossing folder by Cuttlebug, circle punch, white glitter stickers (American Crafts ?), Signo white gel pen

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laurie, you'll always be our idol!

Welcome to our surprise blog hop for our fellow Papertrey Paper Doll, Laurie Willison, who made it to the Top Ten of the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol competition. SO AMAZING, right!?

I am not gonna lie. I am crushed she didn't win the whole thing! I asked myself, is this thing RIGGED? We were BAMBOOZLED! How on earth could this happen? She's my FAVE!

Plus, I was in love with the idea of being able to send her on a cruise. :)

In celebration of her success, our group decided to have a blog hop in her honor. Lee Anne came up with the great idea that we each should CASE one of Laurie's cards, so here the card I chose from Laurie's Flickr gallery:


And here's my mono-chromatic version:

You're the BEST, Laurie!
And thanks to everyone for hopping along with us! Next up, is Katie!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Forever Young (SU!), Tiny Tags; Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, PP by Memory Box; Ink: Dark Chocolate; Other: Fine Linen ribbon, button, cream twine, tiny tags die, edger #3 die