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12 Kits of Christmas: April with Marybeth

It's month #4 of our 12 Kits of Christmas project, and this month's hostess is Marybeth! If you'd like to read about how this group started and works, please read this post. :)

Marybeth sent the most elegant kit this month. There were such detailed diecuts and images...unlike anything I am used to playing with, so this month was a challenge for me. I've hung on to some stuff hoping to CASE the talented ladies in the group. Yes, I just admitted that! Here's Kara's photo of the goodies that were sent:

And here is what I came up with! This month, I took the single strips of border diecuts and challenged myself to use them in pieces. On this first card, I made a small town scene out of the Memory Box diecut, adding my own hearts and sentiment from Love Lives Here: Holiday.


For my next card, I loved the texture in all the materials Marybeth used to diecut the bells and wanted that to be the highlight of the card, so I cut the strips into thirds and layered them over light blue cardstock, pulling it all together with the matching plaid paper that she sent. I heat embossed my own sentiment in white off to the side...


Here is a list of everyone else in our group. Have fun hopping around and seeing our creations!
Jeanne: A Kept Life

The best part is always seeing what everyone else made because it's always so spectacular!

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CAS-ual Fridays 50


Phew! Is it the work week yet? LOL! My weekend has been chock full o' fun and things to do, but I really wanted to squeeze in some time to play along in this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which was to make a card using flowers or trees. 

This adorable set from There She Goes has been stashed away ever since Meredith (aka Crafty Math Chick) surprised me with it at Christmas last year, and I thought this was the perfect occasion to try it out. Somehow the idea for those hills popped into my head; they've been diecut from that super fun neon green paper from SU! and debossed with PTI's linen impression plate. The flowers leaves were colored with a green Tombow marker and I added the pink rhinestones...well, basically because I love them!

It's super simple for me, but given how time just seems to be flying by, I am kinda liking the outcome! What do you think? Maybe I will retry this again sometime with patterned paper. :) I am signed up for the TSG Mother of All Blog Hops, and I have some time to think about it some more.

Have an amazing night, everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop


I thought I'd play along in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month because I just loved the colors and patterns in the inspiration photo:
I was drawn to the polka dots mostly, and decided to carry them over to my project by glittering the lady bug image from Tremendous Treats Birthday in bright pink. There has been a lot of talk this week in the PTI Forum about glitter because of the MIM Challenge and Melissa Phillips' challenge, so I think this is where the idea came from.  I also used a Copic marker to add some blush to their faces:


It was super fun making this card and working with this stamp set - I'm so happy I decided to get it. I hope you are enjoying your day! Happy Blog Hoppin'!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Tremendous Treats Birthday; Paper: Vintage Cream & Kraft, Bazzill (Vintage Marketplace patterned papers); Ink: Memento; Other: tab dies, A Muse Studio Glitter (bubblegum, champagne), corner chomper, Janome Sew Mini, Copic marker

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Happy Birthday, Michele!

happy birthday 

Today there's a special birthday blog hop going on for Michele Gross, whom I've gotten to know over the last couple weeks as the fearless leader of the CAS-ual Fridays Team...she is super sweet, fun, thoughtful, and encouraging, and I am so happy that I've "met" her here in cyberspace.
I used this week's sketch at the CAS-ual Fridays blog  as the starting point for my card for Michele. I knew that I really wanted to use the cork butterfly stickers from Magenta, as well as the WPlus9 sentiment...I've never used stickers from Magenta before. I love that they're super sticky and that they're edged with black (making them look burnt almost) but the downside for me was that removing from their packaging was somewhat difficult, causing a few of them to tear.

Here's a list of everyone who is blog hoppin' for Michele today:

Suzanne <-- you're here!
Kimberly <-- next stop!

Happy Birthday, Michele! Have an amazing day!!

Supplies: Stamps: WPlus9 (A Pocketful); Paper: Papertrey Ink; Doodlebug Designs (patterend) Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate); Other: Papertrey Ink (die), Magenta (butterfly stickers), Papertrey Ink (impression plate)

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A Pocketful of Spring

A Pocketful of Spring

Good morning, sunshine!

It has been unseasonally warm here in the Boston area, so putting together this card was an absolute sunny delight. It gave me a chance to use lots of WPlus9 goodies, including their awesome new cardstock and A Pocketful, which I've had for a while but had not used yet: LOVE IT! And how pretty is that patterned paper? I could gush...but I know that everyone does not share the love I have for my 6x6 paper pads. :)

I made this card for this week's Retrosketches Challenge:

I actually combined two different stamps sets to make the sentiment on this card; the scripty "Spring" comes from WPlus9's Spring Tags set. I used some scotch tape to cover the part of the sentiment that I didn't want to get inky, and removed the mask before stamping onto the diecut. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great week!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: WPlus9 (A Pocketful and Spring Tags); Paper: WPlus9, My Minds Eye (patterned paper); Ink: A Muse Studio (Lido, Grass, Eucalyptus, Seattle); Other: Echo Park brad, WPlus9 banner trio and pocket dies, MFT border die, A Muse Studio diamond glitter.

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RCC49: Color-a-licious with Totally Stampalicious


This week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge is to get colorful! Use those bright colors you might not usually choose. Our fabulous sponsor this week is...

Totally Stampalicious was started over 3 years ago by two crazy Canadian crafters, Becky and Joycelyn! They wanted to be able to transform their own sense of humour into stamp sets...all they needed were some hilarious characters to go with it! Enter Jodie Mackrell of Bugaboo Digi Stamps. Her funny, adorable, and sometimes downright sassy images, were just what Totally Stampalicious needed! A partnership was born, and the rest as they say, is history! They also work with talented artists, Sylvia Zet, Dan Hale and Theo Cobb!

Today, Totally Stampalicious is home to over 85 hilarious and fun stamp sets for your crafting pleasure with many more to come! With the help of a very talented Design Team, Totally Stampalicious has become a successful, thriving and reputable stamp company! Check them out at Totally Stampalicious.com... and get your giggle on!

The girls at Totally Stampalicious are giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store to this week’s winner!

For my card this week, I used the fantastic Silky Crush Ribbon in Fuschia with my adorable image from TS! I colored them with Prisma pencils, added some glitter and mounted it all on some onyx gingham paper from A Muse Studio.


After refecting the digi image, I added a sentiment that I found online and called it a day. I like the look of purple here on this card, and think I should try using it more often. :)
Thanks for stopping by!



Warm Thoughts: CFC48 and PS SPARKS


Yesterday was one of those days when I had an idea for a card and then spent a crazy amount of time making it work. Has that ever happened to you? In the wake of all the excitement from my last post, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you for your kind words! You all sure know how to make a girl feel great! I thought the "Warm Thoughts" sentiment from PS fit perfectly.

I started off choosing orange and blue as the two colors that I wanted to work with for this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Opposites Attract. Halfway through the stitching of this piece, I realized that these are similar colors to those in the inspiration piece for the latest Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: a two-fer! Who doesn't love that, especially when it's not planned!


The DMC floss and cloth are available at most stores like Michael's...and I realized it's great for stitching chevrons. I am definitely going to have to try more patterns like this because I love the texture it gives this card. I adhered the sampler to a white cardstock base before attaching it to the card so that it would stay straight/flat and so I could add more dimension with foam dots on the back.

The cardstock base is a shade called Bermuda from A Muse Studio (it's slightly more blue than PTI's Aqua Mist), and the Sparklet is from Kaiserkraft (but available at RibbonCarousel.com in many colors...see my post below about their 40% off sale!). I used the new banner trio die from WPlus9 to cut the flag from their new white cardstock (which I am loving), and the PS sentiment was stamped in PTI's Blueberry Sky ink.


I hope you have a great day! I am going to visit some family and will probably make a few more cards later on. What are your plans?

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I'm a Girl Friday!

I'm so excited to finally announce this great news! When Michele Gross contacted me with the news, I could hardly believe it. I checked my email all weekend; I checked the CAS-ual Fridays Facebook page all weekend. When I heard the news that e-mails had been sent already, I gave up hope!

Then appeared in my inbox: my invitation to be on their brand new Facebook DT! If you're not familiar with the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog, it's a challenge blog dedicated to clean and simple project designs. Starting in May, the Blog Team will post their creations on Fridays as they always have, and those creations will be featured on the CAS-ual Fridays blog...

And here's the fun twist: The Facebook Team will also participate in all the challenges by posting on their personal blogs, but their projects will be posted to the Facebook page throughout the week to offer additional daily inspiration for players.

Keep your eyes peeled because there will be special guest designers on the blog ... and on the Facebook page too! I can tell you that our first guest designer for Facebook is absolutely guaranteed to knock your socks off!

I know I'll be pinching myself for weeks, because look at the amazing company I am in... Please take a peek at the CAS-ual Fridays blog and Facebook page for all the details on my team members, and follow us on our new adventure!

Can you tell that I am really looking forward to my time with this talented group? :)



Hey There!


I've got another card to share for two challenges this week: CAS-ual Fridays and Retrosketches. I recently won the most recent release prize package from WPlus9, so I was super excited to use their new paper...and the banner die (because that is my most loved diecut shape of all time)...and I love them both. I love it all, actually! Because of the Easter basket theme of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, I used the bird die to cut some chicks out of PTI's felt, and paired it all with some springy colors using Lynn's great sketch for Retrosketches.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll tease you just a little but by telling you that tomorrow I've got some great news to share!

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Ribbon Carousel Challenge #48: Your Next Stamp

Ribbon Carousel Challenge 48

This week we’re hopping with our sponsor, Your Next Stamp’s Designers, to bring you TONS of inspiration using this week’s challenge sketch and the adorable stamps from YNS! Our fabulous designer, Debbie Carriere, has provided both teams, AND YOU, with a fun sketch to play with this week.

We are excited to have Your Next Stamp as our sponsor this week! Your Next Stamp offers a wonderful variety of fun and whimsical rubber stamps and dies. Karen is offering up a discount to all of the players at The Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog! Thanks so much Karen!!

The Challenge: Use the sketch above and enter your card at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog by next Monday at 11:59pm EST. Details on the blog.

The Blog Hop: Visit each of the designers below. Leave a comment on each blog. End at the Ribbon Carousel blog and enter your name in the Inlinkz! You have until Friday 11:59pm EST to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on Saturday!

What can I win if I hop?: One (1) $25 gift certificate from Ribbon Carousel or One (1) $10 gift certificate from Your Next Stamp.

I used some Vintage Seam Binding from Ribbon Carousel on this card, and I love how well it goes with the Cosmo Cricket papers. The sentiment is from PTI, but gosh, that image from YNS is SOOO cute!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!



Retrosketches #5

Retrosketches #5

I'm back with my second post for the day with a card for this week's Retrosketches Challenge. Of course I had to make at least one Easter card! I used Jillibean Soup papers & sticker on this one, with some MFT flower dies.

We're going to NH for a few days, and then we are hosting Easter dinner for our families...so I won't be back here on the blog until after the holiday. I wish you and your families a happy Easter!

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CFC46: Name that Tune


Well, folks, this could very well be a first: a card inspired by Nicki Minaj! This week's challenge at the CAS-ual Fridays blog is to make a card that is inspired by a song, and I chose "Starships." If you ask me what is the song about, I admit to not really knowing...but I shamelessly admit to loving Nicki's music.

I couldn't find a link to an official music video, but she did perform this song on American Idol last week. You can view her performance here. The line of the song that inspired me to make this card is sung just before the 2-minute mark. "Twinkle, twinkle little star." :)

I immediately knew that I wanted to use pink and yellow, because those seem to be her favorite colors (at least for hair color), and I chose glitter paper because of the sparkle in her outfit in the video.


This was my first time using my steel impression plates on A Muse studio paper, and I have to say that I love the result. Their paper is a lighter weight than PTI's, so it takes to embossing much easier, making for a more defined pattern. And about that fabulous yellow cord from Hero Arts - it is so much more pliable than twine. I love it!

I'll be back later today with another post! Enjoy the morning!

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