Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Cityscapes Are On the Rise Challenge

The Moxie Fab World has another fun challenge going on.

I really didn't have an idea for this challenge until today when I looked at my purse and instantly thought: hey, this looks like the Moxie Fab World challenge.
Inspiration comes from some interesting places at times:)
The birdie is a digital image and I used scraps for my 'buildings'. The sentiment is Hero Arts. This was a fun card to make.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room Week #54

This week in the Shabby Tea Room there is a special Bingo game going on:

We get to pick the bingo row that we want and use those items on our project. I went with the diagonal bingo that includes Die Cuts/Flowers/Gems.

I have been a little addicted to making these satin flowers after seeing them on my friend Jen's blog. I have made them in lots of different colors but for this card I wanted aqua. I used some little flower gems for the centers of the flowers. The die cuts are the leaves, which are cut from a 1930's vintage sheet music book. I have been lucky enough to find 2 of the small music books recently. The size of the music print in the smaller books is perfect for cards. 

And here is a close-up of the tag. This is a brand-new super adorable stamp set from Papertrey Ink designed by Melissa Phillips. It's so her, and it's precious. I punched the tag from the coordinating die and couldn't resist using a piece of the aqua satin in back of the heart. This card will be going to my mom on Mother's Day.
To see more projects visit the Shabby Tea Room.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thanks so much

                   Here is Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger photo for this week: Button, Button:

                                               This is such a clever idea for napkin holders.
  I have a large collection of vintage buttons and this provided just the inspiration I needed to get some out a create a card. My favorite ones are the colored glass buttons. I love the mustardy color of these vintage buttons - I built the card around them. It's so fun to be able to create these button cards with Papertrey Ink's Button Boutique stamp set. When shopping for old buttons you will sometimes see the old button cards, and PTI did a great job of creating images that look like the real thing. For this card I decided to attach the buttons with wire. A lot of times when I buy old buttons that is how they are attached.
Go visit the Moxie Fab World to see more projects based on this darling trigger photo. There is always lots of inspiration. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


 I partially embossed the Lavendar Moon CS by embossing the paper with the Edgers #2 die instead of cutting it:
ETA: to emboss with a die just use your embossing sandwhich instead of the cutting one.
After I embossed the CS I trimmed around the decorative edge with scissors.

Can you tell what I did with the Banner Builders pennants?

I cut them out of a Papertrey Ink coaster, stamped them and trimmed right up to the stamped edge. Then I die cut another set with Lavendar Moon CS. I matted the stamped part with the Lavendar Moon solid piece.
Then I cut the little toppers and added glitter to them. I love this particular glitter. The color is called Antique White and it has subtle little pink shimmers in it. The vintage button is layered over a button made with Papertrey Ink's button die and coaster, and stamped with an image from Guidelines.
This card is for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday and The Shabby Tea Room's Week #53 challenge.
The Shabby Tea Room is celebrating their one year mark. Head over to see the great prizes offered and some beautiful guest designer projects. I *heart* The Shabby Tea Room.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Paper Crafts 350 Cards & Gifts

Have you seen it yet? What a great issue. In just the few minutes I flipped through it I saw so many great ideas for non-card projects.

Here is a tray I have published in the home decor section.

    This is an old vintage tray I found at a favorite antique store. I removed the glass and painted it cream. I   stamped the sentiment onto the patterned paper before inserting it into the frame. I added a couple flowers that were spritzed with glimmer mist. This was such a fun project. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I thought I would share what I finally decided to do with my ever-growing stock of Papertrey Ink dies. This is the one die that was keeping all of my ideas from working:

The Favor It Box 2 die. It's big! I was going to do a plastic recipe box type system but no matter what I did this die would not fit.
So I decided to store all the dies in a drawer, which is situated to the left of my work chair.

 So most of the dies fit in this plastic organizer I got at Storables. The middle section is nice for the longer border dies. And the impression plates fit perfectly into that right lower corner. For that Favor It Box I got a separate square box, which is also good for the Parisian Lace Doily die. I don't mind that there is no top on these since the drawer is usually closed.

And here is how I'm storing my twine:

      I really wanted to do this, to the point that I was actually shopping for some cute vintage candle holders.

               But I don't really want to tie up that much table space so opted to put them on the wall.
                        I bought a $4.00 cafe rod at Lowe's and some sheetrock anchors and hooks.
                     After I took this picture I put a third hook in the middle to get rid of the droop.
When I showed this to my mom she said... "why would anyone need that many spools of twine?"

My answer:

*True Black*Soft Stone*Pure Poppy*Sweet Blush*Berry Sorbet*Spring Moss*Hawaiian Shores*:)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Papertrey Ink Buttons

Here's another use for those sweet buttons. Sometimes when I wrap a gift and tie the bow it just seems like a needs a little extra something. So I punched a flower, added glitter and topped it off with a Spring Moss button and a couple rhinestones. It really dresses up this little wedding shower package.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Way to Go

Here's another Make it Monday card for Papertrey Ink's weekly challenge. This time it's about distressing paper.

 I used Star Prints, Banner Builders and Fancy Flourishes stamps sets. I used the Tim Holtz distressing tool on the banner edges.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Gift for You

                         The Shabby Tea Room has the most beautiful inspiration photo this week.

                   The red and black country accents are so pretty with the solid white cabinetry.

For this card I used Crafty Secrets red/white paper, Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 2 and Delightful Dahlias stamp sets. The Rustic White panel was embossed with Papertrey Ink's Picnic Plaid impression plate. I made the flower with the gingham ribbon and couldn't resist adding a rooster to the card. The bling in the center of the flower is supposed to mimick the glass knobs on the cabinets in the inspiration photo.
To see more projects stop by The Shabby Tea Room

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bless this Nest

This is for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday.
This week the idea is to use fun foam to stamp with. I cut some fun foam clouds with Papertrey Ink's cloud dies. I'm not sure why the large one ended up a little crinkled but I kind of like it that way. The stamp set is Bird Watching, and the little pink heart is fun foam cut with a punch.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday

                                                     This card is for Card Patterns Sketch 104.
 I made the red gingham squares with Papertrey Ink's new Bitty Background stamp set. The text PP is Girl's Paperie. I embossed the card base with Papertrey Ink's In Bloom Embossing Plate. For the seam binding I used 3 different shades of Glimmer Mist and it's a pretty combination of pink and green. And that sweet little vintage button with the rhinestone is from a set I picked up at Whimsical Whites, a fun local antique shop.
Check out the other entires for this fun sketch over at Card Patterns.

for Valeria

Here is the idea I came up with for tea party invitations:

                    CS: Vintage Cream, Lavendar Moon and Fine Linen
                    PP:  Distressed Dots
                   Ink:  Tsukineko Versa Magic Perfect Plumeria; Ranger Antique Linen
             Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Tea for Two; Background Basics: Tin Types
                 Dies:  Tea for Two; Edgers #1; Double Ended Banner; Parisian Doily.
                Cream twine and lavendar rhinestones finish it off. I'm in love with the Lavendar Moon doily:)