A Baseball Birthday Card!

Howdy folks! My husband took our son to his first Red Sox game this weekend, he was over the moon about it! They both had a great time:) My son also had a baseball themed birthday party to attend this weekend so I made this card for the birthday-boy, also a Sox fan:

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It is a double pocket card (tutorial here) and I used the Crafty Secrets stamps that I bought last year at the Heirloom stamp show, can you believe that it has taken me this long to get them inky?!?

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I am keeping it short and sweet today but be sure to check back tomorrow for a giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Do you hear that? Ahhh, quiet. February vacation is over, the kids are back at school and hubby is off to work. I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee, the dog is napping and all is peaceful. I will have to spend a little time peeling Nerf targets off the wall, deflating air mattresses and disassembling forts but all of that is easier to do without the kids running around and protesting. The kids were not the only ones to have fun over vacation. We (hubby & I) went to a friends 40th birthday party this weekend and here is the card I made her:

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I made her centerpieces too, I’ll share those in a day or two. The stamps I used are from Hero Arts (background), Crafty Secrets (Happy Birthday & 40) and the dress form was a freebie that came in my new issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. The ribbontulle and rhinestones are all from Papermart. After making the centerpieces I had a 2″ wide scrap of the polka dot tulle laying on my counter and rather than throw it away like any sane person would  I kept it and tucked it in my scrap ribbon jar. When I went to make the card it was perfect and it will match her party theme, bonus! I also like to make my envelopes match my cards so I placed a stencil (crafter’s workshop) over my envelope and sponged on the same color ink I used on the card.

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I couple of years ago I picked up this stamp from Judikins, it is so cute to stamp on the flap of an envelope:

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Well, I better keep it short and sweet today, I just realized I have some laundry to catch up on and it is bright and sunny today so I am noticing how filthy my house really is 🙂 time to bust out the pine-sol! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Happy Friday! I have a busy day ahead of me. I’ll be decorating for the Blue & Gold banquet, then teaching a craft project to my daughters class, then taking the family to the banquet tonight. Then this weekend we have parties to attend. I thought I’d pop in quickly before my hectic day starts and share a card that was published in Vamp Stamp News this month:


The cute dancers are by Crafty Secrets (did you hear they are no longer making clear stamps!?! so if you want this stamp set you better try to find it, it is called “A Couple of Cuties”) and the bottle cap, tab and sentiment are by inkadinkado. The ribbon actually came off a box of Valentine chocolates last year and I saved it, perfect huh?

BTW my valentine craft class that the library was a whopping success with over 40 people in attendance and I was afraid no-one would come. I have to thank crafty moms who pitched in (Kathy & Robin) and a quick thinking librarian (Miss Audrey) who was Jhonny-on-the-spot with the photocopier when I ran out of sheet music (I had optimisticly planned for 22 people thinking I’d be lucky to get a dozen LOL!) I’m glad I brought plenty of plenty of card making supplies, the kids were so good about working patiently on cards while they waited for me to be done helping others.

Well, I better cut this short, I have breakfast to make and kids to get moving! Til next time happy crafting!

Happy New Year!

Here is a clean, simple one layer card that takes all of 10 minutes to make:

Step 1: Make a standard card base from white cardstock.

Step 2: Stamp banners (Pink Persimmon), kewpie doll (Crafty Secrets), Sentiment (My Sentiments Exactly) and Numbers (PSX) on card.

Step 3: Color Kewpie doll and megaphone.

Please be safe while ringing in the new year tonight, here’s to a fabulous 2012! Til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Birthday Easel Card

Happy Saturday folks! This week one of my dearest friends had a birthday, here is the card I made for her:

I used papers by Basic Grey and K&Co {envelope} and the cardstock is Bazzil. The stamp is a Crafty Secrets set I have had for over a year and had not inked up yet {“Doh!” she says as she smacks herself on the forehead} big goal for 2011 is to ink up my unloved stamps-hey it’s better than a diet resolution LOL! Here is a close up of the card:

And in case you are wondering I used these markers…huh, I guess I should make sure all of them are right-side-up before I snap a pic, oh well, I’ll do better next time 🙂  Tip: use fewer colors, not more colors when coloring an image to avoid discord. Fewer colors=harmony.

Now it has been 2 weeks since I bothered to do a challenge so I am entering this card into the challenges at the following blogs:

http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com/, http://cardmakinmamas.blogspot.com/, http://fairyknoll.blogspot.com/p/fun-at-fairy-knoll-challenges.html, http://iftheshoefitsscrapit.blogspot.com/, http://guylousinimitability.blogspot.com/, http://stampingwithdragon.blogspot.com/http://tellensplace.blogspot.com/, http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/, http://paperromancechallenges.blogspot.com/http://creativecraftworld.blogspot.com/, http://forfunchallenges.blogspot.com/, http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/,

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crepe paper goodness!

Party streamers, gotta love them! Not only can they set the mood for a festive party but they can also add a lovely touch of vintage flair to your next project and since they are so inexpensive (you can get 2 packs at the dollar store) you can add them to everything. Here I adhered a pleated crepe paper streamer to this card:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Ink: Memento, Markers: Copic, PP: DCWV, Other: Crepe-paper streamer, buttons, ribbon

The crepe paper holds the folds well, all that is needed is a strip of double stick tape on the back to hold it, Give this technique a try! I have a bunch of Tea-Part invitations to make for my daughters’ birthday next month and I’ll be using party streamers for sure!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet & Simple!

I had the idea to make the simple cards after seeing the sketch over at 2sketches4you. I gor the stamp from the dollar bin at JoAnns the other day (it’s one of the Studio G dollar stamps) and I thought of the cute button bits stamps from PTI (I want them but do not have them) and thought that this cherry stamp would be great to use in this fashion. I used a black marker to ink the stem and leaves and stamped that onto my punched circles then stamped the leaves again on a patterned green scrap and paper pieced it. Then I glued on the buttons, easy peasy!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (hello sweetie) Studio G (cherries), cardstock: GP

For the card bases I cut a 11″x8.5″ white cardstock the long way to make 2-5.5″x4.25″ top fold cards. I used a cuttlebug folder (that a got with a set of dies for $2 at Big Lots in June) to emboss the front of the card, stamped “Hello Sweetie” on the front, tied on a ribbon and viola! It was done!

I wanted cool black and white envelopes for the cards but did not want to use up 2 sheets of this delicious paper to do it so I thought about it and trimmed the 12″x12″ sheet in half and using my scor-pal made the envelopes. I scored the envelope at 3.5″ and 9.25″ (you have to slide the paper down because there is no 1/4″ mark there) then I turned the paper and lined it up between the 3″ and 9″ and scored on the first triangle, then flipped the paper and scored the other side at the first triangle so it is symmetrical. Then I trimmed the rectangles on the top and bottom panels and glued up the bottom flap. It is great to get 2 envelopes form one sheet of paper! BTW if you want an envelope to cut in your cricut out of a 6″x12″ paper use the bb_envie file from my Envelope Bonanza SVG set 🙂 {{Shameless plug}}

This qualifies for the following challenges: 2sketches4you, All Sorts (paper piecing), Alphabet Challenge (punches), Aly’s Sunday (get dotty), Bee-Crafty (ribbons & Bows), I did It (anything goes), One Stitch at a time (punches), Sentimental Sundays (ribbon) and Stamptacular Sundays (buttons & bows)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A couple of cuties!

I am loving this new stamp set from Crafty Secrets called a couple of cuties. I made this card tonight and I used my new I-Top bradmaker to make the corduroy covered brad, I think I love this tool more now seeing how well it works with fabric. For the envelope I used my Cricut, SCAL software and my Envelope bonanza SVG templates to make it. *Tip: if you use patterned paper and fold it so the white side is out you get a pretty faux lined envelope!

Envelope template: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Stamps: crafty Secrets, PP: Lettering Delights, bradmaker: Imaginese

The pattern paper is from the Inch by Inch collection from Lettering Delights. I loved the paper that looks like measuring tapes, I cut it apart and made the frame around the sweet couple 🙂 The Inch by Inch bundle is 50% off right now, you get the papers, two alphabets and 2 graphic sets for $9 but everything is available separately too if you rather.

I stamped the sentiment on the pattern paper, the pattern is subtle enough for that.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hello Friend

Howdy folks! I just got the new Couple of Cuties stamp set from Crafty Secrets and had a play around with them and made these 3 cards using the Simply Shabby Spring paper pack (only $2) from Lettering delights:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Pattern Paper: Lettering Delights (digital), Markers: Copic, Prismacolor, Ink: Memento

Aren’t they cute? I love digital paper because 1. I am not afraid to “use it up” because I can print more and 2. I can change the scale of the print to be dainty for my cards or larger for my scrapbook pages. I printed all of the paper I used on the cards on one sheet of cardstock, no scraps, no waste! Just cut and paste!

Cardstock: Neenah (white for stamping) Stapeles (cream for cardbase) I colored this image with my Prismacolor markers.
I have had the fabric sentiment sticker in my stash for YEARS! Glad to finaly use it! I colored this one with Copics.

BTW these cards qualify for the following challenges: Aimee’s Challenges (for a friend), CAS-tastic (pick 3: Stamped, inked edges, paper piercing), Crafty Creations (happy/sweet), Frosted Designs (border punch), Gingersnap Creations (use Markers), Our Daily Bread, Raise the bar, Stamping w/Dragon (distress it), Sweet Stampin Challenge (vintage),

Tip: Stamp your sentiments on the same white cardstock (for me it's Neenah) when you stamp your foacl images then color the cardstock to match, here I colored the "Hello Friend" the same blue as the backgrpund og my image;)

Did you see the new boy scout collection from lettering delights? Wow, I just snagged them all, my son will go to cub camp for the first time and I am so ready to scrap it! Oh, and it is on sale too! the whole bundle (a $76 value) is on sale for $19! Or you can buy the sets by themselves at $2-$4 a pop. Oh and there is a coupon, spend $20, get $10 off your purchase with the code: SpendTen.

That’s all for tonight, til next time happy crafting!