Friday, April 27, 2012

2 challenges

I have a friend retiring at the end of this school year. Here is the card I made for her:
It meets the challenges of paper craft star for using polka dots, the play date cafe for this inspirational picture:

The picture looks like blue background but is actually a purple hand made paper I bought at a yard sale last year. There is a grey mat behind the purple.The flower is cut with Cricut from SU paper. The paper is double sided so I just alternated the petals. Hard to tell here, but I used Smooch Spritz on the flower for a little shine. The ribbons are from my scrap ribbon box. I wanted the flower to take center stage here so my sentiment  is on just a little tag tucked under the ribbon. Congrats is TAC stamp and punch is from SU.
I know my friend will really love retirement. I sure do!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Okay, I hate it when a computer program decides I need updating! I liked the old way and was used to using it. It took me 15min. to figure out the new Google Blog format. Enough with the "new & improved"! Well anyway, on with my card. I am using The Playdate Cafe color inspiration
and this sketch from retrosketches:

So finally, here is my card:
DPs: SU (orange polka dot) and Butterfly & Blooms stack (pink plaid)
Sentiment: SU
Flowers: Studio 18. The pkg has several sizes blooms plus the gems for centers. 
Butterfly: cut from scrap of paper from the Butterfly & Blooms stack.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week is "recycling." We are big on recycling at our house--paper, plastic, metal, glass. Therefore, I hardly ever throw any of my paper scraps away. I always say "I know that will be good for something someday." I have a whole file box full of them. So here is my card:
The brown is a paper bag (works well where you want a small bit of Kraft paper) embossed with circles (Cuttlebug folder). Maybe looks like tires? The black is a scrap covered with drywall tape purchased at the local Habitat ReStore--the ultimate shop for recycling. The truck stamp is Loads of Love from SU. Since I knew I was cutting it out, I stamped it on a small scrap of white. Sentiment is also SU. The yellow ribbon is from my box of ribbon leftovers. I see now that the black is a little crooked so we will just say it is going uphill! HaHaHa!

Monday, April 16, 2012

MoJo Monday

I can't believe it is Monday again and there is a new sketch at MoJo Monday.

Here is my card:

I actually used a white card base but all the papers go edge to edge. The chevron DP is from the blossom & butterfly pack. A funny thing about the chevron paper. I went to an art show a couple of weeks ago. One artist featured chevron designs. Really looked a lot like this DP pattern. The flowers are punched out of some DP I had in my scrap. The butterfly is a sticker that I glued to white cardstock and cut out to give it some lift. The bottom punch is Fiskar with ribbon run through the spaces.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fly a Kite

I am using this Stamping 411 design:

for a get well card. I recently purchased the Send Me Soaring stamp set and just love these kites. I think they will get lots of use.
The DP is Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder. Huh, orange and purple, not colors I often use together but I think it make this card bright and cheery. The kites are stamped, cut out and popped up with dimensionals. Purple/white twine used for kite string. The vertical stamp is Fresh Vintage, a freebie from this year's Sale-a-Bration. Sure appreciate when I can get free stuff. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I am playing today with Retrosketches challenge. I was straightening my desk and found some sheets of stationary that I have had who knows how long. I don't even remember it. Anyway, I thought, "Oh wouldn't that be cool background paper for a card." I used the back side of the paper. The other side is a more subtle print but has lines for writing. So here it is:
The dragonfly is double stamped in a neon green and sky blue, made possible by that handy Stamp-a-ma-jig--love that tool. I was able to get a set of 6 cards from my 3 sheets of stationary. Card making has given me a whole new eye for inspiration. You never know where you will find it.