Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sweet Baby

Not feeling too wordy, and I should be cleaning so its just pictures today! (you lucked out eh?)
Happy Thursday. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

You mean the world to me.

Its time for another challenge at The Shabby Tea Room! This one is actually hosted by me! The challenge is to use the colors from the inspiration photo AND use flowers somewhere in your project or card. I used a flower that I got on clearance at Michaels as the focal point. You'll also find another one of  those vintage molded button I made on the shabby bow...

I used Just Rite's Kindness, Fancy Labels, and Friendship Blooms cling stamp sets to create this card...
The background pattern was created using the decorative circle frame from Friendship blooms along with the smaller medallion.

I then stacked the Spellbinders label 18 coordinating stamps from Friendship Blooms and Fancy Labels. I don't have the Spellbinders die yet, so I just cut it out by hand.
Finally I stamped the smallest label from Fancy Labels in light pink and over it the sentiment from Kindness.
I used ink and water to distress the background for a softer, shabbier feel.

Thanks for visiting...I hope you decide to play along with this week's challenge. Here's some more inspiration for you from the other Shabby Girls...

Charlene - Expresstions of Me!

Kristin - Lilsweetpea's Place

Melissa - Creating From the Heart

Pattie - The Pampered Paper Patch

Debbie - Simple Treasures

I also entered this card in Just Rite's 'Kindness' challenge. The prize is pretty amazing and includes the Vintage   Oval Labels cling stamp sets I've had my eye on... this set is absolutely scrumptious!

P.S. Sorry about the yucky pictures lately...I need to play around and find a better spot to photograph my cards. I don't really feel like my photos are a good representation of what my cards are really like in real life. They seem so flat and the colors are slightly off...boohooo.... you know me- I'm a whiner....;o)  I'm also going to blame Windows 7 for removing the 'fix' option on their photo viewer (that was the easiest way to edit photos for me! I feel lost when doing it on If you have any pointers for me and my sorry skills I'd love to hear them...Thanks friends.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mr and Mrs

Hi there friends! Here's a little something I created for Get Sketchy's weekly challenge. 

I used some papers from Sasafrass Lass' Sweetly Smitten line. Love the vintage retro feel to these.. I kept it simple and I really like how this turned out.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On your special day

So I promised that I would be working on some wedding card. I think this counts as one right? Technically 'special day' could be ANY special day but this one is elegant, and wedding like. So... its a wedding card. 

I was inspired by this week's color combo challenge at CR84FN... the pictures they choose are always very inspiring and lovely! 

The flower and vintage inspired label are from K&Company's Flora and Fauna line. They're been living here for a little bit, but this time I actually took them out and used them. I love how K&Company has the die cut packs to match their lines, they're my favorite product! 
I used a Just Rite sentiment on the label... (I won my first sets of Just Rite stamps at the Shabby Tea Room a few weeks ago- yippee!) I really like the elegant fonts they use for their sentiments. 
The seam binding is from a batch that I dyed with shimmer mist.
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Tuesday evening.... (Its Glee night!)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Button baby

Hi there! This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is a fun one. All you have to do is pick 3 blocks in a row (think bingo) and create with the elements listed in the blocks. I chose the middle horizontal row, but since I used ribbon (I can't not use ribbon) and gems my card also worked for the last vertical row.
 This weeks' sponsor is Pixie Dust Paperie, so be sure to play along to be eligible to win their great prize.

Here is my glitter and pretty to me! I just sprinkles some chunky glitter on a millinery flower.

And of course, buttons! I used PTI vintage buttons and some buttons that I made myself, using a mold. (I have lots of those molded buttons so you'll be seeing more soon..)
I realized that I haven't made ANY baby cards... (well I did make one but never posted it here) but still, i've made ONE baby card... and NO Wedding specific cards, so i'm going to be focusing on those two types of cards for a little bit. Although I can't help but create Easter cards too right Easter, weddings, and babies. ;o) 

Alright now hop on over to the other Shabby Girls' blogs for more inspiration...

Charlene - Expresstions of Me!

Kristin - Lilsweetpea's Place

Melissa - Creating From the Heart

Pattie - The Pampered Paper Patch

Debbie - Simple Treasures

Saturday, March 19, 2011

More vintage Easter...

I stayed up entirely too late (early!?) again last night, and here's a card I made during my moonlight crafting.
I was inspired by the color combo at The Play Date Cafe, and all those lovely vintage Easter images at the Graphics Fairy. I thought the image I used went perfectly with those lovely colors.

Well I better run...
Wish me luck, I have to remove a whole bottle of pink nail polish to remove from my bedroom window and window sill. Whoo hoo! Kids, gotta love 'em....
(happy Saturday)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Easter Violets

Hi there! Sorry things have been a little slow around here.... still having some creativity issues. I need to do some creating tomorrow, so you'll be seeing something from me soon.
Anyhow, here's a card I made a few days ago.

I heat embossed the lace background in white, added a scrap of one of my favorite PTI papers, a doily, a glittered Tattered Angels chipboard frame (another favorite, i'm sure your sick of seeing them) a vintage image from The Graphics Fairy, some plum pudding ribbon, and a couple millinery flowers. 

I really love making easter card, I think its because I just love the spring colors, and flowers, and vintage images. 
Happy Friday!

ETA: Like my new banner? I was totally inspired by Viola's gorgeous banners i've been seeing everywhere. I do think that playing around in is helping me improve my 'photoshoping' skills, and its totally addicting... I'm sure you'll see a new one just as soon as this one seems familiar. ;o)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Make a wish!

I made this card just for The Shabby Tea Room's 1st birthday celebration! This week's challenge theme is 'PARTY!'. There are lots and lots of great sponsors and fabulous prizes, so be sure to play along and enter the weekly challenge for your chance to win some AWESOME prizes. 
This week is also my introduction as a Shabby Girl- yipee! From now on I will be creating samples for the weekly challenge and will occasionally host a challenge too!
So here's my festive creation for this super fun celebration...

I created a cupcake patterned paper by using a cupcake digital image from Blackleaf Studios and arranging the cupcake into a pleasing pattern and then printing it on some Melissa Frances paper. Can you see the itty   bitty cupcakes on the light pink paper? This was a fun technique I've never tried before but will definitely have to use again.
Blackleaf Studios is giving away a set of cupcake digi stamps to the challenge winner, so you could try making your own patterned paper (or paper pieced cupcake like this Crafty Secrets one) too! 
You might also notice lots of lace like borders... yep... couldn't put those Martha Stewart punches down...especially that cupcake punch-love it! 
Thanks for stopping by, and happy Wednesday everyone!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Easter Bunnies

Hi there, So I had a few moments to make a card today, here's what I came up with. I was inspired by the colors from CR84FN, the sketch from Card Patterns, and Wee Memories' Springs is Near challenge for this week.

Its a beautiful day, and I have lots to do, so i'm going to run... Happy Monday everyone! 

P.S. Don't forget to stop by The Shabby Tea Room to join in on all the fun and prizes for the 1st birthday celebration!

Friday, March 11, 2011


Hi there! (Wave) I just got back from a day at the zoo, the unpredictable albeit sometimes favorable weather here in the springs has been GORGEOUS today. My kiddos were so happy to be able to run around and play, and smell see the animals. It was so nice. Now they are tuckered out and napping, so I get a few minutes to blog. 
I wanted to share with you a card I made for The Shabby Tea Room "Luck of the Irish" challenge. The challenge was to use the color GREEN in your project.
I also wanted to remind you about The Shabby Tea Room's BIG ANNIVERSARY next week! Along with the regular weekly challenge, there are going to be many many sponsors and prizes, blog candy, guest designers, alumni  designers, NEW designers (thats me!) and general FUN festivity. I hope you join in on all the fun, see you there! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

From my heart

 This one was inspired by The Color Throwdown challenge #131 colors, but alas I was too late to enter the challenge. 

I also used the sketch from Just Us Girls and turned it on its side. 

And I used the Make It Monday distressing technique again on this card. I'm really loving this look, I wonder why I haven't used it too much before?

Look at this picture (you can click on it to see it bigger) its proof how dorky I am... the writing is upside down. Oopsies. I only noticed this while taking the pic of the distressed edges.
I used polka dot basics 2 for and text style 2 to create this background. 

ETA: Like my new look? I did it myself, I was so proud! ;o)

P.S. I was featured on 202 designs blog- Thanks so much!

Pretty roses


 I sat down to create yesterday, and although it took me some time to get going, eventually I started getting in the 'groove' ;o). So here's a card I made while inspiration struck.

I used Card Patterns' sketch for this week for the layout. 
I've been trying to use my scraps since my scrap drawer is overflowing. On this card I used scraps of DCWV Garden Stack, and PTI's music paper. Love that stuff. I got the postcard paper at Ms a while ago, can't remember who its by. 

Well, I gotta run, I have some sick kiddos to take care of. Happy Tuesday....


Monday, March 7, 2011

Shabby Thanks

My mojo is lacking lately, but eventually ideas come. Its been taking me twice as long to get a card done, and I have a couple that never got finished. It happens to all of us i'm sure. *whine whine*
So I did get this card made for a few fun challenges. 

You might notice the colors coincide with the CR84FN color challenge for this week, thats no accident! I love this color challenge blog, its in my top 5 fav challeng blogs. Their color boards are always gorgeous and inspiring.

see? no lie. 

I used the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge sketch for the layout. 
This one was a fun one.
WMS37 sketch

and the Make it Monday challenge inspired me to try some uber distressed edges. I love the way it looks. I just used my scissors like Lisa did in the video. I kept them closed, that way I wouldn't dull the blade. 
See the yellow scallops? I stamped a large button from Button Boutique in a row to make some fun scallops. They're not perfectly straight but that adds to the charm of it, right? I also used a molded flower I made, If you're interested I can add some to my Etsy shop for you to try out, just let me know. :o)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Button button

Red, cream, black, and buttons. I love the vintage style button card. Especially with red buttons.
I was inspired by the  Shabby Tea Room challenge
"Classic Elegance" 

And The Play Date Cafe's color splash challenge.

I'm also entering this in Get Sketchy's 77th challenge.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring flowers

Hello friends! I've had a busy week, but here I am again. 
Yesterday was so beautiful I took the kids on a walk to the park, and today it snowed. Thats Colorado weather for you, gotta love it! I'm having a little spring fever though, and although its snowy outside, and my garden will be dead for another month or so, I'm SO ready for spring!

I finally took out my new February release PTI goodies and got to stamping!
I used the colors from CR84FN as inspiration. Aren't they beautiful together?

I used the tulips from the new Friendship Jars Spring Fillers, and embossed them along with the jar in white. Then I colored them in with Copic markers. I think they almost look watercolored. I had an oopsie while cutting the flowers out...I cut a leaf off! EEk! I tried to fix it but you can still tell a little bit.
I used papers from PTI and The Girls Paperie. 

I also entered this card in the Moxie Fab stamping with markers challenge,