Tuesday, November 30, 2010


For anyone who hasn't seen this yet, please watch and enjoy!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Thousand Sheets of Paper!!!

I could hardly believe my eyes! Know what a thousand sheets of paper looks like?

Now, how would you like to have some of that stack!? Just visit here and see how to win some of that stack...AND some other goodies!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Clean and Simple Challenge 73

So, do you notice that I am trying to catch up a bit? I would like to be a bit more regular at posting. I keep trying!
CAS Challenge 73 at SCS is a color challenge. Colors are bashful blue, certainly celery, and orange. Here's my submissions.
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Clean and Simple Challenge 72

The third week's challenge was a sketch challenge based on one of my own cards. Here is the sketch.

Here s the card that I made that week:
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Clean and Simple Challenge 71

My second week on the CAS DT the challenge was a Theme challenge...Things that Fly. Here's the two cards that I made for that challenge.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

CAS Challenge cards...week 1

These are the cards I posted for my first week on the CAS design team on SCS. The challenge was to make a card with the greeting/saying/verse as the focal point.
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Click here for a list of supplies.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Altered PTI tote bag

A few weeks ago I placed an order with PTI and with the stamps and paper, I ordered one of their tote bags. Knowing that I am a tote bag fanatic and that I am a quilter, I just couldn't leave that tote bag the way that it was!

So I began the search for a coordinating fabric. My stash would yield nothing that matched that pink. It is a difficult color to coordinate with. So off to the store. Lots and lots of pinks...nothing matching. Then I started on other colors that have pink in it and found a really cute brown/hot pink/pink/white print which even fits with the Papertrey style.

Now this was not the most economical project! The bag was just $2. Add $4.50 for fabric, $2 for piping, and 5 hours of my time...but the results are great!
So, what do you think?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Splitcoast CAS Design Team competition

The past couple weeks or so have been taken up by focusing on the Clean and Simple Design Team competition for the summer season. The theme was a trip to the amusement part and I wanted to share my entries with you.

Challenge 1: You are walking into the amusement park and meet the photographer who wants to take your picture. Make a card that 1)has a person, character, or group as a focal point, 2)add a tiny bit of bold, flashy ribbon, bonus points for adding texture as well, 3)keep it clean and simple.
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Challenge 2: Make a card with a summer theme.
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After challenge 2, Jen narrowed the field to 20 people who would continue to the semi finals. I made this list! WooHoo!

Challenge 3: Make a clean and simple card using pop dots (aka dimensionals) to create height and dimension on your card. Since I always use dimensionals on my cards, this was not a big challenge for me, so I tried a technique I had seen before and liked.
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Challenge 4: Create a clean and simple card with a moveable part. It was fun seeing the great variety of cards that everyone made! I made a viewmaster card.
Let me say right now that I will probably NEVER make one of these EVER again!
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So now the tension has built to a very high level. Who will make the finals? Ten people would be chosen, and I made the cut! Love it!

Challenge 5: At the close of the day at the amusement park, we visit the water park. Make a clean and simple card with a water theme. I was having a difficult time deciding what to do. Not that I had no ideas, but that I had too many! I made three cards and entered these two:
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What a GREAT time we all had. The last night was tense, particularly since Jen posted the guest designers a few at a time and left the design team to last! But I made the design team this summer! So for the next 3 months I'll be designing for Splitcoaststampers CAS design team! Cooool! I've tried for this for five competitions and I finally made it!
So, I invite you to join the fun in the SCS CAS challenge forum every Monday for wonderful challenges!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Waltzingmouse Blog Hop...Happy Birthday!

I made this card for the CAS67 Shabby Chic and Clean and Simple challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I think that it is almost an oxymoron to put these two together but I made an attempt and this is the result.

I didn't use any image stamps at all, just a word stamp...and it is from the Waltzingmouse Earth Angel set.
The paper is assorted designer paper from my stash.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

...did I really use a die cut?...

Yes, I guess you could say that...but technically it is an embosslit. So can I say that I really didn't give in to die cuts? I made this for CAS65 on SCS.

I ran the popped up panel thru the BigShot with a texture plate. The texture plate and embosslit are from SU! as is the punch for the greeting. The leaves are a Martha Stewart punch. I sponged the embosslit flowers with apricot ink to give them some dimension.
Paper: SU! vanilla, apricot, wasabi, celery
Stamps: SU! small script
Accessories: Lots of Dimensionals!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Waltzingmouse Challenge

Claire posted a sketch challenge on her blog today. I looked at it and thought, "Whatever can I do with this sketch? I'm a Clean and Simple stamper and this is definitely outside my box!" But I really wanted to try!

So this is the result. I'm pleased with it and it will make a wonderful baby card for someone who is having a boy!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse and Clear Expressions (sentiment)
Paper: Baja Breeze and White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Ribbon, Corduroy Button, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I'm ready! Too much snow this winter. We've had snow on the ground since last fall and that NEVER happens around here. Never say "never"!

So, in anticipation of spring coming (sometime) I have a couple of cards to share with you.

The first one turns out to be a Mother's Day card. (No, my mom doesn't read my blog or check SCS. She is somewhat computer-challenged.) The sketch was a challenge for me. I had to spend a bit of time getting what I wanted. The tulip is PTI's Wishing You set and the greeting is an old SU set called Wonderful Wishes. The kraft paper is dotted with SU's new Dot, Dot, Dot then punched with a Martha border punch. I love the twill tape! It is on a roll in the sewing department at WalMart. I'm going to have to stock up!

I've been wanting to make some of those really cute trees that are made of patterned paper and cut out. But I don't have the stamps and can't afford them right now. So I made do for this card by using SU's Sheltering Tree on some dotted-watercolor-wash type designer paper I had in my stash. The check paper at the bottom is from Creative Memories. I think it sets the card off well, don't you?

Have a wonderful week anticipating the coming of Spring!

Monday, February 1, 2010

"New" PTI stamps

I'm bad, I know. I buy new stamps and then they sit for long periods of time before I use them. I did it again with a huge order of PTI stamps that I bought about 4 months ago! So I broke out two sets today.

This one is PTI's Tea for Two set. I even recycled some paper from one of the set boxes to do the narrow polka dot band.
Paper: Wausau 110 pound white and recycled PTI paper
Ink: SU Not quite Navy, Old Olive
Ribbon: Blue Grosgrain (from Michaels?)

This one is PTI's Wishing You set. The images I stamped on the card had some "bloopers" so I restamped, cut, and popped the tulips up. It was designed for the CAS52 Sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
Paper: Wausau 110 pound white and Basic Gray PP
Ink: SU Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi
Ribbon: SU Groovy Guava stitched grosgrain

Hope you enjoy these!