Saturday, July 30, 2011


Well, I'm finally breaking into
my July Pixie Dust Paperie Kit, Midsummer Night's Dream . What gorgeous papers to be found within that brown cardboard box... what luscious embellishments and trims... YUMMMM!

Using the Girls Paperie Vintage Whimsy 
Collection plus white and kraft cardstock, I made this card.

I layered Frou Frou over the kraft cardstock
and the white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock base. I cut another piece of  the kraft to 1 1/8" x 5 3/8" and layered a strip of 1/4" smaller Glitz Design Vintage Love over it. I distressed all these edges with my Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and Antique Linen Distress Ink. With Spellbinders Labels One I cut a piece of Cottage Vine and topped it with a sticker from the May Kit, La Dolce Vita , and distressed the edges with Antique Linen DI.

I added a piece of Webster's Pages lace trim
from the October Fall In Love Kit and two My Mind's Eye brads from my stash. Now for the piece de resistance... my floral bouquet. The center cream rose is from Deb Hickman , the brown roses are Recollections and the pink roses are from an Etsy store. Martha Stewart punched leaves and Maya Road heart pins.

Dream is from a K & Co 3-D sticker set
from my stash. And that's my card from Midsummer Night's Dream.
Have a lovely Saturday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #67

The amazingly talented Ros is
hosting this week and has given a Photo Inspiration Challenge .

This lovely bed set is from the Vintage 
Collection, but your creation doesn't have to be vintage. You can make a card, ATC, tag or any sort
of project, the way this photo "speaks" to you. A fun idea!

I used my Fall In Love Kit from Pixie
Dust Paperie . Kirsty is a master at putting together matching elements. I used the American Crafts Pastel Pink cardstock and Melissa Frances' Jackie, Kayla and Order. I cut the piece of Order with a Spellbinders Blossom die. I inked all edges, except the blossom, with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The doily came in the kit, as well as the 
crinkled seam binding. The Queen & Co pearls are from my stash. I used Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger for my stamped bird, which was a closeout item at Pat Catan's last year. I colored it with Antique Linen, Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint Distress Inks using a number 3 round, red sable brush.
A simple, basic card... which is how I see the photo.
Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Relax And Enjoy At The Shabby Tea Room

The challenge at 

using this photo for inspiration,
create a card or project with yellow, pink, green and any neutral color in your design.

I used mostly scraps from
my stash except for the Doodlebug Design Petite Prints I bought at Forevermore Scrapbooks in Gettysburg, PA.

I fussy cut the roses from a
piece of Prima's Sweet Fairy Collection called Romantique and popped them up with 3-D foam adhesive.

 I cut the chipboard frame with
my Spellbinders Labels Seventeen and stamped it with Skipping Stones Design's Timeless Textures and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Added a bit of Recollections bling.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forevermore Scrapbooks Revisited

If you've missed me the last
few days it's because the Penmaker and I were back on the road again. After having a business for thirteen years where we were away from home more than in residence, it is sometimes hard to not just get in the car and drive. So that's what we did... first Pittsburgh, then on to Gettysburg....
and of course to...

I love this store!

You're greeted by rows of 
cardstock upon entering. Oh glory!

There are two full floors of rooms, 
 like this one, just filled with patterned papers and embellishments.

Each room is a different theme.
This one is Americana, patriotic, Civil War, etc.

Be sure to stop by 
Forevermore Scrapbooks if you're in the Gettysburg, PA area.
You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday, Penmaker

Today is my Sweetheart's Birthday!

I made his card with the Bo Bunny 
Timepiece Collection in the 6x6 paper pad and the metal trinket embellishments.

I also added one of the Graphic 45 Staples
Collection envelope tags and tucked a photo inside of the two of us.

I stamped my sentiment on the front
of the tag and attached a wide eyelet in brown and tied on a piece of crinkled seam binding.

I fussy cut the watch and layered it with 
a small piece of burlap and a metal trinket.

The paper under the tag is just not showing
up... it's a burgundy shade that I sprayed with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold, embossed with a script folder, and highlighted with Black Soot Distress Ink.
And now... it's time to Celebrate!

Baking Day

Catching up on my baking.
Each afternoon, the Penmaker and I take a coffee break and usually discuss what we are creating. 
I like to make our cookies for that occasion semi-nutritious, so I use white whole wheat flour. It has a lighter texture than regular whole wheat and I can substitute it for white flour without changing the recipe.

I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies,
and that is the Penmaker's birthday cake cooling in the background. 

Put on the coffee, Honey!
Yummy... let me at one of these babies!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pixie Dust Paperie July Challenge

is all about the butterfly...

Just create a project (layout, card,
wall hanging, ATC, altered item, etc) with a butterfly. 
Mine is...

made with my very favorite papers from the 
Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden 6x6 Pad Collection. 

I even used the BG paper to make these daisies 
with the Rolled Daisy Die-namics Die from My Favorite Things.

The challenge ends August 5th, 2011 at 10pm EST,
and one winner will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to The Pixie Shop (the shop with the fabulous Pixie Kits). 
Come on girls... start creating!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

He Leadeth Me Beside The Still Waters

I needed a sympathy cards for a sweet couple
who had just lost their son. I made this one with white cardstock and paper from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden 6x6 Pad.

My stamp set is by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps ,
but I don't think it is available anymore. They have lots of new ones, though, that I've put on my wish list.

Since I don't own any markers or colored pencils,
I thought I would try my hand at a brush coloring technique using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, which I do have. Now this is FUN!  Am lovin' this! Well, now the problem is, I need more colors of Distress Ink. Does it ever end?
Have a Happy Day, guys!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #66

Sorry, I haven't been around much...
remember the old song that goes... Summertime and the livin' is easy. Don't you believe it!
Cheryl at CCCB has come up with the challenge of  "It's A Shore Thing" . 

You have to create a project that is beach related.

Mine is pretty simple.

Love this beach scene image.

No card of mine seems to escape my hands
shy of flowers and skeleton leaves.

This sheet music came from Deb Hickmen 
when we did our A.T.C. swap (Thanks again, Deb... love it!) and of course, Recollections bling on top!
Have a terrific evening!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Yes... I Have My Computer Back

Thank the Lord... 
my IMac is back and running!
Now I can show you a card I made a week ago...

This American Crafts Botanique paper is so gorgeous
and glittery. I teamed it up with Melissa Frances' Amanda, a light green cardstock and two shades of light blue cardstock. The DP were from the October Fall In Love Kit from Pixie Dust Paperie .

I used an image from my stash, Recollections
bling and Antique Linen Distress Ink (seems to be my favorite right now... I love the soft effect it gives).

I tied a strip of white tulle around the center
of the card and added the mounted image along with Recollections leaves, MS punched oak leaves and apple blossoms and gardenias from I Am Roses .

This is my "Happy Day" card!
I'm feeling much better with my old buddy Mac back... now I can come and visit you all again.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #65 - Let The Sunshine In

Talented Linda at CCCB has given
the challenge of making a project showing the sun or the word sun. 
Here is my take...

Hope you have a happy, sunny day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Ugh! My IMac is down, so I'm
getting an unscheduled vacation from blogging. Love all you guys and hope to be back with you soon!
Please don't forget me!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bargain Of The Month

I just have to share this with you!
We have a brand new Jo-Anns at our mall and the scrapbook department was all 40% off. That was pretty good in itself, but they also sent me coupons in the mail for either 50% off one item at regular price or 20% off my entire purchase including sale items.

I actually purchased only one item...
I know, I know... well I'm low on funds... but what a deal on that one item.

I got the Crop-A-Dile Eyelet punch and setter
for a mere $14.39 plus tax and they threw in a large size tote for free! The regular price on this puppy is $34.99 but most stores ask $29.99. Anyway you look at it, an amazing deal!
What fabulous bargain have you gotten lately?

Friday, July 8, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #64

CCCB week #64 is Birds of a Feather.
The lovely Miss Kirsty has given the challenge of creating a project with a bird or birdcage theme... stamp, cut, embellish, alter... or what have you! She's asking us to get crafty!
Well, my craftiness doesn't seem to
extend beyond folded paper these days... so this is what I made...

I used the lovely Vintage Whimsy collection
 from The Girls Paperie and Basic Grey's Lilykate. The Tim Holtz Caged Bird die was cut from a scrap of My Minds Eye DP. A hugh amount of Antique Linen Distress Ink was dabbed and wiped all around.

Crinkled seam binding bow and pearls...
and an image cut with Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares.

The center of my flower and this gorgeous
lace are from Deb Hickman and came with the A.T.C. swap we did last month... great fun!

Now I have a request...
Please hop over to June Lanum's blog and leave her a comment and some hugs. I'm sure it would encourage her!
Have a great Friday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Win At PDP Challenge... It's The Little Things


This card won the challenge at Pixie Dust Paperie....
and a new one I just completed.

I simply love these flowers and skelton leaves 
from I Am Roses. They blend so nicely with the mini roses from Recollection.

Everything else here is from my PDP kits.

I'm entering this card in these two challenges:
Sentimental Sundays... Anything Goes (plus a sentiment)
Truly Scrumptious... Things With Wings
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