Nov 25, 2009

365 Cards Challenge: Face It!

Good morning my sweet little cherubs! It is a glorious week. Busy with fun things like short days at work and school, turkey, pie and naps for all! Boy oh boy how  wonderful life can be! 

Today's 365 Card Challenge is to use any embellishments to turn your card into a face. Here is my card for today:

I had originally wanted to make the entire card a circle but I seem to make those a lot so I decided to use my scallop die cuts to make some green hair and my regular circle die cuts for a smaller face. It's hard to see, but I stamped my background repeatedly with a text stamp using white ink. I made my frame using a ruler and a marker and the sentiment is Ali Edwards. I didn't have big black brads so I used some that were grey and just dabbed them on my ink pad. Worked like a charm.

My 5 yr. old LOVES getting cards from me. I thought it would make his day getting one with a smiley face on it. That is why I chose this sentiment. I hope to give it to him close to when the new baby comes. I know things are going to change quite a bit for him (and me) and I want him to know he is loved. What a sweet boy he is! 

That's all for me today (and probably tomorrow). Head on over to 365 Cards and play along with the challenge. It will be a good time, I promise! 

I hope those that are in the states have a great time celebrating Thanksgiving and for those of you who don't celebrate, don't worry, I'll eat your piece of pie for you ; )


Stamps: Background Basics: Text Styled (Papertrey Ink), Loving Words by Ali Edwards (Technique Tuesday)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink) Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Lemon Tart, Stampers White, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Brads, Embroidery Floss, Black Pen (SU!)

Nov 23, 2009


A simple Monday morning.... a simple card:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Stamp: Oh Dear! Silhouette (Pink Persimmon), Beautiful Blooms (PTI)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Smokey Shadow (PTI), Purple Texture (DCMV Pad)
Accessories: White Ink Pen (Sakura), Glitter

Nov 22, 2009

365 Cards: Sketchy Sunday!

Happy weekend everybody! Again, it went by TOO fast and already we are looking into the face of the routine of a new week, but all in all, how great was your weekend? I had a glorious time! So let's get today started right! Our Sunday sketch brought to you by Pam over at 365 Cards:

Here is my take on it:
Now before you say... "uh, Kristie, did you even follow the sketch???" Let me point out that I did follow it the best I could. I had so many elements and for some reason they weren't working for me AT ALL! I was scratching my head, grunting and even muttering under my breath. I couldn't get it figured out! I knew I wanted a holiday card, cause lets face it... I'm excited! I had stockings and bells, and music paper and on and on and on, but to no avail! So I picked these papers on purpose. The stripes on the right representing part of the sketch and if you look closely:
You can see my two strips of glitter above and below my tag. That is to represent the strips on the left side of the sketch. I just happened to move my tag from the bottom corner to the middle. It looked a bit better that way considering its size. I also stitched a zigzag in the middle which also represents one element of the sketch. So I really did follow it...kind-of. What do you think??

Ok. ok! I will follow the rules better next time! Until then, I hope you have an inspiring and sketchy Sunday!

Stamps: Stocking Prints, Vintage Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush (PTI), Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Aqua Mist (PTI), Jolly by Golly Pattern Paper (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories: Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon, Vintage Button (PTI), Embroidery floss, Glitter, Tag (all from stash)

Nov 20, 2009

Happy Fall!

Good morning friends!  Just a little fall card for you to celebrate this fine season...

I used the tree from Pink Persimmon's Oh Dear Outline set. I spritzed the heck out of this thing with gold glimmer mist, and of course you can't really see it. But its nice and glittery!

I am in the final stretch of this week (it has been never ending!), just waiting until DH comes home so we can start our weekend. Of course I have a ton of stuff to do today, but mostly I just want the time to go by so we can start our weekend! My vacation starts tomorrow with a trip into the city to see some friends, do some stamping, to see New Moon, to get some Christmas shopping done, and just generally relax. Let's just say I can't wait!!!! Then we have DH ALLLLL next week to ourselves for the holiday! It will be absolutely lovely!

What are you up to this weekend?? Have any of you seen New Moon yet? I cannot believe how much frenzy there is over it! Are you crafting this weekend?? Are you seeing friends?? What are you up to? I hope you have a lovely time and I will for sure see you here on Sunday for 365 Cards Sketchy Sunday!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Oh Dear! Outline (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive (SU!)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Vintage Cream, First Fruits Pattern (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Adhesive Gems (Studio 18), Distressing Tool (SU!), Glimmer Mist 

Nov 18, 2009

365 Cards: Ad Inspired!!

Oh boy is it ever a Wednesday!!! And I LOVE Wednesdays!!! Welcome welcome my friends to another 365 Cards Ad Inspiration challenge. Here is the ad I chose today. I really hope you like it as much as I do:

Here is my take on the challenge:
I chose to use the color and pattern to influence my card. LOTS of pattern, if I am to be completely honest : )
I had a really fun time putting this together. I have been loosing my mojo as of late and I was happy to see something come together the way I wanted it too. And for the most part, all the details are accounted for, although now I wish I would have stitched on it, but you know would I be me if I was completely happy with it?? MUST get my sewing machine out and play!

I hope you are feeling inspired for today. Head on over to 365 Cards and be sure to play along. Happy Crafting!!

Deets: (all Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Stamps: Guide Lines, Polka Dot Basics II, Faux Ribbon, Background Basics: Text Style, Birthday Basics
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky (SU!) Fresh Snow 
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Stampers White, Spring Rain
Accessories: Enchanted Evening Grosgrain. Big Brad (from stash)

Nov 17, 2009


Sort of a random card for this time of year, but still a fun one! Pink Persimmon Banner Set with the Carnival Alphas and some ruffly ribbon:

Just some hugs and kisses for you to start the day. Have a good one!

Stamps: Carnival Alphas, Small Banner Set (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Bitty Dot Pattern (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Hibiscus Burst Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Adhesive gems (Basic Gray), Pinking Scissors (Provo Craft)

Nov 16, 2009

Pink Persimmon Sketch Challenge!

Good Monday Morning to you all! We have a really fun challenge for you today. Over at the Pink Persimmon Blog there is a sketch challenge going on and ONE of you could win a really fabulous prize! So get on over there and join in the fun. Here is the sketch:
Here is my take:
All Pink Persimmon stamps... Vintage Cupcake and Sweet Greetings. I pulled out some sassy paper by K&Co. I thought that since I have been doing a lot of holiday stuff, I would switch it up a bit. You know, you can always use a cupcake right??
Ok, so now that you have seen the sketch, hop on over to Pink Persimmon to see the rest of the Creative Teams take on it AND be entered to win a prize! The contest will be open for two weeks with the random winner chosen Nov. 30th. Now how is that for a nice close to the month?!

Can't wait to see what you have up in your little noggins for this one. It's a great sketch with a lot of design possibilities so be sure to play along!

Thanks for checking in with me today. Have a great week!

Stamps: Vintage Cupcake, Sweet Greetings (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance)... have I told you lately how much I LOVE this ink??)
Paper: Hibiscus Burst, Linen Vellum, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink), Citronella pattern paper (K&Co.)
Accessories: Hibiscus Burst Satin Ribbon, Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink), Classic Circle, Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) Glitter (From Stash)

Nov 15, 2009

365 Cards: Sketchy Sunday

Good morning to you all! Here is today's sketch over at 365 Cards:

Here is my take on the sketch:

I went really conservative on this one. I think because I wanted to be able to send this to someone and was worried about it fitting into a regular envie. But I do wish I could go back and get a bit more funky like you see in the sketch. 

I stamped my aqua CS with a button from the Pink Persimmon "Cute as A Button" stamp to make my background. Then added some flourishes to the other side from Papertrey Ink.

I spritzed the entire thing with glimmer mist, but you know its really hard to see! I think the place you can see it most is on the button. 

Really simple card today. I am getting really excited around here because we only have one more week until DH is off from work for an entire week! We have Thanksgiving planned, with lots of lovely food, and relaxing. We are even doing a bit of Christmas gift opening since we will be traveling a bit around the holidays. I always love an excuse to open presents early : )

A few random things for me this weekend. I am now reading THIS book, THIS book and THIS book. One for fun (yay church book club!) and others as you can see for the well-being of my family. Its been quite interesting. Between all these books and card making, there is little time for other things and boy is my rear-end tired from sitting! Of course if it wasn't I am sure I would be complaining that my feet were tired instead ; )

Anyway. Thanks for checking in. Hope you have a great Sunday!

Stamps: Cute as a Button (Pink Persimmon), Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Bakery Twine (Martha Stewart), Vintage button (Papertrey Ink), Flower (Prima) Gold Glimmer Mist


Nov 13, 2009

A Little Birdie Told Me

Good evening my friends! A little something I made with some Pink Persimmon goodness! I don't think you have seen it yet (I tried not to post them), and you can also find it in the Pink Persimmon Gallery HERE.

I love this nature vine with birds. In the set is the frame and the sentiment plus a cute little TWEET! You can view it HERE. I used the bride and groom from the Vintage Cupcake set with some silver ink.
I colored it in with markers, punched out the heart with the large Marvy Heart Punch and popped it all up with dots.

Purdy simple if I do say so myself. What wild and crazy things are you up to this fine evening?? I am doing a bit of blogging, babysitting and reading (a new parenting book that is wild!) I hope you have a lovely night!
thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Vintage Cupcake, Singing Birds (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Basic Black (SU!) Silver (Encore)
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Stampers White, Bitty Dot Patter (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Marvy Heart Punch, Earth Element Markers (SU!)

Nov 11, 2009

365 Cards: Paper Popsicles Week!

Whoo! What a week it has been so far. A wild whirlwind! And now it's Wednesday (um... that's a lot of W's!)
Today's challenge at 365 Cards  is to use ric rac and buttons on your card. Now I was fortunate enough to get to play with this Gingerbread Man shaped card from Paper Popsicles!  Here is the first thing I made. A little holiday card:

I think the ric rac is SO cute and I also added a little background stamping for a bit of oomph. My sentiment flag is actually curvy, but apparently my photo forgot to show you that part ; )

I decided after printing out one of these templates (which is SUPER fast!) that I could indeed make a one-sided card just as fast. Or as most people call them; a tag!
I decided to keep this one a bit more simple. I added one strip of background stamping then glued some ric rac over top. It's a little 'funky cold madina', but I like it. (if you remember that song, give a shout out!)  I found a vintage heart button, which added the perfect touch for the sentiment:
I love pink and white for christmas colors, not traditional, but cute. I have this corrugated  box that I thought would hold a mini loaf just perfectly. I think bread gifts are the choice for my neighbors this season. I love bread. It makes me happy. I am happy to make it, and eat it and I love giving it away. It feels more substantial than the box of sugary stuff that I normally make. Bread sustains life and I think a hot piping loaf goes perfect with this sentiment!

Ok. Those are my projects for today. Hope you have time to dig through your ric rac and button stash and whip up something fun today! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Stocking Prints, Background Basics: Retro (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU!), Fresh Snow, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Creamy Caramel (SU!) Pure Poppy, Linen Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Vintage Buttons, Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Bakery Twine (Martha Stewart) Embroidery Floss (Stash), Gelly Roll Star Pen (Sakura), Hole Punch, Ric Rac (from stash)

Nov 9, 2009

Good Monday morning to you!  I have only a few things to share with you today. 

I have a little post over at Pink Persimmon today using one of their sets. Its a Thanksgiving project that you might be interested in duplicating this year. I hope it grows to be a great tradition in our house for years to come!

Here is a little teaser photo for you:

And remember over at 365 Cards we are having a sponsor week brought to you by Paper Popsicles. Be sure to participate as much as you can this week for your chance to win!!

Another start of yet another week. It's been gorgeous weather this weekend, so much so that it's hard to think snow and cold will be our constant companion for months to come. *sigh* Must get out and enjoy it now!
Have a great day!

Nov 8, 2009

365 Sketchy Sunday : Paper Popsicles Sponsor!!

Good Sunday to you. Today starts up our sponsor week at 365 Cards. Welcome Paper Popsicles!!! Lets hear the cheer people. Paper! Popsicles! (I just love their name). 

Here is Pam's sketch we worked with:
And my card using the bird image from Paper Popsicles:
I printed my digistamp onto linen vellum and then colored it with some markers. Then, I had a serious mishap.. i.e. lots of ripping! (I was trying to stitch, but you know, it all fell apart!) So I thought... "Before I throw this out, lets see what will happen if"...  So I crinkled up my paper. Dabbed my craft sheet with some distressing ink and rubbed my bird in it. And this my friends, is what happens when you do that! I really liked the result, so I didn't bother printing out a new image.

You can see the nice ink coverage which I love with the linen texture coming through. I added some background stamping for my card base, some ribbon, a button, scallops and a sentiment.

I was quite surprised at my color choice today. I was originally trying to make more brown and orange work with the image but it was all just blending together and looking rather BLAH. The blue really helps my robin red breast pop and its also a nice contrast for the green. I love being pleasantly surprised! 

Ok. Thats it for now. But this entire week be sure to play along at 365 Cards to be entered into win some nice love from Paper Popsicles. Now how can you say no to that??? There will be lots of fun things to look at this week, especially holiday stuff, so stay tuned!!

Hope your day is peaceful and fine.

Stamps: Digistamp Bird (Paper Popsicles), Guide Lines, Out On A Limb Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink), Scattered Straw, Tea Dye Distressing Ink (Tim Holtz)
Paper: New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Linen Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Grosgrain, Satin Ribbon, Vintage Button (Papertrey INk) Scallop Border Punch, Earth Element Markers (SU!), Bakery Twine (Martha Stewart)

Nov 6, 2009

Quick Birthday Gift/Card

Hey there Thursday goers! Yesterday there was a birthday going on and I wanted to give something but hadn't actually thought through anything other than that I wanted to do something! A little boy with a birthday, what to do??? I pulled out some Cosmo Cricket paper and whipped up this card. Aren't those fire/race car chipboard alphas fabulous!?

The Happy Birthday is hand stamped but I drew in the black pen border on the red paper. The zig zag is actual bare chipboard, which is also a lot of fun to play with too. Then I thought "How lame is this card to a little boy unless there isn't a gift???" So I pulled out a bakery box from Pink Persimmon and got to work. Boy! Are those babies handy!
I wrapped up the box with some more Cosmo Cricket papers. The box is a great size without odd measurements so it was SUPER fast to cut papers out and use them to alter the look of this box. I markered the edges with a black marker so the original color (pink!) wouldn't show through. Didn't think that would be cool for a 4 yr old boy. I didn't do too much flouncy-flounce to it since it was for a boy. Just added some ribbon and was done. 
Do you want to know what is inside? Do ya.... do ya???
Would you believe these boxes fit 2 play dough containers PERFECTLY! I couldn't have asked for a better way to give this gift. I think even a bunch of small play doughs would be great and thats just ONE idea. The possibilities for these great boxes are endless and I hope to show you even more uses for them throughout the holidays and into the new year. You just wait! So I packaged this all up and doorbell ditched them in a matter of an hour. Really quick birthday gift to put together (well, fairly quick ; )

How is your thursday??? Tonight I am editing lots of photos (all of which I hope to share with you at some point before Christmas) and also I have some music to practice. The DH and I are putting on a little Christmas devotional for the youth in our church in a matter of 3 weeks and we REALLY need some serious help. So we are practicing every night. We hope not to make a fool of ourselves! Hope you are all well!

Nov 4, 2009

365 Cards: Do That Decade!!

Oh boy guys, is today's 365 Cards challenge fun! Do that decade: 1980-1989. Which means use this time period to inspire your card. Well, I was younger during that decade, so there are only a few things that really ring true for me. Here is my card... can you guess what was my inspiration??

Well, I lived through the 80's stacking and rolling down my socks (hence the three different colored papers with lines and curved edges. Doesn't that just remind you of cuffed socks!?)  I also wore A LOT of jelly bracelets. Unfortunately we are fresh out of jellies here in our house, but I found this leather cord that worked pretty well. I also added some mirror paper to add a bit of flash to it. I think that helps bring out a bit of a  'rocker' side for the card.

So what do you think?? What inspires you from the 80's? There is so much out there, it would be hard to stop creating (think Michael Jackson, Madonna, Punk music, teen movies) Oh the possibilities are endless!!

Anyway. Thats all for me today. Get your 80's groove on and get creating!!!


Stamps: Background Basics: Retro, Scattered Showers ("you're" sentiment) Papertrey Ink
Ink: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink), Soft Sky (SU!)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Rain, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Mirror Paper, Black Chord, Eyelets, Corner Rounder (from stash), Metallic frame (Heidi Swapp)

Nov 2, 2009

SEI Happy Birthday

Happy Monday people! A little bit of a Happy Birthday card for ya:

SEI paper, stamped on with the birthday sentiment and flourish. Added a button and twine (Oh how I love thee twine!). Thats all she wrote (Oy! do you remember that TV show?? My mother LOVED it! Wow, those are some memories ; )

Ok. It's short and sweet today. Must run, but hope your day is swell!!


Blog Candy Winner!!!

Hey there all!! Happy Nov. 1 to each of you. Just wanted to get my blog candy winner announced before the end of this glorious day!

(drumroll please!) The winner is : 

I love your card and the way you have used the ribbons. I have really enjoyed joining in the 365 cards blog.

Congrats JillyCreations!!! Please email me or leave me a comment with your address and I will get your goods out right away!! Thanks to all who played and hopped around the 365 Cards Blogs this week. What a fun time!!



Nov 1, 2009

365 Cards: Sketchy Sunday!!

Whew! I feel like I haven't recovered yet from the craziness of this last week. But, Sketchy Sunday stops for no wo-Man!
Here is today's sketch:

I really loved this sketch when I looked at it. I still love it, but for some reason my card has left me wanting more.... I think my mojo has taken the day off!!

Ugh. Can I just say I am not happy with this card. not. happy. But, Happy November 1st to you all! My card is an interesting array of things. Some sandpapering, some inking, and do you see that mirror paper peeking out from under the sun?? My DH brought that home for me. It was a bit of a promo thing-y they were doing, or something like that. I think they were going to put it on one of his sets,  but he said no and brought home the sample! Thanks! It is shiny and fun and I thought it would help chase some gloomies away.

How are you doing on this Sunday? Did you make it through October ok? Can you believe we still have so many holidays ahead of us to celebrate? Boy they come fast. I realized the kindergartener is off at least one day every week this month. That's a lot of time off for fun!

Anyway. I think a nap today is in order. It's the only way to set my body straight. This cold that has been 'coming on' for the last week or so is still here and changing every day. Now I am sneezing a ton (not good for the bladder!) and my nose is running. totally lame! Hopefully sleep will help and if it doesn't at least it will feel good for a bit.

See you and thanks for stopping by!

Deets: All Papertrey Ink unless noted
Stamps: Scattered Showers Additions
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance), Soft Pool (Hero Arts), Summer Sun (SU!) Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Stampers White, Ocean Tides
Accessories: Adhesive Pearl (Basic Gray), Diamond Stickles, Sanding Block, Sponge 

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