Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baby Shower Pocket Invitations

I was asked to make invitations for a baby shower.  The couple do not know the sex of the baby. I was told that they went with a yellow and white theme for the nursery so I went with that color scheme for the invitations.  

To make the pocket, I started with a 4.25" x 11" piece of PTI harvest gold card stock.  I scored it at 1.25" and 5.5".  I used red sticky tape along the edges to close it. I used my corner chomper to round the edges. Before adhering the flap down, I embossed a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of PTI white card stock using the SU polka dot embossing folder and adhered it to the front of the pocket.  I embellished the flap with a border made from white card stock punched with a SU eyelet border punch and a 3/8" x 4.25 strip of Bo Bunny Mellow Yellow Dot patterned paper.  I stamped "You're invited" (from the SU Blissful Bride stamp set in Momento Tuxedo black.  I used the PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection to create the flower embellishment. The onesie is from the SU Baby Bundle set and I colored it with copics.

The tag is 3,25" x 4.75".  I rounded the corners with my corner chomper and added a 3/8" strip of coordinating patterned paper.   I added a piece of PTI Harvest Gold bitty dot satin ribbon. 

Here's another view:

And for a finishing touch, I used the PTI A2 envelope liner die to line all of the envelopes with matching patterned paper.

While you are in party planning mode, be sure to check out these adorable diaper cakes at!  They are over the top beautiful and would make a great gift and / or baby shower centerpiece!  

This is one of the neutral ones, but they also have diaper cakes geared for specifically for boys or girls, too!  You can see them all HERE!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

cQc78 and FTL133 - Grateful

Color challenges scare me.  I love a good 'ol sketch challenge, but a color challenges give me the deer in headlights look.  I have been admiring Jen's color challenge creations lately over on her blog and since she, too, tells me she was initially scared by color challenges (a phobia she has CLEARLY gotten over), I decided to give it a whirl.  This week's colors on the ColourQ challenge blog were not so scary, so I figured this was a good week to play.  I combined this with the Clean & Simple Stamping Challenge for the week. 
Stamps:  MFT Framed Greetings Stamp set  Ink:  SU cholate chip  CS:  SU pink pirouette, certainly celery, crumb cake, early espresso, and white  Tools"  MFT Dienamics rolled flower, sponge, SU sizzlet little leaves  Accessories:  silver brad

UPDATE:  HOLY COW!  My card won! 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Make It Monday #8 - With Sympathy

I am playing along with Make It Monday #8 challenge tonight.  The goal is to use ink blending techniques to add subtle shading and color to your papercrafting projects.  You can watch the video tutorial HERE!  I decided to use my PTI With Sympathy stamp set.  It has such delicate images and I thought it would pair nicely with a blended background for a soothing sympathy card. 
Stamps:  PTI With Sympathy, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink:  Momento tuxezo black, SU daffodil delight, SU apricot appeal, SU eal red, and Martha Stewart spray rose pink  CS:  PTI sweet blush, black, and white  Tools:  sponge Accesories:  black rhinestones

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SSSC110 - Owl Birthday

Wrapping up the weekend by playing along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #110. Today I took a trip my favorite craft store called Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, MA.  I get so overwhelmed in there!  There is so much to check out!  I bought a bunch of patterned paper pads.  For this card I used Jillibean Soup "Spotted Owl Soup" patterned paper and a couple of my favorite Stampin Up punches......the two-step owl punch and two-step bird punch.
Stamp:  PTI Inside & Out: Birthday  Ink:  Momento rich cocoa  CS:  PTI simply chartreuse, hawaiian shore, dark chocolate, harvest old, white  PP:  Jillybean Soup Spotted Owl Soup  Tools:  SU 2-step owl punch, 2-step burd punch, and oval pinch  Accessories:  button, twine, satin rosettes

Saturday, March 26, 2011

SSS101 - Congrats Grads

Happy weekend!  Got my morning cup o' joe and my Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge to kick off my weekend!  Graduation time is coming and I stumbled across this adorable digi image over at Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps.  Red and black are the colors of our town and I participate in a craft fair at a local school every May so I wanted to put together a bunch of graduation cards to sell.  I printed the sentiment from my computer.  Here's what I came up with today:

Stamps:  Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps "Frantc Girl Graduate", SU Starring You  Ink:  Ink It Up metallic silver  CS: PTI black, pure poppy, and white  Tools:  Copics, Sizzex stars. circle punches  Accessories:  black satin ribbon

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Refrigerator Magnet Trio

Starting in April I will be selling my papercrafted creations in a cute little store near my home.  I have made these pretty little refrigerator magnets before and sold them individually at craft shows and they were a big hit.  I needed to be able to hang them on a hook on my display at the store so I decided to sell them in little packages of three.  I put them in a little plastic bag and created a topper.  I printed the label from my computer. 
Tools:  PTI Beautiful Blooms II  #1 die collection , ProMag Adhes-A-Mag magnetic sheet  CS:  PTI harvest Gold, pure poppy, and white  PP:  October Afternoon thrift shop  Accessories:  foam dimensionals, PTI pure poppy buttons, 4" x 5" plastic bag

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Make It Monday #7 - Coffee Trio

This week's Make It Monday Challenge over on Nichole Heady's blog is to add color to NON-neutral card stock.   So I decided to use my PTI Warm Happiness Too stamp set and my copics to play along.  How could I pass up a chance to play along with my beloved copics?!  I popped up each of the coffee cups with foam dimensionals.   I haven't made a CAS card in a while.  I had to force myself to step away from the crafting table to avoid adding more, but I am glad I did! 
Stamps:  PTI Warm Happiness Too Ink:  Momento rich cocoa  CS:  PTI spring rain, sweet blush, harvest gold, and white  Tools:  PTI Warm Happiness die, Copics (RV10, RV13, RV14, B41, B45, B37, Y21, YR21, YR23)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

SSSC109 - Baby Boy Mo

One more sketch chalenge before I sttep away from the crafting table!  This time I am playing along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #109.   This time I am using another one of Mo Manning's digital images.  I simply paired it with DCWV's Nana's Kids matstack and some PTI craft and pure poppy card stock. 

SSS100 - What's Cookin'?

Yesterday was such a busy day that I didn't get to do my morning Saturday ritual.........drink coffee and participate in The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge, but today is a new day and so here I go!  I bought this oh so cute digi stamp by Mo Manning for only $1 and proceeds go to help the people of Japan.  You can purchase the digi image HERE.  I am having so much fun practicing with my copics as I go through Suzanne Dean's awesome online classes! You can enroll in her classes HERE!  

 Stamps:  Mo Manning Digital Stamp What's Cookin'?, SU polka dot bacgground stamp  CS:  PTI plum pudding, harvest gold, white  Ink:  SU perfect plum  Tools:  1.24" circle punch, 1.5" circle punch, copics  Accessories:  paper flowers and SU brads

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cupcake Cherrie

I have been cleaning out my crafting space and selling neglected stamp sets.  I have been eyeing way too many things over at PTI than my budget will allow so out with the old to make money for the new!   I also have been wanting to beef up my copics stash and to start taking Suzanne Dean's online courses.  Got a new bunch o' copics this week and immediately went straight through Suzanne's 1st class.   Yep, wild Friday night!  Even though I had seemingly had a good idea how to work the copics, I still found her first class to be useful. Looking forward to moving up to the more advanced classes now.  You can check out her online classes at Color me Creative Classroom HERE.  If you sign up, mention that I referred you!  Then tell others on your blog to mention you referred them.  You get referral benefits!  Anyway, here is the first image I colored after making my way through the first class.  I inked up this cute by Tickled Pink Stamps called Cupcake Cherrie that I won over one Friday Sketchers and put my copics to work.  Not too shabby, eh?! 
Stamps:  Tickled Pink Stamps Cupcake Cherrie, PTI Background Basics:Reto  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo black, VersaMark    CS:  PTI white, hibiscus burst, and kraft, SU pacific blue  Tools:  Copics E00, E11, R20, R81, R83, R85, B41, B45, B37, E35, YR24, and YR21  Accessories:  White satin ribbon

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daisy Sympathy Card

I loved all the layers in this sketch from the Fridays Sketchers Challenge #146 so I was happy to play along.   I had to move the sentiment placement for this to work with my image.  I just love the papers from the DCWV Linen Closet matstack!  Blue tones paired with kraft and cream card stock is one of my favorite combos.  I think it makes for a makes for a soothing sympathy card. 

Stamps:  SU Upsy Daisy and Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink:  Momento rich cocoa and SU crumb cake  CS:  PTI ocean tides, kraft, and vintage cream  PP:  DCWV Linen Closet Matstack  Accessories:  PTI ocean tides ribbon

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MFTWST11 - Friend to Friend

I have been out of commission for a few days while recovering from a horrible stomach bug.  BUT, there's nothing like a good sketch challenge to bring me back to the crafting table and the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenege #11 was just what I needed.  I inked up a cute Pure Innocence image, colored her with copics and did some paper piecing.  

Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence: Being Cute is What I DO, sentiment from SU Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink:  Momento tuxedo black  CS:  PTI pure poppy and white  PP:  DCWV Animal Crackers Matstack  Tools:  copics, SU eyelet border punch and oval punch  Accesories:  red rhinestones

Saturday, March 12, 2011

SSS99 - Easter Wishes

Happy weekend!  Time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge!  Playing along on Saturday morning has become a ritual for me.  I always love these sketches.   Today is no exception.   Today I inked up this cute Easter stamp by Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.  I added a cute cotton tail to the bunny butt.  I popped up the flowers with dimensionals and added some stickles to the centers of the flowers.  I ran the hibiscus burst card stock through my SU polka dot embossing folder to mimic the patterned paper.  That SU eyelet border punch seemed perfect for an Easter card.
Stamp:  Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI white, sweet blush, hibiscus burst, plum pudding  PP:  PTI Polka Dot Parade  Tools:  Copics, SU pola dot embossing folder, SU eyelet border punch, watercolor pencil  Accessories:  PTI sweet blush ribbon, stickles, cotton

Friday, March 11, 2011

Altered Notebook

I made this cute altered notebook for a bithday girl celebrating her 8th birthday.  She loves peace signs so the MFT a la modes Groovy Girl was the perfect image!  I found this compostion notebook on clearance at Target for $1.14.  I covered it with patterned paper from the SEI Granny's Kitchen collection.  I adhered the paper and then used a cutting blade to trim off the excess.  I sanded the edges with a sanding block to smooth it out.  I added some coordinating patterned paper to the inside of the barrel of an RSVP.  You can see a tutorial on how do that at the end of THIS tutorial.  I just looped some ribbon and adhered it to the inside of the back cover to make the pen holder.
Stamp:  MFT a la modes Groovy Girl   Ink: Momento rich cocoa, PTI tea dye duo  CS:  PTO dark chocolate and white  PP:  SEI Granny's Kitchen  Tools:  Nestiies ovals and scallop ovals, copics  Accesories:  rhinestones, brown satin ribbon, RSVP pen, coposition notebook

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MFTWST10 - Snail Mail

I have sat and stared blankly at my crafting supplies for 2 nights in a row.  Nothing.  Tonight I was determined to find my mojo.  Though it took me well over 2 hours to pull something together, I eventually did.  Whew!  The thought of being in a creative rut for 3 days in a row.....oh, the horror! I played along with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge #10 using this super cute MFT Pure Innocence "Making a List" stamp.  I recently saw a color challenge using these colors, but now I forget which one it was.  Oh well!
Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence Making a List, sentiment from PTI Vintage Picnic  Ink  Momento tuxedo black and rich cocoa  CS:  PTI dark chocolate, white  PP:  SEI Granny's Kitchen  Tools:  copics, oval punch Accessories:  brown satin ribbon

Sunday, March 6, 2011

SSSC107 - Butterfly Birthday

Time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!  I was cleaning out my craft supplies to prepare to sell some sets on eBay when I came across the SU Priceless stamp set in my stash.  I couldn't part with it simply because I love this little butterfly stamp.  It also this pretty flourish in the set so it's a keeper!  I added some rhinestones for bling and paired it  with PTI Guide Lines patterned paper.
Stamps:  SU Priceless, sentiment from PTI Birthday Basics  Ink:  SU perfect plum and Momento tuxedo black  CS:  PTI vintage cream , lavender moon, and plum pudding  PP:  PTI Guide Lines Tools:  SU eyelet border die  Accessories:  rhinestones

Saturday, March 5, 2011

MFTWSC9 - Get well wishes

Well, I was too late to participate in the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 71.......which I discovered when I went to link up my card.  Fortunately, I had combined this challenge with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge #9 so I can still link it up there.    I used this cute Pure Innocence digi stamp that I bought on Etsy from Heather Ellis' online shop called DigiStamp Characters.  I got her for only $2.50!  Don't you just love a bargain?!  To do the paper piecing, I simply printed the image again onto patterned paper.  I sponged some SU More Mustard chalk around the image while the image was still in my Nesties die.  I colored the rest of the image with copics and added stickles to the flower centers.  I had some beautiful SU cherry cobbler seam binding left over from the Holidays.  The sentiment is from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps set.
Stamps:  Heather Ellis'Digistamp Characters Pure Innocence 020, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI white, SU crumb cake, so saffron PP:  SU designer paper Tools:  Nesties circles, SU more mustard pastels, SU more mustard marker, copics  Accessories:  SU cherry cobbler seam binding, stickles

SSS98 - Rain or shine

I am combining challenges again today.  I am combining the Sweet Stop Sketch Challlenge #98 and the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge #16 which was to use Mardi Gras colors.  I am once again using this super cute LORi Boyd digi image called Ella's Umbrella.   I printed the sentiments from my computer.  I dyed the seam binding with my copics and sewed on a button. 

Stamp:  by LORi Designs Ella's Umbrella  CS:  PTI white, new leaf, plum pudding, and harvest gold  Tools:  copics, SU square lattice embossing folder, 1.5" circle punch, 1.75" circle punch, oval punch, SU eyelet border punch  Accessories:  seam binding, button, pearls

Friday, March 4, 2011

Learn to Dance in the Rain

I decided to combine the by LORi Designs Challenge #7 with the Friday Sketchers Challege #144.   Such a fun sketch!  I just bought this adorable new digi image today called Ella's Umbrella by LORi Boyd so I colored Ella up with copics.  I printed the sentiment from my computer.  I had to rotate the sentiment to make it work.
And here is the inside:

Stamp:  by LORi Designs Ella's Umbrella  CS:  PTI white,dark chocolate, rasberry fizz, and new leaf 
 PP:  SU choclate chip designer paper Tool:  copics, SU polka dot embossing folder, MFT Die-Namics jumbo scallop
Accessories:  rhinestones

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Easy Gift Card Holders

The upcoming return of spring means it is time to start getting ready for spring craft fairs!  One item that always sells out is gift card holders.  I sold well over 100 of these at Holiday fairs.  They are quick and easy to make and I can often use up scraps while making these.  You can find my tutorial on how to make these HERE!
Stamps:  PTI Inside and Out: Birthday  Ink:  SU night of navy and real red  CS:  PTI ociean tides, vintage cream, pure poppy, white, and simply chartreuse,  SU night of navy  PP:  October Afternoon Modern Homemaker , Basic Grey Marjolaine  Tools:  PTI Basics Booms II #2 die collection, PTI limitless layers 1.75" die collection , corner chomper  Accessories:  red satin ribbon and PTI simply chartreuse ribbon