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Knick Knacks Baby Card

Hey there! If you live on the East Coast, I'm sure it's been an eventful week so far with Hurricane Sandy in our midst. Luckily, where I live in PA, we didn't see too much damage and I made it to work and back just fine today. I wouldn't have been disappointed with a bonus day off, but what can you do? My poor grandma in NJ is having a bit of a rougher time, though. She lives alone and has been without electricity for 24+ hours and may not have it back for another week! Since she spends most of her time watching QVC, you can imagine how bored she is without it! So, she'll be coming to stay with us, which will be nice. In the meantime, she's keeping her house lit with the plethora of flameless candles that she's ordered from QVC over the years. 🙂

Now for a card! I made this using the new Knick Knacks set (releasing soon!) from Paper Smooches:


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Crate Paper, The Girls' Paperie

Buttons: Papertrey Ink

Clear stamps: Paper Smooches

Don't you just love the little Raggedy Ann doll? Ugh I think it's adorable. I created the sentiment using the Alphadot set  from Paper Smooches as well. I love that set because you can create any sentiment you want and still get the fun, handwritten look. 

Well that's it for today! Here's hoping the weather is dry and calm where you are! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween! Can you tell I forgot it was today until just now? :) 


Bazzill Beach House Giveaway Winner

Hey there! I'm back with another giveaway winner announcement! I really do love giveaways and it's even more fun doing the giving. I kind of feel like Oprah, except I'm giving away paper instead of cars. Just as good a prize in my opinion. 🙂

Anyhoo, on to the winner! I used Random.org to generate a winning comment:

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And the winning commenter is…

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Congratulations, Karen! I'll be e-mailing you for your mailing address, so I can send your prizes on their merry way!

Thanks to everyone who left a sweet comment on this post! I really appreciate it. And a big thanks to Bazzill Basics Paper for providing the prizes! 


Bazzill Beach House Giveaway

Hey there! I’ve been slightly absent from blogland lately, but only because I’m busy working on lots of new projects that you’ll see in the coming weeks and months. I’m certainly busier than I’ve ever been craft-wise and I’m loving every second of it. Being busy doing what I love really energizes me and gives me lots to look forward to.

Today I’m sharing a project AND a giveaway that I’m quite excited about. Bazzill Basics Paper was kind enough to send me a 6×6 pad of their Beach House collection, which is filled with double-sided, textured papers with a nautical, vintage theme. This collection is perfect for scrapbooking your summer photos, making masculine cards or just making vintage-inspired projects. Here’s a card I made using the collection:


The Beach House collection includes several patterns with collage images on them, which are perfect for cutting apart and making embellishment clusters. That’s what I did with the tickets and the seahorse image and just added a die cut label (Spellbinders) and a button (Papertrey Ink) and it was complete!

Now for the giveaway part! Bazzill has given me a 6×6 Beach House collection pack AND an entire pack of Card Shoppe 8.5″  x 11″ cardstock to give away to one of you! Here’s what you’ll receive:


All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 p.m. ET. I’ll choose a random winner and post the results on Monday, September 24th! In your comment, feel free to say anything you like or you can tell me what your favorite part about summer is (I’m clinging on to my favorite season, can you tell?). Good luck!

Thanks to Bazzill for letting me play with their awesome papers and cardstock! And thanks to you for stopping by!

Love Monster Card

Hey there! I’ve got a short and sweet post for you today. This card could be used for a Valentine, Anniversary or just to say “I love you.” And it features one of my favorite Paper Smooches stamps – that adorable monster from the Falling For You set.


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Stamps: Paper Smooches

Ribbon: Hobby Lobby

That’s it for today! Like I said, short and sweet. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day and thanks for stopping by.

B is for Boy Card

Hey there! Hope you had a great 4th of July (or just another great Wednesday if you live elsewhere)! It was nice to have a day off in the middle of the week to regroup and relax.

Today I’ve got a baby-themed card to share with you using papers and embellishments from My Mind’s Eye’s “Alphabet Soup” collection (which I’ve pretty much used to death – it’s so versatile!).


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, My Mind’s Eye  Chipboard circles: My Mind’s Eye  Twine: Westrim  Buttons: Papertrey Ink  Star die cut: QuicKutz

I went a little crazy with the distressed paint look on this one (it was my first time using it – can you tell?), but I’ve since learned how to use paint in a more subtle way. I do like the mix of textures and patterns in this one – I always look for papers with distinct, but less in-your-face patterns for layering.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Happy Father’s Day Card

Hey there! Happy Friday! I have no idea where this week went, but I'm glad it's time for the weekend. I really see a Dairy Queen blizzard in my future (Oreo cheesecake, to be specific). I won't be seeing my Dad this weekend, but we're planning a special family dinner next week to celebrate Father's Day. And I'll be giving him this card (don't worry, he stays as far away from computers as possible, so it won't spoil the surprise):



Paper, stickers, die cuts: Echo Park Paper

Ribbon: Offray

Buttons: Papertrey Ink

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper


Thanks so much for stopping by and  I wish you and your family a Happy Father's Day! See you back here on Monday!



Bazzill Card Shoppe Giveaway

Hey there! I've got a fun new product to share with you today – perfect for card-makers. It's the Bazzill Card Shoppe 8.5" x 11" cardstock collection.


Just like the above graphic says, this cardstock is nice and smooth and is perfect to create two 4.25" x 5.5" cards from each piece – just slice it right in half! What I like most about this stuff is how strong it is! You can definitely load up this cardstock with embellishments and not have to worry about it weighing down your card and making it topple over. It also doesn't split when you fold it in half with a bone folder (one of my biggest pet peeves), so that's pretty awesome. Here's a card I made using several colors from the Card Shoppe line:


The colors in this collection are awesome; they're super saturated and nice and bright! Bazzill was kind enough to send me a pack of this new line to test out AND a pack to give away to one of my blog readers! Just leave me a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite color of cardstock is (it can be any brand, a specific name or just a generic color name like "pink" – anything goes!). You have until Sunday, June 10th at 11:59 p.m. ET to leave a comment and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you back here again on Friday!


Grungy Numbers Birthday Card

How's that for a post title? 🙂 I often struggle with naming my card projects (both for my blog and when prepping cards for publication), so sometimes a weird one makes its way into the mix. But "grungy numbers" kind of sums this one up. I made it for my step-dad's recent birthday so I used some distressing techniques and stamps to make it more masculine.



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: BasicGrey (Little Black Dress collection)

Clear stamps: My Mind's Eye (stars and numbers)

Dye ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Baker's twine: The Twinery

To create a more masculine look, I chose stamps that had a bit of distressing built into their design. I took the number stamp and stamped it using the "second generation" technique (stamping once on a piece of scrap paper and then on the cardstock) for the first 3 rows and then double-stamped it for the bottom row. I stamped the stars on the same cardstock, trimmed and adhered them with foam tape for a focal point.

So that's my recipe for a "grungy" masculine birthday card! Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Love the Planet Earth Day Card

Hey there! We made it to Friday once again! It's funny how I actually feel busier on the weekends than during the week. I think it's knowing that I have the potential to get SO much done that throws me into a bit of a frenzy. I foolishly imagine that I can knock out 20 cards, stay out late with friends, wake up early in the morning, take photos, blog ahead of schedule, finish both a long distance and short speedy run, go shopping and take time to relax. Not sure why I always have such lofty expecations, but at least I end up with some sort of scaled-down version of that weekend plan. And that's just fine with me.

Earlier this week, I made the decision to take an online class from Jessica Sprague called the Art of Digital Design. I just found out about it on Twitter the very last day it was offered (and wouldn't be offered again for another year!) and felt like it was the perfect time to dive in. It's really helping me to uncover some ideas that I had buried under to-do lists and more pressing deadlines. It's also reminding me how refreshing it is to sketch, brainstorm and continue to educate myself. It's a forward push that I really needed and it feels good. And it's only been like 4 days! So, money well spent I'd say.

Anyway, on to today's card! It's certainly not the most popular card-making holiday, but Earth Day is April 22nd in the US. So I made this fun little card using some canvas, a QuicKutz recycling die and a Paper Smooches sentiment stamp:



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned paper: Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye

Stamp: Paper Smooches

Die cuts: QuicKutz, Papertrey Ink

I inked and distressed a canvas circle and used a woodgrain paper to add some "natural" elements to the card design.  It said "Earth Day" to me, so I went for it. 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Blue Birthday Wishes Gift Bag

Hey there! Hope your week's going well so far! I've got some majorly sore legs (and feet and back) from running, but other than that I'm feeling pretty good. 🙂 Being sore just means you're doing something right. At least that's what I'm telling myself. 

Anyhoo, today I've got a gift bag to share with you. I had been hoarding this layered Prima flower for (dare I say it) years and finally busted it out for a whimsical look on this project. I originally created this for the "Winter Blues" feature in the January/February issue of Paper Crafts magazine, so that might explain the monochromatic theme. Working in (mostly) one color is definitely tricky, but it forces you to create interest with other elements, like texture and shape.



Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper

Clear stamps: The Girls' Paperie, Papertrey Ink

Flower: Prima

Button: Papertrey Ink

I love my Papertrey Ink sheet music background stamps because they go with just about anything. I layered the artsy scroll over top of the background stamping to create depth and texture as well as a place to hold the sentiment. Once again, I curved my sentiment stamp for a more natural-looking fit inside the scroll. What did we do before acrylic stamps? I really can't recall.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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