December 22, 2009

Gift Tags & Bag

Today’s post highlights Christmas packaging. I got these cute little containers in the bridal craft aisle at Wal-Mart. They fit my Marvy Scallop Circle Punch perfectly!   Can’t beat that!
The stamps sets I used are all PTI: Spring Tags; 2008 & 2009 Holiday Tag Collections; Simply Stationary; & Boxes, Bags & Tags.
Xmas Tags 2
Xmas Tags 1
Next up is a Christmas gift bag that I made using my new Waltzingmouse stamps. I just love them!!! The Waltzingmouse stamp set is Very Vintage Christmas, the rest of the products are PTI with the exception of the paper bag, which I bought at Michaels. I can’t stop using that background stamp and I can’t stop myself from stamping on ribbon at every opportunity.

2/23/10 ETA: Lee of Pumpkin's Creative Patch was the source of my inspiration. I believe she also has a link to the tutorial in her post. Better late than never! Found her on the WMS Customer Blog Hop!
Someone had an excellent tutorial on how to make these little gift bags. Unfortunately, I can’t remember whose blog it was. My sincere apologizes. I surf at work and jump from one blog to the next. I guess I am going to have to start writing down the names when I see something I want to CASE.
Xmas Gift Bag 1

December 11, 2009

Raspberry Suite CC #20


This is the first color challenge I have ever participated in. I liked having one piece of the card making equation already figured out for me. I guess the colors Dawn McVey chose for this challenge really spoke to me because after I saw it I immediately started making my card. I even used her Mod Squad stamp set.

All supplies are PTI.


December 10, 2009

Tree Trimming Trio Christmas Cards

I made Christmas cards as a birthday present for my step-mom. The embossing powder I used was Judi-Kins Aegean Silver. You can’t tell it from the card but the embossing just shines in every color of the rainbow when it catches the light. I had purchased it at a stamping convention many years ago and had never used it. Well, 38 cards later I had gone through the whole bottle and had to borrow more from my step-mom to finish up. Luckily, she had a brand new jar too!

The inspiration for the card came from this post of Nichole’s.

For ink, I used VersaMark Dazzle on the outside and (Some) Enchanted Evening (I always sing that song when I use this color) and Smokey Shadow on the inside. The stamps sets I used are PTI’s Tree Trimming Trio and Silent Night.

The circles are hard to line up within the tree. Evening after trying it over 100 times I still haven’t figured out a trick, so if anyone has figured it out please let me know!

JW's Xmas Cards 1

JW's Xmas Cards 2

December 8, 2009

Guide Lines Two Previous GSS Entries

The following cards are from a previous PTI GSS submission. The PTI stamp sets I used were Guide Lines Two, Background Basics: Retro, Mega Mixed Messages, Recipe Box, and Polka Dot Basics I.

I was very intimidated by the Guide Lines set when I first got it. I had no idea what to do with it.  I started by CASE’ing cards in the PTI gallery. I think a lot of my apprehension was just getting familiar with the set. Now I feel like if the two sets were the only ones I owned I would still be happy. They are my kaleidoscope stamps, just one small turn of the stamp and the effect is completely different. Now the sets are something I turn to when I want to relax.




December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Napkins

These are the napkins I used for Thanksgiving. My dad refused to use his, which made me chuckle. The napkins were also a PTI GSS submission.

I decided against giving them as a gift because I wanted to see how they would fare through use and washing. I would hate to give a gift that became non-existent after the recipient washed it one time. So these napkins became my test case.

I used a combination of PTI’s hybrid dye & pigment inks. Hands down, I prefer the pigment inks. The pigment inks make it so easy to get great coverage. I am impatiently awaiting the release of any new color. I bought the napkins at Wal-Mart. They come in a set of two for $4.  The fabric stamps wonderfully; the coverage is great and it retained detail famously. I made sure to wash the napkins without fabric softener or dryer sheets. I didn’t iron the napkins before stamping them; I took them out of the dryer and smoothed them down. Amazingly enough the napkins were rather wrinkle resistant, which it unheard of with inexpensive fabrics.

Thanksgiving Napkins 3

Thanksgiving Napkins 5

I modeled the napkin rings after a ceramic set I already had. I used a strip of acetate to copy the ceramic shape and length. I made the width a bit wider than the grosgrain ribbon I was using. I simply taped the ribbon to the acetate.  Stamping PTI’s pigment inks on ribbon is easy, fun, and you get great results.

Thanksgiving Napkins 4

I washed the napkins in cold water with Woolite, the type made for dark fabrics. I included one napkin that I didn’t wash for comparison (the napkin in the  ring). The Orange Zest is really the only color that faded and it didn’t fade much. I think I might even like the slightly muted colors better in this particular application.  I am please with how things turned out so I will be making more in the future.

Thanksgiving Napkins 7

Thanksgiving Napkins 6

December 6, 2009

Bachelor Gift Set

I think an underserved segment of the card giving population is single men. I made these cards (it was quite awhile back when I first got PTI’s Guide Lines set) with the single fellow in mind. He may not find this the most exciting present, but I think he will see its usefulness when the need for a card arises.

Cardstock is SU! Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, & Chocolate Chip. Ink is Mellow Moss & Chocolate Chip. PTI stamp sets used are Guide Lines, Polka Dot Basics I, Faux Ribbon, & Flower garden Sentiments.

Bachelor Gift Set 3

Bachelor Gift Set 1

Bachelor Gift Set 2

December 2, 2009

Gift Card Holders

The gift card holders I am showing today are hybrids of many different patterns I have run across on the internet. I added the belly band because although the recipient knows they are getting a gift card I didn’t want to make it easy for them to peek and see where from. Some element of surprise (no matter how small) needs to be maintained.

Believe it or not I only used 2 stamps sets, PTI’s Polka Dot Basics I and 2008 Holiday Tag Collection. I did use oodles of Stickles however!

Xmas Gift Card 2

Xmas Gift Card 1

Xmas Gift Card 3

Xmas Gift Card 4

Xmas Gift Cards 5

December 1, 2009

Vintage Tea Time

Today's card were inspired by Betsy Veldman. I loved, loved, loved her background paper. I knew I wanted to CASE it an use it front and center on some cards. I wish my lopsided square shapes were more of a true diamond shape like hers! Hmmphf! My plans are to add a couple of cards to this set using Vintage Picnic.

I had waaaay over inked my cards using PTI’s Chamomile Tea Dye ink pad. It was so bad I ended up hating the cards, which I was even more upset about because I had spent a lot of time making the background paper. Well, I stashed the cards away hoping for an epiphany. Awhile back, I was playing around and somehow managed to use an overfilled blender pen on an image distressed with the Chamomile Tea Dye Ink. The blender pen softened the tea dye ink creating an aged water colored or water stained look. At the time, it didn’t occur to me to try the blender pen on today’s cards. Everything finally connected and viola I am happy with these cards once again!

Tea Time 2

Tea Time 1

November 30, 2009

Let’s Do Two for Tea

Today’s set was inspired by Lauren Meader’s post. Don’t look at the date of her post or you’ll figure out just how long it took me to finish this.  I completed the Let’s Do lunch template right away and also stamped the background paper but for the life of me I couldn’t come up with a layout for the cards. Well, inspiration struck this past weekend and now the project is finally complete. Sort of. I want to put some glossy accent type of stuff on the larger flower centers but I never have good luck with the stuff. No mater what I try  it is always full of air bubbles and I can never pop them all.

I am definitely the type of crafter who has fifty unfinished projects going at all times. I try to change and complete one project before I move onto the next but it never lasts. I think I am at the point I need to take a bigger step and embrace my own way of doing things.

If you guessed that all supplies are PTI you are spot on! I used Summer Sunrise and Hibiscus Burst. I also used Fresh Snow to stamp the polka dots. The stamp sets I used are Beautiful Blooms (large polka dotted circle); Two for Tea; Boxes, Bags & Tags; Borders & Corners {oval}; Paper Tray (small flower); Everyday Classics; Polka Dot Basics I; and Signature Greetings.

Let's Do Tea 1

Let's Do Tea 2

Let's Do Tea 3

Let's Do Tea 4

November 17, 2009

Scattered Showers

Here is another one of my November PTI GSS entries. In addition to Scattered Showers and Scattered Showers Additions, I used Pond Life, Forest Friends, Honey Bees and Love Songs.

Scattered Showers 1

Scattered Showers 2

Scattered Showers 3

Scattered Showers 4

November 16, 2009

In Bloom

Today's post features PTI's In Bloom. These cards were part of my November GSS entry.

This card also uses Fabulous Flourishes and the sentiment is from Everyday Classics. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copics that match Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Spring Moss, and Ripe Avocado.

Deepest Sympathy

This next card also includes Damask Designs, Background Basics: Text Style, and Borders & Corners {rectangle}. The Copics match Berry Sorbet and Ripe Avocado.

Happy Birthday to You

On this last card, I used Copics that match New Leaf, Summer Sun, and Hibiscus Burst.

True Friend

November 15, 2009

Previous Guest Star Stamper Submissions

I will be posting a few of my previous PTI Guest Star Stamper submissions over the next few days. You might have already seen them in the PTI Gallery, but I thought I would post them for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with that site.

For some reason this set reminds me of clothing. Sometimes when I am stamping I feel as though I am putting an outfit together and this was one of those occasions.  I think it has something to do with the brown border, the white trim and the rhinestones. It kind of reminds me of a shirt cuff. Project Runway here I come!!!! I used PTI’s Guidelines II, Mega Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics, Journaling Lines, Damask Designs, and Background Basics: Retro. I also used PTI & Lauren Meader’s My Timeless Template, Filed with Flair. All supplies, except the rhinestones, are PTI.


Dark Chocolate with Pure Poppy.


Dark Chocolate with Spring Rain.


Dark Chocolate with Hibiscus Burst


Dark Chocolate with Melon Berry


Dark Chocolate with Ripe Avocado


Dark Chocolate with Lavender Moon


November 11, 2009

A Great BIG “Thank You!”

This post is waaay wordier than normal, but it needs to be.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. I am very appreciative that you took the time to comment on my work. It really means a lot to me. I also say thank you to those who are now following my blog; I am humbled and flattered. Jiminy Cricket, I might even say I feel a wee bit pressured to perform!  Well, the truth be told I really didn’t want to be the only one looking at this blog ;)! I have to say that I am sporadic, so please don’t give up hope! I don’t want to bore you with the details of my life, I will put you to sleep with all the excitement, but finals are coming up and I have been far from focused this semester. Time for me to get back on track!

I would like to answer some questions that were left for me…

Here is a link to Jodi’s 20 Card Box on SCS (Lois,whew, I am glad I was able to find the link! it has been a while and I was hoping I could still find it.). I used this template to create a monogrammed card box as a birthday gift:

For Jackie, I bought the boxes I used for my Halloween treats in the craft dept. at Wal-Mart. The brand is “Best Occasions” and I found them in the bridal section. They come in clear and plain white and cost between $18-19 for 50, plus you get ribbon and tags. I thought it was a pretty good deal. Wal-Mart has some neat items in that section (Wal-Mart if you’re listening there is nothing like a corporate sponsor!!!). I found another little something there that caught my eye for a project which I have yet to complete, but I will be posting it at some future date (How’s that for a hook!!!).

Rose, I found you too! I am all about blog stalking, that for sure. Now, I need to actually start commenting to let all the creative ladies know exactly how much I stalk and appreciate their work!

Niki, thank you! I saw your link today!!!

And lastly for Nichole, thank you very, very much. You are more than an inspiration. I am so very touched by your comments.

And for you brave souls who have read on ‘till the very end, some visuals!!! Thanks again!!!!!!

Enjoy the Ride


This card is CASE’d (still not 100% sure what this means) and inspired by Nichole Heady.

Fully Reocvered 2

As is this card! :D I say there is no need to reinvent perfection, right?

You're So Sweet

ALL supplies are PTI.

November 9, 2009

Time for Take-out Sneak Peek!

Woohooo! It’s time for a sneak peak of Papertrey Ink & Lauren Meader’s newest My Timeless Template, Time for Take-out!

Sneak Peek

I knew this template would be the perfect size to hold baby onesies and my idea for a baby shower theme took off from there. The recipient can later use the boxes to store baby’s keepsakes, such as her first pair of shoes. The smaller template version could be used as favors for shower recipients or to hold a pair of baby socks or a pacifier.

What I love most about Lauren’s template (and all her templates in general) is that as I was making the box, ideas kept popping into my head. I think the smaller template would also look nice stamped in a holiday theme and put on guest’s plate for a festive table setting.

Also, complete instructions and supply lists for my project are provided in the companion idea download that comes with the templates, which will be available for purchase on November 15th.

November 1, 2009

On My Couch...Sofa...or Davenport

Whatever you like to call that large piece of furniture in your living room, I love this PTI stamp set. I think the set brings out the interior decorator in me.

Thinkin of You 1 


I used the background stamp from PTI's Men of Life to create the DP for the sentiment. it seems to be the reverse image of the chair's design. I colored a soft yellow around the lampshade for some ambiance.

Thinkin of You 2


Here I used DP I got from Archiver's as a bonus a couple of summers ago.

Chairish Your Friendship 1


For this next card, I used the background stamp from PTI's Let Freedom Ring set (also designed by Lisa Johnson) to create the plaid "fabric" and the border on the card. I think it makes a great guy get well card.

Fully Recovered 1


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