June 5, 2012

CASE for Interpretation

When I saw this post by Stephanie on her Stamping and Sharing blog I was inspired. She is one very talented lady! I meant to CASE them exactly, as I think they’re absolutely perfect, but something happened along the way. Funny how inspiration takes on a life of its own.


All supplies PTI except for Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper.

May 11, 2012

May 5, 2012

More Card Holders

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

And here is a recipe that combines my two favorites…beer and margaritas…to make an awesome beer margarita!
24 oz. beer
12 oz. tequila
12 oz. frozen limeade, thawed
Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice! Fiesta-rific!

Today I have a few more card holders to share with you. The first two use an old PTI My Timeless Template called Keeping Tabs. I tweaked it a bit to make it more non-craft person user friendly. I decided to use magnetic closures instead of ribbon and removed the tabs. All stamps seen today are by Waltzingmouse Stamps. And yes, it’s preview time so please be sure to check out Claire’s blog for links to what the WMS DT is previewing today! it knockered my sockers off!!

This first holder uses WMS Paris Nouveau.

Amour folio 2

amour folio

This shows the side view where I cut off the tabs, trimmed down the sides and opted for magnets to hold the two sides together.

Amour folio 3amour folio 1

And here is the same template but using WMS French Country and Chicken Wire.

rooster folio 3

rooster folio 2

I made this template before the red/pink one. This was a work in progress trying to figure out how to make it a bit more durable and friendlier for the recipient. I found the tabs wore out quickly  and the expecting a non-crafter to tie the ribbon closure repeatedly was a bit unfair, especially since this is a template designed to be opened more than once.

rooster folio 1

For this next holder I used a My Time Made Easy template Card Catch All. Yep, I dusted off my Cricut. It took about seven sheets off paper and many failed attempts before I figured out my Cricut was too close to a wall and the mat couldn’t feed through the machine properly. How hard it can be to re-train the user! And I’m still trying to figure it all out. As you can see, I didn’t line up my paper properly so the “circle” on the back is missing 1/3” on top.

Medallion holder 1Medallion holder 2

Stamps: WMS Very Vintage Labels No. 5, Paris Nouveau, Chicken Wire, French Country, Join Us, Vintage Circles-Small
Ink: PTI
Paper: PTI; SU! Chocolate Chip
Other: Nestabilities; PTI double ended banner die; PTI MTT Keeping Tabs; MTME Card Catch All

May 4, 2012


This pattern only uses four stamps and came together very quickly. So quickly that I made matching envelopes. I just love the cross medallion stamped in Dark Chocolate on Very Vanilla. It really packs a punch and inspired the whole design.




Stamps: WMS Join Us, Vintage Circles-Small, Compact Sentiments, Very Vintage Labels No. 5, Very Vintage Labels No. 18
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla
Ink: PTI

May 2, 2012

Little Red Rooster

I guess this next card set is an ode to the crafty side of Jim Morrison. :) I love(d?) the song. I pulled it out of nowhere for the title of this post. However, reading the lyrics left me a bit uninspired. Seems a bit repetitive, but I guess it makes for a song that’s easy to remember and sticks in one’s head. Obviously, somewhere, it got stuck in mine.

This set is a follow up to the two sets inspired by the Four of a Kind group (totally awesome ladies). This set is addicting. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I just kept going and going. However, I did stop. This is the last set of the bunch. But, oh, what a run I had! I’m still trying to figure out how I want to package these. They’re smaller than the average card size. I’m thinking I might try my hand a making a box for them.

Country Toile 1Country Toile 2

Stamps: WMS French Country, Gingham & Co., Join Us, Text-It
Ink: SU! River Rock, Bordering Blue; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Canyon Clay; Bamboo Stalk; PTI True Black
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

April 30, 2012


Renee and the awesome Four of a Kind ladies’ idea of stamping the rooster inside of the wreath from Join Us inspired me to create this note card set. In the end, it seems more like a tribute to Archer Farms (Target’s food product brand). Hmmm, I still have some of those (Archer Farms) insulated coffee cups I used in the past for cocoa sets. It might be cute to make a matching cup cozy and include a coffee packet instead of cocoa. Back to the drawing board!Rooster10Rooster11

Stamps: WMS French Country, Chicken Wire
Ink: Memento; SU! Cherry Cobbler
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler

April 28, 2012

Fifth Wheel

“Four of a Kind” is a group of four very talented ladies who participate in something akin to a monthly card club. This month I was especially inspired by their creations and decided to hop on as a fifth wheel. Here is a link to Renee’s post. She is a WMS Mischief Maker and was the creator of the kits this month. Her post contains a link to the other three members’ posts. All the ladies made such awesome cards.

I went ahead and created a similar kit by stamping all sorts of background papers. I was surprised how quickly six cards came together.



The sun rays behind the roosters are from PTI’s Up, Up & Away set.




And, yes, the back of my little label is stamped with PTI’s handmade stationery stamp.  I stamped the flap of the envelopes using the medallion background. I made three red and three black. Renee is correct in stating that this is the easiest background stamp ever created.Rooster9

Stamps: WMS Gingham & Co., French Country, Chicken Wire, Way Out West
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Ink: PTI True Black; SU! Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler
Ribbon: SU! Cherry Cobbler; Unknown black gingham

April 27, 2012

All Star

This set of cards was inspired by Heather Nichols’ (Pine’s) release posts. I really struggled with the sets until the ball images were released. Once they were, everything came together very easily. I appreciate how receptive PTI’s designers are to customer requests.

all star 1all star 2all star 3all star 4

Stamps: PTI All About Argyle, All Star, All Star Additions
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, True Black, Orange Zest (old formula pigment ink), Chai Tea duo
Paper: PTi Classic Kraft, Orange Zest
Other: PTI ribbon & buttons

April 26, 2012

WMS Menagerie

I have cards everywhere! I am trying to consolidate them all onto one computer. I’ve almost figured out what’s been posted and what hasn’t. Here are a few WMS cards that where sitting on a computer I no longer use for posting. All stamps are from WMS except the flourish on the second card is by PTI (WMS hadn’t released their flourish set at the time). I was just having some fun playing around with backgrounds.

Blessed by Your Kindness

Happy Thanksgiving 2

Much Appreciated

April 18, 2012

Oh Baby!

I think PTI’s Bundle of Love is one of the cutest baby sets.Oh Baby 1

Oh Baby 2

This last card is my favorite of the bunch. The idea for a night sky hit me while I was working on the first card and spotted the sentiment from Inside & Out: Baby. I didn’t notice the sentiment was out of focus when I took the picture. The inside of the card contains the rest of the sentiment. And a near perfect substitute for embossing powder? Encore metallic ink.

Oh Baby 3

Stamps: PTI Bundle of Love, Inside & Out: Baby; Masculine Motifs (stars & moon), Up, Up & Away (clouds)
Paper: SU! Whisper White; PTI
Ink: PTI True Black, Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening; SU! Blushing Bride; Bliss Blue; Encore Silver
Other: Copics; Stickles; Prismacolor pencil and OMS (for shading around baby & stork)

April 17, 2012

The Last of the Spring Cleaning

Some of my favorite stamps are the retired two-step SU! florals. The sentiment is strategically place to cover up a mistake I made trying to unsuccessfully stamp a third leaf. thanking you

These next two cards are a faux batik technique. I used Ranger’s foam blending tool to apply several shades of ink to paper then I stamped my images ontop with white pigment ink.SU thanks 1Su thanks 2

I applied two coats of Ranger’s Glossy Accents to the butterfly to help make it stand apart from the flowers since the colors are so similar.toy

I believe these cards originate to PTI’s MIM #1.multi thanks

These are the tallest cards I have made over the years. Not that they’re that tall. They fit in a business-sized envelope. The topiary is a retired SU! set. Come to think of it 99.9% of my SU! stamps are retired.topiary

Stamps: Lawn Fawn; PTI; SU!; WMS


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