Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Hello and Happy Holidays!

I haven't played along with the monthly blog hops in awhile, and thought I'd get one in for the end of the year! :-)

This month's challenge was white on white.

I stamped the sentiment "Peace" (From Peace, Love and Joy mini set) in embossing ink and added clear embossing powder before heating.  It's a tad bit hard to see in the photo, but in person it has a neat effect.

I also ran the top panel through my Big Shot along with the woodgrain impression plate after die cutting the mat stack window.

I raised the panel using Crafty Foam Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Happy New Years!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Card Holder - part 2

Yesterday, I featured a Christmas Card Holder I made for the blog hop.  Today, I am showing another one I made this year, but with different papers - this one uses Cosmo Cricket papers and features the snowflake die from Papertrey Ink.

I love making these for gifts... and MYSELF! :-) What a great way to keep all your Christmas cards together year after year.

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blog Hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45!

Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are hosting a week long blog hop - be sure to stop by!   Today I am featuring a post on a Christmas Card holder I made :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Greetings Tag


I have a post up today on the Crafty Power Blog - be sure to stop by and check it out!

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Feel Better Soon


Today I am sharing a get well card I made for my friend that recently had back surgery.  Making masculine cards is so hard.. its even harder for a 30-something male!  Then I got to thinking, video games!

Have a good week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lovely Layers Birthday Card


What? 2 posts in one week? I KNOW!!!  I'm taking full advantage of the holiday time off to get crafty and catch up on my blog.

Today's card is a birthday card with a feminine theme. I used Lovely Layers (I LOVE this set!)

I stamped a white panel with the complete design from left to right using Hibiscus Burst ink.  The panel was adhered to a Spring Moss base to coordinate with the other stamped elements.

I stamped the leaf veins on Spring Moss cardstock using Simply Chartreuse ink. Next was a combo of Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy, followed by Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise and Canyon Clay.

The inside was stamped with an image from Birthday Tags 2012 in Spring Moss.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card


Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving :-)  I celebrated mine by running a 5k in the morning, and filling up on sweet potatoes in the afternoon! PERFECT!

Today's card is a masculine card I made for my cousin, Jeff.

I stamped the Ocean Tides panel with a background from Market Street Stamps. I used Ocean Tides Ink for the argyle.  

I used Birthday Tags 2012 for the circular element, stamped in Kraft.

The front sentiment and the inside sentiment are both from the Think Big Favorites collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Counting My Blessings


Today I have a post up at the Crafty Power Blog :-)  Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Snowflake Thank You Cards

If it ain't broke... don't fix it, right?  I always seem to keep going back to the layout that works so well for me... Circular element + Sentiment.  Clean and Simple - but with a lot of impact.

Today I am sharing a few Thank You cards I made - its not even Halloween yet, so thinking about snow might seem crazy, but in Chicago, it could be 70 one day and snowing the next!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Halloween! HA!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Operation Write Home - World Card Making Day Bloghop!


I am so excited to be participating in another OWH Blog hop!  I love supporting this great cause!  Here is my card for the hop:

Its based on this sketch here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

One Cool Dad


Today is my turn on the Crafty Power Blog at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  Stop by!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Never too early for Halloween!

My favorite holiday. Period.  I would have decorations up year round if could :-)LOVED this stamp set the minute I saw it...

Dragged out my Vintage Cream ink on this one :-) I need to stamp more on dark cardstock. I love the way it looks! 

Happy Weekend! I'm running in another (GASP!) 5K tomorrow... lets hope I don't get rained on!


Friday, August 31, 2012

What? More Lovely Layers?

Once I pull a set out, I like to use it a few different ways before putting it away.  Today was no exception. This time I made a gift tag.

 I REALLY love Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse and Harvest Gold together :-) So bright and spring like --- my last attempt at holding on to summer. LOL.

Happy Holiday Weekend!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lovely Layers - CAS


I am really loving the Lovely Layers stamp set. So elegant and it really filled a niche in my arsenal.

I paired it with a few sentiments from the new Thanks All Ways set - I already know this will be a great set!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Happy Card...and a Sad Card :(


I had 2 life changing events happen to friends of mine this week - both warranted a card.  One card I was excited to make - but the other - well you know... Sympathy cards are always hard.

First - my friend and coworker proposed to his girlfriend this past weekend.  So I made them a congratulations card :-)

You know, when I first saw the Natural Beauties stamp set, I was on the fence - let me tell you - its one of my favorites now!!

Secondly, one of my other coworkers lost her stepson suddenly.  Sympathy cards are never easy.  This one was no exception.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey August Blog Hop!

Well it certainly has been a LONG time since I have participated in the monthly hop...but I finally found some free time!

This month's inspiration colors really spoke to me, I love neutral, masculine colors. You can see the original inspiration pieces here.

For my card, I chose to focus on the Argyle pattern, and the colors.  I noticed just a hint of orange in the inspiration photos, and chose to bring that in using the little flower center.

I used the new Think Big favorites (from August) and Lovely Layers (love this set!).  I used Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Kraft, Canyon Clay and Dark Chocolate as my colors.

Don't forget about the Team Nicholas fundraiser! See this post for details.

Thanks for hopping by!

Supplies (PTI):
Paper: Kraft, Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream
Stamps: Think Big Favorites, Lovely Layers
Inks: Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, Ocean Tides

Other Supplies:
Stamps: Argyle Background (Market Street Stamps)
Inks: Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Adhesives: Foam Tape, Foam Squares, Dodz, EZ Runner (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Maddux :-)

Its been awhile since I showed a picture of is one of her favorite ways to lay... some days I think she believes she is human :-)

Have a great weekend!  Ill be back tomorrow with a post for the Crafty Power blog.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Team Nicholas Fundraiser


Today's post is a little different than usual... as you may have seen in this post - a dear friend of mine experienced an unimaginable loss this year.  While Nicholas was still fighting his illness, an organization was formed called Team Nicholas.

I am hosting a crafty fundraiser to raise money for this wonderful organization.  I am offering up a selection of Gift Tags and Cards - and all my profits will be donated to Team Nicholas. Shipping is FREE within the US.

Please scroll though this post to see what is available.  There is no quantity limits - so shop away - its for a GREAT cause!  If you prefer to make a direct donation, you can do so here.  Either way, please take a moment to support this wonderful organization.

If you are interested in any of these items, please contact me at:

forensic77 at yahoo (dot) com.

Please put Team Nicholas in your subject line - thank you!

Items will be available until SEPTEMBER 20, 2012. 

Thank you so much in advance!


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