Friday, February 25, 2011

Cardinal Bliss

I am over the moon for this cardinal and it's made from SU's Two-Step Bird Punch.  I believe Beth Hopkins is the creative mind behind this and I adore it!  I couldn't find a blog for her but wanted to make sure I gave her credit.  The crown and black mask of the cardinal are simply made by cutting the tip of the wing.  So clever and I'll definitely be making more of these!


  • Punches: SU Two-Step Bird, Marvy 3" Circle
  • Spellbinders: Scallop Circle
  • Stamps: Verve Big Wish, SU Elements of Style
  • DP: SU Newsprint

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks

PTI designer team member, Dawn McVey did this week's PTI Make It Monday video and although I didn't follow the actually technique, I was inspired by her card design.  These thank you cards were simple and fast to make so I made a few to have on hand.  I'm starting to really like the Mat Stack 3 die and stamp set as I play around with the possibilities.


  • Stamps: PTI Mat Stack 3
  • Dies: PTI Mat Stack 3, PTI Eyelet Lace Border, Spellbinders Butterflies Two
  • Punches: 2" Circle, Heart Small
  • Button, Baker's Twine

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Deer

I just got my hands on this sweet deer stamp and inked it up right away.  Didn't really notice this stamp before but when it went on red tag sale and 50% off that, it made me think, "I can do something cute with that!"  Lol!  I'm behind on mailing a couple birthday gifts so this will go with one of the gifts.  I made the mountains with the negative part of a punched out circle and used it as a template to sponge on the green ink.  I love the kind of splotchy look it created.

Hope you're enjoying this holiday Monday... maybe crafting a little?


  • Stamps: Hero Arts Young Deer, Lawn Fawn bird and tree from Critters in the Burbs
  • DP: Imaginisce, Cosmo Cricket, My Little Shoebox

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Octopus Octopus Swimming in the Ocean

Happy Day After Valentine's everyone!  My husband and I celebrated last week with dinner at my favorite restaurant.  We avoid eating out on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day to avoid the crowds.  My son and I spent part of yesterday making Valentine's crafts and he gave them to my husband and our friend who is staying with us this week.  So cute and fun!

Anyway, today's card features the most adorable octopus from Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Sea."  I tried out the round metal tag for the first time and I like the look of this embellishment.  Also gotta love all the musical note papers out there now.  This colorful one is so cheery.  And I just realized that the piece of my tape backing got in this  photo so sorry about wasn't part of my design.  Lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm back with more of these envelope-like bags.  I used Michelle Wooderson's wonderful idea to sew these paper bags and this was my project for my son's teachers and friends this Valentine's.  I did a couple different versions and filled the pockets with candies and McDonald's sundae gift certificates.  This idea is a keeper and I'm storing it in the back of my mind for other occasions.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heart in Distress

Happy TGIF!

I wanted to experiment with doilies and Distress inks so I gave this heart doily some color by rubbing Distress inks onto the doily with the blending tool.  It was quick and easy and it's a fun way to change up a plain white doily.  The flower was created by mixing felt and paper together and I added my favorite laser cut leaves from Island Scrapbooking.  

Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!


  • Stamps:  Hero Arts "Layered Flowers"
  • Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug "Polka Dots"
  • Leaves: Island Scrapbooking laser cuts
  • Heart Doily: Royal Lace
  • Felt: PTI

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Bubbles

Isn't this new Dandelion image a cutie?  Dandelion's new clings are surprisingly a good size image and I love that each set has instructions for a project.  I thought this elephant would be sweet for a Valentine's card and this is how it all came together.  I love Valentine's not because it's the holiday for love, but because of all the cute pink and red things that come out for crafting.   Got exactly one week to enjoy more Valentine's crafting and hopefully baking, too!

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Dandelion "Bubbles & Smiles", PTI "Just the Ticket", Penny Black "Betsy Bluebell"
  • Punch: SU Heart to Heart
  • Die: PTI Ticket Die
  • DP: Little Yellow Bicycle
  • Heart Doily