Thursday, April 28, 2011

Have a "Fairy" Happy Birthday

I made this card for my cousin Candice's birthday and finally inked up Fairy Doodle's adorable stamps.  Oh how sweet they are!   I can't remember exactly where I ordered them from but I know I got them from a company in the UK.  I also used the new Magnolia DooHickey Romantic Lace die at the bottom of the card.  Really love these cute hearts!

It's Merrie Monarch week here in Hilo so the town is buzzing.  I was lucky to be offered a ticket for Saturday so I will enjoy the final night of the hula competition with a friend.

Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring Baskets

I was supposed to post this yesterday and time got away from me as I spent the day with the family coloring eggs, hiding and finding eggs and cooking to celebrate the holiday.  So instead of calling this post Easter baskets, I'm calling it Spring baskets.  I was inspired by a post I saw on October Afternoon's blog and I'd like to say I tried my own version of their basket but I pretty much cased it!  Made a few of these for friends and love how sweet and charming they turned out.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend!  We'll be eating boiled eggs for the rest of the week!


  • Dies: PTI Favor It Box 2, PTI Cloud 1&2, PTI Just the Ticket Border
  • Punch: MS Bunny Sitting, MS Grass Edger
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Young Deer (wood)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail

I made a couple of Easter pop-up cards to send to my son's grandparents.  I used the same Chi Chi Memories digi bunny from yesterday's post and replaced the bunny's face with my son's face.  I won't lie and say this was simple to make - it wasn't hard, but really more time consuming.  I'm happy with the final result and enjoyed building the different layers.  This project was again inspired by my CBFF, Jenny and a class she recently taught.  Thanks again Jenny!

I have one more Easter post tomorrow!  Hope you're all having a great weekend!


  • Digi Stamps: Chi Chi Memories, cc Designs Gingersnaps
  • Stamp: Verve Chicks Rule
  • Dies: Die-namics tree, PTI Egg, PTI Fillable Frames #11, Spellbinders Labels 9
  • Punches: SU Scallop Trim Border, MS Grass Edger, MS Garden Gate, EK Success Daisy Chain, EK Success Butterfly

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Treats

I was inspired to make these treat holders after my CBFF, Jenny made these for us Island Scrapbooking girls for Girl's Day (she also taught a couple classes on this).  I was anxious to use the digi bunnies from Chi Chi Memories I bought after Easter last year and have been waiting a whole year to use them.  They are the most adorable bunnies ever and I'll share another project I did with them tomorrow.  The third treat box was created with another digi image I've had for awhile from cc Designs.  I think I made about 10 of these and filled the boxes with chocolates and Hello Kitty hard candies.  Sure had fun creating different little scenes.  Thanks for the inspiration Jenny and Happy TGIF!


  • Digi Stamps: Chi Chi Memories, cc Designs Gingersnap Spring Thing
  • Sentiment: SU Easter Blossoms
  • Punch: MS Lace Heart Borlder, EK Success Butterfly, MS Grass Edger
  • DP: PTI, Doodlebug

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Banner

I had so much fun making the welcome banner I posted a few days ago and got inspired to create another sample for Island Scrapbooking.  So with Spellbinders' Pennants dies, I made a baby banner using Reminisce's double sided Jungle Kitties paper.  The possibilities are really endless with these dies and they're fun to play with!


  • Dies: Spellbinders Nested Pennants, Spellbinders Lacey Nested Pennants, Sizzix Round-a-bout Letters
  • DP:  Reminisce Jungle Kitties
  • Punch: 2" Circle Punch
  • Yellow Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Ribbon, Antique Linen Distress Ink

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thank You Chick

I wasted no time opening up the new set of Verve "Chicks Rule" stamps I got in the mail.  This was the first card I made and the chickies are cute cute cute!  Did some embossing on velum for the sentiment and love the look!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Watercolor Distress

I taught a class on Distress Inks and one of the techniques I demonstrated was how to paint on watercolor paper.  The flower for this card was created using this technique.  I embossed the flower image with black embossing powder and then painted it using a combination of reds and pinks.   I stamped the leaves directly on the designer paper and colored them in with Copics.  It surprisingly creates an opaque look and you can see a glimmer of the paper's design showing through the leaves.  The leaves were then covered with Diamond Glaze to give it some dimension.


  • Stamps: Paper Inspirations "thanks", Hero Arts "layered flowers"
  • Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose
  • DP: SU (it's an old Valentine's paper)
  • Diamond Glaze, Copics

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Welcome Banner

I made this banner as a sample for Island Scrapbooking using the new Spellbinders "pennant" dies and OMG I loved it so much, I bought more paper to make one for myself.  The coordinating dies are great and the new Prima Marketing "madeline collection" papers she brought in are beautiful (thanks Jenny)!  I punched 2" circles for the centers and sponged the edges with antique linen Distress Ink.  The letters were cut from Sizzix's "roundabout alphabet."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sweet Thank You

I love when something has multiple uses because it makes you feel like you're really getting your money's worth.  So here I've used Stampin' Up's cupcake punch and made the bottom part of the cupcake into a basket for Lawn Fawn's rabbit.  This card makes me smile from ear to ear!


  • Stamps: SU "Create a Cupcake", Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Burbs," Hero Arts "Essential Messages"
  • Punches: MS Grass Edge, EK Success Abstract Flower, SU Build a Cupcake
  • DP: SU Sending Love

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Banner Thank You

I recently celebrated a birthday so I've been making thank you cards like crazy for the many thoughtful and generous gifts people have given me.  Maybe I should have kept the cards simpler and mass produced a bunch of the same card, but I get bored that way.  I usually end up not finishing what I started because it's too repetitious.  Anyone else feel that way, too?

Anyway this is one of the cards I made using a few things I've had, but opened for the first time for this card.  Banners are simply fun and I used PTI's banner dies in conjunction with Cosmo Cricket's "Early Bird" DP.  The sentiment is from a great PTI set called "Say it with Style" and I colored it in with Copics.  I used EK Success' new "Abstract Flower" border punch and it has quickly become my new favorite!

Thanks for stopping by and TGIF!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

To the Moon

I recently needed a baby card so I inked up Verve's "To the Moon" set and I have to say, I adore these stamps.  They are so darn cute and I love the idea of the animals (elephant, giraffe and monkey) hanging out of or over different things.  A cute duck was released this month and it could easily be a nice addition to this set!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Back in the Saddle with Strawberries

Hello there Blogland!  Sorry for the long absence.  Our family went on vacation to California and although I retuned home and starting crafting right away, it's taken me some time to get back into the swing of blogging.  But here I am on this very sunny Tuesday, ready for my first post in over a month.  So let's get right to it.

This project is one of my favorite gifts to give and I made this explosion box gift card holder for my dear friend Kelli's birthday.  She has a thing for strawberries so I based the theme of the box on this cheery fruit.  I love the impact that the mechanics of box makes but it's even better when you see the four gift cards.  Now who wouldn't want four gift cards, right?!  Four gift cards takes this present over the top, but if you don't want to give someone four gift cards, you can fill some of the pockets with tags instead.

Also, I was asked about instructions to my last post (coloring the polar bear with Distress Inks) so here's a link that might be helpful.

Glad to be back and check in again soon - I have lots more in store for the rest of the week.